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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sunday Scoop Week of October 13 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

In This Weeks Scoop

1) Upcoming at the George Street Playhouse
    The Last Days of Summer
2) Upcoming at Merkin Hall
    New York Festival of Song: Lyrics by Shakespeare, Aaron Copland: The Music Within
3) Upcoming at Lincoln Center
    Moments for Members with Dementia and Caregivers: Library Film Festival; Voices of A People        History of the US,  Tito Rodriguez Jr., White Light Festival, Moments for Members with Dementia
    and Caregivers: Steven Herring and Friends: To the Moon
4) All Hallow's Eve Horror Musical with Puppets October 18 - November 2
5) Staten Island's Empire Outlets Hosts Spotlight Repertory Theatre Production of Newsies
6) Upcoming at the Franklin Institute
    Worst Case Scenerio: Survival Experience
7) Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre
     Annie Movie Sing-Along
8) Upcoming at Symphony Space
    The Remarkable Renaldo and Little Lou
9) Upcoming at iPlay America
    The Laurie Berkner Band's Monster Boogie Halloween Concert
10) Upcoming at BAM Kids Movie Matinees
      Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse
11) Upcoming at Thalia's Book Club
      R.J. Palacio

PR Firm Roundup

12) News from Andrea Alton PR
      12A) Site-specific Production The Catatastophe Club Opens October 18 in the Village
      12B) Upcoming at  the United Solo Festival
13) News from DDPR
      13A) The Limited Engagement of the Off Broadway Run of the Independents Begins 10/17
      13B) MutliStage Theatre at the 14th Street Y to Present World Premiere of Ominous Men
14) News from DKC/O&M
      14A) Slave Play Extends Run
      14B) MCC Theatre Announces Fall 2019 Playlab and Songlab Readings
15) News from JT Public Relations
      Fear Will Gets Its World Premiere Beginning October 15
16) News from KampFire PR
      Mozinya Productions World Premiere of Quiet Enjoyment Opens October 18
17) News from Karen Greco PR
      17A) Encore Presentation of Imaging Madoff Opens at Theatre Row
      17B)World Premiere of Rebecca Gilman's A Woman of the World at 59E59 Theaters
18) News from Pascal Nadon Communications
      18A) Upcoming for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
      18B) Upcoming for Orchestra of St. Lukes
      18C) Upcoming for The Orchestra Now
19) News from Polk and Co.
      19A) Riverdance Tickets Now on Sale
      19B) Tina Begins Performances and Announces Digital Ticket Lottery
      19C) Broadway Records to Release Marin Mazzie and Jason Daniely: Broadway and Beyond
20) News from Spin Cycle NYC
      Duck Begins Previews October 17
21) News from Vivacity
       Brooklyn Returns for 15th Anniversary Benefit Concert October 21

1) Upcoming at the George Street Playhouse
11 Livingston Drive
New Brunswick, NJ

The Last Days of Summer

Performances begins Tuesday October 14
Opening Night is October 25


Performances are set to begin this Tuesday, October 15th, with the official Opening Night on October 25th, for the new musical LAST DAYS OF SUMMER, presented by George Street Playhouse.

In LAST DAYS OF SUMMER, Joe Margolis and his young son open an old box of letters that transport Joe back to his youth in Brooklyn and the summer of 1942, when young Joey and his best friend Craig are writing fan letters to their hero Charlie Banks, the star third baseman of the New York Giants. Amid the tumultuous events of World War II, Joey and Charlie forge an unlikely friendship that might be the very thing they both need. LAST DAYS OF SUMMER features a new score of big band sounds and jazz music of the era.

For more informaton or to purchase tickets, visit GeorgeStreetPlayhouse.org
2) Upcoming at Merkin Hall
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY

New York Festival of Song:
Lyrics by Shakespeare
Aaron Copland: The Music Within

Wednesday October 16, 7:30 PM
New York Festival of Song: Lyrics by Shakespeare

The Bard's influence on music, with songs by Kabalevsky, Poulenc, Sondheim, Dankworth and others, along with readings that complement the songs. With Naomi Louisa O’Connell, Matt Boehler, Kathleen Chalfant and pianists Michael Barrett and Steven Blier.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Sunday October 20, 2:00 PM

Aaron Copland: The Music Within

To commemorate the 62nd anniversary of its premiere, pianist Adam Sherkin re-creates the 1957 performance of Copland's Piano Fantasy.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/aaron-copland-the-music-within
3) Upcoming at Lincoln Center

  Moments for Members with Dementia and Caregivers: Library Film Festival; Voices of A People History of the US,  Tito Rodriguez Jr., White Light Festival, 
Moments for Members with Dementia
 and Caregivers: Steven Herring and Friends: To the Moon

*FREE Thursday, October 17 at 1:00 pm 
Lincoln Center Moments, for individuals with dementia and their caregivers Library Film Festival 
The Library for the Performing Arts takes audiences back in time through a presentation of vintage 16mm films from the NYPL Reserve Film and Video collection. Enjoy a series of short documentary portraits of historic Libraries, New York City in 1950s, and Lincoln Center in the 1960s. Presented in collaboration with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, 165 West 65th Street. 
FREE This program is free of charge, but registration is required. Please contact access@lincolncenter.org or 212.875.5375 to receive program updates. For more information, please visit LincolnCenter.org/Moments.   

*FREE Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 pm 
David Rubenstein Atrium Atrium 
360°: Voices of a People’s History of the United States 
This Lincoln Center commission commemorates Howard Zinn’s seminal book, “A People’s History of the United States,” with music and spoken-word performances that bring to life the words of ordinary people engaged in struggles for freedom and justice: those who fought to end slavery and Jim Crow, protested war and the genocide of Native Americans, created unions and the eight-hour workday, advanced women's rights and gay liberation, and struggled to right the wrongs of the day. A galvanizing and engaging lineup of performers delve into original source materials from the rebels, dissenters, and visionaries of the past—and present. 
David Rubenstein Atrium, Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets. 
FREE Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact access@lincolncenter.org or 212.875.5375. For more information, please visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium. 

*FREE Friday, October 18 at 7:30 pm 
David Rubenstein Atrium 
¡VAYA! 63: Tito Rodriguez, Jr. 
Our Latin dance party series continues with a night of classic salsa hits and arrangements of big-band favorites. Dedicated to keeping his father’s musical legacy alive, Tito Rodríguez, Jr.—also a timbalero—assembles an all-star lineup that infuses Tito Sr.’s original mambo beat with a contemporary twist. A band “made for dancers” (The New York Times), the Tito Rodríguez Orchestra with Tito Rodríguez, Jr., has thrilled audiences throughout the world, with stops at the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Vienne, Tiempo Latino, and the Ravinia Jazz Festival. Whether you want to feel nostalgic for music of a bygone era or experience a modern típica sound, you’re guaranteed to be on the dance floor all night long. Presented in collaboration with the NYU Music and Social Change Lab 
David Rubenstein Atrium, Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets. 
FREE Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact access@lincolncenter.org or 212.875.5375. For more information, please visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium. 

Saturday, October 19 – Tuesday, October 22 
White Light Festival Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju: The Love Suicides at Sonezaki 
At the turn of 18th-century Japan, a clerk and a courtesan committed suicide in the forest of Tenjin. The Love Suicides at Sonezaki, a tragic play based upon these events, was banned after its 1703 premiere for more than two centuries. For this U.S. production premiere, renowned artist Hiroshi Sugimoto presents a bold, contemporary interpretation of the classic drama using bunraku puppet theater with music by Living National Treasure Seiji Tsurusawa and video by Tabaimo and Sugimoto. The puppets, imbued with life, captivate audiences with their lively movements rivaling the eloquence of actual human beings. Corporate support for Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju: The Love Suicides at Sonezaki is provided by Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc., Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), J.C.C. Fund, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal U.S.A., Inc. Additional support is made possible in part by The Jim Henson Foundation. 
Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 10 Columbus Circle. 
TICKETS start at $20 and are available by calling 212.721.6500, or visiting LincolnCenter.org/White-LightFestival.

*FREE Monday, October 21 at 11:00am & 1:00 pm 
Lincoln Center Moments, for individuals with dementia and their caregivers Steven Herring and Friends: To the Moon! 
Since the beginning of time, human beings have been overwhelmed with the need to know. Wonder and curiosity have not only taken us to the moon, they have also allowed us to create vast, complex civilizations. How do performing artists convey feelings of wonder and curiosity? With the help of several operatic and Broadway composers, Steven Herring and friends will take the audience on an exciting exploration of ideas across the footlights! Presented in collaboration with the Julliard School. 
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, 165 West 65th Street. 
FREE This program is free of charge but registration is required. Please contact access@lincolncenter.org or 212.875.5375 to receive program updates. For more information, please visit LincolnCenter.org/Moments.
4) All Hallows Eve
Horror Musical with Puppets 
 Oct. 18 through Nov 2
The Connolly Theater
220 East 4th Street (at Avenue A)
New York, NY

Martin P. Robinson Productions and Little Shadow Productions presents All Hallows Eve, a wild, horror musical journey across the grey veil on a Halloween night, testing a sister’s and brother’s love against the forces of true evil, with book, lyrics and puppet design by Martin P. Robinson (Little Shop of Horrors; “Sesame Street”) and music by Paul Rudolph (Emmy Award-winning composer, “Sesame Street”, “GLANK”)

Eve and Evan are twins roped into yet another desperately dull Halloween by their parents. Managing to break free, they maraud, pumpkin-smash and toilet-paper, inadvertently crossing the thin line between worlds on this night of all nights. They enter a house and meet a demoness who has been lying in wait for just such a pair. A harrowing cat-and-mouse game ensues with the stakes being nothing less than their immortal souls. All Hallows Eve is a tale wrapped up in horror, comedy, and blood…and definitely not for young children.

Sixteen performances will be staged from October 18-November 2nd, 2019 on the following schedule: Wednesdays-Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.; Sundays at 3:00 p.m.; plus, Monday, October 21st at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are: $30. For more information, visit AllHallowsEveMusical.com.
5) Staten Island’s Empire Outlets Hosts

Spotlight Repertory Theatre Production of Disney’s Newsies

Empire Outlets, New York City’s first and only outlet destination center, will host a Spotlight Repertory Theatre production of Disney’s Newsies, The Musical! This musical is based on the 1992 Disney musical film, Newsies, which was inspired by the real-life Newsboys strike of 1899 in New York City. The musical is known for its rousing ensemble of singing & dancing newsboys. This is an inspiring “feel good” musical perfect families & children of all ages.

The opening night performance will be on Friday, October 18th at 8:00pm and will be performed at Empire Outlets at 55 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301.

Attendees will experience the Newsies musical performance by Spotlight Repertory Theatre, Staten Island’s foremost professional theatre company, in a modern, airy, light-filled setting at Empire Outlets’ VIP lounge. The VIP area is a spacious 40,000-square-foot space with unmatched sweeping views of Manhattan.

For more information about Spotlight Theatre and to purchase tickets, please visit www.SpotlightTheatreSI.org.

For more information about Empire Outlets, please visit www.empireoutletsnyc.com.
6) Upcoming at Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA

Worst Case Scenerio: Survival Experience

Opening Saturday October 19

Start your crash course in surviving the weird, the wacky, and the worst! Take a plunge through 13 interactive scenarios that fill the Survival Gymnasium, fitted with expert advice geared to all ages. Learn to leap from a moving train, escape quicksand, and even survive an avalanche!

The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience is a logical series of fun and immersive physical challenges providing the essential instructions for what you need to know when facing unexpected—but possible—real-life scenarios, with countless moments of excitement along the way.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.fi.edu/exhibit/worst-case-scenario
7) Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre

Annie the Movie Sing-Along

Saturday October 19, 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM

In this special one-day-only interactive movie event, Theater To Go will lead the audience in a sing-along, play along, dance along, interactive movie experience. A fun event for children of all ages! Come in costume and join the costume parade!

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit
8) Upcoming at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY

The Remarkable Renaldo and Little Lou

This world-class clown and one-man circus is joined by Little Lou for a hilarious show​ featuring juggling and balancing, lots of comedy, and plenty of audience participation​.This is Renaldo’s return visit to Symphony Space and a first-time appearance by Little Lou. Renaldo has performed with Big Apple Circus, Circus Sarasota, the Royal Hanneford Circus, Luna Stage Theater Co.,  Canada's Garden Brothers Circus, England's Zippo's Circus, and at SeaWorld.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
9) Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ

The Laurie Berkner Band's Monster Boogie Halloween Concert

Sunday October 20, Doors Open:11:00 AM Start Time: 12:00 PM

The Laurie Berkner Band is returning to The Event Center at iPlay America
on Sunday, October 20th for a Monster Boogie Halloween Concert. The best-
selling and award- winning children’s musician, Laurie Berkner, will continue the tradition of playing your favorite hits and Halloween songs during the live show at iPlay America. The Halloween tradition starring The
Laurie Berkner band is an event the entire family can enjoy. Kids should
plan on bringing their dancing shoes, stuffed animals, and of course their
Halloween themed attire.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
10) Upcoming at BAM Kids
Peter Jay Sharp Building
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

Sunday October 20, 2:00 PM

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
11)Upcoming at Thalia's Book Club
Symphony Space
1537 Broadway
New York, NY

Sunday October 20, 1:00 PM
R.J. Palacio: White Bird

The New York Times bestselling author of Wonder makes her graphic novel debut in October with White Bird, an unforgettable tale of kindness and courage. White Bird follows a young Jewish girl hidden in the midst of Nazi-occupied France, brought to life by Palacio’s gorgeous illustrations. Symphony Space's Education Director, Madeline Cohen will discuss the new book with  Ms. Palacio at this exclusive Manhattan event, appropriate for ages 8 to 12.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit
PR Firm Roundup

12) News from Andrea Alton PR

12A) A site-specific world premiere production takes you 500 years into the future in
October 18 – November 22 at an undisclosed location in the East Village

Sea Dog Theater follows up their award-winning 2018 season with the World Premiere of Devin Burnam’s site-specific play, The Catastrophe Club. The production runs October 18 – November 22 and is directed by longtime Sea Dog collaborator Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy. Opening night is slated for October 18.

The Catastrophe Club invites you 500 years into the future to examine the early 21st century just before the collapse of civilization as we know it. The world of 2520 is sanitized, organized, in relative peace and safety, and because public gatherings are forbidden, isolated. However, some of our distant descendants have begun to ask questions. They have crept out into public to meet in an illegal recreation room to peer into our past and consider what it meant to alive in 2019.

Tickets are $30 and are available at www.thecatastropheclub.com. Advance tickets required, there is limited seating at the venue. Audience members will enter the world of the play on the day of the show, when they will be emailed the location of the secret meeting point which is a short walk (2 minutes) from Bleecker & Lafayette. From there they will be given the venue’s location. (Please note that the venue is not handicap accessible and there is one flight of stairs.) Running time: 90 minutes.

12B) Upcoming at the United Solo Festival

Theatre Row

410 W. 42nd St.
New York, NY

Wednesday October 16, 7:30 PM
Thursday October 24, 7:30 PM
Hedy Lamarr: Born in Ecstasy

Hedy Lamarr: Born in Ecstasy is a solo show, portraying the Hollywood Icon Hedy Lamarr during decisive moments of her life: her arrival in America, after signing with MGM despite her role in the scandalous movie "Ecstasy", her amazingly influential inventions and patriotism during the war, and finally how she left MGM to create her own company to be able to play the roles she deserved. She led a life that was a lot more thrilling and full of surprises than most movies! She was described as « the most beautiful woman in the world » but she was so much more than just a pretty face, she also had an incredible mind.

Thursday October 17, 7:30 PM
Digging in Their Heels
The Story of Women's Suffrage Told in a Way You'll Never Forget

Celebrate the 19th Amendment with Sally Perkins’ one-woman show Digging In Their Heels: An Energized, Eye-Opening Story of Women’s Battle for the Vote on October 17, 2019, 7:30 p.m. as part of NYC’s 2019 United Solo Theatre Festival.

If Susan B. Anthony and her pals had i-Phones, Twitter, and Uber drivers, maybe it wouldn’t have taken 72 years to win the vote. Maybe. Sally Perkins imagines the suffragists with modern technology as she takes her audiences through the 72-year journey in this interactive, hilarious, and poignant story, revealing the suffragists’ struggles, strategies, racism, and endurance. History told like you never heard it in school! Audiences across the country are raving. Appropriate for ages 15 and up. Running time: 60 minutes.

Friday October 18, 9:00 PM 
a bunch of different ways I'd like to die

Award-winning actor Tim McDonough meditates on his life and ever-approaching death in his dead serious comedy about mortality, a bunch of different ways i’d like to die. The production makes its New York premiere at the United Solo Festival on Friday, Oct. 18 at 9 p.m.

McDonough takes audiences through various vividly imagined scenarios of his own demise, ranging from the comedically absurd to the deeply poignant. While the end of life is inevitable and inescapable for all mortals, this show provides a space in which audiences can wonder and grieve and laugh about the hard-to-grasp fact that one day they will no longer exist. The production, which is written, performed, directed and designed by McDonough, comes to New York following successful performances in Atlanta.

Performances take place at Theatre Row/Studio Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street (btw 9th & 10th Ave), NYC, NY 10036. Subways: A/C/E to 42nd Street. Tickets are of $45.00 and are available at the Theatre Row Box Office or at

http://unitedsolo.org/us/2019-abunch/ or by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200. Running time: 90 mins.

More info available at: www.timmcdonough.net - www.facebook.com/timmcdonoughactor

Sunday October 20, 2:00 PM
How to be a Sexual Deviant in the Suburbs

Susan Ward brings her new solo-show, Wasbian, to the United Solo Festival on Sunday, October 20 at 2 pm. The performance takes place at Theatre Row/Studio Theatre (410 West 42nd Street) in Manhattan and is directed by Tony nominated Austin Pendelton.

Wasbian is a story about a lonely little girl who falls in love with Peter Pan who she thinks is a boy but discovers is a girl. Confused but undaunted, she spends her life chasing Peters,Wendys and Hooks, always believing that love was just around the corner, she uses sex, drugs, alcohol, food, never giving up, creating chaos in her pursuit until she finds her center amid the storm, still questioning but at peace.

Susan discussed what inspired her to write Wasbian. “I am an unmarried, childless, bisexual actress of a certain age living alone in the suburbs. Of course, I would write a play!” She went on to share, “Wasbian is a personal exploration of bisexuality. Raw, honest, hilarious, chaotic and painfully real."

Tickets are $45 and are available at http://unitedsolo.org/us/2019-wasbian or by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200. Running time: 65 minutes. Technical design/director, Duane Rutter.
13) News from DDPR



The stormy relationship between prominent 19th-century American painter and printmaker Mary Cassatt and celebrated French painter, sculpter and printmaker Edgar Degas is the subject of interest in the new Off-Broadway play THE INDEPENDENTS, written and directed by Christopher Ward. The production will make its New York Premiere this Fall, in a limited engagement, Off-Broadway run Thursday, October 17th through Sunday, November 10th in the Jerry Orbach Theater at The Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street. The official opening night is slated for Sunday, October 20that 7:30PM. https://www.theindependentsplay.com

THE INDEPENDENTS is an up-close and intimate look at the sparks that fly when the young gifted American artist Mary Cassatt meets the great French master Edgar Degas. Few could tolerate the difficult and elitist Degas, but he certainly met his match with the strong willed American. Their stormy relationship produced paintings and sculptures that stunned the art world. Through her work with Degas, Mary Cassatt found international success as an artist. Could she also find love?

Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt stand today as two giants of the art world. A century after their deaths their work continues to sell. In fact, Degas' ballerina sculpture sold for 46 million dollars at an auction at Sotheby's in 2009. Cassatt's mother and child series are among the most revered paintings ever done by any American artist. Their work can be seen at museums and galleries all over the United States and Europe.

Performances of THE INDEPENDENTS are on Thursday 10/17 at 2 PM; Sunday 10/20 at 7:30 PM; Thursday 10/24 at 2 PM; Sunday 10/27 at 7:30 PM; Thursday 10/31 at 2 PM; Sunday 11/3 at 7:30 PM; Thursday 10/7 at 2 PM; and Sunday 11/10 at 7:30 PM.

Tickets are $52 (regular price) and $72 (premium seating) and can be purchased online at https://www.ticketmaster.com/the-independents-ny-tickets/artist/2683466 or by calling 212-921-7862 or in person at the Theater Center box office, 210 West 50th Street (1627 Broadway) in Manhattan. 



OCTOBER 19th – NOVEMBER 3, 2019

MultiStages, the multicultural, multidisciplinary theatre company under the artistic direction of Lorca Peress, today announced that in association with the 14th Street Y, the company will present the world premiere of Desi Moreno-Penson’s OMINOUS MEN, a new dark play about race, poverty, drugs, misogyny and violence in America told through a gothic horror and magic realism lens. The production will be directed by Ms. Peress and begins previews on Saturday, October 19th with an official opening on Thursday, October 24th and continues its run through Sunday, November 3rd at The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 East 14th Street in Manhattan. https://multistages.org/2019/07/ominous-men/

In OMINOUS MEN, three men are confronted by their ferocious pasts in the derelict Bronx Concourse Plaza Hotel basement on July 13, 1977: Butch, the Nuyorican caretaker who's been digging a pit looking for buried treasure, his nervous cousin Goyo, and Butch's drug sponsor and ex-Black Panther Yancy. This night of drinking, camaraderie and bones (dominoes) turns violent when the Blackout hits, a stranger climbs out of the pit, and the ghost of a Holocaust survivor and murdered woman appear. 

Performances of OMINOUS MEN are on Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 1:00pm. Special talkbacks to discuss the show and its subject matter are on Sunday, October 20th and Sunday, October 27th.

The running time is 120 minutes which does not include the10 minute intermission. Please note this performance contains adult content, including strong language and stage violence. Please note late seating is at the discretion of the producing company and is not guaranteed. 

All tickets go off sale one hour before showtime. Tickets are purchasable at the box office when available. 

14) News from DKC/O&M







Greg Nobile and Jana Shea of Seaview ProductionsTroy Carter, Level Forward, and Nine Stories, founded by Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker, announced today that due to popular demand Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play, the critically acclaimed work, directed by Robert O’Hara will extend two weeks at Broadway’s Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). The hit production must close on Sunday, January 19, 2020.

The Old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation — in the breeze, in the

cotton fields...and in the crack of the whip. It’s an antebellum fever-dream

where fear and desire entwine in the looming shadow of the Master’s House. 

Jim trembles as Kaneisha handles melons in the cottage, Alana perspires in time

with the plucking of Phillip’s fiddle in the boudoir, while Dustin cowers at the

heel of Gary’s big, black boot in the barn. Nothing is as it seems, and yet 

everything is as it seems.

Tickets for Slave Play are on sale now at www.slaveplaybroadway.com,  www.telecharge.com,  or by calling 800 447 7400.




FALL 2019






MCC Theater (Bob LuPone, Bernie Telsey, Will Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director)  recently announced the line-up for their Fall 2019 PlayLabs readings of new plays to be held at The Newman Mills Theater at The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space (511 West 52nd Street): Gina Femia’s Allond(r)a, directed by Elena AraozAna Nogueira’s Mask Only, directed by Mike DonahueC.A. Johnson’s I Know I Know I Know, directed by Taylor Reynolds; and Brian Otaño’s The Dust, directed by David Mendizábal.

Admission to all the readings is free and open to the public, reservations can be 

made at www.mcctheater.org

See below for full details on the PlayLabs Readings:

Monday, October 21 at 7:00pm

By Gina Femia

Directed by Elena Araoz

Allonda and her friends wrestle their way through the summer—sometimes it’s 

on the playgrounds in the projects of Coney Island, sometimes it’s with their 

feelings and often it’s at home. A coming of age story about friendship and 

heartache, Allond(r)a asks – how much is too much to fight for?

Monday, November 4 at 7:00pm
Mask Only

By Ana Nogueira

Directed by Mike Donahue

It’s 2015 and Jeff and Judy are right where they belong: waiting outside the

stage door of the Broadway musical If/Then to get Idina Menzel’s autograph. 

But she never fucking comes out. And the conversation they have while they 

wait will change the course of their lifelong friendship forever. Warning: Beware 

of tourists.

Monday, November 11 at 7:00pm

I Know I Know I Know

By C.A. Johnson

Directed by Taylor Reynolds

When Zoe’s wife goes missing (again), her lifelong best friends join her on the 

island off the coast of Virginia where they spent childhood summers. A play 

about women, friendship, wild ponies, and love that lasts forever. (Which is to

say it is also a play about betrayal…betrayal again and again and again).

Monday, November 18 at 7:00pm


Conceived by Saheem Ali

Music and Lyrics by Michael Thurber

Book by Jocelyn Bioh

Additional Lyrics by Mkhululi Z. Mabija

Directed by Saheem Ali

A young man returns home to the African coastal city of Mombasa, Kenya to 

marry his fiancée and step into his family’s political dynasty. But when he visits 

Moto Moto – a steamy afro jazz club and the stomping ground of his youth – he

finds himself drawn to a mysterious new singer. Soon, he must decide whether 

to fulfill the legacy of his lineage or give in to his love of music and a newfound

attraction. A new musical inspired by the ancient myth of Marimba, the goddess 
of music.

Monday, December 9 at 7:00pm

The Dust

By Brian Otaño

Directed by David Mendizábal

In the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks, Firefighter Freddy

Hernandez was among the many who bravely searched Ground Zero in search 

of closure for victims' families. Years later, when Freddy is diagnosed with 

cancer brought on by exposure to toxins on "the pile", he and his family must

reckon with how the attacks changed the course of their lives. Inspired by true 

events, The Dust explores trauma, loss and the steep price of heroism.
For more information, please visit www.mcctheater.org
15) News from JT Public Relations



Directed by TEA ALAGIĆ


Will Get its World Premiere at 

The Lucille Lortel Theatre


Beginning Tuesday, October 15

Opening Night is Thursday, October 24

Matt Williams’ play FEAR will receive its World Premiere beginning Tuesday, October 15 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street), directed by Tea Alagić. A limited run, FEAR will celebrate its opening night on Thursday, October 24 and run through December 8, 2019.  Tickets are $65- $89 and can be purchased by visiting FearthePlay.com or by calling (866) 811-4111. 

FEAR follows a little girl’s disappearance as it prompts a tense confrontation among a plumber, college professor, and teenage boy. In this psychological drama, three neighbors discover how far they are willing to go to defend the values that define them.

FEAR will begin performances on Tuesday, October 15, open on Thursday, October 24 and run through December 8, 2019, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre located at 121 Christopher Street. Tickets are $65 - $89( plus a $2 facility fee)  and can be purchased by visiting www.FearthePlay.com or by calling (866) 811-4111. FEAR will play Tuesday at 7 pm; Wednesday – Friday at 8 pm; Saturday at 3 pm & 8 pm; Sunday at 3 pm (added performance Monday, October 21, October 28, November 25 at 7 pm and Friday, November 29 at 3 pm).
16) News from KampFire PR


MOZINYA PRODUCTIONS world premiere production of award-winning author and renowned literary agent Richard Curtis’s QUIET ENJOYMENT, directed by Marcus Gualberto. QUIET ENJOYMENT will play a three-week limited engagement at Off-Broadway’s Playroom Theatre, (151 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036, 8th Fl.). Performances begin Friday, October 18 and continue through Sunday, November 3. Opening Night is Saturday, October 19 (7 p.m.). Tickets are $25 at https://QuietEnjoyment.BrownPaperTickets.com.
Today is junior manager Merry Cudlip’s first co-op closing, and she’s obsessing over every detail. But the gods of New York real estate have other ideas. When Peter Chasen arrives to turn his $5 million co-op over to his ex-wife Juliana as part of their divorce settlement, he brings his girlfriend Karma along, and that’s when the paperwork hits the fan. It’s all Merry can do (including magic incantations) to prevent the proceedings from spinning into oblivion.  Her boss, the formidable Martha Pusey, is getting very, very cranky. Oh, and did we tell you Peter doesn’t have enough money to cover the closing costs? 
QUIET ENJOYMENT plays the following regular schedule through Sunday, November 3

 Fridays at 7 p.m. 
 Saturdays at 7 p.m. 
 Sundays at 7 p.m. 
 Special Perfs: Thurs 10/24 and Mon 10/28 @ 7pm

Tickets are $25.00 and are now available online at www.QuietEnjoyment.BrownPaperTickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater half hour prior to performance.
Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/683972492078983.

17) News from Karen Greco PR

17A) Jenny Allen, Gerry Bamman, and Jeremiah Kissel return for encore engagement of 


Obie Award-winner Deb Margolin’s fictionalized look at embattled Ponzi-schemer Bernard Madoff

New Light Theater Project is thrilled to announce that IMAGINING MADOFF writtne by Deb Margolin and directed by Jerry Heymann, will transfer to the Theatre Row (410 W 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues) in the Fall. Jenny AllenGerry Bamman, and Jeremiah Kissel will reprise their critically acclaimed roles.

MAGINING MADOFF finds Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff in prison, determined to control his own narrative for history as he dictates to a visiting biographer stories about his childhood, his family, women, money and an all-night meeting he had with Holocaust survivor and poet, Solomon Galkin. Called “engrossing and philosophically lively" (The New Yorker), the play explores themes of greed, willful blindness to the truth, and the beauty and danger of absolute faith, either in God or in men.

IMAGINING MADOFF will resume performances on Thursday, October 17 for a limited engagement through Saturday, November 9.  Single tickets, which are available now, range from $50 - $60 ($25 Rush Tickets are available one hour prior to curtain). To purchase, call Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or visit www.newlighttheaterproject.com.

17B) Kathleen Chalfant stars as Mabel Loomis Todd in the world premiere of Rebecca Gilman’s A WOMAN OF THE WORLD at 59E59 Theaters

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to welcome the world premiere of A WOMAN OF THE WORLD written by Rebecca Gilman and directed by Valentina Fratti. Produced by The Acting Company in association with Miranda Theatre Company, A WOMAN OF THE WORLD begins performances on Thursday, October 24 for a limited engagement through Sunday, November 17. Press Opening is Wednesday, October 30 at 7:30 pm. The performance schedule is Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 pm; Saturday at 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm; and Sunday at 2:30 pmPlease note the following added performances: Thursday, November 7 and Thursday, November 14 at 2:30 pm. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison). 

Best known as Emily Dickinson’s posthumous editor, Mabel Loomis Todd is a woman of the world. Priding herself on being an inspired conversationalist, she invited scandal by enjoying a glass of wine in mixed company, and she certainly wasn’t afraid to expose her ankles in a dress.

Now in her 70s and living on Hog Island in Maine, the accomplished journalist and naturalist regales us with tales of her storied life, spilling secrets and revealing the true nature of her relationship with one of America’s most celebrated poets.

Single tickets are $25 - $35 ($26 for 59E59 Members). Tickets are available by calling the 59E59 Box Office at 646-892-7999 or by visiting www.59e59.org. The running time is 85 minutes, with no intermission.
18) News from Pascal Nadon Communications

18A) Upcoming for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Alice Tully Hall

893: Dvořák’s American Quintet - Tuesday 10/15/19, 7:30 PM
Burleigh:           Southland Sketches for Violin and Piano (1916)
Dvořák:           Quintet in E-flat major for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello, Op. 97, “American”
Bernstein:        Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1941-42)
Copland:          Appalachian Spring Suite for Ensemble (1944)
Gloria Chien, Wu Han, piano; Chad Hoopes, Kristin Lee, Danbi Um, Angelo Xiang Yu, violin; Matthew Lipman, Paul Neubauer, viola; Nicholas Canellakis, David Finckel, cello; Anthony Manzo, double bass; Ransom Wilson, flute; David Shifrin, clarinet; Marc Goldberg, bassoon

1781: Haydn’s Joke Quartet - Sunday 10/20/19, 5 PM
Haydn:            Haydn: Quartet in F minor for Strings, Hob. III:35, Op. 20, No. 5
Haydn:            Quartet in E-flat major for Strings, Hob. III:38, Op. 33, No. 2, “The Joke” (1781)
Mozart:           Quartet in C major for Strings, K. 465, “Dissonance” (1785)
Orion String Quartet (Daniel Phillips, Todd Phillips, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola; Timothy Eddy, cello)

Rose Studio

CMS KIDS Creative Creatures - Sunday 10/20/19, 11 AM & 3 PM
This program presents an exploration of the world of visual artists, poets, and composers. Host Rami Vamos and CMS Artists will explore the ways in which artists express creativity through their craft.

Inside Chamber Music with Bruce Adolphe
This popular series combines entertaining lectures full of insight into a featured masterwork with short live performance excerpts played live by CMS artists. For the first time, these programs will be presented close to the mainstage concert date on which the featured works are included. All lectures take place on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM.
10/23/19 (work featured in Alice Tully Hall concert on 10/27/19)
Schubert: Quintet in C major for Two Violins, Viola, and Two Cellos, D. 956, Op. 163 (1828)

For detailed information on the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s 2019-20 season, click here; learn more about CMS artists of the season here.

18B) Upcoming for Orchestra at 
St. Lukes

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019, 8:00 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Bernard Labadie, Conductor
Beatrice Rana, Piano
MENDELSSOHN The Hebrides Overture
BACH                    Keyboard Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052
BACH                    Keyboard Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56, "Scottish"

TICKETS: Priced from $15 to $98. Call CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800 or visit CarnegieHall.org
For Orchestra of St. Luke’s full 2019-2020 Season, visit OSLmusic.org.

Exciting young pianist Beatrice Rana is the winner of prestigious competitions, a soloist with the world’s finest orchestras and a critically acclaimed recording artist, whose CD of the “Goldberg” Variations was selected as one of the top classical recordings of 2017 by The New York Times. She has been captivating New York audiences since her 2017 debut with Louis Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. This spring she made her Carnegie Hall recital debut (“she set a new standard,” The New York Times) followed by her orchestral debut there with the Philadelphia Orchestra. For her debut with OSL, she plays two of J.S. Bach’s keyboard concertos, in a concert that juxtaposes the Italian influences on Bach with the Scottish influences on Felix Mendelssohn. Bach studied Italian composers such as Vivaldi and Marcello, and his concertos reveal a thorough grounding in Italian style, with flowing melodies and technically dazzling solo parts. Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides Overture was the result of an 1829 tour of Scotland. Its glorious themes conjure visions of crashing waves off the Scottish islands. The four movements of Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56, “Scottish”—played without pause—have a tenuous connection to Scotland, but soar with glorious melodies.

18C) Upcoming for Orchestra Now

The Orchestra Now’s residency at Bard College’s Fisher Center renews with 13 performances of seven different programs, all conducted by music director Leon Botstein. Opening night features the U.S. premiere of Ustvolskaya’s 1948 work Symphonic Poem No. 1, originally titled The Light of the Steppes; and Strauss’ Four Songs with Canadian soprano Paulina Swierczek, a winner of Bard Conservatory’s concerto competition.

Sibelius & Shostakovich
Sat, Oct 19, 2019 at 8 PM
Sun, Oct 20, 2019 at 2 PM
Xinran Li, a winner of Bard Conservatory’s concerto competition, performs Sibelius’ moving violin concerto. Shostakovich’s tenth symphony is his first written after the death of Stalin.
Leon Botstein, conductor
Xinran Li, violin
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10

Tickets priced at $25–$35; Five-Concert Series: all locations $120; Create Your Own Series: 25% off the full price. Tickets may be purchased online at fishercenter.bard.edu, by calling the Fisher Center at 845.758.7900, or at the Fisher Center box office in the lobby of Sosnoff Theater.

For upcoming activities and more detailed information about the musicians, visit theorchestranow.org.
19) News from Polk and Co.


Tickets for Riverdance 25th Anniversary are now on sale for a limited engagement at Radio City Music Hall. The production will run Tuesday, March 10 – Sunday, March 15, 2020 for eight performances only. 

Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com at 1-866-858-0008 or the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, and Beacon Theatre box offices. 

Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show is Riverdance, as you’ve never seen it before! A powerful and stirring reinvention of this beloved favorite, celebrated the world over for its Grammy Award-winning score and the thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance. Twenty-five years on, composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded his mesmerizing soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground-breaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs. 

Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show will be at Radio City Music Hall on the following dates and times:
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 with a show at 7:30PM
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 with a show at 7:30PM
Thursday, March 12, 2020 with a show at 7:30PM
Friday, March 13, 2020 with a show at 8:00PM
Saturday, March 14, 2020 with shows at 2:00PM and 8:00PM
Sunday, March 15, 2020 with shows at 2:00PM and 7:00PM

19B) TINA - The Tina Turner Musical


THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL begins previews tomorrow, Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street).

The new musical will also launch a digital lottery, making a limited number of $45 tickets available at https://lottery.broadwaydirect.com/show/tina-ny.

 TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL’s digital lottery will open at 9AM the day of the performance, for evening performances, and 8PM the day prior to the performance for matinee performances. Matinee lotteries will close at 9AM the day of the performance, and evening lotteries will close at 1PM the day of the performance. Winners will be notified by email shortly after each drawing and have 60 minutes to claim and pay for tickets online. Tickets can be picked up 30 minutes prior to show time at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street). Photo ID is required for pickup, seat locations and number of tickets awarded by the lottery are subject to availability. Maximum 2 tickets per entry. Please note, lottery seats may be partial view. 

Stage Entertainment and Ghostlight Records have also announced today that Tina – The Tina Turner MusicalOriginal Cast Recording is available worldwide on CD, both online and in stores now Featuring the original London cast, the album was released for download and streaming earlier this year. The CD features a 20-page booklet, which includes liner notes, synopsis, and production and studio photography. The album was recorded in February 2019 at Angel Studios and RAK Studios, produced by the show’s Music Supervisor Nicholas Skilbeck and Kurt Deutsch, and co-produced by Tom Kelly. To download or stream the album, or order the CD, please visit ghostlightrecords.lnk.to/riverdeep-tinaturnermusical

TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL will officially open on Thursday, November 7, 2019.

Tickets for Broadway’s TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL range from $79.00 – 299.00 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com (877-250-2929) or at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre box office (205 West 46th Street).

For More Information, visit www.TinaOnBroadway.com



MARIN MAZZIE & JASON DANIELEY: BROADWAY & BEYOND – LIVE AT FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW will be released digitally and in stores on Friday, October 18, 2019.

In May 2017, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley, “Broadway’s Golden Couple” (San Francisco Chronicle) presented a new concert at Feinstein's/54 Below called "Broadway and Beyond," featuring songs from both the Great White Way and the Great American Songbook. Taking listeners on a journey through the shows on which they left their indelible marks, such as Ragtime, Passion, The Full Monty, CurtainsThe VisitKiss Me, Kate, and more, the concerts would be their final NYC appearances together. Thankfully these concerts were recorded, ensuring that they were not lost to time, preserving the luminous pair at the peak of their vocal powers.

The album benefits The Actor’s FundCancer Support Community and Tina’s Wish. The duo is backed by Joseph Thalken on piano, Pete Donovan on bass, and Rich Rosensweig on drums. The album is produced by Emmy Award-winner Michael J. Moritz Jr, associate produced by Brandon Leowit and executive produced by Broadway Records A&R Director Robbie Rozelle.

Track Listing:
1: Intro / Trojan Women Medley: All The Way
2. Trojan Women Medley: When You Wish Upon a Star
3. Trojan Women Medley: The Glory of Love
4. “Welcome”
5. Hello Young Lovers
6. Younger Than Springtime / Carefully Taught
7. So In Love
8. You Walk With Me
9. Sondheim Suite: Happiness
10. Sondheim Suite: Good Thing Going
11. Sondheim Suite: Too Many Mornings
12. Sondheim Suite: Not a Day Goes By
13. Sondheim Suite: Move On
14. You, You, You
15. When Did I Fall in Love?
16. I Miss the Music
17. “Ovarian Cancer/HT”
18. And the World Goes ‘Round
19. Back to Before
20. “Thank you”
21. Opposite You
22. Our Love is Here to Stay

To learn more, visit BroadwayRecords.com.
20) News from Spin Cycle

New American drama DUCK begins previews Oct. 17

DUCK, a new American drama by Tom Block, founding producer of the International Human Rights Art Festival will run October 17 – November 3 at IRT Theater (154 Christopher Street in Greenwich Village).

Ex-CIA operative DUCK has reached the end of his rope and communicates mostly by quacking.  After a downward emotional spiral, he finds himself on a park bench that happens to be the home of his older brother, Crumb, also ex-CIA, who has completely dropped out of society. When Abbie stumbles upon Duck in the park, she is tries to befriend him. Duck will only quack at her, but they can communicate using Crumb as an intermediary. Can Abbie save Duck from whatever internal war he is going through?

For info visit www.irttheater.org
21) News from Vivacity Media Group



BKLYN in Brooklyn

In Support of Covenant House Foundation

A one-night-only 15th Anniversary reunion concert of BKLYN: The Musical featuring Original Broadway stars Drama League nominee Eden Espinosa (RENT, Wicked) as Brooklyn, Tony Award winner Karen Olivo (Moulin RougeIn the Heights) as Faith, and stage star Ramona Keller (The Public Theatre’s Hercules, City Center’s Little Shop of Horrors) as Paradice which benefits Covenant House Foundation (www.covenanthouse.org), will be presented on the 15th anniversary of the show’s Broadway opening night, Monday, October 21 at 7:30 PM, at Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222). Tickets can be purchased HERE.

The musical tells the story of the “City Weeds,” five homeless musicians who band together to transform their neighborhood beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Utilizing the play within a play structure, the City Weeds share the story of Brooklyn – a Parisian singer – in addition to their own stories. Orphaned after her mother’s death, Brooklyn travels to the United States in search of her father and the life she always dreamed of. The discovery of a newfound passion leads to opportunities she’d always hoped for, as two stories weave together to create an inspiring and refreshing performance.

Founded in 1972, Covenant House helps to transform and save the lives of more than a million homeless, runaway, and trafficked young people. The not for profit organization offers housing and support services to children and teens in need, impacting the lives of over 80,000 people each year. More information about the mission and work of Covenant House can be found at covenanthouse.org.

Tickets to the 15th Anniversary concert of BKLYN range from $55 to $150 and can be purchased on AXS:
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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