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Brooklyn Academy of Music

Musicals to Attend on Broadway This Spring

Musicals to Attend on Broadway This Spring

Pedro J Torres Spring Musicals 2018

Broadway, the pinnacle of performance art, is the absolute best place to see a live musical. Millions of people annually flock to Broadway, the infamous street in NYC home to some of the best musicals known to man. Broadway has established the names of countless legendary works, actors, actresses, musicians, and singers. Attending a Broadway show is a popular task on bucket lists around the world. If you’re ready to check that item off of your bucket list, you’re in luck. This spring holds some of the best performances you won’t want to miss.

Once on This Island

This bittersweet musical is based on both Romeo and Juliet, with twist inspired by The Little Mermaid. Once on This Island, Stephen Flaherty’s original fairytale first premiered in the 1990’s and went on to earn critical acclaim on Broadway. The story itself takes place in Haiti, during a time of segregation. A young girl is washed away by a flood, but the gods of the island save her. Through this musical the audience is captivated as she learns she may have a destiny after all.

The Book of Mormon

From the hilarious creators of television masterpiece, South Park, The Book of Mormon is perhaps Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s most daring work yet. The musical centers around two Mormon missionaries and is definitely not for those easily offended. The Book of Mormon has earned four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, and a Grammy, surprisingly enough. Prepare for controversial, cynical, brilliant comedy!

Dear Evan Hansen

Following the Second Stage theatre, this is a six-time Tony-winning, comic musical. This thought-provoking production has received only raving reviews. This is a tale about how lies can travel through communities and the repercussions of such. Set in a high-anxiety high school setting, where students who are desperate for any form of recognition from peers, Dear Evan Hansen takes a dark spiral. It touches on several concepts such as suicide, depression, and anxiety.

Springsteen on Broadway

Simply put, this is a show put on by none other than The Boss himself. Bringing a new life to the stage, Springsteen is a Broadway show not to miss. This is a show that tells the story of Bruce Springsteen, from the beginning to current date. This show, provided by the man, himself, displays how his activism and passion has proven a relevant force in music for the last 40 years.

The Best Musical Performances in NYC that Happened During the Holidays

The Best Musical Performances in NYC that Happened During the Holidays

Pedro J Torres Musical Performances in NYC

When the holiday season hits New York City, most people tend to associate it with perennial events such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade or the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. Another thing that makes spending a holiday in New York even more special is the large number of holiday musical performances in just about every style of music imaginable. Below is a compiled list of some of the best performances that happened during the 2017-2018 holiday season.

Pop music fans were glad to see Mariah Carey come to the Beacon Theater for the third year in a row from November 27 to December 5 where she performed a Christmas-themed concert than includes one of her signature hits, “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

On December 9, the legendary Apollo theater, which is known for its weekly amateur hour, threw a family-friendly party for the “Apollo Stars of Tomorrow,” all of whom are under 18. Meanwhile, December 10 held a classical music aficionados thrilled to the sound of Sergei Prokofiev’s immortal Peter and the Wolf as performed by the Ensemble Signal under conductor Brad Lubman. Isaac Mizrahi narrated the timeless story while the choreography of John Heigenbotham made it an evening to remember.

Rock fans danced to the sounds of Yo La Tengo and their Hanukkah residency at the Bowery Ballroom on the Lower East Side which played through December 19. The legendary R&B singer Darlene Love performed a Christmas concert at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill from December 21 to 23. Other acts that performed in New York City this holiday season include LCD Soundsystem, Landlady, Dave Harrington, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mark Kozelek & Kevin Corrigan.

For those who fear they’ve missed the show, no worries here. Some performances are ongoing through January.

Jazz lovers can go to the Blue Note to enjoy the 12th annual holiday residency of world famous jazz-funk trumpet player Chris Botti, which is ongoing until January 7, 2018.

Another legendary theater, Radio City Music Hall, is still holding its annual Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes. While the theater and the Christmas show full of singing, dancing, and elaborate sets and costumes have been around for decades, this year’s show offers immersive state-of-the-art technological upgrades beyond anything before, including an 8K LED wall and digital projections that cover all eight proscenium arches. The show started November 10 and runs until January 8.


Spotlight: BAM Local Collective

Spotlight: BAM Local Collective

Pedro J Torres Local Collective Spotlight

Located in the most densely populated area of New York and secluded by the Hudson, East and Harlem rivers, Manhattan is known has the heart of the “Big Apple”. From the highest skyscraper down to Central Park, Manhattan is booming with life, culture, music, and more. However, Manhattan isn’t the only bustling borough of New York City.

Heading over to the west side of Long Island, Brooklyn is iconically known for the Brooklyn Bridge that connects to Manhattan. Inside the heart of Brooklyn sits the BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building– home to the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The Brooklyn Academy of Music presented it’s first performance in 1861, having Brooklyn feel like home ever since. However, what makes Brooklyn feel most comfortable to BAM is it’s dedicated partners.  This spotlight features the BAM Local Collective that come together in the city that never sleeps.


Brooklyn Flea

Brooklyn Flea was founded in 2008 and grown into one of the top attractions that New York City has to offer, and ranked as one of the best flea markets in the world. Brooklyn Flea is a free flea market open to the public and a must-do experience when visiting New York.

Every Saturday and Sunday in Soho, Brooklyn Flea has over 60 vendors indoors that sell items anywhere from designer to vintage, to handmade and more. Although it’s closed for the season, Brooklyn Flea also has a location in DUMBO that remains open on Sundays April through October.



Taking a jewelry-box to storefront level, Catbird is a classic piece of New York. With all of the jewelry made in their Brooklyn studio, Catbird is a true gem of the city. All stones are conflict free while the materials are all ethically sourced. Believing in local manufacturing, Catbird truly believes in the importance of community in their neighborhood.


Douglas Elliman Real Estate

As the largest brokerage in New York, Douglas Elliman Real Estate was established in 1911. Although this business spans much farther beyond Brooklyn, it’s clear that Douglas Elliman Real Estate invests in their locations. BAM is proud to have the #1 real estate firm as their partner.


The Greene Grape

Not just one, but 4 businesses partner together to create the Green Grape. Together, these businesses have one shared mission of providing quality goods and services made with integrity, skill, and pride. The Green Grape has 4 locations on Fulton Street.



Serving fresh seafood in the city of New York, Luke’s Lobster is an East Village restaurant. They take pride in sustainability, traceability, and community.  With high-quality and sustainable seafood, you know you’re going to get a great meal here!


Madiba Restaurant

With South-African roots, Madiba brings a different culture of cooking straight to the tables of New York. This restaurant is dedicated to bringing traditional styles of South African cooking to all guests that visit.



One of the finest higher education programs in the country, the Pratt is an institution with three locations in the state of New York. Educating undergraduates and graduates for their careers in art, design, architecture, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences, Pratt is a highly recognized institution.


Save Mor Digital Print

One of the print shops in downtown Manhattan, Save Mor Digital Print is a small business that believes in the bigger important of community and giving back. From working with charities and sponsorships, Save Mor has been serving the Brooklyn community since 1981.  


Sincerely Tommy

On the cutting edge of today’s small business industry, Sincerely Tommy is a concept store based in Brooklyn selling emerging women’s fashion and lifestyle items. From local brands to items from around the world, Sincerely Tommy is a unique shop in the city.


About Pedro J Torres

The Brooklyn Academy of Music has had a long and illustrious history long before Pedro J. Torres arrived on the scene a few years ago.  Beginning in 1861, the inaugural performance included Mozart and Verdi on the program.  First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln attended a performance during their opening week.

One of Pedro J. Torres favorite things about BAM are their incredible and historical venues, like the opera house in Fort Green on Lafayette Avenue.  The Howard Gilman Opera House is known for its ornate tall ceilings. Known for its Beaux arts style and start of the art sound system, the venue is frequently sought after for major stars, orchestras, and events.

With Pedro J. Torres immense business experience in Venezuela, he is able to offer his guidance and expertise in BAM’s different business areas.  BAM turned their former ballroom into a café to offer dinner to patrons before live events. This café even has an event series of free concerts for the public to enjoy.

The café began in 1999, and the performances are currently curated by Darrell McNeill.  The café has a helped many artists launch their careers and has also served as a home for intimate performances by established artists.  Artists include Licorice, Early Grehound, Sekou Sundiate, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Haale, ETHEL, Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra, Eisa Davis, Morley, Carl Hancock Rux, and Stew.

Established artists include TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone, Jeffrey Gaines, Joe Bataan, Corey Glover, Marc Ribot, Don Byron, Gary Luca, Fishbone’s Angelo Moore aka Dr. Madd Vibe, Grady Tate, Vernon Reid, and Marshall Crenshaw.

BAM offers a professional development program that Pedro J. Torres is excited about contributing to. The 14 month long program, which is located at the new BAM Fisher facility offers professional development and deeply discounted theater and rehearsal studio rentals to a group of Brooklyn non-profits and organizations.  The program is a collaboration with DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center. Every year they focus on a new discipline to help their participates have long term success.

Pedro J Torres is excited to be a part of this legendary institution.

Pedro J. Torres is on the board of trustees at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, located in scenic Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York.  As a fan of Avant guard music in the burgeoning Brooklyn arts scene, he feels right at home in this role.