IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, BROADWAY BACKSTAGE and More Set for On Stage at Kingsborough This Spring

On Stage at Kingsborough, a leading performing arts presenter located at Brooklyn's Kingsborough Community College presents its 2017 spring season, featuring world class artists from around the globe. On Stage at Kingsborough brings internationally renowned performing artists to Southern Brooklyn with an eclectic roster spanning multiple genres including music, dance, theatre and family programming. The full 2016-2017 season began September 24, 2016 and runs through May 20, 2017.

For families with children or the young at heart, comes "Twinkle Tames A Dragon," from the award-winning Vital Theatre Company. Written by Katharine Holabird, author of the popular "Angelina Ballerina" series, "Twinkle Tames a Dragon," is a charming new musical where a fairy has to figure out how to tame a naughty pet dragon in time for Fairy Pet Day. With colorful, glittery fairy costumes, catchy songs and a story of friendship, the audience will be taken on a delightful visual and auditory journey. Canada's longest running play, "Morgan's Journey" has been delighting children and their families for nearly three decades and is a captivating exploration of the joyous yet challenging childhood experiences that offers audiences a unique opportunity for active participation. The audience will follow Morgan the Clown on a journey of discovery, as Morgan learns a valuable and moving lesson about love and the true meaning of friendship.

Musical highlights include an evening of Jazz at the Lighthouse as MusicTalks, an organization that breaks down the barriers between musicians and audiences hosts award-winning vocalist Thana Alexa, accompanied by the Israeli 12th Night Jazz Quartet, for an evening of outstanding jazz and stories tracing the legacy of the legendary singer, Ella Fitzgerald. The event is hosted by MusicTalks founder and award-winning musician, Elad Kabilio. Join acclaimed jazz and cabaret singer Natalie Douglas for her show, "Four Women" and listen to her majestic voice as she performs the signature works of Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, and Billie Holiday. Douglas recently brought her gorgeous pipes and inspiring song interpretations to Birdland Jazz Club, Carnegie Hall, and Cafe Carlyle.

For dance enthusiasts, from Argentina, Che Malambo, a powerhouse company of 14 Argentina "gauchos" will bring awe-inspiring precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming, singing, and whirling boleadoras (lassos) to the stage. Danced solely by men, the fiery Malambo tradition began in the 17th century as competitive duels that would challenge skills of agility, strength, and zapeteo, the fast-paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of the galloping horses of their native Argentina. This will be Che Malambo's Brooklyn debut following a critically-acclaimed performance at City Center in 2015. From Canada, The StepCrew is an extravaganza of Celtic music, song, and three styles of percussive dance: traditional Irish Step, Tap, and Ottawa Valley - a form known for fast, high-stepping, exuberant jigs and reels. This dynamic tour de force takes the audience on an adventure of dance, from the haunting beauty of Ireland to the spirited wilds of North America.

Broadway Backstage will give audience members a behind the scenes look at Broadway, as six Broadway stars with starring roles in such Broadway blockbusters as Chicago, Wicked, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, Evita, and Jesus Christ Superstar, belt out the tunes that they sing from the world's grandest stages and share backstage gossip, on-stage mishaps, "big break" moments, and other insider stories.

From the Drama Desk Award-Winning Godlight Theatre Company comes "In the Heat of the Night," adapted from the award-winning book that inspired the Oscar-winning film and Emmy-winning television series. The play takes place in 1962 in the small town of Argo, Alabama. A dead white man is discovered and the local police arrest a black man named Virgil Tibbs, but soon discover that their prime suspect is in fact a homicide detective from California. Tibbs becomes the racially-tense community's single hope in solving a brutal murder that is turning up no witnesses, no motives, and no clues.

"On Stage at Kingsborough is bringing high caliber performances to the southernmost tip of Brooklyn. We are a destination for all New Yorkers passionate about the arts, while additionally providing local residents with access to great programs in their backyard. This season's lineup features artists from around the globe who are masters of their form. From Broadway stars to Argentine malambo and the best in jazz, cabaret, theatre and more, there is something to suit all tastes," said Anna Becker, Executive Director of On Stage at Kingsborough.

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 September 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 2016-2017 season reflects our commitment to present world-class artists in exclusive Brooklyn engagements.

The On Stage at Kingsborough Spring schedule is below. For the most up-to-date scheduling and line-up for all programming, including video previews, visit www.onstageatkingsborough.org, or follow on Twitter: OnStageAtKCC and Facebook: OnStageAtKingsborough.


On Stage at Kingsborough Schedule:

February 5, 2017

2:00 PM

Twinkle Tames A Dragon

Family/Theatre

February 10, 2017

7:00 PM

Music Talks/Ella!

Jazz at the Lighthouse

March 25, 2017

8:00 PM

Che Malambo

Dance/Live Music

April 1, 2017

8:00 PM

Broadway Backstage

Cabaret

April 29, 2017

8:00 PM

In the Heat of the Night

Theatre

May 6, 2017

8:00 PM

Natalie Douglas: Four Women

Cabaret

May 13, 2017

2:00 PM

Morgan's Journey

Family/Theatre

May 20, 2017

8:00 PM

The StepCrew

Dance/Live Music

February 5, 2017
2:00 PM
Twinkle Tames a Dragon
Schooltime/Family - Theatre - Musical
Tickets: $12
Media Sponsor: Brooklyn Family, Russian Parents

Based on the Book by Angelina Ballerina author Katharine Holabird
From Vital Theatre Company

Twinkle, Pippa, and Lulu have always wanted a pet and are thrilled when Fairy Godmother grants their wish. While Pippa and Lulu get cute little pets, a naughty pet dragon named Scruffy is NOT what Twinkle had in mind! Can Twinkle tame her dragon in time for Fairy Pet Day?

Twinkle Tames A Dragon, from the award-winning Vital Theatre Company, is a charming new musical based on the book of the same title by best-selling author Katharine Holabird, illustrated by Sarah Warburton.

Meet the cast after the show!

February 10, 2017
7:00 PM
Music Talks/Ella!
Music - Jazz
Tickets: $40

Enjoy wine, cheese, and outstanding Jazz at The Lighthouse!

Join MusicTalks host Elad Kabilio, the Israeli 12th Night Jazz Quartet, and award-winning vocalist Thana Alexa for an evening of outstanding jazz. The program features milestone standards that inspired the legendary Ella Fitzgerald and highlight her journey from debut performance at the Apollo Theater's Amateur Night to her groundbreaking career as one of the most celebrated jazz artists of the 20th Century.

Special Notes: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Table seating is unreserved and patrons may be required to share a table.

March 25, 2017
8:00 PM
Che Malambo
Dance - Malambo with Live Drumming
Tickets: $32 - $37
Media Sponsor: El Diario

In a thrilling spectacle of percussive dance and music, Che Malambo brings awe-inspiring precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming, singing, and whirling boleadoras(lassos) to our stage. Danced solely by men, the fiery malambo tradition began in the 17th century as competitive duels that would challenge skills of agility, strength, andzapeteo, the fast-paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of the galloping horses of their native Argentina.

Following a critically-acclaimed performance at City Center last season, this powerhouse company of 14 gauchos makes their Brooklyn debut.

April 1, 2017
8:00 PM
Broadway Backstage
Cabaret
Tickets: $32 - $37

Memorable Broadway Moments & Unforgettable Broadway Bloopers!

Created & Directed by Daniel C. Levine (Mamma Mia, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago)

Music Director: Bryan Perri (Wicked, Next To Normal, Chaplin)

From their starring roles in such Broadway blockbusters as "Chicago," "Wicked," "Les Miserables," "Mamma Mia," "Evita," and "Jesus Christ Superstar," six Broadway stars belt out the tunes that they sing for thousands every night! Hear their backstage gossip, on-stage mishaps, "big break" moments, and other insider stories - while all the time enjoying songs from today's most popular musicals.

All New Show! Past Broadway Backstage casts have included Lindsay Mendez ("Wicked," "Godspell"), Burke Moses ("Guys and Dolls," "Beauty and The Beast"), Jen Colella ("If/Then," "Chaplin"), Rachelle Rak ("Catch Me If You Can," "Fosse"), and Michael Seelbach ("Wicked," "Jesus Christ Superstar").

April 29, 2017
8:00 PM
In the Heat of the Night
Theatre - Drama
Tickets: $32 - $37

From Drama Desk Award-Winning Godlight Theatre Company!

Based on the novel by John Ball
Adapted by Matt Pelfrey
Directed by Joe Tantalo

Godlight Theatre Company presents their critically-acclaimed production of "In the Heat of the Night" , adapted from the award-winning book that inspired the Oscar-winning film and Emmy-winning television series.

It's 1962. A hot August night lies heavy over the small town of Argo, Alabama. A dead white man is discovered and the local police arrest a black stranger named Virgil Tibbs. The police discover that their prime suspect is in fact a homicide detective from California. Tibbs becomes the racially-tense community's single hope in solving a brutal murder that is turning up no witnesses, no motives, and no clues.

Post-performance discussion with the artists!

May 6, 2017
8:00 PM
Natalie Douglas: Four Women
Cabaret
Tickets: $32 - $37

Backstage Bistro, Nightlife, & 7-Time MAC Award-Winner Natalie Douglas!

Four Women celebrates the music of Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, and Billie Holiday. These extraordinary women changed the face of musical storytelling with songs like Lena's sensational "Stormy Weather," Nina's electrifying "I Put a Spell on You," Abbey's inspirational "Throw It Away," and, of course, Billie's stunning "God Bless The Child."

Gorgeous pipes combined with effortless vocal styling and inspiring song interpretation are the hallmarks of nightclub diva Natalie Douglas, whose recent appearances include Birdland Jazz Club, Carnegie Hall, and Cafe Carlyle. Join Natalie, her Musical Director Mark Hartman (Broadway's Avenue Q & Sondheim on Sondheim), and their quintet as they honor these dynamic, iconic, complex, exhilarating, and fiercely talented Four Women.

Post-performance CD signing with Ms. Douglas!

May 13, 2017
2:00 PM
Morgan's Journey
Schooltime/Family - Theatre
Tickets: $12
Media Sponsor: Brooklyn Family, Russian Parents

Winner of Chalmer's Canadian Play Award for Outstanding Play!

From the moment of his birth, we follow Morgan the Clown on a journey of discovery. We delight in the birthday presents he receives, especially a wise sock puppet who becomes his companion.

In a captivating exploration of the joys and challenges of childhood, with active audience participation, Morgan learns a valuable and moving lesson about love and the true meaning of friendship.

Morgan's Journey has delighted children and their families around the world for nearly three decades.

Meet the cast after the show!

May 20, 2017
8:00 PM
The StepCrew
Dance - Celtic/Irish with Live Music
Tickets: $32 - $37

The StepCrew is an extravaganza of Celtic music, song, and three styles of percussive dance: traditional Irish Step, Tap, and Ottawa Valley - a form known for fast, high-stepping, exuberant jigs and reels. This dynamic tour de force takes you on a breathtaking journey of dance from the haunting beauty of Ireland to the spirited wilds of North America.

Led by Cara Butler (The Chieftains' leading Irish dancer) and the Pilatzke brothers (Canada's most exciting Ottawa Valley Step dancers), this outstanding company includes Canadian champion fiddle players, the vocals of Scotland's Alyth McCormack, and touring members of famed Irish band, The Chieftains.



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