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.
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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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