CAROL OSTROW AND THE ACTORS’ TEMPLE BOARD OF DIRECTORS are celebrating their 102nd year with a Gala Celebration for the temple, HOT JAZZ @ A COOL SHUL. The evening will be commemorated with a performance by the fabulous Jazz legend, Tony Middleton and his Trio.The benefit will take place on Monday, March 25, 2019 from 6:30pm-9:3pm in their very own recently renovated sanctuary located at 339 West 47th Street, NYC.
Tony Middleton traded in his amateur boxing gloves and jumped into the music business around 1952. His most famous recording of the era was the hit song “Church Bells May Ring” with The Willows. Tony has worked in the music business ever since, producing many great records and singles, working with many of the greatest performers of his time, and contributing his voice for many film soundtracks. His repertoire covers a wide range of musical styles, genres, and periods.
Whatever your age, whatever your musical tastes, Tony has something for you. Would you expect any less from a man with seven decades of work under his belt?
HOT JAZZ @ A COOL SHUL is on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tickets are $250-$1000, including cocktails, plentiful hot and cold canapés, music, wine, fabulous entertainment and dancing, are now available online at www.theactorstemple.org/events or by calling 917-359-1249.
Running Time: 3 hours
SEA DOG THEATER is pleased to announce the staged reading of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, directed by Kimille Howard. The reading with take place at the historic St. George's Episcopal Church (7 Rutherford Pl, NY, NY 10003 near Union Square) on Friday, March 29, at 7:00 pm. FREE, RSVP required at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/17097. In April Sea Dog Theater will be presenting Chris Cragin Day’s The Rare Biosphere, a timely, relevant, and powerful new play inspired by real-life deportation events, at Anderson Hall, 61 Gramercy Park North.
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is a hilarious, poignant, thought-provoking work by Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Boasting a large, zany cast of characters, the play asks one of the most plaguing questions in the Christian ideology: What happened to Judas Iscariot? The facts we know are these: Judas was the disciple of Jesus who betrayed his friend and teacher to the authorities. He is seen as the man responsible for Jesus’s death; afterwards, Judas fell into despair and hung himself from an olive tree; since then, he has been suffering for his deeds deep in Hell, and will continue to do so for all eternity. Is that really fair? Was Judas the duplicitous master of his own fate, a much-suffering pawn used for Jesus’s ends, or just a man who made a mistake? Set in a courtroom in Purgatory, The Last Days puts Judas’ case to a hilarious, riotous, piercing trial, the results of which are sure to make the inhabitants of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory — and the audience — reconsider what each thought they knew about forgiveness, faith, and the human inside one of the history’s most infamous figures.
With over 25 characters, this beloved play is rarely staged. This one-night only event, exploring what happened to Judas Iscariot, will feel site specific by taking place in a historic church. The grittiness of the play and the characters, all very New York in their language and attitude, will shine with its star-studded diverse cast, who are all actively working in film, TV and theater.
The production stars Rosa Arredondo* (Roswell: New Mexico), Rajesh Bose* (Pygmalion, Bedlam Theater Company), Kamel Boutros (Metropolitan Opera: Carmen, Capriccio, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Madame Butterﬂy, La Boheme and Roméo et Juliette), Christopher Domig* (3x NYIT Nominated Lead Actor, New Film Eve (dir. Tate Taylor, starring Jessica Chastain)), Ethan Hova* ("The Nap" Broadway @MTC), Kevin Mambo* (Emmy Winner (Guiding Light); Bdwy: Fela!), Anne Richardson (Blindspot, Person of Interest) Gregg Mozgala* (Teenage Dick The Public Theatre, Light Shining In Buckinghamshire New York Theatre Workshop, Cost Of Living MTC 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama). Anthony Ruiz* (New Amsterdam), Rachel Ticotin* (Grey’s Anatomy, Total Recall), and James Yaegashi* (Marvel's The Runaways).
THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT plays one performance on Friday, March 29, at 7:00 pm
FREE, RSVP required at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/17097
Running Time: 3 hours including a 15 minute intermission
New York, NY – The Western Wind vocal sextet will present O Western Wind…
The program celebrates the 50th Anniversary of The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble which began in 1969.
The event will honor the 50-year career of founding member and countertenor William Zukof who will be stepping down from his singing role in August 2019.
The concert will include highlights from each of the five decades of The Western Wind and a new work by fellow founding member, Elliot Z. Levine, for The Western Wind and a chorus of Western Wind Ensemble Singing Workshop participants. A Gala Reception at the hall will follow the concert.
The program will include works sung in the ensemble’s first concerts from 1969-1972 by Claudio Monteverdi, Orlando di Lasso, Guillaume Costeley, and Orazio Vecchi; early American Music from the ensemble’s first recording for NONESUCH Records which was nominated for a Grammy in 1973; Judeo Spanish Songs and other selections from The Western Wind’s Judaica series of 9 radio programs created for public radio; arrangements of songs by Duke Ellington, & Rogers & Hart; and works written for the ensemble from the ‘70’s to today by William Bolcom, Ronald Gold, Robert Dennis, Tania León & Michel Camilo, Eric Salzman, Meredith Monk, Matthew Harris, Martha Sullivan and Elliot Z. Levine.
Western Wind members are Linda Lee Jones and Gayla D. Morgan, sopranos, William Zukof, countertenor, Todd Frizzell, tenor, David Vanderwal, tenor, and Elliot Z. Levine, baritone. They will be joined by Patricia Davis on violin.
Tickets for the March 23 concert are $50, $100 general admission and can be purchased online at The Merkin Hall box office or online at: www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/the-western-wind-50th-anniversary-gala/. (The $100 ticket includes the post-concert party.)
Special Gala Tickets that includes a contribution are available at http://www.westernwind.org/concerts.html
Since 1969, this internationally acclaimed vocal sextet has devoted itself to the special beauty and variety of a cappella music. The New York Times has called them, “A kaleidoscopic tapestry of vocal hues…” The Ensemble’s repertoire reveals its diverse background – from Renaissance motets to Fifties rock ’n’ roll, from medieval carols to Duke Ellington, from complex works by avant-garde composers to the simplest folk melodies. Visit them at http://www.westernwind.org/.
LIVE FROM MERKIN HALL it’s IN YOUR FACE - NEW YORK, hosted MSNBC’S THE BEAT ARI MELBER, who effortlessly explains politics, the law--and hip-hop--like nobody else on TV. Joining him will be Zucked author Roger McNamee, curator at MoMA Ann Temkin and the always melodic Jay Leonhart and his 1-Train Band. The performance is March 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Merkin Hall (129 West 67th Street (btw Broadway and Amsterdam)). Get details & tickets.
People leave work early so they can get home to watch The Beat with Ari Melber. Ari will explore the world of cable news and how he manages to keep it all straight when events are cascading around us minute by minute (including the names of all the Russian oligarchs). Joining him will be one of his favorite hip-hop artists Tee Grizzley (“First Day Out’), plus Roger McNamee, author of Zucked which the New York Times calls “superb...stirring...robust and helpful”, as well as, Chapter VII of our serialized novella “Author to Come” written by author Shalom Auslander (Foreskin’s Lament, Hope: a Tragedy). Curator of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA Ann Temkin will explain how a painting gets to the museum and it isn’t by Uber. Jazz Legend Jay Leonhart leads the 1-Train Band.
IN YOUR FACE - NEW YORK captures the spirit, energy, music, noise and creativity of this capital of the world. A real slice of New York City—where art, fun, and politics meet on stage in a live performance extravaganza featuring the best of New York’s actors, writers, musicians and more. For the 21st century urbanite, it’s a raucous, head-on collision between a Marx brothers romp and the New York Review of Books. IN YOUR FACE - NEW YORK brings together the best of New York’s actors, writers and musicians for supercharged revues featuring live stories, sketches and songs.
Past participants rave:
“In Your Face—New York is so much fun to watch because everyone is having so much fun on stage! I loved being part of the show.” - Isaac Mizrahi
“Many shows have tried but only In Your Face has succeeded in capturing on stage what makes living in New York so special. Where else will you find an accordionist, expert wine spitter and a hedge fund manager sharing the same space? I mean, besides the 7 train...I love the show!” - Mo Rocca
“Running over with a kind of urban good cheer that seemed to belong to an earlier era of New York satiric revues of a kind kept me high on my toes all night.” - Adam Gopnik
“It's a joyous celebration of all that NYC is to be able to come together with different kinds of writers/artists and entertain our friends and neighbors.” - AM Holmes
“It was so much fun to participate in In Your Face New York. It was very warm and unpretentious. Great performers, great audience!” - Roz Chast
“I'm thrilled to be part of In Your Face. It's high time this NY based show finally dealt with our wonderful food!” - Ruth Reichl
Producer Martin Sage says the show’s underlying theme will be humor, which he calls “critical, because most people don’t have access to the halls of power and we’re constantly in a position of punching up – meaning that if you don’t feel you have the power to change anything, the power you do have is to clarify things and shine a light on them.” -- Haaretz
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