THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON, THE MAGIC FLUTE & More Set for New Victory's 2014-15 Season
As New York's premier Off-Broadway theater dedicated to kids and families, The New Victory Theater has announced six NY premieres and seven U.S. premieres from eight different countries around the world in a new season that runs from September 26, 2014 through June 7, 2015.
Williamstown Theatre Festival's The Old Man and The Old Moon by PigPen Theatre Co. opens the New Victory season from September 26 - October 13. Last seen in New York at the Gym at Judson and in concert at the Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom, the seven young actor musicians of PigPen Theatre Co. perform a folk rock fable with spirited music, inventive theatrical effects and a rollicking array of ever-changing characters.
From the townships of South Africa, Isango Ensemble bursts onto the New Vic stage in the U.S. Premiere of The Magic Flute: Impempe yomlingo from November 1 - November 9. This Young Vic production received an Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival (Young Vic, London) and a Globes de Cristal for Best Opera (Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris) for its inspired reimagining of Mozart's masterpiece opera, sung in English by a cast of more than two dozen voices and performed with an orchestra of marimbas.
The internationally-acclaimed Complicite (Shun-kin, A Disappearing Number) adapts Zizou Corder's bestselling Lionboy novels in their first show for families and young people. Telling the story of Charlie Ashanti-a boy with the power to speak to cats-this ensemble company fuses theater, acrobatic movement and live percussion to take audiences on a cross-continental rescue mission from January 23 - February 1.
Pinocchio makes its U.S. premiere from March 13 - March 22 after a successful run at the Sydney Opera House, presented by the Sydney Theatre Company. With bold ballads, angsty anthems and a plot knotted with tabloid twists, Carlo Collodi's classic tale gets remastered in this psychedelic rock musical by Windmill Theatre/State Theatre Company of South Australia.
Celebrate the holiday season with the amazing Cirque Zíva from December 5, 2014 - January 4, 2015. Lauded for their unparalleled precision and dynamic design, the Drama Desk-nominated Golden Dragon Acrobats (New Vic 2005) are the preeminent Chinese acrobatic company touring the U.S. The large cast and spectacular set designs will wow auds with heart-stopping stunts, ancient artistry and a Lion Dance that will have the crowd roaring.
Remaining U.S. premieres include Onyx Productions' 360 Allstars, showcasing seven street arts champions, including two B-Boys, a cyr wheel artist and a BMX rider, from November 14 - November 30; Cambuyón, a mix of body percussion, tap dance, hip hop and drumming that forms unique rhythms with African, Irish, Spanish and American influences from February 6 - February 22; and Catch Me! (Attrape-moi) from Quebec City's Flip FabriQue, a young troupe of professional circus artists drawn from Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Éloize, in a cool, light and gravity-defying performance about camaraderie from March 28 - April 18.
Four of the 15 shows in the New Victory 2014-15 Season are by American companies, including American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) and A.R.T./MXAT Institute's The Light Princess (February 27 - March 8), a new musical written by Lila Rose Kaplan and Mike Pettry based on the George MacDonald fairy tale, and Rennie Harris RHAW's LUV: American-Style (May 8 - May 17), which sets Dr. Rennie Harris's hip hop choreography to a soundtrack of chart-topping rock.
This year's "bridge shows," designed to introduce young theatergoers to a traditional theater setting, include The Snail and the Whale by London's Tall Stories (The Gruffalo, New Vic 2004), based on the much loved book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler from October 18 - October 19, and the kid rock concert of two-time GRAMMY-nominated Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players in The Mysterious Hat from April 25 - April 26.
Babies as young as four months old are invited to Babble, an immersive theater experience from Northern Ireland's Replay Theatre Company, while kids ages one to four years will enjoy Minimón, a solo dance performance about the extraordinary stories found in a seemingly ordinary room. For crafty kids ages two and older, Paper Planet by Polyglot Theatre (Tangle, Lincoln Center Out of Doors) invites families to make original paper creations and add them to a jungle of cardboard trees filled with paper flora and fauna in a one-of-a-kind interactive installation.
Please see attachments for complete show descriptions and profiles for all New Victory 2014-15 season programming. All selections are subject to change.
The New Victory 2014-15 season goes on sale July 1. Membership renewal begins June 11. Theatergoers who buy tickets for three or more New Victory shows qualify for free Membership benefits, including locked-in discount ticket prices, free unlimited exchanges (up to 48 hours in advance) and access to a first-look purchase period for newly added performances.
Tickets will be available online (NewVictory.org) and by telephone (646.223.3010). For summer box office hours, please visit http://www.newvictory.org/boxoffice. Beginning September 2, The New Victory Theater box office (209 West 42nd Street) will be open Sunday and Monday from 11am-5pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-7pm.
For shows at The New Victory Theater (except Cirque Zíva and the bridge shows), tickets are $10, $13, $18 or $25 for Members and $15, $19, $28 or $38 at full price, based on seat locations.
For Cirque Zíva, which runs throughout the holiday season, Member tickets start at $13 and full price tickets start at $19. For bridge shows, Member tickets are $17 and full price tickets are $25.
For shows at the New 42nd Street Studios and The Duke on 42nd Street, Member tickets start at $10 and full price tickets start at $15.