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

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Tips for Tuesday: Books: The Olive Grove and The Real Valkyrie and Misc: Dial Marula Oil Moisturizing Hand Soap

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

Books: The Olive Grove and The Real Valkyrie


Today we are recommending The Olive Grove by Eva Glyn. This is a book about two people who help each other to move forward in their lives. After an affair with her married boss, Antonia Butler needs a change so she gets a job as a housekeeper in a small boutique hotel in Croatia. There she meets the owner of the hotel, Damir Maric, a young man haunted by his past as a child refugee of  war. This book has an interesting plot and characters worth rooting for. Although it is not strictly a romance the story does involve some romance. However, one of the main draws of the book is its beautiful setting. The author does such a great job of describing the environment of the story that you really feel like you are right there with the characters.


Today we are talking about The Real Valkyrie by Nancy Marie Brown. This book paints a picture of Viking life and particularly what it was like to be a female warrior in the Viking world. It is interesting and presents a side of women's history that is not really talked about or discussed in most books and/or history classes. It does delve quite deeply into the subject, however, and can be a lot to process if you are not really interested in the subject. If you are particularly interested in the subject of Vikings and/or female warriors or if you just want to look at a different side of women's history than you normally get to learn about, you may find it fascinating.


Today we are talking about Dial Marula Oil Moisturing Hand Soap. This soap moisturizes your hands while you wash them and leaves them feeling soft and smooth. However, the scent is a bit strong, and it smells more like perfume than the more natural smelling scent it is allegedly supposed to have. Accordingly, if you are particularly sensitive to the smell of perfume, you may not like it.

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

Monday, August 30, 2021

Great Reasons to See Diana the Musical!

 As we wait for Broadway to fully reopen with many shows now scheduled to reopen as early as September, this is the fifteenth post in our series, Great Reasons to See... focusing on different shows returning to Broadway or coming to Broadway soon. This week we turn our attention to shows coming to Broadway soon and although obviously, we have not seen any of the shows we will share some great reasons to see them based on what we know about them.


Here are some great reasons to see Diana the musical!

1) It is the story of the late beloved, Princess of Wales.

2) The show's initial run at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego was so popular that it was extended twice. 

3) Its book and score are by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan respectively who previously did the musical, The Toxic Avenger, a very fun show.

4) The soundtrack of the musical will be available on September 24, and if you listen to and like the music, you will want to see the show.


5) If the costumes in the show are anywhere near as stylish as the clothes worn by the real Diana, they will definitely be worth seeing.

6) The cast of the show includes two time Tony Award winner, Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth II


7) Although you will be able to watch the show on Netflix prior to its opening on Broadway, it is not the same as being able to see it live.

And that's our view. Diana the musical begins preview performances on Broadway on November 2, 2021. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit thedianamusical.com/.

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

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.



Sunday, August 29, 2021

Sunday Scoop Week of 8/29/21 Live and Virtual Events Coming Up This Week, and More

1) Ballet Hispanico School of Dance School Year Programs
2) Bloomingdale School of Music 2021 Fall Classes
3) Centenary Stage Company Now Accepting Registration for Adult Acting Classes and More
4) City Center Encores! Subscriptions on Sale Now
5) Dance/NYC Dance Advancement Fund Call for Proposals Application Deadline 10/10
6) Feinstein's/54 Below Presents Jay Armstrong Johnson in Jay's Birthday Bash 9/1
7) MCC Theater's Nollywood Dreams On Sale Now
8) NJ  Theatres Announce  Proof-of-Vaccination Policy & Opening Right
9) The Orchestra Now 2021/2022 Season
10) Pan Asian Repertory Theatre 2021/2022 Season
11) Ragmala Dance Company 2021/2022 Season
12) South Street Seaport Monthly Sea Chantey and Maritime Music Sing-Along 9/5
13) Two River Theater Special Benefit Evening With Joe Iconis and Family


1) Ballet Hispánico School of Dance 
Announces School Year Programs
September 2021 - June 2022

Ballet Hispánico announces its school year programs. With programs ranging from early childhood classes through pre-professional training, the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance has school year offerings for dancers of all ages through adult. Class offerings include Ballet, Flamenco, Hip-Hop, Latin Rhythms, West African, Salsa, Jazz, Tap, and other modern and contemporary forms. Registration is open now, with over $200,000 in scholarships available, for all programs. For more information and to register, visit ballethispanico.org/school/school-year-programs

Students have opportunities to perform in Ballet Hispánico's A La Calle Block Party, Pequeños con Sueños: Stars of Tomorrow student showcase, Winter Showcase, End of Year Recital, and more. Annual Enrichment opportunities connect student learning to the dance field at large through on- and off-site events and tailored activities, including field trips, master classes, workshops, lecture demonstrations, virtual online series', exclusive performances and more! 

Ballet Hispánico remains committed to continue closely monitoring developments of COVID-19 along with the safety and health regulations mandated and suggested by our local, state, and national governments. Limited class capacities in concordance with COVID-19 and Ballet Hispánico safety protocols and restrictions; urging families to apply to participate sooner than later! (*Enrollment closes September 1, 2021)

Los Pasitos: Early Childhood Program (Ages 2-5)
September 20, 2021-May 27, 2022
Ballet Hispánico’s Los Pasitos Early Childhood Program for ages 2-5 merges creativity, cultures, and technique. Its curriculum focuses on developing coordination, spatial awareness, and musicality, with an emphasis on each child’s individual self-expression. Students learn proper dance etiquette, explore the wide spectrum of Latino cultures, and build a solid foundation for dance training in a joyful, creative environment. For more information and to register, visit ballethispanico.org/school/school-year-programs/early-childhood

Encuentros: Open Class Program (Ages 6-18)
September 20, 2021-June 9, 2022
Providing the young dance enthusiast with cultural enrichment alongside excellent dance training, the Encuentros Program at Ballet Hispánico offers something for everyone. Developed with the highest level of artistic excellence, our program supports dancers interested in taking anywhere from one to multiple dance classes per week. Offering a wide array of classes including Ballet, Flamenco, Hip-Hop, Latin Rhythms, West African Rhythms, Salsa, Jazz, and Tap, our students can create a tailored schedule to fit their needs. For more information and to register, visit ballethispanico.org/school/school-year-programs/encuentros

La Academia: Pre-Professional Program (Ages 7-23)
September 20, 2021-June 9, 2022
Ballet Hispánico’s Pre-Professional division, La Academia, trains eclectic, versatile dancers who stand out in a competitive field of dance for their mastery of the classical ballet tradition, contemporary techniques, Spanish Dance, and performance skills. This program is designed to support students interested in attending performing arts schools, conservatory/university programs, and/or those pursuing a career in dance. High school and college-aged students that reach Level 5 in La Academia have the option of pursuing the full curriculum or one of three specialized tracks: ballet, Spanish Dance, or contemporary. For more information, visit ballethispanico.org/school/school-year-programs/la-academiaAuditions are required for Ballet Hispanico’s La Academia: Pre-Professional Program. Register for upcoming auditions here. (*Auditions will take place Tues., August 24th (Ages 7-10 only) and Wed., August 25th (Ages 11-14 only). Interested dancers, ages 15-23, may submit a video audition until Friday, August 27th.)
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2) Bloomingdale School of Music
Returns to the Building In-Person
2021 Fall Classes Available for All Ages and Levels of Experience 
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Bloomingdale School of Music will offer in-person music classes for the fall semester in their beloved brownstone beginning September 16, 2021. Bloomingdale classes aim to educate students and instill discipline, fun and a passion for self-expression through music through high-quality instruction throughout the year. Music has the power to change lives and the curriculum is designed to reflect this philosophy. The School offers classes for over 20 instruments and for every type of student at all skill levels, as well as virtual ensembles. To register and learn more, visit bsmny.org/classes/fall-2021/

Register by September 6 to take advantage of the End of Summer sale! New registrations can save $50 on any private or group enrollment using coupon code LABOR50 at checkout.


Early Childhood
BSM will offer 17-week sessions of Early Childhood classes, including options for the whole family to join in on the activity. This schedule is designed to be flexible for parents or young families! BSM will continue to offer classes based in Dalcroze Theory, Music and Movement and Orff Instrument classes.

Beginner Classes
Our beginner youth classes provide an excellent introduction to our most popular instruments. The supportive group class settings allow students to work together, learn together, and help one another as they come across musical challenges together.

Cello for Children (Ages 6-9)
Guitar for Children (Ages 8-10)
Keyboard for Children (Ages6-9)
Violin for Children (Ages 6-9)
Voice for Children (Ages 5-9)

Performing Ensembles
Join groups of like-minded musicians to enjoy playing music in a supportive, fun, environment.

Early Childhood Classes
Join Aaron, Patti, and Shoshana for fun, interactive, and music-filled classes to engage the youngest learners throughout the fall months. Offerings are available in person at a variety of days and times to suit every family’s scheduling needs and every child’s delight. Children from 3 months to 5 years old will learn musical concepts through hands-on percussive experiences, as well as song and dance. To assure safety measures are met, each in person class is limited to 4 students with an accompanying parent or guardian and masks are required for the duration of the class.

Afternoon Music Makers (2.5-3.5 years)
These classes will be 45-minutes of song, dance, and fun providing students with a hands-on percussive experience, introducing music concepts and songs to take home to their families. Classes will be limited to 4 families participating to promote social distancing and the experience will be tailored to the participating children.

Baby & Toddlers First Music Class (3-17 months)
The first of Bloomingdale’s Early Childhood Music classes, this course introduces the world of music to babies and toddlers. Caregivers introduce musical language to their babies through singing, dancing, and play.

Dalcroze Eurythmics (For all age ranges)
This class teaches students fundamental elements of music, such as rhythm, pitch, meter, and articulation through movement, stories, songs, games, improvisation, and drawing. Dalcroze is also an introduction to ensemble playing, music reading, composition, and conducting, providing valuable building blocks toward further music studies. 

Music and Movement (18 months - 3 years)
This class focuses on singing and dancing and introduces children to playing hand percussion instruments. Music and Movement helps develop coordination and prepares young ears for later music studies.

Intro to Dalcroze (2 and 3 with grown up)
In this class students will have the opportunity to begin developing sensitivity to dynamics and other concepts such as phrasing. Providing valuable building blocks toward further music studies, Dalcroze introduces students to music reading, composition, conducting, and ensemble playing.

Family Musical Adventures (3 and 4 years)
Preschool age students explore the sounds and sights of music through responsive listening, imaginative play, movement and dancing, and song memorization. This online class focuses on fostering independent peer relations, musical games, and partner activities.

Ensembles
Students ages 8 and up can participate in performance-based classes such as our two different Flute Choirs led by Tereasa Payne, or our Jazz Ensemble with Michael Cochrane. Students will gain valuable experience rehearsing and performing in a virtual group setting to continue making music safely together.

Broadway Ensemble (Ages 13-21) 
Dream of being on stage? The costumes, the lights, the songs? Join other Musical Theater enthusiasts ages 13 – 21 to explore the Broadway repertoire through one-on-one private coachings and group sessions culminating in a virtual group and solo video performance. Students will be matched with singers of a similar level to perform scenes from classic and modern musical theater repertory.

(New) Center Stage (Ages 8-12)
Center Stage Ensemble members will build an artistic foundation by taking their love of singing and curiosity to perform and “putting it on it’s feet’ in a nurturing and encouraging environment! This is a precursor to Broadway Ensemble for younger students.

(New) Prelude Orchestra (Ages 9-13) 
Students with experience at their instruments for one semester or one year will join peers in playing introductory orchestral works. Students should be starting to read music in their lessons. 

(New) Interlude Orchestra (Ages 13-18) 
Students with experience at their instruments for two years or more will join peers in playing orchestral works new and old. Students should be comfortable reading music and playing in Suzuki book 3 or higher to qualify for this ensemble.

Youth Jazz Ensemble (Ages 12-18)
The Bloomingdale School of Music is excited to launch our Youth Jazz Ensemble this Fall. The ensemble will perform music from the Great American Songbook, as well as diverse musical selections from across the globe.

Adult Jazz Ensemble (Ages 18+)
The jazz ensemble is a place where students can explore music in the jazz tradition, particularly bebop, post-bop, Latin, and Brazilian styles. Students will learn improvisation through the study and performance of jazz and blues.

Junior Guitar Orchestra (Ages 8-14) 
Aimed at introducing players to ensemble rehearsal and performance from an earlier stage in their musical development, the Junior Guitar Orchestra is an exciting new ensemble for young guitarists to learn vital ensemble and musicianship skills.

Guitar Orchestra (Ages 10-17)
Designed to accommodate a wide range of ages and skill levels, Bloomingdale’s Guitar Orchestra presents music ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary compositions, original works for guitars, and arrangements of popular music.

Adult Guitar Ensemble (Ages 18+)
The adult guitar ensemble explores a wide range of music genres from classical to folkloric music arranged for the classical guitar. 

Preparatory Flute Choir (Ages 8-13)
Preparatory Flute Choir is the perfect group for beginner flutists looking for a welcoming ensemble experience.

Flute Choir (Ages 12-adult)
Join this welcoming, fun, and supportive ensemble of flutists! Weekly practice together gives flutists of all ages the chance to explore flute ensemble repertoire.

Trumpet Ensemble (Ages 13-18) 
The trumpet ensemble is a group of 3-5 members that work on ensemble playing, intonation, blending, and rhythmic study. The group performs in public several times a year, including at trumpet recitals, Sharing Hours, and the annual Performathon.

Bloomingdale School of Music is committed to practices that are focused on protecting employee, student, and community health and safety, ensuring appropriate physical distancing, ensuring proper infection control, and communicating clearly with the public. You can read a preview of BSM's safety guidelines and health protocols for in person learning here. The full version of the BSM COVID-19 Reopening Plan, available in May, will cover such considerations such as traffic flow HVAC systems, screening and testing protocols, contact tracing, cleaning protocols, guidelines for in person instruction by department and instrument, as well as use of performance venues, teaching studios, and common areas in detail.
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3) CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY NOW ACCEPTING REGISTRATION FOR ADULT ACTING CLASS AND DANCE CONSERVATORY.

Centenary Stage Company will be offering an adult acting class titled From Shakespeare to Coward taught by Carl Wallnau as well as 2 eight-week sessions of the Conservatory of Dance for the 2021 Fall Semester. From Shakespeare to Coward will take place Monday nights from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm beginning August 30; registration is open to the public and is $250.00 per person. Centenary Stage Company’s Conservatory of Dance will have 2 sessions, the first running August 30 to October 22 and the second running October 25 to December 17. Registration for the Conservatory of Dance is $130.00 for 1 class per week, $195.00 for 2 classes per week, and $275.00 for 3 classes per week per person. Prior dance experience is required. The registration deadline for both classes is August 30. For more information, or to register for the class go to centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company’s box office at (908) 979-0900.

 

From Shakespeare to Coward is a styles class focusing on special problems of period pieces and will be taught by Carl Wallnau. The focus of the class will be on the manners, mores and conventions of selected historical periods. Material from these varied eras will be studied as students work to find the "truth" in playing period style.

 

Carl Wallnau is the chair of the Centenary University Theatre department and the Artistic Director for Centenary Stage Company. Wallnau has many credits including Broadway, off-Broadway, and has been seen in many productions at CSC including the 2020 production of A Christmas Carol by Stephen Temperley and The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon.

 

From Shakespeare to Coward will begin on August 30 and will run Monday nights from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Registration is open to the public and is $250.00 per person. The deadline to register is August 30. For more information, or to register, go to centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979-0900.

 

Centenary Stage Company’s Conservatory of Dance is a series of dance classes designed to introduce dancers to professionals who are currently working as choreographers, dancers and educators in dance and theatre at a collegiate level. These classes also provide the community with affordable, high-quality dance classes.

 

The classes available for the first session will be Ballet I and II on Mondays from 4:00-5:20 pm taught by Erin Usawicz, Tap I and II on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:10 pm taught by Jeff Foote, Modern I and II on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:20 pm and Jazz I and II on Fridays from 10:00-11:20 am taught by Maureen Glennon-Clayton. The second session will add Advance Beginner/Intermediate Contemporary Dance on Fridays from 10:00-11:20 am taught by Jillian Petrie.

 

Centenary Stage Company’s Conservatory of Dance is for ages 14 and older and will have 2 eight-week sessions. The first session will run August 30 until October 22, and the second session will run October 25 until December 17. The deadline to register for both sessions is August 30, and prior dance experience is required. Tuition for 1 class per week is $130.00, for 2 classes per week $195.00, and for 3 classes per week $275.00 per person. Tuition is non-refundable and YPW students receive a 50% discount on all classes. For more information, or to register, go to centenarystageco.org or call 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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4) City Center Encores 
2022 Season Subscriptions 
Now On Sale 

Celebrate the tradition of American musical theater by subscribing to all three Encores! shows this season. As an Encores! subscriber, you have advance access to the best seats before single tickets go on sale in October. Subscribers may also request a full refund or exchange up to 24 hours before the date of their performance.

An unforgettable Encores! season awaits featuring Broadway’s brightest stars: Sara BareillesChristian BorleChuck CooperHeather HeadleyDulé HillMykal KilgoreLedisiAshley ParkKen Robinson, and more to be announced.

Buy with Confidence

In preparation for this momentous return to in-person live performance, City Center is committed to following the latest health and safety protocols. For now, that means we will operate a fully vaccinated venue—including all audiences, artists, crew, and staff. For the latest information, review our updated health, safety & ticket policies.

For more information or to purchase go to www.nycitycenter.org/About/our-programs/encores
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5) Dance/NYC Announces 2021 Dance Advancement Fund Call for Proposals
Application Deadline October 10

Dance/NYC is pleased to announce the third iteration of the Dance Advancement Fund made possible by the generous support of the Ford Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation. The purpose of the funding initiative is to address the inequitable distribution of resources in the dance field and advance its resilience and thriving by supporting dance makers based in the metropolitan NYC area with operating budgets between $10,000 and $500,000 with two-year general operating support awards of $2,500–$15,000 annually, including ongoing professional development from January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2023. 

Dance/NYC remains committed to delivering regranting programs that address disparities in the dance field by continuing to fill gaps in the availability of resources where they are most needed. It believes the dance ecology must itself be just, equitable, and inclusive to meaningfully contribute to social progress and envisions a dance ecology wherein power, funding, opportunities, conduct, and impacts are fair for all artists, cultural workers, and audiences. Dance/NYC's approach cuts across its public programs and all aspects of its operations and is intersectional— building upon multiple issue areas that together create a more just, equitable, and inclusive dance ecology.

Benefits of the program include general operating support grants of $2,500 to $15,000 per year; personal financial coaching provided in partnership with TrustPlus; professional development support in the form of online webinars and grantee cohort meetings; and goal-directed coaching and consulting provided in partnership with PentaclePURPOSE Productions, and Gibney’s Digital Media Initiative in one of the following areas: visioning and strategic planning; fundraising and resource gathering; marketing, storytelling, and communications; fiscal management; general administration and operations; or digital media and technology.

The deadline for application submission is October 4, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. EST.
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6) JAY ARMSTRONG JOHNSON

IN

JAY’S BIRTHDAY BASH

 

THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME

 

SEPTEMBER 1, 2021 - 9:45 PM

AT FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, BROADWAY’S SUPPER CLUB,

 

www.54Below.com


FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents Jay Armstrong Johnson (On the Town, Phantom of the Opera) in Jay’s Birthday Bash: There is No Place Like Home on September 1, 2021 at 9:45 pm. Joining him on stage are his hometown “sisters” and I Put a Spell on You co-stars Allison Robinson and Amanda Williams Ware and his music director/arranger is Will Van Dyke (Little Shop of Horrors).

 

There’s no place like home, and Jay is thrilled to be back home at Feinstein’s/54 Below on his birthday as he pays tribute to the country music that inspired him as a young Texan. Expect tunes from his OG diva, Reba McEntire, those establishment challengers, The Chicks, as well as the king of country music, Garth Brooks. He might even take a trip down memory lane as he revisits country inspired songs from his musical theater career. Yee Haw, y’all! It’s gonna be a boot scootin’ root tootin’ good time. 

 

Jay Armstrong Johnson in Jay’s Birthday Bash: There is No Place Like Home plays Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on September 1, 2021  at 9:45 pm.  There is a $35-$75 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.
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7) MCC Theatre Company's 
Nollywood Dreams
Tickets on Sale Now

It’s the 1990s and in Lagos, Nigeria, the NOLLYWOOD film industry is exploding and taking the world by storm. Ayamma dreams of stardom while working at her parents’ travel agency alongside her lovable and celebrity-obsessed sister Dede. When Ayamma lands an audition for a new film by Gbenga Ezie, Nigeria’s hottest director, she comes head-to-head with Gbenga’s former leading lady, Fayola. Tensions flare just as sparks start flying between Ayamma, the aspiring ingénue, and Wale, Nollywood’s biggest heartthrob, in this hilarious new play about dreaming big.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go tomcctheater.org/tix/nollywood-dreams
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8) New Jersey Theatre Alliance Leads Theatre Re-Opening Campaign,

“Opening Night, Opening Right”


New Jersey’s Theatres Take the Pledge and Put Safety Center Stage as They Invite Audiences Back to Long-Awaited In-Person Performances

30 Theatres Announce Proof-of-Vaccination Policy 

New Jersey Theatre Alliance (“The Alliance”), one of the state’s largest arts service organizations, announces its re-opening campaign, “Opening Night, Opening Right” as New Jersey theatres have opened back up after being closed to in-person performances for more than a year.  

Throughout the pandemic, The Alliance and their theatre members have come together to outline guidelines to protect the health and safety of all who come through their doors, onto their stages, or work within their organizations. 

All 40 members of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance as well as several of the state’s presenting venues  have taken the Opening Night, Opening Right pledge to follow the most current medical advice, meeting or exceeding all local and national safety guidelines, such as:

 

✔ Deep cleaning and disinfecting before all performances

✔ Clearly communicated mask policy 

✔ Contactless transactions available

✔ Health screening before entry

✔ Flexible ticket policies for anyone feeling ill or at risk due to COVID-19 variants

✔ Sanitation stations for all patrons and staff

 

The following 25 New Jersey Theatre Alliance member theatre companies have also collectively announced that they will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test and indoor masking at their venue:


Art House Productions (Jersey City), Axelrod Performing Arts Center (Deal); Bucks County Playhouse (New Hope/Lambertville); Crossroads Theatre Company (New Brunswick); Eagle Theatre (Hammonton); East Lynne Theatre Company (Cape May); Epic Actor's Workshop (Old Bridge); George Street Playhouse (New Brunswick); Hudson Theatre Works (Weehawken); Jersey City Theater Center (Jersey City); Luna Stage (West Orange);  McCarter Theatre Center (Princeton); Mile Square Theatre (Hoboken); The New Jersey Play Lab; New Jersey Repertory Company (Long Branch); Paper Mill Playhouse (Milburn); Passage Theatre Company (Trenton); Pushcart Players (Verona); The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (Madison); Speranza Theatre Company (Jersey City); Surflight Theatre (Beach Haven), Women's Theatre Company (Lake Hiawatha); Vanguard Theater Company (Montclair); and Vivid Stage (formerly Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Summit); and American Theater Group, which is in residence at the Cultural Arts Center at Fellowship Village Senior Living in Basking Ridge, will require proof of vaccination with no exceptions. 


The following 5 presenting venues, which have partnered with New Jersey Theatre Alliance on their re-opening efforts have announced that they will adopt the announced policy as well:

Count Basie Center for the Arts (Red Bank), Mayo Performing Arts Center (Morristown); New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (New Brunswick); South Orange Performing Arts Center (South Orange); and State Theatre New Jersey (New Brunswick).

Audience members over the age of 12 will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 when entering these venues. Exceptions will be made for children under 12 and people with a medical or religious exemption to vaccination. These guests must show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 36 hours of the performance time or a negative antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance time. All guests, regardless of age or vaccination status, will be required to wear masks while inside the theatre building.

 

These guidelines will go into effect immediately and will be updated as state and federal guidance develops. Before your visit, please check your theatre’s website for their specific policies and guidelines, as they may vary between venues. 
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9) THE ORCHESTRA NOW (TŌN) ANNOUNCES 2021–22 SEASON
SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 – MAY 22, 2022
TŌN Presents Concerts at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Fisher Center at Bard, and Three Free Concerts
in New York City and Beyond
 
World Premieres of Leonard Slatkin’s Brahmsiana and Scott Wheeler’s New Work for Violinist Gil Shaham; Rare Performances of Bristow’s Symphony No. 4, Arcadian; Lutosławski’s Symphonic Variations; Messiaen’s Le tombeau resplendissant;
Julia Perry’s Stabat Mater; and Still’s Dismal Swamp
 
Guest Artists Include Conductors Carlos Miguel Prieto, Leonard Slatkin, and
Joseph Young; Violinist Gil Shaham; Pianists Blair McMillen, Anna Polonsky,
Gilles Vonsattel, and Shai Wosner
The Orchestra Now (TŌN), the visionary orchestra and master’s degree program founded by Bard College president, conductor, educator, and music historian Leon Botstein, returns to the stage for its seventh season on September 11. Four different series and three free concerts will offer 21 programs and 38 performances presenting inventive combinations of both established and less familiar repertoire through May 22, 2022.

The Orchestra welcomes 16 new members this season, for a total of 65 musicians from 13 countries. Since it launched in 2015, TŌN has performed 489 works by 234 composers in 35 venues for more than 66,000 live and virtual concertgoers, with 237 soloists and 22 conductors.

Highlights of the 2021-22 season include the world premieres of Brahmsiana by conductor/composer Leonard Slatkin—who makes his debut with TŌN this season (Sept. 18-19 at the Fisher Center)—and award-winning composer Scott Wheeler’s new work, written for violinist Gil Shaham, who performs it at both Carnegie Hall (Nov. 18) and the Fisher Center (Nov. 13-14). Also notable are seldom-heard performances of Dismal Swamp, William Grant Still’s portrait of enslaved people taking refuge while seeking freedom; and Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Symphony No. 1, the composer’s response to conditions under the Nazi regime (May 7 at the Fisher Center and May 12 at Carnegie Hall), as well as Slatkin’s new arrangement of Ravel’s orchestration of Pictures at an Exhibition, which reinstates portions of Mussorgsky’s original composition for piano. The program also features Circuits by award-winning composer Cindy McTee, who is also Slatkin’s wife (Sept. 18-19 at the Fisher Center).

The eminent Carnegie Hall series includes rarely-heard works by Lutosławski, Perry, and Bristow in addition to Wheeler’s world premiere. Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center hosts a concert with guest conductor Carlos Miguel PrietoMusical America’s 2019 Conductor of the Year. The top-selling Sight & Sound series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art returns to explore the connections between music and art in three programs focusing on Beethoven and Cristofori’s newly created piano, Stravinsky and Picasso, and Dvořák and Delacroix. The Fisher Center series at Bard College offers 18 concerts including special performances of Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’ German Requiem, and the TŌN debut of Leonard Slatkin conducting the world premiere of his BrahmsianaThree FREE concerts will be offered, including two at Peter Norton Symphony Space in Manhattan led by TŌN’s resident conductor Zachary Schwartzman in works by Berlioz, Liszt, and Kodály, among others; and one with guest conductor Andrés Rivas in a program of Mozart, Schumann, and Dohnányi at Hudson Hall in Hudson, NY. The audience-pleasing programming of these free performances is a great opportunity for families to experience their first orchestral performance and attract future generations to the enjoyment of classical music.
 
This year marks the fifth season of TŌN’s successful broadcast series on WMHT-FM, the classical music radio station of New York’s Capital Region, and the fourth season on WWFMthe Classical Network station serving New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, both featuring programs from the Orchestra’s Fisher Center series. TŌN’s performances are also heard regularly on American Public Media’s Performance Today.

CARNEGIE HALL SERIES, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Gil Shaham & Julia Perry
Thu, Nov 18, 2021 at 7 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin
Scott Wheeler: New work (World Premiere)
Julia Perry: Stabat Mater
George Frederick Bristow: Symphony No. 4, Arcadian
Renowned violinist and Bard Conservatory of Music faculty member Gil Shaham joins the Orchestra for the world premiere of a new piece written for him by multi-award-winning composer, conductor, pianist, and teacher Scott Wheeler. Currently Senior Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Boston’s Emerson College, Wheeler’s works have been commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and performed by such artists as Renée Fleming and Kent Nagano. Black American composer Julia Perry’s dramatic Stabat Mater, a setting of the 13th-century medieval poem “Stabat Mater Dolorosa,” describes the crucifixion of Christ from the viewpoint of the Virgin Mother and is dedicated to Perry’s mother. Also on the program is George Frederick Bristow’s rarely-heard Arcadian Symphony. A Brooklyn native and noted choral composer, Bristow frequently wrote music with American themes—his Symphony No. 4 was originally titled The Pioneer. It will be the first Carnegie Hall performances of Perry’s Stabat Mater and Bristow’s complete Symphony No. 4.

New Voices from the 1930s
Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 7 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
Gilles Vonsattel, piano
Frank Corliss, piano
William Grant StillDismal Swamp
Carlos Chávez: Piano Concerto
Witold Lutosławski: Symphonic Variations
Karl Amadeus Hartmann: Symphony No. 1, Essay for a Requiem
The rarely-heard masterpieces in this concert spotlight works from the late 1930s, including William Grant Still’s evocative portrait of enslaved people taking refuge while seeking freedom, and Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s commentary on conditions under the Nazi regime. The program also features Mexican Symphonic Music Director and composer Carlos Chávez’s virtuosic Piano Concerto, called “imaginatively scored” and praised for its “elemental strength” and the “originality of its orchestral coloring” by The New York Times at its 1942 premiere. Leading progressive Polish music composer Witold Lutosławski’s adventurous Symphonic Variations was written while he was still a student at Warsaw University. His first substantial orchestral work, the Variations contain many folk-like themes.

Tickets priced at $25–$60 are available online at carnegiehall.org, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800, or at the Carnegie Hall box office at 57th & Seventh Avenue. Ticket holders will need to comply with the venue’s health and safety requirements, which can be found here.

ROSE THEATER
The Orchestra Now returns to Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall for the fifth season.

Prieto, Falla & Debussy
Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 3 PM
Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
María Teresa Prietopiece to be announced at a later date
Manuel de FallaSombrero de Tres Picos (The Three-Cornered Hat)
Olivier MessiaenTombeau Resplendissant (The Resplendant Tomb)
Claude DebussyLa Mer
Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, Musical America’s 2019 Conductor of the Year and music director of the Orchestra of the Americas, leads TŌN in a diverse program that includes Manuel de Falla’s vivid and eloquent ballet score Sombrero de Tres Picos, Debussy’s powerful La Mer, and a work by Spanish composer María Teresa Prieto.

Tickets priced at $25–$50 are available online at jazz.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office at Broadway & 60th, Ground Floor. Ticket holders will need to comply with the venue’s health and safety requirements, which can be found here.

SIGHT & SOUND SERIES AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
 The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Conductor and music historian Leon Botstein surveys the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts with three concerts in TŌN’s popular Sight & Sound series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This season explores the connections between Beethoven’s fascination with the emergence of the first piano; an interest in unconventional artistic and musical forms shared by Stravinsky and Picasso; and the European fascination with the peoples of the New World as expressed by MacDowell, Dvořák, and Delacroix. In each program, a discussion is accompanied by on-screen artworks and musical excerpts performed by the Orchestra, followed by a full performance and audience Q&A.

Beethoven, Cristofori & the Piano’s First Century
Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 2 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
Shai Wosner, piano
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, and Cristofori’s 1720 Grand Piano
At the dawn of the 18th century, Italian instrument maker Bartolomeo Cristofori created what would come to be known as the piano. A century later, it was clear that the instrument would become the defining instrument of Western musical culture. Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto reveals the composer’s obsession with the musical possibilities emerging from the rapidly evolving technology of piano construction.

Cristofori’s 1720 Grand Piano is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Musical Instruments collection.

Stravinsky, Picasso & Cubism
Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 2 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
Blair McMillen, piano
Stravinsky: Concerto for Piano and Winds and Picasso’s Man with a Guitar
Upon settling in Paris in the 1920s, Igor Stravinsky formed close friendships with artists like Pablo Picasso, a founder of Cubism, which sought to deconstruct the familiar and reassemble reality through a disciplined, formal approach. The movement inspired Stravinsky to develop a new approach to the construction of musical forms. He loved to perform his Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments, one of his earliest “neo-classic” masterpieces.

Picasso’s Man with a Guitar is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Modern and Contemporary Art collection.

Dvořák, MacDowell & Delacroix: The New World
Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 2 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
Edward MacDowell: Suite No. 2, IndianDvořákNew World Symphony, second movement, and Eugène Delacroix’s The Natchez
From their earliest encounters in the New World, Europeans were mesmerized by the indigenous peoples of North America. French artist Eugène Delacroix painted a Natchez family as they fled the massacre of their tribe up the Mississippi River. Edward MacDowell’s Indian Suite incorporated native melodies and rhythms, and the second movement of Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony was inspired by Longfellow’s poem on Hiawatha.

Eugène Delacroix’s The Natchez is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the 19th and Early 20th Century European Paintings and Sculpture collection.
 
Tickets priced at $30–$50; 3-concert series $75–$120; bring the kids for $1. All tickets include same-day museum admission. Tickets may be purchased online here, by calling The Met at 212.570.3949, or at The Great Hall box office at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ticket holders will need to comply with the venue’s health and safety requirements, which can be found here.

THE FISHER CENTER SERIES AT BARD, Sosnoff Theater
The Orchestra Now’s residency at Bard College’s Fisher Center renews with 18 concerts and nine different programs including special performances of Handel’s Messiah and the Brahms Requiem, and the debut of conductor Leonard Slatkin with TŌN.

Shostakovich & Dawson
Saturday September 11, 2021 at 8 PM
Sunday September 12, 2021 at 2 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
William L. Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, Leningrad
William L. Dawson said of his emotionally charged Negro Folk Symphony that he wanted listeners to know it was "unmistakably not the work of a white man." The work is paired with Shostakovich’s enormous and patriotic Seventh Symphony, Leningrad, written largely after he had fled the city following the German invasion during WWII.

Slatkin Conducts Brahmsiana
Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 8 PM
Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 2 PM
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Cindy McTeeCircuits
BrahmsBrahmsiana arr. Leonard Slatkin (World Premiere)
MussorgskyPictures at an Exhibition, Leonard Slatkin’s new arr. of Ravel’s orchestration
Internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin makes his debut with TŌN, leading the world premiere of his own arrangement of Brahms melodies, Brahmsiana, and his new arrangement of Pictures at an Exhibition, which takes Ravel’s famous orchestration and reinstates portions of Mussorgsky’s original. The concert opens with Circuits, written by award-winning composer Cindy McTee.

Strauss’ Merry Pranks & Bruckner’s Fifth
Friday, October 1, 2021 at 8 PM
Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 5 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
R. StraussTill Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5
Richard Strauss’ audience favorite Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, which chronicles the misadventures of the practical jokester and German peasant folk hero, is presented in contrast to Anton Bruckner’s massive Fifth Symphony, which was performed only once during the composer’s lifetime. He died having never heard it.

Gil Shaham & Julia Perry
Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 8 PM
Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 2 PM (see program description for Nov 18 Carnegie Hall performance)
Leon Botstein, conductor
Gil Shaham,violin
Scott Wheeler: New Work (World Premiere)
Julia Perry: Stabat Mater
George Frederick Bristow: Symphony No. 4, Arcadian
 
Handel’s Messiah
Saturday December 11, 2021 at 8 PM
Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 2 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
Vocal soloists from Bard’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program to be announced
Bard Festival Chorale, Bard College Chamber Singers
HandelMessiah
Leon Botstein leads The Orchestra Now, soloists from Bard’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, the Bard Festival Chorale, and the Bard College Chamber Singers in a performance of one of the most popular oratorios of all time.

Tchaikovsky, William Tell & The Little Mermaid
Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 8 PM
Sunday, February 6, 2022 at 2 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
RossiniWilliam Tell Overture
Alexander ZemlinskyThe Little Mermaid
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Pathétique
The spring 2022 season unfolds with a concert of such audience favorites as Rossini’s iconic William Tell Overture and Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Little Mermaid, richly orchestrated by Austrian composer Alexander Zemlinsky. The program closes with Tchaikovsky’s final completed symphony, the Pathétique, which the composer called his “Passionate Symphony.”

Clara Schumann & Brahms’ German Requiem
Saturday April 2, 2022 at 8 PM
Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 2 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
Anna Polonsky, piano
Vocal soloists from Bard’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program to be announced
Bard Festival Chorale, Bard College Chamber Singers
Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto
BrahmsA German Requiem
Clara Schumann began writing her memorable Piano Concerto when she was just 14 years old, already a prodigy on the instrument. This virtuoso work will be performed by acclaimed pianist Anna Polonsky. Later in life, Schumann was close friends with Johannes Brahms. She said his German Requiem “is an immense piece that takes hold of one's whole being like very little else.”

Joseph Young & Rachmaninoff
Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 8 PM
Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 2 PM
Joseph Young, conductor
Julia Perry: A Short Piece for Orchestra
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3
Julia Perry’s riotous Short Work for Orchestra was recorded by the New York Philharmonic in 1965. While much of her work has been neglected, she was a winner of the Boulanger Grand Prix for her Viola Sonata. Rachmaninoff’s rhythmically expressive Symphony No. 3 concludes the program. Guest conductor Joseph Young, Music Director of the Berkeley Symphony and Resident Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra–USA at Carnegie Hall, leads the Orchestra.

Joseph Young & Rachmaninoff
Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 8 PM
Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 2 PM
Joseph Young, conductor
Julia Perry: A Short Piece for Orchestra
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3
Julia Perry’s riotous Short Work for Orchestra was recorded by the New York Philharmonic in 1965. While much of her work has been neglected, she was a winner of the Boulanger Grand Prix for her Viola Sonata. Rachmaninoff’s rhythmically expressive Symphony No. 3 concludes the program. Guest conductor Joseph Young, Music Director of the Berkeley Symphony and Resident Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra–USA at Carnegie Hall, leads the Orchestra.

Tickets $25–$40; 5-Concert Series from $81.25 (35% off); Create Your Own Series from $56.25 (25% off). Tickets are available online at fishercenter.bard.edu, or by calling the Fisher Center at 845.758.7900. Ticket holders will need to comply with the venue’s health and safety requirements, which can be found here.

FREE CONCERTS SERIES
TŌN continues its series of free concerts at venues in New York City and beyond, providing families with an opportunity to attend their first orchestral performance and introduce a new generation to classical music.

FREE CONCERTS SERIES
TŌN continues its series of free concerts at venues in New York City and beyond, providing families with an opportunity to attend their first orchestral performance and introduce a new generation to classical music.

Mozart & Schumann’s
Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 7 PM, at Hudson Hall, Hudson, NY
Andrés Rivas, conductor
Soloists to be announced
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds
Ernő Dohnányi: Concertino for Harp and Chamber Orchestra
Schumann: Symphony No. 1, Spring

Liszt & Bartók
Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 4 PM, at Peter Norton Symphony Space, New York City
Zachary Schwartzman, conductor
Emmerich Kálmán: Gräfin Mariza Overture
LisztLes Préludes
Zoltán KodályDances of Galánta
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Tickets: These concerts are FREE, no tickets necessary, advance RSVP suggested. For concerts at Symphony Space, RSVP at symphonyspace.org. For concerts at Hudson Hall, RSVP at hudsonhall.org. Concertgoers will need to comply with the venues health and safety requirements for Hudson Hall and Symphony Space
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10) PAN ASIAN REPERTORY THEATRE

ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR ITS

 MILESTONE 45TH SEASON

BENEFIT DINNER
2021 GOLDEN UNICORN GALA
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2021
AT THE GOLDEN UNICORN IN CHINATOWN

RETURN ENGAGEMENT OF

THE EMPEROR’S NIGHTINGALE
BY DAMON CHUA
DIRECTED BY CHONGREN FAN
JANUARY 15 – 30, 2022
AT THEATRE ROW

WORLD PREMIERE
CITIZEN WONG
A NEW PLAY BY RICHARD CHANG
INSPIRED BY 19th CENTURY ACTIVIST AND JOURNALIST WONG CHIN FOO
DIRECTED BY ERNEST ABUBA AND CHONGREN FAN
APRIL 11-30, 2022
MEZZANINE THEATRE AT A.R.T./NEW YORK THEATRES

NuWORKS 2022
AN EXPERIMENTAL SERIES

JUNE 17 – 30, 

A homecoming of recovery and healing! Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (Tisa Chang, Founding Artistic Producing Director) kicks off its 45th Milestone Season of recovery and healing with a celebration:: The annual LIVE Benefit Dinner the 2021 Golden Unicorn Gala set for Thursday, October 21, 2021 at The Golden Unicorn in Chinatown. The 2021 Honorees are stage fight master, Michael G. Chin, Emmy-award winner, film and stage actor Jodi Long, and founder of the New Federal Theater Woodie King, Jr.

The season of live entertainment begins after the new year with the return engagement of the hit Off-Broadway play The Emperor’s Nightingale by Damon Chua (January 15 – 30, 2022) at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street), and continues with the World Premiere of the new play Citizen Wong by Richard Chang (April 11-30, 2022) in the Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street). Closing out the 2021-2022 season is the annual play festival NuWorks 2022 (June 17 – 30, 2022). The season will also include the popular staged reading series’: Day of Remberance (February 2022) and _Asian Heritage_ (May 2022).

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre kicks off its 45th Milestone Season of recovery and healing with a celebration: the annual LIVE theater Benefit Dinner the 2021 Golden Unicorn Gala Dinner on Thursday evening, October 21, 2021 at The Golden Unicorn in Chinatown (18 East Broadway at Catherine Street).

The 2021 Golden Unicorn Honorees are stage fight master, Michael G. Chin, Emmy-award winner, film and stage actor Jodi Long, and founder of the New Federal Theater Woodie King, Jr. Festivities are set to begin at 6:00PM with cocktails, followed by a traditional Chinese banquet at 7:00PM, and award presentation at 8:00PM. The 2021 Benefit Committee includes Ernest Abuba, Richard Chang, Tisa Chang, Patricia Malone Chin, Damon Chua, Abby Felder, Lucy Kan, Victor Kan, Virginia P. Louloudes, Dora Lu, Erin Quill, Lu Yu and Henry Yuk.

Single tickets are priced at $200. VIP Tables of 10 start at $2,500SPECIAL OFFER: Early Bird Special Tickets are priced at $150 and available only through September 15. To purchase tickets, or for additional information regarding the Benefit Dinner, please call (212) 868-4030, or via email at info@panasianrep.org For the safety of all, proof of vaccination will be required at check-in.

The 2021-2022 season of LIVE theater beginning after the new year and celebrating the Lunar New Years is the annual return engagement of the acclaimed 2018 production of The Emperor’s Nightingale by Damon Chua (Incident at Hidden Temple), is a family-friendly staged adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s story “The Nightingale,” set in 18th century China, and brings to light the youthful exploits of the future Emperor Qianlong. This production employs traditional Chinese puppetry, folk songs and new illustrations teaching the art of Chinese calligraphy. Nominated by the Off-Broadway Alliance for “Best Family Show”, this TYA production emphasizes the importance of leadership guided by a moral compass, through the story about two rival teen brothers competing for the throne. Directed by Chongren Fan (Lost in Shanghai)the limited return engagement is set to begin performances on Saturday afternoon, January 15, 2022 and will conclude Sunday afternoon, January 30, 2022 at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street).

Continuing the season is the World Premiere of *Citizen Wong by Richard Chang (Goy Vey! Adventures of a Dim Sun in Search of his Wanton Father), a powerful new play inspired by the life and times of the 19th Century activist and journalist Wong Chin Foo (王清福, 1847–1898), a celebrity speaker-writer-social rights activist in the American Gilded Age, who mysteriously disappeared from history and is being rediscovered as the First Chinese American and “Asian-American Martin Luther King, Jr.” The play dramatically captures the essence of an era when Wong campaigned against calls for an “anti-Chinese wall,” the Chinese Exclusion Act, and federal government efforts to deny birthright citizenship. The fictional romantic drama is based on 15 years of research by veteran Reuters journalist and actor Richard Chang. Co-Directed by Ernest Abuba (Kwatz! The Tibetan Project) and Chongren Fan (The Emperor’s Nightingale)the world premiere engagement is set to begin performances on Monday, April 11, 2022 and will continue through Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theatres* (502 West 53rd Street).

The season will also include two popular staged reading series’: Day of Remberance (February 2022) and _Asian Heritage_ (May 2022). Dates and location will be announced shortly.

The milestone 45th Season concludes with the annual festival NuWorks 2022, an experimental series of self-created work from innovative artists exploring an eclectic range of genres and techniques using poetry, text, dance and music. The series begins Friday, June 17, 2022 and will conclude Thursday, June 30, 2022. Location will be announced at a future date.

For additional information, or to purchase tickets please visit the website www.panasianrep.org, or via email at info@panasianrep.org, or by calling (212) 868-4030.
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11) Ragamala Dance Company,
Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, Artistic Directors,
Announces 2021-22 Season

Ragamala Dance Company announces its 2021-22 season, featuring the world premiere of Fires of Varanasi: Dance of the Eternal Pilgrim, performances of Ashwini Ramaswamy’s Let the Crows Come, podcast episodes, and panel appearances. The Company will tour the country through April 2022 and will conclude the season with a residency at the Bogliasco Foundation in Bogliasco, Italy.

Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy's award-winning, internationally recognized bharatanatyam dance ensemble will perform the world premiere of the Kennedy Center co-commission Fires of Varanasi on the REACH
campus from September 11-12 as part of the Center’s 50th Anniversary weekends and Millennium Stage Summer Series, before bringing the piece to The Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College on
September 17-18 and The Joyce Theater in Manhattan from September 22-26.

2021/2022 SEASON SCHEDULE:

Returning to the Earth (Virtual event)
Pre-filmed online performance and panel discussion as part of the Just Festival in Edinburgh
August 25, 2021 at 1:30PM ET, Edinburgh, Scotland

World premiere of Fires of Varanasi
September 11 and 12, 2021 at 7:30 PM, the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. 
(Rain Date: September 13 at 7:30 PM)

Fires of Varanasi (proscenium stage premiere)
September 17 at 7:30 PM and 18 at 2 & 7:30 PM ET, Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire

Fires of Varanasi (New York premiere)
September 22-26, 2021, The Joyce Theater
 
Let the Crows Come
October 2, 2021, Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series in Pennsylvania

Let the Crows Come
November 20 and 21, 2021, Cowles Center in Minneapolis

Fires of Varanasi
December 2, 2021 at 7:30PM, Harris Theater, Chicago, IL 
 
Subcontinuity: Voices from the South Asian Diaspora podcast launches via PRX
January 2022
 
Let the Crows Come
January 15, 2022 at 8PM, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale, AZ
 
Release of second Subcontinuity podcast episode
February 2022
 
Ashwini Ramaswamy’s work-in-process work Invisible Cities Panel Discussion and Artist Q&A
January 31, 2022
 
Fires of Varanasi 
February 26, 2022, Northrop in Minneapolis
 
Fires of Varanasi
April 9, 2022, The Soraya in North Ridge, CA
 
Ramaswamys in residence
April 19-May 20, 2022, The Bogliasco Foundation in Bogliasco, Italy

For more information, visit ragamaladance.org.
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12) South Street Seaport Museum
Announces Monthly Virtual
Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Live Sing-Along
Sunday, September 5, 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, September 5, 2021 at 2pm ET. Broadcast live from the deck of Wavertree, this month’s sing-along will include whaling songs and show-related artifacts from the Museum collection in honor of American novelist Herman Melville’s birthday. From our living rooms and kitchens, join a round-robin of shared songs featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear on the first Sunday of every month. The event is FREE. Sign up here to receive the Zoom link 24 hours prior: seaportmuseum.org/chanteysing. 
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13) TWO RIVER THEATER ANNOUNCES A SPECIAL EVENING TO BENEFIT THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW PLAYS AND MUSICALS ON 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2021


FEATURING A CONCERT PERFORMANCE BY JOE ICONIS AND FAMILY


Tickets ranging in price from $60-$250 are on sale now from 732.345.1400 or tworivertheater.org; sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are also available.


Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces a special event on October 2, 2021 at 7:00 pm to benefit Two River Theater’s new plays and musicals development programs. The evening will also celebrate the upcoming release of the Love in Hate Nation original cast recording, a new musical written by Tony-Award Nominee Joe Iconis which premiered at Two River in 2019.  On October 2, 2021 at 7pm, Two River will host an evening featuring Joe Iconis and family, live, in person, at Two River’s Rechnitz Theater.

The evening will include a pre-show cocktail party, a performance by Joe Iconis and Family followed by a dinner catered by Et Al Catering for sponsors and the evening’s roster of performers.  A limited number of $250 individual tickets are available now, which includes access to the cocktail party, one premium seat for performance and sponsor dinner.  $60 tickets also available for purchase, which includes one seat for performance. Sponsorship packages are $1,000 to $10,000. 

Joe Iconis is an acclaimed musical theater writer whose musical Be More Chill (written with Joe Tracz) premiered at Two River in 2015; the original cast recording has been streamed more than 90 million times. Iconis and Tracz are currently writing a new musical as a Two River Theater commission. Iconis’s other musicals include Love in Hate NationBroadway Bounty Hunter, and Bloodsong of Love, and his song “Broadway, Here I Come” was cited by the New York Times as a new entry in the Great American Songbook. He was named one to watch” in Billboard's Top 10 picks of the next generation of Broadway singers and songwriters.

 

A combination of rock ‘n’ roll jamboree and musical cabaret, the musical performance will include classic tunes, new numbers, and works-in-progress written by Joe Iconis, and will feature performances by some of his closest collaborators.


For information about tickets, sponsorships and underwriting opportunities, contact Katie Benson at 732.345.1400 ext. 1817 or kbenson@trtc.org. 

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And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for More Theater Monday.