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

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Theater Thursday - Stage Life, Single Rider and Molasses in January

We were given free tickets to Stage Life for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: Stage Life

Where: Lion Theatre
             Theatre Row
             410 W. 42nd St.
             New York, NY

Who: Teens and Up

When: Through June 9, 2018

Mom - Stage Life is a show about the craft of theater. It does not have a linear plot but it is just a series of scenes that do not really have any connection to each other except that they are all related to the theater in some way. There are scenes about acting class, critics, playwriting and more some of which are more interesting than others.  The show is well acted by the six member cast who all play a variety of different roles many of them actual historical figures including Geraldine Page, Anton Chekov, David Belasco, and Sandy Meisner.  The show is full of great theater quotes which are recited between scenes. The show is somewhat slow, however, and would probably be most interesting to those in the acting profession themselves or for anyone interested in a primer on theater. It is definitely not a show for children or anyone with a short attention span.

For more information or to purchase tickets to Stage Life, visit https://www.stagelifetheplay.com/
We were given free tickets to Single Rider for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: Single Rider

Where: Players Theatre
             115 MacDougal St.
             New York NY

Who: Ages 13 and up

When: Through June 17

Me - Single Rider was good. It was about these Amish girls on Rumspringawho went to this amusement park and met people that they were attracted to. I liked that this show unpredictable. The story was interesting. I didn't know that much about the Amish. It was fun to learn about them through a show. The characters were mostly likeable.  The songs were really good. I liked them. I don't remember them now, but I would like to listen to them again. If they put out a CD of the show I would get it. The acting, singing, and dancing were all enjoyable. The amusement park set was cool. The show was completely different than any show I ever saw before. I liked that about it. People who like a show with an interesting plot, likeable characters, and good songs would enjoy this show.

Mom - Single Rider is a sweet, charming, and romantic story. It is the story of 3 Amish teenagers on Rumspringa who take a trip to an amusement park that changes their lives. Sarah is looking for a good time but she may find more than she bargained for. Moira just wants to take it all in, but she discovers things about herself that she never knew. Abigail is the least enthusiastic of the trio but then she meets Shane and begins to question everything about her life and her future. The show has an engaging story, interesting characters and nice songs including some really beautiful ballads. The cast does a good job with their roles especially Angela Sclafani as the innocent Abigail whose eyes are sweetly opened to the wider world. She and Clay Singer as Shane have a nice chemistry together. The ending may upset some people who prefer shows to have a more definitive conclusion but all in all, it's a very entertaining show that fans of romance in particular should enjoy.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.singleriderthemusical.com/.
We were given free tickets to Molasses in January for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: Molasses in January

Where: The Theater Center
             1627 Broadway
             New York, NY

Who: Ages 13 and Up

Me - Molasses in January was interesting. It was a show about people who lived in Boston where there was a big molasses tank. It was leaking. Some people thought it was going to explode. I had never heard the story before I saw the show although it was based on a true story. I liked some of the songs but I don't remember them. The acting was good. The singing was lovely. The sets and costumes were very old timey. However, that is because the show took place a long time ago. My favorite thing was that I learned something about a part of history I never knew about. I like learning things from shows. When I learn things in school, I am never interested. It is more fun to learn things from a show. The show was special because it talked about something in history that I really hadn't heard mentioned before. People who are interested in learning about history in a fun way will enjoy this show.

Mom - Molasses in January is a show about the Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919. However, the actual disaster is kind of glossed over and is not really dealt with that much in the show. It is actually kind of anticlimactic because throughout the show they hint at the fact that some big terrible thing is going to happen, and then, when it finally does it gets just a brief mention toward the very end of the show. It is hard to comprehend how terrible this event really was when only one character in the show is directly effected by it. Instead the show  is mostly the story of a family. Their lives are effected by the Boston Molasses Disaster but that is only a small part of their story. It is more about a determined woman raising two children on her own after bravely kicking her cheating husband out of their home. It is also about her children growing up and coming into their own. The show is a musical but mostly the songs are not all that memorable although there are one or two nice ones particularly the touching ballad Not Any Particular Star Will Do. If you are interested in the story of a family in 18th century America, you may enjoy this show. If you really want to find out about the Boston Molasses Disaster, it is better to look somewhere else.

For more information or to purchase tickets to Molasses in January, visit

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

Photo credits: All Stage Life production photos courtesy of Creative Arts Lab
                        All Single Rider production photos by Stephanie Turci
                       All Molasses in January production photos by Ryan Krukowski

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Where-To-Go- Wednesday The Jewish Museum - Scenes from the Collection

What: The Jewish Museum

Where: 1109 5th Ave.
             New York, NY

Who: All ages


Me - The Jewish Museum was interesting. There were a lot of works of art. There was a sculpture of  a person that looked like it was made out of newspapers. There was a sculpture of  a suitcase with all kinds of candles and things that give off light hanging out of it. There was a painting of a bunch of people sitting around a table . It looks like they  were having a holiday meal. There was  a bottle. It looked like there was a castle in it. There were lots of menorahs and other Jewish artifacts. There was a  lot of  artwork and objects with  Jewish stars in them. Some of them were really cool. One was like a wall and it said things and in the middle was an imprint of a Jewish star. There was a sedar plate with a Jewish star. It was really sparkly, and it was very pretty. It was my favorite thing at the museum. There were these things that were like viewers, and there was a picture at the end of each one. When you looked through one of the viewers, you could see the picture at the end better. That was really cool! People interested in art or Jewish history would enjoy this museum.


Mom - Early this year after an extensive renovation the Jewish Museum's permanent gallery Scenes From A Collection reopened. The vast collection encompasses the entire third floor of the museum and includes over 600 works ranging from ancient to modern pieces. It covers over 4,000 years of Jewish history. It includes numerous pieces of art of all types: painting, sculpture, photography and more. There are also a wide array of objects on display including a bracelet from Theresienstadt and an assortment of different objects with Jewish stars in their shape. The exhibit is divided into several sections. Some parts will remain on permanent display. Others will rotate. The museum offers tours and art talks for adults and/or older children as well a children's interactive guide to the gallery for younger children.  The interactive guide teaches children things to look for in the art and objects they see like colors and shapes and also encourages them to make art of their own  and gives them the opportunity to do so.The museum also frequently holds concerts and other events for children. These things truly make the museum a place that all ages can enjoy.  On Saturdays, admission to the museum is free.


For more information, visit https://thejewishmuseum.org/collection.

Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Tips for Tuesday- Books: The High Tide Club and Daditude

We may have been given some of the below mentioned books for free for review purposes.

Mom - Today I am recommending two books.

The first book I am recommending is the fiction book, The High Tide Club, by Mary Kay Andrews. This book is a little bit different than a typical Mary Kay Andrews book. It is more of a mystery. Ninety nine year old heiress, Josephine Bettendorf Warrick is dying and she wants to make things right with her three girlhood best friends and/or their descendants. She summons lawyer, Brooke Trapnell so she can update her will, but when she dies before doing so, it is up to Brooke to bring together Josephine's only living girlhood friend and the descendants of the others including herself to solve a mystery and carry out Josephine's legacy. This book has plenty of intrigue including a decades old unsolved murder and a child mysteriously whisked away to an orphanage at birth. However, it also has plenty of Andrew's customary romance. In fact, there is so much going on in this book that it will keep you turning pages and you will not be able to put it down until you have read the whole thing.

The second book I am recommending is Daditude, the Joy and Absurdities of Modern Fatherhood by Chris Erskine. Chris Erskine is a columinist for the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune and occassionally for other papers. He is also a husband and father, and and every week he discusses the craziness of family life in his newspaper columns. This book is a collection of some of his best work including columns about  a trip to drop his daughter off at college loaded down with important things like numerous pairs of shoes, a Thanksgiving play about popcorn and and a whole column devoted to the crazy collection of stuff that accumulates in a car. Even as he pokes fun at ordinary life and his own family, Erskine's love for his family clearly shines through making this book sweet and touching as well as being incredibly funny. It is a  book that both men and women can enjoy. In fact, if you are looking for a light read that will give you a good laugh, this book is a good choice.

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

Monday, May 28, 2018

Monthly Mash-up for May, 2018 Visting Broadway Stage Doors and Keens Teens

Me - My topic for this month is visiting stage doors. I love going to the stage door after I see a Broadway show and getting my playbill signed! I have been to the stage doors for the following shows: Aladdin, On Your Feet, Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,  Ground Hog Day, Bandstand, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Escape to Margaritaville, The Band's Visit and Hello Dolly. When I went to the Hello Dolly stage door, Gavin Creel introduced himself to me and asked me my name. That was so nice! When I met my Mom and sister after they saw Carousel and went to the stage door. One of the cast members asked me if it was my first show. When I said "No." She asked how many shows I've seen when I said "28". She looked at me in shock. It was so funny! Of course, it was also funny because I hadn't actually seen Carousel, I was just meeting my Mom and my sister there. Over all, visiting stage doors is a,ways a really fun experience.

I was given a free ticket to Keens Teens for Review purposes. Any and all opinions here are my own.

Mom - My topic for this month is Keens Teens. The Keen Theater Company has a unique program that serves to improve the quality of plays for teens while simultaneously teaching teens about theater. Each year, three new one act plays for teens are selected and 40 teens with diverse backgrounds representing all five boroughs of New York City are chosen to participate in the program. The program is free but an audition is required to get in. The teens get the opportunity to learn about the theater and how a play is produced. They also have the opportunity to put on and act in a production at the end of the program.

The three plays commissioned for the program are diverse as well.  This years there was a comedy, a drama, and a musical. The comedy, Winifred & Myrtle Go to High School, by Leah Nanako Winkler was about a couple of elderly women who were magical transformed back into 15 year olds. The drama, Around 2, by James Anthony Tyler was about divisivness between students on opposites of the political spectrum. The musical, The Caribbean Queen, was abou a girl on a family cruise who magically meets a group of pirates.

All three shows were very entertaining. The talent of the teens performing in the show was incredible. Holiday Senquiz and Josi Oz who played the older Winifred and Myrtle in the first show were especially impressive. Their performances truly captured what it is like to be elderly right down to their tinest movements. All in all, attending these shows was a delightful experience that I would recommend. I can't wait to have the opportunity to attend next year's Teens Keens performances.

For more about Keens Teens, visit http://www.keencompany.org/teens

And that's our view. What's on your mind?

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Photo note: All Keens Teens photos are from last year's performances.
                    Photos from this year were unavailable.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sunday Scoop Week of 526/17 - What's Happening This Week of Coming Up Soon

Now at the Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Xtreme Bugs

Saturday and Sunday May 26-27 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Opening Weekend

Come face-to-feet with nearly 20 massive, colorful, moving bugs! From a fluttering oversized monarch butterfly and a fluffy tri-colored bumblebee to a gigantic Madagascar hissing cockroach and a blood-sucking bed bug, these towering animatronics tell a rarely seen story of the behaviors and intricacies of extreme bugs.

Get a bug’s-eye view of the world, explore critter calls, dig for ancient arthropods and play an Xtreme bug facts game.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://ansp.org/exhibits/xtreme-bugs.
Upcoming at Feinsteins/54 Below
254 W. 54th St.
New York, New York

Monday May 28, 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM
Broadway Loves Gwen Stefani

Tuesday May 29, 7:00 PM
Rachel Ulanet

Tuesday May 29, 9:30 PM
I Hate New York: A Love Story, by Emily Esposito

Wednesday May 30 & Monday June 3,  7:00 PM
Luann De Lesseps: Countness and Friends

Wednesday May 30, 9:30 PM
Kelly Hall Tompkins: The Fiddler from Fiddler on the Roof

Thursday May 31, 7:00 PM
George Salazar and Joe Iconis: Two Player Game

Friday June 1, 7:00 PM
Saturday June 2, 7:00 PM
Tony Danza

Friday June 1, 9:30 PM
Aaron Blake

Saturday June 2, 9:30 PM
Anais Reno

Saturday June 2, 11:30 PM
Tyler Conroy's Broadway Baeverisary

Sunday June 3, 9:30 PM
Back to Before: Former Broadway Kids Return to the Stage

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://54below.com/
Stars in the Alley
Schubert Alley
Between Broadway and 8th Ave. and
44th and 45th St.
New York, NY

Featuring Performances and Appearances
From Over 20 Broadway Shows,

Including Katharine McPheeMelissa Benoist, and Tyler Glenn
Plus 2018 Tony Award® nominees!

Friday June 1, 1:00 PM
Rain or Shine

The Broadway League is proud to announce that Alex Newell, currently starring as Asaka in Once On This Island, will host this year’s STARS IN THE ALLEY® free outdoor concert. Stars in the Alley will take place on Friday June 1, 2018 in Shubert Alley, between Broadway and 8th Avenue and 44th and 45th Streets.

While Alex Newell hosts this year’s festivities on stage in Shubert Alley, Alex Boniello, currently starring as Connor Murphy in Dear Evan Hansen, will serve as backstage correspondent. He will be on hand to cover the event live on The Broadway League’s Twitter (@BroadwayLeague) and Instagram(@BroadwayLeague), bringing fans both exclusive backstage access and a unique perspective on all that’s happening on stage and in the audience this year.

The celebration will also include scheduled performances and appearances by Katharine McPhee, currently starring as Jenna in WaitressMelissa Benoist (“Supergirl”), slated to play the title role in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical; and Tyler Glenn (Neon Trees), currently starring as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots.

In addition, there will be performances and appearances by 2018 Tony Award-nominated performers including: Anthony Boyle (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two), Joshua Henry (Carousel), Hailey Kilgore (Once On This Island), Taylor Louderman (Mean Girls), and Ari’el Stachel (The Band’s Visit), as well as performances from 2018 Tony Award-nominated musicals including: FrozenSpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.

The event will consist of performances from over 20 musicals, including shows from this past season as well as numbers from current long-running shows, all accompanied by a 12-piece live orchestra.

The Band’s Visit
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Come From Away
Dear Evan Hansen
Escape to Margaritaville
Kinky Boots
Mean Girls
Once On This Island
The Phantom of the Opera
School of Rock The Musical
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Angels in America
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
The Play That Goes Wrong
Saint Joan
*(subject to change)

For more details about Stars in the Alley or for Broadway information in NYC as well as for shows on tour across North America and internationally, visit 
Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ

The Cat in the Hat

Saturday June 2, 2:00 PM & 4:00 PM

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://tickets.vendini.com/ticket-software.html.
Fundraising Initiatives for 
Broadway Bares: Game Night


  • The Unicorns Unplugged cabaret on Saturday, June 9th at 7pm at The Green Room 42 (570 Tenth Avenue).  Hosted by Geoffrey “Mr. Wonderful” HemingwayUnicorns Unplugged will feature MFF staff members past and present (and perhaps a few special guests!) screlting their hearts out in the name of a great cause.  Tickets are $35-60 and available at OvationTix.com.

  • Broadway Bares Bingo with Geoffrey “Mr. Wonderful” Hemingway on Saturday, June 2 at 6pm at MFF Bowery (161 Bowery).  Mr. Wonderful is back with another bitchin’ night of Bingo on a mission to lend his handsome face to an excellent cause. Neat!  One $20 non-refundable donation will get you a Bingo card that will last you the whole night. You can buy an unlimited number of cards upon arrival and try your  luck for a chance to win some awesome prizes!  Sign up on MINDBODY.

MFF has also formed a digital fundraising team, Snatched Game, with prizes like free membership, a private group class, and tickets to the coveted midnight performance of Broadway Bares, available for the top fundraisers. 

For more information on all of MFF’s initiatives, please visit 
MarkFisherFitness.com/Bares.  Broadway Bares: Game Night is Sunday, June 17th at 9.30pm and midnight at Hammerstein Ballroom (311 West 34thStreet).  For tickets, visit BroadwayCares.org.
Upcoming at Merkin Concert Hall
Kaufman Music Center
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY

Nashir! The Rottenberg Chorale

Sunday June 3, 7:00 PM

Conducted by Benjamin Gruder and part of Lucy Moses School'sAdult Division, The Rottenberg Chorale is dedicated to performing Jewish music spanning centuries and continents.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

E.T. The Extraterrestrial
in Concert with NJSO
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Sunday June 3, 3:00 PM

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

News from Karen Greco PR

What's On at the Wild Project

Now – June 30
Produced by Clubbed Thumb
Festival Passes: $60

Clubbed Thumb’s annual summer festival of new theater, now in its 23rd season, returns to The Wild Project.

Now – Tuesday, May 29
written by Trish Harnetiauxm directed by Knud Adams
With Kyle Beltran, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, David Greenspan, Emily Cass McDonnell, and Pete Simpson
Schedule: MondayTuesday, Thursday – Sunday at 8 PM
Tickets: $25

Blessed with the can-do American spirit, a troop of dedicated shoe store workers embarks on a madcap odyssey of personal (employer-mandated) expansion.

Monday, June 4 – Thursday, June 14
written by Angela Hanks, directed by Margot Bordelon
With Toni Ann DeNoble, Jessica Frances Dukes, Washington Kirk, Nicole Lewis, Christopher Livingston, Hubert Point-Du Jour and Markita Prescott
Schedule: Monday – Saturday at 8 PM
Tickets: $25
Mabel, Thalia and Peanut Brittle have ambitions (some of a spiritual nature), a few secrets, and some unfinished business. Whose vision, for the land uncultivated, will prevail?
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 Lincoln Center Press

Tuesday, May 29 – FREE – at 1:00 pmLincoln Center Moments
Canellakis-Brown Duo
Renowned cellist Nick Canellakis and performer-composer Michael Brown come together to perform a selection of modern classics and their own compositions and arrangements.
This free performance-based program is specially designed for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Performances are followed by art, music and movement workshops, led by teaching artists.
Presented in collaboration with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, 165 West 65th Street, 10th Floor
This program is free of charge, but registration is required. Contact access@lincolncenter.org or 212.875.5375.

Tuesday, May 29– FREE –  at 7:30 pm
Atrium 360°
Telling Care Cafe: Veterans’ Journeys Home
Presented by Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work, in partnership with The Telling Project 
What does it mean to come home after military service? Does military service and war change the idea of home forever? This storytelling event presents a poignant exploration of these and other questions that resonate with many veterans. In addition to a talk by Dr. Max Rayneard, co-creator of The Telling Project, veterans share their military experiences—whether in Vietnam, Iraq, or on the home front—and how their service continues to shape them. The discussions will include issues ranging from mental health to raising families to finding one's purpose. 
This event is part of Wurzweiler’s Care Café series, a free, traveling, psycho-educational community resource program which support individuals and families seeking help and information around issues of concern. Through presentations on a variety of topics, Care Café aims to educate, motivate, empower, and nurture hope around pressing psychosocial challenges and solutions. 
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.

Thursday, May 31 – FREE –  at 7:30 pm
Atrium 360°
Zeshan B
Tempestuous soul arias, urban love dramas, Memphis blues, and civil-rights anthems are interpreted with an Indo-Pakistani feel during this evening of music by Zeshan B. Born to Muslim Indian immigrants in Chicago, Zeshan uses his powerful voice—singing in English, Urdu, and Punjabi—to tell tales of instability, ambiguity, loss, injustice, unrequited love, urban despair, and youthful ecstasy. His debut album Vetted, produced by legendary soul arranger Lester Snell and recorded in Memphis with a wrecking crew of Stax Records sidemen, was released in 2017. He has opened for Mos Def, A Tribe Called Quest, and Rakim, and performed at venues across the world, including the White House at the invitation of President Obama.
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, June 2 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Sunday, June 3 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
LC Kids presents
Look down. What are you standing on? Explore the ground and all of its wriggly inhabitants in this quirky dance show for young children. Featuring worms, slugs, snails, and spontaneous outbreaks of ant dancing, Grass uses performance, puppetry, and projections to inspire children to look closely at the world around them, get mucky, and play!
Recommended for ages 2–5
Sign up at Kids.LincolnCenter.org for more information about family events at Lincoln Center.
Clark Studio Theater, 165 West 65th St., Samuel B. and David Rose Building, 7th Floor
TICKETS: Available at the Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall Box Offices, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or visiting Kids.LincolnCenter.org.
News from Michelle Tabnick PR

School of Dance
2018 ChoreoLaB
Video Auditions Deadline Extended

Ballet Hispánico, the nation's premier Latino dance organization, is accepting video auditions through June 1, 2018 for this year's ChoreoLaB.

The Ballet Hispánico School of Dance is a leading center of excellence in dance education accessible to the community at large. Located at 167 W. 89thStreet, NYC, the School offers classes for students of all ages.

ChoreoLaB June 18 - 29, 2018 | Ages 18+
An immersive, career-building program that places rising professional dancers in an intimate studio experience with distinguished choreographers and seasoned artistic staff.Artists in today's dance world must be more than just technicians. Beyond demonstrating skilled technique, dancers are frequently expected to contribute thoughtfully to a choreographic process, transition seamlessly between varied styles of repertoire, and possess strong partnering ability. Dancers can face challenges getting hired if they lack the business skills to communicate professionally with artistic directors, or create supporting application materials that best demonstrate their artistic strengths. ChoreoLaB hones both artistic skills and professional excellence through a holistic program, which shapes hirable, competitive in-demand dancers ready to advance their careers. 
During the intimate two-week studio experience, participants will:

  • Work with renowned guest choreographers Mario Alberto Zambrano, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Carlos Pons Guerra as well as former artists from Batsheva, Ballet Frankfurt, Nederlands Dans Theater,and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
  • Learn excerpts of Ballet Hispánico's repertory from Company dancers and artistic staff
  • Attend forums, networking events and Q&A sessions with artists in the field
  • Audition in an open call for Ballet Hispánico's second company BHdos
  • Receive constructive feedback and guidance from artistic leaders in the field, and more! 

Audition by scheduling an appointment to take Company Class, or submit a video audition by June 1, 2018. For further details, visit www.ballethispanico.org/classes/choreolab.

ComedySportz New York City
at the Broadway Comedy Club

ComedySportz New York City announces upcoming shows on Saturdays at6pm at the Broadway Comedy Club, 318 W. 53rd Street, NYC. Tickets are $20 ($15 special online price, $25 for general admission plus two sodas, $35 for general admission plus any two items) and are available athttp://csznewyork.com/info-and-tickets/tickets/.

ComedySportz® is fast-paced, family-friendly improvisational comedy, played as a sport. Two teams take turns making up scenes, playing games and singing songs - and the audience votes on which team they like the best. It's all presided over by a referee, who keeps things moving, calls the ComedySportz® fouls and takes suggestions shouted out by the audience before each game.

Since 2004, ComedySportz® New York City has been entertaining fans with the fastest and funniest form of improv comedy in the Big Apple. Two teams of improvisers vie for points in a hilarious competition by playing a series of improv games, similar to what you may have seen on TV's Whose Line Is It Anyway? A referee governs the action, calling fouls and keeping the match moving at a blistering pace. The audience is always a part of the interactive show, and audience volunteers sometimes even wind up on stage!

Because everything is improvised, it's never the same show twice. And it's clean-appropriate for all ages. Every ComedySportz® match is a unique and unforgettable event-laughs guaranteed! Come see why so many people come back to see us again and again.


PS 132's 14th Annual KITE FESTIVAL
Sunday, June 3, 2018
12pm - 5pm
East River State Park
(N. 8th Street & Kent Avenue)

PS 132 is proud to announce the 14th annual Kite Festival, taking place onSunday, June 3rd at East River State Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The fun starts at noon, with field day activities, entertainment, delicious food, and kites, kites, kites! Come support our local elementary school while enjoying a beautiful day on the waterfront.

Just want to come fly a kite? There will be a pre-made selection available for sale in their store and supplies for kids to decorate their own.

This year they will host a fun field day for the kids, with nostalgic relay races an obstacle course, and great games and activities. It will be an exciting day filled with fun, fitness, and friends!

Music provided by DJ Big Brooklyn with a live performance by the PS 132 Band!

This is a free event and is open to the general public. All proceeds from activities, merchandise, and general donations will go towards enrichment programs for the students of PS 132.

***Rain Date: June 10th***

News from Polk and Co.

Feinstein's/54 Below Solo Debut May 30

Acclaimed “Fiddler/Violin Soloist” Kelly Hall-Tompkins will make her Feinstein’s/54 Below solo debut on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 9:30pm. For tickets, please visit 54Below.com.

Kelly Hall-Tompkins brings an entire evening of all new solo arrangements from the beloved musical, Fiddler on the Roof and her new album The Fiddler Expanding Tradition, recently released through Broadway Records. The album is currently available in stores and at www.BroadwayRecords.com.

Directed by DANIEL AUKIN


Peformances begin May 31, 2018
Oficial opening June 21, 2018
Limited engagement through August 26, 2018
Off Broadway at the Laura Pels Theatre
in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre

Skintight will begin preview performances Off-Broadway on May 31, 2018, and open officially on June 21, 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 August 26, 2018.

Tony Award winner Idina Menzel returns to the New York theater stage following her Tony nominated performance in If/Then. Menzel makes her Roundabout Theatre Company debut in Skintight; she has been a part of the development process with playwright Joshua Harmon since the first reading in January 2015.

Roundabout reunites writer Joshua Harmon (Bad JewsSignificant Other) and director Daniel Aukin (Bad Jews) for Skintighta scorching examination of beauty, youth and sexReeling from her ex-husband’s engagement to a much younger woman, Jodi Isaac (Menzel) turns to her famous fashion-designer dad for support. Instead, she finds him wrapped up in his West Village townhouse with Trey. Who’s 20. And not necessarily gay. But probably an adult film star. At least, according to Jodi’s son. Who’s also 20. And definitely gay. Skintight assays the nature of love, the power of attraction, and the ways in which a superficial culture persists in teaching its children that all that matters is what’s on the inside.

Tickets for Skintight 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 $99-109. For groups of 10 or more please call 212-719-9393 x 365 or emailgroupsales@roundabouttheatre.org.

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

For more information, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org
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Half Time begins performances Thursday, May 31, 2018, for a limited engagement through Sunday, July 1, 2018, at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive) in Millburn, NJ.  Opening Night is set for Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

From the director/choreographer of Kinky Boots comes the incredible true story of ten determined dreamers who audition to dance at half time for a major basketball team. They have three things in common: they love to dance, they have something to prove, and they are all over 60. Only after making the cut do they learn they won’t be dancing tap, salsa or swing—instead, they will bring down the house with a style that is entirely new to them: hip-hop. Take the uplifting journey with these dreamers—and the young coaches who inspire them along the way—as they battle self-doubt, stereotypes and even each other for a chance to bust a move at center court in front of 20,000 screaming fans. Together they remind us that in life, when the odds are stacked against you and the challenges seem too great to overcome, it’s not the end of the game—it’s Half Time.

Half Time will be performed at Paper Mill Playhouse eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Performance schedule: Wednesday at 7:30pm, Thursday at 1:30pm and 7:30pm, Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 1:30pm and 8:00pm and Sunday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm.

Tickets are on sale now starting at $34. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online atwww.PaperMill.org. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Groups of 10 or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680. Students may order $23 rush tickets over the phone or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse box office on the day of the performance. 

For additional information, please visit www.papermill.org

The Civilians’ Launch 
The Michael Friedman Legacy Fund
with benefit concert The Song Makes A Space,
on Monday, June 4th, 2018

The Civilians, the celebrated Off-Broadway theatre company, will host a benefit concert at Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette St.) on Monday, June 4th, 2018 at 7pm. This one-night-only event will celebrate the life and legacy of founding Associate Artist, the late composer and lyricist Michael Friedman, and will raise funds for the newly created Michael Friedman Legacy Fund. The evening will include a special concert of select songs from Michael’s prolific catalogue – including songs from his musicals BLOODY, BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, PRETTY FILTHY, GONE MISSING, THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY, LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST and FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE -- with performances by Civilians’ artists:

Marsha Stephanie Blake, Aysan Celik, Cindy Cheung, Michael Esper, Brad Heberlee, Nina Hellman, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Nedra McClyde, Jennifer R. Morris,  Stephen Plunkett, Maria Elena Ramirez, Alison Weller, and Colleen Werthmann

Also appearing will be special guests:
John Ellison Conlee, Greg Hildreth, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Kristolyn Lloyd, Kevin Mambo, Luba Mason, Jessica Phillips, Britton Smith, Jill Sobule, Mary Testa, and Juson Williams;

And speakers will include The New Yorker’s Sarah Larson, among others.* 

Monday, June 4, 2018
Joe’s Pub
425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY

*guest line-up subject to change.

The June 4 event will benefit the Michael Friedman Legacy Fund, which will archive Mr. Friedman’s work, record and release cast albums of his previously unrecorded music, and help fund The Civilians’ ongoing commitment to creating adventuresome new works for the stage. 

A beloved figure in the theater community – from downtown to Broadway and across the country – Michael Friedman died at the age of 41 in September 2017.
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