Despite the cancellation of the first two preview performances on February 27 and 28, the previews for Three Tall Women, the Broadway debut of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1994 drama, began on March 1. The show, which stars Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalf, and Alison Pill, is still set to open on March 29 at the Golden Theatre.
The autobiographical play made its debut in 1994 at the Vineyard Theatre. Albee based it on his upbringing in New England and his rejection by his adoptive parents after coming out as gay. The three women have no names, just A, B, and C. After having won two Oscars for Women in Love and A Touch of Class and having been a Labour MP in the UK for 23 years, Glenda Jackson returns to Broadway in the role of A, an rich woman in her 90s with dementia. After having recently been nominated for an Oscar for Lady Bird and also after returning to the role of Jackie on TV’s Roseanne that earned her three Emmys, Laurie Metcalf is joining in the role of B, A’s caretaker. Joining them is Tony Award-nominee Alison Pill as C, who takes care of A’s legal affairs. In the first act, B and C listen to A’s disjointed ramblings about her life, her childhood, her marriage, and her estrangement from her gay son. In the second act, B and C become younger versions of A.
The director of show is Joe Mantello, who, among his long list of theatre credits, directed both the stage and screen versions of Love! Valour! Compassion! Its producer, Scott Rudin, has a long list of Broadway and Hollywood credits in addition to having an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony, which is an achievement that very few people are able claim, and he was the first producer who can do so. The show has been produced before in New York in an off-Broadway production, in Vienna, Austria, and twice on London’s West End, and it marked a return to form for Albee. But it is only now that it is finally coming to Broadway in a production full of award winners both on and off the stage.
The center of New York City’s theater district is home to a major organization in the musical industry. The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) is a festival that promotes musical theater, and is aimed at enhancing the vitality of musical theater every year, keeping theater alive and well. The New York Musical Festival has been in existence for over a decade and continually introduces new content to all attendees in NYC. According to NYMF, over the course of the festival, over 400 shows have premiered. This has led to the introduction of more than 8,000 artists to over 300,000 audience members. In 2013, the New York Musical Festival received a Drama Desk Award, a sign of the festival’s significance to the world of musical theater.
The Festival Details
For the 2018 New York Musical Festival, varying passes are offered. These passes offer the ability to not only book tickets in advance of the general public but also offer pass holders the chance to enter the theater before individual tickets holders. There are three levels of passes, ranging from $124-$559.
1.) Pass – $124
This is an individual pass. It provides a combination of one lanyard and pass in addition to four tickets and one invitation to the opening night celebration of the festival.
2.) Pass Plus – $297
With up to a combination of two passes and two lanyards, this pass is great for couples or friends. It provides ten tickets, two invitations to the opening night celebration of the festival, and exclusive access to all readings for two people.
3.) Pass Premium – $559
The pass premium features a combination of up to four passes and lanyards, making it great for small groups. Up to twenty tickets are included with the pass in addition to four invitations to the opening night celebration of the festival. Additionally, the premium includes exclusive access to all readings for four people and four invitations to the closing night celebration.
These passes are not necessary for entrance to the 2018 New York Musical Festival, but give holders additional benefits in addition to discounts off of the festival tickets.
Outside of the musical festival itself, the NYMF participates in and hosts a variety of community programs. One of their most notable programs is the Next Link Project, which trains musical theater writers and provides mentorship for the writers.
The New York Musical Festival is one of, if not, the largest annual musical theater events in the United States. Past performances have proved fruitful for many performers at the festival, as multiple performers have gone to perform on Broadway, nationally, and globally.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.