An Audience with…
Live performance returns
We’re excited to welcome back audiences to live performance at The Shed with safety as our top priority. We’ve added one more show to our indoor live performance series! Comedian Zainab Johnson will perform Friday, April 23 at 8 pm. Due to limited availability, Shed members have first access. There is a two-ticket limit per household for the series (you may purchase one two-person pod for one show); members will be sent further information via email. Any remaining tickets will be made available to the general public. Check back on this page or join our mailing list for updates.
Per New York State guidelines, audience capacity is limited to 150 seats and attendees must present confirmation of either a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event or of a Covid-19 vaccination series completed at least 14 days prior to the event. We accept printed and digital documentation, including the Excelsior Pass. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (646) 455-3494 (Tuesday through Friday, 11 am to 6 pm).
For more information about how we’re keeping you safe, read these guidelines.
About this series
Join us in person to celebrate the irreplaceable, communal experience of a New York audience with live music and comedy in An Audience with…. After a year spent without indoor performances, we can’t wait to welcome you back to safely enjoy a five-performance series featuring singer and cellist Kelsey Lu in THIS IS A TEST on April 2; conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the musicians of the New York Philharmonic performing Caroline Shaw’s Entr'acte, Sibelius’s Rakastava (The Lover), and Strauss’s Metamorphosen on April 14 and 15; soprano Renée Fleming, Bill Frisell, Christian McBride, and Dan Tepfer on April 21; comedian Michelle Wolf with special guests Jared Freid and DJ Cipha Sounds on April 22; and comedian Zainab Johnson with Atheer Yacoub on April 23. Program information about each performance will be announced soon.
Planned in close coordination with New York State health officials to revitalize live performance in New York City, the concerts will take place in The McCourt, The Shed’s flexible 18,000-square-foot space with a state-of-the-art MERV ventilation system, 115-foot-high ceilings, and distanced seating for 150 people.
Renée Fleming is one of the most highly acclaimed singers of our time, performing in the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls, and honored with four Grammy Awards and the US National Medal of Arts. In 2014, she became the first classical artist ever to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. On January 20, Fleming sang in the private church service attended by President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris prior to the inauguration.
In 2019, Fleming appeared opposite Ben Whishaw in Norma Jeane Baker of Troy in the opening of The Shed. She earned a Tony nomination for the 2018 Broadway production of Carousel. She has recorded everything from complete operas to jazz, indie rock, and the soundtracks of Best Picture Oscar–winners The Shape of Water and The Lord of the Rings. A leading advocate for research at the intersection of arts, health, and neuroscience, she has given presentations with scientists around the world on this subject.
On the heels of Michelle Wolf’s latest Netflix special, Michelle Wolf: Joke Show, Wolf is back with all new material. Wolf has quickly become one of the most influential voices in the comedy landscape with the Village Voice calling her “the voice comedy needs right now” and the Daily Beast declaring, “Michelle Wolf is the future of stand-up comedy.” In 2017, she debuted her first hour-long stand-up special, Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady, on HBO for which she received rave reviews and a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for A Variety Special.
In 2018, she made international headlines as the much buzzed-about headliner of the White House Correspondents Dinner. Wolf’s other television credits include The Break with Michelle Wolf and being an on-air contributor and writer for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and a writing supervisor and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Ticketing desks at The Shed are equipped with T-coil technology. If you require an assistive listening device (ALD), please speak to a staff member.
The Shed’s McCourt space is fully wheelchair accessible.
If you have any questions about accessibility for your visit to The Shed, please email email@example.com or call (646) 455-3494 (Tuesday through Friday, 11 am to 6 pm).
Health and Safety Policies
As we welcome you back to The Shed, the health of our audiences, artists, and staff is our top priority. Here’s how we’re keeping you safe for these performances.
- Contact information will be collected for contact tracing purposes.
- Seats will be sold in socially distanced pods of two; if attending solo, you must purchase both seats.
- Upon arrival, you and your guest (if bringing one) will need to present a government-issued photo ID and one of the options below:
- A negative Covid-19 PCR/NAAT test taken within 72 hours of the event start time, or
- Confirmation of a negative Covid-19 antigen “rapid” test taken within six hours of the event start time, or
- Confirmation of having completed the Covid-19 vaccination series at least 14 days prior to the date of the event.
- We accept printed and digital documentation of vaccination or testing, including the Excelsior Pass.
- You must complete a health survey prior to the event to receive your ticket QR codes.
- Masks and temperature checks are required.
- You should remain seated for the performance except for restroom use.
- Tickets will have staggered arrival times.
- No late entry; if you arrive after your ticketed entry time, we cannot guarantee you will be admitted to the performance. Re-entry is not permitted; all exits are final.
- Masks and physical distancing are required; your temperature will be checked.
- Each member of your party must provide confirmation of a negative Covid-19 test result or of vaccination, and pass the health screening process to be admitted.
- A digital program will be available via your smartphone.
- All bags will be searched; there is no coat check. Leave backpacks and large bags at home. Bags must be smaller than 11 x 15 x 5 inches.
- If you have questions about accessibility, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (646) 455-3494 (Tuesday through Friday, 11 am to 6 pm).
- The performance may be recorded for broadcast or promotion. Your attendance shall be deemed as your consent to have your image or likeness appear in any video display or reproduction in whole or in part.
For Kelsey Lu’s performance on April 2:
- At the request of the artist, we encourage you to avoid using your phones for any video or flash photography during the performance. We invite you to be fully present with us.
- Kelsey Lu’s performance contains haze and staging elements with soil.
Refunds requested within 10 days of a performance will be converted to Shed credit which can be applied toward the cost of a membership or ticket purchase for a future program. Call (646) 455-3494 to make a refund. No fees apply.
Location and dates
April 2, Kelsey Lu
April 14 & 15, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the New York Philharmonic
April 21, Renée Fleming, Bill Frisell, Christian McBride, and Dan Tepfer
April 22, Michelle Wolf with special guests Jared Freid and Cipha Sounds
April 23, Zainab Johnson with Atheer Yacoub
All performances begin at 8 pm.
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