New York City Center Announces its Fall Season, Including Fall for Dance and Pacific Northwest Ballet


  • Pacific Northwest Ballet Presents Two Programs
  • Fall for Dance Festival Opens September 27
  • John Malkovich Stars as Giaocomo Casanova

    For the first time since 1996, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s full company returns to New York and City Center for two programs, under the direction of Artistic Director Peter Boal: a mixed rep of Balanchine ballets and Jean- Christophe Maillot’s full-length Roméo et Juliette. The dance season also features world premieres and new productions by American Ballet Theatre and New York City Center Principal Dance Company Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, including a new work commissioned by New York City Center.

The Complete Schedule of the 2012-13 Season

September 27 – October 13, 2012 Tickets on Sale September 9

New York City Center’s ninth annual Fall for Dance Festival has been expanded to 12 evenings of dance to meet the extraordinary ticket demand. The international festival will feature 20 acclaimed dance companies and choreographers in five unique programs. (Programs 1–3 will be performed twice; Programs 4 and 5 will be performed three times.) In keeping with its commitment to make dance affordable to everyone, all tickets will be $15. Tickets will go on sale Sunday, September 9 at 11 a.m.

The 2012 Festival features 20 companies from all across the globe and will include performances by BalletBoyz from London, U.K.; Circa from Brisbane, Australia; Fang-Yi Sheu & Artists, based in Taipei, Taiwan; The Hong Kong Ballet from China; LDP-Laboratory Dance Project from Seoul, South Korea; María Pagés Compañia from Madrid, Spain; Moiseyev Dance Company from Moscow, Russia; Nan Jombang from West Sumatra, Indonesia; Nederlands Dans Theater from The Hague, the Netherlands; and Shantala Shivalingappa from Madras, India.

Acclaimed American companies include Ballet West from Salt Lake City, Utah; Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka Lā from Honolulu, Hawaii; Pacific Northwest Ballet from Seattle, Washington; and TU Dance from Saint Paul, Minnesota. New York companies and performers include American Ballet Theatre, Jared Grimes, Jodi Melnick, Juilliard Dance, Martha Graham Dance Company and Shen Wei Dance Arts (whose artistic director, Shen Wei, is a 2011-12 New York City Center Choreography Fellow).

Tickets: $15
Press: Helene Davis, (212) 354-7436,

October 7, 2012 Reservations begin September 27

City Center’s recent award-winning renovation by Ennead Architects has preserved the essential character of the landmark building while reinvigorating one of the City’s most venerable performing arts venues. The renovation of City Center, which was constructed as a Shriners Temple in 1923, retains the distinctive appeal of the original neo-Moorish design. As part of 10th Annual Open House New York Weekend, Architects from Ennead will be leading tours of the building on Sunday, October 7, hourly from noon–4 p.m. Tours are free and limited to 30 people. Advance reservations are required.

Reservations can be made online at
Press: Helene Davis, (212) 354-7436,

October 16 – 20, 2012 Tickets on Sale July 23

American Ballet Theatre’s 2012 Fall season at City Center opens with a Gala benefit and continues with a world premiere by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, a celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, a revival of José Limón’s The Moor’s Pavane and performances of Mark Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room and Antony Tudor’s The Leaves Are Fading.

Principal Dancers for the City Center engagement include Roberto Bolle, Herman Cornejo, Marcelo Gomes, Julie Kent, Veronika Part, Xiomara Reyes, Polina Semionova and Cory Stearns.

Tickets: Starting at $20
Press: Kelly Ryan, (212) 477-3030 ext. 3235,
For Gala tickets and information, contact ABT’s Special Events office at (212) 477-3030 ext. 3245


Carolines on Broadway Presents

Oct 22 – 28, 2012 Tickets on Sale Now

Emmy and Grammy Award–winning comedian Louis C.K. – creator, executive producer, director, editor, and star of FX Network’s critically acclaimed series “Louie” – will perform a special engagement at New York City Center.

Tickets: $45
To purchase tickets call 1-800-514-3849, visit or City Center Box Office. Press: Lewis Kay,

Rolex presents

November 5, 2012 Tickets on Sale Now

Liza Minnelli, one of the entertainment world’s most beloved performers, will be honored with the 2012 ROLEX Dance Award. Hosted by Angela Lansbury, five-time Tony Award–winning actress and legendary star of film and television, and featuring Broadway superstar Chita Rivera, this spectacular one-night-only event will highlight the rich cultural history of American dance and entertainment. Recipients of the 2012 CTFD Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the World of Dance include Joni Berry, Michele Herbert, Gerald M. Appelstein and Arthur Murray International in celebration of their 100th Anniversary. For more stars and surprises, please visit

Tickets: $45, $55, $75, $90, $130 (Show Only)
Press: Kevin P. McAnarny, (212) 581-3836,
For Gala tickets and information, contact Marjorie Horne at (212) 228-7446 x33 ____________________________________________________________________________________ ENCORES! 20th ANNIVERSARY GALA CELEBRATION
November 12, 2012 Gala Tickets on Sale Now

Performance-Only Tickets on Sale September 10

The Encores! 20th Anniversary Gala Celebration, starring Tony Award nominees and Encores! alumni Raúl Esparza and Kelli O’Hara, will take place at City Center on November 12, followed by dinner at the Plaza Hotel. Performance-only tickets are available.

Tickets (performance only): Starting at $30
Press: Helene Davis, (212) 354-7436,
For Gala information and tickets, contact Susan Strebel at or (212) 763-1205.


November 14 – 18, 2012 Tickets on Sale August 13

New York City Center’s acclaimed production of Duke Ellington’s Cotton Club Parade will return to City Center for seven performances. Conceived by Jack Viertel and presented under the auspices of City Center’s acclaimed Encores! series, Cotton Club Parade will once again be directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, with music direction by Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis. The show will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center All Stars under the direction of Daryl Waters.

Cotton Club Parade opened at City Center on November 18, 2011 for a limited run and received unanimously rave reviews. It was hailed by The New York Times as “a thrilling 90-minute celebration” and named Best Jazz Moment of 2011 by The Wall Street Journal.

Cotton Club Parade is a celebration of Ellington’s years at the famed Harlem nightclub in the 1920s and ‘30s, when the joint was jumping with revues featuring big band swing and blues. As in the original shows, Cotton Club Parade will feature singers, dancers and variety acts, and songs by the greatest jazz composers of the time, including Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields (“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”), a young Harold Arlen (“Stormy Weather,” “I’ve Got the World on a String,”), and of course, Duke Ellington (“Rockin’ in Rhythm,” “Cotton Club Stomp” and “Creole Love Call”).

Tickets: Starting at $29
Press: Helene Davis, (212) 354-7436,

November 28 – December 30, 2012 Tickets on Sale September 4

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies. This season, New York City Center’s Principal Dance Company returns with exciting performances that have become a joyous holiday tradition. Artistic Director Robert Battle will continue to surprise and delight audiences with premieres and new productions that expand his vision for the company, adding dynamic choreographic voices to the repertory that challenge Ailey’s extraordinary artists in new ways. This season includes a new work commissioned by New York City Center, along with encore performances from Battle’s acclaimed first season: modern dance master Paul Taylor’s Arden Court, hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris’ soul-lifting Home, and Ohad Naharin’s unique and innovative Minus 16, which features improvisation and audience involvement. A variety of repertory favorites and classic Ailey works will be performed, including the must-see Revelations with live music or an expanded cast of 50 dancers on select programs. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater inspires all in a universal celebration of the human spirit using the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition.

Tickets: Starting at $25
Press: Christopher Zunner, (212) 405-9028, For photos, visit

NEW YORK GILBERT & SULLIVAN PLAYERS January 4 – January 20, 2013

Tickets on Sale September 4

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (Artistic Director Albert Bergeret), America’s preeminent professional G&S repertory company, launches its G&S Fest 2013 on January 4. The season features three iconic classic productions: The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore and The Yeomen of the Guard. Having presented over 2,600 performances throughout the United States, Canada, and England and incorporating a 25-piece orchestra, NYGASP features contemporary energy while retaining a traditional respect for each of the G&S masterpieces.

Tickets: $110, $90, $70, $50. Kids half-price on all non-premium (top price level) seats. Seniors 10% off non- premium seats.
Press: Peter Cromarty, 212-580-4222,


January 30 – February 3, 2013 Tickets on Sale October 8

Artistic Director Jack Viertel; Music Director Rob Berman

The 20th Anniversary season of New York City Center’s Tony Award-winning Encores! series will open with Fiorello!, the show that launched the Encores! series in 1994. Fiorello! chronicles New York’s Mayor LaGuardia’s rise from an immigrant’s son to the feisty congressman who brought down the crooked Tammany Hall political machine. (He’s also the man singularly responsible for saving City Center from the wrecking ball and transforming it into Manhattan’s first performing arts center.) Fiorello! has a book by Jerome Weidman and George Abbott; music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical and is one of only eight musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Songs from the 1959 show include “Little Tin

Box,” “Till Tomorrow,” “Politics and Poker” and “When Did I Fall In Love?”

Tickets: Starting at $30
Press: Helene Davis, (212) 354-7436,

February 13 – 16, 2013 Tickets on Sale September 4

For the first time since 1996, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s full company returns to New York and City Center, under the direction of artistic director Peter Boal. Accompanied by Music Director/Principal Conductor Emil de Cou and the acclaimed PNB Orchestra, the company will present two programs: A mixed repertoire of blockbuster Balanchine ballets, and Jean-Christophe Maillot’s full-length Roméo et Juliette.

The works of George Balanchine are central to the history of Pacific Northwest Ballet, with 38 of his ballets in the company’s repertory. The three works selected for City Center span the first 30 years of Balanchine’s choreography: Concerto Barocco (1941), Agon (1957) and Apollo (1928).

PNB was the first American ballet company to perform choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot’s contemporary interpretation of Roméo et Juliette. In his startlingly unconventional version of the classic tragedy, Maillot, artistic director of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, has taken inspiration from Sergei Prokofiev’s classic score, structuring the action in a manner akin to cinematic narrative.

Special thanks to Raisbeck Engineering, Principal Sponsor of PNB’s 2013 New York City Center tour Tickets: Starting at $35

Press: Helene Davis, (212) 354-7436, helene@helenedavispr.com_

March 6 – 9, 2013 Tickets on Sale September 4

Spain’s renowned repertory company, directed by contemporary flamenco star Ruben Olmo, presents Metafora, a program that will transport the audience to the emotion, drama and passion of Andalucía, the cradle of flamenco. The performance by the 17-member company will feature castanets, fans, traditional flamenco “bata de cola” dresses and effervescent heel-and-toe step combinations, along with the power of “escuela Bolera” and the demanding technique and jaw-dropping athleticism of Spanish dance.

Tickets: Starting at $35
Press: Helene Davis, (212) 354-7436,


March 20 – 24, 2013 Tickets on Sale October 8

Artistic Director Jack Viertel; Music Director Rob Berman

It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman, a pop art–flavored sendup of the comic book world, tells the story of the caped hero’s efforts to protect Metropolis from an array of villains, including a mad scientist, a megalomaniacal gossip columnist and a mysterious clan of under-employed acrobats. Superman has music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Lee Adams and a book by David Newman and Robert Benton. The original 1966 production, directed by Harold Prince and starring Jack Cassidy, Bob Holiday and Linda Lavin, opened at Alvin Theatre on March 29, 1966, and ran for 129 performances. Superman features the songs “You’ve Got Possibilities,” “You’ve Got What I Need” and “The Woman for The Man.”

Tickets: Starting at $30
Press: Helene Davis, (212) 354-7436,


Moses in Egypt (April 14–20) La Périchole (April 21–27)

Tickets on Sale TBA

New York City Opera returns to City Center, its first home, for the first time since 1965 with brand-new productions of Gioachino Rossini’s Moses in Egypt, followed by Jacques Offenbach’s La Périchole.

Moses in Egypt, Gioachino Rossini’s rarely heard, large-scale bel canto opera has a libretto by Andrea Leone Tottola and music that places Rossini directly in the lineage of Mozart. Although the Italian composer revised Moses in Egypt several times, this new production presents his original version and is the opera’s first full NYC staging of the original version in more than 180 years. It will be directed and designed by Michael Counts.

Jacques Offenbach’s operetta La Périchole, with a libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, is a lyrical satire loosely based on the life of one of the 18th century’s most famous Peruvians, Micaela Villegas, a wildly popular entertainer who was mistress to the head of state. It will be directed by Christopher Alden.

In addition to these productions at City Center, NYC Opera will present two operas at BAM. Tickets: Starting at $25

Contact: Risa Heller 646-545-6242,


May 9 – 13, 2013 Tickets on Sale October 8

Artistic Director Jack Viertel; Music Director Rob Berman

Rodgers & Hart’s On Your Toes, an improbable mix of gangsters, vaudeville and classical ballet, was the first musical to successfully integrate classical dance into the Broadway musical format. It has a book by George Abbott, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, music by Richard Rodgers, and lyrics by Lorenz Hart. The original production was choreographed by George Balanchine and starred Ray Bolger, Tamara Geva and Monty Woolley. It opened on April 11, 1936, at the Imperial Theatre and ran for 315 performances. Songs include “Glad to be Unhappy,” “There’s A Small Hotel” and the legendary ballet “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.” Former Encores! music director Rob Fisher returns for this production.

Tickets: Starting at $30
Press: Helene Davis, (212) 354-7436,

Cherry Orchard Festival presents JOHN MALKOVICH in


May 31 – June 2, 2013

Tickets on Sale September 4

Writer, poet, gambler, military man, prison escapee, friend of princes, popes and cardinals, and above all, lover, from 1725 to 1798, the Venetian author and adventurer Giacomo Casanova has surely lived one of the most extraordinary lives of all time. But what worth has a rich and colorful life, when you are soon to die? John Malkovich portrays the master scoundrel and seducer during his twilight years in The Giacomo Variations, making its New York debut fresh from the world premiere in Vienna.

Under the direction of Austrian Michael Sturminger, Malkovich and co-star Ingeborga Dapkünaité perform scenes from Casanova’s 1790 memoir, Histoire de ma vie. As Casanova reminisces about one of his close friends, Mozart’s librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, we hear excerpts from some of Mozart’s best-known operas – Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro – performed live by a Wiener Academy Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Martin Haselböck.

Tickets: Starting at $35
Press: Dasha Korol, (718) 578-7374,

Tickets for all shows except Choir Boy on sale October 1, 2012

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, Manhattan Theatre Club has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theater companies. Over the past four decades, MTC productions have earned a total of 18 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. Mandy Greenfield, MTC’s Artistic Producer is the lead in programming and execution at MTC’s Off-Broadway homes at City Center.

MTC’s City Center season at Stage I features: four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally’s new play Golden Age (Stage I, November 13 – December 30), directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie; Liz Flahive’s new play The Madrid (Stage I, February 5 – March 24), directed by Leigh Silverman and starring three-time Emmy Award winner Edie Falco; and Tony nominee Nell Benjamin’s new comedy The Explorers Club (Stage I, May 14 – June 30)

This fall, MTC will return to Stage II with The Studio at Stage II – The Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series, with the world premiere of Julia Jordan’s and Juliana Nash’s new musical Murder Ballad (Stage II, October 30 – November 25), directed by Trip Cullman; and Tarell Alvin McRaney’s Choir Boy, a play with music (Stage II, June 18 – July 14).

In addition to the five productions at City Center, MTC will present three plays at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Stage I tickets: $80; Stage II tickets: $30 Press: Aaron Meier,

WOMEN’S PROJECT Tickets on Sale September 4

City Center welcomes the Women’s Project to Stage II this season. As the nation’s oldest and largest company dedicated to producing and promoting theater created by women, Women’s Project, under the leadership of Julie Crosby, is the magnetic force field for innovative artists and adventurous theater-goers from around the world. Throughout its luminous history, WP has staged over 600 mainstage productions and developmental projects, and published eleven anthologies of plays by women.

The Women’s Project Stage II season includes the world premiere of Bethany by Laura Marks, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch (January 11 – February 17); the North American Premiere of Jackie by Elfriede Jelinek, winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature, translated by Gitta Honegger and directed by Tea Alagic (February 24 – March 31); and the New York premiere of Collapse by Allison Moore, directed by Jackson Gay (April 7 – May 19).

Single Tickets $60; Season memberships start at $60 and include all three shows Press: Bruce Cohen, (212) 580-9548,

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Marina Harss is a translator and dance writer in New York City. Recent translations include Elisabeth Gille’s ”The Mirador” and Alberto Moravia’s ”Two Friends.” Her dance writing has appeared in The N more


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