Tales of Brier Rabbit Puppet Show

Tales of Brier Rabbit Puppet Show

When all my children were much younger we would make a point of catching the Puppetmobile. I still have a few who, regardless of their age, still love a good puppet show – it has universal appeal and is a great way to introduce children to theatre.

PuppetmobileThis summer, the CityParks PuppetMobile’s is presenting their original production of Tales of Brier Rabbit. The show follows the adventures of notorious trickster Brier Rabbit, who is once again up to no good. Deceiving and stealing from his fellow animal friends, Brier Rabbit thinks he’s much too clever to ever get caught. However, in this modern adaptation of the American folk tale, Brier Rabbit’s pals are on to his tricks, and set out to teach him a lesson he won’t soon forget!

CityParks PuppetMobile, one of the only traveling puppet theaters in the country, brings Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre productions and puppet making workshops to all corners of the city, free of charge. Traveling the five boroughs in a PuppetMobile equipped with a stage and staff of professional puppeteers, the CityParks PuppetMobile brings entertainment to 50,000 children and families each year.

The free  performances are held in parks, playgrounds and recreation centers from April to October. Check out the schedule here BrierRabbit Schedule 2015  to see when it arrives at a park near you.


Ticket Giveaway to Clinton, The Musical

Clinton, The Musical
Clinton, The Musical

As you know I saw Clinton, The Musical last week

This week I’m giving away a pair of tickets to the show!  They’re valid for a performance now through to June 3rd.

To win, just comment below and tell me the name of one actor who has played President Clinton – on stage or in film –  whose performance stands out in your memory.

For an additional entry, tweet this:

I entered to win a pair of tickets to see @ClintonMusical via @nycurbanlife  #ClintontheMusical 

Winner will be selected randomly. The winner will receive two tickets, which will be held at the box office day of show in your name.  This giveaway will end on Wednesday, May 27th at 9am EST.

Winner will be posted here, on NYCUrbanLife Twitter feed and via email and will have 24 hours to accept their prize.

Disclosure: I was compensated to write this post.  


Clinton, The Musical

Clinton, The Musical

As I was sitting in theatre 4 of the New World Stages waiting for the show to begin, I noticed that Oval Office set for Clinton, The Musical included portraits of Presidents but more intriguingly, nestled inside those portraits, in heart-shaped frames, where pictures of their mistresses.

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Films on the Green

Films on the Green

Mark you calendars for May 29th. That is the day of the kick-off of the annual Films on the Green – a free, outdoor film festival in New York City organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the City of New York Parks & Recreation, and FACE Foundation.

Since 2008, the festival has brought classic and contemporary French cinema to New Yorkers, each season’s films cover a different theme from musicals to literary adaptations and Male figures in French cinema.

To thoroughly enjoy these classics make sure you pack a blanket and a picnic basket, and if you don’t speak French don’t worry – all films have English subtitles.

You can share your experience with #filmsonthegreen #nycurbanlife.


Films for 2015 are:

Friday, May 29, 8:30 pm | Central Park, Cedar Hill
By Roger Vadim with Brigitte Bardot, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Curd Jürgens



Friday, June 5, 8:30 pm | Washington Square Park
By Nadine Labaki with Nadine Labaki, Yasmine Al Massri



Friday June 12, 8:30 pm | Washington Square Park
By Julien Duvivier with Jean Gabin, Mireille Balin, Marcel Dalio



Friday, June 19, 8:30 pm | Tompkins Square Park
PRICELESS (Hors de Prix)
By Pierre Salvadori with Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh



Friday, June 26, 8:30 pm | Tompkins Square Park
By Rémi Bezançon & Jean-Christophe Lie (Ages 7+)



Friday, July 10, 8:30 pm | Riverside Park, Pier I
By Jacques Baratier with Omar Sharif, Claudia Cardinale



Friday, July 17, 8:30 pm | Riverside Park, Pier I
By Caroline Bottaro with Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline



Friday, July 24, 8:30 pm | Transmitter Park (BK)
By Paula Delsol with Jacqueline Vandal, Pierre Barouh



Friday, July 31, 8:30 pm | Transmitter Park (BK)
By Eric Rohmer with Patrick Bauchau, Haydée Politoff



Thursday, Sept. 10, 7:30 pm | Columbia University
THE RABBI’S CAT (Le Chat du Rabbin)
By Joann Sfar & Antoine Delesvaux



Location Map

Films on the Green Map

1st Annual Broadway Ghostlight Awards

1st Annual Broadway Ghostlight Awards

Theater producer Ken Davenport has launched the first ever annual Ghostlight Awards – for the people behind the curtain.


It takes hundreds of people to put on one Broadway show.  But only a few dozen are ever seen on a stage. The rest of them are backstage, offstage, in orchestra pits and in dressing rooms.  They are in box offices, in stage management offices and perched up high on fly rails.  And without them, Broadway wouldn’t happen eight times a week.

These are the folks whose names aren’t on marquees or on the title pages of your Playbill.  And there has never been an award celebrating what they do. Until now! 
Ghostlight Awards are like the People Choice Awards of the theater. You can vote for Broadway’s best Stage Door Person, Box Office Treasurer, Usher, Dresser, Company Manager,  and everything in between.

Click here and vote now!     Winners announced May 27th.

Off-Broadway Week

Off-Broadway Week

I know NY’ers usually get excited about Broadway week, when they can finally afford a night out to the Great White Way, but I’ve always found Off-Broadway Week to be far more exciting.

Off-Broadway gets you off your beaten path, into neighborhoods you might not otherwise visit in your regular routine. Love that.  These productions are lower budget, so if you’re a theatre enthusiast, they can be little more gratifying to see, IMHO. Lastly, they’re incredibly affordable at full price, so during Off-Broadway week, when they’re 1/2 off, they’re a steal! You can take in 3-4 and still not break the bank. Nice.
Off-Broadway Week runs February 17- March 2, 2014. Check out the deals here: http://bit.ly/1is5zza
A Christmas Carol @ The Players Theatre in December

A Christmas Carol @ The Players Theatre in December

A Christmas Carol
This holiday season, catch this lively musical adaptation of the classic Dickens tale at the quaint The Players Theatre in Greenwich Village.  
Nominated for Best Musical at the 2010 Innovative Theatre Award – this is a good family show appropriate for all ages (but recommended for ages 5 and up.) Weekend morning productions also have a family workshop. More details are at www.scroogeinthevillage.com.

Dates: December 01 – December 30, 2013
Days & Times:
Thursdays & Fridays at 7p
Saturdays at 11a (family workshop at 10a) and 2p (no workshop prior to the 2p matinee)
Sundays at 11a (family workshop at 10a)
Additional Holiday Shows: 12/27 at 3p & 5:30p (no 7p), 29 at 11a & 2p and 30th at 2p
No show on: Dec 8th
Place: The Players Theatre – 115 MacDougal Street. (between 3rd & Bleecker) in NYC
Subways: One block east of the West 4th Station – A, B, C, D, E, F and M