Idina Menzel, Jon Cryer, Oskar Eustis, Sam Gold, Ted Chapin and More Part of Encores! Off-Center's Lobby Project
By Michael Gioia
The Lobby Project, a series of free performances, art exhibits, performances, conversations and readings by artists, poets, authors and performers, will be presented in conjunction with New York City Center's new Encores! Off-Center series July 10–27 at City Center.
The events, according to Encores!, "will place each Off-Center musical in the context of its legacy and provide insightful explorations of the work the audience is about to experience." The Lobby Project events will take place 45 minutes before each curtain and are free for ticket holders.
Encores! Off-Center, under the artistic direction of Jeanine Tesori, is City Center's newest series, featuring seminal Off-Broadway musicals filtered through the lens of today's most innovative artists. The season includes The Cradle Will Rock (July 10–13), Violet (July 17) and I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road (July 24–27). Read more about the series here.
There will not be a Lobby Project event before the one-night-only concert performance of Violet July 17. Art exhibits will be on display throughout the Encores! Off-Center season.
Art exhibits include "Got Eyes," works by female artists — Zeljka Blaksic (aka Gita Blak), Kate Gilmore, Katya Grokhovsky, Monica Rodriguez Medina, Allyson Ross, Allison Schlegel and Myriana Todorova — that challenge the status quo and expand the boundaries of both personal and public space; and an exhibit of Lee Wexler's black-and-white photos of New York City in the 1970s.
A list of special events, according to Encores!, follows (program and artists subject to change):
The Cradle Will Rock
July 10 at 6:45 PM – Opening Night Celebration
July 11 at 6:45 PM - Oskar Eustis in Conversation with Sam Gold and Amy Herzog
July 12 at 7:15 PM - Taylor Mali: Performance and Talk
July 13 at 1:15 PM- Blitzstein Rarities: Performance and Talk
July 13 at 7:15 PM - The Legend of The Cradle Will Rock: Performance
I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road
July 24 at 6:45 PM - Ted Chapin: Reading and Talk
July 25 at 6:45 PM - Idina Menzel: Performance and Talk
July 26 at 7:15 PM - Empowering Voices: Performance
July 27 at 1:15 PM - Manhattan Girls' Chorus: Performance
July 27 at 7:15 PM - Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford with Jon Cryer: Talk
For more information, visit NYCityCenter.org.
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