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, March 29, 2020

Sunday Scoop Week of 3/28/20 - Updates Regarding the Latest Postponements and Cancellations Plus Current and Upcoming Alternatives to Live In Person Events and More


New York

The Lincoln Center productions of Flying Over Sunset  at the Vivian Beaumont Theater and Intimate Apparel at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater will reopen this Fall


New York 

New York City Center has cancelled the rest of their season including the final encores production of the season Thoroughly Modern Millie, their five borough program on the move, and the summer season of Encores Off Center.

Current and Upcoming Alternatives to Live In Person Events and More 

1) Alastair Moock Continues Online Concerts for Families and Students of all Ages

2) Lincoln Center Launches Lincoln Center at Home

3) MYnd Kraft available as a Free Print and Play Game

4) New York City Center Encores! Archives Song A Day Project

5) Paley Center Offers Never-Before-Released Full Paley Discussion of Favorite Shows

6) Papermill Playhouse Announced 2020/2021 Season

7) The Wild Project teams w/ streaming theater company., Thirdwing  to offer

    The Female Genius Online

1) Alastair Moock Continues Online Concerts for Families and Students of All AgesThis Week*

Grammy-nominated Boston songwriter Alastair Moock performed multiple online concerts for families and students last week, and  he will continue to host shows in the coming weeks for quarantined families. Here is this week's live show schedule, available both on Moock's FaceBook Music Page.

Tuesday 3/24 at 10:30am (EST)  Family Concert (all ages)

Friday 3/27 at 1:30pm (EST)  Family Concert (all ages)

Also available for streaming at any time are these previously recorded "virtual assembly programs:"

Playing with Tradition (ages 5-10)

FaceBook video

Music and Social Change (ages 11-16)

FaceBook video

Together, Moock's three concerts last week reached more than 4,000 viewers. More information about Moock's award-winning school assembly programs is available here.

Finally, Alastair has also announced an essay contest for students in grades K-8 based on a new video for a song called "Be a Pain" from an upcoming album of the same name. Moock had planned to host his Boston area release show for "Be a Pain” at the Burren in Somerville, MA this weekend. With all shows canceled, he switched gears to bring some of the album's spirit of activism and leadership online. For the essay contest, kids are encouraged to pick a name of one of the many historical and present-day leaders featured in the video (from Malcom X and Cesar Chavez to Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai), do some research, and write a page about what this person did and how their work affects the world we live in today. Entries are due by Sunday, March 29 and can be emailed to moockmusic5@gmail.com.

Learn more about the "Be a Pain" album project and education fund for underserved schools here.

2) Lincoln Center Launches
Lincoln Center at Home

New Portal Enables Families and Communities to

Keep the Performing Arts Front and Center With:

Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom
A Daily Dose of Creativity with Artists and Educators, Weekdays at 10am ET

Short Performances for Family Audiences Direct from Artists’ Homes

Archival and Live Stream Performances from the Lincoln Center Campus and Beyond

 Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts announces the launch of Lincoln Center at Home (#LincolnCenterAtHome), a new initiative to maintain vital connections during the COVID-19 pandemic. Joining the arts community around the world in taking their work online, as of this morning, LincolnCenter.org has transformed into a new gateway to the performing arts: Lincoln Center at Home.

Lincoln Center at Home

Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom

Schools may be closed but Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom is open. Tune in to facebook.com/LincolnCenterNYC on Facebook Live every weekday at 10am ET for your daily dose of creativity. 

Led by some of the world’s best artists and educators, each creative learning activity utilizes simple materials found at home to help families with children explore a variety of art forms. Each classroom will remain available on Facebook after the live broadcast, so families can access whenever is most convenient. Early topics include:

  • Creating expressive puppets from simple at home objects
  • Writing a song with lyrics…and singing it
  • Making woven works of art with recycled material like junk mail and cardboard boxes
  • Dance lessons to get everyone up and moving

For family audiences, we’re teaming up with a remarkable group of artists who will bring world-class performances and diverse musical perspectives straight from their homes to yours. They're excited to share these short performances recorded by the artists themselves with your family at home, beginning next week!
First up are Elena Moon ParkZeshan BThe Pop Ups, and Sonia De Los Santos. Check our web calendar for new events.
From the archives of Lincoln Center’s resident organizations comes a trove of video, including rarely seen footage from decades of Live From Lincoln Center, more recent performances from across campus, and live streams from wherever performances are still happening – empty halls, living rooms, and more. Highlights this week include:
  • Brooklyn Raga Massive in our Offstage series (Tue, 3/24 at 4pm ET)
  • Simple Gifts: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Shaker Village (Fri, 3/27 at 4pm ET)
  • Joan Soriano’s steel string bachata from the David Rubenstein Atrium (Sat, 3/28 at 4pm ET)
Follow #LincolnCenterAtHome and check the web calendar for the latest digital offerings from all of Lincoln Center.

3) MYnd Kraft Made Available as a 

Free Print and Play Game

As an increasing number of parents and children are spending time at home due to self isolation,  the makers of MYnd Kraft have decided to make the game available as a free print and play game so that parents and children can spend more time together over a game of cards and in the process children can learn. Just go to the website (https://www.myndkraft.games/) and sign up to receive a free Print & Play version of the game, which will be emailed for your to print out at home.

For more information about this game, see our previous post Tips for Tuesday - Misc.:MYnd Kraft

4) New York City Center
Encores! Archive Project
song-a-day video series

Until they are up and running again at full steam, we invite you to enjoy the song-a-day video series called the Encores! Archives Project, curated by Jack Viertel, by following us online @NYCityCenter (FacebookInstagram, or Twitter). Next week, there will be an updated Education Resources webpage that brings many of their productions to life for K–12 learners and their families. There’s also more online content in the works.
 (World Premiere)
BRUCE (World Premiere)
The Paper Mill Playhouse 2020-2021 line up includes two world-premiere musicals: The Wanderer, rescheduled from the 2019-2020 season after being postponed due to the national health crisis, and Bruce, a musical based on the memoir The Jaws Log about the making of the 1975 summer blockbuster. Season subscriptions are on sale now and are available by calling (973) 379-3717 or by visiting the theater’s website at www.PaperMill.orgDue to health restrictions the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office is closed for in-person transactions until further notice
A hilarious farce-meets-murder-mystery
Based on the Screenplay by Jonathan Lynn
Written by Sandy Rustin
Additional Material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price
Based on the Paramount Pictures Motion Picture
Based on the Hasbro Board Game Clue
Original Music by Michael Holland
Directed by Casey Hushion
October 7–November 11, 2020
Murder and blackmail are on the menu when six mysterious guests assemble for a dinner party at Boddy Manor. Was it Mrs. Peacock in the study with the knife? Or Colonel Mustard in the library with the wrench? Based on the cult 1985 Paramount movie and inspired by the classic Hasbro game, Clue is a whodunit that will leave you dying of laughter. Casey Hushion (Resident Director, Mean Girls, Disney’s Aladdin) directs.
A triumphant story of family and love
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp
Directed and Choreographed by Mark S. Hoebee
November 25, 2020–January 3, 2021
Celebrate the holidays with the heart-soaring melodies of The Sound of Music, including such beloved gems as “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” and “Climb Every Mountain.” Directed by Paper Mill Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final musical conjures an Austria replete with rolling hills, singing nuns, and a tender love story, set in the shadow of World War II.
The timeless tale of lovers torn between their nations and each other
Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Book by *Robert Falls, Linda Woolverton and David Henry Hwang
Revised by David Henry Hwang
Choreographed by Camille A. Brown
Directed by Schele Williams
February 4–March 7, 2021
This updated and reimagined version of the Tony-winning Broadway smash offers a fresh take on the tale with a contemporary score, while retaining the iconic characters and powerful love story of the original production. The show features Elton John and Tim Rice’s Tony- and Grammy-winning music and a revised book by David Henry Hwang (who co-authored the acclaimed original production with Linda Woolverton and Robert Falls), with direction by Schele Williams (original Broadway cast) and choreography by Tony nominee Camille A. Brown.
(A World-Premiere Musical)
Based on the Life and Music of Dion
Book by Charles Messina
Produced in Cooperation with Dion
Directed by Kenneth Ferrone
April 8 – May 9, 2021
Dion. One name set the standard of cool for a generation. But how does a kid from the Bronx make it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? In The Wanderer, the incredible musical journey of a troubled young man turned teenage heartthrob (and, ultimately, rock and roll icon) is told in intimate and no-holds-barred detail. Dion’s music helped define a generation of rock and rollers. His lifelong battle with addiction shed a stark light on the darker side of fame and success. This musical takes both subjects head on, set to the iconic sound of an incomparable era in American music, and celebrates the triumph of the human spirit against all odds. The Wanderer is the riveting true story of Dion, New York’s rebel king, the man Bruce Springsteen calls “the link between Frank Sinatra and rock and roll.”
(A World-Premiere Musical)
A man, a mechanical shark, and the making of a masterpiece
Music by Richard Oberacker
Book and Lyrics by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor
Based on the book The Jaws Log by screenwriter Carl Gottlieb
Directed and Choreographed by Donna Feore
June 9 – July 4, 2021
Paper Mill brings you a new musical based on the memoir The Jaws Log by screenwriter Carl Gottlieb. Chronicling the making of an iconic movie, Bruce tells the story of then unknown director Steven Spielberg’s beleaguered film set and the challenges that thwarted his team at every turn, including the film’s star: an uncooperative mechanical shark named Bruce. At its heart, the show proves that when we are faced with hardship and work together as a team, great things can happen. Canadian Donna Feore, renowned for her work with the Stratford Festival, directs and choreographs. Bruce is a co-production with Seattle Rep.
Paper Mill Playhouse offers its audience an opportunity to enhance their theater experience with behind-the-scenes views of mainstage productions. Have you ever wanted to sneak a peek behind the curtain? Or wondered what the director was thinking, or how the cast prepares for a show? Join us for one of many revealing insider’s experiences. Visit the Paper Mill Playhouse website at www.PaperMill.org for dates for our Director's Viewpoint Series, Conversation Club Series, Q&As with the cast, and more.
Paper Mill Playhouse offers people with disabilities the opportunity to see live theater with dignity and independence through a myriad of award-winning access programs and services, including audio description and sensory seminars for the blind, Braille and large-print programs, American Sign Language interpretation for the deaf, open-captioning for those with hearing loss, and assistive listening devices. In addition, Paper Mill Playhouse provides autism-friendly performances of both mainstage and children’s shows throughout the season. The Sound of Music will feature an autism-friendly performance on Thursday, December 30, at 1:30pm.
For additional information, please visit www.papermill.org.
6) Enjoy Never-Before-Released 
Full Paley Discussions 
of Your Favorite Shows FREE Each Day

Each morning at 10 am ET / 7 am PT, we will post a full discussion from PaleyFest LA or NY to enjoy from your home and leading into some of your favorite TV shows airing this week. The full video—never before released by the Paley Center for free on YouTube—will be available until 10 am ET / 7 am PT the next morning, following this schedule:

3/23 Supernatural PaleyFest LA 2018 (Same day as new Supernatural episode)
3/24 This Is Us PaleyFest LA 2017 (Same day as This Is Us season finale)
3/25 Parks and Recreation Reunion PaleyFest LA 2019
3/26 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah PaleyFest NY 2016
3/27 Blue Bloods PaleyFest NY 2017 (Same day as new Blue Bloods episode)
3/28 The Office PaleyFest LA 2007
3/29 The Walking Dead PaleyFest LA 2017 (Same day as new The Walking Dead episode)

And it’s more than that: The Paley YouTube channel has thousands of clips with hundreds of stars from other favorite TV shows that you can watch at any time, as well as curated playlists. Subscribe to our channel so that you will be notified whenever we add new events!

Join in the fun over on the Paley Tube Channel
7) The Wild Project teams with Thirdwing, a streaming theater company, to offer


Thirdwing, a digital theater company designed to develop plays directly for streaming as well as for the live stage, launched just before massive closures due to COVID-19. This meant that Thirdwing’s first live stage offering, Rachel Carey’s THE FEMALE GENIUS,  running from April 14 – April 18 at The Wild Project in NYC, was canceled.

Thirdwing is partnering with The Wild Project to release one episode each night of their scheduled run starting on April 14th. Half of all yearly streaming memberships will go directly to support The Wild Project. Those using the discount code WILD will get 10% off monthly subscriptions ($36 a year or $3.59/ mo) with all proceeds going to The Wild Project for 6 months. Audiences can visit www.thirdwing.watch for more information and sign up for the streaming subscription.

The subscription will give audiences access to the show on the streaming platform, a ticket to the live performance during its post-pandemic remount at The Wild Project, as well as extra bonus content such as “behind the scenes” footage and interviews with theater greats John Turturro and Danny Burstein, with more being added.

In series of short plays, a dying Emily Dickinson verbally abuses her caring sister; Mary Shelley procrastinates on writing Frankenstein by seducing Lord Byron; JK Rowling can’t pay the babysitter; Ayn Rand encourages a young acolyte to assault her, and Zora Neale Hurston’s pro-segregation speech upends white expectations. THE FEMALE GENIUS is a darkly comic look at the struggle of having great talent in a misogynistic world.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy!

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