Skylar Astin, Santino Fontana, and More Take the Stage in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

The Encores! Off-Center production features one of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's earliest scores.

Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater begins performances tonight at New York City Center and runs through July 30 as the next installment in the Encores! Off-Center series. The production stars Tony nominee Santino Fontana as Eliot Rosewater, a millionaire who drunkenly decides to blow his fortune on the inhabitants of an impoverished town after being inspired by the utopian vision of novelist Kilgore Trout (James Earl Jones). Pitch Perfect's Skylar Astin also joins the cast of the 1979 Alan Menken and Howard Ashman musical as Norman Mushari, a lawyer plotting to have Eliot declared insane. Take a look at scenes from the new production, directed by Michael Mayer, and hear where it all began for the Disney-musical powerhouses.

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