Up Next (Sondheim Edition)
|Stephen Sondheim is a living treasure. Some of his finished hats:
Start with Jake Gyllenhaal singing Finishing the Hat. Has there ever been a more beautiful argument for art? (And take a moment to say goodbye to the National Endowment of the Arts.) Through April 23, Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford knock it out the park in Sunday in the Park with George, Hudson Theatre. [Photo: Stephanie Berger]
For three more performances at Yale Rep, a cast that includes Julia Murney, Stephen DeRosa and Lauren Molina, reanimates the shadowy ghouls of American history—the infamous assassins who sing of their entitlement, "everybody's got the right to their dreams." (A rehearsal version of Everybody's Got The Right).
How could things be just as ghoulish in a pie shop? If you have to ask, you've never seen Sweeney Todd. The production at Barrow Street may not give you indigestion (the pies are by Bill Yosses) but will it give you nightmares? That's the point—revenge ain't beanbag.
That Sondheim. Always going for the low-hanging fruit. It was only a matter of time before someone musicalized Commodore Perry's intrusion into Japan and the westernization that followed (Pacific Overtures). Obviously, kidding. To this day, we don't know how Pacific Overtures could even have been conceived, let alone provide fertile ground for such an exquisite, one-of-a-kind score. (Highlight: Someone in a Tree). Director John Doyle directs a new production at Classic Stage Company, now in previews.
Out LA LA way? The Fiasco Theater Production of Into the Woods is currently enchanting the Ahmanson. [Photo: Joan Marcus]
The New York Festival of Song honors Mr. Sondheim at a gala on April 19, Weill Recital Hall. Ron Raines, Greer Grimsley, and Luretta Bybee perform, with a special appearance by Pamela (Another Hundred People) Myers.
Finally, plans are underway for a new Sondheim musical based on two Luis Buñuel films. With luck, a production may happen this fall at the Public. Please give us more to see, and hear.
skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious
Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.
fri 6pm: professors and authors discuss the u.s. in the eyes of the rest of the world post-election and what's in store for our future in the current political climate. the new school (union square), free (rsvp).
fri thru 8/20: two new exhibitions open at the cooper hewitt: 'the jazz age: american style in the 1920s' and 'jeweled splendors of the art deco era: the prince and princess sadruddin aga khan collection.' cooper hewitt (ues), $16 general, $10 seniors, $7 students, pay-what-you-wish saturdays 6-9pm.
sat-sun various times: coney island's luna park and deno's wonder wheel amusement park open this weekend, reminding us that summer is just around the corner. sunday's official opening day ceremony includes the blessing of the rides, free cyclone and wonder wheel rides for a select number of early birds, and free egg cream tastings.
sat 11:15am, 2pm: tartan day: pipe bands and drummers play scottish music and actor and parade grand marshal tommy flanagan gives a reading (11:15am, bryant park) before the 19th annual tartan day parade commences a few blocks away (2pm, avenue of the americas bet. 44th + 55th sts). free.
sat 12-4pm: almost 50 teams try to smoke the competition at the sixth annual nyc bbq cookoff, nyc's only kansas city barbeque society-sanctioned bbq cook-off. admission includes tsingtao beer and samples from 25 of the competing teams. rain or shine. staten island's historic richmond town, $12.75 adv, $15 door.
sun 12-6pm: moma ps1's spring open house kicks off the season with several group and solo exhibition openings, plus artist and writer hannah black will perform her sunday sessions commission at select times. moma ps1 (lic), free admission.
sun 12:30pm (monthly thru 11/13): go back to the time of the astors, the vanderbilts, and the opera house riot of 1849 at merchant's house museum's walking tour of historic 19th century noho. $10.
sun 1-7pm: shop over 60 vendors and treat yourself to massages, rooftop yoga, henna tattoos, beer + cocktails, and much more at the annual greenpointers spring market. greenpoint loft, free admission.