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Madama Butterfly

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New York City Opera National Co.
Biography

A heartbreaking love story. A tragic betrayal. An American naval officer marries a young Japanese girl for convenience only to leave her while she faithfully awaits his return. Set in 1890s Japan, Giacomo Puccini’s devastating saga of devotion, tradition and sacrifice is among the most beloved operas of all time. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Performance Dates: January 22, 2003; March 24, 1987

Man of La Mancha

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Biography

Miguel de Cervantes, aging and an utter failure as playwright, poet and tax collector, has been thrown into a dungeon in Seville to await trial by the Inquisition for an offense against the Church. There he is dragged before a kangaroo court of his fellow prisoners, who plan to confiscate his few possessions—including the uncompleted manuscript of a novel, Don Quixote. Cervantes, seeking to save the manuscript, proposes his defense in the form of a play. The “court” agrees, and Cervantes and his manservant don make-up and costumes, transforming themselves into Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. They then play out the story with the prisoners taking the roles of other characters.

Performance Date: March 5, 2001; January 23, 2007

Mancini at the Movies

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with Hanry Mancini Institute Alumni Orchestra and Monica Mancini on Vocals
Biography

Monica Mancini performs the songs of her four-time Academy Award-winning father Henry Mancini in Mancini at the Movies. Songs include “Moon River,” “The Days of Wine & Roses,” “Two for the Road,” and “Charade.”

Performance Date: March 4, 2004

Manhattan Rhythm Kings

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Biography

Known for their polished performances of American popular music from the ‘20′s, ‘30′s and ‘40′s, the Manhattan Rhythm Kings have gained a large and enthusiastic following across the country. While frequently compared with such musical greats as the Mills Brothers and Paul Whiteman’s Rhythm Boys, the trio has established a unique character of its own with a combination of close harmony singing, virtuosic instrumental work, and spectacular tap dancing. The Rhythm Kings started performing together on the sidewalks of New York in 1980. From there these song and dance men graduated to playing cabarets, colleges and concert halls across the country.

Performance Dates: February 23, 1994; April 13, 1993

Manhattan Transfer

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Website: http://manhattantransfer.net/
Biography

Riding a wave of nostalgia in the ’70s, the Manhattan Transfer resurrected jazz trends from boogie-woogie to bop to vocalese in a slick, slightly commercial setting that sometimes failed to gel with the group’s close harmonies. Originally formed in 1969, the quartet recorded several albums of jazz standards as well as much material closer to R&B/pop. Still, they were easily the most popular jazz vocal group of their era, and the most talented of any since the heyday of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross during the early ’60s.

Performance Date: October 11, 1997

Marcel Marceau

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Biography

Marcel Marceau was a French actor and mime most famous for his stage persona as “Bip the Clown.” He referred to mime as the “art of silence,” and he performed professionally worldwide for over 60 years.

Performance Date: February 26, 1987

Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing

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Website: MarkoConnor.com
Biography

A protégé of the late Parisian Jazz Fiddler Staphane Grappelli, Violinist/composer/fiddler Mark O’Connor is recognized around the world as one of the brightest musical talents of this generation. Teaming up with Bryan Sutton and Howard Alden on Guitar, Jon Burr on Bass, and jazz vocalist Roberta Gambarini, Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing will captivate you with a musical Journey that you’ll call “brilliantly original” and “pure genius.”

Performance Date: October 5, 2005

Max Morath: Living a Ragtime Life

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Biography

Max Morath has never forsaken his intense study and presentation of early 1900s ragtime piano. Throughout the years, he single handedly kept the essence of that era in the public eye with his numerous plays, television programs, writing and recordings. He has earned the moniker, Mr. Ragtime, by being its most ardent devotee.

Performance Date: April 14, 1992

Mazowsze

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Biography

Named after the region of central Poland which inspired it, Masowsze was founded by Tadeusz Sygietynski. With the help of his actress-wife, Mira Zimiska-Sygietynska, he researched the region for folk dance melodies and costumes and developed an extensive repertoire that remains strong to this day. Today the ensemble utilizes over 1,200 authentic costumes carefully preserved for many decades.

Performance Dates: February 9, 1989; February 12, 1982

Me and My Girl

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Biography

This grand old (1938) musical was revived in London in 1984 and came to New York in 1986. The late Viscount Hareford had a youthful, unfortunate marriage – and kept discreetly out of sight was a son and heir. The Hareford Hall set are despondent when the family solicitor finds the legitimate heir in Lambeth. There is a cockney invasion of the hall – Bill, his girlfriend and his mates, and the Lambeth Walk is danced by all.

Performance Date:November 7, 1989

Meet Me in St. Louis

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Biography

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS is the story of a happy family’s life, as they anticipate the wonders of the 1904 World’s Fair. The play includes seven of the best loved songs from the film and ten other wonderful numbers, also by Martin and Blane, written specially for the stage.

Performance Date: November 25, 1991

Melissa Manchester

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Website: MelissaManchester.com
Biography

She’s won a Grammy. She’s starred on Broadway. She was the first artist to have two movie themes nominated for Academy Awards in the same year. Breaking in as a backup singer for Bette Midler, she launched her solo career with a run of chart toppers, including her Grammy winning “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.” An intimate evening with one of the great pop singers and songwriters of our time. Melissa Manchester, a Piano, the music, and you.

Performance Date: January 28, 2006

Memphis The Musical

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Website: http://memphisthemusical.com/
Biography

From the underground dance clubs of 1950’s Memphis where rock and roll was born, comes a hot musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love.  “Memphis” tells the story of DJ Huey Calhoun, a good ole’ local boy with a passion for R&B music and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black singer that’s ready for her big break.  Come along on their incredible journey that’s filled with laughter and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. With original songs by Grammy® winner and Bon Jovi co-founder David Bryan, and a gripping true-life inspired story from writer Joe DiPietro, “Memphis” will leave you exhilarated by its explosive blend of electrifying music, soaring emotion and undeniable energy.

In 2010, “Memphis” won four Tony Awards®, including the award for Best Musical, as well as four Drama Desk Awards, including the award for Outstanding Musical.

Menahem Pressler, Piano

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Website: http://menahempressler.org/
Biography

Menahem Pressler, founding member and pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio, has established himself among the world’s most distinguished and honored musicians, with a career that spans almost six decades.  Now, at 89 years old, he continues to captivate audiences throughout the world as performer and pedagogue, performing solo and chamber music recitals to great critical acclaim while maintaining a dedicated and robust teaching career.

Performance Date: November 10, 1991

Menopause the Musical

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Website: menopausethemusical.com
Biography

Since March 2001, the hilarious show Menopause The Musical® has entertained and inspired women from coast-to-coast and internationally. Menopause The Musical® is the work of writer Jeanie Linders. This uplifting 90-minute production includes parodies from the ’60s and ’70s and ’80s. It culminates with a salute to women who are experiencing The Change. Set in a department store, where four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra meet by chance at a lingerie sale.  The all-female cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. A sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realize that menopause is no longer The Silent Passage!  It is a stage in every woman’s life that is perfectly normal! “Most women know intuitively that every other woman is experiencing hot flashes or night sweats,” says Linders. “There is always a close friend or two who can sympathize or identify with her, but when they are sitting in a theatre with hundreds of other women, all laughing and shouting ‘That’s me! That’s me on stage! They know what they are experiencing is normal. They aren’t alone or crazy. It becomes a sisterhood.”

Performance Date: April 8-13, 2008; April 1-9, 2005

Michael McDonald

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Website: http://www.michaelmcdonald.com/
Biography

A prominent part of the soundtrack to our times, Michael McDonald has won an impressive five Grammy Awards. First making his mark with Steely Dan, McDonald then began his long run with the Doobie Brothers, singing lead on signature songs such as “What a Fool Believes,” which won the Grammy for Song of the Year and “Minute by Minute,” which carried away Record of the Year. As a solo artist, McDonald’s husky, passionate voice has put its imprint on a steady stream of memorable songs, including his mega-hit version of the Motown favorite “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough.” Michael McDonald remains an enduring presence in popular music. He is truly the “Artist’s Artist.”

Performance Date: November 9, 2006

Michala Petri, recorder; Manuel Barrueco, guitar

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Biography

Petri is one of the finest recorder players performing today. She was born in Copenhagen and studied at the Hochschule fur Musik and Theatre in Germany. Her professional debut was in 1969 at the Tivoli Concert Hall. Barrueco is a classical guitarist who is noted for his seductive sound and elegant form. Last year he performed at the Lincoln Center in New York City, Madrid, Munich, and Japan. Both artists return to the Norton Center for an exciting joint recital.

Performance Date: February 7, 2002

Moiseyev

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Biography

Direct from Moscow, this is an evening of unmatched color, music, and excitement on a grand scale. Founded more than 60 years ago by the legendary Igor Moiseyev, the company that bears his name continues to be acknowledged the world over as the greatest of all folk troupes. The San Francisco Chronicle called a recent Moiseyev performance stunning and “nothing short of spectacular.” The Washington Post called the musicians and dancers of Moiseyev “a dazzling celebration-filled brand of art… one of the greatest of great shows.”

Performance Date: February 2, 2005

Momix

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Website: http://www.mosespendleton.com/
Biography

The Toronto Globe and Mail said, “This mad and marvelous troupe has all the mesmeric power of a magic show.” Founded by Moses Pendleton, one of the co-founders of Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Momix has been celebrated in performances throughout the world for its unique ability to conjure up a world of surrealistic images using props, light, shadow, humor, and the human body. Now, Momix brings its wildly successful production of Opus Cactus to Newlin Hall, a show the New York Times called “two acts of fun and excitement.”

Performance Date: November 16, 2004

Montana Logging and Ballet Co.

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Biography

The Montana Logging and Ballet Company is one of the most well-known American comedy and political satire groups, having performed around the U.S. since 1975.

Performance Date: October 4, 1988

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