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, August 30, 2018

Theater Thursday - Back to Before: Former Broadway Kids Return to the Stage

We were given free tickets for review purposes to Back to Before: Former Broadway Kids Return to the Stage. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: Back to Before: Former Broadway Kids Return to the Stage

Where: Feinsteins/54 Below
             254 W. 54th St.
             New York, NY

Who: All ages

When: This event occured on August 18, 2018

Me & Mom - We recently had the opportunity to attend Back to Before: Former Broadway Kids Return to the Stage. In this show, people that were in shows when they were kids sang adult songs from one of the shows they were in as a kid. They also talked a little about their experiences and some showed mementos from their experiences. The performers who appeared in the show were:

Pierce Cravens was the only one who did not sing a song from a show he had been in. He sang Extraordinary from Pippin.

Emily Klein was in Parade among other shows. She sang Do It Alone.

Danielle Melaine Brown played young Cosette and young Eponine in Les Miserables among other things. She sang I Dreamed A Dream.


Stephanie Mieko Cohen was also young Cosette and young Eponine in Les Miserables. She sang On My Own. She also talked about a Cosette doll she had gotten when she was younger. She brought the bucket that came with the doll which played the song Castle on a Cloud.

David Gabriel Lerner played Michael Banks in Mary Poppins among other things. He sang Feed the Birds.

Mitchell Sink played Michael in Elf among other things. He sang World's Greatest Dad.

Kathryn Faughnan played Jane in Mary Poppins among other things. She sang Being Mrs. Banks.

Brynn Williams was in Chitty Chitty Bang among other shows. She sang Hushbye Mountain.

Dara Paige Bloomfield was in Ragtime among other shows. She sang Gliding.

Keaton Whittaker was in A Little Night Music among other shows. She sang The Miller's Son.

Tessa Albertson played teenage Fiona in Shrek among other things. She sang Don't Let Me Go even though it was Donkey's song and not Fiona's. She also brought and wore the crown she wore in the show.

At the end Dara Paige Bloomfield who was also the producer of the show sang Back to Before from Ragtime.

The show was a delight and a nostalgia trip for anyone old enough to remember these shows and/or specifically seeing these perfomers in these shows back in the day. Coming up on September 2, Feinsteins/54 Below will be having a similiar show in which child stars from the past performer with current child stars. For more information about that visit 54below.com/events/now-then-current-and-former-broadway-kids-take-the-stage.

And that's our view. Funtivity Friday will be closed this week. Tune in Sunday for this week's Sunday Scoop.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Cooper Hewitt Museum

We were given free tickets to the Cooper Hewitt Museum for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed are our own.

What: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Where:2 E.91 St.
            New York, NY

Who: School Age children and above

Me - Cooper Hewitt Museum was a lot more fun than I expected. I expected it to be a boring place where you just looked at things. However, in reality, it was a lot of fun. It was very interactive. There were three floors. We started on the third floor, and we worked our way down to the first floor. The third floor was my favorite. It was so much fun! There were a lot of exhibits that you could smell or touch or listen to. Some of them smelled really good, others not so much. They were some really cool dishes that looked really useful for helping prevent spills. However, the colors were not that nice. There were other exhibits that looked really useful too. Some of the exhibits were fascinating. There was one where you put your hand in a certain spot, and  it felt like you were touching bubbles. There were also these chairs you sat in them and closed your eyes and put headphones on. You heard different things being described, and it felt like you were experiencing those things.

On the second floor, they had an exhibit about differen colors. They weren't any interactive exhibits on that floor.

On the first floor, they had products to help people with disabilities. They had an exhibit where you could type with your eyes. That was my favorite part of the museum. It was hard to do, but really fun. There was another exhibit where you could turn on light bulbs with your eyes. There was also a  place where you could design a game. The Cooper Hewitt Museum is a very entertaining and interesting place to go.


Mom- Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is really a fun and fascinating museum. Even if you are not all interested in design, you can still enjoy this engaging museum. It is not a place where you just walk around and look at designs. It is much more interesting and interactive than that. Currently the third floor exhibit, The Senses Design Beyond Beyond Vision is the most interactive exhibit. There is plenty to see here including innovative designs like forks made to keep food from falling off,  bowls made to keep food from falling out, Braille watches, and more. However,there are plenty of exhibits to engage your other senses as well. You can listen to  the sound from different types of speakers. You can smell scratch and sniff wallpaper. You can touch objects made out of different materials.There is so much more to see and experience too.  There is even an area where you can create your own designs.  The only sense you don't get the opportunity to use is taste. This exhibit will be open through October 28, 2018.

The second floor was mostly about sight. It was focused on color. There were color wheels and color patterns, colorful posters and objects of many colors and more. There were not really any interactive exhibits on this floor. This exhibit will be open through January 13, 2019.

The first floor had an an exhibit Access+Ability. It had all kinds of interesting products to help people with disabilities. There were shoes to help people keep from slipping and other  adaptive clothing, jewelry with build in navigation systems, and a racing wheelchair among other things. There were interactive exhibits including a computer that you could type messages on using only your eyes, but there were not as many interactive exhibits as on the third floor. However, even without that the exhibit contained a lot of very innovative and fascinating products, and it makes you feel good just walking around and thinking about how these products can help people. Although, of course, just because the products were in the exhibit does not unfortunately mean they are widely available at the present time to the people who need them. This exhibit will be open through September 3, 2018.


All in all, the Cooper Hewitt is is a very engrossing museum that can be enjoyed by just about everyone.

For more information about the Cooper Hewitt Museum, visit www.cooperhewitt.org.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Tuesday - Books: The Running Dream and Sold on a Monday

We may have been given some of the below mentioned books for freee for review purposes.  Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Me - Today I am recommending The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen. This book is about a girl named Jessica,who was a runner and was on her school track team, but then she lost a leg in an accident. She becomes friends with a girl named Rosa who has Cerebal Palsy. Rosa had actually been in her math class all along, but Jessica never really noticed her before. Their friendship was very inspirational. This was a very uplifting and interesting book.  The characters were very likeable. I really enjoyed it. I actually had a lot more fun reading it than I anticipated.

Me - Today I am recommending Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris. Reporter, Ellis Reed happens upon a couple of kids sitting behind a sign that proclaims "2 Children for Sale." His co-worker, Lily persuades him to write an article based on the photo which their boss thinks is a great idea. When the photo is inadvertantly destroyed and Ellis has to stage another, the life of an innocent family is torn apart, and it is up to Ellis and Lily to set everything right again before its too late. This heartwrenching story grips you from the very beginning and doesn't let go. The story is fast paced and fascinating. The characters are all really welll drawn and multifacted. If you are a parent, you will be especially affected by the touching saga of the Dillard family, but even if you are not a parent you will still be moved by this touching book.

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

Monday, August 27, 2018

Monthly Mash-up for August, 2018 Me: Fruit and Monopoly


Me - My topic for this month is fruit. I love fruit.I love all kinds of fruit except oranges. When I was younger, I used to like oranges but now I don't anymore. I love orange juice though. I am not that big on apples either but they're okay. I like sour apples the best. Sweet apples are okay. I don't like other apples. They taste like nothing. My grandmother always gets that kind. I don't like  to eat whole apples. I only like them when they're sliced. I also don't like pears. They taste like nail polish smells to me.  I love peaches and pineapples. I liked canned peaches better though. I have never had a pineapple that wasn't canned. I have three favorites kinds of fruit. They are strawberries, grapes and watermelon. I love all berries though. I have only tried raspberries once, but I liked them. I also love blueberries and blackberries. I like both green grapes and purple grapes. I also like cantelope and honeydew but only when they are sweet.  If there other melons, I have never had them. I like bananas, and I only had kiwi once but I liked it too.I like most fruits. There's not a lot of fruits that I don't like. I liked fruits much better than vegetables. There's hardly any vegetables I do like.


Mom - My topic for this month is the game Monopoly. There are so many different verisons of the game.  There are different version based on different locations. We used to have an Israeli version when I was younger. Today, one of the more recent versions is GrandCentral Oply. That version is available at the  New York Transit Museum Annex at Grand Central Terminal. We don't own that version, but  some day we hope to get it. There are also sports editions.  We have a Major League Baseball version where you purchase teams instead of streets and you buy bleachers and stadiums instead of houses and hotels. There are versions of Monopoly based on different TV shows and movies. There are junior versions and electronic versions and app versions. There are even versions that allegedly make the game faster. There are so many versions of the game currently available, and they continue to come out with new variations so often that is impossible to keep up with it all. Who would have thought that a board game invented in the early 20th century would still be so popular in today's digitally obssessed world? Monopoly  does remain popular though. It is one of the most popular board games available today as well as one of the most popular board games of all time.

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

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

photo credits for fruit photos
photo credit one: wuestenigel Top view of fresh grapes in a bowl on white background via photopin (license)
photo credit: marcoverch Wassermelone in dünne Scheiben geschnitten via photopin (license)

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Sunday Scoop - Week of 8/26/18 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Upcoming at Feinsteins/54 Below
254 W. 54th St.
New York, NY

Monday August 27, 7:00 PM
54 Celebrates David Bowie feat. Mike Wartella, Blaine Krauss, and More

Monday  August 27, 9:30 PM 
Zach Adkins

Tuesday August 28,

Wednesday August 29, 9:30 PM
I Wish I Could Go Back to College feat. Baldwin University Alumni

Thursday August 30, 9:30 &  Thursday Septem
Jana Robbins & Haley Swindal: The Songs of Kander& Ebb

Friday August 31, 9:30 PM
Heath Saunders & Natalie Walker

Monday September 2, 9:30 PM 
Now & Then: Current  AND Former Broaday Kids Take the Stage

For more information and/or to purchase tickets, https://54below.com/calendar/?month=August+2018
Upcoming at the American Museum of Natural History
Central Park W. at 79th St.
New York, NY

The Grand Tour of the Universe

Tuesday August 28, 6:30 PM
The Grand Tour of the Universe

You may know that Earth is the third planet from the Sun, but where are we located among the stars in the Milky Way? Brian Abbott and Jillian Bellovary guide you from Earth to the most distant objects in the observable universe.

This program is recommended for ages 8 and older.

También disponible en Español a las 7:45 pm.

Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ


Thursdays, Sept. 6 & 13, 2018 at 7:30pm
Fridays, Sept. 7 & 14 at 8pm
Saturdays, Sept. 8 & 15 at 8pm
Sundays, Sept. 9 & 16 at 2pm

 Based on the Newsboy Strike of 1891 this adaptation of the stunning Disney movie is high-energy and non-stop thrills.  A ragged band of teenaged "newsies," strike for what’s right, going up against a corrupt establishment led by Joseph newspaper moguls Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst.
The universal themes of social injustice and exploitative labor practices, even David-versus-Goliath are highlighted by many of the beloved songs from the film, including Carrying the Banner, Seize the Day, King of New York and Santa Fe.

Sunday September 16 already sold out!

For more information or to purchase tickets,  visit 
George Street Playhouse's Upcoming 2018/2019 Season
103 College Farm Road
New Brunswick, NJ

The Trial of Donna Caine
By Walter Anderson
Directed by David Saint

Opening Night: Friday, October 19, 2018 at 8 pm

When Marine Staff Sergeant Donna Caine is accused of a serious crime, highly respected attorney Emily Zola Ginsberg is convinced to take the case.  Fighting for her client’s future, Ginsberg finds herself taking on the military establishment in order to expose the truth. Inspired by actual events, this riveting courtroom drama is filled with intrigue that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.   
Runs October 16 – November 11, 2018
A Doll's House, Part 2
By Lucas Hnath
Directed by Betsy Aidem

Opening Night: Friday, November 30, 2018 at 8 pm

When we last saw Nora Helmer, she was slamming the door on life as she knew it -- embarking on a brave, bold and shocking new life as a woman on her own. Fifteen years later, she's returned to that door, with a high-stakes game of unfinished business on her mind. Featuring the same characters from Ibsen’s groundbreaking masterpiece, The New York Times called this Tony Award-nominated play “A smart, funny and utterly engrossing play,” and Time Out New York called it “modern in its language…and suspenseful in its plotting.”
Runs November 27 – December 23
Little Girl Blue -- The Nina Simone Musical
By Laiona Michelle
Music by Nina Simone and others

Opening Night: Friday, February 1, 2019 at 8 pm

Following her critically acclaimed performance in American Hero, Laiona Michelle returns to George Street Playhouse to play Nina Simone.  This exuberant world premiere musical reveals a life in-between the black and white keys -- a passionate journey from classical piano child prodigy to the High Priestess of Soul, told through the words and music of American icon Nina Simone.

January 29 – February 24, 2019

The Immigrant
By Mark Herelik
Directed by Jim Jack

Opening Night: Friday, March 15, 2019 at 8 pm

Russian-Jewish emigrant Haskell Harelik arrives at the port of Galveston, Texas in 1909 seeking refuge from his homeland.  With only his banana cart in tow, Haskell finds compassion and friendship from an unlikely couple, and creates a pastoral life for his family.  Broadway World said The Immigrant is “Timely and touching...don't miss this extraordinary look at a family's journey toward living the American dream.”  
March 12 – April 7, 2019

Too Heavy For Your Pocket
By Jiréh Breon Holder
Directed by Jim Jack

Opening Night: Friday, April 26, 2019
Tennessee-born Holder takes us back to Nashville, in the summer of 1961 as the Freedom Riders embark on a courageous journey into the Deep South.  When 20-year-old Bowzie Brandon gives up a life-changing college scholarship to join the movement, he’ll have to convince his loved ones – and himself – that shaping his country’s future might be worth jeopardizing his own.  Recipient of the 2017 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, The New York Times called the play “illuminating and moving.”  

April 23 – May 19, 2019

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
TheaterWorksUSA Returns to New York at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center - beginning October 6

Saturday, October 6, 2018 @ 11 am

This brand-new production combines inventive staging and bluegrass music to tell E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte.

Saturday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25 at 11am

When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners –– and boy are they square! But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up. Based on the Pete the Cat Series of Books by Kimberly and James Dean. Fun for all ages, but especially appreciated by ages 3 to 8.

Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 11am

Five best-selling children’s books: Dragons Love Tacos. Interrupting Chicken, Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa School Days,The Dot, and Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride – have been adapted into short musicals by some of today’s most exciting musical theater writers! Recommended for ages 4 to 10.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 @ 11am

Hop on The Magic School Bus for a ride with Arnold, Ralphie, Carlos, Wanda, Janet – and, of course, Ms. Frizzle and Liz - in this new musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip! But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system. Recommended for ages 6 to 12.

Performance Schedule:
Saturday, October 6, 2018 @ 11 am
Charlotte’s Web

Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25, 2018 @ 11am Pete the Cat

Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 11am
Dragons Love Tacos & Other Stories

Saturday, March 23, 2019 @ 11am
The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center is located at Borough of Manhattan Community College

Tickets are $30 (General Admission
They can be purchased by visiting Tribecapac.org or by calling (212) 220-1460VIP Memberships are available through TWUSA by calling (212) 647-1100, ext. 131
PR Firm Roundup

News from DKC

Celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday with Kristin Chenoweth’s Curated Spotify Playlist

August 25, marked what would have been legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. Bernstein’s work ranges from beloved musicals such as West Side Story and Peter Pan, to classic operettas like Candide. The author, pianist, and lecturer has inspired generations of composers, songwriters, singers, and artists, including Broadway standout Kristin Chenoweth.

In honor of Bernstein’s 100th birthday, Kristin, who credits Bernstein as her favorite composer, curated a Spotify playlist with her favorite Bernstein songs and other "Best of Broadway" classics.

Additional information on Kristin’s tribute to Bernstein can be found in Spotify’s For The Record blog post here 

News from Karen Greco PR

Fall 2018 season at 59E59 Theaters announced

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is proud to announce the line-up of shows for the 2018 Fall Season.  All performances take place at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues).  Ticket prices and performance schedules vary. For tickets, call Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or online at www.59e59.org

Tickets for the Fall 2018 season go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, August 28 at Noon.

The Fall 2018 Line Up:

October 5 – November 3
KURT VONNEGUT'S MOTHER NIGHT adapted and directed Brian Katz
With Andrea Gallo, Gabriel Grilli, Trish Lindstrom, Matthew Van Oss, Eric Rice, Dave Sikula, and Dared Wright
Produced by The Custom Made Theatre Company with Executive Producers William & Ruth Isenberg
Tickets: $25 - $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members)

MOTHER NIGHT is a meta-theatrical tale of duplicitous spies, bumbling white supremacists, and an anti-hero that served "evil too well and good too secretly, the crime of our times,” writes author Vonnegut. It is also a love story, which fantasizes an idyllic “nation of two” as the only way to survive when the world has gone mad. In true Vonnegut fashion, Mother Night uses non-linear storytelling to piece together Campbell's history, and expertly fills in the jigsaw puzzle of a life that mirrors the great events of the last century, and ones we are living with today. A cast of seven assume multiple roles in this epic, existentialist story.

October 6 – November 4
GOODBODY written by Joseph Ernst, directed by Melissa Firlit
With Raife Baker, Brian Keane, Alex Morf, and Amanda Sykes
Produced by The Crook Theater Company
Tickets: $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members)

Marla awakes in a barn upstate to find herself standing over a freshly murdered corpse with the smoking gun in her hand. Can she trust Spencer, the beaten and bound man cowering in the corner to jog her memories of the events that brought them all here? What heinous acts could she be capable of? What ensues is an ultra-violent, profane fantasia of hilarious and shocking proportions.

November 8 – December 2 
BERNIE AND MIKEY'S TRIP TO THE MOON written by Scott Aiello, directed Claire Karpen
With cast TBD
Produced by Strangemen Theatre Company
Tickets: $25 - $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members)

Bernie and Mikey are perched on the edge of adulthood -- a sister and brother trapped between the lives they crave and the circumstances they were born into. The children of a working class Italian family in 1990s Chicago, Mikey is torn between unrequited potential and loyalty to his sister, while Bernie, living with a cognitive disability, longs to find her voice but faces a world unwilling to listen.

The world premiere debut of playwright Scott Aiello, BERNIE AND MIKEY’S TRIP TO THE MOON is a heart-wrenching comedy about one family’s coming of age, as they reckon with what they’re willing to sacrifice to protect one another -- and what they won’t.
November 13 - December 22 (Part of 59E59’s Subscription Series)
THE HELLO GIRLS with music and lyrics by Peter Mills, book by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel, directed by Cara Reichel with choreography by Christine O’Grady
With cast TBA
Tickets: $25 - $70 ($49 for 59E59 Members)

November 13 - December 22 (Part of 59E59’s Subscription Series)
THE HELLO GIRLS with music and lyrics by Peter Mills, book by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel, directed by Cara Reichel with choreography by Christine O’Grady
With cast TBA
Tickets: $25 - $70 ($49 for 59E59 Members)
November 15 - December 2
VIVIAN’S MUSIC, 1969 by Monica Bauer, directed by Glory Kadigan
With Russell Jordan and Kailah S. King
Presented by Good Works Productions
Tickets: $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members)

Inspired by real events, in 1969, in a segregated city in the American Midwest bursting with racial tension, a 14-year-old black girl, Vivian, was shot by a white cop, igniting one of the worst race riots in American history. No one knew anything about her: just her name, her age, and how she died.

This fantasia for two actors gives Vivian a life, a family, a love of music, and a reason to live; the jazz legend who’s back in the neighborhood might be her real father. Can they find each other before the city explodes?

December 5 – December 30
THE NET WILL APPEAR by Erin Mallon, directed by Mark Cirnigliaro
With Richard Masur and one more actor TBA
Produced by Mile Square Theatre
Tickets: $25 - $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members)

December 5 – December 30
THE NET WILL APPEAR by Erin Mallon, directed by Mark Cirnigliaro
With Richard Masur and one more actor TBA
Produced by Mile Square Theatre
Tickets: $25 - $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members)

December 7 – December 23
BITTER GREENS written by Clea DeCrane, directed by Kevin Kittle
With Jessica Darrow, Clea DeCrane, Andy Do, and two more actors TBD
Produced by Station 26 ProductionsBITTER GREENS is an explosive exploration of early adult life at the intersection of jealousy, disappointment, and health supplements! 
Tickets: $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members)

Reyna thought she had life all figured out. As a straight-A student, health and fitness guru, and a prestigious internship at Green Communications (a monstrous Think Tank with eco-friendly goals) she was on top of the world. But life after graduation is a lot messier than expected and when she discovers she’s rejected for a position within the company and that her boyfriend Andrew gets the job instead… her resentment drives her to make some bad — and dangerous — choices.
Upcoming at Lincoln Center
New York, NY

Thursday, August 30 – FREE – at 7:30 pm Atrium 360° Soy Caribeña!: Womxn's Voices of the Caribbean featuring Krudas Cubensi + Carolina Camacho Join Afro-Cuban queer feminist hip-hop group Krudas Cubensi and Dominican singer-songwriter Carolina Camacho for a powerful night of music. Presented in collaboration with C’mon Everybody 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 Polk and Co.



Jessica Vosk: Wild and Free has climbed to #29 on the Independent Artists, #12 on the Heatseekers (up and coming musicians), #9 on the Heatseekers Middle Atlanticand #7 on the Heatseekers Northeast Billboard Charts. Released through Broadway Records, Jessica Vosk: Wild and Free marks Vosk’s solo album debut. The album is currently available at www.BroadwayRecords.comAmazon.com, Spotify and iTunes, where it debuted at #14.

Track List:
1. A Million Dreams
2. The Entertainer / Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
3. What Baking Can Do
4. Brand New Key
5. Help / Being Alive
6. The Music That Makes Me Dance
7. Nobody’s Side
8. Chandelier
9. Nothing Compares 2 U
10. Love Has No Pride
11. Hold On
12. Masterpiece
13. Woke the F*ck Up (featuring Marissa Rosen & Marty Thomas)
14. It All Fades Away 

Jessica Vosk joins the Broadway company of Wicked after having spent the last year playing Elphaba in the national tour. Vosk most recently starred in the NYC Ballet Jerome Robbins tribute Something to Dance About, directed by Warren Carlyle and re-created the role of Fruma-Sarah in the most recent revival of Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof. Her other Broadway credits include Finding Neverland and The Bridges of Madison County. She also starred as Anita in the Grammy-nominated San Francisco Symphony's West Side Story.jessicavosk.com @jessicavosk

 World Premiere Of

Bernhardt/Hamlet will begin preview performances on August 312018 and opens officially on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. This is a limited engagement throughNovember 11, 2018 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street).

Tickets for Bernhardt/Hamlet 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 $49-$139. For groups of 10 or more please call 212-719-9393 x 365 or email groupsales@roundabouttheatre.org.

Bernhardt/Hamlet will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:00PM, and Sunday matinees at 3:00PM

For more information, visit  www.roundabouttheatre.org






Tickets are now on sale for Michael Grandage Company’s critically acclaimed production of John Logan’s Red with Alfred Molina and Alfred Enoch, which will be presented by Trafalgar Releasing in selected cinemas across North America and the UK on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.
For tickets and screening locations visit www.RedInCinemas.com.

Filmed at the Wyndham’s Theatre, where it completed its run on Saturday, July 28, 2018, the production is based on Grandage’s original 2009 Donmar Warehouse production, that went on to win six Tony Awards including for Best Play and Best Direction of a Play.

Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant, and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Mark Rothko takes on his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.

News from Richard Hillman PR





The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and rediscovery of musical gems from the past, has announced the line-up for its 49th anniversary season at The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).

Launching the 2018-2019 season is the first Mainstage production, the Off-Broadway premiere of the acclaimed new musical Midnight at the Never Get, with book, music, and lyrics by Mark Sonnenblickco-conceived by Sam Bolen, and presented by arrangement with Visceral Entertainment and Mark Cortale Productions.  Max Friedman is set to direct.  Cast will be announced shortly.  Performances are set to begin Tuesday, October 2, 2018 for a limited engagement through Sunday afternoon, November 4, 2018 atThe York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). Opening Night is set for Thursday evening, October 11, 2018 at 6:45 p.m. 

A brand new musical by York NEO writer and 2018 Jonathan Larson Award winner Mark Sonnenblick, Midnight tells the story of singer Trevor Copeland and songwriter Arthur Brightman who have the perfect New York romance, and that’s swell. In 1965, it’s also against the law. So in the back room of The Never Get, an illegal Greenwich Village gay bar, they put together a show called Midnight—a nightclub act where Trevor sings Arthur’s love songs with their male pronouns intact. But, as the lovers hurtle towards the end of the decade, they find themselves caught in a passion they can’t control and a political revolution they don’t understand.

In November, The York Theatre Company will honor five-time Tony Award-winning musical theatre director/choreographer Susan Stroman (Oklahoma!; The Producers; Crazy For You; Show Boat; Big, The Musicalwith the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre at the 27th Award Gala to be held on Monday evening,November 12, 2018 at Signature Theatre (480 West 42nd Street).

The VIP Reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by a concert and award ceremony at 8:00 p.m.  York Associate Artistic Director Michael Unger (You’re a Good Man, Charlie BrownBig, the Musical) is set to direct the evening’s celebration. For additional information, pricing, and reservations, please contact Director of Development Shana Farr at (212) 935-5824, ext. 214 or sfarr@yorktheatre.org.

Ringing in the holiday season in December is the second Mainstage production: the premiere of the new musical Christmas in Hell with book, music, and lyrics by Gary Apple, directed and choreographed by Bill CastellinoPerformances are scheduled to begin Tuesday, December 4,2018 for a limited holiday run through Sunday, December 30, 2018 at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s.  Opening Night is set for Sunday evening, December 9, 2018 at 6:45 p.m. 

Looking for a sweet, wholesome holiday musical? Well, this ain’t it! On Christmas Eve, little 6-year-old Davin is mistakenly taken down to Hell.  When he returns, not only has he missed Christmas, but he is devilishly changed.  To set things right, his father embarks on a bizarre odyssey that eventually leads him down to Hell itself where he makes a wager with Lucifer he can’t possibly win.  Christmas in Hell, with book, music, and lyrics by Gary Apple (“The Simpsons”), is a wild, irreverent and surprisingly touching musical comedy about the absurd lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.  After award-winning appearances at the NY Fringe Festival and NYMF, Hell now arrives at The York for a full production, way more naughty than nice.
Tickets for Christmas in Hell 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 rush 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 Rush 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.  Christmas in Hell member tickets go on sale September 4.  General public tickets will go on sale September 12.

Tickets for Christmas in Hell 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 rush 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 Rush 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.  Christmas in Hell member tickets go on sale September 4.  General public tickets will go on sale September 12.

The winter season continues with the acclaimed Musicals in Mufti series, this time celebrating the centennial of the legendary librettist and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner.  The series honors one of the creators behind such classics as Brigadoon, Camelot, Love Life and My Fair Lady. The 2019 Winter Mufti series celebrates Lerner with a look at three of his musicals: Carmelina, and two lesser known Lerner gems to be announced shortly. These musical theatre gems, performed in a simply-staged, book-in-hand concert format, are part of the Muftis’ twenty-fifth historic year of presenting shows from the past that deserve a second look. Mufti means “in street clothes, without the trappings associated with a full production.”

Opening the 2019 winter series is Carmelina, with music by Burton Lane, lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, additional lyrics by Barry Harman, and book by Joseph Stein and Alan Jay Lerner.  After previous sold-out Mufti runs in 1996 and 2006, the delightful Carmelina makes its return to the York.  In a picturesque Italian village, Carmelina has raised her teenaged daughter to believe her father was an American who died heroically in World War II—all the while collecting child support checks from three American soldiers, each of whom thinks he is the girl’s father. Complications arise when all three soldiers show up at the same time for a reunion. Even though the original Broadway production only ran for 17 performances, the lush Lerner and Lane score received a 1979 Tony Award nomination for Best Score.  The version of Carmelina presented here is the revised version created by Joseph Stein, Burton Lane, and Lerner protégé Barry Harman for The York in 1996, then further revised for a second Mufti presentation ten years later.   Performances begin Saturday afternoon, January 26, 2019 and continue for 11 performances only through February 3, 2019.  Opening Night will be Sunday evening, January 27, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Performance dates for Mufti #2 are:   Saturday afternoon, February 9, 2019 and continuing for 11 performances only through February 17, 2019.  Opening Night will be Sundayevening, February 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Performance dates for Mufti #3 are:  Saturday afternoon, February 23, 2019 and continuing for 11 performances only through March 3, 2019.  Opening Night will be Sundayevening, February 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

“Musicals in Mufti” Member Tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 28th.  General public tickets will go on sale Tuesday, September 4th 

ONE-DAY ONLY ALAN JAY LERNER BIRTHDAY SPECIAL: To commemorate Alan Jay Lerner’s 100th birthday on August 31st, The York will offer a SPECIAL BIRTHDAY PACKAGE of $100 (savings of up to $50) for the entire Mufti series, on Friday, August 31 ONLY, that will be available online at www.yorktheatre.org, by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the box office at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (Entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

SPECIAL MUFTI SERIES EVENTS:  Several events surrounding the Lerner celebration, including a concert of classic Lerner songs and two multimedia events on “The Creation ofMy Fair Lady” and “The Creation of Camelot” will be announced this Fall.

SAVE THE DATE:  THE YORK’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY KICK-OFF It’s a cause for a major celebration. The 2019-2020 season celebrates The York’s fifty years of producing award-winning theatre in New York City.  Join The York on Monday, April 8, 2019, when the company kicks off a year-long celebration with a special event not to be missed. More details to come soon!

The York will close out the 2018-2019 season with a Spring Mainstage production of a special musical to be announced.

SPECIAL EVENTS:  September brings the launch of the new Show Time! Trilogy, presented in association with UnsungMusicalsCo. as part of a three-year partnership and hosted by The York Theatre Company.  The Show Time! Trilogy features over two dozen songs in an electrifying live-action documentary, weaving music and performance through a narrative of world, cultural, and theatre history.

The first in the new series is Show Time! The First 100 Years of the American Musical, a new documentary musical telling the remarkable story of a uniquely American art form, charting its evolution from the mid-1800s through 1999. Developed for over four years from more than 20 archives in more than 10 states, Show Time! is created, written, and performed by Ben West, a 2017 recipient of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, with musical continuity and arrangements by Fran Minarik and direction and musical staging by Shannon Lewis. 

FIVE PERFORMANCES ONLY:  Thursday, September 13, 2018 through Sunday afternoon, September 16, 2018 at The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s.  NOW ON SALE:  Single tickets for Show Time! The First 100 Years of the American Musical start at $20*.

The new year opens with the fourth annual College Winter Intensive, part of The York’s Musical Theatre Training Program that trains and inspires young performers (January 2-12, 2019); and in March, Marymount Manhattan College, in association with The York Theatre Company and its continuing education program, presents  a musical to be announced at a later date.

The York Theatre Company offers the York! Membership Program, an exclusive membership package for as low as $75.00—with elite benefits that include up to 35% off tickets to York Theatre Productions, exclusive Member pre-sale opportunities, 50% off on all lobby concessions, 20% off on all lobby merchandise, in addition to special Member-only receptions.  The York also offers a York Plus! Membership Program with additional perks, including complimentary tickets to Mainstage productions and invites to several VIP-only presentations throughout the season.

York Memberships can be purchased online at www.yorktheatre.org/membership, or by visiting The York Theatre Company Box Office (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54thStreet, just east of Lexington Avenue), or by calling the Box Office at (212) 935-5820 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.). 

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org 

Tickets on Sale Now!

 Previews begin October 5 
Opening October 21 

Off-Broadway at St. Luke’s Theatre 
Tickets Now On Sale at Telecharge.com

THE BOOK OF MERMAN, a new musical comedy featuring music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz and book by Schwartz and DC Cathro, is set to have its New York premiere in October. Joe Langworth will direct this new Off-Broadway musical, which will begin previews on Friday, October 5 at St. Luke’s Theatre (308 West 46th Street), with opening set for Sunday, October 21

Two Mormon missionaries ring the doorbell of Ethel Merman and hilarity ensues in this new musical comedy. THE BOOK OF MERMAN is a diva-driven journey featuring original songs and show-stopping ballads. It’s delightful. It’s delicious. It’s de-Merman!

THE BOOK OF MERMAN begins performances October 5 at 8pm (Sole Friday performance in the run) and plays Wednesdays at 8pm, Thursdays 7pm, Saturdays 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets ($39.50-$89.50) can be purchased through Telecharge by calling 212-239-6200 or visiting www.telecharge.com. There will be no show on Thanksgiving, November 22, a performance on Friday November 23 at 2pm has been added. 

For more information please visit www.bookofmermanmusical.com 
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