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

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Sunday Scoop Week of 1/2/22 - What's Coming Up This Week and More

Showing Closing Announced 

Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations will close on Broadway on January 16, 2022.  

For more information or to get tickets to the show before it closes, visit https://ainttooproudmusical.com.

Shows and Events Coming Up This Week and More

1) Ann Kittredge Brings Movie Nite to Birdland Jazz Club for Encore 1/10
2) Broadway Workshop Upcoming Masterclass with Taylor Louderman
3) Garment District Walking Tours in January 
4) Greg Kinnear Makes Broadway Debut in To Kill a Mockingbird 1/5
5) Kelsey Theater Upcoming Events
6) Maxine Linehan Releases My Perfect Year Video
7) Prototype Festival 7/16 - 7/22 
8) Second Stage Theater to Offer Live Simulcast of Clydes 1/4 - 1/16
9) Seth Bisen-Hirsch Presents Sondheim Tribute Tuesday at Don't Tell Mama in January
10) White Wave Dance Co. Extends Deadline for Choreographers for Dance Festival 1/17



315 WEST 44th STREET – NYC

Birdland Jazz Club will present powerhouse cabaret veteran, award-winning singer, and theatre favorite Ann Kittredge for an encore performance of her widely acclaimed show Movie Nite, supported by her musical director Alex Rybeck on piano and Sean Harkness on guitar, at The Birdland Jazz Club (315 West 44th Street) on Monday, January 10, 2022 @ 7pm.
2) TAYLOR LOUDERMAN Masterclass 

Date: Saturday, January 8th, 2022 

Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm ET

Ages: 12-19

Cost: $160

Location: Ripley Grier Studios – 520 8th Avenue – 16th Floor

The TONY nominated star of MEAN GIRLSTAYLOR LOUDERMAN is back for an in person workshop! Taylor along with Broadway Workshop’s staff will work with each student on audition technique and song interpretation in this special one-day master class. We will focus on giving students the opportunity to bring their audition and performance skills to the next level. Students will break down their song material with one-on-one coaching in a fun-filled class setting. Students will also have the opportunity to be part of a Q&A with Taylor and the Broadway Workshop team.

For more information or to register go to


3) Free Garment District 
Walking Tours 
for January 2022

Virtual tour:
1. Thursday, January 06, at 7:pm Zoom Link

Walking Tours
2. Monday, January 10th, at 11:am
3. Tuesday, January 25th at 11:am

Meet at the NE Corner of Seventh Ave and W.39th St. Look for "The Garment Worker" Statue.
Rain or Shine

All tours are also available on a custom private basis as well, for a fee.

For more information, visit http://www.Mikesnyctours.com
















JANUARY 5, 2022

Producer Barry Diller announced that original cast member Baize Buzan will return to To Kill a Mockingbird, the most successful American play in Broadway history, as ‘Scout Finch.’ Beginning on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, Buzan joins Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Greg Kinnear as he makes his Broadway debut as “Atticus Finch.” Written by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin with direction by Tony Award winner Bartlett SherTo Kill a Mockingbird celebrated its return to Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on October 5, 2021, playing its first performance since the shutdown in March 2020. Tony Award nominee Jeff Daniels (Atticus Finch) and Tony Award winner Celia Keenan-Bolger (Scout Finch) will play their final performance on today, Sunday January 2.


Tickets for To Kill a Mockingbird are now available via Telecharge at 212 239 6200, and on Telecharge.com.

5) Kelsey Theater 
Upcoming Production

Talley's Folley

PinnWorth Productions presents this Pulitzer Prize-winning romantic comedy by Lanford Wilson, which is a poignant valentine to unlikely love. On a moonlit night in 1944 Missouri, middle-aged Jewish accountant Matt Friedman has only one chance to win the heart of Sally Talley, a 31-year-old ‘old maid’ from a bigoted Protestant family. After a lifetime of believing they’ll never truly belong in the world around them, Matt and Sally reawaken one another to love, ultimately finding that they do belong – together

Fri, Sat, Sun January 7 - January 16

For more information or to purchase tickets,visit 

Kelsey Theater is located Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton RoadWest Windsor, NJ 









International concert star and recording artist Maxine Linehan has released a new video for “The Perfect Year,” an adaptation of the song from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard and the hit single off her acclaimed holiday album, This Time of Year.


The all new music video is available for download HERE

The world premiere of Maxine’s new solo holiday concert, This Time of Year was performed as a one-night-only special event at Southern Vermont Arts Center on Saturday, December 4, 2021. The show will tour beginning December 2022. For tour updates, please visit: WWW.MAXINELINEHAN.COM

7) Prototype Festival 
10th Anniversary Season
January 7 - 16 

PROTOTYPE: Opera | Theatre | Now Beth Morrison Projects and HERE’s annual festival announces its tenth anniversary season running from January 7-16, 2022. Curated by festival directors Jecca BarryKristin Marting, and Beth Morrison, this season will mark PROTOTYPE’s return to live performances following COVID-19, with a hybrid online and in-person festival. Leading up to the season, live digital streams will take place each month as part of PROTOTYPE X. The festival will present five world premieres and one United States premiere, and will feature a diverse group of over 600 artists, including composers, librettists, performers, and more.

Opening PROTOTYPE's tenth anniversary season on January 7 is Taylor Mac's The Hang, rooted in the jazz tradition and operatic form, with music by Matt Ray, and directed by Niegel Smith. The Hang is about the final moments of Socrates' life imagined as a centuries communal consideration of virtue.  This world premiere, commissioned, developed, and produced by HERE, is a celebration of queerness and living in the eternal moment. The All Sing - "Here Lies Joy" has its world premiere on January 8, and is produced by PROTOTYPE and co-presented with the Times Square Arts Alliance. The music is composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), the librettist and creative director is Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and is conducted by Carolyn Kuan. The All Sing - "Here Lies Joy" will unite over 1,000 voices in a vibrant tapestry of sound, poetic justice, and hope under the public programming initiative, “Out of Bounds”. The goal of The All Sing is to celebrate the connectedness of community, our capacity to love, and to raise our voices together in joyful song. All are welcome to share in the moment either in-person, or via livestream. Also opening January 8 is Trade, a world premiere production by Beth Morrison Projects, Irish National Opera, and Trinity Church Wall Street, commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, Irish National Opera, Trinity Church Wall Street, and Nancy & Barry Sanders, and developed by Beth Morrison Projects. Emma O’Halloran (winner of the BMP's Next Generation Competition), with librettist Mark O’Halloran, and director Tom Creed have collaborated to create a full length opera that tells the story of two men in working-class Dublin, both trapped within their own lives.

Cannabis! A Viper Vaudeville, is an immersive theatrical event commissioned, developed, and produced by HERE and co-presented with La MaMa. This cross-discipline musical exploration of the US history of cannabis makes its world premiere on January 8. The piece is based on Martin A. Lee's book, Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational, and Scientificand composed by Grace Galu, written and co-directed by Baba Israel, and co-directed by Talvin Wilks. Following its world premiere, Book of Mountains & Seas has its United States premiere on January 11 at PROTOTYPE Festival. Book of Mountains & Seas was commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, Ars Nova (Copenhagen), Toronto Soundstreams, Koorbiennale, Hong Kong New Vision Festival, Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, and Linda & Stuart Nelson, with words and music by Huang Ruo, and direction and production design by Basil Twist. Book of Mountains & Seas is co-presented with St. Ann's Warehouse. It is a new work of vocal-theatre inspired by ancient Chinese myths. The work for 12 singers, two percussionists, and large-scale puppetry was first transcribed in 4th century B.C. It is a 21st-century adaptation through the lens of our modern-day relationship with the natural world. Finally, Marchita is the world premiere creation by Silvana Estrada opening on January 14. Estrada exposes the songs from her debut album of the same name, using choreography by Clara Pampyn and the vocal sounds of the Ka'y Ha' Quartet in an intimate ritual with melodies that burst from tradition, loss, and love. Roberto Verástegui has arranged Estrada's original music, along with music direction by Laura Itendehui. 

PROTOTYPE's tenth anniversary season will be presented in a digital format as well as in-person. One live production will also be available for online live streaming. Additionally, an international presentation will be streamed through the PROTOTYPE website. Details of the digital offerings will be announced at a later date.

There will be one in-person talkback for each show. Additionally, there will be a member's only virtual conversation with the directors at the tail-end of the festival on January 17.

Tickets can be secured at prototypefestival.org.

PROTOTYPE puts the safety of their artists and audiences first. They will be adhering to the safety protocols as outlined by our partner venues in accordance with CDC guidelines. Continue to check prototypefestival.org for the current COVID protocols prior to attending each performance. 

8) Second Stage Theater

To Offer Live Simulcast Viewings of CLYDE’S

January 4 – January 16, 2022

Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, President & Artistic Director; Khady Kamara, Executive Director) is partnering with Assemble Stream to offer simulcasts of its current Broadway production of Lynn Nottage’s play, CLYDE’S, directed by Kate Whoriskey, for the final two weeks of its run, January 4 – 16, 2022, allowing theater fans who aren’t able to attend in person the opportunity to witness a live Broadway performance from home.


In CLYDE’S, a stirring and funny new play from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and her frequent collaborator, director Kate Whoriskey (Ruined, Sweat), a truck stop sandwich shop offers its formerly incarcerated kitchen staff a shot at redemption. Even as the shop’s callous owner, Clyde (played by Aduba), tries to keep them under her thumb, the staff members are given purpose and permission to dream by their shared quest to create the perfect sandwich. You’ll want a seat at the table for this humorous, moving, and urgent play. 



Second Stage subscribers and members have the option to redeem their subscription ticket for an in-person performance at the Hayes Theater or for a simulcast viewing from their own home.  Simulcast tickets can be redeemed by calling 212-246-4422.


Single ticket viewings start at $59 and are available for sale beginning December 1st at 2ST.com.


$30 tickets for both the simulcast and all performances are available to people aged 30 and under with valid ID and based on availability.

9) Seth Bisen-Hersh to present 
Sondheim Tributes Tuesdays 
in January at Don't Tell Mama

Award-winning off-Broadway composer/lyricist Seth Bisen-Hersh (Love Quirks) will present 4 Sondheim Tribute concerts featuring over 60 singers this January 2022 at renowned cabaret venue Don’t Tell Mama.

Bisen-Hersh considers Sondheim his biggest influence and is humbled to honor this incomparable genius who took the time to respond to each of Bisen-Hersh’s letters to him over the last few decades.

The shows will feature songs from all of Sondheim’s musicals, and the singers include:

Tuesday, January 4th at 7PM: Gloria Bangiola, Elizabeth Budinoff, Skye Connolly, Estelle Goodwin, Ashley Marie Holm, Susan Horowitz, Alice Jeanette Lambert, Angela Rose Longo, Frankie Marasa 5th, Queen Moody
, Shannon Rakow, Adriana Santilli, Rebecca Santos, Jackie Schiffer & Kaleb Sells

Tuesday, January 11th at 7PM: Joseph Anthony, Elyse Beyer, Brian Childers, Paul Hanegan, Teresa Hui, Madison L’Insalata, Nora Lyn Kennedy, Miriam Kushel, Mary Lauren, Rori Nogee, L’Oreal O’Neill, Marissa Parness, Nikki Scamuffo, Vanessa Wendt & Alexander Wright

Tuesday, January 18th at 7PM: Roisin Bermingham, Bradley Ford Betros, Allie Brault, Juan Castro, Valeria Ceballos, Jolie Cook, Dani Granati Gronda, Chloe Bluebell Joyce, Tierney Violet Joyce, Ashley O’Neill, Chazmond Peacock, Jesse Pimpinella, Lauren Rathbun, Leslie Renee, Tom Toland, Nicole Weitzman, Lauren Rathbun & Paul Mitchell Wilder

Tuesday, January 25th at 7PM: Calista B, Evan Bertram, Caroline Brazelton, Bailey C. Elis, Amy Erlanger, Joseph Giudici, Lucia Alvar Gonzalez, Mike Haber, Kelsey McCabe, Melissa Meli, Marina Nuñez, Naomi Pitt, Jim Reilly, Jr., Zuri Terrell, Julia Weingaertner & Meghan Wilmott

Don't Tell Mama is located at 343 W. 46th St. The show has a $20 cover and 2 drink minimum, which is cash only. Proof of vaccination is required. Tickets can be reserved at: www.donttellmamanyc.com/shows. 

10) WHITE WAVE Dance
Announces Call for Choreographers for
21st Annual DUMBO Dance Festival
Final Deadline Extended to January 17, 2022

WHITE WAVE Dance announces a call for choreographers for the 21st Annual DUMBO Dance Festival (DDF), virtually from June 23-26, 2022. WHITE WAVE scours the globe in search of today's most innovative dancemakers, both emerging and established, and brings them to one extended weekend, all the while paying extra attention to the new, emerging, and experimental. 

Dance lovers will experience a veritable cornucopia of the best of contemporary dance. DDF attracts the very best by providing artists allowing their global audiences to experience, first-hand, the incomparable vitality of the New York and global dance scenes. A four-day spectacular, DDF will present over 70 companies. 
Application Deadlines: 
  • Regular Application: January 17, 2022 at 11:30pm ET. Fee: $60 per work.
  • Regular + Grand Finale Application: January 17, 2022 at 11:30pm ET. Fee: $75 per work.

Permitted works are group performances of up to 8 minutes and solos of up to 5 minutes in length.

Each choreographer/company may submit up to two applications for consideration. Each application requires a separate completed application form, and application fee. The fee is non-refundable.

For more information, visit whitewavedance.org call (718) 855-8822, or email ww2022ddf@gmail.com
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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