I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunday Scoop Week of 5/7/17 -What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Upcoming Professional Auditions for Kids

Saturday May 13
School of Rock auditions 
New York City

For more information click here

A Bronx Tale

Young Calogero

Auditions: May 2017

For more information click here

National Tour of Motown
African American Boy ; Age 8-13
To play young Michael Jackson/Berry Gordy/Stevie Wonder

No prior theater experience necessary

For submission instructions click here
Now at TADA! Youth Theater
15 W. 28th St.
New York, New York

Now through May 21
New York New Year

Tess isn't in New York anymore. Will she find her place in New York?

1 Hour musical performed by actors ages 8-13
Suggested for ages 3+

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

Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 12- May 21

This sensational musical tells the exuberant, heart-warming true story of singer/songwriter Peter Allen, whose young life is marred by an abusive father, but whose will to perform proves stronger. Through sheer talent and some luck, Allen ends up in the glamorous orbit of Judy Garland and her soon-to-be-famous daughter, Liza. Forte Dramatic Productions in association with Pierrot Productions brings us a musical tale filled with hits like:

Don't Cry Out Loud
Love Don't Need a Reason,
Everything Old is New Again


I Go to Rio

For more information and or to order tickets click here
Chinese Lantern Festival 
at Franklin Square
200 N. 6th St.
Philadelphia, PA

May 9 - June 11

The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival is a celebration of light and culture that features artisans from China creating magnificent steel-framed and silk-wrapped giant animals, springtime flowers and trees, and symbols of Chinese culture using traditional Chinese methods. For five weeks, Franklin Square will glow with 29 larger-than-life illuminated lantern displays of 1,500 individual sculptures with more than 15,000 LED lights in brilliant colors. The giant fan favorite Chinese Dragon (newly rebuilt), but all of the other displays will be new for the 2017 Festival. In addition to the gorgeous light installations, witness authentic cultural performances that are all new for 2017 such as acrobats and folk dancers. Taste Asian cuisine and American favorites, drink a toast at the Dragon Beer Garden, and shop for artists’ creations crafted on site. You will still be able to play Philly Mini Golf, ride the Parx Liberty Carousel, and enjoy Center City’s best play place as well. Proceeds that Historic Philadelphia receives from the Festival will go into the operation and management of Franklin Square and its many free events all year long.

For more information or to purchase tickets click here
Upcoming at Merkin Concert Hall
Kaufman Music Center
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY

Tuesday May 9, 7:30 PM
Israeli Chamber Project
Harp +

Harpist Sivan Magen shows off his instrument’s chameleon-like abilities in a program showcasing the harp in solo, duo, trio, quartet, quintet and sextet ensembles. 

For more information or to order tickets click here

Wednesday May 10, 6:45 pm
Intelligence Squared US Debate
Video Games Will Make Us Smarter

Will video games soon provide innovative solutions to our most pressing social, political and economic challenges?

For more information or to order tickets click here
Children's Museum of the Arts
Free Admission for Moms on Mother's Day 5/14
103 Charlton St.
New York, NY

Open 10 am to 5pm
All ages

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

Friday May 12, 2017 7:00 PM
Community Poetry Reading
State Theatre Artist-In-Residence
Hosted by Glenis Redmond

Event Takes Place at United Methodist Church, 323 George Street

For more information or to order tickets click here

Friday May 12, 2017 8:00 PM
Demetri Martin
Let's Get Awkward Tour

For more information or to order tickets click here

Also Happening Now at State Theatre New Jersey  

2017/2018 Season Announced

Most tickets on sale now!

For more information or to order tickets click here
PR Firm Roundup

New from Karen Greco PR

IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT comes from The National Theatre 
to Brits Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters

59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, President/Founding Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer; Val Day, Artistic Director) is thrilled to welcome the critically acclaimed IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT at the 2017 Brits Off Broadway festival. Written by Gary Owen, directed by Rachel O’Riordan, and produced by Sherman Theatre, Cardiff (where it originated),IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT begins performances on Tuesday, May 9 for a limited engagement throughSunday, June 4.  Press Opening is Sunday, May 14 at 3:15 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday – Thursday at 7:15 PM; Friday at 8:15 PM; Saturday at 2:15 PM & 8:15 PM; and Sunday at 3:15 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Tickets are $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or visit www.59e59.org

You think you know her, but you don’t know the half of it.

Effie’s life is an out-of-control spiral through drink, drugs, and drama every night, with a hangover worse then death every morning. Until one night, Effie’s given the chance to be something more.

World premiere of Buran Theatre’s T.B. HEETS 

continues The Tank’s 2017
Flint & Tinder Series

The Tank (Rosalind Grush and Rania Jumaily, co-artistic directors) is thrilled to present the world premiere of T.B. SHEETS written by Adam R. Burnett and directed by lisa nevada & Adam R. Burnett. Produced by Buran Theatre as part of The Tank’s Flint & Tinder series, T.B. SHEETS begins performances on Saturday, May 13 for a limited engagement through Saturday, May 27.  Press Opening is Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30 PM. The performance schedule is Monday at 7:30 PM, Wednesday – Friday at 7:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM & Sunday at 2:30 PM. Please note, there is no evening performance on Saturday, May 13. Performances are at The Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre at the A.R.T./New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues). Tickets are $25 for general admission; $35 for reserved seating. ($15 for students with a valid ID.) To purchase tickets, visit www.thetanknyc.org.

Set in a tuberculosis sanatorium on a remote mountainside (not unlike Magic Mountain), a community of terminally ill Ones transcend to an order of living saints and build a spaceship to escape their physical ailments. This dizzying and iconoclastic new work celebrates the power and beauty of the fragile body and the multiplicity and fluidity of identity.
News from Michelle Tabnick PR

Battery Dance
41st Annual New York Season
featuring 4 World Premieres

May 10-11, 2017

Battery Dance presents its 41st Annual New York Season on Wednesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 7:30pm at Schimmel Center at Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, NYC.  Tickets are $25 and are available at http://tickets.batterydance.org. An Opening Night Reception will follow the performance on May 10; tickets start at $250 and are available at http://openingnight.batterydance.org.   A free School Matinee Performance will take place on May 11 at 2pm (for school groups only); tickets are available by emailing Laura@batterydance.org.  On May 11, the evening performance will include a pre-performance talk at 6:30pm:  "The Role of the Arts as a Vehicle for Public Diplomacy" by Cornell University Professor Dr. Penny von Eschen, with an introduction by AFS-USA President Jorge Castro.

The artistry that has propelled Battery Dance into international prominence and its passionate social activism will merge as the Company unveils four new works in its 41st Annual New York Season at Schimmel Center. With the presence of dancers from Iraq and Romania on stage and the joining of creative forces with an Armenian-Syrian visual artist and Syrian and Tunisian composers, the Company's collaborative spirit is boosted to an all-time high.

On Foot
Reflecting his company's engagement with refugees and youth in conflict zones over the past decade, Jonathan Hollander has assembled artistic forces that pair the Company's brilliant ensemble of dancers with Kevork Mourad and Kinan Azmeh, Syria-born visual artist and musician respectively; Tunisian composer Anouar Brahem; and Iraqi dancer Hussein Smko, first recipient of the Company's Adel Euro Campaign for Dancers Seeking Refuge. This powerful collaboration yields choreography, visual imagery and music that pulsates with the life-force of refugees who overcome staggering odds to reach safety and promise in new lands, while mourning lost family and community members, perished dreams and destroyed homelands. Guest artists Kevork Mourad will participate in the performances by making art that becomes an immersive and ever-changing environment for the piece. Lighting design by Barry Steele and costumes by Tyler Holland will further enrich the production.

Following the pattern it established in 2011 with Autobiographica and continued in 2013 with Perceptual Motion, Battery Dance unleashes the choreographic talents of its dancers in the creation of a new ensemble work with segments spearheaded by each Company member. The group Matmos created an album sampled from reenactments of battles from The American Civil War and it is against this "musical" background that Company members express their responses to living in the current chaotic political environment. Each dancer has chosen a unique cut from the album and their movements are kinetic, athletic, fast-paced and visceral.

Double Knot
Channeling the talents of two young male dancers, Hussein Smko from Iraq and Razvan Stoian from Romania, Battery Dance's own Sean Scantlebury crafts a propulsive duet evoking imagery of wrestlers, gladiators, compatriots, competitors and brothers. Recently, Scantlebury was honored to be included in Dance.com's "15 Black Dancers Who Are Changing the World," second only to Misty Copeland.

Echoes of Erbil
Chants, gesture and movement combine in this evocative solo that references the land, traditions and culture of the Kurdish region of Iraq, created and performed by Hussein Smko, the first recipient of Battery Dance's Adel Euro Campaign for Dancers Seeking Refuge.
Dancers: Robin Cantrell, Mira Cook, , Clement Mensah, Bethany Mitchell, Sean Scantlebury, Razvan Stoian and Hussein Smko.
For more information, visit www.batterydance.org/nyseason.

Hunter College Opera Theater
Presents the World Theatre Premiere ofFireworks
an American opera buffa

May 11-12, 2017

Ardea Arts is pleased to announce that Hunter Opera Theater (HOT) will present the New York Theater Premiere of Fireworksan American opera buffa by composer Kitty Brazelton and writer-librettist Billy Aronson, commissioned and developed by Family Opera InitiativePerformances will take place at The Kaye Playhouse, E. 68th Street, Hunter College, NYC, Thursday and Friday, May 11-12, 2017 at 7:30pm. For more information, visitwww.ardeaarts.com/fireworksFor tickets please visit:  https://kayeplayhouse.primetix.com/Tickets/?perfid=1518

A one-act opera, Fireworks is a comedy and social commentary seen through the eyes of an intergalactic de Toqueville (IT) who travels to Earth to investigate why colored lights erupt every year at the same time and from the same place on a planet orbiting a star in the heavens. Landing, the alien encounters a host of quintessential American characters including a geeky high school boy, a rebellious teenage girl, an actor trying to make a name for himself, a harried single mother, and an immigrant park groundskeeper, all getting ready for a Fourth of July celebration. The Alien has explored zillions of galaxies, but she's never seen anything as brash, daring or infectious as this idea of democracy.
at the Theater at the 14th Street Y

Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 7:30pm

LABAlive returns for a final presentation this season with a theatrical exploration of OTHER on Thursday, May 11th at 7:30pm at the Theater at The 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, NYC. Tickets are 18 and available by phone at 646-995-4310 or online at 14streety.org/tickets.

LABAlive THREE: OTHERS will showcase the final group of presenting fellows for this year, Elana Greenfield, Laura Beatrix Newmark, and Michael Leibenluft, followed by a teaching by Reuben Namdar, LABA Teacher and Sapir Award Winner.  This night of new theatre will highlight the many ways that the theme OTHER resonates both personally and culturally.

Director Michael Leibenluft (Obie Award Winner), in association with Gung Ho Projects, will present Salesman之死, the story of Arthur Miller's journey to Beijing in 1983 to direct DEATH OF A SALESMAN.  In this theatrical investigation between the two iterations of this play  , conceived and directed by Michael Leibenluft with text by Jeremy Tiang, this work examines the question, what is this play in China?

The second of the three pieces, WRENCH by Elana Greenfield (Whiting Writers' Award in drama), is part IV of a six part play about two women living on ladders during a flood.  As the familiar world fades an ancient story/landscape begins to emerge.

The final of the three pieces is Hannah and Her Sisters: 5 stories on m(OTHER)hood by Laura Beatrix Newmark which examines the production of the next generation and how it inherently brings with it tremendous feelings of "otherness."  Featuring Jennifer Gilmore (author), Sara Ivry, Gabriella Spierer, Becky Skoff, and Laura Beatrix Newmark.

Applications are now open for the 2017-2018 LABA Fellowship.  The LABA Fellowship seeks culture makers from multiple artistic disciplines that are passionate about new Jewish culture, text study, and the creation of new work.  For details or to apply visit, labajournal.com. Selected fellows will be announced in late June.


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
presents ten-time GRAMMY® Award winner
Chaka Khan

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 7:30pm

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College concludes its 2016-17 season with internationally-acclaimed music icon Chaka Khan on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 7:30pm in a Gala fundraising concert.  A ten-time GRAMMY® Award-winning artist, she is perhaps best known for her timeless hits "I'm Every Woman," "Feel For You," and "Ain't Nobody."  Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday, December 8, with a special pre-sale period for Brooklyn Center members and VIPs beginning on Tuesday, December 6. Tickets are $45-$85, with a Gala ticket package available for $250 (which includes prime orchestra seating and a post-concert reception). Tickets can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College
2 train to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue
Online orders: BrooklynCenter.org
Box Office: 718-951-4500, Tuesday-Saturday, 1pm-6pm
Groups of 15 or more: 718-951-4600 x3331
2017 Carnaval Gala
Celebrating Trailblazing Latina Leaders
Legendary Actress and EGOT Winner
With the Toda Una Vida Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented by
Gina Rodriguez
CEO & Chairman of Pinnacle Group
Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship
With the Nuestra Inspiración Award
Presented by
Ralph de la Vega

Monday, May 15, 2017 at 6:30pm
The Plaza Hotel

Ballet Hispánico will honor Puerto Rican legendary actress and EGOT winner Rita Moreno with the Toda Una Vida Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by actressGina Rodriguez, and Ecuadorian-American Pinnacle Group Chairman and CEO Nina Vaca with the Nuestra Inspiración Award, presented by Ralph de la Vega, the formerVice Chairman of AT&T Inc. and CEO of Business Solutions & International, at its annual Carnaval Gala in The Plaza Hotel's Grand Ballroom, 768 Fifth Avenue, NYC. Cocktails begin at 6:30pm and dinner and dancing commence at 7:30pm. Proceeds, which last year totaled over $1.1 million, benefit the creation of new Company works, scholarships in the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance, and community arts education programs.

Attire for the event is festive black tie. To purchase tickets, a table, a journal advertisement, or for more information, please contact Lorraine LaHuta at (212) 362-6710, x28 or llahuta@ballethispanico.org
News from Polk and Co.

Last Week to See Roundabout Theatre Company's Presentation of
Arthur Miller's The Price 

Strictly Limited Engagement Will Conclude Sunday May 14 at 2:00 PM

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) will conclude its new Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s The Price, directed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company co-founder, Terry Kinney, on Sunday, May 14. The cast includesMark Ruffalo as “Walter Franz,” Tony Shalhoub as “Walter Franz,” Jessica Hecht as “Esther Franz” and Danny DeVito as “Gregory Solomon.”

When the Great Depression cost his family their fortune, Victor Franz (Ruffalo) gave up his dream of an education to support his father.  Three decades later, Victor has returned to his childhood home to sell the remainder of his parents’ estate.  His wife, his estranged brother, and the wily furniture dealer hired to appraise their possessions all arrive with their own agendas, forcing Victor to confront a question, long-stifled, about the value of his sacrifice.  One of the most personal plays by the consummate voice of the American everyman, Arthur Miller’s The Price is a riveting story about the struggle to make peace with the past and create hope for the future.

Tickets for The Price are available by calling 212.719.1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org, and in person at any Roundabout box office: American Airlines Theatre Box office (227 West 42nd Street); The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 W 46th Street) and Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street). All single tickets are $69-$179.

The Price plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.

For more information visit 

Amelie, A New Musical To Play Final Performance Sunday May 21 at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre


The new Broadway production of AMÉLIE, A NEW MUSICAL will play its final performance on Sunday, May 21, 2017 after playing 27 preview and 56 regular performances at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street).

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for AMÉLIE, A NEW MUSICAL will be released by a new imprint of the Warner Music Group, and will be available digitally on Friday, May 19, 2017 and in-stores on Friday, June 9, 2017. The original cast album is now available for pre-order at w.lnk.to/amelie.

Amélie is an extraordinary young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She covertly improvises small, but surprising acts of kindness that bring joy and mayhem. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realizes that to find happiness she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart. Come be inspired by this imaginative dreamer who finds her voice, discovers the power of connection and sees possibility around every corner. In these uncertain times, Amélie is someone to believe in.

Amélie is an extraordinary young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She covertly improvises small, but surprising acts of kindness that bring joy and mayhem. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realizes that to find happiness she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart. Come be inspired by this imaginative dreamer who finds her voice, discovers the power of connection and sees possibility around every corner. In these uncertain times, Amélie is someone to believe in.

For more information visit AmelieBroadway.com
Richard Hillman PR


 The producers of the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play, Church & State written by Jason Odell Williams, have announced a new block of tickets are now on sale for performances through September 3, 2017, at New World Stages (340 W. 50th Street – between 8th & 9th Avenues).  

Church & State is a fast-paced dramedy about faith, politics, and “The Twitter.” It’s three days before Charles Whitmore’s Senate re-election and he’s decided to finally tell the public exactly what’s on his mind, no filter. What could possibly go wrong?

Church & State is a 2017 Off-Broadway Alliance Award Nominee for Best New Play.
Church & State plays the following performance schedule: Monday at 8pm, Wednesday - Friday at 8pmSaturday 2pm & 8pmSunday3pm & 7:30pm.
Tickets are $59 - $105 and are available for purchase through Telecharge.com/212-239-6200.  They may also be purchased in person at the New World Stages Box Office (340 West 50th Street). Visit www.newworldstages.com for box office hours.

For more information visit www.churchandstatetheplay.com
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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