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, November 5, 2017

Sunday Scoop Week if 11/5/17 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Vital Theater's Production of The Wizard of Oz extended through December 30
Theater at Blessed Sacrament
152 W. 71st St.
New York, NY

Saturdays at 1:00 pm through November 12th

Beginning November 25th
Selected Saturdays and Sundays
11:00 am and 1:00 pm
Through December 30th

Friday, November 24th at 3:30 pm

Tuesday - Friday
December 26th - 29th at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm

The one-hour adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, the classic tale by L. Frank Baum that has been entertaining audiences for ages, features the Munchkin puppets and is tailored for audiences 2-7 years old. Rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion as they travel through a reimagined world of Oz.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.vitalswizardofoz.com
Broadway Up Close Walking Tours
Presents Their New Tour:
The GhostLight Tour

The Ghostlight Tour: Haunted Broadway is now open! They've been collecting haunted, spooky sightings for years and have compiled them into a tour that shows how the haunting of Broadway’s present brings Broadway’s past back to life! They've unearthed even more stories about our favorite ghosts Olive Thomas and David Belasco, and have a slew of other characters to share with you! 

For more information or to booka tour visit https://www.broadwayupclose.com/ghostlighttour

Introducing Queen of The Ride 
Drag Show & Booze Bus

THE RIDE continues to change nightlife in NYC. This time, they are proud to introduce our new adult-themed experience -QUEEN OF THE RIDE!

In their new interactive Saturday night experience, you'll hop aboard one of their luxury motorcoaches with a complimentary bar onboard, stadium-style seating, high-quality audio and 40 video screens. Blurring the boundaries between what's really happening and what's part of the show, your hilarious Drag host will guide you though wild performances right on the streets of New York! 

Queen of THE RIDE is available on the first Saturday of every month at 10PM and 11:30PM. Tickets start at only $79pp. Onboard alcohol included - must be 21+ to ride. Valid ID required.

Buses board and return at HARDWARE Bar in Hells Kitchen! 
Free booze on board and a complimentary drink inside Hardware Bar
upon your return!

For more information or to purchase tickets visit experiencetheride.com/sightseeing-attractions/queen-of-the-ride
Upcoming at The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA

Night Skies in the Observatory

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

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

The Evening’s Science Talk:

Astronomical Holiday Gifts: How to Buy a Telescope?
The bewildering variety of telescopes and their unlimited accessories challenges even the best shopper to find just the right fit. Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts outlines the basic functions and deciphers the ‘specs’ so you can make a purchase that’s out of this world. Samples of every variety of scope will be on display. Books, maps, and accessories for the advanced amateur will be all be covered in this talk.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit https://tickets.fi.edu
Upcoming at Franklin Square
200 N. 6th St.
Philadelphia, PA

Franklin Square Holiday Festival featuring the Electrical Spectacle

November 9 – December 31daily 4 - 8 pm, Fri & Sat 4 - 9

It’s sparkle time at Franklin Square for the 2017 Franklin Square Holiday Festival, including a winter beer garden with fire pits for warmth and charm and Ben’s Sweets & Treats where guests can create and taste a variety of treats (new s’mores and gourmet hot chocolate stations for 2017!) inside the heated tent with views of the Square. From November 9 – December 31, dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Showpresented by PECO. In addition to the Parx Liberty Carousel and Philly Mini Golf, additional holiday entertainment includes #FranklinSquareFridays, Santa Saturdays, Seasonal Sounds on Sundays, Lightning Bolt Holiday Express train rides around the Square, and the traditional family-friendly Kid’s New Year’s Eve Countdown and Dance Party. Kids are invited to bring their letters to Santa for the special Santa Mailbox, or deliver them in person to him on Santa Saturdays. Highlighted special evenings include celebrations of The Grinch, Hanukkah, Santa Paws Pet Night, and visits from characters from Star Wars and Frozen

Franklin Square Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO is a free light show that illuminates the Square nightly from November 9 - December 31. Marvel at more than 50,000 lights as they shimmer, dance, and illuminate the Square to a soundtrack of holiday classics, some of which are performed by The Philly POPSTM in two alternating shows every 30 minutes beginning at 4:30 pm daily. Every evening, one lucky audience member will be selected to kick off the evening’s festivities as the Igniter for the 4:30 pm show.
  • The Square’s nighttime magic and attractions begin at 4 pm
  • First Electrical Spectacle show: 4:30 pm
  • Final Electrical Spectacle show: 8 pm Sundays - Thursdays, 9 pm on Friday & Saturdays (final show at 8 pm on December 24)
  • Showings every half hour each evening (weather permitting)
November 9 – December 31: Franklin Square and its attractions are open 10 am - 8 pm, daily, until 9 pm on Friday and Saturdays. Franklin Square Holiday Festival starts at 4 pm, daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.) All hours are weather permitting.
Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

USAF Heritage of American Band, Brit Floyd, Lovey Williams, The Fab Faux, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Regina Spektor

Thursday November 9, 7:00 PM
USAF Heritage of American Band

For information or to purchase tickets visit www.stnj.org/event/usaf-heritage-of-america-band

Friday November 10, 5:00 PM
VIP Meet & Greet Soundtrack Experience
Brit Floyd

For more information or to purchase tickets visit 

Friday November 10, 8:00 PM
Brit Floyd
Immersion World Tour 2017

For information or to purchase tickets visit www.stnj.org/event/brit-floyd

Lovey Williams
Milk and Cookies

For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.stnj.org/event/mc-lovey-williams

Saturday November 11, 8:00 PM
The Fab Faux
Apple to the Core
The Beatles on Apple Records

For more information or to purchase tickets visit 

Saturday November 11, 9:00 PM
VIP Meet & Mingle The Fab Faux

For more information or to purchase tickets visit 

Sunday November 12, 3:00 PM
Moscow State Symphony Orchestra

For more information or to purchase tickets visit 

Monday November 13, 8:00 PM
Regina Spektor

For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.stnj.org/event/regina-spektor
iPlay America
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ

iPlay America's Sixth Birthday Celebration 

Saturday, November 11   

In the last six years iPlay America has welcomed over two million guests, presented over 500 concerts, special events, trade shows and conventions, hosted over 10,000 parties and become the world’s greatest indoor theme park. Join us as iPlay America celebrates its sixth birthday on Saturday, November 11                 

• Veteran’s RIDE FREE!
• FREE CUPCAKE with any purchase at Game Time Bar & Grill (while supplies last.)
• Bring an unwrapped gift for Danny iPlay and get a BOGO Ride Voucher that can be used that day or on a future visit. (All gifts will be donated to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital.) One BOGO voucher per person. Must donate gift to receive voucher.
• Enjoy Danny’s Dance Party at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM and sing Happy Birthday to Danny iPlay!                                           

Upcoming at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY

Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers:
Everybody Loves Pirates

Saturday November 11, 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM

A trio of sibling puppeteers from Maine presents this zany tale set on the high seas. Eight-year-old Lucy and her goofy pal Little Chucky search for buried treasure, only to find a gang of bumbling pirates getting in the way. Featuring over a dozen hand-crafted mouth and rod puppets, and an 8-foot paper-maché pirate ship, this spectacular show follows the main characters as they get some help from their new ocean-dwelling friends, including enthusiastic superhero Lobster Boy, his reluctant sidekick Crabby, and an overgrown sea monkey. Watch a preview video on YouTube and learn more at frogtownpuppets.com.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit 
435 Lydecker Street
Englewood, NJ 07631

FREE & Open to General Public of all Ages
Please Bring Non-Perishable Items for Food Drive Benefiting
Center for Food Action

Sunday November 12, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

For More Information and to RSVP call 201.568.5566 x 7212 or
PR Firm Roundup

News from BroadwayCon


BroadwayCon is thrilled to announce that THE BAND’S VISIT joins the BroadwayCon 2018 lineup. As part of MainStage programming, this THE BAND’S VISIT panel will feature a conversation with the cast and creative team to discuss the creation of the new Broadway musical.

After a mix-up at the border, an Egyptian Police Band is sent to a remote village in the middle of the Israeli desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. THE BAND’S VISIT celebrates the deeply human ways music, longing and laughter can connect us all.

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.
News from DKC

BroadwayHD Fuels Expansion With New Amazon & Ericsson Deals As Service Re-Brands At Lower Price

BroadwayHD announces a pair of deals with Amazon and Ericsson that will make its popular service even more accessible to consumers along with a strategic re-brand tied to a new lower price point. BroadwayHD’s 400+ hours of on-demand content is available on its own Amazon Channel. The network can be accessed on all US-based compatible Amazon Video devices, including Amazon Fire TV Stick, Amazon Fire TV, Fire tablets, computers, and Android and iOS mobile devices. BroadwayHD will also be pairing with Ericsson to become the newest addition to the company’s new UDN platform, ‘Content Provider Boost.’ Starting this holiday season, the BroadwayHD app will be pre-loaded on Ericsson-connected TVs and will retroactively be added to TVs with the Ericsson chipset.

These new partnerships come as the company prepares to announce a re-branding that includes a new marketing and advertising campaign. Designed as a service that puts you in control of your Broadway experience, the re-brand specifically revolves around the theme “Broadway…Your Way” and will spotlight the different interpretations of “your way” that exist. Capped off by a new logo inspired by the iconic green NYC street signs, the campaign comes as the service is also lowering its price from $14.99 a month to $8.99 a month. All content will also now come with a closed captioning option allowing the hearing impaired to enjoy the magic of Broadway at home.

BroadwayHD partners with Ericsson to bring theater to global audiences.
  • BroadwayHD is the next content provider to deliver content to viewers around the globe as part of Ericsson’s new UDN platform, ‘Content Provider Boost.’
  • Starting this holiday season, the BroadwayHD app will be pre-loaded on Ericsson-connected TVs, giving users access to BroadwayHD’s robust on-demand line-up of over 200 theater productions and exclusive live stream content. The new BroadwayHD app also applies retroactively to TVs with the Ericsson chipset.
  • This new partnership will give viewers an unprecedented entertainment experience including faster load times and better play.

 BroadwayHD is now available on Amazon Channels.
  • BroadwayHD subscribers can watch more than 400 hours of on-demand content on the new BroadwayHD Amazon Channel.
  • BroadwayHD available on Amazon Channels is available to all compatible Amazon Video devices, including Amazon Fire TV Stick, Amazon Fire TV, Fire tablets, computers, and Android and iOS mobile devices. At this time, BroadwayHD is only available to customers located in the U.S.

 BroadwayHD’s goal is to deliver “Broadway…your way.”
  • BroadwayHD is a service that puts you in control of your Broadway experience and its new re-brand includes a new logo inspired by the iconic green NYC street signs.
  • The service will switch from a $14.99 a month price-point to a $8.99 a month price-point

For more information or to sign up visit www.broadwayhd.com
News from DKC/O&M





Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit musical School of Rock – The Musical will welcome four new adult cast members to the show this November.Analisa Leaming will join the cast in the role of Principal Rosalie Mullins beginning Monday, November 20Leaming, currently appearing on Broadway in Hello, Dolly!, succeeds Jenn Gambatese, who will play her final performance on Friday, November 3.

The other three new cast members to join the production are Lori Eve MarinacciJonathan Gould and Badia Farha, who all begin performances on Monday, November 6.

Lori Eve Marinacci will assume the role of Rosalie from Monday, November 6 through Sunday, November 19, following which she will play the role of Patty. She will succeed Becky Gulsvig, who will play her last performance as Patty on Sunday, November 5.  

Jonathan Gould will play the role of Ned, succeeding Steven Booth, who will play his last performance Sunday November 5.   

Badia Farha will play the role of Ms. Sheinkopf, succeeding Emily Cramer, who will play her last performance on Sunday, November 5.
News from Karen Greco PR

Upcoming at 59E59 Theaters
59 E. 59 St.
New York, NY


Mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved...Samantha Brown balances on the edge of her future, car keys in hand. As she sits in the driver's seat, she 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?

This contemporary and compelling score from one of NYC's most exciting new songwriting teams immerses audiences in the complex inner life of a young woman on the brink of change. When every choice feels like life and death, how do you turn the key? 
Produced by Prospect Theater Company at 59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director), THE MAD ONES begins performances on Tuesday, November 7 for a limited engagement through Sunday, December 17Press Opening is Thursday, November 16 at 7 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday – Thursday at 7 PM; Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; and Sunday at 3 PMPlease note: there is an added performance on Sunday, November 12 at 7 PM; there is no matinee performance on Saturday, November 11. For Thanksgiving week, there is an added performance on Tuesday, November 21 at 2 PM and there are no performances onWednesday, November 22 and Thursday, November 23. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison). Single tickets are $25 - $70 ($25 - $49 for 59E59 Members). 

For information or to purchase tickets call Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or visit at www.59e59.org.


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 women — who led two very different lives — meet in an explosive encounter and discover a shared secret from their past.

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to present the NYC premiere of TOYS: A Dark Fairy Tale, written bySaviana Stanescu and directed by Gabor Tompa. Produced by J.U.S.T. Toys Productions, TOYS: A Dark Fairy Tale begins performances on Wednesday, November 8 for a limited engagement throughSunday, November 26Press Opening is Tuesday, November 14 at 7:15 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7:15 PM, Friday at 8:15 PM; Saturday at 8:15 PM; and Sunday at 3:15 PM. Please note, there are no performances on Wednesday, November 22 and Thursday, November 23; there is an additional performance on Saturday, November 18 at 2:15 PM.Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Single tickets are $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members).

For more information or to purchase tickets visit Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or visit www.59e59.org

What's on at the Wild Project

Monday November 13
Schedule: Monday at 7 PM
Tickets: $25; $50 for Open BarThough we’re celebrating 10 years we only recently transitioned to become a nonprofit theater venue and production company to better serve both the arts and neighborhood community.

The anniversary party is a vital component of The Wild Project’s continuing efforts to provide artists with affordable space and enrich the community. As part of the benefit night, TWP is honoring groundbreaking theater company Big Art Group. Big Art Group is a NewYork based experimental performance ensemble founded by Caden Manson and Jemma Nelson in 1999. Big Art Group uses language and media to push formal boundaries of theatre, film and visual arts; it creates culturally transgressive works and innovative performances using original text, technology and experimental methods of communication.

All proceeds from the party will benefit The Wild Project’s numerous sponsorship initiatives, such as; the International Human Rights Festival, The Current Sessions, Queer Theater Initiative, East Village Queer Film Festival, Theater Throwdown, Phoenix Theatre Ensemble and many others.
News from Michelle Tabnick PR

presents the World Premiere of
November 8 - 11, 2017
at New York Live Arts

ZviDance presents the World Premiere of LIKE at New York Live Arts (219 W. 19th Street, NYC) from November 8-11, 2017. Performances: Wednesday - Friday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 2:00pm & 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 and are available via New York Live Arts' Ticket Services: (212) 924-0077or by visiting
https://newyorklivearts.org/event/like/. There will be a gala celebration on November 8, followed by a reception; gala tickets are $100 and are available at http://www.zvidance.com/tickets/index.html.

International Butoh:
Panel Discussion and Symposium
by Tetsuro Fukuhara and Vangeline
Monday, November 13, 2017

Howl! Happening and The New York Butoh Institute 
present International Butoh, a panel discussion and symposium focused on International Butoh in the 21st century, in conjunction with a series of live performances with Butoh Master Tetsuro Fukuhara (Tokyo, Japan) and Vangeline. Sign language interpretation will be provided for this event.

The event will take place on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 6pm at Howl! Happening, 6 E. First Street, NYC. Tickets are FREE.

Over the past 60 years, Butoh has become a universal and international movement language. Developed in post-World War II Japan, the minimalist avant-garde dance form has grown, evolved, and traveled worldwide. Butoh is taught and performed across the United States; in Europe, Africa, and Latin America. While the form has its roots in Japan, there are Butoh artists of all cultures, backgrounds, and ethnicities, continuing its legacy into the 21st century.

In International Butoh: Collaboration and Symposium, Butoh master artists Tetsuro Fukuhara and Vangeline will dive into the past, present, and future of Butoh as a permeable and boundary-blending art form that reaches across geographic and cultural divides.
News from Polk and Co.


Tony Award nominee Ramin Karimloo will play his final performance as “Gleb” in the hit Broadway musical ANASTASIA on December 3, 2017.  Karimloo is an original member of the Broadway company. 

A casting announcement for “Gleb” will be made shortly.

The new musical, ANASTASIA, opened on Broadway on April 24, 2017 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street.

Tickets range from $69 - $169. Premium tickets range from $199 - $352. Every day, ten $42 tickets are available at the box office beginning at 10AM. The $42 tickets are first come, first serve.

For more information, visit www.anastasiabroadway.com or call 212-239-6200



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, launches their 2017-2018 season with the New York premiere of Muswell Hill, a play by Torben Betts, in a co-production with The Pond Theatre Company.  Directed by Shannon Patterson, the six-member cast features Jason Alan Carvell (War Horse), as Mat, Colleen Clinton (Abigail's Party) as Jess, Lily Dorment (Abigail's Party) as Karen, Richard Hollis (The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time) as Simon, John Pirkis ("The Tick") as Tony, and Sarah Street (Abigail's Party) as Annie.

Performances begin Saturday, November 11, 2017 for a limited engagement through Saturday, December 16, 2017 at The Barrow Group Mainstage Theatre (312 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor).  Opening Night is set for Monday, November 20, 2017 at 7:00PM.

Muswell Hill will play the following performance schedule:  Monday at 8:00 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 7:00 p.m.  Please note:  There is a special added performance on Tuesday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m. and no performances on November 15 & 16.

For more information visit www.barrowgroup.org
And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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