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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Sunday Scoop Week of 11/27/22 What's Happening This Week and More

A) Beginning Performances 
B)What Else is Happening This Week and More

A) Beginning Performances

In New Jersey

A Little Shakespeare Presents 
Romeo & Juliet

Two River Theater (21 Bridge Ave. Red Bank, NJ)

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit tworivertheater.org/whats-on/a-little-shakespeare-romeo-juliet/

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella 

The magical fairytale, Cinderella, The Enchanted Edition is reborn with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s elegant and charming music. Inspired by the 1997 teleplay starring Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother, this adaptation for the stage includes warmth, hilarity, and romance.  

Centenary Stage Company’s Sitnik Theatre (715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ)
Running 12/1 - 12/11

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.centenarystageco.org/cinderella

In New York

A Child's Christmas in Wales

This December, Irish Rep offers up the sixth special return of its joyous holiday classic, Dylan Thomas’s iconic A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Charlotte Moore’s musical adaptation of this “never to be forgotten day at the end of the unremembered year” features heartwarming contemporary and traditional Christmas music interwoven with the popular story of that snowy Christmas Day in Wales.

Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd Street) 
Running 12/1 - 12/31
Opening Night 12/8

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.irishrep.org.
Dead + Alive

Dark, whimsical and inspired by death (and clowning), DEAD + ALIVE follows a devoted clown duo (performed by Helen Hayes winner Richard Saudek and Dana Dailey) as one clown mourns their partner’s death while trying to keep their soul from escaping to run amok as a dybbuk. Set to live music, Jewish burial rituals meet classic vaudevillian clown routines in this delightfully funny and deeply moving show about partnership, loss and the difficult realization that the show--just like life--must go on.

Connelly Theater (220 East 4 St)
Running 11/29 - 12/10

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit  https://www.richardsaudek.net/dead--alive.html

Henry Naylor's Afghanistan is Not Funny

In 2002, UK comedian and 3-time Edinburgh Fringe First winner Henry Naylor went to the Afghan Warzone with photographer Sam Maynard to conduct research for Naylor’s Edinburgh Fringe play Finding Bin Laden. They were threatened by a war criminal, captured by the Mujhadeen, and almost blown up by the Taliban. Now, as the Taliban return to power, Naylor incisively asks: what has been lost in the ruins of Kabul?

SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street)
Running 12/1 - 12/11

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit  SoHoPlayhouse.com 

Moliere's Tartuffe

 EPIC Players, New York’s leading neuro-diverse theatre company will begin presenting Molière's Tartuffe, one of the greatest comedies of the classic period, on its mainstage. Since it was founded in 2016, the nonprofit neuro-diverse theatre company has been dedicated to creating professional performing arts opportunities and supportive social communities in the arts for actors with developmental disabilities, while getting rave reviews for its production.

First performed in 1664, Tartuffe is one of Molière's most revered plays. The satiric masterpiece tells the tale of a religious imposter who, through deceit, sneaks his way into a wealthy family. The story is full of intrigue, romance, comedy, mistaken identities and forbidden love. 

Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theater at A.R.T./NY (502 W. 53rd St.) 

12/1 - 12/11

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit epicplayers.ticketspice.com/epic-players-present-molieres-tartuffe

Peter Pan - S3xual

See the tale of Peter Pan gayer than you’ve ever seen before! Join Peter and Drag Queen Gina Tonic as they burst out of the nursery and discover Neverland on acid with a foul-mouthed Tink, pirates of the subway, and that big old sexy crocodile! Chock full of pop parodies and holiday classics, slapstick calamities, and political satire like an over-stuffed stocking, full of surprises for the holiday season (wrapped up in a rainbow-colored bow). 

Don’t Tell Mama (343 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Running 12/3 - 12/12

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit  www.randrproductions.net/panto

Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory

Truman Capote was a major American voice of the 20th Century. Perhaps best known for his true crime novel In Cold Blood, as well as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Other Voices, Other Rooms. Capote was a prolific short story writer, and his deeply personal short story, A Christmas Memory was first published in 1956. It's a lyrical story narrated by Capote about two outsiders in a big Alabama home in the early 1930s: an eight year old Truman and his best friend and distant cousin, a quirky, sprightly spinster in her 60s. Through their annual tradition of making fruitcakes together, Truman paints a vivid picture of his early life, sharing the profound need of lost souls to make a connection, even across a generational divide.

Hudson New York's Park Theater (723 Warren Street

Running 12/1 - 12/18

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit  AChristmasMemory.com


Underneath the Skin

UNDERNEATH THE SKIN is based on the fantastical life of Samuel Steward (1909-1993), a gay novelist, tattoo artist, author of erotic fiction, and unabashed carnal adventurer who lived a bold life pursuing his physical and erotic desires through his art. A promising novelist and gifted scholar, Steward left the world of academia to reinvent himself as one of the 20th century’s most influential tattoo artists (aka Philip Sparrow), and as a writer of gay erotic fiction (aka Phil Andros). He attracted the friendships of Gertrude Stein and Andre Gide, was lovers with Thornton Wilder, and had trysts with Rudolph Valentino, Lord Alfred Douglas, and Roy Fitzgerald (aka Rock Hudson). An obsessive self-chronicler, he meticulously recorded his intimate encounters in his “Stud File,” and became an unofficial collaborator at The Kinsey Institute in the 1950s.

The Ellen Stewart Theater at La MaMa (66 East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and Bowery)
Running 12/1 - 12/18

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit  www.lamama.org.

B) What Else is Happening This Week and More

1) American Museum of Natural History Margaret Mead Festival
12/3 - 12/4

2) At the Illusionists Table Returns to the McKittrick Hotel

3) Beyond Van Gogh Opens at American Dream

4) Broadway Workshop Film & Casting Workshop

5)   Liberty/Ellis Island Available Experiences

6) Lost Shanghai, New Musical, Gets Concert Staging
Merkin Hall 12/2

7) MJ Releases New Block of Tickets Through September 2023

8) NJPAC Upcoming Shows & Events

9)The Orchestra Now Holiday Concerts
12/4 & 12/11

10) Queen's Theatre Holiday Performances

11) State Theatre New Jersey Upcoming Shows & Events

12) South Street Seaport Museum Holiday Tree Lighting Activities 

13) South Street Seaport Museum Monthly Sea Chantey & Maritime Sing Along

14) Theatre Resources Unlimited Returns to Live
Polaris North Theatre 11/29

15) Trevor Noah to Host Black Theater Night at Broadway's A Strange Loop






The Margaret Mead Festival at the American Museum of Natural History will return with an in-person celebration from Saturday, December 3, through Sunday, December 4. This year’s Mead Festival— Mead 2022: Voices of the Pacific Northwest—is inspired by the opening of the Museum’s revitalized Northwest Coast Hall in May 2022. The two-day festival will celebrate storytelling from the Indigenous Nations of the Pacific Northwest Coast and focus on film, performance, and other media by Native artists.  Tickets are currently on sale on the Museum’s website.











The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC), home of Sleep No More, is delighted to announce the return of At The Illusionist’s Table, an intimate experience of magic, mentalism and fine dining. Created and hosted by internationally-acclaimed illusionist, Scott Silven, performances will be offered in the hotel’s cozy Alpine escape, The Hideout at Gallow Green, beginning Sunday, December 4 through January 30.



Imagine being completely immersed in more than 300 of the greatest works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. Now imagine experiencing all of this art liberated from its two-dimensional limitations into a three-dimensional experience that exhilarates every sense and brings to life one of the most influential artists the world has known. It’s all part of Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, which has sold over 4 million tickets globally, making it one of the most popular current traveling exhibitions. The sensory extravaganza will open in East Rutherford at American Dream on December 1.

While journeying through Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, guests witness more than 300 iconic masterpieces, including such instantly recognizable classics as “The Starry Night,” “Sunflowers,” and “Café Terrace at Night,” as well as many revealing self-portraits. Prices start at $39.99 for adults and $23.99 for children (ages 5-15), plus ticketing fees. Tickets are on-sale to the general public beginning www.vangoghnewjersey.com.


4) Broadway Workshop

Film & TV Casting Workshop

Broadway Workhop is thrilled to announce a virtual Film & TV Casting Intensive with KRISTAIN CHARBONIER, casting director at The Telsey Office & Broadway Workshop’s JOY SUPRANO!

Film & TV Casting Workshop

Date: Sunday December 4, 2022

Time: 11:00am-2:00pm ET

Ages: 12-19

Cost: $165

Online Zoom WorkshopThis class will focus on how to break down sides for on-camera and filmed auditions. Each student will receive feedback and coaching to help bring their performances to the next level lead by Broadway Workshop favorite, Joy Suprano!

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.broadwayworkshop.com/program/film-tv-casting-workshop/


5) 5 Fun Experiences 

at Liberty/Ellis Island

While tickets to the Crown of Lady Liberty are going fast, there are plenty of family friendly activities to enjoy on both Liberty and Ellis Island.  Five family friendly experiences to enjoy this holiday season through Statue City Cruises include:

·         A crowning achievement- the Crown of Statue of Liberty is now open.  Book your tickets in advance.

·         If Crown access is not available on the day you want to visit, there is more flexibility and capacity to access the Pedestal of the Statue of Liberty (about halfway up). 

·         Learn the journey of the Statue of Liberty from creation to captivating audiences around the world at the Statue of Liberty Museum. 

·         Trace your family history at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. 

·         Walk in the shoes of millions of immigrants who came through Ellis Island in its hay day with a Hard Hat Tour (added fee) of Ellis Island’s Hospital Complex which was used to treat those coming in from overseas at the turn of the 20th century and which has largely been uninhabited for more than 65 years. 

·         BONUS: A grounds only ticket still includes access to both islands and the ability to take in amazing, outside 360-degree views of New York Harbor. And with all grounds, pedestal and crown tickets under $25, it’s one of the best bargains in town. 

For more information, please visit https://www.cityexperiences.com/new-york/city-cruises/statue/


6) HONG KONG JOURNEYS to feature concert staging of new musical
Friday, December 2 at Merkin Hall

HONG KONG JOURNEYS will present a concert staging of excerpts from LOST SHANGHAI, a new musical with book/ lyrics by Angel Lam and Richard Caliban and music by Angel Lam, on Friday, December 2 at Merkin Hall.

LOST SHANGHAI is a musical love story about ambition, love, espionage, betrayal and redemption set in the tumultuous pre-revolution days of the 1940’s leading to the fall of Shanghai. A young man falls in love with a Shanghai nightclub singer who, unbeknownst to him, has been forced into service as a sort of Matta Hari by the secret police to lure and entrap suspected communists. These two unlikely lovers share a strange fate that transcends revolutions and lifetimes.

For more information on LOST SHANGHAI visit lostshanghai.weebly.com








Producers Lia VollackJohn Branca and John McClain announced that a new block of tickets is available for performances through Sunday, September 3, 2023. MJ is directed and choregraphed by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon, with a book written by two-time Pulitzer Prize® winner Lynn NottageMJ is the winner of four 2022 Tony Awards, including Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Myles Frost) and Best Choreography.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com and at the Neil Simon box office.



Upcoming Shows & Events


Thursday December 1, 2022 @ 8PM


Saturday December 3, 2022 @ 7PM

Saturday December 3, 2022 @ 10PM

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.njpac.org

Prudential Hall 
One Center Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102



The Launch of its 2022–23 Sight & Sound Series at
The Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 4
A Free Concert at Peter Norton Symphony Space
Led by Resident Conductor Zachary Schwartzman on December 11

 The Orchestra Now (TŌN) welcomes the holiday season in Manhattan with two December concerts. Music Director Leon Botstein conducts the launch of The Orchestra Now’s popular Sight & Sound series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sunday, December 4 at 2 PM. The program explores the connections between the Tudor era and Vaughan Williams’ score to a documentary about Elizabethan England. As with all presentations in the Sight & Sounds seriesa discussion is complemented by on-screen artworks and musical excerpts performed by the Orchestra, followed by a full performance and audience Q&A.

TŌN’s next performance will be a FREE CONCERT led by the Orchestra’s resident conductor Zachary Schwartzman in a program of Schumann, Strauss, and Sibelius at Peter Norton Symphony Space on December 11.

Sight & Sound Series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 2 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
Vaughan Williams: Three Portraits from The England of Elizabeth
Artwork from the exhibition The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England
England under the volatile Tudor dynasty was a thriving home for the arts. An international community of artists and merchants navigated the high-stakes demands of royal patrons, including England’s first two reigning queens. A 1955 documentary about Elizabethan England featured a score by composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. These portraits from that score, adapted by Muir Mathieson, focus on three major figures of the Tudor era: Sir Francis Drake, William Shakespeare, and Queen Elizabeth I.
The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 8, 2023.
Tickets are priced at $30, $40, and $50. All tickets include same-day museum admission and may be purchased online here, by calling The Met at 212.570.3949, or at The Great Hall box office at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ticket holders will need to comply with the venue’s health and safety requirements, which can be found here.
FREE CONCERT, Peter Norton Symphony Space
Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 4 PM
Zachary Schwartzman, conductor
Robert SchumannGenoveva Overture
Richard Strauss: Four Symphonic Interludes from Intermezzo
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2
Tickets for this concert are FREE, advance RSVP suggested at ton.bard.edu. Concertgoers will need to comply with the venue’s health and safety requirements, which can be found here.


10) Brighten Up Your Holidays This Winter at Queens Theatre With Thrilling Dance and Performance - for the Whole Family

This holiday season, Queens Theatre (QT) is raising the curtain on presentations for the whole family - adding additional shows destined to get everyone into the holiday spirit. 

Lightwire Theater’s  “A Very Electric Christmas”

Sunday, December 4th at 4:00 PM - ONE SHOW ONLY

Tickets: $18, 4 for $60 

Follow the story of a young bird named Max and his family, as they begin their journey south for the winter.  When Max gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole…..his adventure begins!  Dancing toy soldiers, caroling worms and performing poinsettias, light up the stage.  Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits, including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky.

Check out this preview here.

Tickets are available for $18 each for seating in all sections. Purchase 4 tickets for $60 with code 4FOR60. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:   https://queenstheatre.org/event/a-very-electric-christmas/

For more details, visit www.queenstheatre.org or call the Box Office at: (718) 760-0064.

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company’s Navidad: A Mexican-American Christmas

Saturday, December 10th at 2:00 PM (Audio Description available)

Saturday, December 10th at 7:00 PM

Sunday, December 11th at 3:00 PM

Tickets: $25 - $35, 4 for $90


Navidad: A Mexican-American Christmas focuses on a young person caught between two worlds—their family’s past in Mexico and their present life in New York City. Through a dream, this youngster attempts to bring the two cultures together where Aztec-inspired dance is performed to Christmas carols, and Mariachi music melds with Tschaikowsky.

Take a sneak peek here.

Tickets start at $25 each for seating in all sections. Purchase 4 tickets for $90 with code 4FOR90. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit :


For more details, visit www.queenstheatre.org or call the Box Office at: (718) 760-0064

Cenicienta: A Bilingual Cinderella Story – A Glass Half Full Theatre Production

Sunday, Jan. 22nd at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM 

Tickets: $18, 4 for $60 

Ten-year-old Belinda recreates the classic tale of Cinderella using everyday objects like teapots and napkins while in the basement preparing for a party upstairs. Glass Half Full Theatre from Austin, Texas, presents its award-winning “story within a story” using puppetry, Spanish, and English. As Belinda confronts her stepmother and stepsisters, she’ll learn to embrace her love of poetry and stand up for herself.

Tickets start at $18 each for seating in all sections. Purchase 4 tickets for $60 with code 4FOR60. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://queenstheatre.org/event/cenicienta/ 

For more details, visit www.queenstheatre.org or call the Box Office at: (718) 760-0064.xxx


11) State Theatre New Jersey
Upcoming Shows & Events

Celebrate the Season With Patti Labelle
Thursday December 1, 2022 8:00 PM

This holiday season, see Grammy® Award-winning artist Patti LaBelle as she performs holiday classics and the hits you know and love! Known for her powerhouse vocals and electrifying live performances, LaBelle’s hits include “If Only You Knew,” “When You Talk About Love,” “New Attitude,” “Stir It Up,” and “Lady Marmalade."

Friday December 2, 2022 8:00 PM
Saturday December 3, 2022 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM

STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments—matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps—to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show.

Martina McBride
The Joy of Christmas
Sunday December 4,2022 7:30 PM

See country superstar Martina McBride live this holiday season in The Joy of Christmas Tour 2022! Enjoy hits like “Independence Day,” “A Broken Wing,” “Wild Angels,” and “This One’s for the Girls” along with holiday favorites.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.stnj.org/events

State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ


12) South Street Seaport Museum
Holiday Tree Lighting Activities
November 29, 2022

South Street Seaport Museum announces Holiday Tree Lighting Activities on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 4–8pm, at 12 Fulton Street. Kick off the holiday season with special open hours and activities at the Seaport Museum Galleries. This event is free, but please let us know that you’re coming by registering at seaportmuseum.org/boat-baubles.

Countdown to the annual lighting of the tree on the cobblestones at 5pm, then drop in for some seasonal fun in the Seaport Museum Galleries where families and guests of all ages will be invited to create paper boat baubles—great decorations for the holiday—using festive and colorful paper.

Live music, additional family activities, and other surprises will take place throughout the Seaport during the tree lighting to mark the official start of the holidays.


13) South Street Seaport Museum
Announces Monthly Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Live Sing-Along
Hybrid at 12 Fulton Street and on Zoom
Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 2pm ET

South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly sea-music events Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music––the original NYC chantey sing, now made popular on TikTok––continues in-person and virtually on Sunday, December 4, 2022, at 2pm ET, in the Seaport Museum galleries at 12 Fulton Street, NYC, and on Zoom. Join a round-robin of shared songs featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Singers of all levels, as well as listeners, are welcome to lead or request a song, join in the choruses, or just listen as we present traditional maritime work songs and ballads on the first Sunday of every month. The event is FREE. For more information and to sign up, visit seaportmuseum.org/chanteysing.

Before and after the sing, in-person participants are invited to tour the Seaport Museum gallery exhibitions at 12 Fulton Street, as well as visit 1885 tall ship Wavertree and the 1908 lightship Ambrose on Pier 16, all free of charge.


14) Theater Resources Unlimited returns to live:
Town Hall: What Producing Companies Need Now”
In-Person at Polaris North Theatre & Online via Zoom
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 6:30pm ET

A dependable haven for artists in isolation during shutdown, Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) returns to live monthly panel discussions with a Town Hall, focusing on “What Producing Companies Need Now”. This highly anticipated event will take place on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at Polaris North Theatre, 245 W. 29th Street, 4th Floor, NYC. Networking begins at 6:30pm, and the open forum begins at 7pm ET. The evening will be streamed simultaneously via Zoom. The event is free to TRU members and not-for-profit theater companies, $15 for non-members. For more information and to register, visit truonline.org/events/live-town-hall-what-companies-need. The virtual link will be sent to all registrants.



Trevor Noah will host a special Black Theater Night performance at A STRANGE LOOP on Tuesday, November 29th at 7pm at The Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street). The Emmy-winning talk show host, New York Times Best-Selling author, and star of the current #1 film in the U.S., Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, will moderate a talkback following the show with author Michael R. Jackson, choreographer Raja Feather Kelly, and members of the cast of A Strange Loop. The event offers a special welcome to Black theatergoers to be in attendance.

Tickets for the evening – open to all – are available at www.telecharge.com (212-947-8844) or at the Lyceum Box Office. Special group rates are available at https://www.broadwayinbound.com/shows/a-strange-loop.


And that's the scoop. More Theater Monday/Talking Topics will be closed tomorrow. Tune in Tuesday for Tips for Tuesday.