By Roger Costa
⭐LIVE NUTCRACKER PERFORMANCE
David Parker, founder/choreographer of The Bang Group, and Keith Michael, choreographer for New York Theatre Ballet, are thrilled to present a unique, live presentation of “The Nutcracker/Cracked,” December 18-20 at Arts on Site, 12 St. Mark’s Place. Also longtime off-stage partners, the choreographers will present a charmer for children and adults to brighten the holiday season featuring excerpts from the Nutcracker party scene, choreographed by Keith Michael and danced by New York Theatre Ballet; and excerpts from David Parker’s Nut/Cracked and danced by The Bang Group.
Blending ballet, disco, and other unexpectable delights of dance and music, David Parker’s Nut/Cracked, has been a Holiday favorite for almost two decades, inspiring and amusing audiences here and abroad.
The Bang Group ensemble: Chelsea Ainsworth, Dylan Baker, Louise Benkelman, Deborah Lohse, Daniel Morimoto, Nik Owens, Tommy Seibold, Amber Sloan
Arts on site presents a low-risk indoor performance series at 12 St. Mark’s Place. ARTS ALIVE features a series of individual evening length works from New York City artists from music, theater, and dance. This performance series has been created to adhere to current COVID-19 restrictions. Each performance is located in a large open studio with proper ventilation and allowing a maximum of 16 guests per performance. All safety protocols will be observed: air purifiers, masks, distancing, temperature taking.
- December 18-20
- 2 performances daily at 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM
- Arts on Site, 12 St. Mark’s Place, studio 3R (bet. 3rd and 2nd Avenues)
- Tickets: $30
- Reservations: https://artsonsitre.ticketleap.com/arts-alive/dates
⭐A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS CAROL
Tony award winner Hal Linden (The Rothschilds) hosts and three-time Tony nominee, Terrence Mann (CATS, Les Mis, Beauty and the Beast, The Addams Family) narrates the beloved Holiday Special A Country Christmas Carol, On Air. Presented by Tim Jerome (CATS, The Phantom of the Opera, Tarzan) and MainStreet Musicals as a part of the Audio Stages series on WBAI Radio 99.5FM NYC, the family-friendly event is set for Saturday, December 19 at 7 pm on Audio Stages, WBAI 99.5 FM.
A Country Christmas Carol “On Air,” with Music and Lyrics by Albert Evans and Book and Lyrics by Ronald Kaehler (Under the Overture) takes place in Marley County USA, where a community is struggling to keep the Holiday spirit alive, while the meanest person in town, Banker Scrooge, misses the entire point of it. On Radio and via internet at https://www.wbai.org/ and click the “LISTEN LIVE” button.
⭐ALVIN AILEY PERFORMS REVELATIONS
Beloved as one of the world’s most popular, inspiring and uplifting dance companies, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, is presenting a free holiday virtual season thru December 31, 2020 celebrating six decades of Revelations. Ailey’s extraordinary dancers also elevate a legacy of innovation and excellence in artistry with a reimagined season featuring world premieres of Associate Artistic Director Matthew Rushing, in partnership with Company member Clifton Brown, and former Company member Yusha-Marie Sorzano’s Testament and Jamar Roberts’ A Jam Session for Troubling Times. A must-see event for Holidays. Photo by Nicole Tintle. Visit www.alvinailey.org/virtualseason for details and schedule.