"Gone Missing" by the Civilians, presented as part of Encores! Off-Center at New York City Center in 2018. (Photo by Stephanie Berger)

Encores! Off-Center Announces 2019 Season

The summer slate will feature works by Stephen Schwartz, Maria Irene Fornés, and Stephen Sondheim.

NEW YORK CITY: Encores! Off-Center has announced the lineup for its 2019 summer season at New York City Center, featuring three musicals.

“These three shows represent a status update on the American Dream,” said Off-Center artistic director Anne Kauffman in a statement. “How are we defining success and freedom these days and who in this country has access to them. Off-Center is all about bringing the cutting-edge artists of today into contact with the groundbreaking works from the past. What is so vital about theatre, whether we’re talking about a revival or a new work, is that it is a living, breathing thing that takes shape in the exact moment an audience sees it.”

The season will start with an updated version of Nina Fasso and Stephen Schwartz’s Working: A Musical (June 26-29), with additional songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkhead, and James Taylor. The show explores the working-class people who make the nation run. Kauffman will direct.

Next up will be Promenade (July 10-11), with book and lyrics by Maria Irene Fornés and music by Al Carmines. The musical, penned in 1965, follows two escaped prisoners as they adventure through the city, mingling with the homeless to the extremely wealthy.

The series will conclude with Road Show (July 24-27), with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by John Weidman. The musical, inspired by the story of the real-life Mizner brothers, depicts the two brothers in pursuit of the American dream at the turn of the 20th century.

In addition, the Civilians will team up with City Center as artists-in-residence. The Brooklyn-based company will present a series of free, pre-performance events in the lobby.

Founded in 2013, Encores! Off-Center presents Off-Broadway musicals that pushed the creative boundaries when they were first produced.