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, October 9, 2016

Sunday Scoop Week of 10/9/16 - What's Coming Up This Week or Happening Soon


COBBLESTONE™ Invites Kids of All Ages to Submit an Original Rap about Their Favorite Person in U.S. History in This Challenge Judged by Showbiz Luminaries!

In Conjunction with the Challenge, COBBLESTONE™ Will Offer a 
35% Discount on an Annual Subscription - PLUS a FREE Alexander Hamilton Issue!

The hottest musical in the country has spawned a best-selling cast soundtrack, a national tour and even #Hamilkids, a passionate group of young fans who've overtaken social media.  This October, COBBLESTONE™, the award-winning magazine for aspiring historians, focuses on the "ten dollar Founding Father."  To celebrate this exciting new issue, the editors are wondering which other U.S. historical leaders might inspire future Broadway songwriters.  So, COBBLESTONE™ is proud to launch the "Rap Into History" Challenge!

Aimed at kids ages 9-14, the COBBLESTONE™ "Rap Into History" Challenge invites junior historians and music lovers alike to drop some cool rhymes about a person in U.S history who intrigues, excites, or challenges them.  The entrants' original songs will be judged by a panel of  accomplished Broadway producers including six-time Tony® Award winner Frederick Zollo (Once), two-time Tony® Award winner Jim Kierstead (Waitress, Kinky Boots), founder of Broadway for All, Osh Ghanimah, filmmaker Leah Natasha Thomas, producer of 3 ½ Minutes, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Awards and COBBLESTONE™ editor Meg Cholian. The winning raps will be featured online on the "Rap Into History" mini-site, as well as in the pages of COBBLESTONE™ magazine, perhaps discovering the next Lin Manuel Miranda.  Cobblestone readers may now upload their audio or video entries on the "Rap Into History" mini-site at http://www.rapintohistory.com/. The challenge closes on October 25, and winners will be announced on November 18
Circle Line Offers Harbor Lights Cruises 
All Through October
Pier 83
W. 42nd St. at 12th
 New York, NY

Circle Line has extended their Harbor Lights Cruise until November 27th, departing daily at 7pmSail out into sunset and prepare to be wowed by the sparkling city of NYC.

For more information or to order tickets click here
Weekend Drop-in Sessions 
at the American Museum of Natural History
Central Park W. at 79th St.
New York, NY

Sackler Educational Laboratory
Weekend Drop-In Sessions
Saturdays and Sundays Noon - 5:00PM

Stop by the Sackler Educational Lab any time from noon to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays to talk to a scientist, learn about the latest discoveries in human evolution, handle fossil casts, and see a real human brain

For more information click here
Stone Soup Opens Tomorrow 
at the Players Theatre
115 MacDougal
New York, NY

Stone Soup the musical - October 9 - November 13
Special Holiday Show on Monday, October 10 at 2PM
FREE Family Workshop Prior to Each Performance

Saturdays at 3p (2p workshop) and Sundays at 11a (10a workshop)
Tickets: $32-$52
2 for 1 Columbus Sale  - use code: DISCOVER

For more information click here

To purchase tickets click here
Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ

Tuesday, October 11
iPlay America’s Job Fair
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

iPlay America, New Jersey’s largest Indoor Theme Park is looking for motivated people to fill job opportunities ranging from Part-Time positions to Full-Time career pathways! iPlay America currently has positions open for: Restaurant Staff, Bartenders, Maintenance, Sales, Cashiers, and more! Applicants are encouraged to apply online before attending and each applicant that attends will receive a FREE Ride Pass!

For more information  or to fill out an application click here

Saturday, October 15
Ring of Combat and Dead Serious MMA present Ring of Combat 23 – iPlay America's Event Center 
Doors: 6:00 PM – Event: 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 15, in iPlay America’s Event Center, Dead Serious MMA Promotions and Lou Neglia have joined forces to create an action-packed event featuring the very best up-and-coming fighters in the New York and New Jersey area! Get in on the excitement as these powerhouses compete in ring for honor, glory, and the thrill of victory. Fight fans get your tickets NOW!

For more information or to order tickets click here

Sunday, October 16
Bar & Bat Mitzvah Showcase – iPlay America's Event Center
Event: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Are you planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Join us for iPlay America’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Showcase on Sunday, October 16from 12:00 - 3:00 PM and check out NJ’s most unique venue with the hottest vendors for all of your mitzvah must-haves! Guests will receive a FREE swag bag upon arrival, meet top industry event professionals, sample tastings from iPlay America’s signature menus while sipping on mock-tails, and enjoy a LIVE performance from Xplosive Entertainment. From DJs and favors to invites and decor, you will find everything you need for the perfect celebration! Enter to WIN $1000’s worth of Prizes & Giveaways!

For more information or to RSVP click here
Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave,
New Brunswick, NJ

A Midsummer Night's Dream
American Repertory Ballet
Thursday October 13, 2016 at 8:00 PM

For more information or to order tickets click here

The Fab Faux
The Book of Lennon & The Book of McCartney
Saturday October 15, 2016 at 8:00 PM

For more information or to order tickets go to click here

VIP Meet & Mingle - The Fab Faux
The Book of Lennon & The Book of McCartney

Saturday October 15, 2016 at 9:30 PM

For more information or to order tickets go click here
Upcoming at the Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ

In the Heights
October 14, 15, 21 and 22 8:00 PM
October 16 and 23 at 2:00 PM

The Pennington Players soars to the Heights with Broadway's Tony Award-winning Best Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, about chasing your dreams and finding your true home. This exhilarating musical tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood—a place where the coffee from the corner coffee shop is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes and dreams where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.

For more information or to order tickets click here
Children's Museum of the Arts
Warburg Realty Family Day
Warburg Realty Office
124 Hudson St
New York, NY

Saturday October 15 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Free Family Event

Warburg Realty is partnering with the Children's Museum of the Arts to celebrate the launch of the brokerage's new Tribeca office at 124 Hudson Street with a free, family-friendly event! 

For more information go to click here
News from Boneau/Bryan-Brown

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
15-Week Limited Engagement at the Booth Theatre
Performances begin October 8, 2016 
Opening Night is October 30, 2016

Les Liaisons Dangereuses starring Tony Award winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber, directed by the Donmar’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke begins performances on Saturday, October 8, 2016 and will open on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at the Booth Theatre (222 W 45th St). This is a 15-week only engagement through Sunday, January 22, 2017. Tickets are now available through Telecharge.com and by calling 212-239-6200 and in person at the Booth Theatre box office. Group bookings are currently available through Telecharge.com Group Sales at 212-239-6262 or 800-432-7780.


Tickets for Les Liaisons Dangereuses are available through Telecharge.com, by calling 212-239-6200, and in-person at the Booth Theatre (222 W 45th St) box office. Regular box office hours are 10 am to 8 pm Monday through Saturday.

Performances through October 29th
            Monday                                   8pm
            Tuesday                                  8pm
            Wednesday                             2pm & 8pm
            Thursday                                 8pm
            Friday                                      8pm
            Saturday                                 2pm & 8pm
            Sunday                                    Dark

Performances beginning November 1st        
            Monday                                   DARK 
            Tuesday                                  7pm                
            Wednesday                             2pm & 8pm    
            Thursday                                 7pm    
            Friday                                      8pm                
            Saturday                                 2pm & 8pm    
            Sunday                                    3pm

For more information visit  www.LiaisonsBroadway.com
News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

Works & Process at the Guggenheim announces
MCC Theater:
Ride the Cyclone
by Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond
Sunday, October 16, 2016, 7:30 PM

On Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 7:30pm, Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents excerpts from the new musical Ride the Cyclone by Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond, which later this year makes its New York City premiere as part of MCC Theater's 30th Anniversary Season.

Ahead of the highly anticipated New York City engagement of Ride the Cyclone, which begins performances on November 9, 2016 ahead of an Opening Night on December 1, creators Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond and director Rachel Rockwell will discuss this quirky musical for the Works & Process at the Guggenheim audience. Excerpts from the musical will be performed by cast members Lillian Castillo, Gus Halper, Taylor Louderman, Emily Rohm, Kholby Wardell, and Alex Wyse.

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 Cycloneis a wildly original new musical - part comedy, part tragedy, and wholly unexpected.

Tickets & Info: 212 423 3575

Fall 2016 tickets are currently on sale. $40, $35 members and Friends of Works & Process. MCC Theater: Ride the Cyclone is a part of the Works & Process at the Guggenheim Series. For more information visit: https://www.guggenheim.org/event/mcc-theater-ride-the-cyclone.
News from DKC/O&M

2017 application open October 1 - 31, 2016

The Institute is a year-long fellowship for five theater artists to expand their artistic practice. Built on TMT’s history of nurturing talent, The Institute provides support and space for open-ended questioning and experimentation within, and at, the edges of the form of theater.  Selected Fellows receive a stipend of $1,000, institutional support, and space to meet regularly to discuss, experiment, and rethink their work. This Institute is not a project development opportunity, nor is it a professional development service. There is no curriculum or “teaching” structure. There is no final result or project. The core goal is rigorously to question our own assumptions about what the theater is, what it could be, and what we would like it to be.  Applications for our next Institute are open October 1-31, 2016 and announce our next round of Fellows January 2017.

Current 2016 Fellows include: Eliza Bent, Stephen Cedars, Barbara Samuels, Sugar Vendil and Dennis Yue-Yeh Li. Previous Fellows: Avi Amon, Kaaron Briscoe, Tanisha Christie, Morgan Gould, Claire Moodey, Kyoung Park, Cara Scarmack, Sarah Cameron Sunde, Ari Tabei and Peter Mills Weiss.

Tickets for all performances are available before they go on sale through our TMT 2016 / 2017 Season Subscription. For more information, please visit http://www.targetmargin.org/support-us/membership/



The Lilly Awards Foundation will present its fourth BROADWAY CABARET: BROADWAY STARS PERFORMING THE WORK OF WOMEN SONGRWITERS on Monday, October 17 at The Cutting Room (44 East 32nd Street).  The Lilly Awards Foundation promotes and celebrates women artists by promoting gender parity at all levels of theatrical production.  

The evening will include songs from some of the hottest new musicals on and off-Broadway, all written or co-written by women and sung by Broadway stars, including AnastasiaWaitressSweet Charity, In TransitBella: An American Tall TaleSouthern ComfortHadestown and previews of songs from new shows by Tony Award nominees Susan Birkenhead and Nell Benjamin. 

The Lilly Awards Broadway Cabaret begins at 8:00pm. A special VIP Cocktail Reception begins at 6:00pm, with a light supper a t7:00pm. Doors open at 6:00pm. Individual tickets range from $250 to $400 and can be purchased at http://thelillyawards.org/broadway-cabaret/. Corporate Sponsorship tables are also available for $2,500 for 4 seats, and $5,000 for 8 seats.
News from Polk and Co.

Holiday Inn, the new Irving Berlin Musical
Opens on Broadway and Extends Run for Two Weeks

Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical opened officially on Thursday, October 6, 2016, on Broadway at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street). This limited run musical will now close on January 15, 2017.

Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical tells the story of Jim (Pinkham), who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut… but life just isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim’s luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda (Gayer), a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with sensational performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But when Jim’s best friend, Ted (Bleu), tries to lure Linda away to be his new dance partner in Hollywood, will Jim be able to salvage his latest chance at love? 

Tickets for Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical are available by calling 212.719.1300, online atwww.roundabouttheatre.org, and in person at any Roundabout box office: Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street), American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street); and The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 W 46th Street).Single tickets for Holiday Inn range in price from $47-$152.

Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday,Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM. The Early Curtain Series, with evening performances at 7:00PM, is the weeks of October 17 and 24. For more information, please visit roundabouttheatre.org.

Tickets Now on Sale

In Transit, Broadway's First A Cappella Musical

In Transit begins performances on Thursday, November 10, 2016 and officially opens on Sunday, December 11, 2016. Tickets are currently available for purchase on InTransitBroadway.com and telecharge.com and at the Circle in the Square box office Monday – Saturday 10am-6pm.

Through Wednesday, December 7, 2016, the playing schedule for In Transit is as follows: Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.

Beginning Thursday, December 8, 2016, the playing schedule for In Transit is as follows: Tuesday and Thursday at 7pmand Wednesday and Friday at 8pm, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.

Beginning Thursday, December 8, 2016, the playing schedule for In Transit is as follows: Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm and Wednesday and Friday at 8pm, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.

For more information visit www.InTransitBroadway.com.


Tickets for Anastasia are now available at

Inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox Motion Pictures, ANASTASIA is a romantic, adventure-filled musical that takes audiences from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, all set to a lush score from the Tony Award®-winning team of Terrence McNally (book), Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics). Darko Tresnjak, a Tony Award winner for Best Direction of a Musical for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, helms the production.

Tickets range from $69 - $159. Premium tickets range from $199-252. For more information, visit www.anastasiabroadway.com or call 800-432-7780

Group tickets for ANASTASIA are also now on sale.   Groups should contact www.broadwayinbound.com or 866-302-0995.
News from Waldmania PR


Sporting three Parents Choice® Awards in her hip pocket and adored by a legion of families nationwide, independent children's musician Vanessa Trien and her band The Jumping Monkeys showcase their special brand of acoustic folk-pop with a world flavor on Wonderful YOU, a new album for kids and families set for release on October 14.

Musically vibrant and diverse, with guest spots by kindie music luminariesAlastair MoockRani Arbo, Barbara Brousal, and Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer), Wonderful YOU has an underlying theme of "community."  The album gives a musical hug to the listener -- YOU -- as it celebrates neighborhoods, family, and friends coming together to play, work, live, and of course, sing and dance.

Wonderful YOU kicks off with Vanessa Trien dueting with Alastair Moock on "One Foot in Front of the Other." "Round and Round We Go," a reggae-style exhortation to take care of our planet, features a duet with Barbara Brousal, who was for many years a key member of Dan Zanes and Friends.  With guest vocals and fiddle by Rani Arbo, "Chi Chi Bom Bom" has a real Western Swing feel and tells the tale of a child who marches to her own drum, wears her clothes backward, and does the twist with frog and toad!  Rani Arbo andMister G join Vanessa Trien on her terrific version of the 1958 Bo Diddley-style Johnny Otis tune, "Willie and the Hand Jive," imagining a town falling for a new dance craze.

Other highlights include a cover of the Beatles' "All Together Now," withBarbara Brousal in a cameo role, while Vanessa Trien's kids and their friends add their voices to the chorus; "Feeling Thankful," a sweet country waltz sung in harmony by Vanessa TrienBarbara Brousal, and Rani Arbo (with Rani Arbo on fiddle); and the celebratory anthem, "Fireworks," which envisions people coming together from all over to sing on the Brooklyn Bridge, as fireworks explode gloriously overhead.

Wonderful YOU will be available online at www.vanessatrien.com, CDBaby.com, and iTunes.

CD Details:  Wonderful YOU
Release Date:  October 14, 2016
For ages 1 - 8
Label:  MonkeyJump Music
SRP:   $14.99
Running time:  38 minutes

Visit Vanessa Trien's website HERE.

Vanessa Trien 
on Facebook

  Vanessa Trien on Twitter

  Vanessa Trien on YouTube

And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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