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Theatre and Dance in New York City This Week - October 14-October 21

October 14, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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Theatre and Dance in New York City This Week
From Broadway to Off Broadway to Off Off Broadway, with neighborhood theatre performances also in the mix, if it's happening on stage in New York you'll find it in City Guide's calendar. That includes dance, with contemporary performances at places like The Joyce Theater joined by classics like the New York City Ballet.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live! - PlayStation Theater
October 14, 2018 - New York

After an incredible tour in 2017, "Mystery Science Theater 3000" announces the MST3K Live 30th Anniversary Tour featuring, for the first time in 25 years, original host and MST3Kcreator Joel Hodgson back in the red jumpsuit as Joel Robinson. Alongside new MST3Khost Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray), Joel, Jonah and the Bots will bring new movies and all new riffs and sketches live to the stage across U.S. cities this fall. The MST3K 2018 Tourkicks off October 9in Portland, ME and hits 29 cities to perform 42 shows across the U.S. Tickets for all dates go on sale Friday, June 8 via AXS.com and local venue box offices.

Flamenco Pasion - Madison Theatre at Molloy College
October 14, 2018 - Rockville Centre

Direct from Cadiz, Spain, Compania Flamenca Eduardo Guerrero presents "Flamenco Pasion," a program specifically crafted for the North American audience. Eduardo Guerrero, critically acclaimed flamenco dancer and choreographer, uses his eclectic style, combining classical and contemporary Spanish dance, ballet, and contortion to express the depth of passion and skill exhibited in the many styles of this beloved Spanish art form. This group of elite artists, including Eduardo Guerrero himself, captivates audiences as they convey all of the different feelings of this temperamental and passionate dance.

Dear Evan Hansen - Music Box Theatre
Through October 14, 2018 - New York

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: A chance to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is the new American musical about life and the way we live it. Dear Evan Hansen has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere. The New York Times calls it "a gorgeous new musical for anyone with a beating heart." And NBC Nightly News calls this bold new musical "an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond."

...it's time... by Freemove Dance - The Theater at the 14th Street Y
Through October 14, 2018 - New York

In Freemove Dance’s debut evening-long work …it’s time… everyone is literally “on the clock.” The piece, choreographed by Jenn Freeman, is conceived as a meditation on each individual’s intricate relationship to time. The work features five dancers whose performances are both constrained and propelled by the presence of a large digital timer, inexorably counting down towards zero. The evocative live drum score, composed by Dani Markham (Childish Gambino), serves as the soundtrack to the dance conceived as a metaphor of a lifetime – one long, cinematic take in which performers transition through changing ambiances, styles, and energies. The work features five dancers: Maddison Burg, Mia DeWeese, Matt Luck, Christopher Ralph, and Chelsea Thedinga. Dani Markham’s score for the piece will be performed live by Price McGuffey. The lighting design of the piece is by the 2010 Bessie-winner Philip Treviño (awarded for his work on Pam Tanowitz’s Be In The Gray With Me) and costumes are designed by Mondo Morales (known for his work with Alvin Ailey II.)

Hamilton - Richard Rodgers Theatre
Through October 14, 2018 - New York

Hamilton is the story of the unlikely Founding Father determined to make his mark on the new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington's right-hand man, rebel to war hero, a loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal, to the Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton's lifelong friend/foil Aaron Burr all make their mark in this astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind.

BEST IN SHOWS 2018: Broadway Legends Honor the Humane Society of New York - Feinstein's / 54 Below
October 15, 2018 - New York

Ana Gasteyer, Andy Karl and Orfeh will join Sierra Boggess, Adam Kantor, Lindsay Mendez, Brad Oscar, Hugh Panaro, Christine Pedi, Kate Rockwell, Betsy Wolfe and Karen Ziemba, with special guest appearances by adorable four-legged friends, in the 2018 Best in Shows, a star-studded cabaret evening benefiting the Humane Society of New York, on Monday, October 15 , 2018 at 7 pm at Feinstein’s/ 54 Below. The 2018 Best in Shows, presented by Dorothy and Bill Berloni, will honor Sirius XM radio host Seth Rudetsky. Early bird tickets are on sale today. Rudetsky will be awarded the Humane Society of New York’s Sandy Award in recognition of his deep concern and support of the needs of rescued animals. (The multi-talented Rudetsky will also serve as host and music director, as he has for the past four benefits). The cabaret show will begin at 7:00 pm. There will be a post-performance reception with cast members for premium ticket buyers. Best in Shows will feature performances by Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid, School of Rock), Ana Gasteyer (Wicked, “Saturday Night Live”), Adam Kantor (The Band’s Visit, Fiddler on the Roof), Andy Karl (Pretty Woman, Groundhog Day), Linds... (read more)

Inaugural Family-Friendly Building of the Day: Hayes Theater - AIA New York | Center for Architecture
October 15, 2018 - New York

Join us for our inaugural family-friendly Building of the Day tour! Guided by a CFA Design Educator and a Rockwell Group architect, families will learn about this unique theater, discovering its historic and contemporary significance as Broadway's littlest theater! In 2015, Second Stage Theater purchased the landmarked Hayes Theater on Broadway, with a goal of dedicating it to contemporary works of theater by living American playwrights. After a two-year restoration by Rockwell Group, it reopened again in February 2018. A modern, approachable design speaks to the Hayes's heritage as well as Second Stage's contemporary aesthetic. The most striking feature of the redesign is the transformation of the auditorium with a handcrafted, pixelated environmental mural.

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre Welcomes the Public to an Open Rehearsal - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
October 15, 2018 - New York

AMANDA SELWYN DANCE THEATRE welcomes the public to an Open Rehearsal Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, NYC Monday, October 15, 2018 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre welcomes the public to an Open Rehearsal of Crossroads, a new work in development, on Monday, October 15, 2018 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, 405 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019. The event is free. For more information visit: http://amandaselwyndance.org/openrehearsal-fall2018/.   Crossroads is a new work in development by Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre scheduled to premiere in June 2019 at New York Live Arts. The piece explores forging into unchartered waters and that tumultuous process of self-discovery. Inspired by the work of Margritte and Escher, Selwyn will collaborate with scenic & costume designer, Anna-Alisa Belous to shape a surrealistic landscape that highlights these lingering moments at the crossroads, choosing one path or another, and how these moments steer the course of our lives. Choreography: Amanda Selwyn and dancers Dancers: Alessandro Cottone, Manon Hallay, Misaki Hayama, Torrey McAnena, Yoshi Pineda, Fabricio Seraphin, Sarah Starkweather  C... (read more)

16th Annual Broadway Stands Up for Freedom: We the People - Town Hall
October 15, 2018 - New York

The NYCLU is proud to present its 16th annual Broadway Stands Up For Freedom concert We the People on October 15, 2018. Join the NYCLU and the ACLU for an unforgettable evening with fellow art and music lovers and civil libertarians to celebrate the power and beauty of free expression. Join us as we honor Alan Cumming with the 2018 Freedom Award for his contributions as an artist and activist for human rights. This year’s show will feature both existing Broadway tunes and brand-new songs written exclusively for this concert. Our talented group of performers and songwriters includes Shaina Taub, who will be hot off a run of the Public Theater’s Twelfth Night and Erich Bergen (“Madam Secretary,” “Jersey Boys,” “Waitress”). More songwriters and performers to be announced soon.

Sutra: A Sadler's Wells Production - Jazz At Lincoln Center
Through October 18, 2018 - New York

Seventeen warrior monks from China's Shaolin Temple blend martial arts, Zen Buddhist practice, and contemporary dance in Sutra, an astonishing East-West collaboration from Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Using kung fu prowess and a set of 21 boxes by sculptor Antony Gormley, the monks create a lotus, a temple, a graveyard, and a trapdoor to another world. Sutra returns following its acclaimed, sold-out U.S. premiere at the inaugural White Light Festival in 2010.

"American Captives: Lena Baker & Sandra Bland" By Connie Winston @ Dixon Place - Dixon Place
Through October 20, 2018 - New York City

After a one-day trial in 1945, an all-white male jury deliberates for under an hour and sentences Lena Baker to death for killing her abusive lover. Three days after being pulled over by a Texas State Trooper in 2015 for not using a turn signal, Sandra Bland was found dead in a Waller County jail cell. In a poignant, visceral 65-minute theatrical experience combining the two stories, Connie Winston's American Captives: Lena Baker & Sandra Bland articulates how little has changed in the relationship between Black women and the United States justice system in 60 years between the deaths of Lena and Sandra. This unapologetic personal accounting - written / performed by Winston and directed by Rhonda "Passion" Hansome - bares new awareness of timeworn atrocities. Six performances only - on Friday and Saturday evenings @ 7:30pm between October 5th and 20th. This Dixon Place commission is made possible, in part, with private funds from The Jerome Foundation, and public funds from NY State Council on the Arts w/the support of Gov Andrew Cuomo & the NY State Legislature.

Nicky Sunshine Solo Show "Confessions of A Massage Parlor Madam - Broadway Comedy Club
October 21, 2018 - New York

Actress / comedian Nicky Sunshine brings her solo comedic performance "Confessions of A Massage Parlor Madam" back to the Broadway Comedy Club (318 W. 53rd Street) on Sunday, October 21, 2018. Produced by Top Knotch Entertainment, admission to the 6:00pm show -- is $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door with a one-drink minimum per person. A post-show talkback focusing on violence against women, human trafficking, and sex work is scheduled. For information and reservations, go to: nickysunshine.com or call (347) 766-3001.The 60-minute "Confessions," which is directed by Chuck Burks is described by Nicky as "a funny, poignant look at the period she spent as a sex worker upon arriving in New York in 2002." The show - which contains adult themes, language and content - received great reviews at its 2016 premiere in Harlem and has been performed in front of sold out houses at The Producers Club and National Black Theatre in Manhattan.

NY Premiere of K-Arts Ballet's Song of the Mermaid - New York City Center
Through October 21, 2018 - New York City

Hans Christian Andersen's timeless tale is reborn as Song of the Mermaid, a fantasy ballet from Korea. After tragedy strikes his ship, a prince finds himself drifting beneath the ocean waves. Saved by a beautiful mermaid, he finds himself at the center of a fantastical aquatic festival. The noble mermaid soon finds herself enamored with the prince, only to have their love forbidden by the king of the ocean. To fulfill their romance, she must make a dangerous wager with an occultist. With choreography by Sunhee Kim and a score composed by Hana Ryou, this full-length story ballet makes its New York debut at the New York City Center. For this New York premiere performance, SooBin Lee and Seonmee Park of South Korea will share the role of the mermaid. Both dancers have numerous accolades from prestigious international ballet competitions around the world. Meanwhile, the prince will be played by principal dancer Kimin Kim of the Mariinsky Ballet. Kim has previously performed, and received raving reviews, as a guest artist with American Ballet Theater.

Dear Evan Hansen - Music Box Theatre
Through October 21, 2018 - New York

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: A chance to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is the new American musical about life and the way we live it. Dear Evan Hansen has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere. The New York Times calls it "a gorgeous new musical for anyone with a beating heart." And NBC Nightly News calls this bold new musical "an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond."

Hamilton - Richard Rodgers Theatre
Through October 21, 2018 - New York

Hamilton is the story of the unlikely Founding Father determined to make his mark on the new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington's right-hand man, rebel to war hero, a loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal, to the Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton's lifelong friend/foil Aaron Burr all make their mark in this astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind.

Once on This Island - 235 West 50th Street
Through October 24, 2018 - New York

This is the sweeping theatrical power of Once On This Island—the universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods (played by Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, Alex Newell, Merle Dandridge, and Quentin Earl Darrington), Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. The groundbreaking vision of Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown conjures up "a place where magic is possible and beauty is apparent for all to see!" (The Huffington Post). Gather around for Once On This Island, the musical NY1 hails as "exhilarating theater! It's impossible to resist!" And where the timeless power of theatre brings us together, moves our hearts, and helps us weather the storm.

HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN - 59E59 Theaters
Through October 28, 2018 - new york

Award-winning actor and piano virtuoso Hershey Felder in his wildly acclaimed one-man show, HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN at 59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director). The production, featuring music and lyrics by the great American songwriter Irving Berlin, book by Hershey Felder and directed by longtime Felder collaborator Trevor Hay, will play from August 24 through October 28, 2018, with opening night scheduled for Wednesday, September 5. Felder returns to 59E59 Theaters, where he recently played a sold out engagement of MAESTRO (Leonard Bernstein) and adapted, directed and designed the sold out THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE. http://www.59e59.org/moreinfo.php?showid=309 Tickets $25-$70 (59E59 Members $25-$49) can be purchased online at www.59e59.org, by phone by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 (12:00-8:00 PM daily), or in person at the 59E59 Theaters box office, from Noon-6:00 PM. HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN is featured as a part of the 59E59 Theaters subscription series. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues Tue - Fri at 7:00 Sat at 2:00 & 7:00 Sun at 2:00 & 7:00

Haruki Murakami's Sleep - BAM Fisher
Through December 02, 2020 - Fort Greene

THEATER Adapted by Naomi Iizuka Directed and devised by Rachel Dickstein and Ripe Time Part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival "This is my 17th straight day without sleep." A Japanese housewife's mundane existence of chores and grocery shopping explodes when a haunting dream leads her to cast sleep aside, releasing her into a world of danger and the thrill of the unknown. Based on the 1994 short story by the beloved Japanese author Haruki Murakami (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle), this hypnotic physical theater piece by Brooklyn-based, Obie Award-winning company Ripe Time follows one woman beyond the bounds of society. Led by a powerhouse female creative team—including director Rachel Dickstein and playwright Naomi Iizuka—and featuring an original score performed live by NewBorn Trio, this playful and eerie journey takes audiences through a wakeful realm where bodies float, ghosts lurk, and daylight rules no longer apply.

Dear Evan Hansen - Music Box Theatre
Through December 31, 2020 -

DEAR EVAN HANSEN MUSICAL PRODUCTION REVIEW Dear Evan Hansen has surpassed Josh Groban as Broadway’s biggest new hit. With $1.1 million in its pockets, this musical is creating a huge buzz that is drawing ardent fans across the board. Its average ticket price of $141 remains one of the highest box office rates in its niche. This amazing hit was originally in book form and the creativity of Steven Levenson led to its seamless transition to a wave-making high school musical. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote the musicals for Dear Evan Hansen. It is on track to be one of the most successful pieces of musical theater ever to originate in Washington. The plot is centered on the peculiar problem of communicating in a time where technology has made it easier to reach out to people. Evan Hansen is a friendless high school student who achieves Internet fame due to a misunderstanding he perpetuates in regards to his supposed closeness to another troubled classmate who committed suicide. The twists in the story line help to accentuate the challenges that the younger generation face in today’s world. The gripping effects of the story and the raw show of emotions make this story one of the ... (read more)

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