Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tips for Tuesday - Books : Finger Print Books

We were given Finger Print Monsters and Dragons and Finger Print Princesses and Fairies for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own based on our experience.

Me - Today I am recommending Finger Print books illustrated by Ilona Molnar. These are a good books. Finger printing is a good thing to do with your kids. You can either use an ink pad or watercolor paint on your fingers to create finger print drawings It was really fun using this book. I had a lot of fun creating finger prints. There are a lot of different creations you can make just using your fingers and writing utensil.There are lot of cute creations that you can make in these books.

Mom - Today I am also recommending Finger Print books illustrated by Ilona Molnar. These book are great for children of all ages. Older kids can create fingerprint pictures on their own. Younger kids can create finger print pictures with help. The possible finger print drawings to create range from simple one finger print drawings to more complex drawings using two, three or even more finger prints. This makes the book suitable and fun for children of all skill levels.  Whatever a child is into, one of the books will probably have something that interests him or her. While one book is called Monsters and Dragons and the other is called Princesses and Fairies, there are also other subjects covered in the books including things like robots and animals,  Each books starts with easy general instructions regarding how to create finger print drawings and that is followed by over 100 possible fingerprint creations to make. The books are divided into sections by subject to make finding a fingerprint drawing suited to a child's interest even easier. The books also contain background pages, so a child can create fingerprint drawings right in the book and make a story out of them or alternatively, finger print drawings can be created on separate pieces of paper outside of the book. Either way these interactive books can literally be hours of fun.
And that's our view. For more about finger print drawing see this week's Funtivity Friday. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Wonderful Town

We were given free tickets to Wonderful Town for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own based on our experience.
Musicals Tonight presents shows that either did not get a long run on Broadway or have not been seen on Broadway in a long time. They have about five shows a season which run at The Lion Theatre located at 410 W. 42nd St., New York, NY. Their season goes from approximately October through April. The last show of their 2015/2016 season was Wonderful Town. Here is our view of that show as well as a preview of shows to come in their 2016/2017 season.
Me- I really liked Wonderful Town. I liked the story. It was about these two sisters who came from Ohio. They went to New York. One of them wanted to be a writer. One wanted to be an actress. They found an apartment, and they lived together. Every once in a while there would be any annoying shaking noise because they were building a subway under where the sisters lived. The show was about them trying to survive in the City and not have to move back to Ohio because then they would have to let everybody back home know that they had failed. One sister was named Ruth. She was the one wanted to write. The other was Eileen. She was the one who wanted to act. I thought it was funny that there was this man that kept calling Eileen, Eleanor. I really liked both the character of Eileen and the character of Ruth They were very loyal to each other. They  were good sisters, and they were nice to each other. They supported each other a lot. The music in the show was good, but I don't remember most of it. I liked the song Ohio, but I heard that one before on Glee. There were some really nice costumes in the show. Musicals Tonight usually has nice costumes. Wonderful Town is my favorite show that I have seen at Musicals Tonight.
Mom - While I have enjoyed all of the shows, I have seen at Musicals Tonight, Wonderful Town was my favorite so far. This show is based on the play, My Sister Eileen which was based on the book My Sister Eileen by Ruth McKenney. Ms. McKenney wrote short stories about life with her sister  for The New Yorker in the 1930s.. The stories were eventually published in book form and became the basis for the play. Wonderful Town was most recently produced on Broadway in 2003 starring Donna Murphy and Jennifer Westfeldt. Both actresses were Tony nominated for their roles. Brooke Shields later took over the role of Ruth. I never saw that version of the show. However, I really enjoyed Musicals Tonight's version.  The acting was good. The songs were fun. I especially liked the songs One Hundred Easy Ways, A Little Bit in Love and Wrong Note Rag. I loved the story about two sisters trying to make it in New York. I especially loved the relationship between the two sisters Ruth and Eileen. The two actresses playing the leads, Elizabeth Broadhurst as Ruth and Savannah Frazier as Eileen  worked very well together, and were really believable as sisters. The supporting cast was equally as good. We look forward to Musicals Tonight's next season. See below for more about that.

In the 2016/2017 season Musical's Tonight will present the following shows:

Funny Face is a 1927 musical  by George and Ira Gershwin. It opened on November 22, 1927, and starred Fred Astaire and his sister Adele . Songs include ‘S WonderfulMy One and Only; He Loves and She LovesThe Babbitt and the BromideLet's Kiss and Make Up; High Hat
October 18 – October 30

Hoi Polloi has music, lyrics and libretto by Noel Coward.  It was planned for production in 1949.  Some of its songs were subsequently used in Coward’s Ace of Clubs and Sail Away.  We are honored that Musicals Tonight has been selected to offer this world premiere with an adaptation by Barry Day OBE.
November 1 – November 13

Louisiana Purchase has music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and satirizes Louisiana Governor Huey Long. The ballets were staged by George Balanchine. Songs: Sex Marches On; You're Lonely and I'm Lonely; Latins Know How; Outside of That I Love You; Fools Fall in Love
February 28, 2017 – March 12, 2017

Mr. Wonderful was written specifically to showcase the talents of Sammy Davis, Jr. The cast also featured Chita Rivera This is the show’s first revival.  Songs include: Too Close for Comfort, Mr. WonderfulWithout You, I'm Nothing ; I'm Available; Ethel, Baby
March 14, 2017 – March 26, 2017

I Can Get It for You Wholesale starred Elliott Gould, Lillian Roth and the 19-year-old Barbra Streisand (who received a Tony nomination)Songs include: Miss MarmelsteinWhat's in It for Me?; I'm Not a Well Man; The Family Way It opened in March 1962, and ran for 300 performances.
March 28, 2017 – April 9, 2017

We will feature more about these shows in future posts.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

photo credits: All Wonderful Town photos supplied by Musicals Tonight

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday Scoop Week of 5/22/16- What's Happening This Week of Coming Up Soon

Coming Soon Liberty A Monumental New Musical

Liberty: A Monumental New Musical
Book and lyrics by Dana Leslie Goldstein; Music by Jon Goldstein; Directed by Evan Pappas
Begins performances on June 6; opening on July 4, 2016 at 3pm
Performances schedule:
June 6 - July 3: Monday and Friday at 12pm & 3pm
After July 4:  Monday; Tuesday; Thursday & Friday at 12pm at 3pm
Tickets are $72/$36 (Premium/ Child Premium); $63 (Adult); $27 (Children 4 - 12) and can be purchased by calling1.866.811.4111 or visiting LibertyTheMusical.com.
42West is located at 514 West 42nd Street
For more information, please visit LibertyTheMusical.com.
For our view of a version of this musical that we saw at Theatre 80 St. Marks last year go to :
(Please note the current version of the show may be somewhat different from the version we saw)
Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ

Mercer County Symphonic Band
Wednesday May 25, 7:30
Conducted by Lou Woodruff

- swing music
- traditional marches
- comtemporary composers
- classical transcriptions
- movie and show tunes

Historic Philadelphia Opens Season on Memorial Day Weekend

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. opens the 2016 season of Once Upon A Nation on Memorial Day Weekend with expanded free family fun, Betsy Ross House’s new exhibits, and a year-long celebration of Franklin Square’s 10th Birthday.

·       Between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, visitors will have even more opportunities to interact with Once Upon A Nation’s history coming to life with more FREE happenings, such as the brand new Colonial Kids’ Quest Puppet Showa light-hearted adventure where kids of all ages will help animal puppets search for a missing copy of the Declaration of Independence.

·       The Once Upon A Nation History Makers (Colonial interpreters in period dress who portray real people from our nation’s past) will captivate visitors with even more opportunities to meet famous and not-so-famous real historical figures. The award-winning Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches kick off Memorial Day weekend as well. ALL FREE.

·       The summer season will begin with Historic Philadelphia’s popular immersive walking tours: Independence After Hours and three seasonal versions of the Tippler’s Tour 

·       In addition, Historic Philadelphia is celebrating the 10th Birthday of Franklin Square in 2016, beginning with the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square which continues in the Square through June 12, 2016. The Festival, appearing for the first time in the Northeast United States, is a celebration of light and culture that features the work of artisans from China.
iPlay America Expands Team Building Programs
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ

iPlay America is taking their Corporate Team-Building Program to the next level with the addition of the brand new Sky Trail® ropes course this June. The new ropes course will be the largest indoor ropes course in New Jersey and offer businesses a challenging and rewarding experience that can be utilized year round. The Sky Trail® ropes course will give corporate customers an exciting option for creating events that challenge employees, build strong bonds, and provide maximum FUN by employing the many different elements the course provides, including the rope bridges, zig-zag beams, cargo nets, walk-across beams, vertical rope ladders and more. 

iPlay America’s team-building program allows businesses to customize events to best meet the needs their specific workforce. Companies have a vast array of options with which to craft an event for their employees utilizing iPlay America’s wide variety of outstanding attractions like the Sky Trail® ropes course, the Cosmic Battle Laser Tag, iPA Speedway Go Karts, and the skill games on the Midway, in addition to the premium meeting spaces and excellent menu choices available. Every custom Corporate Team-Building package iPlay America offers also comes with trained program coordinators, a trophy for the winning team, and a team photo.
For more information, please contact Jennifer Quinn at 732-577-8200 orJenniferQ@iPlayAmerica.com.
News from Boneau/Bryan-Brown

The Ruins of Civilization

Now Open

at The Studio at Stage II - Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series
at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street)

Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere of The Ruins of Civilization, the new play by award-winning playwright Penelope Skinner (The Village Bike), directed by Obie Award winner Leah C. Gardiner (Born Bad), opened, Wednesday, May 18, at The Studio at Stage II – Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series atNew York City Center – Stage II (131 West 55th Street).
Sometime in the future, Dolores (Rachael Holmes) and Silver (Tim Daly) are living their married life within the constraints and norms of a new world order. In an act of what seems like pure generosity, Dolores secretly opens their home to a stranger in need; but will she come to regret it? Can her actions have an impact or is it just too late? A bold world premiere thriller, The Ruins of Civilization explores our need for free will and connection, even in a world on the brink of extinction. It's the latest work from Penelope Skinner, the award winning author of The Village Bike.
In order to ensure that tickets to all shows presented as part of The Studio at Stage II are affordable to the widest and most diverse audiences possible, MTC will price tickets for the first five weeks of The Ruins of Civilization at $30.

Single tickets are on sale via CityTix® (212-581-1212), www.nycitycenter.org and at the New York City Center Box Office.

For additional details on The Ruins of Civilization and all MTC shows, visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com.

For more information and to sign up for MTC’s “30 Under 30” program for theatergoers age 30 and under visitwww.manhattantheatreclub.com/30under30/
Manhattan Theatre Club’s
American Premiere of

The Father

Announces Extension By Popular Demand

Manhattan Theatre Club’s American premiere of The Father, the new play by Molière Award winner Florian Zeller, with a translation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard, Les LiaisonsDangereusesGod of Carnage) and directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (DoubtOutside Mullingar,City of Conversation) will extend by one week at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The limited engagement, which opened on April 14 to critical raves, has been extended through Sunday, June 19.

Frank Langella received his seventh Tony nomination for his role in The Father and was awarded the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play. Langella is also nominated for the 2016 Drama Desk Award and will be honored at the 2016 Drama League Awards for this performance. The Father has been nominated for the 2016 Tony Award, Drama League Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play.

Now 80 years old, André (Frank Langella) was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne (Kathryn Erbe) and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pajamas, and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control.

Tickets for The Father are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200, online by visitingwww.Telecharge.com, or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street). Ticket prices are $70-$150.


·         MONDAY, APRIL 25 – SUNDAY, JUNE 19: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM; Thursday throughSaturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

The New York Premiere Production of


Written and Directed by Adam Rapp

William Apps, Connor Barrett,
Susan Heyward, Katherine Reis

Performances Begin Wednesday, May 25
Opening Night Tuesday, June 7
Limited Engagement through Sunday, June 19, 2016

Atlantic Stage 2

The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois will begin previews Wednesday, May 25, officially open Tuesday, June 7 and play a limited engagement through Sunday, June 19, 2016 Off Broadway at Atlantic Stage 2 (330 West 16 Street).

Ellis Shook (Apps) lives alone in a small duplex apartment in Paducah, Kentucky. He works nights buffing floors, keeps to himself - and always remembers to take his medication. But when two teenage girls arrive at his doorstep one autumn afternoon, their visit will force him to confront a tragic past while also offering him a glimpse at hope.

ATLANTIC STAGE 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). 

Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm (No Saturday matinee 5/28.)
Sunday at 7:30pm 5/29; No performance Tuesday, 6/7.

Available online at www.atlantictheater.org, by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111, or in person at The Linda Gross Theater box office (336 West 20 Street between 8 & 9 Avenues).

For information on Atlantic Theater Company membership or other inquiries, contact the Membership Department: 212-645-1242or membership@atlantictheater.org
News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

Big Apple Circus Embraces Autism!
Cunningham Park
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 11am

Big Apple Circus has joined with world-renowned Autism Spectrum Disorders experts to adapt The Grand Tour for families with members on the spectrum and create a joyful experience for all. The adapted show includes the same world-class artistry as the full performance with a shorter running time, adjusted lights and sound, a calming center, pictorial social narratives, and specially trained staff and volunteers to assure a memorable event for everyone!

See high-flying acrobats, lovable clowns, the Wheel of Wonder, ponies, puppies and more! All seats less than 50 feet from the ring in our heated tent. In this all-new show, The Grand Tour transports audiences to the advent of the modern travel era, when the most adventuresome began touring the world in ships, planes, trains, and automobiles. Audiences will be awed by the world-class entertainers as they perform breathtaking acts from the four corners of the globe. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America set off on a whirlwind adventure, accompanied by the live, seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band at each performance.

This special performance, a 75-minute abbreviated show, will take place on Tuesday May, 24, 2016 at 11am. All tickets to this performance are half price ($10-$25). For more information or financial assistance, please call (646) 616-6816.
News from DKC/O&M

“ S H U F F L E   A L O N G
Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed”




Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, who today announced her pregnancy, will take temporary maternity leave from her starring role in SHUFFLE ALONG Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followedbeginning on July 24. She will return to the Tony Award-nominated musical this winter.  During Ms. McDonald’s hiatus from the production, the role of ‘Lottie Gee’ will be played by Grammy Award-winner Rhiannon Giddens, fresh off of ecstatic rave reviews for her solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn.  During this same time period, Savion Glover,SHUFFLE ALONG’s Tony Award-nominated choreographer, and widely considered to be the world’s greatest living tap dancer, will also step into the show, as envisioned by the Director and Book writer, George C. Wolfe.

Tickets to SHUFFLE ALONG are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or visiting www.telecharge.com.
News from Richard Hillman PR


The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, in association withVan Dean and Sister Productions, will present the hit musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown with book, music and lyrics byClark Gesner and additional material by Andrew Lippa, directed by York’s Associate Artistic Director Michael Unger with music direction by Eric Svejcar.   Performances are set to begin Tuesday, May 24, 2016 for a limited engagement through Sunday, June 26, 2016 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).  Opening Night is Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. 

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown will play the following performance schedule:  Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown priced at $67.50 -$72.50 will be available to the general public beginning March 21, 2016 and may be purchased by calling (212) 935-5820, online at http://www.yorktheatre.org, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Tuesday through Friday (12:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.).  York Theatre Members receive priority booking and save almost 35% on matinee performances and 30% for regular performances. Student and Senior Rush tickets are available in-person beginning one hour prior to performances for $20 cash only. The York Theatre also offers $25 tickets for guests aged 35 years and under.

York Theatre Company offers the 54th Street Membership Program, an exclusive membership package for as low as $54.00 - with elite benefits that includes a 30% discount on tickets to York Theatre Productions (2 per membership), exclusive member pre-sale opportunities, 50% off on all lobby concessions, 20% off on all lobby merchandise, in addition to special member only receptions.  The $125 Platinum Membership Program offers additional perks.

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org.
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