We are a mother and daughter who both love to write. We decided to start this blog so we could spend time together doing something
we both love and share it with you. We specialize in reviewing fun places to go and fun things to do, but we talk a little bit about everything.
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Friday, May 25, 2018

Funtivity Friday - Guess Who!


Here's a fun guessing game. Play a clip of someone familiar and/or famous speaking. The other person or the other people have to guess whose voice they heard.

You can either just pick completely random people or have some unifying theme like Broadway actors, politicians, TV characters or whatever.

We decided to just pick anyone famous although we mostly ended up picking Broadway stars.

Aurella was able to guess:

Kristen Chenowith

Jesse Mueller

Laura Osnes

Jimmy Fallon

Lin Manuel Miranda


She was not able to guess:

Andy Karl

Jeremy Jordan

Barrack Obama


Mom was able to guess:

Andrew Keenan Bolger

Kristy Altomare

Iain Armitage


She was not able to guess:

Taylor Louderman

Will Roland

Eva Noblezada

Big Bird


How many voices can you guess?

Enjoy!

Tune in tomorrow for a Saturday Special.

photo credit: WingedWolf question mark via photopin (license)

Let Your Kids Be #LocalLegends with Gymboree This Summer

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Hard to believe, summer is just around the corner. This weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season. What are your plans for this summer? Are your children going to camp? Are you planning an exciting vacation to somewhere fun? Even if  you don't have any special plans yet or you are not going anywhere this summer, that doesn't mean your children aren't going to need great clothes to wear. Luckily, Gymbore has you covered. They have they perfect clothes to make your children local legends around town. Their vast collection of dresses, shirts, and more for girls and shirts, shorts and more for boys are sure to include styles that will please both you and your kids. Not only that. They will make your kids the talk of the neighborhood.  Everyone will want to know where your kids got their great clothes and where they can get clothes like that too.  And, for those days when you do actually have special plans or if do have the opportunity to go on a vacation, don't worry Gymboree's got that covered too!

Below are just a few of the great styles currently available for girls:


Here are just a few of the great styles currently available for boys:


For a look at more of the great  clothes available for your kids or to start shopping right away, visit Gymboree now!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Theater Thursday - The Band's Visit


What: The Band's Visit

Where:  Ethel Barrymore Theatre
              243 W. 47th St.
              New York, NY

Who: Recommended for ages 13 and Up



Me - The Band's Visit is a really good show. I liked it a lot more than I expected to. The plot was a lot more interesting than it seemed before I had actually seen the show. The songs are really catchy and really fun to listen to. They weren't typical Broadway show songs, but in spite of that they were still really nice songs. I especially like the songs Waiting and Welcome to Nowhere. It was cool the way the turntable they used as part of the set fit with the song Waiting. The characters in the show were likable and fun. The acting and singing and dancing were all amazing! This is a show that can be enjoyed by anyone. All in all, The Band's Vist is an extremely good show, and I would very highly recommend going to see it.

Mom - The Band's Visit is a unique and charming musical about an Egyptian band that gets stranded in a small Israeli town overnight and how they interact with the people who inhabit the town. This is not a show full of outrageous characters and over the top production numbers. The characters, which include an out of work father just trying to do the best for his family and a young man terrified of interacting with girls, are much more relatable than those in your average musical. The songs are much more organic and really feel like they come out of the moment rather than a need to have a song in particular spot in the show. The Mideastern style songs  are not like those you would hear in a typical musical either but they are all beautiful. The acting is superb and the performances all around are very touching. All in all, this is a musical not to miss!



And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Funtivity Friday.

Photo credits: All The Band's Visit production photos by Matthew Murphy

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Where-To- Go Wednesday - Stroll to Strawberry Fields

What: Stroll to Strawberry Fields

Where: Starts Central Park Conservancy Welcome Kiosk
              59 and Central Park West
              Columbus Circle Entrance to Park

Who: All ages

 
 

Me - The Stroll to Strawberry Fields was a tour of Central Park. We started at the information booth and we walked all the way to Strawberry Fields. We visited different locations in the park along the way. Central Park is a fun place to walk because it is big, and there are a lot of places to see. It is good to go with a tour if you are not familiar with it. Than, you can't get lost and also you can learn things about it. Even though there are tours all year around, the best time to go is when it is warm. There are bridges and overpass in Central Park. We passed by a lot of them. We also passed some giant rocks you can climb on. Another time when I was in Central Park with my cousins we climbed on some of the rocks. It was fun. We also passed Tavern on the Green. It is  a really famous expensive restaurant. I like that we learned a lot on the tour. We learned different things than we had on other Central Park tours. People who like Central Park, or being outside or taking walks would enjoy this tour.

 
 

Mom - Central Park is a great place to take a walk. However, it is also massive so if you are unfamiliar with the park it is so easy to get completely lost. The central park conservancy offers tours of the park. Some of these tours do cost money although the cost is minimal compared to other tours. They are usually about $15.00 a person or so. They also have many free tours. One of their free tours is the Stroll to Strawberry Fields. The Stroll to Strawberry Fields starts off at the park Welcome Center located at 59 Street/Columbus Circle and Central Park West and ends up at Strawberry Fields. Along the way, you will pass such sites as the Maine Monument, Sheep Meadow and Tavern on the Green. You will also learn about the history of these places and maybe even a little bit of trivia. For instance, one thing we learned is that at one time there actually were Sheep in Sheep Meadow. This is not a good tour for young children or for anyone who has trouble walking for long periods of time because the whole tour takes about 90 minutes, and there is really no stopping and sitting down along the way. However, anyone else should enjoy a nice walk in one of the most famous parks in the world to one of the most iconic locations in the park especially on a nice day.

 

For more about the Stroll to Strawberry Fields or other tours offered by the Central Park Conservancy or to sign up for a tour visit www.centralparknyc.org/tours.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tips for Tuesday - Misc. ZeroWater 7 Cup Ready Pour

We were given a ZeroWater 7 Cup Ready Pour for free for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.


Me - Today I am recommending ZeroWater 7 Cup Ready Pour.  The water tastes really fresh when you use this pitcher. It is easy to fill. Some water pitchers the top is always falling off but not this one. This pitcher makes it easy to get and pour the water by myself because although it's not exactly light, it is still lighter and easier to use than other pitchers. All in all the ZeroWater 7 Cup Ready Pour is an easy way to get a quick drink of freshwater.

Mom - Today I am also recommending ZeroWater 7 Cup Ready Pour. The ZeroWater 7 Cup Ready Pour is smaller and lighter than the larger ZeroWater System which we previously recommended. See our previous post Tips for Tuesday Misc: ZeroWater. It is much more portable and easier to refill and carry. It is the perfect size for a dorm room or a small capacity refrigerator. However, the best part of the ZeroWater system remains the same, the water tastes extremely fresh and delicious much more so than with other water filtration systems we have previously tried.

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

Monday, May 21, 2018

The Royal Wedding- Megan and Harry


Me- I woke up at 6:00 in the morning to watch the royal wedding. I was excited to see the wedding. I have never seen a royal wedding before. In fact, I have never seen a wedding before. It was fun watching everyone arrive. They were dressed very fancy. I liked some of the clothes but not all. Some of the hats were nice too. Megan looked really pretty. Her dress was nice but it looked kind of plain. Harry looked okay. I don't really like military uniforms. Megan and Harry looked like they were really in love.  The pages boys and flowers girls were all so cute. Charlotte was the cutest flower girl. It was adorable when she was waving to the crowd. The part of the wedding when they were making speeches was boring. However, I liked seeing Megan walk down the aisle. I also like when they said their vows. It was cool when they went riding around town in the open carriage. It would have been exciting to be there. Even though I was tired the rest of the day, I am still glad I got up to watch the royal wedding.

Mom - Having only seen bits and pieces of Charles and Diana's wedding and William and Kate's wedding, I was determined to get up early and watch Harry and Megan's wedding. The main thing I remember about Charles and Diana's wedding was her over the top dress and how they hardly ever seemed to look at each other. The main thing I remember about William and Kate's wedding was how happy they seemed and how lovingly they were always looking at each other. Harry and Megan seemed really in love too and even at the wedding they were holding hands a lot which is something that the royals don't really seem to do ever not just at their weddings. You never really see William and Kate holding hands even now. Megan looked really beautiful coming down the aisle. It was so cute they way she had her best friend's too young sons holding her train. All the little page boys and flower girls were adorable. I love that tradition of having young kids in the wedding instead of bridesmaids and groomsmen except I wouldn't have wanted to have a bunch of young kids at my reception. Megan's dress was pretty but a little too plain for my taste. I like a cross between over the top like Diana's dress and ultra simple like Megan's. Megan did look beautiful in her dress though. There were lots of parts of the wedding that were kind of boring and sometimes, it really seemed to drag.  I  mostly liked watching the bride and groom together and hearing them say their vows. I loved after the wedding when they rode around town in that open carriage. What a great memory for all those people who were there! Maybe, if I had a lot more money, I would have wanted to go and be there for the wedding. Probably not though, it was just way too crowded for me. I was happy just to watch it on my television and be a part of it that way.

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

photo credit: Gerard Stolk ( vers la Pentecôte) Breaking News via photopin (license)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday Scoop Week of 5/20/18 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Upcoming at Feinstein's/54 Below
254 W. 54th St.
Cellar
New York, NY

Tuesday May 22, 24-25, 27 7:00 PM
Liz Callaway

Tuesday May 22, 9:30 PM
Broadway's Got Talent with Tommy Tune

Tuesday May 22, 11:30 PM
Quentin Earl Darrington and The Hang Present
Hope in the City with Special Guest, Laura Osnes

Wednesday May 23, 7:00 PM
Donna Murphy Headlines "Epic Duets"

Wednesday May 23, 9:30 PM
Rob Rokicki and The Good Kids, 
Featuring Songs from the Lightning Thief

Thursday May 24, 9:30 PM
The Marcus Scott Songbook

Friday May 25, 9:30 PM
54 Sings Broadway's Greatest Hits

Friday May 25, 11:30 PM
The Writer's Launch

Sunday May 27, 9:30 PM
The Songs of Thomson & Desmon with Justin Guarini, Nick Adams & More

Sunday May 27, 11:30 PM
Experience Adele Tribute with Andrea Tyler

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://54below.com/calendar/?month=May+2018
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All New at iPlay America
All Seasons Passes & Summer Season Pass
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ

ALL NEW 4 Season Ride Passes ramp up the iPlay America excitement with UNLIMITED RIDES ALL year long. Now, guests can ride ALL the rides summer, fall, winter and spring for one amazingly low price of just $9.90 a month. The ALL NEW 4 Season Ride Pass is the best way for guests to maximize the FUN because it gives pass holders tons of perks, extras and options at the most affordable prices iPlay America has ever offered. 4 Season Ride Passes come with ALL these value-added perks and more.

•  $100 in park perks 
• Two FREE guest ride passes
• Early park entry on weekends – one extra hour of FUN every Saturday and Sunday
• 10% off food & beverage discounts 
• 10% bonus credits on any Game Cards purchased
• Discounts on select show and events
• Priority entry

Upgrade to a Premium 4 Season Ride Pass for an additional $6 a month and receive these excellent benefits with your iPlay America experience.

• $200 in park perks 
• $5.00 monthly Game Card
• One game of laser tag each month
• FOUR FREE guest ride passe


In all, guests can choose from three incredible pass deals: The Classic 4 Season Ride PassPremium 4 Season Ride Pass and the Summer Season Ride PassALL NEW 4 Season Ride Passes are valid year-round, providing UNLIMITED access to popular iPlay America rides like Pine Belt Speedway Go Karts, Spinning Coaster, Bumper Cars and MORE.

For more information or to purchase passes, visit 
www.iplayamerica.com/season-pass
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Upcoming at The Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Dinos After Dark

Thursday March 24, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Come and enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission, family activities and an outdoor beer garden in our famous Dinosaur Hall. Families are welcome—and if you like, you can stop by for a drink and carry it with you as your group enjoys the museum.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ansp.org/programs-and-events/festivals/dinos-after-dark
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Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ

Glengarry Glen Ross


May 25 - June 3
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 2:00 pm

Enter the cut-throat world of real estate where it's all about closing the big deal as The Pennington Players bring us David Mamet's modern classic. In a time of doubt about financial security, and government upheaval, this stage play has never been more relevant. Get caught up in the action as a group of ruthless salesmen lie, cheat, and connive to move up in the world of sales. The nonstop rhythm and sizzling language of this play provides an up-close and personal lesson in the struggle to survive in a business world where the only goal is the top prize. 
Rated R

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://tickets.vendini.com/ticket-software.html
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Upcoming at Merkin Concert Hall
Kaufman Music Center
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY

Wednesday May 23, 6:30 PM
Music and Theater Workshop

Musical theater students from Kaufman Music Center's Lucy Moses School perform original songs written for the 2018 workshop led by faculty members Jason Robinson, Amy Sulds and Clay Zambo.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/music-and-theater-workshop

Thursday May 24, 7:30 PM
Israeli Chamber Project

Schubert & Barber with Soprano Sarah ShaferExplore the lush lyricism, both vocal and instrumental, of Franz Schubert and Samuel Barber.


Sunday May 27, 3:00 PM
New York Philharmonic Ensembles

An Ensembles concert provides an intimate connection between musician and audience. Works by Vivaldi, Krzysztof Penderecki, Reinecke and Brahms.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Sunday May 27, 6:00 PM
Tuesday May 29, 6:00 PM
International Grande Music Competition

2018 Winners Concert
See the talented winners of the 2018 competition perform.

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SUMMER IN THE (OLD) CITY
Historic Philadelphia, Inc. Opens for 2018 Summer Season

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. opens the 2018 season of Once Upon A Nation on Memorial Day Weekend with the return of the special and unique Tippler’s Tour and Independence After Hours Tour, flag raising with Betsy at the Betsy Ross House, new Once Upon A Nation stories, and the all new Summer Sounds at the Square music series. Beginning Saturday, May 26, Philadelphia’s historic district shines brightly with storytellers and History Makers, who bring history to life right where it all happened. With the ongoing Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square, in addition to the new music series, as well as a new permanent exhibit and Flag Fest at the Betsy Ross House, Historic Philadelphia can fill your summer days and nights with fun and tastes of the past.

The award-winning Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches return with all new stories for 2018, where visitors can hear free stories of Lucretia Mott, a ferocious leader in the fight to win equal rights for women and people of color in the 19th century, and the “Awesome Caroline LeCount” who, nearly 100 years before Rosa Parks, took a stand to assure that all people of color have equal rights to take a seat on Philadelphia’s newly integrated streetcars. Guests can hear a story, grab a storytelling flag, get a sticker, and use the rest of the 13 benches to explore America’s most historic square mile and all of its treasured attractions. Conclude the bench crawl with a final story in Franklin Square after which visitors can swap a filled-in flag for a free ride on the Parx Liberty Carousel. Additional new stories for 2018 include “Like Father, Unlike Son: The Revolutionary Split of Benjamin Franklin and William Franklin” about the effects the War of Independence had on Patriot, Benjamin Franklin and his son, William Franklin, who by remaining loyal to England, loses his relationship with his father-forever; “Dr. George Logan and the Logan Act” about a Quaker doctor who takes international diplomacy into his own hands; and “Saving Valley Forge” which showcases the drama-filled opening of Washington’s Headquarters to the public for the first time. For over 20 years, Historic Philadelphia has been telling stories of the headline-grabbers and the unsung everyday heroes from our nation’s past.

Also on Memorial Day Weekend, Historic Philadelphia brings back its popular immersive walking tours: Independence After Hours and two seasonal versions of the Tippler’s Tour. Independence After Hours (May – October) is an evening walking tour, created in partnership with Independence National Historical Park, where guests have the exclusive opportunity to visit inside Independence Hall at night after public hours, experiencing what those late nights of the summer of 1776 were like for the Founding Fathers. The evening begins with a delicious three-course meal at the Historic City Tavern where Colonial townspeople entertain guests. The Colonial host then “sneaks” visitors into the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall), where visitors witness several Founding Fathers deep in discussion over the creation of the Declaration of Independence. On the weeklyTippler’s Tours (one version, with Benjamin Franklin, from May to August, and a second version for the holiday season from November to December), visitors join a Colonial host to hear stories and drinking traditions with fun and lighthearted songs and toasts of the era.

For more information, visit historicphiladelphia.org
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LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER PRESENTS – 
STARS IN CONCERT
NOW STREAMING ON BROADWAYHD

Live From Lincoln Center Presents – Stars in Concert is a debut series from Live From Lincoln Center, showcasing some of the leading voices of the stage and screen – including Broadway favorites Sutton Foster, Stephanie J. Block and Andrew Rannells. Now streaming on BroadwayHD and featuring exclusive, never before seen content, these incredible performers will illuminate their musical journeys to stardom – revisiting favorite songs, and delighting viewers with their versatility and captivating performances.

Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster brings her irresistible talent and effusive charm to the intimate Appel Room for a headlining night of songs and stories with special guest, two-time Tony nominee Jonathan Groff.

Show-stopping, two-time Tony-nominated performer Stephanie J. Block unleashes her immense voice and bold charisma for an unforgettable night of career spanning songs in the Appel Room.

Grammy winner and two-time Tony nominee Andrew Rannells displays his superb vocal prowess and wry wit with a collection of exuberant songs spanning his early influences and pivotal roles.
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PR Firm Roundup

News from DKC/O&M

THE NATIONAL THEATRE PRODUCTION OF
TONY KUSHNER’S

LANDMARK PLAY

ANGELS IN AMERICA
ESTABLISHES THE ANGELS FUND TO PROVIDE $5 TICKETS
TO LGBTQ AND HIV/AIDS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

Producers Tim Levy (Director, NT America) and Jordan Roth (President, Jujamcyn Theaters) announced today that the Olivier Award®-winning National Theatre revival of Tony Kushner’s masterwork, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, has established the “Angels Fund” to provide hundreds of $5 tickets to each part of the play to NYC-area LGBTQ & HIV/AIDS service organizations. Some of the organizations that have received these specially-priced tickets include: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), SAGE, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and The LGBTQ Center.
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News from Lincoln Center Press

Friday, May 24 – FREE – at 7:30 pm
¡VAYA !63
Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros
Selected as the "Best Cuban Band" by New York Latin Magazine in 2017 and "Best Band in Manhattan" by WNYC in 2017, the explosive Los Habaneros are a force to behold onstage—and for tonight’s party, on the dance floor. Mixing musical styles from their home in Cuba with the diversity of sounds they encountered when they made New York City their home, Los Habaneros transcend traditional musical genres to create a real fusion that provokes fans into hip-shaking abandon. The band comprises a young generation of Havana-trained musicians, including director and singer Gerardo Contino, artistic director and pianist Axel Tosca Laugart, and percussionist Yusnier Sanchez Bustamante. The band's first album, Somos Latinos (2013), was released to very high critical acclaim. It was produced by Latin Grammy-nominated Luisito Quintero, and included five-time Grammy Award–winning bassist John Benitez. Their second album, Los Habaneros, will be released this year. Opening set by DJ Carlos
Presented in collaboration with the NYU Music and Social Change Lab
David Rubenstein Atrium, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage (Broadway bet. 62nd & 63rd St.)
FREE Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program updates, visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium.
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News from Michelle Tabnick PR

Baruch Performing Arts Center
presents
IDACO nyc - Italian DAnce COnnection
A Co-Presentation with Flusso Dance Project & The Italian Cultural Institute
May 24 - 27, 2018 at Baruch Performing Arts Center

Baruch Performing Arts Center presents IDACO nyc from May 24-27, 2018at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave, (enter 25th Street between 3rd & Lexington avenues) NYC. Tickets are $30 general admission and can be purchased at http://bit.ly/IDACO2018.
 
IDACO nyc is an international, collaborative dance and art event in its fourth year. A wide variety of performative experience with more than 24 dance companies, artists and filmmakers to participate. Presentations will include film screenings, intermission dance performances in theater-specific spaces, a photo exhibit and a free opening event on Wednesday, May 23rd at 6pm at the Italian Cultural Institute.

In 2018, IDACO nyc focuses on ideas of intersection and junction, with particular attention to dialogues between countries. As new barriers are built, IDACO nyc facilitates meeting, joining and traversing distances, creating a zone in between, a shared space for artists of diverse nations to come closer to one another.

OPENING EVENT - ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE Wednesday, May 23rd
at 6pm
686 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021 Free and open to the public, will include a reception, program presentation, video screening and site specific performance.

IDACO Nyc PERFORMANCES & SCREENINGS
THE BARUCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 55 Lexington Ave, NY(Entrance on 25th st. between Lexington and 3rd Aves.), New York, NY 10010, 212-352-3101
 
Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama  
nancy allison nyc (film)
Ocram Dance Movement  
Garrett Parker
Rachel Erdos and dancers
 
Claudia Gesmundo & Vera Sticchi
FrameaSubstantia
Cie Twain physical dance theatre
Garrett Parker
EnzoCelli/Vivo Ballet
 
Lost Movement
Virginia Expertmental Film/ Balletto Teatro di Torino (film)
Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company
Baobab Romeo + Iuvenis Danza (Film)
YY Dance Company
OPLAS /Luca Bruni
 
Parcon NYC
Gruppo e-Motion
Piccolo Balletto Sorano
meltin_pot exphhdancecompany
Eleina D. Dance Company
 
30-minutes prior to all performances, audiences can experience a photo exhibit by Gisella Sorrentino - Emerging Choreographers Series 2018, and a pre-performance film by Parcon NYC.
 
IDACO nyc SPECIAL EVENTS

SCREENING
Sunday May 27th (3:30pm)POPcult /ATERballetto, Virgilio Sieni, Virginia Experimental Film/Balletto Teatro di Torino
 
AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT
 
PHOTO EXHIBIT & SLIDE-SHOW
May 24th, 25th, 26th, 27thGisella Sorrentino, Emerging Choreographers Series 2018
 
OVATION TIX Phone: 866-811-4111
General Admission - $30 
Baruch Alumni - $25
Baruch Faculty/Staff - $20
Students - $15 (ID required)
Film Screening - $10
 
Ticket packages are also available for purchase. A 4-event pass is $85 and can be purchased here: https://ci.ovationtix.com/1091/store/packages/96437. A 3-event pass is $75 and can be purchased here: https://ci.ovationtix.com/1091/store/packages/96436.
 
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Theater Resources Unlimited
announces the May Panel
Attracting Wanted Attention:
Helping Your Audience Find You
Thursday, May 22, 2018 at 7:30pm, networking at 7pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) facilitates a crucial conversation about marketing for theater on Thursday, May 22, 2018Attracting Wanted Attention: Helping Your Audience Find You at 7:30pm (doors open for networking at 7pm) at The Playroom Theatre, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th fl., NYC. For more details, visit https://truonline.org/events/attracting-wanted-attention/. Free for TRU members; $12.50 for non-members in advance ($15 at door), free for TRU. Please use the bright red reservation box athttps://truonline.org/events/attracting-wanted-attention/, or call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 212-714-7628; or e-mailTRUStaff1@gmail.com.

Panelists to include Pippa Bexon, director of client services at Situation Interactive, a digital-first marketing agency; Themis Gomes CEO, Cennarium America, Inc.; Monica Hammond, director of marketing for Davenport Theatricals;  Emily McGill of DKC Public Relations.

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212-714-7628.

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Vangeline Theater
presents
Elsewhere
May 24 - 26, 2018 at 8pm

Vangeline Theater, with renowned Japanese composer and musician Yuka C. Honda (Japan) and butoh dancer Vangeline, perform the World Premiere of Elsewhere from May 24 - 26, 2018 at 8 pm at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, 280 Broadway (Entrance at 53A Chambers Street). Tickets are $15 in advance ($20 at the door) and can be purchased at https://gibneydance.org/performance/pop/vangeline-and-yuka-c-honda-elsewhere/ or by calling (646) 837-6809.
 
Elsewhere is a story of migration and cultural encounters celebrating the life of Japanese pioneer Omoto Tannaker (1842-1916). In 1860, the Japanese woman joined the Great Dragon Circus on its tour around the world, but in December 1873, Omoto-san's infant Godie died in Sunderland, England. The tomb of Little Godie was the first Japanese monument erected in England in the 19th century.

A woman of courage, the Japanese performer Omoto Tannaker joins the rank of often-forgotten women athletes and pioneers, who left their countries of origin to defy cultural norms and expectations. She was one of the first Japanese women to obtain a passport; her life coincides with the onset of Japan's modernization during the Edo Period. She married a foreigner (a Dutchman), and her children were of mixed race,

Omoto-San, a very skilled acrobat, "showed a remarkable technique to slide down an 45 inclined rope" (Yoshioda). These impressive physical skills undoubtedly mirror her talents of adaptation, as well as shadow the numerous challenges she faced when integrating into the social fabric of her recipient community at the turn of the 19th Century.

This piece explores the themes of immigration and cultural hybridity from a female perspective, articulated through butoh language and improvised music. Women are often the unsung heroes of history; behind all significant cultural movements and changes in history, the lives of countless women can be found, as well as countless voices that have been silenced. As we challenge our collective memory by telling the stories of women pioneers, we can reconstruct our present and carve out a much-needed space to redefine the importance of women's participation in society.
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News from Polk and Co.

BROADWAY RECORDS ANNOUNCES
ARIELLE JACOBS: A LEAP IN THE DARK – 

LIVE AT FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW


AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW
RELEASE DATE FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018

Arielle Jacobs: A Leap in the Dark – Live at Feinstein’s/54 Below will be released digitally and in stores on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The album is currently available for pre-order at www.BroadwayRecords.com and Amazon.com

Currently starring on Broadway as Princess Jasmine in Disney’s AladdinArielle Jacobs has been called “one of the greatest theater artists of her generation” with a “powerful voice” who “could sing her way to world peace… literally.”  Her debut solo album A Leap in the Dark - Live at Feinstein's/54 Below is a story of dreams, hope, faith, fighting for what you believe in, and taking chances. Arielle invites you to join her as she blends story and song to tell the tale of her adventures, her highest highs and lowest lows, and the most formative moments of her life that led her to be the woman she is today. Featuring the music of Céline Dion and Sarah McLachlan along with songs from many of her favorite roles that she’s played (including songs from In the HeightsAladdin, WickedRentInto the Woods and more). Featuring Nicholas Christopher (Hamilton, Miss Saigon) and Javier Colon (The Voice season 1 winner), this is an album of storytelling and music not to be missed. Produced by Michael J. Moritz Jr.

Track List:
1.       “welcome”
2.       Journey to the Past
3.       “half moon bay”
4.       The Spark of Creation
5.       “triple a”
6.       Angel
7.       “an angel arrives”
8.       On My Way
9.       “princeton high”
10.   Breaking Free / Out Tonight
11.   “farhad intro”
12.   99 Names
13.   “in the heights intro”
14.   Breathe
15.   “storytime #1: aka the momager”
16.   Colored Lights
17.   “bell’s palsy”
18.   My Heart Will Go On / Because You Loved Me
19.   “twitch felt like hope”
20.   Almost There
21.   “back to normal / into the woods intro”
22.   Moments in the Woods
23.   “storytime #2: aka no way this works twice”
24.   The Wizard and I
25.   “a leap in the dark”
26.   A Piece of Sky
27.   “encore #1: Nicholas Christopher”
28.   When You’re Home (featuring Nicholas Christopher)
29.   “encore #2: Javier Colon”
30.   A Whole New World (with Javier Colon)
31. bonua track: These Palace Walls

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THREE-TIME TONY NOMINEE
KEVIN CHAMBERLIN
JOINS THE COMPANY
OF THE BROADWAY BLOCKBUSTER WICKED
AS THE WIZARD

Beginning performances Tuesday, May 22, three-time Tony nominee KEVIN CHAMBERLIN will assume the role of The Wizard in the Broadway production of WICKED.

KEVIN CHAMBERLIN has been nominated for Tony Awards for his performances in SeussicalDirty Blonde, and The Addams Family. His other Broadway credits include Disaster!The Ritz, Chicago, Triumph of Love, and My Favorite Year. Chamberlain has appeared on film in Die Hard with A Vengeance, Road to Perdition, Taking Woodstock, Suspect Zero, and Christmas with the Kranks. His TV credits include “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Modern Family,” “Frasier,” “Grace and Frankie” and Bertram on Disney Channel’s “Jessie!”

Mr. Chamberlin joins a cast which currently includes Jackie Burns as Elphaba, Amanda Jane Cooper as Glinda, Ashley Parker Angel as Fiyero, Isabel Keating as Madame Morrible,Jye Frasca as Boq, Kristen Martin as Nessarose, and Martin Moran as Dr. Dillamond.  The role of The Wizard is currently being played by Fred Applegate, who will give his final performance on Broadway on Sunday, May 20th.

For more information about WICKED, please visit www.WickedTheMusical.com.
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News from Richard Hillman PR

DENNIS GRIMALDI PRESENTS 
STAGED READINGS OF
“H A R R Y   T O W N S E N D’S   L A S T  S T A N D”
A NEW PLAY BY GEORGE EASTMAN
STARRING
TONY AWARD WINNER LEN CARIOU WITH WARREN BUB 
DIRECTED BY TWO-TIME EMMY AWARD WINNER PETER SCOLARI 

NOLA STUDIOS (250 WEST 54th STREET)
MAY 21 & 22 @ 3PM

Dennis Grimaldi will present Tony®Award-winner Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd) in two staged readings ofHarry Townsend’s Last Stand, a new play by George Eastman.  Directed by two-time Emmy®Award-winner Peter Scolari (Wicked) and featuring Warren Bub (“Gotham”), the readings will be held on Monday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 22 at 3pm at Nola Studios (250 West 54th Street – 10th Floor/Studio 1). The readings are for industry only and reservations may be made at LastStand@theatrical.AG.

Harry Townsend’s Last Stand centers around eighty-five-year-old Harry Townsend who lives alone in his home in Vermont. While he still possesses the sharpness of the mind, he is being betrayed by his aging body that is becoming more and more fragile every day. The one happiness in his life is his son Alan, who is finally coming home after an 18-month absence. Yet Alan’s return is in accompanied by an unpleasant agenda that puts the aging father and his concerned son at odds with each other as Harry’s living in the house becomes not just a question of solitude, but one of safety as well. The play reflects on the ideas of what it feels like to grow old and learning to let go off the past in order to enjoy the rest of the remaining future.

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OFF-BROADWAY CAST RECORDING OF
THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY
NEW YORK PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF
 “UNEXPECTED JOY”
TO BE RECORDED AND RELEASED
ON JAY RECORDS

POP SINGER BRIELLE VON HUGEL TO RELEASE COVER OF
“WHEN WILL I HAVE MY OWN”

“UNEXPECTED JOY”
CONTINUES THROUGH SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018
AT THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY AT SAINT PETER’S

The Off-Broadway cast recording of the New York premiere production of the new musical Unexpected Joy, with book and lyrics by Bill Russell (Side Show) and music by Janet Hood (Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens with Bill Russell), will be recorded and released by JAY Records. Produced by John Yap, the recording will feature the original cast of The York Theatre Company production who will gather at Sear Sound Studios (353 West 48th Street) on Monday, May 14, 2018 to lay down the tracks for the recording.


Unexpected Joy plays the following performance schedule:  Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.*, Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m.* & 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. (*Audience discussion follow the matinee performance.) 

Tickets for Unexpected Joy are priced at $67.50 - $72.50 and may be purchased by calling (212) 935-5820, online at www.yorktheatre.org, or in person at the box office at The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Monday through Friday (12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.). Senior Rush tickets are available in-person beginning one hour prior to performances for $20 cash only. Student tickets can be purchased anytime in advance at the box office during regular box office business hours.  Limit one ticket per valid student ID and tickets are subject to availability. Student tickets are $20.00 cash or credit. The York Theatre also offers $25 tickets for guests aged 35 years and under. Groups of 10 or more, contact Great White Way at 212-757-9117, or GreatWhiteWay.com.

The York Theatre Company offers the York! Membership Program, an exclusive membership package for as low as $75.00—with elite benefits that include up to 35% off tickets to York Theatre Productions, exclusive Member pre-sale opportunities, 50% off on all lobby concessions, 20% off on all lobby merchandise, in addition to special Member-only receptions.  The York also offers a York Plus! Membership Program with additional perks, including complimentary tickets to Mainstage productions and invites to several VIP-only presentations throughout the season.

York Memberships can be purchased online at www.yorktheatre.org/membership, or by visiting The York Theatre Company Box Office (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54thStreet, just east of Lexington Avenue), or by calling the Box Office at (212) 935-5820 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.). 

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org
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News from Sam Rudy Media Relations

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
Celebrates the 23rd Annual
LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL

Featuring Free Cultural Events throughout the Weekend

Performers and artists include
Academy Award Winner F. MURRAY ABRAHAM, AUSTIN PENDLETON,
Tony Award Winner MARIO FRATTI, RENO, PENNY ARCADE, KT SULLIVAN,
TAMMY FAYE, JOHN GRIMALDI, TRAVIS STUART, DAVID LEWIS, MISHA SCHULMAN KEITH PATCHEL and JAMES RADO

LA MAMA ETC, FOLKSBIENE NATIONAL YIDDISH THEATER, COBU,
NEGRO ENSEMBLE, AUGUST STRINDBERG REP, 13th STREET REP,
DISMANTLE THEATER, THE CELL, THE KENNEDYS, LUBA MASON, DAVID VERNON
ART LILLARD, MELANGE, METAMORPH, INFINITY DANCE THEATRE, THUNDERBIRD AMERICAN INDIAN DANCERS, GLITTER KITTY, ASHLEY LIANG DANCE CENTER,
CHINESE THEATER WORKS, CONSTELLATION MOVING COMPANY
ROD RODGERS DANCE COMPANY, WISE GUISE and many more

The Festival will also Celebrate Grand Opening
of their New State-of-the-Art
GERALD RUPP WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE ELEVATOR
Sunday, May 27 at 2pm

Memorial Day Weekend: MAY 25, 26 & 27
At Theater for a New City
(First Avenue and 10th Street)

New York: To celebrate the official kick-off of Summer, Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Co-founder and Artistic Director) will host the 23rdannual LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL, a FREE Summer Arts Festivals at Theater for the New City (155 First Ave. at 10th St.). The festival will take place over Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 – 27, 2018 from 6pm – 1am. and will feature theater, music, art, dance, video, film, aerial arts, poetry, magic and comedy with over 190 performances over the course of the weekend.  For the full list of performers and schedule please, visit www.theaterforthenewcity.net.

Theater for the New City is also proud to announce the grand opening of their brand new, state-of-the-art, Gerald Rupp Wheelchair AccessibleElevator on Sunday, May 27 at 2pm. Kitty Lunn of INFINITY DANCE, a dance company of abled and disabled dancers, will host the ribbon-cutting and champagne toast. The event will feature performances by INFINITY DANCE and the YIP HARBUG FOUNDATION’S RAINBOW TROUPE. Additionally, the contractor Voula Mamais, will discuss the installation process and Gerald Rupp, for whom the elevator is name, will be on hand to take the very first ride in the ADA Compliant Elevator.

For more information, visit http://theaterforthenewcity.net/

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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright
NILO CRUZ’s newest work
EXQUISITA AGONÍA

Directed by JOSÉ ZAYAS

Previews begin May 25; opening May 30
At Off-Broadway’s
REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL
Now celebrating its 50th season


EXQUISITA AGONÍA -- the newest work by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz (ANNA IN THE TROPICS) – has announced casting for the play’s world premiere engagement at the esteemed Off-Broadway theater, Repertorio Español (138 E. 27 St.) in Manhattan, according to the company’s Executive Producer Robert Federico. Preview performances begin May 25 prior to official press opening on May 30. Repertorio Español performs in Spanish, with English simultext optional at every seat in the company’s 140-seat theater. 

EXQUISITA AGONÍA is a love story that depicts a middle-aged woman’s obsessive quest to find love with a young man who has been transformed by the gift of life when he receives a new heart.

TICKET PRICES range from $17 to $70 premium; Discounts for Groups, students, seniors, armed forces, first responders.

COMPLETE PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Previews:
Friday, May 25, 2018 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 26, 2018 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 27, 2018 3:00 PM
Monday, May 28, 2018 3:00 PM
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 7:00 PM

Opening Night:
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 7:00 PM

Performances: 
Thursday, May 31, 2018 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 2, 2018 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 3, 2018 3:00 PM
Saturday, June 9, 2018 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 10, 2018 3:00 PM
Friday, June 15, 2018 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 24, 2018 3:00 PM
Saturday, June 30, 2018 8:00 PM
Friday, July 6, 2018 8:00 PM
Sunday, July 15, 2018 3:00 PM
Saturday, July 21, 2018 8:00 PM
Friday, July 27, 2018 8:00 PM
Friday, August 3, 2018 8:00 PM

For more information visit: www.repertorio.nyc
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