Happy (Belated) Birthday, Jesse Eisenberg! See Ya at 92Y!
Actor Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland, Adventureland and The Squid and the Whale) recently told us, “The events at 92Y are my favorite thing in the city and my father buys me tickets as a birthday present each year.”
In the spirit of this gift giving, Jesse is offering a discount to friends of 92Y and 92YTribeca for his new play at The Cherry Lane Theatre, Asuncion, the story of two sheltered young men forced to confront their ignorance when a young Filipino woman becomes their new roommate. To access these special discounts, use the appropriate codes below when ordering online or calling OvationTix at 212.352.3101.
92YMEM - $40 92YU30 - Under 30 tickets, $25 with valid ID 92YStu - Student tickets, $20 with valid student ID
Dates Available: Oct 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26 at 8 pm; Oct 22 at 2 pm; Oct 23 at 3 pm
Michael Schulman of The New Yorker is moderating Playwrights Horizons 2011/2012 Season Preview on September 12 at 92YTribeca.
We sent him the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A and learned he likes to use YouTube for at-home “karaoke purposes,” believes The Huffington Post is becoming “more tabloid-y by the day,” and Gawker is his guilty pleasure. (Ours is animated gifs). Read the full Q&A below.
What You Missed: Behind the Music-al: Old Myths, New Twists
Last week at 92YTribeca, Behind the Music-al: Old Myths, New Twists, explored how the next generation of musical theater composers is finding inspiration in the oldest of tales. There were rousing performances by Maggie Anderson, Nick Sanza, Kevin Shotwell, Robyn Michelle Frank, Claire Charland, Alex Brightman and others. Check out the full photo album on 92YTribeca’s Flickr.
Tony Award Nominees Announced! Who’s Your Favorite, Who Was Overlooked?
[UPDATED BELOW] Tony Award nominations were announced this morning and commentary and opinion is abundant on Twitter. What’s your take? Do you have a favorite, or feel someone was overlooked? Let us know in the comments below!
We dived into the list and a few names and performances stood out. David Yazbek (Best Original Score [Music and/or Lyrics] Written for the Theatre) and Laura Benati (Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical) were nominated for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Both were at 92YTribeca on April 11 for Lyrics & Lyricists Downtown. Patti LuPone (Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical) also received a nomination for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown; she was here most recently with Jordan Roth for the Broadway Talks series.
Up next in Broadway Talks is Daniel Radcliffe, who will be here on May 9. Radcliffe stars in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, nominated for 8 awards!
Catch Me If You Can was nominated for four awards and is the subject of an upcoming event at 92YTribeca on June 9, when the show’s creative team will talk about their new production and cast members will perform a couple of favorite songs!
And Eve Ensler will be awarded the Isabelle Stevenson Award. The award recognizes “an individual from the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations, regardless of whether such organizations relate to the theatre.” Ms. Ensler has been here before, and will be here again on June 15 with Erica Jong, Molly Jong-Fast and Daphne Merkin for Real Women Talk About Real Sex.
UPDATE: A closer look at the nominees reveals nominations for David Yazbek, Joshua Henry, Laura Benanti and Victoria Clark, all whom have been here for our Lyrics & Lyricists series. Congrats to everyone nominated!
What do you think about the nominations? Let us know in the comments…
Above is Mitch Dean singing Ewalt & Walker’s “Fat Old Men,” which he will perform on Monday, March 21 at 92YTribeca during Behind the Music-al: Unfinished Business. Behind the Music-al is an exciting behind-the-scenes look at the next generation of musical theater composers.
Emerging songwriters Adam Gwon, Randy Redd and Ewalt & Walker will discuss the songs that wound up on the cutting room floor, or are still being developed for new projects. Adam Feldman of Time Out New York will moderate. Joining them on stage will be an amazing cast of singers including: Nancy Anderson (Wonderful Town, Yank ), Jed Resnick (Avenue Q, Rent), Carey Anderson (Avenue Q, Mamma Mia), Gaelen Gilliland (9 to 5, Legally Blonde), Mitch Dean (Altar Boyz), Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia, Wicked and David Pittu (What’s that Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling).
Related: Watch video of Gaelen Gilliland singing “Get Out and Stay Out” in 9 to 5 and view a slide show of photos from past Behind The Music-al events.
Photos From Ewalt & Walker’s “Bromance” in Concert at 92YTribeca
Bromance in concert, songs from the new musical by Kyle Ewalt and Michael Walker, starring Adam Chanler-Berat of Next to Normal, arrived at 92YTribeca last week. They presented the world-premiere concert of songs from their new musical comedy, Bromance: The Dudesical.
Our resident paparazzi was on hand to snap a complete photo album. Check out the photo slide above, or visit the photo set on 92YTribeca’s Flickr.
Moved on to Bromance in Concert, the world-premiere concert of songs from Bromance: The Dudesical at 92YTribeca.
The video still at top comes from a sneak peak of songs from the musical performed at 92YTribeca in March; shown above is Adam Chanler-Berat, from Next to Normal and Kevin Greene from A Tale of Two Cities.
Sean Hayes Enjoys Getting Drunk, YouTube, Blogs, And Yelling
Sean Hayes, Tony Award-nominated star of Promises, Promises and Emmy Award-winning actor playing Jack on Will & Grace, sat down with Playbill.com for a quick ‘Cue and A’.
That’s where we learned he prefers a Mac to PC, is obsessed with his friends’ blogs, YouTube and financial news, and his pre-show rituals include showing up drunk, yelling at the crew, demanding silence, and then insisting on holding the curtain an extra five minutes.
“Sometimes, in one of theater’s more undervalued romantic story lines, an actor meets a set and — flash! — chemistry happens. The opening image of Christopher Walken in Martin McDonagh’s “Behanding in Spokane” is such a perfect, demented marriage of character and environment that you can’t help grinning like a fool.”
This Sunday on April 25, get a behind-the-scenes look into the production of this acclaimed play in a discussion with stars Anthony Mackie and Zoe Kazan; moderated by Jesse Oxfeld of The New York Observer. (Please note: Sam Rockwell will not be appearing as previously scheduled.)
For L&L’s artistic director Deborah Grace Winer - who also directs L&L Downtown - the new series is a welcome opportunity to generate intimate, informal conversations with songwriters working in today’s musical theater, all in a nightclub setting (complete with full bar).
Winer says, “We’re so excited to start this new venture, and it’s hard to imagine two more fitting artists to launch it than Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. They’re such talented musical theater professionals at the top of their game, who exemplify the American Songbook tradition.” In addition to winning the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Ragtime, Ahrens and Flaherty received Tony nominations for Once on This Island, and Grammy nominations for Ragtime and Seussical, one of the most frequently-performed shows in America. The Kennedy Center revival of Ragtime (which moved to Broadway last fall) just garnered six Helen Hayes Award nominations; and their 2002 musical A Man of No Importance (with book by their Ragtime collaborator Terrence McNally), is set to make its West End debut in London next month. Ahrens and Flaherty are also two-time Academy Award nominees for the movie musical Anastasia.
Remember when you were nine and you auditioned for the role of Annie but got the role of Orphan #3 instead? Or when you were twelve and all you wanted was to be Madonna but your mom told you a career as an accountant required less STD screenings? Or when you were fifteen and all you dreamed about was playing Henry Hill in Goodfellas? Okay maybe not, but EVERYONE, at some point in their life, has connected to an artist, a movie, a song or a character in a way NO ONE else can understand. You knew that certain role was meant for you and only YOU. Well, for our performers, this is their chance to make that dream come true.
RISK! True Tales Boldly Told Series Cast Announcement
92YTribeca has just finalized the line-ups for their upcoming Risk! shows, where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share, live on stage. The full list of shows and accompanying cast is so awesome, we will just post it here without commentary.
Andy Christie (The Liar Show)
Rachel Dratch (SNL)
Michelle Collins (Best Week Ever)
Andrea Rosen (Michael & Michael Have Issues)
Mark Allen (New York Times, NPR)
A.D. Miles (Late Show with Jimmy Fallon)
UNIQUE: I’m Not Like Most People: (Mar 11)
Hedda Lettuce (The Drag Queens of NYC)
Sara Barron (People Are Unappealing)
Kurt Braunohler (High Five with Kurt & Kristen)
Claudia Cogan (Best Week Ever)
Beowulf Jones (The Sitcom)
Matt Higgins (Centralia)
Margot Leitman (Stripped Stories)
Virginia Scott (The Glass Contraption Clown Theatre)
Marc Maron (WTF with Marc Maron)
Elon James White (This Week in Blackness)
REGRETS: If I Could Take It Back: (April 8)
Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show)
Eliot Glazer (High School Talent Show)
Carolyn Castiglia (Brown Ambition)
Joey Hood (The Moth, NPR)
Sara Schaefer (Late Show with Jimmy Fallon)
THE END: When Something, Anything, Is Over: (Apr 22)
Eliza Skinner (I Eat Pandas)
Leslie Goshko (Sideshow Goshko)
Martin Dockery (The Surprise)
Cyndi Freeman (Stories at the Creek)
Julie Halston (Hairspray, Gypsy)
Anyone still wondering what to do this evening? We’ve got you covered uptown at 92Y with Los Romero and a Hustle Dance Party. And 92YTribeca has got you covered downtown with: Sparkle New Year’s Eve at 92YTribeca. The event features 16 performers, video shorts, story telling, performance, and so much more. We have a few tickets left; they are priced at $15. That is approximately $.75 for each act. Sparkle Variety has more info.
The doors at 8pm. Sets at 9 and 11, plus afterparty/show until 4am. See you there, or see you next year.
We’ve done an extensive numbers crunch for you. Counting number of shows, most frequents guests, and more—including esoteric stats, such as the number of Foursquare Check-ins (203 as of 11/3/09) most requested beer (PBR) and the number of hits on our New York Timesparody video on YouTube (110,337 as of 11/3/09).
Talks: On Stage with Next to Normal: Join us for an evening of music from the Tony-winning Broadway musical Next to Normal, featuring members of the cast and creative team in this one-night only event.