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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


This series was generously sponsored by Margee and John Falk


Recently in City Center Encores! Unscripted

Love for Sale: The History of Sex in Musicals

Monday, February 27, 2017

From the eroticized choreography of Bob Fosse to the nudie musicals that reigned in the 1970s, sex has long sold on Broadway. Jack Viertel hosts a conversation and performance.


When Pop Writers Go Broadway

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."


Putting it Together: The Art of Adaptation on Broadway

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.


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. 


Watch: On Broadway, Who Tells 'Their' Stories?

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.

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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.


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.