Cher Public

Nothing’s gonna charm you

Third time’s the charm, they say—and I’ll give Encores!’ final production of the season, High Button Shoes, that it had some of that precious, often elusive quality.  Read more »

Winged defeat

For me, two angels made this frankly disappointing evening worthwhile. First, there’s Hans Spialek, the original orchestrator, whose work—resurrected here after many decades—is as gorgeously diaphanous and bubbly as anyone could want.  Read more »

Close ‘Call’

In 1995, Encores! Musicals in Concert programmed Irving Berlin’s Call Me Madam as the first show of their second season. Nearly 25 years later, they brought it back to honor the 75th birthday of their home theater, New York City Center.  Read more »

Golden but not delicious

The cultiest of cult musicals, an All-American take on the Iliad and the Odyssey, the spectacularly witty Golden Apple of John Latouche (words) and Jerome Moross (music), opened Off Broadway in 1953 to some acclaim, moved to Broadway in 1954 and promptly sank, overweighted by its own cleverness. This is a great American opera (all-singing, no talking) and a downright weird choice for the Encores! series at the City Center.   Read more »

Big D-elight

Who is the most happy fella, he who perfectly fits societal definitions of fitness and attractiveness, or he who attains self-acceptance in spite of whatever personal idiosyncrasies he may confront?

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