New York City Center goes Off-Broadway with Encores! Off-Center, a new musical theater series led by artistic director Jeanine Tesori. Off-Center features seminal Off-Broadway musicals filtered through the lens of today’s most innovative artists.
July 10 - 13
In an era of Occupy Wall Street–style rebellion against corporate greed, Marc Blitzstein’s 1937 battle hymn to the proletariat feels remarkably fresh. Set against the backdrop of a steel strike and peopled with fat-cat capitalists, brutal policemen, heroic union organizers, and a warm-hearted prostitute, The Cradle Will Rock is a powerful political document, a funny, potent satire, and an extraordinary piece of theater history.
July 17 - One Night ONLY!
Violet, Jeanine Tesori’s first musical, was one of the most acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the 1990s. Based on the short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts, the show follows a young woman who embarks on a religious pilgrimage in hopes of being healed of her disfiguring scar. This one-night-only concert starring Sutton Foster will showcase a gorgeous, energetic score filled with gospel, country, rock, rhythm and blues.
July 24 -27
I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road created a sensation when it premiered in the late 1970s. In it, a former pop star ditches the romantic songs of her past and attempts a comeback by performing personal songs that reflect women’s changing roles and attitudes. The show stoked the fires of feminism, not only with its joyous rock score proclaiming empowerment for women, but because of its female songwriting team—a rarity in musical theater then and now.