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Good to Go Songwriters' Showcase

Lyricist, bookwriter, and Broadway performer Jill Abramovitz and Tony-nominated actor Anika Larsen (Beautiful) will co-host Prospect Theater Company’s upcoming Good to Go Songwriters’ Showcase: a concert celebrating new works-in-process created or co-created by women writers.  This special one night event will be presented on March 10, 2018 at 8pm at The TimesCenter (242 West 41st, NYC).

The concert will feature performances by a line-up including numerous Broadway veterans and Prospect alumni, including:  Krystina Alabado (The Mad Ones, American Idiot), Courtney Bassett (The Great Comet), Amber Gray (Hadestown, The Great Comet), Danielle Greaves (Rent), Diana Huey (The Little Mermaid, National Tour), Devin Ilaw (Miss Saigon), Brittney Johnson (Les Misérables), Robert Lenzi (Tuck Everlasting), Christiane Noll (Ragtime, Tony Nomination), Drew McVety (Bandstand), and Destinee Rea (Amélie).  The evening will also include performances by Sojourner Brown, Elijah Caldwell, Katie Mariko Murray, Jamie Petrone, Allison Posner, Saidu Sinlah, and Johnny Shea.

The evening will feature interviews with and new work by Masi Asare (The Family Resemblance); Maggie-Kate Coleman & Erato A. Kremmyda (Marie in Tomorrowland); Christine Toy Johnson (Barcelona);  Dana Levinson & Stacey Weingarten (5th Republic); Stacey Luftig & Jennie Redling (My Heart Is the Drum); Mary Liz McNamara (Body & Soul); and Georgia Stitt (Snow Child).  The Alaskan wilderness, the architecture of Barcelona, and a small village in Ghana are among the diverse worlds explored in the selected new musicals.  The complete list of collaborators and show descriptions can be found below.  For writer bios please visit www.GoodToGoFestival.org.

The concert will be directed by Laura Brandel with musical direction by Britt Bonney.  Stage management is by Katie Sammons and Kristina Vnook. Conceived by the Good to Go Festival’s Producing Artistic Director Judy Zocchi as a response to media reports noting a lack of female voices in the American theater, this year is the third annual concert.  “In 2018, we highlight shows that have been developed at the BMI Workshop, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s annual Festival of New Musicals, the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University, and many more outstanding programs and organizations,” said Zocchi.  “Prospect is thrilled to once again partner with The Good to Go Festival, after our previous concert collaborations,” said Reichel. “We are honored to continue bringing attention to new works by outstanding women writers.”

Prospect Theater Company (under the leadership of Cara Reichel, Producing Artistic Director and Melissa Huber, Managing Director) in partnership with The Good to Go Festival, continues its 2017-18 IGNITE Series at The TimesCenter with the third year of the Good to Go Songwriters’ Showcase.  Launched in 2015, Prospect’s IGNITE Series is an ongoing concert initiative featuring today’s new voices shaping tomorrow’s musical theater. Reflecting Prospect’s dedication to fostering and producing work by emerging artists, IGNITE Series programming will include premieres of original material by award-winning songwriters; cutting-edge creations straight from Prospect’s annual Musical Theater Lab; concert presentations of musicals in development; and more.

Prospect’s IGNITE Series is generously supported by the Ford Foundation’s Good Neighbor Committee.

Single tickets are $20, $30 and $40, and may be obtained through online purchase at www.ProspectTheater.org / www.GoodToGoFestival.org, or by calling (212) 352-3101. Tickets may also be purchased at the door beginning one hour prior to curtain, if available.

The TimesCenter (www.TheTimesCenter.com) is located at 242 West 41st Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, in the heart of NYC’s Times Square District. The venue features a 378-seat auditorium with state-of-the-art lighting, sound, and video capability, and a Steinway Concert Grand Piano.

Good to Go Songwriters’ Showcase Show List – March 10, 2018

THE FAMILY RESEMBLANCE

book, music & lyrics by Masi Asare

Akosua and her mixed race family are expecting an ordinary Christmas back home in central Pennsylvania, but heavy winds, a corporate crisis, and a visitation from an African ancestor mean things do not go as planned. Even when your heritage is all over the map, you have to go back to your roots to find your own way.

MARIE IN TOMORROW LAND
conceived by Maggie-Kate Coleman, Erato A. Kremmyda and Sam Pinkleton
book & lyrics by Maggie-Kate Coleman
music by Erato A. Kremmyda

In this musical collage, Marie Curie journeys through the remains of a Chernobyl-inspired theme park and encounters much of America’s troubled history with radioactivity.  Featuring a cast of women playing a kaleidoscope of Marie Curies, the piece explores the intersections between science and art, women and history.BARCELONA

book & lyrics by Christine Toy Johnson
music and lyrics by Jason Ma

When the death of her sister sends an American novelist into a downward spiral, a mysterious dream revives her with a jolt: an inexplicable desire to visit Barcelona. In a Gaudi’s city — shining with architecture, music, and romance — time is unlocked as the spirit of her sister leads her on an extraordinary journey of healing.

5TH REPUBLIC
book & lyrics by Stacey Weingarten
music & lyrics by Dana Levinson

Set in 1958-59 during the fall of the French 4th Republic, an Algerian refugee and Pied Noir soldier find love amidst the political turmoil of the Algerian War for Independence and Charles de Gaulle’s return to power.  This epic romance is inspired by Victor Hugo’s Notre Dame de Paris.

MY HEART IS THE DRUM
lyrics by Stacey Luftig
book by Jennie Redling
music and concept by Philip Palmer

A 16-year-old girl yearns to leave behind her poor village in Ghana and become a teacher.  When economic hardship forces her parents to pull her from school to work on the family farm, she rebels.  In her struggle to survive, she finds a way to bring together her love of her family and village with her desire to explore the world beyond them.BODY & SOUL
book, music & lyrics by Mary Liz McNamara

based on the documentary by Alice Elliott

Two amazing women, despite having significant disabilities, find meaning and independence by living together. Diana Braun, who has Down syndrome, cares for Kathy Conour, who has cerebral palsy.  Together, they cope with almost every problem in their daily life with humor and grace.

SNOW CHILD

Lyrics by Georgia Stitt
Book by John Strand
Music by Bob Banghart and Georgia Stitt
adapted from Eowyn Ivey’s novel, The Snow Child

Reeling from the loss of an unborn child, a couple struggles to rebuild their lives amidst the beautiful and violent landscape of the 1920 Alaskan wilderness.  The visit of a wild and mysterious girl promises to transform them all.

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: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Events for March

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St. Patrick’s Day, Women’s History Month, a Harlem Renaissance exhibit at the Met with160 works by Black artists. Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature,at The Morgan Library & Museum through 6/9. The Orchid show continues until 4/21 at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. 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.

3/1 -3: The Vienna Philharmonic one of the world’s most celebrated orchestras, takes center stage at Carnegie Hall.

3/3 -5: Coffee Fest NY Javits.

3/3 -5: International Beauty Show Javits.

3/6 – 10: The New Colossus Festival provides a platform for new artists, including international bands making their NYC debuts. The festival will take place across multiple venues mostly spread throughout the Lower East Side and the East Village, including Bowery Electric, Mercury Lounge, Berlin, Heaven Can Wait, and others. This year’s artists include Cucamaras (UK), Ducks LTD (Canada), Heffner (US), Holiday Ghosts (UK), Hotel Lux (UK), Housewife (Canada), and more. You can check out the full lineup and schedule of events here.

3/8: International Women’s Day 

Steven Reineke by Michael Tammaro, Bryan Terrell Clark by Asher Angeles, Valisia LeKae by Antonio Navas

3/15: The New York Pops Hitsville: Celebrating Motown

3/1 -17: The Annual Flamenco Festival with 22 performances across 13 different venues all over the city.

3/1 -17: The New York International Children’s Film FestivalHappy St. Patricks Day
3/17: Join in on the 263rd celebration of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC. The parade kicks off at 11am, moving along Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 82nd Street. This year’s grand marshal, Maggie Timoney, president and CEO of Heineken USA, is only the fifth woman to lead the parade since its inception.

3/20 -24: Affordable Art Fair with over 400 living artists to discover you are sure to find your next perfect artwork.

3/23 – 11/: JAPAN Fes, in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. This is the largest Japanese food festival in the world, with over 1,000 vendors.

The Macy Flower Show

3/24 – 4/7: The Annual Macy’s Flower Show created in partnership with Dior.

3/26 – 10/2: Apollo: When We Went to the Moon at The Intrepid Museum. The exhibit is included with museum admission.

3/29 – 4/7: The International Auto Show at the Javitts.

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Cabaret, Talks and Concerts For March

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Brave the rain and head out to the clubs for they abound in entertainment galore. Here are our top picks.

92 Street Y: 1395 Lexington Ave. 3/ 2 – 4: Soul Picnic: The Songs and Legacy of Laura Nyro; 3/ 11: Cabaret Conversations Sally Mayes and 3/18: The Ally: Josh Radnor and Playwright Itamar Moses in Conversation Co-presented with The Public Theater.

 

Karen Mason

Birdland Jazz: 315 West 44 St. Every Monday at 5:30 Vince Giordano and The Nighthawksand 9:30pm Jim Caruso’s Cast Party; Every Tuesday at 8:30pm The Lineup with Susie Mosher; 3/11: It’s De-Lovely: Jeff Harnar Sings Cole Porter and 3/25: Karen Mason In “Just In Styne: Karen Sings Jule”.

 

Orfeh

Cafe Carlyle: 35 E 76th St. 2/1-3: Through 3/2: Jennifer Holliday; 3/3 – 4: Mallory Portnoy and Nick Blaemire; 3/5 – 20: Hamilton Leithauser and 3/21 -23: Orfeh.

Steven Reineke by Michael Tammaro, Bryan Terrell Clark by Asher Angeles, Valisia LeKae by Antonio Navas

Carnegie Hall: 881 7th Ave at 57th St. 3/15: The New York Pops Hitsville: Celebrating Motown; 3/20: of Sinéad O’Connor and Shane MacGowan; 3/23: Meow, Meow and  3/27: Standard Time with Michael Feinstein.

Michael Feinstein

Chelsea Table + Stage: Hilton Fashion District Hotel, 152 W 26th St. 3/10: Klea Blackhurst; 3/11: Mark MacKillop and 3/16: Randy Edelman.

Klea Blackhurst

Don’t Tell Mama: 343 W. 46 St. 3/3: Marcus Simone & Tracy Stark and 3/16: Lucille Carr-Kaffashan.

The DJango: 2 Avenue of the Americas.

Ann Hampton Callaway

Dizzys Club Coca Cola: Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street. 3/8 – 10: Ann Hampton Callaway and 3/21; Songbook Sundays Rodgers and Hammerstein.

54 Below: 254 West 54 St. 3/1: The Leading Lady Club: A Celebration of Women on Broadway and Beyond; 3/2 – 3 : Alysha Umphress: 15 Stories; 3/4: Songs From Women At The Table; 3/6: Hugh Panaro: Man Without A Mask; 3/8- 9: Christine Andreas: Paris to Broadway; 3/15 – 16: Melba Moore: From Broadway, With Love; 3/19: 54 Celebrates The Marquis Theatre, feat. Kate Baldwin, John Bolton, & more!; 3/20 – 21 and 23: Leslie Uggams; 3/22: My First Sondheim; 3/24: A Gentleman’s Guide 10th Anniversary Celebration, feat. Lauren Worsham & more!; 3/25: The Wicked Stage: Songs About Show Business, Hosted by Christine Pedi;  3/26 – 27:  Nicole Henry: Decades of Diva; 3/28: Ute Lemper: Rendezvous with Marlene and 3/29 – 30: Andrea McArdle: Confessions of a Broadway Baby.

Andrea McArdle

Andrea McArdle Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The Green Room 42: 570 10th Ave. 3/4: Figaro a New Musical; 3/22: An Acoustic Evening with Sondheim & Melissa Melissa Errico; 3/23: Nic and Desi: 3/23: Joshua Turchin Composers In The Green Room 42 and 3/24: Reeve Carney.

Sony Hall: 235 W. 46th St.

Theatre at the West Bank Café: 407 West 42 St. 3/2,3, 9,10, 16, 17, 23,24, 30 and 31: Lucky Cheng’s Drag Brunch.The Triad: 158 W. 72 St. 3/16: Stay Golden – The Golden Girls Drag Tribute!The Town Hall: 123 West 43rd Street. 3/4: RuPaul The House Of Hidden Meanings

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Inside the Origins of Whiskey presented by Bushmills at Halls des Lumières

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This week in New York City, whiskey lovers were treated to a special treat at Halls des Lumières. At Origins of Whiskey presented by Bushmills, guests savored the rarest collection of aged Irish single malt. The unique day made available was the grandest display in a public tasting in over a century.

The immersive experience was delightful and embraced the magic of the origins, sacred traditions, and rich history of the world’s favorite spirit. The light and sound exhibit transported consumers out of the bustling city and into the rugged North Coast of Ireland where whiskey was first created. The visual journey began with natural climatic conditions of the Giant’s Causeway then glided over the flowing River Bush. The water runs through beds of basalt rock to reach the golden barley fields that lead into the iconic still houses.

“As the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world and the originator of the single malt, Bushmills Irish Whiskey is delighted to share our story with our friends overseas,” stated Alex Thomas, Master Blender, Bushmills Irish Whiskey. “Most people think that it takes only two ingredients (water and malted barley) to make our award-winning single malt but having nurtured this ancient art into modernity, we know that there is a third… our people. There are families that have been working at the distillery for generations and with each old friend that leaves us or a new friend that joins, comes a story. With the help of our whiskey experts and local Irish storytellers, we’re excited to tell our story and bring the beauty of both the north coast of Ireland and our beloved distillery to you”

The tasting preview included a superb 16-year-old, a fantastic 21-year-old and a phenomenal 25-year-old that could only be described as a bold interpretation that a whiskey lover adores. There was additionally a rare cask that stimulated the senses in a beautiful way. Guests fully embraced the authentic Irish journey of discovery through time to explore the Irish single malt category in all its glory.

The rare collection of four Irish whiskeys were:

Bushmills 16-Year-Old: a marriage of single malts matured for at least 16 years in hand-selected Oloroso sherry butts and bourbon barrels

Bushmills 21-Year-Old: An exceptional liquid of single malts matured for at least 19 years in hand-selected Oloroso sherry butts and bourbon barrels

Bushmills 25-Year-Old: Bottled at 46% ABV and non-chill-filtered, Bushmills 25 is extremely rare in the United States, with only 120 cases imported annually.

Rare Cask 03: Bushmills’ Rare Cask 03 is a 30-Year-Old Madeira Cask single malt, released as part of the Rare Cask series, which was created to showcase some of Bushmills’ oldest and most collectable whiskey to-date available in the U.S market. This is the last chance to taste this Rare Cask expression in the United States.

Tickets are next available for this incredible experience in Chicago on March 1 until March 3. Tickets are $35 (currently only wait list is available).

For more information and a link to purchase tickets, please visit https://originsofwhiskey.com/

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Museum of Broadway Celebrates Black History Month

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Museum of Broadway, 145 W. 45th Street, upcoming February Events

Saturday, February 24th | 12:00 PM

The Museum of Broadway Presents: A History of Minstrelsy with Ben West 

Join musical theatre artist and historian Ben West, author of the upcoming book The American Musical, for a journey into the history of minstrelsy, including its legacy of blackface on Broadway, its trailblazing Black artists, and its impact on the development of the American musical. Note: This talk will involve mature content.

– Event link here

Monday, February 26th | 11:00 AM

The Museum of Broadway Presents: A Conversation with Black Broadway Creatives

Join in celebrating and honoring the lives, careers, and experiences of Black Broadway creatives in the American theater.  Panelists include Ken Hanson, Dante Harrell, Destiny Lilly, Zane Mark, Thelma Pollard and Virginia Woodruff, in-conversation with Erich McMillian-McCall of Project 1 Voice.

– Event link here

Wednesday, February 28th | 12:00 PM

The Museum of Broadway Presents: Mary & Ethel…And Mikey Who? 

Talkback and Book Signing with award-winning author Stephen Cole joined by famed cabaret star Klea Blackhurst and special guest Anita Gillette

– Event link here 

Thursday, February 29th |10:30 AM

The Museum of Broadway Presents: Spotlight on Black Broadway Producers

Join acclaimed award-winning producers Rashad Chambers, Sade Lythcott & Brian Anthony Moreland in-conversation with Merrily We Roll Along’s Krystal Joy Brown

– Event link here

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus Makes Grand Return to New York City This Weekend

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus is back in The Big Apple in epic way. For the first time in New York City since 2017, the grand return of The Greatest Show On Earth is running until Feb. 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Feld Entertainment has brilliantly re-imagined this modern take on the well-known show that is something you have to see to believe. It is a bold and beautiful change that children of all ages will love. You have tremendous fun in the moment and the joy created will make sweet memories to last for a lifetime.

The immersive, live, family entertainment experience captivates through thrilling action and high energy music.

Encounter never-before-seen stunts, acrobatic displays, and comedic acts along the way in the new circus format that features amazing details all the way down to a loveable robotic dog. A truly international cast that includes 75 performers hailing from 18 countries including Argentina, Canada, Cuba, Ethiopia, Italy, Mongolia, Spain, Ukraine, and the United States will inspire audiences through a variety of unbelievable circus acts.

Traditional circus acts blend perfectly with new awe-inspiring moments such as The Triangular Highwire, led by The Lopez Family, sixth-generation circus artists hailing from Mexico and Chile; as well as The Double Wheel of Destiny which showcases four acrobatic daredevils performing challenging back-and-forth leaps and somersaults atop two simultaneously spinning apparatuses suspended 30 feet above the ground and moving at incredibly high speeds.

The dynamic show is a hit, and you will love it!

SHOW DATES & TIMES: 

Barclays Center  performances will continue to run:

Friday, February 23 – 2:00 PM & 6:00 PM

Saturday, February 24 – 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, February 25 – 11:00 AM & 3:00 PM

There are also two upcoming cities close to Manhattan with performances in coming days.

NEWARK, NJ 

Prudential Center – 25 Lafayette Street, Newark, NJ 07102

  • Thursday, February 29 – 7:00 PM
  • Friday, March 1 – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 2 – 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 3 – 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM

BELMONT PARK, Long Island, NY

UBS Arena – 2400 Hempstead Turnpike, Belmont Park, NY  11003

  • Friday, March 8 – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 9 – 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 10 – 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

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