Category Archives: Theatre

Nick Cave Releasing a New Album, Playing The Beacon + Faust: A Love Story at BAM

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away
Watch: “We No Who U R” – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds will release their 15th album, Push The Sky Away on February 19, 2013.

The songs on this album took form in a modest notebook with shellac covers over the course of almost a year. The notebook is a treasured analogue artefact but the internet is equally important to Nick: Googling curiosities, being entranced by exotic Wikipedia entries “whether they’re true or not”. These songs convey how on the internet profoundly significant events, momentary fads and mystically-tinged absurdities sit side-by-side and question how we might recognise and assign weight to what’s genuinely important.

Push the Sky Away was produced by Nick Launay and recorded at La Fabrique, a recording studio based in a 19th Century mansion in the South of France, where the walls of the main studio are lined with an immense collection of classical vinyl.

In support of PTSA, Nick and the Bad Seeds will be playing The Beacon Theatre on March 28 and March 29, 2013 with Sharon Van Etten as support. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.

In addition to the new album and tour, the music of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis will be featured in the US Premiere of Faust: A Love Story at BAM from Dec 12—Dec 16, 2012.

Faust: A Love Story

BAM Harvey Theater
Tickets start at $25
Best availability: Dec 15 at 2pm and Dec 16 at 3pm

Iceland’s Vesturport Theatre returns to BAM with a spectacle of slapstick, horror, and aerial circus daredevilry for an inventive reimagining of Goethe’s Faust. Music by longtime collaborators Nick Cave and Warren Ellis is harnessed to Vesturport’s trademark acrobatics—including a high-flying act performed above a vast trampoline net stretched over the audience. Having succumbed to the temptation offered by the demon Mephisto, the once-great actor Johann, retired and at the height of despair, finally pursues the happiness that has long eluded him by embarking on the performance of a lifetime. []

More Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds tour dates, video for “We No Who U R,” and track listing for Push The Sky Away after the jump.

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Once Wins Best Musical, Steve Kazee Wins Best Actor


Once, the most nominated show at the 2012 Tony Awards, was the big winner on Sunday night, walking away with the prize for Best Musical. Steve Kazee, who plays the eponymous role of “Guy” in Once, also won for the award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical. In total, Once was honored with a total of eight Tonys, including Best Director, Best Book of a Musical, Best Orchestrations, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design. (If you’d like to buy tickets to Once, you might still be able to get a discount if you use the code ONBBX326 which is valid for performances through July 15, 2012.)

View the rest of the 2012 Tony award winners after the jump.

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William Shatner Coming To Broadway

Shatner's World

Starting next month, famous Canadian thespian and Priceline spokesperson, William Shatner, will be appearing on Broadway in Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It. Here’s a little taste of what you can expect to see at the show:

Television and movie superstar William Shatner will bring SHATNER’S WORLD: WE JUST LIVE IN IT to Broadway’s Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street) for a limited engagement from February 14 – March 4. Opening night is February 16.

The two-hour show will take audiences on a voyage through Shatner’s life and career, from Shakespearean stage actor to internationally known icon and raconteur, known as much for his unique persona as for his expansive body of work on television and film.

Returning to Broadway for the first time since 1962, William Shatner says, “I’ve been pretty busy since I last played the Music Box. I’ve been refurbished; I hope the theatre has been too. My plan has always been to return to Broadway every 50 years. I can’t ask my fans to wait for me longer than Halley’s Comet, so I’m coming back.” [William Shatner on Google+]

Tickets are on American Express presale now until Jan 12 at 11:59 PM ET, regular on sale begins Friday, Jan 13.

Watch a video of William Shatner losing it in a recording studio after the jump.

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The “Once” Musical is Playing Off Broadway Now! (Discount Code)

Once: A New Musical

As I reported back in January, a musical of the movie Once was being planned for a Fall 2011 debut on Broadway. Well, it’s now officially Fall, (almost Winter, I suppose), and the Once musical is in fact, currently playing in our fair city pretty much as originally promised. The reason for my slight equivocation in that last sentence is that Once did not make a splashy debut on the Great White Way, but rather an inauspicious one at the Off Broadway New York Theatre Workshop. To purchase discounted tickets to Once, visit and use code ONCED2, or call 212-279-4200 and use code ONCED2. Discounts are valid on performances through December 4.

In other related news, The Swell Season Movie is currently screening in select cities and will be released on DVD on March 12, 2012.

Read the synopsis for Once: A New Musical after the jump.

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Win Tickets “Freestyle Love Supreme” at the Gramercy Theatre

Freestyle Love Supreme
Freestyle Love Supreme

Hey folks, this Sunday, November 6, Freestyle Love Supreme returns to Gramercy Theatre featuring Anthony Veneziale, James Iglehart, Chris Jackson, Chris Sullivan, Arthur Lewis and Bill Sherman. For the uninitiated, here’s a little bit about the show (which was created Lin-Manuel Miranda and Christopher Jackson from Broadway’s In The Heights):

Six performers take the crowd on a non-stop, hip hop improv ride, spinning cues from the audience into instantaneous riffs and fully realized musical numbers. The New York Times calls them, “Masters in the art of Freestyle rhyme.” Directed by Thomas Kail (2008 Tony Award Nominee for In The Heights.

If you’re interested in winning a pair of tickets to the show, fill out the contest entry form after the jump. Contest ends Friday, Nov 4 at 10AM, winner will be notified at noon (please don’t enter, if you don’t think you can make it.) Good Luck!

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This Weekend’s Closings and Cancellations (Basically Everything)

Steve’s C-Town (9th St and 5th Ave in Park Slope)
Steve's C-Town

There are a lot of venue closures this weekend, but first, let’s start with the few things that are (supposedly) going to remain open on Saturday or Sunday.

B.B. King Blues Club
08/27 FREE SHOW – “Laugh at the Weather: An Evening of Hurricane Comedy” w/GONG SHOW host Ray Ellin
08/28 Maxi Priest, Skadanks

Union Pool (484 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY)
08/27 – A Weekly Revue hosted by Toby Lou featuring SAFE, We’re Leaving (short film), Paul Korzan and Kate Bryant, Slowdance (band), Ray Tintori and Bob Weisz.

Goodbye Blue Monday (1087 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY)

we’re open and staying open – today, tonight and tomorrow – if you want to play music tonight – FB, WEB, MS, reverbnation, e-mail – thanks [@gbybluemonday]

There’s the short list of bars that will be open tonight, here’s the other list of everything else that will be closed this weekend.

Dave Matthews Caravan
Saturday and Sunday performances of the Dave Matthews Caravan at Governors Island have been cancelled. Bowery Presents will announce the new Caravan Governors Island dates as soon as they have been confirmed.

B.B. King Blues Club
08/28 SUNDAY GOSPEL BRUNCH Has Been Cancelled.

Sat 8/27 – Willie Mae Rock Camp For Girls – Event Cancelled
Sat 8/27 – Nigeria Meets The Dirty South: The Kings of Swagg (DJ Zimo) vs. The Kings of Crunk (DJ Wise) – Event Cancelled

Mercury Lounge
08/27 – Joe Pernice (of The Pernice Brothers), Warren Zanes, Golden Bloom – Event Postponed
08/27 – Sherlock’s Daughter, Our Mountain – Event Cancelled
08/27 – Teenage Angst (Nirvana Tribute) – Event Cancelled
08/28 – Liz Menezes, MOMPOSONICA, American Jettison
08/28 – Spotify Presents CANT, Blood Orange – Event Postponed

Brooklyn Bowl
08/27 – Closed, all events cancelled.
08/28 – Closed, all events cancelled.

Terminal 5, Bowery Ballroom, Wellmont Theatre
No shows scheduled this weekend.

Le Poisson Rouge
08/27 – Closed, all events cancelled.
08/28 – Closed, all events cancelled.

UCB Theatre
08/27 – Closed, all shows cancelled.
08/28 – Closed, all shows cancelled.

Highline Ballroom
08/27 HEATWAVE BURLESQUE – Cancelled
08/28 Corinne West & Kelly Joe Phelps Duo – Cancelled

Knitting Factory
08/27 Galaxy Queens, Edelweiss, Briana Layon & The Boys – Cancelled
08/27 Alpha Pup NYC Presents: Free The Robots, Shad[]WB[]X, Shigeto, Mux Mool – Cancelled
08/28 Comedfy with Hannibal Buress – Cancelled

Union Hall
08/27 – Brothers, Sean Bones, Nat Brower & The Thunder, Baby Brother – Postponed. Check for new date.
08/28 – And I Am Not Lying – Postponed. Check for new date.

The Bell House
08/27 An Evening With Richard Buckner & David Kilgour – Cancelled
08/28 Closed for the Hurrican.

The Rock Shop
08/27 – Ted Leo, Doug Gillard, Broadcaster, Dave Hill – Cancelled

Irving Plaza
08/27 – Q-Tip – Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute with special guest DJ Spinna – Postponed

City Winery
Due to Hurricane Irene, City Winery had to postponed the shows scheduled this week end on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th.

The Vanishing of the Bees screening featuring Dar Williams are Bebel Gilberto Show on August 27th will be rescheduled shortly. I will let you know as soon as we have a new date.

Dickey Betts and Kristy Lee originally scheduled for Sunday, August 28th, will now be Tuesday, August 30th at 10:30 p.m.

08/27 – The Dance Party is cancelled.

The Stone
08/27 – Closed, all shows cancelled.
08/28 – Closed, all shows cancelled.

Afro-Punk Festival
The Afro-punk Festival scheduled for this weekend at Commodore Barry Park has been cancelled.

The Sunday, August 28 Jagged Edge, Avant and Melanie Fiona show at Central Park is now CANCELLED due to Hurricane Irene. The Sunday, August 28 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival show at Tompkins Square Park is now CANCELLED due to Hurricane Irene

Broadway, Theatre Row, NYC Fringe
All Broadway shows, productions at Theatre Row, and Fringe Festival presentations have cancelled their August 27-28 performances.

Most Off-Broadway shows have announced that they have cancelled all performances on Saturday August 27 and Sunday August 28 due to Hurricane Irene. Click here for the full updated list.

Chase Bank
On Sunday, August 28th, Chase Bank’s 22 branches in the tri-state area regularly open on Sundays will be closed.

WCS Parks (Zoos and Aquarium)
Please be advised that due to the impending storm, all five Wildlife Conservation Society parks will be closed this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28. This includes the Bronx Zoo, the New York Aquarium, the Central Park Zoo, the Queens Zoo and the Prospect Park Zoo.

NYC Parks
Due to Hurricane Irene, the Parks Department has closed all beaches. NYC Parks’ recreation centers and outdoor swimming pools will be closed Saturday, August 27, 2011 through Monday, August 29, 2011.

We urge people to stay out of parks. There is a danger of falling trees and branches. To report downed trees or branches, please call 311. In case of emergency, please call 911.

NYC Transit
The entire New York City mass transit system (subway, bus and railroad) has been shut down due to Hurricane Irene. Subway service is scheduled to resume late Monday.

LGA, JFK, EWR and SWF Airports
Effective 10PM, tonight, Aug 27, all aeronautical operations will be suspended at JFK, LGA, EWR, & SWF.

St. Anns Warehouse Announces 2011-12 Season Schedule (Karen O, Daniel Kitson, Justin Vivian Bond, Richard Maxwell, Cillian Murphy and More)

St. Ann’s Warehouse 2011-2012 Season
Stop The Virgens

The 2011-2012 season schedule for St. Anns Warehouse (the last to be held in its current location) has been announced and it looks pretty exciting. Downtown auteur Richard Maxwell will be directing an adaptation of Eugene O’Neil‘s Glencairn Plays entitled Early Plays, Daniel Kitson is back with a new one man show, St. Anns favorite Cynthia Hopkins is putting on a special one night concert, and last but not least, Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O is making her St. Anns debut in the Adam Rapp directed psycho-opera Stop The Virgens. That’s just the tip of the iceberg of course, view the full 2011-2012 season schedule after the jump.

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Spider-Man: Turn Up The Discounts


Though it hasn’t officially “opened” yet, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark recently took a critical drubbing from most of the major theater critics including the New York Times’ own Ben Brantley:

…The sheer ineptitude of this show, inspired by the Spider-Man comic books, loses its shock value early. After 15 or 20 minutes, the central question you keep asking yourself is likely to change from “How can $65 million look so cheap?” to “How long before I’m out of here?”

Directed by Julie Taymor, who wrote the show’s book with Glen Berger, and featuring songs by U2’s Bono and the Edge, “Spider-Man” is not only the most expensive musical ever to hit Broadway; it may also rank among the worst. []

Though the show may prove to be critic proof in the long run, in the short run the producers have rolled out the promo code NEO927 from some exclusive savings from March 1–April 1, 2011. Discounts are available for center Orchestra seats row U through ZZ, side Orchestra seats row F through ZZ and Flying Circle seats row E through H on performances Tuesday through Friday including matinées.

PS According to another recent article in the NYTimes, Spider-Man’s producers have their eye on “script doctor” with comic book credentials.

Glen Hansard Playing City Winery, “Once” Musical Being Planned

The Swell Season at Celebrate Brooklyn (07/30/10)
The Swell Season at Celebrate Brooklyn
Photo: Geoff Green (more)

Glen Hansard will be performing a rare solo show on Feb 2 (Buy Tickets) at the City Winery. Also, as previously mentioned, The Frames frontman will be one of the many artists performing at the big Neil Young at Carnegie Hall tribute on February 10, 2011.

In other Glen Hansard news, the movie Once, featuring the music of The Swell Season, is being adapted into a Broadway musical with a planned fall 2011 opening.

The Irish playwright Enda Walsh (“Penelope”) and the Scottish director John Tiffany (“Black Watch”) will collaborate on the stage adaptation of the film “Once” that is planned for a fall opening on Broadway, the producers announced on Monday.

The show will also feature music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, who starred in the film, and design by Bob Crowley. Casting and a theater are still to be announced. []

Last but not least, The Swell Season will be performing at the Ann Arbor Folk Fest on January 29, 2011 (Buy Tickets).

Watch FELA! Live in HD Tonight + More Fela Kuti Reissues

FELA! Live in HD
FELA! Live in HD

The new London production of FELA! will be broadcast live in HD in theatres nationwide on January 13, 2010 (today). Click here for a listing of theaters closest to you.

In other Fela Kuti news, Knitting Factory Records is about to release another set of reissues by the Nigerian aforbeat legend, including a six album vinyl box set curated Questlove (Feb 18) and a 10 album (7 CD) series entitled Power Show (Jan 18).

The vinyl box includes the albums:

Everything Scatter (1975)
Expensive Shit (1975)
Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense (1986)
Beasts Of No Nation (1989)
Fear Not For Man (1977)
Sorrow Tears And Blood (1977)

Power Show
Fela Kuti - Power Show

Albums in the Power Show set include:

Coffin For Head Of State (1979) / Unknown Soldier (1980)
Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense (1986)
Original Suffer Head (1981) / I.T.T. (1980)
Live In Amsterdam (1984)
Army Arrangement (1984)
Beasts Of No Nation (1989) / O.D.O.O. (1990)
Underground System (1992