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Amateur Night at the Apollo is live entertainment with a history. This weekly talent competition began in 1934 and within months became a leading showcase for emerging performers. Among its early winners was a 15-year-old Ella Fitzgerald. Since then the series has launched the careers of James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Lauryn Hill.
Today Amateur Night attracts performers and audiences from around the world. Audience members, known for their toughness and expectation that contestants "be good or be gone," gleefully choose the winners.
Hamlet Isn't Dead continues their tradition of providing excellent opportunities for all actors and audiences with their second all-female production, As You Like It. Following last year's inspiring Henry V, this year's summer show is an alluring, acoustic adventure about equality, joy, and the freedom to pursue true love in all its forms. Rosalind and Orlando, some of Shakespeare's most beloved characters, come of age in this quirky comedy set to some new original music, as well as all-female covers of some fan favorites. Escape the shackles of society this summer as these lovers convene with nature, Fate, and the merry musicians and brigands who will show them that, truly, "all the world's a stage."
BAMcafé Live is a free weekly performance series, featuring a mix of live music in a bar and lounge space. Performances span jazz, R&B, Afro-pop, Latin, rock, experimental music, and spoken-word poetry. Duncan Sheik, Billy Martin, Survival Soundz, Tracie Morris, and Carl Hancock Rux are among the series' alums.
A Pulitzer-winning playwright, screenwriter and outspoken political activist, who has disappeared from her high-profile life in New York, Hollywood, and the tabloids, is hiding under an assumed name in a secluded seaside motel in Santa Barbara, California, where she intends to end her life by her own hand.
At the very moment she is about to commit suicide, there is a knock on her door. It is a man with whom she had a brief relationship 25 years ago, when she was 36 and at the height of her Broadway fame and he was a naïve 20-year-old, studying to be a Catholic priest. They met during the 1950s in Reno's famous art-deco Mapes Hotel, where she was staying for her six-week divorce. He was working in the hotel while on sabbatical from the Franciscan Order, struggling to resolve doubts about the priesthood and himself. Over the last 25 years, they have not seen each other nor spoken.
Jerry Small's Before We're Gone stars Leenya Rideout (War Horse), John Zdrojeski, Jay Russell, who has appeared on Broadway, and Emily Juliette Murphy, who has appeared Off-Broadway.
Experience the magic of Broadway like never before at Blank! The Musical, an astonishing and hysterical next-generation theatrical sensation. Each night, a talented ensemble takes to the stage — with no script, no rehearsal, and no idea what will happen — to perform a brand-new smash hit musical…that you help to create!
The Cabaret Showdown is a monthly game show produced by Sound Street Productions in association with FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade. This unique competition is a mixture of live karaoke and musical improvisation, with a game board. Contestants are asked to choose songs from various categories with no knowledge of what the song will be until 30 seconds before they sing. The winner from each month receives a free one-hour showcase performance presented at the Kraine Theater the following month.
A movement theater piece, taking concepts from Chaos and Absolute Zero and transforming them into the psychological domain.
Cinderella is joined by a new stepmother and stepsister, but they turn out not to be as nice as she had hoped. When the prince invites everyone to the ball, they tell her she has to stay home and clean. When she makes it to the castle and dances until the clock strikes midnight, Cinderella could live happily ever after if a certain glass slipper fits her foot. The Disney classic Cinderella is fun for all ages!
Since 2004, ComedySportz New York has been entertaining fans with the fastest and funniest form of improv comedy in the Big Apple. Two teams of improvisers vie for points in a hilarious competition by playing a series of improv games, similar to what you may have seen on TV's Whose Line Is It Anyway?
There's nothing like standup comedy in person — the spontaneity of a comedian in front of a live audience is something special. See for yourself at Comic Strip Live, which offers some of the best standup in New York City. Performers hail from Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central, Conan, and the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Audiences can enjoy food, mixed drinks, and specialty brews as they laugh the night away.
This musical journey takes audiences back in time — specifically, to when "soul" emerged as a style of music. Berry Gordy's Motown label and his studio band the Funk Brothers helped popularize soul music, as did Stax Records' Booker T. & the MG's. Before long, James Brown became the "Godfather of Soul" and Aretha Franklin its queen.
Now vocalists Prentiss McNeil (of the Drifters) and Bruce Wayne (of the Midnight Movers, Wilson Pickett's backing band) lead this classic soul revue. Their energy is unmatched; their showmanship, breathtaking. A Decade of Soul is a passion-driven tribute; the passion may even drive audience members out of their seats and onto their feet.
The cast of Eight Is Never Enough delivers hilarious comedy improvised on the spot based on audience suggestions and participation. Every show is topical and customized to you. Think Whose Line Is It Anyway? meets Broadway.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics) debuts his newest work, Exquisita Agonía ("Exquisite Agony"), in this world premiere production. According to Cruz, Exquisita Agonía is a love story that explores a middle-aged woman's obsessive quest to find love with a young man who is transformed by the gift of life when he receives a new heart.
Fiddler on The Roof concerns Tevya and his family, residents of a Jewish village in czarist Russia. One by one, his daughters get married to men he has increasing difficulty accepting. The show features music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and a book by Joseph Stein. The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, was the first musical theater production in history to exceed 3,000 performances. It won the 1965 Tony Award for Best Musical in addition to eight other Tonys. The Yiddish translation was crafted by noted Israeli actor-director Shraga Friedman in 1965, just one year after the musical's Broadway premiere.
Obnoxious strangers, overbearing bosses, and unrequited high school crushes are about to get a piece of your mind. The Friday Night Sh*w invites audience members to anonymously write down their repressed rants, cursing-outs, and sultry confessions. Improv performers then use that writing to fuel a fast-paced brawl of hilarity. The cast includes a fistful of New York City's best improvisers with credits on 30 Rock, Comedy Central, MTV, Chicago's Second City, the Onion, and NPR — and at least one Primetime Emmy Award loser.
A tribute to the classic Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland film musicals of the 1930s and '40s, Golly Gee Whiz! takes place in the American town of Happyville during the Great Depression. Happyville's residents are unmotivated and bored. Eager to make a change, a group of local children band together with the help of Mickey and Judy to put on a great show and reestablish Happyville as the bustling, optimistic town that it once was. Golly Gee Whiz! is a musical about the power and influence that young children can have even in times of hardship.
Arguably Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, Hamlet features a Danish prince bent on revenge. His target is his uncle, Claudius, who's murdered Hamlet's father to seize the throne. Adding insult to homicide, Claudius has also married Hamlet's mother. In his quest for vengeance, Hamlet descends into madness...or does he?
Note: pay-what-you-can admission. No tickets required.
Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba (La Casa de Bernarda Alba) is a tragedy set in a cloistered world of women in 1930s Spain. A tyrannical mother dominates her five unmarried daughters, all of whom harbor a secret passion for one man. Their repressed environment leads to an explosion of passion, jealousy, hatred, and despair.
Note: The play is performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext In-Seat Captioning System. At matinee performances, subtitles are provided only by request.
I Love New York explores modern anxiety and the quest for external validation by juxtaposing material from TripAdvisor.com and Ellis Island immigrant interviews. Laughs are followed by questions: Am I that revealing online? Is my anxiety that high? Is the fact that I've forgotten the question and am questioning my anxiety proof I have anxiety? I Love New York gives Americans from all over the country and immigrants from all around the world the opportunity to tell you what the American Dream looks like for them.
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is the Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater.
Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents its annual travelling repertory in venues across the city.
King Lear: The aging King Lear decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters based on their love for him. Misunderstanding his youngest daughter's refusal to flatter him, he disowns her in favor of her ruthless, manipulative sisters...who promptly strip him of power, wealth, and sanity. Shakespeare's spectacular tragedy pits good against evil as the exiled princess returns to claim the throne.
All's Well That Ends Well: Having restored the King's health with a miraculous potion, Helena requests Count Bertram's hand in marriage in return. But when the arrogant Bertram refuses to marry beneath his class and flees from both King and bride to the nearest war, Shakespeare's courageous heroine must stop at nothing to bring him home. Meanwhile, Bertram's friends hilariously unmask the swashbuckling braggart Parolles.
Little Lives by Shara Feit
Thursday, July 19 and Monday, July 23 at 7pm
At the Women's Care Crisis Pregnancy Center, the new trainee is learning the ropes, the protesters are stationed outside, and the abortion clinic next door is selling damnation. Then, everything changes. In Shara Feit's two-part drama Little Lives, two staffs of women must reckon with the cost of fighting to protect life.
Manger by Max Friedlich
Friday, July 20 at 8pm and Sunday, July 22 at 2:30pm
On a cold winter night in a bar upstate, the lives of four strangers are torn apart. Some will find God and the others will lose everything as a result.
Happy Birthday Mars Rover by Preston Choi
Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22
The Mars Rover was engineered to do two things: search for life on the surface of Mars and sing "Happy Birthday." Tracking humanity's ceaseless search for understanding and preservation, Choi's comedy offers a kaleidoscope of history from the dawn of humanity into the unknowable future.
A Gangs of New York-styled Macbeth, set in the mid-1800s when early settlers fought for turf in the infamous Five Points area.
Theaterlab presents the world premiere of Magdalena, an intimate multimedia solo work by the award-winning filmmaker and Guggenheim Fellow Gabri Christa. Utilizing storytelling, visuals, and dance, the artist reveals a deeply personal account of experiencing her Dutch mother's dementia and an effort to piece together her past, marked by struggles with war, interracial marriage, and unconventional motherhood.
The titular character — Josephina Magdalena Aleida de Jong — lived a remarkable life. Born in Holland to a modest Dutch family, she survived the severe bombing of her hometown of Rotterdam during World War II and lived to meet a handsome middle-class black man from the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao, who became her husband. When Magdalena's memories started to fade, her daughter, Gabri Christa, took on the task of rebuilding her mother's life through stories, dance, and images. The resulting 60-minute multimedia piece is part family album, part story of love and race, but above all, a reckoning with the harrowing consequences of a devastating illness that affects an increasing percentage of the world's population.
Each week, the Magnet Theater's resident ensembles converge for a night of improv comedy. The night might include anything from monoscenes to Harolds (long-form improv acts that begin with a suggestion from the audience). Because Megawatt's format gets changed more frequently than a lightbulb, returning audience members can expect to be dazzled every time.
Its fall of 1965: Malcolm X has been assassinated, Martin Luther King Jr. has led the march from Selma to Montgomery, and Lyndon B. Johnson has announced an order to double the number of men drafted per month. Meanwhile, a group of college seniors shares an overcrowded apartment at their liberal arts school on the East Coast. Tensions rise as each one grapples with their future and as graduation grows ever closer. A touching and painfully relatable comic drama, Michael Wellers's Moonchildren begs the question: how can we face the world if we can't face ourselves?
Can you tell the difference between a secret and a lie? New York City's Secrets and Lies is an original storytelling show that has a new slate of all-star storytellers who tell unbelievable tales about New York City history. They're all true except one. The audience separates fact from fiction in the hopes of winning a fantastic prize: a tour of a secret place in New York City given by Untapped Cities.
Christa Avampato hosts and the August show features:
John Bucher (HBO, History Channel, LA Screenwriter)
Leslie Goshko (Sideshow Goshko, featured in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and NPR)
Ashley Semrick (Storied New York, licensed New York City tour guide, Blue School)
Erin Hunkemoeller (Storied New York, licensed New York City tour guide, Urban Assembly)
Our New York City Secret:
August's show will also have a special guest who is a true New York City secret. He's a filmmaker who needs YOU for his next project.
The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) nurtures the creation, production, and public presentation of stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals to ensure the future vitality of musical theater. In 2013, NYMF received a Drama Desk Award for its efforts. This year's festival features everything from a Spider-Man parody to a musical dealing with early-onset Alzheimer's. For a full list of 2018 NYMF shows, click the link below.
During the German occupation of Denmark in World War II, the Nazis closed down Jewish-owned businesses and began to round up the Jews for relocation to concentration camps for the Final Solution. Danish freedom fighters of all ages risked everything in daring, hurried attempts to rescue the entire Jewish population. In this stirring new play, young Annemarie and Kirsti Johansen face soldiers, interrogations, fierce dogs, personal danger, the loss of loved ones and their own fears as they try to help their friend Ellen Rosen escape across the ocean to Sweden and safely. Courage, faith, ingenuity, and even their fledgling acting skills eventually win the day. All the drama, pathos, adventure, terror, and humor that have made Number the Stars a national best seller (and winner of the Newberry Award and the American Library Association Book of the Year Award) come to life in this powerful adaptation.
Odysseus is determined to hear the sirens' song. He needs the audience's help to ensure he won't jump to his death. odysseus tied to the masT is a play about the drive for immortality and the desire to control our own legacies. Can the blood-soaked Odysseus survive the experience of absolute beauty, and if he does, will he finally feel clean enough to return home?
What do you get when you combine some of the best vocalists in New York with world-class improvisers? You get a brand new type of show, where a new musical is created each night...On the Spot.
Kyle and Dylan hooked up several months ago after a few too many drinks. Now they're meeting for the first time since that night, and an unexpected accusation pits both men against each other in a struggle for dignity, status, and control. As the two men find themselves unable, or unwilling, to escape each other's orbits, they are forced to decide if "what happened" in the past really matters when the present stakes are high enough.
Combining comedy cabaret with progressive political parody, Sandy and Richard Riccardi have over 15 million views on social media and will be performing at the beautiful Metropolitan Room on August 9 at 7pm.
Every week the cast takes a suggestion from the audience and turns it into a fully crafted musical. Each character is made up on the spot, as are the song-and-dance numbers! Led by Magnet Theater musical director Frank Spitznagel, Premiere: The Improvised Musical features a cast whose professional credits include Comedy Central, HBO, and Second City.
Repertorio Español is a theater company that presents a rotating repertory of plays in Spanish. Works by both canonical authors (Lope de Vega, Calderón, García Lorca) and living writers are produced. In presenting these works, the company endeavors to bring the best of Spanish, Latin American, and Hispanic-American theater to a diverse audience, including Hispanics of all backgrounds and non-Spanish speakers. Plays are performed in Spanish with simultaneous translation to English via wireless headsets.
RomeoRomeo is a mash-up of Romeo and Juliet and the Nixon Watergate tapes. The Romeos want to bring down the monopoly of Helvetica and Time New Roman — and give rise to marginal fonts like Comic Sans and Papyrus. They also want to live their lives, party, and have sex. But Leather Daddy Nixon and his minions need conformity and will stop at nothing to keep control.
Torn Out Theater, famous for its outdoor, naked Shakespeare productions, returns to Prospect Park with Aphra Behn's famous Restoration comedy, The Rover. This will be the company's first mixed-gender play, and it will use full nudity as a celebration of body freedom and empowerment.
Set in Italy during Carnival, The Rover is a wild-eyed and transgressive story of love, deception, and liberty. For a few enchanted days, the nobility of Europe can become anyone they like — nuns turn into libertines, pirates into socialites, and lovers into strangers. Safe behind the secrecy of their masks, they mingle and play, looking for love, and finding danger.
Saturday at 6pm: the perfect time to get your jaded mind blown by four improv ensembles. Will the neighborhood kids be driven wild by their new forms and structures? Yes. Will you?
The Rundown features different groups at each performance that unite veteran performers with up-and-comers ready to bring it.
In the year 2023, the sirens signal nuclear war and four friends leave behind their board games and comic books to survive underground. Slowly they realize bombs are terrifying, but they're nothing compared to what humans can do. What are the games we play to survive? And in the midst of an apocalyptic war, what does it mean to win?
Written by Tanya O'Debra
Original music by Andrew Mauriello
Directed by Artem Yatsunov
Starring Tanya O'Debra & Gregg Bellón
Emily Dickinson: poet, recluse, a**hole. Loosely based on her Master Letters, Shut Up, Emily Dickinson! is a pseudo-historical, quasi-biographical, hysterically existential, sadomasochistic psycho-romance about America's most brilliant and annoying poetess. Holed up for all eternity in the bedroom of our minds, the "woman in white" stretches into a projection screen for truths, half-truths, truthiness, and truthlessness. She's whatever you want her to be and nothing you imagined. Emily Dickinson is the definition of a difficult woman.
Performing for only 20 people, Joshua Jay's Six Impossible Things moves audiences through several rooms where a new mystery unfolds to reveal an impossible "thing." During the course of 75 minutes, Jay will attempt to read thoughts, manipulate decisions, and even alter taste buds in the first and only immersive close-up magic show. The six astounding magic effects are all original creations of master magician Joshua Jay. And the artwork throughout the space is created by celebrated artist Serge Bloch.
Stand Up NY is one of New York City's premiere venues for standup comics. It features some of the best comedians performing in NYC, nationally, and on TV. Surprise drop-ins have included Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Wright, and Robin Williams.
While many children's theater troupes tell stories to kids, The Story Pirates believe that every kid has a story to tell. Made up of professional actors, improv comedians, and teaching artists, this troupe uses stories written by elementary school students as source material for over-the-top, sidesplitting musical plays. With songs, props, music videos, and puppets, the Story Pirates bring to life onstage what children have put down on paper (and computer).
At a typical show, there is no typical. Topics range from kung fu ninja babies fighting crime to the eternal love between the devil and a guy she meets at Starbucks. It's a world where cats can fly and Tickle Monsters have been known to take over the world. If the show sells out, the audience is treated to ice cream and cookies at the end!
Sundays@Six is a free reading series focused on works-in-progress. The WorkShop Theater presents sit-down readings of new and revisited scripts by company playwrights and of projects initiated by company artists. Most of the readings are followed by a moderated dramaturgical discussion.
Then She Fell is a fully immersive, multisensory experience in which only 15 audience members per performance explore a dreamscape where every alcove, corner, and corridor has been transformed into a lushly designed world. Inspired by the life and writings of Lewis Carroll, it offers an Alice-like experience for audience members as they explore the 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 NYC's foremost mixologists.
Based on the swashbuckling story by Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers: 20 Years Later is the second installment of Susane Lee 's four-play adaptation of The D'Artagnan Romances.
Note: pay-what-you-can admission. No tickets required.
Nick Kanellis and Peter McNerney (Statues of Liberty) team up with Magnet Theater veteran Leslie Korein to form a brand-new improv trio with one purpose: rockin' a seamless, high-energy, character-driven, free-form improv set every week.
Twelfth Night is an engaging mixture of mischief, unrequited love, and gender confusion — all interwoven with music and some of Shakespeare's most beautiful language. Shipwrecked in the alluring country of Illyria, twins Viola and Sebastian each believe the other dead and embark on parallel adventures of mistaken identity and self-discovery.
Uncle Function, one of New York City's premier sketch comedy troupes, will introduce a series of sketches and characters at their upcoming special edition comedy show Uncle Function Presents: Show & Tell. They will be joined by special guests Desi Domo (UCB, Blank! The Musical), Lou Gonzalez (UCB writer-director), Erica Hernandez (UCB, NBC's Brave), Taylor Ortega (UCB, Disney's Kim Possible), and Matt Rogers (JFL: New Faces, Las Culturistas).
It's 1957. Bombs are exploding in black churches and lynchings are a fact of life for many across the US. From these ashes, a young black writer emerges to become a literary celebrity bringing with him both his boundless talent and personal insecurities. Waiting for Giovanni, a new play by Jewelle Gomez, in collaboration with Harry Waters Jr., imagines a moment in the mind of James Baldwin in which he struggles with writing a novel that he's been told will ruin his career.
Tony Award-nominated theater luminary Austin Pendleton directs and adapts a new stage version of two Shakespeare plays. Featuring one of Shakespeare's darkest villains, Wars of the Roses: Henry VI & Richard III combines the text of Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 3 and Richard III. Starring Pendleton as Henry VI and Matt de Rogatis as Richard III, the production explains how Richard III evolved into a tyrant. In Henry VI, Part 3, he pretends to be a subjugated good brother while secretly behaving with bloodthirsty abandon. After killing Henry, Richard declares himself severed from his family and brotherhood and stands alone in his quest for the crown. In Richard III, he's the central character, keeping his subjects and rivals under his thumb in his zeal for power.
Discover the secrets of your favorite neighborhood or museum on a Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt. You won't be collecting objects (put back that statue!) but searching for answers to tricky and humorous questions. You can decipher a message in the sky in Central Park, find out what to do with a "fun goon" in Chinatown, track ghosts in Greenwich Village, solve a murder mystery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and much more. No knowledge of any hunt location is required — you just need a sharp mind and a good pair of shoes.
The elements are familiar — a mad king, consuming jealousy, pastoral comedic festivities, disguises, and star-crossed lovers. But the story continues to surprise us with its twists and turns from tragedy to comedy, from winter to spring, from life ended to life reborn.
A chronicle of jealousy, loss, and finding your way back home — The Winter's Tale is an interesting romp through every human emotion.
At Classics on the Rocks, we believe that just as whiskey doesn't need anything more than rocks to tame its bite, Shakespeare doesn't need fancy concepts, modernizations, frilly costumes, or big sets to make it relatable. All you need are talented actors who trust the text and tell the story. It's classics served simply on the rocks.