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.
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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sunday Scoop Week of September 30 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon


Barry Levey’s Theatre Is Easy Best Bet provocative satire Hoaxocaust! directed by Jeremy Gold Kronenberg, extends its run into October at  The Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street at 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003).  Two student matinees have also been added to the run. 

Remaining Performances:

Hoaxocaust! plays the following remaining schedule:

Sun, Sept 30th at 4:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.

Wed, Oct 3rd at 11:00 A.M. (Student Matinee) and 8:00 P.M.

Thu, Oct 4th at 11:00 A.M. (Student Matinee)

Fri, Oct 5th at 9:00 P.M.

Sat, Oct 6th at 4:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.

Sun, Oct 7th at 2:00 P.M.

Tickets start at $25.00 and are currently available to purchase by calling 646-395-4310 or by visiting www.hoaxocaust.com.Tickets may also be purchased 30 minutes before showtime





World Premieres by Four Emerging Composers to be Performed by OSL Conducted by Ben Gernon on Friday, July 19, 2019 at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music

Call for Applicants Begins September Now!

The Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) has announced the launch of the DeGaetano Composition Institute, with the first edition taking place in July 2019 at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Four exceptional emerging composers will be selected through a national call-for-scores to workshop new works for chamber orchestra under the leadership of 2019 mentor and composer Anna Clyne. This new initiative was established through a generous gift from the estate of pianist, composer and teacher Robert DeGaetano, and will occur annually each July.

New York, NY, September 24, 2018 - The Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) has announced the launch of the DeGaetano Composition Institute, with the first edition taking place in July 2019 at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Four exceptional emerging composers will be selected through a national call-for-scores to workshop new works for chamber orchestra under the leadership of 2019 mentor and composer Anna Clyne. This new initiative was established through a generous gift from the estate of pianist, composer and teacher Robert DeGaetano, and will occur annually each July.
Participants will develop their skills by working directly with a professional orchestra, mentor-composer, conductor, and industry professionals. The Institute is tuition-free and provides participants with creative development support in the creation of a new work, an intensive one-week learning experience in New York City, culminating in the world premiere of their works by Orchestra of St. Luke's led by Ben Gernon on Friday, July 19 at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Another highlight will be a performance by pianist Jacob Greenberg honoring the late Robert DeGaetano, in which his music will be featured, on Tuesday, July 16 at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Both performances will be presented free of charge.

The national call for applicants closes on November 7, 2018. Three panelists will select the finalists, with Anna Clyne and Ben Gernon selecting the four participants from the finalists' pool and the selectees will be announced in mid-January, 2019.

The DeGaetano Composition Institute consists of two key stages. From January to April, each participant will receive personal, one-on-one mentorship from Ms. Clyne as they develop and compose their original chamber orchestra work through three individualized remote-learning sessions. The four composers will travel to New York City for a one-week residency from July 14 - 19, 2019 with a housing and travel stipend provided by Orchestra of St. Luke's.

As part of the New York residency, participants will receive artistic sessions with the celebrated musicians of the Orchestra of St. Luke's; professional development sessions with the staff of the Orchestra of St. Luke's; networking and professional development from industry leaders; coaching in public-speaking; and guidance for funding sources and public relations.

To apply for the July 2019 DeGaetano Composition Institute, composers must be 18 years of age as of December 2018 and a legal resident of the USA. Applicants must submit two sample works composed within the past five years, one work for chamber ensemble, one work for orchestra; two letters of recommendation, each from someone who is familiar with the work of the applicant and can speak to the applicant's compositional work and capacity; and a CV or resume.

Details are available on the Orchestra of St. Luke's website at www.OSLmusic.org

Encores! Single Tickets On Sale Now!

Get your tickets now to secure your seats for the 2019 Encores! season, part of City Center's celebratory 75th Anniversary Season!

Call Me Madam

Feb 6 – 10, 2019

For the second time in Encores! history, we’re reviving one of our own revivals. Call Me Madamwas the highlight of the second season of Encores! and was the show that put the series on the map. With a memorable score by Irving Berlin and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel CrouseCall Me Madam centers around a brassy ambassador to the fictional European nation of Lichtenberg and features standards including “It’s a Lovely Day Today,” along with Berlin’s most famous counterpoint duet, “You’re Just in Love.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, hwww.nycitycenter.org/pdps/2018-2019/Call-Me-Madam

Rodgers and Hart's I Married an Angel

Mar 20 – 24, 2019

The originality of Rodgers and Hart’s third major collaboration with choreographer George Balanchine consists of blending a drawing room comedy with serious and extended dance sequences. Balanchine cast his then wife as the Angel and created a series of spectacular dances to show her off. In a happy bit of symmetry, our production will be directed and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse for his soon-to-be wife, New York City Ballet star Sara Mearns.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.nycitycenter.org/pdps/2018-2019/I-Married-An-Angel

High Button Shoes

May 8 – 12, 2019

The season will end with a springtime romp, the rarely seen High Button Shoes. This musical contains, among other treasures, Jerome Robbins’ Mack Sennett-style ballet, set to the Jule Styne-Sammy Cahn song “On a Sunday by the Sea,” which created ten minutes of complete mayhem that included bathing beauties, Keystone Kops, mustachioed crooks, and, for no particular reason anyone could determine, a dancing gorilla. All this and more—yes, even the Rutgers football team—feature in this adventure of a traveling con-man caught up in rural, small town New Jersey.  

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.nycitycenter.org/pdps/2018-2019/High-Button-Shoes
Upcoming at Feinstein's/54 Below
254 W. 54th St.
New York, NY

Monday October 1, 7:00 PM
Bette Sussman & Eaine Caswell: The 7 Year Bitch

Monday October 1, 9:30 PM
Off the Line

Tuesday October 2 - Friday October 7, 7:00 PM, October 2, 9:30 PM

Wednesday October 3, 9:30 PM
Songs from Cult Classics to Benefit the ACLU

Thursday October 4, 9:30 PM
Raise A Glass:The Music & Lyrics of Drew Gasparini

Friday October 5, 9:30 PM
Billboard by the Year: 1988

Friday October 5, 11:30 PM
Taylor Pearlstein

Sunday October 7, 9:30 PM
54 Celebrates Aretha Franklin

For more information to purchase tickets and/or to find out about other upcoming events at Feinsteins/54 Below, visit https://54below.com/calendar/?month=October+2018
Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood, Bandits on the Run and Zhang Conducts Beethoven 9

Thursday October 4, 8:00 PM
Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood
The Scared Scriptless Tour

Armed with nothing but their sharp wit, comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood take to the live stage to create hilarious and original scenes in their two-man show. Known by TV audiences for their work on Whose Line is it Anyway?, Colin and Brad improvise new material every night from audience suggestions and participation. “Interactive” in every sense of the word, Colin and Brad will take the audience on a comedic high-wire act… just like a live version of Whose Line! Get ready for a night of non-stop laughter for all ages!

For mor information and/or to purchase tickets, visit www.stnj.org/event/colin-mochrie-brad-sherwood

Saturday October 6, 10:00 AM & 12:00 PM
Bandits on the Run
Milk & Cookies Series

Wielding cello, guitars, and melodious three-part harmony (not to mention some really neat toys), Bandits on the Run give a folksy, funky, fun-filled twist on everybody’s favorite songs. Join in the fun with Roy Dodger, Bonanza Jellyfish, and “Clarissa,” a whimsical trio of music and mischief makers from Brooklyn. They’ll charm the socks off of folks young, old, and everywhere in between!

Milk & Cookies is a lively, interactive storytelling and music series for families. This program is the perfect way to introduce children ages 3-8 to live theater.

For more information and/or to purchase tickets, visit www.stnj.org/event/mc-bandits-on-the-run

Saturday October 6, 8:00 PM
Zhang Conducts 
Beethoven 9
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

XIAN ZHANG conductor
ELIZABETH BISHOP mezzo-soprano
NEWARK VOICES Heather J. Buchanan, conductor 
NEW JERSEY YOUTH CHORUSES Trish Joyce, artistic director

Beethoven’s glorious Ninth, led by Xian Zhang, is a fitting start to a spectacular season. The NJSO is joined by singers from Montclair State University and a choir composed in part of Newark residents.

WHITLEY Speak Out (US Premiere)
Stirring and poignant; rising British composer Kate Whitley’s work is based on Malala Yousafzai’s legendary speech to the UN advocating the right of every girl to have an education.

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9, “Choral”
An unmistakable masterpiece; the hymn’s text extolling the human bond is sung by a joyful assembly, a massed choir including singers from MSU and Newark.

For more information and/or to purchase ticket, visit 
Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton
West Windsor, NJ

American Idiot

Friday October 5, 2018 to Sunday October 14, 2018
Bold, brash, and fun, this soul-searching musical brings Green Day's chart-topping 2005 punk rock album vibrantly to life. This energy-fueled rock opera follows a young anti-hero, Johnny, the self-proclaimed "Jesus of Suburbia", and his two buddies, Will and Tunny, as they attempt to break out of their post-9/11, mind-numbing, aimless suburban existence. PARENTAL ADVISORY: This show is RATED R - Explicit language, sexual content, drugs - Viewer discretion advised - No one under 17 admitted without a parent or guardian.

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

Night in the BOO-seum

Saturday through Sunday, October 6–7, 6:30 p.m.–9 a.m.

Celebrate the start of the spooky season by experiencing the Academy’s towering dinosaurs — including T. rex — after dark!
  • Take a flashlight tour of our Xtreme Bugs exhibit
  • Meet some creepy crawlies
  • Go on a hair-raising scavenger hunt
  • Watch a live animal show
  • Enjoy delicious snacks and breakfast
  • Pick a sleeping spot in a museum gallery
Night in the BOO-seum is perfect for scout groups, birthday parties, kids’ clubs, sports team retreats, families and others.
Upcoming at the American Museum of Natural History
Central Park W. at 79th St.
New York, NY

Meet the Scientist

Bring children age 7 and older to an encounter in the Discovery Room with scientist Kaiya Provost, who will talk about the variety of bird species found around the world.

Special Events at Franklin Square
200 N. 6th St.
Philadephia, PA

All free activities are available during stated times or while supplies last

October 5 – 28, 6 - 9 pm – Spooky Mini Golf – Philly Mini Golf is transformed into spooky fun for the season with fog, lights, music, and surprises (Fri., Sat., and Sun. evenings) ($9 adults, $7 children ages 3-12). FREE for children 2 and under.

October 1311 am – 1 pm – Bark-or-Treat Trail – NEW FOR 2018! A Halloween celebration for four-legged friends. Dogs, along with their humans, are invited to enjoy a beautiful fall day in Franklin Square. Dogs are encouraged to dress in costume and enjoy a trail of treats and some great information for their owners as well as music, photo opportunities, and a place to play and run in the Square. (While supplies last.) FREE.

October 20, 12 - 2 pm – Pumpkin Patch – Pick a pumpkin out of the Pumpkin Patch and decorate it to take home,FREE for children 10 and under. (Group reservations and participation not available. While supplies last.) Also, the Lightning Bolt Express Train makes the traditional fall stop in the Square ($5 adults, $4 children). FREE.

October 2712 - 3 pm – Trick-or-Treat Trail presented by Fox Rothschild – Say the magic words to receive a treat.FREE for children 10 and under. (Group reservations and participation are not available. While supplies last.) Also, the Lightning Bolt Express Train makes the traditional fall stop in the Square ($5 adults, $4 children). FREE.

November 15 – December 31, daily 4 - 8 pm, Fri & Sat 4 - 9 pm – Franklin Square Holiday Festival – Experience the magic of the holiday and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Light Show presented by PECO, warm up with comfort food, local beers, and hot beverages at Ben’s Sweets & Treats. Celebrate the holiday season with Santa Saturdays, #FranklinSquareFridays, Seasonal Sounds on Sundays, and Lightning Bolt Holiday Express train rides around the Square.

December 31, 3 - 8 pm– Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown and Dance Party -The final night of the Franklin Square Holiday Festival concludes with the most family-friendly New Year’s celebration in town. Enjoy music and crafts beginning before the Square Drop from atop SquareBurger at 6 pm and the New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront, viewable from the Square. The indoor Franklin Square Pavilion will host a Kids’ Dance Party until 8 pm for the final Electrical Spectacle of 2018. FREE.

 New Yiddish Rep (NYR) is pleased to announce an exhilirating line-up for the 2018-2019 season: “A Season of Resistance”. The excitement begins in the Garment District at NYR’s new Kamer Theater with The Whore From Ohio (Di Zoyne Fun Ohayo) (Oct 6, 2018) and makes its way to the East Village at The Theater at the 14th Street Y with the much anticipated return of Waiting for Godot in Yiddish (Dec 21, 2018 - Jan 27, 2019) as part of The 14th Street Y’s Season of “War and Peace”.

(315 W. 39th St, Studio 902, New York, NY 10018)

THE WHORE FROM OHIO (Di Zoyne Fun Ohayo)
Oct 6th, 2018 at 9:00 P.M.

Performed in Yiddish with English super-titles.

A dark existentialist comedy about love, death and unfulfilled dreams. Di Zoyne Fun Ohayo is a play about the relative spiritual value of longing versus reality. In this play Levin poses the question: were we better off with the longing than with the reality?

Suitable for ages 16+

Tickets $18: https://whorefromohio.brownpapertickets.com/

Oct 17th and 19th, 2018 at 7:00 P.M.

What does it mean to honor your heritage? 'My Shiksa Boyfriend' explores religion, dating, and identity. 

Tickets: $18, https://shiksa.brownpapertickets.com

Oct 20th, 2018 at 8:30 P.M. (Doors open at 8:00 P.M.)

Madness, Mathem, Mame-Loshn. An evening of song, dance and general revelry. Featuring Mary BlackAmy ColemanMalky GoldmanEli Rosen, among others.

(344 E 14th St at 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003)
Dec 21, 2018 through Jan 27, 2019
Performed in Yiddish with English super-titles.
Waiting for Godot is a dark and often humorous masterpiece commenting upon the absurd situation of humanity which hopes that someone - God, a hero, a messiah - will arrive and resolve our existential questions.
Tickets are $35.00 and are currently available to purchase by calling 646-395-4310 or by visitingwww.newyiddishrep.org. Tickets may also be purchased 30 minutes before showtime. 
Upcoming at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY

A "Monster's Ball" with Michael and the Rockness

The Exclusive NYC Album Release Show!

Saturday, October 6th at 11:00 AM

Michael and the Rockness Monsters offer a heavy dose of silliness at every performance. At this exclusive NYC event, Michael and his band will debut songs from their album Monster’s Ball, and kids are invited to come in costume (or not) for the musical masquerade party. 

Visit Michael and the Rockness Monsters' official site HERE.
Catch their animated "Pirate Song" video, HERE
For more information or to order tickets, visit www.symphonyspace.org/events/just-kidding-michael-and-the-rockness-monster
Upcoming at Vital Theatre Company
Theatre at Blessed Sacrament
162 Broadway
152 W. 71st St.
New York, NY

Angelina Ballerina

Beginning Saturday October 6 & Sunday October 7, 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.iseats.net/index.php?EventID=302
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News from BroadwayCon


BroadwayCon is thrilled to announce the initial MainStage lineup, including sold-out sensation Be More Chill, Tony Award-winning musical Come From Away, The Prom, and Pretty Woman. As part of MainStage programming, panels will feature members of the cast and creative teams from all four shows. Additional panels will be announced at a later date.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit
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The Tony®, Olivier®, and Grammy® Award-winning smash hit Beautiful – The Carole King Musical will perform live on Monday’s episode of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” The cast of Beautiful lead by North American tour star Sarah Bockel will perform “Natural Woman” for contestants Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber as part of “Dancing with the Stars.” The wild popular program airs locally on WABC-7 at 8 PM ET.






ON APRIL 7, 2019



Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig announced today that the Tony Award-winning, record-shattering Broadway production of Kinky Boots will play its final performance on April 7, 2019. At the time of its closing, the musical will be the 25th longest-running production in Broadway history, having played 2,507 regular performances and 34 previews.

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

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

There is a general ticket lottery for each performance; lottery entries will be accepted online (lottery.kinkybootsthemusical.com) beginning one week prior up to 11am EST the day before the desired performance, and names will be chosen at random, for a limited number of $40 tickets. See KinkyBootsTheMusical.com for details and restrictions.

For more information, visit www.kinkybootsthemusical.com.









PERFORMANCES BEGIN WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3                                       


Epic Theatre Ensemble (James Wallert, Ron Russell, Melissa Friedman, Co-Founders) is proud to announce its special guest line-up for the post-show talkbacks following every performance of the world premiere of The Winning Side, a new play by James Wallert. The Winning Side, which is now in rehearsals, begins previews on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 and officially opens on Monday, October 8, 2018 at The Acorn Theatre of Theatre Row (410 West 42nd St.), a program Building for the Arts NY, Inc. It will play a limited run through Sunday, October 28.

The Winning Side has invited guest experts in the fields of history, science, politics, engineering and technology. These talks are an important part of Epic Theatre Ensemble’s mission to promote vital discourse.  Audience members are invited to stay after every show for these lively and fascinating discussions that will revolve around the play’s subject matter. 

The line-up is as follows below, noting that not all guests have yet been announced and these are subject to change.

Friday October 5, 8PM: David Berreby, Journalist and author of Us and Them: The Science of Identity

Saturday October 6, 8PM: Priscilla Murolo, Professor of Women’s History at Sarah Lawrence College and author of The Common Ground of Womanhood: Class, Gender, and Working Girls’ Clubs

Sunday October 7, 3PM: Andrea Bonime-Blanc, CEO, GEC Risk Advisory and author of The Artificial Intelligence Imperative

Wednesday October 10, 8PM: Avis Lang, co-author (with Neil deGrasse Tyson) and editor of Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance between Astrophysics and the Military

Thursday October 11, 8PM: Jonathan Alter, Analyst for MSNBC and author of The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies.

Saturday October 13, 8PM: Michael Neufeld, Senior curator at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and author of Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War

Sunday October 14, 3PM: Michael Buckley, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Lehman College

Thursday October 18, 8PM: Cecilia Rubino, Chair of the Theatre Department at Eugene Lang College/ The New School
Friday October 19, 8PM: Julian Zelizer, CNN contributor, Professor of History at Princeton University, and author of Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security - From World War II to the War on Terrorism

Saturday October 20, 8PM: Shira Mitchell, NYC Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics

Sunday October 21, 3PM: Gabriel Cwilich, Professor of Physics at Yeshiva University

Thursday October 25, 8PMS. Matthew LiaoArthur Zitrin Professor of Bioethics at NYU and author of Moral Brains: The Neuroscience of Morality

Friday October 26, 8PM: Teasel Muir-Harmony, Curator at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Based on the true story of Wernher von Braun, Chief Rocket Engineer for the Third Reich and one of the fathers of the United States space program, The Winning Side explores the hidden history behind America’s 1969 A5 at 8 pm

Tickets are $20 for all preview performances (October 3-7), $35 for the first week (October 10-14) and $45 thereafter.  Tickets can be purchased athttp://www.epictheatreensemble.org/the-winning-side/

The performance schedule for The Winning Side is as follows:

Wednesday, October 3 at 8 pm
Thursday, October 4 at 8 pm
Friday, October 5 at 8 pm
Saturday, October 6, at 8 pm
Sunday, October 7 at 3 pm
Monday, October 8 pm – opening night

Post opening:
Wednesday, October 10 at 8 pm
Thursday, October 11 at 8 pm
Friday, October 12 at 8 pm
Saturday, October 13 at 2 pm & 8 pm
Sunday, October 14 at 3 pm

Wednesday, October 17 at 8 pm
Thursday, October 18 at 8 pm
Friday, October 19 at 8 pm
Saturday, October 20 at 8 pm
Sunday, October 21 at 3 pm

Tuesday, October 23 at 7 pm
Wednesday, October 24 at 8 pm
Thursday, October 25 at 8 pm
Friday, October 26 at 8 pm
Saturday, October 27 at 8 pm
Sunday, October 28 at 3 pm
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What's On at the Wild Project

Now - October 13
written and performed by Hope Salas, directed by Erika Latta
Schedule: Tuesday - Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; Sunday at 2 PM
Tickets: $25

HOPE is the story of three women: Rose, a prostitute in the 1950's; Alice, a spirited, yet haunted wife and mother; and Hope, an Irish-Mexican storyteller who examines the fragments of her life in order to understand how she has survived, and how she will thrive in the second half of her life. It is a darkly comic play about women's voices and women's choices; addiction and abuse; healing and survival. It is about HOPE.

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 Lincoln Center

LC Kids 2018-19 Season Starts October 6th

Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 11:00am
It’s Mardi Gras in Manhattan! Influenced by the music from her mother’s hometown, Jazzy Ash and her band the Leaping Lizards bring children along on a swingin’ musical tour of New Orleans. With this four-piece band, and upbeat catchy music styles of jazz and zydeco, you’re going to have a grand ol’ time on this musical journey. Bon Voyage!
David Rubenstein Atrium, 61 West 62nd Street
Tickets: FREE—Seating is first come, first served, and gates open one hour prior to the performance.

Wednesday, October 10 – Sunday, October 14, 2018 at various times

Wednesday, October 10 – Sunday, October 14, 2018 at various times
This mesmerizing and intimate sensory experience for babies and their caregivers opens in a softly lit installation space that introduces tiny audience members to the rain—its sounds, its shapes, even its wetness. A trio of performers on cello, voice, and percussion act as gentle guides through a brand-new world of wonder, delight, and opportunities for connection through sound, touch, and performance. Rain is designed for infants and babies who are not yet walking. For safety reasons, babies who can walk will not be permitted into the theater.
Samuel B. & David Rose Building, 165 West 65th Street
Tickets: Available here or by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500

Friday, October 19 – Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 8:00pm
When pianist Joey Alexander first performed in Rose Theater at age 11, it was a history-making highlight of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2014 gala. He has since sold out Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and now, at age 15, he returns to our largest stage as a headliner.
Rose Theater, Broadway at West 60th Street, 5th floor
Tickets: Available here or by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500

Saturday, October 27 – Sunday, October 28, 2018 at various times
“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.” Andy Cannon is one of Scotland’s finest storytellers for children. With a few simple props, he takes on multiple roles to recount Shakespeare’s Scottish Play in this riveting one-man show. Using contemporary language and easy-going humor that tempers the play’s more gruesome events, Cannon takes audience members young and old on a thousand-year journey from fact to fiction and back again. It is “a tale of sound and fury, signifying first-class theatre for everyone” (Herald, U.K.)
Clark Studio Theater, 165 West 65th Street
Tickets: Available here, or by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500

Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm
In their characteristic style that is both reverent of the original and imaginative with its interpretation for contemporary young audiences, the celebrated Classical Theatre of Harlem delves into Sophocles' famous tragedy. When the young woman Antigone arrives in Thebes to discover that her brothers have been killed in battle, she is enraged that her uncle Creon—the city’s ruler—is refusing proper burial rights to one of them. Caught defying the king, she is imprisoned, leading to an uprising of the people. Carl Cofield directs this timeless play whose themes of power, loyalty, tyranny, justice, and the position of women in society continue to resonate strongly today.
Gerald W. Lynch Theater, 524 West 59th Street
Tickets: Available here, or by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500

Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 11:00 am
Elena Moon Park and Friends celebrates folk and children's music from all over East Asia, reinterpreted to mix various musical traditions, languages, styles, and stories. The tunes range from northern Japanese sea shanties to Tibetan jump rope rhymes, joyous Korean harvest sing-alongs, and Taiwanese train songs. Elena, who also plays fiddle, trumpet, mandolin, and more with Dan Zanes and Friends and Sonia De Los Santos, leads a fun and adventurous group of musicians for this cross-cultural musical fiesta. Expect to dance and sing to tunes in Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Tibetan, Taiwanese, Spanish and English!
David Rubenstein Atrium, 61 West 62nd Street
Tickets: FREE—Seating is first come, first served, and gates open one hour prior to the performance.

Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 11:00am and 2:00pm

Take a transformative journey of the senses with the preeminent Quebecois dance company Cas Public, returnin to Lincoln Center after their sold-out production of Gold in 2015. 9 begins with dancer Cai Glover gently taking off his hearing aid. With choreography inspired by sign language and ballet, he and four other dancers enter the world of Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony and its famous Ode to Joy. Awe-inspiring and uplifting, 9 pushes back the boundaries of silence, transcends our preconceived notions of otherness, and transforms bodies into language.
Clark Studio Theater, 165 West 65th Street
Tickets: Available here or by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500

Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm
An exploration of how the waltz grew from a social dance to a nostalgic symbol as it crossed from Austria to France, Russia, and beyond. Featuring music by Johann Strauss II, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, and others.
David Geffen Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza
Tickets: Available here or by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500
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Deadline: October 15, 2018

Town Stages announces the Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellowship 2019. Applications for Creative Fellowships are accepted on a rolling basis and a new class of Fellows is announced for each new calendar year. To be eligible for the 2019 Creative Fellowship, please apply by October 15, 2018. The application is available at https://www.sokoloffarts.org/fellowship.

Shared Spaces
Join us during the day, or when we are partially booked, for "Open Work Hours".
Host your meetings, collaborate with your team, or just enjoy a quiet place to write.
This resource is FREE to all our Fellows.
Basically, mi casa, su casa.
Exclusive hourly rental Portal
Exclusive for Fellows!
Rent space by the hour for internal work (anything not open to the general public).
Rehearse a new dance number, practice your pitch, or transform Town into the perfect spot for a photo or film shoot.
Book ANY ROOM for $15/hour within 2 weeks of any given date during regular business hours.
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LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture

at the 14th Street Y
Announces 2018-2019 Fellows

LABA: Laboratory for Jewish Culture announces the 2018-2019 Fellows: a group of thirteen culture-makers, a mix of visual artists, writers, musicians, playwrights, dancers, composers, film-and theater-makers, and directors who are brought together to study classic Jewish texts in a non-religious, open-minded setting centered on a chosen theme; this year's theme is LIFE + DEATH.
The 2018-2019 Fellows are Dmitri Barcomi, Ari Brand, Maya Ciarrocchi, Jessica Tamar Deutch, Yochai Greenfeld, Jeanne Heifetz, Marques Hollie, Stav Palti-Negev, Richard Saudek, Mariano Wainsztein, Ilana Sichel, Yonatan Gutfeld and Alex Weiser.

Highlights for this season's LABAlive events include:
--Dmitri Bercomi's Necrophoresis, a cross-medium dance-theater piece exploring the death rituals of ants and the life of Anna Freud
--Avi Brand's full-length play, exploring the AIDS epidemic in NYC through discoveries made about the death of his father, Natan, a virtuosic concert pianist, lapsed Orthodox Jew and closeted gay man
--Maya Ciarnochhi's Yizkor, a performance-installation that reveals the lost and forgotten spaces left by the dead, specifically the destroyed architectural site of Ozarow, Poland, the shtetl where her family originated
--Jessica Tamar Deutsch's Illustrated Life and Death, a series of large ink drawings with text that studies the practices of birth doulas and chevra kadishas (groups that prepare the body for burial) to gain insights into these moments of Life + Death and the significance they carry in a Jewish (and human) context
--Yochai Greenfeld's Yiddish Drag Queen show, exploring the edgy medium of drag performance and its recent acceptance into the mainstream through the prism of ancient Aramaic and the cultural context of Yiddish
--Jeanne Heifetz's Pre-Occupied, a series of drawings that addresses mortality through the formal language of cemetery maps
--Marques Hollie's Go Down, Moshe, a retelling of Exodus using the musical tradition of negro spirituals, civil-rights era music and the written narratives of enslaved people
--Stav Palti-Negev's play adaptation of Hieronymous Bosch's painting, "The Garden of Earthly Delights," a triptych of three possible options of existence: Paradise, Hell and Something In-Between
--Richard Saudek's weird and wistful Clown Show, featuring two clowns (until one dies), with a Chagall-esque fiddler to accompany the hijinks
--Ilana Sichel's non-fiction project (part-memoir, part-essayistic grappling) about the death of her 34-year-old brother to cancer and end-of-life ethics
--Mariano Wainsztein's song cycle of Hebrew poems by the self-exiled poet Ha'Loazy, dealing with the death of "home" and the loss of identity while celebrating the minimalist economics of the Hebrew language
--Alex Weiser's opera, State of the Jews, which follows the last year in the life of Theodor Herzl, interweaving historical and personal narratives as his struggle to secure a Jewish homeland takes a toll on his family life
--Jewish Ghost Stories: Demons, Monsters and Madness in the Bible and Talmud, short, scary stories taken from Classical Jewish texts. The 1915 filmThe Golem will be screened, with live musical accompaniment by LABA Fellows

LABAlive Series

February 2, April 18, May 25, @7:30PM
Experience excerpts of new works-in-progress presented by the 14th Street Y's LABA Fellows, devising new work around the theme of LIFE + DEATH. Each artist's unique contemplation presented on stage weaves into a multidisciplinary evening shared with the public. LABA encourages artists to test boundaries, take risks, and discover ways in which classical Jewish text can inspire new, deep and meaningful works, which are then coupled with a theatrical teaching of text to enhance and widen the context of each piece. At each LABAlive, Fellows intrigue and inspire, leaving audiences with a curiosity to see more. Many of the Fellows' works go on to second-stage productions, with many premiering at the 14th Street Y the following year.
Full Season Tickets and detailed information on shows available at www.14streety.org/tickets.

$14@14Y Flex Pass
Subscribe to the 14th Street Y and save with Flex Pass. For $42, choose any three shows from the upcoming season at https://14streety.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S36000007O40PEAS.


Works & Process at the Guggenheim


Pacific Northwest Ballet

Jerome Robbins Centennial Celebration: Male Solos with

 Peter Boal

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 2 and 3, 2018 at


Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents
Pacific Northwest Ballet: Jerome Robbins Centennial Celebration: Male Solos with Peter Boal on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 2 and 3, 2018 at 7:30pm.

Peter Boal, Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) and former Principal Dancer of New York City Ballet, is joined by PNB principal dancers James Moore and Lucien Postlewaite, PNB corps member Dylan Wald and Christina Siemens, PNB principal company pianist, to illustrate and perform male solos by acclaimed choreographer Jerome Robbins on the occasion of Robbins's centennial. Excerpts from Dances at a Gathering and Opus 19/The Dreamer and a Boal reconstruction of a "lost" solo set to "A Farewell to Land" created for him by Robbins in 1987 and originally intended for Ives, Songs are performed, as well as an excerpt from George Balanchine's Prodigal Son, in which Boal was coached by Robbins.

In conjunction with this program, on the evening of October 2 and 3The Wright restaurant at the Guggenheim will serve a special menu featuring Jerome Robbins' favorite recipes, curated by food scholar Meryl RosofskyFor reservations, call 212 423 3665 or visit opentable.com/the-wright.


$45, $40 Guggenheim Members and Friends of Works & Process
Box Office (212) 423-3575 or worksandprocess.org
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue, New York
Theater Resources Unlimited
announces the TRU Producer Boot Camp
Essentials of Successful Self-Producing
Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10:30am-3:30pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the TRU Producer Boot Camp Essentials of Successful Self-Producing Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10:30am-3:30pm at Clinton Cameo Studios, 307 W. 43rd Street, NYC. For more details, visit https://truonline.org/events/self-producing-2018/(please use the bright red reservation box to purchase your spot); or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com with questions.

Faculty for this half-day workshop will include Michael Griffiths, Marketing & Audience Development Associate for Dixon Place Theatre; Emileena Pedigo of The Show Goes on Productions, former general manager of Midtown International Theatre Festival; and Bob Ost, writer-producer, executive director of TRU. With guest speaker Dorothy Marcic, self-producing writer (off-Broadway long-running Sistas!, This One's for the Girls, Respect); solo artist Meshelle "The Indie-Mom of Comedy"; Jay Michaels of Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment; others tba.

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit http://www.truonline.org/ or call 212 714-7628. 

Works & Process at the Guggenheim

American Ballet Theatre: Jessica Lang & Sarah Crowner

Sunday and Monday, October 7 and 8, 2018 at 7:30pm

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents American Ballet Theatre: Jessica Lang & Sarah Crowner onSunday and Monday, October 7 and 8, 2018 at 7:30pm.

Since 1940, American Ballet Theatre has been a home for emerging choreographers and artists. This season, as part of the ABT Women's Movement initiative, choreographer Jessica Lang collaborates with artist Sarah Crowner, whose work is included in the Guggenheim's permanent collection, for Lang's third work for the company. Join Lang and Crowner, moderator John Meehan, and dancers from American Ballet Theatre for an intimate evening of dance and discussion prior to the ballet's premiere. The ABT Studio Company will also perform Le Jeune by Lauren Lovette.
Dancers: Sklyar Brandt, Blaine Hoven, Christine Shevchenko, Stephanie Williams, Joo Won Ahn (10/7)
Sklyar Brandt, Blaine Hoven, Christine Shevchenko, Stella Abrera, Joo Won Ahn (10/8)
Musicians: Emily Wong, Scott Ballantyne and Robin Zeh
See Sarah Crowner's Installation
Audience members are invited to experience Sarah Crowner's site-specific installation inside The Wright restaurant at the Guggenheim, featuring handmade terracotta tiles installed on the floor and two walls of the restaurant, and a backdrop made of raw and painted canvas cut, arranged, and sewn together. The Wright restaurant will be open before the performance, from 6:30pm - 7:30pm and feature a cash bar, to enjoy a drink while viewing the installation.
For more information about Sarah Crowner's Installation, visit:
$45, $40 Guggenheim Members and Friends of Works & Process
Box Office (212) 423-3575 or worksandprocess.org
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue, New York

News from Polk and Co.





The producers of ANASTASIA are thrilled to announce two-time Tony Award winner Judy Kaye has returned to Broadway to play the “Dowager Empress” in the hit Broadway musical ANASTASIA on September 28, 2018.Kaye has taken over for original company member Mary Beth Peil.

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




Limited Engagement Through November 11,  2018 on Broadway at American Airlines Theatre

Bernhardt/Hamlet opened officially on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. This is a limited engagement through November 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-$149. 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


Wicked Clone or how to deal with the evil (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording) was released digitally on Monday, September 24, 2018 and in stores on Friday, October 5, 2018. The album is currently available for pre-order at www.BroadwayRecords.com and Amazon.com.

Wicked Clone or how to deal with the evil, based on the novel of the same name by Mihaela Modorcea, is an immersive blend of musical theatre, epic film projections, symphonic-gyspy songs and an original score written, arranged and performed by the multi-talented Indiggo TwinsGabriela and Mihaela Modorcea. Depicting 15th century Transylvania to modern day NYC (and beyond), Wicked Clone is a magic realist story about a vampire bitten by a human being which turns the tables on tradition.  

Opening Songs:
1. Hello
2. Up and Down
3. Eureka
4. Nails Up
The Show:
5. La La La
6. Bite Back
7. Half Man, Half Vamp
8. A Kiss to Live
9. Ride With Me
10. Honey, Money
11. White Lies, White Sins
12. Wicked Clone
13. Little Lying Mirror
14. Pull the Curtains to the Side
15. Take Off Your Mask
16. Younger Than Yesterday
17. Queen of Tango
18. Love Flu
19. I’m Afraid of Who I Am
20. Tell Me Less & Love Me More
21. Different
22. Ooh La La / Fairies Call
23. I Am Like God
Closing Songs:
24. Dracula’s Land
25. Immortal


American Son Box Office Performance Begin October 6, 2019

Opening Night November 4, 2019

Limited Engagement Through January 27, 2019

AMERICAN SON will begin performances onSaturday, October 6, 2018 with an official opening night set for Sunday, November 4, 2018.  American Son is playing a limited 16-week engagement at the Booth Theatre on Broadway (222 West 45th Street) through January 27, 2019.

Tickets are currently available for purchase on www.AmericanSonPlay.com or www.telecharge.com, 212.239.6200, or at the Booth Theatre box office (222 West 45thStreet). Beginning Saturday, the Booth Theatre box office will be open Monday – Saturday 10am – 8:30pm.

A Florida police station in the middle of the night.  Two parents searching for answers. AMERICAN SON is a gripping tale about who we are as a nation, and how we deal with family relationships, love, loss, and identity. 

Ticket Information:
Tickets are on sale at telecharge.com, 212.239.6200, or at the Booth Theatre box office (222 West 45th Street). Ticket prices range from $79-169. Student rush tickets will be $35. All prices inclusive of $2 facility fee, subject to availability.  For groups of 10 or more, contact Broadway Inbound at  broadwayinbound.com or 866.302.0995. 

Performance Schedule:
From October 6 - November 3, American Son will play Tuesday-Saturday evenings at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.  Beginning November 6, the schedule will be Tuesday-Thursday evenings at 7pm, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturdays at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. 

For more information, visit www.AmericanSonPlay.com.

Broadway Records recording artist Joel B. New will make his Green Room 42 debut on Saturday, October 6 at 9:30pm with his new show “Joel B. New Is Trying Too Hard.”

Be More Chill star Lauren Marcus joins the lineup of singers in American Theatre Wing’s Jonathan Larson and MAC’s John Wallowitch Award-winning songwriter Joel B. New's eclectic evening alongside Madge Dietrich (Kinky Boots), CK Edwards (Shuffle Along), Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Women On The Verge…), Victoria Huston-Elem (Finding Neverland), Travis Kent (Disaster!), Richard Riaz Yoder (Hello, Dolly!), Ben Roseberry (Gentleman’s Guide…), Hansel Tan (The Four Immigrants), andMichael Winther (Fun Home). The evening features musical direction by Gillian Berkowitz (Avenue Q), with New co-directing alongside Robbie Rozelle (Songs From Inside My Locker).

Joel B. New’s musical theatre works include To Hell and Back, Mackenzie and the Missing Boy, Standalone: a song cycle, Agatha In The Attic, RSVP, and his latest musical comedy, Monkey Trouble Unleashed! His  work has  been seen and developed  at Ars Nova, New York Theatre  Barn, Prospect Theater Company, Musical  Theatre Factory, Broadway au Carré in Paris, Upstairs at the Duplex, and the New York Musical Festival. He is also the creator and host of “Something New,” which was named one of the Top 20 Podcasts for Theatre Fans by BroadwayWorld.com. Joel’s first solo album Cabot Cove — a collection of “theatre pop” songs inspired by the classic TV series Murder, She Wrote — is available on Broadway Records.

Tickets can be purchased here






Broadway Records and Yellow Sound Label today announced So Much To Say – Songs for Every Town, will be released digitally on Friday, October 5, 2018. The album will be available at www.BroadwayRecords.com, Amazon and iTunes upon release.

“Watching the wave of gun violence spread across our country and into our schools is difficult and we’re all faced with the question – ‘What can I do.’ We wanted to do something to support the great organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, so we commissioned some of New York’s finest composers and asked our favorite singers to record an 11 track album inspired by the stories and survivors of gun violence in our schools. We hope this collection of original music will help bring awareness and support to this crucial movement. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we’ve enjoyed creating So Much To Say.” – Michael Croiter (album producer).

So Much To Say – Songs For Every Town features original music by Rob Rokicki, Drew Gasparini, Bobby Cronin, Zoe Sarnak, Michael Mott, Lynne Shankel, Michael Patrick Walker, Julie Foldesi, Gary Adler, Laurence O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin. Vocal artists include Justin Guarini, Margo Seibert, Ariana DeBose, Katerina Papacostas, Bobby Cronin, Julie Foldesi, Drew Gasparini, Rob Rokicki, Shayna Steele, Jennifer Perry, Gary Adler, Celeste Rose and more.

Track List
1.       “When I Kiss You Goodbye” (written by Rob Rokicki; performed by Rob Rokicki, Salli Garrigan and Pace University students Ben Nurthen, Matt Piper, Jamir Brown, Sean-Michael Bruno, Maria Andrioli, Emmalee Kidwell, Hillary Dominguez and Karissa Carleton)
2.       “Thoughts and Prayers” (written and performed by Drew Gasparini)
3.       “That’s Not The Way It’s Gonna Be” (written by Lynne Shankel; performed by Julie Foldesi)
4.       “Stand For Change” (written by Michael Patrick Walker; performed by Shayna Steele)
5.       “Standing Proud” (written by Julie Foldesi; performed by Caitlyn Caughell)
6.       “17” (written and performed by Bobby Cronin)
7.       “Stand With Me” (written by Zoe Sarnak; performed by Justin Guarini, Margo Seibert, Ariana DeBose, Katerina Papacostas, Bobby Cronin and Sean-Michael Bruno)
8.       “Never Again” (written by Gary Adler; performed by Jennifer Perry and Gary Adler)
9.       “Stupid Kids” (written by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin; performed by Celeste Rose, Imari Hardon, Nicole Vandyzandy, Charissa Hogeland, Doug Storm, Donnie Kehr, Matt Hetherington)
10.   “Be The Song” (written by Michael Mott; performed by Michael Mott, Jonathan Burke, Brandon Contreras, Lauren Devine, Brittany Dorazio, Joshua Greenblatt, Nathan Richardson, Lindsay Rider and Nicole Turner)
11.   “Ordinary Day” (written by Jonathan Reid Gealt; performed by Loren Allred)

The artists support the work of Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund and its mission to end gun violence in the United States.

Second Stage Theater’s
World Premiere Production of

Previews begin October 9, 2018
Opening night is October 30, 2018 

DAYS OF RAGE will begin previews Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the Tony Kiser Theater (305 West 43rd Street) and will officially open on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Tickets are available at 2ST.com or by calling the Second Stage Box Office at 212-246-4422.

Against the backdrop of an endless, unwinnable war raging halfway across the world, and a polarizing president recklessly stoking the flames of racist backlash at home – a generation of young people rises up to demand change from a corrupt political establishment. It is October, 1969 and unbeknownst to the rest of the world, three 20-something radicals are busy planning the impending revolution from a quiet college town in Upstate New York. But when two strangers appear, disrupting the group’s delicate balance, new dangers and old wounds threaten to tear the collective apart. By the Tony Award-winning writer of Dear Evan HansenDAYS OF RAGE is a timely new play about means and ends, ideals and extremes, and the perils of changing the world. 

For more information, visit www.2ST.com.

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, celebrates the release of three new original cast recordings of York productions from the 2017-2018 season:  Desperate MeasuresUnexpected Joy, and Lonesome Blues.

The new cast recordings are:

Desperate Measures, the award-winning 2017 hit musical with book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg and music by David Friedman.  Produced byRobert Sher for Masterworks Broadway, the recording features the original six-member cast of The York’s 2017 production: Emma Degerstedt as Susanna/Sister Mary Jo, Gary Marachek as Father Morse, Lauren Molina as Bella Rose, Conor Ryan as Johnny Blood, Peter Saide as Sheriff Green, and Nick Wyman as Governor von Richterhenkenpflichtgetruber, with direction and choreography by Bill Castellino.Music Director David Hancock Turner leads a band comprising himself on piano and harmonica, Justin Rothberg on guitars, banjo, and mandolin, Joseph Wallace on bass, Douglas Waterbury-Tieman on fiddle and mandolin, Ben Lively and Martha McDonnell on violins, andDeborah Assael Migliore and Lauren Molina on cellos.  Executive Producers of the recording are Mary Cossette and Willette Klausner, with Friedman as Associate Producer.

Desperate Measures takes place in 1890, in a territory out West, where Johnny Blood, a hot-tempered young cowboy is sentenced to hang for killing a man in a bar fight. His sister, a novice nun in a nearby mission, is persuaded to plead with a corrupt governor to spare her brother’s life. The governor promises to pardon Johnny if his sister, the Sister, will 'do his bidding' for the night. Adding to the humorous complications are a hard-bitten sheriff, a voluptuous saloon girl, and a priest who reads Nietzsche.

Winner of the 2018 Outer Critics Award for Best Musical, the critically-acclaimed production of Desperate Measures received its New York premiere at The York Theatre Company, in association with Cecilia Lin and Hu Guowhere it played an extended engagement from September 19 – December 31, 2018, prior to transferring to its current home at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street).  The new production is produced by Pat Addiss, Mary Cossette, and Willette Klausner; Executive Producer is Ken Denison.

Unexpected Joy, the critically acclaimed new musical with book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Janet Hood.  Produced by John Yap forJAY Records and co-produced by Hood and Russell, the recording with the four-member all-female cast features Courtney Balan as Rachel,Allyson Kaye Daniel as Lou, Luba Mason as Joy, and Celeste Rose as Tamara, directed by Amy Anders Corcoran, and with music direction by Beth Falcone.  Musicians are Falcone and Hood on piano, Brian Hamm and Ritt Henn on bass, Jack Morer on guitar, and Jeff Potter on drums.

Unexpected Joy is the story of three generations of female singers, long-held family tensions, and a week together where change is in the air.  In modern day Cape Cod, Joy, a baby boomer and proud hippie, is holding a memorial concert for the other half of her popular musical duo, Jump & Joy.  When her tightly-wound conservative daughter and her sweet rebellious granddaughter arrive from Oklahoma, the sparks fly as one family seeks to find the common ground in their different values, dreams and goals. Unexpected Joy is a heartfelt and hilarious story that weaves folk-rock, pop, and blues in uniting a family that hasn’t experienced true joy together for decades.  

Unexpected Joy received its New York premiere at the York Theatre Company, in association with Jim Kierstead, Aria Entertainment, Gabby Hanna & Marcy Feller, Riki Kane Larimer, Linda & Craig Wielkotz, Drew Desky & Dane Levens/Michael Mills, William Fernandez/Behzad Dabu, where it played an extended engagement from April 24 – May 27, 2018.  Unexpected Joy is currently in performance at London’s Southwark Playhouse through September 29, 2018.

Lonesome Blues, the world premiere new musical based on the true story of legendary bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson, was created by Alan Govenar and Akin Babatundé. Produced by Documentary Arts, the recording features Akin Babatundé as Blind Lemon Jefferson with David Weiss on guitar, directed by Katherine Owens.  The Executive Producer of the recording is Alan Govenar.

The world premiere musical Lonesome Blues is the true story of the legendary bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson: born blind, but ultimately able to express his deepest emotions through music.  Discovered on a street corner in the Deep Ellum section of Dallas, Texas in 1925, Jefferson made more than 80 records over the next four years, becoming one the most prolific and influential performers of his generation and propelling the growth of rhythm and blues, soul, doo-wop, rap, and hip-hop.  Building on the success of their earlier musical Blind Lemon Blues, presented by the York in 2007 and 2009, Alan Govenar and Akin Babatundé have used new research to probe deeper into the life and psyche of Blind Lemon Jefferson. In Lonesome Blues, Babatundé plays more than ten different roles, channeling the spirits of men and women alike, in a journey that is at once evocative, troubling, and transformative.  Songs and monologues bring to life the voice of Blind Lemon Jefferson, his community, and his musical contemporaries, including Blind Willie Johnson, Lillian Glinn, Hattie Hudson, Bobbie Cadillac, and Lead Belly—all coming together in Jefferson's mind on the day of his death, December 19, 1929, in Chicago. 

Lonesome Blues received its world premiere at The York Theatre Company, in association with Documentary Arts, where it played a 3-week engagement from June 12 – July 1, 2018.

The new CD recordings of Desperate Measures and Unexpected Joy are now available online at www.amazon.com, and www.jayrecords.com, respectively.   Pre-orders for Lonesome Blues can be made by visiting the York website at www.yorktheatre.org.


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, presents 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, by arrangement with Visceral Entertainment and Mark Cortale Productions.  Directed by Max Friedman, with choreography by Andrew Palermo, and music direction/arrangements by Adam Podd, the cast will feature Sam BolenJeremy Cohen, and Jon J. Peterson.  Performances begin Tuesday, October 2, 2018 for a limited engagement through Sunday afternoon, November 4, 2018 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). Opening Night is 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 SonnenblickMidnight at The Never Get tells the story of singer Trevor Copeland and songwriter Arthur Brightman, who have the perfect New York romance. 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 toward the end of the decade, they find themselves caught in a passion they can’t control and a political revolution they don’t understand.

Tickets for Midnight at The Never Get are priced at $67.50* - $72.50* and may be purchased by calling (212) 935-5820 online atwww.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, orGreatWhiteWay.com. (*York Members receive Priority Seating and Discounted Tickets.)

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.