New Village Arts will present the musical review Leonard Bernstein at the Flower Fields

As its home theater undergoes renovations this summer and fall, Carlsbad’s New Village Arts presents a second season of theatrical performances on the Flower Fields outdoor stage at Carlsbad Ranch.

Kicking off the theatrical season is “Leonard Bernstein’s New York,” a two-character musical revue that highlights the songs the longtime New York composer and bandleader wrote with his musician friends Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Stephen Sondheim.

The musical will feature two performers, Johnisa Breault and Trevor Rex, who will play two New Yorkers, a longtime resident and one fresh off the bus, who dance and sing through town using the musical’s score. to describe their experiences. in the city.

Trevor Rex and Johnisa Breault in New Village Arts’ “Leonard Bernstein’s New York.”

(Amanda Tsai)

Kristianne Kurner, New Village’s executive artistic director, said she learned a lot last summer about what kind of theatrical entertainment works best on the Flower Fields outdoor stage. Because the stage platform has no backstage for set or costume changes, it plans to present smaller-cast shows this summer that celebrate the talents of singers, actors and dancers. performers.

“When I came across ‘Leonard Bernstein’s New York’, his music is obviously amazing, but what I really liked was that even though it has two characters, a boy and a girl, it doesn’t fall in the traditional boy meets girl story. It’s really about building community and, to me, it’s such a love letter to New York.”

Kurner studied at the Actor’s Studio in New York before moving to San Diego two decades ago. In May, she traveled to New York and attended several Broadway plays with her son, Jonah, who lives there. The experience reminded her of what she loves most about the city and how “Leonard Bernstein’s New York” embodies that connection.

“It’s about the opportunities that exist in New York. You see the journey of arriving in New York and the challenges of being there, but also what it’s like to be around the brilliant genius artists of New York. “

The review was designed and arranged by Rob Fisher. Among his featured songs are “Something’s Coming”, “Maria” and “Mambo” from “West Side Story”, “Lonely Town” and “New York, New York” from “On the Town” and “Ohio” and “A Little Bit In Love” from “Wonderful Town”.

Kurner said that while the flower fields are no longer in bloom, the manicured gardens around the stage are in full bloom. And the stage and seats have a canopy above to reduce sun exposure.

“It’s such a beautiful place and so comfortable for people. We are pleased to continue our partnership with Flower Fields,” she said.

“Leonard Bernstein’s New York”

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and July 1, 6, 7, 13, 15, 20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28 and 29. 2 p.m. July 3, 10, 24 and 31

Where: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad

Tickets: $28-$40

Call: (760) 433-3245

On line: newvillagearts.org

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