Schimmel Center: February–March 2019 (NYC)
With nostalgic sing-alongs, iconic throwbacks, a legendary Daily Show collab, and astonishing performances that defy gravity, the Schimmel Center is hosting some serious talent this February and March.
Mary Poppins Sing-Along
Sunday, February 10 | 4:00 p.m. (Prescreening activities begin at 3:00 p.m.)
“Practically perfect in every way,” Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) flies out of the windy London skies and into the home of two mischievous children. With the help of a carefree chimney sweep named Bert (Dick Van Dyke), the spirited nanny turns every chore into a game and every day into a “Jolly Holiday.”
An Evening with Ronny Chieng and Dulcé Sloan
Thursday, February 14 | 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a laughter-filled Valentine’s Day evening as these Daily Show correspondents and alumni join forces for the first time! Valentine’s date optional.
Ronny Chieng is an award-winning comedian who performs all over the world and was named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch.” He made his US television debut on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in 2015. Dulcé Sloan was named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 Comedians You Need to Know” and one of Time Out Los Angeles' “Comedians to Watch.” You may recognize her from Comedy Central’s @midnight, TBS’ Conan, and truTV’s Comedy Knockout.
1964: The Tribute
Thursday, February 21 | 7:30 p.m.
1964: The Tribute has been thrilling audiences around the globe by taking them on a journey through a quintessential moment in music history that will live forever. They replicate a live Beatles concert featuring songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era including the suits, boots, and hairstyles made famous by the Beatles, meticulously re-creating the magic of those live Beatles’ performances with artful precision and unerring accuracy. The concert features Mark Benson as John, Mac Ruffing as Paul, Tom Work as George, and Bobby Potter as Ringo.
Ireland and America: A History in Song with Larry Kirwan
Friday, February 22 | 7:30 p.m.
Through a mix of storytelling, acting, and singing, Irish and American history come roaring to life on stage. The band explores the roots of Irish/British conflict with such Black 47 standouts as “James Connolly” and “The Big Fellah” (Michael Collins) and places special emphasis on emigration to the US and life in New York’s Five Points as Irish immigrants and African Americans create modern pop culture and tap dancing.
New Shanghai Circus
Sunday, February 24 | 4:00 p.m.
Astonishing athletes defy gravity and execute breathtaking feats as they stretch the limits of human ability in this spellbinding show that draws upon 2,000 years of Chinese circus traditions. If it’s humanly possible—and even if it seems as if it’s not—these acrobats, jugglers, and contortionists do it with spectacular flair!
Thursday, February 28 | 7:30 p.m.
Battery Dance connects the world through dance and pursues artistic excellence and social relevance by creating vibrant new works. Battery Dance performances are characterized by choreography and music inspired by worldwide sources, reflecting American society and its multiplicity of cultures.
Baby, Dream Your Dream: The Great Women Songwriters
Saturday, March 9 | 7:30 p.m.
Marilyn Bergman. Dorothy Fields. Mary Rodgers. Jeanine Tesori. Betty Comden. Carolyn Leigh. Throughout theater history, there have been a few bold pioneers-in-heels who crashed the boys’ club, and wrote hit shows and songs like Once Upon a Mattress, Sweet Charity, On the Town, “Witchcraft,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” and so much more. Join us for an evening dedicated to the women pioneers of songwriting as we pay homage to them for opening the door (and curtain!) for future generations.
Sunday, March 10 | 7:30 p.m.
“Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” In this spirit, this Charleston, SC-based quintet performs timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston, SC, are ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.
Le chant des sirènes
Friday, March 22 | 7:30 p.m.
After a 15-year absence, Sylvain Émard is now back onstage, rediscovering himself as a dancer changed by the passage of time as he ventures into a fascinating territory of experimentation. With Le chant des sirènes, he probes the states of being of a man who wants to believe that all is not lost. Holding high his hope like a subversive banner, he refuses to succumb to the glitter and sparkle of mirage. Against all odds he dances, a solitary maestro haunted by the sound and fury of the world he inhabits.
Saturday, March 23 | 7:30 p.m.
Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff takes the Schimmel Center stage for an evening of laughter. You may remember Smirnoff from his many appearances on The Tonight Show and Night Court, movie roles alongside Robin Williams, Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, and Meryl Streep, and his hit Broadway show, As Long as We Both Shall Laugh. He has also appeared at the White House at the personal request of three American presidents.
We Banjo 3
Sunday, March 24 | 7:30 p.m.
For all the innovation and invention that goes into modern music these days, it’s the inspiration derived from one’s roots that proves the most enduring. So credit Ireland’s We Banjo 3 for finding common ground between old world tradition and authentic Americana by playing their banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin in an innovation fusion of styles that they dub “Celtgrass.”
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