Village Tattler review: A Memorable Memphis at Northport’s Engeman Theater

Village Tattler
March 31, 2016
Claudia D. Wheeler

The talent is undeniable, the music is catchy and inspirational, and the energy in the theater is palpable—for anyone who is lucky enough to see this amazing production of Memphis, the Musical, at The John W. Engeman Theater in Northport. Produced by Richard T. Dolce, the Engeman’s Producing Artistic Director, Memphis runs from now through May 8, 2016. On opening night, the cast received a standing ovation from the entire house.

The musical features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony-winning score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. It is loosely based on Memphis, Tennessee, disc jockey Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s. Memphis played on Broadway from 2009 through 2012. It won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The radio DJ in Memphis, the Musical is Huey Calhoun, played brilliantly by Carson Higgins, who has enormous talent and stage presence. Higgins has played this role before at the Ivoryton Playhouse in Connecticut. His credits also include the National Tour of Green Day’s American Idiot, and he was featured in season 10 of Television’s American Idol and when you hear him sing, you will understand why. There are too many stand-out songs in Memphis sung by Higgins to list them all here.

The plot is familiar: Calhoun falls in love with the dance club singer Felicia Farrell, played by Breanna Bartley, and vows to make her famous. The relationship is full of the trials of an interracial relationship in the 1950s. Farrell is ready for her big break, but has more than her fair share of obstacles as a black singer. Calhoun is instrumental in helping her. Bartley’s vocals have an intensity that is riveting, and we are rooting for her to succeed despite the odds. Bartley’s credits include New York Theater: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular; Regional Theater: Dreamgirls (Michelle); Memphis (Felicia); Annie (Grace), and In the Heights.

The brilliance of Antoinette DiPietropolo’s choreography is evident throughout Engeman’s Memphis, with masterful dance performances in opening number “Underground,” as well as “The Music of My Soul,” “Everybody Wants to be Black on a Saturday Night,” “Make Me Stronger, “Stand Up,” “Memphis Lives in Me,” and “Steal Your Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

DiPietropolo returns to the Engeman Theater as choreographer after notable work in Miracle on 34th Street, The Producers, A Christmas Story, Evita!, The Music Man, South Pacific, Hairspray, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change and Nunsense. Her Off- Broadway credits: With Glee, and Regional: Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Ragtime; National Tour: How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Associate Director/Choreographer for The Big Apple Circus.

Memphis’ musical direction is by James Olmstead, who also directed the following Engeman Theater productions: West Side Story, The Producers, A Chorus Line, and Evita. Broadway: Radio City’s New York Spring Spectacular (Keyboardist), On Your Feet! (Copyist). Off-Broadway Music Director: 54 Below/Feinstein’s Broadway Swinger, Birdland’s BAA 10th Anniversary Concert, Laurie Beechman’s Perfectly Complicated. Off-Broadway Synth Programmer: Fun Home. Composer: Mambo Italiano, Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist.

The creative team also includes Igor Goldin as Director. In addition to his fine work on Memphis, Goldin has directed the following productions at the Engeman: West Side Story, The Producers, Evita, The Music Man, Twelve Angry Men and South Pacific. Other credits include the following Off-Broadway productions: YANK!, With Glee, A Ritual of Faith, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Crossing Swords; and Regional Theater: Molly Sweeney, Learning How to Drown; An Irish Musical, Crossing Swords and Tick, Tick…BOOM!).

This production has numerous other performances of note by Kathryn Markey who excels as Huey’s mom Gladys, Jarred Bedgood as Gator who impresses with a soulful and moving “Say a Prayer,” and C.Mingo Long as Felicia’s protective brother Delray with his incredible, prominent vocals, especially in “She’s My Sister,” as well as a well-cast ensemble of talented dancers and singers.

The cast also includes David McDonald as Mr. Simmons, and Arthur L. Ross as Bobby, as well as Tony Chiofalo, Jessica Crilley, Marissa Girgus, Tatiana Green, Chavon Hampton, Jenny L. Harvey, Brandon Heyward, Michal Kolaczkoskiz, Katie Lombardo, Suzanne Mason, Ivory Mckay, Chris Medlin, Brandon Riddle, and Alec Varcas.

The performance schedule for Memphis is: Thursdays at 8:00pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00. Some Wednesday and Sunday evenings are available. Tickets are $74 on Saturday evenings, $69 all other performances, and may be purchased by calling (631) 261-2900, going online at EngemanTheater.com, or by visiting the Engeman Theater Box Office at 250 Main Street, Northport.

Read online at: villagetattler.com/2016/03/31/memorable-memphis-northports-engeman-theater-2/

Times of Huntington-Northport Review: ‘Memphis’ is another smash hit for the Engeman

Times Beacon Record
March 30, 2016
Heidi Sutton

Well, hockadoo! The John W. Engeman Theater was full of soul last Saturday night, engaging theatergoers with a sizzling production of “Memphis” that raised the roof and culminated with a five-minute standing ovation.

Directed by Igor Goldin (“West Side Story” and “Evita”) and choreographed by Antoniette DiPietropolo, the rock ‘n’ roll musical is loosely based on the life of “Daddy-O” Dewey Philips, a Memphis disc jockey who dared to play the music of black artists in the late 1950s, when segregation was still the norm in the South. With book and lyrics by Joe Dipietro and original music and lyrics by David Bryan — a member of rock band Bon Jovi — the production ran on Broadway from 2009 to 2012 and won four Tony Awards, including best musical in 2010.

The story follows Huey Calhoun, who, in his quest to find the sounds of early rock ‘n’ roll, finds himself in a black nightclub on the seedy side of town. Owned by Delray, the club features his sister Felicia, a black singer with whom Huey quickly falls in love and vows to get on the radio so the world can hear the music that Delray says is “just Negro blues sped up.”

Carson Higgins is the lead as Huey, a role he has played in the past and has by now perfected. Higgins makes Huey likable and endearing and draws the audience in from the beginning. An incredible actor and singer, Higgins’ rendition of “Memphis Lives in Me” is unforgettable.

Breanna Bartley is perfectly cast as Felicia. With a smooth singing voice, she shines in the musical numbers, especially in “Someday” and “Colored Woman.”

The entire supporting cast is wonderful, with powerful voices and the moves to match. Standouts include Kathryn Markey as Huey’s sassy mother Gladys; C. Mingo Long as Delray; and Jarred Bedgood as Gator, who doesn’t speak or sing until the end of Act I but then treats the audience to a moving rendition of “Say a Prayer.”

Hidden from view but not to be overlooked is the six-piece powerhouse band. Musical Director James Olmstead, who doubles on keyboard, returns to the Engeman to lead a talented group of musicians, including Josh Endlich on percussion, Russ Brown on bass, Joe Boardman on trumpet, Brian Schatz on reeds and Douglas Baldwin on guitar, all playing Bryan and Dipietro’s rousing score.

Set design is handled neatly by D.T. Willis and works well, utilizing sliding panels and a second level to tell the story, and the gorgeous period costumes by Tristan Raines are spot-on, pulling the production together successfully. Don’t miss this wonderful high-energy production, a perfect ending to a night out on the town.

The John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport, will present “Memphis” through May 8. Show includes some adult language and staged violence. Running time is 2.5 hours, including one 15-minute intermission. Free valet parking. Tickets are $74 on Saturday evenings and $69 for all other performances, and may be purchased by calling 631-261-2900 or by visiting www.engemantheater.com.

Read online at: tbrnewsmedia.com/memphis-is-another-smash-hit-for-the-engeman/

Newsday review: Racial musical’s stellar debut at Engeman

Newsday
March 29, 2016
Steve Parks

WHAT “Memphis”
WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays through May 8, John W. Engeman Theater at Northport, 250 Main St.
TICKETS $69-$74; 631-261-2900, engemantheater.com

There’s arguably no American city that symbolizes race relations and rock and roll more starkly than Memphis. It’s here you’ll find both the National Civil Rights Museum on the site of the Lorraine Motel, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, and Graceland, where Elvis Presley lived and died.

“Memphis,” the 2010 Tony winner for best musical, makes its Long Island premiere at the John W. Engeman Theater at Northport with a rollicking celebration of a genre once derogated as “race music.”

The musical by Joe DiPietro (“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”) and Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan weaves a story loosely based on the life of Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips, among the first white DJs to play black music, including that of Southern white boys like Elvis. In the 1950s South, promoting black causes was a dangerous occupation.

Huey (rhymes with Dewey) is a high-school dropout who wanders into a literally underground black nightclub on Beale Street when he detects the rhythmic beat through his feet. Regarded warily as a cracker interloper, Huey wins over all but the owner of Delray’s when he bangs out a raucous “The Music of My Soul” on the piano. Among them is Delray’s sister Felicia. With no idea how he’ll pull it off, Huey promises to get Felicia on the air of a mainstream (as opposed to “colored”) radio station.

Predictably, he falls for Felicia while her brother goes ballistic. “She’s My Sister,” C. Mingo Long’s Delray wails after Felicia is beaten by racist thugs when she’s caught kissing Huey. Breanna Bartley as Felicia justifies her brother and lover’s faith in her as a budding R&B star with a blistering “Love Will Stand When All Else Fails,” while Carson Higgins as Huey is indomitable with the clueless courage of his character’s conviction in his “Memphis Lives in Me” anthem. Supporting players Kathryn Markey as Huey’s mom, Arthur Ross as a singing floor sweeper, Jarred Bedgood as Delray’s once-speechless protégé and David McDonald as Huey’s radio boss create a Memphis that feels like home to the crusading DJ.

Igor Goldin, Engeman’s go-to director of musicals, delivers the goods with help from James Olmstead’s rocking band, Antoinette DiPietropolo’s flashy choreography framed by DT Willis’ cavernous set and accessorized by Tristan Raines’ costumes.

While “Memphis” is somewhat derivative of “Hairspray” and “Dreamgirls,” this fine cast makes it feel authentic.

Read online at: www.newsday.com/entertainment/memphis-review-racial-musical-s-stellar-debut-at-engeman

NY Theatre Guide Review: ‘Memphis’ at John W. Engeman Theater

NY Theatre Guide
March 28, 2016
Kristen Weyer

If you’re looking for an entertaining evening of theater, then look no further than Northport. The John W. Engeman Theater’s current production of Memphis is full of great acting, fantastic singing and fun music. With a book by Joe DiPietro, and score by David Bryan, Memphis originally opened on Broadway in 2009 and received four Tony Awards. Directed here by Igor Goldin with choreography by Antoinette DiPietropolo, Memphis is a rock-and-roll good time for all.

The action takes place, obviously enough, in Memphis, Tennessee during the early 1950s. It is a time fraught with racial tension and segregation. Young Huey Calhoun (Carson Higgins), however, seems not to notice or care. He’s a white boy who loves good music, and if the good music happens to be found on the “dark” side of town, well then, that’s where he’s going to go. When he meets the beautiful and talented, black singer Felicia (Breanna Bartley), he vows to get her on the radio where all of Memphis will hear her. Even with his crazy ways, his charm and determination help him to turn Memphis upside down.

This cast is simply wonderful. Filled with talent, each voice seems to be better than the next. Carson Higgins plays the awkwardly adorable Huey to perfection. His gangly stride, goofy grin, and impeccable comedic timing make his every scene a pleasure to watch. Felicia is portrayed by vocal powerhouse Breanna Bartley. Her stunning performances bring not only her character, but the story to life. Felicia’s brother Del Rey is played by C. Mingo Long, whose incredible voice resonates throughout the theater whenever he sings. Jarred Bedgood does wonderfully in the touching role of Gator, while Arthur L. Ross is superb as the amusing Bobby. The beleaguered Mr. Simmons, and stressed-out Gladys are delightfully played by David McDonald and Kathryn Markey respectively.

DT Willis’ set design works brilliantly for this production. The clever two story set contains sliding panes which allow the audience to “see” who is on the air above the radio station below. Intelligent sound design by Laura Shubert brings the rock-and-roll volume without losing the lyrics. The band, under direction from James Olmstead, marvelously performed the high energy score. All of this, combined with the fun costuming of Tristan Raines, assisted in bringing this production to its successful completion. With its rockin’ music, touching story and clever one liners, Memphis is a fun time that is sure to appeal.

Running Time: Approximately 2 ½ hours including one 15 minute intermission.

Memphis is running at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport until May 8, 2016. The theater is located at 250 Main Street, Northport. For tickets call the box office at (631) 261-2900 or click here.

Read online at: nytheatreguide.com/2016/03/theatre-review-memphis-at-john-w-engeman-theater/

Times of Huntington-Northport: Theater brings a decade of entertainment to Long Island

Times Beacon Record
March 24, 2016
Victoria Espinoza

The streets of Northport have come alive with music and laughter in the past 10 years — and that’s all thanks to the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport.

The Main Street theater first opened its doors in 2007 and has been providing Long Island residents with quality entertainment at an affordable price ever since.

When it comes to why theater lovers should chose the Engeman theater over a Broadway show, Director of Operations Michael DeCristofaro said the Northport venue offers an experience you could never get on Broadway.

“We don’t have the space Broadway has,” DeCristofaro said in an interview. “We don’t have wing space or fly space, so we really are able to slow these shows down and find the heart and the essence of the show. People come and see shows like they’ve never seen them before. We’re really able to get into the story of the characters.”

DeCristofaro said some shows like “West Side Story,” “The Producers” and the upcoming show “Memphis” stand out as really being able to accomplish just that.

“We were told by numerous patrons, ‘better than Broadway,’” he said. “People felt that seeing it in an intimate venue like this without all the distracting flash of pizzazz and set pieces moving in and out really helped them focus on the characters and have fun and get involved.”

Another aspect of the theater that may contribute to the more intimate setting is the distance from the seats to the stage. According to Jessie Eppelheimer, the operations administrator, the back seats are only about 75 feet from the stage, “which you could never get at a Broadway show,” she said in an interview.

But there is one crucial way in which DeCristofaro thinks his theater stands shoulder to shoulder with Broadway, and that’s in the talent.

“We have a really good amount of Broadway talent,” he said. DeCristofaro listed Eddie Mekka, a Tony-nominated actor, and Michael McGrath, a multiple Tony award-winning actor, as two actors who had lead roles in previous shows at Engeman.

“If our alumni are not on Broadway, they’re in a national touring production,” DeCristofaro said. “We get some really incredible top-notch talent and it’s great for the local community to try and see that top notch talent here in Northport for half of the price they’d paid on Broadway.”

But it wasn’t always that way.

What is now a year-round full equity theater, producing multiple shows a year, was once just a small village movie house.

Originally built in 1912, silent movies used to play at the theater for 50 cents a person. In 1913, the Northport trolley helped make night shows a possibility, and by 1930, talking films came to the village. But two years later, the theater was struck with a fire that completely destroyed the establishment, forcing it to close its doors.

The new theater opened in November 1932 with 754 seats and was positioned directly next door to where the original one had stood. “Sherlock Holmes,” starring Clive Brook and Ernest Torrence, was first to be shown.

According to Eppelheimer, many of the original aspects of the 1930 theater still stand today, including the entire lobby, walls in the theater room and some of the lighting.

“People were attached to [the original design] and they tried to keep it as familiar as possible when they reopened,” she said.

In 2007, Huntington residents Kevin O’Neill and his wife Patti, owners of the theater, welcomed audiences to see real-time plays for the first time, and residents from all over Long Island have been filling in the seats ever since. The theater was named in tribute to O’Neill’s brother, Chief Warrant Officer Four John William Engeman, who was killed in Iraq in May 2006.

The theater now holds up to 400 audience members, has a full bar and lounge and shows multiple musicals and plays annually. Eppelheimer said there are about 5,000 season ticket holders and the theater has an 80 percent retention rate.

For the 10th anniversary season, the Engeman will feature a lineup exclusively of musicals, including a repeat of the inaugural show “Jekyll and Hyde.”

“We’re paying tribute to the first season,” Eppelheimer said. Other shows in the coming year include “Mamma Mia,” “Oklahoma” and “Mary Poppins.”

Over the years the theater has expanded, offering children shows, theater-school programs and hosting charity events.

“It was always intended to not just be a theater,” DeCristafaro said. “We wanted to be able to do more for the community and get children and parents involved.”

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Will & Anthony’s “Showstoppers! Tour” comes to The Engeman leading up to Carnegie Hall debut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(Northport, NY- March 2016) – On April 11, 2016 the John W. Engeman Theater will welcome back Will and Anthony Nunziata with their new “Showstoppers” concert.

Hailed by the Huffington Post as an “impossible pairing of stage, talent and charm,” Brooklyn natives Will and Anthony Nunziata are a classically trained singing and comedy duo who have gained critical and popular acclaim throughout the United States and the World. Last seen on the Engeman Stage with their “Broadway, Our Way” concert in April 2015, they are set to return on April 11, 2016 with their new concert “Showstoppers”

“Showstoppers” includes the twin brothers’ exciting takes on all the hits, from Pop Music, 60’s Hits and the American Songbook to Motown, Italy and Broadway. The concert will showcase Will and Anthony’s beautiful tenor voices, acting and comedy skills with songs from The Beach Boys, The Righteous Brothers, Adele, Broadway, Motown, Sammy Davis Jr. and more.

This performance is part of Will & Anthony’s 2016-2017 “Showstoppers! Tour,” celebrating and culminating in the duo’s Carnegie Hall debut in December 2016. The brothers will headline the New York Pops’ holiday concert alongside Broadway stars and sibling duo, Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway on December 16 and 17, 2016.

Tickets are on sale now, starting at $25 for Season Ticket Holders and $50 for the General Public. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.engemantheater.com or calling the Box Office at (631) 261-2900.

The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is Long Island’s only year round professional theater company, casting actors from the Broadway talent pool. From curb to curtain, we have made it our business to provide affordable, quality, theater in an elegant one-of-a-kind location with outstanding facilities and extraordinary service. The renovated Theater offers stadium-style seating, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, a full orchestra pit, and a classic wood-paneled piano lounge with full bar.

 

For a complete show schedule and more information contact the theater directly at 631-261-2900, visit the box office at 250 Main Street, Northport or visit www.EngemanTheater.com. Get social with the brothers on Facebook and on Instagram & Twitter @willandanthony.

 

The John W. Engeman Theater presents MEMPHIS

 

MemphisIndex

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(Northport, NY- March 2016) – The John W. Engeman Theater announces the cast and creative team for MEMPHIS.  Performances begin on Thursday, March 24 at 8:00pm and run through May 8, 2016.

Inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, MEMPHIS follows the fame and forbidden love of a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, MEMPHIS is filled with laughter, emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll, and features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony-winning score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan.

MEMPHIS is produced by RICHARD T. DOLCE the Engeman Theater’s Producing Artistic Director.

The Creative Team is IGOR GOLDIN, Director (Engeman Theater: West Side Story, The Producers, Evita, The Music Man, Twelve Angry Men and South Pacific. Off Broadway: YANK!, With Glee, A Ritual of Faith, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Crossing Swords. Regional: Molly Sweeney, Learning How to Drown; An Irish Musical, Crossing Swords and Tick, Tick…BOOM!); ANTOINETTE DIPIETROPOLO, Choreographer (Engeman Theater: Miracle on 34th Street, The Producers, A Christmas Story, Evita!, The Music Man, South Pacific, Hairspray, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change and Nunsense. Off Broadway: With Glee. Regional: Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Ragtime. National Tour: How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Associate Director/Choreographer for The Big Apple Circus.) and JAMES OLMSTEAD, Musical Director (Engeman Theater: West Side Story, The Producers, A Chorus Line, Evita. Broadway: Radio City’s New York Spring Spectacular (Keyboardist), On Your Feet! (Copyist). Off Broadway Music Director: 54 Below/Feinstein’s Broadway Swinger, Birdland’s BAA 10th Anniversary Concert, Laurie Beechman’s Perfectly Complicated. Off Broadway Synth Programmer: Fun Home. Composer: Mambo Italiano, Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist.)

 

The Creative Team also includes: DT WILLIS (Scenic Design), TRISTAN RAINES (Costume Design), CORY PATTAK (Lighting Design), LAURA SHUBERT (Sound Design), LEAH LOUKAS (Hair & Wig Design), GAYLE SEAY and SCOTT WOJCIK of WOJCIK/SEAY CASTING (Casting Directors), KRISTIE MOSCHETTA (Props Design), TREY COMPTON (Assistant Director and Fight Choreographer), DENISE WILCOX (Production Stage Manager), and MEGAN E. COUTTS (Assistant Stage Manager).

 

The cast of MEMPHIS features CARSON HIGGINS as Huey Calhoun (National Tour: Green Day’s American Idiot (St. Jimmy). Regional: Memphis (Huey), Little Shop of Horrors (Orin). TV: American Idol Season 10) and BREANNA BARTLEY as Felicia Farrell (NY Theater: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Regional: Dreamgirls (Michelle), Memphis (Felicia), Annie (Grace), and In the Heights).

 

MEMPHIS also features: JARRED BEDGOOD (Gator), C. MINGO LONG (Delray), KATHRYN MARKEY (Gladys), DAVID McDONALD (Mr. Simmons), and ARTHUR L. ROSS (Bobby).

The cast also includes: TONY CHIOFALO, JESSICA CRILLEY, MARISSA GIRGUS, TATIANA GREEN, CHAVON HAMPTON, JENNY L. HARVEY, BRANDON HEYWARD, MICHAL KOLACZKOSKIZ, KATIE LOMBARDO, SUZANNE MASON, IVORY MCKAY, CHRIS MEDLIN, BRANDON RIDDLE, and ALEC VARCAS.

Press Opening is Saturday, March 26 at 8:00 pm

 

MEMPHIS will play the following performance schedule: Thursdays at 8:00pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00.  Some Wednesday and Sunday evenings are available. Tickets are $74 on Saturday evenings, $69 all other performances and may be purchased by calling (631) 261-2900, going online at EngemanTheater.com, or by visiting the Engeman Theater Box Office at 250 Main Street, Northport.  Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.

 

The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is Long Island’s only year round professional theater company, casting actors from the Broadway talent pool. From curb to curtain, we have made it our business to provide affordable, quality, theater in an elegant one-of-a-kind location with outstanding facilities and extraordinary service. The renovated Theater offers stadium-style seating, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, a full orchestra pit, and a classic wood-paneled piano lounge with full bar.

 

For a complete show schedule and more information contact the theater directly at 631-261-2900, visit the box office at 250 Main Street, Northport or visit www.EngemanTheater.com

The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport Announces 2016 Special Events Series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(Northport, NY) – The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport (Kevin O’Neill, Managing Director and Richard T. Dolce, Producing Artistic Director) announces its Special Events series for 2016. The lineup of 17 performances includes a diverse array of shows ranging from improv comedy to classic Broadway concert series. Audience members can choose from returning favorites as well as several new acts. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at (631) 261-2900, visiting our website at www.engemantheater.com/special-events or at the Engeman Theater Box Office at 250 Main Street Northport, NY 11768.

 

CLADDAGH – THE PRODIGALS SHOW

March 10, 2016 at 8PM

Returning to the Engeman after two sold out performances in 2015, Claddagh – Prodigals and Dancers’ Story Theater features a fusion of the Prodigals’ iconic music, world-champion dancers – both Irish and tap – and a modern day Irish fairy-tale that immerses the audience in a rich universe of love, life and laughter. The romantic story line is told through the music and dance, in a sparkling show that forges way beyond the typical expectations of traditional performance. Tickets start at $25 for Season Ticket Holders and $50 for Single Tickets.

 

THE IVY LEAGUE OF COMEDY

March 11, 2016 at 8PM

New to the Engeman, The Ivy League of Comedy is the premier group of stand-up comedians touring America. Known for their elite brand of clever comedy, you’ve heard their brilliant comedic voices on late-night TV and Comedy Central. The Ivy League of Comedy honors audiences with original, well-written comedy that doesn’t resort to playing on stereotypes or picking on the audience. From theatres to corporate events to fund-raising shows for charities, The Ivy League of Comedy brings you stand-up comedy’s funniest and brightest. Tickets on sale now for Season Ticket Holders, complimentary with voucher or $25 without. Single tickets are available for $35.

 

VOCAL TRASH

March 13, 2016 at 2PM and 7PM

Described as, “Glee Meets Stomp”, Vocal Trash asks you to recycle your imagination as their urban themed Broadway style show energizes audiences of all ages with first class singing, industrial style drumming, comedy antics and award winning break-dancing. With an emphasis on recycled instruments, this green minded ensemble tours globally on a relentless pursuit to bring people together utilizing the universal language of song and dance. Tickets start at $25 for Season Ticket Holders and $50 for Single Tickets.

 

NEIL BERG’S PIANOMEN

April 3, 2016 at 7PM

October 11, 2016 at 8PM

An returning audience favorite Neil Berg’s Pianomen pays an intimate tribute to the compositions and songwriting of two of the most iconic composers of the 20th Century, Billy Joel and Elton John. Hear the crowd pleasing popular hits and forgotten songs of the last four decades. These timeless songs light up the stage as they are performed by Award-Winning Composer, Lyricist and Producer Neil Berg on piano and two incredible Broadway/Rock vocalists. . Tickets on sale now for Season Ticket Holders, complimentary with voucher or $25 without. Single tickets are available for $50.

 

WILL & ANTHONY SHOWSTOPPERS

April 11, 2016 at 8PM

Returning to the Engeman with a brand new show, Will & Anthony are a force of nature. Will & Anthony’s “Showstoppers” concert includes exciting takes on some of the greatest songs ever written, from Pop Music, 60’s Hits and the American Songbook to Motown, Italy and Broadway. A 90-minute tour-de-force concert that transcends generations, it’s sexy, heart-warming, funny and entertaining. With their soaring tenor voices and acting & improv comedy chops, Will & Anthony sing fresh arrangements of classic and contemporary songs including You’re All I Need to Get By, Feeling Good, O Sole Mio, The Impossible Dream, Unchained Melody, Someone Like You, God Only Knows, What Kind of Fool Am I, The Prayer…songs from The Beach Boys, The Righteous Brothers, Broadway, Motown, Sammy Davis Jr., Adele, Rascal Flatts and more. Tickets start at $25 for Season Ticket Holders and $50 for Single Tickets.

 

LIVE IN CENTRAL PARK [REVISITED]: SIMON & GARFUNKEL

April 18 & 19, 2016 at 8PM

Relive one of the largest and most memorable concerts in history this season at The Engeman Theater with Live in Central Park (Revisited): Simon and Garfunkel. Vocalist Lee Lessack and singer-songwriter Johnny Rodgers bring the classic set list to life, revisiting the biggest hits of the greatest folk rock duo of all time. From “Sound of Silence” to “Mrs. Robinson,” Live in Central Park (Revisited): Simon and Garfunkel showcases two international vocal talents as they recreate the legendary, original 1981 reunion concert that brought Simon and Garfunkel back together again. Tickets start at $25 for Season Ticket Holders and $50 for Single Tickets.

 

BROADWAY’S NEXT H!T MUSICAL

April 25, 2016 at 7PM

The hysterical Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full blown improvised musical – complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore. BNHM has been seen recently at The Triad, Tribeca Film Festival, and at the New York Musical Theater Festival, among many others. Under the direction of improv veterans Rob Schiffman and Deb Rabbai, TheaterWeek hailed the show as “brilliant” and The New York Post called Broadway’s Next H!t Musical “remarkable.” Tickets start at $25 for Season Ticket Holders and $50 for Single Tickets.

 

BROADWAY GENTLEMEN

May 2, 2016 at 8PM

Join us for an unforgettable evening of Broadway favorites performed by some of today’s incredible Broadway leading men.  Some of the most memorable songs from LES MISERABLES, JERSEY BOYS, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, WICKED, and many more! Tickets start at $25 for Season Ticket Holders and $50 for Single Tickets.

 

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE TOURING COMPANY

June 5, 2016 at 7PM

UCB TourCo brings the best improv comedians from the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres in New York and Los Angeles to new audiences all around the country. The UCB Theatre – founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh – has been home to some of the biggest stars in comedy today. From TV shows like Broad City, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, Veep, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, to films such as Bridesmaids, The Hangover, and The Heat, our performers are everywhere. The show is a 90-minute, unscripted and totally improvised performance. Four improvisers at the top of their game perform a high-energy, surprising and hilarious show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again. Tickets on sale now for Season Ticket Holders, complimentary with voucher or $25 without. Single tickets are available for $50.

 

BEST OF CLASSIC BROADWAY

June 13, 2016 at 8PM

Broadway’s greatest hits of all time, from Jerome Kern to Comden and Green.  These are the songs that Broadway fans around the world want to hear sung by the stars of the Great White Way.  Featuring three of today’s brightest Broadway stars backed by a trio of musicians. Tickets start at $25 for Season Ticket Holders and $50 for Single Tickets.

 

NEIL BERG’S 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY

August 1, 2016 at 8PM

Neil Berg’s widely acclaimed 100 Years of Broadway recreates the greatest moments from the finest shows of the century featuring the actual stars of shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, CATS, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Jekyll & Hyde. These amazing performers light up the stage with songs from the hit shows in which they starred. Neil Berg presents brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as thrilling numbers from Broadway’s newest hit shows. Tickets start at $40 for Season Ticket Holders and $75 for Single Tickets.

 

LIGHTS, CAMERA…THE OSCARS!

August 15, 2016 at 8PM

Since 1934, our most beloved songs have been Oscar winners or come from an Academy Award winning movie. TITANIC, AN OFFICER AN A GENTLEMAN, ROCKY, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, THE GODFATHER, GONE WITH THE WIND, CHARIOTS OF FIRE and many more! Tickets start at $25 for Season Ticket Holders and $50 for Single Tickets.

 

THE PRODIGALS – ACOUSTIC MIX

August 29, 2016 at 8PM

The Prodigals go acoustic! Born of a performance at Austin Celtic Festival, a new forum that combines “thoughtful, intelligent lyrics”  [Washington Post] with “expertise on accordion and understanding of Irish music [that] elevate” (All Music Guide), “outstanding vocals” (Rambles.net) with virtuosic rhythm work, to create a sound that the Irish Voice dubbed an “artistic triumph.” Tickets on sale now for Season Ticket Holders, complimentary with voucher or $25 without. Single tickets are available for $50.

 

BEHIND THE MASK

October 3, 2016 at 8PM

The greatest shows of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber combined with hits by Kander and Ebb, Stephen Schwartz, and more! Featuring music from: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, CATS, EVITA, SUNSET BOULEVARD, SONG AND DANCE, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, WICKED, THE JERSEY BOYS, CHICAGO, A CHORUS LINE and SPAMALOT. Tickets start at $25 for Season Ticket Holders and $50 for Single Tickets.

 

Season tickets and single tickets may be purchased by calling (631) 261-2900, by visiting www.engemantheater.com, or at the Engeman Theater Box Office at 250 Main Street, Northport. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.  To purchase Season Tickets and Gift Cards please contact the Box Office directly.  For group rates or to host an event at the John W. Engeman Theater, please contact the Group Sales Department at 631-261-9700 ext. 23.  For information on advertising in our Programs or in our Lounge, please contact the Advertising Sales Department at 631-261-9700 ext. 22.  The Theater is also home to the John W. Engeman Theater Studio of the Performing Arts, offering classes and camp programs for children; for more information call 631-261-9700 ext. 25.

The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is Long Island’s only year round professional theater company, casting our actors from the Broadway talent pool. From curb to curtain, we have made it our business to provide affordable, Quality Theater in an elegant one-of-a-kind location with outstanding facilities and extraordinary service. The renovated Theater offers stadium-style seating, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, a full orchestra pit, and a classic wood-paneled piano lounge with full bar.

For a complete show schedule and more information contact the theater directly at 631-261-2900, visit the box office at 250 Main Street, Northport or visit www.EngemanTheater.com

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