Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday Scoop week of 7/5/15 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Children's Museum of the Arts New Hours and Pricing
103 Charlton Street
New York, New York

Monday: 12-5 PM
Tuesday & Wednesday: Closed
Thursday & Friday: 12-6 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 10 AM - 5 PM

Adult & Child Ages 1-65: $12 per person
Infants Under 1: Free
Seniors (65+): Pay As You Wish

Thursday, 4-6 PM: Pay As You Wish Hours

For more information go to

RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL is set to open Off-Broadway Monday, July 13th at St. Luke’s Theatre. Preview performances began on June 25thBook and lyrics for RUTHLESS! are by Joel Paley with music by Marvin Laird. Joel Paley also directed the original production as well as productions in L.A., South Beach and the record-breaking concert event starring Bernadette Peters. He will once again serve as director of the newest incarnation of RUTHLESS!, with Marvin Laird on board as music supervisor as well.

When THE BAD SEED meets GYPSY it's fun for the whole dysfunctional family! Tina Denmark is a pretty, charming and diabolical eight-year-old who "was born to entertain." With the encouragement of slick and overbearing potential agent Sylvia St. Croix, Tina will do anything to play the lead in her school play. The question is, where does such remarkable talent and unstoppable ambition come from? The answer is shocking in this award-winning Stage Mother of all musicals.

RUTHLESS! first appeared Off-Broadway 23 years ago at the Players Theatre, winning both the Drama Desk Award for Best Lyrics and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Most notably, the production featured a few young girls in the role of Tina whose names might be familiar to contemporary audiences including Britney Spears, Natalie Portman and Laura Bell Bundy. The show continues to be a favorite among regional theaters and productions are continually being staged around the globe

But make no mistake  this is not your mother's RUTHLESS! This is no mere revival, but a newly imagined meditation on narcissism, talented tykes and stage mothers in a world that has since been introduced to such gems as “Toddlers and Tiaras” and Honey Boo Boo.

This version of RUTHLESS! is the one co-creators Joel Paley and Marvin Laird have long envisioned. As Paley explains, “Before it became a full musical, it was a long one-act but, in the transformation, it became a two act musical because that’s what was required to get it Off-Broadway. In this staging, we’ve done away with the intermission and have streamlined it into 90 minutes that is roller-coaster sharp and fast.” So reinvented is this new edition of RUTHLESS! that Samuel French is publishing the revised version to coincide with this summer’s Off-Broadway opening.

Featured in the cast of RUTHLESS! are Peter Land (CABARET, ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELLMY FAIR LADY), Kim Maresca (Westport’s TWELFTH NIGHT), Rita McKenzie (ETHEL MERMAN'S BROADWAY, RUTHLESS! L.A.), Andrea McCullough (URINETOWN, GREASE), Tracy Jai Edwards(HAIRSPRAYLEGALLY BLONDE), and introducing Tori Murray (Paper Mill’s NEW VOICES OF 2014: OH, WHAT A NIGHT!)

Author/Lyricist/Director Joel Paley was an original member of the notorious Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, dancing as Bertha Vinayshinski. This gig led him to Laird who was musical directing a Shirley MacLaine TV special featuring the "Trocks," prior to their sold-out Broadway engagement at the Palace Theatre.

Composer Marvin Laird has written dance and vocal arrangements for over two dozen Broadway and West End shows, including the award-winning production of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN and the 2003 Broadway revival of GYPSY, both starring Bernadette Peters. He has been Ms. Peters’ personal music director for more than 40 years.

RUTHLESS! is produced Off-Broadway by Maxine Paul, Evan Sacks and Ken Schur. The playing schedule is Mondays at 8 PM, Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays at 8 PM, and Saturdays at 2 PM at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46th Street (just west of Eighth Ave.) Tickets are available through or by calling 212-239-6200.

Sussex County Miners Upcoming Games
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ

July 6  7:05 PM  Garden State Grays  Munchy Monday

July 7  7:05 PM  Garden State Grays  Hometown Heroes - Two for Tuesday 

July 8  7:05 PM   Garden State Grays  Kids Go Free Wednesdays

July 9  7:05 PM   Garden State Grays  Cheap Cheap Thursdays

For more information  or to order tickets go to

Princess Phooey 
An Original Musical Performed by Kids

Where: Tada! Youth Theater
              15 West 28th Street
              New York, New York

When: July 10 - August 1 

Who: All ages

For more information or to order tickets go to
New York Historical Society Upcoming Events
170 Central Park West (at 77th Street)
New York, New York

Living History Weekends
Saturday, July 25 – Sunday, July 261 am – 4 pm
Saturday, July 11 – Sunday, July 12, 11 am – 4 pm
Saturday, July 18 – Sunday, July 1911 am – 4 pm
Saturday, July 25 – Sunday, July 2611 am – 4 pm

Each weekend this summer, brigades from the American Revolution will be stationed throughout the Museum in full uniform ready to answer your questions and share their stories about life on and off the battlefield. And if you’re a revolutionary history buff, don’t miss our special installation: Lafayette’s Return: The “Boy General,” the American Revolution, and the Hermione. Although a member of the French aristocracy, the Marquis de Lafayette devoted his youth to the American Revolution. He went on to play a major role in George Washington’s defeat of the British army, aiding the patriots through both diplomatic and military action. Free with Museum admission. All ages.

The Pinkertonian Mystery

Sunday, July 12,  2 pm – 4 pm
Sunday,  July 26, 2 pm – 4 pm
Don’t miss Live In Theater’s latest interactive mystery theater experience especially for families at the New-York Historical Society! In The Pinkertonian Mystery, families travel throughout galleries and interact with actors to solve a string of jewel heists in the 1880s. Kids will get hands-on experience as rookie 19th-century sleuths working for the Pinkertonian National Detective Agency: searching for clues, interviewing witnesses and suspects, and ciphering codes. Gather the kids and see who can solve the mystery and apprehend the jewel thief El Diablo! Ideal for kids ages 8 and up accompanied by an adult. Tickets: $35 per person ($30 per N-YHS Member) at 

Mary Poppins

Where: The Strand Theater
              400 Clifton Avenue
              Lakewood, NJ

When: July 24  7:30 PM
            July 25  2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
            July 26  2:00 PM

Who: All ages

For more information or to order tickets go to
Camden Riversharks 3rd Annual Bus Trip

Live the ultimate Riversharks fan experience the 3rd annual bus trip! This year, they will take a trip to visit the York Revolution in their home stadium! This year’s bus trip is set for Saturday, July 25th, with the game in York starting at 6:35pm!

This year’s trip includes a stop at the West York BARk Yard Sale and Festival with arts and crafts, food stands, music, and more.  Following the festival, Riversharks fans will be given a tour of Santander Stadium prior to the start of the game. 

For just $55, you will receive a game ticket, transportation, food, a stadium tour, and a whole lot of fun with fellow Riversharks fans!

Fans will arrive at Campbell’s Field at 10:30am and return at approximately 11:00pm:00pm.

For more information contact Caitlin Graham at 856-583-0039 
The Taming of the Shrew

Where: The Players Theatre
              115 MacDougal Street
               New York, New York

When: June 26 - July 12 2015
            Fridays & Saturdays at 7PM
            Saturdays & Sundays at 3PM

Tickets $60 $50 $40
Use code: ptnews for 10% off
BUY TICKETS NOW! By phone 866-811-4111
News from Michelle Tabnick Communications


(Photo Credit: Caitlin McNaney):

(New York, NY - June 256 2015) The dynamic downtown theater company Naked Angels, under the leadership of new Artistic Director Liz Carlson, presents the World Premiere of SeaWife, a new folk concert playco-created by Seth Moore (The Man With America Skin) and indie-folk rock sextet The Lobbyists.  SeaWife is a limited summer engagement through July 19 at South Street Seaport Museum's Melville Gallery (213 Water Street) in New York's historic South Street Seaport district.
News from O & M Co.

 “ T H E   R E L E N T L E S S   A W A R D ”



The American Playwriting Foundation (Executive Director David Bar Katz), established to make annual grants to new American plays, is currently seeking submissions for The Relentless Award, the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play. Established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, The Relentless Award will honor an unproduced play with $45,000, laying the groundwork for the future of American Theater. The deadline for play submissions to the The American Playwriting Foundation is Friday, July 10, 2015. Three finalists and one winner will be announced on October 2, 2015.

The Play Selection Committee is comprised of some of America’s top playwrights, including Eric BogosianThomas Bradshaw, APF Executive Director David Bar KatzLynn NottageJohn OrtizJohn Patrick ShanleyJonathan Marc Sherman, and Lucy Thurber. This committee will seek out plays that are challenging, and plays that are, as the name would have it, relentlessly truthful. The American Playwriting Foundation will consider submissions from any playwrights who wish to participate and meet the submission criteria, but the committee will place a special emphasis on works from first time playwrights and underrepresented voices.

The winning play will receive the most extensive national roll-out in American theater, receiving staged readings at some of the most esteemed theaters in the country. The current participating theaters that will roll out The Ed Vassallo Relentless Reading Seriesinclude The American Conservatory Theater of San Francisco (ACT), Asolo Repertory Theater, The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Goodman, The Huntington, The Wilma, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, The New Group, and The Williamstown Theater Festival. Along with the cash earnings, the author of The Relentless Award-winning play will have the option to have their work published by the Dramatists Play Service.

Any unproduced play written by a United States citizen is eligible for The Relentless Award.  Each play must be submitted with a letter from a theater professional (anyone who has worked in theater in any artistic capacity for a minimum of four years) recommending the play.  This submission process allows The Relentless Award to cast the widest net possible, making it among the most populist prizes in the American theater.

For more information, please click here:



  The Twentieth-Century WayTom Jacobson’s acclaimed two-person play about homosexual entrapment in Los Angeles at the turn of the 20th century, will cap this historic Gay Pride month with a one-night-only special performance and talkback.  Tickets will be priced at $15 for patrons under the age of 30 for the Monday, July 6th performance.  Tickets for this special evening celebrating Gay Pride must be purchased by visiting and entering code “15under30”.   Limit one ticket per patron with a valid ID.  This performance will be followed by a talkback hosted by Playbill’s Blake Ross and NY1’s Frank DiLella, with a panel discussion to include cast members Will Bradley and Robert Mammana.

Directed by The Theatre @ Boston Court’s Michael Michetti, and starring Will Bradley and Robert MammanaThe Twentieth-Century Way began previews on May 28, 2015 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (224 Waverly Place, NYC) and will run through July 19, 2015.  The performance schedule is as follows: Monday, Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm.

Based on a little-known incident in LA history, this theatrical thrill ride explores the collision of reality and fantasy as two actors juggle various roles to entrap homosexuals for "social vagrancy" in the public restrooms of 1914 Long Beach. But are they actually entrapping each other? Who they are and what they need is a mystery that deepens with every twist and turn.  The Twentieth-Century Wayearned Mr. Jacobson a PEN Center USA Award for Drama, and was a sensation at the 2010 NY International Fringe Festival, winning Overall Excellence in Production of a Play.

This co-production continues the association between two companies – The Theatre @ Boston Court (Los Angeles) and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (New York). 

Tickets for The Twentieth-Century Way range from $10 - $50 and can be purchased by visiting

“ I T   S H O U L D A   B E E N   Y O U ”



New York (June 30, 2015) – Producers announced today that It Shoulda Been You will play its final performance on Broadway,Sunday, August 9, 2015 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 W 47th Street).  It Shoulda Been You began preview performances Tuesday, March 17, 2015 with an official opening on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, and audiences have been feeling the joy ever since.  Directed by Emmy and Tony Award-winner, David Hyde PierceIt Shoulda Been You will have played 31 preview performances and 135 regular performances.

The Original Broadway cast album for It Shoulda Been You was recorded by Ghostlight Records and will be available for purchase digitally on Friday, August 14, 2015 and physically on Friday, September 18, 2015. Licensing for future productions of the hilarious, crowd-pleasing musical will be available through Music Theatre International (MTI).  The Wednesday, July 15, 2015 matinee performance of It Shoulda Been You will be filmed for the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts and preserved for theTheatre on Film and Tape Archive.

It Shoulda Been You features an original book & lyrics by Brian Hargrove and music by Barbara Anselmi.  Tony and Emmy Award-winner Tyne Daly and Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris, lead an all-star cast of Broadway luminaries which also includes,Sierra BoggessDavid BurtkaLisa HowardEdward Hibbert, Tony Award-nominee Montego GloverJosh Grisetti, Adam Heller, Michael X. MartinAnne L. NathanNick Spangler and Chip Zien along with Farah Alvin, Gina Ferrall, Aaron C. Finley, Mitch Greenberg, and Jillian Louis.
It Shoulda Been You plays Tuesdays at 7 pm, Wednesdays at 2 pm and 8 pm, Thursdays at 7 pm, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sundays at 3 pm.  Tickets are on sale to the public via or by calling 1-800-653-8000. A limited number of $35 Rush Tickets are also available for same-day purchase at the Brooks Atkinson box office. There is a limit of 2 rush tickets per person, and they are only available in-person at the box office.
“C A M P   D A V I D”

Camp David, the latest play by Pulitzer Prize winning author, screenwriter and journalist Lawrence Wright, is headed to Broadway, with an anticipated opening during the 2016/2017 season.   The play offers a gripping day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David conference, when President Carter persuaded Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to sign the first peace treaty in the modern Middle East, one which endures to this day.  Prior to its Broadway run, Camp David, directed by Molly Smith, will play The Old Globe in San Diego from May 13 through June 19, 2016.

This Friday, Camp David will be performed by its original cast, including Hallie Foote, Khaled Nabawy, Ron Rifkin, andRichard Thomas, as part of Carter Center Weekend in Vail, Colorado.  Camp David had its world premiere at Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage in 2014. 
And that's the scoop. Tune in Monday for another Talking Topic.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Funtivity Friday - Finding the Ninas

This post may contain affilate links. If you click on a link and make a purchase we may be compensated.

A good way to share great art with your children and make a fun game of it at the same time is through the art of Al Hirshfeld. Al Hirshfeld is caricaturist who was known for his black and white drawings of celebrities. He was also known for hiding the name of his only child, Nina, in his drawings. It is a lot of fun for children (and adults too) to look at Hirshfeld's drawings. and try to find the Ninas. Is it in the hair? Is it in the sleeve? Is it in the background? Where can it be? It is fun to make a game of it by seeing who can find the Ninas first and how many of them you can find. Below are some examples of Al Hirsfheld's work from Amazon's collection of collectibles and fine art.

Important things to remember when playing find the Ninas.

1) Hirshfeld's daughter was born in 1945. Therefore, there won't be any hidden Ninas in drawings prior to that time.

2) There may be more than one hidden Nina in a drawing. Usually there will be a number next to Hirshfeld's signature that number will tell you how many Ninas are hidden in the drawing. See the 3 in the corner of the Laurel and Hardy drawing above, for example. However, keep in mind that just because there is not a number does not mean there is not a Nina hidden.

So how can you and your family play find the Ninas? If you are in the New York area or you are going to be in the New York area, there is a currently an exhibit of Al Hirshfeld's art at the New York Historical Society. If you are interested in find more about that, go to to this link: The exhibit will be at the museum through October 12, 2015. However, if this exhibit is either not in your area or not in your budget, you can still play find the Ninas (and you may even still want to click on the above link to see some more samples of Hershfeld's work). There are several books containing collections of Hershfeld's work available for purchase at Amazon or Barnes and Noble or various other locations on or off-line. See examples of some of the books containing collections of Hershfeld's drawings below. There is even a new collection of Hirshfeld's drawings coming out this July.  However, you don't have to buy a book to play find the Nina's either. Just go to your local library and take one out and play find the Nina's for free.

The above book will be available on July 7, 2015

Tune in Sunday for this week's Sunday Scoop.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Pinkertonian Mystery at the New York Historical Society

We were given free tickets to the Pinkertonian Mystery at the New York Historical Society for free for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are  our own based on our experience.
Me - The Pinkertonian Mystery at the New York Historical Society, wow! It was so much fun. There were so many people there, a lot more than I expected. At first, we were playing an intense game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. I've never played such an intense game of Rock, Paper Scissors before. Then, they split us up into teams. They gave somebody  on each team a map we had to go around the museum and talk to different people and try to solve the mystery of who stole the jewels. The people were all actors playing different characters in the mystery. In our group, my dad got the map. He generally has a bad sense of direction as does everyone in my family except my grandfather. We managed to find our way around though. The actors were really good. They never broke character. In the end all the groups got back together. Each group got to say who they thought committed the crime. Then, the true answer was revealed. Two of the groups guessed right but not ours. It was still really really fun to participate in, and I would recommend it.
Mom - There are so many great reasons to participate in the Pinkertonian Mystery at the New York Historical Society. It gives you the opportunity to learn about  a period of  American history (although not all of the characters and events involved in the mystery are based on real characters and events some are). It gives you the opportunity to spend time in a museum participating not just observing. It gives you the opportunity to work as part of a group to solve a mystery. It gives you the opportunity to observe great actors, who are part of the LiveInTheater company,  performing at their best and interact with them while they do. It gives you the opportunity to visit one of New York City's great museums and while you are there visit some (or all) of the other current exhibits. Even if you only participate in the mystery, you will see other parts of the museum while you are just walking around the museum interviewing characters and trying to solve the mystery. Best of all, it will give you the opportunity to do something unique and fun.
And that's our view. What do you think would be the best part of participating in The Pinkertonian Mystery at the New York Historical Society?

Tune in tomorrow for our newest feature Funtivity Friday,

photos supplied by the New York Historical Society

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Where-To-Go Wednesday - The Pinkertonian Mystery at the New York Historical Society

We were give free tickets to the Pinkertonian Mystery at the New York Historical Society for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own based on our experience.
What: Pinkertonian Mystery

Where: New York Historical Society
             170 Central Park West
             New York, New York

When: Sunday July 12 2:00 - 4:00 PM
            Sunday July 26 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Who: 8 and up
Our view: The Pinkertonian Mystery is more than just a mystery. It's an interactive fun activity for the whole family. If you or your kids ever wanted the opportunity to solve a mystery, here is your chance.  Working in teams, you will visit various locations in the museum and ask questions of the different characters in the story to try and solve the mystery of El Diablo. The characters in the story are expertly portrayed by the members of LiveInTheater. Every member of the troop is a talented actor who is completely believeable in his or her role and never breaks character. The subject of the mystery does not involve murder or violence or anything that would be scary to children or people who are especially fearful or sensitive so it can easily be enjoyed by people of all ages and sensibilities. Anyone interested in history particularly the 1800's and the time period of the founding of The Pinkerton National Detective Agency and the attempted assassination of Abraham Lincoln will especially enjoy the mystery as it it is set during that time period although it does not specifically deal with attempted assassination of Abraham Lincoln. We would not recommend it for very young children, however, who would not understand it and would probably be bored or for anyone with a short attention span. We would not recommend it for anyone who has trouble getting around easily either because it does involve a lot of walking around the museum.  Also, this is not a drop off activity for children, all children participating in the event must be accompanied by an adult. The cost of participating in the mystery is $35.00 per person, $30,00 for those with a museum membership, and  the cost includes admission to the museum for the day. Other current museum exhibits include an exhibit of the art of Al Hirschfeld, the late artist known for his portraits of celebrities especially Broadway stars. For more information about the Pinketonian Mystery at the New York Historical Society go to For more information about LiveInTheater go to

And that's our view . We  will also be talking more about The Pinkertonian Mystery in tomorrow's talking topics post. We will be talking more about Al Hirschfeld in this Friday's  first post in our new feature, Funtivity Friday,

photos supplied by the New York Historical Society
Designed By: Wacky Jacqui's Designs