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, December 15, 2019

Sunday Scoop Week of 12/15/19 What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

In This Week's Scoop

1) Registration for Pigeonholed After School Acting Classes in Industry City Now Open
2) Billy Eichner and Lake Bell Guest Star on Story Pirates Podcast This Month
3) Upcoming at Merkin Hall
    Soharium Women's Choir of Hope and Light, Gourari & Vassiljeva: Piano & Violincello
4) Upcoming at Lincoln Center
    VAYA! 63 Rumberos del Callejon's 10th Anniversary Celebration
5) Upcoming at The Tank
    Pancake Day
6) Upcoming at Broadway Workshop
     Master Class with Shoshana Bean
7) Upcoming at Symphony Space
     Suzi Shelton

PR Firm Roundup

8) News from BroadwayCon
   8A) Star to Be Finalist Announced
   8B) Moulin Rouge the Musical Joins BroadwayCon
9) New from DKC/O&M
   9A) Diana Releases First Listen
   9B) Oklahoma Celebrates Sustainabiliy December 18
10) News from JT Public Relations
      The Bench Film Screening in NYC to Benefit City Kids
11) News from Michelle Tabnick PR
      TRU Panel December The Good Shepards: How Producers Guide New Work
12) News from Pascal Nadon Communications
     American Symphony Orchestra Performs Sons of Bach at Alice Tully Hall December 19
13) News from Spin Cycle NYC
      New Block of Tickets for Then She Fell Available
14) News from Waldmania PR
      Paul Winter's Winter Solstice Celebration 2019 December 19 -21

Offers Children’s After-School Acting Classes this Winter in new Sunset Park location

Pigeonholed, a nonprofit New York City-based theater company, announces the Winter 2020 Children’s Class Schedule, with classes in improvisation and story building, and scene study and acting technique.  All classes are taught by professional actors and Interlochen Center for the Arts faculty and feature workshops with Broadway actors.

Classes will be held at Terry Knickerbocker Studio
68 34th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232

Pigeonholed’s belief is that children learn and grow from doing. These classes were created from Pigeonholed founders, Justin Cimino and Sasha Lazare’s own professional experience as actors as well as their extensive experience as educators. They believe that combination is essential in creating an environment where students are challenged to mature as independent thinkers and to trust their individual creative instincts. Equally critical to their curriculum, over the course of the program students will also participate in a highly diverse set of group activities, which will be aimed at fostering a spirit of teamwork amongst all the participants. By the end of the program students can be both more self-assured and comfortable in front of a crowd, more intuitive and empathetic as artists, and will better understand how to channel their own creative impulses into productive work that the world needs to see. For more information visit https://www.pigeonholedtheater.org/classes-for-kids.

Creating Your Own Character
(Ages 4-7)
Wednesdays, January 15- April 8

This age range encompasses children at their most spectacularly imaginative. In this class, we encourage the students to use that imagination to create a world and character(s) all of their own. They will learn theatre games, improvisation, listening and communication skills, as well as how to devise an original play. Throughout the session, they will develop and build upon a fully formed character and story, which will culminate in an invited rehearsal where they will present their original, short play.

To register, or for more information, visit https://www.pigeonholedtheater.org/classes-for-kids



Actors Lake Bell (Bless This Mess, Harley Quinn) and Billy Eichner (The Lion King, Billy On The Street) are special guests this month on the award-winning Story Pirates Podcast. A new episode of the weekly podcast, produced by Gimlet Media and written for and by kids, posted today. The Story Pirates Podcast streams on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and other audio outlets.

Season 3 presents the continuing adventures of the Story Pirates crew as they head into outer space. Thanks to their new friends, a secret agent named Nimene and her extraterrestrial companion Loofah (who looks like a shower loofah), the Story Pirates converted their flying ship into a space vessel. What planets, creatures and adventures await them? Only by listening to the podcast will Story Pirates fans learn what will happen to these super talented intergalactic adventurers.

The Story Pirates are a group of top comedians, musicians, best-selling authors, and world-class teachers who partner with schools to help tens of thousands of kids write original stories. Then they adapt these kids’ stories into a critically acclaimed series of books, a sold-out national tour, award-winning albums featuring guest artists like Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the #1 podcast for kids and families. Story Pirates Changemakers, the non-profit arm of the organization, have brought life-changing literacy programs to more than 500,000 students. Visit Storypirates.org to learn more.

This month, Story Pirates also launched the Creator Club, for kids who love stories and want to share their creative works with the world. The Story Pirates Creator Club offers subscribers a host of exclusive gifts, insider offers and a limited-edition magazine featuring kid-created content.

The Story Pirates are always looking for great stories from kids. Young authors are invited to submit their tales anytime at StoryPirates.com. Check the website for the latest news about the podcast, music, books, and several performances coming up this winter.
3) Upcoming at Merkin Hall
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY

Soharium Women's Choir of Hope and Light
 Gourari & Vassiljeva: Piano & Violincello

Tuesday December 17, 8:00 PM
Soharium Women's Choir of Hope and Light

Join them on their travels through old England, France, Hawaii and the heavens above them all!

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Thursday December 19, 7:30 PM
Gorari & Vassiljeva

The internationally renowned pianist Anna Gourari will join forces with long-time musical partner and cellist Tatjana Vassiljeva to perform works by Schumann, Bach, Schubert, Schumann and Shostakovich.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
4) Upcoming at Lincoln Center

VAYA! 63 Rumberos del Callejon's 10th Anniversary Celebration

*FREE Thursday, December 19 at 7:30 pm 
¡VAYA! 63 
Rumberos del Callejón’s 10th Anniversary Celebration 
From Caracas to Manhattan, Rumberos del Callejón has gotten crowds on their feet and dancing to worldclass salsa. Now the beloved orchestra celebrates ten years and its latest album. 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
5) Upcoming at The Tank
312 W. 36th St.
New York, NY

Pancake Day

Friday December 20, 7:00 PM
Saturday December 21, 7:00 PM

NOVEMBER THEATRE brings award-winning British playwright, Miriam Battye’s, (un)ordinary world to life. When Matty, a stranger, enters the intimate world of Ella and Zoe, what unfolds is a night of reality TV binge watching, role play, personal confessions, and two marriage proposals. As the girls work through a big life decision, the insecurities of all three are brought to a head as they go through a transformative evening of activities
Pancake Day is a brilliantly funny, wonderfully delicate observation of what it means to be young and confused. With dance routines and physical play, the company launches Battye’s explosive dialogue off the page. 
NOVEMBER THEATRE is a sizzling new theatre company championing transatlantic collaboration, energetic play, and female/gender non-binary narratives. Founded by two recent Barnard graduates, NOVEMBER THEATRE creates work that pours into the life of New York City. Following a series of staged readings, Pancake Day is the collective’s first full length show. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://thetanknyc.org/calendar-1/2019/12/20/pancake-day
6) Upcoming at
 Broadway Workshop

Musical Theatre Pop Master Class
with Shoshona Bean

Ages: 13 - 20
Dates: Saturday, December 21st
Times: 10:30am - 1:00pm
Location: Ripley Grier Studios - 520 Eighth Avenue 
Tuition: $185

Shoshana will work with each student on audition technique and song interpretation in this special one-day Musical Theatre/Pop Master Class. The focus will be on giving actors the opportunity to bring their audition and performance skills to the next level and how to better connect to their audition material. Students will break down their song material with one-on-one coaching in a class setting. Students will also have the opportunity to be part of a Q&A with Ms. Bean and the Broadway Workshop team.

For more information or to register, visit 
7) Upcoming at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY

Suzi Shelton

Saturday December 21, 11:00 AM

As part of Symphony Space's weekly Just Kidding performance series, Suzi and her NYC based band will perform kid-favorite tunes and songs that celebrate the winter season. For more than 15 years, Suzi Shelton’s music has been filled with upbeat, inspiring, and powerful songs. Her Parents' Choice Award winning album, Hand in Hand, which is all about inclusion, uses socially conscious messages to remind us that we can be comfortable in our own skin and express ourselves joyously. Latin Grammy nominee Sonia de los Santos and other special guests will join the seasonal sing-along.

The one-hour show is appropriate for ages 2 and up.

Kids may get a sparkly snowflake applied to their cheek upon entry, if they wish!

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.symphonyspace.org/justkidding
PR Firm Roundup

8) News from BroadwayCon


BroadwayCon and the Broadway League Foundation are excited to announce the finalists for the fourth annual BroadwayCon Star To Be talent competition. Finalists will perform on the BroadwayCon MainStage for a panel of three celebrity judges and a room full of fellow Broadway fans on Saturday, January 25, 2020. The 2019 Jimmy Awards® winners Ekele Ukegbu and Ethan Kelso will perform during the competition while the judges deliberate. The BroadwayCon Star to Be winner will receive a pair of tickets to the 2020 Jimmy Awards ceremony.
The eleven Star To Be finalists acts feature solo, duet, and group performances with performers from across the country: Jacob Atkins (Tampa, FL), Glynnis Goff (Maplewood, NJ), Jazailis Gual (Belleville, NJ), Allie Guerrini (La Quinta, CA), Luke Islam (Garden City South, NY), Satya Kutsko (Lamy, NM), Bailey Mienik (Dunedin, FL), Rachel Sarah Mount (La Mirada, CA), Sophia O’Toole (Medfield, MA), Kayla Quashie (Baltimore, MD), and Sarah Zampella (Little Falls, NJ). Finalists’ submissions can be found here.
Previous BroadwayCon Star To Be winners include Iyana Colby, Lacy Kruger, and Cayla Hall. Videos of the 2019 finalists’ performances at BroadwayCon can be found here
Ekele Ukegbu is the winner of the Best Actress Award at the 2019 Jimmy Awards, also known as the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Ekele attended Elmont Memorial High School on Long Island, NY. She had leading roles in school theatre productions including Aida in AIDA, Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Deena Jones in DreamGirls, Annie in Annie and Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. She participated in the Long Island Musical Theatre Festival productions of Violet and Cabaret. She is currently a freshman at the New York University Tisch School of Drama. In May 2019, Ekele won Best Actress at the Roger Rees Awards, playing the lead role in AIDA at Elmont Memorial High School on Long Island. The award recognizes top performers across the Greater New York region high schools. Her win sent her as the regional representative of the Greater New York City area and 1 of 86 national contestants in the 11th annual Jimmy Awards competition in New York City. She won Best Performance by An Actress, which came with a $25,000.00 college scholarship.
Ethan Kelso was born in Texas and raised in Utah. He became enamored with musical theatre at the early age of eight. Since fourth grade he has been cast in leading roles in over fourteen musicals throughout his early years.  Ethan has received multiple awards while in High School finishing in the top 15 in the National Association of Teachers of Singing in the musical theatre and classical division. He also received the Best Actor in the Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards 2019. Ethan graduated from Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts in May 2019 and went on to win the prestigious “Jimmy Award” for Best Performance by an Actor.  Ethan is currently attending the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre.
For more information, please visit www.BroadwayCon.com.



BroadwayCon 2020 welcomes Moulin Rouge! The Musical to the programming lineup! As part of MainStage programming, the Moulin Rouge! The Musical Spotlight session on Friday, January 24 will feature members of the cast and creative team. Tickets are on sale now at BroadwayCon.com/register.
9) News from DKC/O&M







Diana producers Grove Entertainment (Beth Williams), Frank Marshall and The Araca Group released a first look music video of “If” – one of the songs from the upcoming new musical based on the incredible real life story of an icon to end all icons. Diana will begin previews on Monday, March 2, 2020, and open on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th St.).

“If” is performed by Jeanna de Waal  who stars in the title role, with accompaniment in the video by David Bryan on piano. After it becomes clear to all that Diana's turbulent marriage to Charles cannot last, the Queen allows the royal couple to separate. Feeling free from the watchful eyes of the Windsors, Princess Diana steps out and dreams of all she can now accomplish ("If.")  

This is the story of the most famous woman of the modern age: Diana, Princess of Wales. Thrust into a spotlight brighter than any the world had ever known, Diana soon finds herself at odds with her husband, an unrelenting news media, and the monarchy itself. Leading fiercely with her heart, Princess Diana stands up for her family, her country and herself, while managing to capture the hearts of the world. She defied expectations, she rocked the royals and she created a legacy that will endure forever.

Tickets are now on sale at Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200. Group Sales tickets are available for purchase by calling Broadway Inbound at 866-302-0995.

The preview performance schedule is as follows: Mondays at 8 p.m., Tuesdays at 8 p.m., Wednesdays at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Thursdays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

The regular performance schedule is as follows: Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.







The groundbreaking, history-making Broadway revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! is holding a Sustainability Night at the Wednesday evening, December 18th performance.

The evening will feature participation by sustainability programs including Sierra Club, Community Garden Coalition, Bronx River Alliance and the LES Ecology Center.  There will be a post-show talkback with the Sierra Club and New York Magazine’s David Wallace Wells, author of “The Uninhabitable Earth.” Mr. Wells along with Carl Arnold and Monica Ibacache from the Sierra Club and cast members will discuss the presently unsustainable U.S. agricultural system, what a small but growing number of farmers are doing about it, and what audience members and the public can do about it.

Sustainability is most often defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. It has three main pillars: economic, environmental and social. These three pillars are informally referred to as people, planet and profit.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! opened April 7th, 2019, at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway). Tickets are now available through January 19, 2020 at the box office, www.telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.

10) News from J-T Public Relations

NYC Film Screening of
The Bench is written by Robert Galinsky

Benefit Film Screening for City Kids

Robert Galinsky’s celebrated solo show The Bench, has received praise in both NYC and LA with extended sold out runs over the past three years. Last year STAGE Network filmed The Bench, directed by Tyler Milliron.   On Saturday, December 21 Galinsky will host a benefit screening of his film to benefit City Kids.  The event will be held at The East Village Playhouse (340 East 6th Street), doors will open at 6:30 and the screening will begin at 7 PM.   There is a suggested donation of $20, RSVP is required by clicking here
Based on real people that Robert Galinsky has met, The Bench film is a “STREET TO STAGE MASHUP” set in urban decay and rubble, exploring the emotional heartbreak of five homeless characters and the catastrophic hysteria surrounding AIDS in the late 1980’s and early 1990's… It’s solo theater, where 1 actor plays 5 characters, written in dialogue form.
The Bench written by and stars Robert Galinsky, the stage presentation is directed by Jay O. Sanders began its run Off-Broadway at NY’s historic Cherry Lane Theatre, following that sold out run The Bench moved to the newly renovated East Village Playhouse, where it will return for this benefit screening. After its sold out 30-week run, Galinsky and The Bench went to LA where it celebrated a nine-week extended run at LA’s Hudson Guild Theater, the show features artwork and set design by Daphne Arthur with an original soundscape by Deep Singh. This special benefit production is being presented by Barry “Shabaka” Henley, Rugolo Entertainment, Julia Lomino & Terry Schnuck 
For more info on The Bench visit www.TheBenchPlay.com
11) News from Michelle Tabnick PR
Theater Resources Unlimited

December Panel Discussion

The Good Shepherds: 

How Producers Guide 

the Development of New Work

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the December Panel, The Good Shepherds: How Producers Guide the Development of New Work, on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 7:30pm at Polaris North Theater, 245 W. 29th Street. E-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com or register online at https://truonline.org/events/the-good-shepherds/.

Bringing new works to New York is an expensive and risky proposition, and it is a good producer's job to make the development path as painless as possible for the creative artists and company. To sidestep premature exposure while a show is being worked on, current producing models now commonly partner commercial producers with a range of not-for-profit collaborators. A chief strategy is the enhancement deal, though there are other ways of working under the radar. Low-profile workshops are another possibility, though they cost way more than the designation "workshop" might suggest. In general, successful producers need to find a path of least resistance and greatest support for their production and their team. How do they do it?

Panelists to include TRU literary manager Cate Cammarata, director, producer (My Life Is a Musical, The Assignment, My Father's Daughter), R. Erin Craig of La Vie Productions (Austen's Pride: A New Musical of Pride and PrejudiceMr. Rickey Calls A MeetingAcademyNonsense and BeautyChick Flick the Musical), entertainment attorney Lee Feldshon (Moulin Rouge, Drama Desk winner Desperate MeasuresWho's Your BaghdaddyMoney TalksBloodyBloodyJessica Fletcher, Liberty), producer Ken Waissman (original Grease, Torch Song Trilogy, Agnes of God).

Doors open at 7:00pm for networking and refreshments, roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm - come prepared with your best half-minute summary of who you are, and what you need. Free for TRU members; $13.00 for non-members ($16 at the door). Please use the bright red reservation box on this page, or call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 833-506-5550, or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

12) News from Pascal Nadon Communications

Soloists are Soprano Amanda Woodbury, Mezzo-soprano Taylor Raven,
Tenor Jack Swanson, and Baritone Chris Kenney, with
James Bagwell Leading the Bard Festival Chorus

Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
Conductor’s Notes Q&A 7 PM
Concert 8 PM
Seldom-heard music by four of Johann Sebastian Bach takes centerstage at this concert. Wilhelm Friedemann’s music is closest to his father’s, while Carl Philipp Emanuel’s is more imaginative and expressive. Johann Christian’s music, on the other hand, is closer to the classical style of Mozart, although his earliest works are remarkably similar to Emanuel’s. Johann Christoph Friedrich’s compositional style resembles those of both Emanuel and Christian.

To access the program notes, click here

Leon Botstein, conductor
Amanda Woodbury, soprano
Taylor Raven, mezzo-soprano
Jack Swanson, tenor
Chris Kenney, baritone
Bard Festival Chorale
James Bagwell, choral director
W.F. Bach: Erzittert und Fallet (Oh, Tremble and Falter)
J.C.F. Bach: Die Amerikanerin (The American)
J.C. Bach: Symphony in G minor, Op. 6, No. 6 
C.P.E. Bach: Magnificat

Tickets, priced at $25–$50, are available by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or visiting the Alice Tully Hall box office at Broadway and 65th St.
13) News from Polk and Co.

Grand Horizons

Previews begin Monday, December 23
Opening Night Thursday, January 23
Strictly 10-Week Limited Engagement
On Broadway At The Hayes Theater

GRAND HORIZONS is a strictly limited 10-week engagement on Broadway, beginning previews December 23, 2019 and officially opening on January 23, 2020 at The Hayes Theater (240 West 44th Street).

Bill and Nancy have spent fifty full years as husband and wife.  They practically breathe in unison, and can anticipate each other's every sigh, snore and sneeze.  But just as they settle comfortably into their new home in Grand Horizons, the unthinkable happens:  Nancy suddenly wants out.  As their two adult sons struggle to cope with the shocking news, they are forced to question everything they assumed about the people they thought they knew best.  By turns funny, shocking and painfully honest, Bess Wohl's new play explores a family turned upside-down and takes an intimate look at the wild, unpredictable, and enduring nature of love. 

Tickets are available to the general public by calling 212-541-4516 or by visiting 2ST.com. $30 tickets are available to people age 30 and Under with valid ID.
14) News from Spin Cycle PR

New Block of Tickets Released for Third Rail

 Projects Immersive Hit


Tickets Now Available Through May 31, 2020

Third Rail Projects' Third Rail Projects' award-winning THEN SHE FELL, which celebrated its 7th anniversary in October, announces the release of a new block of tickets through May 31, 2019.  This immersive theater event is inspired by the life and writings of Lewis Carroll (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland). THEN SHE FELL takes place at The Kingsland Ward at St. Johns, a century-old institutional building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where the action plays out on 3 floors.

THEN SHE FELL is a fully immersive, multi-sensory experience in which only 15 audience members at a time explore a dreamlike world where every alcove, corner, and corridor has been transformed into lushly designed performance space. Inspired by the life and writings of Lewis Carroll, it offers an ‘Alice-like’ experience for audience members as they explore the rooms, often by themselves, in order to discover hidden scenes; encounter performers one-on-one; unearth clues that illuminate a shrouded history; use skeleton keys to gain access to guarded secrets; and imbibe custom-designed elixirs.

THEN SHE FELL runs Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30pm & 10:30pm, with matinees on select Saturdays at 2pm. Tickets are $95 - $200, available at www.thenshefell.com. Private events and buyouts are also available; visit the website for more information. The Kingsland Ward at St. Johns is located 195 Maujer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (just 2 blocks off of the L train at Grand Street). Performances begin promptly and there is absolutely no late admittance and no refunds. Admittance is strictly limited to audience members 21 years of age and over; all audience members must bring valid government-issued photo IDs. The performance lasts roughly 2 hours without intermission. Because of the immersive nature of this piece, audiences may be standing for significant periods of time over the course of the performance. Audiences are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. This performance is not recommended for audience members who are not comfortable standing, walking, climbing stairs or being alone. For more information call (347) 687-0203.

15) News from Waldmania PR

7-Time Grammy Winner Paul Winter's 

Winter Solstice Celebration 2019 

December 19, 20, 21 

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

It's a 40/50 year! Seven-time Grammy® winner Paul Winter is busy planning his 40th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration at New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine as the Paul Winter Consort also celebrates its 50th anniversary year.

Performances will take place on Thursday, December 19 and Friday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, NYC.

This year's special guest will be singer/songwriter and activist Noel Paul Stookey, best-known as a member of the famed folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary. Stookey was the producer of the Paul Winter Consort's first two albums, in 1968 and 1969, and has been a key mentor and collaborator during these first 50 years of the band.

Highlights will include Noel Paul Stookey performing the Peter, Paul and Mary classic "Wedding Song (There is Love)." Gospel singer Theresa Thomason, a beloved favorite of past Winter Solstice Celebrations, will be featured, and the 10-member Paul Winter Consort will be joined once again by the 25 dancers and drummers of the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.

More information about Paul Winter's 40th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration is available at solsticeconcert.com.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for More Theater Monday.

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