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On The Rise



Ask to categorize the style of her music, and even Vienna Teng has a hard time. “Somewhere between folk and pop, with a bit of classical and jazz,” she says in her online biography. “It’s frustrating that I have no succinct phrase to offer; at the same time, I think it also means I’m doing something right.” Something right indeed: her 2004 album, Warm Strangers, reached No. 26 on Billboard’s list of Top Independent Albums and No. 41 on the Top Heatseekers charts. A pianist since the age of five, the singer/songwriter will play songs from Warm Strangers and her 2006 album, Dreaming Through the Noise, at the
Westport Arts Center’s Seabury Center in Wesport, Connecticut, on October 26. Teng’s a busy musician: on her last tour, she not only performed almost nightly, she took the time out to work for Habitat for Humanity and reduce the environmental impact of her tour van. For more information, see This Month.


good for a laugh



Admit it: You’ve been known to covertly turn off high-minded,
educational television programming and switch to reality shows from time to time. It’s okay; we all have our favorite unscripted competitions that we like to keep tabs on. This month, those bitten by the reality addiction don’t have to be antisocial couch potatoes, holed up alone in front of the small screen. Celebrate with like-minded enthusiasts at the NBC Last Comic
Standing Live Tour at the Tarrytown Music Hall on October 24. There, Last Comic Standing’s top five contestants—Lavell Crawford, Gerry Dee, Ralph Harris, John Reep, and Amy Schumer—will perform the stand-up routines that launched them into the show’s finals. (Keep an eye on Amy Schumer. We predict big things from the feisty Brooklynite.) We’re pretty sure you’ll find the comedians all in good humor—this time, they’ll be performing without fear of impending elimination. For more information, see This Month.



[ Ganging Up ]



You know the political climate is bad when The Actors’ Gang, a theater group dedicated to performing socially relevant works, sees fit to mount a production of George Orwell’s frighteningly oppressive 1984. Then again, Gang founder Tim Robbins, a former Westchester resident, has never been one to keep his political opinions to himself. When it came to directing 1984, Robbins told the Performing Arts Center he was “floored by its relevance, its insight, and its warnings.” He also said the subject is “more vibrant and necessary now than it had ever been.” To see Orwell’s dire warning played out on stage by The Actors’ Gang, head to The Performing Arts Center on October 5. For more information, see This Month.



[ Phantom Pains ]


We all know how Phantom of the Opera turned out after Andrew Lloyd Webber got his sticky hands all over it—but did you know that a different version of the Gaston Leroux novel was being developed for the stage before Webber’s version hit Broadway? Arthur Kopit and Maury Yeston, the pair behind the 1982 Tony-winning musical Nine, secured the rights to the story before Webber, but were subsequently outsold by the British blockbuster. While their version has never made it to the Great White Way, the Westchester Broadway Theater has resurrected Phantom from beneath the Paris Opera House and brought it to the Elmsford stage. The curtain rises on October 4, just in time to get you in the mood for Halloween. For more information, see This Month.




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