Carmen Cusack will play Ambassador Sally Adams in City Center Encores! 75th anniversary season presentation of Call Me Madam. Directed by Casey Hushion, choreographed by Tony nominee Denis Jones and musically directed by Rob Berman.
The 1995 Encores! Call Me Madam, directed by Charles Repole, starred Tony winner Tyne Daly and the 1950 original Broadway production, directed by George Abbott, had a Tony Award winning performance from Ethel Merman.
Featuring a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse and a score by Irving Berlin, Call Me Madam centers on a brassy ambassador to the fictional European nation of Lichtenberg. The show features “It’s a Lovely Day Today” and “Something to Dance About,” along with Berlin’s most famous counterpoint duet, “You’re Just in Love.”
The principal cast will also include Emmy winner Carol Kane (Taxi) as Grand Dutchess Sophie, Tony nominee Brad Oscar (Something Rotten!) as Senator Gallagher, Tony nominee Lauren Worsham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) as Princess Maria, Michael Benjamin Washington (The Boys in the Band) as Pemberton Maxwell, Ben Davis (Violet) as Cosmo Constantine, Adam Heller (It Shoulda Been You) as Congressman Wilkins and Stanley Wayne Mathis (Nice Work If You Can Get It) as Senator Brockbank. Casting has not yet been finalized for the roles of Kenneth Gibson, Sebastian Sebastian and Grand Duke Otto.
The ensemble will include Florrie Bagel, Daniel Berryman, Taeler Elyse Cyrus, Leslie Flesner, Ta’Nika Gibson, Christopher Gurr, Leah Horowitz, Javier Ignacio, Max Kumangai, Matt Loehr, Brandt Martinez, Skye Mattox, Timothy McDevitt, Harris Milgrim, Bethany Moore, Mary Page Nance, Robert Roby, Kathy Voytko, Sumi Yu and Ricardo Zayas.
Cusack earned a Tony nomination and a Theatre World Award for her Broadway-debut turn as Alice Murphy in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star. She has also appeared onstage in the national touring productions of South Pacific and Wicked, off-Broadway in Carrie and in the world premiere musical Lempicka at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Cusack will make her major motion picture debut in the upcoming Mr. Rogers biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
The production will run from February 6-10 at New York City Center.