Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sunday Scoop Week of 2/7/16: What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Pink Party for Susan G. Komen at iPlay America
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ

Thursday February 11, 2016
 This event will include appearances from the Real Housewives of New Jersey – Teresa Aprea and Nicole Napolitano. Bert Baron from 1450 WCTC will be the emcee for the evening. Over 25 vendors will be showcased. Raffle prizes will include :

Overnight stay & spa treatment at the Ocean Place Spa & Resort
High end jewelry items
Baskets filled with luxury makeup & perfumes
Social membership to Bella Vista Country Club

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Upcoming at the Children's Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton Street
New York, NY

Friday February 12, 2016
Persian Cultural Festival 
Celebrate the Persian culture's New Year's Holiday and traditions, The festival features traditional music dancing and workshops that showcase the cultures artistic history.

Saturday February 14, 2016
Valentine's Day
Fine Arts studio: Love Pouches: Create your own love pouch for Valentine's Day! Embroider a beautiful design and use your new pouch to collect all your Valentine's Day cards.
Sound Booth: Valentine's Day Recordings... Remixed: Join Us in the Sound Booth today as we record our own Valentine's Day messages to those we love. And remix them with sound effects, music, and beats.
Clay Bar: Become a clay chocolatier! Create small chocolate treats and presents at the Clay Bar!
Media Lab: Animated Valentine Messages To Your Special Someone: Young artists are invited to create animated valentine messages to a special someone! Using scrabble letters, kraft supplies, colored paper, and decorations, create an animated card to remember.
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News from Michelle Tabnick Communications
Big Apple Circus
Returns to TD Bank Ballpark
With the New Jersey Premiere of
The Grand Tour
February 12, 2016 - March 13, 2016

Big Apple Circus returns to Bridgewater, New Jersey for the company's 38th season with the New Jersey Premiere of The GrandTour! Tickets start at $25, and the show runs from February 12 - March 13, 2016 under the Big Top at TD Bank Ballpark, 1 Patriots Park (GPS: 860 East Main Street) Bridgewater, NJ. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.
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News from DKC/O & M

WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL
TO KICK-OFF 2016 SEASON
WITH ANNUAL NYC GALA

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2016
AT CITY WINERY

Williamstown Theatre Festival’s (Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director) annual Gala will be held atCity 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. Hosted by Jessica Hecht and David Hyde Pierce, the evening will include special appearances and performances by: star of stage and screen Ana GasteyerTelly Leung (Broadway’sAllegiance), Lindsay Mendez (Broadway's Wicked), New York’s hottest new band Sky-Pony (led by Tony Award-nominated singer/actress Lauren Worsham and musician/writer Kyle Jarrow), 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. Williamstown Theatre Festival gratefully acknowledges Gala event sponsor Viacom for their continued support.  WTF thrives through the generosity of corporate sponsors like Viacom.

To support the Williamstown Theatre Festival and purchase tickets to the 2016 Gala, please contact Emily Curro at (413) 458-3200 x14or gala@wtfestival.org

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“ E C L I P S E D ”
STARRING
ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER
LUPITA NYONG’O

THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL CAST
FROM THE ACCLAIMED RUN AT
THE PUBLIC THEATER
WILL REUNITE ON BROADWAY

PREVIEWS BEGIN FEBRUARY 23
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR MARCH 6, 2016

AT THE GOLDEN THEATRE

The complete original cast from The Public Theater’s acclaimed, sold-out production of the new Americanplay Eclipsed by Danai Gurira will reprise their roles on Broadway this Spring.  Academy Award® winner Lupita Nyong’o will be once again joined by Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah and Saycon Sengbloh.  Eclipsed, directed by Liesl Tommy, will begin previews on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, with opening night set for March 6, 2016 on Broadway at the Golden Theatre (252 W. 45th Street).  For tickets and information, please visit www.EclipsedBroadway.com

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** CALLING ALL ROCK STARS! **

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S SMASH HIT
“ S C H O O L   O F   R O C K   -   T H E   M U S I C A L ”
SEEKS THE NEXT WAVE OF BROADWAY ROCKERS

OPEN CALL FOR YOUNG PERFORMERS
TO BE HELD ON STAGE 
AT BROADWAY’S WINTER GARDEN THEATRE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2016

ONLINE CONTEST WILL SEND TEN LUCKY WINNERS ON A TRIP TO NYC
WITH A GUARANTEED AUDITION SLOT AND TICKETS TO THE SHOW

School of Rock - The Musical will hold an open casting call for a new wave of pint-size rockers, offering the once-in-a-lifetime chance to join the most famous kid band of all time

A massive open casting call will take place in New York City on Friday, February 26, 2016 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway), the home of Broadway’s newest record-breaking musical, School of Rock. The open call will begin at 10:00 a.m. (local time), with sign-in beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 12 p.m. 

An online contest will offer hopefuls the chance to win a trip to NYC with a guaranteed audition slot and tickets to see School of Rock – The Musical.  The creative team will select the top 10 participants for the grand prize. Three additional participants will win a one-season scholarship to The School of Rock, including three months of rock star training and an end-of-season performance. To enter the contest, hopefuls should visit: www.schoolofrockthemusical.com/auditions-contest/  Entries will be accepted through Wednesday, February 15, 2016 and winners will be announced on Friday, February 19, 2016.

The open call is open to kids of all ethnicities ages 9-12 who are under 5’ tall and play an instrument. This audition is exclusively for girls who play bass and boys who play guitar, piano, and drums. Kids should come prepared with a headshot and resume (if you have one) and ready to rock out.  Drums, keyboard, and amps will be provided.

Based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same title, School of Rock – The Musical features music from the movie, as well as an original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, with a book by Julian Fellowes and direction by Laurence Connor.

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 and Sundays from 12:00 pm – 6:00pm, online at Telecharge.com, or by calling 212-239-6200.
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News from Richard Hillman PR

THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY
NEO DEVELOPMENTAL READING SERIES
PRESENTS
“A F T E R L A N D”
A NEW MUSICAL
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY BENJAMIN VELEZ
BOOK AND LYRICS BY KATHRYN HATHAWAY
DIRECTED BY MARK BROKAW
 
FEATURING CHRISTY ALTOMARE, ALEX BONIELLO,
DANIEL JENKINS, REBECCA LUKER, JACOB MING-TRENT,
ALEXANDRA SOCHA, ALYSHA UMPHRESS, AND DONALD WEBBER, JR.
 
ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2016 AT 2:00 P.M.
AT THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY, AT SAINT PETER’S
 
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director) and its acclaimed NEO Developmental Reading Series presents the new musical Afterland, with music and lyrics by Benjamin Velez and book and lyrics by Kathryn Hathaway for one performance only, Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).  The readings are open to the public with a suggested donation of $5.00. 

Directed by Drama Desk Award-winner Mark Brokaw (Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella), the cast features Christy Altomare(Mamma Mia!), Alex Boniello (Spring Awakening), Daniel Jenkins (Big,), Rebecca Luker (The Music Man), Jacob Ming-Trent(Hands on a Hardbody), Alexandra Socha (Death Takes a Holiday), Alysha Umphress (On the Town), and Donald Webber, Jr.(Holler If Ya Hear Me).

A moving story of renewal and regeneration, Afterland takes place in a post-apocalyptic world and follows two eccentric wayward tribes as they stake out their territory and attempt to create a new civilization and world order where none exists.  A work in progress, Afterlandis part of York Theatre Company’s NEO (New, Emerging, Outstanding) Series, which celebrates up and coming musical theatre writers.

Benjamin Velez is a graduate of Columbia University where he studied film and wrote music and lyrics for the 114th Annual Varsity Show. He is a composer/lyricist in the Advanced BMI workshop where he was named the Jerry Harrington award winner in 2012. His work has been featured at NYMF, the NEO concert series, the Cutting Edge Composers series, the Yale Institute for Music Theater and most recently as part of the 4@15 series at the NYU Steinhardt School. He is currently collaborating with John Leguizamo and David Kamp on the original musical Pain in the Aztec.

Kathryn Hathaway is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn. Her plays and musicals have been performed and developed at Ars Nova, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, the Flea Theater, New Dramatists, the Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, the Prelude Festival, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Joe’s Pub, the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, and the Yale Institute for Music Theater. She is a MacDowell Colony fellow and an alumna of Barnard College and received her MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College.

Reservations can be made by visiting the website at www.yorktheatre.org
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