A new discussion series known as “Broadway Talks” will debut at the 92nd Street Y in March. Producer and Jujamcyn Theaters president Jordan Roth will host the evening talks, each of which will feature a notable Broadway personality. In the first installment on March 1, Roth will chat with respected actor Liev Schreiber, who is currently starring in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge. Subsequent evenings will feature Time Stands Still‘s Laura Linney (March 28), The Addams Family‘s patriarch Nathan Lane (May 23), and star of the upcoming Broadway musical revival Promises, Promises, Sean Hayes (May 24). Tickets for “Broadway Talks” are $27. Get more info at www.92Y.org/lectures.
Broadway diva extraordinaire Patti Lupone, who recently garnered kudos for playing Mama Rose in the latest Broadway revival of Gypsy, will appear in conversation at the 92nd Street Y’s Buttenwieser Hall on February 4 at 8:15pm. Tony Award winner Lupone, whose most notable credits include Evita, Anything Goes, and Sweeney Todd, will discuss her distinguished career at the event.
Christmas gaiety may be flooding New York, but tonight marks the start of Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights that observes a day of religious freedom on the Jewish calendar.
Although events abound around the city, the most noticeable, certainly, is the lighting of the giant menorah at Grand Army Plaza, 59th Street at Fifth Avenue. This being New York, a 10-foot menorah won’t do, or even a 20-foot one. No, the menorah on display clocks in at an impressive 32 feet high, and weighs two tons; it’s reputed to be the largest menorah in the world. The nightly lighting ceremonies are done by a cherry picker, and take place at approximately 4:00 pm each evening of Hanukkah. On the last night, music, singing, folk dancing, gelt (chocolate coins), potato latkes (pancakes) and jelly donuts will add to the festivities. Admission is free.
Elsewhere in our fair city, another Hanukkah lighting takes place tonight at the 92nd Street Y at 4:30 PM (Lexington Avenue and 92nd Street; 212 415-5500); admission is free, and, once again, singing and dancing will prevail.
And at The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street; 212 423-3200); a Hanukkah concert is being presented on Sunday, December 13, at 2:00 PM. It features–we kid you not–the kiddie-rock interpretations of singer Shira Kline.
Enjoy—and bundle up!