Ruthie Ann Miles in A LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, Donna Murphy in DEAR WORLD, More Coming to Encores! 

Dan Meyer
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June 14, 2022 12:15 PM

The upcoming Encores! season at New York City Center is shaping up to be another hot ticket item. The famed musical revival series will feature Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles as Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza, Tony winner Donna Murphy as Countess Aurelia in Dear World, and a new staging of Olivier! from Encores! Artistic Director Lear deBessonet.

Kicking off the season February 1-5, 2023, is Chay Yew directing Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel’s musical about a 1950s American mother touring Florence with her daughter and struggling with the shadow of a tragic accident. The Light in the Piazza will be one of Miles’ first roles on the New York stage since her turn as Frieda/Betty in Sunday in the Park with George.

She was recently seen reuniting with her The King and I co-star, Kelli O’Hara, at the 2022 Tony Awards to present Featured Actress in a Musical (Patti LuPone won). O’Hara originated the role of Clara Johnson, Margaret’s daughter, in 2005 during the musical’s original Broadway run. Victoria Clark, returning to Broadway next season in Kimberly Akimbo, played Margaret.

Next up is Jerry Herman’s 1969 musical Dear World, March 15–19, 2023. In this musical fable, with a book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, based on The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux as adapted by Maurice Valency, a motley band of outcasts must rally together to save their picturesque Chaillot neighborhood in Paris from a greedy cabal of oil-hungry bankers. Murphy takes on the musical’s giddy, garish heroine, originally performed by Angela Lansbury. Josh Rhodes directs and choreographs the production.

Closing out the Encores! season is a Lionel Bart’s Oliver!, running May 3–14, 2023. It will mark the musical’s first major New York production in nearly 40 years. More casting and creatives for all three shows will be announced at a later date.

As previously announced, the annual gala presentation of Parade, directed by Michael Arden and starring Micaela Diamond and Ben Platt, opens November 1, 2022. Encores! will also welcome Mary-Mitchell Campbell for her first season as the new music director, joining deBessonet and Producing Creative Director Clint Ramos as the leaders of the series.

More details about New York City Center’s 2022–2023 season were also revealed today, including Fall for Dance Festival (September 21–October 2, 2022); Twyla Tharp (October 19–23), with In the Upper Room and Nine Sinatra Songs; Sugar Hill: The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker (November 15-27), directed by Joshua Bergasse; and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (November 30–December 24) with a new production of Ailey’s own Survivors, among other new works and company premieres. In 2023, NYCC will present the Flamenco Festival (March 23-26), the National Ballet of Canada (March 30–April 1), Dance Theatre of Harlem (April 19-23), and Ballet Hispánico (June 1-3).

As previously announced, Manhattan Theatre Club will present three shows at NYCC: Where the Mountain Meets the Sea by Jeff Augustin in the fall and Poor Yella Rednecks by Qui Ngyuen in the spring at Stage I. David Auburn’s Summer, 1976 will play at Stage II. 

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Dan Meyer

After 4 years in the biz, Dan swapped out theatre for sports and is now a researcher at NBC Olympics. Spectacle remains a key passion and is dedicated to building bridges between different forms of entertainment. He has worked as a writer and editor at Theatrely and Playbill, covering Broadway and beyond. In addition, he has been published in Rolling Stone, Spy, and others.