O&M Co. Fall Preview 2014
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
IT’S ONLY A PLAY
By Terrence McNally
Directed by Jack O’Brien
Previews begin August 28, 2014
Opening Night set for October 9, 2014
at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
236 West 45th Street
Academy Award® winner F. Murray Abraham, Tony® Award winner Matthew Broderick, Emmy® and Tony® Award winner Stockard Channing, international film sensation Rupert Grint, Tony® Award winner Nathan Lane, Emmy® Award winner Megan Mullally, and newcomer Micah Stock star in It's Only a Play, produced on Broadway by Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, and Ken Davenport.
In It's Only a Play, it’s opening night of Peter Austin's (Matthew Broderick) new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big First Night with his best friend, a television star (Nathan Lane), his fledgling producer (Megan Mullally), his erratic leading lady (Stockard Channing), his wunderkind director (Rupert Grint), an infamous drama critic (F. Murray Abraham), and a fresh-off-the-bus coat check attendant (Micah Stock) on his first night in Manhattan. It’s alternately raucous, ridiculous and tender — and proves that sometimes the biggest laughs happen offstage.
Four-time Tony® Award winning playwright Terrence McNally and three-time Tony® Award winning director Jack O’Brien team up for this hilarious send-up of business, sure to be one of the fall’s hottest tickets.
THE FIRST WIVES CLUB
Direction by Simon Phillips
Book by Linda Bloodworth Thomason
Score by Holland-Dozier-Holland
Spring 2015 at
The Oriental Theatre
24 West Randolph St, Chicago
Producers Jonas Neilson, Paul Lambert and Executive Producer Elizabeth Williams have announced that an all-new production of The First Wives Club will be presented at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre in Spring 2015, aiming for Broadway in the 2015-2016 Season. Five-time Emmy® Award nominee Linda Bloodworth Thomason makes her theatrical debut as book writer and Simon Phillips will now direct the musical. The First Wives Club will feature songs — both new original music and classics — by Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland, who are responsible for such hits as “Reach Out…I'll Be There,” “Stop in the Name of Love,” “I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” and “My World Is Empty Without You.”
Bloodworth Thomason's new book is adapted from the New York Times Best-selling novel by Olivia Goldsmith, the hit 1996 Paramount Pictures film, and the earlier musical version by Rupert Holmes.
Casting and additional news from The First Wives Club will be announced at a later date.
A GENTLEMEN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
Book by Robert L. Freedman
Music by Steven Lutvak
Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman & Steven Lutvak
Directed by Darko Tresnjak
at the Walter Kerr Theatre
219 West 48th Street
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is the winner of the 2014 Tony® Awards for Best Musical, Direction of a Musical (Darko Tresnjak), Best Book of a Musical (Robert L. Freedman), and Costume Design of a Musical (Linda Cho). It received a season-leading 10 Tony® Award nominations, including dual nominations for Actor in a Musical (Jefferson Mays & Bryce Pinkham), Featured Actress in a Musical (Lauren Worsham), Score Written for the Theatre (Robert L. Freedman & Steven Lutvak), Scenic Design of a Musical (Alexander Dodge), Orchestrations (Jonathan Tunick), and is produced on Broadway by Joey Parnes, S.D. Wagner, and John Johnson.
The hit musical stars Tony® Award Winner Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham, and features Lisa O'Hare, Lauren Worsham, Jane Carr, Pamela Bob, Joanna Glushak, Eddie Korbich, Jeff Kready, Mark Ledbetter, Jennifer Smith, Price Waldman, and Catherine Walker.
Monty Navarro (Pinkham) has just received some really great news from his late mother’s lifelong friend Miss Shingle (Carr). He’s a long-lost member of a noble family and could become the next Earl of Highhurst! There are only eight minor issues, namely the other relatives who precede him in line for the title. So Monty does what any ambitious, highborn gentleman would do: he sets out to eliminate them one by one, all while juggling his mistress (O'Hare) (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (Worsham) (she’s his cousin, but who’s keeping track?), plus the constant threat of landing behind bars! But it will all be worth it if he can slay his way into Highhurst Castle…and be done in time for tea. Each of the eight heirs perilously standing in the way of Monty’s fortune are played by Jefferson Mays in a performance the New York Times calls “brilliant” and says “deserves to be immortalized in Broadway lore.”
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BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical
Book by Douglas McGrath
Featuring songs by
Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil
Directed by Marc Bruni
at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre
124 West 43rd Street
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, the new smash hit about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, opened on Broadway on January 12, 2014, and has since broken every box office record at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Starring newly minted Tony® Award-winner Jessie Mueller as 'Carole King,’ Beautiful features a book by Tony® and Academy® Award-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni and choreography by Josh Prince.
The cast of Beautiful also includes Jake Epstein as 'Gerry Goffin', Tony® Award nominees Anika Larsen and Jarrod Spector as 'Cynthia Weil' and 'Barry Mann', Jeb Brown as 'Don Kirshner', Tony® Award nominee Liz Larsen as 'Genie Klein', and an ensemble that includes Ashley Blanchet, E. Clayton Cornelious, Joshua Davis, Alysha Deslorieux, Kevin Duda, James Harkness, Carly Hughes, Sara King, Rebecca LaChance, Douglas Lyons, Chris Peluso, Gabrielle Reid, Rashidra Scott, Sara Sheperd, Yasmeen Sulieman, Daniel Torres, Melvin Tunstall, and Alan Wiggins.
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
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Direction & Choreography by Jerry Mitchell
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Music & Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre
302 West 45th Street
With a Tony® Award-winning score by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, a book by four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, and direction and choreography by two-time Tony® Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots took home six 2013 Tony® Awards and is still playing to sold-out crowds at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street). The show also received the 2013 Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Broadway.com Awards for Best Musical, along with many other accolades.
In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price (Andy Kelso) has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola (Tony® Award-winner Billy Porter). A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he’s meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.
Kinky Boots, which opened on Broadway on April 4, 2013 and has since broken all box office records at the Hirschfeld Theatre, recouped its costs in October 2013, after just 30 weeks on Broadway.
LABYRINTH THEATER COMPANY
Bank Street Theater
155 Bank Street
Labyrinth Theater Company (Mimi O’Donnell, Artistic Director; Danny Feldman, Managing Director) is a diverse, award-winning ensemble of artists who have changed the face of American theater through groundbreaking productions of provocative new plays. Founded in 1992 by a group of actors who wanted to push their artistic limits and tell new, more inclusive stories that expanded the boundaries of mainstream theater, Labyrinth has grown into a nationally renowned company of actors, directors, playwrights and designers from a wide array of cultural perspectives. Over the past 20 years, Labyrinth has developed hundreds of original works and premiered over 60 new American plays here in New York including Guinea Pig Solo, Jack Goes Boating, Jesus Hopped The A Train, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Our Lady of 121st Street, Sailor’s Song, Sistah Supreme, and the Company’s multi-Tony® nominated Broadway debut, The Motherf**ker With The Hat.
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at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
121 Christopher Street
MCC Theater (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director), founded in 1986 as Manhattan Class Company, is driven by a mission to provoke conversations that have never happened and otherwise never would. Led by Artistic Directors Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, and Executive Director Blake West, MCC fulfills its mission by producing new work that challenges artists and rewards audiences, and by nurturing the development of playwrights and students through a variety of literary and education programs that enable nearly 1,200 New York City high school students to find – and use – their own unique voice each year through the creation and performance of original theater pieces. MCC currently produces its annual season at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) and will open its own two-theater complex on West 52nd Street and 10th Avenue in 2017. Notable productions include the recent hits Hand to God; The Other Place; The Village Bike; Really Really; the Tony® Award-winning Frozen; the Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit; the re-imagined production of the musical Carrie; and eight plays by Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute, including Fat Pig, Reasons to Be Pretty and last season’s hit Reasons to Be Happy.
The first half of its four-show 2014-15 Main Stage Season begins this fall:
Sept 3 – Oct 12 / World Premiere
THE MONEY SHOT
By Neil LaBute
Directed by Terry Kinney
Karen and Steve are glamorous movie stars with one thing in common: desperation. It’s been years since either one’s had a hit, but the latest movie by a hot shot European director could change that. The night before filming a big scene (that seems destined to assure them a spot back on the pop culture radar), Karen, her partner Bev, Steve, and his aspiring actress wife Missy meet in order to make an important decision: how far will they let themselves go to keep from slipping further down the Hollywood food chain?
The Money Shot reunites MCC Theater’s Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute with director Terry Kinney (Reasons to Be Pretty) for a hilarious and insightful comedy about ambition, art, status and sex in an era – and an industry – where very little is sacred and almost nothing is taboo.
Oct 29 – Dec 7 / New York Premiere
By Simon Stephens
Directed by Trip Cullman
In a private school outside of Manchester, England a group of highly-articulate seventeen year-olds flirt and posture their way through the day while preparing for their A-Level mock exams. With hormones raging and minimal adult supervision, nothing can mask the underlying tension that becomes increasingly pronounced as the clock ticks towards the ultimate dismissal.
Inspired by playwright Simon Stephens’ (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Harper Regan) own experiences as a teacher, Punk Rock is an unnerving chronicle of contemporary adolescence at the breaking point.
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TARGET MARGIN THEATER
Target Margin Theater for twenty-four years has been at the forefront of New York’s alternative theater scene and has been praised for its bold and sometimes wild interpretations of classic dramas and lesser-known works. TMT has presented ambitious re-thinkings of plays by Shakespeare, Chekov, Brecht, Gertrude Stein, and Beaumarchais, among others. TMT has also created original works and new music/opera over the years and has served nearly 1,000 artists (mostly emerging) through its annual Lab. The company’s production of Mamba’s Daughters received the Obie Award and was a sensation of the 1999 Spoleto Festival, and its recent epic production of Goethe’s Faust received critical acclaim. Recent productions include Uriel Acosta: I Want That Man! at The Chocolate Factory (Queens), The (*) Inn at Abrons Arts Center and Uncle Vanya and The Tempest at HERE.
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YORK THEATRE COMPANY
The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s
Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue
The York Theatre Company is the only theater in New York City—and one of very few in the world—dedicated to developing and fully producing new musicals and preserving notable shows from the past. This year the company will celebrate its 45th season. York’s intimate, imaginative style of producing both original and classic musicals has resulted in critical acclaim and recognition from artists and audiences alike. Under the guidance of Producing Artistic Director James Morgan since 1997, the York has focused on new musicals in its Mainstage Series—most of them world, American, or New York premieres—by some of the field’s most esteemed creators, and has also helped launch the careers of many talented new writers. Over 35 cast recordings from The York Theatre Company productions are now available on CD, and commercial transfers of such York premieres as The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Souvenir, Jolson & Company, and its acclaimed revivals of Closer Than Ever (2013 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival), Sweeney Todd and Pacific Overtures have all showcased the importance of the York and its programs.
The Mainstage Series presents three full productions of new musicals by emerging and established authors. Various productions have transferred to commercial Off-Broadway or Broadway runs, and many have received further productions in regional, stock, and university theaters. The York's productions have been regularly recognized with Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, OBIE, and Lucille Lortel nominations and awards. Directors, designers, cast, and musicians are drawn from among the best talent on and Off-Broadway, whether established or new.
The Musicals in Mufti Series presents staged concert readings of musical gems from Broadway, Off-Broadway and London for a limited number of performances. “Mufti” means “in street clothes, without all the trappings of a full production,” and each show is presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging. The series has recently celebrated such writers as Sheldon Harnick, Tom Jones and Joseph Stein and this year will celebrate its 100th production.
The Developmental Reading Series presents some 30-35 readings and workshops of new musicals by emerging and established authors throughout the year. These readings are a vital part of the writing process, often putting a work in front of its first audience. This series also serves as an incubator for shows to be considered for Mainstage production, thus serving the York's unique mission of taking new musicals through the complete development process to full production. The NEO program (“New, Emerging, Outstanding”) is now in its 10th year of supporting emerging writers and provides them with resources in the form of readings, mentorship and networking opportunities.
I AM HARVEY MILK
By Andrew Lippa
New York Premiere on October 6th, 2014
at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fischer Hall
Andrew Lippa's new oratorio, I Am Harvey Milk, will have its New York premiere on Monday, October 6 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. Starring Mr. Lippa as Harvey Milk and Tony® and Emmy® Award winner Kristin Chenoweth as the Soprano soloist, I Am Harvey Milk will feature the Orchestra of St Luke's and introduce the 12o member All Star Broadway Men's Chorus. Part choral work, part theater piece, I Am Harvey Milk is an emotional celebration of an American hero. It weaves the story of Harvey Milk’s life – from boyhood to his rise as the first openly gay man to hold public office in California to his assassination.
Directed by Noah Himmelstein, the creative team also includes Joel Fram (Musical Director, Conductor), Michele Lynch (Choreography), Andrew Lazarow (Projection Design), Scott Lehrer (Sound Design), Wilson Chin (Scenic Consultation) and August Eriksmoen (Orchestrations).
Proceeds from this one night only event will be used to create the Harvey Milk Arts Fund at the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI). The Fund will provide much-needed arts education and resources to students at Harvey Milk High School and other at-risk youth that benefit from HMI’s services.
Tickets for the New York premiere of I Am Harvey Milk are available at www.IAmHarveyMilk.com. Tickets start at $40; Premium seats, including access to a VIP reception, start at $500.
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OH, HELL NO
By David Mixner
Directed by Stephen Bracket
Monday, October 27th, 2014
at New World Stages
Oh Hell No!, an evening of autobiographical storytelling written and performed by legendary civil rights activist and author David Mixner, will premiere in a special, one-night-only event benefiting the Point Foundation.
It may be his hard-won reputation as a political firebrand that has secured David Mixner his place in the history books, but his secret weapon has always been his folksy, homespun charm. A natural born story teller, in the grand tradition of the American South, Mixner brings his audience right onto his metaphorical front porch in his theatrical tell-all, Oh Hell No!, recounting both personal and public details of his headline-grabbing and history-shaping life. Directed by Stephen Bracket, and featuring songs by a specially assembled trio boasting the voices of Chris Bolan, Megan Osterhaus, and Tim Jerome, Oh Hell No! is a riveting and singular evening of story and song.
The event will take place on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street), and will benefit the Point Foundation.
ONGOING OFF BROADWAY:
HERE LIES LOVE
By David Byrne and Fatboy Slim
Directed by Alex Timbers
at LuEsther Hall at the Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street
Set within a pulsating dance club atmosphere, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim deconstruct the astonishing journey of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos retracing her meteoric rise to power and subsequent descent into infamy and disgrace at the end of the People Power Revolution. Here Lies Love is neither a period piece nor a biography, neither a play nor a traditional musical but an immersive theatrical event combining songs influenced by four decades of dance music, adrenaline-fueled choreography, and a remarkable 360-degree scenic and video environment to celebrate Imelda’s meteoric rise to political prominence and subsequent tragic consequences of her well-documented abuse of power. Here Lies Love is a 90-minute theatrical experience. Set within a dance club atmosphere, audiences will stand and move with the actors. Comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended. Dancing is encouraged. The London production will make its debut in September 2014 at the Dorfman Theater. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.HereLiesLove.com, or by calling 212-967-7555.
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Daryl Roth Theatre
101 E. 15th Street
S2BN Entertainment and OZONO Productions bring the hit off-Broadway show, Fuerza Bruta, back to New York City with WAYRA, the electrifying and innovative immersive theater experience. WAYRA takes the audience on an 80-minute thrill ride from beginning to end, with heart thrashing fun, fast paced and upbeat live music, on-stage musicians, and breathtaking aerial displays. The newly designed set and scenes are sure to present fans of the previous incarnations (and new fans alike) with fresh experiences, and guarantee that WAYRA will be a theatrical thrill that floods the senses. Tickets for WAYRA are now on sale for $99 and can be purchased online by visiting www.fuerzabrutanyc.com, or by calling 212-239-6200.
HENRY & ME
World Premiere on August 18th, 2014
at the Ziegfeld Theater
141 West 54th Street
Digital and DVD Release on September 9, 2014
Henry & Me, a baseball-themed animated feature about a young cancer-stricken boy’s magical and life changing experience with New York Yankees old and new, features an all-star line-up of voices including Richard Gere, Cyndi Lauper, Chazz Palminteri, Lucie Arnaz, and Paul Simon, also includes Yankee greats Mariano Rivera, Reggie Jackson, Hideki Matsui, Yogi Berra, Jorge Posada, CC Sabathia, and Mark Teixeira, among others, and current Yankees manager Joe Girardi and co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner.
The film will have its world premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater (141 W 54th St.) in New York City on August 18, 2014, as well as a limited theatrical engagement in partnership with Bow Tie Cinemas in New York City prior to its worldwide DVD and digital launch (Video On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, etc.) in September 2014. In an exclusive deal with the New York Yankees, it will be also sold in kiosks at Yankee Stadium during all home games following the launch.
Henry & Me, inspired by the best-selling children’s books by Ray Negron, was written by David I. Stern, screenwriter of such animated features as Open Season 2 & 3 and the Annie Award-nominated Free Birds. Barrett Esposito, winner of the Best Directorial Debut prize at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival for his 2001 feature Mourning Glory, directs.
Henry & Me tells the heart-warming story of Jack, an 11 year-old baseball fan who—during an operation to treat his cancer—finds himself magically transported to a fantastical realm where he meets Yankee legends old and new (including Babe Ruth, Lefty Gomez, Thurman Munson, and Mickey Mantle), and learns valuable lessons about baseball and about life.
Proceeds from the DVD and digital sales of Henry & Me will benefit a collection of participating charities including Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund, The Max Cure Foundation, Pitch Foundation, Catch 25, St. Jude's, and many more.
THE McKITTRICK HOTEL
530 West 27th Street
The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street) is a unique nightlife and entertainment destination in New York City’s Chelsea District. Its many features include:
– Sleep No More, the immersive theatre production, now playing seven days a week.
– Gallow Green, the rooftop bar complete with a 360-degree view of New York City, unique cocktails, and a menu of small plates created by Chef R.L. King
– The Heath, a cabaret venue, featuring the house band The Heathens (Thursdays through Saturdays) as well as an ongoing series of special guests including the famed Preservation – Hall Jazz Band, Lady Antebellum, and many more
– Manderley Bar, inside the hotel, which has often treated guests to pop-in sets from artists like P!nk, John Legend, Wyclef Jean, and many others.
– Special Guests, most recently hit singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles, rock musician Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), actor Neil Patrick Harris, performer Dita von Teese, actress Evan Rachel Wood, and DJ Junior Sanchez, among many others.
– Special Events, including festivities on Halloween, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day and other occasions, providing year-round party and special events programming.
EMURSIVE (Randy Weiner, Arthur Karpati, and Jonathan Hochwald, principals) produces all activities at The McKittrick Hotel.
JOE ALLEN / ORSO
326 West 46th Street / 322 West 46th Street
www.JoeAllenRestaurant.com / www.OrsoRestaurant.com
Since its opening in 1965, Joe Allen has defined the Theater District hang-out. Now, nearly five decades later, it has become one of the most iconic restaurants in America – serving its renowned, reliable fare against the backdrop of its world famous “flop wall.” Every day of the week, Joe Allen and its more intimate sister-restaurant, Orso, open their respective doors to a unique mix of the people who attend the theater and those who make it. At the center of the scene is Joe himself – the omnipresent host of the greatest, longest-running party the theater world has ever known. Shows come and go, but Joe Allen is forever.
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a rooftop lounge
at The McKittrick Hotel
542 West 27th Street
The McKittrick Hotel (542 West 27th Street) offers a gorgeous rooftop lounge, Gallow Green, seasonally through November. This meticulously-designed green space in the heart of Chelsea—steps away from the High Line—features an extensive cocktail and punch menu, vivid scenery, and a garden snack menu designed by Chef R.L. King. Daily service, beginning at 5:00 p.m., offers early guests an after-work or evening/weekend snack & drinks setting which, as the evening progresses, takes on a more vibrant cocktail-nightlife atmosphere. Reservations nightly for parties of 8 or more are recommended, and can be booked online at www.McKittrickHotel.com or by calling 212-564-1662. Walk ups are welcome. Gallow Green is open 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. on weeknights, with late night hours on the weekends. Beginning Sunday, April 20, Gallow Green began weekly Bottomless Saturday and Sunday Brunch service.
This past spring’s opening of Gallow Green marks the complete restoration of The McKittrick Hotel, which also houses Sleep No More, the jazz-age inspired Manderley Bar, and the recently-opened fine dining experience The Heath, a full-service restaurant.
Beginning April 20th, Gallow Green serves up bottomless Saturday and Sunday brunches that will feature a variety of selections including: Scallion Scrambled Eggs with gruyere; Cold Fried Chicken with black pepper honey; Kale Caesar Salad; Biscuits with gravy, butter, and jam; and more. Brunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Additionally, Gallow Green will house an aeroponic garden that will produce vegetables all summer long to supply both the food dishes and the cocktails at Gallow Green.
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a full-service dining experience
at The McKittrick Hotel
542 West 27th Street
In collaboration with EMURSIVE (Jonathan Hochwald, Arthur Karpati, and Randy Weiner) and Chef R.L. King, Punchdrunk has crafted The Heath, a dining experience in the spirit of Sleep No More to compliment Chef King’s menu, which is a modern take on classic American and British fare. Those dining at The Heath can therefore expect hearty cuisine with an ambiance—both on the plate and in the room—as only Punchdrunk could imagine. The Heath officially opened on Tuesday, November 26, 2013.
“The New York theatre scene has always been an inspiration to me as a director and we’re delighted audiences have welcomed Sleep No More,” said Barrett. “Now we want to derive inspiration from the New York food scene – which is arguably the best in the world – for our next endeavor; our take on the restaurant. Our approach to theatre has always been to take the rules and break them and now we are trying that with food. Like with our theatre shows, we want to breathe a little adventure into the dining experience and that is just what we will do here at The Heath.”
Heading the kitchen at The Heath is Chef R.L. King whose use of sustainable food, solid technique, and thoughtful creativity fit perfectly into the milieu of the restaurant. King's cooking talents have brought him from Charleston, to Washington D.C., to New York City, where he has resided as Executive Chef at Hundred Acres.
“Working with Punchdrunk on The Heath restaurant concept has been a wild ride of culinary freedom,” said King. “It’s refreshing to work with such an innovative organization whose philosophy is creating an experience for each guest beyond the confines of a limited imagination. The menu created for The Heath is elevated English fare with a strong emphasis on seasonal, regionally sourced ingredients. Expect to see vegetable heavy nibbles and shareable appetizers, two to three different twists on classic savory pies, and Sunday style roasts.”
The Heath is open at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For reservations, visit www.TheHeathNYC.com, or call (212) 564-1662.
AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
Gala Opening Night December 3, 2014
Special New Year’s Eve Performance December 31, 2014
Closing Performance January 4, 2015
at New York City Center
131 West 55th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues)
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital Amercian “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 that changed forever the perception of American dance. Founded by Alvin Ailey, and guided by Judith Jamison beginning in 1989, the Company is now led by Robert Battle, whom Ms. Jamison chose to succeed her on July 1, 2011. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has performed for an estimated 25 million people in 71 countries on 6 continents, promoting the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance tradition. In addition to being the Principal Dance Company of New York City Center, where its performances have become a year-end tradition, the Ailey company performs annually at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performance Arts in Washington, DC, the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Miami, The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, CA and at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark (where it is the Principal Resident Affiliate), and appears frequently in other major theaters throughout the United States and the world during extensive yearly tours. The Ailey organization also includes Ailey ii (1974), a second performing company of emerging young dancers and innovative choreographers; The Ailey School (1969), one of the most extensive dance training programs in the world; Ailey Arts in Education & Community Programs, which brings dance into the classroom to the general public, which began with the opening of Ailey’s permanent home – the largest building dedicated to dance in New York City, the dance capital of the world – names the Joan Weill Center for Dance, at West 55th Street and 9th Avenue in New York City.
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AMERICAN THEATRE WING
The American Theatre Wing (William Ivey Long, Chairman, Board of Trustees; Heather Hitchens, Executive Director) is dedicated to advancing artistic excellence and nurturing theatre’s next generation: on stage, behind the scenes, and in the audience.
For nearly a century, the Wing has pursued this mission with programs that span the nation to invest in the growth and evolution of American Theatre. Traditionally, the Wing has encouraged members of the theatre community to share their off-stage time and talent directly with the theatre audience at large–whether it was singing for the troops in the Stage Door Canteen of the 1940's, or sharing their stories on a podcast today.
As the founders of The Tony Awards®, the American Theatre Wing has developed the foremost national platform for the recognition of theatrical achievement on Broadway. Yet the Wing's reach extends beyond Broadway and beyond New York. The Wing develops the next generation of theatre professionals through the SpringboardNYC and Theatre Intern Group programs, incubates innovative theatre across the country through the National Theatre Company Grants, fosters the song of American theatre through the Jonathan Larson Grants, and illuminates the creative process through the “Working in the Theatre” program and media archive.
Visitors to AmericanTheatreWing.org can get inspired and gain insight into the artistic process through the Wing’s extensive media collection, and learn more about its programming for students, aspiring and working professionals, and audiences.
The American Theatre Wing’s annual gala will be held on Monday, September 15th, 2014, and will honor Angela Lansbury.
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THE DRAMA LEAGUE
The Drama League of New York (Gabriel J. Shanks, Executive Director) has been at the forefront of the American Theatre community since 1916. Through its programs, initiatives and events, The Drama League indelibly transforms the lives of artists and audiences by harnessing the unique social and creative dynamism of theatre. Its nationally-renowned, award-winning efforts have two vital goals: To train and nurture the artists of tomorrow and to deepen and strengthen the audience experience.
To Train and Nurture the Artists of Tomorrow
Since 1984, the Directors Project has become the preeminent development program for theatre directors – providing talented, emerging artists with unparalleled tools and support for professional success – expert mentorship, network growth, new play development and lifelong creative opportunity.
The Drama League is dedicated to ensuring that artists of the 21st century can create sustainable careers in the field, creating extraordinary productions for millions of theatre lovers around the world. To meet these needs, the Directors Project now offers six different programs –
– The Hangar Summer Residency Program
– The New York Fall Directing Program
– The New Directors/New Works Program
– The Musical Theatre Directing Program
– The U.S./Bulgarian Stage Directors Exchange
The Drama League alumni have received numerous Tony®, Emmy®, Obie, Bessie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Olivier, Evening Standard, Helen Hayes, and Jeff Awards, as well as multiple Academy Award® nominations.
To Deepen and Strengthen the Audience Experience
The Drama Leagues’ Audience Project transforms the act of theatergoing by creating price-subsidized performances to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, and at 200 theatres across the country.
To further enhance the theatre-going experience, educational activities designed to give audience members a more intimate theatre-going experience include — post-performance workshops, discussions, open rehearsals, meet-the-artist events, backstage tours, historical awareness programs, play readings, award nominations, and industry-wide convocations.
In addition to receiving the Excellence in Arts Education Award from the National Theatre Museum, the organization continues to receive commendations and continued funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Shubert Organization, and many more.
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THE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
OF LINCOLN CENTER
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) is one of eleven constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. Along with other constituents such as the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center Theater, and The Metropolitan Opera, the Chamber Music Society has its home at Lincoln Center, in Alice Tully Hall. CMS presents annual series of concerts and educational events for listeners ranging from connoisseurs to chamber music newcomers of all ages. Performing repertoire from over three centuries, and numerous premieres by living composers, CMS offers programs curated to provide listeners a comprehensive perspective on the art of chamber music. The performing artists of CMS, a multi-generational and international selection of expert chamber musicians, constitute an evolving repertory company capable of presenting chamber music of every instrumentation, style, and historical period. The annual activities of CMS include a full season of concerts and events, national and international tours, and annual performances at eight residencies around the world. CMS’ artistry is supported by numerous live-streamed concerts, lectures, and master classes, nationally televised broadcasts on Live From Lincoln Center, an international, year-round radio series, and regular appearances on American Public Media’s Performance Today. In 2004, CMS appointed cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han artistic directors. They succeed founding director Charles Wadsworth (1969-89), Fred Sherry (1989-93), and David Shifrin (1993-2004). Dedicated to developing the chamber music leaders of the future, CMS created CMS Two, the highly regarded and rigorously competitive three-season residency for the most important chamber music ensembles and individuals, that fully integrates CMS Two artists into every facet of CMS activities. Each year, a number of CMS Two alumni are invited to become CMS Season Artists and Guest Artists, and many of the world’s leading artists, such as pianist Lang Lang, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, violinist Hilary Hahn, and many others are alumni of the program. A Season Artist with CMS since he completed the program in 2011-12, CMS Two alumnus cellist Nicholas Canellakis wrote: “There isn't a single musical organization in the country that helps young musicians like the Chamber Music Society does with its CMS Two program.”
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116 Karmel Road
Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759
For nearly forty years, children and teens (ages 10-18) from all over the world have been traveling to Stagedoor Manor to perfect their skills in acting, singing, and dance. Boasting many famous alumni, Stagedoor Manor is widely recognized as the country’s premiere training ground for young performers. As a result of its reputation, agents and casting directors seeking the next generation of talent make regular visits each year. Stagedoor frequently partners with prominent entertainment companies, such as Disney and Music Theatre International, to create new properties. Stagedoor workshops were responsible for the creation of School Editions of Rent, Sweeney Todd, Aida, Miss Saigon, and Avenue Q. The original stage production of High School Musical was created at Stagedoor in 2007. There is no audition required to attend Stagedoor Manor; the program is committed to all levels of talent and experience. The campus has 8 theaters and produces 40 full-scale shows each season. Stagedoor Manor is owned and produced by the Samuelson/Samen family.
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TodayTix (Merritt Baer, CEO & Co-Founder; Brian Fenty, Operating Chairman & Co-Founder; Elizabeth Williams, Partner and Theatrical Founder) is bringing Broadway and Off Broadway into the 21st century with its first class, easy-to-use interface and exclusive concierge service. Offering an unparalleled customer experience by leveraging best practices from hospitality, venture capital and consumer brands, TodayTix caters to last minute ticket-buyers (approximately 40-50% of Broadway tickets are now purchased week-of) and customers seeking a transparent, one-stop shopping experience for live theatrical events. TodayTix, Broadway's first mobile-only ticketing platform, makes tickets to a range of live theatrical events in New York City available to users up to one week in advance, and at the best available prices (with one of the lowest convenience fees in the industry). Unlike traditional ticket-buying interfaces, purchases can be made in 30 seconds or less, with just a few taps. TodayTix utilizes enterprise-grade mobile and payments infrastructure built by leading developers who design for scale and security.
In building a scalable platform for venues as well as consumers, TodayTix has partnerships with many New York institutions, including The Public Theater, New York City Center, Roundabout Theatre Company and more.
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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 theatergoing, one ticket at a time. The revolutionary service offers discount, full-price & premium tickets to dozens of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, as well as group rates to all shows, and 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 to develop a new, year-round fundraising mechanism. The organizations that have joined Givenik.com since it launched in 2007, from national groups to local chapters, and from arts organizations to educational institutions, include The Trevor Project, VH1 Save the Music Foundation, City Harvest, Broadway Green Alliance, Dress for Success Worldwide, God’s Love We Deliver, The Actors Fund, Stand Up to Cancer, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The It Gets Better Project, New York Theatre Workshop, local chapters of Susan G. Komen For the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation, the Museum for African Art and the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
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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