Andrew C. McGibbon
GREATER HARLEM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND
HARLEM ARTS ALLIANCE
IN CELEBRATING HARLEM WEEK 2010
BROADWAY TALENT AND PROGRAMS TO BE PART OF
HARLEM WEEK EVENTS
(New York, NY) July 20, 2010 – In conjunction with the Harlem Chamber of Commerce and the Harlem Arts Alliance, The Broadway League will support HARLEM WEEK, Inc. with initiatives designed to celebrate Harlem theatregoers. This year’s annual summer festival has events from July 25th through August 25th, making it what some call “the World’s longest week.”
The activities of HARLEM WEEK are a celebration of the vibrancy, diversity and excitement taking place in Harlem 365 days a year. Among the numerous activities planned, Broadway will be actively involved in producing a Kids’ Night on Broadway event, a Broadway Speakers Bureau seminar, Broadway Team at NYC Health Walk-a-Thon, as well as the upcoming Family First Nights program and a special Sirius XM “Live on Broadway” radio show dedicated to Harlem Week celebration.
Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, said, “Thanks to the community’s cultural history and artistic talent, Broadway and Harlem have been working together for years. This is the first time we’re officially collaborating, and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to showcase the diverse offerings currently on Broadway to such a vibrant audience.”
Lloyd Williams, President & CEO of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce and Chairman, HARLEM WEEK, Inc. said, “The Chamber is pleased to partner with the Broadway League during HARLEM WEEK in announcing the “Kids Night on Broadway” August 24th. This initiative allows us to reach out to our families and friends to participate in a first class theatrical event at an affordable ticket price.”
Voza Rivers, Chairman or Harlem Arts Alliance and 1st Vice Chairman HARLEM WEEK, Inc. said, “The Alliance is thrilled to join with the Chamber and the League in co-presenting an array of extraordinary theatrical opportunities for the Harlem communities, families, businesses and our colleagues during HARLEM WEEK and the entire year.”
KIDS' NIGHT ON BROADWAY, Tuesday, August 24
Kids ages 6-18 can attend a participating Broadway show on Tuesday, August 24th for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult.
Ticket includes pre-theatre event including autograph signings and special panels plus Times Square area restaurant discounts. This affords kids the opportunity to experience the magic of live theatre and participate in special activities hosted by the cast and crew of participating Broadway shows.
Participating shows to date include: The Addams Family, Chicago, Fela!,
A Little Night Music, Memphis, Million Dollar Quartet, Next to Normal,
The Phantom of the Opera and Stomp (off-Broadway)
Information can be found on www.HarlemDiscover.com and www.KidsNightonBroadway.com
SIRIUS XM "LIVE ON BROADWAY" radio show Wednesday, August 11th
SIRIUS XM Live on Broadway is hosted by Seth Rudetsky at the Broadway Concierge & Ticket Center in Times Square every Wednesday at 12:00 noon where fans can watch interviews and performances with Broadway stars. Autograph signings and photo opportunities. Located inside the Times Square Information Center at 1560 Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets. Open to the public and free of charge. On Wednesday, August 11th, the show's theme will celebrate Harlem Week.
BROADWAY SPEAKERS BUREAU, Saturday, August 14th
Countee Cullen Library on West 136th Street.
A free Broadway career panel discussion available to high school and college students. Seminars will share information about non-performance careers in the arts (producing, general management, marketing, press, stage management, etc.) Speakers include award-winning professionals associated with Broadway shows.
BROADWAY TEAM FOR WALK-A-THON, Saturday, August 21st
Hon. Percy Sutton Harlem 5k Run and NYC Family Health Walk-a-Thon Saturday, August 21st from 9am - 5pm, begins at 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. The Broadway League will help to secure a team of Broadway talent to bring awareness to the cause.
FAMILY FIRST NIGHTS program for 2010-11
Family First Nights is a nationwide program specifically designed to encourage at-risk families to attend theatre on a regular basis, providing discounted theatre tickets for families who may not otherwise be able to attend Broadway shows. By engaging the entire family and offering repeated exposure through multiple visits, this program offers the participating families the opportunity to make live, professional theatre part of their cultural heritage. Partner social service agencies are responsible for identifying appropriate families, coordinating family participation, and organizing transportation and other logistics. Each family member pays $10 per ticket for orchestra seats. Additional ticket costs are paid for by sponsorships. Harlem families will attend Broadway shows in the Fall, February (Black History Month) and Spring.
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Cast Announced for “VERITAS”
KEEP YOUR BAGGAGE WITH YOU (at all times)
WRITTEN BY JONATHAN BLITSTEIN
DIRECTED BY DANIEL TALBOTT
AS PART OF DreamUp NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL
BEGINNING SUNDAY, AUGUST 8
Theater for the New City has announced that Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times), written by Jonathan Blitstein and directed by Daniel Talbott, will begin performances Sunday, August 8 at 2pm at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets. Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) is being presented as part of the DreamUp New Plays Festival.
What happens when your best friend decides he likes boys and your girlfriend decides she likes girls? Told in seven scenes that take place over seven years, Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) examines the devolution of a friendship between two young New York men whose bonds are compromised by the stresses of career, family, relationships, and 21st century sexual mores in a complex digital age in which we ask too many questions, but don't have enough answers.
The cast of Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) is Dan Abeles, Nate Miler, Laura Ramadei, and Molly Ward.
A Chicagoan, Jonathan Blitstein began performing with local Apple Tree Theater as a kid actor, singer and dancer. He graduated NYU Film School in 2004. After pouring many coffees for people like Christine Vachon, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Aaron Eckhart, at 23 years-old he was one of the youngest film school grads ever to write/produce/direct and edit a 35mm feature length film. It was made possible with donated negative from Kodak and maxed-out credit cards. It became the 2008 indie film Let Them Chirp Awhile starring Brendan Sexton, Justin Rice and Laura Breckenridge (Finalist NYU Richard Vague Award, Winner - East Lansing Film Festival, Opening Night Woodstock Film Festival). This past year he sold two original screenplays. Jonathan studied acting and writing at The Second City, The Piven Theater, LAByrinth and Primary Stages. Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) is his first play to be produced in New York.
Daniel Talbott’s most recent work as an actor includes the Theatre for One project in Times Square and around NYC, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis), Master Builder (Irish Rep), Rocket City (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Tartuffe (McCarter Theatre/Yale Rep), Marat/Sade (Classical Theatre of Harlem) and the feature film Pretty Bird and The Big C on Showtime. Recent directing work includes Footprint by Mac Rogers (part of +30NYC for Red Fern Theatre), Afterclap by Daniel Reitz, Birthday and Nobody, both by Crystal Skillman (Rising Phoenix Rep at the Seventh Street Small Stage at Jimmy’s No. 43), The Umbrella Plays (the teacup company-FringeNYC, Overall Excellence Award: Outstanding Play), Fall Forward (Sitelines/River to River Festival produced by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council), and The Reaching (Rising Phoenix Rep). His play Slipping was produced at Rattlestick last summer with Piece by Piece Productions (named one of the top ten plays of 2009 by The Advocate), premiered in Chicago at The Side Project in Chicago, was part of the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, and will be published this year by Dramatists Play Service. His play What Happened When was produced at HERE Arts Center and The Side Project and was published as part of the Plays and Playwrights 2008 anthology. He received a 2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for directing, a Drama-Logue Award, two Dean Goodman Choice Awards and a Judy Award for acting, and was also named one of the 15 People of the Year 2006 by nytheatre.com. He is a member of this year’s 24Seven Lab, a graduate of Juilliard and of Solano College Theatre’s ATP, and a teacher at the Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA). He is one of the literary managers of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and is the artistic director of Rising Phoenix Rep (recipient of the 2007 NYIT Caffe Cino Fellowship Award).
The set and prop design for Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) is by Eugenia Furneaux-Arends; costume design is by Tristan Raines; lighting design is by Benjamin Tevelow; sound design is by Nancy Valladares. It is produced by Brian Miskell.
Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) performs at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets, at the following times: Sunday, August 8 at 2pm; Monday, August 9 at 7pm; Wednesday, August 11 at 7pm; Friday, August 13 at 7pm; and Saturday, August 14 at 5pm. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at www.ovationtix.com. The running time is 90 minutes. For more information about Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) and the DreamUp Festival, visit www.dreamupfestival.org or www.theaterforthenewcity.net.
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ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
Announces the full company and opening night date!
Cherry Jones Sally Hawkins
In a new Broadway production of
George Bernard Shaw's
MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION
Adam Driver, Mark Harelik, Edward Hibbert, Michael Siberry
Directed by Doug Hughes
Previews begin Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Opening night will be Sunday, October 3rd, 2010
at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway
Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce the full company of the new Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw's play Mrs. Warren's Profession, starring Tony® Award winner Cherry Jones as "Kitty Warren" & Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins making her Broadway debut as "Vivie Warren", directed by Tony® Award winner Doug Hughes at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd St). The cast will also feature Adam Driver as "Frank Gardner", Mark Harelik as "Sir George Crofts", Edward Hibbert as "Mr. Praed" & Michael Siberry as "Reverend Samuel Gardner".
Mrs. Warren's Profession will begin previews on Friday, September 3rd, 2010 and open officially on Sunday, October 3rd, 2010. This is a limited engagement through Sunday, November 21st, 2010.
The design team includes Scott Pask (Sets), Catherine Zuber (Costumes), Kenneth Posner (Lights) & David Van Tieghem (Sound).
George Bernard Shaw's scorching tour de force Mrs. Warren's Profession tells the story of Kitty Warren (Jones), a mother who makes a terrible sacrifice for her daughter Vivie's (Hawkins) independence. The clash of these two strong-willed but culturally constrained women is the spark that ignites the ironic wit of one of Shaw's greatest plays.
Cherry Jones returns to Roundabout, and the American Airlines Theatre, following her role in George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara (2001). Doug Hughes is a Resident Director at Roundabout, where he recently staged A Man for All Seasons (2008), Howard Katz (2007) & A Touch of the Poet (2006).
Mrs. Warren's Profession premiered on Broadway in 1905 at the Garrick Theatre and subsequently was revived on Broadway in 1907, 1918, 1922 and 1976.
Roundabout Theatre Company has a long association with George Bernard Shaw's work, having staged over twenty productions since 1971. The most recent Shaw plays seen on Roundabout stages include Pygmalion (2007-2008, dir. David Grindley), Heartbreak House (2006-2007, dir. Robin LeFevre), Major Barbara (2000-2001, dir. Daniel Sullivan), Arms and the Man (1999-2000, dir. Roger Rees), You Never Can Tell (1997-1998), Misalliance (1996-1997) and Pygmalion (1991, dir. Paul Weidner).
Lead support for Mrs. Warren's Profession provided by Roundabout's Play Production Fund Partners: Beth and Ravenel Curry.
Beginning Monday, July 19th, tickets will be available exclusively to American Express® Cardmembers at www.roundabouttheatre.org, by phone at (212) 719-1300, or at the American Airlines Box Office (227West 42nd Street).
Public on-sale begins Friday, July 30th by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street). To become a Roundabout subscriber visit www.roundabouttheatre.org or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300. Ticket prices range from $67.00-117.00.
Mrs. Warren's Profession will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM.
CHERRY JONES (Kitty Warren). Broadway credits include Doubt, Faith Healer, The Lincoln Center Theater production of The Heiress, Imaginary Friends, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Our Country's Good, Angels in America, and for Roundabout The Night of the Iguana and Major Barbara. Off-Broadway and regional credits include Flesh & Blood, Pride's Crossing, The Baltimore Waltz, The Good Person of Setzuan and 25 productions as a company member of the American Repertory Theatre, including Twelfth Night, The Three Sisters, The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Lysistrata. Film and TV credits: Two seasons as President Allison Taylor on 24, Oceans' Twelve, The Village, Signs, Swimmers, Cradle Will Rock, Erin Brockovich, The Horse Whisperer, The Perfect Storm, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and the Lifetime Television movie "What Makes a Family." Awards include one Emmy, two Tonys, two Obies, two Joseph Jeffersons, two Lucille Lortels, three Drama Desks, three Outer Critics Circles, the Sidney Kingsley, the Elliott Norton, the Helen Hayes, and the Drama League. Miss Jones is a native of Paris, Tennessee, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and a proud member of Equity since 1978.
SALLY HAWKINS (Vivie Warren) received critical acclaim as well as a Golden Globe Award, Silver Bear (Berlin) Award, Evening Standard Award, Hollywood Film Festival (Breakthrough Award), NY, LA, Mill Valley, San Francisco and Santa Barbara Film Critic's Awards; as well as a host of nominations for her performance as 'Poppy' in Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky. The RADA trained Hawkins made her film debut as Samantha in All or Nothing, and was then seen as Susan in 'Vera Drake', both Mike Leigh films. Other film roles include Lone Scherfig's An Education, Matthew Vaughan's Layer Cake, Tom Shankland's Waz, Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream, Sherry Hormann's Desert Flower, Stephen Burke's Happy Ever Afters and most recently Gurinder Chadha's It's A Wonderful Afterlife. Upcoming films Love Birds directed by Paul Murphy, Richard Ayoade's Submarine, Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go, Cary Fukunaga's Jane Eyre and a starring turn in Nigel Cole's new film Made In Dagenham to be released Autumn 2010. Her performance as Anne Elliott in the ITV production of Jane Austen's 'Persuasion' won her the Golden Nymph Award for Best Actress at the Monte Carlo Television Festival 2007 and the Royal Television Society Best Actress Award. Other television credits include leading roles in Simon Curtis's adaptation of Patrick Hamilton's '20, 000 Streets Under the Sky,' 'Tipping the Velvet,' 'Byron,' in which she played Mary Shelley, 'The Young Visiters,' directed by David Yates, in which she starred opposite Jim Broadbent, 'Fingersmith,' two series of 'Little Britain,' as the recurring character Cathy, and she played the leading role in 'Shiny, Shiny Bright New Hole In My Heart' for the BBC, directed by Marc Munden. Sally's extensive theatre credits include playing the role of Adelea in the recent Howard Davis production of House of Bernarda Alba at The National Theatre opposite Penelope Wilton, to which she won rave reviews. She has appeared at The Royal Court Theatre in The Winterling directed by Ian Rickson and Country Music directed by Gordon Anderson. Her credits also include The Way Of The World (Wilton Music Hall), Misconceptions (Octagon), A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing (both at Regents Park Theatre), Perpalas (National Theatre Studio), The Cherry Orchard and Romeo & Juliet (both for Theatre Royal York), The Dybbuk and Accidental Death Of An Anarchist (both for BAC), Svejk (The Gate Theatre), The Whore Of Babylon (Globe Ed. Centre) and As You Like It for The Buckingham Palace Gala. Sally was born in Lewisham, South East London.
ADAM DRIVER (Frank Gardner). Theater: Little Doc (Rattlestick), The Forest (CSC), The Retributionists (Playwrights Horizons), Slipping (Rattlestick), Cipher (SPF). Television: "Law and Order: Brilliant Disguise", "The Unusuals: The E.I.D" , "The Wonderful Maladays" (HBO), "You Don't Know Jack" (HBO) Film: Not Waving But Drowning, Archangel, The Visit, Goldstar Ohio.
MARK HARELIK (Sir George Crofts). Broadway: The Light in the PIazza. Off-Broadway: Old Money, The House in Town, The Beard of Avon. Nat'l tour: The Heidi Chronicles. Regionally: Williamstown Theater Festival, Mark Taper Forum, American Conservatory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Intiman Theatre, Denver Center Theater Company, The La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe Theater, South Coast Repertory Theater. Film credits include For Your Consideration, Election, The Job, Meeting Spencer, Timer, Eulogy, Watching the Detectives, Jurassic Park III, Barbarians at the Gate. Television credits include Breaking Bad, Lie to Me, Monk, The Big Bang Theory, Eli Stone, Pushing Daisies, Grey's Anatomy, ER, Dirt, Sleeper Cell, Prison Break, Heroes, Medium, The Closer, Bones, Las Vegas, Desperate Housewives, Will and Grace, Raines, Seinfeld, Star Trek Voyager; and the television movies Deadly Honeymoon, War Stories, The Partridge Family, Hefner Unauthorized, and My Brother's Keeper. He is the author of (and appeared in) The Immigrant, The Legacy, and Hank Williams - Lost Highway.
EDWARD HIBBERT (Mr. Praed). Broadway: Curtains, The Drowsy Chaperone, Noises Off, The Green Bird, Me and My Girl, Alice in Wonderland. Off-Broadway includes Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecency, Jeffrey (Obie, Dramalogue), My Night with Reg and Privates on Parade. London West End: THE The Mystery of Irma Vep, Lend Me a Tenor and Hamlet. Regional includes The School for Scandal (directed by Brian Bedford) at the Mark Taper, The Importance of Being Earnest (directed by Doug Hughes) at Long Wharf; Yale Rep, McCarter,Bay Street, and Ahmanson. Films include The Prestige, Finding Woodstock, First Wives Club, Everyone Says I Love You, The Paper. Numerous TV includes 11 seasons on "Frasier" as Gil Chesterton, "Law and Order SVU" and "Once Upon a Mattress" with Carol Burnett.
MICHAEL SIBERRY (Reverend Samuel Gardner). Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice with Dustin Hoffman and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music opposite Rebecca Luker. As a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Michael performed such roles as Parrolles in All's Well That Ends Well, Petrucchio in The Taming of the Shrew and Nicholas in Nicholas Nickleby, which toured to Los Angeles and Broadway. London credits include Billy Flynn in Chicago and Giles in Alan Ayckbourne's House & Garden at the National Theatre of Great Britain. He has recently starred in the American National tour of Spamalot. Also Peter Hall's As You Like It (Theatre Royal, Bath and BAM), Candida (McCarter Theatre) and Uncle Vanya (McCarter Theatre and LaJolla Playhouse). Film and TVcredits include: Silent Witness, The Grand, Jeeves and Wooster, Under the Hammer and Victoria & Albert. Graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.
DOUG HUGHES (Director). Recent Broadway productions include The Royal Family, Oleanna, A Man for All Seasons, Mauritius, Inherit the Wind, A Touch of the Poet, Frozen and Doubt. This is Mr. Hughes' seventh production with Roundabout Theatre, where he serves as the resident director. He has directed on and Off-Broadway and for most of the nation's leading theatre companies. For his work on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt he received the 2005 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play. He has also received Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics, Obie and Callaway awards for his productions.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (Playwright). Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1856, George Bernard Shaw moved to London at the age of twenty. He became the drama critic of the Saturday Review which was the first step in his progress towards a lifetime's work as a dramatist. His first successful play, Candida, was produced in 1898, the same year he married Irish heiress, Charlotte Payne-Townshend. He followed this with a series of classic comedy-dramas, including The Devil's Disciple (1897), Arms and the Man (1898), Mrs Warren's Profession (1898), Captain Brassbound's Conversion (1900), Caesar and Cleopatra (1901), Man and Superman (1903), Major Barbara (1905), Androcles and the Lion (1912), and Pygmalion (1913). After World War I, he produced more serious dramas, including Heartbreak House (1919) and Saint Joan (1923). One of his more notable works, Pygmalion gained much recognition when My Fair Lady, a musical adapted from the play, became a hit. Shaw is the only person ever to have won both a Nobel Prize (for Literature in 1925) and an Academy Award (Best Screenplay for Pygmalion in 1938). He died on November 2, 1950 at the age of 94.
Roundabout Theatre Company is a not-for-profit theatre dedicated to providing a nurturing artistic home for theatre artists at all stages of their careers where the widest possible audience can experience their work at affordable prices. Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the revival of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established playwrights and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate loyal audiences.
Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent homes each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout's mission. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout's Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.
American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Flatotel is the official hotel of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Department of State, the New York State Department of Education, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
Roundabout Theatre Company's 2010-2011 season features George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession starring Cherry Jones & Sally Hawkins, directed by Doug Hughes; Noël Coward's Brief Encounter, adapted and directed by Emma Rice; Kim Rosenstock's Tigers Be Still, directed by Sam Gold; Julia Cho's The Language Archive, directed by Mark Brokaw; Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, starring and directed by Brian Bedford; Tennessee Williams' The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore starring Olympia Dukakis, directed by Michael Wilson; Anything Goes starring Sutton Foster, directed & choreographed by Kathleen Marshall. Roundabout's sold out production of The 39 Steps made its third transfer to the New World Stages after a successful Broadway run at three Broadway theatres.
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The Hit Rock Musical
BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Comes to Broadway,
Additional Producers Announced
The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) will team again with Hair producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, alongside producers Scott M. Delman, Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comely, and Susan Gallin/Mary Lu Roffe to bring the critically acclaimed rock musical BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON to Broadway in the fall.
Following its successful run at The Public Theater, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON will begin performances at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre (242 W. 45th Street) on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010.
Benjamin Walker, critically acclaimed for his portrayal of Andrew Jackson, will reprise his performance for the Broadway run.
A co-production with Center Theatre Group and in association with Les Freres Corbusier, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON is written and directed by Alex Timbers and features music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. Complete casting is to be announced at a later date.
“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson would certainly be my choice for the season’s best musical.”
--Ben Brantley, New York Times
“If Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson wants to start a revolution in musical theater, count me in.”
--Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“An intriguing, often outrageous look at American history, filtered through the satiric eye
of Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman’s pulsating rock score.”—Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press
“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is a goofy, clever, hard-rocking show that chronicles the life
and time of our seventh president through emo rock and gags worthy of ‘South Park’.”
—David Cote, New York One
Following a sold-out run at Public LAB in 2009, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON returned to The Public for a full main stage production and opened to acclaimed reviews on April 6. It received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, a Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical and a Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Off-Broadway Musical. When the show closed on June 27 after three extensions, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON was the second highest grossing show in The Public Theater’s downtown history.
A complete original cast album from Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records, produced by Kurt Deutsch and Dean Sharenow, will be released in early fall; the album will include hits like “Populism, Yea, Yea,” “Rock Star,” “I’m Not That Guy,” and “The Hunters of Kentucky.”
The Public will transfer BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON to Broadway with co-producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel who partnered with The Public on the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair on Broadway, London’s West End and the upcoming national tour of Hair beginning in October in Washington, DC.
“BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON just can't be stopped. The voracious audience demand for this extraordinary show is forcing us to kick it up a notch and take it to Broadway,” said Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman have created an extraordinary event--a rocking, hilarious, sparkling entertainment that is also one of the smartest critiques of America ever seen on a stage. This is what The Public Theater is all about—and I couldn't be prouder of all the artists involved."
BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, an audacious mix of historical fact and invention, uses the story of America’s controversial seventh president—the man who invented the Democratic Party, doubled the size of our nation and signed the Indian Removal Acts that started the Trail of Tears — to investigate the attraction and terrors of American populism, using a raucous blend of outrageous comedy, anarchic theatricality and infectious emo rock.
The design teamfor BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON will againfeature scenic design by Donyale Werle, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design by Bart Fasbender, and choreography by Danny Mefford.
ALEX TIMBERS (Writer/Director) is Artistic Director of Les Freres Corbusier. Recent Directing: The Pee-wee Herman Show (Club Nokia), Hell House (also adaptation; Drama Desk nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience), Gutenberg! The Musical! (Drama Desk nomination for Best Director of a Musical), A Very Merry Unauthorized… (also conceiver; OBIE Award; Garland Award-Best Director), Peter and the Starcatchers (Disney Theatricals/La Jolla), The Language of Trees (Roundabout), Heddatron, Boozy, Dance Dance Revolution (writer of latter two, all Les Freres),and Beyond Therapy (Williamstown/Bay Street).
MICHAEL FRIEDMAN (Music and Lyrics) is an Associate Artist with the Civilians and has composed music and lyrics for the company's This Beautiful City, [I Am] Nobody's Lunch, Gone Missing and Canard, Canard, Goose?; as well as Saved, In the Bubble,The Brand New Kid,God's Ear and The Blue Demon. With Steve Cosson, he co-authored the 2008 Public LAB production Paris Commune. He has been a MacDowell fellow, a Hodder Fellow, and is an Artistic Associate at New York Theatre Workshop. He received an Obie award for sustained achievement.
BENJAMIN WALKER (Andrew Jackson) received rave reviews for his portrayal of Andrew Jackson in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at The Public Theater. He has appeared on Broadway in Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Inherit the Wind. His off-Broadway credits include workshops of Bye Bye Birdie and Threepenny Opera for Roundabout, Spring Awakening for Lincoln Center, and Arrangements at the Atlantic. He appeared in Romeo and Juliet and Lady Windermere’s Fan at the Williamstown Theater Festival, and in the films The War Boys, Flags of Our Fathers, The Notorious Bettie Page, and Kinsey.
THE PUBLIC THEATER (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson, Executive Director)was founded by Joseph Papp in 1954 and is now one of the nation’s preeminent cultural institutions, producing new plays, musicals, and productions of classics at its downtown headquarters and at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Public’s mandate to create a theater for all New Yorkers continues to this day onstage and through extensive outreach and education programs. Each year, over 250,000 people attend Public Theater-related productions and events at six downtown stages, including Joe’s Pub, and Shakespeare in the Park. The Public has won 42 Tony Awards, 151 Obies, 41 Drama Desk Awards and four Pulitzer Prizes. The Public has brought 52 shows to Broadway, including Sticks and Bones; That Championship Season; A Chorus Line; The Pirates of Penzance; The Tempest; Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk; On the Town; The Ride Down Mt. Morgan; Topdog/Underdog; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; Take Me Out; Caroline, or Change; Well; Passing Strange; and, most recently, the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair. www.publictheater.org.
A NEW VERSION OF THE 1978 BROADWAY MUSICAL
ANNOUNCES FINAL CASTING AND SCHEDULE FOR
NY INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL
The new developmental production of Platinum (www.PlatinumTheMusical.com) starring Donna Bullock (Ragtime, City of Angels, A Class Act) will play the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) as part of the 2010 NY International Fringe Festival. UnsungMusicalsCo. Inc. presents the musical which will play the following times:
-Tuesday, August 17 at 5 PM
-Wednesday, August 18 at 7:15 PM
-Thursday, August 19 at 11:30 PM
-Friday, August 20 at 2 PM
-Saturday, August 21 at 9:15 PM
Bruce Sabath (Company), Wayne Wilcox (Coram Boy) and Jay Wilkison (Rent) complete the cast, which includes the previously announced Sarah Litzsinger (Beauty and the Beast, Amour). Donna Bullock replaces Liz Larsen, who has withdrawn due to a scheduling conflict.
With book by Tony Award nominee Will Holt and Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch, music by Tony Award nominee Gary William Friedman and lyrics by Mr. Holt, this new version features revisions and direction by Ben West (How Now, Dow Jones).
An electrifying story of ambition and survival, Platinum follows Lila Halliday (Bullock), a dazzling Hollywood legend trying to make a comeback in the explosive music industry of the 1970s. Determined to reignite her career, she turns to rock star Dan Riley (Wilkison) and finds herself falling for him as they both fight to stay in the game.
This new one-act version of Platinum will be performed by a cast of five and feature two new songs (“This One’s for Me”, “Moments”), with four other musical numbers and eight characters having been eliminated. The production is choreographed by Rommy Sandhu (How Now, Dow Jones, Mary Poppins) with musical arrangements by Mr. Friedman (“The Electric Company”) and musical direction by Fran Minarik (Sessions, The J.A.P. Show).
Said director Ben West: "Platinum is an extraordinary project on which I began working four years ago. In addition to focusing the story, we have redefined the musical language of the show by eliminating four songs and adding two new numbers, one which was cut prior to and another which was written after the original run. The time has also shifted to 1976, the year in which the Recording Industry began issuing platinum certifications. With its unique concept and its exhilarating original material, I am thrilled to be further developing this project as part of the New York International Fringe Festival and look forward to returning Platinum to the stage."
The original Broadway production of Platinum opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on November 12, 1978 starring Alexis Smith under the direction of Joe Layton. The production played 33 performances and received two Tony Award nominations for Smith and co-star Richard Cox. It has not been seen since. An earlier version titled Sunset was directed and choreographed by Tommy Tune at the Studio Arena Theatre in 1977. The authors, Holt and Friedman, revisited their original Sunset in 1983 at the Village Gate. The cabaret production starred Tammy Grimes.
DONNA BULLOCK most recently played Leanne in Jeffrey Sweet’s “Flyovers” and Essiein Take Me Along at the Irish Rep. On Broadway she played Motherin Ragtime (Jefferson Award - Chicago production), Lucy in A Class Act (Ovation Nomination - L.A. production) and Bobbie/Gabby in City of Angels. Some other random theatrical favorites include “Rabbit Hole” at the Huntington in Boston, “Foxfire” with Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, “Sweet Bird of Youth” with Lauren Bacall (both at the Ahmanson in L.A.), “Terra Nova” - Mark Taper Forum), “Me and My Girl” opposite Tim Curry (1st Nat. tour), “Top Girls” at the Public Theater (Obie Award), “Portrait Of Jennie,” Julie Taymor’s “Liberty’s Taken” and Beatrice to her husband, Sherman Howard’s, Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. In addition to numerous television appearances (“Monk,” “Medium,” “Six Feet Under,” “Smallville,” “Frasier,” “Touched by an Angel” to name a few), Donna starred in the brief but critically acclaimed NBC series, "Against the Grain." She was also featured in Wolfgang Peterson's “Air Force One” and “Girl Next Door.”
BRUCE SABATH Broadway: Larry in Company (2007 Tony® Award - Best Revival). New York: Jerusalem Syndrome (NYMF, American Musical Award), Prince Hal (title role, OOBR Award), The Tempest (Storm Theatre), Fleet Week (Best Musical, FringeNYC), Titanic: The Musical in Concert. Regional/Tour: Frost/Nixon (as Nixon. Caldwell Theatre, Southeast regional premiere), Company (Cincinnati Playhouse), Brookyn Boy (Florida Studio Theatre, Handy® Award), Imaginary Invalid, Lost in Yonkers (Schoolhouse Theater), Cabaret (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Gypsy (Forestburgh Playhouse), Chicago, Jekyll & Hyde, 1776 (WV Public), Victor/Victoria National Tour. Graduate of Harvard, Wharton and the William Esper Studio. www.BruceSabath.com.
WAYNE WILCOX Broadway/New York Theater: Coram Boy, Suddenly, Last Summer (Roundabout Theater), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (New World Stages), A Man Of No Importance (Lincoln Center Theater). Theater Favorites: The Importance of Being Earnest (Paper Mill Playhouse), The Full Monty (Paper Mill Playhouse, Best Actor in a Lead Role-Musical, Award), The Last Five Years (Philadelphia Theater Company), The Sisters Rosensweig (George Street Playhouse). Film/TV: Rent, Interview, “The Gilmore Girls”, “Law and Order”.
JAY WILKISON Broadway - Rent (Roger), National Tour - Rent; TV/FILM - Rabbit Hole, Perfect Stranger, “Nurse Jackie”, “Rescue Me”, “Law & Order”, “One Life To Live” (Riley Colson) & Rent (Filmed Live On Broadway).
UNSUNGMUSICALSCO. INC. (Ben West, Artistic Director) is a not-for-profit production company dedicated to the preservation of musical theatre through the presentation of infrequently performed works. Focusing primarily on overlooked projects from the Golden Age, both hits and substantive misses, UMC treats each property as a new musical thereby providing a unique collaboration between the artists of today and those of the past. Current projects include new productions of Platinum, Lend an Ear and the critically acclaimed How Now, Dow Jones, the new version of which is available for licensing through Samuel French, Inc.
MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB'S
THE PITMEN PAINTERS
NOW ON SALE
PREVIEWS TO BEGIN TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
FOR A THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 OPENING NIGHT
"A glorious instant classic that is tragic, funny and illuminating in one fell swoop of energy."
Tickets for Manhattan Theatre Club's (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) upcoming American premiere of Tony Award winner Lee Hall's THE PITMEN PAINTERS are now on sale. The play will begin previews on September 14, 2010 for a September 30 opening night at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).
Tickets are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200, or online by visiting www.Telecharge.com<http://www.telecharge.com/>. Beginning Monday, August 30, tickets will also be available by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street). Ticket prices are $57 - $116.
Manhattan Theatre Club, by special arrangement with Bob Boyett, will produce the Live Theatre, Newcastle/National Theatre of Great Britain's co-production of THE PITMEN PAINTERS on Broadway.
The cast, who have been with the production since it premiered at Live Theatre in 2007, will include: Christopher Connel, Michael Hodgson, Ian Kelly, Brian Lonsdale, Lisa McGrillis, Deka Walmsley, David Whitaker and Phillippa Wilson.
Inspired by a book by William Feaver, and hailed by London critics as "a glorious instant classic" (Evening Standard), "a wonderful piece of theatre" (Financial Times) "a beautiful work of art that everybody should see" (The Times of London), and "a superb piece of work; warm, funny, sad, and thought-provoking" (The Daily Telegraph), the play tells the story of the Ashington Group - miners from Northumberland who became celebrated painters. THE PITMEN PAINTERS was named Best Play at the 2008 Evening Standard Awards.
Direct from a sold-out engagement at London's National Theatre, this funny and fascinating new play by Tony Award winner Lee Hall (writer of Broadway's mega-hit Billy Elliot) comes to Broadway with its entire original London cast intact. THE PITMEN PAINTERS is based on the triumphant true story of a group of British miners who discover a new way to express themselves and unexpectedly become art-world sensations! An arresting and hilarious salute to the power of individual expression and the collective spirit, THE PITMEN PAINTERS takes you on an unforgettable journey from the depths of the mine to the heights of fame.
THE PITMEN PAINTERS features scenic and costume design by Gary McCann, lighting design by Douglas Kuhrt, and sound design by Martin Hodgson.
The cast of THE PITMEN PAINTERS is appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors' Equity Association for its assistance of this production.
For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.
THE PITMEN PAINTERS will mark the first production of Manhattan Theatre Club's 2010-2011 season.
At MTC's Broadway theatre, the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street), MTC will produce THE PITMEN PAINTERS and the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire's GOOD PEOPLE. Off-Broadway at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street), MTC will present: CARL'S SISTER, the world premiere of the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Alfred Uhry, based on the book Apples and Oranges by Marie Brenner; and SPIRIT CONTROL, a world premiere of the new play by Beau Willimon.
MTC's upcoming season will include three world premieres and one American premiere. Two of this season's world premieres were commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club. Two more productions will be announced in the coming weeks: one additional production at the Friedman and one additional production at City Center.
Additional listings information for the production including ticketing information will be announced in the coming months.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country's most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. MTC productions have earned a total of 16 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by any New York theatrical institution. MTC has their Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and an Off-Broadway theatre at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Ruined; The American Plan; Top Girls; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain't Misbehavin'.
For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.
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CITY PARKS FOUNDATION
CONTINUES SUMMERSTAGE THEATER SEASON WITH
SummerStage presented by MasterCard
Theater presented by Time Warner
JULY 23 – 24 AT SPRINGFIELD PARK, QUEENS
AUGUST 6 – 7 AT MARCUS GARVEY PARK, MANHATTAN
8:00 – 10:00 PM
New York, NY – SummerStage has announced the continuation of their first theater season with blood pudding, written by Sharon Bridgforth and Directed by Baraka de Soleil. This show is a part of SummerStage’s summer-long FREE theater program and will take place on Friday, July 23rd and Saturday, July 24th at Springfield Park, Queens and Friday, August 6 and Saturday, August 7 at Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan at 8:00 p.m.
blood pudding celebrates the history of Black people in New Orleans. Through blood memories of a girl born in Congo Square, blood pudding explores a landscape of magic made of Ancestral Love. In this interdisciplinary piece, the blues is sacred, narrators are holy, Indigenous people are honored, and the drum shapes reality. blood pudding is ritual jazz theatre.
“blood pudding is a truly innovative piece that blurs the lines between theater, song and dance,” said City Park Foundation’s Director of Theater Programs, Freedome Bradley. “Through this original and emotional exploration of the history and ancestry of African-Americans and indigenous peoples during the era of slavery in New Orleans, we hope that the audience will gain a deeper understanding of the African American experience and think more about the differences and the similarities between people of all races.”
The full cast of blood pudding includes Ted Cruz, Helga Davis, Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Jimmy Lopez, Monica McIntyre, Pam Patrick, Francine Sheffield, Baraka de Soleil and Negaysha Walcott.
The creative team for blood pudding includes Sharon Bridgforth (Playwright), Baraka de Soleil (Director/Choreographer), Helga Davis and Jimmy Lopez (Composers), Kay Ulanday Barret (Stage Manager) and Lisa Lamothe (Costume Designer).
This year in honor of the 25th anniversary, SummerStage is excited to have expanded from Central Park to encompass all five boroughs, and will feature productions in Von King Park, Brooklyn, Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn, St. Mary’s Park, Bronx, Crotona Park, Bronx, Springfield Park, Queens, Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan and East River Park, Manhattan.
For the most up-to-date SummerStage scheduling and line-up for SummerStage programming, visit http://www.SummerStage.org.
Sharon Bridgforth (Playwright) New Dramatists member, 2010 – 2011 Multicultural Faculty member at DePaul University’s Theatre School. She is author of the Lambda Literary Award winning, the bull-jean stories, and love/conjure/blues, both published by RedBone Press and is one of the editors of Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project, University of Texas Press. Her work has been presented around the country at venues including the Walker Art Center, and La Pena Cultural Center. blood pudding was developed in a retreat at the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, Malcolm Ewen, Tim Fort & Steve Stettler, Producing Directors, Stuart Duke, Managing Director, in 2010. For more go to: www.sharonbridgforth.com
Baraka de Soleil (Director/Choreographer/Performer) received a Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Fellowship to travel to Ghana to research & experience the spatial configurations of historic slave routes and castles for the upcoming work “Water Moves the Soul.” He has received a McKnight Choreography Fellowship, an AUDELCO nomination for Obatala: King of White Cloth, commissions by Walker Art Center, Southern Theatre (Mn)and Dixon Place , and residencies through Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Ontological Hysteric Theatre and Queens Museum of Modern Art . For his choreographic work on Sango: Lord of Thunder, Baraka was awarded the prestigious Katherine Dunham Choreography/AUDELCO for excellence in Black Theatre. Baraka is founder of D UNDERBELLY, a network of interdisciplinary of artists of color. For more go to: www.dunderbelly.com.
Ted Cruz (Musician/Performer) Since graduation from the University of North Texas in 1990, Mr. Cruz has been active with both recording and performing with various jazz, rock, R&B and classical music artists all over the world. His production and arranging work has been recognized and acclaimed by Billboard, Downbeat, Vibe and Rolling Stone magazines. He also composed the music for the opening and closing ceremonies of the millennium celebration in Times Square, New York City. Mr. Cruz’s recent forays into film and television music have his work featured on ESPN, NBC, MTV and HBO television.
Helga Davis (Composer/Performer) 2004 marked Helga’s directorial debut at the University of Texas, Austin, with Sharon Bridgforth's, "love/conjure/blues". Helga is co-star of "The Temptation of St. Anthony", directed by Robert Wilson with libretto and score by Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock. In March 2007 Davis began hosting Overnight Music on WNYC and was awarded the ASCAP Deems Taylor Multimedia Award. In February 2008 Davis conducted a special feature interview with artist Kara Walker for the WNYC program Morning Edition on the eve of her Whitney Museum retrospective. Helga wrote and performed a new multi-media piece entitled: "Imaginings" at the Whitney Museum at the retrospective's conclusion. In the Spring of 2008 Davis starred in "The Blue Planet", a multi-media theater piece written by Peter Greenaway and directed by Saskia Boddeke. She last appeared in VOX the Contemporary American Opera Lab run by the City Opera of New York.
Omi Osun Joni L. Jones (Performer) is an artist/scholar whose performance training ranges from Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger to Theatrical Jazz with Laurie Carlos, Daniel Alexander Jones, and Sharon Bridgforth. She has earned performance awards in D.C. and Austin, Texas, and her scholarship has appeared in national performance journals. Omi is the lead editor of Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project, University of Texas Press. She is currently completing a study of theatrical jazz entitled Jazz, Ase, and the Power of the Present Moment. Omi is an Associate Professor and Director of The Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
Monica McIntyre (Musician/Performer) is a passionate performer who wows audiences with her deep voice and unorthodox slapping, plucking and strumming cello technique; blending the genres of: jazz, blues, soul, reggae, and middle-eastern music, creating her own musical landscape. Monica released her debut album Blusolaz in October 2003. Monica has performed at numerous events throughout the country. In August 2005 she released her first single Bars of Gold. In the winter of 2010 she began producing shows under the name CelloMama Compositions (CMC) and as of July 2010 has produced: Past Is Present, ReUnion, and Fishing In Brooklyn.
Pam Patrick (Musician/Performer) percussionist, has performed across the country and in Europe, South America and the Caribbean with Women of the Calabash and in Urban Bush Women’s critically acclaimed piece “Song of Lawino.” Pam is the musical director for Dr. Glory’s Youth Theatre, and a performing and teaching artist for Young Audiences New York and Brooklyn Academy of Music. In addition, Pam is a featured performer at Battery Park City Parks Sunset Jam series and accompanies Pat Hall’s dance classes at NYU. Pam is currently a doctoral candidate in Urban Education at CUNY working on her dissertation in arts education.
Francine Sheffield (Performer) performed with choreographers such as H.T. Chen, Wendy Perron, Amy Pivar and Marlies Yearby. She was company member of Urban Bush Women under the leadership of Jawole Zollar for 6 years. Presently, Francine is a member of choreographer Baraka De Soleil's DUNDERBELLY. This is Francine's second collaboration with Sharon and her first time in a Sharon Bridgforth production.
Negaysha Walcott (Performer/Apprentice) born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, is an honor roll student at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School. She will be a graduating senior this fall. Negaysha has performed for Mrs. Valerie Katz and has worked with Ron Brown and Baraka de Soleil. This is Negaysha’s very first professional production.
City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. CPF works in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level. CPF programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City.
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