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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday Scoop- Week of 9/17/17 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey:
Jim Breuer
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 

Saturday September 23, 2017

For information or to purchase tickets visit www.stnj.org/event/jim_breuer
Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre:
Barefoot in the Park
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ

Fridays, Sept. 22 & 29, 2017 at 8pm
Saturdays, Sept. 23 & 30 at 8pm
Sundays, Sept. 24 & Oct. 1 at 2pm

Newlyweds Paul and Corie couldn't be more different -- he's a straight-laced lawyer, and she's a free spirit who's always looking to break away on an adventure. Paul doesn't understand Corie's relaxed ways, and she wants him to be more spontaneous - even running "barefoot in the park" would be a start. Throw in a tiny  dilapidated apartment in a New York brownstone, an eccentric neighbor, and a surprise visit from Corie's mother, and Yardley Players will tickle your funnybone, and touch your heart.

Tickets - $18 adults, $16 seniors, $14 students/children/vets

For more information or to purchase tickets visit 
Museum of the Moving Image
Special Program: A Night With Frank Oz
36-01 35 Avenue
Astoria, NY

In Celebration of Jim Henson's Birthday

Friday September 22, 2017 7:00 PM

Frank Oz was Jim Henson’s main creative partner. Oz joined the Muppets in 1963 when he was 19 years old. His first assignment was to work the right hand of the beloved Rowlf the Dog performed by Jim Henson. He was Miss Piggy to Henson’s Kermit, Bert to Henson’s Ernie, and he performed other immortal characters including Grover, Cookie Monster, Animal, and Sam the Eagle. He co-directed The Dark Crystal with Jim Henson, and then directed The Muppets Take Manhattan, en route to a successful directorial career on his own. He is currently completing the documentary Muppet Guys Talking, a warm inside look at the Muppets through the stories and memories of the key Muppet performers who worked with Jim. In this rare personal appearance on the eve of Jim Henson’s birthday (September 24), Oz will talk about his remarkable and prolific collaboration with Henson, in a conversation with clips moderated by Victoria Labalme, co-producer of Muppet Guys Talking. The event will offer a unique and personal perspective on one of the great creative partnerships in twentieth-century American popular culture. 

Ticket purchase includes a reservation to visit The Jim Henson Exhibitionbefore the program between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Please read your confirmation notice and use the link provided to make your reservation to see the exhibition.

For more information or to order tickets click here
Upcoming at iPlay America:
Jake Miller and The Drifters and The Tokens
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ

Friday, September 22                                                                           
iPlay America's Event Center
Doors: 6:00 PM – Show: 7:00 PM

Play America welcomes fan-favorite Jake Miller back to iPlay America’s Event Center. The Back to the Start
 Tour will feature music from his newest album 2:00 AM in LA. On the album, Miller produced his own music and wrote his own lyrics and melodies instead of working with a record label and music producers. The results have been called amazing. Miller’s die-hard fans, known as the “Millertary” will thrill to hear songs like Can’t Help MyselfSleeping with Strangers and Lost Time. The Miami-born artist also delivers a heartfelt song about going back home with the hit Palm Blvd, and Miller gives his fans exactly what they’ve been waiting for with his rap song Back to the Start. Miller will be touring with New Jersey-based pop, punk band, The Stolen

For more information or to purchase tickets visit 

Sunday, September 24
iPlay America's Event Center         
Doors: 4:30 PM – Show: 5:30 PM

iPlay America presents an evening of good times and great music featuring two celebrated classic rock bands; Charlie Thomas’ Tokens and Jay Siegel’s Drifters. This nostalgic trip down memory lane will feature a delicious dinner buffet and opening act, Joey Arminio and The Family.

Jay Siegel is best known for his soaring falsetto on the classic mega-hit, The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Other hits by The Tokens include, While I Dream and I Love My Baby. The Drifters have produced such memorable tunes as Save the Last Dance for MeUnder the Boardwalk, There Goes My Baby and On Broadway. If you love old time rock and roll, you can’t miss this amazing LIVE concert event!

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

Sunday September 24, 4:00 PM

A Tribute In Songs
Friends and fellow musicians offer a warm tribute to the late Fred Hellerman, the songwriter, arranger, composer and founding member of the seminal folk group "The Weavers.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit 
Upcoming at Broadway Workshop:
Jesse Mueller Master Class

Dates: Sunday, October 8th
Ages: 13-19 
Time: 10:30am - 1:00pm
Location: Ripley Grier Studios - 520 Eighth Ave - 16th Floor
Tuition: $185

For more information or to register visit 
PR Firm Roundup



School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play begins previews at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) onThursday, November 2, 2017, with an official opening night set for Sunday, November 19, 2017.

In School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, Paulina, the reigning Queen Bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the mid-year arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter--and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. This buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe. How far would you go to be queen bee?

For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.mcctheater.org

Casting News:






Hand-picked by producer and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, newcomers Justin Collette andConner John Gillooly will join the cast of School of Rock – The Musical in the role of failed, wannabe rocker, Dewey Finn. Collette will assume the role for five performances weekly, beginning Monday, September 25, 2017, while Gillooly will play matinee performances as the Dewey Finn alternate.

Tickets for School of Rock – The Musical are $59 - $155 and are available by visiting the Winter Garden Theatre box office Monday – Saturdays between 10:00 am – 8:00 pm and Sundays from 12:00 pm – 6:00pm, online at Telecharge.com, or by calling 212-239-6200. Performances of School of Rock – The Musical are Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and 1 pm and 6 pmon Sundays. 

For more information visit  www.SchoolOfRockTheMusical.com
News from Michelle Tabnick PR

Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Nico Muhly and the Countertenor
Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 7:30pm

Composer Nico Muhly discusses his music for countertenor with author and illustrator Maira Kalman and Guggenheim curator for performance and media Nat Trotman. A selection of these works including Principles of Uncertainty (2007) inspired by Maira Kalman's book and blog of the same name and  Four Traditional Songs (2011) will be performed alongside a preview of a new Works & Process commission. Inspired by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World's interpretation of the oldest song in the world, the new commission is an extension of Lenka Clayton andJon Rubin'sproject . . . circle through New York, part of the Guggenheim Social Practiceinitiative. Produced in association with Beth Morrison Projects.

Maira Kalman, author and illustrator
Nico Muhly, composer
Nat Trotman, Guggenheim curator for performance and media
Nicolee Kuester, horn
Nico Muhly, piano
Dave Nelson, trombone
Courtney Orlando, violin
Stephanie Richards, trumpet
Paul Wiancko, cello

Four Traditional Songs

Nico Muhly and Maira Kalman discuss Principles of Uncertainty.
Principles of Uncertainty

Listening session: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World's  (ISAW) commissioned interpretation of the "oldest song in the world," a 3,400 year old Hurrian Hymn, sung to the goddess Nikkal in the ancient Hurrian language interpreted by scholar Joan Borrell. One recording is sung acapella and the other with musical accompaniment.

Preview: New Commission

$40, $35 Guggenheim Members and Friends of Works & Process
Box Office (212) 423-3575 or worksandprocess.org
Peter B. Lewis Theater
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Works & Process at the Guggenheim
The Principles of Uncertainty
by John Heginbotham and Maira Kalman
Monday, September 18, 2017 at 7:30pm

Choreographer John Heginbotham and author/illustrator Maira Kalmandiscuss their newest collaboration featuring imaginative production design and whimsical dance theater inspired by Kalman's written work and visual art. Following the world premiere at Jacob's Pillow and before the New York premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dance Heginbotham and members of The Knights orchestra will perform highlights set to a score composed, curated, and arranged by the orchestra's artistic director Colin Jacobsen.

$40, $35 Guggenheim Members and Friends of Works & Process
Box Office (212) 423-3575 or worksandprocess.org
Peter B. Lewis Theater
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
South Street Seaport Museum
50th Anniversary Celebration
Dockside Benefit, Cocktails and Dinner
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The South Street Seaport Museum announces the 50th Anniversary Celebration, a dockside celebration and benefit at Pier 16 featuring cocktails and dinner, on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.  Tickets are $350 and $500 (VIP Experience) and are available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/978255.

6:00pm - VIP Cocktail Reception in the Captain's saloon and on the quarterdeck of Wavertree.
6:30pm - General Admission Cocktail Reception aboard the 1885 sailing shipWavertree.
7:30pm - Dockside Dinner featuring catering by Cipriani.

6:00pm - VIP Cocktail Reception in the Captain's saloon and on the quarterdeck of Wavertree.
6:30pm - General Admission Cocktail Reception aboard the 1885 sailing ship Wavertree.
7:30pm - Dockside Dinner featuring catering by Cipriani.

Join in for a celebration of fifty years of the South Street Seaport Museum! For half a century, the Museum has highlighted and interpreted New York's port and its seaborne connections to the world. On September 19, we mark the first five decades of the Seaport Museum and celebrate the people who have made this work possible. Through unparalleled leadership and the tireless efforts of trustees, staff,  volunteers, and friend the Seaport Museum has achieved this major milestone and we now turn our attention to the next fifty years. Join friends of the Seaport Museum for cocktails aboard the ship Wavertree, followed by a dockside dinner catered by Cipriani to toast fifty years of good work and many more to come!


Theater Resources Unlimited and The Playroom Theatre
present the TRU September Panel
It Takes a Village - Come Meet Ours.
An Introduction to TRU
 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7:30pm, networking at 7pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present theTRU September Panel -It Takes a Village - Come Meet Ours, an Introduction to TRU on Tuesday, September 19, 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 https://truonline.org/events/an-introduction-to-tru-17/.

Come to a free-for-everyone seasonal kickoff and networking meet-and-greet. And meet the program directors and illustrious board members of Theater Resources Unlimited that make it possible to bring you the range of programming we offer for producers and artists. Come to our free-for-everyone seasonal kickoff and networking meet-and-greet. And meet the program directors and illustrious board members of Theater Resources Unlimited that make it possible to bring you the range of programming we offer for producers and artists. Our confirmed lineup includes TRU Board member and former program director Michael Alden, producer (Come from Away, Disgraced, Not That Jewish, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Grey Gardens); director of writer programs Diana Amsterdam (Practical Playwriting); TRU board member Patrick Blake, producer (The 39 Steps revival, Bedlam Theater's Hamlet/St. Joan, Play Dead, The Exonerated, In the Continuum), founding artistic director Rhymes Over Beats, faculty for Practical Playwriting and TRU Voices selection committee; TRU literary manager Cate Cammarata (TRU Voices and How to Write a Musical That Works); R. Erin Craig who has joined us this year as one of the program directors for our Producer Development & Mentorship Program; TRU Vice-President and co-founder Cheryl Davis, award-winning playwright, attorney; attorney Eric Goldman, Esq. who runs our Investor Lab and our Mediation Workshop (and offers free mediation services and counsel to TRU members); producer Tom Polum (The Toxic Avenger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up), TRU Board member who helps run TRU Voices and How to Write a Musical That Works; financial advisor/former board member Bailie Slevin who is a Speed Date coach (and offers free financial consultations to TRU members); Joanne Zippel (offers a free career consultation to TRU members)

Learn about their programs, including their Producer Development & Mentorship Program, the TRU Voices Reading Series, Mediation workshop and other Producer Boot Camps, Speed Dates and Actor Workshops, Writer-Producer Speed Date, Director-Writer Communications Lab, our new How to Write a Musical That Works workshop and more. And let them know what they don't offer that you wish they did.

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; usually $12.50 in advance or $15 at the door for non-members, but free for everyone for this season opener. Please RSVP athttps://truonline.org/events/an-introduction-to-tru-17/. You may also reserve by phone at least a day in advance (or much sooner): 212-714-7628, or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

South Street Seaport Museum
Historic Schooner Pioneer
To Visit Haverstraw

South Street Seaport Museum announces that the historic schooner Pioneerwill visit Rockland County from September 20-27, 2017Pioneer will sail with groups of local students, each of which will participate in Pioneer's award-winning shipboard education program. Students will haul on lines to raise sails; learn the science, math and technology of sailing; measure water quality; and experience the river from a new perspective. Pioneer has the unusual distinction of having been a working vessel for her entire life. Originally built to carry sand, she now sails with a different cargo: students. In her role as floating classroom, she will offer an engaging laboratory on the water experience to local youth. Pioneer will also be available for public sails and charters during her visit.

Pioneer will visit Haverstraw on September 20-27, 2017, with sailing trips available to the general public on Friday, September 22 at 2pmSaturday September 23 at12pm and 3pm from Haverstraw Marina, West Haverstraw and from Emeline Park, Haverstraw, on Sunday, September 24 at 12pm and 2:15pmTickets are $28 for adults and $25 for children reservations recommended. For more information or reservations visithttps://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10194127.  Private charters and education sails are also available; contact charters@seany.org or call 212-748-8600 for more information

Works & Process at the Guggenheim
San Francisco Opera: Girls of the Golden West
by John Adams
Thursday and Friday, September 21 and 22, 2017 at 7:30pm

Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents San Francisco Opera: Girls of the Golden West on Thursday and Friday, September 21 and 22, 2017 at 7:30pm.

Composer John Adams and librettist/director Peter Sellars discuss their newest collaboration with San Francisco Opera GeneralDirector Matthew Shilvock. With a libretto drawn from original sources by director Peter Sellars, Girls of the Golden West explores the dramatic and often brutal stories of pioneers on California's Gold Rush frontier during the early 1850s. This discussion will also include set designer David Gropman along with J'Nai Bridges and Hye Jung Lee, accompanied by pianist John Churchwell.

$40, $35 Guggenheim Members and Friends of Works & Process
Box Office (212) 423-3575 or worksandprocess.org
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Rotunda

News from Polk and Co.

Upcoming Releases from Broadway Records


Track List:
Disc One
1. Please Don’t Monkey With Broadway 
2. “Plot didn’t matter… neither did gender or age.”
3. A Lot of Livin’ To Do [5:57]

4. “In my senior year at Northport High School…”
5. Happy Talk 
6. “I went to my very first audition in New York City…”
7. Big Spender [11:47]
8. “This musical inspired me…”
9. Easy To Be Hard 
10. “Where was my big Broadway musical?” 
11. Meadowlark 
12. “I went home and slept for nine months…”
13. Millworker 
14. “My musical theatre education…” 
15. I Could Write a Book/There’s a Small Hotel
16. “I didn’t just like pretty songs…” 
17. I’m Just a Girl Who Cain’t Say No 
18. If 
19. Some People 
20. Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina 

Disc Two
1. Trouble 
2. “It didn’t matter...” 
3. Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat 
4. Blow, Gabriel Blow 
5. “I am a product of the Northport Public School System…” 
6. Sleepy Man 
7. Something’s Coming 
8. “There are two roles I would be perfect for.” 
9. A Boy Like That/I Have a Love
10. Somewhere 
11. “Here are three by Steve…” 
12. Another Hundred People
13. Anyone Can Whistle 
14. Being Alive
15. “There are a few constants in that neighborhood…”
16. Give My Regards to Broadway
17. The Ladies Who Lunch
18. Some Other Time

By The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical Composer
Rob Rokicki

Broadway Records has announced the release of the original graphic novel rock albumMonstersongs, with music and lyrics by The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical composer Rob Rokicki and illustrations by Dave O’Neill (Shankman & O’Neill Childrens book series). The album is now available for pre-order from BroadwayRecords.com, with an official release date set for October 20, 2017.

Featuring Jelani AlladinKatrina Rose DideriksenCheryl FreemanMolly HagerF. Michael HaynieMegan HiltyJoe IconisLauren MarcusJeremy MorseJulia MurneyLuca PadovanRob RokickiTyceJason SweetTooth Williams,Emma Gannon-SalomonSami Griffith, and Mackenzie JonesMonstersongs tells the stories of monsters and monster-archetypes listeners will recognize—”The Witch,” “Igor,” “A Troll,” “The Dragon,” and “Medusa,” among others—with exciting contemporary musical twists, accompanied by a graphic novel that provides fans with further insight into the world of the monsters. For more information and to pre-order, visit http://www.broadwayrecords.com/cds/monstersongs-world-premiere-recording and www.monstersongs.net, and follow @monstersongsarehere on Instagram for updates.

Track Listing:
1. Monsterbaby 
2. Unravel
3. Say Goodbye
4. Down and Under
5. Blood and Brains
6. The Plans
7. Right Through You
8. Reluctantly
9. I’m Sorry
10. Hell Hath No Fury
11. Footprints
12. It’s Over/Return of Monsterbaby

The Lightning Thief

Broadway Records will release a special limited edition vinyl release of The Lightning Thief – The Percy Jackson Musical this winter.

Available exclusively at BroadwayRecords.com, the deluxe, limited edition, double record set printed on colored vinyl will be limited to a pressing of 1,000. Each record will be hand-numbered. This item will not be available in stores and is now available for pre-order.

News from Richard Hillman PR





The Drama League (Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Executive Artistic Director) opened its applications to the public for the 2017 Artist Residency Programs, which support theatre directors to develop new plays, musicals, performance pieces, hybrid works, and devised theatre projects.  Applications are now available at www.dramaleague.org.  The deadline for completed applications is Noon (12pm) on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.  Additionally, The Drama League's first-ever program for New York high school theatre students, New Visions/New Voices, also opened applications at their website, www.dramaleague.org with the same deadline of November 15, 2017.

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








The limited engagement of Desperate Measures begins Tuesday, September 19, 2017 continuing through Sunday, October 15, 2017 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).  Opening Night is set for Sunday evening, October 1, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

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.

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, 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), Tuesday through Friday (12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.).  York Theatre Members may purchase tickets now to receive priority booking and save almost 35% on matinee performances and 30% for regular performances. Tickets go on sale for the General Public on August 18, 2017. Student and Senior Rush tickets are available in-person beginning one hour prior to performances for $20 cash only. The York Theatre also offers $25 tickets for guests aged 35 years and under.

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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