Monday, June 26, 2017

Monthly Mash-up for June, 2017 - Me: Hair Styling and Mom: The Theater That Movie Down the Block


My topic for this month is hair.  When you're little you can get away with any hairstyle because it looks cute. When you're older it's harder to pull off certain hairstyles. You can't wear your hair sticking straight up because it looks silly. You can't wear two ponytails because it makes you look like a five year old. I like long hair because it looks nice. However, it's harder to brush because there's a lot of it. Also, it takes longer to style. Like if you wanted to make a braid, it takes longer to braid because there is more hair. Also, it gets more knots. It also gets really frizzy when it's hot. It feels sweaty when your hair is on your neck when it's hot. Even if you put it up it still touches you and it still feels hot. Also, it fall down a lot when you put it up. Long hair is fun to play with though. You can also do a lot of fun hairstyles with long hair. However, it is easier to style someone else's hair than your own hair. You can't see in the back of your head, and it's hard to reach in the back of your head. All in all, hair styling can be fun, and it can also be annoying.

My topic for this month is  the theater that moved down the block. On 42nd Street in New York City, there is an AMC Movie Theater. However, this theater used to be a theater where stage shows were performed known as The Empire Theater. Prior to that it was a burlesque house called the Eltinge Theater and a number of famous actors and comedians played and may have gotten their starts there. Allegedly, it is also the place where Abbott and Costello first formed their famous partnership. The building still maintains some of the elements it had during the time when shows were presented there including the grand staircase. However, this building was not always situated at its present location. This building used to be located down the block. Back in 1998, it was decided that the theater needed to be moved approximately 170 feet down the road from where it was located  at that time so the theater was placed on rollers and literally pulled down the block. Making the move, even more entertaining, giant balloons of Abbott and Costello were attached to the building to make it appear as though, they were pulling the building down the street. So if you were in New York around that time, and you thought you saw Abbott and Costello moving a building down the street. you weren't crazy. It really happened.

And that's our view. What's on your mind?

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Scoop Week of 6/26 - What's Happening This Week or Soon Thereafter


AWARDS PRESENTATION TO BE BROADCAST
ON FACEBOOK LIVE!

THE 2017 NATIONAL STUDENT SHOWCASE TO TAKE PLACE ON JUNE 26TH
AT BROADWAY’S MINSKOFF THEATRE

Hosted by 2017 Tony Award® Winner
BEN PLATT
Currently starring in Dear Evan Hansen

The ninth annual JIMMY® AWARDS will be held on Monday, June 26th at 7:30PM at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. 74 high school students from across America will compete for the Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress. Ceremony updates, Inspiring Teacher Award and the nominee award presentations will be streamed live on Facebook.

Viewers should go to the Jimmy Awards Facebook page, beginning at 7:15pm NYC time for a pre-show update. There will be a second update at approximately 8:30pm during intermission. Stay tuned to the Jimmy Awards Facebook page for exact timing of the Awards Presentation, and sign up to get notified when we are LIVE.

The awards presentation will include the student awards and speeches from this year’s Best Actress and Best Actor winners. Additionally, the inaugural Inspiring Teacher Award, presented by Wells Fargo, will be given to Brendan Jennings (Burbank, CA) and Larry Robinson (Monroe, NC) for the encouragement and inspiration that led their students to win the 2016 coveted Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor.

Student performers qualify to compete in the national program by winning top honors at regional high school musical theatre awards competitions presented by Broadway League member performing arts centers. Over 1,300 high schools and 50,000 students participate in these annual events. Since the inception of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA) in 2009, participating students have earned over $1,000,000 in university and conservatory scholarships. Several student participants have already been cast in Broadway, Touring and West End productions.
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Upcoming at Merkin Concert Hall:
International Youth Piano Competition
Kaufman Music Center
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY

Tue, Jun 27, 2 pm

Winners' Concert
See the remarkably talented winners of the 2017 Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition perform at this FREE concert.

For more information click here
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Upcoming at The Franklin Institute:
Island Escape
222 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA

Opening June 28
Ages 8+


Take a not-quite-three-hour tour to an island unlike any other!

Congratulations! You’ve won an exclusive invitation to the private island of an eccentric billionaire for a very special private event! But before you pack your bikini and sunscreen, beware: your host has very…unique plans for your special visit. Get ready for a fast and furious, goofy island adventure full of surprises, twists, and turns. In this laugh-out-loud 60-minute romp, your team will band together to complete your host’s series of increasingly off-beat challenges to earn your safe passage off the island.

Each player will have a role to fill, so pay close attention to your assignments—and be ready for anything!

For more information or to purchase tickets click here.
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Free Kids Concerts at  Madison Square Park
Madison Ave.
New York, NY

Thursdays from 10:30AM to 11:30AM
Location: Farragut Lawn
Rain Location: Farragut Monument


June 29 Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards

Featuring gypsy jazz, zydeco, swing, blues, and Dixieland, the rhythms of American folk music will celebrated by Jazzy Ash & The Leaping Lizards at this week’s Mad. Sq. Kids Concert. Their music encourages kids and their grown-ups to celebrate the musical heritage of the bayou, and dance and sing with no reservations.

For more information click here
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A Family Concert Featuring Songs about America, with
Red Yarn and The Deedle Deedle Dees
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, July 1 at 10:30 am
All Ages Are Welcome! Doors open at 10:00 AM

Brooklyn's own The Deedle Deedle Dees, known for their songs inspired by history, science, and folklore, team up with Portland, Oregon's Red Yarn for a family musical event celebrating America's birthday. Red Yarn's "critters" (the adorable puppets who co-star in his shows) will take the Deedle Deedle Dees in the Deep Woods to explore America's natural wonders -- and the Dees will take the critters and Red on a tour of the big city. Local children will be involved in the show, and the audience will be invited to sing along.

Red Yarn offers energetic performances and lush folk-rock recordings.The red-bearded bard and partner Ms. Jessie reinvigorate American folklore for younger generations. Red Yarn will bring his battered suitcase full of engaging puppets to perform  American folk favorites and new songs from his award-winning album of American music, Born in the Deep Woods.View Red Yarn's music videos, and learn more at redyarnproductions.com

This Deedle Deedle Dees are a cult band for families was founded in 2003 by songwriter/ educator Lloyd H. Miller. Lloyd lives in Brooklyn, where he’s known for his weekly sing-a-longs for families and his regular performances for adults and kids in care facilities and hospitals. 
Their latest album, Sing-a-long History, Vol II: The Rocket Went Up! features songs inspired by true stories from the history of science, discovery, and magic.

The band is known for their lively, highly interactive concerts. They’ve brought their “rock-n-roll classroom” to venues all over the country including Jalopy Theatre, Symphony Space, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center, the Clinton Presidential Library, Mass MoCA, and many many schools, libraries, and parks.
Visit the band at www.thedeedledeedledees.com.
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Patriot Tours Special 
July 4 One Day Only Tour

Experience NYC in 1776

To celebrate Independence Day this year Patriot Tours will conduct a tour that takes you through the events of 1776 in New York City.

Walk through these events:
  • the arrival of Washington's and Howe's forces
  • the reading of the Declaration of Independence
  • Washington's headquarters
  • The Battle of Brooklyn
  • the first submarine
  • Nathan Hale
  • the Fall of NYC to the British, and much, much more
This tour will include stories not on the standard Revolutionary Era or Hamilton and Burr Tours!

This is a one day only event with limited ticket availability.

To purchase tickets click here
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PR Firm Roundup

News from DKC/O&M


BROADWAY STAGE ADAPTATION OF ORWELL’S


1984
ANNOUNCES
AGE RESTRICTION POLICY

THEATERGOERS BORN AFTER 2004
WILL NOT BE ADMITTED

Producers Sonia Friedman and Scott Rudin announced today that the Broadway Premiere of the new stage adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, will implement, effective immediately, an Age Restriction Policy: No theatergoers born after 2004 will be admitted to 1984 Audience members must be age 13 years or older in order to enter the Hudson Theatre.  For tickets and info, visit http://www.revisedtruth.com/.

The Age Restriction policy is being implemented due to the intensity of the production, which includes several scenes that are graphic in nature and have disturbed younger patrons.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit  www.RevisedTruth.com 

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ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S ICONIC MUSICAL
CATS
WILL PLAY ITS FINAL PERFORMANCE ON BROADWAY
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2017

A NEW CAST WILL CREATE MEMORIES FOR AUDIENCES AROUND THE U.S.
WHEN THE NATIONAL TOUR LAUNCHES IN PROVIDENCE, RI, IN JANUARY 2019

Producers The Shubert Organization and The Nederlander Organization announced that the first-ever Broadway revival of CATS will play its final performance at 8 PM on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 W 52nd Street) after 16 previews and 593 regular performances. Preview performances of CATS began Thursday, July 14, 2016 followed by a Sunday, July 31, 2016 opening night.

The CATS National Tour will officially open at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, in January 2019 before traveling to additional cities throughout the country, including Chicago, Durham, and Los Angeles. The full tour schedule and other information will be announced shortly.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.catsthemusical.com/broadway/
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News from Michelle Tabnick PR

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces Radio Galaxy, the third and final show of the TRU Voices New Plays Reading Serieson Monday, June 26, 2017 at 7pm at Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, NYC.  A "Dollars and Sense" talkback on the future development of the presented works will be held after the performance, and the prominent industry panelists are now announced. Admission is free.  Please RSVP at least a day in advance (or much sooner) by calling 212/714-7628, or e-mailing TRUVoicesReservations@gmail.com.

Admission is free for everyone. But reservations are requiredPlease reserve at http://truonline.org/tru-voices (click for the show you wish to reserve), or call at least a day in advance for reservations: 212/714-7628, or e-mail TRUVoicesReservations@gmail.com.

TRU is currently accepting submissions for the 2018 TRU Voices Musicals Reading Series. For details, visit http://truonline.org/tru-voices-details-and-history/Deadline for submissions will be in August 12  2017.
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News from Richard Hillman PR

SPECIAL SUMMER EXHIBITION
AT THE YORK THEATRE AT SAINT PETER'S

SCENIC DESIGNS BY JAMES MORGAN:
A RATHER RANDOM RETROSPECTIVE CELEBRATING 40+ YEARS
AT THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY AND ELSEWHERE

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, will present an exhibit of James Morgan's other career as a Scenic Designer with a retrospective look at over 40 years of his designs at The York Theatre Company at Theater at Saint Peter's (154 East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue; Lower Lobby).

The special exhibit of Mr. Morgan's designs is open to the public, and will be available for viewing through the summer. 

A member of United Scenic Artists, Mr. Morgan's recent designs include Cagney (York Theatre Company and Westside Theatre); Finian's Rainbow (Irish Rep); The Mousetrap (Cape Playhouse); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Peterborough Players, NH Theatre Award-Best Scenic Design); Marry Harry, Closer Than Ever, Storyville, and Inventing Mary Martin (York Theatre Company); and Spamalot (Geva). Other designs of his represented in the exhibit include York's Pacific Overtures (1984), No Way To Treat A Lady (Drama Desk nomination, 1977), Sweeney Todd (York's production at Circle in the Square,1989; Drama Desk nomination), the Irish Rep's Pigtown (Hewes Design Award, 2003) and Caldwell Theatre Company's Falsettoland (Carbonell Award).  He has numerous graphic design and directing credits, as well.

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org<http://www.yorktheatre.org/>.
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And that's the scoop. If you have information regarding upcoming shows or events in the NY/NJ/PA area you would like considered for inclusion in a future Sunday Scoop post, please contact us through our contact page.

Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Funtivity Friday - Paper Cup Pyramids

Have you ever tried to build a pyramid out of paper cups? We have. It's not so easy. Just when you think you are getting somewhere it all comes crashing down.  However, Aurella perservered and was finally able to build a successful paper cup pyramid approximately 24 cups high. She also built a smaller one of 4 cups high.  See picture below:


What would you or have you ever tried to make a pyramid out of?

Enjoy!

Tune in Sunday for this week's Sunday Scoop.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Theater Thursday- On Your Feet and War Paint

What: On Your Feet

Where: Marquis Theatre
             1501 Broadway
             Floor 14
             New York, NY

Who: Ages 10 and up
Me -  I recently got to see On Your Feet. We were in New York, and we had some extra time so we entered the Hamilton digital lottery. Of course, we didn't win. However, some of the show lotteries were still not over then so we entered the On Your Feet digital lottery, and we actually won. We were so excited! We never won a Broadway show digital lottery before although actually the only digital Broadway show lottery we ever entered before was Hamilton, but we entered that one a few different times. On Your Feet is a really good show. My Mom had seen it before but I hadn't. It is about Gloria and Emilio Estefan. I liked the music. I really liked a lot of the songs. I was familiar with the songs before I went to the show. Some of them I still don't know as well and some of them I didn't know well before I saw the show. The acting and singing and dancing in the show were all excellent!  I pretty much liked all the characters in the show. I didn't have a favorite. The story was interesting. I knew a little about Gloria and Emilio Estefan before I went to the show but not a lot. I liked learning about their lives. It was very fascinating. I liked the way the show ended with a mini concert and they all sang. All in all, it was very enjoyable show, and I would highly suggest seeing it if you have the opportunity before it closes on August 20.

For more information about On Your Feet or to purchase tickets visit www.onyourfeetmusical.com

And that's Aurella's view. For Mom's view of On Your Feet  go here
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What: War Paint

Where: Nederlander Theatre
             208 W. 41 St.
            New York, NY

Who: Teens and Up
Mom's view: The best thing about War Paint is that it is the opportunity to see two of American's finest stage actresses, Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole strutting their stuff. Lupone plays Helena Rubenstein and Ebersole plays Elizabeth Arden in this tale of the two famous warring cosmetic titans. Neither actress disappoints. Their acting and singing are both wonderful. The supporting cast especially Douglass Sills and John Dossett are good too. The sets are interesting and the costumes are beautiful. The show is not the most interesting, however, and the songs are not very memorable. The show is not very historically accurate either. While in reality  allegedly the two woman never met, for purposes of the show, several scenes have been contrived to make it at least appear as if the two women were at the same place at the same time.  It is definitely not a show for young children who would be bored. However, older children who are particular fans of the theater might appreciate the chance to see these two fine actresses. All in all this is definitely a show that is worth seeing for its cast.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.warpaintmusical.com

Tune in tomorrow for Funtivity Friday.
Photo credits: All On Your Feet photos by Matthew Murphy
                     All War Paint photos by Joan Marcus

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Where-To-Go Wednesday- Free Tours By Foot New York: Brooklyn Bridge/Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO Tour

What: Brooklyn Bridge/Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO

Where: Starts at Jacob Mould Fountain in City Hall Park, Broadway, New York, NY
              Ends at Brooklyn Bridge Park

When: Visit web-site at http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/new-york-tours/ for schedule

Who: 15 and up


Me - The Brooklyn Bridge/Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO Tour was fascinating. I learned a lot on this tour. We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. It took an hour to walk across the whole bridge. The view was nice. It was long though and my feet hurt after that. If you go, you should wear comfortable shoes and be well rested. Near the bridge a lot of people sell water bottles for only $1.00. You're not a allowed to chain locks to the bridge so they have signs that sign no locks with a picture of a lock and yes lox with a picture of a bagel with lox. They also have other sings that say "No Locks Yes Love." When we got to Brooklyn we walked around. We saw a lot of old historic homes. Some of them were where famous people used to live. We also saw a carousel. We went to the Park near where the ferry's come in. We went to where Washington escaped from the British during the battle of Brooklyn. All in all, it was a very fun tour, and I would highly recommend taking the time to go if you have a chance.

Mom - If you don't mind walking and you want to explore the area of Brooklyn in the vicinity of the Brooklyn Bridge, Free Tours by Foot's Brooklyn Bridge/Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO Tour is a great choice. There are at least a couple of different guides who cover this tour. However, we would recommend our tour guide, Dante Salerno, who is very personable and knowledgeable. The tour will will actually give you the opportunity to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn. You won't want to miss it. The views from the Bridge are spectacular. If you don't think you will be able to make it over the Bridge without getting tired, don't worry the tour takes several informative stops along the way which gives you times to rest up before you continue your journey. Once you get to the Brooklyn side of the Bridge, you will visit Brooklyn Heights and see  a variety of beautiful buildings some of which were once owned by famous people like Norman Mailer or Arthur Miller. You will learn a little history. You will also visit the Brooklyn Promenade for even more beautiful views. On the DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge) part of the tour, you will see how the neighborhood is changing from industrial to more residential. All in all, if you are not a young child or someone who is unable to walk for a long period of time, you will enjoy this tour especially if you are particularly interested in history, architecture or scenic walking tours. 


And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tips for Tuesday - Paddington at Large, The Duke of Bannerman Prep and From Bud to Blow

We may have been given some of the below mentioned books for review purposes. This post may also contain affiliate links. If you click on a link and make a purchase, we may be compensated. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own,
Me - Today I  am recommending Paddington at Large by Michael Bond. This book is about Paddington and the Browns, and Paddington's friend. Mr. Gruber. In this book, Paddington had a lot of adventures with Mr. Gruber. For example, they went to the symphony and then, another time, they had a picnic. Paddington always gets into a lot of trouble. This  book is very funny. It is one of the best Paddington books. Children who like funny books and bears or specifically Paddington would love this book.

Mom - Today I am recommending two books. Both deal with people who get caught up in bad situations.
The first is Tanner McKay a high school student in The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie  A. Nelson. Tanner's talent for debate has gotten him a scholarship to prestigious Bannerman Prep where he is paired up with the mysterious Duke who rules the school. It is Tanner's one chance to get a scholarship to a good college and overcome his humble beginnings to make something of himself. However, there is more to the Duke than meets the eye and Tanner's association with him may cause Tanner to lose everything he's worked for.   This book has been called a modern The Great Gatsby. The character of the Duke is a lot like Jay Gatsby. However, that is where the similarity ends. In The Great Gatsby, the narrator is much more of a background player while the narrator, Tanner McKay is much more a part of the action of the story here. In fact, the story revolves around Tanner. Also, even though the character of the Duke remains somewhat mysterious throughout the book, you still feel like you learn more about him than you do about Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby. The characters in this book are very real. They all have their flaws. They are all very fascinating as well. The story really draws you in and makes you want to keep reading to find out how it will all turn out.

The second is college student, Cory in From Bud to Blow by Brian Connor. When a hazing incident leaves Cory feeling out of control, he decides he never wants to feel that way again. Taking control of his own destiny he begins taking bets which leads to selling pot which leads to selling harder drugs which could eventually lead to Cory's downfall if he's not careful. This book is a cautionary tale. It shows how easy it is to get caught up in something that is wrong. We think of drug dealers as really bad guys not as average likable college kids like Cory. The fact that Cory remains so likable and so seemingly average throughout the story keep the story likable and keeps you wanting to read the story through to its conclusion. The book also helps you see how a basically good person could get caught up in a bad situation and how hard it is to get out of it once you're in it. 

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The 2017 Tony Awards

The 2017 Tony Awards were held on Sunday June 11, 2017 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Me - I liked watching the Tony Awards even though I hadn't seen most of the shows that won awards. Also, my favorite show of the past year wasn't nominated for many awards. I did see Groundhog Day, Anastasia and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Groundhog Day and Anastasia didn't win any awards though. Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 won a couple though. My favorite part of the show was the musical numbers. My favorite musical numbers were the ones from Dear Evan Hansen and Come From Away. Even though I hadn't seen those shows the music is good.  I didn't really like the choice of musical numbers from the shows I had seen. I was disappointed that the cast of Anastasia didn't perform. That is one of my favorite shows, and I like every song from that show. Now, that the Tony Awards are over, I am excited about the new theater season. I look forward to next year's Tony. I hope next year I have seen a lot of the shows that are up for win and Tonys.

Mom - I always love the Tony Awards. I especially enjoy the musical numbers. This year I had actually seen a lot of the musicals that were up for awards including all four Best New Musical nominees. While I enjoyed all of them, I definitely thought that some of them had much better songs than the ones they chose to sing during the awards show. I did not see any of the plays that were up for awards. Although I see a lot of plays Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway, on Broadway I usually see many more musicals than plays. I liked how they had each of the playwrights whose play was up for Best New Play talk about their play. When they just have actors perform a scene from the play, it is often hard to tell what the play is really about. Kevin Spacey did a decent job hosting the show. When I first heard he was hosting I didn't think he would be very good because I think of him as being a serious actor and not really funny. Award shows always go better when the host can be funny. Kevin Spacey wasn't bad though. He wasn't the best host ever, but he wasn't the worst.  All in all, it was a nice official end to the 2016/2017 season. I looking forward to seeing the 2017/2018 season unfold, and I hope I get to see a lot of the shows.

For a full list of Tony Award Winners go to
http://www.tonyawards.com/en_US/nominees/winners.html.

To watch performances from the 2017 Tony Awards go to http://www.playbill.com/article/watch-the-musical-performances-from-the-2017-tony-awards.

For our view of some of this year's Tony winning shows go to

Theater Thursday - Dear Evan Hansen

Theater Thursday - Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

Theater Thursday - Come From Away

We will be featuring a review of Hello Dolly shortly as well as several shows that were nominated for but did not win Tony Awards.

For even more about this years Tony nominated shows or to  purchase tickets to any of the nominated shows visit the below web-sites:

Musicals:*

For Anastasia:anastasiabroadway.com
For Bandstand bandstandbroadway.com
For Come From Away comefromaway.com
For Dear Evan Hansen  dearevanhansen.com
For Groundhog Day the Musical groundhogdaymusical.com
For Hello Dolly hellodollyonbroadway.com.
For Miss Saigon saigonbroadway.com
For Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 greatcometbroadway.com
For War Paint warpaintmusical.com

*Tony nominated musicals Falsettos and Holiday Inn have already concluded their limited runs.

Plays:**

For A Doll's House Part 2 dollshousepart2.com
For Indecent indecentbroadway.com - This show will only be running through June 25
For The Little Foxes littlefoxesbroadway.com - This show will only be running through July 2
For Oslo lct.org/shows/oslo-broadway
For The Play That Goes Wrong broadwaygoeswrong.com
For Present Laughter laughteronbroadway.com - This show will only be running through July 2
For Sweat sweatbroadway.com - This show will only be running through June 25

**The plays Arthur Miller's The Price, The Front Page, The Glass Menagerie, Jitney, The Present, and Six Degrees of Separation have already closed.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.
Photo credit: photo credit: sethoscope red stage curtains via photopin (license)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday Scoop Week of 6/18/17 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Upcoming at the Franklin Institute:
Night Skies in the Observatory
222 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

An evening of ‘out of this world’ astronomy activities hosted by Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts. ‘Night Skies at the Observatory’ is a monthly stargazing event connecting you to celestial objects in the night sky including stars, planets, and nebulae using telescopes in Bloom Observatory or at ‘Ben’s Starlight Lounge’ on our 5th floor rooftop observationTra deck, featuring a cash bar. Build your own experience from any combination of planetarium shows, a live presentation on astronomy or space science, hands-on astronomy activities and continuous telescopic observing all evening (weather permitting). The program is staffed with knowledgeable observers and free star maps are provided.

For more information or to purchase click here
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Upcoming at the State Theatre New Jersey
Travis Tritt & Glenn Burtnik's Beatles Bash
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

Thursday June 22 , 8:00 PM
Travis Tritt

For more information or to purchase tickets  click here

Saturday June 24, 8:00 PM
Glen Burtnik's Beatles Bash
Celebrating 50th Anniversary of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

For more information or to purchase tickets click here
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Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre:
Measure for Measure
1200 Old Trenton 
West Windsor, NJ

June 23 - July 2

An unflinching look at the confusion between lust and love, and goodness and self-righteousness, Shakespeare  explores who sins the most among a congregation of murderers, pimps, politicians, whores, nuns, and nobles. Shakespeare's electrifying exploration of the arrogance of power hovers tantalizingly between comedy and tragedy.

For more information or to purchase click here
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Upcoming at iPlay America:
World Kickboxing Championship 10
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ

Saturday June 24
Doors 6:00 PM – First Fight: 7:00 PM

Dead Serious brings World Class Kickboxing Championship 10 to iPlay America! The ACTION is back and bigger than ever! If you are ready for a rage in the cage, then get your tickets now to see the best in kickboxing LIVE at iPlay America! Dead Serious MMA is an organization that is on the move and making an impact in the mixed martial arts fight community. Dead Serious is taking their fighters to the next level and helping them to achieve their goals! Dead Serious is a feeder program for Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat which is the number one promotion in the USA for sending fighters to the UFC! Make your reservations NOW!

For more information or to purchase tickets click here
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Upcoming at Symphony Space:
Chelsea Clinton's New Book, She Persisted
2537 Broadway
New York, NY

In her new children's book, She PersistedChelsea Clinton celebrates 13 American women who helped shape our country through their tenacity--sometimes by speaking out, sometimes by holding their ground, and sometimes by not taking "no" for an answer. She Persisted shares the stories of women who relentlessly pursued their goals in the face of opposition, including Harriet Tubman, Nellie Bly, Maria Tallchief, and Oprah Winfrey. The event is co-produced with Bank Street Book Store. 

For more information or to purchase tickets click here
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The 2017 Jimmy Awards
THE 2017 NATIONAL STUDENT SHOWCASE TO TAKE PLACE ON JUNE 26TH
AT BROADWAY’S MINSKOFF THEATRE

Hosted by 2017 Tony Award® Winner
BEN PLATT
Currently starring in Dear Evan Hansen

TO PURCHASE TICKETS!

THE JIMMY® AWARDS is pleased to announce that 74 high school students from across America will competefor the award for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress as well as other honors and scholarships at the ninth annual awards ceremony. The presentation will take place on Monday, June 26th at 7:30PM at the Minskoff Theatre, 200 West 45th Street in Manhattan.Tickets can be purchased by visiting JIMMYAWARDS.COM or TICKETMASTER.COM and range from $39 to $95. Premium seats are $250.
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Upcoming at the Children's Museum 
of the Arts:
Pride Festival
103 Charlton St.
New York, NY

June 25
Celebrate the LGBT Community

Join in a celebration of LGBT pride. Create artwork inspired by LGBT artists, join in performances by members from the LGBT community, and more!

For more information click here
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PR Firm Roundup

News from BroadwayCon

BROADWAYCON ADDS
ARIANA DEBOSE, GIDEON GLICK,
GRAFF, NICHOLAS BARASCH,
AND DOUG WRIGHT

BroadwayCon is pleased to announce that Nicholas Barasch, Ariana DeBose, Gideon Glick, Randy Graff, and Doug Wright have joined the Special Guest lineup for BroadwayCon 2018. BroadwayCon will return to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Friday, January 26 through Sunday, January 28, 2018. Tickets for BroadwayCon 2018 are available for purchase now at www.BroadwayCon.com/register.
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News from DKC

WESTFIELD ANNOUNCES UP CLOSE: MICHELANGELO’S SISTINE CHAPEL

Limited time exhibit to tour eight cities nationwide beginning June 23rdin Lower Manhattan’s landmark
The Oculus

Westfield Corporation announced today the debut of UP CLOSE: MICHELANGELO’S SISTINE CHAPEL,an immersive limited time exhibit of museum quality, near-life size reproductions of the iconic masters frescos that adorn the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

The exhibit debuts in New York running June 23-July 23 in The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center, followed by a six week exhibition at Westfield Garden State Plaza September 1-October 15 and six subsequent cities:  Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, Chicago and Annapolis, MD. Tickets for the exhibit at the Westfield World Trade Center start at $15 and are on sale now at www.westfield.com/upclose.

The breathtaking UP CLOSE: MICHELANGELO’S SISTINE CHAPEL allows visitors to experience one of the world’s greatest artistic achievements: Michelangelo’s renowned ceiling frescoes from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, reproduced in near original size in a format that allows viewers to get face to face with the artist’s masterpieces. Through 34 reproductions artfully displayed in an immersive environment, this innovative presentation of world renowned pieces like The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement brings audiences up close to the artwork; a perfect experience for those who have seen the pieces in their grandeur in Rome and want a closer look, or have never made the trip but want to experience the wonder and beauty themselves.

For art lovers and the devout both, this exhibit allows a way to experience the work in a contemporary and curated experience, uncluttered, self-timed and in-depth.  Guests may enhance their experience by adding an optional audio guide, with narrative accompaniment available in 4 languages. Audio guides are available for $3 and are also included in some special ticket packages.

The exhibit will be open daily from June 23-July 23 between 10am-9pm in The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center, 186 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007. Ticket prices start at $15 and are available in advance at www.westfield.com/upclose. Day of tickets are also available for sale at the Box Office. Special rates for students, seniors and members of the military are available.

Discounted group tickets for parties of 10+ are available. The exhibit space is also available for private or corporate events. To inquire about group reservations or private events, please visit http://www.westfield.com/upclose.
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News from DKC/O&M

THREE CASTS FROM

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S

CURRENT SMASH HIT BROADWAY SHOWS WILL LEAD

A SING-ALONG IN

CENTRAL PARK WITH

SING FOR HOPE

JOIN THE BROADWAY CASTS OF CATS, SCHOOL OF ROCK AND THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ON TUESDAY, JUNE 20 at 12 PM IN CENTRAL PARK

Cast members from three of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit Broadway shows will come together on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 12 PM in the Central Park Dairy (Mid-park between 64th and 65th Street) for a special public sing-along at their custom Sing for Hope Piano. Now celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Sing for Hope has created the country’s largest annual public arts project, reaching an estimated 2 million New Yorkers annually across the five boroughs. This summer marks the placement of the 400th artist-designed piano to date. Cast members from CATSSchool of Rock – The Musical, and The Phantom of The Opera combined forces to design and paint a special Andrew Lloyd Webber piano.

Fans are invited to join the three casts for a fun lunch-time sing-along featuring, “Mr. Mistoffelees” from CATS, “Teacher’s Pet” from School of Rock, and “The Music of the Night” from The Phantom of the Opera. All three companies will join forces to sing “Any Dream Will Do” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

The Sing for Hope Pianos are the country's largest annual public arts project reaching an estimated 2 million New Yorkers annually across the five boroughs. This summer will mark the sixth anniversary of the Sing for Hope Pianos with the placement of the 400th artist-designed piano to date, making NYC host to more street pianos than any other city in the world. After their time on the streets, Sing for Hope will transport the instruments to NYC public schools, as part of their ongoing creative programs that will enrich students' lives for years to come.

For a full list of SFH Piano locations, visit www.singforhope.org/pianos.
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News from Karen Greco PR

What's on at the Wild Project

Tuesday, June 21 – Saturday, July 1 at 8 PM
(No performance Tuesday, June 27)
WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME by Heidi Schreck, directed by Oliver Butler
(a co-production with True Love Productions)
With Heidi Schreck, Danny Wolohan, and Rosdely Ciprian
 
It’s 1989 and Heidi is trying to earn enough money to go to college by giving speeches about the Constitution in American Legion Halls across the country. When she loses the first round to Becky Dobbins because her speech isn’t personal enough, she decides to go deep. Starting with her great great grandmother, a mail-order bride who died of “melancholia,” she traces the effects of a single sentence of the Ninth Amendment on generations of women in her family – and on the violent men they married. 
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News from Michelle Tabnick PR

TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series


Moonshadow - June 19, 2017 at 7pm
A romantic comedy by Bryan D. Leys, directed by Charles Abbott, former artistic director of Maine State Music Theatre, and presented by Sharon Weiss and Eileen B. Weiss of Tweiss Productions (Hell's Belles, Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking, Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging). Starring Broadway notables Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll and HydeLes Miserablesas well as Empty Nesters in a previous TRU Series) and Amy Bodnar (Ragtime, revival of Oklahoma!, off-Broadway's What We Wanted).
A '60s radical is in for a radical change. What happens when a Yippie agitator arrives in Buffalo to promote his new book?  Will it just be another appearance at Barnes & Noble or will he rekindle a 30- year-old affair?  Moonshadow is a comedy about recognition, resurrection and romance.

Radio Galaxy - June 26, 2017 at 7pm
A new play by Michele Aldin Kushner whose 31 Bond was commissioned and produced by Brooklyn Lyceum and has had three shows in FringeNYC (Dear AmericaThe Program and The Text of Sex); directed by Daisy Walker, assistant director of Jersey Boys (Broadway, national tour, regional), former artistic associate at Classic Stage Company. The producing team includes Jeanette Bonner, founder of Kelly's Pool Hall Productions & creator of Ghost Light: the Web Series and the upcoming series The Scoop; Jessica McCoy, who was associate producer of gUN COUNTRY at A.R.T./NY this spring and is associate producer of off-Broadway's upcoming The Crusade of Connor Stephens and producer of Night Tide at New York Musical Festival, her past productions include the Virginia regional premieres of The Motherf*cker With The Hat and Or, at Live Arts Theater, Charlottesville, VA; and Melissa Nally, associate producer of The Wrong Box and Morgan Street, plus shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

The stakes and potential risks of bone marrow donation and racial, cultural and class differences spark conflicts between the two families, and a 17 year-old science prodigy is caught in the middle. His newly discovered sister's life - and his dream - hangs in the balance. 
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Theater Resources Unlimited and The Playroom Theatre
present the TRU June Panel
Survival Strategies for Non-Profits,
and the Current Funding Environment

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present theTRU June Panel -Survival Strategies for Non-Profits, and the Current Funding Environment on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 7:30pm (doors open for networking at 7pm) at The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC 10036.  For more details, visit http://truonline.org/events/survival-strategies/.

With panelists Lawrence E. McCullough, Ph.D., Arts & Media Specialist, Skye Consulting; Stacey McMath, director of Program Services at the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA); and Heather Woodfield, Executive Director of One Percent for Culture, a city-wide cultural advocacy organization, and a practicing artist specializing in interactive performance.

Doors open at 7:00pm for networking and refreshments, roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm - come prepared with your best 30 second summary of who you are, and what you need. Free for TRU members; $15 for non-members  ($12.50 in advance online athttp://truonline.org/events/25-years-of-tru/). You may also reserve by phone at least a day in advance (or much sooner): 212-714-7628, or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com.


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NAI-NI CHEN DANCE COMPANY
presents
The New York Premiere of
CROSSCURRENT

June 22-24, 2017 at 7:30pm

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will present the New York Premiere of Ms. Chen's CrossCurrent, a collection of new works created on her journey as an immigrant artist attempting to reconcile the two cultures inside her, one she was born into, the other she chose to join.  Performances:  June 22-24, 2017at 7:30pm at Martha Graham Studio Theater on the penthouse level, 55 Bethune St, New York, NY 10014. Tickets: $30; $15, info: 800-650-0246 or www.nainichen.org/NYSeason.

Opening CrossCurrent will be Earth, a 2010 work to the commissioned music from Gerald Chenoweth, in which she explores the essence of the Chinese Taoist's belief that the essential elements of the physical world are made up by five elemental energies symbolized by Wood, Fire, Water, Metal and Earth.  These elemental energies both substantiate and annihilate each other.  Chinese medicine and Fengshui are both heavily influenced by this idea of the five elements.  The central element, Earth, can be used to annihilate the power of water, and substantiate the power of metal.    In this dance, Nai-Ni Chen uses the space on stage as her canvas to create a moving landscape that flows like lava in the center of the planet, waiting for an opening to explode.   The movement language she created for this dance is based on trance, breathing, and continuous spiral motion that is central to Tai Chi and other forms of Chinese Martial Art. 

Calligraffiti Variations (New York Premiere) is a new work to the music of Huang Ruo, based on the common experience of many Chinese artist's first encounter with New York and its Graffiti art. The journey of an immigrant adapting to the new homeland is full of struggle and discovery.  In this new dance, Ms. Chen attempts to illustrate this by looking at the elegant and graceful line of Chinese calligraphy and the bold, colorful street art she sees on subways and buildings of New York City.  This contrast is a parallel of an immigrant's journey.  We strive to honor the tradition and at the same time advance the state of the art towards the future through our unique, everyday cross-cultural experience.

Bamboo Rap (New York Premiere), inspired by the amazing spoken work art form of Kuaiban originated in Beijing over 100 years ago and still practiced today.  It is a unique folk art where storytellers accompany their own vocal performance with the rhythmic sound of a pair asymmetrical bamboo clappers. In this dance, Nai-Ni explores the marvelous rhythmic innovations created by the exotic percussion instruments and the spoken Chinese language. The dance is choreographed by using the sound and rhythm as inspiration to create a movement language responding to the flow of spoken words.

Uncharted Destiny (World Premiere), is inspired by the human experience of migration, which is sometimes inspiring, sometimes unsettling but always arresting.  In an Untitled work of Nai-Ni Chen's favorite poet, Bei Dao:

sorrow that comes from afar
is a form of power
that I used to saw tables
some people depart for love
while a palace in pursuit of storms
journeys past many kingdoms

Info
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presents CrossCurrent
Thu June 22 , Fri. June 23 and Sat June 24  7:30pm
Martha Graham Studio Theater on the penthouse level of 55 Bethune St, New York, NY 10014
Tickets: $30; $15 for students/seniors/children 12 & under

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South Street Seaport Museum
announces new exhibition
Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914

The South Street Seaport Museum announces its newest exhibition, Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914 beginning on June 23, 2017, open Wednesday-Sunday 11am-7pm, at the Museum's mezzanine gallery level, accessible from the main entrance of the Museum on 12 Fulton Street. An Opening Reception will be held Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 7-9pm, RSVP required

Visit southstreetseaportmuseum.org for reservation info.

Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914 is one of the first exhibitions to examine, side-by-side, the dichotomy between First Class and Third Class passengers aboard ocean liners in the early 20th century.

This exhibition will feature both original and reproduced artifacts from the South Street Seaport Museum's permanent collection including ocean liner memorabilia and ephemera, ceramics, and luggage trunks from both immigrants and First Class passengers. The exhibition will highlight a few ship models of New York Harbor working vessels that played critical roles in immigration, including a model of the Museum's lightship Ambrose (LV-87).

Lectures and all-ages public programs will take place throughout the length of the exhibition.

The exhibition is included with Museum admission: South Street Seaport Museum members: FREE, $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $6 for children ages 2 - 17.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org/ or in person at 12 Fulton St.

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SATELLITE COLLECTIVE 
announces
SATELLITE FILM ORIGINALS
June 266-8pm
Bowery Arts and Sciences
308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

Satellite Film Originals is an evening of original film and video created in collaboration with Satellite choreographers, composers and artists. For the first time Satellite will premiere a full program of film, video and original scores in partnership with Bowery Arts and Sciences.  Tickets are free; rsvp in advance to kevin@satellite-collective.org.

In a few short seasons Satellite Collective has created a body of short film, video and original film scores in collaboration with composers and choreographers, poets and writers. Satellite Film Originals will feature "Twin Star Event" and "Edie Leaves Twice" the first and second parts of a multi-year trilogy of films in collaboration with resident Film Maker Lora Robertson, with composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone, and librettos by Kevin Draper. Scores for the films are by Ellis, and Stelth Ulvang of The Lumineers.

FIRST IN A SERIES OF EVENTS LEADING TO THE PREMIERE OF "NARCISSUS" - AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

Satellite Film Originals is the first event in a series leading to the premiere of "Narcissus" - an immersive experience inspired by Ballet Russes. This season, Satellite produces a series of showings, events and surprises, leading to the Spring 2018 premiere of their new large scale collaborative work under Artistic Director Kevin Draper.
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News from Polk and Co.

A Roundabout Road to Broadway
A Special 50th Anniversary Film

Wins Top Honors From All Four Awards

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) is thrilled to announce the 22-minute film A Roundabout Road to Broadway, directed by Andrew Lawton, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the not-for-profit theatre company has won top honors from the AVA Digital Awards, the Telly Awards, the Hermes Creative Awards and the Creative International Awards. The four awards honor creative professionals involved with planning and design of all digital arts and communication.

A Roundabout Road to Broadway pulled back the curtain to reveal the daring risks, artistic leaps of faith, and blood, sweat and tears that drove the evolution of Roundabout Theatre Company, one of NYC's most beloved cultural  institutions. The special 50th anniversary film aired on February 6, 2016 on NBC 4 New York, was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and featured interviews with Alec Baldwin, Laura Benanti, Matthew Broderick, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Adam Driver, JNake Gyllenhaal, Stephen Karam, Jane Krakowski, Frank Langella, Audra McDonald, Dame Helen Mirren, Liam Neeson, Christopher Plummer and many more.

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary last year, Roundabout Theatre Company and NBC 4 New York established a year-long partnership bringing the best of the company’s theatrical works and community endeavors to NBC 4 New York’s audiences.

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News from Richard Hillman PR

ELVIS IS IN THE HOUSE
OPEN NOW!

NEW YORK PREMIERE
ATTACK OF THE ELVIS IMPERSONATORS
THE ZANY MUSICAL COMEDY THAT LEAVES YOU HOWLING FOR MORE
BOOK, MUSIC, LYRICS BY LORY LAZARUS
DIRECTED BY DON STEPHENSON
CHOREOGRAPHY BY MELISSA ZAREMBA
MUSIC DIRECTION, ARRANGEMENTS AND ORCHESTRATIONS BY BENJAMIN RAUHALA
AT THE LION THEATRE AT THEATRE ROW

TICKETS ON SALE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

Elvis is in the house!  Opening Night of the New York premiere of Attack of the Elvis Impersonators, the zany new musical that will leave you howling for more, with book, music and lyrics by Lory Lazarus, at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues) is TOMORROWJune 15, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

When Drac Frenzie, a burnt-out world famous heavy metal icon decides to save himself from self-destruction by impersonating Elvis, a miracle occurs -- which leads him to not only saving himself, but also the world.

This show satirizes everything from topics of self-identity, society, organized religion and the state of humanity all in an insanely riotous way! Attack of the Elvis Impersonators will make you howl as it converts you to Hound Dog: the new religion of peace.

Attack of the Elvis Impersonators plays the following performance schedule:  Thursdays at 8:00 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., and Mondays at 8:00 p.m.  (There are no Tuesday or Wednesday performances.)

Tickets for Attack of the Elvis Impersonators are priced at $79 with Premium Seats available at $99. Tickets may be purchased at Telecharge.com /212-239-6200.
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