This musical is about show business and the characters are typical of Broadway's glitter. The central character, Margo Channing, is a superlative actress and a sophisticated comedienne. On opening night she basks in Backstage Babble performed by the cast. Unhappily, Margo's faults are as grand as her talent. She is paranoid about her age and even though she doesn't want to marry Bill Sampson, the play's director, she says she can't live without him. Based on All About Eve, the Bette Davis/Anne Baxter film, Applause is a witty, satiric look at backstage shenanigans. This production stars Christine Ebersole. Applause is presented as part of the 2008 Encores! Series at City Center.