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.
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Sunday, January 23, 2022

Sunday Scoop Week of 1/23/22 - What's Coming Up This Week and More

1) Bloomingdale School of Music Spring Registration Now Available
2) Centenary Stage Co's January Thaw Music Festival Conlcudes With Best of Eagles 1/29
3) Co/Lab Theater Group Digital Premiere of Original Show "Together Again" 1/28
4) Franklin Square Ice Princess Weekend 1/29 - 1/30
5) Jason Suran's Star-Studded Virtual Presentation of Reconnected 1/29
6) Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch Host Virtual Listening Party for "The Sunday Set" 1/25 
7) MCC Theater Production of Space Dogs Begins Performances 1/25
8) Major Attaway's In the Genies Jukebox in Person and Online 1/31
9) New Cammerata Party at the Opera  Children’s Educational Opera Videos on YouTube
10) NYCC Encores! Presents The Tap Dance Kid 2/2 - 2/6

1) Bloomingdale School of Music Announces 
Spring Registration Available

Bloomingdale School of Music is offering in-person music classes for the spring semester in their beloved brownstone from February 6, 2022 through June 20, 2022. 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 students at all skill levels, as well as virtual options. Course highlights include vocal and youth jazz ensembles, jazz theory, and two FREE youth orchestras. To register and learn more, visit bsmny.org/classes/spring2022/.




Centenary Stage Company’s January Thaw Music Festival comes to a close with Best of the Eagles on January 29 at 8:00 pm. The performance will take place in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown, NJ on the campus of Centenary University. Tickets for Best of the Eagles are $30.00 each and increase $5.00 the day of the performances. The performance will also be live streamed, and links are available for $10.00 each. For more information, go to centenarystageco.org or call Centenary Stage Company’s box office at (908) 979-0900. 

Performing the band’s greatest hits from the 70’s, 80’s and beyond, each member mirrors his counterpart in the Eagles instrumentally and vocally. This group of musicians expertly and authentically re-create the songs, music, and vocals of the Eagles making this is the most authentic recreation next to seeing the Eagles live.  

For more information and to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org 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 Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, 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. 





CO/LAB Theater Group announced the digital premiere of the original show, Together Again, that will take place on Friday, January 28 at 7 PM ET. Tickets are priced at $15 and are available now at https://www.colabtheatergroup.com/together-again

Together Again, filmed in December 2021, is CO/LAB’s newest original show that celebrates the togetherness, creativity, laughter, and delight that comes from spending time with each other. The show features scenes created and performed by CO/LAB’s Physical Theater, Musical Theater Ensemble, Youth Ensemble, and Ensemble Theater classes, and songs by composers Michael FinkeBen Freeman, and Orlando Morales. The show was filmed and edited by Luke Ohlson/7Cinema, a film company that creates visual content to amplify the work of advocacy and arts organizations.

After the digital premiere on January 28, the performance will be available to stream at any time from January 29-February 6. All proceeds will benefit CO/LAB’s mission to offer individuals with developmental disabilities a creative and social outlet through theater arts.

CO/LAB offers free weekly classes and low-cost single workshops through CO/LAB:core, with a curriculum structured to accommodate many types of learning styles. Through CO/LAB:connect, organizations in and around the NYC area can partner with CO/LAB for single workshops or longer-term residencies. They have created enriching programs with organizations such as City Access New York, Lincoln Center, TDF, and JCC Manhattan. Through the CO/LAB:leaders program, actors with developmental disabilities are trained to become artistic mentors, model positive leadership, and ambassadors for the organization. Finally, Sharing the Stage is a professional development program led by CO/LAB Teaching Artists and CO/LAB:leaders, for organizations interested in fostering more inclusive and equitable workplace practices.


For more information, please visit www.colabtheatergroup.com/together-again.


4)  Franklin Square Ice Princess Weekend

January 29 - 30, 5 - 7 pm

Princesses are coming to Franklin Square for a magical time. Come visit Elsa, everyone’s favorite Frozen princess, and some of her friends, including Jasmine, Elena of Avalor, and Rapunzel. Elsa’s not the only one channeling frozen joy – experience the craft of ice sculpting as artisans from Ice Sculpture Philly work their magic live. FREE

Franklin Square is located at 200 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 

For all Historic Philadelphia, Inc. event information, call 215-629-4026877-462-1776or visit www.historicphiladelphia.org










Tony Award winner Alan Cumming will host a star-studded, one-night-only virtual presentation of acclaimed mentalist Jason Suran’s smash hit mind reading show Reconnected on Saturday, January 29, 2022 beginning with a special pre-show concert at 7:30 PM ET followed by the show 8 - 9 PM EST, to benefit Trinity’s Services and Food For the Homeless (SAFH). 

The evening will feature special celebrity guests, including Dove Cameron, Anderson Cooper, Kristin Chenoweth, Sienna Miller, Brooke Shields, Ann Harada and more to be announced.

This special celebrity edition of Reconnected will be presented virtually and is open to the general public who are invited to experience Suran’s signature brand of psychological illusions as he reads the minds of his special celebrity guests. A select number of VIP tickets are available for those interested in participating alongside the celebrity guests with personal readings by Suran.

Reconnected is a virtual experience designed to gather audiences for 60 minutes of jaw-dropping psychological illusions. The show is intimate, interactive and not your typical magic show. Like all of Suran's performances, Reconnected features sophisticated acts of mind-reading and deception designed to astonish even those who think they've seen it all. So come together for an experience that you will never forget...and that no one else will believe. This is the last chance for audiences to see a public performance of Reconnected as there are no plans for additional engagements.

General Admission tickets ($50.00), which grant attendance to the show and the ability to interact via the chat function, Premium tickets ($500), which grant attendance to the show, the ability to interact via the chat function and a personalized video thank you from Alan Cumming, and a limited number of VIP tickets ($1,000.00), which allow participation in the show directly, are available here.

All proceeds will go to Trinity’s Services and Food For the Homeless (SAFH) which aims to provide a reliable source of food for those who are hungry; support good nutrition through our meals and with education; offer connections to other services and to strengthen community through shared service. 

6) Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch 
Host Virtual Listening Party for 
The Sunday Set

Singer Jim Caruso and singer/pianist Billy Stritch will celebrate the release of their new CD, The Sunday Set with a virtual listening party on Tuesday, January 25 at 7pm ET.  The show will be available on the Cast Party Network on YouTube, on BroadwayWorld.com, and on the Birdland, Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso Facebook pages.  The recording is currently #4 on the iTunes Jazz Charts.

CLUB44 RECORDS is pleased to announce the release of The Sunday Set, the new album from Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso. After launching the label in 2019 with Christmas at Birdland (which Stritch and Caruso recorded with Klea Blackhurst) and following up last year with Billy’s Place, a solo excursion from Stritch, the team now reunites for this new selection of urbane standards, jazz favorites and sly comedy numbers. The album, recorded live at The Birdland Theater, features vocals from Stritch and Caruso, with Stritch on piano and Steve Doyle on bass.

Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch
The Sunday Set Listening Party
Tuesday, January 25 at 7pm ET
Cast Party Network on YouTube, BroadwayWorld.com & Facebook








Space Dogs, a new musical written by and starring Van Hughes (Burn All Night) and Nick Blaemire (Glory Days). Space Dogs will begin previews at MCC Theater (511 W 52nd Street New York, NY 10019) on January 25, 2022 in the Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater. Directed by Ellie Heyman (amfAR’s Angels in America), Space Dogs and play a limited run through March 6, 2022.

Space Dogs tells the heartbreaking, mind-blowing true story of Laika and the Chief Designer -- a stray dog and the top-secret Russian scientist who sent her to space during the Cold War. Written and performed by actor-musicians Van Hughes and Nick Blaemire, it is a sweeping, kaleidoscopic tale of invention, betrayal, international political intrigue, and the immortal friendship that exists between man and dog, as they journey together to the stars.

Ghostlight Records will release the original cast album of Space Dogs. The album will be produced by Van Hughes and Nick Blaemire, with Kurt Deutsch serving as executive producer to preorder go to ghostlightrecords.lnk.to/SpaceDogs.

For more information to purchase an MCC subscription or membership or individual tickets, visit mcctheater.org.

Audiences will need to be fully vaccinated to attend a performance at MCC Theater. Fully vaccinated means having had your second shot or single shot (based on vaccination type) of an FDA or WHO authorized COVID-19 vaccine two weeks (14 days) before your performance date. Proof of full vaccination must be provided along with a government issued photo ID with matching name. Proof of vaccination can be shown with one of the following: your vaccination card, a photo of your vaccination card, or via an official governmental mobile app or website; NYS residents or those who received a vaccination in NYS may present proof of vaccination via the Excelsior Pass app. For more information about the Excelsior Pass please visit https://epass.ny.gov. Masks are required to be worn.


MCC Theater will stay current with and adhere to the guidelines of the CDC and WHO, therefore, this policy is subject to change pending any and all updates. Policy changes will be updated on MCC’s website and all communication channels and ticket holders will be directly notified.


MCC is committed to the health and safety of its staff, artists, production crews, students and audience members. The theater has expanded its safety initiatives by installing a Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization (NPBI) technology system, upgrading the HVAC system with MERV 14 & MERV 15 filters, placing standing HEPA filters throughout the building, as well doubling the facility deep cleaning schedule, and going contactless with digital ticket scanning and digital playbills, among other efforts.






JANUARY 31, 2022 - 9:45 PM






Broadway’s Supper Club, presents Major Attaway (Aladdin) in Major Attaway: The Genie’s Jukebox on January 31, 2022 at 9:45 pm. 

Major Attaway, the longest-running Genie in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway, is out of the lamp! The first to take over the role, Attaway is ready to explore a different, slightly evil version of the character we all know and love. Who are the Genie’s would-be favorite vile villain cohorts? Come hear Major cover all the answers. And remember, he isn’t bad – you just wished that way!

Major Attaway (Aladdin) in Major Attaway: The Genie’s Jukebox plays Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on January 31, 2022  at 9:45 pm.  For the in-person event there is a $30-$65 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com. For the virtual event Live from Feinstein's/54 Below, tickets are $25 and are available at Events.broadwayworld.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.

Live from Feinstein’s/54 Below is a new series featuring streams of LIVE performances direct from Broadway’s Living Room! Designed to make more shows accessible to fans from across the globe and to recreate the live experience, all shows will be presented exclusively at the time of performance with an in-house audience and will not be available on demand afterwards.

Located at 254 West 54th Street, Feinstein’s/54 Below features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $5-$105. 54Below.com/Feinsteins

Feinstein’s/54 Below is committed to the health of its performers, staff, and guests and has created a Safety Plan to ensure safe conditions along with optimum performing conditions. The new policies require that performers, production, kitchen, and dining room staff, as well as all audience members show proof of vaccination to enter the premises. Additional information on our safety protocols can be found here


Feinstein’s/54 Below has installed improved air circulation and filtering systems as well as added plexiglass barriers between some tables. Based on CDC and New York State guidelines at the time of performance, safety protocols and seating capacity may change and policies may be adjusted as is appropriate. 


9) New Camerata Opera 
Party at the Opera 
A Series of Educational Children’s Opera Videos on YouTube

New Camerata Opera (NCO) presents a series of free, educational, and interactive children's opera videos on YouTube adapted from their opera, Party at the Opera. The collection of six videos is an immersive, musical, and theatrical experience for children ages 18 months to 5 years. Watch the entire series with the family anytime, by visiting Camerata Piccola.

Excerpts from seven classic operas with original English texts will teach children the fundamentals of classical music, from rhythm, melody, and harmony, to subjects like emotion in music, and even set design. A diverse cast of approachable, funny characters leads the audience on an exciting musical adventure. Children can try their hands at conducting and playing a musical instrument and can find their own operatic voice in this welcoming invitation into the world of opera.

Each of the six videos covers a different aspect of opera: 

Party at the Opera: Barry Baritone hosts the show along with 3 other opera singing friends, to take kids on an engaging tour through several music fundamentals: tempo, range, dynamics, and voice parts. The art of conducting is also introduced in an immersive and fun manner.

Party at the Opera 2: Children learn about the different types of musical songs within an opera: an aria, a duet, a trio, a quartet, and a chorus.

Party at the Opera 3: Barry Baritone and Sally Soprano learn how to make their performance much more interesting, through working with a stage director, Director Deb.

Party at the Opera 4: The gang introduces emotions in music. Explore how the art form can make you feel a certain way, just through how the music sounds, and how it is performed.

Party at the Opera 5: A special guest tries her hand at composing for the first time, and her new opera receives its worldwide premiere.

Party at the Opera 6: Actual opera production designers star in this episode about the many folks who work behind the scenes to help make an opera come to life.

In 2018, NCO produced and toured its early childhood development offering, Party at the Opera to young children in New York and Long Island. The production was an instant favorite for its accessible approach to opera, while also introducing timeless themes from some of the world's greatest operas, including Carmen and The Barber of Seville. When the world transitioned to a new 'socially-distanced' normal as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, NCO quickly reimagined this production into a series of free online videos. The organization hopes that this endeavor will help to ease the burden on parents and schoolteachers, if only for 8-12 minutes. 
10) New York City Center Encores!

The Tap Dance Kid

Feb 2 – 6 
Nominated for seven Tony Awards (including Best Musical), The Tap Dance Kid tells the story of Willie, a 10-year-old boy from an upper-middle-class Black family, who dreams of becoming a professional tap dancer, despite his father’s disapproval.

Exuberant tap artistry meets heartwarming family drama in this seldom-produced jewel of a musical!

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.nycitycenter.org/pdps/2021-2022/the-tap-dance-kid
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for More Theater Monday.

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