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April 11, 2018

My Fair Lady, The Rite of Spring, and Hamilton Featured in New Season of The History of the World in 100 Performances with Adam Gopnik

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My Fair Lady, The Rite of Spring, and Hamilton  

Featured in New Season of The History of the World  

in 100 Performances with Adam Gopnik 


Special Guests, including André Bishop, Melissa Errico, Kevin Kline,  

Jennifer Homans, and Christopher Jackson, to Explore Landmark Performances  

with Host Adam Gopnik 


April 30, May 14, and June 18, 2018  

at the David Rubenstein Atrium 


NEW YORK, NY (April 11, 2018) — A new season of The History of the World in 100 Performances with Adam Gopnik begins on Monday, April 30, with a look at the 1956 original Broadway premiere of My Fair Lady. The season continues with explorations of the scandalous 1913 premiere of The Rite of Spring and the evolution of Hamilton. With discussion led by New Yorker essayist and best-selling author Adam Gopnik, these free events include live performance alongside audio and video clips as each panel explores these landmark moments in the performing arts. 


The History of the World in 100 Performances digs deeply into moments when extraordinary artists stepped forward to change consciousness and create something that truly changes the world around us,” noted Gopnik. “This season, we have exceptional artists providing insight into three performances that span more than a century and resonate as deeply today as when they first premiered.”  


The series was first launched in 2016 at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium with Adam Gopnik leading guests through multimedia investigations into great artistic triumphs in the theater, concert hall, or on the dance stage or movie screen. Highlights from the first season included an evening devoted to Leonard Bernstein featuring Jake Gyllenhaal and a discussion on Marlon Brando featuring Alec Baldwin on the role of Stanley Kowalski. Sopranos Renée Fleming and Julia Bullock explored Leontyne Price’s extraordinary career in the 2017 season, alongside events on the premiere of Hamlet with literary critic and scholar Stephen Greenblatt, and New Yorker critic Paul Muldoon and singer-songwriter The Tallest Man on Earth (a.k.a. Kristian Matsson) on Bob Dylan. 


The three events this spring will be captured for episodes of Lincoln Center’s podcast, This is Lincoln Center. These episodes, as well as three episodes dedicated to the 2016 season’s events, will be released weekly and available on iTunes beginning Wednesday, May 16. 


All events take place at the David Rubenstein Atrium, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage (Broadway between 62nd & 63rd Streets).  Admission is FREE; seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information about these and all of the free events at the Atrium, visit 



History of the World in 100 Performances with Adam Gopnik 

Spring 2018 Schedule 


Monday, April 30 at 7:30 pm 

My Fair Lady 

With special guests André Bishop, Melissa Errico, and Kevin Kline 

An archaeology of the great American musical (based on a British play) of the 1950s, Kevin Kline and André Bishop join in a search for the show’s origins in Shaw’s Pygmalion, while Melissa Errico will sing three previously unheard Lerner & Loewe songs. 


Monday, May 14 at 7:30 pm 

The Rite of Spring 

With special guest Jennifer Homans 

May 29th, 1913. On the stage of a Parisian theater, Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes puts on the first performance of an entirely new kind of dance, with music by Stravinsky and choreography by Nureyev. One of the life-altering days in the history of 20th-century consciousness, and sited right on the brink of the Great War, Adam Gopnik and Jennifer Homans will search for the lost choreography of the piece and analyze its many meanings for modern art.  


Monday, June 18 at 7:30pm 

Hamilton Gets Its Shot at The Public 

With special guest Christopher Jackson 

Every generation has one musical show that alters everything. Ours is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. With the help of Christopher Jackson and others involved in its genesis, the panel and lecture will illuminate the many surprising sources and syntheses, from revisionist history of the American Revolution to the growth of hip-hop, of this new American theatrical classic. 


About the Participants 

Adam Gopnik has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1987. He has written fiction, humor, book reviews, profiles, and reported pieces from abroad, and was both the magazine’s art critic from 1988 to 1995 and the Paris correspondent from 1995 to 2000. Working in the past fifteen years as the magazine’s critic at large, his books, often assembled from that work, range from essay collections about Paris and food to children’s novels, and include At the Stranger’s Gate; Paris to the Moon; The King in the Window; Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York; Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life; The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food; and Winter: Five Windows on the Season. Gopnik received three National Magazine Awards, for essays and for criticism, and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In March of 2013, Gopnik was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Republic. He lectures widely and, in 2011, delivered the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Massey Lectures. In the past five years, Gopnik has also engaged in many musical projects, working both as a lyricist and libretto writer. With the composer David Shire he wrote both book and lyrics for the musical comedy TABLE, produced in 2017 by the Long Wharf Theatre. He wrote the libretto for Nico Muhly’s oratorio Sentences, which premiered in London at the Barbican in June of 2015.    


André Bishop, Producing Artistic Director of Lincoln Center Theater, has developed and produced new plays and musicals by many of America’s leading playwrights, composers, and lyricists. Before arriving at Lincoln Center, Mr. Bishop served as Playwrights Horizons Artistic Director for ten years, where his productions included four Pulitzer Prize winners. Lincoln Center Theater’s productions this season include Junk by Ayad Akhtar, The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, Admissions by Joshua Harmon, and Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady, based on the play, Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw. plus 3 LCT3 plays in the new Claire Tow Theater. 


Tony-nominated actress and singer Melissa Errico played Eliza in the last Broadway revival of My Fair Lady, a role she reprised again in Los Angeles, with John Lithgow as Higgins, a few years later. Her other Lerner & Loewe roles include Guenevere in Camelot with Jeremy Irons as Arthur. She is currently touring in Britain and America with her much-praised show of songs by Stephen Sondheim. 


Over the course of his distinguished career, Kevin Kline has been the recipient of numerous awards, including an Academy Award, a SAG Award, three Tony Awards, three Drama Desk Awards, and two Obie Awards. Kline’s Broadway career includes Present Laughter, Cyrano de Bergerac, Henry IV, Ivanov, Arms and the Man, The Pirates of Penzance, Loose Ends, On the Twentieth Century, Edward II, The Robber Bridegroom, The Beggar’s Opera, and The Three Sisters. Kline’s Off-Broadway credits include King Lear, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Seagull, Measure for Measure, Hamlet (which he also directed), Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, and Richard III. Kline’s recent film work includes Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and the Tribeca-winning indie Dean. Other film credits include Sophie’s Choice, The Big Chill, Silverado, Cry Freedom, A Fish Called Wanda, I Love You To Death, Soapdish, Grand Canyon, Dave, French Kiss, The Ice Storm, In & Out, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Anniversary Party, Fierce Creatures, Wild Wild West, The Emperor's Club, Life as a House, De-Lovely, A Prairie Home Companion, As You Like It, The Extra Man, Queen to Play, The Conspirator, Darling Companion, Last Vegas, and My Old Lady. 


Jennifer Homans is the author of Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet (2010), named one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the Founder and Director of The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, where she is also a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence. Homans was the Dance Critic for The New Republic for over a decade and has also written for the New York Times and New York Review of Books, among others. She holds a B.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Modern European History from New York University. Before becoming a writer and scholar, Homans was a professional dancer. The recipient of Guggenheim, Cullman Center, and NEH Fellowships, she is currently at work on a biography of George Balanchine. 


Christopher Jackson can currently be seen starring in the hit CBS drama Bull. He most recently originated the role of George Washington, earning him a Tony nomination and Grammy Award in the record-breaking, critically acclaimed Broadway musical Hamilton, as well the Off-Broadway run at The Public Theater.? Christopher recorded an original song written by Lin-Manuel Miranda for the Disney film Moana. ?Other Broadway credits: Holler If Ya Hear Me (dir. Kenny Leon), After Midnight, Bronx Bombers (also Off-Broadway), Memphis, In the Heights, and Disney’s The Lion King. Off-Broadway credits: The Jammer (Atlantic Theater Company), Cotton Club Parade (City Center Encores!), Lonely, I’m Not (Second Stage Theater; dir. Trip Cullman). TV: Freestyle Love Supreme (with Lin-Manuel Miranda), The Good Wife, Person of Interest, A Gifted Man, White Collar, Nurse Jackie, Fringe, and Oz. Jackson is an Emmy Award winner and two-time nominee for his original song for Sesame Street. 


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers a variety of festivals and programs, including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Awards for Emerging Artists, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, LC Kids, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award–winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating more than four decades enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. 


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