Celebrate Brooklyn: Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group and Aoife O'Donovan - Prospect Park Bandshell
August 11, 2012 - Park Slope
Lovett, the man with the big hair, has embraced musical linchpins such as big band swing, country, folk, and gospel in his lengthy career. He arrives at Celebrate Brooklyn with nary an electric instrument, going the acoustic route for this set.
Imagination in Motion - Willowbrook Park
August 13, 2012 - Staten Island
Imagination in Motion draws on various theatrical styles, including mime and vaudeville, to create an athletic movement theater performance for all ages. Audience participation and a delightfully original soundtrack make it even more worthwhile.
Dirty Sock Funtime Band - Martin Luther King, Jr. Park
August 14, 2012 - Brownsville
Rock out with this high-energy band that seems to have appeared all over TV and has garnered so many accolades and aggrandizement that we'll simply explode with excitement telling you how great they are. But, they are really fun!
Dirty Socks Funtime Band - Martin Luther King, Jr. Park
August 14, 2012 - Brownsville
Rock out with this high-NRG band that seems to have appeared all over TV and has garnered so many accolades and aggrandizement that we'll simply explode with excitement telling you how great they are. But, they are really fun!
Music in the Grove: Robbie K and Friends - Fort Greene Park
August 15, 2012 - Brooklyn
Robbie combines her love for children's theater, storytelling, and her great music into a truly fun and interactive show.
Bessie's Big Shot - Greenwood Playground
August 15, 2012 - Kensington
Bessie the cow has long dreamed of being in the circus. In this variety show, through trials and tribulation, we get to see if her dream comes true.
Hayes Greenfield's Jazz-Ma-Tazz - Faber Pool and Park
August 15, 2012 - Staten Island
A great, interactive music program that introduces kids to jazz and, moreover, music in general. Kids get to try out their talent with a band.
Free Friday Family Jam Series: A Musical and Acrobatic Tribute to Michael Jackson for Kids by Kids - Brooklyn Children's Museum
August 17, 2012 - Crown Heights
Kids showcase some amazing acrobatic and dance performances in this tribute to Michael Jackson. Bring your white glove, your dance moves, and get off the wall with us!
Disney Theatrical Productions Presents 'Newsies The Musical' on Broadway - Nederlander Theatre
Through August 19, 2012 - Manhattan
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, this movie-turned-musical is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right.
"Newsies" is inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst, and other powerful newspaper publishers.
The stage version introduces several brand-new songs by the original team while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day," "King of New York," and "Santa Fe."
The Jungle Book - Puppetworks
Through August 19, 2012 - Park Slope
Rudyard Kipling's 1894 fables of India, with an original song score.
Jazz Age Lawn Party - Governors Island
Through August 19, 2012 - Governors Island
Join Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra as they cast a magical spell of hot jazz and open-air merriment. This Jazz-Age Lawn party recalls 1920s with a rollicking rendezvous of live music and dance, instruction in period dances, picnicking, and games.
'Little Miss Muffet's Monster-Sitting Service' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Through August 26, 2012 - Manhattan
City Parks Foundation premieres a whimsical new theater piece for the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre based on the beloved nursery rhyme "Little Miss Muffet."
"Little Miss Muffet's Monster-Sitting Service" tells the story of Molly Muffet (the great-great-great-great granddaughter of the original Little Miss Muffet) and what happens when she ends up home alone while her parents leave for a high school reunion. Molly's grandfather is called in to babysit but gets stranded by a snowstorm in Alaska. As a last resort, he calls in an old family friend, Aloisius Albrecht Alviss Spider (Al for short), the original spider from the famed nursery rhyme. Molly and Al quickly become friends and hatch a plan to start a baby-sitting service for baby monsters while her parents are away.
As the night progresses and baby monsters get dropped off, Molly and Al receive news that the storm of the century is heading their way. Molly, Al, and the babies bunker down for what promises to be a long night filled with music, song, dance, and numerous surprises.
Cirque du Soleil's Zarkana - Radio City Music Hall
Through September 02, 2012 - Midtown
Zarkana is an acrobatic spectacle that blends circus arts with the surreal to create a world where physical virtuosity rubs shoulders with the bizarre. Zarkana is a visual vortex set in a slightly twisted fantasy universe where, little by little, chaos and craziness give way to festivity and love regained. The diverse cast of more than 75 international artists transports the audience into a fantastical and suspenseful world, blurring the boundaries between the real and imaginary.