Encores! at City Center always puts on a good show. And we've seen many there. BUT…
Their most recent production of The Band Wagon is the best Encores! show we have ever seen!!!!
Such a gem and such a brilliant revival!
Originally a Broadway musical from the 1930s starring Fred Astaire, the show was later turned into a movie musical in the '50s - also starring the legendary Astaire.
This production more closely resembles the film, but thankfully the very talented Douglas Carter Beane has written a new book for the show. So it feels fun and FRESH! And the equally talented Kathleen Marshall directed and choreographed this production, which is the most staged and dance-heavy show we have ever seen at Encore!
It is such a WINNING vehicle. It just aims to please! An old-fashioned love story set in the world of Broadway, it most closely reminds us of the Cole Porter classic Anything Goes.
The Band Wagon has many truly memorable songs - and one ICONIC tune, That's Entertainment!
This production was lucky enough to feature some greats, including Tracey Ullman, Michael McKean, Laura Osnes, Tony Sheldon and in the Astaire role, Brian Stokes Mitchell, whom we had never seen in a show before. WHAT A VOICE!!!!!!!!
The whole cast was great!
If ever a City Center/Encores! production deserved to transfer to Broadway, it's THIS ONE!
Tags: Brian Stokes Mitchell, broadway babies, Douglas Carter Beane, Encores, Fred Astaire, Kathleen Marshall, Laura Osnes, Michael McKean, NY City Center, perez reviews, The Band Wagon, Tony Sheldon, Tracey Ullman