‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Celebrates Bway Milestone With Fan Performance + More NYC Events 12/08–14

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New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week.

“Dear Evan Hansen” marks a Broadway anniversary.
It’s been exactly one year since Tony-winning best musical “Dear Evan Hansen” had its official opening on Broadway, and to honor the achievement, the show wants to celebrate with its many fans. Rendered “Fan Day,” the Dec. 10 performance will be enjoyed by an audience comprised entirely of fans who won a ticket lottery to be in attendance. Following the show, a special curtain call will be held featuring the show’s Tony-nominated director Michael Greif, Tony-winning book writer Steven Levenson, and the first lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray. (Tickets have been claimed but are available via resale)

The New Group will discuss racial bias in the arts.
In conjunction with its world premiere production of “Downtown Race Riot,” The New Group will present a panel conversation entitled “Confronting Racial Bias in Our Communities.” Presented Dec. 11 at the National Black Theatre, the panel is one of a number in the series New Group Now: Where Art Meets Our Present Culture and will be moderated by Nancy Giles. The event is free to attend, though seats should be reserved beforehand—which you can do here. (Free)

“The Band’s Visit” gets a cabaret treatment.
“The Band’s Visit” is one of the hottest shows on Broadway currently and as such, tickets are pretty scarce. But you can still get a taste of the Middle Eastern musical on Dec. 11, when its composer David Yazbek returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below to perform a number of its songs as well as other selections from his prolific catalogue. Better still, he’ll be joined by the tuner’s leading lady Katrina Lenk, whose sultry pipes alone are worth the price of admission. (Tickets start at $80)

Get into the Hanukkah spirit.
While the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree tends to make considerably more fuss, its Semitic counterpart is just as festive and is guaranteed to be less tourist-infested. Head to Prospect Park for the lighting of the jumbo menorah on Dec. 12—the first night of Hanukkah! The celebration will be presented by Chabad Park Slope and will feature a performance by Israeli rock group Moshav, guaranteed to get the crowd as lit as the menorah itself. (Free)

Scope out the next generation of talent.
On Dec. 13, get a sneak peek at some of tomorrow’s brightest stage stars with NYU Company’s abbreviated take on “Julius Caesar,” performed at PS/MS 188. The semester-long class, in partnership with the Stella Adler Studio, teaches NYU students both classical theater training as well as the basics of theater outreach and culminates in a “touring” Shakespeare production that sees the troupe perform for young students across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens. (Free)

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