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, October 15, 2017

Sunday Scoop Week of 10/15/17 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Upcoming at Symphony Space:
2537 Broadway
New York, NY

National Dance Institute (NDI) Celebration Team

Saturday October 21 2:00 PM
A yearly favorite with Just Kidding audiences, NDI returns to present an afternoon of young people dancing their hearts out on the Symphony Space Peter Jay Sharp Theatre.

This year’s performance includes selections from NDI’s 2017 Event of the Year, “Harlem Night Song,” directed by Bianca Johnson.Through dance and music, NDI will bring to life the work of Jacob Lawrence, Duke Ellington, Florence Mills, Fats Waller, and Hector LaVoe. NDI dancers will stomp at the Savoy, salute the Harlem Hellfighters, cheer for Joe Louis, and shuffle along at the Hoofers Club.

Founded by ballet star Jacques d'Amboise more than 40 years ago, National Dance Institute (NDI), has transformed the lives of more than two million children through award-winning arts and learning programs, and through their spectacular and colorful public performances. The Celebration Team dancers are youth ages 9 to 15, drawn from schools throughout the NYC metro area. Catch NDI's Traci Lester on "Good Day Street Talk," discussing their work with thousands of students, and learn more at nationaldance.org.
Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 

Families Like Yours, Tangos Buenos Aires, Big Jeff, and More

Thursday October 19, 7:00 PM
Families Like Yours
Free Screening

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Saturday October 20 & Sunday October 21, 8:00 PM
Tango Bueno Aires

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October 21, 10:00 AM & 12:00 PM
Milk and Cookies:
Big Jeff

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Sunday October 22, 1:00 & 4:00 PM
Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

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Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ

Hunchback of Notre Dame

Fridays, Oct. 20 & 27, 2017 at 8pm
Saturdays, Oct. 21 & 28 at 8pm
Sundays, Oct. 22 & 29 at 2pm

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature,this daring production by The Pennington Players sets the classic tale of love, vengeance, and compassion to one of the most sweeping scores ever written for the stage.  It’s the only stage collaboration between two masters of American musical theatre: Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin).  Get swept away in this rather grown-up tale of Quasimodo and the beautiful gypsy, Esmerelda. 

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Upcoming at Broadway Workshop
445 W. 54th St.
Suite 5A
New York, NY

Saturday October 21 & Sunday October 22
College Coaching Intensive

TWO-DAY College Audition intensive to find the best possible material as well as gain important insight into this challenging process!

Dates: Saturday October 21 - Sunday October 22
Ages: 16-18 (High School Juniors & Seniors ONLY)
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm (Sat.) & 10:30am - 3:00pm (Sun.)
Location: Ripley Grier Studios - 520 Eighth Ave - 16th Floor
Tuition: $495

Coaching team for this intensive includes:
  • JOY SUPRANO - Graduate of Juilliard Acting Prgram
  • JENNI BARBER - Graduate of University of Michigan M.T. (Wicked, Spelling Bee)
  • BEN RAUHALA - Music Director (Fiddler on the Roof, American Psycho, 54 Below)
  • MARC TUMMINELLI - Director of Broadway Workshop
The focus of this two-day program is to help students navigate difficult world of choosing the right schools and help put together the most polished, professional and personal auditions possible. We will be reviewing your audition material and making sure it shows you off in the best light and we will also offer alternate options regarding songs and monologues.

Students will have a mock audition for our coaching panel. The goal of this program is to make sure each student has a solid grasp on their material and totally prepared for the college audition process!

For more information or to register visit
Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ

Brooklyn & Bailey and Job Fair

Saturday, October 21                                                                        
Brooklyn & Bailey – iPlay America’s Event Center                        
Doors: 3:00 PM – Show: 4:00 PM

iPlay America welcomes social media stars Brooklyn & Bailey on Saturday, October 21, for a fun-filled concert and Meet & Greet in the Event Center. Brooklyn and Bailey McKnight are social media entertainers. The Texas-based identical twins launched a YouTube channel in 2013 with a focus on a family-friendly lifestyle and teen interests. In early 2017, Brooklyn and Bailey announced their entrance into the music industry and their first track, Dance Like Me, debuted in March. The track charted #12 for pop U.S. song on iTunes. Recent accolades include being listed by Business Insider as one of 13 up-and-coming YouTube stars you should be following and being nominated for a Streamy Award for their channel.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit

Tuesday, October 17 
iPlay America’s Job Fair                                                                      
Start: 7:00 PM

iPlay America is currently hiring for year-round full and part-time positions in their climate controlled indoor theme park! Be a part of a winning team. They have competitive hourly rates and great employee rewards! Be sure to arrive early for the welcome presentation at 7 PM!

They are hiring the following part-time positions:

• Restaurant Staff • Bartenders • Rides and Attractions • Admissions/Cashiers • Arcade Attendants • Concession Stand Attendants • Midway Attendants • Sales • And More!

For more information visit or to fill out an application visit
Now at The Playroom Theatre
151 W. 46th St.
New York, NY

My Perfect Pet

Saturdays at 12:00 noon and 2:00 PM
October 14, 21, 28
November 4, 11, 18 

The story of a young girl who is determined to get a puppy for her tenth birthday.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit
Soho Playhouse Fringe Encore Series:
15 Vandam 
New York, NY

Kafka and Son

Kafka and Son, currently running as part of the 2017 Soho Playhouse Fringe Encore Series, has opened to rave reviews.  Running through October 22, the show is the winner of Outstanding Production awards at the Prague, Canadian, German, and South African Theatre Awards, and a five star sell-out hit on four continents. 

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

In Your Face - New York and 
What Makes It Great: The Songs of George & Ira Gershwin

Sunday October 22, 5:00 PM
In Your Face - New York 

In Your Face – New York captures the spirit, the energy, the music, noise and creativity of this capital of the world. Hosted by Mo Rocca and featuring Judy KuhnPatricia MarxBianca BoskerKevin BleyerDr. Josh BazellAlissa Zuritsky and Julie Rottenberg.

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Monday October 23, 7:30 PM
What Makes It Great
The Songs of George & Ira Gershwin
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PR Firm Roundup

News from BroadwayCon


BroadwayCon is pleased to announce initial programming for BroadwayCon Industry Day. BroadwayCon Industry Day will feature panels facilitated by Mike Kriak, Broadway producer and COO of Mashable, Broadway producer and sports entrepreneur Brisa Trinchero, and Broadway producer and technology entrepreneur Tim Kashani. Additional panels, curators, and keynotes will be announced at a later date. Curated by Situation, BroadwayCon Industry Day will take place on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan. For more information, please visit www.BroadwayCon.com/IndustryDay.

The Future of Broadway Fan Engagement
Broadway fans used to demonstrate their love for a show by saving the Playbill or buying a poster. Today, shows’ brand managers are constantly pushing out new content, and fans are hungry for even more. Mike Kriak (Broadway producer and COO of Mashable) moderates a panel of media and content storytellers discussing how Broadway fans can remain connected to their favorite brands in the future of digital-driven media.

A Page from the Sports Section
Go into town on game day and from the supermarkets to the shopping malls, everyone is wearing their team colors and discussing their favorite players. Why should the day of the Tony Awards be any different? Broadway producer and sports entrepreneur Brisa Trinchero moderates a panel of leading sports brand experts on the making and nurturing of fan relationships and what Broadway can learn from them.

The Role of Technology in Advancing the Fan Relationship
Ten years ago, we couldn’t have imagined that a show could stream its final curtain call live to Facebook for a million viewers, or that that photos and videos tweeted to a show’s account could end up in an onstage montage. What do the next ten years have in store? Broadway producer and technology entrepreneur Tim Kashani introduces us to the leading technology voices emerging from Silicon Valley that have the potential to expand the fan experience, both inside and outside the theater.

BroadwayCon Industry Day will bring together a diverse group of speakers, all united in their passion for fostering unique experiences for Broadway’s fans. The full speaker lineup and schedule will be announced at a later date.
In advance of the full schedule, BroadwayCon is pleased to announce three new panels for BroadwayCon 2018. From exploring the challenges of playing real people to critiquing works from other time periods and much more, BroadwayCon programming will offer something for everyone. BroadwayCon returns to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Friday, January 26 through Sunday, January 28, 2018. Tickets for BroadwayCon 2018 are available for purchase now at www.BroadwayCon.com/register.
Playing Real People
Character study can be really important. Actors write elaborate backstories for their characters that inform the choices they make onstage. But what about when that character is a real person? Hear from people involved in translating real-life stories to the stage about the extra challenges and rewards that come from telling a true story.

To BFA or not to BFA…

Join theatre professionals from all backgrounds as they discuss their paths from high school graduation to today. Hear their thoughts on which degree programs worked for them, why they chose their schools, and what they’d do differently if they could do it all again.

Your Fave is Problematic
Fans of classic (and even modern) works of art often find themselves in a bind: A show with a gorgeous score or a hilarious monologue doesn’t meet 2018’s standards for what’s appropriate in terms of race, gender, or sexuality. We’ll put our heads together and discuss how to judge works created in another time period and how we can appreciate them while remaining cognizant of the elements we shouldn’t replicate today.

Previously announced Special Guests include Co-Creator Anthony Rapp, as well as Christy Altomare, Alessandra Baldacchino, Nicholas Barasch, Laura Benanti, William Berloni, Griffin Birney, Heidi Blickenstaff, Stephanie J. Block, Sierra Boggess, Alex Brightman, Andrea Burns, Liz Callaway, Ben Cameron, Carolee Carmello, Donna Lynne Champlin, Adam Chanler-Berat, Andrew Chappelle, Jenn Colella, Lilli Cooper, Veanne Cox, Janet Dacal, Ariana DeBose, Ben Fankhauser, Drew Gasparini, Gideon Glick, Annie Golden, Randy Graff, Molly Hager, Lennon Nate Hammond, Ann Harada, Rodney Hicks,  Patrick Hinds, Noah Hinsdale, Emma Hunton, Georgi James, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Maggie Keenan-Bolger, Chad Kimball, Derek Klena, Michael John LaChiusa, Raymond J. Lee, Sydney Lucas, Rick Lyon, Lesli Margherita, Chris McCarrell, Ruthie Ann Miles, Zell Steele Morrow, Donna Murphy, Kelli O’Hara, Laura Osnes, Bryce Pinkham, Gabriella Pizzolo, Anthony Rosenthal, Pierson Salvador, Kyle Scatliffe, Alexandra Silber, Leigh Silverman, James Snyder, Oscar Williams, and Doug Wright. Additional Special Guests will be announced at a later date.
News from Karen Greco PR

OUTSIDE PADUCAH: THE WARS AT HOME playwright/performerJ.A. Moad II to be featured in two upcoming documentaries

OUTSIDE PADUCAH: THE WARS AT HOME  playwright/performer J.A. Moad II will be the focus of two upcoming documentaries.
Moad’s writing and performing career is the focus in an upcoming segment in the documentary series "Veterans In Blue," an Air Force Public Affairs Agency commissioned documentary series that focuses on US Air Force Veterans and how their service in the Air Force has made a difference in their lives. The documentary will include portions of a performance of OUTSIDE PADUCAH.
In addition, Moad will be featured as one of four military veterans in a documentary on military veterans working in theater, with the working title, "STAGING OUR WAR," directed by Calvin Skaggs and produced by Lumiere Productions.
All of the veterans profiled in the Skaggs documentary have done work with Poetic Theater Productionsin the past and are a part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series, including John M. Meyer, Jenny Pacanowski, and Maurice Decaul. Poetic Theater Productions Artistic Director Jeremy Karafin will be a featured interview about the company’s extensive work with and support of US military veterans who work in the theater.
OUTSIDE PADUCAH: THE WARS AT HOME warps up its NYC run on Sunday, October 15.  The weekend performance schedule is Friday at 8 PMSaturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; and Sunday at 3 PMPerformances are at the wild project (195 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B). Single tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, call OvationTix at 866-811-4111 or visit www.thewildproject.com. For more information, visit 

National Alliance for Musical Theatre to presenta

Featuring Performances by
Eden Espinosa, Adam Halpin, Brittney Johnson, Mike O'Brien, Bonnie Milligan, Megan McGinnis, Lars Mølsted, Eric William Morris, 
Zach Prince, and Rob Tucker
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
At New World Stages

New York: National Alliance for Musical Theatre is thrilled to kick-off the 29th Annual Festival of New Musicals with its celebrated The 46th Minute concert on October 18th at 6:30 pm directed by Branden Huldeen and produced for NAMT by Ciera Iveson with Karin Nilo.

This Festival favorite of intimate performances undergoes a make-over for NAMT’s 29th season! This year, instead of featuring cut songs from the current crop of Festival shows, The 46th Minute one-night-only event catches up with past shows, shining a spotlight on eight shows that were featured at the Festival of New Musicals over the past decade.

NAMT members may purchase tickets at the lowest possible price when registering for the Fall Conference and/or Festival of New Musicals. Non-members may go to Telecharge or the New World Stages box office.

The cast includes Eden Espinosa (Broadway: Wicked), Adam Halpin (Broadway:  Dear Evan Hansen),Brittney Johnson (Broadway: Beautiful, Motown, Sunset Boulevard, Les Miserables), Mike O'Brien(Regional: Three Philly Tenors), Bonnie Milligan (National Tour: Kinky Boots), Megan McGinnis(Broadway: Side Show, Les Mis)Lars Mølsted (Reumert Talent Prize for Best Singer), Eric William Morris (Broadway: Coram Boy, Mamma Mia) and Zach Prince (Broadway: Honeymoon in Vegas), 
Rob Tucker (Regional: Tom Sawyer: A Musical) and more.

This year’s The 46th Minute will feature songs from: 

BEATSVILLE (Festival 2008) by Glenn Slater and Wendy Wilf

Greenwich Village, 1959—Playground of bohemians, 
beatniks and jazzbos. Tragically square Walter Paisley finds that his clay figures, sculpted nudes, and papier-maché busts bring him the acceptance he desperately yearns for. But what if the world discovers that Walter’s body of work consists of actual bodies? A bebop-inflected black comedy/satire.

BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR (Festival 2011) by Adam Gwon and Julia Jordan

Bernice Bobs Her Hair is based on the classic short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald as well as letters he wrote to his sister.  It is a story of "the shifting, semi-cruel world of adolescence" set in a time of transformation for American women. Young men and women dance and flirt and engage in character assassination in the time-honored pursuit of romance and status. The story is retold with an eye to the future which Fitzgerald anticipates but could not have predicted.

BIG RED SUN (Festival 2010) by Georgia Stitt and John Jiler

A teenage boy unearths a dark family secret as he searches for his long-lost father through the bewildering landscape of post-WWII America… where innocence has vanished, and the simple melodies of Kern and Berlin have been replaced by the dizzying energy of jazz and the birth of rock-and-roll.

LEGENDALE (Festival 2015) by Andrea Daly and Jeff Bienstock

Legendale is an original, contemporary comedy about the power of fantasy. Andy’s favorite way to escape his humdrum life is the online game “Legendale.” He dreams of victory in the game’s 
tournament, but gets stuck competing as a lowly milkmaid, whose sole skill is crafting cheese. When the game world takes a sudden turn for the unexpected, Andy and his avatar must both learn how to summon their inner warriors. Legendale blends romance, adventure and virtual reality, over a pop-infused score.

LIZZIE (Festival 2010) by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer, Alan Stevens 
Hewitt and Tim Maner

A rock show retelling of the bloody legend of America’s first and favorite
axe-wielding double murderess and Victorian hometown girl, Lizzie Borden. Featuring four fierce rocker girls and a live band, this driving musical reveals why Lizzie took up that axe and how she became an American folk hero.

MY HEART IS THE DRUM (Festival 2013) by Jennie Redling, Phillip 
Palmer and Stacey Luftig

Efua Kuti is determined to leave her small village in Ghana and attend university, against all odds. Defying her parents, she risks everything to set off for the big city. But what awaits her there is more dangerous than she dared imagine, and she finds that more than just her dreams are at stake. With driving rhythms and rich vocal harmonies, this big, coming-of-age musical celebrates the promise within us all.

THE NOTEWORTHY LIFE OF HOWARD BARNES (Festival 2014) by Christopher Dimond and Michael Kooman

Howard Barnes is a perfectly average, if emotionally repressed, man in his early thirties. That is, until the day that he wakes up to discover that his life has become a musical. Desperate to escape from the show and get his normal life back, Howard teams up with Maggie, an aspiring actress who works in his office. Together, the two embark on a fantastical quest through the realm of musical theater. Along the way, Howard discovers that he must let go of the past and open himself up to the possibility of love. In doing so, he learns to embrace the music. Equal parts satire, romantic comedy, and love letter to the American musical, The Noteworthy 
life of Howard Barnes is intended for people who love musical theater, and their spouses who hate it.

TRIANGLE (Festival 2012) by Thomas Mizer and Curtis Moore

An original mystery-romance, Triangle tells two love stories, set in the same New York City building but a hundred years apart. As lives begin to weave together across the century, long-buried secrets are uncovered and ghosts of the past begin to influence the future.

The 46th Minute is sponsored by Goodspeed Musicals (Lead Sponsor), Fredericia Theater and New Works Development Centre Uterus and McCoy Rigby Entertainment with La Mirada Theatre (Supporting Sponsors).


National Alliance for Musical Theatre


29th Annual Festival takes place at New World Stages
October 19-20, 2017

The 29th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which takes place on Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20, 2017
 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). The Festival kicks off on Wednesday, October 18 with its celebrated concert, The 46th Minute.

Registration for industry members is free and now open at www.namt.org/festival. The public can also receive passes to the Festival through a donation to NAMT. There is also a day-of standby line for the general public for free admission (based on availability).

This year’s NAMT Festival features an impressive line-up of established and emerging directors including May Adrales (Vietgone at Manhattan Theatre Club), Stephen Brackett (Buyer & CellarThe Mad Ones upcoming at 59E59 Theaters), Jaki Bradley (Good Men Wanted at NY Stage & Film), Matt Cowart (Asst Dir: Broadway: Sunset Boulevard)Kristin Hanggi (Broadway’s Rock of Ages), Sarna Lapine (Broadway’s Sunday in the Park with George), Jonathan McCrory (NYHandsUp, Blacken the Bubble, Enter Your Sleep), Lonny Price (Broadway’s Sunset Boulevard) and Andy Sandberg(Application Pending at the Westside Theatre) 

This years festival casts include top Broadway talents, such as, Felicia Boswell (Broadway: Shuffle Along, MOTOWN), Adam Chanler-Berat (Broadway: Next to Normal, Peter and the StarcatcherAmélie), Juwan Crawley (Broadway:Aladdin), Alyse Alan Louis (Broadway: Amélie)Ken Marks (Broadway: Dear Evan HansenSpiderman: Turn off the Dark), Ben Mayne (NY: The View Upstairs), Eric William Morris (Broadway: Coram Boy, Mamma Mia), Ciara Renée (Broadway: Big Fish, Pippin), Will Roland (Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen),George Salazar (Broadway: Godspell. NY: The Lightning Thief, Drama Desk nom) and Emily Walton(Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher, August: Osage County) and more.

The Festival has introduced musical theatre producers to 244 musicals and 460 writers from around the world. As a direct result of the FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, more than 85% of the musicals presented have gone on to subsequent readings, workshops, productions and tours, been licensed, and/or recorded on cast albums. Some past Festival shows include this year’s Best Musical Tony Award-nominee Come From AwayThe Drowsy ChaperoneIt Shoulda Been YouStriking 12Ordinary DaysThoroughly Modern Millie, among many others.

This year, a committee of 16 theatre professionals selected eight new musicals out of 240 blind submissions. The musicals they chose for the 29th Annual Festival are: Darling Grenadine (book, music & lyrics by Daniel Zaitchik), Fall Springs (music & lyrics by Niko Tsakalakos, book & lyrics by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb), GIRL Shakes Loose (music & lyrics by Imani Uzuri, book & lyrics by Zakiyyah Alexander, poetry by Sonia Sanchez), Klook's Last Stand (book by Ché Walker, music by Omar Lyefook & Anoushka Lucas, lyrics by Ché Walker & Anoushka Lucas), Persephone (book & lyrics by Marcus Stevens, music by Oran Eldor),The Passage (book, music & lyrics by David Darrow), Prom Queen (book by Kent Staines, lyrics by Akiva Romer-Segal, music by Colleen Dauncey), and Sam's Room (book by Dale Sampson with Trey Coates-Mitchell, music & lyrics by Caitlin Marie Bell, Marc Campbell & Dale Sampson).

DARLING GRENADINE book, music & lyrics by Daniel Zaitchik
Director: Kristin Hanggi (Broadway: Rock of Ages, Tony Nomination)
Music Director:  David Gardos (Assoc. Conducted: FalsettosFinding Neverland) 

Darling Grenadine is a seriocomic musical about Harry, a fanciful jingle composer, and his precarious relationships with his girlfriend Louise, his brother Paul, and his Labrador Retriever (...also named Paul).  Told with a rich contemporary score and a wink to the classic MGM musical style, Darling Grenadine explores the friction between romance and reality, bitter and sweet, serving something magical, moving, and boldly new.  

FALL SPRINGS music & lyrics by Niko Tsakalakos, book & lyrics by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
Director: Stephen Brackett (NY: The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, Buyer & Seller)
Music Director: Emily Marshall (Nat’l Tours of A Chorus Line and We Will Rock You)

Fall Springs is a semi-charming, cash-strapped town that sits directly on top of America’s largest reserve of cosmetic essential oils. It has big dreams, but at what cost? With new fracking techniques being recklessly implemented, the ground beneath Fall Springs is crumbling. Boulders, sheds, and the occasional bartender are being swallowed into the ground. And that’s only the beginning.

Music & lyrics by Imani Uzuri, book & lyrics by Zakiyyah Alexander, poetry by Sonia Sanchez
Director: May Adrales (MTC’s Lortel Award-winning production of Vietgone)

GIRL Shakes Loose is a three-city coming-of-age journey. GIRL finds herself in New York, unemployed, suddenly single and must figure out where she’s going and why she keeps making the same mistakes. It’s up to GIRLto figure out where home is and how (and if) she’ll get there.

KLOOK'S LAST STAND book by Ché Walker, music by Omar Lyefook & Anoushka Lucas,
Lyrics by Ché Walker & Anoushka Lucas
Director: Jonathan McCrory (NYHandsUp, Blacken the Bubble, Enter Your Sleep)

Klook is a drifter who’s gotten too old to drift. Vinette is on the run but she doesn’t know what’s chasing her. Together they make a tentative stab at happiness, before the past they are evading begins to catch up with them. Tough, tender, funny and poignant, Klook’s Last Stand will grab you from the inside out. Soulful music and a lyrical text make this a mesmerizing theatre experience.

PERSEPHONE, book & lyrics by Marcus Stevens, music by Oran Eldor
Director: Andy Sandberg (NY: Straight, Application Pending)
Music Director: Ian Axness (New Dramatists: Lempicka, Scheherezade and Barefoot Persephone)

In Persephone, a myth is raised from the dead, the gods are celebrities hounded by the paparazzi, and their saga is set to a pop/rock score. Teenage Persephone longs for independence from her mother Demeter, but her wish gets distorted when she finds herself trapped in the Underworld by Greece’s perennial bad boy, Hades. What follows is an off-beat, emotionally-charged coming-of-age story for ancient and modern times.

THE PASSAGE book, music & lyrics by David Darrow
Director: Sarna Lapine (Broadway: Sunday in the Park with George)
Music Director: Mark Hartman (NY: The Dead, 1904, Pageant- The Musical)

Albert, a sixth grader, has a monster living in his basement. When it captures his father, he enlists his brave new friend, Cassie, and together they embark on an epic journey to save his Dad and his family.The Passage is a coming-of-age story about two imaginative children confronting a reality stranger than anything they could imagine. 

PROM QUEEN book by Kent Staines, lyrics by Akiva Romer-Segal, music by Colleen Dauncey
Director: Lonny Price (Broadway: Sunset Boulevard) and Matt Cowart (Asst Dir: Broadway: Sunset Boulevard)
Music Director: Cody Owen Stine (Roundabouts’s The Robber Bridegroom)

Prom Queen is inspired by the incredible, true story of Marc Hall, the Canadian teenager who took the Catholic School Board to court when they refused to let him attend prom with his boyfriend. In this fun and uplifting musical, Marc has to learn to be his own hero and fight for the right to be himself.

SAM'S ROOM book by Dale Sampson with Trey Coates-Mitchell, 
Music & lyrics by Caitlin Marie Bell, Marc Campbell & Dale Sampson
Director: Jaki Bradley (Regional:  RowGood Men Wanted. NY: Playing Hot, I’ve Been to Sea Before)

This pop concert dramedy follows Sam, a teenager in 1998 with nonverbal special needs, on his path to find a way to communicate. Shifting between cruel reality and pop star fantasy, Sam’s Room powerfully reveals the universal struggle with communication by giving a voice to someone who’s never had one.

For more information about the festival or to register visit
David Harrower’s KNIVES IN HENS 
makes NYC premiere at 59E59 Theaters

New York, New York September 12, 201759E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to present the NYC premiere of KNIVES IN HENS, written byDavid Harrower and directed by Paul Takacs. Produced by The Shop, KNIVES IN HENS begins performances on Thursday, October 19 for a limited engagement through Sunday, November 12Press Opening is Sunday, October 29 at 3:30 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7:30 PM, Friday at 8:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM and 8:30 PM; and Sunday at 3:30 PMPerformances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Single tickets are $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or visit www.59e59.org

Set in a world on the cusp of change, the fates of a young woman, her plowman husband, and a localmiller collide in a quest for knowledge, agency, and freedom. David Harrower's seminal work unpacks the subtle power of words and ideas to liberate, empower, and lift the mind and soul.
To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or visit www.59e59.org
makes NYC premiere at 59E59 Theaters

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to present the NYC premiere of OCCUPIED TERRITORIES, written byNancy Bannon and Mollye Maxner, and directed by Mollye Maxner. Produced by Theater Alliance of Washington, DC & Available Potential Enterprises, MA, OCCUPIED TERRITORIES begins performances on Friday, October 20 for a limited engagement through Sunday, November 5Press Opening isWednesday, October 25 at 7:15 PM. The performance schedule is Wednesday - Thursday at 7:15 PM, Friday at 8:15 PM; Saturday at 2:15 PM and 8:15 PM; and Sunday at 3:15 PMPerformances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Single tickets are $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members). $20 discounted tickets are available to Veterans, Retired, and Active Military.  

When Jude digs through her estranged father’s basement on the eve of his funeral, she unleashes a secret past that challenges everything she always believed about her family and her father. A powerful theatrical event filled with unbridled athleticism, the play moves between a suburban basement and the jungles of Vietnam. In the intimate space of 59E59, OCCUPIED TERRITORIES drops audiences straight into the theater of war.

To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or visit www.59e59.org.


What's on at the wild project

October 21 -  November 12
TARTUFFE adapted from Moliere by David Ball, directed by Craig Smith
With Phoenix Theatre Ensemble resident actors Matt Baguth, Alicia Marie Beatty, Ariel Estrada, Eileen Glenn, Oscar Klausner, John Lenartz, Morgan Rosse, Wes Spencer, Elise Stone, and Josh Tyson
Produced by Phoenix Theatre Ensemble
Schedule: Tuesday – Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM8:00 PM; special Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2 PM on Oct. 25Nov. 4Nov. 8. (No performance on Tues, Oct 31.)
Tickets: $18.50 - $34

Craig Smith directs a new staging of Tartuffe in David Ball’s dynamic adaptation, which was developed originally for Theatre de la Jeune Lune. A comedy about religious hypocrisy, Tartuffe follows a wealthy man, Orgon, who brings home a religious con-man, Tartuffe, who systematically arranges a wedding with Orgon’s daughter, seduces Organ’s wife, convinces Orgon to sign over to him Orgon’s house and fortune.
All performances are at the wild project (195 E. 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B).

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.thewildproject.com.
Michelle Tabnick PR

Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Open Rehearsal: Steve Reich and Ensemble Signal
October 17, 2017 at 7:30pm

Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents Open RehearsalSteve Reich and Ensemble Signal on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:30pm.

Go into the rehearsal studio with conductor Brad Lubman and Ensemble Signal as they prepare for their Carnegie Hall concert featuring music by Steve Reich. Preview the New York premiere of Runner and hear Pulse in raw form, without technical equipment or sound reinforcement. Between performances, Reich and Lubman discuss the works, moderated by WNYC's John Schaefer.

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

Queer Butoh 2017
at Howl! Happening
October 19, 2017 at 6pm

Howl! Happening in association with The New York Butoh Institute and Vangeline Theater present Queer Butoh 2017, a free three-hour evening of site-specific Butoh performances with three LGBT/Q Butoh artists from San Francisco, Chicago and New York: Angela Newsham, Holly Chernobyl, and Will Atkins. The event will take place on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 6pm at Howl! Happening, 6 E. First Street, NYC. For more information, visitwww.vangeline.

The artists will dance throughout the evening yet maintain a fluid space of interaction with the audience. The unique minimalist soundscape featured includes recordings of the artists in candid conversations about the role, which butoh has played in their lives. The installation will take place against the unique background of sculptures by Japanese artist Mazao Gozu.

In Butoh, the desire to play with notions of both "masculine" and "feminine" has been expressed in performance methodology by both male and female artists. The five contemporary artists will create new work and speak about how they integrate Butoh into their art and lives.

The Vangeline Theater has been a leader in the development of contemporary Butoh dance since it's founding in 2002. Informed by the expansive vision of pioneering choreographer Vangeline, the Vangeline Theater brings to life a timeless and uniquely American style of Butoh that continues to captivate audiences. The Vangeline Theater is home to the New York Butoh Institute, providing superior Butoh training to our community. The New York Butoh Institute is dedicated to the advancement of Butoh in the 21st century, with a special emphasis on scientific research as it relates to Butoh. www.vangeline.com

Howl! Happening

Gallery | Performance Space | Archive
Like the neighborhood in which it was born and the Howl! Festival that began it all, Howl! Happening is a space of untamed creativity. Howl! Happening curates exhibitions and stages live events that showcase the historical legacy and contemporary culture of the East Village and Lower East Side. It  is  also dedicated to preserving the archives of artists who spent their creative lives working in this vibrant community and houses the Estates of artist Arturo Vega and  the  beloved  performance  artist,  Tom Murrin aka "The Alien Comic." The history of the East Village is still being written. The mix of rock and roll, social justice, art and performance, community activism, gay rights and culture,  immigrants, fashion, and nightlife are even more relevant now and Howl! Happening aims to shine a light on artists from the past in the place where their art came alive and where they played and worked.  Howl! Happening is an Arturo Vega Project. Visit howlarts.org


South Street Seaport Museum and J&J Events
Spirit of the Seaport:
A Victorian Haunting Aboard the Wavertree
Social Soirée & Guided Tour
October 20, 2017 at 8pm

The South Street Seaport Museum and J&J Events present Spirit of the Seaport: A Victorian Haunting Aboard the Wavertree on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 8pm to midnight aboard the restored 1885 full-rigged cargo sailing ship Wavertree. Tickets are $75 ($65 for members) and are available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10208323. For 21 and up.

Celebrate Spiritualism, a strange and fascinating time most popular from the 1840s to 1920s when ghosts were regularly conjured and spirits were high.Relive a time in the late Victorian period when people were drawn towards the paranormal, supernatural, and occult, of which the most popular forms included mesmerism, clairvoyance, thought-reading, and above all, Spiritualism, a belief that the dead communicate with the living.

Spirit of the Seaport guests will enjoy a champagne greeting as they board the Wavertree, a newly-restored sailing ship built in 1885. Step into another time aboard the Victorian vessel as magicians, mentalists, and tarot readers peek into the future while conjuring up the past. Listen to a live band perform jazz and ragtime music of the late 1800s, witness an authentic recreation of a Victorian séance in the spooky captain's saloon, and sip on signature Seaport cocktails, beer, and wine throughout this most devilish affair.

With performances by mentalist Eric Walton, magician Albert Cadabra, and Jesse Gelber & the Rounders, playing jazz and ragtime music of the late 19th-century.

Period appropriate (Victorian, Edwardian, Gilded Age) and/or dark cocktail attire is encouraged!


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents
The Tierney Sutton Band: 

The Sting Variations

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 8pm

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College will open its 2017-18 Kumble Theater season with eight-time GRAMMY®-nominated jazz artist Tierney Sutton. Praised by The New York Times as "a pure jazz spirit," Ms. Sutton and her band will perform their 2017 GRAMMY® Award-nominated project The Sting Variations. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased in advance at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the Brooklyn Center box office at 718-951-4500. Day-of-show tickets should be purchased at the Kumble Theater on the downtown Brooklyn campus of LIU, located at 1 University Plaza, or by calling the Kumble Theater box office at 718-488-1624.

Spanning the entirety of Sting's career, The Sting Variations explores the music of British rock icon Sting, delivering unique arrangements of both familiar and lesser-known gems. The arrangements are filled with elegance, virtuosity and surprise, and each band member is featured to maximum effect. Some songs included on the album are "Driven to Tears," "Shadows in the Rain," "Fields of Gold," "Every Breath You Take," and "Message in a Bottle."

The Tierney Sutton Band: The Sting Variations
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 8pm, $35
Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn
Online orders: BrooklynCenter.org
Box Office: 718-951-4500
Groups of 15 or more: 718-951-4600 x3331 


Pitch your work to a roomful of real producers...
Theater Resources Unlimited
presents a Writer-Producer Speed Date
Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 5:30pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the next Writer-Producer Speed Date on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 5:30pm at NOLA Rehearsal Studio, 244 W. 54th Street, 11th floor, NYC.This unique program is designed to help playwrights master The Art of the Pitch and gain confidence in talking about their work. If accepted into the program, the cost is $70 for TRU members and $85 for non-membersFor more details, visit https://truonline.org/events/speed-date-10-17/. Submission deadline is Friday 10/13.

You meet a producer at a party, and have two minutes to interest him in your work. Do you have the skill to sell yourself?  Here's a chance to practice pitching with real producers who are open to and looking for new work. Okay, they probably won't option you on the spot, but you'll meet them and have the opportunity to start developing a relationship. And that's what this business is all about. Relationships. You'll also get useful feedback on your pitching and your project.

Eleven producers are lined up, from both the commercial and not-for-profit worlds, all with an interest in new projects; there also may be up to eleven aspiring producers from TRU's Producer Development program and the professional community. So participants will be pitching to as many as 22 producers in total! Come with a willingness to learn, because the real value is the chance to practice pitching, and get invaluable coaching from experts, as well. 

Confirmed producers include Patrick Blake, producer (The 39 Steps, Bedlam Theatre's Hamlet/St. Joan, My Life Is a Musical, Play Dead, The Exonerated);Luis Reyes Cardenas, Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director, Open Hydrant Theater Company; William Franzblau, producer (Tony Award-nominated Best Play Say Goodnight Gracie, American Buffalo and Wonderland on Broadway,the tour of Little House on the Prairie the Musical; off-Broadway Sistas, Jewtopia, Evil Dead the Musical, Respect and Illuminate); Ed Gaynes,producer (Cougar the musical, Zero Hour, Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Fried Chicken and Latkes), theater owner St. Luke's, manager Actors Temple; Cody Lassen, producer (Indecent, Significant Other, The Band's Visit); John Melo,theater and film producer (On the Town); Lawrence D. Poster/Asparagus Entertainment, producer (Rags, Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging,  Fingers and Toes); Ken Waissman (original Grease, Agnes of God, Torch Song Trilogy, Josephine); Trish Whitehurst, theater/film producer (The Realistic Joneses, The Gronholm Method in L.A.; film: Clear Blue Tuesday;upcoming Austen's Pride); Shela Xoregos, artistic director of Xoregos Performing Company; and Frank Zuback, commercial producer (Taking Leave, American Soldier, Roof of the World).

To Apply: Visit https://truonline.org/events/speed-date-10-17/ to download an application, then email the completed application to TRUStaff1@gmail.com. Evening limited to 22 writers, deadline to apply is Friday, October 13, 2017


Works & Process at the Guggenheim

The World Premiere of a New Commission

Ryan McNamara and John Zorn
October 22-23, 2017

Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents the World Premiere of a New Commission by Ryan McNamara and John Zorn on Sunday and Monday, October 22 and 23, 2017 at 9pm.

See the premiere of a Works & Process commission for the unique architecture of the Guggenheim's Peter B. Lewis Theater. Collaborating with a community of dancers and artists with whom he has worked for years, Ryan McNamara will create a performance set to Commedia dell'arte by composer John Zorn.

$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.


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Starring Two-Time Tony Award Winners

The new Broadway musical, WAR PAINT, which stars Broadway legends and two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole together for the first time, will now play its final performance on Sunday, November 5, 2017

Originally scheduled to close on December 30WAR PAINT will close early to allow Ms. LuPone to have necessary and immediate hip replacement surgery.  Upon closing, the musical will have played 236 regular and 33 preview performances at the Nederlander Theatre(208 West 41st Street).

Tickets for all remaining performances can be purchased at www.warpaintmusical.com or by calling 877.250.2929Tickets sold for performances after November 5 can be rescheduled or refunded at their point of purchase. 

For more information, please visit: www.warpaintmusical.com



Broadway Records has released “More Than Me”, a single from Michael Mott’s newly released album, Abandoned Heart, as a benefit single for Puerto Rico.

100% of the profits will be donated to The American Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Maria.

The single can be purchased at www.BroadwayRecords.com and on all digital platforms including iTunes and Amazon Music.
News from Richard Hillman PR
















Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (Tisa Chang, Artistic Producing Director) to present two new plays as part of the staged reading series Two Faces of Modern Asia:  Fulfillment by Jeremy Tiang, directed by Mei Ann Teo (October 20, 2017) and UN by John Kim, directed by Flordelino Lagundino (October 27, 2017).  Both readings will begin at 7:00PM in the Bruce Mitchell Room at A.R.T. NY (520 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor).  Following each presentation will be a reception and Q&A with the artists.  Suggested donation at the door towards refreshments.  Reservations may be made at info@panasianrep.org or by calling (212) 868-4030.

In Fulfillment, Bennett works at an Amazon fulfillment center, a dead-end job most of her co-workers dream of escaping -- except Mengru, a Chinese immigrant, who sees her path to a better life here. Can these two women survive in a system that's rigged against them, and what will they have to sacrifice?  The five-member cast will feature Chun Cho, Jo Mei, Catherine Maria Rodriguez, Adriana Sananes and Jeena Yi.  The Dramaturg is Xingying Peng. Stage directions will be read by Hui-Shurn Yong.

UN (a completely true story of the rise of Kim Jong Un) pulls back the curtain on the madman tyrant to fill the gaps between the little we know about his life and actions. Beneath the sculpted horn like hair, there was once a boy who wanted to be Michael Jordan. Meet Kim Jong Un. If we look beyond our fear of North Korean caricatures, what might we find?

The Pan Asian Repertory Theatre’s staged reading series Two Faces of Asia performance schedule is: Fulfillment on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00PM and UN on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:00PM in Bruce Mitchell Room at A.R.T. NY (520 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10018). Suggested donation of $1

To RSVP, please email Frank at info@panasianrep.org or call (212) 868-4030.

 “P L A Y   I T   B Y   H E A R T”


305 WEST 38th STREET - NYC


Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) and The Amas Musical Theatre Lab will present staged readings of Play It by Heart, a new musical, with music by David Spangler, Jerry Taylor and Marty Dodson, lyrics by David Spangler, Jerry Taylor, R.T. Robinson, and Marty Dodson, and book by Willy Holtzman. Directed by Jaki Bradley with music direction by Henry Aronson, the readings will be held on Monday, October 23 at 6pm and Tuesday, October 24th at 3pm and 7:00pm at Ripley-Grier Studios - Studio 312 (305 West 38th Street). The readings are free and the seating is limited. For reservations, please email boxoffice@amasmusical.org or call 212-563-2565.

Play It by Heart is the story of the Jaspers, a singing family on the Christian circuit shepherded by the firm hand of the matriarch, Naomi Jasper. Her daughter Jeanine breaks out to become a huge country star and her youngest, Jamie Lynn, is sent to boarding schools to protect her from the limelight. When Jamie Lynn sings the heck out of her sister’s signature hit in a Karaoke bar, a smart phone video goes viral, it sets the family on a crisis of identity and they are forced to confront a long-held secret. Like the title song says, “if you don’t know your part, just play it by heart.”
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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