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Monday, April 22, 2019

More Theater Monday* - The Big Bang Theory Parody

We were given free tickets to The Big Bang Theory Parody for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: The Big Bang Theory Parody

Where: The Theater Center
             1627 Broadway
              New York, NY

Who: Recommended for Ages 13 and Up Due to Subject Matter

Me & Mom - The Big Bang Theory Parody  is a musical based on the popular TV show that is in currently in the midst of its final season. John McGowan as Sheldon Cooper is clearly the highlight of this show. He captures the essence of Sheldon with extreme accuracy. The rest of the cast 's portrayals of the characters are not as strong. Their singing voices are excellent, however. although the songs were not at all memorable. There are familiar catch phrases and running gags from the TV show in this show but not enough of them especially considering the show has been on for 12 seasons. The overall plot is weak and does not draw enough from the show. It is great to see  appearances from a bunch of familiar characters from the show's long run including many of the characters' mothers, Leslie Winkle, Stuart and more but most of these appearances don't seem to serve much purpose. Over all, John McGowan is definitely the main reason to see this show.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

*More Theater Monday  is an occasional supplement to our regular Theater Thursday posts.  Additonal theater related posts can also be found in our perodic Still More Theater Saturday posts.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sunday Scoop Week if 4/21-19 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

In This Week's Scoop

1) Rave Festival  Submission Deadline Extended One Week
2) Upcoming at the Academy of Natural Sciences
     Earth Day Admission Pay What You Wish
3) Upcoming at the George Street Playhouse
    Too Heavy For Your Pocket Opens
4) Upcoming at Merkin Hall
    Garcia Lorca, Dr. Ruth
5) Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre
     Return to the Forbidden Planet
6) Upcoming at iPlay America
     Music City Showcase Semifinal, Block Party, 80s Wrestling Con
7) Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
     Sesame Street Live
8) The Bigot Begins Previews April 26
9) Maker Day at the Elizabeth Morrow School
10) Lefkes Celebrates Easter, Orthodox Easter Sunday

PR Firm Roundup
 
11) News from BroadwayCon
      Fifth Annual BroadwayCon January 24 - 26 Tickets on Sale Now
12) News from KampFire PR
      Sea Dog Theatre Presents The Rare Biosphere
13) News from Karen Greco PR
      13A) Caroline's Kitchen Premiering at Brit Off Broadway
      13B) Killing Times at Brits Off Broadway
       13C) Downtown Urban Arts Festival at The Wild Project
14) Upcoming This Week at Lincoln Center
15) News from Pascal Nadon Commmunications
      15A) MasterVoices Presents Premiere Adaptation of Lady in the Dark
      15B) Orchestra of St. Lukes Chamber Music Series Continues
16) News from Polk and Co.
      Burn This Opens on Broadway
17) News from Richard Hillman PR
      Taylor Mac and Judith Light in Conversation at the Drama League
18) New from Spin Cycle PR
      Bound Begins April 25
1) SUBMISSION DEADLINE
EXTENDED ONE WEEK FOR

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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS THROUGH APRIL 24, 2019

Due to the high volume of interest and activity, the brand-new Rave Theater Festival has extended submissions one week through Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at midnight.  Interested parties can apply at RaveTheaterFestival.com/submit.

Rave Theater Festival will be held this summer from August 9-25, 2019 at Clemente Solo Velez Cultural Center (107 Suffolk Street) on the Lower East Side. The festival is helmed by Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Davenport, who will serve as artistic director. Valerie Novakoff will serve as executive director, Britt Lafield as managing director, Monica Hammond as marketing director and Mary Elizabeth Dina as manager of events and partnerships.  

For its inaugural year, Rave Theater Festival will be selecting a diverse roster of roughly 20 plays, musicals, multimedia, and cross-disciplinary projects, as well as family shows, which will each receive up to five performances.

To learn more about Rave Theater Festival visit: 
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2) Upcoming at The Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Earth Day admission is pay what you wish!


Monday April 22, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Your pay-what-you-wish ticket includes admission to the whole museum, including Dinosaur Hall, Outside In, Butterflies! and our limited-time special exhibit Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids, normally an extra charge. Recommended donation is $10 per person. 

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3) Upcoming at the George Street Playhouse
103 College Farm Road
New Brunswick, NJ

Too Heavy For Your Pocket

April 23 - May 19

Critically acclaimed drama Too Heavy for Your Pocket, winner of the prestigious 2017 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, will open at George Street Playhouse on April 23 and close the Playhouse’s 2018-19 season as it prepares to move to its permanent new home at The New Brunswick Performing Arts Center this fall.

Jiréh Breon Holder’s Too Heavy for Your Pocket takes audiences back to Nashville in the summer of 1961. The Freedom Riders are embarking on a courageous journey into the Deep South. When 20-year-old Bowzie Brandon gives up a life-changing college scholarship to join the movement, he’ll have to convince his loved ones—and himself—that shaping the country’s future might be worth jeopardizing his own.

Regular tickets begin as low as $25. Audiences are encouraged to buy now to secure their seats.  2019-20 subscription packages are also now available.

To find tickets or for more information, visit the George Street Playhouse website at www.GeorgeStreetPlayhouse.org, or call the box office at 732-246-7717.  
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4)Upcoming at Merkin Hall
Kaufman Music Center
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY

 Garcia Lorca and Dr. Ruth

Wednesday April 24, 8:00 PM
New York Festival of Song: Gracia Lorca -
Muse & Magician

A portrait of the great Spanish poet through songs by Poulenc, Montsalvatge, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Revueltas and the writer himself. With soprano Corinne Winters and baritone Efraín Solís

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Monday April 29, 7:00 PM
Times Talk: Dr. Ruth

Moderated by Jennifer Senior of The New York Times 
Iconic media personality and America’s most famous sex therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, discusses her upcoming documentary Ask Dr. Ruth

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/timestalks-dr.-ruth
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5) Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ

Music City Showcase, Block Party, 80s Wrestle Con

Thursday April 25, Door Time - 6:00 PM Start Time - 7:00 PM
Music City Showcase Semifinal

Join iPlay America every Thursday from March 7 to May 2 to cheer on local musical talents as they compete for a chance to perform live during CMA Fest in Nashville.


Friday April 26, 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Block Party - 21+ Only

Enjoy drink specials and live DJ, Class Kills! Purchase a Block Party Pass for $49.99 (valid every Friday 9:00 PM to close) and get unlimited video games plus 10% off  food and beverage. Valid one year from purchase date. 


Saturday April 27, Door Time 10:00 AM
80s Wrestle Con

First ever 80’s exclusive event with over 15 WWF legends! Guests include WWF Hall of Famers Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Tag Team Champions Afa & Sika “The  Wild Samoans” along with women’s champion and Hall of Famer Wendi Richter. 

For more information or tickets, visit https://www.iplayamerica.com/event/80s-wrestling-con/
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6) Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ

Return to the Forbidden Planet

April 26, 27 & May 3, 4 at 8:00 PM
April 28 & May 5 at 2:00 PM

Loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the 1956 sci-fi classic film's Forbidden Planet,"  this fun-filled, jiving-in-the-aisles musical finds a spaceship, helmed by Captain Tempest, making an emergency landing on the uncharted planet D'Illyria. The only residents there are the mad scientist Doctor Prospero, his daughter Miranda, and their robot Ariel. They were banished into hyperspace when Miranda was just a baby, and she has known no other world than this.


Throw in a retro robot, unrequited love, and a scary space monster, and you've got one groovy show!

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.kelseytheatre.net/Return%20To%20Forbidden%20Planet
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7) Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

Sesame Street Live - Make Your Music

Friday April 26. 10:30 AM & 5:30 PM
Saturday April 27, 10:30 AM, 2:00 PM. & 5:30 PM
Sunday April 28, 10:30 AM & 2:00 PM

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.stnj.org/event/sesame_street_live
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8) The Bigot Begins Previews April 26
At Theatre St. Clements

THE BIGOT will have a full Off-Broadway run at the Theatre at St. Clement's (423 West 46th Street) April 26 through June 9. The official opening night is set for Wednesday, May 1. Michael Susko will direct. For more information visit:  www.thebigotplay.com


The Bigot tells the story of Jim, an equal-opportunity racist and chauvinist, homophobe and anti-Semite. In short, he hates everyone who doesn't look or think like him. His unshakable beliefs, however, get shaken up when his life is turned upside down by a health crisis. Now he may need the very people he has spurned in his life to see something worth saving in him.  


Performances of The Bigot (Starting April 26) are Mondays at 7pm, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with matinees on Wednesdays at 2pm and Sundays at 3pm (there is an additional matinee on Sat 4/27 at 2pm).


Tickets range from $39 to $89 and can be purchased online at https://www.telecharge.com/Off-Broadway/Th
e-Bigot/Overview

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9) MAKER DAY at The Elisabeth Morrow School. FREE FAMILY EVENT for Children of All Ages
435 Lydecker St.
Englewood, NJ

Saturday April 27, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

There will be numerous hands-on, interactive science and art exhibits from attending students who will share and explain their projects. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate, engage and experience in the making their own creations. This is a hands-on event that is part science fair, part county fair, and full on exploration and fun.

Numerous EMS students will share hands-on, interactive science and art exhibits and visitors will have the opportunity to make their own creations. This free, fun event will help you and your children better understand the maker mindset and the benefits of tinkering to a students’ education.

For more information, visit  www.elisabethmorrow.org.
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10) Lefkes Celebrates 
Orthodox Easter 
Sunday April 28
495 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Let the celebration begin! On April 28th as Lefkes welcomes guests to a fittingly joyous celebration of Orthodox Greek Easter and commemorating the opening of the outdoor patio space . Diners will enjoy the outside garden like setting at Lefkes' newly opened outdoor patio with live entertainment.

The aroma of grilled specialties in Greek fashion will waft throughout the establishment. In addition to the Traditional Greek Easter dishes, this menu stars with Magiritsa soup, a delicacy of lamb giblets and herbs associated with the Easter tradition of the Greek Orthodox church.

Entrée Specials include the magnificent Easter Arnaki Spit Roasted Lamb, a Greek Easter lamb with lemon potatoes; Kokoretsi traditional Easter rotisserie dish consisting of seasoned sweetbreads and Steak Brizola- flavorful NY Strip grilled to preference served with asparagus and fingerling potatoes. Plus a full menu of fabulous desserts!

For more information www.elisabethmorrow.org.
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PR Firm Roundup

11) News from BroadwayCon

FIFTH ANNUAL BROADWAYCON JANUARY 24-26, 2020

TICKETS ON SALE TODAY NOW

BroadwayCon celebrates its fifth year in 2020, returning to the New York Hilton Midtown on Friday, January 24 through Sunday, January 26. Tickets on sale now.

BroadwayCon has also announced an initial slate of highly anticipated guests for 2020, including co-creator Anthony Rapp, George Salazar, Judy Kuhn, Kristolyn Lloyd, and Heidi Blickenstaff. Other announced guests include Tommy Bracco, Andrew Kober, Brad Oscar, Gillian Pensavalle, Erin Quill, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, and Fredi Walker-Browne. Additional guests will be announced at a later date.

In addition, BroadwayCon Industry Day, curated by Situation, will return for its third year on January 24, 2019. Tickets for BroadwayCon Industry Day include access to all Industry Day and BroadwayCon programming on Friday, January 24.

Ticket Prices
Tickets for BroadwayCon range from $80 for a Day Pass to $1000 for a limited-quantity premium-level PlatinumPass. A limited number of earlybird General and Day Pass tickets will be available at a 15% discount off of the regular ticket price, bringing a General Pass to $165 (regular $190) and a Day Pass to $65 (regular $80). 

Full details on the different ticket types can be found at www.BroadwayCon.com/tickets
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12) News from KampFire PR

THE RARE BIOSPHERE
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
APRIL 25 – MAY 19, 2019 AT CALVARY ST. GEORGE’S

OPENING NIGHT IS SUNDAY, APRIL 28 AT 8 P.M.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT SEADOGTHEATER.ORG

SEA DOG THEATER is pleased to announce the world premiere production of Chris Cragin-Day’s (Martin Luther on Trial) THE RARE BIOSPHERE, directed by award-winning Christopher Domig. THE RARE BIOSPHERE will play a 21 performance limited engagement at Calvary St. George's (61 Gramercy Park North, NY, NY 10010). Performances begin Thursday, April 25th and continue through Sunday, May 19. Opening Night is Sunday, April 28 (8 p.m.). Tickets are $30 at www.seadogtheater.org.
Sophie, a Honduran-American teenager, comes home from high school to find that her parents have been deported. She immediately goes into bunker-down survival mode, trying to care for her younger siblings without raising suspicion and considering her next move. Her plan is complicated when Steven, a well-meaning friend, oblivious to the issues she’s facing, discovers and struggles to comprehend her situation.

Sophie is an impressive student, a Dreamer, with plans to study Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University. She is fascinated with what is known as the “Rare Biosphere,” a term that refers to rare, previously overlooked, microbial species that play a crucial role in regulating Earth’s ecosystems.

The play draws a parallel between our current immigration crisis with the beauty and necessity of diversity in our ecosystem, offering an unique underrepresented perspective into a broken system that many of us only experience through news reports.

THE RARE BIOSPHERE is a timely, relevant, and powerful new play inspired by real-life immigration conflicts happening on a daily basis in this country. Given our current polarized political climate, it is easy to forget that behind these “political issues” are real people whose stories matter, and must be told. Sea Dog Theater, whose mission is to shine a light on stories of alienation and reconciliation, has the incredible opportunity to bring to life one such story with this world premiere.

THE RARE BIOSPHERE plays the following schedule:

Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.
Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
Friday at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday at 3:00 pm** and 8:00 p.m.
* There is no Wednesday performance the first week. The only Sunday performances are Opening Night April 28 and Closing Night, Sunday May 19 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $30 ($20 student ticket) and are now available online at www.seadogtheater.org. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the venue 30 minutes prior to show time. Call ahead for availability 646-463-0542.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.seadogtheater.org
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13) News from Karen Greco PR

13A) Tune in for the deliciously dark comedy CAROLINE’S KITCHEN premiering at Brits Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled welcome to Brits Off Broadway the US premiere of CAROLINE’S KITCHEN, written byTorben Betts and directed by Alastair Whatley. Produced by Original Theatre Company, Ghost Light Theatre & Eilene Davidson, CAROLINE’S KITCHEN begins performances on Thursday, April 25 for a limited engagement through Saturday, May 25Press Opening is Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday – Friday at 7:00 PM; Saturday at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM; and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison). 
Caroline Mortimer is the nation’s favorite TV cook. In the glow of the studio lights, she has it all – a sparkling career, a big house, a (golf) loving husband, smart kids, and the best kitchen money can buy. But when the camera turns off the truth comes out, and when an unexpected guest disrupts a night of celebration, there is more to spill than just the wine.


Single tickets are $25 - $70 ($49 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call the 59E59 Box Office at 646-892-7999 or visit 

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13B) KILLING TIME makes US premiere at Brits Off Broadway 
at 59E59 Theaters

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled welcome the US premiere of KILLING TIME written by Zoe Mills and directed by Antony Eden. Produced by Word Mills and Dead Letter Perfect in association with the Stephen Joseph Theatre, KILLING TIME begins performances on Thursday, April 18 for a limited engagement through Sunday, May 12Press Opening is Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM; and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison). 

Time is up for the vivacious Hester Brooke: celebrated cellist, wild woman, lover, mistress, friend, recluse. She’s lived her life on her terms and, with a cancerous death sentence looming, she is raising a glass of Rioja to her fate with no regrets. But into her world drops Sara, an enduringly adolescent social worker obsessed with death and social media. Deep and muddy waters are stirred and death is not as easy as it looks.

Single tickets are $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call the 59E59 Box Office at 646-892-7999 or visit www.59e59.org

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13C) What's On At The Wild Project

April 24 - May 11
DOWNTOWN URBAN ARTS FESTIVAL
Schedule: Wednesday – Saturday at
8pm
Tickets: $20
Purchase via EventBright

Downtown Urban Arts Festival is a six-week multi-disciplinary arts showcase that explores urban life through theater, film, music, and poetry happening at multiple venues around NYC.

DOWNTOWN URBAN ARTS FESTIVAL theater line-up:

Wednesday, April 24
THE DELAY by Ledia Xhoga
While commuting to work, Peter meets a stranger who seems to know everything about him. Can this mysterious encounter be exactly what he needs?
 
BLACK & UGLY AS EVER by Porsha Olayiwola
A one-person 
choreopoem that explores what it means to move through reality as a queer, fat, dark-skinned woman.

Thursday, April 25 
RIDIN' SHOTGUN by Juan Ramirez, Jr.
Two friends go through an emotional journey as they contemplate avenging the murder of one of their sisters.

Friday, April 26
GAMBLED EGGS by Victoria Moy
Two sisters "hatch" a plan and take a gamble of their own to save their family from ruin when their father’s gambling debts 
bring a henchman to their door.

Saturday, April 27 
THE QUIET ZONE by Augusto Federico Amador
A middle-aged recluse, living in West Virginia, is confronted by the consequences of being an absent mother when her estranged daughter suddenly arrives. The Quiet Zone is a story about loss and rediscovered motherhood.

Wednesday, May 1 
FLINTED by Emma McFarland
Flinted focuses on the issue of Flint, Michigan’s drinking water

PAPER TOWELS by Nelson Diaz-Marcano
A man that lost everything in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is about to attack the people of the government that left them forgotten. The only thing standing between him and this heinous act? His cousin and an Echo Dot.

Thursday, May 2 
BUZZKILL by Rollin Jewett
A foreign refugee with a frightful agenda confronts an American looking to have a good time in Amsterdam.

GROWL by J. Lois Diamond
A poet is heading to Paris to read her work when she is detained in the Tehran airport. Despite being 82 and almost blind, she is interrogated throughout the night. Will her principles prove to be stronger than her fears?

Friday, May 3 
ESCALATOR by Janet Onyenucheya
The coming-of-age story of a Nigerian-American girl living in the Bronx whilst navigating through depression, poverty, self-rejection, and existential questioning.

Saturday, May 4 
SOMETHING TRUE by David Beardsley
Two young lovers on the cusp of a momentous decision navigate the tricky waters of intimacy.
 
LOVE/FANTASY by Tommy Jamerson
A story of four harrowing accounts of sexual assault and survival told through the perspectives of Cory and Anna, two friends attempting to write a play touching on the current #MeToo movement.

Wednesday, May 8
IN THE NAME OF US by Ruoxin Xu
Four Chinese young women, who live in four different countries, suddenly realize the influence that their names give them while individually experiencing some important moments in their life.
 
CALL-AND-RESPONSE by Marcus Scott
Call-And-Response explores race relations in America, white male privilege, dog-whistle politics, swatting, and police brutality.
 
Thursday, May 9 
IN THE PALACE OF THE PLANET KING by Edwin Rivera-Arias
Two streeted-down been-around men and a crawling mute find themselves locked away in a bleak and sinister institution they can't puzzle out. Soon enough it dawns on them that the game's been fixed at jump street. In other words, they might be doomed to a life sentence and-- wouldn't you know it?-- there ain't a parole board in sight.

RAGHEAD by Tom Coash
A New York City firefighter and a woman wearing an Islamic veil go on a blind date. Will sparks fly?
 
Friday, May 10 
STORY AND HER by Josh Drimmer
A middle-aged seducer has a story to tell, a story about the only woman who ever interested him as much as himself. A story that is gonna hurt to tell, especially since she's not around.
 
Saturday, May 11 
VEILS by Steven A. Butler, Jr.
An exploration of the lives of women who have been affected by the Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter movements.
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 14) Upcoming This Week at Lincoln Center


Thursday, April 25 – FREE – at 7:30 pm  
Atrium 360°  
Moonlight Benjamin 

Channeling the guitar prowess of Jimi Hendrix and Cher’s soulful grit, the Haitian-born "new priest of voodoo rock" (​L'Obs , France) Moonlight Benjamin brings a powerful fusion of Creole melodies and ’70s blues rhythms to the Atrium, lending her rebellious voice to an evening celebrating her new album, ​Siltane
​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

Saturday, April 27 at 1:00 pm  
Great Performers: Music on Film  
Gould Plays Bach  
The iconoclastic Glenn Gould spent a lifetime grappling with Bach’s works for keyboard. Witness his radical interpretations of Concerto No. 1 at the age of 28,with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, as well as footage of his studio sessions for his second recording of the ​Goldberg Variations
​toward the end of his life, in a moving film by Bruno Monsaingeon. 
Walter Reade Theater,​ 165 West 65th Street, Plaza level 
TICKETS ​start at $15 and are available by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting LincolnCenter.org/GreatPerformers

Sunday, April 28 at 11:00 am    
Great Performers  
Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts  
Jiji, guitar  
Applauded for her eclectic tastes and sensitive playing, Korean guitarist Jiji is an adventurous artist who performs on both acoustic and electric guitar. She has been a soloist with the Kansas City Symphony and Tanglewood Chamber Orchestra, and has recently presented recitals at Carnegie Hall, Mass MOCA, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her performances have been featured on PBS,NPR’s ​FromtheTop, and Hong Kong’s RTHK. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Jiji was one of the first two guitarists  admitted to the school in its distinguished history. 
Walter Reade Theater,​ 165 West 65th Street, Plaza level 
TICKETS ​start at $22 and are available by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting  LincolnCenter.org/GreatPerformers
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15) News from Pascal Nadon Communications

15A) MASTERVOICES PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW ADAPTATION OF 
LADY IN THE DARK APRIL 25-27,
AS PART OF NEW YORK CITY CENTER’S 75TH-ANNIVERSARY SEASON
VICTORIA CLARK HEADS UP CAST IN PRODUCTION THAT FEATURES COSTUMES BY ZAC POSEN, CAROLINA HERRERA, AND THOM BROWNE
 MasterVoices will conclude its 2018-19 season with the world premiere of a new adaptation of the legendary Kurt Weill, Ira Gershwin, Moss Hart musical Lady in the Dark. Presented as part of New York City Center’s 75th–anniversary season, it is directed and conducted by MasterVoices Artistic Director Ted Sperling, and choreographed by Doug Varone. The musical will star Tony Award winner Victoria Clark in the lead role of Liza Elliott. In addition to the previously announced performances on April 25 and 26, because of high-ticket demand, a matinee has been added for April 27. Opening on Broadway in 1941, Lady in the Dark was groundbreaking in its unusual subject matter—psychoanalysis—and unconventional structure. It has not been seen in New York in 25 years, since it was presented as part of the inaugural Encores! season at New York City Center in 1994.

Lady in the Dark will feature MasterVoices’ 120 singers, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Doug Varone and Dancers. Varone’s new choreography makes dance an integral element in Liza’s story, as dancers act out her thoughts sung by the chorus. In addition to Miss Clark, the cast of eight includes Tony Nominees Montego GloverAshley Park, and Ron RainesBen DavisChristopher Innvar, and David Pittu; and Golden Globe Award and Academy Award Nominee Amy Irving.


Thursday, April 25, 2019, 8:00 pm
Friday, April 26, 2019, 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 2:00 pm

Book by Moss Hart
Music and Lyrics by Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin
MasterVoices
Ted Sperling, Artistic Director and Conductor
Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Doug Varone Dancers
Scenic design by Doug Fitch
Costume design by Tracy Christensen
Lighting design by James Ingalls
Sound design by Scott Lehrer
Additional select designs by Zac PosenCarolina Herrera, and Thom Browne

CAST OF CHARACTERS
Victoria Clark LIZA ELLIOTT, editor-in-chief of the fashion magazine Allure
Amy Irving DR. BROOKS, a psychiatrist
Ashley Park MISS FOSTER, Liza’s secretary / SUTTON, Liza’s maid
Montego Glover MAGGIE GRANT, fashion editor of Allure
David Pittu RUSSELL PAXTON, staff photographer of Allure / Beekman, Liza’s chauffeur
Christopher Innvar CHARLEY JOHNSON, advertising manager of Allure / a Marine
Ben Davis RANDY CURTIS, a Hollywood star
Ron Raines KENDALL NESBITT, publisher of Allure / PIERRE, headwaiter at The Seventh Heaven
Tickets: Priced from $30 to $140, may be purchased online at NYCityCenter.org, by calling 212.581.1212, or in person at the City Center Box Office, 131 W 55th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

For more information, visit mastervoices.org. Connect with MasterVoices on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram (@mastervoicesny).


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15B) ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES CONTINUES THIS SPRING
WITH MENDELSSOHN THE PRODIGY, SHOWCASING THE COMPOSER’S
VIOLIN CONCERTO IN D MINOR AND HIS OCTET FOR STRINGS
ON SUNDAY, APRIL 28 AT THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM,
APRIL 30 AT MERKIN CONCERT HALL,
AND MAY 1 AT THE MORGAN LIBRARY
St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, the musical core of Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL), concludes this season’s signature Chamber Music Series with a spring program, Mendelssohn the Prodigy, showcasing the depth of the young Mendelssohn’s extraordinary talent. The Ensemble will perform his Violin Concerto in D Minor and Octet for Strings, Op. 20 on April 28 at the Brooklyn Museum, April 30 at Merkin Hall, and May 1 at The Morgan Library

WHAT
MENDELSSOHN THE PRODIGY
St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in D Minor
MENDELSSOHN Octet for Strings, Op. 20

WHEN
WHERE
BROOKLYN MUSEUM (SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019)
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium
MERKIN HALL (TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2019)
129 W. 67th Street
THE MORGAN LIBRARY & MUSEUM (WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2019)
225 Madison Avenue
Richard Gilder Chamber Music Series

TICKETS
Individual tickets start at $40 (April 28) and $50 (April 30 and May 1) and details are available here.
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16) News from Polk and Co.


LANFORD WILSON’S
BURN THIS

OFFICIALLY OPEN
AT THE HUDSON THEATRE ON BROADWAY

The first Broadway revival of Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson’s BURN THIS officially opened at the Hudson Theatre (141 West 44th Street). Directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer, the production stars Oscar & three-time Emmy Award nominee Adam Driver (Pale), Golden Globe Award winner & Emmy Award nominee Keri Russell (Anna), Tony Award nominee David Furr (Burton) and two-time Tony Award nominee Brandon Uranowitz (Larry).

When a mysterious death brings together two unlikely strangers, their explosive connection sparks a chemistry too fiery to ignore.  Lanford Wilson’s BURN THISis a smoldering story of love and raw attraction by one of the most vital playwrights of the modern era. 

Ticket Information
Tickets for BURN THIS are on sale at www.thehudsonbroadway.com (855.801.5876) and the Hudson Theatre Box Office (141 West 44th Street) and range from $59.00-169.00.

Audiences walso have access to $39 tickets through an exclusive lottery on TodayTix. Tickets are subject to availability. Beginning at 12:01am EST on the day of the performance, the lottery will open for entries on the TodayTix app and website. Winners will be notified four hours prior to performance time and have 30 minutes to claim and purchase their tickets on the TodayTix platform.

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17)News from Richard Hillman PR


JUDITH LIGHT AND TAYLOR MAC
ADDED TO
THE DRAMA LEAGUE’S “IN CONVERSATION” SERIES
“IN CONVERSATION: GARY WITH TAYLOR MAC”
MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019 AT 7:00PM
AND
“IN CONVERSATION: JUDITH LIGHT”
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2019 AT 7:00PM

TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT
HTTP://DRAMALEAGUE.ORG/EVENTS
The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) has announced its final Spring 2019 In Conversation Series events: Gary with Taylor Mac on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., and Judith Light on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. to be held at The Drama League Theater Center (32 Avenue of the Americas) in Tribeca.
In Conversation grants audiences a rare chance to discuss the art and careers of America's leading theatre makers in an intimate venue. Earlier events this season focused on the creative minds behind To Kill A Mockingbird (Aaron Sorkin and Bartlett Sher), Hillary and Clinton (Lucas Hnath), Oklahoma! (Daniel Fish), the upcoming Shakespeare in the Park production of Hercules (Lear DeBessonet) and the all-female design team of Lifespan of a Fact. To reserve seats for the remaining events in the Spring 2019 series, please visit: dramaleague.org/events.

Spring 2019 In Conversation Series
All events held at the Drama League Theater Center, 32 Avenue of the Americas
Gary with Taylor Mac
Moderated by Drama League Education Manager Nilan Johnson
Monday, April 22, 2017 at 7:00PM
Premium Seating: $40
General Public: $30
Drama League/SDC/AEA Members: $20
In Gary, Taylor Mac's singular world view intersects with Shakespeare's first tragedy, Titus Andronicus. In Mac's extraordinary new play, set during the fall of the Roman Empire, the years of bloody battles are over. The civil war has ended. The country has been stolen by madmen, and there are casualties everywhere. And two very lowly servants—Lane and Nielsen—are charged with cleaning up the bodies. It's the year 400—but it feels like the end of the world.
Taylor Mac (who uses “judy”—lowercase sic—as a gender pronoun) is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director and produce. Plays include: Gary, A Sequel to Titus Andronicus (Broadway), A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (shown in its 24-hour entirety at St. Ann’s Warehouse, The Curran Theater, the Ace Theater, the Melbourne Festival, upcoming at the Berliner Festspiele), Hir (Magic Theater, Playwrights Horizon, Steppenwolf and over sixty professional productions), The Walk Across America for Mother Earth (La Mama with the Talking Band), The Lily’s Revenge (Here Arts Center, Magic Theater, American Repertory Theater), The Young Ladies Of (Here Arts Center, Playmakers Repertory, Manchester’s Library Theater), Red Tide Blooming (PS 122), and The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac (highlights include: The Public Theater, The Sydney Opera House, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival)
Mac, aside from acting in much of judy’s own work, sometimes plays with others. Most notably: Shen Teh/Shui Ta in The Foundry Theater’s production of “Good Person of Szechwan”, in the City Center’s Encores production of “Gone Missing”, Puck/Egeus in the Classic Stage Company’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”, and in the two-man vaudeville, “The Last Two People On Earth”, which judy co-created with Mandy Patinkin and director Susan Stroman.
Mac is a MacArthur Fellow, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama and the recipient of multiple awards including the Kennedy Prize, a NY Drama Critics Circle Award, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim, the Herb Alpert in Theater, The Booth Award, the Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, two Bessies, two Obies, two Helpmann’s, and an Ethyl Eichelberger Award. An alumnus of New Dramatists, judy is currently the resident playwright at the Here Arts.
Judith Light
Moderated by Drama League Executive Artistic Director Stelian-Shanks
Wednesday, May 1, 2017 at 7:00PM
Premium Seating: $45
General Public: $30
Drama League/SDC/AEA Members: $20

Tony and Emmy Award winner Judith Light has captivated audiences around the world with her iconic performances in film, television, and theatre. An impassioned activist and advocate to end HIV/AIDS, Ms. Light will discuss her life and career from its early beginnings, her theatrical successes including Wit, Other Desert Cities, The Assembled Parties, and Lombardi, her recent turns in ""American Crime Story, "Transparent," and "Ugly Betty," as well as her upcoming series with Ryan Murphy, "The Politician." Widely beloved throughout the industry, Ms. Light will share wisdom gleaned from decades of success in Hollywood and on Broadway…and her hopes for the future of the American theatre.

Judith Light is known for her extensive body of work in television, film, and onstage.

This fall, Light will star with Bette Midler and Ben Platt in Ryan Murphy‘s Netflix series, ”The Politician,” as well as in the musical finale of “Transparent,” Amazon Prime's Golden Globe winning series created by Jill Soloway, for which she received two Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe nomination and three Critics' Choice nominations.

Last year, her role in Ryan Murphy’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” garnered her an Emmy nomination as well as a Critics Choice nomination.

Light stars with Alec Baldwin and Mandy Patinkin in the indie film Before You Know It, which premiered at Sundance in January 2019 and has been picked up by distributor 1091, as well as Ms. White Light, the independent drama that premiered at SXSW this year. This past winter, Lifetime released the Judith Light and Christina Ricci helmed movie, “Nellie Bly.” Upcoming, Judith will be seen in the film Hot Air with Steve Coogan.

Her 2017 performance in All the Ways to Say I Love You (MCC) garnered her a Drama League Award nomination. That same year, she could be seen in God Looked Away with Al Pacino (Pasadena Playhouse). The year previous, Light won an Outer Critics Circle Award for the Broadway production of Thérèse Raquin with Kiera Knightly. In 2012 and 2013, Light won two consecutive Tony and Drama Desk awards for her performances in Other Desert Cities, and The Assembled Parties; these two performances dubbed her the first actress in nearly two decades to win consecutive Tony Awards.

For the Pulitzer Prize winning Wit, she was awarded the Helen Hayes and Eliot Norton awards. In 2011, Light received a Tony nomination for her role as Marie Lombardi in Lombardi directed by Thomas Kail.

Light starred in and produced the film, Save Me, which was written by husband Robert Desiderio and premiered at Sundance in 2007. The year before, Light could be seen in the indie film Ira and Abby.

Selected TV includes: “Ugly Betty” (Emmy Nomination), “Law and Order, SVU”, “Dallas”, “Who’s the Boss”, “One Life to Live” (Two consecutive Emmys

Selected TV includes: “Ugly Betty” (Emmy Nomination), “Law and Order, SVU”, “Dallas”, “Who’s the Boss”, “One Life to Live” (Two consecutive Emmys

She is on the Board of Directors of the MCC Theatre in NYC.
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18) News from Spin Cycle NYC

New Drama Looks at Impact of “The Wall” on Native Land
BOUND
Previews begin April 25

American Indian Artists Inc. (AMERINDA) will present the World Premiere of BOUND, written and directed by Tara Dawn Moses. Previews begin on April 25 at Theatre for the New City with opening night slated for May 3.

BOUND, Marigold Page is a Native American woman working to stop the construction of a wall along the US southern border that would split her Nation in half. When she meets John, a land surveyor, a romance blossoms. Further complications arise when an oil company attempts to build a pipeline through the same scared land. Marigold must face rogue border patrol agents, oil tycoons, and a hesitant tribal council as she struggles to keep her ancestral lands intact for future generations. Paralleling her fight are the events surrounding the Gadsden Purchase of 1853, the building of a transcontinental railroad through Indigenous lands, Manifest Destiny, and the redrawing of the Mexican-American border in the name of southern imperialism. Marigold is determined that history does not repeat itself.

BOUND runs April 25 – May 12, Thursday - Saturdayat 8pm and Sunday at 3pm.  Theater for the New City is located at 155 First Avenue at 10th Street – accessible from the L train at 14th Street. Tickets are $18 / $15 for seniors and students at 212-868-4444 or www.SmartTix.com.
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