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, July 15, 2018

Sunday Scoop Week of 7/15 -What's Happenng This Week or Coming Up Soon

Upcoming at The Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Dinos After Dark and Scientist Saturday

Tuesday July 17, 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Dinos After Dark

Join Dinos After Dark and enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission, family activities and our outdoor beer garden, Dino Drafts (open 4:00 - 10:00 PM). This month you can catch pop-up performances by BalletX, Philadelphia's premier contemporary ballet company and their student dancers! 

Saturday July 21, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Scientist Saturday

Discover current research and meet real scientists at Scientist Saturdays. See hands-on demonstrations of scientists’ exciting research and ask all the questions you want. Meet entomology graduate student Stephen Mason and co-ops Cameron Chung, Madeline Sabo and Marina Jackson. Mason and his students study pyroentomology, or how insects respond to fires. 

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

Despicable Me 3 and 
Dave Mason & Steve Cropper

Tuesday July 17, 10:30 AM and 7:00 PM
Despicable Me 3
Free Summer Movie

For more information, visit https://www.stnj.org/event/despicable-me-3

Dave Mason & Steve Cropper
Rock and Soul Revue

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids
Fire Island Dance Festival

July 20 -22
Fire Island Pines, NY

A weekend of world-class dance, breathtaking views and unparalleled culture awaits you at Fire Island Dance Festival. Immerse yourself in dance with a diverse lineup of companies and choreographers, performing on a stunning waterfront stage in the Fire Island Pines.

This year’s lineup includes works by choreographers Gemma Bond, James Kinney, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Jamar Roberts and Christopher Wheeldon, and performances by Caleb Teicher & Company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Cirio Collective and Paul Taylor Dance Company. Learn More About the Lineup

Tickets start at $175. Leadership Supporters enjoy a variety of perks, including VIP tickets, program placement and festival mementos. Special VIP daytrip packages for the Sunday, July 22, performance include luxury round-trip transportation from midtown Manhattan and a pre-show champagne luncheon at a private bay front home.
For more information or to purchase tickets, https://dradance.org/pre-event/fire-island-dance-festival-2018
Upcoming at The Oval
2541 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 

From July 20 through August 19, The Oval+ will reopen on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, with an all-new installation centered at Eakins Oval and continuing down the Parkway. Designed for multi-generational play, new features will include a water mister, ribbon garden, and giant sandbox in addition to family favorite games like mini-golf. From Wednesday to Sunday each week, The Oval+ will bring back the beer garden, food trucks, and free, themed programming for “Wellness Wednesdays,” “Arts & Culture Thursdays,” “Friday Food & Flicks,” “Game Day Saturdays,” and “Sunday Family Fundays.” For more information, visit  theovalphl.org/.
PR Firm Roundup

News from DKC/O&M


David Cook (“American Idol” Winner, 7th Season) will return to the role of ‘Charlie Price’ in the Tony Award®-winning
musical Kinky Boots at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street) beginning on
Tuesday, July 17, 2018.  He will play a limited run through Sunday, September 9, 2018. Cook succeeds Tyler Glenn (lead singer of the multi-platinum rock band, Neon Trees) who will play his last performance on Sunday, July 15, 2018.

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

The performance schedule for Kinky Boots is as follows:  Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 2pm and 8pm, Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm. 

For further information, visit KinkyBootsTheMusical.com .







Two-time Tony Award® winner, and one of Broadway’s most treasured stars, Donna Murphy, will once again step into the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi for six performances of Hello, Dolly!, during Tony Award winner Bette Midler’s return to the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival.

As she did during Ms. Midler’s run last season, Ms. Murphy will step into the role to play six performances only on Sunday, July 22 at 3pmSunday, July 29 at 3pmSunday, August 5 at 3pmSunday, August 12 at 3pmSunday, August 19 at 3pm, and Monday, August 20 at 7pm.

The production will end its historic Broadway run on Saturday, August 25, 2018.

Tickets are now on sale 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 44thStreet).

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


SUMMER SHORTS 2018 begins on July 20 and runs throughSeptember 1. Two series featuring three one-act plays in each will play in rotating repertory Tuesday -Friday at 7:15 PMSaturday & Sunday at 2:15 PM and 7:15 PM. Please note, there are no matinee performances on Saturday, July 21Sunday, July 22, or Saturday, July 28Individual calendar schedule of performance dates for Series A and Series B is available for viewing/download Press Opening for Series A is Sunday, July 29 at 2:15 PMPress Opening for Series B is Sunday, August 5 at 2:15 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Single tickets are $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members). A Pair of Shorts (a ticket package to both Series A & B, available through August 15) is $55. To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or visit www.59e59.org

The full SUMMER SHORTS 2018 Line Up:

GROUNDED by Chris Bohjalian, directed by Alexander Dinelaris
With Grace Experience and K.K. Glick

A young flight attendant with a fear of flying is about to work her first transatlantic trip. When a veteran co-worker tries to help her through the turbulent crossing, she discovers that a fear of flying is the least of the young woman's secrets.

THE LIVING ROOM written and directed by Robert O’Hara
With Kate BuddekeJoel Reuben Ganz, and Adam Langdon
A satire. About Frank and Judy. Who are White People in a LivingRoom. Doing what White People in Living Rooms do. But something is different. Today Frank and Judy have questions. About the entire nature of being White People in a Living Room.
KENNY’S TAVERN by Abby Rosebrock, directed by Jess Chayes
With Stephen GuarinoMariah Lee, and Francesca Fernandez McKenzie
Kenny's Tavern is a dive bar and liberal oasis for a certain crowd of public-school teachers in the foothills of West Virginia. On the eve of the 2016 election, two colleagues hole up in the back of their regular haunt to hash out their relationship to each other and the community they love.

SPARRING PARTNER written by Neil LaBute, directed by J.J. Kandel
With Joanna Christie and KeiLyn Durrel Jones

The long time flirtation between two co-workers comes to a head over the course of a lunchtime game of "Hollywood Names." Will their ‘affair of the mind’ blossom into something more or is it about to take an even darker and more dangerous turn?

IBIS by Eric Lane, directed by Terry Berliner
With Lindsey BroadDeandre Sevon and Harold Surratt

Ty has been haunted by the disappearance of his father ever since Victor abandoned his family twenty years ago. But when he hires a no-nonsense female detective to solve the mystery and track Victor down, the answers she uncovers add up in ways that even Ty could never have predicted.

THE PLOT by Claire Zajdel, directed by James Rees
With Molly Groome and Jake Robinson

In light of her recent divorce, Frankie and Tyler’s mother has purchased a plot at the local cemetery, and today her children have been summoned to give their stamp of approval to their mother's final resting place. As they wait for her to arrive, Frankie and Tyler's growing realization of their own mortality triggers an avalanche of emotions that causes both siblings to wonder if it's possible for your life to be over before it has even begun. 
News from Lincoln Center 

Tuesday, July 17 – at 7:30 pm
Mostly Mozart Festival
Bernstein MASS (New York Production Premiere)
Written for the 1971 inauguration of the Kennedy Center, the Bernstein MASS merges traditional liturgical form with contemporary theater, dance, jazz, and popular music, imbuing it with the social and political concerns of Vietnam War–era America. SF Opera Lab curator Elkhanah Pulitzer makes her New York debut directing this fully staged presentation. Louis Langrée leads more than 200 performers, including the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Concert Chorale of New York, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, a marching band, and dancers in this monumental dramatic work with its eclectic score encompassing gospel, rock, showtunes, marches, and chorales.
With English supertitles.
Pre-concert lecture by Michael Beckerman in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at 6:15 pm.
David Geffen Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza
Tickets can be purchased online at MostlyMozartFestival.org, by phone via CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or by visiting the David Geffen Hall or Alice Tully Hall Box Offices.

Wednesday, July 18 – at 7:30 pm
Mostly Mozart Festival
Bernstein MASS
Pre-concert discussion with MASS lyricist Stephen Schwartz and director Elkhanah Pulitzer, moderated by John Schaefer, in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at 6:15pm.
See July 17.

Thursday, July 19 - FREE - at 7:30 pm
Atrium 360°
Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto
Masters of the gaita and traditional cumbia music of Colombia’s Caribbean region, Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto has been the driving force behind bringing this traditional music to larger audiences across the world since the group’s first tour in the mid-1950s. Featuring the gaita, the oldest Caribbean flute, the music is a mixture of the indigenous Colombian, Spanish, and Afro-Colombian heritages. They bring this essential musical legacy to Lincoln Center for a free performance.
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, July 19 – at 7:30 pm
Mostly Mozart Festival
The Creation (North American production premiere)
The radically inventive Catalonian theater collective La Fura dels Baus transforms Haydn’s Enlightenment-era oratorio into an immersive theatrical experience. Including visual pyrotechnics, three dozen large helium balloons, a 20-foot-tall crane, and a 250-gallon water tank, the production touches upon subjects from philosophy to genetics. Laurence Equilbey conducts Insula Orchestra, a period-instrument ensemble, along with three daring soloists and the accentus choir, who enact this musically and visually stunning portrayal of the emergence of life coupled with the continued presence of original sin.
Sung in German with English supertitles
Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall
Tickets can be purchased online at MostlyMozartFestival.org, by phone via CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or by visiting the David Geffen Hall or Alice Tully Hall Box Offices.

Friday, July 20 – at 7:30 pm
Mostly Mozart Festival
The Creation
See July 19.

Friday, July 20 – at 7:30 pm
Mostly Mozart Festival
Jupiter Symphony
Thomas Dausgaard, who led a riveting performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Swedish Radio Choir as part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival last fall, returns to conduct a program featuring two of Mozart’s late masterpieces. Italian pianist Francesco Piemontesi, who will perform Brahms’s Three Intermezzos during pre-concert recitals prior to the performances, joins the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra for Mozart’s final piano concerto, K.595, followed by the composer’s sublime last symphony, the “Jupiter.”
Pre-concert recital by Francesco Piemontesi in Alice Tully Hall at 6:30 pm.
Alice Tully Hall, 1941 Broadway (between 65th and 66th street)
Tickets can be purchased online at MostlyMozartFestival.org, by phone via CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or by visiting the David Geffen Hall or Alice Tully Hall Box Offices.

Saturday, July 21 – at 7:30 pm
Mostly Mozart Festival
Jupiter Symphony
Pre-concert recital by Francesco Piemontesi in Alice Tully Hall at 6:30 pm.
See July 20.

Saturday, July 21 – at 7:30 pm
Mostly Mozart Festival
Created in 1980, Yukio Ninagawa’s exquisitely striking “cherry blossom”Macbeth is a landmark among global theater productions. The painterly director, who died in 2016, transposed Shakespeare’s Scottish play to feudal Japan, where the title character is an honor-bound samurai, kabuki witches cast spells, and Buddhist chants alternate with works by Samuel Barber and Schubert. This revival of the original production, the last one overseen by Ninagawa before his death, stars Japanese actors Masachika Ichimura as Macbeth and Yuko Tanaka as Lady Macbeth. Lincoln Center will present the final staging of this beloved production before it is retired from the Ninagawa Company’s repertoire.
Performed in Japanese with English supertitles
Pre-performance lecture by Alexa Alice Joubin at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at 6:15 pm.
David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza
Tickets can be purchased online at MostlyMozartFestival.org, by phone via CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or by visiting the David Geffen Hall or Alice Tully Hall Box Offices.

Sunday, July 22  at 5:00 pm
Mostly Mozart Festival
See July 21.
News from Michelle Tabnick PR

Ballet Hispánico School of Dance Announces
2018-19 School Year Class Registration

Ballet Hispánico, the nation's premier Latino dance organization, announces that registration is now available for classes during the 2018-19 school year.  Celebrating nearly 50 years of dance and culture, the Ballet HispánicoSchool of Dance, located at 167 W. 89th Street, NYC, is a leading center of excellence in dance education accessible to the community at large.
At the School of Dance, children learn in a nurturing and disciplined environment, discover dance as a language of ideas, and explore the rich history and aesthetics of Latino cultures. With an internationally renowned faculty led by School Director Michelle Manzanales and a staff of seasoned dance professionals, students are exposed to three signature-training programs and a bevy of performance opportunities. With live music accompaniment for many of the classes and spacious studios located in Manhattan's Upper West Side, the School also offers over $150,000 in annual scholarships to talented and need-based students.
The Ballet Hispánico School of Dance trains eclectic, versatile dancers who stand out in a competitive professional environment for their mastery of the classical ballet tradition, contemporary techniques, and Spanish Dance. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, the School empowers students by offering a holistic approach to movement discovery, including pre-professional training and classes for the novice dancer. The School also offers adult classes and workshops that provide cultural enrichment and the joy of dance to everyone.

Alumni of the School have gone on to prestigious conservatories such as The Juilliard School and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts; to careers in theater (Nancy Ticotin), dance, music & film (Jennifer Lopez), and television (Michael DeLorenzo), as well as careers with leading dance companies such as Ballet Hispánico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Paul Taylor, ABT II, San Francisco Ballet, Flamenco Vivo, and María Pagés Compañía.

Los Pasitos Early Childhood Program (ages 2-5)
Ballet Hispánico's Los Pasitos early childhood program for ages 2-5 merges creativity, cultures, and technique. Its curriculum focuses on developing coordination, spatial awareness, and musicality, with an emphasis on each child's individual self-expression. Students learn proper dance etiquette, explore the wide spectrum of Latino cultures, and build a solid foundation for dance training in a joyful, creative environment.\

The Los Pasitos program helps students gain the following skills:
*Physical: Coordination, refinement of gross and fine motor skills, understanding of space and their bodies
*Social/Affective: Listening, responding, taking turns, working cooperatively
*Cognitive: Recognizing, recalling, identifying, differentiating, and sequencing

Encuentros Open Class Program (ages 6-18)
The Encuentros Program at the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance offers something for everyone. Developed with the highest level of artistic excellence, our program supports dancers interested in taking anywhere from one to multiple dance classes per week. Offering a wide array of classes including Ballet, Flamenco, Afro-Cuban, Hip-Hop, Latin Rhythms, Salsa, Jazz, and Tap -- our students can create a tailored schedule to fit their needs.

La Academia: Pre-Professional and Professional Program (ages 7-23)
Ballet Hispánico's Pre-Professional division, La Academia, trains eclectic, versatile dancers who stand out in a competitive field of dance for their mastery of the classical ballet tradition, contemporary techniques, Spanish Dance, and performance skills. This program is designed to support students interested in attending performing arts schools, conservatory/university programs, and/or those pursuing a career in dance. Performance skills are honed through exposure to repertory, community performances, and preparation for two annual school productions. Admission to La Academia is by audition only. High school and college-aged students that reach the Professional Studies Level in La Academia have the option of pursuing the full curriculum or one of three specialized tracks-ballet, flamenco, or contemporary. 


Marc Blitzstein's
The Cradle Will Rock

first complete recording

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Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock 
First Complete Recording featuring original 1937 orchestrations
Bonus track: Interview with Marc Blitzstein
Opera Saratoga: John Mauceri, conductor; Lawrence Edelson, director
BRIDGE 9511A/B  Two CDs  DDD
UPC:  09040495112

Bridge Records is pleased to be issuing the first complete recording of Marc Blitzstein's signature creation, the opera The Cradle Will Rock.  The new recording features Blitzstein's original 1937 orchestrations and was recorded live at Opera Saratoga in July 2017. The performance features a stellar cast including Ginger Costa-Jackson as Moll; Keith Jameson as Harry Druggist; Christopher Burchett as Larry Foreman; Audrey Babcock as Mrs. Mister; and Matt Boehler as Mr. Mister.  The production is conducted by John Mauceri with direction by Lawrence Edelson.  The two-disc set also includes a rare recording of Marc Blitzstein discussing the opera's opening night in 1937.
The opening night of The Cradle Will Rock (July 16, 1937) was one of the most infamous in history. The attempt to shut down and censor the production resulted in an improvised performance with Blitzstein playing his score on the piano, which has influenced performances of this American masterpiece for decades. This new recording restores Blitzstein's brilliant original orchestrations to their full glory.

The complete cast in order of vocal appearance:
Moll: Ginger Costa-Jackson; Gent: Andy Papas; Dick: Efraín Solís; Cop: Dylan Elza; Dr. Specialist: Jorgeandrés Camargo; Reverend Salvation: Justin Hopkins; Dauber: Scott Purcell; Professor Trixie: Michael Anderson; President Prexy: Eric McConnell; Professor Mamie: Adam Bradley; Editor Daily: Brian Wallin; Yasha: John Tibbetts; Harry Druggist: Keith Jameson; Clerk: John Mauceri; Mrs. Mister: Audrey Babcock; Sister Mister: Heather Jones; Junior Mister: Spencer Viator; Mr. Mister: Matt Boehler; Steve: Miles Herr; Bugs: Andy Papas; Sadie Polock: Meghan Kasanders; Gus Polock: Michael Anderson; Larry Foreman: Christopher Burchett; Professor Scoot: Miles Herr; Ella Hammer: Nina Spinner; Reporters: Meghan Kasanders, Efraín Solís; Steel Workers: Courtney Elvira, Miles Herr, Heather Jones, Marisa Karchin, Meghan Kasanders, Luke MacMillan, Katherine Maysek, Shelley Mihm, Garrett Obrycki, Lisa Rogali, Efraín Solís, Emily Tweedy, Spencer Viator, Laura Zahn, and Max Zander.

For more information, please contact:
Becky Starobin, Bridge Records, Inc.
tel: 914.654.9270
News from Polk and Co.


The international blockbuster WICKED played its 6,138th Broadway performance tonight, Thursday, July 12 at 8pm, surpassing A Chorus Line to become the 6thlongest-running production in Broadway history. 

For more information about WICKED, please visit www.WickedTheMusical.com.
News from Richard Hillman PR


(308 WEST 46th STREET – BETWEEN 8th& 9thAVENUES)


Lynn Shore Entertainment, Theater Mogul and McSmith Family Entertainment announced today that Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, Phoebe and Gunther will only be there for you until July 22, 2018 when FRIENDS! The Musical Parody, the unauthorized parody of the hit TV show will play its final performance. 

FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is the hilarious new musical that lovingly lampoons TV’s Friends! You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll Unagi! Friends! The Musical Parody celebrates and pokes fun at the wacky misadventures of a group of 20-something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in 1990s Manhattan.  It’s a seemingly typical day at New York's only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride with beautiful hair enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear. Get ready to PIVOT to St Luke’s Theatre!

The current performance schedule for FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is: Wednesday at 8:00pm, Thursday at 7:00pm, Friday at 10:00pm, Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at2:00pm.  Please visit www.friendsmusicalparody.com
for updates.


Stephanie Klemons, Associate Choreographer of Hamilton and Founder of Katie’s Art Project, brings unique one-night-only art gallery to Town Stages.

Curated by David Korins Design™, featuring live musical performances by Recording Artist Casey Jamerson and ABC’sDancing with the Stars’ Marinda Davis.


with the support of Sokoloff Arts


[the art project]
July 23, 2018
6 – 9 PM

Town Stages
221 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

Tickets on sale at www.katiesartproject.org

VIP Reception | 6–7 pm
Featuring Luminous Sounds String Ensemble

2 Free Drink Tickets, Meet and Greet with artists and performers, Early Entry to Exhibit, Prime Access to Silent Auction and Art for Sale, VIP area for Keynote and Performances

General Admission | 7–9 pm
Cash Bar, Live Performances, Silent Auction

All fine art will be available for purchase to support the mission of Katies Art Project.

[the art project] is a one-night-only pop-up museum event that will be held at Town Stages on July 23rd, 2018 from 6– 9 pm. Tickets are on sale now. The evening includes a VIP reception at 6 pm featuring live music from the renowned Luminous Sounds String EnsembleVIP Ticket holders will enjoy two free drink tickets, a meet and greet with artists and performers, early entry to exhibit, prime access to silent auction and art for sale, and the VIP area for Keynote and Performances.

Following the VIP reception, general admission ticket holders will be able to enter at 7 pm. The evening will feature Marinda Davis from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, Recording Artist Casey Jamerson and more to be announced.

The gallery will also feature Jon Rua’s love letter to HamiltonLoveFound, as well as the work of Taylor DiNapoli’s Think Tank NYC, and Jaime Verizan, Plant Whisperer and Designer of Broadway Botanist.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.katiesartproject.org
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Taling Topic.

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