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Theater: Brian Stokes Mitchell to Lead Revival of “The Band Wagon”

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Talk about big shoes to fill.

Brian Stokes Mitchell, who snagged a Tony Award for his searing performance in “Ragtime” and was most recently on Broadway in “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” will star in the lad role of a revival of “The Band Wagon.” Mitchell, or Stokes as he’s known in theater circles,  will perform the role made famous in the 1953 film by Fred Astaire.

The revival, part of the Encores! series of revivals produced by New York City’s City Center (131 W. 55th St.), runs Nov. 6-16.  The production will be directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall.

“The Band Wagon” which features a classic score by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, is considered one of the classics from the heyday of MGM movie musicals. Among the songs associated with the show are “Shine On Your Shoes,” “That’s Entertainment!” and “Dancing in the Dark” and “I Guess I’ll Have To Change My Plans.” The film starred Astaire as a washed up showman who attempts a comeback with the help of a trio of showbiz friends and opposite a young ballet star with whom he falls he love.

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In addition to Astaire, the film “The Band Wagon” starred Cyd Charisse as the ballerina, James Mason as her boyfriend/partner, and as the trio of friends – Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray and Jack Buchanan.

In addition to Mitchell, the Encores! revival will star Laura Osnes, Michael McKean, Tracey Ullman and Roger Rees.

For tickets and more information, go to NYCityCenter.org.

 

Encores! series in New  has earned accolades for performances

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