Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sunday Scoop Week of 11/8/15 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Kids Cruise Free Aboard Circle Line All November
Pier 83
West 42nd St
New York, NY

November ushers in the holiday season – a time for family traditions, old and new. This year, guests are invited to start a new family tradition with a New York City icon – Circle Line Cruises! With crisp fall weekends and valuable days off from work and school, it’s the perfect time for families to get reacquainted with New York City and enjoy a boat ride with some of the city’s most famous tour guides. Even better, kids cruise free with the purchase of adult tickets the whole month of November!

For every adult ticket purchased for a Liberty, Landmark or Best of NYC cruise during the month of November, guests will receive one free child’s ticket. Guests must fill out the form on the Kids Cruise Free landing page on the Circle Line website (direct link: www.circleline42.com/kidsfree) in order to receive the discount code to use at online checkout.

Whether it’s a weekend excursion, a post-Thanksgiving-Day-parade outing, or a day-after food coma cure, now is the ideal time for families to make new memories with Circle Line.
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All-Star Avenue Q Judges Panel Joins Tune in Time 
  York Theatre
St. Peter's Church
619 Lexington Avenue
(Entrance on East 54th St)
New York, NY

 Monday, November 9th at 7:30 PM!

The panel of illustrious celebrity judges will feature three members of the original cast of Avenue Q: Tony Award nominee Ann Harada, Jordan Gelber, and Stephanie D'Abruzzo. 
In May of 2000, The York played host to the very first readings of the original version of Avenue Q, then subtitled "Children's Television for Twentysomethings." D'Abruzzo and Harada have been with the show since those performances, and the role Gelber would later play was essayed by future Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist/librettist Brian Yorkey.

As always hostess Emily McNamara will be there to keep the party going, Nate Buccieri will tickle the ivories, and time-master Sheila Head will smack everyone into compliance. Hilarity shall ensue!

TUNE IN TIME is an evening of edge-of-your-seat suspense, brain-frying bravery, and musical theatre magnificence!
ONLY $20!
York Theatre Company Members save 50%!

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
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iPlay America's 4th Birthday
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ

November 11, 2015

Free Ride Passes for All Veterans and Military Personnel
Free Ride Passes for anyone whose birthday is November 11
Ride Pass Special - Ride Pass and $20.00 game card for $11

For more information go to http://www.iplayamerica.com/
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Opening Night of Franklin Square's Holiday Spectacle
200 N. 6th St
Philadelphia, PA

WHERE:       Franklin Square, 6th & Race Streets

WHEN:          Thursday, November 12, 2015, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
4:45 pm – Welcome
5 pm – Igniting of the first show of the season

WHO:            Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia (invited)
                        Mark Squilla, Philadelphia City Councilman
                        Benjamin Franklin
                        Amy Needle, President and CEO, Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

What:  Opening Night of the Franklin Square Holiday Festival, featuring Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light ShowFor the 2015 holiday season, the Franklin Square Holiday Festival is sparkling with a winter beer garden, seasonal food, a holiday shopping market, and much more. The Square is transformed into a magical place with carols, dancing snowflakes, holiday music playing on the Parx Liberty Carousel, and warming stations located in the Philly Mini Golf. From November 12 – December 31, dazzle in the lights of theElectrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show. Warm up with comfort food, hot beverages, and authentic German beers in Ben’s Bites & Brews, and shop for gifts at the Holiday Market. Additional holiday entertainment includes #FranklinSquareFridays, Santa Saturdays, Sing-A-Long Sundays, Lightning Bolt Holiday Express train rides around the Square, a winter beer garden, and the traditional family-friendly Kid’s New Year’s Eve Countdown and Dance Party.The public is invited for Opening Night festivities and free hot chocolate (while supplies last) on Thursday, November 12. The first show begins at 5 pm and continues every 30 minutes until 8 pm

VISUALS:      Benjamin Franklin will ignite the light show in grand style for this illuminating night show. The holiday light show features an electric 12-foot tall kite and key, highlighting Benjamin Franklin’s famous electricity discovery with over 50,000 LED lights synchronized to winter-themed music.

DETAILS:     Sparked by Benjamin Franklin’s electrifying genius, Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show is the key to holiday fun in Franklin Square. Electrical Spectacle is a free light show that illuminates the Square nightly from November 12 - December 31. Marvel at more than 50,000 lights as they shimmer, dance, and illuminate the Square to a soundtrack of holiday classics performed by The Philly POPSTM (including arrangements by Peter Nero, Music Director Emeritus) in two alternating shows every 30 minutes (4:30 pm to 8 pm). Every evening, one lucky audience member will be selected to kick off the evening’s festivities as the Igniter for the 4:30 pm show.

 For more information, (215) 629-4026 or visit www.historicphiladelphia.org or buy tickets in person at the Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Chestnut Streets.
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Upcoming at the New York Historical Society
 170 Central Park West
New York, NY

Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York 
November 13, 2015 – April 17, 2016
The New-York Historical Society celebrates New York’s central role in the digital revolution, highlighting the pioneering work and technological innovations that have transformed daily life. Silicon City presents New York as a technological hub where the intersection of commerce and innovation gave rise to the first computers and tech companies. Featuring more than 300 artifacts from the late-1800s through the 1980s,Silicon City will include early computers and telecommunications hardware, archival materials, photographs, digital artworks, and interactive experiences that immerse visitors in the centuries-long evolution of technology. Organized by New-York Historical’s Chief Curator Stephen Edidin with assistance from Research Associate Cristian Panaite.

For more information go to http://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/silicon-city-computer-history-made-new-york
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Upcoming at the Strand Theatre for the Arts
400 Clinton Avenue
Lakewood, NJ

BRICK Kiwanis Night of Comedy!!! - BACKSTAGE PASS
Friday November 13, 2015  8pm

Hillarious 'Doug Karpf', who has performed across the country at clubs, casinos & the U.S. Armed Forces; 'Andy Hayward', a NYC comic who has had the honor of performing for the NYC Friars Club & Brick native 'Mollie Sperduto', finalist at the Comedy Competition at the Tropicana Casino are the side-splitting headliners for this Kiwanis Fundraiser! Kiwanis, established in 1915, is a service organization serving communities in over eighty countries! Brick Kiwanis Club was chartered in 1958, & has been serving Brick & surrounding communities for more than half a century. One of the objectives of Kiwanis is to provide, through a practical means, to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service & to build better communities. The Brick Kiwanis meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month at Tuscany Bar and Restaurant in Brick, NJ. New members are welcome. All proceeds will benefit Kiwanis youth charities and local children’s charities. Tickets $25 (plus $5 fee per ticket). Doors open at 7!
For more information or to order tickets click here.

GET THE LED OUT
Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 8PM
James D’Amico Productions and Tommys House Present GET THE LED OUT
From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album…GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants…a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity. Dubbed by the media as “The American Led Zeppelin,” Get The Led Out offers a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom heard
Tickets $50 Orch/Loge $40 Mezz $30 Tier (Plus $5 fee per ticket)

For more information or to order tickets click here.
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Ruthless! The Musical Extends Broadway Run Through January 30

Due to overwhelming demand, the producers of the Off-Broadway smash, RUTHLESS! The Musical, put a new block of seats on sale through January 30, 2016.

For more information or to order tickets go to http://www.ruthlessthemusical.com/.
See also our previous posts Where-To-Go Wednesday - Ruthless and Ruthless
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News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

BALLET HISPANICO's
CARMEN.maquia and Club Havana
featured in inaugural film series
Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance
November 12, 2015 7pm
Ballet Hispanico, celebrating 45 years of repertory that reflects the ever-changing diversity of Latino cultures, will be featured in Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance, a film series presenting performances by four of America's leading companies: Ballet Hispanico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. Coming to over 600 U.S. cinemas on Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 pm (local time) is Ballet Hispanico, led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, with two audience favorites: CARMEN.maquia, an electrifying contemporary take on Bizet's passionate opera choreographed by Spaniard Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, and Club Havana, a virtuosic re-imagining of a sizzling nightclub by Cuban-born choreographer Pedro Ruiz. The film will include special behind-the-scenes interviews with the dancers and a glimpse of the company's rehearsals.

Tickets for Great American Dance can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com, or at participating theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participating box offices are subject to change).
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Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
presents
Black Violin
Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 2pm

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2015-16 season on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 2pm with the return of three-time Amateur Night at the Apollo winners Black Violin.  Celebrating the September 18, 2015 release of their newest album, Stereotypes, this classically trained violin duo inspires young people to get fired up about classical music with their unique fusion of classical, hip-hop, jazz, blues, and R&B. Recommended for ages eight and up.  Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).
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14th Street Y 
presents
PAUSE/PLAY at The 14th Street Y
11/14, 12/12, 1/9, 2/6, 3/12
The 14th Street Y through Downtown Jews presents, PAUSE/PLAY, an innovative Saturday afternoon of Shabbat programming, beginning November 14, 2015 and continuing one Saturday per month through March 2016.  Join us for recreational activities for adults and children at an event designed for our diverse Downtown Community at 344 East 14th Street. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 18 and $30 Family Tickets when purchased in advance online.  Day of ticketing is $15 for adults, $10 for kids under 18 and $40 family tickets. (This event is Free for 14th Street Y members). For more information, please visit http://www.14streety.org/pauseplay.

PAUSE/PLAY takes place on Saturday afternoons from 2-5:30pm:
November 14, 2015 - Thanksgiving (followed by a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the Y's new Playroof);
December 12, 2015 - Chanukah;
January 9, 2016 - Family Fit Day;
February 6, 2016 - Tu BiShvat;
March 12, 2016 - Purim

This fall and winter, rethink how you spend your Saturday afternoons: share it with your family, with others and with us. PAUSE/PLAY invites people to hit the pause button in their busy lives and experience the best of what the 14th Street Y has to offer.

You can stretch it out in Yoga or dive into Family Swim. Leave the kids in an engaging interactive music or science class while you explore Adult Meditation or study text with our own Executive Director Rabbi Shira Epstein. Children under 5 can enjoy PJ Play!, who presentsStone Soup with Matzoh Balls with Play Me a Story.  PJ Play! is funded by the PJ Library New York Metro Region Engagement Grant, awarded by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

This is only a sample of the unique offerings provided by the 14th Street Y on our special monthly Saturday afternoons. Visit www.14StreetY.org/PausePlay for regularly updated schedules throughout the winter.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony - Saturday, November 14, 2015
After several years of fundraising and several months of renovations, the 14th Street Y is thrilled to reveal its new playroof. Join us for rooftop play and ribbon cutting as the community-wide event/closing ceremony of our first Pause/Play event on Saturday, November 14.

2-5pm: Pause/Play programming;
5pm: Open play on the new roof
5:30pm: Havdalah ceremony
5:45pm: Remarks and ribbon cutting
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News from Waldmania PR
LAURIE BERKNER IS ON TOUR FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

THE LAURIE BERKNER BAND'S HOLIDAY SHOW

COMES TO THE PHILLY AREA!

KESWICK THEATRE - GLENSIDE, PA

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22


The Laurie Berkner Band in a Holiday Celebration Concert!
WHEN: 3:00 p.m.Sunday, November 22
WHERE: Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside, PA 19038
TICKETS: $29/$39/$100, plus applicable fees A limited number of $100 VIP tickets are available.
TO CHARGE BY PHONE: 888-929-7849
TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: Visit the AXS website HERE.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit the Keswick Theatre website HERE.
*VIP tickets include after-show meet & greet and photo opportunity with Laurie and the band.

Best-selling children's recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner loves the holidays! Laurie invites Philadelphia area families to share the spirit of the season with The Laurie Berkner Band at a festive holiday concert at 3:00 p.m on Sunday, November 22 at the Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside, PA.
The Laurie Berkner Band's concert will celebrate the season with such traditional, secular songs as "Jingle Bells," and "Frosty the Snowman," plus originals from Laurie's well-loved album, A Laurie Berkner Christmas, like "Santa's Coming to My House Tonight." Laurie and the band will pay tribute to Hanukkah with "Candle Chase" and "The Dreidel Song," and they'll also perform an array of Laurie's greatest hits, such as "We Are The Dinosaurs," "Victor Vito," and "Pig On Her Head." Kids should plan to bring their dancing shoes and a stuffed animal (for their heads), and Laurie hopes everyone will join in the holiday spirit and sing along!
Check out Laurie's website HERE
Laurie Berkner on YouTube
Laurie Berkner on Facebook
Laurie Berkner on Twitter
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News from O & M Co.
EPIC THEATRE ENSEMBLE
ANNOUNCES
POST-SHOW FORUMS
WITH
NYC EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
AND
L.E.S. READY!
TO COMMEMORATE THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY
OF HURRICANE SANDY

FOLLOWING PREVIEW PERFORMANCES OF
“PIKE ST.”
NOVEMBER 10 – NOVEMBER 15, 2015

A NEW PLAY
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY
OBIE AWARD-WINNER
NILAJA SUN

Epic Theatre Ensemble and Nilaja Sun are happy to announce that the first week of Pike St.post-show forums will include representatives from the NYC Emergency Management Department and L.E.S. Ready! – two organizations dedicated to rebuilding New York City after Hurricane Sandy and preparing for the next big storm. Audience members (and any individual interested) are welcome to stay after preview performances of Nilaja Sun’s one-woman show to discuss and ask questions about the relevant social issues presented in the work. Pike St. will begin performances on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in the experimental theater at Abrons Art Center (466 Grand Street) with post-show forums running from Tuesday, November 10 until Sunday, November 15, 2015.

For ticket information, performance schedule and further information, please visit PikeSt.nyc or call Abrons Art Center at (212) 598-0400
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LOTTERY POLICY ANNOUNCED FOR
 “ S C H O O L   O F   R O C K   -   T H E   M U S I C A L ”
AT THE WINTER GARDEN THEATRE

CLASS BEGINS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2015
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2015

Beginning with the first preview performance on Monday, November 9, 2015School of Rock – The Musical will host a daily lottery ticket drawing. Entries will be accepted outside the Winter Garden Theatre box office (1634 Broadway) beginning two hours prior to each performance, and names will be drawn at random, for a limited number of $25 front row orchestra tickets, 90 minutes before curtain time. See below for complete rules and regulations.

 The complete rules and regulations for the new lottery policy are as follows:
-          A limited number of tickets for each performance will be sold via lottery.
-          Entries will be accepted at the box office beginning two hours prior to each performance.
-          90 minutes before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25.00 each.
-          Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner - entries will be checked for duplicates.
-          Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets.
-          Tickets may be purchased in cash or with a valid credit card.
-          Tickets are subject to availability.
-          Tickets will be located in the first row of the orchestra.
-          The cancelation line will begin following the lottery.
-          A limited number of standing room tickets will be available at the box office for $27.50 on the day of the performance, and only when the performance is sold out.

School of Rock – The Musical will begin preview performances at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre on Monday, November 9, 2015, with an opening set for Sunday, December 6, 2015.
 Tickets for School of Rock – The Musical are available by visiting the Winter Garden Theatre box office Monday – Saturdays between10:00 am – 8:00 pm, online at Telecharge.com, or by calling 800-447-7400
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WARNER BROS. RECORDS TO RELEASE
THE ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING FOR
" S C H O O L   O F   R O C K  -  T H E   M U S I C A L "
ON THE EVE OF OPENING NIGHT

THE NEW ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2015
AND WILL FEATURE AN ORIGINAL SCORE BY
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER AND GLENN SLATER

Warner Bros. Records will release the Original Broadway Cast Recording for School of Rock – The Musical on Friday, December 4, 2015, on the eve  of opening night. The new musical will open at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway) on Sunday, December 6, 2015 following preview performances which begin on Monday, November 9, 2015. The new album will feature twelve original songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, along with three songs from the immensely popular 2003 film School of Rock (written by Mike White, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Jack Black).  School of Rock – The Musical features a book by Julian Fellowes (“Downton Abbey”) and direction by Laurence Connor (Les Misérables).
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TONY AWARD® WINNING
HIT COMEDY
“ 3 9    S T E P S ”
TO PLAY FINAL PERFORMANCE
AT THE UNION SQUARE THEATRE
ON JANUARY 3, 2016

STEPPING BACK TO BROADWAY IN 2016

Producer Douglas Denoff announced that the two-time Tony Award® winning hilarious hit comedy 39 Steps will play its final performance in its critically-acclaimed run at the Union Square Theatre (100 East 17th Street) at the special Sunday, January 3, 2016 evening performance at 7:30PM, and is setting its sights back to Broadway for the coming year.

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.

39 Steps is playing the following performance schedule at the Union Square Theatre (100 East 17th Street): Mondays at 7:00 PM, Wednesdays at 2:00PM and 8:00 PM, Thursdays at 8:00 PM, Fridays at 8:00 PM, Saturdays at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM, and Sundays at 3:00 PM. Tickets for the show are now on sale via www.39StepsNY.com, by phone at 1-877-250-2929, and, in person at the Union Square Theatre box office, which opens at 1PM daily except Tuesdays (Noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays) and remains open until show time (5PM on Sundays.) Tickets are priced at $39-89. Premium seats are $105. $20 tickets for students, teachers, nurses, veterans, armed forces, NYPD and FDNY are available in person at the box office with ID the day of the show.

Mezzanine seats and all seats at Wednesday Matinees are $39 with $20 tickets for students, teachers, veterans, armed forces, NYPD and FDNY available in person at the box office with ID the day of the show.  Starting December 1, 2015, all Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evening performances will be at 7PM, Wednesday matinees continue at 2PM, Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays continue at 2PM &8PM and Sundays at 3PM.  For tickets and more information, and for revised schedules for Christmas and New Years’ weeks, visitwww.39StepsNY.com
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