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Student Engagement is pleased to offer the Urban New York - General Lottery program and to all enrolled undergraduate students each spring. The program provides CC, SEAS, and Barnard students with an opportunity to receive free tickets to exciting trips around the city as well as provide an opportunity for students and faculty to interact in a social setting. Following the General Lottery, Student Engagement provides an exciting opportunity to seniors by offering the Urban New York- Senior Lottery. The Senior Lottery is open to all enrolled CC and SEAS seniors slotted to graduate in the Spring 2015 semester.

Urban New York is supported by generous contributions from the Columbia College Class of 1954, Columbia College, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Barnard College. Approximately 450 free tickets to various events in the metropolitan area are available to undergraduate students of these schools in fall.

 

Registration for both the General and Senior Spring 2015 Lotteries are now closed. Winning, waitlisted and non-winning students will be notified.

 

Didn't win a ticket? No worries. You can always show up to the meeting time and place of any of the exciting events listed below and try to win a standby ticket.

 

You Can’t Take it With You (Longacre Theatre)
Sunday, February 22nd @ 3pm
Meeting Time: 1:30pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

You Can't Take it With You introduces audiences to the free-thinking Sycamore family and the mayhem that ensues when their daughter's fiancé brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night. Starting comedian Kristine Nielsen and Tony winner James Earl Jones, You Can't Take It With You is a Broadway must see.

 

Disgraced (Lyceum Theatre)
Friday, February 27th @ 8pm
Meeting Time: 6:30pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

Following sold-out engagements in Chicago, London and New York, “Disgraced comes roaring to life on Broadway! It’s terrific and turbulent.” (The New York Times). The winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, Disgraced is the “emotionally shattering” (Newsday) tale of the stories we tell our friends, the secrets we tell our lovers, and the lies we tell ourselves to find our place in the American Dream. Starring Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire), Karen Pittman (Domesticated), and Hari Dhillon (star of the acclaimed London production) and written by Ayad Akhtar—a new American voice who “finds urgent dramatic connections that serious theatregoers crave” (The Washington Post)—this provocative tale of big city aspiration and cultural assimilation dares to face the truth hiding just below the deception.

 

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus Xtreme
Sunday, March 1st @ 7pm
Meeting Time: 5:30pm
Meeting Location: Barnard Hall Lobby

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents CIRCUS XTREME at the Barclays Center. It’s time for you to be amazed by all the X-TRAORDINARY things you know and love about America’s favorite live entertainment experience. Be astonished by UN-XPECTED circus spectacles you’ve never seen before and that can’t be seen anywhere else but at The Greatest Show On Earth. Get ready for an X-HILARATING adventure with X-TRAORDINARY circus artists and magnificent X-OTIC animals! It’s time to awaken the spirit of Children Of All Ages and stir your imagination

 

Matilda (Shubert Theatre)
Wednesday, March 4th @ 7:30pm
Meeting Time: 6:00pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

Based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book of the same name, Matilda follows Matilda Wormwood, a bright little girl who immerses herself in books. Matilda is discarded and belittled by her dimwitted parents—her father insists on calling her a boy and harps on her “stupidity” for preferring reading to watching the telly—and her hostile headmistress, the outrageous and wicked Miss Trunchbull. Reclusive, but with an ever-growing imagination and sharp mind, and with a caring protector in her teacher, Miss Honey, Matilda dreams of a better life, daring to take a stand against unjust forces and to grasp her destiny in her own, tiny hands. This heartwarming story of a triumphant young girl who takes a stand for herself promises a show you will never forget.

 

Brooklyn Nets v. Charlotte Hornets (Barclays Center
Wednesday, March 4th @ 7:30pm
Meeting Time: 6:00pm
Meeting Location: TBD

Come watch as the Brooklyn Nets take on the Charlotte Hornets at the Barclays Center.

 

If/Then (Richard Rogers Theatre)
Thursday, March 5th, 2015 @ 8pm
Meeting Time: 6:30pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

If/Then is a contemporary new musical that follows two distinct storylines in the life of Elizabeth, a city planner who moves back to New York to restart her life in this city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, Elizabeth’s life splits into two parallel paths. If/Then follows both stories simultaneously as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance. Idina Mendel—Wicked and Glee star—offers a show stopping performance that will leave you wanting more

 

Cabaret (Studio 54)
Saturday, March 7th @ 8pm
Meeting Time: 6:30pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

Take a journey to the Kit Kat Klub in the musical adaptation of a book by Christopher Isherwood, featuring a score by Kander & Eb. Cabaret tells the story of a seedy nightclub in 1930’s Berlin where a young English performer strikes up a relationship with an American writer, all while a zealous Master of Ceremonies commands the action at the Kit Kat Klub.

 

Honeymoon in Vegas (Nederlander Theatre)
Sunday, March 8th @ 3pm
Meeting Time: 1:30pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

Say "I do" to Broadway's most hilarious & romantic new musical! The New York Times says it’s “over-the-top funny”! Honeymoon tells the story of Jack, a Brooklynite with an extreme fear of marriage, who finally gets up the nerve to ask his girlfriend Betsy to marry him. But when smooth-talking gambler Tommy—looking for a second chance at love—falls head over heels for Betsy, Jack must go to extreme heights to win back the love of his life. A romantic romp from New York to Vegas to Hawaii, Honeymoon is non-stop, laugh-out-loud Broadway fun!

 

Kinky Boots (Al Hirschfeld Theatre)
Wednesday, March 11th @ 8pm
Meeting Time: 6:30pm
Meeting Location: Barnard Hall Lobby

Kinky Boots is the unforgettable Broadway sensation with music by Tony and Grammy-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper. It's a feel-good celebration packed with nonstop fun... and a kick of pure joy! Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS features a book by Tony-winning theater legend Harvey Fierstein and direction and choreography by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell. It tells the story of Charlie Price, who inherits his father's shoe factory. Looking to save the family business, Charlie turns to a fabulously fashionable new friend — cabaret star Lola — who gives him an outrageous idea that could change both of their destinies. Soon, this unlikely duo creates the most sensational footwear that’s ever rocked the runways of Milan… giving the factory and its hardworking family a sparkling new future. An exuberant story about finding friendship, inspiration and passion where you least expect, Kinky Boots proves that you change the world when you change your mind. Experience the uplifting power of this Tony-winning Best Musical that will raise your spirits to new heights!

 

Aladdin (New Amsterdam Theatre)
Thursday, March 12th @ 7pm
Meeting Time: 5:30pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

Take a magic carpet ride to the city of Agrabah in this beloved Disney story brought to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical. With just one rub of a magic lamp, Aladdin’s journey sweeps you into an exotic world full of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. It’s an unforgettable experience that includes all of the cherished songs from the Academy Award-­winning score and more written especially for Broadway.

 

The Lion King (Minskoff Theatre)
Thursday, March 12th @ 8pm
Meeting Time: 6:30pm
Meeting Location: Barnard Hall Lobby

Roar, Lion, Roar! and see this ground-breaking Broadway version of the Disney classic. Julie Taymor's imaginative staging and puppets brings the African plains to life on stage and all around you in this immersive theatrical experience. It's truly like nothing else you've ever seen.

 

Escape the Room (107 Suffolk)
Wednesday, March 25th @8pm
Meeting Time: 6:30pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

Use your wits and each other find the clues, solve the puzzles and get the key to your freedom.  Easy right? Remember– Everything is part of the game.  You and your fellow theater goers are trapped in a theater.  You have one hour to escape or its curtains for everyone. 

 

Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely in The Blues Project (Joyce Theatre)
Saturday, April 4th @ 8pm
Meeting Time: 6:30pm
Meeting Location: Barnard Hall Lobby

Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely in The Blues Project brings together today’s best tap artists and musicians in an innovative evening of rhythm, original live music, explosive energy, and raw emotion. Michelle Dorrance, founder and artistic director of Dorrance Dance, has been recognized by Dance Magazine for having “monstrous technique and a funny, quirky view of the world.” Alongside Derick K. Grant, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and acclaimed composer/musician Toshi Reagon, who has been described by Vibe magazine as “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride,” the 2013 Princess Grace Award Winner, 2012 Field Dance Fund Recipient and 2011 Bessie Award Winner makes her Joyce debut.

 

Jersey Boys (August Wilson Theatre)
Tuesday, April 7th @ 7pm
Meeting Time: 5:30pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

Winner of the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical, Jersey Boys tells the story of how Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons went from being unknown New Jersey kids to international pop superstars. The show features over 30 beautifully sung tunes, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” These catchy tunes promise to have you singing even after the curtain closes.

 

Brooklyn Nets v Washington Wizards (Barclays Center)
Friday, April 10th, 2015 @ 7:30pm
Meeting time: 6:00pm
Meeting Place: Lerner Hall Lobby

Come see the Brooklyn Nets take on the Washington Wizards at the Barclays Center.

 

Yankees vs Red Sox (Yankee Stadium)
Friday, April 10th @ 7:05pm
Meeting Time: 5:30pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

Journey to Yankee Stadium to see the New York Yankees take on the Boston Red Sox.

 

NY Pops (Carnegie Hall)
Friday, April 10th @ 8pm
Meeting Time: 6:30 pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

The NY Pops bring the musical styling of Frank Sinatra back to life in Let’s be Frank. This tribute promises to leave you singing even after the curtain closes.

 

Dance Theatre of Harlem (City Center)
Saturday, April 11th @ 8pm
Meeting Time: 6:30pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

Dance Theatre of Harlem returns home to New York City Center with boldly dynamic programs that fit together to define the diversity of 21st century ballet. Perennial favorites such as Robert Garland’s Return (set to music by James Brown and Aretha Franklin) and Ulysses Dove’s haunting Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven mix with three works new to the Company. Don’t miss the New York premiere of Vessels by Darrell Grand Moultrie, the delightful and popular Tschaikovsky Pas De Deux by George Balanchine, and a Company premiere of Nacho Duato’s Coming Together.

 

Chicago (Ambassador Theatre)
Sunday, April 12th @ 7pm
Meeting Time: 5:30pm
Meeting Location: Barnard Hall Lobby

Come experience "All that jazz" in the Broadway adaptation of Chicago. Chicago is a musical tale of "murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery—all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts." Paint the town red with merry murderesses Roxie Hart, Velma Kelly, their hotshot lawyer, Billy Flynn, and the iconic choreography of Bob Fosse.

 

The Heidi Chronicles (Music Box Theatre)
Thursday, April 16th @ 7:30pm
Meeting Time: 6pm
Meeting Location: Barnard Hall Lobby

Come see Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss and On the Town's Bryce Pinkham in Broadway's new revival of Wendy Wasserstein's award-winning Heidi Chronicles. Heidi Chronicles spans over 20 years, following Heidi Holland from high school to her career as an art historian and how she copes with feminism, men, politics and motherhood.

 

Marlins at Mets (Citi Filed)
Friday, April 17th @ 7:10pm
Meeting Time: 5:30pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

Take a trip to Citi Field to see the New York Mets take on the Miami Marlins.

 

Top of the Rock Observation Deck (Rockefeller Center)
Saturday, April 18th @ 7:00pm
Meeting Time: 5:30pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

Top of the Rock Observation Deck is New York’s most breathtaking view! Watch the sunset over the Manhattan skyline from the top of this architectural gem. Indoor and outdoor viewing will provide a perfect way to celebrate the city you call home.

 

Marlins at Mets (Citi Field)
Sunday, April 19th @ 1:10pm
Meeting Time: 11:30am
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

Take a trip to City Field and see New York's own Mets take on the Miami Marlins.

 

Mark Morris Dance Group (BAM)
Thursday, April 23rd @ 7:30pm
Meeting Time: 6:00pm
Meeting Location: TBD

The musically minded Mark Morris Dance Group returns with two programs representing two decades of the company’s diverse, passionate approach to contemporary dance paired with live music.

In this program the company presents the New York premiere of Spring, Spring, Spring, a looming rendition of The Rite of Spring, based on an ultramodern arrangement of Stravinsky’s classic score by acclaimed jazz trio The Bad Plus, who performs live. The evening opens with Crosswalk, Morris’ energetic take on a clarinet and piano work by Carl Maria von Weber, full of dizzying patterns and symmetries, and Jenn and Spencer, a passionate duet set to Henry Cowell’s restlessly searching Suite for Violin and Piano from 1925.

 

NEWSical the Musical (Kirk Theatre)
Thursday, April 23rd @ 8:15pm
Meeting Time: 6:30pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

The Drama Desk nominated Newsical the Musical is back lampooning current events, headlines, newsmakers, celebrities, and politicians. With songs and material being updated on a regular basis, composer-lyricist Rick Crom's topical musical comedy is an ever-evolving mockery of all the news that is fit to spoof!

 

On the 20th Century (American Airlines Theatre)
Thursday, April 23rd @ 8pm
Meeting Time: 6:30pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

On the Twentieth Century follows a down-and-out Broadway producer named Oscar Jaffe, who struggles to convince his former muse and lover, Lily Garland, now a successful film actress, to return to Broadway in a (non-existent) epic drama about Mary Magdalene. While dealing with Lily Garland's jealous new lover and a religious fanatic aboard a luxury train, Oscar hopes he can lure her back to the stage and salvage his sinking career. Starring Kristen Chenoweth and Andy Karl—both from Wicked—On the 20th Century promises to delight.

 

Yankees v. Mets (Yankee Stadium)
Friday, April 24th @ 7:05pm
Meeting Time: 5:30pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

Come see hometown rivals, the Mets and Yankees, as they take on each other in this game that promises to excite.

 

The Merry Widow (Met Opera)
Friday, April 24th @ 7:30pm
Meeting Time: 6:00pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

The Metropolitan Opera proudly presents The Merry Widow, Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Mezzo-soprano diva Susan Graham takes on the title role of the beguiling femme fatale. Sir Andrew  

 

Audra MacDonald at Carnegie Hall
Wednesday, April 29th @ 8:00pm
Meeting Time: 6:30pm
Meeting Location: Barnard Hall Lobby

Audra McDonald is Musical America’s 2014 Musician of the Year, winner of a record-setting six Tony Awards and two Grammy Awards, and an artist The New York Times called “… a one-of-a-kind musical super-talent." Come see her light up the Carnegie Hall stage with her unique and powerful versions of classic American songs.

 

 

Dinner at ISA (Brooklyn)
Wednesday, April 29th @ 7pm
Meeting Time: 5:30pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

Enjoy a nice Mediterranean/ Italian dinner in Williamsburg at ISA.

 

Finding Neverland (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre)
Wednesday, April 29th @ 7:30pm
Meeting Time: 6:00pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

Finding Neverland follows the story of author J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, who eventually became Barrie's inspiration to write Peter Pan. The musical explores the power of imagination to open up new worlds, and the pressures put upon those worlds by the inevitability of growing up. Glee star Matthew Morrison, Fraiser star Kelsey Grammer. and Sweeny Todd star Laura Michelle Kelly make up the cast of this show that promises to delight all who attend.

 

Ghosts of Greenwich Village Scavenger Hunt (Greenwich Village)
Thursday, April 30th @ 7:30pm
Meeting Time: 6:00pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

Armed with only a flashlight, you’ll visit ghost-plagued buildings and secret cemeteries while learning the stories of the restless souls you might disturb. Proceed with caution as you encounter the spirits of Mark Twain, Aaron Burr, Edgar Allen Poe, Washington Irving, Thomas Paine, artist John LaFarge, the Shadow, Clement Clarke Moore, Mayor Jimmy Walker, Lee Chumley, Patrolman Schwartz, a few skeletons, and various other apparitions, sudden chills, rustlings, and knockings.

 

New York City Ballet (David H. Koch Theatre)
Thursday, April 30th @ 7:30pm
Meeting Time: 6:00pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

The New York City Ballet presents Balanchine Black & White III. Balanchine’s Black & White ballets are anything but one-noted, and this program demonstrates the versatility of his streamlined style. 

 

Secrets of Greenwich Village Scavenger Hunt
Friday, May 1st @ 7pm
Meeting Time: 5:30pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

This scavenger hunt offers you a side of Greenwich Village that you have never seen before. During this hunt, you’ll sample the whole smorgasbord of Greenwich Village including historic places, famous people, movie locations, nooks and crannies, and more. Discover the city’s oldest houses on twisty streets, the majestic mansions and churches of Fifth Avenue, the funky clubs and cappuccino joints around New York University, and the eclectic stores and odd pockets of the West Village.

 

Avenue Q (New World Stages)
Saturday, May 2nd @ 2:30pm
Meeting time: 1:00pm
Meeting Location: Lerner Hall Lobby

Tony-winning musical Avenue Q is the hilarious and heartfelt story of a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York with big dreams and little money. He can only afford to live on Avenue Q but—good news!—his neighbors turn out to be a remarkably funny bunch of characters.

 


Special acknowledgment is given to Dr. Arnold I. Kisch, CC '54, and to his wife, Victoria L. J. Daubert, PhD, for fully endowing all opera tickets.

The Urban New York Program is sponsored by Columbia College, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Barnard College, and the Class of 1954 Urban New York Fund.

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