Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Theater Thursday - Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

What: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Where: Imperial Theatre
            249 W. 45th St.
            New York,, NY

Who: Teens and Up
Me - Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 was interesting. It was not like any show I have ever seen before. It is based on the book War and Peace. The story is too complicated to explain here, but I would recommend reading a synopsis of the show before you go because it will help you keep better track of what is going on in the show. Otherwise, you will probably be completely lost. However, this doesn't mean you shouldn't the show. It is very unique. There is nothing else like it on Broadway. The theater is completely different. They took out a lot of seats and moved seats around. The audience gets to interact with parts of the show. Even if you are all the way up in the mezzanine, you get to interact with parts of the show. At the beginning of the show, they threw people little boxes of food. It looked like bread and tasted like potatoes. The show was almost all singing. I liked some of the music. There were even a few songs that stuck in my mind after the show. My favorites were Prologue, Letters and Balaga. If you go to the show, pay close attention to Prologue which is the first song because it sets up the whole show. The acting was good. The singing was nice. Josh Groban sings really nice, and he was good. After the show, we were able to get his autograph, and he was nice in person too. One of the actresses in the show, we had seen in a concert of Broadway understudies. Her name was Ashley Perez Flanagan. She played Sonya, Natasha's cousin. She was good too. This is first time, we saw somebody we saw at one of the understudy concerts actually playing the part on Broadway. Even if you don't think you are interested in this show, it is worth it to go just to see how amazing the theater looks.
Mom - Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 is a complicated story based on a portion of the classic novel War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. It is also an incredibly amazing theatrical event. From the moment, you step into the completedly renovated theater, you will know that you are witnessing something new and different. There are seats on the stage. There are little tables with lights on them in the mezzanine. Those are just a few of the changes that have been made to the theater, and the changes that have been made to the theater are only a minor portion of the uniqueness of this show. First of all, this is not a show where the action takes place on a stage in front of you. It happens all around you. It is completely immersive. Ensemble members even dance and sing in the mezzanine. If the idea of theater happening all around you sounds headache inducing, and you are worried that you will not know where to look first, don't worry it is not like that. Yes, there are times when it is hard to know where to look first. However, it is not like there are people everywhere at every moment. It is just like any other show in that some moments involve large numbers of people or even the entire cast while other moments only involve a character or two. The show is completely sung. The voices are beautiful. The cast, at least the main characters, mostly sing pretty clearly, however, at times it is hard to understand what they are singing, It helps if you familiarize yourself with the story before you go especially because there are so many characters in the show to keep track of. The first song of the show, Prologue, does a good job of setting up the show so I would recommend paying close attention to that. The songs in the show are mixed. Some are really memorable and will probably stick in your head. Others not so much. This is not a good show for young children because the story line is not appropriate for small children, and they would probably be bored anyway. For older children and adults, however, it is definitely a unique experience that is not to be missed.
For more about Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 or to order tickets visit,

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Funtivity Friday.
Photo credits: All Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 photos by Chad Batka

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Gracie Mansion

What: Gracie Mansion

Where: 181 E.End Ave.
             New York, NY

Who: Tweens and Up

Me - Gracie Mansion was fun. It is the Mayor of New York's mansion. There were a lot of different rooms. They are each called by a color name. You do not go into all of the rooms in the house on the tour. Of course, you don't go into the rooms where the Mayor and his family live. There was a lot of art and artifacts. The guide told us some interesting stories about some of the art and artifacts in the house.There were three flags in the house. There was the American flag. There was the New York State flag. Also, there was the New York City flag. Before, I went to Gracie Mansion, I did not know that New York City had its own flag. There is a park by Gracie Mansion. A lot of people go on walks there. You can't get right up to the mansion though because there is a fence. To get into the mansion to go on the tour, you have to go through security. Gracie Mansion is also near the water. They put the Mayor's mansion near the water because in case there was an emergency, it would be easy to get him out. We got to take the new Second Avenue subway to get to Gracie Mansion. I loved it! It was so clean! Over all, Gracie Mansion was a fascinating place to visit.
Mom - Gracie Mansion has been the home of all New York City Mayors since Fiorello LaGuardia except for Michael Bloomberg. If you are interested in things like art and  history, you might enjoy a tour of the mansion. The mansion has been called "The Little White House." A tour of the mansion is a little bit like a mini tour of The White House. You will see a  bunch of rooms designated by different color names, such as, the Peach Room. Each room is loaded with paintings, historic documents and other artifacts, and you will learn a little bit about some of them. However, unlike at The White House you are allowed to sit in the various rooms. Also, the tour is not so long. For these reasons, it is more accessible than most tours even for people who cannot stand for long periods of time and/or those that do not have the patience for longer tours. However, the tour is not completely accessible to those with limited mobility since there is staircase to climb once you enter the mansion, in order to go on the tour.  Also, we would not recommend the tour for young children who would probably be bored and might have problems keeping their hands off some of the artifacts. Exhibits at the mansion are changed periodically.  Tours are free, but reservations are required and only two people are admitted per reservation. Tours only run on Tuesdays at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, or 3:00 PM and only a limited number of people are admitted on each tour so if you think you are interested in going, you should make your reservation as soon as possible.  You must bring ID, and you will have to go through security to get into the mansion. Gracie Mansion is a good place to go on a nice day because it is surrounded by a Carl Shurz Park and near the water.
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And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday..

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tips for Tuesday - Movies - Max 2: White House Hero, Urban Hymn and The Wedding Plan Plus a Giveaway!

We have been given screeners of the below mentioned movies for free for review purposes.This post may also contain affiliate links, If you click on a link and make a purchase, we may be compensated. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Me - Today I am recommending Max 2 White House Hero. This movie is about the son of the President of the United States and the daughter  of the Russian leader and a dog named Max who is assigned to guard the President's son. The three of them join together to find out who is trying to sabotage their fathers' meeting.  This was a good movie. The story was intriguing. It kept you wanting to know what was going to happen. It was unpredictable. Even when you think you know what is going to happen it doesn't. The characters were mostly likable. The dog was so cute. He was one of my favorite parts of the movie. I don't see how this movie relates to the first movie about Max, but it was still a good movie. I usually hate when they do a sequel with a whole new cast and a plot that doesn't relate at all to the first movie, but this one I really enjoyed it. Over all, it was a good movie.

See below for the Max 2: White House Hero Trailer and for a  special Max 2: White House Hero Run Game created in connection with the movie. Play the game and help Max save TJ and Alex! Click anywhere on the game screen to jump over obstacles and make your best time. Share your best time and enter to win a copy of the movie.

MAX 2: White House Hero is now available from Warner Bros Home Entertainment on DVD, Blu-ray™ Combo Packs & on Digital HD!

Giveaway Dates: 5/23-6/6

Giveaway Open to Ages 18+ US Only

ARV: $17.96

Mom - Today I am recommending two movies.

The first is Urban Myth. Jaime doesn't have anybody in the world but her best friend, Leanne, and they have nothing to look forward to in life but the criminal path they are heading down. Then, with the help of a caring social worker, Jamie discovers she has a talent for singing which just might be the key to a better future for Jaime, but she's not sure she can leave Leanne behind even if she wants to. Although there are elements of this movie that are familiar from similar movies, this movie is not a carbon copy of any movie that has come before. It is not completely predictable. It is a movie that will stir your emotions. It will make you happy and yet sad. It will make you hopeful and yet full of despair. It is inspirational and yet it is heartbreaking. It will stay with you even after you have seen it.

Urban Hymn is available in theaters and on demand.

The second movie is The Wedding Plan. The wedding plan is an Israeli film with English subtitles. It is the story of a woman who sets all the plans in motion for her dream wedding even going so far as to pick a date and book a hall even though she doesn't even have a groom. This movie feels like it should be more of a comedy. However, it plays as a more of a drama. It is still an entertaining movie, however. It is sweet and romantic and not completely predictable. It will definitely make you smile.

The Wedding Plan is in theaters in New York and LA.

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

Monday, May 22, 2017

Ten Fun Facts About Flowers

Me- Here are five fun facts about flowers.

1) Violets- Four states; Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Illnois and New Jersey have the violet as their state flower.
2) Carnations - Carnations were part of the first Mother's Day Celebration.

3) Forget-Me-Nots - The Forget-Me-Not was used as a message not to forget the poor and desperate.

4) Chrysanthemums - In Australia, Chrysanthemums are sometimes given to mothers for Mother's Day.
5) Roses -Rose petals are sometimes used to flavor tea.

Mom - Here are five more fun facts about flowers.

6) Poppies - In ancient Egypt doctors would have patients eat poppy seeds to relieve pain.

7) Asters - The Hungarian revolution was known as the Aster revolution because protesters wore asters.
8) Daisies - The English Daisy is considered to be a flower of children and innocence.

9) Magnolias - The Magnolia is the national flower of North Korea.

10) Irises - Vincent Van Gogh painted several famous pictures of Irises.

And that's our view. Do you have any more fun facts about flowers to share?

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.
Photo credits:
photo credit 1: gailhampshire Devon Violets. Viola odorata via photopin (license)
photo credit 2: FestivitiesMN Floral Inventory - Mini Carnations (Red) via photopin (license)
photo credit 3: tdlucas5000 Chinese Forget-Me-Nots via photopin (license)
photo credit 4: HartLinker Chrysanthemum via photopin (license)
photo credit 5: Tadie88 18.11.16 Everything's Peachy.. via photopin (license)
photo credit 6: Lens Perception Scarcliffe, Derbyshire via photopin (license)
photo credit 7: foxtail_1 asters via photopin (license)
photo credit 8: Nemo's great uncle #2088 English daisies (ヒナギク) via photopin (license)
photo credit 9: quirkyjazz magnolia blooms via photopin (license)
photo credit 10: Larry1732 Wild Irises via photopin (license)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Scoop Week of 5/21/17 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Upcoming at Merkin Concert Hall:
Kaufman Music Center Gala, Music Theater Workshop, and More
Kaufman Music Center
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY

Monday May 22, 6:30 PM
Kaufman Music Center Gala

The 2017 Gala honors world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell and celebrates the 20th anniversary of Special Music School, the country's only K-12 public school for musically gifted children.

For more information or to purchase tickets click here

Wednesday May 24, 6:30 PM
Music and Theater Workshop
Students from Lucy Moses School's Glee Club and Musical Theater Workshop wrap up the school year with a spirited final performance.

For more information or to purchase tickets click here

Thursday May 25, 6:00 PM
International Grande Music Competition
Winners' Concert

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Friday May 26, 4:00 PM
Special Music School Opera Scenes

Vocal and instrumental virtuosos from Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School High School perform opera scenes.

For more information or to purchase tickets click here

Sunday May 28, 3:00 PM
New York Philharmonic Ensembles

Experience the passion and personality of the performers! Works by Druckman, Mozart and Dvorák.

For more information or to purchase tickets click here

Sunday May 28, 6:00 PM
International Grande Music Competition
Winners' Concert

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The Summer Season at Historic Philadelphia Starts Memorial Day Weekend

Highlights of the Season include:

1.     Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches now with a brand new bench at the Museum of the American Revolution and lots of new stories to tell
2.     Tours – Eat dinner with the heroes of 1776, sneak into Independence Hall at night, or go on a Colonial drinking tour
3.     Valley Forge National Historical Park – Ten years of stories and tours to celebrate
4.     Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square – Continues through June 11, then lots of free events the rest of the season including free movie nights
5.     Betsy Ross House Special Events – Meet Betsy or Phillis, the free African American laundress, and see what’s new at the House this season

For more information click here
Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre:
The Little Mermaid
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ

Friday May 26, 2017 to Sunday June 4, 2017
Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. The Yardley Players brings this underwater spectacular to life starring Ariel, Prince Eric, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the Seagull, Sebastian the Crab and, of course, the Evil Sea Witch, Ursula. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with irresistible songs including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl," and "Part of Your World."

For more information or to purchase tickets click here
Upcoming at the Franklin Institute:
A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature
222 N 20th St 
Philadelphia, PA

May 27-September 4

Explore the mathematical patterns of the natural world in A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature! 

From the nested spirals of a sunflower’s seeds to the ridges of a majestic mountain range, this stunning interactive exhibit provides an introduction to patterns and how math surrounds us every day. Lose yourself in an elaborate mirror maze—the stunning centerpiece of the exhibit—and challenge yourself to discover how geometry, tessellations, and repetitions can unlock the secrets of the world around you.

For more information click here
Upcoming at The Museum 
of The Moving Image:
The Muppets at Disney World
36-01 35 Avenue

Sunday May 28, 1:00 PM 

The Muppets at Walt Disney World, the May program in the monthly Jim Henson's World series. This rarely seen 1990 TV special, an episode of the series The Magical World of Disney, also includes an appearance by a very young Raven-Symoné and the big cheese himself, Mickey Mouse. Jim Henson Legacy President Craig Shemin will share memories and snapshots from the set, as well as outtakes from the show. In addition, The Muppet Show episode featuring Jim’s fellow Disney Legend Wally Boag will round out the program.

For more information click here
iPlay America Summer Season Passes
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ

iPlay America’s Summer Season Pass gives guests UNLIMITED RIDES on Freedom Rider, Kite Flyer, Sky Scraper, Pine Belt Speedway Go Karts, Spin Zone, Happy Swing, Jump Around, Dizzy Dragons, and Mini Carousel. Tickets for the Summer Season Pass go on sale Sunday, May 7. The Summer Season Pass is good every day from Memorial Day (Monday May 29, 2017) through Labor Day (Monday September 4, 2017), Monday through Thursday from 3:00 PM to close, Friday 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM for those under 21, and all day Saturday and Sunday. iPlay America’s Summer Season Pass is just $49.99 each and with every pass purchased, guests receive coupons valued at over $100 – including vouchers to BYOF (Bring Your Own Friend!) for FREE! WOW! Want MORE? This year iPlay America offers a Summer Season Pass Incentive Day on May 21! When guests purchase their Summer Season Pass on May 21, they will receive FREE rides all day that day!

For more information or to purchase passes click here
Registration Now Available for 
Summer Programs at Broadway Workshop 

July 17 - July 21
Broadway Vocal Intensive
Ages: 13-19 
Times: 10:00am - 4:30pm 
Location: Ripley Grier Studios - 520 Eighth Ave. - 16th Floor 
Tuition: $875 

Created so students with a strong interest in musical theater vocal performance can hone their "triple threat" skills with high-level coaches, Broadway stars, and casting directors. Each student will select two musical theatre or pop songs to prepare for the final industry showcase. 

For more information or to register click here

August 14- August 18
Camp NYC

Ages: 8-13  

Times: 10:00am - 4:00pm 

Location: Ripley Grier Studios - 520 Eighth Ave. - 16th Floor 
Tuition: $825 

Campers of all levels experience the best theatrical workshops and master classes taught by Broadway's brightest stars and focused in every area of performance, from Stage Make-Up to Stage Combat. The week culminates in an Off Broadway Camp Finale featuring a special Broadway guest! 

For more information or to register click here
PR Firm Roundup

News from Boneau/Bryan-Brown

New York Premiere Play:
Atlantic Theatre Company

May 24 - June 18
Starring Golden Globe Award nominee Rebecca Hall
By Clare Lizzimore
Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch
Atlantic Stage 2

Rachel has it all: marriage, house, career.  So why does she suddenly have this creeping feeling? Did she leave something behind? Or is there something in the walls…? Her husband thinks she needs time; her psychiatrist suggests positive thinking. But then the visions start. A darkly comic play about the underside of domesticity, the complexity of the brain in chaos, and the thin line between sinking and survival.

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News from DKC/O&M



Grammy Award-nominated Panic! At the Disco front manBrendon Urie will make his Broadway debut as ‘Charlie Price’ in Kinky Boots, beginning Friday, May 26 through August 6, 2017Urie succeedsKillian Donnelly in the hit musical, which just celebrated its 4-year anniversary on Broadway.  He joins a cast that includes J. Harrison Ghee as ‘Lola,’ and Taylor Louderman as ‘Lauren.’

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 News from Michelle Tabnick PR

Theater Resources Unlimited and The Playroom Theatre

present the TRU April Panel
Entrepreneurship & the Arts:
Balancing Creativity with Commerce
 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:30pm, networking at 7pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present theTRU May Panel -Entrepreneurship & the Arts: Balancing Creativity with Commerce on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:30pm (doors open for networking at 7pm) at The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC 10036.  For more details, visit

With panelists David Garfinkle, producer (A Gentleman's Guide..., On the Town, The Realistic Joneses, Ghost, Spider-man), former entertainment attorney and adjunct professor with Duke University's 'Leadership in the Arts' program; Eric Krebs, producer (That Physics ShowBill Maher: Victory Begins At Home, Neil Simon's The Dinner Party, Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, Electra), professor at Baruch College and theater manager (formerly the John Houseman and Douglas Fairbanks Theatres, currently The Playroom Theatre); Dorothy Marcic, self-producing writer (Respect, Sistas) and author of 15 books, including the best-selling Understanding ManagementBailie Slevin, Entertaining Finance, financial advisor to the arts.

Doors open at 7:00pm for networking and refreshments, roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm - come prepared with your best one-minute summary of who you are, and what you need. Free for TRU members; $15 for non-members  ($12.50 in advance online at You may also reserve by phone at least a day in advance (or much sooner): 212-714-7628, or e-mail

Doug Varone and Dancers
 DEVICES: Choreographic Intensive & Mentorship Program in NYC
at Hunter College
May 28 - June 2, 2017

New York City's famed Doug Varone and Dancers will once again offerDEVICES: Choreographic Intensive & Mentorship Program in NYC: a one-on-one mentorship program with Doug Varone for experienced choreographers May 28 - June 2, 2017 at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave, NYC 10065. A unique program celebrating its fourth year, the entire scope of the mentorship is divided into three distinct parts over the course of several months.

DEVICES kicks off with a week-long intensive retreat at Hunter College wherein Doug will share ideas about craft, design and composition through finely honed creative games and devices in which an abundance of material is built quickly then carefully shaped and molded. Participants will create studies using dancers selected by Doug and the Company. Company members will serve as guides and moderators throughout the week. Over the following months, Doug will continue to mentor each participant one on one as they independently create a new work on their own dancers. The full slate of those new dances will be presented in New York City in August 2017. Please note that DEVICES is intended for emerging choreographers who have already begun making work in the field. Current MFA students will be considered if they have already established themselves as professionals outside of their master's program. Undergraduate students will not be considered.

Choreographic Intensive & Mentorship Program in NYC
Led by Doug Varone and the Company Dancers
Enrollment limited to 12 choreographers.
Intensive retreat: May 28 - June 2, 2017
Sessions run 9am - 5:30pm daily at Hunter College, NYC.
Ongoing Mentorship: June - July 2017
In June and July, Doug will continue to mentor each participant as they independently create a new work on their own dancers.
NYC Showing: August 10-12, 2017
The full slate of new dances will be presented in Gibney Dance Center in August 2017.
News from Polk and Co.

Now available to rent on iTunes


Directed by DAN HARRIS
Produced by TOM RICE

Sycamore Pictures (Begin Again, The Hollars, The Way Way Back) reveals new artwork for the hit teen comedy SPEECH & DEBATE, which is now available for rental on iTunes for $3.99. Starring Liam James, Sarah Steele, Austin P. McKenzie, Roger Bart, Janeane Garofalo, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kal Penn, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Skylar Astin written by Stephen Karam (The Humans) and directed by Dan Harris, critics are calling SPEECH & DEBATE the “greatest teen movie of the year.”

The wickedly funny Speech & Debate follows three teenagers brought together by a series of mishaps. Frustrated by the hypocrisy they see in their parents, teachers, and the entire school board, the unlikely trio set out to find a common truth and make their voices heard as they revive a defunct school club and take on the world. Blogging, blackmail, and Broadway belting drive the trio’s bond in this outrageous comedy. Sarah Steele (“The Good Fight”), returns to the big screen as the beloved “Diwata;” a role she originated Off-Broadway. Liam James (The Way, Way Back) and Austin P. McKenzie (Spring Awakening) star as her unlikely friends, “Solomon” and “Howie.”

To rent or purchase the film on iTunes click here:




Previews begin Tuesday, May 23
Opening Night is Tuesday, June 6

At Second Stage Theatre’s uptown home the McGinn/Cazale Theatre,
Broadway at 76th St.
April 12, 2017 – Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) will begin the 2017 Uptown Series (Chris Burney, Associate Artistic Director and 2ST Uptown Curator) with the world premiere of Chisa Hutchinson’s SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER, directed by MAY ADRALESSOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER will feature VANESSA KAI, COLLIN KELLY-SORDELET, MICHELLE HEERA KIM, RODNEY RICHARDSON, DAVID SHIH and JENNA YI. SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER will begin previews on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 and will officially open on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. 

SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER is presented at Second Stage Theatre’s uptown home, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre on Broadway at 76th Street. The play is commissioned by Second Stage as part of the Time Warner Commissioning Program.

Alex is a fifteen year old Asian-American girl going to extremes to get her own mother to notice her. She’s a dream child-- except to her parents who wish she was a boy. Luckily she finds a sympathetic ear in Kate, her irreverent guidance counselor who knows all too well what it’s like to walk in Alex’s shoes. As three generations of women find their identity in question, each needs to decide who makes the rules and what happens when you break them.

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Producers are thrilled to announce the release today of the Original Broadway Cast Recordingof AMÉLIE, A NEW MUSICAL by Warner Music, available digitally to purchase or stream at The CD will be released on Friday, June 9, 2017 and is available to pre-order.
News from Richard Hillman PR




TUESDAY, MAY 23 AT 2:00 P.M. 
Nightclub Cantata 
Conceived and composed by Elizabeth Swados
Directed by Bill Castellino 
Music Direction by Eric Svejcar 
Drummer Dave LeBlanc

Conceived and composed by the legendary Elizabeth Swados (Runaways, Doonesbury) in 1977, Nightclub Cantata was her attempt to, in her words, “combine the seriousness of a cantata with the frivolousness of a nightclub.” The words of legendary writers including Nazim Hikmet, Frank O’Hara, Delmore Schwartz, Sylvia Plath, Eve Merriam, and Muriel Rukeyser combine with Swados’ unique and beautiful score to make a powerful theatrical event.
Until its resurrection on The York’s stage last year in collaboration with Marymount Manhattan College, Nightclub Cantata had not been seen on the New York stage in nearly 40 years.  This reading, performed by professional actors, is presented with an eye toward producing a 40thanniversary revival of the show next season.

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 C H U R C H  &  S T A T E



Cast changes announced at Church & State, the critically acclaimed play by Jason Odell Williams, a “BEST PLAY” nominee from the Off Broadway Alliance. Directed by Markus Potter (Stalking the Bogeyman)Church & State is currently playing an open-ended engagement at New World Stages (340 W. 50th Street – between 8th & 9th Avenues). 

Megan Sikora (Holiday Inn, “Chuck”) and Andy Talen (The Blue Man Group, The Tempest) will join Rob Nagle (“Castle,” “Mad Men”) and Christa Scott-Reed (The Pitman Painters, Relativity).Ms. Sikora will join the cast on May 26, Mr. Talen on May 29.

Church & State plays the following performance schedule: Monday at 8pmWednesday - Friday at 8pmSaturday 2pm & 8pmSunday3pm & 7:30pm.

Tickets are $59 - $105 and are available for purchase through  They may also be purchased in person at the New World Stages Box Office (340 West 50th Street.  Visit


AUGUST 15-21, 2017


For the first time in its one hundred-year history, The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) announced today that it will offer its first-ever pre-professional training program for college-aged actors and directors.  The new Summer Professional Theater Intensive is an exciting, immersive and rigorous program, bringing renowned artists from Broadway and Off-Broadway together to share unparalleled training with students interested in pursuing theatrical careers after graduation. This industry-focused, week-long workshop provides young artists with a unique opportunity to experience New York City’s theatrical community, before leaving city distractions behind to focus on their artistry at a private retreat center in Massachusetts under the guidance of professional Master Teachers.

The Summer Professional Theater Intensive (SPTI) prepares aspiring actors and directors for a career in the professional theater industry, while providing the rare experience of concentrated theater-making.  Students will share meals, workshops, rehearsals and more with industry professionals and build artistic relationships that will last a lifetime.  Sessions will be held at The Drama League Center (32 Avenue of the Americas, NYC) and Stump Sprouts Retreat Center in Hawley, MA.

Participants will first meet in New York City for a Professional Industry Day, including panels and seminars with professional artists and producers, before taking in a Broadway or off-Broadway performance. The following day, the students depart the city for the inspiring serenity of the Stump Sprouts Retreat Center in Hawley, Massachusetts. There, they will participate in Master Workshops including Classic Text Approaches, and The Audition Room (From Both Sides of the Table), as well as break out workshops specific to the Actor and Director tracks. Finally, participants will have the chance to implement these new techniques and approaches, working in small groups to rehearse and present a site-responsive scene of classic theater on the final day of the retreat.

Applications are now open, and are being reviewed as they arrive. Each track will close when places are full, so apply now!

For more information about the Summer Professional Theater Intensive workshop, please call (212) 244-9494 ext. 102 or visit<>.
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