Once upon a time, if you were educated, then you were educated in the Greco-Roman past. Myths and tales of wandering heroes were common inspiration for poets and composers.
Dido and Aeneas is an English Baroque opera, written sometime between 1684 and 1688 and first performed in 1689 at a London girl’s school. It is Henry Purcell’s most dramatic work, and also the first opera he composed.
Dido and Aeneas, based on the 4th book of Virgil’s Aeneid, has a text filled with witches and sailors, and recounts Dido’s dispair when Aeneas forsakes her.
MasterVocies, formerly the Collegiate Chorale, will be putting on Purcell’s (music) and Nahum Tate’s (libretto) Dido and Aeneas, starring Kelli O’Hara, Victoria Clark, Elliot Madore, and Anna Christy. The opera has lost its prologue, so it the missing music will be replaced with a world premiere companion work by Michael John LaChiusa. The Orchestra of St. Luke’s will be conducted by Ted Sperling with choreography and direction by Doug Varone.
The two night programs, at New York City Center, on Thursday April 28th at 7pm and on Friday April 29th at 8pm, include a gala (the 28th).
Not The Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) is based on “The Life of Brian.” Eric Idle and John DuPrez, the creators of Broadway’s “Spamalot,” a musical based on another Monty Python classic, are behind this comic oratorio.
The production, at Carnegie Hall on the 15th and 16th of December at 8pm, features Eric Idle, Victoria Clark, Marc Kudisch, Lauren Worsham, and William Ferguson with Conductor/Director Ted Sperling and Orchestra of St. Luke’s as well as The Collegiate Chorale.
“Hail to the Shoe,” and “We Love Sheep,” are just two of the musical numbers in a pastiche of styles that range from pop to hip hop to doo wop in Not The Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy).
through November 23rd
For this production of generations, debbie tucker green, the London-born playwright, is reunited with director Leah C. Gardiner with whom she collaborated on her 2011 Obie winning “born bad.” In generations, audiences are brought into a kitchen in a South African township where a fragrant meal is being prepared and into the lives of three generations of a close-knit family. As they cook and banter and share stories and food, generations explores what is passed on and what is lost through generations of a family and a nation in this structurally audacious new play. generationsis a co-production of Soho Rep and the Play Company; it runs through November 23 at Soho Rep. A 13 piece choir is led by Bongi Duma who also composed and arranged the music in generations.
December 1st and December 13th Suzi Shelton performs two family concerts sponsored by Symphony Space.On December 1st, The Suzi Shelton Band takes part in Winter’s Eve, a free celebration of the holiday season. On the 13th, Suzi Shelton joins Amelia Robinson and Mill’s Trills as part of a daylong event in Brooklyn. Suzi Shelton is a regular on the “tot circuit” and composes and performs meaningful material for family-friendly events.
Giving Tuesday and Opening Night combine to make the Urban Stages Outreach an “event.” Winter Rhythms kicks off its season with a tribute to Bing Crosby, champagne and a reception with the artists.
Gotham Chamber Opera and Tectonic Theater Project’s production of El gato con botas (Puss in Boots) will be at El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio from December 6-14, 2014. Can the scruffy “Puss” help his master win the princess’s hand?
Xavier Montsalvatge’s take on the classic story features Bunraku puppetry will be directed by Moisés Kaufman and features puppetry from London’s Blind Summit Theater. El gato con botas, originally created in 2011 by the Gotham Chamber Opera, is a co-production with El Museo del Barrio and Works & Process at the Guggenheim. To add to the magic of the opera, the Teatro’s interior contains scenes from children’s literature, including a mural of “Puss in Boots” designed in 1921 by the gifted illustrator and painter, Willy Pogany (1882-1955).
Cyberscripting Workshop at the New York Public Library: Around the Block’s workshops focus on the interplay of mathematics, urban experience, and technology in the creation of dramatic works. Admission is free, and you can find out more about the program by attending this workshop at The 115th Street Branch of the NYPL, corner of Adam Clayton Powerll Jr Blvd, at 10:30 on Saturday, December 6th.
Extended to December 7th and December 14th respectively Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 and 3) by Suzan-Lori Parks has had tremendous reception in the press and with audiences. The play, directed by Jo Bonney, opened October 14th, and in its third extension, The Public announced it will run through December 7th.
Also at the Public Theater, also in an extended run is Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, which will play through December 14th.
SOHO REP 2013-14 SEASON TO INCLUDE NEW YORK PREMIERE OF DAVID ADJMI’S MARIE ANTOINETTE AND WORLD PREMIERE OF BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS’ AN OCTOROON
Directed by Rebecca Taichman and Sarah Benson, Respectively,Shows are Among the Most Ambitious Soho Rep Has Ever Produced
SOHO REP 2013-14 PROGRAMMING
Soho Rep, with John Adrian Selzer, presents Marie Antoinette (New York Premiere) by David Adjmi Directed by Rebecca Taichman
October 9 – extended to November 24 Opening: October 20 Performance Schedule: Tues—Sun at 7:30p, Saturday at 3p
In association with American Repertory Theater and Yale Repertory Theatre
Soho Rep, In association with John Adrian Selzer, presents An Octoroon (World Premiere) by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Directed by Sarah Benson April – May, 2014 Soho Rep. (46 Walker Street, Manhattan) Tickets: Through Nov 3: $35 General / $50 Premium; Nov 5–17: $55 General / $75 Premium; Nov 19—24: $55 General / $80 Premium; $20 Student Rush; $30 General Rush; $0.99 Sunday, October 13, 27 sohorep.org; 212.352.3101
“Bleeding Love”, free staged readings of “a post-apocalyptic new musical comedy”, book byJason Schafer, music by Arthur Lafrentz Bacon, lyrics by Harris Doran, directed by Michael Bush, presented by Amas Musical Theatre as part of the Amas Musical Theatre Lab Series, on Tuesday, October 15th at 3pm and 7pm and Wednesday, October 16th at 1:00pm, at The Theatre at the 14th Street Y, 344 East 14th Street.
Legendary avant-garde performers Mink Stole and Penny Arcade are set to star in the first New York revival in 38 years of Tennessee Williams’s tender black comedy “The Mutilated.” Directed by Cosmin Chivu, the prodcution runs Nov 1-24 at the New Ohio Theater has extended to December 1.
This is the first production in 38 years of the play, which will now continue it’s run through December 1st in response to popular interest.
Penny Arcade, Male, Mink Stole in The Mutilated by Tennessee Williams, Photo by Cosmin Chivu
The Public Theater Extends the world premiere musical ‘Fun Home” to Sunday, November 17th.
Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron, Based on the Alison Bechdel Book
Directed by Sam Gold. Single tickets, starting at $81.50, can be purchased by calling (212) 967-7555,
www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at Astor Place at 425 Lafayette Street.
So much to do, so little time. If this familiar refrain has you wondering how to plan your weekend, here are some suggestions from T&B On The Aisle: Check out “ONE NIGHT STAND,” opening April 26 and playing through May 2nd at the Quad Cinema, a backstage documentary, chronicling the production of The 24 Hour Musicals in which teams of top-notch musical theater talent have 24 hours to create, cast, rehearse and put on a live benefit show. See Cheyenne Jackson, Richard Kind, Rachel Dratch (among other performers) and directors like Sam Gold, along with writers and composers like Jonathan Marc Sherman and Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
A scene from “ONE NIGHT STAND”
The pressure cooker environment behind the scenes as 4 short musicals come to life was echoed by the crews behind the camera as they plunged into a sleepless shoot. Produced by Elisabeth Sperling and Trish Dalton with the assistance of 10 shooters, four production assistants, and three editors, “ONE NIGHT STAND” is a wonder of improvisation and inspiration.
Rachel Dratch and Richard Kind in a scene from “ONE NIGHT STAND.”
Visit www.onenightstandthemovie.com to learn more about “ONE NIGHT STAND.” The Wild Project, a production and venue for emerging artists and new theater, film and visual arts, has on-going programming to entertain and enlighten. Catch Kara Manning’s “SLEEPING ROUGH,” through April 27th, for instance in which an American woman spews graffitti of discontent all over London. Next, “ALONDRA WAS HERE” by Chisa Huthcinson, takes the stage, from May 4th to the 18th, with a tale of politics and brutality. For more information about these and other productions at The Wild Project, visit www.thewildproject.com. You think you can dance goes on parade with the Shakedown Dance Collective, a gang of 55 people of all shapes and sizes, ages and aspirations, under the tutelage of professional dancers Jamie Benson and Deborah Lohse.
Deborah Lohse. Photo by Peter Sperling
The Shakedown consists of weekly 2 hour dance rehearsals that prepare would be dancers for performances throughout New York City.Lohse and Benson have declared Sunday, April 28th “International Dance Day” with a Gala at Dixon Place. On May 18th, join Shakedown for “DANCE PARADE NEW YORK,” from 1pm to 7pm from Broadway to Tompkins Square Park.
This is what a Shakedown class looks like! Photo by Bonny Kahane.
“I AM AN OPERA,” at Dixon Place through April 27th, takes us from a large crowd to a one man show, in which Joseph Keckler, writer/performer, sings arias of lament and exultation. “I AM AN OPERA” details Keckler’s life as a portrait of the artist taunted by demons, tripping on hallucigens, and suffering through day jobs.
Joseph Keckler in performance. Photo by Gerry Visco.
To learn more about “I AM AN OPERA,” please visit dixonplace.org.