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Rando to direct Encores! production

John Rando (“Urinetown”) will helm the Encores! production of “On the Town,” with Warren Carlyle (“A Tale of Two Cities”) choreographing.

Fall production, set to run Nov. 19-23, will not only be part of the annual Encores! series of semi-staged concert readings but also an offering in a concurrent, citywide fest celebrating the 90th birthday of “Town” composer Leonard Bernstein.

With book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, the 1944 tuner follows three sailors on a day of shore leave in Gotham. No casting for the Encores! incarnation has been confirmed.

Also on the Encores! bill this season are the 1932 Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II musical “Music in the Air” (Feb. 5-8) and the 1949 E.Y. Harburg-Burton Lane tuner “Finian’s Rainbow” (March 26-29).

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