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Jerry takes a toke on Christmas Eve and wakes up in the Land of 420, where the only way to get home is to find the elusive Mighty High.
For one night only, some of the biggest and brightest names on Broadway light up the stage in this all-star benefit concert. Presented by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF), Broadway: A Jewish American Legacy honors Jerry Zaks, a multi-Tony Award winning director, for his contributions to both American musical theater and Jewish life through his work in entertainment. The evening also features a special award presentation for Bruce E. Slovin, the founder of the Center for Jewish History and former director of Circle in the Square Theatre. Slovin will be the first recipient of the Jewish Cultural Legacy Award, which will be named in his honor for future recipients. A dessert reception (yay!) follows the concert.
Would you do anything to help your favorite baseball team win the pennant? In the Faustian musical comedy Damn Yankees, Joe Boyd sells his soul to the devil to be the home-run hitter who will guide his favorite team, the Washington Senators, to a win against those "damn Yankees." To the tune of such classics as "Heart," "Two Lost Souls," and "Whatever Lola Wants," viewers follow Joe on his quest to save his team...and his soul. Starring in this benefit concert reading of the Tony Award-winning Damn Yankees are Tony and Academy Award winners Whoopi Goldberg and James Earl Jones as well as Golden Globe winner Maggie Gyllenhaal.
This cutting-edge, critically acclaimed "docu-musical" highlights Oscar Hammerstein's evolution to become one of the most important lyricists of all time. Working closely with William Hammerstein (Oscar Hammerstein's grandson) to obtain private, personal stories, rarely before seen images & videos, and an in-depth glimpse into the life of Oscar Hammerstein, An Enchanted Evening is a one-of-a kind, intimate show highlighting Oscar's life and music through documentary storytelling and imaginative performances.
Starring Billboard Top 100 recording artist Doreen Taylor in her off-Broadway debut and renowned award-winning Broadway performer David Gaines (The Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, Man of La Mancha).
Proceeds will be donated to help save Highland Farm in Doylestown, Pennsylvania (Oscar Hammerstein II's home and birthplace for timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein classics including Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Carousel, and The King and I).
Extraordinary Measures premiered off-Broadway in 1995, starring James Lecesne. The New York Times declared that "it is impossible not to be stirred by the emotional urgency behind Extraordinary Measures...Inspired by the final days of Paul Walker, a theater director, performer, and instructor who died of AIDS in 1993, the work presents death as the ultimate class in life study. The hospital room in which Mr. Walker lies unconscious, kept alive by medical support systems (the 'extraordinary measures' of the title), becomes a forum in which his brother, friends, and former students individually address the man, struggling to find emotional truth before a mentor who can no longer confirm or question their feelings. All of these people, as well as Mr. Walker himself, are portrayed by the magnetically vital James Lecesne, who [embodies] enough characters on New York stages to populate a small village."
Some of Broadway's brightest stars celebrate six weeks of fundraising in a showcase of songs and skits at the 29th annual Gypsy of the Year competition. The event is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. For two extraordinary afternoons, Gypsy of the Year celebrates the talented singers and dancers in the ensembles of shows, historically and affectionately known as "gypsies." More than 200 of them perform original skits, songs, and dances, with awards presented to the best presentation and to the top fundraisers from the preceding six weeks.
The Happiest Millionaire, which premiered in 1967, is the last live-action Disney production to be overseen by Walt Disney himself. Containing over 80 minutes of Golden Age Disney music and dance, the score was written by Mary Poppins composers and Disney legends Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman. Set in 1916 Philadelphia, the film is based on the real lives of eccentric Renaissance man, alligator collector, and boxing enthusiast Anthony J. Drexel Biddle and his daughter Cordy, a fiercely independent fighter who, like Disney princesses, wants to discover the world on her own terms.
Now The Happiest Millionaire celebrates its 50th anniversary with a concert benefitting Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. Multi-Tony Award nominee and celebrated screen actor Dana Ivey (Sunday in the Park With George) stars as Aunt Mary. Also joining the cast is multi-Tony nominee Brad Oscar (The Producers) as well as Lesley Ann Warren (Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella) and Joyce Bulifant (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), who reprise their roles from the movie.
This fundraiser is an evening of songs from the World War Two era. Singing them are well-known and not so well-known theater artists, including Cara Akselrad, John Carlin, and Adam Cohen. Portia hosts, and the Dysfunctional Swingers dance. The event is directed by Jill DeArmon; Robert Cowie provides piano accompaniment. All money raised will go toward production costs for the new play Victory Girls, which is part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity next month.
The New York Pops honors prolific composer Alan Menken at its 35th birthday gala. The celebratory concert features some of Menken's most beloved compositions, which the New York Pops performs under the music direction of Steven Reineke and with the help of a starry lineup of guest artists. Menken is well known for his musical contributions to works for stage and screen, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Newsies. Following the concert is a black-tie dinner and dance at New York's Mandarin Oriental hotel. Proceeds from this gala will support the New York Pops's PopsEd music education programs.
New York Stage and Film's annual Winter Gala will honor Tina Fey and founder and C.E.O. of Audible, Inc., Don Katz. The Winter Gala, a fundraising event to support New York Stage and Film's year-round theater and film development initiatives will be held on Tuesday, December 5.
"To say we are thrilled by this year's gala honorees is an absolute understatement," said artistic director Johanna Pfaelzer. "Tina is a leading voice in American comedy, from her film and television work, to her upcoming Broadway debut with the Mean Girls musical. And we are so excited to honor Don, who has been a pioneer in the world of audio entertainment, and is currently providing vital support for playwrights through Audible's recent expansion into the theater world."
The evening includes cocktails, an auction, dinner, and entertainment from special guests in honor of Tina Fey and Don Katz.
Hang the holly, and trim the tree! The annual event Sparkle: An All-Star Holiday Concert returns to New York City for its sixth consecutive year, once again benefiting the programs and services of the Actors Fund. This one-night-only extravaganza, produced and hosted by TV personality Scott Nevins (Bravo's The People's Couch), features some of today's hottest performers from the worlds of Broadway, television, film, and music.
Leading the cast are four Tony Award nominees: Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages), Max von Essen (Evita), Saycon Sengbloh (Eclipsed), and Charl Brown (Motown the Musical). They are joined by Drama League Award nominee Eden Espinosa (Wicked); Erich Bergen, one of the stars of CBS's Madam Secretary; multi-Drama Desk Award nominee, celebrity vocal impressionist, and YouTube sensation Christina Bianco (The Ellen DeGeneres Show); Katrina Rose (Hairspray), and many others.
Singer & Tony Award winner Melba Moore leads a concert for hurricane relief. Ms. Moore will perform songs from the Broadway musical Purlie and other hits for which she is best known.
Winter Rhythms 2017 marks the ninth year that Urban Stages has brought noted musical artists to its stage during the holidays. The mission of the Winter Rhythms series is to make sure up-and-coming as well as better-known singers, musicians, lyricists, and composers are on the New York theater community's radar. Winner of the 2016 Bistro Award for Outstanding Series and the 2015 Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Series MAC Award, Winter Rhythms funnels its profits into Urban Stages's acclaimed Outreach Program, which brings over 200 free arts-in-education presentations to libraries and schools throughout New York City's five boroughs.
The 22 shows of Winter Rhythms 2017 are dedicated to the memory of the late Barry Levitt (1947-2017), a celebrated Broadway, off-Broadway, jazz, and cabaret musician, musical director, and composer. Levitt was a longtime member of the Urban Stages family, having music-directed its acclaimed 2010 production of Langston in Harlem. In collaboration with Peter Napolitano, Levitt wrote music for the 2016 production of Mabel Madness and also produced jazz concerts for the Winter Rhythms series.