Carmen Cusack to Star in Call Me Madam at New York City Center Encores!
The Irving Berlin musical will receive an Encores! revival to celebrate City Center's 75th anniversary.
New York City Center has announced casting for the Encores! production of Call Me Madam, running from February 6-10 as part of City Center's 75th anniversary season.
The production will feature Tony nominee Carmen Cusack (Bright Star) as Ambassador Sally Adams, Ben Davis (Dear Evan Hansen) as Cosmo Constantine, Adam Heller (It Shoulda Been You) as Congressman Wilkins, Carol Kane (Wicked) as Grand Dutchess Sophie, Stanley Wayne Mathis (Nice Work If You Can Get It) as Senator Borckbank, two-time Tony nominee Brad Oscar (Something Rotten!) as Senator Gallagher, Michael Benjamin Washington (The Boys in the Band) as Pemberton Maxwell, and Tony nominee Lauren Worsham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder) as Princess Maria. Casting has not yet been finalized for the roles of Kenneth Gibson, Sebastian Sebastian, and Grand Duke Otto.
The ensemble will include Florrie Bagel, Daniel Berryman, Taeler Elyse Cyrus, Leslie Flesner, Ta'Nika Gibson, Christopher Gurr, Leah Horowitz, Javier Ignacio, Max Kumangai, Matt Loehr, Brandt Martinez, Skye Mattox, Timothy McDevitt, Harris Milgrim, Bethany Moore, Mary Page Nance, Robert Roby, Kathy Voytko, Sumi Yu, and Ricardo Zayas.
A highlight of the second season of Encores! (1995) and featuring a memorable score by Irving Berlin and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, Call Me Madam centers around a brassy ambassador to the fictional European nation of Lichtenberg. The show pokes fun at a far more polite and benign political world and includes standards such as "It's a Lovely Day Today" and "Something to Dance About," along with Berlin's most famous counterpoint duet, "You're Just in Love."
The production will be directed by Casey Hushion with music direction by Encores! music director Rob Berman and choreography by Tony nominee Denis Jones.