Encores! Off-Center's production of Promenade, music by Al Carmines, book and lyrics by María Irene Fornés, tries to turn a charming urchin into a sophisticated prince. Why? I imagine for the censors and for an audience more familiar with plot, character development and virtuosity than with theatre created by improvisation, relationship and heart. Promenade was originally produced in 1965 for... Read more
New York City Center continues its 2019 Encores! Off-Center season with a production of Maria Irene Fornés’ 1965 work Promenade, featuring music by Al Carmines.
(Photos by Joan Marcus)
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Promenade follows two escaped prisoners, known only as 105 and 106, as they run through The City, mingling with an assortment of characters from the poor and homeless to the extremely wealthy. This absurdist look at the haves and have-nots features music ranging in style from rock to blues to Noel Coward and Puccini.