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Beth Morrison Projects, PROTOTYPE and Trinity Church Wall Street Announce Five New Op Photo Beth Morrison Projects, PROTOTYPE and Trinity Church Wall Street Announce Five New Operas in Three Years
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 2, 2020

Beth Morrison Projects (BMP) and Trinity Church Wall Street (Trinity), together with PROTOTYPE: Opera|Theatre|Now, are pleased to announce a multiyear partnership in which BMP and Trinity will commission and produce five cutting-edge new opera-theater works for premiere at the PROTOTYPE Festival over three seasons (2021a?"2023). These comprise a new work by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer-director team Du Yun and Michael McQuilken; two new works by librettist Royce Vavrek, paired with Mary Kouyoumdjian and Julian Wachner, respectively; a work by composer Ted Hearne with text by Halim Flowers and rap from Momolu Stewart; and a work by Paola Prestini with poet Brenda Shaughnessy.

Writers In Performance Present DREAM At Tribeca PAC Photo Writers In Performance Present DREAM At Tribeca PAC
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 18, 2019

Writers in Performance is a 12-week writing and performance workshop hosted by BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, culminating in two public presentations.  Throughout the course of the workshop, talented actors, playwrights, poets and storytellers have explored writing exercises, theater games, improvisation, movement techniques, and ensemble work in a safe, creative environment. This season, the theme and title of the Writers in Performance show is a?oeDream.a?? Writers in Performance participants are diverse by design; not only in ethnicity, but by age, and experience as well, mixing professionals with students. 

Riverside Opera Company Presents SUPERSTARS Concert! Photo Riverside Opera Company Presents SUPERSTARS Concert!
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 16, 2019

The Riverside Opera Company (ROC), under the direction of award-winning conductor Maestro Alan Aurelia, presents: Superstars! on Saturday, October 19, 8 p.m. at St. Teresa's Church, 1634 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY. ROC held city-wide auditions and the  winners  are the featured performers in Superstars! Gina Hanzlick, soprano; Chantelle Grant, mezzo soprano; Hyunho Cho, tenor and Joseph Gansert, baritone are accompanied by a 57 piece orchestra conducted by Maestro Alan Aurelia as they perform operatic favorites.

Teatro Grattacielo Celebrates 25th Anniversary With A VERISMO TRILOGY Gala Concert Photo Teatro Grattacielo Celebrates 25th Anniversary With A VERISMO TRILOGY Gala Concert
by Stephi Wild - Sep 14, 2019

Teatro Grattacielo celebrates its 25th Anniversary season with a Gala Concert in three acts featuring well-known, but rarely performed, verismo operas, Leoncavallo's La Boheme, Catalani's Loreley and Respighi's La Bella Dormente Nel Bosco (Sleeping Beauty) on Saturday, September 28th at 8:00 PM at the Gerald Lynch Theater at John Jay College, located at 524 W. 59th St. (between 10th and 11th Aves), New York.

TimesTalks Announces Fall 2019 Program Ft. Mark Ronson, Jessica Lange, Renée Zellweg Photo TimesTalks Announces Fall 2019 Program Ft. Mark Ronson, Jessica Lange, Renée Zellweger, And Colson Whitehead
by Stephi Wild - Sep 6, 2019

TimesTalks, The New York Times live conversation and performance series, is proud to announce its Fall 2019 Program, featuring intimate conversations that pair Times journalists with today's most creative and influential voices in the fields of film, technology, politics, music, literature and science.

Celebration Presents STILL AT RISK as Part of Celebrating New Works Series Photo Celebration Presents STILL AT RISK as Part of Celebrating New Works Series
by Julie Musbach - Aug 8, 2019

CELEBRATION presents, as part of its Celebrating New Works reading series, Still At Riskby Tim Pinckney, directed by Brad Griffith and performing one night only on Tuesday, August 20th at 7:30pm at The West Hollywood City Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd in West Hollywood. 

BWW Review: THE BLACK CLOWN at Mostly Mozart Festival Photo BWW Review: THE BLACK CLOWN at Mostly Mozart Festival
by George Weinhouse - Jul 25, 2019

THE BLACK CLOWN, as envisioned by Langston Hughes, is a metaphor for the Afro-American as a figure of entertainment in a white world.  It is also a series of verses by Hughes.  In this performance piece devised by Davone Tines and  Michael Schachter, the clown is examined though the lens of history and given life in a series of impressive vignettes, employing song, acting, and dance.  An eclectic mix of music is heard, mainly soul, gospel, Black choral, and spiritual.   Various verses of the poem, which is lengthy, are brought to life by the extremely talented performers; some examples follow:

BWW Interview: No Clowning Around for Bass-Baritone Davone Tines in Mostly Mozart's T Photo BWW Interview: No Clowning Around for Bass-Baritone Davone Tines in Mostly Mozart's THE BLACK CLOWN
by Richard Sasanow - Jul 23, 2019

The first time I heard bass-baritone Davone Tinesa--he off the sensual, resonant voice and startlingly vivid stage presence--it was in Handel's ACI, GALATEA E POLIFEMO (described as a spectacular, streamlined, Cliff-Notes version of a Handel opera), at Brooklyn's National Sawdust. Tines wowed me and I thought that I wanted to hear more of him. He opens July 24, 2019 at Mostly Mozart in THE BLACK CLOWN at the Gerald Lynch Theatre of John Jay College, near Lincoln Center.

BWW Preview: Ready or Not, Here Comes NY's PROTOTYPE 2019, January 5-13 Photo BWW Preview: Ready or Not, Here Comes NY's PROTOTYPE 2019, January 5-13
by Richard Sasanow - Jan 4, 2019

New York's PROTOTYPE OperaTheatreNow Festival returns for its seventh season from January 5 to the 13th and the one thing that you can't ask about it is ‚ÄúWhat's new?‚ÄĚ That's not because there's nothing to answer. On the contrary--there's too much, in style, in content, in the sizes of its venues: This year's Festival is larger than ever, with a dozen works, 24 composerlibrettists and over 150 collaborators.

VIDEO: Mummenschanz Brings New Show YOU & ME to the Gerald Lynch Theater Photo VIDEO: Mummenschanz Brings New Show YOU & ME to the Gerald Lynch Theater
by Stage Tube - Jul 13, 2018

Mummenschanz, the renowned theatrical troupe known to fans around the world as 'The Musicians of Silence,' returns to New York for the first time in nearly four years. The new show, 'you & me,' was created by Floriana Frassetto, co-founder of Mummenschanz, and plays The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College (524 W. 59th Street), beginning tomorrow, July 4 and running through July 22. The official opening night is Tuesday, July 10 at 7PM. The show will feature some of the most popular sketches created and performed by the internationally renowned troupe, as well as brilliant new creations.

Brief 5/16: HAMILTON Performs for George HW Bush, Go Inside the Vineyard Theatre Gala Photo Brief 5/16: HAMILTON Performs for George HW Bush, Go Inside the Vineyard Theatre Gala, and More!
by Stephi Wild - May 16, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: the touring cast of Hamilton performed for George HW Bush, we took you inside the Vineyard Theatre gala, and more!

Neil Patrick Harris, Mary Louise Parker, Billy Porter Join LARAMIE: A LEGACY Photo Neil Patrick Harris, Mary Louise Parker, Billy Porter Join LARAMIE: A LEGACY
by Julie Musbach - May 15, 2018

Tectonic Theater Project will present LARAMIE: A LEGACY, a reading of The Laramie Project honoring the life and legacy of Matthew Shepard for the 20th anniversary of his death, on Monday, September 24th at 7pm at the Gerald Lynch Theater at John Jay College.

Photo Flash: WHEN PIGS FLY Takes Flight at Actor's Fund Benefit! Photo Photo Flash: WHEN PIGS FLY Takes Flight at Actor's Fund Benefit!
by Danielle Gutierrez - Apr 10, 2018

Pigs fly! For one-night only. A 2017 planned revival of Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly was brought to life at an Actor's Fund benefit concert Monday night!

BWW Review: PIGMALIONE/PIGMALION at City Opera Not Lover-ly Enough Photo BWW Review: PIGMALIONE/PIGMALION at City Opera Not Lover-ly Enough
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 27, 2018

There's no 'Enry 'Iggins or 'Liza Doolittle in Donizetti's IL PIGMALIONE or Rameau's PIGMALION--we'll have to wait for Lincoln Center Theatre's MY FAIR LADY revival (based on Shaw's PYGMALION) next month for that. But this pair of oddities, produced by New York City Opera last weekend at the Gerald Lynch Theatre, gave us the chance to see how the legend of the man who fell in love with a statue and brought it to life was handled by a pair of major composers--if not proving their neglect has been unwarranted.

One Night Only Concert of WHEN PIGS FLY to Benefit the Actors Fund Photo One Night Only Concert of WHEN PIGS FLY to Benefit the Actors Fund
by Julie Musbach - Mar 7, 2018

The Actors Fund announced today a one night benefit concert of last year's planned off-Broadway revival of When Pigs Fly, that never actually got to play for an audience. The concert, which will reunite the cast members and creative team for one night only, is set for Monday, April 9th.

New Conservatory Theatre Center Presents World Premiere of STILL AT RISK Photo New Conservatory Theatre Center Presents World Premiere of STILL AT RISK
by Julie Musbach - Jan 25, 2018

In January, New Conservatory Theatre Center is proud to offer audiences the world premiere of Tim Pinckney's Still at Risk directed by Dennis Lickteig. This takes a new look at the personal and political effects of HIV/AIDS on the LGBT community decades after the crisis through the play's main character Kevin, a surviving activist from the front lines of the AIDS crisis who is struggling to find purpose in a modern age of greater gay rights. When an unexpected event threatens to erase the history he was part of creating, his anger and passion are renewed. Deeply moving and possessing sharp humor, Still at Risk is a powerful look at the hazards of rewriting the past, and one man's attempt to move forward.

BWW Review: TRAVELERS in a Strange Land Called Washington, D.C., in NY Debut at Proto Photo BWW Review: TRAVELERS in a Strange Land Called Washington, D.C., in NY Debut at Prototype 2018
by Richard Sasanow - Jan 15, 2018

Even if it were just for its history lesson about the lavender scare of the '50s-- the witch hunt and the mass firings of gay men and women from the federal government during the McCarthy era--FELLOW TRAVELERS by composer Gregory Spears and librettist Greg Pierce would be well worth seeing. But there's so much more to the opera, which had its local debut at the New York PROTOTYPE 2018 this past weekend, directed by Kevin Newbury, at the Gerald Lynch Theatre--including some of the most gorgeous opera music in recent memory.

CUNY Dance Initiative and John Jay College in Collaboration with Dusan Tynek Dance Th Photo CUNY Dance Initiative and John Jay College in Collaboration with Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre Present The World Premiere of ANNA
by Julie Musbach - Jan 10, 2018

CUNY Dance Initiative and John Jay College, in collaboration with Du an T nek Dance Theatre, present the World Premiere of Anna at the Gerald Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W. 59th Street, NYC on February 16 & 17, 2018 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $30 ($20 for students and seniors) and are available at https://dusantynek.eventbrite.com.

CUNY Dance Initiative and John Jay College in Collaboration with Dusan Tynek Dance Th Photo CUNY Dance Initiative and John Jay College in Collaboration with Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre Present the World Premiere of ANNA
by Julie Musbach - Jan 9, 2018

CUNY Dance Initiative and John Jay College, in collaboration with Dusan T nek Dance Theatre, present the World Premiere of Anna at the Gerald Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W. 59th Street, NYC on February 16 & 17, 2018 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $30 ($20 for students and seniors) and are available at https://dusantynek.eventbrite.com.

BWW Preview: The PROTOTYPE of a Very 21st-Century New Opera-Music Theatre Festival, J Photo BWW Preview: The PROTOTYPE of a Very 21st-Century New Opera-Music Theatre Festival, January 9-20
by Richard Sasanow - Jan 9, 2018

With less than a week until the opening of New York's PROTOTYPE 2018, I was Skype-ing with the producers--no, not Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick--but Jecca Barry (of Beth Morrison Projects, BMP) and Kim Whitener (of HERE), who seem pretty calm. (Actually, they're two of four producers, the others being the eponymous Beth Morrison and Kristin Martin of HERE.) What's to be nervous about? After all they only have 8 new-opera/new-theatre productions (plus other events) opening between January 9th and 20th, including a couple of world premieres.

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