Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts announces its Winter/Spring 2011 Season

Featuring Betty Buckley, Ladysmith Black Mambazo,
The Russian National Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake, and more!

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College announces its 56th season of music, dance, theater, and family programming reflecting the multicultural diversity of Brooklyn. The outstanding line-up features performances from Argentina, Japan, Russia, and South Africa as well as the United States, and includes both Brooklyn premieres and returning favorites.

“We are proud and excited to be able to share with the Brooklyn community an astounding variety of exceptional talent in our 2010-2011 Season,” said Frank L. Sonntag, Managing Director of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. “We work hard to make sure that our programs reflect the diversity of the borough and that they are reasonably priced so that families and regular folks can take advantage of these opportunities to experience the thrill of live performances. There will be many reasons to smile at Brooklyn Center this season!”

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ 2011 Winter/Spring Season includes:

* The Bremen Town Musicians (Russian-language musical)
* Theatreworks USA’s Seussical
* American Big Band
* U.S. Military Academy Band
* Tango Buenos Aires
* The Beauty of the Ballet (School of American Ballet workshop)
* Ladysmith Black Mambazo
* The new Gershwin musical ‘S Wonderful
* A family-friendly performance by Soh Daiko Taiko Drum Ensemble
* Betty Buckley’s one-woman show Broadway by Request
* The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
* Fourth annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration
* Russian National Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake
* American Family Theater’s Beauty and the Beast

The Bremen Town Musicians

A co-production with Anton Krylov

Friday, January 21, 2011 at 7pm

Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 12pm and 6pm

Direct from Moscow, this family-friendly musical is adapted from the enormously popular Soviet cartoon based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. Making its American premiere, the production will be performed in Russian without an English language translation.

Tickets: $25-$75


A Theatreworks USA production

Music by Stephen Flaherty; lyrics by Lynn Ahrens; book by Ahrens & Flaherty

Co-conceived by Ahrens, Flaherty and Eric Idle; based on the works of Dr. Seuss

Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 2pm

Dr. Seuss’s beloved stories collide in this unforgettable musical adaptation of the original Broadway production. Join Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, and of course The Cat in the Hat as they find themselves intertwined in a crazy adventure, in which the power of imagination saves the day. A Target FamilyFun event recommended for ages four and up.

Tickets: $6 ($7 at door)

American Big Band

Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 2pm

Take the A Train back to the days when Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman lit up the airwaves and Duke Ellington raised the roof at the Cotton Club in this swingin’ big band revue. Featuring such memorable favorites as “String of Pearls,” “Caravan,” “Green Eyes,” and many more, this show will get you in the mood as it spotlights how the “sound of hope” altered the course of American music forever.

Tickets: $27

Tango Buenos Aires

Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 8pm

Sometimes playful, often sensual, and always dramatic, Tango Buenos Aires presents Fuego Tango y Pasión (The Fire and Passion of Tango), a seductive journey through the history of modern tango. Experience the heart and soul of Argentina’s passionate dance form with this fiery ensemble of 25 tango virtuosi, performed to live music by Piazzolla, Mores and other Argentine masters.

Tickets: $36-$45 ($40-$48 at door)

United States Military Academy Band

Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 2pm

As the U.S. Army’s oldest active band, the United States Military Academy Band has served the nation for over 190 years, performing for U.S. Presidents and Heads of State. Under the direction of Lt. Col. Timothy J. Holtan, it is committed to being the standard bearer of musical excellence, instilling the best of national values, spirit and patriotism in the American public.

Tickets: FREE

The Beauty of the Ballet

Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 2pm

Join students and faculty of the world-famous School of American Ballet (the official academy of New York City Ballet) in a workshop that will illustrate the process by which talented young students develop into accomplished classical ballet dancers. Audiences will watch a class during which training exercises and steps are demonstrated, as well as performance excerpts from famous ballets including The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.

Tickets: FREE

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 8pm

Almost 25 years after they acquired international superstar status with Paul Simon’s Graceland album, Ladysmith Black Mambazo continues to tour the world as South Africa’s cultural emissary. With a career including more than 50 recordings and three Grammy Awards, including 2009’s Best Traditional World Music Album for Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu, the group continues to thrill audiences with its rich a cappella arrangements and joyously energetic performances.

Tickets: $37 ($40 at door)

‘S Wonderful

Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 3pm

Like a Technicolor movie musical, ‘S Wonderful paints a picture of nostalgia and entertainment as it pays tribute to the incomparable songbook of Brooklyn’s own George and Ira Gershwin. From New York to Paris to Hollywood, this all-singing, all-dancing musical takes you on a journey through the different times, places, and musical styles that make the Gershwin brothers the most successful songwriting team in the history of American popular music.

Tickets: $32 ($35 at door)

Soh Daiko Taiko Drum Ensemble

Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 2pm

This family-friendly concert includes traditional pieces from the Shinto music tradition, as well as original compositions by members of the company. The performance is presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series, a Program of the Weill Music Institute. For ages six and up.

Tickets: FREE

Betty Buckley: Broadway by Request

Brooklyn Center’s Annual Gala Fundraiser

Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 8pm

In Broadway by Request, Tony Award winner Betty Buckley performs selections picked by the audience from her illustrious Broadway career in landmark musicals. A different show every time it is performed, this unique evening offers a rare opportunity to hear the first lady of the Great White Way sing all Broadway, all night. A portion of every ticket goes to support Brooklyn Center’s educational program.

Gala tickets (including post-performance party): $175
Performance tickets: $45-$65 ($55-$75 at door)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

A Theatreworks USA production

Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 2pm

While playing hide and seek in the many rooms of their uncle’s country home, four siblings find a magic wardrobe through which they enter the fabled land of Narnia. There they embark on a heroic and perilous quest to defeat the evil White Witch and return the great King Aslan to the throne. Exciting adventures come to life in this musical adaptation of the C.S. Lewis classic. A Target FamilyFun event recommended for ages six and up.

Tickets: $6 ($7 at door)

National Grid Earth Day Celebration

Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 3pm

Now in its fourth year, this annual event is designed to educate families on how they can play a role in caring for the Earth and creating a more sustainable future. Interactive family activities, educational displays, give-away items, street performers, and items for sale highlight the need for conserving energy, recycling in the home, and having a heightened awareness of the global issues that we face today. This event is free and open to the public. No tickets will be issued.

Russian National Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake

Elena Radchenko, Artistic Director

Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 2pm

With its fairy tale story of a beautiful princess, a passionate prince, and the evil enchantment that threatens their happiness together, Swan Lake is undoubtedly one of the most popular full-length ballets of all time. Set to Tchaikovsky’s masterful score, this magical love story will be performed in a staging based on the 1895 revival by legendary choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.

Tickets: $27-$37 ($30-$40 at door)

Beauty and the Beast

An American Family Theater production

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 2pm

Imprisoned by a monstrous Beast, a young girl learns that outward appearances can be deceiving and, with a magic kiss, frees the Beast from his curse. A Target FamilyFun event recommended for ages four and up.
Tickets: $6 ($7 at door)

Multibuy (three or four performances) and Megabuy packages (five or more performances) save up to 15% off individual ticket prices. Multibuy and Megabuy discounts do not apply to The Bremen Town Musicians, Betty Buckley: Broadway by Request or to Target FamilyFun performances. Discounts are available for seniors, students, Brooklyn College faculty/staff/alumni, and groups of 15 or more for most productions. Complimentary student rush tickets are available to all Brooklyn College students, with $10 student rush tickets available to all other students.

About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Founded in 1954, the mission of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts is to present outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. Brooklyn Center’s presentations explore both the classical traditions and the boldest contemporary performances, embracing the world culture that defines Brooklyn. Brooklyn Center welcomes over 70,000 people to the 2,400 seat Walt Whitman Theatre each season, and boasts one of the largest arts education programs in the borough, serving 46,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools annually with its SchoolTime series. In recognition of its commitment to quality family programming, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts was voted Brooklyn’s Best Theater or Theater Group for Kids as part of Nickelodeon’s 2009 ParentsConnect Parents’ Picks Awards.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College

2900 Campus Road, Brooklyn

2 train to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue

Online orders:

Box Office: (718) 951-4500, Tuesday – Saturday, 1pm – 6pm

Subscription orders and season brochure requests: (718) 951-4600 x25

Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-4600 x22

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ programs are made possible in part with public funding from the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for the 2010-2011 season is provided by: Target, JP Morgan Chase; Con Edison; Macy’s Foundation; Brooklyn Community Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; National Grid; TD Bank; Kings Plaza Shopping Center; Health Plus; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; New England Foundation for the Arts; Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; Health Plus; and the Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund, established in the New York Community Trust by founders of The Reader’s Digest Association. Additional support provided by CNG Publications, The Brooklyn Eagle, and WBGO Jazz 88. The Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2010-2011 season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s. Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series is sponsored by Target.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from the Members of the Brooklyn Delegation to the New York State Assembly and Speaker Sheldon Silver; Members of the Brooklyn Delegation to the New York State Senate and Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson; Members of the Brooklyn Delegation to the New York City Council and Speaker Christine C. Quinn; and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Kate Levin.

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