With Broadway in Bryant Park and New Music in Bryant Park making their 2013 debuts this week, the outdoor live music season hits full throttle at Manhattan's town square. It’s been a great season for live music at Bryant Park so far, and it’s about to get even better as two series, one an old favorite, the other an exciting new-comer, make their 2013 bows this week.
On Thursday, July 11, we welcome back Broadway in Bryant Park, presented by 106.7 LiteFM. As one of our most popular summer series, Broadway in Bryant Park features the casts from hit Broadway and Off-Broadway shows performing, live on stage, the songs that make the shows successful.
For six consecutive Thursdays, from 12:30-1:30pm, Bryant Park’s lawn serves as an open air theater as some of the most talented singers currently performing on NYC’s stages come to show off their pipes. The series kicks off with appearances by the casts of Stomp, Pippin, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, and iLuminate: Artist of Light (July 11).
Future programs include the casts from The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, F#%king Up Everything, and Sistas the Musical (July 18); Avenue Q, Rock of Ages, Soul Doctor, Storyville, and Gazillion Bubble Show (July 25); Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Kinky Boots, Big Fish, Let It Be, and First Date (August 1); Annie the Musical, Wicked, Cougar the Musical, and The Fantasticks (August 8); and, winding up the series on August 15, Motown the Musical, Once, Mamma Mia!, and Forever Tango. As always, consult the Bryant Park events calendar for complete information.
And on Friday, New Music at Bryant Park – a contemporary music series presented by BPC and Chamber Music America – debuts. This series brings extraordinarily talented musicians to the park on eight consecutive Friday evenings to perform exciting new work commissioned by Chamber Music America. The range of genres runs the spectrum, including contemporary classical music, world music, and jazz.
The series kicks off with a concert by FFEAR (Forum For Electro-Acoustic Research), blurring the boundaries between classical and jazz with its funky, earthy, visceral, and emotional work.
New Music at Bryant Park continues each Friday, beginning at 6:00pm, through August 30. Funding for the commissioning programs of Chamber Music America is provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.