Magic Lantern Christmas Show, Dec. 6 @MuseumofCityNY

 Magic lantern shows were the combination of projected images, live narration, and live music. They were incredibly popular 100 years ago, and today, one American theater company is bringing them back to audiences around the world.





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Love’s Labour’s Lost in Central Park

Love’s Labour’s Lost in Central Park

A love letter to Shakespeare in the Park from the creators of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
Romance, revelry and enchanting music ignite in thisDanile-Breaker contemporary yet lovingly faithful musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy. The King and his best buds decide at their five-year college reunion to swear off the joys of women. But when four cute, clever girls from their past showup, they’re forced to reconsider all of that nonsense! Smart, sexy, outrageous and irreverent, LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST is a madcap celebration of true love and coming of age.
Obie Award winner Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher) reunite for this fresh and unexpected evening of song, sonnets and Shakespeare, continuing The Public Theater’s long tradition of premiering new musicals in New York’s most magical summer setting.
 All Shows Begin at 8:30 PM.​​​
Runtime: 1 hour and 40 minutes, with no
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Broadway Sings at PS166

Broadway Sings at PS166

PS166, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, has a long history of musical theatre with its highest profile graduate Richard Rogers, the school’s namesake, inspiring arts integration into the school curriculum. In recent years Broadway performer parents have organized a musical show at the school to raise funds for programs that would otherwise have been cut by city budget tightening.

This years musical performance will be held on Sunday, February 10 at 6:00pm. The repertoire will include some of Broadway’s favorite love songs sung by favorite Broadway stars.

Tickets are on sale; you can purchase tickets online

Sunday, February 10, 2013, 6pm.
Seating is on a first come first served basis.

$15 – Kids
$30 – Adults
$100 – Premium Front Row seats with a “Meet and Greet” with the performers after the show (limited availability)

Off-Broadway Week Ticket Sale

Off-Broadway Week Ticket Sale

The team at NYC & Co has assembled some great partners for Off-Broadway Week – two weeks of great savings on some great shows.

My favorites on this list…
Blue Man Group
Avenue Q
In Acting Shakespeare
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
New World Stage theaters

and I could go on, but that’s would be silly. Take a look at the offerings and go!

January 28 – February 10.

Hugh Jackman – Back on Broadway

“The impossibly talented, impossibly energetic Mr. Jackman is a glorious dinosaur among live entertainers of the 21st century: an honest-to-gosh old-fashioned matinee idol who connects to his audiences without a hint of contempt for them or for himself.”
I am sometimes conflicted with Mr. Brantley’s theatrical reviews but he got it right in this one.  Hugh Jackman’s one-man show on Broadway is a joyous celebration of musical theatre. Mr. Jackman admits that he is happier on stage singing and dancing than he is making movies, and you can see that its true. Impossibly good-natured and always positive, you can’t help but love every moment of the show – at least I couldn’t. I had the pleasure of seeing this show in Toronto during the summer and not much has changed. A few more show girls but the feel of the show was consistent, thank goodness, because I loved it then too!
So now I have a confession.
My husband worked with Mr. Jackman on A Boy From Oz and A Steady Rain. They have developed a great friendship and they stay connected. We attended opening night, last night, and were seated in the house left box. My husband was immediately concerned, and it turned out with good reason.
Mr. Jackman starts the second act from the house left/stage right box as the persona of pan-sexual Peter Allen (A Boy Form Oz ), dressed in gold lamé from head to toe. When he entered the box he immediately sat on my husband’s – Rodney – lap, flirting and pulling him into the act. Poor Rodney was mortified but played along, silently grinning.  I, however, thoroughly enjoyed the good-natured spectacle being created!  If my husband thought the experience was over when Mr. Jackman left the box, he learned quickly how wrong he was. Throughout the second act he folded Rodney into his monologue and even his end of show “thank you’s.”


As it turns out, all of Rodney’s colleagues knew Mr. Jackman and his team were plotting this encounter days in advance.

What are friends for, if not to get good mileage out of embarrassing you from a Broadway stage…!!?!