Author Archives: The Cooper Company

Mauricio Martinez to Perform “Sway With Me: Latin Rhythm and Swing” with Pasadena Pops and Michael Feinstein!

The Pasadena POPS 2022 Rusnak Summer Concert series kicks off on Saturday, June 25 with Sway with Me: Latin Rhythm and Swing. The POPS season opener will explore the interchange between American and Latin sound throughout the years, and will have the audience swaying and swinging under the stars to songs like Brazil, SwayI Love Lucy and Girl from Ipanema made famous by Carmen Miranda, Desi Arnaz, Pink Martini and more, all in symphonic sound by Pasadena’s premiere orchestra. All concerts are held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. Click here for tickets!

Ben Vereen to Present at the 2022 Chita Rivera Awards!

“The awards celebrate dance and choreographic excellence—past, present, and future. Nominators consider outstanding choreography, featured dancers, and ensembles in shows on and Off-Broadway as well as outstanding choreography in film. The Chita Rivera Awards will be presented June 20 at 7:30 PM at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.” – Playbill

Come From Away Becomes Longest Running Show in Schoenfeld Theatre History!

“Come From Away officially becomes the longest running show in the 105-year history of the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre today with its 1,544th Broadway performance, surpassing the original production of JEKYLL & HYDE. The Tony & Olivier Award-winning musical will celebrate this milestone with an honorary street renaming of West 45th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues to “Come From A-Way” for the day.” – BroadwayWorld

The Museum of Broadway Sets November 15th Opening Date!

“The Museum of Broadway, the upcoming interactive, multi-floor museum located at 145 West 45th Street, will open its doors for the first time November 15. The museum will highlight more than 500 individual productions from the 1700s to the present. Devoted to musicals, plays, and the people who make them, guests of the museum will travel through a visual history of Broadway, highlighting groundbreaking moments in a series of exhibits that showcase costumes, props, renderings, rare photos, videos, and more. The museum will also celebrate behind-the-scenes with The Making of a Broadway Show, which will honor the professionals–both onstage and off–who bring Broadway plays and musicals to life every night. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on June 21st.” – Playbill

Ben Vereen to be Honored with Juneteenth Legacy Award at Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth Concert!

“Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League, said in a statement, “We congratulate Leslie Uggams and Ben Vereen as the two inaugural recipients of the Juneteenth Legacy Award honors. They are artists of great caliber who have certainly left their mark on Broadway. As the Broadway community gathers in Times Square to celebrate Juneteenth, we take this opportunity to acknowledge these two dedicated individuals who have shown great commitment to education, philanthropy, and advocacy work on behalf of their communities.” The second annual Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth concert will be held in Times Square June 19 at noon.” – Playbill

Joshua Bergasse to Direct and Choreograph “Sugar Hill: The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker” at New York City Center!

“This jazz-infused retelling of the classic holiday story celebrates the music and magic of Harlem’s Sugar Hill, where a rebellious Black heroine happens upon a secret world waiting to fulfill her fantasies. Sugar Hill is set to Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s arrangement of the classic Tchaikovsky score and embeds the story of their artistic relationship. Directed by Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics nominee Joshua Bergasse with choreography by a team of dance world superstars, the piece is a tribute to the joy of collaboration.” Sugar Hill runs from November 15-27 at New York City Center. Click here for more information!

Sara Mearns to Star in Live Premiere of “The Two of Us” At New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival!

“Now in its 19th season, the annual Fall for Dance Festival captures the beating heart of today’s dance scene… Performances include the live premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s 2020 Fall for Dance Festival digital commission The Two of Us, featuring Sara Mearns and Robbie Fairchild.” The festival will run from September 21 – October 2. Click here for more information!

Sara Mearns and Joshua Bergasse to Perform in Premiere of “America(na) To Me” at Jacob’s Pillow!

“In 1942, Jacob’s Pillow presented the very first concert in the Ted Shawn Theatre. Conceived as a showcase of American Folk Dances curated by Shawn, the program included square dances and Agnes de Mille’s Hell on Wheels, inaugurating the first theatre in the United States designed for dance. As we celebrate the renovation of the Ted Shawn Theatre and the 90th anniversary of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Associate Curators Melanie George and Ali Rosa-Salas revisit the theme of that first program by inviting dance artists to reflect on what American identity means to them. America(na) to Me encapsulates the heart of the 90th Anniversary Season at Jacob’s Pillow, looking at the dance landscape and the world at large today. This presentation offers an ever-timely reflection on how dance engages questions of heritage, tradition, and belonging.” America(na)To Me runs from June 22-26. Click here for tickets!