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

Monday, May 31, 2021

Great Things About Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations!

As we wait for Broadway to reopen with shows now scheduled to reopen as early as September 2, this is the second post in our series, Great Things About..., focusing on different shows returning to Broadway or coming to Broadway soon.

Here are some great things about Ain't Too Proud: The Temptations Musical!

1) The story is fascinating, 

2) Even if you think you know everything there is to know about The Temptations you probably don't.

3)  It is full of great Motown music including My Girl, The Way You Do The Things You Do, Papa Was a Rollin' Stone, and many more.

4) The songs are full of amazing harmonies.

5) The soundtrack was Grammy-nominated.

6)  The show was nominated for numerous awards including 11 Tony Awards, a Drama Desk Award, 3 Outer Critic Circle Awards, 2 Drama League Awards, and a Broadway.com Audience Award.

7) The choreography by Sergio Trujilo is Tony award-winning.

8) It's just a really fun musical.

And that's our view. Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of Temptation returns to Broadway on October 16, 2021. For our original review of this show go here. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ainttooproudmusical.com

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

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

Photo credits: All Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations production photos by Mattew Murphy

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Sunday Scoop Week of 5/30/21 Show Openings Rescheduled Show Dates, Live and Virtual Events Coming Up This Week, and More

Broadway Reopenings and Rescheduled Show Dates 

Hadestown - Reopens 9/2/21 at the Walter Kerr Theater.
For more information or to purchase tickets go to hadestown.com

Live and Virtual Events This Week and More

1) Ahoy New York Tours and Tasting Virtual Cooking Class
2) Broadway's Best Shows Presents Show of Titles 6/8
3) Broadway Workshop Summer In-Person Vocal Intensive
4) Bronx Little Italy Welcomes Backs Families 
5) Camp Morning Wood A Very Naked Musical 6/4 - 6/20
6) checkovOS/an experimental game Live and Interactive Virtual Theater Experience May & June
7) Dixon Place Presents Bill's 44th 6/2 - 6/5 In Person Then On-Demand
8) Gay Marriage Play Popups 6/3 - 6/24
9) Howard Schoor New York Exhibition 3/6 - 3/30
10) IT Awards Recognize Off Off Broadway
11) Metamorphosis and Rearview Mirror New Indoor Dance Productions 
12) Next Generation Theater Presents NGT Rocks 6/1
13) On Location Tours $100 Off Private Tour Through 6/15
14) Roundabout Theatre Company Virtual Gala 6/7
15) Roundabout Theate Lab Third Session Begins June 2021
16) South Street Seaport Museum Monthly Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music 6/6
17) Squirrel Comedy Theatre NYC Residency at Caveat Starting 6/5
18) Statue City Cruises Adds More Cruises 
19) Story Pirates Ceator Camp Runs 6/14 - 7/30
20) TADA Youth Theater July & August Online and In Person Registration Open Now
21) Two River Theatre Radio Play Series Now Live
22) Vangeline Theater and Howl Arts Presents Queer Butoh 2021 6/8, 6/15, 6/22
23) Van Gogh Immersive Experience Begins Previewing 6/4
24) Voyeur Celebrates 300th Performance 6/4
25) Winnie the Pooh Musical at Theater Row Starting 10/21 Tickets on Sale Now
26) Works & Process at the Guggenheim Presents Unveiling 6/2

1) Ahoy New York Tours
Virtual Cooking Class

On Saturday, June 12th at 11 am (ET), Ahoy New Tours virtual cooking class  will be "visiting" the Puglia region of Italy.

Puglia is known for the delicious pasta, orecchiette. You'll make making our own orecchiette from scratch to add to the dish orecchiette with broccolini and sausage. In addition to a hearty pasta dish, you'll be making a summery dessert, a lemon ricotta cake. They are excited to visit the south east of Italy and hope you'll join their virtual cooking class to Puglia.

For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit www.ahoynewyorkfoodtours.com/virtual-experiences/
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2) BROADWAY’S BEST SHOWS

Announces

 

SHOW OF TITLES

An evening of celebrated stars performing the titles songs from Broadway’s best.


JUNE 8, 2021


Broadway’s Best Shows announces a musical extravaganza with dozens of Broadway stars performing the title songs from over 20 beloved musicals.   “Show of Titles” will be available on June 8, 2021 for a limited time only.  All proceeds will benefit The Actors Fund.

 

The evening will be a rousing and memorable celebration of title songs from more than two dozen Broadway musicals spanning nine decades, ranging from “Lady Be Good” to “The Light in the Piazza.”   But is the original title song disappearing from the theatrical map? What used to be the norm has become a rarity.  Tony nominees, for example, from the 60’s frequently had title songs.  Contrast the 1965-1966-67-68 seasons when 75% of the nominated musicals had title songs, with the three most recent seasons when there was no original title song from a Tony-nominated Broadway musical.


The evening will feature favorite works by Lee Adams, Maxwell Anderson, Burt Bacharach, Irving Berlin, Jerry Bock, Bertolt Brecht,  Cy Coleman, Betty ComdenJoe DarionHal David, Fred Ebb, Gary Geld, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Adolph Green, Adam Guettel, Oscar Hammerstein, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Herman, John Kander, Burton Lane, Mitch Leigh, Alan Jay Lerner, Frank Loesser, Frederick Loewe, Galt MacDermotCole Porter, James RadoGerome Ragni,  Richard Rodgers, Charles Strouse, Jule Styne, Peter Udell Kurt Weill.

 

“Show of Titles” will be livestreamed on Stellar at 8M EST/5PM PST and available for a strictly limited amount of time.  Starting May 17, tickets will be on sale for $29.  Starting May 21, tickets will be $39.  Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to The Actor’s Fund.


To learn more, visit Broadways Best Shows 

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 3) Broadway Workshop IN-PERSON Vocal Intensive
New program just added!

Dates: Monday, July 19 – Friday, July 23, 2021
Ages: 13-19 (divided into multiple groups by age)
Daily Times: 10:00am – 4:00pm ET (Eastern Time)
Ages: 13-19 (divided by age) 
Location: Ripley Grier Studios at 305 W. 38th Street
Cost: $1,195

Broadway Workshop's Vocal Intensive In-Person will engage students to dig deeper into their connection to their vocal audition pieces and build on their acting and dance skills in a small online group workshop setting. This program will allow students to work all three area’s of the triple threat experience with a focus on vocal musical theater performance.

There is no pre-audition required for the Vocal Intensive program. Students enrolled in this program should have prior experience in school, community, or professional theatre.

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 4) Bronx Little Italy Safely Welcomes Families Back All Summer Long

 

Located Steps from the Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Garden, the Arthur Avenue Neighborhood Announces Offerings from Family-Friendly Restaurants and Businesses, Owned and Operated by Generations of Families from the Bronx


This summer when school is out, The Belmont Business Improvement District (BID) safely welcomes families back to the borough, announcing the latest offerings from Bronx Little Italy’s top family-friendly eateries, artisan shops and restaurants – many of which are owned and operated by the same families that founded them nearly a century ago.

A roundup of family-friendly institutions in the neighborhood include:

·       Antonio’s Trattoria – Serving authentic Italian dishes approved by “Nonna,” Antonio’s offers a kids’ menu with favorites including pizza, mozzarella sticks, cheese ravioli, rice balls and more. Half-orders on many of their pasta dishes are also available for younger guests. If you visit on a birthday, kids (and their older patrons) can enjoy an acapella version of happy birthday accompanied by a festive disco light. Celebrity guests have included Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka with their kids, DJ Khaled and his son Asahd, Chazz Palminteri – a Bronx native and star of A Bronx Tale, and many others. Other popular menu items include lasagna, short ribs, thin crust pizza, and veal saltimbocca. Please note there is limited space for strollers. Open for indoor and outdoor dining.

·       Full Moon Pizza – Located on the world-famous intersection of Arthur Avenue and East 187th Street, Stan Petti and his father bought the business from its previous owner in 1976. Today, Stan and his son, Gerardo, can often be found behind the counter making pizza together and serving smiles. To Stan, Full Moon is more than a business, it’s a constant reminder of where his family came from, and represents the Italian core: good company, delicious soul warming food, and family. Customers are treated like family and only offered the best. Families enjoy sharing giant pies, loaded sandwiches and wings. Open for indoor and outdoor dining.

·       Mike’s Deli – Located in Arthur Avenue’s Retail Market, Mike’s Deli is owned by Dave Greco who has been behind the counter since he was 12 years old, serving the neighborhood, visitors, and customers like his own family. Dave’s family has roots on Arthur Avenue since 1920. All recipes are passed down through multiple family generations including from Dave’s Neapolitan grandmother and his father who is from Calabria.  Kids often enjoy their eggplant parmigiana and the Italian combo sandwich with fresh mozzarella. Open for indoor and outdoor dining. Also offering delivery and shipping.

·       Morrone Pastry – Guests will find brightly lit display cases packed with traditional Italian pastries, cookies, and cakes at this Arthur Avenue pastry shop which opened in 2005 by Ermanno Morrone. Kids can choose from plenty of sweet treats neatly laid out, with favorites such as rainbow cookies and giant sugar cookies. Young guests also opt for their gelato and sorbetto during the summer. Parents can indulge in cannoli, biscotti, and tiramisu complemented by cappuccinos, espressos, and macchiatos. Morrone Pastry is also known for crafting a wide variety of specialty and custom designed cakes. Open for indoor and outdoor dining.=

·       Tino’s Deli – Located adjacent to Ciccarone Park, Tino’s Deli has been family-owned and operated for over 20 years by couple Rosa and Giancarlo Paciullo, who create Neapolitan dishes using recipes that have been passed down from Rosa’s grandmother and mother. Featuring an expansive menu, popular kid items include sandwiches, chicken parmigiana, lasagna, pizza, baked ziti, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, mozzarella, and gelato. Open for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as delivery.

·       Dominick’s Restaurant – What better place to bring the family, than a restaurant serving family-style portions. Dishes here are made for sharing, and popular options include baked clams, eggplant parmigiana, pork chops pizzaiola, and linguini alla Gianni (diced shrimp and clams). Similar to home, there is no official menu at Dominick’s, but families share what they want based on the day’s dishes with the waiter. Owner, Charlie DiPaolo, and the boys, welcome all and treat everyone like family. Open for indoor dining, as well as outdoor dining from Friday to Sunday only. Cash only.

For more information about Little Italy in the Bronx, visit www.bronxlittleitaly.com or follow the BID on Instagram at @BronxLittleItalyTwitter at @BXLittleItaly, Facebook at @BronxLittleItaly or YouTube.com @BronxLittleItaly.
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5) Camp Morning Wood

THE HIT QUEER MUSICAL COMEDY OF 2019
IS BACK TO KICK OFF THEATER IN THE ROARING 20s
WITH A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT RUN DURING PRIDE MONTH 


  JUNE 4-20
AT ASYLUM THEATRE


10 IN-PERSON PERFORMANCES ONLY


Live in-person productions are “springing up” in New York again and Get Naked LLC in association with Soiree Fair, Inc., Husani Oakley and Tym Byers today announced the return of one of the gayest, nakedest musicals to play in the city since the 2010s - a fully updated, roaring 20s version of their hit queer musical comedy CAMP MORNING WOOD: A VERY NAKED MUSICAL. The special limited engagement Off-Broadway run will play in Chelsea during Pride Month, June 4 – June 20th at Asylum Theatre, 307 West 26thStreet. Conceived and directed by Marc Eardley, the critically acclaimed musical comedy features a book and lyrics by Jay Falzone, music by Trent Jeffords, Derrick Byars, Matt Gumleyand Jeff Thomson with arrangements and orchestrations by Gumley and Jeffords. It also features a tremendous amount of nudity. https://campmorningwoodthemusical.com

Tighter, harder, funnier and more outrageous, CAMP MORNING WOOD: A VERY NAKED MUSICAL tells the story of Randy, who – at a crossroads in his life after a hellish 30th birthday, finds himself at the front gate of a humble nudist camp. The camp itself is also at a crossroads – besieged by a tyrannical, right-wing Christian Senator who threatens its closure. Randy is thrust into a weekend adventure of titillating tunes, quirky campers, and deep soul-searching. Together, Randy and the campers seek out a solution to save the camp... and accept each other. They bare it all—inside and out—in this wild mix between Rocky Horror and The Wizard of OzDisclaimer: Actors in the show will be nude - one after the next, after the next. No clothes – just the birthday suit. 

Performances of CAMP MORNING WOOD: A VERY NAKED MUSICAL are on June 4 @ 9:30; June 5 @ 11:00 p.m.; June 11 & 18 @ 9:30 p.m.; June 12 & 19 @ 2:00 & 5:00 p.m.; June 13 & 20 @ 2:00 p.m. The June 5th 11pm performance is an experimental “camp morning wood: after dark” performance, which will include burlesque and additional fantasy elements for a late-night feel.  Tickets can be purchased at: https://campmorningwoodthemusical.com

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                            6) 


Tickets and information at:

Arlekin Players Theatre today announces  spring dates: May 23 - June 24 for
chekhovOS /an experimental game/, the latest production from (zero-G), Arlekin's Zero Gravity Virtual Theater Lab. 

chekhovOS /an experimental game/, is a multi-media interactive theatrical experience from Arlekin Players Theatre's founder and director Igor Golyak, who has been a leading innovator of virtual theater. Golyak's latest work fuses theater, film, video game technology, and live interactivity to create a new experience where viewers are able to interact with the performers. chekhovOS /an experimental game/ is produced by Igor Golyak and Sara Stackhouse of Arlekin's Zero Gravity (zero-G) Virtual Theater Lab.

Inspired by Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard and drawing from recordings of Chekhov's letters and dreams, this new show portrays all of Chekhov's characters as they are trapped inside Chekhov's worldview, his pysche, his "operating system". Audiences start receiving messages via email and text from the characters before the play begins online, leading viewers to a secret video where the characters beg them to "vote the right way" during the show.

The performance schedule is: Sunday, May 23 at 8:00pm EST, Thursday, May 27 1:00pm EST, Sunday, May 30 at 11:00am EST, Sunday, June 6 at 8:00pm EST, Sunday, June 13 at 8:00pm EST, Sunday, June 20 at 8:00pm EST, and Thursday, June 24 at 8:00pm EST.

Tickets are free and must be reserved by visiting: www.zerogravity.art. Donations to Arlekin's Resilience Fund or special charities are encouraged.
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7) Dixon Place
presents
Bill’s 44th by Andy Manjuck & Dorothy James
June 2-5, 2021

Dixon Place presents Bill’s 44th by Andy Manjuck & Dorothy James as part of its Spring 2021 Production Season of puppetry commissions, performed live from June 2-5 at 7:30pm EDT with video on demand (VOD) streaming available from June 8 through June 15, 2021. In-person performances will take place at 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY. Tickets are $10-$35 and can be purchased online at dixonplace.org/productions-2021/

Bills 44th by Andy Manjuck & Dorothy James
June 2, 3, 4, 5, 2021 at 7:30pm EST (Live performances with limited in-person audiences)
Available to stream from June 8-15, 2021
The streamers are hung, the punch has been spiked, and the cake is just begging to be eaten! Now all Bill has to do is wait for his guests to arrive. But waiting is hard. Bill’s 44th is an original comedic show that brings two puppeteers together to create one (very worried) protagonist. Many styles of puppetry, raucous balloons, and a cheeky piece of crudité all collide to examine the pitfalls of impatience and the wonder of loneliness. Approx. run time: 55 minutes. Rated PG.

For more information, visit dixonplace.org.
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8) Internationally acclaimed gay marriage play offers 
live outdoor pop-up performances for Gay Pride.

MADE FOR EACH OTHER
June 3 - 24, 2021

In MADE FOR EACH OTHER, Jerry and Vincent are deeply in love. But both men have secrets and inner voices reminding them of their unresolved pasts. Will they make it to the altar or will Vincent end up alone in an Alzheimer’s ward like his mother? A surprisingly hilarious romantic dramedy about love, sex, & the power of memory.

Performances of MADE FOR EACH OTHER will be Thursdays, June 3, 17 & 24 at 7pm and Friday, June 11 at 7pm at an outdoor location near West 93rd Street and Central Park West. These intimate live-and in person pop up shows will be presented for an audience of no more than 16. The exact meetup location (as well as instructions and safety protocols) will be emailed to ticket buyers in advance of the performance. It is suggested that patrons bring their own pillow/blanket/portable chair for seating and wear comfortable shoes. Run time is approximately 60 minutes. In case of rain, refunds will be issued. Tickets are $20 each, available at SpinCycleNYC.com.
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9) New York Exhibit in Chelsea
by Artist, Howard Schoor

Howard Schoor’s paintings are colorful in nature and showcase what his life's work has been about, Trianglism. A professional engineer, he built and led one of the region's largest engineering firms and worked with the triangle daily. Having coined the term Trianglism, Schoor immediately became the medium’s pioneer. “I’ve been wedded to these triangles for so long they became a part of me.” Today, the triangle remains the focus of his art conscious. His Trianglist works evidence his love of architecture, forms, angles and shapes, and his belief that “less can be more.” Each piece is designed to bring happiness to the viewer.

Located in the Chelsea Art District, Montserrart Gallery offers an exciting yet safe way of experiencing art close up. Montserrat is presenting a spotlight show by the award winning artist, that focuses on his colorful medley of geometric ‘trianglism’. Covid-19 has greatly impacted the way we all have been socializing, so Schoor offers his ‘happy art’ to get us all connected once again.

In addition Schoor will have exhibitions this summer at the Bungalounge in Long Branch, N.J. and The Tides in Asbury Park. For those interested in original works by Schoor you can call 732-740-8797 or visit his online gallery www.HowardSchoorArt.com

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10) RECOGNIZE THE HARD WORK IN THE INDIE/OFF-OFF BROADWAY THEATER COMMUNITY WITH THE NEW YORK INNOVATIVE THEATRE AWARDS 

HONORARY AWARD APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

 

PAST RECIPIENTS INCLUDE TAYLOR MAC, MARSHALL W. MASON, MARIA IRENE FORNES, MARTIN DENTON, JUDITH MALINA, DORIC WILSON, ART/NY, TOM O’HORGAN, VAMPIRE COWBOYS, MAGIE DOMINIC, NICKY PARAISO, TOSOS, BARBARA KAHN, CRYSTAL FIELD, PEGGY SHAW AND LOIS WEAVER, AND MORE... 


The New York Innovative Theatre Awards, which for the past 17 years has celebrated New York City’s independent theatre artists by honoring those who have achieved artistic excellence in the Off-Off Broadway/Indie theatre realm, is now accepting applications for its 2020-21 Honorary Awards. This year, the NYITA will present its 2021 awards in a modified capacity, focusing on the non-production based “Honorary Awards”. Awards will be presented in six different categories, including the Caffe Cino Award, the Ellen Stewart Award, the Artistic Achievement Award, the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award, the Outstanding Stage Manager Award and announcing the Indie Theatre Champion Award. Two of these awards, the Caffe Cino and Doric Wilson Independent Playwright award, include a financial grant.

This exciting news comes after NYITA announced a pandemic-related pause to review their 2019-2020 awards season and begin an evaluation of the company's organizational structure. The organization was able to expand its committee membership, review transparency and equitable process for the honorary awards, and continue its ongoing work towards improving its structures and removing barriers for inclusive involvement.

The Application forms are available as of May 24th, 2021 and materials will be accepted until June 20th, 2021.  Detailed information about the awards can be found at NYITAwards.com, and includes links to the nomination application forms, information about our staff & committee members, and best practice tips for completing the nomination forms. 
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11) Metamorphosis 
and 
Rearview  Mirror

M-Train Productions, the producing arm of the Pittsburgh based dance organization Bodiography, invites you to two dynamic new indoor dance productions that will run all Summer in Times Square. 

Under the artistic direction of solo dance artist Maria Angelica Caruso, the company will present the poignant, critically acclaimed solo performance Metamorphosis and a vibrant, upbeat 80s dance revue Rearview Mirror, in repertory, Off-Broadway at The Theater Center and Actors Temple Theatres. Mrs. Caruso will be performing in both shows, on the same nights, at these two different theaters.



CHECK OUT SNEAK PEAK VIDEO HERE: https://vimeo.com/404083174


Metamorphosis is a solo dance performance spotlights the emotional journey through life’s many transitions, and is based on Ms. Caruso’s own experiences, but poignantly reflects the many shared emotions of our collective human experience over past year - as the pandemic swept through our lives and across the globe. Audiences are immersed in drastic emotional shifts through a series of costume changes into various colored dresses as a metaphor for turning points in the character's journey. Caruso, a critically acclaimed solo artist acknowledged for her interpretation of Martha Graham’s iconic solo, Lamentations, as a rival performance to the original performed by the Mother of Modern Dance, she has traveled the world performing a vast collection of works by esteemed choreographers as well as her own work.  Ms. Caruso developed Metamorphosis as a personal reflection of her many years of experience and has performed the piece on five continents - but only once in the United States, on February 28, 2020 - just weeks before the pandemic was officially declared in the United States. The production has been hailed as one of Caruso's greatest solo creations to date, having premiered at Israel's Karmiel Dance Festival in 2018. 

Metamorphosis plays at Actors Temple Theatre (339 West 47th Street)
with performances on Thursday and Friday evenings at 7pm through August. 



CHECK OUT SNEAK PEAK VIDEO HERE: https://vimeo.com/511796161

Showcasing a drastic shift from a poignant theatrical work, she will also star in her uplifting and charismatic 80’s dance revue, Rearview Mirror.  Journeying through the best sounds of the 1980s with Caruso and her company artists from Bodiography, audiences will enjoy a decade of iconic sounds as they come to life in a dance landscape that looks and feels like watching MTV for the first time. With vintage costumes, selected to emphasize and emanate the musical artists and their visions for their music videos, Caruso will transport you to another realm of pleasure through a powerful and entertaining performance of dance and athleticism.

Rearview Mirror plays in the Jerry Orbach Theater (210 West 50th Street, 3rd floor),with performances on Fridays at 9:30pm and Saturdays at 5pm through August.

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12) TEEN THEATER PRODUCER LANA SCHWARTZ LAUNCHES 

VIRTUAL CONCERT 

with CARLY GENDELL, DIEGO LUCANO, SWAY BHATIA, 

PATRICK HIGGINS, JOSHUA TURCHIN

AND MORE RISING YOUNG TALENTS…


All teen-produced event to feature young stars from Broadway, Film and Television, alongside newly discovered young talent.

16-year-old performer and producer, Lana Schwartz (Off Broadway’s Endangered!), is producing her entirely teen-run theatre company, Nxt Generation Theatrics’, second virtual concert, “NGT Rocks”, premiering on June 1 at 7pm, with 30% of the proceeds benefiting The Actors Fund and Stop AAPI Hate. The concert includes Carly Gendell (School of Rock Original Broadway Cast), Diego Lucano (School of Rock on Broadway), Sway Bhatia (The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers on Disney+), Patrick Higgins (Spielberg’s West Side Story), Joshua Turchin (Forbidden Broadway), along with a group of exciting young talent, and is stage managed by Ali Baldacchino (Fun Home on Broadway). Pay-what-you-wish tickets are available at www.NxtGenTheatrics.com

The cast and crew unanimously voted to have this concert help support The Actors Fund and Stop AAPI Hate, and they’re incredibly proud to do their small part to help raise awareness and funds for those organizations.

Free or pay-what-you-wish tickets to the concert are available at bit.ly/NGTROCKS. Additional donations and support can be provided at bit.ly/NGTSupport

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13) Book a Private Group Event with 
On Location Tours by June 15th and Receive $100 Off

On Location Tours is currently offering the following virtual and in-person events for different groups, including corporate groups (team-building), camp groups, school groups, au pair/nanny groups, alumni groups (homecomings, reunions, etc), senior groups, and plenty of others. If you are an event planner and are looking for a fun TV/movie-themed event for your group, look no further! See options below.

Virtual Events:
  • F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Virtual Tour Package: 2 hour virtual event with live host! Tour guide walks to 18 different virtual locations used in the series, including the famous apartment building. Comes with an hour of trivia via Kahoot. Prize included for winner. Groups of 50+: $15/person. 
  • Virtual Trivia Night: 1 hour virtual event with live host! Choose from these themes: Sitcoms, Seinfeld, Friends, Gossip Girl, Sopranos, Sex and the City, Golden Girls, TCM Classic Movies. Prize included for winner. Groups of 50+: $10/person. Groups of under 50: $300 flat rate.
In-Person Events (COVID-19 health and safety measures apply):
  • Make A Movie Workshop: Socially-distanced, three-hour workshop in NYC, where groups get behind the camera and shoot, produce, direct, and edit their own mini movie, while learning the ins and outs of production technology and what it's like to act in front of the camera. Please inquire about pricing. 
  • NYC TV & Movie Bus Tour: On this 2.5-hour guided sightseeing bus tour, groups will see over 60 NYC locations featured in their favorite TV shows and movies, including Friends, Home Alone 2, Ghostbusters, and more!  Please inquire about pricing. 
  • Central Park TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour: On this 2-hour leisurely walking tour, groups will spot more than 30 film and television locations shot in the most filmed location in the world: Central Park. Locations from The Avengers, Elf, Enchanted, and more!  Please inquire about pricing.  
  • Check out their other tour offerings here.
If you are interested in booking any of our virtual or in-person events, or want to inquire about pricing, feel free to set up a 15-minute call with me here:
https://calendly.com/erin-onlocationtours 

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14) $25 VIRTUAL ACCESS NOW AVAILABLE!

 

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

2021 GALA: Curtain Up, Light The Lights!

Celebrating the Return of Live Theatre. Live in Central Park.

 

Starring Tony & Olivier Award winner

JANE KRAKOWSKI

THE NEW YORK POPS

& TITUSS BURGESS

 

With special virtual appearances by Roundabout alumni

Rachel Brosnahan, Whoopi Goldberg, Emma Stone,

Blair Underwood and Vanessa Williams


Monday June 7, 2021

Rumsey Playfield Central Park

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15) Roundabout Theatre Company 

ANNOUNCES THE THIRD SESSION OF

ROUNDABOUT THEATRELAB

 

Connecting Audiences with Artists to Provide Support During Theater Shutdown


Begins June 2021


 

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) announces the third session of Roundabout TheatreLab, a program of interactive workshops designed to connect audiences interested in exploring the crafts of theatrical writing and directing, directly with Roundabout artists. 

 

The next TheatreLab will begin in June offering five course options with five instructors:  Writers Preston Max Allen, Emily Feldman, Kareem M. Lucas and Daniel Zaitchik and Director Jess Mcleod.

 

The length and structure of each interactive workshop is determined by the artists, to best suit their subject matter.  All courses will be strictly limited in attendance.


All enrollment fees will go directly to the artists. 


Preston Max Allen (We Are the Tigers) will teach “Songwriting and Storytelling for Original Musical Theater,” a lab aimed to bring musical theater ideas to life through the exploration of character development and songwriting style.

 

Emily Feldman (Core Writer, Playwrights Center) will teach “Starting Something New,” a lab that explores what to do when you have an idea and strategies for how to move from “idea” to a new play.

 

Kareem M. Lucas (The Maturation of an Inconvenient Negro (or iNEGRO)will teach "The Many Faces of the One Person Show,” a lab designed to study and critically engage with solo artists’ work,  in order to learn about approach to story, character, and structure.

 

Jess McLeod (Resident Director, Hamilton Chicago) will teach “Directing Sociopolitical Theatre,” a directing lab that will include revivals, new work, community engagement and creating & connecting across platforms.

 

Daniel Zaitchik (Darling Grenadine) will teach “One Voice: Writing Music & Lyrics Alone,” a lab 

specifically for solo songwriters, celebrating the mysterious process of collaborating with oneself.

 

For more information about the Roundabout TheatreLab or to enroll, visit Roundabout TheatreLab

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16) South Street Seaport Museum
Announces Monthly Virtual
Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Live Sing-Along
Sunday, June 6, 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, June 6, 2021 at 2pm ET, and it will be broadcast live from the deck of Wavertree this month. 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. 
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17) SQUIRREL COMEDY THEATRE ANNOUNCES NYC RESIDENCY AT CAVEAT

IN-PERSON IMPROV AND SKETCH COMEDY SHOWS BEGIN JUNE 5TH AT LOWER EAST SIDE VENUE 

 

Squirrel Comedy Theatre will begin a residency at Lower East Side venue Caveat (21 A Clinton Street) on Saturday, June 5th. Founded in late 2020 by alumni of Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre NY, The Squirrel will offer in-person improv, sketch, and variety shows Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights. 

 

The Squirrel’s Caveat residency will kick off Saturday, June 5th at 7:30 with Borabish, an improv group formed during the pandemic by Squirrel founders Lou GonzalezMichael HartneyPatrick KeeneMaritza MontañezAlex Song-Xia, and Corin WellsThe Squirrel’s June lineup also includes former UCB shows Asian AFCharacters Welcome, and Here & Queer, as well as new shows like immigration-themed game show Citizenship Live!, improvised hip-hop musical team Empire, and A Juneteenth Variety Show: You Still Owe Us Reparations.  


Caveat will be strictly adhering to state and city COVID guidelines to ensure a safe experience for audience and artists alike. In-person and streaming tickets can be purchased through both The Squirrel and Caveat’s websites, TheSquirrelNYC.com and Caveat.nyc

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18)Statue City Cruises Announces Additional Service and Reopening of Liberty State Park Departure Point 


With tourism comeback underway along with region’s reopening, visitors can enjoy increased capacity on board vessels, iconic museums, spectacular views and more this summer.

Statue City Cruises, the official and only authorized concessioner for ferry service to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island on behalf of the National Park Service, announced today additional service and increased capacity to kick off the unofficial start of summer along with the reopening of the Liberty State Park departure point.

Statue City Cruises is increasing departures by over 60 percent and expanding vessel capacity over the next few weeks, reinstating 100 percent capacity well before the 4th of July. Boats depart from Battery Park in lower Manhattan and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM daily.  Face masks remain required throughout the entire experience, and crews will continue to conduct daily deep cleanings of vessels to ensure the highest levels of safety for everyone.  

Among the variety of activities awaiting guests this summer season include:

·         Enjoying acres of wide-open space on both Islands.

·         Learning the history of the Statue of Liberty through the new Statue of Liberty Museum.

·         Tracing family histories at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.

·         Soaking in the breathtaking views of New York Harbor.

·         Exploring the vacant buildings of Ellis Island’s Hospital Complex with an Ellis Island Hard Hat Tour.  The hospital complex, which has been vacant for more than 65 years, is where immigrants were treated after arriving from overseas at the turn of the 20th century. Space is limited with tours Friday through Monday.


Statue City Cruises also announced the reopening of the Liberty State Park departure point, beginning May 29th, along with the resumption of Ellis Island’s Hard Hat Tours of the historic hospital complex. The increased capacity comes as Statue City Cruises is seeing higher levels of ridership since the pandemic began.  


Tickets are priced at $23.50/adult, $18/seniors, $12/child and free for children three years and under. Tickets include self-guided audio tours on Liberty and Ellis Island. Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance from the Statue City Cruises website. Tickets are also available at the Battery Park and Liberty State Park box offices.

 

For more information about Statue City Cruises and City Experiences, please visit https://www.cityexperiences.com/new-york/city-cruises/statue/.

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19) A Second Annual Virtual Summer Camp Featuring Bestselling Random House Children’s Books Authors and Illustrators:

Story Pirates Creator Camp runs June 14th to July 30th and features hours of interactive content for kids


Back by popular demand! The Story Pirates are excited to announce their second-annual Story Pirates Creator Camp, presented in partnership with Random House Children’s Books following the wildly successful launch in 2020.

Beginning June 14, the virtual camp will comprise seven themed weeks during which participating children will join Story Pirates performers on adventures involving magic, comedy, mystery, comics, superheroes, and anything they can dream up. Each day of camp will feature a different author and illustrator guest, including Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House), Chris Grabenstein (Dog Squad), Aisha Saeed (Diana and the Underworld Odyssey), Theanne Griffith (The Magnificent Makers), Judd Winick (Hilo), and more! Families can register for their desired weeks now at storypirates.com/camp.

This year, camp activities will be scheduled in the mornings, allowing families to start their summer days with literacy-building fun and freeing up the afternoons for suggested outdoor activities. Creator Camp will occur on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with two timeslots to choose from each day to accommodate families throughout the U.S.: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Eastern and 10 to 11:30 a.m. Pacific. The author lineups for each week of camp will be revealed throughout May on the Story Pirates’ social media accounts.
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20) TADA! YOUTH THEATER ANNOUNCES SUMMER CAMPS & EDUCATION PROGRAMS

 July 5th through July 16th ONLINE and

July 26th through August 19th IN PERSON

 

Register now for TADA! Summer Camps & Classes


Families may register now for TADA! Youth Theater in-person and online summer camps and classes from July 5th through August 19th for ages 4 to 14.  TADA! summer camps, afternoon classes, and one-time workshops will keep young people engaged, active and performing…with a lot of razzle-dazzle, of course


TADA! is offering online week-long day camps in July and in-person 4-day camps in July and August. In addition to its summer camp programming, online summer classes include the 4-session Online Musical Theater Mini Series; 1-time Online Workshops; and, 4-session online Theater Games for families to select the online education program that suits their children’s needs for a short-term and affordable commitment.


With smaller class sizes, TADA! Professional Teaching Artists provide personalized attention and offer one-on-one coaching and solo opportunities for each student. TADA!’s goal is to bring kids together through the magic of musical theater, from New York City, the tri-state region, and around the world.


TADA! Offers 2 Week-Long Online Summer Camps from July 5th through July 16th.  Young people will participate in a variety of interactive, fun, online musical theater summer camps for ages 4-5; 6-7; 8-11. Each week, children engage in musical theater training; stay active while at home; receive solo opportunities to be seen and heard; learn vocals and choreography to fun, upbeat songs; experience ensemble-based instruction by professional NYC Teaching Artists and make new friends from across New York City and around the world! Online camps take place on Zoom and culminate in a final sharing for an invited Zoom audience.


TADA! Offers 4 in-person Summer Camp sessions, Monday through Thursday, from July 26th  through August 19th.  Children, ages 7 to 10, will engage in musical theater training in-person and make new friends at TADA! Youth Theater, 15 West 28th Street in Manhattan. Campers will learn musical theater skills, vocals and choreography to Broadway songs, and take the stage to shine in the spotlight in their final performance! Although there will be no invited audience, the final performance will be recorded to share with families and friends.


TADA! Online Mini-Series will take place every Monday for 4-sessions from July 5th through July 26th for ages 4-5; 6-7 and 8-10.  During these online, interactive musical theater classes, students will be introduced to new musical theater skills, learn vocals and choreography to a song from a popular Broadway musical, and play fun theater games with new friends.


TADA! Online Workshops are one-time experiences on Wednesdays from July 7th through July 28th for ages 4-5; 6-7; 8-10; and Middle School. Students will learn music and choreography to a show-stopping number from Broadway musicals like The Lion King, Wicked, Greatest Showman and Hamilton, every week in a 1.5 hour session.


TADA! Online Theater Games is an opportunity to play acting and improv games. This class takes place in a 4-week session every Thursday for 1 hour from July 8th through July 29th  for ages 6-7; 8-10. Children will make bold, brave choices, explore new characters, and have a lot of fun through improvisation and ensemble-based theater games.


TADA! Youth Theater believes that no child should be turned away because of their inability to pay. Therefore, TADA! is committed to providing financial assistance and payment plans to families who demonstrate self-expressed need.


For more information on TADA! Youth Theater Summer Camps, Classes and Workshops, including pricing and financial assistance, please visit https://www.tadatheater.com/summer.


Registration is available online, by phone at 212-252-1619 ext. 4. or by email at education@tadatheater.com.

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21) TWO RIVER THEATER COMMISSIONED RADIO PLAYS SERIES NOW LIVE

 

DAVID GREENSPAN, KIMBER LEE, AND NILO CRUZ PEN EXCITING NEW RADIO PLAYS

TO BE RELEASED THROUGHOUT 2021

 

Two River Theater invites audiences to sit back, relax, and listen to three exciting new dramas by some of the country’s most renowned writers, including Obie-award-winning playwright and actor David Greenspan, who adapted Thornton Wilder’s novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey, which Two River premiered in 2018


These three new dramas, set to be released throughout 2021, are a part of a new series called “Radio Plays”, giving audience members a new way to experience work from Two River’s family of artists. Instead of seeing a play, audience members will listen to a play.


Kicking off the series on May 24 is The Memory Motel by David Greenspan.  Later this Summer and Fall, two additional Radio Plays will be released by Playwrights Kimber Lee and Nilo Cruz. Kimber Lee, is known for plays such as to the yellow housetokyo fish story, and brownsville song (b-side for tray) and has won a number of awards including The Bruntwood Prize International Award and The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Kimber’s Radio Play is titled antarctica.


ABOUT THE MEMORY MOTEL

THE MEMORY MOTEL
By David Greenspan
Directed by Morgan Green

FREE streaming is available through June 6/2021 

 

Michael S. Michaels returns to a beach resort in order to piece together and better understand the fragments of his past. While he’s there, he encounters a series of eccentric characters with whom he discusses art, philosophy, and the peculiarities of memory. Obie-award-winning playwright and actor David Greenspan (The Bridge of San Luis Rey) returns to Two River with this brand-new radio play crafted with his unique blend of fancy, theatricality, and wit. 

Total listening time: 50 minutes


UPCOMING RADIO PLAYS

antarctica

By Kimber Lee

Directed by Neel Keller

 

Matty wants to do the impossible: become the first woman to traverse Antarctica on foot unaided. On her journey she faces ice storms, frigid temperatures, and constant danger. Even the smallest mistake can mean failure or worse. Written by award-winning playwright Kimber Lee, antarctica delves into where the mind goes under the most extreme conditions.

 

KISSES THROUGH THE GLASS

By Nilo Cruz

Directed by Liz Diamond

 

On an American highway from the north to south of nowhere, Trevor Dos Santos and Anabella Landi fix eyes on each other and their attraction is immediate. They take to the road and begin a dance of words, of life, and death. From Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Nilo Cruz, Kisses Through the Glass is a tale of two souls on a journey to the end of the world, bursting with music, poetry, and romance.

 

ACCESSIBILITY:

Closed Captioning and an Audio Spectrum visualizer are available for these performances.


TICKET INFO:

Access to all Radio Plays are FREE. Listening is available through a password protected page on Two River Theater’s website. To receive the login information, patrons must reserve a ticket on tworivertheater.org.

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22) Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute
In collaboration with Howl Arts
Present
Queer Butoh 2021

June 8, 15 and 22nd, 2021
Tuesdays at 8pm 
Streaming Free at www.howlarts.org

After each live stream, the video presentations will be available at www.vimeo.com/vangeline
until June 30, 2021

Howl Arts is please to collaborate with the visionary Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute to present the Fifth Annual edition of Queer Butoh 2021 streaming Free at www.howlarts.org.

At its origin, the introduction of Butoh in Japan was widely controversial. The first homoerotic butoh performance, Kinjiki (Forbidden Colors) created by Tatsumi Hijikata in 1959, caused controversy amongst its spectators. This year, Queer Butoh returns during Pride month as a video series featuring LGBT/Q butoh dancers from Singapore, South Africa and Italy. The featured artists present their work and reflect on the intersection of Butoh and Queerness. 

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 8pm: XUE (Singapore) in Flowers, performed in 2019 in Brooklyn, NY, with a live accompaniment on electric guitar by John Barrington, an improvised score integrated with ASMR style field recordings of hand-manipulated chrysanthemums. In collaboration with Mika Orotea and John Barrington.
VHS Documentation: Mika Orotea.
With introduction by the artist (60 minutes).

XUE is a surrogate for artist Sher Chew — an eponymous conductor of clandestine realities, activated through live performance informed by the art of butoh. XUE is interested in aesthetic production as intervention, cultivating an impressionistic style of world building as a form of critical resistance. XUE’s worlds are post-lingual spaces which often involve silent or disarticulate bodies routinely subject to invisible restrictions. By designing rigorous systems that provoke exhaustion, XUE is committed to unscripting the socialized body; allowing radical physical vocabularies to emerge through the body as it cedes to a state of surrender.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 8pmDamiano Fina (Italy) performs Helios and talks about Queer Butoh Pedagogy (60 minutes).

Damiano Fina is an artist and writer, founder of the FÜYA method. A pedagogical approach to dance, alchemy and their spiritual origin since the Pleistocene. Since 2004 its artistic research has been influenced by alchemy, the ancient rituals of Classical Greece, the teachings of the Zen master Dogen, butoh dance, radical queer theory and continuous readings and meditations. Its artistic research explores mysticism and philosophy through the body and its multiple possibilities of connection. It has performed in London, Paris, Berlin, Thessaloniki, Japan and various Italian festivals. Damiano holds a master's degree in Pedagogy of Expression. In 2017 it connected queer theory with butoh dance in its project for a queer pedagogy, publishing the book "The dance of Eros and Thanatos: butoh and queer pedagogy". In 2020 it published the book "Dance and Alchemy", that introduces to the FÜYA method.

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 at 8pmTebby W. T. Ramasike (South Africa) in In Search of a Soul: A Blind Man's Cry ... the appealperformed at TATWERK Berlin in February 2015. With introduction by the artist. (60 minutes).

Tebby Ramasike, is a South African choreographer, dancer/performer, dance teacher & researcher, butoh practitioner, cultural activist, residing in Europe since 1995. He travelled extensively during a period of research and collaborations, working with internationally acclaimed choreographers and teachers. He was nominated and won a number of prestigious choreography and dance awards. In 1999 he founded TeBogO Dance Ensemble (TBO), renamed TeBogO Dance – TBO, which since its inauguration has been invited to perform and teach internationally. Holder of an MA degree in Choreography from the Dance Unlimited Programme in Arnhem, Netherlands, was the first recipient of the international choreography bursary from the Michel Tesson Performing Arts Trust and subsequently the Creative Arts Foundation. In 2002 he became a member of World Dance Alliance-Europe and currently he is a member of UNESCO's International Dance Council (CID). Currently, he is working on an interactive multidisciplinary crossover collaborative project and focuses on his on-going research of his Afro-Butoh concept. His latest collaboration butoh project has been selected to be part of the European Capital of Cultures 2022 Programme of Esch2022 & Kaunas2022. 
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23) Immersive Van Gogh Opens 
For Previews June 4

Due to popular demand, Immersive Van Gogh, the original North American celebration of the Dutch Master's work coming to New York at Pier 36 (299 South St.) this summer, announced today that it plans to open early to the public for previews on June 4, and the exhibition will officially open June 10.

Tickets for the highly-anticipated blockbuster art installation are on-sale now at vangogh-nyc.com and by phone at 844-307-4644. Tickets range in price from $29.99 for kids to $99.99 for VIP Flex tickets, which comes with priority access, flexible admission, a limited-edition poster, a souvenir laminate and a Van Gogh cushion. Basic timed tickets are $49.99.

The New York venue for Immersive Van Gogh is Pier 36 New York (299 South St.)  The 70,000 square foot venue provides ample on-site parking for patrons and is easily accessible from the F Train (East Broadway station) or the M22 bus (Madison/Clinton stop).  

For more information about Immersive Van Gogh, visit vangoghnyc.com or call 844-307-4644.
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24) Live Theater Experience Celebrates 300th Performance
VOYEUR: THE WINDOWS OF
 TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
Friday, June 4

Check out the new Spring 2021 promo video HERE: 
https://vimeo.com/534512267

After beginning performances on September 30th, Bated Breath Theatre Company will celebrate the 300th performance of VOYEUR: THE WINDOWS OF TOULOUSE-LAUTREC on Friday, June 4. VOYEUR is conceived and directed by Mara Lieberman.

VOYEUR is an open air, immersive theatrical experience that guides an intimate audience through the dreams of iconic artist Toulouse-Lautrec as he recalls his final absinthe-laced years living and working in Montmartre. It is a unique blend of theater, dance, art, walking tour, live music, opera and puppetry. The sidewalks, doorways and windows of Greenwich Village become the setting for VOYEUR as live accompaniment collides with the city’s soundscape, transporting attendees into the bohemian world of 1899 Paris. 

VOYEUR: THE WINDOWS OF TOULOUSE-LAUTREC runs September 30, 2020 – July 31, 2021. The performance begins at The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street at 7th Avenue South. Performances run Fridays and Saturdays at 6,7,8,9 & 9:30pm. Running time is approximately 1 hour. Audience members must be able to climb one flight of stairs and be on their feet for the duration of the performance. Tickets range from $69 - $99. Visit www.voyeurplaynyc.com for times, tickets and further details.
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25) Winnie the Pooh 
New Musical Adapation
Live on Stage

Created and directed by Jonathan Rockefeller

Featuring Music by The Sherman Brothers 

with additional songs by A.A. Milne


Performances begin at Theatre Row on October 21, 2021 

Pre-Sale Tickets beginning June 1, 2021

Deep in the Hundred Acre Wood, a new adventure is about to happen. Disney’s iconic Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their best friends Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit and Owl (and Tigger too!) will all arrive on stage in a new beautifully-crafted musical stage adaptation. 

The new show will feature the Sherman Brothers’ classic Grammy Award-winning music with additional songs by A.A. Milne.  In a new story from the Hundred Acre Wood, this fresh stage adaptation is told with stunning life-size puppetry through the eyes of the characters we all know and love.

Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Adaptation is developed and presented by renowned family entertainment creator Jonathan Rockefeller (whose spectacular puppetry is omnipresent in the acclaimed productions of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and Paddington Gets in a Jam). Performances will take place at Times Square’s Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street) beginning October 21, 2021. 

Winnie the Pooh is partnering with TodayTix.com for an exclusive ticket pre-sale beginning June 1, 2021. General on-sale tickets begin June 14, 2021 at WinnieThePoohShow.com

To register for the Pre-Sale, or learn more about the show, please visit www.WinnieThePoohShow.com

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26) Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Presents
Unveiling
by Choreographer Sonya Tayeh, with music by Moses Sumney

UnderScored 
by Ephrat Asherie Dance,
in collaboration with New York City’s club legends

The performing arts series Works & Process announces the addition of 6pm performances at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as a part of New York state’s “Safely Bringing Back the Arts” pilot program. Since March 19, under the guidance of the Department of Health, two concurrent series of performances produced by Works & Process are taking place in the Guggenheim’s iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda. These reduced-capacity events are among the first indoor performances the state has permitted since it closed venues due to the pandemic a year ago, reaching a milestone in the recovery of the city’s cultural sector.

The first day of spring, March 20, marked the beginning of 12 one-night-only Works & Process commissions developed in its bubble residencies. This series premiered with Rhapsody in Blue by Caleb Teicher and Conrad Tao, artists long supported by Works & Process. Tickets for each evening go on sale 72 hours prior to each capacity-reduced performance; more information is available here
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And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for More Theater Monday.