Monday, June 26, 2017

Monthly Mash-up for June, 2017 - Me: Hair Styling and Mom: The Theater That Movie Down the Block

My topic for this month is hair.  When you're little you can get away with any hairstyle because it looks cute. When you're older it's harder to pull off certain hairstyles. You can't wear your hair sticking straight up because it looks silly. You can't wear two ponytails because it makes you look like a five year old. I like long hair because it looks nice. However, it's harder to brush because there's a lot of it. Also, it takes longer to style. Like if you wanted to make a braid, it takes longer to braid because there is more hair. Also, it gets more knots. It also gets really frizzy when it's hot. It feels sweaty when your hair is on your neck when it's hot. Even if you put it up it still touches you and it still feels hot. Also, it fall down a lot when you put it up. Long hair is fun to play with though. You can also do a lot of fun hairstyles with long hair. However, it is easier to style someone else's hair than your own hair. You can't see in the back of your head, and it's hard to reach in the back of your head. All in all, hair styling can be fun, and it can also be annoying.

My topic for this month is  the theater that moved down the block. On 42nd Street in New York City, there is an AMC Movie Theater. However, this theater used to be a theater where stage shows were performed known as The Empire Theater. Prior to that it was a burlesque house called the Eltinge Theater and a number of famous actors and comedians played and may have gotten their starts there. Allegedly, it is also the place where Abbott and Costello first formed their famous partnership. The building still maintains some of the elements it had during the time when shows were presented there including the grand staircase. However, this building was not always situated at its present location. This building used to be located down the block. Back in 1998, it was decided that the theater needed to be moved approximately 170 feet down the road from where it was located  at that time so the theater was placed on rollers and literally pulled down the block. Making the move, even more entertaining, giant balloons of Abbott and Costello were attached to the building to make it appear as though, they were pulling the building down the street. So if you were in New York around that time, and you thought you saw Abbott and Costello moving a building down the street. you weren't crazy. It really happened.

And that's our view. What's on your mind?

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Scoop Week of 6/26 - What's Happening This Week or Soon Thereafter



Hosted by 2017 Tony Award® Winner
Currently starring in Dear Evan Hansen

The ninth annual JIMMY® AWARDS will be held on Monday, June 26th at 7:30PM at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. 74 high school students from across America will compete for the Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress. Ceremony updates, Inspiring Teacher Award and the nominee award presentations will be streamed live on Facebook.

Viewers should go to the Jimmy Awards Facebook page, beginning at 7:15pm NYC time for a pre-show update. There will be a second update at approximately 8:30pm during intermission. Stay tuned to the Jimmy Awards Facebook page for exact timing of the Awards Presentation, and sign up to get notified when we are LIVE.

The awards presentation will include the student awards and speeches from this year’s Best Actress and Best Actor winners. Additionally, the inaugural Inspiring Teacher Award, presented by Wells Fargo, will be given to Brendan Jennings (Burbank, CA) and Larry Robinson (Monroe, NC) for the encouragement and inspiration that led their students to win the 2016 coveted Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor.

Student performers qualify to compete in the national program by winning top honors at regional high school musical theatre awards competitions presented by Broadway League member performing arts centers. Over 1,300 high schools and 50,000 students participate in these annual events. Since the inception of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA) in 2009, participating students have earned over $1,000,000 in university and conservatory scholarships. Several student participants have already been cast in Broadway, Touring and West End productions.
Upcoming at Merkin Concert Hall:
International Youth Piano Competition
Kaufman Music Center
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY

Tue, Jun 27, 2 pm

Winners' Concert
See the remarkably talented winners of the 2017 Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition perform at this FREE concert.

For more information click here
Upcoming at The Franklin Institute:
Island Escape
222 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA

Opening June 28
Ages 8+

Take a not-quite-three-hour tour to an island unlike any other!

Congratulations! You’ve won an exclusive invitation to the private island of an eccentric billionaire for a very special private event! But before you pack your bikini and sunscreen, beware: your host has very…unique plans for your special visit. Get ready for a fast and furious, goofy island adventure full of surprises, twists, and turns. In this laugh-out-loud 60-minute romp, your team will band together to complete your host’s series of increasingly off-beat challenges to earn your safe passage off the island.

Each player will have a role to fill, so pay close attention to your assignments—and be ready for anything!

For more information or to purchase tickets click here.
Free Kids Concerts at  Madison Square Park
Madison Ave.
New York, NY

Thursdays from 10:30AM to 11:30AM
Location: Farragut Lawn
Rain Location: Farragut Monument

June 29 Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards

Featuring gypsy jazz, zydeco, swing, blues, and Dixieland, the rhythms of American folk music will celebrated by Jazzy Ash & The Leaping Lizards at this week’s Mad. Sq. Kids Concert. Their music encourages kids and their grown-ups to celebrate the musical heritage of the bayou, and dance and sing with no reservations.

For more information click here
A Family Concert Featuring Songs about America, with
Red Yarn and The Deedle Deedle Dees
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, July 1 at 10:30 am
All Ages Are Welcome! Doors open at 10:00 AM

Brooklyn's own The Deedle Deedle Dees, known for their songs inspired by history, science, and folklore, team up with Portland, Oregon's Red Yarn for a family musical event celebrating America's birthday. Red Yarn's "critters" (the adorable puppets who co-star in his shows) will take the Deedle Deedle Dees in the Deep Woods to explore America's natural wonders -- and the Dees will take the critters and Red on a tour of the big city. Local children will be involved in the show, and the audience will be invited to sing along.

Red Yarn offers energetic performances and lush folk-rock recordings.The red-bearded bard and partner Ms. Jessie reinvigorate American folklore for younger generations. Red Yarn will bring his battered suitcase full of engaging puppets to perform  American folk favorites and new songs from his award-winning album of American music, Born in the Deep Woods.View Red Yarn's music videos, and learn more at

This Deedle Deedle Dees are a cult band for families was founded in 2003 by songwriter/ educator Lloyd H. Miller. Lloyd lives in Brooklyn, where he’s known for his weekly sing-a-longs for families and his regular performances for adults and kids in care facilities and hospitals. 
Their latest album, Sing-a-long History, Vol II: The Rocket Went Up! features songs inspired by true stories from the history of science, discovery, and magic.

The band is known for their lively, highly interactive concerts. They’ve brought their “rock-n-roll classroom” to venues all over the country including Jalopy Theatre, Symphony Space, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center, the Clinton Presidential Library, Mass MoCA, and many many schools, libraries, and parks.
Visit the band at
Patriot Tours Special 
July 4 One Day Only Tour

Experience NYC in 1776

To celebrate Independence Day this year Patriot Tours will conduct a tour that takes you through the events of 1776 in New York City.

Walk through these events:
  • the arrival of Washington's and Howe's forces
  • the reading of the Declaration of Independence
  • Washington's headquarters
  • The Battle of Brooklyn
  • the first submarine
  • Nathan Hale
  • the Fall of NYC to the British, and much, much more
This tour will include stories not on the standard Revolutionary Era or Hamilton and Burr Tours!

This is a one day only event with limited ticket availability.

To purchase tickets click here
PR Firm Roundup

News from DKC/O&M




Producers Sonia Friedman and Scott Rudin announced today that the Broadway Premiere of the new stage adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, will implement, effective immediately, an Age Restriction Policy: No theatergoers born after 2004 will be admitted to 1984 Audience members must be age 13 years or older in order to enter the Hudson Theatre.  For tickets and info, visit

The Age Restriction policy is being implemented due to the intensity of the production, which includes several scenes that are graphic in nature and have disturbed younger patrons.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit 




Producers The Shubert Organization and The Nederlander Organization announced that the first-ever Broadway revival of CATS will play its final performance at 8 PM on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 W 52nd Street) after 16 previews and 593 regular performances. Preview performances of CATS began Thursday, July 14, 2016 followed by a Sunday, July 31, 2016 opening night.

The CATS National Tour will officially open at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, in January 2019 before traveling to additional cities throughout the country, including Chicago, Durham, and Los Angeles. The full tour schedule and other information will be announced shortly.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit
News from Michelle Tabnick PR

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces Radio Galaxy, the third and final show of the TRU Voices New Plays Reading Serieson Monday, June 26, 2017 at 7pm at Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, NYC.  A "Dollars and Sense" talkback on the future development of the presented works will be held after the performance, and the prominent industry panelists are now announced. Admission is free.  Please RSVP at least a day in advance (or much sooner) by calling 212/714-7628, or e-mailing

Admission is free for everyone. But reservations are requiredPlease reserve at (click for the show you wish to reserve), or call at least a day in advance for reservations: 212/714-7628, or e-mail

TRU is currently accepting submissions for the 2018 TRU Voices Musicals Reading Series. For details, visit for submissions will be in August 12  2017.
News from Richard Hillman PR



The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, will present an exhibit of James Morgan's other career as a Scenic Designer with a retrospective look at over 40 years of his designs at The York Theatre Company at Theater at Saint Peter's (154 East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue; Lower Lobby).

The special exhibit of Mr. Morgan's designs is open to the public, and will be available for viewing through the summer. 

A member of United Scenic Artists, Mr. Morgan's recent designs include Cagney (York Theatre Company and Westside Theatre); Finian's Rainbow (Irish Rep); The Mousetrap (Cape Playhouse); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Peterborough Players, NH Theatre Award-Best Scenic Design); Marry Harry, Closer Than Ever, Storyville, and Inventing Mary Martin (York Theatre Company); and Spamalot (Geva). Other designs of his represented in the exhibit include York's Pacific Overtures (1984), No Way To Treat A Lady (Drama Desk nomination, 1977), Sweeney Todd (York's production at Circle in the Square,1989; Drama Desk nomination), the Irish Rep's Pigtown (Hewes Design Award, 2003) and Caldwell Theatre Company's Falsettoland (Carbonell Award).  He has numerous graphic design and directing credits, as well.

For additional information, please visit<>.
And that's the scoop. If you have information regarding upcoming shows or events in the NY/NJ/PA area you would like considered for inclusion in a future Sunday Scoop post, please contact us through our contact page.

Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Funtivity Friday - Paper Cup Pyramids

Have you ever tried to build a pyramid out of paper cups? We have. It's not so easy. Just when you think you are getting somewhere it all comes crashing down.  However, Aurella perservered and was finally able to build a successful paper cup pyramid approximately 24 cups high. She also built a smaller one of 4 cups high.  See picture below:

What would you or have you ever tried to make a pyramid out of?


Tune in Sunday for this week's Sunday Scoop.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Theater Thursday- On Your Feet and War Paint

What: On Your Feet

Where: Marquis Theatre
             1501 Broadway
             Floor 14
             New York, NY

Who: Ages 10 and up
Me -  I recently got to see On Your Feet. We were in New York, and we had some extra time so we entered the Hamilton digital lottery. Of course, we didn't win. However, some of the show lotteries were still not over then so we entered the On Your Feet digital lottery, and we actually won. We were so excited! We never won a Broadway show digital lottery before although actually the only digital Broadway show lottery we ever entered before was Hamilton, but we entered that one a few different times. On Your Feet is a really good show. My Mom had seen it before but I hadn't. It is about Gloria and Emilio Estefan. I liked the music. I really liked a lot of the songs. I was familiar with the songs before I went to the show. Some of them I still don't know as well and some of them I didn't know well before I saw the show. The acting and singing and dancing in the show were all excellent!  I pretty much liked all the characters in the show. I didn't have a favorite. The story was interesting. I knew a little about Gloria and Emilio Estefan before I went to the show but not a lot. I liked learning about their lives. It was very fascinating. I liked the way the show ended with a mini concert and they all sang. All in all, it was very enjoyable show, and I would highly suggest seeing it if you have the opportunity before it closes on August 20.

For more information about On Your Feet or to purchase tickets visit

And that's Aurella's view. For Mom's view of On Your Feet  go here
What: War Paint

Where: Nederlander Theatre
             208 W. 41 St.
            New York, NY

Who: Teens and Up
Mom's view: The best thing about War Paint is that it is the opportunity to see two of American's finest stage actresses, Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole strutting their stuff. Lupone plays Helena Rubenstein and Ebersole plays Elizabeth Arden in this tale of the two famous warring cosmetic titans. Neither actress disappoints. Their acting and singing are both wonderful. The supporting cast especially Douglass Sills and John Dossett are good too. The sets are interesting and the costumes are beautiful. The show is not the most interesting, however, and the songs are not very memorable. The show is not very historically accurate either. While in reality  allegedly the two woman never met, for purposes of the show, several scenes have been contrived to make it at least appear as if the two women were at the same place at the same time.  It is definitely not a show for young children who would be bored. However, older children who are particular fans of the theater might appreciate the chance to see these two fine actresses. All in all this is definitely a show that is worth seeing for its cast.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit

Tune in tomorrow for Funtivity Friday.
Photo credits: All On Your Feet photos by Matthew Murphy
                     All War Paint photos by Joan Marcus

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Where-To-Go Wednesday- Free Tours By Foot New York: Brooklyn Bridge/Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO Tour

What: Brooklyn Bridge/Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO

Where: Starts at Jacob Mould Fountain in City Hall Park, Broadway, New York, NY
              Ends at Brooklyn Bridge Park

When: Visit web-site at for schedule

Who: 15 and up

Me - The Brooklyn Bridge/Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO Tour was fascinating. I learned a lot on this tour. We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. It took an hour to walk across the whole bridge. The view was nice. It was long though and my feet hurt after that. If you go, you should wear comfortable shoes and be well rested. Near the bridge a lot of people sell water bottles for only $1.00. You're not a allowed to chain locks to the bridge so they have signs that sign no locks with a picture of a lock and yes lox with a picture of a bagel with lox. They also have other sings that say "No Locks Yes Love." When we got to Brooklyn we walked around. We saw a lot of old historic homes. Some of them were where famous people used to live. We also saw a carousel. We went to the Park near where the ferry's come in. We went to where Washington escaped from the British during the battle of Brooklyn. All in all, it was a very fun tour, and I would highly recommend taking the time to go if you have a chance.

Mom - If you don't mind walking and you want to explore the area of Brooklyn in the vicinity of the Brooklyn Bridge, Free Tours by Foot's Brooklyn Bridge/Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO Tour is a great choice. There are at least a couple of different guides who cover this tour. However, we would recommend our tour guide, Dante Salerno, who is very personable and knowledgeable. The tour will will actually give you the opportunity to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn. You won't want to miss it. The views from the Bridge are spectacular. If you don't think you will be able to make it over the Bridge without getting tired, don't worry the tour takes several informative stops along the way which gives you times to rest up before you continue your journey. Once you get to the Brooklyn side of the Bridge, you will visit Brooklyn Heights and see  a variety of beautiful buildings some of which were once owned by famous people like Norman Mailer or Arthur Miller. You will learn a little history. You will also visit the Brooklyn Promenade for even more beautiful views. On the DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge) part of the tour, you will see how the neighborhood is changing from industrial to more residential. All in all, if you are not a young child or someone who is unable to walk for a long period of time, you will enjoy this tour especially if you are particularly interested in history, architecture or scenic walking tours. 

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tips for Tuesday - Paddington at Large, The Duke of Bannerman Prep and From Bud to Blow

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Me - Today I  am recommending Paddington at Large by Michael Bond. This book is about Paddington and the Browns, and Paddington's friend. Mr. Gruber. In this book, Paddington had a lot of adventures with Mr. Gruber. For example, they went to the symphony and then, another time, they had a picnic. Paddington always gets into a lot of trouble. This  book is very funny. It is one of the best Paddington books. Children who like funny books and bears or specifically Paddington would love this book.

Mom - Today I am recommending two books. Both deal with people who get caught up in bad situations.
The first is Tanner McKay a high school student in The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie  A. Nelson. Tanner's talent for debate has gotten him a scholarship to prestigious Bannerman Prep where he is paired up with the mysterious Duke who rules the school. It is Tanner's one chance to get a scholarship to a good college and overcome his humble beginnings to make something of himself. However, there is more to the Duke than meets the eye and Tanner's association with him may cause Tanner to lose everything he's worked for.   This book has been called a modern The Great Gatsby. The character of the Duke is a lot like Jay Gatsby. However, that is where the similarity ends. In The Great Gatsby, the narrator is much more of a background player while the narrator, Tanner McKay is much more a part of the action of the story here. In fact, the story revolves around Tanner. Also, even though the character of the Duke remains somewhat mysterious throughout the book, you still feel like you learn more about him than you do about Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby. The characters in this book are very real. They all have their flaws. They are all very fascinating as well. The story really draws you in and makes you want to keep reading to find out how it will all turn out.

The second is college student, Cory in From Bud to Blow by Brian Connor. When a hazing incident leaves Cory feeling out of control, he decides he never wants to feel that way again. Taking control of his own destiny he begins taking bets which leads to selling pot which leads to selling harder drugs which could eventually lead to Cory's downfall if he's not careful. This book is a cautionary tale. It shows how easy it is to get caught up in something that is wrong. We think of drug dealers as really bad guys not as average likable college kids like Cory. The fact that Cory remains so likable and so seemingly average throughout the story keep the story likable and keeps you wanting to read the story through to its conclusion. The book also helps you see how a basically good person could get caught up in a bad situation and how hard it is to get out of it once you're in it. 

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

Monday, June 19, 2017

The 2017 Tony Awards

The 2017 Tony Awards were held on Sunday June 11, 2017 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Me - I liked watching the Tony Awards even though I hadn't seen most of the shows that won awards. Also, my favorite show of the past year wasn't nominated for many awards. I did see Groundhog Day, Anastasia and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Groundhog Day and Anastasia didn't win any awards though. Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 won a couple though. My favorite part of the show was the musical numbers. My favorite musical numbers were the ones from Dear Evan Hansen and Come From Away. Even though I hadn't seen those shows the music is good.  I didn't really like the choice of musical numbers from the shows I had seen. I was disappointed that the cast of Anastasia didn't perform. That is one of my favorite shows, and I like every song from that show. Now, that the Tony Awards are over, I am excited about the new theater season. I look forward to next year's Tony. I hope next year I have seen a lot of the shows that are up for win and Tonys.

Mom - I always love the Tony Awards. I especially enjoy the musical numbers. This year I had actually seen a lot of the musicals that were up for awards including all four Best New Musical nominees. While I enjoyed all of them, I definitely thought that some of them had much better songs than the ones they chose to sing during the awards show. I did not see any of the plays that were up for awards. Although I see a lot of plays Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway, on Broadway I usually see many more musicals than plays. I liked how they had each of the playwrights whose play was up for Best New Play talk about their play. When they just have actors perform a scene from the play, it is often hard to tell what the play is really about. Kevin Spacey did a decent job hosting the show. When I first heard he was hosting I didn't think he would be very good because I think of him as being a serious actor and not really funny. Award shows always go better when the host can be funny. Kevin Spacey wasn't bad though. He wasn't the best host ever, but he wasn't the worst.  All in all, it was a nice official end to the 2016/2017 season. I looking forward to seeing the 2017/2018 season unfold, and I hope I get to see a lot of the shows.

For a full list of Tony Award Winners go to

To watch performances from the 2017 Tony Awards go to

For our view of some of this year's Tony winning shows go to

Theater Thursday - Dear Evan Hansen

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

Theater Thursday - Come From Away

We will be featuring a review of Hello Dolly shortly as well as several shows that were nominated for but did not win Tony Awards.

For even more about this years Tony nominated shows or to  purchase tickets to any of the nominated shows visit the below web-sites:


For Bandstand
For Come From Away
For Dear Evan Hansen
For Groundhog Day the Musical
For Hello Dolly
For Miss Saigon
For Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
For War Paint

*Tony nominated musicals Falsettos and Holiday Inn have already concluded their limited runs.


For A Doll's House Part 2
For Indecent - This show will only be running through June 25
For The Little Foxes - This show will only be running through July 2
For Oslo
For The Play That Goes Wrong
For Present Laughter - This show will only be running through July 2
For Sweat - This show will only be running through June 25

**The plays Arthur Miller's The Price, The Front Page, The Glass Menagerie, Jitney, The Present, and Six Degrees of Separation have already closed.

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