I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Tips for Tuesday - Books: The Living and the Lost and Bailey No Ordinary Cat and Misc: No Sweat

We may have been given complimentary copies for review purposes of any books and/or other products mentioned below. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Books: The Living and the Lost and Bailey No Ordinary Cat



Today we are recommending The Living and the Lost by Ellen Feldman. As children, Millie (Meike) Mosbach and her brother, David escaped from Nazi  Germany leaving their parents and younger sister behind. Now, they are both back in Germany. Millie working in denazification and David helping displaced people build new lives during the day and secretly engaging in more dangerous activities at night.  Haunted and shamed by her past, the hardest person for Millie to forgive may just be herself. This is a poignant novel about the destructiveness of hate. Both hatred for one's fellow man and hated for one's self. Millie's journey in this novel shows us that is only when we move past hatred can we truly begin to heal.


Today we are recommending Bailey No Ordinary Cat by Erin Merryn. Before there was a cat named Carrot, see our previous review Tips for Tuesday - Books: Diary of a Cat Named Carrot, there was a cat named Bailey. Bailey became a part of Erin's life when she was in college and was with her throughout many of her life's milestones including her marriage and the births of her daughters. His adventures with his human sisters were captured on Instagram at bailey_no_ordinary_cat and in a viral video as well as in the pages of this heartwarming book. The book lovingly displays through pictures not only the personality of this extraordinary cat but the love and trust between a family and their beloved pet. Anyone who has ever truly loved an animal will relate to and be extremely touched by this book. It is of short length and full of pictures with very short captions making it a very quick read and perfect for any age as even very small children can enjoy looking at the pictures.

Misc.: No Sweat


Today we are recommending No Sweat. Don't you hate it when you wear a hat on a hot day or while engaging in strenuous activities and the sweat keeps dripping into your eyes? Now, with No Sweat patented headwear liners, that is no longer an issue. These disposable hat liners are easy to attach to any hat and just throw away when you are done with them. They absorb the sweat and keep it off of your skin and out of your eyes. They don't make it any cooler (as it relates to the temperature not as it relates to fashion) wearing a hat on a hot day but they do make it more sanitary and less grossly sticky and sweaty. 

For more about No Sweat or to purchase, go to nosweatco.com

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday

Monday, September 20, 2021

Great Reason to See MJ!

As we wait for Broadway to fully reopen with shows starting to reopen now, this is the eighteenth post in our series, Great Reasons to See... focusing on different shows returning to Broadway or coming to Broadway soon. We now have turned our attention to shows coming to Broadway soon. Although obviously, we have not seen any of these shows, we will share some great reasons to see them based on what we know about them.

Great Reasons to see MJ!

1) It gives you an inside look at one of the most popular singers of all time and his creative process.

2) The Michael Jackson Estate has participated in the production assuring a true insider's look into the life of this iconic performer.

3) All of the show's music comes from Michael Jackson's extensive catalog of popular songs.

4) The book of the musical was written by Pulitzer Prize winner, Lynn Nottage.

5) You'll have the opportunity to see newcomer, Myles Frost, making his debut in the title role.

And that's our view. MJ begins preview performances on Broadway on December 6, 2021. For more information or to purchase tickets, visimjthemusical.com.

To find out more about other returning and/or upcoming Broadway shows go to What to See On Broadway.

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Sunday Scoop of 9/19/21 Live and Virtual Events Coming Up This Week, and More

1)A  Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet Beings Performances
2) A Turtle on a Fence Post Tickets Available Now
3)Adrienne Haan to Present Between Fire and Ice at the Triad 9/21 & 9/25
4) Alon Nechustan and Brooklyn Music School Present World Premiere of  Mestizo 9/24
5) Amas Musical Theatre Accepting Submissions For Emerging Librettists Award
6) American Classical Orchestra 2021/2022 Season
7) The Argyle Theatre Production of Cabaret Now Through 10/24
8) Ballet Hispanico Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Return of A La Calle Block Party
9) BAMKids 2021 Season
10) Bedlam's Persuasion Now Opening  September 21
11) Beetlejuice is Returning to Broadway
12) Between the Bars Begins Performances at HereArt Center 9/22
13) Daniel Gwirtzman Company Presents The Lecture 9/26
14) FJK Dance Announces Lecture Demonstration 9/22
15) Jason Surran, Mentalist, Return to Live Performances With The Skyline Series 9/22 - 9/25
16) The Last Night at the Oki Dog Part of the Broadway Bound Festival 9/22, 9/.23, 9/25
17) Pitch Baseball Themed Play Will Run 9/26 - 11/14
18) Rebecca Debacle Chronicled in New True Crime Podcast Burnt
l9) looseKANONdance Applications Open For FuzeThrough 9/21
20) Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors Free in NYC 9/24 - 9/26
21) Spotlight on Plays Presents Stupid Kids 9/22
22) Sun Runners Online Through 9/26 Pat of Lincoln Center's Big Umbrella Festival
23) Sinners, Saints & Serial Killer's Podcast Recently Launched Second Season
24) Theater Resources Unlimited TRU Producer Boot Camp 9/26
25) Trump L'Oeil World Premiere at Florence Gould Hall 9/24 & 9/25
26) York Theatre Company Fall 2021 at Temporary New Home The Theatre at St. Jeans

1) THE FIRST NEW MUSICAL TO PREMIERE IN NYC SINCE THE SHUTDOWN BEGAN


THE WORLD PREMIERE OF

A COMMERCIAL JINGLE 

FOR REGINA COMET

BEGINS PERFORMANCES 

AT THE DR2 THEATRE

OPENING NIGHT SET FOR SEPTEMBER 27

BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEO OF REHEARSALS NOW AVAILABLE HERE

A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet, the first new musical to premiere in New York City since the shutdown began, began performances on Friday, September 17th at the DR2 Theatre (103 E. 15th Street), ahead of an official opening night set for Monday, September 27, with the strictly limited engagement set to run through Sunday, November 14th, 2021.


Two nobodies dream of writing one hit song for everybody, but their day job composing jingles for commercials isn’t the big break they hoped. That is, until they’re plucked from obscurity by a world-famous pop star named Regina Comet (if destiny had a child, it would be her) and she wants them to create an anthem for her supernova pipes... and her new perfume. They’re so close to the big-time they can smell it, but following your passion doesn’t always lead where you expect. Making a hit song can be a shit-show.


The show will play the following schedule: Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesdays at 7pm, Thursdays at 8pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm and 7pm.


Tickets, starting at $55, can be purchased by visiting the DR2 Theatre box office (Mondays – Friday, 12-7pm; beginning September 17: Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm - curtain), online at www.Telecharge.com, or by calling 800-447-7400.


For more information, please visit www.ReginaComet.com

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2) TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR 
THE NEW MUSICAL COMEDY

A TURTLE ON A FENCE POST 

THE SHOW THE (FORMERLY) 
MOST POWERFUL MAN IN NEW YORK
DOESN'T WANT YOU TO SEE

FIRST THEATRICAL PRODUCTION TO BE SOLD VIA VENUETIX

PREVIEWS BEGIN OCTOBER 26
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR NOVEMBER 14
AT THEATER 555

Max Brod Productions (Hank Morris, Executive Producer) announced today that tickets are now on sale for the new off-Broadway musical comedy A Turtle on a Fence Post, set to re-open the newly renamed Theater 555 (555 W. 42nd Street) with performances beginning Tuesday, October 26, 2021.

Starting at $69, tickets can now be purchased by visiting www.TurtleMusical.com or www.Theater555.VenueTix.com, and are priced into three tiers: “Class A Felony” premium seats, “Misdemeanor” seats, and “Plea Bargain” seats.

A Turtle on a Fence Post marks the first time that ticketing platform VenueTix is partnering with an Off-Broadway venue to offer white-label ticketing services for a full theatrical production.

“A turtle on a fence post,” is one of Bill Clinton’s favorite colloquialisms: “If you see a turtle on a fence post,” the former president likes to say, “you know it didn't get there by itself.” Set in the contrasting locales of a comedy club and a correctional institution, Turtle… tells the fish-out-of-water story of a prominent New Yorker thrown into an unknown world by New York’s most powerful man, and how the experience changes him and those around him. The show deals with themes of freedom, forgiveness, truth and shifting perspectives, and features a bullying, toxic, retaliating, brutal New York Governor as its principal antagonist.

While at heart a vibrant story of love and friendship, Turtle… intersects with several major issues of our time including criminal justice, parole reform, and public leadership. The show reveals how learning can arise in the most unexpected places, from the most surprising sources, and with the most meaningful consequences.

A Turtle on a Fence Post, with an official Opening Night set for Sunday, November 14, will play a limited ten-week engagement through Sunday, January 2, 2022. All attendees will be required to show ID and proof of COVID vaccination.

Additional information, including casting and complete creative team, will be announced shortly. To sign-up for updates, please visit www.TurtleMusical.com.
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3) INTERNATIONAL CONCERT ARTIST ADRIENNE HAAN
PRESENTS

BETWEEN FIRE & ICE
A DIABOLICAL WEIMAR-BERLIN KABARETT
CELEBRATING 1700 YEARS OF JEWISH LIFE IN GERMAN SPEAKING LANDS (321-2021)
FEATURING MUSICAL DIRECTOR RICHARD DANLEY, ON PIANO

IN RESIDENCE AT THE TRIAD THEATER
(158 WEST 72nd STREET, NYC)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 @ 7PM
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 @ 2PM

International concert artist Adrienne Haan, in residence this fall at her New York performance venue The Triad Theater (158 West 72nd Street), will present “Between Fire & Ice – A Diabolical Weimer-Berlin Kabarrett” for two performances only on Tuesday evening, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday afternoon, September 25 at 2:00 p.m. Ms. Haan will be supported by her Musical Director Richard Danley, on piano. Tickets are $24 (a two-drink minimum is required) and may be purchased online at www.triadnyc.com. Proof of vaccination is required. The club has taken all COVID safety precautions, including the installation of a new air conditioning system with HEPA filters.

Celebrating 1700 Years of Jewish Life in German-Speaking Lands (321-2021), “Between Fire & Ice” is a diabolical Weimar Berlin Kabarrett depicting Berlin during the 1920s - a time of change, challenge, experiments and when traditions are going down the drain. With the First World War lost and the Kaiser in exile, Germany begins to experiment with a new form of government. The Weimar Republic is born and with it a nation longing for latitude.

Come and celebrate the Golden Age, the dance on the volcano between the two World Wars, a time of creativity, art, music and culture, the women’s movement, and gay liberation. Ms. Haan re-lives this bodacious period probing the ties between the feminist struggle and female glamour, taking her audience on an enchanting musical voyage through history. A brief trailer of the show can be viewed here.
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4) Alon Nechustan and Brooklyn Music School
present
the World Premiere of
Mestizo
September 24, 2021
at Brooklyn Music School Theater

Alon Nechustan and Brooklyn Music School present the world premiere of Mestizo on Friday, September 24, 2021 at 7pm at the Brooklyn Music School Theater, 126 St. Felix Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY. The event is FREE and spots can be reserved online at brooklynmusicschool.org/calendar/2021/9/24/mestizo-original-music-for-strings-and-percussion.

Mestizo is a new, groundbreaking work by pianist and composer Alon Nechushtan that explores the hidden connections between Native American melodies, our region as tribal land of the Lenni-Lenape, and the broad jubilation of rhythm, pulse and dance as global syntax. Mestizo is an expression of connectedness to land, people, traditions and language, premiering on National Native-American Day and scored for the award-winning Tesla String Quartet with the Grammy-winning percussionist Samuel Torres.

COVID-19 Protocols

  • Masks are required on the BMS premises. 
  • It is suggested that everyone in the BMS building remain 6ft apart or more. Distancing of 3ft is acceptable if masks are kept on and space has proper ventilation.
  • We give all who enter the BMS building a temperature check and provide symptom & exposure waivers for any individuals who enter the facility to allow for contact tracing.
  • All office personnel have been trained on the process for responding to COVID-related incidents, and alerting the leadership administration.
  • We clean and sanitize the BMS facility frequently and have PPE/sanitizing supplies throughout the building.
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5) AMAS MUSICAL THEATRE

ANNOUNCES THE FOURTH YEAR OF

THE ERIC H. WEINBERGER AWARD 

FOR EMERGING LIBRETTISTS

SUBMISSIONS OPEN 

SEPTEMBER 20-NOVEMBER 30, 2021

Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) today announced the fourth year of The Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists, a juried cash and production grant to be given annually to support the early work and career of a deserving musical theatre librettist. The Award commemorates the life and work of playwright/librettist Eric H. Weinberger (1950-2017), who was a Drama Desk Award nominee for Best Book of a Musical (Wanda’s World), and the playwright/librettist of Class Mothers ’68, that earned Pricilla Lopez a Drama Desk Award nomination.

The winner will receive $2,000 to help pay cost-of-living expenses. The winning musical will receive development assistance in the 2022 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre, which is administering the Award. The development assistance culminates in the work being rehearsed and performed by New York theatre professionals in an Amas Lab production. Amas was the development home for several of Mr. Weinberger’s musicals, and produced the World Premiere of Wanda’s World and the New York Premiere of Tea for Three.

Submissions will open on September 20, 2021 and will close November 30, 2021. All submissions must be sent through an online application that can be found at Eric H. Weinberger Award For Emerging Librettists. Only one submission per playwright/librettist will be accepted. The winner of the award will be announced late February-early March 2022.

For further information, please visit www.amasmusical.org.
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6) AMERICAN CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES 2021-22 SEASON
LIVE PERFORMANCES AT LINCOLN CENTER’S DAMROSCH PARK, ALICE TULLY HALL, AND THE HARLEM PARISH FROM SEPTEMBER 22, 2021 TO APRIL 5, 2022
World Premiere of Thomas Crawford’s Elegy
 
Video Production of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf
Launches New Collaboration with The WNET Group
Wednesday, September 22 at 7 pm, Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center
Reunion
Rachell Ellen Wong, violin
Part of the Restart Stages at Lincoln Center
Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in G Minor, Op. 8, No. 2, RV 315, "L'Estate" (Summer from The Four Seasons)
Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks and excerpts from Water Music
 
The opening season event marks the joyous Reunion of the ACO’s musicians, audience, and patrons with the Orchestra’s first major concert in seventeen months. The program presents a selection of popular Baroque music at the newly renovated bandshell of Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, featuring 2020 Avery Fisher Career Grant-winner, violinist Rachell Ellen Wong. The performance takes place on the September equinox, when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal.  
 
Tickets are free, but required. Ticketing and access information will soon be available online at aconyc.org and at Restart Stages at Lincoln Center.
 
Tuesday, December 14 at 8 pm, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
Restore
Parker Ramsay, harp
Emi Ferguson, flute
Aisslinn Nosky, violin
Maureen Murchie, viola
All-Mozart Program:       
    Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201
 Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra in C Major, K. 299
    Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E-flat Major, K. 364 (320d)
 
The Orchestra celebrates its return to indoor concerts with an all-Mozart program in the superior acoustics of Alice Tully Hall, an ideal venue to showcase the composer’s substantial masterpiece, the Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, notable in that Mozart specified that the solo viola be tuned a half-tone higher to evoke a brighter sound. The performance features accomplished soloists Aisslinn Nosky and Maureen Murchie. The program also includes the Flute and Harp Concerto, K. 299 with the “relentlessly beautiful music (WQXR) of harpist Parker Ramsay and the Handel and Haydn Society’s principal flutist Emi Ferguson, in addition to Mozart’s popular Symphony No. 29.
 
Thursday, February 3 at 7 pm, Harlem Parish, 258 W 118th St.
Revisit
Karen Dekker and Chloe Fedor, Baroque violin
Maureen Murchie, viola
Arnie Tanimoto, viola da gamba and cello
Charles Weaver, theorbo and Baroque guitar
Guadalupe Peraza, mezzo soprano
Thomas Crawford, harpsichord
Juan Arañés: Chacona a la vida bona       
Nicola Francesco Haym: Ciaccona in E Major
Barbara Strozzi: L’Eraclito amoroso
Marin Marais: Chaconne in A Major, from Pièces de Viole, Book 4
Arcangelo Corelli: Trio Sonata, Op. 2, No. 12        
Johann Sebastian Bach: Chaconne from Partita for Solo Violin, BWV 1004
François Couperin: La Favorite    
Claudio Monteverdi: Lamento della Ninfa
Henry Purcell: Chaconne from King Arthur
 
The title of this salon concert—Revisit­—refers to the ACO’s highly-praised video launched in fall 2020, The Chaconne Project, which was filmed and recorded in Harlem. Thomas Crawford returns to the Parish for a live performance with the original film cast in a lively program of Baroque repertoire focusing on the chaconne, a musical genre characterized by its repeating bass line. From bawdy Spanish 16th-century dances to Bach’s masterful Chaconne for Solo Violin, this vibrant concert in the stunning setting of New York City’s Neo-Gothic Harlem Parish showcases ten examples of the chaconne and includes strings, plucked instruments, and harpsichord with voice and percussion. Acclaimed Mexican mezzo-soprano Guadalupe Peraza is featured.  
 
Saturday, February 26 at 8 pm, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
Remember
Mozart: Requiem in D Minor, K. 626
Crawford: Elegy for Strings (World Premiere) In Memoriam Judson Griffin
 
Mozart's Requiem is the best known of all requiems, revered for its soaring 'Lacrimosa' chorus. The Orchestra’s acclaimed Chorus returns to the stage—post Covid restrictions and guidelines—for the first time in two years as we Remember the many souls lost during the pandemic. The ACO's Principal Second Violinist Judson Griffin (1951-2020) was also lost during that time (but not to Covid), and Thomas Crawford's Elegy for Strings was written to honor him.
 
Tuesday, April 5 at 8 pm, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
Renew
All J.S. Bach Program
    Easter Oratorio, BWV 249
    Mass in G Minor, BWV 235
    Overture to Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069
 
Easter renewal drives the joyous occasion of ACO's first-ever performance of J.S. Bach's Easter Oratorio and its rise from the ashes of dark stages. Written when Bach was at the height of his musical powers, the work includes such biblical roles as John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene, performed by solo singers without the extensive narration found in other large-scale Bach works. Also on the program are the Overture to Bach’s jubilant Orchestral Suite No. 4 and an outstanding example of the composer’s unparalleled counterpoint technique, his Mass in G Minor. 
 
Digital Production of Peter and the Wolf on PBS LearningMedia (Planned for Fall 2021)
Thomas Crawford, narrator
Chloe Fedor, violin
Kathleen Nester, flute
Sarah Davol, oboe
Mitch Kriegler, clarinet
Stephanie Corwin, bassoon
R.J. Kelley, horn
Dan Haskins, percussion
Tony Falanga, bass
Bill Bowers and Catherine Gasta, mimes
Nick Morgulis, Director and Producer
Scott Illingworth, choreography
Andrew Halley, animation
Jeremy Teran, director of photography
Chris Sulit, audio 
 
The ACO and its award-winning Classical Music for Kids (CMK) program is producing a filmed performance of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, in an original arrangement by founder Thomas Crawford, to mark a newly launched collaboration with The WNET Group’s Kids’ Media and Education Department. The WNET Group plans to premiere classroom resources from CMK on PBS LearningMedia, a free online site that reaches nearly 1.8 million users nationwide with tens of thousands of high-quality, research-based, and standards-aligned resources drawn from critically acclaimed PBS programs such as Great Performances and American Masters, and from expert content contributors like The National Archives and Library of Congress. The Orchestra’s production of Peter and the Wolf is performed by an ACO chamber ensemble with two professional mimes—the acclaimed Bill Bowers and Catherine Gasta—enacting the story. Attached to the video, but presented separately, are interviews with Thomas Crawford, the musicians, and the two mimes, giving students an opportunity to hear the performers talk about their careers, their inspirations, and their choice of instrument.
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7) THE ARGYLE THEATRE
LONG ISLAND’S NEWEST YEAR-ROUND
PROFESSIONAL THEATRICAL VENUE
PRESENTS
THE HIT BROADWAY MUSICAL
CABARET

PERFORMANCES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 17, 2021
FOR A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
 THROUGH OCTOBER 24, 2021
AT THE ARGYLE THEATRE IN BABYLON, LONG ISLAND

Returning to live entertainment! Long Island’s newest year-round professional theatrical venue, The Argyle Theatre (Mark and Dylan Perlman, Managing Partners; Evan Pappas, Artistic Director), presents the hit Broadway musical Cabaret with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Joe Masteroff, based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood. Rescheduled from March 2020 due to the pandemic, performances begin this Friday, September 17, 2021 for a limited return engagement through Sunday afternoon, October 24, 2021 at The Argyle Theatre (34 West Main Street, Babylon, Long Island). Cabaret is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920’s draws to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff Bradshaw, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. First presented in 1966, the ground-breaking musical Cabaret won an impressive 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, which then culminated into a smashing Oscar Winning film in 1972 winning 8 Oscars. This classic Kander and Ebb score is entertaining, thought- provoking and Broadway musical theatre at its best.

Cabaret will play the following performance schedule: Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Saturday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. with a Special Added Performance on Wednesday evening, April 15, 2020 at 7:30 p.m0PLEASE NOTE: There are no Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday performances.

NOW ON SALE, tickets for Cabaret are priced from $49 - $79 and may be purchased online at www.argyletheatre.com or by calling (844) 631-5483.

COVID-19 POLICY, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: All patrons will be required to present proof of full vaccination (printed vaccination card or digital proof such as NYS Excelsior Pass), OR have received a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the theater and present printed proof, along with a valid matching ID. Children under 12 must wear masks. ALL patrons are strongly encouraged to wear masks when not actively eating or drinking, per CDC’s updated guidance.

For additional information, please visit www.argyletheatre.com.
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8) BALLET HISPÁNICO CELEBRATES HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH WITH THE RETURN OF ITS POPULAR A LA CALLE BLOCK PARTY 
ON SEPTEMBER 26 IN NEW YORK CITY
PERFORMANCES TO BE LIVESTREAMED NATIONWIDE
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING TO BE ANNOUNNCED
IN THE COMING WEEKS

Ballet Hispánico will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the anticipated return of its A La Calle Block Party. The fourth edition of the popular community event will take place on Sunday, September 26, from noon-4:00pm. This year’s event will be streamed for free for audiences nationwide to enjoy the festivities. 

As it has done in previous years, Ballet Hispánico will take over West 89th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues), its home for 50 years. The event will include performances by the internationally renowned Company and prestigious School of Dance and Community Arts Partnerships students. 

The Company will perform two numbers, a solo from Arabesque by Vicente Nebrada and an excerpt from 18+1 by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano. 

Students from the School of Dance will also take to the stage and perform select numbers, including Flamenco Work and Ritmo y Ruido, from the 50th Anniversary Gala, and Salsa Work by Milteri Tucker. The newly formed Pa'lante Scholars will perform an excerpt from Bury me Standing.  

New to the block party this year and as part of its commitment to champion and amplify voices within its community, Ballet Hispánico will be inviting select Latinx dance companies from around New York City to perform as guest artists, including Bombazo Dance Company and Calpulli Mexican Dance Company as well as others, to be announced in the near future.

Additionally, The School of Dance will offer free dance classes at the event. 

The Ballet Hispánico 2022 A La Calle Block Party is made possible by Con Edison of New York and Popular Bank. Major support is provided by Mutual of America. 

More programming will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit www.ballethispanico.org
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9) BAMkids Fall 2021 Programming


September 2021 Performances, Events,


BAMkids fall 2021 exciting new season kicks off with the free outdoor event BAMkids Family Day, presented in collaboration with Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and continues with BAMkids Virtual Workshops in October, inviting families to explore the artistic process more deeply through virtual classes that can be enjoyed from home.

 

The exciting new season celebrates community resilience and the power of the arts through exciting events that encourage audiences to grow, learn, and explore together. Presented from September through December, the season will safely welcome back BAMkids audiences with a mix of in-person, virtual, and outdoor events for families with children ages 3 to 13. to choose their adventure. For complete information on tickets and reservations, visit BAM.org/Kids.


Sat, Sep 25, 10:30am—4pm

BAMkids Family Day

Presented in collaboration with Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

The Plaza at 300 Ashland

FREE (RSVP Recommended)                                                                                  Ages 3—13

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Join BAMkids for a free all-day outdoor festival offering an array of live music and performances, interactive workshops, and showcases of local talent in celebration of community resilience and the power of the arts. Featuring high energy musical performances by Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats, Nadia Dieudonné and Feet of Rhythm Kids, Brooklyn United Music and Arts, and Brown Rice Family; interactive workshops Hula Nation Inc. and Dancewave’s Moving Together: Bollywood with Pooja Uberoi; and inspiring poetry shares by teen artists involved in BAM’s Arts & Justice program. The festivities are emceed by BAM teaching artists Kimani Fowlin and Farai Malianga.

 

For a full schedule of events and to RSVP visit BAM.org/FamilyDay


**All in person events will adhere to protocols developed in accordance with New York State regulations and in consultation with medical professionals for the safety of our artists, audiences, and staff. Capacities for all events will comply with government-issued guidelines. Current protocols can be found here and will continue to be updated as they evolve**

 

BAMkids Virtual Workshops Include

 

Sun, Oct 10 at 10 am

Characters Wanted Workshop

Tickets $5                                                                                                      Ages 5+

A fun-filled virtual story-making workshop with BAM Education teaching artist Mel House designed to encourage creative thinking and cultural exchange. After experiencing theater-based warm-ups and activities, attendees will collaborate to improvise from scratch. Tickets go on sale on Tue, Sep 21.

 

Sat, Oct 16 at 4 pm

Creating Animation Workshop

In collaboration with BRIC

Tickets $5                                                                                                      Ages 8+

In this filmmaking workshop with BRIC, participants learn to create short animations using a phone or tablet app to animate objects from around their home. App (free) information will be provided before the workshop. Tickets go on sale on Tue, Sep 21.

 

Saturdays, Oct 17, 24, 31 & Nov 7 at 10 am

Storymaking Workshop Series

Tickets $20                                                                                                    Ages 5+

A fun-filled virtual story-making series with BAM Education teaching artist Mel House designed to encourage creative thinking and cultural exchange. After experiencing theater-based warm-ups and activities, attendees will collaborate to improvise a circus-themed story from scratch. Tickets go on sale on Tue, Sep 21.

 

Mondays, Oct 25, Nov 1, 8 & 15 at 4 pm

Make a Film Workshop Series

In collaboration with BRIC

Tickets $20                                                                                                    Ages 8+

In this filmmaking series with BRIC, participants learn to create short animations using a phone or tablet app to animate objects from around their home. App (free) information will be provided before the workshop. Tickets go on sale on Tue, Sep 21.

 

Tickets for BAMkids Virtual Workshops go on sale on Tue, Sep 21. For more information visit BAM.org/virtualworkshops

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10) NEW OPENING DATE FOR BEDLAM’S PERSUASION

 

BEDLAM’S PERSUASION TO OPEN ON SEPTEMBER 28, 2021


LIMITED 7-WEEK ENGAGEMENT AT THE CONNELLY THEATER

AT THE CONNELLY THEATER


BEDLAM’s (Eric Tucker, Artistic Director; Sarah Bellin, Managing Director) PERSUASIONa new play by Sarah Rose Kearns adapted from the novel by Jane Austen and directed by Eric Tucker, will now be opening on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. 

In the aftermath of the Napoleonic wars, a shy English spinster seeks to win back the love of the man she jilted eight years before.  Jane Austen's last and most romantic novel, PERSUASION first appeared in print in 1818and is a meditation on love and loss, and what is constant in a changing world.

Tickets are now on sale for BEDLAM’s production of PERSUASION at www.bedlam.org (833-4BEDLAM). Tickets range from $30 – $90, and the playing schedule is as follows: Tuesday through Saturday at 7pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. 

 

Complimentary seats will be available to underserved communities at every performance of PERSUASION.  561 tickets have been set aside in the first row of the theater to accommodate those who want to see live theatre but have been prevented from attending due to the cost of a ticket.  For full details please click here.

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11) THE FANS HAVE SPOKEN – “BEETLEJUICE!  BEETLEJUICE! BEETLEJUICE!”

EVERYONE’S FAVORITE DEMON FROM HELL

TO HAUNT BROADWAY’S MARRIOT MARQUIS THEATRE BEGINNING APRIL 8, 2022

 

IT’S SHOWTIME!!!

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE BREAKING VIDEO FROM THE NETHERWORLD


From Shubert Alley to TikTok, fans chanted “BEETLEJUICE!” three times, summoning “The Ghost with the Most” back to life.  On Friday, April 8, 2022, BEETLEJUICE will play its first performance since March 11, 2020, this time haunting Broadway’s Marriott Marquis Theatre (210 west 46th Street). 

 

BEETLEJUICE tickets will go on sale October 1, at www.Ticketmaster.comwith casting for BEETLEJUICE at Broadway’s Marriott Marquis Theatre to be announced shortly.

 

It’s showtime, folks! The ghost-with-the-most makes his Broadway return in this edgy and irreverent musical comedy based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film. BEETLEJUICE tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and Beetlejuice, a demon with a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on Beetlejuice to scare away anyone with a pulse, this double-crossing specter unleashes a (Nether)world of pandemonium, and the biggest sandworm Broadway has ever seen.

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12) LYNN CLAY BYRNE’s

BETWEEN THE BARS


Begins Performances on September 22; Opening September 30, 2021

HERE Arts Center


Between The Bars, a new play by Lynn Clay Byrne, directed by Benjamin Viertel, will begin performances on September 22 in advance of its opening night on September 30, 2021, and will initially run through October 30, 2021, at  HERE Arts Center (145 6th Avenue, NYC). Tickets are $35.00-75.00 and can be purchased by visiting www.BetweentheBarsPlay.com

Inspired by true events and set within the confines of the jailhouse visit room, emotionally charged meetings between inmates and visitors expose the reality of our American jail system. We observe how the impact of incarceration diminishes any chance of success for inmates who have served their time. Between The Bars follows five inmates and their loved ones, bringing to light critical systemic failures and questioning who belongs on which side of the bars. 

Performances begin on September 22; Opening night is September 30 through October 30, 202

Performances schedule is Monday at 7 PM; Wednesday-Friday at 8:30 PM; Saturday at 4 PM and 8:30 PM; Sunday at 4 PM. (No shows on Tuesdays) 
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13) Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company presents 
The Lecture
the third in a series of monthly dance films
on Digital Platform Dance With Us
September 26, 2021 at 12 noon ET

Just in time for the start of the new school year, New York-based nonprofit performing and teaching organization Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company premieres The Lecture, the third installment of a monthly series of dance films available on Dance With Us, an educational digital platform that launched in June.

The Lecture
Beginning Sunday, September 26, 2021
Released for the first time, The Lecture (an evening-length solo that premiered at The Ailey Citigroup Theater in 2010) mixes the serious with the comic, the existential with the everyday. Set to a score of pre-recorded lectures by university professors, The Lecture marries the intellectual and the physical to explore a variety of subjects including the history of language, the science of happiness, the nature of abstraction, mathematics, human evolution, and dreams. Watch the trailer!

Upcoming Monthly Dances to Premiere on the Dance With Us Platform
 
October 2021: Camo Man Dances
Filmed on location in Ucross, Wyoming, Daniel's alter ego, Camo Man, is out in the wild, blending into the landscape in dress and site-specific choreography, sticking out by performing contemporary modern dance into the untouched 20,000 private acres of cattle ranch on the Ucross Foundation's property.  
 
November 2021: Just in Time for the Thanksgiving Holidays: Castillo
Filmed in southern Spain, Castillo was shot on location at The Castillo de Blanca, a castle erected in the 12th century in the Spanish town of Blanca (Region of Murcia). Daniel's daily investigation and interrogation of the site was an arduous and risky process, climbing 730 feet daily underneath the intense summer heat, while the town took siesta, and onto the two towers and risky pinnacle, without being tethered. Watch the trailer! (password: castillo)

December 2021: Just in Time for the December Holidays: The Performer
The Performer considers constructions of performance and homes in on the curvilinear separating fantasy from reality and drama from camp. The Performer presents a documentation of an over-the-top artist, a moody bon vivant with a penchant for excess and grand expression who lives large, including in the recesses of his head. The film is shot in the house Picasso gave to the surrealist artist Dora Maar, his famous muse and mistress, when he ended their relationship. Dora, significantly altered, lived and died in this maison in the Provençal village of Ménerbes, France. The film takes inspiration from her life, tackling the schism between the performance of self that one broadcasts to the public, and that which one endures privately. Watch the trailer!
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14) FJK Dance
announces
Lecture Demonstration
September 22, 2021
at Ripley Grier Studios

FJK Dance announces a lecture demonstration on September 22, 2021, 6PM-8PM, at Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Avenue. New York NY 10018. The evening will feature an open studio rehearsal, a presentation of art work and choreography from Forbidden, and a talk back discussing the creative process of this piece and its background. Tickets are $30 and are available at fjkdance.org/new-events/2021/9/22/lecture-demonstration.

The demonstration precedes FJK Dance’s 2021 season RESET, including two world premieres and FJK Dance repertoire on Thursday, October 7; Friday, October 8; and Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 7:30pm at New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street, NYC. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online at fjkdance.org/presale-2021-tickets/season2021.

Following seven years of extraordinary creative output, Fadi Khoury (New York-based founder, Artistic Director, and the visionary engine behind the FJK Dance Company) has come through the pandemic with all his energies dedicated to a full reset—hence the title of the company’s newest production. Celebrating seven years of dance, RESET is a full evening program dedicated to all those lost during this pandemic. RESET will honor the memory of Genevieve Young (1930-2020), a beloved founding Board member and guiding light. Her legacy, her love of dance, and commitment to the mission of FJK Dance in creating positive change, continues to inspire FJK Dance’s professional artistry and engagement with the world-at-large.

Reset will be performed by FJK Dance Company’s ten dancers that represent eight different nationalities and FJK Dance’s global vision. The program will include the following:

Mirage 
Human stories from the Middle East (World Premiere)Music: Schubert, piano trio in E-flat

Forbidden 
When love is locked, and the key is inside (World Premiere)Music: Abdel Wahab & Hossam Shaker

Bolero
Challenge of duality, Music: Maurice Ravel
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15) ACCLAIMED MENTALIST 

JASON SURAN

RETURNS TO LIVE, IN-PERSON PERFORMANCE WITH

THE SKYLINE SERIES 

A LIVE EXPERIENCE

FOR FOUR NIGHTS ONLY AT

INTERCONTINENTAL NEW YORK

TIMES SQUARE

 

PERFORMANCES WILL TAKE PLACE 

WEDNESDAY, Sept 22 AT 7 PM EDT

THURSDAY, Sept 23 AT 7 PM EDT

FRIDAY, Sept 24 AT 7 PM EDT

SATURDAY, Sept 25 AT 7 PM EDT

 

After 400+ sold-out virtual performances of his smash hit Reconnected, mentalist Jason Suran, along with InterContinental New York Times Square, are exploring what intimate experiences will look like in a post-pandemic world. For four nights only, to celebrate the launch of the newly renovated two-story, Penthouse Suite at InterContinental New York Times Square, ten guests will be invited to spend the evening experiencing Jason’s signature brand of psychological illusions and a dramatic view of Manhattan from the hotel’s top floor.


Tickets for The Skyline Series are $130 each and include in-person admission for one guest to the show and a complimentary signature cocktail. Cocktail attire is strongly encouraged. Tickets are limited to ten attendees per show and are available at www.the-skyline-series.com. Private bookouts are available and proof of COVID vaccination is required for all attendees. 


For all information, please go to www.the-skyline-series.com

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16) 244 PRODUCTIONS
TO PRESENT
THE LAST NIGHT AT THE OKI DOG
A NEW PLAY
BY JEFF SMITH & LEN WECHSLER
DIRECTED BY CHRISTOPHER SCOTT

PART OF THE 2021 BROADWAY BOUND THEATRE FESTIVAL (BBTF)

THEATRE ROW (THEATRE 2)
410 WEST 42ND STREET (NYC)

THREE PERFORMANCES ONLY!
SEPTEMBER 22, 23 25

244 Productions will present “The Last Night of the Oki Dog,” a new play by Jeff Smith and Len Wechsler, part of the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival (BBTF) 2021 which will be held at Theatre Row (Theatre 2) 410 West 42nd Street (Between 9th & Dyer Avenues). There will be three (3) performances: Wednesday, September 22 @ 2pm; Thursday, September 23 @ 8pm; Saturday, September 25 @ 5pm. Tickets are $27 and may be purchased here. Tickets can also be purchased at the Theatre Row box office or by calling Spektrix at (646) 741-5110. For further information, visit www.broadwayboundfestival.com.

On a warm December night in 1985 West Hollywood, the Oki Dog, infamous hangout for runaways and misfits, is forced to close. For Twilight and her friends, this means the uprooting of all that they know: their friendships, their makeshift home, even their hopeful Hollywood dreams. As Twilight clings to the only real family she’s ever known, their last night together forces a reckoning with the past and hesitant steps towards an uncertain future – one in which their security, relationships and very lives remain in doubt.
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17)THE PITCH 

A NEW PLAY SET TO THE BACKDROP OF BASEBALL

TO RUN OFF-BROADWAY SEPTEMBER 26th - NOVEMBER 14th

AT THE JERRY ORBACH THEATER


Baseball, best friends . . . and betrayal. The Pitch, a character-driven drama set against the backdrop of baseball, will be making its off-Broadway debut this September, in a limited engagement run, September 26th to November 14th in the Jerry Orbach Theater at the Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street. Written by Stan Freeman and directed by Danny Eaton, the production begins previews on Monday, September 26th and will have its official opening night on Tuesday, Oct. 5thwww.thepitch-theplay.com

The Pitch is a funny and intriguing baseball themed story, where a cynical, down-to-earth retired sportswriter reluctantly agrees to collaborate with an eager young sportswriter on a paperback biography of an obscure baseball pitcher - Vernon Peters, who went to high school with the older writer. Peters threw only one thrilling pitch in the major leagues for the New York Yankees in 1973 and then disappeared. It soon becomes evident there’s a secret at the heart of Peters' mysterious story – one the older writer fiercely intends to hide. It’s a heartwarming and thoughtful story – with a surprise ending that will leave you stunned.

Tickets, $43 to $60, are available on Ticketmaster or by calling the theater’s box office at (212)-921-7862. 

For more information, go to www.thepitch-theplay.com
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18) BURNT: THE SHOW THAT SET BROADWAY ABLAZE 

debuts on Broadway Podcast Network 

 

Broadway’s True Crime Investigation Podcast Follows Infamous Rebecca Musical Scandal

with special guests Sierra Boggess, Chistopher Hampton, Michael Kunze, Peter Bogyo, Michael Riedel and more...


Burnt: The Show That Set Broadway Ablaze, a new true crime Broadway podcast, debuted last month exclusively on the Broadway Podcast Network and wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Written and produced by former Playbill editor in chief, Blake RossBurnt is a new investigative series into the scandal that rocked the would-be Broadway musical Rebecca. Find it on the BPN APP or at burntbroadway.com or bpn.com/burnt.

Burnt: The Show That Set Broadway Ablaze tackles the true crime genre set during the making of a big, Broadway musical. The saga that was getting Rebecca the musical to Broadway is filled with intrigue, mystery, concealed identities, sudden death, and even ghosts. The twisting plot of Daphne du Maurier's 1938 novel and its subsequent Hitchcock film is rivaled by that of the insane journey taken by the players in Rebecca the musical.  At its core is producer Ben Sprecher, a wannabe Broadway big shot with dreams of making the next Phantom of the Opera. When he meets a grifter banker, his dreams go up in smoke. Years (and many, many court cases later), multiple people end up in handcuffs, dreams are shattered and everyone ends up getting burnt. Burnt also follows the whereabouts of notorious Wall Street fraudster Mark Hotton, a long island banker turned convicted felon.

To help tell the tale of Burnt, Ross interviews several key players in the affair, including Broadway star Sierra Boggess, Oscar winner Christopher Hampton, director Francesca Zambello, attorney Timothy Dennin, Vanity Fair correspondent David Kamp, Bloomberg News and Broadway Journal reporter Philip Boroff, historian Robert ViagasRebecca lyricist and librettist Michael Kunze, theatrical general manager Peter Bogyo, stage manager Tripp Philips, musical director Kevin Stites, reporter Michael Riedel, and producer Julian Schlossberg.

 

Burnt debuted with the four-part tale of Rebecca, and then forayed into discussions of other true crime tales from Broadway, including Jeremy Piven and the infamous “sushi gate”, a Beauty and the Beast star's journey to Riker's, Broadway's most successful con-woman, Adela Holzer, and the recent comeback of Broadway's own Bernie Madoff, Garth Drabinsky.


The Podcast is available on the BPN APP, Apple/iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart, TuneIn, Deezer, Player.FM, Pocket Cast, Podcast Addict and everywhere else you listen to podcasts.

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19) looseKANONdance Announces Applications Now Open for
Deadline September 21, 2021

looseKANONdance is now accepting applications for fuze, a queer art experience, a new display of multidisciplinary queer artwork made possible by artists, creatives, and collaborators from within the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Artists may apply via an online application form through September 21, 2021 at www.fuzexperience.com/

Artist selections will be announced to the public on October 1, 2021. 

fuze will premiere on November 13, 2021, at 325 East 104th St. There will be showings at 7pm and 9pm with social distancing due to COVID-19 (due to demand, additional showtimes may be added on November 13). Tickets will be available online at www.fuzexperience.com or by phone at 704-562-4439.
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20) THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

 

FOUR PERFORMANCES ONLY

SEPTEMBER 24 – 26, 2021

THE  TEA ROOM AT THE PRINCE GEORGE HOTEL


FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE


BOOMERANG THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce their triumphant return to live in-person theater with William Shakespeare’s COMEDY OF ERRORS, directed by Scott EbersoldCOMEDY OF ERRORS will play four performances only at The  Tea Room at The Prince George Hotel (15 East 27th Street, NYC). Performances begin Friday, September 24 at 7:30pm and continue through Sunday, September 26 at 3pm. Tickets are FREE and available at https://www.onthestage.tickets/show/boomerang-theatre-company/the-comedy-of-errors-92431.  Press are invited to all performances.

Twin siblings both named Antipholus and their servants, both named Dromio, were shipwrecked in a violent storm. As one pair of Antipholus and Dromio arrive in Ephesus in search of their long-lost twins, they find themselves greeted like old friends...but everyone is behaving very strangely... 

COMEDY OF ERRORS plays FOUR performances only:

 

Friday, Sept 24th at 7:30pm

Saturday, Sept 25th at 3pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, Sept 26th at 3pm

 

All tickets are free. Available at https://www.onthestage.tickets/show/boomerang-theatre-company/the-comedy-of-errors-92431.

 

Running Time: 95 minutes

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21) “SPOTLIGHT ON PLAYS” PRESENTS

 

STUPID KIDS

Starring John Clay III, Lauren Patten, Ali StokerTaylor Trensch & Christian Borle

By John C. Russell

Directed by Michael Mayer

 

Wednesday, September 22 at 8PM ET

For a Strict Limited Time


The “Spotlight on Plays” series announces a new special event reading of John C. Russell’s STUPID KIDS starring John Clay III (Jim Stark), Tony Award nominee Lauren Patten (Jane “Kimberly” Willis)Tony Award winner Ali Stoker (Judy Noonan)Taylor Trensch (John “Neechee” Crawford) & Tony Award winner Christian Borle (Stage Directions).  Director Michael Mayer will revisit the work after originally staging it Off-Broadway in 1998.

STUPID KIDS will premiere on Wednesday, September 22 at 8PM EST/5PM PST on www.BroadwaysBestShows.com and will be available for a limited time only.  Tickets are free and all suggested donations will benefit The Actors Fund.   

STUPID KIDS follows four students at Joe McCarthy High School as they make their way from first through eighth period and beyond, struggling with the fears, frustrations, and longings peculiar to youth. With his magical touch, John C. Russell turns these familiar stereotypes into moving and provocative archetypes of adolescence whose lingo takes on a lyricism that is both true to its source and revelatory of the hearts and minds of contemporary youth.

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22) Sun Runners
A Virtual Part of Lincoln Center's 
Big Umbrella Festival

Lincoln Center’s Big Umbrella Festival continues virtually beyond this weekend with an at-home, action-packed experience for kids, Sun Runners, an intergalactic audio adventure by Audioplay & Windmill Theatre Company, is available at LincolnCenter.org/BigUmbrella through September 26, 2021.

TRAILER:
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23) WSJ Best-Selling Crime Writing Team 
Casey Sherman &  Dave Wedge's
Second Season of Podcast
Saints, Sinners & Serial Killers Launches  

The New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal best-selling authors Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge announce the launch of Season Two of their critically-acclaimed podcast Saints, Sinners & Serial Killers with the debuted this week . Sherman and Wedge are the premier True Crime writing team in America with many of their national bestsellers adapted for blockbuster movies. The powerhouse duo has released The Last Days of John Lennon with James Patterson and HUNTING WHITEY: The Inside Story of the Capture and Killing of America's Most Wanted Crime Boss. Other acclaimed works include: 12: The Inside Story of Tom Brady's Fight for RedemptionAnimal: The Rise & Fall of the Mob's Most Feared AssassinBoston Strong (basis of 2016 film, Patriots Day); Ice Bucket Challenge: Pete Frates and the Fight Against ALS; Sherman's The Finest Hours (now a major motion picture starring Casey Affleck & Chris Pine); among others.
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24) Theater Resources Unlimited
announces
TRU Producer Boot Camp:
Essentials of Successful Self-Producing 
Sunday, September 26, 1pm-6:30pm (ET)

A dependable haven for artists in isolation, Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces an upcoming Producer Boot Camp: Essentials of Successful Self-Producing, reformatted and rethought for virtual presentation, on Sunday, September 26, 2021, 1pm-6:30pm ET. Registration is $75 for TRU members and $100 for non-members. To register for the virtual event, visit truonline.org/events/successful-self-producing-2021.

Sometimes you've just got to jump in and be more than an artist to make theater happen. “I'm just an artist” no longer cuts it when you make the move from page to paying audience - you are the CEO of your brand! In this half-day workshop, we will look at how artists can successfully take on the challenging role of producer to generate their own opportunities. The ones who are most successful have to master a range of business skills, don a variety of hats, and learn to be expert jugglers.

Come learn to view your creative work from a business perspective and understand the need to think differently. Make smarter choices, not only now but also for the future of your show. It all seems a little overwhelming at times, but we will break it down into easily digestible bites. When you know what you're doing, it can actually be fun and fulfilling!

There are COVID-19 scholarships available. To apply, fill out an online scholarship application at https://forms.gle/BeGgYecFcaJUsNk18 and send a brief email to TRUnltd@aol.com requesting financial help.

Moderators for this half-day workshop are Emileena Pedigo of The Show Goes On Productions, former managing producer of Midtown International Theatre Festival; and Bob Ost, writer-producer, executive director of TRU. Guest speakers will include: 

  • dramaturg/director/producer Cate Cammarata of CreateTheater.com
  • entertainment attorney Eric Goldman, esq;
  • marketing expert and omnipreneur Roger Gonzalez of Alliance Media and Entertainment; production advisor/strategist and producer 
  • Blair Russell of Show Shepherd, a strategic theatrical development company, and producer (Slave Play, off-Broadway's long-running immersive Sweeney Todd)  www.blairrussell.net;
  • Plus solo artists Valerie David and Michelle Felice Hartley; and playwright Phil Olson.

TRU Curriculum (subject to change):

12:45pm: Check-in
1:00pm: “Why Are You Doing This?” with Bob Ost & Emileena Pedigo
  • Adapting to #AnotherWay and finding your own path.
  • Aligning with a vision of your work (defining the Why).
  • Understanding your property and identifying your audience.
  • Building a Road Map and setting attainable S.M.A.R.T. Goals.

1:30pm: “Legal Pitfalls and Protections” with attorney Eric Goldman
  • Agreements: collaborator, options, contractors, and more.
  • What you need to know when you ask for money. And what your responsibilities are.
  • Pre-existing and underlying rights, intellectual property protections.

15-minute break-out sessions

2:30pm: “Planning Ahead and Making it Happen” with producer Blair Russell
  • Having a vision of what this play could be and how far it can go. 
  • Thinking and planning beyond your current production (5/10 year plan).
  • How to put together and manage your creative team.
  • How much do things really cost? How much should you pay people? How to have those conversations and more.
  • The impact the pandemic has had on the development process, and when to add “virtual” to your plan.
  • The development options: table read, staged reading, showcase, festivals, cabaret, virtual and more.

3:30pm: “Finding & Creating Opportunities” with Cate Cammarata
  • Producing virtually: platforms, unions, and international reach.
  • Getting your plays out there in the world: licensing, and getting the most out of it.
  • Researching and booking tours.
  • Fringes and festivals. 

15-minute lunch break 

4:15pm: “Marketing, Promotion and Self-Promotion” with Roger Gonzalez
  • Self-producing and branding in the virtual age.
  • Identifying your audience (Lean Startup Model).
  • The marketing basics: website, postcards, social media, and ticketing.
  • Effective networking: creating brand ambassadors for your art.

15-minute break-out sessions

5:00pm: Keynote panel: Self-Producing and Staying Sane

6:00pm: Q&A/break-out sessions for networking

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org.
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25) WORLD PREMIERE CONCERT PRESENTATION

TRUMP L’OEIL

TO PLAY TWO NIGHTS
AT
THE FLORENCE GOULD HALL AT FIAF

SEPTEMBER 24 & 25

TRAILER AVAILABLE HERE


The world premiere concert presentation of Trump L’oeil, a musical experience blending the elements of the Trompe-l'œil art form with the dizzying narratives to have come out of the previous administration wa recently announced. Created by Henry BiggsTrump L’oeil will play a two-night engagement on Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25, both at 8pm, at the Florence Gould Hall at FIAF (55 East 59th Street) – around the corner from Trump Tower.

Life hilariously imitates art as Trump and his presidency are marched through Escher’s stairwell, Magritte’s apples, Dali’s melting clocks and other iconic trompe-l'œil and surrealist art. Trump L’oeil takes the text along for the ride as the songs turn out themselves also to be spectacular trompe-l'œil illusions. A rollicking romp that pokes fun at both sides of the aisle.

Tickets, starting at $50, are now available and can be purchased by visiting ticketmaster.com or by calling 212-355-6160.

For more information, please visit www.TrumpLoeil.com.
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26) THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY
ANNOUNCES FALL 2021 SEASON
AT ITS TEMPORARY HOME AT THE THEATRE AT ST. JEAN’S
(184 EAST 76TH STREET)

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS INCLUDE

THE YORK’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT CELEBRATION,
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2021

NEW YORK CONCERT PREMIERE OF THE NEW MUSICAL
BLUE ROSES
BASED ON TENNESSEE WILLIAMS’
THE GLASS MENAGERIE
MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2021

RICHARD MALTBY, JR. AND DAVID SHIRE
TO RECEIVE 2021 OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN AWARD
FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE MUSICAL THEATRE
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2021
AT THE EDISON BALLROOM

MAINSTAGE PREMIERE OF THE NEW MUSICAL
CHEEK TO CHEEK: IRVING BERLIN IN HOLLYWOOD
AN ALL-SINGING, ALL-DANCING CELEBRATION
NOVEMBER 23, 2021 – JANUARY 2, 2022

Where musicals (come) return to life! The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and rediscovery of musical gems from the past, has announced the continuation of its 50th Anniversary Season at its new temporary home at The Theatre at St. Jean’s (184 East 76th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues). Following a devastating flood due to a water main break in January 2021 at its home at Saint Tennessee Williams’ legendary play The Glass Menagerie, marking over 75 years since its Broadway debut, takes on new musical life in the form of Blue Roses. The classic story of a frustrated writer and the memories of his overbearing mother, his troubled sister, and the gentleman caller who will shatter their world is transformed into a haunting new musical from the team of composer Nancy Ford and lyricist and librettist Mimi Turque.Church, the company will temporarily relocate to The Theatre at St. Jean’s. The Fall 2021 season includes three special one-night-only concert events: The York’s 50th Anniversary Concert Celebration; the New York concert premiere of the musical Blue Roses; and the 29th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala – in addition to the premiere Mainstage run of the new musical Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood.

Marking the return to live entertainment and launching its Fall 2021 season, The York will present a one-night only concert, The York’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. Join The York when the company concludes its milestone celebration with a special event not to be missed. More details to come soon! ONE NIGHT ONLY, Monday evening, September 20, 2021 at The Theatre at St. Jean’s.

Continuing the celebration, and rescheduled from April 2020 due to the pandemic, is a special benefit New York premiere concert performance of the new musical Blue Roses, with book and lyrics by Mimi Turque and music by Nancy Ford, based on The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. ONE NIGHT ONLY, Monday evening, October 18, 2021 at The Theatre at St. Jean’sThe one-night-only event will begin at 7:00PM and will be followed by a reception.

The premiere of Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood, a song and dance celebration featuring the music and lyrics of the legendary Irving Berlin, is the company’s first 2021 mainstage production, and is presented in association with Riki Kane Larimer. The show has a book by Barry Kleinbort (13 Things About Ed Carpolotti), music direction by David Hancock Turner (York’s Desperate Measures), and is conceived, directed and choreographed by four-time Tony Award nominee Randy Skinner (42nd Street, Dames at Sea, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, and Ain’t Broadway Grand). Cast and additional creative team will be announced shortly.

Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood is an all-singing, all-dancing celebration of the most famous songs that Irving Berlin composed for the silver screen. Mr. Berlin understood the impact dance had on the public and his melodies, rhythms, and lyrics reflected his love of that art form. Six spectacular performers will showcase these magnificent songs and will also tell the stories behind the man who made the music that made the movies dance. Four-time Tony nominee Randy Skinner directs and choreographs an evening featuring an array of classic Berlin tunes from such classic films as Top Hat, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Holiday Inn, Easter Parade, White Christmas, and many more!

Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood is an all-singing, all-dancing celebration of the most famous songs that Irving Berlin composed for the silver screen. Mr. Berlin understood the impact dance had on the public and his melodies, rhythms, and lyrics reflected his love of that art form. Six spectacular performers will showcase these magnificent songs and will also tell the stories behind the man who made the music that made the movies dance. Four-time Tony nominee Randy Skinner directs and choreographs an evening featuring an array of classic Berlin tunes from such classic films as Top Hat, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Holiday Inn, Easter Parade, White Christmas, and many more!

Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood is an all-singing, all-dancing celebration of the most famous songs that Irving Berlin composed for the silver screen. Mr. Berlin understood the impact dance had on the public and his melodies, rhythms, and lyrics reflected his love of that art form. Six spectacular performers will showcase these magnificent songs and will also tell the stories behind the man who made the music that made the movies dance. Four-time Tony nominee Randy Skinner directs and choreographs an evening featuring an array of classic Berlin tunes from such classic films as Top Hat, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Holiday Inn, Easter Parade, White Christmas, and many more!

PLEASE NOTE: Ticketing information for all Fall 2021 events will be announced shortly. For additional information, please visit the website at www.yorktheatre.org.
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