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Harlem Blues Project specializes in soulful New York blues with a twist! The band features blues masters Jerry Dugger, Junior Mack, and Barry Harrison, plus a revolving cast of NYC's finest blues musicians, including Bill Sims Jr., Michael Hill, Irving Louis Lattin, and Solomon Hicks.
Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter, created by Eugene Pack and developed by him and Dayle Reyfel, features a lineup of rotating performers who read — in both solo and ensemble pieces — the actual words and stories written by the famous and the infamous in their autobiographies.
The show features selections from books by Justin Bieber, "The Situation," Madonna, Tiger Woods, Susan Lucci, David Hasselhoff, Geraldo Rivera, Melissa Gilbert, Patti LuPone, Kenny Loggins, Destiny's Child, the Jonas Brothers, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Diana Ross, David Cassidy, Britney Spears, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eminem, and Vanna White. It also includes special "celebrity mash-ups" — Cher, Barbra Streisand, Neil Sedaka, Dolly Parton, and Celine Dion all expressing their passion for food; Sylvester Stallone and Tommy Lee on working out and working "it" out; LL Cool J, Miley Cyrus, and Ricky Martin addressing who they "really are"; Tallulah Bankhead, Kathleen Turner, and Ethel Merman sharing the secrets of "diva-dom"; and Lauren Bacall and Carol Channing recreating the suspense of Tony night.
This romantic comedy follows Bobby Child, who works as a banker for his overbearing mother but dreams of dancing with the most popular show in New York City, Zangler's Follies. After a failed audition, his mother sends him to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theater. There he meets Polly Baker, who, unbeknownst to him, is the daughter of the theater's owner. She has vowed to get even with Bobby if she ever meets him. Bobby, on the other hand, falls in love with her instantly and then hatches a plan to save the theater.
DakhaBrakha returns, by popular demand, after a sold-out 2016 performance! This playful band from Kiev will perform new songs from their yet-to-be released album as well as old favorites. Reshaping ancient and contemporary Ukrainian music, DakhaBrakha's hypnotic textures meld soulful folk and ritual songs with R&B, jazz, African, and Balkan music.
Visual artist and activist Ai Weiwei and Pritzker Prize-winning architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron collaborate on a new site-specific commission that leverages both the vast scale of the Park Avenue Armory's drill hall and its history as a public meeting space. Exploring the meaning of public space in our surveillance-laden world, the installation references the story of Hansel and Gretel, in which children lose their way and feel a sense of menace in a space they know and trust. The artists take advantage of the architecture of the drill hall — its openness and 80-foot height — to create a disconcerting environment with an unexpected entrance wherein every movement is tracked and surveyed by drones and communicated to an unknown public. Accompanying this installation will be talks and programs by artists, philosophers, and activists.
Hansel & Gretel builds on a legacy of over 15 years of collaboration among Weiwei, Herzog, and de Meuron, who have worked together on such design projects as the 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion and the National Stadium in Beijing, created for the 2008 Summer Olympics and nicknamed the "Bird's Nest" for its façade of interwoven steel.
One of Iran's most beloved artists and the preeminent ambassador of Persian music, Kayhan Kalhor is a master of the kamancheh, a spiked fiddle. Known for his improvisations, compositions, and collaborations with artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Brooklyn Rider, the Kronos Quartet, Osvaldo Golijov, the Ghazal Ensemble, and many orchestras around the world, Kayhan has popularized Persian music in the West and is a creative force in today's international music scene. Guest artists to be announced!
New York's undisputed queen of the underground, Penny Arcade, is back in the City after touring Europe and Australia with Longing Lasts Longer, "a rampage through opinions and themes garnered over four decades spent perched on society's edge."(The Australian) Blending her signature stand-up comedy and memoir with a live mixed soundtrack, Arcade critiques the suburbanization of New York City, turning the Big Apple into the Big Cupcake, and the city that never sleeps into the city that can't wake up. She mourns "the good old days" and celebrates the city's remaining dark corners and the spirit of individuality that still draws people to New York.
From the Drama Desk Award-winning Transport Group comes a concert performance of A Man of No Importance. With a book by Terrence McNally and a score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, this musical tells the story of an Irish-Catholic bus driver. Struggling to accept a secret he's kept hidden his whole life, he at last finds the power to do so through the words of Oscar Wilde.
This one-night-only concert features Tyne Daly (Master Class), Jason Danieley (Chicago), Hannah Elless (Bright Star), Marc Kudisch (Finding Neverland), and Richard Thomas (FX's The Americans). A talkback with McNally, Ahrens, and Flaherty follows the performance.
Inspired by the tradition of artist manifestos, Julian Rosefeldt's Manifesto is a collage of artistic declarations of the 20th century, reinterpreted as poetic monologues that provoke timeless questions about the artist's role in society. The 13 scenes that compose Manifesto draw on manifestos of more than 50 artists from the past century. The material is woven together into dramatic soliloquies that highlight specific movements or schools of thought. The texts are brought to life by Cate Blanchett, who embodies 13 different roles in a kaleidoscopic series of characterizations ranging from a funeral orator to a TV anchorwoman to a corporate CEO to a homeless man. Projected simultaneously on adjacent screens in a site-specific presentation for the Park Avenue Armory's drill hall, the text and images blend together in a highly theatrical cinematic installation that recaptures the defiant spirit of its source material for a contemporary audience.
Ventriloquism for a new generation… edgy, outrageous, and off the charts! Direct from her run at The Criterion Theatre in London's West End, Nina Conti, Britain's voice-throwing queen, leaves the crowd speechless without even opening her mouth. Using face masks to turn her audience members into live puppets, Nina creates a hilarious new show nightly.
Part tour and part show, The Ride is a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that turns the streets of New York City into a stage. With stadium seating, 40 monitors, 3,000 LED lights, and surround sound, The Ride is the world's only moving theater. Its ensemble cast of singers, dancers, musicians, actors, and comedians appear along a 75-minute journey through Times Square and midtown Manhattan. These performers interact with RIDErs, engaging them through quizzes, facts, and shout-outs. At the same time, the RIDErs, who face sideways out of floor-to-ceiling glass windows, see Manhattan's iconic landmarks emerge in panoramic and vertical views. Students, adults, and seniors share this unforgettable NYC experience.
Then She Fell is an immersive, multisensory experience in which audience members explore a dreamlike world. Every alcove, corner, and corridor of it has been transformed into lushly designed performance space. Inspired by the life and writings of Lewis Carroll (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), Then She Fell offers an Alice-like experience to audience members as they explore rooms, often by themselves, in order to discover hidden scenes; encounter performers one-on-one; unearth clues that illuminate a shrouded history; use skeleton keys to gain access to guarded secrets; and imbibe elixirs custom-designed by one of New York City's foremost mixologists.
This theater experience is directed, designed, written, and choreographed by Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, and Jennine Willett in collaboration with original cast members. Its venue is The Kingsland Ward at St. John's, a century-old institutional building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where the action plays out on three floors.
Note: Because of the immersive nature of this piece, audiences may be standing for significant periods of time over the course of the performance. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.
45 years after its original release, this classic of classic rock has now been fully realized as a full length bluegrass tribute featuring Springfield, Missouri's The HillBenders. Conceived and produced by SXSW co-founder and longtime musician/producer Louis Jay Meyers, this Bluegrass Opry brings a new perspective to Tommy while paying total respect to its creators.
An explosive mashup of new rock music, breathtaking live performances and classic silent film, Vox Lumiere's Phantom of the Opera is a completely original steampunk-inspired immersive and interactive experience for the 21st Century. Part epic concert, part interactive movie, part cutting-edge theatre, Vox Lumiere's singers and dancers serve up a fun and outrageous new twist on Phantom as they perform a fusion of original rock, pop, and EDM music, as dazzling multimedia and the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera propel audiences deep into the action, drama and romance of this timeless classic.