Weekend Art Planner: Broadway Preview, Rosalía, New Sounds
Now you can see many of the most anticipated pieces of the year, newly opened in preview or about to be. As a reminder, previews are a set of public performances that take place before the official opening of a show, intended to give the creative team time to identify problems and refine solutions for a way that might not have been possible during rehearsals. They’re officially closed to reviews, so we can’t defend any of these shows just yet – but they’re almost certainly going to be hot tickets.
The shows currently airing are Tom Stoppard’s very personal historical drama Leopoldstadt at the Longacre Theater and the Arthur Miller classic Death of a seller at the Hudson Theater. Suzan Lori Parks Topdog/Underdog opens in preview on Saturday, September 17 at the John Golden Theatre. And on Monday, August Wilson’s The piano lesson begins previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theater.
We’ll almost certainly be coming back to these shows when they officially open, but it’s worth noting that you can start seeing them now. (And for more tips, you can always check out our Fall Preview guide.)
Rosalia performs at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday and Monday nights, and it’s fair to say that she’s one of the hottest pop acts on the planet right now…but she’s anything but conventional. . She is a Spanish artist who has trained extensively in flamenco music, an ancient and enduring tradition. But over the years, she has integrated increasingly disparate sounds and styles into her personal approach.
Rosalia started breaking into the world of pop globally with her 2018 album, El Mal Querer, which has also won numerous awards. She started collaborating with stars like J Balvin and Billie Eilish, and earlier this year released a dazzling new album, Motomami, mixing flamenco with bachata, reggaeton, hip-hop and much more. Sept. 18 & 19 at 8 p.m.; msg.com
Finally, it’s the 40th anniversary of WNYC’s flagship music discovery program, New Sounds, and we’re throwing a party to celebrate the show and its host, John Schaefer. Personally, I go up a long with New Sounds — while a student in San Antonio, I bought Schaefer’s hardcover book of the same name when it came out in 1987, and took it with me when I moved to New York a few years later. John’s impact on the world of new music and its audiences has been extraordinary.
Hugely popular and always satisfying Punjabi party band Red Baraat and Colombian psychedelic rock band Combo Chimbita – and Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley will be on hand to DJ. It’s happening Wednesday night, September 21 at the Brooklyn Bowl, and the best place to go for more info is New Sounds. Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.; brooklynbowl.com