Brooklyn's On Stage at Kingsborough Announces 2017-2018 Performing Arts Season!

On Stage at Kingsborough, a leading performing arts presenter located at Brooklyn's Kingsborough Community College is pleased to announce its 2017-2018 season, featuring world class artists from around the globe. On Stage at Kingsborough brings top notch performing arts to Southern Brooklyn with an eclectic roster of artists spanning multiple genres including music, dance, and family programming.

Musical highlights include internationally renowned Russian jazz star and saxophone virtuoso Igor Butman, along with his quintet and special guest, award-winning piano and vocal jazz prodigy Oleg Akkuratov, among other surprise guest vocalists. In 2011, Butman earned the high rank of People's Artist of Russia and in 2015 he was awarded the prestigious UNESCO Five Continents Medal. Fans of the Olympics Games might recognize Butman's sounds, where he has performed at every competition since 2004- along with almost every major jazz festival in the world.

Famed Irish/Celtic rock group The Prodigals will have the audience dancing in the aisles with "Claddagh," a sparkling multi-media show that fuses the groups' iconic music with world-champion Irish and tap dancers, and a modern-day Irish fairy tale narrated by Bandleader and Broadway actor Gregory Grene. Pop music icon Frankie Valli's quartet The Modern Gentlemen, have wowed audiences worldwide alongside of Valli on his world tours. They will perform their Signature Sound, blending their modern voices with tight four-part harmonies in classic Motown, Pop, Rock, and Doo Wop hits. The group has appeared onstage with The Beach Boys, The Manhattan Transfer, Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson and more.

MusicTalks, an organization that breaks down the barriers between musicians and audience will present a special Hanukkah performance. Join Host Elad Kabilio, the Israeli ensemble the 12th Night Klezmer and guest vocalist Yiddish theatre star Daniella Rabbani as they explore the unique spirit of klezmer with melodies of joyful sorrow, as well as Gypsy-flavored Hanukkah favorites from the Shtetls of Eastern Europe to the streets of New York City, with "8 Days of Klezmer."

Later in the season, join MusicTalks for an intimate Valentine's Day performance, "For The Love Of Jazz," as part of On Stage at Kingsborough's Jazz At The Lighthouse series. Taking place in a venue located inside a modern lighthouse, the audience can enjoy wine, cheese and picturesque views. This romantic night of Valentine's Day-inspired jazz ballads, will feature award-winning vocalist Thana Alexa and special guest Michael Mayo, accompanied by the Israeli MusicTalks Jazz Quartet, as they perform some of the best known flirtatious duets by jazz icons such as Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.

Dance enthusiasts can enjoy companies from around the world. The State Ballet Theatre of Russia founded by the legendary Bolshoi Theatre Ballet principal dancer, Maya Plisetskaya will perform the family-friendly, holiday ballet classic, "The Nutcracker." From Argentina, TANGO LOVERS' Gold Label, directed by World Tango Dance Champion Marcos Ayala, will deliver a gorgeous evening of steAmy Tango, from the rhythms of the Golden Age of 1940's/50's Buenos Aires to the beats of contemporary metropolitan tango.

From The Charleston and Lindy Hop to The Jitterbug and Twist to Disco and Vogue, leading Broadway dancers - backed up by Broadway vocalists and a live band - will take the audience on a sweeping journey through the last century of American dance sensations with American Dance Spectacular!

Cabaret aficionados will be delighted by this years' offerings. Join Tony Nominee Jarrod Spector for his brand-new show "Jukebox Life," which takes the audience on Jarrod's journey to the bright lights of Broadway. Backed by the sounds of a red-hot seven-piece band and intertwined with videos from throughout his career, Spector will wow with his gorgeous pipes, which the audience may recognize from his roles as "Frankie Valli" in Jersey Boys and "Barry Mann" in Beautiful. Spector will be starring in the musical Roman Holiday, which is coming to Broadway this fall. "Two's Company: Broadways Great Duets," a Merkin Concert Hall Broadway Close Up Presentation,is an ode to the duet; the Broadway song that allows a show's stars to interact; to fight, flirt, and fall in love. From Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim, Two's Company,will celebrate great duets from hit Broadway shows such as Guys and Dolls, Fiddler On The Roof, A Chorus Line, Wonderful Town, and more. Host Sean Hartley will be joined by a cast of Broadway's best belters, all ready to prove that two voices are better than one! Broadway will come to Brooklyn with Tony Award winner Randy Graff's "Made in Brooklyn...Bound for Broadway," a musical celebration of Brooklyn's own famed songwriters and artists, featuring hits like "Alfie," "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," "On The Sunny Side of The Street," "People," and more. Graff originated the role of Fantine in Broadway's " Les Miserables" and starred in such Broadway shows as " Falsettos," "High Society," and " Moon Over Buffalo." Graff received a Tony and Drama Desk Award for the hit production, City of Angels.

For children or the young at heart, On Stage at Kingsborough will offer several unique theatre productions that will inspire and uplift. All family shows will offer fans an opportunity to meet the cast post-show. From Austin, Texas, Lionheart Youth Theatre company, will present "Petra and the Wolf," a captivating performance inspired by the Prokofiev classic Peter and the Wolf. Featuring large-scale puppetry and live music, meet the granddaughter of the fabled Peter, the mischievous but fearless Petra, whose adventures become a showcase of bravery and compassion after a wolf threatens her home. From Vital Theatre Company comes "Flight School The Musical," a charming musical where a Penguin that is told that he won't be able to fly eventually finds his wings with the help of his friends, and is able to flip, flap, fly away! "How I Became A Pirate" from Dallas Children's Theater is a swashbuckling musical adventure that follows a band of comical pirates as they search for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. This spirited musical is sure to leave young mateys singing and dancing in the aisles!

"On Stage at Kingsborough brings high caliber performances by International Artists who are masters of their form, to the southernmost tip of Brooklyn. We are a destination for all New Yorkers passionate about the arts, while additionally providing area residents with access to great programs right in their backyard. We are proud to offer something for all ages and tastes. This year we have everything from Argentinian tango to Russian ballet to the best in American jazz and great Broadway stars," said Anna Becker, Executive Director of On Stage at Kingsborough.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
On Stage at Kingsborough (OSK) brings artistically and culturally diverse, multi-disciplinary performances from masters of the form to the varied communities within and surrounding Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn. We strive to create an environment where the arts are an accessible and integral part of life, and the Arts Center is a community gathering place for interaction and inspiration. We present world class dance, cabaret, theatre, music, and family performances in the Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center and Kingsborough Community College's Lighthouse from October to May, and our Hot Summer Nights! free outdoor concert series at Kingsborough Community College's bandshell every July. Our school-time shows welcome classes from local public and private schools, a majority of which serves economically-disadvantaged or special needs populations. The 2017-2018 season reflects our commitment to present world-class artists in exclusive Brooklyn engagements.

The On Stage at Kingsborough schedule is below. For the most up-to-date scheduling and line-up for all programming, including video previews, follow OSK via the below links for information.
Website: http://www.onstageatkingsborough.org
Twitter: OnStageAtKCC
Facebook: OnStageAtKingsborough

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On Stage at Kingsborough Schedule

Date

Time

Artist

Genre

October 13, 2017

7:00 PM

Eddie Allen/ 3hree For Louis: A Tribute To Louis Armstrong Featuring Eddie Allen

Jazz at the Lighthouse

October 28, 2017

8:00 PM

American Dance Spectacular!

Dance/Broadway

November 5, 2017

2:00 PM

Petra and the Wolf

Family - Theatre

November 18, 2017

8:00 PM

Two's Company: Broadway's Great Duets

Cabaret

December 3, 2017

3:00 PM

MusicTalks/ 8 Days of Klezmer

Music - Klezmer

December 17, 2017

3:00 PM

The Nutcracker

Family - Dance

January 27, 2018

8:00 PM

Igor Butman & Friends

Music - Jazz

February 16, 2018

7:00 PM

MusicTalks/ For The Love Of Jazz

With Host Elad Kabilio and Vocalists Thana Alexa and Michael Mayo

Featuring the Israeli MusicTalks Jazz Quartet

Jazz at the Lighthouse

March 3, 2018

8:00 PM

Jukebox Life Featuring Jarrod Spector

Cabaret

March 16, 2018

8:00 PM

Claddagh Featuring The Prodigals

Music - Irish/Celtic with dance

March 24, 2018

2:00 PM

Flight School The Musical

Family - Musical Theatre

April 14, 2018

8:00 PM

TANGO LOVERS' Gold Label

Dance - Tango

April 21, 2018

2:00 PM

How I Became A Pirate

Family - Musical Theatre

April 28, 2018

8:00 PM

Made In Brooklyn...Bound For Broadway featuring Randy Graff

Cabaret

May 11, 2018

7:00 PM

A Sophisticated Reunion -

A Celebration of Duke Ellington

Jazz at the Lighthouse

May 19, 2018

8:00 PM

The Modern Gentlemen

Music - Pop & Rock

October 13, 2017
7:00 PM
Eddie Allen/ 3hree For Louis: A Tribute To Louis Armstrong
Music - Jazz
Tickets: $40

Enjoy wine, cheese, spectacular views, and world-class jazz at The Lighthouse!

Join us for a swinging tribute to jazz legend and American Icon Louis Armstrong with Eddie Allen and his six-piece all-star jazz ensemble. Eddie Allen has played with such jazz greats as Art Blakey, Billy Harper, Randy Weston, Dizzy Gillespie, and many more.

"... ain't nothin' better than high-energy jazz and this meets all the criteria! - Improvijazzation Nation Magazine

"Eddie Allen takes the listener for quite a ride!" - Gary Walker, WBGO Radio

October 28, 2017
8:00 PM
American Dance Spectacular!
Dance - Broadway
Tickets: $32 - $37

Directed by Daniel C. Levine ( Mamma Mia!, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago)
Choreographed by Al Blackstone (Fox TV's So You Think You Can Dance, Capezio A.C.E. Award Winner)
Music Direction by Bryan Perri ( Wicked, Next to Normal, Chaplin),
Written by Susan Batten (Lifetime's Showing Roots) & Daniel C. Levine

From The Charleston and Lindy Hop to The Jitterbug and Twist to Disco and Vogue, leading Broadway dancers - backed up by Broadway vocalists and a live band - take the audience on a sweeping journey through the last century of American dance sensations.

Director Daniel C. Levine returns to our stage after wild acclaim for Broadway Backstage and Gotta Dance. Al Blackstone, best known for his show-stopping Broadway choreography on So You Think You Can Dance, created the Off-Broadway hit Freddie Falls In Love and choreographed the celebrated Off-Broadway show The View Upstairs.

"Al Blackstone is one of the fastest-rising choreographers in the industry, creating one successful piece after another!" - Dance Spirit Magazine

November 5, 2017
2:00 PM
Petra and the Wolf
Schooltime/Family - Theatre
Tickets: $12

From Lionheart Youth Theatre
Staging and puppetry by Glass Half Full Theatre and live original score by Mother Falcon

Inspired by the Prokofiev classic Peter and the Wolf, with captivating large-scale puppetry and live music, this original work introduces the mischievous but fearless Petra, the granddaughter of the fabled Peter. When a wolf threatens her home and animal friends, her adventures become a showcase of bravery and compassion.

Recommended for Ages 4 & Up

Meet the Cast After the Show!

"Sweepingly majestic!" - NPR on Mother Falcon
"The thought and detail going into this show is on par with a project aimed at adults" - The Austin Chronicle

November 18, 2017
8:00 PM
Two's Company: Broadway's Great Duets
Cabaret
Tickets: $32 - $37

A Merkin Concert Hall Broadway Close Up Presentation
Directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Tony Nominee, Ragtime)
Musical Direction by Greg Jarrett

When you think of Broadway songs, you usually think of the star's big solo or the grand production number featuring the whole chorus. But there is another Broadway song that deserves special attention: the duet! Duets allow a show's stars to interact; to fight, flirt, and fall in love. From Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim, TWO'S COMPANY will celebrate great duets from hit Broadway shows such as Guys and Dolls, Fiddler On The Roof, A Chorus Line, Wonderful Town, and more. Host Sean Hartley will be joined by a cast of Broadway's best belters, all ready to prove that two voices are better than one!

Past performers have included Tony nominees Kate Baldwin, Mark Jacoby, Joshua Henry, and Liz Callaway along with Rebecca Luker, Marilyn Maye, and many more.

"Merkin Concert Hall's Broadway Close Up is one of the most entertaining and worthwhile performance series in New York." - NEXT Magazine
"Expect an entertaining evening!" - Playbill

December 3, 2017
3:00 PM
MusicTalks/ 8 Days of Klezmer
Music - Klezmer
Tickets: $32 - $37

Celebrate Hanukkah with MusicTalks' Elad Kabilio and 12th Night Klezmer
With Special Guest Vocalist Daniella Rabbani

Join us for a celebration of the festival of lights! Explore the unique spirit of klezmer with melodies of joyful sorrow, as well as Gypsy-flavored Hanukkah favorites. Host Elad Kabilio, 12th Night Klezmer, and Daniella Rabbani will take you on a musical trip from the Shtetls of Eastern Europe to the streets of New York City.

12th Night Klezmer is an all-Israeli ensemble who have trained at the world's leading music conservatories and have been featured in festivals worldwide. Daniella Rabbani has traveled the world with The National Yiddish Theater, performing alongside Mandy Patinkin, Ron Rifkin, and Tovah Feldshuh at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, and most recently at The Jewish State Theater in Warsaw, Poland.

Meet the Artists After the Show!

"A quintet of highly creative, classically trained Israeli musicians." - Jewish Week
"A particular standout was Daniella Rabbani...[she] will leave you twirling in the streets after the show!" - The New York Times

December 17, 2017
3:00 PM
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents
The Nutcracker
Dance - Ballet
Tickets: $32 - $37

Full-Length Ballet in Two Acts with Epilogue

Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Choreography by Marius Petipa and Vasily Vainonen

The Nutcracker, a perennial holiday favorite, is an enchanting adventure through a little girl's fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers, and an army of mice. Be transported by this stunning full-scale production, with Tchaikovsky's wondrous score, choreography by world-renowned Marius Petipa and The Mariinsky's Vasily Vainonen, and 40 of Russia's brightest ballet stars in glorious costumes.

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia (from the city of Voronezh), founded by the legendary Bolshoi Theatre Ballet principal dancer, Maya Plisetskaya, is now directed by the award-winning Moiseyev Dance Company soloist Nikolay Anokhin.

"Effortless precision." - Palm Beach Daily News
"Full of enchantment!" - The New York Times

January 27, 2018
8:00 PM
Igor Butman & Friends
Music - Jazz
Tickets: $32 - $37

The Igor Butman Quintet with special guest Oleg Akkuratov & Surprise Guest Vocalists!

Igor Butman has brought the house down at On Stage At Kingsborough multiple times with his Moscow Jazz Orchestra. But you haven't truly experienced this international jazz superstar until you've joined him for an intimate and swinging evening with his outrageous quintet. Special guests include award-winning piano and vocal jazz prodigy Oleg Akkuratov and more surprise guest vocalists.

Igor Butman has shared the stage with all the jazz greats, including Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Lionel Hampton, and Grover Washington Jr. He has performed at every Olympic Games since 2004 and almost every major jazz festival in the world. Butman earned the high rank of People's Artist of Russia and was awarded the UNESCO Five Continents Medal.

Meet Igor Butman After the Show!

"One of the best tenor saxophonists in the world!" - The Daily News
"Mr. Butman is a steamroller of a saxophonist!" - The New York Times

February 16, 2018
7:00 PM
MusicTalks/ For The Love Of Jazz
Music - Jazz
Tickets: $40

Enjoy wine, cheese, spectacular views, and world-class jazz at The Lighthouse!

MusicTalks Celebrates Valentine's Day!
With Host Elad Kabilio and Vocalists Thana Alexa and Michael Mayo
Featuring the Israeli MusicTalks Jazz Quartet

Fall in love to the most beloved and nostalgic jazz standards when MusicTalks returns with award-winning jazz singer Thana Alexa (last season's Ella!) and the Israeli MusicTalks Jazz Quartet. This romantic night of Valentine's Day-inspired jazz ballads will include special guest star Michael Mayo as he joins Ms. Alexa for some of the best known flirtatious duets by jazz icons such as Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.

"A radiant voice... an electric stage presence!" -DOWNBEAT on Thana Alexa
"Interesting and sophisticated!" - The Boston Jazz Globe on Michael Mayo

March 3, 2018
8:00 PM
Jukebox Life
Cabaret
Tickets: $32 - $37

Tony Nominee Jarrod Spector ( Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Jersey Boys) returns to On Stage At Kingsborough in a brand new show!

For six years, Jarrod Spector played "Frankie Valli" in Jersey Boys. For three years, he played "Barry Mann" in Beautiful. Long before his 1,500 "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You's" and 900 "We Gotta Get Outta This Place's," and even before becoming Junior Champion on Ed McMahon's Star Searchat age six, music underscored the story of Jarrod's often humbling journey to the bright lights of Broadway.

With a red-hot seven-piece band and often embarrassing childhood videos, Jukebox Life traces Jarrod's journey through some terrible - and eventually less terrible - auditions ("One Song Glory"), to getting the role ("Since I Don't Have You") and best of all, to getting the girl ("Shiksa Goddess").

Meet Jarrod Spector After the Show!

"His clarion tenor soars over the concert hall ...an astounding vocal range!" - Theatermania
"Oh what a night: Broadway tenor Jarrod Spector charms the audience!"
-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

March 16, 2018
8:00 PM
Claddagh
Music - Irish/Celtic with dance
Tickets: $32 - $37

Claddagh is a sparkling multi-media show that fuses The Prodigals' iconic music with world-champion Irish and tap dancers. Bandleader and Broadway actor Gregory Grene narrates this modern-day Irish fairy tale, rich in love, life, and laughter. You'll be singing along to rollicking Clancy Brothers-era songs, moved anew by classics like "Danny Boy," and dancing in the aisles to the joyous finale.

Boasting a line-up of extraordinary musicians, The Prodigals are one of the most successful bands to emerge from the East Coast Irish scene. They have recorded six albums and tour extensively. Their music can be heard in the film Pride and Glory, starring Edward Norton and Colin Farrell.

Meet The Prodigals After the Show!

"Brilliant!" - Irish Voice
"Indelibly Irish!" - The New York Times

March 24, 2018
2:00 PM
Flight School The Musical
Schooltime/Family - Musical - Theatre
Tickets: $12

From Vital Theatre Company
Book by Cara Lustik
Music by David Mallamud
Lyrics by Joshua H. Cohen
Directed & Choreographed by Clint Hromsco
Based on the book by Best-Selling Author Lita Judge

It's the first day of Flight School where they teach birds to fly and Penguin has the soul of an eagle, ready to live on the wind! Though he wasn't built to soar, as the other birds constantly remind him, Penguin's spirit won't be grounded. With the help of some friends of a feather, Penguin follows his dream to flip, flap, fly!


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