[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

Watch Trailer: The Vineyard Theater Announces 2016-2017 Season

Hot off the run of their New York Times critic’s pick, “Indecent,” The Vineyard (108 East 15th Street) announces three new shows for the fall and spring season. Watch the trailer below for a taste of the world premiere of “This Day Forward” and the New York premieres of “Kid Victory” and “Can You Forgive Her?”

Dates:

  • “This Day Forward” (Nov. 3 – Dec. 18)
  • “Kid Victory” (February – March 2017)
  • “Can You Forgive Her?” (May – June 2017)

Treat Your Pops to Union Square

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Father’s Day is approaching and we’re here to help you treat your dad and show your appreciation. In preparation for June 21st, we’ve compiled an unstoppable guide of ideas and activities in the Union Square neighborhood.

Gifts for Dads
Best Buy, 52 East 14th Street
For the digital dad, Best Buy offers the great gifts for Father’s Day.  From fitness trackers, to HD televisions, if its on dad’s wish list, Best Buy has it.

L.A. Burdick, 5 East 20th Street
Celebrate with taste and style with a fine selection of chocolates and confections for Fathers Day gifts.  Checkout specific selections for Father’s Day.

Paragon Sports, 867 Broadway at 18th Street
For active dads, Paragon Sports offers a tremendous selection of equipment and athletic apparel.  Online or in-store, get 20% off non-sale items with code JUNELUV. Check out Paragon’s Father’s Day Gift Guide for more.

GLORIA at The Vineyard Theatre, 108 East 15th Street
Check out the off-Broadway show GLORIA at The Vineyard Theatre.  Artist in residency Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ show Gloria is a funny, trenchant and powerful new play follows an ambitious group of editorial assistants at a notorious Manhattan magazine.  Running through July 3rd.

Silk Day Spa, 47 West 13th Street
Pamper dad with a little rest and relaxation.  For Father’s Day, receive a complimentary voucher of $50 to use towards any spa service when you purchase a regular Gift Card of $300 or more.

Barnes & Noble, 33 East 17th Street
On Father’s Day check out a special storytime for children of all ages to enjoy with their fathers.  Outgrown story time? Ditch the tie, and get a great gift from Barnes & Noble’s vast selection of books including all the top science, history, thriller and biography titles, as well as digital reading tools like the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK.

Take Dad Out for a Meal
Union Square is home to hundreds of eateries for every palate.  Below are a few restaurants offering something special for Father’s Day.

The Fourth, 132 Fourth Avenue
On top of the standard menu with delectable meals, enjoy a special twenty five day dry aged Rib Eye Steak for two with Scotch Flight just for Father’s Day. (Can’t make it for Father’s Day? Check out our summer District Deal to The Fourth)

Le Midi Bar & Restaurant, 11 East 13th Street
For Father’s Day, enjoy a complimentary Stella Artois with a classic French dish for brunch or dinner.

Darrow’s, 115 East 18th Street
Treat dad to a true farm-to-table experience and treat your dad to organic meal wtih, cold-pressed cocktails! (Can’t make it for Father’s Day? Check out our summer District Deal to Darrow’s)

Duke’s, 99 East 19th Street
Stop by for a Boozy Brunch or free entrée. Check restaurant for details. (Can’t make it for Father’s Day? Check out our summer District Deal to Duke’s)

Big Daddy’s (239 Park Avenue South)
Stop by and get your dad a free dinner.  Check restaurant for details. (Can’t make it for Father’s Day? Check out our summer District Deal to Big Daddy’s)

City Crab, 235 Park Avenue South
Father’s Day Dad’s Brunch with unlimited brunch cocktails. Check restaurant for details.(Can’t make it for Father’s Day? Check out our summer District Deal to City Crab)

Petite Abeille, 401 East 20th Street
Happy Dad’s Day Brunch features a free Bloody Mary. Check restaurant for details.

Happy Father’s Day!