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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Theater Thursday -Gettin' the Band Back Together

We were given free tickets to Gettin' the Band Back Together for review purposes. This post may also contain affiliate links. If you click on a link and make a purchase, we will be compensated. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.


What: Gettin' the Band Back Together

Where: Belasco Theatre
             111 W. 44th St.
             New York, NY

Who: Recommended for Ages 12 and up




Me  - Gettin' the Band Back Together is a show about these people who were in a band in high school. One of them decides they should get back together and play again. The show was really good! It was extremely funny. The music was great. I can't wait to get the sound track. The fact that it took place not far from where my Mom grew up only added to my enjoyment of the show because I could relate to it more. However, even if you are not from New Jersey or the part of New Jersey where the show is set, there is a lot about the show that anyone who grew up or is growing up in the suburbs could relate to. It is one of the most enjoyable shows I have seen in a while! I hope I get the opportunity to see this really fun show again soon, and I would highly recommend you see it if you have the chance!



Mom - If you want to see a show that will definitely put a smile on your face, Gettin' the Band Back Together is a good choice. Although the subject matter about a group of guys basically trying to recapture their youth might not be the most original, the show puts its own fresh spin on that theme. The show is hilarious and will keep you laughing throughout. The music is mostly upbeat and fun, and songs like the catchy title number may even stick in your head long after you've left the theater. Although the story seems to be heading down a predictable path, there is a surprising plot twist or two that keeps it interesting. Anyone who grew up in the 80s especially in the Central Jersey area, will find the show full of nostalgia even in the most surprising of ways. However, even if you did not grow up during that time or in that location, you can definitely still enjoy this wonderfully amusing show.


For more information about the show, visit, https://gettinthebandbacktogether.com. To purchase tickets  now click here and use the exclusive code BTAMB05  only for our readers for 40% off tickets.


And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Funtivity Friday.

Photo credits: All Gettin' the Band Back Together production photos by Joan Marcus

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Celebrating 75 Years of Rodgers and Hammerstein


What: Celebrationg 75 Years of Rodgers and Hammerstein

Where: Library of the Performing Arts
             Lincoln Center
             New York, NY

Who: Teens and Up

When: Now through September 25. 2018




M&M - If you love Rodgers and Hammerstein, you might enjoy the current exhibit at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts which celebrates their legacy. The exhibit contains many photos and posters from their career. It even includes some newspaper Hirschfeld drawings from their shows. If you especially love Carousel and/or Oklahoma, you will really enjoy this exhibits because these shows are covered extensively while other shows like The Sound of Music and South Pacific are barely covered or not covered at all. The exhibit is not very big so it is not necessarily worth a special trip unless you are huge fan of either Rodgers and Hammerstein or Carousel or Oklahoma. However, if you are in the area and you have a little bit of time and you are a theater fan, it is worth a visit.*

*Please note, don't expect pictures or items related to the current production of Carousel as there are not any as part of these exhibit.




And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

Giveaway: Win a copy of Yesterday's News by R.G. Belsky in the Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop!

This post may contain affilate links. If you click on a link and make a purchase, we may be compensated. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.


Welcome to the Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop hosted by BookHounds.net



Yesterday's News is a mystery by R.G Belsky. Years ago Lucy, an 11 year old girl disappeared. At the time, Claire Carlson was a reporter covering the case. Now, she works in management at the same TV station. When she finds out Lucy's mother is dying, she feels an obligation to solve the case for Lucy for Lucy's mother and for herself. For more information about this book, see our previous post Tips for Tuesday - Books: Yesterday's News. Enter to win a copy of this book below.

Giveaway Dates 8/15 - 8/30

Giveaway Open to Ages 18+ US

ARV: $16.00


Once you have entered our giveaway, hop around to the other blogs listed below to see what other great prizes you can enter to win.

Disclaimer: Host and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors and self-sponsoring bloggers who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Giveaway: Win a Pair of Tickets to Neurosis Off-Broadway in New York City in the School Days Giveaway Hop!


Welcome to the School Days Giveaway Hop hosted by Savings in Seconds


Just because the summer is ending doesn't mean the fun has to end. Now, the kids are going back to school, why not try to win something fun for yourself - a pair of tickets to the Off Broadway show Neurosis. Neurosis is a show about a  young couple who meet and fall in love, but their biggest problem in getting and staying together is the neurotic voices in their heads (which in this show are personified by another pair of actors). It sounds a little crazy but it's a really a funny show with some cute songs. It is not a good show for young children, however. It is recommended for ages 13 and up. For more information about this show, visit http://neurosisthemusical.com.  We will also be posting more about this show in this week's Saturday Special. To enter to win a pair of tickets, see below.

Giveaway Dates 8/16 - 8/30

Giveaway Open to Ages 18+ WW

Must live in or be able to travel to NYC area to redeem prize*

Giveaway for Tickets ONLY
No transportation
No hotel

*Giveaway is transferable but you must be able to provide full name, phone number and e-mail address for person who will be using the prize.


Once you have entered our giveaway, visit the blogs listed below to see what other great prizes you can enter to win.


Disclaimer: Host and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors and self-sponsoring bloggers that do not fulfill prize obligations.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tips for Tuesday - Misc. Movies - Snapshots

We were given access to a screener of Snapshot for review purposes. This post may also contain affliate links. If you click on a link and make a purchase, we will be compensated. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.



Mom- Today I am recommending Snapshots. If you prefer a nice quiet film to a big loud action filled movie, Snapshot is a good choice. When Rose's daughter, Patty and granddaughter, Allison come to to visit they bring an old camera of Rose's with them. When the film left on the camera is developed, the pictures cause  Rose to reflect on a summer long ago and a long lost  secret love. At the same time, her granddaughter is grappling with her own future and a  secret love of her own. It turns out the two have a lot more in common than they thought much to the chagrin of Patty. This is a well acted timely film. If you are offended by lesbian themes, you should avoid this movie. Anyone else would probably enjoy it especially anyone that likes a touching intergenerational story.

The film has received more than 20 awards across the film festival circuit since it's world premiere earlier this year including: Best Picture, Best LGBT Feature, Best Composer, Audience Award, etc. among them.  The film is now available on VOD or digitally or on DVD or Blu Ray for more information, visit http://www.snapshotsthefilm.com/.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Buses


Me - There are a lot of buses. However, the only buses I know are school buses, New Jersey Transit buses and Academy Buses I only took a school bus for a month. When I was little my Mom drove me to school. When I was older we walked to school because it was behind our house. Now, my Dad drives me to school because we moved about a month into the last school year. They don't have school buses were I live now. I like New Jersey Transit buses the best. They are my favorite. I like them the best because they take me to New York, and I love New York! Also, I like New Jersey buses because sometimes when we take them we run into our friend Sean. He works backstage on Broadway so he commutes by bus. Some of the New Jersey Transit buses are different. I like the older ones better. They are more comfortable. It is easier to movie the seats up and down. Sometimes, on New Jersey transit buses the buttons to move the seats back break and then the seats won't move. I hate that because than I can't move my seat back, and I can't get comfortable. I have only been on an Academy bus a few times. Sometimes, in the morning when we are waiting for a New Jersey Transit bus an Academy bus comes, and we are able to take that. I like that because they have free WiF,  and there is not free WiFi on New Jersey transit buses. Once we went on another bus to New York. I forgot what it was called. I prefer New Jersey transit. It was also more expensive. All in all, I really like buses especially when they are New Jersey transit buses.


Mom - When I was in elementary school we walked to school. From fifth grade on, I took the bus. I hated that. It was always noisy and there are always so many annoying kids on school buses. Now, I take New Jersey transit buses all the time. Luckily, I generally don't have to ride during rush hour so it's not so bad. The best times to travel is after 10:00 in the morning and before 4:00 in the afternoon or after 9:00 at night. Otherwise, there will be too much traffic and it will take a long time. I especially hate stop and go traffic whether I am in a bus or in a car, stop and go traffic gives me a headache. We are lucky because our bus run all the time every half hour so we can come and go whenever we want without having to worry about a bus schedule. Sometimes going into the City on a weeknight, the buses are not very crowded. However, coming home it seems like no matter what time you leave the City the buses are almost always crowded. On the weekends, going on the bus can be crowded too. Also, some people use the bus for transportation up and down the highway, and they don't actually go all the way into the City so that is one reason why the buses are more crowded than the used to be. I hate having to sit near the back of the bus. It is noiser there, and sometimes, I get motion sickness sitting back there. I much prefer to sit closer to the front when I can. In general, I don't mind taking the bus, but if I could get where I needed to go without driving myself and without taking the bus I would. I would still rather take the bus than drive though.


And that's our view. Do you like to ride the bus?

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

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photo credit 3: barryskeates bus 58 via photopin (license)

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sunday Scoop Week of August 12 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Auditions to Perform at Radio City Music Hall on December 9, 2018 with Camp Broadway

Ages 11-16: New York City

Kids 11-16 get a chance to be a part of the opening act for the Rockettes and share the Christmas spirit with holiday lovers! Sounds of Christmas gives The Camp Broadway Kids Ensemble the chance to perform a 5-minute a cappella performance before the curtain opens on the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, December 9 in New York City!

The Program Includes:
  • 6 hours (1 day) of in-studio rehearsal with Broadway professionals
  • On-stage walk-through rehearsal at Radio City
  • Costume accessory
  • Healthy meal, snacks and water
  • Group/performance photo
  • Ticket to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular*
*Ticket for families available at group rate

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

For casting and eligibillity guidelines, visit http://www.campbroadway.com/radio-city-music-hall-sounds-of-christmas/?
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Upcoming at Feinstein's/54 Below
254 W. 54th St.

New York, NY

Monday, August 13, 7:00 PM
Jill Paice

Monday, August 13, 9:30 PM
Pronoun Showdown!

Tuesday, August 14, 7:00 PM
Benjamin Eakley: Broadway Swinger, Vol 2

Tuesday, August 14, 9:30 PM
The Songs of a Small Town Story: A Musical About a Musical That Rocked a Community

Wednesday, August 15 - 18, 7:00 PM
Bebe Neuwirth

Wednesday, August 15, 9:30 PM
New Musical: Angelmakers: Songs for Female Serial Killers by Molly Rice

Thursday, August 16, 9:30
Eric Yves Garcia:The Songs of Tony Bennett

Friday, August 17, 9:30 PM
Jillian Louis

Saturday, August 18, 9:30 PM
Former Broadway Kids Return to the Stage!

Monday, August 19, 7:00 PM  & 9:30 PM
54 Sings P!nk with Krysta Rodriguez, Jasmine Cephas Jones and More

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
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Upcoming at The Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Scientist Saturday

Saturday, August 18, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Discover current research and meet real scientists at Scientist Saturdays. See hands-on demonstrations of scientists’ exciting research and ask all the questions you want. Guests of all ages are invited to meet entomologist Meghan Barrett, who studies some of the 4,000 species of native bees that live in the U.S. 

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Pigeonholed Theater Company
Offers Children's After-School Acting Classes This Fall in DUMBO

Pigeonholed, a nonprofit New York City-based theater company, announces the Fall 2018 Children’s Class Schedule, with classes in improvisation and story building, and scene study and acting technique.  All classes are taught by professional actors and Interlochen Center for the Arts faculty and feature workshops with Broadway actors.

Classes will be held at Chaos Studios at 247 Water Street, Suite 202 in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Pigeonholed’s belief is that children learn and grow from doing. These classes were created from Pigeonholed founders, Justin Cimino and Sasha Lazare’s own professional experience as actors as well as their extensive experience as educators. They believe that combination is essential in creating an environment where students are challenged to mature as independent thinkers and to trust their individual creative instincts. Equally critical to their curriculum, over the course of the program students will also participate in a highly diverse set of group activities, which will be aimed at fostering a spirit of teamwork amongst all the participants. By the end of the program students can be both more self-assured and comfortable in front of a crowd, more intuitive and empathetic as artists, and will better understand how to channel their own creative impulses into productive work that the world needs to see. For more information visit https://www.pigeonholedtheater.org/classes-for-kids.

Creating Your Own Character
Wednesdays  3:40 - 4:40 PM
Ages 4-9

This age range encompasses children at their most spectacularly imaginative.  In this class, we encourage the students to use that imagination to create a world and character(s) all of their own. They will learn theatre games, improvisation, listening and communication skills, as well as how to devise an original play. Through acting and play, kids will learn valuable life skills, practice listening, build confidence, make new friends, and find a creative outlet for energy. Throughout the session, they will develop and build upon a fully formed character and story, which will culminate in an invited rehearsal where they will present their original, short play. Students of all levels of experience are welcome!

Acting Technique and Scene Study
Wednesdays 4:45 - 5:45 PM
Ages 10-14

This class focuses both on improvisation and scene study with a focus on various acting techniques. Students of all levels of experience are welcome! At this age, students are able to develop a physical and emotional connection to characters and scenarios presented to them. The first half of the session will focus on theatre games, improvisation, clowning, and devising their own work, with the second half focusing on close scene study, audition preparation, and Shakespeare. By the end of the session the students will have created and written their own work as well as memorized and staged scenes from classic plays assigned by the instructors. Performance techniques taught will include Meisner, movement, and voice/speech, which will all be incorporated into their final presentation. Parents will be welcome to attend an invited rehearsal on the last day of classes.

Spring session starts Wednesday, September 12 and runs until November 14. Registration ends September 10.
 
Under their new education wing, they will also be offering adult Clowning classes on Sundays from  10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 6:00 to 9:00 PM beginning October 7.

To register, or for more information, visit https://www.pigeonholedtheater.org/classes-for-kids. 
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PR Firm Roundup

News from DKC/O&M

MCC THEATER’S NEW YORK PREMIERE OF
COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN 5 BETTIES

BY JEN SILVERMAN
DIRECTED BY MIKE DONAHUE

CREATIVE TEAM ALSO ANNOUNCED

PREVIEWS BEGIN AUGUST 16, 2018
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties begins previews at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) on Thursday, August 16, 2018, with an official opening night set for Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

Meet five different women named Betty: one rich, one lonely, one charismatic, one lovelorn, and one who keeps working on her truck. Oh, and one has decided to stage a production of that play-within-a-play by… that old English guy, what's his name? Ah, forget it. In Jen Silverman’s unpredictable comedy Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties, five women collide at the intersection of rage, love, and the “thea-tah,” provoking each other to take a look in the mirror and face the person they didn’t know they could be. Directed by Mike Donahue (The Legend of Georgia McBride), this New York premiere invites us all to be a little braver, live a little louder, laugh a little harder, and unleash our inner Betty.

The full title of the play is Collective Rage: A Play In 5 Betties; In Essence, A Queer And Occasionally Hazardous Exploration; Do You Remember When You Were In Middle School And You Read About Shackleton And How He Explored The Antarctic? Imagine The Antarctic As A Pussy And It’s Sort Of Like That.

For more information, visit www.mcctheater.org

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CAROUSEL REVIVAL TO CONCLUDE BROADWAY RUN SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018

The acclaimed revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical Carousel, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien and choreographed by 2018 Tony Award winner Justin Peck, announced today that the show will play its final Broadway performance at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street) on Sunday, September 16, 2018.

Tickets for Carousel can be purchased online at carouselbroadway.com, via Telecharge.com or by phone at 212 239 6200, or by visiting the Imperial Theatre Box Office (249 West 45th Street).

For more information, visit www.carouselbroadway.com
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News from Karen Greco PR

What's On at The Wild Project

August 20 - August 25
EVQ Film Festival hosted by Lola Rock’n’Rolla
Produced by The Wild Project, in association with New York No Limits,
Tickets: $10
VIP Pass $80 (1 ticket & 1 drink for each screening block)
Festival Pass $55 (1 ticket for each screening block)

Hosted by Director Lola Rock’n’Rolla, this film festival embraces an inclusive Queer identity, featuring films that entertain, explore and promote queer-themed issues, work by and featuring LGBTQ artists, as well as work inspired by the expanded innovative and audacious downtown Queer avant garde. The festival seeks to become a positive space for building, growing and fostering the Queer film community and to serve an integral role ushering in the future of Queer film. In addition to screenings of feature length films, shorts, webisodes and music videos, the unique “Future Cult Classics” category is included in the festival to highlight Queer B-Movies of all genres from Horror, Sci-fi, Exploitation, and more.
 
All performances are at The Wild Project (195 E. 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B).
Tickets can be purchased online at www.thewildproject.org.

The Box Office opens one hour prior to curtain.
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News from Lincoln Center
New York, NY


Thursday, August 16 – FREE – at 7:30 pm Atrium 360° Jorge Glem Experience the power of the Venezuelan cuatro with the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, who draws a seemingly limitless array of sounds from the instrument’s four strings. David Rubenstein Atrium, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage (Broadway bet. 62nd & 63rd St.) FREE Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program updates, visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium.
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South Street Seaport Museum
announces
Heaven's Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie CanalBook Talk with Jack Kelly
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Melville Gallery

The South Street Seaport Museum announces Heaven's Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal Book Talk with Jack Kelly on Tuesday, August 14 at 6:30 pm at the Melville Gallery213 Water Street, NYC. Doors open at 6:15 PM. Book signing to follow the talk. Books on sale at the event. Tickets are $10 (free for members) and can be purchased at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10282873.

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AMANDA SELWYN DANCE THEATRE
in partnership with 57 Physique
presents
A Special Benefit Physique Barre Class
East Hampton, NY
Friday, August 17, 2018 at 10am

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre in partnership with 57 Physique presents A Special Benefit Physique Barre Class on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 10am at230 Old Stone Highway, East Hampton NY. Registration is $40 and is available at physique57.com/studio-hamptons.

Instructors include Torrey McAnena, Adam Dickerson, and company dancers. The benefit class will be held on the lawn. Please bring a mat & towel.

All proceeds support Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre's upcoming performance season and Notes in Motion's arts-in-education programs in NYC Public Schools.

Guests may make additional donations or purchase tickets to Green Afternoon performance taking place the following day, August 18, on site before or after class.

To learn more about the Green Afternoon performance or Amanda Selwyn Dance, visit: amandaselwyndance.org/green-afternoon-vi.

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AMANDA SELWYN DANCE THEATRE
presents
GREEN AFTERNOON VI
A Garden Dance Performance and Cocktail Reception
at the Home of Architects Marcia Previti and Peter Gumpel
East Hampton, NY
Saturday August 18, 2018 from 5-7 pm

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre presents Green Afternoon VI, an annual interactive garden installation and performance at the home of architects Marcia Previti and Peter Gumpel in East Hampton, NY on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 5pm-7pm.


The evening begins at 5 pm with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and several outdoor sitting rooms featuring performance installations, with performers dancing in tree houses, on outdoor sculptures, in and around the swimming pool, in the woods, and more. After the moving installations, at 5:50 p.m., the audience will move to the lawn for a seated performance of Selwyn's developing work CrossroadsGreen Afternoon VI takes place at 230 Old Stone Hwy, East Hampton, NY 11937. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at www.amandaselwyndance.org.

Crossroads is a new work in development by Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre scheduled to premiere in June 2019. The piece explores forging into unchartered waters and that tumultuous process of self-discovery. Inspired by the work of Margritte and Escher, Selwyn will collaborate with scenic & costume designer, Anna-Alisa Belous to shape a surrealistic landscape that highlights these lingering moments at the crossroads, choosing one path or another, and how these moments steer the course of our lives.

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Brooklyn Opera Works at the
Brooklyn Music School
presents
A Brooklyn Cabaret: Temptations,
Venus & Adonis, and All Wounds Bleed

BROOKLYN OPERA WORKS (BOW) at the Brooklyn Music School (BMS)We strive to create BOW as a place of both excellence and inclusiveness. 

Now in its sixth year, Brooklyn Opera Works (BOW), founded in 2013 by Artistic Director Lina Tetriani, proudly features emerging stars in opera, theater, and dance. During its Summer Vocal Arts program, BOW hosts three productions at the BMS Playhouse: a fully produced opera, an original work of music, theater and dance for children, and the annual A Brooklyn Cabaret. BOW is dedicated to making opera into a living art form that challenges and engages diverse contemporary audiences.

In 2018 The Brooklyn Opera Works/SVA program will present John Blow's baroque masterpiece "Venus and Adonis", accompanied by a baroque chamber ensemble, award-winning composer Christopher Cerrone's one-act opera "All Wounds Bleed". As well as the annual edition of "A Brooklyn Cabaret", directed by Anthony Laciura, and children's original musical adaptation of "Venus and Adonis".

Saturday, August 18, 2018 A Brooklyn Cabaret: Temptations
At 7:30pm at Brooklyn Music School, 126 Saint Felix Street, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets are $20 ($15 for BMS Students) and can be purchased at https://a-brooklyn-cabaret-temptations.eventbrite.com

Bold and provocative, the 6th annual A Brooklyn Cabaret will feature scenes inspired by the mythological dynamic of Venus, the erotic goddess of love and Adonis, the young hunter. Included will be classic selections by Kurt Weill, Frederick Hollander, and Misha Spoliansky, as well original works by emerging cabaret composers.
Mr. Anthony Laciura will direct this over the top showcase featuring impassioned performances by BOW artists. Laciura is a highly acclaimed director, actor and operatic tenor and has appeared on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera over 800 times, and more recently has won praise for his role as Eddie Kessler in Martin Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire.
Wine will be served for all to enjoy. 

Wednesday, August 22 & Friday, August 24 Venus & Adonis and All Wounds Bleed
7:30pm at Brooklyn Music School, 126 Saint Felix Street, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at https://venus-and-adonis-all-wounds-bleed.eventbrite.com


Thursday, August 23 Venus & Adonis
7:30pm at Brooklyn Music School, 126 Saint Felix Street, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at https://venus-and-adonis.eventbrite.com

Venus and Adonis
The groundbreaking, erotic myth of Venus and Adonis centers on the intricacies of the relationship between a sexually empowered goddess and her younger consort.

In the heart of this love story, themes of power play, manipulation and yearning are explored and exploited. Venus's reluctance to surrender, coupled with Adonis's innocence, leads to both a tragic outcome and poignant transcendence.

John Blow's reinterpretation of the myth features sensual English baroque music and scenes of love, desire and playful pageantry of cupids. Controversially categorized by some scholars as first English baroque opera, this piece inspired such legendary later works as Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.

The production is set in the court of Charles II where the aristocrats take on the epic roles, thus reenacting the story within a story. The voyeuristic aspect highlights the mortal interest in the movements of the gods. Featuring extravagant costumes of the Restoration era by Deborah Wright Houston and stage direction and choreography by Marie Zvosec, the production will showcase the talented emerging artists of Brooklyn Opera Works.
All Wounds Bleed
Composed by the Pulitzer Prize finalist Christopher Cerrone, All Wounds Bleed is a one-act chamber opera that tackles themes of individual strife as seen through the lens of the myth of Echo and Narcissus. Mr. Cerrone and Tony Asaro, who wrote the libretto, invite us into the inner world of each figure of the striking trio. Three scenes confront listeners with timely themes of isolation and emotional neglect. A contemporary take on a classic myth, All Wounds Bleed marks BOW's first foray into presenting new opera by a living composer. 

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Writers and producers ... 
let TRU pay for a reading of your new musical!
Theater Resources Unlimited
announces submissions for the
2019 TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces open submissions for 2019 TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series. Submissions for the 2019 TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series close August 20, 2018.

Let them pay for a developmental reading of your new musical! Created to nurture producers as well as writers, TRU VOICES seeks producer-driven projects, and also matches writers with producers. Each reading is followed by a "Dollars and Sense" panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the work. According to TRU executive Director Bob Ost, "TRU welcomes a diverse range of new works, as long as they are full length (minimum of 80 minutes), and have not been performed in front of a paying audience in the New York area. We are equally interested in commercial works and the non-traditional and unconventional, and we have a special interest in finding works with multi-cultural significance."
Click here for the TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series detailed information and history, and to pay your submission fee. Submissions are open for the musicals series now through August 20th, 2018 (with a one-week extension to August 27th for TRU members and shows with a producer attached).

Visit https://truonline.org/musicals-series-2019-guidelines/ for 2019 TRU Voices Musicals guidelines.

Visit https://truonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/TRU.musicals19-app-1.pdf to download TRU Voices Application as a writable PDF.
Past participants in the TRU Voices Reading Series that went on to further productions include: 

Musicals: My Life is a Musical (2013) | Hell Hole Honeys (2006) | Saint Heaven (2005) | The Great American Trailer Park Musical* (2001) | Vanities and Vexation (now nor'mal - 2000) 

Plays: The Forgetting Curve (2013) | Film Chinois* (2008) | Missives (2006) | Pied a Terre* (2005) | Taxi to Jannah (2003).

* Published by Samuel French
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News from Richard Hillman PR

AMAS MUSICAL THEATRE CELEBRATES 50 YEARS (1968-2018)
OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN AMERICAN MUSICALS

AN EXCITING 2018-2019 SEASON TO INCLUDE SALONS, WORKSHOPS, FESTIVALS,
 SPECIAL EVENTS, A MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION & MORE!

50THANNIVERSARY GALA SET FOR APRIL 1, 2019



Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Produceris 50 and they invite you to join the celebration! During the coming year, the company will offer a wide array of programming devoted to continuing its mission of promoting cultural diversity in American musicals. A full schedule of events is listed below.


AMAS MUSICAL THEATRE 2018-19 SEASON

AMAS SONG SALON SERIES
The Art of Managing A Performing Career, featuring N’Kenge
 Sky Lounge, 347 West 57th Street
(September 24)

AMAS “DARE TO BE DIFFERENT” SERIES 

“Dare to Be Different” Festival
ART-NY Theatre – 502 West 53rd Street
(November 12– December 9)

Amas Musical Theatre Lab
Bridges, book and lyrics by Cheryl L. Davis, music by Douglas J. Cohen, directed by Jeffrey Page. In 1965, a young woman boldly joins a fight for her civil rights. Decades later, another young woman faces her own battle for equality. As their stories collide across time and distance, each must come to terms with who she is in the context a changing world.
(November 15-16)

Romeo and Bernadette, A Tale of Verona and Brooklyn, book and lyrics by Mark Saltzman, music adapted from classic Italian melodies, directed by Justin Ross.The age-old feud between the Capulets and the Montegues is reimagined in 1960 in this irreverent musical comedy.
(November 19-20)

Stealing Freedom: The True and Heroic Life of the Extraordinary Captain Smalls(formerly “Charleston Harbor”), by Scott Sublett, directed by Christopher Scott. Back by popular demand, Stealing Freedomtells the story an unsung hero of the Civil War whose daring exploits inspired Abraham Lincoln to allow African-Americans to enlist and fight for the Union. 
(November 29-30)

AMAS WORKSHOP
Distant ThunderA Native-American Musical, book by Lynne and Shaun Taylor-Corbett, music and lyrics by Chris Wiseman and Shaun Taylor-Corbett, additional music and lyrics by Robert Lindsey-Nassif, directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett. A young man, half-Native, half white, returns to the Blackfeet Tribe to fulfill a promise he made to his mother on her death bed and unwitting opens a deep rift that threatens to destroy the tribal lands and their culture.
(December 6-7)

SPECIAL EVENTS
The Algonquin Kid, by Michael Colby. A musical revue about growing up in the Algonquin Hotel.
(November 17)

With Love, Marilyn, by Erin Sullivan and Stephanie Rosenberg.  Musical Direction & Arrangements by Harry Aronson. 
A musical tribute to Marilyn Monroe.
(December 1)

50th ANNIVERSARY GALA 
The company’s annual Spring Benefit Gala, including a silent auction, concert performance, and reception. The evening includes the presentation of The “Rosie” Award and The Rosetta LeNoire Scholarship Award, both named in honor of Amas founder, Rosetta LeNoire. 
(April 1, 2019

THE ROSETTA LeNOIRE MUSICAL THEATRE ACADEMY 
The company’s flagship pre-professional training program teaching musical theatre performance skills to under-served youth ages 12-18. 
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School – 120 West 46thStreet
(Saturdays: October 20 – April 30)
Open House: January 16, 2019 – Auditorium JKO HS
End of Year Performance: May 7-16, 2019 – Hudson Guild Theatre, West 26th Street

AMAS MAINSTAGE 
Stealing Freedom: The Heroic and Historic Life of the Extraordinary Captain Smalls(formerly “Charleston Harbor”), by Scott Sublett, directed by Christopher Scott.
(May 20-June 30, 2019)

For more information, visit www.amasmusical.org

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PAN ASIAN REPERTORY THEATRE
ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR ITS 42ND SEASON
AT THEATRE ROW

NEW YORK PREMIERE
THE EMPEROR’S NIGHTINGALE
BY DAMON CHUA
DIRECTED BY CHONGREN FAN
NOVEMBER 26 – DECEMBER 16, 2018

WORLD PREMIERE
THE BROTHERS PARANORMAL
BY PRINCE GOMOLVILAS
DIRECTED BY JEFF LIU

APRIL 27 – MAY 19, 2019
INCLUDING
TWO FACE OF CHINESE AMERICA
STAGED READING SERIES
SEPTEMBER 2018

2018 GOLDEN UNICORN GALA
SET FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2018
AT THE GOLDEN UNICORN IN CHINATOWN

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (Tisa Chang, Founding Artistic Producing Director), breaking new ground through a new educational initiative, launches its 42nd Season with the New York premiere of the play The Emperor’s Nightingale, by Damon Chua (November 26 – December 16, 2018) and, with a prestigious grant and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the World premiere of the new play The Brothers Paranormal by Prince Gomolvilas (April 27 – May 19, 2019) both to be presented at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street).  The season will also include the staged reading series Two Faces of Chinese America, and the 2018 Golden Unicorn Gala set for Thursday, October 18, 2018.

The Pan Asian Repertory Theatre 2018-2019 season launches with two new plays as part of the staged reading series Two Faces of Chinese America:  Citizen Wong byRichard Chang inspired by the 19th Century activist and journalist Wong Chin Foo and his fight against the “Chines Exclusion Act.”  One performance only on Sunday afternoon,September 23, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Flushing Town Hall (137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing). 

The second reading in the series is One Day in Old Chinatown by Marcus Yi, a new musical that follows the first Asian American vaudeville performer, Frank Lee, in his first year of show business.  One performance only on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bruce Mitchell Room at A.R.T. NY (520 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor). 

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre will host the 2018 Golden Unicorn Gala Dinner on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at The Golden Unicorn in Chinatown (18 East Broadway at Catherine Street).  The 2018 Golden Unicorn Honorees are veteran stage & film actor, playwright and director Ernest Abuba, former Senior Program Officer for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Fund Cheryl Ikemiya, and in memoriam, composer of Sayonara George Fischoff.

The 2018-2019 Mainstage season launches in November with the New York premiere of the play The Emperor’s Nightingale by Damon Chua (Incident at Hidden Temple), an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s story “The Nightingale,” set in 18th-century China, and brings to light the youthful exploits of the future Emperor Qianlong who befriends a magical bird who helps him learn what he must do to be King. The play employs traditional Chinese lion dance, puppetry, and a pair of tigers and pandas to tell this fun, thrilling tale. A show for the whole family.  Directed by Chongren Fan (Lost in Shanghai), performances are set to begin Monday, November 26, 2018 for a limited run through Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street). Opening Night is set for Sunday afternoon, December 2, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.

The Emperor’s Nightingale will play the following performance schedule suited for all family members  --  School Matinees:  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11:00 a.m.; Public Performances:  Friday at 7:30 p.m.Saturday at 2:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. 

In Spring 2019, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, with a prestigious grant and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, will present the world premiere of the new play The Brothers Paranormal by Prince Gomolvilas (Big Hunk o’ Burnin’ Love) that follows two Thai-American brothers who specialize in domestic hauntings. When the siblings investigate the home of an African-American couple displaced by Hurricane Katrina, everyone’s notions of reality, fantasy, and sanity clash against the shocking truth. Pan Asian’s world premiere of The Brothers Paranormal is the play’s kick-off before later productions in the Midwest, Northwest, and beyond. Directed by Jeff Liu (Yellow Face)performances are set to begin Saturday, April 27, 2019 for a limited run through Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street). Opening Night is set for Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

For additional information, or to purchase tickets please visit the website www.panasianrep.org, or via email at info@panasianrep.org. or by calling (212) 868-4030.
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