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, June 17, 2018

Sunday Scoop Week of 6/17/18 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

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

Grease Sing-A-long and Terry Fator

Thursday June 21, 8:00 PM
Sing-A-Long Grease
40th Anniversary

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.stnj.org/event/sing-a-long-grease

Friday June 22, 8:00 PM
Terry Fator

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.stnj.org/event/terry-fator
Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ 

The Merry Wives of Windsor

June 22 - July 1

This year Shakespeare's 70 will present William Shakespeare's only true farce.  In this classic comedy, the rotund and rambunctious Falstaff decides to seduce both Mistress Page and Mistress Ford, respectable married women of Windsor, in the hopes that he can improve not only his love life, but his wallet.  But the ladies see right through his plots, and form a few plots of their own. Mischief and hysteria follow, with lovers and lechers chasing after what they truly desire.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
Upcoming at Feinstein's/54 Below
254 W. 54th St.
New York, NY

Saturday June 23, 9:30 PM 
Robbie Rozelle: Bustin' Out 
On Pride Weekend

Saturday June 23, 11:30 PM
Boy Bands vs. Girl Groups

Sunday June 24, 7:00 PM
Sondheim Unplugged

Sunday June 24, 9:30 PM
Burning Bright: Queer 
Torch Songs on Pride Weekend, A Drag Cabaret 
Benefittting the NYC Gay Men's Choir

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 54below.com/calendar/?month=June+2018
Upcoming at Merkin Concert Hall
129 W. 67th
New York, NY

65th Annual Ole Bull
Summer Awards Concert

Sunday June 24, 4:00 PM

Honoring the Winners of the 2017 Galeton, PA, Ole Bull Music Festival, the Inez Bull and Ole Bull Scholarship Recipients and select Students of South Valley Arts, East Orange, NJ.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/65th-annual-ole-bull-summer-awards-concert
The Tenth Annual Jimmy Awards
Awards showcase features performances by 80 student participants representing 40 organizations across the U.S.

Tony Award® Winner Laura Benanti will host the presentation which will take place on Monday, June 25th at 7:30PM at the Minskoff Theatre, 200 West 45th Street in Manhattan. Tickets can be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster.com.

The 10th annual Jimmy® Awards ceremony will be streamed Live in its entirety on Facebook with support from 2017 Tony Award winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen and Wells Fargo. Apples and Oranges Arts is the livestream and video production partner. The livestream will also include special content for those watching online.

For more about participating organizations and their nominees, visit jimmyawards.com/winners-and-nominees/2018-jimmy-awards/nominees.
PR Firm Roundup

News from Karen Greco PR

Wednesday, June 20 – Saturday, June 30

Plano 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

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.

News from Lincoln Center

Tickets on Sale Now
To Kill A Mockingbird
Lincoln Center Theater

Since its publication in 1960, Harper Lee’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD has won the Pulitzer Prize, has been made into a classic film, has sold more than 45 million copies and has never been out of print, is the second best-selling book in the world (after the Bible), has been translated into 40 languages, and has remained one of the most influential and beloved books of modern American literature. And yet the story has never come to Broadway – until now. The brilliant writer, Aaron Sorkin (Academy Award winner for The Social Network and multiple Emmy Award winner for “The West Wing”), has adapted the book into a new play, working hand-in-hand with Tony-winning director, Bartlett Sher

The enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence centers on one of the most beloved and admired characters in American literature, the small-town lawyer Atticus Finch (Jeff Daniels). The unforgettable cast of players includes Atticus’s daughter Scout (Celia Keenan-Bolger), her brother Jem (Will Pullen), their visiting friend Dill (Gideon Glick), and their mysterious neighbor, the reclusive Arthur “Boo” Radley (Danny Wolohan).  The  other indelible residents of Maycomb, Alabama will be brought to life on stage by LaTanya Richardson Jackson (as the Finch’s housekeeper, Calpurnia),  Dakin Matthews (as Judge Taylor), Stark Sands (playing prosecutor Horace Gilmer), Fred Weller and Erin Wilhelmi (as Bob Ewell and his daughter Mayella Ewell), and Gbenga Akinnagbe (playing Tom Robinson). 

Written during the early stages of the Civil Rights Movement — at a time when Jim Crow laws were still in effect in many Southern states — TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD holds up a mirror to the ingrained culture of racism in the Deep South. Almost sixty years later the story still resonates deeply.

Previews begin Thursday, November 1
at the Shubert Theatre

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.lct.org/shows/kill-mockingbird
Thursday, June 21 - FREE - at 7:30 pm
Atrium 360°
France Rocks Festival: Elida Almeida
Winner of Radio France International’s Prix Découvertes in 2015, Elida Almeida is a fresh new Cape Verdean voice on the world music scene. Born on the island of Santiago and raised on Maio, she developed her vocal techniques with simple church singing while she helped her mother sell fruits and vegetables at local markets. A determined woman and committed champion of the right to education, Almeida left the rural world to write her love and protest songs. Blending Cape Verdean beats with warm vocals and a fiery joie de vivre, Almeida has become a celebrated presence at world music venues across Europe, Africa, and North America.
Presented in collaboration with The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Bureau Export, and the France Rocks Festival
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.
News from Michelle Tabnick PR


On-site volunteers are indispensable to the success of INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival. The Festival comes to life through the support and cooperation of our small organizing team, community and parks partners, advisory board and corps of more than 100 on-site volunteers. Energetic, friendly volunteers are needed to help with a variety of important tasks,represent the Festival and its mission to the community, and help spread the vibrancy of the arts and raise the level of cultural awareness in Queens.

All volunteers will receive:
  • INSITU 2018 T-SHIRT and TOTE BAG designed by Festival designer Cstudio
  • Special BROWN BAG LUNCH prepared by COFFEED 

To find out more information, review the opportunities and schedule, and sign up, visit insitudancefestival.com/VOLUNTEER.

Here is a list of volunteer opportunities:

Information Team
The Information Volunteers are located at the Information Tents in each park. They are responsible for interfacing with curious passersby and festival patrons about the performance schedule, artists, INSITU mission, getting around LIC and from park to park, and of course location of closest public restroom. We need enthusiastic, outgoing people on this team.

Audience Leaders
Audience Leaders are the movers of the Festival, guiding people from one performance to the next through each sequence. These lucky volunteers experience each performance in their assigned park. The ability to project your voice to crowds is a plus!

Production Support Team
The production team supports our production director in managing the pickup, installation, removal and return of all festival equipment including small speakers, generators, tents, tables and signs. If you're interested in gaining experience in the industry, this is a crucial position within the festival.

Park Cleanup Team
The Cleanup Team is responsible for removing light trash, plant material, and sand from all performance locations. Volunteers on this team are given a wonderful opportunity to really serve the community by helping to beautify our parks and support the artists in the performance of their works.

Artist Green Space Team
The Green Space Team is responsible for picking up all in-kind donations, from bread, peanut butter and jam to bottled water and bananas, from local businesses, delivering to the artists' holding spaces, and setting up and managing those spaces each day of the festival.

To find out more information, review the opportunities and schedule, and sign up, visit our website at insitudancefestival.com/VOLUNTEER.

 Contemporary Pilates Mat Class

Mondays at 8:30am
at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC

Town Stages announces a Contemporary Pilates Mat Class led by Jamila Youngstedt on Mondays at 8:30am at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC. Registration is $20 and can be completed at bit.ly/pilatestown. Pre-registration is required.

Pilates is a system of controlled exercises that engage the mind and condition the body. A blend of strength and flexibility training improves posture, reduces stress, and creates long, lean muscles. This class is a blend of Pilates and other somatic practices designed to make you feel and look longer, stronger, and more in tune with your body. #MovewithJam on Monday mornings to start your week off feeling wonderful!

Jamila Youngstedt is an Equinox-certified Pilates Mat instructor through Pilates Mat Alliance and a Certified GYROTONIC® Trainer. She is also the Co-director and choreographer of Tactile Movement Collective, a Sokoloff Arts Fellow at Town Stages, and a freelance dance and Cyr Wheel artist. 
Jamila currently teaches GYROTONIC® and Pilates Mat at Village Gyrotonic in NYC. She has also taught at Bluming Studio and Spaceworks NYC.

Company/performance credits include: Tactile Movement Collective (recently presented at The Tank NYC & Gowanus Ballroom), ZviDance (current apprentice), Loren Royse & Co.("Spun" at Jacob's Pillow), Kinetic Architecture Dance Theatre, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre; work by Merce Cunningham, William Forsythe, Iyun Harrison, Patricia Hon, Robert Moses, Christian Burns, Alex Ketley. Training highlights: Interlochen Arts Academy, Mark Morris Dance Group, Royal Danish Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance (Magna Cum Laude) from Cornish College of the Arts. 

For more information, visit jamilayoungstedt.weebly.com or @movewithjam on Instagram.


Brooklyn Music School's

Music Theatre Program
To Dream a World
Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 3pm

Brooklyn Music School (BMS)'s Music Theatre Program presents
To Dream a World on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 3pm at Brooklyn Music School, 126 Saint Felix Street, Brooklyn, NY. Tickets are $20 ($15 BMS Students and Parents) and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bms-musical-theater-presents-to-dream-a-world-tickets-43760623202?aff=es2.

"Are you sure/That we are awake?
It seems to me/That yet we sleep, we dream." ~William Shakespeare 

"To Dream a World" tells the story of a young boy named Will, who finds his inspiration in his dreams. Full of meaning and fantasy, the four imaginative worlds he explores represent the four seasons. This is where he meets the characters that later end up in his plays. 

For more information, visit www.brooklynmusicschool.org.
News from Polk and Co.


A new block of tickets through June 2, 2019 are now on sale to the general public at www.AnastasiaBroadway.com or www.Telecharge.com (212.239.6200).

This dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

Tickets range from $69 - $169. Premium tickets range from $199 - $352. For more information, visit 
www.anastasiabroadway.com or call 212-239-6200.

Group tickets for ANASTASIA are also now on sale. Groups should contact www.broadwayinbound.com or 866-302-0995.


SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018 at 9:30pm

FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents Robbie Rozelle in “Bustin’ Out” on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 9:30pm.

Robbie Rozelle in "Bustin’ Out" plays Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 9:30. There is a $25-$60 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at https://54below.com/events/robbie-rozelle-bustin-pride-weekend. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.
News from Richard Hillman PR


JUNE 19, & 20, 2018 @ 7PM

254 WEST 54th STREET – NYC

FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents legendary Broadway and screen actress Carole Cook in “Back Where She Belongs: The Life and Times of Carol Cooke” - her New York cabaret debut - at the age of 94! - for two performances only – Tuesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 7pm.

After receiving rave reviews in Los Angeles and San Francisco, this fabulous evening of memories and song comes to Feinstein’s/54 Below. Carole sings numbers from Sondheim to Coleman – from Billy Barnes to Jerry Herman. She recalls a scrapbook of memories, from being Lucille Ball’s protégé to working with Ethel Merman.

Carole’s stage and screen career anecdotes are hysterical and historical. She was the second Dolly Levi ever in Hello, Dolly! (leading the Australian company), after Carol Channing. As one critic rhapsodized, “Exciting! A glowing star! The biggest and best excuse for unrestrained delight since you dreamed you won the million-dollar lottery.” She is the only actress to have played both “Auntie Mame” and “Mame.”  She was in the original casts of Threepenny Opera, 42nd Street (originating the role of Maggie Jones), A Romantic Comedy, and Radio Gals. Her movies include The Incredible Mr. LimpetSixteen Candles, and more. So much more.

Back Where She Belongs: The Life and Times of Carole Cook plays Feinstein’s/54Below (254 West 54th Street) on Tuesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 20 @ 7pm.  There is a $50-$65 cover charge and a $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.  A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for More Theater Monday. 

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