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Founded in 1954, the mission of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts is to present outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn's diverse communities, at affordable prices.  Brooklyn Center's presentations explore both the classical traditions and the boldest contemporary performances, embracing the world culture that defines Brooklyn. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts welcomes over 70,000 people to the 2,400-seat Walt Whitman Theatre each season, and boasts one of the largest arts education programs in the borough, serving 46,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools annually with its SchoolTime series.  In recognition of its commitment to quality family programming, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts has been recognized as both Brooklyn's Best Theater or Theater Group for Kids andBrooklyn's Best Place for Family Bonding by Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect Parents' Picks Awards. 


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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day  | Open: 01/12/14 Close: 01/12/14
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) continues its 2013-14 Target Storybook Series with Theatreworks USA’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2pm. All tickets are $7 and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm), or online at BrooklynCenterOnline.org.  The performance is recommended for ages four and up.

Have you ever had a really rotten day? Alexander has. There’s no dessert for lunch, there’s lima beans for dinner, and worst of all, there’s kissing on television. It’s enough to make you want to move to Australia! Laugh and sing along with Alexander’s misadventures in this hilarious musical, featuring book and lyrics by Judith Viorst, author of the best-selling classic book. 

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BUENOS AIRES TANGO COMPANY ESTAMPAS PORTEñAS  | Open: 11/05/16 Close: 11/05/16
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2016-17 season on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8pm with Argentine Tango company Estampas Porteñas and their newest production, Deseos: Stories of Longing and Desire, a celebration of the greatest artistic elements of Argentina including the indomitable tango, the athletic malambo of the gauchos, and the country’s wide range of musical styles. Tickets are $36-$55 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at
718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

Created by artistic director Carolina Soler, the production will also include advanced technical elements such as projection mapping, a method of illumination and projection that will transform the stage instantaneously from a train station in rural Argentina, to a milonga in an urban barrio, to an outdoor plaza in Buenos Aires. Deseos promises to be the height of technical production matched by flawless and emotive dancing and ardent, soul-filled music. This internationally acclaimed ensemble of 25 dancers and musicians kicks off Brooklyn Center’s 2016-17 World of Dance series.  


About the Company: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Founded in 1954, the mission of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts is to present outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn's diverse communities, at affordable prices.  Brooklyn Center's presentations explore both the classical traditions and the boldest contemporary performances, embracing the world culture that defines Brooklyn. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts welcomes over 70,000 people to the 2,400-seat Walt Whitman Theatre each season, and boasts one of the largest arts education programs in the borough, serving 46,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools annually with its SchoolTime series.  In recognition of its commitment to quality family programming, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts has been recognized as both Brooklyn's Best Theater or Theater Group for Kids andBrooklyn's Best Place for Family Bonding by Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect Parents' Picks Awards. 

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Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents Coyote’s Dance  | Open: 02/11/17 Close: 02/11/17
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College

presents

Coyote’s Dance

Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 2pm

 

 

“An interactive spectacle... imaginatively incarnated by Treehouse Shakers.”

The New York Times

 

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2016-17 family series on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 2pm with Treehouse Shakers’ production of the original dance-play, Coyote’s Dance. This interactive spectacle leads young audiences into the remarkable world of Coyote, the infamous mischief-maker from Native American cultures.

 

Performances of Coyote’s Dance will be at the Kumble Theater, located at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus in downtown Brooklyn, not at Brooklyn Center’s regular venue, Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College. The production is recommended for ages four to ten. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

 

About Coyote’s Dance

Written and choreographed by Treehouse Shakers’ co-founders Mara McEwin and Emily Bunning, with music by award-winning musicians Roderick Jackson and the First Women’s Nation a cappella group, Ulali, Coyote’s Dance envelops the culture and story of Coyote, whose exploits are recounted among many North American Indian Nations. Audiences follow Coyote as he humorously tries to turn himself blue with the help of a songbird, outwit a sly and handsome Fox for his eagle feathered-robe, and dances with the mesmerizing stars in the universe. The set, compiled of several trampolines, keeps audiences thoroughly awe-struck as Coyote and friends fly, jump and dance through the air. The engaging contemporary dance, live music, and beautiful costumes will have even the youngest of audience members dancing and laughing in their seats. The performance runs 45 minutes with no intermission and is recommended for children ages four and up.

 

About Treehouse Shakers

Founded in 1997 in New York City, Treehouse Shakers’ mission is to create original dance-plays that encourage multi-generational audiences to experience a connection to their community. Their young audience programming is unique in its offering young audiences a guided look at modern dance through

powerful and meaningful theater. Their work is sometimes the first performance, specifically in viewing dance, which many young people experience. Treehouse Shakers creates work that experiments with

narrative styles and explores the story’s elements through the abstractions of modern dance. Their

performance repertoire includes 13 original works that addresses every age-level within youth programming. As one of New York’s only dance-theater companies solely creating original work for young audiences, their goal is to provide inventive, intelligent and engaging performances that nurture creative thought and inspire dialog. They strive to create the highest caliber work that will stimulate, connect and entertain audience members. Ever increasing their reach, they tour nationally and partner with local schools and non-profits to provide 1,000+ free and discounted tickets to underserved and low-income youth and families. Complimenting performances, Treehouse Shakers provides teacher trainings and residencies for students that focus on the art of dance and storytelling.

 

Treehouse Shakers was named for the wonders of nature, the power of imagination and the excitement of dance. The treehouse, like the theater, is a sacred space where imagination is the most potent currency and stories are the roots of the world.

 

Visit BrooklynCenter.org for a complete season lineup.

 

Coyote’s Dance
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 2pm
Kumble Theatre at Long Island University

1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Recommended for ages four and up
Tickets: $15

Box Office: BrooklynCenter.org or 718-951-4500 (Tue– Sat, 1pm – 6pm)

 

About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Founded in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. Each season, Brooklyn Center welcomes over 65,000 people to the 2,400 seat Whitman Theatre, including up to 45,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools who attend their SchoolTime series, one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the borough.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ programs are supported, in part, by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Brooklyn Center’s 2016-17 season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
 

Major support for the 2016-17 season is provided by: Brooklyn College, Con Edison, TD Bank, National Grid, The Howard Gilman Foundation, the Jazz Touring Network, the Alice Lawrence Foundation, the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the TD Charitable Foundation. Additional support provided by CNG Publications, The Brooklyn Eagle, Brooklyn Media Group, and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM. The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2016-17 season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s.
 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York State Assembly members Annette Robinson and Helene Weinstein; New York City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams; New York City Council Cultural Affairs Committee Chair Jimmy Van Bramer; New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl.

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Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents Daniel Beaty: Emergency  | Open: 02/17/18 Close: 02/18/18
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

presents

Daniel Beaty: Emergency

Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 8pm and Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 3pm

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2017-18 Season at the Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 8pm and Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 3pm with Daniel Beaty: Emergency.

 

When a slave ship emerges out of the Hudson River in present-day New York Harbor, the city and the nation are sent into near-hysteria as they try to understand this bizarre and unexplainable phenomenon. Award-winning actor/writer/poet/community activist Daniel Beaty portrays more than 40 characters in this solo theatrical tour-de-force as he explores our shared humanity and what it means to be free. Through the characters’ various testimonies on identity and personal freedom, Emergency weaves an intricately woven, witty, and moving commentary on modern African American life. "We can overcome if we change the way we see, see ourselves, see our past, see our possibility." - Daniel Beaty from Emergency

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn

Online orders: BrooklynCenter.org

Box Office: 718-951-4500, Tuesday-Saturday, 1pm-6pm

Groups of 15 or more: 718-951-4600 x3331

 

Multibuy discounts (three or more shows) save 15% off individual ticket prices. Multibuyers enjoy flexible ticket exchanges and discounted parking for purchased performances at Brooklyn College. A 50% discount for children ages 12 and under is offered for select performances. Discounts are also available for seniors, students, Brooklyn College faculty/staff/alumni, active/retired military personnel, and groups. $10 student rush tickets available day-of-show.

 

Brooklyn Center’s 2017-18 Season continues with:

Kenny Barron (solo piano)

Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 8pm

Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn
Tickets: $35

Praised by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the top jazz pianists in the world,” NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron has an unmatched elegance, melodic sensibility, and rhythmic mastery. He has received eleven GRAMMY® nods, most recently in 2017 for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, and is a six-time recipient of Best Pianist by the Jazz Journalists Association. Don’t miss this intimate solo performance by a masterful artist who Jazz Weekly calls “the most lyrical piano player of our time.”
 

Alicia Olatuja

Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 8pm

Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn
Tickets: $30

“[A] singer with a strong, lustrous tone and an amiably regal presence onstage.” – The New York Times

Brooklyn’s own Alicia Olatuja first received national recognition for her soaring solo with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Obama’s second inauguration, and has since established herself as one of this generation’s most versatile and elegant jazz artists. Her sublime voice has graced the stage of major venues across the country with a combination velvety tone and vibrant confidence. Drawing from a wide range of musical influences—from classical and gospel, to jazz and R&B—she returns home to Brooklyn with her scintillating jazz stylings.

 

Step Afrika!

Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 3pm & 8pm

Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn
Tickets: $35

With its origins in African American fraternities and sororities, stepping is known for its intricate, synchronized patterns of stomps, kicks, claps, and call-and-response. As the world’s first professional company dedicated to this art form, the dancers of Step Afrika! use their bodies as instruments, integrating stepping with African traditional dance and other dance forms to create a high-energy, sharply choreographed, and incredibly entertaining performance.

 

About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Founded in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. Each season, Brooklyn Center welcomes over 65,000 people to the 2,400 seat Whitman Theatre, including up to 45,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools who attend their SchoolTime series, one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the borough.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ programs are supported, in part, by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Brooklyn Center’s 2017-18 season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
 

Major support for the 2017-18 season is provided by: Brooklyn College, Con Edison, TD Bank, National Grid, The Howard Gilman Foundation, the Jazz Touring Network, the Alice Lawrence Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the TD Charitable Foundation. Additional support provided by CNG Publications, The Brooklyn Eagle, Brooklyn Media Group, and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM. The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2017-18 season.

 

Brooklyn Center’s presentations of Alicia Olatuja is made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York State Assembly members Annette Robinson and Helene Weinstein; New York City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams; New York City Council Cultural Affairs Committee Chair Jimmy Van Bramer; New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl. 

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Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ 60th Anniversary Winter/Spring Season  | Open: 01/25/15 Close: 05/17/15
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season of music, dance, theater, and family programming for 2014-15, reflecting the multicultural diversity of Brooklyn. The line-up features award-winning performances from Jamaica, Russia, Canada, South Africa, and China as well as the United States, including both Brooklyn premieres and returning favorites. Tickets can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

 

“Brooklyn Center’s 60th Anniversary Season will help usher in a new era for our organization. From acrobats to ballet, Latin jazz to rocking a cappella, and classic drama to family musicals, we will take our audiences on an adventure that celebrates our past and looks toward our bright future,” says Jon Yanofsky, the Director of Brooklyn Center. “The dazzling array of performances will bring artists from all over the country and the world to the Whitman stage for a season of incredible music, breathtaking dance, and colorful family performances.”

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ 60th Anniversary Winter/Spring 2015 Season includes:

  • Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s Lunar New Year Celebration: Year of the Sheep
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • The Beauty of Ballet (co-presented with the School of American Ballet)
  • The Klezmatics’ Woody Guthrie’s Wonder Wheel Tour
  • The Golden Dragon Acrobats
  • Moscow City Ballet’s Don Quixote
  • National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica
  • Enchantment Theatre Company’s The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • Montana Repertory Theatre’s The Great Gatsby
  • A cappella sensation Take 6
  • Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites
  • Eighth Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration
  • Marcia Griffiths: Electric Slide and More
  • Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Live: Buddy’s Big Adventure
  • Eddie Palmieri’s Latin Jazz Septet
  • Dallas Children’s Theater Company’s The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley

 

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

Lunar New Year Celebration

Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 3pm

Tickets: $25/$12.50 (children 12 and under)

Usher in the Year of the Sheep, a year characterized by peace, love, and woolly gentleness, with a family-friendly performance by the world-renowned Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. This lively celebration of Chinese culture includes colorfully-clad dancers, ancient melodies played on traditional instruments, and awe-inspiring acrobats and lion dancers.

 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 8pm

Tickets: $30-$40

Almost 30 years after they acquired international superstar status with Paul Simon’s Graceland album, Ladysmith Black Mambazo continues to tour the world as South Africa’s cultural emissary. With a career including more than 50 recordings and four Grammy Awards, including 2013’s Best World Music CD, the group continues to thrill audiences with its rich a cappella arrangements and joyously energetic performances.

 

In collaboration with the School of American Ballet

The Beauty of Ballet

Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 2pm

Tickets: FREE event, no tickets issued; recommended for ages four and up

Join students and faculty of the world-famous School of American Ballet (the official academy of New York City Ballet) in this program illustrating the process by which talented youngsters develop into accomplished classical ballet dancers. Your children will watch a “class” where training exercises and steps are demonstrated, and also enjoy excerpts from famous ballets.

 

The Klezmatics

Woody Guthrie’s Wonder Wheel Tour

Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 3pm

Tickets: $30

Flash back to 1940s Coney Island, where Woody Guthrie and his wife settled into the raucous life on Mermaid Avenue. Inspired by his Jewish family and their community, he wrote hundreds of lyrics rich with spirituality, tenderness, and a passionate belief in the human fight for peace and justice. Now Guthrie’s poetry is given new life by the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, infusing his words with Eastern European, klezmer, Celtic, Afro-Caribbean and folk flavors in a lively dialogue about the spiritual power of music to unite.

 

The Golden Dragon Acrobats

Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 2pm

Tickets: $25/$12.50 (children 12 and under)

Representing the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than twenty five centuries ago, The Golden Dragons of The People’s Republic of China combine award-winning acrobatics, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.

Moscow City Ballet

Don Quixote

Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 3pm

Tickets: $36-$45

Based on an episode from Cervantes’ famous novel, Petipa’s whimsical and romantic Don Quixote follows its title hero as he travels to Barcelona in pursuit of honor and the lovely Dulcinea. Founded in 1988 by distinguished Russian choreographer Victor Smirnov-Golovanov, the Moscow City Ballet is one of Russia's most extensively touring ballet companies, appearing not only throughout Russia but also in Europe, the Far East, Egypt, Israel, and North and South America.

 

National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8pm

Tickets: $40-$75

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 3pm

Tickets: $36-$45

One of the premier dance companies in the Caribbean, NDTC blends the folklore, music and dance of Jamaica, Africa, and the American South with modern and classical forms to create a vibrant celebration of West Indian culture. Their much-anticipated return to Brooklyn Center will feature two programs combining evocative new works with favorites from their extensive repertoire.

 

Enchantment Theatre Company

The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2pm
A Target Storybook Series presentation recommended for ages three and up

Tickets: $9
A young boy creates worlds to explore, using his limitless imagination and his trusty purple crayon. Join Harold as he rockets to Mars, joins a circus, and meets a king in an enchanted garden. Enchantment Theatre brings Crockett Johnson’s timeless classic to life in a multimedia production incorporating life-size puppets, masks, music, and magic.

 

Montana Repertory Theatre

The Great Gatsby

Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3pm
Tickets: $30
The parties at Jay Gatsby’s Long Island mansion were notoriously glamorous affairs. But beneath the celebrity and excess lurked a burning emptiness that no amount of champagne could quench. Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s epic tale of beautiful, sad people chasing the American Dream, Montana Rep’s adaptation perfectly captures both the idealism and the darkness of the Jazz Age.

 

Take 6

Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8pm
Tickets: $30-$40
Six voices seamlessly navigating syncopated rhythms and funky grooves, blending into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop – that’s Take 6. Heralded by Quincy Jones as “the baddest vocal cats on the planet,” this multi-platinum selling group has recorded or performed with such luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston. Celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month at Brooklyn Center with an unforgettable concert by the most nominated group in Grammy history.

 

 

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites

Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 2pm
A Target Storybook Series presentation for ages three and up

Tickets: $9
The Little Caterpillar with the enormous appetite returns to Brooklyn! Back by popular demand, this triple-bill includes the wonderful story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly, the fanciful account of Little Cloud’s travels through the sky, and The Mixed-Up Chameleon’s discovery of his unique nature. Mermaid Theatre draws upon the magic of black light to capture the whimsical charm of Eric Carle’s classic stories.

 

Eighth Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration

Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 3pm
Tickets: FREE event, no tickets issued

Children and adults alike will enjoy live music, arts and crafts, and street performers at this free community festival, where interactive family activities highlight the need to create a more sustainable future and care for the earth.

 

Marcia Griffiths: Electric Slide and More

A co-presentation with the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music

Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 8pm

Tickets: $30-$60
Best known for her hit, “The Electric Slide,” Marcia Griffiths has been going strong for five decades. Join the undisputed “Queen of Reggae,” along with a host of her friends, for a special concert celebrating her fifty-year-long musical career.

 

Jim Henson’s

Dinosaur Train Live: Buddy’s Big Adventure

Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 12pm & 3pm
A Target Storybook Series presentation for ages three and up

Tickets: $15
Based on the hit PBS Kids series, this interactive musical adventure features all of your kids’ favorite characters, including Buddy, Tiny, Don, and Mr. Conductor, all brought to life through the magic and mastery of Jim Henson Studios. Climb on board for a fun-filled trip back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth....and rode in trains!

 

Eddie Palmieri’s Latin Jazz Septet

Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 8pm

Tickets: $35

Known for his charismatic power and impeccable arrangements, pianist/bandleader Eddie Palmieri has dominated the Latin and salsa genres for more than 50 years. Join this nine-time Grammy Award winner and Latin Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient as he ignites the stage of the Walt Whitman Theatre with an evening of Afro-Cuban rhythms and hot Latin jazz.

 

 

 

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley

Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 2pm

A Target Storybook Series event recommended for ages five and up

Tickets: $9

One night while Stanley Lambchop is asleep, the bulletin board above his bed falls on top of him. The next morning he wakes up flat – really, REALLY flat! He decides to put himself in an envelope and travel the world, and that’s when the adventures begin. In this live musical travelogue based on Jeff Brown’s popular book, Stanley explores the globe and learns that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

 

Multibuy discounts (four or more shows) save 15% off individual ticket prices (not applicable for Marcia Griffiths or Target Storybook Series shows). 50% discount for children ages 12 and under for select performances. Discounts also available for seniors, students, Brooklyn College faculty/staff/alumni, and groups. $10 student rush tickets available day-of-show.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College

Online orders: BrooklynCenter.org

Box Office: 718-951-4500, Tuesday-Saturday, 1pm-6pm

Groups of 15 or more: 718-951-4600 x3331           

 

About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Founded in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. Each season, Brooklyn Center welcomes over 65,000 people to the 2,400 seat Walt Whitman Theatre, including up to 45,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools who attend their SchoolTime series, one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the borough. In 2014-15, Brooklyn Center celebrates its 60th Anniversary Season of presenting world-class performances on the Brooklyn College campus.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ programs are supported, in part, by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Brooklyn Center’s 60th Anniversary Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  Major support for the 2014-15 season is provided by: Brooklyn College, Target, Con Edison, TD Bank, National Grid, the Macy’s, the Herman Goldman Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jazz Touring Network, the Alice Lawrence Foundation, the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc., and the TD Charitable Foundation. Additional support provided by CNG Publications, WFUV, and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM.

 

Take 6 is made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 60th Anniversary Season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York State Assemblymembers Rhoda Jacobs, Alan Maisel, Félix Ortiz, Annette Robinson, and Helene Weinstein, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl.

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Brooklyn Center's 2013/2014 Theatre Series  | Open: 11/07/13 Close: 05/18/14
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College announces its 59th season of diverse, family friendly theater and musical theater performances, including the Off-Broadway holiday hit My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m Home for the Holidays, the acclaimed Golden Dragon Acrobats performing their theatrical spectacle Cirque Ziva, and five theater performances for children as part of Brooklyn Center’s Target Storybook Series.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ 2013-2014 Season includes:

  • ArtsPower National Touring Theatre’s The Little Engine That Could™ Earns Her Whistle
  • Steve Solomon in My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m Home for the Holidays
  • СНЕГУРОЧКА (The Snow Maiden)
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • The Golden Dragon Acrobats in Cirque Ziva
  • A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle
  • Sid the Science Kid – Live!
  • American Family Theater’s The Wizard of Oz

 

ArtsPower National Touring Theater’s

The Little Engine That Could™ Earns Her Whistle

Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 2pm

Little Blue Engine dreams of someday leaving the train yard to pull the big cars on the main line track.  But can she convince Big Silver that she is worthy of being a main line engine?  ArtsPower’s dynamic, song-filled adventure portrays Watty Piper’s timeless tale about hard work, determination, and the meaning of true friendship.  A Target Storybook Series presentation for ages four and up.

Tickets: $7

 

Steve Solomon in

My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m Home for the Holidays

Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 3pm

Peace on Earth? Joy to the World? Not with this dysfunctional family!  In the sequel to his Off-Broadway hit comedy My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!, master comedian Steve Solomon returns to Brooklyn to regale us with stories of Christmases and Hanukkahs past, complete with bickering parents, motherly guilt trips, and teenage daughter drama.  Honest and hilarious, this one man tour-de-force yields an afternoon full of side-splitting laughter!

Tickets: $30

 

СНЕГУРОЧКА (The Snow Maiden)

Presented in association with Anton Krylov

Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 4pm

Enjoy this magical Christmas musical in which a worthy young girl is transformed by Grandfather Frost (the Russian Santa Claus) into the beautiful Snow Maiden. Traditional Russian songs, dances and elaborate costumes create a winter wonderland in this delightful children’s extravaganza.  Performed in Russian with English subtitles. Recommended for ages six and up.

Tickets: $35-$50

 

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2pm

Have you ever had a really rotten day?  Alexander has.  There’s no dessert for lunch, there’s lima beans for dinner, and worst of all, there’s kissing on television.  It’s enough to make you want to move to Australia!  Laugh and sing along with Alexander’s misadventures in this hilarious musical, featuring book and lyrics by best-selling author Judith Viorst.  A Target Storybook Series presentation for ages four and up.

Tickets: $7

 

Cirque Ziva

Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 3pm

Performed by the internationally-celebrated Golden Dragon Acrobats, this fast-paced, technically-innovative performance showcases traditional Chinese acrobatics, dance and costumes, ancient and contemporary music and modern theatrical techniques.  The renowned acrobats dazzle with amazing feats of athleticism, daring heart-stopping stunts and the grace of their centuries old art form.

Tickets: $35

 

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s

A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle

Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 2pm

The Little Caterpillar with the big appetite returns to Brooklyn!  Featuring evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry, this triple-bill brings to life three of Eric Carle’s most beloved tales: The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; and Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me. A Target Storybook Series presentation for ages four and up.

Tickets: $7

 

Sid the Science Kid – Live!

Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 2pm

In this new musical adventure based on the popular PBS Kids series, Sid and his friends set off on a day of scientific exploration, asking curious questions and discovering why things work the way they do. Full of audience participation, great music, and content based in national science learning standards, Sid the Science Kid – Live! will have your kids laughing and learning at the same time! A Target Storybook Series presentation for ages four and up.

Tickets: $10

 

The Wizard of Oz

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 2pm

American Family Theater, one of the nation’s leading producers of musicals for young audiences, presents everyone’s perennial favorite story about Dorothy’s adventures over the rainbow as she follows the yellow brick road with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion towards the Emerald City and the mysterious Wizard who can help her get home.  A Target Storybook Series presentation for ages four and up.

Tickets: $7

 

Discounts available for seniors, students, Brooklyn College faculty/staff/alumni, and groups.  $10 student rush tickets available day-of-show. For a complete listing of Brooklyn Center’s 2013-2014 season, visit www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org.

 

 

About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College

Founded in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents outstanding performing arts and arts education programs at affordable prices, embracing the diverse communities that define Brooklyn.  Brooklyn Center welcomes over 65,000 people to the 2,400 seat Walt Whitman Theatre each season and boasts one of the largest arts education programs in the borough, serving 46,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools annually with its SchoolTime series.

           

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College

2/5 trains to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue

 

Online orders: www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org

Box Office:  (718) 951-4500, Tuesday – Saturday, 1pm – 6pm

Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-4600 x3331        

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ programs are supported, in part, by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.  Major support for the 2013-2014 season is provided by: Brooklyn College; Target; Con Edison; TD Bank; National Grid; Macy’s Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; TD Charitable Foundation; the Herman Goldman Foundation; and The Harkness Foundation for Dance.  Additional support provided by CNG Publications and The Brooklyn Eagle.  The Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2013-2014 season.  Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York State Assemblywomen Rhoda Jacobs and Helene E. Weinstein, New York City Councilman Albert Vann and the Department of Youth & Community Development, New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Kate Levin.

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Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio  | Open: 02/25/17 Close: 02/25/17
Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8pm

Kumble Theatre

Located in: LIU- Brooklyn

Address: LIU- Brooklyn, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone:(718) 488-1624

Master of the Hammond B-3 organ for more than five decades, Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled figure in the soul-jazz movement. Recently honored by the National Endowment for the Arts as a 2017 Jazz Master, the nation’s highest award in jazz, he has been featured on more than 70 albums and has performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues, and R&B giants in the industry. Always ahead of the curve, his unpredictable, insatiable musical taste has led him to record everything from covers of the Beatles, the Stylistics, and the Eurythmics, to tribute albums of Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, and Beck. Performing with his trio, the good doctor gives a generous dose of funky soul and deep jazz sounds.

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Sleeping Beauty  | Open: 03/10/13 Close: 03/10/13

When a beautiful princess falls under the curse of a wicked sorceress, only the sweet kiss of a handsome prince can save her from eternal slumber. From "once upon a time" to "happily ever after," American Family Theater's (AFT) musical tale of fairy godmothers, magic spells, and true love will enchant the entire family.

 

AFT is the nation's premier producer of musicals for families and young audiences, and performs at over 300 venues each year. Their award-winning productions reflect a critically acclaimed commitment to full-scale presentations that involve the skills, talent and creativity of outstanding directors, designers, composers, performers and technical personnel.

 

The centerpiece of BCBC's 2012-2013 family programming, the new Target Storybook Series features performances based on classic and contemporary children's literature. The Target Storybook Series aims to encourage the development of strong reading skills at home in children ages four to eight.


About the Company: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Founded in 1954, the mission of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts is to present outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn's diverse communities, at affordable prices.  Brooklyn Center's presentations explore both the classical traditions and the boldest contemporary performances, embracing the world culture that defines Brooklyn. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts welcomes over 70,000 people to the 2,400-seat Walt Whitman Theatre each season, and boasts one of the largest arts education programs in the borough, serving 46,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools annually with its SchoolTime series.  In recognition of its commitment to quality family programming, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts has been recognized as both Brooklyn's Best Theater or Theater Group for Kids andBrooklyn's Best Place for Family Bonding by Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect Parents' Picks Awards. 

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The Great Gatsby  | Open: 04/12/15 Close: 04/12/15
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season with Montana Repertory Theatre’s new theatrical adaptation of The Great Gatsby on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3pm. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s captivating story of romance and betrayal is brought to life in Simon Levy’s finely crafted adaptation for the stage. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

 

Simon Levy, whose works also include stage adaptations of Tender Is the Night and The Last Tycoon, captures the power of Fitzgerald’s narrative and the sheer beauty of his prose in this haunting and heartfelt snapshot of the Roaring Twenties, vividly depicting the rise and fall of the notorious Jay Gatsby and the alluring and dangerous Daisy Buchanan. Much more than simply a story of lost love, The Great Gatsby recreates the Jazz Age world of youth, wealth, privilege, and reckless abandon.

 

In addition to the Fitzgerald Trilogy, Levy has written, directed, and produced numerous works, including his stage adaptation of Eliot Weinberger’s celebrated article, What I Heard about Iraq, which won the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Fringe Award at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and subsequently toured to 30 cities in the United Kingdom. He was recently honored with the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Milton Katselas Lifetime Achievement Award in Directing.

 

Greg Johnson, the artistic director of Montana Rep since 1990, directs the production. From Neil Simon and Gene Saks to Hugh Leonard, Elizabeth Ashley, Beth Henley, Christine Baranski, Andie MacDowell, Barnard Hughes, and Melvin Bernhardt, Johnson has been privileged to work with the finest. Johnson’s Broadway credits include Biloxi Blues, Crimes of the Heart, Is There Life After High School?, Da, and Hide and Seek. National tours include the Broadway productions of Steel Magnolias, Crimes of the Heart, and Biloxi Blues.

 

The cast consists of Elizabeth Bennett (Mrs. McKee/Mrs. Michaelis/Dancer), Hugh Bickley (Tom Buchanan), Hugh Butterfield (George Wilson), Kelly Campbell (Daisy Buchanan), Colton Hochhalter (Meyer/Mr. McKee/Cop/Dancer), Mark Kuntz (Jay Gatsby), Amber Rose Mason (Jordan Baker), Jourdan Nokleby (Myrtle Wilson), and Mason Wagner (Nick Carraway).

 

About Montana Repertory Theatre
Now one of the most dynamic and respected touring companies in the country, Montana Repertory Theatre was established as a professional touring company in 1967, providing professional theatre to Montana and neighboring Western states at an affordable cost. Their mission is to tell the great stories of our world to enlighten, develop, and celebrate the human spirit in an ever-expanding community. Montana Rep assembles principle actors, directors, and designers with prestigious credits, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours of Broadway shows, and major regional theatre credits. Beginning in 1992, the Montana Rep inaugurated an expanded residency program, perfect for high school assembles and classrooms, for which study guides are provided. Residency activities are also supplemented by standard professional theatre workshops. Montana Repertory Theatre is funded in part by a grant from the Montana Arts Council (an agency of state government), with support from the Montana State Legislature, the University of Montana, the Montana Cultural Trust, Dr. Cathy Capps, Gwen McKenna, Dr. Sandy Sheppard, and The Shubert Foundation.
 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College

2 train to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue

Online orders: BrooklynCenter.org

Box Office: 718-951-4500, Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm

 

About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Founded in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. Each season, Brooklyn Center welcomes over 65,000 people to the 2,400 seat Walt Whitman Theatre, including up to 45,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools who attend their SchoolTime series, one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the borough. In recognition of its commitment to quality family programming, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts has been recognized as both Brooklyn’s Best Theater or Theater Group for Kids and Brooklyn’s Best Place for Family Bonding by ParentsConnect Parents’ Picks Awards. In 2014-15, Brooklyn Center celebrates its 60th Anniversary Season of presenting world-class performances on the Brooklyn College campus.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ programs are supported, in part, by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Brooklyn Center’s 60th Anniversary Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Major support for the 2014-15 season is provided by: Brooklyn College, Target, Con Edison, TD Bank, National Grid, Macy’s, Shanachie Entertainment Corp, the Herman Goldman Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jazz Touring Network, the Alice Lawrence Foundation, the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc., and the TD Charitable Foundation. Additional support provided by CNG Publications, The Brooklyn Eagle, WFUV, and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM. The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 60th Anniversary Season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York State Assembly members Rhoda Jacobs, Alan Maisel, Félix Ortiz, Annette Robinson, and Helene Weinstein, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl.

 

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The Snow Maiden  | Open: 12/21/14 Close: 12/21/14
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College and Anton Krilloff present a Russian holiday fairy tale, The Snow Maiden (Снегурочка), on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 4pm. The Snow Maiden is performed in Russian with English subtitles. Ticket prices range from $35 to $65 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm). The running time is 1 hour and 10 minutes with no intermission.

 

In this magical Russian Christmas version of the Cinderella story, Grandfather Frost (the Russian Santa Claus) transforms a poor young girl into the beautiful Snow Maiden after proving her worthiness. This delightful children's extravaganza incorporates traditional Russian songs, dances and elaborate costumes to create a winter wonderland. At the end of the performance, every child in the audience will receive a Christmas candy gift box.

 

The festivities begin with a musical interlude of Russian folk music played by the ensemble Barynya, followed by entertainment and riddles by skomorokhi, traditional Russian clowns who historically traveled from town to town, performing in the streets and at fairs, singing comedic songs and acting out satirical sketches. As the pre-show comes to a close, Grandfather Frost (the Russian Santa Claus) is introduced, who acts as a type of narrator for the musical fairy tale to follow.

 

The Snow Maiden premiered in 2008 in Moscow. The creative team on this show includes an honored Russian writer and director Boris Boreyko (The Bremen Town Musicians), director and choreographer Andrey Ivanov, and costume designer Tatyana Kudryavtseva. All costumes were created by the Mariinsky Theatre tailors. www.thesnowmaiden.com.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College

2 train to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue

Online orders: BrooklynCenter.org

Box Office: 718-951-4500, Tuesday-Saturday, 1pm-6pm

 

About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Founded in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. Each season, Brooklyn Center welcomes over 65,000 people to the 2,400 seat Walt Whitman Theatre, including up to 45,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools who attend their SchoolTime series, one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the borough. In recognition of its commitment to quality family programming, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts has been recognized as both Brooklyn’s Best Theater or Theater Group for Kids and Brooklyn’s Best Place for Family Bonding by ParentsConnect Parents’ Picks Awards. In 2014-15, Brooklyn Center celebrates its 60th Anniversary Season of presenting world-class performances on the Brooklyn College campus.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ programs are supported, in part, by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Major support for the 2014-15 season is provided by: Brooklyn College, Target, Con Edison, TD Bank, National Grid, the Macy’s Foundation, the Herman Goldman Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jazz Touring Network, the Alice Lawrence Foundation, the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc., and the TD Charitable Foundation. Additional support provided by CNG Publications, The Brooklyn Eagle, WFUV, and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM. The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 60th Anniversary Season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York State Assembly members Rhoda Jacobs, Alan Maisel, Félix Ortiz, Annette Robinson, and Helene Weinstein, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl.

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The Wizard Of Oz  | Open: 05/18/14 Close: 05/18/14
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) concludes its 2013-14 Target Storybook Series with American Family Theater’s The Wizard of Oz on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 2pm. All tickets are $7 and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm), or online at BrooklynCenterOnline.org. The performance is recommended for ages four and up.

 

Based on L. Frank Baum’s classic book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this original musical tells the beloved story of Dorothy’s adventure over the rainbow as she follows the yellow brick road with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion towards the Emerald City and the mysterious Wizard who can help her get home.  Featuring original lyrics, music and book by Don Kersey, the hour-long performance features such songs as “Be Brave,” “Back Home,” and “It’s So Easy to be a Witch.”

 

Founded in 1975, American Family Theater (AFT) is the nation’s premier producer of musicals for families and young audiences, performing in over 300 venues each year. As a distinguished leader in the development of arts-in-education, all American Family Theater productions are designed to enrich and motivate, providing unique experiences for audiences of all ages to share.

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Tony Danza: Standards & Stories  | Open: 11/20/16 Close: 11/20/16
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2016-17 season on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 3pm with Emmy-nominated song-and-dance man Tony Danza performing his newest one-man show, Standards & Stories. Accompanied by his talented four-piece band, Brooklyn-born Danza will perform a selection of his favorite standards from the Great American Songbook, including “My Way,” “Pennies from Heaven,” “I’ll be Seeing You,” and “It Was a Very Good Year,” along with selections from the hit Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas (in which Danza starred), while interweaving stories about his life and personal connection to the music. Tickets are $36-$55 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

 

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