May 24, 2006
Wynton Marsalis, Dennis Miller, Mercedes Ruehl. The New York City Opera, Charles Darwin, The Who's Tommy. The list goes on.
And what a list it is. The music and theater scene comes alive on the East End this summer when Sag Harbor's Bay Street Theatre, East Hampton's Guild Hall, and the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center bring big-time glamour and smaller gems to their stages.
The Wynton Marsalis Quintet featuring the famed trumpeter will grace the stage at Guild Hall as part of its 75th Season on September 1 at 8 p.m. Guild Hall's season opener on July 2, "Night of Stars," will include the musical stylings of Julie Wilson, Christine Andreas, Tim Michael, and Maude Maggart at 7:30 p.m. On July 8, the talented Andrea Marcovicci can be heard at 7 and 9:30 p.m. when she performs "I'll Be Seeing You: Love Songs of World War II." Also at Guild, Yerba Buena, which features a blend of African-rooted Latin music will be live in concert on August 26 at 9 p.m.
Moving over to Motown, The Four Tops will bring their timeless tunes to the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center this Saturday at 8 p.m. Grammy-nominated jazz singer Karrin Allyson will serenade the crowd on June 10 at 8 p.m. at WHBPAC while on June 30, Jamie Cullum will put his spin on contemporary jazz, at 8 p.m. What the world will get on July 3 at 8:30 p.m. is famed songwriter-performer Burt Bacharach; walk on by and check it out. Art Garfunkel will bring his signature songs to the stage on July 16, also at the PAC.
A Broadway baby and a timeless leading man head from 42nd Street to Westhampton Beach's Main Street this summer. Brian Stokes Mitchell, the Tony-award winning star of Kiss Me Kate and Man of LaMancha, will perform at the PAC on July 22 and Elaine Stritch will show that she's still here on August 4 at 8:30 p.m. Other performers at the WHBPAC include Kenny Loggins, Gordon Lightfoot, Lyle Lovett, and Margaret Cho.
The New York City Opera will make Westhampton Beach its home on August 19, presenting highlights from Carmen, Rigoletto, and Faust.
Bay Street will be a barrel of laughs this season starting off with comedian Robert Klein, currently the host of the Metro Channel's "New Joke City," next Monday at 8 p.m. Other performers this season include Susie Essman (of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm") on June 19, David Alan Grier on June 26, Caroline Rhea on July 3, Lisa Lampanelli on July 31, and Colin Quinn on August 21. Comedians from Caroline's Comedy Club will be featured in August at Guild Hall. On August 4, Bill Burr from "Chappelle's Show" will perform at 8 p.m., followed by John Pinette, fresh off of Broadway's Hairspray, on August 5 at 9 p.m., and wrapping it up, will be Richard Jeni on August 6 at 8 p.m. Dennis Miller
will bring his politically-charged brand of humor to the WHBPAC on July 15 at 8:30 p.m.
At Bay Street, the mainstage season runs the gamut from The Who's Tommy to Darwin in Malibu, with a little Frida Kahlo thrown in for good measure. Quartet, a comedy with operatic overtones is now playing at Bay Street, through June 4. From June 13 through July 9 the rock opera The Who's Tommy will storm the stage, followed by the arrival of Tony and Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl in Viva La Vida, about the life of artist Frida Kahlo from July 18 to August 6. The season will close out with the American premiere of Darwin in Malibu, a comedy with evolutionary overtones, from August 15 to September 3.
At Guild Hall Anne Jackson, Eli Wallach and Carey Lowell will read journal excerpts, poems and monologues by the late author Spalding Gray in "Leftover Stories To Tell: A Spalding Gray Tribute," on July 15 at 8 p.m.
Guild Hall features two big art exhibits of more than 100 works by Andy Warhol, on view from August 12 to October 22. "The Barrymores: Hollywood's First Family," an exhibit of 40 black and white photos of the family of actors, will run from June 17 to July 30. In the Hollywood vein, Guild Hall's Red Carpet Film Series will be held on Thursdays at the John Drew Theatre. Featured films include All That Jazz, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Eli's Comin.
Call the theaters for the more information and for complete listings. Bay Street Theatre, on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor, 725-9500, baystreet.org. Guild Hall, 158 Main St. in East Hampton, 324-4050, guildhall.org. The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main Street in Westhampton Beach, 288-1500, whbpac.org.