Theatre festival addicts are official in withdrawal between the end of the 52-event NYMF weeks and the mid-August start of the Fringe Festival. My heart and I are glad we caught --- and got caught up in-- a very moving retelling of the Peter Pan story called Wendy’s Shadow just before the shows packed up, leaving only, well, just a shadow. But never say “Never” to Never Never Land; I think we’ll be seeing this one return. I also caught a one-nighter concert with Tim Realbuto and guests and had seen the last performance of 210 Amlent Avenue, a show named for its story’s address and it addressed some family secrets and surprises. As NYMF (the annual New York Musical Theatre Festival) ended, the awards committee presented the honors voted by its members to the outstanding work.
Joe’s Pub at The Public is proud to announce a new show: Davis & Johnson and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Meet your next two best friends – Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson, along with their fiery hot big band! All across North America, audiences have fallen in love with these two sophisticated Southern gentleman and the high-energy show that is Davis & Johnson and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Along with the greatest songs, the best original arrangements and phenomenal musicianship, these two bring their rich friendship and charm to the stage.
The 80′s and 90′s were an amazing two decades for the piano bar scene in New York City. When Rob Hoskins and Erv Raible purchased the Duplex on Grove Street in the late ’70s, they created a very special place that fostered an amazing team of talent, becoming a second home for those who worked there. As the piano bar scene and business grew, they added Brandy’s (1980) and Don’t Tell Mama (1982) to the circuit, which expanded and helped to revitalize a genre that was waning in the years following the Disco rage, when mirror balls ruled the night.
Is Donald Trump the unwitting accidental publicist for this musical about illegal immigration? In theatre, timing is everything. Imagine a writer now in NYC, who hails from Texas near the U.S. border who knows a thing or three about undocumented folks coming into America, writing about the blues that come from red tape when it comes to green cards. The resulting show has a lot going for it---mostly heart, heart, heart and some fine performances. Its composer, David Davila, and bookwriter, Noemi de la Puente, share credits for the often thoughtful lyrics and José Zayas is director. The story was inspired by the case of a real-life undocumented scholar in the U.S. offered a scholarship to Oxford that would heighten his visibility and make traveling back and forth even more difficult than writing the perfect musical.
Yes, there are laughs in Foolerie, a musical about Shakespeare and a proudly eclectic troupe of feisty players that tries hard to mix the Bard with repeated statements of dedication to the values of mirth and life’s worth. Maybe that’s the trouble. I could always feel them trying, and it got rather trying. But let me say that many in the packed audience surrounding me laughed and smiled more than I did. Period-dressed, at least in part, the nine actors play their parts as actors in a rowdy, sometimes peeved troupe with an anything-goes go-for-it pluck. Sprinkling references to Shakespeare’s work, their fussing and fuming seem like much ado about nothing. The cast castigates other characters and, arguably, the arguments weigh things down rather than entertain.
On Sunday, August 23rd @ 7pm, The Triad, 158 West 72nd Street, hosts an encore performance of On Kentucky Avenue: The Atlantic City Club Harlem Revue – homage to Atlantic City’s now defunct historical “Club Harlem.” Club Harlem hosted all “the greats” such as Nancy Wilson, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ella Fitzgerald and many more. On Kentucky Avenue stars Tony Nominee, Brenda Braxton, Rosalind Brown and Broadway and recording artist, Ty Stephens (Sophisticated Ladies). On Kentucky Avenue also features Jeree Wade as 'Damita Jo' and Lee Summers (Original Dreamgirls) as comedian 'Slappy Black.'
Raves for Sharón Clark at the Metropolitan Room: "New and amazing . . . an absolute triumph" -- Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal "You can't underestimate the transformation of what seems like an ordinary song when an interpreter like Sharón Clark tears it apart and peers inside." -- Stephen Holden, NY Times
MUSIC AND ART FOR CITY GREENS continues Season 8 of Concerts to benefit Tudor City Greens. This free, outdoor concert series resumes on Wednesday, July 29th at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, July 30th at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens. This award winning series will once again feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, classical and opera scene. More information can be found on our website at: www.musicandartforgreen.org.
54 BELOW will present the return of celebrated actor and singer JOSHUA WARR on Thursday, August 20 at 9:30 PM. His show “Love & Warr” – a candid, irreverent and entertaining evening sharing his thoughts on a certain 4-Letter Word – will have an encore performance after a sold-out debut at the club in April. Fresh off his recent appearances on FX TV drama’s “The Americans” and Logo TV’s “Hunting Season,” Warr will again use songs from Broadway (Aida), standards (Rodgers & Hart), pop (The Jackson 5, Diane Warren) and rock (Pink) to uncover “The Truth About Love” with passion, wit and humor. The show features a special “surprise” duet with Stormy Weatherz, Joshua’s inseparably close friend and confidant. “Love & Warr” is directed by multi-award winner Miles Phillips with Music Director Jason Wynn leading the band
She’s been married and not. She’s had serious relationships, flings, and romances with men of all ages (but mostly younger). She's experienced all the charms, foibles, and idiosyncrasies of the opposite sex--and loves them anyway. Now, actress and comedian Charlotte Patton will bring all of that worldly wisdom to her sensual, provocative, and playful new cabaret show . . . Celebrating Men (Bless Their Hearts), opening at New York’s Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street) on May 28 at 9:30 pm. Patton’s show is Directed by Award-winning cabaret performer Karen Oberlin with Music Direction by Award-Winning Maestro Barry Levitt. Recent MAC Award winner Tom Hubbard is on bass. Peter Napolitano contributes as Creative Consultant.
On July 23 at 9:30 PM, a star-studded cast honors the Chairman of the Board with a brand new concert commemorating Frank Sinatra’s Centennial! Performing the hits that made Sinatra the greatest solo artist of his century will be some of New York’s most celebrated Broadway and Nightclub stars. Look for a cast chock full of Tony and Nightlife Award winners and nominees singing the songs that made Sinatra a legend in his own lifetime and that continue to burnish his reputation even now, 100 years after his birth.
In the swirling whirlwind of musical offerings busy invading Manhattan through July 27 comes that increasingly endangered species: the old-fashioned revue. A mix of songs and skits and bits (mostly songs) on topical topics, themed to its umbrella subject matter with satire and a knowing smile, Real Men is that real deal. Slam-bang, variations on the theme of socialized, imprinted masculine (or macho) stereotypes that are based on real-life “real men”’s oh-so-common realities and common sensibilities, the tease is tongue-in-cheek. Embracing caveman culture unapologetically, it also mocks it. Billed as “a musical for guys and the women who put up with them,” it has its frisky, not too risky (or risqué) fun flaunting the habits and attitudes of dudes. It’s lighthearted, glib, undemanding fun.
Fellow outsiders, come inside PTC Performance Space and hug a buffalo who’s feeling low. For those of us who like musicals, the annual NYMF series of new ones for three weeks in July feels like a glorious glut, merry marathon, an obsessive compulsion that’s obviously compulsory. Ending July 27, there are 52 offerings, including fully produced full-length shows, readings, concerts, and special events. And most of it is right along or around the corner from what Al Dubin and Harry Warren memorialized in song: “Come and meet those dancing feet/ On the avenue I’m taking you to: 42nd Street” in its many West Side theatres, daytime and nighttime.
Summer means the annual summer musical theatre festival, and this summer, Summer Valley Fair is one of the highlights and a uniquely creative style and approach make it compelling. It’s playing at Theatre 3 at 311 West 43 Street. Check out the talents of Dylan Frederick as we check off the elements he supplies. Music? Check. Lyrics? Check. Book? Check. Playing the keyboard? Check. Also playing one of the three characters? Check. Doing so brilliantly? Check, mate. Oh, yeah, by the way, he plays a girl. Without stooping to clichés or relying on any drag elements, feminizing make-up, wig, costuming, or bra to be stuffed, the strikingly original show strikes many chords.
Although The Theater For the New City (TFNC), is known for producing copious quantities of original work (by established and up and coming playwrights), that does not mean that new adaptions of the classics are ignored. Thus, TFNC brings us a spanking new operetta-like take on the well-examined Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), a work that does lend itself out to be set to music. Executive Producer, Crystal Field, has tread on such territory most recently with the exquisite rendition of Rappaccini’s Daughter.
Japanese singer/songwriter Setsuko will perform original blues and funk music in a special showcase performance at the Duplex, 61 Christopher Street, at 7th Avenue, in New York’s West Village, on Friday, July 24th, at 7pm. The show is called “Life Celebrating Party ” and aims to inspire audience members to celebrate life and energize their lives to move forward with their dreams and aspirations. 10 % of tickets sales will be donated to UNICEF to support the health and educational needs of disadvantaged children in developing countries.