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.
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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Sunday Scoop Week of 4/12/20 Sunday - Updates Regarding the Latest Postponements and Cancellations Plus Current and Upcoming Alternatives to Live In Person Events and More

Current and Upcoming Alternatives to Live In Person Events and More 

1) America Symphony Orchestra

2) Bandstand Full to Stream Online at Through April 17

3) Bleeding Love New Musical Podcast on the Broadway Podcast Network

4) Broadway Workshop New Online Workshops with Broadway and TV Stars

5) Candle House Collective

6) Hump Day with Emily Hampshire Raises Money for the Actor's Fund

7) Little Did I Know Podcast Musical Available on Apple Podcasts

8) Two River Theater Online

American Symphony Orchestra has launched 
ASO Online, a new digital initiative in collaboration with Bard's Fisher Center. To stay in touch with its audiences and to help the community escape from stress through music during the COVID-19 pandemic, ASO will release a recording of a past performance for streaming on its website each Wednesday. Streaming content will alternate each week between ​live video recordings of operas from Bard’s SummerScape festival featuring ASO as the orchestra-in-residence, and iconic symphonic audio recordings from the Orchestra’s past seasons.

The streaming series opened with SummerScape's 2019 production of Erich Korngold's rarely-performed opera Das Wunder der Heliane (The Miracle of Heliane), performed at the Fisher Center’s Sosnoff Theater and available now. Set in an unidentified totalitarian state, The Miracle of Heliane presents an erotic triangle between a ruthless despot, his beautiful and neglected wife Heliane, and a young, messianic stranger. An allegorical tale about the destruction of a dictatorship by a woman, German director Christian Räth described the work as “a dark mystery play, an intimate psychodrama, and an epic dystopian political thriller all at once. The entrancing power of Korngold’s music explores the peaks and chasms of the human soul and takes us right into the emotional labyrinth inside each character.” The recording of this three-act opera marked the work’s American premiere at Bard in 2019. It was originally premiered at Hamburg State Opera in 1927.

Recordings will remain available for free streaming for 45 days during the current pandemic. ASO is grateful to the Orchestra committee, the American Federation of Musicians, SummerScape, Bard Music Festival, and the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts who helped to make this content available.

Das Wunder der Heliane (The Miracle of Heliane)
Composed by Erich Wolfgang Korngold with a libretto by Hans Müller-Einigen
Leon Botstein, Conductor and Music Director
Christian Räth, Director
American Symphony Orchestra
Bard Festival Chorale
James Bagwell, Chorus Master Set
Esther Bialas, Set and Costume Design
Thomas C. Hase, Lighting Design
Elaine J. McCarthy, Projection Design
Catherine Galasso, Movement Direction
J. Jared Janas, Wig, Hair, and Makeup Design

Heliane Aušrinė Stundytė
The Ruler Alfred Walker
The Stranger Daniel Brenna
The Messenger Jennifer Feinstein
The Porter Nicholas Brownlee
Blind Chief Justice David Cangelosi
The Judges Nathan Berg, Scott Conner, Michael J. Hawk, Derek Taylor, Kevin Thompson, Richard Troxell
Young Man Joseph Demarest*
Celestial Voices Aine Hakamatsuka*, Caroline Miller*
Aged Child Ezra Quinn Lombino
Young Boy Vladimir Villano Vazquez
*Member of Bard Festival Chorale
Sung in German, with English supertitles
Additional details can be found in the archived festival performance program here.
Through  Friday, April 17, 2020
Exclusively at PLAYBILL.COM

Bonus Content Includes Brand New ‘Reunion’ Interview
with Cast & Creative Team

Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor’s electrifying Tony Award-winning Broadway musical BANDSTAND, directed and choreographed by three-time Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton), will once again have audiences dancing — this time in their homes. In a historic first for the renowned theatrical publication PLAYBILL, the full production of the acclaimed musical will be made available for online streaming exclusively at Playbill.com. In addition to the feature production, audiences can enjoy bonus content as part of the streaming experience, including a brand-new cast & creative team reunion interview, conducted by Playbill’s Senior Features Editor Ruthie Fierberg.

The production video, inclusive of the bonus reunion interview, will be available for $6.99, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Actors Fund, in support of performers and behind-the-scenes workers affected by the current health crisis. The musical will be available for streaming through April 17, and viewers will be able to watch the show for three days once the payment is processed.  To stream the musical, visit: https://cms.playbill.com/testing/paywall/bandstand.

America’s soldiers come home from war in 1945 to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, while Private First Class Donny Novitski (Corey Cott), singer and songwriter, returns to rebuild his life with only the shirt on his back and a dream in his heart. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, inspiration strikes. Donny joins forces with a motley group of fellow veterans, each an astonishing musician, and young war widow Julia Trojan (Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes), an aspiring jazz singer. Together, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice and finally feel like they have a place to call home. 

3) Sarah Stiles, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Taylor Trensch star in new musical podcast, Bleeding Love on the 
Broadway Podcast Network

The Broadway Podcast network, Tony award-winner Dori Berinstein and Alan Seales, in association with Steve Saporito, Kent Nicholson, and Katie Rosin, are thrilled to announce that there is musical theater happening right now in New York City. During the lockdown, the World Premiere podcast production of BLEEDING LOVE, directed and edited by Harris Doran, is being recorded for a release later next month, based on a story by Jason Schafer, suggested by Oscar Wilde’s “The Nightingale and the Rose.” With book by Jason Schafer, music by Arthur Lafrentz Bacon, and lyrics by Harris Doran, BLEEDING LOVE takes place in a world that is too dangerous to go outside, where a starry-eyed teen cellist risks leaving her apartment to win the love of the rebel punk next door. A demented and heart-stirring musical fairytale, made for the times we live in.

Just as BLEEDING LOVE takes place in a world where people are locked in because it’s too dangerous to go outside, this podcast is being recorded by actors in their apartments, in a world where it’s too dangerous to go outside.
From climate change to the political divide to COVID-19, the themes of BLEEDING LOVE have striking resonance.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world that has grown so dangerous that parents won't let their children outside, a sequestered teen cellist named Bronwyn is kept home by her bedridden, overprotective aunt, Madame Floy. Bronwyn spends her days practicing cello by the window, dreaming of the world outside. Only no one ever passes by. 
The building is protected by the gun obsessed Super who is determined to keep intruders out, so the tragedy that happened to his wife never again occurs. His son, Sweet William, spends his days smitten with Bronwyn, who barely notices him.
One day, while staring out her window, Bronwyn notices the arrival of a punk named Puppy and his dominating girlfriend Lolli. Lolli rejects Puppy telling him to prove his love to her by getting her a rose. Bronwyn pities Puppy and determines to find a way to get him a real, live rose. Only problem is... nothing grows anymore.

BLEEDING LOVE is a story of hope. Even in a world that is overwhelmingly dark, one small person can change the world and overcome the darkness. 

The podcast stars Annie Golden (Hair, The Full Monty, Xanadu) as Madame Floy, Drama Desk Nominee Rebecca Naomi Jones (Oklahoma!, American Idiot, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) as Lolli, Tony Nominee Marc Kudisch (Girl from the North Country, The Great Society, Finding Neverland) as The Super, Tony Nominee Sarah Stiles (Tootsie, Hand to Good, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) as Bronwyn, Taylor Trensch (To Kill a Mockingbird, Hello, Dolly!, Dear Evan Hansen) as Sweet William, and Tony Vincent (Rocktopia, American Idiot, Rent) as Puppy. 
4) Broadway Workshop New Online Workshops with Broadway and TV Stars
With BLACKLIST Star - Amir Arison
Saturday, April 18, 2020
3pm - 4:30pm EST (Eastern Standard Time)
Ages 14-19
Zoom Online Workshop
Cost: $90
NBC's The Blacklist star Amir Arison is joining Broadway Workshop's Online Workshop Series! Amir has taught many on-camera workshops and master classes for Broadway Workshop and our students and parents have given his workshops rave reviews.
Amir has appeared on shows such as Once Upon A Time, Law & Order: SVU, HBO's Girls, and currently stars as Aram on NBC's The Blacklist. Amir will focus on fundamental acting techniques and how to break down sides for film and TV auditions.  Each student will receive feedback and coaching to help bring their performances to the next level. Amir will share his special insight on what students can do to pop on camera.
Each actor will receive a set of sides/scene to prepare for this workshop. Scenes/Sides will be emailed the week of your class. This class is limited to 8 students only!
For more information or to register, visit 
with Mean Girls Star - Kyle Selig
Saturday April 18, 2020
11am-12:30pm EST (Eastern Standard Time)
Ages: 11-19
Zoom Online Workshop
Cost: $90
Kyle is part of the original cast of MEAN GIRLS on Broadway where he created the role of Aaron Samuels. Kyle will work with each student one-on-one on audition technique and song interpretation in this special online master class. The workshop will focus on giving students the opportunity to bring their audition and performance skills to the next level. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with Kyle and the Broadway Workshop staff. Limited to 8 students.
For more information or to register, visit 
with Mean Girl Star - Grey Henson
with Mean Girl Star - Grey Henson
3PM-4:30PM - Eastern Standard Time
Ages: 11-19
Zoom Online Workshop
Cost: $90
Students will have the opportunity to sing a song of their choice for one of the original stars of Mean Girls on Broadway, Tony Award Nominee GREY HENSON. Grey will work with each student one-on-one on audition technique and song interpretation to help bring their song material and audition/performance skills to the next level. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with Grey and the Broadway Workshop staff. Grey's past workshops and master classes with us have made a huge impact on our students and we are so thrilled to bring him back to our online classroom! Limited to 8 students!
For more information or to register, visit 
5) Candle House Collective - 
remote immersive experiences
Candle House Collective is a theatre company, creating remote immersive experiences. Established in 2018 by Evan Neiden, they craft highly interactive encounters using phone calls, text messages, and visual art. These experiences, designed for one audience member at a time, are fully accessible to anyone in North America with a mobile phone.
“This is your captain speaking…”
This offering consists of salvaged audio recordings from the cockpit of New Horizon Airlines flight 1114. (Due to its condition, please forgive any anomalies in playback.)
This encounter lasts about one hour, beginning at your selected time. This is a partially interactive remote experience for a solo participant, taking place via phone call and text messages.
“Sorry for the inconvenience.”
A once-in-a-lifetime call from your caseworker. Kindly have all your papers in order.
This encounter lasts 35-50 minutes, beginning at your selected time. This is a highly interactive remote experience for a solo participant, taking place via phone call(s) and text messages.
“…but memory isn’t just for firsts, is it?”
Tune into Good Morning Jubilee – Jubilee, OH’s favorite radio program since 1994 – but make sure to bundle up beforehand. The snow won’t be subsiding anytime soon.
This encounter lasts about one hour, beginning at your selected time. This is a moderately interactive remote experience for a solo participant, taking place via phone call.
 “I thought the world was ending.”
A collect call from someone far away – though, perhaps, not as far as he seems. Do you accept? 
This is a two-part encounter. Part I is one hour, and Part II is 15 minutes, with about 24 hours separating them. This is a highly interactive remote experience, taking place via phone calls.
LEAP OF FAITH (extremely limited capacity)

“How can I direct your call?”
Experience Candle House in our signature form – a three-day anthology of our interactive works, selected just for you. The curious few who take a “leap of faith” will experience a custom-curated collection of our very best, combining listed encounters, hidden connections, and personalized bonus content.
This is a highly interactive remote experience for a solo participant, made up of six phone calls across three days (2 per day, each 15-60mins) as well as several text messages. All calls will transpire between 7-11pm EST, and participants will be emailed an itinerary detailing exact call times/durations a few days prior to their experience.
For more information or to sign up visit  https://candlehousecollective.com  
6) Humpday with Hampshire Raises Money for the Actor's Fund
Humpday with Hampshire is live-streamed talk show hosted by “Schitt’s Creek” star, award-winning actress and Screen Actors Guild® nominee Emily Hampshire. The program debuted April 1 on The Actors Fund YouTube channel here and will continue to feature virtual interviews with celebrities in their natural habitats—be it their bedrooms, kitchens, garages or closets. They’ll share advice on how to get through this unprecedented time with humor, kindness—and your sanity intact.
Produced by The Actors Fund, the innovative, genre-busting series will raise money for emergency financial assistance and other services for entertainment and performing arts professionals who have been impacted by COVID-19. The show will live-stream weekly until film, TV and theater productions are back up
and running.

“Humpday With Hampshire” will also feature quarantine-themed games including “Show Us Your Junk (Drawer)”, “What is your quarROUTINE”, and “Phone a Friend Roulette.”
All proceeds from viewer donations will go directly to The Actors Fund, the national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency and serves as a safety net to everyone in performing arts and entertainment.


LITTLE DID I KNOW, the first Broadway-level podcast musical, released by The Audio Drama Initiative, based on the novel by Mitchell Maxwell, and newly released on Apple Podcasts, soared to #3 on the Apple podcast charts this past weekend, making it one of the top 5 Arts podcasts in the United States on Apple podcasts and in the top 40 overall. It is now one of the most successful podcast musicals to ever debut on Apple.
LITTLE DID I KNOW features Tony Award Nominee Richard Kind, Tony Award Nominee Patrick Page, Olivier Award Winner Lesli Margherita, Disney Star Laura Marano, and YouTube stars Kurt Hugo Schneider, Sam Tsui, Casey Breves, Alex Blue, film & TV star Alexander Chaplin, and Broadway veterans Jennifer Blood, and E. Clayton Cornelious. 

All combined, the show’s cast has more than 36 million social media
followers.Episodes of the new musical will be released every Tuesday through Tuesday, 

May 12. A digital podcast soundtrack recording, produced by Broadway Records, and 

featuring the podcast’s original twenty-two songs, is also available everywhere music is 


LITTLE DID I KNOW tells the story of a group of friends – recent college graduates – who bring a broken-down summer theatre back to life in 1976. The summer will be different from anything they expected. Told over nine episodes, approximately thirty minutes each, LITTLE DID I KNOW includes twenty-two original songs.

For more information, visit  www.AudioDramaInitiative.com
8) Join Two River Theater Online

Two River Theater is are keeping the love of theater going through sharing curated digital content to share with you allPlease check our website and social media sites daily for artist features, at-home activities, crafts, classes, workshops and more! We encourage you to watch, share and engage with this content until we can once again gather together at our home in Red Bank.
Join them for these live online events taking place on Two River Theater’s FacebookInstagram and Zoom Accounts!
Join us on Facebook Live for a story time reading of “A is for Audra” by John Robert Allman with illustrations by Peter Emmerich.
For more information, visit https://tworivertheater.org/sceneattworiver
SUN, APR 12 | 3:00 PM | FREE | ZOOM
Learn about adapting and directing Shakespeare for contemporary audiences with director of Twelfth NightA Little Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors and A Little Shakespeare: Macbeth at Two River Theater.
For even more information for these and other online events at Two River Theater visit https://tworivertheater.org/sceneattworiver
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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