First Look The Music Man, a commercial jingle for Regina Comet, Project Shaw, Black No More and Park Avenue Armory Season 2022 – Times Square Chronicles


The highly anticipated revival of Meredith Willson The man of music. With two Tony Awards®, Grammy Award®, and Emmy Award®-Winning star Hugh Jackman as Professor Harold Hill, and also starring two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Marian The Librarian, premieres for The man of music are scheduled to begin Monday, December 20, with an opening night slated for Thursday, February 10, 2022 at the Winter Garden Theater (1634 Broadway).

Hugh Jackman Photo credit: Julieta Cervantes
Sutton Foster, Hugh Jackman Photo credit: Julieta Cervantes
Warren Carlyle, Jerry Zaks Photo credit: Julieta Cervantes

A commercial jingle for Regina Comet, the first new musical to be premiered in New York since the start of the pandemic, will present a performance performed in American Sign Language (ASL) this Saturday, November 20 at 3:00 p.m. at the DR2 Theater (103 East 15th Street), in partnership with Broadway Signs! (ASL performers Gabriel Silva and Alberto Medero; Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL) Dickie Hearts).

Ben Fankhauser, Bryonha Marie Parham and Alex Wyse Photo by Matthew Murphy

The production has been sold out and critically acclaimed since the start of the recently extended performances due to popular demand with its last performance scheduled for this Sunday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m.

The New Group proudly announced the full cast for the world premiere production of More black. This new musical, based on the 1931 novel of the same name by George S. Schuyler, features the book by John Ridley, music and lyrics by Tariq Trotter, musical supervision, orchestrations and vocal arrangements by Daryl Waters, the choreography by Bill T. Jones and direction by Scott Elliott. A strictly limited engagement will be played from January 11 to February 27, 2022 at the Pershing Square Signature Center (The Irene Diamond Stage, 480 West 42nd Street) with Opening on Tuesday February 8.

Full features of the casting Leanne Antonio, Rhaamell Burke-Missouri, Elijah A. Carter, Ryan Fitzgerald, Polanco Jones Jr., Zachary Daniel Jones, Sarah Meahl, Mary Page Nance, Oneika Phillips, Nicholas Ranauro, Malaiyka Reid, Mars Rucker, Angela M. Sauers, Katie Thompson, Akron Watson, Nyla Watson and Edward Watts, joining Walter Bobbie, Jennifer Damiano, Brandon Victor Dixon, Tamika Lawrence, Tracy Shayne, Theo Stockman, Ephraim Sykes, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and Lillias White.

More black, a new musical inspired by George S. Schuyler’s Afrofuturist novel set during the Harlem Renaissance, tells the story of Max Disher (Brandon Victor Dixon), eager to try out the mysterious machine invented by Dr. Junius Crookman (Tariq Trotter) which guarantees to “solve the American race problem” – by whitewashing black people. Through a fusion of music by two-time Grammy Award-winning Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter (The Roots) and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winning Bill T. Jones (Spring awakening and Fela!), with a book by Oscar winner John Ridley (12 years of slavery) and led by the founding artistic director of The New Group, Scott Elliott, More black is the journey of a black man who comes up against truths of race and identity.

Originally announced and scheduled for fall 2020, More black arrives in January 2022 in this world premiere production of The New Group.

Park Avenue Armory has announced its lineup for the coming year, including new commissions and world and North American premieres.

“As we emerge from two years of isolation, political upheaval and social calculations, we look to artists to recontextualize the past and look to the future,” said Rebecca Robertson, Founding President and Executive Producer of Park Avenue Armory. “

The 2022 Armory season begins in February with Assembly, a multifaceted commission from interdisciplinary artist Rashaad Newsome. Artificial intelligence, sculpture, CGI, assembly and holography. As visitors enter, they are confronted by video-mapped walls animated by computer-generated images surrounding a 40-foot-tall holographic sculpture and a 350-seat theater. At the center of it all is Being, the second generation of Newsome’s AI offspring whose voice acts as the soundscape of the exhibit. When not reading their poetry, Being invites visitors to take workshops that combine lecture, critical pedagogy, dance, storytelling and mindfulness meditation, offering new possibilities for reflection and an improved academic experience for all. For seven evenings, the theater will come alive with the premiere of Newsome’s new show featuring poetry, music, singers and dancers from around the world, showcasing contemporary moves that synthesize fem vogue with traditional dance. of their territories.

The season continues in March with the North American premiere of To download, revolutionary new opera by the eminent Dutch composer, director and director, and librettist Michel van der Aa, who returns to the Armory after following the success of his ambitious technological project Flan in 2017. With To download, van der Aa once again ventures to the frontiers of technological innovation with a compelling story conveyed through live performance, motion capture and film. After a critically acclaimed performance at the Dutch National Opera in October 2021, To download tells the story of a girl (soprano Julia bullock) and his father (baritone Roderick Williams) who, faced with his inevitable death, sees his thoughts and memories “downloaded” in order to achieve a “virtual resurrection”. The deeply moving work asks age-old questions – about fate, identity, and the cost of immortality – that take on new meaning in the context of current and future technologies.

From May and June to mid-August, British director and playwright Robert Icke, whose work commissioned by the Armory Enemy of the people, redesigned the space. An award-winning modern interpretation of William Shakespeare Hamlet and his own adaptation of AeschylusOresty, played in the repertoire. Young talent Alex Lawther ( The imitation game, The end of the fucking world) plays the role of the brooding protagonist of Hamlet and Lia Williams returns to Oresty in her nominated role at the Olives of Klytemnestra. Aeschylus’ ancient Greek epic trilogy that follows a succession of brutal family murders and asks if justice can be delivered through revenge. Icke has condensed and modernized the Greek masterpiece into a single three-hour performance that presents the play as a daring family drama.

Fall 2022 at the Armory begins in September with Rothko Chapel, a new musical commission from MacArthur “Genius”, multi-instrument virtuoso and genre-defying composer Tyshawn Sorey based on the iconic work written by Morton Feldman in homage to Mark Rothko and the Rothko Chapel in Houston on the occasion of his consecration in 1971. Fifty years later, Sorey’s work pays homage both to Feldman – whom Sorey cites as a major influence on his style of composition – and to the Chapel, resonating with the minimalism of his 14 black paintings by Rothko and its symbolism as a non-denominational spiritual space. dedicated to the defense of human rights. Sorey, who performed in an artist studio program in the Armory Veterans’ Room in 2016, is now stepping up his practice to the scale of the drill hall, bringing in director Peter Sellars to pull off a staging of the composition designed specifically for the space. Sellars also directed the famous productions of the Armory of Passion according to Saint Matthew in 2014, FLEXN in 2015, and FLEXN Evolution in 2017. Joining Sorey and Sellars to create a meditative space within Drill Hall is a visual artist Julie mehretu. Mehretu’s abstract and experiential practice will manifest itself in a series of large-scale canvases that will embrace the audience and performers in a focused memorial environment.

Back at the Armory after the presentation in 2016 of his film installation Manifesto, which captivated audiences around the world, Julian Rosefeldt closes the 2022 season withEuphoria, a new multi-channel film and music installation commissioned by the Armory exploring concepts of capital, money, greed and what Rosefeldt describes as “the destructive potential of unlimited economic growth.” Euphorie consists of original music composed by Samy Moussa and additional music by Cassie Kinoshi, performed by 140 singers from the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and five acclaimed jazz drummers: Terri Lyne Carrington, Steve Gadd, Yissi García, Eric Harland and Antonio Sanchez.

Throughout the year, the Armory will also present a roster of intimate performances, salons, artist talks and educational programs in its historic period rooms. The Armory’s long-running recital series, presented in the Officers’ Council Chamber, in 2022 features classic and contemporary works performed by chamber ensembles Alarm Will Sound and Ensemble Correspondances, baritone Justin Austin, tenor Michael Spyres, mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo and soprano Ying Croc. The Veterans Hall is home to the Artists Studio, an eclectic and interdisciplinary performance series curated by jazz pianist, composer and MacArthur colleague Jason Moran. In 2022, Moran himself will take the stage to perform two nights of solo piano, his first solo performances at the Armory since the series premiered in 2016. Other Artists Studio programs for the year will feature the pioneering artist and videographer Joan Jonas, artist Rodney McMillian, and a collaboration between multimedia artist Camille Norment and pianist, composer and electronic musician Craig Taborn.

In addition, under the direction of the new curator of public programming Tavia Nyong’o, the Armory will present a series of conferences, exhibitions, symposia, performances and other activities that will bring artists, activists, cultural leaders, academics and audiences to engage in dialogue on contemporary issues through an artistic lens. Formerly known as the Interrogations of Form, the new Making Space series will launch in 2022 with a list of programs that tackle the loopholes in our racial and social order exposed by the events of the past two years, covering topics as well. varied as climate change, rebellion against technological algorithms, queerness in hip hop and the legacies of Juneteenth.


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