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 12, 2018

Sunday Scoop Week of August 12 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Auditions to Perform at Radio City Music Hall on December 9, 2018 with Camp Broadway

Ages 11-16: New York City

Kids 11-16 get a chance to be a part of the opening act for the Rockettes and share the Christmas spirit with holiday lovers! Sounds of Christmas gives The Camp Broadway Kids Ensemble the chance to perform a 5-minute a cappella performance before the curtain opens on the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, December 9 in New York City!

The Program Includes:
  • 6 hours (1 day) of in-studio rehearsal with Broadway professionals
  • On-stage walk-through rehearsal at Radio City
  • Costume accessory
  • Healthy meal, snacks and water
  • Group/performance photo
  • Ticket to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular*
*Ticket for families available at group rate


For casting and eligibillity guidelines, visit http://www.campbroadway.com/radio-city-music-hall-sounds-of-christmas/?
Upcoming at Feinstein's/54 Below
254 W. 54th St.

New York, NY

Monday, August 13, 7:00 PM
Jill Paice

Monday, August 13, 9:30 PM
Pronoun Showdown!

Tuesday, August 14, 7:00 PM
Benjamin Eakley: Broadway Swinger, Vol 2

Tuesday, August 14, 9:30 PM
The Songs of a Small Town Story: A Musical About a Musical That Rocked a Community

Wednesday, August 15 - 18, 7:00 PM
Bebe Neuwirth

Wednesday, August 15, 9:30 PM
New Musical: Angelmakers: Songs for Female Serial Killers by Molly Rice

Thursday, August 16, 9:30
Eric Yves Garcia:The Songs of Tony Bennett

Friday, August 17, 9:30 PM
Jillian Louis

Saturday, August 18, 9:30 PM
Former Broadway Kids Return to the Stage!

Monday, August 19, 7:00 PM  & 9:30 PM
54 Sings P!nk with Krysta Rodriguez, Jasmine Cephas Jones and More

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

Scientist Saturday

Saturday, August 18, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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. Guests of all ages are invited to meet entomologist Meghan Barrett, who studies some of the 4,000 species of native bees that live in the U.S. 

Pigeonholed Theater Company
Offers Children's After-School Acting Classes This Fall in DUMBO

Pigeonholed, a nonprofit New York City-based theater company, announces the Fall 2018 Children’s Class Schedule, with classes in improvisation and story building, and scene study and acting technique.  All classes are taught by professional actors and Interlochen Center for the Arts faculty and feature workshops with Broadway actors.

Classes will be held at Chaos Studios at 247 Water Street, Suite 202 in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Pigeonholed’s belief is that children learn and grow from doing. These classes were created from Pigeonholed founders, Justin Cimino and Sasha Lazare’s own professional experience as actors as well as their extensive experience as educators. They believe that combination is essential in creating an environment where students are challenged to mature as independent thinkers and to trust their individual creative instincts. Equally critical to their curriculum, over the course of the program students will also participate in a highly diverse set of group activities, which will be aimed at fostering a spirit of teamwork amongst all the participants. By the end of the program students can be both more self-assured and comfortable in front of a crowd, more intuitive and empathetic as artists, and will better understand how to channel their own creative impulses into productive work that the world needs to see. For more information visit https://www.pigeonholedtheater.org/classes-for-kids.

Creating Your Own Character
Wednesdays  3:40 - 4:40 PM
Ages 4-9

This age range encompasses children at their most spectacularly imaginative.  In this class, we encourage the students to use that imagination to create a world and character(s) all of their own. They will learn theatre games, improvisation, listening and communication skills, as well as how to devise an original play. Through acting and play, kids will learn valuable life skills, practice listening, build confidence, make new friends, and find a creative outlet for energy. Throughout the session, they will develop and build upon a fully formed character and story, which will culminate in an invited rehearsal where they will present their original, short play. Students of all levels of experience are welcome!

Acting Technique and Scene Study
Wednesdays 4:45 - 5:45 PM
Ages 10-14

This class focuses both on improvisation and scene study with a focus on various acting techniques. Students of all levels of experience are welcome! At this age, students are able to develop a physical and emotional connection to characters and scenarios presented to them. The first half of the session will focus on theatre games, improvisation, clowning, and devising their own work, with the second half focusing on close scene study, audition preparation, and Shakespeare. By the end of the session the students will have created and written their own work as well as memorized and staged scenes from classic plays assigned by the instructors. Performance techniques taught will include Meisner, movement, and voice/speech, which will all be incorporated into their final presentation. Parents will be welcome to attend an invited rehearsal on the last day of classes.

Spring session starts Wednesday, September 12 and runs until November 14. Registration ends September 10.
Under their new education wing, they will also be offering adult Clowning classes on Sundays from  10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 6:00 to 9:00 PM beginning October 7.

To register, or for more information, visit https://www.pigeonholedtheater.org/classes-for-kids. 
PR Firm Roundup

News from DKC/O&M





Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties begins previews at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) on Thursday, August 16, 2018, with an official opening night set for Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

Meet five different women named Betty: one rich, one lonely, one charismatic, one lovelorn, and one who keeps working on her truck. Oh, and one has decided to stage a production of that play-within-a-play by… that old English guy, what's his name? Ah, forget it. In Jen Silverman’s unpredictable comedy Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties, five women collide at the intersection of rage, love, and the “thea-tah,” provoking each other to take a look in the mirror and face the person they didn’t know they could be. Directed by Mike Donahue (The Legend of Georgia McBride), this New York premiere invites us all to be a little braver, live a little louder, laugh a little harder, and unleash our inner Betty.

The full title of the play is Collective Rage: A Play In 5 Betties; In Essence, A Queer And Occasionally Hazardous Exploration; Do You Remember When You Were In Middle School And You Read About Shackleton And How He Explored The Antarctic? Imagine The Antarctic As A Pussy And It’s Sort Of Like That.

For more information, visit www.mcctheater.org


The acclaimed revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical Carousel, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien and choreographed by 2018 Tony Award winner Justin Peck, announced today that the show will play its final Broadway performance at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street) on Sunday, September 16, 2018.

Tickets for Carousel can be purchased online at carouselbroadway.com, via Telecharge.com or by phone at 212 239 6200, or by visiting the Imperial Theatre Box Office (249 West 45th Street).

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

What's On at The Wild Project

August 20 - August 25
EVQ Film Festival hosted by Lola Rock’n’Rolla
Produced by The Wild Project, in association with New York No Limits,
Tickets: $10
VIP Pass $80 (1 ticket & 1 drink for each screening block)
Festival Pass $55 (1 ticket for each screening block)

Hosted by Director Lola Rock’n’Rolla, this 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.
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.
News from Lincoln Center
New York, NY

Thursday, August 16 – FREE – at 7:30 pm Atrium 360° Jorge Glem Experience the power of the Venezuelan cuatro with the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, who draws a seemingly limitless array of sounds from the instrument’s four strings. 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.
South Street Seaport Museum
Heaven's Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie CanalBook Talk with Jack Kelly
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Melville Gallery

The South Street Seaport Museum announces Heaven's Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal Book Talk with Jack Kelly on Tuesday, August 14 at 6:30 pm at the Melville Gallery213 Water Street, NYC. Doors open at 6:15 PM. Book signing to follow the talk. Books on sale at the event. Tickets are $10 (free for members) and can be purchased at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10282873.


in partnership with 57 Physique
A Special Benefit Physique Barre Class
East Hampton, NY
Friday, August 17, 2018 at 10am

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre in partnership with 57 Physique presents A Special Benefit Physique Barre Class on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 10am at230 Old Stone Highway, East Hampton NY. Registration is $40 and is available at physique57.com/studio-hamptons.

Instructors include Torrey McAnena, Adam Dickerson, and company dancers. The benefit class will be held on the lawn. Please bring a mat & towel.

All proceeds support Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre's upcoming performance season and Notes in Motion's arts-in-education programs in NYC Public Schools.

Guests may make additional donations or purchase tickets to Green Afternoon performance taking place the following day, August 18, on site before or after class.

To learn more about the Green Afternoon performance or Amanda Selwyn Dance, visit: amandaselwyndance.org/green-afternoon-vi.


A Garden Dance Performance and Cocktail Reception
at the Home of Architects Marcia Previti and Peter Gumpel
East Hampton, NY
Saturday August 18, 2018 from 5-7 pm

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre presents Green Afternoon VI, an annual interactive garden installation and performance at the home of architects Marcia Previti and Peter Gumpel in East Hampton, NY on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 5pm-7pm.

The evening begins at 5 pm with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and several outdoor sitting rooms featuring performance installations, with performers dancing in tree houses, on outdoor sculptures, in and around the swimming pool, in the woods, and more. After the moving installations, at 5:50 p.m., the audience will move to the lawn for a seated performance of Selwyn's developing work CrossroadsGreen Afternoon VI takes place at 230 Old Stone Hwy, East Hampton, NY 11937. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at www.amandaselwyndance.org.

Crossroads is a new work in development by Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre scheduled to premiere in June 2019. The piece explores forging into unchartered waters and that tumultuous process of self-discovery. Inspired by the work of Margritte and Escher, Selwyn will collaborate with scenic & costume designer, Anna-Alisa Belous to shape a surrealistic landscape that highlights these lingering moments at the crossroads, choosing one path or another, and how these moments steer the course of our lives.


Brooklyn Opera Works at the
Brooklyn Music School
A Brooklyn Cabaret: Temptations,
Venus & Adonis, and All Wounds Bleed

BROOKLYN OPERA WORKS (BOW) at the Brooklyn Music School (BMS)We strive to create BOW as a place of both excellence and inclusiveness. 

Now in its sixth year, Brooklyn Opera Works (BOW), founded in 2013 by Artistic Director Lina Tetriani, proudly features emerging stars in opera, theater, and dance. During its Summer Vocal Arts program, BOW hosts three productions at the BMS Playhouse: a fully produced opera, an original work of music, theater and dance for children, and the annual A Brooklyn Cabaret. BOW is dedicated to making opera into a living art form that challenges and engages diverse contemporary audiences.

In 2018 The Brooklyn Opera Works/SVA program will present John Blow's baroque masterpiece "Venus and Adonis", accompanied by a baroque chamber ensemble, award-winning composer Christopher Cerrone's one-act opera "All Wounds Bleed". As well as the annual edition of "A Brooklyn Cabaret", directed by Anthony Laciura, and children's original musical adaptation of "Venus and Adonis".

Saturday, August 18, 2018 A Brooklyn Cabaret: Temptations
At 7:30pm at Brooklyn Music School, 126 Saint Felix Street, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets are $20 ($15 for BMS Students) and can be purchased at https://a-brooklyn-cabaret-temptations.eventbrite.com

Bold and provocative, the 6th annual A Brooklyn Cabaret will feature scenes inspired by the mythological dynamic of Venus, the erotic goddess of love and Adonis, the young hunter. Included will be classic selections by Kurt Weill, Frederick Hollander, and Misha Spoliansky, as well original works by emerging cabaret composers.
Mr. Anthony Laciura will direct this over the top showcase featuring impassioned performances by BOW artists. Laciura is a highly acclaimed director, actor and operatic tenor and has appeared on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera over 800 times, and more recently has won praise for his role as Eddie Kessler in Martin Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire.
Wine will be served for all to enjoy. 

Wednesday, August 22 & Friday, August 24 Venus & Adonis and All Wounds Bleed
7:30pm at Brooklyn Music School, 126 Saint Felix Street, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at https://venus-and-adonis-all-wounds-bleed.eventbrite.com

Thursday, August 23 Venus & Adonis
7:30pm at Brooklyn Music School, 126 Saint Felix Street, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at https://venus-and-adonis.eventbrite.com

Venus and Adonis
The groundbreaking, erotic myth of Venus and Adonis centers on the intricacies of the relationship between a sexually empowered goddess and her younger consort.

In the heart of this love story, themes of power play, manipulation and yearning are explored and exploited. Venus's reluctance to surrender, coupled with Adonis's innocence, leads to both a tragic outcome and poignant transcendence.

John Blow's reinterpretation of the myth features sensual English baroque music and scenes of love, desire and playful pageantry of cupids. Controversially categorized by some scholars as first English baroque opera, this piece inspired such legendary later works as Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.

The production is set in the court of Charles II where the aristocrats take on the epic roles, thus reenacting the story within a story. The voyeuristic aspect highlights the mortal interest in the movements of the gods. Featuring extravagant costumes of the Restoration era by Deborah Wright Houston and stage direction and choreography by Marie Zvosec, the production will showcase the talented emerging artists of Brooklyn Opera Works.
All Wounds Bleed
Composed by the Pulitzer Prize finalist Christopher Cerrone, All Wounds Bleed is a one-act chamber opera that tackles themes of individual strife as seen through the lens of the myth of Echo and Narcissus. Mr. Cerrone and Tony Asaro, who wrote the libretto, invite us into the inner world of each figure of the striking trio. Three scenes confront listeners with timely themes of isolation and emotional neglect. A contemporary take on a classic myth, All Wounds Bleed marks BOW's first foray into presenting new opera by a living composer. 


Writers and producers ... 
let TRU pay for a reading of your new musical!
Theater Resources Unlimited
announces submissions for the
2019 TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces open submissions for 2019 TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series. Submissions for the 2019 TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series close August 20, 2018.

Let them pay for a developmental reading of your new musical! Created to nurture producers as well as writers, TRU VOICES seeks producer-driven projects, and also matches writers with producers. Each reading is followed by a "Dollars and Sense" panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the work. According to TRU executive Director Bob Ost, "TRU welcomes a diverse range of new works, as long as they are full length (minimum of 80 minutes), and have not been performed in front of a paying audience in the New York area. We are equally interested in commercial works and the non-traditional and unconventional, and we have a special interest in finding works with multi-cultural significance."
Click here for the TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series detailed information and history, and to pay your submission fee. Submissions are open for the musicals series now through August 20th, 2018 (with a one-week extension to August 27th for TRU members and shows with a producer attached).

Visit https://truonline.org/musicals-series-2019-guidelines/ for 2019 TRU Voices Musicals guidelines.

Visit https://truonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/TRU.musicals19-app-1.pdf to download TRU Voices Application as a writable PDF.
Past participants in the TRU Voices Reading Series that went on to further productions include: 

Musicals: My Life is a Musical (2013) | Hell Hole Honeys (2006) | Saint Heaven (2005) | The Great American Trailer Park Musical* (2001) | Vanities and Vexation (now nor'mal - 2000) 

Plays: The Forgetting Curve (2013) | Film Chinois* (2008) | Missives (2006) | Pied a Terre* (2005) | Taxi to Jannah (2003).

* Published by Samuel French
News from Richard Hillman PR




Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Produceris 50 and they invite you to join the celebration! During the coming year, the company will offer a wide array of programming devoted to continuing its mission of promoting cultural diversity in American musicals. A full schedule of events is listed below.


The Art of Managing A Performing Career, featuring N’Kenge
 Sky Lounge, 347 West 57th Street
(September 24)


“Dare to Be Different” Festival
ART-NY Theatre – 502 West 53rd Street
(November 12– December 9)

Amas Musical Theatre Lab
Bridges, book and lyrics by Cheryl L. Davis, music by Douglas J. Cohen, directed by Jeffrey Page. In 1965, a young woman boldly joins a fight for her civil rights. Decades later, another young woman faces her own battle for equality. As their stories collide across time and distance, each must come to terms with who she is in the context a changing world.
(November 15-16)

Romeo and Bernadette, A Tale of Verona and Brooklyn, book and lyrics by Mark Saltzman, music adapted from classic Italian melodies, directed by Justin Ross.The age-old feud between the Capulets and the Montegues is reimagined in 1960 in this irreverent musical comedy.
(November 19-20)

Stealing Freedom: The True and Heroic Life of the Extraordinary Captain Smalls(formerly “Charleston Harbor”), by Scott Sublett, directed by Christopher Scott. Back by popular demand, Stealing Freedomtells the story an unsung hero of the Civil War whose daring exploits inspired Abraham Lincoln to allow African-Americans to enlist and fight for the Union. 
(November 29-30)

Distant ThunderA Native-American Musical, book by Lynne and Shaun Taylor-Corbett, music and lyrics by Chris Wiseman and Shaun Taylor-Corbett, additional music and lyrics by Robert Lindsey-Nassif, directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett. A young man, half-Native, half white, returns to the Blackfeet Tribe to fulfill a promise he made to his mother on her death bed and unwitting opens a deep rift that threatens to destroy the tribal lands and their culture.
(December 6-7)

The Algonquin Kid, by Michael Colby. A musical revue about growing up in the Algonquin Hotel.
(November 17)

With Love, Marilyn, by Erin Sullivan and Stephanie Rosenberg.  Musical Direction & Arrangements by Harry Aronson. 
A musical tribute to Marilyn Monroe.
(December 1)

The company’s annual Spring Benefit Gala, including a silent auction, concert performance, and reception. The evening includes the presentation of The “Rosie” Award and The Rosetta LeNoire Scholarship Award, both named in honor of Amas founder, Rosetta LeNoire. 
(April 1, 2019

The company’s flagship pre-professional training program teaching musical theatre performance skills to under-served youth ages 12-18. 
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School – 120 West 46thStreet
(Saturdays: October 20 – April 30)
Open House: January 16, 2019 – Auditorium JKO HS
End of Year Performance: May 7-16, 2019 – Hudson Guild Theatre, West 26th Street

Stealing Freedom: The Heroic and Historic Life of the Extraordinary Captain Smalls(formerly “Charleston Harbor”), by Scott Sublett, directed by Christopher Scott.
(May 20-June 30, 2019)

For more information, visit www.amasmusical.org




APRIL 27 – MAY 19, 2019


Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (Tisa Chang, Founding Artistic Producing Director), breaking new ground through a new educational initiative, launches its 42nd Season with the New York premiere of the play The Emperor’s Nightingale, by Damon Chua (November 26 – December 16, 2018) and, with a prestigious grant and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the World premiere of the new play The Brothers Paranormal by Prince Gomolvilas (April 27 – May 19, 2019) both to be presented at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street).  The season will also include the staged reading series Two Faces of Chinese America, and the 2018 Golden Unicorn Gala set for Thursday, October 18, 2018.

The Pan Asian Repertory Theatre 2018-2019 season launches with two new plays as part of the staged reading series Two Faces of Chinese America:  Citizen Wong byRichard Chang inspired by the 19th Century activist and journalist Wong Chin Foo and his fight against the “Chines Exclusion Act.”  One performance only on Sunday afternoon,September 23, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Flushing Town Hall (137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing). 

The second reading in the series is One Day in Old Chinatown by Marcus Yi, a new musical that follows the first Asian American vaudeville performer, Frank Lee, in his first year of show business.  One performance only on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bruce Mitchell Room at A.R.T. NY (520 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor). 

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre will host the 2018 Golden Unicorn Gala Dinner on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at The Golden Unicorn in Chinatown (18 East Broadway at Catherine Street).  The 2018 Golden Unicorn Honorees are veteran stage & film actor, playwright and director Ernest Abuba, former Senior Program Officer for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Fund Cheryl Ikemiya, and in memoriam, composer of Sayonara George Fischoff.

The 2018-2019 Mainstage season launches in November with the New York premiere of the play The Emperor’s Nightingale by Damon Chua (Incident at Hidden Temple), an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s story “The Nightingale,” set in 18th-century China, and brings to light the youthful exploits of the future Emperor Qianlong who befriends a magical bird who helps him learn what he must do to be King. The play employs traditional Chinese lion dance, puppetry, and a pair of tigers and pandas to tell this fun, thrilling tale. A show for the whole family.  Directed by Chongren Fan (Lost in Shanghai), performances are set to begin Monday, November 26, 2018 for a limited run through Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street). Opening Night is set for Sunday afternoon, December 2, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.

The Emperor’s Nightingale will play the following performance schedule suited for all family members  --  School Matinees:  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11:00 a.m.; Public Performances:  Friday at 7:30 p.m.Saturday at 2:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. 

In Spring 2019, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, with a prestigious grant and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, will present the world premiere of the new play The Brothers Paranormal by Prince Gomolvilas (Big Hunk o’ Burnin’ Love) that follows two Thai-American brothers who specialize in domestic hauntings. When the siblings investigate the home of an African-American couple displaced by Hurricane Katrina, everyone’s notions of reality, fantasy, and sanity clash against the shocking truth. Pan Asian’s world premiere of The Brothers Paranormal is the play’s kick-off before later productions in the Midwest, Northwest, and beyond. Directed by Jeff Liu (Yellow Face)performances are set to begin Saturday, April 27, 2019 for a limited run through Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street). Opening Night is set for Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

For additional information, or to purchase tickets please visit the website www.panasianrep.org, or via email at info@panasianrep.org. or by calling (212) 868-4030.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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