See you in Central Park!
As I make the transition from a Life in music to a career as a playwright, change is happening all around me. I’ve been “That Guitar Man from Central Park” for over 30 years. And we’ll be back at “The Hill” TODAY. I’ll start the music around 1:00 and, as usual, hang out all afternoon until around 5:30.
But… if you live in a different part of the country or a different part of the world, you can still hang with us LIVE online from Central Park starting at 3:00 (eastern).
If you’re heading out to Central Park in person, it’s best to enter the park at West 77th Street and go straight down to The Lake.
BIG ANNOUNCEMENTLike I told you in Central Park, this is the last time our annual tradition will be at Merkin Concert Hall. So I think you’ll wanna be a part of this as we say good bye to both 2023 and the venue we called home for so many years.
PERMIT FUND: Between the Parks Dept and the NYPD… and the granola bars… it cost about $100 to get out to “The Hill” each weekend. (Don’t worry. I pay for everything up front in January.) But if you wanna help out… every nickel is so appreciated.
“It’s Just Us”
At the onset of the pandemic years ago, we created a casual music hang that streams LIVE twice a week. Since then it’s grown into a beautiful, little community of fun people from all across the country and different parts of the world. We usually go LIVE on Wednesday at 4:00. (But check back this week for a special time.) Saturdays we go LIVE from Central Park at 3:00. (Unless it’s a rain-out or an off-week. Then we stream LIVE from my studio.) When you join us at Patreon for whatever you’d like to pay, you automatically get email notification about every time we get together. It’s easy and it’s really pretty cool.
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AS A PLAYWRIGHT…
Things are getting really, really interesting. I have a feeling everything is about to break wide open all at once. (Anybody who jumps on board is in for a fun ride.) Two of my stage plays are very close to getting on their feet… one here in NYC and one out on The West Coast. (Email me and I can tell you more about that: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
BUT — a holiday romantic comedy musical I co-wrote with the brilliant composer David Friedman is being reworked into a made-for-streaming TV movie. That’s another whole new world for me.
I’ll tell you all about this stuff on “It’s Just Us”. See you at the usual time Wednesday… 4:00 (eastern).
MOMENTS from “The Hill”
Thanks for being in the audience
“The Something’th Annual Year End Concert” to close out 2022 was another reason I always feel like the luckiest man alive. Thank you to every one of you who showed up in the theater or watched the gig LIVE online.
Last year we took a run at an audacious theatrical experiment and a lot of you were the most important part of it… the audience. I assemble a cast of Tony Award-winners, veteran actors, exciting newcomers… just incredible artists to do a LIVE online reading of one of my scripts that’s now moving forward. (Chuck Cooper, Austin Pendleton, Jillian Louis, Teresa Reynolds, Jamal Thomas, David Andino, Paul Olson — stage directions read by Gretchen Cryer.)
This play is finding its Creative champions to bring it to Life in this coming year. It will kick the door open for several other scripts. Before the reading of “Jack Flew” at the heights of the pandemic, we mounted a LIVE online reading of my newest play, “THE GREEN ROOM”.
As many of you know, I feel the time has come for me to make the transition from a Life as a songwriter to a career as a playwright… to get off the stage, sit in the dark with all of you, and allow my characters to speak to the world. Perhaps I can help hasten the day when “religion” is a curious, dark memory for the human race. (I have my own fun way of helping to achieve that goal!)
WE ALL CREATE TOGETHER
During the years of the pandemic I figured out a way to Create music videos in which everyone on “It’s Just Us” could participate. What a blast! Here’s just one of them! CLICK TO WATCH https://youtu.be/IK0slIasdJ4