Entertainment

Iridium Jazz Club

Big bands and jazz greats are on the schedule. A concise food menu complements an extremely elaborate wine list. Shows/dates vary.

Irving Plaza

This 1,025-capacity rock music venue frequently hosts intimate and off-the-cuff, last-second performances by major commercial artists, the likes of which have included The Ramones, Eric Clapton, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Eminem. 

Jazz at Kitano

Well-known groups and soloists perform in the intimate hotel jazz club.

Sets: W-Sa 8 & 10 pm

Cover charge: $17 W-Th, $20 food and beverage minimum; $32 F-Sa, plus $20 food and beverage minimum.

M open jam 8-11:30 pm ($15 food and beverage minimum)

Tu piano solo series ($15 food and beverage minimum)

Su jazz brunch buffet noon-2:30 pm

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center’s state-of-the-art jazz complex in the Time Warner Center includes the Rose Theater, Appel Room, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.

The 2018–2019 season, which opens Sept. 13, 2018, is Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 31st season.

Highlights:

Sept. 3-15 in the Rose Theater: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: “Spaces” by Wynton Marsalis

Sept. 14-15 in the Appel Room: “Ella Sang the Blues,” with Brianna West

Jazz Standard

An eclectic lineup of world-class artists performing classic jazz to funk, R&B, blues and more, plus Blue Smoke restaurant’s award-winning barbecue. Every M: “Mingus Mondays” concert series. Highlights:

Oct. 25-28: Christian Sands

Nov. 1-4: Pat Martino Trio + Horns

Nov. 8-9: James Francies Band

Nov. 10-11: Marcus Strickland’s Twilife

Nov. 15-18: Sean Jones Quartet

Nov. 20-21, 23-25: Maria Schneider Orchestra

Joe’s Pub

This performance space in the Public Theater boasts eclectic entertainment.

Dec. 2: The Skivvies: “I Touch My Elf”

Dec. 3-5, 9-10, 12: Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments

Dec. 13-16, 18-22: “Justin Vivian Bond Is Refrigerated”

Dec. 20-23: Murray Hill: “A Murry Little Christmas”

Dec. 26-31: Sandra Bernhard: “Quick Sand”

Jan. 8-11: Noche Flamenca: “Avolver”

Jan. 18-19: Cristin Miloti

Joyce Theater

The respected venue welcomes renowned modern-dance companies from the United States and abroad. Highlights:

Sept. 24-Oct. 13: NY Quadrille, featuring John Jasperse Projects (Sept. 24-28), A.I.M. (Sept. 29-Oct. 1, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener (Oct. 2-6), Beth Gill (Oct. 4-7) and Donna Uchizono Company (Oct. 10-13)

Oct. 17-21: Sankofa Danzafro

Oct. 23-25: Pontus Lidberg Dance

Oct. 27-28: Jonah Bokaer Choreography with Charles Renfro

Oct. 30-Nov. 4: Garth Fagan Dance

King Kong

(Previews began Oct. 5, 2018, opened Nov. 8, 2018)

(2 hrs 15 mins)

Beauty tames the beast when a maverick filmmaker, a young actress and the legendary 20-foot-tall, 2,000-pound gorilla come home to New York in the new musical, based on the 1932 novel by Merian C. Cooper.

Schedule: Tu-F 8 pm, Sa 2 & 8 pm (No performances Oct. 16 & 23; additional performances Oct. 31 & Nov. 7 at 2 pm, Nov. 5 at 8 pm)

Beginning Nov. 13, 2018: Tu & Th 7 pm, W, F-Sa 8 pm, W & Sa 2 pm, Su 3 pm

Tickets: $69-$175

King Lear

(Previews begin Feb. 28, 2019, opens April 4, 2019, closes July 7, 2019)

Two-time Academy Award winner, two-time Emmy Award winner and Tony Award winner Glenda Jackson stars in the title role of a new production of Shakespeare’s tragedy. Co-starring are Ruth Wilson, Elizabeth Marvel and Jayne Houdyshell. Sam Gold directs.

Schedule: TBA

Tickets: TBA

Kinky Boots

(Closes April 7, 2019)

(2 hrs 20 mins)

Cyndi Lauper has written the music and lyrics and Harvey Fierstein the book for the musical about a down-on-its-heels shoe factory given a transfusion of style, thanks to a drag queen. Lauper picked up a 2013 Tony Award for her score, and the show walked off with the top prize: Best Musical of 2013. On April 3, 2016, the West End production in London added three more gongs to the show’s trophy cabinet when it picked up three Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical and Best Costume Design (Gregg Barnes).

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