Fall 2010 Calendar of Events
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
A World Premiere
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off the Dark
Music & Lyrics by Bono and The Edge
Book by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger
Directed by Julie Taymor
at the Hilton Theatre
213 West 42nd Street
Previews begin Fall, 2010
Drawing from over 40 years of Marvel comic books for inspiration, SPIDER-MAN Turn Off the Dark spins a new take on the mythic tale of a young man propelled from a modest rowhouse in Queens to the sky-scraping spire of the Chrysler Building, the bustling offices of the Daily Bugle, through the dizzying canyons of Manhattan, to new vistas never before seen. The musical follows the story of teenager Peter Parker, whose unremarkable life is turned upside-down literally when he’s bitten by a genetically altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to his bedroom ceiling. This bullied science-geek suddenly endowed with astonishing powers soon learns, however, that with great power comes great responsibility as villains test not only his physical strength but also his strength of character. Spider-Man’s battles will hurtle the audience through an origin story both recognizable and unexpected yielding new characters as well as familiar faces until a final surprising confrontation casts a startling new light on this hero’s journey.
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off the Dark features music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy® Award-winners Bono and The Edge of U2 with direction by Tony® Award-winner Julie Taymor (The Tempest, Across The Universe, The Lion King) and a book by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger (Underneath The Lintel). The creative team includes Daniel Ezralow (Choreography), George Tsypin (Scenic Design), Academy Award®-winner Eiko Ishioka (Costume Design), Tony® Award-winner Donald Holder (Lighting Design), Jonathan Deans (Sound Design) and Teese Gohl (Musical Supervision).
SPIDER-MAN Turn Off the Dark is produced by Michael Cohl, Jeremiah J. Harris, Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Marvel Entertainment, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
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A Broadway Premiere
Driving Miss Daisy
By Alfred Uhry
Starring James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave and Boyd Gaines
Directed by David Esbjornson
at the John Golden Theatre
252 West 45th Street
Previews begin October 7, 2010
Opening Night October 25, 2010
Producers Jed Bernstein and Adam Zotovich present Tony® Award-winners James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave and Boyd Gaines in the Broadway Premiere of Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Driving Miss Daisy, directed by David Esbjornson (The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?).
From its landmark Off-Broadway production in 1987 to the remarkable success of the Oscar-winning film version (4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture), Driving Miss Daisy has become one of the most beloved American stories of the late twentieth century. Mr. Uhry’s classic play is a timeless, searing, funny, and ultimately hopeful meditation on race relations in America, told through the complex relationship between two of popular culture’s most enduring characters. When Daisy Werthan (Redgrave), a widowed, 72-year-old Jewish woman living in midcentury Atlanta, is deemed too old to drive, her son (Gaines) hires Hoke Colburn (Jones), an African American man, to serve as her chauffeur. What begins as a troubled and hostile pairing, soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them.
Both icons of the stage, Ms. Redgrave has enjoyed an extraordinary career that includes her Tony® Award-winning performance in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and her memorable last Broadway appearance in Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, for which she was also nominated for the Tony Award; Mr. Jones made his Broadway debut in the Tony® Award-winning play, Sunrise at Campobello, in 1958, and Driving Miss Daisy caps a career that includes his starring roles in the original Broadway production of Fences, for which he won the Tony® Award, and his Tony®-winning (and Oscar nominated) performance in The Great White Hope.
In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Mr. Uhry received the Academy Award for his screenplay of Driving Miss Daisy, and is the recipient of two Tony® Awards – for his play The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Best Play 1997), and his book for the musical Parade (1998).
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One-Night-Only Staged Reading
to benefit The Actors Fund and Friends in Deed
The Normal Heart
By Larry Kramer
Directed by Joel Grey
at the Walter Kerr Theatre
219 West 48th Street
Monday, October 18, 2010
Joel Grey will direct an all-star cast in an historic, 25th anniversary staged reading of Larry Kramer’s classic drama, The Normal Heart, at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Monday, October 18. Daryl Roth presents this one-night-only event benefitting The Actors Fund and Friends In Deed, an organization that provides pragmatic emotional and spiritual support for all those affected by life threatening illness, caregiving and grief. Casting news will be announced shortly.
The Normal Heart focuses on the terrifying early years of the AIDS epidemic in New York and the criminal silence of official America in dealing with it. First produced by Joseph Papp and directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg for New York’s Public Theater, the play became a cause célèbre and ran for 294 performances. Many of the issues the play addresses – including gay marriage, AIDS, gays in the military, and the healthcare system – are as relevant today as they were 25 years ago.
Among the countless highlights of Joel Grey’s career is his starring role in the original production of The Normal Heart at The Public Theater, in which he followed Brad Davis in the central role of Ned Weeks. This experience accords Mr. Grey an incomparable insight into the play, as well as a passionate commitment to the piece and to the issue it revolutionized: the AIDS epidemic.
NEW OFF BROADWAY:
A New York Premiere
Mistakes Were Made
A new comedy
By Craig Wright
Directed by Dexter Bullard
at the Barrow Street Theater
27 Barrow Street
Previews begin November 5, 2010
Opening Night November 14, 2010
Producers Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian and Tom Wirtshafter, in association with Chicago’s A Red Orchid Theatre, will present the New York premiere of the comedy, Mistakes Were Made, by Craig Wright with direction by Dexter Bullard. The two-member cast features Academy Award-nominee Michael Shannon as Felix Artifex and Mierka Girten as Esther and reunites the creative team of the Off-Broadway smash hit Bug.
Producer or politician? Is he defending his life or fighting to get one last project off the ground? Either way, Mistakes Were Made finds Felix completely oblivious to the world collapsing around him. The play received its world premiere at A Red Orchid Theater in 2009 and reunites the cast and director for this New York production.
Tickets are available by visiting SmartTix (212) 868-4444, www.smarttix.com, or at the Barrow Street Theatre box office (open at 1 p.m. daily). Student tickets at $20 are available on the day of performance only at the box office.
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Through The Night
Written and Performed by Daniel Beaty
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright
at the Union Square Theatre
100 East 17th Street
Previews begin September 10, 2010
Opening Night September 26, 2010
In Through the Night, Daniel Beaty portrays an entire community of people who experience an unexpected epiphany on the same evening that changes their lives forever. The work is a timely and inspiring story of possibility and hope, weaving together a unique blend of humor, poetry, music, and drama. The New York Times wrote of Through the Night, “Daniel Beaty’s poetic solo show is a thing of beauty, wit, grit and piercing lyricism.”
Produced by Daryl Roth, Through the Night is being presented with the enthusiastic participation of a “Who’s Who” of artists and influencers who will act as Artistic Ambassadors for the production. This select group, who will be actively involved in the production, lending support through audience development, personal appearances, etc., includes Bill Cosby, Ruby Dee, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Phylicia Rashad, among many others.
Tickets are available by visiting Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or calling 800-982-2787 or 212-279-4200.
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at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
121 Christopher Street
A World Premiere
A co-production with the Geffen Playhouse
The Break of Noon
By Neil LaBute
Directed by Jo Bonney
With David Duchovny
Previews begin October 28, 2010
Opening Night November 15, 2010
Through December 12, 2010
The Break of Noon marks Neil LaBute’s seventh collaboration with MCC Theater as Playwright-in-Residence, following the 2009 Tony Award-nominated Best Play, Reasons to be Pretty. Renowned for his darkly-comic morality plays (The Shape of Things, In a Dark Dark House), he teams up again with longtime collaborator, director Jo Bonney (Some Girl(s), Fat Pig), for this exploration of the daunting, sometimes harrowing process of “finding religion.” David Duchovny (Californication, The X-Files) will star as John Smith, a man who, amidst the chaos and horror of the worst office shooting in American history, sees the face of God. His modern-day revelation creates a maelstrom of disbelief among everyone he knows. A newcomer to faith, John urgently searches for a modern response to the age-old question: at what cost salvation?
A World Premiere
The Other Place
By Sharr White
Previews begin March 10, 2011
Opening Night March 28, 2011
Through April 24, 2011
Hot off a string of hits in Seattle, Chicago, and L.A., fast-rising playwright Sharr White (Sunlight, Six Years) makes his New York debut with MCC Theater’s production of this volatile and emotional thriller, where longing for the past and hope for the future collide in a cottage on the windswept shores of Cape Cod. Juliana Smithton’s research into the molecular basis for Alzheimer drugs has propelled her into elite scientific circles. When her private life takes a frightening turn, Juliana (bracingly intelligent and not one to easily acknowledge weakness), finds herself drowning in a sea of distorted memory, still struggling to reach out for help.
A World Premiere
By Michael Weller
Previews begin May 12, 2011
Opening Night May 31, 2011
Through June 26, 2011
MCC Theater’s acclaimed 2008 hit Fifty Words (which starred Norbert Leo Butz and Elizabeth Marvel) culminated in one desperate phone call. Side Effects is the story of what happened on the other end of the line. This harrowing and unique journey is expertly plotted by playwright Michael Weller, noted for Loose Ends and Moonchildren, a seminal work for the American stage. Hugh and Lindy's marriage seems picture-perfect, a beacon in their microcosmic Midwestern world of dinner parties and fundraisers. Behind closed doors they’re falling apart – doors they can barely keep shut. Lindy’s grappling with bipolar swings, their teenage sons are acting out, and Hugh’s rising political star is suddenly imperiled.
Ticket packages are available by contacting TicketCentral at www.ticketcentral.com or calling 212-279-4200.
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at 59E59 Theaters
59 East 59th Street
A World Premiere
A New Musical
Book, Music & Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford,
Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth
Directed by Joe Calarco
Previews begin September 21, 2010
Opening Night October 5, 2010
Through October 30, 2010
The second production of Primary Stages 26th Season is the world premiere of a new musical In Transit with book, music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth. With direction and musical staging by Joe Calarco, and performed completely a cappella, the 7-member cast features Steve French as Bass, Celisse Henderson as Alto/Regina, Hannah Laird as Soprano/Ali, Chesney Snow as Boxman, Graham Stevens as Baritone/Nate, Denise Summerford as Mezzo/Jane and Tommar Wilson as Tenor/Trent.
In this fresh take on the modern musical, seven performers take on multiple roles and create every note with their own voices for a rich theatrical experience unlike anything you've ever seen (or heard) on stage before. Inspired by the rhythms and sounds of life on the subway, In Transit follows an aspiring actress, a fledgling financier, a street-savvy beatboxer, a cab driver, and others as they find their way in New York City. The result is a vivid tapestry of characters and music in the City that never stands still.
A World Premiere
A New Comedy
By A.R. Gurney
Directed by Mark Lamos
Previews begin January 25, 2011
Opening Night February 8, 2011
Through March 5, 2011
Concluding the 26th Season is the world premiere of a new comedy, Black Tie, by A.R. Gurney directed by Mark Lamos. Father of the groom, Curtis, simply wants to make a memorable toast. But before he is able to raise his glass, he must defend the time-honored ways of his past, including his attire. Cultures clash when a surprise guest is announced, threatening to throw convention out the window. Curtis finds that balancing the standards of his late father and the needs of his future family may prove too messy for a black tie affair. The celebrated author of Buffalo Gal, Indian Blood, The Dining Room, Love Letters, and numerous other plays returns to Primary Stages.
Subscription packages are available by visiting TicketCentral directly at www.ticketcentral.com or calling 212-279-4200. For theater patrons 35 and under, Primary Stages offers specially priced $20 tickets (maximum two tickets per valid ID). Advance tickets are available through Ticket Central using code PS35. Failure to present a valid ID will result in an additional $40 fee. All tickets are subject to availability.
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16th Anniversary Season
RATTLESTICK PLAYWRIGHTS THEATER
224 Waverly Place
(off Seventh Avenue South – Between West 11th and Perry Street)
A World Premiere
Written by Florencia Lozano
Directed by Pedro Pascal
Previews begin September 1, 2010
Opening Night September 10, 2010
Through October 10, 2010
there's something underneath daisy's bed…something or someone. everything is not fine in newton. the ghosts of a foreign dirty war invade the home of the chaotic jimenez family, while a woman remembers the moment in her life when she disappeared for good.
A World Premiere
There Are No More Big Secrets
Written by Heidi Schreck
Directed by Kip Fagan
Previews begin November 3, 2010
Opening Night November 11, 2010
Through December 11, 2010
American expat Gabe hasn’t seen Charles and Maxine in years. When he returns to the United Stages with his Russian journalist wife Nina, and their daughter, he seeks refuge for his family in the home of his old friends. Inspired by the playwright’s own experience as a reporter in Siberia and St. Petersburg, There Are No More Big Secrets is a metaphysical examination of the limits of friendship.
A World Premiere
Written by Adam Rapp
Previews begin January 25, 2011
Opening Nights February 8 & 9, 2011
Through March 20, 2011
Playwright, novelist, screenwriter, filmmaker, and musician Adam Rapp has been a vital and prolific force in the New York theater world for more than a decade. His Hallway Trilogy begins with The Hallway, a ten-character drama that takes place on the evening of November 28th, 1953, the day following the death of Eugene O’Neill. A young actress has been struggling with severe depression (diagnosed as melancholia in those days) and has constructed a myth that Eugene O’Neill, the great playwright, has staged his own death to escape the trappings of fame. Parafin is set on the first evening of the 2003 New York City blackout and concerns a married couple, the wife expecting, the husband addicted to heroin, and his brother’s unrequited love for his wife. Light is also a major character in this second part of the trilogy, and what happens in daylight and what happens when night falls are perhaps the most compelling themes. Wolf in the Window is set in 2053 in a disease-free New York. The hallway has been transformed into a museum where young men and women in need of cash are injected with old-fashioned diseases for the amusement of the public. On this night the air-tight glass wall fractures.
A World Premiere
Carson McCullers Talks About Love
Written and Performed by Suzanne Vega
Directed by Kay Matschullat
Previews begin April 20, 2011
Opening Night April 28, 2011
Through June 4, 2011
The first theatrical work from one of the great songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega will perform the role of Carson McCullers in Carson McCullers Talks About Love, in which the iconic McCullers talks and reminisces about love and art and life. In trying to explain, she strives to conquer the demons that intrude on the course of love that for her and her characters never runs smoothly. Seamlessly moving from spoken word to song and back again, Vega channels McCullers in a way that reveals the meeting of two souls through a work of art.
Performances for all four shows are Monday, Thursday-Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets will be available through www.smarttix.com or by calling 212-868-4444.
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TARGET MARGIN THEATER
at The Brick Theater
575 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street)
November 4-21, 2010
Target Margin will kick off its 20th anniversary season in November with its annual Lab. After a successful Lab exploring Tennessee Williams' lesser-known works last season, Target Margin will return to Brooklyn, this time at The Brick Theater in Williamsburg. The 2010 Lab will be part of an overarching “core sample” season, looking at Target Margin's varied inspirations over the years, from unknown classics to experimental writing to new music and opera. The season will culminate in May 2010 with a return to their Shakespearean roots with The Tempest at HERE.
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TACT/THE ACTORS COMPANY THEATRE
in residence at The Beckett Theatre
On Theatre Row
410 West 4nd Street
Written by Vaclav Havel
Directed by Jenn Thompson
Previews begin October 25, 2010
Opening Night November 4, 2010
Through November 27, 2010
In The Memorandum, renowned playwright, former political prisoner, and the first president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, gives us a spiky satire of bureaucracy gone mad. When the managing director of an enormous corporation discovers that all office communications are suddenly being written in “Ptydepe,” a newly invented and impossibly complicated language, his attempts to get one memo translated lead him through an increasingly ridiculous maze of red tape.
Three Men on a Horse
Written by George Abbott & John Cecil Holm
Directed by Scott Alan Evans
Previews begin March 14, 2011
Opening Night March 23, 2011
Through April 16, 2011
In Three Men on a Horse, hen-pecked greeting-card writer, Erwin Trowbridge, has an uncanny ability for predicting the winners in horse races. For Erwin it’s just a hobby, but when his extraordinary talent is discovered by a down-and-out pack of gamblers and would-be hot-shots, Erwin suddenly finds himself very far from his safe suburban home in Ozone Heights. This dizzy and delightful Depression era comedy, by one of the American theatre’s most accomplished showmen, will bring a much needed lift to your Recession-wearied spirits.
Performances for both productions are Monday, Wednesday-Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday at 2 & 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets will be available through TeleCharge – www.telecharge.com/(212) 239-6200. They will also be available at the Theatre Row box office (410 West 42nd Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues) between 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm daily.
ONGOING OFF BROADWAY:
Daryl Roth presents
Love, Loss, and What I Wore
By Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron
Directed by Karen Carpenter
at the Westside Theatre
407 West 43rd Street
Daryl Roth presents Love, Loss, and What I Wore, an intimate collection of stories by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron. Directed by Karen Carpenter, this collection of stories is based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman, as well as on the recollections of the Ephrons’ friends. Like the popular book, Love, Loss, and What I Wore uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to. Love, Loss, and What I Wore opened in October 2009 and has been playing to sold-out houses at the Westside Theatre (407 W 43rd Street), where it’s broken all box office records and will soon celebrate its one-year anniversary.
The production, which was honored with a 2010 Drama Desk Award, is performed by a rotating cast of five all-star actors, who perform in four-week cycles. Members of the rotating cast have included Samantha Bee, Kristin Chenoweth, Tyne Daly, Fran Drescher, Janeane Garofalo, Melissa Joan Hart, Carol Kane, Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, Rosie O’Donnell, Rhea Perlman, Caroline Rhea, Doris Roberts, Tracee Ellis Ross, Sherri Shepherd, Brooke Shields, Cobie Smulders, Rita Wilson and many more.
In addition to its triumphant run at the Westside Theatre in NYC, Love, Loss, and What I Wore is also currently playing at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse and in Toronto at the Panasonic Theatre. A dollar from every ticket sold in all three cities benefits Dress for Success, a charity that provides work clothing and job support for low-income women. To date over $75,000 has been donated.
Tickets ($79.00) are available via Telecharge.com (212-239-6200) and in-person at the Westside Theatre Box Office (407 West 43rd Street). The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.
Praise for Love, Loss, and What I Wore
“THIS ONE SHOW THRILLS ALL! SURPRISING DELIGHT AND DEPTH!”
Joe Dziemianowicz, NY Daily News
“WITTY AND WISE!”
“FUNNY AND POIGNANT”
Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press
“BREEZY AND ENJOYABLE! A SHOW ABOUT MATTERS OF THE HEART AND MATTERS OF THE CLOSET.”
Charles Isherwood, New York Times
“A GREAT SHOW IS ALWAYS IN FASHION.”
Roma Torre, NY1
“NORA AND DELIA EPHRON ARE LITERARY ALCHEMISTS EXPERT AT MIXING THE SENTIMENTAL AND THE SATIRICAL AND TURNING OUT SOMETHING POIGNANT!”
John Simon, Bloomberg
“GET TICKETS! YOU WILL HAVE SUCH A GOOD TIME!”
Joan Hamburg, WOR Radio
OUT OF TOWN:
First National Tour
The producers of the Tony Award-winning revival of HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, have announced that they will launch a national tour of the hit Broadway production during the 2010-2011 Season. The tour will kick-off in our nation’s capital this fall, following a special sneak-peek engagement in New Haven, CT.
Directed by Diane Paulus and choreographed by Karole Armitage, HAIR features a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot. HAIR began preview performances on Friday, March 6 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street, NYC), opened to unanimous rave reviews on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 and closed on Sunday, June 27, 2010, having recouped its entire investment. The Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle also honored the production with their 2009 award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical.
The story of a group of young Americans searching for love and peace during the Vietnam era, HAIR is a timeless portrait of a movement that changed the world. Its groundbreaking rock score paved the way for some of the greatest musicals of our time.
New Haven, CT (Shubert) October 21-24, 2010
Washington, DC (Kennedy Center Opera House) October 26-November 21, 2010
Seattle, Washington (Paramount) November 28-December 5, 2010
Tempe, Arizona (Gammage) December 7-December 12, 2010
Portland, OR (Keller) December 28-January 2, 2011
Los Angeles, CA (Pantages) January 5-23, 2011
Costa Mesa, CA (OCPAC) January 25-Feburary 6, 2011
Pittsburgh, PA (Heinz Hall) February 15-20, 2011
Milwaukee, WI (Marcus Center/Uihlein Hall) February 22-27, 2011
Minneapolis, MN (Orpheum) March 1-March 6, 2011
Chicago, IL (TBA) March 8-20, 2011
Boston, MA (Colonial) March 22-April 10, 2011
Hershey, PA (Hershey Theater) April 12-17, 2011
Hartford, CT (Bushnell PAC) April 26-May 1, 2011
Schenectady, NY (Proctors) May 3-8, 2011
Durham, NC (Durham PAC) May 10-15, 2011
Atlanta, GA (Fox) May 17-22, 2011
Tampa, FL (TBPAC) May 24-29, 2011
Miami, FL (Arscht) May 31-June 5, 2011
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Broward Center) June 7-19, 2011
Orlando, FL (Bob Carr PAC) June 21-26, 2011
in The Carlyle Hotel
35 East 76th Street at Madison Avenue
Since opening in 1955, Café Carlyle has provided a singular intimate New York cabaret experience featuring musical performances by such legendary entertainers as Barbara Cook, Woody Allen, Elaine Stritch, Judy Collins and the incomparable Bobby Short, who held court from 1968 to 2005. This New York landmark that Liz Smith calls “the favorite of New York nightspots” maintains the famous wrap around Vertès murals, features new cosmetic elements and boasts a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system. Though the room has a new look and feel, it continues to uphold the tradition for which it is known throughout the world.
September 14 – 25, 2010
Tuesday – Friday, 8:45pm, $65pp ($40 Bar)
Saturday, 8:45pm & 10:45pm, $75pp ($45 Bar)
John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey
October 5 – November 6, 2010
Tuesday – Thursday, 8:45pm, $85pp ($50 Bar)
Friday, 8:45pm, $95pp ($50 Bar)
Saturday, 8:45pm & 10:45pm, $95pp ($50 Bar)
November 9 – December 31, 2010
Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:45 pm
Thursday – Saturday, 8:45 pm & 10:45 pm
Nov. Cover Charge: Tuesday – Thursday, $95 pp ($75 Bar)
Friday & Saturday, $105 pp ($80 Bar)
Dec. Cover Charge: Tuesday – Thursday, $105 pp ($80 Bar)
Friday & Saturday, $130 pp ($95 Bar)
Woody Allen and the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band
Through December 13, 2010
Mondays at 8:45 p.m., $110 pp ($85pp w/$25 drink minimum)
For Café Carlyle reservations call 212-744-1600.
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315 West 44th Street
Dubbed “The Jazz Corner of the World,” by its namesake, the late jazz saxophone icon Charlie “Bird” Parker, Birdland is a modern nightclub in the tradition of classic New York elegance.
Birdland has presented memorable sets by such music legends as the late Oscar Peterson and Hank Jones, Pat Metheny, Diana Krall, Roy Haynes, Michel Legrand, Pat Martino, Tony Williams, Michel Petrucciani, John Scofield, Keely Smith, Phoebe Snow, Dave Holland and Tito Puente, as well as the big bands of Chico O'Farrill, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Maria Schneider.
Showtimes are Tuesday through Sunday at 8:30 p.m. & 11:00 p.m. and Monday at 7:00 p.m. Tickets range from $20 -$60, depending on the act. An award-winning menu features Southern Cuisine with a Cajun accent and is served nightly from 5:00 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and until 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Reservations are highly recommended and may be made by calling the club at 212-581-3080 or by visiting www.birdlandjazz.com.
Fall 2010 performance schedule (subject to change):
Leny Andrade (August 31-September 4)
Dave Liebman, Steve Kuhn, Steve Swallow, Billy Drummond (September 7-11)
Nicholas Payton Sextet (September 14-18)
Coltrane Revisited with Joe Lovano (September 21-25)
Gonzalo Rubalcaba Sextet (September 28-October 2)
Kurt Elling Quartet (October 5-9)
John Abercrombie Quartet (October 12-16)
Pat Martino (October 26-30)
Django Reinhardt Festival (November 3-6)
John Pizzarelli (December 14-18)
Freddy Cole (December 21-25)
The Birdland Big Band with Tommy Igoe (December 28-January 1)
Hilary Kole Big Band (December 31-January 1)
Regular Weekly Birdland Engagements
CHICO O’FARRILL’S AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA (directed by Arturo O’Farrill, Jr.)
Arranger-bandleader Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill, Sr. began introducing Afro-Cuban rhythms into jazz in the 1940’s. The band bearing Chico’s name (directed by his son Arturo) “continues to showcase the most seamless blend of clavè rhythm and bebop harmony anywhere.” (Time Out New York)
Sundays at 9 p.m. & 11 p.m. ($30)
1395 Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
Jordan Roth will continue his multi-evening “Broadway Talks” conversation series at the 92nd Street Y this fall. Each evening will feature an illuminating discussion between Mr. Roth and a current Broadway star. Fall guests include Billie Joe Armstrong & Michael Mayer (Creators of Broadway’s American Idiot), David Hyde Pierce (La Bête), and the legendary Elaine Stritch (A Little Night Music).
The schedule for the Fall 2010 “Broadway Talks” series is as follows:
Billie Joe Armstrong Sunday, September 19, 7:30 pm, Lexington Ave. @ 92nd Street
& Michael Mayer
David Hyde Pierce Sunday, October 24, 7:30 pm, Lexington Ave. @ 92nd Street
Elaine Stritch Monday, December 6, 8:00 pm, Lexington Ave. @ 92nd Street
Tickets are $29 and can be purchased by calling 212-415-5500 or visiting www.92Y.org/lectures.
About the 92nd Street Y: Founded in 1874 by a group of visionary Jewish leaders, the 92nd Street Y’s mission is to enrich lives, create community and elevate humanity. The organization serves about 300,000 people of all ages, races, faiths and backgrounds annually through its local programs, and reaches many more through its satellite, television, radio and Internet broadcasts. The 92nd Street Y awards nearly $1 million in scholarships annually and reaches out to thousands of public school children through subsidized arts and science education programs. 92Y’s new downtown venue, 92YTribeca, opened in October 2008, and features a wide range of programming including music, film, comedy and talks.
Jordan Roth is the President of Jujamcyn Theaters, whose current Broadway productions include American Idiot, Fela!, Jersey Boys, and A Little Night Music.
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AMERICAN THEATRE WING
The American Theatre Wing (Theodore S. Chapin, Chairman of the Board of Directors; Howard Sherman, Executive Director) is best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards®, which it presents annually with The Broadway League. The Wing sponsors many activities, all dedicated to recognizing excellence and supporting education in theatre. These programs include:
• “Downstage Center,” a weekly podcast featuring in-depth interviews with the leading artists and professionals working on stage today.
• “Working in the Theatre,” a weekly television program on CUNY TV which gathers panels of theater artists to discuss their crafts.
• “In the Wings,” a new web series (and winner of the 2010 Telly Award) that spotlights theatre’s behind-the-scenes talents.
• The Theatre Intern Group, a career development program for young professionals.
• SpringboardNYC, a two-week college-to-career boot camp for young performers moving to NYC.
• The Jonathan Larson® Grants, given annually to honor emerging composers, lyricists and book writers.
• “Guides to Careers in the Theatre,” a video series developed for schools and libraries.
• A grants program for New York City not-for-profit theatre companies, which has awarded nearly $3 million since its inception.
The expanded offerings of the American Theatre Wing website include “Masters of the Stage” with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and “This is Broadway” with The Broadway League. All ATW media is available on americantheatrewing.org and on iTunes. For additional information about all American Theatre Wing programs, go to americantheatrewing.org. You can also find the American Theatre Wing on Twitter (www.twitter.com/TheWing).
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Give•nik (n.) 1. a person whose passion for charity is matched only by his/her passion for discounted theater tickets; 2. a user of givenik.com
Givenik.com is redefining theatergoers, one ticket at a time. The revolutionary service provides discounted theater tickets to dozens of Broadway and Off Broadway shows and then donates 5% of the ticket price to the charity of the ticket-buyer’s choice. Give money, save money, see a show—it’s a win-win-win situation.
Any certified non-profit organization can sign up to be a part of Givenik.com for free and develop a new, year-round fundraising mechanism. At present, more than 300 organizations (and counting) have joined Givenik.com since it launched in 2007, from national groups to local chapters, and from arts organizations to educational institutions, include Broadway Impact, City Harvest, Human Rights Campaign, Dress for Success Worldwide, God’s Love We Deliver, The Actors Fund, Central Park Conservancy, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, People for the American Way, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Creative Alternatives of New York, Manhattan Theatre Club, local chapters of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers / Big Sisters, as well as community PTA’s and temples.
Theatergoers interested in becoming “giveniks” and charitable organizations and school groups interested in joining can simply go to www.givenik.com for more information.
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BROADWAY KIDS CARE (BKC)
Founded in 2007 by Kelly Gonda, President of East of Doheny, and embraced and supported by the entire East of Doheny staff, Broadway Kids Care (BKC) brings together the children from current and past Broadway shows, affording them the opportunity to perform community service and, in the process, instill a strong philanthropic sensibility and foster a sense of community among the young actors and their families.
During its brief history, BKC’s members have hosted Halloween and Easter events where they assembled gifts for the children of Freedom House, knitted scarves for the residents at the Lillian Booth Actor’s Home, made peace/friendship bracelets for the troops in Iraq, made hats and bandanas for children undergoing chemotherapy at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and raised funds for UNICEF’s One Pack=One Vaccine program via their annual bake sale.
For more information Broadway Kids Care, visit their website at bwaykidscare.com.
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THE HAROLD AND MIMI STEINBERG CHARITABLE TRUST
PRESENTS BIENNIAL DISTINGUISHED PLAYWRIGHT AWARD
Awards Ceremony – Monday, November 8, 2010
The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust continues its tradition of honoring artistic excellence in the American theater by supporting the growth and development of outstanding playwrights with the second biennial Distinguished Playwright Award (‘The Mimi’). The honor comes with a cash prize of $200,000, making this by far the largest award ever created to honor and encourage artistic achievement in the American theater.
The very first ‘Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award’ went to Tony Kushner in 2008. Last year, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust presented David Adjmi, Tarell Alvin McCraney and Bruce Norris with the first ‘Steinberg Playwright Awards.’ The Advisory Committee and the Steinberg Trust honored Mr. Norris for his body of work and outstanding potential (for which he received a $50,000 cash award), and Messrs. Adjmi and McCraney for being promising new voices in the theater (for which they will each received a cash award of $25,000). The playwrights were also presented with ‘The Mimi,’ a statue designed by Tony Award-nominated scenic designer and architect David Rockwell. The ‘Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award’ (for established playwrights) and the ‘Steinberg Playwright Awards’ (for playwrights in earlier stages of their careers), both known as ‘The Mimi,’ are presented in alternating years.
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