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MUFARO'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS: AN AFRICAN TALE  | Open: 04/29/17 Close: 04/29/17
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2016-17 family series on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 2pm with the Dallas Children’s Theater production of Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale. The adaptation is based on the Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Award-winning book by Brooklyn native John Steptoe. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

 

Following the performance, Brooklyn Center will host its tenth annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration on the plaza outside Whitman Theatre. Featuring interactive family activities, educational materials, street performers, and giveaways, this community festival highlights the need for conserving energy, recycling, and heightening awareness of the environmental global issues that we face today. National Grid Earth Day Celebration is a free event, with no tickets or reservations required.

 

About Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

Adapted for the stage by Karen Abbott, from the original John Steptoe story, with music and lyrics by

S-Ankh Rasa, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale tells a story about beauty that is more than skin deep. Audiences follow daughters Nyasha and Manyara as they journey through a mystical jungle to be presented to the king as possible wives. Along the way, the girls encounter a number of extraordinary situations designed to test their kindness, compassion and strength of spirit. Told with authentic African drumming, colorful staging, and powerful choreography, Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters unmasks the true meaning of beauty and celebrates the mystery and splendor of the African continent.

 

Robyn Flatt (DCT Founder and Executive Director, Director of Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters)

Robyn Flatt co-founded DCT in 1984 with start-up funds of $500. Under her artistic leadership, the theater’s

creative and operational stature has grown over the past 30 years to reflect its current annual budget of more than $4 million. Her theatrical career has brought her acclaim as a professional director, actor, and lighting designer. During her tenure as a member of the Dallas Theater Center Resident Company, she served as Assistant Artistic Director and Director of Theater-in-the-Parks. She holds an MA Degree from Baylor University and studied with Etienne Decroux, Juana Laban, and Hanya Holm.

 

Ms. Flatt has served on the boards of AATE, ASSITEJ/USA, and CTFA. She is a recipient of The 500, Inc.’s prestigious Ken Bryant Visionary Award, Dallas Historical Society’s Excellence in Community Service for Creative Arts Award, the 2002 Leon Rabin Standing Ovation Award, and the Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award. Ms. Flatt is a member of the College of Fellows of American Theatre and recently served as Treasurer of the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America. In 2016, she was honored with the Orlin Corey Award for Artistic Excellence from the American Alliance for Theater and Education.

 

S-Ankh Rasa (Composer/ Lyricist/ Musical Director/ Accompanist)

At age 12, S-Ankh Rasa was the youngest student accepted to the University of California, Berkeley Music Department. He composed his first symphony at 15 while attending the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. At 16, he performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival as a featured saxophonist with Dizzy Gillespie and the Modern Jazz Quartet. In Los Angeles, he worked as a studio musician (saxophone, flute, and clarinet), composer, arranger, and musical director with Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, and many others. He retired from the LA music scene and began studying traditional African music. This led to a U.S. tour with the world-renowned African drummer, Mamady Keita. Mr. Rasa is also a performer and historian of the Mandinko kora (African harp) and composes and sings in 3 languages. He worked with acclaimed actress, playwright, and director Regina Taylor on the Dallas’ production of Crowns in the vital role of multi-percussionist. He also performed in the U.S. tour of Crowns as co-Music Director and multi-percussionist under the direction of Andrea Frye. His other Dallas area credits include the composition of original scores for Cara Mia Theatre Company’s productions of Romeo and Juliet and Lorca’s Blood Wedding. He was also the musical director/composer of DCT’s productions of Anansi - The Spider Man and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. Mr. Rasa is currently composing a one-man original score for Crystal City 1969 directed by David Lozano for Cara Mia Theatre Company.

 

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters features choreography by Michelle Nicole Gibson with tour direction by Sally Fiorello. Scenic design is by Randel Wright, costume design by Barbara Cox, lighting design by Linda Blase, and properties design by Jen Spillane and Tish Mussey.  The cast includes Rick Spivey (Narrator/Messenger), Gerold Taylor II (Villager 1/ Hungry Boy/ Laughing Tree/ King), Sky Williams (Villager 2/ Old Woman/ Laughing Tree/ Puppeteer), Ivan Jones (Mufaro), Charli Armstrong (Manyara), and Siete White (Nyasha).

 

About Dallas Children’s Theater

Dallas Children's Theater was founded in 1984 by Robyn Flatt and Dennis Vincent, in response to the growing need for professional family theater. A 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, they are a forum for artistic collaboration, a vital educational resource for metropolitan schools, and a vehicle of enrichment for the greater Dallas community. With a multi-million-dollar budget and a national audience, Dallas Children's Theater is the largest professional family theater in the Southwest. They offer a season of eleven productions in our newly renovated Rosewood Center for Family Arts, as well as a national touring company, theater academy, and “arts-in-education” programs for local schools. Recognized by Time Magazine as one of the top 5 children's theater companies in the US, and the only one of that group to tour nationally, Dallas Children's Theater travels coast to coast with professional large-scale productions designed to stir the heart, stretch the mind and promote education. Dallas Children's Theater has been designated an American Masterpieces Touring Artist by the National Endowment for the Arts.


 

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 2pm
Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College

2900 Avenue H, Brooklyn, NY 11210

Recommended for ages five and up
Box Office: BrooklynCenter.org or 718-951-4500 (Tue– Sat, 1pm – 6pm)

Groups of 15 or more: 718-951-4600 x3327

 

Visit BrooklynCenter.org for a complete season lineup.

 

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.


About the Company: Brooklyn Performing Arts Center at Brooklyn College

Established in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) is a community-based presenting organization located on the scenic campus of Brooklyn College. The mission of BCBC is to present outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. A central part of BCBC’s mission is to introduce young people to the performing arts, enhance their creativity, and expose them to new cultures and ideas. As one of the largest arts education presenters in the Brooklyn, BCBC annually welcomes over 70,000 people, including 46,000 schoolchildren, parents, and teachers.

BCBC is committed to presenting emerging and established artists from around the world.  Artists and companies that have graced the BCBC stage include Luciano Pavarotti, Isaac Stern, Gregory Hines, Beverly Sills, Ray Charles, Itzhak Perlman, Martha Graham, Suzanne Farrell, Margot Fonteyn, Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández, Les Ballets Africains, Moiseyev Dance Company, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Acting Company, and National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica.

BCBC works with partners such as Brooklyn College and the Brooklyn Arts Council to present innovative programming such as “Brooklyn On My Mind,” a literary discussion series focusing on Brooklyn writers, and “Folk Feet,” a free event celebrating the rich folk dance traditions of Brooklyn’s diverse communities.

National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica  | Open: 03/18/17 Close: 03/18/17
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. Celebrating their 55th Anniversary, their much-anticipated return to Brooklyn Center will feature two programs combining evocative new works with favorites from their extensive repertoire.

 

Sat. March 18 at 8pm $40-75 & Sun. March 19 at 3pm $36-$45

 

Box Office: 718-951-4500

info@brooklyncenter.org

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

2900 Avenue H

Brooklyn, NY 11210

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).

 

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. 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts 2016/17 Season  | Open: 10/29/16 Close: 10/29/16
Featured performances include Argentinian tango company Estampas Porteñas,

Emmy nominee Tony Danza, Grammy winner Patti Austin, the much-anticipated return of

 the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica, and more!

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College announces its 2016-17 season of music, dance, theater, and family programming, reflecting the multicultural diversity of Brooklyn. Hailing from Argentina, Haiti, Jamaica, China, Cuba, and across the United States, the award-winning artists include both Brooklyn Center premieres and returning favorites. Most performances will be held in Walt Whitman Theatre on the campus of Brooklyn College; select performances will take place at the Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn.
 

“We are excited to continue to reflect our borough’s ever-changing diversity through our upcoming 2016-17 season,” says Jon Yanofsky, the Director of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. “From Afro-Cuban jazz and The Great American Songbook to Argentine tango and step dancing, the 62nd season at Brooklyn Center brings artists from all over the country and the world to Brooklyn for another year of incredible music, breathtaking international dance, and innovative family performances.”

 

Tickets for Brooklyn Center’s 2016-17 season are currently on sale and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ 2016-17 season includes:

  • Black Violin
  • Buenos Aires Tango: Stories of Longing and Desire
  • Tony Danza: Standards & Stories
  • Dance Theatre in Westchester’s The Colonial Nutcracker
  • Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s Lunar New Year Celebration – Year of the Rooster
  • Treehouse Shakers’ Coyote’s Dance
  • Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio
  • Emeline Michel
  • National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica
  • Step Afrika!
  • Patti Austin: Happy 100th, Ella!
  • Dallas Children’s Theatre’s Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
  • Tenth Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration
  • The Golden Dragon Acrobats
  • Yosvany Terry Afro-Cuban Sextet

 

 

Black Violin
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 at 8pm, $25

Virtuoso violinists Kev Marcus and Wil B return to Brooklyn with their electrifying mash-up of R&B, hip-hop, classical, and bluegrass. With more than 200 shows a year and past appearances including the Billboard Music Awards, three NFL Super Bowls, and performing for the troops in Iraq, this dynamic duo never fails to take audiences by storm with their unique spin on music for strings.

 

Direct from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Deseos: Stories of Longing and Desire

Sat, Nov 5, 2016 at 8pm, $36-$55

Founded in 1997 by the distinguished dancer and choreographer Carolina Soler, Argentine tango company Estampas Porteñas returns to the U.S. with a spectacular new production celebrating the greatest artistic elements of Argentina including the indomitable tango, the athletic malambo of the gauchos, and passionate musical styles ranging from soulful to celebratory.

 

Tony Danza: Standards & Stories

Sun, Nov 20, 2016 at 3pm, $36-$55

Perhaps best known for his iconic television roles on Taxi and Who's the Boss?, Tony Danza has also established himself as a Broadway star (Honeymoon in Vegas, The Producers), a best-selling author, and one of America's most esteemed performers. Hailed by The New York Times as “a live wire who radiates irresistible charm,” this Emmy-nominated song-and-dance man combines selections from the Great American Songbook with storytelling, a dash of soft shoe, and a healthy dose of charisma.

 

The Colonial Nutcracker

Sun, Dec 11, 2016 at 2pm, $15

An annual holiday favorite, Dance Theatre in Westchester performs its family-friendly, full-length version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet set in wintry colonial Yorktown, complete with a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and simultaneous narration to help young audience members enjoy this timeless classic.

 

Fourth Annual

Lunar New Year Celebration: Year of the Rooster

Sun, Jan 22, 2017 at 3pm, $25

The prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company performs an all-new celebration of Chinese arts commemorating the Year of the Rooster, cousin to the mythical Phoenix, whose song awakens the world each morning and whose confidence and loyalty is well regarded. Delightful red lions, golden dragons, and white peacocks frolic and play to the exotic sounds of traditional instruments, while graceful dancers and astounding acrobats showcase the rich culture of one of Brooklyn’s most vibrant communities.

 

Treehouse Shakers

Coyote’s Dance

Sat, Feb 11, 2017 at 2pm, $15

Kumble Theater, LIU Brooklyn Campus

This whimsical, interactive children’s show follows the exploits of Coyote, the trickster character from the folklore of many North American Indian Nations.  Using narration, puppetry, live and recorded music, Native American-influenced costumes, and beautifully choreographed movement, the performers of Treehouse Shakers will take families on a delightful and humorous journey of deceit and adventure. Recommended for ages four and up.

 

 

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio

Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 8pm, $35

Kumble Theater, LIU Brooklyn Campus
Master of the Hammond B-3 organ for more than five decades, Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician and composer who has been featured on more than 70 jazz, blues, and R&B recordings. He recently reunited with the iconic Blue Note Records label on his 2016 release Evolution. Considered to be one of the premier purveyors of funk/soul jazz, he was recently honored as a 2017 Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, the nation’s highest award in jazz.

 

Emeline Michel
Sat, Mar 4, 2017 at 8pm, $35

She has been called “the Joni Mitchell of Haiti” and the “new goddess of Creole music.” Indeed, singer-songwriter Emeline Michel has been instrumental in putting Haitian music on the world music map, touring the globe both as a performer and in her role as a Red Cross Ambassador. With “a voice serene and warm like the breeze” (The New York Times), she performs both in French and Haitian Creole, frequently addressing social issues with a deep caring and affection for her native land.


National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica

Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 8pm, $40-$75

Sun, Mar 19, 2017 at 3pm, $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. Celebrating their 55th Anniversary, their much-anticipated return to Brooklyn Center will feature two programs combining evocative new works with favorites from their extensive repertoire.

 

Step Afrika!

Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 8pm, $25

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. 

 

Patti Austin: Happy 100th, Ella!
Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 8pm, $36-$55

Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Patti Austin celebrates the 100th birthday of the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald with an intimate concert featuring selections from her 2002 Grammy-nominated album For Ella, including legendary hits such as “How High the Moon,” “The Man I Love,” Too Close for Comfort,” and many more. Celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month with this unforgettable tribute to the legendary First Lady of Song.

 

Dallas Children’s Theatre on tour presents John Steptoe’s
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

Adapted for the stage by Karen Abbott, Music & Lyrics by S-Ankh Rasa
Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 2pm, $15

When a great African king desires a wife, only the most worthy maidens are invited to meet him. Both of Mufaro’s daughters are beautiful, but does either have the inner beauty of a potential queen? Told through African dance, drumming, narration, and song, this story celebrates goodness, generosity, and kindness of heart. Recommended for ages five and up.

 

Tenth Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration

Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 3pm, FREE

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.

 

Golden Dragon Acrobats

Sun, Apr 30, 2017 at 3pm, $25

Recognized internationally as today’s premier Chinese acrobatic touring company, The Golden Dragons combine award-winning acrobatics, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present an unforgettable show of breathtaking skill and beauty, representing the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty five centuries ago.

 

Yosvany Terry Afro-Cuban Sextet

Sat, May 6, 2017 at 8pm, $35

Since his arrival in the United States in 1999, Cuban saxophonist/percussionist/composer Yosvany Terry has been at the forefront of the Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz scene, both in New York City and nationally. Known equally for his improvisational artistry and his virtuosic compositions, his unique confluence of authentic Cuban roots music and jazz has, according to The New York Times, “helped redefine Latin Jazz as a complex new idiom.”

 

 

Multibuy discounts (four or more shows) save 15% off individual ticket prices. Multibuyers enjoy flexible ticket exchanges and discounted parking for purchased performances. 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 for the Performing Arts

Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College, 2900 Avenue H, Brooklyn
Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn (February 2017 performances only)

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 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 also acknowledges the following programmatic support for its 2016-17 season: Step Afrika! is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio and the Yosvany Terry Afro-Cuban Sextet are made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts; Coyote’s Dance and Emeline Michel are part of The New York State Presenter-Artist Partnership Project made possible through a re-grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
 

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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ALEXANDER, WHO€S NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT GOING TO MOVE  | Open: 05/15/16 Close: 05/15/16
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College concludes its 2015-16 season on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 2pm with Two Beans Productions’ Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move. Based on Judith Viorst’s best-selling Alexander…series, this new family musical teaches us that home isn’t a house or a place on a map—it’s wherever you are when you’re with the people who love you.  Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

 

About the show

Alexander has just received some really, really, really, really, really, really bad news. His dad has taken a job in a city a thousand miles away, which means that he and his family are going to have to move to a whole new city. And even though his mom says, "Wait, you'll like it," Alexander already knows that he'll hate it. He can't bear to leave the people and places he loves, so he decides that he won't move. First he tries to live with three different neighbors. Then he tries to build a tent so he can live by himself. Then he decides he'll hide so that his parents'll never find him, but that doesn't work out either. With a little help from his mom and dad and even his bossy older brothers, he finally  understands that home is "where your family is, where you're with the people who love you best of all."

Kathy Griffin  | Open: 04/10/16 Close: 04/10/16
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
presents
Kathy Griffin
Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 6pm


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College is pleased to announce the addition of two-time Emmy Award winner Kathy Griffin to its 2015-16 season, performing an evening of standup on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 6pm. Whether she's tearing up stars on the red carpet, making Anderson Cooper blush on New Year's Eve, or keeping her fans doubled over with laughter in her stand-up specials and late-night talk show appearances, the always entertaining Kathy Griffin delivers an unforgettable, unforgivable night of laughter. Tickets go on sale to Brooklyn Center Members and VIPs on Monday, November 16 at 12pm and to the general public on Thursday, November 19 at 1pm. Tickets are $45-$75 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

Two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin is a towering figure on television, on tour and in publishing. She breaks through the entertainment clutter with her universally recognized brand of pull-no-punches comedy. Kathy made history with her 6th consecutive Grammy nomination and first win for Best Comedy Album (Kathy Griffin: Calm Down Gurrl), joining Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin as the only other female comedians to ever win Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album.

In 2013 Kathy was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for writing and starring in an unprecedented 20 televised stand-up specials—more than any comedian in history. Buoyed by her dedicated and engaged fans, Kathy's live standup performances are legendary and in a class of their own, and hundreds of thousands of people flock to see her perform sold out shows everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House.

Kathy draws a huge audience to CNN's New Year's Eve special, which she has co-hosted with Anderson Cooper since 2007, beating Fox News in the coveted ratings demographic. She is one of television's go-to hosts for premier live events. After co-hosting The Billboard Music Awards LIVE three years in a row, this year Kathy hosted the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards LIVE and AARP's Movies for Grownups Gala.

Griffin's sure-fire hosting success led to her own live late night talk show, Kathy. It was where the biggest celebrities went to have the most fun. Her boisterous and revealing memoir, Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin, debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. Griffin won two Primetime Emmy Awards for her hit reality series, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, which aired for six years on Bravo. It was nominated every single year of its run. The show also won the GLAAD Media Award for Best Reality Program and was nominated six consecutive times by the Producers Guild of America.

Kathy was a cast member on NBC's Suddenly Susan and guest starred on Seinfeld and Law & Order: SVU. She lent her unique voice to animated characters in Shrek Forever After and the award-winning television shows The Simpsons, American Dad, and Dilbert.

Griffin's other awards and honors include The Human Rights Campaign's Ally for Equality, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America's Leadership in Entertainment honor, GLAAD's Vanguard award, The Trevor Life Award from the Trevor Project, and a Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Lead.

Visit BrooklynCenter.org for a complete season lineup.

Multibuy discounts (four or more shows) save 15% off individual ticket prices (certain restrictions apply). Multibuyers enjoy flexible ticket exchanges and discounted parking for purchased performances. 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.

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
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 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 2015-16 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 2015-16 season is provided by: Brooklyn College, Con Edison, TD Bank, National Grid, Shanachie Entertainment Corp, the Herman Goldman Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jazz Touring Network, the Alice Lawrence Foundation, the Macy’s 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 2015-16 season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams; New York City Council Cultural Affairs Commitee Chair Jimmy Van Bramer; New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl.
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KATHY GRIFFIN: BOROUGHING THROUGH QUEENS AND BROOKLYN  | Open: 04/09/16 Close: 04/10/16
Two-time Emmy Award winner Kathy Griffin will perform for a limited “borough engagement” in Queens and Brooklyn at Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College on April 9, 2016 at 8pm and Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College on April 10, 2016 at 6pm.  Whether she's tearing up stars on the red carpet, making Anderson Cooper blush on New Year's Eve, or keeping her fans doubled over with laughter in her stand-up specials and late-night talk show appearances, the always entertaining Kathy Griffin delivers an unforgettable, unforgivable night of laughter.

 

Tickets for the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College are $39-$74 and can be purchased at KupferbergCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-793-8080 (Tue 12pm-8pm, Weds-Fri 12pm-6pm, Sat 10am-2pm). Tickets for the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts are $45-$75 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

The Golden Dragon Acrobats  | Open: 03/13/16 Close: 03/13/16
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
presents
The Golden Dragon Acrobats
Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3pm


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2015-16 season with a performance by The Golden Dragon Acrobats on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12.50 for children (ages 12 and under) and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

Hailing from the Hebei and Henan provinces in the People’s Republic of China, The Golden Dragon Acrobats have toured the United States continuously since 1978. Its members are athletes, actors, and artists who have studied and trained for their craft since early childhood. The group averages 200 performances each year and has toured more than 65 countries across the globe as well as through all 50 states; in fact, they are the only Chinese acrobatic company touring year round in the United States. In 2005, their seven-week run at the New Victory Theater in New York City earned two prestigious New York Drama Desk Award nominations (for Best Choreography and Most Unique Theatrical Experience).

The reputation of the company is solidly rooted in a commitment to the highest of production values and an attention to artistic details that is unparalleled in the art form. World renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, and both ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.

The group’s founder, producer, and artistic director, Danny Chang, is one of the world’s leading promoters of Chinese acrobatics. He began his training at the age of eight with his family’s acrobatic school in Taipei, and joined its touring wing, The Golden Dragon Acrobats, at age ten. He is the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious Medal for International Faith and Goodwill by the Republic of China’s Coordination Council for North American Affairs. In 1998, Chang restructured The Golden Dragon Acrobats to form Asian Artists Productions, Inc. (AAPI). While the new company continued to produce and tour The Golden Dragon Acrobats, AAPI expanded to create theatrically elaborate shows like Circo Magnifico, Dream, Pagoda, Cirque D’or, Cirque Ziva, and others, each for a specific US market.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ presentation of The Golden Dragon Acrobats is made possible, in part, through the generous support of Macy’s.

Multibuy discounts (four or more shows) save 15% off individual ticket prices (not applicable for International Women of Reggae or Alexander, Who’s Not…Going to Move). Multibuyers enjoy flexible ticket exchanges and discounted parking for purchased performances. 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 are available day-of-show.

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
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 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 2015-16 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 2015-16 season is provided by: Brooklyn College, Con Edison, TD Bank, National Grid, Shanachie Entertainment Corp, the Howard Gilman Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jazz Touring Network, the Alice Lawrence Foundation, the Macy’s Foundation, the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, 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 2015-16 season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s. Pianos for select performances provided by Steinway & Sons.

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

Lunar New Year Celebration featuring Feng Gu  | Open: 01/31/16 Close: 01/31/16
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
presents
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s
Lunar New Year Celebration:
Year of the Monkey
Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 3pm

Featuring internationally acclaimed silver medalist Feng Gu
of the Beijing Kunqu Theater
as The Monkey King

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College announces that internationally acclaimed Peking Opera performer Feng Gu will join the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company for its annual Lunar New Year Celebration on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 3pm. Mr. Gu, a principal member of the Beijing Kunqu Theater, will perform the role of the Monkey King in a special excerpt from Monkey King in the Heavenly Palace, one of the most celebrated Peking Opera productions in China. Mr. Gu’s U.S. appearance is sponsored by the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12.50 for children (ages 12 and under) and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

Partnering with Brooklyn Center for the third year in a row, the prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presents an all-new celebration of Chinese culture commemorating the Year of the Monkey, a year characterized by cleverness, curiosity, and playful mischief. The festive, family-friendly event will also showcase thrilling choreography inspired by shadow puppetry, live music performed by the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, and a traditional Chinese marketplace.

The performance will open with the traditional Double Lion Dance, an audience favorite that represents the coming of spring and a prayer for peace in its depiction of a small child in harmony with ferocious lions. Also included will be a Mongolian Chopstick Dance, the Coinstick Dance from Hubei, and a solo piece entitled Joy, performed by guest artist Jia Liu, a former teacher at the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy.

Two of Nai-Ni Chen’s original works will be featured in the program, showcasing her signature cross-cultural style that fuses the dynamism of American modern dance with the elegant splendor of her own Chinese culture. Moveable Figures, a dance for seven, is inspired by the art of shadow puppetry. Mirage, created by Ms. Chen in 2012, is inspired by her first experience on the Silk Road, incorporating the amazing cultural dance of the Uyghur people and rhythm from Persia and Central Asia.

About Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
Now in its 27th season, New Jersey’s acclaimed Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company seeks to bridge the gap in understanding between cultures by fusing the dynamic freedom of American modern dance with the grace and splendor of Asian art, taking their audiences on journeys beyond cultural boundaries to where tradition meets innovation and freedom arises from discipline.

Since its inception in 1988, the Company has earned a broad base of public support, becoming the pride and joy of Asian-American communities across the United States with tours to major performing arts centers in more than 30 states. In 2001, the Company also began touring abroad and has performed in Central America, Korea, China, Germany, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, and Mexico. Having participated in teaching and performance activities at both the Beijing International Dance Festival in China and the Chang Mu International Dance Festival in Seoul, South Korea in 2014, it is one of the most widely toured professional Asian-American companies in the United States, reaching more than 100,000 audience members a year.

In addition to its extensive season of touring and performing, the Company also has developed Arts in Education residency programs in many school districts to bring culture and arts into educational settings. For three years, the Company conducted the afterschool dance program at Shuang Wen School in New York

City and the Poetry Live! Project with Litchfield Performing Arts, Inc. in Connecticut, which reached more than 1,000 children each year. In New Jersey, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has been in residence at Westminster School in Elizabeth for more than 10 years and has successfully integrated dance, music, and poetry with academic disciplines.

Programs of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company are made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the New Jersey Cultural Trust; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; the Hyde and Watson Foundation; the E.J. Grassmann Trust; the Live Music for Dance Program of New Music USA; the Rapid Response Program of American Dance Abroad and the Cultural Exchange Fund; and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ Cultural Exchange Fund, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

About Feng Gu (The Monkey King)
Mr. Gu is a principal member of the Beijing Kunqu Theater. He started his study of Chinese Opera at age 11, specializing in the role of the Monkey King, a subspecialty that is regarded as one of the most difficult because the actor must play both an animal and a god, be well trained in acrobatics, and deliver a performance with highly dramatic demands. In 2006 he was one of the five top medalists in the worldwide Monkey King competition, which included artists from China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and other Chinese diasporas around the world. As a leading artist, he has been called upon to perform for visiting dignitaries including the Royal family of England, the Prime Minister of Russia, and other international government leaders. He has toured Russia, German, Austria, Japan, and the United States.

About the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York
A non-profit organization founded in 1961, the Chinese Music Ensemble is the oldest, largest, and only full-scale Chinese orchestra in the United States and the Americas, with a membership of more than forty musicians. The Ensemble’s repertory ranges from ancient classical to modern compositions, spanning some fifteen hundred years of history. With the goal of promoting Chinese music, the Ensemble has performed at major concert halls in New York and at schools, colleges, and venues throughout the Eastern United States.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ presentation of Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s Lunar New Year Celebration is made possible, in part, by Macy’s, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and The Harkness Foundation for Dance.

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, Tuesday-Saturday, 1pm-6pm
Groups of 15 or more: 718-951-4600 x3331

Multibuy discounts (four or more shows) save 15% off individual ticket prices (not applicable for The Snow Maiden, International Woman of Reggae, or Alexander, Who’s Not…Going to Move). Multibuyers enjoy flexible ticket exchanges and discounted parking for purchased performances. A 50% discount for children ages 12 and under is offered for select performances. Discounts also available for seniors, students, Brooklyn College faculty/staff/ alumni, active/retired military personnel, and groups. $10 student rush tickets available day-of-show. Visit BrooklynCenter.org for a complete season lineup.

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 2015-16 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 2015-16 season is provided by: Brooklyn College, Con Edison, TD Bank, National Grid, Shanachie Entertainment Corp, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Herman Goldman Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jazz Touring Network, the Alice Lawrence Foundation, the Macy’s 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 2015-16 season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s. Pianos for select performances provided by Steinway & Sons.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams; New York City Council Cultural Affairs Commitee 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

Announces its 2015-16 Season

 

Tickets now on sale for Michael Feinstein, the Vienna Boys Choir, Darlene Love,

Clifford the Big Red Dog™ -- Live!, Moscow Festival Ballet, and more!

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College announces its 2015-16 Season of music, dance, theater, and family programming, reflecting the multicultural diversity of Brooklyn. Hailing from Austria, Russia, China, Canada, and across the United States, the awards-winning artists include both Brooklyn Center premieres and returning favorites. Tickets go on sale exclusively to Brooklyn Center Members on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 1pm, with general sales beginning on Thursday, May 14. Tickets can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

 

“Brooklyn Center is excited to continue to represent and reflect the vibrant diversity of Brooklyn through our upcoming 2015-16 season of live performances,” says Jon Yanofsky, the Director of Brooklyn Center. “From the Gershwins and the Beatles to classical ballet and step dancing, the 61st season at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts will celebrate the best of classic and contemporary arts and culture with world class artists in music, dance, theater, and family programming.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ 2015-16 Season includes:

  • Michael Feinstein: The Gershwins and Me
  • Black Violin
  • Art of Time Ensemble – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • The Vienna Boys Choir – Christmas In Vienna
  • Dance Theatre in Westchester’s The Colonial Nutcracker
  • Step Afrika!
  • Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s Lunar New Year Celebration – Year of the Monkey
  • Moscow Festival Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet / Carmen Suite
  • The Golden Dragon Acrobats
  • Robert Glasper Trio
  • Darlene Love
  • Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog™ – LIVE!
  • Ninth Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration
  • Straighten Up & Fly Right: The Nat King Cole Tribute
  • Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move

 

 

Michael Feinstein: The Gershwins and Me

2015-16 Season Opener

Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 7:30pm

Tickets: $36-$65
Emmy- and Grammy-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein brings his impeccable piano skills and unparalleled interpretations to some of the greatest selections in the entire American Songbook, peppered with personal anecdotes from his autobiographical book The Gershwins and Me, which reflects upon his six-year collaboration with the great Ira Gershwin.

 

Black Violin

Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 2pm

Tickets: $18
Back by popular demand, virtuoso violinists Kev Marcus and Wil B return to Brooklyn with their electrifying mash-up of hip-hop, classical, and pop tunes. With appearances ranging from the Apollo Theater and the Billboard Music Awards to three NFL Super Bowls and President Obama’s official Inaugural Ball, this dynamic duo never fails to take audiences by storm with their unique spin on music for strings.

 

Art of Time Ensemble

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 8pm

Tickets: $30

With hits including “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” and the title song, The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has been designated “the most important rock and roll album ever made” by Rolling Stone magazine. Toronto’s Art of Time Ensemble brings this iconic collection to life in a fusion of high art and pop culture that reveals the universal and timeless qualities that lie at the heart of all great music.

 

The Vienna Boys Choir – Christmas in Vienna

Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8pm

Tickets: $36-$45

This illustrious group of young musicians has been delighting music lovers across the globe for six centuries with their purity of tone, distinctive charm, and crowd-pleasing repertoire. Christmas in Vienna showcases these gifted musicians in an extraordinary program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs and, of course, holiday favorites.

 

The Colonial Nutcracker

Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 2pm

Tickets: $18

An annual holiday favorite, Dance Theatre in Westchester performs its family-friendly, full-length version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet set in wintry colonial Yorktown, complete with a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and simultaneous narration to help young audience members enjoy this timeless classic.

 

Step Afrika!

Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 2pm

Tickets: $20

Experience Step Afrika!, the world’s first professional company dedicated to stepping, a unique art form born at African American fraternities and based in rich African traditions. Incorporating intricate rhythmic patterns of kicks, stomps, claps, and chants, the dancers use their bodies as instruments, creating an enthralling, high-energy performance that has been praised by The Village Voice as “a jubilation of rhythm and spirit that harks back to the essence of dancing.”

 

Third Annual
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
Lunar New Year Celebration – Year of the Monkey

Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 3pm

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

Brooklyn Center is thrilled to partner once again with the prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in an all-new celebration of Chinese arts and culture commemorating the Year of the Monkey, a year characterized by cleverness, curiosity, and playful mischief. Thrilling choreography, traditional music, and dazzling acrobats showcase the rich traditions of one of Brooklyn’s most vibrant communities at this festive, family-friendly event.

 

Moscow Festival Ballet

Romeo and Juliet / Carmen Suite

Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 8pm

Tickets: $36-$45
The power of love and the finality of death collide as two of the greatest tragic masterpieces of all time are reinvented in this double-bill of one-act ballets. The program begins with a new restaging of Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and choreographed by legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko. This is followed by Alberto Alonso’s fiery Carmen Suite, inspired by Bizet’s sensuous and spirited opera.

Golden Dragon Acrobats

Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3pm

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

Recognized internationally as today’s premier Chinese acrobatic touring company, The Golden Dragons combine award-winning acrobatics, spectacular costumes, and ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present an unforgettable show of breathtaking skill and beauty, representing the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty five centuries ago.

 

The Robert Glasper Trio

Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 8pm

Tickets: $35

More than ten years after making his debut at the legendary Blue Note, 2015 Grammy-winning pianist Robert Glasper graces the Whitman stage with an intimate concert combining original jazz compositions and selections from his June 2015 album Covered, which draws from some of Glasper’s favorite songs by artists including Joni Mitchell, John Legend, and Radiohead.

 

Darlene Love

Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8pm

Tickets: $40

Pop icon Darlene Love has been captivating audiences worldwide for decades with her warmth, grace, and electrifying performances.  She has sung with legends including Marvin Gaye, Elvis Presley, and Aretha Franklin, lit up the Broadway stage in such musicals as Grease and Hairspray, and was featured in the 2014 Academy Award-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. From her No. 1 hit, “He’s A Rebel,” to her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she continues to blaze a trail of success, proving why Rolling Stone magazine calls her “one of the greatest singers of all time.”

 

Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8pm
Tickets: $35
Violin virtuoso and MacArthur fellow Regina Carter is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation, putting her indelible stamp on collaborations with artists as diverse as Wynton Marsalis, Mary J. Blige, and Dolly Parton. Her latest recording, titled Southern Comfort, pays a tender tribute to her paternal grandfather, an Alabama coal miner, as it draws from Appalachian fiddle tunes, church hymns, and the joyous Southern folk music that infused her childhood.

 

Clifford the Big Red Dog™ – LIVE!

Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2pm
Tickets: $18
Embark on a new adventure with loveable Clifford, the big red dog with the heart of gold. Based on the classic children’s books by Norman Bridwell, this brand new musical celebrates the timeless values of sharing, respect, and cooperation.

 

Ninth Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration

Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3pm
Tickets: FREE event, no tickets issued

Families 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.

 

Straighten Up & Fly Right: The Nat King Cole Tribute
Featuring Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli

Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 3pm
Tickets: $40
As a singer, Nat King Cole was called “the best friend a song ever had,” but he was essentially a jazz performer at heart. Three-time Grammy Award-winning pianist Ramsey Lewis and singer/guitarist John Pizzarelli join forces in this tribute to the titan of fifties vocal pop, performing favorites including “Route 66,” “Mona Lisa,” “Unforgettable,” and more.

 

Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move
Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 2pm
Tickets: $12
The rest of Alexander’s family is moving a thousand miles away, but there’s NO way Alexander is going to leave his best friend, his favorite babysitter, or all the places and people he’s known all his life. Never. Not ever. No way! Based on Judith Vorst’s best-selling Alexander… series, this new family musical teaches us home isn’t a house or a place on a map—it’s wherever you are when you’re with the people who love you.

 

Multibuy discounts (four or more shows) save 15% off individual ticket prices (not applicable for Alexander, Who’s Not… Going to Move). Multibuyers enjoy flexible ticket exchanges and discounted parking for purchased performances. 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

2 train to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue

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 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 2015-16 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 2015-16 season is provided by: Brooklyn College, Con Edison, TD Bank, National Grid, 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, and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM. The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2015-16 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.

 

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.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College is pleased to continue its partnership with Target® to bring quality, affordable, and educational performing arts programming to the culturally diverse families of Brooklyn with its 2015 Target Storybook Series, running March 29 – May 17, 2015. The series aims to encourage both a love of storytelling and the development of strong reading skills at home in children ages four to eight.

 

The Target Storybook Series, featuring performances based on classic and contemporary children’s literature, is the centerpiece of Brooklyn Center’s 2014-15 family programming, with shows including Enchantment Theatre Company’s The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites, Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Live: Buddy’s Big Adventure, and Dallas Children’s Theatre’s The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley. Tickets for Brooklyn Center’s 2014-15 Target Storybook Series are $9-$15 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

 

“We are thrilled to once again partner with Target to bring classic children’s books to life on our stage for Brooklyn’s young audiences,” said Jon Yanofsky, Director of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. “Our Target Storybook Series aims not only to entertain and delight, but also to create lasting family memories, and assist more children in improving their reading proficiency by the end of the third grade.”

 

Enchantment Theatre Company

The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2pm
A Target Storybook Series presentation for ages four 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.

 

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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. The performance will be immediately followed by Brooklyn Center’s Eighth Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration.

 

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!

 

Dallas Children’s Theater

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley

Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 2pm

A Target Storybook Series presentation 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.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ 2014-15 Target Storybook Series is sponsored by Target.

 

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

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

 

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About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1832 stores – 1,784 in the United States and 48 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/corporateresponsibility.

 

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 at Brooklyn College.

 

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, 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.

 

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley  | Open: 05/17/15 Close: 05/17/15
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College concludes its Target Storybook Series with Dallas Children’s Theater’s production of The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 2pm. Based on the book Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown, this whirlwind musical adventure tells the story of Stanley Lambchop – the ultimate exchange student – as he travels the globe and learns that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

 

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, Jeff Brown’s beloved children’s book, Flat Stanley, was written in 1964 and has become a literary and pop cultural phenomenon. Following in its footsteps, the musical adaptation, first published in 2008, has received national critical acclaim. “What I love about the show are all the teachable moments that don’t feel like lessons,” says guest director Michael Serrecchia, who returns to Dallas Children’s Theater following his success with the main-stage production of Flat Stanley. “It’s a fun, Broadway-style musical comedy about the value of being different and the importance of family.” Thwarting a robbery at the Louvre Museum in Paris and surfing off the coast of Hawaii along the way, Stanley’s adventures from Hollywood to France to Honolulu and beyond comes to life with the scenic designer Bob Lavallee’s colorful designs.

 

Director Michael Serrecchia became a part of American musical theater history in 1975 as an original cast member of the Pulitzer Prize winning musical, A Chorus Line. During his 18 years performing on Broadway, he worked and learned from some of the best – including Michael Bennett, Bob Fosse, Tommy Tune, Chita Rivera, Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Carol Channing, Kander and Ebb, and Cy Coleman.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ presentation of Dallas Children’s Theater’s The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley is supported, in part, by Target.

 

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

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its Target Storybook Series with Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favourites on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 2pm. Recommended for ages three and up, this triple-bill includes The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Cloud, and The Mixed-Up Chameleon. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

 

Following the performance, Brooklyn Center will host its eighth annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration on the plaza outside Whitman Theatre. Featuring interactive family activities, educational materials, street performers, and giveaways, this community festival will highlight the need for conserving energy, recycling, and heightening awareness of the environmental global issues that we face today. National Grid Earth Day Celebration is a free event, with no tickets or reservations required.

 

Returning to Brooklyn Center after last year’s highly successful engagement, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites includes the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s quest for food and his eventual metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly, Little Cloud’s adventures high up in the sky as it transforms itself into various shapes of things it sees, and The Mixed-Up Chameleon’s discovery of his own unique nature as he explores his ability to change color. The three beloved stories come to life through the magic of black light and large-scale puppets, and audiences familiar with Mermaid’s other adaptations of Eric Carle’s books can expect the same attention to detail that has won international acclaim for the company. Adapted, directed, and designed by one of Canada’s most esteemed puppetry creators, Jim Morrow, the production incorporates narration by storyteller Gordon Pinsent and original music by composer Steven Naylor.

 

Award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle has written and illustrated more than 70 children’s books. Born in Syracuse, New York, he spent his youth in Germany where he studied fine art. He later returned to the United States to work as a graphic designer for The New York Times and later as art director of an international advertising agency. His delightful books combine stunning collage artwork with an imaginative approach to learning and have sold 25 million copies worldwide. Perhaps his most famous story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been translated into over 47 languages, and it remains an all-time favorite among children.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ presentation of Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favourites is sponsored by Target. The National Grid Earth Day Celebration is sponsored by National Grid.

 

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.

 

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1832 stores – 1,784 in the United States and 48 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/corporateresponsibility.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Harold and the Purple Crayon  | Open: 03/29/15 Close: 03/29/15
“One of the nation’s most revered organizations for cross-generational theater” – Philadelphia Weekly

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College opens its Target Storybook Series with Enchantment Theatre Company’s The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon, based on the beloved book series by Crockett Johnson, on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2pm. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

 

“One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight.” So begins Harold and the Purple Crayon, the first of seven delightful picture books by Crockett Johnson that follows the zany adventures of an inventive young boy. As it turned out, there wasn’t any moon that night nor was there a path to walk on, so Harold simply drew them. And thus his journey began. Resourceful and brave, Harold created the world he wanted to explore, using nothing more than a big purple crayon and his sky’s-the-limit imagination. Enchantment Theatre Company’s production will take you on a wild ride as Harold jets to Mars (shooting stars, spaceships!), joins a circus (he walks a tightrope!), and meets a king in an enchanted garden (of course, there’s a dragon).

 

The “Harold” books have captivated families for more than fifty years, celebrating the imaginations of children and the unique ways they see the world. Enchantment Theatre Company, a Philadelphia-based producer of original theater works for children and families, has adapted this wonderful story for the stage using each element of its signature style, combining life-size puppets, masks, magic, and music. Enchantment’s production will delight anyone whose heart is young and adventurous.

 

About Enchantment Theatre Company

Founded in 1979 by Jennifer Blatchley Smith and Landis Smith, and expanded to an artistic partnership with Resident Director Leslie Reidel in 1995, Enchantment Theatre Company has toured its original productions all over the world. It has performed at Lincoln Center, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The Company has toured in the Far East six times, performing in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. The Company has also appeared with major orchestras nationwide, including the Atlanta, Baltimore, Delaware, Houston, Minnesota, Cleveland, and Seattle orchestras, and with the Boston Pops on the PBS Christmas at the Pops television special, which aired nationally for five years. Past productions include original adaptations of Beauty and the Beast, The Firebird, Cinderella, The Snow Queen, and The Velveteen Rabbit.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ presentation of Enchantment Theatre Company’s The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon is sponsored by Target.

 

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, 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.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats  | Open: 03/14/15 Close: 03/14/15
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season with a performance by The Golden Dragon Acrobats on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 2pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12.50 for children (ages 12 and under) and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

 

The Golden Dragon Acrobats hail from Hebei and Henan province, in the People’s Republic of China, and have toured the United States continuously since 1978. Being the only Chinese acrobatic company touring year-round in the United States, its members are athletes, actors, and artists who have studied and trained for their craft since early childhood. The group averages 200 performances each year and has toured through all 50 states and in over 65 countries across the world. In 2005, their Broadway debut and seven-week run at the New Victory Theater earned two prestigious New York Drama Desk Award nominations (for Best Choreography and Most Unique Theatrical Experience).

 

The reputation of the company is solidly rooted in a commitment to the highest of production values and an attention to artistic details that is unparalleled in the art form. World renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.

 

The group’s founder, producer, and artistic director, Danny Chang, is one of the world’s leading promoters of Chinese acrobatics. He began his training at the age of eight with his family’s acrobatic school in Taipei, and joined its touring wing, The Golden Dragon Acrobats, at age ten. He is the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious Medal for International Faith and Goodwill by the Republic of China’s Coordination Council for North American Affairs. In 1998, Chang restructured The Golden Dragon Acrobats to form Asian Artists Productions, Inc. (AAPI). While the new company continued to produce and tour The Golden Dragon Acrobats, AAPI expanded to create theatrically elaborate shows like Circo Magnifico, Dream, Pagoda, Cirque D’or, Cirque Ziva, and others, each for a specific US market.

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company - Lunar New Year Celebration  | Open: 01/25/15 Close: 01/25/15
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season, once again partnering with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company for its second annual Lunar New Year Celebration, on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 3pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12.50 for children (ages 12 and under) and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

 

Recipient of China’s prestigious Golden Lotus Award, choreographer Nai-Ni Chen and her company will once again take Brooklyn Center’s audiences on a visually delightful, culturally rich tour of the 3,000-year-old Chinese civilization. This year’s celebration honors The Year of the Sheep -- a year of peace, love, and woolly gentleness according to the Chinese calendar.

 

The repertoire for the performance will include “Double Lions Welcoming Spring,” a version of the popular Lion Dance; “Gu Ze Yung Ge,” a dance from the Han people in Northeast China that incorporates fans, handkerchiefs, and drums in a celebration of the harvest; the rhythmic “Hubei Coin Stick Dance,” originally done by street performers in the Hubei province; and the famous “Dragon Dance,” symbolizing imperial power and nature’s grace. The Company will also perform an excerpt from Peach Flower Landscape, a dance drama portraying a peaceful agricultural community living in perfect harmony with the land, commissioned in 1995 by the Lincoln Center Institute.

 

The Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, the oldest, largest, and only full-scale Chinese orchestra in the Americas, will once again perform in this year’s celebration, accompanying the dancers with traditional instruments such as pear-shaped lute and hammered dulcimer. Musical interludes will include “Song of the Mountains,” a solo performed by Yueqin Chen on the ruan, a plucked-string instrument similar to a lute, and “A Parting Tune,” an ensemble piece inspired by the poetry of Tang Dynasty poet Wang Wei.

 

The Company has partnered with the Consulate General of China to bring 10 distinguished guest artists from China to perform, hailing from SiChuan and Beijing.

 

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company includes dancers Tyler Brown, Greta Campo, Chloe Crade, Yoo Sik Kim, Kristen Lau, Kyung Joon Lee, Nijawwon Matthews, Bo Pang, Ying Shi, Yao Zhong Zhang, Guidong Zhou, Min Zhou, and Guixuan Zhuang, along with various guest artists.
 

About Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

Now in its 26th season, New Jersey’s acclaimed Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company seeks to bridge the gap in understanding between cultures by fusing the dynamic freedom of American modern dance with the grace and splendor of Asian art, taking their audiences on journeys beyond cultural boundaries to where tradition meets innovation and freedom arises from discipline. 

 

Since its inception in 1988, the Company has earned a broad base of public support, becoming the pride and joy of Asian-American communities across the United States with tours to major performing arts centers in more than 30 states.  In 2001, the Company also began touring abroad and has performed in Central America, Korea, China, Germany, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, and Mexico. Having participated in teaching and performance activities at both the Beijing International Dance Festival in China and the Chang Mu International Dance Festival in Seoul, South Korea in 2014, it is one of the most widely toured professional Asian-American companies in the United States, reaching more than 100,000 audience members a year.

 

In addition to its extensive season of touring and performing, the Company also has developed Arts in Education residency programs in many school districts to bring culture and arts into educational settings.  For three years, the Company conducted the afterschool dance program at Shuang Wen School in New York City and the Poetry Live! Project with Litchfield Performing Arts, Inc. in Connecticut, which reached more than 1,000 children each year.  In New Jersey, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has been in residence at Westminster School in Elizabeth for more than 10 years and has successfully integrated dance, music, and poetry with academic disciplines.

 

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Department of State, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Fund for US Artists at International Festivals & Exhibitions, the Hyde and Watson Foundation, the Connelly Foundation, the E.J. Grassmann Trust, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Lillian Pitkin Schenck Fund, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Verizon, Sony, and others.

 

About the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York

A non-profit organization founded in 1961, the Chinese Music Ensemble is the oldest, largest, and only full-scale Chinese orchestra in the United States and the Americas, with a membership of more than forty musicians. The Ensemble’s repertory ranges from ancient classical to modern compositions, spanning some fifteen hundred years of history. With the goal of promoting Chinese music, the Ensemble has performed at major concert halls in New York and at schools, colleges, and venues throughout the Eastern United States.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ presentation of Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s Lunar New Year Celebration is made possible, in part, by Macy’s, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

 

Multibuy discounts (four or more shows) save 15% off individual ticket prices (not applicable for 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

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. Major support for the 2014-15 season is provided by: Brooklyn College, Target, Con Edison, TD Bank, National Grid, 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, 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.

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.

The Colonial Nutcracker  | Open: 12/14/14 Close: 12/14/14
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season with its annual holiday performance of Dance Theatre in Westchester’s The Colonial Nutcracker on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 2pm. Tickets are $15 each, and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

 

Created especially for families with children ages five to ten, The Colonial Nutcracker sets Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet in wintry colonial Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. The production features classics such as “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and compelling narration that will enhance young viewers’ understanding and enjoyment of this timeless story. Rose Menes’ delightful staging and choreography, coupled with colorful costumes and Tchaikovsky’s enduring score, will captivate audiences of all ages. The running time is approximately 2 hours plus an intermission.

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.

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.

A Tribute To Ella Fitzgerald  | Open: 04/27/14 Close: 04/27/14
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2013-14 season with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra’s A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, featuring vocalist Deloris King Williams, on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm) or online at BrooklynCenterOnline.org. 

 

This special Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald program will present many of Ella's original big band arrangements, graciously made available to Manchester Craftsmen's Guild (MCG) by the Smithsonian Institution’s Jazz Program with the assistance of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation. The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO) will come together with regional musicians and will feature vocalist Deloris King Williams, paying tribute to Ella with her elegant style and vocal expertise. The repertoire centers on a special moment in American history by pulling original arrangements from the Smithsonian and Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation archives, some of which have not been heard by live audiences in over 40 years. Superstar arrangers such as Billy May, Count Basie, Van Alexander, Billy Strayhorn and Benny Carter make up the majority of the selections. Additionally, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra commissioned new arrangements for the band that keep in the spirit of the body of work represented from Ella’s songbook, adding a sense of contemporariness to round out this unique show.

Sid The Science Kid € Live!  | Open: 04/06/14 Close: 04/06/14
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) continues its 2013-14 Target Storybook Series with Jim Henson’s Sid the Science Kid – Live! on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 2pm. All tickets are $10 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 three and up.

 

In this new musical adventure based on the popular PBS KIDS® television series, Sid and his friends take an incredible journey through the five senses: sight, sound, taste, smell and touch, and discover that there’s a very special super duper sixth sense!  Join Sid, Gabriela, Gerald, May, and Teacher Suzie as they explore, ask questions, and share lots of interactive moments with the audience through special sensory effects that fill the theater.  Featuring music from the hit TV show and content based in national science learning, this high-energy musical will bring out the curious scientist in every child.

 

Following the performance, BCBC will host its seventh annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration on the plaza outside Walt Whitman Theatre.  Featuring interactive family activities, educational materials, street performers and giveaways, this free community festival will highlight the need for conserving energy, recycling, and heightening awareness of the environmental global issues that we face today.

 

Sid the Science Kid – Live! was created for the stage by Michael Lewis (veteran Broadway performer and producer of ImaginOcean), John Tartaglia (creator and writer of ImaginOcean and Tony Award-nominated actor), and The Jim Henson Company.  The production is directed by John Tartaglia and features the talents of Kristin Charney (voice of May), Emily Derrick (Sid), Alice Dinnean (voice of Gabriela), Angelina Leis (Teacher Susie), Drew Massey (voice of Sid), Danielle Strauss (May), Michelle West (Gerald), Sherrell Whitmire (Gabriela), and Victor Yerrid (voice of Gerald).  The production team includes Ken Goldstein (scenic design), Annmarie Duggan (lighting design) and Shannon Lewis (choreography).  The show features a book by Joe Purdy and puppet design and fabrication by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

 

The Sid the Science Kid television series is an educational animated show produced by The Jim Henson Company for PBS KIDS®.  It uses comedy and music to promote exploration, discovery, and science readiness among preschoolers.  This landmark production of 66 half-hour episodes debuted on September 1, 2008, and has since been honored with five EMMY nominations and multiple awards including the most recent CINE Golden Eagle Award.

Cirque Ziva  | Open: 03/09/14 Close: 03/09/14
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2013-14 season on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 3pm with Cirque Ziva, performed by The Golden Dragon Acrobats. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm) or online at BrooklynCenterOnline.org.

 

The Golden Dragon Acrobats hail from Cangzhou, Hebei province, in the People’s Republic of China and have toured the United States continuously since 1978. Its members are athletes, actors, and artists who have studied and trained for their craft since early childhood. The group averages 200 performances each year and has toured through all 50 states and in over 65 countries across the world. In 2005, their Broadway debut and seven-week run at the New Victory Theater earned two prestigious New York Drama Desk Award nominations (for Best Choreography and Most Unique Theatrical Experience).

 

The group’s founder, producer and artistic director, Danny Chang, is one of the world’s leading promoters of Chinese acrobatics. He began his training at the age of eight with his family’s acrobatic school in Taipei, and joined its touring wing, the Golden Dragon Acrobats, at age ten. He is the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious Medal for International Faith and Goodwill by the Republic of China’s Coordination Council for North American Affairs. In 1998, Chang restructured the Golden Dragon Acrobats to form Asian Artists Productions, Inc. (AAPI). While the new company continued to produce and tour the Golden Dragon Acrobats, AAPI expanded to create theatrically elaborate shows like Circo Magnifico, Dream, Pagoda, Cirque D’or and others, each for a specific US market.

 

Cirque Zíva is the latest of these shows, created in 2011 by AAPI in coordination with renowned lighting director Tony Tucci, whose other credits include the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and the 1996 Summer Olympics Cultural Olympiad. The production ran for ten straight weeks (four weeks added by popular demand) at Asbury Park Boardwalk’s Paramount Theatre – the first-ever run held at the New Jersey venue in its more than 80-year history. With visual and technical innovations presented beautifully in centuries-old Chinese acrobatics, the show had grown to represent the best of AAPI and its brand of artistic merit, high production value, and solid commitment to cultural exchange.

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. 

The Colonial Nutcracker  | Open: 12/15/13 Close: 12/15/13
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) continues its 2013-2014 season with its annual holiday performance of Dance Theatre in Westchester’s The Colonial Nutcracker on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 2pm.  Tickets are $10 each, and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm), or online at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org.

Created especially for families with children ages four to ten, The Colonial Nutcracker sets Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet in wintry colonial Yorktown during the Revolutionary War.  The production features classics such as “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and compelling narration that will enhance young viewers’ understanding and enjoyment of this timeless story.  Rose Menes’ delightful staging and choreography, coupled with colorful costumes and Tchaikovsky’s enduring score, will captivate audiences of all ages. 

 Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2013-2014 season on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 3pm with My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m Home for the Holidays.  Master comedian Steve Solomon performs the hilarious holiday sequel to his award-winning Off-Broadway hit My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy!, which played at Brooklyn Center in April of 2012.  Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm) or online at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org.

 

“A little Alan King here, a pinch of Seinfeld there, with a smidgen of

Don Rickles, Billy Crystal and George Carlin thrown in.” – Variety

 

A time of peace.  A time of joy.  A time of remembering why you left home in the first place!  The therapy continues as Steve is once again thrown together with all of his dysfunctional friends and family members, this time in a riotous celebration of the holiday season.  Written and performed by Mr. Solomon, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays! is a solo tour-de-force that  reintroduces Brooklyn audiences to a cast of  more than 30 characters inspired by his multiethnic upbringing in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. 

 

Growing up in Sheepshead Bay was the perfect training ground for a dialectician and comedian.  As the class clown, Steve learned at an early age how to use his gift for imitating accents to his advantage.  He became a physics teacher and a school administrator on Long Island, New York, using humor, dialects and sound effects in teaching as a real life version of Gabe Kaplan’s “Welcome Back Kotter.”

 

Eventually, Steve left his academic career behind and turned his attention to his latent love of making people laugh.  As he puts it, “I decided to follow my heart and become an impoverished comedy writer and performer.”  Steve’s show, the two-time award winning My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m In Therapy has met with rave reviews to sold-out crowds throughout the country and became one of the longest running one-man comedy shows in history.  This hilarious show highlights the very best of his writing talents.  He has written two sequels to his original hit: My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m STILL in Therapy and his hilarious holiday show My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays!  All three of Steve’s shows are currently touring the United States and have received critical acclaim, including nominations from The Connecticut Critics Circle and The San Francisco Drama Desk.


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 2014-2015, Brooklyn Center will celebrate its 60th anniversary season, which will correspond with the opening of the new Leonard and Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College.

 

            

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

Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 3pm

Tickets: $30

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College

2/5 trains to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue

On-site paid parking available

 

Online orders: BrooklynCenterOnline.org

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

Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-4600, ext. 3331

 

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.

 

 Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2013-2014 season on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 3pm with My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m Home for the Holidays.  Master comedian Steve Solomon performs the hilarious holiday sequel to his award-winning Off-Broadway hit My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy!, which played at Brooklyn Center in April of 2012.  Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm) or online at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org.

A time of peace.  A time of joy.  A time of remembering why you left home in the first place!  The therapy continues as Steve is once again thrown together with all of his dysfunctional friends and family members, this time in a riotous celebration of the holiday season.  Written and performed by Mr. Solomon, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays! is a solo tour-de-force that  reintroduces Brooklyn audiences to a cast of  more than 30 characters inspired by his multiethnic upbringing in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

Sing-a-long-a Sound Of Music  | Open: 05/19/13 Close: 05/19/13

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Artsat Brooklyn College (BCBC)presents Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music onSunday, May 19, 2013 at 1pm. All tickets are $15 and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm), or online at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org.  Recommended for ages six and up.

 

Sing-a-long-a Sound of Musicis an interactive screening of the Academy Award-winning movie musical, The Sound of Music.  The film is screened with subtitles and the audience is encouraged to sing along.  Before the movie begins, the host will lead the audience through a vocal warm-up, teach the group activities that will unfold at certain moments of the show, and host a costume competition. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to come in costumes related to The Sound of Music, and are given goody bags full of props to use at designated moments in the show.

 

Sing-a-long-a Sound of Musichas been on tour around the UK since January 2000 visiting almost every major venue in the country. In 2001 over 7,000 dressed up to an outdoors sing-a-long at the famous Kenwood House in London. The show launched in New York in September 2000 at the Zeigfeld Theatre with a gala performance attended by Charmian Carr (Liesl), Richard Hammond (Friedrich), Heather Menzies (Louisa), Duane Chase (Kurt), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), Debbie Turner (Marta), Kym Karath (Gretl), Daniel Truhitte (Rolfe), and three goats.  It has also played extended runs in Amsterdam, Dublin, St. Louis, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Oslo, Stockholm and many other major cities around the globe. A highlight has been a series of sold-out performances to 18,000 people each time at the famous Hollywood Bowl.

 

Sing-a-long-a Sound of Musicwas followed by the first ever live show – Sing-a-long-a Abba which celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a tour in 2011.  It enjoyed a highly successful run at The Whitehall Theatre in London’s West End in 2003 and has played in Toronto, New Zealand and St Petersburg, Russia, as well as a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival in 2002.

 

2011 saw the addition of Sing-a-long-a Grease, the film that audiences have been asking for since the very beginning.  It has been running in London since May 2011 and will tour the UK from January 2012.

Other Sing-a-long-a shows include Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (launched by Donny Osmond in 2002), The Wizard of Oz, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hairspray and, in 2004, the second live show, Sing-a-long-a Elvis.

An Evening With Lucie Arnaz  | Open: 05/18/13 Close: 05/18/13

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Artsat Brooklyn College (BCBC) continues its 2012-2013 Seasonwith An Evening with Lucie ArnazonSaturday, May 18, 2013 at 8pm. Tickets are $36 and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm), or online at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org.

 

Daughter of showbiz royalty Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, Lucie Arnaz performs a concert featuring new arrangements of favorite standards by Gershwin, Ellington, and Porter, as well as Latin tunes made famous by her father and showstoppers from her Broadway career.

 

Lucie Arnaz has had an extremely diversified career spanning over 45 years in show business. She has starred on the New York stage in They’re Playing Our Song (Theatre World, LA Drama Critics and Outer Critic’s Circle Awards), Lost in Yonkers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Grace and Glorie; in the London premiere of The Witches Of Eastwick; in the Coconut Grove Playhouse premieres of Once Removed and A Picasso; in national tours of Seesaw, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Social Security and My One And Only (Sarah Siddons Award); and in regional theatre productions of Wonderful Town, Master Class, Cabaret, The Guardsman, Annie Get Your Gun, I Do! I Do!, Educating Rita, Vanities, and Mack And Mabel, to name just a few.

 

She has appeared on television in The Lucie Arnaz Show, Sons And Daughters, The Black Dahlia, The Mating Season, Who Gets The Friends?, Washington Mistress, Death Scream and six seasons of Here’s Lucy; on the big screen with Neil Diamond and Sir Laurence Oliver in The Jazz Singer (Golden Globe Nomination), Down To You, Second Thoughts, Billy Jack Goes To Washington, The Pack, Wild Seven and has lent her voice to the new animated fantasy about the NY Yankees, Henry And Me.

 

Lucie has performed the opening number on the Academy Awards (1981) and at The White House several times. She was Executive Producer of the I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Special (Emmy nomination), and Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie (Emmy winner 1993). She recorded her first album for Concord Jazz, "Just In Time," and her newest CD, "Latin Roots," is a celebration of just what the title says. Lucie has been traveling the country and the world with her various concerts for over 20 years.  With her brother, Desi, she manages Desilu, too, LLC. With her husband, actor Laurence Luckinbill, she manages five grown children. Lucie invites you to visit her online at luciearnaz.com.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College

2/5 trains to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue

 

Online orders: BrooklynCenterOnline.org

Box Office: (718) 951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm)

Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-4600, ext. 3331

 

About 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 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 at Brooklyn College’s presentation of An Evening with Lucie Arnaz is made possible, in part, by Con Edison.

 

Brooklyn Centerfor 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 2012-2013 season is provided by: Brooklyn College; Target; Con Edison; Macy’s Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; TD Charitable Foundation; National Grid; the Herman Goldman Foundation; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; and Kings Plaza Shopping Center.  Additional support provided by CNG Publications and The Brooklyn Eagle.  The Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2012-2013 season.  Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s and Crystal Manor.

 

Brooklyn Centerfor the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York State Assemblywoman 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.

Amadeus  | Open: 04/21/13 Close: 04/21/13

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Artsat Brooklyn College (BCBC) welcomes Ballet-théâtre atlantique du Canada,performing the New York City premiere of their full-length contemporary ballet, Amadeus, on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 3pm.  Tickets are $40/$30 and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm), or online at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org.

 

Based on the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, this original full-length ballet in two acts follows the young prodigy’s arrival at the Austrian court, his fierce rivalry with Antonio Salieri, and the creation of his greatest compositions.  This piece touches on themes of isolation, envy, and the solitary life of the outsider. The performance will be immediately followed by a Q&A with Artistic Director Igor Dobrovolskiy and members of the company.

 

“Ballet art can and should encompass theatre with high spiritual and emotive potential,” says Dobrovolskiy. “The focus is not the display of technique by the use of technique – sometimes simple, sometimes complex – for the purpose of narration, of revealing a character. I want dancers who are willing to involve their heart, mind and soul in the process.”

 

The production features choreography by Dobrovolskiy, which complements the music of Mozart and Salieri. The cast features Leigh Alderson as Mozart and Sergiy Diyanov as Salieri, plus Eldiyar Daniyarov, Yuriko Diyanova, Brian Gephart, Samantha-Jane Gray, Anya Nesvitaylo, Janie Richard, and Olena Zakharova. The design team consists of Michael Eagan (production design), Pierre Lavoie (lighting), Norma LaChance (costumes), and Bernard LeBlanc (sets).

 

Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada is a neo-classical ballet company dedicated to performing original works by one choreographer – Artistic Director Igor Dobrovolskiy. Founded in 2001 by Susan Chalmers-Gauvin, CEO and Igor Dobrovolskiy, the Company pursues a continuous creative process through collaboration with like-minded artists attracted by the vision and artistic philosophy of its Artistic Director. Atlantic Ballet Theatre tours throughout Atlantic Canada, nationally and internationally. The dancers of the Company are a unique corps of artists who bring brilliant technique and transforming characterization to the stage. Mr. Dobrovolskiy uses the solid foundation of classical ballet technique as a springboard for an expressive dance lexicon characterized by intense drama, and powerful, lyrical structures which explore the human condition. Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada makes it's home in a beautifully equipped 7500 square ft space. The location was renovated specifically for the Company and includes two 50 by 50 ft studios with floating floors, change rooms with showers, administrative offices, Green Room and roof top balcony for the artists of the Company.

 

Igor Dobrovolskiy(Founding Artistic Director/Choreographer) is a graduate of the Kiev State Ballet Academy and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in pedagogy of ballet dance and choreography from the Kiev National University of the Arts.  He began his professional dance career with the State Theatre of Opera and Ballet for Children and Youth in Kiev, Ukraine. His vocation has taken him across Europe, to Ecuador and finally to Atlantic Canada where he co-founded Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada with Susan Chalmers-Gauvin in 2001.

 

Ballet-théâtre atlantique du Canada’s Amadeus is sponsored, in part, by the Macy’s Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and the Harkness Foundation for Dance.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College

2/5 trains to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue

 

Online orders: BrooklynCenterOnline.org

Box Office: (718) 951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm)

Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-4600, ext. 3331

 

About 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 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’ 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 2012-2013 season is provided by: Brooklyn College; Target; Con Edison; TD Charitable Foundation; National Grid; the Herman Goldman Foundation, and Kings Plaza Shopping Center.  Additional support provided by CNG Publications and The Brooklyn Eagle.  The Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2012-2013 season.  Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York State Assemblywoman 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.

Fiddler On The Roof  | Open: 04/14/13 Close: 04/14/13
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Artsat Brooklyn College (BCBC)presents Fiddler on the Roof onSunday, April 14, 2013 at 3pm. All tickets are $45/$36 (orchestra/mezzanine) and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm), or online at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org.

 

The iconic musical Fiddler on the Roof was written in 1964 by Joseph Stein, with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. It tells the story of the residents of a small Russian village on the eve of the Bolshevik revolution, who attempt to maintain family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives.  Featuring heartwarming songs like “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” and “If I Were a Rich Man,” this landmark Broadway musical cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion.

The original 1964 Broadway production was directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins (his last original Broadway staging) and featured Zero Mostel as Tevye the milkman, Maria Karnilova as his wife Golde (each of whom won a Tony for their performances), Beatrice Arthur as Yente the matchmaker, Austin Pendleton as Motel, Bert Convy as Perchik the student revolutionary, and Julia Migenes as Hodel. Joanna Merlin originated the role of eldest daughter Tzeitel, which was later assumed by Bette Midler during the original run.

Fiddlerwas nominated for ten Tony Awards, winning nine, including Best Musical, score, book, direction and choreography. It was the first Broadway musical to surpass 3,000 performances and held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years (at 3,242 performances) until Grease surpassed its run. It spawned four Broadway revivals and a successful 1971 film adaptation, and it remains Broadway's fifteenth longest-running show in history.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College

2/5 trains to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue

 

Online orders: BrooklynCenterOnline.org

Box Office: (718) 951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm)

Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-4600, ext. 3331

 

About 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 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.  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 Nickelodeon’s ParentsConnect Parents’ Picks Awards. 

 

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 2012-2013 season is provided by: Brooklyn College; Target; Con Edison; Macy’s Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; TD Charitable Foundation; National Grid; the Herman Goldman Foundation; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; and Kings Plaza Shopping Center.  Additional support provided by CNG Publications and The Brooklyn Eagle.  The Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2012-2013 season.  Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York State Assemblywoman 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.

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. 

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

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Artsat Brooklyn College (BCBC)concludes its 2012-2013 Target Storybook Series with Sleeping BeautyonSunday, March 10, 2013 at 2pm. All tickets are $7 and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm), or online at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org. Recommended for ages four and up.

 

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.  All seats for BCBC’s 2012-2013 Target Storybook Series are $7.

 

BCBC has developed a Parents’ Guide for each show, with literacy-based activity sheets, reading tips, and discussion topics, giving parents the opportunity to engage their children both pre- and post-performance.  Parents’ Guides can be downloaded at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org/Target_Storybook.asp.

 

Other upcoming family-friendly shows at BCBC include Bash the Trash’s Tales of Anansi on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 2pm (all tickets $7 each),and a sing-along screening of the Julie Andrews classic film The Sound of Music on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8pm (all tickets $15 each).

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ 2012-2013 Target Storybook Series is sponsored by Target.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College

2/5 trains to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue

 

Online orders: BrooklynCenterOnline.org

Box Office: (718) 951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm)

Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-4600, ext. 3331

 

About 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 and Brooklyn’s Best Place for Family Bonding by Nickelodeon’s ParentsConnect Parents’ Picks Awards. 

 

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at more than 1,763 stores across the United States and at Target.com. The company plans to open its first stores in Canada in 2013. In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/hereforgood.

 

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 2012-2013 season is provided by: Brooklyn College; Target; Con Edison; Macy’s Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; TD Charitable Foundation; National Grid; the Herman Goldman Foundation, and Kings Plaza Shopping Center.  Additional support provided by CNG Publications.  The Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2012-2013 season.  Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s and Crystal Manor.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from 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.

The Little Prince  | Open: 01/27/13 Close: 01/27/13

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Artsat Brooklyn College (BCBC) continues its 2012-2013 Target Storybook Series with The Little PrinceonSunday, January 27, 2013 at 2pm. All tickets are $7 and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm), or online at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org. Recommended for ages eight to eighty.

 

Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince. Full of whimsy and wonderment, this new stage version of the classic tale incorporates puppetry, multimedia projections, and original music as it follows one brave little boy’s journey through the universe, exploring the mysteries of grownups and the stars and searching for what is most important in life.

 

The Little Princeat BCBC features puppets designed by Emmy Award winner Michael Schupbach of Jim Henson's Muppet Workshop, and built by Monkey Boys Productions(Avenue Q, Little Shop of Horrors). Written by Rick Cumminsand John Scoullar, this stage adaptation was originally produced Off-Broadway in 1993 at the John Houseman Theatre Complex starring Tony Award winner Daisy Eagan. The production is directed by Bristol Riverside Theatre’s Founding Director, Susan D. Atkinson.

 

The centerpiece of BCBC’s 2012-2013 family programming, the new Target Storybook Series features performances based on classic and contemporary children’s literature. In addition to The Little Prince, the series concludes Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 2pm with American Family Theater’s Sleeping Beauty. The Target Storybook Series aims to encourage the development of strong reading skills at home in children ages four to eight.  Each show’s Parents’ Guide, containing literacy-based activity sheets, reading tips, and discussion topics, gives parents the opportunity to engage their children both before and after seeing each show.  Parents’ Guides are available for download at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org/Target_Storybook.asp. All seats for BCBC’s 2012-2013 Target Storybook Series are $7.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ 2012-2013 Target Storybook Series is sponsored by Target.

 

In addition to the Target Storybook Series, BCBC will present other family-friendly shows including Bash the Trash’s Tales of Anansi on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 2pm,and a sing-along screening of the Julie Andrews classic film The Sound of Music on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8pm. Tickets to other family programs range from free to $30, with a 50% discount available to children 12 and under for select performances.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College

2/5 trains to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue

 

Online orders: BrooklynCenterOnline.org

Box Office: (718) 951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm)

Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-4600, ext. 3331

 

About 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 voted Brooklyn’s Best Theater or Theater Group for Kids as part of Nickelodeon’s 2009 Parents Connect Parents’ Picks Awards.  This award follows Brooklyn Center’s selection as Brooklyn’s Best Place for Family Bonding in 2008. 

 

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at more than 1,763 stores across the United States and at Target.com. The company plans to open its first stores in Canada in 2013. In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/hereforgood.

 

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 2012-2013 season is provided by: Brooklyn College; Target; Con Edison; Macy’s Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; TD Charitable Foundation; National Grid; the Herman Goldman Foundation, and Kings Plaza Shopping Center.  Additional support provided by CNG Publications and The Brooklyn Eagle.  The Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2012-2013 season.  Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s and Crystal Manor.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from 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.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Artsat Brooklyn College (BCBC) continues its 2012-2013 Target Storybook Series with The Little PrinceonSunday, January 27, 2013 at 2pm. All tickets are $7 and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm), or online at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org. Recommended for ages eight to eighty.

 

Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince. Full of whimsy and wonderment, this new stage version of the classic tale incorporates puppetry, multimedia projections, and original music as it follows one brave little boy’s journey through the universe, exploring the mysteries of grownups and the stars and searching for what is most important in life.

 

The Little Princeat BCBC features puppets designed by Emmy Award winner Michael Schupbach of Jim Henson's Muppet Workshop, and built by Monkey Boys Productions(Avenue Q, Little Shop of Horrors). Written by Rick Cumminsand John Scoullar, this stage adaptation was originally produced Off-Broadway in 1993 at the John Houseman Theatre Complex starring Tony Award winner Daisy Eagan. The production is directed by Bristol Riverside Theatre’s Founding Director, Susan D. Atkinson.

 

The centerpiece of BCBC’s 2012-2013 family programming, the new Target Storybook Series features performances based on classic and contemporary children’s literature. In addition to The Little Prince, the series concludes Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 2pm with American Family Theater’s Sleeping Beauty. The Target Storybook Series aims to encourage the development of strong reading skills at home in children ages four to eight.  Each show’s Parents’ Guide, containing literacy-based activity sheets, reading tips, and discussion topics, gives parents the opportunity to engage their children both before and after seeing each show.  Parents’ Guides are available for download at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org/Target_Storybook.asp. All seats for BCBC’s 2012-2013 Target Storybook Series are $7.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ 2012-2013 Target Storybook Series is sponsored by Target.

 

In addition to the Target Storybook Series, BCBC will present other family-friendly shows including Bash the Trash’s Tales of Anansi on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 2pm,and a sing-along screening of the Julie Andrews classic film The Sound of Music on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8pm. Tickets to other family programs range from free to $30, with a 50% discount available to children 12 and under for select performances.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College

2/5 trains to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue

 

Online orders: BrooklynCenterOnline.org

Box Office: (718) 951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm)

Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-4600, ext. 3331

 

About 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 voted Brooklyn’s Best Theater or Theater Group for Kids as part of Nickelodeon’s 2009 Parents Connect Parents’ Picks Awards.  This award follows Brooklyn Center’s selection as Brooklyn’s Best Place for Family Bonding in 2008. 

 

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at more than 1,763 stores across the United States and at Target.com. The company plans to open its first stores in Canada in 2013. In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/hereforgood.

 

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 2012-2013 season is provided by: Brooklyn College; Target; Con Edison; Macy’s Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; TD Charitable Foundation; National Grid; the Herman Goldman Foundation, and Kings Plaza Shopping Center.  Additional support provided by CNG Publications and The Brooklyn Eagle.  The Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2012-2013 season.  Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s and Crystal Manor.

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from 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.

The Shaolin Warriors  | Open: 11/25/12 Close: 11/25/12
 

In 525 AD, a Buddhist monk named Bodhi-dharma founded the Shaolin Monastery in what would later become the Henan Province of China.  This elite group of monks soon became world-renowned for their unique combination of disciplined spiritualism and deadly martial arts prowess. Practitioners of the Shaolin philosophy seek to live a balanced life, with a strong and flexible mind housed in a strong and flexible body. Combining elements from Buddhism and Taoism, Shaolin Kung Fu originated from exercises that were developed 1,500 years ago to train monks to withstand long hours of sitting meditation.  It has since evolved into a fluid martial art that is fast, evasive, strong, and efficient while being non-confrontational, focusing not on aggression but self-defense.

In this fully choreographed theatrical production, the Kung Fu Masters of The Shaolin Warriors present a portrayal of a typical day in their lives, including the serenity of morning meditation and chants, daily exercises that strengthen both the body and mind, and dazzling synchronized fighting rituals that employ an array of traditional Shaolin weaponry. These highly skilled monks train from a very young age in mental and physical disciplines, allowing them to perform feats one thought only possible in the movies. The production features many forms of Shaolin Kung Fu as well as a look at the daily life of the warriors and their Zen philosophy.

The Velveteen Rabbit  | Open: 11/11/12 Close: 11/11/12
 "When a child loves you for a long, long time...then you become Real." So says the Horse to the Velveteen Rabbit in Margery Williams' famous and much-loved literary classic. A stuffed toy rabbit, given as a gift to a young boy, yearns for the day the boy will choose him as his special playmate, so that he can become real. Through love, devotion and a little bit of magic, he not only becomes a truly beloved toy, but is miraculously transformed into a real woodland rabbit. This innovative production combines the theatrical magic and signature style of Enchantment Theatre Company with an original musical score by Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning composer/arranger Don Sebesky, lyrics by Gloria Nissenson, and a book by Leslie Reidel, Jennifer Blatchley Smith, and Landis Smith adapted from Margery Williams classic children’s novel. Incorporating extraordinary puppets, masks and magic, Enchantment Theatre Company brings to life this charming tale of love and devotion, creating an unforgettable theatrical experience for the whole family.

Brooklyn Center's 2011/2012 Theater Series  | Open: 05/20/12 Close: 05/20/12
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Artsat Brooklyn College announces its 57th season of diverse, family friendly theater and musical theater performances, including the premiere U.S. tour of the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China; the Tony Award-nominated playSay Goodnight Gracie; the Off-Broadway hit My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy, and three theater performances for children as part of Brooklyn Center’s Target FamilyFunseries. 

 

“It is an incredibly exciting time for the arts at Brooklyn College,” said Managing Director Lana Rogachevskaya. “With construction starting on the brand new Leonard and Claire Tow Performing Arts Center, the College’s profile as a destination for world-class arts will be heightened.  We are delighted to be a part of this process and to share another exceptional season of internationally acclaimed performances with the many communities of Brooklyn.”

 

THEATER SERIES PRODUCTIONS

 

Direct from Beijing

National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China

Ms. Zhang Hong and Mrs. Sun Lili, General and Artistic Directors

Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 1pm

Founded in 1950 as the first National Performing Arts Troupe established by the government of The People’s Republic of China, this ensemble of more than 40 gymnasts, contortionists, jugglers, and dancers combine centuries-old tradition with modern-day showmanship in their very first North American tour.

Tickets: $20

 

Alan Safier as George Burns in

Say Goodnight Gracie

Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 2pm

“You’ll be in heaven yourself, at least for an hour and a half.” – The New York Times.  Spend a hilarious, heartwarming afternoon in the company of George Burns, the world’s favorite and funniest centenarian, in this life-affirming tribute to one of the greatest comedians of the 20th century. The performance will be followed by a Q & A with Mr. Safier and the playwright, Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes.

Tickets: $30

 

Steve Solomon in

My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy

Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 2pm

Twice the holidays! Twice the hollering! Twice the guilt!  Join funnyman Steve Solomon as he brings to life a cast of more than 30 characters, inspired by his multiethnic upbringing in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.  A master of dialects and comedy, Steve Solomon has headlined throughout the United States and Europe for more than twenty years. Written and performed by Mr. Solomon, this masterpiece of family dysfunction enjoyed an extended, sold-out Off-Broadway run and now comes to Brooklyn where it all began.

Tickets:  $30

 

 

THEATER PERFORMANCES FOR CHILDREN

 

Clifford the Big Red Dog™ -- Live!

Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 2pm

Embark on a whole new adventure with loveable Clifford, the big red dog with a heart of gold.  Based on the classic children’s books by Norman Bridwell, this brand new musical is full of memorable songs and fun choreography celebrating the timeless values of sharing, respect, and cooperation.  A Target FamilyFun event recommended for ages four and up.

Tickets: $10

 

John Steptoe’s

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

Based on the Caldecott Award-winning book by John Steptoe

Adapted for the stage by Karen Abbott, music & lyrics by S-Ankh Rasa

Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 2pm

When a great African king desires a wife, only the most worthy maidens are invited to meet him, including Mufaro’s two daughters.  Both are beautiful, but does either have the inner beauty of a potential queen?  Told through African dance, drumming, narration and song, this family musical celebrates goodness, generosity, and kindness of heart.  A Target FamilyFun event recommended for ages six and up.

Tickets: $7

 

Cinderella

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 2pm

American Family Theater’s award-winning production bursts with excitement, fantasy, and song as it tells the classic tale of a lowly servant girl whose one wish is to attend the royal ball.  With the help of her friend Mortimer Mouse and a magical fairy godmother, her dreams come true and everyone lives happily ever after.  A Target FamilyFun event recommended for ages four and up.

Tickets: $7

Cinderella  | Open: 05/20/12 Close: 05/20/12
American Family Theater’s award-winning production of the classic fairy tale Cinderella bursts with excitement, fantasy and song as it tells the story of a lowly servant girl whose one wish is to attend the royal ball.  In this all-new children’s musical, Cinderella sings and dances her way from the kitchen of her stepmother's house into the arms of Prince Charming, helped by her good friend Mortimer Mouse and her magical Fairy Godmother.  

Roslyn Kind In Concert  | Open: 04/28/12 Close: 04/28/12
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn Collegeconcludes its 2011-2012 Solo Sensations series with Roslyn Kindin concert on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 8pm. A dynamic, multi-talented entertainer and a native Brooklynite, she has forged a successful career in all facets of entertainment from critically acclaimed recordings to sold-out performances on Broadway and in top concert venues and nightclubs the world over.  The New York Post summed it up best: “She’s so good on so many levels; it’s difficult to categorize her.  This elegant, beautiful, petite, dynamo delight rules the stage with a royal command that demands adoration from every seat in the house.”

A vibrant musical artist, Ms. Kind is familiar to both national and international audiences for her headlining appearances at some of the most prestigious venues including Lincoln Center, The Greek Theater and London’s Café Royal.  The London Times noted “To say she is superb would be an understatement.”  In 2006 she made her long awaited and rapturously received Carnegie Hall debut with her frequent musical collaborator and friend, Michael Feinstein.

Like her famous sister, Barbra Streisand, she also began her performing career while still in her teens with the release of her first album, Give Me You.  A whirlwind of performing activity followed including engagements at the nation’s top nightclubs, acclaim from Time Magazine and three appearances on The Ed Sullivan Showleading up to her show-stopping New York debut at the Plaza Hotel’s legendary Persian Room.

Her follow up singles and a second album, This is Roslyn Kind,showcased her growth as a recording artist comfortable in a wide range of musical genres.  Ms. Kind’s latest CD release, Come What May, which the New York Times described as “splendid and sizzling”, further establishes her reputation as a virtuoso vocalist possessing impeccable phrasing, a richness and clarity of tone and an undeniable emotional connection to her always first-rate material.

Concurrent with her recording career, Ms. Kind is an accomplished theatrical performer.  On Broadway, she starred in the crowd-pleasing musical revue 3 from Brooklyn.  Additional theatrical credits include the Off-Broadway production of Show Me Where the Good Times Are,Leader of the Packand Ferguson the Tailor.  She also stopped the show in a critically lauded Los Angeles production of William Finn’s Elegies; The Hollywood Reporter noted, “Roslyn Kind sings like a dream…”

Ms. Kind’s extensive list of television credits include the film Switched at Birth, multiple episodes of NBC’s Gimme a Break, Throbstarring Jane Leeves and a humorously memorable turn as herself on CBS’s The Nanny.  This appearance also showcased her talent as a songwriter in a performance of her composition, Light of Love.  She also performed the title song for the made-for-TV movie Not Just Another Affair.  Ms. Kind has appeared on virtually every major talk/variety show including the Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywoodand Good Morning America.  Among her international television credits are England’s Pebble Mill Show, Canada’s Musique Plus, and For Me – Formidable, a Charles Aznavour special for European TV co-starring Dusty Springfield.  In motion pictures, Ms. Kind has had starring roles in The Underachievers and I’m Going to Be Famousand just completed working on a Hallmark movie for TV called Ladies of the Housestarring Donna Mills and Florence Henderson.  Roz can also be heard singing Hold On While You Canin the 2008 movie Truloved.  She just completed a biography for TV called Unscriptedon Vision TV.

Ms. Kind also takes pride in her work for various animal welfare, Alzheimer’s and AIDS related charitable organizations including HSUS, APLA and Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS for which she contributed a song selection to Cabaret Noel, a recent volume in their annual series of holiday CD releases.

One of the premiere interpreters of popular song, Roslyn Kind continues to succeed in every new facet of her performing career delighting audiences with her spellbinding talent.  Roslyn’s unique artistry is equally at home on stage, screen and disc. A native of Brooklyn, New York she currently resides in Los Angeles.

 

Brooklyn Center’s presentation of Roslyn Kind in Concertis made possible, in part, through the generous support of TD Bank and Con Edison.

 

About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College

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.

 

Roslyn Kind in concert

Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 8pm

Tickets: $35

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College

2/5 trains to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue

On-site paid parking available

 

Online orders: BrooklynCenterOnline.org

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

Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-5000, ext. 3326

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/BrooklynCenterforthePerformingArts

Twitter: www.twitter.com/BrklynCtr

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support for the 2011-2012 season is provided by: Brooklyn College; Macy’s Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; National Grid; TD Charitable Foundation; Kings Plaza Shopping Center; 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 2011-2012 season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s. 

 

Brooklyn Center gratefully acknowledges generous support from 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.
 

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2011-2012 Solo Sensations series on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 2pm with funnyman Steve Solomon in his award-winning Off-Broadway hit My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm In Therapy! Written and performed by Mr. Solomon, the show brings to life more than 30 characters inspired by his multiethnic upbringing in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

 

"A little Alan King here, a pinch of Seinfeld there, with a smidgen of

Don Rickles, Billy Crystal and George Carlin thrown in." - Variety

 

Described by the author as "one part lasagna, one part kreplach and two parts Prozac," this solo tour-de-force combines comic voices, sound effects, and astounding characterizations to tell stories of the wacky side of the human condition. Among the characters Mr. Solomon portrays are his beloved bubbe, his stuttering cousin Bob, his therapist Cousin Sal and, naturally, his Palermo-born mother and his Minsk-born American father, who met in Italy at the tail end of World War II. Despite the intimation of his show's title, Solomon says he adores his family, according to a 2007 interview with jweekly.com. "To this day, they're great people and a lot of laughs," he notes.

 

My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm In Therapy! opened in 2003 and has been building momentum ever since. It played for almost two years in New York City at the Little Shubert Theatre and the Westside Theatre, becoming one of the longest running one-man shows in Off-Broadway history. It has toured nationally and internationally in more than 100 cities, and has inspired two sequels: My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm Still in Therapy! (the chaos continues) and My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm Home for the Holidays.


About the Company: Brooklyn Performing Arts Center at Brooklyn College

Established in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) is a community-based presenting organization located on the scenic campus of Brooklyn College. The mission of BCBC is to present outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. A central part of BCBC’s mission is to introduce young people to the performing arts, enhance their creativity, and expose them to new cultures and ideas. As one of the largest arts education presenters in the Brooklyn, BCBC annually welcomes over 70,000 people, including 46,000 schoolchildren, parents, and teachers.

BCBC is committed to presenting emerging and established artists from around the world.  Artists and companies that have graced the BCBC stage include Luciano Pavarotti, Isaac Stern, Gregory Hines, Beverly Sills, Ray Charles, Itzhak Perlman, Martha Graham, Suzanne Farrell, Margot Fonteyn, Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández, Les Ballets Africains, Moiseyev Dance Company, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Acting Company, and National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica.

BCBC works with partners such as Brooklyn College and the Brooklyn Arts Council to present innovative programming such as “Brooklyn On My Mind,” a literary discussion series focusing on Brooklyn writers, and “Folk Feet,” a free event celebrating the rich folk dance traditions of Brooklyn’s diverse communities.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2011-2012 Solo Sensations series on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 2pm with funnyman Steve Solomon in his award-winning Off-Broadway hit My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy!  Written and performed by Mr. Solomon, the show brings to life more than 30 characters inspired by his multiethnic upbringing in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

“A little Alan King here, a pinch of Seinfeld there, with a smidgen of Don Rickles, Billy Crystal and George Carlin thrown in.” – Variety

Described by the author as “one part lasagna, one part kreplach and two parts Prozac,” this solo tour-de-force combines comic voices, sound effects, and astounding characterizations to tell stories of the wacky side of the human condition. Among the characters Mr. Solomon portrays are his beloved bubbe, his stuttering cousin Bob, his therapist Cousin Sal and, naturally, his Palermo-born mother and his Minsk-born American father, who met in Italy at the tail end of World War II.  Despite the intimation of his show’s title, Solomon says he adores his family, according to a 2007 interview with jweekly.com. “To this day, they’re great people and a lot of laughs,” he notes.

The National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China  | Open: 10/29/11 Close: 10/29/11
The National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China (China National Acrobatic Troupe) was the first National Performing Arts Troupe established by the government of the People’s Republic of China in 1950. The Company's repertoire includes a myriad of international and national gold prize winning acts, including "Slack Wire" (Presidential Gold Award at the 24th Cirque de Demain Festival in Paris), "Diabolo" (Presidential Gold Award at the 26th Cirque de Demain Festival in Paris), and "Pagoda of Bowls" (Golden Clown Award at the 28th Monte Carlo International Circus Festival). The Company has received sensational reviews both at home and abroad for numbers such as “China Soul,” “Reverie,” “Acrobatic Spectacular” and “Splendid.”

Based in Beijing, China, the company owns a large Institution for Acrobatic Schooling, Training and Repertoire. The Institution has over 150 acrobatic resident performers and over 500 acrobatic students of all ages. Funded by a special grant from the Beijing Municipality, the company invests each year in new productions as well as acrobatic science research and creation in addition to the training facilities of the center, which with its dedication to improvement of and renewing of acrobatic standards has become one of the largest acrobatic and circus arts centers in the world.

The company has toured abroad to over forty countries including Switzerland, Israel, Finland, Italy, France, Germany, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, India, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Costa Rica, Dominica Republic, Sweden, Mexico, Russia, Portugal and Spain. In 2011 the Company makes its inaugural tour of the United States and Canada.

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of Chinais the first performance in Brooklyn Center’s World Stagesseries.  Other performances in the series include Compañia Flamenca José Porcel(November 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm); the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (March 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm and March 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm), the Red Star / Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble (March 31, 2012 at 8:00 pm), and Moscow Festival Ballet’s Giselle(April 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm).  Multibuy (three or four shows) and Megabuy packages (five or more shows) save up to 15% off individual ticket prices.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ presentation of National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China is sponsored in part, by Kings Plaza Shopping Center.

 

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China

Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Tickets:  $20 adults; $10 children under 12

 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College

2900 Campus Road, Brooklyn

2 train 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 x22           

Beauty And The Beast  | Open: 05/22/11 Close: 05/22/11
 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College concludes its 2010-2011 Target FamilyFun series with American Family Theater’s production of Beauty and the Beast on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 2pm.  
 
Set in provincial France, this musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale tells the story of a young woman who longs for adventure.  When her father is captured by a monstrous beast, who is actually a cursed prince, she must overcome her fears to rescue him, even if it means taking his place as the Beast’s prisoner.  But as she spends time in his castle, Beauty slowly discovers that outward appearances can be deceiving.  Recognizing the Beast’s loneliness and inner goodness, she falls in love with him, and with a kiss, frees him from his curse.  This 60-minute musical is recommended for audiences age 4 and up.
 
American Family Theater’s production of Beauty and the Beast was written by Donald Kersey (book and lyrics) and Steven Leibman (music). The cast includes Katie Bland as Beauty, James Nester as the Beast, Victor Albaum as Father, Evan Smith as the Narrator, Katie Romero as Liriope, and Heather Wagner as Lilly.  
 
All tickets for Target FamilyFun Series performances are $6 in advance, $7 at the door.
Betty Buckley: Broadway By Request  | Open: 04/09/11 Close: 04/09/11
 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College celebrates their annual Gala with Betty Buckley in "Broadway by Request" on Saturday April 9, 2011 at 8pm. The performance will be followed by an exclusive VIP reception, where guests will have the opportunity to meet Ms. Buckley as she is presented with Brooklyn Center’s 2011 Cultural Leadership Award. A portion of every ticket sold goes to support Brooklyn Center’s educational programs.
 
In "Broadway by Request", Tony Award winner Betty Buckley performs selections picked by the audience from her illustrious Broadway career in landmark musicals.  A different show every time it is performed, this unique evening offers a rare opportunity to hear the first lady of the Great White Way.  
 
Betty Buckley won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Cats". She received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a musical for her performance as Hesione in "Triumph of Love", and an Olivier Award nomination for her interpretation of Norma Desmond in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Sunset Boulevard", which she repeated to more rave reviews on Broadway. Her other Broadway credits include "1776", "Pippin", "Song and Dance", "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" and "Carrie". Off-Broadway credits include "White’s Lies", Lincoln Center’s Elegies, the original NYSF production of "…Edwin Drood", "The Eros Trilogy" and "Juno Swans".  Regional credits include "Gypsy", "Threepenny Opera", "Camino Real" and "Buffalo Gal".  She starred in the London production of "Promises, Promises".
's Wonderful  | Open: 03/20/11 Close: 03/20/11
 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College concludes its 2010-2011 Theater Series on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 3pm with the first national tour of the new Gershwin musical "‘S Wonderful".  
 
"An invigorating jolt of entertainment."
-- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 
Incorporating 5 mini-musicals inspired by the real events occurring in and around the lives of the Gershwin brothers, this all-singing, all-dancing theatrical revue illustrates their impact on the world then and now.  The story begins in New York City in 1916, then moves on to Paris in the 1930s, Hollywood in the 1940s and New Orleans in the 1950s. "’S Wonderful" takes audiences on a ride to the different places, times and musical styles that made the Gershwin brothers the most successful songwriting team in the history of popular music. 
 
"‘S Wonderful" is filled with the legendary music of the Gershwin brothers and includes more than 40 timeless classics including “Rhapsody in Blue,” “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Strike Up The Band,” “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “Summertime,” “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “Funny Face,” and many more.
 
The creative team for "‘S Wonderful" includes Ray Roderick (direction), Richard Hip-Flores (musical supervision and arrangements), and Vince Pesce (choreography). The tour is presented by Maximum Entertainment Productions and producers Todd Gershwin and Dan Chilewich of Premiere Media.  The Gershwin families have authorized the use of the Gershwin songbook.  Off Broadway Booking is the exclusive booking agent.  The production had its world premiere at The Pittsburgh CLO.
American Big Band  | Open: 02/20/11 Close: 02/20/11
 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2010-2011 Theater Series on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 2pm with "American Big Band".  
 
In "American Big Band", a cast of 20 singers, dancers and musicians perform the music of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and other masters, taking the audience on a sentimental journey through the history of American Big Band music. Structured as a series of radio programs, the show “broadcasts” from different locations throughout the United States, including The Savoy Ballroom, The Palomar Ballroom in Hollywood, Billy Rose's Music Hall in NYC, and the Cotton Club.  This new theatrically-staged and choreographed production is by award-winning producer Matt Davenport.  
 
"American Big Band" is a presentation of Brooklyn Center’s 2010-2011 Theater Series, which also includes the new Gershwin musical "‘S Wonderful" on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 3pm. Multibuys (any three or four performances) and Megabuys (any five or more performances) save up to 15% off individual ticket prices.  Discounts are available for seniors, students, Brooklyn College faculty/staff/alumni, and groups of 15 or more.  
Seussical  | Open: 01/30/11 Close: 01/30/11
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2010-2011 Target FamilyFun series with Theatreworks USA’s production of "Seussical" on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 2pm.

Dr. Seuss’s beloved stories collide in this unforgettable musical adaptation of the original Broadway production. Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, and of course The Cat in the Hat find themselves intertwined in a crazy adventure, in which the power of imagination saves the day. This adaptation for young audiences features thirteen actors and enhanced production values. Music is by Stephen Flaherty; lyrics by Lynn Ahrens; book by Ahrens & Flaherty; co-conceived by Ahrens, Flaherty and Eric Idle; based on the works of Dr. Seuss; directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ 2010-2011 Target FamilyFun Series also includes "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" (Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 2pm) and American Family Theater’s production of "Beauty and the Beast" (Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 2pm). All tickets for Target FamilyFun Series performances are $6 in advance, $7 at the door.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College launches its Headliners Series with Broadway legend TOMMY TUNE in Steps in Time: A Broadway Biography in Song and Dance on Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 3pm. Backed up by longtime collaborators the Manhattan Rhythm Kings, Mr. Tune presents a personal look back at his incredible career, featuring timeless standards, elegant choreography, and his own unique charm and warm-hearted humor.

About Tommy Tune

Tommy Tune has enchanted audiences with his charisma, vision, and innovation for more than 50 years. A native Texan, Mr. Tune began his career as a dancer on Broadway, performing in "Baker Street", "A Joyful Noise", and "How Now Dow Jones". He has received two Tony Awards as a performer (Best Featured Actor in a Musical in 1974 for Seesaw and Best Actor in a Musical in 1983 for "My One and Only"); four as a choreographer ("A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine", "My One and Only", "Grand Hotel" and "The Will Rogers Follies"); and three as a director ("Nine", "Grand Hotel" and "The Will Rogers Follies"). His numerous other Broadway credits include directing "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (both the original Broadway production and the 1982 revival), "Stepping Out", and "The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public", as well as serving as production supervisor for the 1994 revival of Grease.

He has also been recognized with eight Drama Desk Awards, three Astaire Awards, the Society of Directors and Choreographers George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement, and The National Medal of Arts, the country’s highest honor for artistic achievement. His film credits include "Hello Dolly", "The Boyfriend", "Mimi Bluette", "Fiore Del Mio Giardino", and "Hollywood Blvd". He has been honored with a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame. Recently, Mr. Tune directed the new musical, "Turn of the Century", at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

About the Manhattan Rhythm Kings

Known for their polished performances of American popular music from the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s, the Manhattan Rhythm Kings have gained a large and enthusiastic following across the country. They began their career singing on the sidewalks of New York City in 1980. According to theater legend, Mr. Tune saw them performing outside of a subway station and dropped them his card. In 1984 Mr. Tune and the Manhattan Rhythm Kings collaborated on a collection of songs written by Fred Astaire, and the collaboration has continued for more than 25 years. The Manhattan Rhythm Kings have appeared onstage at Radio City Music Hall, and on Broadway. They are favorites at symphony pops concerts and have performed with over 80 orchestras, made numerous television appearances, and have recorded five albums.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College opens its 2010-2011 Theater Series on Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 3pm with Aquila Theatre Company’s production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“The classics made relevant with superb acting and clever staging.”

                                                                                                            -- The New Yorker

Set against a classical Athenian backdrop, Aquila Theatre Company’s imaginative interpretation of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy deals with the universal theme of love and its attendant complications: passion, lust, frustration, depression, confusion, and, of course, marriage.  Aquila weaves a web of theatrical magic that will take audiences to the heart of an enchanted forest, the injustice of the Athenian court, and the political strife of the fairy kingdom.  The plot focuses on the trials and experiences of two sets of lovers, the Fairy King and Queen and their servants, and a group of rude mechanicals attempting to stage a play for the wedding of the Duke of Athens.  At the heart of the story is the Fairy King’s servant, the impish Puck, whose magic creates an endless supply of mirth, mistaken identity, and absolutely ludicrous passions.  This production’s off-Broadway run was praised by The New York Times as “timely and pleasing… [a production that] soothes the eye and tickles the funny bone.”

The cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream includes Sarah Amankwah, Matthew Clancy, Howard Crossley, Andrew French, Jessica Tomchak, Alinka Wright, and Owen Young. The creative team includes Kenn Sabberton (director), Peter Meineck & Kenn Sabberton (set design), Heidi Buckingham & Louise Handford (costumiers), Peter Meineck (lighting design) and Nate Terracio (production manager).

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College

Walt Whitman Theatre, 2900 Campus Road, Brooklyn

Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 3pm

Tickets: $27 ($30 at door) 

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This tour of Aquila Theatre Company is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

In The Mood  | Open: 03/28/10 Close: 03/28/10

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College concludes its 2009-2010 Arts in the Afternoon series with the 1940s musical revue In the Mood on Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 2pm.  Featuring the String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and a cast of six singer/dancers, the showtakes a nostalgic look back at the 1940s, a time in America's history when music and dance set a mood intended to inspire hope, promise and prosperity in the face of World War II. 

Conceived by musical producer Bud Forrest, In the Mood features the music of Johnny Mercer, Glenn Miller, Jule Styne, and Harold Arlen, among others, and includes such beloved tunes as "Accentuate the Positive," "Moonlight Serenade," "Sentimental Journey," and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."  The show began touring in 1994, following its inclusion as part of the official entertainment for the World USO's events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the second World War. The show has toured all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe, as well as for one of President Bill Clinton's Inaugural Balls.  This appearance is part of In the Mood's 16th national tour.

The Tempest  | Open: 01/27/08 Close: 01/27/08
The Tempest offers a tale of revenge, power, and forgiveness that unfolds on an island populated by mischievous sprites and deformed monsters. Directed by Davis McCallum, this new production addresses themes of politics, colonialism, and romance. The cast features Acting Company members Michael Stewart Allen (Caliban), Victoire Charles (Ariel), Kelley Curran (Miranda), Seth Duerr (Antonio), David Foubert (Stephano), Jay Leibowitz (Gonzalo, Guitar Player), Peter Macklin (Trinculo), Robb Martinez (Sebastian), Luis Moreno (Alonso), Christopher Oden (Prospero), and Timothy Sekk (Ferdinand).
Irving Berlins I LOVE A PIANO  | Open: 10/21/07 Close: 10/21/07
This nostalgic musical journey spans seven decades of American history as seen through the perceptive and hopeful eyes of Irving Berlin, a man whom Jerome Kern described by saying "Irving Berlin has no place in American music...He is American Music!".

I Love a Piano follows the life of a piano with one broken key, as it is bought and sold, abandoned and found again. Using more than 60 of Berlin's enduring and popular favorites, this musical captures the spirit of America from the Ragtime rhythms of the early 20th century through the trials of the two World Wars to the innocent optimism of the 1950s. With timeless classics such as "White Christmas," "God Bless America," "Puttin' On the Ritz," and "There's No Business Like Show Business," I Love a Piano does more than define the music of a generation it defines the music of our country.