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Life of a Legend: Carmen de Lavallade

First Preview: Dec 28, 2018

Opening Date: Jan 24, 2019

Closing Date: Jan 25, 2019

Running Time: 02:00

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Playing @

The Appel Room/Frederick P. Rose Hall

Broadway at 60th Street New York City, NY 10019

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A singular icon graces The Appel Room in this special Life of a Legend performance. Dancer, actor, and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade has a unique gift for movement, and her groundbreaking performances have inspired artists and audiences for generations. Celebrate de Lavallade’s love of both dance and jazz, revisiting some of the iconic dance works she performed with jazz musicians.

Though she has long been a star on Broadway and in Hollywood, theater, and many genres of dance—including ballets choreographed for her by the likes of Lester Horton, Agnes de Mille, and Geoffrey Holder—her roots in jazz run especially deep. She improvised dances with Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Bill Evans, and Jane Ira Boom. She brought Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington to tears in 1960 with her embodiment of Billie Holiday in “Portrait of Billie”—a piece that de Lavallade performed with a friend whom she brought to the dance world: Alvin Ailey.

De Lavallade’s artistry goes so much deeper than technical mastery; she approaches dance as an act of storytelling, a transfixing form of communication that she still achieves with grace at age 87.De Lavallade was named a 2017 Kennedy Center Honors recipient for her lifetime contributions to American culture
Age Guidance

Age Guidance: 13

Show Notes

Show Notes: 1 Intermission

Performance Schedule:


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Full-price tickets

$60 - $80



Directions Subway

A, B, C, D, or 1 to 59th Street-Columbus Circle N, R, or Q to 57th Street-7th Avenue F to 57th Street

Assisted Listening System

Assistive listening devices are available for The Appel Room at the coat check with deposit of credible form of identification.

Directions Bus

M6, M7, M10, M11, M20, M31, M57, M66, M72 (Central Park)


The Appel Room is accessible through the primary entrance on Broadway at 60th Street with elevators to the fifth and sixth floors

Folding Armrests

Persons who use wheelchairs and are able to transfer may request an aisle seat without armrests when purchasing tickets.


Men’s and Women’s Restrooms are accessible on the Orchestra and Mezzanine levels


None on premises

Visual Assistance

Large-type and Braille programs are available for all Jazz at Lincoln Center concerts in The Appel Room. The programs may be obtained at the PSPD information table on the fifth floor

Water Fountain

Water fountains are accessible on the Orchestra and Mezzanine levels.

Wheelchair Info

Wheelchair seating is available at all levels and price ranges. Wheelchair loans are available for people who require a wheelchair to go to and from their seats on a first come first serve basis. Please call the house manager at 212-258-9501 the day before the concert to arrange for this service.

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Public Transportation

Subway Icon

By Subway:

A, B, C, D, or 1 to 59th Street-Columbus Circle N, R, or Q to 57th Street-7th Avenue F to 57th Street

Bus Icon

By Bus:

M6, M7, M10, M11, M20, M31, M57, M66, M72 (Central Park)