I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sunday Scoop Week of 6/2/19 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

In This Week's Scoop

1) Summer Family Travel to Emerson Resort & Spa in the NY's Catskill Mountain
2) Take the Staten Island (Ferry)to New Shopping at NYC's Empire Outlets
3) Upcoming at Lincoln Center
4) Upcoming at the Franklin Institute

    Girl Scout Day
5) Upcoming at iPlay America
    Science Fair

PR Firm Roundup

6) News from DKC/O&M
    6A) Saturday Night Late Night Performances of Speakeasy Magick

    6B) Hadestown to Release Original Broadway Cast Recording June 7
    6C) McKittrick Hotel Presents Potions & Planting Children's Tea Party
    6D) King Lear to Ends Run June 9
7) News from JT Public Relations
    Royal Family Productions to Present Workshop of New Play, Worth St.
8) News from Karen Greco PR
    Handbagged Makes NYC Premiere
9) News from Michelle Tabnick PR
    Theater Resources Limited Hosts 2019 TRU Tony Award Party June 9
10) News from Polk and Co.
      Frankie and Johnny Opens on Broadway
11) News from Richard Hillman PR
      Enter Laughing at the York Theatre Extends Run
1) Summer Family Travel to the Emerson Resort & Spa in NY's Catskill Mountains

The 20-acre luxury boutique property offers a wide range of family-friendly activities and amenities, including:

·   Kids Movement Classes for ages 4-8 on select Saturdays with summer dates to be announced. The class encourages kids to explore and express creative movement in a safe and playful environment, while learning basic dance techniques, healthy exercise habits and spacial awareness. Class is $60 per child. 
·   Emerson Amusement amenities including the “Camp Emerson” which includes indoor/outdoor pop-up play tent, lantern and a ghost story book for $70, as well as the “Wishin’ I Was Fishin” amusement which includes rod, tackle box and camp chair for $35.

  • Fun activities including a scavenger hunt, the pool, s’mores kits at night and much more. See here for more on additional on-property activities.
  • For off-property excursions, the Emerson partnered with the recently debuted Rail Explorers, which allows families to bike on a custom-built rail bike alongside the Esopus Creek to explore the magic of the Ulster & Delaware Railroad under a canopy of maple and birch. In addition, for over 35 years, Hudson River Cruises has provided passengers with views of the historic Hudson River Valley shoreline. https://emersonresort.com/excursions-2/
  • At the front desk, families can also take advantage of the complimentary binoculars for bald eagle or great blue heron watching

Inspired by the resort’s location in the Catskills, as well as its namesake, poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, the boutique hotel also features the Guinness Book of World’s Records Largest Kaleidoscope which stands 56 feet tall and 38 feet in diameter in the former barn silo. The Emerson offers 53 rooms and family-friendly suites, dog-friendly amenities, a signature restaurant Woodnotes Grille that serves locally sourced produce from the Hudson Valley, a luxury destination Spa and more.

2) From Staten Island (Ferry) Shuffle to New Shopping at NYC's First Ever Outlet Destination, 

Empire Outlets

The days of the infamous Staten Island “shuffle” (hopping on the free Staten Island Ferry from lower Manhattan to SI to only turn around and go right back to Manhattan) for the city’s once forgotten borough are now over.  Now millions of tourists who utilize one of the biggest visitor experiences in NYC- the SI Ferry- can take advantage of the iconic orange boats to shop, stay-a-while and see everything Staten Island has to offer with NYC’s first ever outlet mall, which is now officially open.

At 340,000 square feet, Empire Outlets is New York City’s first and only outlet destination with a combination of retail outlets, green public open spaces and dynamic art installations, located literally steps from the St. George Ferry Terminal and just a 25 minute boat ride from lower Manhattan.  The 23+ million annual riders of the Staten Island Ferry can now enjoy designer stores such as Brook Brothers Factory, Nike Factory, Banana Republic, U.S. Polo Association, Samsonite (for those who need additional luggage to bring their discounted goodies home!) and many others. Later this summer, a 40,000-square-foot food and beverage deck with unmatched sweeping views of Manhattan, will open with dozens of food concepts including MRKTPL, Staten Island’s first-ever artisanal food hall.

Empire Outlets is also the gateway to other nearby attractions waiting to be discovered, including Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, the St. George Theatre which celebrates its 90th anniversary later this year, Richmond County Bank Ballpark and others. Whether you’re a New Yorker looking for a super sale or a visitor craving a new NYC adventure, Staten Island is the city’s next IT destination with plenty of reasons to shift from the shuffle to the sales, shops and sights of the borough of parks… Staten Island.
3) Upcoming Events at 
Lincoln Center

Tuesday June 4 – Sunday, June 9 at 10:30 am & 12:30 pm 
LC Kids Pulsar 
Part modern dance, part performance art, this thoughtfully designed show from the Mexican-Argentinian theater company Teatro al Vacío invites infants and toddlers to explore their emergent creativity in a safe and friendly space. A pair of performers, seated on opposite ends of the space, transform the simple wooden materials around them into a road that connects them to each other and the young audience members, and leads everyone on a journey to a whimsical world of play. Recommended for ages 6–36 months; Performance length: 30 minutes 
Clark Studio Theater, 165 West 65th Street 
TICKETS start at $20 and are available by calling 212.721.6500 or visiting Lincolncenter.org/kid

*FREE Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30 pm 
David Rubenstein Atrium 
Philharmonic Insights at the Atrium 
Delve into the themes of the New York Philharmonic’s upcoming season with major artists and scholars. 
David Rubenstein Atrium, 61 West 62nd Street 
FREE Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and program updates, visit or visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium.

*FREE Thursday, June 6 at 7:30 pm 
David Rubenstein 
Atrium Atrium 360° 
Kids Like Us: an Art Future|spective 
A transformative evening of artistic discovery, filtered through Virtual reality, Augmented Reality and Digital canvassing all woven together with live music and a DJ set by Rich Medina. Art filtered through virtual reality, augmented reality, and digital canvassing will all be featured within the space, curated by top thought-leaders in their respective areas. All the contributors to the event are Kids Like Us, native New Yorkers who grew up on the outskirts and broke down doors, walls, and fences to make their way in. This is the launch event for Kids Like Us, an educational initiative built in partnership with the Teak Fellowship, that will present lifealtering internship opportunities in non-traditional fields, such as the arts, to academically advanced innercity youth. Presented in Collaboration with Kids Like Us 
David Rubenstein Atrium, 61 West 62nd Street 
FREE Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and program updates, visit or visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium.

*FREE Thursday, June 6 at 7:30 pm 
Midsummer Night Swing 
¡Urban Stomp! The Artistic and Cultural Connections between Swing, Mambo, and Salsa 
Cultural anthropologist and curator Derrick León Washington shares the sometimes overlooked, interconnected histories and cultures of these genres by highlighting the music, dance, community migrations, and activism that nurtured these three art forms from their roots to the present. Artists will demonstrate some of the movement to help illuminate the power and defiant joy of swing, mambo, and New York salsa. With special guests Carlos Mateu, Shana Weaver, Ben Rich, Akemi Kinukawa, Paula Carreira, Samuel Coleman, and Manny Vazquez. 
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street. 
FREE Seating is first come, first served. Doors will be open approximately 30 minutes prior to the event. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact access@lincolncenter.org or 212.875.5375. 
4)Upcoming at the Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA

Girl Scout Day

June 8, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Families, Members, Public, Scouts

Join a day of science learning, exploration, super heroes and more!

Pre-Registration Required

Join in on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 10:00 for a day of fun, interactive science and exploration as we take Girl Scouts into the Marvel Universe!

• Access to blockbuster special exhibit Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes 

• General Museum Access to The Franklin Institute 
• A career focused Q&A with female TFI employees 
• Access to our brand new Live-Science Show “Superpower Science” 
The day starts with the Q&A at 10:00 and the Live-Show at 10:45, followed shortly by the Marvel exhibit and all the exciting General Admission activities that The Franklin Institute has to offer!
To purchase tickets, Contact Group Sales Director Owen Mullin at 215-448-1207 or 
5) Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ

Annual Science Fair
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

On June 9. Local students will have the opportunity to show of their STEM work at iPlay America’s Annual Science Fair – while competing for over $5,000 in cash prizes.  

The event is free for spectators.

PR Firm Roundup

6) News from DKC/O&M







Due to popular demand, The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC), home of Sleep No More, announces the addition of a second, late-night performance of Speakeasy Magick on Saturday evenings.

Speakeasy Magick is the hotel’s latest spellbinding experience, featuring the city’s top magical talents. Performances are offered in The Club Car on Thursdays at 8pm, Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 8pm, and now 10:30pm.

The enchanted experience features a combination of up-close-and-personal prestidigitation and parlor magic, hosted by Todd Robbins (Monday Night Magic, Criss Angel Mindfreak). Robbins is a New York City-based performer who specializes in intriguing deceptions and offbeat amusements. He brings decades of experience on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and around the world to The Club Car each week.

Speakeasy Magick summons guests to the underground world of close-up magic as a revolving cast conjures amazing feats before their eyes. Audiences are transported to the top floor of The McKittrick in a vintage elevator car, where The Club Car and its residents await. Inside the mysterious venue, cozy tables and a live jazz pianist set the scene for an evening of dazzling surprises.

Performers include Matthew Holtzclaw (Penn & Teller: Fool Us), Patrick Davis (Monday Night Magic), Jason Suran (The Other Side), Mark Calabrese (Penn & Teller: Fool Us), Matias Letelier (Matias’ Magic & Mentalism), Prakash Puru (celebrity favorite), Alex Boyce (How to Transcend a Happy Marriage), Rachel Wax (A Taste of Magic), Noah Levine (Magic After Hours), and more.

Sleight-of-hand also extends to the bar. Specialty drinks include the hotel’s signature Sleep No More concoction, a stiff Old Fashioned, and gilded bar cart with bespoke creations, chilled bubbly, and barrel-aged cocktails poured table side.

The McKittrick Hotel is open seven days a week. Located in Chelsea near The High Line, Hudson Yards, Hell's Kitchen and the Meatpacking District, the venue offers 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 year-round rooftop hideaway Gallow Green, there are endless reasons to visit.

The Club Car is located in The McKittrick Hotel at 542 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001. Tickets are available online at www.mckittrickhotel.com or by calling the Box Office at 212-904-1880.






Producers Mara IsaacsDale FranzenHunter Arnold, and Tom Kirdahy announced today that Hadestown, the new musical by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, developed with innovative director and Tony Award® nominee Rachel Chavkin, will digitally release the show’s Original Broadway Cast Recording on Friday, June 7. Additionally, the recording will be available as a double-CD with a release date to be announced.

Hadestown marks the first time in over a decade that a woman has been the solo author of a musical: writing the music, lyrics, and book, and is the fourth time in Broadway history a woman has accomplished this creative feat. The show originated as Mitchell’s indie theater project that toured Vermont which she then turned into an acclaimed album. With Chavkin, her artistic collaborator, Hadestown has been transformed into a genre-defying new musical that blends modern American folk music with New Orleans-inspired jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.

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

Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, by calling (877) 250-2929, or visiting the Kerr box office.

For more information, visit www.hadestown.com





The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC), home of Sleep No More, announces the return of its popular Potions & Planting event for children. The series of charming, family-friendly high tea parties will take place at the hotel’s rooftop garden hideaway Gallow Green on select Saturdays this spring and summer: June 8, July 27, August 10 and August 24.

Potions & Planting invites children, ages 5-10, to enjoy a whimsical high tea party with their favorite teddy bear or doll at rooftop oasis Gallow Green. Families are transported to the mysterious world of The McKittrick, while immersed in a secret garden overgrown with blooming vines, trees and flowers.

Gallow Green is inspired by Sleep No More, the richly detailed 360-degree experiential retelling of Macbeth located downstairs. It is outfitted as a Scottish train station overgrown with lush greenery, open air space, and protection from the elements to accommodate guests rain or shine.

During the party, children learn about gardening and the surrounding plants with the hotel’s residents, plus create magic potions with special powers to take home. Admission includes a traditional platter of Finger Sandwiches, Mini Sausage Rolls, Cakes and Tarts, with refreshing Pink Lemonade and hands-on lessons in potions and planting. Tea and a selection of seasonal cocktails are also available for adults.

Tickets are $25 per person for this magical family experience. Doll and teddy bear plus ones may enter free of charge and receive a surprise gift. Reservations are required.

The McKittrick Hotel, located in Chelsea near Hudson Yards, The High Line, Hell's Kitchen and the Meatpacking District, 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 is located in The McKittrick Hotel at 542 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001. Reservations are available online at www.mckittrickhotel.com or by calling 212-564-1662.




Producer Scott Rudin announced  that the Broadway production of William Shakespeare’s King Lear, will play its final performance on Sunday, June 9, 2019. King Learbegan previews on Thursday, February 28, 2019 and opened on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street). At the time of its closing, it will have played 34 preview performances and 76 regular performance.
7) News from JT Public Relations

A Benefit Workshop of the New Play

Written and Directed by Christina Franklin

Sunday, June 9 at 3PM and Monday, June 10 at 6:30PM
at the Royal Family Performing Arts Space
Royal Family Productions (Chris Henry, Artistic Director), a Times Square based non-profit theatre company known for its innovative productions and development of new original work, is proud to present a special benefit workshop presentation of the play Worth St. Written and directed by Christina Franklin, performances will take place June 9th at 3PM and June 10th at 6:30PM at Royal Family Performing Arts Space (145 West 46th street). For more information please visit www.royalfamilyproductions.org.
Worth St. is the story of a makeshift homeless family living in their makeshift house - an abandoned train station in Downtown Manhattan. When disaster hits the city, the family’s loyalty to each other is compromised as they emerge from underground while fighting to keep their secrets buried.
Tickets are $29 (General Admission); $59 (Preferred Seating); $250 (VIP) and can be purchased by clicking www.royalfamilyproductions.org
8) News from Karen Greco PR

HANDBAGGED makes NYC premiere at Brits Off Broadway 
at 59E59 Theaters

A sidesplitting imagining of the two most powerful women on the world’s stage in their moments together behind closed doors

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to welcome to Brits Off Broadway the NYC premiere of HANDBAGGED, written byMoira Buffini and directed by Indhu Rubasingham. Produced by Round House Theatre,HANDBAGGED begins performances on Tuesday, June 4 for a limited engagement through Sunday, June 30Press Opening is Wednesday, June 12 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).

The Iron Lady. The Queen. Born six months apart, each woman had a destiny that would change the world. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand?

To purchase tickets, call the 59E59 Box Office at 646-892-7999 or visit www.59e59.org

9) News from Michelle Tabnick PR

Theater Resources Unlimited

hosts their annual
TRU Tony Award Party & Benefit
Sunday evening June 9, 2019 at 7pm to 11pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) hosts their annual Tony Award Party & Benefit on Sunday evening June 9, 2019 from 7pm to end of broadcast at Jack Doyle's Pub & Restaurant, 240 W. 35th Street, NYC. Spend Tony night with TRU friends, and cheer on the TRU nominees! And enter the TRU Tony Pool for a chance to win some great prizes, including tickets to Broadway and off-Broadway shows: Come from AwayBe More ChillFrankie & Johnny in the Clair de LuneFiddler on the Roof and more to be announced. Reserve now at https://truonline.org/events/tony-party-fundraiser-2019/

Join TRU for a warm and friendly, special theater-lover fundraiser co-hosted by some Tony winning friends including Broadway producer Ken Waissman, producer of the original Grease, Torch Song Trilogy and Agnes of God. Plus great food from Jack Doyle's on W. 35th Street. (We've got the entire 2nd floor to ourselves.) Buffet to include an appetizer platter followed by a buffet of roast sirloin of beef, chicken francaise, atlantic salmon, penne pasta, roasted potatoes, vegetables and salad bar. Plus wine with dinner, dessert, and of course a cash bar. And 5 big screen TV's!

$55 for TRU Members, $70 for non-members (includes one Tony Pool ballot). Plus a special Student Price (email TRUstaff1@gmail.com for discount code). Use red ticketing box at the top left of your computer, or scroll down to the bottom of your smartphone to purchase your ticket  (Tony pool ballots will be available just prior to the event. Additional ballots are $6 each, two for $10). Room is limited to 60 attendees, so purchase now and secure your spot!

Special! Join TRU now and, buy your ticket at the members price, and save $10 on membership - membership plus ticket: $140 ($55 for the party, $85 for a $95 TRU membership). https://truonline.org/events/tony-party-fundraiser-2019/
10) News from Polk and Co.

Four-Time Tony Award Winner

Tony, Grammy & Emmy Award Winner                   Tony & Academy Award Nominee

Directed by


The new Broadway production of four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune officially opened, May 30 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street) on Broadway. Starring Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Audra McDonald and Tony & Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon, the production is directed by Obie Award winner Arin Arbus, and produced by Hunter Arnold, Debbie Bisno and Tom KirdahyFrankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune is a strictly limited 16-week engagement, concluding on Sunday, August 25, 2019.

In the new Broadway production, Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon, two of the most acclaimed actors of their generation, will bring new life to the bruised dreamers ofTerrence McNally’s timely and timeless romance. Director Arin Arbus, in her Broadway debut, directs this portrait of a lonely waitress and a short order cook whose first date turns into a one-night stand – and maybe more.

Tickets are on sale now, available at 
FrankieAndJohnnyBroadway.com or Telecharge.com (212.239.6200). A limited number of $40 general rush tickets (including $2 facility fee) will be available at the Broadhurst box office when it opens for that day’s performance(s). Limited to four tickets per person, tickets are subject to availability. Cash and major credit cards are accepted.

For more information visit FrankieAndJohnnyBroadway.com
11) News from Richard Hillman PR

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, in association with Riki Kane Larimer and Keylight Productions, announced a one-week extension of the return engagement of the hit Off-Broadway musical Enter Laughing: The Musical with book by Joseph Stein and music and lyrics by Stan Daniels, based on the play Enter Laughing by Joseph Stein from the novel by Carl Reiner. Enter Laughing: The Musical, with direction and musical staging by York Theatre favorite Stuart Ross(York’s Forever Plaid, Enter Laughing), music direction by Phil Reno (Something Rotten), and choreography by Jennifer Paulson-Lee (Enter Laughing), returns to kick off The York’s year-long 50th Anniversary Celebration.
Enter Laughing: The Musical will now continue through Sunday, June 16, 2019 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue) where performances began May 7, 2019.
What better way to celebrate The York’s 50th Anniversary than with the return of The York’s runaway hit, Enter Laughing: The Musical? Based on Carl Reiner’s semi-autobiographical novel and Joseph Stein’s stage adaptation, this hilariously tuneful musical careens through the misadventures of star-struck, stage-struck, woman-struck teenager David Kolowitz, who pratfalls his way into manhood via the theatre in 1930s New York City.
Enter Laughing plays the following performance schedule: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., Thursday at 2:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Please note: There are no Thursday evening performances.
Tickets for Enter Laughing: The Musical are priced at $67.50 - $72.50. Tickets may be purchased by calling (212) 935-5820, online at www.yorktheatre.org, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Monday through Friday (12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.). Senior Rush tickets are available in-person beginning one hour prior to performances for $20 cash only. Student tickets can be purchased anytime in advance at the box office during regular box office business hours. Limit one ticket per valid student ID and tickets are subject to availability. Student Rush tickets are $20.00 cash or credit. The York Theatre also offers $25 tickets for guests aged 35 years and under. Groups of 10 or more, contact Great White Way at 212-757-9117, or GreatWhiteWay.com.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for More Theatre Monday.

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