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.
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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Sunday Scoop Week of 4/5/20 - Updates Regarding the Latest Postponements and Cancellations Plus Current and Upcoming Alternatives to Live In Person Events and More


New York

1) 2020 Brits Off Broadway Season at 59E59 Theatres has been cancelled

2) MCC Theatre has cancelled the rest of its season.

Current and Upcoming Alternatives to Live In Person Events and More 

1)The Actor's Fund Announces Play Series as Part of "Stars in the House"

2) Broadway Workshop Online Donation Based  Class with Rachelle Rak 4/11

3) Build A  Bot Companion

4) Dimenna's Children's History Museum Hands-On Activities

5) Disney Hits Playlist

6) Likah! A Puppy Musical Creative Team Releases Music Video and Home Activity

7) Lips Together Teeth Apart Live Reading 4/6

8) Parallel Exit Presents At-Home Edition of MOVE IT!

9) Seth 's Virtual Talent Showcase & Self Isolation Song Cycle

10 Tada Youth Theatre's Song Challenge

11) Virtual Concerts, Songs, and Music for Kids








The Actors Fund, the national human services organization for everyone in 

performing arts and entertainment, recently announcedthat SiriusXM Broadway 

host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, will also 

produce and host Plays in the House as part of its weekly lineup of Stars in 

the House, a daily online show at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. ET. Plays in the  House began Wednesday, April 1st at 2:00 p.m. and will continue every Saturday and Wednesday matinee at 2:00 p.m. until Broadway reopens.

Future plays will star Harvey FiersteinTony ShaloubBrooke Adams and 

more. Director/writer Peter Flynn (Smart BlondeRhapsody in Seth starring 

Seth Rudetsky) serves as the online reading coordinator for this series. The 

producers also wish to thank Theatre Authority and Actors’ Equity Association 

for their support.

Stars in the House, which officially kicked off on March 16th is a daily series that

features stars of stage and screen singing and performing live (from home!) to 

promote support for The Fund’s services for those most vulnerable to the 

effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Joining Seth and James for the shows 

is Dr. Jon LaPook, chief medical correspondent for CBS News. 

Visit starsinthehouse.com for more info and to learn about upcoming guests. 

Since the first show, Stars in the House has raised more than $120,000 to 

benefit The Actors Fund.

For more information, visit www.starsinthehouse.com 
2) Broadway Workshop Donation based class with Dance Mom's Star Rachelle Rak

10:30AM-11:30AM Est.
Ages: All Ages
Cost: Donation/Pay what you can
Zoom Online Workshop

Rachelle Rak has been offering this incredible class at Broadway Workshop for the last 10 years, leaving parents and students raving. Now, Rachelle is bringing her class to you at home as a donation based class. Pay whatever you can to be part of this incredible workshop!

Students in this class will gain confidence in their dance abilities and work on putting their best self forward in the dance classes and auditions.

A true Broadway star, Rachelle has starred on Broadway in Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Look Of Love, Cats, Starlight Express, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Fosse, Thou Shalt Not and Oklahoma! as well as being featured in the documentary Every Little Step. Regionally Rachelle starred as Sheila in A Chorus Line at Paper Mill Playhouse and on tour in the musical Flashdance. Rachelle was presented with the award for outstanding achievement in the world of dance from Dance Educators of America. She has made a huge impact on the Broadway and musical theater community. Students will learn how to bring out their special spark in dance auditions from Broadway's ultimate Gypsy. Rachelle appeared as a judge on the Lifetime TV show Abby Lee's Ultimate Dance Competition as well as a guest teacher on Lifetime's DANCE MOM'S.

Kids, Teens and Parents are welcomed! All levels!

What you need to participate:

  • A computer or device (such as a phone or tablet) with internet connection
  • Zoom - available through download at www.Zoom.com

3) Learn How to Build 
A Bot Companion For Free

Beerud Sheth, Founder and CEO of Gupshup—the world’s most advanced bot and messaging platformhas created a YouTube crash course on building bots from scratch for free

The 19-part course covers everything from building bots for Slack to creating a voice bot for Google Home. Everyone from tech hobbyists to first-timers can explore over 10 hours of tutorials at your own pace.

Gupshup is hosting various free webinars on incorporating bots into the WhatsApp platform. The webinar is available in multiple languages until May 2020 and is for anyone interested in learning everything you need to know about incorporating bots on this globally popular platform.
4) Creative Team behind Likah! A Puppy Musical - releases music video and home activity guide
LIKAH!  is a charming new family musical written by Deborah Haber and Casey Filiaci, directed by Deborah Haber with musical direction by Don Kot and puppet direction by James Silson

Real life Border Collie Likah is the inspiration for this very special musical of unconditional love, pure joy, and dealing with the unexpected hurt of losing someone dear. Audiences young and old immediately identify and engage in Likah’s charming world of exploration and adventure as she discovers life’s challenges – puddles, snow monsters, and an older sister who doesn’t like her! You’ll laugh! you’ll cry! Sing your way out the door! LIKAH!’s enchantment will stay with you for a very, very long time...and that in a nutshell is LIKAH! 

For more information, visit www.LikahaPuppyMusical.com
5) @Home with 
DiMenna Children’s History Museum

Keep your young history fans engaged with DiMenna Children’s History Museum’s hands-on activities, the History Detectives Blog, and virtual family programs. From your littlest ones to your middle-school readers, they offer fun and challenging ways for your whole family to dig in, celebrate New York, and explore history. Join them on Zoom on April 8 at 1 pm for their first virtual Living History program, Meet the She-Merchants, where costumed interpreter Cheyney McKnight introduces the pioneering women who worked in business and trade in 18th-century New York. Cheyney brings to life their stories, and the goods and artifacts they imported, exported, and sold. 

Stay engaged with history! Sign up for History@Home, their free online social studies lesson program. Kids take real-time classes via Zoom with New-York Historical educators, teachers register for our remote professional workshops, and parents and teachers receive daily lesson plans for children at home. Also: Don't forget about their online Citizenship Product classes for green card holders and Women & the American Story, our curriculum website.

For more information go to https://www.nyhistory.org/education/history-home
6) Disney's Hit List

The Disney Hits Playlist is available on all streaming platforms 
https://disneymusic.co/DisneyHitsPlaylists.  It’s also easy to engage with Disney Hits via voice activated devices such as Alexa, Hey Google, and Siri.  Simply ask “Alexa, play Disney Hits.”  There is something for everyone in the family to listen to and enjoy.


Broadway.com, with producers Eric Kuhn & Justin Mikita, will present a live reading of Terrence McNally’s Lips Together, Teeth Apart on Monday, April 6, 2020, at 8:00 PM EDT. Benefitting the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, the livestream will be dedicated to McNally, who passed away on March 24, due to coronavirus complications. Viewers can watch on Broadway.com and its Facebook and YouTube channels.

Broadway.com and its Facebook and YouTube channels.>Lips Together, Teeth Apart will star Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Sam Truman, Celia Keenan-Bolger as Sally Truman, Zachary Quinto as John Haddock, and Ari Graynor as Chloe Haddock. It will be directed by Trip Cullman. The play — which The New York Times called one of “Mr. McNally’s finest” — chronicles two straight couples visiting the Fire Island home of a relative who recently died of AIDS during the height of the pandemic.
8) Parallel Exit

an At-Home Edition of
Parallel Exit presents an at-home edition of its annual free physical theatre performance series MOVE IT! While normally performed in a live setting, this year's edition is presented through a video showcasing some of Parallel Exit's colleagues working in physical theatre, dance-theatre, mime, puppetry, circus and variety. MOVE IT! is now streaming for free online at vimeo.com/402411587.

MOVE IT! is the only performance series dedicated to physical theatre in New York City. The purpose of the series is to elevate the public profile of physical and visual theatre, featuring a free and accessible evening of short works from New York City physical and visual theatre artists. Mark Lonergan, Artistic Director of Parallel Exit, chooses artists that represent the widest possible range in the field - mime, dance-theatre, puppetry, vaudeville, circus - to offer our audience a rich and diverse evening of performances. The series has presented over 70 artists and companies, presenting their work, and building a larger audience as a unified group.

MOVE IT! features performances by:
Physical Theatre Company: Parallel Exit: Danny Gardner, Joel Jeske, Ryan Kasprzak, Brent McBeth, and Derek Roland
Physical Theatre Company: Broken Box Mime Theater
Circus and Variety Artists: Jan Damm, Ariele Ebacher, Angelo Iodice, Chloe Somers, and Thom Wall
Creator/Sculptor/Performer/Puppeteer: Kevin Augustine of Lone Wolf Tribe
Performers: Derek Roland & Allison Mckenzie Scott
Host: Mark Lonergan, Artistic Director of Parallel Exit

9) Seth's Virtual Talent Showcase + Self-Isolation Song Cycle 

After producing, emceeing and accompanying 583 weekly musical theatre talent showcases at renowned midtown cabaret venue Don’t Tell Mama since 2007 featuring over 3,000 performers, award-winning off-Broadway composer/lyricist Seth Bisen-Hersh is excited to bring his cabarets to the internet!  Starting Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 at 7PM and continuing weekly until the venue is allowed to reopen, Seth will be presenting Virtual Talent Showcases, which will stream on Facebook Live (@sethbhdotcom) and YouTube (tinyurl.com/sethbhdotcom). 

As usual, Seth will emcee the evening and bookend it with his own songs (some from his newSelf-Isolation song cycle, see below) and the shows will feature 8 different performers each week performing 2 songs.  The only difference between these and the live showcases is Seth will pre-precord the piano accompaniment due to the lag time.

The suggested donation of $10 will be split with the performers, who are singing from all over the country (NYC, Texas, Ohio, Arkansas, Florida) and even the world (Toronto, London, Italy).

Tuesday, April 7th: Ashley Wool, Beatrice Crosbie, Chris O’Neill, Christina Marie McCann, Danielle Alfredo, Estelle Goodwin, Madeline Lacey & Whitney Stone
Tuesday, April 14th: Alexis Nabors, Alicia Bagley, Bailey C. Elis, Hayley Scott, Kyle Yampiro, Lauren Coccaro, Matthew Rosen & Seann Cantatore
Tuesday, April 21st: Ash Straw, Clare McKelway, Gigi Principe, Katie Emery, Kelly Reader, Lauren Vernea, Madison L’Insalata & William Wheeler
Tuesday, April 28th: Becca Kidwell, Brittany Simmons, Giorgia Testa, Maddie Larson, Maggie McAuliffe, Meghan Wilmott, Nicole Mangione & Rachael Small
Tuesday, May 5th: Alex Palting, Carla Angeline Mongado, Emma Davidov, Melanie Scott, Monica Huntz, Morgan Kelleher, Nayeli Abrego & Veronica Alonzo

n addition to the showcases, Seth is putting out a new song every Thursday afternoon from his brand new Self-Isolation Song Cycle, on his comedy YouTube page: http://youtube.com/everydayalittleseth.  Songs so far have been titled “And I Haven’t Died Yet!”, “Six Feet Apart!” and “Hypochondria!” with the next few weeks being “I Miss People” and “The News Isn’t New”.  There will be a new song every week until the state of emergency has been lifted.


Tada Youth Theatre wants to hear and see your version of the TADA! song. Either in part or whole. Whatever you want to do - it's up to you! What part did you always want to do as a solo? Now's your chance!

Make it your own! Teach it to your family, pets, toys...etc! Get theatrical! Create your own costuming, lighting, audience, you name it!! Show them what you've got! Share it or send it to them to share.

They will make a compilation video of all your clips for us to share. Make sure TADA! can continue to give people the business of show for years to come. Help them to get more people to know about TADA!

  1. Go to our Youtube channel, where you will find the accompaniment to the TADA! song. You will also find the TADA! song with vocals and lyrics. Feel free to use either one of them! 
  2. Use the whole or part of the song to record your creation!
  3. Post to your social media. Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Tag TADA! and hashtag #TADAHereWeAre
  4. If you would rather send us your video privately, you can email it to info@tadatheater.com
  5. Come back to our page every day to see new performers doing our challenge!
  6. Help us spread the word by sharing, liking and posting! 

11) Virtual Concerts, Songs and Music for Kids

Due to fan demand, both Coy Bowles (of Zac Brown Band fame) and The Okee Dokee Brothers are bumping their family album releases up by several weeks. Alastair Moock's Be a Pain: An Album for Young (and Old) Leaders comes out this Friday; Danny Weinkauf (of They Might Be Giants fame) releases Dinosaurs and Metaphors on April 10th; José-Luis Orozco releases ¡Muévete! on April 17th; and Sara Lovell explores the Night Life on May 1st.

These resources offer helpful guides to virtual family concerts and music-focused learning:

Playtime Playlist has posted a spreadsheet of virtual concerts by many artists in the independent family music world.

Red Tricycle has been sharing lots of links to live-streamed shows for house-bound families.

For stories and creative writing exercises, Story Pirates is updating their content daily via the third season of their top-rated podcast and their new Creator Club, and Story Pirates Radio (hosted live every day at 11 am ET). PJ Library offers dozens of literary, craft, and at-home activity ideas, including a PJ Library Listen streaming audio page and several helpful Passover tips for families.

For more see Sugar Mountain PR's blog and/or  follow their Facebook and Twitter feeds, I'm constantly sharing what artists and publishers are creating for kids.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy!

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