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, February 18, 2018

Sunday Scoop Week of 2/18/18 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey 
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

Mnozil Brass and America

Thursday February 22, 8:00 PM
Mnozil Brass

This septet from Vienna is probably the most unique brass ensemble ever. With their musical virtuosity mixed with their own special kind of comedy, the only way to describe Mnozil Brass is possibly to label them a cross between Mr Bean and the Monty Python of the music world. They will be plumbing the depths of their instruments once again to entertain you in this brand new show, Cirque. Entering the ring to combat the monkey business of daily life with music and humor, transforming the stage into a musical flea circus.

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

Friday February 24, 8:00 PM

The year 2017 marks the 47th anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorite and Grammy Award®-winning band, America, as well as a tour stop at State Theatre New Jersey!  Founding members, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell met in London high school in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song "A Horse With No Name." With other hits like "I Need You," "Ventura Highway," and "Lonely People," America established themselves as cornerstones on the 1970's Top 40 charts and rock radio. Now, 40 plus years later, these friends are still making music together, touring the world, and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound.  

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.stnj.org/event/america
Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre

1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ

Moon Over Buffalo

February 23 - March 4
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Sundays at 2:00 PM

Hang on tight  as M & M StageProductions takes you for a wild ride  in Ken Ludwig's classic.  In this hilarious comedy two fading stars of the  1950's are playing a comedy and a drama in rotation in Buffalo, New York. On the  brink of a disastrous split-up, they receive word that they might have one last  shot at regaining their stardom. One perfect performance is all they need.  Unfortunately, everything that could go wrong does go wrong and no one on stage  knows if they're in the drama or the comedy!

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
Upcoming at Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA

3D Printing Workshop 
Introduce a Girl to Technology Day

Wednesday February 21, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
3D Printing as Assistive Technology

We are all unique. Therefore, our medical needs are all unique. The emergence of 3D printing technology has revolutionized the field of assistive technology, inspiring innovative solutions to the everyday challenges of people with disabilities. In this hands-on workshop, students will explore the many ways 3D printing is changing and improving the lives of those with physical limitations and will inspire new approaches to developing assistive objects. Complete with an introduction to 3D printing and modeling, this workshop will challenge students to utilize critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration to design and print an object that could improve someone’s life.

No prior 3D printing experience necessary
Ages 15 and up*
Space is limited. Advanced Registration is required.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.fi.edu/event/2018-02-21/3d-printing-assistive-technology.

Saturday February 24, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Introduce a Girl to Technology

The Franklin Institute joins the initiative to engage girls in all aspects of engineering and inspire them to consider careers in engineering and design with a day full of hands-on activities featuring multiple areas of engineering—such as mechanical, electrical, chemical and more. Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet local female engineers and understand the significant role they have in shaping our future. The event is in recognition of National Engineers Week (February 18-24), dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.

Free with General Admission
Upcoming at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY

The Joshua Show:Episode 2

Saturday February 24, 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM

A recognized "Ambassador of Joy" and award-winning puppeteer who has performed with the Broadway national tour of “Avenue Q,” Joshua Holden returns to the Just Kidding stage with his newest show (no need to have seen Episode 1!).

When Joshua’s best friend, the grumpy sock puppet Mr. Nicholas, plans a trip to outer space to escape all of the terrible things happening in the world, Joshua and his cast of zany puppets (“Snail Male, “Larry the Lint” and "The Wonderbook” among them) convince him to remain on Earth. Their gentle persuasion involves compassion, glee, old-fashioned singing and tap dancing

Joshua Holden (creator and host) is an award-winning international puppeteer, actor, and joy-maker based in NYC. He was named one of "20 Theatre Workers You Should Know" by American Theatre magazine. Joshua was on the Broadway national tour of "Avenue Q," the lead puppeteer in "Peter Pan 360" (ThreeSixty Entertainment), and he garnered an Arts Impulse award as well as an IRNE nomination for "Best Actor in a Musical" as Bill Snibson in "Me & My Girl" (Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston). He worked with international street artist Banksy on his controversial piece "Sirens of the Lambs." A  Massachusetts native and an alumnus of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, he earned a  B.F.A. in acting from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

View The Joshua Show trailer here, and learn more at http://joshuashow.com/.
Ages 5 and up.​

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

News from DKC/O & M





Previews have now begun tomorrow for the Broadway premiere of Escape to Margaritaville, the new musical featuring the songs of iconic singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett, at the Marquis Theatre (210 West 46th Street) ahead of an official opening on Thursday, March 15.

In celebration of the show’s first Broadway performance, the Original Broadway Cast Recording, featuring both original songs along with many of Mr. Buffett’s classics,  is now available both digitally and on CD tomorrow. The Escape to Margaritaville Cast Recording is produced by Mailboat Records, Mike Utley, Mac McAnally, and Christopher Jahnke.

Escape to Margaritaville will also release a limited number of same-day $40 lottery tickets for all performances, beginning Monday, February 19, at the Marquis Theatre. The tickets will be available via a digital lottery, powered by Broadway Direct, that will open at 7AM each day. Winners will be notified by email after the drawing and will have 60 minutes to pay for their tickets with a credit card online. They will need to present a photo ID at the Marquis Theatre box office 30 minutes before the start of the performance to pick up their tickets. For more information, please visit https://lottery.broadwaydirect.com/show/escape/.

In addition, beginning Monday, February 19Escape to Margaritaville will offer a general, in-person rush for same-day tickets ($40) when the box office opens at 10AM. Two tickets are allowed per person and are subject to availability. All methods of payment are accepted.

In addition to the Marquis Box Office, tickets for Escape to Margaritaville on Broadway are available via Ticketmaster.com or by calling 877-250-2929; for groups of 12 or more, call Group Sales Box Office / Broadway.com at 1-800-BROADWAY x2).

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

What's on at the Wild Project

February 22 - March 13
SPACEMEAN written by Leegrid Stevens, directed by Jacob Titus
With Erin Treadway Roger Casey, Shawn Davis, and Erin Treadway
Produced by Loading Dock Theatre in association with Wild Project
Schedule: Tuesday - Friday at 7:30 pm; Saturday at 2 pm & 7:30 pm; Sunday at 4 pm
Ticket: $25; $15 for students/seniors
SPACEMAN follows astronaut Molly Jennis on her attempt to be the first human to reach Mars. Beginning seven months into an eight-month journey to the red planet, she is the lone crew member of the space module Aeneas. With a mission to establish a new colony, the difficulties of interplanetary space travel are brought to life in exacting detail. Radiation exposure, long term weightlessness, low light, extensive communication delays and poor hygiene are just a few of the challenges Molly Jennis must face on her quest to be the first to Mars, but she soon finds nothing compares to the psychological effects of having so much time alone.

All performances are at the wild project (195 E. 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B).
Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.thewildproject.com.
The Box Office opens one hour prior to curtain.
News from Michelle Tabnick PR

Theater Resources Unlimited
announces their February Panel
The Implications of the New Tax Laws
for Artists, Producers & Non-Profits
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 7:30pm, networking at 7pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) offers an important conversation onTuesday, February 20, 2018The Implications of the New Tax Laws for Artists, Producers & Non-Profits at 7:30pm (doors open for networking at7pm) at The Playroom Theatre, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th fl., NYC. For more details, visit https://truonline.org/events/new-tax-laws/. Free for TRU members;$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/new-tax-laws/, 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: Bailie Slevin, financial consultant with Entertaining Finance, a business management and financial consulting firm geared specifically toward creatives; Dave Spaulding, Enrolled Agent (EA), Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) and the Accredited Domestic Partnership Advisor (ADPA) and partner at Phillips Gold & Partners; other to be announced.

This panel offers an important look at the new tax laws with respect to organization & entity structure, tax rates and how the new law bleeds down to the individual, whether producer or performer. Apart from the rate changes, and substantial bracket swings, there are quite a number of other surprising things both incorporated in the new law as well as left out. There are major reductions in tax deductions at the entity level but a near elimination of miscellaneous itemized deductions on the individual level making it very difficult for the small employee-performer. The doubling of the standard deduction may help some, but there are no personal exemptions left in the tax code. We'll look at how the tax laws might impact donor giving, and alternate strategies for maintaining and possibly growing support. Has the target donor base changed because of the change in deductions? On the plus side, perhaps, there are benefits in the new law for the self-employed and small business owner of either a partnership or S-corporation that could reduce taxable income from these specific entities. Our speakers will guide you through this confusing government-imposed maze and help manage expectations for artists.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents
11-time GRAMMY® nominee
KENNY BARRON Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 8pm

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2017-18 Kumble Theater season with jazz maestro Kenny Barron. An 11-time GRAMMY® nominee, NEA Jazz Master, and American Jazz Hall of Fame inductee, this virtuosic pianist comes to Brooklyn's Kumble Theater for an intimate solo performance. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased in advance at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the Brooklyn Center box office at 718-951-4500. Day-of-show tickets should be purchased at the Kumble Theater on the downtown Brooklyn campus of LIU, located at 1 University Plaza, or by calling the Kumble Theater box office at 718-488-1624.

Brooklyn Music School presents
Excuse me while I kiss the sky
a Jimi Hendrix Tribute Show
featuring Wilco's Nels Cline
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 5pm

Brooklyn Music School (BMS) presents:

Excuse me while I kiss the sky, a Jimi Hendrix Tribute Show featuring Wilco's Nels Cline on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 5pm. BMS is located at 126 Saint Felix Street, Brooklyn. Tickets are $15 and are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/excuse-me-while-i-kiss-the-sky-a-jimi-hendrix-tribute-show-feat-nels-cline-tickets-41240320910.

Nels Cline, Artistic Advisory Board Member for Brooklyn Music School, takes the stage on February 24 to pay homage to Jimi Hendrix. This cross-generational show celebrates the musical genius of Jimi Hendrix that goes beyond boundaries of time and space. Student bands from Brooklyn Music School will join in for some of classic Jimi Hendrix songs. Expect to hear a wide array of classic songs from Foxy Lady to Jam Back at the House and everything in between. The show will also feature light projections by DRIPPY EYE.

Nels Cline - guitar, vocals
Trevor Dunn - bass
Donald McKenzie - drums
Featuring Light Projections by DRIPPY EYE

Theater Resources Unlimited presents
How to Write a Musical That Works
Workshop #2: Conflict & Obstacles
Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 10am - 6pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the second workshop in the series How to Wrote a Musical That WorksConflict & Obstacles, onSunday, February 25, 2018 from 10am - 6pm at NOLA Rehearsal Studio, 244 W 54th St., 5th floor, Studio 5. Submission fee is $10 for members, $20 for non-members. If accepted, it will be applied to a participation fee of $100 ($80 for TRU members). Those not selected will be invited and encouraged to attend the workshop as observers. The price is $55 ($35 for TRU members). Go to https://truonline.org/events/feedback-workshop-2-2018click the link to download the application, fill it out, and email toTRUPlaySubmissions@gmail.com to sign up. If accepted, the workshop includes 2 seats for the entire day workshop as well as your presentation slot. Space is limited. Any additional attendees from the musical team (including music director, additional collaborators and cast members) who wish to observe the entire workshop must reserve in advance and will be charged $25 per person.

This workshop is dedicated to fostering a conversation about musical theater structure not only for writers but also for producers, directors and everyone involved in the creation and production of new works.
The professional panel of commercial producers, directors and writers will include:
  • Ken Cerniglia, dramaturg and literary manager of Disney Theatrical;
  • Cheryl Davis, Kleban and Larsen Award winning librettist and lyricist (Barnstormer), Audelco Award winning playwright (Maid's Door);
  • Nancy Golladay, literary consultant (NY Shakespeare Festival, O'Neill Conference, more), moderator of the BMI Librettists' Workshop; 
  • Skip Kennon, composer/lyricist (Herringbone, Don Juan DeMarco, Time and Again), former artistic coordinator of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and teacher for two decades;
  • Bob Ost, executive director of Theater Resources Unlimited, and TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata will facilitate.
Writers (or producers!) are invited to submit no more than 25 pages of a show in a development. Submit selections of the show in which conflict and obstacles arise - the plot complications - plus MP3s of the songs within only those pages. Also send a concise synopsis of the opening in which the world of your show is introduced, and the want of characters and how it prepares the audience for the conflict in the section presented.
In the workshop the focus will be on three main aspects:
  • 1) Songs that express differing points of view, or conflict;
  • 2) "Turnaround Songs" in which a character changes his course of action;
  • 3) The climactic moment (sometimes the first act finale) that drives us forward into the resolution (note: "resolution" will be in workshop #3)

Discussion will focus on "I am" songs and "I feel" songs, and the function of each, with special attention paid to the way they move the action. In addition, the workshop will continually explore the delicate balance between script and song.

Works & Process at the Guggenheim
The Washington Ballet: Julie Kent and Gemma Bond
Sunday and Monday, February 25 and 26, 2018 at 7:30pm

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents The Washington Ballet: Julie Kent and Gemma Bond on Sunday and Monday, February 25 and 26, 2018  at 7:30pm.

New York Times dance critic Marina Harss moderates a discussion withWashington Ballet artistic director Julie Kent and choreographer andAmerican Ballet Theatre corps de ballet member Gemma Bond, discussing Bond's newest work, set to music by Henry Purcell, for the The Washington BalletCompany dancers including Sona KharatianCorey LandoltBrittany Stone, and Venus Villa perform highlights from the new commission prior to the March 14 premiere in Washington, D.C.

$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.

Box Office Now Open for Lobby Hero

The box office for LOBBY HERO at Second Stage’s Hayes Theater (240 West 44th street) is now open on Tuesday, February 13 at 12pm (EST). The Hayes Theater box office is open Tuesdays – Sundays from 12:00pm to 6:00pm or until curtain. It is closed Mondays.

Kenneth Lonergan’s LOBBY HERO, directed by Trip Cullman and starring MICHAEL CERA, CHRIS EVANS, BRIAN TYREE HENRY, and BEL POWLEY, will begin previews on Thursday, March 1 and officially open on Monday, March 26. Tickets are also available at Telecharge.com or 212 239-6200.

What happens when emotions come in conflict with principles, and how do choices under pressure define who we really are? The lobby of a Manhattan apartment building is much more than a waiting area for four New Yorkers involved in a murder investigation. It’s a testing ground for what happens when personal and professional personas find themselves at odds. A young security guard (Cera) with big ambitions clashes with his stern boss (Henry), an intense rookie cop (Powley) and her unpredictable partner (Evans) in LOBBY HERO, the acclaimed play from the 2017 Oscar-winning writer of Manchester by the Sea.

In addition to Lobby Hero, Second Stage Theater’s inaugural Broadway season will include the Broadway premiere of Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, directed by Anna D. Shapiro and featuring Armie Hammer and Tom SkerrittStraight White Men will begin previews on Friday, June 29, 2018 and will officially open on Monday, July 23, 2018

Second Stage Theater’s current season at The Tony Kiser Theater includes the world premiere production of Greg Pierce’s Cardinal, directed by Kate Whoriskey, playing through Sunday, February 25; and the New York premiere of Tracy Letts’ Mary Page Marlowedirected by Lila Neugebauer in June of 2018. 

For more information, please visit www.2ST.com
News from Richard Hillman PR




Are subways really for sleeping?  The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, will present the 1961 Broadway musical Subways Are for Sleeping with music by Jule Styne and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Greenthe final show in the Winter 2018 Musicals in Mufti Series celebrating the work of the legendary composer Jule Styne. Performances are set to begin Saturday afternoon, February 24, 2018 for 11 performances only through Sunday, March 4, 2018 at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). Opening Night is Sunday evening, February 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

The Winter 2018 series concludes with the 1961 Broadway musical Subways Are for Sleeping with music by Jule Styne and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, suggested by the book by Edmund G. Love. Originally produced by David Merrick, Subways tells the tale of Angie, a reporter sent to get the scoop on a segment of NYC society—a group of well-dressed homeless people sleeping in the New York subway system—that lives by their own rules. Going undercover, Angie learns how the carefree other half lives and begins to see there might be another way to experience the world.  Subways Are for Sleeping is perhaps best known for an infamous publicity stunt in which Merrick invited New Yorkers with the same names as some of the prominent theatre critics at the time, using their favorable reviews in a print ad. 

The York Theatre Company’s acclaimed Musicals in Mufti series of musical theatre gems, performed in a simply-staged, book-in-hand concert format, is celebrating its twenty-fourth historic year of worthy shows from the past that deserve a second look.  Mufti means “in street clothes, without the trappings of a full production.”

Single tickets for the Winter 2018 Musicals in Mufti series are priced at $45 (Weekdays and Saturday nights), and $50 (Weekend matinees). York Member single tickets are priced at $31.50 (all performances). Tickets be purchased online at www.yorktheatre.org, by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the box office at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (Entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Monday through Friday (12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.).

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org


Birdland Jazz Club will present vocalist Lorna Dallas in Home Again for one night only as part of the “Broadway at Birdland” concert series, on Monday, February 26, 2018 @7pm.

After a two-decade absence, internationally acclaimed West End and New York legend Lorna Dallas returns to the world of cabaret with her new show, Home Again, directed by Barry Kleinbort with Christopher Denny on piano.  In Home Again, Ms. Dallas dishes up beloved classics by Kern and Gershwin, alongside little-known gems by Kander and Ebb and Jerry Herman, while tossing in a few recent worthies from Broadway and beyond just for good measure. In short, Lorna Dallas’ Home Again promises to be that rare musical return you won’t want to miss. 

Lorna Dallas Home Again plays Birdland Jazz Club (315 West 44th Street) on Monday, February 26 @ 7pm.  There is a $30 cover charge and a $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at www.birdlandjazz.com or by calling (212) 381-5080.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for More Theater Monday.

No comments:

Post a Comment