Rubén Blades, Sandra Bernhard and Modern Whiz Set for Lincoln Center Out of Doors Fest

News   Rubén Blades, Sandra Bernhard and Modern Whiz Set for Lincoln Center Out of Doors Fest Cry-Baby songwriter Adam Schlesinger, Sandra Bernhard, Melvin Van Peebles and a screening of "The Wiz" are scheduled to be part of the free 2010 Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival.

Running July 28-Aug. 15, the Out of Doors Festival returns for its 40th season of free programming that will take place throughout the Lincoln Center complex, as well as in Damrosch Park on West 62nd Street.

The festival will launch with James Magnuson's No Snakes in This Grass July 28 at 4 PM in the Rubenstein Atrium. Mical Whitaker will direct the Civil Rights-era theatre piece that retells the story of Adam and Eve. Actress Geraldine Fitzgerald premiered the work that is considered a "frontrunner" to the Out of Doors Festival.

String quartet ETHEL will present ETHEL Fair: The Songwriters on July 28 at 7:30 PM in Damrosch Park. Premiere compositions by Fountains of Wayne songwriter and Cry-Baby writer Schlesinger, Mike Viola, Dayna Kurtz, Juana Molina and Tom Verlaine will be featured.

THE WHIZ: Over the Rainbow, described as a "remix of 'The Wizard of Oz' for the Obama generation" will be presented July 30 at 7:30 PM in Damrosch Park. The piece is a theatrical amalgam of song and dance, with an adapted score by Monstah Black and choreography by Nicholas Leichter.

Prior to the official festival launch, a screening of the 1978 film of "The Wiz" will be presented July 27 at 6 PM in the Rubenstein Atrium. A discussion with Monstah Black and Robin Staff will follow about the creation of the 2010 The Whiz. On Aug. 1 at 6 PM in Damrosch Park, Dig: Their Royal Hipness will feature Sandra Bernhard, David Johansen and Melvin Van Peebles performing Shel Silverstein’s Hamlet: The Street Chant.

Original Capeman cast member Rubén Blades will appear as part of the New York premiere of Larry Harlow’s La Raza Latina, A Salsa Suite on Aug. 14 at 7:30 PM in Damrosch Park.

For a complete listing of Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival events, visit LincolnCenter.org

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