Last Chances to Catch Marsalis/Sondheim Collaboration at Special City Center Encores!
By: Ellis Nassour
Wynton Marsalis and Stephen Sondheim fans rejoice. You have several last chances to catch Broadway’s vivacious curly-top sweetheart and three-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters, Norm Lewis [Porgy and Bess], Jeremy Jordan [Newsies, Bonnie and Clyde], and award-winning jazz vocalist and scat expert Cyrille Aimée in A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair at City Center.
Remaining performances are Saturday at 2 and 8 P.M., and Sunday at 2 and 7. Tickets are $30 – $200 and available at the City Center box office, through CityTix (212) 581-1212, or online at www.NYCityCenter.org.
This collaboration of Encores!/Jazz at Lincoln Center [remember Cotton Club Parade, stunningly choreographed by Warren Carlyle, now on Broadway as After Midnight?] features Marsalis’ jazz orchestra and new arrangements of such Sondheim classics as "Another Hundred People," "Someone Is Waiting," "You Could Drive a Person Crazy,"
‘Ladies Who Lunch," and "Happily Ever After" (Company; the latter actually cut from the musical); "Broadway Baby," "Losing My Mind," "Who’s That Woman?" "Buddy’s Blues," "Can That Boy Foxtrot" (Follies; the last cut from the musical); "Everybody Says Don’t" and "With So Little to Be Sure Of (Anyone Can Whistle); "It Would Have Been Wonderful" and "Send in the Clowns (A Little Night Music); "Agony," "Giants in the Sky," and "Rainbows" (Into the Woods, the latter from the upcoming film adaptation); "Loving You" and "I Wish I Could Forget You" (Passion).
Some are performed as instrumentals to showcase the powerhouse Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, under music supervisor David Loud; others are sung by a different gender than you may remember. There’s impressive choreography by Parker Esse, feathering outstanding dancers Meg Gillentine, Tyler Hanes, Grasan Kingsberry, and Elizabeth Parkinson. John Doyle directs and also coconceived the show with Encores! artistic director Jack Viertel and Peter Gethers.
Doyle directed the West End The Color Purple and won Tonys for Broadway’s Sweeney Todd and Company revivals.