Steven Pasquale, Nikki M. James, and More Join Encores! Off-Center Season | Playbill

Encores! News Steven Pasquale, Nikki M. James, and More Join Encores! Off-Center Season The lineup includes Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins and the Kirsten Childs musical The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin.

Encores! Off-Center, New York City Center’s summer programming that highlights musicals that began Off-Broadway, has announced initial casting for its 2017 season.

Steven Pasquale will star as John Wilkes Booth in Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins, running July 12–15 at City Center.

Joining him will be Tony nominee Steven Boyer as John Hinkley Jr., Tony nominee Alex Brightman as Giuseppe Zangara, Tony nominee John Ellison Conlee as Charles Guiteau, Clifton Duncan as The Balladeer, Tony winner Shuler Hensley as Leon Czolgosz, Ethan Lipton as the Proprietor, Erin Markey as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, Cory Michael Smith as Lee Harvey Oswald, Tony winner Julie White as Sara Jane Moore, and Danny Wolohan as Samuel Byck.

Anne Kauffman will direct the production, which will feature music direction by Chris Fenwick and choreography by Lorin Latarro.


The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, starring Tony winner Nikki M. James (currently appearing in the Public Theater's Julius Caesar), will follow. The Robert O’Hara-helmed production of Kirsten Childs’ musical will include choreography by Byron Easley and music direction by Annastasia Victory. Performances will run July 26 and 27.

Lastly, Carole King and Maurice Sendak’s Really Rosie will star Taylor Caldwell, who appeared in last year’s Off-Center presentation of Runaways. Leigh Silverman will direct; Ayodele Casel will choreograph. Carmel Dean serves as music director. The production will play August 2–5.

Additional casting for the three Off-Center titles—as well as for Brigadoon—will be announced later.


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