We often ask people to share with us the live performance they will never forget. For some, it’s being wowed by the sheer beauty of bodies in motion. For others it’s a work of theater that caused them to think differently. Many are moved by the virtuosity with which a musician played a particular movement or song. Sometimes it’s simply about the time, place or person who shared in the experience that creates that memorable moment.
For me, it was January 1998 at NYC’s infamous Studio 54, which had been re-imagined for the Broadway revival of Cabaret. I went to see Jennifer Jason Leigh in the role of Sally Bowles. But it was another artist’s performance that is forever etched in my mind: Alan Cumming as the Emcee. Nearly 20 years later, I still get goose bumps recalling the kick line scene when Cumming emerges in drag from the row of cabaret girls.
This award-winning actor, singer and writer joins a dynamic season of over 30 performances. Our 86th year opens with one of Cumming’s besties and fellow Tony-winner from the Great White Way, Kristin Chenoweth, and is capped by the acrobatics-infused revival of Pippin, winner of multiple Tony Awards and directed by one of the great theater minds of our time, Diane Paulus.
Between those bookends of magical musical theater is an array of performances and artists from around the world that will move your mind, body and soul — creating memories you too will never forget.
And so, friends: What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play…
Aimée M. Petrin
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