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City Center Encores Series

First Nighter: 'The Band Wagon' Is Worth Jumping on

David Finkle | Posted 01.09.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

The list of delightful ingredients in the Encores! Series revival of The Band Wagon is so long that not only is it pleasing the crowds attending at City Center, but it has the usual show-biz-insider suspects talking about a transfer for a longer Broadway run.

Ten Theater Companies That Made My 2013

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

Another year of theater has come and gone. In celebration, here are the theater companies that made some of my favorite 2013 shows possible.

Gender Parity in Musical Theater Starts at the Concert Level

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 10.06.2013 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

It sounds like a typical night on the New York City musical theater scene but for one notable difference: The writers are all women, the performers are all women, the music director is a woman and the producers are both women.

First Nighter: City Center's Encores! Series On Your Toes Lives Up to Its Name

David Finkle | Posted 07.09.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

The single most spectacular dance number on view at the moment -- and it won't be for long; get there fast -- erupts in the second act of On Your Toes, the current Encores! series entry at City Center.

First Nighter: Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along Does and Doesn't

David Finkle | Posted 04.19.2012 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Ever since the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth-Harold Prince Merrily We Roll Along opened in 1981, rolling along merrily is one thing it hasn't done.

First Nighter: City Center Encores! Series Where's Charley? All-Singing, All-Dancing, All-Lovable

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

At a time when spectacle is the trend in musicals on Broadway, the appeal of something merely charming may not be strong. There was a time, however, when charm counted, and there was no "merely" about it.