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

 

When Pop Writers Go Broadway
Mon, Jan 30 

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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."

 


 

Love for Sale: The History of Sex in Musicals
Mon, Feb 27 

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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

 

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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.

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How Broadway Sings America

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. 

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Monday, March 14, 2016

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Watch: How Can Great Orchestrations Transform Musicals?

Monday, February 01, 2016

A conversation with legendary orchestrator Jonathan Tunick, music director Rob Berman and Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown.

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Watch: Sexism, Racism and the Golden Age of Broadway

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.

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