Join the Standby list for any of our Fall 2022 Urban NY trips! Arrive at the meeting time (or no more than 10 minutes earlier) for Standby. You will put your name on a list provided by the Urban NY Trip Leader, and 10 minutes after the designated meeting time any last minute cancellations or no-shows will be released to the Standby list via random draw (please note that an earlier time of arrival will NOT increase chances of selection). Standby tickets are not guaranteed for any show, however there are often at least a few available! Our full list of shows and meeting times is available below.
Wednesday, September 28th: Come From Away (meet @ 515 Lerner @ 5:50PM): Broadway’s COME FROM AWAY is a Best Musical winner all across North America! This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein.
Thursday, September 29th: Funny Girl (meet in 515 Lerner @ 5:50PM): The musical comedy classic is back for the first time ever—and Broadway audiences are the luckiest people in the world. Featuring one of the most iconic scores of all time, this love letter to the theatre is ready to step back into the spotlight. Lea Michele stars alongside Tony® nominee Ramin Karimloo, Tovah Feldshuh and Jeff Award winner Jared Grimes and dazzles with the songs “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” and “People.” This bittersweet comedy is the story of the indomitable Fanny Brice, a girl from the Lower East Side who dreamed of a life on the stage. Everyone told her she’d never be a star, but then something funny happened—she became one of the most beloved performers in history, shining brighter than the brightest lights of Broadway.
Thursday, October 6th: Six (meet in 515 Lerner @ 5:50PM): From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse—remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power. The female cast are backed by an all-female band, the “Ladies in Waiting.” Songs from the studio album are streamed on average 300,000 times per day, making it the second highest streaming cast recording in the world.
Friday, October 7th: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (meet in 515 Lerner @ 6:50PM): One of the undisputed musical masterpieces of the last 100 years, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk is a bleak, existential drama that is satirical and critical of society but also retains a sharply focused narrative, with Shostakovich’s thrilling score accentuating each of its dramatic points. Based on an engrossing novella by Nikolai Leskov, the opera maintains its source material’s frenetic pace with propulsive music and a plethora of activity, suggesting that any actions—even of the criminal variety—are preferable to the crushing ennui of conventional life. The opera takes place in the Mtsensk District, about 150 miles south of Moscow, and in Siberia, the vast, harsh land in the northeastern part of Russia, to which criminals were traditionally banished throughout the country’s history.
Tuesday, October 11th: Into the Woods (meet in 515 Lerner @ 5:50PM): Here’s a reason to be happy ever after... Direct from its sold-out New York City Center Encores! run, STEPHEN SONDHEIM and JAMES LAPINE’s Tony Award®-winning triumph INTO THE WOODS has come to Broadway’s St. James Theatre. So don’t delay or be misled—this critically acclaimed new production is here just for a moment! This theatrical event, directed by LEAR deBESSONET (Hercules), will honor the memory of legendary composer STEPHEN SONDHEIM and this Broadway masterpiece like never before.
Thursday, October 13th: Sphinx Virtuosi (meet in 515 Lerner @ 5:50PM): Sphinx Virtuosi is the most prestigious group of musicians to represent the magnificently impactful Sphinx Organization. The 2021 Carnegie Hall performance by these “top-notch string players” received an extended standing ovation for music making described as “splendid,” “vibrant,” and “arresting” (The New York Times). In their anticipated return, the ensemble premieres exciting new works by Valerie Coleman, Jessie Montgomery, and Xavier Foley alongside music by Villa-Lobos, Carlos Simon, and Beethoven. Such a varied program is characteristic of Sphinx Virtuosi’s insightful, ongoing exploration of the classical canon’s evolution.
Monday, October 17th: NY Rangers vs. Anaheim Ducks (meet in 515 Lerner @ 5:50PM): Come watch the NY Rangers play the Anaheim Ducks in Ice Hockey at the iconic Madison Square Garden.
Tuesday, October 18th: A Strange Loop (meet in 515 Lerner @ 5:50PM): Winner of the Tony Award® for Best Musical, Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize–winning, blisteringly funny masterwork exposes the heart and soul of a young artist grappling with desires, identity, and instincts he both loves and loathes. Hell-bent on breaking free of his own self-perception, Usher wrestles with the thoughts in his head, brought to life on stage by a hilarious, straight-shooting ensemble. Bold and heartfelt in its truth-telling, A Strange Loop is the big, Black, and queer-ass Great American Musical for all!
Wednesday, October 19th: MJ: The Michael Jackson Musical (meet in 515 Lerner @ 6:50PM): He is one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Now, Michael Jackson’s unique and unparalleled artistry is finally coming to Broadway in a brand-new musical. Centered around the making of his 1992 Dangerous World Tour, and created by Tony Award®-winning Director/Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, MJ goes beyond the singular moves and signature sound of the star, offering a rare look at the creative mind and collaborative spirit that catapulted Jackson into legendary status. Turn it up, Broadway — MJ is here!
Thursday, October 20th: Moulin Rouge (meet in 515 Lerner @ 5:50PM): Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular spectacular…Welcome to Moulin Rouge! The Musical! Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. A theatrical celebration of truth, beauty, freedom and — above all — love, Moulin Rouge! is more than a musical; it is a state of mind.
Tuesday, October 25th: The Lion King (meet in 515 Lerner @ 5:50PM): Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap - the entire Serengeti comes to life. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly rises from the stage. This is THE LION KING. A spectacular visual feast, this adaptation of Disney's much-loved film transports you to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colors, stunning effects and enchanting music. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba, and his epic journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands. The Lion King won six 1998 Tony Awards, and has also earned more than 70 major arts awards. Come join The Circle of Life!
Thursday, October 27th: Little Shop of Horrors (meet in 515 Lerner @ 5:50PM): The world’s most ravenous plant has returned to its acclaimed, sold-out run at the Westside Theatre! Winner of the 2020 Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is “wildly exuberant” (The Hollywood Reporter), and a New York Times Critic’s Pick. This smash-hit production stars Emmy® winner and Grammy® nominee Tammy Blanchard (“Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows”), 2022 Tony Award® nominee Rob McClure (Mrs. Doubtfire, Beetlejuice), and two-time Tony winner Christian Borle (Something Rotten!), who won the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards for his performance in LITTLE SHOP. Together they bring succulent life to a show that has made millions of theatergoers laugh, scream, and give up gardening for good. Get tickets now and enjoy a taste of what we’ve all been craving: live theater!
Tuesday, November 1st: La Traviata (meet in 515 Lerner @ 5:50PM): Verdi’s La Traviata survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire. Following the larger-scale dramas of Rigoletto and Il Trovatore, its intimate scope and subject matter inspired the composer to create some of his most profound and heartfelt music. The title role of the “fallen woman” has captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities—and challenges. Violetta is considered a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire.
Wednesday, November 2nd: A Strange Loop (meet in 515 Lerner @ 6:50PM): Winner of the Tony Award® for Best Musical, Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize–winning, blisteringly funny masterwork exposes the heart and soul of a young artist grappling with desires, identity, and instincts he both loves and loathes. Hell-bent on breaking free of his own self-perception, Usher wrestles with the thoughts in his head, brought to life on stage by a hilarious, straight-shooting ensemble. Bold and heartfelt in its truth-telling, A Strange Loop is the big, Black, and queer-ass Great American Musical for all!
Thursday, November 3rd: Take Me Out (meet in 515 Lerner @ 5:50PM): Tony Award® winner Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Tony nominee Jesse Williams reprise their roles in the Tony-winning Best Play Revival, Take Me Out, returning to Broadway for 14 weeks only! In Take Me Out, playwright Richard Greenberg celebrates the personal and professional intricacies of America’s favorite pastime. When Darren Lemming, the star center fielder for the Empires, comes out of the closet, the reception off the field reveals a barrage of long-held unspoken prejudices dealing with sexuality and masculinity, money and power, and race and class. Facing some hostile teammates and fraught friendships, Darren is forced to contend with the challenges of being a gay person of color within the confines of a classic American institution. As the Empires struggle to rally toward a championship season, the players and their fans begin to question tradition, their loyalties, and the price of victory.
Wednesday, November 9th: The Piano Lesson (meet in 515 Lerner @ 6:50PM): August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork THE PIANO LESSON returns to Broadway in the event of the season, starring Academy Award® winner Samuel L. Jackson, Screen Actors Guild Award® nominee John David Washington, and Tony® and Emmy® nominee Danielle Brooks, directed by Tony nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson. A battle is brewing in the Charles household. At the center lies the family’s prized heirloom piano. On one side, a brother plans to build the family fortune by selling it. On the other, a sister will go to any length to keep it and preserve the family history. Only their uncle stands in between. But even he can’t hold back the ghosts of the past.
Thursday, November 10th: Hamilton (meet in 515 Lerner @ 5:50PM): A wildly inventive new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. Tony and Grammy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda’s iconic musical about the unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. Attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
Tuesday, November 15th: A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical (meet in 515 Lerner @ 6:50PM): The story of the legendary Neil Diamond comes to life on stage in a gripping and uplifting new musical featuring his hit songs “Sweet Caroline”, “America”, and “Cracklin’ Rosie”. Directed by Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch), choreographed by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (Once, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), and written by four-time Academy Award® nominee Anthony McCarten (Bohemian Rhapsody, The Two Popes), A Beautiful Noise debuted in Boston before heading to Broadway. Good times never seemed so good.
Wednesday, November 16th: Wicked (meet in 515 Lerner @ 5:50PM): Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, Wicked—the untold true story of the Witches of Oz—transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story. It will send your spirits soaring to heights you’ll never forget.
Thursday, November 17th: Orchestra of St. Lukes: A Midsummers Night Dream with David Hyde Pierce (meet in 515 Lerner @ 6:50PM): The Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Principal Conductor Bernard Labadie kick off their 2022–2023 season at Carnegie Hall with the continuation of a multi-season focus on the works of Felix Mendelssohn. The concert begins with the breathless excitement of his Piano Concerto No. 1, a brisk and impactful work bookended by musical fireworks courtesy of pianist Benjamin Grosvenor. Also featured on the program is the complete incidental music Mendelssohn wrote for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a fantastical and evocative rendering with vocal parts that are beautifully suited for soprano Lauren Snouffer and mezzo-soprano Cecelia Hall, with narration by David Hyde Pierce.
Wednesday, November 30th: Alvin Ailey at NYCC (meet in 515 Lerner @ 5:50PM): Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dazzles with technical brilliance and passionate energy, bringing audiences to their feet at every performance. Returning for its annual winter season, the Company electrifies the City Center stage for four weeks with new works by Kyle Abraham and Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts; Company premieres of Paul Taylor’s romantic DUET and Twyla Tharp’s carefree Roy’s Joys; and a new production of Alvin Ailey’s stirring Survivors, an impassioned tribute to the profound courage and terrible anguish of Nelson and Winnie Mandela. The season will also include returning favorites by Artistic Director Robert Battle and Aszure Barton, plus classics by Mr. Ailey, including the beloved Revelations that “becomes brighter, its brilliance more memorable, every year” (The New York Times).
Thursday, December 1st: Hadestown (meet in 515 Lerner @ 5:50PM): Welcome to HADESTOWN, where a song can change your fate. This acclaimed new musical by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) is a love story for today... and always. HADESTOWN intertwines two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — as it invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, HADESTOWN is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go.
Friday, December 2nd: Almost Famous (meet in 515 Lerner @ 6:50PM: The year is 1973 and it’s all happening. Led Zeppelin is king, Richard Nixon is President, and idealistic 15-year-old William Miller is an aspiring music journalist. When Rolling Stone magazine hires him to go on the road with an up-and-coming band, William is thrust into the rock-and-roll circus, where his love of music, his longing for friendship, and his integrity as a writer collide. ALMOST FAMOUS is about a young man finding his place in the world and the indelible characters he meets along the way. It’s a celebration of community, family, fandom and the power of music. Original Music and Lyrics by Tom Kitt (CC '96).
Monday, December 5th: The Rockettes Christmas Spectacular (meet in 515 Lerner @ 6:00PM): Share the joy of the holidays with your loved ones this year at the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes®, the iconic dance and music spectacular! Experience Radio City Music Hall® as it transforms into an immersive, winter wonderland, and create lasting memories with the legendary Rockettes®.
Wednesday, December 7th: 1776 (meet in 515 Lerner @ 6:50PM): What will it take to get two dozen powerfully passionate, exceedingly complicated, and all-too-human individuals to settle their differences, while they hold the very future of a nation in their hands? This Tony Award-winning Best Musical is tuneful, funny, and constantly surprising, especially in this revolutionary new production from directors Jeffrey L. Page and Diane Paulus. You may never think about our country—who we are and why—the same way again.