Sunday, March 13, 2016

Sunday Scoop Week of 3/13/1 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Now at the Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ

The Diary of Anne Frank - Now through March 
This is the iconic tale of a young Jewish girl, in Amsterdam, who kept a diary while hiding from the Nazis in a tiny attic above her father’s office during World War II, brought to life onstage in a stunning drama. 

Fridays, Mar. 11 & 18, 2016 at 8pm
Saturdays, Mar. 12 & 19 at 8pm
Sundays, Mar. 13 & 20 at 2pm
$18 adult; $16 Senior; $14 child/student/vet

For more information or to order tickets click here
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Upcoming at the State Theatre
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 

Thursday March 17 - Rhythm in the Night - Irish Dance Spectacular
Saturday March 19 - Milk & Cookies Free Series - 
                                     Mr. Ray "Music for the Kid in All of Us"
Saturday March 19   New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
                                     Romantic Masterworks from Schumann and Brahms
Sunday March 20      Inside Out
                                    Customer Appreciation Day Free Movie
Sunday March 20     Jurassic World
                                   Customer Appreciation Day Free Movie

For more information or to order tickets click here
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Lakewood BlueClaws Fan Fest
First Energy Park
2 Stadium Way
Lakewood, NJ 

Saturday March 19  
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Single Game Tickets Available for the First Time!
The day, which is free to attend, is filled with fun, and includes food, inflatable rides, music, Irish-themed food and beer, Launch-a-Ball, and much more.

For more information click here
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Children's Museum of the Arts 
Summer Art Colony Camp Info. Day
103 Charlton St.
New York, NY

Saturday March 19 
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Visit the Children’s Museum of the Arts on  Saturday March 19 between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM and learn all about 2016 Summer Art Colony Camp offerings! Speak to program facilitators, participate in art-making workshops throughout the museum inspired by 2016 Summer Art Colony classes, win prizes, enter a raffle for a free Art Colony class, and receive a $50 discount on summer classes when you sign up in person! Staff will be on hand to answer questions throughout the day and will lead a Q&A session at 12:30 PM!'

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Mets Anthem Try-Outs
Citi Field
12301 Roosevelt Ave.
Flushing, NY

What: The New York Mets will host their 2016 Anthem Search with the winner performing the National Anthem on Tuesday August 2 during the Subway series. The first 100 contestants to arrive are guaranteed an audition to sing a song of their choice – excluding the National Anthem – a cappella.

Who: Singers of all ages (18 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian)
Celebrity Judges: Skeery Jones (Z100’s Elvis Duran and the Morning Show radio personality), John Muller (Emmy Award-winning journalist and anchor of the PIX11 News at 5 and 10), and Judy Kuhn (Tony Award nominated singer and actress in the 2015 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical – Fun Home)

Where: Press Conference Room, Hodges VIP Entrance – First base side of Citi Field

When: Tuesday, March 22 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – 
             Media should arrive between 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

NOTE:Judges will select finalists to advance to the final round of auditions at Citi Field which will take place at a later date during the regular season. For more information, visit Mets.com/AnthemSearch
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News from Boneau Bryan-Brown

Manhattan Theatre Club 
Announces Lineup For
Ernst C. Stiefel Reading Series

Acclaimed Series Kicks Off Monday, March 14
At MTC At New York City Center (131 West 55th Street)

Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) is pleased to announce the lineup for this spring’s Ernst C. Stiefel Reading Series, which kicks off Monday, March 14. Subsequent readings will be held on Mondays through April 4.

All readings will take place at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). Each reading is free and open to the public, but space is limited and RSVPs are required.

To RSVP, please visit https://MTC.formstack.com/forms/untitled_form_6 or call (212) 399-3000 x 4163.
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The Directors Company
in Association with Pascal Productions
Presents The World Premiere Of

By Wendy Beckett
Directed By Evan Bergman

A Better Place 

Performances Begin Wednesday, May 4
Opening Night Sunday, May 15
At The Duke On 42nd Street

Tickets On Sale March 15

A Better Place, a new work by playwright Wendy Beckett (Anaïs Nin: One Of Her Lives, A Charity Case) and directed by Evan Bergman (Love Therapy), will play a limited six-week engagement this spring at The Duke on 42ndStreet, a NEW 42ND STREET® project (229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues).

A Better Place will begin performances Wednesday, May 4 and open Sunday, May 15, running through Sunday, June 12 only.

A Better Place is a hilarious new play about Manhattanites' lust for real estate. A male couple is transfixed by their neighbors; they can't tear themselves away from the window. The lifestyle over there is sumptuous, and they have a quirky daughter whose tastes run to exhibitionism. Speculation begins...where did they get all that wealth? And what about the kooky brokers who regularly visit them? Who are these funny people in the glorious glass box? We all want what they have! Could it be they have attained- A Better Place?

Tickets will go on sale beginning Tuesday, March 15 and can be purchased through www.dukeon42.org, by calling 646-223-3010, and in person at the Duke on 42nd Street box office (229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues). Regular box office hours at The Duke on 42nd Street are Tuesday-Friday 4pm-7pm and Saturday 12pm-6pm. On performance days, the box office remains open until showtime. For Sunday performances, the box office opens two hours prior to showtime.

PLAYING SCHEDULE AND TICKET PRICES:
Tickets for all performances are $55.

A Better Place will play Tuesdays-Thursdays at 7PM and Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, with matinees on Saturdays at 2PM and Sundays at 3PM.
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News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

The School of American Ballet
2016 WINTER BALL
Monday, March 14, 2016 at 7pm

David H. Koch Theater
20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY
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South Street Seaport Museum
announces first Post-Hurricane Sandy Exhibition
Street of Ships: The Port and Its People

In celebration of the unparalleled restoration currently underway in the South Street Seaport Museum's flagship, the museum announces its first post-Hurricane Sandy exhibition, Street of Ships: The Port and Its People beginning on March 17, 2016, open Wednesday - Sunday 11am-5pm, at the Museum's main lobby, 12 Fulton Street.

Street of Ships: The Port and Its People showcases works of art and artifacts from the Museum's permanent collections related to the 19th Century history of the Port of New York. The exhibition examines the decisive role played by the 19th Century Seaport at South Street - long known as the "Street of Ships" - in securing New York's place as America's largest city and its rise to become the world's busiest port by the start of the 20th Century. The centerpiece of the exhibition examines the life and current restoration of the Museum's 1885 full-rigged sailing cargo ship, Wavertree; an archetype of the impressive sailing ships that once called at South Street and made New York a hub of global trade. The exhibition lays the groundwork for Wavertree's return to the Seaport in July 2016 after the completion of a 15-month, $13 million city-funded restoration, the largest of its type in more than a generation.

Admission is free for SSSM Members. Tickets are $12 for adults; $8 for seniors (65+), Merchant Mariners, Active Duty Military, and students (valid ID); $6 for kids (ages 6-17) and free for children ages 5 and under. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org.

The exhibition is on view through 2016 at the South Street Seaport Museum.
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News from Richard Hillman PR

Musicals in Mufti
Starting Here Starting Now

March 12- 20 Only!

York Theater Company
at Theater at St. Peter's
619 Lexington Ave. (54th St.)

From first kiss to painful breakup, romantic relationships come full circle in this thrilling and intimate revue by the team that brought us Big,Baby, and York’s recent, award-winning runaway hit, Closer Than EverStarting Here, Starting Nowtakes a journey through the maze of modern relationships with its heart firmly on its sleeve. 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. From tender ballads to hysterical husband-hunting laments, Starting Here, Starting Now has an appealing freshness as relevant today as it was when it premiered in 1976.

For more information or to order tickets go to http://www.yorktheatre.org/starting-here-starting-now.html
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NEW YORK’S HIT MUSICAL THEATER GAME SHOW
“T U N E   I N   T I M E”
CELEBRATES BROADWAY'S ONLINE/INTERNET SHOWSTOPPERS
AT THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY AT SAINT PETER’S
 
MARCH’S SONGWRITER LIST INCLUDES
RETURNING CHAMPIONS LISA DeSPAIN, GARTH GRAVITS AND SARAH ZIEGLER,
JOINED BY NIKKO BENSON, KATE CHADWICK AND BENJAMIN HALSTEAD
 
CELEBRITY JUDGES INCLUDE TWITTER SENSATION LAURA HEYWOOD
 HOST OF @BROADWAYGIRLNYC, AND THE HOSTS OF THE ENSEMBLIST
PODCAST, MO BRADY AND NIKKI GRAFF LANZARONE
 
NEXT PERFORMANCE:
MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016 AT 7:30 P.M.
 
TICKETS ON SALE

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director;  Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director) welcomes the return engagement of the game show for musical theater lovers called Tune in Time, presented by Amy Engelhardt and Heather Shields, with an evening celebrating Broadway's Online/Internet Showstoppers on Monday, March 14, 2016 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). 
 
The March installment, hosted by Emily McNamara, with guest Musical Director Brad Simmons and guest Timekeeper Peter Michael Marino, celebrates the Broadway's Online/Internet Showstoppers. The line-up of songwriters includes returning champions Lisa DeSpain (Storyville), Garth Kravits (a cappella band the House Jacks), and Sarah Ziegler (The Hair Song), who will be joined by Kate Chadwick (Turn Out) and the team of Nikko Benson and Benjamin Halstead (Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat), who will be split up for the evening. Nikko Benson is a recipient of the 2016 Jonathan Larson Award.
  
The panel of judges will include internet celebrities Laura Heywood (@BroadwayGirlNYC) and the hosts of theEnsemblist podcast, Nikka Graff Lanzarone and Mo Brady.  The attendees—and participants—are encouraged to leave their devices on during the performance and update their Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and whatever other social media outlets have been invented over the past few months. 

In this “Musical Theater Olympics,” three teams of composers and lyricists who have never worked together are forced to collaborate – and to beat the clock.  Their task?  They must write a song for a new Broadway musical, the title of which is picked from a hatful of audience suggestions – and in a style determined by a spin of the dreaded Genre Wheel – all within 20 minutes!  Tune in Time is an evening of edge-of-your-seat suspense, brain-frying bravery, and musical theatre magnificence.  Each edition of Tune in Time features a different roster of musical theater composers and lyricists as well as a panel of celebrity judges. 
 
General Admission tickets for Tune in Time are priced at $20 and can be purchased online at www.yorktheatre.com, or by visiting the York Theatre Company Box Office (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), or by calling the Box Office at (212) 935-5820 during regular business hours (Monday throughFriday12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.). 

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THE PLAYROOM THEATER PRESENTS
THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
 “A   C L A S S   A C T”
 A NEW PLAY
 BY NORMAN SHABEL

THE PLAYROOM THEATER
(151 WEST 46th STREET – JUST EAST OF BROADWAY)
 
A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
(MARCH 21- APRIL 13, 2016)
 
TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Class Act, the inaugural and relevant new play by attorney and playwright Norman Shabel will have its world premiere at The Playroom Theater (151 West 46th Street – just east of Broadway).  Performances will begin on Friday, Monday, March 21 at 8pm and continue in a limited engagement through April 13. **This is an Equity Approved Showcase.
 
In A Class Act, when a major chemical company pours cancer-causing waste into the water supply, a high-powered law firm brings a class action lawsuit on behalf of the thousands of people injured by or dying from the poisonous water consumption. Who wins? Who loses? Who makes millions whether they win or lose? Which lawyers battle the best... or the worst? Does the ordinary person ever realize justice in the end?

The performance schedule for A Class Act will be: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 7:30pm.  There will additional performances onSaturday, April 9 at 3pm and Wednesday, April 13 at 3pm.
 
Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online at www.AClassActThePlay.com or by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111.
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News from Waldmania PR

DIANA PANTON

2015 JUNO WINNER FOR BEST VOCAL JAZZ RECORDING

PRESENTS HER DEBUT FAMILY ALBUM

'I BELIEVE IN LITTLE THINGS

As winner of the 2015 JUNO Award for Best Vocal Jazz Recording for her album, RED, along with a multitude of other accolades, Diana Panton is accustomed to the praise that comes with being recognized as one of Canada's leading jazz vocalists.  With her first album for children and families, I Believe in Little Things,Diana Panton is ready to bring her special brand of sweet and sincere swinging elegance straight to the hearts of the young and old alike.
I Believe in Little Things is at once a carefully curated anthology of under-appreciated gems and a collection of classic children's masterpieces from DIsney, Sesame StreetWilly Wonka, and more.

CD Details: I Believe in Little Things 
U.S. Release date: March 18, 2016  (The album was released in Canada in October 2015.)
For all ages
Label: Little Things
Distributor: eOne Distribution
SRP: $15.99 US
Running time: 55 minutes

I Believe in Little Things will be available in the U.S. from Amazon.com, Eastwind Imports, and iTunes.  In Canada, the album is available from Amazon.ca, iTunes.ca, and at retail locations such as HMV, Atelier Grigorian, and Archambault in Quebec.

Diana Panton Performance Highlights - February - August 2016

Feb. 14 - McMichael Art Gallery, Kleinburg, Ontario

Feb. 26 - University Club, Toronto, Ontario

March 3 & 5 - MMM Live Lab, Hamilton, Ontario

May 28 - Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario

Aug. 1 - 12 - Tour in Asia

Aug. 16 - 21 - Woody Point Festival, Gros Morne, Newfoundland

Visit Diana Panton's website HERE.

  Diana Panton on Facebook.

  Diana Panton on Twitter.
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