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Monday, January 21, 2019

BroadwayCon 2019 Wrap-Up

We were given free tickets to BroadwayCon for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own. 

Today's post will conclude our coverage of this year's BroadwayCon. 


Me - BroadwayCon was a lot of fun. I really liked the show panels. They were my favorites. They were all really interesting. We didn't really go to as many other panels as we did last year. The panels we went did go to were good. I just don't remember them as well as the show panels. The show panels made me want to see all of the shows. I also really liked the games and I liked the first look panel. I liked all of the new shows that are coming to Broadway, and I want to see them all!  I especially want to see Beetlejuice and Kiss Me Kate. I also enjoyed seeing the You're A Good Man Charlie Brown reunion even though I never saw the show. The BroadwayCon marketplace was a little disappointing this year, however. It was way too crowded. Also, they mostly had things you can buy or acting classes to sign up for. In other years, there were things like Playbill and Broadway Box and Theatermania there. They always had interesting contests to enter and lots of giveaway and lots of spinning prize wheels at those booths. This year there was not as much of that. The Broadway Museum was interesting too. Over all,  I really enjoyed BroadwayCon, and I hope to go again next year.

 
 
Mom - I can't believe another BroadwayCon has come and gone. It went by so fast. This year at BroadwayCon we did not spend as much time walking around the BroadwayCon marketplace. It was smaller and more crowded. We didn't go to as many panels either although we did enjoy the panels we did attend. They included one on the way fans are changing Broadway and one on whatit  is like to be a press agent. We mostly went to a lot of show panels and we enjoyed learning about a lot of the current shows on Broadway. We also enjoyed the Broadway first look panel and learning about shows that are coming to Broadway. There were a lot of fun games to watch at Broadway game night and BroadwayCon feud. There was a whole lot of Rodgers and Hammerstein music at R&H goes pop. There was a You're A Good Man Charlie Brown cast reunion which even included a surprise appearance by Kristin Chenowith who was not listed as a guest at the panel even though she was in the show. There were people dressed up as characters from just about every show you can imagine. There was so much more too. However, what I think I enjoyed most about BroadwayCon was the diversity. There were people of different ages, different colors, different nationalities, different abilities all getting along, all having fun together, all sharing their love of Broadway. That is what is great about Broadway (and BroadwayCon). It brings people together. It would be nice if the rest of the world was more like that.

 
 

For more about BroadwayCon and/or to sign up for the mailing list to find out when the next BroadwayCon will be held, visit www.broadwaycon.com.

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

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sunday Scoop Week of 1/20/19 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

In This Week's Scoop

1) 2019 Off Center Season Tickets on Sale
2) Anne of Green Gables Part I  and II
3) Upcoming at iPlay America
    Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Block Party, 5th Annual Chocolate & Wine Event
4) Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre
    Zorro the Musical
5) Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
    Dancing With the Star: Live, 2019 Winter Festival: Zhang & Trifonov
6) Max Stossel Live: Words that Live at Soho Playhouse
7) Upcoming at Merkin Concert Hall
    Schubert's Unfinished Symphony
8) Tevye Served Raw Returns Off Broadway

PR Frim Roundup

9) News from DKC/O&M
    9A) Box Office Opens for Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish
    9B) Additional Rotating Cast Announced for Barrow Street Theatricals' Nassim
    9C) Waterwell Extends Site-Specific Worl Premiere of The Courtroom
    9D) The Light Begins Performances at Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space in Hell's Kitchen
10) News from Karen Greco PR
      10A) Whirlwind an Eco-Comedy at The Wild Project
      10B) The American Tradition World Premiere with New Light Theater Project
10) New from Lincoln Center
11) News from Pascal Nadon Communications
      11A) American Symphony Orchestra Presents Sounds of the American Century
      11B) The Orchestra Now Offers Free Concert
12) News from Polk and Co.
      12A)Roundabout Underground 2019 Reading Series
      12B) Roundabout Announces 2019 Relaxed Performances
13) News from Richard Hillman PR
      York Theatre Company Announces Cast for Musicals in Mufti Carmelina
14) Broadway Bound Born For This Releases Music Video
15) News from Spin Cycle NYC
      Barefoot Replaces Spike Heels

1) 2019 Encores! Off-Center Season
3 Show Packs Available Now!

June 26- 29 Working A Musical 
July 10 - 11 Promenade
July 24 -27 Road Show

New this 75th Anniversary Season, Encores! Off-Center audiences have advance access to seats by purchasing a 3-SHOW PACK. Buy tickets for all three productions, Working: A MusicalPromenade, and Road Show, and you can select your own seats for each production, receive free ticket exchanges, and save on handling fees.

Tickets on Sale to the General Public starting on January 22

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2) Ali Ewoldt stars as Anne in Anne of Green Gables Part I -Beginning Jan 24
Broadway's Doreen Montalvo to play Anne in the workshop presentation of Anne of Green Gables Part II
Royal Family Performing Arts Space
145 W. 46th St.
Times Square
New York, NY

Based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved novel Anne of Green Gables Part I, adapted and directed by Chris Henry with choreography by Lorna Ventura and will begin performances on January 24th - February 11, 2019 with an opening night set for Monday, January 28 at 6:30pm. And a workshop presentation of Anne of Green Gables: Part II will run from January 31 – February 10. Both shows will be performed at The Royal Family Performing Arts Space located at 145 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036. Tickets for Part I are $29 - $59, $250 (VIP).  Tickets for Part II are $19 - $39. All tickets can be purchased by visiting www.royalfamilyproductions.org

Ms. Henry’s Anne of Green Gables is a one-woman, movement-fueled, theatrical experience for all-ages, featuring dynamic choreography by Lorna Ventura. Part I shares the journey of Anne Shirley; an imaginative, red-headed, hot-tempered, eleven-year-old orphan, and what happens when she is accidentally brought to the home of quiet siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert in Prince Edward Island. Part II continues the journey with Anne as she navigates her new life in Avonlea - by going to school, making new friends, and trying to control her temper.
For more information, visit www.royalfamilyproductions.org
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3) Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ

Extended Hours, Block Party, 
Chocolate & Wine Event

Monday January 21 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - extended hours
Park opens at 11:00 AM

Friday January 25 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Block Party, Routes 80's 21+ Only

Free concert by Rt. 80’s band plus live DJ, drink specials and arcade games!

Saturday January 26 Starting at 12:00 PM
5th Annual Chocolate & Wine Event'

Enjoy the sweeter things at Central Jersey’s 5th Annual Chocolate and Wine event at iPA’s Event Center with chocolate, wine and other vendors.
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4) Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ

Zorro the Musical

Fridays, Jan. 25 & Feb. 1 2019 at 8pm 
Saturdays, Jan. 26 & Feb. 2 at 8 pm
Sundays, Jan. 17 & Feb. 3 at 2 pm

This premiere performance retells the dramatic tale of Diego de la Vega, the mysterious man behind the mask fighting to restore order in Spanish colonial California. Featuring spectacular sword-fighting, flamenco dance and dazzling magic enhanced by the red-hot music of the Gipsy Kings. 
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5) Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

Dancing With the Stars: Live, 
2019 Winter Festival: Zhang & Trifonov: The Eternal

Friday January 25, 8:00 PM
Dancing With the Stars: Live

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.stnj.org/event/dancing-with-the-stars-live

Saturday January 26, 8:00 PM
Zhang & Trifonov: The Eternal
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
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Max Stossel Live: Words that Move
SoHo Playhouse 
15 Vandam Street
New York, NY

Monday, January 28 at 7:30 pm

Max Stossel will return to New York City with one more performance date of Max Stossel Live: Words that MoveIt will play the historic  the SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street, NYC) on Monday, January 28, 2019.

This hour-long journey takes the audience through topics like heartbreak, consciousness, social media, gender equality, infinity, the political, emotional and spiritual state of our world, pornography and even how dogs probably (most certainly) talk. Impeccably crafted, Stossel says all the things we wish we all had the words to say.

Stossel is an award-winning poet + filmmaker named by Forbes as one of the best storytellers of the year. His performances across four continents, from Lincoln Center in NY to the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, have been described as mind expanding, profound, emotive, and hilarious all at once. His work has been translated to fourteen languages, won multiple film festivals, has been viewed over 15 million times online, and has influenced the way digital media organizations tell their stories. You can view some of his short films atwww.wordsthatmove.com.

Tickets are $35. Available by visiting SoHoPlayhouse.com
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7) Upcoming at Merkin Concert Hall
Kaufman Music Center
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY

Monday January 28, 7:30 PM
What Makes It Great
Schubert's Unfinished Symphony

Host Rob Kapilow and the Manhattan School of Music Sinfonia take on one of the greatest stories – and one of the most fascinating mysteries – in the history of classical music.

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8) OFF-BROADWAY’S TRIUMPHANT HIT
TEVYE SERVED RAW
RETURNS TO THE PLAYROOM THEATRE
JANUARY 28 – FEBRUARY 13

Sholem Aleichem’s Tevye stories formed the basis of Fiddler on the RoofTEVYE SERVED RAW presents this material ‘raw,’ i.e., as it was created in Europe, before being Americanized for Broadway. The show includes adaptations of Tevye stories (“What, Me Worthy?” and “Get Thee Gone!”), scenes from Sholem Aleichem’s own long-unseen Yiddish stage version, and three of his purely comedic stories, newly adapted (“Strange Jews on a Train,” “The Yiddish Sisyphus” and “A Stepmother’s Trash-Talk”). 

TEVYE SERVED RAW made its New York premiere in 2018 to unanimous rave reviews (“Hilarious” – Jewish Standard; “Incredibly moving”  Tablet; “Brilliantly directed” – Forward) and, by popular demand, is set to resume performances January 28th at The Playroom Theater in the Heart of the Theatre District, 151 West 46 Street (just east of Seventh Ave.) through February 13th.

TEVYE SERVED RAW  features an original score by Alex Ryaboy. The playing schedule will be Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7pm with a 3pm matinee on Wednesday, February 13th. Tickets are $38 and are available through www.TevyeServedRaw.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
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PR Firm Roundup

9)News from DKC/O&M

9A) BOX OFFICE OPEN FOR 

 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF IN YIDDISH

DIRECTED BY JOEL GREY

AT STAGE 42 on 42ND STREET

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT BEGINS PREVIEWS 

FEBRUARY 11, 2019

OPENS FEBRUARY 21, 2019

The Stage 42 Box Office (422 W 42nd St)  is now officially open for Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish. The production will begin performances on Monday, February 11, 2019, open officially on Thursday, February 21, 2019 and will play a limited engagement through June 30, 2019. Tickets are also available to purchase through Telecharge.com or by phone at 212-239-6200.

The unprecedented success of this Yiddish language production of Fiddler - which is accompanied with English and Russian supertitles –was presented by NYTF at the Museum of Jewish Heritage (36 Battery Place), the production extended and sold out four times following its premiere there on July 4, 2018 and it ran through December 30, 2018.

PREVIEW PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Monday, February 11 at 7 pm
Tuesday, February 12 at 7 pm
Wednesday, February 13 at 7 pm
Thursday, February 14 at 1 pm and 7 pm
Friday, February 15 at 8 pm
Saturday, February 16 at 2 pm and 8 pm

Monday, February 18 at 7 pm
Tuesday, February 19 at 7 pm
Wednesday, February 20 at 1 pm and 7 pm
Thursday, February 21 – OPENING
Friday, February 22 at 8 pm
Saturday, February 23 at 2 pm and 8 pm

REGULAR POST-OPENING PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Wednesdays at 7 pm; Thursdays at 1 pm and 7 pm; Fridays at 8 pm; Saturdays at 2 pm and 8 pm; Sundays at 1 pm & 6 pm.

For more information, visit  www.fiddlernyc.com


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9B) MOLLY BERNARD, MICHAEL CERVERIS,

DAGMARA DOMINCYZK, KATIE FINNERAN,

MELISSA GILBERT, JESSICA HECHT,

KATHY NAJIMY, AND MORE


JOIN THIS MONTH’S ROTATING CAST FOR

BARROW STREET THEATRICALS’

AMERICAN PREMIERE OF

NASSIM

BY NASSIM SOLEIMANPOUR


AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER, STAGE II


Barrow Street Theatricals recently announced  the rotating cast of guest actors through the end of January 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 will be:

unday, January 20 at 2:30pm – Jessica Hecht
Tony Award nominee (Fiddler On The RoofA View From The Bridge)

Sunday, January 20 at 7:30pm – Dagmara Domincyzk
(The Count of Monte Christo, HBO’s “Succession”)

Tuesday, January 22 at 7:30pm – Geraldine Hughes
Drama League Award nominee (Belfast BluesHarry Potter and the Cursed Child…)

Wednesday, January 23 at 7:30pm – Martin Moran
Obie Award winner (WickedThe Tricky PartAll The Rage)

Thursday, January 24 at 7:30pm – Lisa Joyce
Drama Desk Award nominee (HBO’s “Insecure,” La Bête)

Friday, January 25 at 7:30pm – Molly Bernard
(“Younger,” “Transparent”)

Saturday, January 26 at 2:30pm – Amanda Quaid
Lucille Lortel Award nominee (EquusLuck of the IrishPericles Prince of Tyre)

Saturday, January 26 at 7:30pm – Katie Finneran
Two-time Tony Award winner (Netflix’s “Bloodline,” Promises, PromisesNoises Off)

Sunday, January 27 at 2:30pm – TBA

Sunday, January 27 at 7:30pm – Michael Cerveris
Two-time Tony Award winner (Fun HomeSweeney ToddAssassins)

Tuesday, January 29 at 7:30pm – Henry Stram
Obie Award winner (NNo 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.etwork, Junk)

Wednesday, January 30 at 2:30pm – TBA

Wednesday, January 30 at 7:30pm – Jonathan Tolins
Lucille Lortel Award winner (Buyer & Cellar, “The Good Fight,” “BrainDead”)

Thursday, January 31 at 7:30pm – James Waterston
(Dead Poets SocietyAn Enemy of the People)

Additional rotating guest actors will be announced shortly.

As previously announced, Barrow Street Theatricals, formerly Barrow Street Theatre, moves uptown to New York City Center, Stage II (131 West 55th Street) just for this production, which celebrated its official opening night on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

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.


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9C) WATERWELL EXTENDS

SITE-SPECIFIC WORLD PREMIERE OF

THE COURTROOM

A RE-ENACTMENT OF DEPORTATION 

PROCEEDINGS


TEXT ARRANGED BY ARIAN MOAYED

DIRECTED BY LEE SUNDAY EVANS

TEASER TRAILER AVAILABLE HERE

Waterwell is pleased to announce the extension by popular demand of the World Premiere site-specific production of The Courtroom, a re-enactment of deportation proceedings, with text arranged from real court transcripts by Waterwell co-founder and Tony Award® nominee Arian Moayed, and featuring direction by Waterwell Artistic Director and Obie Award® winner Lee Sunday Evans. Previously scheduled for only four performances, The Courtroom has added three performances to the following week. Tickets are free and available now at waterwell.org. The final performance schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, January 23 at 7:00pm
At the Fordham University School of Law (150 West 62nd Street)

Thursday, January 24 at 6:30pm
At the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse (40 Foley Square)

Friday, January 25 at 6:30pm
At the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse (40 Foley Square)

Saturday, January 26 at 7:00pm
At the Fordham University School of Law (150 West 62nd Street)

Wednesday, January 30 at 7:00pm
At St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery (131 East 10th Street)

Thursday, January 31 at 7:00pm
At the Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South)

Friday, February 1 at 7:00pm
At the Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South)

The Courtroom is a re-enactment of deportation proceedings. In 2004, an immigrant from the Philippines who was married to a U.S. Citizen came to this country on a K3 Visa. After inadvertently registering to vote at the DMV in Chicago, receiving a voter registration card in the mail, and voting, her removal proceeding was set in motion. It began in Immigration Court and her case was eventually heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. The Courtroom will be performed entirely verbatim from the court transcripts.

For more information, visit www.waterwell.org

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9D) MCC THEATER

ANNOUNCES COMPLETE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM 

FOR

NEW YORK PREMIERE OF

THE LIGHT


BY LOY A. WEBB

DIRECTED BY LOGAN VAUGHN

FIRST PRODUCTION IN THE ROBERT W. WILSON MCC

 THEATER SPACE IN HELL’S KITCHEN

PREVIEWS BEGIN JANUARY 23, 2019

OPENING NIGHT SET FOR FEBRUARY 10, 2019

The Light begins performances on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at the Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater at The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space (511 West 52nd Street), with an official opening night set for Sunday, February 10, 2019.

As part of MCC Theater’s “Let’s Talk” series, there will be talkbacks following the Thursday, January 31st and Wednesday, February 13th (evening) performances, as well as Audience Conversations following the Friday, February 1st, Saturday, February 16th (matinee), and Wednesday, March 13th performances.

Not every marriage proposal goes as planned. Loy A. Webb’s The Light introduces us to Rashad and Genesis on what should be one of the happiest days of their lives, but their joy quickly unravels when ground-shifting accusations from the past resurface in this gripping two character drama. Can their relationship survive the growing divide between them over who- and what – to believe? Directed by Logan Vaughn, The Light is a reckoning that unfolds in real-time and peels away the layers of truth, doubt, pain, and ultimately the power of love.

For more information, visit www.mcctheater.org
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10) News from Karen Greco PR

10A) What's on at the wild project


January 23 - February 10
WHIRLWIND An Eco-Comedy by Jordan Jaffe, directed by Dan Amboyer
With Christian Conn, Annapurna Sriram, and Johnny Wu
Tickets: $25
Schedule: Wednesday - Friday at 7:30 PM; Saturday at 8:00 PM; Sunday at 2:00 PM (added performance on Monday 1/28 at 7:30 PM)
 
Bethany Greenbridge, an environment, health, and safety manager at wind developer Arrow Energy, is enlisted to try to divert Michael Zrinski, a wildlife advocate, from challenging the siting of an Arrow wind farm. The situation becomes complicated when Beth becomes romantically entangled with Michael. At the same time, her boss, Cooper, is inappropriately courting her. Darkly comedic and full of twists and turns,Whirlwind investigates the uneasy intersection between science, business, and sexual politics in “going green.”

All performances are at The Wild Project (195 E. 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B).
Tickets can be purchased online at www.thewildproject.org.

The Box Office opens one hour prior to curtain.

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10B) New Light New Voices award-winner THE AMERICAN TRADITION has world premiere with New Light Theater Project

New Light Theater Project is thrilled to present the world premiere of THE AMERICAN TRADITION written by Ray Yamanouchi and directed by Axel Avin, Jr.THE AMERICAN TRADITION begins performances on Friday, January 25 for a limited engagement through Saturday, February 16.  Press opening is Wednesday, January 30 at 7:30 PM.  The performance schedule is Wednesday – Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 3 PM & 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 3 PMPlease note the following schedule adjustments: there are no matinee performances on Saturday, January 26 and February 16; the Sunday, January 27 performance is at 7 PM; there is an added performance on Tuesday, January 29 and Monday, February 11 at 7:30 PM. Performances are at 13th Street Repertory Company (50 West 13th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues).

Set in Antebellum America with an absurd and Brechtian twist, fictitious characters Eleanor—cross-dressing as a white planter—and her husband, Bill—pretending to be her loyal servant—attempt to escape to the free state of Pennsylvania. Their operation is running smoothly until they meet Walsh, a drunk planter and member of the Not All Slavers organization, who steals Bill at a rest stop. Armed with a Glock-19 and her fair skin, Eleanor sets out to rescue him by any means necessary.

Tickets are $25.To purchase tickets, visit www.newlighttheaterproject.com.
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11) News from Lincoln Center

Thursday, January 24 – FREE – at 7:30 pm
¡VAYA! 63: SonSublime 
Opening set by DJ Broadway 
This night is all about authentic Cuban charanga, with one of New York’s premier Latin dance bands that will keep the dance floor packed all night. Originally founded as Sublime in 1975, the New York–based orchestra was reborn in 2000 as SonSublime thanks to the efforts of bandleader, vocalist, and guiro player Jesse Herrero. Since then, the band has released three albums and lit up dance floors around the world. Presented in collaboration with the NYU Music and Social Change Lab  
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, January 26 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm 
Sunday, January 27 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm 
LC Kids presents 
Mouth Open, Story Jump Out (New York premiere) 
Polarbear/Battersea Arts Centre (England) 
Master storyteller Polarbear spins his own origin story in this remarkable piece of interactive theater that is both a one-man show and a creative writing workshop for kids. He begins his story at age 10 when his father disappears and he discovers a talent for telling tales. This sets off a chain reaction from which emerges a world filled with international assassins, secret codes, dog-eating boa constrictors, and plenty of adventure. Throughout the journey, he takes time to talk with his rapt young audience members, offering them a chance to open their mouths and let their own stories come to life. Mouth Open, Story Jump Out is a Battersea Arts Centre production. 
Recommended for ages 8–11 
Sign up at Kids.LincolnCenter.org for more information about family events at Lincoln Center. 
Clark Studio Theater, 165 West 65th Street, Samuel B. and David Rose Bldg., 7th Floor 
TICKETS: Available at the Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall Box Offices, by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting Kids.LincolnCenter.org.
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12) News from Pascal Nadon Communications

12A) AMERICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS 
SOUNDS OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY 
AT CARNEGIE HALL ON JANUARY 25, 2019

New York Premiere of Vivian Fine’s Concertante for Piano and Orchestra
Featuring Guest Pianist Charlie Albright

The American Symphony Orchestra will present Sounds of the American Centurythe next concert in its Vanguard series at Carnegie Hall, on Friday, January 25 at 8 pm. The program illustrates how New York City composers of the mid-20th century sought to define a new American sensibility in orchestral music, and will be highlighted by the New York premiere of Vivian Fine’s Concertante for Piano and Orchestra. The piece is one of some 140 works she wrote over the course of 68 years, making her one of America’s most important composers. The young guest soloist Charlie Albright, named Artist-in-Residence for Harvard University’s Leverett House, a position last filled by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, is also the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Gilmore Young Artists Award.

Leon Botstein shares the stories behind the music in a lively 30-minute Conductor’s Notes Q&A at 7 PM in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Free for all ticket holders.

Friday, January 25, 2019
7 PM Conductor’s Notes Q&A
8 PM ConcertCarnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Leon Botstein, conductor
Robert Mann: Fantasy for Orchestra
Vivian FineConcertante for Piano and Orchestra (New York Premiere)
Jacob Druckman: Prism
William SchumanSymphony No. 3

The abstract works of Robert Mann, legendary founder of the Juilliard Quartet, and Jacob Druckman — whose works were commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony — explored the possibilities of orchestral color and sound. Mann passed away in January 2018, making hisFantasy for Orchestra serve as a fitting tribute on this program. Pulitzer Prize-winner and Lincoln Center founding president William Schuman was a great champion of American music. His Symphony No. 3 was a pronounced popular success, premiered by the Boston Symphony in 1941 under Koussevitzky’s baton, to whom it was dedicated. Schuman and Fine, whose Concertante for Piano and Orchestra is given its NY premiere at this performance, brought their compositional craft to the classical tradition of orchestral music with works marked by vitality, brilliance, and structural clarity.

Tickets, priced at $25 / $40 / $55, are available at carnegiehall.org, CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800, or the box office at 57th St & 7th Ave.

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12B) THE ORCHESTRA NOW (TŌN) BEGINS NEW YEAR WITH POPULAR FREE CONCERT SERIES AT PETER NORTON SYMPHONY SPACE ON JANUARY 27, 2019

The Orchestra Now (TŌN) kicks off 2019 with a free concert led by resident conductor Zachary Schwartzman at Peter Norton Symphony Space on Sunday, January 27. The program features Ravel’s arrangement of the ten musical illustrations of Viktor Hartmann’s artwork that comprise Mussorgsky’s well-known and powerful Pictures at an Exhibition in addition to Ravel’s own ominous La valse. Other works include Russian composer Anatoly Lyadov’s gentle and colorful fantasy, The Enchanted Lake, in addition to Stravinsky’s lush and fantastical Firebird Suite.

These free community outreach events have become engaging neighborhood activities and are a great opportunity to introduce families and new explorers to the joys of classical music. 

Details of the Orchestra’s full season are available here

TŌN's popular series of free concerts
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 4 pm at Peter Norton Symphony Space
Zachary Schwartzman, conductor
Anatoly Lyadov: The Enchanted Lake
Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite
Ravel: La valse
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Ravel)

Tickets: These concerts are FREE. Advance RSVP is suggested. RSVPs can be made at theorchestranow.org or symphonyspace.org, or by calling the Symphony Space box office at 212.864.5400.
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13) News from Polk and Co.

13A) ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
Announces

THE EIGHTH ANNUAL
UNDERGROUND READING SERIES
FIVE READINGS IN FIVE NIGHTS

FEATURING NEW WORKS BY
AARON CARTER, EMILY FELDMAN, DAVE HARRIS, JONATHAN SPECTOR and SANAZ TOOSSI

January 28-February 1, 2019
At the Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) is thrilled to announce the eighth annual Roundabout Underground Reading Series, a five-night event that includes nightly readings of new works written and directed by emerging artists, as well as post-show receptions. The Reading Series will feature new works byAaron Carter, Emily Feldman, Dave Harris, Jonathan Spector and Sanaz Toossi.

The Roundabout Underground Reading Series is January 28-February 1, 2019 at 5:00PM at the Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street). Tickets are FREE.

This year will feature Roundabout alumni Will Davis, who returns to Roundabout after directing Bobbie Clearly last season at Black Box Theatre. Roundabout Underground’s upcoming production of Something Clean by Selina Fillinger was selected from this series in 2018.

EUREKA DAY
By Jonathan Spector, Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
Monday, January 28 at 5:00PM

When a child at the Eureka Day School in Berkeley, California, is diagnosed with the Mumps, the school’s Executive Committee – normally a bubble of civility in which all can voice their concerns – ruptures down the middle. Battle lines are drawn between those parents in support of vaccination and those against it. How do we speak with peers whose opinions endanger our wellbeing? For Eureka Day, finding an answer might mean compromising their “safe space” – or rebuilding it altogether. 

EXCEPTION TO THE RULE
By Dave Harris, Directed by Miranda Haymon
Tuesday, January 29 at 5:00PM

Five teenagers have landed themselves in detention. Again. While they wait for Mr. Bernie to arrive, sign their forms and send them home for the long weekend, an unlikely sixth joins their ranks. Dave Harris’s funny yet chilling new drama follows a group of adolescents and their evolving relationships with authenticity, blackness and quests to break out of a broken system.

THE GOSPEL OF FRANKLIN
By Aaron Carter, Directed by Ellie Heyman
Wednesday, January 30 at 5:00PM

William is looking for answers. Answers about his father, answers about the past, answers about the future. Armed with photographs, a bible, and his own foggy memories, William is trying to piece together the enigma that is his father, Franklin. What exactly was Franklin preaching, and why was he preaching it to a string of lost white souls?

ENGLISH
By Sanaz Toossi, Directed by Saheem Ali
Thursday, January 31 at 5:00PM

“English, always.” That’s the motto for one classroom in Iran, as a group of students struggles to learn a new language. If only they can conquer this mysterious tongue, doors will open to new jobs, deeper family connections, and boundless opportunities. But as they practice, practice, practice, desperate not to fail (or, worst of all, sound like Borat), understanding a new world might also mean leaving their old one behind.
GO. PLEASE. GO.
By Emily Feldman, Directed by Will Davis
Friday, February 1 at 5:00PM

After five years of dating, Emily and Jeremy break it off. They agree that he will move out of the home they share. But, he doesn’t go. Emily moves on, and still, he doesn’t go. Through seventy years of new loves, marriages, babies, and funerals, he is uncomfortable staying, but unable to leave. GO. PLEASE. GO. articulates the infinite transience of life and the comfort we seek in the tricky middle years between birth and death. Strains of OUR TOWN echo through this new play spanning decades of celebrations and devastations, as Emily and Jeremy try to figure out how to survive being alive—together and alone. 

TICKETS INFORMATION
A limited number of FREE tickets to the reading series will be available to the general public. Tickets can be reserved by emailing undergroundreadings@roundabouttheatre.org.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
There will be one reading each night at 5:00PM, Monday, January 28 – Friday, February 1 in the Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street).
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13B) Roundabout announces Relaxed Performances for 2019, Broadway & Off-Broadway

True West at the American Airlines Theatre
Kiss Me, Kate at Studio 54
Merrily We Roll Along at the Laura Pels Theatre
Toni Stone at the Laura Pels Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) announces relaxed performances for 2019 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, beginning withTrue West starring Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano, on March 2, 2019 at the American Airlines Theatre. Relaxed performances at Roundabout are open to all, and launched in April 2018 with the first series of its kind geared to patrons of all ages during the world premiere of Amy and the Orphans at the Laura Pels Theatre.

Following True West, Roundabout will present relaxed performances for Merrily We Roll Along on March 30, 2018 at the Laura Pels Theatre; Kiss Me, Kate (date TBD) at Studio 54; and the world premiere of Toni Stone  on July 20, 2019 at the Laura Pels Theatre. All relaxed performances will be matinees.

Relaxed performances are an inclusive theatrical experience designed to welcome individuals with special needs and those attending with them. These performances are less formal and more supportive of sensory, communication, movement and learning needs; they are intended to present the full artistic vision of the production with minor modifications and supports, including: capped sound levels with house lights set at a low level; materials provided in advance to help attendees prepare for the experience, including detailed directions to the theater as well as plot and character descriptions; and a break area for anyone who would like to step out during the performance. For more information, visit roundabouttheatre.org/relaxed.

In addition to relaxed performances, Roundabout also offers assistive listening deviceson-demand captioning and audio descriptionASL-interpreted performances, and accessible seating and restrooms at all venues.
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14) News from Richard Hillman PR

CELEBRATING THE ALAN JAY LERNER CENTENNIAL
ANDRÉA BURNS 
WILL LEAD THE CAST OF 
THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY’S 
25th ANNIVERSARY WINTER 2019 “MUSICALS IN MUFTI” SERIES 
PRESENTATION OF 
CARMELINA 
MUSIC BY BURTON LANE 
LYRICS BY ALAN JAY LERNER 
ADDITIONAL LYRICS BY BARRY HARMAN 
BOOK BY JOSEPH STEIN AND ALAN JAY LERNER 
MUSIC DIRECTION BY DAVID HANCOCK TURNER 
DIRECTED BY MICHAEL LEEDS
11 PERFORMANCES ONLY
JANUARY 26 - FEBRUARY 3, 2019
AT THE YORK THEATRE AT SAINT PETER’S
Celebrating the centennial of Alan Jay Lerner! The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and rediscovery of musical gems from the past, enters the new year with the 25th Anniversary of its acclaimed Musicals in Mufti series celebrating the work of the legendary librettist and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, whose hundredth birthday was August 31, 2018. The series honors one of the creators behind such classics as BrigadoonCamelotLove Life, and My Fair Lady.

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.

Carmelina 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.

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org
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15) BROADWAY BOUND

BORN FOR THIS
RELEASES MUSIC VIDEO OF TITLE TRACK
STARRING DONALD WEBBER JR AS BEBE WINANS

The Broadway-bound production of BeBe Winans' new autobiographical musical BORN FOR THIS, releases its first-ever music video of the title song, starring Donald Webber, Jr., who is set to depict Winans when BORN FOR THIS comes to Broadway (theatre and dates TBA).  Mr. Winans makes a cameo appearance in the music video, as well.
A young veteran of Broadway (HAMILTON, MOTOWN), Donald Webber, Jr. is currently starring as Aaron Burr opposite Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton in an historic, 3-week engagement of HAMILTON in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where the musical has already raised $15 million for the recovery effort on the island, still reeling from the after-effects of Hurricane Maria in 2017.
BORN FOR THIS -- which chronicles BeBe Winans' struggles between family, faith and fame and is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, produced by Ron Gillyard and MyDestiny Productions -- has previously been staged at major theatres in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Washington DC and Boston, prior to its Broadway opening later this year.  
For more information, visit BornForThisBroadway.com
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News from Spin Cycle NYC


New Sexual Escapade Comedy Premieres
BAREFOOT
Directed by Thomas G. Waites 
Previews Begin January 24


BAREFOOT, a daring new sexual escapade by Kate. T. Billingsley and Thomas G. Waites will be performed for a limited time at the Gene Frankel Theatre. Directed by Thomas G. Waites(Awake and Sing! with
Frances McDormand, Al Pacino’s King Richard III), previews begin January 24 at The Gene Frankel Theatre. Opening is slated for Sunday, January 27.BAREFOOT is being produced by Black Rose Productions in
lieu of the previously announced production of Spike Heels by Theresa Rebeck after a last minute cancellation due to circumstances beyond the control of the company.

Two weeks before her wedding, Sylvia is confronted in her opulent, West Village apartment by her fiancé’s sexually confident mistress,  Teddy. As their respective male partners arrive, the four charged lovers (and a pizza man) clash over love, lust, and intimacy in a comical prism of betrayal and psychological warfare.

BAREFOOT runs January 24 – February 10, Thursday - Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. The Gene Frankel Theatre is located at 24 Bond Street, between Bowery and Lafayette -- accessible from B,D,F,M trains at
Broadway/Lafayette or the #6 at Bleecker. Tickets are $25, available at www.EventBrite.com.

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And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for a BroadwayCon 2019 WrapUp.