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Theatre and Dance in New York City This Week - December 9-December 16

December 9, 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.

The Nutcracker Performed by New York Theatre Ballet - Tarrytown Music Hall
December 09, 2018 - Tarrytown

A Music Hall/Music Without Borders Co-presentation Sponsored by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital An enchanting hour-long production of The Nutcracker, created for younger audiences, yet sophisticated enough for adults! Founded in 1978 by artistic director Diana Byer, New York Theatre Ballet has earned national attention for its artistry and elegant restorations and revivals of masterworks by great choreographers. It is equally committed to performing innovative hour-long ballets based on children's literature for family audiences. In October 2012, NYTB reprised their sold-out performance with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall with a suite of dances by Agnes deMille from her best-known Broadway musicals.

The Rainbow Fish - Emelin Theater
December 09, 2018 - Mamaroneck

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's elegant new show, "The Rainbow Fish," is an original stage adaptation of Marcus Pfister's colourful story as well two of the author's companion tales, "Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea" and "Opposites." Mermaid Theatre has earned international acclaim for its unique interpretations of the works of Eric Carle ("The Very Hungry Caterpillar"), Leo Lionni ("Swimmy," "Frederick" and "Inch by Inch") and Sam McBratney ("Guess How Much I Love You"). These widely-travelled productions incorporate innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music to provide very young audiences with an effortless introduction to the performing arts and the excitement of reading.

National Theatre Live: The Madness of George III - Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
December 09, 2018 - New York

Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live's first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse. Written by one of Britain's best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys,The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991. The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance). It's 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King's mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.

Theater Resources Unlimited is accepting writer submissions for How to Write a Musical That Works Part 1: The World and the Want Submissions due November 26, 2018 - Tada Rehearsal Studio
December 09, 2018 - New York

Theater Resources Unlimited is accepting writer submissions for How to Write a Musical That Works Part 1: The World and the Want  Submissions due November 26, 2018 Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents How to Write a Musical That Works, part 1: The World and The Want, the first workshop in a 3-part series. One of the programs in TRU Beginnings: Opportunities for Early Development of New Work, it will take place on Sunday, December 9, 2018. For more information, please visit https://truonline.org/events/2018-the-world-and-the-want/. Submission fee is $10 for TRU members, $20 for non-members. Submission deadline is Monday, November 26, 2018.    This workshop is dedicated to fostering a conversation about musical theater structure not only for writers but also for producers, directors and everyone involved in the creation and production of new works. Each workshop will accept up to 10 writing teams and/or producers who will share works in progress and get feedback from a panel of expert evaluators.   The professional panel of commercial producers, directors and writers will include: Cheryl Davis, Kleban and Larsen Award winning librettist and lyricist (Barnstormer),... (read more)

The Kings and Queens of New Jack Swing - Apollo Theater
December 09, 2018 - New York,

Teddy Riley and Keith Sweat With Guy, members of Blackstreet, Doug E. Fresh, Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, DJ D-Nice and more Join us as we celebrate 30 years of the ground-breaking New Jack Swing sound. This special evening will not only serve as a homecoming for Harlem natives Teddy Riley and Keith Sweat but also as a celebration of the ground-breaking sub-genre created in the iconic Harlem streets. Featuring New Jack pioneers Guy, Blackstreet, Doug E. Fresh, Kool Moe Dee the Kings & Queens of New Jack Swing will be more an experience than an experience and underscores Harlem's legacy as a cultural hub for innovation and creativity. In its role as the crown jewel of Harlem, the Apollo is a natural fit to lead celebrations such as these. The New Jack Swing sound recently received a resurgence after superstar Bruno Mars incorporated it into his latest opus 24K Magic and also credited Riley as a major influence in the making of that album. Teddy Riley continues to produce and also tours with both of his groups – Guy and Blackstreet, respectively.

The #metoo Plays - The Alternative Theater
Through December 09, 2018 - New York

THE #metoo PLAYS ARE HITTING MANHATTAN NEW YORK, NEW YORK (October 31, 2018), Celine Havard and The Alternative Theater Company present The #metoo Plays: RESIST and PERSIST two programs in alternating rep of powerful short plays, tackling different perspectives of the complex #metoo movement that has gripped the collective emotions of our nation. The First set of plays entitled RESIST will open, followed by a reception, NOVEMBER 29th, 2018 at 7:00pm and runs through December 9th at 2pm at The Alternative Theater, 500 West 52nd Street, 2nd floor, New York New York 10019. Plays include Washington Monument by W.A Walters in which a DC cover up of an brutal assault, years earlier gets revisited when a young man is being groomed for office. Will power politics win, or will justice prevail? And, Can You Hear Me Now? by Indiana playwright, Nicole Amsler, in which grandma’s beeping phone is hiding a deeper secret than her hate for tech, while three generations of women relate to each other around their understanding, and comic misunderstanding of the #metoo movement. THE #metoo PLAYS:PERSIST opens NOVEMBER 30th, 2018 at 8pm and runs through December 8th at 2pm featuring such plays as... (read more)

Stomp - Orpheum Theatre
Through December 09, 2018 - New York

Stomp is a joyful, witty and wordless show that has been seen all over the world. An eight-member cast with energy to burn creates beautiful music and sly humor with found objects: Zippo lighters, push brooms, wooden poles, hammer handles, garbage cans, inner tubes, matchboxes—and yes, even the kitchen sink. There's no traditional narrative; both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in this unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy. It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum.

Dear Evan Hansen - Music Box Theatre
Through December 09, 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."

The Ladies Room - The Peoples Improv Theater Loft
Through December 09, 2018 - New York

As Carol Burnett celebrates her lifetime of achievements with the Mark Twain Prize, her feminist ancestors appear to remind her of how much work is left to be done in the 21st century. Jackie Kennedy, Sojourner Truth, and Frida Kahlo - just to name a few - bring down the hammer of wokeness on the oft silent comedian, and explore how even the most seasoned trailblazers can misstep when it comes to intersectionality.

Hamilton - Richard Rodgers Theatre
Through December 09, 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.

Twyla Tharp Dance - The Joyce Theater
Through December 09, 2018 - New York

The Joyce presents one of this century's most acclaimed artists, Twyla Tharp, live on stage in a program focused on her early dances. In Minimalism and Me, Tharp recollects the creation of her seminal early works and their relationship to the minimalist period in visual art. Members of Twyla Tharp Dance recreate excerpts from many of these works—from Tank Dive to The History Of Up And Down, and concluding with Eight Jelly Rolls. The program, featuring works made from 1965 to 1971, offers audiences a unique view of the output of a remarkable artist during an extraordinary period of innovation.

Twyla Tharp Dance - The Joyce Theater
Through December 09, 2018 - New York

The Joyce presents one of this century's most acclaimed artists, Twyla Tharp, in a program focused on her early dances. In Minimalism and Me, Tharp recollects the creation of her seminal early works and their relationship to the minimalist period in visual art. Members of Twyla Tharp Dance recreate excerpts from many of these works—from Tank Dive to The History Of Up And Down, and concluding with Eight Jelly Rolls. The program, featuring works made from 1965 to 1971, offers audiences a unique view of the work of a remarkable artist during an extraordinary period of innovation.

Growing up with Alvin Ailey Legacy Panel - The Ailey Studios Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
December 10, 2018 - Manhattan

Moderated by Sylvia Waters, featuring Sarita Allen, Liz Roxas-Dobrish, and Desmond Richardson In an intimate setting, these distinguished former Ailey dancers will share their personal stories, individual experiences, and life lessons that Mr. Ailey rooted in his dancers. Throughout his lifetime, Mr. Ailey changed the perception of modern dance with his ability to reveal emotions in a way that touch us and teach us something about ourselves. The Growing up with Alvin Ailey Legacy Panel is intended to give people a chance to look into the rich history and creative heritage of Mr. Ailey as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Scott Joplin - Jazz at Lincoln Center
December 10, 2018 - New York

In the second class, we'll delve deeper into the most famous works of Joplin, exploring him and his music at the height of his career.

The Sound of Music - Landmark Theatre
December 11, 2018 - Syracuse

A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is currently on tour across North America! The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss" and the title song. THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by "The Trapp Family Singers" by Maria Augusta Trapp. THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when "The Sound of Music Live!" aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.

Judson Arts Wednesdays Presents: Dead Darlings - Judson Memorial Church
December 12, 2018 - New York

MEETING ROOM (ENTER by way of 55 Washington Square South) Judson Arts Wednesdays artist - in - residence Amanda Duarte thrills again with her delightful Dead Darlings. Doors open at 55 Washington Square South at 7:15pm. Free Drinks and eats until the show at 8:00pm. JAW FOOD. ART. COMMUNITY. SPACE. FREE.

Andrea Bocelli - Madison Square Garden
Through December 13, 2018 - New York

Andrea Bocelli will return to Madison Square Garden for two back-to-back performances on Wednesday, December 12 and Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 7:30PM. Andrea Bocelli will present two unforgettable evenings of soaring arias, famed love songs, and beloved crossover hits. Andrea will be joined by several special guests including soprano Nadine Sierra, who is being hailed as one of the most promising emerging talents in the opera world today, praised for her vocal beauty, seamless technique, and abundant musicality. As one of the most recognizable and romantic voices in the world, Andrea Bocelli has been thrilling audiences for over 20 years, counting over 90 million records sold worldwide. In 2016, he was nominated for three Latin Grammy Awards including Album of the Year and received a 2017 Grammy Award nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for "Cinema." We have increased security measures across all of our Madison Square Garden venues and are working closely with local law enforcement in New York. In order to ensure that everybody can enjoy an unforgettable and safe experience at Madison Square Garden, we kindly ask you to consider the following precautions wh... (read more)

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia Presents The Nutcracker - Kupferberg Center for the Arts
December 15, 2018 - Flushing

“The Nutcracker” is the perennial favorite of generations of children and “children at heart”. The treasured holiday adventure follows a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers, and an army of mice. Thrill to the same authentic Russian choreography that is performed in Moscow by the famous Bolshoi Ballet. Set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved music, including ” Waltz of the Flowers”, “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”, and “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” the entire family will love this magical experience filled with spectacular sets and beautiful costumes. The annual visit of The State Ballet Theatre of Russia with 55 of Russia’s brightest ballet Stars, with its performance of “The Nutcracker” has become a tradition of the KCA holiday Season. DON’T MISS IT!

The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year - Hilton Garden Inn New York
December 16, 2018 - New York

The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in New York City and surrounding areas throughout New York. Join us for a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food in this comedic thriller!

The Baby Monitor - The Theater at the 14th Street Y
Through December 16, 2018 - New York

Written by David Stallings and directed by Antonio Miniño. When Claire’s concerns over the welfare of her two-year-old nephew are dangerously validated, she begins to question the family's principals and ability to parent. A crucial new play exploring same-sex parenting and cis family values in today’s America. With Leo Goodman, Mel House*, Amanda Jones*, Héctor Matías, Greta Quispe* and David Stallings. Lighting Design by Dan Gallagher. Sound Design by Jacob Subotnick. Stage Managed by Rachel Denise April. Tickets $25 (Students & Seniors $22) available by calling 646-395-4310 or www.differenttranslation.com Neighborhood Rush: $5.00 tickets will be available 15 minutes before showtime at the box office to residents of zip codes 10003 and 10009 with valid local ID (Neighbor Rush tickets are cash-only and subject to availability).

New York Theatre Ballet's Once Upon a Ballet Series presents Keith Michael's The Nutcracker - Florence Gould Hall
Through December 16, 2018 - New York

New York Theatre Ballet Announces Keith Michael's The Nutcracker as part of the 2018-19 Once Upon a Ballet Performances New York Theatre Ballet announces the company's 2018-19 performances of their critically acclaimed Once Upon a Ballet series geared to audiences ages 3 and up and running time of one hour for young attention spans. This season's offerings include: Keith Michael's The Nutcracker from December 14-16, 2018 and Cinderella February 9 & 10, 2019 at Florence Gould Hall, 55 E 59th St, New York, NY 10022. Single tickets: $27 adults $15 children, for both Nutcracker and Cinderella: $20 adults $12 children, http://nytb.org/calendar-and-tickets. 2018-2019 Season Family Shows: Nutcracker at Florence Gould Hall  December 14 - 16, 2018 Friday, December 14 at 6:00 PM Saturday, December 15 at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM Sunday, December 16 at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM From clockwork imps to a luminous owl that flies above the audience, mice dressed in polka dots and dancers dancing with huge chopsticks, this timeless, re-imagined classic bursts with energy and excitement. This holiday ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky's beloved score, is set in Art Nouveau style circa... (read more)

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 - Sheen Center
Through December 16, 2018 - New York

"A heartbreaking tribute to the men, who, in defiance of their commanders had the courage to affirm their common humanity." ?– The New Yorker "All is Calm puts a human face on WWI." – San Francisco Globe "One of the top live events for Christmas in North America." – BBC Music Magazine Christmas of 1914. Out of the violence- a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into "No Man's Land" singing Stille Nacht. This begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace.

Stomp - Orpheum Theatre
Through December 16, 2018 - New York

Stomp is a joyful, witty and wordless show that has been seen all over the world. An eight-member cast with energy to burn creates beautiful music and sly humor with found objects: Zippo lighters, push brooms, wooden poles, hammer handles, garbage cans, inner tubes, matchboxes—and yes, even the kitchen sink. There's no traditional narrative; both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in this unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy. It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum.

Waitress - Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Through December 16, 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 December 16, 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.

The Prisoner - Theatre for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center
Through December 16, 2018 - Brooklyn

Peter Brook, an English theatre artist, has been based in France since the early 1970s. His awards include multiple Tony and Emmy Awards and an Olivier Award. He is recognized as one of the most influential directors working today. In The Prisoner Brook and his longtime collaborator, Marie-Hélène Estienne examine the complexities of crime, justice, and compassion in a breathtaking new international production. A man sits alone outside a prison. Who is he, and what is he doing there? Is he free, or is he the prisoner?

Once on This Island - 235 West 50th Street
Through December 19, 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.

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn - Paper Mill Playhouse
Through December 30, 2018 - Millburn

Directed by Mr. Greenberg and choreography by Denis Jones with music direction by Shawn Gough. Featuring a principal cast features Paige Faure, Jordon Gelber, Ann Harada, Jeff Kready, Hayley Podschun, Nicholas Rodriguez and Jian Harrell and Aidan Alberto alternating in the role of Charlie Winslow. The cast will be joined by Jordon Beall, Gene Biscontini, Colin Bradbury, Tricia DeSario, Taylor Fields, Kelly Gleason, Juliane Godfrey, Berklea Going, Joshua Israel, Julie Kavanagh, Mallory Nolting, Clifton Samuels, JT Teeling, Karl Skylar Urban, Amy Van Norstrand, Scarlett Walker, Travis Ward-Osborne, and John T. Wolfe. In this musical based on the beloved Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire film, Jim Hardy leaves behind the hustle and bustle of showbiz for a quiet life on a Connecticut farm. Jim's agrarian efforts are a flop, but things start looking up when he falls for a talented schoolteacher, and together they infuse their sleepy rural setting with some Broadway razzle-dazzle. Fresh from a Broadway run, this heartwarming, toe-tapping production features more than 20 classic songs from the Berlin catalog, including "Easter Parade," "Cheek to Cheek," "Steppin' Out with My Baby," and "Wh... (read more)

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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