What To Watch June 22nd To Take Away The Blues

What To Watch June 22nd To Take Away The Blues

In celebration of Pride 2020, Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute is proud to present Queer Butoh 2020 (DIGITAL) in collaboration with Howl Arts.This year, we are proud to virtually present the works of Mee Ae, Dustin Maxwell, Davey Mitchell, and Scoop Slone.At its origin, the introduction of Butoh in Japan was widely controversial. The first homoerotic butoh performance, Kinjiki (Forbidden Colors) created by Tatsumi Hijikata in 1958, caused controversy amongst its spectators. “Butoh is essentially the dance of the marginalized, and the LGBTQ population is still largely marginalized in the world,” says Vangeline, curator of this series. “This year, despite obvious challenges, it is particularly important to find ways to celebrate our LGBTQ artists for the 50th-anniversary celebration of Pride.”Artists Featured: Me Ae in Swoon; Dustin Maxwell in In a dark forest partly illuminated: portal, Davey Mitchell in Diary of a mad swan, and Scoop Slone in Fragments.


1pm: The Broadway Q&A Series: Bartlett Sher he Tony-winning director will answer questions about working on South PacificTo Kill a MockingbirdMy Fair Lady, and more.  

Bartlett Sher
Bartlett Sher

2pm: Brave New World Rep: Hamlet Every Monday in June, a different cast and director in live readings of Shakespeare’s tragedy. In today’s edition director Tai Thompson brings Sorab Wadia as Claudius and Zo Tippled as the melancholy Dane; advance reservations are required to watch it live, after which it will remain viewable on the BNW site for four days, starting at 6pm.

3pm: Jessie Mueller (Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, Waitress, Carousel) performs highlights from some of his biggest roles. The Seth Concert Series is hosted by Sirius XM host and Playbill contributor Seth Rudetsky. While normally held in Provincetown, Massachusetts, under the Broadway @ Art House banner, the performances will be held indoors from the stars’ homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets are $27.50.

Jessie Mueller
Jessie Mueller photo Genevieve Rafter Keddy

4pm–9:30pm: Marie’s Crisis Virtual Piano Bar scheduled pianists are Alex Barylski (@Alexander-Barylski) and Brandon James Gwinn (@brandonjamesg).   

6pm: Broadway’s Best For Breast Cancer with Mandy Gonzalez and Telly Leung Mandy Gonzalez (HamiltonWickedIn the Heights) and Caroline Kohles, JCC Senior Director of Health and Wellness, celebrate life and foster learning. Special guests are Telly Leung, star of Broadway’s Aladdin and Chef AJ, a television cook, speaker, and author of the book Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight. Dr. Alison Estabrook, a founding breast cancer specialist for BreastLink

6:30: Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and New York Theatre Salon present Global Forms Theater Festival opening night with a virtual potluck. Prepare your favorite dish and sign onto the Zoom party to meet all the artists who will be participating in our week long festival. We are so excited to kick things off with stories, food, and a live Zoom DJ.

7pm: Brave Smiles…Another Lesbian Tragedy By Pride Plays by The Five Lesbian Brothers (Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey, and Lisa Kron), is directed by Leigh Silverman. In celebration of Pride, Playbill and Pride Plays will present four live streamed readings of plays by and about the LGBTQIA+ community.

7pm: New Voices 2011 “I’ll Take Manhattan Paper Mill Playhouse’s Summer Musical Theater Conservatory, featuring 120 talented student performers ages 10–18, directed and choreographed by Paper Mill Playhouse’s professional artistic staff.

7:15: Virtual Conversation: Todd Fisher Join The Lambs for another virtual conversation with Todd Fisher director, cinematographer, producer and actor of television films and documentaries. Fisher is the son of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds and brother of actress Carrie Fisher. Todd’s new book about life with his mother and sister, My Girls, is available on Amazon (Click on the photo) as a hard cover, paperback and audiobook. Friend of The Lambs, Foster Hirsch, will host the conversation, Q&A will follow at the end. RSVP on Zoom. Meeting ID: 870 0106 2754 and the password is: 06221874TF

7:30pm: Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids By IAMA Juneteenth Theatre Justice Project a liberal white couple opens the doors of their renovated Harlem brownstone to host a cocktail party for a Black Lives Matter activist, his gay white lover and the mother of a slain 12-year-old Black boy. A night of cocktails and conversation sparks emotional debates on topics ranging from underweight polar bears and Lana Turner to saving the planet, gentrification, racial identity and protecting the lives of Black boys. The reading will be directed by Andi Chapman and feature IAMA company members Brandon Scott and Christine Woods, alongside Tesiana Elie, Todd Grinnell, Garrett Mercer, Kacie Rogers and Sheldon White. Must register.

7:30pm: Verdi’s La Traviata Few operatic figures are as beloved as Violetta, the dignified, selfless, and sickly heroine of Verdi’s classic tragedy. An elegant courtesan with a heart of gold, she chooses true love over the amusements and riches of her glamorous Parisian life, then sacrifices everything for the sake of a young woman she’s never even met. All of this—the glitter of her earlier wealth, the heat of her passion with the ardent young Alfredo, the pain of their separation, and her tragic end—lands with devastating weight thanks to Verdi, whose score stands as one of music’s greatest depictions of love and loss.

7:30: “Ill Drown My Book” With Kate Burton Three-time Tony and Emmy Award-nominee Kate Burton will join host Nathan Winkelstein, Red Bull’s Associate Producer, for a conversation focused on Prospero’s famous soliloquy from Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Burton performed the role of Prospera in 2018 at The Old Globe in San Diego under the direction of Joe Dowling. She’ll read passages from the play and discuss her thoughts on the text, character, and gender in Shakespeare.

8pm: On Seth Rudetsky fabulous series Stars in the House Guest Host Andréa Burns and guests

Andréa Burns
Andréa Burns photo Genevieve Rafter Keddy

8pm: Jim Caruso’s Pajama Cast Party The show will feature Tony-winning actress/singer Alice Ripley, Tony nominee Robbie Fairchild, 5-time Emmy nominee Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, legendary jazz singer Allan Harris, r&b/pop singer Melanie Taylor and guitarist Terry Wollman, singer/producer Ruby Locknar and young Analise Scarpaci, who was set to open on Broadway in Mrs. Doubtfire.

8pm: Lincoln Center Dance Week: Coppélia, New York City Ballet Streaming landmark works by George Balanchine from rarely seen New York City Ballet performances. The program includes three highlights from the 2004 broadcast of the Balanchine 100 Centennial Celebration: the fourth movement of Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet with Wendy Whelan and Damian Woetzel; Concerto Baroccowith Maria Kowroski, Rachel Rutherford, and James Fayette; and “The Man I Love“ pas de deux from Who Cares? with Alexandra Ansanelli, Nilas Martins, and featuring a special performance of the Gershwin score by Wynton Marsalis. Rounding out the program is an excerpt from the 1978 broadcast of George Balanchine and Alexandra Danilov’s Coppélia, featuring Patricia McBride and Helgi Tomasson in the leading roles.

A note on this performance of Coppélia
The decision was made by New York City Ballet and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to stream the third act of Coppélia instead of the full-length production. The production from that time included, in the second act, the character of a Chinese doll wearing a mask and making movements that were ethnically and racially insensitive. In recent years, New York City Ballet has changed the costume, make-up design, and movements for this character to eliminate the Yellowface signifiers. The program that will stream on Monday better aligns with the values of NYCB and Lincoln Center. We commit to continued examination of this alignment moving forward.

Photo by Susanne Faulkner Stevens

8pm: Live Virtual Performance: ‘Grace & Milt’ Directed by Steve Zuckerman (The Stone Witch, Nuts), the cast of Grace & Milt features Adam O’Byrne (These Paper Bullets!, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and Keira Naughton (The Rivals, Dance of Death) in the title roles. The original music is by Emmy-nominated composer Roger Bellon with projections designed by Nicholas Hussong.

All proceeds from the virtual performance will benefit the Babies Heart Fund at Columbia University Irving Medical Center which is devoted to supporting vital research initiatives to help save and improve the lives of babies and adolescents with congenital heart disease. All money raised by the Babies Heart Fund contributes to research conducted by Columbia’s physicians and surgeons to benefit pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery patients across the globe.

$25 donation will allow access to the live stream on June 22nd. The link will remain active until June 25th.

9pmMondays in the Club with Lance songwriter, pianist and performer Lance Horne hosts a night of piano-bar singing, storytelling and dancing at the East Village Club Cumming. Contributions to the nonprofit Orchard Project. You can tip Horne directly via Venmo at @LanceHorne.)

9:15 – 10:15: Muny Magic in Your Home: A Night with the Buddy Holly Boys featuring Andy Christopher, Joe Cosmo Cogen, Kyle Lacy, and Nathan Yates Douglass.


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:

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