Tony winners LaChanze, Ben Platt, and Brian Stokes Mitchell have set intimate concerts at the Perelman Performing Arts Center, part of the new arts venue's grand opening programming. The concerts will inaugurate the venue's Downtown Sessions series.
LaChanze's concert is set for October 1, with Mitchell's following October 5 and Platt's October 7.
The brand-new performing arts space, located near lower Manhattan's World Trade Center site, hopes to become a cultural hub in downtown NYC. The innovative space is uniquely flexible, with the ability for multiple performance spaces to be configured in various setups, or even combined into a larger concert hall. The venue is set to officially open September 13 with a special ribbon cutting and civic dedication ceremony.
The first offering will be Refuge: A Concert Series to Welcome the World, a five-evening grand opening event beginning September 19 that will bring musicians from around the world to NYC to perform works around the theme of refuge. All five concerts will be pay-what-you-wish, with the roster of artists including Shoshana Bean, Common, Laurie Anderson, The Klezmatics, Tanya Tagaq, and many more.
Also planned for the venue's theatre offerings are 600 Highwaymen's The Following Evening, about a couple (Ellen Maddow and Paul Zimet) creating what might be their final performance together following a lifetime in experimental theatre, performing February 1–18, 2024; and the world premiere of Laurence Fishburne's solo play Like They Do in The Movies, performing March 10-31, 2024. A newly reimagined production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, inspired by NYC's Ballroom scene, will play during Pride Month 2024.
A full schedule of performances is available at PACNYC.org.