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

Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday - Mini Scoop - Don't Miss the Last At This Performance Concert of the Season!

Musicals Tonight! continues its ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates with its next edition of 

Sunday, April 2nd  
The Lion Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street 
Hosted by series Producing Artistic Director and Casting Director Stephen DeAngelis, the popular series allows performers to showcase their versatility and share anecdotes about their experiences. Performers scheduled for April 2nd are:

Britney Coleman (Understudy for the role of Betty Schaeffer  in the Broadway revival of Sunset Boulevard), Ashley Perez Flanagan (Understudy for the roles of Sonya, Mary, Opera Singer and Servant in the Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), Linedy Genao (Understudy for the role of Gloria Estefan in the Broadway production of On Your Feet!); Destinee Rea (Standby for the roles of Suzanne, Georgette, Gina, Philomene, Amandine, Sylvia and Collignon’s Mother in the Broadway production of Amelie, A New Musical); Lianah Sta. Ana(Alternate for the role of Kim in the Broadway revival of Miss Saigon), Antoine L. Smith (Understudy for the role of John in the Broadway revival of Miss Saigon), Sean Thompson (Understudy for the role of Joe Gillis in the Broadway revival of Sunset Boulevard) and Mckayla Twiggs(Standby for the roles of Little Anastasia and Alexei Romanov in the Broadway production of Anastasia)Musical Director/Accompanist for the evening will be Eugene Gwozdz.
At This Performance… debuted in October 2003 and to date has showcased the talents of 855 Standbys, Understudies and Alternates who have covered 3963 roles in 465 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.
Tickets are $32.25 each and are available through Telecharge (212) 239-6200 or at the Box Office. 

For more about At This Performance Concerts go to our previous posts:

Funtivity Friday - Lollipop Taste Testing

We taste tested  different flavors of Dum Dum lollipops to see which flavors we liked and  which flavors we didn't like. Below are  our results.

Flavors We Like

Green apple
Mystery pink

Flavors We Don't Like

Bubble gum
Lemon lime
Mystery green

What flavors of lollipops do you like?


Tune in tomorrow for a Saturday Special.
photo credit: 123 Chroma Pixels IMG_7484 via photopin (license)o.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Theater Thursday - Waitress, Pippin, and Ring Twice for Miranda

What: Waitress

Where: Brooks Atkinson Theatre    
             256 W. 47th St.
             New York, NY

Who: Teens and Up
Me - Waitress was amazing! Everything about it is great. The story is interesting. The acting is awesome. Even though most of the cast has already changed from the original cast, it's still a great show. We saw it when Jesse Mueller still played the lead role of Jenna. However, she recently left the show. Sarah Barielle's, who wrote the songs, will soon be taking over temporarily. That should be interesting. One original cast member still in the show is Christopher Fitzgerald. He plays Ogie. There is this one number that he does called Never Ever Getting Rid of Me. It is the funniest number ever. It is hilarious! Over all, I love the songs. They are wonderful! I go around all the time singing them. It's practically all I ever want to listen to. I like all the songs, and I can't pick a favorite although there are some I like better than others. The show has a lot of funny parts. It is hilarious. They actually sell real pies at the theater. They are very small and cost a lot. However, they smell and taste delicious. The whole theater smells like apple pie. There is actually an oven in the lobby where they bake a pie, but they don't sell that one. They sell ones that are ready made. I love all the interesting pies that the character of Jenna makes up in the show. You can actually get a recipe book of those pies, but I don't know if they sell it at the theater or not. It is the best show ever, and I would really highly recommend you go see it!
We were given free tickets to Pippin for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.
What: Pippin

Where: State Theatre, New Jersey
             15 Livingston Ave.
             New Brunswick, NJ 
             (For future tour dates and locations go to http://www.pippinthemusical.com/index.php)
When: March 24, 2017

Who: Teens and Up
Me - I enjoyed Pippin. The story was very different than anything I have seen before. It was about a guy who was trying to find his purpose in life, and in the process he tried all these different things. It was good and entertaining.  It was a very funny show. The characters were unique in interesting ways. There was even a duck, but it wasn't a real duck. The acting was good. I liked the songs too. My favorite is Corner of the Sky. However, a lot of the songs are good. I had heard a lot of the songs before because my mom, and my dad, and my sister saw the show before even though I didn't. There were a lot of really cool circus parts in the show. They made the show more interesting. Even though they had all the circus elements they still had some dance in it too. The dance was nice. If you ever have the chance you should go see it, it's a good show.
Mom - Pippin is a great show. It is one of those rare shows where it is a toss up as to who enjoys it more the cast or the audience. It is full of interesting characters and delightful memorable songs. Probably the most famous song from the show is Corner of the Sky. However, the rest of the score is really great too. The current touring version of the show which recently played the State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick, New Jersey is based on the Broadway revival of the show. This version of the show played on Broadway from 2013 to 2015 and was nominated for ten Tonys and won four including Best Revival of a Musical. This version of the show had some small changes to the plot, but the biggest difference was the addition of circus elements to the show. The circus elements work well for the story and are very entertaining. They include acrobatics, balancing and even the character of a grandmother swinging on a trapeze. Having seen both the tour and the Broadway version of the show, I can definitely say, the tour is of equal caliber to the Broadway version. The cast is equally talented and equally suited to their roles. Over all, the show is equally as entertaining. It is just a blast of fun from beginning to end.
We were given free tickets to Ring Twice for Miranda for review purposes. Any and all opinions are our own.

What: Ring Twice for Miranda

Where: City Center Stage II
             131 W. 55th St.
             New York, NY

When: Now through April 16, 2017

Who: Recommended for Ages 16 and Up
Mom - If you are looking for a light happy show, this is not it. However, if you are fascinated by doomsday scenarios and what will happen if the world descends into chaos, you may enjoy it. The world of the show is ruled by a character named Sir whose house is haven from the hell that the outside world has become, and he gets to decide who stays and who goes. Miranda is the maid who keeps him entertained but not in the way you would think. Elliot is the butler, and when he is thrown out she goes with him. They'll have to try to survive on the mean streets or find a way to get back into Sir's house and his good graces. The show is well written and well acted and definitely not predictable. The interesting set makes good use of the small stage. If you are interested in a completely unique theatrical experience, you may want to give this show a try.
And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Funtivity Friday.
Photo credits: All Ring Twice for Miranda photos by Russ Rowland

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Whitney Museum of American Art

We were given free tickets to The Whitney Museum for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.
What: Whitney Museum of American Art

Where: 99 Ganssevoort St.
            New York, NY

Who: All ages

Me -The Whitney Museum of American Art was enjoyable. We went on a Kid's Tour. It was fascinating.   We saw a stained glass window with a lot of symbols in it. There were these weird moving mannequins in bathing suits with virtual reality glasses on. There were these sculptures that looked like chairs. They also had a chair that looked like a piece of art but you could actually sit on it.  A lot of people could sit on it at once. The part of it that  looked soft was hard, and the part of  it that looked hard was really comfortable. There was a section with paintings that had legs attached to them holding them up. There were a bunch of banners hanging from the ceiling. In the stairwell there were these different kinds of mannequins. One was a giant baby. It was creepy. There was even art work outside and you could go outside on different floors of the museum. One of the outside exhibits was these giant plastic cubes. There was a lot of snow on the ground when we visited the museum, and it looked like the snow was in the cubes. You could also see your reflection in them. There were trees in one section but that was inside. I don't know what trees have to do with art  anyway. They were pretty and colorful though. There was an area called Open Studio where kids and the adults with them got to make art. There was a picture of bathtub by a window. There was this purple couch. There was another section were there were these tiles and sinks, and it looked like a bathroom. Over all, it was a really fun place.

Mom's view: There are lot of art museums in New York and some of them are not very family friendly. Some even have minimum age requirements. That is not the case for the Whitney Museum of American Art. The Whitney Museum of American Art  is extremely welcoming to families. In fact, they have events and activities for all ages including Strollers Tours, Kid's Tours and Open Studio time. Stroller tours are pretty self explanatory. Kid's Tours are for children ages 5 and up, and they are free with admission to the museum.  They are given about 3 times a day on Saturdays. However, you must sign up  in advance and only a limited amount of people are allowed on each tour so if you go to the museum and you are interested in that, you should sign up right away. If you think a kid's tour is going to be an exhausting trek through the museum with a bunch of bored little kids, don't worry the tours are nothing like that. The tours are short and very interactive. They involve visits to only two different works of art. I am not sure if they are always the same two works of art or this varies, however. The two  art works are discussed in a fun way for kids where the kids are asked a lot of questions and able to give their opinions a lot. Also, kids get to search for things in the artwork and even get to do a little drawing of their own. Open studio is also on Saturdays but does not require a ticket or registration. It gives kids the opportunity to create their own works of art related to a particular work of art that is currently in the museum. Each week a different work of art is chosen for inspiration. Open Studio runs from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM. If you are not a kid and you do not have a kid and you are afraid that with all this family friendliness, the Whitney must be a noisy, crazy place with kids running all over. Don't be. It is actually pretty quiet and peaceful. Since the museum is so welcoming to kids, they are kept busy, happy and entertained  there. Therefore, they have no reason to run wild and annoy other museum guests and that makes the Whitney Museum of American Art a great place to visit for everyone.

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

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tips for Tuesday - Books: Surprises According to Humphrey and Beastia

We may have been given some of the below mentioned book for free 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 Surprises According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney. This is a book about Humphrey the classroom hamsters. There are a whole series of books about Humphrey. These books are good for kids who are not just starting to read chapter books but a little bit beyond that. The books are really funny. They are told from the hamsters point of view, and the hamster has human emotions. Kids who like funny books and books about animals would enjoy these books.
Mom - Today I am recommending Beastia by Zoe Cruz. With a new version of Beauty and the Beast currently in movie theaters, this book is very timely. It puts a unique spin on the old familiar Beauty and the Beast story. Here the beast character is a female. Rebekah Austin was not the nicest girl particularly to Jo-Ann who used to be her friend and suddenly wasn't good enough for her anymore. Then, Rebekah's Dad dies, and she gets kidnapped and deformed by a mad man, and her life turns upside down. This book with its fast moving short chapters is a really quick read. It should be required reading for all teenage girls (or any girls) who think that all they'll ever need to get by is their looks, and therefore how they treat other people doesn't matter.

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

Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday Mini Scoop- Ride the Subway for Free Courtesy of In Transit and Win A Walk on Role in Waitress



IN TRANSIT, Broadway’s first ever a cappella musical, and the MTA are teaming up to help audience members travel “Deep Beneath the City” free for one week!  From March 27 through March 31, customers who purchase a full price ticket to IN TRANSIT for any performance through April 30 will receive a FREE 7 day unlimited MetroCard.

Visit www.TelechargeOffers.com or call 212-947-8844 and use code ITMTA17 to purchase.  Customers will then receive their MetroCard with their ticket when they pick up on the night of their performance at the Circle in the Square Theatre box office (235 West 50th Street).

IN TRANSIT, a funny and poignant new Broadway musical, follows the intertwined lives of 11 New Yorkers faced with the challenges of city life.  With a groundbreaking a cappella score by a team including the creators of Pitch Perfect and Frozen, IN TRANSIT takes you on a journey with people hoping to catch the express train to their dreams—including the stops they make along the way.  Modern yet timeless, IN TRANSIT is a story about all of us, set to music that will stay with you long after the ride is over. 

Watch a sneak peek of  the opening number, "Deep Beneath the City".

For our view of In Transit go to Theater Thursday- In Transit

Tickets for IN TRANSIT range from $89 - $159 and are available, along with the full performance schedule at www.telecharge.com(212.239.6200), or in-person at the Circle in the Square Theatre box office (235 West 50th Street). 

For more information visit www.InTransitBroadway.com.


For more information click here

Starting March 31 for 10 weeks only!

For ticket discounts and/or to purchase tickets click here

A More Theater Monday Monthly Mash-up for March 2017- At This Performance and Church & State

Me - My topic for this month is  At This Performance Broadway Understudy Concerts. These concerts are really cool. The performers are really good. I would be excited to see any of the performers I've seen in a Broadway understudy concert in a show. They are really talented. The most recent At This Performance concert was Monday March 20, 2017. Performers at the show included:

The understudy for Carole King in Beautiful
Three understudies from In Transit
The understudy for Pierre in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
The understudy for Indigo in Paramour
The understudy for Emilio Estefan in On Your Feet
The understudies for the current Off Broadway production of Sweeney Todd

I can't wait for the next At This Performance concert which will be on Sunday April 2, 2017 at  The Lions Theatre at Theatre at 410 W. 42nd Street, New York, New York. For more information or to order tickets go to http://www.musicalstonight.org/.
Mom- My topic this month is Church & State. Church & State is currently playing at New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St. New York, NY. Like the current Keen Company production of When It's You, Church & State also deals with the topic of gun violence. However, unlike When It's You which overall is more of a serious drama, Church & State is billed as a comedy. A lot of it is actually very funny. The characters mainly a senator, his wife,  and his campaign manager (can be very funny and there are a lot of funny lines. The story involves a senator running for re-election who has a crisis of faith and isn't sure whether to believe in God anymore when a school shooting occurs in his town. It is well written and well acted by the talented  four person cast. In addition to the characters mentioned previously there are also a bunch of smaller roles played by the same actor. It is not a show for children due to the subject matter. However, if you are an adult and you appreciate a show that not only entertains but makes you think, this show is a good choice.
For more about Church and State or to order tickets go to https://www.churchandstatetheplay.com/

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

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.
Photo credits: All Church & State photos by Russ Rowland

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday Scoop Week of 3/26/17 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Tickets to Children's Museum of the Arts
Family Fun Day Available Now

Lucy Liu
Ben McKenzie & Morena Baccarin


Hillary Blumberg & Alex Ginsburg
Fredrica Pollack Ford & Michael Ford
Katie Heimbold & Pete Francis
Jessica & Mark Kleinknecht
Marissa McMahon
Sabrina & Michael Rudin
Allison Russo
CMA Family Day 2017
Benefitting CMA's Free Community Programs

DATE: Sunday, May 21st
TIME: 12:00PM - 4:00PM
LOCATION: 103 Charlton Street, NYC

Come join this fun-filled day of art-making for the whole family! Create collaborative art projects throughout the Museum with renowned guest artists and CMA Teaching Artists. 

Take part in workshops suitable for children of different ages, including fine arts, media/animation, and photography. 

Come get messy !

For more information or to order tickets click here
Now at Literally Alive Theater:
The Little Mermaid
Players Theatre
115 MacDougal
New York, NY

Now through April 23

Free family workshop one hour before show on Sundays

For more information or to order tickets click here
Upcoming at Merkin Concert Hall:
Steve Lehman & Selebeyone,Composer Festival, Duke Ellington,  & Mayuko Kamio, 
Kaufam Music Center
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY

Monday March 27 7:30 PM
Ecstatic Music Festival
Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone
This new collaborative project takes the conversation between jazz and hip hop to “feverish new heights” (The WIRE), drawing from Senegalese Rap, French Spectral Music, Modern Jazz, Underground Hip-Hop, Interactive Electronic and beyond. 

Sunday April 2 3:30 PM
Composer Festival
Talented Lucy Moses School and Special Music School students perform works by Spanish and Latin American composers of the past 400 Years.

Monday April 3 7:30 PM
The Music of Duke Ellington
Hosted by Rob Kapilow and featuring the virtuosic big band The Kyle Athayde Dance Party, this celebration of the 20th century's greatest jazz composer spans his long career. 

Tuesday April 4 2:00 PM
Mayuko Kamio, violin
The New York Times calls this young Japanese violinist "a radiant talent" and "an exciting young musician."
Works by Mozart, Ravel and Franck

For more information or to order tickets click here
Upcoming at Musicals Tonight:
Dubarry Was a Lady
Lion Theatre
Theatre Row
410 W. 42nd St.
New York, NY

Du Barry Was a Lady (1939) has music and lyrics by Cole Porter and starred Bert Lahr, Ethel Merman and Betty Grable

STORYLouis (Peyton Crim), has won a sweepstakes, and quits his job as washroom attendant at the Club Petite. He is in love with the club’s singer May (Jennifer Evans), but she is in love with Alex (Patrick Oliver Jones) who is unhappily married. Alex is the brother of her friend Alice (Katherine McLaughlin), who is in love with Harry (Tim McGarrigal). And Vi (Lilly Tobin) the club’s cigarette girl is in love with Louis. The Club’s owner, Kelly (Richard Rowan) hires Charlie (Ernie Pruneda), to replace Louis. Charlie helps Louis slip Alex a Mickey Finn so that he can make some headway with May. But Louis drinks it instead. With us so far? Louis dreams he is King Louis XV, that May is Madame du Barry, and that everyone else is a part of his Court except Alex who is a disloyal peasant. Several scenes and nine songs later, Louis wakes up and realizes that Alex is the man for May and goes back to being a washroom attendant. Helping to sort this out is Mark Bacon, Jamil Chokachi, Elizabeth Flanagan, Ashley Griffin, Colin Israel,Evan Maltby, Tina Scariano

SONGS INCLUDE: Friendship; Well, Did You Evah!Give Him the Ooh-La-LaIt Ain't Etiquette; But in the Morning, No!; Katie Went to Haiti.

Evenings @ 7:30: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 
FOUR Matinees @ 2:00; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Tickets are $30 at The Lion Theatre Box Office (410 West 42nd Street) OR from Telecharge 212-239-6200

For more information click here
Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre:
Big Fish
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ

Friday March 31 & April 7 8:00 PM
Saturday April 1 and 8 8:00 PM
Sunday April 2 and 9 2:00 PM

If you liked the Tim Burton movie, you will love this musical featuring music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party)!  Meet Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman, and teller of tall tales, whose larger than life stories thrill everyone around him except his skeptical son.  Will, who is getting married and expecting a child of his own, doesn't think there's any truth to the extravagant tales his father tells about catching a huge fish, meeting witches and giants, kissing mermaids or joining the circus. He doesn't even believe the story of how his father proposed to the love of his life, his wife, and Will's mother Sandra, in a field full of daffodils.

For more information or to order tickets click here
Upcoming at The New Victory Theater:
209 W. 42nd St.

The circus arts are alive and lively at The New Victory Theater with Somethinga contemporary cirque show from Milan, Italy. Featuring acrobatics, dance, theater and physical comedy, Something has something for everyone when it appears Off-Broadway from March 31 - April 16, just in time for NYC school kids’ Spring Break!

In a series of beautifully choreographed and playful vignettes, this troupe of seven combines crowd-pleasing aerial acts with physical theater and clowning to create a singular, captivating performance that appears effortless These inventive performers create silly, surreal scenes out of everyday ordinary acts, from reading a book to playing a game of poker. When they soar among the clouds suspended from a bouquet of brightly-colored balloons, or twirl among the cosmos of outer space, Something becomes the stuff of dreams.

Performance Schedule (15 performances):
Friday, March 31 at 7pm
Saturday, April 1 at 2pm / 7pm
Sunday, April 2 at 12pm / 5pm*
Saturday, April 8 at 2pm / 7pm
Sunday, April 9 at 5pm**
Wednesday, April 12 at 2pm
Thursday, April 13 at 2pm
Friday, April 14 at 2pm / 7pm
Saturday, April 15 at 2pm / 7pm
Sunday, April 16 at 12pm / 5pm

For more information or to order tickets click here.
Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey:
The Beach Boys, Southside Johnny & the Jukes
15 Livingston Ave.
New York, NY

Friday March 31, 2017 8:00 PM
The Beach Boys
Special Guest: John Stamos

For more information or to order tickets click here

Saturday April 1, 2017 8:00 PM
Southside Johnny & the Jukes

For more information or to order tickets click here
Upcoming at Lincoln Center:
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY

April 1- April 30
Lincoln Center Education has commissioned Campfire, its second original immersive theater work designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum. Created by the Trusty Sidekick Theater Company

In Campfire, Trusty Sidekick Theater will invite audiences to seat underneath a giant enclosed tent and gather around the campfire. Together, the cast and audience will gaze through binoculars, look for shooting stars, and entertain porcupines with a good joke. This intimate theater experience will use innovative puppetry and immersive staging to take audiences on a multi-sensory trip to the great outdoors.

For more information or to purchase tickets click here
Take Home a Tree Philly

This spring, there are four chances for Philadelphians to pick up a yard tree that they can enjoy for years to come. The trees are free to Philadelphia residents courtesy of Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and program sponsor TD Bank.  The TreePhilly program is offering 12 different trees to choose from, ranging from large shade trees like Red Oak to smaller fruit trees like Sweet Cherry. At each pick-up event, residents will learn how to plant and care for their new tree and receive a free bag of mulch.

Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins will be accepted during each event, while supplies last. To register, see: http://treephilly.org

Dates and Locations:
·       Saturday, April 1st, 2017, 10am-12pm
Congreso de Latinos Unidos courtyard, 216 W. Somerset St., 19133

·       Sunday, April 2nd, 2017, 12pm-2pm
South Philadelphia High School, 2101 South Broad St., 19148

·       Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 10am-12pm
Roxborough TD Bank Store, 5501 Ridge Ave., 19128

·       Sunday, April 9th, 2017, 12pm-2pm
Frankford Avenue TD Bank Store, 6635 Frankford Ave., 19135

TreePhilly’s Community Yard Tree Giveaway Grant has provided additional trees to two community organizations for distribution; for details, visit the organization’s websites: Nueva Esperanza, Inc., and Diversified Community Services.
Upcoming at Symphony Space:
Thalia's Book Club
2537 Broadway
New York, NY

Saturday, April 1 at 11 am
Discovering the Middle Ages with Adam Gidwitz and Benjamin Bagby
New York Times bestselling author Adam Gidwitz (The Inquisitor’s Tale, A Tale Dark and Grimm) and Grammy-nominated performer Benjamin Bagby will bring the Middle Ages to life through stories and song. Kids will be invited to stage a scene from The Inquisitor's Tale with Gidwitz and Bagby. Costumes are encouraged--it's April Fool’s Day, after all. A book signing will follow.
Ages 8 and up

Tickets are $16 each ($13 for Symphony Space members and groups). Visit  http://www.symphonyspace.org/events/series/96/thalia-kids-book-club for details. Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025 (Upper West Side, at 95th Street). To order Thalia Kids’ Book Club tickets, call (212) 864-5400 or email boxoffice@symphonyspace.org.
Museum of the American Revolution
Grand Opening Ceremony April 19
101 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA

Vice President Biden, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author David McCullough 
Among Opening Day Speakers for Museum of the American Revolution

Limited Tickets Will Be Available for the Opening Ceremony via Enter-to-Win Contest

Former Vice President Joe Biden, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough, and best-selling author, journalist, and political commentator Cokie Roberts have joined the roster of speakers for the Museum of the American Revolution’s grand opening ceremony on Wednesday, April 19. The date marks the 242nd anniversary of the “shot heard ‘round the world” that ignited the Revolutionary War in 1775.

The opening events will begin at 8 a.m. with a program that stretches from Washington Square to Independence Hall, and culminates on the plaza in front of the Museum, highlighting the rich Revolutionary history of Philadelphia and engaging as many people as possible.

The official dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Museum’s outdoor plaza. In addition to Biden, McCullough and Roberts, the ceremony also will include addresses by Dr. Vincent Brown, Charles Warren Professor of American History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University; Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative and CEO of Indian Nation Enterprises, and a Museum Board Member; and Colonel John E. Bircher III,representing the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Musical guests will include the Philadelphia Boys Choir and a brass quintet from the Curtis Institute of Music. Sydney James Harcourt from the original cast of the Broadway phenomenon “Hamilton” will perform songs from the show.

Tickets are required for the ceremony as space is limited. Opening ceremony tickets, which will include access to the Museum, will be available through an enter-to-win contest on www.nbc10.com/on-air/contests from April 3-14. General admission tickets to the Museum on opening day (not including the opening ceremony) are available for purchase now at www.amrevmuseum.org or by calling 267.579.3596. The Museum will be open for extended hours on opening day. 
PR RoundUp

News from Boneau/Bryan-Brown

Manhattan Theatre Club Announces
Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon
To Star in New Broadway Production of
Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Directed by
Tony Award Winner Daniel Sullivan

Two of New York’s Most Acclaimed Stage Actresses
To Play Roles of Regina and Birdie in Repertory

Previews begin Wednesday, March 29 for a Wednesday, April 19 Opening
At MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street)

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce that Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon will star in Manhattan Theatre Club’s new Broadway production of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan.

In a first for Manhattan Theatre Club, Linney and Nixon will alternate in the roles of Regina Hubbard Giddens, and Birdie Hubbard, both members of a strong-willed aristocratic Southern family. The actresses will play the roles in repertory, appearing opposite each other at each performance. 

This limited engagement of The Little Foxes will begin previews on Wednesday, March 29 and open Wednesday, April 19 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

For more information visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com
News from DKC/O & M





 Lucas Hnath’s new play, A Doll’s House, Part 2, will now begin preview performances at Broadway’s John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street) on Thursday, March 30, two days earlier than previously announced.  The opening night remains Thursday, April 27.  Tickets can now be purchased in person at the Golden Theatre box office, as well as via Telecharge.com

In the final scene of Ibsen's 1879 ground-breaking masterwork, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own. This climactic event — when Nora slams the door on everything in her life — instantly propelled world drama into the modern age.  In A Doll’s House, Part 2, many years have passed since Nora’s exit.  Now, there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why?  And what will it mean for those she left behind?



Dixon Place (Ellie Covan, Founding & Artistic Director) will present the final two performances of Angelica Page’s highly-acclaimed solo show Turning Page on Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, April 8 at 2 PM. Tickets can be purchased byvisiting www.dixonplace.org or by calling 866-811-4111.






MCC THEATER (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey and William Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director) is thrilled to announce the all-star lineup of performers set for their annual Miscast gala, celebrating the 30th Anniversary of MCC Theater.  The performers include: Tony® winners Annaleigh Ashford, Norbert Leo Butz, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jennifer Holliday and Kelli O’Hara; Tony® nominees Stephanie J. Block, Brian d’Arcy James and Brandon Victor Dixon; plus Dear Evan Hansen breakout Ben Platt and Hamilton star Mandy Gonzalez. Additional names will be announced shortly. This year’s Miscast gala will be held Monday, April 3, 2016 at The Hammerstein Ballroom (311 West 34th Street). 

To purchase gala tickets, please contact Nick Vermane at (212) 727-7722, ext. 232 or via email at nvername@mcctheater.org

For more information visit http://www.mcctheater.org/galamiscast.html.
News from John Scher/Metropolitan

Saturday, April 1, 2017
New Jersey Performing Arts Cente
Tickets, priced at $63.50 – $103.50 (plus fees) available online at NJPAC.org, by phone at 1-888-GO-NJPAC (1-888-466-5722) and in person at NJPAC Box Office 
located at 1 Center Street in Newark.  
News from Karen Greco PR

59E59 Theaters announces the 2017 BRITS OFF BROADWAY lineup
The US premiere of a rediscovered J.B. Priestley gem and a new comedy by Torben Betts anchor this year’s festival

59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to announce the 2017 line-up forBrits Off Broadway, the critically acclaimed annual festival of New British Theater. Now in its 13th Season, Brits Off Broadway kicks off on Tuesday, April 4 and runs through Sunday, July 2.  Single ticket prices range from $25 - $70 ($20 - $49 for 59E59 Members). Tickets to Brits Off Broadway go on sale to the general public on February 21, with an exclusive pre-sale for 59E59 Members beginning on February 14. Tickets are available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or online atwww.59e59.org.
Now in its 13th year, Brits Off Broadway continues to be the highlight of the spring theater season, introducing bold new artists and new British theater to adventurous New York audiences.

This years Brits Off Broadway festival opens with the story of a gambling man who places one last bet after discovering he has cancer in A GAMBLER’S GUIDE TO DYING. Henry Naylor returns to this year’s Festival with a double bill of two powerful, timely one acts: ECHOES, a story that draws astonishing parallels between the lives of a Jihadi bride and a Victorian pioneer; and ANGEL a stunning true story of a female resistance fighter most feared by ISIS.

FOSSILS whisks us off to Scotland, where a discovery in Loch Ness draws a science researcher to the famous loch in search of her missing father. IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT is a modern reworking of the enduring Greek legend set in the Splott district of Cardiff, Wales, which arrives at 59E59 Theaters after its a critically acclaimed run at The National.

A lesbian woman must come to terms with her partner’s transition in ROTTERDAM. Playwright Matthew Wilkinson returns to 59E59 Theaters with MY EYES WENT DARK, the searing story of a man who exacts his own revenge after losing his family in a plane crash. A broken down train forces a couple on a first date to communicate without their WiFi enabled devices in UNDERGROUND.

Anchoring the festival in Theater A are two British comedies from two different centuries highlighting how far the class wars have come in Britain (and also how little they’ve changed): the US premiere of a rediscovered J.B. Priestley comedic gem THE ROUNDABOUT and Torben Betts’ (Alan Ayckbourn’s protégé) madcap comedy of manners INVINCIBLE.

Full details of the 2017 Brits Off Broadway lineup:

April 4 – April 23 
A GAMBLER’S GUIDE TO DYING written and performed by Gary McNair, directed by Gareth Nicolls
Produced by Show and Tell in association with the Traverse Theatre Company
Tickets: $25 - $35 ($20 - $24.50 for 59E59 Members)

This is the story of one boy’s granddad who won a fortune betting on the 1966 soccer World Cup and, when diagnosed with cancer, gambled it all on living to see the year 2000. An intergenerational tale of what we live for and what we leave behind.

April 11 – May 7
ANGEL & ECHOES written and directed by Henry Naylor
With Avital Lvova, Serena Manteghi, and Rachel Smyth
Produced by Redbeard Theatre Ltd with Gilded Balloon Production
Tickets: $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members)

Henry Naylor returns to this year’s Brits Off Broadway with a double bill of provocative theater. ANGEL is inspired by the story of a modern legend: a female sniper who struck fear in the hearts of jihadists and held ISIS in check for over a year in war torn Syria. ECHOES, back by popular demand after its sell-out too-short run last year, tells the parallel stories of two women born 175 years apart: a Victorian pioneer woman wants to build an Empire and a present-­day Islamist schoolgirl wants to build a Caliphate. These two staggering stories will continue to haunt long after the curtain goes down.

April 20 – May 28 
THE ROUNDABOUT written by J.B. Priestley, directed by Hugh Ross
With Steven Blakeley, Lisa Bowerman, Richenda Carey, Charlie Field, Derek Hutchinson, Annie Jackson, Ed Pinker, Brian Protheroe, Hugh Sachs, and Carol Starks
Produced by Cahoots Theatre Company, The Other Cheek & Park Theatre
Tickets: $25 - $70 ($25 - $49 for 59E59 Members)

Richard Kettlewell is an old Etonian whose business ventures are failing. Over a crowded weekend, his daughter Pamela, whom he hardly knows, returns from Russia, a passionate communist; his ex-wife and mistress both turn up; and his butler has a big win at the races. THE ROUNDABOUT is funny, touching, highly perceptive look at England in the 1930s, when it looked, just possibly, as if the social order might be changing. This delightful comedy by one of Britain’s most prolific playwrights J.B. Priestley was first seen in 1933, and this production marks its NYC premiere.

April 25 – May 14
FOSSILS created by Bucket Club, directed by Nel Crouch
With Adam Farrell, Luke Murphy, and Helen Vinten
Produced by Bucket Club in association with Farnham Maltings
Tickets: $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members)

Vanessa’s life is science. Fact based, evidence led, no nonsense, no monsters. But when a
photograph surfaces showing something in Loch Ness, she must embark on a very personal research project.

May 9 – June 4
IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT written by Gary Owen, directed by Rachel O'Riordan
With Sophie Melville
Produced by Sherman Theatre
Tickets: $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members)

Effie’s life is a mess of drink, drugs, and drama every night, and a hangover worse than death the next day – till one night gives her the chance to be something more. Inspired by the enduring Greek myth, this urgent new play makes its debut in New York following performances at the National Theatre, London.

May 17 – June 10
ROTTERDAM written by Jon Brittain, directed by Donnacadh O'Briain
With Anna Martine Freeman, Alice McCarthy, Ellie Morris, Ed Eales-White
Produced by Hartshorn - Hook Foundation Ltd
Tickets: $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members)

It's New Year in Rotterdam, and Alice has finally plucked up the courage to email her parents and tell them she's gay. But before she can hit send, Fiona reveals that he has always identified as a man and now wants to start living as one named Adrian. Now, as Adrian begins his transition, Alice must face a question she never thought she'd ask...does this mean she's straight?

June 1 – July 2
INVINCIBLE written by Torben Betts, directed by Stephen Darcy, Original Direction by
Christopher Harper
With Elizabeth Boag, Emily Bowker, Graeme Brookes, and Alastair Whatley
Produced by The Original Theatre Company & Ghost Light Theatre Productions
Tickets: $25 - $70 ($25 - $49 for 59E59 Members)

With the recession biting hard, Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middleclass London lifestyle to a small town in the north of England. One night, they open their doors and invite next door neighbors, Dawn and Alan, into their home. Over the course of a disastrous evening of olives, anchovies, Karl Marx, and abstract art; class and culture collide where the consequences are as tragic as they are hilarious.

June 7 – July 2
MY EYES WENT DARK written and directed by Matthew Wilkinson
With Declan Conlon and Thusitha Jayasundera
Produced by 107group in association with Traverse Theatre and Cusack Projects Ltd
Tickets: $25 - $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members)

An electrifying new drama about a Russian architect driven to revenge after losing his family in a plane crash. Matthew Wilkinson returns to Brits Off Broadway (Sun is Shining, 2004 and Red Sea Fish, 2009) with another searing new play, inspired by real events, which was nominated for three Off West End Theatre Neand enjoyed an acclaimed run last year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

June 13 – July 2
UNDERGROUND written by Isla van Tricht, directed by Kate Tiernan
With Michael Jinks, Bebe Sanders and one more actor TBA
Produced by Shrapnel Theatre and Hartshorn - Hook Foundation
Tickets: $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members)

Claire and James take the same Tube to work at the same time every morning. Claire and James drink at the same pub with their same friends every night. Claire and James have never met. But all that is about to change. After matching on a dating app, they meet for an awkward first date. On their way home together, the brand new Night Tube breaks down. Then, things start to get weird. 
News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

BAM presents Doug Varone and Dancers, celebrating 30th anniversary season with two NY premieres and one major revival, March 29-April 1

Doug Varone and Dancers 
Choreography by Doug Varone 
Music composed by Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and Philip Glass 

Lighting design by David Ferri, Robert Wierzel, and David Grill 
Costume design by Liz Prince, Reid Bartelme, Harriet Jung, and Lynne Steincamp 

BAM Harvey Theater (651 Fulton St) 
March 29-April 1 at 7:30pm Tickets start at $25 

Brooklyn, NY-- Doug Varone and Dancers return to BAM to celebrate 30 years of visionary work with three dances representing the past, present, and future of the company. The program comprises a revival of the Philip Glass-scored Possession (1994) and the New York premieres of ReComposed (2015) and Varone's latest work, Folded (2016). 

Possession, inspired by A.S. Byatt's century-spanning novel of the same name, is set to Glass' beautiful Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. Eight dancers, in duets, explore the facets of relationships, as the emotional and physical balance of the work shifts between each pair. ReComposed is a whirlwind of color and careening movement, inspired by the pastel paintings of abstract expressionist Joan Mitchell and set to Michael Gordon's propulsive Dystopia. Folded, an intimate duet set to a score by MacArthur Fellow Julia Wolfe, explores the questions and contradictions inherent in our personal beliefs and faiths.

2017 Spring Benefit
featuring Kelli O'Hara and Ted Sperling
with special guest Danny Burstein
Karen and Kevin Kennedy, Elaine Petschek, and Daisy Soros, Martina Arroyo, Harolyn Blackwell and Lauren Flanigan
Thursday, March 30, 2017

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale), celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year, will hold its annual Spring Benefit in support of its artistic programming and education and outreach initiatives at the Metropolitan Club, 1 E. 60th Street (at Fifth Avenue), on Thursday, March 30, 2017. The evening will begin at 6pm with cocktails, followed by dinner at 7pm and performances, and a live auction of a few special items. Tickets are available at $500, $1,000 and $1,500/ tables at $5,000, $10,000 and $15,000. To learn more or to request an invitation, visit mastervoices.org/events/spring-benefit-2017/ or call 646-202-9623.

Auction items will include:
* A viewing (and cocktails) for up to 8 people of a private collection of Mark Rothko works, some of which have never been displayed publicly. No Dealers Please

* Three nights in Albany, "London's best and most secretive address", located on Piccadilly. It has been home to royals (Lord Snowden), intellectuals (Lord Byron, Aldous Huxley), decorators and tastemakers (David Hicks and Fleur Cowles), and luminaries (the Baroness Pauline de Rothschild). Also included: two tickets for a performance at Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, or a West End show.

* A Berkshire escape for four.  Includes three nights in a 1837 Federal-style guest house on 30 private acres of rolling hills, mature gardens, and specimen trees. Also included: the option to attend performances at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Tanglewood or Jacob's Pillow, and/or guided tours at The Clark Art Institute, The Williams College Art Museum and the Mass MOCA Museum.

* Broadway in Your Living Room:MasterVoices' Artistic Director Ted Sperling will perform in your home or club with guest artists Bryce Pinkham (Broadway: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, with MasterVoices: Knickerbocker Holiday) and Lauren Worsham (Broadway: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, with MasterVoices: The Mikado and Not the Messiah).

*As a special bonus - the top auction donor of the night will be rewarded with a private dinner with Ted Sperling and Kelli O'Hara.


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents
Step Afrika!
Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8pm

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2016-17 season with the much-anticipated return of Step Afrika! on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8pm. Holding the distinction of the first professional company in the world dedicated to the art of stepping, the company will conduct a three-day residency that includes not only a public performance but also a free after-school stepping masterclass on Thursday, March 30 at 3:30pm and three educational shows for schoolchildren.

Tickets for Saturday evening are $25 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

The repertoire for the company's 2017 Brooklyn residency performance includes:

  • Tribute (choreography, Jakari Sherma), a piece paying homage to the American step tradition and its roots in African American fraternities and sororities.
  • Ndlamu (choreography, Jackie Semela), a traditional dance of the Zulu people
  • Isicathulo (choreography, Jackie Semela), based on the South African gumboot dance
  • Solo, (choreography, Christopher Brient)
  • Chicago (choreography, Jakari Sherman), a "percussive symphony" that transforms traditional stepping into contemporary performance art
News from Polk and Co.


At the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway

The new block of tickets for ANASTASIA will go on sale exclusively for American Express® Card Members on Monday, March 27 at 10am EST. Tickets are for performances 10/3/17 – 1/7/18American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public through Friday, March 31 at 9:59am EST by visiting www.TelechargeOffers.com or calling 212.947.8844.

Beginning Friday, March 31, 2017 at 10am ESTANASTASIA tickets will be available through Audience Rewards®(www.AudienceRewards.com), The Official Rewards Program of Broadway & the Arts™. Members of the program will be able to purchase tickets and earn Audience Rewards® Bonus ShowPoints through Tuesday, April 4 at 9:59am EST.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Tuesday, April 4 at 10am EST, and will be available at www.AnastasiaBroadway.comor www.Telecharge.com (212.239.6200).
ANASTASIA will also have a limited quantity of $42 lottery tickets to each performance available for online entry atwww.AnastasiaBroadwayLottery.com.  The lottery opens at midnight for the following day’s performance.  For matinee performances, the lottery closes at 9am, and purchases must be made by 11am.  For evening performances, the lottery closes at 2pm, and purchases must be made by 4pm.  Lottery winners will be notified via email immediately following the lottery. Purchase must be completed online by credit card only, with one entry per person (no age restrictions). 

ANASTASIA began previews on March 23 and will open on Broadway on April 24 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street). The company is led by Christy Altomare, Derek Klena, John BoltonRamin Karimloo, Caroline O’Connor, and Mary Beth Peil

 Original Cast Recording Announced for Anastasia

The producers of the new musical ANASTASIA are thrilled to announce the Original Broadway Cast Recording will be released by Broadway Records. The original Broadway cast recording is now available for pre-order at BroadwayRecords.com and will be available for pre-order at Amazon.com on March 21.  The album will be released in June (exact release date to be announced). 
War Paint to Add Digital Lottery Beginning 3/28 

The new Broadway musical WAR PAINT, which is currently in previews, will add a digital lottery beginning Tuesday, March 28. A limited number of tickets will be available for all performances through the digital lottery which will open at 8:00am for both matinee and evening performances and will remain open until 11am and 3pm, respectively, when winners are drawn.  For details and entrance to the digital lottery click on: https://lottery.broadwaydirect.com/show/war-paint

Digital lottery tickets are $40 each, including the facility fee. Winners will be notified by email shortly after each drawing and will have 60 minutes to pay for their tickets with a credit card online. Tickets can be picked up at the Nederlander Theatre box office (208 West 41stStreet) 30 minutes prior to show time. Photo ID is required for pickup and seat locations awarded are subject to availability.

WAR PAINT’s rush ticket policy and standing room tickets will remain, subject to availability. All former rules apply, with rush tickets for $40 and standing room available at $50 each including the facility fee.


Executive Producer Jonathan Estabrooks, Tony & Grammy Award-winning producer Van Dean (Broadway Records), two-time Tony-nominated Broadway producer Michael J Moritz Jr. and producer and Broadway orchestrator Charlie Rosen today announced that this past Tuesday, a Who’s Who of Broadway, Hollywood, Theatre, Dance, and Music came together at the legendary Avatar Studios in New York City and Los Angeles to record and film a single of the iconic Beatles’ song “With A Little Help From My Friends” to inspire support for the arts in America. Featuring footage from the recording studio session, spliced with visual art, spoken word, American Sign Language, ballet and hip hop and cinematic storytelling, the song and video capture the beauty and power of community as one voice becomes a movement. 100% of net profits from this recording will go towards Americans For The Arts and their work to protect the NEA. 

The single is available now at Broadway Records ($1.99) and through iTunes and Amazon for purchase with 100% of net proceeds going to Americans For The Arts and their efforts in Arts Advocacy, funding and education and as they fight to protect the National Endowment for the Arts.

News from Richard Hillman PR


Million Dollar Quartet with book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, original concept by Mr. Mutrux, inspired by Elvis PresleyJohnny CashJerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, performances are set to begin Wednesday, March 29, 2017, for a limited run through Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive) in Millburn, NJ.  Million Dollar Quartet  will be performed at Paper Mill Playhouse eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Performance schedule: Wednesday at 7:30pm, Thursday at 1:30pm and 7:30pm, Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 1:30pm and 8:00pm and Sunday at 1:30pm and 7:00pmTickets are on sale now starting at $32. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.PaperMill.org. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Groups of 10 or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680. Students may order $20 rush tickets over the phone or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse box office on the day of the performance. Paper Mill Playhouse's 2016-2017 season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank.
The smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ’n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Featuring a score of hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and more, this thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio for one unforgettable night.

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