Oct
30

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Blue Hill Troupe Presents “The Drowsy Chaperone”

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“The Drowsy Chaperone” has been interestingly defined by such tags as “a musical within a comedy”…”a show within a show”…or my favorite “I went to visit a friend and a musical broke out in his living room.”  Don’t you just love when that happens?!  View this show yourself and hear what the aptly named “Man in Chair” has to say… he’s got quite a story to tell.

Sufficiently intrigued?

 

 

Then take advantage of this affordable opportunity to figuratively and literally catch two shows for the price of one in the form of “The Drowsy Chaperone” running on West 46th Street for approximately two weeks this November.

When “The Drowsy Chaperone” ran some 7 years ago on Broadway, the buzz seemed to center on the performance of Sutton Foster. And yes, her talents are endless, but in this instance, the performers were the icing on the cake. It was the fundamental materials — the book, musical score and lyrics — which made some amazing performances possible. And indeed this show captured many of the major Tony and Drama Desk awards in 2006 …. it was just that good.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” is on my personal top ten list of must see musicals; it defines the genre, and who knows when it will come around again. Don’t miss this opportunity.

This production is entirely funded, produced and performed by the strictly altruistic Blue Hill Troupe; an organization devoted some 90 years now to fundraising thru theater. The true beauty of a show presented by The Blue Hill Troupe is that their goal is not only to present reasonably priced quality entertainment, but to raise funds for a worthy charity, chosen annually. “Quality Services for the Autism Community” also knows as QSAC represents this year’s beneficiary. BHT’s performance preference usually lies with a work by Gilbert and Sullivan, presented in the glow of the spring season – the delightful “Ruddigore” is slated for April 2014 – but they are now also offering an annual fall show in addition to their spring G&S selection. However let the buyer beware…. the quality, talent and professionalism of BHT’s productions rival any show you may catch in the various and varied venues in our beloved New York City. You will be mightily impressed by the talent at play here.

 

 

And so in keeping with the “two for one theme,” by purchasing a ticket to “The Drowsy Chaperone” you will not only catch a jewel of a show, but make a welcome contribution to an important cause.

Performances of “The Drowsy Chaperone” are slated for:

Nov. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 at 8 PM 

Nov. 2, 9 at 2 PM

Nov. 3 at 3 PM

To further add to a genuine theater experience – at no additional charge – children are invited, at both matinee performances, to share in the magic of theater with a backstage tour of the show.  Reservations are limited, so reserve this tour upon purchasing a ticket.

Ticket prices are $29.50, $39.50 and $49.50 and can be purchased online thru Ovationtix. Or call 866-811-4111. There is a $4.00 service fee for online/phone reservations.

I encourage UsedYorkCity readers to explore Blue Hill Troupe’s website – www.bht.org to learn more about this Fall’s show and their joyous past productions and charitable causes. They are a credit to NYC.

Happy Halloween and Hail Poetry!

 

By: Joanne Theodorou

 

 

 

 

 

Oct
29

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The United Solo Theatre Festival

United Solo Festival

Much like the rest of us, I had never heard of a ‘Ponzi scheme’ until I heard it applied to Bernie Madoff in the news. Thanks to the solo play “Charles Ponzi – A Dollar and a Scheme” written and performed by Alessio Bordoni I learned that AKA Charles Ponzi was originally Carlo Pietro Giovanni Guglielmo Tebaldo Ponzi. Coincidentally, Charles Ponzi and playwright Alessio are Italian immigrants to America. What better venue to be enlightened with the latter pursuing his dream as an actor and not in pursuit of greed.

 

 

The play is part of the United Solo Theatre Festival, now in it’s 4th year and the world’s largest featuring solo performances. This year spans 120 productions from 6 continents and 23 countries. By solo I mean single performer. One might think of a monologue but the festival roams the range from comedic to musical among the productions.

Within 70 minutes Alessio squishes seamlessly Ponzi’s character throughout most of his life and transitions into others, narrowing down the few short months of which I now know to be a Ponzi scheme.

Of course, such a festival requires volumes of people behind the scenes to make it happen at all. One of which is Alessio’s American born wife India Evans, an artist, whom appropriately collages and captures Ponzi’s glee of greed.

 

 

What I enjoyed most about the festival is being reminded that theatre is accessible and can be affordable. Not often is it financially permissive/possible for an average New Yorker or tourist on a budget to see a large Broadway production. There is still hope for us all. Consider Frank Sinatra’s “New York New York” – ‘If you can make it here you can make it anywhere.’

Charles Ponzi’s scheme ran out of Boston. The United Solo festival is in NYC and taking place at 410 West 42nd Street in Manhattan through November 23rd.  Performances also run in many other cities and countries across the globe, so be sure to check the schedule.

I encourage everybody to get out and reap the rewards of the talent that just might live next door.

 

About the Author: This is a guest post written by Anne Edris, owner of NYC’s East Village Bed & Coffee.

 

 

 

Oct
28

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From The Lips Of A Local

Chanel

Each week we feature a different local, sharing their unique experiences on what makes NYC the best place, ever.  Hey, we never said New Yorkers weren’t cocky.  

This week we’re delighted to be chatting with travel blogger, Chanel!  She’s been to 19 countries and 17 states, and currently calls NYC home!

 

 

Name: Chanel

Occupation: Travel Blogger at LaViajeraMorena.com

New Yorker since: 2004

What hood do you live in? Morningside Heights

Where do you get your morning coffee? Honestly I am not a huge fan of coffee, but I do really enjoy Starbuck’s flavored lattes.

Every tourist must visit: Downtown Brooklyn. Until a few years ago, I barely went to Brooklyn. These days, I go there very frequently. There are so many cultural events, food festivals, and activities going on throughout the year and they are definitely worth taking the short trip from Manhattan to attend. There are also a lot of great restaurants in Brooklyn as well!

NYC trend you’re currently loving/hating: Currently not loving the leather trim look. It is very hard to find regular leggings without leather on them this season.

Favorite way to while away a (non-workday!) NYC afternoon: Photographing, eating, and blogging! Yes, I am indeed one of those people who takes pictures of her food and Yelps about it.

NYC’s best kept secretJin Ramen, a Japanese restaurant in Harlem. It is definitely worth a trip uptown.

To connect with this awesome New Yorker, visit her on her blog, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

 

 

Want to be featured as the New Yorker of the week?  Drop us a note at info@usedyorkcity.com! 

 

 

 

Oct
25

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Your NYC Weekend: October 26-27, 2013

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FREE

1. Celebrate Lower East Side Pickle Day on Sunday from noon to 5…(and score a free ride to and from the festivities from Uber with the code PickleDay2013)!

2. The Haunted High Line Halloween is happening this Saturday from 11 to 3 and will feature an afternoon of art, music, ghosts and ghouls…even a haunted train tunnel!

3. If the Charlie Brown flick “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” ranks among your top films, you don’t want to miss the Pumpkin Fest being held in Central Park on Saturday from 11 to 3.  Lots of live entertainment.

CHEAP

4. Learn the history of the Astoria Studio complex in this weekend’s opening exhibit, “Lights, Camera, Astoria!”  It’s been a staple of the NYC filmmaking industry since 1920.

SPLURGE

5. Two of your favorite things, food + film, come together in the 2013 NYC Food Film Festival.  You watch screenings of food-related films, while, get this…sampling those very foods! A delicious idea if we’ve ever heard one!

 

Wishing you the very best NYC UYC weekend,

Jess + Team UsedYorkCity

 

 

Oct
24

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Noteworthy New Yorkers: Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation

Angel Ball

Jaclyn Smith has said that, “Angels are like diamonds.  They can’t be made, you have to find them.  Each one is unique.”  Get ready for a unique evening because on October 29, 2013, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation will be having its annual Angel Ball to celebrate the life of a very special angel, Gabrielle Rich.

In 1996, Gabrielle Rich, a beautiful 27 year old actress and Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor succumbed to acute myelogenous leukemia.  Yet, though Gabrielle lost her courageous battle to AML, her dream lives on in the work of the organization created in her memory, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research.

 

 

The Angel Ball will be held and hosted by Gabrielle’s mother, Grammy-nominated songwriter and philanthropist, Denise Rich,  as well as Ilona Rich Schachter and Daniella Rick Kilstock.  In addition, this star-studded event will be honoring Simon de Pury, Fay Duncan and Clay B. Siegall, and the Dinner Chairs are Hugh Jackman, Deborra-lee Furness, Khaled AL Muhairy, Dr. Marc Lippman and Kathleen and Stanley Glaser.

The event begins with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner with a live auction and show at 7:30 p.m. The event address is Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall Street, New York, NY.

What’s a cause you feel very passionately about?  Share below!

 

By: Sora Vernikoff