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Sunday, June 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday June 22 , 8:00 PM
Travis Tritt

For more information or to purchase tickets  click here

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

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

June 23 - July 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TO PURCHASE TICKETS!

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

June 25
Celebrate the LGBT Community

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

For more information click here
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PR Firm Roundup

News from BroadwayCon

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

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

WESTFIELD ANNOUNCES UP CLOSE: MICHELANGELO’S SISTINE CHAPEL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THREE CASTS FROM

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S

CURRENT SMASH HIT BROADWAY SHOWS WILL LEAD

A SING-ALONG IN

CENTRAL PARK WITH

SING FOR HOPE

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

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

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

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

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

What's on at the Wild Project

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

TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

June 22-24, 2017 at 7:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit southstreetseaportmuseum.org for reservation info.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Roundabout Road to Broadway
A Special 50th Anniversary Film

Wins Top Honors From All Four Awards

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

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

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

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News from Richard Hillman PR

ELVIS IS IN THE HOUSE
OPEN NOW!

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

TICKETS ON SALE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

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

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

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

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

Tickets for Attack of the Elvis Impersonators are priced at $79 with Premium Seats available at $99. Tickets may be purchased at Telecharge.com /212-239-6200.
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And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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