NEW YORK CITY | So tonight I was supposed to go an opening of a show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Problem was, the only way to get to BAM is to take a cab. It’s otherwise impossible to get to Brooklyn from Manhattan using the subways. Or buses. The traffic was awful; there was a gridlock. There was just no way for me to get there in time for the curtain, so I gave up.
Everywhere in New York City, Hurricane Sandy caused such disruption that only Broadway shows have actually resumed performances. That’s great for the commercial theater. But New York theater is so much more than Broadway. So here is a sampling of what’s going on: disruptions, cancellations, resumption of performances, extensions of runs, postponements, and in many cases, pending statuses.
In the meantime, I encourage you to visit the websites of our National Coalition Partners, CERF+ and ArtsReady, for resource links and more disaster relief information. In addition, the Council on Foundations and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy have been tracking foundation and donor responses to relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy. Pass on this important information to anyone whom you believe could use these resources.
Here’s what is happening as of today, Friday November 2. I hope that it helps you:
Negro Ensemble Company pushes back opening night, adds more performances
Negro Ensemble Company’s Cabaret Émigré by Sophia Romma was originally scheduled to perform November 2 to 18. The play will now open November 7 and will add performances November 11, 13 and 14 to make up for lost shows due to Hurricane Sandy. This new play, directed by Charles Weldon, is being presented by Negro Ensemble Company at the Lion Theater, Theater Row.
Here is a description of the play: “An emigrant feels like a circus man who is traveling the endless doroga (Russian for “the road.”) The sins of your past are inconsequential and your future is in limbo. It’s a human condition that is painted poetically in Cabaret Émigré. The play contains 10 Lewis Carroll-style testimonials that are told as cabaret acts by a collection of émigrés who are primarily Russian Jews (like the author), but also include émigrés from Latin America and Africa. All of them have no other motive than to entertain each other and their resulting acts are outrageous and macabre, like a journey down the rabbit hole.”
Carnegie Hall reschedules concerts
A number of upcoming concerts have been rescheduled, cancelled, or moved to alternative venues due to the ongoing closure of West 57th Street in Manhattan following Hurricane Sandy. (A crane is still dangling on a high-rise building.) All other scheduled concerts starting on Monday, November 5 and beyond remain on the Carnegie Hall schedule pending the reopening of West 57th Street. Ticketholders are encouraged to check carnegiehall.org for the most up-to-date information and can call CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 with any questions. Carnegie Hall has been closed since Sunday, October 29 due to Hurricane Sandy and the subsequent closure of West 57th Street.
Friday, November 2
The performance by The King’s Singers, originally scheduled for Friday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall, has been rescheduled for Monday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m.
The performance by pianist Murray Perahia, originally scheduled for Friday, November 2 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, has been relocated to Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and rescheduled for Sunday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. Ticketholders should retain their tickets for exchange at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office on Sunday, beginning at 12 noon.
Opera Lafayette’s performance of L’Invitation au Voyage, presented by Opera Lafayette, scheduled for Friday, November 2 at 8:00 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall, has been relocated to the Colony Club at 564 Park Avenue between 62nd and 63rd Street. Ticketholders will receive automatic refunds and may repurchase their tickets at the Colony Club door. Ticketholders with questions should contact Opera Lafayette at 202-546-9332.
Saturday, November 3
The first of three scheduled performances by the Belcea Quartet, originally planned for Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. pending the reopening of West 57th Street in Manhattan.
The Canterbury Choral Society’s performance, originally scheduled for Saturday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, has been rescheduled for Monday, January 14 at 8:00 p.m.
The Manhattan School of Music and Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s Manhattan Hong Kong Music Festival Chinoiserie Moderne: Beyond Exoticism performance, originally scheduled for Saturday, November 3 at 2:00 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall, has been cancelled.
Global Artists Management’s performance by violinist Mercedes Cheung, originally scheduled for Saturday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall, has been rescheduled for Friday, December 28 at a time to be announced.
Sunday, November 4
The performance by Idina Menzel, presented by Live Nation and Princeton Entertainment, originally scheduled for Monday October 29, and rescheduled earlier this week for Sunday, November 4 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, has now been rescheduled for Sunday, January 13 at 8:00 p.m.
Both AFAF Student Recitals, presented by American Fine Arts Festival, originally scheduled for Sunday, November 4 at 12:00 p.m. and at 4:30 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall, have been rescheduled for Sunday, June 2.
Monday, November 5
The Carnegie Hall Notables private event (un)common threads: Blurring genres in the 21st century, originally scheduled for Monday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. with Gabriel Kahane has been rescheduled for Monday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. Patrons with questions should contact the Notables office at 212-903-9734 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oratorio Society of New York’s concert of American Voices, originally scheduled for Monday, November 5 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage will be rescheduled to an early 2013 date to be announced.
Generators did not arrive, so August Strindberg Rep cancels performances and extends run
Produces of Casper’s Fat Tuesday and The Stronger, presented by August Strindberg Rep, had hoped to go on with the show. Unfortunately, the generators the troupe needed could not be delivered. So performances this week have been canceled and the show has been extended through November 25.
What is the show about? This is a pairing of two Strindberg one-acts, an undiscovered one and a novel adaptation of a more familiar one. Casper’s Fat Tuesday, the undiscovered one, is a Punch-and-Judy show, to be directed by Robert Greer as a sort of Commedia dell’ Arte. The more familiar play is The Stronger, is a monologue for two actresses, one of whom never speaks. The speaking woman, Mrs. X, concludes over the course of three-quarters of and hour that the friend she is having coffee with, Ms. Y, is her husband’s lover. In an unusual adaptation, the latter will be performed by a man. This is the second production of August Strindberg Rep, which debuted last Spring with Strindberg’s comedy Playing With Fire, adapted by Leslie Lee, a co-production with The Negro Ensemble that opened at the New School Theatre and moved to the Gene Frankel Theatre for an extended run. Robert Greer is Artistic Director of August Strindberg Rep.
November 8 to 25:
Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street (between Bowery and Lafayette, East Village)
Presented by August Strindberg Repertory Theatre and Pink Pig Ballet in association with Theater Resources Unlimited.
Tickets $18 general admission; seniors and students $9
Box office: SMARTTIX, 212-868-4444; http://www.smarttix.com
Running time: 1:45.
New George resumes performances for ALICEGRACEANON resumes performances
Starting Saturday, November 3, there will be five more performances of this New Georges production. The show performances at Irondale’s space on South Oxford Street in Fort Greene. Show runs through through November 9, with no show Saturday Nov 10. Find tickets here: http://www.irondale.org
5 Lesbians are stranded in Chicago
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche: Performances through Tuesday, 11/6 are pending due to cast travel difficulties (the ladies are stranded in Chicago!), with future performances pending. The power at the SoHo Playhouse remains out due to the widespread power outage in lower Manhattan. For more information, visit www.5lesbianseatingaquiche.com.
Blue Man Group performers feel blue about power outage
Future performances are pending. The power at Astor Place Theatre remains out due to the widespread power outage in lower Manhattan. For more information, visit www.blueman.com.
York Theatre Company moves forward with Closer Than Ever
Resumes performances tonight at 8:00 p.m. Ticket holders to any cancelled Off Broadway show are offered free tickets for Closer Than Ever tonight with the presentation of unused tickets or confirmation orders at the York Theatre box office between 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. today (pending availability). For more information, visit www.yorktheatre.org.
Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature goes on
Resumed performances yesterday, 10/31 and will perform as scheduled at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Opening night still on as planned for November 12, 2012.
For more information, visit www.emotionalcreature.com.
Culture Project’s The Exonerated exonerated from performing
No performance tonight with future performances pending. The power at Culture Project/45 Bleecker remains out due to the widespread power outage in lower Manhattan.
For more information, visit www.cultureproject.org.
The Old Man and the Old Moon
Future performances pending. The power at the Gym at Judson remains out due to the widespread power outage in lower Manhattan. For more information, visit www.pigpentheatre.com.
MCC Theater’s Don’t Go Gentle hopes not to go gentle into the night
Future performances pending: The power at the Lucille Lortel Theatre remains out due to the widespread power outage in lower Manhattan. For more information, visit www.mcctheater.org.
Labyrinth Theater Company losts its Radiance
Future performances pending: The power at the Bank Street Theater remains out due to the widespread power outage in lower Manhattan.
For more information, visit www.labtheater.org/radiance/.
Sleep No More actually forced to take a rest
Future performances pending: The power at The McKittrick Hotel remains out due to the widespread power outage in lower Manhattan. The hotel staff has released the following advisory to future guests: “We have an unusually large amount of correspondence to tend to and kindly ask for your patience while we respond to all inquiries as quickly as possible.”
For more information, visit www.sleepnomorenyc.com.
Who says Yiddish theater is dead? Target Margin Theater’s 2012 TMT LAB: Exploring Yiddish Theater
Resumes performances at 8:00 p.m. at The Brick (579 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn). There is a special added performance tomorrow, 11/2 at 5:00 p.m. 2 for 1 tickets are available for all remaining performances with the code OYSANDY.
For more information, visit www.targetmargin.org.
Tribes loses its voice, for now…
Future performances pending. The power at the Barrow Street Theatre remains out due to the widespread power outage in lower Manhattan.
For more information, visit www.barrowstreettheatre.com.
Dramatists Guild of America cancels its 2012 awards night on Monday November 5
Due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the Dramatists Guild of America is cancelling their 2012 Awards Night on Monday, November 5 at The Players Club. The Dramatists Guild will reschedule the Awards Night to a later date, which will be announced in the coming weeks. I was not invited to attend, so it’s no loss to me.
The awards ceremony will be hosted by Lisa Kron. Performers include Amanda Green, Mary Testa, and Kenita Miller.
This year’s awards go to Stephen Karam, for his play, Sons of the Prophet, recipient of the 2012 Hull-Warriner Award; Alan Menken, for his score to Newsies and Michael John LaChiusa for his score to Queen of the Mist, recipients of the Frederick Loewe Award for Dramatic Composition; Philip Kan Gotanda, recipient of the Flora Roberts Award; and Micki Grant, recipient of the Dramatists Guild Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Then again, I could not have afforded the ticket prices, which are $100. For more information, contact Tari Stratton at the Dramatists Guild of America at (212) 398-9366, x20, or email@example.com.
- cancelled Thursday shows include Meat Loaf, Woodkid, The Darcys & more; Squarepusher & others still on (brooklynvegan.com)
- Dangling Crane Boom Keeps Carnegie Hall Off Limits (nytimes.com)
- Classical Music and Opera Listings for Nov. 2-8 (nytimes.com)
- Carnegie Hall Postpones Tuesday Night Events (broadwayworld.com)
- Idina Menzel Reschedules Carnegie Hall Concert for January 13, 2013 (broadwayworld.com)
- Sandy disrupts NY entertainment scene – NEWS.com.au (news.com.au)
- What is & isn’t going on Thursday? (Squarepusher on, Wolf Gang moved, Social Distortion cancelled, Todd Barry postponed & more) (brooklynvegan.com)
- 1717 Broadway, Newly Topped Out, Carries the Torch Blighting Rivals’ Views (commercialobserver.com)
- D’Addario & Alhambra Present Classical Artists at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (prweb.com)
- Broadway, Carnegie Hall shutter before Hurricane Sandy (cbc.ca)