Ars Nova’s sixth annual celebration of All New Talent features fresh new work from some of New York’s most exciting emerging artists – from trapeze thrillers to hip-hop basketball musicals. ANT Fest 2013 will be the biggest yet, heating up Ars Nova with four weeks of comedy, music, theater and all of the uncategorizables in between.
In 2001, Those Lost Boys skyrocketed to global rockstardom. In 2003, they split. Ten years later, they’ve reunited for a one night only storytellers’ concert. Songs will be sung, hazy memories will be rediscovered and early-aughts tunes will rock Ars Nova.
Prohibition. Babe Ruth. Flappers and grifters. 1927 is a wash of wild parties and sultry jazz, but there’s something sinister roiling below. Get thrown into a Roaring Twenties night of boozy dancing and broken hearts amidst a dangerous little party remembered by, well, nobody.
A human-interest reporter and jack-of-all trades musician take us on a high-speed adventure in search of a missing roommate, an exiled immigrant and various ghosts of the Northeast. Music and narrative intertwine in the first installment of this epic saga of homespun stories and songs.
Day jobs, creative frustrations, jazz, pop and opera are mixed into a sketch and music mélange featuring two artists doing everything they can to make it in the City. And Zooey Deschanel and Adele narrate the duo’s escapades, NBD.
Shakespeare’s broke and has no choice: it’s time to text his mom for money. Follow the world’s best writer as he wanders Brooklyn, pretends to be a pop star and wonders what to do with the rest of his life.
Latrell Lavene Lebron Lucious Lacrosse Latavier Lactaid Jackson invites you to a live taping of his talk show, featuring a mash up of comedians, current events and an abundance of Latrell’s L’Opinion
You may not know their names yet but you’ll see them on Broadway marquees and Billboard charts in the future. Ars Nova presents an evening of rising stars of the contemporary musical theater scene in this night of not-your-grandma’s-musical theater.
This bawdy vaudeville cabaret tells the story of our favorite god, from his early days as a lonely deity among a profusion of powerful pantheons, through his struggles to gain recognition, power and love, until his emergence as the Alpha and Omega, the one and only, God with a big G!
Meet Colin, a 20-something making music out of online strangers’ poetry for cash. Now meet Steve, a highly eccentric, if not absurd, 40-something who’d really like his words set to music. Over the course of two years, a particularly odd online friendship forms. This is that story.
Pod Corkin, Professional Motivator and Fear Specialist, presents his keynote speech, “You Are Everything and More So Because of It!,” in which he will teach you how to get motivated and eliminate fear!
BoYz may come and Go, bUt hOrSes aRe 4ever. Twelve-year-old Ashleigh rules the Lady Jean Ladies, South Florida’s most exclusive horse club. News that her family’s stables are being sold and their horses killed for meat throws the ladies into crisis in this dark comedy of middle school deception and lies.
Summer of ’88: a handful of larger-than-life ballers show up at a local gym to compete for a $10,000 grand prize in an annual slam-dunk contest. But unexpected drama takes center court in this hip-hop musical comedy about dope beats, fly dunks and second chances.
Before the West was won there was one girl, a gold rush, a gun shot, a first kiss. Rady&Bloom blows the dust off an American classic heralded as the first Spaghetti Western. Featuring a genre-defying original score, this new musical sheds light on our nation’s forgotten periphery.
Woodsman-in-love Nick Chopper has been transformed into a heartless Tin Man by a Wicked Witch determined to prevent his happiness. Strangemen & Co. delves deeper into the history of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, using Bunraku puppetry and song to offer a unique, heartbreaking and adult perspective on a classic story.
Spooky stories, original songs and live foley collide when five dynamic, new timey songwriting teams come together to create an old timey radio show. Explore fear on a sonic level.
Being fat is actually hard and we want to tell you about it. So we made a show about being fat. And there are musical numbers. Interested? We’ll tell you more. But first, we need a snack.
Four heiresses living in decadence during the Great Depression straddle 1930s feminine grace and 1980s camp and opulence. This comedic show is a loving portrait of poor little rich girls coming of age as they’re presented to the world.
This sketch-pop-dance odyssey offers a look at the absurdity of humans. From R.E.M. to Nicki Minaj, Russell Brand to the Pope (not to mention plenty of monkeys), wild times are in store in this fast-paced, down ‘n dirty dance through the racy rainforest.
Watch our first 15 presidents die serving their country, each in a different way. From absurd to poignant, join us for a warped pseudo-history of America in this epic short play cycle that puts a macabre twist on the nation’s highest office.
Part puppet show, part zombie movie, this docu-drama/slasher flick mash-up combines first-hand accounts, newsreel footage and lo-fi charm to explore the 2010 Gulf Coast Oil Spill through the lens of George Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead. A foxy boxing match that is both slippery and toxic!
Time-travel, dinos, zombies and puppets. This rock opera has it all! Set to a score by the band Ludo, this is the epic adventure of one man’s time-traveling voyage from the Age of Dinosaurs to the Zombie Apocalypse, all to save his true love’s life.
Since training at Second City as pimply teenagers, this sketch/devised theater group has grown into a wonderfully dysfunctional family. Now that they’re all in New York, they’ve created a new sketch comedy-meets-short form play, self-described as polished, smart and weird. The kind of stuff that makes the fam laugh at the dinner table.
If David Lynch wrote a musical puppet movie this might be it! Katherine arrives in a house at the end of the world, where three talking paintings guide her through her memories to help her recall where she’s come from and understand where she’s going. All with the help of her friend Lucy, who happens to be a deer head.
A scrappy trapeze drifter blows into town; but he don’t trapeze the way folks trapeze ‘round here. Prepare yourself for a one-of-a-kind evening performed entirely on the low-flying trapeze. It’s Footloose meets The Karate Kid meets Cirque du Soleil meets Romeo and Juliet. Tina Turner was wrong, we do need another hero… a Trapeze Hero.