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The Magical Music for Life Foundation 2014 in Times Square

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Magical Music for Life foundation is thrilled to present its third annual “Tunes in Times Square” benefit concert May 4, 2014 from 10am-6pm, in Father Duffy Park, Times Square, NY. We are especially delighted to be donating to this wonderful cause once again! Please check them out and or donate if you can!

http://www.magicalmusic.org

Magical Music for Life’s mission is to develop and produce a wide range of musical projects that can provide a positive approach to everyday life for young children and their families. As a way to reinforce self-confidence and further self-esteem, each of these projects is designed to enable children to participate with professionals in the performance and/or recording of these productions.

The Magical Music for Life Foundation was formed in 1999 by parents concerned with the messages children were receiving from the music, TV, movies, advertising and video games they were exposed to. Bombarded with age inappropriate media that often focuses on sex and violence, it became clear to them that their children were missing the wholesome messages that were so much a part of their youth and the generations before them.

The founders concluded that parents, teachers and other guardians of our children were at a disadvantage in competing with these well-funded commercial ventures. How could a parent’s five minute oral explanation that “fighting is bad” compete with a three to five million dollar production of a video game that a child may play for hours, a game in which points are based upon body counts.

Working under the premise that music is an effective and popular medium for communicating with children, the founders pulled together a team of professional musicians, actors, writers and producers to use the power of music in a more constructive, responsible fashion.

The foundation’s two musicals, The Adventures of Zak and Russell, the Hermit Crab, were created, written and produced as family musicals, with wholesome messages for children that would bring families together to enjoy the magic of live musical theatre, raise money for pediatric charities and offer some children a chance to sing on stage with a professional cast of actors. Many inner-city children have had extremely limited exposure to live theatre, and those in pediatric hospitals benefit greatly from the diversion and joy of a live musical performance. These are two important target audiences for Magical Music’s outreach efforts.

Since April, 2000, The Adventures of Zak and Russell, the Hermit Crab have been performed in numerous theatre spaces in 7 states as well as at the White House in Washington, D.C. Fifty three charities and special events used the show which played to over 27,000 audience members. Over 585 children have shared the stage with the professional actors, singing in the guest chorus in the finale.

Score for a Cure Benefit!

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We are excited to announce our participation in donating to score for a cure!

Score for a Cure was founded in 2009 after four women from one soccer team were diagnosed with breast cancer over a five year period.  What originally was planned as a small tournament to raise a little money for breast cancer charities has grown far beyond our dreams.  The 2013 tournament welcomed fifty teams from six states to the Jungleplex in Plymouth, Massachusetts and raised over $30,000!

Our mission is two-fold; the first is to raise funds to assist breast cancer related programs in eastern Massachusetts, such as WeCanRow Boston (a rowing club for breast cancer survivors), the Jordan Hospital Breast Center, and the Cancer Support Community in Norwell, Massachusetts.  Our second mission is to help people that are struggling with household expenses due to financial issues related to a breast cancer diagnosis.

While our tournament is held in Plymouth each year, participants come from all over the eastern United States, and all have two things in common:  the joy of playing the game of soccer and the enthusiasm to support to a great cause!  Our organization is run by a dedicated group of volunteers who strive to make our event a success each year.

The event will be held March 14-16, 2014 visit their website to register or donate to help! http://www.scoreforacure.com/index.php

Enter to win tickets to a show!

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We have exciting news! The month of June is blossoming into full blown summer show seeing fun! Our friend Teresa Fischer from Spotlight On Productions as well as Mark Jason Williams and Mark Eugene Garcia have donated tickets to NYBroadwayTours so that YOU can win tickets to see a real New York Show!

Simply visit our Facebook fan page and register to win. How cool is that?

Feel free to check out the show’s info below:

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Glowing reviews and great houses have prompted Don’t Tell Mama’s Booking Manager to request encore performances of cabaret songstress Teresa Fischer’s cabaret show HIP TO BE HAPPY in June! Robert Windeler of Bistro Awards said, “We don’t need the title song of this largely bouncy set to understand that Teresa Fischer likes to sing on the sunny side of the street.” In this lively musical hour, Teresa aka “Lady T” shows us how to keep our spirits high by always looking on the bright side – even when there doesn’t seem to be one. Lady T has assembled an entertaining and eclectic array of songs from standards by Cole Porter and Sammy Fain to pop tunes by Christine Lavin, Ann Hampton Calloway and Mary Chapin Carpenter plus some newly discovered gems. Cabaret veteran Paul Chamlin is the musical director and one-man band for this fun evening that features special musical arrangements by Paul Chamlin and Andrew David Sotomayor.

Performances for HIP TO BE HAPPY are Mondays in June – June 10, 17 and 24 – all at 7:00PM at DON’T TELL MAMA, 343 West 46th Street, NYC. There is a 2-drink minimum required for winners of this show. 

http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/shows

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The Planet Connections Festivity Inc. is New York’s premiere eco-friendly/socially conscious not-for-profit arts festival. Fostering a diverse cross-section of performances, the festivity seeks to inspire artists and audiences both creatively and fundamentally, in a festive atmosphere forming a community of like-minded artists. At the heart of the festivity are individuals striving to create professional, meaningful theatre, film, music and art, while supporting organizations, which give back to the community at large.


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Genre: Comedy, Drama, LGBT Issues, Play, Women’s Issues, Grieving, Family/Sibling Relationships

Planet Connections Award-Winning Playwright Mark Jason Williams returns with a gripping, fiercely funny drama about a no-holds-barred family Thanksgiving. Join in the festivities as a manipulative mother fights for control, a son tries to hide a secret, a daughter wrestles with an unexpected pregnancy, and surprises pour out like stuffing.

This production features Planet Connections award-winning artists.

Benefiting: Visible Ink
Produced by: Loretta Michael Productions
Directed by: Melissa Skirboll
Written by: Mark Jason Williams

Venue: The Robert Moss (440 Lafayette Street)

Schedule:
Sunday 6/2/13 – 9:00pm
Monday 6/3/13 – 6:30pm
Tuesday 6/4/13 – 4:00pm
Friday 6/7/13 – 7:00pm
Sunday 6/9/13 – 7:30pm
Saturday 6/22/13 – 4:30pm

Straight Faced Lies runs 75 minutes with no intermission.

http://planetconnections.org/straight-faced-lies/


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Genre: Drama, Musical, Musical Comedy, Musical Play, Women’s Issues

In Credence, South Dakota, Marlys Brooks cheers on the church’s ever-losing baseball team, “The Holy Cows.” Being the minister’s wife, she uses these gatherings to give out advice and support. But this Sunday, Marlys is suffering a lapse of faith. Hiding this, she places her hope in an unlikely source…

Benefiting: WIN [Women in Need]
Produced by: Mark-Eugene Garcia
Directed by: Rodrigo E. Bolaños
Based on the Play “Holy Cows” by: Carolyn Lardinois English and Royal Crane

Venue: The Robert Moss (440 Lafayette Street)

Schedule:
Sunday 6/2/13 – 12:30pm
Monday 6/3/13 – 8:30pm
Saturday 6/8/13 – 5:30pm
Thursday 6/13/13 – 6:30pm
Tuesday 6/18/13 – 5:30pm
Wednesday 6/19/13 – 4:00pm

The Holy Cows of Credence, South Dakota runs 90 minutes with no intermission.

The June 13th performance will be interpreted for deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

http://planetconnections.org/the-holy-cows-of-credence/

Best of luck to all who participate!

Seer Farms Variety Show Fundraiser

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Long time friend Frank Calo and Spotlight On Productions held a fundraiser on May 19th and although we couldn’t be there to perform we were able to offer donations to support their charitable work. Even though this post went up late and it’s not a famous organization like Broadway Barks their information on their event and how you can give back to show support for their cause is below. Thank you!


Seer Farms has been doing important work for several years now and never has YOUR help been more needed than right now! For the price of a $20 ticket you can see an abundance of entertainment and help Seer Farms out with just the price of your admission.

Hurricane Sandy devastated many families in NJ and many of those families have pets that cannot be cared for by them until they are back on their feet. That is where Seer Farms has been so incredibly important. Housing and caring for pets of distressed families recovering from crisis. Families pay what they can to house their pets. Much of the cost fall to Seer Farms. You can help in a fun and meaningful way. Come out to our Variety show on Sunday May 19 at 5pm. There will be auctions and raffles as well that you can participate in but just your admission and show of support by being there is very needed and appreciated!
WE ARE FAMILY Variety Show and Auction

The Saint [drinks available]

601 Main St. Asbury Park

$20 advance/ $25 at the door

You can pay through paypal [pay to info@seerfarms.org] or reserve your spot now by emailing: spotlightonfest@msn.com

Thank you for your support!!

Meet our friends at TRU (Theatre Resources Unlimited)

 
 
As you may know…we LOVE theatre! Please meet our friends over at TRU, that’s Theatre Resources Unlimited. We hope that if you are in theatre and or LOVE theatre like we do you will check out their website! They lovingly posted our info on their website on the events page. Check it out here: http://www.truonline.org/EventsPage.htm

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For more info on TRU: 

Welcome to Theater Resources Unlimited, a 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers. Programs include monthly educational panels, Producer Boot Camp workshops, a new plays and new musicals reading series, monthly programs for actor members, a Producer Mentorship program, a monthly community newsletter and much more.

MISSION

TRU was formed to promote a spirit of cooperation and support within the general theatre community by providing information and a variety of entertainment-related services and resources that strengthen the capacity of producing organizations, individuals producers, self-producing artists and other theater professionals.

TRU achieves its mission through 1) maintenance of a member network of producers and other industry professionals in the New York area; 2) linking members to valuable resources both within and beyond the theatrical community, 3) providing public forums for introducing and sharing information, including specific requests for help and support, 4) publishing a printed and electronic newsletter for services, discount offers and other programs of benefit to the membership, 5) providing educational opportunities (including TRU-sponsored events and competitive scholarships) on industry-related topics and training, and 6) serving as producer for selected events that provide practical opportunities to the membership and other theater professionals.


HISTORY
TRU (Theater Resources Unlimited) was organized in March, 1992 by Bob Ost, the group’s current president, Cheryl Davis, its vice-president, and Gary Hughes, its former treasurer. The initial goals were to bring together a supportive network of both established and newly developing producing organizations in the New York area in order to interface these producing organizations with other potentially valuable resources both within and beyond the theatrical community. As part of its networking mission, TRU gives newly formed organizations a forum in which to clarify their goals and become more effective in communicating and pursuing them. TRU also provides all participating organizations with the opportunity to learn and benefit from the knowledge of each other’s successes and disappointments, and to offer everyone a forum in which to make specific requests for what they need.

From its beginning meetings in the founders’ living room, the organization has grown to where it now has an active membership of about 450, and a database of over 7000 theater professionals. TRU holds monthly seminars on a wide range of subjects important to theatrical producers and directors, conducted by panels of experts from both the commercial and not-for-profit segments of Broadway, Off-Broadway and the motion picture industry. These seminars are open to the general public as well as members and are frequently attended by 50 or more actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers. TRU publishes a bi-monthly newsletter and a Weekly Email Newsletter Update, provides discounted tickets to members’ productions, frequently serves as a clearinghouse for theatre and rehearsal space, personal services and production props and materials, as well as offering a referral database for tracking down designers, performers, directors and any other staff that might be needed for a production.

Over the years, TRU has developed a structured range of programs to address the needs of its members. TRU served as the umbrella organization for a co-production by several of its member companies as a part of the first annual New York Fringe Festival. From that experience, the organization expanded its production efforts by creating the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series, the TRU VOICES Annual New Musicals Reading Series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings of new works for theater, with the primary goal being to offer a developmental environment for new producers as well as new plays. The TRU FACES Cabaret Fundraiser was created to showcase self-producing member writers and performers, as well as network them with other producers.

In 2001, TRU began giving annual scholarships to The Commercial Theater Institute, to encourage the development of aspiring producers. By 2007, TRU had started a Producer Development Program for a select group of spiring producers, with a special interest in developing producers of color. The program features special monthly panels, plus the opportunity for consultations, mentorships and internships with top commercial producers and general managers. TRU now offers a series of Boot Camps, workshops created to help theater professionals learn and develop essential skills, including “Raising Money for Theater,” “Pitching and Presentation Skills” and “Weekend Intensive for Showcase Producing.”

A 2003 program was initiated to increase networking opportunities between producers and performers: an annual TRU Audition Event, a weekend of auditions in which 40 to 50 producing entities, plus casting professionals, can view the work of over 100 performers. To service actor members, TRU has also added special Resource Nights in which perforrmers “Speed Date” with casting people, coaches and others, plus free monthly seminars for actor members.

TRU interfaces writers and producers with a unique series of Writer-Producer Speed Date evenings, and further guides writers in the business of theater with a “Practical Playwriting” workshops and a “Director-Writer Communications Lab.”

Active Theatre Gala

 
 
We were happy to share our tours with a silent auction winner from last nights Active Theatre Gala spring fundraiser. We hope it was a success!  Who is the Active Theatre company? The Active Theater serves as a safe, yet dynamic, incubator for the development process, shepherding new work through a series of quality readings and workshops. Upon completion of a thorough development process, we present a polished workshop of the play to the New York theater industry to find appropriate producing partners for a future, fully-realized production.

THEIR MISSION:

To discover and develop vital, culturally provocative original American plays and prepare them for fully realized premiere productions.

We love supporting the arts and encourage all of you to check out their website and go see a show! For more info or to donate visit their website: www.TheActiveTheater.com and then enjoy the show!

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2013 Active Spring Gala honoring Terry Schreiber
Monday, April 22 at 7:00PM
at 2nd Floor on Clinton
67 Clinton Street
New York, NY 10002
above Barramundi Bar
Take the F train to Delancey or the J,M,Z trains to Essex. Walk east on Delancy and turn left up Clinton St. Barramundi Bar will be on your left just past Rivington St.
The Active Theater is proud to honor Terry Schreiber with our 2013 Active Arts Award at our Annual Spring Gala, featuring guest speaker Anthony Crivello. Including live entertainment, silent auction, beverages & hors d’hoeuvres, and more!

Howell High School

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Howell High School Parent and Teachers Association (P.A.T) held their annual Fashion Show/Gift Auction event on April 5th, 2013 at The Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune, New Jersey. The event this year was entitled “Broadway Bound”,and was considered their largest and most successful fundraiser of the year.

We are so happy that we were able to contribute to their organization! Pics and donation info to come!

Holt International Children’s Services

 
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We were fortunate enough to be able to offer our New York Broadway Tours to Holt’s upcoming Gala in the fall. If you are interested in donating to their organization or attending their event please check out their website for more information. You might win free tour tickets!

2013 NEW JERSEY HOLT GALA DINNER & AUCTION

Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village 201 Village Boulevard,
Princeton, NJ 08540

Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 5:30pm

RSVP here.

The successful 2012 New Jersey Gala benefitted Holt’s Special Needs Adoption Fund.

See photos from the 2012 Gala Dinner & Auction

Mission:

Holt International is a Christian organization committed to expressing God’s compassion for children.  While always  upholding the highest ethical standards, we:

  • Find and support permanent, loving families for children who are orphaned, abandoned or at serious risk of separation from their family
  • Provide services to ensure that children will grow and develop to their fullest potential
  • Lead the global community in advocating on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable children

Rock the Walk, Cocktails for the cure!

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A friend of mine, Renee Cafaro was chosen to be this year’s adult honoree for the Arthritis walk. She is raising money for the cause on her fundraising page. As well as holding a special Cocktails for the cure fundraiser. New York Broadway Tours has donated a gift certificate for up to 4 people for a tour and we are happy to help spread the word.

See her info from her page below:

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I joined the Arthritis Walk® and made a personal commitment to help the 50 million people who live with arthritis and their families who support them.

By joining the Arthritis Walk®, I became a part of a nationwide movement devoted to helping people who want a healthier lifestyle. A donation today could help fund arthritis research, education and community programs. And don’t stop there! Think about getting more involved by joining my team or starting one of your own.

And on behalf of those living with arthritis every day, THANK YOU!

Cocktails for a cure, Tuesday April 6th from 6pm-8pm

Hosts:
Manhattan BP Scott Stringer, Deputy BP Rose Pierre-Louis, State Senator Dan Squadron, Councilman Dan Garodnick, Capri Cafaro, Renee Cafaro, Mary Cooley, Linara Davidson, Laura Dawn, Keith Dumanski, Julie Menin, Matt Morningstar, Casey Spooner and Alan Van Capelle.

Please join us for a fun, OPEN BAR happy hour and BASKET RAFFLE to raise money for TeamRenee:FibromyAwesome participating in the 2013 NYC Arthritis Walk. As this year’s adult Honoree, I am proud to have an opportunity to raise awareness and funds towards the cure of auto-immune diseases like mine.

6PM to 8PM
Bounce Sporting Club
51 West 21st St.

$250 for Host Committee
$50 General Ticket
$25 Actor/Artist discount

Check/Cash at door. Online donations: http://www.newyorkaw.kintera.org/rcafaro

Special thanks to our hosts and the team at Bounce Sporting Club for all of their help getting this event together. We are trying to pack the house do please bring your friends for a great night!

Thanks!! This means a LOT to me!
Renee Cafaro

Coney Island Dancers!

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We love sharing tours with tourists and New Yorker’s but especially sharing them with fellow music lovers like ourselves! Our friends The Coney Island Dancers (a well-known organization of adult volunteers in the Coney Island community who throw parties and events on the boardwalk year round) had damage to their equipment due to Hurricane Sandy. They held a special  fundraiser on February 16th at Tom’s Restaurant. They roasted their own Chief of Command, Rican Vargas for donations and laughs. We were very happy to help them out with some gift certificates for tours!

More info about their organization can be found on their website: http://coneyislanddancers.com/

C.I.D. WAS ALSO FORMED FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING THE DANCERS WITH QUALITY PARTIES AND SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY. WE ARE INVOLVED WITH HELPING SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH AUTISM. WE HAVE BEEN ON THE BEACH SINCE 1996, DANCING TO THE SOUNDS OF HOUSE MUSIC, FUNK, SOUL, and DISCO. OUR SUMMER SEASON (FREE PARTIES ON THE CONEY ISLAND BOARDWALK) USUALLY STARTS IN MAY & NOW ENDS IN OCTOBER.