Megan Hilty Returns to Carnegie Hall for Holiday Concerts + More NYC Events Dec. 15–21

Photo Source: Sidney Beal

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.

Megan Hilty will spread holiday cheer.
Tony nominee and screen star Megan Hilty will return to Carnegie Hall on Dec. 15 and 16, joining forces again with conductor Steven Reineke for a holiday-inspired evening, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Best-known for her stint as Marilyn Monroe-wannabe Ivy Lynn on NBC’s “Smash,” Hilty will bring her signature vocal prowess to numbers from her 2016 holiday album “A Merry Little Christmas,” as well as a Hanukkah medley featuring Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA. (Tickets start at $21)

LOL for the ACLU.
The ACLU has never been more important than it is currently and it needs all the help it can get. That’s why, on Dec. 18, several of your favorite comedians will head to The Town Hall for a comedy fundraiser, from which 100 percent of proceeds will be donated to the organization. “Search Party” standout John Early will host the event that will feature comedy from “Saturday Night Live” stars Vanessa Bayer, Cecily Strong, and Kyle Mooney, as well as Jon Glaser, Julio Torres, and more. (Tickets start at $35)

“Man of La Mancha” returns to NYC for a night.
For one night only on Dec. 18, the Transport Group will carry on its tradition of presenting and preserving renowned American musicals with its concert production of “Man of La Mancha.” Held at the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, the Jack Cummings III-directed piece will feature a cast of New York theater veterans and Transport Group alum including John Cariani, Emily Skinner, Julia Murney, Marc Kudisch, Brandon Uranowitz, George Abud, Jason Danieley, Bryce Pinkham, Mary Testa, and more. (Tickets: $55)

A long-lost dance resurfaces.
In the first of a series at the 92 Street Y, the 1932 dance “Expanding Universe” will be performed by former Martha Graham Dance Company member Jennifer Conley on Dec. 15. Created by the sculptor Isamu Noguchi, who infamously collaborated with five choreographers (“Expanding Universe” features choreo by Ruth Page), the dance will be seen here for the first time in decades and will also feature a post-performance discussion. ($10)

Jerry Zaks will get a Yiddish fetting.
In celebration of its 103rd season, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene will host a benefit concert: “Broadway: A Jewish American Legacy.” The evening, slated for Dec. 18 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, will honor four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks (represented currently on Broadway with “Hello, Dolly!” and “Meteor Shower”) and will be co-hosted by Robert De Niro, Zaks’ “A Bronx Tale” co-director. A bevy of performers will also be on hand for the night’s entertainment, including Victor Garber, David Hyde Pierce, Gavin Creel, Katrina Lenk, Richard H. Blake, Ron Rofkin, Judy Blazer, Liz Larson, and Rachel Rikfin. Tickets are for donators, though expect performance videos to surface thereafter.

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