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.
→ Watch video of past conversations
Schedule and Tickets
Tickets $20 and shows begin 7p.m. at The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street
Love for Sale: The History of Sex in Musicals
Mon, Feb 27
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
Recently in City Center Encores! Unscripted
Monday, January 30, 2017
How do pop songwriters adjust to writing for theater? Jack Viertel talks with Rob Berman, musical supervisor for "Bright Star" and Carmel Dean, musical supervisor on "American Idiot."
Monday, December 19, 2016
Composer Michael Friedman explores the art of transposing works for the stage with composer Michael John LaChiusa, director Rachel Chavkin, and musical director Dave Malloy.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Broadway shows are often derided as being out of touch with contemporary life, but the American musical has actually been taking the nation’s pulse for over a century.
Monday, March 14, 2016
Watch our conversation with 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson' composer Michael Friedman, 'Hamilton' stars Javier Muñoz and Betsy Struxness, and '1776' director Garry Hynes.
Monday, February 01, 2016
A conversation with legendary orchestrator Jonathan Tunick, music director Rob Berman and Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown.
Monday, December 14, 2015
How do we make sense of an art form that has perpetuated so many ugly stereotypes? A conversation with Tony winners Sheldon Harnick, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Jeanine Tesori.