Next time you’re at a Great Performances event, look closely at the person who served your hors d’oeuvre. Take a moment and remember the bartender who served your cocktail.
Through working together at GP, we’ve harnessed the collective creativity and drive to produce one of the best yearly arts festivals in Manhattan. The 7th annual 90x Arts Festival will feature the best and brightest artists in New York March 12-14.
For tickets visit www.90XArts.com. (Discount tickets available by sending an email to 90XArts@gmail.com)
Most of the staff at Great Performances are working artists who call GP home between projects. We’re actors, singers, dancers, painters, and writers, with people on TV shows and in commercials, theatre all across the U.S., and someone who just closed her first Broadway show! (Jonelle Margallo, a long-time 90x Arts Festival alum, performed in the Broadway production of Miss Saigon last Fall.)
The full name of GP is ‘Great Performances Artists As Waitresses.’ Liz Neumark started the company to give women in the arts a means to support themselves while chasing their dreams.
It’s very exciting to be a part of a community like that. Great Performances provides us with invaluable support, but the entertainment you see is our own creation.
The first year was amazing. We were granted permission from the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine organizations to perform Into the Woods. Then we were written up in the Wall Street Journal and TheNew York Times. Everything was moving so fast we didn’t even have time to fully comprehend what we were becoming: the most unique arts community in New York City. Seven years later, what began as a two-night-only show is a full arts festival, showcasing a huge variety of programming.
This year’s Festival has a new home: Ideal Glass, a downtown performance venue known for eclectic dance pieces and huge art installations.
We’re really excited to be working with Ideal Glass. It’s a hidden gem that produces some amazing pieces, so it’s a perfect fit.
This year there will be three nights of performances, and each night features a different show. (Each show is one performance only and is limited to 100 seats.)
The Festival opens with the 90x Comedy Showcase with stand-up, improv, and sketch comedy all on tap. GP staff members Rama Orleans-Lindsey and Jeff MacKinnon are the curators of this night. Jeff MacKinnon used to be a staff writer for MTV’s Ridiculousness and Wild N Out.
The second night is the 90x Dance Project with Tiffany Remedee Holt and April Josephine as the curators.
Tiffany is a B-Boy dancer, and April is a fierce tapper, choreographer, singer. Tiff and April are working with modern, contemporary, salsa and ballet dancers on staff.
The Festival closes with the 90x Cabaret and visual art gallery.
This isn’t the kind of thing you’d see at 54 Below or Feinstein’s. We have rock and roll, jazz, R&B, musical theatre and even opera all in one show! Every day of the Festival hosts the 90x Gallery, curated by Maura Kelley, with visual art of all kinds, from oil painting to watercolors to sculpture to photography - and pieces are for sale. There is a Meet and Greet with the visual artists on March 13th, which is free and open to the public.
There are a million shows in New York City. But ours is special because it’s a testament to the artistic drive and a celebration of our determination. We all came to the city to make our dreams come true, and we found each other along the way. We’re really excited to show everyone what we’ve created.