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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday Scoop Week of 4/16/17 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Upcoming at Merkin Concert Hall
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY

Wed, Apr 19, 7:30 pm
Young Concert Artists
Olivier Stankiewicz, oboeThe extraordinary 25-year-old French oboist performs works by Schumann, Martinu, Silvestrini, Wolpe, Dutilleux and Tonia Ko.
For more information or to order tickets click here

Sun, Apr 23, 3 pm
New York Philharmonic Ensembles
An Ensembles concert provides an intimate connection between musician and audience. Works by Paganini, Persichetti, Busch, and Brahms.

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

Friday April 21, 2017 8:00 PM
Black Grace
Neil Ieremia, Choreographer

For more information or to order tickets click here

Saturday April 22, 2017 8:00 PM
Home Free

For more information or to order tickets click here

Sunday April 23, 2017 3:00 PM
Ella and Louis with the NJSO

For more information or to order tickets click here
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THIRD ANNUAL
BROADWAYCON
RETURNS TO THE JACOB K. JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER
JANUARY 26-28, 2018

TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY, APRIL 20
SPECIAL PRE-SALE ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19
FOR PREVIOUS BROADWAYCON ATTENDEES

ANNOUNCES INITIAL ROUND OF SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDING
KELLI O’HARA, DONNA MURPHY, JOE MANTELLO,
ANNIE GOLDEN, ANDREW CHAPPELLE,
AND MANY MORE

Mischief Management is thrilled to announce that the Third Annual BroadwayCon will return to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Friday, January 26 through Sunday, January 28, 2018. Tickets for BroadwayCon will go on sale to the public at 1 PM ET on April 20, 2017. BroadwayCon 2016 and BroadwayCon 2017 attendees will have special pre-sale access beginning Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 1 PM ET.

BroadwayCon 2018 is also pleased to announce an initial lineup of new and returning Special Guests. BroadwayCon 2018 will feature Co-Creator Anthony Rapp, as well as Alex Brightman, Andrea Burns, Carolee Carmello, Andrew Chappelle, Lilli Cooper, Janet Dacal, Ben Fankhauser, Annie Golden, Derek Klena, Joe Mantello, Lesli Margherita, Ruthie Ann Miles, Donna Murphy, Kelli O’Hara, and James Snyder. Additional Special Guests will be announced at a later date.

New Ticket Prices
BroadwayCon has changed its prices this year, lowering the cost for Gold, general, and day passes, as well as offering a new type of premium pass. A full weekend pass now costs only $195 instead of the previous $250; a day pass is only $65. The Gold Pass will now sell for $395 and features a raft of perks including guaranteed seating inside the MainStage.

New for 2018, BroadwayCon is pleased to introduce the Platinum Pass. The Platinum Pass is the top-level pass and will be available to only 30 customers. It features a large list of exclusive perks, among which are access to any and all autograph and photograph sessions, reserved premium seating in all BroadwayCon programming rooms, and an exclusive Meet & Greet with BroadwayCon Special Guests.

Full details on the different ticket types can be found at www.BroadwayCon.com/tickets.
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Upcoming at Soho Playhouse
15 Vandam
New York, NY

Thursday April 20 to Saturday April 22 
Broad Comedy

Bringing you politically savvy comedy since 2001, Broad Comedy is a nationally touring, award-winning, all-women musical comedy & sketch troupe that is made up of five irreverent & hilarious, multi-talented women who can do it all -- sing, dance & tackle political satire. 

Nothing is sacred with them, except an unflinching & hilarious look at our culture. (You might think twice before bringing your conservative mother-in-law!) 


For more information or to order tickets click here

Also at Soho Playhouse

Now through April 26
Off the Top
Neuroscience with Attitude

Science rapper Baba Brinkman (Rap Guide to Evolution) teams up with neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin (host of "Science Goes to the Movies" on PBS) to explore the brain basis of improvisation and comedy. What's going on "under the hood" when a comedian riffs or a rapper freestyles? Why are the spontaneous moments of life always the most memorable? Does anything actually rhyme with Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex? 

A married couple in real life, Baba and Heather bring you the latest research on brain science and creativity while putting their odd-couple relationship under the microscope. Learn how a rapper seduces a scientist, how hard it is to solve a math problem while rapping, and how your subconscious mind influences your daily thoughts and feelings. Humorous, lyrical, and rich with subliminal stimuli, this is hard-core science communication at its best.


VIP tickets include 2 drinks and best seat locations.

For more information or to order tickets click here
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Broadway Workshop To Offer
Rachelle Rak's SAS Class Dance Workshop

Rachelle Rak has been offering this incredible class and leaving a lasting impression for over 6 years at Broadway Workshop!

Date: Sunday, April 23
Ages: 10-21
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pmF
Location: Ripley Grier Studios - 520 Eighth Ave. - 16th Floor
Tuition: $50

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

April 21 - April 30
Blood Wedding

A love triangle threatens the union of two long-feuding families in Andalusia, Spain. Illuminated by the Moon and tracked by Death, surging passions and rebellion are exposed in this classic Spanish drama. Will the bindings of fate be cut by love or by a tiny knife? Federico Garcia Lorca's surreal masterpiece is brought to by MCCC's Academic Theater and Dance and Entertainment Technology Programs as a magical dance theatre spectacle infused by classic Spanish Dance! 

For more information or to order tickets click here
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13th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest Presented by Cheap Chic Weddings and Quilted Northern Rolls Out

 If you can use toilet paper to make a beautiful wedding dress you just might win $10,000!

Everyone likes to save money here and there. And for some, saving money on weddings is more than a hobby, and a little less than an obsession. Laura Gawne and Susan Bain operate the popular websites www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com and TPDressContest.com.

Cheap Chic Weddings is thrilled to welcome their NEW Presenting Sponsor Quilted Northern Toilet Paper! Since 2004, the Cheap Chic Weddings Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest has challenged creative minds from across the country to create a wearable, on-trend wedding dress and headpiece from only toilet paper, glue, tape and needle and thread. Quilted Northern® is excited to supply toilet paper that has been crafted with the highest attention-to-detail for over 100 years – making it luxurious enough for a wedding dress.

Contestants have until June 5, 2017 to submit their paper masterpieces. Top ten entries will be chosen then online voting will be open to the public.

The top ten dresses and their designers will be flown to New York City to participate in a live fashion show finale event at a fabulous Peerspace.com event space in New York City on July 20, 2017 where the top three winners will be chosen.

At the Finale Event, the dress entries will be judged by Cheap Chic Weddings founders, a representative from Quilted Northern®, a representative from Sponsor Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and celebrity guest judges Jenna Ushkowitz, Actor, Singer, Producer and Author as well as Mikie Russo, Celebrity Party Planner and Lifestyle Expert!

“We are always excited to see what our talented contestants dream up.” says Susan Bain, Co-Founder of Cheap Chic Weddings. “We can’t wait to see how our contestants will work with the meticulously designed Quilted Northern® Toilet Paper! We know it’ll be a wonderful match!” added co-founder Laura Gawne.

The Grand Prize winner will receive $10,000, the second place winner will receive $5000 and the third place winner will receive $2500.

Here’s How to Enter:

First: Plan your design.

Second: Grab some Quilted Northern Toilet Paper (Quilted Northern Ultra Plush or Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong, or Both), tape, glue and/or needle and thread (that’s all you can use)! To help offset the cost of designing these memorable creations; Quilted Northern is providing coupons by request at TPDresscontest@gmail.com

Third: Make the dress and headpiece on your model or mannequin and take some clear, well-lit, unaltered digital photos (front, back and side). The dress must be able to be worn by a human!

All photos and an Official Entry form are to be submitted to Cheap Chic Weddings at TPDresscontest@gmail.com by June 5, 2017 at 11:00 PM EST. There is no entry fee. The Judging Panel at Cheap Chic Weddings will judge the initial digital photo entries.


Official contest rules along with lots of other wedding cost saving tips and information can be found at www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com.
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PR FIRM ROUNDUP

News from DKC/O&M

TONY AWARD NOMINEE
ALEX BRIGHTMAN
RETURNS TO ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S SMASH HIT
SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL
FRIDAY, APRIL 14 – SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017

ERIC PETERSEN WILL RETURN TO THE ROLE OF “DEWEY FINN” ON
MONDAY, MAY 1 FOLLOWING A BRIEF VACATION

Alex Brightman will return to his Tony Award nominated role, “Dewey Finn,” in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit,School of Rock – The Musical tonight, Friday, April 14 – Sunday, April 30, 2017. Brightman will cover for current “Dewey,” Eric Petersen who is on vacation and will return to the role on Monday, May 1, 2017.

For more information visit www.SchoolOfRockTheMusical.com

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MCC THEATER
ANNOUNCES A STELLAR
FIVE-SHOW
31st SEASON

HEADLINED BY NEW WORKS
FROM PLAYWRIGHTS
NEIL LABUTE, LUCY THURBER, JOCELYN BIOH, PHILIP DAWKINS & JC LEE

AND DIRECTORS
LEIGH SILVERMAN, LIESL TOMMY, REBECCA TAICHMAN, WILL DAVIS & JACKSON GAY

SEASON INCLUDES “REASONS TO BE PRETTY HAPPY”
THE FINAL PLAY IN LABUTE’S AWARD-WINNING ‘REASONS’ TRILOGY

MCC THEATER (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director) is thrilled to announce its five-show 31st Season. The new season—which adds a fifth production to MCC’s usual four-show season—boasts an exciting mix of World and New York Premieres from artists both familiar and new to MCC audiences—each fulfilling MCC’s longtime commitment to bold, risk-taking works from the most vital voices working in theater today. For more info on MCC Theater, visit www.mcctheater.org.  
Highlights of the 2017-18 Season include: the NYC premiere of Charm, a play by Chicago-based, Jefferson Award-winning playwright Philip Dawkinsto be directed by Helen Hayes Award winner and 2017 Lucille Lortel nominee Will Davis, a transgender artist; School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh and directed by Rebecca Taichman, developed last year at MCC’s PlayLab series; Relevance by JC Lee and directed by Tony® Award nominee Liesl TommyTransfers by Lucy Thurber and directed by Jackson Gay; and the world premiere of MCC Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute’s new play, Reasons to be Pretty Happy, to be directed by MCC alum Leigh Silverman.
Reasons to be Pretty Happy is the final play in MCC Playwright-in- Residence LaBute’s acclaimed ‘Reasons’ trilogy which also includes Reasons to be Happy and Reasons to be Pretty, the latter of which transferred to Broadway and was nominated for the Tony® Award for Best Play. All three plays in the trilogy will have originated with world premiere productions at MCC Theater. LaBute’s most recent play, All The Ways To Say I Love You, marked his 10th full-length play produced by MCC in a 15-year collaboration that includes some of the playwright’s seminal works: Fat Pig, The Mercy Seat,and The Distance from Here. Reasons to be Pretty Happy will be his 11thTransfers is the first mainstage collaboration between MCC Theater and Obie Award-winning playwright Lucy Thurber, who has led the MCC Theater Youth Company Playwriting Lab as program director for the last decade.
The MCC Theater 2017-18 Mainstage Season:

New York Premiere
CHARM
by Philip Dawkins
directed by Will Davis
First Preview: August 31, 2017
Opening: September 18, 2017
Closing: October 8, 2017

When Mama Darleena Andrews-- a 67-year-old, black, transgender woman -- takes it upon herself to teach an etiquette class at Chicago’s LGBTQ community center, the idealistic teachings of Emily Post clash with the very real life challenges of identity, poverty and prejudice faced by her students. Inspired by the true story of Miss Gloria Allen and her work at Chicago’s Center on Halsted, Philip Dawkins' CHARM asks - how do we lift each other up when the world wants to tear us down?

World Premiere
SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY
by Jocelyn Bioh
directed by Rebecca Taichman
First Preview: November 2, 2017
Opening: November 19, 2017
Closing: December 10, 2017
Paulina, the reigning Queen Bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the mid-year arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter – and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. Jocelyn Bioh's buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe.

World Premiere
RELEVANCE
by JC Lee
directed by Liesl Tommy
First Preview: February 1, 2018
Opening: February 21, 2018
Closing: March 11, 2018
Theresa Hanneck is a celebrated author and veteran feminist warrior; Msemaji Ukweli is a promising young writer who is quickly becoming the leading cultural critic on race, class, and gender for a new generation. When a heated exchange between the two women goes viral, Theresa finds herself ill-equipped to manage her message in the era of 140 character tweets-especially against a rival whose time may have come. A collision of ideals within the feminist movement propels JC Lee’s riveting drama from breathless start to surprising finish.

World Premiere


TRANSFERS
by Lucy Thurber
directed by Jackson Gay

First Preview: April 5, 2018
Opening: April 23, 2018
Closing: May 13, 2018

Cristofer and Clarence are two gifted students from the South Bronx. After two years at a local community college being coached by faculty members, the young men are competing for a life-changing scholarship at an elite northeast university. During a campus visit, the young men are unexpectedly confronted with their shared past while trying to break through a system that seems designed to keep them on the outside.
World Premiere
REASONS TO BE PRETTY HAPPY
by Neil LaBute
directed by Leigh Silverman
First Preview: August 16, 2018
Opening: September 9, 2018
Closing: September 23, 2018

After five years in New York, Greg and Steph return to their blue-collar hometown for their 20th high school reunion and to a dramatic encounter with Kent and Carly, the friends they left behind. Old secrets and new lies become increasingly difficult to hide as the evening (and the drinking) goes on. With Reasons To Be Pretty Happy, MCC Theater’s Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute revisits the characters first introduced in Reasons To Be Pretty (2009 Tony Award-nominated Best Play) and Reasons To Be Happy as they grapple with that eternal question: Have I become the person I wanted to be?
MCC subscriptions are now on sale for the 2018-2019 season in four and five play options as well as a six play option available for a limited time which includes Matthew Perry’s The End of Longing Directed by Lindsay Posner with Quincy Dunn-Baker, Sue Jean Kim, Jennifer Morrison, and Matthew Perry which begins performances on May 18.
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News from Michelle Tabnick PR

BALLET HISPANICO
ANNOUNCES ITS 2017 NEW YORK SEASON
AT THE JOYCE THEATER
FEATURING ALL-FEMALE CHOREOGRAPHERS
April 18-23, 2017
World Premiere of Con Brazos Abiertos by Michelle Manzanales
Línea Rectaby Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
3. Catorce Dieciséis by Tania Pérez-Salas

Ballet Hispánico, the nation's premier Latino dance organization, brings its bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance to the Joyce Theater with a program of all-female choreographers from April 18-23, 2017. Tickets start at $10 and are on sale now at Joyce.org
The engagement features the world premiere of Michelle Manzanales's Con Brazos Abiertos, an exploration of iconic Mexican symbols that Manzanales was reluctant to embrace as a Mexican-American child growing up in Texas; Línea Recta by Belgian-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, a work pairing the hallmark passion of flamenco dance with highly inventive and intricate partnering; and 3. Catorce Dieciséis by Tania Pérez-Salas, one of the leading voices of Mexican contemporary dance, which draws inspiration from the number Pi to reflect on the circularity of the human condition.

Con Brazos Abiertos (2017) by Michelle Manzanales - World Premiere
In her first work for Ballet Hispánico, Michelle Manzanales explores with humility, nostalgia and humor the iconic Mexican symbols that she was reluctant to embrace as a Mexican-American child growing up in Texas. Intertwining folkloric details with a distinctly contemporary voice in dance, set to music that ranges from Julio Iglesias to rock en español, Con Brazos Abiertos is a fun and frank look at a life caught between two cultures. Con Brazos Abiertos came to fruition through Ballet Hispánico's Instituto Coreográfico, an innovative choreography lab for Latino dance makers launched in 2010 by Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro.     
Línea Recta (2016) by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
From one of today's most sought-after choreographers comes a powerful and resonant work that explores an intriguing aspect of flamenco dance: the conspicuous absence of physical contact between dancers. While maintaining the integrity and hallmark passion of the genre, Belgo-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa imagines an original and explosive movement language premised upon the theme of communication between the sexes and performed to an original guitar composition by Eric Vaarzon Morel. Línea Recta came to fruition through Ballet Hispánico's Instituto Coreográfico, an innovative choreography lab for Latino dance makers launched in 2010 by Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro. Línea Recta was commissioned in part by the Apollo Theater and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.
3. Catorce Dieciséis (2002) by Tania Pérez-Salas
One of the leading voices of Mexican contemporary dance, Tania Pérez-Salas draws inspiration from the number Pi to reflect on the circularity of the human condition. With intense theatricality and breathtaking imagery set to music by Vivaldi and other Baroque composers, 3. Catorce Dieciséis is a joyful feast for the senses.  
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Triskelion Arts Presents

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee
Vangeline Theater

Butoh for Waste Prevention:
Reducing Coffee Trash in New York 
April 20-22, 2017 at 8pm

Triskelion Arts, in association with Vangeline Theater, presents Wake Up and Smell the Coffee - Butoh for Waste Prevention: Reducing Coffee Trash in New York at Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222) from April 20-22, 2017 at 8pm. Tickets are $16 and are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/triskelion-arts-presents-vangeline-theater-tickets-30044256179.


Vangeline Theater seeks to increase environmental awareness in New York and nationally, resulting in a positive impact on our ecosystem. As a key component of this initiative, Vangeline Theater will remount an evening-length Butoh performance piece, for a total of three performances, and the final show will coincide with Earth Day on April 22, 2017.


Wake Up and Smell the Coffee utilizes the intensity of the art form Butohto convey a serious problem: the environmental repercussions of non-recyclable waste. The tradition and techniques of Butoh are rooted in an art form that has the power to bring us back to our humanity and become closer to the Earth through meditative and hypnotic movement motifs. This includes uncomfortable truths we need to face, such as confronting the "garbage," or grotesque parts of our society. The performers will literally dance through garbage; a set made of collected unsalvageable coffee cups. This initiative will serve to increase environmental awareness in New York City through dance and have a tangible impact on our ecosystem.

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Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents
Patti Austin: Ella Now and Then
A Centennial Celebration of the First Lady of Song
Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8pm

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2016-17 season on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8pm with GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz singer Patti Austin performing Ella Now and Then: A Centennial Celebration of the First Lady of Song. This tribute concert marks the 100thbirthday of the great Ella Fitzgerald (born April 25, 1917) and will feature selections from Ms. Austin's soon-to-be-released album Ella: Now & Then.Tickets range from $36 to $55 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org  by calling 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

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American Lyric Theater
and The Morgan Library & Museum
present
ALT Alumni: Composers & Librettists in Concert
Excerpts from JFK, After the StormSteal a Pencil for Me,  
and The Copper Queen
Featuring Jessica Jones, Caroline Worra, Heather Johnson, Laura Krumm, Spencer Viator, Gideon Dabi, and Joseph Lattanzi,
with music director Djordje Nesic
Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3pm

American Lyric Theater (ALT) and The Morgan Library & Museum present ALT Alumni: Composers & Librettists in Concert on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3pm at The Morgan Library & Museum in the Gilder Lehrman Hall, 225 Madison Avenue, NYC. Tickets are $25 ($20 for members of the Morgan) and are available at 212-685-0008, x560 or http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=24379&pid=8293573.
This concert celebrates the success of prominent alumni of American Lyric Theater's innovative Composer Librettist Development Program.  Excerpts from recently premiered operas and works in development, will be featured on the program:

JFK
David T. Little and Royce Vavrek*
Co-commissioned by Fort Worth Opera, American Lyric Theater, and Opéra de Montréal. Premiered April 2016 at Fort Worth Opera; up next at Opéra de Montréal in January 2018

After the Storm
David Hanlon and Stephanie Fleischmann*
Commissioned by HGOco, Houston Grand Opera. Premiered May 2016 by HGOco, Houston Grand Opera

Steal a Pencil for Me
Gerald Cohen* and Deborah Brevoort*
Featured in the 2016 Frontiers Festival at Fort Worth Opera. World Premiere scheduled for January 2018 at Opera Colorado

The Copper Queen
Clint Borzoni* and John de los Santos
Winner of Arizona SPARK, a commission competition at Arizona Opera 
(*Denotes an alum of the Composer Librettist Development Program)

Featured guest artists include soprano Jessica Jones, soprano Caroline Worra, mezzo soprano Heather Johnson, mezzo soprano Laura Krumm, tenor Spencer Viator, baritone Gideon Dabi, and baritone Joseph Lattanzi, led by music director Djordje Nesic.

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Works & Process at the Guggenheim
presents
New York City Ballet: Music at the Ballet with Andrew Litton
Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 7:30pm

On Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 7:30pm, Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents New York City Ballet's Music Director Andrew Litton, a longtime conductor of symphony orchestras around the world who recently added ballet orchestra maestro to his achievements with his appointment at NYCB. Litton will share his unique perspective on the similarities and differences between these two experiences, and will illuminate the intricacies of NYCB's vast musical repertory prior to the Company's upcoming Here/Now Festival, featuring 43 ballets created for NYCB since 1988, which will take place from April 25 through May 21 at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.


Other participants will include Moderator Ted Wiprud, the Vice President of Education at the New York Philharmonic, NYCB Orchestra Co-Concertmaster Kurt Nikkanen, NYCB Solo Pianist Susan Walters, and dancers of the New York City Ballet.


Tickets & Venue
$40, $35 Guggenheim members and Friends of Works & Process. $10 Student Rush Tickets available one hour prior to each performance if space allows (for students under 25 with valid ID).
Box Office (212) 423-3575, (M-F, 1-5pm) or online at worksandprocess.org
Peter B. Lewis Theater
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue, New York
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Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP)
and the ACMP Foundation
announce
Community Music Grants
Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP) announces the return of the Foundation's largest grant program, the Community Music program. The program was introduced in 1993, but put on hiatus in 2010 as a result of the recession.
The Community Music program will provide funding for programs beginning this spring. Community Music grants support the continuing learning and instruction in chamber music for musicians of all ages through community-based programs. Priority is given to programs that encourage diversity and education and provide access for underserved communities. Applications for programs for students ages 18 and under are of particular interest. Grants in the range of $1,500 - $2,500 will be awarded in spring 2017 for programs beginning after the deadline date, May 15, 2017.
Applicants to the program can visit our website: www.acmp.net, and complete an online application prior to the May 15, 2017 deadline.
In addition to the Community Music program, ACMP provides workshop grants to organizations providing chamber music workshops for adult amateurs worldwide. In our most recent round, in January 2017, eighteen grants were awarded, including four to overseas organizations and fourteen in the U.S. Overseas grants were provided for chamber music workshops in Japan, Israel, and Belgium. Grants in the U.S. include awards to Chamber Musicians of Northern California at San Francisco State University; Boston Chamber Music Society at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and to the Music Northwest Camp, Seattle.
ACMP Members may also apply for Home Coaching grants, where a professional musician will provide coaching to an ensemble on particular repertoire.
A list of recent grantees can be found at https://acmp.net/grants.
ACMP also presents an annual award for chamber music education achievement. Just announced, the 2017 Susan McIntosh Lloyd Award for excellence in diversity and education in chamber music was awarded to The Preucil School of Music, in recognition of the leadership by Doris Preucil in promoting the love and knowledge of chamber music. The Preucil School, located in Iowa City, IA, seeks to provide excellence in music and early childhood education based on the Suzuki philosophy of instruction.
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News from Polk and Co.

Go ‘Inside the Music Box’ with ANASTASIA 

and Win a Trip to NYC


VISIT ANASTASIA ON FACEBOOK
NOW THROUGH APRIL 20 AND
ENTER TO WIN A TRIP TO NYC
TO SEE ANASTASIA ON BROADWAY

As a special thank you to fans, the producers of the new Broadway musical ANASTASIA are pleased to announce Inside the Music Box, an opportunity to enter to win a trip to NYC to see the show along with a host of other fantastic prizes.  Visit Anastasia The Musical on Facebook beginning today through Thursday, April 20 for your chance at the following:

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:
-          Roundtrip travel to NYC & 2 nights in a hotel
-          2 tickets to a performance of ANASTASIA on Broadway
-          Meet and Greet with the cast following the performance
-          Original Cast Recording signed by the company
-          Sheet Music signed by Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
-          A selection of ANASTASIA show merchandise

Two Additional Prize Winners will receive:
-          A selection of ANASTASIA show merchandise
-          ANASTASIA window card signed by the company

ANASTASIA began previews on March 23 and will open on Broadway on April 24 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street).

TICKETS:
Tickets range from $69 - $169. Premium tickets range from $199-352. For more information, visit www.anastasiabroadway.com or call 212-239-6200.   Group tickets for ANASTASIA are available at www.broadwayinbound.comor 866-302-0995.
For more information visit www.anastasiabroadway.com 
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News from Richard Hillman PR

TONY AWARD-WINNERS
PATINA MILLER AND BEBE NEUWIRTH
TO ANNOUNCE
THE 2017 DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD NOMINEES
WEDNESDAY MORNING, APRIL 19, 2017
AT SARDI’S

ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE STREAMED LIVE ON BROADWAYWORLD.COM
HOSTED BY RESOLUTION LIFE
83RD  AWARDS CEREMONY SET FOR FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017
AT THE MARRIOTT MARQUIS TIMES SQUARE

New York, NY (April 10, 2017) – The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) has announced, today, TonyAward-winners Patina Miller (Pippin) and Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago) will announce the 2017 Drama League Awards Nominees for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award on Wednesday morning, April 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Sardi’s (234 West 44th Street, 2ndFloor). The nominations ceremony, hosted by Resolution Life, the proud Lead Season Sponsor of The Drama League and supporter of the arts, will be streamed live via BroadwayWorld.com.

The nominations announcement begins the month of celebrations leading up to the 83rd Annual Drama League Awards, which will be held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway) on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 11:30am.  Ticket reservations for The Drama League Awards, which includes a nominee’s cocktail reception and the star-studded afternoon luncheon ceremony, can be made by calling (212) 244-9494 or visiting www.dramaleague.org.

For more information about the Drama League Awards, call (212) 244-9494 or visit www.dramaleague.org.

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A WORLD PREMIERE EVENT
HOUSES ON THE MOON THEATER COMPANY
PRESENTS
TWO NEW WORKS

“THE ASSIGNMENT”
A NEW PLAY BY CAMILO ALMONACID
DIRECTED BY EMILY JOY WEINER
 A CO-PRODUCTION WITH RHYMES OVER BEATS

IN REPERTORY WITH

“gUN COUNTRY”
CURATED BY JEFFREY SOLOMON AND EMILY JOY WEINER
DIRECTED BY JENNA WORSHAM

APRIL 19 – MAY 7, 2017
JEFFREY AND PAULA GURAL THEATRE
AT A.R.T./NEW YORK THEATRES
502 WEST 53RD STREET
TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Houses on the Moon Theater Company (Emily Joy Weiner, Co-Founder & Artistic Director; Kevin Connor, Managing Director)  will present two world premiere productions in repertory developed through company workshops: The Assignment, a new original play by Camilo Almonacid, directed by Emily Joy Weiner, is a co-production with Rhymes Over Beats (Patrick Blake, Artistic Director; Cate Cammarata, Associate Artistic Director), and will be performed in repertory with gUN COUNTRY, curated by Jeffery Solomon and Emily Joy Weiner, written, developed and performed by Houses On The Moon company members and directed by Jenna Worsham.

Performances are set to begin Wednesday, April 19, 2017 for a limited engagement through Sunday, May 7, 2017.  Opening night for The Assignment is Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:30pm.   The productions are being staged at the Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre at the A.R.T./New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street).

The Assignment was inspired by a remarkable friendship between two individuals brought together by storytelling workshops facilitated by Houses on the Moon Theater Company: A woman who founded a youth violence prevention program after her teenage son was murdered by street violence, and a man who found education and rehabilitation while serving 17 years in prison for manslaughter. Though a fictionalization, the seeds of the play were born from a mother’s desire to understand what caused another to take her son’s life, and a man’s need to express remorse and to try to reach lost young people before they take arms. The play explores the long-term emotional toll of violence from both sides of the gun barrel, and the struggle to forgive others and ourselves.  The Assignment was developed in part at SPACE on Ryder Farm and as part of the Theater Resources Unlimited Play Reading Series.

The Assignment will play the following performance schedule:  Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.  There is a special Wednesday performance on April 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for The Assignment are priced at $35 (plus $2 ticketing fee) with Premium Seats available at $55 (plus $2 ticketing fee) that includes a meet & greet with a member of the company after the performance.  For Groups of 10+, contact groups@housesonthemoon.org, or call (929) 335-3261.  Student Rush: $20 cash-only, ID required, subject to availability. Can be purchased an hour and a half before curtain. Tickets may be purchased by calling (866) 811-4111 or visiting 
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