HOPESFALL Announce First Shows Since 2011 Playing Brooklyn & Charlotte This July

Melodic hardcore legends Hopesfall have announced that they will be playing two special shows this July around the release of their new record, Arbiter. The band will take the stage for the first time since 2011 for Kerrang Presents on July 14th at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, and on July 21st at Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte. General admission tickets go on-sale this Friday, April 20th, with VIP tickets available now at hopesfall.soundrink.com.
Arbiter is the long-awaited follow up to 2007’s Magnetic North, and marks the band’s first record in over a decade. Fans can check out an exclusive interview, alongside a brand new video for single “H.A. Wallace Space Academy,” on LoudwireArbiter will be released on July 13th, 2018 via Graphic Nature / Equal Vision Records. Preorders are available now at hopesfall.lnk.to/arbiter.
Hopesfall formed in 1998. Over the next decade, the band would undergo numerous line-up changes but always drew from the same core group of lifelong friends to source new members. The bond between the group was so strong that even after disbanding in 2008, guitarists Joshua Brigham and Dustin Nadler and drummer Adam Morgan continued to get together on Wednesdaynights to work on new music despite having no plans to release it. It was during these jam sessions that the music that would eventually find its way onto Arbiter first began to take shape.

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Dances Patrelle presents The Yorkville Nutcracker

Dances Patrelle presents The Yorkville Nutcracker from December 7-10, 2017 at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, E. 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues, NYC. Performances: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7pmSaturday at 2pm; and Sunday at 12pm and 5pm. Tickets are $65 (extended family, group, student and senior discounts available) and are available at www.dancespatrelle.org, by phone at 212-772-4448, or in person at The Kaye Playhouse Box Office.

This year marks the 22nd anniversary of The Yorkville Nutcracker, set in 1895, which includes lavish sets and costumes and takes the audience on a tour through Olde New York’s most beloved landmarks, including a holiday party at Gracie Mansion, dancing at the Crystal Palace in the New York Botanical Garden, and skating in Central Park. The Yorkville Nutcracker provides an opportunity for young dancers to dance alongside professional artists. This year, Abi Stafford of New York City Ballet will be the Sugar Plum Fairy with Cavalier Stephen Hanna (former principal dancer, New York City Ballet), and Maximillien Baud and Therese Wendler will perform the Snow Pas de Deux.

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NEWARK MONSTER JAM® TICKETS NOW ON SALE

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Feld Motor Sports® announced today that tickets for Monster Jam®, the world’s premier Monster Jam truck series, are now on sale for Prudential Center – marking its first appearance in Newark. This four-wheeled extravaganza features heart-pounding racing and unbelievable freestyle driving that is affordably priced for the whole family seats starting at $10 for kids. Tickets are available at www.Ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at the Prudential Center Box Office.

Monster Jam will be performing on:

Saturday, January 23, 2016

2:00 PM

7:30 PM

Sunday, January 24, 2016

2:00 PM

The event will feature some of the most exciting Monster Jam trucks in the circuit, including Grave Digger®, Carolina Crusher, Higher Education, Black Stallion, Instigator, Backdraft, Bad News and Saigon Shaker.

The Party in the Pits on Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24 from 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM gives fans the opportunity to get autographs, view the massive Monster Jam trucks up close and meet the drivers.
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The Pajama Game at Merkin Concert Hall

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Kaufman Music Center Presents

BROADWAY PLAYHOUSE

*  2016 Season  *

Kids love musicals! The family-friendly Broadway Playhouse performances introduce young theater fans age 4-11 to Broadway classics through mini musicals, medleys, games and sing-alongs. This season, children will discover the great 1950s songwriting duo Richard Adler & Jerry Ross (Damn Yankees, The Pajama Game); the groundbreaking Dorothy Fields (Sweet Charity), Broadway’s first woman lyricist; and rock legend Elton John (The Lion King). Some kids will be invited on stage to roar with Simba from The Lion King or play baseball with the devil from Damn Yankees! Hosted by Sean Hartley, Broadway Playhouse features music director Jihwan Kim and stars Jason Robinson, Martin Landry, Kathryn Markey and Gabrielle Stravelli.

2016 Performances:

Sun, Jan 10, 2016, 11 am

Broadway Playhouse: Richard Adler & Jerry Ross

One of the great songwriting duos of the 1950s, Richard Adler and Jerry Ross hit the Broadway big time with three wildly successful shows in three years: Damn Yankees, The Pajama Game and John Murray Anderson’s Almanac. Their partnership was cut short when Adler died tragically in 1955 at the age of 29, but their shows have lived on in film adaptations as well as numerous revivals. Come visit the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory, where Love is on strike, and find out if “Whatever Lola Wants Lola Gets”!
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Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure

If you have a little Chuggington fan at home, you will want to get tickets for this train-tastic adventure, coming to the Beacon Theater in NYC!  But hurry, this show will speed away before your know it, leaving your little conductors wanting more.

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About The Show

“Join Wilson, Koko and Brewster on the most traintastic day ever in CHUGGINGTON LIVE! The Great Rescue Adventure. The trainees have started their Advanced Training, and are eager to master their new roles that test courage, speed, and determination. When Koko finds herself in trouble at Rocky Ridge Mine, it’s up to her friends to help her. Do the trainees have what it takes to put their newly learnt skills into practice? Can Wilson come to Koko’s rescue and fulfill his dream of becoming Chug Patrol hero?
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Disney on Ice Presents Princesses & Heroes

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Last night, we had the opportunity to see the latest Disney On Ice show, Disney on Ice Presents Princesses & Heroes.  While it was fairly heavy on the princesses and light on the heros, the kids seemed to like it (the girls more so then the boys).  There was a pretty cool scene from Sleeping Beauty where Prince Phillip fights the evil Maleficent in her dragon form that many of the kids liked, and was my son’s favorite part of the show- the dragon was large, fluorescent, and breathed smoke and fire as it chased the prince around the ice. Once slayed by the virtuous prince, the slumbering princess could be rescued.  (Note- warn the little kids ahead of time, some of the smaller ones were scared of the dragon and the noise.)

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My son was hoping for Mulan (battle scenes!) or Peter Pan, but the dragon was fun.  Little miss “Aurora”  however loved every minute of the princess-fest, as did the other princesses in the audience (many of whom also came dressed as thier favorite princess.)  Of course, the audience EXPLODED when the sisters of “Frozen” skated onto the ice- or, more aptly, as soon as they heard the music being played, before you could even see the scenery that was up, lol.  Most of the second half of the show was dedicated to “Frozen”, which was just fine with most of the people there, from what I could see.  The other princess and heroes that were in attendance included Aladdin and Jasmine, Cinderella and Charming, Rapunzel and Flynn, Belle (sans Beast, though they did a great “Be Our Guest” number with Lumiere and kitchenware) Snow White and Charming, and Ariel and Prince Eric.  The Little Mermaid portion is also a fun portion for both boys and girls, since Sebastien the Crab and Flounder play prominently- and the music is a lot of fun, with much of the cast of skaters participating in the show at that time. There is a lot to see and it’s very visually stimulating- the “Under the Sea” portion is enjoyable for a lot of reasons; it’s lively, the music is very upbeat, spirited, and has a very different sound then many other songs, and there are so many cast members skating in vibrant costumes and colors.  It also opens with the cast of sailors doing tricks and flips, which is fun and something unique from the rest of the show- there is even a sailor that flips into a chair held above the rest of the “crew”- very neat!
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Marvel Universe Live

When can you step into the world of super heroes in the flesh? Of course, you need explosions and action, fights and excitement, but all the while in a safe  and fun environment. The answer to the question is with Marvel Universe Live. This new live action show features The Avengers, Shield, Spider man, and even a few X-Men join in the adventure. This makes the show big and action packed, and of course not to be missed by any comic book or hero fan.

8 17 14 012The story of Marvel Universe Live is easy enough to explain, the heroes must split up into teams to save the planet from some of Marvel universes fiercest foes, including Hydra, AIM, Lizard, Rhino, and Red Skull. But fear not the super hero bill is quite large two including Captain America, Captain Marvel, Thor, Iron Man, Spider Man, Hulk, Wolverine and Storm to name a few. All of which play key roles in saving the day. As the group splits to various parts of the world the action splits up too, from secret laboratories to snow capped mountains to the Statue of Liberty the scenes are big and feel like you are in the action. There is lots of fighting, lots of explosions and also motorcycles and tricks. One of the most memorable scenes would have to be Spider man and Thor at the Statue of Liberty. Not only is the statue represented but the high flying action between Spider-Man and his foes are represented in a big way including flying gliders, web slinging and of course Thor’s famous thunder hammer.

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Grease at the Paper Mill Playhouse

 

Grease at Paper Mill Playhouse; Photo by Jerry Dalia; Shane Donovan (Kenickie) and the boys of Grease.

Grease at Paper Mill Playhouse; Photo by Jerry Dalia; Shane
Donovan (Kenickie) and the boys of Grease.

My son and I just saw the latest show at NJ’s Paper Mill Playhouse- Grease!  This was my son’s first time seeing the show (one of America’s favorites) live on stage, and I could not be happier to have him see it at one of the best theaters in the area.  We absolutely love Paper Mill- they always have amazing, high quality shows and actors, directors, dancers (many who have been on Broadway), where musical theater is celebrated and NJ can see the bright lights and stars of Broadway without leaving our own backyard.  (Not to mention parking is only $8 vs what you would pay in NYC- at least $35.)  In this performance of Grease, you can see TV and Broadway’s Telly Leung as “Teen Angel”- a treat that thrilled the audience.

Grease at Paper Mill Playhouse; Photo by Matthew Murphy; From left to right: Shane Donovan (Kenickie), Morgan Weed (Betty Rizzo),  Taylor Louderman (Sandy Dumbrowski) and Bobby Conte Thornton (Danny Zuko).

Grease at Paper Mill Playhouse; Photo by Matthew Murphy;
From left to right: Shane Donovan (Kenickie), Morgan Weed (Betty Rizzo),
Taylor Louderman (Sandy Dumbrowski) and Bobby Conte Thornton (Danny Zuko).

This is a great show for families, with it’s classic and familiar high-energy music and fun, relatable plot of high school ups and downs, dating, broken hearts, mean girls, and proms.  My son has of course see the movie (starring the sensational Olivia Newton John and John Travolta) but there is nothing like seeing the show live on stage to experience the musical as it was meant to be. It had the whole audience, young and mature alike, mouthing words and dancing in their seats, ending with a standing ovation.
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