All the World’s A Stage…


…Shakespeare wrote it; New York takes it literally.

By Nancy Mandell

For the past week or so, I’ve been thinking about the treasure that Lincoln Center has become for New Yorkers as well as tourists. I had visitors over the July 4 holiday, and we found ourselves meeting there more than once, the last time on what should have been a quiet Tuesday evening in summer. We had ordered discounted tickets online to “South Pacific” at the Beaumont Theater, but they are usually available as “day-of” discounts from the Zucker Box Office temporarily located in Alice Tully Hall. The production was great, but so was the “after party,” an impromptu gathering of people strolling around the illuminated fountain, sitting on the new “lawn,” or enjoying gelati from a cart set up outside Avery Fisher Hall with plenty of umbrella tables and chairs for enjoying it. Some may have attended one of the many performances by international dance and theater groups offered by the Lincoln Center Festival that continues through the 25th. The annually anticipated Mostly Mozart Festival runs from July 27 through Aug. 21, and the Center’s free Out of Doors program of music, dance and the spoken word runs from July 27 through Aug. 21. But frankly, on a balmy summer evening, you don’t need any ticket to enjoy the free show at Lincoln Center which has truly become a destination in itself.

I’ve been so distracted by Lincoln Center, in fact, that I’ve neglected another summer standby that is already underway: the free Summergarden concert series in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden of the Museum of Modern Art, on Sunday evenings at 8.  MoMA has been filling the garden with jazz and classical music since 1971, and there is still time to catch this summer’s last two performances—classical, with musicians selected by the Julliard School on July 25, and a jazz concert on Aug. 1 featuring two “stylistically different” trios chosen by Jazz at Lincoln Center. On 54th St. just west of Fifth Ave., there really is music in the air!

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