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Date/TimeTitle/DescriptionLocationAudience
Today
@ 6 p.m.
Mame!
Gotham Radio Theatre returns after their SRO performance of Ellery Queen with another classic character, Auntie Mame. The year is 1925, orphaned young Patrick Dennis is brought to New York to be raised by his eccentric Aunt, Mame. This “irreverent escapade” written by Patrick Dennis set records on the New York Times bestseller list. Adapted for the stage by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, it starred Rosalind Russell. Gotham’s production will include a live orchestra using music from the perio…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, December 8
@ 6 p.m.
Navidad Flamenca
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II thrills audiences with the rich holiday customs of the Spanish-speaking world, from Argentina and Mexico to Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico. Flamenco Vivo highlights the diversity of national traditions of music, carols, and dance, while also reflecting the broad influence of Spanish culture throughout the Americas. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one h…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Fri, December 9
@ 7 p.m.
Holiday Hula Party
Winter weather got you down? Join our hui! By day, Dara Faust is the shoe supervisor of the New York City Ballet. By Night, Faust has the kuleana (responsibility and privilege) of teaching for Nā Lehua Melemele, a New York City Hui (group, club, alliance) that is comprised of individuals who are joined or united by a common love of the hula. Faust comes to the Library to lead an interactive evening exploring the native art of Hawaiian dance, expressing all that we see, hear, smell, taste, touch,…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA CafeAdults
Sat, December 10
@ 2:30 p.m.
Holiday Songbook
A concert of new holiday music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists, presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul and directed by John Znidarsic. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. General admission sea…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, December 12
@ 6 p.m.
Holiday Songbook
A concert of new holiday music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists, presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul and directed by John Znidarsic. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. General admission sea…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, December 15
@ 6 p.m.
Curtain Up Conversation: John Kander
Famous for his work on Chicago, Cabaret, and other musical theater masterworks, composer John Kander transformed American musical theater, along with his songwriting partner Fred Ebb. Celebrating his many successes in London and New York, The Library welcomes Kander to the Library stage for a Curtain Up Conversation. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about Kander’s writing process, hear his memories from Broadway and the West End, while observing rarely seen artifacts from the Library…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, December 17
@ 2:30 p.m.
Karen Luschar sings “MISTLETOE AND HOLLY”
Deck the halls and ring in the "holly-daze" with classics you can't imagine the season without, to lesser known treasures you will want to hear more of. Karen and her band celebrate the fun and warmth of this special season with Christmas in Killarney, A Song of Christmas, Scarlet Ribbons, Let It Snow, Christmas Memories, I'll Be Home for Christmas, O Holy Night, Count Your Blessings, White Christmas, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, The Happiest Christmas and so many more. There's even a si…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, December 19
@ 6 p.m.
LPA Cinema Series
Noises Off
Noises Off Directed by Peter Bogdanovich 104 minutes The setting of Michael Frayn's Olivier-winning and Tony-nominated play is transposed from Britain to the US. Peter Bogdanovich directs an Anglo-American cast, including Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, Nicolette Sheridan, and Denholm Elliott. 40 Years of London and New York Theatre on Film is presented in conjunction with Curtain Up: Celebrating the Last 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London. Photo credit: Photofest
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Wed, December 28
@ 1 p.m.
The Dance Historian Is In
Holiday Treat: ​Mr. B at the Movies
Mr. B at the Movies Dance Historian David Vaughan will introduce and screen selections from George Balanchine's work in commercial film, from Dark Red Roses (1929) to Follow the Boys (1944). Seating is first come, first served. Program subject to change. George Balanchine behind the camera. Photo by Martha Swope, 1964.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening RoomAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Businesspeople,
College & Graduate Students,
Teachers,
K-12 Educators,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults,
Teachers
Thu, January 5
@ 6 p.m.
LPA Cinema Series
Whose Life Is It, Anyway?
Whose Life Is It, Anyway? Directed by John Badham, 1981 119 minutes This American production of the Olivier and Tony Award-winning British play by Brian Clark stars Richard Dreyfuss as a paralyzed artist who argues for the right to die. The supporting cast includes John Cassavetes and Christine Lahti. 40 Years of London and New York Theatre on Film is presented in conjunction with Curtain Up: Celebrating the Last 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London. Photo credit: Photofest
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Fri, January 6
@ 7 p.m.
Create a Character: An Evening with Makeup Artist Joe Dulude II
Joe Dulude II is probably best known for his makeup designs for the Olivier and Tony Award winning hit musical Wicked. Since Wicked, Joe has added many Broadway credits, designing for Dr. Zhivago, On the Town, If/Then, Beautiful, The Wedding Singer,Grease!, Follies, Jekyll & Hyde, and more. He is a teacher of theatrical makeup at Pace University, Muhlenberg College, and the Hartt School. For this Library program, Dulude will discuss his craft, and perform a live demonstration of his creati…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA CafeAdults
Sat, January 7
@ 1:30 p.m.
New York Opera Forum presents Hänsel und Gretel
The New York Opera Forum will present a concert version of Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck. Musical Director, Richard Nechamkin. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. General admission seating. Call 212.642.0142 for…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, January 9
@ 6 p.m.
Radicals in Miniature: Sonic Portraits of an Alt-Culture Cabal
Meet a cabal of creative icons who impacted 20th century “alternative” culture, only to lose their toehold on immortality. Writer/director/performer Ain Gordon and composer/writer/ performer Josh Quillen come to the Library to preview their new performance work, Radicals in Miniature, debuting at the Baryshnikov Arts Center this Spring. Together onstage, Quillen and Gordon speak, sing, play, interrogate, and partner, resurrecting “downtown” personal heroes who thrived between the “Summer of L…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, January 12
@ 6 p.m.
Flowers Cracking Concrete: Rosemary Candelario on Eiko & Koma’s Asian/American Choreographies
Rosemary Candelario’s new book Flowers Cracking Concrete is the first in-depth study of the forty-year career of Eiko & Koma—two artists from Japan who have lived and worked in New York City since the mid-1970s, establishing themselves as innovative and influential modern and postmodern dancers. Candelario presents an evening of fascinating insight, images, performance video, and conversation. Reserve your general admission seat HERE starting December 12th (If you need assistance with onlin…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, January 19
@ 6 p.m.
ICE at the Library: Collecting Ashley Fure
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), described by the New York Times as “one of the most accomplished and adventurous groups in new music,” has premiered over 500 compositions, mostly by emerging composers - since its founding in 2001. In an effort to reshape the way that music is created and shared, ICE is striving to create a radically accessible online archive, where composers, performers, and audiences can discover new works, and share their thoughts about how music is composed, pe…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, January 21
@ 2:30 p.m.
Brahms Encounters: Romantic Spirit
New York Classical Players continue their series of engaging concerts inspired by the Library’s collection of Johannes Brahms manuscripts. See Brahms’s hand-written sketch of melodies for the majestic Piano Trio no. 2, Op. 87. Gain an enhanced perspective on Brahms’ brilliance through conversation with the performers, before hearing New York’s most gifted young professional musicians offer virtuosic and thoughtfully prepared performances of Brahms’ most passionate and haunting works, the Scherzo…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, January 24
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Wed, January 25
@ 1 p.m.
The Dance Historian Is In
Martha Graham
Martha Graham Dance Historian David Vaughan will introduce and screen selections from the work of this iconic figure of modern dance, with a focus on her earlier work.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening RoomAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Businesspeople,
College & Graduate Students,
Teachers,
K-12 Educators,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults,
Teachers
Thu, January 26
@ 6 p.m.
Some Enchanted Evenings
Author David Kaufman discusses the glittering life and times of the toast of Broadway, Mary Martin, who dominated the American musical theatre's Golden Age. Followed by a Q&A with actor, Foster Hirsch. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, January 28
@ 2:30 p.m.
Pierre Bernac's Library: Songs of Poulenc, Leguerney, and Honneger
The Library proudly houses the archives of baritone Pierre Bernac, history's supreme champion and interpreter of 20th century French art song. Pianist Matthew Odell returns to the Bruno Walter Auditorium to present a recital inspired by Bernac's personal collection of scores, including songs by Poulenc, Leguerney, and Honneger. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, February 2
@ 6 p.m.
LPA Cinema Series
Evita
Evita Directed by Alan Parker, 1996 135 minutes The Olivier and Tony Award-winning Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical is brought to the screen with Madonna starring as Argentinian First Lady Eva Peron. The film, which costars Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce, won an Oscar for the original song "You Must Love Me." 40 Years of London and New York Theatre on Film is presented in conjunction with Curtain Up: Celebrating the Last 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, March 2
@ 6 p.m.
LPA Cinema Series
Bent
Bent Directed by Sean Mathias, 1997 105 minutes The play by American expat Martin Sherman premiered in England where it won an Olivier Award, transferred to Broadway and was nominated for two Tonys, and was brought to the screen by a British director and a mostly British cast (including Clive Owen and Mick Jagger). French-Canadian actor Lothiaire Bluteau costars in this drama about gay men in a Nazi concentration camp. 40 Years of London and New York Theatre on Film is presented in conjun…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, March 20
@ 6 p.m.
LPA Cinema Series
Dangerous Liaisons
Dangerous Liaisons Directed by Stephen Frears, 1988 119 minutes Christopher Hampton's Olivier-winning and Tony-nominated play (which was adapted from Pierre Chloderos de Laclos' 1782 French epistolary novel) was filmed with an all-American cast, including John Malkovich and Glenn Close as the scheming Valmont and Marquise de Merteuil, and Michelle Pfeiffer as one of their victims. Winner of three Academy Awards and two BAFTAs, the British equivalent of the Oscar. 40 Years of London and New…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, April 6
@ 6 p.m.
LPA Cinema Series
Closer
Closer Directed by Mike Nichols, 2004 104 minutes This film version of Patrick Marber's Olivier-winning, Tony-nominated play stars Julia Roberts, Jude Law, and Oscar nominees Clive Owen and Natalie Portman. 40 Years of London and New York Theatre on Film is presented in conjunction with Curtain Up: Celebrating the Last 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London. Photo credit: Photofest
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, April 17
@ 6 p.m.
LPA Cinema Series
Proof
Proof Directed by John Madden, 2005 101 minutes David Auburn's American play won a Tony on Broadway, and transferred to the West End, where Gwyneth Paltrow took over the lead role and won an Olivier nomination. She repeats her role as the troubled daughter of a recently deceased mathematical genius in the film version, which costars Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Hope Davis. 40 Years of London and New York Theatre on Film is presented in conjunction with Curtain Up: Celebrating the…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, May 4
@ 6 p.m.
LPA Cinema Series
Sweeney Todd
Sweeney Todd Directed by Tim Burton, 2007 117 minutes Stephen Sondheim's musical masterpiece won Tonys and Olivier Awards, but it still took almost three decades for it to reach the big screen, courtesy of Grand Guignol maestro Tim Burton. Johnny Depp received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the murderous barber of the title, while Helena Bonham Carter plays Mrs. Lovett, baker of the worst pies in London. 40 Years of London and New York Theatre on Film is presented in conjunction…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, May 15
@ 6 p.m.
LPA Cinema Series
Frost/Nixon
Frost/Nixon Directed by Ron Howard, 2008 123 minutes Frank Langella reprises his Olivier-nominated, Tony-winning role as former American President Richard Nixon, and Michael Sheen plays British interviewer David Frost in this adaptation by Peter Morgan of his play. 40 Years of London and New York Theatre on Film is presented in conjunction with Curtain Up: Celebrating the Last 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London. Photo credit: Photofest
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, June 1
@ 6 p.m.
LPA Cinema Series
Once
Once Directed by John Carney 2007, 85 minutes The Irish film that inspired the Tony-winning, Olivier-nominated stage musical stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, who also composed the score (including Oscar-winning song “Falling Slowly”). 40 Years of London and New York Theatre on Film is presented in conjunction with Curtain Up: Celebrating the Last 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London. Photo credit: Photofest
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, June 19
@ 6 p.m.
LPA Cinema Series
Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots Directed by Julian Jarrold 2005, 107 minutes Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the drag queen who designs the title footwear in this British film, which inspired the Tony and Olivier Award-winning American musical. Joel Edgerton costars as the straight owner of the shoe factory. Series presented in conjunction with the exhibition Curtain Up: Celebrating the Last 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London. Photo credit: Photofest
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults

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