Here’s a sneak look at Randy Newman as Mephistopheles, during a rehearsal for tonight’s one-night-only SRO concert of Faust: The Concert. The show, part of New York City Center’s Encores! Off-Center series, was originally written and presented in 1995 at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego and also ran at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. But it never came to Broadway.
The prolific composer/lyricist had earlier released an all-star album of the song cycle based on Goethe’s Faust that counted James Taylor, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt and Don Henley among the cast members.
The concert tonight features Newman with Broadway stars Michael Cerveris, Laura Osnes, Vonda Shepard and “Broadway Inspirational Voices.” It’s the second show in the series, to be followed by a revival of the country-western high-styled Pump Boys and Dinettes.