Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday Scoop Week of 1/24/16 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Upcoming at the Strand Center for the Arts
400 Clifton Ave.
New York, NY

Gail Lionetti - Angels Among Us
Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 2PM
Gail Lionetti is a spiritual medium with over 40 years of experience practicing the art of healing and receiving messages from the other side for individuals in attendance. Those who receive messages report having a life-changing experience that renewed their faith and brought them peace. Because no one can predict what messages will come through from the other side, attending this event does not guarantee you will receive a message. However, those not receiving messages during these events have also reported renewed faith as a result of witnessing the effects of messages delivered to others. Gail is a nationally acclaimed inspirational speaker, spiritual medium, and radio talk show host, author of Survival on a Wing and a Prayer, her memoir chronicling her near-death-experience and afterlife insights that define her life today. Her message is that heaven and eternal love are real and always close at hand. Tickets are $50 (Plus $5 fee per ticket).

For more information or to order tickets go to http://www.strand.org/events/event-listing/
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Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ

The Pink Power Party benefit
Thursday February 11, 2016 at 7PM
The Pink Power Party benefit  will raise funds for the Susan  G. Komen Central and South New Jersey Affiliate.

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News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

RAJA FEATHER KELLY
& BROOKLYN DANCE CLUB 
present
the World Premiere of
LYRICAL DANCES FOR A LOST GENERATION
at Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center
curated & hosted by Raja Feather Kelly and the feather theory 
February 5-6, 2016

RAJA FEATHER KELLY AND BROOKLYN DANCE CLUB present the World Premiere of LYRICAL DANCES FOR A LOST GENERATION at Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, 29 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY, from February 5-6, 2016.  Performances: Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 for general seating and are available at http://lostgeneration.brownpapertickets.com/. The show runs 90 minutes. 

A roulette of genuine dance numbers to popular music. Curated by director, dancer, choreographer and Warhol-fanatic Raja Feather Kelly, 13 choreographers hit the stage with no concept, no media, and no lengthy psycho-babble bullshit. Lights go up, music goes on, and they dance. They dance their hearts out- embracing what they call the 'J.O.D' (Joy of Dance). It's a show that promises to promise hope for dance and dance lovers.  LYRICAL DANCES FOR A LOST GENERATION is the 2-sided mix-tape in response to the most frequently thought of question for choreographers in the age of Obama: Yeah, but can they dance? YES WE CAN!

LYRICAL DANCES FOR A LOST GENERATION was created while listening to Carly Rae Jepsen's "E-MO-TION" album in the kitchen of Effy Flack. It was a dream that is now a reality.  LYRICAL DANCES FOR A LOST GENERATIONfeatures choreography by: Nicole Wolcott, Cori Olinghouse, Gierre J Godley/Project 44, Lisa Fagan Dance Problems, Larissa Velez-Jackson, Melissa Toogood, Jordan Isadore and Edward Sturgis, B.S. Movement, Dante Brown, Colleen Thomas, Cameron McKinney/Kizuna Dance, Effy Falck and Mel Gallo, and Mersiiha Mesihovic/Circuit Debris
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Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Winter/Spring 2016 Season

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2015-16 season of music, dance, theater, and family programming, reflecting the multicultural diversity of Brooklyn. Tickets can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' 2015-16 winter/spring calendar includes:

  • Step Afrika!
  • Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company's Lunar New Year Celebration - Year of the Monkey
  • Moscow Festival Ballet's Romeo and Juliet /Carmen Suite
  • School of American Ballet's The Beauty of Ballet
  • The Golden Dragon Acrobats
  • The Robert Glasper Trio
  • Darlene Love
  • Rhythm Revue: A Latin Soul Celebration
  • Kathy Griffin
  • Regina Carter's Southern Comfort
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog™ - LIVE!
  • Ninth Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration
  • International Women of Reggae
  • Straighten Up & Fly Right: The Nat King Cole Tribute
  • Alexander, Who's Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move
Step Africka
Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 2pm
Tickets: $20
Experience Step Afrika!, the world's first professional company dedicated to stepping, a unique art form born at African American fraternities and based in rich African traditions. Incorporating intricate rhythmic patterns of kicks, stomps, claps, and chants, the dancers use their bodies as instruments, creating an enthralling, high-energy performance that has been praised by The Village Voice as "a jubilation of rhythm and spirit that harks back to the essence of dancing.
Third Annual


Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
Lunar New Year Celebration - Year of the Monkey
Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 3pm
Tickets: $25/$12.50 (children 12 and under)
Brooklyn Center is thrilled to partner once again with the prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in an all-new celebration of Chinese arts and culture commemorating the Year of the Monkey, a year characterized by cleverness, curiosity, and playful mischief. Thrilling choreography, traditional music, and dazzling acrobats showcase the rich traditions of one of Brooklyn's most vibrant communities at this festive, family-friendly event.

Moscow Festival Ballet

Romeo and Juliet / Carmen Suite
Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 8pm 
Tickets: $36-$45
The power of love and the finality of death collide as two of the greatest tragic masterpieces of all time are reinvented in this double-bill of one-act ballets. The program begins with a new restaging of Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and choreographed by legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko. This is followed by Alberto Alonso's fiery Carmen Suite, inspired by Bizet's sensuous and spirited opera.

In collaboration with the School of American Ballet
The Beauty of Ballet
Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 2pm
Tickets: FREE event, no tickets issued; recommended for ages four and up
Join students and faculty of the world-famous School of American Ballet (the official academy of New York City Ballet) in this program illustrating the process by which talented youngsters develop into accomplished classical ballet dancers. Your children will watch a "class" where training exercises and steps are demonstrated, and also enjoy excerpts from famous ballets.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats
Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3pm 
Tickets: $25/$12.50 (children 12 and under)
Recognized internationally as today's premier Chinese acrobatic touring company, The Golden Dragons combine award-winning acrobatics, spectacular costumes, and ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present an unforgettable show of breathtaking skill and beauty, representing the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty five centuries ago.

The Robert Glasper Trio
Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 8pm
Tickets: $35
More than ten years after making his debut at the legendary Blue Note, 2015 Grammy-winning pianist Robert Glasper graces the Whitman stage with an intimate concert combining original jazz compositions and selections from his 2016 Grammy-nominated album Covered, which draws from some of Glasper's favorite songs by artists including Joni Mitchell, John Legend, and Radiohead.

Darlene Love

Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8pm
Tickets: $40
Pop icon Darlene Love has been captivating audiences worldwide for decades with her warmth, grace, and electrifying performances.  She has sung with legends including Marvin Gaye, Elvis Presley, and Aretha Franklin, lit up the Broadway stage in such musicals as Grease and Hairspray, and was featured in the 2014 Academy Award-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. From her No. 1 hit, "He's A Rebel," to her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she continues to blaze a trail of success, proving why Rolling Stone magazine calls her "one of the greatest singers of all time.

Rhythm Revue: A Latin Soul Celebration featuring Joe Bataan and Felix Hernandez
Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 8pm
Tickets: $25
Renowned DJ/producer Felix Hernandez, creator and host of the widely popular Rhythm Revue radio show and dance parties, teams up with the "King of Latin Soul," Joe Bataan, for an evening of live music and DJ'ing that celebrates the musical genre known as Latin Soul and Boogaloo.  Originating in Spanish Harlem in the 1960s, this fusion of mambo and Latin jazz with African American R&B, soul, and doo-wop resulted in a highly danceable and distinctively urban form of music that reflects the amazing multicultural fabric of New York City.

Kathy Griffin

Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 6pm
Tickets: $45-$75
Two-time Emmy and Grammy Award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin brings her newest show, "Like A Boss," to Brooklyn for an evening of take-no-prisoners laughs. Griffin will pull back the curtain on many known personalities in an ever-changing show that is inspired by this year's political landscape and her personal run-ins with celebrities and other "questionable figures." Nothing is sacred and on one is safe when she takes the stage with her unique, universally-recognized brand of pull-no-punches comedy.

Regina Carter's Southern Comfort

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8pm
Tickets: $35
Violin virtuoso and MacArthur fellow Regina Carter is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation, putting her indelible stamp on collaborations with artists as diverse as Wynton Marsalis, Mary J. Blige, and Dolly Parton. Her latest recording, titled Southern Comfort, pays a tender tribute to her paternal grandfather, an Alabama coal miner, as it draws from Appalachian fiddle tunes, church hymns, and the joyous Southern folk music that infused her childhood.

Clifford the Big Red Dog™ - LIVE!

Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2pm
Tickets: $18
Embark on a new adventure with loveable Clifford, the big red dog with the heart of gold. Based on the classic children's books by Norman Bridwell, this brand new musical celebrates the timeless values of sharing, respect, and cooperation.

Ninth Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3pm
Tickets: FREE event, no tickets issued
Families will enjoy live music, arts and crafts, and street performers at this free community festival, where interactive family activities highlight the need to create a more sustainable future and care for the earth.

Straighten Up & Fly Right: The Nat King Cole Tribute

Featuring Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli
Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 3pm
Tickets: $40
As a singer, Nat King Cole was called "the best friend a song ever had," but he was essentially a jazz performer at heart. Three-time Grammy Award-winning pianist Ramsey Lewis and singer/guitarist John Pizzarelli join forces in this tribute to the titan of fifties vocal pop, performing favorites including "Route 66," "Mona Lisa," "Unforgettable," and more.

In collaboration with the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music

International Women of Reggae
Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 8pm
Tickets: $30-$60
Since its birth in Jamaica in the early 1970s, reggae has reached every corner of the globe with its puslating rhythms and messages of unity, resistance, and hope, establishing its place internationally as a major music genre. Women have been a vital part of reggae every step of the way, from groundbreaking artists such as Marcia Griffiths and Rita Marley to current stars like Etana and Tasha T. Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR) returns to Brooklyn Center to celebrate the feminine energy in reggae with another lineup of outstanding female artists.

Alexander, Who's Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move 

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 2pm
Tickets: $12
The rest of Alexander's family is moving a thousand miles away, but there's NO way Alexander is going to leave his best friend, his favorite babysitter, or all the places and people he's known all his life. Never. Not ever. No way! Based on Judith Vorst's best-selling Alexander... series, this new family musical teaches us home isn't a house or a place on a map-it's wherever you are when you're with the people who love you.

Multibuy discounts (four or more shows) save 15% off individual ticket prices (not applicable for International Women of Reggae or Alexander, Who's Not...Going to Move). Multibuyers enjoy flexible ticket exchanges and discounted parking for purchased performances. A 50% discount for children ages 12 and under is offered for select performances. Discounts are also available for seniors, students, Brooklyn College faculty/staff/alumni, active/retired military personnel, and groups. $10 student rush tickets are available day-of-show.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College
2 train to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue
Online orders: BrooklynCenter.org
Box Office: 718-951-4500, Tuesday-Saturday, 1pm-6pm
Groups of 15 or more: 718-951-4600 x3331
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News from O & M/DKC

TICKETS NOW ON SALE
FOR THE NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF
“THE EFFECT”
BY LUCY PREBBLE
DIRECTED BY DAVID CROMER

PERFORMANCES BEGIN
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2
AT BARROW STREET THEATRE

OPENING NIGHT SET FOR
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16

Producers The National Theatre of Great Britain’s North American wing (Tim Levy, Producer), Scott MorfeeJean DoumanianTom Wirtshafter, and Patrick Daly announced today that tickets are now on sale for the North American premiere of playwright Lucy Prebble’s award-winning new play The Effect. With direction by David Cromer, the new American production of The Effect will begin previews at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue) onWednesday, March 2with an official opening night set for Wednesday, March 16th.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting SmartTix.com, on the phone at 212-868-4444, or in person at the Barrow Street Theatre box office, open at 1:00 PM daily and are priced at $79.50-$99.50, with Sunday evening performances priced at $59-$99.50. For more information, visit www.BarrowStreetTheatre.com
When it debuted, The Effect took London by storm, winning Best New Play from the UK Critics’ Circle. Now, award-winning director David Cromer (Our Town, Tribes) helms a new American production of this exhilarating play in the first collaboration between The National Theatre, Jean Doumanian Productions, and Barrow Street Theatre.
For more information, visit www.barrowstreettheatre.com.

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THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
THE NEW BROADWAY-AIMED MUSICAL
"E M P I R E"
OPENED SATURDAY, JANUARY 23
ON THE WEST COAST
BOOK, MUSIC, AND LYRICS BY CAROLINE SHERMAN AND ROBERT HULL
DIRECTION AND CHOREGRAPHY BY MARCIA MILGROM DODGE
MUSICAL DIRECTION BY SARIVA GOETX
 La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment, in association with Sue Vaccaro, Ricky Stevens, and The Rivet Gang, are thrilled to announce the third show of their 2015-2016 season, the pre-Broadway engagement of EMPIRE, the new original musical about the dreamers and doers who bravely embodied the American Spirit during the Great Depression by building the tallest structure in the world, the Empire State Building. With a book, music, and lyrics by Caroline Sherman and Robert Hull, musical direction bySariva Goetz, and direction and choreograpy by Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Ragtime), EMPIRE opens Saturday, January 23, 2016 and will run through Sunday, February 14, 2016 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts (14900 La Mirada Blvd).
When the roaring '20s collapsed into the reeling '30s, industrialists, laborers and their families mortgaged all that was safe and reasonable for the dream of leaving their mark on New York City - and the world. With big dance numbers, pop-driven melodies, and captivating spectacle, EMPIRE puts a contemporary spin on the classic romantic musicals of the '40s and '50s. EMPIRE is a celebration of the American spirit.
The performance schedule is as follows: Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets range from $20 - $70, and can be purchased at La Mirada Theatre’s website, www.lamiradatheatre.com or by calling the La Mirada Theatre Box Office at (562) 944- 9801 or (714) 994-6310. Student, Senior and group discounts are available.
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BROADWAY'S
“ A L L E G I A N C E ”
ORIGINAL CAST ALBUM 
TO BE RELEASED DIGITALLY ON 
ON SATURDAY JANUARY 30th

ORIGINAL CAST ALBUM
WITH MUSIC & LYRICS BY
JAY KUO
WILL FEATURE
TONY® AWARD WINNER LEA SALONGA,
TELLY LEUNG, GEORGE TAKEI,
KATIE ROSE CLARKE, MICHAEL K. LEE
AND THE ENTIRE BROADWAY CAST
Sing Out, Louise! Productions and ATA are pleased to announce that the musical Allegiance, with music & lyrics by Jay Kuo, will be preserved with an original cast album which was recorded on Monday, December 7, 2015 at MSR Studios.  The recording was produced by Lynne Shankel & Joel Moss for Sing Out, Louise! Productions.  Principal Allegiance cast members Lea SalongaGeorge TakeiTelly Leung, Katie Rose Clarke and Michael K. Lee was joined by the entire company for the studio session, which included original recordings of tracks such as “Wishes on the Wind,” “What Makes a Man,” “With You,” “Stronger Than Before,” and Salonga’s Act One showstopper “Higher,” among many others.  The album will be  be released digitally on January 30, 2016.  For more information, visit www.AllegianceMusical.com.


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AWARD-WINNING OPERA STAR
LEAH CROCETTO
WILL BE NEXT SUBJECT OF
“CURRAN: UNDER CONSTRUCTION” SERIES
GROUNDBREAKERS WITH KEVIN SESSUMS

CONVERSATION
ONSTAGE AT THE CURRAN
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2016
7:00 P.M.

The next subject of Groundbreakers with Kevin Sessums, the Curran’s Editor-at-Large will sit down with award-winning opera star Leah Crocetto, for a special evening titled “Leah Crocetto Talks Opera and Sings Jazz. Sessums will discuss Crocetto’s early years in the New York cabaret scene, her rise to fame in the opera world, and her deep connection to the San Francisco Opera.  Crocetto, who recently opened the SFO’s 2015 season with her electrifying performance in the title role of Luisa Miller and made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Liù in Turandot, will perform three numbers throughout the evening. 

Tickets for this event, taking place onstage at the Curran (445 Geary Street) at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, can be purchased for $25 via Eventbrite by visiting 
www.SFCURRAN.com.  Groundbreakers with Kevin Sessums is Curran: Under Construction’srecently announced occasional on-stage series of conversation and performance featuring today’s most compelling thought leaders and artists.

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TARGET MARGIN THEATER
PRESENTS
A TWO-SEASON EXPLORATION OF
THE WORK AND GENIUS OF 
EUGENE O’NEILL

THIS SEASON:

DRUNKEN WITH WHAT”:
A STUDY OF “MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA”
AT THE ABRONS ARTS CENTER
FEBRUARY 7th – 28th , 2016

AND

“THE ICEMAN COMETH
AT HERE ARTS CENTER
JUNE 2nd – 25th , 2016

Target Margin Theater is proud to announce their two-season exploration of the great father of American theater, Eugene O’Neill. Who was O’Neill? Genius, blowhard, giant of the imagination, ham-fisted avatar of pseudo-psychology, geographer of the human spirit, was he drunk on art or just drunk? He rewrote Greek tragedy, refurbished American melodrama, and reinvented depth psychology for the stage, and TMT brings it all to you.

In the 2015/ 2016 season, TMT launches their Eugene O’Neill program with a special treatment of O’Neill’s epic Mourning Becomes ElectraDrunken With What, presented at the Abrons Arts Center’s historic Playhouse in February 2016, is the first in a series of studies of key scenes in the Mourning Becomes Electra trilogy and will offer audiences a deep reflection on the seminal work. Previews will begin on February 7th, 2016 with an opening night set for February 15th, 2016. Tickets will be $30.

Up next, the 2016 TMT Lab at HERE Arts Center will feature a radical new approach to O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh. Four diverse theater artists will each tackle a separate act of O’Neill’s classic and present them in repertory, allowing audiences to experience each act as its own distinct work or to see them all as a cohesive whole in a marathon performance. Lead Artists currently scheduled to participate include Julia Sirna-Frest (actor / director), Katie Rose McLaughlin (choreographer), Yuris Skujins (actor /director), andJeanette Yew (lighting / projection designer, director, puppeteer). The Iceman Cometh will start performances on June 2nd. Tickets for each act will be $18; Tickets for marathon performances of all four acts will be $55.

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WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL'S
2016 NYC GALA
SET FOR
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2016
AT CITY WINERY

 The annual WTF Gala will be held at City Winery in New York City (155 Varick Street) on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 6:30 PM.  The evening will include cocktails, dinner, and live auction led by Charity Auctioneer Robbie Gordy of Christie’s New York, along with special appearances and performances including: Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht (Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof), Kristolyn Lloyd (last season’s Paradise Blue at WTF), New York’s hottest new band Sky-Pony (led by Tony Award-nominated singer/actress Lauren Worsham and musician/writer Kyle Jarrow), star of stage and screen David Hyde Pierce and more!

This year’s 2016 Gala Artist Committee includes many passionate advocates for the Williamstown Theatre Festival including: Becky Ann Baker and Dylan Baker, Eric Bogosian and Jo Bonney, Fernanda Coppel, Trip Cullman, Halley Feiffer, Michael Friedman, Ana Gasteyer, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jessica Hecht, Kristolyn Lloyd, Chris Lowell and Kerry Bishe, Dominique Morisseau, Lila Neugebauer, Cynthia Nixon, Benjamin Scheuer, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, Lucy Thurber, and Blair Underwood.

To support the Williamstown Theatre Festival and purchase tickets to the 2016 Gala, please contact Emily Curro at (413) 458-3200 x14 orecurro@wtfestival.org
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News from Richard Hillman PR

HE YORK THEATRE COMPANY
ANNOUNCES THE
WINTER 2016 “MUSICALS IN MUFTI” SERIES
FEBRUARY 27 – MARCH 20, 2016
AT THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY AT SAINT PETER’S
“DON’T BOTHER ME, I CAN’T COPE”
BOOK, MUSIC, AND LYRICS BY MICKI GRANT
CONCEIVED BY VINNETTE CARROLL
DIRECTED BY LESLIE DOCKERY
“STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW”
MUSIC BY DAVID SHIRE
LYRICS AND DIRECTION BY RICHARD MALTBY, JR.
TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director)dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, celebrates the world of the musical revue with the announcement of the Winter 2016 Musicals in Mufti series. The 2-show series will launch with Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, a musical entertainment with book, music, and lyrics by Micki Grant, conceived by Vinnette Carroll, under the direction of Leslie Dockery (February 27 – March 6, 2016), and Starting Here, Starting Now, music by David Shire, with lyrics and direction by Richard Maltby, Jr.  (March 12 – 20, 2016) at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).  Tickets are now on sale.

The York Theatre Company’s acclaimed Musicals in Mufti series of musical theatre gems, performed in a simply-staged, book-in-hand concert format, celebrates its twenty-first historic year with the 102nd and 103rd presentations of shows from the past.  Mufti means “in street clothes, without the trappings associated with a full production.”

Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, a musical entertainment with book, music, and lyrics by Micki Grant and conceived by Vinnette Carroll, will be directed by Leslie Dockery.  With five 1972 Tony Award nominations (including Best Musical) and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical the same year, the show also won Micki Grant a Grammy Award for best score—the first female to be so honored. Ms. Grant was also one of the stars of the show, which came to Broadway after successful runs in Washington DC, Detroit, and Philadelphia. A dynamic mixture of gospel, jazz, funk, soul, calypso, and soft rock, the show illuminates the African-American experience with vibrant song and dance. Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope was described as “a cultural pulse-taking of the challenges facing the black community in America” and is the first Broadway musical written entirely by a woman and the first Broadway production to be directed by a female African-American. T. E. Kalem, writing in TIME Magazine, said, "all heaven breaks loose on stage. This is the kind of show at which you want to blow kisses." Performances begin Saturday afternoon, February 27, 2016 for a limited engagement through March 6, 2016.

Starting Here, Starting Now, music by David Shire, lyrics and direction by Richard Maltby, Jr.  From first kiss to painful breakup, romantic relationships come full circle in this thrilling and touching intimate revue by the team that brought you BigBaby, and York’s recent, award-winning runaway hit, Closer Than Ever. This bold, extroverted revue takes a journey through the maze of modern relationships with its heart firmly on its sleeve. As with all of Maltby and Shire's work, each song is an impeccably crafted story--original, engaging, bursting with character, and showcasing the versatility and charisma of its performer using songs from their various early musicals (produced or otherwise). From tender ballads to hysterical husband-hunting laments, from wry comments on trendy marriages to ecstatic shouting-from-the-rooftop celebration, Starting Here, Starting Now has an appealing freshness as relevant today as it was when it premiered in 1976.  Performances begin Saturday afternoon, March 12, 2016 for a limited engagement through March 20, 2016.

Musicals in Mufti will play the following 10-performance schedule -- First Week: Saturday at 2:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 6:00 p.m.;  Second Week: Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE!  Single tickets for the General Public are on sale now and are priced at $45, or buy both Muftis for $65 and save $25. Musicals in Mufti tickets are available online at www.yorktheatre.org, by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (Entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Monday through Friday (12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m).

York Theatre Company Members save even more.  The Membership Package, priced at $54, includes exclusive savings on all York Theatre Company performances, VIP Member-Only Receptions, priority access to special events and programming, discounts on lobby concessions and merchandise, and special ticket exchange privileges.  For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org.
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News from Waldmania PR

AWARD-WINNING, BEST-SELLING

CHILDREN'S RECORDING ARTIST

LAURIE BERKNER

TO RELEASE

'LOVE'

A DIGITAL COMPILATION OF

LAURIE'S FAVORITE SONGS ABOUT LOVE

Best-selling children's recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner will release a fully remastered digital albumLove, on January 29, in time for Valentine's Day. Featuring songs performed by Laurie Berkner and personally selected from eight of Laurie's best-loved albums, Love celebrates that mysterious force that makes the world go 'round while showcasing a world-class voice gracefully delivering a virtuosic range of moods and musical styles.

With a warm mix of sixteen songs (plus two super sweet bonus tracks!),Love essays love as a two-way street connecting the child, the parent, and the world. From snuggle-up songs like "I Gave My Love A Cherry" (featuring Laurie's daughter, Lucy Mueller) and the goodnight lullaby "Your Beautiful Eyes" to get-up-and-dance favorites like "My Family,"Love provides a great way to say "I love you" on Valentine's Day and throughout the year.

Love will be available for download at all digital retailers, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and more

CD Details:  Love
Release date:  January 29, 2016
For ages 0 - 7
Label:  Two Tomatoes Records
Distributor:  Razor & Tie
SRP:   $5.99 (digital download)
Running time:  48 minutes

Laurie Berkner Performance Highlights - Dec. 2015 - May 2016

Dec. 19 - Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY
Jan. 31 - Children's Museum of Manhattan "Sunday Funday" benefit, Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, NYC

Feb. 28 - Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC

April 2 - Bankhead Theater, Livermore, CA

April 16 - Rialto Theater, Loveland, CO

April 30 - Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA

May 7 - iPlay America, Freehold, NJ

Visit Laurie Berkner's website HERE.

Laurie Berkner on Facebook.

  Laurie Berkner on Twitter.

  Laurie Berkner on YouTube.

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6TH ANNUAL MIL'S TRILLS WINTER BASH

AN EXPLOSION OF MUSIC, ART & COMMUNITY

SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2016

SHAPESHIFTER LAB, BROOKLYN

Families from Brooklyn to Edinburgh have fallen in love with the award-winning children's music project Mil's Trills. Each year Brooklyn families look forward to shaking the winter blues away at the annual Mil's Trills Winter Bash, a veritable explosion of music, art, and community. The sixth annual Mil's Trills Winter Bash will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 31, 2016at ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn.

The 2016 Winter Bash will not only celebrate Mil's Trills' sixth birthday, it will also celebrate the release of the newest Mil's Trills album, Now That We're Friends ... Families are invited to hear favorite Mil's Trills songs, participate in creative arts activities, and schmooze with some of New York's finest musicians. As a special treat, there will also be a screening of Mil's Trills' first official videos!

WHAT: Mil's Trills' 6th Annual Winter Bash
WHERE: ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Sunday, January 31, 2016. Doors open at 11:00 a.m.
ADMISSION: $10 in advance. $15 at the door.
TICKETS GO ON SALE IN DECEMBER!
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINEHERE.
INFO646-820-9452bash@milstrills.com, or the Mil's Trills website HERE
NOTE: This is an all-ages show that is especially suitable for children 0 - 7. Stroller parking and refreshments available. Disabled ramp access at venue.
Check out the Mil's Trills website HERE
Mil's Trills on Facebook
Mil's Trills on Twitter
Mil's Trills on YouTube
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