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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Sunday Scoop Week of 12/23/18 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

In This Week's Scoop

1) Xtreme Science Day at the Academy of Natural Sciences
2) New Year's Eve at Franklin Square
3) Upcoming at iPlay America
    Niki & Gabi, Imagination Movers, Choo Choo Soul
4) The Very Hungry Caterpillar Returns to New York
5) Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
     Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Salute to Vienna New Year's Eve Concert

PR Firm Roundup

6) News from BroadwayCon
    Tina Fey and More Join Mean Girl Panel at BroadwayCon
7) News from Karen Greco PR
    Peter and Will Anderson Return to 59E59 Theatres for the Holidays
8) Upcoming at Lincoln Center
9) News from Michelle Tabnick PR
    9A)  South Street Seaport miniMates Winter Season Starts January 9
    9B)Theatre Resources Unlimited Submissions Open for TRU Voices New Play Reading Series
10) News from Polk and Co.
     10A) True West Begins Previews
11) News from Richard Hillman PR
       The Day Before Spring Joins Musicals in Mufti Lineup
12) Daniel's Husband to End Run on December 30

1) Xtreme Science Days at the Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Thursday December 27 - Thursday September 30

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2) New Year's Celebration in Franklin Square
200 N.  6th 
Philadelphia, PA

The final night of the Franklin Square Holiday Festival presented by CHASE concludes with the most family-friendly New Year’s celebration in town. Enjoy free music and crafts beginning before the Square Drop from atop SquareBurger at 6 pm and Sugar House New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront, viewable from the Square. The Square Drop, which started in 2010, has become a delightful family tradition, which includes family fun and fireworks. The 2-foot by 2-foot cube sits 30 feet above the ground atop its perch on SquareBurger and is lowered during the countdown. It contains over 1,200 lights in the colors of the Franklin Square logo. The indoor Franklin Square Pavilion will host a Kids’ Dance Party until 8 pm for the final Electrical Spectacle of 2018.

The Franklin Square Holiday Festival presented by CHASE includes a winter beer garden with fire pits for warmth and charm and Ben’s Sweets & Treats where guests can create and taste a variety of treats including make-your-own s’mores and gourmet hot chocolate bar inside the heated tent with views of the Square

Electrical Spectacle is a free light show that illuminates the Square nightly through December 31. Marvel at more than 75,000 lights as they shimmer, dance, and illuminate the Square to a soundtrack of holiday classics, some of which are performed by The Philly POPSTM in two alternating shows every 30 minutes beginning at 4:30 pm daily. Every evening, one lucky audience member will be selected to kick off the evening’s festivities as the Igniter for the 4:30 pm show. December 31 at 8:30 pm is the final Electrical Spectacle for 2018.

For more information, visit www.historicphiladelphia.org 
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3) Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ

Niki & Gabi, Imagination Movers, 
Choo Choo Soul

Thursday December 27
Doors Open: 5:00 PM Start Time: 6:00 PM
Niki & Gabi Concert and meet & greet

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 


Friday December 28
Doors Open: 1:00 PM Start Time: 2:00 PM
Imagination Movers

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Sunday December 30
Choo Choo Soul
Door Open: 11:00 AM Start Time: 12:00 PM
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4) Jonathan Rockefeller’s Celebrated Family Show
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW
Returns to New York City for the Holidays
From December 27 – 29, 2018
The Town Hall
123 43rd St.
New York, NY

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, created by Jonathan Rockefeller, returns to New York City for the holidays.  

Performing for three days only at the historic Town Hall (123 W 43rd St) from Thursday, December 27 to Saturday, December 28, 2018. Tickets can be purchased by visiting HungryCaterpillarShow.com.
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5)Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor, Salute to Vienna New Year's Eve Concert

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Friday December 28, 8:00 PM
Saturday December 29, 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday December 30, 2:00 PM
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.stnj.org/event/joseph_and_the_amazing_technicolor_dreamcoat
Salute to Vienna
New Year's Eve Concert
Monday December 31, 6:00 PM
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.stnj.org/event/salute_to_vienna
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PR Firm Roundup


6) News from BroadwayCon

TINA FEY AND MORE ANNOUNCED FOR
MEAN GIRLS SPOTLIGHT
AT BROADWAYCON 2019
FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019

BroadwayCon has announced the award-winning Mean Girls cast and creative team has joined the BroadwayCon 2019 lineup. As part of the Spotlight series, the panel will feature Tina Fey (Book), Jeff Richmond (Music), Nell Benjamin (Lyrics), Casey Nicholaw (Director/Choreographer), Erika Henningsen (Cady Heron), Taylor Louderman (Regina George), Ashley Park (Gretchen Wieners), Kate Rockwell (Karen Smith), Barrett Wilbert Weed (Janis Sarkisian), and Grey Henson (Damian Hubbard) with moderation by Damian Holbrook, Senior Writer at TV Guide Magazine on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

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.
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7)News from Karen Greco PR

Peter and Will Anderson return to 59E59 Theaters for the holiday season with 
THE ANDERSON BROTHERS PLAY BENNY MEETS ARTIE 
 
59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to host the premiere of THE ANDERSON BROTHERS PLAY BENNY MEETS ARTIE, devised, written, and performed by Peter and Will Anderson. Produced by Reardon-Anderson Music, LLC, THE ANDERSON BROTHERS PLAY BENNY MEETS ARTIE begins performances on Wednesday, December 26 for a limited engagement through Sunday, December 30. The performance schedule is Wednesday – Saturday at 6 PM and 8 PM; Sunday at 2 PM and 4 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison). Single tickets are $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members). Tickets go on sale to 59E59 Members on Tuesday, November 26 at Noon. They go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, December 4 at Noon. To purchase tickets, call the 59E59 Box Office at 646-892-7999 or visit www.59e59.org
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8)Upcoming at Lincoln Center

Thursday, December 27 – FREE – at 7:30 pm 
Atrium 360° 
David Rubenstein Atrium, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage (Broadway bet. 62nd & 63rd St.) FREE Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program updates, visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium.  
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9)News from Michelle Tabnick PR

9A) South Street Seaport Museum
miniMATES Winter Season
starts on January 9, 2019

The South Street Seaport Museum's miniMATESWinter Season starts on January 9, 2019 and runs through March 28. There are three time slots available for the 10-week winter session: Wednesdays from 10-11am, Thursday from 10-11am, and Thursday from 3:30-4:30pm. The cost is $250 with discounts available for Family level museum members and additional children. To register, visit: https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org/education/minimates/.For more information about miniMATES, please e-mail minimates@seany.org

miniMATES is South Street Seaport Museum's interactive early childhood program. This early learning program uses themed songs, stories, art projects, and hands-on activities to teach program participants and their caregivers about boats and ships, marine life, and artifacts in a playgroup setting. miniMATES targets key aspects of development for children ages 18 months - 4 years, from language to creativity to fine-motor skills.

The South Street Seaport Museum also opens the miniMATES space as a playroom to parents/caregivers and their children during Open Play. Open Play sessions will be offered twice a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am-12:30pm, allowing families the flexibility to drop-in and play whenever works best with their schedules. Drop-in rate is $15 per session, per child. Session bundles are available, and families enrolled in miniMATES programs are entitled to discounted Open Play bundles.

Please note that all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for miniMATES and Open Play. Children cannot be left with museum staff in the play space.

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9B) Theater Resources Unlimited
Submissions Open For
TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series
Submissions due January 12, 2019


Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is accepting submissions for the TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series. For information, submission guidelines, and to apply, please visit https://truonline.org/2019-play-guidelines/.Submission fee is free for TRU members, $25 for non-members. Submission deadline is January 12, 2019 (with a one-week extension for TRU members and plays that are submitted with a producer attached).

TRU will produce a New Plays Reading Series in June 2019 that will consist of 2-3 selected new works presented on Monday evenings at an Off-Broadway venue with 120 seats or more. Created to nurture producers as well as writers, TRU VOICES seeks producer-driven projects, and also matches writers with producers. Each reading is followed by a "Dollars and Sense" panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the work.
 
TRU welcomes a diverse range of new works, as long as they are full length (minimum of 80 minutes), and have not been performed in front of a paying audience in the New York area

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org.
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10)News from Polk and Co.

True West Starts Previews 
on Broadway 
with Hawk & Dano

A new Broadway production of Sam Shepard’s Tony & Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama TRUE WEST, directed by James Macdonald (The Children)starring acclaimed screen and stage actors Ethan Hawke as “Lee” and Paul Dano as “Austin”  begins preview performances on December 27, 2018 and officially open on Broadway on Thursday, January 24, 2019. This will be a limited engagement at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street).

Opposites attack in Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play about two brothers with more in common than they think. Holed up in their mother’s California house, screenwriter Austin (Dano) and lowlife Lee (Hawke) wrestle with big issues—and each other. Order vs. chaos. Art vs. commerce. Typewriter vs. toaster...Shepard’s rip-roaring classic returns to Broadway, gleefully detonating our misguided myths of family, identity and the American Dream.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
True West 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 or to purchase tickets, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org
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11) News from Richard Hillman PR

THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY KICKS OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH A CHANGE IN THE 2019 WINTER MUSICALS IN MUFTI SERIES CELEBRATING THE ALAN JAY LERNER CENTENNIAL 

THE DAY BEFORE SPRING BOOK AND LYRICS BY ALAN JAY LERNER MUSIC BY FREDERICK LOEWE FEBRUARY 9 – 17, 2019 AT THE YORK THEATRE AT 

SAINT PETER’S SPECIAL MUFTI SERIES EVENTS INCLUDE ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE: AN EVENING OF LERNER & LOEWE…AND FRIENDS FEBRUARY 25, 2019, AT 7:00 P.M. 

THEATER HISTORIAN CHARLES TROY RETURNS WITH THE CREATION OF MY FAIR LADY MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019 AT 7:00 P.M. 

THE CREATION OF CAMELOT ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2019 AT 7:00 P.M. TICKETS NOW ON SALE

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director) has announced today the short-lived 1945 musical The Day Before Spring, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, will replace the previously announced Dance a Little Closer as part of the 2019 Winter Musicals in Mufti series at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).

The 2019 Winter Musicals in Mufti series celebrates Alan Jay Lerner with a look at three of his musicals: Carmelina (January 26 - February 3, 2019), The Day Before Spring (February 9 – 17, 2019), and Lolita, My Love (February 23 – March 3, 2019). The Day Before Spring replaces the previously announced Dance a Little Closer.

These musical theatre gems, performed in a simply-staged, book-in-hand concert format, are part of the Muftis’ twenty-fifth historic year of presenting shows from the past that deserve a second look. Mufti means “in street clothes, without the trappings of a full production.” 

Opening the 2019 winter series is Carmelina, with music by Burton Lane, lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, additional lyrics by Barry Harman, and book by Joseph Stein and Alan Jay Lerner. Performances begin Saturday afternoon, January 26, 2019 and continue for 11 performances only through February 3, 2019. Opening Night will be Sunday evening, January 27, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

For the second show in the series, The York revisits one of Lerner and Loewe’s lesser-known gems with the short-lived 1945 The Day Before Spring. A married woman attends a college reunion where she encounters the man with whom she almost eloped ten years before. Romantically stirred by a novel he has written about her, she considers leaving her husband and reuniting with her former flame. With a score that was never recorded, moments of The Day Before Spring served as inspiration for such Lerner and Loewe classics as Gigi and My Fair Lady. Although the show was previously seen in a Mufti staging in 2007, this presentation will feature the full original score, recently being discovered for a 2010 UK production–its first hearing in New York since 1945. Performances begin Saturday afternoon, February 9, 2019 and continue for 11 performances only through February 17, 2019. Opening Night will be Sunday evening, February 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. 

Closing out the popular Mufti series celebration is Lolita, My Love, with music by John Barry and book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, based on the 1955 novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Performances are set to begin Saturday afternoon, February 23, 2019 and continue for 11 performances only through March 3, 2019. Opening Night will be Sunday evening, February 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

SPECIAL MUFTI SERIES EVENTS: Special events surrounding the Lerner celebration, will include ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE: AN EVENING OF LERNER & LOEWE…AND FRIENDS on February 25, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., and two multimedia events presented by theater historian Charles Troy: The Creation of My Fair Lady set for Monday, February 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. and The Creation of Camelot on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  

Musicals in Mufti will play the following 11-performance schedule—First Week: Saturday at 2:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 & 7:00 p.m.; Second Week: Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., Thursday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Single tickets for the Winter 2019 Musicals in Mufti series are priced at $45 (Weekdays and Saturday nights) and $50 (Weekend matinees). York Member single tickets are priced at $31.50 (all performances). Single tickets for the Charles Troy multimedia presentations are priced at $20 for each event. Single tickets for ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE are priced at $30.

“Musicals in Mufti” Package and see all three Muftis for $120 (any performance package) – up to a $30 savings.

BEST SAVINGS! Become a York Member: buy all three Muftis priced at $94.50 (any performance package) - a $55 savings. Add-on ticket prices for Charles Troy events are $15 for York! Members and $10 for York Plus! Members. ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE prices are $20 York! Members and $15 for York Plus! Members only.

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org
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12)Daniel's Husband to End Run on December 30

The Acclaimed Production of
DANIEL’S HUSBAND
Written by MICHAEL MCKEEVER
Directed by JOE BRANCATO

Will End its run at The Westside Theatre
On Sunday, December 30, 2018

DANIEL’S HUSBAND, the acclaimed new play by Michael McKeever, directed by Joe Brancato, will end its commercial Off-Broadway run at the Westside Theatre (407 West 43 St.) on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 7pm. 

DANIEL’S HUSBAND is Mr. McKeever’s contemporary American play about two men – the personification of the perfect couple – who happen to have conflicting views of relationships.  A turn of events forces them to face the consequences of their differences, and they learn that they are living in a world where fundamental rights aren’t always so fundamental.

For more information or to purchase tickets,  visit www.DanielsHusband.com
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And that's the Scoop. Tune in tomorrow for this month's Monthly Mashup.


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