Entertainment

Bernhardt/Hamlet

(Previews began Aug. 31, 2018, opened Sept. 25, 2018, closes Nov. 18, 2018)

(2 hrs 20 mins)

Janet McTeer stars in the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s new play about famed actress Sarah Bernhardt, who, in 1897, prepares for her most challenging role, that of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Will Bernhardt triumph or be hoist with her own petard, as the melancholy Dane would say?

Schedule: Tu-Sa 8 pm, W & Sa 2 pm, Su 3 pm

Tickets: $49-$139

Big Apple Circus

(Oct. 20, 2018-Jan. 27, 2019)

NYC’s very own intimate one-ring circus—no seat is more than 50 feet away from the action—marks its 41st anniversary season with a new ringmaster (Stephanie Monseu); The Flying Tunizianis, a trapeze act; Spicy Circus, a trampoline act; Victor Moiseev, a horizontal juggler and more. New this year is the Hall of Wonder entrance, with preshow thrills and culinary treats.

Regular schedule (which can vary): W-F 11 am & 7 pm, Sa 11 am, 3 & 7 pm, Su noon & 4 pm

Tickets: $29-$195

Birdland

“The jazz corner of the world” is how Charlie Parker described this club. Highlights:

Oct. 23-27: Ron Carter Quartet

Oct. 30-Nov. 3: Ron Carter’s Golden Striker Trio

Nov. 6-10: Django Reinhardt Festival

Nov. 13-17: Joe Lovano Nonet

Nov. 20-24: Veronica Swift and Emmet Cohen Trio

Nov. 27-Dec. 1: Curtis Stigers

Dec. 4-8: Pharoah Sanders

Dec. 11-15: Stacey Kent

Birdland Theater

The new, 100-seat performance space below Birdland Jazz Club offers a varied entertainment program, including cabaret, jazz, dance, burlesque, comedy and performances by Broadway stars and limited-run Off-Broadway productions.

Highlights:

Nov. 27: Rex Reed

Nov. 28-29: Sharon McNight

Dec. 4: Steven Brinberg as Simply Barbra in “Simply Barbra Merry Hannukah/Happy Christmas Show”

Dec. 5-8: The Jive Aces

Blue Man Group

(1 hr 45 mins, no intermission)

Now in its 25th year (opening night was Nov. 17, 1991), the show features a trio of bald blue life-forms utilizing high-energy music, props, splatters of paint, comedy and pantomime as it stretches the limits of performance art.

Schedule: M-Tu 7 pm, W-F 8 pm, Sa-Su 2, 5 & 8 pm (schedule can vary)

Tickets: $59.55-$109.55 (prices subject to change)

 

Blue Note Jazz Club

The best and brightest jazz luminaries perform here. Highlights:

Oct. 30-Nov. 4: Michel Camilo Trio

Nov. 8-11: Take 6

Nov. 13-18: Bob James Trio

Nov. 19-25: Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars

Nov. 27-Dec. 2: John Scofield Quartet

Dec. 4-9: Arturo Sandoval

Dec. 10-Jan. 6: Chris Botti: 14th Annual Holiday Residency

Bowery Ballroom

Host to indie and alternative bands, this 575-capacity Beaux Arts theater has a subterranean bar and is known for its acoustics. Times/prices vary.

Broadway Plus VIP Services

Among the services offered are meet-and-greet packages for some of Broadway and Off-Broadway’s hit shows. Custom packages can be designed to include walk-on roles, performing workshops for all ages and behind-the-scenes tours. Log on to broadwayplus.com for further information and to make reservations.

BroadwayCon

(Jan. 11-13, 2019)

The three-day jamboree/convention/expo for fans of Broadway plays and musicals includes performances, panels, workshops, interviews, meet-and-greets and more.

Confirmed guests include Alex Brightman, Danny Burstein, Joe Iconis, Caitlin Kinnunen and hundreds more actors, producers, authors, songwriters and up-and-coming talents.

Tickets: $80 day pass, $195 three-day pass

BroadwayHD

The online, on-demand streaming service brings live theater—more than 200 recent as well as classic musicals, plays and comedies—and exclusive live-stream content to at-home or on-the-go audiences located in the United States (at this time). BroadwayHD is currently available on Amazon Channels, all compatible Amazon Video devices, and Android and iOS mobile devices. Access is via a monthly package, yearly subscription or on a per-show basis.

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