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June 06, 2016

Lincoln Center Festival 2016 Theater Advisory

Lincoln Center Festival


Eileen McMahon 212.875.5391

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Kanze Noh Theatre

July 13–17


Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

C.I.C.T. / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord

Comédie-ballet by Molière with music by Lully

July 20–24


The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Globe

Jonathan Pryce as Shylock

July 2024


Takarazuka CHICAGO

Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb

July 20–24




Directed & Written by Suzanne Andrade

July 26–31


Kanze Noh Theatre

July 13–7, 2016

Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall (Time Warner Center, Broadway at 60th Street)

Grand Master Kiyokazu Kanze

Lincoln Center Festival opens on July 13 with one of Japan’s oldest and most venerated Noh theater companies, Kanze Noh Theatre, led by Kiyokazu Kanze, the 26th Grand Master of the Kanze School and a blood descendent of the founders of Noh.  Noh, Japan's approximately 700-year-old classical theater art of extreme refinement is known for its resplendent costumes and masks, hypnotic music, and intricately stylized performance on an austere set featuring a single pine tree. In a Noh play the divide between the natural and supernatural is bridged as spirits and humans interact in a world rife with symbolism. Kanze Noh Theatre will give six performances, July 13?17 on an official Noh stage that is being specially built in Japan by Lincoln Center Festival. Each of the performances in the Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center will be unique and include the traditional comic interlude known as Kyogen, with some of the plays repeating throughout the run.

Schedule: Wednesday, July 13 at 7:30 pm (Okina, Hagoromo); Thursday, July 14 at 7:30 pm (Sumida Gawa, Kyogen Busshi, Shakkyo); Friday, July 15 at 7:30 pm (Hagoromo, Kyogen Kaki Yamabushi, Sumida Gawa); Saturday, July 16 at 1:30 pm (Okina, Aoi no Ue); Saturday, July 16 at 7:30 pm (Hagoromo, Kyogen Busshi, Aoi no Ue);  Sunday, July 17 at 2:00 pm ( Okina, Shakkyo)


SPECIAL LECTURE & DEMONSTRATION AT JAPAN SOCIETY (333 East 47th Street, New York, NY) Tuesday, July 12 at 6:30 pm


Japan Society invites Kiyokazu Kanze, 26th Grand Master of the Kanze School and descendent of the founder of Noh, for an intimate look into Japan’s centuries-old theatrical tradition. For this rare opportunity, distinguished Noh specialist Dr. Elizabeth Oyler joins to talk about Noh’s history, unique stylization and background of the prominent Kanze School, and will share highlights from the plays that will be presented in the Kanze Noh Theatre program at Lincoln Center Festival. Led by Grand Master Kiyokazu Kanze, this event features a special shimai demonstration (dance and chanting without a mask and costume) and participatory Noh chanting lesson for the audience, and also includes an introduction to Noh masks and costumes by members of the Kanze Noh Theatre.


Tickets are $15.  Tickets can be purchased in person at Japan Society, online at, or by calling the box office at 212.715.1258.  Japan Society is located at 333 East 47th Street, between First and Second Avenues (accessible by the 4/5/6 trains at 42nd Street-Grand Central Station or the E/M at Lexington Avenue and 53rd Street).  For more information, including box office hours, call 212.832.1155 or visit the website.




Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

C.I.C.T. / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord

Comédie-ballet by Molière with music by Lully

July 20–24, 2016

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College (524 West 59th Street)

Paris’s renowned Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, last seen at the festival in 2011 with its acclaimed A Magic Flute staged by Peter Brook, returns with its critically acclaimed production of Molière’s masterpiece, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, set to music by Jean-Baptiste Lully, which gently satirizes the pretensions of a social climber whose affectations are absurd to everyone but himself.  The director is award-winning             Denis Podalydès.  The exquisite costumes are by Christian Lacroix.


Directed by Denis Podalydès, Sociétaire de la Comédie Française

Artistic collaborator Emmanuel Bourdieu

Stage designer: Éric Ruf, Sociétaire de la Comédie Française

Lighting designer: Stéphanie Daniel

Costume designer: Christian Lacroix

Choreographer: Kaori Ito

Wigs and Make up: Véronique Soulier-Nguyen and Gwendoline Quiniou



Master of the Music/Dorante: Julien Campani

Madame Jourdain: Isabelle Candelier

Lucie Manon: Combes

Dorimène: Bénédicte Guilbert

Nicole: Elodie Huber

Master of Arms: Manuel Le Lièvre

Master of Philosophy: Francis Leplé

Cléonte/Master of Arms: Nicolas Orlando

Lackey: Laurent Podalydès

Monsieur Jourdain: Pascal Rénéric

Tailor/Covielle: Alexandre Steiger

Master of the Dance: Thibault Vinçon


Dancers: Windy Antognelli, Flavie Hennion, Artemis Stavridis


Singers: Romain Champion, Cécile Granger, Marc Labonnette, Francisco Mañalich


L’Ensemble la Révérence

Conductor and cello:  Christophe Coin

Flute:  Maria Tecla Andreotti

Oboe: Vincent Robin

Violin: Louis Creach, Stéphan Dudermel

Harpsichord: François Guerrier 


Performed in French with English supertitles

Running time 3 hours and 15 minutes, with intermission


Schedule: Wednesday, July 20 at 7:30 pm; Thursday, July 21 at 7:00 pm; Friday, July 22 at 7:00 pm; Saturday, July 23 at 7:00 pm; Sunday, July 24 at 2:00 pm


The Lincoln Center Festival 2016 presentation of Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme is made possible in part by generous support from the Gran Marnier Foundation, the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater and Sharp Fund PLD of the New York Community Trust.




The Merchant of Venice (North American premiere)

Shakespeare’s Globe

July 20–24, 2016

The Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall (Time Warner Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street)

Tony and Olivier Award-winning actor Jonathan Pryce, the slyly sinister High Sparrow in Game of Thrones, returns to the New York stage after an absence of ten years as Shylock in the Globe Theatre of London’s acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, directed by Jonathan Munby.  Joining the star onstage in the esteemed Globe troupe is Phoebe Pryce, Jonathan’s daughter, in the role of Jessica, the anguished moneylender’s daughter.


Directed by Jonathan Munby

Designed by Mike Britton

Composed by Jules Maxwell

Choreographed by Lucy Hind

Musical Director/Singer, Jeremy Avis

Singers:  Michael Henry, Nuno Silva

Clarinets:  Dai Pritchard

Cello:  Catherine Rimer


Launcelot Gobbo:  Stefan Adegbola                                        

Lorenzo:  Andy Apollo                                               

Solanio:  Raj Bajaj                                                       

Bassanio:  Dan Fredenburgh                                        

Duke of Venice/Tubal:  Michael Hadley                                            

Balthasar:  Colin Haigh                                                  

Arragon:  Christopher Logan                                      

Antonio:  Dominic Mafham                                         

Salarino:  Brian Martin                                                 

Nerissa:  Dorothea Myer-Bennett                               

Portia:  Rachel Pickup                                             

Shylock:  Jonathan Pryce                                           

Jessica:  Phoebe Pryce                                               

Gratiano:  TBC                                                              

Morocco:  TBC                                                               


Running Time: Approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes, with intermission 


Schedule: Wednesday, July 20 at 7:30 pm; Thursday, July 21 at 7:30 pm; Friday, July 22 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, July 23 at 1:30 & 7:30 pm; Sunday, July 24 at 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm


The 2016 Lincoln Center Festival presentation of The Merchant of Venice is made possible in part by generous support from the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation.




Takarazuka CHICAGO (North American premiere)

July 20–24, 2016

David H. Koch Theater (Broadway at 63rd Street)

The legendary stars who thrilled audiences for years as part of Japan’s famous musical theater troupe, the Takarazuka Revue, will celebrate the centennial of the troupe’s founding with performances of Takarazuka CHICAGO, running concurrently with the Tony Award-winning show, with a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb, and now the number one longest-running American musical in Broadway history.  Leading the cast are Saori Mine, Saki Asaji, Asato Shizuki, Yoka Wao, Wataru Kozuki, Hikaru Asami, Natsuki Mizu, and Yuga Yamato. As in all of its productions, Takarazuka CHICAGO will be cast with women in every role, and as a coda to the evening’s entertainment, an over-the-top revue—replete with glittering costumes and dance—will be performed by the entire company, as is the tradition with all its shows, which attracts an audience of 2.5 million annually.


Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Music by John Kander

Book Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse

Scenic Design by John Lee Beatty

Costume Design by William Ivey Long

Lighting Design by Ken Billington

Orchestrations by Ralph Burns

Vocal Arrangements by Rob Fisher

Dance Music Arrangements by Peter Howard

Script Adaptation by David Thompson

Based on the presentation by City Center’s Encores!SM

Recreation of Original Production Direction by David Hyslop

Recreation of Original Production Choreography by Gary Chryst

Choreographer Original New York Production Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse

Director Original New York Production Walter Bobbie


Starring: Saori Mine, Saki Asaji, and Asato Shizuki who alternate as Billy Flynn; Yoka Wao, Wataru Kozuki, and Natsuki Mizu who alternate as Velma Kelly; and Hikaru Asami and Yuga Yamato who alternate as Roxie Hart

Performed in Japanese with English supertitles

Running Time: Approximately 2 hours, 45 minutes, with intermission


Schedule: Wednesday, July 20 at 8:00 pm; Thursday, July 21 at 7:30 pm; Friday, July 22 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, July 23 at 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm; Sunday, July 24 at 2:00 pm

Support provided by Mitsui &Co. (U.S.A) Inc., Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, and MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group)






July 26–31, 2016

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College (524 West 59th Street)

Multi-award winning London-based performance company 1927, which specializes in combining performance and live music with animation and film to create magical filmic performance, makes its Lincoln Center Festival debut with Golem, a dark and fantastical production that explores the ways in which our digital world has created a monster, inspired by the shadowy figure from Jewish folklore as well as the early 20th-century literary work by Gustav Meyrink.


Created by 1927 

Director and Writer: Suzanne Andrade

Film, Animation, and Design: Paul Barritt

Music: Lillian Henley

Associate Direction and Design: Esme Appleton

Sound Design: Laurence Owen

Costumes: Sarah Munro

Producer: Jo Crowley


Julian, Phil Sylocate, PJ, Voice of Pub Landlord, Les Miserables:  Will Close

Annie, Jenny 1, Courting Contraption Girl 1: Charlotte Dubery

Penny, Jenny 2, Her:  Lillian Henley

Joy, Gran, Chef, Ruby, Wife of Les, Courting Contraption Girl 2:  Rose Robinson

Robert:  Shamira Turner

Voice of Golem:  Ben Whitehead

Additional Voiceover: Suzanne Andrade


Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes, no intermission


Tuesday, July 26 at 7:30 pm; Wednesday, July 27 at 7:30 pm; Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 pm; Friday, July 29 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, July 30 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm; Sunday, July 31 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm




Tickets: visit or go to the David Geffen Hall or Alice Tully Hall Box Offices, or call CenterCharge, 212.721.6500.


Lincoln Center Festival lead support is provided by American Express.

Lincoln Center Festival 2016 is also made possible by The Shubert Foundation, Nancy A. Marks, LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, The Katzenberger Foundation, Inc., Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc., Jennie and Richard DeScherer, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, The Grand Marnier Foundation, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, The Grand Marnier Foundation, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, The Joelson Foundation, MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group), Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, Sharp Fund PLD at The New York Community Trust, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, and Friends of Lincoln Center.

Public support for Lincoln Center Festival 2016 is provided the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and New York State Council on the Arts.


Endowment support is provided by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Nancy Abeles Marks.


MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center


American Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center


Nespresso is the Official Coffee of Lincoln Center


NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center


“Summer at Lincoln Center” is supported by Diet Pepsi

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