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Catch The Tap Dance Kid, The Life, Into The Woods and More at New York City Center Encores



New York City Center announced their programming for the 2021 – 2022 season. Reopening September 2021, New York City Center has presented the best in music, theater, and dance for over seventy-five years.

The 2021 – 2022 season opens with Fall for Dance Festival, October 13 – 24, which annually signals the start of the fall dance season in New York City. The Festival will consist of the usual five programs each featuring three different groups of artists and companies, presented this year without intermissions. Tap dance superstar Ayodele Casel, modern dance legend Lar Lubovitch for Adrian Danchig-Waring and Joseph Gordon, The Verdon Fosse Legacy reconstruction of a trio of dances featuring Georgina Pazcoguin that were originally created for Tony Award winning actor and dancer Gwen Verdon, and a co-commission with Vail Dance Festival by sought-after choreographer Justin Peck. In keeping with City Center’s mission of accessibility, all the tickets for Fall for Dance are $15. Tickets go on sale on September 19 at 11am.

Twyla Tharp is celebrating her 80th birthday at City Center on November 17 – 21 with TWYLA NOW-a program of signature works and two world premieres. Stars including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s James Gilmer and Jacquelin Harris; American Ballet Theatre’s Aran Bell and Catherine Hurlin; Tony-nominated actor and dancer Robert Fairchild; and New York City Ballet’s Sara Mearns, Roman Mejia, and Tiler Peck are joined by an ensemble of young performers for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

The Encores! 2022 series launches Lear deBessonet’s first season as Encores! Artistic Director, alongside Encores! Music Director Rob Berman and Encores! Producing Creative Director Clint Ramos. The Tony- honored series opens February 2 – 6 with The Tap Dance Kid, music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Robert Lorick, and book by Charles Blackwell. Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun) leads this revival, bringing a fresh take to the production with new tap sequences by choreographerJared Grimes (After Midnight) and concert adaptation by Lydia Diamond (Stick Fly). Broadway’s Joseph Joubert (Motown the Musical) will music direct The Tap Dance Kid.

Following is twelve-time Tony nominated musical (including Best Musical) The Life, March 16 – 20, with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Ira Gasman, and book by David Newman, Ira Gasman, and Cy Coleman. Emmy and Tony Award-winning artist Billy Porter reclaims this musical as the production’s adapter and director to bring forth the gritty, dangerous, and exciting decadence of 1980s New York City and an authenticity to the lives of sex workers. The production features choreography by Tony-nominated choreographer and Encores! Creative Advisor Camille A. Brown (Choir Boy).

Into the Woods, the third show in the series, ushers in a new annual tradition at Encores! which celebrates an iconic American musical and the ways theater connects us across generations. From May 4 – 15, a special two-week run of Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and James Lapine’s (book) Tony Award-winning musical, directed by Lear deBessonet. The production will feature choreography by film and television’s Jamal Sims (film: Aladdin) and Encores! Music Director Rob Berman.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:


The Cast of Ain’t Done Bad Meets the Press And You Are There



Tuesday morning the cast of Ain’t Done Bad meet the press. This hybrid theatrical dance experience is conceived, directed, and choreographed by Jakob Karr (“So You Think You Can Dance”) and featuring the music of country star Orville Peck will play a limited engagement at The Pershing Square Signature Center with previews beginning July 9, opening July 14, and running through September 1st.

Ain’t Done Bad tells the powerful heartwarming story of coming out, falling in love, and finding one’s true voice as a queer person in the South. Told entirely through contemporary dance without a single spoken word, the 90-minute performance stars Jakob Karr along with ten leading dancers.

The Cast of Ain’t Done Bad that includes Jakob Karr, Joshua Escaper, Caden Hunter, Magma Iwama, Yusaku Komori, Adrian Lee, Jordan Lombardi, Madison O’Connor, Luke Qualls and Ian Spring Photo’s By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Karr is joined onstage by Adrian Lee (Wicked) as the Father, Megumi Iwama (“Mean Girls” the movie) as the Mother, Ian Spring (Parsons Dance) as the Brother, Luke Qualls (The Radio City Christmas Spectacular) as Jakob Karr’s alternate, Yusaku Komori (“The Greatest Showman”) and Jordan Lombardi (Phantom Of The Opera Nat’l Tour) as the Friends, and Joshua Escover (“Empire Strips Back”) as the Lover. Swings include Caden Hunter (Juilliard) and Madison O’Connor (Radio City Rockettes), who also acts as Dance Captain.

Jakob Karr Photo’s By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Ian Spring, Jakob Karr and Adrian Lee Photo’s By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Ain’t Done Bad comes to The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center after critically-acclaimed workshops in Orlando at Renaissance Theatre Company and in North Carolina at Durham’s PSI Theatre, Greensboro PAC, and the Wortham Center for Performing Arts in 2023. The production premiered in 2021 at the Orlando International Fringe Festival, where it received the festival’s highest honor (Best Show). Karr is joined by Scenic Designers Philip Lupo, Joey Coombs, and Blake Schulte, with Lighting Design by Philip Lupo. Morgan Lemos is the Stage Manager and additional creatives include Grace Buckley (Associate Choreographer) and Joi Marchetti (Additional Music Production). Evan Bernardin Productions is the general manager, Eli Owens in the production assistant, and digital advertising is by SINE Digital.

Patti Maurer, Jakob Karr and Donald Rupe Photo’s By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The Cast of Ain’t Done Bad that includes Jakob Karr, Joshua Escaper, Caden Hunter, Magma Iwama, Yusaku Komori, Adrian Lee, Jordan Lombardi, Madison O’Connor, Luke Qualls and Ian Spring Photo’s By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Jakob Karr with Adrian Lee, Megumi Iwama and Ian Spring Photo’s By Genevieve Rafter Keddy



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Events For July



Florals in Fashion highlights the work of designers Hilary Taymour (Collina Strada), Olivia Cheng (Dauphinette) and Kristen Alpaugh, aka FLWR PSTL Also Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s “Giants,”is at the Brooklyn Museum until 7/7. The exhibition features artists who have made and continue to make a significant impact on the art world and contemporary culture. The show features 98 artworks by Black American, African, and African artists including Gordon Parks, Kehinde Wiley, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mickalene Thomas, Hassan Hajjaj, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lorna Simpson, and Amy Sherald. Until 8/11 the Whitney Biennial, this happens every two years.  This year, the theme is “Even Better Than The Real Thing” and features the work of 71 artists and collectives. Also on display is Apollo: When We Went to the Moon at The Intrepid Museum. The exhibit is included with museum admission and goes until 10/2. The Rubin Museum, is permanently closing its physical space later this year and is open until October. If you’ve never been time to go. Until 10/27: The New York Botanical Garden is getting in on the Mad Hatter fun with a new, garden-wide exhibition for 2024 titled “Wonderland: Curious Nature.”

7/1: The Gladiator (2000) Movies Nights in Bryant Park this summer with Paramount+. Screenings will take place every Monday at 8pm

7/4: Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. More than 100 years old, from 11am to 1pm. Watch the chow down event at Nathan’s Flagship restaurant (1310 Surf Ave.) on the corner of Stillwell Ave at Coney Island, Brooklyn.

7/4: Macy’s Fireworks. From the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show, which this year is on the Hudson River.

7/5: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Tania León and The Harlem Chamber Players at Bryant Park.

From top and left to right: Lara Downes, photo by Ebru Yildiz; Amaryn Olmeda, photo by Josh Wool; Theo Bleckmann, photo by Lynne Harty; Claudia Acuña; Vuyo Sotashe, photo by Leandro Justen; Miko Marks; Ivalas Quartet, photo by Titilayo Ayangade

7/6: Anthem to US Concert Lincoln Center Presents Damrosch Park. This concert celebrates music that has served as anthems of hope, peace, protest and resilience, from beloved classics like Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World, Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, and George Gershwin’s Summertime to Sara Bareilles’ Brave, and new contemporary anthems created as part of the Anthem to US project. Iconoclastic American pianist and NPR host Lara Downes brings together a group of celebrated artists from a wide range of musical backgrounds, including country singer Miko Marks, jazz vocalists Vuyo Sotashe and Theo Bleckmann, rising star violinist Amaryn Olmeda, the award-winning Ivalas String Quartet, Shandela Contreras, and Claudia Acuña. The concert will also feature selections from Lara Downes’s forthcoming album entitled This Land, a reflection on the kaleidoscopic diversity of stories and journeys that have converged and collided throughout American history, from an artist known for her musical explorations off the beaten path. Experience the world premiere of the final three anthems from the Anthem to US project: Let Them Fly – Lyrics by Jessy Tomsko; composed by Martha Redbone & Aaron Whitby, Big Country – Lyrics by D.L. Newton; composed by Damien Sneed and We Are US – Lyrics by Jaquetta Bustion; composed by Jaime Lozano.

7/ 7: JAPAN Fes in Midtown East, the largest Japanese food festival in the world, attracting 300,000 visitors and featuring 1,000 vendors every year. Expect dishes including takoyaki, ramen, matcha sweets, yakisoba, karaage, okonomiyaki, and lots more.

7/7: Summer for the City Passing the Crown celebrating the Queens of Hip-Hop Lincoln Center Presents Damrosch Park. Don’t miss your chance to be part of history. Come, celebrate, and witness the coronation of Hip-Hop royalty!

7/8: Old School (2003) Movies Nights in Bryant Park this summer with Paramount+. Screenings will take place every Monday at 8pm

7/10 -14: Open Throat An adaptation of the critically acclaimed novella by Henry Hoke. A queer mountain lion living in the hills around the Hollywood sign is driven out of nature by manmade catastrophe and into the wilds of LA. At Little Island.

7/11: Counting Crows Summerstage.

7/11: Broadway in Bryant Park with 106.7 LITE FM Host: Helen Little, Pre-show: A special performance by the students of AMDA College of the Performing Arts, Back to the Future, Hell’s Kitchen, The Wiz and Water for Elephants.

7/12: Manhattanhenge, “full sun on the grid” at 8:20pm. As for the “half sun” option, you can see that on 7/13 at 8:21pm.

7/12: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Thandiswa Mazwai at Bryant Park.

7/12 -14: West Side Fest where the best of the West Side gives back  with free admission to Dia Chelsea, a block party at Poster House, art-making at The Whitney, a family day at The Rubin, performances at Little Island, and more.

7/13: JAPAN Fes in Chelsea, the largest Japanese food festival in the world, attracting 300,000 visitors and featuring 1,000 vendors every year. Expect dishes including takoyaki, ramen, matcha sweets, yakisoba, karaage, okonomiyaki, and lots more.

7/14: Bastille Dayfi:af’s Bastille Day Celebration 12–5pm, on Madison Avenue, from 59th to 63rd Street. This year’s fête promises to be bigger than ever with can’t miss cultural programming, a Champagne Party, two film screenings, more than 50 French and local vendor booths, and free activities for all ages.

7/15: Funny Face (1957) Movies Nights in Bryant Park this summer with Paramount+. Screenings will take place every Monday at 8pm.

7/17 – 21: Day For Night A new dance choreographed by Pam Tanowitz, examining relationships, nostalgia, and memory, stitched to the sounds and landscapes of Little Island performed at Little Island.

7/18: Broadway in Bryant Park with  106.7 LITE FM Hosts: Cubby & Christine, Disney on Broadway, Aladdin, Frozen and The Lion King

7/19: Summer for the City The Ritual of Breath Is the Rite to Resist Lincoln Center Presents In collaboration with Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth. Damrosch Park In a concert adaptation, The Ritual of Breath is a deeply moving, meditative experience that responds to the murder of Eric Garner.

7/19: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Louis Cato at Bryant Park.

7/20: Summer for the City WNYC’s Public Song Project: The People’s Concert Lincoln Center Presents The Underground at Jaffe Drive. WNYC’s The Public Song Project invites contributors and special guests to create new music by drawing from the public domain.

7/21: JAPAN Fes in Midtown West, the largest Japanese food festival in the world, attracting 300,000 visitors and featuring 1,000 vendors every year. Expect dishes including takoyaki, ramen, matcha sweets, yakisoba, karaage, okonomiyaki, and lots more.

7/22 – 8/18: Restaurant Week. Explore the city one bite at a time. Enjoy prix-fixe meals at hundreds of restaurants across the five boroughs. General reservations open July 16th.

7/22:  Cinema Paradiso (1988) Movies Nights in Bryant Park this summer with Paramount+. Screenings will take place every Monday at 8pm.

7/24-28: MAMA An evening of new music by Britton & The Sting, a funk liberation band created by Tony Award winning artist and advocate, Britton Smith. Created for Little Island, this sonic adventure embodies the transformative power of water, life, and connection.

7/25: Billy Joel. The piano man is back! with new musicat Madison Square Gardens—a record-breaking residency that’s been running since 1978. This is his last show in the series.

7/25: Broadway in Bryant Park with 106.7 LITE FM Host: Rich Kaminski, Chicago, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, The Book of Mormon, The Great Gatsby and The Notebook.

7/26: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Michael Olatuja & Lagos Pepper Soup at Bryant Park.

7/27: JAPAN Fes in the East Village, the largest Japanese food festival in the world, attracting 300,000 visitors and featuring 1,000 vendors every year. Expect dishes including takoyaki, ramen, matcha sweets, yakisoba, karaage, okonomiyaki, and lots more.

7/29: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) Movies Nights in Bryant Park this summer with Paramount+. Screenings will take place every Monday at 8pm

7/31 – 8/4: The Oyster Radio Hour A live radio show combining science, story, and song that celebrates the resilience of oysters and their crucial ecological roles. With special guests, the show blends hope and interconnectedness, spotlighting the humble oyster’s journey of revival. At Little island.




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Hampton Events For July



The playground for New Yorkers has always been the Hampton’s. Here are the hottest events happening in July.

Saturday, July 6th – 5:30 to 8 pm Halsey House Gala Southampton History Museum Summer Benefit
The Thomas Halsey Homestead, 249 South Main Street in Southampton. The Gala takes place in the beautiful herb garden and grounds of historic Halsey House & Garden. This annual Gala typically welcomes more than 350 guests for one of Southampton’s most beloved summer gatherings. A full bar, plentiful hors d’oeuvres prepared by culinary chefs, uniquely crafted silent auction, all in a delightful oval party tent with festive decorations to make a captivating evening. Proceeds from the Gala support the maintenance and care of the Halsey House & Garden, all the Museum’s preservation efforts and fund the museum’s educational programs at all the museum locations and within local schools. Please RSVP and call 631-283-2494 or email for more information.

Saturday, July 6th 7 to 11 pm 20th Annual Hamptons Happening, 900 Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton. Honoring Arthur F. Backal, Chef Francois Payard, Cheri Kaufman, Stephen Kliegerman, Fern Mallis, DJ and Cherish TheLuv.

Saturday, July 6th Taste of Two Forks Presented by Hampton Jitney at The Southampton Arts Center
25 Jobs Lane in Southampton. A celebration of the great chefs of the North Fork and South Fork AKA the Hamptons. Enjoy the tastes from the best who make the East End the ultimate foodie destination. Tickets include all food, drinks and entertainment.

Saturday, July 6th – 6:30 to 11 pm 32nd Annual Bay Street Theatre Summer Gala, 1 Bay Street in Sag Harbor. Drinks! Dinner! Dancing! Live Auction! Stars of Stage and Screen! Honorees: Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and Dr. Georgette Grier-Key. In addition to delectable food, creative cocktails, and a live auction with celebrity auctioneer
Richard Kind, the evening will feature an all-star performance that will knock your socks off.

Thursday, July 11th – 2-6 pm + 6-9:30 pm The Hamptons’ Fine Art Fair Introducing the de Kooning Luxury Pavilion, Southampton Fairgrounds, 605 County Rd 39 in Southampton. Hamptons Fine Art Fair, the international fine art fair from the producers of ShowHamptons. Network with the art elite: major collectors, celebrities, famous artists, leading local patrons, curators, advisors, interior designers and the art press, while realizing all first-in benefits. Join us in making Hamptons art history.

Friday, July 12th – 7 to 10 pm 36th Annual American Picnic with Fireworks by Grucci!, 1030 Meadow Lane in Southampton. Festivities will include a fun filled carnival with games, stilt walkers and magicians, a delicious American picnic, music, dancing and of course spectacular fireworks display over Shinnecock Bay! The Southampton Fresh Air Home is a residential camp with a specialized recreation program adapted for physically challenged children, the majority of whom will receive scholarships to attend.

Friday, July 12th – 7 to 11 pm Parrish Art Museum’s MIDSUMMER DANCE, 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. An evening of dancing, drinks, and delicious hors d’oeuvres in support of the Museum’s exhibitions, education, and programs.

Saturday, July 13th – 6 to 10:30 pm
Parrish Art Museum’s MIDSUMMER DINNER,
279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. Celebrating this year’s honorees: Philanthropists Susan Pear Meisel and Louis Meisel and Artists KAWS, Shirin Neshat and Sean Scully

Saturday, July 13th – 6 to 10 pm The Nurturing Power of Nature SOFO’s 34th Annual Gala Benefit
VIP Cocktail Reception – 6 to 7 pm, South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center, 377 Bridgehampton – Sag Harbor Turnpike. The gala willbenefit SOFO’s educational and environmental programs and initiatives, empowering families to be responsible stewards of our planet and commemorate 35 years of leadership in nature conservation and education. Honorees this year will include Conservationists Anke and Jurgen Friedrich, Susan and David Rockefeller, as well as National Geographic Society President Michael Ulica.

Saturday, July 13th – 6:30 to 11:30 pm Ellen Hermanson Summer Summer Gala Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club, 231 Midocean Drive in Bridgehampton 6:30 to 10:30 Cocktails, Dinner and Dancing 10:30 to 11:30 Bonfire on the Beach. Honoring Dr. Frederic Weinbaum and Rebecca Seawright. Gala Chair: Jean Shafiroff

Saturday, July 20th – 4 pm to 7 pm POLO in The Hamptons Social Life Polo Match & Cocktail Party
900 Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton. Guests enjoy the thrill of the polo match they will have access to an open bar paired with
hors d’oeuvres and preferred seating. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres by Elegant Affairs in the Champagne Lounge. There is complimentary parking but we suggest taking Uber.

Saturday, July 20th – 6 to 10 pm 15th Annual Unconditional Love Gala Hosted by Southampton Animal Shelter Under the Great White Tent Corner of Old Town + Wicapogue Roads. Proceeds from this event directly support the more than 5,000 animals who enter our doors each year.

Saturday, July 20th – 6 to 11 pm Imagination Longhouse Summer Benefit. 133 Hands Creek Road in East Hampton. Food, drink, music, and performance, This year we honor two extraordinary artists: Kenny Scharf for his contributions to pop culture and his celebration of comics, amusement, and the underground, and Tony Bechara for his dynamic, meticulous paintings and a life devoted to promoting Latin culture in the arts.

Saturday, July 27th – 4 pm to 7 pm POLO in The Hamptons Social Life Polo Match & Cocktail Party
900 Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton. Polo match they will have access to an open bar paired with hors d’oeuvres and preferred seating. Drinks + hors d’oeuvres by Elegant Affairs in the Champagne Lounge. There is complimentary parking but we suggest taking Uber.

Saturday, July 27th 6 to 10 pm The Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit 100 YEARS OF EXPERIMENTATION. The Watermill Center, 39 Watermill Towd Road in Water Mill. The Watermill Center is thrilled to usher in 100 Years of Experimentation celebrating the origin of the building as a scientific laboratory established in 1924. Now as a laboratory for the arts and humanities, Watermill invites you to join us for the annual summer benefit.

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Pride in Times Square



Playbill and the Times Square Alliance announce details about their third annual Pride in Times Square celebration of free events on June 28 & 29, 2024.  With top-stage and screen celebrities, Broadway/Off-Broadway productions, local Times Square business promotions, a Youth Pride celebration, a Drag Pride celebration, the return of The Big Broadway Disco, and more, Pride in Times Square promises to be another exciting celebration and a great addition to New York City’s celebration of Pride right at the Crossroads of the World.

Then, on Sunday June 30, 2024, the Playbill Pride Float returns to the NYC Pride March, supporting their partner Pride NYC.  Including a customized double decker bus and celebratory soundtrack played throughout the event, the Pride March participation helps to round out an amazing weekend of diversity, equity, education, and celebration.

Past Pride in Times Square events have attracted nearly 800,000 attendees who passed through the activations and enjoyed live performances during the two-day event with social media coverage garnering over 1.05 million social impressions.  The third day, centered on one of the world’s largest Pride marches, had an attendance at 2023 Pride March of 2.4 million people.

Times Square Alliance’s TSQ LIVE programming will also contribute Pride content in June with two Summer Friday Concerts this month.  Jordy will hit the TSQ LIVE stage at 46th Street and Broadway on Friday, June 7 and Molly Grace will perform on Friday, June 14 both at 6pm.

Pride in Times Square’s main stage this year is Playbill’s own NYC Pride March Float! Bringing a more inviting landscape to an audience of all ages in Times Square, this iconic stage for the weekend will celebrate dynamic voices in the community, and support the continued fight for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all. Special guests, concerts, surprise performances and more will take the stage on Friday June 28th and Saturday June 29th.  A list of events is below.

For the third year in a row, Playbill and Times Square will celebrate Pride with glitz, glam and dancing. Times Square will “ignite the night” with The Big Broadway Disco – a large-scale street party that invites revelers to dance through Times Square to classic and contemporary Broadway songs and performances – all with a disco flare and performed in the heart of New York City: Times Square. With the Playbill Pride Float acting as a focal point for the night, guests will experience a Pride celebration like no other, while entertained by DJ’s, performers, fabulous costumes, and more on Saturday June 29th beginning at 5:15pm. #BwayDisco

Audiences in Times Square will have the opportunity to connect with Pride in Times Square sponsors ViiV Healthcare, and SUMMIT One Vanderbilt for audiences to explore on Friday June 28th and Saturday June 29th.  ViiV Healthcare will bring an interactive double decker bus into Times Square; the bus then becomes part of the NYC Pride March on Sunday June 30th down 5th Avenue. SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, the world’s most immersive cultural experience and observatory located in midtown Manhattan, will bring an interactive installation for audiences to explore in Times Square.

The Times Square Alliance will celebrate the best of the neighborhood’s Pride discounts, deals, giveaways, and special menu items from local businesses all month long. Special offers will appear at from Times Square restaurants, shops, shows, and attractions that celebrate and support the most colorful month of the year. Plus, experience #SignsOfPride in Times Square with displays of Pride on screens and billboards throughout the Crossroads of the World.

Here the break down.

Friday June 28th 

5:15-7:00PM –Broadway Pride Block Party

Proudly organizing NYC’s official Pride events since 1984, this year, before the march, celebrate a kick-off to Pride weekend in partnership with NYC Pride and Pride in Times Square – presented by Playbill and Times Square Alliance. The Broadway Pride Block Party invites Times Square guests to a free, live concert in the heart of the city, with performances and guest appearances from top Broadway and Off-Broadway artists and celebrities. This special concert brings together the best performers and artists celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community and its allies in a festive and heartwarming celebration, while reflecting on NYC Pride’s mission to “keep these events free and safe for all”.

Saturday June 29th

11:00-11:45AM – SUMMIT One Vanderbilt presents the NYC Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Pride Celebration

Proudly presented by SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, members of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), Mayor’s Office of Equity & Racial Justice (MOERJ), NYC Unity Project, and more kick off Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Pride! SYEP launched this initiative to connect young people who identify as LGBTQIA+ with supportive, welcoming paid summer jobs and career experiences. Join us for a high-energy celebration of this exciting program, including performances, stories, and guest speakers!

11:45-12:30PM – The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce Pride Celebration

Special performers, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), business voice of the LGBTQ+ community and certifying body for LGBTQ+-owned businesses nationwide, and Grubhub, a leading U.S. food-ordering and delivery marketplace, will join Pride in Times Square to present NGLCC/Grubhub Community Impact Grant Program funds to NYC-based LGBTQ+ and allied bars and restaurants.

2:30-3:30PM – ViiV Healthcare presents: “Celebrate You!”

ViiV Healthcare celebrates the choices that make us all unique.  It’s time to embrace-not-erase.  Audiences in Times Square will experience an amazing line up of proudly queer talent, here to celebrate and support our queens everywhere.

5:15-7:30PM – The Third Annual Big Broadway Disco

Playbill and Times Square will “ignite the night” with the second-annual BIG BROADWAY DISCO – a large-scale street party that invites revelers to dance the night away to classic and contemporary Broadway songs and performances – all with a disco flare and performed in the heart of New York City. Guests will experience a Pride celebration like no other, while entertained by DJ’s, performers, fabulous costumes, and more on Saturday June 29th beginning at 5:15pm. #BwayDisco.

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Little Island Begins Their Summer Season Today



Little Island will begin its summer-long season of world premieres with the first performance of How Long Blues, the new full-length dance piece conceived, choreographed, and directed by Twyla Tharp. Beginning with the first of three preview performances tomorrow, June 1, the production will officially open next Thursday evening, June 6.  Performances of How Long Blues will run on Little Island through June 23.

How Long Blues is an epic narrative on the theme of resiliency inspired by American Jazz and the writing of Albert Camus.

Music arrangements are by T Bone Burnett and David Mansfield.  The design team includes Scenic & Costume Design by Santo Loquasto, Lighting Design by Justin Townsend, and Sound Design by Scott Lehrer. Music Direction is by Dan Lipton.

How Long Blues is performed by Michael Cerveris, Piper Dye, Jourdan Epstein, Oliver Greene-Cramer, Kyle Halford, Colin Heininger, Daisy Jacobson, Claude CJ Johnson, Pomme Koch, Skye Mattox, Nicole Ashley Morris, Hugo Pizano Orozco, Ryan Redmond, Victoria Sames, Frances Lorraine Samson, John Selya, Reed Tankersley, Andromeda Turre, John Bailey, Justin Goldner, Wayne Goodman, Dan Lipton, Mark Lopeman, Jay Rattman, George Rush, and Paul Wells.

Little Island recently announced that an annual, four-month-long summer season of world premieres, kicking off June 1, will feature 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 Ms. Tharp’s newest work 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 will offer 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.

Little Island, the 2.4-acre park that sits along the Hudson River, opened in May 2021 and has since been enjoyed by 4.6 million visitors. In 2013, Barry Diller, in partnership with Hudson River Park Trust leadership, embarked on the unique opportunity to envision a solution for the repair and reactivation of Pier 54, which had been badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The park was designed as an entirely new type of public space for New York, one that would create an immersive experience of nature and art. Born from a collaboration of the UK-based Heatherwick Studio and the New York-based landscape architecture firm MNLA, led by Signe Nielsen, the park’s imaginative design offers all New Yorkers and visitors a new public space that is dynamic, captivating, and restorative.

Little Island is operated year-round by a 50-member staff co-helmed by Producing Artistic Director Zack Winokur and Executive Director Laura Clement.

Tickets to Little Island’s summer season of performances are available for purchase on,, or by downloading the TodayTix app.

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