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Theatre and Dance in New York City This Weekend - January 19-January 21

January 15, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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From the NYC Ballet and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to the Metropolitan Playhouse and the Metropolitan Opera, there's no shortage of theatre and dance performances in the city. Learn about all the weekend theatre and dance in New York City by checking out this City Guide listing article.

Young and Nervy: Dances from the Edge - 92nd Street Y
January 19, 2018 - Upper East Side

Dynamic millennial choreographic voices convey the influence of technology, a strong sense of local and global community and the open spirit of this achievement-oriented, confident and tolerant generation of artists including Biba Bell, Peter Cheng, Gierre Godley and Anna Rogovoy.

Rioult Dance NY - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
January 19, 2018 - Manhattan

RIOULT Dance NY is committed to supporting the creation of new works by founder and choreographer Pascal Rioult; to communicating the essence and intensity of his artistic vision; to sustaining its company of dancers; and to educating and expanding audiences for modern dance at home and through touring, nationally and internationally. Founded in 1994, RIOULT Dance NY fast became an established name in modern dance with a reputation for presenting the sensual and exquisitely musical works of Pascal Rioult. The NYC-based dance company presents an annual NY Season, tours nationally and internationally, conducts extensive in-school arts education and community outreach programs, and offers public dance training through classes, workshops, and intensives.

LPH with Jacques Renault & Justin Strauss - Bossa Nova Civic Club
January 19, 2018 - Brooklyn

Malpaso Dance Company - The Joyce Theater
January 19, 2018 - New York

This season, Malpaso Dance Company will bring delightful works by Artistic Director Osnel Delgado and the New York premiere of Indomitable Waltz, The Joyce's recent commission for the troupe that was created by choreographer Aszure Barton and set to the music of Alexander Balanescu, Michael Nyman, and Nils Frahm.

The Homecoming pt.3 - Le Bain
January 19, 2018 - New York

House of Paradise - House of Yes
January 19, 2018 - New York

Envision Festival & House of Yes present: House of Paradise. Rise. Renew. Align. Awaken. Costa Rica is calling you. Harness your power, elevate your energy, indulge in your animal instincts. Find love in the heat of the dance floor jungle and in the eyes of smiles and strangers. Find yourself in paradise. This is our pre-party preview celebration for Envision Festival. Its happening, we're going and you're invited.

Derrick May / Jeff Derringer / Datkat / nthng - Elsewhere
January 19, 2018 - Brooklyn

Kim Ann Foxman, Andrew Potter, Rich Medina, L&l&l Record Club - Good Room
January 19, 2018 - Brooklyn

Kim Ann Foxman's Firehouse residency returns in 2018, with the house producer doing an extended set for her opening party. Hawaii born artist and DJ, she shot to fame as a vocalist and has since continued her rise to become one of New York's finest DJs and a prolific producer in her own right. Unfazed by trends and deeply rooted in the music, Foxman builds on the nostalgic records of her youth to create her own dynamic sound. Foxman uses her residency as a place to explore different sounds whilst still captivating the dancefloor. As a producer, Kim Ann Foxman delivers catchy hooks and haunting melodies, and is also celebrated for beguiling and original vocals. Her Firehouse Recordings imprint (inspired by the old firehouse in Brooklyn that is her studio and a creative hub for the like-minded) is responsible for a steady stream of mind-bending releases. She will be joined by friend Andrew Potter of Throne of Blood Records. Resident funk and disco party Love Games is in the Bad Room with Rich Medina. Both behind the decks as behind the scenes, Rich Medina's career is truly inspirational. From his humble beginnings at Philadelphia to his as a worldwide phenomenon, he has taken crow... (read more)

G Jones - Brooklyn Steel
January 19, 2018 - Brooklyn

Aladdin - New Amsterdam Theater
January 19, 2018 - New York

Blind Spot - Repertorio Español
January 19, 2018 - New York

A drama about an undocumented immigrant fighting for his version of the American Dream.

Tap (Open Level) - 92Y
January 20, 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.

Harkness Adult Student Dance Showcase - 92Y
January 20, 2018 - Upper East Side

Celebrate with the students from the Harkness Dance Center's adult classes who come together to charm you with the joy of dance.

Brian Adler and the Human Time Machine - Barbès
January 20, 2018 - Brooklyn

Brian Adler and THE HUMAN TIME MACHINE. Every Saturday in January. Brian Adler and the Human Time Machine tap the city's pulse of vibrant rhythmic culture. Inspired by Buenos Aires' La Bomba de Tiempo, the Human Time Machine stretches rhythmic conventions of many traditions in search of music of the here and now. Come dance, and be witness to the collision of these sonic perspectives as guided by rhythmic signs.

Mutual Dreaming: Xosar, Relaxer, Shyboi - H0l0
January 20, 2018 - Ridgewood

Malpaso Dance Company - The Joyce Theater
January 20, 2018 - New York

This season, Malpaso Dance Company will bring delightful works by Artistic Director Osnel Delgado and the New York premiere of Indomitable Waltz, The Joyce's recent commission for the troupe that was created by choreographer Aszure Barton and set to the music of Alexander Balanescu, Michael Nyman, and Nils Frahm.

Mike Simonetti all Night - Le Bain
January 20, 2018 - New York

Kingdom of Yes with Robbie Rivera - House of Yes
January 20, 2018 - Brooklyn

Hear ye, Hear ye! A Royal Proclamation is abound! The Ice Queen is hereby the crowned ruler of our castle, our winter and our hearts! Long live the Ice Queen! Behold! Our ice covered splendor and frozen fancies in the hallowed halls of the hottest Knightclub in all the land. Behold! The Snow King shall reign cold-hearted and hot-bodied bringing sparkle to all! Behold! The royal princes and princesses shall flirt and frolic, seeking suitors for future thrones! May our cups overfloweth with the finest wines and potions on this day, in this year, and may the Royal Family of Ice reign forevermore! Costumery is Mandatory for entry into Kingdom of Yes. Expresseth thy truest self! It's a Snow Ball of her Excellency! We insist that you don your whitest, bluest, brightest cloth in the shades of ice, snow, crystals and cold. Don thy fakest furs! Finest Inspirations here https://pin.it/njsnvwtfvt54q3 Knights! Shine Thy Armour! do prepareth for the royal winter games and to help with the royal honor of ridding the land of heat dragons and save all the faithful from the dungeon of despair.

Behind Closed Doors (Gospel Musical Stage Play) - Oberia D. Dempsey Theater
January 20, 2018 - New York

?"Behind Closed Doors" follows the lives of 3 young men who are apart of a powerhouse singing trio; smooth, confident, intelligent, topping the charts, and winning the hearts of adoring fans! But beyond the lights and the cheering crowds lie fears, insecurities, and pain! Witness as they each take journeys to the deepest parts of their souls to face some of their toughest battles! ? We watch as they each learn that in order to be a true king, he must first learn to be a servant and in order to be the head, he must first sit at the feet of Jesus!

Hello, Dolly! Bernadette Peters Debut - Shubert Theatre
January 20, 2018 - New York

Bernadette Peters takes over the role of Dolly on January 20! Don't miss Bernadette Peters in this sparkling version of the Michael Stewart-Jerry Herman musical based on Thornton Wilder's classic The Matchmaker. This production, the first revival of to appear on Broadway since it opened more than fifty years ago, pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion, which has been hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Call or visit website for playing schedule.

Sullivan Room Sessions with Gel Abril / Shahar / Duckhunter - TBA Brooklyn
January 20, 2018 - Brooklyn

Ilan Bluestone - The Scars Album Tour - Schimanski
January 20, 2018 - New York

Behind Closed Doors (Gospel Musical Stage Play) - Oberia D. Dempsey Theater
January 20, 2018 - New York

?"Behind Closed Doors" follows the lives of 3 young men who are apart of a powerhouse singing trio; smooth, confident, intelligent, topping the charts, and winning the hearts of adoring fans! But beyond the lights and the cheering crowds lie fears, insecurities, and pain! Witness as they each take journeys to the deepest parts of their souls to face some of their toughest battles! ? We watch as they each learn that in order to be a true king, he must first learn to be a servant and in order to be the head, he must first sit at the feet of Jesus!

La CancióN - Repertorio Español
January 20, 2018 - New York

"La canción" is the humorous and refreshing story of Rafa, a young man from The Bronx with a passion for music. One night, Rafa dreams of a song he has never heard before and when he awakens he inexplicably knows the lyrics to the song. Captivated by the song and with the desire to adapt it to urban music, Rafa embarks on a quest to find its author, but in his search unexpectedly discovers the truth about his origins. In this new musical, Rafa tells his story through an amalgam of musical genres from Rap to tropical tunes like Salsa, Merengue and Bachata.

La Gringa - Repertorio Español
January 20, 2018 - New York

Native New Yorker Maria Elena Garcia sets out on a pilgrimage to find her roots that leads to her parents' Puerto Rican homeland. After years spent in search of her identity, she eagerly embraces the family she meets there, as well as the island itself. In due time, however, she learns that the locals, including her relatives, call her "La Gringa" (the American). Carmen Rivera's staged play, presented in Spanish with a live translation in English, is a relatable story for anyone who has felt like an outsider.

Modern Dance (Open Level) - 92Y
January 20, 2018 - Upper East Side

Explore the body's relationship to breath, weight and space through standing and floor work and traveling combinations. Develop strength and movement flexibility. Move through space with longer, more complex combinations.Classes are ongoing. Start dancing today with class cards. Class cards can be purchased for all classes even after they have started or are closed.

Dance with MMDG - Mark Morris Dance Center
January 20, 2018 - Brooklyn

Description: Fun for the whole family, this free class is taught by Mark Morris Dance Group company members and accompanied by live music. All ages and levels are welcome. Featured repertory: Mosaic and United (1993) Taught by: Lesley Garrison Dallas McMurray Accompaniment: Ai Isshiki (piano)

Jericho by Michael Weller - Wild Project
January 21, 2018 - New York

Director: Laura Braza Production: Ted Caine and Noelle Franco Set Design: Julia Noulin-Merat Lighting Design: Daniel Chapman Sound Design: Matthew Fischer Casting: Jessi Blue Casting Starring: Ginna Doyle*, Vasile Fluter, Noelle Franco*, Jerzy Gwiazdowski*, Erinn Holmes*, Jamal James*,Stephanie Pope*, Hannah Sloat* and Jack Sochet*. *Actors appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

Malpaso Dance Company - The Joyce Theater
January 21, 2018 - New York

This season, Malpaso Dance Company will bring delightful works by Artistic Director Osnel Delgado and the New York premiere of Indomitable Waltz, The Joyce's recent commission for the troupe that was created by choreographer Aszure Barton and set to the music of Alexander Balanescu, Michael Nyman, and Nils Frahm.

Aber & Braver (we almost rhyme) - Laurie Beechman Theater
January 21, 2018 - NY

Aber & Braver (we almost rhyme) is a evening of new contemporary theatre songs bridging the familiar trope into intellectual rap and socially-relevant pop, presented by two friends, xennial & millennial. Aber & Braver will play at the Laurie Beechman on Sunday Jan 21 at 7pm, with half the program written by Wes Braver and half the program written specifically for Dana Aber. Cheeky, sweet, heartfelt, and well-crafted, the show is presented by Big Thunder Productions.

GRACE by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Freespace Dance, and LaneCo Arts - White Eagle Hall at Jersey City Theater Center
January 21, 2018 - Jersey City

GRACE by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Freespace Dance, and LaneCo Arts Sunday, January 21 at 2pm at the Jersey City Theater Center GRACE by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Freespace Dance, and LaneCo Arts will be presented at White Eagle Hall - Jersey City Theater Center, 337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 on Sunday, January 21 at 2pm. Tickets are $15-$20 and are available at https://www.jctcenter.org/event/1604444-grace-by-nai-ni-chen-dance-jersey-city/.   GRACE is an afternoon of dance that celebrates femininity by three women choreographers. The show features Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, one of the few professional Asian American touring dance companies led by a woman, Nai-Ni Chen, in the United States; her pieces draw inspiration from Taiwan, Chinese Kuaiban music, and the ancient Chinese cycles of creation and destruction. Freespace Dance, headed by Donna Scro Samori, will present excerpts from their evening length work of "A Women's Movement," a piece about the essence of femininity, the strength of being a woman in today's world, and the universal connection of women throughout. Finally, LaneCo Arts, led by Lane Gifford, will offer their unique blend of dance, theater,... (read more)

La CancióN - Repertorio Español
January 21, 2018 - New York

"La canción" is the humorous and refreshing story of Rafa, a young man from The Bronx with a passion for music. One night, Rafa dreams of a song he has never heard before and when he awakens he inexplicably knows the lyrics to the song. Captivated by the song and with the desire to adapt it to urban music, Rafa embarks on a quest to find its author, but in his search unexpectedly discovers the truth about his origins. In this new musical, Rafa tells his story through an amalgam of musical genres from Rap to tropical tunes like Salsa, Merengue and Bachata.

TRU VOICES New Plays Reading Series - Submission Deadline: 1/21 - TRU
January 21, 2018 - NYC

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is seeking submissions for a New Plays Reading Series in 2018 that will consist of two or three new works presented on consecutive Monday evenings in Manhattan. Application and guidelines are available at https://truonline.org/2018-play-guidelines/. Created to nurture producers as well as writers, TRU VOICES seeks producer-driven projects, and also matches writers with producers. Each reading is followed by a "Dollars and Sense" panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the work. The purpose of the series is to help develop new plays, help producers develop the skills needed to produce new works, and foster the producer-writer relationship for future development beyond the series. According to TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata, "The TRU Voices Reading Series has been a recognized path of new play development. I am proud of our success in finding engaging new work and giving writers a crucial stepping-stone to productions in festivals (About Face NYMF 2008, OPA! MITF 2008, Volleygirls NYMF 2013, Appendage in the First Irish Festival ... (read more)

Aladdin - New Amsterdam Theatre
Through January 21, 2018 - New York

In the middle-eastern town of Agrabah, Princess Jasmine is feeling hemmed in by her father's desire to find her a royal groom. Meanwhile, the Sultan's right-hand man, Jafar, is plotting to take over the throne. When Jasmine sneaks out of the palace incognito, she forms an instant connection with Aladdin, a charming street urchin and reformed thief. After being discovered together, Aladdin is sentenced to death, but Jafar saves him by ordering him to fetch a lamp from the Cave of Wonders. Where there's a lamp, there's a Genie, and once Aladdin unwittingly lets this one out, anything can happen! Will Aladdin's new identity as "Prince Ali" help him win Jasmine's heart and thwart Jafar's evil plans? Will the Genie's wish for freedom ever come true?

The Lion King - Minskoff Theatre
Through January 21, 2018 - New York

A lively stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 1994 Disney film, The Lion King is the story of a young lion prince living in the flourishing African Pride Lands. Born into the royal family, precocious cub Simba spends his days exploring the sprawling savanna grasslands and idolizing his kingly father, Mufasa, while youthfully shirking the responsibility his position in life requires. When an unthinkable tragedy, orchestrated by Simba's wicked uncle, Scar, takes his father's life, Simba flees the Pride Lands, leaving his loss and the life he knew behind. Eventually companioned by two hilarious and unlikely friends, Simba starts anew. But when weight of responsibility and a desperate plea from the now ravaged Pride Lands come to find the adult prince, Simba must take on a formidable enemy, and fulfill his destiny to be king. A vibrant and exciting tale from the great creatives at Disney, The Lion King is a story of love and redemption that nobody should miss.

Shen Yun 2018 World Tour @ New York - The David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center
Through January 21, 2018 - New York

A Gift from Heaven IN ANCIENT TIMES, China was known as the Land of the Divine. Everyone, from emperors to the common people, believed that their culture was a gift from heaven. They lived in harmony with the universe and saw a connection among all things. Traditional Chinese culture carried these principles for thousands of years—until this world was lost. We now invite you to visit this lost civilization. To make this journey possible, we have pushed the boundaries of performing arts. We combine ancient legends with technological innovations, and historically authentic costumes with breathtaking animated backdrops. We let classical Chinese dance do the storytelling, and share with you beautifully diverse ethnic and folk traditions. Filled with an enchanting orchestral sound, this is a mesmerizing experience you won’t find anywhere else. Be Inspired. Be Amazed. Experience the Divine Culture.

Shen Yun 2018 - The David Koch Theater
Through January 21, 2018 - New York

SHEN YUN’s unique artistic vision expands theatrical experience into a multi-dimensional, inspiring journey through one of humanity’s greatest treasures—the five millennia of traditional Chinese culture. This epic production immerses you in stories reaching back to the most distant past. You’ll explore realms even beyond our visible world. Featuring one of the world’s oldest art forms—classical Chinese dance—along with patented scenographical effects and all-original orchestral works, Shen Yun opens a portal to a civilization of enchanting beauty and enlightening wisdom. Traditional Chinese culture—with its profoundly optimistic worldview and deep spiritual roots—was displaced by communism in China. Today, only the New York–based Shen Yun is keeping this precious heritage alive on stage. And it’s an experience that will take your breath away. “5,000 years of Chinese music and dance, in one night!” —The New York Times “Exquisitely beautiful. An extraordinary experience for us and the children.” —Cate Blanchett, Academy Award–winning actress “Poetry in Motion... Priceless... It is food for my heart and soul… it was something that I will keep in my heart.” —Siegfried... (read more)

Latin History for Morons - Studio 54
Through January 21, 2018 - New York

Inspired by the near total absence of Latinos in his son's American history class, John Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son's school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Ricky Ricardo into 90 irreverent and uncensored minutes in his trademark style.

BrouHaHa - Theater For The New City
Through January 21, 2018 - New York City

BrouHaHa is an existential escapade inspired by images of refugees fleeing on foot, Edwardian workers, cinematic treasures like Fellini’s La Strada and Bergman’s The Seventh Seal, and the dark comedy of Samuel Beckett. In this devised, clown-esque piece, Happenstance Theater's troupe of eccentrics walks the precipice at the end of the world. Their play lights up the darkness like a firecracker. This timely show appeals to audiences of any age. The ensemble cast will feature Gwen Grastorf, Karen Hansen (Winner, 2017 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Musical Direction), Mark Jaster (Winner, 2016 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play), Sabrina Mandell, Sarah Olmsted Thomas, and Alex Vernon with Lighting Design by Kris Thompson and Costume Design by Sabrina Mandell (Winner, 2016 & 2017 Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Costume Design). BrouHaHa has been performed at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Staunton Music Festival, Celebration Barn, NextNOW Festival at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Baltimore Theatre Project, NY Clown Theatre Festival in Brooklyn, Capital Fringe Festival, Reston CenterStage and St. Mary’s College. It was developed with ... (read more)

A Hanky and a T-T-T-Top Hat - Coney Island Museum
Through January 26, 2018 - Brooklyn

A Hanky and a T-T-T-Top Hat January 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th 2018 8:00 PM Enchanting! Had me on the edge of my seat with wonder! ~ R David Robinson, NY, NY A new autobiographical solo show from magician Bobby Torkova will make its worldwide debut Fridays in January at the Sideshows by the Seashore Theater at Coney Island. This true story tells of a little boy who stutters, explores his relationship with his father, and dreams of becoming a professional magician. While this is not your traditional magic show, Torkova’s unique and personal approach does feature magic performances to help illustrate the story. Bobby Torkova is an award-winning magician and mind reader whom the New York Post called “Unquestionably among the best!" His impish, family friendly style always delights and amazes audiences. Having a love of magic since the age of seven, Torkova has been pursuing his dream ever since not only studying magic, but also improvisation, mime and clowning. He has won numerous awards for his magic including: the Merlin Award for Best Classical Magic from the International Magicians Society, First Place in the Society of American Magicians National Competition and ... (read more)

Directorfest - Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
Through January 27, 2018 - New York

For its 34th year, the festival will include five fully-staged productions, a showcase evening of new musicals, staged readings, discussion panels, books signings, workshops and conversations with America's most notable directors. Taking place over two weeks in venues across Manhattan, highlights of the festival include rarely-seen plays by David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), Enda Walsh (Once: The Musical), new works by Gabrielle Reisman, Alejandro Ricaño and more, all directed by the 2017 Drama League Directors Project Fellows: Laura Brandel, Bonnie Gabel, Matt Dickson, Flordelino Lagundino, and Rebecca Martinez. Chosen last spring from over 330 applicants nationwide, these five visionary emerging directors recently completed their year of mentorship, assistantships, training and career development as part of The Drama League Directors Project. The Drama League of New York, since 1916, has been at the forefront of the American Theatre community, providing talent, audiences, and prosperous support. It is one of the nation's oldest continuously-operating, not-for-profit arts advocacy and education organizations. Through its programs, initiatives and events, The Drama League indelib... (read more)

PILLOWTALK By Kyoung's Pacific Beat - The Tank
Through January 27, 2018 - New York

The Tank (Meghan Finn and Rosalind Grush, Artistic Directors) will present the World Premiere of PILLOWTALK by Kyoung’s Pacific Beat written and directed by Kyoung H. Park and presented as part of The Exponential Festival at The Tank (312 West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues), January 11-27. Performances will be Thursday, January 11 at 8pm, Friday, January 12 at 4:30pm & 8pm, Saturday, January 13 at 3pm & 8pm, Monday, January 15 at 8pm, Wednesday, January 17 at 8pm, Thursday, January 18 at 8pm, Friday, January 19 at 8pm, Saturday, January 20 at 3pm & 8pm, Wednesday, January 24 at 8pm, Thursday, January 25 at 8pm, Friday, January 26 at 8pm, and Saturday, January 27 at 3pm & 8pm. Tickets ($25) are available for advance purchase at www.thetanknyc.org. The performance will run approximately 75 minutes, with no intermission. Set in Brooklyn 2017, PILLOWTALK brings to life one night in the lives of Sam and Buck, a recently married interracial couple. Through a formal exploration of theatrical naturalism and the codified gender norms of ballet's pas de deux, PILLOWTALK queers the intersections of race, gender, and class to challenge our assumptions of love and marriage. Confr... (read more)

Chicago - Ambassador Theater
Through January 30, 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…

Kinky Boots - Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Through January 30, 2018 - Manhattan

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? CRITICS' REVIEWS Read More Sometimes audiences just wanna have fun. And you'd be a heel not to have fun at 'Kinky Boots'. One cause for celebration is the infectious Top 40-ish score by '80s pop star Cyndi Lauper. Another is Billy Porter, who portrays drag queen Lola with enough sequined swagger to make RuPaul look like a wallflower. Thanks to Porter's star-making turn, 'Kinky Boots' delivers some pumps-up kicks. Review by Thom Geier from Entertainment Weekly What we have, in 'Kinky Boots', is a well-fitted, well... (read more)

Wicked - Gershwin Theater
Through January 31, 2018 - New York

So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one "good," and the other one "wicked." With a thrilling score that includes the hits "Defying Gravity," "Popular" and "For Good," Wicked has been hailed by The New York Times as "the defining musical of the decade." Time Magazine cheers, "if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of Wicked, Broadway really would be a magical place." The Gershwin Theatre on 50th Street and Broadway is that magical place. From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, Wicked—the untold true story of the Witches of Oz—transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story. It will send your spirits soaring to heights you'll never forget.

A Bronx Tale - Longacre Theatre
Through January 31, 2018 - Midtown

A Bronx Tale is a streetwise musical that takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s—where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he'd love to be. Featuring a doo-wop score, A Bronx Tale is a story about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else: family.

The Book of Mormon - Eugene O'Neill Theatre
Through January 31, 2018 - New York

The Book of Mormon follows two young missionaries who are sent to Uganda to try to convert citizens to the Mormon religion. One missionary, Elder Price, is an enthusiastic go-getter with a strong dedication to his faith, while his partner, Elder Cunningham, is a socially awkward but well meaning nerd whose tendency to embroider the truth soon lands him in trouble. Upon their arrival in Africa, Elders Price and Cunningham learn that in a society plagued by AIDS, poverty and violence, a successful mission may not be as easy as they expected. *Please note that standing room tickets may be sold behind the last row of Orchestra seating for this show.

Dear Evan Hansen - Music Box Theater
Through January 31, 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 January 31, 2018 - New York

A musical version of the film of the same name, featuring creatively titled pies and a score by Sara Bareilles. 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.

IAC Commissions: David Bolger/CoisCeim Dance Theatre - Irish Arts Center
Through January 31, 2018 - New York

Uncle Ray is a new duet by David Bolger that reimagines the life and work of Ray Bolger, who was best known for his role as The Scarecrow in the MGM film The Wizard of Oz, and one of the greatest dancers of his generation.

IAC Commissions: United Fall/Emma Martin - Irish Arts Center
Through January 31, 2018 - New York

Emma Martin, the creator of Dancehall, Tundra, and Dogs, and most recently the acclaimed choreographic sequence in Enda Walsh's Arlington, conceives a new work, Girl Song, a visceral and sometimes absurdist ode to the extraordinary details of an ordinary existence, in a fierce and multi-layered dance-theatre creation.

13th Annual Coil Festival - Astor Place Theatre
Through February 04, 2018 - New York

There is a lot to celebrate in this much anticipated announcement and I hope you will join us in January for new work by Heather Kravas, David Thomson, Dean Moss, Dane Terry, Atlanta Eke, Angela Goh as part of our 13th annual Coil Festival. Since 2006, Coil has presented works from the world's most exhilarating and thought-provoking performers and interdisciplinary artists. Between January 10–February 4, 6 projects mark both the first performances in the newly renovated spaces at 150 1st Avenue. Single tickets are $20 until December 15 ($25 after). Student and senior discounts are available.

The Children - New York City Theatre
Through February 04, 2018 - New York

BROADWAY PREMIERE Rising playwright Lucy Kirkwood makes her Broadway debut with The Children, a slow-burning drama that asks where our responsibility for future generations begins and where it ends. Set in a post-apocalyptic Britain, the story revolves around three old friends who must choose between action and self-preservation. Laced with black humor and moral quandaries, this three-hander leisurely unfurls its mysteries over its run time, building to a startling climax. The original West End cast - Bafta Award winner Francesca Annis, Olivier Award nominee Ron Cook and Deborah Findlay - star in this transfer, all of whom drew rapturous reviews from the UK critics. WHAT IS THE CHILDREN ABOUT? Retired nuclear engineers Hazel and Robin are living out their perfectly content married existence in a coastal cottage in England, as the world outside their windows goes to pieces due to the meltdown of a nuclear power plant nearby. Their peace is interrupted by the arrival of Rose, an old friend from over 30 years ago. It soon becomes clear that this is not a purely social visit, and that Rose has a question to make of the couple - will they help her in the clean up, and make sure ... (read more)

TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series - The Actors Temple Theatre
Through February 05, 2018 - New York

Theater Resources Unlimited announces the TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series January 15, 29, and February 5, 2018 at 7pm at The Actors Temple Theatre Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series, on January 15, 29, and February 5, 2018 at 7pm at The Actors Temple Theater, 339 W. 47th Street, NYC. A "Dollars and Sense" talkback on the future development of the presented works will be held after each performance. Admission is free. Please RSVP at least a day in advance (or much sooner) by calling 212/714-7628, or e-mailing TRUVoicesSeries@gmail.com.   The purpose of the series is to help develop new musicals, help producers develop the skills needed to produce new works, and foster the producer-writer relationship for future development beyond our series. Each reading will be followed by a "Dollars and Sense" panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the works presented. Shows that have been optioned for future development from this industry-focused series include My Life Is a Musical, Volleygirls, The Forgetting Curve, Echo... (read more)

JERICHO - The Wild Project
Through February 10, 2018 - New York

Based on the play LILIOM by Hungarian master Ferenc Molnár (which inspired Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel), JERICHO by award-winning screenwriter and playwright Michael Weller, revolves around the love affair between a scoundrel carousel barker and a maid at a Catholic Young Women’s Inn. His confused violent passion and her simple unshakable devotion, form the combustible heart of this dark fairytale for grown-ups. Staying true to Molnár’s marginal Budapest, Weller sets JERICHO at Coney Island during the Great Depression of the 1930s; a place and time when work was scarce, and life was a matter of desperate survival.

Hanna and the Moonlit Dress - The 14th Street Y
Through February 11, 2018 - New York

The Theater at The 14th Street Y presents Hanna and the Moonlit Dress January 20 - February 11, 2018 The Theater at the 14th Street Y presents Hanna and the Moonlit Dress at 344 E. 14th Street, NYC from January 20 – February 11, 2018 at 7:30pm. Performances: Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 1pm. Tickets are $40 and are available at www.14streety.org/hanna. For more information, visit www.themoonlitdress.com. Hanna and the Moonlit Dress is back in NYC to kick off the New Year following the first North American tour, making stops in Houston, Baltimore, Toronto and Detroit.   Hanna and the Moonlit Dress is an interactive musical revealing the magic of a good deed, based on the classic Israeli tale "Hanna's Sabbath Dress" by Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi'el, adapted for the stage by Yoav Gal and Ronit Muszkatblit.   Overjoyed with her new dress, Hanna runs to show it to her friends: Zuzi the dog and Edna the cow. Little does she know what a meaningful adventure awaits her...   "Based on Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi'el's classic tale, this interactive musical tells the story of a young girl who helps a coal miner and ends up with black spots all over her new Shabbat dress (a gift from ... (read more)

JOSEPHINE A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play - SoHo Playhouse
Through February 11, 2018 - new york

JOSEPHINE, a burlesque cabaret dream play combines cabaret, theatre and dance to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker, the first African-American international superstar and one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th Century. Josephine shatters stereotypes of race, gender roles and sexuality in this intimate, charming and haunting cabaret with a twist. Born in St. Louis in 1906, Josephine Baker achieved only moderate success in the United States, but became an international superstar after moving to France in the early 20’s. She starred alongside white romantic leading men in films in the 30’s, had multiple interracial marriages and homosexual relationships, and performed in men’s clothing before the term “drag” existed in the lexicon. Her adopted country of France gave her the opportunity to live freely without the racial oppression of her home nation, though she never stopped yearning for acceptance in America.

He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box - Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center
Through February 11, 2018 - Brooklyn

By Adrienne Kennedy Directed by Evan Yionoulis January 18 – February 11, 2018 World Premiere Set in Georgia and New York City in 1941, This New Work by One of America's Greatest Living Dramatists Is a Heartbreaking and Nail-Biting Memory Tale of Segregation, Theatrical Yearning, and Doomed Love. the Action, Driven by Lyrical Parallel Monologues and a Chilling Tour Through a Storeroom of Charged Images, Braids Together the Indignities of Jim Crow, Rising Nazism, Sexual Hypocrisy, Christopher Marlowe, and the Lingering Shadow of a Terrible Crime. Adrienne Kennedy, the Doyenne of African-American Drama, Is Also One of America's Most Celebrated Dramatic Innovators. the World Premiere of Her First New Play in Nine Years Is Directed by Evan Yionoulis.

The Homecoming Queen - Linda Gross Theater
Through February 11, 2018 - Chelsea

A bestselling novelist returns to Nigeria to care for her ailing father, but before she can bury him, she must relearn the traditions she's long forgotten. Having been absent for over a decade, she must collide with her culture, traumatic past, painful regrets, and the deep, deep love she thought she could never have. Atlantic is thrilled to welcome Ngozi Anyanwu (Good Grief) for her Off-Broadway debut! "Anyanwu offers distinctive but universal characters and a bleak yet comforting outlook on the human condition that hint at a long future!" – The Hollywood Reporter

The Chekov Dreams - Theatre ROW
Through February 17, 2018 - New York

The Chekov Dreams: True love never dies. And that's the problem. Jeremy's fiancée has it all. She's beautiful. She's smart. She's captivating. Unfortunately, she's also dead. But hey, no relationship's perfect, right? Besides, she visits him every night in his dreams, so what's to stop them from living happily ever after? Well for one thing, his party boy brother, who's not at all happy with Jeremy sleeping all day, and who has forced him into signing up for an acting class. And for another, his overly enthusiastic scene partner, with whom he's stuck working on a scene by Chekhov – the one writer he loathes. Worse yet, her infectious personality is starting to arouse the jealousy of his betrothed, who has just begun to reveal her true powers. His fiancée may be to die for, but will he go that far?

Hindle Wakes - Theatre ROW
Through February 17, 2018 - New York

Hindle Wakes, called, "one of the best plays of modern times" by Theatre Magazine in 1922, mixes questions of ethics, class, custom, and morals into an effervescent fizz of comic realism. It's "wakes week" in Hindle; the mill is closed and the workers are idle. Fanny Hawthorn is relaxing at the seashore with a girlfriend when she runs into Alan Jeffcote, the mill owner's son. Alan takes Fanny to an hotel in Wales for a few days of fun, but the fun stops when their parents find out. Of course, Alan should marry Fanny, the fathers agree. No matter that Alan is engaged already. Must Alan do the right thing and make an honest woman of Fanny, or must he do the right thing and stand by his fiancé?

TADA! Youth Theater Presents “The Perfect Monster” - TADA! Youth Theater
Through February 19, 2018 - New York

TADA! Youth Theater will present “The Perfect Monster,” which tells the tale of Sybil, a young science nerd who compares herself to so-called “perfect” people. A perfect friend is what she needs, or so she thinks. To solve this issue, Sybil sets out on a mission to create the perfect friend in the basement of her castle. With a few bumps along the way, Sybil is left with a room full of marvelous, yet mischievous monsters. For more information, please visit http://www.tadatheater.com/.

John Lithgow: Stories By Heart - American Airlines Theatre
Through March 04, 2018 - New York

Virtuosity and imagination combine in one utterly unique event, as Tony and Emmy Award winner John Lithgow creates a singularly intimate evening. With equal measures of humor and heart, he evokes memories of family, explores and expands the limits of the actor's craft, and masterfully conjures a cast of indelible characters from classic short stories by Ring Lardner and P. G. Wodehouse. Lithgow elevates the magic of storytelling to masterful new heights, with a performance The New York Times calls "a tour de force."

Naked Boys Singing! - Theatre Row
Through March 31, 2018 - New York

Now in it's 17th smash year - Naked Boys Singing continues to prove that clothes alone do not make the man! In this all-male, all-nude, musical comedy revue 6 gorgeous and talent young men entertain for 60 minutes through hilarious original music including the songs "The Perky Little Pornstar", "Gratuitous Nudity", and more!

The Marvelous Wonderettes - Theatre Row
Through April 01, 2018 - New York

Take a trip back to Springfield High as we follow the singing quartet, The Marvelous Wonderettes,, from a hilarious last minute performance at their 1958 senior prom to their 10 year reunion. Told through the biggest pop hits of the decades - "It's My Party", "Leader of the Pack", "Mr. Sandman", "Lollipop", "Respect", and more!

The Book of Mormon - Eugene O'Neill Theatre
Through April 02, 2018 - New York

From the creative geniuses behind South Park, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, with music by Robert Lopaz, co-composer of Avenue Q and Frozen, comes the smash hit comedy musical The Book of Mormon!! After seeing Avenue Q, Parker and Stone were inspired to create a musical of their own with Robert Lopez, and began meeting to discuss and write – a process which, including research involving a trip to Salt Lake City to meet Mormon missionaries, took almost 7 years. It was well worth the wait – the Book of Mormon took Broadway by storm, setting record ticket sales for the Eugene O’Neil Theatre, and winning nine Tony Awards including Best Musical!

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts 2017-18 Season at the Kumble Theater at LIU - Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn
Through April 28, 2018 - Brooklyn

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts announces seven performance at the Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn for the 2017-18 season Featuring jazz performances by the Tierney Sutton Band, Kenny Barron, and Alicia Olatuja, the return of seasonal favorites Lunar New Year Celebration and Step Afrika, and more! Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College is thrilled to announce a series of seven performances at the Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn as part of its 2017-18 season. Brooklyn Center will announce additional performances in the fall in conjunction with the opening of the new Leonard and Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College.   "We are thrilled to continue our commitment to presenting world-class artists to the diverse communities of  Brooklyn," said Jon Yanofsky, the Director of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. "Since our home base of Whitman Theatre will be closed for twelve months for much-needed structural repairs, the upcoming season will be presented in two alternative spaces, allowing us the opportunity to share more intimate arts experiences with our audience." The season opens on October 21, 2017 with the Tie... (read more)

Twelfth Night - Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center
Through May 27, 2018 - Brooklyn

By William Shakespeare Directed by Maria Aitken May 10-27, 2018 "If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On!" This Beloved Comedy Is an Engaging Mixture of Mischief, Unrequited Love and Gender Confusion—All Interwoven with Music and Some of Shakespeare's Most Beautiful Language. Shipwrecked in the Alluring Country of Illyria, Twins Viola and Sebastian Each Believe the Other Dead and Embark on Parallel Adventures of Mistaken Identity and Self-Discovery. Tony Nominee Maria Aitken (The 39 Steps) Directs This Co-Production of the Alumni of the Acting Company and Delaware's Resident Ensemble Players (Rep).

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Announces 2017-2018 Season - New York City
Through May 30, 2018 -

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, a renowned international touring dance company led by Chinese American choreographer Nai-Ni Chen, announces an exciting 2017-18 season.    The season will begin at American Dance Guild's 60th Year Anniversary in Citigroup Theatre at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York. Ms. Chen will then go to Case Western Reserve University to adapt one of her signature dances, Bamboo Prayer, on the Dance Department students in their prestigious MFA program. In the 2017-2018 season, the Company will continue to be in residence at the New Jersey City University in Jersey City, NJ with extensive community activities including dance curriculum planning, teaching and rehearsing, research and choreography.  The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is honored to have been selected in two prestigious regional arts presenter conference this year. First, by Southern Arts to appear in the annual Performing Arts Exchange's prestigious juried showcase program at the Rialto Center in Atlanta on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 5:30pm. On October 18 at 9:30pm, the Company will be performing in Arts Northwest's juried showcase in Seattle, WA. In January and February 2018, to c... (read more)

The Theater at the 14th Street Y Announces 2017-2018 Season - 14th Street Y
Through May 31, 2018 - New York

The Theater at the 14th Street Y Announces 2017-2018 Season NEW YORK - The Theater at the 14th Street Y continues to honor the edgy, diverse, and rich history of innovative culture making in the East Village with their 2017-2018 Season. Each year, the company presents a provocative season of theater and dance from independent New York artists in dialogue with the residency program of LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture. The goal is to provide a big picture narrative focused on social awareness and change that transcends cultures and borders. The Theater supports the creation of new art and culture by placing artists at the heart of the 14th Street Y community, and providing the space, time, and resources needed to create new work.   "In an effort to provide an environment for free expression for our curated artists to more easily create, the 14th Street Y has changed its model to be a co-presenter of all the works in our season," said Ronit Muszkatblit, Artistic Director of Arts + Culture, the 14th Street Y. "To make this possible, we have made our Theater even more accessible to a wider artist base, also providing Box Office, administrative, marketing, and technical su... (read more)

Works & Process, the Performing-Arts Series at the Guggenheim, Announces Spring 2018 Season - The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Peter B Lewis Theater
Through July 29, 2018 - New York

Works & Process, the Performing-Arts Series at the Guggenheim, Announces Spring 2018 Season Highlights: - Commissions by Ryan McNamara, Jodi Melnick, and Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung - Music of Golden Globe Award-winning series Mozart in the Jungle - Behind the scenes access to Carousel, Jerry Springer-The Opera,and Reasons to Be Pretty Happy - American Ballet Theatre, Jacob's Pillow, Nederlands Dans Theater, and Washington Ballet previews - Breaking Bread with Balanchine on Russian Easter with Meryl Rosofsky and New York City Ballet dancers   "An exceptional opportunity to understand something of the creative process" -The New York Times   (NEW YORK, NY - December 4, 2017) -Works & Process at the Guggenheim is pleased to announce its Spring 2018 Season. Since 1984 the performing-arts series has championed new works and offered audiences unprecedented access to leading creators and performers. Programs explore the creative process through stimulating artist discussions and riveting performance highlights. Each 70-minute program takes place in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Peter B. Lewis Theater. Additional information is available at worksandprocess.org.   Lea... (read more)

Come From Away - Schoenfeld Theatre
Through September 30, 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.

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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