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

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Italian American Museum

What: Italian American Museum

Where: 155 Mulberry St.
             New York, NY

Who: Ages 5 and Up

Me & Mom - New York  City like many other cities has an Italian American Museum. The Italian American Museum in New York is a little museum devoted to Italian American history and Italian Americans' contributions to American history. The museum is not very big, but there are quite a lot of things to see. When you get there, there is a film which gives you a history of the museum. The museum includes objects that people would use in their every day life or their job like clothes, and a sewing machine. There are also objects related to famous Italian America's like pictures of Joe Di Maggio, Mario Lanza recordings and sheet music, and objects related to Frank Serpico, a former police officer known for blowing a whistle on police corruption in the late 1960s and early 1970s. There was also a shovel that was used to break ground for building the first New York City subway. The building used to be a bank so there was a bank vault and objects related to the bank including old Italian money. There is also a second room in the museum that has changing art exhibits. The museum is not a bad place to take children because it is not that big, and there are some  objects that children might enjoy viewing like  a musical instrument, an organ grinding machine and/or pictures of famous baseball players. All in all, it is a really cute little museum that is quick to go through. There is no set fee for visiting the museum, a donation in the amount of your choosing is requested to help cover the costs of running the museum.

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

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Tips for Tuesday - Misc. Lullapop Lullabies

We were given the below mentioned CD for review purposes. Any and all opinions expresed here are our own.

Me - Today I am recommending Lullapop Lullabies. It is lullabies made from popular music. Some of them are really pretty. The songs  on the CD that I like the regular versions of  I liked better on this CD than the songs I don't usually like anyway or  songs don't know. This is a really good CD for a baby because the songs are nice and quiet. It is good for adults too because it probably would not get on their nerves as much as regular lullabies.

Mom - Today I am also recommending Lullapop  Lullabies. This CD is a great choice for any parents who are sick and tired of the usual children's lullabies that they've already heard a thousand times before. It is full of baby versions of grown up songs.  It includes full soft and sweet, instrumental versions of twenty one (21) of today's most popular hits. Despacito, Can't Stop the Feeling, 24K Magic, and Hello are just a sampling of the songs covered. These are lullabies that both babies and parents can enjoy.

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

Monday, February 26, 2018

Giveaway: Win a 7th Heaven Tea Tree Peel Off in the Lucky You Giveaway Hop!

You found our giveaway hop. Lucky you! We're celebrating March with prizes. Enter to win on the participating blogs linked below. The hop ends 3/12. Good luck!

Here at Says Me Says Mom, we are giving away a Six (6) pack of 7th Heaven Tea Tree Peel Off to two (2) winners. 7th Heaven Tea Tree Peel Off is a combination of Witch Hazel and Canadian Willowherb with a variety of benefits for your skin. For more about this product, see our previous post Tips for Tuesday: 7th Heaven Tea Tree Peel Off. Enter to win a six pack below.

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A More Theater Monday Monthly Mash-up for February, 2018 Mr. Popper's Penguin's and Tao Drum Heart

For this month's mashup, we will both be talking about a couple of shows we've recently seen at State Theatre New Jersey.

Me  - My topic for this month is Mr. Popper's Penguins. Mr. Popper's Penguins was a cute show. It was based on the book of the same name. They used puppets for the Peguins and I liked them. They were my favorite thing about the show. My favorite character was Captain Cook the Penguin. He was the main penguin. The songs were cute but not very memorable. The acting, singing and dancing were all good. There wasn't really a set, but the costumes were nice. The show moved along kind of slowly which is probably fine for the small children to whom it was aimed. I had never read the book Mr. Popper's Penguins nor had I every seen a show based on the book. I did see the movie, but this version was very different. There are things to like about both versions. Young kids who like fun and/or energetic shows and/or animals especially penguins would enjoy this show.

For more about Mr. Popper's Penguins live, visit mrpopperspenguinslive.com.

Mom - My topic for this month is Tao Drum Heart. Tao Drum Heart is a show based on the ancient art of Japanese Taiko drumming. Although, taiko drums have been used in Japan for over 1400 years, the type of taiko drumming popular today has only been around since the 1950s. Tao Drum Heart is performed by Drum Tao. Drum Tao was started in 1993. It now consists of 43 performers that make up three different teams that perform all over the world. If you love loud music, you would probably enjoy this show. If you don't like loud noise, you will not like this show. The loudness of the show makes it a great choice for families with kids of all ages, as long as they are not bothered by or sensitive to extremely loud sounds, because the music is so lound that even if the kids are loud, they probably will not be heard over the music.

For more about Drum Tao, visit  http://www.drum-tao.com/main/english

For more about other upcoming shows and events at State Theatre New Jersey, visit

To enter to win tickets to a show at State Theatre New Jersey, see our see our previous post Giveaway: Win Tickets to Black Violin at State Theatre NJ in the Love Every Moment Giveaway Hop!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday Scoop Week of 2/25/17 What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Final Chance to See Terracotta Warriors 
at Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA

Through Sunday, March 4 Only!
It’s your FINAL CHANCE to see Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor, an exhibition unlike any other that combines:
Experience and engage in the fascinating story of one of history’s most significant archaeological discoveries. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
Kids Night on Broadway 
Participating Restaurants

Exclusive Meal Deals for Families on
Tuesday, February 27, 2018:

Participating* 2018 restaurants include:
Basera Indian Bistro, Glass House Tavern, Ikinari Steak, Nizza, Planet Hollywood, Playwright Celtic Pub, Playwright Tavern, Schnippers, Sen Sakana, Southern Hospitality Restaurant, Toloache Restaurant, Tony’s Di Napoli, Utsav, Virgil’s Real Barbecue, and 5 Napkin Burger (*subject to change).

Each eatery will offer specials for Kids’ Night on Broadway ticket-holders, including free entrees for young theatregoers. Check KidsNight.Broadway for more dining details, as well as parking offers.

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. A Kids’ Night on Broadway ticket includes restaurant discounts, parking discounts, activities, and more. On Tuesday, February 27 2018, select shows will offer in-theatre activities for kids including talkbacks, Kids’ Night on Broadway activity books, and more.

Participating* 2018 shows include:
AladdinAnastasiaThe Band’s VisitBeautiful: The Carole King MusicalA Bronx TaleCome From AwayChicagoFarinelli and the KingKinky BootsThe Lion KingOnce On This IslandThe Phantom of the OperaThe Play That Goes WrongSchool of Rock,SpongeBob SquarePants, and Wicked (*subject to change).

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.

For more information, visit KidsNight.Broadway
Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

"Poetry as Memoir", Shopkins, Suzy Shelton, Golden Oldies, and more

Tuesday February 27, 6:00 PM
Tuesday March 6, 6:00 PM
Tuesday March 13, 6:00 PM

"Poetry as Memoir"
Free Public Workshop Series with Glenis Redmond

Discover your inner poet in this series of three State Theatre Poetry Collective workshops, led by State Theatre Artist-in-Residence Glenis Redmond. Using the theme of “Poetry as Memoir,” the workshops offer easy-to-follow exercises to help participants relate to stories and imagery in their lives. Glenis introduces simple techniques—brainstorming, imagery, word layering—for writing expressive, highly personal poetry. Come explore the lyrical and narrative nature of poetry. Come tell your story through verse. 

NOTE: Participants will be committing to all three events as a connected series, not individual dates.

For more information or to make reservations, visit 

Tuesday February, 27 6:30 PM 
Shopkins Live!
Shop It Up!

Shopkins Live! is finally here! The #1 kids toy in North America is live and on stage in Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! Your beloved Shoppies make their theatrical debut in an original new live show featuring musical performances by Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette, Polli Polish, and more! The fun and fashionista Shoppies are joined by the Shopkins—the grocery store-themed mini collectable toys—Apple Blossom, Strawberry Kiss, Lippy Lips, Kooky Cookie, Poppy Corn, Slick Breadstick, and Shady Diva. An ensemble cast of multi-talented performers brings the show to life on stage through urban style music, song, and dance.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.stnj.org/event/shopkins-live

Saturday March 3, 10:00 AM & 12:00 PM
Milk & Cookies
Suzi Shelton

When Suzi Shelton picks up a guitar, you know that something special is about to happen. This award-winning songwriter and performer brings her catchy, danceable pop-rock songs that connect directly with kids—but will have adults rocking out, too!

Milk & Cookies is a lively, interactive storytelling and music series for families. This program is the perfect way to introduce children ages 3-8 to live theater.

For more information or to purchase $3 tickets, visit www.stnj.org/event/mc-suzi-shelton

Saturday March 3, 7:00 PM
Golden Oldies Spectacular

Brooklyn Bridge: originally a combination of The Crests and the Del-Satins, hits you will hear include “The Worst That Could Happen,” “Welcome Me Love,” “Blessed is the Rain,” “You'll Never Walk Alone,” and “16 Candles.”
The Duprees: Hits include “You Belong to Me," “My Own True Love,” “Have You Heard,” and “Why Don't You Believe Me.”
Shirley Alston Reeves, original lead singer of The Shirelles: a pioneer of the “American Girl Group” genre, Shirley has had seven top 20 hits. Hits included “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” “Soldier Boy,” “Mama Said,” “Baby It's You,” and “Dedicated to the One I Love.”
The Marcels (“Blue Moon”)
The Capris (“There’s a Moon Out Tonight”)
 Cleveland Stills & The Dubs (“Could This Be Magic,” “Chapel of Dreams”)
Lenny Dell & The Demensions (“My Foolish Heart”)
Frank Pizarro, former Lead Singer of Herb Reed’s Platters: The Platters had 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “The Great Pretender,” “Only You,” and “Twilight Time.”  
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Sunday March 4, 3:00 PM
Staatskapelle Weimar

Kiril Karabits, general music director and principal conductor
Sunwook Kim, piano soloist

BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture, Op. 62
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 with piano soloist Sunwook Kim
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

The Staatskapelle Weimar, founded in 1491, is one of the oldest, most illustrious orchestras in the world and we are very proud to present them in their first North America tour. Their long history is closely associated with some of the world’s best known musicians and works, including composers Johann Hummel, Franz Liszt, and Richard Strauss. They will present three of Beethoven’s greatest works, including the highly-acclaimed pianist Sunwook Kim in the delightful third concerto, and the definitive and noble fifth symphony.

For more information or to purchase, visit 
Upcoming at Lincoln Center

Thursday, March 1, 7:30 pm FREE
Atrium 360°
Joe McGinty & The Loser’s Lounge present: Donna Summer, A Night at the Disco!
Dress up like you’re going back in time to your favorite New York City night club, then dance your way to the future with New York City's most entertaining house band. Tonight, Joe McGinty and The Loser’s Lounge turn their gaze to the ultimate disco diva, Donna Summer. Platforms and polyester optional, but highly recommFebruary 09, 2018

March 2018 at Lincoln Center: Calendar of This Month’s Performances and Events

Thursday, March 1, 7:30 pm
Great Performers
Simon Keenlyside, baritone
Malcolm Martineau, piano
Sibelius: Kaiutar (“The Echo Nymph”); Illalle (“To Evening”); Romeo; Im Feld ein Mädchen singt; Die stille Stadt
Schubert: Selections from Schwanengesang
Vaughan Williams: The Vagabond; Youth and Love; The Infinite Shining Heavens, from Songs of Travel
Somervell: There Pass the Careless People
Warlock: My Own Country; Piggesnie; The Night
Grainger: The Sprig of Thyme
Fauré: Rêve d’amour; Spleen; Poème d’un jour, Op. 21
Alice Tully Hall, Broadway at 65th Street
TICKETS: Available at the Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall Box Offices, by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting LCGreatPerformers.org.ended if you want to win the evening’s Best Dressed Contest.
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.

Saturday, March 3, 11:00 am
Passport to the Arts Program for Children with Disabilities and their Families
New York City Ballet Family Saturday: Behind the Scenes
Recommended for ages 5 and up 
David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
Welcoming young people with disabilities and their families to this renowned and inclusively designed public family program, Passport to the Arts creates a supportive experience through pre-visit materials and onsite accommodations. To learn more about the Passport to the Arts program, please contact access@lincolncenter.org or 212.875.53

Sunday, March 4, 10:30 am
Passport to the Arts Program for Children with Disabilities and their Families
Metropolitan Opera: Backstage Tour
Recommended for teens and young adults
Metropolitan Opera House, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
Designed for teens and young adults with disabilities and their families, this tour explores the Metropolitan Opera, behind the scenes. This program is part of the Passport to the Arts program, providing a welcoming and accessible introduction to the performing arts at Lincoln Center at no cost. To learn more about Passport to the Arts, please contact access@lincolncenter.orgor 212.875.5375.
Upcoming at Merkin Concert Hall
Kaufman Music Center
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY

Thursday March 1, 7:00 PM
Ecstatic Music Festival
Arone Dyer’s Dronechoir & Mahogany L. Browne

An evening of powerful vocal performances and spoken word addressing Black Lives, gender equity and racial equality. Featuring poets Imani Davis and Ramya Ramana.

Sunday March 4, 11:00 AM
Broadway Playhouse
Andrew Lloyd Webber

Sing along with the “Jellicle Cats” and the Phantom from The Phantom of the Opera at this family-friendly performance celebrating the musicals of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, including songs from Cats, Evita and School of Rock.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/broadway-playhouse-andrew-lloyd-webber

Sunday March 4, 3:00 PM
Met Opera National Council
Eastern Region Auditions

Discover the next generation of opera talent as thirteen young artists compete for a chance to sing on the Met stage. Each singer will present two arias before a panel of judges.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Monday March 5, 7:30 PM

Soprano and PREformances founder Allison Charney and guest artists Blair McMillen, Navah Perlman, Craig Ketter, Jia Kim, Areta Zhulla and Daniel Panner perform music composed over three centuries in anticipation of upcoming performances in venues worldwide. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/preformances-with-allison-charney
W I C K E D   C L O N E
Off-Broadway Performances Begin March 1 
At The Davenport Theatre
354 W. 45th St., New York, NY
WICKED CLONE, the cinema musical, is set to begin Off-Broadway performances March 1st at the Davenport Theatre, 354 West 45 Street (between Eighth & Ninth Ave.) Opening Night will be Thursday, March 8th. Created and performed by Indiggo Twins (Grammy-winning artists Mihaela and Gabriela Modorcea), WICKED CLONE is based on their bestselling Barnes & Noble novel, Wicked Clone or how to deal with the evilIdentical twin sisters born in Transylvania, Mihaela and Gabriela turn the age-old vampire cliché upside down, revealing who and what vampires truly are.
 WICKED CLONE is the tale of a vampire bitten by a human being. Born without a heartbeat, memories or inspiration, Mihaela flees from Transylvania to New York and pulls her fangs out in order to love and become a human. Her "Wicked Clone" twin sister Gabriela follows her through space and time to bring her back to her vampiric roots. Featuring fairy tale elements of traditional Transylvanian folklore with themes related to Goethe's Faust, Ibsen's Peer Gynt or Dante's Divine Comedy, WICKED CLONE is the compelling story of two identical twin sisters born in Transylvania in 1483, who live and work in 2018 NYC.
WICKED CLONE is a cinema musical, a new genre that projects the audience into an immersive blend of theater & film and an epic story of rebirth. The twins will be performing 21 of their original pop-gypsy compositions and hot-blooded choreography, wearing royal garments of Transylvanian inspiration

Indiggo Twins is comprised of multi-talented identical twin sisters Mihaela and Gabriela Modorcea – Romanian-born American artists. Several top music producers have written with and for Indiggo Twins including Swizz Beatz (Beyoncé, Jay-Z), Rockwilder (Christina Aguilera), Peter Zizzo (Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne), and Paul Oakenfold (Madonna). Their original song "La La La" was featured on the multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award-winning album,Watch The Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West, specifically on the track "Murder to Excellence," called "the centerpiece of the album" by The New York Times. The song earned the sisters a spot on Complex Magazine's Top 20 Best White Vocals in Rap History list. The Mordorcea sisters both graduated with honors from the National University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography, Bucharest, Musical Theater.

Performances of WICKED CLONE will be Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with matinees Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets are available through www.Telecharge.com 212-239-6200.

For more information, visit www.WickedClone.com.
Upcoming at the New Victory Theater
209 W. 42nd. St.
New York, NY

Reduced Shakespeare Company's
William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged)

The “Bad Boys of Abridgment” are back! Uproarious and rapid-fire, the Reduced Shakespeare Company makes sharp, short comedy in their latest sendup, William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged). Discovered in a treasure-filled parking lot in Leicester, England (next to a pile of bones that didn't look that important), an ancient manuscript proves to be the literary holy grail—the long-lost first play written by none other than seventeen-year-old William Shakespeare! William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) makes its off-Broadway premiere at The New Victory Theater, opening on March 2 and playing through March 11, 2018, as part of a 20-city tour throughout the United States.  

Using questionable scholarship and street-performer smarts, playwrights Martin and Tichenor spin the Bard’s 39 plays into a fast, funny and fictional 40th in a brand new story. William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) pits Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream against Ariel of The Tempest, turning Shakespeare’s canon upside-down and creating such strange bedfellows as Hamlet, Lady Macbeth, Viola, Richard III, King Lear, the Weird Sisters and (of course) Dromio and Juliet.
Learn more about William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) on the New Victory website.

Performance schedule (10 performances):
Friday, March 2 at 7pm
Saturday, March 3 at 2pm / 7pm
Sunday, March 4 at 12pm / 5pm*
Friday, March 9 at 7pm**
Saturday, March 10 at 2pm / 7pm
Sunday, March 11 at 12pm / 5pm

*audio-described performance **sign-interpreted performance

William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) has a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes
including one intermission, and is recommended for everyone ages 10 and up.

Ticket Information
Full-price tickets for William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) start at $16. Tickets are available online (http://www.newvictory.org/boxoffice) and by phone (646.223.3010).

To purchase tickets in person, the New Victory box office is located at 209 West 42nd Street (between 7th / 8th Avenues). Box office hours are Sunday & Monday from 11am-5pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-7pm.
Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

March 3, 2:00 PM & 4:00 PM

This fun-filled production tells the familiar story of the little girl with the golden curls who encounters three furry friends in the woods. With the helpful participation of the audience, they teach her important lessons in kindness.

For more information and or to purchase tickets, visit www.kelseytheatre.net/Goldilocks
Upcoming at Broadway Workshop
445 W. 54th St.
New York, NY

Musical Theatre Workshop with Broadway's 
Jessica Vosk & Hamilton's Thayne Jasperson

Dates: Sunday, March 11th
Ages: 12-18
Time: 10:30am - 2:00pm
Location: Ripley Grier Studios - 520 Eighth Ave - 16th Floor
Tuition: $160

JESSICA VOSK made her Broadway debut in 2014 in Jason Robert Brown's Bridges of Madison County. Following Bridges, Jessica went on to originate the role of Miss Basset in Finding Neverland, Jessica also played the role of Fruma Sarah in the 2015-2016 Broadway Revival of Fiddler on the Roof. Jessica joined the cast of  the Broadway National tour of Wicked playing Elphaba wowing audiences all over the US. Jessica can be heard on the cast recordings of Finding NeverlandFiddler on the Roof, Merrily We Roll Along (Encores) and as Anita in the San Francisco Symphony's live recording of the West Side Story score which was nominated for a Grammy. Jessica's cabaret act has been selling out venues all over NYC.

Ms. Vosk will work with each student on audition technique and song interpretation in this special one day Master Class. We will focus on giving actors the opportunity to bring their audition and performance skills to the next level and how to better connect to their audition material. Students will break down their song material with one on one coaching in a class setting. Finally, students will have the opportunity to be part of a Q&A with Ms. Vosk and the Broadway Workshop team. Following the vocal section of this workshop, students will be part of a dance/movement workshop with Broadway's THAYNE JASPERSON (Hamilton, Matilda Newsies

Upcoming at  Camp Broadway
1115 Broadway
10th Fl.
Suite 1054
New York, NY

Camp Broadway
Shining Stars
Develop Your Character

AGES: 6-9
Session 1: July 9-13
(8:45 AM - 1:15 PM)
Session 2: July 23 - 27 (8:45 AM - 1:15 PM)
Session 3: July 23 -27(1:15 PM - 5:45 PM

Shining stars will "Put on a Happy Face as they discover their artistic voice through creative play. Within 5-half days, our tiny talents.will design their costume,create the set, and learn the story and songs from one of Broadway's most charming classic musicals, BYE BYE BIRDIE. This is a show you don't want to miss.

For more information or to register, visit http://www.campbroadway.com/programs/shining-stars-ages-6-9

Camp Broadway
Develop Your Character

AGES: 10-17
Session: July 9-13 (8:30 AM - 5:30 PM)

What the world needs now - is more singin' and dancin'. So, Mainstage will feature two iconic musicals about puttin' on a musical - SINGIN' IN THE RAIN and 42ND STREET! Your talented tween will learn a selection of scenes and songs from one of these two beloved shows and enjoy workshops with guest artists in preparation for the annual Family Finale held at Symphony Space.

For more information or to register, 
visit http://www.campbroadway.com/programs

Camp Broadway
The Next Step
Develop Your Character

AGES: 14-17
Session 1: July 16-20 (8:30 AM - 5:30 PM)
Session 2: July 23 -27 (8:30 AM - 5:30 PM)

Has your emerging performer outgrown camp? Consider enrolling them in The Next Step where the focus is on individual and small group performance. Camp Broadway's professionl staff will coach solos and stage musical vignettes featuring the theatrical cannon of the world-reknown composer Leonard Bernstein, whose 100th Birthday is being celebrated this year. The annual talent showcase will be held at BB King's Blue Club on 42nd St.

In addition to rehearsing for their own show, these artists will enjoy the evening performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL starring Joshua Henry, Jessie Mueller and Renee Fleming, followed by a private talk back with members of the cast. Due to popular demand, Camp Broadway is offering two season of this exclusive program. Enrollment is very limited, so don't delay, register today.

For more information or to register, visit 
PR Firm Roundup


Preview performances began on Friday, February 23 for the highly anticipated National Theatre Production of Tony Kushner’s epic and seminal masterwork, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. This strictly limited, 18-week engagement, will officially open on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street).

In addition, the production launched its digital lottery, powered by Broadway Direct. A limited number of lottery tickets will be made available to performances of the limited engagement. Angels in America is a two-part performance. Lottery tickets will be sold for both Part One, Millennium Approaches and Part Two, Perestroika together. The lottery will not be available for individual performances. The total combined price for both parts is $74 including facilities fees ($37 per part).

The lottery will open two days prior to the performance of Part One, Millennium Approaches at 10 AM ET and will close at 10 AM ET the day before the performance of Part One,Millennium ApproachesWinners will be notified by email shortly after the drawing and will have 60 minutes to pay for their tickets online with a credit card. Confirmed lottery ticket buyers will need to present a photo identification at the Neil Simon box office 30 minutes before the start of the performance to pick up their tickets. Seat locations and number of tickets awarded by the lottery are subject to availability. For more information, please visit https://lottery.broadwaydirect.com/show/angels. 

Finally, Angels in America announces its general rush policy. At select performances, a limited number of tickets will be made available at the Neil Simon box office starting at 10 AMfor that day’s performance(s). Tickets can be purchased for $37 (including facilities fees) for single event days. On days where both parts are being performed, tickets to both partscan be purchased for a total of $74 (including facilities fees). Rush tickets will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis subject to availability. Each ticket buyer will be limited to two tickets per event.

Angels in America is a two-part performance. Part One, Millennium Approaches and Part Two, Perestroika are sold together.

Preview Performance schedule:
•  Friday, February 23 at 7PM (Part 1) & Wednesday, February 28 at 7PM (Part 2)
•  Saturday, February 24 at 7PM (Part 1) & Thursday, March 1 at 7PM (Part 2)
•  Sunday, February 25 at 6PM (Part 1) & Sunday, March 4 at 6PM (Part 2)
•  Friday, March 2 at 7PM (Part 1) & Saturday, March 3 at 7PM (Part 2)
•  Tuesday, March 6 at 7PM (Part 1) & Wednesday, March 7 at 7PM (Part 2)
•  Thursday, March 8 at 7PM (Part 1) & Friday, March 9 at 7PM (Part 2)
•  Saturday, March 10 at 1PM (Part 1) & Saturday, March 10 at 7PM (Part 2)
•  Thursday, March 15 at 7PM (Part 1) & Friday, March 16 at 7PM (Part 2)
•  Saturday, March 17 at 1PM (Part 1) & Saturday, March 17 at 7PM (Part 2)
•  Sunday, March 18 at 2PM (Part 1) & Saturday, March 24 at 7PM (Part 2)
•  Wednesday, March 21 at 1PM (Part 1) & Wednesday, March 21 at 7PM (Part 2)
•  Thursday, March 22 at 7PM (Part 1) & Friday, March 23 at 7PM (Part 2)Preview Performance schedule:
•  Friday, February 23 at 7PM (Part 1) & Wednesday, February 28 at 7PM (Part 2)
•  Saturday, February 24 at 7PM (Part 1) & Thursday, March 1 at 7PM (Part 2)
•  Sunday, February 25 at 6PM (Part 1) & Sunday, March 4 at 6PM (Part 2)
•  Friday, March 2 at 7PM (Part 1) & Saturday, March 3 at 7PM (Part 2)
•  Tuesday, March 6 at 7PM (Part 1) & Wednesday, March 7 at 7PM (Part 2)
•  Thursday, March 8 at 7PM (Part 1) & Friday, March 9 at 7PM (Part 2)
•  Saturday, March 10 at 1PM (Part 1) & Saturday, March 10 at 7PM (Part 2)
•  Thursday, March 15 at 7PM (Part 1) & Friday, March 16 at 7PM (Part 2)
•  Saturday, March 17 at 1PM (Part 1) & Saturday, March 17 at 7PM (Part 2)
•  Sunday, March 18 at 2PM (Part 1) & Saturday, March 24 at 7PM (Part 2)
•  Wednesday, March 21 at 1PM (Part 1) & Wednesday, March 21 at 7PM (Part 2)
•  Thursday, March 22 at 7PM (Part 1) & Friday, March 23 at 7PM (Part 2)

Post Opening Performance Schedule:
Wednesdays: Part 1 at 1:00PM and Part 2 at 7:00PM
Thursdays & Fridays: Part 1 on Thursday at 7:00PM and Part 2 on Friday at 7:00PM
Saturdays: Part 1 at 1:00PM and Part 2 at 7:00PM
Sundays: Parts 1 & 2 alternate every other Sunday at 2:00PM

For additional information, please visit www.angelsbroadway.com.



Tickets are now on sale for the World Premiere production of Transfers, written by MCC Theater’s Youth Company Playwriting Lab Director and Obie Award winner Lucy Thurber, and directed by Jackson GayTransfers was inspired by young artists participating in MCC Theater’s education program, and will begin previews at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) on Thursday, April 5thwith an official opening night set for Monday, April 23rd. To purchase tickets, and for more information, please visit www.mcctheater.org.

In Transfers, Cristofer and Clarence are two gifted students from the South Bronx.  After two years at a local community college being coached by faculty members, the young men are competing for a life-changing scholarship at an elite northeast university. During a campus visit, the young men are unexpectedly confronted with their shared past while trying to break through a system that seems designed to keep them on the outside.

For more information, visit www.mcctheater.org





The 7th annual TEDxBroadway will once again showcase a wide variety of experts from an even wider variety of backgrounds, industries and perspectives. Each talk is curated by TEDxBroadway organizers to create one-of-a-kind narratives, drive important conversations, and inspire all who have a stake in the future of Broadway.

TEDxBroadway 2018 will be held Tuesday, February 27 at New World Stages in New York City and will feature newly announced speakers:

  • Joshua Jackson makes his Broadway debut in Children of a Lesser God after earning rave reviews -- The New York Times hailed Jackson ‘a revelation’ -- at last summer’s production in The Berkshires. He currently stars in Showtime’s The Affair and was recently seen in the National Geographic Channel’s Years of Living Dangerously. He previously starred on Fringe and Dawson’s Creek.
  • Lauren Ridloff received a Best Actress nomination by the Berkshire Theater Critic Awards for her portrayal of Sarah Norman in the Tony Award-winning Children of a Lesser God playing opposite of co-star Joshua Jackson. She will reprise her role with her Broadway debut at Studio 54. She’s in the Palme D’Or nominated film Wonderstruck, directed by Todd Haynes and starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams. 
·         Staci Slaughter serves as Executive Vice President, Communications and Senior Advisor to the CEO for the San Francisco Giants, one of the nation’s premier sports and entertainment franchises. 
·         Daniel and Ken Trush are the co-founders of Daniel’s Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides free music programs for people with disabilities from 3-year-olds to adults in the NYC area.
·         Julie Stroud is a Master Integrative Life Coach, corporate consultant and trainer, and President and Chief Operating Officer of The Ford Institute, a premier transformational training company.
·         Edward Poteat is a leading developer of affordable housing in the New York City metropolitan area. Currently, he is the Founder and President of Carthage Advisors, an affordable housing real estate firm that specializes in the redevelopment of older government subsidized properties.
·         Angel Rich, once named the “Next Steve Jobs” by Forbes, founded The Wealth Factory with a mission to provide equal access to financial literacy across the world.

Previously announced speakers for TEDxBroadway 2018 include

·         Shakina Nayfack plays Lola on the Hulu comedy series Difficult People and is the Founding Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Factory, where she has supported the development of over 100 new musicals, including an autobiographical rock musical about her gender confirmation, Manifest Pussy.
·         Michael Riedel is the theater columnist for The New York Post and host of On the Town with Michael Riedel on AM 970. His New York Times best-selling book, Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway, won the Marfield Prize for non-fiction writing about the arts in 2016. Michael is a frequent guest on Imus in the MorningThe Mark Simone Show on WOR and The Tom Shillue Show on Fox News Radio. He's at work on a sequel to Razzle Dazzle.
·         Shaina Taub is a New York-based songwriter and performer. Winner of a Jonathan Larson Grant and Ars Nova’s 2012 Composer-in-Residence, she made her Lincoln Center solo concert debut in their 2015 American Songbook series and is currently an artist-in-residence at Joe's Pub.
·         David Yazbek’s varied career as a recording artist, Emmy-winning TV and film writer, music producer, and pianist has led him to become one of Broadway’s preeminent composer-lyricists. His three shows, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, have all been nominated for Best Score Tony Awards. He’s also received three Grammy nominations and a Drama Desk Award. His most recent musical, The Band’s Visit, was a sold-out hit Off-Broadway and opened on Broadway last fall.
·         Karen Brooks Hopkins was BAM’s president (where she worked since 1979) from 1999 until her retirement in June 2015. She is the author of the widely read book,Successful Fundraising for Arts & Cultural Organizations.
·         Jim Joseph is currently the Theatre Manager at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, the Broadway home of Manhattan Theatre Club.
·         Melissa Anelli is the CEO of Mischief Management and Co-Founder of BroadwayCon. She wrote The New York Times-bestselling book, Harry, A History: The true story of a boy wizard, his fans, and life inside the Harry Potter phenomenon, which featured a foreword from J.K. Rowling.
·         Ron Simons is an actor of stage, film and television. Ron is also the Founder and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment.
·         Ryan Chang is founder of academic services company, Ivy Consulting Group, and restoration artists, Residential Arts Group. He is a member of the Broadway League, serves on the Board of Directors for Broadway for All, and works as an executive producer on theater and film projects.

Registration for the TEDxBroadway conference will begin at 1:15pm on February 27, 2018. Tickets are $100.

Interested attendees can purchase tickets at https://www.goldstar.com/events/new-york-ny/tedxbroadway-2018.






Three Tall Women, which will play the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street) next begins preview performances on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, Three Tall Women opens on Thursday, March 29.

For more information, visit www.threetallwomenbroadway.com



MARCH 5-APRIL 26, 2018

Kinky Boots producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig announced that Emmy Award-winner and Grammy Award nominee  Wayne Brady will step back into his heels as ‘Lola’ in the Tony Award® -winning musical Kinky Boots at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street) beginning on Monday, March 5, 2018.  He will play a strictly limited run throughFriday, April 26, 2018.  

Brady will be taking over for J. Harrison Ghee, who will be temporarily leaving the show for another project.  Ghee will return to Kinky Boots on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Tickets for Kinky Boots ($55 – $163) are available for purchase in person at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre box office (Monday – Saturday, 10am – 8pm; Sunday, 12pm – 6 pm), online atwww.ticketmaster.com. For information on group sales, contact Group Sales Box Office/Broadway.com at groups@broadway.com or 1-800-BROADWAY, ext 2.

For more information, visit www.kinkybootsthemusical.com
News from Michelle Tabnick PR

Brooklyn Music School Announces
Registration for 2018 Summer Music & Dance Institute
July 2 - August 17, 2018
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. with extended day option to 6 p.m.
Available for Ages: 5 - 12

Brooklyn Music School (BMS) announces registration for the Summer Music & Dance Institute, providing children ages 5- 8 with broad introduction to music, dance, and the performing arts at Brooklyn's best and most affordable summer programming. For older children, ages 9 - 12, BMS has created tailor-made intensives exploring one music or dance area in more detail. BMS's seven-week program is packed with creativity, fun, and new friendships. To register, call (718) 638-5660, or check online in at https://www.brooklynmusicschool.org/summer-institute-brooklyn-best-summer-music-day-camp/.

The breadth of activities includes:
  • African drums
  • Contemporary dance
  • Drum rhythmology
  • Hip-hop Dance
  • Music composition
  • Music history
  • Music theory fundamentals
  • Musical theater
  • Piano
  • Ukulele
  • Violin
Musical instruction and performance is combined with frequent field trips, outdoor play.  There will be two performances during the summer for parents and friends. 

Class sizes are kept small and based on age and previous training. With a staff of talented performers with a passion for kids, this can be a great introduction that leads to more formal instruction in a group or private setting during the school year.

For children ages 9 - 12, Brooklyn Music School will be offering a series of intensives focusing on dance, drums, hip hop, jazz, rock band, and strings. These intensives are specifically tailored for older students to engage older, more experienced students. For more information about the specific intensives offered, please visit our website at: https://www.brooklynmusicschool.org/bms-summer-intensives/

Program hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with an extended day option to 6:00 p.m. for an additional fee.

The fee for each week is $400 with an additional $10 per day for extended day.
For more information, visit www.brooklynmusicschool.org.

Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP)
presents the sixth annual
Worldwide Play-In Weekend
Circling the Globe with Chamber Music
March 3 & 4, 2018

Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP) presents its sixth annual Worldwide Play-In Weekend on March 3 and 4, 2018. Musicians around the globe are planning events that bring together chamber music players to experience the joy of playing chamber music. For more information and a list of events that are open to all, visit: http://www.acmp.net/wpiw.

2018 Play-Ins are being planned around the world - some highlights in the U.S. include Manhattan, Queens, and Rochester, NY; Mystic, CT; San Diego, CA; Boulder and Denver, CO; West Newton, MA; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; among others.

Saturday, March 3, 4 - 7pm. 
Diller Quaile School of Music, 24 East 95th Street, between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue, NYC, NY. 
Lead by the Director of Adult Chamber Music Program 
Main hall and studios. Refreshments provided. 
Registration required - complete and submit form: https://www.diller-quaile.org/acmp.

Pitch your work to a roomful of producers
(and be home in time for the Oscars).
Theater Resources Unlimited presents
Writer-Producer Speed Date
Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 4:30pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents their popular Writer-Producer Speed Date on Sunday, March 4, 2018. In deference to Oscar night, the event will start one hour earlier than usual: from 4:30pm - 8:00pm at NOLA Rehearsal Studio, 244 W 54th St., 11th floor. Application is free, and you must apply prior to purchasing your spot, on sale February 24, 2018. If accepted, there is a participation fee of $70 for TRU Members ($85 for non-members, $25 for each collaborator), and your pitch slot can be purchased athttps://truonline.org/events/speed-date-03-04-18/.

Learning to pitch effectively is crucial to a writer's career. You meet a producer at a party, and have two minutes to interest him in your work. Do you have the skill to sell yourself? This is a chance to practice pitching with real producers who are open to and looking for new work. They probably won't option your work on the spot, but there will be the opportunity to meet them and start a relationship. And that's what this business is all about. Relationships.

Application is available at http://truonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/WriterSpeedDateApp-85-70.doc. Please fill out and email toTRUStaff1@gmail.com (PLEASE - put "Speed Date" in the file name). There will be eleven producers lined up, from both the commercial and not-for-profit worlds, all with an interest in new projects; there may also be eleven aspiring producers from our Producer Development program. Confirmed Producers include: 

  • Luis Reyes Cardenas & Sarah Rosenberg, co-founder/co-artistic director, Open Hydrant Theater Company
  • Rashad Chambers - producer (It Happened in Key West, Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting, the world premiere of The Erlkings)
  • Jane Dubin - producer (Tony winning The Norman ConquestsFarinelli and the King, BandstandPeter and the StarcatcherAn American in Paris, Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, The 39 Steps, Ann)
  • Gene Fisch, producer (High with Kathleen Turner), founder of the New York New Works Theater Festival
  • William Franzblau, producer (upcoming Rocktopia, TONY Nominated Best Play Say Goodnight GracieAmerican Buffalo and Wonderland on Broadway, the tour of Little House on the Prairie the Musical; off-Broadway This One's for the GirlsSistas, Jewtopia, Evil Dead the Musical, Illuminate)
  • Alexa Kelly, artistic director Pulse Ensemble Theatre
  • John Melo, theater and film producer (On the Town)
  • Shaun Peknic (artistic director) & Vinny Eden Ortega, (asst. artistic director) Planet Connections Festivity
  • Lawrence D. Poster/Asparagus Entertainment - producer (RagsForbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging,  Fingers and Toes)
  • Frank Zuback - producer (Taking Leave, American Soldier, Roof of the World)
  • 1 more TBD
Come with a willingness to learn, because the real value is the chance to practice your pitching, and get invaluable coaching from experts. Wine and snacks to follow.
For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212 714-7628.
News from Polk and Co.

COME FROM AWAY - New Blocks of Tickets On Sale for Broadway & Toronto Productions




The Tony Award-winning musical COME FROM AWAY is celebrating one year and over 400 performances on Broadway! Junkyard Dog Productions announces today a new block of tickets on sale for the Tony Award-winning smash hit Broadway musical COME FROM AWAY for performances through Sunday, February 24, 2019. The new block of tickets will on sale now exclusively for American Express® Card Members .American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public through Monday, March 5 at 9:59AM EST, by visiting www.telecharge.com or calling 212.239.6200.

Beginning at 10AM EST on Monday, March 5, the new block of tickets will be available through Audience Rewards (www.AudienceRewards.com), The Official Rewards Program of Broadway & the Arts™. Members of the program will be able to purchase tickets and earn Audience Rewards Bonus ShowPoints through Saturday, March 10 at 9:59AM EST.  

The new block of tickets for COME FROM AWAY will go on sale to the general public beginning Saturday, March 10 at 10AM EST, and will be available at www.telecharge.com(212.239.6200) or at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre box office (236 West 45th Street).

The critically-acclaimed Toronto production of COME FROM AWAY will extend performances until Sunday, October 21, 2018Tickets for the Toronto extension will go on sale to the general public on Monday, February 26, 2018 at https://www.mirvish.com/shows/come-from-away.

Tickets for COME FROM AWAY on Broadway are on sale at www.telecharge.com (212.239.6200) and the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre box office (236 West 45th Street), and range from $79 - $187 (including the $2 facility fee).

A limited number of $38 general rush tickets (including the $2 facility fee) will be available at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre box office when it opens for that day’s performance(s). Limited to two tickets per person, tickets are subject to availability. Cash and major credit cards are accepted.

The playing schedule for COME FROM AWAY is as followsTuesday and Thursday at 7pm, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at2pm and Sunday at 8pm.

For more information, visit: www.ComeFromAway.com.


The strict limited engagement will conclude on Sunday, March 4 at 3:00PM

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO), in association with Staci Levine, will conclude the Broadway premiere of John Lithgow: Stories By Heart, adapted and performed by John Lithgow, directed by Daniel Sullivan, on Sunday, March 4.  

Stories By Heart first took shape in 2008 at Lincoln Center Theater directed by Jack O’Brien in a special repertory presentation, with Lithgow telling one story each night. Since then he has evolved the play in theaters around the country, produced by Staci Levine, on evenings away from his filming schedule. Now, the Broadway debut of John Lithgow: Stories By Heart will be the culmination of this artistic development.

Tickets for John Lithgow: Stories By Heart are available by calling 212.719.1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org, 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); or by visiting StubHub, The Premier Secondary Ticketing Partner of Roundabout. Ticket prices range from $49-$154. For groups of 10 or more please call 212-719-9393 x 365 or email groupsales@roundabouttheatre.org.

John Lithgow: Stories By Heart plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:00PM and Sunday matinees at 3:00PM.

For more information, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org



Broadway Records released the New Broadway Cast Recording of Once On This Island on CD and digitally through most major music retailers. The album is currently available at www.BroadwayRecords.comwww.Amazon.com and at Circle in the Square Theatre.

Tickets for Once On This Island are on sale through Telecharge. Group tickets are available at www.YourBroadwayGenius.com or by calling 855-329-2932.

For more information, visit www.OnceOnThisIsland.com
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for this month's monthly mashup.