Season kicks off with Gershwins,' 'Girl Crazy'
Composers Gershwin, Rome and Sondheim are on the bill for the 2009-10 season at Encores!, City Center’s annual series of semi-staged concert revivals, often of lesser-known tuners.Season will kick off in November with “Girl Crazy” (Nov. 19-22), the 1930 tuner from George and Ira Gershwin that yielded songs including “I Got Rhythm” and “Embraceable You.” Book by Guy Bolton and Jack McGowan follows a New Yorker stuck in a podunk Western town. Next up is “Fanny” (Feb. 4-7), the 1954 tuner by Harold Rome (“I Can Get It for You Wholesale”) with book by Joshua Logan (“South Pacific”) and S.N. Behrman. Based on a trilogy of plays by Marcel Pagnol, storyline follows a young woman whose marriage of convenience to an older man is complicated by the return of the sailor who fathered her child. Encores! season finishes with “Anyone Can Whistle,” the short-lived 1964 offering from composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim and book writer Arthur Laurents (who helmed the current revival of “West Side Story,” for which he also penned the book). The little-seen topical satire will run April 8-11, 2010. Directors and casts for the three shows remain to be announced. Encores! program, which just wrapped its 16th season, has yielded a handful of Broadway transfers including “Chicago,” “Wonderful Town” and “Gypsy,” which originated in the series’ more recently inaugurated summer season.