Nick Nazzaro ’21 and Samantha Butts ’19 in NYCC Encores The Life with Billy Porter

  • Encores! 2022: The Life

  • Samantha Butts ’19
  • Nick Nazzaro ’21 and Billy Porter
  • Encores! 2022
Dance alumni Nick Nazzaro ’21 and Samantha Butts ’19 are in NYCC Encores The Life with Billy Porter.

Nominated for 12 Tony Awards (including Best Musical) The Life tells the story of Queen and her fellow sex workers, who strive for a better life against all oppressive forces in post-disco Times Square. The production includes Jelani Alladin as Lou, Alexandra Grey as Queen, Antwayn Hopper as Memphis, Grammy-nominee Mykal Kilgore as Young JoJo, Grammy-winner Ledisi as Sonja, Erika Olson as Mary, Destan Owens as Old Jojo, and Ken Robinson as Fleetwood.

Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award-winning artist Billy Porter (Pose, Kinky Boots) reclaims this musical as the production’s adapter and director to bring forth the gritty, dangerous, and exciting decadence of 1980s New York City.

The Life is part of the 2022 Encores! season, a series of revivals celebrating American musical theater—now in its 28th year.