Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts declare Restart Stages officially open

24 free events will take place throughout May.

Photo credit: Restart Stages (Photo by Stephanie Berger)

Following last month’s news that Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) will open outdoor performance spaces, LCPA have now announced the official public opening of Restart Stages. The project will see 10 spaces open across the city, allowing artists and art organizations to resume live performances once more.

Restart Stages launched on April 7 with a performance dedicated to healthcare workers. Currently, Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya’s art installation “We Belong Here” is available to view.

Restart Stages will begin using LCPA’s outdoor spaces from May 10, as The Green opens. During May, 24 events will take place, including musical performances, dance, spoken word, drama and family shows. All attendees going to Restart Stages events will be required to fill out a health survey.

Free tickets for Restart Stages events are available through TodayTix, the official ticketing partner.

What events are happening as part of Restart Stages at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts?

Opening Ceremony: The first show acknowledges the pre-colonial history of the United States, with a land blessing ceremony that recognizes indigenous communities. Martha Redbone will also perform. Event runs on May 10 at 7:00pm.

Norm Lewis: In recent years, Lewis has starred in Broadway musicals including Les Miserables and Once on this Island. He’ll present a Broadway revue celebrating his career and the importance of theatre. Event runs on May 10 at 8:00pm.

Juilliard NOW: Various events run on May 12 at 1:00pm, May 12 at 5:00pm, May 13 at 1:00pm, May 13 at 7:00pm, May 19 at 1:00pm, May 19 at 5:00pm, May 20 at 12:00pm, May 20 at 4:00pm, May 20 at 8:00pm, May 26 at 1:00pm, May 26 at 5:00pm, May 27 at 4:00pm, May 27 at 8:00pm, May 29 at 1:00pm, May 29 at 5:00pm, June 2, June 3, June 5, June 10, June 12, June 14, 

Concerts For Kids: Red Baraat: A fun musical combining world styles for the whole family. Event runs on May 15 at 11:00am.

Summer Evenings Outdoors: Gershwin, Adolphe and Dvořák: The Chamber Music Society return to the stage with live performances. Event runs on May 15 at 7:30pm and June 26.

Jose Llana: Dedicated to the Philippine Nurses Association, The King and I star Jose Llana will present an intimate evening of music. Event runs on May 19.

Pauline Jean and Godwin Louis: In honor of Haitian Heritage Month, the vocalist and saxophonist present traditional Haitian music. Event runs on May 21 at 7:00pm.

Poets on the Plaza: Artists from non-profit group The Moth share stories and poems. Event runs on May 22 at 11:00am.

Summer Evenings Outdoors: Dvořák and Mendelssohn: Lincoln Center’s chamber music society present choral works. Event runs on May 22 at 7:30pm.

Our Time Is Now: Jennifer Koh, Courtney Bryan, Cindy Tran and Simon White come together for a night of poetry and orchestral music. Event runs on May 25 at 8:00pm.

Eddie Palmieri: The New York-born pianist will play salsa music, joined by a six-piece jazz band. Event runs on May 28 at 8:00pm.

Unveiling by Sonya Taneh: The Moulin Rouge: The Musical choreographer presents a new work. Event runs on June 1.

Beethoven and Saint-Saëns: Immersive yourself in choral chamber pieces from a variety of composers. Event runs on June 2.

Voices of a People's History: AP U.S. History Seniors of The Maxine Greene High School retell the American experience after a year of isolation. Event runs on June 3. 

Concerts for Kids: Coming Together: To honor the Juneteenth emancipation holiday, Concerts for Kids present a joyous celebration of Black culture. Event runs on June 19. 

I Dream a Dream That Dreams Back at Me: To mark Juneteenth, a performing collective will discuss America's need for equality. Event runs on June 19. 

Pride: Staceyann Chin:  As part of a Pride celebration, Chin will speak about race, class, gender, sexuality and post-pandemic life. Event runs on June 21.

when we write with ashes: As part of Pride, Victor I. Cazares’ will shair their love story complicated by fascism, eroticism and—ultimately—death. Event runs on June 24. 

Egg Yolk: Taylor Mac returns to Lincoln Center with an American songbook evening. Event runs on June 25. 

This is Not a Memorized Script: As part of Pride, this new work will address connections between personal vulnerability and political revolution. Event runs on June 25. 

Pride Latin xoxo: Migguel Anggelo gives an outrageous and gender-busting solo musical theater performance. Event runs on June 26.

Concerts for Kids: Spanglish Fly: “Boogaloo Familia” (featuring Spanglish Fly) is an interactive, bilingual musical history of Latin boogaloo, or bugalú, for kids and their families. Event runs on July 3.

Mighty Sparrow: Marking his 86th birthday, Trinidadian Calypso King Mighty Sparrow brings the Caribbean to Lincoln Center. Event runs on July 6. 

Summer Evenings Outdoors: Beethoven and Dvořák​​: Lincoln Center’s chamber music society present choral works. Event runs on July 7.

A Summer Evening with NY Phil and Jaap van Zweden: Music Director Jaap van Zweden leads the New York Philharmonic in this outdoor summer event featuring works by Carlos Simon, Stravinsky, and Mozart. Event runs on July 8.

Michael Michelle Lynch: The Bronx's own Michael Michelle Lynch reflects on their life as a LGBTQ activist and performer with the innovative queer theater group Hot Peaches. Event runs on July 9.

Soul in the Horn with Natasha Diggs: Enjoy a night of dancing out on The GREEN with the 45 Queen of Soul in the Horn, Natasha Diggs, spinning soul, funk, hip hop, house and disco. July 9.

Summer Evenings Outdoors: Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Schumann​: Lincoln Center’s chamber music society present choral works. Event runs on July 10.

"Ailey" Sneak Preview Screening: Many know the name Alvin Ailey, but how many know the man? Discover the visionary who founded one of the world’s most renowned dance companies. July 12.

Make a Joyful Noize: A multimedia universe that blends music, film, interviews, spoken word and dance to capture the contagious energy of Black joy. Event runs on July 15.

Taylor Made: Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Dr. Billy Taylor: On the centenary of his birth, Lincoln Center honors bandleader and composer Billy Taylor, the co-founder of the jazz education program Jazzmobile. Event runs on July 16.

Silent Disco on The Green: Events run July 16, July 23, July 24, July 30.

Concerts for Kids: July 17 and July 31

To Be Baptized: A Performance Tribute: A celebration of the legacy of activists John Lewis and C.T. Vivian through film, music, civic engagement and open-panel discussion. July 17.

Brian Stokes Mitchell: The Tony-winning actor returns to Broadway for six concerts. The evening of song is titled Out with the Old, In with the New and is to celebrate both contemporary and traditional repertoires. Event runs from July 21 - 23 and August 12 - 14. 

You Are Here: After over 12 months of lockdown, You Are Here will encourage New Yorkers to reflect on their shared emotions through reflective pieces. Portraits will be brought to life, including security guards, educators and singers. Event runs from July 24 - 30. 

A Summery Caramelized Comeback: Afrofuturistic improvisatory funk-fusion orchestra Burnt Sugar brings Damrosch Park back to life with a concert of danceable, joyful music. July 24.

Egúngún Síwájú: Elevation, Emergence and Empowerment: A healing celebration of ancestral African Diasporic masking traditions acknowledges the role ancestors can play in propelling our community forward. July 25.

The Memory of Water: A multimedia examination of the healing and devastating power of water by two prominent AAPI experimental sound artists. July 30.

Raga Maqam: Composer Amir ElSaffar partners with Brooklyn Raga Massive to show the shared spiritual and musical connections of classical Iraqi and Indian music. July 31.

Free tickets for all Restart Stages events are available on TodayTix.

Photo credit: Restart Stages (Photo by Stephanie Berger)