This Week’s Picks! The Music Man, Newsies and More

first_img Laura Osnes View Comments Star Filescenter_img It’s clear now: August kind of stinks. The weather is brutal, everyone’s on vacation but you, and school looms. But cheer up! There’s tons of fun to be had all over the city, including the Newsies at 54 Below, a gripping new work at the Signature Theater by A.R. Gurney, and a Music Man concert featuring two Cinderella faves. It’s all part of this week’s events!Hop on the Wells Fargo WagonAugust 11 at the Pershing Square Signature CenterWe’ve got trouble right here in New York City! Wait, don’t leave—the good kind of trouble. This concert presentation features a collection of Broadway’s best and brightest–folks like Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Besty Wolfe, and Andrew Keenan-Bolger—singing the evergreen classics. But unlike the local production in your hometown, vocal all-stars, not Dingleberry High’s sophomore president, will tackle “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Shipoopi,” and “Ya Got Trouble.” That’s a big difference, folks. Click for tickets!Check in to The Wayside Motor InnStarts August 12 at the Pershing Square Signature CenterVeteran playwright A.R. Gurney begins his residency at the Signature Theater with his 1978 play The Wayside Motor Inn, an ensemble character study about 10 people—some of whom know each other—staying at the titular lodging. With themes ranging from loneliness to the American dream, this should qualify as the most memorable time involving a motel since that sinful, decadent night…you had the indoor pool all to yourself. Click for tickets!See the New Sailors in Bryant ParkAugust 14 at Bryant ParkYou think Central Park is the only grassy expanse in New York that hosts free theater? Child, please! Broadway in Bryant Park wraps up another season of musical lunch breaks with offerings from the casts of Matilda, Mamma Mia!, Motown the Musical and a sneak peek of the forthcoming revival of On the Town. That’s way better than lunch with Lyle from HR.Get Some Good NewsiesAugust 14 at 54 BelowWe don’t know about you, but we’re just not ready to say goodbye to those lovable newsboys. Before they pirouette off into the sunset August 24, cast members of past and present—including Corey Cott and Liana Hunt—appear in Stop the Presses: Newsboys of New York Rally at 54 Below. We can expect “songs, stories, dances, comedy gold and possibly even some audience participation.” Audience participation? Let’s hope it doesn’t involve fighting Joseph Pulitzer’s goons or delivering the Sunday paper. That sucker’s heavy. Click for tickets!Help Stars Help the HomelessAugust 17 at Covenant HouseOn Broadway, charity is as prominent as good pitch and nimble feet. In the second annual Sleep Out: Broadway Edition, various members of theater community—including Stephanie J. Block, Denis O’Hare and Keala Settle—will spend one night on the street to benefit Covenant House, which helps homeless kids in 21 cities nationwide. Participation is limited to those who have worked on or off-Broadway in any capacity, but you can still donate, and of course, cheer the stars on as they try to get some shut-eye.last_img read more

Stage North finds new home

first_imgThe search for a new location that met its needs and budget proved to be difficult for some time, but the first sponsor of the season has also provided the non-profit organization with a place to rehearse, store costumes and build sets. Sean Surerus of Surerus Pipelines will be handing over the keys to a large metal shed on his personal property to Executive Director Sue Popesku later this afternoon, and the big move in will begin on August 1. Without that space, Popesku argues the performances it puts on would not be able to happen. “In order to do those performances, we do need a space such as what we just found, where we can do the rehearsals, we can do the set construction, the cast can work with the set before they actually move in to the Cultural Centre, and we can store and make our costumes,” she explains. “All that preparation is required prior to actually moving into the Cultural Centre and doing the performances.” Now that a space has been found, a full season of shows has been scheduled, beginning with The Taming of the Shrew this November, followed by a Christmas show, Alice in the spring and its entry into the Peace River North Festival. There is also enough space that the idea of holding a performance in the shed is also being thrown around, as well the possibility of an outdoor show in the spring or summer. – Advertisement -“The space is big enough for a small audience of about 30 to 50 people,” says Popesku. “We’re going to try that out this year and see if that will work. We’re not as confined as we were in previous spaces. This is a bit of a wide open space with a lot of green space around, and I think it’s going to be very conducive to creative theatre.” The green space is just one of the perks of the building that help balance the higher rent than the approximately $20,000 spent at the Co-op Mall. In addition to having heat, electricity and a cement floor, it also has a bathroom, something that was missing in Stage North’s previous location. Located on the East Bypass Road along the bend, it’s also close enough for younger members to get dropped off by their parents, and has plenty of space for parking. Advertisement “We’re on our way to bigger and better things,” says Popesku.last_img read more

Valley’s songbird still on ‘Idol’ idyll

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Our girl is safe. McFans of McPhee – Sherman Oaks songbird Katharine McPhee, that is – kept the polished performer out of the bottom three and in the running for the “American Idol” crown for another week Wednesday. Long-haired Bucky Covington, 28, got the boot instead after millions of voters decided his version of Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” was simply the end for the North Carolina native. The bountiful McPhee earned praise this week from the talent show’s resident snark, Simon Cowell, who told her, “You owe a big kiss to the director and the lighting director because they made you look amazing.” McPhee, 21, immediately turned and thanked the crew. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe week’s theme was the music of Queen, and McPhee’s rendition of “Who Wants to Live Forever” was among the highlights, fan sites on the Internet agreed. There are now seven contestants left on the endlessly hyped amateur singing contest, which is in its fifth season and is trouncing all competition in its time slot. The winner will be announced May 24 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.last_img read more