Broadway On Demand through June 20 Only!
CELEBRATION OF STUDENT SONGS
Student Songwriters & Broadway Performers!
CELEBRATION OF STUDENT SONGS is an extraordinary hour of songs written by NYC public school students, mentored by professional composers and lyricists and performed by Broadway artists!
This annual event is the culmination of LCT's “Songwriting in Schools Program,” a 9-session residency where New York City public middle and high school students engage in a rigorous creative process, writing their own songs from a character's point of view under the guidance of professional composers and lyricists. It is a production of Open Stages, LCT's Education Department.
Their creations will be brought to life by a company of Broadway performers - Vincent Jamal Hooper, Ashley D. Kelley, Zachary Noah Piser and Courtney Reed. The concert will be hosted by Miguel Cervantes, a four-time veteran of this event.
This year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, students participated in the program digitally from their homes and we're streaming the one-hour concert FREE to the public for the first time! Don't miss this joyous and moving event!
The event is free, but you must register!
April 29 - May 23, 2021: THE FORBIDDEN CITY, An Audio Play. By Bill Gunn, Directed by Seret Scott. Set in Philadelphia circa 1936, THE FORBIDDEN CITY examines how the bonds of a middle-class Black family are tested by the specter of a tragedy that occurred many years prior in the Jim Crow South. The LCT Spotlight Series expanded its programming to include audio presentations of largely forgotten plays that are deserving of a contemporary audience. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, a writer in LCT's Beaumont New Play Commission Program, chose THE FORBIDDEN CITY to include in the Spotlight Series. Featured (in alphabetical order) James T. Alfred, Spencer ScottBarros, Derrick Baskin, Kyle Beltran, Ato Blankson-Wood, Jason Bowen, Alfie Fuller, John Benjamin Hickey, Roscoe Orman, Brenda Pressley, and Ray Anthony Thomas. Music by JJJJJerome Ellis. Sound design by Frederick Kennedy. Audio supervision by Matt Craig. Dramaturgy by Jonathan McCrory. Stage managed by Roxana Khan. Produced under license from The Public Theater, as owner of the right to the dramatic works of William Gunn.
March 25, 2021:Looking Back at CONTACT. Featured the 2000 award-winning musical's director and choreographer Susan Stroman; writer John Weidman; and original stars Boyd Gaines, Seán Martin Hingston, Deborah Yates and Karen Ziemba. The event was moderated by Tomé Cousin, also an original cast member who has subsequently overseen productions of the musical world-wide.
February 11, 2021: Lileana Blain-Cruz In Conversation: On Directing, Episode 2. Ms. Blain-Cruz, a Resident Director at Lincoln Center Theater, was joined by fellow directors: Garrett Allen, Sarah Benson and Lila Neugebauer, who discussed their work and their hopes for the future of the theater in a post-pandemic world.
January 28, 2021: Looking Back at THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA. Featuring original stars Victoria Clark, Matthew Morrison and Kelli O’Hara, as well as never-before-seen production footage from LCT’s 2005 award winning musical, the event included an introduction by director Bartlett Sher and was moderated by Ira Weitzman, LCT’s Associate Producer of Musicals.
January 14, 2021: Turning the Page: LCT Artists Read Their Own Poetry and Prose. Playwrights David Adjmi, Ayad Akhtar,and Sarah Ruhl, playwright and director James Lapine, director Jack O’Brien and actor Andrew Rannells read from their own non-theatrical works. Introduced by poet Honor Moore (Ms. Moore's latest memoir is Our Revolution: A Mother and Daughter at Midcentury, published in March 2020).
December 17, 2020: Looking Back at THE COAST OF UTOPIA: A Roundtable. Playwright Tom Stoppard and director Jack O’Brien reunited with actors Billy Crudup, Jennifer Ehle, Ethan Hawke, and Martha Plimpton to talk about their experiences working on LCT’s groundbreaking, landmark production of Stoppard’s trilogy.
December 3, 2020: Lileana Blain-Cruz in Conversation: On Directing. Episode One featured LCT Resident Director Lileana Blain-Cruz, Saheem Ali and Whitney White, moderated by Machel Ross.
November 17, 2020: IN THE GREEN Original Cast Album Virtual Celebration with Grace McLean. Download and stream the album now!