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, November 1, 2015

Sunday Scoop Week of 11/1/15 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Mad Libs Live
Now Off-Broadway

Where: New World Stages
               340 West 50th St.
               New York, NY

When: Now through January 3, 2016
             Saturdays at 11:00am and 4:30pm
             Sundays at 12:00pm and 3:00pm

Who: All ages

For more information or to order tickets go to http://www.madlibslive.com/
The 20th Anniversary of Kids Night on Broadway
Tuesday February 9, 2016
Tickets on Sale Tuesday November 3, 2015 at 10:30am

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Kids' Night on Broadway will return to the way it began! Select shows will offer in-theatre activities including talkbacks, as well as the Kids' Night on Broadway activity book. More events still to be announced! 

Kids' Night on Broadway is an annual event when kids ages 18 and under can see participating Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. A Kids' Night on Broadway ticket includes pre-theatre activities, restaurant discounts, parking discounts, educational programs, and more.

Participating shows to date include:*
  • Aladdin
  • Allegiance
  • An American in Paris
  • Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
  • Chicago The Musical
  • The Color Purple
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Dames at Sea
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Finding Neverland
  • Fun Home
  • Jersey Boys
  • The King and I
  • Kinky Boots
  • Les Misérables
  • The Lion King
  • Matilda The Musical
  • Noises Off
  • On Your Feet!
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • School of Rock
  • Something Rotten!
  • Wicked
(*shows and performances subject to change)

For more information go to http://www.kidsnightonbroadway.com/.
Global Cricket Icons Appear for First Time in NYC
Thursday November 5 at 11:00 am

WHAT:  Cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne headline a stellar lineup of renowned cricket players from around the world in the inaugural “Cricket All-Stars,” a three-game series played in Major League Baseball stadiums in NYC, Houston and LA.  This historic event marks the first time these icons will play in the US. The “Cricket All-Star Series” will take place at Citi Field on

Saturday, November 7 at 1:00 P.M.

WHERE:  Midtown Manhattan (details forthcoming)

WHEN:   Thursday, November 5, 2015 11:00 am

Visit www.cricketallstars2015.com for the list of players. Tickets can be purchased for the event at Citi Field at Mets.com/Cricket.
Upcoming at the Strand Center for the Arts
400 Clifton Avenue
Lakewood, NJ

The Amazing Kreskin
Friday November 6, 2015 7:30 pm
Jimmy Fallon freaked out by Amazing Kreskin's Seance
Kreskin will end his show with a Seance on the Strand stage. Kreskin is not a magician, but the "world's" greatest mentalist. He tells people things about themselves that only they could possibly know!. He let's the audience hide his paycheck and if he can't find it he forfeits his fee. He offers $1,000,000.00 to anyone who can prove he uses secret assistants or electronic devices to perform his mentalist effects! To view the show's content click this link: http://www.amazingkreskin.com/kreskin-seance-strand-page/. NO children under 10 allowed please. Tickets $20 (Plus $5 fee per ticket)
Upcoming at the DiMenna Children's History Museum
New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West (at 77th St.)
New York, NY
Kids Cartoon!
Saturday, November 7 at 3:00 pm.
$20 per child ($15 for Members)
Ages 8 -12

Make your characters jump, run, and interact in their worlds. In this two-hour class we’ll collaborate on “jam comics” and play games like “Character Combat” to get our characters moving!

“Superheroes in Gotham” Family Tour
Sunday and Saturday, November 8 and 21 at 2 pm.
$8 per child (does not include Museum admission)
Recommended for families with children ages 3–6

Did you know that Spider-Man grew up in Queens, Iron Man was from Long Island, or Captain America called Brooklyn home? Have you ever wondered why Superman’s Metropolis and Batman’s Gotham are similar to New York City, but with a different name? In this unique, educator-led tour of Superheroes in Gotham, families will discover the special connection between New York and the worlds of America’s most infamous superheroes. Families will also delve into the secret identities of these not-so-secret heroes and create their very own alter ego portraits.

Reading Into History Family Book Club: Courage Has No Color by Tanya Lee Stone
Featuring Triple Nickle Paratrooper, Kenneth Smith
Veterans Day Family Program
Free with Museum admission
Ages 9 - 12

In honor of Veterans Day, join Reading into History family book club to learn about and honor the Triple Nickles, the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, America’s first black paratroopers. Kenneth Smith, a Triple Nickle since 1947 will be here in person to answer your questions. Author Tanya Lee Stone will also join us via Skype to discuss her book. After Q&A, everyone will explore artifacts related to the history of black military service in our Patricia Klingenstein Library.

About Courage Has No Color
“What is courage? What is strength? Perhaps it is being ready to fight for your nation even when your nation isn’t ready to fight for you.” So ends the first chapter of this fascinating work of non-fiction exploring the struggles and triumphs of the men who formed the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, America’s first black paratroopers. Early in WWII, senior officials doubted the ability of African American men to perform combat roles. This daring battalion's struggle to prove themselves on the battlefield, and the bittersweet results of that struggle, highlight the frustrating, slow pace of racial progress during the 1940s. Meticulously researched, readers will see why this gripping work won a 2014 NAACP Image Award and multiple starred reviews.

About the Reading into History Family Book Club
Each month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book together at home, then attend a Book Wrap event where they will share reactions to the book, see cool Museum artifacts and documents related to the book, and meet other history detectives and special guests! Past special guests have included authors Walter Dean Myers, Avi, and Rita Williams-Garcia, plus Museum curators, historians, and other experts.

For more information go to http://www.nyhistory.org/childrens-museum/families/family-programs/upcoming-programs

Upcoming at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY

The Great Red Ball Rescue – A New York City premiere!
family trip to the beach goes awry when a young boy's favorite Red Ball is whisked away by the tides. Can he summon the courage to get it back? Join Jasper, a timid kid with a big imagination, as he sets out on an adventure across the ocean, under the waves, and up into the clouds. Along the way, he meets fantastical fortune tellers, thieving fishermen, and many mysterious creatures of the deep. Will he ever reclaim his favorite Red Ball from the clutches of the sea? Find out in this visually stunning and mostly non-verbal production featuring multiple styles of puppetry, an original score (by Dana Colley of Morphine), and lots of sea-faring fun. The kid-friendly puppet production was created by Faye Dupras with the support of the Jim Henson Foundation.
Tickets: $15 ($13 members)
 A special family film event: Sunday, November 8 at 3:30 and 7:30 pm, and Friday November 13 at 7:30 pmriday, November 13 7:30 pm
"Fantasia" - 75th Anniversary Screening Throughout history, there have been but a handful of groundbreaking films where the soundtrack has become inextricably linked to the cinematic achievement of the film itself. There is perhaps no greater example of this marriage than Walt Disney’s 1940 masterpiece, "Fantasia."  Disney animators set pictures to Western classical music as Leopold Stokowski conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" features Mickey Mouse as an aspiring magician who oversteps his limits. "The Rite of Spring" tells the story of evolution, from single-celled animals to the death of the dinosaurs. "Dance of the Hours" is a comic ballet performed by ostriches, hippos, elephants, and alligators. "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Ave Maria" set the forces of darkness and light against each other as a devilish revel is interrupted by the coming of a new day. The screening will include a newly recorded behind-the-scenes look from the orchestra’s rehearsals, and Yannik Nezet-Seguin will lead a discussion about the history of Stokowski and "Fantasia."
Tickets: $18, $16 seniors and kids ($14 members) For more information go to  http://www.symphonyspace.org/events/series/77/just-kidding

Rothschild and Sons
York Theater Company
St. Peter's Church
619 Lexington Avenue
(between 53rd and 54th)
New York, NY

Now through November 8 only

For further information or to order tickets go to http://www.yorktheatre.org/rothschild--sons.html
Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ

Disney Channel stars Dove Cameron and Ryan McCartan will perform as The Girl and the Dreamcatcher in concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, December 20, at iPlay America. Both are accomplished actors and singers. Tickets go on sale now.

For further information go http://www.iplayamerica.com/events?field_category_type2_tid=All&page=1
News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

Theater Resources Unlimited honors
three people who are changing the landscape of theater.
(Jermaine Paul lends his "Voice.")
Announcing the 2015 TRU Love Benefit:
Making Our Gardens Grow
Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 12 noon at Sardi's
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) will celebrate its 24th year as a not-for-profit service organization with its annual gala, the TRU Love Benefit. This year's theme is Making Our Gardens Grow, recognizing three people who are each helping to change the landscape of theater in highly individual ways. The 2015 TRU Spirit of Theater Award, given to a member of the producing community who has demonstrated exceptional generosity, support and kindness to others in the business, will be awarded to producer Patrick Blake (The 39 Steps, Bedlam Theatre's Hamlet/St. Joan, Play Dead, My Life Is a Musical, The Exonerated, In the Continuum), also the founder of Rhymes Over Beats, a game-changing new hip hop theater company; the TRU Humanitarian Award will be presented to Teresa Eyring on behalf of one of American theater's pre-eminent service organizations, Theatre Communications Group (TCG); and the TRU Entrepreneur Award, given for consistency, unique thinking and innovation, will be presented to Linda Amiel Burns for 38 years of The Singing Experience, a unique cabaret workshop that helps ordinary people blossom into singing "stars."

The celebration will take place Sunday November 8th at legendary Sardi's, 234 West 44th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenue. It will begin at noon with wine, drinks and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a 3-course luncheon at 1pm and the awards ceremony and performances at 1:45pm. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.truonline.org/TRULove15.htm.

This eclectic event brings together the very different worlds of resident and commercial theater, rap and cabaret, and will be co-hosted by cabaret legend Sidney Myer of Don't Tell Mama, and TV rapper Power Malu. It will include appearances by Jermaine Paul, winner of TV's "The Voice," Obie-winner and TCG board member Nikkole Salter (In the Continuum), preeminent magician Todd Robbins (Play Dead), Howie Michael Smith (My Life Is a Musical) and cabaret singer Lynn DiMenna, with other performances tba, highlighting the achievements of the three honorees.
News from O & M Co.

** L O N D O N ’ S   C A L L I N G **

“ H A N D   T O   G O D ”

FEBRUARY 5, 2016

JANUARY 3, 2016

Producer Kevin McCollum has announced that his Tony® Award-nominated comedy Hand to God must close on Broadway on January 3, 2016 and will immediately transfer to London’s West End, with performances beginning on February 5, 2016 at the famed Vaudeville Theatre.  Robert Askins’ riotous comedy opened to rave reviews on April 7, 2015 at Broadway’s Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street), and was previously presented in New York City at Ensemble Studio Theatre in 2011 and Off-Broadway by MCC Theater in 2013.  Moritz von Stuelpnagel will recreate his Tony®-nominated direction in London.  Tickets to the West End production will go on sale in late October.  Complete casting will be announced at a later date.  For more info, visit www.HandToGodBroadway.com.


What is the BEST Broadway Can Be?” This one central question, posed each year to academics, economists, entrepreneurs, scientists, theater professionals and a full house, will once again be the cornerstone of the one-day event when TEDxBroadway returns to New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) on Monday, February 22.

Speakers at this year’s event will include (additional speakers will be announced later):

·        Jennifer Ashley Tepper is the Director of Programming for Broadway supper club 54 Below and author of The Untold Stories of Broadway book series.

           ·        Randy Weiner is a producer, venue owner, and playwright who The New York Times calls “the 
           leading impresario of nontraditional theater in New York” and who The Wall Street Journal calls “a mad
         genius of nightlife.” He’s the recipient of two Drama Desk Awards (Sleep No More and Queen of the
         Night). Weiner made his TEDxBroadway debut in February 2012 with his talk The Future of Show

·        Katie Sweeney is an ‘Autism Warrior Mom’ and a musical theatre lover. She is a marketing strategist and started her own firm, OutsideIn Strategies, Inc., in 2001 specializing in qualitative research following 12 years in marketing consulting. She is on the Parent Advisory Board of SNACK (Special Needs Activity Center for Kids) and a volunteer with Achilles, the running club for the disabled.

·        James Lecesne is a writer, storyteller and actor. He most recently did his Off Broadway solo show The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. Word of Mouth, an earlier solo show, was produced by Mike Nichols and won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award.  He wrote the Academy Award winning short film TREVOR, which inspired the founding of The Trevor Project, the only nationwide 24-hour suicide prevention Lifeline for LGBTQ youth.

TEDxBroadway is co-organized by Damian Bazadona, founder of Situation Interactive and Jim McCarthy, CEO of Goldstar. They’re proud to welcome back co-organizing sponsors Jujamcyn Theaters  and Broadway.com

Additional details are available at http://TEDxBroadway.com
Interested attendees can purchase tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tedxbroadway-2016-tickets-17781528029
Follow TEDxBroadway on Twitter: @TEDxBroadway

The conference will begin at 11am on February 22, 2016. Tickets are $100.
“K I N K Y   B O O T S”


Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig are thrilled to announce that Kinky Bootsthe Tony and Grammy Award®-winning hit musical, will receive an Australian production next October at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne. The ticket waitlist is now open at www.kinkybootsthemusical.com.au.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topics.

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