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August 19, 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.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival: Richard II - Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
August 19, 2018 - Garrison

King Richard believes himself to be God's chosen on earth. His word is infallible and absolute. But he is also a flawed human being, ill-suited to the demands of kingship. When Richard banishes his cousin Henry Bolingbroke, he sets off a dramatic sequence of events that seals his fate, splits his kingdom in two, and changes the course of history forever. Shakespeare's poetic masterpiece is a story of power and privilege, of family and loyalty, of poetry and politics. But beneath all the pageantry is an aching examination of what it means to be fully human. Artistic Director Davis McCallum and a huge cast of fan favorites will come together for HVSF's first-ever production of this sweeping historical drama at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Philipstown.

Day Drinking: The Brunch Musical - Every Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM - New World Stages
August 19, 2018 - New York

BRUNCH IN A GLASS! Looking for the quintessential New York brunch outing? You'll find it at New World Stages in DAY DRINKING, the latest edition of the smash-hit musical comedy shows about cocktails and spirits! After all, what could be more New York than combining Bellinis and Bloody Marys with an Off-Broadway show in the heart of Manhattan's world-famous Theatre District? "Get your brunch on!" -The Village Voice Join four friends as they battle today's always-connected, over-scheduled world to carve out time to enjoy brunch together. While struggling to prioritize and prepare for their gathering, they learn the stories behind not only well-known brunch drinks but also brunch itself, and come to appreciate the value of making time to break bread and sip drinks with good friends. "A laugh-out-loud delight!" -The Mary Sue Your ticket includes a create-your-own Bloody Mary Bar, an authentic Irish Coffee, and a seasonal Bellini! DAY DRINKING is the perfect afternoon outing for bachelorette parties, birthday celebrations, and special events - group discounts are available at Telecharge Group Sales or call 800-432-7780. Please arrive 30 minutes before curtain to enjoy the... (read more)

Dear Evan Hansen - Music Box Theatre
Through August 19, 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."

Drive East - La Mama Experimental Theater Club
Through August 19, 2018 - New York

August 13 - 19, 6 pm - 10 pm; August 18, 1 pm to 10 pm; Aug 19, 2:30 pm - 6 pm Celebrating six highly acclaimed New York seasons, Drive East, the expansive Indian dance and music festival produced by Navatman Inc., announces its first West Coast season in the San Francisco Bay Area. Immediately following the New York performances, over five days Drive East will feature 13 concerts Wed., August 22 through Sun., August 26 at the Joe Goode Annex in San Francisco, featuring artists from around the world and within the Bay Area. From bharatanatyam to ghazals, kuchipudi to kathakali, Drive East is a one-of-a-kind immersive experience into the world of Indian classical arts and an event The New York Times hails as "an extraordinary feat." "We've been eager to present Drive East in San Francisco for a while now," says Navatman Inc. Co-Artistic Director Sahasra Sambamoorthi. "The Bay Area is by far one of the busiest hubs of classical Indian dance and music in America. It's a place of both strong tradition and driving innovation where audiences are equally diverse and extremely knowledgeable of the classical forms." "It's important to us that how we present the festival is fresh a... (read more)

Waitress - Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Through August 19, 2018 - New York

Based on the 2007 film by the late Adrienne Shelly, Waitress follows Jenna, a pregnant waitress in the south trapped in an abusive marriage and looking for a happy ending. She finds relief—and potentially that happy ending—by making creatively titled pies and forming a romance with an unlikely newcomer.

Hamilton - Richard Rodgers Theatre
Through August 19, 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.

Skintight - The Laura Pels Theatre
Through August 19, 2018 - New York

Roundabout reunites writer Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Significant Other) and director Daniel Aukin (Bad Jews) for Skintight, a scorching examination of beauty, youth and sex. Reeling from her ex-husband's engagement to a much younger woman, Jodi Isaac (Idina Menzel) turns to her famous fashion-designer dad for support. Instead, she finds him wrapped up in his West Village townhouse with Trey. Who's 20. And not necessarily gay. But probably an adult film star. At least, according to Jodi's son. Who's also 20. And definitely gay. Skintight assays the nature of love, the power of attraction, and the ways in which a superficial culture persists in teaching its children that all that matters is what's on the inside. Joshua Harmon's Skintight will begin performances on May 31, 2018 and open officially on June 21, 2018. This is a limited engagement Off-Broadway. A Roundabout commission. Skintight is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. Joshua Harmon's Skintight was developed at Roundabout with support from the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation. Roundabout's work with new and emerging playwrights and directors, as well as development of new work, is made possible b... (read more)

Kinky Boots - Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Through August 19, 2018 - New York

Based on a true story and the indie film of the same name, Kinky Boots follows young Brit Charlie Price, who abandons his family's shoe factory to live with his demanding girlfriend in London. After the unexpected death of his father, Charlie returns to the struggling factory and finds it's up to him to figure out a way to keep the business alive. Enter Lola, a fabulous drag queen, who gives Charlie the idea to create ladies' shoes for men. Soon, the factory is turning out "kinky boots" under the supervision of Charlie and Lola, but can this harebrained scheme actually work? And can these two extremely different men find a common ground and become real friends?

Ailey Extension 2018 Summer Performance Workshop - The Joan Weill Center for Dance
Through August 19, 2018 - New York

Ailey Extension’s annual Summer Performance Workshop gives novice students the chance to shine in the spotlight and take their training to the next level. Beginning Saturday, July 21, dancers can learn Horton, hip-hop, or ballet themed choreography and gain invaluable performance training with 16 hours of rehearsal over the course of four weeks. Under the guidance of five notable Ailey Extension notable instructors (Karen Arceneaux, Fernando Carrillo, Robin Dunn, Yuka Kawazu, and TweetBoogie), students will expand their style of movement, enhance their ensemble skills, and cultivate confidence and stage presence. Each workshop culminates in two performances at the Ailey Citigroup Theater on Sunday, August 19 at 3pm & 7pm.

Ailey Extension 2018 Summer Performance Workshop - The Joan Weill Center for Dance
Through August 19, 2018 - New York

Ailey Extension’s annual Summer Performance Workshop gives novice students the chance to shine in the spotlight and take their training to the next level. Beginning Saturday, July 21, dancers can learn Horton, hip-hop, or ballet themed choreography and gain invaluable performance training with 16 hours of rehearsal over the course of four weeks. Under the guidance of five notable Ailey Extension notable instructors (Karen Arceneaux, Fernando Carrillo, Robin Dunn, Yuka Kawazu, and TweetBoogie), students will expand their style of movement, enhance their ensemble skills, and cultivate confidence and stage presence. Each workshop culminates in two performances at the Ailey Citigroup Theater on Sunday, August 19 at 3pm & 7pm.

The Wars of the Roses: Henry VI & Richard III - 124 Bank Street Theatre
Through August 19, 2018 - New York, New York

Tony-nominated theatre luminary Austin Pendleton directs and adapts a new stage version of Richard III, Shakespeare’s greatest villain, in WARS OF THE ROSES: HENRY VI & RICHARD III, which begins performances August 1st at the 124 Bank Street Theatre. The play combines texts from William Shakespeare’s Henry VI Part 3 and Richard III, to create a version, which has never been seen before. Produced by Ruth Stage, the production stars Pendleton as Henry VI and Matt de Rogatis as Richard III, while giving a fascinating take on one of history’s most notorious villains. WARS OF THE ROSES: HENRY VI & RICHARD III will play a limited engagement through August 19th. Tickets are $25. For tickets and further information visit www.proveavillain.com.

The Sarasota Ballet - The Joyce Theater
Through August 19, 2018 - New York

Following the success of its 2016 Joyce engagement, The Sarasota Ballet returns with a special program comprised of selections from its vast repertoire by world-renowned choreographers like Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Dame Ninette de Valois, Twyla Tharp, Sir David Bintley, Christopher Wheeldon, and Sir Matthew Bourne. Audiences are certain to delight in this marvelous company's "meticulous, juicy performance" (The New York Times) of ballet classics.

Come From Away - Schoenfeld Theatre
Through August 19, 2018 - New York

Come From Away is based on the true story of when the isolated community of Gander, Newfoundland played host to the world. What started as an average day in a small town turned in to an international sleep-over when 38 planes, carrying thousands of people from across the globe, were diverted to Gander's air strip on September 11, 2001. Undaunted by culture clashes and language barriers, the people of Gander cheered the stranded travelers with music, an open bar and the recognition that we're all part of a global family.

Jersey Boys - New World Stages -Stage One
Through August 20, 2018 - New York

Jersey Boys is a musical biography of the Four Seasons—the rise, the tough times and personal clashes, and the ultimate triumph of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation. Far from a mere tribute concert (though it does include numbers from the popular Four Seasons songbook), Jersey Boys gets to the heart of the relationships at the center of the group—with a special focus on frontman Frankie Valli, the small kid with the big falsetto. In addition to following the quartet's coming of age as performers, the core of the show is how an allegiance to a code of honor learned in the streets of their native New Jersey got them through a multitude of challenges: gambling debts, Mafia threats and family disasters. Jersey Boys is a glimpse at the people behind a sound that has managed to endure for over four decades in the hearts of the public.

Isadora for Adults - 92Y
August 21, 2018 - Upper East Side

Isadora Duncan's rich legacy at the roots of Modern Dance encompasses formal technical training, while tapping students' own creative resources for performance and the creation of new works.

Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Through August 21, 2018 - New York

Set in the legendary city during the roaring "jazz hot" 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Nightclub star Velma's serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding the two in bed together. Driven chorus girl Roxie's been tossed in the joint for bumping off the lover she's been cheating on her husband with. Not one to rest on her laurels, Velma enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and slickster lawyer Billy Flynn, who turn Velma's incarceration into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy, thus preparing the world for a splashy showbiz comeback. But Roxie's got some of her own tricks up her sleeve…

Tap (Open Level) - 92Y
August 22, 2018 - Upper East Side

The class is designed for those who have accomplished the basic tap foundations.We offer a blend of styles in our tap classes, ranging from the classic Broadway Tap moves of 42nd Street and Fred Astaire movies to the freestyle Rhythm Tap made popular by Savion Glover! Learn the basics and get your body moving in a safe, encouraging atmosphere. Spend six weeks learning basic tap vocabulary, class etiquette and proper warm-up techniques.

Once on This Island - 235 West 50th Street
Through August 22, 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.

Samuel French's 43rd Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival - Vineyard Theatre
Through August 24, 2018 - New York

Chosen from over 850 submissions from the U.S. and abroad, 30 writers will present their plays and musicals during The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival (OOB), the nation’s leading short play festival. The festival runs from August 21-25, and all performances will take place at The Vineyard’s Dimson 15th Street Theatre. Festival week starts with four nights of performance sessions that are presented in front of a judging panel comprised of professionals representing various parts of the theatre industry. At the end of each session, the judges deliberate and one to three plays are selected to move on to the Festival Finals on Saturday. During the Finals, the Festival staff will watch the final 10 to 12 plays and select six authors to be a published in the Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival series, which is published and licensed by Samuel French, Inc. Tickets for all performances are $18. This year, the Festival will also be offering a $72 Festival Pass. This pass gains the holder access to the first four nights of the Festival, allowing them to see all 30 productions at a 60% discount.

Samuel French's 43rd Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival Finals - Vineyard Theatre
August 25, 2018 - New York

Chosen from over 850 submissions from the U.S. and abroad, 30 writers will present their plays and musicals during The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival (OOB), the nation’s leading short play festival. The festival runs from August 21-25, and all performances will take place at The Vineyard’s Dimson 15th Street Theatre. Festival week starts with four nights of performance sessions that are presented in front of a judging panel comprised of professionals representing various parts of the theatre industry. At the end of each session, the judges deliberate and one to three plays are selected to move on to the Festival Finals on Saturday. During the Finals, the Festival staff will watch the final 10 to 12 plays and select six authors to be a published in the Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival series, which is published and licensed by Samuel French, Inc. Tickets for the final performances are $18.

HISTORIC TOUR - Kings Theatre
Through August 25, 2018 - Flatbush

Explore the Kings Theatre on a guided tour, where you'll learn about the history and architecture of the former movie palace and it's new life after a $95M restoration to a state-of-the-art live performance venue. The tour will begin promptly at 2pm under the Kings Theatre marquee. All guests must purchase a ticket to join the 75 minute tour.

Pushkin - The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture - Black Box Theater
Through August 25, 2018 - New York

Pushkin, a new verse play written by Jonathan Leaf, examines the final two-years in the life of Russia's most enduring poet, Alexander Pushkin. Always quick to take offense, delusionally jealous, forever in debt, and censored by Tsar Nicholas I, Pushkin chronicles the sufferings of an artist of modest rank and mixed race, the confrontation between his exceptional talent and a flawed society, and the painful choice between duty and personal happiness. In his struggles to end serfdom and reform his homeland, Pushkin, Russia's first literary superstar, raised his voice above exile and censorship to turn his art into a substitute for politics poetically declaring, "Autocratic miscreant, Thee, thy throne I detest."

Skintight - Roundabout Theatre
Through August 26, 2018 - New York

Roundabout reunites writer Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Significant Other) and director Daniel Aukin (Bad Jews) for Skintight, a scorching examination of beauty, youth and sex. Reeling from her ex-husband's engagement to a much younger woman, Jodi Isaac (Idina Menzel) turns to her famous fashion-designer dad for support. Instead, she finds him wrapped up in his West Village townhouse with Trey. Who's 20. And not necessarily gay. But probably an adult film star. At least, according to Jodi's son. Who's also 20. And definitely gay. Skintight assays the nature of love, the power of attraction, and the ways in which a superficial culture persists in teaching its children that all that matters is what's on the inside.

Dear Evan Hansen - Music Box Theatre
Through August 26, 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."

Waitress - Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Through August 26, 2018 - New York

Based on the 2007 film by the late Adrienne Shelly, Waitress follows Jenna, a pregnant waitress in the south trapped in an abusive marriage and looking for a happy ending. She finds relief—and potentially that happy ending—by making creatively titled pies and forming a romance with an unlikely newcomer.

Hamilton - Richard Rodgers Theatre
Through August 26, 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.

Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish DIRECTED BY JOEL GREY - Museum of Jewish Heritage
Through August 26, 2018 - New York

In Yiddish with English and Russian supertitles. Experience Fiddler on the Roof in a new way– in Yiddish, the language of Tevye and his family! Directed by Oscar and Tony Award-winner Joel Grey, the rich Yiddish translation by Shraga Friedman, z”l, adds new depth and dimension to the most well-known Jewish musical in the world. Don’t miss the beloved story of a community and its struggle to balance traditions and desires in a changing world. The little town of Anatevka will bustle with the sounds of mame-loshn in the U.S. premiere of Fiddler in Yiddish from July 4 through August 26, 2018, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish - Museum of Jewish Heritage
Through August 26, 2018 - New York

Presented by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Experience Fiddler on the Roof in a new way– in Yiddish, the language of Tevye and his family! Directed by Oscar and Tony Award-winner Joel Grey, the rich Yiddish translation by Shraga Friedman, z'l, adds new depth and dimension to the most well-known Jewish musical in the world. Don't miss the beloved story of a community and its struggle to balance traditions and desires in a changing world. The little town of Anatevka will bustle with the sounds of mameloshn in the U.S. premiere of Fiddler in Yiddish.

Come From Away - Schoenfeld Theatre
Through August 26, 2018 - New York

Come From Away is based on the true story of when the isolated community of Gander, Newfoundland played host to the world. What started as an average day in a small town turned in to an international sleep-over when 38 planes, carrying thousands of people from across the globe, were diverted to Gander's air strip on September 11, 2001. Undaunted by culture clashes and language barriers, the people of Gander cheered the stranded travelers with music, an open bar and the recognition that we're all part of a global family.

Jersey Boys - New World Stages -Stage One
Through August 27, 2018 - New York

Jersey Boys is a musical biography of the Four Seasons—the rise, the tough times and personal clashes, and the ultimate triumph of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation. Far from a mere tribute concert (though it does include numbers from the popular Four Seasons songbook), Jersey Boys gets to the heart of the relationships at the center of the group—with a special focus on frontman Frankie Valli, the small kid with the big falsetto. In addition to following the quartet's coming of age as performers, the core of the show is how an allegiance to a code of honor learned in the streets of their native New Jersey got them through a multitude of challenges: gambling debts, Mafia threats and family disasters. Jersey Boys is a glimpse at the people behind a sound that has managed to endure for over four decades in the hearts of the public.

Lerner & Loewe's My Fair Lady - Lincoln Center Theater - Vivian Beaumont Theater
Through August 31, 2018 - New York

The most beloved musical of all time, Lerner & Loewe's MY FAIR LADY returns to Broadway in a lavish new production from Lincoln Center Theater, the theater that brought you the Tony-winning revivals of South Pacific and The King and I. Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, the stellar cast - led by Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton, Norbert Leo Butz, Diana Rigg, Allan Corduner, Jordan Donica, Linda Mugleston and Manu Narayan - tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a "proper lady." But who is really being transformed? The classic score features "I Could Have Danced All Night," "The Rain in Spain," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" and "On the Street Where You Live." The original 1956 production won six Tony Awards including Best Musical, and was hailed by The New York Times as "one of the best musicals of the century."

No Reason To Cry starring Judy Torres - Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre
Through August 31, 2018 - New York

NRTC Publicity Images: https://app.sugarsync.com/iris/wf/D3395301_08725617_965599 NRTC Sizzle: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bclrzyzfgns2li5/Judy%20Torres%20NRTC%20sizzle.mp4?dl=0 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Judy Torres’ Sells – Out Special Fan Only Previews of New Off-Broadway Performance, NO REASON TO CRY, Announces New Show at Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in Debut New York, NY – July 20th, 2018 – No Reason to Cry, an autobiographical musical about the life of Judy Torres, recording artist of thirty years and radio personality on New York’s WKTU (iHeart Radio), is set to make its Off-Broadway debut at the 186-seat Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre on West 47th Street. Special fan only previews on June 22 to 24 sold out in 45 minutes as did added dates in July. Due to the overwhelming response August dates are on sale now. No Reason to Cry’s run will begin in mid-August with an opening night TBD. Tickets for August 15th to 31st are on sale at Ticket Central: https://bit.ly/2tCL7tl. Now, a total of 30 shows have been announced with June fan only previews completely sold and the same for added shows in July. The public response has been so overwhelmingly positive to the pr... (read more)

No Reason To Cry starring Judy Torres - Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre
Through August 31, 2018 - New York

NRTC Publicity Images: https://app.sugarsync.com/iris/wf/D3395301_08725617_965599 NRTC Sizzle: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bclrzyzfgns2li5/Judy%20Torres%20NRTC%20sizzle.mp4?dl=0 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Judy Torres’ Sells – Out Special Fan Only Previews of New Off-Broadway Performance, NO REASON TO CRY, Announces New Show at Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in Debut New York, NY – July 20th, 2018 – No Reason to Cry, an autobiographical musical about the life of Judy Torres, recording artist of thirty years and radio personality on New York’s WKTU (iHeart Radio), is set to make its Off-Broadway debut at the 186-seat Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre on West 47th Street. Special fan only previews on June 22 to 24 sold out in 45 minutes as did added dates in July. Due to the overwhelming response August dates are on sale now. No Reason to Cry’s run will begin in mid-August with an opening night TBD. Tickets for August 15th to 31st are on sale at Ticket Central: https://bit.ly/2tCL7tl. Now, a total of 30 shows have been announced with June fan only previews completely sold and the same for added shows in July. The public response has been so overwhelmingly positive to the pr... (read more)

No Reason To Cry starring Judy Torres - Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre
Through August 31, 2018 - New York

NRTC Publicity Images: https://app.sugarsync.com/iris/wf/D3395301_08725617_965599 NRTC Sizzle: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bclrzyzfgns2li5/Judy%20Torres%20NRTC%20sizzle.mp4?dl=0 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Judy Torres’ Sells – Out Special Fan Only Previews of New Off-Broadway Performance, NO REASON TO CRY, Announces New Show at Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in Debut New York, NY – July 20th, 2018 – No Reason to Cry, an autobiographical musical about the life of Judy Torres, recording artist of thirty years and radio personality on New York’s WKTU (iHeart Radio), is set to make its Off-Broadway debut at the 186-seat Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre on West 47th Street. Special fan only previews on June 22 to 24 sold out in 45 minutes as did added dates in July. Due to the overwhelming response August dates are on sale now. No Reason to Cry’s run will begin in mid-August with an opening night TBD. Tickets for August 15th to 31st are on sale at Ticket Central: https://bit.ly/2tCL7tl. Now, a total of 30 shows have been announced with June fan only previews completely sold and the same for added shows in July. The public response has been so overwhelmingly positive to the pr... (read more)

LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts Presents Inaugural Summer Season in New York’s Hudson Valley, Bridge Street Theatre, Hudson Hall - Club Helsinki Hudson, LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts
Through September 01, 2018 -

LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts will present its inaugural Summer Season, which will take place from June 28 – September 1 in the Hudson Valley. The season will offer audiences a sneak peek at new works by a wide range of celebrated artists, including Urban Bush Women (June 28-July 1), Streb (July 6-8), Bridgman|Packer Dance (July 13-14), d. Sabela Grimes (July 27-29), Jodi Melnick (August 3-5), John Jasperse (August 17-19), Ishmael Houston-Jones and Miguel Gutierrez (August 24-26), and Savion Glover featuring Marcus Gilmore (September 1). The season represents the fullest realization to date of LUMBERYARD’s mission, to make transformative contributions both to the cultural landscape and economic health of Upstate New York, and to the field of contemporary performance in New York City and the U.S., by bringing renowned and emerging artists across the performing arts landscape to Catskill for out-of-town premieres.

She Doth Persist Presents Cymbeline by William Shakespeare - Summit Rock, Central Park
Through September 02, 2018 - New York

Barefoot Shakespeare Company and Occupy Verona are teaming up for “She Doth Persist,” a season celebrating feminism and activism. The final show of the season is Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. All performances will be held at Summit Rock in Central Park and admission is free. She Doth Persist is taking a contemporary take on Cymbeline. It is 2018 and our country is in crisis: alienated, insular, and divided. In an attempt to preserve tradition, Cymbeline, pressured by his self-serving wife, arranges for his daughter and heir, Imogen, to be married off to a privileged, arrogant example of male toxicity. Her refusal and subsequent foray into the forest in disguise begins a journey fraught with danger, power, and jealousy. Will she persist? The show is directed by Barefoot President, Emily Gallagher. “We wanted to get uncomfortable this season and explore division and reconciliation,” says Gallagher. “How do two opposing sides come together and learn to live amicably? Is that even possible? The themes in this play regarding those who are ‘othered,’ men who think of women as objects, and displaced children all resonate with our current cultural climate and begged to be explored. As is typ... (read more)

Frankenstein (Musical) - St Lukes Theatre Box Office
Through September 03, 2018 - New York

FRANKENSTEIN FRANKENSTEIN, is a two-act sweeping, romantic musical about the human need for love and companionship. (Music, book & lyrics by Eric B. Sirota, Directed by Clint Hromsco) Published in 1818, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is in its bicentennial year, and this musical honors its source material. Having lost his mother at a young age, Victor Frankenstein seeks to end human mortality and arrogantly enters territory beyond his control. While he enjoys unconditional love from Elizabeth, Victor grants none to his creation.

Little Rock - The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
Through September 08, 2018 - New York

HISTORY CALLED IT HEROISM. THEY CALLED IT HIGH SCHOOL. LITTLE ROCK tells the riveting true story of the Little Rock Nine, the first black students to attend their city's formerly segregated central high school. What began as their quest for a better education soon became a national crisis, igniting the passions of a divided country and sparking a historic fight for justice in the Jim Crow south. On the cusp of the Civil Rights movement, a changing world watched as these nine children from Arkansas battled for their rights with only a book and pencil. At once harrowing and hopeful, LITTLE ROCK brings urgently to life the Nine's untold personal stories of challenge and resilience, conjuring memories of America not so long ago. From writer and director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, this deeply moving play honors the bravery of these young heroes and asks audiences: Would you have had the courage?

Healthy on the Hudson - Hudson River Park
Through September 13, 2018 - New York

Take your workout to our waterfront with Healthy on the Hudson! This FREE exercise series returns for our 20th Anniversary season, giving you opportunities to get fit in your Park every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday all summer long. Every Thursday from May 24 through in September 13 from 6:30 – 7:30 PM, join us for Yoga at Pier 46 in partnership with Shape Up NYC! Enhance your yoga practice with skilled instructors and a rejuvenating river view. Bring your own mat!

Moving Bodies - Theater for the New City
Through September 16, 2018 - NY

Love and science - can a woman have both? Lorraine Liscio's provocative new play, Moving Bodies, directed by Myriam Cyr, centgers around 18th century scientist Emilie, the Marquise du Chatelet, also remembered as the lover of Voltaire, and how she fought for love and science and why, as a woman, she was never allowed to have both. Lee Mikeska Gardner appears as Emilie du Chatelet, and Saxon Palmer is Voltaire. On Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival.

Breaking Boundaries With Queer Tango - Arts On Site NYC, Inc.
Through September 25, 2018 - New York

This is a wonderful opportunity to break the conventional boundaries of Argentine Tango dance, and present alternative forms of choreographic expressions outside of its hyper-heteronormative form. Open to ALL – regardless of age, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity – including and especially those with no experience in Tango. We highly encourage everyone to attend all sessions regardless of experience, however, you are not required to attend the entire series in order to participate. We do require an advance notice if you know that you will be missing more than 3 classes.

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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