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Part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart, Avenue Q is still the funniest and freshest show in New York City! This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton. When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. Still, the neighbors seem nice. He meets Kate (the girl next door), Lucy (the slut), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the pervert), superintendent Gary Coleman (yes, that Gary Coleman), and other new friends! Together they struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
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.
City of Hope is a high-energy interactive show that engages all ages with live music, singing, dancing, spectacle, and audience participation. When the Agents of Jam go undercover as a construction crew to help with disaster relief, they are invited on a special mission to explore New Orleans zydeco, Paris jazz, and Detroit's motown sound. Along the way, they discover how musical styles that developed from African roots have become beloved forms of artistic expression around the world — and that by working together, a City of Hope can be built.
First love is a bittersweet symphony! Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical Experience pulls you into the manipulative world of Manhattan's most dangerous liaisons: Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil. Seduced by revenge and fueled by passion, the two diabolically charming stepsiblings place a bet on whether or not Sebastian can deflower their incoming headmaster's daughter, Annette Hargrove. As the two set out to destroy the innocent girl — and anyone who gets in their way — they find themselves entangled in a web of secrets, temptation, and the cruelest game of all: love.
Based on the 1999 cult classic starring Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Ryan Phillippe — and featuring throwback hits like "Lovefool," "Just a Girl," "Only Happy When It Rains," and "Bittersweet Symphony," New York City's most intoxicating new musical is a full-on '90s party, returning you to a time when rosaries were more than a fashion statement. Yes, it's the movie you love, set to the songs you know, performed live, with drinks…and missing out might just ruin your reputation. Happy hunting!
With music and lyrics from Micki Grant, Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope is a celebration of African-American culture and community. Originally conceived and directed by Vinnette Carroll, this radical work presents the issues of race and politics in America and raises voices for change through a lively mix of song and dance with a score that includes gospel, jazz, soul, calypso, and rock.
The show premiered at the Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., before moving to Philadelphia and ultimately New York City, where it ran for over 1,000 performances on Broadway. Along the way, it earned four Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical. Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope won an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical as well as a Grammy Award for Best Score from an Original Cast Show Album.
Twelve iconic divas wrapped into one! This versatile, rambunctious show features live vocals and onstage costume changes. New York's Dorothy Bishop pays hilarious, loving tribute to performers from Cher and Madonna to Stevie Nicks and opera star Renée Fleming.
Nominated for Best Tribute Show by the Manhattan Association of Cabaret in 2015!
Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, Phoebe, and Gunther are back. Friends! The Musical follows the misadventures of these six twentysomething pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in Manhattan. Friends! The Musical was created by Bob and Tobly McSmith, the duo behind Bayside! The Saved by the Bell Musical, 90210! The Musical, Full House! The Musical, and...you get the idea.
In 2003, New York City theater company the Civilians interviewed real people about physical objects they'd lost — keys, a sapphire ring, a Gucci pump. The wry and whimsical docu-musical that emerged, Gone Missing, written and directed by Steven Cosson, features a fresh and breezy score by Michael Friedman and presents a very personal account of how we deal with loss in our lives.
Inspired by Vicki Baum's 1929 novel, Grand Hotel follows the postwar comings and goings of the artists, businessmen, jewel thieves, and ambitious young secretaries whose lives intersect in the opulent lobby of Berlin's most prestigious hotel. First produced under the title At the Grand (1958), the original production was revitalized in 1989 by director-choreographer Tommy Tune and enjoyed a Tony Award-winning run on Broadway.
Multi-Tony Award nominee Vivian Reed (Bubbling Brown Sugar) and Stephanie Umoh (Junk) lead the cast of this concert production. Winner of the 1968 Tony for Best Musical, Hallelujah, Baby! has music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and a book by Arthur Laurents. It's the first of three shows in the York Theatre Company's Winter 2018 Musicals in Mufti Series, which celebrates Styne's work.
59E59 favorite Hershey Felder returns with his critically acclaimed salute to Irving Berlin.
Jerome Kern famously said, "Irving Berlin has no place in American music — he is American music." George Gershwin called him "the greatest songwriter that has ever lived." From Tin Pan Alley to Broadway to the silver screen, and from the pop charts to the steps of the nation's capital, Berlin's music provided America with the soundtrack of a century.
Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin brings the man behind the iconic music to life in an evening reflecting his remarkable journey from child immigrant to America's most beloved and prolific songwriter, featuring some of the composer's most popular and enduring songs, including "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Always," "Blue Skies," "God Bless America," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "There's No Business Like Show Business," and "White Christmas."
For 25 years, City Center's Encores! series has been bringing classic American musicals back to life. City Center is where Chicago, Wonderful Town, and Finian's Rainbow were reborn — but they were just the beginning. Catch a glimpse at the future of Encores! in this original production, a cavalcade of overtures, opening numbers, grand finales, and other excerpts from beloved shows that Encores! hasn't gotten to...yet. Look for Mack & Mabel, Greenwillow, Wildcat, and others of their ilk. The many musical numbers in Hey, Look Me Over! add up to one exciting celebration: Encores! at 25.
I Like It Like That – A Musical is the story of the Rodríguez family living in New York City in the early 1970s. At that time music was the proudest expression of "El Barrio," their East Harlem neighborhood. I Like It Like That takes the audience on a historical musical journey amid neighborhood volatility and social activism. As neighborhood residents deal with the ever-present pull between escape and social conscience, so too members of the Rodríguez family navigate the challenges they face living in the heart of a volatile environment. Instilled in them is the importance of family and the desire to succeed. Starring as the patriarch is Tito Nieves, Grammy nominee and Latin music superstar.
Join world-renowned mixologist and raconteur Anthony Caporale for a boozy romp through the history of spirits and cocktails in this smash — make that smashed — hit! Playing in an authentic New York speakeasy once used as a meeting place by the notorious Tammany Society, The Imbible chaperones audiences on a trip through 10,000 years of world history. The journey is accompanied by music — the a capella stylings of The Backwaiters — and craft cocktails. You can sit back, drink up, and enjoy as Anthony holds forth on the history and science behind alcoholic beverages, traces their economic and political impact on our cultural development, conducts live demonstrations of brewing beer and distilling spirits, and, like any good bartender, keeps his guests laughing throughout the night. Tickets to this critically acclaimed comedy sell out weekly, so get yours early.
Note: Each ticket includes three cocktails.
Looking for the quintessential New York City brunch experience? You'll find it at New World Stages in The Imbible: Day Drinking, the latest edition of the hit musical comedy series about cocktails and spirits! After all, what could be more N.Y.C. than combining brunch with a show in the heart of Manhattan's world-famous theater district? Join four friends as they battle today's always-connected, over-scheduled world to carve out time to enjoy brunch together. While struggling to prioritize and prepare for their gathering, they learn the stories behind not only well-known brunch drinks but also brunch itself, and come to appreciate the value of making time to break bread and sip drinks with good friends.
Note: A complimentary continental bunch and three craft cocktails are included as part of the show. Please arrive 30 minutes early to enjoy brunch and your first drink. Attendees must be 21 or older.
Jersey Boys is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn't get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect onstage, offstage it was a very different story — a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. The show features all their hits including "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Oh What a Night," "Walk Like a Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," and "Working My Way Back to You."
San Francisco. 1986. What could Harry, an amiable but lonely retired kosher butcher have in common with Barbara, his young lesbian writing teacher at the senior center? Is it enough to bridge the divide?
In The Lucky Ones, indie-music duo the Bengsons spin a memory-tale of teenage passion, ideals lived to the limits, family shattered, and faith lost — all in hope of finding a way home again. Through soulful electro-folk songs, this driving, semi-autobiographical story grabs joy and grief with the same hand and holds them tightly, in a radical affirmation of being alive.
The toast of 1930s London, Me and My Girl is a delightfully old-fashioned musical about a cockney everyman who wreaks havoc on high society after being unexpectedly elevated to the lofty position of Earl of Hereford. Part music hall frolic, part class-warfare comedy, Noel Gay's infectious score includes "The Lambeth Walk," a dance routine that swept the continent in 1937. In the 1980s, Me and My Girl was revived on both sides of the Atlantic and became a completely unexpected smash all over again. Now, for the first time in nearly 30 years, it's back in New York.
Miss You Like Hell is a new musical by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes and genre-bending singer-songwriter Erin McKeown. Multi-Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega plays Beatriz, a flawed mom to 16-year-old Olivia and an undocumented immigrant on the verge of deportation. After living estranged from each other for years, the pair embark on a road trip that crosses state lines. Together they meet Americans of different backgrounds, shared dreams, and complicated truths in this show with vast heart and fierce humor. Obie Award-winning director Lear deBessonet and choreographer Danny Mefford stage this transcendent work with music that may just find your soul and never leave.
NEWSical the Musical lampoons current events, newsmakers, celebrities, and politicians. No one in the news is safe! With songs and material updated regularly, this topical musical revue is an ever-evolving mockery of all the news that's fit to spoof!
In 2010 NEWSical received two Drama Desk Award nominations: one for for Outstanding Musical Revue and one for Outstanding Lyrics. The lyrics were written by Rick Crom, who also composed the music.
Enter The Portal and follow Dante through epic deserts and alpine mountains as he seeks the beautiful and mysterious Beatrice while being pursued by his inner demons. Driven by epic rock music that pulses with tribal and electronic beats, The Portal is part concert, part movie, and part performance. It not only entertains but also immerses the audience in a journey of transcendence and empowerment.
Red Roses, Green Gold brings the music and lyrics of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter to the stage. This new musical, set in 1920s Cumberland tells the fantastical and comedic tale of Jackson Jones and his family of swindlers as they gamble their way to love and riches.
In 1949, Dr. Jacob Bronowski installs a secret, alarmed room in his house. Fifty years later, his grandson discovers his secrets, unearthing echoes from across six million years of human history, told from the perspective of a century in which every year is a revolutionary year. Inspired by Yuval Harari's international best-seller, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.
Multiple Tony Award winner Hinton Battle and JenKay present Sistas: The Musical, a hilarious and touching musical journey of a multigenerational family. Through that family, this musical play reveals the struggles, joys, and triumphs of being a woman and being black in America. Sistas includes the lyrics of music made famous by artists like Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, the Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Beyoncé, and many others. Cast members power through such classics as "Oh, Happy Day," "Mama Said," "I Will Survive," "Ain't Nobody's Business," "God Bless the Child," "Respect," "My Man," "Baby, I'm Yours," "Say a Little Prayer," "Stop! In the Name of Love," "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," and "We Are Family."
Songs for a New World, the first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (created in collaboration with Daisy Prince), is a collection of powerful songs examining life, love, and the choices ordinary people make when faced with extraordinary moments. From the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to the ledge of a Fifth Avenue high-rise, all characters face a new world that follows the unique challenge they encounter.
Stomp is a fusion of dance, music, and theater. The performers "play" matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, and other everyday objects. The resulting sounds and rhythms energize audience members, who have included Quincy Jones and Big Bird. Among Stomp's other claims to fame: two Emmy Awards (for the HBO special Stomp Out Loud), an Oscar nomination, and being an answer on Jeopardy!
Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled and imprisoned barber, returns home to Victorian London hungry for revenge. He takes up the tools of his trade again, this time using them to cut throats as well as hair. A neighborhood pie shop proprietress quickly becomes his partner in crime and business. She suggests making meat pies out of Sweeney's victims, and together the two of them carve out a niche for themselves in the market.
Now the Tooting Arts Club is serving up a fresh production of this musical theater classic. This immersive revival has transferred to New York City after a sold-out run in London, where it premiered at Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop. The Barrow Street Theatre re-creates the pie shop atmosphere, even selling pies on-site. Rest assured, the cook is no relation of Sweeney's. He is Bill Yosses, a former White House pastry chef whom Obama dubbed "the Crust Master."
With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a musical that never goes stale. It won eight Tony Awards when it debuted on Broadway in 1979. The following year, it opened in the West End. A 2007 film adaptation directed by Tim Burton earned an Academy Award and two Golden Globes.
Set against the grit, the garbage strikes, and the graffiti of 1979 New York City, This Ain't No Disco tells the story of drifters and dreamers searching for their place in the night world of Studio 54 and Mudd Club. On their uptown-downtown quest for revelry and kinship, every decision is fateful in a city where one's fate can turn on a dime bag.
This Ain't No Disco is an electrifying new musical from composer and lyricist Stephen Trask (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), along with Peter Yanowitz (The Wallflowers). Trip Cullman (Six Degrees of Separation) directs.
This fascinating and original new musical looks at the role of women over the past 100+ years through 40 popular standards. From the sad laments of fragile female victims ("A Bird in a Gilded Cage") to the angry anthems of women who are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore ("I Am Woman" and "You Don't Own Me"), This One's for the Girls is a high-energy celebration of American women that's certain to thrill and entertain men, women and everything in between!