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bullet18th Season for The Symphony of Westchester Opens 11/8 with All-Beethoven Program (New Rochelle)
bulletNEW!! Aquila Theatre’s YouStories and New York University Present: War Stories – A Day of Veterans Arts Events in New York City (NYC) (11/11)
bulletNEW!! Grammy-winning Composer Maria Schneider & Her Orchestra in 10th Annual Thanksgiving Week Performances at The Jazz Standard (NYC) (11/25-30)


NEW!! SARATOGA SPRINGS: 11/9 & 10 - AUDITIONS FOR THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA (ABRIDGED) @ Home Made Theater. February/March 2015 production. General auditions will be held from 6:30-8pm. No appointments are necessary. Those auditioning are asked to bring a current photo. For information about audition details and character descriptions visit, or call the HMT office at (518) 587-4427


ALBANY: 2/28/15 - Fred Hersch Trio @ College of St. Rose -

BEACON: Joanna Mosca EP Release party on 11/7. She will be performing all of my latest songs along with some older favorites. Besides myself, the very talented Peter Calo will be appearing. The show will begin at 8:30 pm at the TOWNE CRIER CAFE (379 Main St. - 845-855-1300 - ). All ticket sales will be donated to the non-profit organization Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which was created to provide trained guide and service dogs to visually impaired men and women, as well as families with children with autism. It would be wonderful if you could come out and show your support for such an amazing cause! See  for more detail

BETHEL: ONGOING PERFORMANCES @ Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts -

BRONX: 11/7-22 - Evita @ City Island theatre Group - (718) 885-3066;

ELMSFORD: 9/25-11/30 - South Pacific; 12/4-28 - Holiday Show @ Westchester Broadway Theatre, One Broadway Plaza - (914) 592-2222;

NEW!! LONG ISLAND CITY: VARIATIONS THEATRE GROUP PRESENTS 5th ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL - 11/6-23. As part of its commitment to the discovery of fresh voices in the American Theatre, Variations Theatre Group, Inc. (VTG) is proud to present the 5th annual Harvest Festival, the 3rd incarnation since they began calling the Chain Theatre home. This year’s selections are three full-length pieces being presented in rotation. They include Vengeance Room and The Renaissance Dueling Play by Michael Hagins, SKA Days by Chelsea Sanz, and Ocht Bufalo Presents: Breakfast in Cold Blood, an Evening with Truman Capote by Griffin Hennelly. This year also features full productions of the two shows that participated in the Minor Variations Playwriting Lab, Biolife by Cecilia Copeland and Reading Under the Influence by Tony Glazer. MVP is designed to take previously produced plays and offer further developmental support. Cecilia is the Founding Artistic Director of New York Madness and also was named Indie Theater Now's “Person of the Year”.She is a Kilroy nomonee and a member of The League of Professional Theatre Women. Tony is a Managing Partner and founding member of Choice Films & Choice Theatricals. His first feature film, Junction has won seventeen awards for excellence on the festival circuit. (Including best director, picture, screenplay and multiple actor awards) is currently having a U.S. theatrical release and has been nominated for a PRISM AWARD. The final day of the festival will culminate with a special book signing with Adrienne Onofri for her book, Walking Queens: 30 Tours for Discovering the Diverse Communities, Historic Places, and Natural Treasures of New York City's Largest Borough, in which the Chain Theatre is mentioned as a highlight. The signing will be on 11/23 at 6pm. The performance schedule for the Harvest Festival is available at  Tickets are $15, available online or by calling 866-811-4111. The Chain Theatre is located at 21-28 45th Road in Long Island City, just ten minutes from Times Square via the 7, E and M trains to Court Square Station.

NYC: 11/4-12/14 - Major Barbara; 12/7 - Joy to the Pearl: Holiday Radio Plays & Music; 2/10-3/15/15 - The Winter's Tale; 5/5-6/7 - Don Juan @ Pearl Theatre - (212) 598-9802;

NEW ROCHELLE: 11/8, 12/14, 2/8 & 5/2 - Symphony of Westchester @ Iona College -

NEW ROCHELLE: Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons will be the featured piece when violinist Nurit Pacht and The Symphony of Westchester present an All-Baroque program on 12/14 at 3pm at Iona College’s Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. A snow-date of 12/13 at 3pm. has been set.;  (914) 654-4926

NYC: 11/4-12/14 - Major Barbara; 2/10-3/15 _ The Winter's Tale @ Pearl Theatre Company, 555 W. 42nd St. - (212) 563-9261;

NYC: 10/28-29 - La Gringa; 10/30 - Cronica de Una Muerte Anunciada; 10/31 - Dona Flor y Sus Dos Maridos; 11/7-13 - Su Nombre sear su sombra para siempre @ Repertorio Espanol, 138 East 27th St. -

NYC: Blessed Unrest proudly presents the World Premiere of LYING, adapted by Matt Opatrny from the metaphorical memoir by Lauren Slater, directed and choreographed by Jessica Burr. LYING runs from 10/9-11/3 in a limited engagement at The Interart Theatre, located at 500 West 52 St. Tickets are $18, available online at or by calling 646-238-0829. Tickets are $14 in advance for groups of 4 or more. The show includes sexual content.

NYC: 10/31 - The 2014 Zombie Prom @ Personal Space Theatrics - 

NEW!! NYC: Eric Michael Gillett brings to life the Wit and Wisdom of Noel Coward in his new show at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE, 407 W. 42nd St. - 212-695-6909; ), 11/3 at 7pm. Musical Director is Rick Jensen with Matt Scharfglass on bass and Jonathan Kantor on reeds. The epitome of wit and sophistication, Sir Noel Coward's storied career spanned more than half a century. In Man About Town, award-winning cabaret artist Eric Michael Gillett focuses on the music and lyrics of the man known as the Master. After acclaimed evenings dedicated to Harold Arlen, Stephen Sondheim, Craig Carnelia, Lorenz Hart, and his revue in development, The Amanda McBroom Project, Man About Town allows Eric Michael to focus an entire evening on the wit and wisdom of one of the twentieth century's most admired and brilliant artists. From "What's Going to Happen to the Tots," "Don't Put Your Daughter on the Stage, Mrs. Worthington" and "Uncle Harry" to "Come the Wild, Wild Weather" and "London Pride," Man About Town explores the Noel Coward musical legacy in all of its considerable glory. Eric Michael Gillett is known as a director, an actor, a singer, and a teacher. He is the recipient of both the MAC Award for Outstanding Direction and the Dick Gallagher Award, bestowed by the Mabel Mercer Foundation, for his unique contributions to the art of cabaret. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NEW!! NYC: Clark Warren brings his critically acclaimed Jazz Standards With a Twist to DON'T TELL MAMA, 343 W. 46th St. 212-757-0788;  on 11/5 & 24, both shows at 7pm. Clark knows he is a lucky so & so and this inventive, tuneful, upbeat show reflects that gratefulness. His business card simply reads "Voice" since working that instrument has always been his only business. From major TV voice overs to his hosting three syndicated music programs, to appearing at New York's Birdland and seventeen years of Manhattan cabaret, Clark has shared a lifetime of entertaining on stage, on radio, TV and in nightclubs with appreciative reviews and fans. Clark Warren is known as a singer, actor, voice-over artist, magician, entertainer. Highlights include: his continuing role as Don Curtis on NBC's "From These Roots"; Emmy award winning episode "Carol" in Ben Gazara's "Run for Your Life"; Clint Eastwood's "Coogan's Bluff" with Clint and Lee J. Cobb; four shows a night at Hollywood's Magic Castle where his oil portrait and caricature hang; news/music host on stations WDXN, WCBN and WMTR; 8 seasons of repertory stock; sole corporate TV spokesman for Thomas' English Muffins (6 years), Woolite (7 years), Ford Motor Company (2 years) and more, core member "Singers Forum OutReach" (16 years), and 17 years of NYC cabaret. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NEW!! NYC: Donna Hayes returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 W. 22nd St. - 212-206-0440; - on 11/7 at 7pm with her newest show Ordinary Miracles directed by Gretchen Reinhagen with musical direction by Justin Stoney. Added to the mix for this show are Tom Hubbard on bass and Donna Kelly on drums. Donna shares her stories through songs ranging from brand new R&B, classic rock, show tunes, oldies to reggae - by artists and songwriters such as Carole King, John Legend, Stephanie Mills, Bob Marley, Coldplay, Tracy Chapman, Kander & Ebb, Phillip Phillips, and more. These are Donna's personal accounts, and the songs that remind her that the world around us is not so ordinary after all. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NEW!! NYC: Singer/songwriter Ruth Carlin reprises her acclaimed show A Light in the Window - Songs of Judy Collins at DON'T TELL MAMA, 343 W. 46th St. - 212-757-0788; - 11/8 at 3pm. Musical director is Paul Greenwood, with Dick Sarpola on bass and John Redsecker on drums. There is an $18 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NEW!! NYC: Susan Hodgdon returns to DON'T TELL MAMA, 343 W. 46th St. - 212-757-0788; - with 2 final performances of her I Could Go on Singing: The Songs of Judy Garland on 11/8 at 4pm & 1/15/15 at 7pm.

NYC: Jackie Draper returns to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE, 407 W. 42nd St. - 212-695-6909 - and 11/9 at 4pm with her new show 'Designing Woman'. Musical director is Gregory Toroian with direction by Kimberly Vaughn with Ritt Henn on bass and Robbyn Tongue on woodwinds. Special Guest is Frank Ayala. There is an $18 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum

NEW!! NYC: 11/11 - The Aquila Theatre Company’s YouStories and New York University’s Center for Ancient Studies are excited to announce War Stories -A Day of Veteran Arts Events taking place at the Metropolitan Museum and New York University’s Hemmerdinger Hall on Veteran’s Day, 2014. All events are free and open to the public.

NEW!! NYC: Manhattan Association of Cabarets ( ) will present the 3rd Annual MAC presents THEY WRITE THE SONGS on 11/16 at 4pm at ENGELMAN RECITAL HALL AT THE BARUCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (Lexington Avenue at 25th St.). This annual show presents the work of selected songwriters, highlighting both those who are well-established, and those who are on the rise and creating great new work. The songwriters selected to present their songs at this year's show are Amanda Green, Georgia Stitt, Rick Jensen, Ritt Henn, Drew Fornarola, Joshua Cohen, and Tracy Stark. The host for the evening will be Grammy award winning songwriter Julie Gold. Tracy Stark will be the musical director. Performers scheduled to appear include Elena Shaddow, Caitlin Kinnunen, Jessica Vosk, Marissa Mulder, Julie Reyburn Eric Yves Garcia, Justin Ritchie, Mary Foster Conklin, Stearns Matthews, Jamie Salzano, and more. In addition, MAC will announce this year's recipients of the two annual songwriting awards presented by MAC each year: the Dottie Burman award, and the John Wallowitch award. Songs written by these recipients will also be performed at the show. The event will culminate with an interview of songwriter Amanda Green conducted by host Julie Gold, and a performance of several of her songs. Amanda Green is the lyricist of several recent Broadway shows including High Fidelity, Hands on a Hardbody, and Bring It On. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show. Order before November 1st with the code EARLYBIRD for $15 tickets.

NEW!! NYC: Baby Jane Dexter's new show Rules of the Road (Part 3) debuts at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM, 34 W. 22nd St. - 212-206-0440; - 11/21-12/27. All shows at 7pm. Sharing the stage will be her longtime Musical Director Ross Patterson. Rules of the Road (Part 3) is the latest emotionally empowering and highly-charged show from this influential and beloved cabaret artist who never disappoints. Her shows are filled with memorable anecdotes, through song, from life and a brilliant performing career. Her totally unforgettable song choices have helped make her the local legend she remains today. This new 2014 show will include compelling songs by Rogers & Hammerstein, Cy Coleman & Peggy Lee and Peter Allen & Carol Bayer Sager, as well as songs by Leslie Bricusse, Billy Roy, Leiber & Stoller, Mike Scott, Randy Newman and John Bucchino. As always in her shows, there will be her trademark unexpected twists and turns that laugh at life as well as leaving her audiences emotionally moved. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NEW!! NYC: Grammy-winning composer Maria Schneider & her Orchestra perform 11/25–30 @ The Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th St. Sets nightly at 7:30 and 10 p.m. with an 11:45 p.m. set on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $35. Call 212-576-2232 or visit

NEW!! NYC: Bob Diamond returns to DON'T TELL MAMA, 343 W. 46th St. - 212-757-0788; - to present 2 encore performances of his show As Time Goes By: My Memories of the Movies on 12/7 at 5pm & 12/10 at 7pm. Musical Direction is by Tracy Stark with direction by Gretchen Reinhagen. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum

NEW!! NYC: THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - ) will attempt to achieve a Guinness World Record by presenting a 3-day, 60 hour, marathon Variety Show running from January 1st (New Year's Day) at 7pm through January 4th at 7am. The marathon, which is eligible to become a Guinness World Records record-holder for longest variety show ever, will feature up to 100 Metropolitan Room artists, from its most prominent stars to its most promising emerging talents. On two nights of the event, Friday & Saturday, January 2nd & 3rd, Marilyn Maye will perform a full hour show at 7pm. (Separate ticket purchase necessary). A complete line-up of the participating artists - anticipated to number 100 - will be announced on December 1st on the club's website. Day passes cost $25 per person, or $60 for a three-day pass. The club offers a complimentary beverage with each ticket purchased. There are no other food/drink minimums except for the Marilyn May shows.

NYC: 3/6/15 - Fred Hersch Trio @ Flushing Town Hall -

NYC: 4/25-5/31/15 - Last of the Knotts; 4/27-5/18 - Jamaica Farewell @ SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street -

QUEENS: 11/1-2 Valerie Green/Dance Entropy; 11/7-16 - The Cottage; 12/11-21 - A Christmas Carol @ Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S, Flushing Meadows Corona Park - (718) 760-0064;

RHINEBECK: 10/24-11/9 - Peter Pan; 11/14-23 - The Sunshine Boys; 11/29 - Mysterious Deceptions; 11/3 - Naughty Sweeties: A 1920s Cabaret; 12/5-21 - It's a Wonderful Life; 12/27-28 - David Temple: Sambas in a Season of Joy @ The Center for the Arts at Rhinebeck - (845) 876-3080;

SALEM: 11/8 (8pm) - The famed NY State Singing Anchors return to The CABARET AT FORT SALEM THEATER, 11 East Broadway - 518-854-9200;

SARATOGA SPRINGS: 12/12-21 - The Jungle Book; 2/13-3/1 - The Complete History of America (Abridged); 4/17-5/3 - The Man Who Came to Dinner @ Home Made Theater, Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Spa State Park - (518) 587-4427;

NEW!! SYRACUSE: 11/1 - Ghouls, Ghosts & Goblins (Dan Butterworth Marionettes); 11/8 - Robin Hood (Brad Shur/Puppet Showplace Theater) @ Open Hand Theater, Castle on N. Salina St. -

NEW!! SYRACUSE: 12/5-20 - Amahl and the Night Visitors @ Open Hand Theater, First English Lutheran Church, 501 James St. -


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