The Emerging Cinemas network presents world-class performing arts, recorded on-scene at internationally recognized theaters and splashes them across the big screen before popcorn-chomping American audiences. Coppélia, choreographed by Patrice Bart, is a comic tale that follows the en pointe follies of a lovesick villager whose fiancée must compete with a life-like dancing automaton to win his affections. Professionally filmed, the performance is captured by multiple cameras with a combination of sweeping angles and detailed close-ups, allowing patrons a rare view of production details blasted through Carmike Cinema's high-definition big screens and surround-sound systems. The rich cinematic experience gives audiences front-row access to each magical movement augmented by a flawless score and Morse code toe taps that convey plot points to dance-illiterate viewers.
An annual tradition for the WMHO, the Home for the Holidays series enchants audiences with unique, interactive musical-theater tributes to showbiz icons. This season, the charmed and charming life of legendary entertainer Bob Hope is vividly depicted in a living history rife with music and ribald laughter. Performed by St. George Living History Productions, which specializes in filmless biopics about talking humans, the musical salutes Bob’s comic timing, tireless philanthropy, and tolerance of Bing Crosby’s camel banter through songs, stories, and fourth-wall breaks that immerse the audience in the show. Amid the Yuletide-decorated set, guests enjoy a high-tea luncheon of scrumptious finger sandwiches and desserts as the musical glides through vaudeville beginnings, marquee stardom, relentless USO appearances, and 58 honorary doctorates in wooing Dorothy Lamour.
New York native Eric Haft, the hilarious mastermind behind Haft2Laugh Comedy Productions, beckons tri-state-area comedians and surprise guests to join him on Hotel Indigo East End’s stage to erupt audiences in thunderous guffaws. Haft steers nights into funny-bone-tickling territory with his distinctive blend of comedy and theater, cracking up audiences with standup bits that have included impersonations of Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro taking on Shakespearean roles. In addition to Haft, the show also includes comedians Mitchell Walters, Steve Lazarus, and Maria Walsh. Between chuckle fits and slapping strangers’ knees, audience members sip from glasses of wine to help loosen their diaphragms for even more contagious laughter.
Ballroom Factory Dance Studio's brigade of experienced instructors takes students with two left feet and whips them into dancing dynamos. Light trippers of all ages and skill levels learn the ins and outs of dance styles that range from ballroom basics and American waltz to international tango and advanced hokey pokey. Private or group classes twirl gracefully through an airy studio space, characterized by sleek wood floors and walls lined with mirrors. The studio's expertise also extends to voice and piano lessons for both children and adults in which pupils master scales, harmonies, and the ability to read music.
Gateway Playhouse is in the middle of its 61st year of theatrical entertainment, having attracted top-flight actors and directors from New York and around the world. The company’s production of Hairspray pumps positivity into the classic musical about a plump teenager chasing down aspirations to boogie down on television. Eighth-note fans of '60s culture and the shimmy-inducing R & B grooves will immediately dig Hairspray’s music and lighting-fast costume changes.
The Ballet Center, Ballet Long Island, and The Theater Company all share one space and one mission: to provide opportunities for all people to experience the art of performance. Seasoned dance instructors lead 38 different types of dance classes in preparation for performances in the studio, with ballet and theater companies, and at the Islip Town Hall West recital. Classes train toes to pas de basque in beginners classes for youth through professional-level pointe classes, and contemporary styles such as modern and hip-hop infuse choreography with vivacious rhythms and full-body flutters. Small class sizes ensure students can progress quickly with individual instruction, and a floating dance floor set on high-density foam absorbs shocks and reduces the chances of injury from attempting a triple salchow sans ice skates. As a nonprofit, The Ballet Center directs its funds to make it possible for community members to learn dance through scholarships and low tuition fees.
The Governor's locations are ranked among 10Best's Editor's Picks for live Long Island entertainment; they have featured some of the best-known names in the business, such as Jim Gaffigan, Brian Regan, and Jerry Seinfeld. Upcoming performers include Mike Yard with Eric Tartaglione at McGuire's, Andy Pitz at the Brokerage, and Greg Fitzsimmons at Governor's. Check the schedules to find out which club will make you laugh so loudly area birds will be too scared to sing for days.