Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday Scoop week of 7/5/15 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Children's Museum of the Arts New Hours and Pricing
103 Charlton Street
New York, New York


Hours:
Monday: 12-5 PM
Tuesday & Wednesday: Closed
Thursday & Friday: 12-6 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 10 AM - 5 PM

Prices:
Adult & Child Ages 1-65: $12 per person
Infants Under 1: Free
Seniors (65+): Pay As You Wish

Thursday, 4-6 PM: Pay As You Wish Hours

For more information go to http://cmany.org/
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RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL is set to open Off-Broadway Monday, July 13th at St. Luke’s Theatre. Preview performances began on June 25thBook and lyrics for RUTHLESS! are by Joel Paley with music by Marvin Laird. Joel Paley also directed the original production as well as productions in L.A., South Beach and the record-breaking concert event starring Bernadette Peters. He will once again serve as director of the newest incarnation of RUTHLESS!, with Marvin Laird on board as music supervisor as well.

When THE BAD SEED meets GYPSY it's fun for the whole dysfunctional family! Tina Denmark is a pretty, charming and diabolical eight-year-old who "was born to entertain." With the encouragement of slick and overbearing potential agent Sylvia St. Croix, Tina will do anything to play the lead in her school play. The question is, where does such remarkable talent and unstoppable ambition come from? The answer is shocking in this award-winning Stage Mother of all musicals.

RUTHLESS! first appeared Off-Broadway 23 years ago at the Players Theatre, winning both the Drama Desk Award for Best Lyrics and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Most notably, the production featured a few young girls in the role of Tina whose names might be familiar to contemporary audiences including Britney Spears, Natalie Portman and Laura Bell Bundy. The show continues to be a favorite among regional theaters and productions are continually being staged around the globe

But make no mistake  this is not your mother's RUTHLESS! This is no mere revival, but a newly imagined meditation on narcissism, talented tykes and stage mothers in a world that has since been introduced to such gems as “Toddlers and Tiaras” and Honey Boo Boo.

This version of RUTHLESS! is the one co-creators Joel Paley and Marvin Laird have long envisioned. As Paley explains, “Before it became a full musical, it was a long one-act but, in the transformation, it became a two act musical because that’s what was required to get it Off-Broadway. In this staging, we’ve done away with the intermission and have streamlined it into 90 minutes that is roller-coaster sharp and fast.” So reinvented is this new edition of RUTHLESS! that Samuel French is publishing the revised version to coincide with this summer’s Off-Broadway opening.

Featured in the cast of RUTHLESS! are Peter Land (CABARET, ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELLMY FAIR LADY), Kim Maresca (Westport’s TWELFTH NIGHT), Rita McKenzie (ETHEL MERMAN'S BROADWAY, RUTHLESS! L.A.), Andrea McCullough (URINETOWN, GREASE), Tracy Jai Edwards(HAIRSPRAYLEGALLY BLONDE), and introducing Tori Murray (Paper Mill’s NEW VOICES OF 2014: OH, WHAT A NIGHT!)

Author/Lyricist/Director Joel Paley was an original member of the notorious Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, dancing as Bertha Vinayshinski. This gig led him to Laird who was musical directing a Shirley MacLaine TV special featuring the "Trocks," prior to their sold-out Broadway engagement at the Palace Theatre.

Composer Marvin Laird has written dance and vocal arrangements for over two dozen Broadway and West End shows, including the award-winning production of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN and the 2003 Broadway revival of GYPSY, both starring Bernadette Peters. He has been Ms. Peters’ personal music director for more than 40 years.

RUTHLESS! is produced Off-Broadway by Maxine Paul, Evan Sacks and Ken Schur. The playing schedule is Mondays at 8 PM, Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays at 8 PM, and Saturdays at 2 PM at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46th Street (just west of Eighth Ave.) Tickets are available through www.RuthlessTheMusical.com or by calling 212-239-6200.

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Sussex County Miners Upcoming Games
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ

July 6  7:05 PM  Garden State Grays  Munchy Monday

July 7  7:05 PM  Garden State Grays  Hometown Heroes - Two for Tuesday 

July 8  7:05 PM   Garden State Grays  Kids Go Free Wednesdays

July 9  7:05 PM   Garden State Grays  Cheap Cheap Thursdays

For more information  or to order tickets go to http://sussexcountyminers.com/

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Princess Phooey 
An Original Musical Performed by Kids

Where: Tada! Youth Theater
              15 West 28th Street
              New York, New York

When: July 10 - August 1 

Who: All ages

For more information or to order tickets go to
http://www.tadatheater.com/performances/currentshow.asp.
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New York Historical Society Upcoming Events
170 Central Park West (at 77th Street)
New York, New York

Living History Weekends
Saturday, July 25 – Sunday, July 261 am – 4 pm
Saturday, July 11 – Sunday, July 12, 11 am – 4 pm
Saturday, July 18 – Sunday, July 1911 am – 4 pm
Saturday, July 25 – Sunday, July 2611 am – 4 pm

Each weekend this summer, brigades from the American Revolution will be stationed throughout the Museum in full uniform ready to answer your questions and share their stories about life on and off the battlefield. And if you’re a revolutionary history buff, don’t miss our special installation: Lafayette’s Return: The “Boy General,” the American Revolution, and the Hermione. Although a member of the French aristocracy, the Marquis de Lafayette devoted his youth to the American Revolution. He went on to play a major role in George Washington’s defeat of the British army, aiding the patriots through both diplomatic and military action. Free with Museum admission. All ages.

The Pinkertonian Mystery

Sunday, July 12,  2 pm – 4 pm
Sunday,  July 26, 2 pm – 4 pm
Don’t miss Live In Theater’s latest interactive mystery theater experience especially for families at the New-York Historical Society! In The Pinkertonian Mystery, families travel throughout galleries and interact with actors to solve a string of jewel heists in the 1880s. Kids will get hands-on experience as rookie 19th-century sleuths working for the Pinkertonian National Detective Agency: searching for clues, interviewing witnesses and suspects, and ciphering codes. Gather the kids and see who can solve the mystery and apprehend the jewel thief El Diablo! Ideal for kids ages 8 and up accompanied by an adult. Tickets: $35 per person ($30 per N-YHS Member) athttp://www.nyhistory.org/pinkertonian 

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Mary Poppins

Where: The Strand Theater
              400 Clifton Avenue
              Lakewood, NJ

When: July 24  7:30 PM
            July 25  2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
            July 26  2:00 PM

Who: All ages

For more information or to order tickets go to http://www.strand.org/
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Camden Riversharks 3rd Annual Bus Trip

Live the ultimate Riversharks fan experience the 3rd annual bus trip! This year, they will take a trip to visit the York Revolution in their home stadium! This year’s bus trip is set for Saturday, July 25th, with the game in York starting at 6:35pm!

This year’s trip includes a stop at the West York BARk Yard Sale and Festival with arts and crafts, food stands, music, and more.  Following the festival, Riversharks fans will be given a tour of Santander Stadium prior to the start of the game. 

For just $55, you will receive a game ticket, transportation, food, a stadium tour, and a whole lot of fun with fellow Riversharks fans!

Fans will arrive at Campbell’s Field at 10:30am and return at approximately 11:00pm:00pm.

For more information contact Caitlin Graham at 856-583-0039 
or cgraham@riversharks.com
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The Taming of the Shrew

Where: The Players Theatre
              115 MacDougal Street
               New York, New York

When: June 26 - July 12 2015
            Fridays & Saturdays at 7PM
            Saturdays & Sundays at 3PM


Tickets $60 $50 $40
Use code: ptnews for 10% off
BUY TICKETS NOW! By phone 866-811-4111
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News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

SEAWIFE
A WORLD PREMIERE FOLK CONCERT PLAY
PRESENTED BY
NAKED ANGELS
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM


FIRST LOOK! PRODUCTION PHOTOS NOW AVAILABLE
 
(Photo Credit: Caitlin McNaney):
LIMITED OFF-BROADWAY SUMMER ENGAGEMENT
THROUGH JULY 19 ONLY
AT SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM'S MELVILLE GALLERY

(New York, NY - June 256 2015) The dynamic downtown theater company Naked Angels, under the leadership of new Artistic Director Liz Carlson, presents the World Premiere of SeaWife, a new folk concert playco-created by Seth Moore (The Man With America Skin) and indie-folk rock sextet The Lobbyists.  SeaWife is a limited summer engagement through July 19 at South Street Seaport Museum's Melville Gallery (213 Water Street) in New York's historic South Street Seaport district.
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News from O & M Co.

ONE WEEK LEFT TO SUBMIT WORKS FOR
THE AMERICAN PLAYWRITING FOUNDATION
 “ T H E   R E L E N T L E S S   A W A R D ”
IN HONOR OF PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN

THE LARGEST ANNUAL CASH PRIZE
IN AMERICAN THEATER
AWARDED TO AN UN-PRODUCED PLAY

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS
FRIDAY, JULY 10

The American Playwriting Foundation (Executive Director David Bar Katz), established to make annual grants to new American plays, is currently seeking submissions for The Relentless Award, the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play. Established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, The Relentless Award will honor an unproduced play with $45,000, laying the groundwork for the future of American Theater. The deadline for play submissions to the The American Playwriting Foundation is Friday, July 10, 2015. Three finalists and one winner will be announced on October 2, 2015.

The Play Selection Committee is comprised of some of America’s top playwrights, including Eric BogosianThomas Bradshaw, APF Executive Director David Bar KatzLynn NottageJohn OrtizJohn Patrick ShanleyJonathan Marc Sherman, and Lucy Thurber. This committee will seek out plays that are challenging, and plays that are, as the name would have it, relentlessly truthful. The American Playwriting Foundation will consider submissions from any playwrights who wish to participate and meet the submission criteria, but the committee will place a special emphasis on works from first time playwrights and underrepresented voices.

The winning play will receive the most extensive national roll-out in American theater, receiving staged readings at some of the most esteemed theaters in the country. The current participating theaters that will roll out The Ed Vassallo Relentless Reading Seriesinclude The American Conservatory Theater of San Francisco (ACT), Asolo Repertory Theater, The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Goodman, The Huntington, The Wilma, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, The New Group, and The Williamstown Theater Festival. Along with the cash earnings, the author of The Relentless Award-winning play will have the option to have their work published by the Dramatists Play Service.

Any unproduced play written by a United States citizen is eligible for The Relentless Award.  Each play must be submitted with a letter from a theater professional (anyone who has worked in theater in any artistic capacity for a minimum of four years) recommending the play.  This submission process allows The Relentless Award to cast the widest net possible, making it among the most populist prizes in the American theater.

For more information, please click here: http://www.americanplaywritingfoundation.org
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PLAYBILL’S BLAKE ROSS
AND NY1’S FRANK DILELLA HOST
‘15 UNDER 30’ NIGHT
TO CELEBRATE GAY PRIDE AT
“THE TWENTIETH-CENTURY WAY”
OFF-BROADWAY 

MONDAY JULY 6

POST-SHOW DISCUSSION FEATURING
CAST MEMBERS WILL BRADLEY AND ROBERT MAMMANA

  The Twentieth-Century WayTom Jacobson’s acclaimed two-person play about homosexual entrapment in Los Angeles at the turn of the 20th century, will cap this historic Gay Pride month with a one-night-only special performance and talkback.  Tickets will be priced at $15 for patrons under the age of 30 for the Monday, July 6th performance.  Tickets for this special evening celebrating Gay Pride must be purchased by visiting www.rattlestick.org and entering code “15under30”.   Limit one ticket per patron with a valid ID.  This performance will be followed by a talkback hosted by Playbill’s Blake Ross and NY1’s Frank DiLella, with a panel discussion to include cast members Will Bradley and Robert Mammana.

Directed by The Theatre @ Boston Court’s Michael Michetti, and starring Will Bradley and Robert MammanaThe Twentieth-Century Way began previews on May 28, 2015 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (224 Waverly Place, NYC) and will run through July 19, 2015.  The performance schedule is as follows: Monday, Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm.

Based on a little-known incident in LA history, this theatrical thrill ride explores the collision of reality and fantasy as two actors juggle various roles to entrap homosexuals for "social vagrancy" in the public restrooms of 1914 Long Beach. But are they actually entrapping each other? Who they are and what they need is a mystery that deepens with every twist and turn.  The Twentieth-Century Wayearned Mr. Jacobson a PEN Center USA Award for Drama, and was a sensation at the 2010 NY International Fringe Festival, winning Overall Excellence in Production of a Play.

This co-production continues the association between two companies – The Theatre @ Boston Court (Los Angeles) and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (New York). 

Tickets for The Twentieth-Century Way range from $10 - $50 and can be purchased by visiting www.rattlestick.org
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“ I T   S H O U L D A   B E E N   Y O U ”
TO PLAY FINAL PERFORMANCE ON BROADWAY
SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 2015

CAST RECORDING TO BE RELEASED BY GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS ON AUGUST 14, 2015

LICENSING FOR FUTURE PRODUCTIONS
WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL


New York (June 30, 2015) – Producers announced today that It Shoulda Been You will play its final performance on Broadway,Sunday, August 9, 2015 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 W 47th Street).  It Shoulda Been You began preview performances Tuesday, March 17, 2015 with an official opening on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, and audiences have been feeling the joy ever since.  Directed by Emmy and Tony Award-winner, David Hyde PierceIt Shoulda Been You will have played 31 preview performances and 135 regular performances.

The Original Broadway cast album for It Shoulda Been You was recorded by Ghostlight Records and will be available for purchase digitally on Friday, August 14, 2015 and physically on Friday, September 18, 2015. Licensing for future productions of the hilarious, crowd-pleasing musical will be available through Music Theatre International (MTI).  The Wednesday, July 15, 2015 matinee performance of It Shoulda Been You will be filmed for the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts and preserved for theTheatre on Film and Tape Archive.

It Shoulda Been You features an original book & lyrics by Brian Hargrove and music by Barbara Anselmi.  Tony and Emmy Award-winner Tyne Daly and Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris, lead an all-star cast of Broadway luminaries which also includes,Sierra BoggessDavid BurtkaLisa HowardEdward Hibbert, Tony Award-nominee Montego GloverJosh Grisetti, Adam Heller, Michael X. MartinAnne L. NathanNick Spangler and Chip Zien along with Farah Alvin, Gina Ferrall, Aaron C. Finley, Mitch Greenberg, and Jillian Louis.
  
It Shoulda Been You plays Tuesdays at 7 pm, Wednesdays at 2 pm and 8 pm, Thursdays at 7 pm, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sundays at 3 pm.  Tickets are on sale to the public via Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-653-8000. A limited number of $35 Rush Tickets are also available for same-day purchase at the Brooks Atkinson box office. There is a limit of 2 rush tickets per person, and they are only available in-person at the box office.
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“C A M P   D A V I D”
BY PULITZER PRIZE WINNER
LAWRENCE WRIGHT
IS CONFIRMED FOR BROADWAY

Camp David, the latest play by Pulitzer Prize winning author, screenwriter and journalist Lawrence Wright, is headed to Broadway, with an anticipated opening during the 2016/2017 season.   The play offers a gripping day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David conference, when President Carter persuaded Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to sign the first peace treaty in the modern Middle East, one which endures to this day.  Prior to its Broadway run, Camp David, directed by Molly Smith, will play The Old Globe in San Diego from May 13 through June 19, 2016.

This Friday, Camp David will be performed by its original cast, including Hallie Foote, Khaled Nabawy, Ron Rifkin, andRichard Thomas, as part of Carter Center Weekend in Vail, Colorado.  Camp David had its world premiere at Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage in 2014. 
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And that's the scoop. Tune in Monday for another Talking Topic.

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