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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sunday Scoop Week of 4/14/19 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

In This Week's Scoop

1 ) Upcoming at the Academy of Natural Sciences
     Spring Break Science Camp
2) Upcoming at iPlay America
     Music City Showcase, Block Party
3) Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
     Chicago Live in Concert, The Price is Right Live
4) The Big Bang Theory: A Pop Rock Musical Parody Hard for Howard Nights
5) Blue Moon's Easter Bunny Brunch April 21
6) Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids 33rd Annual Easter Bonnet Competition
7) TADA Youth Theatre April Spring Break Camps
8) Cast Announced for New York City Encores! High Button Shoes
9) George Street Playhouse Announces 2019/2020 Season Schedule

PR Firm Roundup

10) News from DKC/O&M
      10A) Tickets Now on Sale #DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment
      10B) The McKittrick Hotel Gallow Green Rooftop Garden Hideaway Opens 4/20
11) News from JT Public Relations
      Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Begins Performances at Soho Playhouse April 17
12) News from Karen Greco
       Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain at 59E59 Theatres
13) Upcoming at Lincoln Center
14) News from Michelle Tabnick PR
      LABAlive II Life + Death at the 14th St. Y
15) News from Pascal Nadon Communications
      Orchestra of St. Lukes and Helene Grimaud at Carnegie Hall
16) News from Richard Hillman PR
      Shoshanna Bean and Jeremy Jordan to Announce Drama League Nominations April 17
17) News from Sam Rudy Public Relations
      Do You Feel Anger Extends Run and Adds Panel Discussion and Post Show Talkbacks
18) News from Spin Cycle News
      Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craig's List Returns for Limited Run April 18

1) Upcoming at the Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Spring Break Science Camp

April 18, 19, 22, 23

Each day of spring break science camp includes a live presentation by one of the Academy’s teacher-naturalists, an exploration of our exhibits and games, crafts and activities. 

2) Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ

Music City Showcase and Block Party

Thursday April 18 Door Time 6:00 PM Start Time 7:00 PM
Music City Showcase

 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.  This week’s guest performer is Nashville recording artist, Bailey James.

Friday April 19 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM 
Block Party - Country Night

 Come enjoy a night full of country music, mechanical bull riding and line dancing!

Free to enter!
3) Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

Chicago Live in Concert
 and The Price is Right Live

Monday April 15, 8:00 PM
Chicago Live in Concert

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Tuesday April 16, 8:00 PM
The Price is Right Live

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
4) The Big Bang Theory Parody: 
A Pop Rock Musical Parody
Hard for Howard Nights
The Theater Center
1627 Broadway
4th Floor
New York, NY

Saturdays April 20 &  April 27, 10:30 PM

These special late-night shows will add an extra bit of spice to this hot tamale of a show. Come watch the Big Bang Theory nerds as you’ve never seen them before, especially when one of them has a same-sex crush and he's ready to confess it to the entire world!

SPECIAL TICKET PRICE: Go to ticketmaster.com and use the CODE: BIGBANG for $40 tickets! 

For more information, visit www.bigbangparody.com
Easter Bunny Brunch 
at Blue Moon Cafe

Featuring a Visit By The Easter Bunny, Arts & Crafts, Special Treats for the Kids and More

Sunday April 21 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Bunny Brunch Buffet will feature breakfast favorites as well as an array of Mexican favoritessuch as Huevos Burritos, Steak Fajita Hash, Omelets, Scrambled Eggs, French Toast, Mini Cheese Quesadillas, Southwest Eggrolls, Fiesta Salad, Honey Lime Salmon, fruit, assorted desserts and much more! Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for a price of $24.95 per adult and $12.95 per child.  In addition to the Bunny Brunch Buffet, Blue Moon’s dinner menu will be served starting at 12pm and the children’s menu will be served all day.

The kids will enjoy a visit by the Easter Bunny, Arts & Crafts, balloon animals, treats and a table with coloring books, markers, crayons, and other fun activities.

While the children are engaged, the adults may enjoy special Easter Cocktails with $5 Sangria, Bloody Mary’s, Mimosa and Margaritas!

Be sure to reserve a table early as the annual Easter Brunch gets sold out - visit www.bluemoonmexicancafe.com to find the nearest location. Blue Moon Mexican Cafés are located in Englewood, Woodcliff Lake, Wyckoff and Bronxville, New York.
6) Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids
33rd Annual
Easter Bonnet Competition
Minkoff Theatre
200 W. 45th St.
New York, NY

Monday, April 22 & Tuesday, April 23

Six weeks of fundraising will culminate in two unforgettable afternoons of songs, dance at the 33rd annual Easter  23. Join some of Broadway's brightest stars as they celebrate their efforts with never-before-seen performances. Get tickets. And  don't forget to support Broadway Cares w #RedBuckets in the lobbies of hen you see their theatres during the last two weeks of spring fundraising.
7) TADA Youth Theatre
Spring Break Camps

April 22. 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
The Greatest Show
Ages 5-9

April 23 - 26, 9:00 AM  - 1:00 PM
Got Glitter?
Ages 4-5

April 23 -26, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
I Make No Apologies
Ages 6-8 & 9-12

For more information or to register, visit https://www.tadatheater.com
8) Cast Announced for 
New York City Center Encores! 
High Button Shoes

May 8 -12
Ticket Starts at $35

Follow the misadventures of two charismatic conmen—Harrison Floy (Michael Urie) and Mr. Pontdue (Kevin Chamberlin)—as they proceed to bamboozle Sara Longstreet (Betsy Wolfe) and her family. Their schemes incite a chase from New Brunswick, down the Jersey Shore, to Atlantic City. The final Encores! presentation of City Center’s 75th Anniversary Season, this production will also feature Aidan AlbertoJennifer AllenCarla DurenChester GregoryMylinda HullMarc KoeckMatt Loehr, and Wayne Pretlow

High Button Shoes was the first Broadway collaboration from Sammy Cahn and Jule StyneJerome Robbins won his first Tony Award for Best Choreography with the show and two numbers—the dazzling comedic 10-minute ensemble piece, “Bathing Beauty Ballet,” and “I Still Get Jealous”—will use his original choreography staged by Sarah O’Gleby. This Encores! production pays tribute to Robbins’s inspiring legacy in honor of the Jerome Robbins Centennial and City Center’s 75th Anniversary Season. High Button Shoes is directed by John Rando with music direction by Encores! Music Director Rob Berman and choreography by Sarah O’Gleby.   

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.nycitycenter.org/pdps/2018-2019/High-Button-Shoes
9) George Street Playhouse Announces
2019/2020 Season Schedule
Inaugural Season in State-of-the-Art New Brunswick Performing Arts Center
George Street Playhouse will open its inaugural 2019-20 season in its new home, the state-of-the-art New Brunswick Performing Center, this October, marking a new era in the theater’s esteemed history of bringing world-class productions to New Jersey audiences.
The five-play season features a heartwarming new musical, a hilarious one-woman show starring a beloved television personality, a gripping suspense thriller based on a bestselling novel, a world premiere historical drama by George Street Playhouse favorite Joe DiPietro (Toxic Avenger; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Clever Little Lies), and a new musical adaptation of a popular film.

Featuring two state-of-the-art performance spaces, a donor lounge, expanded restroom facilities, an expansive two-story lobby, and elevator access to the lobbies and theaters, the NPBAC boasts modern and comfortable new seats, contemporary heating and cooling systems, and all the amenities for patron comfort, convenience, and accessibility. It will also offer expanded theater technology, such as a fly loft that will allow for scenery to raise and lower, an expansive orchestra pit, and more.
The 2019-20 season will begin in October with Last Days of Summer, the wonderful, heartwarming new musical based on the popular novel by Steve Kluger. When Joe Margolis is asked by his son to open an old box of letters, he is transported to the summer of 1942, and the time a young Joey and his best friend Craig wrote fan letters to the star third baseman of the New York Giants asking his help to impress and suppress the neighborhood bullies. When they receive a surprising response, an unlikely friendship is formed that will affect both boys for the rest of their lives. With music by Grammy winner Jason Howland (Broadway’s Little Women), directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun (Newsies on Broadway), and a book by the novel’s author, this new musical is a poignant tale of baseball, friendship, and the enduring bond between fathers and sons. Performances of Last Days of Summer will begin on October 15 and continue through November 11, 2019 in The Elizabeth Ross Johnson Theater. Last Days of Summer is produced by special arrangement with Daryl Roth.
Next in the intimate Arthur Laurents Theater is My Life on a Diet. Called “fascinating. lighthearted & spicy” by the New York Times, this hilarious autobiographical comedy stars Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning writer and actress Renée Taylor, known for her recurring role on television’s The Nanny. In her side-splitting comedy, written by Taylor and her husband Joseph Bologna, she looks back on a life full of memorable roles in Hollywood and on Broadway, and just as many fad diets. Featuring juicy anecdotes about screen legends such as Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, and Barbra Streisand, My Life on a Diet, originally directed by Joseph Bologna, will begin performances on November 19 and will run through December 15, 2019. My Life on a Diet is produced in association with Julian Schlossberg.  
Kicking off 2020 is Midwives, a world premiere thriller based on the book-turned-film of the same name by Chris Bohjalian. Adapted for the stage by the author from his own bestselling novel, an early selection of Oprah’s Book Club, this tale of suspense and courtroom drama explores the fallout of an impossible decision made by midwife Sibyl Danforth during a routine at-home birth. This new play, directed by Sheryl Kaller (Mothers and Sons on Broadway; Tony Award nominee for Next Fall on Broadway), will keep audiences on the edge of their seat. Midwives runs January 21 through February, 16, 2020.
Also taking the stage in the Arthur Laurents Theater is Playhouse mainstay Joe DiPietro’s Conscience, a world premiere historical drama set during the American Red Scare. Acting out boldly against party lines, real-world Senator Margaret Chase Smith becomes one of the first to stand up against Senator Joseph McCarthy in this gripping historical tale inspired by real events. Taking the stage under the direction of Artistic Director David Saint, performances begin March 3 and will run through March 29, 2020.
Closing the 2019-20 season in The Elizabeth Ross Johnson Theater is A Walk on the Moon, a new musical with a book by Pamela Gray and music & lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman, based on the critically acclaimed motion picture of the same title by Pamela Gray. Longing for more than her life as a mother and housewife, and sensing that change and human possibilities are in the air, Pearl Kantrowitz begins an affair with a somewhat lost, free-spirited traveling salesman while summering with her family in the Catskills. As the Woodstock music festival comes to life nearby, their whirlwind romance, set in the summer of 1969—when mankind first stepped on the moon—brings audiences on a musical journey set against the backdrop of an iconic moment in American history. Sheryl Kaller directs A Walk On the Moon, with choreography by Josh Prince, April 21 through May 17, 2020. A Walk on the Moon is produced by special arrangement with Stephen and Ruth Hendel.
Full creative teams will be announced at a later date.
Subscribers enjoy a discount of 20% off regular ticket prices -- with their savings, subscribers are seeing one play free! Individual tickets and partial-season ticket plans will go on sale at a later date. For more information about the 2019-20 George Street Playhouse season, call the box office at 732-246-7717 or visit www.GeorgeStreetPlayhouse.org. Season dates and titles are subject to change.

PR Firm Roundup

10) News from DKC/O&M



Tickets  are officially on sale on today for the New York Premiere of #DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment tickets can be purchased online throughtelecharge.comThe Westside Theatre box office will officially open on June 6, 2019.   #DateMe was created by Robyn Lynne Norris who wrote the show along with Bob Ladewigand Frank Caeti. Developed by Diane Alexander and directed by Lorin Latarro #DateMe features song lyrics by Robyn Lynne Norris, Frank CaetiAmanda Blake DavisBob Ladewig, original music by Julie Nichols and Dan Wessels.

48 million Americans have tried online dating. #DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment is the outrageous, true story of one. Robyn Lynne Norris (the show’s creator and writer) is unlucky in love but determined to understand it better, so she logs on to the world’s most popular dating site: OKCupid. Creating 38 “undateable” profiles as an interactive scientific investigation into online dating, Robyn unwittingly sets in motion the social experiment of our generation. Part improv, part sketch comedy and entirely hilarious, Robyn makes one conclusive result: there’s no algorithm for love.






The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC), home of Sleep No More, announces the return of its popular rooftop hideaway Gallow Green. The lush green space reopens with the annual Herb Festival on Saturday, April 20.

The McKittrick’s perennial rooftop bar Gallow Green undergoes a dramatic transformation each year, from a cozy mountainside escape known as The Lodge at Gallow Green in the colder months, to a whimsical secret garden for the spring and summer.

The space is inspired by its downstairs neighbor, Sleep No More, the richly detailed 360-degree experiential retelling of Macbeth. Is outfitted as a Scottish train station overgrown with flowers, herbs and hanging vines, with both open-air space and protection from the elements to accommodate guests rain or shine.

Visitors to Gallow Green enjoy an all-new seasonal selection of potent handcrafted cocktails, share plates, fresh pizzas and weekend brunch expertly prepared by the hotel’s Executive Chef, Pascal Le Seac’h.

Seasonal cocktail highlights:

· The house Sleep No More, made with pea flower-infused vodka, elderflower and rosé cider, and Gallow Green are signature namesakes inspired by the hotel and its residents.

·  Frozen drinks, wine by the glass and bottle, seasonal draft beers from local breweries and bottled ciders are also available.

Dinner menu highlights:

· Burgers made with a special blend of steak cuts and an assortment of Pizzas from the rooftop’s wood burning oven are summer classics. A plentiful Cheese Plate or assortment of Charcuterie are perfect to share with the table.

Brunch menu highlights:
·  Brunch features a mouth-watering buffet with fresh pastries, fruits and salads, carving stations and made-to-order omelets, as well as live music by MK Groove.

· Coffee or tea and Bloody Mary, Mimosa and Aperol Spritz brunch cocktails are also offered to enhance the meal.

Gallow Green is a perfect respite on its own, or before or after attending a performance at the hotel, which is located in West Chelsea near Hudson Yards, The High Line, Hell's Kitchen and the Meatpacking District.

Gallow Green is a perfect respite on its own, or before or after attending a performance at the hotel, which is located in West Chelsea near Hudson Yards, The High Line, Hell's Kitchen and the Meatpacking District.

To wind down the weekend, Gallow Green features live music from a variety of genres for Sunset Sundays series each week at sundown. In addition, families are invited to take part in the Children’s Potions & Planting Tea Party one Saturday per month from June through August.

The McKittrick Hotel is open seven days a week offering a plethora of entertainment options for tourists and locals alike. From the award-winning immersive spectacle Sleep No More and after-hours jazz speakeasy Manderley Bar, to premier entertainment destination The Club Car, there are endless reasons to visit.

Gallow Green will be open for dinner and drinks daily from 5pm (4pm on Saturdays), as well as brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-3pm. Visit www.mckittrickhotel.com/gallow-green for menus and hours.

Reservations are recommended for meals and large groups. Gallow Green is also a unique location for celebrations and private gatherings from spring through fall.

Gallow Green is located at The McKittrick Hotel at 542 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001. For additional information, visit www.mckittrickhotel.com or call 212-564-1662.
11) News from JT Public Relations
SOHO PLAYHOUSE to Present the Award-Winning Production of 
Begins Performances April 17; Opening April 28,2019
12) News from Karen Greco PR
launches Brits Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled launch Brits Off Broadway with the US premiere of INSTRUCTIONS FOR AMERICAN SERVICEMEN IN BRITAIN, adapted with kind permission from the Bodleian Library's publication "Instructions for American Servicemen, 1942" by Dan MarchMatt Sheahan, James Millard,& John Walton, and directed by John Walton. Produced by Fol Espoir in association with Jermyn Street Theatre and The Real MacGuffins, INSTRUCTIONS FOR AMERICAN SERVICEMEN IN BRITAIN begins performances on Tuesday, April 16 for a limited engagement through Sunday, May 12Press Opening is Sunday, April 21 at 2:15 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday – Friday at 7:15 PM; Saturday at 2:15 PM & 7:15 PM; and Sunday at 2:15 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59thStreet, between Park and Madison). 

It’s 1942 and a horde of Yankee servicemen have just arrived in England, where the locals speak a strange dialect, boil all their food, and talk endlessly about the weather. The Americans see the Brits as a strange race. Judge for yourself in a night of joyous laughter and downright silliness as a crack team of experts attempt to explain the rules of British life.
Single tickets are $25 - $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call the 59E59 Box Office at 646-892-7999 or visit www.59e59.org 
13) Upcoming at Lincoln Center
Sunday, April 14 at 11:00 am   
Great Performers 
Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts  Benjamin Beilman, violin &
Orion Weiss, piano  T
wo rising musicians, violinist Benjamin Beilman and pianist Orion Weiss, combine for a beautiful morning of chamber music featuring Beethoven’s pensive and poignant final violin sonata. 
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

Sunday, April 14 at 3:00 pm 
Monday, April 15 at 8:00 pm 
Great Performers 
London Philharmonic Orchestra 
A pair of acclaimed soloists, pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and violinist James Ehnes, join the celebrated London Philharmonic orchestra and conductor Edward Gardner for two gripping performances.On April 14  Bavouzet, a noted Ravel interpreter, performs the composer’s jazz-influenced Piano Concerto in G,one of  the most beloved pieces in the repertoire and the heart of this all-French program, rounded out by the equally cherished ​Mother Goose Suite and Debussy’s ​La mer. On April 15, Gardner unleashes the full power of the LPO in a dramatic program opening with Beethoven’s galvanizing Egmont Overture, followed by Ehnes performing Sibelius’s Violin Concerto. Mahler’s towering First
Symphony, aptly subtitled “Titan,” provides a fitting capstone to the evening. David Geffen Hall,​ 10 Lincoln Center Plaza
TICKETS ​are available by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting        LincolnCenter.org/GreatPerformers

Thursday, April 18 – FREE – at  7:30 pm   
Great Performers 
Castalian String Quartet 
Third Prize-winner at the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the German-trained,  U.K.-based Castalian Quartet performs a free, hour-long concert featuring Britten’s intensive, inventive String Quartet No. 2 and Schubert’s wistful “Rosamunde” quartet. Formed in 2011, the Castalian Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene. 
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/GreatPerformers​.  
Friday, April 19 – FREE – at 7:30 pm 
¡VAYA! 63: 8 Y Más 
Opening set by DJ Dayansiiita  Led by Bobby Allende and Marc Quiñones, this stellar lineup of world-renowned musicians makes up one of the hottest new bands to burst onto the Latin music scene, introducing hardcore salsa to a new generation. 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
14) News from Michelle Tabnick PR

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture 
announces LABAlive II
an evening of innovative new music and 
performance from 
Yonatan Gutfeld, Marques Hollie, and Mariano Wainsztein
with teachings from Tablet Magazine's Liel Leibovitz

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7:30pm
at the 14th Street Y

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture at the 14th Street Y is the premiere incubator for Jewish art and culture inspired by classic Jewish texts. Each year, LABA fellows study text in a non-religious, open-minded setting based on a theme-this year, LIFE + DEATH. Fellows create art, literature, music and theater that explores the universal themes they encounter through their engagement with Jewish thought.

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture at the 14th Street Y is the premiere incubator for Jewish art and culture inspired by classic Jewish texts. Each year, LABA fellows study text in a non-religious, open-minded setting based on a theme-this year, LIFE + DEATH. Fellows create art, literature, music and theater that explores the universal themes they encounter through their engagement with Jewish thought.

The evening features work by LABA Fellows Yonatan Gutfeld, Marques Hollie, and Mariano Wainsztein, with textual exegesis from LABA Lead Teacher Liel Leibovitz.

Yonatan Gutfeld
In Exile Even in His Room
Gutfeld is a Jerusalem-born, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter. Gutfeld will perform from his haunting song cycle based on the late work of renowned Israeli poet Ori Bernstein.

Marques Hollie
Go Down, Moshe
Set during a Passover Seder at an Underground Railroad station, Go Down, Moshe re-interprets the maggid, the telling of the story of the Exodus from Egypt, through the memory, music, words, and imagery of formerly enslaved African-Americans.

Mariano Wainsztein
The Ivankas Live
The Ivankas, the infamous Israeli rock band, performs from their blistering forthcoming album, "A Matter of Life and Death."

Liel Leibovitz
LABA Teacher (MC and Lead Teacher)
Leibovitz is a senior writer for Tablet magazine, and hosts of Unorthodox, the popular podcast. He is the author of several books, most recently, A Broken Hallelujah: Rock n' Roll, Redemptionand the Life of Leonard Cohen. 
For more information, visit www.labajournal.com.

Full Season Tickets and detailed information on shows available at www.14streety.org/tickets.
15) News from Pascal Nadon Communications


Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) concludes its 2018–2019 Carnegie Hall Orchestra Series on Thursday, April 18 at 8 PM at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. OSL Conductor Laureate Pablo Heras-Casado returns to lead the Orchestra in a program highlighted by Ravel’s exuberant Piano Concerto in G Major performed by Hélène Grimaud. The program also pairs Haydn’s Symphony No. 103 in E-flat Major, “Drumroll,” with Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 which the composer himself designated “Classical” and for which he cited Haydn as his inspiration, and Stravinsky’s neo-classical Suite No. 1 for Small Orchestra, completing Bernard Labadie’s Haydn theme for his inaugural season as Principal Conductor of OSL.

The Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25, “Classical”
RAVEL Piano Concerto in G Major
STRAVINSKY Suite No. 1 for Small Orchestra
HAYDN Symphony No. 103 in E-flat Major, “Drumroll”

CARNEGIE HALL – Stern Auditorium, Perelman Stage
57th Street and Seventh Avenue

Priced from $15 to $98, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office,
154 West 57th Street, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or at
16) News from Richard Hillman PR
The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) has announced, today, that Shoshana Bean and Jeremy Jordan, the current lead actors in the beloved Broadway musical Waitress, will announce the 2019 Drama League Awards Nominees for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award. The announcement event takes place on Wednesday morning, April 17, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Sardi’s (234 West 44th Street, 4th Floor) and will be streamed live via BroadwayWorld.com
17) News from Sam Rudy Media Relations



The New York premiere of Mara Nelson-Greenberg’s DO YOU FEEL ANGER?, directed by Margot Bordelon will extend to Saturday, April 27.

In Mara Nelson-Greenberg's dazzling dark comedy, Sofia (Villarin) is hired as an empathy coach at a debt collection agency -- and clearly, she has her work cut out for her. These employees can barely identify what an emotion is, much less practice deep, radical compassion for others. As they painstakingly stumble towards enlightenment, someone keeps mugging Eva (Hill) in the kitchen, and ​the unspoken dynamics of ​their seemingly blithe workplace culture become increasingly unsettling. This absurdly funny ​and potent ​new play, directed by Margot Bordelon, reminds us that change is not always easy, and may come with unexpected costs.

Saturday, April 13th at 5:00 PM

This panel of special guests will explore anger, empathy, and male vs. female behavior and conditioning in our culture. The panel will be hosted by Laura Heywood (aka @BroadwayGirlNYC), and panelists include Paula England (sociologist, author, and professor at NYU) and Andrew Reiner (author, columnist, and professor at Towson University). The panel discussion is free and open to the public; a ticket to the performance is not required. To RSVP, visit www.tinyurl.com/DYFA-panel

Laura Heywood is a professional enthusiast: a multi-faceted radio and television host, consultant, performer, pundit, and writer widely recognized for her commitment to positivity. Through her social media persona @BroadwayGirlNYC, Laura has become “Broadway’s most influential fan” (CBS This Morning) and "the most vocal and visible supporter in the business” (Forbes). In 2018 she worked as the in-house Broadway expert and Video Package Supervisor on the 72nd annual Tony Awards. She has worked in fields ranging from sports radio (San Francisco Giants) to commercial acting (Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty) to celebrity talent booking (Sirius XM), always bringing a point of view of contagious joy. As a social media expert, Laura has worked with Actors Equity, the American Musical & Dramatic Academy, FOUND: The Musical, Grant Thornton, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Kilroys, and multiple Tony- and Grammy-Award winners and nominees. She volunteers regularly and is on the Board of Directors for the national arts & education non-profit Story Pirates. Her radio show, “Laura Heywood Interviews,” is available at DNRstudios.com/laura and on podcast platforms everywhere.

Paula England is Professor of Sociology at New York University.  She was previously a professor at Stanford University. Her research and teaching focus on gender inequality, the changing family, and the changing sexual scene in the younger generation. She is the author of two books and over 100 articles. In 2018 she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.  @EnglandPaula

Andrew Reiner teaches in the Honors College and English department at Towson University, where he teaches the seminar, “The Changing Face of Masculinity.” His writing about masculine identity has appeared often in The New York Times, as well as in the Washington Post Magazine and Italy’s la Repubblica. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR), the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), and for The Guardian, Men’s Health Magazine, the Washington Post, and Forbes, among other media outlets. He is presently working on a book for HarperOne publishers -- due out next spring -- about contemporary masculinity which explores, among other things, why emotional authenticity will lead to greater well-being and resilience for boys and men.

Wednesday, April 17th at 7:00 PM

Dian Killian, Ph.D (Collaborative Communication Trainer, Founder of Work Collaboratively) will facilitate a unique Q&A between the cast and the audience from the perspective of her work as an empathy consultant. A ticket to the performance is required to attend.
Dian Killian, Ph.D., is the founder and director of Work Collaboratively and shares Collaborative Communication with organizations, groups, and individuals. She designs and leads transformative communication trainings in the U.S., Europe, and Asia for diverse organizations including large NGOs, multinationals, non-profits, startups, and Fortune 100 companies. Her clients have included the U.N. Nations Development Program (UNDP), New York University, Merck Inc., HCL Technologies (India), Americorps, and Maryknoll Missionaries, among many others. Dr. Killian is also a certified executive/life coach (graduate of the Coaching for Transformation program), and founder and former director of the Center for Collaborative Communication. She is the co-author of two books, Connecting Across Differences: A Guide to Compassionate, Nonviolent Communication (in English and German), and Urban Empathy: True Life Adventures of Compassion on the Streets of NY.  She also publishes a blog and podcast and has been featured frequently as a guest speaker/trainer. In addition to her work with organizations, Dian designs and leads workshops and retreats for the general public, including the International NVC Women’s Retreat, which she founded, as well as programs at the New York Open Center, Kripalu, Life Labs, the Omega Institute, and the 92nd Street Y, among others. She is also on the faculty of the NVC Academy. www.workcollaboratively.com. TW: @DianKillian. FB/IG: @WorkCollaboratively
Thursday, April 25th at 7:00 PM
Clara Moisello, Ph.D., (NY Center for Nonviolent Communication) embraced Nonviolent Communication as part of a journey of self-discovery and transformation that began once she left her home in Italy in 2006 to pursue her doctoral studies in New York. While still working as a neuroscience researcher at CUNY, Clara became actively involved in supporting the New York Center for Nonviolent Communication, participating in and facilitating practice groups and workshops and training under the mentorship of the founder Thom Bond. Eventually, this led her to a major life and career shift.
As of today, Clara has completed over 800 hours of NVC training and supports NYCNVC as coordinator, trainer, and mentor. Clara also teaches yoga in Brooklyn and is a body-positive wellness coach, supporting people in developing a loving relationship with their body, weight and food. Her passion and work as neuroscientist informs and inspires all her activities. You can find more about her and her work at claramoisello.com and nycnvc.org.
Added performances include: Saturday, April 20 at 8pm; Tuesday, April 23 at 7pm; Wednesday, April 24 at 7pm; Thursday, April  25 at 7pm; Friday, April 26 DARK; and Saturday, April 27 at 8pm.
Tickets for DO YOU FEEL ANGER? can be purchased online at vineyardtheatre.org, by phone at 212-353-0303, or in person at 108 East 15th Street.
18) News from Spin Cycle NYC

Internationally Acclaimed Hit Comedy Returns to NYC
Limited Run Begins April 18 

After scoring with critics and audiences alike in LA, New York, London and Edinburgh, Byron Lane’s absurd comedy TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGS LIST* returns to New York for a limited engagement. Directed by Tom Detrinis (Bright Colors and Bold Patterns), it stars Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Rock of Ages on Broadway) as Tilda Swinton and co-stars Byron Lane, Jayne Entwistle (Feud, Desperate Housewives) and Mark Jude Sullivan (Pan Am). Performances run April 18 – 28 at The Laurie Beechman Theatre.

In TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGS LIST*, an isolated and aimless gay man with a "roommate wanted" ad on Craigs list finds his life, family, and relationship flipped upside down when the ad is answered by effusive and other-worldly actress Tilda Swinton (Tom Lenk) who demands she be allowed to study and dissect his sad life for her next big movie role. The two very different personalities clash immediately as things get hysterically chaotic and surprisingly  cathartic. TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGS LIST* is an absurd must-see comedy about life with one of the galaxy’s greatest living actors. 

TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGS LIST* runs April 18-20 & 25-28 at 7pm. The Laurie Beechman Theater inside West Bank Cafe (407 West 42nd Street -- at Ninth Avenue, accessible from the A,C,E,N,R,V,F,1,2 & 3 trains at 42nd Street). Tickets are $24 for general admission and $35 for VIP tickets that include priority seating and a photo with “Tilda.”  Please note that there is also a $20 food/drink minimum at all performances. To purchase tickets, call 212-352-3101 or visit www.SpinCycleNYC.com.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.


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