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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Sunday Scoop Week of January 1, 2017 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Les Parfaits Inconnus make NYC debut at Symphony Space 
2537 Broadway
New York, NY

Saturday, January 7 at 11 am and 2 pm
Tickets: $17 ($14 for Symphony Space members)

Montreal based company presents a high flying show of acrobatics, live music and comedy for an all-ages experience

In this New York premiere performance, the Just Kidding audience will witness a crazy adventure through the world of the circus, where comedy, acrobatics, balancing, cycling and juggling mingle with the festive rhythms of live, horn-driven live music. This seven-member, Montreal based cast has performed all over the world, including Brazil, Malta and Mexico, as well as at Disney’s Epcot Center in Florida.

The scene for this production of “The Return (Le Retour)” is an abandoned lot on the outskirts of town, where a family of traveling circus performers stop and set up camp the way they always do, as part of their life on the road. One idle day, as the young bohemians are quietly keeping busy with small daily chores, they suddenly notice the unexpected presence of an audience fully determined to be entertained. With their performer instincts suddenly reawakened by this surprising visit, the traveling acrobats step up to the plate and showcase their multiple talents. Over the 70 minute performance these crazy characters will take the audience through a rock and roll atmosphere.

As general manager and founder (and bicycle acrobat) Sylvain Dubois notes, “the show features funky, horn-driven live music and constant motion. Exuding energy from start to finish, our performers love to showcase their physical and musical prowess. The audience is usually howling with pleasure and admiration.”

View a preview video on YouTube, and find out more about this engaging and multi-layered performance  at lesparfaitsinconnus.com/en.
Upcoming at the State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

Raiders of the Lost Ark with the NJSO
Sunday January 8, 2017 3:00 PM

For more information or to purchase tickets click here
Kidzsignments Announces Spring 2017 
Kids Consignment Sale Dates

Kidszsignments has announced the following dates for their spring 2017 Kids Consignment Sales:

March 16-18 in Edison, NJ
April 6-8 in Flemington, NJ

Consignor Volunteer information will open in early 2017

For more information click here
News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

Works & Process, the Performing Arts Series at the
Guggenheim, Announces Spring 2017 Season


  • Works & Process Rotunda Project commission featuring a percussive soundscape created by MacArthur Fellow, tap dancer, and choreographer Michelle Dorrance
  • Santa Fe Opera's The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with Mason Bates and Mark Campbell
  • Alexei Ratmansky previews The Fairy's Kiss with Miami City Ballet and Whipped Cream with American Ballet Theatre
  • Washington National Opera's Champion by Terence Blanchard
  • Broadway highlights from Come From Away, Oslo with Bartlett Sher, and War Paint with  Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole

Works & Process at the Guggenheim is pleased to announce its spring 2017 season. Since 1984, the performing arts series has championed new works and offered audiences unprecedented access to leading creators and performers. Each intimate, 80-minute performance combines artistic creation with stimulating conversation, and takes place in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's Frank Lloyd Wright-designed, 285-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater. Described by the New York Times as "a popular series devoted to shedding light on the creative process," Works & Process is produced by founder Mary Sharp Cronson. Additional information about the spring 2017 season is available at worksandprocess.org.

Spring 2017 Season Schedule

New York City Ballet: Pontus Lidberg
Sunday and Monday, January 8 and 9, 7:30 pm
Prior to the world premiere, New York City Ballet dancers perform excerpts of acclaimed Swedish choreographer and filmmaker Pontus Lidberg's first-ever work for the company. The ballet features a newly commissioned score by Pulitzer Prize winner and Grammy award-winning American composer David Lang, with costumes designed by longtime Lidberg collaborator Rachel Quarmby-Spadaccini. In a discussion moderated by former NYCB principal dancer Wendy Whelan, Lidberg shares insights into his creative process during the development of this new work.
This Works & Process program is made possible in part by Gail D. Hashimoto.
War Paint on Broadway
Sunday, January 22, 7:30 pm
In advance of the Broadway opening, Works & Process offers a behind-the-scenes look into the newest musical by librettist Doug Wright, composer Scott Frankel, lyricist Michael Korie, and director Michael Greif. Two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole star as America's first major female entrepreneurs and relentless and legendary rivals, Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. LuPone and Ebersole join the creative team for a moderated discussion and performance excerpts.
The Metropolitan Opera: Rusalka with Mary Zimmerman
Monday, January 23, 7:30 pm
Prior to the opening of the Met's new production of Rusalka, general manager Peter Gelb interviews director Mary Zimmerman about her wondrous approach to Dvorák's operatic fairy tale. Met artists sing excerpts.

Washington National Opera: Champion by Terence Blanchard
Sunday, February 12, 7:30 pm
Five-time Grammy award-winning composer Terence Blanchard tells the true story of Emile Griffith in this haunting and visually stunning "opera in jazz." This work explores the life of the closeted gay boxer whose knockout of a homophobic rival in the early 1960s led to unexpected tragedy. Artistic director Francesca Zambellomoderates a discussion with Blanchard and members of the cast following performance excerpts.
Works & Process Rotunda Project: Michelle Dorrance
Thursday, February 16, 6:30, 8, and 9:30 pm
In 2017, Works & Process launches a new initiative, commissioning site-specific residencies and performances for the iconic Guggenheim rotunda. The first Works & Process Rotunda Project features MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance, one of the most sought-after tap dancers of her generation. Dorrance, leading a large cast of dancers and musicians, uses dance and percussion to create a performative soundscape incorporating the rotunda as a musical instrument.

This 30-minute performance will be viewed from the ramps and requires audience members to stand for the duration of the program.

This Works & Process program is made possible by Stuart H. Coleman and Meryl Rosofsky.

Playwrights Horizons: The Profane by Zayd Dohrn
Monday, February 27, 7:30 pm
Safe in the liberal fortress of Manhattan, Raif Almedin is a first-generation immigrant who prides himself on his modern, enlightened views. But when his daughter falls for the son of a conservative Muslim family, two households are forced to confront each other's religious beliefs and cultural traditions, and to face their own deep-seated prejudice. Playwright Zayd Dohrn and director Kip Fagan discuss the creation of The Profane, and members of the cast perform excerpts from this sharp and timely tale.

Come From Away on Broadway
Sunday, March 5, 7:30 pm
On September 11, 2001, 38 planes and 6,579 passengers were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland, doubling the town's population. Newfoundlanders opened their hearts and homes to host an international community of strangers-spurring unexpected camaraderie in extraordinary circumstances and inspiring a new musical. Before the Broadway opening, Canadian writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein, choreographer Kelly Devine, and director Christopher Ashley discuss their creative process and cast members perform highlights.

Lincoln Center Theater: Oslo with J.T. Rogers and Bartlett Sher
Monday, March 6, 7:30 pm
Oslo tells the little-known story of Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul, her husband Terje Rød-Larsen, and a group of Israelis and Palestinians struggling to overcome their fears and mistrust of one another to coordinate secret negotiations between Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Their efforts culminated in the signing of the Oslo Accords and led to the iconic moment when the two leaders shook hands on the South Lawn of the White House in 1993. Director Bartlett Sher and playwright J.T. Rogers discuss the play, and excerpts are performed prior to the Broadway premiere of what has been hailed as a "disarmingly funny masterpiece" (Huffington Post).

The Santa Fe Opera: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs by Mason Bates and Mark Campbell
Sunday and Monday, April 9 and 10, 7:30 pm
In anticipation of composer Mason Bates's first opera commissioned by The Santa Fe Opera, join Bates, librettist Mark Campbell, and director Kevin Newbury for a moderated discussion and musical excerpts from The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs prior to the world premiere.

New York City Ballet: Music at the Ballet with Andrew Litton
Sunday, April 23, 7:30 pm
A longtime conductor of symphony orchestras around the world, Andrew Litton recently made the transition to ballet orchestra maestro with his appointment as New York City Ballet's music director. Litton shares his unique perspective on the similarities, differences, and nuances of these two experiences. Joined by fellow NYCB artists, he illuminates how he sees, hears, and executes the intricacies of NYCB's vast repertoire prior to the Here/Now Festival, which features forty-three ballets and two world premieres.

This Works & Process program is made possible by Stephen Kroll Reidy.

American Ballet Theatre: Whipped Cream by Alexei Ratmansky
Sunday and Monday, April 30 and May 1, 7:30 pm
Delightfully whimsical, this new full-length production springs from the imagination of American Ballet Theatre artist-in-residence Alexei Ratmansky and pop surrealist Mark Ryden. Based on the 1924 Viennese ballet Schlagobers (Whipped Cream) with music by Richard Strauss, Whipped Cream follows a young boy who overindulges at a Viennese pastry shop and falls into a delirium. Ratmansky and moderator John Meehan discuss the new work and ABT dancers perform excerpts prior to the New York premiere.

Peter B. Lewis Theater
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street
Subway: 4, 5, 6 train to 86th Street
Bus: M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus on Madison or Fifth Avenue

$40, $35 members</
$10 student rush tickets available one hour prior to each performance if space allows (for students under 25 with valid ID).
Priority ticket access and preferred seat selection starts Dec 8, 2016, for Friends of Works & Process or Guggenheim Members Associate level and above.
Season tickets will be on sale Dec 15, 2016.
For more information, call 212 758 0024 or 212 423 3587, Mon-Fri, 1-5 pm, or visit worksandprocess.org.
American Lyric Theater
in partnership with MasterVoices

InsightALT: The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing
Music by Justine F. Chen; Libretto by David Simpatico

Featuring Jonathan Michie as Alan Turing
with Keely Futterer, Elise Quagliata, Andrew Bidlack, Javier Abreu,
Joseph Beutel and Thomas Shivone and members of MasterVoices
Lidiya Yankovskaya, Conductor

January 12, 2017 at 7:30pm
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center

American Lyric Theater (ALT) in partnership with MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale), presents The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turingon January 12, 2017 at 7:30pm in the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 W 67th Street, New York City.  With music by Justine F. Chen and libretto by David Simpatico, this opera is a historical-fantasia inspired by the life of the groundbreaking computer scientist, Alan Turing. Conductor: Lidiya Yankovskaya. Featuring Jonathan Michie as Alan Turing, with Keely Futterer, Elise Quagliata, Andrew Bidlack, Javier Abreu,Joseph Beutel and Thomas Shivone, with members of MasterVoices.

Tickets are $25 ($125 VIP tickets include prime seating and a reception with the artists) and are available online at http://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/insightalt-the-life-and-deaths-of-alan-turing1/, or by calling the Merkin Concert Hall box office at (212) 501-3330.

The InsightALT series provides an insider's look at how new operas are made. Each event features a concert reading of a new opera in development at American Lyric Theater, with guest singers from the world's leading opera houses, followed by a discussion with the composer and librettist of each work. InsightALT: The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing, will feature a concert reading of the opera-in-progress, followed by a discussion between Chen, Simpatico and Edelson, including an exploration of the challenges of adapting historical subject matter for the opera stage.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another talking topic.

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