Free, In-Person Concerts at The Restart Stage at Lincoln Center

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Presents a FREE concert-cabaret series
as part of Lincoln Center's Restart Stages
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at the Isabel and Peter Malkin Stage at Hearst Plaza

All tickets to the LCT Summersongs cabaret performances are FREE and will be available through the TodayTix Digital Lottery.  The Lottery will open two weeks before each performance and will close three days prior to the performance at 12:59 p.m. EDT. Enter the Lottery through the TodayTix app, or call Lincoln Center Guest Services at 212-875-5456. There will be a stand-by line beginning 20 minutes before each performance. Tickets will not be available at LCT's website or through LCT's box office.

LCT Summersongs: MICHAEL R. JACKSON – MichaelMakeYouFeelGood
Canceled: Saturday, August 21 (due to weather)

Canceled: Sunday, August 22 (due to weather)

Isabel and Peter Malkin Stage at Hearst Plaza

Composer-lyricist-playwright Michael R. Jackson made his professional theatrical debut in 2019 when his musical A Strange Loop took New York by storm, winning numerous accolades including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. With MichaelMakeYouFeelGood, the triple threat, described by Vogue Magazine as “hyper-observant and hyper-verbal …. part of an extraordinary generation of ferociously talented black playwrights,” will be backed by music director/pianist Sean Patrick Cameron, accompanied by Alden Banta on flute/saxophone, John Convertino on bass, Chris Karabelas on drums and vocalist Latoya Edwards, to perform an evening of stories and music guaranteed to - make you feel good.

previous events

BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL – Out with the Old, In with the New
July 21, 22, 23 at 8pm
August 12, 13, 14 at 8pm
The Restart Stage at Damrosch Park

Lincoln Center Theater welcomes back Broadway’s favorite leading man, Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, when he returns to Lincoln Center with an evening of song titled Out with the Old, In with the New. “Stokes,” whose velvet baritone has been captivating Broadway audiences since the 1990’s, will perform a wide range of songs, contemporary as well as favorites from the American songbook and Broadway, to celebrate our finally moving forward from the shadows of this pandemic. Accompanied by Ted Firth (Music Director/Piano), Clint Deganon (Drums), Paul Beaudry (Bass) and Jason Curry (Saxaphone/Woodwinds).

Brian Stokes Mitchell is a two-time Tony Award winner and has enjoyed a career that spans Broadway, television, film, and concert appearances with the country’s finest conductors and orchestras. He received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for his star turn in Kiss Me, Kate. He also gave Tony-nominated performances in Man of La Mancha, August Wilson’s King Hedley II, and Ragtime. Other notable Broadway shows include Kiss of the Spider Woman, Jelly’s Last Jam, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Shuffle Along. In 2016 he was awarded his second Tony Award, the prestigious Isabelle Stevenson Tony for his Charitable work with The Actors Fund.  That same year Stokes was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame. An extremely versatile and in-demand singer, Stokes has performed at venues spanning jazz, opera, pops, country, and musical theater worlds. He has worked with John Williams, Marvin Hamlisch, Gustavo Dudamel, Keith Lockhart, Michael Tilson Thomas, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Big Band, The Mormon Tabernacle choir and the Muppets. Stokes has made multiple appearances at Carnegie Hall beginning with his debut with the San Francisco Symphony through his televised performance in South Pacific opposite Reba McEntire to his sold-out solo concert, which he continues to perform throughout the U.S. He has been invited twice to perform at the White House (both times aired on PBS’s “Great Performances”) and has performed multiple times for Presidents Clinton and Obama. His musical talent has extended to the present day as producer, arranger and orchestrator on his three solo albums including Simply Broadway and his latest recording Plays With Music.  Stokes has appeared on more than 20 albums. His extensive screen credits began with a guest starring role on “Roots:The next Generations”, followed by a 7-year stint on "Trapper John, MD" and have continued with memorable appearances on everything from PBS’ Great Performances to "The Fresh Prince," "Frasier," "Glee," "Jumping the Broom" and his most recent recurring roles on "Madam Secretary," "Mr. Robot," "The Path," "Billions" and "The Good Fight."  Other recent TV appearances include "The Blacklist," "Elementary," and "Bull." As a voice-over artist he has played dozens of characters on animated TV episodes including performing “Through Heaven’s Eyes” in  Dreamwork’s “The Prince of Egypt."

Tuesday, August 17, Wednesday, August 18 – 8pm
Isabel and Peter Malkin Stage at Hearst Plaza

Personal. Raw. Real. Powerful. Funny. Charming. Harrowing. Full of Life. These are all adjectives used to describe the electro-folk music of Abigail and Shaun Bengson, the married composing and performing couple whose autobiographical work has been seen and heard in New York at Ars Nova and New York Theatre Workshop, as well as nationally and internationally and on YouTube, where videos of their songs have racked up millions of views. Hearst Plaza audiences are guaranteed to be taken on a joyful ride by this award-winning duo.

Thursday, August 19, Friday, August 20 – 8pm
Isabel and Peter Malkin Stage at Hearst Plaza

The “phenomenal” (New York Times) award-winning actor-singer-songwriter Grace McLean will bring her own special magic to the Hearst Plaza, accompanied by Justin Goldner on bass and Hiroyuki Matsuura on drums, to perform a concert of her acclaimed original music, accompanying herself on the looper. Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in the Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 production of her musical In the Green, McLean’s voice was described by Stephen Holden in the New York Times as “a flexible instrument with unexpected reserves of power...Behind her playful adventurousness lies a well of passion.”

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