BURN THE FLOOR - THE INTERNATIONAL DANCE SENSATION IGNITES BROADWAY
Burn the Floor, the sizzling Latin and Ballroom dance spectacular has thrilled audiences and set stages ablaze around the globe, comes to Broadway for a limited engagement. See the show The London Independent calls, “Extraordinary! So hot it contributes to global warming. Burn the Floor will take your breath away!” Longacre Theatre (220 W. 48th St.). A breathtaking blend of Latin and Ballroom dance, BURN THE FLOOR was created, directed and choreographed by Jason Gilkison, former World Champion Latin and Ballroom dancer and guest choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance. Helmed by producers Harley Medcalf, Jason Gilkison, and former World Champion dancer Peta Roby, BURN THE FLOOR comes to one of Broadway’s most intimate venues, bringing audience members this close to the action and passion of the dancers.
An Evening At The CARLYLE A NEW MUSICAL REVUE WWW.ANEVENINGATTHECARLYLE.COM AN EVENING AT THE CARLYLE, A New Musical Revue presented by Algonquin Theater In the tradition of Off-Broadway revues like The Shoestring Revue, Starting Here Starting Now and Upstairs at O’Neil’s, AN EVENING AT THE CARLYLE is a musical entertainment featuring a talented young cast and a bright, original score commenting on current events, celebrities and life and love in the Big Apple. The show features original music and lyrics by Al Tapper The revolving door of patrons range from aspiring artists to down-and-out execs; from optimistic lovers to the torch-carrying lovelorn; from surprise celebrity guests to the inevitable celebrity wannabes; and from barflies toasting to their memories to those who drink to forget. For less than the cost of a round of cocktails, you join them all for an effervescent night out at one of Manhattan’s most infamous watering holes.
AN EVENING AT THE CARLYLE, A New Musical Revue, plays Sunday-Tuesday at 7 p.m, at The Algonquin Theater (123 East 24th Street).
New York Gilbert & Sullivan PlayersAmerica’s Preeminent Gilbert & Sullivan Repertory Ensemble Announces 35th Anniversary SeasonH.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, and an all-new production of Ruddigore! plus FREE KIDS NIGHT!New York’s City Center * January 8th – 17th
America’s foremost Gilbert & Sullivan repertory ensemble, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, proudly announces their triumphant return to New York’s historic City Center (West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues). The new season, set to kick off January 8th, will feature fully staged productions of H.M. S. Pinafore, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, and an all-new production of Ruddigore. Free Kids Night on January 12th!
Under the artistic and music direction of Albert Bergeret, the company has presented over 2,600 performances throughout the United States, Canada, and England. Incorporating a 25-piece orchestra, its productions feature contemporary energy while retaining a traditional respect for each of the G & S masterpieces. New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players is considered by many to be the nation’s “leading custodian of the G & S classics.”
H.M.S. Pinafore, or The Lass That Loved a Sailor marks the start of the Gilbert & Sullivan collaboration's hit parade and the beginning of musical theatre as we know it. On board H.M.S. Pinafore, the lowly sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, has fallen in love with Josephine, daughter of the repressed, but ever polite, Captain Corcoran whose social climbing ambitions have caused him to promise Josephine in marriage to the insufferable Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B, First Lord of the Admiralty. While the crew and Sir Joseph's groupies, referred to as "his sisters and his cousins and his aunts" dance their way across the deck, Josephine promises not to follow her heart in returning Ralph's affection and the Captain reveals his own attraction to the lowly peddler woman, Little Buttercup, who hints that "things are seldom what they seem." Sir Joseph senses Josephine's coolness to his advances, but is convinced by the Captain to make another effort in the boisterous Bell Trio. In a deliberately absurd twist of fate, Little Buttercup reveals that Ralph and the Captain were switched at birth, thereby allowing both Corcorans to marry the objects of their affections, within their own social classes. Sir Joseph is resigned to marrying his most devoted groupie, Cousin Hebe.
The Mikado or The Town of Titipu, the location is a fictitious Japanese town full of colorful characters - 3 little maids from school, a wandering minstrel, a hilariously corrupt public official, and a Lord High Executioner who may have a list of potential victims but is too tenderhearted to actually perform his duties. Beautiful school girl Yum-Yum loves the romantic minstrel Nanki-Poo but is engaged to Ko-Ko the executioner. This romantic triangle takes the usual course of thwarted romance, until the arrival first of the fearsome Katisha, claiming Nanki-Poo as her "perjured lover," and later of the emperor, or Mikado, himself - with his own list of punishments to fit the crime. In order to resolve the ensuing complications, Ko-Ko must use his wits to convince the most unattractive Katisha to marry him - in record time. That done, all other potentially dangerous circumstances are settled by the Mikado's all encompassing pronouncement "nothing could possibly be more satisfactory."
The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty centers on the dilemma of young Frederic who, as a child, was mistakenly apprenticed to the pirates until his twenty first birthday. Helping Frederic to deal with this unusual predicament are the brash Pirate King, Ruth - the pirate maid-of-all-work, romantic Mabel, and the delightfully stuffy Major-General Stanley. On the rocky coast of Cornwall, England a band of tenderhearted pirates celebrates the coming of age of their apprentice, Frederic. Although Frederic's apprenticing to pirates was the mistake of his nurse maid Ruth, he has dutifully served, but he now announces his plan to devote his life to the extermination of piracy. The naive young man meets a group of beautiful girls, their father, the delightfully dotty Major-General, and enlists the help of some bumbling and diffident policemen. But Ruth and the Pirate King tell Frederic that his apprentice papers state that he won't be of age until his 21st birthday, which won't occur until the distant date of 1940 because Frederic was born in leap year on the 29th of February. Frederic is doomed to remain the pirate apprentice. The policemen try to capture the pirates on their own, but are easily defeated. Everyone is happy to discover that the pirates are really all "noblemen who have gone wrong," so all is forgiven in the end.
Ruddigore, or The Witch's Curse - thrilling, but not chilling, is the word for this musically evocative send up of melodrama, replete with virtuous maidens, robust sailors, honest old folks, and dastardly bad baronets. Bridesmaids' dresses swirl in hornpipes and country dances, while ancestral ghosts appear magically from their portrait frames. Gilbert & Sullivan even poke fun at themselves in the delicious "Patter Trio" which proudly proclaims: "this particularly rapid, unintelligible patter isn't generally heard, and if it is it doesn't matter!" A family of baronets is under the unlikely curse of having to perform a crime of some sort each day. The most recent holder of the title has escaped this fate by hiding in a fishing village under an assumed name. When his younger brother reveals his true identity he is forced to assume his birthright position and face the ire of his predecessors, all ghosts represented by a picture gallery in the family estate. However, when the secret of how to break the curse comes to light, our hero is free to wed the beautiful, and very particular, girl of his dreams, while both his brother and recently deceased, but now fully revived, uncle find their own appropriate romantic matches.
Performances January 8th through January 17th are as follows: The Mikado – Friday, Jan. 8th – 8PM, Saturday, Jan. 9th – 8PM, Saturday, Jan. 16th – 2PM; H. M.S. Pinafore – Sunday, Jan. 10th – 3PM, Tuesday Jan. 12th – 7PM (FREE KIDS NIGHT!); The Pirates of Penzance - Saturday, January 9th – 2PM, Friday, January 15th – 8PM; Ruddigore – Thursday, Jan. 14th - 8PM, Saturday, Jan. 16th – 8PM, Sunday, Jan. 17th – 3PM. Tickets range in price from $xx to $xx. (Children 12 or under: half price when accompanied by an adult, 10% Senior discount on $80, $60 and $40 seats). More information and tickets can be obtained through the City Center box office and by phoning CityTix (212) 581-1212 or log on to www.nycitycenter.org.
Circumcise Me, (www.yisraelcampbell.com) a new comedy written by and starring Yisrael Campbell will play off-Broadway at The Bleecker Street Theater (45 Bleecker Street just East of Lafayette Street)
beginning November 1st with the official opening scheduled for November 11th. The show is produced by Evelyn McGee Colbert and Eva Price of Maximum Entertainment Productions.
In his New York theatrical debut, comedian Yisrael Campbell takes the audience on a hysterically funny and intensely personal journey through his struggles with drugs and alcohol and his eventual salvation in the Jewish faith. Though he was born Catholic, Yisrael (who changed his name from Christopher) charts an extraordinary spiritual, creative, and hilarious journey that includes three circumcisions along the way.
Circumcise Me is the rare collision of comedy and theatre that will have women howling with laughter and men squirming in their seats. The film “Circumcise Me,” a documentary on Yisrael’s life, is currently playing in film festivals around the country.
The creative team includes scenic and video design by Aaron Rhyne, Lighting and Sound design by Perchik Kreiman-Miller. The Director will be named shortly.
"It is thrilling to bring Circumcise Me to New York," said Yisrael Campbell. “The show will be running a quick subway ride away from where I studied 20 years ago at The Circle in the Square Drama School so I feel like I have come full circle. In the process, though, I changed my name, my religion, my nationality, my martial status and my size.”
Yisrael also tours with The Palestinian-Israeli Comedy Tour, a group of comedians bringing awareness to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and seeking peace through comedy. Most recently, a documentary film has captured Yisrael’s unique story and chronicles his life in the soon-to-be released film “Circumcise Me.”
Tickets for Circumcise Me range from $25.00 - $65.00 with premium seating available. Circumcise Me plays Wednesday at 2pm, Thursday at 8pm, Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 4pm and 7pm. Tickets can be purchased by visiting Telecharge at www.telecharge.com or calling (212) 239-6200. For more information, please visit: www.yisraelcampbell.com
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ZERO HOUR, the one-man show from Jim Brochu, will play a limited engagement in New York City. The show play the St. Clement's Theatre November 14 through Jan. 31, 2010. ZERO HOUR features Brochu as Zero Mostel. The play is directed by Piper Laurie, and will be produced by Kurt Peterson and Edmund Gaynes in association with The Peccadillo Theater Company.
Set in theatre legend Zero Mostel's painting studio on West 28th Street, a naïve reporter attempts to interview the famously volatile artist, prompting an explosion of memory, humor, outrage and juicy backstage lore. Mostel is remembered for his comedic genius and his definitive roles, but in the 1950's he was equally known for his place on the infamous Hollywood blacklist.
Directed by three time Oscar nominee Piper Laurie (The Hustler, Carrie), Jim Brochu's striking portrayal brings all of Mostel's swagger, ferocity, intelligence and fantastic wit back to the stage in this mesmerizing and hilarious tour-de-force. Since its Ovation Award-winning debut in 2006 Zero Hour has played to sold out houses all over the country and was named one of the ten best plays of the Los Angeles Theatre Season (2007) as well as one of the ten best of the South Florida Theatre Season (2008). Jim Brochu won the 2009 South Florida Carbonell Award as Best Actor in a Play for his performace as Zero Mostel.
St. Clement's Theatre is located at 423 West 46th Street, New York City. Tickets available by phone at (212) 239-6200 / 800-432-7250 outside NYC, or online through Telecharge.com.
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