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

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Theater Thursday - Friends! The Musical Parody

We were given complimentary tickets to Friends the Musical Parody for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own. 


 What: Friends! The Musical Parody 

 Where: The Theater Center 
              210 W. 50th St. 
              New York, NY

Who: Teens and Up

When: Through September 19,2021


Friends! The Musical Parody is back in New York City for a limited time on its way to a North American National Tour. It is still crammed with references to numerous things about the show that you know and love including guest stars, minor characters, catchphrases, episode plot points, and more. Perhaps, it is a little too crammed with such things particularly in the second act when the majority of the show's ten-year run is covered. The show is still fun though and a real kick of nostalgia for anyone who has ever seen it either during its initial run or in its endless reruns.

In this version of the show, the female performers are much better at capturing the essence of their characters as created by the original stars who played them. The male performers are more disappointing especially the actor portraying Chandler since he portrays a number of other roles as well. His duet with Monica based around Chandler's "Could I be.." catchphrase is still a highlight, however, because he does have a beautiful singing voice. 

If you did not or do not let your kids watch the TV show, you will not want them to see this show either. However, if you did let them watch it, this show is no better and no worse in terms of suitability and/or appropriateness for kids. For the rest of us, this show is definitely a nostalgia trip if nothing else.

And that's our view. Tune in Sunday for this week's Sunday Scoop.

Photo credits: All Friends!The Musical Parody production photos by Russ Rowland

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Geometric Properties at Artechouse NYC

We were given complimentary tickets to Artechouse for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own. 


What: Geometric Properties at Artechouse NYC 

Where: 439 W. 15th St. 
             New York, NY

Who: Tweens and Up
 
When: Through September 6, 2021



Me - Artechouse was very original. It was full of color and light. It was pretty, but it could be a bit overwhelming with all the noise and color and lights. It was also hard to get the app to work. My favorite part was these pictures that turned into other things when you looked through the app. One of them turned into a fireworks display. I really enjoyed that. There was another area where you could move a picture around just by waving your hands over a sensor. It was fun to do but I really didn't understand the point. Also, it was hard. Artechouse was interesting but I would have liked it better if I understood more about it. 



Mom - Artechouse is an interactive art installation. The current exhibit at Artechouse in New York City is called Geometric Properties. It was created by the artist, Julius Horsthuis. It is all about colors and shapes and interacting with them and changing them. There are few different aspects to the exhibit and different ways in which to interact with each of them. All of them are full of beautiful colors and interesting shapes mostly geometric except for one section which is a virtual representation of a beverage bar. There are several smaller sections of the exhibit where you can manipulate pictures in different ways. The largest part of the exhibit involves rapidly changing extremely colorful geometric designs that continuously morph into different colors, shapes, and sizes.  It can be a bit overwhelming at times particularly for anyone who has sensory issues especially since there is also extremely loud music playing throughout the exhibit However if that doesn't bother you, you might enjoy this fascinating exhibit. People who crave constant audio and/ or visual stimulation would likely appreciate the exhibit the most. 



And that's our view. For more information or to purchase tickets to Artechouse NYC, visit www.artechouse.com/location/nyc. There are also other Artechouse installations in Washington DC and Miami Beach. For more about those go to www.artechouse.com.

Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday. 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Tips for Tuesday - Books: Safe in My Arms and Music: Lillias White Get Yourself Some Happy

 We may have been complimentary copies or access to one or more of any books and/or other products mentioned below for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Books: Safe in My Arms


Today we are recommending Safe in My Arms by Sara Shepard. Andrea, Ronnie, and Lauren meet at the Welcome Breakfast for their children's exclusive preschool. All of them are hiding big secrets. They each receive a threatening note implying that they and their children aren't welcome at the school. When they break into the school director, Piper's office to try to find out what's going on,  Piper shows up and ends up being attacked.  Andrea, Ronnie, and Lauren are the prime suspects. However, Piper may have been hiding secrets of her own. This intriguing mystery will keep you wanting to read. Even though they are a lot of characters, and there is quite a lot going on, the characters are very well-differentiated, and it's easy to keep track of them all. The characters are unique and interesting. Andrea is a mother who used to be a father, Ronnie is a mother to her own niece whom she kidnapped, and Lauren is a mother who is suffering from a particularly violent form of postpartum depression. The ending has a loose end or two that doesn't make complete sense but is mostly it's satisfactory. Over all, it's a fun read. 

Music: Lillas White Yourself Get Happy

Today we are recommending Lillias' White's new album, Get Yourself Some Happy. If you were lucky enough to see Lillias White in her Tony-winning turn in The Life or in one of her many other Broadway roles, you know what a strong beautiful voice she has. She was also the voice of  Calliope in the Disney movie, Hercules among other things. Now, she has put together a new album of Happy Songs literally. The song include Happy Together, Put on a Happy Face, You've Made Me So Very Happy, and more. Of course, not all of the songs have happy in the title. There are also other songs like Accentuate the Positive, The Twist, and more. The album is a mix of show tunes and popular music all sung in Lillias' own unique jazzy style. The album certainly delivers on what it promises as it's mostly full of upbeat joyful songs with a ballad or two thrown in as well. If you don't have enough happiness in your life, get this album and share some of Lillias White's.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Great Reasons to See Hadestown!

 As we wait for Broadway to fully reopen with many shows now scheduled to reopen as early as September, this is the tenth post in our series, Great Reasons to See... focusing on different shows returning to Broadway or coming to Broadway soon.

Here are some great reasons to see Hadestown

1) It's a bittersweet love story,

2) It combines two mythic stories, the story of Orpheus and Eurydice and the story of Hades and Persephone.  

3) It has music by a promisng new voice in musical theater, singer-songwriter, Anais Mitchell.

4) It has won won and/or been nominated for numerous awards including Tonys, Drama Desk Awards Outer Critic's Circle Awards, and more.

5) It has a Grammy-winning score.

6) It was directed by Rachel Chauvkin, one of only four (4) women to win a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical.

7) It has an extremely diverse cast.

And that's our view. Hadestown returns to Broadway on September 2, 2021. For our original review go to Theater Thursday - Hadestown. For more information or to purchase tickets, visiwww.hadestown.com

To find out more about other returning and/or upcoming Broadway shows go to What to See On Broadway.

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Photo credits: All Hadestown original production photos by Matthew Murphy

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Sunday Scoop Week of 7/25/21 Live and Virtual Events Coming Up This Week, and More

1) Aase Yaa Announces Pre-Registration for 20222 School of Arts
2) Amas Musical Theatre Moves to New Midtown Location
3) Ballet Hispanico Announces In-Person Company Auditions ApplicationsAccepted Through 7/29
4) Ballet Hispanico Presents Free In-Person Dance Concerts with Young Dancemakers 
5) Bryant Park Announces Broadway Bound Initiative for Students 
6) Centenary Stage Company Summerfest Continues with Always Patsy Cline 7/29 - 8/8
7) Classic Stage Company Announces 2021/2022 Season
8) Diana the Musical Releases First Official Track from Soundtrack Album
9) Fall in Love With Mr. Dellamort Audio Musical Epsiode 1 and Cast Album Available
10) FDR Park Presents A Day of Healing 7/31
11) Green Room 42 Presents Michael Longoria 7/30
12) Irish Repertory Company  Performance on Screen, The Cordelia Dream  7/27 - 8/8
13) Jim Caruso's Pajama Cast Party 7/28 Guests Stephanie J. Block, Randy Austin, Jackson Perry
14) Lillas White, Tony-Winning Performer, Releases First Studio Album
15) Joshua Turchin's Luca Inspired Tik Tok Musical Surpasses 500,000 Views
16) MCC Theater Begins Priority Booking of Nollywood Dreams in Two Weeks
17) Pixar Putt Debuts at Battery Park NYC 8/1
18) Nai - Ni Chen Dance Company Announces Schedule for The Bridge 7/26 -7/29
19) South Street Seaport Monthly Sea Chantey and Maritime Music Sing-Along 8/1 
20) Theatre Resources Unlimited July Panel Via Zoom 7/29
21) Tina The Tina Turner Musical Original Tony-Nominated Star, Adrienne Warren to Return to Role
22) WP Theater Production of Many Happy Returns Adds Performances Tix on Sale 7/27


1) Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation Announces Pre-Registration For
In-Person School of the Arts Program in 2022, 20th Anniversary Year

The Brooklyn-based Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation has announced early-registration for their 12th Annual School of the Arts program will begin on Monday, July 26. The school’s highly regarded program offers intensive study and technical training in drums and dance forms that include tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern, and African to boys and girls ages 3 -18. Courses for the 37-week in-person program will start on September 25 and end in June 2022, capped with a finale concert at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. A pre-registration fee of $75.00 will be available until August 31.

Due to the pandemic, the School of Arts program which annually has served over 400 youth throughout Brooklyn’s minority communities was forced to go completely virtual. However, they are returning to full in-person classes on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and will be announcing a new location for the school in the coming weeks. 

The School of the Arts is committed to follow all mandatory New York State and city regulations and precautions to fully protect and ensure youth remain safe throughout their time with us. Use the link below for early registration:

For additional information please contact: Zakiya M. Harris at zharris@asasyaaent.org or info@asaseyaaent.org.
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2) AMAS MUSICAL THEATRE

MOVES TO NEW MIDTOWN LOCATION


AT THE FILM CENTER BUILDING

NEW STUDIO SPACE 

AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL

Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer), after seven (7) years located in the eaves of the August Wilson Theatre (originally the ANTA Theatre, home of the 1976 Broadway production of “Bubbling Brown Sugar” presented by Amas), is pleased to announce they have relocated their home office to the 12th floor of the Film Center Building (630 Ninth Avenue – between 44th & 45th Streets). In addition to new office space, the company has created a state of the art rehearsal studio available for auditions, rehearsals, casting and workshops.

Amas brings a new fully ventilated state of the art, column free, private rehearsal studio in the heart of the theater district for an hourly or weekly rental. The mid-sized studio measures 18ft x 38ft and comes equipped with a marley floor, piano, mirrors, curtains, tables, chairs, music stands, stools and rehearsal cubes. The studio will be available daily from 9:00am to 11:00pm. The rental cost is $45/hr. A photocopier is also available for a small fee. Payment in cash and credit card will be accepted. Cancellation policy: At least 24 hours notice for regular bookings and 2-weeks for week-long bookings (6-8 hour days) in order to receive a refund. No shows and late cancellations will be charged the full amount. For information on booking the space, email frontdesk@amasmusical.org

For additional information, please visit the website at www.amasmusical.org
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3) Ballet Hispánico
Announces In-Person Auditions
Applications Accepted through 
July 29, 2021 

Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s renowned Latinx dance organization recognized as one of America’s Cultural Treasures, is seeking dancers for male roles in Company repertory for the 2021-22 season and will hold in-person auditions on August 5, 2021 in New York City. To be considered for the invite-only in-person auditions, please submit an audition form by midnight on July 29, 2021. All gender identities and expressions are welcome to apply. 

Notification regarding invitations to the in-person audition will be sent to all applicants via email on a rolling basis. There are NO FEES for the application form or in-person audition. 

As a Company member and part of our BH familia, you'll have the opportunity to dance on New York City's greatest stages, tour nationwide, and share the depth and breadth of Latinx dance and cultures through hands-on programming with communities of all abilities, backgrounds, and needs.
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4) Ballet Hispánico
presents
FREE In-Person Dance Concerts with 
Young Dancemakers Company
Through July 31, 2021

Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s renowned Latinx dance organization recognized as one of America’s Cultural Treasures, presents a series of FREE in-person dance concerts with the Young Dancemakers Company, July 21, 23, 27, 28, 31, 2021, at various New York borough locations. Reservations are required for the livestream finale concert. To reserve tickets, email youngdancemakers@gmail.comAll performances are FREE and open to the public. 

Tuesday, July 27 @ 1PM
2474 Westchester Ave, Bronx, NY 10461

Wednesday July 28 @ 2:30PM DANCE THE ART
@ 3PM STAGE PERFORMANCE
32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11106

Saturday July 31 @ 4PM
Livestream Finale Concert by CultureHub
Space Shares at La MaMa makes theatre spaces available to artists for non-curated productions
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5) BRYANT PARK


ANNOUNCES


BROADWAY- BOUND INITIATIVE


ORGANIZATION PARTNERS WITH AMAZON


AND MUSICAL THEATRE TRAINING PROGRAM


BROADWAYEVOLVED


THIS AUGUST

 

FACULTY TO INCLUDE JESSIE MUELLER, ANDREW RANNELLS,


KELLI O’HARA, DENÉE BENTON, GEORGE SALAZAR AND BETSY WOLFE

 


Bryant Park Corporation announced a new park program today, Broadway-Bound, that is being produced with support from Amazon. As the organization champions the performing arts with the return of live Picnic Performances this summer, they are proud to support the rising stars of BroadwayEvolved on the very same stage. The newly established partnership with the musical theatre training program, Bryant Park Corporation and BroadwayEvolved, will give students the opportunity to train and rehearse on the iconic stage that has hosted Broadway performances, dancers, musicians, movies and the very faculty that will be training them.

 

This year, students will train with Tony Award Winner Jessie Mueller (Waitress), Tony Award Nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon), Tony Award Winner Kelli O’Hara (Bridges of Madison County), Tony Award Nominee Denée Benton (Natasha Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Drama Desk Award Nominee George Salazar (Be More Chill), and more. BroadwayEvolved is co-founded by Broadway star Betsy Wolfe.


Current and past BroadwayEvolved faculty include Ashley Park, Darren Criss, James Monroe Iglehart, Jeremy Jordan, Jessica Vosk, Laura Benanti, Mandy Gonzalez,  Megan Hilty, Rob McClure, Santino Fontana, and Sara Bareilles.

 

For more information, please https://bryantpark.org and  www.BroadwayEvolved.com.

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6) Centenary Stage Company’s Summer Musical Theatre Series continues with 
Always…Patsy Cline 

Performances run July 29 through August 8 in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Tickets range from $25.50 to $29.50 for adults with discounts available for seniors, students, and children under 12 on select performances. For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900.

Based on a true story, Always…Patsy Cline tells a story of an unlikely friendship between the country music legend, Patsy Cline, and one of her fans from Texas, Louise Seger. This show is more than a tribute to the beloved country singer, and shows Cline and Seger’s friendship develop over years of correspondence up until Cline’s untimely death. Throughout the show Louise brings the audience on a journey through her memories with the letters they sent to each other accompanied by some of Patsy Cline’s greatest hits.


Ted Swindley’s Always…Patsy Cline will run from July 29 through August 8 in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Avenue in Hackettstown, NJ. The performance dates and times are Thursdays, July 29 and August 5 at 7:30 pm, Fridays, July 30 and August 6 at 8:00 pm, Saturdays, July 31 and August 7 at 8:00 pm, and Sundays, August 1 and 8 at 2:00 pm. Tickets range from $25.50 to $29.50 for adults with discounts available for select performances for seniors, students, and children under 12. Additionally, Thursday evening performances are “family nights” with a special “buy one get one free” ticket promotion when purchased in person at the CSC box office beginning at 5:30 PM.  Buy One/Get One is not available for advance sales on-line or over-the-phone.


For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  The Centenary Stage Company box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 PM and two hours prior to all performances.  The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center on the campus of Centenary University at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.  Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Like and follow to receive the latest in CSC news and special offers.


Centenary Stage Company remains committed to the health and safety of our community and adheres to all requirements set forth by the State of New Jersey.  For more information regarding CSC COVID-19 policies and policy updates, visit centenarystageco.org/faq.

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7) Classic Stage Company
Announces 2021/2022 Season

Assassins

music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
book by John Weidman
directed by John Doyle

A journey through the dark side of the American dream, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Tony-winning musical Assassins explores the lives of nine men and women who either killed (or tried to kill) one of the Presidents of the United States. Slated to begin performances November 2021.

black odyssey

by Marcus Gardley
directed by Stevie Walker-Webb

Obie-winning playwright Marcus Gardley blends classic mythology, African-American history, and modern theatricality to create the poetic black odyssey. This vibrant reimagining of the Odysseus saga is set in modern-day Harlem, telling the epic tale of Ulysses Lincoln, a soldier facing the most daunting of voyages to reunite with his family.

Snow in Midsummer

by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
directed by Zi Alikhan

A thrilling murder mystery adapted from the classical Chinese drama The Injustice to Dou Yi That Moved Heaven and Earth by Guan Hanqing. When a wealthy businesswoman takes ownership of a factory in a remote drought-devastated town, she learns of a curse placed on the town by a woman executed for a crime she did not commit.

A Man of No Importance

book by Terrence McNally
music by Stephen Flaherty
lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
directed by John Doyle

Determined to stage a production of Oscar Wilde’s Salome despite the objections of local church authorities, bus driver Alfie Byrne confronts the forces of bigotry and shame over a love "that dare not speak its name” in this evocative and award-winning musical.

Tickets and memberships to go on sale later this year! Stay tuned for more details.
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8) UMe


ANNOUNCES THE ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING OF


DIANA: THE MUSICAL


WILL BE RELEASED ON SEPTEMBER 24

 


FIRST OFFICIAL CAST ALBUM TRACK 


RELEASED NOW


 

“THE WORLD FELL IN LOVE,” PERFORMED BY


JEANNA DE WAALROE HARTRAMPFERIN DAVIE


AND JUDY KAYE

 


 THE FULL ALBUM OF “DIANA: THE MUSICAL” WAS 


RECORDED DURING SHUTDOWN


 

‘DIANA: THE MUSICAL ORIGINAL 


BROADWAY CAST RECORDING’


SETS THE STAGE FOR NETFLIX PREMIERE ON 


OCTOBER 1 AND BROADWAY PERFORMANCES 


RESUMING ON NOVEMBER 2


UMe released “The World Fell In Love,” the first official piece of music from the September 24 release of Diana: The Musical Original Broadway Cast Recording and announces the full track list, which previews the stellar performances that promise to take audiences on a revealing, emotional journey inside the palatial life of Diana, Princess of Wales.


Watch/Share video for “The World Fell In Love”

 

Preorder Diana: The Musical Original Broadway Cast Recording


With book and lyrics by Tony® winner Joe DiPietro, and music and lyrics by Tony Award® winner David Bryan, the life of the people’s princess will unfold over two acts and 22 original songs. Diana: The Musical Original Broadway Cast Recording will be available September 24 across all digital service providers and on CD with a booklet featuring the full lyrics and liner notes by Joe DiPietro. The album is produced by David Bryan and Ian Eisendrath, the show’s Olivier Award-winning music supervisor/arranger. The complete track list is now confirmed:

 

ACT I

1. Prologue

2. Underestimated

3. The Worst Job In England

4. This Is How Your People Dance

5. Snap, Click

6. Whatever Love Means Anyway

7. I Will

8. The World Fell In Love

9. Happiness/Simply Breathe

10. She Moves in The Most Modern Ways

11. Diana (The Rage)

12. As I Love You

13. I Miss You Most on Sundays

14. Pretty, Pretty Girl

 

ACT II

15. Here Comes James Hewitt

16. Him and Her (And Him And Her)/Just Dance

17. Secrets and Lies

18. The Main Event

19. Whatever Love Means Anyway (Reprise)

20. Pretty, Pretty Girl (Reprise)

21. The Words Came Pouring Out

22. The Dress

23. An Officer’s Wife

24. If (Light the World)

 

Diana: The Musical celebrates the life of Princess Diana and the light of her legacy that continues to shine across the world. The cast recording underscores the emotional range of Diana: The Musical.

 

The cast recording features performances by an extraordinary company that includes Jeanna de Waal (Kinky Boots, American Idiot) as Diana; Roe Hartrampf (Emily in Paris), making his Broadway debut as Prince Charles; Theatre World Award winner Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles; and two-time Tony Award® winner Judy Kaye playing the role of Queen Elizabeth.

 

For more about Diana: the Musical, visit Diana on Broadway Official Show Website

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9) FALLING IN LOVE WITH 

MR. DELLAMORT


A MYSTERIOUS NEW AUDIO MUSICAL
BOOK & CO-LYRICS BY JACK FELDSTEIN
MUSIC & CO-LYRICS BY PAUL DOUST

ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING RELEASED TODAY ON BROADWAY RECORDS
AUDIO MUSICAL EPISODE #1 AVAILABLE ON BROADWAY PODCAST NETWORK
JULY 30, 2021

STARRING JAMES MONROE IGLEHART AND COURTNEY REED
WITH LENA HALL, JACKIE HOFFMAN, TELLY LEUNG
NARRATED BY GAVIN LEE

Tony Castrigno & Mark Rubinsky (Producers) in association with Vibecke Dahle Dellapolla and Maggie & Adrian Selby (Co-Producers), are pleased to announce Falling in Love with Mr. Dellamort, a mysterious new audio musical by Jack Feldstein (Book & Co-Lyrics) and Paul Doust (Music & Co-Lyrics/Radio Play Adaptation). The full audio musical will be released in association with Broadway Podcast Network, streaming in three unique episodes beginning July 30th. The Original Cast Recording (OCR) releases today, July 23rd from Broadway Records and is available wherever digital music is sold, and on BroadwayRecords.com.

In Falling in Love with Mr. Dellamort, the new audio musical, three lost souls receive an unexpected invitation to spend New Yearʼs Eve at Maison Dellamort: a remote South Carolina guest house with a peculiar yet magnetic host. With its original take on classic themes of unrequited love, mortality and deception, and featuring a stunning cast of Broadwayʼs most beloved stars, this distinctive audio experience will transport listeners into a world laced with the iconic theremin, Foley-style effects, and an original pop score.

The full three act audio musical of Falling in Love with Mr. Dellamort will be released over three episodes, exclusively from the Broadway Podcast Network. Act One will be released in its fully glory next Friday, July 30th, Act Two will be released on Friday, August 6th, and the final episode, Act Three, will be released on Friday, August 13th. The trailer is available now at www.bpn.fm/dellamort, or on the BPN APP Apple/iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart, TuneIn, Deezer, Player.FM, Pocket Cast, Podcast Addict and everywhere else you listen to podcasts.
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10) A Day of Healing
Saturday, July 31,
FDR Park 

A Day of Healing: On Saturday, July 31, Friends of FDR Park and Vare Rec Center will host A Pledge to Heal, a free, family-friendly event that will bring yoga, nutrition lessons, kids' games, reflection and journaling, Zumba, and more healthy fun to FDR Park for the day. The activities are from 10:30am-1:30pm to be held at the FDR Park Boathouse and on the lawn in front of the American Swedish Historical Museum. This event is sponsored by Fairmount Park Conservancy, the Knight Foundation, and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. https://myphillypark.org/event/pledgetoheal-fdr/

FDR Park is a 348-acre park located in South Philadelphia. FDR Park was designed by the Olmsted Brothers and opened in 1921 as League Island Park. The Park is a designated Historic District by the Philadelphia Historical Commission and is home to a series of lakes and lagoons, the American Swedish Historical Museum, and a range of recreation facilities including tennis courts, ball fields, and a skate park. It is currently undergoing implementation of a Master Plan led by Fairmount Park Conservancy in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Friends of FDR Park. Learn more at https://myphillypark.org/fdr-park.
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11) BROADWAY STAR & RECORDING ARTIST MICHAEL LONGORIA TO DEBUT “SUMMER LOVIN’” CONCERT IN NEW YORK CITY 

Summer Lovin’” will debut at The Green Room 42 in New York City on Friday, July 30th at 7:00pm

Michael Longoria (Jersey Boys, The View Upstairs, Hairspray) returns to the Greenroom 42 stage, one of New York City’s top cabaret venues, on Friday, July 30th at 7pm. Longoria will serenade his audience in an evening of contemporary summer lovin’ with fresh takes on the radio hits of Cyndi Lauper, Troye Sivan, The Weekend, Erasure, Billie Eilish and more. Longoria’s vocals will soar in a program of paramour love-struck torch songs which will be for his first maskless audience since 2019.

New York City
Friday, July 30th at 7:00pm
The Green Room 42
570 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036
For tickets, please visit… 
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12) The Cordelia Dream

A Performance on Screen

By Marina Carr

Directed by Joe O'Byrne

Starring Stephen Brennan and Danielle Ryan

Filmed at The New Theatre, Dublin

   

July 27 - August 8, 2021*


In a response to one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, the North American premiere of Marina Carr’s play comes to life on screen with the mysterious and tense confrontation of woman and man. When Woman, haunted by her dream of Cordelia and King Lear, confronts Man, their disturbed relationship is exposed. As his protege, she has come seeking enlightenment, but he orders silence in exchange for artistry and concession.

Fast forward five years, and she returns again for one final visit. Will the two be able to see eye to eye? Or will the meeting lead to mutually assured destruction? The Cordelia Dream continues to cement Marina Carr’s status as one of Ireland’s most acclaimed living playwrights with her deep insight into the complex nature of families, and how we handle the darkness within.

Reservations are free but required to access this digital event. A donation of $25 is suggested for those who can afford to give.

For more information or to make  a reservation, go to irishrep.org/shows/the-cordelia-dream
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13) Jim Caruso's Pajama Cast Party
Next Episode
Wednesday July 28 

The 68th episode of Jim Caruso’s Pajama Cast Party will air on it’s new day, Wednesday, July 28 at 8pm ET, and will feature lively chat and performances by Tony Award winning Stephanie J. Block (The Cher Show), country crooner Randy Austin, and the winner of BroadwayWorld Next on Stage Competition, Jackson Perry.

Jim Caruso’s Pajama Cast Party
Wednesday, July 28 at 8pm ET
Cast Party Network on YouTube, BroadwayWorld.com & Facebook
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14) Tony and Daytime Emmy Award Winner Lillias White Releases First Solo Studio Album, 'Get Yourself Some Happy!' 

Out Now via Old Mill Road Recording
 

Watch Lillias White Perform “A Little Imagination” HERE
 
Purchase the album HERE

 

Tony and Daytime Emmy Award Winner Lillias White has just released her highly-anticipated first solo studio album, 'Get Yourself Some Happy!', out today via Old Mill Road Recording. Described by The New York Times as a “one-of-a-kind performer who combines the sass of a classic blues mama with the skill of a Broadway star,” White is internationally recognized for her glorious voice and extraordinary ability to communicate the heart of a song. Watch White perform “A Little Imagination” HERE.

Get Yourself Some Happy!is a modern mix of Motown, Standards, Rock-and-Roll, Broadway, and Jazz – all re-invented for today’s audiences. Centering on the theme of happiness, the titles range from the soulful "When You Wish Upon a Star" to a lightning-fast "The Twist" to a raw "Happy Together" to a sweet and tender version of "You're My Best Friend." White's disco-inspired, orchestral "You’ve Made Me So Very Happy" will inspire dancing, and her tropical "Put on a Happy Face" will make listeners grin from ear to ear.

Get Yourself Some Happy!' Tracklist
1. When You Wish Upon A Star
2. Accentuate the Positive
3. Happy Together
4. A Brand New Me
5. Put On A Happy Face
6. The Twist
7. A Little Imagination
8. You’re My Best Friend
9. You’ve Made Me So Very Happy
10. Yes
11. That’s All
12. Make Someone Happy
13. It’s Not Where You Start
14. Get Happy

For more information, go to www.lilliaswhite.com.
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15) 14-YEAR-OLD JOSHUA TURCHIN’S LUCA INSPIRED TIKTOK MUSICAL HITS 500,000 VIEWS 

AND TIKTOK NOTIFIES ITS USERS THAT ANOTHER TIKTOK MUSICAL IS ON THE RISE


A fan made musical version of Pixar’s LUCA is swimming around the web, leading TikTok to send out a push notification about it. 14-year-old musical wunderkind Joshua Turchin took to the social media platform to post 6 original songs about the animated favorite, and has since amassed more than 500,000 views. TikTok subsequently sent out a push notification to its users that said, “Another day, another TikTok musical is on the rise. A fan-made musical version of Pixar’s LUCA is swimming around the web. Watch out Ariel, you’ve got competition.


Check out some of the songs that have earned @joshuaturchin a half million views over the past few days: 



At just 14 years old, Joshua has written, orchestrated, arranged, and recorded each of these songs on his own. He has several more Luca songs planned, as does August Greenwood, a 17-year-old composer and TikTok-er with who Joshua is collaborating with on the project. 

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16) MCC Theater 

Production of 

NOLLYWOOD DREAMS 

Priority Booking

 begins in JUST 2 WEEKS

Lock in your exclusive ticketing access window and perks by becoming a SUBSCRIBER or MEMBER and get the movie star treatment by skipping the general public in line!

Become a SUBSCRIBER and book your seats starting AUG 3.
Become a MEMBER and book your seats starting AUG 10.
Tickets open up to the GENERAL PUBLIC starting mid–AUG.

To become a subscriber, visit mcctheater.org/join

To become a member, visit mcctheater.org/join

For more information, mcctheater.org/21-22-season

MCC will closely monitor and adhere to all local, state and federal guidelines for all in-person activity and will alter plans if it is deemed in the best interests of public health. MCC is committed to the health and safety of its staff, artists, production crews, students and audience members. The theater has expanded its safety initiatives by installing a Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization (NPBI) technology system, upgrading the HVAC system with MERV 14 & MERV 15 filters, placing standing HEPA filters throughout the building, as well doubling the facility deep cleaning schedule, and going contactless with digital ticket scanning and digital playbills, among other efforts
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17) The Pop-Up, Pixar Inspired Mini Golf 

PIXAR PUTT

Opens in NYC on August 1, 2021
Tickets on Sale Beginning July 6, 2021


PIXAR PUTT, the ultimate pop-up, open-air mini-golf experience will be arriving in Manhattan this Summer, with tickets available for purchase at 10 am today, July 6, 2021. Made up of 18 fun and interactive holes inspired by the stories, characters, and icons from some of Disney and Pixar's most beloved films including Toy Story, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Coco, A Bug's Life, Wall-E, and Inside Out, Pixar Putt is set to take guests to infinity… and beyond!

PIXAR PUTT, co-presented by Rockefeller Productions and TEG Life Like Touring, will take over Battery Park's Pier A beginning August 1 and run through October 31, 2021. The course will be open seven days a week, Sunday to Thursday from 10 AM to 8 PM (last entry 6:30 PM) and Friday & Saturday from10 AM to 10 PM (last entry is 8:30 PM); PIXAR PUTT AFTER DARK, evening sessions for 18+, will take place Friday & Saturday from 7:00 PM – 10 PM. Pixar Putt is also available to Private Groups and Corporate Groups. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.pixarputt.com   

A perfect socially distant summer outing for any Pixar fan. The safety of patrons and staff is a top priority for Rockefeller Productions and TEG Life Like Touring. Pixar Putt's standard COVID Safe measures include capped player numbers on the course, physical distancing measures in queues and on course; sanitizer stations located onsite; plus sanitizing of all golfing equipment between users for every session, each day. These measures follow all federal and local guidelines and will be updated as those guidelines change.

Advance Booking Recommended

Tickets are expected to sell out fast, and advance booking is highly encouraged. Tickets will only be available digitally through Pixarputt.com. This online, contactless purchase process helps keep customers and staff COVID safe.  


The Pop- Up, Pixar Inspired Mini Golf


PIXAR PUTT


Begins August – October 2021

Pier A in Battery Park City

22 Battery Place New York, NY 10004


Hours of Operation:

Sunday to Thursday:  10:00am – 8:00pm (last entry 6:30pm

Friday to Saturday:  10:00am – 10:00pm: (last entry 8:30pm

7:00 PM onwards is 'Pixar Putt 18+ After Dark' for evening sessions Fri & Sat


Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.pixarputt.com


Directions

Pier A is located at 22 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004

Subway: 4, 5 [Bowling Green] and 1, R,W [Rector Place]


Nearby Parking:

1 West St, NYC 10004/ 10 West St, NYC 10004 / 1 Bridge St, NYC 10004

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18) NAI-NI CHEN DANCE COMPANY
Announces
The Bridge
Virtual Dance Institute
 of boundary-breaking dance experiences
Free One-Hour Company Class on Zoom
Open to All Dancers at an Intermediate to Advanced Level
July 26-July 29, 2021

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has established a new dance institute through Zoom, The Bridge.  The Institute’s aim is to bring together dancers, choreographers and directors around the world to experience the master teachers of color whose practices are embedded in the community and are focused on advancing the art of dance that transform the personal, environmental and metaphysical spaces. Interested dancers can join the class by registering on Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s website: https://www.nainichen.org/thebridge.

As a virtual dance institute, The Bridge will invite world renowned as well as up and coming dancers and choreographer to come to guest teach the class. Advanced/Intermediate level professional or pre-professional dancers who are looking to explore beyond their own boundaries and looking for new dance experiences are encouraged to participate. The core program is based on Nai-Ni Chen’s Kinetic Spiral, which is a cross-cultural dance vocabulary that integrates the Chinese martial arts philosophy in TaiChi with contemporary dance practices she studied in America. Guest artists will cover a wide range of folk and classical dance styles.

The Bridge will hold classes Monday-Thursday for the remainder of the summer due to the schedules of teachers and participants.

The Bridge Class schedule are as follows: 
Week of 7/26/2021
Monday - Yuka Notsuka (Kinetic Spiral) at 11am
Tuesday - Rio Kikuchi (GyroKinesis) at 11am
Wednesday - Nai-Ni Chen (Kinetic Spiral) at 11am
Thursday - Layla Ogasawara (Belly Dance) at 11am


For additional Company information, visit www.nainichen.org; write to Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, P.O. Box 1121, Fort Lee, NJ 07024; or call (800) 650-0246.
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19) South Street Seaport Museum
Announces Monthly Virtual
Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Live Sing-Along
Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 2pm ET

South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly sea-music event Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music – the original NYC chantey sing, now made popular on TikTok – continues virtually on Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 2pm ET. Broadcast live from the deck of Wavertree, this month’s sing-along will include whaling songs and show-related artifacts from the Museum collection in honor of American novelist Herman Melville’s birthday. From our living rooms and kitchens, join a round-robin of shared songs featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear on the first Sunday of every month. The event is FREE. Sign up here to receive the Zoom link 24 hours prior: seaportmuseum.org/chanteysing. 

After years of meeting in person on the historic tall ship Wavertree, the event moved online in April 2020. Now in its second year of virtual incarnation, South Street Seaport Museum’s Virtual Chantey Sing has evolved into the preeminent virtual chantey sing in the world, featuring professionals and amateurs, old salts and new initiates, from across the street, across the country, and across the pond. South Street Seaport Museum actively recruits and supports new and diverse singers for each sing.

Each online singalong includes a virtual look at some objects from the Museum collection related to the songs being sung. Many singalongs also include a virtual visit to one of the Museum's ships and a chat with a member of the crew.

South Street Seaport Museum has also opened the 1885 tall ship Wavertree and is offering a FREE outdoor exhibition on Pier 16 to the public on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October 10, 2021, with timed entry, from 11am-5pm at Pier 16 (Fulton and South Streets). Entry is FREE and includes access to the ship’s outdoor areas, including the main deck and raised rear deck, and the cargo hold. Timed-entry tickets can be reserved at seaportmuseum.org/visitwavertreeAdditionally, the printers at Bowne & Co. will be offering free outdoor printing demonstrations using the Seaport Museum's working collection of 19th century printing presses on the steps of 209 Water Street on Fridays and Saturdays every hour on the hour from 11am to 5pm. No tickets required, and visitors will get to take home a printed sample.
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20) Theater Resources Unlimited
July Panel via Zoom
Building Back Better: 
The Cautious Reopening of Not-for-Profit Theater Companies
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 5:30pm

As part of their monthly series of informational panels, Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents Building Back Better: The Cautious Reopening of Not-for-Profit Theater Companies on Thursday, July 29, 2021 via Zoom. The panel speakers will include Chad Austin, artistic director of Abingdon Theatre Company; Debra Ann Byrd, founder and artistic director of Harlem Shakespeare Festival; Frances Hill, founding artistic director of Urban Stages; Ralph Lewis, co-founder of Peculiar Works Project. Reserve a spot on the TRU event page at https://truonline.org/events/building-back-better/ or by emailing TRUStaff1@gmail.com to be put on a list to receive the Zoom link.

As theaters begin to reopen, many theater companies are bringing the lessons they learned during the pandemic with them into the future. They're reevaluating "best practices" to determine what still works and what needs to change, now that the nation is different from when we closed our doors. Moving forward may involve returning to basics: defining and focusing your theater's vision and purpose, creating an infrastructure with clearly defined roles, understanding the purpose of a board and how it can support the success of your company. We will also look at fundraising and audience building strategies, and the importance of branding for attracting supporters. Throughout, our panel will confront the question: How do you balance the tried-and-true with the need for flexibility and adaptability that we have learned the hard way? 

Doors open at 5:30pm for networking and roundtable introductions of everyone in the room – come prepared with your best 20-second summary of who you are, and what you need. Panel will start at 6:00pm. Free for TRU members; $15 for non-members. Please use the bright red reservation box here on our web page, or email or phone at least a day in advance (or much sooner): e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com / phone 833-506-5550

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org.
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21) NOMINATED FOR 12 TONY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL

TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL

ANNOUNCES 

TWO-TIME TONY AWARD NOMINEE & OLIVIER AWARD NOMINEE

ADRIENNE WARREN 

WILL RETURN TO THE ROLE SHE ORIGINATED IN LONDON AND ON BROADWAY

FOR A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT

REOPENING ON BROADWAY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021

AT THE LUNT-FONTANNE THEATRE 


TICKETS NOW ON SALE


Best Musical Tony Award nominee TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL will star two-time Tony Award nominee and Olivier Award nominee Adrienne Warren, who will return to the title role for a limited engagement. Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL will reopen at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street) on Friday, October 8, 2021.

 

Additional casting will be announced shortly.


This new musical reveals a comeback story like no other, of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of racism, sexism and ageism to become the global Queen of Rock n’ Roll. TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL is a celebration of resilience and an inspiration of triumph over adversity. 


TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for Broadway’s TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL range from $79.00 – $199.00 and are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.com.


Recognizing flexibility is key in our guests’ return to Broadway. As a result of COVID-19, Nederlander is implementing an exchange and refund policy for guests of all of its venues in NYC.  This policy will provide flexibility in the event a guest may be unable to attend a show due to illness, travel restrictions, or any other circumstances. Our guests may feel confident purchasing tickets in advance knowing this exchange or refund policy is in effect if they cannot attend the date and time originally purchased. When you request an exchange or a refund, the request will be approved with no questions asked and no additional service fees assessed provided the request meets the terms and conditions outlined herein. For more information on the refund and exchange policy visit www.broadwaydirect.com/exchanges-refunds/.


TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL and the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre will follow New York State, New York City and CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of all actors, production staff, theatre employees, and audience members. As public health conditions and the State's guidance for performing arts and live entertainment changes, the theatre will remain flexible and adapt to applicable health protocols, such as face coverings, health screening, enhanced air filtration and ventilation, and rigorous cleaning and disinfection. 


To learn more about Broadway’s commitment to a safe and responsible return for our audience, visit www.broadwaybrighter.com.

 

Powered by Broadway Direct, TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL offers a digital lottery, making a limited number of $45 tickets available at https://lottery.broadwaydirect.com/show/tina-ny.

 

The performance schedule for TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL is as follows: Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3PM. There will be no matinee performances on Saturday, October 9, Sunday, October 10 and Wednesday, October 13.

 

For More Information,visit 

www.TinaOnBroadway.com

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22) WP Theater
Production of 
MANY HAPPY RETURNS
Three additional performances will go on sale
Tuesday at 12:00 PM ET!

ACT FAST! AUDIENCE IS LIMITED TO 20 TICKETS PER PERFORMANCE!

August 2 - 7pm ET - SOLD OUT
August 3 - 7pm ET - SOLD OUT
August 3 - 9pm ET - On sale Tue 7/27 at 12p
August 4 - 7pm ET - SOLD OUT
August 4 - 9pm ET - On sale Tue 7/27 at 12p
August 5 - 7pm ET - SOLD OUT
August 5 - 9pm ET - On sale Tue 7/27 at 12p

Monica Bill Barnes & Company team up with WP Theater to welcome audiences back to the theater with Many Happy Returns, an inventive and intimate new dance piece. Created by Robbie Saenz de Viteri and Monica Bill Barnes, Many Happy Returns combines language and movement that reflect back on the internal interactions that populated our pandemic minds and celebrate the awkward first steps as we move forward and decide again, who do we want to be now? Many Happy Returns is a work in progress, much like ourselves in this moment, and will change with each performance based on the audience each night.

The theater will be open to limited-capacity audiences, seated socially distanced. Proof of vaccination required for entry. Masks will be required at all times. Our company of five performers is fully vaccinated and will be performing without a face covering. All other staff will be masked throughout the event. All tickets are $5

For more information or to purchase ticket, visit https://wptheater.org/tickets/
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And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for More Theater Monday.