BC/EFA’s “Gypsy of the Year” (New Amsterdam Theatre)
Photos: André De Shields, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ken Page, Charl Brown, Carly Hughes, Alton Fitzgerald White, Lillias White in 40th Anniversary of The WIZ Tribute at BC/EFA’s GYPSY OF THE YEAR; Competition Breaks Records With Over $5 Million as Hugh Jackman’s THE RIVER Brings in Top Donation
The 26th annual edition of BC/EFA’s Gypsy of the Year will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking musical The Wiz and feature performances by the uber-talented “gypsies” of 12 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, on Tuesday, December 9th at 2 pm at the New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 West 42nd Street in New York.
The opening number will honor the 40th anniversary of The Wiz, winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. The Wiz, directed by Geoffrey Holder, was one of the first large-scale, big-budget Broadway musicals to feature an all-black cast. Returning to the yellow brick road for this special event are Dee Dee Bridgewater, André De Shields and Ken Page. They’ll be joined by Charl Brown (Motown: The Musical), Carly Hughes (Pippin), Christina Sajous (Holler If Ya Hear Me), Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King) and Lillias White (Fela), who will also close the show with a special performance of “Home.” The opening number was created by T. Oliver Reid, Brian Harlan Brooks and Ben Cohn.
Broadway personality and longtime Broadway Cares friend Seth Rudetsky (“Seth’s Big Fat Broadway” on Sirius/XM Radio) returns for the seventh year in a row to host.
The show will feature special appearances by Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane (It’s Only a Play), Lena Hall and Michael C. Hall (Hedwig and The Angry Inch), James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin), Anika Larsen and Jarrod Spector (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), and Judith Light (The Assembled Parties). This year’s show will include 200 Broadway and Off-Broadway performers. Among the shows scheduled to perform original numbers are Aladdin, Avenue Q, Chicago, Kinky Boots, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Motown: The Musical, Once, Pippin, Rock of Ages, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Wicked.
Dec. 12-13: Ursula Liang’s 9-Man Screens at George Mason Arlington Campus – Founders Hall Auditorium
Ursula Liang’s 9-Man Screens at George Mason Arlington Campus – Founders Hall Auditorium on December 12 & 13; Wins Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary (AAAFF)
The DC APA Film Festival is presenting screenings of Ursula Liang’s Award winning documentary 9-Man on Friday, December 12th and Saturday, December 13th at 7:30 pm, at George Mason Arlington Campus – Founders Hall Auditorium, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201. Tickets are $12 online before Dec 12, and $15 at the Door. Click here to purchase tickets.
A consummate storyteller, Liang’s documentary filmmaking debut with 9-Man is first rate –a thrilling fast paced ride that introduces the audience to the isolated and exceptionally athletic Chinese-American sport (Volleyball), that’s much more than a pastime. Liang’s brother played 9-Man, and her intimate knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport is evident in her celebration of the athleticism of Chinese American men, portrayed in a way that I have rarely witnessed on screen. 9-Man also features a comprehensive look at the history of discrimination against Chinese Americans in the United States.
Dec. 13: BUMBUG–Dance Party Edition!
BUMBUG – DANCE PARTY EDITION! to Benefit Chhaya and Drum, Features Ranjit Arapurakal, Kiarri D. Andrews, Lipica Shah, Meetu Chilana, Debargo Sanyal, Pallavi Savitala, Samrat Chakrabarti, Shiv Puri and Konrad Payne
LAUGHistan (Samrat Chakrabarti Production) presents BUMBUG – Dance Party Edition! on Saturday, December 13, 2014, a special ONE NIGHT ONLY presentation, of a new Rock Opera by Samrat Chakrabarti and Sanjiv Jhaveri, at Meridian 23, 161 W 23rd St (corner of 7th Ave) in New York. The electrifying musical reinvention of “A Christmas Carol” told through the looking glass of NYC Immigrants and Hyphenated America features Ranjit Arapurakal, Lipica Shah, Debargo Sanyal, Meetu Chilana, Kiarri D. Andrews and Pallavi Savitala. The band include Samrat Chakrabarti, Shiv Puri and Konrad Payne. Special guest: Break Beach featuring Nick Sadar and Alex Matlack.
Like so many immigrants, disillusioned Deli-owner Scroogewala left his motherland years ago to pursue the American dream. Amidst his battle with holiday merriment, Scroogewala is visited by a motley crew of misfits who remind him that love, loss and laughter are all a part of that dream he’d almost given up on.
Doors open at 9:30 PM. Show starts at 10:00 PM. Tickets are $10, and this special presentation of BUMBUG – Dance Party Edition! is a benefit performance. Click here to purchase tickets. www.laughistan.com 100% of all proceeds will fund two leading South Asian American organizations: Chhaya Community Development Corporation and DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving).
Through Dec. 13
War (Yale Rep)
Photos: Tonya Pinkins, Trezana Beverley, Tyrone M. Henderson and More Set for World Premiere of War by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins at Yale Repertory Theatre through December 13
Yale Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of War by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz at Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street) through December 13. The cast of War includes Trezana Beverley, Donté Bonner, Philippe Bowgen, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Rachael Holmes, Greg Keller, and Tonya Pinkins.
Tensions escalate between Tate and Joanne at their mother’s hospital bedside. As they attack each other’s smallest words and biggest choices, they are ambushed by two strangers who make a shocking claim about their grandfather’s WWII tour of duty. War is a wildly provocative, bracingly funny, and all-too- human portrait of a family navigating the landmines of the past as they try to broker peace with each other-and themselves-in the present.
Acclaimed playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins makes his Yale Rep debut with the world premiere of War. His recent plays An Octoroon and Appropriate were honored together with the 2014 OBIE Award for Best New American Play. Lileana Blain-Cruz recently directed Christina Anderson’s Hollow Roots for The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival.
Tickets for War range from $20-98 and are available online at yalerep.org, by phone at (203) 432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep Box Office (1120 Chapel Street). Student, senior, and group rates are also available.
Through Dec. 14:
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Broadway at Broadway Theatre)
Ann Harada Ends Run on Broadway in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’ on December 14; Set for World Premiere of ‘Brooklynite’ at The Vineyard in January 2015
Ann Harada ends her run in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Broadway Theatre, opposite KeKe Palmer as Cinderella; NeNe Leakes as Madame, Cinderella’s stepmother; Joe Carroll as Prince Topher; Judy Kaye as Marie, The Fairy Godmother; and Stephanie Gibson as stepsister Gabrielle, on December 14, 2014.
Harada has been giving “a hoot of a performance” (NY 1 News) as the evil stepsister Charlotte in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella since the production, directed by Mark Brokaw and featuring a new book by four-time Tony nominee Douglas Carter Beane, based on the original book by Oscar Hammerstein II, began preview performances in January 2013.
The Broadway Theatre is located at 1681 Broadway (Between West 52nd and 53rd Streets) in New York. Tickets to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which plays its final performance on January 3, 2015, are on sale through Tele-charge and can be purchased by calling 212-239-6200 or online at www.telecharge.com.
Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theatre Company)
Katori Hall’s OUR LADY OF KIBEHO on Time Out New York Critic Adam Feldman’s 10 best shows of 2014; closes December 14
It’s the final week to see Signature Theatre’s World Premiere of OUR LADY OF KIBEHO by Katori Hall, directed by Michael Greif, in The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues).
The cast features Starla Benford as Sister Evangelique, Jade Eshete as Girl 3, Danaya Esperanza as Girl 2, Niles Fitch as Emmanuel, Kambi Gathesha as Villager 1, Brent Jennings as Bishop Gahamanyi, Joaquina Kalukango as Marie-Clare Mukangango, Mandi Masden as Anathalie Mukamazimpaka, Owiso Odera as Father Tuyishime, Nneka Okafor as Alphonsine Mumureke, Stacey Sargeant as Girl 1, T. Ryder Smith as Father Flavia, Irungu Mutu as Villager 2, Angel Uwamahoro as Girl 4, Bowman Wright as Nkango. In 1981, a village girl in pre-genocide Rwanda, claims to see the Virgin Mary. Ostracized by her schoolmates and labeled disturbed, everyone refuses to believe, until the impossible starts happening again and again. Skepticism gives way to fear, faith, and fate, causing upheaval in the school community and beyond.
Tickets: $35, $45, $75. To purchase tickets for all Signature productions, call Ticket Services at 212-244-7529 (Tues. – Sun., 11am – 6pm) or visit www.signaturetheatre.org.
Sticks and Bones (The New Group)
The New Group’s revival of David Rabe’s Sticks and Bones plays a limited off-Broadway engagement through December 14 at The New Group at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Directed by Scott Elliott, this production features Richard Chamberlain as Father Donald, Nadia Gan as Zung, Holly Hunter as Harriet, Morocco Omari as Sergeant Major, Bill Pullman as Ozzie, Ben Schnetzer as David and Raviv Ullman as Rick. In Rabe’s Tony-winning play Sticks and Bones, an average American family is pulled apart by the return of a son from the Vietnam War. Ozzie and his wife Harriet are overjoyed to see their eldest son David again, but the furies that haunt David begin to overwhelm them and their happy-go-lucky younger son Rick, forcing Ozzie to make a stand for the values he can’t bear to let go. Click here for tickets.
Straight White Men (The Public Theater)
Austin Pendleton, Pete Simpson, James Stanley and Gary Wilmes Star in Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men at The Public Theater; Extended through December 14
The Public Theater’s New York premiere of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, written and directed by Young Jean Lee, has been extended through December 14th in the Martinson Theater. The complete cast of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN features Austin Pendleton (Ed), Pete Simpson (Drew),James Stanley (Matt), and Gary Wilmes (Jake). Downtown writer/director Young Jean Lee presents a traditionally structured take on the classic American father-son drama. When Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas, they enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese. Then they confront a problem that even being a happy family can’t solve: when identity matters, and privilege is problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man? Member tickets, priced at $30, and single tickets, starting at $35, are available now by calling (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at Astor Place at 425 Lafayette Street.
Dec. 14: Louis Price: A Gift of Song at The Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica
Louis Price: A Gift of Song at The Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica
Hauslights and L. Price Records present Louis Price, former lead singer of The Temptations, offering “A Gift of Song,” a concert filled with R & B and Pop Favorites sprinkled with originals and seasonal offerings, on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at The Moss Theater at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404.
Doors open: 7:00 P.M.
Showtime: 7:30 P.M.
VIP Reception: 9:00 P.M.
Tickets: General Seating $40-$80. VIP $100. Purchase tickets www.itsmyseat.com/louisprice or call 1-818-539-0997. For limited special priced tickets, use code: BUSBY PROMOTIONS.
Dec. 17: The Legacy Now – Reflections on A Life in The Theater with Voza Rivers and Woodie King Jr.
The Legacy Now – Reflections on A Life in The Theater with Voza Rivers and Woodie King Jr.
Photos: Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Micki Grant, Woodie King Jr., Voza Rivers, Talvin Wilks, Garland Thompson Jr., Charles Turner, Jamal Joseph, Debra Ann Byrd and More at harlem is…Theater
Community Works NYC, New Heritage Theatre Group, The Interchurch Center and partners is presenting The Legacy Now – Reflections on a Life in The Theater featuring harlem is …Theater honorees Voza Rivers, Executive Producer of New Heritage Theatre Group, and Woodie King Jr., founder and Production Director of the New Federal Theatre and the National Black Touring Circuit, talk about Black Theater Past, Present and Future, on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. The program begins at 5:30 P.M. at The Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Dr (between 119th St. & 12oth St.) in New York.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and call 212-459-1854 for more information.
Dec. 20-21: Nativity Birth of a King (Dance Ministry Institute (DMI))
DMI’s NATIVITY: BIRTH OF A KING at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
NATIVITY: BIRTH OF A KING, produced by Dance Ministry Institute (DMI), at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues) in New York, has performances on Saturday, December 20 at 4PM and 8PM and Sunday, December 21 at 4pm. Tickets are $40 Balcony, $55 Orchestra, and can be purchased online. For groups of 10 or more call 845-508-6502.
NATIVITY: BIRTH OF A KING, directed and choreographed by Robert Evans, Found Director, DMI, is a full scale holiday dance drama that unveils the events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ through the artistic expressions of dance and song.This theatrical dance drama incorporates 20 dance scenes, pre-recorded and live music, featured soloists and a gospel choir to convey the cultural conditions surrounding the birth of Christ. With compelling choreography, beautiful lighting, and creative costumes, NATIVITY engages the audience from beginning to end. The principal cast stars Tianne King as Mary, Jason Herbert as Joseph and features Acharo Smith as Zacharias, Isaac Alexander as the Holy Spirit, Kelley Thompson as Elizabeth, Carla Powell as the Traveler, James Murray as Gabriel and Robert Evans as The Inn Keeper.
Closes Dec. 28
The Oldest Boy (Off-Broadway at Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater)
Final Week to see James Yaegashi, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Ernest Abuba, Tsering Dorjee, James Saito, Jon Norman Schneider in Sarah Ruhl’s “The Oldest Boy” in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at LCT; closes Dec. 28
Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s new play The Oldest Boy, helmed by Rebecca Taichman, in which Yaegashi (Father) stars opposite Celia Keenan-Bolger (Mother), Ernest Abuba (The Oldest Boy), Tsering Dorjee (Chorus), Takemi Kitamura (Chorus), James Saito (A Lama), Jon Norman Schneider (A Monk), and Nami Yamamoto (Chorus). The production currently has performances through December 28, 2014, in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 150 West 65 Street, in New York.
The Oldest Boy tells the story of Tenzin, the toddler son of an American woman (Celia Keenan-Bolger) and a Tibetan man (James Yaegashi) who is recognized as the reincarnation of a high Buddhist teacher. Differing cultures contend with competing ideas of faith and love when two monks seek permission to take Tenzin to a monastery in India to begin his training as a spiritual master. His parents must decide whether to send their young son away or keep him home. Tickets to The Oldest Boy, priced at $77 and $87, can be purchased at the Lincoln Center Theater box office (150 West 65 Street) and at telecharge.com, or by visiting www.lct.org.
Dying For It (Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company)
Photos: Joey Slotnick, Mary Beth Peil, C.J. Wilson, Jeanine Serralles and More in Atlantic Theater Company’s American Premiere of Neil Pepe Helmed DYING FOR IT by Moira Buffini, Opens Jan. 8, 2015
Atlantic Theater Company is presenting the American premiere of Dying For It, by Moira Buffini, freely adapted from Nikolai Erdman’s The Suicide, directed by Neil Pepe and featuring Mia Barron, Ben Beckley, Nathan Dame, Patch Darragh, Clea Lewis, Peter Maloney, Andrew Mayer, Mary Beth Peil, Jeanine Serralles, Joey Slotnick, Robert Stanton and C.J. Wilson.
Dying For It began previews on December 11 and officially opens on Thursday, January 8, 2015 for a limited engagement through Sunday, January 18 Off Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company at The Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street). Click here to purchase tickets.
Dying For It is the story of Semyon (Slotnick), a man down on his luck, married to a nag (Serralles), and out of options. When he decides to throw in the towel and kill himself, a deluge of sympathetic visitors descends upon him, determined to make him a martyr for their many causes. Swept up in the firestorm of attention, Semyon does take matters into his own hands, but not quite in the fashion that everyone expects. An outrageous satire on the hypocrisy and illogic of Soviet life, this play was banned by Stalin before it ever saw the light of day, and is now regarded as an under-known 20th century classic comedy.
Concluding Jan. 4, 2015
Here Lies Love (Off-Broadway at The Public Theater)
The Public Theater’s production of David Byrne and Fat Boy Slim’s smash hit musical, Here Lies Love, stars Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda Marcos, Jose Llana as Ferdinand Marcos and Conrad Ricamora as Ninoy Aquino, at The Public Theater’s LuEsther Hall (425 Lafayette Street, New York City), and will have performances through January 4, 2014.
The cast of Here Lies Love also includes Aaron J. Albano, Renee Albulario, Carol Angeli, Billy Bustamante, Melody Butiu, Natalie Cortez, Debralee Daco, Kristian Espiritu, Rob Laqui, Jeigh Madjus, Diane Phelan, Enrico Rodriguez, Janelle Velasquez, and Tobias Wong. Tickets for Here Lies Love range from $99-$139. The performance schedule is Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm, Fridays at 7 pm and 10:30 and Saturdays at 5 pm and 9:30 pm. A limited number of $40 day-of-performance rush tickets will be available at The Public’s Taub Box Office (425 Lafayette Street, NYC) one hour before the start of each performance. Tickets subject to availability, and the offer is good for two tickets per person, cash or credit cards. For more info and tickets to Here Lies Love, please visit http://www.herelieslove.com/.
Up Close and Personal with Jose Llana; HERE LIES LOVE Star Set for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Debut on March 12, 2015
Apple Video Podcast: New York Post Writer Michael Riedel Interviews David Byrne, Jaygee Macapugay, Jose Llana and Conrad Ricamora of Here Lies Love
The Invisible Hand (Off-Broadway – New York Theatre Workshop)
New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) presents the New York Premiere of The Invisible Hand written by Pulitzer Prize Winner Ayad Akhtar. Directed by two-time Obie Award winner Ken Rus Schmoll, The Invisible Hand has a limited run through Sunday, January 4, 2015 at New York Theatre Workshop (79 E. 4th Street New York, NY 10003).
The cast features Jameal Ali (Hunted), Usman Ally (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity), Dariush Kashani (The Happiest Song Plays Last) and Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Justin Kirk (Showtime’s “Weeds”).
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced, The Who & The What) makes his New York Theatre Workshop debut with The Invisible Hand, directed by two-time Obie Award winner Ken Rus Schmoll (Red Dog Howls). The Invisible Hand follows an American investment banker, kidnapped and held for ransom in Pakistan, as he trades for his life. This suspenseful new play is a chilling and complex look at how far we will go to save ourselves and the devastating ramifications of our individual actions on global power and politics.
Single tickets for The Invisible Hand are $55. In addition, a variety of membership packages are on sale now at www.nytw.org or 212-279-4200.
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Emmy Winner Richard Thomas and Anna Chlumsky Set For Broadway’s YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, Beginning January 6, 2015
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Ken Watanabe, Kelli O’Hara, Ruthie Ann Miles, Conrad Ricamora, Jon Viktor Corpuz, Paul Nakauchi and More Set for Lincoln Center Theater’s The King and I
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NYU Theatrical Production Presents the World Premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s Describe the Night in the Shubert Theatre at Tisch School of the Arts
Q & A with Playwright Camille Darby, 2014-15 Dramatists Guild Playwrighting Fellow
Costume Institute’s Spring 2015 Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum to Focus on Chinese Imagery in Art, Film, and Fashion, May 7–August 16, 2015
Photos: Art Salon with Artist Yang Chihung and Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang at New-York Historical Society
Photos: Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion on View through April 19, 2015 at New York Historical Society
Coming to America through The Angel Island Immigration Station
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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.
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