Gus Gives a TEDx Talk

Filed under: Blogs,News Flash — @ 3:39 pm

Recently, we were invited to participate in a TEDx series about the Broadway and Off-Broadway community. We were happy to bring our perspective to the conversation and Gus gave his talk about the value of kid generated art. In order to illustrate his point, he brought along a performance of one of Ricardo Currin’s songs, The Dancing Ice Ballerina, which debuted at our Songmaking concert last fall, and was reprised again at our gala on May 8. The music is by Wes Braver, and it is performed by music director Avi Amon, and singer Andy Danh.

CHECK IT OUT:

Hurray for HARU

The 52nd Street Project is pleased and proud to announce that we have been selected to be the Community Partner to HARU Hell’s Kitchen, the newest branch of the restaurant and sushi bar, which has just opened on the southwest corner of Ninth Avenue and 56th Street. So we’re happy to encourage the Project community to check them out, and we have a vested interest in a particular day soon! To kick off this partnership, HARU will donate 50% of sales to the Project from FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017 – that’s all day from 11:30 am – midnight. So come on by for lunch, a post-work hang-out, pre-show dinner, or dining all night — you can even order delivery! You get delicious sushi while also supporting the Project’s arts education and mentoring programs. Win-win. Click the image below to get more information about HARU Hell’s Kitchen.

A Tribute to Kevin Geer

Filed under: Blogs,News Flash — Tags: — @ 11:00 pm

The 52nd Street Project mourns the loss of Kevin Geer. He was a great friend of ours, a tireless volunteer, and an off-the-charts Playmaking actor. Over the course of 18 years, he played, among other things: a female contestant (in a blonde rubber wig) on a game show hosted by a giraffe (Oliver Platt); a child who was also a Mexican wrestler carrying a speaking puppet of himself, lost in the woods with a deer (Edie Falco); and in two boxing plays, he was in the first a boxer in love with a dancer (Nancy Giles), in the second play, straight out of Playhouse 90, he played a washed-up trainer working with a young boxer (Armando Riesco). All of them were, as you might guess, unforgettable- wildly funny, deeply felt and fully realized. Needless to say, we will miss him very much. If we had a Hall of Fame, he’d be in on the first ballot.

Project Volunteer Lauren Blumenfeld in Huffington Post

Filed under: Blogs,News Flash — @ 9:38 pm

The amazingly talented, generous, hilarious and all around great Project volunteer Lauren Blumenfeld was interviewed by the Huffington Post about her background, training, Broadway debut, and her connection to The 52nd Street Project. Many thanks for the shout-out, Lauren!

CLICK HERE to visit the article.

Garrett Kim, Our Program Director & Fordham Celebrity

Filed under: Blogs,News Flash — Tags: , , , — @ 5:34 pm

Fordham University Magazine has wisely chosen to highlight the accomplishments of alum Garrett Kim. As you likely, he’s our Program Director and we couldn’t be more proud to have him on the Project staff. Visit the article and see what we mean.

CLICK HERE to read the article on Garrett.

Press Coverage: INFINITY & BEYOND in Chelsea Now

Filed under: Blogs,News Flash — @ 4:07 pm

The neighborhood magazine Chelsea Now, has published a nice in-depth article about our most recent Playmaking Stage-One performances which ran at the Project December 2 – 4, 2016. Click the link below to read the article and to see some nice pictures from the production taken by Winston Rodney. The hard copy of the magazine hits the streets today, December 15, 2016.

CLICK HERE for the article.

Lew On Broadway – Be There With The Project

Filed under: Blogs,News Flash — @ 10:00 pm

Lewis Black, BLACK TO THE FUTURE

Broadway Show & Party

One Night Only

Lewis Black is returning to Broadway with his latest one-man show. He takes on the latest political campaigns, popular culture and the media in a hilarious rant about our prospects for survival. The Project has a strictly limited block of prime orchestra seats to the MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 8:00 p.m. performance at the Marquis Theatre, which will be immediately followed by a small gathering at the West Bank Cafe. So come have your fill of laughs, then come party with us.

Tickets $500. Donations support the Project’s arts eduction programming for the children of Hell’s Kitchen, and are tax-deductible, except for $200/seat. Capacity EXTREMELY limited, so please contact John Sheehy, sheehy@52project.org or call the office: (212) 333-5252, ext. 16.

ONE NIGHT ONLY
Monday, October 17 @ 8:00 — reception to follow.

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Larger than Life Cast for Littlest Playwrights

Filed under: Blogs — @ 5:04 pm

The cast for our upcoming production LARGER THAN LIFE, The Supersized Plays, is now set and some stellar actors have signed on to realize the theatrical creations of the youngest playwrights to join The 52nd Street Project. The kids started their Playmaking classes here at the Project in September. They and their dramaturge/directors went away to the Stone Ridge area of upstate New York for the weekend November 13-15, where the kids wrote the plays. And now the directors and actors are at work in rehearsal to bring it all to life.

The Kids: Lauren Amador-Cruz, Lily Kuzminski, Ayman Musa, Bryanna Ohene Kari-Kari, Leonel Perez, Derek Rey, Selena Sanchez, Gage Simmons, & Beyonce Thomas.

The Actors: Jose Aguila, Sofiya Akilova, Lisa Benavides-Nelson, Jonathan Bock, Bobby Cannavale, Nehassaiu DeGannes, Bjorn DuPaty, Edie Falco, Ceci Fernandez, Carl Hendrick Louis, Mozhan Marnó, Bhavesh Patel, Carra Patterson, Joe Paulik, Mallory Portnoy, Jeanine Serralles, Joe Tapper, & Frank Wood.

The Dramaturge/Directors: Chelsea Hackett, Korey Jackson, Garrett Kim, Sarah Krohn, Kareem Lucas, Rebecca Martinez, Alexandra O’Daly, John Sheehy, Jeremy Stoller, & Emma Weinstein.

Composer: Avi Amon.

We’re thrilled to be getting some attention in the New York City theater press as well. Both Theatermania and Playbill have posted about the show and ticket are already moving fast (click the links to see the coverage). If you’d like to make your reservation, don’t wait too long. The shows are:

Four performances:

Friday, December 11, @ 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 12, @ 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 13, @ 3:00 p.m.

 

 

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789 Tenth Avenue, 2nd Floor

between 52nd & 53rd Streets

One-on-One’s Covered in Contemporary Musical Theater blog

Filed under: Blogs,News Flash — @ 4:42 pm

Our own Director of Development & Marketing John Sheehy talks with David Sisco from the Contemporary Musical Theatre blog. The discussion is about the One-on-Ones in general and even includes a link to the July performance of John’s Clown Time Is Over from the July production of HERE. ME. NOW.

Check it out here:

https://contemporarymusicaltheatre.wordpress.com/2015/08/20/interview-john-sheehy-from-52nd-street-project/

Paying Tribute to Johnny Vassilaros

Filed under: Blogs,News Flash — @ 1:00 am

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our wonderful, invaluable and devoted Board Member John Vassilaros this past Friday evening, July 10th. He went peacefully, surrounded by his family. We will be eternally indebted to him and his family, who have been enthusiasticly involved with the Project for more than a decade. John Vassilaros (sometimes known as Johnny Coffeeshopolis) has been more than generous, not just financially, and as a wise and valued member of the board, but perhaps most valuably opening the family home to us twice a year for both Playmaking and Playback.

We are humbled to accept yet another gesture of generosity from these extraordinary people. Anyone wishing to remember him with a donation can do so through our website here, or clicking “You Can Help!” on our home page.

To say he will be missed is an understatement.

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