Upcoming Performances

Saturday, July 24, 2021
Neil Berg's Pianomen - An Intimate Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John
The Penguin Rep Theater
Stony Point, New York
5pm - Tickets: $20

Press Release

Penguin Rep Theatre Announces Return to Live, In-Person Programming With Outdoor Summer Music Festival 'Barnside Live @ 5!', Beginning June 19th

Penguin Rep Theatre presents 'Barnside Live @ 5!', an outdoor summer music festival taking place on the lawn adjacent to its historic Stony Point theatre located at 7 Crickettown Road.

With major support from Orange and Rockland Utilities, Penguin Rep welcomes audiences back to the barn for five socially-distanced evenings of leisure, celebration, and first-rate entertainment provided by musical luminaries from the Hudson Valley and beyond. As the festival's title indicates - the music kicks off on Saturdays at 5 p.m.!

The festival, which is programmed in association with consummate musician, festival organizer and artist manager Joe D'Urso, begins on June 19th with a celebration of Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the ending of slavery in the U.S.

"What better way to return the community to live, in-person entertainment than with barnside concerts at Penguin Rep," says Joe Brancato, artistic director of the nonprofit professional theatre. "It's been too long since we've all been together."

"This summer, we're offering music in the best ventilated space we could find - the great outdoors," says Andrew M. Horn, Penguin's executive director. "Join a wonderful collective of artists who will celebrate our return to theatre on Juneteenth and also celebrate Penguin's birthday, which is coincidentally the same day."

The evening boasts a line-up of Grammy-nominated bluesman Guy Davis, and jazz vocalist and theatrical performer Miche Braden, known well for her portrayal of Bessie Smith in 'The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith' (as debuted at Penguin Rep Theatre). The evening will commence with a performance by talented young singer/songwriter Lula Pilar.

On June 26th, the music continues with 'Walking After Midnight: A Tribute To Patsy Cline'. This homage to the country great stars Broadway's Carter Calvert, known for originating her role in the Tony award-winning musical 'It Ain't Nothing But The Blues'.

On July 10th, Joe D'Urso (operator of the Rockland-Bergen Music Festival) has assembled a grouping of local musical talent to celebrate the life and music of the late great singer-songwriter John Prine, including David Frye, Seamus Keane, Loren Korevec, Gary Soloman, and Jake Thistle.

On July 17th, actor and musician Jefferson McDonald (renowned for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis) will begin the evening followed by Cocomama, an all-female Latin jazz band featuring renowned percussionist and vocalist Mayra Casales.

The festival will continue on July 24th with a performance of Neil Berg's Pianomen: An Intimate Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel. The timeless songs of these two icons light up the stage as they are performed by award-winning composer, lyricist and producer Neil Berg on piano alongside a cast of eminent musicians.

Future events are to be announced.

Early bird tickets priced at $20 each will go on sale shortly and will be available until June 12th. Tickets will be priced at $25 each thereafter.

Tickets must be purchased in advance online @ www.penguinrep.org. TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

In accordance with CDC and New York State guidelines for outdoor events, seated parties of 2 or 4 will be separated at a distance of six feet and masks must be worn by all attendees throughout the duration of the events.

Barnside Live @ 5! is also sponsored by Wright Bros. Real Estate, Beckerle Lumber, Cannataro Family Capital Partners, Halmar International, and Rockland Boulders.

Under the dynamic leadership of Brancato and Horn, Penguin Rep Theatre has grown in just over four decades from a summer theatre in a repurposed 1880s hay barn to one of the Hudson Valley's most influential nonprofit cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1977 by Brancato and Fran Newman-McCarthy, Vice-President of the Board of Trustees, Penguin Rep has entertained more than 400,000 people with outstanding productions of more than 150 plays, specializing in new works by established and emerging writers. Many plays developed and staged by Penguin, dubbed "the gutsiest little theatre' by the NY Times, have moved on to successful runs Off-Broadway and to showplaces around the country and abroad.

Penguin Rep Theatre's 2021 season is sponsored by Orange and Rockland Utilities and also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, the County of Rockland, the Town of Stony Point, The Shubert Foundation, Cory and Bob Donnalley Charitable Foundation, the Jacques and Margot Kohn Foundation, and Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust.