City Center Encores! presents HEY, LOOK ME OVER! - New York City Article
City Center Encores! presents “Hey, Look Me Over!"
131 W 55th St., CityTix (212) 581-1212
Wednesday February 7 through February July 11
Over the last 25 years, Encores! has presented nearly a hundred classic works (and some highly enjoyable not-so-classic ones) of the American Musical Theater. So, to celebrate this big anniversary, the Encores! crew is mounting an elaborate revue of scenes and songs from shows that have not yet been staged at City Center. These include many lesser-known works by canonical composers, such as Charles Strouse’s All American, Frank Loesser’s Greenwillow, Harold Arlen’s Jamaica, Noel Coward’s Sail Away, Cy Coleman’s Wildcat, Jerry Herman’s Mack & Mabel and Milk and Honey, and the George M. Cohan bioshow George M!. The cast is accurately advertised as “a cavalcade of stars”: among them the brilliant baritone Marc Kudisch, the inspired comedienne Judy Kuhn, the marvelous song-and-dance gal Bebe Neuwirth, the vivacious Carolee Carmello, and Douglas Sills, most recently seen in War Paint, a leading man who seems to have just stepped out of a 1940 issue of Esquire. Hey, Look Me Over! is subtitled “A musical within a musical with a musical within…” and just to make this an even more meta treat for hardcore Broadway insiders, Bob Martin, will reprise his unforgettable role as “man in chair” from The Drowsy Chaperone and serve as the evening’s narrator and host.
Author: Will Friedwald
Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.
SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)