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NYC Theater Notes: Priscilla in Pippin, Living on the Fringe & More

July 22, 2014 - by Griffin Miller
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PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE PIPPIN

Priscilla LopezFor Tony winner Priscilla Lopez (A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine; A Chorus Line) it’s never too late to step into the cast of Pippin. In 1974, the Bronx-born performer took over the role of Fastrada from Leland Palmer who originated the part; tonight she begins a limited run as Berthe, the fourth actress to assume the role in the Tony-winning revival, following in the show-stopping slippers of Andrea Martin, Tovah Feldshuh and, most recently, Annie Potts.

READ: Cirque du Pippin: The Tony-Winning Revival Soars

Lopez, last seen on Broadway in In The Heights, is slated to remain in the hit musical through August 27th.

LIVING ON THE FRINGE

Interested in getting a jump on Gotham’s 2014 edition of FringeNYC -- The New York International Fringe Festival -- the largest multi-arts festival in North America presenting specially chosen performances from 200 international companies? From July 25th on, you’ll be able to visit FringeCENTRAL aka the hub of all things FringeNYC. Here (at The Clemente located at 114 Norfolk St. bet. Rivington and Delancey), you can check out such pre-Fringe benefits as FringeNYTeasers, program guides, special events info, postcards (of the various shows), and experience close encounters with the artists. FringeCENTRAL is also the only place to buy $18 advance tickets with no convenience charge.

But wait, there’s more! This year the festival is introducing Fringe On The Fly – a super efficient way to purchase tickets to any of FringeNYC’s 1,200 performances spread over 20 Manhattan venues. Simply go to FringeOnTheFly.com or text #FringeOnTheFly any time up to 30 minutes before the curtain to reserve your tickets. When you arrive at the venue, your smartphone/mobile will be scanned – zip zip!

Arrive at the venue and line up at the colorful flag at least 15 minutes prior to performance with mobile ticket ready to be scanned. (Credit cards only -- Amex; MasterCard; Visa; Discover).

To zero in on the show(s) of your dreams visit FringeNYC.org. The festival runs August 8th to August 24th.

PHOENIX RISING

Ready for a really impressive box office bargain? Phoenix, Scott Organ’s one-act romantic comedy with dark undertones, starring Julia Stiles (10 Things I Hate About You; the Bourne series alongside Matt Damon) and James Wirt (who will be seen this November in the film Billy Bates – directed by Phoenix director Jennifer DeLia), announced it will be offering a limited number of tickets for $20 each.

Julia Stiles and James Wirt in Phoenix off Broadway
Photo: Harry Fellows

Explains producer Rian Patrick Durham: “We passionately believe live theater should be accessible to audiences of all ages and incomes,” who goes on to say the hope is that by offering $20 tickets, the show will “…reach as many people as possible.”

And should you fall in love with Phoenix, in its current Off-Broadway run, you’ll want to make note that a film adaptation is currently under development. phoenixtheplay.com

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