By Walter Rutledge
This weekend there is dance, theater and a chance for the next generation to get a taste of performing on the big stage. We have dance in Lincoln Center, theater on Broadway and auditions in Harlem. Here are a few of the events taking place around the city and in our community.
Paul Taylor Dance Company three-week season continues at the David H. Koch Theater through Sunday, March 24th. The season will present twenty works spanning seven decades; celebrating Taylor’s artistic achievements from the 1950s through the present day. There will be a New York premiere, To Make Crops Grow, set to music by Ferde Grofé, and the World Premiere of Perpetual Dawn, which marks Taylor’s 138th dance.
The season will feature the revival of Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal), the 50th anniversary of Scudorama; and the 25th anniversaries of the exuberant Brandenburgs, and his Emmy Award-winning Speaking in Tongues. In addition, every program this season to present one of the Taylor’s six masterworks set to music by Johann Sebastian Bach; Junction, Brandenburgs, Esplanade, Musical Offering, Cascade and Promethean Fire. The schedule of performances weekend is: Friday, March 8, 8pm: Junction, 3 Epitaphs, To Make Crops Grow (New York premiere), Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal); Saturday, March 9, 3pm: Cascade, Eventide, Company B; Saturday, March 9, 8pm: Speaking in Tongues, Promethean Fire; Sunday, March 10, 3pm: Offenbach Overtures, Perpetual Dawn (world premiere), Promethean Fire.
Ticket prices for all performances are $10, $30, $55, $80, $110 and $160. Tickets and a complete season schedule are available through David H. Koch Theater box office or by visiting www.ptdc.org/tickets.
The Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, will hold auditions for their internationally renowned Amateur Night on Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Since 1934 the Apollo has presented the Amateur Night competition living up to the moniker of ““Where stars are born and legends are made.”
The rules and regulations for the auditions are: 1) Auditions are open to anyone who does not have a contract with a major recording label, television or film studio. 2) Each contestant will have up to 90 seconds to audition. 3) There will not be a band on site. Singers may bring a CD or perform a cappella. 4) Dancers should bring a CD for their performance. 5) If bringing a CD for the audition, it cannot be in CD-RW format. 6) All musicians should bring their own instruments. 7) All auditions should be in good taste and with no profanity (including the “N” word). 8) An adult must accompany all children under the age of 18. 9) Children’s category age requirement is 5 to 15 years of age.
For more information visit www.apollotheater.org. All potentials contestants should arrive early, because only the first 300 people will be seen.
Motown: The Musical begins preview performances Monday March 11, 2013 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre 205 West 46th Street, between 8th Ave. & Broadway. The musical features songs from the legendary Motown catalogue with a book by Berry Gordy, and direction by Charles Randolph-Wright. Motown: The Musical tells the story behind “Hitsville USA”, as Smokey finds his unique voice and Diana skyrockets to stardom. The musical chronicles Gordy’s incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight musical mogul; fighting against the odds to turn his improbable dream into a triumphant reality, launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more. Be the first to see the musical before the April 14 opening. For tickets and more show information visit the official website www.motownthemusical.com.
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