Hugh Jackman Visits The Winter Garden Theatre, Future Home of THE MUSIC MAN

“When Broadway is ready for us … we will be ready for you!” he writes in the caption.

Hugh Jackman visited the Winter Garden Theatre where the upcoming production of The Music Man will be staged, and posed for a photo, shortly after the announcement was made that the Broadway shutdown will be extended through May 2021.

“When Broadway is ready for us … we will be ready for you!” he writes in the caption.

Check out the photo below!

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, THE MUSIC MAN starring Jackman and Sutton Foster, will now begin previews December 20th, 2021 and an opening night has been set for February 10th, 2022.

The production, directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, will also star Tony Award winner Jayne Houdyshell as Mrs. Shinn, Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays as Mayor Shinn, Tony Award winner Marie Mullen as Mrs. Paroo, and Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley as Marcellus Washburn.

One of the most universally cherished treasures of the American musical theater, THE MUSIC MAN was an instant smash hit when it premiered on Broadway on December 19, 1957. It went on to win five Tony Awards, including the prize for Best Musical, and ran for 1,375 performances. The original cast album held the number one position on the Billboard charts and stayed on the album charts for 245 weeks. The recording won the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Original Cast Album. The Smithsonian Institution ranks THE MUSIC MAN as one of the “great glories of American popular culture.”

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How Two Music Industry Professionals Launched A New Business During A Pandemic

When the pandemic hit the U.S. in March, married couple “Zito” and Christin Zito were trying to figure out next steps. Zito, who spent the past 20 years on the road most recently serving as production manager for Steve Aoki, and Christin, a celebrity hair and makeup stylist, weren’t sure what to do.

On Easter Sunday the couple was planning a cheat meal for their diet and Zito had a sourdough starter already made. While brainstorming what to make with it, they settled on sourdough cinnamon rolls. Having previously baked sourdough bread during Covid-19, the Zitos immediately knew there was something special about the sourdough cinnamon rolls. When Christin posted a photo on Instagram of their cheat meal, the outpouring of comments from people wanting a roll for themselves got them thinking. Soon, the couple began selling cinnamon rolls in their subdivision in Tennessee and the first weekend they sold 63 rolls, the following weekend 83 and by the third weekend they baked and sold over 120 sourdough cinnamon rolls.

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“By the fourth week we had over 200 orders,” Zito tells me. “[I thought] ‘OK, I think we’re onto something here.’ So how can we scale it? How can we grow it? And how can we move it towards a business that can sustain us during this time?”

Logistically minded, his day job as a production manager for the past 21 years had Zito responsible for all aspects of a touring show including hiring the lighting and sound team, video crew and trucking. Zito then took these organizational skills into the kitchen. Zito’s logistics know-how combined with Christin’s expertise with a social media management company she launched during the pandemic had the pair merging their strengths to form Rock N Rollz Nashville.

“It was the perfect marriage. As [the company] grew, it told us what needed to happen for the business,” Christin says. “At the time we were just week by week, trying to figure it out.”

Since the end of May, the Zitos have made 14,300 rolls and now average orders of 1400 rolls a week. Every sourdough cinnamon roll is rolled by hand and hand frosted with salted vanilla buttercream, the very same frosting the couple made for themselves on Easter Sunday.

For every roll purchased, 50 cents goes to MusiCares, a non-profit that helps music industry professionals in times of need. The decision to give back to the music community was made early on in the formation of Rock N Rollz Nashville as the Zitos explain that

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‘Full House’ cast sings about golden retrievers in music video for National Dog Week

Golden retrievers are amazing. Not only are they regularly one of the most popular dogs in America, they can give hugs, fetch Chick-fil-A and offer comfort to firefighters.

So it’s no surprise to us that the folks at “Full House” fully respect the lovable canines!

In honor of National Dog Week, “Full House” creator Jeff Franklin partnered with Petsmart Charities and the show’s stars to release the song “Gotta Love a Golden,” along with a sweet video designed to raise awareness about animal homelessness.

In the video, Franklin’s two goldens, Woody and Lola, are shown frolicking with their owner around the house and backyard. We also get to see cast members John Stamos, Bob Saget, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber and Dave Coulier crooning along (or playing bongos, in Stamos’ case) to the bouncy song, written by Franklin himself. (Franklin is the main singer but the full performance credit goes to the Full Dog-House.)

At the end of the video, Franklin sits with one pooch and gives a shoutout to all the dogs who don’t have loving homes, urging folks to donate at You can buy the song at that link, and all proceeds will go to the charity.


Longtime “Full House” fans know that golden retrievers were critical cast members on both the original series and the “Fuller House” reboot, which ended after five seasons in June.

“As the proud owner of two awesome golden retrievers, I know firsthand how important the consistent comfort and unconditional love that a pet can provide,” Franklin said in a statement. “My lifelong love affair with Goldens inspired me to make them the official Tanner family pets. Comet on ‘Full House’ and Cosmo on ‘Fuller House’ brought their warmth and humor to the set every day and found a home in the hearts of all those that watched.”

Woody and Lola, Jeff Franklin's dogs, are in the spotlight! (Jeff Franklin / YouTube)
Woody and Lola, Jeff Franklin’s dogs, are in the spotlight! (Jeff Franklin / YouTube)

And, he added, “Creating forever homes for our pets continues to be one of my life missions, making this partnership with Petsmart Charities a passion project for me.”

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THE MUSIC MAN Prepares for Broadway’s Return at the Winter Garden Theater

Preview performances of The Music Man are set to begin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, with opening night scheduled for Thursday, May 20.

Broadway just got a little bit brighter! The marquee for The Music Man is now up at the Winter Garden Theatre. Starring two-time Tony Award®, Grammy Award®, and Emmy Award®-winning star Hugh Jackman as Professor Harold Hill, and also starring two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo, preview performances of The Music Man are set to begin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, with Opening Night scheduled for Thursday, May 20. Rehearsals are set to commence on Monday, February 8.

Check out photos below!

The production, directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, will also star Tony Award winner Jayne Houdyshell as Mrs. Shinn, Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays as Mayor Shinn, Tony Award winner Marie Mullen as Mrs. Paroo, and Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley as Marcellus Washburn.

One of the most universally cherished treasures of the American musical theater, The Music Man was an instant smash hit when it premiered on Broadway on December 19, 1957. It went on to win five Tony Awards, including the prize for Best Musical, and ran for 1,375 performances. The original cast album held the number one position on the Billboard charts and stayed on the album charts for 245 weeks. The recording won the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Original Cast Album. The Smithsonian Institution ranks The Music Man as one of the “great glories of American popular culture.”


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Food, music, activities set for Kitchen Kettle Village’s Tailgate Festival this weekend | Food + Living

Kitchen Kettle Village’s 46th annual Tailgate Festival will take place Friday and Saturday at the food and shopping complex in Intercourse.

The two-day event will feature live music, tailgate food and more. Parking and admission for the event are free.

Some of the festivities include pumpkin painting and planting, balloon twisting for kids and a front-line heroes and first responders scarecrow competition, which will feature essential worker-themed scarecrows.

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Tailgate-style food available in the complex’s eateries includes salsas, pickles, burgers, dips and salads.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Kitchen Kettle Village is located at 3529 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse.

For a complete online schedule of both days of the event, go to

For more information, go to, or call 800-732-3538 or 717-768-8261.

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Tom Kerridge’s Drive-in Garden Party at Eridge Park near Tunbridge Wells with live music and food by Michelin-starred chefs

Michelin-starred chefs will be rustling up the snacks at a special, socially-distanced event this weekend, headed by chef Tom Kerridge, with a mix of live music, crafts and mouthwatering treats on the menu.

After being forced to postpone his Pub in the Park to next year, but he’s on a mission to bring some fun, festival feels to the county regardless and has come up with an event for the changing times, his Drive-In Garden Party at Eridge Park, near Tunbridge Wells.

Settling back in style at Tom Kerridge's Drive-In Garden Party Picture: Edd Cope
Settling back in style at Tom Kerridge’s Drive-In Garden Party Picture: Edd Cope

And he’s brought some top chefs with him to keep festival-goers fuelled .

The event will feature Tom’s food, along with Atul Kochhar and Paul Ainsworth, providing Michelin quality food in a safe and socially-distanced format.

The offering consists of a £30 exclusively designed three course chef’s special menu from each chef, and an extra treat too, which need to be booked in advance.

As well as offering smaller individual dishes from £6, with Kerridge’s Bar & Grill serving up salt baked Cornish new potatoes & summer truffle with aged parmesan sauce, Paul Ainsworth’s iconic Cornish pasty from The Mariners and Kochhar’s classic Chicken Tikka Kathi Roll.

Each private garden has been designed for groups to relax and enjoy the festival vibes along with top quality food.

Atul Kochhar
Atul Kochhar

Hampers of drinks can be ordered to be delivered by waiting staff and guests will be able to walk around the perimeter of the main arena, with arrows to follow, to soak up the atmosphere and shop from the Pub in the Park family of brands, including small producers at the Artisan Car Boot Sale.

Atul Kochhar's sides, on the menu for Tom Kerridge's Garden Party Picture: Mike Cooper
Atul Kochhar’s sides, on the menu for Tom Kerridge’s Garden Party Picture: Mike Cooper

The event on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, also includes live music by Keane, Squeeze, Gabrielle and Soul II Soul Sound System.

And if you don’t fancy driving to the drive-in, walk-in tickets for those who want to go by taxi or get dropped off are available. You can get dropped off at the designated meeting area to be guided to a walk-in, socially-distanced private garden.

Chef Paul Ainsworth's food is on the menu
Chef Paul Ainsworth’s food is on the menu

After the announcement of the government’s rule of six , organisers said in a statement: “The covid-compliant event will welcome visitors to their enclosed garden where they will have a safe space to enjoy the event in their bubble. For movement within the venue, guests will have a large amount of space to socially distance, and clear directions to follow which will allow safe distance from other visitors.”

Tom added: “We remain committed to providing great food and drink events throughout these difficult and complicated times.”

The socially-distanced crowds at Tom Kerridge's Drive-In Garden Party
The socially-distanced crowds at Tom Kerridge’s Drive-In Garden Party


Pub in the Park’s Drive In Garden Party at Eridge Park near Tunbridge Wells is on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20.

Tickets prices cost from £47.93. Food and drink need to be ordered

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Free Community Event: LYFE Kitchen Live Music Series in Downtown Evanston

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End August on a high note while enjoying delicious eats and being serenaded by local artists.

Please see below the lineup for LYFE Kitchen’s August music series:

August 21 Carolyn Marcotte: Chicago-based folk artist whose passion for writing songs that reflect both the complete joy and brokenness of our human nature connects with any audience. In addition to her original pieces, Marcotte enjoys adding folky twists to well-known classics (i.e. Michael Jackson, The Beatles) and modern tunes (i.e. Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake).

August 22 Sarah Alysse: Influenced by the wit and lyricism of Ingrid Michaelson and the soulful albums of Alicia Keys, Alysse has created work that stems from her past and creates an alluring sound all her own.

August 28 Petra van Nuis: Jazz singer whose unique and expressive phrasing gives her an instantly identifiable sound that sets her apart from the crowd and provides an intimate view of her emotions.

August 29 Bruce Forbes & Spencer Meyer: This duo brings their fun friendship to the stage each time they perform, providing the audience a unique folk sound and engaging music that keep listeners tapping their feet to the beat of the music.

Guests can enjoy delicious eats such as the Unfried Buffalo Chicken Strips ($6.99) or Roasted Mushroom & Goat Cheese Flatbread ($9.99), while enjoying LYFE Kitchen’s recently launched guilt-free cocktails, all under 200 calories.

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There’s Music in the Kitchen! (The tenth of many to come!)

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, a special treat: The Sound Kitchen’s producing engineer Erwan Rome – who is a Cuban percussion player when he’s not at RFI – shares his music-making with us. Just click on the “Audio” arrow above and enjoy!

Hello everyone! Welcome to The Sound Kitchen weekly podcast, published every Saturday – here on our website, or wherever you get your podcasts. You’ll hear the winner’s names announced and the week’s quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you’ve grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day”, quirky facts and news, interviews, and great music … so be sure and listen every week.

Send me your music requests! I’ll make programs of your favourite music when I can’t be in the kitchen to cook up something new for you … write to me at  [email protected]

To listen to our features from your PC, go to our website and click on the three horizontal bars on the top right, choose Listen to RFI / Podcasts, and you’ve got ‘em ! You can either listen directly or subscribe and receive them directly on your mobile phone.

To listen to our features from your mobile phone, the three horizontal bars are on the top left. Click and choose “Features”.

Teachers, take note! I save postcards and stamps from all over the world to send to you for your students. If you would like stamps and postcards for your students, just write and let me know. The address is [email protected]

RFI Clubs: Be sure to always include Audrey Iattoni ([email protected])  from our Listener Relations department on all your RFI Club correspondence. Remember to copy me ([email protected]) when you write them so that I know what is going on, too. N.B. You do not need to send her your quiz answers! Email overload!

And don’t forget, there is a Facebook page just for you, the RFI English Clubs. It is a closed group, so when you apply to join, be sure you include the name of your RFI Club and your membership number. Everyone can look at it, but only members of the group can post on it. If you haven’t yet asked to join the group, and you are a member of an independent, officially recognised RFI English Club, go to the Facebook link above and fill out the questionnaire!!!!! (if you do not answer the questions, I click “decline”).

There’s a new Facebook page for members of the general RFI Listeners Club. Just click on the link and fill out the questionnaire, and you can connect with your fellow Club members around the world. Be sure you include your RFI Listeners Club membership number (most of them begin with an A, followed by a number) in the questionnaire, or I will have to click “Decline”, which I don’t like to do!

To join the RFI Listeners Club, just write to me at [email protected] and tell me

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Music Wall Decor: Enjoy Music Indoors

Constructing a music room inside the house has become a popular choice for modern home owners. Even if you are not a true musician, you can still enjoy the pleasure of having a place where you can unwind and listen to your favorite music. Though music rooms serve a lot of purpose, one particular reason of building it is to exhibit your passion for good music and a chance to showcase your skills to decorate using various music wall decor.

Before you start your own concept of home accents and music wall decor, you should first determine what kind of music room you need and for what purpose.These sets of questions can help you plan and construct a music room that will answer all your future necessities .

1. Will this be a place where you can simply listen to music or will you be playing instruments and practicing with a band?

2. Do you need the room to be sound proof?

3. How frequent will you be using the room? Daily, weekly or sometimes?

4. How much space do you need for the instruments if there will be any?

5. What kind of music wall decor and home accents will best suit your needs?

Music Room Design Ideas

When decorating a music room, the first thing you should consider is how to make the wall and ceiling look more interesting and appealing to everyone. One way to accomplish this is by using music note art and jazz wall art.

Music Note Art

These home accents are among the unique types of ornaments that can truly complement any media room. Music note art can easily harmonize with other decors with its original black and metallic tones. They are also fully customizable so you are free to choose a color scheme for your room. Music note art features fine quality black wire for the staff and notes, and the 26 "music note wall art adds fun with red notes plus clef and some note lines in brass tones.

Jazz Wall Art

If you like the idea of ​​decorating your media room with classic music such as jazz, then jazz wall art will be the perfect addition. Jazz wall art features a saxophone or trumpet. I highly recommend that you use rich metallic colors to accentuate the sax and trumpet for perfect jazz wall art or anyone who loves those versatile instruments.

If you need more ideas and concepts for your media room, you will find hundreds of others in the internet. You can also try consulting professional interior designers if you want to invest more for your music room. Have fun!

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Irresistible Home Decor For Music Lovers

Music lovers are reputed as innovative people around the world. There are certain music lovers who are adorers to such an extent that they dedicate their entire lives to either creating some form of music or the other or for that matter draw music into every aspect of their lives. In recent times we have come across certain innovations that can be termed as apt adaptations of the above mentioned theory. One such example is that of home décor ideas inspired by music. This is not only contemporary, but also a very happening innovation when it comes to the subject of internal home decorating ideas.

1. Snare drum shelves: Shelves are a very important and useful part of our room décor. If you are a person who likes innovation in your room apart from being a person inspired by musical instruments, you can try this awesome innovation as this would definitely provide you with a sense of beats.

2. Cassette coffee table: This room décor idea would not only provide you with a feel of love for the retro music but will also make you nostalgic for certain. No one among us can deny the fat that cassettes and tape recorders were important part and parcel of our childhood. Thus, this is a décor worth trying out, whether music lover or not.

3. Trumpet lamp: The sound of the trumpet creates an enthralling aura for the listeners. But have you ever heard of the lights of the trumpet creating a romantic atmosphere? This unbelievable is possible with this creative and one of the most striking home decor ideas currently in place.

4. Recycled piano bookshelf: The space inside a piano can be used in a lot of constructive ways. There are a lot of unplayable pianos up for grabs which can be purchased for use and in the most unorthodox of ways. One such option is to use it as a bookshelf. Thus, the ear soothing instrument is not only utilized in a proper manner but also looks quite an eyeful for the beholder.

5. Drum lamp: If percussions form an essential part of your dream, make sure that you see one of those instruments quite regularly while you are relaxing back home. The drum lamp is an effective way to decorate your room apart from enhancing the beautification of your favorite room in house.

These decorative elements form only a minor part of what is in store for people who are primarily lovers of music and also are quite remarkable in planning newer and ever changing creative home décor ideas which prove to be fruitful not only in meeting the thirst of the person for possession of an unique room but also quite effectively speaks out to the entire world about the sensibility of music which the person possesses. Along with all the stylizing aspect, the prospect that music provides you with also ensures that there is a theme to these awesome home decorating ideas that music is probably …

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