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

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Theater Thursday - Demarest Farms Halloween Light Show


What: Halloween Light Show 

Where: Demarest Farms 
              244 Wiermus Rd. 
              Hillsdale, NJ 

Who: All ages 

When: Through October 31, 2021


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So you have already visited a fall festival and you've visited a pumpkin carving exhibit too and you don't know what other fun things to do for the Halloween season.  Why not visit a Halloween Light Show? Many people have visited a holiday light show in December, but probably not as many have visited a Halloween light show, but it is just as fun.




Demarest Farms in Hillsdale, NJ has a dazzling Halloween Light show. It is full of bright beautiful colorful ghosts, skeletons bats and other creatures, and much more. There is even a haunted house and a giant pumpkin. If you tune in to the recommended all Halloween music radio station  as you ride around the exhibit, it will truly enhance your visit.  




The whole tour only takes about a half-hour, and it is not really scary so it is great for all ages. It is important to note, that most if not all of the lights are flashing so if someone has a problem with flashing lights, they should probably skip the exhibit. However, if this is not a problem for you, you will probably enjoy this fun exhibit.




And that's our view. For more information about Demarest Farms Halloween Light Show, visit halloweenlightshows.com.

Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Tips for Tuesday - Books: Cynthia Starts A Band and Fabulous Female Firsts and Movies: Mothers of the Revolution

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

Books: Cynthia Starts a Band and Fabulous Female Firsts


Today we are recommending Cynthia Starts a Band by Olivia Swindler. As a member of the popular band, Kittanning, Eleanor has a seemingly great life that most people would envy. Then, her band's manager, James and her bandmate Art push her into a fake relationship with Art to try to stir up publicity for the band, but even though the relationship is allegedly fake, the two men just don't want to let it go. They keep the whole world thinking Art and Eleanor are a pair even though in reality they can't stand each other. Finally, Eleanor is left with no choice but to give up everything she loves and run away and try to start a new life with a new identity.

This very timely book shows that abuse can come in many different forms. Just because things may seem perfect from the outside does not mean that is the way they really are. Eleanor is  a very admirable character in the way, that she steps up and takes charge of her own life and doesn't wait for someone else to do it for her. In fact, the book is all about not only women's empowerment and woman taking charge of their own life's but it is about female bonding as well. All of the women in this book stand up for each other. It may takes some a little longer than others but eventually they all do. More women in life need to be like the women in this book and build each other up and help each other, instead of trying to tear each other down all the time. Reading this book, makes you want to be a better woman.

However, the woman in the book are not the only ones who are admirable characters. The character of Gabe is a  really great too. He is so sweetly supportive of Eleanor. He is the antitheisisof the evil controlling Art. He is just what Eleanor needs, and you can't help but root for them to be together.  All in all, this book is  a delightful debut from an author who will hopefully bring us a lot more great reads in the future. 



Today we are recommending Fabulous Female Firsts by Marlene Wagman-Geller.This is another book about females taking charge of their destiny. It is about woman who did what they said could not be done or at least could not be done by a woman. There are chapters on well-known woman like Sandra Day O'Connor, the first female Justice of the Supreme Court and Katherine Bigelow, the first and to date only woman to win an Academy Award for Directing. There are  also chapters on woman who may not be as well known, like Christina Sanchez, the first female bullfighter, and Elsie De Wolf, America's first female interior decorator. All of them are wonderful role models, and all of them teach us once again to not let anyone tell us what we can and cannot do. If we set our minds on achieving something and take the necessary step to achieve it, we can. There always has to be someone who is the first of something and that can be anybody who is in the right place at the right time and has the right attitude and the right kind of training, if necessary, for the task ahead. Why shouldn't it be you, or your wife, or your daughter, or your niece or whatever? You will definitely want to share this book with all the woman and girls in your life. It is extremely inspiring. 

Movies: Mothers of the Revolution


Today we are talking about Mothers of the Revolution. This documentary fits right in with the two books we have previously discussed this week. It is about woman banding together and using their power to bring about change. In 1981, fearing for their children's futures a group of woman marched from Wales to Berkshire to protest nuclear weapon which were to be held at RAF Greenham Common. Afterwards they built a camp at the site and for 19 years kept up the pressure and the protests. Eventually, their actions were instrumental in not only leading to the closing of the base but also helping to bring about the eventual nuclear summit between President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, although no arms reduction agreement was ever reached between them. The protest was the forerunner of numerous peaceful protests that have been held since on topics ranging from Global Warming to the Me Too Movement, to Black Lives Matter, to Gun Control and beyond. 

This film is available today on digital platforms.



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

Monday, October 18, 2021

Halloween Fun

 Here are some fun things to do this month in honor of Halloween. 

1) Go pumpkin picking.

2) Go costume shopping or make one of your own.


3) Watch Halloween movies and TV shows.

4) Make Halloween crafts.


6) Visit a Fall Festival.

5) Visit a Jack O' Lantern Display.

6) Visit a Halloween Lights Display.

What Halloween-related activities and events do you like to participate in?

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Sunday Scoop Week of 10/17/21 - Live and Virtual Events Coming Up This Week and More

1) Ain't Too Proud Reopens on Broadway and Announces Rush Policy
2) Broadway Workshop Online TV Casting Workshop 10/23
3) Centenary Stage Company A Christmas Carol Auditions 10/25
4) Centenary Stage Company's Fringe Festival Continues
5) Dance Rising NYC's Hyper Local-Dance Outs SHARED SPACe Throughout NYC 10/21 & 10/23
6) Echoes in the Garden Returns 10/20 - 11/6
7) Distorted Diznee Resumes Run 10/22
8) Festival of New Musicals 10/21 & 10/22
9) Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch at Bemelman's Bar at the Carlyle Hotel 10/24 & 11/21
10) Kelsey Theatre at Mercer Releases 2021-2022 Schedule 
11) Marrone Law Firm Announces Philadelphia Wagles Ticket Giveaway
12) New Cammerata Opera's Peter Rabbit at Edgemere Farm Now Scheduled for 10/23
13) New York Festival of Song Presents NYFOS Next Festival at Kaufman Music Center
14) New York City Free Walking Tours in October
15) Sonny Marie Lee's The Bronx Babe to Make World Premiere Performances Begin 10/23
16) Theater Breaking Barriers Returns With Brecht on Brecht Beginning Performances on 10/19
17) White Wave Dance Free Performances of iyouuswe II October 2021

 

1) AIN’T TOO PROUD — THE LIFE 


AND


 TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS

 

THE TONY AWARD®-WINNING MUSICAL SENSATION


REOPENS AT BROADWAY’S IMPERIAL THEATRE

 

GENERAL RUSH AND DIGITAL LOTTERY POLICIES


 ANNOUNCED


Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations, the smash Tony Award®-winning musical sensation, returned to Broadway yesterday,, October 16 with a star-studded gala performance at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street).

In addition, Ain’t Too Proud announces its new General Rush and Digital Lottery policies. Ain’t Too Proud’s $42 rush ticket policy will be sold in person at the Imperial Theatre box office on the day of the performance beginning when the box office opens (Monday - Saturday at 10:00 AM; Sunday at 12:00 PM). There will be a limit of two tickets per customer. Seat locations will be at the discretion of the box office and are based on availability.

 

The digital lottery offers $42 tickets and is powered by Shubert Ticketing through the Telecharge Digital Lottery platform, which provides theatergoers wide access to affordable tickets through multiple social media networks. The lottery will open the day before the performance at 12:00 AM and close at 3:00 PM at lottery link: www.ainttooproudlottery.com.

 

Winners can purchase their tickets at www.ainttooproudlottery.com and tickets can be picked up at the Imperial Theatre box office. Lottery winners must present their credit card to claim the tickets.

 

Tickets are also available via www.ainttooproudmusical.comwww.telecharge.com, by calling 800 447 7400, or visiting the Imperial Theatre box office. 

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2) Broadway Workshop 
Online Casting TV Workshop
with LA Casting Director - Howard Meltzer

Saturday, October 23

1:00pm – 3:00pm ET (Eastern Time)

Ages 10-16

Zoom Online Workshop

$135


Each student will have the opportunity to work one on one with Mr. Meltzer on scenes and sides from his past TV & Film projects! Students will receive feedback and coaching to help bring their performances to the next level.


The last 20 minutes of the workshop will culminate in a Q&A where both parents and students can come together to ask questions and get more information about the casting process and what they can do to help guide their child’s career.


Howard Meltzer has cast projects for CBS, Disney Channel, Fox, NBC, Netflix, Nickelodeon, Peacock, Sony Pictures Television Studios, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Brothers Television. Series casting include: Best Friends Whenever, Lab Rats, Wizards of Waverly Place: Reunion Special, Shake It Up, Hannah Montana and I'm in the Band; the pilot Girl Meets World; and the television movies; Evermoore and Den Brother, and the pilots of Life With Boys, Big Time Rush, The Troop and The Fresh Beat Band


Howard’s passion is in identifying new undiscovered talent, and he has become the go-to casting director for projects for kids and young adults.

READ HIS FULL BIO HERE!


For more  information or to register, go to

https://campscui.active.com/orgs/BroadwayWorkshop#/selectSessions/3038041

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 3) CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY TO HOLD OPEN-CALL AUDITION FOR 
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
BY STEPHEN TEMPERLEY. 


Centenary Stage Company will be having an open-call audition for the upcoming 2021 holiday production of A Christmas Carol written by Stephen Temperley and based on the story by Charles Dickens. Auditions will be held by appointment on Monday, October 25 from 10:30 am – 7:00 pm. To schedule an appointment, call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979-0900. Walk-ins will be seen as time permits. The auditions will be held in the Kutz Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown, NJ on the campus of Centenary University. If you are unable to attend, send resumes, headshots, and reels to boxoffice@centenarystageco.org Att: Casting. Performers may prepare a monologue appropriate to the material or read from sides. Sides can be found online at centenarystageco.org and will also be provided the day of auditions. Performances will run November 26 through December 12. For more information, go to centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company’s box office at (908) 979-0900.


A Christmas Carol by Stephen Temperley, author of Souvenir. A new dramatization of the classic Charles Dickens novel for a versatile small cast of cersatile performers. Six actors will bring to life all the Dickens’ characters. A Christmas Carl was published in 1843, Charles Dickens, through the voice of Scrooge, continues to urge us to honor Christmas in our hearts and try to keep it all year round. 


Seeking: 

ACTOR 1: Narrator, Timothy Cratchit,   

ACTOR 2: Mrs. Dilber, Christmas Past,   

ACTOR 3: Businessman, Fezziwig,  Ghost of Christmas Present. Old Joe  

ACTOR 4: Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley, Businessman  

ACTOR 5: Fan, Want, Annabel  

ACTOR 6: Fred, Young Scrooge, Peter Cratchit  

ACTOR 7: Belle, Mrs. Cratchit, Ignorance

For more information, to download sides or the full text visit centenarystageco.org org. To schedule an audition 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. Those unable to attend, send resumes, headshots, and reels to boxoffice@centenarystageco.org Att: Casting. 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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4) CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY’S 2021 FRINGE

 FESTIVAL CONTINUES WITH

A TALE OF TWO CITIES, COBBLED

 TOGETHER BY THE BROTHERS LOVEJOY

Centenary Stage Company’s Fringe Festival continues with A Tale of Two Cities, Cobbled Together by the Brothers Lovejoy. Performances will run Thursday, October 21 at 7:30 pm, Friday, October 22 at 8:00 pm, Saturday, October 23 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, October 24 at 2:00pm. Performances will take place in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Tickets for A Tale of Two Cities, Cobbled Together by the Brothers Lovejoy range from $22.50 to $27.50 for adults. Discounts are available for select performances for seniors, students, and children 12 and younger. For more information or to purchase tickets call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900 or visit Centenary Stage Company on-line at centenarystageco.org


One epic. Two brothers. What could go wrong? Avery (Ezra Barnes) and Bunce Lovejoy (Michael Gabriel Goodfriend) are brothers who share a dilapidated home. They are obsessed with A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens’ classic story of love and loneliness, rags and riches, revenge and sacrifice set in the turmoil of the French Revolution. They reenact the novel, playing all the characters themselves and putting their own stamp on the dissolute Sidney Carton, the bitter Madame DeFarge, the guileless Lucy, the earnest Darnay and sundry others. As they do, they bicker and revise, endlessly debating how best to tell the story. What are they searching for? Why A Tale of Two Cities? Is this the best of times? Or the worst?

 

A Tale of Two Cities, Cobbled Together by the Brothers Lovejoy was written and directed by Craig Fols. Fols studied with Stella Adler and Paul Austin and has credits on and off the stage including, “Nasty Little Secrets” (Kenneth Halliwell), “The Musical of Musicals” (The Hero), and his own work “Buck Simple”. Starring in this production are Ezra Barnes and Michael Gabriel Goodfriend. Barnes has credits Off-Broadway as well as in television and film. Off-Broadway credits include the New York premiere of Fraser Grace’s “Breakfast with Mugabe”, TV “Orange is the New Black” and “Jessica Jones”, and film “Motherless Brooklyn” and “Noah”. Goodfriend returns to the Centenary Stage Company stage, previous credits include Hovstad in CSC’s “An Enemy of the People” and Ali in “The English Bride” as well as shows in New York, Los Angeles, and abroad.

 

Performances of A Tale of Two Cities, Cobbled Together by the Brothers Lovejoy start Thursday, October 21 at 7:30 pm, Friday, October 22 at 8:00 pm, Saturday, October 23 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, October 24 at 2:00pm. Performances will take place in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Tickets for A Tale of Two Cities, Cobbled Together by the Brothers Lovejoy range from $22.50 to $27.50 for adults. Discounts are available for select performances for seniors, students, and children 12 and younger. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on-line at centenarystageco.org or by phone by calling the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979-0900.

 

For more information or to reserve 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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5) Dance Rising NYC
Announces
Hyper-Local Dance Outs
SHARED SPACE
Throughout the Five Boroughs and Upstate 
Partnering with Cultural Venues 

October 21 & 23, 2021 4-6pm


Dance Rising NYC announces its next Hyper-Local Dance Out: SHARED SPACE, throughout the five boroughs and the Tri-State area on October 21 & 23, 2021, from 4pm-6pm. A grassroots movement for embodied advocacy, Dance Rising NYC organizes non-curated dance outs -- an action by hundreds of professional dance artists in all styles and forms -- to campaign for visibility of the dance field. 

For this October 2021 Dance Out, Dance Rising invites professional dance artists to activate central spaces, or Dance Hubs, in partnership with 11 established New York arts organizations: Mark Morris Dance Group, BAM, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, BAAD!, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Arts on Site, Green Space, Art’s House, 161 BID and MiddleBrook Arts. These Hubs are optional locations for dancers and musicians to be in community and perform in their own styles on October 21 & 23 between the hours of 4-6pm. 

Dance artists of all styles can learn more, sign up to dance and choose a location at www.dancerising.org


OCTOBER 2021 DANCE HUBS & SCHEDULE:
Brooklyn: 
The Plaza at 300 Ashland: Thursday, October 21
Lafayette & Flatbush Aves, across from Mark Morris Dance Center
Hosted by Mark Morris Dance Group and provided by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Coney Island: Thursday, October 21
W 10th Street between Surf Ave & the Boardwalk (alongside the Cyclone)
Hosted by Art's House Schools of Music, Dance, & Fine Arts

Queens
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL): Thursday, October 21
153-10 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, Queens
Hosted by JCAL

Green Space - The Sidewalk at the Silks Building: Saturday, October 23
37-24 24th St. Long Island City, Queens
Hosted by Valerie Green/Dance Entropy

Bronx: 
BAAD!’s Backyard: Saturday, October 23 
2474 Westchester Ave, Bronx NY 10461
Hosted by Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!)

Lou Gehrig Plaza: Thursday, October 21
161 and Grandview Pl, Bronx, NY 10451
Hosted by Sweet Water Dance and Yoga and provided by 161 BID

Staten Island: Saturday October 23
Snug Harbor Cultural Center
The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art
Building C, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
Hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden

Manhattan Thursday, October 21
Astor Place Plaza 
Astor Place at Lafayette opposite Cooper Union Foundation building
Hosted by Arts on Site and provided by Village Alliance

Tri State Area Saturday, October 23
Middlebrook Arts Research + Residency Center (MAR+RC)
130 North Harpersfield Rd, Jefferson, NY 12093
Hosted by BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance

More information, including venue locations and details are all

at www.dancerising.org.

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6) AMERICAN BARD THEATER COMPANY

Proudly Presents the Post-Covid Return Engagement of the

World Premiere


ECHOES IN THE GARDEN

The seeds we plant. The weeds we pull.

 

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT

OCTOBER 20 – NOVEMBER 6, 2021 AT THE CHAIN THEATRE

 

OPENING NIGHT IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22 AT 7 P.M.


TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT EVENTCOMBO.COM


AMERICAN BARD THEATER COMPANY is pleased to announce that after a covid-shutdown on Opening Night, March 13, 2020, their production of Ross G. Hewitt’s ECHOES IN THE GARDEN, directed by Aimee Todoroff will have its World Premiere. ECHOES IN THE GARDEN will play a three-week limited engagement at The Chain Theatre (312 W 36th St 4th Fl, New York, NY 10018). Performances begin WednesdayOctober 20 and continue through SaturdayNovember 6. Opening Night is Friday, October 22 (7 p.m.).  Tickets are $25 (student/senior $20 and previews $10) and available at https://EchoesintheGarden.eventcombo.com

Returning home can often be fraught with family drama. For Ruth Hemmerich, bringing her young son to meet her parents is marred with a dark history and racial tensions. Set in 1962 with flashbacks to the late 1920s, in the home of Marion and Henry Hemmerich, the family tries to navigate social and familial expectations in the wake of loss that echoes through the generations. 

Tickets are $25 (student/senior $20 and previews $10) and are now available online at https://EchoesintheGarden.eventcombo.com. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater a half hour prior to the performance.

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7) Long-Running Cult Hit Resumes 8-Year Run

DISTORTED DIZNEE

Select Fridays beginning October 22 

at The Laurie Beechman Theatre

 

Return to The Magical Queendom! The Laurie Beechman Theater continues its reign as The Happiest Place on Earth as DISTORTED DIZNEE resumes performances after its 8-year run began a pandemic-induced slumber in March 2020. Presented by Twizted Sisterz, this non-stop, high-energy, late-night cult hit parody of beloved pop culture princesses and villains begins performances October 22. 

Often imitated, but never duplicated, DISTORTED DIZNEE is an outrageous Las Vegas-style parody revue featuring some of America's most beloved animated classics. Come be Part of Our World as a troupe of fabulous drag queens takes you on a twisted -- and very adult -- journey, where Evil Queens become Mean Girls, Pocahontas is a proud mary, and a little mermaid yearns for the carnal benefits of being an anatomically correct woman. This 75-minute non-stop extravaganza features high-energy dance numbers, pop culture, comedy, dazzling costumes and lip-syncing "ladies"-- with a bit of Cher, Patti LuPone, Idina Menzel, Precious, and Rihanna thrown in for good measure.

 

DISTORTED DIZNEE runs select Fridays at 10pm. The Laurie Beechman Theater is located inside West Bank Cafe at 407 West 42nd Street -- at Ninth Avenue, accessible from the A,C,E,N,R,V,F,1,2 & 3 trains at 42nd Street). Tickets are $22 (plus a $20 food/drink minimum). To purchase tickets, call 212-352-3101 or visit www.SpinCycleNYC.com.

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8) National Alliance for Musical Theatre 

Announces Remaining Casting  

For the 33rd Annual

FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS 

 

October 21-22, 2021


This year’s festival will be held on Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22, 2021 and will be presented as a unique digital and in-person hybrid, allowing wider accessibility for attendees

Now in its 33rd year, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS attracts theatre producers from around the world to discover eight new musicals over two days. Production costs are underwritten by NAMT, which funds the Festival entirely through donations and sponsorships. 

NAMT will film live presentations of all Festival musicals this year. Those presentations will then be screened at an in-person event on October 21 and 22. Members of the industry are invited to attend the screening, where they also can meet the writers, or they can view a livestream of the presentations, which will be shown in collaboration with Broadway on Demand. The general public will be able to view the streaming portion of the event by making a small donation to NAMT

Festival registration is now open and available at namt.org/festival.

This year, a committee of 15 theatre professionals selected eight new musicals out of over 200 submissions. The musicals chosen for the 33rd Annual Festival are: AZUL (Book by Melis Aker and Tatiana Pandiani, Music by Jacinta Clusellas, Lyrics by Jacinta Clusellas with additional lyrics by Melis Aker and Tatiana Pandiani, Vocal Arrangements by Jacinta Clusellas and Kurt Crowley), Fanny & Stella (Music & Lyrics by Eamonn O'Dwyer, Book by SEVAN), Little Duende (Music & Lyrics by Robi Hager, Book & Lyrics by Georgina Escobar), Māyā (Book & Music by Cheeyang Ng, Book & Lyrics by Eric Sorrels), Missing Peace (Book, Music & Lyrics by Kalani Queypo and Kyle Puccia), Private Gomer Jones (Written by Marshall Pailet), Senior Class (Book, Melodies & Lyrics by Melvin Tunstall, Music by Greg Borowsky, Conceived by Kevin Duda), TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix (Book & Lyrics by EllaRose Chary, Music & Lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn).

Little Duende Music & Lyrics by Robi Hager, Book & Lyrics by Georgina Escobar

Director: Rebecca Martínez, Music Director: Erika R. Gamez

 

Cast includes Majo Rivero (Regional  In Arabia We’d All Be Kings), Daniele Hager (Regional:  She Loves Me), Mason Alexander Park (National Tour: Hedwig and the Angry Inch), 

Sommer Carbuccia (TV: Riverdale), Cedric Leiba Jr. (National Tour:  RENT), Ruben Eduard Flores  (Broadway: In The Heights), Gabriela Garcia (Broadway: Chicago), Zully Ramos (Regional:  RENT)


Little Duende: In the land of Elflán, life and beauty flourishes. Adelita, an adventurous and curious young elf, is eager to find what lies beyond the horizon. When the evil spirit of La Mancha kidnaps her mother, Adelita is forced to travel north to the land of the Hadaseñas in hopes of being reunited with her again. Little Duende is a musical with the aesthetic tones of Pixar's Coco and Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth. With fairy tales and mythological themes, this musical comments on real-world matters as it explores the border crisis, dual-citizenship, and the consequences of a family secret.

Māyā Book & Music by Cheeyang Ng, Book & Lyrics by Eric Sorrels

Director: Arpita Mukherjee, Music Director: Nate Hopkins


Cast includes Meetu Chilana (Regional: Monsoon Wedding), Jamen Nanthakumar (Regional: Diana), Daniel Plimpton (Tour: White Christmas), Ben Roseberry (Tour: Gentlemen's Guide), Vishal Vaidya (Broadway: Groundhog Day), Sonya Venugopal (Regional: Evita), and Kuhoo Verma (Off-B'way: Octet), 

About Māyā: Māyā is many things: it's a philosophy of Hinduism; the idea that the world around us is really an illusion; and a girl's name. Set in the British Raj in 1930, Māyā is the story of a struggling poet in need of an awakening, not unlike India herself. When Gandhi's non-violent Independence Movement arrives on Māyā's doorstep, she is thrust into one of the most turbulent political climates in history. When she commits herself to the cause, she begins to shatter the illusions that have been deceiving her to discover the difference she'll really make.

Private Gomer Jones Written by Marshall Pailet

Director: Sammi Canold, Music Director: Mona Seyed-Bolorforosh

 

Cast includes Stephen Bogardus (Broadway: Love! Valour! Compassion!; Bright Star), Dickie Hearts (Film: Tales of the City), Adam Hyndman (Broadway: Hadestown/Once on this Island), Jared Loftin (Film: Tick…Tick… Boom!), Johnny Link (TV: “Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist”), Patrena Murray (ART: Gloria: A Life), Christina Sajous (Broadway: Spongebob/American Idiot), and Heath Saunders (Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812)


About Private Gomer Jones: 1914. Young Gomer Jones has ambitions to join the Welsh army. But since he's lost his hearing, he needs the help of a nurse with ties to the Deaf community to fake his way past the recruiters. And so begins Gomer's journey as a deaf soldier pretending not to be a deaf soldier. He loses friends, his moral compass and his humanity. And then, through a series of moments in an increasingly senseless war, he finds himself again. When he returns to Wales, his sense of purpose has been decimated. But hope for a humanistic life has been found.


TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix Book & Lyrics by EllaRose Chary, Music & Lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn

Director: Sherri Eden Barber, Music Director: Rose Van Dyne


Cast includes Courtney Bassett (Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812), karen EiLbacher (Film: Dietland/ Lady Liberty), Sara Porkalob (Broadway: 1776), Storm Thomas (Regional: Baltimore Center Stage), Skyler Volpe (Broadway: Sing Street), and Ada Westfall (Regional: A Play on War).


About TL;DR: TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix is a fantasy-driven, irreverent, rocking meta-analysis of queer women in media that asks, "why do strong female characters always gotta die?". The cast and band, made up of six queer folks, defies the traditional cis, white, femme, skinny, able-bodied, male gaze-inspired concept of queer women in media. We start with T and L suspended in mid-air over the Grand Canyon - they promptly make out and then, with the help of their newfound queer community (The Band), seek a queer future that has never been modeled for them, the happy ending they deserve.

AZUL Book by Melis Aker and Tatiana Pandiani, Music by Jacinta Clusellas, Lyrics by Jacinta Clusellas, with additional lyrics by Tatiana Pandiani and Melis Aker, Vocal Arrangements by Jacinta Clusellas and Kurt Crowley

Director: Elena Araoz, Music Director: Kurt Crowley 

 

Cast includes Danny Bolero (Broadway: In the Heights), Blanca Camacho (Broadway: In the Heights), Renata Eastlick (The Public’s For Colored Girls), Henry Gainza (Broadway: On Your Feet), Robi Hager (Broadway: Doctor Zhivago), Claudia Mulet (National Tour: On Your Feet), Martin Sola (Broadway: On Your Feet) and Claudia Yanez (National Tour: On Your Feet)

 

About AZUL: In an epic world of magical realism, Bluebird, an idealist poet, seeks a better life in a new land. Years later, in present-day Jackson Heights, Rita, a composer, struggles to forgive her father, understand her roots and reconnect to a land she has never known. AZUL is a bilingual spectacle, as well as a psychological deep-dive into the immigrant father-daughter relationship. It questions the place of art in capitalism and explores how memory and imagination reshape immigrant identity. The score is a constellation of songs rooted in Latin American folkloric traditions, along with jazz and chamber music.

Fanny & Stella Music & Lyrics by Eamonn O'Dwyer, Book by SEVAN

Director: Stephen Brackett, Music Director: Emily Marshall


Cast includes Jake Boyd (Broadway: Rock of Ages), Nathan Lee Graham (Broadway: Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Eddie Korbich (Broadway: A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder), Judy Kuhn (Broadway: Fun Home, Tony nom), Orville Mendoza (Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher), Mason Alexander Park (National Tour: Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Jamila Sabares-Klemm (Chicago: Hamilton) and Heath Saunders (Upcoming Broadway: Company) 


About Fanny & Stella: London, 1870s: Frederick Park and Ernest Boulton were unremarkable middle-class boys growing up in Dulwich, who fled their suburban upbringing to live as Fanny & Stella in frenetic Victorian London. A run-in with the law casts them in their own coup de théâtre: the sensational show-trial of the 'He-She Ladies.' Dominating the press and scandalizing the nation, the investigation exposed every sordid detail of their wild lives. In a time when simply being themselves made them a threat to the establishment, this ordeal would test their extraordinary friendship and the 

resolve of an empire.



Missing Peace Book, Music & Lyrics by Kalani Queypo and Kyle Puccia

Director: Jesca Prudencio, Music Director: Steven Cuevas

 

Cast includes Phoenix Best (Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen), Nick Dalton (National Tour: Legally Blonde), Carolyn Dunn (Regional: Neechie-itas), Kyla Garcia (Regional: Sovereignty), Nic Rouleau (Broadway: The Book of Mormon) and Glenn Stanton (TV: “The Walking Dead”).

 

About Missing Peace: Chase wakes up from a coma, his past a blur. To his family's surprise, Chase is happy and free until the dark memories begin to flood back like quick cuts of a movie trailer that just don't add up. As Chase grapples with his attempted suicide, bad choices he's made and the people he's hurt along the way, he begins to work through his pain and heal relationships with those he loves the most

Senior Class Book, Melodies & Lyrics by Melvin Tunstall III, Music by Greg Borowsky, Conceived by Kevin Duda

Director: Amy Anders Corcoran, Music Director: Andrew Bourgoin

 

Cast includes Amina Faye (Regional: Love in Hate Nation), Olivia Hardy (Broadway: Summer), Emma Lord (Regional: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Jose Luaces (Broadway: A Christmas Story, The Musical), Madison McBride (Regional: Godspell), Zachary Noah Piser (Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen), Darius Wright (Upcoming Broadway: MJ The Musical) and Daniel Yearwood (Broadway: Hamilton)

 

About Senior Class: When the Senior Class Musical production of My Fair Lady is canceled due to budget cuts, two theater nerds in Harlem convince the school to do a one-night-only, royalty-free staging of Pygmalion. When they meet a subway dancer named Alizé, art begins to imitate life as they try to transform her into their perfect Eliza Doolittle. However, this new modern-day Eliza schools them all as she proves she can Doolittle and so much more.

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9) JIM CARUSO & BILLY STRITCH
RETURN TO THE LEGENDARY
 BEMELMANS BAR AT
 THE CARLYLE, A ROSEWOOD HOTEL
SUNDAYS October 24 and 31, 
November 14 and 21


For the eighth year in a row, Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch return to Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel with their evening of swinging standards on Sundays, October 24, 31, November 14 and 21from 9pm to midnight.  Bassist Steve Doyle will again join the duo.  Caruso and Stritch, who have performed extensively on their own, gained national exposure together as the host and musical director of the wildly popular open mic, Cast Party, which celebrates talent every Monday at Birdland in NYC, and tours nationally. During their eight years at Bemelmans, the duo has received critical acclaim, and made international news when rock legend Bono joined them in an impromptu performance.  The musical pair has also become the darling of the show biz set, welcoming spontaneous performances by stars including Liza Minnelli, Michael Feinstein, Jane Monheit, Clint Holmes, Marilyn Maye, Stephanie J. Block, Steve Ross, Linda Lavin, Darren Criss, Luann de Lesseps, Tony Danza, Megan Hilty, Laura Osnes, Liliane Montevecchi, Christine Ebersole, and Steve Tyrell.

Bemelmans Bar is located in The Carlyle Hotel (35 East 76th Street @ Madison Avenue). Bar seating is $15 per person and table seating is $25 per person. Reservations not accepted; tables available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For additional information, visit www.thecarlyle.com.

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10) Kelsey Theatre at Mercer is Back


With some new precautions to allow them to safely operate, as your health and theirs are of utmost importance. The Show Must Go ON!! There will be some smaller casts, smaller orchestras, shorter shows and of course new safety and sanitizing protocols, but the same talent, excitement and fun that you have come to expect from the Kelsey Theatre. To that end, we are requiring all patrons, staff and performers to be fully vaccinated or to show a negative test result upon entering the theatre.

This year, they are excited to offer the PHOENIX PACKAGE - 13 great shows to bring us back to live theatre. Subscriptions and Kid's Show tickets are on sale now. Current Subscribers have until October 25 to receive priority seating. New Subscriber orders will be filled after Oct. 25 and single sales begin November 1.

For information go and for information about this season's schedule of shows go to www.kelseytheatre.org 

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11) Marrone Law Firm, LLC

 Launches 

Philadelphia Eagles Ticket Giveawa


The Marrone Law Firm, LLC is excited to announce they will be giving away a pair of tickets to the following Eagles 2021 home games:


11/07/21: Eagles vs. Chargers

11/21/21: Eagles vs. Saints

And it’s easier for fans to enter than it is to beat the Washington Football Team’s defense! To enter, simply:

  1. Like and follow the Marrone Law Firm Facebook Page, and
  2. Visit https://www.marronelaw.com/eagles-tickets-giveaway-2021/ and enter your email address.

For both drawings, the winner will be announced two weeks prior to the game. 

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12) New Camerata Opera 
Announces 
Peter Rabbit
Free and Open to the Public at Edgemere Farm
Saturday, October 23, 2021


New Camerata Opera announces Peter Rabbit, a rollicking, action-packed introduction to the world of classical music, featuring the timeless melodies of Gaetano Donizetti, on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 12pm at Edgemere Farm on 385 B 45 Street, Queens, NY, 11691. The show runs for roughly thirty minutes, followed by a brief question and answer session. Children will learn and laugh at the same time! For more information, visit https://www.newcameratao22222pera.org/camerata-piccola-events/2021/8/22/peter-rabbit-n7b38.

Beatrix Potter’s beloved mischievous hero runs afoul of the gardener MacGrego2222222r. He escapes by the skin of his teeth, as Donizetti’s score (borrowed from L'elisir d'amore) accompanies a dramatic chase. Beautiful arias set the tone for anxious handwringing by Momma Rabbit and the helpless narrator as the adventure plays out. Young audience members, costumed with ears and fluffy tails, round out the cast in the non-singing roles of Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit newcamerataopera.org.

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13) NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG
PRESENTS 2021 NYFOS NEXT FESTIVAL
AT KAUFMAN MUSIC CENTER

Concerts Include
9 UNDER 34: Composers Younger Than NYFOS on October 22 and
A Tribute to James Primosch on November 1

New York Festival of Song (NYFOS), led by Artistic Director Steven Blier, is presenting the 2021 NYFOS Next Festival with two concerts held at the Ann Goodman Recital Hall at Kaufman Music Center.

On Friday, October 22, 2021 at 7:00pm, the festival kicks off with 9 UNDER 34: Composers Younger Than NYFOS, co-curated by baritone Gregory Feldmann. The evening will feature works by composers born after NYFOS’s first program was presented, performed by baritone Gregory Feldmann and mezzo-soprano and 2021 Naumberg Award winner Erin Wagner, together with pianists Nathaniel LaNasa and Shawn Chang and cellist Thapelo Masita. Works include songs by Jake Landau, Sato Matsui, Shawn Chang, Iván Enrique Rodríguez, David Clay Mettens, Emily Cooley, Tariq al-Sabir, Curtis Stewart, and Molly Joyce.

The festival continues with A Tribute to James Primosch on Monday, November 1, 2021 at 7:00pm, honoring the late American composer and pianist. Soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon curates and performs in the program which also features tenor Daniel McGrew and pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough.

Both NYFOS Next shows will be filmed and edited into digital programs, which will premiere after the live performance and remain online for four weeks

$40 subscriptions to the NYFOS Next Festival and $25 single tickets are on-sale now through the NYFOS website at http://nyfos.org/21-22season/#next.

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14) New York City 

Free Walking Tours in October 

For the remainder of the month of October, FREE walking tours, sponsored by BIDS, will be offered as listed below.

Garment District, Sat.10/16 and Mon.10/25, meet at 9:55am;  NE corner W39th St. and 7th Ave. 


Flatiron District, Sun. 10/24,  Meet at Flatiron Building at 10:55am; Broadway X Fifth Ave X 23rd St. intersection.

For More information, please contact Mike at Mikesnyctours@yahoo.com

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15) SONNY MARIE LEE 
IS

THE BRONX BABE
PREVIEWS OF THE WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION
BEGIN ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23RD
OFF BROADWAY - AT ACTORS TEMPLE THEATRE


THE NEW SOLO SHOW IS A HEARTFELT COMING-OF-AGE STORY ABOUT A BIRACIAL GIRL GROWING UP AMIDST BUSSING AND THE DESEGREGATION OF THE NYC SCHOOL SYSTEM IN THE 1970s 


The Bronx Babe, a fun, comical and touching coming of age story about a biracial girl growing up amidst bussing and desegregation of schools along with the racial tensions at an all-time high in the Bronx during the 1970s is slated to make it’s Off-Broadway debut this fall, Off-Broadway at Actors temple Theatre, 339 West 47th Street. The production is a solo show written, directed, and performed by Bronx native and NYC storyteller Sonny Marie Lee. Previews  begin on Saturday, October 23rd at 2:00 pm and the performance schedule is every Saturday at 2:00 pm. Tickets are now on sale through Telecharge.

The Bronx Babe is a true story about a half-Irish and half-Puerto Rican girl attending middle school in the early 1970’s. She learns about the value of true friendship, experiences her first kiss, and navigates her way through the Bronx during a period when racial tensions were high. Sonny shares comical yet meaningful stories about her multi-racial girl clique and the urban dances of back in the day. Her parents met and fell in love on the number 1 train in Manhattan. It’s a celebration of New York City culture that’s never been told before!

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16) BRECHT ON BRECHT

A celebration of Brecht through his poems, stories, songs and plays


at The Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre

at The A.R.T/NY Theatres

Performances Begin on October 19, 2021

Opening Thursday, October 28, 2021 


Theater Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB), the only professional Off-Broadway theater company dedicated to advancing artists and developing audiences of people with disabilities, is proud to return to Off-Broadway with the timeless revue – Brecht on Brecht. Directed by Nicholas Viselli, with musical direction by Dionne McClaine-Freeney, BRECHT ON BRECHT will begin performance on October 19 and will celebrate its opening night on Thursday, October 28, 2021, running through November 20, 2021, at A.R.T./ NY Theatre (502 West 53rd Street, NYC).  Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by visiting tbtb.org.

A celebration of Brecht through his poems, stories, songs, and plays,  Brecht on Brecht celebrates one of the 20th century’s greatest and most prolific playwrights with a stunning, kaleidoscopic, 90-minute revue of Brecht’s life’s work. Featuring poems, stories & scenes by Brecht, and songs by Kurt Weill & Hans Eisler, Brecht on Brecht explores the political and social issues he faced throughout his life as an artist fleeing the Nazi Regime and as an exile, ultimately landing in America. TBTB originally produced Brecht On Brecht 20 years ago, shortly after the horrific events of 9/11. 

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17) WHITE WAVE Dance
Announces
Three Free Performances of iyouuswe II
Made Possible by City Artist Corps Grant Initiative
October 2021

WHITE WAVE Dance announces free performances of their newest production, iyouuswe II (I-You-Us-We-Two), on October 28, and 30, 2021 at Bethesda Fountain, DUMBO Archway, and the Home of WHITE WAVE Dance, respectively, at 5pm EST as part of the City Artist Corps Grant Initiative. iyouuswe II is a multi-year collaboration with pioneering choreographer Young Soon Kim and composer Marco Cappelli, in collaboration with their performers, as they continue to explore the body's three dimensions in space. Probing the weight of human emotions, the work presents a vividly colored vision where movement and mise-en-scène meld seamlessly.

During this critical time of the Covid Pandemic, this piece challenges us to examine who we are and how we relate to ourselves and to each other. It is a story of developing relationships by which we struggle to find a sense of ‘i’ as part of a 'we.’

Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 5pm
Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
Enter from 72nd Street, both East & West side
See live performance and meet the WHITE WAVE Dancers

Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 5pm
Home of WHITE WAVE DANCE
150 MacDougal Street, #1fl. Brooklyn, NY 11233
See live performance at our home backyard with a reception with food & drinks.

"iyouuswe II" (read I-You-Us-We-Two) is our multi-year collaboration by pioneering choreographer, Young Soon Kim, in collaboration with our performers, as we continue to explore the body's 3 dimensions in space. Probing the weight of human emotions, “iyouuswe II,” a Dance Film, presents a vividly-colored vision where movement and mise-en-scène seamlessly meld. Especially during this critical time of the covid Pandemic, this piece challenges us to examine who we are, and how we relate to ourselves and to each other. It is a story of developing relationships by which we struggle to find a sense of ‘i’ as part of a ‘we.’

For more information, visit whitewavedance.org

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And that's the Scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.