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

Monday, April 15, 2024

More Theater Monday - A Thousand Maids

We were given complimentary tickets to A Thousand Maids for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.


What: A Thousand Maids

Where: Two River Theater
              21 Bridge Ave.
              Red Bank, NJ

Who: Recommended for Ages 16 and Up

When: Through April 28, 2024


Tony Meneses' new play, A Thousand Maids, examines whether clothes or specifically, the stereotypical maid's uniform affects the way people think about the person beneath the uniform. Cordelia is tasked with designing maids' costumes for a new Broadway play, but she is resistant to designing the typical maid's uniform which we are all used to seeing. She is concerned that the uniform dehumanizes these women because people don't bother to look beyond the uniform and see the real person underneath.


The show also examines the way black women have so often been reduced to playing maids in movies. The ghosts of Butterfly McQueen and Lupe Ontiveros played by Deonna Bouye and Maria Elena Ramirez, respectively,  give a running commentary on the subject throughout the play. The two actresses brilliantly skirt the line between comic relief and serious commentators. They are joined by Natalie Woolams-Torres in the role of Cordelia and Kate Siahaan-Rigg in the role of Vivian, a living maid who is proud of her work and sees it as something she does for her family and not something that causes others to dehumanize her. All in all, this is a very thoughtful play.


And that's our view. For more about A Thousand Maids or to purchase tickets, visit tworivertheater.org/whats-on/a-thousand-maids

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Photo credits:
All A Thousand Maids production photos by T. Charles Erickson

Images used in this post have been sent to us from publicists, artists, and/or  PR firms and are used by permission. If there is a problem with the rights to any image, please contact us hereand we will look into the matter.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Sunday Scoop Week of 4/14/24 What's Happening This Week and More

A) Beginning Performances 

In New Jersey

1) The Lightning Thief

2) Nunsense

3) Tick, Tick ... Boom

4) Two Hander

In New York

5) Common Ground

6)  Do Re Mi

7) Here There Are Blueberries

8) Orlando 

9) Sauna Boy

10) Twenty-Sided Tavern

11) The Vicky Archives

2) Run Extension

12) An Enemy of the People

13) Bathhouse.PPTX

What Else is Happening This Week and More 

14) Broadway Podcast Network Launches New Site & Listening Platform

15) Broadway Workroom Series Presents Loch Lomond 
4/18 - 4/21

16) Brooklyn Children's Museum to Celebrate Earth Day & Spring Break
4/20 - 427

17) Cherry Orchard Festival Presents Address Unknown
4/17

18) Commemoration of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
4/19

19) Hell's Kitchen on Broadway Debuts Music Video for 
Original Song by Alicia Keys Kaliedoscope

20) Japan Society Presents Director's Company 
4/19 & 4/20

21) Jazz at Lincoln Center Celebrates Rodgers & Hammerstein
4/21

22) Manayunk Street Food Festival
4/21

23) MasterVoices Presents The Grapes of  Wrath 
4/17

24) MJ Launches Double Platinum Sweepstakes

25) NJPAC Upcoming Events

26) Perfect Crimes Celebrates 37th Anniversary 
4/18

27) Philadelphia School of Circus Presents World Circus Celebration & Festival
4/20

28) Soho Playhouse 3rd Annual Lighthouse Series
4/18 - 5/7

29) South Street Seaport Sailing Season Now on Sale

A) Beginning Performances 

In New Jersey

Courtesy of Centenary Stage Co.

1) The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical was written by Joe Tracz, and Composed by Rob Rokicki and adapted from the best-selling book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan and features an original rock score. The musical follows the story of Percy Jackson, the half-blood son of a Greek god, who has newly-discovered powers he can't control, a destiny he doesn't want, and a mythology textbook's worth of monsters on his trail. When Zeus's master lightning bolt is stolen and Percy becomes the prime suspect, he has to find and return the bolt to prove his innocence and prevent a war between the gods. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the thief. He must travel to the Underworld and back; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and come to terms with the father who abandoned him.

Sitnik Theatre Centenary University campus (715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown)
4/18 - 4/28

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit centenarystageco.org

Courtesy of Kelsey Theatre

2) Nunsense

After a bad batch of vichyssoise killed off fifty-two of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, the survivors emptied the coffers to bury the deceased, but ran out of cash before the last few bodies could be laid to rest! (Don’t worry – they’re in the kitchen freezer!) To raise funds they decide to put on a variety show. Will their prayers be answered before the health department discovers their secret? With hilarious talent acts, tongue-in-cheek musical numbers, and help from the audience, the show – the 3rd longest running Off-Broadway musical.

Kelsey Theatre at MCCC (1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor)
4/19  - 5/5

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit kelsey.mccc.edu



C) What Else is Happening This Week and More 

 

14) BROADWAY PODCAST NETWORK


ANNOUNCES


LAUNCH OF NEW SITE & LISTENING PLATFORM,


UPCOMING LIVE EVENTS, INITIATIVES, AND PROGRAMS

 

OVER 11 MILLION DOWNLOADS


12,000 PODCAST EPISODES


180 PODCASTS


OVER 300 TONY AWARD WINNING GUESTS


LISTENERS ON EVERY CONTINENT

 

BRAND NEW SERIES


“SINGULAR SENSATION”


HOSTED BY


MICHAEL RIEDEL


LAUNCHES TODAY


ON THE NEW PLATFORM

 

FEATURING NEVER BEFORE HEARD INTERVIEWS WITH


ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER


PATTI LuPONE


DAPHNE RUBIN-VEGA


STEPHEN SONDHIEM


SUSAN STROMAN


AND MORE


Broadway Podcast Network (BPN) Co-Founders Dori Berinstein and Alan Seales announced today the launch of their new website and listening platform. With over 180 theatre and theatre-adjacent podcasts, audio dramas, parodies, radio plays, live video events, and more, BPN is deeply engaged with avid theatre goers globally, having recently surpassed 11 million downloads.

 

The first podcast officially launching on the new BPN site is the highly anticipated series “Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway,” hosted by esteemed journalist and Broadway columnist Michael Riedel, and based on his critically acclaimed book of the same title.

 

The “Singular Sensation” podcast dives deep behind-the-curtain into the legendary shows of the 90’s, including Rent, Angels in America, The Producers and Sunset Boulevard. The series integrates Michael’s narration with his exclusive, never-before-heard, taped audio interviews with iconic artists from Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, Patti LuPone, and more. The first two episodes in the Sunset Boulevard miniseries are available now, everywhere podcasts are found, with the remaining episodes to be released weekly. For early access to additional episodes, visit bpn.fm/singularsensation and create a free account.

 

Another initiative just launched on the new platform is “The Broadway Exclusive”, providing a front-row seat with special, one-off insider deep dives behind-the-curtain with Broadway leaders and legends. First to launch, an insider conversation with producer Annaleigh Ashford and the company of The White Chip and a conversation with Stephen Schwartz, hosted by Mark Larson live from the Museum of Broadway. 

 

Additionally, Broadway shows can now launch their own podcast. These new series will follow a show from rehearsals to opening night, giving listeners unparalleled, behind-the-scenes access to show. Participating shows and podcast hosts will be announced at a later date.


The Broadway Podcast Network is proud to partner and support a myriad of Broadway organizations, companies and initiatives including BC/EFA, the Entertainment Community Fund, The Broadway League, 54 Below, The Drama Bookshop, the Dramatist Guild, the Costume Coalition, The Museum of Broadway, Broadway Green Alliance and the RISE Theatre Directory.


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15) The Broadway Workroom Series Presents

Loch Lomond

These Scottish lyrics have been sung the world over for hundreds of years, but few know the legend behind them. Through a Celtic-inspired modern musical theater score, the new musical Loch Lomond from writing team Maggie Herskowitz and Neil Douglas Reilly (Between Gods & Kings) breathes stunning life into a fable previously lost to time.


1745. The height of the Scottish Jacobite rebellion. When two Scottish rebel brothers are captured by the English, they are faced with an impossible choice, a ticking clock, and the end of their heroic ambitions. With only six hours left until their fate is decided, brothers Lyle and James must reconcile their desire for freedom and glory with their loyalty to each other… and their love for the women they leave behind. At once a sweeping tale of rebellion and an intimate family portrait, Loch Lomond will take you beyond the lyrics and into the heart of a universal struggle for freedom and love that stands the test of time. 


Featuring Direction by Jeff Whiting and Music Direction by James Dobinson, the AEA approved showcase performances of Loch Lomond will be presented at Open Jar Studios from Thursday April 18 to Sunday April 21. The band includes Nicole Shroeder, Mike Petty, and Tristan Marzeski.Full casting to be announced soon. Tickets are free and may be reserved at www.StageDoor.org/broadway-workroom


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16) Brooklyn Children’s Museum Will Turn Earth Day into Earth Week During Spring Break


 From April 20 to 27, the Museum’s “Earth Rocks!” Program to Feature STEM-Inspired Activities and Performances in its New Makerspace 


Earth Day, which falls on April 22 this year, will be celebrated for a full week at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM). From Saturday, April 20 through Saturday, April 27, families and caregivers looking for fun and enriching activities over the weekend or during spring break can visit the Museum for Earth Rocks!. The program varies throughout the week to ensure new discoveries with each return visit.

Each day will feature exciting, STEAM-inspired programs consisting of dynamic performances, hands-on workshops, and special projects in BCM’s new makerspace, Nature’s Engineers. The week is organized around four overarching themes: GrowSustainCare, and Explore.


EARTH ROCKS! CALENDAR:


GROW: SOIL, PLANTS, AND FOOD

Saturday, April 20 - Sunday, April 21

Learn about the secret life of soil at a music-infused puppet show by Arm of the Sea Theater, try your hand at making and tasting plant-based recipes with Fit N Play Mama, and enjoy a bilingual (English/Spanish) concert by Flor Bromley, who will perform earth-inspired songs off her album Pachamama.


SUSTAIN: REDUCE, REUSE, AND RECYCLE

Monday, April 22 - Tuesday, April 23

Embrace eco-friendly practices with hands-on projects and performances that promote sustainability. Use recycled materials to make inventive upcycled creations at play:groundNYC’s pop-up maker station, enjoy music performed on improvised and repurposed instruments by Kevin and Rich’s Recycled Sounds, and discover ways of using natural and upcycled materials to create art in workshops with the Friends of Brower Park and With Cues.


CARE: ANIMALS, INSECTS, AND HABITATS

Wednesday, April 24 - Thursday, April 25

Discover the importance of preserving wildlife and maintaining our planet’s delicate ecosystem. Sing and move at an interactive music show by Ants on a Log and Mélissa Smith that combines bug facts, strength-based affirmations, and a diverse cast of characters, learn about the important contributions that oysters make to the waters around New York City with the Billion Oyster Project, and meet and touch a variety of animals from BCM’s live animal collection.


EXPLORE: WATER, SKY, AND SPACE

Friday, April 26 - Saturday, April 27

Explore the different interconnections of Earth’s ecosystems and our place in the cosmos. Learn about climate justice at a puppet show presented by The Culture Tree and WonderSpark Puppets, and discover how real-life scientists do field work in a wide-range of different environments in a workshop with Bedrock Critical Zone.


Note: All programs are subject to change.

Tickets to the Museum grant access to all Earth Rocks! events happening during the day and are $15 per day for General Admission, $14 for Grandparents, and Free for children under one year-old and BCM members. To purchase tickets, visit: https://www.brooklynkids.org/programs/earth-rocks/.



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17) The Cherry Orchard Festival presents 

The New York Premiere of

ADDRESS UNKNOWN

Starring Evgeny Kissin and Thomas Hampson

Based on the short novel by 

Kathrine Kressmann Taylor

Post-Performance Talkback moderated by 

Motl Didner,

Program Director, National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene

April 17, 2024 at The Town Hall


The Cherry Orchard Festival presents the New York premiere of ADDRESS UNKOWN, a play starring pianist Evgeny Kissin and baritone Thomas Hampson in acting-only roles, based on the anti-fascist novel by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor banned in 1930s Germany. The performance will take place on April 17, 2024 at 8:00pm at The Town Hall, 123 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036. Tickets are $65-$225 and are available now at https://cherryorchardfestival.org/2024_address-unknown.


In an era of austerity, recession, and rising nationalism, two friends are torn apart when the Nazi regime infiltrates their friendship and families to devastating effect. Based on the bestselling book, written as an anti-fascist call to arms and banned in 1930s Germany for dramatically exposing the threat of Nazism, ADDRESS UNKNOWN is a timely warning of how humanity can fail in the face of extreme ideology.


CAST

Evgeny Kissin

Thomas Hampson

Karina Arzumanova


Directed by Marianna Arzumanova


A Q&A session with the actors will be held after the show, moderated by Motl Didner, Program Director, National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene.


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Photo courtesy of Jim Randolph

18) NEXT WEEK MARKS THE 81st ANNIVERSARY 
OF THE WARSAW GHETTO UPRISING

 Prominent Luminaries to Gather on 
April 19 to Mark the Solemn Event


Each April 19th, the Congress for Jewish Culture, along with Friends of the Bund, Jewish Labor Committee and Workers Circle, has organized a gathering of musicians, academics, and survivors and their families at Der Shteyn (the stone) in the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial Plaza in Riverside Park, (83rd/84th Streets). This notably significant annual event is set for next Friday, April 19 at 2 pm, marking the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the single greatest instance of Jewish armed resistance to the Holocaust, with an academy remembering the victims and fighters of history's greatest crime. 

This year’s annual event will feature an impressive array of artists to remember the victims of the Nazi war on European Jewry and commemorate their resistance. 2024 marks the 81st anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, when Jewish resistance fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto—many in their teens and twenties—launched a sustained guerrilla battle in response to a planned Nazi mass deportation to the death camps. They fought without any attainable hope of victory, but with the goal that they would not die in silence. Heroically, they managed to hold off the German army from April 19th to May 16th. It was the largest single revolt by Jews during the Holocaust. 13,000 were killed (some 6,000 among them were burnt alive or died from smoke inhalation). Of the remaining 50,000 Jewish residents, almost all were captured and shipped to concentration camps or killing centers. The Uprising did succeed in delaying the Germans timeline of deportations, and it inspired other resistance movements across the German-occupied areas. 

This annual gathering commemorates all who resisted, all who fought, all who died, and all who survived. It follows a tradition established in 1947 by Jewish partisans, ghetto fighters and Holocaust survivors of meeting at the site earmarked by the City of New York for a memorial to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. It has become an annual gathering of Bundists and members of the secular, progressive Yiddish cultural community, as well as children and grandchildren of the original attendees. 

The upcoming program in Riverside Park, including music and readings, will feature Lili Kshensky Baxter (renowned teacher of the history & application of nonviolence; Director Emerita of the Weinberg Center for Holocaust Education), Joanne Borts (appeared in Broadway’s Tony-winning Best Musical Once as well as Fiddler on the Roof starring Topol), Sarah Gordon (lead singer for Yiddish Princess, a NY-based Yiddish-language rock band), Feygele Jacobs (Yiddish singer), Marcel Kshensky (educator & son of Holocaust survivors), Shifee Losacco (Yiddish singer & fundraiser), Julia Mintz (Writer & Director of the recent acclaimed documentary Four Winters; A Story of Jewish Partisan Resistance and Bravery in WW2), Zalmen Mlotek (Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene), Daniella Rabbani (actress; Off-Broadway: The Golden Land; film & TV: “Scenes from a Marriage,” God Friended Me,” Ocean’s Eight), and Esti Zanoni (student at the Workers Circle Shule). 

The event takes place under the open skies, rain or shine, and is free and open to the public. 

For more information, visit http://www.CongressForJewishCulture.org.

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DEBUTS ORIGINAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR

“KALEIDOSCOPE”

BY ALICIA KEYS FROM THE NEW MUSICAL


Alicia Keys and the Broadway company of HELL’S KITCHEN today released the original music video for “Kaleidoscope,” the new song written for the musical HELL’S KITCHEN by 16-time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys featuring Maleah Joi Moon. With Keys, lead cast member Maleah Joi Moon, and the Broadway company of HELL’S KITCHEN, the video also has a colorful cast of extras to showcase a true New York kaleidoscope of music, dance and community.  Filmed entirely at Manhattan Plaza, the video is a love letter to the Hell’s Kitchen community where Alicia Keys was born and raised. From Manhattan Plaza's courtyard to the Ellington Room where Alicia first learned to play the piano, the visual soars with the magic of the city, a world full of hopes and dreams and the long-held belief of every New Yorker that “anything is possible here.”  


The cast of characters in the video were encouraged to bring their own sense of style to their wardrobe, something with their own unique sense of New York swagger.  Alicia joined in -- fans will see a nod to her family ties in a scene where she wears an exclusive custom-made GIANTS vest from the Dean Collection exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, designed by Savant.


HELL’S KITCHEN is currently in performances and opens officially Saturday, April 20, 2024 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street.). Tickets for Hell’s Kitchen are available at HellsKitchen.com and Telecharge.com. Ticket prices range from $59-199.

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20) Japan Society
Presents
Director's Company x2
April 19 - 20, 2024

On April 19 & 20, Japan Society presents Director’s Company x2. A pioneering 1980s independent production outfit led by Kazuhiko Hasegawa (The Man Who Stole The Sun) and made up of a collective of eight filmmakers from studio, pinku and jishu eiga roots, Director’s Company (1982-1992), known colloquially as “Direkan,” eschewed traditional modes of production to free itself from the constraints of major studios and promote artistic growth and creative expression. Essential to the rise of independent cinema at a time when the studio system was in shambles, Japan Society presents two key works from Direkan: Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Bumpkin Soup and Sogo Ishii’s The Crazy Family. Originally produced for Nikkatsu’s Roman Porno line, Kurosawa’s referential and cinephilic Bumpkin Soup which starred then-popular Gekisha model Yoriko Doguchi in her film debut was considered too strange for release. Kurosawa bought the film back, re-editing and reshooting scenes to craft the feature. Sogo Ishii’s cult classic The Crazy Family celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year. A grotesque and surreal takedown of the family unit, Ishii claimed, “I wanted to show the Japanese family as I saw it.

Screenings take place in Japan Society’s landmarked headquarters at 333 East 47th Street, one block from the United Nations. Lineup and other details subject to change. For complete information, visit japansociety.org.

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21) Songbook Sundays 

at 

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club 

hosted by Deborah Grace Winer 

 

IT MIGHT AS WELL BE RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN
featuring

Karrin Allyson, Jenn Gambatese

Tyreek McDole

 

Sunday,  April 21st, 5 PM & 7:30 PM 


Songbook Sundays, created and hosted by Deborah Grace Winer celebrating the American Songbook will continue at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club with It Might as Well Be Rodgers & Hammerstein, April 21st at 5 PM and 7:30 PM.

 

It Might as Well Be Rodgers & Hammerstein jumps into spring as Jazz at Lincoln Center American Songbook celebrates the most famous songwriting team in Broadway musical history. 

 

This Songbook Sundays swings the duo’s legendary standards from shows like Oklahoma!The Sound of MusicThe King and ISouth Pacific, and more from Surry With the Fringe On Top to It Might as Well Be Spring.

 

Hosted and curated by leading American Songbook expert Deborah Grace Winer, the set features five-time Grammy Award nominee Karrin Allyson, Broadway’s Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Jenn Gambatese and JALC rising star Tyreek McDole


To reach Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club, enter at Columbus Circle at 60th Street and Broadway, take the Jazz elevators to the 5th floor for Dizzy’s Club as well as The Rose Theater and The Appel Room.

 

Tickets for Songbook Sundays are $65, with student tickets available at $25.  There is a $21 food/drink minimum. To purchase, visit: Jazz.org/dizzys


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22) MANAYUNK STREAT FOOD FESTIVAL RETURNS TO MAIN STREET WITH 70+ OF THE REGION'S BEST FOOD TRUCKS AND GOURMET VENDORS ON APRIL 21ST

One of the largest and most celebrated food truck festivals in America is back - and it's even bigger and tastier than ever! StrEAT Food Festival returns to Manayunk on Sunday, April 21st, from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Over 70 of the region's top food trucks and food vendors will line historic Main Street for the day, with menus that include everything from savory BBQ to sweet desserts - and everything in between. The list of participants is a who's who of the regional food truck scene, including Byzantium Empire, Humpty's Dumplings, Wokworks, G'Day Gourmet, Molto Bene! Ravioli Co., Aunt Dee's Pound Cake, Bonjour Creperie, Deke's BBQ, Fishtown Pickle Project, Gigi and Big R, HappyMaki, Husky Jawn, Cousins Maine Lobster, Moocheeze, The Chilly Banana and more.  Festivities will also include shopping vendors, local artists and makers, Manayunk merchants, live music and other fun surprises. Main Street Manayunk will be closed to vehicle traffic to allow all visitors a chance to explore the historic neighborhood that is now celebrating its 200th anniversary. This rain or shine event is the perfect spring escape for visitors of all ages. There is no admission charge, and all food and drink is pay-as-you-go. For event info and updates, visit https://manayunk.com/events/ and follow @manayunkdotcom.

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23) ACTORS J. SMITH-CAMERON AND JOE MORTON

TO CO-NARRATE MASTERVOICES’ REVISED CONCERT VERSION OF

RICKY IAN GORDON AND MICHAEL KORIE’S OPERA 

THE GRAPES OF WRATH

APRIL 17 AT CARNEGIE HALL

New Orchestration, New Scene, and Revised Duet Added to 2007 Work

Based on John Steinbeck’s Shattering Depression-Era Novel


Two distinguished actors, Emmy-nominee (SuccessionJ. Smith-Cameron and Emmy Award-winner (ScandalJoe Morton will co-narrate MasterVoices’ revised concert version of The Grapes of Wrath, the 2007 “great American opera” (Musical America) by composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Michael Korie based on John Steinbeck’s landmark novel, on April 17 at Carnegie Hall. 


Set in the Great Depression of the 1930s, it tells the story of the Joad family, Oklahoma sharecroppers who, along with thousands of others, become refugees in their own country. As they migrate to find work in the would-be Promised Land of California, they face hardship, resentment, and violence. 


In addition to revisions in the orchestration, Gordon and Korie have added a new scene. Says MasterVoices Artistic Director Ted Sperling, “People Again shows the Joad family settling into a government camp where they can actually sleep in a bed, take a shower, use a toilet for the first time in their lives, and start feeling like people again. It’s quite a powerful scene. Additionally, I’ll Be There has been revised as a duet for Tom and Ma.”


The Grapes of Wrath

Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 7:30 pm

Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Concert Opera Version in Two Acts

Music by Ricky Ian Gordon

Libretto by Michael Korie

Concert Narration by Kevin Doyle

Orchestrations by Ricky Ian Gordon and Bruce Coughlin

Based on the novel by John Steinbeck

Ted Sperling, Conductor and Director

MasterVoices Chorus

Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Narrated by J. Smith-Cameron and Joe Morton

Sound design by Scott Lehrer

Costume design by Tracy Christensen

Lighting design by Brian Tovar

Projections by Wendall K. Harrington

Stage Management by Ira Mont

 

CAST

TOM JOAD, a released prisoner, Kyle Oliver

MA JOAD, Tom’s mother, Margaret Lattimore

MAE, a waitress, Bryonha Marie

ROSE OF SHARON, Tom’s pregnant sister, Mikaela Bennett 

JIM CASY, a lapsed preacher, Victor Starsky

PA JOAD, a tenant farmer, Nathan Gunn

UNCLE JOHN, Pa’s brother, Malcolm MacKenzie

CONNIE RIVERS, Rose of Sharon’s husband / RAGGED MAN / TRUCK DRIVER, Schyler Vargas

NOAH, Tom’s slow-witted brother, Christian Pursell

AL, his younger brother, John Brancy

GRANMA, Pa and John’s mother, Jan Constantine

GRAMPA, her husband, David Fleiss

RUTHIE, Tom’s youngest sister, Ruby Waxman


Tickets priced from $30-$155, may be purchased online at carnegiehall.org, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800 or in person at Carnegie Hall’s box office at 57th and Seventh Avenue.

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24) MARKING TWO MILLION TICKETS 


SOLD WORLDWIDE


BROADWAY’S TONY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL


AND GLOBAL SENSATION


“MJ”


LAUNCHES


THE “DOUBLE PLATINUM” SWEEPSTAKES

 

ONE LUCKY WINNER WILL GET A TRIP FOR TWO



TO SEE THE PRODUCTION OF “MJ” THEY CHOOSE


AMONG BROADWAY, THE U.S. TOUR, LONDON,

 

AND HAMBURG

 

PACKAGE INCLUDES ROUND TRIP TRAVEL,


 HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS, TICKETS TO THE


 SHOW, AND A VIP MEET-AND-GREET 


WITH THE CAST

 

ENTER TO WIN NOW!


Producers Lia Vollack, John Branca, and John McClain announced today that MJ, the Tony award-winning musical and global sensation, has launched a “Double Platinum” sweepstakes in celebration of the production selling two million tickets worldwide. Fans can now enter for the chance to win two tickets to see any production of MJ they choose -- Broadway, on tour, in London, or in Hamburg – as well as round trip travel to get them to their destination, hotel accommodations, and a VIP meet and greet with the cast.

 

In the joint statement, the producers enthused, “Now that MJ is playing to audiences all over the world, we wanted to mark our double platinum milestone with a global event. We can’t wait to find out who wins, and which fabulous destination they choose.”

 

To enter please visit mjthemusical.com/doubleplatinum.


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25) NJPAC
Upcoming Events

Photo courtesy of Prana PR

 
NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (NJPAC) IS HOSTING
FREE COMMUNITY WELLNESS FAIR

 
Wed, Apr 17, 2024
11AM – 2PM


NJPAC
1 Center Street
Newark, NJ
RSVP: https://www.njpac.org/event/2024-wellness-fair/

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) is hosting a FREE Community Wellness Fair. This is a one-stop-shop for free and creative health resources.

Hop on a stationary bike attached to a blender and pedal your way to a yummy smoothie treat. Or experience a reiki circle and get moving at a soul line dancing class. The annual NJPAC Wellness Fair offers health screenings, mental health resources and heaping doses of fun.

New for 2024: A “Passport to Health” bingo card! Collect stamps at the Wellness Fair and get entered into a raffle to win fabulous prizes including two round trip tickets on United Airlines and two tickets to a performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. RSVP HERE!

FIND YOUR ZEN WITH I’M SO YOGA:
11:00 AM: Soundbath
12:00 PM: Restorative Yoga
1:00 PM: Meditation

GET YOUR GROOVE ON DURING OUR THREE DANCE BREAKS:
11:30 AM: Traditional African Dance with Karen Miles
12:30 PM: Jersey Club with Anthony Harris
1:30 PM: Soul Line Dance with Najah Riker

Other Wellness Fair highlights include:

  • Vision screenings from Eyes Like Mine Inc.
  • Mental health resources from Horizon, including coverage information
  • LGBTQ+ health resources from NJCRI
  • Chair massage from A Friend in Knead
  • Aphasia quiz with Adler Aphasia Center
  • Arts activity with Newark School of the Arts
  • Craft activity with The Newark Museum of Art
  • Newark history quiz with New Community Corporation
  • Financial tips from Valley Bank
  • Hand mandala with RU-N Health Promotion Division


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Each table will have educational materials, screenings, activities, giveaways and promotional items!

Please direct questions to the NJPAC Wellness Team at wellness@njpac.org

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NJPAC PRESENTS
HISTORY THAT DOESN’T SUCK” WITH
PROFESSOR GREG JACKSON

 
Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 2:00 PM
NJPAC
Victoria Theater
Lizzie & Johnathan Tisch Stage
One Center Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102
$33.50 - $53.50

www.njpac.org

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents Professor Greg Jackson to Newark on Sunday, April 21, at 2:00 P.M. for his educational yet electric production of “History That Doesn’t Suck”.
 
History That Doesn’t Suck” is an interactive adaptation of Jackson’s top-ranked history podcast. In his live show, he will take audience members on a journey through time as they explore the first 100 years of American History in only 100 minutes. Get swept away by the thrilling retellings of the triumphs and struggles of a national wrestling with its identity. The show is powered by a live cinematic soundtrack, plus engaging projections of images, maps, charts and videos to help guide the story.
 
This is history stripped of political biases, revealing tales of true historical human experience that can resonate with everyone. Parental guidance is recommended for children under the age of 12.
 
Tickets to see “History That Doesn’t Suck”  can be purchased by visiting NJPAC.org or calling 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722) or by visiting the NJPAC Box Office.

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26) OFF-BROADWAY’S PERFECT CRIME
WILL CELEBRATE ITS 37TH ANNIVERSARY 
ON THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2024
 
The longest running play in NYC history, Perfect Crime will celebrate its 37th Anniversary on Thursday, April 18th at 8:00 pm in the Anne Bernstein Theater at The Theater Center (210 West 50th Street, 4th floor). To celebrate performance #14,717, complimentary champagne will be served before the show and at intermission. www.perfect-crime.com   

Tickets for Perfect Crime are available by calling the box office at (212) 921-7862 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com. Student rush tickets ($30) are also available by calling or visiting the box office.
 
The Theater Center is located at 210 West 50th Street at Broadway. 

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27) PHILADELPHIA SCHOOL OF CIRCUS ARTS PRESENTS PHILLY'S 1ST ANNUAL WORLD CIRCUS CELEBRATION AND FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH


Come one, come all! Philadelphia School of Circus Arts presents Philly's 1st Annual World Circus Celebration and Festival on Saturday, April 20th, from 11:00am to 8:00pm. The celebration will take place at the region's "big top" called Circus Campus, at 6452 Greene Street, in West Mount Airy, with free parking on site. The new all ages, all day festival will feature classes, demonstrations and performances for kids to adults, newbies to those with experience, and everyone in between. Activities will include Youth Trampoline, Family Intro to Circus, German Wheel, Pole Taster, Upside-Down, Inside Out, Aerial Playground, Skills offered will include Tippy Lyra, Teardrop, Ladder, Cube, Single Point Lyra, Dance Trapeze, and more. Performances will include PSCA's Youth Troupe and Trenton Circus Squad featuring young acrobats, jugglers and unicyclists from the Philly and Trenton areas. The World Circus Day Celebration will culminate at 8:00pm with a pay-what-you-can “Spectacular Staff” circus show featuring professional artists from our faculty. RSVP and tickets are available now at www dot phillycircus dot com / upcoming-shows-events. For more about PSCA and World Circus Day, visit @phillycircus on Social Media.

Philly's 1st Annual World Circus Day Celebration and Festival will feature something for everyone - from kids to adults to families, and things for new/beginners to more advanced students. There is a lot of "plates spinning" for the day with something for every age and every ability and skill level. Sign-ups are encouraged, but walk-ins are allowed if space permits.

The entire World Circus Day event is free for entry and observation, and includes several free circus workshops and experiences throughout the day from community partners, such as Circadium, Trenton Circus Squad, and more.

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28) SOHO PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS 3RD ANNUAL LIGHTHOUSE THEATRE SERIES

When will the competition take place? Over three weeks, April 18 - May 7, 2024.

Who decides the winner? You! And also them. Each selected piece will have three nights to perform over one of the three weeks. Each night, three or four selected pieces will perform. At the end? The audience will vote. After the three weeks are up: They will have the winners. One from each performance group. If they feel like there was one show they just simply can’t let go of…they will pick more. Those winners go on and have the ability to expand their pieces for the next round of performances in June/July. Those productions will also make a portion of box office sales in the second round. There’s more? Yes, from that group an overall winner is picked and that production will have the opportunity to perform as a part of the SoHo Playhouse’s annual International Fringe Encore Series, which includes some of the best productions from around the world.

What will you get? Other than an Off-Broadway credit, a three night performance of your piece and the chance of extending? The Lighthouse Theatre Series will be an incredible, power-packed few nights of theater. They want to bring talented, young artists together: not only for their benefit to scout talent and be immersed in new work, but to bring you all together…who knows, maybe the next Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Donald Glover duo will meet and write a show together.

Why are they doing this? You. They want to know who the next culture-shifting, cutting-edge, brave young artists are in New York City right now. They know how hard it is to get started in this industry, and they believe in throwing your fears to the wind and workshopping your creations. They want to be a home for you to explore your voices, not just now—but always. The Lighthouse Series is just the beginning.

Questions, Comments, and Enquiries? Email SoHo Playhouse at lighthouse@sohoplayhouse.com

For more info on the series go to https://www.sohoplayhouse.com/lighthouse-series-applications.

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29) South Street Seaport Museum

2024 Sailing Season for the

Schooner Pioneer and the Tugboat W.O. Decker

NOW ON SALE


South Street Seaport Museum announces the 2024 Sailing Season for the 1885 schooner Pioneer and the 1930 tugboat W.O. Deckerbeginning in May and running through October. Tickets range from $15–$70 and are on sale now! seaportmuseum.org/sailnyharbor


Sail the New York Harbor on 1885 Schooner Pioneer

Experience New York City like never before with the Seaport Museum’s thrilling sails aboard the historic 1885 schooner Pioneer! From May through October, the Museum’s daytime, sunset, and programmatic sails offer you the exclusive opportunity to take in the breathtaking views of the Big Apple from the deck of a National Register-listed vessel. As you set sail on an unforgettable journey, you’ll witness some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Lower Manhattan’s architectural treasures, Governors Island, Ellis Island, and more. Whether you’re a seasoned New Yorker or a first-time visitor, this adventure promises to be a truly unforgettable experience. But that’s not all––as a guest on board, you’ll have the chance to get hands-on and help raise a sail or simply sit back and relax as you soak up te stunning scenery. And, for the perfect al fresco dining experience, bring along your favorite meal or snack, along with your preferred beverages or even a bottle of wine to sip on deck. seaportmuseum.org/pioneer


Take a Ride on 1930 Tugboat W.O. Decker

Get ready for a one-of-a-kind adventure on the last surviving New York-built wooden tugboat W.O. Decker, named "Tugboat of the Year" by the prestigious Steamship Historical Society of America! These 75-minute rides promise to be an unforgettable experience, as you explore the iconic New York Harbor and take in stunning views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Battery, and Governors Island. As you ride on this historic vessel, you'll feel the thrill of adventure and the excitement of discovering New York City from a whole new vantage point. And, as the only surviving example of its kind that invites you aboard, W.O. Decker offers a truly unique opportunity to step back in time and experience a golden age of seafaring. Tickets are now on sale to embark on a thrilling journey aboard W.O. Decker. This experience is particularly popular with families and boat enthusiasts! seaportmuseum.org/decker


Charter a Historic Vessel

Looking for a unique and unforgettable way to celebrate a special occasion or impress your clients with an exciting corporate outing? Look no further than the Seaport Museum's private charters on Pioneer and W.O. Decker! These unique vessels provide the perfect backdrop for a group adventure, celebration, or corporate event. Whether you are looking to host a birthday party, anniversary celebration, or team-building outing, the Seaport Museum has got you covered. Pioneer charters range from $2,000 to $3,750 for either a two- or three-hour sail, for up to 36 people. W.O. Decker charters are $1,100 for a 2-hour ride for up to 14 people. Learn about discounts and book a custom charter experience today at seaportmuseum.org/charters.


K–12 Education Programs on the Water

Educational programs and field trips are also offered aboard both ships, and booking for school groups and summer camps is now open. Head into New York Harbor for an outdoor educational experience that your group will never forget. During a two- or three-hour sailing program, each group will enjoy one-of-a-kind activities such as hauling on ropes to raise sail and viewing the Statue of Liberty and other historic landmarks. Programs are custom-tailored to fit grade level, age groups, and curriculum, with pricing starting at $500. Scholarships are available, and Title I school groups are encouraged to apply. To learn more or to reserve your group today, contact education@seany.org.


Discount for Seaport Museum Members

Seaport Museum memberships include unlimited admission to Museum exhibitions, invitations to special events, and great discounts year-round, including 20% off on W.O. Decker and Pioneer individual sailing tickets. Memberships start at $50 and help support Museum’s exhibitions, preserve the ships and the collections, grow public programs, and serve over 5,000 students through education initiatives. seaportmuseum.org/membership


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And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for More Theater Monday.