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Arts Committee—Faculty Picks

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mcelligott Broadway Plays (Joe McElligott)
The New York City theater experience on Broadway offers an opportunity to observe the best unique live performances possible, of which you, as an audience member, are an integral part (read more). These picks will all cost you less than you might think if you take advantage of special membership rates provided to Lehman students and staff by the Theatre Development Fund.

  • Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark: Broadway’s new Spider-Man is back and bigger and better than ever before. WOR Radio said that, “Spider-Man is now fantastic--in fact sensational! A spectacular for the ages.” Adding to that rave review, The Huffington Post in their Spider-Man review said that, “Stunning costumes, beautifully touching songs, off-beat sets straight out of the pages of comic books and larger-than-life actors and stuntmen, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark turned into an extravaganza of entertainment that keeps on playing in my mind.” If you want to find out first hand what all the buzz regarding Spider-Man is really about, come to Carman Hall B-04 at 12:30 on March 1st and listen to the inside word from the Public Relations and Marketing team that worked on the most challenging play on Broadway today, Spider-Man. Appearing now on Broadway at the Foxwood Theatre, 213 West 42nd Street. Directions TDF link
  • Seminar: If you have ever had the desire or burning passion to write the novel that you know is buried deep within you, then SEMINAR, a new play written by Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck is for you. The lead character of the play’s impressive cast, Alan Rickman, also known as Severus Snipes of the Harry Potter film series who played one of the most dreaded and feared teachers at the Hogwarts School by teaching through intimidation and instilling terror into his students by a single glance, returns to do it all over again with four aspiring young novelists who have each paid five thousand dollars for the privilege. Rickman dons his twenty-first century robes and again through intimidation and manipulation, attempts to discover the motivations and secret voices that are buried deep within each of his eager young scribes. When classes are conducted well, both student and teacher come away having learned something. The Seminar is no different and Rickman is forced to come to terms with his own past accomplishments and failures that he has harbored for thirty years. Rickman may have an unconventional pedagogical method of instruction with his four students, but as a muse he gets the job done when it comes to not only his own life but the lives of those who need him. Appearing now at the Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St. between Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for more information.
  • Sister Act: Join Whoopi Goldberg’s sensational stage production and the amazing soul-searching adventures, revelations and epiphany of disco singer Deloris Van Cartier, posing as the energetic and occasionally rambunctious Sister Mary Clarence. Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway (W 53rd St), New York, NY 10019. Directions TDF link
  • Black Angels Over Tuskegee: Connect with award winning playwright, Layon Gray as he critically explores a time in the United States when intellect, devotion to country and equal opportunity for all American citizens wasn’t universally accepted. This intense struggle for basic human rights was fought not only in Europe and Asia, but also in the streets of Tuskegee, Alabama USA, the setting of this marvelous production. Actors Temple Theater, 339 West 47th St (8th & 9th Aves), New York, NY 10036. Directions TDF link
  • The Addams Family: The cartoonist Charles Addam is the inspiration for this smash hit musical on Broadway. The Addams family, although somewhat dysfunctional and extremely mysterious, will lead you on an exciting journey into themes commonly searched for by members of all families, the quest for a normal family life, love and acceptance. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W 46th St (Broadway & 8th Ave), New York, NY 10036. Directions TDF link
  • All American Girls: Set in Chicago during World War II, when the US Armed Forces is not the only American institution that is racially segregated. There are two baseball teams getting ready to square off against each other on the baseball field. The mystery begins before a scheduled exhibition game between the Red Diamonds and the Rockford Peaches. Before taking the field to play America’s game, the players are forced to deal with racial discrimination, treachery and deceit.Actors Temple Theatre. TDF link


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