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

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sunday Scoop Week of 8/9/15 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Upcoming Events at the DiMenna Children's History Museum
New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West (at 77th Street)
New York, New York
Sketching in the Galleries: The Hirschfeld Century
Sundays, August 9, 16, 23, 30, at 12:30 pm;
Wednesdays, August 12, 19, 26, at 3:30 pm
Do you know what it means to be “Hirschfelded”? In this exciting, educator-led sketching program, families will be introduced to the work of iconic portraitist Al Hirschfeld through the works exhibited in The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld. Kids will look closely at his use of expressive lines and, after a turn in the Barber’s Chair have the chance to embellish their own Hirschfeld. Ages 6 and up. Free with Museum admission.

Reading into History Teen Summer: To Kill A Mockingbird
Sunday, September 20 at 2 pm.  Ages 12-16. Free with museum admission.
Read Harper Lee's classic To Kill A Mockingbird, our book club summer reading selection, and participate in the online conversation on our GoodReads page and the History Detectives blog. Over the next two months, teens and adults will read the novel join the N-YHS and Facing History & Ourselves educator-led virtual discussion. Log on to introduce yourself and engage in weekly discussions, learn about the book’s historical context, and view related artifacts from the N-YHS collection. Then join us in person for our big fall Reading Into History book club kick-off featuring special guest historians and educators, with forums, break-out sessions, and more! Co-presented by Facing History & Ourselves.

AUGUST  9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30th
Living History Weekend
Saturday, August 15 – Sunday, August 16, 11 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. All ages. Free with Museum admission.

Macy’s Sunday Story Time
Sundays, August 9, 16, 23, 30; September 6, 13, 20, 27 at 11:30 am
From the 17th to the 21st century, through fact and fiction, hear tales of NYC and the people who made it great. Ages 3 – 7. Free with Museum admission.

Under New York written by Linda Oatman High and illustrated by Robert Rayevsky Sunday, August 2 at 11:30 am: The New York City skyline is an easily recognizable sight the world over, but there is so much more to this city than the buildings above ground. Join us as we head down below street level and discover a whole other side of this bustling metropolis!

New York, Baby! by Ward Jenkins
Sunday, August 9 at 11:30 am: Come see New York through the eyes of a little boy as he spends a jam-packed day in the big city!

Blackout by John Rocco
Sunday, August 16  at 11:30 am: Can you imagine New York City without any lights? Believe it or not, The City That Never Sleeps has experienced more than one summer blackout. Find out what one family decides to do on a night the lights go out!

My Taxi Ride written by Paul Dubois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender and illustrated by Selina Alko
Sunday, August 23 at 11:30 am: Hail, hey, yo, ho – join us on an exhilarating taxi ride all throughout New York City!

Building Manhattan by Laura Vila
Sunday, August 30 at 11:30 am: New York City hasn’t always looked the way it does today. The island of Manhattan has changed through the centuries from a little island full of trees to a big city at the center of the world!

When Blue Met Egg by Lindsay Ward
Sunday, September 6 at 11:30 am: Meet Blue, a kindhearted bird who comes across a most peculiar “egg” one winter’s day. Blue and Egg spend all winter together as the best of friends, but something unexpected happens when spring arrives. From the 17th to the 21st century, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of New York City and the people who made it great.

It’s a Book by Lane Smith
Sunday, September 13 at 11:30 am: What doesn’t need a screen name or password and is always fully charged? In this quirky story, a tech savvy donkey gets introduced to a most amazing and entertaining object – a book! From the 17th to the 21st century, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of New York City and the people who made it great.

Brontorina by James Howe
Sunday, September 20  at 11:30 am: Brontorina is a graceful ballerina. Brontorina is also a very large dinosaur. Where is a dinosaur to dance when ballet studios and theaters are so very small? From the 17th to the 21st century, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of New York City and the people who made it great.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
Sunday, September 27 at 11:30 am: Come hear the hilarious pleas of a silly pigeon who desperately wants to drive a bus! From the 17th to the 21st century, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of New York City and the people who made it great.

Little New-Yorkers
Tuesdays and Fridays
August 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28; September 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29  at 3:30 pm
Held in the cozy Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library, this program introduces New York and American history to the littlest New Yorkers with age-appropriate readings and engaging hands-on activities. Ages 3 – 5. Free with Museum admission.

You Forgot Your Skirt Amelia Bloomer! by Shana Corey
August 11 and 14 at 3:30pm: This week we’ll find out how much fashions have changed, especially for women! We’ll learn about why women began to wear pants known as bloomers, thanks to the lovely Amelia Bloomer. Children will then make their own Victorian-era paper doll.

Nellie Bly Story by Nellie Bly
August 18 and 21 at 3:30pm: Come to hear what inspired the amazing Nellie Bly to travel around the world in 1889, from the lady herself! Children will then make a suitcase to plan their own round-the-world adventures.

When Everyone Wore Hats by William Steig
August 25 and 28 at 3:30pm: This week we’ll explore a time when everyone dressed up! Women wore fancy hats and necklaces, and men used pocket watches and canes. Kids will then make their own cameo necklace or pocket watch to carry home.

The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra Barracca
September 1 and 4 at 3:30 pm: This week children take a back seat in a New York taxi and experience a day in the life of Maxi. We’ll explore New York sites and even have a “hot dog” together. After the story, children will make their own hot dog craft.

The Old Pirate of Central Park by Robert Priest
September 8 and 11 at 3:30 pm: Arrghh! This week there’s a very silly battle happening in Central Park! After the story, we’ll join the pirate army by making our own pirate ship craft.

El Barrio by Debbi Chocolate
September 15 at 18 3:30 pm: This week a young boy will take us through his barrio, and we’ll celebrate the culture and rituals that make it uniquely his! Then we will make a stained glass window craft to hang at home.

Regards to the Man in the Moon by Ezra Jack Keats
September 22  and 25 at 3:30 pm: This week we explore just how far our imaginations can take us, with a little help from Louie. Families will make their own galaxy mobile craft to take home!

Abuela by Arthur Dorros
September 29 and August at 2 3:30 pm: This week we explore the relationships we have with family members by going on a journey with a little girl and her grandmother. After the story we will make our own wooden peg grandparent craft.

Cross-Stitch Circle
Thursdays, August 13, 20, 27; September 3, 10, 17, 24 at 3:30 pm
Drop in to try your skills at one of the oldest forms of embroidery in the world. Beginning cross-stitchers and younger children will learn the basic stitch and create a bookmark with their new skill. More seasoned stitchers and older children and adults can continue working on their bookmark or branch into more complicated designs—make a handcrafted gift for someone! Ages 6 and up. Free with Museum admission.

Summer Scavenger Hunts
Sundays, Daily, 10am–6pm until September 6 from 11am – 5pm
Escape the heat this summer and go on an adventure in the great indoors! Have you ever stood next to an authentic 18th-century carriage, seen a pair of glasses worn by President Abraham Lincoln, himself, or gotten up close and personal with the wooden leg of one of America’s Founding Fathers? If you said no to any of the above, then this is your chance!

For more information go to  http://nyhistory.org/childrens-museum
Upcoming at the Riversharks
Campbell's Field
401 N. Delaware Avenue
Camden, NJ

 Share your love of reading with others at the annual Summer Reading Weekend!  For every three (3) books you bring to any of the three games next weekend (Friday 8/14, Saturday 8/15, and Sunday, 8/16), you will receive a free 200-level ticket to that night's game!
Friday, August 14th at 7:05pm -- Phillies PA Announcer Dan Baker Appearance--As part of Freebie Friday, Baseball Card Sets presented by Lourdes Health System are available for the first 1,000 fans, and Kids Run the Bases presented by The Garden State Discovery Museum will take place after the game. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
Saturday, August 15th at 5:35pm -- College Alumni Night. Enjoy a night out with your closest college classmates! Wear your college apparel to the game and stay for the postgame fireworks and Launch-a-Ball, where you can win great prizes including a Zach Ertz autographed mini Eagles Helmet! CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
Sunday, August 16th at 1:35pm -- Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Day.  It's Family Fun Day Sunday at the ballpark with a Bumblebee Transformers character appearance from 12:35-2:35pm!  CLICK HERE and enter the promo code "MDA" to purchase $11 fundraising tickets to our Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Day, or contact Rebecca Anderson at 856.583.0036 or rebecca@riversharks.com with any questions. Fundraising tickets are handicap accessible.
For more information on Summer Reading Weekend, contact Caitlin Graham at cgraham@riversharks.com or 856.583.0039.
Upcoming at the Strand Theater
400 Clifton Avenue
Lakewood, NJ

What: Backstage Pass Program

Who: Rod Picott

When: August 15, 2015  8:00 PM

Rod performs songs from his new CD release "Fortune"! rodpicott.com The son of a welder from rural New England, Rod Picott is a masterful songwriter and soulful singer who carries with him as fine a suitcase of songs as you'll find anywhere. Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Fred Eagelsmith have recorded Rod Picott songs. A former construction worker who hung up his tools when he released his debut CD in 2000, Picott has carved a career for himself with a run of 6 beautifully crafted self released CDs over the last 13 years and a well earned reputation as a engaging, emotion fueled performer.

Tickets are only $20 (Plus $5 fee per ticket).

For ore information or to order tickets go to http://www.strand.org/
Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ
Who: WWE Superstar Dean Ambrose

When: September 5, 2015 11:00 AM

Meet WWE® Superstar Dean Ambrose with special guest MC Howard Finkle! The  Cincinnati scrapper began his path to WWE with a fearless career on the independent scene, notable for his ability both to absorb and to distribute punishment in equal measure. The trend continued with Ambrose’s arrival in WWE’s developmental territory. The young Superstar had barely set foot in the big leagues when he challenged  William Regal in a brutal one-on-one match that left Regal scarred and Ambrose with a dislocated shoulder. Ambrose joined NXT Champion  Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns in a trio they named “The Shield” — black-clad advocates of justice in a WWE they believed had lost its way. Ambrose came up just  short at WWE Money in the Bank 2015. Ambrose and Rollins grabbed the WWE World  Heavyweight Championship simultaneously, but Rollins’ grip proved to be just tight enough to wrest the title from The Lunatic Fringe. 

Meet & Greet tickets are $50 and include an 8x10 commemorative photo signed photocopy, a professional photo with Ambrose and a $10 iPlay America game card. VIP tickets include priority admission, one personal item to be signed by Ambrose, a pre-signed 8x10 commemorative photo, a professional photo with Ambrose and a $10 iPlay America game card.

Parent passes are $25 and admit one parent to escort any child 13 years old or younger. 

For more information or to order tickets go to http://www.iplayamerica.com/events?field_category_type2_tid=All
Upcoming at the Children's Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton Street
New York, New York

What: Fall Exibition: If You Lived Here You'd Be Home

When: September 14, 2015- January 17, 2016

 This exhibition takes cartography and mapping as its starting point and includes contemporary artists whose work references maps and mapping. Maps help us glean spatial information about physical areas, but also have a history of capturing the imagination. The artists included take these ideas to the next level and recall those first fantastical cartographers, using maps to blend the transitional with the experimental. As a medium, maps provide these artists with the freedom to interpret the meaning of the world around them.

Featured Artists: Matthew Cusick, Joyce Kozloff, Barbara Macfarlane, Loren Munk/Nikki Rosato, Nike Schröeder, Susan Stockwell, Robert Walden

As always, the exhibition will be accompanied by a wide variety of hands-on art making workshops during the museum's general hours.
For more information go to http://cmany.org/
Upcoming at TADA! Youth Theater
 15 W. 28th Street
New York, New York
What: Open House
When: Saturday September 19, 2015
Come on in for a sample class and Q&A with two of TADA!'s Teaching Artists and TADA's Education Staff. 
RSVP's are recommended!
News from Michelle Tabnick Communications
YPHIL - International Philharmonic Orchestra
Seven Epic Concerts featuring
100 of the World's Best Young Classical Musicians
from around the world
September 2015 in NYC
culminating in a performance at CARNEGIE HALL
with Jose Luis Gomez, Conductor
and Alexander Markov, Violin 
 International Philharmonic Orchestra brings together 100 young talented musicians from 74 countries to represent their countries through music in Seven Epic Concerts, including a concert for Global Peace at Carnegie Hall, New York during United Nations week. A unique opportunity, the participating young musicians will perform on the same day their countries are represented at the United Nations during the General Assembly meetings. Presented by TURKEN Foundation with Jose Luis Gomez, Conductor, and Alexander Markov, Violin.

YPHIL - International Philharmonic Orchestra will be the symbol of a common voice of world fraternity. It will clasp together a Palestinian musician as well as an Israeli one, leaving behind all conflicts and wars to come together in music; the orchestra will seek to be the best realization for a united world. 100 extraordinary and powerful performers of the world will create one symphonic voice.

Over 900 young musicians from 98 different countries applied to be a part of this extraordinary ensemble. Young musicians between the ages of 18 to 26 will come from a wide range of cultural, linguistic, ethnic and religious backgrounds to take part in this ensemble. Creating this festival of peace and fraternity will empower the voices of our youth, promote peace and dialogue, and raise awareness for universal youth issues.

Concerts are free public events unless otherwise noted:

September 10, 2015 at 7pm: Play For Peace Concert
Symphony Space - Peter Jay Sharp Theater

September 14, 2015 at 3pm:United Hearts Concert
Herald Square - Dedicated to the memory of the victims and heroes of 9/11

September 16, 2015 at 3pm:Hear My Nations' Voice Concert in Times Square

September 17, 2015 at 7pm:Gathering for Youth Empowerment at New York University
NYU's Skirball Hall

September 20, 2015 at 3pm:Concert For Nations' Friendship at Bowling Green Park, Wall Street

September 25, 2015 at 7pm: Community Fellowship Program at the New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue

September 27, 2015 at 8pm: Concert for Global Peace
Carnegie Hall, Isaac Stern Auditorium/Ronald O. Perelman Stage
Featuring: Jose Luis Gomez, Conductor; Alexander Markov, Violin

September 10, 2015: Play For Peace Concert
Performance will include blended Western and Eastern music traditions in one piece, adding ethnic instrument to symphony orchestra. Unique traditional instruments from Tunisia, South Africa, Korea, Turkey, Columbia, Senegal, Nicaragua, and many more, will be heard along with violins, drums and piano.

First Part:
-Ornament Overture by Faruk Kanca
-Edouard Lalo - Symphonie Espagnole, Op.21
Second Part:
-Nimrod Borenstein: Concerto for violoncello and string orchestra opus 56b

Yigit Karatas (Soloist)
Gjilberta Lucaj (Soloist)

September 14, 2015: United Hearts Concert
Fourteen years ago the world was crushed by terrible tragedy of 9/11. This year, musicians from all over the world come to New York to play for peace, showing the example of collaboration and understanding to the leaders of all the nations. This concert, dedicated to the victims and heroes of 9/11, will embrace peace and friendship between nations.

9/11 Requiem by Faruk Kanca

September 16, 2015: Hear My Nations' Voice Concert
For the first time in New York history, its main arena, Times Square, will be taken over by brilliant musicians from all over the world. Combining musical traditions and innovations from 7 continents, representing voices of the nations, this tremendous concert will show how young people, learn from each other and inspire others.

-Play for Times with the World Suite by Faruk Kanca
-Rock Concerto by Alexander Markow

September 17, 2015: Concert for a Change
YPHIL - International Philharmonic Orchestra is bringing not only the magnificent music performance but a great idea of youth empowerment to New York University's Skirball Hall. Building upon the widespread influence of music, the innovative program is empowering youth to work together, stay clear of danger, exercise creativity and improve their living conditions.

First Part:
     - Faruk Kanca - Ethnic Dance:
-La Paloma
-Can Can
-Swing That Gavotta

Second Part:
- Antonio Vivaldi - The Four Season - Summer. Soloist - Alexander Markov
- Alexander Markov - Rock Concerto

September 20, 2015: Gathering For Nations' Friendship
YPHIL - International Philharmonic Orchestra will give its most energized and loud performance in the middle of world's financial capital - famous Wall Street.

East and West - Symphonic Suite, featuring traditional instruments from around the world, by Faruk Kanca

September 25, 2015: Community Fellowship Program
Celebrating the first anniversary of the Turken Foundation, this gala event aims to gather world leaders in historical New York Public Library. Event will include reception, beautiful music and dinner. Music program includes Turkish Symphony by Faruk Kanca.

September 27, 2015: Concert for Global Peace
Conductor - José Luis Gomez
Soloist - Alexander Markow

First Part
  • D. Shostakovich - Festive Overture A Major Op. 96
  • F. Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto E Minor Op. 64

Second Part
  • F. Kanca - Turken Foundation Symphonic Suite of Voices of the World - featuring traditional instruments from around the world.

For more information, visit www.yphil.org.
The Collegiate Chorale Embraces New Name -
MasterVoices - and
Unveils 2015-2016 Season

New York City's famed Collegiate Chorale - founded in 1941 by legendary conductor Robert Shaw - announced four strategic initiatives that position the organization for its next phase of performing excellence: 
  • A new name - MasterVoices - to reflect a broadening and deepening of artistic vision;
  • A new partnership with New York City Center, featuring concert performances of operettas and operas in English, debuting with The Pirates of Penzance and Dido and Aeneas;
  • A revival of the organization's commitment to commissioning new work, with world premieres this season by Michael John LaChiusa and Marisa Michelson; and
  • A new outreach program, "Bridges," in which MasterVoices will engage with a community in the New York City area each season to create and perform a newly commissioned work and explore creative performing spaces throughout the five boroughs.

he 2015-2016 Season

The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty
By Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert
Featuring Deborah Voigt, Betsy Wolfe and Montego Glover
Conducted by Ted Sperling with Orchestra of St. Luke's
October 15-16, 2015 at 8pm at New York City Center

The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing
A workshop with Music by Justine Chen, Libretto by David Simpatico
Presented by the American Lyric Theater
October 17, 2015 at 7pm at Merkin Concert Hall

Mahler's Symphony No. 2
Conducted by Zubin Mehta, presented by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
November 5, 2015 at Carnegie Hall

Dido and Aeneas / As-yet-untitled World Premiere
Music by Henry Purcell, Libretto by Nahum Tate
World Premiere companion work by Michael John LaChiusa
Featuring Kelli O'Hara and Victoria Clark
Conducted by Ted Sperling with Orchestra of St. Luke's
April 28, 2016 at 7pm at New York City Center
April 29, 2016 at 8pm at New York City Center

Mahler's Symphony No. 2
Conducted by Joshua Gersen, presented by the New York Youth Symphony
May 29, 2016 at Carnegie Hall

The 2015-2016 season will conclude in June with a program featuring a World Premiere work composed by Marisa Michelson developed for the launch of MasterVoices' new community outreach program, Bridges. The location of this program will be announced at a future date.

A special presale for City Center performances will be available to members in August; tickets will be on sale to the general public on September 8, 2015.  For tickets and more information, visit www.mastervoices.org.
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Animal Songs - Classroom Favorites - Food Songs

Movement Songs - Nature Songs - Transportation Songs

Beloved children's recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner has just released six fully remastered, "themed," digital albums (Two Tomatoes Records, distributed by Razor & Tie). Titled Laurie Berkner's Animal Songs, Laurie Berkner's Classroom Favorites, Laurie Berkner's Food Songs, Laurie Berkner's Movement Songs, Laurie Berkner's Nature Songs, and Laurie Berkner's Transportation Songs, these albums were personally curated by Laurie to support teachers, parents, or anyone needing a song with a particular theme

Songs from six of The Laurie Berkner Band's CDs are represented: Whaddaya Think of That? (1997); Buzz Buzz (1998); Victor Vito (1999); Under A Shady Tree (2002); Rocketship Run (2008), and the DVD/CD Party Day! (2011). Because Laurie's remastered, themed collections are digital downloads, the music is available at a substantial savings over the cost of purchasing physical CDs. 

Laurie Berkner was the first artist to ever appear in music videos on Nick Jr. and was featured in nearly all of the episodes of the channel's Jack's Big Music Show. She currently stars in the animated musical short-form series Sing It, Laurie! on the Sprout preschool channel and makes regular appearances on Sprout's Sunny Side Up Show. Laurie is a familiar presence on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live, where her "Instant Party" segments with daughter Lucy air throughout each day. Laurie also hosts a popular series of Kids Place Live specials titled Laurie Berkner's Garden: Eat, Play, Grow.

Laurie Berkner's Animal Songs, Laurie Berkner's Classroom Favorites, Laurie Berkner's Food Songs, Laurie Berkner's Movement Songs, Laurie Berkner's Nature Songs, and Laurie Berkner's Transportation Songs will be available for download at all digital retailers, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and more.
Josh and the Jamtones
Jamhouse Records
August 21, 2015 

They're back!  The interactive/ultra-powered/wildly eclectic musical explosion known as Josh and the Jamtones is set to bust out of the chute with the August 21 release of their third kids'/family album, ROCKSTEADY.

Chock full of frenetic, danceable reggae/ska jams, ROCKSTEADY features special guests Jesse Peter Wagner (lead singer with legendary "dirty reggae" ska band The Aggrolites), Grammy-nominated Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, and Father Goose (featured on the Grammy-winning Dan Zanes family albums).

ROCKSTEADY is produced with a focused conceptual element that could be thought of as "Jamtones FM," with its mock DJs and radio-static "channel surfing" transitions between songs that display the Jamtones signature blend of reggae, ska, doo-wop harmonies, '90s hip-hop, and Weezer-like guitar solos.  Themes of love, friendship, and dance parties prevail, and all the songs on the album are seriously danceable.  The "Rocksteady," the "Tailfeather," and the "Katmandu" are specific dances, hearkening back to the old radio singles days, while other songs, like "I <3 br="" face="" have="" kinds="" moves.="" of="" own="" their="" ur="">
Josh & the Jamtones have been making music and lots of laughs for kids and families since early 2012, when singer/songwriter Josh Shriber started buying fancy lattes from producer/drummer Pat Hanlin at a café near his house.  Since then, the titanic twosome and their intrepid band have crisscrossed the country, playing hundreds of shows and sharing the stage with massive bands like The Wiggles, Yo Gabba Gabba, and The Fresh Beat Band.  The Jamtones have performed at loads of major festivals with mega-acts like the Dave Matthews Band, Hall & Oates, and The Roots.

Previous Josh & the Jamtones releases include Bear Hunt: The Movie! (2014) and the albums Bear Hunt! (2013) and JUMP UP! (2012).  The song "Fill It Up" from Bear Hunt! won the 2015 American Songwriting Award in the Children's Songs category, and three other Josh & the Jamtones songs were also honored.

ROCKSTEADY will be available on the Josh & the Jamtones website, CDBaby, Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, and other online retailers.
Release date:  August 21, 2015
For ages 4 - 11
Label:  Jamhouse Records
SRP:   $9.99
Running time:  44 minutes

Visit the Josh & the Jamtones website HERE.
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  Josh & the Jamtones on YouTube.

News from O & M Co.

“ A L L E G I A N C E   :   T R E K   T O   B R O A D W A Y ”

Lorenzo Thione and Andrew Treagus, producers of the upcoming Broadway musical Allegiance starring Lea Salonga and George Takei, are releasing their new docuseries ALLEGIANCE: Trek to Broadway, which chronicles the musical’s journey to Broadway, directly to their fans exclusively on Facebook. The first of this ten-part docuseries debuted on Monday, August 3, 2015 with new bimonthly installments through December 2015.  Broadway’s Allegiance, a new musical inspired by Takei’s true-life story, opens on November 8, 2015 at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street).  Previews begin October 6

You can watch the first episode directly on Facebook at:

ALLEGIANCE: Trek to Broadway chronicles the journey of Allegiance, the groundbreaking new musical inspired by the true-life experience of its star, “Star Trek” alum George Takei, when thousands of American families like his own had the resilience and spirit to stay united and strong in a country divided by fear during World War II.  This exciting, dynamic 10-episode web series gives an all-access pass to the process that goes into mounting a Broadway production.  ALLEGIANCE: Trek to Broadway is directed by Greg Vander Veer of Local Road Productions.  The creative team for the docuseries includes editor Elisa Da Prato and cinematographers Geoff Shelton, Peter Buntaine and Greg Vander Veer.

Broadway’s Allegiance—an original musical inspired by a true story—features a book by Marc Acito and music and lyrics by Jay Kuo.  Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima (London’s Ragtime, Off-Broadway’s Bare, Carrie, Altar Boyz) directs. 

The cast of Allegiance includes:  George Takei as Sam Kimura/Ojii San; Lea Salonga as Kei Kimura; Telly Leung as Sammy Kimura; Christopheren Nomura as Tatsuo Kimura; Michael K. Lee as Frankie Suzuki; Katie Rose Clarke as Hannah Campbell and Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka.  The ensemble will feature Aaron J. Albano, Belinda Allyn, Marcus Choi, Janelle Dote, Dan Horn, Owen Johnston, Darren Lee, Kevin Munhall, Manna Nichols, Autumn Ogawa, Rumi Oyama, Momoko Sugai, Sam Tanabe, Elena Wang , Scott Watanabe and Scott Wise.
Inspired by the true-life experience of its star George Takei (“Star Trek,” “Heroes”), Allegiance follows one family’s extraordinary journey in this untold American story. A mysterious envelope leads Sam Kimura (Takei) back 60 years to a time when he (played as a young man by Telly Leung -- Godspell, “Glee”) and his sister Kei (Tony® winner Lea Salonga -- Miss Saigon, Mulan) strive to save their family from the wrongful imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Sam enlists in the army to prove the Kimura’s  loyalty, but Kei joins draft resisters fighting for the rights of their people. Their paths take them from the lush farmlands of California to the wastelands of Wyoming to the battlefields of Europe, and their divided loyalties threaten to tear them apart forever. But as long-lost memories are unlocked, Sam finds that it is never too late to forgive and to recognize the redemptive power of love.

Tickets are now on-sale on Telecharge.com (212) 239-6200.

“ 3 9    S T E P S ”

The two-time Tony Award® winning hilarious hit comedy 39 Steps announced today that it will celebrate Alfred Hitchcock’s 116th birthday on Thursday, August 13th by inviting the audience to join special post-show festivities, including a custom designed cake by Alchemy Bakery. 39 Steps will also celebrate by launching a daily in-person lottery.

A limited number of orchestra tickets will be made available to each performance via lottery at the box office at 100 East 17th Street. Beginning one hour before the performance, theatregoers are invited to enter the lottery, and winners will be drawn 30 minutes before each performance. Winners may purchase up to two $10 tickets with cash only to that day’s performance. Seat locations will be at the theatre’s discretion, and lottery may not be offered at all performances.

 39 Steps is a comedic spoof of the classic 1935 film, with only 4 “insanely talented” actors portraying more than 150 characters, sometimes changing roles in the blink of an eye. The brilliantly madcap story follows our dashing hero Richard Hannay (Robert Petkoff) as he races to solve the mystery of The 39 Steps, all the while trying to clear his name. The show’s uproarious fast-paced 100 minutes promises to leave you gasping for breath… in a good way! It’s fun for everyone from 9 to 99.

 For more information, visit www.39StepsNY.com.

“ C L E V E R   L I T T L E   L I E S ”


 Clever Little Lies, will play off-Broadway’s Westside Theatre Upstairs (407 West 43rd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues), following critically acclaimed, sold-out runs at George Street Playhouse in 2013 and Guild Hall last summer. Starring Emmy®, Grammy®, and Golden Globe Award®-winner Marlo Thomas and direction by David Saint, Clever Little Lies will begin previews on Friday, September 18th for an exclusive limited engagement through January 3rd, 2016. The official opening night is set for Wednesday, October 14th.

A mother always knows when something is wrong. When Alice (Marlo Thomas) notices her beloved husband Bill has returned home on edge after a tennis match with their son, she grows suspicious and springs into action. Determined to piece together the puzzle, she invites her son and daughter-in-law over for drinks and dessert. Sidesplitting chaos ensues as Alice digs for the truth, resulting in even more honesty than anyone expected. Shattering and hilarious, Clever Little Lies is a story of long-term love and marriage… for better and for worse.

Additional information, including complete casting, will be announced shortly.
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