What To Watch September 15th To Take Away The Blues
4pm–9:30pm: Marie’s Crisis Virtual Piano Bar Tonight’s scheduled pianists are James Merillat (@James-Merillat-2) and Franca Vercelloni (@Franca-Vercelloni).
5pm: Music and Mind Live with Renée Fleming launched in 2016 under Fleming’s leadership with Dr. Francis Collins. The program is a partnership between the Kennedy Center and the National Endowment for the Arts.
5pm: Watching the Watcher By Rattlestick Playwrights Theater work-in-progress about how we take each or not / from various eyes.. the people who we don’t see but see us / children / passerbys.. what does it mean to watch others / what do we learn about ourselves … and others
5:30pm: Rochester Fringe Festival: Collected Stories What are the ethical and legal rights of a writer to create art from someone else’s biographical material – particularly that of another writer? Older, established writer Ruth Steiner (Judy Rosenblatt) mentors Lisa Morrison (Annemarie Hagenaars), an ambitious young graduate student in awe of Ruth. Lisa becomes her protégée, her friend, and finally, her colleague. In Collected Stories, Donald Margulies questions whether the loving relationship they build can survive ambition, rivalry, and – what may be – eventual betrayal. Directed by Austin Pendleton.
6pm: The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues New monologues made in 24 hours in quarantine.
7pm: Jessye Norman at 75: A Celebration Black Opera Productions LLC will present a 90-minute virtual birthday gala hosted by Kenneth Overton on what would have been Ms. Norman’s 75th Birthday.
The event will air live on Facebook and YouTube in conjunction with a growing list of broadcast partners, and will feature today’s hottest Black voices in opera and theatre, celebrity dedications, a tribute from her family, and a performance by students of the Jessye Norman School of the Arts.
7pm: Times Square Alliance: Broadway Buskers Michael Longoria (Jersey Boys, Hairspray), Margo Seibert (Rocky, Octet), and Rona Siddiqui (Salaam Medina: Tales of a Halfghan, One Good Day).
While the concerts are FREE to stream, we encourage audiences to donate to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, which provides resources and emergency financial assistance to those within the entertainment community who have been impacted by the pandemic, and the Broadway Advocacy Coalition, in support of their ongoing efforts to help Broadway heal, listen and become an anti-racist and equitable community.
7pm: Eva Price Tony Award-winning Broadway producer of Oklahoma!, Jagged Little Pill, who was just announced on the inaugural list of Crain’s Notable LGBTQ Leaders & Executives, will launch a new podcast called “My First Show” exclusively on Broadway Podcast Network.
7:15: Piano Bar Live! With Joe Alterman, Jamie deRoy, Paul Errico, Karen Oberlin, and Jasper in Deadland‘s Sheldon Henry, Diana Huey and Brandi Massey.
7:30pm: Rossini’s Le Comte Ory Set during the Crusades in 13th-century Touraine, Rossini’s French farce chronicles a caddish count who, along with the rest of his footmen, disguises himself as a nun in order to hide in a convent and snag his love interest, a virtuous countess named Adèle. Hilarity ensues, as do several of the composer’s most piquant and cleverly orchestrated musical moments—including a powerful gender-bending trio featuring a man dressed as a woman, a woman dressed as a man, and a noblewoman masquerading as an abbess.
8pm: Stars in the House: Next to Normal Original Broadway Cast Reunion with Alice Ripley, J. Robert Spencer, Adam Chanler-Berat, Jennifer Damiano, Aaron Tveit and Louis Hobson.
8pm: The Producer’s Perspective LIVE! Matthew Lopez. Drama Desk-winning Playwright Matthew Lopez (The Inheritance, The Whipping Man, The Legend of Georgie McBride) to talk about recent writing projects, The Inheritance’s journey on Broadway, and more!
8:30pm: The Poet’s Tree Kicking off the fall season of The Old Globe’s free digital arts-engagement offerings is The Poet’s Tree, hosted by Old Globe Teaching Artist and spoken word poet Gill Sotu.
This new program takes a deep dive into the world of modern poetry and how artists tell compelling stories using only the power of the spoken word.
10pm: La Victima By The Latino Theater Company. A look, infused with humor, music and dance, at the history of Mexican-U.S. immigration from the intimate perspective of two families. Originally created by El Teatro De La Esperanza, a company that helped define Chicano theater and an entire generation of theater professionals, La Victima was the first show ever produced by the Latino Theater Company, in 1985.
Watch archival footage of LTC’s 2010 revival featuring the late Lupe Ontiveras (Selena, Desperate Housewives), who was one of LTC’s founding company members.
My View: It’s Today! It’s Tonight! Marilyn Maye Rehearses For Her New York Pops Carnegie Hall Debut
Sometimes you have to pinch yourself at the opportunities you are presented with. TODAY would be one of those. Or as Marilyn Maye might sing to you, “It’s Today.”
This afternoon I had the privilege of witnessing the 95 year old star, rehearsing on the stage of Carnegie Hall, under the baton of Maestro Steven Reineke, in front of the mighty New York Pops Orchestra. It all happens tonight and has been a lifetime in the making. As if The New York Times piece, bylined by Melissa Errico, wasn’t enough to whet your appetite for what is sure to be a historic evening, maybe these photos will help get you even more excited. Thank you to all who made this happen for me, to present to you….Humbly Yours, Stephen
THE GREEN ROOM 42 Presents Tony Award-nominee Sharon McNight Celebrating 40 Years of Stories And Songs
THE GREEN ROOM 42 will present Tony Award-nominee Sharon McNight in “Surviving Cabaret,” a storied look back at the last forty years of notable performances, on Thursday, April 13 and Saturday, April 15, both at 7:00 PM. McNight is known for her “no holds barred” approach to performing, which has earned the entertainer multiple honors and two Lifetime Achievement awards. She is famous for making audiences laugh and cry at the same show with her eclectic bag of musical choices, which include blues, country, Broadway, comedy, parody, impressions and accompanying stories. She will be joined by musical director James “Jim Bob” Followell.
Sharon McNight began her career in San Francisco, and made her Broadway debut in 1989 in Starmites, creating the role of Diva. She received a Tony nomination as “Best Leading Actress in a Musical” for her performance, and is the recipient of the Theatre World Award for “Outstanding Broadway Debut” and a Hirschfeld drawing of her character. She has six solo recordings to her credit, and has played from Moose Hall to Carnegie Hall, from Los Angeles to Berlin. In addition to her two Lifetime Achievement awards, she has won the MAC, Bistro, and New York Nightlife Awards, and six San Francisco Cabaret Gold Awards.
Her eclectic repertory ranges from blues to country to good old-fashioned entertainment. She is noted for her movie reenactment of The Wizard of Oz and for being one of the few real women to impersonate Bette Davis. Her television credits include “Seinfeld,” “Silk Stalkings,” and “Hannah Montana.” McNight received her Masters of Arts degree in direction from San Francisco State College and was a master teacher on the faculty of the Cabaret Conference at Yale University. She says the greatest day of her life was the day she quit smoking.
Sharon McNight will perform “Surviving Cabaret”on Thursday, April 13 and Saturday, April 15, both at 7:00 PM, at The Green Room 42 (570 Tenth Avenue at 42nd Street, on the 4th Floor of Yotel). The cover charge ranges from $30-$50. A livestream option is available for both shows at $20 each. For tickets, please visit www.TheGreenRoom42.com.
My View: Someone Named Storm Caused Lots Of Excitement In New York City Last Night
Storm Large has made a name for herself from tours with Pink Martini to orchestral appearances at Carnegie Hall to the television stage of “America’s Got Talent.” But it is with her loyal and fearless band, Le Bonheur, that she grabs audiences. by the lapels and refuses to let go. Love, Storm her new show played 54 Below last night. It’s a playlist of songs by pop luminaries, rock goddesses, and Storm’s fiery originals. There might be someone in the news with a variation of her name currently causing some political excitement, but few entertainers can create the musical excitement that exists in a Storm Large performance.
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