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NYC This Week 1.1.2018

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 1, 2018

Happy new year! 2018 comes with a flood of fantastic stuff to do and see this week here in NYC. So let’s hit it.

It’s rare that a new opera production makes headlines. But that changed this season and the hottest ticket of the week will be David McVicar’s bumpy Metropolitan Opera production of Tosca, opening on New Year’s Eve after a journey as dramatic as the opera’s libretto. The production replaces Luc Bondy’s controversial 2009 Tosca, which general manager Peter Gelb had commissioned to replace the popular 1985 production by Zeffirelli. A steady stream of high-profile cast defections and the loss of longtime Met music director James Levine to the MeToo movement have kept this production in the press. The current cast, lead by the youthful Sonya Yoncheva and Vittorio Grigolo, is solid. So be in the know and take in Tosca this week, running through May 12.

Sonya Yoncheva and Želijko Lučić in David McVicar’s new production of “Tosca” at Met Opera; photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.

Since 2005, The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival has showcased work by the world’s best young artists. Starting January 4, Under the Radar curates 26 shows across five venues over twelve days. The Public introduced us to A Chorus Line and Hamilton, so take in Under the Radar, through January 15, and discover the next theater sensation.

“After” runs at The Public’s Under the Radar Festival; photo: Maria Baranova.

Cowboys are rare in NYC, but not this week as Professional Bull Riders land at Madison Square Garden to launch its 2018 season with the first of four 2018 National PBR Majors. The world’s best 35 bull riders face off atop the world’s fiercest bulls in the toughest sport on dirt. There’s plenty of dirt at Madison Square Garden this week, so check out the fierce competition this weekend.

Professional Bull Riders appear at Madison Square Garden in January; photo: courtesy of Professional Bull Riders.

Items: Is Fashion Modern? opened at MoMA in October, and this accessible exhibition puts the ubiquitous Levi jean, the white T and the little back dress in the context of contemporary fashion. Make it to MoMA by January 28, and discover how fashion forward you are.

A Little Black Dress by Thierry Mugler, 1981; photo: courtesy of MoMA.

Orrin Evans has more than 25 albums, and he appears at Jazz Standard in his last appearance before joining the award-winning trio The Bad Plus. Take in Orrin Evans Sextet at Jazz Standard through January 7.

Orrin Evans; photo: John Abbott.

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