Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunday Scoop Week of 8/14/16 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Upcoming at the State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

August 16, 2016  10:30 AM and 7:00 PM
Free Summer Movie: Aladdin

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Upcoming at the Lakewood BlueClaws
First Energy Park
2 Stadium Way
Lakewood, NJ

Power Bank Giveaway Next Thursday

On Thursday, August 18th, the first 1,000 fans receive a BlueClaws Power Bank thanks to New Jersey Natural Gas.

You'll never go without a charge again with this portable USB charger, one of the top giveaway items of the year!

Next Thursday is also a Thirsty Thursday with dollar beer and soda plus 50-cent wings from Quaker Steak & Lube, one of just three Thirsty Thursdays left this year.

For information click here
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Devils Inaugural Beach Bash
Jenkinson's Beach and Boardwalk
300 Ocean Ave.
Pt. Pleasant, NJ

Saturday August 20

You're invited to the New Jersey Devils' Inaugural Beach Bash Down the Shore at the Jenkinson's Beach and Boardwalk in Point Pleasant on Saturday, August 20

Tickets are available from $10 - $25. Children 5 & under are free. This great summer event will include a full day of music, activities, games and prizes on the beach. 

Click below to purchase your tickets using the promo code BEACHPUBLIC.
TIER 1 - $10
  • Beach Badge
  • Beach Activities

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TIER 2 - $25
  • BBQ on the Beach
  • Beach Badge
  • Beach Activities
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News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

Works & Process, the Performing-Arts Series at the
Guggenheim, Fall 2016 Season tickets on sale now
Fall 2016 Season Schedule


Opera Philadelphia
Breaking the Waves by Missy Mazzoli
Monday, September 12, 7:30 pm
Composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek's chamber opera Breaking the Waves, based on Lars von Trier's 1996 Academy Award-nominated film of the same name, tells the story of a couple's sacrificial love. Prior to the world premiere, cast members perform excerpts, and Mazzoli and Vavrek discuss their creative process.

Kate Weare Company
Marksman
Sunday, September 18, 7:30 pm
Choreographer Kate Weare's newest work, a sextet with an original score by saxophonist Curtis Robert Macdonald, zeroes in on our ability to precisely intuit one another with senses remote from modern consciousness yet imperative to our survival. Dancers perform excerpts from the new piece prior to its premiere at the Joyce Theater in New York. Weare and Macdonald participate in a moderated discussion before the Joyce premiere.

Steppenwolf
The Fundamentals by Erika Sheffer
Monday, September 26, 7:30 pm
A Steppenwolf commission, The Fundamentals explores America's corporate culture through its main character, Millie, a resourceful young mother and housekeeper at a New York luxury hotel. When an opportunity in management gives her the chance to leave her blue-collar life behind, she is faced with how much, and who, she is willing to sacrifice. Cast members perform excerpts, and playwright Erika Sheffer and director Yasen Peyankov provide a behind-the-scenes look at the play's production.

Carnegie Hall
Steve Reich 80th Birthday
Sunday, October 8, 7:30 pm
Preview Carnegie Hall's Steve Reich 80th Birthday celebration. Prior to its world premiere on November 1, Ensemble Signal conducted by Brad Lubman will perform excerpts from Reich's new work Pulse, Signal will also perform Quartet, a work scored for two pianos and two vibraphones. The program culminates with video excerpts from Three Tales, a ground breaking video opera by Reich and Beryl Korot. Reich and Korot will participate in a moderated discussion with Stuart Comer, MoMA chief curator of media and performance art. Pulse is co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

MCC Theater
Ride the Cyclone by Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell
Sunday, October 16, 7:30 pm
Prior to the New York premiere of Ride the Cyclone,creators Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell and director Rachel Rockwell discuss the quirky musical that follows six teenagers whose lives are tragically interrupted aboard a roller coaster ride that promises a prize like no other. Excerpts will be performed.

Works & Process Commission Encore
Commedia dell'arte by John Zorn
Sunday, October 23, 9 pm
American composer and musical pioneer John Zorn returns with Commedia dell'arte, a suite of five miniatures inspired by the dell'arte characters Harlequin, Colombina, Scaramouche, Pulcinella, and Pierrot. Zorn participates in a moderated discussion.

Rules Of The Game by Jonah Bokaer and Daniel Arsham
Monday, October 31, 7:30 pm
Choreographer Jonah Bokaer and scenographer Daniel Arsham's largest collaboration yet, Rules Of The Game is a new multidisciplinary work for eight dancers. It features an original score composed by Pharrell Williams, arranged and conducted by David Campbell and recorded by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Bokaer discusses the collaboration, and excerpts are performed before the New York premiere at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival.
Enter via the ramp at 88th St and 5th Ave.

Houston Grand Opera
It's a Wonderful Life by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer
Sunday, November 6, 7:30 pm
Houston Grand Opera artistic and music director Patrick Summers, composer Jake Heggie, and librettist Gene Scheer discuss Heggie and Scheer's It's a Wonderful Life-an opera based in part on the timeless film It's a Wonderful Life* (1946) and Philip Van Doren Stern's short story The Greatest Gift (1943). Excerpts will be performed prior to the world premiere.
*The opera adaptation is by permission of Paramount Licensing, Inc and co-commissioned by San Francisco Opera.

The Metropolitan Opera
L'Amour de Loin by Kaija Saariaho
Monday, November 7, 7:30 pm
Excerpts from Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho's breakthrough opera L'Amour de Loin are performed prior to the Met Opera premiere in a new production by Robert Lepage. Peter Gelb, General Manager, Metropolitan Opera, will moderate a discussion with Saariaho and the creative team.

Works & Process Commission
Jodi Melnick with Sara Mearns, Jared Angle and Gretchen Smith
Sunday, November 13, 3* and 7:30 pm
Monday, November 14, 7:30 pm
See the culmination of choreographer Jodi Melnick's Works & Process residency with dancers Sara Mearns, Jared Angle, and Gretchen Smith. Melnick's work weaves dance, spoken text, and moderated discussion with Claudia La Rocco. The performance features live music for harpsichord by composer György Ligeti, violin by composer Heinrich Biber,and newly commissioned music by Robert Boston.
*Enter via the ramp at 88th St and 5th Ave.

Nederlands Dans Theater with Sol León and Paul Lightfoot
Tuesday, November 15, 7:30 pm
Preview Nederlands Dans Theater's New York City Center season with excerpts from choreographic works by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, Marco Goecke, and Crystal Pite. León and Lightfoot will participate in a moderated discussion.
Enter via the ramp at 88th St and 5th Ave.

Juilliard Dance
New Dances with John Heginbotham, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, Pam Tanowitz, and Matthew Neenan
Sunday, November 20, 7:30 pm
Excerpts of new works by four innovative choreographers-John Heginbotham; Katarzyna Skarpetowska; Pam Tanowitz; and Matthew Neenan- are performed by Juilliard Dance students prior to their premieres. Artistic director Lawrence Rhodes discusses the creative process with the choreographers.

Peter & the Wolf with Isaac Mizrahi
December 3, 4, 10, 11, 2:30 pm and 4 pm
December 9, 5 pm and 6:30 pm
Isaac Mizrahi narrates Sergei Prokofiev's charming children's classic as Brad Lubman conducts Ensemble Signal, and a cast performs choreography by John Heginbotham, bringing the 30-minute story to life for the young and young at heart.
For children 5 and up.
Premium front-row ticket: $100/$90 Friends of Works & Process and Guggenheim members
Enter via the ramp at 88th St and 5th Ave.

Holiday Concert
Sunday and Monday, December 18 and 19, 7 pm
In what has become a revered annual tradition, Vox Vocal Ensemble, led by George Steel, fills the museum's iconic rotunda with the joyous sounds of holiday music.
The museum closes at 5:45 pm and reopens at 6:45 pm for the concert.
Floor seating: $40, $35 Friends of Works & Process and Guggenheim members
Ramp standing: $20, $15 Friends of Works & Process and Guggenheim members

Location:
Peter B. Lewis Theater, unless otherwise noted
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street
Subway: 4, 5, 6 train to 86th Street
Bus: M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus on Madison or Fifth Avenue

Tickets:
$40, $35 Friends of Works & Process and Guggenheim Members, unless otherwise noted.
$10 student rush tickets available one hour prior to each performance if space allows (for students under 25 with valid ID).
For the box office call 212 423 3575, Mon-Fri, 1-5 pm, or visit worksandprocess.org.
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News from DKC/O&M

SPAMILTON
THE HILARIOUS NEW MUSICAL CELEBRATING (AND ROASTING)
THE BROADWAY BLOCKBUSTER
EXTENDS BY POPULAR DEMAND

TICKETS NOW ON SALE THROUGH OCTOBER 2016
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
Author Gerard Alessandrini and producers John Freedson, Christine Pedi, and David Zippel have today announced that Spamiltona sneak peek into Forbidden Broadway creator Alessandrini’s ongoing obsession with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, has extended through October 30, due to popular demand. The musical, which promises an evening that celebrates, roasts and eviscerates the Broadway blockbuster, will celebrate an official opening night on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at the Triad (158 West 72nd Street).

Tickets for Spamilton are $59, plus a 2 drink minimum. Premium seats are also available. For a complete performance schedule and to purchase tickets, please click here: http://www.triadnyc.com/buy-tickets.

Spamilton recently instituted an unprecedented 10-cent ticket lottery, coined #Spam4Roosevelt based on FDR on the American dime, taking after the popular #Ham4Ham lottery tradition being offered before select performances of HamiltonParticipants may enter the lottery in person at the Triad 40 minutes prior to curtain time to enter their names for the chance to see that evening’s performance. 30 minutes prior to the show, names will be chosen at random by Alessandrini himself. Limit one entry per person and up to two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability. 

For more information go to www.spamiltonnyc.com
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MCC THEATER
ANNOUNCES
30th ANNIVERSARY SEASON
HEADLINED BY
MATTHEW PERRY IN HIS NYC PLAYWRITING AND STAGE ACTING DEBUT,
NEIL LABUTE & JUDITH LIGHT IN AN UNMISSABLE COLLABORATION,
THE AMERICAN PREMIERE OF A CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED LONDON IMPORT,
AND THE NEW YORK PREMIERE OF THE MUSICAL “RIDE THE CYCLONE”
SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGES NOW ON SALE INCLUDING A
$30-PER-SHOW PREVIEW PACKAGE
IN HONOR OF THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY

The MCC Theater 2016-17 Mainstage Season:

World Premiere
ALL THE WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU
by Neil LaBute
directed by Leigh Silverman
with Judith Light


First Preview: September 6, 2016
Opening: September 28, 2016
Closing: October 9, 2016


Faye Johnson is a high school English teacher and guidance counselor in a long-time, loving marriage. As she recounts her experiences with a favored student from her past, Faye slowly reveals the truth that is hidden just beneath the surface details of her life. All The Ways To Say I Love You is a solo play about love, hard choices, and the cost of fulfilling an all-consuming desire.

All The Ways To Say I Love You marks Neil LaBute’s 10th play produced by MCC in a 15-year collaboration that includes some of the playwright’s seminal works: Fat Pig, The Mercy Seat, The Distance from Here, and reasons to be pretty, the latter of which transferred to Broadway and received a Tony nomination for Best Play.  Judith Light, an MCC mainstay onstage and off, returns to the Lortel following her performances in Margaret Edson’s Wit and Laura Wade’s Colder Than Here.  Leigh Silverman was last seen at MCC with Coraline. 
New York Premiere
RIDE THE CYCLONE

book, music and lyrics by Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell
directed by Rachel Rockwell

First Preview: November 9, 2016
Opening: December 1, 2016
Closing: December 18, 2016

The Saint Cassian High School Chamber Choir will board the Cyclone roller coaster at 8:17pm. At 8:19 the front axle will break, sending them to their tragic demise. A mechanical fortune teller invites each to tell the story of a life interrupted - with the promise of a prize like no other. Ride the Cyclone is a wildly original new musical - part comedy, part tragedy, and wholly unexpected.
American Premiere
YEN
by Anna Jordan
directed by Trip Cullman
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First Preview: February 2, 2017
Opening: February 21, 2017
Closing: March 12, 2017


Bobbie and Hench are home alone. Days are filled by streaming porn, playing Call of Duty, watching the world go by. Their mom rarely visits these days, and it’s chaos when she does. But when animal-loving neighbor Jenny takes an interest in their dog Taliban, the boys discover a world far beyond what they know. YEN explores a childhood lived without boundaries.

YEN marks playwright Anna Jordan’s MCC debut.  Director Trip Cullman returns to MCC following his OBIE-winning direction of Punk Rock and this season’s highly anticipated A Funny Thing…
American Premiere
THE END OF LONGING

by Matthew Perry
directed by Lindsay Posner

First Preview: May 18, 2017
Opening: June 5, 2017
Closing: June 24, 2017

An alcoholic, an escort, a self-diagnosed neurotic and a well-intentioned dimwit walk into a bar... Broken and deeply flawed, they find their lives irreversibly entwined no matter how hard they try to break free of one another. The End of Longing is a bittersweet comedy that proves that broken people don't need to stay broken.
Iconic “Friends” star Matthew Perry makes his NYC playwriting and stage acting debut with The End of Longing following its hit run at the Playhouse Theatre in London earlier this year.  This marks Perry and director Lindsay Posner’s MCC debuts.
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News from Richard Hillman PR

THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY
ANNOUNCES UPCOMING 2016-2017 SEASON

MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS INCLUDE
THE NEW YORK PREMIERES OF TWO NEW MUSICALS
"A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME” AND “EMMA”
THE ACCLAIMED "MUSICALS IN MUFTI" SERIES TAKES A LOOK AT  
“MILK AND HONEY” AND “DEAR WORLD”
THE “NEW2NY” SERIES
RETURNS WITH TWO NEW WORKS
“HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN” AND “MARK FELT, SUPERSTAR”
SPECIAL EVENTS INCLUDE
THE 25TH ANNUAL OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN AWARD GALA,
SPRING CONCERT CELEBRATION HONORING JAMES MORGAN,
THE MARYMOUNT MANHATTAN COLLEGE PRESENTATION
OF THE MUSICAL “LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST,”
THE POPULAR DEVELOPMENTAL READING SERIES,
AND MORE

 The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director; David McCoy, Chairman of the Board), dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, has announced the line-up for its 47th anniversary season at The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).

The 2016-2017 season will include the New York premieres of two new musicals:  A Taste of Things to Come and Emma.  The acclaimed “Musicals in Mufti” Series takes a look at musicals from the past: Milk and HoneyDear Worldand a third to be announced shortly. And, the return of the “New2NY” Series will bring two new musicals, How to Be an American! and Mark Felt, Superstar.

Special events throughout the season will include The 25th Annual Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala; the second annual Winter Intensive for College Students, part of The York’s Musical Theatre Training Program that trains and inspires young performers; a benefit Spring Concert Celebration Honoring James Morgan, commemorating his 20th Anniversary as York Producing Artistic Director; the ever popular Developmental Reading Series happening throughout the year, and more. The York will also present the Marymount Manhattan College production of the musical Love’s Labour’s Lost.

The launch of the 2016-2017 season in September opens with the return of the New2NY Series and the new musical How to Be an American!, a political cabaret.  Tammany Trumps Truth!  Real life lecture on Honest Graft, Dishonest Graft, and the American Way!  Featuring songs from the early 20th Century American Songbook adapted by T. Cat Ford, with direction by Bill Castellino (Cagney, Storyville), and music direction by Satomi Hoffman. Performances are set to begin September 17, 2016 for a limited run through September 25, 2016.

In November, the first mainstage production of the season will inaugurate the newly renovated York Theater space – new seats, new carpeting, new look – with the New York premiere of the musical A Taste of Things to Come, with book, music and lyrics by Debra Barsha (Radiant Baby) and Hollye Levin (Funny Business), with an original concept by Hollye Levin, and direction and choreography by Lorin Latarro (Waitress).  Winnetka, Illinois, 1950s. Smack dab in the middle of America, four women enter a Betty Crocker cooking contest in the hopes of changing their lives. Little do they know that it’s a recipe for disaster—one that will set off a chain reaction that will change their lives forever.  When they reunite ten years later, they are very different people in a very different world—but can they still be as close as they once were?  In an age when the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, they’ll discover that the way to a woman's heart is through her best friends.  A Taste of Things to Come is presented in association with Staci Levine and What's Cookin' LLC.Performances are set to begin November 9, 2016 for a limited engagement through December 11, 2016

The York season continues into the new year with the second New2NY Series production of the new musical Mark Felt, Superstar withbook, music and lyrics by Joshua Rosenblum (Fermat’s Last Tango).  Though his name is little known today, Mark Felt was the retired FBI man who revealed in 2005 that he had been Deep Throat, the secret source for journalists Woodward and Bernstein during the Watergate scandal. Deep Throat's identity was the greatest political mystery of all time and Felt's story is thrilling, heartbreaking, and funny in equal parts. Mark Felt, Superstar is a whimsical and unexpectedly touching musical romp through Watergate and its aftermath from Deep Throat's unique perspective.  A limited engagement is slated for January 2017.

The winter season continues with the acclaimed Musicals in Mufti Series, which has played host to over 100 productions of simply-staged concert readings of musical theater gems from the past. The series this year includes a second look at the new musicals Milk and Honey, with book by Don Appell (A Girl Could Get Lucky) and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (Hello, Dolly!), January 28, 2017 - February 5, 2017Dear Worldwith book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (Mame), and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (La Cage aux Folles), February 25, 2017- March 5, 2017; and a third production to be announced shortly that is set to play February 11-19, 2017."Mufti" means "in street clothes, without the trappings associated with a full production." 

The York welcomes the spring with a Spring Concert Celebration Honoring James Morgan commemorating his 20th anniversary as York Producing Artistic Director.  The special one-night only benefit concert is set for Monday, April 3, 2017.

The 2016-17 mainstage season continues with the New York premiere of Emma, a musical romance, with music, lyrics and book by Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre), adapted from the novel by Jane Austen. Emma Woodhouse is one of Jane Austen’s most delightful heroines, an effervescent ingénue whose matchmaking mischief inevitably misfires. Obsessed with romance but clueless about her own feelings, Emma navigates the course of true love with a generous heart and an indomitable spirit. A record-breaking success in earlier productions in California, Cincinnati and St. Louis, this funny, irresistible musical features a glorious score by the Tony Award-nominated composer of Jane Eyre and Daddy Long Legs.  Performances are set to begin April 25, 2017 for a limited engagement through May 28, 2017.

Special events throughout the season will include The 25th Annual Oscar Hammerstein Award GalaDecember 5, 2016; the second annual Winter Intensive for College Students, part of The York’s Musical Theatre Training Program that trains and inspires young performers, January 9-21, 2017; and the Marymount Manhattan College presentation, in association with The York Theatre Company and its continuing education program, presentation of the musical Love’s Labour’s Lost, with book by Alex Timbers (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson) and music & lyrics by Michael Friedman (The Fortress of Solitude), March 22-26, 2017.

York Theatre Company offers the York! Membership Program, an exclusive membership package for as low as $75.00 - with elite benefits that includes a 30% discount on tickets to York Theatre Productions, exclusive member pre-sale opportunities, 50% off on all lobby concessions, 20% off on all lobby merchandise, in addition to special member-only receptions.  The York also offers a York Plus! Membership Program with additional perks, including complimentary tickets to Mainstage productions and invites to several VIP-only presentations throughout the season.

York Memberships can be purchased online at www.yorktheatre.org/membership, 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 through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.). 

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org.
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