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.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT QUEER BUTOH 2020 CONTAINS NUDITY AND MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AUDIENCES.
1pm: The Broadway Q&A Series: Bartlett Sher he Tony-winning director will answer questions about working on South Pacific, To Kill a Mockingbird, My Fair Lady, and more.
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.
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 (Hamilton, Wicked, In 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
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.
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.
A $25 donation will allow access to the live stream on June 22nd. The link will remain active until June 25th.
9pm: Mondays 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.
Events For December
Cabaret, Talks and Concerts For December
Tis the season to be entertained. Here are picks:
92 Street Y: 1395 Lexington Ave. 12/2 – 4: Lyrics & Lyricists In the Key of Life: The Genius of Stevie Wonder. Led by Broadway’s Darius de Haas; 12/5: Recanati-Kaplan Talks Death, Let Me Do My Show: Rachel Bloom in Conversation and 12/14: Sharon Stone and Jerry Saltz Talk About Art.
Birdland Jazz: 315 West 44 St. Every Monday at 5:30 Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks and 9:30pm Jim Caruso’s Cast Party; Every Tuesday at 8:30pm The Lineup with Susie Mosher; Every Saturday at 7pm Eric Comstock with Sean Smith (Bass) & special guest Barbara Fasano (Voice); 12/11: Karen Mason for her annual Christmas show “Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!”; 12/12 – 16 Stacy Kent; 12/18: James Barbour returns to Birdland with his annual Holiday Concert: 12/21 – 25: “A Swinging Birdland Christmas” starring Birdland regulars Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch and 12/28 – 31: Marilyn Maye.
Cafe Carlyle: 35 E 76th St. 12/1 – 9: Sutton Foster; 12/12 – 16: Gavin DeGraw and 12/19 – 31: Michael Feinstein.
Carnegie Hall: 881 7th Ave at 57th St. 12/5: Christmas with Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith; 12/6: Dee Dee Bridgewater with Sean Jones and the NYO Jazz All-Star Big Band; 12/13: Michael Feinstein and Jean-Yves Thibaudet and 12/22 – 23: The New York Pops The Best Christmas of All with Norm Lewis
Don’t Tell Mama: 343 W. 46 St.
Dizzys Club Coca Cola: Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street.
Alec Wilder Tribute
Devotees of the Great American Songbook have another reason to love living in New York. Yes, cabaret shows of the music of Porter, Rodgers et al abound here of course, but once a year there is a loving tribute to a lesser-known composer. Some of us may have even passed him on West 44th Street as he was leaving his home in the Algonquin Hotel. This dapper gentleman was Alec Wilder, a musician who wrote classical pieces as well as songs. He wrote words and music, and sometimes let the likes of Marshall Barer, Fran Landesman and even Johnny Mercer supply lyrics. There are a few of these titans who can have one foot in Tin Pan Alley and the other in Carnegie Hall. George Gershwin comes to mind immediately; Cole Porter dabbled but reverted to what he could do best. Wilder also wrote American Popular Song/The Great Innovators 1900-1950, a volume respected by those who love the music of that era.
The Friends of Alec Wilder presented their 38th Annual Concert for an audience of seriously devoted fans of Wilder on November 11th at 54 Below.
Mark Walter, FOAW Board Member and son of noted pianist and friend of Wilder’s Cy Walter, introduced Honorary Host Steve Ross, who along with the ever-amiable Eric Comstock interspersed the music with anecdotes about Wilder which rounded out the portrait of the gentleman being painted so effectively by the rest of the cast.
The afternoon began with one of Wilder’s chamber works, presented lovingly by The Wilderness Trio. Eric Comstock followed, summing up Wilder by saying that his music never went out of vogue because it was never in vogue. Wilder is like that secret ingredient that once having tasted it, one yearns for it thereafter. Eric sang four songs, infusing I’ll Wait with his ineffable sass and charm before being joined by his wife, the spunky and gorgeous Barbara Fasano, who made each lyric come to life in ways Wilder would have appreciated. Sean Smith provided bass support, and the trio which has been a mainstay at Birdland illuminated Wilder’s deep emotional grasp of the human condition.
The Wildebeest Wind Quintet followed with the Alice in Wonderland Suite, which showed Wilder at his classically playful best. Jason Henderson carried some of that lightheartedness into his segment, with two songs that benefited from his natural charm and enthusiasm. Steve Ross made the heart ache a bit with his rendition of the plaintive Did You Ever Cross Over to Sneden’s? before closing the program by encouraging everyone to join him in singing I’ll Be Around, perhaps the best known of Wilder’s songs.
If your interest in Alec Wilder has been piqued, visit alecwildermusicandlife.com.
Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Sutton Foster and Kelli O’Hara With The NY Pops
One Night Only: An Evening with Sutton Foster and Kelli O’Hara with the NY Pops is happening Friday 8pm, at Carnegie Hall. This unique program by NY Pops conductor Steven Reineke, pays homage to earlier icons of stage and screen who teamed up for memorable concerts.
T2C Talks To Paul Iacono, Unfiltered
Actor and writer Paul Iacono, best known for the films Fame, G.B.F., and MTV’s “The Hard Times Of RJ Berger,” returns to The Green Room 42 in “Paul Iacono, Unfiltered,” His bawdy evening of excess and exposé happens tonight Friday, November 17 at 9:30 PM. T2C had a chance to talk to this 3 decade seasoned performer.
Paul Iacono, is best known for his portrayal of the title character on MTV’s “The Hard Times of RJ Berger.” Paul was first featured on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” at age eight, after she discovered his unique talents for impersonating Frank Sinatra and Ethel Merman Favorite stage credits include Mercury Fur (The New Group), Bridget Everett’s Rock Bottom (Joe’s Pub), Noël Coward’s Sail Away with Elaine Stritch (Carnegie Hall), John Guare’s Landscape of the Body with Lili Taylor and Sherie Rene Scott (Signature Theater), and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs with Donna Lynne Champlin and Michele Pawk (Transport Group). Favorite film credits include MGM’s remake of Fame, Drew Barrymore’s Animal, Darren Stein’s G.B.F., Extracurricular Activities, and Dating My Mother with Kathy Najimy. Iacono’s play Prince/Elizabeth premiered at The Teatro LATEA Theater co-starring Sofia Black D’Elia and Peter Vack, and The Last Great Dame (loosely inspired by his relationship with Elaine Stritch) at Jane Friedman’s HOWL! Happening Gallery. His cabaret “Where’s the Fucking Kid?” premiered at 54 Below, with “Psychedelic Hedonism” following at Joe’s Pub (New York Magazine “Critic’s Pick”), and “Psychedelic Playhouse” at The Green Room 42.
Join Paul for a surreal vaudevillian celebration through the highs, lows, and misadventures from his past five years out of the spotlight. Directed by Eric Gilliland and written by Iacono, Paul weaves insanely personal and wildly hilarious moments from Hollywood to 42nd Street and beyond, accompanied onstage by music director Drew Wutke, with music consulting and arrangements by Peter Saxe.
Paul Iacono, Unfiltered on Friday, November 17 at 9:30 PM at The Green Room 42 (570 Tenth Avenue at 42nd Street, on the 4th Floor of Yotel).
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