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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Sunday Scoop Week of 1/6/19 What's Coming Up This Week or Happening Soon

In This Week's Scoop

1) Neil LaBute New Theater Festival
2) Upcoming at Merkin Concert Hall
     wild Up, Zola, Jesus & William Britelle; Argus Quartet, New York Philharmonic Ensembles
3) Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
    Stomp, 2019 NJSO Winter Festival, John Mulaney and Pete Davidson
4) Upcoming at Kelsey Theater
     Winter Session Kelsey Kid Workshops

PR Firm Roundup

5) News from O&M/DKC
    5A) Rodgers & Hammerstein Oklahoma! Tickets On Sale
    5B) Kinky Boots Cast Changes
    5C) More Rotating Guest Actors Announced for Nassim
6) News from Karen Greco PR
   6A) Fishamble Returns to 59E59 Theatres With On Blueberrry Hill
   6B) Alone It Stands Makes NYC Premiere at Origin's 1st Irish Festival
   6C) The Fool's Lear Comes to IRT Theater
   6D) Trick or Treat  Makes NYC Premiere at 59E59 Theatres
7) News from Lincoln Center
8) News from Michelle Tabnick
    8A) Battery Dance Now Accepting Applications for the 38th Annual Battery Dance Festival
    8B) Ballet Hispánico presents Diálogos: Women of Color in the Arts
9) News from Pascal Nadon
    Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Begins Winter/Spring Season January 13 – May 19
10) News from Polk and Co.
      10A) Anastasia Welcomes New Cast Members
      10B) Merrily We Roll Along Begins Performances
11) News from Richard Hillman PR
12) News from Spin Cycle

1) St. Louis Actors’ Studio
Returns to New York with its
Featuring Three Premieres of Plays by Neil LaBute
Begins Performances on January 10, 2019
at The Davenport Theatre

St. Louis Actors’ Studio’s  (William Roth, Artistic Director) The LaBute New Theater Festival returns to New York this year at the Davenport Theatre https://www.telecharge.com/Images/Product/spacer.gif(354 West 45th Street, NYC). The LaBute New Theater Festival is comprised of three premier one-acts by Tony Award nominated playwright Neil LaBute and will begin performances on January 10, and celebrate its press opening on January 14 and running through January 27. Tickets are $47-$57 and can be purchased by visiting Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.
UNLIKELY JAPAN (World Premiere), directed by Neil LaBute, starring Gia Crovatin (TV: “One Dollar,” “Billions.” Film: Dirty Weekend).  In UNLIKELY JAPAN a young woman spots an old flame on television and vividly recounts how a single choice can alter the course of multiple lives.
GREAT NEGRO WORKS OF ART (World Premiere), directed by John Pierson, starring KeiLyn Durrell (TV: “Better Call Saul,” “Shades of Blue,” “High Maintenance”) and Brenda Meaney (Roundabout’s Indian Ink, Mint Theatre’s The New Morality). GREAT NEGRO WORKS OF ART follows a meeting between an under-celebrated artist and his gallery manager as they debate race, culture and what is/what is not “ART” today.
THE FOURTH REICH (New York Premiere), directed by John Pierson, starring Eric Dean White (TV: “Chicago Fire,” “Blackbookberry”). THE FOURTH REICH focuses on a public speaker as he presents his unique views on modern history, thoughts about the future and ruminations on his favorite painter.
Tickets are $47-$57 and can be purchased by visiting Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200
Davenport Theatre https://www.telecharge.com/Images/Product/spacer.gifis located at 354 West 45th Street, NYC).
Wednesday - Friday at 8PM; Saturday at 2PM and 8PM; Sunday at 3PM
Sunday, January 13 at 8PM; Monday, January 14 at 7PM; Wednesday, January 16 at 2PM; Tuesday, January 22 at 7PMFor more information please visit or follow: St Louis Actors' Studio Website
2) Upcoming at Merkin Concert Hall
Kaufman Musci Center
129 W. 67th St

Estatic Festival, Argus Quartet, 
New York Philharmonic Ensembles

Monday January 7, 7:30 PM
Ecstatic Music Festival
wild Up, Zola, Jesus & William Brittelle

The irresistibly exuberant chamber orchestra wild Up joins gothic-electronic songstress Zola Jesus and composer William Brittelle to kick off the 2019 EMF.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Tuesday Janaury 8, 2:00 PM
Tuesday Matinees
Argus Quartet

"Polished playing...impressive power" (NY Classical Review). Works by Mendelssohn, Dubussy, Theofanidis and Josquin des Prez.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Sunday January 13, 3:00 PM
New York Philharmonic Ensembles

Experience the passion and personality of the performers! Works by David Amram, Smetana and Dvořák.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
3)Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

Stomp, 2019 NJSO Winter Festival, 
John Mulaney & Pete Davison

Friday January 11, 8:00 PM
Saturday January 12, 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Sunday January 13, 3:00 PM
2019 NJSO Winter Festival
Zhang & Ax: Transformation
New Jersey Symphon Orchestra

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Sunday January 13, 8:00 PM & 10:30 PM
John Mulaney & Pete Davidson

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
4) Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ

Winter Session Kelsey Kids Workshop

Saturday Morning Creative Theater Workshops for K -5

January 12 - March 16

For more information or to register visit www.kelseyatmccc.org/2018-19%20Kelsey%20Kids%20Workshops.pdf
PR Firm Roundup

5)News from DKC/O&M









MARCH 19, 2019


Single tickets now on sale to the public for The Bard SummerScape production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!which had a critically acclaimed, sold-out run at St. Ann’s Warehouse last Fall and now will open at  Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway). Oklahoma! will begin previews on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, with an official opening on Sunday, April 7, 2019, and will play a limited engagement through Sunday, September 1, 2019.    Tickets for Oklahoma! are available on www.Telecharge.com  or by calling 212 -239-6200 or 800-447-7400.

For more information, visit www.oklahomabroadway.com. 







Callum Francis, star of the UK and Australian Tours of Kinky Boots, will make his Broadway debut as ‘Lola’ in the Tony Award®-winning musical at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street) beginning on Friday, January 11, 2019.  He will play the role through Sunday, March 17, 2019.   Francis succeeds J. Harrison Ghee who departs the show on Thursday, January 10, 2019, but is set to return to the role again after Francis, beginning on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 through the show’s final performance on Sunday, April 7, 2019.   

 Andy Kelso will return to the Tony Award®-winning musical on Friday, January 11, 2019. An original ensemble cast member, Kelso began performances as ‘Charlie Price’ in January of 2014, playing the role through August of 2016. He returned to the role again from August to September of 2017 and will officially take over once more on January 11, 2019, playing ‘Charlie’ through the show’s final performance on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

Tickets for Kinky Boots ($55 – $163) are available for purchase in person at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre box office (Monday – Saturday, 10am – 8pm; Sunday, 12pm – 6 pm), online atwww.ticketmaster.com. For information on group sales, contact Group Sales Box Office/Broadway.com at groups@broadway.com or 1-800-BROADWAY, ext 2.

The performance schedule for Kinky Boots is as follows:  Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 2pm and 8pm, Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm. See KinkyBootsTheMusical.com for variations.

For more information, visit www.kinkybootsthemusical.com










Barrow Street Theatricals announced today the rotating cast of guest actors through next weekend for the American premiere of the Nassim Soleimanpour and Bush Theatre production of NASSIM by celebrated Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour (White Rabbit Red Rabbit), featuring direction by Omar Elerian. Joining the production will be:

Sunday, January 6 at 2:30pm – Meghan O’Neill
(HBO’s “Animals.”)

Sunday, January 6 at 7:30pm – Cory Michael Smith
Teen Choice Award nominee (“Gotham,” 1985Carol)

Tuesday, January 8 at 7:30pm – Jeremy Beiler

Three-time Emmy Award nominee (“SNL,” “Inside Amy Schumer”)

Wednesday, January 9 at 7:30pm – Jennifer Van Dyck

(Hedda GablerThe Divine Sister)

Thursday, January 10 at 7:30pm – Andy Grotelueschen

Lucille Lortel Award nominee (TootsieInto The Woods)

Friday, January 11 at 7:30pm – Jonah Platt

(“Jesus Christ Superstar” Live, Wicked)

Saturday, January 12 at 2:30pm – Brian Dykstra

(HBO’s “Def Poetry,” Lucky Guy)

Saturday, January 12 at 7:30pm  Desmin Borges
Lucille Lortel Award nominee (“You’re the Worst”)

Sunday, January 13 at 2:30pm – Susan Pourfar
Obie Award winner (Tribes, “House of Cards”)

Sunday, January 13 at 7:30pm – Natalie Walker
(“Wicked Science”)

Additional rotating guest actors will be announced shortly.

6)News from Karen Greco PR

6A) Fishamble returns to 59E59 Theaters with 

the US premiere of Sebastian Barry’s '


Niall Buggy and David Ganly star

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to present the US premiere of ON BLUEBERRY HILL, written by SebastianBarry and directed by Jim Culleton. Produced by Fishable: The New Play Company as part of Origin’s 1st Irish Festival, ON BLUEBERRY HILL begins performances on Tuesday, January 8 for a limited engagement through Sunday, February 3

Starring Niall Buggy and David Ganly in “beautifully pitched performances” (Financial Times) as two men in an unlikely and inseparable companionship. Called “superb” (Irish Times), “phenomenal” (Sunday Independent), and “outstanding” (RTÉ Arena), this new play bursts with humanity as it explores murder, forgiveness, survival, and, ultimately, love in the prison of the human heart.
The performance schedule is Tuesday – Friday at 7:15 PM; Saturday at 2:15 PM & 7:15 PM; Sunday at 2:15 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Single tickets are $25 - $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call the 59E59 Box Office at 646-892-7999 or visit www.59e59.org

6B) Internationally acclaimed rugby story

ALONE IT STANDS, about the shocking 

1978 Irish defeat of New Zealand’s 

champion team, makes NYC premiere as 

part of Origin’s 1st Irish Festival at 59E59


59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to welcome the NYC premiere of ALONE IT STANDS, written and directed by John Breen. Produced by Gyre and Gimble Productions as part of Origin’s 1st Irish Festival, ALONE IT STANDS begins performances on Thursday, January 10 for a limited engagement through Sunday, January 27. Press Opening is Thursday, January 17 at 7:30 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 PM; and Sunday at 2:30 PMPlease note: there is an added performance on Saturday, January 12 at 2:30 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison).

On October 31, 1978 a small Irish provincial rugby team called Munster beat the New Zealand All Blacks 12-0.

It was an event that rocked Ireland. The All Blacks was rightly considered one of the best rugby teams in history. Ireland was in the grip of a recession and war was waging in the North. This David vs Goliath victory captured and entranced Irish people everywhere. This is the story of that great day.

A cast of six actors performs 62 characters including: two rugby teams, the coaches, the fans, The Bunratty singers, nurses, street urchins, a pregnant woman in labor, two babies, and a dog. There is a bonfire, a birth, a wake, and a rugby match that will never be forgotten.

 Single tickets are $25 - $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members). Tickets are available by calling the 59E59 Box Office on 646-892-7999 or by visiting www.59e59.org.


6C) THE FOOL’S LEAR, a retelling of King Lear from the Fool’s perspective, comes to IRT Theater in January

IRT Theater is thrilled to present the Oldest Boys Productionsin association with Accidental Repertory Theater (John Strasberg, Artistic Director) production of THEFOOL’S LEAR, with text from William Shakespeare’s King Lear, adapted and directed by H. Clark Kee.THE FOOL’S LEAR begins performances on Wednesday, January 9 for a limited engagement throughSaturday, January 26Press Opening is Friday, January 11 at 7:30 PM. The performance schedule isWednesday - Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 3 PM; with added matinee performances on Saturday 1/19 and 1/26 at 2 PM. Performances are at the IRT Theater (154 Christopher Street, between Washington and Greenwich Streets, near the 1 and 2 trains at Christopher Street Station, and the A, B, C, D, and E at West 4th). 

A national leader with a cognitive impairment. A dysfunctional family with political power. Intrigue, war, and death.

THE FOOL’S LEAR follows the story of Shakespeare’s King Lear, from dividing the kingdom between two of his three daughters and banishing the third, only to be rejected by the daughters he favored. Joined by the son of an ally, they plot against Lear as he finds himself wandering the countryside with his companion, the Fool. Lear’s world falls apart as he loses friends, allies, family – in short everything dear to him – while the Fool can only watch.

Edited down to a taut 90-minutes, THE FOOL’S LEAR borrows from Brecht in examining the traditional master-servant power relationship. In King Lear the Fool is more than a servant. The Fool is a companion, confidant, foil, and sometime protector. Shakespeare’s dialogue is full of comparisons between Lear and the Fool, which are hinted at in the double meaning of THE FOOL’S LEAR.
Tickets are $20. For tickets and more information, call Brown Paper Tickets on 800-838-3006 or visit http://accidentalrep.org

6D) TRICK OR TREAT, starring Emmy Award-

winner and Tony Award-nominee 

Gordon Clapp, makes NYC premiere at 

59E59 Theaters

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to welcome the NYC premiere of TRICK OR TREAT, written by Jack Nearyand directed by Carol Dunne. Produced by Northern StageTRICK OR TREAT begins performances on Saturday, January 12 for a limited engagement through Sunday, February 24Press Opening is Sunday, January 20 at 7 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday – Friday at 7 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 7 PM; and Sunday at 2 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison). 

Jack Neary’s dark comedy skewers a family in crisis on Halloween. A distraught husband, a nosy neighbor, and a dark secret set the wheels in motion for a night of confrontation, mystery, and relentless suspense. This roller-coaster ride stars Tony Award-nominee (Glengarry Glen Ross) and Emmy Award-winner (NYPD BlueGordon Clapp, who gives a “near-flawless performance” (ArtsFuse).

Single tickets are $25 - $70 ($25 - $49 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call the 59E59 Box Office at 646-892-7999 or visit www.59e59.org.
7) News from Lincoln Center

Thursday, January 10 – FREE – at 7:30 pm 
Atrium 360° 
Burnt Sugar: Burnt Sugar Arkestra Celebrates 20 Years of Avant Groiddnuss

Join Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber in an avant-celebration of two decades of “never playing anything the same way once.” As always, the collective pays tribute to its sonic sensei, the Maestro Lawrence Butch Morris (1947–2013), for showing its members THE WAY of Conducted Improvisation. Over the course of 18 albums, Burnt Sugar has covered a broad panoply of styles and genres. Its members have made music, broken bread, and covered thousands of miles worldwide with a host of alumni badasses

For this special performance, “While My Guitar Gently Screams,” Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber initiates its twentieth anniversary celebration with a mixtape-inspired performance of its Groiddest Schizznits Volume One. A recurring theme of the celebration will be reconnecting with a number of luminous BSAC alumni. This show will feature soul songstress Lisala Beatty and renown guitarists Vernon Reid and Ronny “Head" Drayton amongst the BSAC crew … Ya Heard! 
The current BSA crew includes Sugar Lifers Jared Michael Nickerson, Julia Kent, Lewis “Flip” Barnes, Bruce Mack, Micah Gaugh, and Jason DiMatteo with a current crew of righteous rompers, Shelley Nicole, Mikel Banks, Abby Dobson, Julie Brown, JS Williams, V. Jeffrey Smith, LaFrae Sci, Avram Fefer, “Moist” Paula Henderson, Dave “Smoota” Smith, Mazz Swift, Leon Gruenbaum, Andre Lassalle, Ben Tyree, Greg Gonzalez, and Chris Eddleton. Burnt Sugar, baby
David Rubenstein Atrium, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage (Broadway bet. 62nd & 63rd St.) 
FREE Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program updates, visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium.
8)News from Michelle Tabnick PR

8A) Battery Dance

Now Accepting Applications
for the 38th Annual


DEADLINE: February 1, 2019

Battery Dance is now accepting applications for the 38th Annual
Battery Dance Festival, with free performances on August 11-17, 2019. To apply, visit https://batterydance.org/apply/.

Established by Battery Dance in 1982 as the Downtown Dance Festival, today the Battery Dance Festival (BDF) is New York City's longest-running free public dance festival. Audiences are traditionally drawn from the large downtown working population and residents, families, tourists, senior citizens and dance fans from the greater NYC metropolitan area. Each year, the Festival attracts a combined audience of over 12,000 people.

The Battery Dance Festival provides a unique opportunity for both established and emerging dance companies to present original works of high artistic merit in a free public forum. BDF revels in the panoply of dance that our city offers, with strong emphasis on the inclusion of diverse dance styles and an international roster of performers. American choreographers such as Michelle Dorrance, Robert Battle and Elisa Monte have all presented their works alongside pre-eminent companies from Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and the Caribbean.

For more information, visit https://batterydance.org/apply/.




Diálogos: Women of Color in the 


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Ballet Hispánico, the nation's premier Latino dance organization,
presents Diálogos: Women of Color in the Arts on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 6:30pm at the Arnhold Center, 167 West 89th Street, Studio 10. Admission is free and reservations can be made at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dialogos-women-of-color-in-the-arts-tickets-47854309528.

Diálogos is Ballet Hispánico's conversation series that explores the interconnections of the arts, social justice, and Latino cultures. Ballet Hispánico has partnered with Brooklyn Dance Festival, founded by Tamia Santana, and Maria Torres Emerging Artists Foundation, founded my Maria Torres, John O'Connor, and award-winning actress Vanessa Williams, to create the evening's panel featuring influential Latina women across the arts. The discussion, the first in the series Women of Color in the Arts, will explore our panelists' accomplishments, the challenges they have faced, available resources, and ways to bring more women of color into arts leadership positions. Women networking with a purpose.

The evening's conversation will be moderated by Tamia Santana, Founder and Director - Brooklyn Dance Festival, and features the following panelists: New York State Senator Marisol AlcantaraAyodele Casel, Actress, Tap Dancer, Choreographer; Maria Torres, Director, Choreographer, Producer;Lauren Argentina Zelaya, Assistant Curator, Public Programs - Brooklyn Museum.
9)News from Pascal Nadon Communications

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center starts its 2019 winter/spring season in Alice Tully Hall with two exciting performances. The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, Meet the Music!concert for families based on Paul Goble’s haunting tale of a Native American girl who understands horses on a mystical level, will be presented on January 13. Led by series creator and host Bruce Adolphe, the performance features flutist Sooyun Kim, clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois, cellist Mihai Marica, pianist David Kaplan, percussionist Eduardo Leandro, and a free instrumental petting zoo in the lobby for kids. It will be followed by Esteemed Ensemble, which reunites close friends and colleagues pianist Wu Han, violinist Daniel Hope, violist Paul Neubauer, and cellist David Finckel,performing piano quartet classics by Suk, Brahms, and Dvořák on January 27 and 29.

2019 winter/spring highlights include the continuation of CMS’ season-long focus on the music of Russia with its annual Winter Festival: Russian Panorama. In four programs (Mar. 10, 15, 19 & 24) filled with works composed between 1832 and 1979, the festival’s broad survey of repertoire ranging from the age of the tsars to beyond the Soviet era will comprise works by Balakirev, Borodin, Glinka, Glazunov, Myaskovsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rubinstein, Schnittke, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Taneyev, and Tchaikovsky. Among the many superb artists taking part in these concerts are acclaimed pianists Anne-Marie McDermott and Wu Han, violinists Chad Hoopes and Arnaud Sussmann, violist Matthew Lipman, and the legendaryBorodin String Quartet, returning to CMS with its interpretation of quartets by several Russian composers, including its namesake, Borodin. The complete artist roster is included in the listing section.

American Icon: George Crumb at 90 will celebrate George Crumb’s 90thbirthday with two programs (Apr. 14 & 16) of nine different works, including the world premiere of the iconic composer’s KRONOS-KRYPTOS for Percussion Quintet (a CMS co-commission), which was the first commission he accepted in more than 15 years. Crumb was proclaimed “the savior of music” in the early 1970s era of atonal music. This mini-festival will feature pianist Gilbert Kalish— whose definitive interpretations helped fuel the composer’s meteoric rise, along with soprano Tony Arnold and baritone Randall Scarlata, flutist Tara Helen O'Connor, and many more artists. Performers for the premiere of the percussion quintet will be Victor CacceseDaniel DruckmanAyano KataokaEduardo Leandro, and Ian David Rosenbaum.

CMS will present six premieres during the winter/spring season: The world premieres of George Crumb’s KRONOS-KRYPTOS for Percussion Quintet (Apr. 14), Brett Dean’s New Work for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano (Apr. 5): and Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Massarosa for Bassoon, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello (May 16); the U.S. premiere of Huw Watkins’ Quintet for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello (Feb. 22); and the New York premieres of Anthony Cheung’s All Roads for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello on Jan. 17, andAndrew Norman’s New Work for String Quartet (May 7). All works are CMS co-commissions. 

CMS offers numerous educational initiatives for both young and old during the season, including FREE master classes with violinist Daniel Hope (Jan. 28), pianist Gilles Vonsattel (Feb. 25), and flutist Tara Helen O’Connor (Apr. 17). These presentations (reservation required to attend) are a priceless opportunity for the next generation of chamber musicians to learn the art of interpretation and details of technique from chamber music masters. The events are also livestreamed on the CMS website. There will also be two CMS Kids concerts in the intimate Rose Studio (Jan. 27 & May 5), curated for ages 3-6. These family-friendly performances are presented in a judgment-free environment, and are less formal and more supportive of sensory, communication, movement, and learning needs. Each CMS Kids program is a Relaxed Performance, an inclusive concert experience adapted for neurodiverse audiences, including children with autism or other special needs.

Additional Winter/Spring Alice Tully Hall Concerts
Alice Tully Hall’s winter programs in the New Year will also include a Total Mozart program with the Escher String Quartet (Feb. 10); and International Collection which will showcase pianist Gilles Vonsattel, violinists Paul Huang and Alexander Sitkovetsky, violists Matthew Lipman and Richard O’Neill, cellists Nicholas Tzavaras and Paul Watkins, and clarinetist David Shifrin. It features the U.S. premiere of a new work by Huw Watkins, who will illuminate his piece with a pre-concert chat (Feb. 22). Farewells explores music’s ability to say "goodbye" in works by Beethoven, Strauss, and Dvořák (Feb. 26) with pianist Gilbert Kalish, violinists Bella Hristova and Arnaud Sussmann, violists Mark Holloway and Richard O'Neill, cellists Dmitri Atapine and David Requiro, and bassist Xavier FoleyHungarian Fire will survey how Hungary’s musical roots in folk tradition had a widespread influence on composers of other lands, demonstrated in works by Brahms, Kodály, Bartók, Ligeti, and Dohnányi (Mar. 3). The program will be performed by pianist Alessio Bax, violinists Ida Kavafian and Alexi Kenney, violist Yura Lee, cellist Dmitri Atapine, and clarinetist Sebastian Manz.

Spring concerts will feature Haydn’s moving work Seven Last Words — a commission the composer received to mark Good Friday — along with Bach’s cantata Ich habe genug, performed by bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green, harpsichordist Paolo Bordignon, the Orion String Quartet, bassist Timothy Cobb, and oboist Stephen Taylor (Mar. 31). A spring Meet the Music! program for families titled Magical, Mystical Moonlight offers music by Debussy, Beethoven, Schumann, and George Crumb, all written about the moon (Apr. 7). Three Centuries will be highlighted by the world premiere and CMS co-commission of Australian composer Brett Dean’s Clarinet Quartet, alongside classics from the Classical and Romantic eras and will feature pianist Wu Qian, violinist Arnaud Sussmann, violist Yura Lee, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, and clarinetist Tommaso Lonquich (Apr. 5). From Mendelssohnjuxtaposes two of the composer’s works from 1845 with those by three masters he influenced: Schumann, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky and will showcase pianistInon Barnatan, violinist Cho-Liang Lin, violist Paul Neubauer, cellist Jakob Koranyi, and clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois (Apr 28).

May performances at Alice Tully Hall will include Deeply Inspired — presenting pieces by Schubert, Barber, Arensky, and Bloch, composers from four eras and four cultures at their emotional heights — with baritone Yunpeng Wang, pianist Michael Brown, violinists Kristin Lee and Danbi Um, violistMatthew Lipman, and cellists Nicholas Canellakis and David Finckel (May 3). An Evening with the Escher Quartet — graduates of CMS’ Bowers Program — will feature the NY premiere and CMS co-commission of Andrew Norman’s new String Quartet (May 7). The CMS season finale completes its Russian theme paying tribute to Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes with an evening of music by composers commissioned by the Company: Falla, Ravel, Debussy, Prokofiev, and Stravinsky. The concert will be performed by mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, pianists Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung, violinist Nicolas Dautricourt, violist Yura Lee, cellistDavid Finckel, harpist Bridget Kibbey, and flutist Tara Helen O'Connor (May 19).

Winter/Spring Rose Studio Concerts
The Rose Studio will host the much-loved Inside Chamber Music with Bruce Adolphe series, which combines entertaining lectures full of fascinating insights into masterworks with short live performances. Each lecture is illustrated by excerpts from the featured piece, performed live by CMS artists. The season comprises music by Beethoven (Jan. 30), Borodin (Feb. 6), Beethoven (Feb. 13), and Stravinsky (Feb. 20). 

Three Rose Studio Concerts will explore classical and rarely-heard chamber music repertoire. Each program is presented in two ways: in a traditional setting, and as part of the cozy Late Night Rose series with cabaret-style seating and a complimentary glass of wine. The winter/spring seasMost Rose Studio series — including Inside Chamber Music, Late Night Rose, The Art of the Recital, and the 9 PM New Music performances — are offered as livestreamed events and are also available on-demand for an additional 72 hours later. Programs can be accessed here.on will feature works by Janáček, Dvořák, and Korngold with pianist Gilles Vonsattel, violinists Sean Lee and Kristin Lee, violist Matthew Lipman, and cellist David Requiro (Jan 24); Beethoven, Hindemith, and Weber with violinists Francisco Fullana and Philip Setzer, violist Paul Neubauer, cellistMihai Marica, and clarinetist Sebastian Manz (Feb. 28); and Mozart, Rota, and Dohnányi with pianist Lise de la Salle, violinist Ani Kavafian andAngelo Xiang Yu, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, cellist Timothy Eddy, and flutistSooyun Kim (Apr. 25).

New Music in the Rose begins the new year with a program highlighted by the NY premiere of Anthony Cheung’All Roads for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello with pianist Gilles Vonsattel and the Escher String Quartet(Jan. 17). The series continues with an evening of innovative works by du Bois, Wuorinen, Pintscher, and Ludwig with pianist Michael Brown, violinist Bella Hristova, violist Richard O'Neill, and cellist Mihai Marica (May 21); and a concert featuring the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Massarosafor Bassoon, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello with the Calidore String Quartetand bassoonist Peter Kolkay (May 16). New Music in the Rose concerts are presented in two seatings, at 6:30 and 9 pm.

The Art of the Recital (in the Rose Studio) concerts, curated by the artists,will present flutist Tara Helen O’Connor and pianist Pedja Muzijevic in a program of works composed between 1764 and 2000 (Feb 7), and violinistCho-Liang Lin and pianist Jon Kimura Parker in an all-American composer evening (May 9).

Tickets for concerts may be purchased in person at the Alice Tully Hall box office at Broadway and West 65th St. or the CMS ticketing office at The Samuel B. and David Rose Building, 165 West 65th Street, 10th floor; by calling 212.875.5788; or online at www.chambermusicsociety.org.
Visit the CMS website for complete information on New York City performances.


Sun, January 13 at 2 pm
Meet the Music! The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
Music by Bruce Adolphe
Bruce Adolphe, Director of Family Programs; David Kaplan, piano; Mihai Marica, cello; Sooyun Kim, flute; Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet;Eduardo Leandro, percussion

Sun, Jan 27 at 5:00 pm and Tues, Jan 29 at 7:30 pm
Esteemed Ensemble
Suk:            Quartet in A minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 1 (1891)
Brahms:      Quartet No. 3 in C minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 60 (1855-56, 1874)
Dvořák:       Quartet in E-flat major for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 87 (1889)

Wu Han, piano; Daniel Hope, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; David Finckel,cello

Sun, Feb 10 at 5 pm
Total Mozart
Selections from Twelve Duos for Two Horns, K. 487 (1786)
Quartet in B-flat major for Strings, K. 589 (1790)
Concerto No. 12 in A major for Piano and String Quintet, K. 414 (1782) 
Divertimento in F major for Two Horns and Strings, K. 247 (1776)

Juho Pohjonen, piano; Timothy Cobb, double bass; Escher String Quartet (Adam Barnett-Hart, Danbi Um, violin; Pierre Lapointe, viola; Brook Speltz,cello); Jennifer Montone, Eric Reed, horn

Fri, Feb 22 at 7:30 pm
International Collection
Debussy:         Sonata for Cello and Piano (1915)
Khachaturian:  Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano (1932)
Huw Watkins:  Quintet for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello (CMS Co-Commission, US Premiere) (2017) 
 Brahms:        Sextet No. 2 in G major for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Two Cellos, Op. 36 (1864-65)

Gilles Vonsattel, piano; Paul Huang, Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin; Matthew Lipman, Richard OGilbert Kalish, piano; Bella Hristova, Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Mark Holloway, Richard O'Neill, viola; Dmitri Atapine, David Requiro*, cello; Xavier Foley*, double bass'Neill, viola; Nicholas Tzavaras, Paul Watkins,cello; David Shifrin, clarinet
Tue, Feb 26 at 7:30 pm 
Beethoven:   Sonata in G major for Violin and Piano, Op. 96 (1812)
Strauss:        Metamorphosen for Two Violins, Two Violas, Two Cellos, and Double Bass (1945)  
 Dvořák:        Trio in E minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 90, “Dumky” (1890-91)

Sun, Mar 3 at 5 pm
Hungarian Fire
Brahms:     Selected Hungarian Dances for Violin and Piano (arr. Joseph Joachim) (1868, 1880) 
Kodály:      Serenade for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 12 (191920)
Bartók:       Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano (1938)
Ligeti:         Selected Piano Etudes 
Dohnányi:  Quintet No. 1 in C minor for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 1 (1895)

Alessio Bax, piano; Ida Kavafian, Alexi Kenney*, violin; Yura Lee, viola;Dmitri Atapine, cello; Sebastian Manz*, clarinet

Sun, Mar 10 at 5 pm
Russian Panorama: Winter Festival I
Glinka:           Trio pathétique in D minor for Clarinet, Bassoon, and Piano (1832)
Glazunov:       Idyll in D major for Horn and Strings (1884)
Balakirev:       Octet for Flute, Oboe, Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, and Piano, Op. 3 (1855-56)

Fri, Mar 15 at 7:30 pm
Russian Panorama: Winter Festival II
Rachmaninov: Trio élégiaque in G minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello (1892)
Tchaikovsky:   Souvenir d'un lieu cher for Violin and Piano, Op. 42 (1878)
Prokofiev:        Sonata in C major for Two Violins, Op. 56 (1932)
Taneyev:         Quintet in G minor for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 30 (1910-11)

Wu Han, piano; Alexander Sitkovetsky, Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Matthew Lipman, viola; Nicholas Canellakis, cello

Tue, Mar 19 at 7:30 pm
Russian Panorama: Winter Festival III
Rubinstein:   “Romance” from Soirées à Saint-Petersbourg for Violin and Piano, Op. 44, No. 1 (1860)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Selected Songs
Stravinsky:     Five Easy Pieces for Piano, Four Hands (1917)
Shostakovich: From Jewish Folk Poetry for Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Piano, Op. 79 (1948)
Tchaikovsky:   Trio in A minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 50 (1881-82)

Mané Galoyan, soprano; Sara Couden, alto; Arseny Yakovlev, Tenor; Gilbert Kalish, piano; Gilles Vonsattel, piano; Chad Hoopes, violin; Clive Greensmith, cello

Sun, Mar 24 at 5 pm
Russian Panorama: Winter Festival IV
Myaskovsky:   Quartet No. 13 in A minor for Strings, Op. 86 (1949)
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 13 in B-flat minor for Strings, Op. 138 (1970) 
Borodin:          Quartet No. 2 in D major for Strings (1881)

Borodin Quartet (Ruben Aharonian, Sergei Lomovsky, violin; Igor Naidin,viola; Vladimir Balshin, cello)

Sun, Mar 31 at 5 pm
Seven Last Words
Bach:         Cantata Ich habe genug, BWV 82 (1727) 
Haydn:       The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross for String Quartet, Op. 51 (1786)
Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone; Paolo Bordignon, harpsichord; Orion String Quartet (Daniel Phillips, Todd Phillips, violin; Steven Tenenbom,viola; Timothy Eddy, cello); Timothy Cobb, double bass; Stephen Taylor,oboe

Fri, Apr 5 at 7:30 pm
Three Centuries
Beethoven:     Trio in D major for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 9, No. 2 (1797-98)
Debussy:        Première rapsodie for Clarinet and Piano (1909-10)
Brett Dean:     New Work for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano (CMS Co-Commission, World Premiere
 Brahms:        Quartet No. 1 in G minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 25 (1860-61)

Wu Qian, piano; Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Yura Lee, viola; Nicholas Canellakis, cello; Tommaso Lonquich, clarinet
Sun, Apr 7 at 2:00 pm
Meet the Music! Magical Mystical Moonlight
Music by Debussy, Beethoven, Schumann, and George Crumb.

Bruce Adolphe, Director of Family Programs; Tony Arnold, soprano; Shai Wosner, piano; Mihai Marica, cello; Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Ian David Rosenbaum, percussion
Sun, Apr 14 at 5 pm
American Icon: George Crumb at 90 – Part I
All-Crumb Program
Selections from Three Early Songs for Voice and Piano (1947)
Four Nocturnes (Night Music II) for Violin and Piano (1964)
American Songbook III: Unto the Hills for Soprano, Amplified Piano, and Four Percussionists (2002)
Processional for Piano (1984)
Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) for Three Masked Players (1971)
KRONOS-KRYPTOS for Percussion Quintet (CMS Co-Commission, World Premiere)

Tony Arnold, soprano; Gloria Chien, Gilbert Kalish, piano; Kristin Lee,violin; Mihai Marica, cello; Tara Helen O'Connor, flute; Victor Caccese, Daniel Druckman, Ayano Kataoka, Eduardo Leandro, Ian David Rosenbaum, percussion

Tue, Apr 16 at 7:30 pm
American Icon: George Crumb at 90 – Part II
All-Crumb Program
Black Angels (Thirteen Images from the Dark Land) for Electric String Quartet (1970)
The Ghosts of Alhambra (Spanish Songbook I) for Voice, Guitar, and Percussion (2008) 
Music for a Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III) for Two Amplified Pianos and Percussion (1974)

Randall Scarlata, baritone; Gloria Chien, Gilbert Kalish, piano; Kristin Lee, Sean Lee, violin; Richard O'Neill, viola; Mihai Marica, cello; David Starobin,guitar; Daniel Druckman, Ayano Kataoka, Ian David Rosenbaum,percussion
Sun, Apr 28 at 5 pm
From Mendelssohn
Mendelssohn:  Lied ohne Worte in D major for Cello and Piano, Op. 109 (1845)
Schumann:      Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales) for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Op. 132 (1853)
Brahms:         Sonata in E-flat major for Viola and Piano, Op. 120, No. 2 (1894)
Tchaikovsky:   Selections from Les saisons for Piano, Op. 37b (1875-76)
Mendelssohn:  Trio No. 2 in C minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 66 (1845)

Inon Barnatan, piano; Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; Jakob Koranyi, cello; Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet

Fri, May 3 at 7:30 pm
Deeply Inspired
Schubert:       Sonatina No. 3 in G minor for Violin and Piano, D. 408, Op. 137, No. 3 (1816)
Barber:           Dover Beach for Voice and String Quartet, Op. 3 (1931)
Arensky:         Quartet No. 2 in A minor for Violin, Viola, and Two Cellos, Op. 35 (1894)
Bloch:            Quintet No. 1 for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello (1921-23)

Yunpeng Wang, baritone; Michael Brown, piano; Kristin Lee, Danbi Um,violin; Matthew
Lipman, viola; Nicholas Canellakis & David Finckel, cello

Tue, May 7 at 7:30 pm
An Evening with the Escher Quartet
Mozart:           Quartet in F major for Strings, K. 590, “Prussian” (1790)
Andrew Norman: New Work for String Quartet (CMS Co-Commission, NY Premiere
Beethoven:     Quartet in C-sharp minor for Strings, Op. 131 (182526)
Escher String Quartet (Adam Barnett-Hart, Danbi Um, violin; Pierre Lapointe, viola; Brook Speltz, cello) 

Sun, May 19 at 5 pm
Ballets Russes
Falla:              Psyché for Voice, Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Harp (1924)
Ravel :            Shéhérazade for Voice, Flute, and Piano (1903)
Debussy:        Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp (1915)
Prokofiev:       Sonata in D major for Violin and Piano, Op. 94a (1943, arr. 1944) 
Stravinsky:      Petrushka for Piano, Four Hands (1910–11, rev. 1947)
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano; Alessio Bax, Lucille Chung,piano; Nicolas Dautricourt, violin; Yura Lee, viola; David Finckel, cello; Bridget Kibbey, harp; Tara Helen O'Connor, flute


Thu, Jan 24 6:30 pm & 9 pm
Janáček:         Pohádka (Fairy Tale) for Cello and Piano (1910)
Dvořák:           Drobnosti (Miniatures) for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 75a (1887)
Korngold:        Quintet in E major for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 15 (1921-22)

Gilles Vonsattel, piano; Sean Lee, Kristin Lee, violin; Matthew Lipman,viola; David Requiro*, cello

Thu, Feb 28 at 6:30 pm & 9 pm
Beethoven: Serenade in D major for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 8 (1796-97)
Hindemith:  Two Duets for Violin and Clarinet (1932)
Weber:       Quintet in B-flat major for Clarinet, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 34 (1811-15)

Francisco Fullana*, Philip Setzer, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; Mihai Marica, cello; Sebastian Manz*, clarinet

Thu, Apr 25 at 6:30 pm & 9 pm
Mozart:         Quartet in A major for Flute, Violin, Viola, and Cello, K. 298 (1786-87)
Rota:             Trio for Flute, Violin, and Piano (1958)
Dohnányi:     Quintet No. 2 in E-flat minor for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 26 (1914)

Lise de la Salle*, piano; Ani Kavafian, Angelo Xiang Yu*, violin; Hsin-Yun Huang, viola; Timothy Eddy, cello; Sooyun Kim, flute


Sun, Jan 27 at 3 pm
CMS Kids: Who is Beethoven?
Ludwig van Beethoven worked to overcome physical obstacles in his life – illness and deafness – and wrote his intense moods and feelings from this experience into his music, forever changing the musical landscape. Host Rami Vamos and CMS artists take an interactive look into Beethoven’s life, and how it was written into his masterpieces.

Rami Vamos, host; Anna Polonsky, piano; Francisco Fullana, violin; Mihai Marica, cello


Thu, Jan 17 at 6:30 pm & 9 pm
Per Nørgård:             Quartet No. 10 for Strings, “Høsttidløs” (2005)
William Bolcom:        Suite for Violin and Cello (1997)
Ed Bennett:               For Marcel Dzama for Piano, Violin, and Cello (2007)
Anthony Cheung:     All Roads for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello (CMS Co-Commission, New York Premier

Gilles Vonsattel, piano; Escher String Quartet (Adam Barnett-Hart, Danbi Um, violin; Pierre Lapointe, viola; Brook Speltz, cello)

Thu, Mar 21 at 6:30 pm & 9 pm       
Alexandra du Bois:       L’apothéose d’un rêve for Piano, Violin, and Cello (2004)
Charles Wuorinen:        Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello (1983)
Matthias Pintscher:       Janusgesicht for Viola and Cello (2001)
David Ludwig:             Aria Fantasy for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello (2013)

Michael Brown, piano; Bella Hristova, violin; Richard O'Neill, viola; Mihai Marica, cello

Thu, May 16 and 6:30 pm & 9 pm  
Wolfgang Rihm:           Quartet No. 4 for Strings (1979-81) 
Joan Tower:                Red Maple for Bassoon, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello (2013)
Mark-Anthony Turnage: Massarosa for Bassoon, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello (CMS Co-Commission, World Premiere)

Calidore String Quartet (Jeffrey Myers, Ryan Meehan, violin; Jeremy Berry, viola; Estelle
Choi, cello); Peter Kolkay, bassoon


Thu, Feb 7 at 7:30 pm
Mozart:                     Sonata in F major for Flute and Piano, K. 13 (1764)
Bach:                        Sonata in B minor for Flute and Piano, BWV 1030 (c. 1736)
Reinecke:                  Sonata in E minor for Flute and Piano, Op. 167, “Undine” (1882)
Joseph Schwantner: Black Anemones for Flute and Piano (1982)
JacobTV:                   Lipstick for Flute/Alto Flute and Soundtrack (1998)
Belinda Reynolds:     Share for Alto Flute and Piano (2003)
Randall Woolf:           Righteous Babe for Flute and Piano (2000)

Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Pedja Muzijevic, piano

Thu, May 9 at 7:30 pm
John Harbison:           Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano (2011)
Steven Stucky:          Sonata for Violin and Piano (2013) 
Leonard Bernstein:     Canon for Aaron for Violin and Piano
Lukas Foss:                “Composer's Holiday” from Three American Pieces for Violin and Piano (1944)
Paul Schoenfield:       Sonata for Violin and Piano (2008–09)

Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Jon Kimura Parker, piano

MEET THE MUSIC! with Series Creator and Host Bruce Adolphe
Featuring CMS artists of the season. Three programs for kids ages 6 & up and their families. All concerts take place in Alice Tully Hall.

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
Music by Bruce Adolphe

Bruce Adolphe, Director of Family Programs; David Kaplan, piano; Mihai Marica, cello; Sooyun Kim, flute; Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet;Eduardo Leandro, percussion

Sun, April 7 at 2 pm
Magical Mystical Moonlight
With music by Debussy, Beethoven, Schumann, and George Crumb
 Wed, Jan 30 at 6:30 pm
Beethoven:     Quartet in C-sharp minor for Strings, Op. 131 (1825-26)
Arnaud Sussmann, Sean Lee, violin; Matthew Lipman, viola; David Finckel, cello

Wed, February 6, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Borodin:        Quartet No. 2 in D major for Strings (1881)

Calidore String Quartet (Jeffrey Myers, Ryan Meehan, violin; Jeremy Berry, viola; Estelle
Choi, cello)

Wed, February 13, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Beethoven:     Sonata in G major for Violin and Piano, Op. 96 (1812)

Peter Dugan, piano; Sean Lee, violin

Wed, Feb 20 at 6:30 pm
Stravinsky:     Petrushka for Piano, Four Hands (1910-11, rev. 194

Alessio Bax, Lucille Chung, piano  

*Members of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two)

For complete information on the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s winter/spring season, click here.
10) News from Polk and Co.






ANASTASIA welcomes new cast members to the Broadhurst Theatre this winter. On Tuesday, December 18, original company member Constantine Germanacos rejoined the hit Broadway musical as “Gleb.” Emmy Award Winner Penny Fuller will assume the role of the “Dowager Empress” the week of January 7.

Tickets range from $69 - $169. Premium tickets range from $199 - $352. For more information, visit www.AnastasiatheMusical.com or call 212-239-6200.

For more information, visit www.AnastasiatheMusical.com


10B) Fiasco Theater's Production of 


Book by George Furth

'Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Based on and with additional material from the original play by 

George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart

Performances begin Saturday, January 12, 2019.

Opening is set for Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Limited Engagement at Laura Pels Theatre 

in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre

Fiasco Theater’s new production of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONGwill begin performances on Saturday, January 12 at 7:30PM with an opening night set for Tuesday, February 19, 2019. This will be a limited engagement at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street).

With Fiasco’s one-of-a-kind imagination, this audacious musical about a trio of friends in showbiz who fall apart and come together over two decades emerges as newly personal and passionate. The ensemble brings to life a reimagination of Furth and Sondheim’s creation in an emotionally rich new production that confronts the pains and pleasures of fame, fortune, and old friends.

Tickets for Merrily We Roll Along are available by calling 212.719.1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org, in person at any Roundabout box office: American Airlines Theatre Box office (227 West 42nd Street); The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 W 46th Street) and Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street); or by visiting StubHub, The Premier Secondary Ticketing Partner of Roundabout. Ticket prices range from $99-109. For groups of 10 or more please call 212-719-9393 x 365 or email groupsales@roundabouttheatre.org.

Merrily We Roll Along will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30PM with Wednesday, Saturday matinees at 2:00PM and Sunday matinees at 3:00PM.
11)News from Richard Hillman PR








JANUARY 11- 28, 2019

The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) has announced casting for DirectorFest 2019: The 35th Annual Directors Festival, the only festival in the United States exploring the art of contemporary stage directing. DirectorFest takes place at various locations around NYC: New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher Street), The Drama League Theater Center (32 Avenue of the Americas), LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (31-10 Thompson Avenue, Long Island City), and Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street). Festival programming, tickets and additional details are available at www.directorfest.org, or by calling (212) 244-9494.

For its 35th year, the festival will include six fully-staged productions, a showcase evening of a new musical, discussion forums, and conversations with notable American directors.

Taking place over four weeks in venues across New York City, the festival’s highlights include a reimagined new staging of a Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me A Little; the New York premiere of The Clitorish by Mara Nelson-Greenberg; Drunk Enough To Say I Love You? by Caryl Churchill; First Love by Charles L. Mee; Deathwatch by Jean Genet; the North American premiere of This Is NOT Hamlet, conceived by Bulgarian director Boyan Kracholov; and Whitney White’s Three Sisters, The Music, songs from a work-in-progress, adapted and directed by Whitney White,

The 2018 Drama League Directors Project Fellows include Jennifer Chang, Tara Elliott, Kemar Jewel, Seonjae Kim, and Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li. Chosen from over 330 applicants nationwide, these five visionary emerging directors recently completed their year of mentorships, assistantships, training and career development as part of The Drama League Directors Project. The festival will also include the work of Drama League Next Stage Resident Whitney White and Drama League International Exchange Program Artist Boyan Kracholov.

The festival will also include conversations with two of America’s foremost contemporary directors, Lear DeBessonet (Good Person of Setzuan) and Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Jitney), as well as A Town-Hall Conversation: The Mid-Career Director.


Tickets Available at www.directorfest.org


Marry Me A Little 
Songs by Stephen Sondheim 
Conceived and Developed by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene 
Produced Off-Broadway by Diane de Mailly in association with William B. Young 
Originally Produced by The Production Company 
Music Direction by John Kight 
Directed and Choreographed by 2018 Leo Shull Musical Theater Directing Fellow Kemar Jewel

January 11, 2019 at 7:30pm 
January 12, 2019 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm 
New Ohio Theatre 
154 Christopher Street 
$25 General Admission/$20 Drama League Members

The two-member cast of Marry Me A Little features Jordan Barbour as Man 1 and Jon-Michael Reese as Man 2. The Stage Manager is Tyler Danhaus. Sound Design by Mike Tracey. Casting by Stephen DeAngelis.

Featuring songs by Stephen Sondheim, the master of the modern musical, Marry Me A Little has been reimagined by director and choreographer Kemar Jewel as the story of two queer men of color, searching for love in the city that never sleeps. Two strangers, alone in their apartments on a Saturday night, reveal their secret dreams and fantasies, never knowing that they’re just one wall away from each other. With trunk songs from Anyone Can Whistle, Follies, Company, and more, this new production gives voice to love rarely seen on stage.

Kemar Jewel, an international director and choreographer from Philadelphia, became an internet sensation for his video Voguing Train (2014). Kemar’s projects have garnered over six million views across social media platforms and have been featured by the Huffington Post, TIME, Fox News and in film festivals across the globe. In theatre, he recently directed Legendary for Underground Arts and Songs For Marsha at the Helen Mills Theatre. B.A., Temple University.

This production and fellowship are supported, in part, with funds from The Leo Shull Foundation for the Arts. Marry Me A Little is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

The Clitorish 
by Mara Nelson-Greenberg 
Directed by 2018 Drama League New York Directing Fellow Jennifer Chang 
Drunk Enough To Say I Love You? 
By Caryl Churchill 
Directed by 2018 Drama League New York Directing Fellow Tara Elliott

January 18, 2019 at 7:30pm 
January 19, 2019 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm 
New Ohio Theatr
154 Christopher Street 
$25 General Admission/$20 Drama League Members 
The three-member cast for The Clitorish features Robin Abramson as Sheila, Tony Carlin as Ted, and Aaron Costa Ganis as Stephen. The Stage Manager is Yetti Steinman.

In The Clitorish, a savvy new comedy by Mara Nelson-Greenberg, a husband and wife discover their teenage son has confused a diagram of a vagina for a map of the Middle East. What else is there to do? Hire a vagina tutor! The Clitorish explores “truthiness,” the relationship between the sexes, the unwritten rules of the world...and who gets to write them.

Jennifer Chang is a multidisciplinary artist with Ovation Award and Stage Scene LA award-honored works. She is a founding member of Chalk Repertory Theatre. She has taught at the East West Players and guest directed at USC and at Texas State University, San Marcos for the Black and Latino Playwrights. She is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Society, Screen Actors Guild, and Actor’s Equity Association. She is the current Head of Undergraduate Acting at UCSD. BFA: Tisch/ NYU; MFA: UCSD. Director’s Lab West, National Director’s Fellowship Finalist 2017.

The two-member cast for Drunk Enough To Say I Love You? features Deven Kolluri as Guy, and Quentin Mare as Sam. The Stage Manger is Will Chaloner. The Dramaturg is Laura Colleluori. Casting by Cindi Rush.

In Drunk Enough To Say I Love You?, Jack would do anything for Sam. Sam would do...anything. And around this simple premise, the legendary Caryl Churchill -- called “the greatest living English playwright” by Tony Kushner -- slyly depicts a deeply dysfunctional relationship between two men...or, perhaps, between a man and a much larger idea. Taut, elliptical, and unforgettable.

Tara Elliott is the director of Burq Off! and Not The One, and producer of the Gotham Award-winning web series “Shugs & Fats.” She translated and directed the English language workshop premiere of prize-winning Chilean play Las Analfabetas. She is the recipient of a Tow Travel Grant for research in Cuba, a CUNY Diversity Projects Development Fund Grant, and has developed plays in residencies with KO Festival of Performance and Barn Arts Collective. In NYC, her work has been seen at Walkerspace, HERE Arts, The Cherry Lane, Dixon Place, Robert Moss Theater, and The Barrow Group among others. MFA Directing, Brooklyn College.

The Clitorish and Drunk Enough To Say I Love You? play as a double bill at each performance.

First Love 
by Charles L. Mee 
Music Direction by Josh Kight 
Choreography by Antonio Brown 
Directed by 2018 Drama League New York Directing Fellow Seonjae Kim 
By Jean Genet 
Choreography by Antonio Brown 
Directed by 2018 Drama League New York Directing Fellow Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li

January 25, 2019 at 7:30pm 
January 26, 2019 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm 
New Ohio Theatre 
154 Christopher Street 
$25 General Admission/$20 Drama League Members

The three-member cast for First Love features Dennis Holland as Harold, Anne O’Sullivan as Edith, and Charlotte Rosenberg as Waitress. The Stage Manager is Rachel Kaufman. Casting by Harriet Bass.

In First Love, Edith and Harold unexpectedly meet on a park bench...and romance, long-delayed, is in the air! But is it too late? In Charles L. Mee’s wistful, surprising and engaging play, a chance encounter is a catalyst for change; it’s both a last chance and a new beginning, navigating the emotions and pitfalls of new love and embracing a potentially different future.

Seonjae Kim is originally from Seoul, South Korea. Riot Antigone, her original Riot Grrrl musical adaptation of Sophocles’ tragedy, premiered at La MaMa and received productions at ANTFest and Bryn Mawr College. She recently served as Associate Director for the immersive musical KPOP (Ars Nova/Ma-Yi/Woodshed Collective). Her work has been seen at Atlantic Theatre Company, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Dixon Place, Williamstown, PEN/World Voices Festival, New York Theatre Barn, Prelude Festival and Chicago Fringe. Honors: Van Lier Fellowship (Asian American Arts Alliance), Mike Ockrent Fellowship (SCDF), and Robert Moss Fellowship (Playwrights Horizons). New Georges Affiliated Artist. BA: Northwestern.

The three-member cast for Deathwatch features Jorge Luna as LeFranc, Arash Mokhtar as Green Eyes, and Christian Elan Ortiz as Maurice. The Stage Manager is Melanie Aponte. Casting by Alan Filderman.

Deathwatch, Jean Genet’s gripping, claustrophobic masterpiece -- which preceded his later works like The Maids and The Balcony – features two prisoners and a condemned man as they vie for supremacy in a prison that, both literally and metaphorically, turns inward to upend our notions of class, crime, and desire. Genet’s deft and thrilling exploration of identity and society may be set in the direst of circumstances, but its issues and struggles could very well be the people next door...or even ourselves.

Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li, currently an Associate Artistic Director of The Living Theater, earned his Master of Arts degree in Performance Studies at Tisch School of Arts/New York University. He works as a director, playwright, performer, and performance artist, creating productions addressing sexuality, literature, philosophy, and politics. Dennis endeavors to make powerful and transcendental performances to stimulate compelling reactions in the audience. Recent directing productions include Blind (Theater for the New City), The (New) Trial (Theater for the New City), and Civilization and Its Discontents (Judson Memorial Church).

First Love and Deathwatch play as a double bill for each performance.

This Is NOT Hamlet 
Conceived and directed By Boyan Kracholov

January 23, 2019 at 7:00pm 
January 24, 2019 at 7:00pm 
uardia Performing Arts Center 
31-10 Thompson Street, Long Island City 
$25 General Admission/$20 Drama League Members

The two-member cast for This is NOT Hamlet features Dimitar Krumov and Ivan Nikolov. The Stage Manager is Peter Nictakis.

Someone once said that an actor must eat all the food in the world, drink all the alcohol, and sleep with all of the women. But it wasn’t Shakespeare, and it certainly wasn’t Hamlet! A mad rollercoaster ride excavating some of the world’s most famous playwrights -- Shakespeare, Beckett, Moliere, Cervantes, Stoppard, De La Barca among them -- This Is NOT Hamlet explores the limits of ourselves and the stage, the thin line between reality and illusion. The piece won European prizes when it debuted in 2016 at Sofia’s famed Theatre Sfumato.

Bulgarian director Boyan Kracholov earned degrees in Directing from the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, and in Philosophy from Sofia University. His most recent work, Memory of Flight, premiered at the Plovdiv Drama Theatre in 2018. He is currently working on a piece combining the opera Faust by Gounod with the play by Goethe, set to premiere at the Pravets Mozart Festival. His first book, “Temple of Dreams,” was published in 2017.

This Is NOT Hamlet is presented by The Drama League, The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, and Art Office Foundation as part of the Drama League International Stage Directors Exchange,
Whitney White’s Three Sisters, The Music 
Songs from the work-in-progress adapted and directed by 
 Drama League Director In Residence Whitney White 
Music Direction by Steven Cuevas

January 28, 2019 at 7:00pm 
Joe’s Pub 
425 Lafayette Street 
$20 General Admission

The three-member cast of Whitney White’s Three Sisters, The Music features Cherrye Davis, Deonte Goodman and Denise Manning. The band includes Steven Cuevas, Doug Berns, Mary Knapp, Zdenko Martin and Tristan Marzeski. The Stage Manager is Emily Roth.

Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece has been ravishingly recontextualized by composer and director Whitney White, who brings lush, contemporary songs and actors into Chekhov’s timeless story of women on the verge. This evening of songs from the work-in-progress will feature White alongside her cast and band in a celebration of the past, present and future of this timeless tale.

Whitney White is a director, musician, and writer, originally from Chicago, based in Brooklyn. This year she developed work at New York Theatre Workshop, 59E59, Trinity Rep, Chautauqua, The Roundabout, Luna Stage, SUNY Purchase, Princeton, Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, South Oxford, Jack, The Tank, New York Musical Festival, The Lark, and more. Whitney is currently a 2050 Fellow at NYTW and the Artistic Development Associate at Roundabout Theatre Company. MFA Acting: Brown University/Trinity Rep. BA Political Science: Northwestern University.



January 14, 2019 at 7:00pm 
The Drama League Theater Center 
32 Avenue of the Americas 
$45 Premium Seating | $30 General Admission | $20 Members/Alumni 
Known for her large-scale community-spanning productions in Central Park, her work with Taylor Mac (Good Person of Setzuan) and Suzan-Lori Parks (Venus), The Public Theater’s Director in Residence Lear DeBessonet is joined by Maria Manuela Goyanes, Artistic Director, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, for a discussion of her work and impact.


January 24, 2019 at 7:00pm 
The Drama League Theater Center 
32 Avenue of the Americas 
$45 Premium Seating | $30 General Admission | $20 Members/Alumni

Renowned as an actor, playwright, and director, Ruben Santiago-Hudson has become one of America’s great interpretive directors, eqJENNIFER CHANG, TARA ELLIOTT, and KEMAR JEWELually adept in staging revivals (Jitney, Othello) and new works (Paradise Blue, Skeleton Crew). In this conversation with Awoye Timpo (The Homecoming Queen), he explores the intersections of his career and the future of the field.



January 19, 2019 at 4:30pm 
New Ohio Theatre 
154 Christopher Street 


January 26, 2019 at 4:30pm 
New Ohio Theatre 
154 Christopher Street 

Open to all stage directors, artistic directors, and affiliated professionals.

January 28, 2019 at 4:30pm 
The Drama League Theater Center 
32 Avenue of the Americas 
FREE, RSVP Required at directorfest@dramaleague.org

What happens when you’re no longer “emerging” or “early-career”...but there’s still work to be done? If you define yourself as a mid-career director, join our town-hall discussion with Davis McCallum, Artistic Director, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; Daniella Topol, Artistic Director, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre; Emilya Cachapero, Director of Programs, TCG; Liz Carlson, Associate Artistic Director, New York Stage and Film; Nicole Watson, Associate Artistic Director, Round House Theatre; and David Mendizabal, Artistic Director, The Movement Theatre Company.
12) News from Spin Cycle NYC

New drama


looks at women and war, 

begins previews Jan

Lucy Jackson in association with Dutch Kills Theater Company will present the World Premiere o of INTELLIGENCE by John Golden Playwriting Award winner Helen Banner. Directed by 2017 Lucille Lortel
Award winner Jess Chayes (Home/Sick, Half Moon Bay), performances run January 12 – February 3 at Next Door at NYTW (79 East 4th Street, between Second Avenue and Bowery).

In INTELLIGENCE, Presidential appointee Sarah McIntyre has been assigned two wary young diplomats to help develop her pet project: New Training Scenarios for the Resolution of Intractable Global Situations. The three begin to role-play, led by a charismatic woman experienced in persuading men to lay down arms.  Suddenly, a rebel group lashes out in a distant country, destroying the tenuous peace recently negotiated by McIntyre. The women’s role-playing becomes increasingly charged, pushing them deeper into the bodies and minds ofviolent insurgents. Meanwhile, as Washington undergoes its own regime change, their work becomes active weaponry for Sarah’s political enemies. INTELLIGENCE asks us to question how we code and decode
others and ourselves through our imaginations.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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