In the words of Andrew Lloyd Webber, “‘Cats’ on paper was the worst idea conceivable.”
Now that the most unlikely hit musical in history is back on Broadway, Encores! Unscripted will explore how the worst ideas sometimes evolve into commercial and critical triumphs.
Composer Michael Friedman — who has written musicals about everything from Andrew Jackson to the porn industry — will host this exploration of the mystical art of transposing poems, cartoons, and novels onto the stage. Joining the conversation will be composer Michael John LaChiusa, director/dramaturg/writer Rachel Chavkin, and composer/musical director Dave Malloy.
The evening will also feature performances by Brittain Ashford (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812) and Mary Testa (See What I Wanna See).
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This event is part of Encores! Unscripted — our series with New York City Center exploring how musicals have reflected and shaped American life.