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See Brecht in the Park in July at Central Park North’s Great Hill near Harlem

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To shake up the usual outdoor theatre fare offered in NYC, Elephant Run District is presenting Brecht in the Park for the month of July in Central Park North. Brecht in the Park is three short plays, which will include The Elephant Calf (1926), In Search of Justice (1938) and The Exception and the Rule (1929). Each of the three short plays is connected by the motif of a courtroom drama, where society’s rules are examined and one is judged based on those rules.

Performances are Saturdays and Sundays starting July 6 to the 28th at 4 p.m. (no-show July 13) near the southeast corner of the Great Hill in Central Park. Admission is free to all performances. Donations will gladly be accepted. Take the subway C, 2 or 3 trains to 110 Street.

The organization is partnering with bier international in Harlem at 113 Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd. Bier’s chef is creating special pre- and post-show menu items to serve at the restaurant.

For more information about this event go to www.elephantrundistrict.org.

See DREAMGIRLS by Harlem Repertory Theatre

Starting August 17, the Harlem Repertory Theatre will be presenting a chamber version of DREAMGIRLS in two separate theatre spaces in Harlem. It is opening its 2012 season with the classic R&B musical drama. Ten talented actor/singers will bring this dazzling rags to riches story to life in two settings: Act One will be played in the proscenium theatre at the 133rd Street Arts Center, while Act Two will be performed in the open loft space on the third floor of the same building.

Tickets for this event are $15 and $20 for general seating. Premiumn tickets cost $40. Show is suitable for children ages 8 and up. Tickets can be purchased at SMARTTIX.

When:
August 17 to October 21

Where:
The 133rd Street Arts Center,
308 W. 133rd Street, New York, NY 10027

Times:
Fridays at 7 pm
Saturdays at 2 pm & 7 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

Previews: August 17 to 19
Opening: August 24
Critics are invited after August 19

Box Office:
SMARTTIX (212) 868-4444

Dream Deferred Opens April 20 at 133rd Street Arts Center in Harlem

Written and directed by the award-winning playwright Marcus Dargan, Dream Deferred puts a spotlight on racial tensions and social action, as African-American residents of an apartment building in Harlem struggle against the looming commercial dominance of a newly built condominium, just across the street. Dream Deferred is drawn from Dargan’s conversations and observations of Harlem residents. “It’s a historical document, artistically expressed to reflect the experiences of a people who may someday vanish from Harlem’s landscape without having had their final stories told. This play represents the beginning of their untimely end.”

Dream Deferred will run 13 performances from April 20-29 at the 133rd Street Arts Center located at 308 West 133rd Street in Harlem. General tickets are $20 at the door and are available at the box office one hour before curtain or by calling the box office at 347-855-7281. Advance online tickets are $18 for adults, and $15 for seniors, students, and artists at www.brownpapertickets.com.

For complete ticket and schedule information, visit www.nuafrikantheatre.org/dream-deferred.

Apollo Theater celebrates Harlem Week with ‘Mama, I Want to Sing-The Next Generation’


A few days ago, I mentioned how Mama, I Want to Sing-The Next Generation performance schedule was extended to the end of the year. The musical is currently playing at the  at the Dempsey Theater, located at 127 West 126th Street, in Harlem. Now I learn that the cast of Mama, I Want to Sing will be performing at the Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night the evening of August 10. This is all in celebration of Harlem Week 2011!

According to the Apollo Theater literature, “the original production of Mama, I Want To Sing was a 1983 Broadway musical created by Vy Higgensen and based on the life of her sister Doris Troy, a young gospel singer, who steps away from the church for the chance to perform at the legendary Amateur Night.”

If you want to see the cast of Mama, I Want to Sing at the Apollo Amateur Night, click here to order tickets. If you live in Harlem, the Apollo offers half price ticketing for select events. To take advantage of the special offer, Harlemites must purchase tickets at the box office on 125th Street.

‘Mama I Want to Sing’ will be singing longer in Harlem, musical gets extended


The lovely and amazing Vy Higginsen announced recently that Mama I Want to Sing:The Next Generation gets to sing a bit longer right here in Harlem. “The longest running off-Broadway black musical in theater history” is playing at the Dempsey Theater, located at 127 West 126th Street. Dates have been extended to the end of the year. Mama I Want to Sing is about a talented young gospel singer who embraces secular music despite the strong objections of her mother.

To order tickets, go to Smarttix.com