In the manner of the acclaimed Encores series presented by City Center in New York, ARK Enterprises International LLC is establishing the Spotlight Series in the United Kingdom. Like the Encores series, Spotlight will focus on the rarely-seen musicals from the decades of the treasure trove of these works, presented in semi-staged first-class productions with world class casts. Unlike the Encores series which is only seen in New York, the Spotlight series is conceived to tour to regional theaters throughout the United Kingdom as well as seasons in London. In addition, the series will also be presented in Canada, Australia and selected cites in the United States, bringing these works to a much wider audience who would otherwise never have the opportunity to see and appreciate them. Again, unlike the Encores series, which only looks at the American musical, Spotlight will be presented as two distinct series.
The first, like the Encores series, will be Spotlight on Broadway. This series will investigate the treasures of rarely or never-performed great Broadway musicals of the past. The second series, Spotlight on the West End, will focus on the rarely performed English musicals written for London. At present, apart from the musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber, this vast catalogue is terribly neglected, and yet contains some truly magnificent creations.