Kate Baldwin And More Lead 'Classics Up Close: Bernstein's Broadway' at CSC

Classic Stage Company (Jill Rafson, Producing Artistic Director) announced Classics Up Close: Bernstein’s Broadway, a benefit concert directed by Cara AkselradClassics Up Close will be held at CSC’s Lynn F. Angelson Theater on Sunday June 9 at 7pm. To purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.classicstage.org/bernstein/

“Musical theater is a classic American genre, and at CSC we love exploring the great composers and lyricists whose work has come to comprise the canon of great musicals,” shared Producing Artistic Director Jill Rafson. “Leonard Bernstein contributed so much to the arts, and we’re excited to put the focus specifically on his creations for Broadway musicals. Getting to hear his gorgeous music as sung by these stunning performers in our intimate space is sure to be an extraordinary experience.”

Join Classic Stage Company for an evening of song, sharing the best of Leonard Bernstein’s music written for the Broadway stage. You’ll hear numbers from classics like On the Town, West Side Story, Wonderful Town, and a “Glitter and Be Gay” like you’ve never heard it before, all performed up close and personal in CSC’s intimate theater. This musical celebration will feature performances from great Broadway voices including Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!), Nikki Renée Daniels (Company), Santino Fontana (CSC’s I Can Get It for You Wholesale), Alysha Umphress (On The Town) and more to be announced! 

Tickets for the benefit range from $100-500. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact giving@classicstage.org or call 212-677-4210 x18.

Classic Stage Company (CSC) challenges the traditional perception of classic work by exploring and reimagining great stories across the world’s repertoire that illuminate our common humanity. As a home for the classics, CSC collaborates with artists to produce work that is inclusive, relevant, and accessible. CSC believes that theater can both reflect and improve society by reaching across cultural divides in order to foster shared empathy and understanding.

In 1967, director Christopher Martin founded CSC Repertory in a 100-seat theater at Rutgers Presbyterian Church on West 73rd Street. Following short stints in small spaces, CSC grew to the point where it needed a permanent home. In 1973, the theater moved to its present premises on 13th Street, an intimate space that was formerly an East Village carriage house.

In the 55 years since, CSC has become a leading Off-Broadway theater that is a home for new and established artists, as well as audiences seeking epic stories intimately told. Productions have been cited by all major Off-Broadway theater awards including the Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work.