Concert / Cabaret: OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW (Brian Stokes Mitchell, presented by Lincoln Center Theater)

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by Gregory Bernard on July 21, 2021

in Concerts / Events,Theater-New York


Lincoln Center Theater inaugurates its concert/cabaret series tonight as part of Restart Stages — Lincoln Centers initiative to bring back the performing arts to New York — with Brian Stokes Mitchell in his new concert Out with the Old, In with the New. Concerts will be July 21-23 and August 12-14, 2021 at 8pm, at The Restart Stage at Damrosch Park. Broadways favorite leading man, Stokes,” whose velvet baritone has been captivating Broadway audiences since the 1990s, will perform a wide range of songs, contemporary as well as favorites from the American songbook and Broadway, to celebrate our finally moving forward from the shadows of this pandemic, accompanied by music director Ted Firth (Music Director/Piano), Clint Deganon (Drums), Paul Beaudry (Bass) and Jason Curry (Saxaphone/Woodwinds).

LCTs concert/cabaret series will continue August 15 & 16 at the Isabel and Peter Malkin Stage at Hearst Plaza. One of todays most eclectic talents, John Gallagher, Jr., will include his own original songs, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. Gallaghers versatility, evident from his Tony Award-winning performance in Spring Awakening, to his subsequent starring roles on Broadway in Green DayAmerican Idiot, the ONeill classic Long Days Journey Into Night, and on TV in HBOThe Newsroom, will be on full display during this intimate evening at the Hearst Plaza.

On Tuesday & Wednesday, August 17 & 18 at 8 at the Malkin Stage are THE BENGSONS. Personal. Raw. Real. Powerful. Funny. Charming.  Harrowing. Full of Life. These are all adjectives used to describe the electro-folk music of Abigail and Shaun Bengson, the married composing and performing couple whose autobiographical work has been seen and heard in New York at Ars Nova and New York Theatre Workshop, as well as nationally and internationally and on YouTube, where videos of their songs have racked up millions of views.  Hearst Plaza audiences are guaranteed to be taken on a joyful ride by this award-winning duo.

Free tickets to the LCT Summersongs cabaret performances and all Restart Stages events will be made available through the TodayTix Lottery. Tickets will not be available at LCT’s website or through LCT’s box office. Enter the Lottery through the TodayTix app. For those without access to the app, please call Lincoln Center Guest Services at 212-875-5456 to reserve.

Coming Up:

Thursday, August 19, Friday, August 20 – 8pm
Isabel and Peter Malkin Stage at Hearst Plaza

The “phenomenal” (NY Times) award-winning actor-singer-songwriter Grace McLean will bring her own special magic to the Hearst Plaza, accompanied by Justin Goldner on bass and Hiroyuki Matsuura on drums, to perform a concert of her acclaimed original music, accompanying herself on the looper.   Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in the Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 production of her musical In the Green, McLeans voice was described by Stephen Holden in the NY Times as “a flexible instrument with unexpected reserves of power…Behind her playful adventurousness lies a well of passion.”

Saturday, August 21, Sunday, August 22 – 8pm
Isabel and Peter Malkin Stage at Hearst Plaza

Composer-lyricist-playwright Michael R. Jackson made his professional theatrical debut in 2019 when his musical A Strange Loop took New York by storm, winning numerous accolades including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  With MichaelMakeYouFeelGood, the triple threat, described by Vogue Magazine as “hyper-observant and hyper-verbal …. part of an extraordinary generation of ferociously talented black playwrights,” will be backed by music director/pianist Sean Patrick Cameron, accompanied by Alden Banta on flute/saxophone, John Convertino on bass, Chris Karabelas on drums and vocalist Latoya Edwards, to perform an evening of stories and music guaranteed to – make yofeel good.

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