Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sunday Scoop Week of 6/7/15 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

 Historic Philadelphia's 2015 Season

Highlights of the 2015 summer season with Historic Philadelphia, Inc. will include:

  • Declaring allegiance to the stars and stripes as children and military help Betsy Ross raise the Colonial flag over the Betsy Ross House to start the day, then meet Betsy herself inside her upholstery shop.
  • Watching history come to life with free stories of Philadelphia’s past at the Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches in Historic Philadelphia and Valley Forge.
  • Joining General Washington’s Army and marching in the fun and lighthearted Military Muster for kids at Signers’ Garden.
  • Getting chills watching the Founding Fathers debate the Declaration of Independence inside Independence Hall after a delicious dinner with Colonial townspeople on the unique and immersive Independence After Hours tour.
  • Singing, toasting, and drinking on a Colonial pub crawl with the Tippler’s Tour, now featuring Benjamin Franklin on many tours throughout the season
  • Standing where thousands gathered on July 8th, 1776 to hear the Declaration of Independence read by Once Upon A Nation’s History Makers behind Independence Hall.
  • Voyaging on a 3D journey through the iconic symbols of America with Liberty 360 3D Show in the PECO Theater.
  • Putting over a model of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and up the “Rocky Steps” at Philly Mini Golf at Franklin Square.
  • Tasting Philadelphia’s food trucks and sample local brews at the Festivus events or attending free outdoor movies at Franklin Square.
  • Riding the bald eagle on the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel and amazing your taste buds with a Cake Shake from SquareBurger in Franklin Square.
  • Learning  the history of  chocolate, and  the important role it played in the lives of Colonial Philadelphians at a new exhibit in the Betsy Ross House kitchen and at special demonstrations featuring HPI’s History Makers throughout the season.   
For more information go to http://www.historicphiladelphia.org

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TADA! Youth Theater's Musical Theater Summer Camp's

Theme: Selfie Adventures

Where: 134 W. 29th Street
            New York, New York

When: June 15-19

Who: Ages 9-14

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Theme: Pajama Party

 Where:  15 W. 28th Street
              New York, New York

When: June 22- 26

Who: Ages 6-8

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Theme: Let It Go

Where: 134 W. 29th Street 
            New York, New York

When: July 20-24 

Who: ages 6-11

OVER 30 CAMPS IN TOTAL TO CHOOSE FROM!
REGISTER NOW CAMPS ARE FILLING UP FAST!

For more information or to register for a camp go to http://www.tadatheater.com/summercamps.asp
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 Father's Day Picnic at the Camden Riversharks

Where:  401 N. Delaware Avenue
              Camden, NJ

When: Sunday June 21 1:35 PM

 Bring Dad out for some baseball and barbecue at our Father's Day game on Sunday, June 21st at 1:35pm.  They will be featuring many BBQ favorites in their TNT Rental Party Tent located along the third base line.  The 90-minute menu includes all-you-can-eat BBQ ribs, barbecue chicken, Dietz & Watson hot dogs, corn on the cob, water, soda, cookies, one (1) free Bud Light beer for dads, and more!
 
By purchasing a ticket to the BBQ, dads will also get to throw a first pitch to their child before the start of the game! Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids ten and under and can be purchased using the promo codes "DADS" and "KIDS", respectively.

CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets or find out more information. Contact Terry Bradford at tbradford@riversharks.com or 856-583-0042 for additional information.
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Kidzsignments Summer Sale

Where: County Fairgrounds  
             Route 179
             Ringoes, New Jersey 

When: June 25- 27

Public Sale

Thursday - 6/25 - 9a - 8p

Friday - 6/26 - 9a - 7p

 
HALF PRICE SALE
Saturday - 6/27 - 10a - 6p
(most items 1/2 off Saturday)
For more information go to www.NJKidSale.com
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Upcoming Concerts at iPlay America 
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ

Olivia Somerlyn — June 27

Somerlyn is currently touring with pop star Meghan Trainor. Somerlyn’s first single “Parachute,” co-written with and produced by Nick Jonas, made it to No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs with popular remixes. Later this summer, she will tour with Lindsey Stirling. She has also toured with Jesse J and Lawson, the Jonas Brothers, Big Time Rush and Victoria Justice. In May 2013, she was named TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist of the Month and, in April 2014, Next Up

Artist of the Week by KIIS-FM in Los Angeles, California.  General admission tickets are $20 in advance or $22 at the door, and VIP tickets, which include a post-show meet and greet and a $10 iPlay America game card, are $55.

SoMo — August 6

SoMo — aka Joseph Somers-Morales — taught himself how to play piano by ear, recorded a cover of Chris Brown’s “Crawl,” and uploaded it to YouTube in 2009. It went viral. SoMo‘s medley of Drake’s 2011 album “Take Care“ has earned more than 4 million views. In 2012, he recorded an original independent mix tape titled “My Life,”  spawning his first hit, “Ride.” With no radio support or a label, the track began selling 10,000 per week. He signed with Republic Records and released the album “SoMo” in 2014, which peaked at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 chart and at No. 2 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. General admission tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, Early Entry tickets are $60, allowing entry before the general public and end of the sound check, and VIP Meet & Greet tickets are $100 and include a general admission ticket, early access, pre-show meet and greet and end of sound check.


 Cassadee Pope — August 28

Since appearing on “The Voice,” Pope has toured with Tim McGraw and Rascal  Flatts, enjoyed impressive sales and was selected for CMT’s Next Women of  Country. Her “Voice” mentor Blake Shelton also presented her with the 2014 CMT Music Awards’ Breakthrough Video of the Year. She ended 2014 with a Female Vocalist of the Year nomination at the first-ever American Country Countdown Awards. Her platinum-certified debut single “Wasting All These Tears” has sold over 1 million, solidifying her as part of a distinct group of solo female Country artists to score platinum-certification of a debut single. Her chart-
topping Republic Nashville album “Frame by Frame” also features “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart.” General admission tickets are $10 and include a $5 iPlayAmerica Game Card. VIP tickets are $60 and include a meet and greet, a poster and a $10 iPlay America game card.
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News from Michelle Tabnick Communications


What: NEW YORK THEATRE BALLET's GARDEN PARTY 
honoring Richard Alston and Valda Setterfield

Where: St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery
131 E. 10th Street
New York, New York 

When: June 18, 2015 6:00 PM

Following the Garden Party the evening will conclude with:

What: NYTB's Legends and Visionaries 2015

Where: Danspace
131 E. 10th Street
New York, New York

When: June 18, 2015 8:00 PMT

Tickets are $200 ($100 for children), and include both the party and the performance. 
Please contact admin@nytb.org to purchase.

New York Theatre Ballet will perform:
Richard Alston's Such Longing
Frederick Ashton's Capriol Suite
The World Premiere of Gemma Bond's The Assembly,
A new, as-yet-untitled work by David Parker
and Antony Tudor's Dark Elegies.

Tickets for just Legends and Visionaries are $20.00 each ($15.00 for Danspace members)

There will also be additional performances of Legends and Visionaries on
June 19 and June 20 at 8:00 PM
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Free Access to Downtown Cultural Institutions at Second Annual Night at the Museums
When: Tuesday June 23 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Downtown Culturals Group presents the second annual "Night at the Museums," bringing visitors and locals of Lower Manhattan unique experiences at 15 of the area's most diverse and culturally significant institutions. The event is presented as a part of "River To River," Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's annual summer arts festival. "

Admission is free and many of the sites include special programming and tours.

Visitors of all ages can spend a summer evening immersed in New York City's history, explore what makes the United States unique, discover new cultures and heritages, take a walking tour of the area, or stop for refreshments, including restaurants offering special "Night at the Museums" discounts. All museums and historical sites are within walking distance from one another. Lower Manhattan offers one of the most diverse and concentrated groups of museums in the world.

The participating institutions will issue a special Night at the Museums Passport for the event, available at each venue that evening. It will provide a map of the area and information about the museums and historical sites to help visitors plan their evening. This handy brochure will entitle visitors to special discounts valid through the summer on museum admission and other services depending upon the location.

All activities are free but some require tickets or advance reservation: The National September 11 Memorial Museum tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the museum starting at 4 p.m. Walking tours offered by the 9/11 Tribute Center and Wall Street Walks require advance reservation and a limited number of tickets will be available for walk-ups. See details below and on the NATM website.

For more information, visit NightAtTheMuseums.org or RiverToRiverNYC.com.  

Participating museums and historical sites are:

African Burial Ground National Monument is dedicated to teaching about Africans of early New York and Americans of African descent. Visitors will be able to tour the museum, view the film "Our Time At Last," and speak to National Park Service rangers about the history of the site from its creation through its rediscovery to its designation as a national park.

The Anne Frank Center USA, a partner of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, educates and inspires visitors through the diary, spirit, and legacy of Anne Frank. A permanent exhibition enables visitors to learn about Anne's world in hiding and her incredible optimism despite the chaos that was around her. Visitors can see the newly designed exhibition, "The Helpers of the Secret Annex."

Federal Hall National Memorial serves as a museum and memorial to America's first President and the beginnings of the United States of America. Exhibits present the history of Federal Hall, and artifacts on view include the Bible that George Washington used at his inauguration. National Park Service Ranger-led tours will be offered on the hour from 4 to 7 p.m.  

Fraunces Tavern® Museum is the only museum located in Manhattan that focuses on the Colonial period, Revolutionary War, and the Early Republic. Discover just how important New York City was during the birth of our nation. Historical balladeer Linda Russell and The Tricorne Dance Ensemble will provide music and dance presentations throughout the evening.

Museum of American Finance is the nation's only independent museum dedicated to American finance and financial history. In addition to the permanent exhibits, visitors can see special exhibits including "Legal Tender," which consists of flag paintings on silk depicting U.S. paper currency from 1862 to the present. Visitors can take part in free tours until 7:30 p.m. on the half hour with a limit of 20 people per hour.

Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memoiral to The Holocaust offers the opportunity to explore modern Jewish history, life, and culture. Special exhibits on view are: "Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism," "Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945," and "A Town Known as Auschwitz: The Life and Death of Jewish Community." Guided tours will be offered on the hour from 4 to 7 p.m. of the Core Exhibition and "Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism." Alicia Svigals, the world's foremost klezmer fiddler and a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, will perform in the lobby from 4 to 8 p.m. Two talks will be given by Dr. Erik Jensen of Miami University in conjunction with the special exhibition "Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945" at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

National Archives at New York City invites visitors into the Learning Center to discover and uncover the many national treasures of New York. Enjoy an Archival Adventure and pull archival facsimile treasures off the shelves. View famous signatures and other original records or discover family history research/genealogy by exploring immigrant arrivals. See the traveling exhibition of "What's Cooking Uncle Sam: The Government's Effect on the American Diet" and participate in family activities.

National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution illuminates the diversity of Native peoples and culture from throughout the Americas. Special tours will be offered from 4 to 7 p.m. of the museum's permanent collection, "Infinity of Nations," as well as the celebrated exhibitions "Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family" and "Cerámica de los Ancestros: America's Past Revealed." A screening of the feature film, "The Medicine Game," about lacrosse playing brothers from the Onondaga Nation will take place at 6 p.m.

National September 11 Memorial Museum is the country's principal institution concerned with
exploring the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events, and exploring 9/11's continuing significance. Free admission is from 5 to 8 p.m., with the last admission two hours prior to closing. Tickets are not available in advance and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the museum starting at 4 p.m.

 9/11 Tribute Center, created by the September 11th Families Association, offers visitors a place where they can connect with people from the 9/11 community including survivors, family members, rescuers, and first responders. Visitors learn about 9/11 through personal stories told by those who were there. Walking tours will be held every hour on the hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Pre-registration preferred at TRIBUTEWTC.ORG. Limited availability at the door.

NYC Municipal Archives Visitor Center,located in a stunning Beaux Arts building, holds New York City Government's historical records beginning with documents deeding land to the Lady Deborah Moody in 1645. The remarkable archives include early maps of the City, drawings for the Brooklyn Bridge, designs for Central Park, and other municipal records. "The Unbuilt City" is a special exhibit for one night only. The Downtown Civic Center in Lower Manhattan was a project that was years in the planning yet never built. Artist renderings, building designs, and architectural plans will be on view.

Poets House offers something for everyone in the wide and varied tradition of verse. Visitors can peruse the 60,000-volume poetry library and see an exhibition of Walt Whitman materials. Participate in a poetry scavenger hunt: visitors will be given popular poems with several words missing and will have to find the poems in books in the extensive library. The first person to correctly complete three poems will receive a free one-year membership to Poets House. Everyone who fills in at least one poem correctly will get a special Haiku pencil, curated by poet Robert Hass.

The Skyscraper Museum, located in the world's first and foremost vertical metropolis, celebrates New York City's rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines. The museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence. At 5 p.m., take a curator's tour with founding director Carol Willis of the museum's special exhibition "Ten Tops."

South Street Seaport Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the rise of New York as a port city and its critical role in the development of the United States. The museum uses its historic buildings and ships to provide interactive exhibits, education, and experiences. Explore the ships on Pier 16 and take docent-led walking tours of the historic district and the museum's galleries. Bowne Printers will offer live demonstrations on several printing presses that date back to the middle of the 19th century.

Wall Street Walks takes visitors through the historic capital of world finance: the one-square-mile of downtown Manhattan known as "Wall Street."  Mini-Walking Tours (half-hour duration) will take place every 30 minutes, from 4 to 7.30 p.m. on June 23. Tours meet in front of 55 & 57 Wall Street and end at one of the museums or historic sites participating in Night at the Museums. Please book in advance at www.WallStreetWalks.com. Tours will fill up quickly. A small number of slots will be held for walk-ups.

For complete information, including times and schedules, visit NightAtTheMuseums.org.

RESTAURANT DISCOUNTS
As part of the event, Night at the Museums-goers can take advantage of a 25 percent discount at restaurants in Lower Manhattan by mentioning "River To River" at the following establishments:
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What: ZviDance presents the World Premiere of Escher/Bacon/Rothko

Where: New York Live Arts
219 W. 19th Street
New York, New York

When: Wednesday June 26, 2015 at 7:30pmesday, June 24, 2015 at 7:30
            Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 7:30pm
            Friday, June 26, 2015 at 7:30pm
            Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 2pm and 7:30pm

Tickets are available via New York Live Arts' Ticket Services: (212) 924-0077 or by visiting http://newyorklivearts.org/event/zvi_dance_2015

Set in three parts, Escher/Bacon/Rothkois an evening-length dance piece inspired by the work of M.C. Escher, Francis Bacon and Mark Rothko. Virtuosic in form and versatile in style, Gotheiner's stirring choreography pulsates with each artist's startling notion of modernity. 
Cast includes: 

Chelsea Ainsworth
Todd Allen
Alex Beigelson
Kuan Hui Chew
Alison Clancy
Derek Ege
Samantha Harvey
David Nosworthy
Ying Ying Shiau
and Robert M. Valdez Jr.

TICKETING INFORMATION
An exclusive ticket pre-sale to ZviDance's Opening Night Benefit is available to ZviDance patrons and may be purchased by emailing tickets@zvidance.com or by visiting http://www.zvidance.com/tickets. (Opening Night Celebration Tickets - $150)

Single tickets for the production are available at New York Live Arts Ticket Services (212) 924-0077 or by visiting http://newyorklivearts.org/event/zvi_dance_2015 (Evening performances - $35/adults; $28/seniors/students/NYLA Members; Matinee performance - $25/adults; $20/seniors/students/NYLA Members.
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News from O & M Co.

What: The Twentieth Century Way

Where: Rattlestick's Playwrights Theater
224 Waverly Place
New York, New York

When: Now through July 19, 2015

Tom Jacobson’s acclaimed two-person play about homosexual entrapment in Los Angeles at the turn of the twentieth century premiered Off-Broadway on  June 3. 

Directed by The Theatre @ Boston Court’s Michael Michetti
Starring Will Bradley and Robert Mammana

The performance schedule is as follows:

Monday, Wednesday- Saturday at 8:00 PM
Sunday at 3:oo PM

Tickets for The Twentieth-Century Way range from $10 - $50 and can be purchased by visiting www.rattlestick.org
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What: York Theater Company Presents New Works as Part of Developmental Reading Series

Where: St. Peter's 619 Lexington Avenue
               entrance on East 54th Street
               New York, New York

When: June 9, 11 and 26

Juliet and Juliet, based on a concept by Natalie Tenenbaum and Sean Patterson, with book and lyrics by Mr. Patterson and music by Ms. Tenenbaum, is the story of 17-year old Tommie Morgan, who has her heart set on a big fat lead role in the school production of Romeo and Juliet. Her hopes are dashed, though, when Homecoming Queen Caroline Pelletti is pre-cast as Juliet, as a result of nasty PTA politics. So Tommie settles for the next best thing: she disguises herself as a boy and auditions for Romeo instead. She expects people to be shocked, but she doesn't expect to fall in love.  Set in Verona High School in Verona, Virginia, the show is an upbeat, modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's classic tale.  Directed by Ilana Ransom Toeplitz with musical direction by Ms. Tenenbaum, the cast will feature Aisha de Haas (Caroline, or Change), John Arthur Greene (Matilda)Elana JustinBrennyn Lark (Les Misérables)Charlie Pollock (Violet)Daniel Quadrino (Newsies), and Remy Zaken (Spring Awakening)Juliet and Juliet is produced in conjunction with Three Ways A MongIII LLC.  The Production Stage Manager is Shelley Miles with Assistant Stage Manager Hollace Jeffords.   ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY:  TUESDAY, JUNE 9 2015 AT 2:00 P.M.

Elsie Janis and the Boys, a salute to the ‘female Bob Hope of World War 1, is a new musical with book & lyrics by Carol Crittenden, music by John T. Prestianni with historical consultant Major (Ret.) Stephen C. McGeorge.  Decades before the U.S.O. existed, Broadway and West End star Elsie Janis felt a calling to give comfort, cheer and entertain the Boys—the young fighting men of the First World War.  In the final six months of the war, Elsie, armed only with her mother and a piano player, took her show to France, to the front, to field hospitals, to training camps, and to the very edges of combat, becoming the “Female Bob Hope” of WWI.  Though the real-life heroic efforts of this super trouper and Renaissance woman are little known, Carol Crittenden and John T. Prestianni, BMI Musical Theater Workshop veterans, are bringing history and her story to the stage in this original musical. Utilizing first person narrative and historical facts drawn from Ms. Janis’s memoir, The Big Show, the authors weave a mix of original music crafted expressly for the musical and memorable favorites from the era.  Directed by Alan Fox (Irena’s Vow), the cast will featureJillian Louis (It Shoulda Been You) as Elsie Janis, with Jonathan Brody (Spamalot), Sarah Cassell (Gabi Goes Green), Georga L. Osborne (Meet Me in St. Louis), Michael Scott, Evan Shyer, Lindsay Sutton, Keith Varney (I Got Fired), and Jason Whitfield.  ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY:  THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2015 AT 3:00 P.M.

Grounded for Life: The Musical, with book by Pat Hazell and Bill Habeeb, lyrics by Lawrence Goldberg and Mr. Hazell, and music by Mr. Goldberg, is a “staying-of-age” comedy about Mitchell Mulligan, a thirty-something guy serving a life sentence in his childhood bedroom for throwing a snowball at a school bus when he was twelve. Twenty years later, in a literal case of arrested development, he is still doing his time. Secret visits from his best friends via a toy box tunnel have been keeping him going. But that is all about to come to an end.   Mitch will have to face his own worst enemy: Himself.  An absurd and relatable metaphor, Grounded for Lifeexplores the ways people get stuck, hold themselves back, and allow their live to be limited by their own fears.  Directed by Patrick O’Neill and with music direction by Matt Perri (Cagney), the cast will feature Cameron Adams (Inventing Mary Martin)Michael Keyloun (‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore)Garth Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone)Liz Larsen (Beautiful, The Carol King Musical),Maxine Linehan, and Aaron Ramey (The Visit).  The Stage Manager is Melanie J. Lisby.  ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY:  FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2015 AT 3:00 P.M.


Reservations can be made by visiting the website at www.yorktheatre.org 
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WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL
2015 SEASON SUMMARY

MAIN STAGE

WORLD PREMIERE
Off the Main Road June 30 – July 19
By William Inge; Directed by Evan Cabnet
With Becky Ann Baker, Aaron Costa Ganis, Howard W. Overshown, Estelle Parsons, Kyra Sedgwick, and Mary Wiseman

WORLD PREMIERE
Paradise Blue | July 22 – August 2
(2012 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award Winner)
By Dominique Morisseau; Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
With De’Adre Aziza, Andre Holland, Keith Randolph Smith, and Blair Underwood
A Moon for the MisbegottenAugust 5 – August 23
By Eugene O’Neill; Directed by Gordon Edelstein
With Aaron Costa Ganis, Audra McDonald, Howard W. Overshown, and Will Swenson


NIKOS STAGE

WORLD PREMIERE
Legacy | July 1 – July 12
By Daniel Goldfarb; Directed by Oliver Butler
With Eric Bogosian, Halley Feiffer, Jessica Hecht, and Justin Long

AMERICAN PREMIERE
Kinship | July 15 – July 25
By Carey Perloff; Directed by Jo Bonney
With Penny Fuller, Chris Lowell, and Cynthia Nixon

WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL
Unknown SoliderJuly 30 – August 9
Book & Lyrics by Daniel Goldstein; Music & Lyrics by Michael Friedman
Directed by Trip Cullman
With David Greenspan, Derek Klena, Erik Lochtefeld, Estelle Parsons, and Lauren Worsham

DOUBLE HEADER of TWO AMERICAN PREMIERES of BRITISH PLAYWRIGHTS
August 12 – 23
Chewing Gum Dreams
Written and Performed by Michaela Coel
An Intervention
By Mike Bartlett; Directed by Lila Neugebauer
With a rotating cast

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING & SPECIAL EVENTS

Paradise Lew July 13 at 7:30 PM
An evening of stand-up with Lewis Black
Main Stage; $250/$125/$65/$45
From his standing-room-only Broadway runs to his 19 seasons on “The Daily Show,” Grammy Award-winning king of rant Lewis Black returns to Williamstown—the little corner of the Berkshires that he loves (and hates) with every fiber of his being—for a one-night-only performance of his signature dyspeptic brand of stand-up. Absolutely nothing’s off limits for this century’s foremost purveyor of righteous indignation. Act fast—this event always sells out.
$250 tickets include a post-performance reception with Lewis and other Festival artists. All proceeds from
the performance will support the Festival’s professional development programs.
The Lion in Concert | July 19 at 7:30 PM
By Benjamin Scheuer
Nikos Stage; $80/$60/$40
For one night only, WTF brings a concert version of singer-songwriter and composer Benjamin Scheuer’s irresistible and deeply moving The Lion to the Nikos Stage straight from its much-lauded run Off-Broadway. Originally developed and produced by WTF Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield, The Lion inspires and disarms with Scheuer’s raw and emotional depth. “A naturally appealing performer with an ingratiating soft touch” (The New York Times), Scheuer leads you on a rock ’n’ roll journey from boyhood to manhood, through pain and healing, to discover the redemptive power of music.
$80 tickets include a post-performance reception with Benjamin and other Festival artists. All proceeds from the performance will support the Festival’s new play commissioning program.
The Skivvies July 26 & 27 at 7:30 PM
The Sanctuary at 777 Main Street; $80/$40
Back for a second summer by popular demand! Sizzling musical comedy duo Lauren Molina (Ten Cents a Dance at WTF) and Nick Cearley (All Shook Up)—AKA The Skivvies—turn the heat way, way up as they perform stripped down mash-ups of pop songs and show tunes…in their underwear. The Wall Street Journal calls these wildly popular undie-rockstars “smart, sophisticated…ingenious” and Out Magazinedeclares that they’ve “managed to carve out a niche that we never knew existed: Part Weird Al parody and part sexy burlesque…an unusual explosion of satire and sultry.”
$80 tickets get you seats down front and access to an exclusive party after the show.
The Darrell Hammond Project | August 10 at 7:00 PM
Written and Performed by Darrell Hammond
Additional Material by Elizabeth Stein and Christopher Ashley
Directed by Christopher Ashley
Main Stage; $100/$65/$45
Best known for his strikingly spot-on impressions of a cavalcade of celebrities on “Saturday Night Live,” prolific comedian Darrell Hammond tells the story of the harrowing events that gave birth to his brilliant talent. Join Darrell on “the detective story of his own life” as he delves into the trauma and tenacity that made him a beloved entertainer. Full of raw emotion, humor, and plenty of the impressions that made him famous, The Darrell Hammond Project is the story of how a brilliant star rose from the darkest corners of human experience.

Baby Wants Candy August 20 – 22 at 8:00 PM and August 21 at 11:00 PM
Center Stage; $20
WTF is thrilled to introduce its audiences to Baby Wants Candy, one of the best-known, longest-running, and most-celebrated improv shows in the world. Baby Wants Candy is a roller-coaster ride of spontaneously choreographed dance numbers, rhyming verses and witty, jaw-dropping comedy. After the WTF Apprentice Company kicks off the evening with a little improv, the Baby Wants Candy cast will ask the audience for a suggestion of a musical that has never been performed before. What follows will be a “truly amazing!” (The New York Times) entertainment phenomenon.
FREE THEATER
Song for a Future Generation July 15 – 18, 21 – 24 at 7:30 PM
By Joe Tracz; Directed by Lee Overtree
FREE at Poker Flats Field
A star in a far-off galaxy is about to burst, and three party-addled clones want you to join them for a dance-a-thon on their satellite to celebrate the upcoming explosive event. Bring the whole family and a picnic to Poker Flats for an intergalactic party under the stars! Lee Overtree, the brilliant mind behind Story Pirates and this season’s Off-Broadway hit Found, helms Joe Tracz’s lo-fi, sci-fi spectacle.
TICKETS AND SCHEDULE
Single tickets for the 2015 Williamstown Theatre Festival season are now available through the WTF website (www.wtfestival.org) and by mail order using WTF’s season brochure (call 413-597-3400 to join the mailing list).  The WTF Box Office will open on June 2 at which point tickets may be purchased online, by phone, or in person at the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance Box Office at 1000 Main St (Route 2), Williamstown, MA 02167.

ABOUT WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL
Every summer since 1955, the Festival has brought America’s finest actors, directors, designers, and playwrights to the Berkshires to produce unique experiences for artists and audiences alike. The Festival creates bold, innovative theatre, hosts dynamic development opportunities for new plays and musicals, and offers a rich array of accompanying cultural events such as Free Theatre, Late-Night Cabarets, Comedy, and One-Night Concerts.  With offices in both Williamstown and New York City, WTF creates vibrant work that feeds the wider theatrical landscape. The artists and productions shaped at the Festival each summer often go on to reach diverse audiences nationally and internationally. The Festival is currently represented by The Elephant ManLiving on Love, and The Visit on Broadway this season and Fool for Love next season, as well as Here Lies Love in London. WTF is also home to one of the nation’s top training and professional development programs for new generations of aspiring theatre artists and administrators. The Festival is a recipient of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre and the Massachusetts Commonwealth Award for Achievement.
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What: Into the Woods

When: July 21- 27, 2015

Grammy Award winner, Heather Headley returns to the American stage playing  The Witch in Muny Productions staging of Into The Woods. The show will be directed by Gary Griffin.

Visit www.muny.org for more information on Into The Woods and the rest of the 2015 Muny season.
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And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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