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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Cult of John LaTouche’s The Golden Apple and Its Long-Awaited Encores! Debut by Matt Weinstock

The A-gays loved it; McCarthyites loathed it. Find out why the 1954 musical The Golden Apple—opening at Encores! tonight—still entrances.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

What Is John Kander’s Favorite Kander & Ebb Show? by Matt Weinstock

If Kander could see one of his collaborations brought back to life, this is what he chooses.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Did You Know Mark Twain Has Theatrical Roots? by Matt Weinstock

Big River, now at Encores!, isn’t the author’s only connection to the theatre.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

4 Theatre Veterans on the Art of Adaptation by Matt Weinstock

What draws Rachel Chavkin, Dave Malloy, Michael John LaChiusa, and Daryl Waters to tackle impossible stage adaptations?

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

How Sondheim and Lapine Made a Masterpiece with Sunday in the Park with George by Matt Weinstock

The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is now at City Center in a series of benefit concerts starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford. We look back at how the show was written and how it r…

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Making of God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Matt Weinstock

As Encores! prepares to revive the first collaboration between Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, we take a look behind the scenes at how the musical was born.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

How Irving Berlin Turned “The Dullest People In the World” Into Annie Get Your Gun by Matt Weinstock

Annie Oakley used to sit in her tent and knit, rather than striding through the country with a rifle in hand. So how did Irving Berlin turn that woman into a sharp-tongued heroine in a m…

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

“I Was Gonna Do It Like Cats”: Andrew Lippa Remembers The Beginning of The Wild Party by Matt Weinstock

Andrew Lippa's jazz-age musical The Wild Party, which is receiving a revised mounting as part of City Center's Encores! Off-Center series, began with a casual walk through Ba…

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Monday, July 13, 2015

A Few Years Ago Jonathan Groff Was Stage-Dooring Sutton Foster — Now He’s Headlining Encores! by Matt Weinstock

Jonathan Groff, who recently headlined the Encores! Off-Center production of A New Brain, recalls waiting in the cold for an autograph Sutton Foster, who will star in the upcoming produc…

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

From Stage to Screen and Back to Stage: Star-Studded The Band Wagon Rolls Into City Center by Matt Weinstock offers a look at the history of The Band Wagon, the Encores! special event featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell, Tracey Ullman and Laura Osnes.

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