Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sunday Scoop Week of 6/5 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Jersey Shore Wine Festival at First Energy Park
2 Stadium Way
Lakewood, NJ

Tickets are available by calling732-901-7000 option 2 or online by clicking here (day one or day two). Tickets are $20 in advance and will go to $25 the day of the event.

For more information on the event, 
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Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ

Friday, June 10
MattyB – in iPlay America’s Event Center
Doors open at 6 PM – Show at 7:00 PM
Matthew David Morris aka "MattyB" is a 13-year-old pop singer/rapper from Atlanta, GA. His social media consists of over 8.6 million followers on Facebook & Twitter combined. His music videos and songs have been seen and played all over the world. MattyB has a large portfolio of music, and he was selected in the 2013 Top 21 Under 21 by Billboard Magazine.
Saturday, June 11
Vic DiBitetto – in iPlay America’s Event Center
7 PM for a 16+ Show
Don't miss Vic DiBitetto, one of the hottest stand-up comics in America, as he returns to iPlay America to thrill audiences with his fast paced, frenetic, style of no-holds-barred comedy! This incredibly powerful performer has been called a cross between Rodney Dangerfield and Ralph Kramden, churning energy, honesty and humanity into nonstop laughter.
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Nordic Festival at the Children's Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton St.
New York, NY 
June 12, 12:00 to 4:00 PM, all ages
Celebrating Nordic cultural traditions and artistic heritage in partnership with Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center! Help us celebrate with award winning Storyteller Laura Simms, Artistic Director of the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center between 12:00 and 3:00PM. Laura is the recipient of “The Sunny Days Award” presented by Sesame Street for work with children worldwide. Also, enjoy workshops throughout the museum inspired by Nordic culture.

Workshops include:
  • Viking Ships and Shields: Travel back to the Nordic Bronze Age by creating the fiercest, fastest Viking ships and the surest, strongest battle shields. Try you hand at the seas or in battle–and see how you would fare as a Viking!
  • Lotta Jansdotter Potato Stamps: Channel your inner Scandinavian sense of design–clean, simple lines and patterned shapes–and be inspired by Lotta Jansdotter’s classic, urban prints. Use potatoes to cut your own design and print a new pattern.
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Upcoming at City Winery
155 Varick St.
New York, NY

Sunday June 12 at 11 am
It Might Make You Feel Good:
Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could Celebrate Album ‘Press Play’ with All-Ages Concert at City Winery on June 12th

Brady Rymer and his rootsy band celebrate the release of a new album called Press Play with an all-ages concert at City Winery in Manhattan.  Rymer is a twice GRAMMY Award nominee and one of the top talents in the independent family music scene today. The concert details are as follows:

Tickets: $15 each
Available online: www.citywinery.com  or by phone (212) 608-0555
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Week Long Summer Camps for Kids June 13-September 2
TADA! Youth Theater
15 W. 28th St.
New York, NY

  • When school is out...TADA! is in! From June 13-September 2 
    TADA! has week-long summer camps for kids
    ages 4-5, 6-8 and 9-14Over 30 themes to choose from!
     
  • Book multiple camps and save! The more you book, the more you save, so bundle up those camps and register today!
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Broadway Series Announced at State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

ON SALE NOW!

Introducing Broadway Buy More, Save More
  • Purchase tickets for 2 productions and SAVE 10%
  • Purchase tickets for 3+ productions and SAVE 20%
Save big on every seat in the house, when you buy now!
HURRY! Offer ends on July 11, 2016.
StateTheatreNJ.org/BroadwaySavings

DIRTY DANCINGNOVEMBER 4-6, 2016

ELF THE MUSICALDECEMBER 2-4, 2016

PIPPINMARCH 24-25, 2017

RENT20TH ANNIVERSARY TOURMAY 5-6, 2017

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New from Boneau/Bryan-Brown

Flying Robots Debut on Broadway

A troupe of eight autonomous drones designed by Verity Studios soared onto Broadway as part of a live performance inCirque du Soleil – PARAMOUR. This is the first time Cirque du Soleil – known for its stunning acrobatics and world-class production design – has specifically created a show for Broadway, and it’s the first time autonomous robots have taken center stage there.
 
PARAMOUR started previews on 16 April 2016 in front of a live audience and opened on Wednesday 25 May 2016 at the Lyric Theatre (213 West 42nd Street) in New York

ABOUT VERITY STUDIOS
Verity Studios creates dynamic, autonomous and interactive performances for live entertainment, leveraging technological innovations, scientific principles, advanced algorithms, and the art of design in unprecedented ways. Verity Studios' technology is built for safety, high reliability, and intimacy:  It allows for stunning flybys without safety nets, for operation in all lighting conditions and in the presence of stage effects, and for simultaneous operation of an unlimited number of flying machines and other autonomous entities. For more information, visit www.veritystudios.com

ABOUT CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 160 million spectators in 400 cities in sixty countries on six continents. For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

TICKETS
Tickets for Cirque du Soleil - PARAMOUR are on sale via Ticketmaster.com or by calling 877-250-2929. Ticket prices range from $55- $159 (all prices include a $2.50 facility fee). Starting The Lyric Theatre Box Office (213 West 42nd Street) is open Monday through Saturday from noon – 8 PM. 
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News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

OPERA SARATOGA
2016 SUMMER FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Le nozze di Figaro
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Libretto by Lorenzo DaPonte
Directed by David Paul, Conducted by Andrew Bisantz
Featuring Katherine Whyte, Chelsea Basler, Keith Phares and Peixin Chen
June 24 - July 15, 2016

The Witches of Venice - American Premiere
Music by Philip Glass, Libretto by Beni Montresor
Directed and Choreographed by Karole Armitage, Conducted by Viswa Subbaraman
Featuring members of Armitage Gone! Dance, and the Capital District Youth Chorale
July 1 - July 17, 2016

Il Postino
Music by Daniel Catán
Libretto by the composer, based on the novel by Antonio Skármeta,
and the film by Michael Radford
Directed by Lawrence Edelson, Conducted by James Lowe
Featuring Sandra López, Daniel Montenegro and Richard Troxell
July 6 - July 16, 2016

Plus Seven Weeks of Recitals, Concerts and Master Classes
from May 28th - July 17th, 2016

For more information, visit www.operasaratoga.org.
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News from DKC/O & M

SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM FROMHAMILTON’S GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING
& TONY-NOMINATED PERFORMER/VOCALIST
LESLIE ODOM JR.
TO BE RELEASED JUNE 10 ON S-CURVE RECORDS

On the heels of receiving a Tony nomination for best lead actor in a musical for his outstanding role as Aaron Burr in the Broadway phenomenon HamiltonLeslie Odom Jr. will soon show fans his vocal prowess in another musical setting, the recording studio, when his superb self-titled debut album of jazz classics, LESLIE ODOM JR., is released June 10 on S-Curve Records.  The 10-track collection features Odom’s soulful new interpretations of beloved songs that have been longtime favorites of his. Standout tracks on the album, which will be available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon, include Odom’s ethereal rendition of the Jerome Kern gem “Look for the Silver Lining,” a new arrangement of “The Guilty Ones” from Spring Awakening, a stunning percussion and piano-driven version of “Love Look Away” and his inspired take on the timeless classic “Autumn Leaves.”

Odom won a 2015 Grammy award for Best Musical Theater Album as a principal soloist in the Hamilton original cast recording.  The accomplished singer/actor has already carved an impressive career path since graduating from Carnegie Mellon University's prestigious School of Drama, making his Broadway debut at age 17 in Rent.  Before Hamilton, Odom was best known for his role in the NBC TV series “Smash” and as Reverend Curtis Scott on “Law & Order: SVU”.

LESLIE ODOM JR. Track Listing:
1. Look for the Silver Lining
2. Joey, Joey, Joey
3. Autumn Leaves
4. Brazil (Aquarela do Brasil)
5. Love Look Away
6. Nobody Knows You (When You’re Down and Out)
7. The Guilty Ones
8. I Know That You Know
9. Cheer Up Charlie
10. The Party’s Over 
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CHART-TOPPING POP STAR
LEONA LEWIS
WILL PLAY THE ICONIC ROLE OF “GRIZABELLA” IN THE FIRST-EVER BROADWAY REVIVAL OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S RECORD-BREAKING MUSICAL
“CATS”
A NEW GENERATION OF FELINES WILL DEBUT AT THE NEIL SIMON THEATRE
THURSDAY JULY 14, 2016

For more information go to http://www.catsthemusical.com/broadway/ 

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News from Richard Hillman PR

HAPPINESS IS…
 
A NEW CAST RECORDING
OF
  THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY
PRODUCTION OF
“YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN”
BASED ON THE COMIC STRIP "PEANUTS" BY CHARLES M. SCHULZ

The cast of the new Off-Broadway revival of the hit musicalYou’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown will head into the studio to set down tracks for the new cast recording on Monday, June 13, 2016Broadway Records will release the 2016 Off-Broadway cast recording, now available for pre-order at  http://www.broadwayrecords.comand Amazon, and will be available on iTunes and other retailers on September 16, 2016.
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 THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY
SPRING DEVELOPMENTAL READING SERIES
 NEW MUSICALS
AT THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY AT SAINT PETER’S

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
 
Platinum
Lyrics and Music by Will Holt and Gary William Friedman
Book by Stevie Holland with Gary William Friedman
Adapted from Platinum by Will Holt and Bruce Vilanch and Sunset by Will Holt
Directed by Jeffrey Sanzel
Music Direction by Daniel Green
 
The three-member cast will feature Stevie Holland (Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter) with Rico LeBron(Angel Reapers) and Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera).
 
Platinum, is the stuff of theater lore, a provocative musical, with a long-storied and perhaps checkered past. The show, originally titled Sunset, has included book variations by Will Holt, Louis LaRusso II, and Bruce Vilanch. Award-winning composer Gary William Friedman (The Me Nobody Knows, Taking My Turn) and critically acclaimed recording artist, writer and performer Stevie Holland have reimagined the original Platinum and Sunset stories into a brand new show. 
 
The cast has been reduced to an intimate number of three, but the story’s heart is bigger than ever.  Set in 1977, Lila Halliday, an iconic star of Hollywood movie musicals, is attempting a comeback by recording a new album at Sunset Sound, the ‘happening’ Hollywood recording studio. Dan Hardin, a platinum-selling rock star who’s been sliding down the charts, is desperate to remake himself. He wants to record an album at Sunset Sound, which he hopes will cast him as a still relevant rock star. Jamie Stiles, Dan’s former music writing partner-now-record producer, and owner of Sunset Sound, has agreed to produce Lila and Dan’s albums. The three characters’ lives are woven together in a journey of romance, self-doubt, self-discovery, and revelation. The eclectic score ranges from contemporary rock power ballads, to Broadway show tunes, along with echoes of 1940’s big band sounds.  One performance only:Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
 
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Friday, June 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
 
The Fitzgeralds of Saint Paul
Book, Music and Lyrics by Christie Baugher
Directed by Danny Mefford (Fun Home)
Musical Direction by Rona Siddiqui 
 
The two-member cast will feature Ken Barnett (Wonderful Town) and Tiffany Topol (Sweet Charity).
 
Part of the 2015-2016 NEO Series, celebrating New/Emerging/Outstanding musical theatre writers.
 
The Fitzgeralds of St. Paul is a two-character musical that follows the relationship of celebrated American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda Sayre. Through a series of musical episodes chronicling everything from their first meeting at a Montgomery country club dance in 1918 to her hallucinating his presence years after his death in 1940, the show is an exploration of love, celebrity, mental illness, addiction, and the very human cost of the modern American definition of success – a definition that the myth of the Fitzgeralds unintentionally helped to create.  One performance only: Friday, June 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

The York Theatre’s NEO Developmental Reading Series is an outgrowth of its NEO Concert Series, where up-and-coming musical theater writers (“New, Emerging, Outstanding”) are celebrated for their work and given a chance for a musical on which they are currently working to be seen in a developmental reading with top New York talent, onstage and behind-the-scenes. The concert is presented annually at the York Theatre Company. 

For additional information, please visit the website at www.yorktheatre.org.
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News from Waldmania PR

BUBBLE WRAP

BY

ERIC HERMAN AND THE THUNDER PUPPIES
 
WITH KEITH & EZRA OF TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA,
MISTER G, KENN NESBITT & ROGER DAY

Beloved by families nationwide, Eric Herman's warm and witty music videos have received over 50 millionviews on YouTube; his body of work also includes seven award-winning albums plus an award-winning DVD.  With the June 10 release ofBubble Wrap, a hard poppin' new family music album by Eric Herman and the Thunder Puppies -- Eric's first album backed by the full compliment of his band -- Eric Herman is poised to take his place in the pantheon of today's kindie music luminaries.

At once memorable, meaningful, and masterful, Bubble Wrap's hook-filled songs hit on a variety of issues and experiences portrayed in the life of its kid protagonist -- obsessions with bubble wrap and cell phones, hilarious tactical retreats to avoid bath time, the blues of a Monday morning at school, and the supreme joy of an exhilarating theme park excursion, paired with songs about more weighty matters like stage fright, a best friend moving away, and even the death of a parent.

Musically vibrant and diverse, with the inclusion of guest spots by Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet of Trout Fishing in AmericaMister G,Children's Poet Laureate Kenn NesbittRoger Day, and more,Bubble Wrap will inspire repeated 

Bubble Wrap kicks off with the album's title track, a driving rock song with an Elvis Costello-type groove that describes a kid's addiction to bubble wrap popping.  Other highlights include "You Are What You Eat," a very catchy Latin-influenced number celebrating a variety of foods, and "Take A Bath," a reggae-flavored ditty about the comical avoidance of bath time that even extends to outer space, graced by contributions fromKeith & Ezra of Trout Fishing in AmericaKenn NesbittMister G,Roger Day, and more.

Previous releases by Eric Herman include his comedy sketch album,The Incredibly Spaced Out Adventures of Jupiter Jackson (2014,Parents' Choice Award), Party Animal (2014, NAPPA Award), What a Ride! (2009, Parents' Choice AwardNAPPA Award), Snail's Pace(2007, Pearl Award), Snow Day! (2006), Monkey Business (2005), andThe Kid in the Mirror (2003).  Eric's 2011 DVD The Elephant was honored with a Dove Foundation Award.  He was a John Lennon Songwriting Competiton finalist in 2007 and won the Just Plain Folks Award for Best Children's Song in 2006.

Bubble Wrap will be available at iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and onerichermanmusic.com.

CD Details:  Bubble Wrap
Release date:  June 10, 2016
For ages 7 - 11
Label:  Butter-Dog Records
SRP:   $12.99
Running time:  43 minutes

Eric Herman and the Thunder PuppiesPerformance Highlights - June/July 2016

June 11 -  Kennewick Main Library, Kennewick, WA

June 14 - Richland Library, Richland, WA

June 24 - Auburn Kids' Summerstage, Auburn, WA

June 28 - Kelsey Creek Park, Bellevue, WA

July 7 - Clinton Street Theater, Portland, OR

July 14 - Silver Lake Concert Series, Everett, WA

July 19 - Juanita Beach Park, Everett, WA


Visit
 the Eric Herman's website HERE.

Eric Herman on YouTube.


  Eric Herman on Twitter.
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