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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday Scoop Week of 1/21/18 What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Upcoming at the Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St. 
Philadelphia, PA

Science After Hours:Party Like A Rock Star

Tuesday January 23, 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Journey into a world of visual and aural spectacle with the science of sound and an evening of music, excess, and high energy. Entertainment includes:

  • Musical performances by Minka and Chill Moody.
  • Party Like a Rock Star Quizzo!r 
  • You're in the Band! Jam with Creem Circus.
  • Sound, Music, Math interactive demonstration.
  • Explosive Finale in the Ben Franklin National Memorial.
  • Cash bar and access to many of The Franklin Institute's iconic exhibits.
This event is for adults

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.fi.edu/event/2018-01-23/science-after-hours
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Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

The Illusionists

Wednesday January 24  & 25 8:00 PM

The most astonishing magic show of all time, The Illusionists, is coming to enchant State Theatre New Jersey! This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts, and acts of breathtaking wonder, The Illusionists will dazzle audiences of all ages and make a believer out of you. The show features Jonathan Goodwin, The Daredevil; An Ha Lim, The Manipulator; Colin Cloud, The Deductionist; Jeff Hobson, The Trickster; and Kevin James, The Inventor. This critically acclaimed production has shattered box office records across the globe and stunned thousands with some of the most outrageous and miraculous acts ever to be seen on stage. Are you ready to witness the impossible?

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.stnj.org/event/illusionists
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THE CHEKHOV DREAMS
A DARK ROMANTIC COMEDY
BEGINS PERFORMANCES JANUARY 26
AT THEATRE ROW’S BECKETT THEATRE
THE CHEKHOV DREAMSa dark romantic comedy by John McKinney, will begin performances January 26th, with Opening Night set for February 3rd at The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 West 42 Street.

In THE CHEKHOV DREAMS, Jeremy’s fiancée has it all – beauty, intelligence, beguiling charm. Unfortunately, she’s also dead but that doesn’t stop her from visiting him every night in his dreams. This blissfully aberrant arrangement unravels with the interference of Jeremy’s hedonistic brother and his overly enthusiastic acting scene partner, with whom he’s stuck working on a scene by Chekhov  the one writer he loathes. Worse yet, this actress is starting to arouse the jealousy of his betrothed just as she’s beginning to reveal her true powers. Jeremy’s fiancée may be to die for, but will he go that far?
THE CHEKHOV DREAMS playing schedule will be Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7 pm, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 3 pm through February 17th

For more information or to purchase tickets. visit www.ChekhovDreams.com
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Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ

Ken Ludwig's Twentieth Century


January 26 - February 4
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 2:00 pm

Attention, please! Twentieth Century Limited for New York and Boston now ready on Track 14. All aboard! Get away with Theater To Go back to the 1930's. The fun begins when an egomaniacal Broadway producer boards the Twentieth Century Limited with the intent of winning back his leading lady, now a temperamental Hollywood star, who is just as determined to ignore his advances, both professional and personal. This hilarious adaptation of the classic movie is truly a riot on rails!

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
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Upcoming at Merkin Concert Hall
Kaufman Music Center
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY

Ecstatic Music Festival, Broadway Playhouse and What Makes It Great: Haydyn's Symphony No. 104 in D Major

Saturday January 27, 7:30 PM
Ecstatic Music Festival: Xenia Rubinos & Adam Schatz’s Civil Engineering

The 2018 festival kicks off with this mix of Caribbean, jazz, indie rock, hip-hop, punk and big band. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Sunday January 28, 11:00 AM
Broadway Playhouse: Leonard Bernstein

Bring the kids! Celebrate West Side Story, On the Town and Wonderful Town through mini-shows, medleys, games and sing-alongs.

For more information or to purchase ticket, visit 

Monday January 29, 7:30 PM

Join host Rob Kapilow and the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia as they take you inside one of the greatest classical symphonies ever written – to see what makes Haydn great. 

For more information or to purchase ticket, visit 
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Artistic Director Andrea Dantas embarks on New York Theater Company and Conservatory 
World Premiere Production of VATICAN FALLS Scheduled for 2018--Carlotta Brentan Cast as Claudia
Conservatory Announces Open Calls on January 29, 2018 at TheaterLab

Parting ways with her former partner, in light of reports of inappropriate behavior, theater artist Andrea Dantas (“Fragmented Frida”) has established both the Andrea Dantas New York Theater Company and the Andrea Dantas Conservatory Theater School & Repertoire. 

The Theater Company’s inaugural production will be Frank J. Avella’s “Vatican Falls,” a fictional work based on factual accounts and events, set against the backdrop of the Catholic sex abuse scandal. Ms. Dantas will direct the controversial piece. The play’s turbulent history includes the cancellation of the 2011 world premiere the night before it was scheduled to open in Rome, Italy.

Carlotta Brentan, who has been attached to “Vatican Falls” since 2012, has been officially cast in the World Premiere presentation. Carlotta Brentan first played Claudia, the female lead, in a staged reading in 2012, directed by Laura Caparrotti. This past June, she reprised the role in a presentation at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity and was nominated for Outstanding Actress.

The Conservatory offers two types of programs: a two-year course that faithfully follows The Meisner Technique as well as short courses that include: The Biopic Project, an advanced characterization class, and an Intensive Scene Study on Ibsen & Chekhov. Applications are currently being accepted via a letter of interest and interview with open calls being held on January 29, 2018.

Classes will be held at TheaterLab, 357 W36th St., NYC/Venue for “Vatican Falls” TBD.More information can be found by visiting: www.andreadantasnyconservatory.com.
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PR Firm Roundup

News from BroadwayCon

IN THE HEIGHTS 10 YEAR REUNION ADDS
MANDY GONZALEZ, PRISCILLA LOPEZ,
SETH STEWART and KRYSTA RODRIGUEZ

DEAR EVAN HANSEN SHOW SPOTLIGHT ADDS TAYLOR TRENSCH
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS SHOW SPOTLIGHT ADDS BRIAN RAY NORRIS and WESLEY TAYLOR
PLUS DENEE BENTON, EMILY SKEGGS, PHILLIPA SOO, and BETSY WOLFE  
JOIN SPECIAL GUEST LINEUP

And: The Interval, Training Demonstration with Bill Berloni, and More
BroadwayCon has announced that Mandy Gonzalez, Priscilla Lopez, Seth Stewart, and Krysta Rodriguez have joined the lineup for the In The Heights 10 Year Reunion at BroadwayCon 2018. They join previously announced cast members and creatives Lin-Manuel Miranda, Karen Olivo, Olga Merediz, and Javier Muñoz, and moderator Luis Miranda, for a discussion on the impact that In The Heights had on Broadway.
Additional Special Guests have also been added to the lineup. The Dear Evan Hansen Show Spotlight will now include Taylor Trensch, who will assume the title role in the musical on February 6, 2018. The SpongeBob SquarePants Show Spotlight has added cast members Brian Ray Norris (Eugene Krabs) and Wesley Taylor (Sheldon Plankton). Denee Benton, Emily Skeggs, Phillipa Soo, and Betsy Wolfe will also participate in additional BroadwayCon programming throughout the weekend.
BroadwayCon has also announced additional programming, including:
Out on Broadway
Saturday at 11 AM
Join some of Broadway's biggest names for an honest conversation about being openly gay in the Broadway Community. We'll chat about the importance of visibility, if and how being 'out' had affected their careers, and why being true to who you are seems more important now than ever.

From Annie to Because of Winn Dixie: A Training Demonstration or Broadway's Most Famous Canine Actors with Bill Berloni
Saturday at 3 PM
Tony Honored Animal Trainer Bill Berloni will introduce some of Broadway's biggest canine stars. You will hear the story of their rescue, their training and their success. The demonstration will be followed by a Q&A. You will be able to meet some of the dogs and talk to Bill at his book signing immediately after the panel.
The Interval presents Leigh Silverman, Phillipa Soo, and Betsy Wolfe in Conversation
Sunday at 12 PM
Leigh Silverman interviews Phillipa Too and Betsy Wolfe about all things theatre and feminism
The BroadwayCon 2018 programming schedule can be found at BroadwayCon.com/Schedule. A list of Special Guests attending BroadwayCon can be found at BroadwayCon.com/Guests.
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News from Michelle Tabnick PR

Battery Dance
Now Accepting Applications for the 37th Annual
BATTERY DANCE FESTIVAL
DEADLINE: March 1, 2018

Battery Dance is now accepting applications for the 37th Annual Battery Dance Festival, with free performances on August 12-18, 2018. To apply, visit https://batterydance.org/apply/.
Established by Battery Dance in 1982 as the Downtown Dance Festival, today the Battery Dance Festival (BDF) is New York City's longest-running free public dance festival. Audiences are traditionally drawn from the large downtown working population and residents, families, tourists, senior citizens and dance fans from the greater NYC metropolitan area. Each year, the Festival attracts a combined audience of over 12,000 people.

The Battery Dance Festival provides a unique opportunity for both established and emerging dance companies to present original works of high artistic merit in a free public forum. BDF revels in the panoply of dance that our city offers, with strong emphasis on the inclusion of diverse dance styles and an international roster of performers. American choreographers such as Michelle Dorrance, Robert Battle and Elisa Monte have all presented their works alongside pre-eminent companies from Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and the Caribbean.

For more information, visit https://batterydance.org/apply

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Theater Resources Unlimited
announces the cast for
Ugly Christmas Sweater, The Musical
the second show in the
TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series
January 29, 2018 at 7pm at The Actors Temple Theatre

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the cast for the upcoming reading of Ugly Christmas Sweater, The Musical, part of the TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Serieson January 29, 2018 at 7pm at The Actors Temple Theater, 339 W. 47th Street, NYCA "Dollars and Sense" talkback on the future development of the presented works will be held after each performance. 

Holly thinks Christmas is ugly until she wears "the sweater" - and goes on a high-flying storybook sleigh ride with a wacky cast of North Pole characters - including an ugly Christmas sweater that comes alive and helps her navigate her journey from naughty to nice in this fresh, grown-up holiday yarn.


Admission is free.  Please RSVP at least a day in advance (or much sooner) by calling 212/714-7628, or e-mailing TRUVoicesSeries@gmail.com.
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News from Polk and Co.

TICKETS ARE NOW ON-SALE 

FOR
50th ANNIVERSARY BROADWAY PRODUCTION 
THE BOYS IN THE BAND

STARRING
JIM PARSONS, ZACHARY QUINTO, MATT BOMER, ANDREW RANNELLS,

CHARLIE CARVER, ROBIN de JESÚS, BRIAN HUTCHINSON,
MICHAEL BENJAMIN WASHINGTON and TUC WATKINS

DIRECTED BY TWO-TIME TONY AWARD WINNER JOE MANTELLO
WRITTEN BY MART CROWLEY

First Preview Monday, April 30, 2018
Opening Night Thursday, May 31, 2018
At Broadway's Booth Theatre


Tickets for the highly anticipated 50th Anniversary production of Mart Crowley’s landmark play, THE BOYS IN THE BAND, directed by Joe Mantello,  are now on sale to the general public .

Mart Crowley’s fiercely funny and groundbreaking 1968 play, THE BOYS IN THE BAND, centers on a group of gay men who gather in a NYC apartment for a friend’s birthday party.  After the drinks are poured and the music turned up, the evening slowly exposes the fault-lines beneath their friendships and the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity.  A true theatrical game-changer, THE BOYS IN THE BAND helped spark a revolution by putting gay men’s lives onstage -- unapologetically and without judgement – in a world that was not yet willing to fully accept them.

Tickets, priced $57.00 - $167.00 are available at 


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TUNE-IN ALERT - Women in Theatre: 

Resetting the Stage, Mon 1/22


WHAT:   Women in Theatre: Resetting the Stage, hosted by Roundabout Theatre Company in partnership with StubHub and The Interval.
              An intimate panel conversation addressing inequities in the theatre industry and inclusive pathways to creative leadership roles.
   
WHO:    Roundabout alumni Margo Bordelon (Too Heavy For Your Pocket), Kathleen Marshall (Anything GoesPajama Game)Leigh Silverman (Violet, On the Exhale),Rebecca Taichman (Time and the Conways) and Whitney White (assistant director for Marvin’s Room)  
             Moderated by Amy Sherman-Palladino (Violet, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”).
             Introduction by Rachel Brosnahan (Golden Globe winner, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; Broadway debut in Roundabout’s The Big Knife)

WHEN:   Monday, January 22 at 5pm (ET)

HOW:     Via Facebook Live at Roundabout’s Facebook page
               More information available here.
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News from Richard Hillman PR


THE EAST COAST PREMIERE OF

"THE OUTSIDER"

A NEW PLAY BY PAUL SLADE SMITH

DIRECTED BY DAVID ESBJORNSON

FEATURING

KELLEY CURRAN, JULIA DUFFY, MANOEL 

FELCIANO,


ERIN NOEL GRENNAN, MIKE HOUSTON, BURKE 

MOSES, LENNY WOLPE


PERFORMANCES B
EGIN JANUARY 24, 2018 AT 

7:30PM

LIMITED ENGAGEMEN
T THROUGH FEBRUARY 18, 

2018

OPENING NIGHT SET FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, 

2018 AT 7:00PM
Performances are set to begin Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., for a limited run through Sunday, February 18, 2018, at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive) in Millburn, NJ.  Opening Night is Sunday evening, January 28, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

In politics, the less you know, the higher you'll go! At once a razor-sharp satire and an inspirational tribute to democracy, The Outsider is a timely and hilarious send-up of modern American politics. In the midst of a political scandal, Ned Newley, the ultimate policy wonk, is unexpectedly thrust into the position of Governor. A complete unknown, with no political instincts and a paralyzing fear of public speaking, Ned seems destined to fail. But his political consultants see things a little differently: Ned might be the worst candidate to ever run for office. Unless the public is looking for... the worst candidate to ever run for office!

The Outsider will be performed eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. The performance schedule is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now starting at $34. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.PaperMill.org. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Groups of 10 or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680. Students may order $23 rush tickets over the phone or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse box office on the day of the performance.

Free Audience Enrichment Activities for THE OUTSIDER

Conversation Club: Thursday evenings, January 25, February 1, 8 and 15, one hour before curtain an informal, informative gathering. You'll learn more about the performance you're about to see.

The Director's Viewpoint: One hour before curtain at 6:00pm on Wednesday, January 24,  a pre-show discussion in the Renee Foosaner Art Gallery.

Q&A with the Cast: After the matinee on Saturday, February 17, stick around for a lively Q&A with cast members directly following the performance.

For additional information, visit www.papermill.org.
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