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Encores! Plans Revivals of 'Bells Are Ringing,' 'Lost in the Stars' and 'Where’s Charley?'

Via NY Times Arts Beat: Any theater news going on today? Not really? Well then this ought to break that dry spell: Encores!, the annual series at New York City Center that stages revivals of overlooked and underappreciated musicals from bygone eras (too soon to campaign for “Addams Family” in 2043?) has announced the lineup of works it will present for its 2010-2011 season.

City Center said the new Encores! season would begin with “Bells Are Ringing,” the musical by Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, which will run from Nov. 18 through 21. Judy Holliday starred in the original 1956 Broadway production, about a phone-answering service employee who gets involved in the lives of her clients, as well as the 1960 film version with Dean Martin and directed Vincente Minnelli. A short-lived 2001 Broadway revival did not add to its esteem.

The next Encores! production will be “Lost in the Stars,” the musical version of the Alan Paton novel “Cry, the Beloved Country,” with music by Kurt Weill and book and lyrics by Maxwell Anderson. It was first presented on Broadway in 1949 and briefly revived in 1972; this version will run at City Center from Feb. 3 through Feb. 6, 2011.

Finally, Encores! will present “Where’s Charley?,” the farcical George Abbott musical adapted from the Brandon Thomas comedy “Charley’s Aunt,” from March 17 through 20, 2011. The original 1948 Broadway production, directed by Mr. Abbott and choreographed by George Balanchine, starred Ray Bolger; it also featured the first Broadway score by Frank Loesser, who contributed songs like “Once in Love With Amy.”

Casts and creative teams for the Encores! revivals will be announced at a later date.