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, December 16, 2018

Sunday Scoop Week of 12/16/18 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

In This Week's Scoop

1) Urban Stages Presents Winter Rhymes 2018
2) Upcoming at Kelsey Theater
    Mercer County Symphonic Band Free Concert, Snow Day
3) Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
    Nutcracker American Reperatory Ballet
4) New Tickets and and Extended Hours for Harry Potter: A History of Magic at NYHS
5) Upcoming at Broadway Workshop
    Miss Nelson is Missing
6) Tickets Now on Sale for Kids Night on Broadway 2/26/2019

PR Firm Roundup

7) News from Andrea Alton
     Notes from Wherever Now Open at The Cherry Lane Theatre
8) News from BroadwayCon
    The Cher Show Joins Line Up, Dear Evan Hansen Spotlight Announced,
    Harry Potter Cast  Announced, Workshops Announced
9) News from DKC/O&M
    9A) Hadestown Tickets Now on Sale
    9B) More Rotating Guests Announced for Nassim
10) News from KampFire
      Waiting for Godot in Yiddish
11) 59E59  Theatres Announced Productions for 2019 Winter Season
12) Upcoming at Lincoln Center
13) News from Michelle Tabnick PR
       13A) Shipwrecked Escape Rooms Now Open
      13B) Zvi Dance Presents the World Premiere of Bear's Ears and Detour
      13C) Brooklyn Music School Presents Brooklun Opera Work's 3rd Annual Art Song Recital
      13D) Dandy Wellington and His Band Present the 1st Annual Sing-Along at Town Stages
14) News from Polk and Co.
     14A) Network Now Playing
     14B) Anastasia on Vinyl and 2AM at the Sands Now Available From Broadway Records
15) Paul Winter's 39th Annual Winter Solistice Celebration

1) Celebrating its 35th Anniversary Season
Urban Stages
Presents the 10th Annual Award-Winning Series
Through December 22, 2018
At Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street

Cabaret, Musical Theatre, Jazz and more to Benefit
the Urban Stages Arts & Education Outreach Program
The Two-Week Celebration featuring 22 different shows
with more than 100 performing artists

New York: Continuing its 35th Anniversary season, Urban Stages (Frances Hill, Founding Artistic Director; Tom Toce Producer) proudly announces the line-up for this year’s award-winning series, WINTER RHYTHMS 2018, which will began Wednesday, December 12 featuring some of New York’s best musical performances through Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Urban Stages Theatre (259 West 30th Street, just East of 8th Avenue).
Tickets are $30 per show (except for Patron’s Night, Monday, Dec. 17th), $50 for two shows on the same day, and may be purchased by visiting urbanstages.org or by calling (866) 811-4111.  For complete schedule information, visit www.urbanstages.org.
2)Upcoming at Kelsey Theater
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ

Mercer County Symphonic Band and Snow Day

Wednesday December 19, 7:30 PM
Mercer County Symphonic Band

Seating is first come/first serve, no tickets necessary.
Please call ahead to reserve Wheel Chair seating.
No tickets are required.

Snow Day December 22, 2:00 PM & 4: 00 PM

What happens when school is closed because of the weather? Lots of fun in the snow and hot chocolate afterward, of course! Join MPOnStage as they tell an entertaining winter story in this interactive original live radio show! Not only will you learn how a radio show is presented, but you'll also get to be a part of the action. Bring the whole family and come prepared to laugh, reminisce, and have a great time!

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.kelseytheatre.net
3)Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

Nutcracker American Repertory Ballet

Friday December 21, 7:30 PM
Saturday December 22, 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday December 23, 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

For more information or to order tickets, visit 
4) New Tickets Added! Extended Hours Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the New York Historical Society
New York Historical Society
170 Central Park W.
at Richard Gilder Way (77th St.)
New York, NY

You asked, they listend. They're open late over the holidays with new timed-entry tickets available. Plus they've added tickets for previously sold-out slots. Book your tickets now! 

Wednesday, December 26: 10 AM – 7 PM
Thursday, December 27: 10 AM – 7 PM
Friday, December 28: 10 AM – 9 PM
Saturday, December 29: 10 AM – 7 PM
Sunday, December 30: 10 AM – 6 PM

For more information or to book tickets, visit 
5)Upcoming at Broadway Workshop

Miss Nelson is Missing

Broadway Workshop is thrilled to announce their newest program -
THE STUDIO WORKSHOP! Students ages 9-12 will be part of working on the new musical - MISS NELSON IS MISSING in a studio setting. The final workshop presentation will take place in a Broadway rehearsal studio for family and friends.

Rehearsals begin January 12!

For more information or to register, visit 
6) Tickets Now on Sale 
For Kids Night on Broadway 
February 26, 2019

Tickets for KidsNight on Broadway 2019 performances in New York City are ON SALE NOW. Before making your purchase, please read the Important Notes below to get the most out of your Kids’ Night ticket purchasing experience. KidsNight on Broadway will take place in NYC on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

There are two ways to get tickets:

1.Visit KidsNightOnBroadway.com and follow the links to choose your show. If prompted, use code KBWAY19


2. Click the direct links to the shows' official ticketing services below or call the numbers listed below and use code KBWAY19

For the following shows, please call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or visit the links below. Use code KBWAY19 if prompted.

For the following shows, please call Ticketmaster at (877)-250-2929 or visit the links below. Use code KBWAY19 if prompted.

For the following shows, please call Ticketmaster at (866)-870-2717 or visit the links below. Use code KBWAY19 if prompted.

For the following show, please call Roundabout Theatre Company at (212) 719-1300 or visit the links below. Use code KBWAY19 if prompted.

Important Notes

           Telecharge: (212) 239-6210
           Ticketmaster: (877) 250-2929
           Disney: (866) 870-2717
           Roundabout Theatre Company: (212) 719 -1300

*Show are subject to change

See additional disclaimers at KidsNightonBroadway.com

PR Firm Roundup

7) News from Andrea Alton

Notes to Wherever Now Open at 
The Cherry Lane Theatre
Through December 22

Notes to Wherever written and performed by Judy Frank, is having a limited run at the Cherry Lane Theatre through December 22. The performances are a benefit for The Actors Fund. Kathryn Markey directs. Notes to Wherever was cited for Excellence in playwrighting by the Kaufman Award.

How do you get through the holidays when you’ve lost your life partner and best friend? With fond memories, laughter, a dash of show biz, and maybe a note or two. That’s how the actress in Judy Frank’s “Notes to Wherever” has gotten through the last three years when the hurt refused to go away and she could no longer depend on her handsome and witty actor husband to keep life in New York sparkling. Now, on this night, she decides to read her notes aloud, both as a gesture of sharing and perhaps letting go.

Performances take place at the Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street (three blocks south of Christopher Street), New York, NY 10014. Subway: 1 to Christopher Street. Running time: 90 minutes. 

Remaining Performance dates: 
Sunday, December 16 @ 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Monday, December 17 @ 7:00 pm
Tuesday, December 18 @ 7:00 pm
Wednesday, December 19 @7:00 pm
Friday, December 21 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 22 @ 3:00 & 7:00 pm

8) News from BroadwayCon


BroadwayCon has announced today that the new bio musical The Cher Show has joined the BroadwayCon 2019 MainStage lineup. As part of the Spotlight series, the panel will feature cast members STEPHANIE J. BLOCK (Star), TEAL WICKS (Lady), MICAELA DIAMOND (Babe), JARROD SPECTOR (Sonny Bono), MICHAEL BERRESSE (Bob Mackie/Robert Altman/Frank), MICHAEL CAMPAYNO (Rob Camilletti/Lee), and MATTHEW HYDZIK (Gregg Allman/John Southall) on Friday, January 11, at 4:15 p.m.




BroadwayCon is pleased to announce that the Tony Award-winning Best Musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN has joined the BroadwayCon 2019 lineup. As part of the Spotlight series, the panel will feature Taylor Trensch (the current Evan Hansen), Michael Lee Brown (Alternate Evan Hansen; u/s Connor Murphy, Jared Kleinman), and Andrew Barth Feldman (Evan Hansen, starting January 30) in conversation on Saturday, January 12 at 11:15 a.m.

BroadwayCon has announced the Tony Award-winning Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast has joined the BroadwayCon 2019 lineup. As part of the Spotlight series, the panel will feature Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger), Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley), Poppy Miller (Ginny Potter), Sam Clemmett (Albus Potter), Alex Price (Draco Malfoy) and Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy), moderated by Melissa Anelli (Co-Founder of BroadwayCon and author of Harry, A History) on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 1:45 p.m.

Ready to act, sing, and dance with the pros? BroadwayCon announced today the line-up of BroadwayCon 2019 Workshops. BroadwayCon Workshops will be led by some of the top Broadway talent, focusing on honing your craft or learning a new skill.
BroadwayCon Workshops applications are now open and will close on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. Submitting an application does not guarantee access to workshops. Only registered admitted attendees will be allowed to participate in workshops. Attendees will be notified of their acceptances by Friday, January 4, 2019. For complete information and to submit an application, please visit www.BroadwayCon.com/workshops. All workshop details are subject to change.

BroadwayCon 2019 Workshops

Acting - Friday (Instructor TBD)
Acting - Saturday with Carla J. Hargrove
Acting - Sunday with Erin Quill
Audition Technique - Friday with Kate Lumpkin
Audition Technique - Saturday with Andrew Drost
“The Enraged Accompanist” Audition Technique - Sunday with Andrew Gerle
Absolute Beginner Tap Dance - Friday (Instructor TBD)
THE ADDAMS FAMILY Beginner Dance - Friday with Liz Ramos
Intermediate Dance - Friday (Instructor TBD)
"The Graceful Dancer" Advanced Contemporary Theatre Dance Fusion - Friday with Jena VanElslander
Absolute Beginner Dance Basics - Saturday (Instructor TBD)
Beginner Theatre Dance - Saturday (Instructor TBD)
A CHORUS LINE Intermediate Dance - Saturday (Instructor TBD)
Advanced Hip-Hop Dance Workshop - Saturday with Whitney Sprayberry
Absolute Beginner Tap Dance - Sunday (Instructor TBD)
Beginner Theatre Dance - Sunday (Instructor TBD)
CATS Intermediate Theatre Dance - Sunday with Maria Briggs
Advanced Acro Dance - Sunday with Whitney Sprayberry
Song Interpretation - Friday with Jenn Colella
Song Interpretation - Friday with Sam Carner and Derek Gregor
"Broadway Bound: The College Path" Song Interpretation -
Saturday with Andy Leech
Song Interpretation - Saturday with Erin Quill
Song Interpretation - Sunday with Anthony Rapp
Song Interpretation - Sunday with Shaina Taub
Song Interpretation - Sunday with Andrew Kober
The BroadwayCon 2019 Schedule can be found at www.BroadwayCon.com/schedule. Additional programming will be announced at a later date and is subject to change.
The BroadwayCon 2019 Special Guest lineup can be found at www.BroadwayCon.com/guests. Additional guests will be announced at a later date.
9)News from DKC/O&M

9A) Hadestown Tickets Now on Sale

Ticket for the Broadway premiere of Hadestown, the new musical by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, developed with visionary director and Tony Award® nominee Rachel Chavkin, on sale to the general public through Ticketmaster.com or by calling (877) 250-2929

Hadestown originated in 2006 as Mitchell’s community theater project that traveled Vermont before gaining a cult following when she turned the songs into an acclaimed album which was called “far and away one of the best records of 2010” (Sunday Times of London). In 2013, Mitchell saw Chavkin’s celebrated Off-Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812, and knew she had found her artistic partner. Together, the two women have transformed Hadestown into a genre-defying new musical that blends modern American folk music with New Orleans-inspired jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.

Hadestown follows two intertwining love stories — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — as it invites audiences on an epic journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit nature against industry, faith against doubt, and love against fear. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, Hadestown delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience.

The Hadestown live original cast recording is available in stores and digitally. For more information on where to get the album and to sign up for email updates for Hadestown, please visit http://www.hadestown.com/ 











Barrow Street Theatricals’ announced next week’s rotating cast of guest actors for the American premiere of the Nassim Soleimanpour and Bush Theatre production of NASSIM by celebrated Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour (White Rabbit Red Rabbit), featuring direction by Omar Elerian.

Joining the production on Sunday, December 16 at 2:30pm is writer Alex Marino (“The Daily Show”); Sunday, December 16 at 7:30pm is Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actor Scott Adsit (“30 Rock”); Tuesday, December 18 at 7:30pm is Lucille Lortel-nominated actor/director Ben Steinfeld (Cyrano de BergeracBloody Bloody Andrew Jackson); Wednesday, December 19 at 7:30pm is three-time Tony Award nominated playwright and Pulitzer Prize finalist Craig Lucas (The Light in the PiazzaPrelude to a Kiss); Thursday, December 20 at 7:30pm is Lucille Lortel-nominated actorArmando Riesco (“The Chi,” The Happiest Song Plays Last); and Friday, December 21 at 7:30pm is two-time Tony Award-nominated actor Brad Oscar (Something Rotten!, The Producers). Additional rotating guest actors will be announced shortly.

No rehearsals. A different guest actor at every performance. A sealed envelope. And some surprises. In his latest work, Nassim explores the power of language to unite us in these uncertain times.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.NYCityCenter.org; on the phone by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212; or in person at New York City Center box office, open Monday-Saturday, noon-8pm, and Sunday, noon-7:30pm. 
10) News from KampFire PR

Waiting for Godot. In Yiddish.

(Vartn Af Godot)

Yiddish Translation by SHANE BAKER


DECEMBER 24 – JANUARY 27, 2019



New Yiddish Rep, in association with The Theater at the 14th Street Y, is pleased to present a fresh new production of Samuel Beckett’s masterpieceWaiting for Godot (Vartn Af Godot) and directed by The 14th Street Y’s artistic director of Arts & Culture,Ronit MuszkatblitWaiting for Godot will perform in Yiddish with English super-titles for a five-week limited engagement from Sunday, December 24st, 2018 through Sunday, January 27th, 2019 at The Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street at 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003). Official opening isSunday, January 6th at 2:00 P.M.

Waiting for Godot plays the following schedule through Jan 27, 2019*:

Mondays at 7:30 PM
Tuesdays at 7:30 PM
Wednesdays at 7:30 PM
Thursdays at 7:30 PM
Fridays at 7:30 PM
Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 2:00 P.M. and 7:30 PM

*Schedule Exceptions: There will be NO performances Wed Dec 26; Sun Dec 30 at 2pm; Sun Jan 6 at 7:30 pm; Mon, Jan 7 thru Fri, Jan 11; Wed, Jan 16 thru Fri, Jan 18; Wed, Jan 23 thru Fri, Jan 25.

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.

Running Time: 2 hours with one 10 minute intermission.

Website: www.newyiddishrep.org


11) News from Karen Greco PR

59E59 Theaters announces productions for the 2019 Winter Season

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to announce the line-up of shows for the 2019 Winter Season.  All performances take place at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues).  Ticket prices and performance schedules vary. For tickets, call the 59E59 Box Office at 646-892-7999 or online at www.59e59.org

Tickets for the 2019 Winter Season are now on sale. 

The Winter 2019 Line Up:
January 8 – February 3
written by Sebastian Barry, directed by Jim Culleton
With Niall Buggy and David Ganly
Produced by Fishable: The New Play Company as part of Origin’s 1st Irish Festival
Tickets: $25 - $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members)

Following the critically-acclaimed world premiere production as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2017, Olivier Award-winning Fishamble and Laureate of Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry, reunite for the revival tour of ON BLUEBERRY HILL. Starring Niall Buggy and David Ganly in “beautifully pitched performances” (Financial Times) as two men in an unlikely and inseparable companionship. Called “superb” (Irish Times), “phenomenal” (Sunday Independent), and “outstanding” (RTÉ Arena), this new play bursts with humanity as it explores murder, forgiveness, survival, and, ultimately, love in the prison of the human heart.

January 10 – January 27
ALONE IT STANDS written and directed by John Breen
With cast TBA
Produced by Gyre and Gimble Productions as part of Origin’s 1st Irish Festival
Tickets: $25 - $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members)
On October 31,1978 a small Irish provincial Rugby Team beat The New Zealand All Blacks 12-0. It was an event that rocked the Island as this All Blacks team was rightly considered one of the best rugby teams in history. Ireland was in the grip of a recession and war was waging in the North. This David vs Goliath victory captured and entrance Irish people everywhere. This is the story of that great day. A cast of six actors play 62 characters, including: two rugby teams, the coaches, the fans, The Bunratty singers, nurses, street urchins, a pregnant woman in labor, two babies, and a dog. There is a bonfire, a birth, a wake, and a rugby match that will never be forgotten.

January 12 – February 24
written by Jack Neary, directed by Carol Dunne
Produced by Northern Stage
With Gordon Clapp, Dave Mason, Jenni Putney, and one more actor TBA
Tickets: $25 - $70 ($25 - $49 for 59E59 Members)

Jack Neary’s dark comedy skewers a family in crisis on Halloween. A distraught husband, a nosy neighbor, and a dark secret set the wheels in motion for a night of confrontation, mystery, and relentless suspense. This roller-coaster ride stars Tony Award-nominee and Emmy Award-winner Gordon Clapp (NYPD Blue).

February 6 – February 23
written by Charles Gershman, directed by Nathan Wright
With Marc Sinoway and cast TBA
Produced by Snowy Owl
Tickets: $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members)

Sam's in a coma. Paolo's doing his best. When Geoff reveals a secret, reality and fantasy blur. This NYC premiere from critically acclaimed Snowy Owl follows a sold-out, award-winning run in the Edinburgh Fringe (Best Overseas Play, Derek Awards) and explores relationships in the digital age.

February 7 – March 3
written by Joanna Murray-Smith, directed by Dan Foster
With Daniel Petzold and Peggy J. Scott
Produced by Hudson Stage Company
Tickets: $25 - $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members)

It’s 1995 in the Swiss Alps and the reclusive crime writer Patricia Highsmith is visited by a genial young man from her New York publisher, sent to convince her to write the final installment of her best-selling Mr. Ripley series. What first appears to be a standard cat-and-mouse game of wit and wiles soon becomes a dance to the death. Who is the cat and who is the mouse? And who will make it out of Switzerland alive? From Australia’s most celebrated playwright, Joanna Murray-Smith.
March 1 – March 23
IMAGINING MADOFF written by Deb Margolin, directed by Jerry Heymann
Cast TBA
Produced by New Light Theater Project
Tickets: $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members)

IMAGINING MADOFF 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. Considered both “intriguingly exercised” (Washington Post) and “rich with dramatic tension” (Tampa Bay Times), 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.

March 16 - April 13
written by Willy Holtzman, directed by Peter Flynn
With Andréa Burns and one more actor TBA
Produced by MBL Productions and Mary J. Davis
Tickets: $25 - $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members)
In New York City, star Judy Holliday lays down a series of tracks about her rise to fame amidst the politics of the 1950s. Memory and song converge as the “dumb blonde” with a genius IQcharts her experiences from Greenwich Village to Broadway and beyond with notable show business alums, including Leonard Bernstein and Marilyn Monroe.

March 30 – April 14
I CARRY YOUR HEART written by Georgette Kelly, directed by Cate Caplin
Cast TBA
Produced by Athena Theatre
Tickets: $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members)

Phoebe is a young poet, forever living in the shadow of her estranged mother’s literary acclaim. When her mother unexpectedly dies, Phoebe is left with two complicated legacies: donating her mother’s organs and reading her mother’s unpublished confessional journal. Meanwhile, Tess and her partner Lydia receive a late night phone call, informing them that adonor heart is available for Tess – good news, but news that has come far sooner than they were prepared. As these two families form an unlikely connection, they struggle to understand the politics and poetics of organ donation—and they dare to hope that pieces of us can live on after great tragedy.

12) Upcoming at Lincoln Center

Tuesday, December 18 at 7:30 & 9:30 pm 
Live From Lincoln Center Presents—Stars in Concert 
Annaleigh Ashford 
Described as “luminous” and “a sly comic genius” (New York Times), Broadway favorite Annaleigh Ashford has thrilled audiences in Sunday in the Park with George, Kinky Boots, and You Can’t Take It With You, for which she won a Tony Award. She also earned television fame with critically acclaimed turns on Masters of Sex and American Crime Story. For this special one-night engagement, Ashford lends her stunning vocals and comic verve to 
The Appel Room, bringing ebullience and warmth to a New York winter evening. The Appel Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St. 
TICKETS and more information, visit LFLCPresents.org

Wednesday, December 19 at 7:30 & 9:30 pm 
Live From Lincoln Center Presents—Stars in Concert 
Megan Hilty 
With an operatic voice range and sunny charm, Tony-nominated songstress Megan Hilty is the epitome of musical stardom. After making her Broadway debut as Glinda in Wicked opposite Idina Menzel to critical acclaim, Hilty went on to star in Noises Off, 9 to 5, and NBC’s musical drama Smash. For one night only, the multifaceted artist brings her immense talents and infectious charisma to The Appel Room with a versatile set of songs celebrating favorite musical-theater composers and classic standards. 
The Appel Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St. 
TICKETS and more information, visit LFLCPresents.org.

13)News from Michelle Tabnick PR

13A) Shipwrecked Announces
Shipwrecked Escape Deck
Three Mini Escapes or
One Epic Adventure for all ages!

Shipwrecked announces Shipwrecked Escape Deck, three mini escape room experiences from the company that opened with Shipwrecked Miniature Golf. Shipwrecked is located at 621 Court Street, 2nd floor, Brooklyn, NY 11215. Shipwrecked offers miniature golf, arcade games, and a seasonal, weather-permitting Tiki Terrace, with food and drink available on-site, including beer, wine and cider.

The mini escapes are three individual 25-minute escape games: Haunted,Mission Reactor, and Temple EscapeGuests can experience all three for an Epic Adventure or choose an individual Mini Escape Adventure. Booking(s) are available online at https://www.shipwreckednyc.com/things-to-do or by calling our bookings department at 718-852-4653 x103. Children are welcome, with accompanying adults. Recommended for kids 8 and up.

You've happened across an old dilapidated house. It's right out of a horror movie. Did something move in the upstairs window? Something is drawing you inside. Your better judgment tells you to keep walking and not look back, but your adventurous nature tells you to grab your friends and start exploring. You discover the home of a deceased widow. Today is anniversary of what should have been one of the most magnificent days of her life. Her wedding day. No one knows for sure how her suitor disappeared the night of her wedding, but they say she never again stepped outside of the home. Some say she can still be heard calling out his name and searching for a suitable replacement from her coffin. Now it's up to you to get out before you are trapped and she makes you her next suitor. You have 25 minutes...GO!!! PG13 - recommended for 13+.

You just woke up in an escape pod from the International Space Station. The crew is missing, and the emergency beacons have been activated. Your mission is to navigate through this unfamiliar spacecraft, re-energize the three reactors and reignite the reactor core to make the return trip to your home planet. Put those rocket science degrees to good use and do it quick. The back-up battery cells only have 25 minutes of power left before rebooting the system will be impossible and then all hope of returning home will be lost. Appropriate for all ages.

Admit it, who hasn't wanted to explore temple ruins and find artifacts made of gold? Now is your chance to be a true treasure hunter. But BEWARE!!! With great wealth comes great consequences. Make the wrong move and you may be trapped forever. Locate all the artifacts and solve the ancient puzzles to retrieve the golden skull and make your way to freedom, but do it quick, the 25-minute timer is ticking down fast! Appropriate for all ages.
Escape Deck bookings are 30 minutes per room, which includes the Escape Game and debriefing. Each room can hold up to five guests at a rate of $19 per person. Private games are available for less than five guests, with a full room booking. The suggested age is 13+. If any member of a party is under the age of 13, the room must be purchased as a private game, as a courtesy to other customers. There must be one participating adult (age 21+) for every two children under the age of 13. Guests should arrive 20 minutes prior to their scheduled time slot. Guests may experience darkness, special effects, fog effects, theatrical lighting, confined spaces, and haunted house type environments.

For more information, please visit https://www.shipwreckednyc.com.

presents the World Premieres of
at New York Live Arts
December 19-22, 2018

ZVIDANCE presents the World Premieres of BEAR'S EARS and DETOUR at New York Live Arts, 219 W 19th Street, NYC from December 19-22, 2018. Performances: Wednesday at 7:30pm (gala performance, $100,www.zvidance.com/tickets/), Thursday and Friday at 7:30pm; and Saturday at 2pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 ($20 for students and seniors), and can be purchased online at https://newyorklivearts.org/event/bears-ears-detour/.

Bear's Ears aims to raise awareness of the current controversy surrounding Bear's Ears National Monument in Southern Utah. While designated as a National Monument by President Obama, Bear's Ears is now a symbol of the American Indian's struggle due to the current Administration's attempts to reverse Obama's designation.  Detour reflects on the longer, less direct way to get one from here to there.

Zvi Gotheiner is praised for a signature innovative style and fascinating melding of artistic mediums, his work is recognized as radical, contemporary dance theater, ground-breaking, thoughtful yet passionate, with lush movement. ZviDance's renowned creative team includes composers Scott Killian, Media designers Josh Higgason, lighting designer Mark London and ZviDance's eight athletic and expressive dancers.

Dancers: Alex Biegelson, Alison Clancy, Chelsea Ainsworth, Doron Perk, Isa Santamaria, Jessica Smith, Stephanie Terasaki, Will Tomaskovic

13C) Brooklyn Music School
Brooklyn Opera Works'
3rd annual Art Song Recital
Serenade to Brooklyn

Friday, December 21, 2018, 7:30pm

Brooklyn Music School (BMS) presents Brooklyn Opera Works' 3rd annual Art Song Recital, Serenade to Brooklyn, on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 7:30pm at the Brooklyn Music School Playhouse Theater, 126 Saint Felix Street, Brooklyn, NY. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 door;
BMS Students/Parents: $5 advance, $8 door. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/serenade-to-brooklyn.

Featuring new works by Brooklyn composers, Brooklyn Opera Works' 3rd annual Art Song Recital Serenade to Brooklyn celebrates the unique and deeply personal perspectives of artists from around the globe. The program will be hosted by the Award-winning composer and BMS's Artistic Advisory Board member Christopher Cerrone, who's song cycle I Will Learn to Love a Person will be showcased in the recital. Mr. Cerrone's powerful work All Wounds Bleed was featured this Summer by BOW's Summer Vocal Arts Program. The program will also feature works by young Iranian composer Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Mexican composer Pamela Martinez, Israeli Alon Nechushtan and songs by Tajikistani composer Alisher Latif-Zade. Combined with classical poetry, the diverse musical and poetic narratives transcend cultural barriers by highlighting the universality of human experiences.

For more information, visit www.brooklynmusicschool.org.

13D) Dandy Wellington and His Band
present the 1st Annual
Holiday Sing-Along
at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC
December 21, 2018 at 7pm

Dandy Wellington and His Band present a free event, the 1st Annual Holiday Sing-Along at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC on Friday, December 21, 2018 from 7-10pm.

About Dandy Wellington and his Band
Inspired by the Big Band Era of Jazz, Dandy Wellington and his Band have taken the sounds of the 1930's and 40's and created a world of well-dressed music. With a passion for obscure songs steeped in the Jazz tradition, Dandy Wellington has assembled a catalog of music that invokes an atmosphere of class. From the golden age of cinema, to the bounce of New Orleans, each song is hand selected and played to perfection by a band cut from the cloth of elegance.

For more information, visit https://townstages.com.
14) News from Polk and Co.


The National Theatre production of NETWORK, produced by David Binder, the National Theatre, Patrick Myles, David Luff, Ros Povey and Lee Menzies,officially opened Thursday, December 6 at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street). 

In Lee Hall’s adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky’s Academy Award-winning film, anchorman Howard Beale (Cranston) unravels live on-screen. But when the ratings soar, the network seizes on its newfound prophet, and Howard becomes the biggest thing on TV. Bryan Cranston won the 2018 Olivier Award for his tour-de-force performance. Tony and Olivier winner Ivo van Hove directs this unique, immersive multimedia spectacle.

Tickets are available at www.Telecharge.com (212-239-6200) or at the Belasco Theatre box office (111 W 44th Street) and range from $49.00 – $189.00 (including the $2 facility fee). Onstage FOODWORK tickets are available from $299. Ticket price includes a series of small plates and cocktails.

Curated former White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill YossesFOODWORK is NETWORK’s own fine dining restaurant. FOODWORK ticket buyers will be escorted into a private entrance of the Belasco Theatre and have the opportunity to explore the stage as the actors prepare around them. They will enjoy a series of small plates and cocktails throughout the evening, with the play’s action surrounding them onstage.

For more information visit www.NetworkBroadway.com.



Broadway Records announced that Anastasia (Original Broadway Cast Recording) has be released on vinyl. The special edition vinyl set is available in the US with a retail exclusive at Barnes & Noble and bn.com. It will is also available via BroadwayRecords.com, and to audience members at the merchandise stands of Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre. 

The double disc colored vinyl set includes new cover artwork, and a bonus track duet of Liz Callaway (the singing voice of the Oscar-nominated film) and Christy Altomare (the star of the Broadway production) singing “Journey to the Past” with composer Stephen Flaherty on piano. The vocal arrangement is by Benjamin Rauhala.

Broadway Records also announced that 2 AM AT THE SANDS (World Premiere Recording)starring Andrew Samonsky will was released digitally and in stores on Friday, December 14, 2018. 

The most amazing night that never happened! We are transported back to 1966 - a Friday evening at 2AM at the Copa Room at The Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. The strip was packed with shows by the likes of Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Harry Belafonte and more. Frank Sinatra was so popular that he had a 2 AM show. It was a happening. Other singers even joined Frank on stage. It was THE place to be. 2 AM at the Sands takes us back in time through stories and music like never before. Here, Andrew Samonsky (Come From AwayThe Bridges of Madison County) and the 2 AM at the Sands orchestra recreates an imagined evening of Frank’s legendary concerts. Recorded live at the Rubicon Theater in Ventura, CA, using the original legendary Quincy Jones charts by arrangement with Frank Sinatra Productions. 2 AM at the Sands is conceived and produced by Kevin Surace.

Track Listing:
1. Come Fly With Me
2. I've Got You Under My Skin
3. Fly Me to the Moon
4. Mr. Bojangles
5. That's Amore
6. Help Yourself
7. You Make Me Feel So Young
8. April in Paris
9. One For My Baby
10. Luck Be a Lady
11.My Kind of Town
12. New York, New York

13. What the World Needs Now is Love




DECEMBER 20, 21 & 22, 2018


Seven-time Grammy® winning saxophonist/bandleader Paul Winter will present his 39th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration at New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Performances will take place on Thursday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, December 21 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, December 22 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, NYC.

The 10-piece Paul Winter Consort will be joined by powerhouse gospel singer Theresa Thomason, the 25 dancers and drummers of the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, and special guests.

Paul Winter's Winter Solstice Celebration has become New York's favorite holiday alternative to The Nutcracker and Radio City's Christmas Spectacular. A dazzling extravaganza of music, dance, and spectacle within the awesome space and acoustics of the world's largest cathedral, the event is a contemporary take on ancient solstice rituals, when people felt a calling to come together on the longest night of the year to welcome the return of the sun and the birth of the new year.

The Paul Winter Consort includes: Paul Winter on soprano sax; Paul McCandless, English horn and bass clarinet; Eugene Friesen, cello; Jeff Holmes, keyboard; Eliot Wadopian, bass; Jamey Haddad, percussion; and Tim Brumfield on the Cathedral's great Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ.

The Winter Solstice Celebration has evolved over the years to inhabit the entirety of the titanic space of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The resounding acoustics have inspired the music of the event, and the vast dimensions of the Cathedral have given birth to unique theatrical elements. A 28-foot spiral “Solstice Tree,” adorned with a multitude of bells, gongs, and chimes symbolizing the diversity of the life family, becomes a part of the music; a huge Earth-globe travels through the Nave and rises over the center-stage; and a giant sun-gong ascends, with its player, to the 100-foot vault of the Cathedral at the symbolic moment of the return of the sun.

Tickets are now on sale at solsticeconcert.com/wintersolstice.
And that's the scoop. Tune in Monday for another Talking Topic.

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