“If life were everything it should be, it would be more like HAIRSPRAY. It’s irresistible!” – The New York Times
You Can’t Stop the Beat! HAIRSPRAY, Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon that inspired the blockbuster film and live television event, is back on tour! Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960’s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world?
Featuring the beloved score of hit songs including “Welcome to the 60’s,” “Good Morning Baltimore,” “It Takes Two,” and incorporating “Ladies Choice” from the musical film adaption, HAIRSPRAY is “fresh, winning, and deliriously tuneful!” (The New York Times).
This all-new touring production will reunite Broadway’s award-winning creative team led by Director Jack O’Brien and Choreographer Jerry Mitchell to bring HAIRSPRAY to a new generation of theater audiences. Don’t miss this “exhilaratingly funny and warm-hearted musical comedy” (The New Yorker).
WRAL First Night Raleigh takes place in various venues from museum lobbies to church sanctuaries to street corners across more than 20 blocks of downtown Raleigh on December 31, offering entertainment for all ages.
Festivities begin with the early afternoon Children’s Celebration on Bicentennial Plaza and at the NC Museums of History and Natural Sciences. The Evening Celebration comes alive with performances in 30+ downtown Raleigh locations, featuring interactive art installations, drama, magic, music, comedy and dance. The night is capped off with music on the outdoor Main Stage, the famous Raleigh Acorn Drop, and a spectacular fireworks show.
All The Different Ways Commodore Matthew Perry Cou
Theater in Quarantine, a pandemic performance laboratory from writer, director, and performerJoshua William Gelb and choreographer Katie Rose McLaughlin, and New Georges present the world premiere of All The Different Ways That Commodore Matthew Perry Could Have Died Before Opening Japan But Didn’tby Julia Izumi. Set to premiere on April 29 on YouTube, All The Different Ways… is directed by McLaughlin and Gelb, who performs live from his converted closet. The production features animation by Caroline Voagen Nelson, visual and costume design by Peiyi Wong, and sound design by Renee Yeong.
Commodore Matthew C. Perry (1794-1858) was a U.S. naval officer who headed an expedition that forced Japan in 1853–54 to enter into trade and diplomatic relations with the West after more than two centuries of isolation. Through his efforts, the United States became an equal power with Britain, France, and Russia in the economic exploitation of East Asia.
All The Different Ways That Commodore Matthew Perry Could Have Died Before Opening Japan But Didn’t investigates the many assorted ways Commodore Perry might have potentially passed from this life before famously opening Japan’s borders to trade with the Western world. Will we all be lost at sea by the end, as he never was? Tune in to find out!
First live performance and talkback on Thursday, April 29th at 7:00 PM
Second live performance and talkback on Thursday, April 29th at 9:00 PM
Black History Trilogy III: André De Shields is Frederick Douglass: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory
FRI, FEB 26, 2021 7:00 PM
Black History Trilogy concludes with “André De Shields is Frederick Douglass: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory.” The Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award Winner and Hadestown star explores the life and achievements of the great emancipator Frederick Douglass.
André De Shields was the Triple Crown winner of the 2019 awards season, having won Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Tony Awards for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his critically acclaimed performance as Hermes in Hadestown. In 2019, he received the 2019 Project1Voice Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2019 SAGE Joyce Warshow Lifetime Achievement Award, and The York Theatre Company’s 2019 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre. Throughout his career, De Shields has received numerous awards for his achievements on the stage and screen and was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2019.
Frederick Douglass—who began his life as a slave, and through heroic effort, became one of America’s most important and historically influential icons—delivered a keynote address at a commemoration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 5, 1852 at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, New York. In his speech entitled “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro,” Douglass asked, “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” On February 26, de Shields will take the audiences back in time to this historic moment.
Black History Trilogy I - John Lewis: A Pioneer for Justice
FRI, FEB 5, 2021
In honor of Black History Month, Flushing Town Hall presents its Black History Trilogy, a three-part series of outstanding Broadway performers showcasing the music and speeches of influential African American artists, scholars, and leaders.
Alton Fitzgerald White kicks off the Trilogy in “John Lewis: A Pioneer for Justice” on Friday, February 5 at 7:00 PM.
Alton Fitzgerald White, a gifted actor who starred in Broadway’s hit show Ragtime and performed over 4,000 times as Mufasa, “king of the jungle,” in Disney’s production of The Lion King, will bring to life the legacy of American politician and civil rights leader John Lewis, who passed away last summer and coined the popular phrase “good trouble” in one of his most resilient speeches. Following his reading of the speech, White will discuss why Lewis’ words and mission are still relevant today and participate in a short question and answer session with the virtual audience.
How did Kunqu, an elegant form of traditional Chinese theatre proclaimed by UNESCO as one of the masterpieces of oral and intangible cultural heritage of humanity, take root and grow in the U.S.? Presented in partnership with Kunqu Society, this program will trace some of its historical developments through memories of Ms. Chung-ho Chang Frankel (1913-2015), an amateur devotee of Kunqu, and popularly known as “a female literary talent of China’s Republican Era.” After emigrating to the U.S. in 1949, over more than sixty years Ms. Frankel continued to practice, teach, and promote Kunqu past her hundredth birthday. Her enthusiasm and enjoyment is vividly remembered by family and students, as well as professional artists.
TOTAL FEAR is a horror dance-theatre production based on research of Total Theatre and the process of generating fear for stage through live dance and theatrical performance. TOTAL FEAR is the capstone project of Katie Burks’ graduate research at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in pursuit of a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography. This online event invites any who dare to experience TOTAL FEAR from home or work via global livestream.
Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) and Flushing Town Hall are pleased to present a present a virtual reading of Marcus Yi’s musical Lucky 88, a new theatre piece set in a Flushing food court. The show was selected by local Flushing community members, or “art commissioners,” as part of QCA’sArtist Commissioning Program. Inspired by all of the food courts in Flushing, this new musical uses the food court environment to explore the multi faceted lives of people that the average American might not otherwise get a chance to know.
The show focuses on 3 food stalls and the people that work there: 60 year old Shen Zha Wang at the hand pulled noodle stall struggling to put his son through law school; 50 year old widow Mei Ling Fu at the dumpling stall who is ready to start dating again; and 50 year old Si Ling Xiu at the boba tea stall hiding her cancer diagnosis from her daughter.
During this difficult time of the COVID 19 pandemic, we spend so much time with our family. What can be a better opportunity for us to know and understand each other more? Puppetry artist Spica Wobbe interviewed her mom and used it as inspiration to create the show Hand in Hand. From these interviews and her childhood memories Spica turned those stories into shadows. The image of a mother holding her daughter’s hand conveys how the previous generation took care of the next generation. Through shadow, light, music and storytelling, it also tells how Spica's mother, a self-taught artist, Ms. Shia Zhaozhi, used her paintings to document her life stories growing up in Taipei, Taiwan.
Beginning Tuesday, September 30, join Spica as she presents her new performance, Hand in Hand! In the weeks following the performance, Spica will lead two workshops in storytelling and shadow theater. Come learn with the artist and create your own story and bring it to life with shadow puppetry! The performance and workshops will be held in English and Mandarin.
It is highly encouraged that people attend all three events in the series, however, audiences can select any number of events (and content will still be understandable).