Theater-Music Talk

So Many Shows . . . And Plenty of Time to Watch . . .

First-ever digital Theatre @ Home Winter Festival, featuring all nine of the previously-streamed Performances on Screen running in repertory from January 26 to February 21! Acclaimed Performances on Screen include works by Brian Friel, James Joyce, Conor McPherson, Eugene O’Neill, and more! www.irishrep.org

Jim Caruso’s Pajama Cast Party will air on Monday, January 18 at 8pm ET, and will feature live musical performances by Broadway performers Claybourne Elder and Capathia Jenkins, singer/songwriter Susan Werner, husband and wife operatic team Jessica Fishenfeld and Scott Joiner, and a very special conversation with singer Toni Tennille. www.pajamacastparty.com

FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME, the critically acclaimed improv troupe founded by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anthony Veneziale and the subject of the Hulu documentary “We Are Freestyle Love Supreme,” launches its Winter Season on January 16, with a hip hop weekend for kids called “Hip Hop Homeroom;” three more “Welcome to the Cypher” adult workshops; and a “Got Your Back: FLS Academy Showcase” where facilitators make up a hip-hop show based on audience suggestions. FLS Academy is the first ever freestyle school created and run directly by FLS members, including teachers and guest facilitators, in partnership with long-time FLS producers Kail, Miranda, Ars Nova founders Jenny and Jon Steingart, and Hamilton co-producer Jill Furman. academyad@freestylelovesupreme.com

Gorillas in the Tryst

 Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) Digital Spring 2021 features seven premieres of New Works online beginning Feb. 1. The schedule continues thru June 21. From Vibhanga (Indian dancer Bijayini Satpathy) to Justin Hicks’ “Use Your Head for More” (music and sound) to multimedia artist Tei Blow “The Sprezzaturameron and more. Streaming on Demand at www.BACNYC.org  

The Space in Las Vegas, Tony and Grammy Award-winner John Lloyd Young returns on Friday, February 12 with John Lloyd Young’s Vegas Valentine, an intimate and unforgettable evening of romantic classics and beloved Jersey Boys favorites that will offer an up-close and personal experience. The 75 minute live streamed pay-per-view concert will begin at 6:00 PM PT/9:00 PM ET and then be available OnDemand for one week following the live event. The virtual VIP after-party will begin at 7:45 PM PT/10:45 ET and include a talk-back, romantic surprises and an encore performance. www.Thespacelv.com

Opening Show 2021

Harold Sanditen’s acclaimed Open Mic Party (live on Zoom), kicks off 2021 on Thursdays January 28 thru April 22 (fortnightly) hosted by the host with the most, with some of the best in cabaret internationally. Extra shows February 10, March 10 and April 21. Streaming on facebook.com/haroldsanditen and youtube.com/haroldsanditen – 7 pm London, 8/9 Europe, 2 pm ET, 11 am PT. Suggested Donations are $5 per show US / £3.50 to offset costs.

The Drama League (Artistic Director, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks; Executive Director, Bevin Ross) announces Season 2 of its digital series, TA(L)KING DIRECTION: The Drama League Podcast. After a successful first season of 25 in-depth interviews addressing the stories and experiences of world-renowned artists during the COVID-19 pandemic, season two will explore the changing state of the theatre industry and its early steps towards re-emergence in 2021, with an all-star lineup of directors, producers, and artists in conversation with the industry’s leaders and educators.

Appearing weekly between now and June, TA(L)KING DIRECTION Season 2 will feature interviews with arts industry leaders, including directors Saheem Ali, David Cromer, Colette Robert, Danny Sharron, Leigh Silverman, prestigious producers Philip Arnoult, Jacob Padrón, artistic directors Shelley Butler, West Hyler, Yury Urnov, and many more. Visit www.dramaleague.org for dates and information on Season 2 Episodes.

Lessons in Survival director Tyler Thomas will be awarded with the biennial Susan Stroman Directing Award at this year’s Open House taking place virtually on Sunday, January 31 at 5:00 pm EST. The hour-long program will feature the celebration of awards given to new resident artists, conversations with Vineyard veterans from favorite shows and sneak previews of upcoming works of alternative theatre in the 2020-2021 Season. www.vineyardtheatre.org

Gabriel Byrne in Conversation with Lily King “Walking With Ghosts” Thursday, February 11 at 7:30 pm est. Virtual event – audience Q & A. Tickets: $30 includes copy of “Walking with Ghosts” with signed bookplate. www.irishartscenter.org

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