NY City Center Season to Feature Wheeldon, Colker, Ailey and More

Classic Arts Features   NY City Center Season to Feature Wheeldon, Colker, Ailey and More
New York City Center has announced the lineup for its 2009-2010 season of dance and theatre. The year kicks off Sept. 22 with the sixth annual Fall for Dance Festival, featuring 20 companies in 10 nights of dance for only $10 per ticket.


The season also includes the third season of acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's dance company Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company and premieres by resident companies Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. The New York Flamenco Festival will celebrate its 10 anniversary year with mesmerizing performances with renowned dancers and musicians direct from Andalusia, Spain, and visiting companies will include Tanguera _ The Tango Musical and Companhia de Dan‹a Deborah Colker.

Manhattan Theatre Club will present New York premieres by Lynn Redgrave and Polly Stenham, and The Pearl Theatre Company will present a season of four classic plays on City Center Stage II. Theater highlights also include the seventeenth season of New York City Center's Encores! series, opening on November 19 with Girl Crazy, followed by Fanny, opening on February 4, 2010 to become the 50th Encores! production since the series began in 1994.

The complete schedule of the 2008-09 season is as follows:

September 22 _ October 3
On Sale Sep. 13
The sixth annual Fall for Dance Festival will feature 20 companies in 10 nights of dance and will pay tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the Ballets Russes. Festival will once again offer all tickets for only $10. Tickets will go on sale Sunday, September 13 at 11:00 am.

The 2009 Festival features 20 American and international companies presenting an eclectic mix of contemporary styles alongside classic pieces, in five unique programs over 10 nights. For the first time all programs will be repeated twice to satisfy the demand for tickets. Several companies will present works that pay tribute to the legendary Ballets Russes, either with reconstructions of original Ballets Russes works or with a contemporary look at Ballets Russes classics.

Tickets: $10

October 7 _ 18, 2009
On Sale Now
Fresh from Argentina, Tanguera is the first tango musical ever. A provocative, sensual and visually entrancing production, Tanguera tells a story of unrequited love in turn-of-the-20th-century Buenos Aires through a unique combination of song, music, and dance. Celebrated after its premiere in Buenos Aires, this innovative musical has dazzled audiences in Paris, Berlin, Madrid, and Tokyo.

Tickets: Tickets start at $45

Petrobras presents

October 22 _ 25, 2009
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4 POR 4 is a collaboration between dance and visual art. Works by Brazilian artists of different times and genres are transformed into dance. Cantos (Corners), based on Cildo Meireles; Mesa (Table), Chelpa Ferro; Povinho (Some People), Victor Arruda; and Vasos (Vases), Gringo Cardia, are choreographies that bring images to life.

Tickets: $25, $45, $60

October 29 _ November 1, 2009
On Sale Sep. 8
The third annual season of Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company will feature two unique programs including U.S. premieres by Artistic Director Christopher Wheeldon and Australian choreographer Tim Harbour, as well as works by Lightfoot Le‹n, Alexei Ratmansky and Mr. Wheeldon. The engagement will feature live music performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, with the opening night conducted by the orchestra's founder and music director, Alondra de la Parra.

Tickets: $30, $50, $95, $110

AMERICA DANCES! Celebrating our Sparkling Heritage: Broadway, TV & Film
Monday, November 2, 2009
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AMERICA DANCES! celebrates a variety of entertainment that defines our American Culture: past, present and future. The evening honors Lawrence Herbert, Patrick Swayze, The Lloyd E. Rigler - Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation, and features special appearances and performances by Laura Benanti, Bob Fosse's Dancin, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Crazy Legs & Rock Steady Crew, Charlotte d'Amboise, Dance Times Square, "Dancing with the Stars," Nicole Fosse, Lombard Twins, Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company, Kathleen Marshall, New York City Ballet's Ashley Bouder & Andrew Veyette, "So You Think You Can Dance," a Tribute to Duke Ellington plus more stars and surprises.

Tickets: $45, $55, $75, $130 (Show Only)

November 19 _ 22
Single Tickets on Sale Sep. 8

The Gershwins' fanciful depression-era musical Girl Crazy (1930) is the tale of a sophisticated New Yorker marooned in a dusty Western cowtown with no one who understands him but the Yiddish-speaking cabbie who brought him there and no one to love but the only woman within 50 miles. The show gave birth to one of the all-time flashiest Broadway scores, featuring "I Got Rhythm," "Embraceable You," and "But Not For Me" among others. The original production put a hot jazz band in the pit, led by cornet virtuoso Red Nichols, and included such jazz greats as Glenn Miller, Gene Krupa, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Jack Teagarden.

Tickets: $25, $50, $95


December 2, 2009 - January 3, 2010
On Sale Sep. 8, 2009

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congress as a vital American "Cultural Ambassador to the World," returns to the stage of New York City Center with exciting performances that have become a joyous holiday tradition. Led by the renowned Judith Jamison, and commemorating her 20th year as Artistic Director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater inspires in a universal celebration of the human spirit using the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition. Ailey's extraordinary artists will move audiences with a diverse repertory by a variety of choreographers that includes classic favorites like Alvin Ailey's signature masterpiece Revelations, a must-see for all Americans.

Please visit www.alvinailey.org for complete details.

Tickets: Starting at $25

February 4 _ 7, 2010
Single Tickets on Sale Sep. 8

Fanny, based on Marcel Pagnol's trilogy Marius, Fanny and Cesar and set in Marseille, is among Broadway's greatest love stories _ a tale of a young girl's passion for a young man so in love with the sea that he leaves her, little realizing that she is pregnant with his child. Her marriage of convenience to a wealthy older man desperate to have an heir is complicated by the sailor's return years later. Joshua Logan and S.N. Behrman provided an earthy book, and Harold Rome's score contains some of the most ardent and sweeping melodies ever written for the theater, including the title song, "Restless Heart" and "Never Too Late For Love."

Tickets: $25, $50, $95

February 11 _ 14, 2010
On Sale Sep. 8

New York's annual flamenco celebration, now in its 10th year, features mesmerizing performances with renowned dancers and musicians direct from Andalusia, Spain!

Thursday, February 11 at 7:30 pm: Gala, artists to be announced Friday and Saturday, February 12 and 13 at 8 pm: Compania Maria Pages
Sunday, February 13 at 7pm: Compania Rocio Molina

Tickets (Feb 12 & 13): : $35, $45, $65, $80

February 19 _ 21, 2010
On Sale Now

The critically-acclaimed Kings of the Dance are back onstage at New York City Center! After a triumphant 10-city Russian tour in 2007-2008 that included sold-out performances in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Ardani Artists presents a new program that will include David Hallberg (USA), Jose Manuel Carreê±o (Cuba), Joaquin De Luz (Spain), and Nikolay Tsiskaridze (Russia), as well as new Kings Marcelo Gomes (Brazil), Dennis Matvienko (Ukraine) and Guillaume Cote (Canada). The three-act performance will include choreography by Frederick Ashton, Josê© Lim‹n, Nacho Duato, Roland Petit, Anton Dolin, Boris Eifman, and Christopher Wheeldon. New York City Center is first stop on the upcoming four-week world tour of Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia.

Tickets: $35, $50, $75, $100

February 24 _ March 14, 2010
On Sale Sep. 8

Two New York premieres _ Also Playing, a comic tribute to Vaudeville, and an untitled work set to Debussy _ head a season celebrating Paul Taylor's 80th birthday. Other highlights: last season's mega-hits, Changes with songs of The Mamas and The Papas, and Beloved Renegade, "best new choreography in 2008" (The New York Times).

Tickets: $10, $25, $35, $55, $75, $95, $135

March 17 _ 20, 2010
On Sale Sep. 8

Corella Ballet Castilla y Le‹n will make its U.S. debut with four performances that will feature the U.S. premier of String Sextet, Angel Corella's first choreography, performed to music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky. The four-performance engagement will feature three other pieces to be announced.

Tickets: $25, $60, $75

April 8 _ 11, 2010
Single Tickets on Sale Sep. 8

Stephen Sondheim's and Arthur Laurents' experimental mid-_ãÄ60s satire of any and every target on the American cultural scene of the moment _ conformity, psychology, race relations, greed, religion, politics _ divided the critics, thrilled the emerging counter-culture, baffled the masses and closed quickly, becoming an instant legend that has grown over the years as Sondheim's reputation has soared. The title song and "With So Little to Be Sure Of" have survived as cabaret classics, but the rarely heard complete score is a riot of jazzy, show-biz razzmatazz, waltzes, gospel numbers and Broadway pastiche, as full of variety and surprise as the show that gave it birth.

Tickets: $25, $50, $95


For more than three decades, Manhattan Theatre Club has been the creative and artistic home for America's most gifted theatrical artists, producing works of the highest quality by both established and emerging American and international playwrights. New York and world premieres created under MTC's auspices travel across America and the world. MTC's plays and musicals challenge, inspire, entertain and provoke audiences. MTC's City Center season includes the New York premieres of Lynn Redgrave's Nightingale, Bill Cain's Equivocation, and the young British playwright Polly Stenham's That Face. (Note: MTC will present three plays additional plays at the Friedman Theater on Broadway).

Please visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com for complete season details.


The Pearl Theatre Company's award-winning Resident Acting Company will present its 26th Season of classics at New York City Center Stage II. The season includes the eccentric, spirited comedy The Playboy Of The Western World by J.M. Synge, directed by incoming artistic director J.R. Sullivan; Bernard Shaw's giddy comedy Misalliance; a whirlwind adaptation of Charles Dickens' Hard Times by Stephen Jeffreys; and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Subject Was Roses by Frank D. Gilroy.

Please visit pearltheatre.org for complete information

Tickets: $30, $40, $50


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