Friday, August 11, 2023

Upcoming Events at The Sembrich

– Acclaimed musical theater historian John Kenrick will present “Hamilton – The Man, The Musical, The Cultural Phenomenon!,” on Wednesday, August 16 at 2 PM. This highly anticipated studio talk uncovers how Lin-Manuel Miranda’s trailblazing blending of hip-hop and Broadway styles created the revolutionary musical Hamilton. Mr. Kenrick will share performance videos and other media that lend insight into how the life story of America’s most controversial founding father became the basis for one of the most acclaimed Broadway musicals of all time.

“I think show business history is the most fascinating subject in the world. My goal is simple: to make it as entertaining and exciting for others as it is for me,” says Kenrick.

John KenrickJohn Kenrick gives talks on theatre and film history, has appeared in numerous documentaries, and is the author of, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amateur Theatricals, and the textbook Musical Theatre: A History. John is the Game Changer Curator for The Museum of Broadway in NYC. His college courses have included the History of Musical Theatre, Great Broadway Songwriters, and Rodgers & Hammerstein. He has taught at New York University’s Steinhardt School, The New School University, Marymount College Manhattan and The Philadelphia University of the Arts. He has also offered courses on Hollywood Legends, The History of Screen Musicals, and The Golden Age of MGM, among others. John has lectured at Wagner College, Molloy College and Pace University.

John has been interviewed by A&E’s Biography, BBC TV and Radio, British TV4, The Travel Channel, The SyFy Channel, The London Observer, National Public Radio, Newsday, The Dallas Daily News and the Chicago Sun Times, among others. He appeared in the PBS documentary Hollywood Singing & Dancing, and can be seen on the DVD editions of The Busby Berkeley Collection (42nd Street, Gold Diggers of 1933 & 1935, Footlight Parade, Dames) and the classic MGM musicals Three Little Words, Till the Clouds Roll By and It’s Always Fair Weather. He has also appeared in documentaries discussing classic showtunes, Jerry Herman, Buddy Ebsen, Times Square, haunted theatres, and the history of burlesque.

John’s speaking schedule has run the gamut from luxury liners to the NYC Fringe Festival. He offered a three year series of  “Musical Conversations” at Manhattan’s York Theatre, and has been presenting “Theater Chats” at The Sutton Place Synagogue since 2006. He has spoken at The Classic Stage Company, New York’s Jewish Museum, Temple Emmanu-El on 5th Avenue, The 92nd Street Y, The Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Museum of the City of New York, the Queensborough NY Library system, and public libraries in Poughkeepsie, Seaford, Mineola, Oceanside, Oyster Bay, Merrick, Jericho, and Lawrence NY.

Aside from John’s aforementioned books, his article “Theatre in New York: A Brief History” appears in the textbook Theatre Law: Cases and Materials (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2004).
Tickets are $35 and may be purchased via phone at (518) 644-2431 or online at

Genghis Barbie, the leading post post-feminist feminist all-female horn experience and one of the most innovative and energizing chamber ensembles of its generation will perform at The Sembrich on Wednesday, August 23 at 7 PM. With a combined 24 years of conservatory training, Genghis Barbie delivers a visceral and unadulterated musical adventure. Performing arrangements of pop music from all eras, contemporary commissions, and classical works, they are the most versatile and expansive group on NYCs classical/pop/rock/jazz/electro-acoustic scene. Each member of the ensemble also sports their own unique Barbie persona and name.

Genghis Barbie“We are excited to welcome Genghis Barbie to The Sembrich to close our 2023 Promenade Series,” says Artistic Director Richard Wargo. “Who could have imagined a year ago when booking this exciting brass quartet to perform in our festival that Barbie would prove to be all the rage this summer?”

In a recent interview with The Julliard Journal, the ensemble’s co-founder Danielle Kuhlmann explained the history of the ensemble’s name:

“Twenty-something years ago, my dad’s friend’s daughter, who was about 5, played with Barbies and learned about Genghis Kahn in school, and she drew a comic strip called Genghis Barbie. My whole life whenever anyone talked about names for rock ’n’ roll bands, I’d say, ‘well I have the best band name ever—it’s Genghis Barbie.’”

The ensemble was formed in 2010 in a unique moment of ingenuity when Freedom Barbie, Alpine Barbie, Velvet Barbie, and Attila the Horn converged and vowed to create distinctive, interactive, and personal performances. Balancing individual careers in symphony orchestras in addition to their busy New York City performing schedule, the ladies of Genghis Barbie have performed at multiple International Horn Society Symposiums, premiered a solo commission at Carnegie Hall, and appeared on America’s Got Talent. Recently, their recording of “Take on Me” was featured in an episode of the HBO show The Leftovers. As educators, they have toured numerous universities presenting workshops, masterclasses, and lectures on musical entrepreneurship.

The performance will be held outdoors under The Sembrich’s lakeside performance tent. Tickets are $40 and may be purchased via phone at (518) 644-2431 or online at

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