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, January 28, 2018

Sunday Scoop Week of 1/28/17 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Now at Vital Theatre
Theater at Blessed Family Sacrament
152 W. 71st St.
New York, NY

Owen and Mzee

Performances continue 
Selected Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 AM

Must close February 11

The amazing true story of the orphaned baby hippo and 130-year-old giant turtle whose remarkable friendship touched millions around the world. 

The inspiring true story of two great friends, a baby hippo named Owen and a 130-yr-old giant tortoise named Mzee. When Owen was stranded after a tsunami, villagers in Kenya worked tirelessly to rescue him. Then, to everyone's amazement, the orphan hippo and the elderly tortoise adopted each other. Now they are inseparable, swimming, eating, and playing together. Adorable photos e-mailed from friend to friend quickly made them worldwide celebrities. Here is a joyous reminder that in times of trouble, friendship is stronger than the differences that too often pull us apart.

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Blue Moon Mexican Café Englewood Presents:

Once in a Blue Moon
Singles Night
(In honor of a Super Blue Moon Eclipse)

Wednesday, January 31st at 8pm
DJ Alex & Complimentary Appetizers



Blue Moon Mexican Café Englewood presents Once in a Blue Moon Singles Night in honor of a rare Super Blue Moon Eclipse on Wednesday, January 31st. The Blue Moon – second of two full moons in one calendar month – will pass through the Earth’s shadow to give us a total lunar eclipse. 

Come find love on this auspicious super moon day with one of the top matchmakers on the East Coast, relationship expert, Arlene Vasquez. Arlene helps her clients find love with just an introduction; so let her help you find your perfect match. Arlene will be the host of the night and will offer inspirational relationship advice, ice breakers and lead the way for people to connect.

This is a FREE event hosted by NJ’s hottest DJ - DJ Alex who will spin the hottest songs of today and yesterday, complimentary appetizers start at 9pm and there will be some fun games and prizes all in an attempt for people to get off their devices and actually talk to each other! Valentine’s Day just around the corner, why not take a shot at love at Blue Moon and let cupid do his thing.

All Blue Moon Mexican Café locations offer FREE entertainment on a regular basis, for an up to date listing of performers and locations, visit Bluemoonmexicancafe.com
Upcoming at the Merkin Concert Hall
Kaufman Music Center
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY

Benjamin Baker, Lucy Moses Faculty in Concert and Kronos Quartet & Face the Music

Wednesday January 31, 7:30 PM
Young Concert Artists: Benjamin Baker, violin

Schubert - Fantasia in C major, D. 934
Britten - Suite, Op. 6
Elgar - Sonata for violin and piano, Op. 82
With a premiere by Tonia Ko, YCA Composer

For more information or to purchase, visit 

Thursday February 1, 6:30 PM
Lucy Moses School Faculty in Concert

Faculty members at Kaufman Music Center's Lucy Moses Schoolare acclaimed performers as well as amazing educators! At this annual concert, they collaborate on chamber works to share their love of music with our community.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Monday February 5, 7:30 PM
Ecstatic Music Festival
Kronos Quartet & Face the Music

The celebrated, Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet joins NYC’s acclaimed youth new music ensemble Face the Music for premieres of new works written for Kronos’s “Fifty for the Future”commissioning program.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
Upcoming at Rebel Playhouse


Rebel Playhouse is thrilled to present CONSTELLARIUM, a play with music for young audiences, directed by Susanna Wolk and written by and starring Arif Silverman, in association with Access Theater on 380 BroadwayCONSTELLARIUM begins performances Friday, February 2 with a limited engagement through Sunday, February 18. The performance schedule is Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Weekend matinees will be followed by an optional workshop for kids. Tickets ($30 for adults; $20 for children) are available for advance purchase at www.rebelplayhouse.org. (Early Bird pricing good for $5off ticket purchases through January 15 with code EARLYBIRD).

Rebel Playhouse’s interactive production brings audiences into outer space to learn what it means to be a refugee.

CONSTELLARIUM, tells the story of the planet Constellarium, a sanctuary planet for those whose worlds have been destroyed. The play begins after Earth's destruction, when humankind suddenly find themselves on Constellarium, after being rescued by President Falco, Constellarium’s ninth president. The people of Earth must now come to terms with their new world, the other races with whom they share the planet, the dangerous powers of the planet’s leaders, and what they must do differently to not repeat the same mistakes that brought them here. The show deals with themes of diversity, history, and power. (Recommended for ages 5 and up.)

CONSTELLARIUM is a powerful story about celebrating differences and learning from mistakes, that will speak to children and adults alike, particularly in a time when the world is doing otherwise.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.rebelplayhouse.org.
Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ

Mitzvah & Sweet 16 Super Sunday Showcase

Sunday February 4, 

For more information or to register, visit www.iplayamerica.com/event/mitzvah-sweet-16-super-sunday-showcase.
Upcoming at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY

Judy Blumesday

Sunday February 4, 3:00 PM

In celebration of Judy Blume's 80th birthday, Symphony Space pays tribute to this beloved author with a day full of events for fans of all ages. Kids 8 and up are invited to an afternoon of readings by actors and a discussion with Blume book illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi and contemporary authors including Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming) and Rachel Vail (Well, That Was Awkward), plus a rare NYC appearance by Judy herself.The event wraps up with a writing prompt and Q & A.

Please note: This event is meant for children ages 8 and up and their families. Bank Street Bookstore will provide books for sale; there will not be a book signing. A "Judy Blumesday" event for adults will be held at 6 pm. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
PR Firm Roundup

News from DKC/O & M


The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC), home of Sleep No More, announces the North American premiere of Flight, an original form of theatrical story-telling direct from an award-winning run at The Edinburgh International Festival. Previews for the limited 8-week engagement will begin on January 30.

Flight is an emotional and powerful work of art that invites the audience into its poignant story of human courage. Vox Motus Artistic Directors Jamie Harrison and Candice Edmunds created this unique and transporting experience based on British playwright Oliver Emanuel’s adaptation of Hinterland, a 2012 novel by Caroline Brothers.

Tickets for the hour-long experience start at $45, and reservations are available between 5-9:30pm on weekdays and 2-11pm on weekends. The hotel’s rooftop The Lodge at Gallow Green and jazz speakeasy Manderley Bar are available to enhance the evening with packages that include dining, drinking and tickets.

The Heath is located in The McKittrick Hotel, home of Sleep No More, at 542 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001. Schedule and tickets are available online at www.mckittrickhotel.com or by calling the Box Office at (212) 904-1880.





 30, 2018

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit musical School of Rock – The Musical will welcome seven new cast members to the class on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Rocking their way to Broadway will be Montgomery Lamb as “Katie” the bassist, Jim Kaplan as “Lawrence” the keyboardist, Sarah Walsh as “Marcy,” Iggy Rosado as “Mason,” Madalen Yarbrough Mills as “Sophie,” Madison Elizabeth Lagares as “Shonelle,” and Katie Greendorfer as “Madison.” Current cast member Gabrielle Greene will assume the role of “Tomika.”

On Monday, January 29, 2018, Rachel Katzke, Walden Sullivan, Amadi Chapata, Demi Singleton, Annabelle Wachtel, Terrance Bell, Jr., and Chloe Bryan will all graduate from Horace Green.

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

For more information, visit www.SchoolOfRockTheMusical.com
Upcoming at Michelle Tabnick PR

Theater Resources Unlimited

presents the TRU January Panel
Breaking the Silence: The Voices of Theater Around the World
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 7:30pm, networking at 7pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the TRU January Panel -Breaking the Silence: The Voices of Theater Around the World onTuesday, January 30, 2018 at 7:30pm (doors open for networking at 7pm) at The Playroom Theatre, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th fl., NYC. For more details, visithttps://truonline.org/events/breaking-the-silence/. Free for TRU member;$12.50 for non-members in advance ($15 at door), free for TRU.  Please use the bright red reservation box at https://truonline.org/events/breaking-the-silence/, or call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations:212-714-7628; or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

Speakers to include Teresa EyringExecutive Director of Theater Communications Group (TCG); Philip Himberg, Artistic Director of Sundance Institute Theatre program; others tba.

Art can be dangerous, especially when the voices of artists express views contrary to their country's leadership. Many have been silenced, but others have overcome oppression and managed to be heard and sometimes listened to. We will look at how art is perceived, respected or repressed in various countries, and the part it plays in the lives of the communities that it serves. Are there ever ways for getting those in power to listen? Or is the better tactic to engage the population and inspire them to raise a unified voice?  We will look at the impact theater in particular has had in effecting social change around the world, including our own country. Among many Americans, there is concern today that their voices are not being heard, and their needs are being ignored. Can art illuminate issues in ways that can generate greater understanding? Can theater be an effective tool for voicing concerns and stimulating discussion, and perhaps change? Is it even possible to get those who disagree with you to consider your viewpoint? And how do you do that?


Saturday Afternoons at the 14th Street Y
Presented by Downtown Jewish Life

Tu B'shvat (Going Green)
February 3, 2018 2-6PM

Downtown Jewish Life and the 14th Street Y present PAUSE/PLAY, an innovative Saturday afternoon of Shabbat programming at the 14th Street Y,344 E. 14th Street, NYC.

PAUSE/PLAY invites attendees to hit the pause button in their busy lives and experience all that the Downtown Community has to offer. All are welcome in the community, Jewish or not, to join for a day of relaxation and renewal. From family yoga and story time to whiskey tastings and open swim,PAUSE/PLAY events feature activities for the whole family. PAUSE/PLAY will also feature a Community Passport that families can decorate each month and bring to each event for access to monthly raffles for deals to 14Y programs and other great prizes.

Tu B'shvat (Going Green)
February 3, 2018 2-6PM
Celebrate the "Birthday for Trees" with the 14Y! Together we will grow our understanding and awareness of the world around us through art, games, PJ Play! and many other fun activities for the whole family. As part of the Tu B'shvat celebration we will have wine tasting for grown-ups, as well as yummy holiday treats for kids to enjoy all day too.

Highlights include:
  • PJ Play! is back this month with WonderSparks puppets , based on the PJ Library book "Netta and her Plant"
  • Mural Making with artist Sharone Halevy
  • Jewish text study with Rabbi Yael Rapport of Congregation Beit Sinchat Torah (CBST)
  • Artist's Gym, a creative movement workshop with Sarah Plotkin 
  • Urban Homesteading with Shawn Shafner
  • Tu B'shvat Seder with the 14th Street Y's Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein and Town & Village Synagogue's Cantor Shayna Postman

PAUSE/PLAY is open to all ages in this diverse downtown community.
Y Members: Free; Non-Members Advance Tickets: Children ($5), Adults ($10), Family Ticket (Up to 5 members $35); Day of Tickets: Children ($10), Adults ($15), Family Ticket (Up to 5 members $45).

PAUSE/PLAY is free for 14th Street Y members, but reservations are recommended. To become a member of the 14th Street Y, visit http://www.14streety.org/membership/join-membership-benefits

Works & Process at the Guggenheim
A New Carousel
with Jack O'Brien and Justin Peck
Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 7:30pm

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents A New Carousel with Jack O'Brien and Justin Peck on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 7:30pm.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's timeless musical returns to Broadway for the first time in over two decades. The new productionfeatures choreography by New York City Ballet's Justin Peck and direction by Jack O'BrienPrior to the Broadway opening of Carousel, cast members perform excerpts of new choreography, and Peck and O'Brien discuss the creative process behind this new presentation of a musical drama that has captivated theatergoers for generations.

$45, $40 Guggenheim Members and Friends of Works & Process
Box Office (212) 423-3575 or worksandprocess.org
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Rotunda
News from Polk and Co.

Ticket Now on Sale 
for Chicago and New York Engagements of
Pretty Woman

Rehearsal for the Chicago World premiere of the Broadway-bound PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL begin Monday, January 22, 2018.  PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL begins performances Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Broadway In Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL) for a strictly limited 5-week engagement, and will star Samantha Barks (Les Miserables) as ‘Vivian’ opposite Tony Award winner and Grammy Award winner Steve Kazee (Once) as ‘Edward,’ with Tony Award nominee Orfeh (Legally Blonde) as ‘Kit,’ Eric Anderson (Waitress) as ‘Mr. Thompson,’ Jason Danieley (The Full Monty) as ‘Philip Stuckey,’ and Kingsley Leggs (Sister Act) as ‘James Morse’ in a company of 24 that includes Allison Blackwell, Tommy Bracco, Brian Calì, Robby Clater, Jessica Crouch, Anna Eilinsfeld, Matt Farcher, Lauren Lim Jackson, Renée Marino, Ellyn Marie Marsh, Jillian Mueller, Jake Odmark, Jennifer Sanchez, Matthew Stocke, Alex Michael Stoll, Alan Wiggins, Jesse Wildman and Darius Wright

Tickets now on sale for PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL on Broadway and for the Chicago world premiere engagement.

Based on one of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time, this modern spin on Cinderella is the story of Vivian, a spirited diamond in the rough who dreams of a better life.  A star-crossed meeting with Edward, a shrewd corporate raider from New York who is lost in Hollywood, turns a simple business deal into a week of romance and a journey of self-discovery for both Vivian and Edward.  With a wholly original musical score by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, this  contemporary theatrical take on the iconic love story, will sweep a new generation off their feet and make them believe in the power of “Happily Ever After.”

Tickets for the world premiere of PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL at Broadway In Chicago’s Oriental Theatre are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at 800.775.2000, and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.  Chicago world premiere tickets range from $33 - $110.  The playing schedule for PRETTTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL at Broadway In Chicago’s Oriental Theatre is: Tuesday through Friday and Sunday at 7:30pmSaturday at 8pm, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.  Please note there will be added 2pm matinees on April 4 and April 11, and no evening performances on April 8 and April 15.

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL will begin performances on Broadway on Friday, July 20, 2018, at The Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street), with an official opening night of Thursday, August 16, 2018.  For Broadway PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL tickets call 877.250.2929 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.  Broadway tickets range from $99 - $169.  The playing schedule for PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL on Broadway is: Monday through Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Saturday at 2pm.  Beginning August 6, 2018, the playing schedule is as follows: Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.

For more information visit: PrettyWomanTheMusical.com

WICKED Welcomes New Citizens of Oz 
on January 30


Beginning Tuesday, January 30th, the Broadway blockbuster WICKED will welcome, to the Gershwin Theatre, Tony Award nominee ISABEL KEATING as Madame Morrible and Obie Award winner Martin Moran as Doctor Dillamond.  
ISABEL KEATING comes to the Broadway cast directly from playing Madame Morrible in the national tour of Wicked. She received a Tony Award nomination and Drama Desk award for The Boy from Oz, and has previously appeared on Broadway in It’s Only a Play, Hairspray, Enchanted April, and Spider-ManMARTIN MORAN last appeared as Doctor Dillamond on national tour in 2011. His previous Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include Spamalot, Cabaret, Titanic, Bells Are Ringing, Big River, The Cider House Rules, The Tricky Part and All the Rage, among others.

Performances begin February 1, 2018
Official opening March 1, 2018
Limited engagement through April 22, 2018
Off-Broadway at the Laura Pels Theatre 
in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre

Roundabout welcomes Jamie Brewer as she takes on the title role of “Amy,” a woman with Down syndrome who helps her family deal with their father’s death.Together, they careen down the Great American Long Island Expressway, navigating strip malls, traffic jams and some serious (and not-so-serious) family drama. An unexpected turn reveals the moment that changed their lives…and the fact that Amy may be the only one who knows her own mind.

Amy and the Orphans will begin preview performances Off-Broadway on February 1, 2018, and open officially on March 1, 2018 at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street). This will be a limited engagement through April 22, 2018.  

Tickets for Amy and the Orphans are available by calling 212.719.1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org, and in person at any Roundabout box office: The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 W 46th Street); American Airlines Theatre Box office (227 West 42nd Street) and Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street). All single tickets are $79. For groups of 10 or more please call 212-719-9393 x 365 or email groupsales@roundabouttheatre.org

Amy and the Orphans plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30PM with Wednesday, Saturday matinees at 2:00PM and Sunday matinees at 3:00PM.

News from Richard Hillman PR









Rehabilitation Through The Arts (RTA) will present a reading of Home is a Verb, a new play by Melissa Cooper based on true stories about the challenges faced when returning home after prison.  Directed by Richard Hamburger, this one-night-only presentation of Home is a Verb will benefit RTA, whose mission is to use the transformative power of the arts to develop social and cognitive skills that prisoners need for successful reintegration into the community, while raising public awareness of the humanity behind prison walls.  The cast will feature professional actors (TBA) alongside RTA alumni, and actor Michael K. Williams, best known for his portrayal of Omar on HBO’s The Wire, is scheduled to appear that evening as a special guest.  Home is a Verb will take place on Monday, February 5, 2018 beginning at 6:30 p.m. (7:00 p.m. curtain) Off-Broadway at The Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street).

After working inside the prison system for over 20 years, RTA has a significant community of alumni who have participated in their programs inside and have since been released (while the national recidivism rate is nearly 60%, less than 7% of RTA members return to prison). Over the past three years, a group of RTA alumni have met regularly to share their stories detailing the challenges of reentry, which were woven into a this full-length play by Melissa Cooper.
Home is a Verb highlights years of hopes and dreams as they slam painfully against reality. When you return from prison, you are a different person.  Home is a different place. One man returning from 32 years in prison needs help crossing the street; another is brought to tears when he loses sight of his wife in Walmart. The play explores reentry issues large and small (How do I submit a resume online and, by the way, how do I account for those missing years? A hamburger now costs HOW MUCH?!) with the goal of creating a better understanding of the imporatance of effective rehabilitation and support through the process of reentry.

Rehabilitation Through The Arts (RTA) will present a one-night-only staged reading of Home is a Verb on Monday, February 5, 2018 at The Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street, NYC). A pre-show reception will begin at 6:30pm, the performance is scheduled to begin at 7:00pm.  There will be a post-show Q&A with alumni, followed by another reception at 9:30pm. General reserved seats are priced at $150, and VIP reserved seats are $250 (both ticket levels include performance, Q&A and pre- and post- reception refreshments).  Visit www.rta-arts.org/benefit  to purchase tickets.

For more information on Rehabilitation Through The Arts (RTA), visit www.rta-arts.org. Contact RTA via email at info@rta-arts.orginfo@rta-arts
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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