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The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts Blog Schimmel Center seeks to enrich and engage our audiences by bringing world-class talent to Lower Manhattan. Our programming features internationally-acclaimed talent in the areas of music, dance, film, cabaret and lecture.

29 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Juggling is reinvented by Greg Kennedy in “THEOREM!”

Greg Kennedy is a renowned, gold medal winning juggler who is reinventing the medium through his love of geometry and physics. Please don’t run away at the mention of math and science, Greg’s unique circus wizardry is anything but dry and boring. After touring with the renowned Cirque du Soleil, Mr. Kennedy is wowing audiences with his new show Theorem. Luckily for Schimmel audiences, Theorem catapults onto our stage this weekend.  Be sure to watch the trailer below which is filled with striking, powerful spectacle created from everyday objects. Featuring live music, aerial acrobatics and large, dynamic, geometric structures, this show is not to be missed by the thrill seekers in your family. Catch the entire show on Friday evening or catch the one hour children’s show on Saturday afternoon. Halloween costumes are encouraged on Saturday so bring the entire family.


Greg Kennedy’s THEOREM; Friday, October 30th at 7:30p; Tickets $55 | $39 | $29 ; Schimmel Center at Pace University; 3 Spruce St, New York, NY 10038;(212) 346-1715

Greg Kennedy’s THEOREM – Family Fun Edition; Saturday, October 31st at 3pm; Adults $20, Students and Children $10 ; Schimmel Center at Pace University; 3 Spruce St, New York, NY 10038;(212) 346-1715; Costumes Encouraged!

16 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Making Serendipitous Music with the “Sons of Serendip”

The Sons of Serendip (SOS) is a musical group of four friends, who through a series of serendipitous events, came together in graduate school at Boston University. Micah Christian, a teacher from Randolph, MA, is the lead vocalist of the group; Cordaro Rodriguez, an attorney from Charlotte, NC, is the pianist and guitarist; Kendall Ramseur, a performer and cello instructor from Charlotte, NC, is the cellist and vocalist; and Mason Morton, who is a teacher from Atlanta, GA, is the harpist for the quartet. They have each been playing their instruments since childhood, but recently, they came together to begin what they hope will be a long beautiful journey of creating music that touches people’s hearts. The Group were featured finalists on the 9th season of the NBC reality competition show, America’s Got Talent.

Take a look at the videos below to see this group’s musical journey then be sure to book seats for their concert on the Schimmel stage this Sunday, October 18th.


Sons of Serendip; Sunday, October 18th at 7:30pm; All Seats $39; Schimmel Center at Pace University; 3 Spruce St, New York, NY 10038;(212) 346-1715; http://schimmelcenter.org/events/sons-of-serendip

15 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

West Coast Swing Meets Tango in SWANGO!

Ten years ago choreographers Mariella Franganillo and Robert Royston gave birth to a new form of dance: “Swango”. Franganillo,from the world of Argentine tango and Royston, from the arena of west coast swing joined with fabled Tony Award winning book writer Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) to produce a new “Romeo and Juliet ” story that would fuze the two dance forms together in a way that had never been seen before. Now the Schimmel Center is very proud to be producing the revival of the off-Broadway hit that first enchanted audiences a decade ago. Whether you are coming for the timeless romantic story, the sensuality of the Argentine tango or the lively thrill of west coast swing, there is something for everyone in this refreshing theatrical production that continues to push boundaries in the world of ball room dance. Watch the stunning trailer below and be sure to book your tickets!


SWANGO ;  Thursday- Saturday, October 15th – 17th at 7:30pm; Tickets $65 | $49 | $39; Schimmel Center at Pace University; 3 Spruce St, New York, NY 10038;(212) 346-1715; https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/949235

08 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Bless Your Beautiful Lyrics- Inside “American Showstoppers: An Evening with Johnny Mercer

On Friday, October 9, Fred Barton is back with his 14-piece orchestra and cast of Broadway singers and dancers to pay tribute to yet another American showman. But this time, instead of paying tribute to the music of a composer, Barton focuses on a master of the lyric. Johnny Mercer was a prolific lyricist whose songs provided commentary on the American life through much of the twentieth century. Whether he was teaming up with greats like Henry Mancini, Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael or working solo, Mercer created an incredible body of work that would add many entries into the, “Great American Songbook.” To celebrate, we are counting down some of the greatest show-stopping numbers from the composer’s career. Below are Mercer’s 10 greatest songs according to this blogger.

Bless Your Beautiful Hide- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

The MGM film, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is consistently voted as one of the greatest musical movies of all time and it is in large thanks to the incredible songs provided by Saul Chaplin, Gene de Paul and Johnny Mercer. It is no surprise that the team won an Academy Award for “Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.” Below, Howard Keel as Adam sings the opening number and perhaps the best song in the film.

If I Had My Druthers- Li’l Abner

In 1956, MErcer set about writing lyrics for a musical that would bring to life the comics of Al Capp. Featuring the characters of Dogpatch, USA, the musical made commentary on American politics, propriety and gender roles. Perhaps the most famous song from the piece is sung below by Mercer himself along with crooner, Bobby Darren.


Days of Wine and Roses- Days of Wine and Roses

This Academy Award winner of best original song was co-written by Henry Mancini for the 1963 film of the same name. The film, a heavy hitter starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick, is about a married couple that descend into a bitter battle with alcoholism. Mercer seemed willing to tackle just about any issue facing the American life.

That Old Black Magic

This song is said to be written about Judy Garland, whom Mercer was often romantically linked to. Garland ended up recording the song in 1942. Here Jerry Lewis sings the song in the original “Nutty Professor” film.


On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe- The Harvey Girls

Another Academy Award  winner for Best song, Mercer wrote this one for a popular Judy Garland vehicle, “The Harvey Girls.” Here is the original version from the film.


Something’s Gotta Give- Daddy Long Legs

Written for  the 1955 musical film “Daddy Long Legs, ” The song playfully uses the irresistible force paradox – which asks what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object – as a metaphor for a relationship between a vivacious woman and an older, world-weary man. Here it is sung by Sammy Davis Jr.

Come Rain or Come Shine

Originally written for the Broadway musical, “St. Louis Woman,” in 1946 with music by Harold Arlen, this musical has become a standard covered by everyone from Dinah Shore to Ella Fitzgerald to Ray Charles. Here it is sung by Judy Garland who was often romantically linked to Mercer.


Any Place I hang my hat is home

Also introduced in the 1946 musical, “St. L:ouis Woman,” the song would go on to be a hit for Barbra Streisand. Here she sings it for “The Bob Hope Comedy Hour.”

Hooray for Hollywood- Hollywood Hotel

What Irving Berlin did for Showbiz, Mercer did for Hollywood. Introduced in the 1937 film Hollywood Hotel, “Hooray for Hollywood” has become the official anthem of the film industry.

Moon River- Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Perhaps Merecer’s most prolific yet simple lyrics ever. Moon River was introduced to us in the 1961 film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s when it was delivered simply Audrey Hepburn sitting on a fire escape in her most iconic role, Holly Golightly. Here is that version.

American Showstoppers: An Evening with Johnny Mercer featuring the Fred Barton Orchestra;  Friday, October 9 at 7:30pm; tickets $55 | $39 | $29 ; Schimmel Center at Pace University; 3 Spruce St, New York, NY 10038;(212) 346-1715


01 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Battle of the Brass: Inside the New York Brass Showdown

The New York Gypsy Festival is back! Always proving to be one of our most popular offerings, the 11th Annual Gypsy Festival is hosting their finale show at the Schimmel. This year it promises to be bigger and better than ever. Four of New York’s greatest Brass bands will converge on the Schimmel Stage for an epic battle of the bands. The winner will take home the title of, “Best Brass Band in New York.” The four Brass Bands featured range from Gypsy style to Klezmer; bringing our audience a rounded and robust experience as diverse as the Big Apple itself. Be sure to watch the clips of the bands below. Then be sure to book your seats for this one-of -a-kind event which is also the first of it’s kind in the tri-state area.


Slavic Soul Party


Underground Horns


Hungry March Band


Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars


New York Brass Showdown featuring Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars featuring Eleanor Reissa, Hugry March Band, Slavic Soul Party, Underground Horns; Part of the 11th Annual New York Gypsy Festival; Curated by Livesounds.org; Sunday, September 20th at 3pm; All Seats $19; Schimmel Center at Pace University; 3 Spruce St, New York, NY 10038;(212) 346-1715