The BAM winter/spring season will include The Royal Shakespeare Company's King & Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings along with works by New York-based company The Civilians, celebrated playwright Charles Mee and Oscar nominee David Hare.
The 2016 winter/spring subscriptions go on sale Nov. 16 and single tickets will be available Dec. 7; to purchase visit BAM.org or contact BAM Ticket Services at (718) 636-4100.
Theatrical programming kicks off Jan 16, 2016, with Mee's The Glory of the World, directed by Actors Theatre of Louisville artistic director Les Waters. The piece is an examination of renowned Kentucky-based mystic and Catholic monk Thomas Merton. "The Solo cups are overflowing at Merton’s centennial birthday celebration," state press notes. "As 17 men in party hats assemble to toast Merton’s many faces, asking: What makes a man? What makes a saint? What if nothing is sacred—and everything is?" Performances will run through Jan 31.
In February, BAM reunites with the celebrated Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg for its production of The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov. The play will be presented in Russian with English subtitles; performances begin Feb. 17 and will run through Feb. 27.
In March, BAM stages The Civilians' Rimbaud in New York, written and directed by the company's artistic director Steve Cosson. The work is a playful and insightful exploration of "Illuminations," the 130-year-old book of prose poems that helped bring Rimbaud world-wide acclaim. Beginning performances March 24 and running through May 1, The Royal Shakespeare Company comes to BAM with King & Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings, a cycle of four Shakespeare plays about great monarchs staged by artistic director Gregory Doran. The company was last seen on Broadway with another royal multi bill, Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2, this past spring.
Visit BAM.org for a complete list of the winter-spring shows at BAM.
American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center:
Tickets also go on sale to the general public Nov. 16 for the 2016 American Songbook series at Lincoln Center, featuring evenings dedicated to Maltby & Shire and the late Peggy Lee, as well as solo concerts from Liz Callaway, Vanessa Williams, Rita Moreno, Andy Karl, Orfeh, Mario Cantone and more.
Presented January through April 2016, offerings from the worlds of Broadway, jazz, Latin, hip-hop and folk music will take place in the Appel Room (formerly the Allen Room) and the Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center in New York.
Tickets can be ordered by visiting AmericanSongbook.org.
Just a few of the American Songbook 2016 programming highlights follow:
Vanessa Williams (Jan. 20, 2016, at 8:30 PM). Her song list includes everything from Stevie Wonder to Sondheim, Kander and Ebb to “Colors of the Wind.” Her three-decade career expanded from chart-topping pop artist to critically acclaimed Broadway performer with her 1994 debut in Kiss of the Spider Woman, followed by a Tony-nominated performance in the 2002 revival of Into the Woods. She has sold more than seven million records worldwide and starred in last season’s concert version of Show Boat with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, which aired on PBS on Live From Lincoln Center in October. Tickets start at $55
Is That All There Is? Remembering Peggy Lee, hosted by James Gavin, featuring Jane Monheit, Nellie McKay and other special guests (Jan. 21 at 8:30 PM). Hosted and narrated by biographer James Gavin and based on his acclaimed book "Is That All There Is?: The Strange Life of Peggy Lee," the show features two-time Grammy-nominated jazz singer Jane Monheit; singer-songwriters Spencer Day and Nellie McKay; British songstress Barb Jungr; Rebecca Parris, New England’s First Lady of Jazz; and Lee’s longtime pianist-conductor Mike Renzi. This musical biography explores the radiant, eccentric and mysterious star whose work inspired Joni Mitchell, Dusty Springfield, k.d. lang, Petula Clark and Diana Krall. Tickets start at $50
Rita Moreno (Jan. 23 at 8:30 PM). A presence on stage and screen for over 70 years, Moreno has won all four of the most prestigious awards in show business: the Oscar, the Tony, two Emmys and a Grammy. The actress was the first Hispanic woman to win an Academy Award, which she earned for her epic portrayal of Anita in the film version of West Side Story. Moreno has starred on Broadway and the West End, appeared in more than 40 feature films, and countless television shows. Her five-decade streak of awards and achievements culminates in December when she will be recognized with a Kennedy Center Honor. Tickets start at $55.
Jerry Dixon and Mario Cantone (Feb. 6 at 8:30 PM). The last time actor, songwriter and director Jerry Dixon (If/Then, Once on This Island, tick, tick…BOOM!) and comic/actor Mario Cantone ("Sex in the City," Assassins) teamed up, they created Laugh Whore, Cantone’s Tony-nominated one-man show-turned-Showtime special. Now, one of the New York theatre world’s favorite married couples comes together onstage in the intimate confines of The Appel Room for an evening of stories, songs, and laughs. Tickets start at $55.
Andy Karl and Orfeh (Feb. 20 at 8:30 PM). The funny and sexy real-life couple Andy Karl & Orfeh have had a long run as two of Broadway’s favorite performers. Although they met while doing the Broadway production of Saturday Night Fever, their chemistry became the stuff of legend when they co-starred in Legally Blonde, which garnered Orfeh a Tony Award nomination. Karl has earned his own Tony nods for his performances in the title role of Rocky and last season’s On the Twentieth Century. This evening will be directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. Tickets start at $35
American Songbook in the Penthouse highlights include:
The Story Goes On: Liz Callaway Sings Maltby & Shire (March 30 at 8 PM). Recording star and celebrated cabaret artist Liz Callaway (Cats, Miss Saigon, Follies in Concert at Lincoln Center) pays homage to one of the great American songwriting teams for the stage and revisits, among many others, the songs that earned her a Tony nomination in 1984 for Baby. With her celebrated voice, Callaway illuminates an essential corner of the music theatre repertoire. Tickets start at $45.
For a complete list of American Songbook shows, visit AmericanSongbook.org. That's also the place to order tickets, or call (212) 721-6500.