NYC River to River Festival Begins June 17; Rebecca Luker, Marin Mazzie, Three Sisters, Twelfth Night Among Lineup
By Michael Gioia
The annual River to River Festival, Manhattan's free summer arts festival, takes place June 17-July 15 throughout downtown New York. Tony nominees Rebecca Luker and Marin Mazzie are among the 2012 lineup.
Luker (The Music Man, Show Boat) and Mazzie (Carrie, Ragtime) will be joined by Gretchen Parlato, Sachal Vasandani and Tia Fuller in The Bridge to Broadway July 2 at 7 PM in Rockefeller Park.
Here's how the event is described: "Broadway repertoire crosses with jazz and pop in this original concert production exclusive to the River To River Festival. Jazz greats, vocalists Gretchen Parlato, Sachal Vasandani, with saxophonist Tia Fuller, take on classic Broadway show tunes, along with multiple Tony nominees Rebecca Luker and Marin Mazzie, performing songs from outside of the Broadway canon."
Theatrical offerings at the festival include a staged reading of Anton Chekov's Three Sisters, directed by Maureen Towey and featuring a cast of actors all over the age of 65, June 22 at 1:30 PM at Good Companions Senior Center; William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, presented by the New York Classical Theatre at the Castle Clinton, June 26-July 15; and Samuel Beckett's Act Without Words II, presented by Company SJ at Theatre Alley, June 26-29.
Philip Glass Ensemble: A Retrospective will also take place during the festival. The concert, celebrating Glass' 75th birthday, will be held June 20 at 7 PM in Rockefeller Park.
For more information and a complete lineup, visit RiverToRiverNYC.com.
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