City Center Summer Series Features ‘Assassins’ and ‘Really Rosie’

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The 2017 Encores! Off-Center season at City Center will include shows with music by Carole King, left, and Stephen Sondheim.

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City Center will present staged concert revivals of “Assassins,” “The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin” and “Really Rosie” this summer through the Encores! Off-Center season.

The season, the first put together by the program’s new artistic director, Michael Friedman, will explore “different versions of the American dream,” Mr. Friedman said. “What kind of America do we have?” he asked. “What kind of America do we want?”

First up is “Assassins,” a musical about men and women who have tried to kill American presidents. Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics, and John Weidman wrote the book; the show ran off Broadway, at Playwrights Horizons, in 1991, and then had a Broadway production (delayed for years because of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks) presented by the Roundabout Theater Company in 2004.

The Off Broadway production received tepid reviews, but attitudes toward the show have changed considerably, and the Broadway production fared better, winning five Tony Awards, including for best musical revival. The City Center production is to be directed by Anne Kauffman, and will run from July 12 to 15.

The playwright Robert O’Hara (“Bootycandy”) will direct a two-night concert of “Bubbly Black Girl,” on July 26 and 27. The show, by Kirsten Childs, opened off Broadway, at Playwrights Horizons, in 2000; it is about Ms. Childs’ own journey to becoming a dancer.

Leigh Silverman will direct “Really Rosie,” a family musical about a girl in Brooklyn who dreams of being a star. The show features music by Carole King and a book and lyrics by Maurice Sendak; it opened off Broadway, at the Chelsea…

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