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

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday Special - More 2017/2018 Season Schedules Announced

59E59 Theaters announces Fall 2017 Line Up

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is proud to announce the line-up of shows for Fall 2017.  All performances take place at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Ticket prices and performance schedules vary. For tickets, call Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or online atwww.59e59.org.

Single tickets for the Fall 2017 season go on sale on September 12 at Noon for the general public with a special pre-sale available for 59E59 Members beginning on September 6 at Noon. 

59E59 Theaters Fall 2017 Line Up:

October 19 - November 12
KNIVES IN HENS written by David Harrower, directed by Paul Takacs
With Robyn Kerr, Alvin Keith, and more to be announced.
Produced by The Shop
Tickets: $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members)

In a preindustrial rural world, poised on the cusp of transformation, the fates of a young woman, her 
plowman husband, and the local miler collide in a quest for knowledge, agency, and freedom. David Harrower's seminal work of stark beauty unpacks the subtle power of words and ideas to liberate, empower, and lift the mind and soul.

October 20 – November 5
OCCUPIED TERRITORIES written by Nancy Bannon and Mollye Maxner, directed by Mollye Maxner
With Nancy Bannon, Kelley Rae O'Donnell, Cody Robinson, Donte Bonner, Diego Aguirre, Thony Mena, Nile Harris, and Nathan Jan Yaffe
Produced by Theater Alliance of Washington, DC in association with Available Potential Enterprises
Tickets: $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members)

When Jude enters her estranged father’s basement on the night of his funeral she unleashes his secret past. As she digs, two worlds collide, challenging everything she always believed about her family. This powerfully intimate theatrical event carries us between a suburban basement and the jungles of Vietnam.OCCUPIED TERRITORIES won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography and was nominated for Outstanding New Play and Direction.

October 22 – October 29
DOLORES CLAIBORNE composed by Tobias Picker, libretto by J.D. McClatchy, conducted by Pacien Mazzagatti, directed by Michael Capasso
With a cast TBA
Produced by New York City Opera
Tickets: $25-$75 ($25-$49 for 59E59 Members)

Hailed at its premiere by Opera News as 'a significant new work... a triumph for all concerned,' the impact of Stephen King's psychodrama is heightened in this intimate, new adaptation of Tobias Picker's opera. New York City Opera Principal Conductor Pacien Mazzagatti leads the production.

November 8 – November 26 
TOYS: A Dark Fairy Tale written by Saviana Stanescu, directed by Gabor Tompa
With Tunde Skovran and Julia Ubrankovics
Produced by J.U.S.T. Toys Productions
Tickets: $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members)

Shari was born in a war-torn country, alone and fending for herself; Clara grew up in New York with the best of everything. These two very different characters — who led two very different lives — meet in an explosive encounter and discover a shared secret from their past. This presentation is made possible through the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York.

November 7 - December 17
THE MAD ONES, book, 
music and lyrics by Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk, directed by Stephen Brackett
With cast TBD
Produced by Prospect Theater Company
Tickets: $25 - $70 ($25 - $49 for 59E59 Members)

Featuring break-out hit songs “Run Away with Me” and “Say the Word”, THE MAD ONES immerses audiences in the complex inner life of Samantha Brown—a young woman on the brink of change. Sitting in her parent’s driveway, Samantha faces a choice: will she follow in her mother's footsteps, or take the dare of her impetuous best friend and chart a new path?

November 16 - December 10
THE BRIEFLY DEAD, written by Stephen Kaliski, directed by Elizabeth Ostler
With Mia Aguirre, Kristin Fulton, Paul Hinkes, Ben Kaufman, Sofiya Cheyenne Perez, Katie Proulx, Sarah Wadsley, and Ioanna Zafiropoulos
Produced by Adjusted Realists
Tickets: $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members)

Good news: you actually can bring the love of your life back from the dead! Bad news: breakfast the next morning is really awkward. When it comes to the unexpected resurrection of his beloved wife Alcestis, King Admetos learns the hard way that the aftermath of a miracle ain't as peachy as we might assume. A Doll's House, Part 2 for the Ancient Greek theater, THE BRIEFLY DEAD reinvents a classic play with a sharply contemporary celebration of its powerful heroine returning home to settle the score.

November 28 - December 31
CROSS THAT RIVER book and lyrics by Allan and Pat Harris, music by Allan Harris, directed by Regge Life
With Maya Azucena, Allan Harris, Alan Grubner, Miki Hayama, Seth Johnson, Caroline Leonhart, Jeffery Smith, Shirazette Tinnin, and Jay White
Produced by Love Productions Records
Tickets: $25-$35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members)

The unsettled West of the 1860s provides a new life and new dreams for Blue, a run-away slave, who escapes to Texas to become one of America’s first Black Cowboys. This compelling tale of freedom integrates fiction with historical fact, and each song presents a different page in this complicated chapter of American History. The story of Blue begins in Louisiana, and with every song of this highly-infectious score, the audience is moved further along on Blue’s harrowing journey across the Sabine River to freedom in the Wild West. Each song tells a unique story, at times joyful, sometimes tragic, but always a poignant chronicle of enduring perseverance.

December 12 - December 31
A REGULAR LITTLE HOUDINI, written and directed by Daniel Llewelyn-Williams
With Daniel Llewelyn-Williams
Produced by Flying Bridge Theatre Limited
Tickets: $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members)

Edwardian Newport, South Wales: A dockworker's son, smitten by Harry Houdini, dreams of a life of magic. Doggedly training himself to emulate his hero on the industrial detritus, his relentless ambition finally brings him face-to-face with the world’s greatest showman - and one of the most terrifying events in British industrial history.
Dorrance Dance Announces 2017-2018 Season

Tap dance company Dorrance Dance, founded by Artistic Director and 2015 MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance, announces New York City performance dates, new works, and tour schedule for the 2017-2018 season. The season will include performances at renowned venues across the United States and in Canada, Germany, and France.

Highlights of the season include:

  • The World Premiere of Myelination at New York City Center's Fall for Dance Festival as the second half of Program 1 on October 2-3, 2017Myelination will be seen again in New York for an extended run during the Company's
    Joyce Theater season from December 19- 31, 2017, where it will be accompanied by to-be-announced repertory highlighting Dorrance Dance's range and versatility;
  • Myelination will also be seen on tour stops this fall in Beverly Hills, Berkeley, and Davis, CA; next winter in Lake Worth, FL, Greenville, NC, Richmond, VA; and followed by spring performances in Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC, with additional dates to be announced. Among the tour repertory accompanying the new work are revivals of Dorrance's Jungle Blues (2012) and Three to One(2011);
  • Dorrance Dance will make its company debut in France with ETM: Double Down(2016) in March 2018 on tour stops at Maison de la Danse in Lyon and at La Comedie de Clermont-Ferrand in Clermont-Ferrand; and
  • Michelle Dorrance's seminal work, SOUNDspace (2013), will be revived in its full-length form in Cologne, Germany at Oper Koln in March for the first time since spring of 2014.
2017-2018 Season

October 2-3, 2017 - New York, NY
Myelination (World Premiere)
An expansion of a piece with the same name that originally premiered at New York City Center's 2015 Fall for Dance Festival, Myelination (2017) has been extended into a new, full-length work with original live music composed by Prawn til Dante (Gregory Richardson and Donovan Dorrance) featuring vocals by Aaron Marcellus. The piece, in which each dancer is both an ensemble member and an improvisational soloist, challenges the performers to take risks and achieve new heights of technical and musical execution inside of the form of tap dance.

October 12-14, 2017 - Beverly Hills, CA
Myelination, Jungle Blues, Three to One
Accompanying the West-coast premiere of Myelination (2017), is a revival of the whimsical Jungle Blues (2012) and the rarely seen, Bessie-Award-winning Three to One (2011), described as"an odd, seemingly impossible marriage of tap and modern dance that came off edgy, seductive, and smart" by Sid Smith of The Chicago Tribune.

October 27, 2017 - Berkeley, CA
Myelination, Jungle Blues, Three to One

October 29, 2017 - Davis, CA
Myelination, Jungle Blues, Three to One

November 15, 2017 - Storrs, CT
ETM: Double Down
The company will also continue touring its work ETM: Double Down(2016), which Brian Siebert of The New York Times called "a fresh and innovative show... when ETM: Double Down is rocking, Dorrance Dance is one big band." Choreographed by Ms. Dorrance and longtime collaborator Nicholas Van Young, the work features tap "instruments" of Young's original design, through which the score is not simply danced to - but danced BY the company.

December 19-31, 2017 - New York, NY
Myelination, Additional Repertory TBA

January 19-20, 2018 - Lake Worth, FL
Myelination, Jungle Blues, Three to One

January 28, 2018 - Greenville, NC
Myelination, Jungle Blues, Three to One

February 2, 2018 - Richmond, VA
Myelination, Jungle Blues, Three to One

February 23, 2018 - Blacksburg, VA
ETM: Double Down

February 27, 2018 - University Park, PA
ETM: Double Down

March 2, 2018 - North Bethesda, MD
ETM: Double Down
Music Center at Strathmore

March 7-11, 2018 - Lyon, France
ETM: Double Down

March 13-14, 2018 - Clermont-Ferrand, France
ETM: Double Down

March 16, 2018 - Cologne, Germany
Originally a site-specific work that explored the unique acoustics of New York City's St. Mark's Church through the myriad sounds and textures of the feet, Dorrance'sSOUNDspace has been adapted and continues to explore what is most beautiful and exceptional about tap dancing - movement as music. Brian Siebert of The New York Times said of SOUNDspace that "Ms. Dorrance makes full use of tone, timbre, volume, tempo and, of course, rhythm, constructing patterns that lock together thrillingly."

April 7, 2018 - Seattle, WA
Myelination, Jungle Blues, Three to One

April 13-14,2018 - Vancouver, CA
Myelination, Jungle Blues, Three to One

Announces 2017-18 Season
Including New York Performances,
Washington National Opera's Aida, Touring,
and New Community Programming

New York Performances of Choreographer:
American Ballet Theatre's Fall Season
Lincoln Center's White Light Festival
Host Community Programming at Frank Sinatra School for the Arts

 Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) announces 2017-18 Season including performances in NYC, national and international touring, and new community programming.
Ms. Lang has created choreography for Verdi's Aida presented by Washington National Opera through September 23, 2017 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Opera House, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC.Shehas also been commissioned to create a pièce d'occasion for American Ballet Theatre's Fall 2017 Season Gala at The David H. Koch Theater on October 18, 2017. In addition, Lang's 2016 work for the company, Her Notes, is again part of ABT's fall season programming, running through October 29, 2017.

Jessica Lang Dance will perform as part of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival, with a company premiere of Stabat Mater from November 1-2, 2017.

The company will present for the first time in Moscow, Russia in December 2017, and will tour nationally throughout the country, with appearances in California, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Wisconsin, among others.

In addition to the NYC performances of Lang's work, JLD isestablishing two new community programs in Queens this fall.  JLD's community programs will include an Open Rehearsal on September 30, 2017 and a Weekend Workshop on October 14 & 15, 2017.


For American Ballet Theatre's 2017 fall season at The David H. Koch Theater, Lang has been commissioned to create a pièce d'occasion forthe Opening Night Gala. This new work will be created for and performed by ABT apprentices, the ABT Studio Company and students from the upper level of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School . This new work will receive it's World Premiere at the Opening Night Gala on October 18. Lang's work Her Notes, will also be performed on select nights by American Ballet Theatre season which runs October 18 - October 29.  Her Notes received its World Premiere on October 20, 2016 at the Koch Theater in New York City.  Set to the music of Fanny Mendelssohn, Lang collaborated with Lighting Designer, Nicole Pearce and Costume Designer, Bradon McDonald to create a piece that is "tasteful, substantial and very satisfying"(The Huffington Post).

Tickets for American Ballet Theatre's 2017 Fall season at the David H. Koch Theater, priced from $25, are available online, at the Koch Theater box office or by phone at212-496-0600.  Performance-only tickets for the Opening Night Gala begin at $25.  The David H. Koch Theater is located at Lincoln Center, Broadway and 63rd Street in New York City.  For more information, visit ABT's website at www.abt.org..


Wednesday, November 1 and Thursday, November 2 at 7:30 pm
Jessica Lang Dance
Jessica Lang, director and choreographer
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Speranza Scappucci, conductor
Andriana Chuchman, soprano
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Mark McCullough, lighting designer
Bradon McDonald, costume designer
Marjorie Bradley Kellogg, set designer
Kelley Rourke, titles design
Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall
White Light Lounges follow each performance
With English supertitles

On November 1 & 2 Jessica Lang Dance will perform the Company Premiere of Jessica Lang's work, Stabat Mater, as a part of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival. In this work, Lang has taken Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, a sorrowful and heartrending psalm of the Virgin Mary's lamentations at the crucifixion, and created "one of the most extraordinary experiences an opera-goer is likely to see" (operawarhorses).  Lang combined "gracious flow and arresting gesture" (New York Times), creating "an overall experience of potent emotional impact" (Operatoday). Performed by countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and soprano Andriana Chuchman with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, conducted by Speranza Scappucci. Developed at the Glimmerglass Festival, Lang's Stabat Mater premiered in Cooperstown, New York, in 2013, and receives its first New York City performances at the 2017 White Light Festival, presented by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

 Tickets for the 2017 White Light Festival areavailable online at  WhiteLightFstival.org, or by calling Center Charge at 212.721.6500or at the David Geffen or Alice Tully Hall Box Office (Broadway and 65th Street).


On September 30, Jessica Lang Dance will be hosting an open rehearsal at Frank Sinatra School for the Arts in Astoria.  Community members can join JLD for a behind-the-scenes look at a professional dance company. Walk in at anytime between 10:30am-3:00pm and observe JLD's company ballet class followed by rehearsal. At 2:00 pm, there will be an informal showing followed by an audience Q&A with Jessica and her company members. This event is FREE and open to the public. Families are welcomed.

On October 14 and 15, 2017 JLD will be hosting a two-day artistic and creative workshop with Jessica Lang and her Company designed for pre-professional dancers ages 17+. Participants will take classes taught by Jessica Lang, learn JLD rep and have the opportunity to interact with the company members through Q&A sessions, lectures with Lang's collaborators and information demonstrations.
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Announces 2017-2018 Season:
Year of the Dog Celebration in Brooklyn, Newark, Flushing, Bronx & Staten Island
NextMove Dance Festival in Philadelphia
Company in Residence at New Jersey City University

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, a renowned international touring dance company led by Chinese American choreographer Nai-Ni Chen, announces an exciting 2017-18 season.
The season will begin at American Dance Guild's 60th Year Anniversary in Citigroup Theatre at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York. Ms. Chen will then go to Case Western Reserve University to adapt one of her signature dances, Bamboo Prayer, on the Dance Department students in their prestigious MFA program.

In the 2017-2018 season, the Company will continue to be in residence at the New Jersey City University in Jersey City, NJ with extensive community activities including dance curriculum planning, teaching and rehearsing, research and choreography.

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is honored to have been selected in two prestigious regional arts presenter conference this year. First, by Southern Arts to appear in the annual Performing Arts Exchange's prestigious juried showcase program at the Rialto Center in Atlanta on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 5:30pm. On October 18 at 9:30pm, the Company will be performing in Arts Northwest's juried showcase in Seattle, WA.
In January and February 2018, to chase away the winter blues, the Company will showcase the eye-popping, colorful extravaganza of the Company's 20th Lunar New Year Festival, celebrating The Year of the Dog at Brooklyn College, Queens College, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

To establish and maintain a world-class dance company which creates vibrant new works that celebrates the diversity of the global community has been the main focus of Nai-NiChen since she began her company 28 years ago.  She enjoyed collaborations with other artists to promote the understanding of arts and humanities. And through this she is hoping to reach out to a broader and more diverse audience base.  This season is no different. Ni-Ni Chen is actively working on a series of new works that reflect the hope, joy, and struggle that she is facing as an immigrant artist.  On Saturday, March 24, 2018, Nai-Ni Chen returns with the world renowned Ahn Trio to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center for the premiere of their new collaboration "A Quest for Freedom". Following the NJPAC performance, the Ahns will join the Company again at the Prince Theatre in Philadelphia in the NextMove Dance Festival from April 18-20, 2018.

The season will continue with an appearance on Ellis Island in the Asian American Heritage Month in May. The Company will be presenting the third Imagine Ellis Island Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Festival in the Great Hall of Immigration on Ellis Island.
Followers and audience can gain an early glimpse of the Company's new works during our open rehearsal sessions and at Flushing Town Hall in New York; at Aljira in Newark, NJ and as well as at pop-up locations around the NY/NJ area to be announced on our e-newsletter. 
In addition to developing new dances, Nai-Ni Chen is equally committed to introduce the Chinese American heritage to children and family in diverse communities. Her K-12 assembly program The Art of Chinese Dance is performed throughout the year in schools and community centers in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
Continuing its commitment to preserve and advance dance in the Chinese American community in New Jersey, the Company offers regularly scheduled community workshops at the Metuchen Dance Centre every Saturday with award-winning instructors from China, Taiwan and US.

2017-18 Upcoming Events


Fri. 9/8/2017 8pm 
American Dance Guild at 60, Festival at Ailey Citigroup Theater Tickets Available Here
Wed. 9/27/2017 5:30pm
 Performing Arts Exchange, Southern Arts Showcase, Atlanta, GA, Call us at800-650-0246 for more info.


Tue. 10/10/2017 9:30pm 
Arts Northwest Showcase in Tacoma, WA.  Call us at 800-650-0246 for more info.


Wed. 1/31/2018  10am & 11:30am
Lehman College Performing Arts Center, Sponsored by Arts On Stage,  Red Firecrackers for Chinese New Year for K-12


Fri. 2/2/2018  
TBA International House, NYC, Year of the Dog Celebration
Thu. 2/8Fri. 2/9/2018 10am &12:30pm 
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Year of the Dog Celebration for K-12 Schools

Sat. 2/10/2018  2pm & 7pm  
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Year of the Dog Celebration
Sun. 2/11/2018  3pm  
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Year of the Dog Celebration

Tue. 2/27/2018 10am  
College of Staten Island Performing Arts Center, Enrichment Through the Arts,  Red Firecrackers for Chinese New Year for K-12 Schools

Wed. 3/1/2018  10:30am  
Kupferberg Center For the Performing Arts, Queens College, Year of the Dog Celebration for K-12 Schools


Thu. 3/1/2018  10:30am  
Kupferberg Center For the Performing Arts, Queens College, Year of the Dog Celebration for K-12 Schools

Sat. 3/24/2018 7:30pm    
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, A Quest for Freedom with Nai-Ni Chen and the Ahn Trio


Sun. 4/15 2pm Flushing Town Hall, CrossCurrent V, A Celebration of Asian American Dance Artistry

Thu 4/19Fri 4/20Sat 4/21


Sun. 5/6/2018  12pm
Great Hall of Immigration, Ellis Island National Monument, Imagine Ellis Island AAPI Heritage Festival

For more information, please visit info@nainichen.org.

First Annual Ciderfest and Extended Schedule for Parks on Tap, Plus the Return of GLOW in the Park, LOVE Your Park, and “A Very Philly Christmas”

September 6, 2017 – Philadelphia, PA – As the leaves turn colors and the air cools, Philadelphia’s parks will continue to bustle with activity. Featuring everything from leaf raking to cocktails and dancing, Fall 2017 may be the busiest ever in Fairmount Park and throughout Philadelphia’s beloved neighborhood parks.

Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation are pleased to share the following the highlights:


What: First Annual Ciderfest at the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park

When: Saturday, September 30, 12pm-4p

Where: Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill Mansion, Lemon Hill Mansion, Mount Pleasant, Historic Strawberry Mansion, Woodford Mansion

Details: Sip hard cider samples from the region’s best cideries while enjoying live music, self-guided tours of the houses, houses-to-house transportation via PHLASH, and food for purchase from a selection of popular food trucks.

Tickets: Ciderfest is presented by Fairmount Park Conservancy. Tickets are $40 per person in advance; $50 on day of event and include souvenir tasting cup and transportation via PHLASH. This event is for visitors aged 21 and over; valid ID required. For tickets and further details, see: fairmountpark.ticketleap.com

What: Parks on Tap Traveling Beer Garden

When: September 6 – October 1, Wednesdays through Sundays

Where:  Mount Pleasant Mansion in East Fairmount Park (9/6 - 9/10
              Pretzel Park in Manayunk (9/13 - 9/17)
              Burholme Park in the Northeast (9/20 - 9/24)
              Powers Park in Port Richmond (9/27 - 10/1)

Details:   Parks on Tap is Philadelphia's traveling beer garden that gives back. It is a partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy, and FCM Hospitality that brings a beer garden to a different Philadelphia park each week.  Enjoy the last 4 weeks of this year’s 20-week run! Each location provides fresh food, beer on tap, wine, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages in a festive outdoor environment featuring comfortable chairs and hammocks, and clean restrooms. We also offer a variety of family friendly activities and weekly programming. Hours are: W/Th 5pm-10pm; Fri/Sat 1pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-10pm. For details, see: parksontap.com


What:   GLOW in the Park

When:   Thursday, October 19, 6pm-9:30pm

Where:    Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, 100 N. Horticultural Drive

Details:   For the 6th year in a row, GLOW in the Park will illuminate an area within Philly’s parks for an evening of music, food, drinks and surprises. This year we’ll gather at the Reflecting Pool outside the Horticulture Center to view a specially commissioned art piece while enjoying delicious bites from Starr Catering and a great selection of beer, wine and cocktails.

Tickets: GLOW in the Park is Fairmount Park Conservancy’s annual membership event to build the next generation of park champions. Proceeds from this event will support creek restoration at the nearby Lansdowne and Montgomery Creeks. Tickets for non-members range from $60 for early-bird purchase by 9/22 to $100 at the door, subject to availability. For tickets and further details, see:  fairmountpark.ticketleap.com


What: LOVE Your Park Fall Service Day

When: Saturday, November 4

Where: 100+ neighborhood parks throughout Philadelphia

Details: Join volunteers of your local Park Friends Group to rake leaves, plant trees, clean up litter, and prepare your neighborhood park for winter. Hours and activities vary at different locations.

Registration: LOVE Your Park is a program of Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and features a week of activities in the Spring and a Service Day in the Fall, all coordinated by members of the Park Friends Network. Registration opens October 4: see loveyourpark.org


What: “A Very Philly Christmas” at the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park

Where: Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill Mansion, Lemon Hill Mansion, Historic Strawberry Mansion, Woodford Mansion

When:  Holiday Tours offered November 30-December 31; check website for dates and times. Special programming: Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3; Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10; 10am-4pm.

Details:  “A Very Philly Christmas” will feature four special days of programming with activities at five of the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park.

Saturday, December 2: Sounds of the Season: Join us as the Historic Houses showcase some of the best regarded music organizations in town such as Opera Philadelphia, the Clef Club of Jazz & the Performing Arts, Choral Arts Philadelphia, and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra.

Sunday, December 3: Family Day: Bring your favorite young ones for a day of fun and frolic. Make sure to stop at Lemon Hill Mansion for a picture-perfect visit with Santa! Do some fun kids’ activities and sample hot cocoa and delicious treats. Top off your day with a horse-drawn carriage ride near Laurel Hill Mansion.

Saturday, December 9: Neighbor’s Day: Stop by the Historic Houses as we celebrate the many talents of our nearby neighbors! Enjoy wonderful local music and food.

Sunday, December 10: Flavors of the Season: Bring your appetite and culinary curiosity to the Historic Houses where you can sample treats and get some cooking tips from some of the best local food purveyors including GARCES, Shane Confectionery, and Birchtree Catering.

Tickets: “A Very Philly Christmas” is a project of Fairmount Park Conservancy in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and collaborating organizations. Admission price per house is $8 or $35 for a 5-house pass which includes house-to-house transporation. Children under 12 receive free admission. For further information about each house and to purchase tickets, see: holidaysinthepark.com.


Book and Lyrics by Bob and Tobly McSmith
Music and Arrangements by Assaf Gleizner
Music Direction by Kristen Rosenfeld
Directed by Paul Stancato
Performances begin October 13, 2017
Limited engagement through December 31, 2017
at St. Luke’s Theatre
308 West 46th Street, NY, NY


Lynn Shore Entertainment, Theater Mogul and McSmith Family Entertainment present FRIENDS! The Musical Parody, the unauthorized parody of the hit TV show by the creators of Bayside! The Saved by the Bell Musical and 90210! The Musical. Performances are set to begin on October 13, 2017 at St. Luke’s Theatre (308 West 46th Street – between 8th & 9th Avenues) and continue throughDecember 31, 2017.

FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is the hilarious new musical that lovingly lampoons TV’s Friends! You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll Unagi! Friends! The Musical Parody celebrates and pokes fun at the wacky misadventures of a group of 20-something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in 1990s Manhattan.  It’s a seemingly typical day at New York's only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride with beautiful hair enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear. Get ready to PIVOT to St Luke’s Theatre!

Created by Bob and Tobly McSmith, the duo that created five critically acclaimed musical parodies including Bayside! The Saved by the Bell Musical (NY Times Critics’ Pick), 90210! The Musical, Full House! The Musical starring Perez Hilton, Showgirls! The Musical, and Katdashians! The Musical!

Directed by Paul Stancato (Jekyll & Hyde, The Lion King), the 6-member cast will feature Seth Blum (90210! The Musical) as Chandler, Lisa Graye (Balloon Boy: The Musical) as Monica, Katie Johantgen (Lucky Stiff) as Phoebe, Patricia Sabulis (Ambition: The American Female Serial Killer Musical) as Rachel, Alan Trinca (Full House! The Musical) as Joey, and Landon Zwick (90210! The Musical) as Ross.

The performance schedule for FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is: Wednesday at 8:00 PM, Thursday at 7:00 PM, Friday at 10:00 PM, Saturday at 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM, Sunday at 2:00 PM

Tickets are $39.50 -$69.50 (Premium seating at $99.50) and are available through Telecharge.com/ (212) 239-6200.  Tickets may also be purchased at the St. Luke’s Theatre box office (308 West 46th Street): Monday 2pm-6pm, Tuesday 2:30pm-6pm, Wednesday 2pm-6pm, Thursday 2:30pm-6pm, Friday 2pm-6pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 12noon-7:30pm. Parental Advisory (explicit language).  Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

For more information, please visit www.friendsmusicalparody.com.

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Written by Debra Whitfield

Performances began October 12, 2017

Opening Night is October 18, 2017

Limited run through October 28, 2017

244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor


Chatillion Stage Company (Debra Whitfield, Artistic Director), presents the world premiere of the new play FIRE written by Debra Whitfield (Duck Sauce Can Be Dangerous).  Directed by Benjamin Viertel (The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant), the 8-member cast will feature Connie Castanzo (The Rivals), Ben Edelman (Significant Other), Kevin Lowry (Sweet & Lucky), Paulette Oliva (Barbicide), Laura King Otazo (Insignificant), Jay Russell (End of the Rainbow), Malka Wallick (Outer Banks) and Stuart Zagnit (Newsies).

The limited engagement of FIRE begins Thursday evening,October 12, 2017 continuing through Saturday evening, October  28, 2017 at Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios and Theatres (244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor).  Opening Night is set for Wednesday evening, October 18, 2017

The Triangle Waist Company fire on March 25, 1911, lives in infamy as one of the worst disasters in the history of New York City. In just a few short minutes, over one hundred and forty lives were abruptly extinguished when the 8th, 9th and 10th floors of the Triangle Waist Company were consumed by fire on that fateful March day.  Most of the casualties were female immigrants who had come to America to start new lives for themselves and for their families. Many of the girls sent portions of their meager incomes back home to their relatives who remained in the “old country.” The young women had believed the stories they had read about American streets being “paved with gold.”  The reality was, the only gold they saw were the gold coins pocketed by the manufacturers.

FIRE dramatically interweaves fictionalized stories about these young transplants with actual testimony from the trial against the owners of the factory. It poetically explores the theme of avarice juxtaposed against the dream of living in a new land and all the promise that goes along with it.

Fire resonates today because one of the baser human desires, greed, pervades the world culture as much now, if not more, than it did back in 1911. The play is ultimately about overcoming adversity and never giving up hope for a better life.

The creative team includes Bryce Cutler (scenic & projection design), Emily Chalmers (costumes), Deborah Constantine (lights), Carlene Stober (sound), Ed Matthew (sound), Debra Moolin (props), Inga Thrasher (hair/make-up consultant), Colleen Gleason (dialect coach), James McSweeney (technical director), and Toro Communications (social media). The Production Stage Manager is Emily Zepeda with Skye Cone, Assistant Stage Manager.

FIRE will play the following performance schedule:  Wednesday – Friday at 8:00pm, and Saturday at 3:00pm & 8:00pm and Sunday at 3:00 .  PLEASE NOTE:  There is a special added performance on October 17 at 8:00 pm.. Opening night is set for Wednesday evening, October 18 at 8:00 pm.

ts for FIRE are priced at $30, cash at the door, or $25 (plus convenience fee) on line or via phone, and may be purchased visiting the show website at FIREtheplay.com or through Theatermania/Ovation tix at theatermania.com or by calling (866) 811-4111.  Tickets for opening night on Wednesday October 18 at 8:00 pm,  are priced at $100 (includes a post-show VIP reception).

For additional information, please visit FIREtheplay.com

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Written and performed by Borislaw Bilash

Performances began July 22, 2017

Open-End Run
at The Physics Theatre
300 West 43rd Street, entrance just west of 8th Avenue

Producer Eric Krebs announces the latest in performance science - That Chemistry Show, written and performed by Borislaw Bilash, now in performance at The Physics Theatre (300 West 43rd Street).

A candle that moves water, a paper cup that won't burn, a firefly without fire. An atomic flash, weaponized sugar, a hydrogen bomb. Genie in a bottle, secret writing, elephant toothpaste...Yes! All these and more comprise That Chemistry Show, 80 minutes of incredible exploration led by long-time "mad scientist" Borislaw Bilash. Get ready for amazement and lots of laughter as Borislaw combines the world of chemistry and the world of show business. Your own world will never be boring again!

“I figured that if That Physics Show could play to over 30,000 audience members since it opened off-Broadway in February,2016, maybe we were on to something,” says producer Krebs. “With all the interest in science in our education system and in our political system, I wondered what a chemistry show might look like. We invited Borislaw to show us the best “wow” demonstrations that he had – and WOW! -  we were mightily entertained. If one science show is good, two would be even better. So, That Chemistry Show was born.”

That Chemistry Show joins That Physics Show, the 2016 Drama Desk Award-winning Off-Broadway sensation that is now in its second smash year, in a rotating schedule at The Physics Theatre.

The performance schedule for That Chemistry Show is Saturday & Sunday at 12:00 pm

Tickets are $39 and can be purchased online at www.thatchemistryshow.com or by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111. Tickets for groups of 10+ are $29.  Please call (212) 967-8278 for more information.


Written and performed by David Maiullo
Directed by Eric Krebs
at The Physics Theatre
300 West 43rd Street, entrance just west of 8th Avenue


That Physics Show, recipient of the 2016 Drama Desk Award for “Unique Theatrical Experience,” written and performed by lifetime physics demonstrator David Maiullo Maiullo (and his alternate, fellow physics demonstrator Andrew Yolleck) continues at The Physics Theatre (300 West 43rd Street – entrance just west of 8th Avenue) where performances began January 30, 2016.  Eric Krebs produces and directs.

What damage can a ping-pong ball do as it hurtles 700 miles an hour through a vacuum tube? Can you see the shape of sound in a dancing flame? “OH, NO! That bowling ball is going to smash him in the face”…but it didn’t!

Based on the hundreds of physics experiments that are presented at physics conferences and in classrooms across the country, That Physics Show features segments on motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, sound waves and sound vibration, light waves, temperature and many more from the world in which we live - a world controlled by physics.

You’ve never seen anything like this before! Mr. Maiullo has been a physics demonstrator at Rutgers University for over 20 years and most recently became a regular on “The Weather Channel” and a presenter at national physics festivals.

That Physics Show, the 2016 Drama Desk Award-winning Off-Broadway sensation that is now in its second smash year, joins That Chemistry Show in a rotating schedule at The Physics Theatre.

The performance schedule for That Physics Show is Saturdays & Sundays at 3:00 pm with special weekday student matinees.

Tickets are $39-$49 and can be purchased online at www.ThatPhysicsShow.com or by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111.  Tickets for groups of 10+ are $24 and groups of 60+ are $19.  Please call (212) 967-8278 for more information.


257 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019

Amas Musical Theatre, now in its 49th year, provides an artistic home for writers, composers, and lyricists to create and develop new work, from first draft to full-scale production.

In the last ten years alone Amas has worked with over 60 creative teams in the development of their new musicals, and has professionally presented Labs, Workshops and Mainstage productions to audiences totaling over 50,000.

The Amas Six O'Clock Musical Theatre Lab
Six O'Clock Musical Theatre Labs Series is a development program for writers, lyricists, and composers to mount staged readings of their new musicals. These are generally first or early readings with an established director and performers, typically after a 29 hour rehearsal period.

Each work generally receives three or four performances and the creative teams benefit from audience feedback (from both industry insiders and the general public). Amas also gives creative teams an opportunity to engage in a structured, in-depth analysis of strengths and weaknesses and gain consensus on the most beneficial next steps.

Workshop Program
The Workshop Program gives composers, lyricists and librettists the opportunity to continue to work on a more polished and complete version of their new work, with longer rehearsal periods and more production values.

Workshop Productions generally entail a two to three-week rehearsal period culminating in a series of performances using minimal costumes, lighting and sets. At this stage, the focus remains on the words and the music.

Amas Mainstage Program
The Amas Mainstage Program gives select musicals a full Off-Broadway run for four to six weeks. The shows are fully produced, and critics attend. These productions generally run under an Equity LOA contract.

312 West 36th St, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10018

The Barrow Group Theatre Company (Seth Barrish and Lee Brock, Co-Artistic Directors; Robert Serrell, Executive Director), recipient of a Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award, has announced its lineup for the 2017-2018 season with the New York premiere of Muswell Hill, a play by Torben Betts, followed by the world premiere of The Things with Feathers , a new play by Scott Organ, the revival of A Walk in the Woods by Lee Blessing, and a special benefit performance of the award-winning solo play The Tricky Part by Martin Moran at The Barrow Group Mainstage Theatre (312 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor).

The Barrow Group Theatre Company launches the three-show season in its newly renovated theatre space with a one-night benefit performance of Martin Moran's award-winning solo-show The Tricky Part directed by Seth Barrish on Monday evening,October 16, 2017 at The Barrow Group Mainstage Theatre (312 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor).   A pre-show cocktail party and raffle will begin at 7:30 pm.   Tickets are priced at $75.

The Tricky Part was developed at The Barrow Group.  Following its premiere in 2004, The Tricky Part received a 2004 Obie Award, two Drama Desk Award nominations (Outstanding Play and Outstanding Solo Performance), an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination (Outstanding Solo Performance) and a GLAAD Media Award Nomination (Outstanding NY Theater: Broadway and Off-Broadway). Martin Moran has performed The Tricky Part throughout the United States and internationally. He has also authored an award-winning memoir by the same title, published by Anchor Press.  Ben Brantley of The New York Times called The Tricky Part "a translucent memoir of a play ... shattering and affecting."

Ticket sales and contributions will go towards funding The Barrow Group Theatre Company's upcoming three-show production season.

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New York Premiere
Muswell Hill
A play by Torben Betts
a co-production with The Pond Theatre Company
Directed by Shannon Patterson
November 11 - December 16, 2017
Opening Night is set for November 20, 2017
at The Barrow Group Mainstage Theatre (312 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor)

Following their sold-out run of Abigail’s Party last fall, The Barrow Group Theatre Company and The Pond Theatre Company present the New York premiere of Muswell Hill by Torben Betts.  Set in a leafy north London suburb, this black comedy chronicles an evening in which a number of friends gather over dinner, discussing their day-to-day worries while halfway around the world a natural disaster is occurring.

Torben Betts is a multi award-winning British playwright, described by Alan Ayckbourn as “one of the most exciting theatre writing talents I have come across in many a year.”

Sat, 11/11 - Tues, 11/14; Fri ,11/17 - Mon, 11/20; Wed, 11/29 - Mon, 12/4; Wed, 12/6 - Mon. 12/11; Wed, 12/13 - Sat, 12/16

All performances are at 8:00 pm except Sundays (7:00 pm) and Opening Night (11/20 at 8:00 pm)

Starting at $25

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World Premiere
The Thing With Feathers
A play by Scott Organ
Directed by Seth Barrish
January 10 - February 10, 2018
at The Barrow Group Mainstage Theatre (312 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor)

A world premiere with a cast of four, The Thing With Feathers feels almost like a thriller as Scott Organ masterfully spins the tale of an underage teenager who is seduced by an older man on the internet.  Things are not as they seem, however.

The Barrow Group Theatre Company has produced a number of Mr. Organ’s plays (Phoenix; Afraid. Yes. Of.; The Mulligan, The Faithful). 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Sat, 1/13 - Tues, 1/16; Fri ,11/19 - Sun, 1/22; Wed, 1/24 - Mon, 1/29; Wed, 1/31 - Mon 2/5; Wed, 2/7 - Sat, 2/10  

All performances are at 8:00pm except Sundays (7:00pm)

$35 (premium); $25 (general)

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A Walk in the Woods
A play by Lee Blessing
Directed by Donna Jean Fogel
March 17 - April 15, 2018
The Barrow Group Mainstage Theatre (312 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor)

A Walk in the Woods, Lee Blessing’s insightful two-character play set during the end of the Cold War, tells the tale of a series of meetings between two diplomats, American and Russian.  The play raises deep questions, “What can we do to heal the world?” “What is the value of human connection?” “How can we best bridge fundamental differences?”

Blessing’s story has chilling resonance in today’s political climate.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Fri, 3/16 - Tues, 3/20; Thurs, 3/22 - Tues, 3/27; Thurs, 3/29 - Tues, 4/3; Wed 4/11 - Mon, 4/16.

All performances are at 8:00pm except Sundays (7:00pm)

$35 (premium); $25 (general)

Subscription memberships and single tickets are available by visiting the website at www.barrowgroup.org<http://www.barrowgroup.org/>, or by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111.

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The Barrow Group Theatre Company and School offers theatre patrons and performing arts students an artistic experience focused on simplicity, clarity, and spontaneity in their 10,000 sf. arts center in midtown Manhattan. The Barrow Group has won numerous awards, including a Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award, and received numerous nominations over the years. Past company members and alumni have won Academy, Emmy, Tony, OBIE, and Lucille Lortel Awards. The Company has received support from the W Trust, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Dramatists Guild, the Jewish Communal Fund, the Dramatists Play Service, the Citrin Foundation, the Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the American Theatre Wing. Thirty-one years old, The Barrow Group is a thriving non-profit, with a strong Board of Trustees, making a meaningful contribution to New York City’s cultural landscape.

22 Brookside Drive
Millburn, NJ 07041

Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2017-2018 season pulsates with creative energy and the joy of discovery with an astonishing four premieres and the major revival of a cherished holiday classic. It’s all part of what has placed Paper Mill Playhouse center stage in bringing the new American musical theater to life.

Coming to Paper Mill Playhouse this fall:

Book by Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss
Music& https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS499US499&es_sm=122&q=west+side+story+book+composer&stick=H4sIAAAAAAAAAGOovnz8BQMDgzoHnxCHfq6-gYVpRYaWZHaylX5JRmpiSWqRfkFOYqVVcn5uQX5xatG_qFP_n7Oe1Vm3yi7rshz7_BMOAoIAQY4vdEQAAAA&sa=X&ei=cwTmVPjRObPGsQSttIKADw&ved=0CKwBEOgTKAAwG; by Stephen Weiner
Lyrics by Peter Mills
Choreographed by Joshua Bergasse
Directed by John Rando
Performances begin September 28, 2017
Opening Night set for October 8, 2017
Limited engagement through October 29, 2017

American's favorite dreamers shoot for the moon. The Honeymooners is a brand-new musical comedy inspired by the classic television series. Ralph Kramden and his buddy Ed Norton are back and still shooting for the moon in this world premiere musical. After shocking their wives by winning a high-profile jingle contest, they are catapulted out of Brooklyn and into the cutthroat world of Madison Avenue advertising, where they discover that their quest for the American Dream might cost them their friendship. Filled with big laughs and an infectious score, The Honeymooners will bang-zoom its way into your heart. Major support from The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. Performances are set to begin Septembr 28, 2017 for a limited engagement through October 29, 2017.

The Honeymooners will play the following performance schedule:  Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

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Book by Thomas Meehan
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Based on “Little Orphan Annie”
Choreographed by Joann M. Hunter
Directed by Mark S. Hoebee
Performances begin November 22, 2017
Opening Night set for November 26
Limited engagement through December 31

Leapin’ Lizards!  Your favorite redhead comes home for the holidays.  The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals just in time for the winter holidays! Annie is a worldwide phenomenon and winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The score features some of the greatest musical theater hits ever written, from the unforgettable “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” and “Easy Street” to the anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” Little Orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts in her escape from an orphanage to the wondrous world of 1930s New York City. Along the way, she even befriends President Roosevelt and finds a home and family in the billionaire Oliver Warbucks for herself and a lovable mutt named Sandy.  Performances are set to begin November 22, 2017 for a limited engagement through December 31, 2017.

Annie will play the following performance schedule:  Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., Thursday at 1:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m., Friday at 7:00 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

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A New Play by Paul Slade Smith

Directed by David Esbjornson
Performances begin January 24 2018
Opening Night set for January 28, 2018
Limited engagement through February 18

In politics, the less you know, the higher you’ll go!  At once a razor-sharp satire and an inspirational tribute to democracy, The Outsider is a timely and hilarious send-up of modern American politics. Ned Newley, the ultimate policy wonk, is unexpectedly thrust into the position of governor amid a political scandal in Vermont. With the threat of a special election, Ned appears remarkably terrified before the media’s glaring spotlight and seems destined to fail. But the political guru Arthur Vance sees things a little differently: Ned might be the worst candidate to ever run for office. Unless the public is looking for...the worst candidate  to ever run for office!  Performances are set to begin January 24, 2018 for a limited engagement through February 18, 2018.

The Outsider will play the following performance schedule:  Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

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Book by Bob Martin
Music by Mark Hollmann
Lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis
Based on the 1973 film “The Sting”
Choreographed by Warren Carlyle
Directed by John Rando
Performances begin March 29, 2018
Opening Night set for April 8, 2018
Limited engagement through April 29, 2018

A new musical based on the Academy Award-winning film.  The con is on.  Chicago. 1936. Get ready to enter a smoke-filled world of cons and capers, where nothing is what it seems and no one is who they appear to be. Based on the 1973 Academy Award–winning film, The Sting tells the tale of a pair of con men, small-town grifter Johnny Hooker and big-time hustler Henry Gondorff, who plot to bring down the city’s most corrupt racketeer. The Tony Award–winning creative team includes director John Rando (On the Town), choreographer Warren Carlyle (Hello, Dolly!), bookwriter Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone), and an original score by composer/lyricist team Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis (Urinetown). The Sting takes you back to an era when the blues reigns, the stakes are high, and the dice are always loaded.  Performances are set to begin March 29, 2018 for a limited engagement through April 29, 2018.

The Sting will play the following performance schedule:  Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

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Book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Nell Benjamin
Additional Music by Marvin Hamlisch and Ester Dean
Co-Choreographed by Nick Kenkel
Directed & Choreographed by Jerry Mitchell
Starring Georgia Engel and Lillias White
Performances begin May 31, 2018
Opening Night set for June 12, 2018
Limited engagement through July 1, 2018

The new musical about not acting your age.  One remarkable dance team.  One big chance.  One small twist… you’ve got to be over 60!  From the director/choreographer of Kinky Boots comes the incredible true story of ten ordinary New Jersey seniors with extraordinary dreams who audition to dance at halftime for a major basketball team. Only after making the cut do they learn they won’t be dancing tap, salsa, or swing — instead, they will bring down the house with a style that is entirely new to them: hip-hop. Take the uplifting journey with these dreamers — and the young coaches who inspire them along the way — as they battle self-doubt, stereotypes, and even each other for a chance to bust a move at center court in front of 20,000 screaming fans. Together they remind us that in life, when the odds are stacked against you and the challenges seem too great to overcome, it’s not the end of the game — it’s Half Time.  Starring 5-time Emmy-nominee Georgia Engel and Tony and Emmy Award-winner Lillias White. Performances are set to begin May 31, 2018 for a limited engagement through July 1, 2018.

Half Time  will play the following performance schedule:  Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

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Subscriber & Save:  5-show, 4-show, and 3-show packages are now available with outstanding benefits, including significant savings up to 40%. To subscribe, call 973.379.3717, visit PaperMill.org or come to the Paper Mill Box Office.

Single ticket prices begin at $34 and will go sale beginning Monday, August 7, 2017 for Paper Mill’s 2017–2018 mainstage productions and can be ordered by calling (973) 376-4343, online at www.PaperMill.org, or by visiting the Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ.

The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s
Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue


Coming to York Theatre Company this fall:

Book and Lyrics by Peter Kellogg
Music by David Friedman
Directed and Choreographed by Bill Castellino
Music Direction by David Hancock Turner
Performances begin September 19, 2017
Opening set for October 1, 2017
Limited engagement through October 15, 2017

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, in association with Cecilia Lin and Hu Guo, presents the New York premiere of the musical Desperate Measures, with book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg (Anna Karenina) and music by David Friedman (Scandalous).  Directed and choreographed by Bill Castellino (Marry Harry, Cagney) and with music direction by David Hancock Turner (The World Will Not Contain Us), the six-member cast will feature Emma Degerstedt (The Little Mermaid) as Susanna/Sister Mary Jo, Gary Marachek (Camelot) as Father Morse, Lauren Molina (Rock of Ages) as Bella Rose, Conor Ryan (john and jen) as Johnny Blood, Peter Saide (Skin Tight) as Sheriff Green, and Nick Wyman (Les Misérables) as Governor von Richterhenkenpflichtgetruber.

In 1890, in a territory out West, Johnny Blood, a hot-tempered young cowboy is sentenced to hang for killing a man in a bar fight. His sister, a novice nun in a nearby mission, is persuaded to plead with a corrupt governor to spare her brother’s life. The governor promises to pardon Johnny if his sister, the Sister, will 'do his bidding' for the night. Adding to the humorous complications are a hard-bitten sheriff, a voluptuous saloon girl and a priest who reads Nietzsche.

The York Theatre Company opens its 2017-18 Season with Desperate Measures, the foot-stompin’, knee-slappin’ new musical with a nod to Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. It's funny, it's sexy, it's country, and it's a New York premiere with music by award-winning composer David Friedman and book and lyrics by two-time Tony nominee Peter Kellogg.

Desperate Measures will play the following performance schedule:  Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., Thursdays at 2:30 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m.* & 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. (*Audience discussion follow the matinee performance.)  Please note:  There is a special matinee scheduled for Wednesday, September 27 at 2:30 p.m. and added evening performance on Thursday, September 28 at 8:00 p.m. There are no evening performances on September 27 or September 29.  Opening night is Sunday evening, October 1 at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets for Desperate Measures are priced at $67.50 - $72.50 and may be purchased by calling (212) 935-58205820>, online at www.yorktheatre.org<http://www.yorktheatre.org>, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Monday through Friday (12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.).  . Senior Rush tickets are available in-person beginning one hour prior to performances for $20 cash only. Student rush tickets can be purchased anytime in advance at the box office during regular box office business hours.  Limit one ticket per valid student ID and tickets are subject to availability. Student Rush tickets are $20.00 cash or credit. The York Theatre also offers $25 tickets for guests aged 35 years and under. Groups of 10 or more, contact Great White Way at 212-757-9117, or GreatWhiteWay.com.

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Special Events coming to York Theatre Company this fall:

The 26TH Annual Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala
Honoring Legendary Songwriters
Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones
December 2017
(Venue TBD)

The York Theatre Company will honor the legendary songwriters Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones with 2017 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre at the 26th Annual Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala to be held on a Monday night in December 2017 at a venue to be named.

The Reception featuring cocktails and abundant hors d’oeuvres begins at 6:00 p.m., followed by the award ceremony and concert - beginning at 8:00p.m.  For additional information, pricing and reservations, please visit www.yorktheatre.org<http://www.yorktheatre.org/>, or call Ellen Weiss at (212) 935-5824, ext 2120ext%20213>4, or via email at eweiss@yorktheatre.orgeweiss@yorktheatre.org


The Oscar Hammerstein Award, named in honor of the prolific master lyricist, recognizes significant lifetime achievement in musical theatre.  The award is presented at an annual gala which benefits The York Theatre Company, and is presented with the endorsement of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization and the Hammerstein Family. Past recipients include Joel Grey, Angela Lansbury, Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, Stephen Sondheim, Betty Comden & Adolph Green, Harold Prince, Cy Coleman, Charles Strouse, Arthur Laurents, Jerry Herman, Stephen Schwartz, Peter Stone, David Merrick, John Kander & Fred Ebb, Terrence McNally, Cameron Mackintosh, Carol Channing, Tony Walton, Joseph Stein, George S. Irving, Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick, Thomas Meehan, Barbara Cook, and Paul Gemignani.

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January 27, 2018 – March 4, 2018

The York Theatre Company’s acclaimed Musicals in Mufti series of musical theatre gems, performed in a simply-staged, book-in-hand concert format, celebrates its twenty-third historic year of shows from the past that deserve a second look.  Mufti means “in street clothes, without the trappings associated with a full production.”

Dates for the series are:
MUFTI #1:        January 27, 2018 – February 4, 2018
MUFTI #2:        February 10, 2018 – February 18, 2018
MUFTI #3:        February 24, 2018 – March 4, 2018

Musicals in Mufti will play the following 11-performance schedule—First Week: Saturday at 2:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 & 7:00 p.m.; Second Week: Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., Thursday 2:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE!  Subscribe to a Special “Musicals in Mufti” Package and see all three Muftis for $118.50 (a savings of over $25). Single tickets are priced at $45, and $50 for Saturday and Sunday matinees.  Musicals in Mufti and are available online at www.yorktheatre.org<http://www.yorktheatre.org/>, by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (Entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Monday through Friday (12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.).

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The Second Annual
Musical Theatre Winter Intensive for College Students and Recent Graduates
January 8 – 20, 2018

Spend part of the winter break in New York City training and performing at an award-winning Off Broadway Theatre!

The York Theatre Company, one of the few theatres in the world dedicated to developing new musicals as well as rediscovering forgotten musical theatre gems, offers a Musical Theatre Training Program that trains great performers and also inspires great minds.

The York's Musical Theatre Training Program draws from its vast network of connections to New York City's most successful theatre artists as teachers and guest artists. It offers the unique opportunity of classes taking place in an actual Off-Broadway theatre near the heart of New York's theatre district.

These classes are for serious theatre students currently enrolled in college and are led by York's Associate Artistic Director Michael Unger. The program culminates with a final showcase presentation on the York’s Off-Broadway stage on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

For additional information regarding the Musical Theatre Training Program, please contact Michael Unger, Director of Education/Associate Artistic Director by calling (212) 935-5824, ext 220, or via email at mttp@yorktheatre.orgmttp@yorktheatre.org>.

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York Theatre Company offers the York! Membership Program, an exclusive membership package for as low as $75.00—with elite benefits that include up to 35% off tickets to York Theatre Productions, exclusive Member pre-sale opportunities, 50% off on all lobby concessions, 20% off on all lobby merchandise, in addition to special Member-only receptions.  The York also offers a York Plus! Membership Program with additional perks, including complimentary tickets to Mainstage productions and invites to several VIP-only presentations throughout the season.

York Memberships can be purchased online at 

www.yorktheatre.org/membership, or by visiting the York Theatre Company Box Office (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), or by calling the Box Office at (212) 935-5820 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.).

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org

The York Theatre Company is the only theatre in New York City—and one of very few in the world—dedicated to developing and fully producing new musicals and preserving neglected, notable shows from the past. For over four decades, York’s intimate, imaginative style of producing both original and classic musicals has resulted in critical acclaim and recognition from artists and audiences alike. Under the guidance of Producing Artistic Director James Morgan since 1997, the York has focused on new musicals in its Mainstage Series—most of them world, American, or New York premieres—by some of the field’s most esteemed creators, and has also helped launch the careers of many talented new writers. Over 35 cast recordings from York Theatre Company productions are now available on CD, including its acclaimed revival of Closer Than Ever (2013 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival); commercial transfers of such York premieres as The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Souvenir (Tony Award nomination for actress Judy Kaye), and Jolson & Company, and revivals of Pacific Overtures  and Sweeney Todd (four Tony nominations including Best Revival) have all showcased the importance of the York and its programs. Recent New York Premieres have included Marry Harry, A Taste of Things to Come, Rothschild & Sons, and Cagney, which transferred Off-Broadway to the Westside Theatre with the original York cast and ran for over 500 performances. Cagney will begin performances in the fall in Los Angeles. The critically acclaimed musical Yank, which received its Off-Broadway debut at the York in 2010, has just opened to rave reviews in London.

The Mainstage Series presents three full productions of new musicals by emerging and established authors. Various productions have transferred to commercial Off-Broadway or Broadway runs, and many have received further productions in regional, stock, and university theaters. The York's productions have been regularly recognized with Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Obie, and Lucille Lortel nominations and awards. Directors, designers, cast, and musicians are drawn from among the best talent on and Off-Broadway, whether established or new.

In the fall of 2014, the York celebrated its 100th Musicals in Mufti production: Stephen Sondheim’s Saturday Night.  The Muftis, now in their 23rd year, constitute a lovingly-curated catalogue of rarely produced musicals, some of them under-appreciated in their initial productions, but all of them worth re-examination.  Recent Mufti presentations have included Jerry Herman's Dear World (starring Tyne Daly) and Milk and Honey, Berlin to Broadway to Kurt Weill, Starting Here, Starting Now, and Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope; one recent season was devoted to the work of Sheldon Harnick and another to the work of Tom Jones.

The York’s New2NY series presents simply-staged concert performances of new musicals, providing a stage between developmental lab and full production.  Previous shows in the series have included In Transit (which ran on Broadway last season), The Times, Larry Grossman’s Compose Yourself!, and this season’s Mark Felt: Superstar, How to Be an American!, and Me & Ella, celebrating the centennial of the legendary songstress.

The Developmental Reading Series presents some 30-35 readings and workshops of new musicals by emerging and established authors throughout the year. These readings are a vital part of the writing process, often putting a work in front of its first audience. This series also serves as an incubator for shows to be considered for Mainstage production, thus serving the York's unique mission of taking new musicals through the complete development process to full production. The NEO program ("New, Emerging, Outstanding") is now in its 11th year of supporting emerging writers and provides them with resources in the form of readings, mentorship and networking opportunities.

The York's Musical Theatre Training Program draws from its vast network of connections to New York City's most successful theatre artists as teachers and guest artists. It offers the unique opportunity of classes taking place in an actual Off-Broadway theatre near the heart of New York's theatre district.

These classes are for serious theatre students currently enrolled in college and are led by York's Associate Artistic Director, Michael Unger. Drawing from its vast network of connections to New York City's most successful theatre artists as teachers and guest artists, the York’s Winter Intensive for College Students offers the unique opportunity of classes taking place in an actual Off-Broadway theatre near the heart of New York's theatre district.


32 Avenue of the Americas in Tribeca

Special Event coming to The Drama League this fall:

Monday, November 6, 2017
at The Plaza
768 Fifth Avenue

SAVE THE DATE! The 34th Annual Benefit Gala: A Musical Celebration of Broadway will be held on Monday, November 6, 2017 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in New York City at The Plaza (768 Fifth Avenue).

The black-tie gala will feature dozens of stars from Hollywood and Broadway in a one-night-only musical tribute supporting The Drama League’s educational initiatives for promising young artists. Past performers at The Drama League’s Benefit Gala have included Liza Minnelli, Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Harry Connick, Jr., Bernadette Peters, Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Angela Lansbury, Tony Bennett, Nick Jonas, and the casts of Broadway’s hottest musicals. For information about tickets, which include VIP and Ballroom Tables and individual seats, please call (212) 244-9494, Ext. 101 or visit www.dramaleague.org.

The Drama League Benefit Gala helps to raise funds to support the organization’s educational initiatives, including The Drama League Directors Project. This award-winning initiative, which began in 1982 and whose alumni now number over 300, has been instrumental in launching the careers of many acclaimed theater directors including Tony Award winners Rebecca Taichman (Indecent), Christopher Ashley (Come From Away),  Sam Gold (Fun Home,  The Glass Menagerie),  Diane  Paulus  (Waitress),  Pam  MacKinnon  (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Amélie),  Michael  Mayer  (Hedwig and the Angry Inch,  Burn This),  and  John  Rando  (On The Town);  Tony Award nominees Mark Brokaw (Heisenberg), Rachel  Chavkin  (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Moritz  von Steulpnagel (Present Laughter, Hand to God) and Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson); as well as OBIE and Emmy Award winners  Lear  deBessonet,  R.J.  Cutler, and Anne Kaufmann (A Life), to name a few. ‘Drama League Directors’ have been honored with Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Obie, Peabody, Drama Desk, GLAAD, Drama League, New York Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics, Evening Standard, Lucille Lortel, Bessie, Princess Grace, Garland, Drama-Logue, Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Elliot Norton, and Joseph Jefferson Awards, and have directed films and plays that received Academy Award nominations and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The Drama League Benefit Gala Sponsors include Delta Air Lines, the Official Air Line of The Drama League; M.A.C. Cosmetics, the Official Make-up Partner of The Drama League; and Starbright Floral Design, the Official Florist of The Drama League.

For additional information about the Drama League and upcoming events, please call (212) 244-9494, or e-mail info@dramaleague.org, or visit the website at www.dramaleague.org.<http://www.dramaleague.org/>

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The Drama League Directors Project, since its founding in 1984, has grown to become the preeminent development program for early and mid-career theater directors, providing talented young artists with career-transforming experiences in the professional theater.  The program provides opportunities for young directors to present their work to the professional community.  In addition, the program augments a network of professionals to whom new directors can turn for counsel, support, and employment, that helps to accelerate the process through which new directors gain acceptance within the professional community, bringing their unique skills and vision into the working life of the American theater. The Drama League Directors Project also maintains an active support network for its alumni.

The Drama League of New York, since 1916, has been at the forefront of the American Theatre community, providing talent, audiences, and prosperous support. It is one of the nation’s oldest continuously-operating, not-for-profit arts advocacy and education organizations. Through its programs, initiatives and events, The Drama League indelibly transforms the lives of artists and audiences by harnessing the unique social and creative dynamism of theatre. Its nationally-renowned, award-winning efforts have two vital goals: To train and nurture the artists of tomorrow and to deepen and strengthen the audience experience.

For additional information, please visit the website at www.dramaleague.org.

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