TALENT & PERFORMERS
The Festival Main Stage, hosted by 60 Hudson, will proudly feature dynamic talent from Broadway Shows, local performers and youth organizations.
From Grammy® winners Steve Martin and Edie Brickell comes BRIGHT STAR, the new Broadway musical that “brings a fresh breeze to the spring theater season” (Charles Isherwood of The New York Times). Directed by Tony® winner Walter Bobbie and inspired by a real event, this “downright wonderful” (Newsday) original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ‘40s.
After 20 years in the spotlight, CHICAGO is the #1 longest-running American musical on Broadway – and it’s no wonder why. The winner of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations, CHICAGO is an electrifying tale of greed, murder and show biz that’s been seen by over 30 million people worldwide. Filled with hit songs such as “All That Jazz” and “Razzle Dazzle” and featuring sizzling dancing in the style of Bob Fosse, CHICAGO is simply “the best musical in town” (The New York Times).
Based on the Academy Award®-winning ﬁlm of the same name and hailed as “the best musical of the year” (David Richardson, NPR), FINDING NEVERLAND follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he meets the beautiful widow Sylvia and her four young sons: Jack, George, Michael and Peter. Delighted by the boys’ hilarious escapades, Barrie conjures the magical world of Neverland and writes a play unlike any that theatergoers have ever seen. Directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair), this innovative new musical is packed with mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs and plenty of laughs.
Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra musicians join with the American Tap Dance Foundation's Tap City Youth Ensemble to present a quick history of the art of tap! See how tap developed in the 1800s with shared elements of African, Irish and English dance styles, and learn about the legacy of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Listen as musicians and dancers improvise and trade rhythms back and forth—with each other and the audience! Participate in a post-performance workshop at the side of the stage. (Funded by Goldman Sachs.)
Lincoln Center Theater’s THE KING AND I is the winner of the 2015 Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical. Starring Best Actress Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara (South Pacific) and Hoon Lee, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved gem is "something wonderful indeed" (The New York Times).
Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin- smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships… until the work decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”