Skip to main content

Hitting a New York Stage Soon - Part I

Hitting a New York Stage Soon - Part I

I know it's still summer, but here's a look ahead at this fall and beyond to what you'll find on stage in New York City.
Part I - On Broadway:

A Little Night Music
After Catherine Zeta-Jones won a Tony for her role in this Stephen Sondheim music,  Little Night Music resumed July 13 with new leading ladies Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch. Performances continue at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 W. 48th Street).

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
There's a lot of talk about this 'emo-musical', a Public Theater production that had a sold out run at Public LAB in 2009, receiving an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, a Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical and a Audience Award for Favorite Off-Broadway Musical. When the show closed on June 27 after three extensions, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON was the second highest grossing show in The Public Theater's downtown history.
The show transfers to the Bernard Jacobs Theatre (242 W. 45th Street) on September 21, 2010. Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson, Producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel (Hair).

A Life in the Theatre
The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) will host the Broadway premiere of Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre, starring Patrick Stewart and T.R. Knight for a limited run from 21 Sep 2010 to 2 Jan 2011, opening on 12 Oct 2010. Directed by Neil Pepe.

Time Stands Still
This fourth collaboration between Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies and Tony Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan returns to Broadway with a stellar cast, including  Eric Bogosian, Laura Linney, Christina Ricci and Brian D’Arcy. It's the story of a journalist and photographer, a longtime married couple used to the thrill of documenting war zones and their struggles to go back to a conventional life in New York. Previews start September 23, 2010 at the Cort Theater (138 W. 48th Street), with an opening night of October 7.

This  new play by Academy Award winning playwright Eric Simonson is about the life and times of legendary football coach Vince Lombardi. Based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, by Pulitzer Prize winning author David Maraniss, it stars Dan Lauria and Judith Light as Vince and Marie Lombardi and is directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail. In the venerable organization's first foray into Broadway production, the National Football League joins Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser as a special producing partner.
The show opens in previews September 23 at Circle in the Square (1633 Broadway) with an opening night of October 21.

The Scottsboro Boys
This musical is based on the two decades long struggle for justice of  nine black teenagers accused of gang raping two white girls on the Southern Railroad freight run from Chattanooga to Memphis on March 25, 1931. It was a case that ignited passions and changed lives in its wake, and the powerful story got its off-Broadway debut at Vineyard Theatre to high acclaim. It moves to Broadway's Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street) with previews beginning October 7. Opening night is October 31.
Kander's and Ebb's The Scottsboro Boys, directed & choreographed by Susan Stroman with a book by David Thompson.

Driving Miss Daisy
The recently announced and much anticipated Broadway premiere of Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Driving Miss Daisy, starring stage and screen veterans James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave, takes place at the John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street) from 7 Oct 2010. The play opened off-Broadway in 1987.

The Pee-Wee Herman Show
I know you are, but what am I? Join in a day in the life of Paul Reubens as Pee-Wee Herman, complete with visits from your faves from his show "Pee-wee's Playhouse," including Miss Yvonne, Cowboy Curtis and Chairry. Previews start October 26, 2010 at the Stephen Sondheim Theater (124 West 43rd Streeet - formerly the Henry Miller’s), with an opening night of November 11. Closing December 5 in a limited run. Directed by Alex Timbers.


What Else Is Hot This Week?

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company Spring 2013 Toronto Performances

From a media release:

The new season brings
Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company
to new heights and new audiences

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
April 25-28, 2013 - Annual Toronto Season - World Premiere of Portales

TORONTO : Following on the heels of Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company's (EESDC) 30th anniversary year where its production Aguas/Waters was named one of the top five dance shows of 2012 by NOW Magazine, the early months of 2013 are full of excitement and possibility for Esmeralda and the company, which brings the finest flamenco and Spanish Classical Dance to Toronto stages.

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
Company dancers Esmeralda Enrique and Paloma Cortés perform Spanish Classical dance with the celebrated Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir for A Night in Madrid featuring the Iberian flavoured music of composer Luigi Boccherini who made his home in Spain. His work is infused with the sounds of Spanish and gypsy folk music.

March 20-24 …

Polina Semionova to Appear as Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre

From a media release:


New York - Polina Semionova, a principal dancer with Berlin State Opera Ballet, will debut as a Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre for the 2011 Metropolitan Opera House season, it was announced January 14, 2011 by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. With ABT, Semionova will perform Kitri in Don Quixote at the matinee on Saturday, May 21, opposite David Hallberg as Basilio, and the dual role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake on Saturday evening, July 2, opposite Hallberg as Prince Siegfried.

Born in Moscow, Semionova studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School before joining the Berlin State Opera Ballet as the company’s youngest principal dancer. Her repertoire with Berlin State Opera Ballet includes Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Nikiya in La Bayadère, Marie in The Nutcracker, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanilda in Coppélia, Kitri in Don Quixo…

So You Can't Go: Six Ways To Travel Virtually

So You Can't Go:
Six Ways To Travel VirtuallyTravel is limited for most of us in the world these days. For Canadians, it depends on the province you live in, but with the border to the US still closed, and other options limited at best, virtual travel from the couch can provide at least a view with a difference at a time when you may well need it most. Google Cardboard – VR On A BudgetYou don't need a lot of cash to get into travel via virtual reality. Google Cardboard is a line of VR viewers that are, well, made of cardboard, and are priced starting at $12CAD.If you check out this link, you'll find out how to download the software to your smartphone.At this link, you can get yourself an actual Google Cardboard for a hands-free VR experience. Google Cardboard apps offer a variety of ways to experience our beautiful planet, including Google Earth itself, which can take you anywhere, along with apps to view museums and cultural artifacts, and more.Ascape VRAscape has a huge l…

Harlem Stage Digital Event: A Drop Of Midnight October 13 & 15 2020

From a release:Harlem Stage Digital Event:
A Drop Of Midnight
October 13 & 15 2020A two-part conversation with Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité and his creative team around the developmental process of creating his autobiographical theater project, A Drop of Midnight. In this conversation Jason will take us on his journey to becoming one of Sweden’s chart-topping hip-hop artists and a best-selling author. He’ll also share the story of how a mixtape from Brooklyn traveled across the waters to the tiny village of Lund, Sweden and altered the course of his life forever. We will examine the impact of hip hop music and culture on the globe. How has hip-hop united communities of color globally?  How do you translate a personal story into a universal truth? How do you build a creative team? How has the current climate of social justice informed your artistic practice? Jason will read excerpts from the play and share some of the music. October 13—Part IIn this conversation A Drop of Midnight author…

Blues/Rock: The Cole Patenaude Band - Are You Happy Now? (Independent / 24 July 2020)

The Cole Patenaude Band - Are You Happy Now?
(Independent / 24 July 2020) Buy the CD Big vocals and infectious grooves make up this release from The Cole Patenaude Band. It's modern blues with a classic sensibility, anchored by solid musicianship and upbeat songwriting. 
Keyboard player Dean Thiessen and Patenaude on guitar trade off solos and melodic lines to keep it interesting through a range of bluesy style, incorporating rock and country, with a pop song sheen on songs like For the Money. Would You Be Mine is more Elvis-esque rockabilly, while How To Love is an acoustic song with folky storytelling lyrics and feel. 
Compromise is a standout track, with a snarly guitar line and a churchy organ swelling underneath a nice bluesy beat. Horns aren't credited in the notes, but I swear I heard some on this and a couple of the other tracks. 
As a husband, father, and full-time mechanic based in Langley, British Columbia, finding the time to make his music was a challenge…