NEW This Year at Citi Summer in the Square

Spend Your Summer Thursdays in Union Square Park with Over 135 Free Events

There’s nothing like summer in New York City – and there’s especially nothing like summer in Union Square. Experience it to the fullest with the return of our Citi Summer in the Square series bringing you the best outdoor fitness, live shows, and kids activities every Thursday from June 15th – August 10th in Union Square Park.

We’re mixing it up for 2017 with a slew of new fitness classes, an off-Broadway children’s show, live dueling performances (think DJs, pianos), #ThrowbackThursday Movie Nights, and the best round-up of #USQDeals you’ve ever seen. Plus, get excited for giveaways, bubble gardens and more with title sponsor Citibank on the South Plaza every week.

Paragon Sports’ Studio Showcase

Manhattan’s premiere athletic business Paragon Sports knows what’s HOT on the city’s fitness scene, and they’re bringing the best studios to you for free morning fitness in Union Square. Join studios like Yoga Vida, Pop Up Yoga, and SYB for a 7 AM yoga flow, or get amped up for the day with cardio at 8 AM by Dancebody, Ash Fit, Cardio Sweat Party, Jen Rufo’s Controlled KHAOS, Pon De Flo and more. Visit citisummerinthesquare.nyc/summerlineup for instructor dates and details.

Dueling Performances

Every Thursday at 5 PM prepare to witness epic showdowns from some of NYC’s best performers at our NEW Dueling Performances. Each week, artists at the the top of their trade – think pianists, painters, DJs, beatboxers, tap dancers and more – will perform, and YOU will determine who is the ultimate champion. Find a full list of performers each week at citisummerinthesquare.nyc/liveperformances.

New York Health & Racquet Club Takes It Outside

No more rushing to make an evening fitness class on the North Plaza. New York Health & Racquet Club brings you THREE evening classes (5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 PM) Continue reading

Vineyard Theatre Stages New York Premiere of Comedy “Can You Forgive Her?”

Gina Giofriddo’s Show Runs from May 4th – June 11th

The Vineyard Theatre rounds out its 2016-2017 season with the New York premiere of the Gina Gionfriddo’s dark comedy Can You Forgive Her? The two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist (Becky Shaw; Rapture, Blister, Burn) works with frequent collaborator Peter Dubois (Sunday in the Park with George) to return to the Vineyard for the first time since her 2005 hit, After Ashley.

Gionfriddo opens the show with protagonist Miranda (Amber Tamblyn – making her off-Broadway debut!) drowning in debt, possibly falling in love with the man paying her bills, and on the run from a date who threatened to kill her. On Halloween night, Continue reading

[WATCH] Sneak Peek of The Vineyard Theatre’s Kid Victory, Opening Tonight

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Kid Victory, a new musical by John Kander and Greg Pierce, follows the return of a teenage boy named Luke who was missing for several months

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After a successful run of previews, Kid Victory, a new musical by John Kander and Greg Pierce, officially opens tonight, February 22nd at the Vineyard Theatre, Union Square’s home for bold theatre. In the musical, seventeen-year old Luke returns to his small Kansas town after a wrenching one-year absence. As his friendship grows with the town misfit, Emily, his parents realize that in order to truly find their son, they must confront some unnerving truths about his disappearance. Tickets are available now.

Four time Tony Award winner John Kander, with the late Fred Ebb, wrote the legendary musicals Chicago and Caberet. He and Greg Pierce collaborated on the musical The Landing presented in 2013 at Vineyard Theatre.

Watch clips from the new musical here:

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Kid Victory Now Playing at the Vineyard Theatre

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The Musical Runs February 1st through March 19th

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The Vineyard Theatre’s 2016 – 2017 season is in full swing with the New York premiere of Kid Victory. Acclaimed composer John Kander (Chicago, Cabaret) and gifted playwright Greg Pierce (Her Requiem) set the stage, while award-winning director Liesl Tommy brings their story to life. Kander and Pierce previously teamed up in the Vineyard to write the beguiling series of love tales, The Landing.

The story centers on the return of 17-year-old Luke, who returns to his small town in Kansas one year after disappearing. Upon his return, the audience follows the captivating dynamic of Luke’s conservative family being forced to confront the unnerving truth about his disappearance.

The show runs weekly Tuesday through Sunday, with each performance running for approximately 2 hours with no intermission. Find the complete calendar and buy tickets here.

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The Vineyard Theatre Welcomes a New Managing Director + Show

Union Square Partnership Welcomes Suzanne Appel to the Neighborhood

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Right on cue with a fresh new year, the Vineyard Theatre welcomes its new managing director Suzanne Appel to kick off 2017. Appel comes to the Vineyard from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, where she has served as the Director of External Affairs since 2015. Prior to her role at Hubbard Street, she served as Managing Director at Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco, according to the press release.

“The Vineyard has had a profound impact through the years, developing and launching so many incredible new plays and musicals,” said Appel in a statement. “I am looking forward to working with Doug and Sarah and with the Vineyard’s Board of Directors, staff and artists to advance the company’s mission to nurture artists and bold new work. As a native New Yorker, I’m also thrilled to be coming home to this wonderful community.”

We are thrilled to welcome Appel to the district, and to the Union Square Partnership, of which the Vineyard Theatre is a long-standing board member and supporter.

“With its long-list of award winning shows and playwrights, the Vineyard Theatre is a key partner in our work to market the district and showcase the very best that Union Square has to offer,” said Jennifer Falk, executive director of the Continue reading

Why We’re Excited For Fall in Union Square

Get the Inside Scoop On What You Can’t Miss This Fall in #UnionSquareNY

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14. Harvest in the Square | We kicked off the season on the first day of fall celebrating our vibrant community and culinary scene at the 21st Annual Harvest in the Square, raising a record $378,000 for Union Square Park and the surrounding neighborhood. Over the past 21 years, USP has raised over $5.7 million for district beautification and community programming. Thank you for joining us! (Photos)

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13. New Fast Casual on 4th Avenue | Lunch is easier than ever with so many fantastic grab-and-go options on 4th Avenue, just south of 14th Street. Crowds are lining up for the New York debuts of Cava Grill and The Pokè Spot, which join lunch favorites Dos Toros and Glaze, creating a corridor of delicious fast casual eateries. Later this season The Melt Shop opens its doors on the same block (Grilled cheese and tomato soup, please!).

12. The Class of 2020 | School is back in session and a new crop of students are adding vitality to the district from The New School and NYU, as well as NYU’s 16th President Andrew Hamilton for his first fall semester. Plus, The New School’s Mannes School of Music celebrates 100 years with nine special events Continue reading

Fond Farewell to the Vineyard’s Jen Garvey-Blackwell

Jen Garvey-Blackwell Departs After 20 Seasons, Most Recently Serving as Executive Producer/CEO

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(L to R) Union Square Partnership (USP) Executive Director Jennifer Falk and USP Board President Lynne P. Brown with Jen Garvey-Blackwell

After 20 seasons at the helm of neighborhood partner, The Vineyard Theatre, we say thank you to Executive Producer/CEO Jen Garvey-Blackwell, who leaves on the heels of a New York Times’ critics’ pick and three knock-out shows on the horizon.

This past spring, Garvey-Blackwell brought playwright Paula Vogel’s “Indecent” to open at The Vineyard Theatre to rave reviews, including a New York Times’ Critic’s Pick.

“She has been the person at the Vineyard we call at midnight during both times of crisis and times of celebration,” said Vogel. “I have been so lucky to work with her. She will continue to be a force in our community.”

The cast of INDECENT. Photo: Carol Rosegg.

The cast of INDECENT. Photo: Carol Rosegg.

“It is safe to say that when I started at Vineyard Theatre in 1997, I could not have foreseen what a vital and sustaining part of my life it would become,” said Garvey-Blackwell upon her departure announcement. “That enrichment came with the opportunity Continue reading