Cécile McLorin Salvant is a composer, singer, and visual artist. An eclectic curator unearthing rarely recorded, forgotten songs with strong narratives, interesting power dynamics, unexpected twists, and humor. Winner of Thelonious Monk competition, and three consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album. In 2020, Salvant received the MacArthur Fellowship and the Doris Duke Award. The New York Times called Ghost Song, released in March 2022, “her most revealing and rewarding album yet," Mélusine, an album mostly sung in French, along with Occitan, English, and Haitian Kreyòl, was released on March 24, 2023.
The 23 / 24 Season
Composed by Montclair State University College of the Arts faculty member, Scott Davenport Richards, Blind Injustice explores the true stories of six people who were tried, unjustly convicted, imprisoned, and who ultimately freed themselves with the help of the Ohio Innocence Project. “A powerful piece of music theater.” — The Wall Street Journal
Blind Injustice was premiered, with great success, by Cincinnati Opera in 2019. It paints a damning portrait of how our country’s criminal justice system repeatedly fails not only the wrongfully accused but their families and communities. It also offers hope for a shared future founded on justice and reform. The libretto, by David Cote, is based on casework by the OIP and the book Blind Injustice, by University of Cincinnati Professor of Law and OIP Co-founder and Director Mark Godsey, as well as interviews with the six exonerees.
Sung in English.
Performance Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes, no intermission
Before he was an Emmy-winning TV star, Mandy Patinkin was already a Tony-winning Broadway legend. Mandy Patinkin in Concert: BEING ALIVE presents the acclaimed actor/singer/storyteller in his most electrifying role: concert performer. “Mandy Patinkin is in the business of showstopping,” raves The New Yorker, and that’s exactly what he does in this powerful, passionate evening of song. BEING ALIVE is a collection of many of Mandy’s favorite Broadway and classic American tunes. From Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim, from Cole Porter to Harry Chapin, Mandy Patinkin takes you on a dazzling musical journey you’ll never forget.
You know Mandy Patinkin as the original Che in Broadway’s premiere of the musical Evita, as the original George in Broadway’s premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Sunday in the Park with George, and as Inigo Montoya in the family adventure movie, The Princess Bride, or for his work on TV in Chicago Hope or Homeland. Did you know that Mandy Patinkin became a TikTok star during the pandemic? Have you seen and heard him in one or more of his acclaimed and very popular solo concerts? This concert is an all-new program. And you don’t want to miss it!Read More Read Less
Acclaimed choreographer Larry Keigwin and Keigwin + Company co-founder Nicole Wolcott create and perform in an all-new, community-enhanced show inspired by the artist’s post-pandemic life on the other side of the stage door featuring a number of performers from Montclair and surrounding towns. Larry and Nicole explore the universal themes of acceptance, aging, and finding your place in the world through the lens of the audition. Stage Door is full of backstage antics and surprising emotional moments that capture the imagination and magic of the theater.
In 2005, Keigwin and Wolcott created the first of what became a nationally-acclaimed series of large-scale, community-based pieces danced to Ravel’s Bolero. It was created in 15 communities and then, during the early days of the pandemic, virtually, on video for the Juilliard School. Stage Door is sure to be just as much fun and just as touching. As The New Yorker said about Keigwin’s dances: “Dance that Hits Your Pleasure Receptors!”
(Open auditions will take place in late March, and rehearsals will start in mid-April. Don’t miss your chance to be seen onstage in Montclair!)Read More Read Less