DEAN’S PICKS FOR MID-WINTER 2012

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SEEN all over town: “Looking for a caring, long-term relationship” is not a phrase one would expect from Carnegie Hall.  PMD was tapped by the venerable institution to bring in new audiences, with a wink and a nod towards Valentine’s Day.

Opening in 1891, Carnegie Hall has presented extraordinary music and musicians, delivering the power of music to the widest possible audience. From Philip Glass to Jay-Z, there truly is something for everyone.

Find your match at Carnegie Hall.

More Dean’s Picks for Mid-Winter listed in Alphabetical Order.

Choose to Stand Up
New York  NY
Ongoing
http://whystand.org
The African Services Committee has worked for over 20 years providing HIV testing, support and access to treatment for immigrant New Yorkers.  While effective treatments have dramatically changed the fight against AIDS, stigmas and discrimination against HIV+ people remain nearly as strong as ever.  The African Services Committee has created a campaign that fosters an environment of solidarity, where discrimination and exclusion have no place.

Don Quixote
Boston Ballet, Boston MA
April 26 – May 6
http://www.bostonballet.org
Rudolf Nureyev’a grand production is full of virtuoso dancing, vivid sets and costuming, and a bold telling of this lively tale. The focus is not on Miguel de Cervantes’ hero but on the romance between two of the novel’s minor characters.

Fancy Free
Boston Ballet, Boston MA
May 10-20
http://www.bostonballet.org
See Jerome Robbins’ first ballet, the headliner “Fancy Free”,  that has proved to be one of American’s favorites.  “Fancy Free” follows the story of sailors on shore leave getting into a bit of romantic mischief.  In addition, Pete Martins’ “Barber Violin Concerto”  and Harald Lander’s “Études” will be presented to complete the program.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Huntington Theatre, Boston MA
March 9 – April 8
http://www.huntingtontheatre.org
Legendary 1920’s blues singer Ma Rainey and her musicians gather in a run-down Chicago studio to record new sides of old favorites when generational and racial tensions suddenly explode.

Motherhood the Musical
Society Hill Playhouse, Philadelphia PA
October 2011 – April 1, 2012
http://www.motherhoodthemusical.com
Motherhood is for life.  In this original play, four women share their insights, challenges and pleasures at a baby shower for a soon-to-be first time mom.  This is a funny, yet loving look at being a mom at any age, discovering how powerful a mother’s love can be and how quickly children grow up.

New York City Ballet at the Kennedy Center
Kennedy Center, Washington DC
April 3 – 8
http://www.kennedy-center.org
The acclaimed New York City Ballet, renowned for its linear purity, speed and musicality, perform two mixed repertory programs accompanied by the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.

NYC Opera at BAM
BAM, Brooklyn NY
February 12 – 25
http://www.nycopera.com/
Taking the opera directly into the neighborhoods of New York returns “The People’s Opera” to the people. The season opens with the classic Verdi masterpiece, La traviata,  the tragic tale of love and life – both lost and found, starring Brooklyn native, Laquita Mitchell.  Next will be the U.S. premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna, the story of a once-acclaimed diva, sung by rising star Melody Moore.

Once
Bernard B Jacobs Theatre, New York NY
Previews begin February 28
http://oncemusical.com/
A new musical, based on the Academy Award winning film, tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music.  Their unlikely friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create.

Play With Fire
Boston Ballet, Boston MA
March 1 -11
http://www.bostonballet.org
Boston Ballet brings the best of the new to the stage in a rule-breaking, spell-binding contemporary program.  See Kylian’s “Bella Figura” for an encore performance, Jorma Elo’s first work for the Boston Ballet, “Sharp Side of Dark”, and Christopher Bruce’s acclaimed “Rooster” set to the music of the Rolling Stones.

Psycho Therapy
Cherry Lane Theatre, New York NY
January 17 – February 25
http://www.cherrylanetheatre.org/onstage/psycho-therapy/
Lily’s fiancée Phillip blow off couples therapy and Dorian, her hot young ex-boyfriend, jumps in to fill the void.  When the trio ends up on the couch together, only therapist Nancy Winston can untangle the kinks. This insanely entertaining new comedy opens the door to a new option – couples therapy for three.

Simply Sublime
Boston Ballet, Boston MA
February 9 – 19
http://www.bostonballet.org
Boston Ballet presents three perfect ballets in one program.  See Fokine’s “Les Sylphides”, staged by Florence Clerc, Christopher Wheeldon’s finest masterpiece, “Polyphonia”, and George Balanchine’s stunning “Symphony in Three Movements.”

“Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard”
The Phillips Collection, Washington DC
February 4 – May 6
http://www.phillipscollection.org
Combining over 200 photographs with approximately 70 painting, prints and drawings, this exhibit focuses on the dynamic relationship among artist’s work in various media.  The invention of the handheld camera energized the working methods and creative vision of many post-impressionists.  Many of the artists translated their photographic images directly into their work.  “Snapshot” is the largest selection ever assembled of photographs from these artists.

“Their Eyes Were Watching God”
The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, New York NY
February 24-March 28
http://www.thegreenespace.org
The Greene Space will present the first American radio drama of this timeless tale.  Set in the 1920s,  this is the story of Janie Crawford as she undertakes an unexpected journey that includes marriages to three different men, challenging the morals and social expectations of the small Southern town that serves as the narrative backdrop. The exceptional cast includes Phylicia Rashad, Chuck Cooper, Brandon Dirdon and Leslie Uggams.

Van Halen “A Different Kind of Truth”
Album out now!
http://www.van-halen.com/
A reunion 28 years in the making, David Lee Roth reunites with Van Halen for an album of new material that marks the return to the sound that millions have loved for years.  Hints of the late 70’s club days are apparent in the new songs with fresh arrangements and new lyrics from Roth, these are soon to be classic Van Halen hits.

Washington National Opera: Cosi Fan Tutte
Kennedy Center, Washington DC
February 25 – March 15
http://www.kennedy-center.org
In Mozart’s game of love and seduction, two young men wager that their fiancées will remain faithful, even when tempted.  To prove it, they decide to do the tempting themselves.

Washington National Opera: Nabucco
Kennedy Center, Washington DC
April 28 – May 21
http://www.kennedy-center.org
Witness the epic struggle of a royal family at odds with their nation and each other, battling for power among the lost wonders of the world in Verdi’s poster opera about defeat, enslavement and exile of the ancient Babylonian Jews.

Wellmont Theater
Montclair NJ
Shows throughout the year
http://www.wellmonttheatre.com/
This historic movie theater reopened as a state of the art concert venue in downtown Montclair, hosting national acts through the year. Upcoming shows include Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Jane’s Addiction and the Levon Helm Band.

The Wooster Group “Early Plays”
St Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn NY
February 15 – March 4
http://stannswarehouse.org/
The Wooster Group’s production will take Eugene O’Neil’s tales of sailors on and off the ocean and explore the themes of longing and eternity. Richard Maxwell will compose haunting melodies to thread together the dark underside of turn-of-the-century maritime life.