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Amy Helm's deep musical roots were enriched by a lifetime of exposure to the finest expressions of American musical tradition. Combined with her stunning vocal and other creative gifts, those roots have grown up to reveal a spellbinding artist who moves easily through a broad range of musical styles.
The daughter of music legend Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus Fagen, Helm wields a powerful voice that can both stir and soothe, whether she is singing traditional gospel, blues standards or her own heartfelt compositions. She is a gifted musician on both mandolin and drums, and has clearly absorbed the lessons of the many other accomplished artists with whom she has shared stages, including Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, and Joan Osborne as well as other uniquely American performers like Dr. John and Hubert Sumlin.
A founding member of the roots band Ollabelle, with whom she has recorded three CDs, Helm has also performed live with scores of notable musicians like Warren Haynes, The Wood Brothers, and Donald Fagen, and her distinctive voice can be heard on recordings by artists ranging from Mercury Rev to Marc Cohn.
Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters, and the songs that made the '20s roar, Bullets Over Broadway: The Musical is bringing musical comedy back with a bang. Based on the screenplay of the acclaimed 1994 film by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, this six-time Tony-nominated musical features existing hits from the 1920s, including "Let's Misbehave," "'Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do," and "There's a New Day Comin'!" David Shayne is a straight-arrow playwright who plans to stand firm against compromising his work, but quickly abandons that stance when his producer finds a backer to mount his show on Broadway. There's just one catch, however: The backer is a mobster who sees Shayne's play as a vehicle for his ditzy, talent-free girlfriend. Throw in an aging diva, a savant hit man, and a bevy of beautiful chorus girls, and this is one Broadway show that is sure to knock 'em dead.
This jumping, jiving Tony nominee is a rebellious teen comedy event! Based on the cult classic 1990 John Waters film, Cry-Baby features a delightfully demented book from the writers of Hairspray. It's 1954, everyone likes Ike, nobody likes Communism, and Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker is the coolest boy in Baltimore. He's a bad boy with a good cause — truth, justice, and the pursuit of rock and roll. Cry-Baby and the square rich girl, Allison, are star-crossed lovers at the center of this world. Fueled by hormones and the new rhythms of rock and roll, she turns her back on her squeaky clean boyfriend, Baldwin, to become a "drape" (a Baltimore juvenile delinquent) and Cry-Baby's moll. At the other end of the topsy-turvy moral meritocracy of 1954 America, Baldwin is the king of the squares and leads his close-harmony pals against the juvenile delinquents, who are ultimately arrested for arson, sending the drapes all off to prison. It's Romeo and Juliet meets High School Hellcats.
The play tells the story of the last days of a travelling salesman named Willy Loman. Because he cannot accept that hard work and talent play a large role in success and because he has thus created a fantasy of his life as a big shot salesman who is "well liked" and very successful, he cannot handle the setbacks that come as he gets old and his clients retire or die off. His son is a talented high school football player who has been offered a scholarship to UVa. The son, Biff, comes to get his father in Boston so he can get Biff's math teacher to pass him so he can graduate and go on to fame and glory. Instead, he finds Willy "dallying "with the secretary of one of his clients. He is crushed and gives up on Willy and on his life. When this son who has disappointed Willy finally decides to break ties with the family, right after Willy is fired, Willy enacts his last fantastic scheme: He kills himself so his son can collect his life insurance and be a success.
Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical!
Before Hamilton reinvented musical theater, its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, wowed Broadway with In the Heights. This musical tells the story of a vibrant community in New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood — a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change; full of hopes, dreams, and pressures; where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions to take with you and which to leave behind.
With the pomp and fanfare of New York City, the brassy lyricism of Leonard Bernstein, and the sweet immediacy of a day of freedom during a time of war, On the Town is an American classic, beloved both for its moment in history and for its timeless qualities of youth and exuberance. The show follows the adventures of three sailors on leave for just 24 hours in the great city of New York before heading off to battle in World War II. Goofy ladies' man Ozzie is looking for a date — maybe seven or eight — and studious innocent Chip, guidebook in hand, has several days worth of tourist attractions to check off his list. But when idealistic Gabey falls for the photograph of lovely Miss Turnstiles, a subway beauty queen, they all join in an ambitious scavenger hunt around the city to locate this dream girl — and, on the way, find all of the romance, adventure, and New York atmosphere for which they could wish.
Ragtime is a compelling epic capturing the American experience at the turn of the 20th century. Tracking three diverse families in pursuit of the American dream in the volatile "melting pot" of turn-of-the-century New York, Ragtime confronts the dialectic contradictions inherent in American reality: experiences of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair. Over the course of the show, the worlds of a wealthy white couple, a Jewish immigrant father and his motherless daughter, and an African-American ragtime musician intertwine. Together, they discover the surprising interconnections of the human heart, the limitations of justice, and the unsettling consequences when dreams are permanently deferred. Featuring many of the historical figures that built and shaped turn-of-the-century America, including J.P. Morgan, Emma Goldman, Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit, and Henry Ford, this musical sweeps across the diversity of the American experience
Experience the glitz and glamour of Hollywood's golden age. It's 1927, and Don Lockwood and Linda LaMont are the toast of Tinseltown until "talkies" come on the scene. You may remember Gene Kelly splashing his way through the famous MGM film Singin' in the Rain — arguably the greatest movie musical ever made. But have you seen it live? Join the John W. Engeman Theater as it makes a big splash with this spectacular and romantic musical comedy. There will be wonderful singin' and dancin' — and yes, it really will rain onstage!
Featuring Hofstra faculty choreographers and special guests to be announced.
All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit. Creativity is the product of preparation and effort, and it is within reach of everyone. Whether you are a painter, musician, businessperson, or simply an individual yearning to put your creativity to use, join us as world-renowned choreographer and dance artist Twyla Tharp speaks about her book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, based on the lessons she learned in her remarkable 35-year career.