City Center Encores! Unscripted
The history of the American musical is both glorious and complicated. What can we learn by examining where the Broadway musical has been and where it's going?
The Greene Space and New York City Center have teamed up for another season of Encores! Unscripted — conversations and performances that expand on the center's Tony-honored series and explore how musicals have reflected and shaped American life.
Schedule and Tickets
Tickets $20 and shows begin 7p.m. at The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street
When Pop Writers Go Broadway
Mon, Jan 30
Broadway’s relationship with contemporary music is a rocky one. Burt Bacharach and Hal David triumphed with their swinging 1968 hit "Promises, Promises," but the team never wrote another musical — a pattern followed by subsequent Broadway one-timers like Roger Miller, Paul Simon and Dolly Parton.
How do songwriters from the worlds of rock, folk and country adjust to writing for the theater? And why has the Broadway establishment been so resistant to their idiosyncratic and often fascinating shows? Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel hosts a conversation with Rob Berman, musical supervisor for "Bright Star," and Carmel Dean, musical supervisor on Green Day’s "American Idiot" and "Hands on a Hard Body," written by the frontman of Phish.
The evening will include a performance by Lauren Worsham from the cast of Encores! "Big River."
In the beginning, the Broadway musical had one thing on its mind: sex.
The chorus girls were leggy, the comedians were blue, and the songwriters were happy hedonists like Cole Porter, whose 1930 musical "The New Yorkers" featured songs so scandalous that they were banned on the radio. For decades after that, sex sold on Broadway, from the eroticized choreography of Bob Fosse to the nudie musicals that reigned supreme in the 1970s. Host Jack Viertel looks at 100 years of life upon the wicked stage.
This series was generously sponsored by Margee and John Falk