Join us in New York City! . . . . ATCA-NY17 Conference, Friday through Sunday, November 3-5

Join us in New York City! . . . . ATCA-NY17 Conference, Friday through Sunday, November 3-5

The ATCA-NY17 Conference Chair Sherry Eaker and the NY Conference Committee invite all ATCA members to a New York City weekend meeting!

Register now — low fees still available.

1.  Follow the journey of a new musical from conception to the Broadway stage with the show’s creators and lead producer  

2.  Attend either the Shubert Archive or the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive at Lincoln Center  

3.  Converse with leading playwrights on the state of the art of theatre criticism  

4.  Mingle with some of Broadway’s leading actors, playwrights, and directors at our traditional Celebrity Luncheon at Sardi’s  

5.  Enjoy a cocktail reception hosted at the new restaurant Bond 45, and meet with its well-known owner and designer  

6.  Listen to Broadway veterans talk about originating roles in Sondheim musicals  

7.  Take advantage of press invitations to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows  

Costs for Members and Guests 

  • Registration for oanels and Sardi’s luncheon $155
  • Registration for panels only (without Sardi’s) $90
  • Registration for Sardi’s luncheon only (without panels) $80
  • Guests of members pay the same price; bring prospective members! 

Hotel and Tickets 

As usual for the New York conferences, you will make your own hotel and theatre tickets arrangements, but we will provide resources:

* We will alert you to hotel deals as we find them.

* A number of press invitations to Broadway shows have already been offered to us; another reminder to the publicists will be sent in September. Show offer lists will be updated and made available for all registered ATCA-NY17 attendees.

Friday, November 3

Theatre Row
410 W. 42nd St. (between 9th and 10th avenues)

9:30 am: Continental Breakfast

10:15 am: Welcoming remarks

10:30 to 11:45 am:

Panel #1: From Page to Stage: The Journey of A New Musical

We will follow the journey of The Band’s Visit, a new musical opening on Broadway on November 9, adapted from the 2007 Israeli film, from a simple idea to a fully-staged Broadway show. Panelists are David Yazbek (score), Itamar Moses (book), DavidCromer (director), and Orin Wolf (producer). Martha Steketee (ATCA member) moderates.

Noon to 1:30 pm:

Panel #2: Dramatists and Drama Critics: Continuing the Conversation

We continue a discussion that we first began at the 2014 NY conference, revisited again in 2015, between playwrights and critics on the challenges that face both professions. Playwright panelists are Kirsten Childs (Bella: An American Tall Tale), Robert Lopez (Frozen), Sarah Ruhl (For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday), Paula Vogel (Indecent), and Doug Wright (War Paint).

Critic panelists include Adam Feldman (Time Out New York), Sara Holdren (New York magazine), and Jan Simpson (Director, Arts & Culture Reporting, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; former arts editor, Time,; Bill Hirschman (ATCA ExCom Chair, editor/chief critic/reporter of moderates.

1:30 to 2:30 pm: Lunch buffet at Theatre Row

2:30 to 3:15 pm: Travel on your own to your pre-assigned reservation:

Shubert Archives
149 W. 45th St. (between 6th & 7th avenues)


Theatre on Film and Tape Archives (TOFT), a division of the Billy Rose Collection at the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center; 40 Lincoln Center (65th St. & Columbus Ave.)

3:15 to 4:45 pm: Tours of Shubert Archive and TOFT

>The Shubert Archive contains more than six million documents related to the Shuberts’ theatrical activities.

>TOFT is a vast collection of preserved theatrical recordings and documented interviews with theatre legends. We will learn how to access them, plus view highlights from among them.

4:45 to 5:15 pm: Travel on your own to

Bond 45, 221 W. 46th St. 
(between 7th & 8th avenues, in the Edison Hotel)

5:15 to 6:45 pm:

Cocktail reception hosted at the new venue Bond 45, designed by theatre set designer David Korins (Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton) who will welcome us along with the venue owner, restaurateur Shelly Fireman.

Saturday, November 4

Sardi’s, 234 W. 44th St. (between 7th & 8th avenues)
ATCA’s traditional “Luncheon with the Stars”

10 am: Sign-in and cash bar

10:30 to 11:30 am: Arrival of celebrity guests: from M. Butterfly —Jin Ha;  A Band’s Visit —Katrina Lenk, Ari’el Stachel, John Cariani; Frozen —Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez; A Bronx Tale —Richard H. Blake; Come From Away—Sharon Wheatley, Lee MacDougal; Junk —Michael Siberry, Ito Aghayere; The Play That Goes Wrong —Ashley Bryant, Jonathan Fielding; Hamilton —J. Quinton Johnson; Waitress —Caitlin Houlahan.

11:30 to 1 pm: Sit-down luncheon and introduction of theatre artists by their host ATCA members

Sunday, November 5

Don’t Tell Mama
343 W. 46th St. (between 8th & 9th avenues)

9 am: Continental breakfast

9:30 to 10:45 am: ATCA membership meeting

11 am to 12:15 pm:Panel #3

Broadway Veterans Talk About Originating Roles in Sondheim Musicals

Panelists are Len Cariou (A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute), Harvey Evans (GypsyAnyone Can Whistle, Follies, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute), Pam Myers (Company, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute, Into the Woods), Kurt Peterson (West Side Story, Follies, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute), Teri Ralston (Company, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute, A Little Night Music). Moderator:  Rick Pender (ATCA member, publisher, and editor of Everything Sondheim). Click Here to Register Now! Conference questions? or 917.239.5467  A link to a list of Broadway shows and their press agents can be found on the registration page!

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