Grammy Award-winning master trumpeter and composer Chris Botti has amassed a spectacular variety of honors, including multiple Gold and Platinum albums and will be featured at Summerstage in Central Park (part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival) on June 20 – two shows 1:30 pm and 8 p.m. www.bluenotejazzfestival.com Tickets: www.cityaparksfoundation.org
Ars Nova 13th Annual ANT Fest – New Talent June 14 – 26. A 2 week festival of new, indie, comedy, theater, music – the pop culture savvy experimentation company! Complete lineup can be found at https://arsnovanyc.com/antfest.
Vocalist Karen Oberlin with Tedd Firth on piano will celebrate twenty years of music making at West Bank Café (indoor/outdoor seating) on West 42nd Street, on June 16 from 7-9 pm – www.westbankcafe.com
The Lucille Lortel Theatre presents the premiere of the short film Malinche, a broken identity on Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 at 8:00 pm ET. The project was originally conceptualized as a play and was adapted for the screen as a result of the pandemic. The play was originally written by Mexican author Efraín Franco Frías, the adaptation and direction done by Florencia Cuenca, also Mexican.
The film is based on the emblematic figure of Malinche, and how she has influenced Mexican history and identity. www.lortel.org
The Actors Fund has announced that David Rockwell will donate the royalties from his new book “Drama” to support the Fund’s ongoing vital work for everyone in the performing arts and entertainment communities. The new book by Rockwell with Bruce Mau, edited by Sam Lubell will be available at www.phaidon.com/drama
Timothée Chalamet to play Young Willy Wonka in Warner Bros. Movie – Plot details have been kept under wraps, but the Warner Bros. prequel film will explore the upbringing of the man who later created the famous house of confectionary treats. Reps for Chalamet confirm he will be singing and dancing in the movie.
Emmy winner Best Actress Debra Messing will be joining Netflix for the feature adaptation of Broadway’s 13:The Musical, produced by Neil Meron with Tony Award winner Robert Horn.