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, August 19, 2018

Sunday Scoop Week of 8/19/18 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Upcoming at Feinstein's/54 Below
254 W. 54 St.
New York, NY

Tuesday August - Sunday September 3, 7:00 PM
Saturday September 1, 9:30 PM
Michael Feinstein and Christine Ebersole

Monday August 20, 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM
Newsboys Sing Alan Menken: The Newsboys 5th Anniversary Reunion Concert

Tuesday August 21 & Thursday August 23, 9:30 PM
Samantha Massell

Wednesday August 22, 9:30 PM
54 Sings Sugarland

Thursday August 23, 9:30 PM
Grace McLean & Brittain Ashford

Friday August 24, 9:30 PM
Lyn Lawrence

Friday August 24, 11:30 PM
Six Degrees of Broadway Seperation

Saturday August 25, 9:30 PM
54 Sings Broadway's Greatest Hits

Saturday August 25, 11:30 PM
Riddles, Monsters, and the Apocalypse! 
A Night of New Musical Theater Songs

Sunday August 26, 9:30 PM
Watch What Happens: The Evolution of Stars!

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
Upcoming at The Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamim Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday August, 22 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Find out how the Academy of Natural Sciences makes an impact on the world today and turns the city of Philadelphia into a laboratory for studying biodiversity and environmental challenges. President Scott Cooper will share his vision for furthering the Academy’s historic partnership with Drexel, and researchers will give guests an inside look into how they’re working with Drexel students, faculty and co-ops to build knowledge, spark curiosity and inspire solutions to ensure a healthy future.

For more information or to register, visit 

Thursday August 23, 4:00 - 8:00 PM

Join us for 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 a hi-def live bug show, chat with a real bug scientist and make-and-take a creepy crawly critter craft.

Thursday August 23, 4:00 - 10:00 PM

Join 12th St. Catering at the Academy of Natural Sciences for Dino Drafts: The Academy Beer Garden outside on the Parkway during Dinos After Dark. Come soak in the evening sun, play board games and purchase beer or sample some mouthwatering bites (think tacos!) at the foot of an animatronic orchid mantis. The entire museum will be open with pay-what-you-wish admission (suggested donation is $10 per person). Partial proceeds from Dino Drafts: The Academy Beer Garden benefit the Academy.

For more information or to pre-register, visihttp://www.ansp.org/programs-and-events/events/Details
PR Firm Roundup

News from KAMPFIRE  PR

Tevye Served Raw Extends Run

Sholem Aleichem’s TEVYE SERVED RAW, directed by Allen Lewis Rickman, will extend its run at The Playroom Theater in the Heart of the Theatre District, 151 West 46 Street (just east of Seventh Ave.) into early October,  following a brief hiatus after its originally-scheduled closing on 8/14.

TEVYE SERVED RAW (subtitled “Garnished With Jews”) is an evening of stories by Sholem Aleichem, widely considered the greatest Jewish writer.  It balances more serious material (the ‘Tevye’ scenes) with some of his best comic stories (“Strange Jews On A Train”, “The Yiddish Sisyphus”, and “A Stepmother’s Trash-Talk”), and is performed in Yiddish with simultaneous translation: via supertitles in the dramatic scenes, and rapid-fire interpolated English dialogue in the comedic ones.

TEVYE SERVED RAW, which features an original score by Alex Ryaboy, will play until early October.

TEVYE SERVED RAW will be performed on the following schedule:
Weds, Sept 5th, 3:00 pm
Weds, Sept 5th, 7:00 pm
Weds, Sept 12th 3:00 pm
Weds Sept 12th, 7:00 pm
Weds, Sept 26th, 3:00 pm
Weds, Oct 3rd, 3:00 pm
Weds, Oct 3rd, 7:00 pm

Tickets are $38 and are now available online at BrownPaperTickets.com or by calling 1.800.838.3006. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater’s box office ½ hour prior to performance.

Running Time: 90 minutes

For more information, visit TevyeServedRaw.com
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New Light Theater Project announces 5 NYC premiere plays that encompass “A History, Rewritten” for their 2018/2019 season

New Light Theater Project (Sarah Norris, Artistic Director; Michael Aguirre, Producing Director; Jacob Perkins, Literary Manager) will present their most ambitious season to date with five NYC premieres in its 2018-2019 season, all exploring the theme: “A History, Rewritten.”

Kicking off the new season is Owen Panettieri’s MEANINGFUL CONVERSATION, with direction from Anaïs Koivisto. The production will run September 7 thru September 22  at the A.R.T./New York Theatres as a co-production with Luis A. Miranda Jr. During a blackout, new neighbors David and Nat engage in unusual conversation and wind up revealing more about themselves than they intend.  Twi years later, they are thrust back into each other lives when a domestic dispute erupts in their building, forcing them to reexamine their initial encounter in unexpected ways.

After a successful run at Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown, NJ, playwright Michelle Kholos Brooks and director Sarah Norris will re-team to present the NYC premiere of HITLER’S TASTERS. Three times a day, every day, a group of young women have the opportunity to die for their country. They are Adolph Hitler's food tasters. Using an anachronistic retelling of a historical footnote, and stretching from the WWII era to today’s autocracy, the play asks us to consider what girls discuss as they wait to see if they will live through another meal. Winner of the 2017 Glaspell Award, HITLER’S TASTERS will run at IRT Theatre from October 5 thru 27 as part of New Light’s all-female festival.

The festival also includes a reading series of 3 new plays, written and directed by female-identifying artists. The playwright/director pairs will be announced soon.

Winner of the 2018-2019 New Light New Voices Award is Ray Yamanouchi for his play THE AMERICAN TRADITION. With direction by Axel Avin, Jr., the production will run at the 13th Street Repertory Company from  January 25 through February 16,  2019 . Set in Antebellum America with an absurd and Brechtian twist, fictitious characters Eleanor—cross-dressing as a white planter—and her husband, Bill—pretending to be her loyal servant—attempt to escape to the free state of Pennsylvania. Their operation is running smoothly until they meet Walsh, a drunk planter and member of the Not All Slavers organization, who steals Bill at a rest stop. Armed with a Glock-19 and her fair skin, Eleanor sets out to rescue him by any means necessary.

New Light is thrilled to bring Deb Margolin’s IMAGINING MADOFF, with direction by Jerry Heymann, to NYC from March 1 thru March 232019 after successful runs in Washington D.C. and Boston. Margolin’s powerful play finds Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff in prison, determined to control his own narrative for history as he dictates to a visiting biographer stories about his childhood, his family, women, money and an all-night meeting he had with Holocaust survivor and poet, Solomon Galkin. The play explores themes of greed, willful blindness to the truth, and the beauty and danger of absolute faith, either in God or in men. Theater TBA.,

Finally, Amina Henry’s new play, THE GREAT NOVEL, will round out the season in June 7 thru June 29, 2019. The production will partner with The Flea Theater’s Anchor Program, with direction from Sarah Norris. For most of her adult life, Bertha has served as the Brennans’ housekeeper. While polishing the silverware and washing the windows, she dreams of honoring the promise she made to her grandmother long ago to write the next great American novel. But as she drafts her story, she can only see the imprints of the Brontë sisters, Dickens, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and most of all, the Brennans. Spurred on by recurring visits from her Granny in the afterlife, Bertha seeks a new language for a narrative that only she can tell, uninhibited by the ghosts of literary convention.

Other upcoming events and programming:
●      Submissions for the 2019/20 season open in early July for the The New Light New Voices Award, an annual development platform designed to support one emerging, unique writer and his/her/their submitted play. The winning play is guaranteed a production slot in New Light Theater Project’s 2019-2020 season and will be given an opportunity to work with New Light's ensemble and extended network of artists.
●      New Light Theater Project’s ‘Black & White Gala’ will be held on Sunday, September 23 from 5–10:00pm at The Flea Theater.
●      NLTP’s SPOTLIGHT SERIES will present the revival of Yasmina Reza’s LIFE X3 at Urban Stages with direction by Jerry Heymann from November 20 thru December 
What's On At the Wild Project

August 20 - August 25
EVQ Film Festival
Produced by The Wild Project in association with New York No Limits
Tickets: $10; Festival Pass $55 (1 ticket for each screening block); VIP Pass $80 (1 ticket & 1 drink for each screening block);
EVQ Film Festival embraces an inclusive Queer identity, featuring films that entertain, explore and promote queer-themed issues, work by and featuring LGBTQ artists, as well as work inspired by the expanded innovative and audacious downtown Queer avant garde. The festival seeks to become a positive space for building, growing and fostering the Queer film community and to serve an integral role ushering in the future of Queer film. In addition to screenings of feature length films, shorts, webisodes and music videos, the unique “Future Cult Classics” category is included in the festival to highlight Queer B-Movies of all genres from Horror, Sci-fi, Exploitation, and more. Ssee screening details atthewildproject.org
August 26 
FREE RANGE A Staged reading of a Screenplay by Johnny B. Dunn, directed by A.J. Ciccotelli
Produced by All Out Arts in conjunction with Wild Project and Fresh Fruit Festival
Schedule: Sunday at 2:00 PM
Tickets: Free
A straight rodeo champion seeks redemption for past actions by coaching a group of bullied LGBT high school students in the state's rodeo competition.
In a small Western town, National Rodeo Champion and local hero Chad Raines returns home to his father’s ranch after a bull riding accident to contemplate the end of his career. Father and son are tormented by the loss of Chad's mother and also brother, whose cries for help went unanswered until it was too late. Chad turns to booze and pain pills as a means to cope.
August 26
In two parts by Eleanor Robb
With collaborative assistance from Kedian Keohan and Antonio Irizarry
Schedule: Sunday at 5:30PM
Tickets: $10
In two parts is about the before/after of grief. It is about amplified self-doubt. It is about 1980’s dance movies. It is about friendship and missing a friend.
 August 27 - August 30
Schedule: Monday - Thursday at  7:30 PM
Tickets: $20

This year Cherry Picking is throwing out the rulebook, questioning authority and celebrating our eighteenth year with CHERRYPICKING18: OverRuled. New works. Big fun.

CHERRY PICKING18: OverRuled will feature three nights of short plays by dozens of writers from coast to coast, all inspired by those rules we’re been told to live by. Their 18th year celebrates the rule breaking, risk taking, art makers who will be the cherry on your summer sundae.

CHERRY PICKING18: OverRuled Festival Line Up:

Monday, August 27
Parents by Chris Duffy
Ties by David Koteles
Once More With Feeling by Lawrence Keller
Just Between Us Girls by Tracy Chutorian-Semler
Stand Clear of The Closing Doors, Please! by Chris Tomaino
Like a Woman by Truly Siskind-Weiss
With Dan Domingues, Jody Doo, Martha Epstein, Laura Gourdine, Erica Hager, Rob Hille, Claudia Kelly, JJ Loonam, Johanna Pinzler, Alana Rader, Gerardo Rodriguez, Truly Siskind-Weiss, Liv Weinstein, Robbie Weinstein, Connie Zaytoun

Tuesday, August 28
Floater by Erin Mallon
Ride by Megan Hart
With Lily Bellow, Nicole Golden, Laura Gourdine, Kevin Jones, JJ Loonam, Dhari Noel, Chris Tomaino, Victoria Tralongo

Wednesday, August 29
Turn Off Your Cell Phone by Charlotte Rahn-Lee
Pit Stop by Carly Maready
The Point by John P. Loonam
Second Cut by Nick Coleman
Headphones and Head Down by Steven Lau
Who Needs Skater Boiz by Carolina Garrigo
With Lily Bellow, Betsey Brown, Ryan Dieringer, Jody Doo, Emily Epstein, Sam Gilroy, Nicole Golden, Laura Gourdine, Christopher Larkin, Dana Levinson, Sergio Mauritz Ang, Nina Mehta, Johanna Pinzler, Natalia Plaza, Tamara Reynolds, Marguerite Stimpson, Chris Tomaino, Victoria Tralongo
Thursday, August 30
P.Y.N.O.Y.L. by John James Loonam
Jersey Girl by Gracie Garcia
Buzz by Noah Tattleman Parnes
No Talking In Class by Victoria Tralongo
Barefoot by Nathan Baker
Tribal Concerns by Joseph McDonough
With Julia Anrather. Lily Bellow, Betsey Brown, Will Conard, Ryan Dieringer, Martha Epstein, Sam Gilroy, Nicole Golden, Babe Howard, Kevin Jones, Christopher Larkin, Dana Levinson, JJ Loonam, Dhari Noel, Tamara Reynolds, Robbie Weinstein

All performances are at The Wild Project (195 E. 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B).
Tickets can be purchased online at www.thewildproject.org.
The Box Office opens one hour prior to curtain.

Upcoming at 59E59 Theatres

August 24 – October 28 
HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN written by Hershey Felder, directed by Trevor Hay
With Hershey Felder
Produced by The Town Hall in Association with Hershey Felder Presents
59E59 favorite Hershey Felder returns with his critically acclaimed salute to Irving Berlin.
From Tin Pan Alley to Broadway to The Silver Screen, and from the pop charts to the steps of the nation’s capital, Berlin’s music provided America with the soundtrack of a century. HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN brings the man behind the iconic music to life. 
Upcoming at Lincoln Center
New York, NY

Thursday, August 23 – FREE – at 7:30 pm Atrium 360° Soukous All Stars Join several generations of music stars from the Congo basin for a night of soukous, the fast-paced, highly danceable fusion of traditional Congolese melodies and Afro-Cuban rhythms. 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
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Brooklyn Music School
Toddler Yoga & Dance Class for 2s & 3s
Classes run September 5 - December 18

Brooklyn Music School (BMS) announces Toddler Yoga and Dance Class for 2s and 3s, running September through December. Classes run Monday - Friday10am-10:45am. Registration is $240/trimester. To register, call  (718) 638 5660 or visit https://bms.asapconnected.com/#CourseID=177286.

This unique program is being offered by BMS and MUSE Academy for parents who want their little ones to explore dance, yoga and music starting at an early age

Weekly activities will weave together ballet and folk dancing, storytelling, yoga, songs, improvisation, music games, and more to keep the little ones engaged, curious, and smiling. This class is taught by world-class faculty of MUSE Academy including Deborah Bradley-KramerYun-Tzu Chang, and Amanda Deering

MUSE Academy is an independent private school in Brooklyn. Opening in September 2018 for Pre-K3 through Grade 2, MUSE Academy fills a critical need for high quality, humanist education. They seek to develop the full potential of every child as lifelong learners, expressive artists, and active citizens in his or her community. Music, movement, and performance are central to the MUSE educational experience and profoundly contribute to cognitive and social development. Our unique Pre-K and Kindergarten programs nurture creativity and a passion for learning from an early age. Their approach engages all the modes through which children learn and communicate - including verbal, analytical, kinesthetic, spatial, social, and emotional - using an inquiry-based learning model. We plan to add additional grades each year as our students advance, eventually through Grade 12.

The Brooklyn Music School views music and performance as the birthright of all people, an essential way that human beings connect with others and explore their creativity. The study of music has been demonstrated to enhance academic learning and help develop discipline and confidence that will serve children well throughout their lives.As part of the vision of reinventing the community music school for the 21st Century, BMS is dedicated to:

  • Making high quality musical instruction approachable and affordable to a wide range of students.
  • Creating frequent opportunities for performance for our students and cultural enrichment for our community.
  • Representing a wide range of musical traditions, including European, African, Middle Eastern, and American to represent the diversity of Brooklyn's musical talent.
  • Offering a warm and welcoming space for families and individuals to explore new talents and make lasting friendships.

  • For more information, visit www.brooklynmusicschool.org.

    A Hustle Dance Masterclass & Social
    with Maria Torres
    at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC
    Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 6pm

    Town Stages announces a Hustle Masterclass with Maria Torres on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 6pm, with a Hustle Dance Social starting at 8pm. Tickets are $25 for the Masterclass, $10 for the Social, or $30 for both, and are available at https://hustledancemasterclass.splashthat.com/.

    Join Maria Torres as she teams up with Waack To The Future & Wise Fruit to offer a special Hustle Dance Masterclass & Social at Town Stages. Rediscover one of the most popular social dances born from New York's own Latin community-THE HUSTLE-in this dynamic two hour workshop focused on the partnering technique of "Lead and Follow" with an emphasis on the musicality, speed and syncopation of the dance. Then stay for the dance social with DJ KS 360 and drink specials!
    A clip of last month's class is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8Y7wbftJ8o&t=32s.

    Maria's Hustle choreography can be seen on Broadway in Donna Summer The Musical and in the touring production of Broadway's On Your Feet, among others. 

    "The Hustle" is a catchall name for some disco dances that were extremely popular in the 1970s. Today it mostly refers to the unique partner dance done in ballrooms and nightclubs to disco music. It has some features in common with Mambo and swing dance. Its basic steps are somewhat similar to the Disco fox, which emerged at about the same time and is more familiar in various European countries. In the 1970s there was also a line dance called "The Hustle." Modern partner hustle is sometimes referred to as "New York Hustle." People still do this dance today.

    Battery Dance presents
    Botswana on Broadway
    sponsored by the Botswana Tourism Organisation
    August 22-23, 2018
    The PlayStation Theater

    Battery Dance presents a dance theatre musical, PULA! Botswana on Broadway, sponsored by the Botswana Tourism Organisation, on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 3pm and 8pm and Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 8pm at The PlayStation Theater, 1515 Broadway, NYC. Tickets start at $40 and are available at www.botswanaonbroadway.com.

    Pula, or rain, is highly cherished in Botswana, a semi-arid country in Africa. This fictional play - anchored on the practical and mystical relationship that Batswana have with rain - traces how rain brings humans, plants and animals under one Botswana sky.

    Because of this close relationship with rain, Batswana have always had endless names for rain depending on whether the rain is creating or destroying, whether it is before or after the planting of crops. And so, when drought hits one tiny village in Botswana, the chief assembles his villagers to find a solution. One young woman, Mmapula, is identified as the Rainmaker who must set forth in adventurous search of a specific type of life-giving rain for her people
    This spell-binding musical from Botswana chronicles a rainmaker's quest to regain her powers. Her physical and spiritual rite of passage takes her to the inland delta and savannas of their homeland whereupon she consults tribespeople, and animal and plant communities for wisdom. In this community, where life is lived in communion with all living beings, the Rainmaker - through traditional song and dance - unites all creation toward the goal of bringing rain to her desert land. The result is an exhilarating celebration of all life, with a powerful heart-warming twist.

    Theater Resources Unlimited
    Free Introduction to TRU's Producer Program
    Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 6pm-8:30pm
    Clinton Cameo Studios

    Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces a Free Introduction to TRU's Producer Program on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 6pm-8:30pmat Clinton Cameo Studios, 307 W. 43rd Street, NYC. Tickets are free but space is limited - only ten spots remain! RSVP at https://truonline.org/events/introduction-to-pdmp/.

    On August 22, TRU will host a free meet-and-greet info session about their Producer Development and Mentorship Program (PDMP). Prospective applicants will have the opportunity to learn from and network with our Broadway producer instructors: Jana Robbins, who runs the Basic Class, and Jane Dubin & Rachel Weinstein who run the Master Class which is open to graduates of Basic Class, and a limited number of producers with a high level of experience. (Due to a scheduling conflict, Basic Class instructor Erin Craig will not be at the event.) Participants will also meet and hear from successful program graduates.

    PDMP's purpose is to give members the knowledge and resources to become commercial theater producers, non-profit theater producers and/or self-producing artists. (There may come a time in every theater artist's life when you need to self-produce a show and create your own opportunities, and PDMP aims to provide the tools for that occasion.) Our program teaches necessary skills such as developing a business plan, raising money, marketing and putting together creative production teams. For more information, here is the link to the full program description, and application. (Note: a revised curriculum is still being formed.)

    PDMP is the only theater production program to offer such in-depth instruction from accomplished Broadway producers at such an affordable price. TRU's Basic Class meets one evening of each month for 10 months, and the cost last year was $295 ($29.50/class), though prices for next year are not set yet. There will be limited discount "scholarships" for college students and recent grads. The informational session on August 22nd is completely free. Reserve using the red ticketing box at https://truonline.org/events/introduction-to-pdmp/Master Class costs $425 for 9 sessions, and has a highly competitive submission process. Email TRUMentor@gmail.com for more details.


    JANA ROBBINS is the recipient of the 2017 TRU "Spirit of Theater Award"and is both a Broadway actor and producer having played leading roles on Broadway in Good News, I Love My Wife, Crimes of the Heart, Gypsy (playing the "bump it with the trumpet stripper Mazzeppa while covering Tyne Daly as Mama Rose) and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife (covering both Linda Lavin and Michele Lee and starring opposite Valerie Harper in the National Tour). Jana founded Better World Productions in order to "present theater that not only entertains, but also educates; and inspires us to create a Better World. She made her Broadway producing debut with Little Women. Other Broadway producing credits include the revival of Ragtime and a financial stake in War Horse and Something Rotten (currently on National Tour). Off-Broadway productions includes I Love You Because, Through The Night andWhite's Lies. She's also a producer on Marianne Elliot's Heisenbergand the upcoming Company in London this season. Shows in development includeRoof of the World (World Premiere at KC Rep), The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit (developed at The Workshop Theater) and The Jazz Age (World Premiere at 59/E59th) slated for a London production spring of 2019. For more info: www.janarobbins.com

    JANE DUBIN is a TONY Award-winning producer and the President of Double Play Connections, a theatrical production and management company committed to supporting emerging artists and playwrights in the creation and development of new works. Jane is a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute's 14-week (NYC) and O'Neill Center Intensive (CT) Producing Workshops and past Director of Theater Resources Unlimited's Producer Development Program, and current Director of the program's Master Class. Current: Bandstand, An American in Paris (4 TONY Awards) now on Tour and in London, Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (on Tour)Upcoming Broadway: Farinelli and the King, starring Mark Rylance (opening in December), Fingersmith. Previously: Peter and the Starcatcher (Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tour), winner of 5 TONY Awards; Ann, starring Holland Taylor (Lincoln Center); The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (London); The 39 Steps (OB, Tour); The Norman Conquests(TONY Award, Best Play Revival), Groundswell (the New Group), Beebo Brinker Chronicles (2008 GLAAD Media Award for Theatre). Other: OPA! at TBG Theatre (Best Commercial Production, MITF 2008), Take Me America (Best Musical, MITF 2007), Count Down, (Bank Street Theatre) and the one-woman show that started it all, MentalPause by Margaret Liston. Ms. Dubin is a full member of the Broadway League. She is Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Houses on the Moon Theater Company and a Board member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. For two years she was co-curator of the Hudson Valley Writers' Center New Play Reading Series. She co-produced Hudson River Rising, presenting events for One Billion Rising (V-Day) 2013 and 2014. She was a strategic consultant to SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artists' residency in Brewster, NY and a member of the Grand Jury for NYMF's 2015, 2016 and upcoming 2017 seasons.

    RACHEL WEINSTEIN is a Broadway producer with over two decades of experience in professional performing arts management.  Rachel began her career in the not-for-profit sector holding leadership positions at theatre companies around the globe including: Roundabout Theatre Company (New York), Donmar Warehouse (London), Writers' Theatre (Chicago) and The Old Vic (London/New York). In 2012, Rachel segued to the commercial side of the business producing for Broadway.  Her producing credits include: The Heiress (starring Jessica Chastain), the Pulitzer-prize winning Disgraced, Hughie (starring Forest Whitaker), the world premiere musical of An American in Paris, which is currently enjoying a US National Tour as well as a West End production and Farinelli and the King (starring Mark Rylance), which is scheduled to open on Broadway in December 2017. Rachel is also an Associate Producer of the Tony Award-winning musical, Dear Evan Hansen, which is currently playing on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. Rachel is a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute's 14-week Intensive (New York) and a former member of TCG's National Council for the American Theatre.

    Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-five year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

    TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition, Resource Nights and "Speed Dating" as well as actor workshops.

    For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212 714-7628.
    News from Polk and Co.

    Final Week to See Roundabout's Skintight 

    The Strictly Limited Engagement will conclude on August 26. 3:00 PM

    Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) will conclude the world premiere of SKINTIGHT, by Roundabout Underground alumnus Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Significant Other), with direction by Daniel Aukin (Bad Jews) on Sunday, August 26.

    Tickets for Skintight are available by calling 212.719.1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org, in person at any Roundabout box office: American Airlines Theatre Box office (227 West 42nd Street); The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 W 46th Street) and Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street); or by visiting StubHub, The Premier Secondary Ticketing Partner of Roundabout. Ticket are $119. For groups of 10 or more please call 212-719-9393 x 365 or emailgroupsales@roundabouttheatre.org.

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

    For more information, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org


    (New York, NY) August 17, 2018 - Broadway Records and Yellow Sound Label today announced that The Beast in the Jungle (Original Score Recording) will be released digitally and in stores on Friday September 14, 2018. The album is currently available for pre-order at www.BroadwayRecords.com and Amazon.com.

    The Beast in the Jungle is the story of John Marcher, a man haunted by personal demons, whose great yet unfulfilled love affair with an unforgettable woman spans decades and continents. With an instrumental score of waltzes by four-time Tony Award winning legend John Kander, book by two-time Tony nominee David Thompson and dazzling choreography that traverses the worlds of ballet and contemporary dance by five-time Tony Award winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman, this powerful and romantic tale of love and loss reunites the remarkable creative team behind The Vineyard Theatre’s acclaimed The Scottsboro Boys.
    News from Richard Hillman PR



       The Color Purple   Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn
    My Very Own British Invasion (World Premiere) 
    Benny & Joon (East Coast Premiere) ● Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

    Paper Mill Playhouse announced  that individual tickets for the theater’s 2018-2019 season will go on sale to the public on Monday, August 20 at 10:00am. This will be the first season in Paper Mill Playhouse’s newly renovated auditorium featuring new seats and a fresh design. Single tickets start at just $35. Tickets may be purchased beginning on August 20 by calling 973.376.4343, or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.papermill.org

    Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2018-2019 Season

    (An American Classic)
    SEPTEMBER 26–OCTOBER 21, 2018

    Book by Marsha Norman
    Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis & Stephen Bray
    Based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment motion picture
    Directed by John Doyle

    The Tony Award-winning revival that thrilled Broadway audiences is coming to Paper Mill, where director John Doyle will remount his visionary production. This unforgettable and moving musical based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Academy Award-nominated film features a soul-raising, Grammy-winning score infused with jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues. The Color Purple, with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray, is a stirring family chronicle about the power of love and life. Contains adult themes.

    (A Holiday Classic)
    NOVEMBER 21–DECEMBER 30, 2018

    Based on the film from Universal Pictures
    Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
    Book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge
    Choreographed by Denis Jones
    Directed by Gordon Greenberg

    This heartwarming, toe-tapping production arrives just in time for the holidays. Based on the beloved Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire film, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn features more than 20 classic songs from the Berlin catalog, including “Easter Parade,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “Steppin’ Out with My Baby,” and “White Christmas.” This season, if you're looking for something that's as cozy as chestnuts roasting on an open fire—with a spark of Broadway razzle-dazzle—bring the family to Paper Mill to bask in the glow of an uplifting song-and-dance show.

    (World Premiere)
    JANUARY 31–MARCH 3, 2019

    Book by Rick Elice
    Directed and Choreographed by Jerry Mitchell

    This fable of young love is based on the experiences of Peter Noone, who was just 15 when he rose to international stardom as the lead singer of Herman’s Hermits—and England became the center of the rock and roll universe. Set against the backdrop of the exploding 1960s British music scene, this world-premiere musical features chart-topping hits from Herman’s Hermits and other legendary bands of the era. Tony Award–winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky BootsHalf Time), choreographs and directs. 

    (A New Musical)
    APRIL 4–MAY 5, 2019

    Book by Kirsten Guenther
    Music by Nolan Gasser
    Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
    Based on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture written by Barry Berman and Leslie McNeil
    Choreographed by Scott Rink
    Directed by Jack Cummings III

    Based on the 1993 film starring Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson, this new musical is a smart, funny, tender-hearted celebration of love. The pair at the heart of the show are Joon, a young woman dealing with mental illness, and Benny, the big brother who’s determined to take care of her. When a charmingly eccentric stranger comes into their lives, he throws their carefully calibrated world off-kilter—maybe for the better. This heartfelt screen-to-stage adaptation was hailed by the Times of San Diego as “totally delightful… 100% enjoyable, poignant and affecting.
    (The Broadway Musical)
    MAY 29–JUNE 30, 2019

    Music by Alan Menken
    Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
    Book by Linda Woolverton
    Choreographed by Denis Jones
    Directed by Mark S. Hoebee

    Singing teapots and candlesticks, an evil spell, and an unlikely love story are all part of the magic of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has played to more than 35 million people in 13 countries. Based on the Academy Award–winning animated feature, the stage production includes all of the original songs from the movie by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, plus additional gems by Menken and Tim Rice. The whole family will be enchanted by this gorgeous production, featuring stunning costumes and sets, spectacular dance numbers, and, of course, a fairy-tale ending. 

    For more information, visit www.papermill.org
    And that's the scoop. Tune in Monday for More Theater Monday. 

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