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Boffo Broadway By the Year at Town Hall

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For nineteen years, creator/director/writer/host Scott Siegel has been keeping our musical theater heritage fresh and vital for new audiences, in his time specific tribute shows to Broadway musicals of the past at the Town Hall, called the  Broadway by the Yearseries. I wish I could say I was here to see most of them, but I wasn’t.  However, I was there Monday night to be blown away by a stellar assemblage of singing, dancing and instrumental talent, who brilliantly reimagined and recreated some of the best moments from the Broadway shows of 1965 and 1978. 

Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Kelly Sheehan, Scott Siegel, Douglas Ladnier and Danny Gardner

As Mr. Siegel made clear in his lively and entertaining survey of both world events and backstage stories from those times, 1965 was a pretty memorable year.  We sent our first troops to Viet Nam, Dr. King marched to Montgomery, and the Beatles played Shay Stadium, just for starters.  The shows of that year represented here (The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the CrowdFlora The Red MenacePickwick,Do I hear a WaltzMan of La ManchaDrat! The Cat, Skyscraperand On a Clear Day You Can See Forever)all had some powerhouse songs, and the hits just kept on coming all through the first act. While 1978 gave us Son of Sam, Ted Bundy and Jonestown, it also offered shows which largely brought back great songs from the past (Ain’t Misbehavin’,TimbucktuDancin’) alongside some memorable original works (Best Little Whorehouse in TexasWorkingBallroom). 

Every one of Mr. Siegel’s starry cast enlivened the wonderful selection of songs from these show with their amazing individual talents.  

Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Ethan Slater Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Ethan Slater Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

If you only think of Ethan Slater as the squeaky and juvenile Sponge Bob, you should have seen how dashing and manly he was in this performance. His expressive face, high style, and genuine panacheevoked for me the memory of young Anthony Newley.  So it was very appropriate that he sang “On A Wonderful Day Like Today” (Greasepaint…) by Newley and Bricuse. But he was equally compelling with “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” from the Lerner/Lane show of the same name, and on the power ballad,  “If I Ruled the World” from Pickwick. Mr. Slater has some real chops. 

Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
LiAnne Marie Dobbs Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Bryan Hunt and LiAnne Marie Dobbs Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
 LiAnne Marie Dobbs Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978

LiAnne Marie Dobbs, Danny Gardner and The Broadway bu the Year Dance Troupe that includes-Lamont Brown, Bryan Hunt, Danny Mchugh and Michael Verre Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
LiAnne Marie Dobbs Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
LiAnne Marie Dobbs Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Lianne Marie Dobbs is an unabashedly sexy vixen, with a trilling soprano and a smouldering smile. She performed the romantic “He Touched Me” (Drat! The Cat!) and the earthy “It’s All The Same”(Man of LaMancha) with equal ease. She also was a little wicked, singing Fats Waller’s “Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now” (Ain’t Misbehavin’).

Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Rick Faugno Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Rick Faugno Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Baritenor Rick Faugno sang a warm, romantic version of “Who Can I Turn To” (Greasepaint….) and the intimate ballad, “The Mason” (Working). I hope to see more of him in the future. 

Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Corbin Bleu and Rick Faugno Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Corbin Bleu Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Corbin Bleu Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Hoofer Corbin Bleu sang and danced his way through “Everybody Has the Right to be Wrong (Skyscraper), creating a lighthearted physical interpretation of a dancer who can’t quite nail the steps. Then, both Mr. Bleu and Mr. Faugno tapped their way brilliantly through “Sing, Sing, Sing” (Dancin’), to floor-and-pulse pounding choreography by the versatile Mr. Faugno.

Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Nicole Hudson Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Betsy Wolfe Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

I had the opportunity earlier this year to review cabaret shows at 54 Below by both the angelic and versatile Betsy Wolfe, and the steamy jazz diva, Nicole Henry. Both women are so beautiful, so engaging, and sing so wonderfully that they made me exhaust my thesaurus looking for superlatives to describe them in their cabaret shows. But each of them actually shone even brighter in this presentation.   

Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Betsy Wolfe Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Betsy Wolfe Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Betsy Wolfe Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Betsy Wolfe Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Ms. Wolfe has a range of styles that is both authentic and glorious, as she shifted effortlessly between country (“Doatsy Mae” from Whorehouse), and legit musical theater (“Someone Woke Up” from Rogers & Sondheim’s Do I Hear a Waltz? and“A Quiet Thing” from Kander and Ebb’s first show, Flora…) I could have listened to her sing all night, while basking in that radiant smile of hers.

Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Nicole Henry Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Nicole Henry Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Nicole Henry Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Nicole Henry Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Ms. Henry, a sultry thoroughbred poured into a dress, sang the most uniquely original arrangement I have ever heard of “Feelin’ Good” (Greasepaint…), as well as the heartfelt “Why Did I Choose You?” (The Yearling) and the Fats Waller classic, “Honeysuckle Rose.” She sang the later directly to Mr. Siegel at his podium, nearly melting him into it.  

Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Douglas Ladnier Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Douglas Ladnier Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Baritone Douglas Ladnier has a lighter timbre to his voice, which doesn’t always seem suited to the heavy material he is given as a towering leading man.  But there is no one who brings a more interesting presence to the stage. Working against the Broadway stereotype, he squints at us like Clint Eastwood taking aim, and growls at times like Tom Waits on a bender. So while I’ve heard beefier renditions of “The Impossible Dream,” (Man of LaMancha), I can’t imagine a more compelling version of “Hard Candy Christmas” (Whorehouse…), which he sang with a level of intimacy and pathos that just tore me up. He also gave a fine performance of the soaring ballad, “Stranger in Paradise” (Timbuktu).

Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Danny Gardner Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Danny Gardner Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Singer, dancer and choreographer Danny Gardner choreographed the precision work of the Broadway by the YearDance Troupe:  Lamont Brown, Bailey Callahan, Bryan Hunt, Brooke Lacy, Lily Lewis, Danny McHugh, Kelly Sheehan, and Michael J. Verre. He led them in two outstanding musical numbers: “Nothing Can Stop Me Now” (Greasepaint…) and “I Wanna Be a Dancin’ Man” (Dancin’). They were both simply fabulous, reflecting character suiting the material, as well as technical prowess.

Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Michael Verre, Bailey Callahan, Danny Gardner, Bryan Hunt and Brooke Lacy Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Danny Gardner and the Broadway by The Year Dance Troupe that includes Lamont Brown, Bailey Callahan, Bryan Hunt, Brooke Lacy, Lily Lewis, Danny Mchugh, Kelly Sheehan and Michael Verre Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

But there just isn’t any way to adequately praise Mr. Gardner’s choreographic work for the rough Muleteers from Man of LaMancha,stomped out as he and the men of the BBTY Dance Troupe circled around Aldonza (Lianne Marie Dobbs) while she sang “It’s All the Same”. Combining tap and just plain rhythmic brilliance, Mr. Gardner created an intricate, emotional, heart pounding, percussive accompaniment that played perfectly against a soulful solo guitar played by Jake Owen. I’ve seen a lot of productions of LaMancha, where this song is normally introduced only by a little bit of hand clapping. This was simply the most brilliant staging of this song I ever expect to see.  I only wish it could be interpolated into the show for the future.

Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Nicole Henry and Don Falzone Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The musical genius guiding all these performances was series musical director, Ross Patterson. His richly textured piano accompaniment and tasty arrangements were supported by the subtle drumming of Eric Halvorson, and the outstanding bass playing of Don Falzone.

Photo Coverage: Ethan Slater, Betsy Wolfe, and More Perform at BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1965 & 1978
Ethan Slater and The Broadway By The Year Cast

So if you think you remember these years and these shows well enough that there’s no need to revisit them in this format, think again. If you value talented performers over expensive scenery, Mr. Seigel’s Broadway by the Yearpresentations are some of the best bang for the buck on Broadway. Don’t miss The Broadway Musicals of 1987 & 2015at Town Hall on June 17. 

Jeffery Lyle Segal is a multifaceted theater artist who has worn many professional hats. He started as a musical theater performer in his teens. He attended Stanford U., Northwestern University, and SUNY at Binghamton to study acting, directing and dramatic literature. He also wrote theater reviews for The Stanford Daily and was Arts Editor of WNUR Radio at Northwestern. After college, he is proud to have been the first full time Executive Director of Chicago’s acclaimed Steppenwolf Theater Company. He left them to work as a theater actor and director. His special effects makeup skills got him into the movies, working on the seminal cult horror film, Re-Animator.He also did casting for several important Chicago projects, sometimes wearing both production hats, as he did on Chicago’s most famous independent movie, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. While living in Los Angeles, he joined the Academy for New Musical Theater, where he developed two book musicals as a composer, lyricist and librettist, Down to Earth Girl (formerly I Come for Love, NYMF 2008), and Scandalous Behavior! (York Developmental Reading Series 2010). He wrote, produced and performed his song “Forever Mine” as the end title theme of the horror film, Trapped! He also has written songs for his performances in cabaret over the years, and the time he spent pursuing country music in Nashville. Most recently he created a musical revue, Mating the Musical, for the Chicago Musical Theater Festival 2016. In NYC, he has attended the BMI musical theater writers’ workshop, and the Commercial Theater Institute 14 week producer program. He is currently creating a company to develop new musicals online. He still keeps up his makeup chops, working with top doctors in NYC and Chicago as one of the country’s most highly regarded permanent cosmetic artists (www.bestpermanentmakeup.com) and as a member of Chicago local IATSE 476. www.jefferylylesegal.com

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My View: Happily Ever Laughter at 54 Below……Liz Callaway & Jason Graae

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At first glance they might seem like a musical and personality mismatch, but the chemistry between Liz Callaway and Jason Graae is far from problematic.  It is an enormously entertaining integration of these two artists musicianship, acting, and comedic expertise. Liz Callaway’s once in a lifetime voice and vocal dexterity doesn’t just sing in tune.  It lands in the middle of the middle of a note with a clarity that pierces your soul.  Jason, once he gets his oboe in tune (that’s a double entenndre) also possesses excellent vocal technique, and my camera, no matter how many photos I snap is incapable of capturing his enormously expressive facial movements that glide between comical and the heartfelt with such ease. His rendition of William Finn’s “What More Can I Say” brought tears.  The duets from “BABY” for which Ms Callaway was nominated for a Tony and her two songs from the animated film Anastasia (in which she starred) were highlights.  This evening’s friendship (they’ve been for forty years) was the perfect blendship, together with the masterful Alex Rybeck on the piano at 54 Below last night. The show was very appropriately titled “Happily Ever Laughter” and it has two more performances, July 5 & 6.

Speaking of friendship and blendship, my table of KT Sullivan, Eda, and Debbie Gravitte was pretty special too.

JASON GRAAE & LIZ CALLAWAY

LIZ CALLAWAY & JASON GRAAE

LIZ CALLAWAY & JASON GRAAE

LIZ CALLAWAY & JASON GRAAE

JASON GRAAE

JASON GRAAE

JASON GRAAE & LIZ CALLAWAY

JASON GRAAE & LIZ CALLAWAY

LIZ CALLAWAY

JASON GRAAE & LIZ CALLAWAY

54 BELOW

LIZ CALLAWAY & JASON GRAAE

ALEX RYBECK, LIZ CALLAWAY, JASON GRAAE

54 BELOW

JASON GRAAE & RICHARD SKIPPER

KT SULLIVAN, DEBBIE GRAVITTE, EDA SOROKOFF

HAPPILY EVER LAUGHTER

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Gilded Age Music at Cocktail Time 

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A rather serendipitous invitation arrived, was immediately accepted, and next thing I knew I was singing along to delightful music from the beginning of the last century.  A prestigious members-only private club nestled in that small enclave near the Great White Way was the perfect place for such an event. The hosts, George Calderaro, Founding Director of the Tin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project and everyone’s favorite interpreter of songs from any age, Steve Ross, were ideal as well.  

The purpose of the TPAAP Music Project is to commemorate and continue the legacy of the birthplace of American popular music on West 28th Street, the location of Tin Pan Alley. This group is responsible for having the section of that street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue designated formally as Tin Pan Alley.   

George and Steve worked almost in tandem giving illuminating background on the songs and the composers, most notably Berlin, Gershwin and Kern. The program began with “After the Ball” to which we sang along, without no encouragement needed.  It’s really a sad song, and the lyrics when focused on reveal a heartbreak that is most touching even now. These songs unintentionally spoke of an innocence and naivete that one can yearn for, wistfully perhaps, in this age so far removed from the Gilded One.   

This evening was partially a tutorial, which was most welcome judging by comments heard afterwards.  Who knew, for example, that the man who wrote “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” had never attended a baseball game? As an aside, Steve mentioned that when asked how he could write a song about Paris if he had never been there, Harold Arlen replied “I’ve never been Over the Rainbow” either”! 

The crowd in this august room showered the pair with applause and a standing ovation after we all sang “In Old New York”, where indeed we felt we were, if only for an hour. 

If you google tinpanalley.nyc, you’ll be led to the website of this association. Hope to see you at their next event!  

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Little Island’s The Glade Series, Free-to-the-Public Live Performances

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Little Island announced the line-up for The Glade Series, an array of free-to-the-public live performances, launching July 10. These events will take place Wednesday through Sunday for seven weeks inside the Island’s 200-seat venue. This announcement comes on the heels of the sold-out run of Twyla Tharp, T Bone Burnett, and David Mansfield’s How Long Blues, which opened Little Island’s blockbuster summer season of world premiere events.

From July 10-14, each night of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’s Tell Me More series will thoughtfully pair a musical performance with a conversation between Parks and an expert from a different field. On July 10, for an evening themed “Greens & Blues,” a set by blues legend Ruthie Foster will precede a talk between Parks and Majora Carter, founder of Sustainable South Bronx. Other guests include designer Daisy Wang, who will also dress Lori-Parks, freestyle MC Corey James Gray, Columbia astronomy professor Jane Huang, harpist Brandee Younger, historian Eric Foner, and Parks’ own Psychedelic Soap Box, a post-bop jazz collective with spoken word. On Saturday July 13, Parks will invite the audience into one of her engaging Watch Me Work sessions, alongside a very special guest, before taking the stage with her band Sula & the Joyful Noise.

Taking the Glade stage from July 17-21 will be “wondrous” (The New York Times) dancer Melissa Toogood, in an intimate epilogue to Pam Tanowitz’s Day for Night, playing concurrently in Little Island’s Amphitheater (The Amph).

Mx Justin Vivian Bond, downtown cabaret legend and recent recipient of the first Judy Icon Award, will play five nights from July 24-28.

The Island will host a one-of-a-kind Oyster Market, July 31-August 4, curated and overseen by New Amsterdam Market founder and culinary world all-star Robert LaValva. Alongside live oyster shucking, the market will feature local vendors selling their unique culinary creations, which pair perfectly with The Oyster Radio Hour playing simultaneously in The Amph.

Then, from August 7-11, Morgan Jay returns to Little Island for his third consecutive summer to host and curate a week of comedy, including acts by Jay Jurden, Neel Gosh, and Sarah Tollemache.

From August 14-18, linguists Ross Perlin and Daniel Kaufman, co-founders of the Endangered Language Alliance, will collaborate with Michael Leibenluft and Gung Ho Projects to create a series of performances about the past, present, and future of the world’s most linguistically diverse city. The series will be led by speakers of endangered, Indigenous, and minority languages, talking about their communities in their own words and in their own languages, alongside poetry, music, and movement, with texts based on Perlin’s Language City: The Fight to Preserve Endangered Mother Tongues in New York. A multilingual soundscape will draw on ELA’s digital language archive, with its recordings in more than one hundred languages, as well as visual elements from ELA’s digital landscape map and creative translanguaging translation strategies.

From August 21-25, Grammy Award-winning artist Cécile McLorin Salvant will lend her curatorial vision to the Glade, programming a set of performances by other musicians at the vanguard of their styles and forms, including jazz vocalist Vanisha Gould, folk artist June McDoom, multi-instrumentalist Lua Noah, pianist Sullivan Fortner, and more.

Closing out summer in the Glade, from August 28-September 1, Gio Escobar will host a series of unique, genre-bending experiences, including a bomba and a salsa night, before taking the stage with his own avant-garde collective, Standing on the Corner.

Tickets to Little Island’s summer season of performances, as well as information on free programs, are available at littleislanditickets.com.

THE GLADE SERIES / FULL PERFORMANCE CALENDAR

JULY 10-14 / SUZAN-LORI PARKS      

“Tell Me More”                                                

A series of performances and conversation curated and hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks. Each evening, conceived around a pair of ideas, will feature a musical act and a conversation between Parks and a cultural luminary.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024, 7:00 PM

Blues & Greens: Conversation with Suzan-Lori Parks and Majora Carter / Performance by Ruthie Foster

The Glade

Thursday, July 11, 2024, 10:00 PM

The Runway & The Street: Conversation with fashion designer Daisy Wang / Performance by MC Corey James Gray & Freestyle Monday

The Glade

Friday, July 12, 2024, 10:00 PM

Outer Space & Inner Space: Conversation with Columbia Astronomy Professor Jane Huang / Performance by Psychedelic Soap Box /

The Play Ground

Saturday, July 13, 2024, 7:00 PM

Work & Play: Watch Me Work w/ Suzan-Lori Parks & Special Guest / Performance by Suzan-Lori Parks’s Sula & the Joyful Noise

The Glade

Sunday, July 14, 2024, 7:00 PM

Past & Future: Conversation with Suzan-Lori Parks and Eric Foner / Performance by Brandee Younger

The Glade    

JULY 17-21 / MELISSA TOOGOOD

“Epilogue: Pam Tanowitz’s ‘Day For Night’”                                

“Wondrous performer” (New York Times) Melissa Toogood dances an epilogue to choreographer Pam Tanowitz’s Day for Night, playing at 8:30pm each night in The Amph.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024, 9:30 PM

Epilogue: Day for Night

The Glade

Thursday, July 18, 2024, 9:30 PM

Epilogue: Day for Night

The Glade

Friday, July 19, 2024, 9:30 PM

Epilogue: Day for Night

The Glade

Saturday, July 20, 2024, 9:30 PM

Epilogue: Day for Night

The Glade

Sunday, July 21, 2024, 9:30 PM

Epilogue: Day for Night

The Glade      

JULY 24-28 / JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND                                                                    

A Week of Cabaret                                                   

Wednesday, July 24, 2024, 6:30 PM

Justin Vivian Bond

The Glade

Thursday, July 25, 2024, 6:30 PM

Justin Vivian Bond

The Glade

Friday, July 26, 2024, 10:00 PM

Justin Vivian Bond

The Glade

Saturday, July 27, 2024, 10:00 PM

Justin Vivian Bond

The Glade

Sunday, July 28, 2024, 6:30 PM

Justin Vivian Bond

The Glade

July 31-August 4 / NEW AMSTERDAM OYSTER MARKET

A week of food. Curated by Roberta LaValva & the New Amsterdam Market

Food & Beverage available for purchase*

AUGUST 7-11 / MORGAN JAY & FRIENDS                                                                        

A Week of Comedy

Wednesday, August 7, 2024, 7PM

Morgan Jay, Usama Siddique, Isa Medina, Daniel Bridgegadd

The Glade

Thursday, August 8, 2024, 7PM

Morgan Jay, Sean Donnelly, Tatiana Frank, Myq Kaplan

The Glade

Friday, August 9, 2024, 10:00 PM

Morgan Jay, Sahib Singh, Shane Torres, Jordan Jensen

The Glade

Saturday, August 10, 2024, 7:00 PM

Morgan Jay, Jay Jurden, Carmen Lynch, Neel Gosh

The Glade    

Sunday, August 11, 2024, 7:00 PM

Morgan Jay, Sarah Tollemache, Leclerc Andrew, Erin Jackson

The Glade    

AUGUST 14-18 / ENDANGERED LANGUAGE ALLIANCE

“Language City”                                                      

A series of performances about the past, present, and future of the world’s most linguistically diverse city. The series will be led by speakers of endangered, Indigenous, and minority languages speaking about their communities in their own words and in their own languages, alongside poetry, music, and movement, with texts based on Perlin’s Language City: The Fight to Preserve Endangered Mother Tongues in New York. A multilingual soundscape will draw on ELA’s digital language archive, with its recordings in over a hundred languages, as well as visual elements from ELA’s digital landscape map and creative translanguaging translation strategies.

Conceived by Ross Perlin, Daniel Kaufman, Michael Leibenluft, the Endangered Language Alliance, and Gung Ho Projects. Directed by Michael Leibenluft.

Wednesday, August 14, 6:30 PM

Language City

The Glade

Thursday, August 15, 2024, 6:30 PM

Language City

The Glade

Friday, August 16, 2024, 10:00 PM

Language City

The Glade

Saturday, August 17, 2024, 6:30 PM

Language City

The Glade

Sunday, August 18, 2024, 6:30 PM

Language City

The Glade    

AUGUST 21-25 / CURATED BY CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT

A Week of Celebrated Jazz and Folk Artists

Wednesday, August 21, 2024, 8:30PM

Vanisha Gould (ASL Interpreted)

The Glade

Thursday, August 22, 2024, 8:30-9:30PM

June McDoom

The Glade

Friday, August 23, 2024, 10:00 PM

Lua Noah

The Glade

Saturday, August 24, 2024, 8:30PM

Sullivan Fortner

The Glade

Sunday, August 25, 2024, 8:30PM

TBA

The Glade    

AUGUST 28-SEPTEMBER 1 / CURATED BY GIO ESCOBAR        

A Week of Music and Performance Art

Wednesday, August 28, 2024, 7PM

The Glade

Thursday, August 29, 2024, 7PM

The Glade

Friday, August 30, 2024, 10:00 PM

TBD

Saturday, August 31, 202, 7PM

The Glade

Sunday, September 1, 2024, 7PM

The Glade    

After the conclusion of these public performances in September, The Glade will become New York’s newest outdoor cocktail lounge, complete with a bar designed by Green River Project and a menu of beer, wine, cocktails and mocktails that can be consumed in The Glade or enjoyed anywhere on Little Island. This is just one of the multiple food and beverage venues in the park, throughout the summer.

Little Island’s first annual, four-month-long summer season of world premieres, which kicked off on June 1, features a total of nine newly commissioned pieces. Little Island’s new arts program moves towards the future with a commitment to a multi-year roster of original work, all commissioned by and developed at Little Island. Bookended by the premiere of choreographer Twyla Tharp’s newest work How Long Blues and a 90-minute remix of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in which outré opera diva Anthony Roth Costanzo sings every leading role, the season offers premieres of varying scales across all areas of performance – including music, dance, theater, opera, comedy, jazz, pop, and funk, all outdoors and directly sited on the Hudson River at 14th Street in New York City. The Amph, the park’s 700-seat amphitheater, will house larger scale performances at a $25 ticket price, while The Glade, the park’s 200-seat venue, will be home to more intimate works, all of which will be completely free to the public.

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My View: Jamie deRoy & Her Friends….Who’s Like Them….Damm few

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There wasn’t a sign on the door that said “ Private Party…you have to know Jamie deRoy to get in”, but it seemed that way last night as all the tables in Birdland were filled with Jamie’s friends. They came for another edition of her long running (34 years) variety show.  Jamie as usual hosted the evening and presented a talented line up of performer friends which included: Jason Graae, Jason Henderson, Cory Kahaney, MOIPEI, A.J. Shively, and Jim Vallance & Catherine Porter. The evening, which benefited the Entertainment Community Fund, was directed by Barry Kleinbort with musical direction by Ron Abel.

A show tends to be well received when an audience is mainly comprised of friends. However, even an audience of strangers would have become Jamie’s friends after watching this outstanding cast creating a highly enjoyable evening of music and humor.  As the song says.. “ya’ got to have friends”, and to answer the question asked by the many friends who couldn’t snag a ticket…yes, Jamie sang “Jews Don’t Camp”.

Check out the show photos and the Cast Party

JAMIE deROY

A.J.SHIVELY

JASON HENDERSON

CORY KAHANEY

CATHERINE PORTER & JIM VALLANCE

CATHERINE PORTER

JASON GRAAE

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RON ABEL, music director

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Tony Award® nominee A.J. Shively Joins Jamie deRoy & friends A Benefit For The Entertainment Community Fund

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Today, producer Jamie deRoy announced that Tony Award® nominee A.J. Shively (Paradise Square) and Jason Henderson have been added to Jamie deRoy & friends on Monday, July 1 at 7:00PM at Birdland (315 W 44th Street, New York City 10036). Other special guests are Jason Graae, Cory Kahaney, MOIPEI, Jim Vallance and Catherine Porter. This performance will be livestreamed HERE.

A frequent presence on the New York cabaret scene, Jamie deRoy has produced Jamie deRoy & friends for more than 34 years. For the last decade, Jamie deRoy & friendshas benefitted the Entertainment Community Fund.

In a statement, Ms. deRoy said, “I initially started the ‘Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative’ to advocate for cabaret performers to receive benefits from the Entertainment Community Fund. Producing benefits for the Fund has since been one of the cornerstones of my producing career. I’m thrilled to continue that proud tradition next month with this wonderful line-up of talent.”

The Entertainment Community Fund, formerly The Actors Fund, is a national human services organization that addresses the unique needs of people who work in performing arts and entertainment with services focused on health and wellness, career and life, and housing.

Jamie deRoy & friends will be directed by Barry Kleinbort with musical direction by Ron Abel and Tom Hubbard on Bass.

Reservations are open at 212-581-3080 or www.BirdlandJazz.com. Tickets are $100 VIP/$50 General Seating. $20 food/drink minimum.

Jamie deRoy started producing theater by accident…which has led to 12 Tony® Awards and credits on 150+ Broadway and Off-Broadway shows including, in recent seasons, Stereophonic, Merrily We Roll Along, The Who’s Tommy, Spamalot, Gutenberg The MusicalParade, Good Night Oscar, Leopoldstadt, and The Play That Goes Wrong. Additional awards include nine MAC® Awards, 12 Drama Desk® Awards, four Audience Choice® Awards, 13 Drama League® Awards, three GLAAD® Awards, four Back Stage Bistro® Awards, numerous Telly® Awards and CaB Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement® Award. She has been honored by Theatre Works/USA, Albert Einstein Spirit of Achievement, Primary Stages, the Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Award, and The York Theatre Founder’s Award. She was inducted into the MJHI Manhattan Jewish Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Jamie’s television producing credits include “Jamie deRoy & friends,” “CityArts: The Biggest Little Operas in Town” (Emmy® nomination), and “Where Do Musicals Come From?” Films include the documentaries Broadway: The Golden AgeBroadway: Beyond the Golden Age and Left Alone Rhapsody.

A.J. Shively Broadway: Paradise Square (Tony, OCC, Chita Rivera noms.); Bright Star (Drama Desk nom.); La Cage Aux Folles. Nat’l Tour: Bright StarThe Sound of Music. Off-Broadway/New York: Titanic (Encores); Philadelphia, Here I Come (Theatre World Award, Drama Desk, Lortel noms.), Brigadoon (Irish Rep); A Man Of No Importance (Lortel award, OCC nom.; CSC); February House (The Public); The Suitcase Under The Bed (Mint); Unlock’d (Prospect); …Guide To A Successful Marriage (Cherry Lane); Things To Ruin (Second Stage); Little Airplanes Of The Heart (EST); ReWrite (Urban Stages). Regional: Boston Pops; Berkeley Rep; Kennedy Center; CTG; Old Globe; PCLO. TV/Film: “Julia” (HBO Max); “Bull” (CBS); “Hunters” (Amazon Prime); “Homeland” (Showtime); “Madam Secretary” (CBS); “The Blacklist” (NBC); “Younger” (TV Land); Other People’s Bodies(upcoming); Nobody Walks In LAFrom NowhereSyrupHairBrained. Training: University of Michigan; RADA.

Jason Henderson. This season for his cabaret show, ‘Getting To Noël You’ – created together with Director Barry Kleinbort and Musical Director Christopher Denny, cabaret performer Jason Henderson received the 2024 Bistro Award – Musical Comedy Performer and was nominated 2024 Male Vocalist at the MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets) Awards. In May the show opened the 2024 Long Beach Cabaret Festival. In New York City, over multiple repeat performances at cabaret institution ‘Don’t Tell Mama’, critics have been unanimous in their praise –  the show was listed in the ‘Top 10 Cabaret Shows of 2023’ by Times Square Chronicles. Jason holds a Master of Music (awarded with distinction) in Contemporary Voice – University of Otago, is a former member of the New Zealand Opera Chorus (2012-2016), and an alumna of five New Zealand Singing Schools, and the St. Louis Cabaret Conference. Jason is proud to be a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre – a member of the extraordinary class of ’23.

Jason Graae has been featured on and Off-Broadway in A Grand Night For Singing, Falsettos, Stardust, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, Forever Plaid, Snoopy!, Olympus on My Mind, Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (Drama Desk® Nomination) and more. He played Houdini in the LA company of Ragtime and recently was The Wiz in the National tour of Wicked. With LA, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Michigan, and Washington National Opera companies he has played Njegus in the Merry Widow, Frosch in Die Fledermaus, and Offenbach in The Grand Duchess. His many TV credits include “Rude Awakening”, “6 Feet Under”, “Friends”, “Frasier”, “Dukes of Hazzard”, “Sabrina”, many cartoons and for 5 years was the voice of Lucky for Lucky Charms Cereal. He has recorded over 75 CDs. Thank you and goodnight.

Cory Kahaney has appeared on “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert and David Letterman. Other television appearances include “CONAN”, “This Week at the Comedy Cellar” and “The View”. Cory was a grand finalist in NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and a semifinalist on “America’s Got Talent”. She has had comedy specials on Comedy Central, HBO and her new special premieres on Amazon Prime in August.

MOIPEI (Mary, Maggy and Marta Moipei) are identical triplets from Nairobi, Kenya and currently reside in the U.S. Recent Performances include: The Kennedy Center, 54 Below, Birdland, Merkin Hall, Amarillo Opera, and the Indianapolis Symphony. They have been performing their 2-act multi-media concert, an eclectic mix of their own arrangements of Broadway tunes, jazz hits, spirituals, and Kenyan folk songs at PACs throughout the country. They were voted as “Best Vocal Group” for BroadwayWorld.com 2023 Cabaret Awards. At the age of 12, were appointed Kenya’s first ever UNICEF Child Ambassadors. They were awarded the Head of State Commendation (HSC), by the President of Kenya, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the Music Industry and the Nation. Their album “In the Land of the Lion,” won the 2011 Best of Africa category, at the prestigious South Africa Broadcasting Corporation Awards® (SABC). “Their enchantment, either as singers or as people will bewitch all who see and hear them.” Stephen Mosher @MOIPEI.

Catherine Porter’s varied career has taken her around the globe. She sang opposite Michael Crawford in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, touring the US, UK, Japan and Australia.  She rocked stadiums world-wide as a member of Queen guitarist Brian May’s band, opening for Guns-N-Roses. She’s starred in numerous shows in London’s West End, most notably Sunset Boulevard, which took her to Australia where she originated the role of Betty Schaefer opposite Hugh Jackman. She has sung with the likes of Chaka Khan, Mel B, Kiki Dee and most recently, Norbert Leo Butz. Catherine made her Broadway debut standing by for the role of Diana in the Tony Award®-winning musical, Next to Normal. She’s a songwriter and, most importantly, mother to Ruby, for whom her 2009 album, Gems for Ruby was created. Instagram: cathporter1.

Jim Vallance saw The Beatles on television at age eleven, it was a life-altering moment. Swept up and inspired by the “British Invasion” he begged his parents for a guitar or a drum kit. He got both! As a musician, producer, and songwriter Jim has collaborated with artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Heart, Tina Turner, Michael Bublé and Ozzy Osbourne, to name a few. Pretty Woman: The Musical, which he co-composed with Bryan Adams, has delighted audiences in New York, London and internationally.

The Entertainment Community Fund, formerly The Actors Fund, is a national human services organization that addresses the unique needs of people who work in performing arts and entertainment with services focused on health and wellness, career and life, and housing. Since 1882, the Fund has sought to ensure stability, encourage resiliency and be a safety net for those who shape our country’s cultural vibrancy. Learn more at entertainmentcommunity.org.

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