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 12, 2017

Sunday Scoop Week of 11/12/17 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

SEASON 1 – Now Streaming on 

Based on the beloved children’s books by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Season 1 is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video! In this first season, we get to know Mouse, Pig, Moose, Dog and Cat and their favorite humans. When Mouse and friends get together, one thing always leads to another in the most unexpected ways. You just never know where things will end up, but you can be sure that IF Mouse and Friends go on an adventure together, THEN they will just have to have fun the whole time!

To view the trailer visit  www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwHbkmt1fwk
Now at St. Luke's Theatre
308 W. 46th St.
New York, NY

This One's For the Girls

THIS ONE’S FOR THE GIRLS looks at the role of women over the past 100+ years through iconic popular song hits. From the sad laments of fragile female victims (“A Bird in a Gilded Cage”) to the angry anthems of women who are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore ("I Am Woman" and "You Don't Own Me"), THIS ONE’S FOR THE GIRLS is a celebration of American women. 

THIS ONE’S FOR THE GIRLS plays Fridays at 8 pm and Saturdays at 2 pm at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46 Street (just west of Eighth Ave.) Tickets are available through www.FortheGirlstheMusical.com or by calling 212-239-6200.
Now available for pre-order from 
Broadway Up Close
Ghost Light Tour Souvenir Book

Now you can enjoy The Ghostlight Tour: Haunted Broadway from the comfort of your own living room! 

With 32 full-color pages featuring over 50 rarely seen photos, you can now enjoy the stories about our favorite ghosts Olive Thomas and David Belasco, and a slew of other characters! 

For more information or to preorder visit www.broadwayupclose.com/ghostlightsouvenirprogram
Upcoming at State Theatre
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

Brain Candy Live! and National Acrobats and Martial Arts of China

Wednesday November 15, 7:00 PM
Brain Candy Live!
Starring Adam Savage and Michael Stevens

For more information or to purchase tickets www.stnj.org/event/brain-candy-live

Friday November 17 8:00 PM
Saturday November 18,  2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
National Acrobats and Martial Artists of China

For more information or to purchase tickets www.stnj.org/event/national-acrobats
Upcoming at Franklin Square

November 16 – December 28: Thursdays (except November 23), 5:30 pm
Departs from the Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street, Philadelphia
It’s the most wonderful time… for a beer! Raise a glass of cheer on Historic Philadelphia, Inc.’s Colonial pub crawl through Historic Philadelphia. It is 1777 and the British are occupying Philadelphia…will there be holiday celebrations during this tumultuous time? Step with us into the holiday season in charming Old City, circa 1777, whilst enjoying winter brews and festive libations. Stops include National Mechanics, Victoria Freehouse, and City Tavern.
$50 adults, $45 senior/military/student. (tastings & gratuity included, 21 and over with valid I.D.) Duration: 2 hours.
Upcoming at Rebel Playhouse
The Tank
312 W. 36th St.
New York, NY

The Tank (Meghan Finn and Rosalind Grush, Artistic Directors) in association with Rebel Playhouse is thrilled to present the World Premiere of LOUDMOUTH, a new devised show for young audiences, directed by Suzannah Gratz and Clara Kundin with choreography by Phoebe Rose Sandford, at The Tank’s new home at 312 West 36th Street. Performances will be Thursday, November 16 at 6:30pmFriday, November 17 at 6:30pmSaturday, November 18 at 10am, and Sunday, November 19 at 2pm. Weekend shows will be followed by an optional workshop for kids. Tickets ($30 for adults; $20 for children) are available for advance purchase at www.thetanknyc.org.

In LOUDMOUTH, ten year old AJ doesn’t like to speak much. Her friends don’t mind, but her parents and teachers sure do! When AJ and her pals meet up after school to play their favorite made up game, it gives AJ the courage to use her voice in her own way. LOUDMOUTH is a show for all ages with music, dance, and a really cool game that audiences will leave the theater wanting to play. The show deals with issues of selective mutism, friendship, and self worth. (Recommended for ages 4 and up.)
Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

November 17 - December 3

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm

Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow, and escape to the Vermont countryside with this must-see classic.  M & M Stage Productions brings the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter, and some of the greatest songs ever written! 

For more information or to purchase tickets 
Broadway Workshop Industry Showcase Auditions

Annual Industry Showcase, produced in conjunction with RANDOM FARMS KIDS' THEATER, gives young people ages 5-18 the opportunity to perform live on stage for agents, casting directors, managers and, of course, family and friends. The Showcase takes place at an exciting NYC venue just steps from the bright lights of Broadway.

Audition Dates and Information

Date: Saturday, November 18
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Ripley Grier Studios - 520 Eighth Ave. Btwn. 36th & 37th St.

Date: Sunday, November 19
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm 

Location: Random Farms - 77 Executive Blvd., Elmsford, NY 10523

For more information or to register for an audition visit 
74 E. 4th St.
New York, NY

La MaMa’s wildly popular family series LA MAMA KIDS returns this season with a line-up of Family Friendly productions and workshops from artists including a show by Heather Henson and Ty Defoe in February; Jane Catherine Shaw back with a new puppet performance in September;  Winter Wonderland, a site-specific holiday performance in December; an adaptation of Don Quixote by Loco 7 Dance Puppet Theatre, directed by Federico Restrepo in April; Perry Yung and Slant Performance Group’s Family Play Date in June as well as workshops throughout the season by artists such as  Potri Ranka Manis and CultureHub. 

La MaMa Kids is a series of creative workshops and performances for the young and the young at heart. Master artists from La MaMa perform family friendly shows and teach theatre crafts in workshops that encourage imaginative play and hands-on learning. Children and adults learn the basics of storytelling, dance, mask, puppet-making, and more! Fun for the whole family!

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11am
Ellen Stewart Lobby

Art brings meaning and inspiration to the way we experience the world around us. Children are naturally predisposed to the Arts with their rich imaginations and love for storytelling.

As a teaching artist, Leah Lawrence offers drama classes that enable children to strengthen their performance skills and their ability to work collaboratively in a group. To quote Antonin Artaud, “the actor is the athlete of the heart” and therefore learns to be vulnerable and authentic with fellow actors and in front of an audience. The benefit of exposing children to acting at a young age is the increased confidence they feel in expressing their own unique voice and presenting it. In order to nurture creative and innovative minds, drama classes can provide the space for children to enter a state of play, the bedrock of the creative process. This is not competitive play to win but instead collaborative play to create.

In this LaMaMa kids workshop, children will play theater games, sing, move, and act out stories in a safe and fun environment. As it is the week of Thanksgiving, all of the creative games and exercises will focus on the theme of giving thanks.

Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 11am
The Downstairs

La MaMa Family will weave their magic and excitement for La MaMa’s End of Year celebration event – a fun-filled immersive performance by La MaMa resident artists. Site-specific performances interweave throughout the Annex building, each piece inspired by the theme of ‘Winter Wonderland’. Embracing puppetry, storytelling, dance, music and theatre, this is a unique holiday event for the whole family, all ages encouraged!

This event will be followed by a La MaMa Kids end of year celebration.

Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11am
The Downstairs

By Jane Catherine Shaw

Join them for a new children’s puppet piece created by La MaMa Resident Artist Jane Catherine Shaw.
Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Rd.
New York, NY

Free Movie Showing - Rock Dog

Sunday, November 19
Doors: 12:00 PM – Show: 1:00 PM

Spend a wonderful day at iPlay America by bringing the whole the family to see Rock Dog! General admission tickets are FREE! Rock Dog is the fifth film in our series of FREE Movie Matinees. Get Inside the FUN and get your tickets TODAY!

Spend a wonderful day at iPlay America by bringing the whole the family to see Rock Dog! General admission tickets are FREE! Rock Dog is the fifth film in their series of movie matinees Get your tickets TODAY!

*PLEASE NOTE: Ride Pass is valid anytime. It does not have to be used the day of the FREE movie. All guests who wish to have priority admission MUST purchase this pass.

For more information or to get tickets visit www.iplayamerica.com/movie
Save the Date:
2018 Kids Night on Broadway 
to Take Place Tuesday February 27

2018 Kids’ Night on Broadway® will take place on Tuesday, February 27th, 2018. Tickets will available for purchase in early December. Fans can sign up for The Broadway Fan Club at KidsNightonBroadway.com to be the first to know when tickets go on sale!

Kids’ Night on Broadway is an annual event where kids 18 and under can attend participating Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult (all guests must have a ticket to attend shows; offer is applied as 50% off each ticket; no additional ‘free’ tickets are added to orders)

A Kids’ Night on Broadway ticket also includes restaurant discounts, parking discounts, and more. Select shows will offer in-theatre activities for kids including talkbacks, Kids’ Night on Broadway activity books, and other events still to be announced.

Kids’ Night on Broadway will also take place in multiple cities around the country, with different shows and venues putting their own spin on the event, on numerous dates throughout the year. Check KidsNightonBroadway.com for specific dates and locations.

Kids’ Night on Broadway will also take place in multiple cities around the country, with different shows and venues putting their own spin on the event, on numerous dates throughout the year. Check KidsNightonBroadway.com for specific dates and locations.
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 is thrilled to announce that SpongeBob SquarePants joins BroadwayCon 2018. As part of MainStage programming, this SpongeBob SquarePants panel will feature a conversation with the cast and creative team on their journey from Bikini Bottom to Broadway.
SpongeBob SquarePants on Broadway is currently in preview performances with an official opening on Monday, December 4 at The Palace Theatre.
A legendary roster of Grammy Award winners. A visionary director and Tony Award®-winning design team. One of the world’s most beloved and unforgettable characters. Turn them all loose on Broadway and what do you get? SpongeBob SquarePants!
Stakes are higher than ever before as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage.
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, the premiere streaming service for live theater productions, announces that it will be bringing a slate of West End theatre productions to U.S. audiences, becoming the first and only streaming site to do so. The addition of West End productions to its roster will reinforce its place as the ultimate destination for live theater content. It will also begin a long-term strategy of international acquisitions that will enable the platform to provide a vast array of programming for viewers.

The program will kick off with the musicals The Wind in the Willows on November 23, followed by Tim Rice’s From Here to Eternity on December 7, and the play The Railway Children on December 14. Each production has been filmed live and allows viewers across the globe to have access to the high-caliber performances and productions from the West End through BroadwayHD’s streaming platform. More West End productions will be announced in the coming weeks.

The introduction of West End productions follows BroadwayHD’s recent rebranding effort in which they partnered with global streaming services, Amazon and Ericsson, to provide users with a diverse range of accessing BroadwayHD’s content, while also lowering the overall subscription cost. Beginning over the holiday season, the BroadwayHD app will be pre-loaded on Ericsson-connected TVs, which can also be applied to TVs with the Ericsson chipset. In addition, BroadwayHD on U.S. Amazon channels now offers more than 400 hours of on-demand Broadway HD content, available to all compatible Amazon video, and Android and iOS mobile devices.
News from Karen Greco PR

59E59 Theaters announces 2018 subscription season
For the first time, subscribers have a Brits Off Broadway Bonus option, which includes the two Theater A shows from 59E59s linchpin festival

 59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to re-launch their Theater A subscription series for 2018. The 5-play series is available for $245. For the first time, 59E59 is offering a two-play “Brits Off Broadway Bonus,” which allows subscribers to secure seats to the Brits Off Broadway offerings in Theater A for an additional $98. Subscribers are given a complimentary membership to 59E59 Theaters (a $59.59) value, which they can use for low member pricing on shows in Theaters B & C as well as additional perks like restaurant and parking discounts and 30% off drinks at 59E59 Theaters’ famous E:Bar.

Subscription renewals begin on Wednesday, November 8 at Noon. Current subscribers can call the59E59 Box Office at 646-892-7999 to renew their subscriptions. Sales open to 59E59 Members who are new subscribers on Tuesday, November 28 at NoonSales open to the general public on Tuesday, December 5 at Noon. Subscriptions are available for purchase by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200or visiting www.59e59.org.

59E59 Theater’s subscription series, which features seven exciting NYC premieres, launches withBALLS, written by Kevin Armento and Tony Award-nominee Bryony Lavery. This athletic production from One Year Lease (producers of Armento’s Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally and Lavery’s Stockholm, both at 59E59) and Stages Repertory Theatre transforms Theater A into a tennis court where the infamous “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs plays out in real time.

Following BALLS, the Canadian-based 2B Theatre Company returns to NY with the US premiere withOLD STOCK: A REFUGEE LOVE STORY, the true story of two Jewish-Romanian refugees, featuring Klezmer-folk sensation Ben Caplan.
For the two-show Brits Off Broadway Bonus: Alan Ayckbourn returns with the brand new comedy (his 81stplay!), A BRIEF HISTORY OF WOMEN, which had its world premiere at Ayckbourn’s home theater, the Stephen Joseph in Scarborough. The critically acclaimed THE SECRET LIFE OF HUMANS, inspired by Yuval Harari’s international bestseller, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, comes from London’s acclaimed New Diorama Theatre.

59E59 welcomes DC’s top theater company Arena Stage with John Strand’s political scorcher THE ORIGINALIST, a play that sold out twice at their home theater in Washington.

Audience favorite Hershey Felder returns, this time inhabiting the life and music of Irving Berlin in HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN. Prospect Theater Company rounds out the season with a new musical to be announced.

59E59 Theaters 2018 Subscription Season:

January 16  February 25
written by Kevin Armento and Bryony Lavery, directed by Ianthe Demos and Nick Flint
With Danny Bernardy, Donald Corren, Alex Gould, Danté Jeanfelix, Zakiya Markland, Olivia McGiff, Elisha Mudly, Cristina Pitter, Richard Saudek, and Ellen Tamaki
Produced by One Year Lease Theater Company and Stages Repertory Theatre

It’s 1973, and Houston’s Astrodome is playing host to one of the biggest cultural events of all time as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs face-off in The Battle of the Sexes tennis match. BALLS is a high-intensity theatrical re-telling of this unforgettable match and the cultural debates it ignited around sexism, women-in-sport, and equality. One Year Lease’s signature high-energy physical style embraces the carnival atmosphere of the original event, and features a shot-by-shot imagining of the entire match.

March 8  April 22
OLD STOCK: A REFUGEE LOVE STORY, created by Hannah Moscovitch, Ben Caplan, and
Christian Barry; written by Hannah Moscovitch; directed by Christian Barry
With Ben Caplan, Chris Weatherstone Chaim, Mary Fay Coady, Chaya, Graham Scott, and
Jamie Kronick
Produced by 2B Theatre Company
A dark folktale woven together with a high-energy concert, this genre-bending music-theatre hybrid starring Klezmer-folk sensation Ben Caplan is inspired by the true stories of two Jewish Romanian refugees who arrived in Canada in 1908. Called “irresistible” by The Scotsman,
It's about how to love after being broken by the horrors of war. It's about refugees who get out before it's too late, and those who get out after it's too late. And it's about looking into the eyes of God.

May 1  May 27 (Part of Brits Off Broadway)
A BRIEF HISTORY OF WOMEN written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn
With Russell Dixon, Anthony Eden, Frances Marshall, Laura Matthews, Laurence Pears, Louise Shuttleworth
Produced by the Stephen Joseph Theatre
A comedy in four parts about an unremarkable man and the remarkable women who lovedhim, left him, or lost him over 60 years; and of the equally remarkable old manor house that saw and heard it all happen.

June 5  July 1 (Part of Brits Off Broadway!)
SECRET LIFE OF HUMANS written by David Byrne, directed by David Byrne & Kate Stanley
Produced by New Diorama Theatre in a co-production with Greenwich Theatre
In 1949, Dr. Jacob Bronowski installs a secret, alarmed room in his house. Fifty years later his
grandson discovers his secrets, unearthing echoes from across six million years of human
history, told from the perspective of a century in which every year is a revolutionary year. Inspired by Yuval Harari’s international best-seller, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.

July 14  August 19
written by John Strand, directed by Molly Smith
With Edward Gero and two additional actors to be announced
Produced by Arena Stage in collaboration with Middle Finger Production
Four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero returns to his “lively performance” (Washington Post) as controversial Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. When a bright, liberal, Harvard Law School graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with the conservative Justice, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and an unexpected mentor. How will their relationship affect one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation’s highest court?

August 24  October 28 
HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN written by Hershey Felder, directed by Trevor Hay
With Hershey Felder
Produced by The Town Hall in Association with Hershey Felder Presents
59E59 favorite Hershey Felder returns with his critically acclaimed salute to Irving Berlin.
Jerome Kern famously said, “Irving Berlin has no place in American music—he is American music.” George Gershwin called him "the greatest songwriter that has ever lived.” From Tin Pan Alley to Broadway to The Silver Screen, and from the pop charts to the steps of the nation’s capital, Berlin’s music provided America with the soundtrack of a century. HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN brings the man behind the iconic music to life in an evening reflecting his remarkable journey from child immigrant to America’s most beloved and prolific songwriter featuring some of the composer’s most popular and enduring songs including “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Always,” “Blue Skies,” “God Bless America,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and “White Christmas.” 

November  December
Prospect Theater Company returns with the NYC premiere of an original musical to be announced.

What's on at the wild project

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.

November 14
Produced by the wild project & Brooklyn Actors Troupe
Schedule: Tuesday at 8 PM
Tickets: $10

Imagine a ten-minute play festival and a poetry slam made love and gave birth to a baby that loves beer! A raucous exhibition of new works from independent theater companies from across the five boroughs!
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.

at 59E59 Theaters

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to welcome the world premiere of THE BRIEFLY DEAD, written by Stephen Kaliski and directed by Elizabeth Ostler. Produced by Adjusted RealistsTHE BRIEFLY DEAD begins performances on Thursday, November 16 for a limited engagement through Sunday, December 10.Press Opening is Tuesday, November 21 at 7:30 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 PM.Please note, there are no performances on Wednesday, November 22 and Thursday, November 23.Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Single tickets are $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members).

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

To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or visit
News from Michelle Tabnick PR

Triskelion Arts
in association with
Vangeline Theater and The New York Butoh Institute
Flower - Secret
An Evening of Butoh solos with 
Butoh Master Tetsuro Fukuhara and Vangeline
November 17 - 19, 2017

Triskelion Arts, in association with Vangeline Theater and The New York Butoh Institute, presents the World Premiere of Flower - Secret, an evening of Butoh solos with Butoh Master Tetsuro Fukuhara and Vangeline on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 8pm; and Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 7pm at Triskelion Arts, 106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222.  Tickets are $18 in advance ($22 at the door) and are available athttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/triskelion-arts-presents-vangeline-theater-tickets-35983374241.
Tetsuro Fukuhara and Vangeline the second and third generations of Butoh, a physical symbol of evolution- teacher to student, man to woman, past to future. For this collaboration, the artists will work together to share their art making practices to create new work. Fukuhara will perform in a large suspended hollow tube. Vangeline will create a new "Dance of Darkness" work. Through this collaborative performance, the artists seek to reveal the way the art form has grown and shifted, and how individuals are encouraged to adapt the Butoh, ensuring the style is reflective and responsive.

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 travelled 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.


LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture at the 14th Street Y 
A Night of Art, Drinking, and Torah 
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:30pm 
The Theater at the 14th St Y 

LABA, the international incubator of Jewish art and culture, presents DRUNK,its annual wine-soaked celebration of new art inspired by ancient texts. The evening will feature readings and performances by LABA fellows and a five-course wine tasting. DRUNK is a unique way to experience Jewish culture - and did we mention wine? - in a cabaret setting.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of LABA, and its organizers have lined up an extra-special event. The selections of Jewish texts have been curated by LABA Lead Teacher Liel Leibovitz of Tablet Magazine; Resident Scholar Ruby Namdar, author of the Sapir Prize-winning novel The Ruined House, provides riveting commentary. The wines have been carefully paired by renowned sommelier Ronald Jordan of VOS Selections.

The evening will include works that range from wine-inspired video installations, monologues, and dance, as well as a few drunken songs. Examples include: Carnal Regrets of the Patriarchs: A Triptych by Jon Adam Ross, in which three men of Genesis emerge from their beds with hangovers and carnal regrets; and Confessions of a Wine Lover by writer Amy Handelsman, who will read a new fiction piece on sobriety.

Feast, sip, study, and celebrate as LABA kicks off its tenth-anniversary celebration with DRUNK on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:30pm at The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, New York, NY 10003. Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door) and are available at 14streety.org/drunk.
News from Polk and Co.



Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) will conclude its new Broadway production of J. B. Priestley’s Time and the Conways, directed by Tony winner Rebecca Taichman (Indecent) on Sunday, November 26.

At the time of closing, Time and the Conways will have played 28 preview performances and 56 regular performances. Previews began on September 14, 2017 and opened officially on October 10, 2017 on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street).

Tickets for Time and the Conways are available by calling 212.719.1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org, and in person at any Roundabout box office: American Airlines Theatre Box office (227 West 42nd Street); The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 W 46th Street) and Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street). Ticket prices range from $39-$149.

Time and the Conways plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:00PM and Sunday matinees at 3:00PM.

For more information visit www.roundabouttheatre.org




OPENING NIGHT November 15, 2017 at 6:30PM
A Strictly Limited Engagement Through February 4, 2018
On Broadway at Studio 54

LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS, written and performed by John Leguizamoofficially opens Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street). A limited number of opening night tickets will be available for John’s fans to join in the red carpet celebration

Opening night tickets are currently available for purchase on LatinHistoryBroadway.comTelecharge.com and at the Studio 54 box office Monday - Saturday 10AM-8PM and Sunday12-6PM. This show is strictly a limited engagement through Sunday, February 4, 2018.

In LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS John Leguizamo schools his son—and the rest of us—on the buried and forgotten history of Latinos in the Americas in this outrageously funny, satirical one-man play about uncovering the truth, and recovering from the past. 

Inspired by the near total absence of Latinos in his son’s American history books, Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Ricky Ricardo into 95 irreverent and uncensored minutes in his trademark style.

Ticket prices range from $55 - $149. For more information, visit LatinHistoryBroadway.com or call 212-239-6200

Performance Schedule:
Latin History for Morons will play Tuesday – Thursday at 7PM, Friday and Saturday at 8PMSunday at 3PM. Saturday matinees at 2PM beginning 11/18/17. Please note there will be no performances on 11/23/1712/24/1712/25/17 or 12/31/17 due to the holidays.

For more information visit LatinHistoryBroadway.com.


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. 

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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 (Proof) 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 (“Blue Bloods”) as Tony, and Sarah Street (Abigail’s Party)as Annie. 

Performances began yesterdayNovember 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 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






Based on the success of a recent one-night only concert, the hot musical duo The Skivvies, Lauren Molina (Bella Rose in The York's current production of Desperate Measures) and Nick Cearley, will return to The York Theatre Company for an encore performance with the cast of the new hit Off-Broadway musical Desperate Measures, and more, for another outrageous, feel-good "undie-rock" concert.

Following the performance of Desperate Measures, on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, The Skivvies will be joined by special guests James Snyder (Cry Baby), Leslie McDonel (American Idiot), and the full cast of Desperate Measures (Emma Degerstedt, Gary Marachek, Conor Ryan, Peter Saide, and Nick Wyman) onstage at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). (Subject to change.)

The Skivvies are an acclaimed duo of singer/musicians who perform clever genre-hopping musical arrangements that showcase the artists' soaring voices and tight harmonies - all with a minimalist dress code to reflect their stripped-down musical style! Expect ukulele, electric cello and an array of zany instruments.

Rapidly building a widespread following, The Skivvies have performed in leading venues such as Joe's Pub and Feinstein's/54 Below, and have been featured in People Magazine, The New York Times, BuzzFeed, Time Out New York and Sports Illustrated. The band has shot pilots for A&E, FOX and WE.

Lauren Molina made her mark on Broadway starring as the cello-playing Johanna in John Doyle's critically-acclaimed actor-musician revival of Sweeney Todd starring Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris. She went on to originate the role of Regina in the hit '80s rock musical Rock of Ages Off-Broadway when it began at New World Stages and transferred with the production to Broadway.

Nick Cearley has starred in numerous smashes, and just finished a run as Brad in The Rocky Horror Show at Bucks County Playhouse. Other highlights include Alex More in Buyer and Cellar, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, national Broadway tour of All Shook Up, and Off-Broadway productions such as Pageant - The Musical.

Audiences are encouraged to attend Desperate Measures at 7:00 p.m., and to stay for special Desperate Measures themed cocktails and The Skivvies show at 10:00 p.m. The concert will run 65 minutes. The concert is free to those who purchase a full price ticket to Desperate Measures for that evening's performance priced $67.50.  Concert only tickets are available at $25.  York Theatre Company Member tickets are available at $15.  Tickets 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), Monday through Friday (12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.).

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org
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Best-selling children's recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner invites families to share the spirit of the season with The Laurie Berkner Band at two Holiday Celebration concerts at 11:00 a.m and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 19 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown, NJ.

The Laurie Berkner Band: A Holiday Celebration Concert!
WHEN: Two shows - 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.Sunday, November 19
WHERE: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown, NJ 07960
TICKETS: $19/$29/$39/$100, plus applicable fees A limited number of $100 VIP tickets are available.
TO CHARGE BY PHONE: 973-539-8008
TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: Visit the Mayo Performing Arts Center website HERE.
*VIP tickets include after-show Meet & Greet, photo opportunity, and a personalized, autographed picture of the Laurie Berkner Band.

And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.


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