Century Village welcomes back Gabe Kaplan, the star of Welcome Back, Kotter in a hilarious evening of stand-up comedy that includes a special performance by Rachel Kaplan, his daughter.
Gabe started his career as a stand-up comedian criss-crossing the country and appearing in nightclubs and on television shows like The Tonight Show. Growing up in Brooklyn, he decided to create a situation comedy based on his high school class and the characters that were there with him. He made himself a wise-cracking teacher and Welcome Back, Kotter was born. After six weeks on the air, the sitcom became a huge hit and made it into the top ten shows for four seasons. When Kotter ended, Gabe went on to star in three feature films while continuing to perform in Las Vegas. He also starred in the national touring company of Doubles as well as in a very-well received HBO special. As if his comedy career wasn’t enough, he also became a champion poker player, having won the Super Bowl of Poker two times!
Rachel Kaplan joins her dad in this fun-filled evening. Rachel, a singer whose voice has been described as a fantastic mix of smooth soul and powerful jazz blended together, has a sense of humor almost as good as the music itself. You won’t want to miss this fabulous evening of superb entertainment!
In 1981, more than 500,000 music fans gathered in Central Park to witness the now legendary reunion of folk duo Simon & Garfunkel. Century Village audiences can now revisit that evening as award-winning recording artists, Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers recreate that magical night performing Simon & Garfunkel hits like Mrs. Robinson, Homeward Bound, Scarborough Fair, Bridge over Troubled Water, The Sound Of Silence and many more. Playing to sold-out audiences everywhere they perform, you too will want to relive the wonderful music of Simon & Garfunkel in this fantastic performance.
Using bold colors with their hands and brushes and inspired by the troupe’s singers, musicians, dancers and Bunraku puppeteers, a group of artists race to complete giant masterpieces right before your eyes and before the last note of the music is sounded. Bringing people together through the power and passion of the arts, ARTRAGEOUS is a totally unique and wonderful celebration in a fun, energetic and inclusive experience you won’t want to miss.
Come along as Mary Gaines Bernard and ten musicians take you on a journey filled with music, memories and behind-the-scenes stories of the life of her actual sister, Donna Summer. Mary, immensely talented herself, sang extensively with Donna as her lead support for over thirty years and she shares her first-hand knowledge of Donna, dubbed the ‘Queen Of The ‘70s Disco Boom.’ Mary has the knack of being able to engage her audiences, bringing them along with her as she performs such Donna Summer phenomenal hits as Hot Stuff, She Works Hard For the Money, Bad Girls and Last Dance.
Three parts Jersey Boys, two parts Motown: The Musical – this is definitely not your average doo wop! Five charismatic, handsome, triple threat Broadway stars along with their director and pianist as well as their hot, four piece band will entertain you with their fabulous musicality, dancing and showmanship. They ‘re-doo’ classic Doo Wop songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s and give them a fresh new sound as well as take contemporary pop hits by stars like Amy Winehouse, Adele and Maroon 5 and ‘doowopify’ them! All we can say is “WOW!”
Join Broadway veterans Emily Padgett and Josh Young as they journey through 80 years of movies and musical theater featuring the most loved and celebrated songs from such classics as Carousel, The Sound Of Music, West Side Story, The Wizard Of Oz, Les Misérables, The Little Mermaid and much more. With gorgeous voices and captivating storytelling, these two remarkable performers are unmatchable. Josh Young is a five time Broadway World Award Winner and Tony Nominee while singer and dancer Emily Padgett won the Helen Hayes Award For Outstanding Leading Actress In A Musical. With this much talent, you will not want this performance to end!
Each singing their own interpretation of the world’s greatest music, these three handsome, all-American tenors with Sicilian ancestry will take you on a journey from Hollywood to Broadway and on to Italy with a wide variety of songs. Having studied at the renowned Interlochen Arts Academy, Aaron Caruso speaks four languages and specializes in Neapolitan music. Elio Scaccio is a cross-over performer singing pop standards, Italian ethnic and occasionally vintage rock. Sam Vitale has had lead tenor roles in Carmen, La Traviata and Phantom Of The Opera. He is also a veteran, having served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. This is sure to be a wonderful evening of glorious music along with light-hearted fun.
Singer, songwriter and actress, Melissa Manchester is one of popular music’s most enduring, talented and versatile performers. At the start of her long career, she was a founding member of Bette Midler’s original group The Harlettes while she studied songwriting with Paul Simon at NYU. From there, she went on to a recording contract and to headline at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, performing to sold-out audiences. She won a Grammy with her velvety, soulful voice and became the first artist in the history of the Academy Awards to have two movie themes nominated in the same year. She has written songs for major movies as well as having her songs recorded by such famous performers as Barbra Streisand, Roberta Flack, Johnny Mathis and Dusty Springfield.
Opening for Melissa is comedian Richie Byrne. Richie combines the sharpness of New York observational wit with the charm of an old-school storyteller in a performance that is a laugh-a-minute riot.
Billy McGuigan is back with a brand new show that is sure to have the audience cheering for more, more, more! With fresh arrangements of rock and jazz standards in this truly unique show, Billy and his rockin’ band consisting of an all-star line-up of musicians perform rock hits with a big band sound and big band standards with a rock ‘n’ roll twist. You might hear Sinatra and then The Doors or Duke Ellington and then Petula Clark hits. This show is filled with great music performed by great artists.
Comedian, actor and writer Yakov Smirnoff is back and he is using his Russian roots along with his brand of comedy to reflect the new political climate between the United States and Russia. As Yakov says, he gets a thrill out of making people laugh – his vision, in his own words, is “to experience happiness and teach it to the world with passion through comedy and sensitivity.” Born in Russia, Yakov has been a mainstay of the entertainment scene since the late ‘70s. He was a regular guest on the hit TV show Night Court and appeared in movies alongside Robin Williams, Tom Hanks and Richard Pryor. Yakov was invited to perform at the White House for several presidents and in fact, President Ronald Regan called him a ‘national treasure’.