Urban NY

Urban New York

Lottery is open until Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

To register visit: https://www.cc-seas.columbia.edu/engagement/urbanNY

Urban New York is a university-wide program designed to expose students to the sights and sounds of New York City by offering them FREE admission to events and programs in the area. These free tickets are available only to first-year and transfer students in the fall, but are open to the entire undergraduate population in the spring. Past events include a variety of Broadway shows including Chicago, Matilda, and The Lion King; dinner at Cavo with live bellydancing, Dark Dining at Camaje, and other NYC hot spots; sporting events like Knicks games; and Metropolitan and City Opera performances. 

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

Students will receive notice as to their results (ticket winner, wait list, or non-winner.)

Each student can only win one ticket throughout their time at Barnard & Columbia. If you win a ticket, regardless of whether or not you show up for the event, you will not be able to enter into future lotteries. However, you remain eligible to attend events through the stand-by process. 

Didn't win tickets? No worries! You can always show up to the meeting time and place of any of the exciting events listed below and try to wina stand-by ticket. Be sure to show up early and check-in with the Urban NY trip leader for a chance. Stand-by tickets are not guaranteed. Questions? Email Allie Emmerich at aemmerich@barnard.edu


Spring 2018 Events

Chicago

Friday, February 9

Meeting Location: Diana Center Lobby

Meeting Time: 6:45 p.m.

 

Set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Nightclub star Velma’s serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding the two in bed together. Driven chorus girl Roxie’s been tossed in the joint for bumping off the lover she’s been cheating on her husband with. Not one to rest on her laurels, Velma enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and slickster lawyer Billy Flynn, who turn Velma’s incarceration into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy, thus preparing the world for a splashy showbiz comeback. But Roxie’s got some of her own tricks up her sleeve…

 

Latin History for Morons

Thursday, February 22

Meeting Location: Lerner Hall 2nd Floor Piano Lounge Ramps

Meeting Time: 5:45 p.m.

 

A sold-out run at The Public Theater. A record-breaking engagement at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Universal critical and audience acclaim. Chalk it all up to the mad genius of Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo. When his son gets a school assignment on heroes, John seizes the chance to teach him all about the great figures of the Latino world. But once he sets out on his irreverent crash course across three continents and 3000 years of history—from conquistadores to cumbia, Montezuma to Menudo, and taking on the characters in all of it—he uncovers provocative truths that shock even him.

 

Broadway Dance Workshop

Friday, February 23

Meeting Location: Lerner Hall 2nd floor Piano Lounge Ramps

Meeting Time: 5:45 p.m.

 

Love Broadway? Love dance? Love musicals? Well then this is the event for you! Learn choreography to shows like Bronx Tale, Hello Dolly, and Chicago taught by a master class teacher specifically for Urban NY winners! It is open to everyone and there is no experience needed. Join us for a fun and interactive workshop filled with high energy and lots of laughs!

 

Book of Mormon

Wednesday, February 28

Meeting Location: Lerner Hall 2nd Floor Piano Lounge Ramps

Meeting Time: 5:45 p.m.

 

The Book of Mormon follows two young missionaries who are sent to Uganda to try to convert citizens to the Mormon religion. One missionary, Elder Price, is an enthusiastic go-getter with a strong dedication to his faith, while his partner, Elder Cunningham, is a socially awkward but well meaning nerd whose tendency to embroider the truth soon lands him in trouble. Upon their arrival in Africa, Elders Price and Cunningham learn that in a society plagued by AIDS, poverty and violence, a successful mission may not be as easy as they expected.

 

Kinky Boots

Thursday, March 1

Meeting Location: Diana Center Lobby

Meeting Time: 5:45 p.m

 

Based on a true story and the indie film of the same name, Kinky Boots follows young Brit Charlie Price, who abandons his family’s shoe factory to live with his demanding girlfriend in London. After the unexpected death of his father, Charlie returns to the struggling factory and finds it’s up to him to figure out a way to keep the business alive. Enter Lola, a fabulous drag queen, who gives Charlie the idea to create ladies’ shoes for men. Soon, the factory is turning out “kinky boots” under the supervision of Charlie and Lola, but can this harebrained scheme actually work? And can these two extremely different men find a common ground and become real friends?

 

Spongebob Squarepants

Friday, March 2

Meeting Location: Lerner Hall 2nd Floor Piano Lounge Ramps

Meeting Time: 6:45 p.m.

 

Stakes are higher than ever before as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. A legendary roster of Grammy Award winners. A visionary director and Tony Award-winning design team. One of the world’s most beloved and unforgettable characters. Turn them all loose on Broadway and what do you get? SpongeBob SquarePants! Acclaimed Steppenwolf director Tina Landau and the groundbreaking designers behind Fun Home, Hedwig, and Spring Awakening have re-imagined Bikini Bottom for the Broadway stage, bringing the spirit of SpongeBob to life with humanity, heart, and pure theatricality. With an original score from some of the biggest names in pop and rock, SpongeBob SquarePants explodes with energy.

 

The Tie Break Tens

Monday, March 5

Meeting Location: Lerner Hall 2nd Floor Piano Lounge Ramps

Meeting Time: 5:45 p.m.

 

Serena and Venus Williams will compete in the fifth tournament of the Tie Break Tens series, a fast-paced, short-form tennis format, at Madison Square Garden! It’s the first time a Tie Break Tens tournament will be held in the United States. The previous tournaments were in London, Vienna, Madrid and Melbourne. This series will feature eight women in a singles knock-out format. It's everything you love about tennis in one ten-point breaker. No games. No sets. Just tie breaks.

 

La Boheme

Wednesday, March 7

Meeting Location: Lerner Hall 2nd Floor Piano Lounge Ramps

Meeting Time: 6:15 p.m.

 

La Bohème, the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. It has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression and to reveal unsuspected treasures after dozens of hearings. At first glance, La Bohème is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things—a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbor—that make up our everyday lives.

 

Brooklyn Nets vs. Charlotte Hornets

Wednesday, March 21

Meeting Location: Diana Center Lobby

Meeting Time: 6:00 p.m.

 

Come see the Brooklyn Nets take on the Charlotte Hornets at the Barclays Center!

 

The Band’s Visit

Thursday, March 22

Meeting Location: Diana Center Lobby

Meeting Time: 5:45 p.m.

 

After a mix-up at the border, an Egyptian Police Band is sent to a remote village in the middle of the Israeli desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways.

 

Mean Girls

Friday, March 30

Meeting Location: Lerner Hall 2nd Floor Piano Lounge Ramps

Meeting Time: 6:45 p.m.

 

Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But, when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.

 

New York Knicks vs. Detroit Pistons

Saturday, March 31

Meeting Location: Diana Center Lobby

Meeting Time: 4:00 p.m.

 

Come see the NY Knicks take on the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden!

 

Once On This Island

Tuesday, April 10

Meeting Location: Lerner Hall 2nd Floor Piano Lounge Ramps

Meeting Time: 5:45 p.m.

 

This is the sweeping theatrical power of Once On This Island—the universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods (played by Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, Alex Newell, Merle Dandridge, and Quentin Earl Darrington), Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. The groundbreaking vision of Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown conjures up “a place where magic is possible and beauty is apparent for all to see!”

 

Carousel

Friday, April 13

Meeting Location: Diana Center Lobby

Meeting Time: 5:45 p.m.

 

Set in a small New England factory town, Carousel describes the tragic romance between a troubled carnival barker and the young woman who gives up everything for him. Elevated to an epic scale with a sweeping musical score and incandescent ballet sequences, this story of passion, loss and redemption introduced Broadway to a new manner of musical drama — one that "set the standard for the 20th century musical" (Time Magazine) and would captivate theatergoers for generations to come.

 

Anastasia

Thursday, April 19

Meeting Location: Diana Center Lobby

Meeting Time: 5:45 p.m.

 

Inspired by the beloved films, Anastasia transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. With its opulent settings, dazzling costumes, and a soaring score including the song favorites from the hit animated film, “Journey to the Past” and “Once Upon a December,” Anastasia is the spectacular new musical about discovering who you are and defining who you’re meant to be.

 

Children of a Lesser God

Saturday, April 21

Meeting Location: Lerner Hall 2nd Floor Piano Lounge Ramps

Meeting Time: 12:45 p.m.

 

Winner of the Tony, Drama Desk, and Olivier Awards for Best Play, Children of a Lesser God tells the story of an unconventional teacher at a school for the deaf and the remarkable woman he meets there. As their relationship heats up, so does their need for control, igniting a thrilling exploration of passion, intimacy, and connection.

 

All Ballanchine

Wednesday, April 25

Meeting Location: Diana Center Lobby

Meeting Time: 6:15 p.m.

 

This collection of classics features music by some of Balanchine’s most revered composers. Apollo and Symphony in Three Movements boldly move through Stravinsky scores, one portraying Greek mythology and the other a kinetic achievement that leaves its viewers breathless. Danced by eight couples, Le Tombeau de Couperin uses Ravel’s breezy music as the basis for mesmerizing symmetries, and Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, set to lost musical selections from Swan Lake, impresses with its lyrical virtuosity.

 

Tosca

Thursday, April 26

Meeting Location: Diana Center Lobby

Meeting Time: 6:45 p.m.

 

Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. Critics, for their part, have often had problems with Tosca’s rather grungy subject matter, the directness and intensity of its score, and the crowd-pleasing dramatic opportunities it provides for its lead roles. But these same aspects have made Tosca one of a handful of iconic works that seem to represent opera in the public imagination. Tosca’s popularity is further secured by a superb and exhilarating dramatic sweep, a driving score of abundant melody and theatrical shrewdness, and a career-defining title role.