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, May 1, 2016

Sunday Scoop week of 5/1/16 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Mother's Day at the Trenton Thunder

For more information  or to order tickets click here
Celebrate Mother's Day with the Ride

The Ride Mother's Day Dinner Combo
Experience the Ride plus a three course meal at E & E Grill House 

Meal includes:
First Course - Choice of Soup or Salad
Second Course - Grilled Half Chicken, Smoked Pork Chop, Grilled Salmon, or  New York Strip
Third Couse - Chocolate Peanut Butter Silk Pie or Strawberry Shortcake Cake
And a glass of wine

$99 per person 

Combo is available May 1 - May 30th! A voucher for E&E Grill House will appear on your e-ticket for THE RIDE to exchange at the restaurant. E&E Grill House is located on 233  W 49th Street.

To book now click here or use the code MOMGRILL at the Theridenyc.com

If you already have dinner plans take advantage of
The  Ride Mother's Day Special
April 30 - May 8
All tickets $55

To book now click here or use the code  RIDEMOM at Theridenyc.com

For more about The Ride go to
Where-To-Go Wednesday - The Ride
The Ride
Daddy Long Legs Contest Winner to Perform Tuesday May 3
Davenport Theatre
354 W. 45th St
New York, NY

The winner of the "Give A Girl Her Chance" Contest, Una Morrison, will be performing "The Secret of Happiness" immediately following the 7pm performance of Daddy Long Legs on Tuesday, May 3rd!

To purchase your tickets to see Una perform for only $49.50, click here!
Upcoming at the State Theatre
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 
Wednesday May 4 Robby Kreiger
See Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Doors guitarist Robby Krieger live in concert as he performs an evening of the Doors’ greatest hits! Join us for this 50 year celebration of music from one of rock’s most iconic bands. Hits include “Light My Fire,” “L.A. Woman,” “Love Her Madly,” and “Riders on the Storm.” 

For more information or to purchase tickets go to http://www.statetheatrenj.org/robby_krieger
May Events at iPlay America
110 Schank Road
Freehold Ave.

Saturday, May 7
Laurie Berkner Greatest Hits Tour – in iPlay America’s Event Center
Show 1: Doors 11 AM | Show 12 PM
Show 2: Doors 3 PM | Show 4 PM
People Magazine dubbed Laurie Berkner the “Queen of Children’s Music,” and now a royal treat awaits fans of all ages as the Laurie Berkner Greatest Hits Tour comes to iPlay America’s Event Center for two shows on May 7.
Friday, May 13
Kidz Bop: Life of the Party Tour – in iPlay America’s Event Center
Doors open at 6 PM – Show at 7 PM
Billboard Magazine’s #1 Kids’ Artists, The KIDZ BOP Kids are coming to iPlay America! The Life of the Party tour is selling fast, so get your tickets NOW! The show features the biggest pop songs of the year, amazing new dance moves and super fun surprises from the KIDZ BOP Kids.

Friday, May 13 
Starting at 6 PM
The excitement begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 13, when iPlay America welcomes the Girl Scouts and their families. Scouts will experience thrills on the Skyscraper, soar through the air on the Kite Flyer, speed their way to victory in the IPA Speedway and compete in our Cosmic Battle Laser Tag area.  They will experience iPlay After Dark with family friendly music and awesome light show. iPlay America is offering one of the best scout overnights around! Attendees will earn a special badge for the event!
For more information or to get tickets for any of these events go to http://www.iplayamerica.com/events
City of Angels Musical at Kelsey Theatre May 6- 15
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ

Welcome to the “City of Angels,”a musical that weaves together two plots -- the glamorously seductive world of 1940s Hollywood and a film noir detective story that is heading for the big screen.  Add great songs and jazz music and it all adds up to a rare theater experience.  Join Maurer Productions OnStage for “City of Angels” at Mercer County Community College's (MCCC's) Kelsey Theatre Fridays, May 6 and 13 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, May 7 and 14 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, May 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.

With a book by Larry Gelbart, music by Cy Colman and lyrics by David Zippel, the show chronicles the misadventures of Stine, a young novelist writing his first screenplay for movie producer/director Buddy Fidler. While Buddy professes to be a fan of Stine’s work, the young screenwriter soon finds himself mired in rewrites to accommodate the egomaniacal Fidler.

Stine’s script stars a Raymond Chandler-esque private investigator named Stone.  In this show within a show, every movie scene that Stine writes is acted out on stage in a black and white “film noir” world with a musical score reminiscent of a 1940s private eye film.  Weaving the two worlds together on stage, Stine risks his integrity and his marriage while Stone is busy risking his life to solve a mystery.  It’s a double tale of decadence, deceit and homicide – with a liberal sprinkling of fun.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens, and $16 for students and children. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater. 
Mother's Day and More at Children's Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton Street
New York, NY
(unless otherwise noted)

Woven Flowers and Vases
May 8, At CMA, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Celebrate Mother’s Day by creating woven flowers and a vase out of yarn and recycled materials to give to someone special in your life!

Portraits of our Mothers
May 8, at CMA, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Inspired by 11 year-old Daila Melhem’s portrait of her mother in CMA’s permanent collection, young artists will create portraits of a special woman in their life, be it their mother, grandmother, aunt, teacher, coach, or friend.

Robb Putnam Flowers
May 8, at CMA, 11:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Inspired by Robb Putnam’s work on display in the gallery, young artists will create up-cycled flowers for Mom on Mother’s Day! Plan your trip to the museum with your child by collecting and bringing in items destined for the recycling bin that you think would be great for flower making! Love your Mother while loving Mother Earth!

CMA Kids Art Center at Art New York
Saturday - Sunday, May 7-812:00 - 6:00 PM
Join CMA at the Art New York fair!  CMA Teaching Artists will provide drop off, hands-on art programming on-site for children ages 4-14. Young artists will be introduced to various art making techniques and projects while parents or caregivers explore the Art New York and CONTEXT New York fairs.
Free with registration! Register with adubose@cmany.org

Animating Textiles Family Workshop at South Street Seaport
Saturday, May 7, at Seaport Studios, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
As part of the Downtown Design Festival, join Teaching Artists from the Children’s Museum of the Arts for a special animation workshop with the whole family on May 7th, 11am-1pm in Seaport Studios. Inspired by CMA’s exhibit, “Sew What?”, participants will learn all about iStopMotion software, as they animate the traditional designs of the Kuna people of northern Panama, known as “Molas”. These are colorful designs with geometric patterns and animal representations. While traditionally created with fabric, families will be animating with a variety of materials such as wax sticks, cray pas, wire and yarn to bring these vibrant images to life one frame at a time! Don’t miss this one time opportunity to spend time with your family learning about the tradition of the Molas while creating and animating your own! Each family will leave with a special CMA gift bag worth $32!
$15 per person (adults and children)
Circle Line Introduces New Hello Brooklyn Cruises
Pier 83
42nd St. & 12th Ave.
New York, NY

The two-hour tour will begin by setting the scene with a brief history of the popular borough and how it relates to the sights of Manhattan and New Jersey as the cruise heads south toward Brooklyn. The ship will pass the Statue of Liberty, cut east across the Upper Bay over to the waterfront of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and hug the Brooklyn shoreline. From there it will head north past Sunset Park, Industry City, Gowanus, and Red Hook, through the Buttermilk Channel on the east side of Governors Island and past Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint, sailing under the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges. The cruise will turn around just under the Williamsburg Bridge near Greenpoint and head back to Pier 83 along the Manhattan side providing sweeping 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline.

Narrated by Circle Line’s legendary tour guides, the content of the Hello Brooklyn cruise will cover Brooklyn’s unique culture, from history to hip hop. The tour has been carefully crafted to focus on the five pillars of history, people, pop culture, local lore and Brooklyn wonders. For example, the guides may be heard telling the story of how the Brooklyn Navy Yard, once a hub of military activity and naval ship building for World War II, went from bending steel for battleships to making blockbuster movies for the silver screen as the home of Steiner Studios, the largest film and television studio outside of Hollywood. Guests can expect to hear stories like those of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the lurid past of the Gowanus Canal and more points of interest and intrigue, from notorious Mafioso who owned the waterfront to Brooklyn native The Notorious B.I.G. and even where to get the best pie in the borough.

In addition to views of the Verrazano Bridge and waterfront sights rarely seen by the average visitor (or New Yorker), the cruise will also provide guests with a true taste of Brooklyn, offering specially curated, locally produced food and beverage options on board. Selections include Brooklyn Brewery’s signature Brooklyn Lager and other seasonal beers, a special Coney Island Brewery + New York Pretzel “Pretzel and Pilsner” combo, iconic Junior’s Cheesecake “Little Fellas,” a grab-and-go selection of Blue Marble Ice Cream flavors, a rotating roster of treats from the award-winning Brooklyn Cupcake, hot dogs and sausages from Brooklyn Cured, specialty cocktails featuring Brooklyn Gin, hot and iced coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company and pickles from McClure’s Specialty Foods.

Hello Brooklyn will depart daily at 2:30 p.m. from Hudson River Park’s Pier 83 in Manhattan. Tickets for the two-hour cruise will be available for departures after May 2 through the Circle Line website and Box Office. Tickets for adults, children and seniors are $38, $30, $36, respectively, with a Circle Line Premier upgrade option for an additional $15 per person. Additional rates for groups are available upon request and Circle Line will also honor guests with a New York CityPASS, New York Pass or Explorer Pass for the cruise.

Musicals Tonight Announces 2016/2017 Schedule

Funny Face is a 1927 musical  by George and Ira Gershwin. It opened on November 22, 1927, and starred Fred Astaire and his sister Adele . Songs include ‘S WonderfulMy One and Only; He Loves and She LovesThe Babbitt and the BromideLet's Kiss and Make Up; High Hat  October 18 – October 30

Hoi Polloi has music, lyrics and libretto by Noel Coward.  It was planned for production in 1949.  Some of its songs were subsequently used in Coward’s Ace of Clubs and Sail Away.  We are honored that Musicals Tonight has been selected to offer this world premiere with an adaptation by Barry Day, OBE. November 1 – November 13

Louisiana Purchase has music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and satirizes Louisiana Governor Huey Long. The ballets were staged by George Balanchine. Songs: Sex Marches On; You're Lonely and I'm Lonely; Latins Know How; Outside of That I Love You; Fools Fall in Love.  February 28, 2017 – March 12, 2017

Mr. Wonderful was written specifically to showcase the talents of Sammy Davis, Jr. The cast also featured Chita Rivera.  This is the show’s first revival.  Songs include: Too Close for Comfort, Mr. WonderfulWithout You, I'm Nothing ; I'm Available; Ethel, Baby  March 14 – March 26

I Can Get It for You Wholesale starred Elliott Gould, Lillian Roth and the 19-year-old Barbra Streisand (who received a Tony nomination)Songs include: Miss MarmelsteinWhat's in It for Me?; I'm Not a Well Man; The Family Way  March 28 – April 9

A 5-show subscription is only $146.25 



Performance Venue - The Lion Theatre (410 West 42nd Street)

Questions? Contact Mel Miller 212-362-5620 or musicalstonight@aol.com
Broadway Up Close Walking Tours
Announces Souvenir Book 

Broadway Up Close ACT I Souvenir Book is officially on sale. Now you can officially take a piece of Broadway home with you! With over 100 rarely seen photos, 48 full-color pages and all of the tour’s ghost stories, anecdotes and other wonderful tales, Broadway history will be at your fingertips like never before!

A Broadway Theater moving down the block, a cow on the New Victory Theater roof, and a ghostly priest amid the evolution of Times Square – Broadway Up Close Walking Tours offer a unique look behind the scenes of the Broadway Theatre District. The souvenir book dedicates a four-page spread to each of the 12 theaters featured in their ACT I tour, with enlightening details, historical photographs and a timeline of important shows that played at each theater. 

Check out a few pages of the book on their website and order your copy today!

For more about Broadway Up Close Walking Tours go to:
News from Boneau/Bryan-Brown

The Ruins of Civilization
World Premiere Play 

Previews Begin Wednesday, May 4; Opening Wednesday, May 18
at The Studio at Stage II - Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series
at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street)

Sometime in the future, Dolores (Rachael Holmes) and Silver (Tim Daly) are living their married life within the constraints and norms of a new world order. In an act of what seems like pure generosity, Dolores secretly opens their home to a stranger in need; but will she come to regret it? Can her actions have an impact or is it just too late? A bold world premiere thriller, The Ruins of Civilization explores our need for free will and connection, even in a world on the brink of extinction.

In order to ensure that tickets to all shows presented as part of The Studio at Stage II are affordable to the widest and most diverse audiences possible, MTC will price tickets for the first five weeks of The Ruins of Civilization at $30.

Single tickets are now on sale to the general public via CityTix® (212-581-1212), www.nycitycenter.org and at the New York City Center Box Office.

For additional details on The Ruins of Civilization and all MTC shows, visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com
News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

South Street Seaport Museum

announces the Spring 2016 session of

Thursdays Now- May 26
from 10:00 am - 11:15 am

The South Street Seaport Museum announces the Spring 2016 session of its educational children's miniMATES program for children ages 18 months - 4 years at the South Street Seaport Museum on Thursdays, April 28 to May 26, 2016, from 10:00am to 11:15am. Explore, play, and create! Through circle time, group activities, art projects, and creative play, children learn about boats and our Seaport environment while also developing their creativity, language, fine-motor skills, and awareness of others. Music, movement, stories, and sensory play are all part of the fun.
Tuition: $125 for the session (10% discount for additional children from the same family).
Family-level membership holders receive an additional $15 off total enrollment.
The Mannes Opera of the New School's Mannes School of Music
Little Women by Mark Adamo with the Mannes Orchestra
at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice's Gerald W. Lynch Theater
May 6 and 7, 2016 at 7:30pm

The New School's College of Performing Arts is pleased to announce that the acclaimed Mannes Opera Young Artists, conducted by Artistic Director Joseph Colaneri, will give two fully-staged performances of Mark Adamo's Little Women with the Mannes Orchestra. Performances will take place May 6 & 7 at 7:30pm at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street, New York. Admission is $25 for the public and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are on sale at www.ticketcentral.com or by calling 212-279-4200.

to perform
at The New School's Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 7:30pm

The New School's Mannes School of Music is pleased to announce that the Mannes American Composers Ensemble (MACE) will perform on Wednesday, May 11, at The New School's Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall (55 West 13th Street, New York, New York). Conducted by Alan Pierson, the program will feature selections by Steve Reich, Thomas Weaver, and Caleb Burhans. True to the mission of MACE, the program exemplifies the ensemble's commitment to the work of living American composers. The concert will begin at 7:30pm. Admission is free.
News from DKC/O&M

“ T H E   E F F E C T ”



The hit off-Broadway play The Effect, by Lucy Prebble, directed by David Cromer, has been extended by popular demand through Sunday, September 4th. For more information, visit

In The Effect, Connie and Tristan have palpable chemistry—or is it a side effect of a new super-antidepressant? They are volunteers in a clinical trial, but their sudden and illicit romance forces the supervising doctors to face off over the ethical consequences of their work. From Lucy Prebble, “one of the UK’s hottest new playwrights” (The Telegraph), The Effect takes on our pill-popping culture with humor and scintillating drama.

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 at1:00PM daily and are priced at $79.50-$99.50, with Sunday evening performances priced at $59-$99.50. For more information, visitwww.BarrowStreetTheatre.com

The performance schedule for The Effect is as follows: Tuesday – Sunday at 7:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm

Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue South in the heart of Greenwich Village.  Nearby subway stops are the 1 at Christopher Street (walk 1 block South on 7th Avenue to Barrow) and the A, C, E, B, D, F and M at West 4th (walk West on 4th Street, left on Barrow).
For more information, visit www.barrowstreettheatre.com.



The Actors Fund (Joseph P. Benincasa, Barbara S. Davis, Connie Yoo, and Thomas Exton) is thrilled to announce the introduction of “Broadway’s Ziggy Bear,” a new tradition for the children of Broadway. Created for The Actors Fund by philanthropist and producer, Kelly Gonda,Ziggy Bear will celebrate, for the first time ever, the children in Broadway shows and their contribution to the American Theatre.

The Actors Fund will bestow Ziggy Bear, a large stuffed animal sporting a jean jacket, upon the young performers in the cast of every Broadway show with one or more child actors under the age of 16. It will take place before each show’s special The Actors Fund performance. The first “pinning ceremony” will be performed on Monday, May 2, at the Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway) prior to The Actors Fund performance of School of Rock – The MusicalAll children from other currently-running Broadway shows are welcome to attend this ceremony to help celebrate and kick-off the tradition.

Comparable to the well-known Gypsy Robe tradition, the Ziggy Bear ceremony will call for the children in the cast to gather at the theater before theirThe Actors Fund performance, where they will present a badge that they designed to represent their show, to be embroidered and sewn on Ziggy Bear’s jean jacket. This jacket, similar to the Robe, will quickly garner multiple badges from all Broadway shows featuring children, and, when filled, each will be retired and displayed in The Actors Fund collection and replaced with a new jacket. In addition to the presentation of the badge to Ziggy Bear, every child in the cast will receive from The Actors Fund a unique pin, created and designed by Ms. Gonda, to commemorate the ceremony and denote their participation to this unique tradition.
News from Richard Hillman PR

“U R I N E T O W N
 T H E  M U S I C A L”
MAY 6-8  & 13-15, 2016

Amas Musical Theatre’s (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) The Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy will present Urinetown: The Musical, a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Mark Hollman and book Greg Kotisabout a dystopian future where water is worth its weight in gold.  Winner of three Tony Awards, it is a side-splitting satire of greed, love and revolution…and musicals! Directed by Christopher Scott, with choreography by Monica Johnson and musical direction by Evan Alparone, the production will feature 24 members of “The Teen Academy.” Performances will begin on Friday, May 6, 2016 (and continue through May 15) at The Theatre at the 14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street – between 1st & 2nd Aves). Tickets are $20(adults) and $17 (students & seniors) and can be purchased by calling (646) 395-4310 or by visiting http://www.14streety.org/amasurinetown. For more information please call (212) 563-2565 or visit amasmusical.org.
News from Waldmania PR




Sporting two Parents Choice® Awards in her hip pocket, beloved children's musician and YouTube favorite Nina Stone(a.k.a. Miss Nina) is thrilled to announce the May 6 release of her third album for kids and families -- and the first album Miss Nina has made with her band, The Jumping Jacks -- Every Day's Your Birthday.

Musically, Every Day's Your Birthday traces its roots to '60s and '70s pop and rock music -- from The Brady Bunch and The Beatles to Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead -- and also displays Miss Nina's love for dance and early '80s hip hop and rap.

Previous albums by Miss Nina include Sha Doo Be Doop (2013) and Singing and Dancing Together (2009).

Every Day's Your Birthday will be available on iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon, and mymissnina.com.

CD Details:  Every Day's Your Birthday
Release date:  May 6, 2016
For ages 2 - 6
Label:  Packaroonus Records
SRP:   $12.00
Running time:  38 minutes

Miss Nina Performance Highlights - March - June 2016

March 2 - Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Center, Brooklyn, NJ

April 16 - World Café Live, Philadelphia, PA - Album Release Party

April 23 - Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA

June 16 - Cedar Falls Public Library, Cedar Falls, IA

June 17 - Carnegie Stout Public Library, Dubuque, IA

 the Miss Nina's website HERE.

  Miss Nina on Facebook.

  Miss Nina on Twitter.

  Miss Nina on YouTube.
And that's the scoop. Tune in Monday for another Talking Topic.

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