“From Carnegie Hall to the Cell,”  the last show of the 2019 series “Classically Exposed,” featured a night of wonderful music presented by fabulous musicians…and a dose of Carnegie Hall’s history. 

The performers, who are pictured below, were Jiin Yang, Baron Fenwick, Robert Anthony Mack, Clare Maloney, Seunghee Lee and me, Charles R. Hale

Seunghee Lee and I, co-producers of the series, are looking forward to 2020 when we will be presenting the second installment of “Classically Exposed.” We will be providing the dates and details within the next few weeks. 

Photos by Arnette Janine and Seunghee Lee.

Jiin Yang and Baron Fenwick


Baron Fenwick


Clare Maloney


Charles R. Hale


Robert Anthony Mack


Baron Fenwick and Seunghee Lee


Clare Maloney and Robert Anthony Mack


Jiin Yang, Baron Fenwick, Seunghee Lee, Clare Maloney and Robert Anthony Mack


Last night, for the third year, I was transported to the Dublin home of the Morkan sisters for the Irish Repertory Theatre’s production of James Joyce’s “The Dead.”  The show, directed by Ciaran O’Reilly, is performed in the most perfect setting, The American Irish Historical Society’s beaux arts building, located on Fifth Avenue across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

A number of my friends appear in the show, among them the fabulous Peter Cormican as the loquacious and at times, riotous Mr. Brown, and the brilliant Aedin Moloney as the staunch Irish nationalist Molly Ivors. 

The show, which stars Rufus Collins as Gabriel Conroy and Melissa Gilbert as Greta Conroy, is a feast for the eyes, as well as the palate, since the ticket-holders get to share dinner at the Morkan sisters’ residence. 

The show is a marvelous holiday experience, which deserves to become a holiday tradition. I look forward to being invited back to the Morkan’s again and again. 


Rufus Collins as Gabriel Conroy

Peter Cormican as Mr. Browne, Ciarán Byrne as Freddy Malins, Terry Donnelly as Mrs. Malins, and Melissa Gilbert as Gretta Conroy



“Jazz in the City” — A Charles R. Hale Production.

In a place like New York City, experiencing the past can be illusive…things often disappear…but there are exceptions. You might gaze into a mirror in some gin mill, perhaps the same mirror your great grandfather gazed into seventy-five years ago. A neon sign your grandmother walked under fifty years ago may show up as a wall decoration in your favorite eatery. A statue your mother noticed in front of City Hall may end up in a Brooklyn cemetery. That’s New York. 

Hearing the music they listened to, seeing images of the sights that surrounded them and hearing the extraordinary stories of the ordinary folks who came before us, provides a roadmap to life as a New Yorker in another era and time.
Charles R. Hale Productions aims to capture the spirit of the past through, live music, dance, theatre pieces and imagery from the nineteenth century when immigrants were arriving by the thousands, through the twentieth century when New York was exploding with energy and beginning to shape our future.  

 You can experience the uniqueness that is New York through our: 
            •          Theatrical performances
            •          Film
            •          Musical concerts
            •          Hosting/Emceeing/Curating events 
            •          Staging of Corporate Events

 Charles R. Hale Productions:

“Crossing Boroughs” at the Museum of the City of New York

Laura Neese in “New York City: A Shining Mosaic” at Pier A Harbor House.

Niamh Hyland in “A Musical History of the Lower East Side” at BMCC Tribeca.