The 2015 season of the New York City Center's Encores! series will open with the Gershwins' Lady, Be Good. The season will continue with Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon, followed by Kander & Ebb's Zorba!
Rob Berman will music-direct both Paint Your Wagon and Zorba!
Founding Encores! Music Director Rob Fisher will return to his duties for Lady, Be Good, and will supervise the restoration of Gershwin's original score.
According to City Center, the three musicals are described as such: "Lady, Be Good ushered in the Golden Age of Broadway, from the mid-'20s until the early '40s, when Broadway musicals were opportunities for great songwriters, great songs, and great performers. The Gershwins (George was hot off the triumph of Rhapsody in Blue) delivered a jazz-age score that featured "Fascinatin' Rhythm," as well as a song that got unaccountably dropped during the show’s tryout in Philadelphia, "The Man I Love." The stars of the show included Fred and Adele Astaire playing a penniless brother and sister who crash a garden party in hopes of some quick nourishment." Lady, Be Good! will run February 4-8, 2015.
"Paint Your Wagon, set in a mining camp in Gold Rush-era California, is the story of a dreaming gold miner and his daughter whose world is changed when the daughter finds gold — and love — near their camp." The musical features music by Frederick Loewe, lyrics and book by Alan Jay Lerner. Paint Your Wagon will run March 18-22, 2015.
Zorba!, adapted from Zorba the Greek, is "John Kander and Fred Ebb's galvanic reimagining of Nikos Kazantzakis's bestselling tale of a larger-than-life Greek jack-of-all-trades who 'lives every day as if it will be his last.'" The original production starred Herschel Bernardi and Maria Karnilova. Songs include "Life Is" and "Only Love." Zorba! will run May 6-10, 2015.
Encores! subscriptions can be purchased online starting August 11, 2014 and at the New York City Center Box Office on October 6 (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues).