NYC LIFE: Broadway, Cabaret, Gardens and More
Valerie Smaldone shared this beautiful video tribute above song by the current Glinda and Elphaba of Wicked to salute our healthcare workers. You’ll be moved and inspired. And she has more ways New Yorker’s are helping. Sandi Durell shares videos of cabaret performers singing for fans. Randie Levine Miller shares her Broadway and beyond entertainment picks. It’s cherry blossom time at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and you can “stroll” through the Japanese garden. And if you’re missing Broadway and Bryant Park, check out the live web cam views!
Randie’s Broadway and Beyond Entertainment Picks
Our Broadway baby, Randie Levine Miller, has more wonderful theater and entertainment events you can watch at your leisure. This week’s picks include the Jewish Film Festival which is streaming the films they would have presented at Lincoln Center. 54 Below celebrates Mel Brooks and don’t miss the FREE streaming premiere of Dietrich!
Jewish Film Museum
For nearly 30 years, the Jewish Museum has partnered with Film at Lincoln Center to present the New York Jewish Film Festival — films from around the world that explore the Jewish experience.
Over the next few weeks, they’re presenting an array of engaging narratives and enlightening documentaries on various themes — love, music, food, family, and friendship. You watch the all on Amazon or Apple TV – get the details.
May 7|6:30PM. 54 Below Celebrates Mel Brooks
Got High Anxiety over the winter? Well, Springtime with Mel Brooks is coming! Giddy up on your Blazing Saddles and join us for a night of hilarity! Featuring Nick Cearley (Pageant, The Skivvies), Harrison Chad (Caroline, or Change), Veanne Cox (An American in Paris, Caroline, Or Change), Dan DeLuca (Newsies), Nathan Lee Graham (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Zoolander), Timothy Hughes (Hadestown, Frozen), Richard Kind (TV’s “Spin City,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” The Producers), and many, many more. Get the details.
May 3. FREE Streaming Premier of DIETRICH
In honor of the 60th Anniversary of the night when Marlene Dietrich returned to Germany to perform for the first time since fleeing the Nazi regime, you can view one of the three, free screenings of “DIETRICH”, an original, 75 minute, solo play-with-music, starring Cindy Marinangel as Marlene Dietrich, accompanied by the musical directorial talents of pianist Russell Daisey. And in lieu of buying a ticket you can make a donation to Operation Warrior Shield and other non-profits.
Sunday, May 3rd @ 1 PM, 7 PM, 10 PM Eastern Time (NY)
Watch here. (Viewing link will go live on website during screening times only.)
12 Shows Streaming Now on PBS Great Performances
From classical concerts to Broadway musicals you can watch world-class orchestras and unforgettable theater. Right now! Get the details.
City Center Encores!
The Encores! Archives Project celebrates Harold Arlen, one of the most prolific jazz and blues songwriters of the Great American Songbook. In true Encores! fashion, we’re rediscovering the hidden gems of Arlen’s musical contributions on Broadway. You’ll revisit star performances and experience the harmonic flair and melodic opulence of Arlen’s “Happy as the Day is Long,” “I Had Myself a True Love,” and “House of Flowers.”
It’s Cherry Blossom Time
One of the most beautiful places to enjoy the cherry blossoms is at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. And even though they are closed, you can still stroll through the Japanese Garden in Bloom in this beautiful video. The historic garden is one of the oldest extant Japanese gardens in the United States, and its collection of cherry cultivars was in lovely bloom during filming. Petry, a specialist in moving camera techniques, conceived the piece as a way to recreate the meditative experience of walking through the garden on a glorious, early spring day.
The garden’s weeping Higan cherries can be seen swaying in the wind along the pond as the camera moves around the path lined with several varieties of camellias, artfully pruned pine trees, and fiddlehead ferns. Watch the video now.
NYC Live Web Cams
Now this is pretty darn cool. If you’re missing Broadway and Bryant Park, you can visit live without leaving home. Yep, these live web cams are addictive.