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, May 13, 2018

Sunday Scoop Week of 5/14/18 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

New York Nightlife Impresario VARDA Returns to Experimental Theatre with ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE KURSKI STATION

Opening Night is Thursday, May 17

 All Roads Lead to the Kurski Station, a play based on the postmodern Russian novel Moscow Circles by Vienya Efofeev, is set to play the East Village Playhouse (340 East 6thStreet).  Adapted and directed by Varda, the play stars Elliott MorseMia Vallet, and Rivers Duggan.  Beginning  Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 9pm, and Sundays at 3pm.  Opening night is set for Thursday, May 17 at 9pm, the final performance is slated for Sunday, June 24.  Tickets are $40 and available throughOvationTix.com.  There are also a select number of $30 under 30 and student tickets for $20. 

All Roads Lead to the Kurski Station, a loose adaptation of the postmodern Russian novel Moscow Circles by Vienya Efofeev, follows a poet-drunkard called Vienya as he traverses Soviet Moscow in an attempt to catch a train to visit his beloved in the distant suburb of Petuskhi. Along the way, he is haunted by fantastic visions, and two mysterious women, seemingly determined to frustrate his plans.

In the tradition of anti-theater more popular in New York City in the 70s and 80s, and the works of artists such as The Living Theater, Bread and Puppet, Grotowski, Kantor, etc., All Roads Lead to the Kurski Station rejects naturalistic forms of narrativization and storytelling. Instead, a sequence of maniacal fever dreams explore Soviet life through the lens of Vienya’s troubled mind. Experience and emotion fuse with references from religion, art, history, and more in a psychotic chorus, creating poetic and surreal images and hallucinatory episodes reminiscent of the strange logic of the unconscious. In these times of revived Cold War tensions, widespread alienation, and looming threats of authoritarianism emerging across the globe, All Roads Lead to the Kurski Station is an urgent warning, and bitter prophecy.  The stylistic fusion of European avant-garde theatre, performance art, Dadaist aesthetics, satire, and montage invites the viewer to experiment with interpretation within the intellectual and emotional opulence of Vienya’s phantasmagoria.

For more information, visit KurskiStation.com

Due to overwhelming demand, Off-Broadway’s musical smash THIS ONE’S FOR THE GIRLS today put a new block of seats on sale through September 5th. Initially set to run to the end of 2017, this marks the second extension for Dorothy Marcic’s THIS ONE’S FOR THE GIRLSwhich opened October 27th to unanimous rave reviews. 

THIS ONE’S FOR THE GIRLS isn’t just for the girls! This new musical looks at the role of women over the past 100+ years through iconic popular song hits. From the sad laments of fragile female victims (“As Long as He Needs Me”) to the angry anthems of women who are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore ("I Am Woman" and "You Don't Own Me"), THIS ONE’S FOR THE GIRLS is an electrifying celebration of American women that’s proven over the past nine months to thrill men, women and everything in between!

Presented by William Franzblau, THIS ONE’S FOR THE GIRLS currently plays Fridays at 8 pm and Saturdays at 2 pm. Special added 2 pm Wednesday matinees are set to begin June 13th at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46 Street (just west of Eighth Ave.) Tickets are available through www.FortheGirlstheMusical.com or by calling 212-239-6200.

The 13th Annual
Shubert Foundation/
Music Theatre International
   Middle School Student Finale
Hosted by Kelvin Moon Loh and Vasthy Mompoint
Stars from Broadway’s Hit
New York City Public School students from
Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Manhattan will perform numbers from their full school productions on Broadway.

The 13th annual Shubert Foundation/Music Theatre International Broadway Junior™ Student Finale will take place on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street). The event will be hosted by Kelvin Moon Loh and Vasthy Mompoint, stars from Broadway’s new hit, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, The Broadway Musical. The Shubert Foundation / MTI Broadway Junior™ partnership is a groundbreaking musical theatre mentorship program that helps public schools affect school culture change through building sustainable theatre education programs. Hundreds of participating students will share musical numbers from their fully produced school shows at the Finale. For many, their first musical theatre experience performing will be on Broadway.

New York City Public School students from Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Manhattan will perform numbers from their full school productions of Broadway musicals. The shows include Hairspray JR.; Once on This Island JR.; Fame the Musical JR.; Disney's High School Musical JR.; Legally Blonde the Musical JR.; Disney's The Lion King JR.; Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR.; Shrek The Musical JR.; and Xanadu JR.
Upcoming at City Center
131 W. 55th St.
New York, NY

Dan Cody's Yacht

Preview Begin May 15
MTC at Stage I

In this world premiere from Anthony Giardina, a single schoolteacher in a Boston suburb is struggling to get by when the wealthy father of one of her students surprises her with a financial proposal that could change her daughter’s life. Loosely inspired by a passage from The Great Gatsby, this timely new play probes the troubling relationship of finance to educational opportunity in American life today. Tony winner Doug Hughes (The Father and Doubt at MTC) directs.

For more information or to order tickets, visit www.nycitycenter.org/pdps/dan-codys-yacht
Upcoming at Feinstein's/54 Below
254 W. 54th St.
New York, NY

Tuesday May 15, 7:00 PM
Jonathan Poretz; When Vegas was VEGAS

Wednesday May 16  & Thursday May 17, 7:00 PM
Robert Davi Sings SinatraTuesday May 15, 9:30 PM

Tuesday May 15, 9:30 PM
Friday May 18, 7:00 PM
Saturday May 19, 7:00 PM
Countess Luann de Lesseps: #CountessAndFriends

Wednesday May 16, 9:30 PM
Seth Sikes: The Songs That Got Away

Thursday May 17, 9:30 PM
Rick Faugno: Play It Cool

Thursday May 17, 11:30 PM
Drag at 54: Flotilla DeBarge
May 18, 9:30 PM
Sondheim Unplugged

Friday May 18, 11:30 PM
David Alan Thornton

Saturday May 19, 9:30 PM
Carole J. Bufford

Saturday May 19, 11:30 PM
University of Michigan
Musical Theatre Class of 2018

Sunday May 20, 9:30 PM
Keve Wilson & Rachel Handman:
Broadway's Musicians Playing Music from Around the World

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Upcoming at Merkin Concert Hall
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY

SoHarmoniums Women's Choir and 
Insight Alt: Opera in Eden

Tuesday May 15, 8:00 PM
SOHarmoniums Women's Choir
In Between: Sounds and Spaces

This celebration of the liminal experiences in our lives begins with inventive contemporary American composers Michael Torke, Joan Szymko and Francisco Núñez, and continues with American folk traditions and a tango!

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Thursday May 17, 7:30 PM
Insight Alt
Opera in Eden

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the American Lyric Theater's nationally acclaimed Composer Librettist Development Program with three new one-act operas written by ALT Resident Artists, hosted by composer/librettist Mark Adamo and producing artistic director Lawrence Edelson.

For more informaion or to purchase tickets, visit www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org
10th Annual Evening in Franklin Square, presented by Parx Casino
200 N. 6th St.
Philadelphia, PA
Thursday May 19

The special fundraising evening begins with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner along with a live auction and dancing. The Parx Square Derby, a carousel “race” where guests buy a mount or place bets and race to the finish, is a highlight of the night. Over the past ten years, Historic Philadelphia has raised $1.8 million to date for operation and management of Franklin Square. Tickets are available at www.historicphiladelphia.org.
Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

Community Poetry Reading and Cabaret

Friday May 18, 7:00
Glenis Redmond
Community Poetry Reading

Join this free event celebrating our community through the universal language of poetry. The reading features State Theatre New Jersey artist-in-residence, poet Glenis Redmond, along with some of the more than 500 children and adults from across Central New Jersey who have participated in her writing workshops. This inspired and inspiring performance is the culmination of Glenis' eight-week residency, which has taken her to more than 30 sites and touched the lives of well over 2,000 people.

The event is free to the public. Space is limited; advance ticket reservations are recommended.

For more information or to order tickets, visit https://www.stnj.org/event/glenis_redmond

Friday May 18, 8:00 PM
Saturday May, 19 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Enter into the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles, and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd—and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times? Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theater history, including "Cabaret," "Willkommen," and "Maybe This Time." Leave your troubles outside—life is beautiful at Cabaret—John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff’s Tony®-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way. 

For more information or to order tickets, visit https://www.stnj.org/event/cabaret
Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ 

Bernie Williams, National Armed Forces Day
and iPlay America's Dinner Show Series: The British Invasion Years 

Saturday, May 19
An Afternoon with Bernie Williams – iPlay America's   
Door Time: 11:00 AM – Start Time: 12:00 PM

Spend an afternoon with baseball legend Bernie Williams! Hear him tell stories about his incredible career with the New York Yankees, current musical endeavors and more. BernieWilliams will be taking questions from the audience, so you don’t want to miss this opportunity! VIP and Photo Op ticketholders will get to meet Bernie! Tickets are going fast, so get yours TODAY!

For more information or to get tickets, visit 

Saturday, May 19
National Armed Forces Day
10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

iPlay America celebrates National Armed Forces Day by inviting ALL active and retired military to ride FREE all day. Plus, ALL active and retired military receive a FREE* appetizer with the purchase of any entrée from a select menu at Game Time Bar & Grill. Must show Military ID at Welcome Center to receive ride band.

*FREE appetizer with purchase of a full price entrée from a select menu.

For more information or to download a voucher, visit 

Sunday, May 20
The British Invasion Years

More than just the Beatles, The British Invasion Years is three shows in one! Act one includes classic songs by iconic sixties British Groups including The Rolling Stones, The Moody Blues, The Yardbirds, The Who and more. Then in Act 2, hear the "American Response" featuring music by The Monkees, The Beach Boys, The Doors, and Simon & Garfunkel-just to name a few. Then Act 3 is a show-stopping finale with music from the four that started it all: The Beatles!

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.iplayamerica.com/iplay-americas-dinner-show-series
TADA! Youth Theater Danceathon
15 W. 28th St.
New York, NY

Saturday May 19, 6:30 - 9:00
Kids 9-13

This 2.5 hour dancethon raises money to ensure that any kid who wants to be at TADA! can afford to attend.

For information or to sponsor a dancer, visit 
PR Firm Roundup

News from DKC/O&M







Gavin Creel, who received a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance as Cornelius Hackl, returned to the Shubert Theatre starting on Tuesday, May 8 in Hello, Dolly! starring Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters and four-time Tony Award nominee Victor Garber. While Creel was out temporarily to recover from back surgery, Tony Award nominee Santino Fontana stepped into the role of Cornelius.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at HelloDollyOnBroadway.com, via Telecharge.com or at 212 239 6200, or in person at the Shubert Theatre box office (225 West 44th Street).

For more information, visit www.hellodollyonbroadway.com





Producer Hal Luftig announced that the acclaimed Broadway revival of Mark Medoff’s Children of a Lesser God will play its final performance at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street) on Sunday, May 27, 2018

Children of a Lesser God brings to life the passionate and personal connection between a teacher at a school for the deaf (Joshua Jackson) and the remarkable woman (Lauren Ridloff) he meets there.

Tickets for Children of a Lesser God can be purchased at telecharge.com, by calling 212-239-6200, or at the Studio 54 box office (254 West 54th Street). For groups of 10 or more, contact Broadway Inbound at BroadwayInbound.com  or by calling 866-302-0995.

For more information, visit www.childrenofalessergodbroadway.com


The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC), home of Sleep No More, and Queen of Nightlife Susanne Bartsch are expanding their Bartschland Follies collaboration with new dates and a larger venue. Bartschland Follies will return on four Fridays, May 18 - June 8, at midnight.

The McKittrick combined forces with Bartsch to create the Bartschland Follies - an eclectic and eccentric cabaret extravaganza - where a night at the opera collides with a burlesque circus for a high fashion, madcap and unforgettable entertainment experience.

The doyenne of downtown herself hosts each week with Ziegfeld babe Dee Dee Luxe, drag super star Shequida, and a roster of thrilling performances by NYC club kids and nightlife fixtures Joey Arias, Amanda Lepore, Sherry Vine, Aquaria, Fou York, Dirty Martini and many more. Acts range from musical numbers, strip tease and circus feats to art installations, comedy and contortionists - all presented like you’ve never seen before.

Tickets range from $25 for General Admission to $75 for Reserved Seating, and are available at www.mckittrickhotel.com. Doors open at 11pm and all guests must be at least 21 to enter.

The McKittrick Hotel is located at 530 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001. For tickets, reservations and additional information, visit www.mckittrickhotel.com or call the Box Office at 212-904-1880.

For a full schedule of Sleep No More performances and events, visit mckittrickhotel.com/calendar. 
News from Karen Greco PR

What's on at the wild project

May 19 – 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.

Saturday, May 19 – Tuesday, May 29
TIN CAT SHOES 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?
Wednesday, June 20 – Saturday, June 30
written by Will Arbery, directed by Taylor Reynolds
With Brendan Dalton, Crystal Finn, Susannah Flood, Ryan King, Cesar J. Rosado, Miriam Silverman and more.
Schedule: Monday – Saturday at 8 PM
Tickets: $25

Tonight, and later, and earlier, three sisters (no, not those ones) are stricken with a series of strange plagues. Let’s talk about family nightmares. I mean, uh, memories.

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.


World premiere of Liza Birkenmeier’s the hollower wraps New Light Theater Project’s 2017-2018 season 

at Access Theater

New Light Theater Project is thrilled to present the New York premiere of the hollower written by Liza Birkenmeier and directed by Kristy Dodsonthe hollower begins performances Thursday, May 17 for a limited engagement through Saturday, June 9Press opening is Friday, May 25 at 8 PM.  The performance schedule is Wednesday – Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM, and Sunday at 7 PMPlease note: The Sunday, May 27 performance is at2 PM; there is no 7 PM performance. Performances are at Access Theater (380 Broadway, at White Street, two blocks south of Canal). 

Otto is visited by an investigative podcaster who is half-pig, half-man. She also has a teenaged occult enthusiast houseguest who is making a claymation film about witchcraft in her kitchen. the hollower is a modern haunt-comedy exploring seventeenth-century colonialism and how crowded isolation can be.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visiwww.newlighttheaterproject.comTickets are $25 - $35. 
News from Lincoln Center Press Office

Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 pm
Atrium 360°
Voices of a People’s History of the United States
Voices seeks to educate and inspire a new generation working for social justice. This free performance marks the culmination of a yearlong project with New York City students at the High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry, a New York City public school located at the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus, cofounded by Lincoln Center Education. After studying the speeches, letters, and songs of the brave people who inspired Howard Zinn’s seminal work, A People’s History of the United States, the students of HSAII will perform their selections along with actors Brian Jones and Susan Pourfar.

Voices of a People’s History of the United States brings to life the extraordinary history of ordinary people who built the movements that made the United States what it is today, ending slavery and Jim Crow, protesting war and the genocide of Native Americans, creating unions and the eight-hour work day, advancing women’s rights and gay liberation, and struggling to right wrongs of the day. By giving public expression to rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past—and present—Voices seeks to educate and inspire a new generation working for social justice.
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, May 19 at 11:30 am
Passport to the Arts Program for Children with Disabilities and their Families
American Ballet Theatre: ABT Kids Performance
Recommended for ages 5 and up
This program is part of the Passport to the Arts program, providing a welcoming and accessible introduction to the performing arts at Lincoln Center.
Metropolitan Opera House, Broadway and 64th Street
To learn more about Passport to the Arts, please contact access@lincolncenter.org or 212.875.5375.

Saturday, May 19 – FREE – at 11:00 am
LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium
Doll-E 1.0 by Shanda McCloskey
When a tech-savvy girl is given a doll, she programs it into the perfect friend in this debut novel from visual artist and author Shanda McCloskey.
Recommended for ages 2–5 
LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium is presented in collaboration with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
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, May 19 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
LC Kids presents
Inspired by the classic video game Tetris, this awe-inspiring performance features an extremely physical quartet of dancers who stack, spin, leap, and climb to show how we all fit together in society. It is dedicated to anyone who can’t sit still, who likes to climb the walls, and who can imagine beyond what they can see.
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 Bldg., 7th Floor
TICKETS: Available at the Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall Box Offices, by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting Kids.LincolnCenter.org.

Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 pm
Great Performers
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano and director
Haydn: Symphony No. 74 in E-flat major
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major
J.C. Bach: Symphony in G minor
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major (“Jeunehomme”)
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.

Sunday, May 20 at 11:00 am
LC Kids presents
Inspired by the classic video game Tetris, this awe-inspiring performance features an extremely physical quartet of dancers who stack, spin, leap, and climb to show how we all fit together in society. It is dedicated to anyone who can’t sit still, who likes to climb the walls, and who can imagine beyond what they can see.
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 Bldg., 7th Floor
TICKETS: Available at the Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall Box Offices, by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting Kids.LincolnCenter.org.

Monday, May 21 – FREE – at 1:00 pm
Lincoln Center Moments
Juilliard Drama and Jazz Ensemble
Summer of Love presented by the J-Birds
Shaun Anthony, Bianca Crudo, Mary Cavett, and Hayward Leach (Juilliard Drama)
Evan Atwell-Harris, saxophone (Juilliard Jazz)
This free performance-based program is specially designed for individuals with dementia and their caregivers.
Presented in collaboration with the Juilliard School
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.
New from Michelle Tabnick PR

Smugbug Productions presents

the New York Premiere of

The Eleventh Hour!

a new rock musical comedy by David Seamon

Now - June 27, 2018

at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC

Smugbug Productions presents the New York Premiere of The Eleventh Hour!, a new rock musical comedy by David Seamon from May 11 - June 27, 2018 at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC. Tickets are $35 and are available at https://www.eleventhhourmusical.com/performance-tickets/the-eleventh-hour.

It's the end of the world in New Jersey! A burnout basement rocker and his ex-girlfriend, a rising star astrophysicist, may have the key to surviving the black hole bearing down on earth. If they can reconcile their feelings and manage a dangerous journey on the NJ Turnpike, they just may save their music, each other, and the mole people who live beneath them.
Performances at 9pmFri 5/11 & 5/18Sat 5/12 & 5/19Wed 5/23 & 5/30Thu 5/24 & 5/31, Mon 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, Wed 6/13, 6/20, 6/27.



5th Annual Benefit: Lead the Way

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 6:30pm

Manny Cantor Center

Dance to Unite presents the 5th Annual Benefit: Lead the Way on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 6:30pm, featuring a dance performance from Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, at the Manny Cantor Center, 197 East Broadway, NYCTickets are $150 and are available athttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/lead-the-way-dance-to-unites-5th-annual-benefit-tickets-43849071754.

Join the Dance to Unite Board, Host Committee, Guests, and Volunteer Teachers for an unforgettable evening of performances, wine reception, passed hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, music and mingling to celebrate dance and diversity in New York City.  The evening will include a performance by Dance to Unite students from PS64 and Emmy Award-winning journalist Susan Farkas presents a mini-documentary. All proceeds support Dance to Unite's critical work in offering free multicultural, dance classes to inner-city public school kids in Manhattan's Lower East Side, Chinatown, Chelsea, East Harlem, Brooklyn and the Bronx.



Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance



May 16-19, 2018

Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance presents Soundings from May 16 - 18, 2018 at 7:30pm at Barnard College Dance Department, Barnard Hall, Studio 305, 3009 Broadway at W. 117th Street, and May 19, 2018 at 2pm at Brooklyn Public Library, Spaceworks at Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Avenue, Brooklyn. Tickets are free, and reservations can be made at http://timelapsedance.com/events/soundings/.

Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance presents four studio performances featuring two new works-in-process and a revival of Ice Cycle. The program highlights Sperling's ongoing collaborations with composer Matthew Burtner and cellist Scott Johnson.

A pioneer in the field of environmental music, Burtner will perform live in NYC (May 16-18 only) for the first iteration of Wind Rose, a new work-in-progress for the company that visualizes changing local and global winds patterns, and plays with different rhythmic and spatial patterning, pushing the boundaries of Sperling's use of her Fuller-influenced apparatus.A wind rose is defined as a time-honored measurement tool used by meteorologists to indicate wind speed and direction at a particular location.With Ice Cycle, which was inspired by Sperling's experience dancing on polar sea ice, Burtner and Sperling convey the fragility and dynamism of the Arctic icescape.The program also includes Sound Study, a developing collaboration between Sperling and Johnson begun during a residency with Human Impacts Institute. The playful duet investigates the atmospheric vibrations of the performance space.

Dancers: Alex Bittner, Morgan Bontz, Jenny Campbell, Carly Cerasuolo, Jody Sperling, and Nyemah Stuart



InsightALT: Opera in Eden


Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:30pm

Merkin Concert Hall - Kaufman Music Center

American Lyric Theater concludes the 10th Anniversary of its nationally acclaimed Composer Librettist Development Program this season with InsightALT: Opera in Eden, a one-night-only concert featuring three new one-act operas written by ALT Resident Artists, hosted by composer/librettist Mark Adamo and producing artistic director Lawrence Edelson.
InsightALT: Opera in Eden will take place on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:30pm at Merkin Concert Hall - Kaufman Music Center, 129 67th Street, NYC. Tickets are $25 and are available by phone at 212-501-3330 or online at http://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/insightalt-opera-in-eden/.

BLOODLINES (Music by Shuying Li; Libretto by Lila Palmer): For Marcus and Esme, life is good. As children, they survived a war, and emigrated to adoption in a new country. As adults, they flourished and found love in each other. Then a strange series of events brings the old country dangerously to life in the present, begging the question: are all secrets better exposed to the light, or should some things remain in darkness?

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO NANA (Music by Liliya Ugay; Libretto by Lorene Cary): Nana's Ghost discovers that her granddaughter is revising the libretto to an opera she's been writing about Nana's life - and Nana's Ghost is not pleased.  A haunted wrestling for control begins, with the composer also advocating for the version of the story he thinks will sing.
THE TREE OF ETERNAL YOUTH(Music by Andy Teirstein; Libretto by Julian Crouch): In an orchard, on one particular tree, hangs a peach - but no ordinary peach. At the foot of this same tree, an elderly couple, who long ago made love beneath its branches and carved a heart into its bark, consider their options: To grow old together, or choose eternal youth.

Featured guest artists performing as part of InsightALT: Opera in Eden include soprano Summer Hassan, mezzo soprano Maya Lahyani, mezzo soprano Margaret Lattimore, tenor David Margulis, baritone Brian James Myer, baritone John Tibbets, bass baritone Ryan Kuster, and pianist/music director Gloria Kim.


Baruch Performing Arts Center

presents a work-in-process

More Forever


Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:30pm

Baruch Performing Arts Center presents a work-in-process, More Forever,by Caleb Teicher & Company, a collaboration with Conrad Tao, at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (25th Street between Third and Lexington Avenues), NYC on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 ($10 for students) and are available at www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac.

Caleb Teicher & Company continues their investigation of American dance traditions on a stage filled with a thin layer of sand. Using vernacular jazz, tap dance, and Lindy Hop with a new contemporary score for piano and electronics by Conrad Tao, this work-in-process sonic journey will brush away the fine line between movement and music and expand the expressive capacity of American music and dance. Teicher is joined by six additional dancers:  Nathan Bugh, Evita Arce, Byron Tittle, Gabriel Winns Ortiz, Brittany DeStefano, and Macy Sullivan, with Tao providing music at the piano with electronics. The evening includes a discussion between Tao and Teicher about their collaboration and creative process.


Downtown Jewish Life presents
Saturday, May 19, 2018
hosted by The 14th Street Y

Downtown Jewish Life presents INTO THE NIGHT, a contemporary spin on an ancient tradition of all night study during the Jewish Holiday of Shavuot, hosted by The 14th Street Y on Saturday, May 19, 2018 beginning 6pm.

The In[heir]itance Project will start the night with The Abraham Play from The Genesis Plays at 6pm. The Opening Ritual, hosted by several community leaders with live music, liturgy, poetry, and performance, will follow at 7:30pm, and programming will continue throughout the evening until dawn at 344 E. 14th Street, NYC. More than 30 downtown community partners, including museums, synagogues, and artists, will join in this fifth-annual night-time journey through conversation, culture, and ritual.

The Tikkun is a night-long journey through culture in the vein of the "White Nights" of European traditions. The event will feature conversations and rituals led by artists, musicians, shamans, teachers, scholars, and rabbis. Downtown synagogues and community organizations will lead sessions and workshops designed to provoke philosophical discussion with attendees from all levels of observance.
Introducing this year's Downtown Tikkun at the 14th Street Y, the In[heir]itance Project will provide a thoughtful, interactive performance of Abraham; Abe, a Wall Street stock jock, returns to the office of his recently deceased, estranged father to search for a lost deed. Among the piles of papers strewn about the office, Abe doesn't find the deed, but instead, finds a scavenger hunt his father that has left behind for him - and the audience holds the clues.

Another exciting performance will be presented in the pool to further push the boundaries of where we find art in their space. "Beneath the Surface", a site-specific underwater dance experience by Lenora Lee Dance, featuring Yi-Ting Hsu and Peter Cheng, is sure to engage all audiences.

For the first time ever, this year's offerings include a Hebrew Track, during which all will engage with artists, stories, texts, and Kabalah in Hebrew, led by Midrasha New York. Another special program will feature A Talmud Shiur Focusing on Women's Voices in the Talmud, and Rabbi Eva Sax-Bolder from the Shul of NY will lead guests through English and Hebrew chants as we explore our own paths through the wilderness, bamidbar, to receiving Torah. Come with an open heart for this participatory chanting, drumming, and meditation experience.

The evening will include many more incredible programs led by Downtown Jewish Life partners and Rabbis. While learning deep INTO THE NIGHT, Jewish texts will be explored and unique insights will be discovered as people from all ages and backgrounds grow and change.

Admission is free and there will be programs for all levels of observance. A photo ID is required for entry. Advance RSVP is recommended. For more information and to reserve a spot, please visit http://www.14streety.org/IntoTheNight.

A full schedule of participants and program can be found online at www.14streety.org/IntoTheNight.

News from Richard Hillman PR







Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director), recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, will host an online contest to promote their production of Half Time, the new musical about not acting your age. “Generations,” The Half Time Dance Contest is a social contest where participants will film a video of multiple generations of their family dancing to whatever music moves them. Can your grandma twerk? Can your dad pop and lock? Can you teach a parent how to dance? We want to see it! Participants will upload their videos to the contest site: https://a.cstmapp.com/p/25418?lc=eng. Contest entries will be accepted from Friday, May 4 through Thursday, May 24, 2018, followed by a public voting period from Friday, May 25 until Friday, June 8. Winners will be announced on Monday, June 11, 2018.

Instructions for participants:
  1. Choose any song
  2. Film a video of at least two generations of your family dancing to your chosen song.
  3. Upload the video to: https://a.cstmapp.com/p/25418?lc=eng

First Place: 
Tickets for four to opening night of Half Time at Paper Mill Playhouse (6/12, 7pm)
Four passes to opening night cast party for Half Time at Paper Mill Playhouse (6/12, 7pm)
Photo of the winning group on the red carpet on opening night of Half Time.
A 2018-2019 season subscription for four for Paper Mill’s new season.

Second Place:
Tickets for three to opening night of Half Time at Paper Mill Playhouse (6/12, 7pm)
Three passes to opening night cast party for Half Time at Paper Mill Playhouse (6/12, 7pm)
Photo of the group on the red carpet on opening night of Half Time.

Third Place:
Tickets for two to opening night of Half Time at Paper Mill Playhouse (6/12, 7pm)
Two passes to opening night cast party for Half Time at Paper Mill Playhouse (6/12, 7pm)
Photo of the group on the red carpet on opening night of Half Time.

Fourth and Fifth place will receive two tickets to a performance of Half Time (6/27-7-1)










Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director), recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is proud to announce John Doyle’s production of The Color Purple will open the 2018-2019 season, replacing the previously announced Unmasked. The Tony Award-winning revival of The Color Purple that exhilarated Broadway will thrill audiences at Paper Mill Playhouse from September 26 to October 21. With a soul-raising, Grammy-winning score infused with jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple is an unforgettable and moving revival of the American classic. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Academy Award-nominated feature film, The Color Purple leaves its mark on the soul. Casting will be announced at a later date.

For additional information, please visit www.papermill.org.






NOW THROUGH MAY 27The York Theatre Company

Due to popular demand, 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, in association with Jim KiersteadAria EntertainmentGabby Hanna & Marcy FellerRiki Kane LarimerLinda & Craig WielkotzDrew Desky & Dane Levens/Michael MillsWilliam Fernandez/Behzad Dabu, joyfully announce a one-week extension of the  New York premiere of the new musical Unexpected Joy, with book and lyrics by Bill Russell (Side Show) and music by Janet Hood (Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens with Bill Russell) at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), where performances began April 24, 2018.
Unexpected Joy is the story of three generations of female singers, long-held family tensions and a week together where change is in the air. In modern day Cape Cod, Joy, a baby boomer and proud hippie, is holding a memorial concert for the other half of her popular musical duo, Jump & Joy. When her conservative daughter and her rebellious granddaughter arrive from Oklahoma, the sparks fly as one family seeks to find the common ground in their different values, dreams and goals. 

Unexpected Joy plays the following performance schedule:  Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.*, Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m.* & 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. (*Audience discussion follow the matinee performance.) 

Tickets for Unexpected Joy are priced at $67.50 - $72.50 and may be purchased by calling (212) 935-5820, online at www.yorktheatre.org, or in person at the box office at The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Monday through Friday (12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.). Senior Rush tickets are available in-person beginning one hour prior to performances for $20 cash only. Student tickets can be purchased anytime in advance at the box office during regular box office business hours.  Limit one ticket per valid student ID and tickets are subject to availability. Student tickets are $20.00 cash or credit. The York Theatre also offers $25 tickets for guests aged 35 years and under. Groups of 10 or more, contact Great White Way at 212-757-9117, or GreatWhiteWay.com.

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic. 

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