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Steven Boyer, Mary Testa, Patrick Page, F. Murray Abraham, Chad Kimball, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and More For One Night Only Concert Return to Forbidden Planet

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Red Bull Theatre (Jesse Berger, Artistic Director | Jim Bredeson, Managing Director) today announced the cast for the one-night-only, all-star benefit concert performance of the Olivier Award-winning Best Musical Return to Forbidden Planet, a musical of Shakespearean proportions by Bob Carlton. The 2019-’20 Season kick-off event will take place Monday October 21st at the Peter Norton Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street).

Exploding with over thirty cosmic hits of classic rock-n-roll, and playfully based on The Tempest and the cinematic sci-fi classic, this fun-filled musical rockets Shakespeare’s beloved characters from stage to space as Captain Tempest crash lands on the planet D’Illyria, inhabited only by the mad scientist Doctor Prospero, his daughter Miranda, and their trusty robot Ariel. With songs including “Great Balls of Fire,” “Shake Rattle and Roll,” “The Monster Mash,” and “Good Vibrations” along with some of Shakespeare’s most iconic phraseology catapulted through hyperspace into a campy concoction, this is a rare opportunity for today’s New York audiences to experience this Olivier Award-winning musical.

Gabriel Barre, who starred in the original New York production, will direct a cast featuring Steven Boyer (Broadway: Hand to God —  Lortel and Clarence Derwent Awards; Tony and Drama League nominations;), Kim Exum (Broadway: The Book of Mormon), Mary Testa (currently on Broadway in Oklahoma! —  Tony, Drama Desk nominations;), Jo Lampert (Joan of Arc: Into the Fire – Lortel Award nomination), Patrick Page (currently on Broadway starring in Hadestown — Tony, Lortel Award nominations; Coriolanus — Helen Hayes Award;); Amy Spanger (Broadway: Matilda, Chicago, Elf, Rock of Ages, The Wedding Singer – Drama Desk nomination, Urinetown, Kiss Me Kate, Sunset Boulevard; Off-Bway: Tick Tick Boom, Rent);  with special appearances by Academy Award winner  F. Murray Abraham,  Tony Award nominee Derrick Baskin, Bryan Batt, Emily Bergl, Drama Desk Award winner Arnie Burton, Tony Award nominee Veanne Cox, Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli, Paige Davis, Tony Award nominee Chad Kimball, Drama Desk Award winner Laila Robins, Tony Award nominee Derek Smith, Emily Swallow, Marc Vietor, PLUS celebrity astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson (affectionately known as the man who killed Pluto). 

Return to Forbidden Planet will feature a live five-piece band with direction by Greg Pliska leading a five-piece band; Return to Forbidden Planet will feature choreography by Tracy Bersley, costume design by Heather Jackson, projection design by Joshua Thorson, sound design by Patrick LaChanze, and lighting design by Paul Hudson.  The event is made possible in part by The Marta Heflin Foundation.

Out of this world! Prepare to blast off with this musical space odyssey of Shakespearean proportions. With an interstellar cast of musical/classical theater superstars singing some of the catchiest songs ever recorded and having the time of their lives in a script full of hilarity and fun, this promises to be a night to remember, and a fabulous way to kick off our exciting 2019-’20 season,” said Mr. Berger. “Not too low-brow for Shakespeare scholars, and not too high-brow for Trekkies or ‘50s Sci-fi aficionados, Return to the Forbidden Planet is sure to delight.” 

Gabriel Barre is best known for creating original musicals. His work has been seen on Broadway, throughout the United States, and internationally. Gabriel directed the Broadway production of Amazing Grace which also toured the country and enjoyed a sit-down production at the new Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. He is well known for his Off-Broadway work: he directed the original production of Andrew Lippa’sThe Wild Party at the Manhattan Theatre Club starring Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs, Brian d’Arcy James, and Julia Murney, garnering the Calloway Award for Best Direction, as well as five Outer Critics Circle Award nominations and thirteen Drama Desk nominations, both including Best Direction of a Musical. He directed the original production of John Cariani’s Almost Maine at the Daryl Roth Theatre. Other Off-Broadway productions include the original productions of Summer of ’42, Honky Tonk Highway, Stars in Your Eyes, Andrew Lippa’s john & jen, and Son of A Gun. Nationally, he directed the US national tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt, which performed at Madison Square Garden; it toured the US for three years. His concert work includes the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center three years in a row, several Musical by the Year concerts at Town Hall, the concert version of Pippin for World Aids Day, and The Four Seasons at Lincoln Center. Most recently he directed a concert of The Scarlet Pimpernel at Lincoln Center.

The performance will begin at 7:30PM. This is an important intergalactic fundraiser for Red Bull Theater. Proceeds help to make all of its programs possible. Tickets for this benefit event will be $49-$300 (most tickets include tax-deductible donation). 

Red Bull Theater, hailed as “the city’s gutsiest classical theater” by Time Out New York, brings rarely seen classic plays to dynamic new life for contemporary audiences, uniting a respect for tradition with a modern sensibility. Named for the rowdy Jacobean playhouse that illegally performed plays in England during the years of Puritan rule, Red Bull Theater is New York City’s home for dynamic performances of great plays that stand the test of time. With the Jacobean plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries as its cornerstone, the company also produces new works that are in conversation with the classics. A home for artists, scholars and students, Red Bull Theater delights and engages the intellect and imagination of audiences, and strives to make its work accessible, diverse, and welcoming to all. Red Bull Theater believes in the power of great classic stories and plays of heightened language to deepen our understanding of the human condition, in the special ability of live theater to create unique, collective experiences, and the timeless capacity of classical theater to illuminate the events of our times. Variety agreed, hailing Red Bull’s work as: “Proof that classical theater can still be surprising after hundreds of years.”

Since its debut in 2003 with a production of Shakespeare’s Pericles starring Daniel Breaker, Red Bull Theater has served adventurous theatergoers with Off-Broadway Productions, Revelation Readings, and the annual Short New Play Festival. The company also offers outreach programs including Shakespeare in Schools bringing professional actors and teaching artists into public school classrooms; Bull Sessions, free post-play discussions with top scholars; and Master Classes in classical acting led by veteran theater professionals.

Red Bull Theater has produced 19 Off-Broadway productions and nearly 200 Revelation Readings of rarely seen classics, serving a community of more than 5,000 artists and providing quality artistic programming to an audience of over 65,000. The company’s unique programming has received ongoing critical acclaim, and has been recognized with Lortel, Drama Desk, Drama League, Callaway, Off Broadway Alliance, and OBIE nominations and Awards.

Red Bull Theater’s mainstage production of American Moor is currently enjoying its critically acclaimed, sold-out run at the Cherry Lane Theatre.

For tickets and more information about any of Red Bull Theater’s productions and programs, visit www.redbulltheater.com.

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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