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Laura Osnes, Tracey Ullman, and More Join Brian Stokes Mitchell in Encores! The Band Wagon

Principal casting for the new stage musical adaptation of the 1953 film has been announced.

Laura Osnes will play a leading lady with no stage experience in the upcoming New York City Center Encores! presentation of The Band Wagon.
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Principal casting has been announced for the upcoming New York City Center Encores! presentation of the Dietz and Schwartz musical The Band Wagon, starring Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell. The Encores! special event, based on the MGM movie musical of the same title, runs from November 6-16.

As previously announced, Mitchell takes on the role of Tony Hunter, a Hollywood star who decides to make his big-time comeback in a Broadway musical, which ends up having an inept creative team.

Roger Rees plays Jeffrey Cordova, the genius British director who has no business helming a musical. Laura Osnes takes on the role of Gabrielle Gerard, the leading lady who's never done a show before. Michael McKean and Tracy Ullman play the bickering songwriting team Lester and Lily Martin. Michael Berresse appears as choreographer Paul Byrd, and Don Stephenson plays Hal Meadows.

Featuring a new book by Douglas Carter Beane inspired by the screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, the production is directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, with musical direction by Todd Ellison. The production features sets by Derek McLane, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski, and sound design by Brian Ronan.

The songs featured in the score include "Dancing in the Dark," "By Myself," "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan," "A Shine on My Shoes," and the show-business anthem "That's Entertainment."

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