I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Theater Thursday: Six by Sondheim and More

What: Six by Sondheim

Where: Available for purchase or rental on Amazon Prime

Next month will mark one year since the death of the beloved composer, Stephen Sondheim. Although his incredible body of work will always be with us through the numerous revivals and restagings of his shows if you want to get a closer view of the composer and his process you are definitely going to want to watch the wonderful documentary Six by Sondheim. This 2013 film directed by Sondheim's friend and collaborator, James Lapine gives you an intimate look at the life and creative process of Stephen Sondheim through the examination of six of his best-loved songs in his own words. The documentary also features performances of each of the songs. They include Send in the Clowns from A Little Night Music and Sunday from Sunday in the Park With George. Some of the performances are from original productions of the show. Some were created specifically for the documentary and feature such Broadway favorite as Audra McDonald. Lindsay Mendez, and Jeremy Jordan. Whether you are fan of Stephen Sondheim and his work or you just want to know more more about the songwriting process, you are not going to want to miss this film.

And that's our view. For more information about this film or to purchase or rent it from Amazon, go to www.amazon.com/Six-Sondheim-Stephen

If you are interested in watching other Sondheim works versions of the following shows are also available for purchase and/or rental from Amazon Prime*:

Sweeney Todd the Demon Barner of Fleet Street

Into the Woods

Putting it Together

Gypsy 


There are also the following concerts and documentaries available*:

Judy Collins: A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim

Follies the Rehearsals


Film versions of the following Sondheim works can also be found*:

Into the Woods 

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Gypsy

West Side Story


*Availability of any of the above videos can change at any time


Tune in Sunday for this week's Sunday Scoop.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Where-To-Go Wednesday - The Strong National Museum of Play

We were given complimentary tickets to The Strong National Museum of Play for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own. 


What: The Strong National Museum of Play 

Where: 1 Manhattan Square 
              Rochester, NY 

Who: All ages



Me - The Strong National Museum of Play was really fun. I really enjoyed it. They had a lot of different toys from different generations. It was really cool. It reminded me of my childhood because a lot of things were toys that I played with when I was little. 



There was one room that had a bunch of stuff related to Sesame Street. I really enjoyed that because me and my sister and my mom all watched it when we were little. There was one room that was all related to reading and books and stuff. I really enjoyed that too. 



There were a lot of parts of the museum that were interactive. That added to the enjoyment of the museum. That also makes it even more entertaining even for very young children.  There were instruments to play in different ways. There was a slide for little kids. There were books to look at and read. There were a whole bunch of other things to do too.



The Strong Museum is a great museum for anyone of any age. Anyone is sure to find things to do and see that they enjoy there. It is one of the best museums ever!



 Mom- A great place to take a child and/or relive your own childhood is The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York. This venue dedicated to playing is a nostalgia trip and a fun adventure rolled into one. Just about every kind of toy you can think of is on display somewhere in this museum, and there are plenty of interactive exhibits as well.



There are displays devoted to Barbies, building toys, and Peanuts comic strip character-related toys among other things. There are whole areas dedicated to Superheroes, Sesame Street, games, books, and more. The book section not only has toys related to books but plenty of real books to look at and read as well. It is a functioning library for people who live in the area who can take home books to read and return them.  You can build your own Mr. Potato Head, play a giant piano on the floor with your feet, see what you would look like on television with Elmo, and that's only a small sampling of the fun interactive activities you can participate in,



The Toy Hall of Fame is located at the museum, You can learn about the toys that have been selected for this prestigious honor and see them too, They include American Girl dolls, the Teddy Bear, and Scrabble. You can learn about famous toy designers and their creations as well.



The World Video Hall of Fame is located at the Museum as well. You can learn about the history of video games or  you can play them (board games are available too play also at the museum), You can even see a video game that was such a flop that all copies of the game were once buried in the sand. That video game was featured on an episode of Mysteries at the Museum. Plenty of other objects in the Strong Museum collection were featured on Mysteries of the Museum at one time or another as well.



The Strong Museum is just an incredible fun-filled place. It might not feel that big when you are inside it, but it is packed to the brim with exciting things to do and see. Once you come here, you won't want to leave.


And that's our view. For more about the Strong Museum of Play or to purchase online tickets, visit www.museumofplay.

Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Tips for Tuesday - Books: Friends Don't Lie & We Never Die: Secrets of the Afterlife

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

Books: Friends Don't Lie and We Never Die


Today we are talking about Friends Don't Lie by Nell Pattison. This is a fasinating thriller about a woman who finds out that another woman with the same name as hers may be in danger and worms her way into the other woman's life allegedly to protect her. This book is exciting and original and has a couple of shocking twists. However, one of the major plot twists doesn't really make sense and is never really explained fully which keeps us from being able to wholeheartedly recommend this book. 


Today we are recommending We Never Die by Matt Fraser. This book by the well-known psychic is about what happens after we die. It is a must-read for anyone struggling with grief as you will surely find great comfort in it. It is also fascinating reading for anyone particularly interested in learning about what it is allegedly like in the afterlife and/or how your loved ones remain connected to you even after they die.

And that's our view.

Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

Giveaway: Win a copy of the The Best New True Crime Stories Serial Killers in the Howloween Giveaway Hop!



Welcome to the Howloween Giveaway Hop
hosted by The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island. 

If you are not squeamish and you might enjoy an eerie book appropriate to the season, you might like The Best New True Crime Stories Serial Killers by Mitzi Szereto. This book is not about notorious serial killers that everyone's heard of like Son of Sam and the Green River Killer but rather less well-known serial killers that you've probably never heard of. It covers predators known as The Kicevo Monster, Buxom Belle, The Beast of BC, and more. There are even husband and wife serial killers, The killers discussed in these pages represent a world full of depravity as it literally covers serial killers fron all over the globe. If are fascinated by true crime, you will definitely want to read thisbook. For more information, see our previous post: Tips for Tuesday - Books: The Best New True Crime Stories Serial Killers, Enter to win a copy below:

Giveaway Dates 10/4 - 10/25

Giveaway Open to Ages 18+ US

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Monday, October 3, 2022

Broadway Shows to Look Forward to This Season

The new Broadway season is upon us and here is a look at some of the shows that will soon be opening:


1776 - This revival of the historic musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence gives the show a unique spin with a cast that includes multiple representations of race, ethnicity, and gender; they identify as female, transgender, and nonbinary.

American Airlines Theatre (227 W. 47th St.)
Now in previews
Opening Night 10/6
Limited engagement through 1/1

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit  roundabouttheatre.org


Almost Famous - This show is based on the 2000 film about a high school boy traveling around with a rock band in order to write about them for Rolling Stone. Although the show's score is made up of mostly of all-new songs if you are a fan of the movie you will be glad to know that Elton John's Tiny Dancer is still included in the show.

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 W. 45th St.)
Beginning Performances 10/3
Opening Night 11/3

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.almostfamousthemusical.com


Kimberly Akimbo - This musical about a teenager with a disease that causes her to age rapidly was a hit Off-Broadway last season, and you won't want to miss Victoria Clark and Bonnie Milligan's sure-to-be Tony-nominated performances.

Booth Theatre (225 W. 45th St.)
Beginning Performances 10/12
Opening Night 11/10

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit KimberlyAkimboTheMusical.com

& Juliet - The hit London musical about what would happen if Juliet survived at the end of Romeo & Juliet is full of popular songs you're sure to recognize.

Stephen Sondheim Theatre (124 W. 23rd St)
Beginning Performances 10/28
Opening Night 10/17

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit andjulietbroadway.com.


KPOP - Another show transferring from Off-Broadway to Broadway, the global phenomenon of Korean pop is the focus of this musical.

Circle in the Square (1633 Broadway)
Beginning Performances 10/13
Opening Night 11/20

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.kpopbroadway.com


A Beautiful Noise - This jukebox musical about the singer, Neil Diamond is loaded with his songs.

Broadhurst Theatre (235 W. 44th St.)
Beginning performances 11/2
Opening Night 12/4

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.abeautifulnoisethemusical.com


Some Like it Hot - Although the 1972 musical, Sugar, was also based on the movie, Some Like It Hot, this is a completely new musical based on the film classic.

Sam S. Shubert Theatre (245 W. 44th St.)
Beginning Performances 11/1
Opening Night 12/11

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.SomeLikeItHotMusical.com

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Photo credits:
1776 production photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade
Almost Famous production photo by Neal Preston
Kimberly Akimbo production photo by Ahron R. Foster
KPOP photo by Jenny Anderson
A Beautiful Noise production photo by Matthew Murphy

Giveaway: Win a copy of Lucifer: The Sixth & Final Season in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!


Welcome to the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop 
hosted by Review Wire Media &  Chatty Patty's Place 


Fans of Lucifer can rejoice! The Sixth & Final Season is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD. The series starring Tom Ellis is about a Devil who abandons hell to become a consultant to the Los Angeles Police Department. It is based on the DC Comic Book character of the same name. The three-disc set contains 10 one-hour episodes plus deleted scenes and a gag reel. For more about Lucifer the Sixth and Final Season go to www.warnerbros.com/news/press-releases/lucifer-sixth-and-final-season-on-disc-september-13 Enter to win a copy below:

Giveaway Dates 10/3 - 10/ 17

Giveaway Open to Ages 18+ US

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You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Sunday, October 2, 2022

Sunday Scoop Week of 10/2/22 - New Cast Members, New Cast Recordings, New Shows, New Tickets Released, What Else is Happening This Week and More

A) New Cast Members
B) New Cast Recordings
C) New Shows
D) New Tickets Released
E) What Else is Happening This Week and More

A) New Cast Members



















Cheek to Cheek 

York Theatre at St. Jeans (150 E. 76th St.)

Hayley Podschun joins the cast 10/4

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit yorktheatre.org/cheek-to-cheek


B) New Cast Recordings


Into the Woods

The cast album features the original cast of the Broadway revivalSara Bareilles as the Baker’s Wife, Brian d’Arcy James as the Baker, Tony Award® winner Patina Miller as the Witch, Phillipa Soo as Cinderella, Gavin Creel as the Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince, Joshua Henry as Rapunzel’s Prince, Aymee Garcia as Jack’s Mother,  Ta’Nika Gibson as Lucinda, Annie Golden as Cinderella’s Mother/Grandmother/Giant’s Wife, Albert Guerzon as Cinderella’s Father, Brooke Ishibashi as Florinda, Kennedy Kanagawa as Milky White, David Patrick Kelly as the Narrator/Mysterious Man, Julia Lester as Little Red Riding Hood, Nancy Opel as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Cole Thompson as Jack, David Turner as the Steward, Alysia Velez as Rapunzel. 

The entire album is available to stream or download HERE.
The CD will be released on December 2, followed by vinyl on March 17, 2023

For more information or to purchase tickets to the show, visit  SeatGeek.com/into-the-woods


The Music Man

Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man, starring two-time Tony Award®, Grammy Award®, and Emmy Award®-winning star Hugh Jackman as Professor Harold Hill and two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo available now. The cast recording also features the rest of the original cast, including Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley as Marcellus Washburn, Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays as Mayor Shinn, Tony Award winner Jayne Houdyshell as Mrs. Shinn, and Tony Award winner Marie Mullen as Mrs. Paroo, Remy Auberjonois as Charlie Cowell, Gino Cosculluela as Tommy Djilas, Emma Crow as Zaneeta Shinn, Benjamin Pajak as Winthrop, Kayla Teruel as Amaryllis, Garrett Long as Ethel Toffelmier, Linda Mugleston as Alma Hix, Jessica Sheridan as Maud Dunlop, Rema Webb as Mrs. Squires, Phillip Boykin as Olin Britt, Eddie Korbich as Jacey Squires, Daniel Torres as Ewart Dunlop, Nicholas Ward as Oliver Hix, Lance Roberts as Constable Locke, Max Clayton as Standby for Harold Hill, and Nick AlvinoJordan BeallRonnie S. Bowman Jr.Maria BriggsAudrey CardwellJT ChurchKammie CrumAydin EyikanCarlee FlanaganEthen Green-YoungerEmily Jewel HoderCurtis HollandEloise KroppEthan LafazanKayla LaVineAndrew MinardSean MontgomeryTanner QuirkDaniel Patrick RussellAnn SandersSherisse SpringerMitchell TobinKathy VoytkoBranch Woodman, and Ryan Worsing rounding out the Ensemble.

Final block of tickets for The Music Man are currently on sale for performances through January 1 at telecharge.com.

 


C) New Shows

Almost Famous

The year is 1973 and it’s all happening. Led Zeppelin is king, Richard Nixon is President, and idealistic 15-year-old William Miller is an aspiring music journalist. When Rolling Stone magazine hires him to go on the road with an up-and-coming band, William is thrust into the rock-and-roll circus, where his love of music, his longing for friendship, and his integrity as a writer collide. Almost Famous is about a young man finding his place in the world and the indelible characters he meets along the way. It’s a celebration of community, family, fandom and the power of music.

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 W. 45th St.)
Beginning Performances 10/3
Opening Night 11/3

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.almostfamousthemusical.com

Candida

CANDIDA: The Romcom That Started It All! This incredibly taut romantic comedy by Bernard Shaw will be reset from London 1895 to Harlem 1929. The Reverend James Morell and his wife Candida live a comfortable life until the young poet, Marchbanks, is taken into their home and challenges everything they’d built their lives upon. It’s a time of global upheaval as six characters come together on one tumultuous day to redefine not only who they are but also how to launch into their futures in a more fully self-aware way. Written as a lighthearted response to Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, this short but pithy play races along in ever-surprising ways. This is also the play that later inspired the Robert Anderson play, Tea and Sympathy.

Theatre Row (410 W 42nd St.)
Beginning Performances 10/5
Opening Night 10/25 
Limited Run Through 11/19

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit tickets www.bfany.org/theatre-row/shows/candida

Dodi & Diana

It’s August 2022—exactly 25 years after the Car Accident that made the world stand still. A Wall Street banker and a Hollywood starlet, locked in the Hôtel Ritz Paris, unearth a strange connection to the star-crossed lovers. With their marriage at a crossroads, the couple’s steamy tête-à-têtes unravel into a simmering interrogation of sex, fame, and erasure. As lies multiply and past and present collide, can their love survive the exposure of their darkest secrets?

HERE (145 Sixth Ave.)
Performance Began 10/1
Limited Run Through 10/29

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit  here.org

Only Gold

Stirred by the seductive air of Paris, a princess, a queen, and a clockmaker’s wife rebel against tradition as the men in their lives chase dreams they abandoned in their youth. Is it possible to truly follow your heart? And what must you sacrifice along the way? 

The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space (511 W 52nd St.)
Beginning Performances 10/5
Opening Night 11/7
Limited Run Through 10/27

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit  mcctheater.org



















Powerhouse

POWERHOUSE female lawyer in her 40s is being pushed out of her high-profile Law Firm due to an inappropriate relationship she is having with a younger associate. This relentless, passionate, lawyer challenges traditional roles in a male-dominated business and questions “What happens when a woman truly stands in her own power?”

A.R.T./New York Theatres - Gural Theatre (502 West 53rd St.)
Performances Begin 10/8
Limited Run Through 10/30


The Winters Tale and Hedda Gabbler in Rep

Irondale Center (85 S Oxford St, Brooklyn,
Performances Beginning 10/5
Limited Run Through 11/122

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit  bedlam.org.

D) New Tickets Released

Hadestown

Hadestown originated as Anaïs Mitchell’s indie theater project that toured Vermont which she then turned into an acclaimed album. With Rachel Chavkin, her artistic collaborator, Hadestown has been transformed into a genre-defying new musical that blends modern American folk music with New Orleans-inspired jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.

Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street)

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.hadestown.com

E) What Else is Happening This Week and More

1) Almost Famous Announces Lottery & Rush Tickets

2) Beetlejuice Celebrates 31 Day-O's of Halloween

3) Bloomingdale School of Music Faculty Concert Series
Begins 10/7

4) Breaking the Binary Festival
10/10 - 10 - 10/16

5) Nai Ni Chin Dance Co. The Bridge Virtual Dance Class
10/3 & 10/5

6) New Jersey Theatre Alliance Announces
New Career Accelerator Program

7) On Location Tours Launches What's Filming App

8) Roundabout Refocus Project Season Two
Now Streaming

9) Stranger Sings The Parody Announces Lottery & Student Rush

10) Theater Resources Unlimited Launches Podcast Series

11) Topdog/Underdog Announces Lottery & Rush

12) Triskelion Arts and More Presents The Slowest Wave
10/6 - 10/8

1) THE BROADWAY MUSICAL


ALMOST FAMOUS


ANNOUNCES RUSH TICKETS AND


A DIGITAL LOTTERY

Almost Famous, the new musical with book and co-lyrics by Academy Award® winner Cameron Crowe, based on his iconic film, will offer a limited number of $40 rush tickets and a digital lottery for the highly-anticipated Broadway production. Almost Famous is set to begin preview performances at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 W 45th St) in New York City October 3, 2022 with opening night on November 3, 2022.

 

The digital lottery through Telecharge will offer $45 tickets. Entries for the digital lottery start at 12:00 a.m., one day before the performance, and end the same day at 3:00 p.m. Winners are drawn at 9:00 a.m. for matinees and 3:00 p.m. for evening shows. Winners may buy up to two tickets. To enter the lottery, please visit https://almostfamousthemusicallottery.com.

 

Rush tickets are $40 tickets available for purchase in-person only at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Box Office beginning at 10:00 a.m. for that day’s performance. The Jacobs Box Office is open Monday through Saturday starting at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday at 12:00 p.m. There is a maximum of two tickets per person. Rush tickets are subject to availability and may not be offered at all performances. Rush seating locations will be determined by the box office.



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2) BEETLEJUICE’S 
31 DAY-O’S OF HALLOWEEN!

BEETLEJUICE will celebrate its final Halloween (The Ghost-with-the-Most’s favorite holiday) on Broadway with a month of surprises for fans every Day-O in October, including limited edition Playbills, Halloween-themed cocktails at the Marquis concessions stand, weekly costume contests, limited edition “Strange and Unusual” swag giveaways, new TikTok videos and other new spooky digital content, with collaborations with MAC Cosmetics, Abracadabra, Schmackary’s, Covenant House, The Paint Place, Time Square Tattoo, Beetle House, The Drama Book Shop, Homesick Candles, Zaro’s, Haswell Green’s, PS Kitchen, Vida Verde and more.  A full schedule of BEETLEJUICE’s October celebration is at Beetlejuicebroadway.com/october.

 

-Every Sunday, BEETLEJUICE audience members will receive a special piece of limited-edition BEETLEJUICE swag during both the matinee and evening performances.

 

-Every Friday, fans can enter the in-person costume contest at the Marquis Theatre for the chance to win a prize package of strange and unusual swag. If you can’t make it in the flesh, you can enter the digital costume contest through October 27th.

 

-Through October 31, Abracadabra (19 W. 21st St.) will be featuring a curated BEETLEJUICE costume section.

 

-The Food Network will drop BEETLEJUICE inspired recipes throughout the month.

 

-Time Square Tattoo (252 W. 46th St. Top Floor) will be featuring a special flash sheet of all sorts of strange and unusual designs.

 

-Beetle House (308 E. 6th St.), NYC’s Tim Burton-inspired restaurant, will be taking discounts off the bill, when you present your BEETLEJUICE ticket.

 

-The Drama Book Shop will be serving a girl-scout inspired drink all through October.

 

-Monday, October 10: PAINT, PAINT, PAINT SENORA!

Channel your inner artist and stop by The Paint Place (243 W. 72nd St.) for a special BEETLEJUICE-themed paint night.

 

-Wednesday, October 12: COOKIES AND SCREAM

Swing by Schmackary's (362 W. 45th St.) through October 23 and get one of the Netherworld-approved cookies.

 

-Friday, October 14 and Friday, October 21: ONE SWEET DEAL-IA

Swing by Schmackary's (362 W. 45th St.) dressed up in costume before or after the show for buy one, get one free cookies!

 

-Wednesday, October 26, through Monday, October 31: BEETLE CRAWL

Celebrate Hallo-weekend on the official Beetlecrawl. Visit these bars and restaurants [P.S. Kitchen, Haswell Green’s, Vida Verde, and Beetle House] to enjoy a BEETLEJUICE-themed cocktail. Daylight come, and you’ll have to crawl home!

 

-Monday, October 31: BLACK + WHITE + DEAD ALL OVER

Stop by Zaro’s Bakery to get your hands (and mouth) on a special BEETLEJUICE-themed black and white cookie. Showtime is of the essence – they will only be available through November 6th!

 

Broadway’s smash-hit musical BEETLEJUICE will continue haunting Broadway’s Marquis Theatre (210 West 46 Street) through Sunday, January 8, 2023, only, however, everyone’s favorite demon is taking the show on the road with the BEETLEJUICE National 26-city Tour, launching December 7, 2022, at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre. 


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3) Bloomingdale School of Music 2022/23 Faculty Concert Series Begins October 7, 2022


Bloomingdale School of Music announces its 2022/23 Faculty Concert Series at the David Greer Concert Hall, 323 West 108th Street, NYC. The upcoming season will feature rarely heard classical and jazz music for various instruments and voices performed by Bloomingdale’s outstanding faculty and guest artists. Concerts will be presented in Bloomingdale’s state-of-the-art concert hall and will spotlight music from around the world including Italy, Puerto Rico, Hungary, Russia, and our very own New York City. The series kicks off with Rare Pairing: An Evening of Guitar and Clarinet on Friday, October 7, 2022 at 7pm.

For over 20 years Bloomingdale has presented its faculty, as well as guest artists, in concerts including classical music, jazz, and world music. Bloomingdale’s Free Faculty Concert Series has established itself a vital part of the musical life of the Upper West Side, taking place most Fridays at 7pm in Bloomingdale’s David Greer Concert Hall. These events are free and open to the public. Visit bsmny.org/events/ for more information and to RSVP.

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4) BREAKING THE BINARY

THEATRE FESTIVAL


OCTOBER 10 – 16, 2022

AT THEATRE ROW


TO RESERVE COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS, CLICK HERE.



Breaking the Binary Theatre Festival will feature seven evenings of work created and developed by TNB2S+ theatermakers. Coinciding with National Coming Out Day and LGBTQ+ History Month, the festival will run from Monday October 10 through Sunday October 16, 2022 at Theatre Row (410 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036). Tickets to Breaking the Binary Theatre Festival are free and can be reserved online at 12pm ET today. To reserve complimentary tickets, please visit www.bfany.org/theatre-row/.

For more information, visit www.btb-nyc.com.


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5) Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
Announces
The Bridge
Virtual Dance Institute
of boundary-breaking dance experiences
Free One-Hour Company Classes on Zoom
Open to All Dancers at an Intermediate to Advanced Level
October 3 & 5, 2022


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

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

The Bridge Class schedule:

Monday, October 3, 2022 | Andy Chiang (Tai Chi and Qi Gong) at 10am
Embrace the Yin and Yang through Tai Chi, a gentle exercise that helps you to move with focus and purpose. We will begin the class with a Qi Gong exercise called the 8 Section Brocade which is one of the most ancient form of Qi Gong known in China. After that we ill do by the simplified 8 movement Tai Chi. No experience needed.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 | Rio Kikuchi (Kinetic Spiral) at 10am
Tapping into the creative energy of the universe through Kinetic Spiral. Nai-Ni Chen's signature technique is based on the principle of ever-changing universal forces of Yin and Yang to cultivate the dancer’s vital energy Chi (Qi) allowing the dancer to achieve higher performance with less effort. By focusing on breathing and images, Kinetic Spiral also balances the spiritual, mental and physical energy of the dancer. The Kinetic Spiral Technique forms the foundation of Nai-Ni Chen’s style of cross-cultural movement and embodies her efforts to work in the intersection of culture and race, advocating for equity with grace and power.


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6) New Jersey Theatre Alliance Announces New Career Accelerator Program

Seeking Applicants for a Paid Fellowship Program Offering Learning Experience for Emerging Theatre Professionals of Color 


New Jersey Theatre Alliance (“The Alliance”), is thrilled to announce their new Career Accelerator Program, a 6-month program comprising three part-time, 8-week placements; two with professional theatres and one with New Jersey Theatre Alliance to learn about theatre administration and management in real-world contexts. In addition to learning in the field, fellows will participate in professional development seminars, one-on-one mentoring meetings, and check-ins with the Theatre Alliance Staff. 


Interested applicants must identify as an emerging theatre professional and identify as a person of color. Applicants of color who also identify as Trans or non-binary, disabled, or deaf are highly encouraged to apply.

Applicants may be currently enrolled in college, graduated from college, or finished with high school and not attending college. Adults who identify as emerging theatre professionals, such as those seeking a career change later in life are also eligible for this program. The program is not open to currently enrolled high school students.

Up to three Career Accelerator Fellows will be chosen to participate in the program beginning in January 2023. They will be paid $15/hour, receive a $500 travel stipend, and a $500 stipend to support healthcare, childcare, tuition, debt repayment, or other life needs. Fellows will be matched for placements with New Jersey Theatre Alliance member theatres, all of which are committed to creating a learning experience with specific responsibilities, tasks, projects, and structure.

Applications open on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, and are due by October 11, 2022.

Additional requirements and deadlines can be found at https://njtheatrealliance.org/career-accelerator/

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7) On Locations Tours

Launches

the What's Filming Now App


 The only mobile app that lets its users share what’s filming around the country is now available on the Apple Store and on Google Play. On Location Tours, the award-winning tour company that runs TV and movie tours in New York City, Boston and Chicago, released its first-ever app called What's Filming Now, which gives the cinephile community an inside peek as to where movies and TV shows are being filmed across the nation.  Thanks to this new location-based app, with the click of a button, anyone can upload photo and video content of what’s filming in and around their towns or cities, as well as check and see content that has been uploaded in other states. The brand new platform brings the movie-loving community together, keeping everyone up-to-date with information regarding the film production industry. While most people are spending hours on the internet looking for movies being filmed around them, What’s Filming Now provides this information in a simple and interactive way.   By downloading and signing up for this app, users can engage in the magic of movie production and help witness key moments in cinematic history.

The app is free and available for both iPhone and Android users. If you want further information regarding the app, please contact Erin Miller at erin@onlocationtours.comThose interested can download the app and sign up through the App Store link here or the Google Play link here. 

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8) FREE STREAMING SERIES

 

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

In association with PREGONES/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater (PRTT)

Presents

 

THE REFOCUS PROJECT, SEASON TWO

Now Available to Stream Through Sunday, October 16

SARITA

THE OXCART

EL CORRIDO DE CALIFORNIA

 

Direct from THE REFOCUS PROJECT,

PREGONES/PRTT's production of

THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS ON A LATIN BEAT

Begins Performances Thursday, October 6


 Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to announce that the second season of The Refocus Project, its multi-year project to elevate and restore marginalized plays to the American canon, is now available to stream online for free, through Sunday, October 16. This year’s readings, for which Roundabout partnered with Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater (PRTT), featured plays by Latinx playwrights, including Sarita by María Irene Fornés, directed by Rebecca Aparicio; The Oxcart by René Marqués, directed by Cristina Angeles; and El Corrido De California by Fausto Avendaño, directed by Galia Backal.

 

In addition, direct from The Refocus Project, Season 2, Pregones/PRTT’s production of The Harlem Hellfighters on a Latin Beat begins live performances on Thursday, October 6 at Puerto Rican Traveling Theater (304 W 47th St). More information is available at pregonesprtt.org.

 

Audiences can access The Refocus Project here. 

 

The Refocus Project launched in 2021 in association with Black Theatre United, spotlighting twentieth-century Black plays and their playwrights: Angelina Weld GrimkéShirley Graham Du BoisZora Neale Hurston, Alice Childress and Samm-Art Williams. 

 

SARITA

By María Irene Fornés
Directed by Rebecca Aparicio

 

Following a betrayal by her crush Julio, 13-year-old Sarita Fernandez quickly learns how fickle love can be. Her teenage years are marked by men coming and going from her life, an early pregnancy, and a volatile love affair with Julio that continues into adulthood. Eventually, Sarita’s attempts to find personal agency in these relationships manifest in brutal ways, with far-reaching consequences for herself and her loved ones.

 

THE OXCART 

By René Marqués
Directed by Cristina Angeles

 

In 1950s Puerto Rico, matriarch Doña Gabriela and her children await the fateful oxcart that will take them from their mountain home to a new life in San Juan. Young Chaguito despairs to leave behind his favorite rooster and daughter Juanita dreads saying goodbye to those she loves, while eldest son Luis dreams of limitless horizons and the mechanized industries of the future.

 

EL CORRIDO DE CALIFORNIA 

By Fausto Avendaño
Directed by Galia Backal

 

California, 1846. Don Gerónimo Segura, a Mexican rancher and mayor of the village of Santa Bárbara, welcomes his son Rafael home after five years of military service in Mexico City. Rafael, however, comes bearing news–the United States, the neighboring country his father so deeply admires, has begun a hostile takeover of California. In the ensuing conflict, Don Gerónimo and the citizens of Santa Bárbara are forced to choose between their honor and keeping themselves and their loved ones safe.

 

HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS ON A LATIN BEAT 

Book, Lyrics, and Directed by Rosalba Rolón
Compositions by Desmar GuevaraJames Reese Europe, and Rafael Hernández
Arrangements by Desmar Guevara

 

The Harlem Hellfighters’ extraordinary valor and musicianship made the 369th Infantry the most celebrated regiment of the First World War era. A motley and multicolor crew, they tumble on stage with a marvelous ruckus of ragtime jazz, military bugle calls, and Latin rhythm trailing behind them. Among them are legends James Reese Europe and Rafael Hernández—two musical giants of the 20th century—always eager to relive the adventures that brought them together in the fabled summer of 1917.


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9) DIGITAL LOTTERY

AND STUDENT RUSH LOTTERY

ANNOUNCED FOR 

STRANGER SINGS

THE PARODY MUSICAL


The award-winning, hit Off-Broadway show Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical announced that beginning today, the show will launch a $20 digital lottery and a $30 in-person student rush ticket policy.

The digital lottery is available via StrangerSings.com/lottery for all performances, subject to availability. The lottery opens 7 days in advance of performances and winners will be emailed at least four hours prior to performances. The tickets are $20 each (including $1.50 Facility Fee), with purchases via cash sales only and exact change. Ticket pick-up starts 60 minutes before the performance, and concludes 15 minutes prior to performance. Management reserves the right to reallocate lottery seats which are not picked-up and paid for 15 minutes prior to curtain.

Student rush tickets will be sold in person at the Playhouse 46 at St. Luke’s box office, available starting 2 hours before each performance. The tickets are $30 each (including a $1.50 Facility Fee), with cash sales only and exact change. There will be a limit of two tickets per customer, with a valid student ID. Seat locations will be at the discretion of the box office, and are based on availability.

Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical
 transports Playhouse 46 at St. Luke’s (308 W. 46th Street) into immersive and in-the-round satirized versions of Hawkins, Indiana, and the Upside Down. Performances continue through January 1, 2023.


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10) Theater Resources Unlimited 
wants to chat you up.
Announcing the launch of TRU Talks About Theater podcast series,
First Four Episodes Streaming Now


Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) launches a new podcast series TRU Talks About Theater based on its celebrated Community Gatherings, a weekly conversation series that has explored the creation of art and theater in the time of COVID-19 via Zoom non-stop for over two years. The first three episodes of the show are available for streaming now on all major podcast platforms. Available at https://electracast.com/podcast/tru-talks-about-theater/ and wherever you get your podcasts.

Episode 1: Fifty Years of Leadership: A Conversation with Producer/Theater Owner Eric Krebs
In the room: entrepreneur, producer, writer and groundbreaking theater manager and owner Eric Krebs talks of a dedicated life in New York theater. Co-founder of the George Street Playhouse, and manager for years of the John Houseman and Douglas Fairbanks Theatres, Eric has been a part of the evolution of off-Broadway, through the creation of Theatre Row to running several of his own theater spaces including the current Theatre 555 on West 42nd Street. He shares his experiences with candor and offers insights into the challenges of maintaining off-Broadway as a viable environment for developing theater artists and art.

Episode 2: Keeping Virtual in Our Vocabulary: Integrating What We’ve Learned As We Return to Live Performance
In the Room: Kathryn Jones, leader and Innovator in live-streaming, virtual fundraising and social-first content, founder of Collective Agency. Two years in shutdown has pushed us to expand our creative skill set. Kathryn and Bob look at the virtual tools that can still serve us going forward, and how they can contribute to our future success in theater, from livestreaming as a supplementary revenue stream to online fundraising to new ways to approach marketing and increase awareness of our products.

Episode 3: What I Did Last Summer: How Producer Jim Kierstead Kept Productive in a Pandemic
In the room: Jim Kierstead (Tony winner for Hadestown, Kinky Boots and Pippin; plus Ain't Too Proud, The Inheritance, Waitress) talks about moving his energies into the virtual world with Broadway Virtual, a new company specializing in streamed and video content, as well as educational opportunities to help artists master the new technologies. He'll also share his journey balancing the two sides of his ambitions: playwrighting and producing. Plus his plans for coming back to live performance. With a side trip into the current controversies within our slow-to-change business.

Episode 4: Is the Great White Way Becoming a Little Less White?
In the room: Adam Hyndman, board member and Tara Moses, advisory board member of Broadway for Racial Justice, fighting for greater equity and inclusion by providing immediate resources, assistance, and amplification for BIPOC in the Broadway and theatrical community at-large. Though its nickname referred to the bright lights on its marquees, intentional or not, white privilege and perspective have shaped Broadway and our business from its very beginnings. On June 8, 2020, the pandemic already raging, the BIPOC proclamation "We See You, White American Theater" challenged theater to acknowledge the problem and address it. The current commercial season boasted 7 plays by BIPOC writers, and regional theaters have announced their most diverse seasons to date. Is it enough? And is our current COVID world stifling progress? Bob and his guests wade into the deep waters of controversy and face both the challenge and the necessity of facing the roadblocks in the way of having true equity and inclusion in our business and our world.
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11) SUZAN-LORI PARKS’ TOPDOG/UNDERDOG ANNOUNCES DIGITAL LOTTERY

AND IN-PERSON RUSH


THE PULITZER-PRIZE WINNING MASTERPIECE

RETURNS TO BROADWAY

 

STARRING COREY HAWKINS AND YAHYA ABDUL-MATEEN II

DIRECTED BY TONY AWARD-WINNER KENNY LEON

 

Previews Begin September 27, 2022

Opening Night October 20, 2022

At the John Golden Theatre on Broadway


The 20th Anniversary Production of SUZAN-LORI PARKS’ Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, TOPDOG/UNDERDOG, will offer a limited number of tickets via digital lottery and in-person rush starting Tuesday, September 27.

 

The digital lottery for SUZAN-LORI PARKS’ TOPDOG/UNDERDOG can be found at rush.telecharge.com. Entries for the digital lottery start at 12:00am, one day before the performance, and end the same day at 3:00pm. Winners are drawn at 9:00am for matinees and 3:00pm for evening shows. Winners may buy up to two tickets at $40 each.

 

There will also be a limited number of $35 in-person rush tickets available when the box office opens the day of the performance at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). The Golden Theatre Box Office is open Monday through Saturday starting at 10am and Sunday at 12pm. 


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12) Triskelion Arts
in collaboration with
Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute
presents the World Premiere of
The Slowest Wave
at Triskelion’s Muriel Schulman Theater
October 6-8, 2022

Triskelion Arts, in collaboration with Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute, presents the World Premiere of The Slowest Wave, a pioneering project combining butoh and neuroscience, on Thursday, October 6 through Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 8pm at Triskelion’s Muriel Schulman Theater, 106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn, NYC (entrance on Banker Street). Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit vangeline.com/calendar-of-upcoming-events/2022/10/6/the-slowest-wave.

In collaboration with neuroscientists Sadye Paez, Constantina Theofanopoulou and Jose ‘Pepe’ Contreras-Vidal, and composer Ray Sweeten, Vangeline choreographed a 60-minute ensemble butoh piece, which is uniquely informed by the protocol being established for a scientific pilot study researching the impact of butoh on brain activity. Vangeline and Sweeten are building on a 20-year history of creative collaboration with a soundscape that is informed by techniques of brainwave entrainment (techniques that affect consciousness through sound). The Slowest Wave investigates the relationship between human consciousness and dance through the use of scalp electroencephalography (EEG); and will foster connections and understanding between dancers, artists, scientists, engineers, and audiences from around the world.

For more information about Vangeline and her work, visit vangeline.com.

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