When You Have Music in Your Heart - The Sky is the Limit!

November 22nd, 2019

Sky Walters and his wife, Helene, met on a production of Guys & Dolls over 20 years ago. He has since created a thriving music business in Orlando that makes money ... sure ... but make people who need it the most - happy. 

Nice, huh? 

The battles he and his family endured during this time and how they have ALWAYS conquered are a message we all need to hear around now. 


Listen. Learn. Laugh. And follow him on Facebook. 

Last Broadcast of 2019 but reruns now playing on https://www.facebook.com/groups/InThePassionPit/


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Sue Matsuki: 33@DTM

November 7th, 2019



Featuring: Gregory Toroian, Tom Hubbard (bass) and Ron Tierno (drums)

Don’t Tell Mama - 343 West 46th Street (Between 8th & 9th)

Reservations: 212-757-0788 (Call after 4:00 pm) or on-line at:


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A PASSIONPIT-STOP: Michael Hagins on choreographing Shakespeare

November 6th, 2019

Michael Hagins is one of the more prolific names in indie theater. Playwright, director, actor, producer, and especially fight choreographer. The mark of quality, entertainment, and authenticity is to see his name in a program as the one teaching how to take a punch or wield a sword. He just finished a rousing outdoor showing of Two Gentlemen of Verona as part of Shakespeare Sports' summer season. Max Berry of Showtones called the show "smooth" and "lively."

Well, I guess, thanks to Michael, no one got stabbed or slammed into a tree. 


Carrie Edel Isaacman's theatrical troupe earns its name this fall by trotting from park to park with TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA. Shakespeare Sports offers FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK through October 27, telling the story of Julia - in love with Proteus - disguising herself as a young man and follows Proteus to the Duke of Milan's court. There, Proteus and his friend, Valentine meet the Duke's daughter, Silvia, and instantly they BOTH fall for her. Let the games begin!

The free outside showings will be at Athens Square Park in Queens; Dongan Park and Billings Lawn (both in Fort Tryon Park); Summit Rock Park in Manhattan's Central Park alongside the original Shakespeare in the Park. Production edited to 90 minutes.

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A Passion-Pit-Stop: Dana Block and “Monkey Man” this Saturday

October 30th, 2019

Dana Lee Block opens-up about her brother, Marc, in MONKEY MAN, a one-person show
Saturday, November 2 @ 7:30 p.m., as part of the 10th annual UNITED SOLO THEATRE FESTIVAL on Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, New York City. Tickets: https://www.telecharge.com/Off-Broadway/United-Solo-Theatre-Festival-2019/Overview

"Monkey Man" comes from a little stuffed monkey my brother carried around until the damn thing disintegrated." ... says playwright and performer, Dana Block. Growing up, Marc was a gut-splittin', hell-raisin' comedian of a kid. But when Marc turned 18, schizophrenia took his mind and he went on the run. Literally.

Marc hitchhiked across America, calling himself a Highway Man: "I tell my stories to drivers, keep 'em awake at night." This show is constructed from the brilliant, stream-of-consciousness rants and graphic cartoons Marc made in a diary as he jumped from ride to ride, sleeping on the side of the road, begging for food. He attempted to stay in reality but his mental illness led him further and further down a rabbit hole. "He tried to reason his way out," Dana says, "finding tunnels, underpasses, crosscuts, but none of it led him back to home."

Dana Block takes the stage to offer a rare insight into the mind of mental illness. "This subject is still so stigmatized and full of shame," Block says. "People come to me after the show and open up. It touches so many peoples' hidden-away griefs."

Dana recently toured this production to her hometown of St. Joseph, Missouri, where the reception was large and enthusiastic. Dana has been touring the production in Milwaukee, Chicago and other cities, with the culmination of this leg of the journey at Theatre Row in New York.

DANA BLOCK worked as an actor with Richard Foreman's Indie film, "Once Every Day" (winner, New York Times Critics Pick 2013). She is a proud member of New York Women in Film and TV. Last year, she performed her new play, "Queen Kong," Off Broadway. She has written, produced, and performed four other one-woman shows, receiving a BroadwayWorld award for the role of Silda in a regional production of "Other Desert Cities."

UNITED SOLO THEATRE FESTIVAL is an annual international festival for solo performances held in New York City. Through a variety of one-person shows, the Festival explores and celebrates the uniqueness of the individual. Its audiences see one-person performances from all over the world, experience foreign cultures and traditions, and learn the perspectives of people from various walks of life.

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Special Halloween double-feature: MARCUS SLABINE & JEREMIAH KIPP

October 28th, 2019

Born and raised in Stoughton Massachusetts, MARCUS SLABINE has always had a passion for film and making movies. He watched movies nonstop growing up of all kinds which would eventually lead him to creating the now defunct website, KICK ASS HORROR REVIEWS.

After moving and graduating from New York Film Academy, Marcus started working in the film industry full time working on films and TV shows such as THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN 2, PREMIUM RUSH and TV shows such as GOSSIP GIRL, MYSTERIES AT THE M– USEUM and indie films like DISAPPEARANCE OF ELENOR RIGBY, and ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN. He has since gone on to solely direct, write and produce.

Marcus has since directed 16 Short films with his most recent being JANICE AND THE GOLDEN FLEECE which won Audience choice award, THE AUDIT starring William McNamara and is currently hired to shoot a feature film NICK AND NICKY which stars Sean Young. Marcus is currently prepping to begin production on a new horror film called THE LAST CALL which he wrote and will direct starring DAY OF THE DEAD’s Terry Alexander.


JEREMIAH KIPP credits include THE SADIST starring Tom Savini, THE POD starring Larry Fessenden, CONTACT (commissioned by Sinister Six annual screening series), BAGGAGE starring Rob Dimension, THE DAYS GOD SLEPT, CRESTFALLEN, THE CHRISTMAS PARTY (Cannes and Clermont-Ferrand), EASY PREY (commissioned by NYC's annual VisionFest), DROOL (commissioned by Mandragoras Art Space), SNAPSHOT and THE APARTMENT (commissioned by Canon to premiere their XL2 at DV Expo 2004).

Producing credits include the feature films SATAN HATES YOU (created by Glass Eye Pix, starring Angus Scrimm, Michael Berryman and Reggie Bannister), GOD'S LAND, LET'S PLAY, IN MONTAUK, THE JONESTOWN DEFENSE and THE BED-THING (directed by Pulitzer Prize-nominated Matt Zoller Seitz).

Assistant director credits include I SELL THE DEAD starring Dominic Monaghan, SOMEWHERE TONIGHT starring John Turturro, ONE NIGHT starring Melissa Leo, and the Sundance Award-winning MAN (dir: Myna Joseph). 

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Chris Williams looks under the HOOD!

October 28th, 2019

Chris Williams tells us all about his new web series - TALES FROM THE VILLE. 


 "Tales From Da Ville." A horror anthology web series. Synopsis: A Count of Brooklyn tells scary stories to three young women. In each scary story it surrounds race and racism.

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It’s ALIVE! … onstage … with Articulate Theatre Company

October 28th, 2019

after a wildly successful reading, Articulate Theatre Company's production of Doctor Frankenstein gears up for a limited run in November. Articulate is thrilled to have George Allison's new play DOCTOR FRANKENSTEIN inaugurate their residency at the historic West End Theatre. 

A commanding cast charged with mastering the macabre and dramatic elements of George Allison’s engrossing version of the Shelley novel but taken from a different side of Dr. Victor Frankenstein, has been assembled to breathe life into the work opening at ATC’s new home, the West End Theatre, 263 W 86th Street, NYC, running November 8 – 23. In this version taking place after-the-fact, Dr. Victor Frankenstein asks "What if Mary Shelley got it wrong... on purpose?"

The cast features Tammy McNeill*, Steve Humphreys*, Loren Bidner*, J. Dolan Byrnes*, Chris Robertson, and Brianna Kalisch* and John Blaylock* as Dr. Victor Frankenstein

Production company: Producer - Articulate Theatre Company; Director - Cat Parker; Playwright/Set Design - George Allison; Managing Director - Brittney Venable; Co-Producer - Tekla Gaughan; Co-Producer - Judith Manocherian LLC; Lighting Designer - Dennis Parichy; Sound Designer - Morry Campbell; Video Designer - Eric Siegel; Costume Designer - Jim Buff; Stage Manager - Sabrina Morabito; Props Manager - Diana Sadova; Costume Manager - Anna Rumberg; Fight Choreographer - Michael Hagins

Articulate joins Prospect Theater Company, The Bang Group, and Hunger & Thirst as one of the resident companies of West End Theatre's "Consortium," located on the second floor of the historic Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew (263 W 86th St, New York City). "We are very excited to have a home base from which to continue our work and to have the chance to share energy with the other wonderful companies that call this space home," said Brittney Venable, Articulate's managing director. "The stunning architecture is a perfect location for our next production, Doctor Frankenstein, by George Allison."

Cat Parker, Articulate's founding artistic director, was recently made a part of the new leadership of New York Innovative Theatre Foundation. She joins Ariel Estrada, Producing Artistic Director of Leviathan Lab Projects; Jazmyn Arroyo, Co-Founding Artistic Director of Step 1 Theatre Project; and Akia Squiteri, Artistic Director of Rising Sun Performance Company as Directors of the organization. "It is a terrific honor," said Parker, "I look forward to working with my new partners to support the Indie theatre community by continuing to provide a setting that recognizes the amazing work that we all do, and by advocating for the artistic and social needs of all our artists" she concluded.

Articulate Theatre Company is an ensemble driven company who thrive on being storytellers. Our simple mantra is 'good stories, told well.' Guided by the three definitions of articulate, -clarity, structure and connectivity- we are committed to challenging and connecting audiences and artist with clearly structured work that is intelligent, thought-provoking and visually striking. Storytelling is the heart of theatre. And the stories we like to tell involve myth, magic and the mundane: Mythical creatures bringing new perspective to our mundane lives, or typical people doing epic things. Gods, faeries, artists, plumbers, teachers, heroes, villains, accountants, florists - when these elements combine, we see our reality in a new way. Learn more and get tickets at http://bit.ly/ArticulateDF

The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation was created to bring recognition to the great work being done in New York City's Off-Off-Broadway, to honor its artistic heritage, and to provide a meeting ground for this extensive community. The organization advocates for Off-Off-Broadway and recognizes the unique and essential role it plays in contributing to American and global culture. We believe that publicly recognizing excellence in Off-Off-Broadway will expand audience awareness and appreciation of the full New York theatre experience.

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October 23rd, 2019

Performance artist, Mary Elizabeth Micari, continues her acclaimed journey of self-discovery filled with great humor and memorable music. This time she tackles her [first] marriage, her exploration into spirituality, and the 90s so the show is peppered with tunes from that emotional period - both popular and rare tunes. This time, she's joins forces with MAC Award winner, Tracy Stark, to create a breath-taking night of music and memories. Utilizing unique instrumentation, the event will feature classical harpist, Richard Spendio, and rock drummer, John Dinello, playing an array of international instrumentation. This is Mary's second appearance at the famed East Village club after a performance of the latest installment of her rousing retro show, Granny's Blu-Mers.

The Lady in Black 2: Between the Sun and the Moon, premieres at Pangea, the trendy cabaret club at 178 2nd Ave in NYC on Saturday October 26, 2019 at 9:30 PM.

Micari, a specialist in Jazz & Blues, has appeared at Pangea, Don't Tell MamaThe Duplex, Pianos, Freddy's, Otto's, and even The Augusta Music Festival Blues Week in West Virginia. She also creates her own healing music (including original compositions) using traditional instruments like harp, drums, bowls and tuning forks as well as her voice. Mary began her career in a band doing Jefferson Starship before moving into the classical realm and becoming a trained opera singer, performing at some of NYCs most respected opera companies, before venturing into Blues and Jazz. She currently serves as artistic director of Genesis Repertory, a non-profit arts & education organization designed to create opportunities for emerging artists and make quality theatre accessible to new audiences. For a long time, her day job was doing makeup and hair in live theater and film. Her credentials in that arena include a dozen Broadway shows, independent films, as well as events at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Roundabout Theater. Mary is also a healer and an ordained Minister utilizing Reiki, Herbalism, Homeopathy, Acupressure, Sound Healing and more. The Magic Apothecary is her line of magickly-infused products for health and healing.

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October 23rd, 2019

No need for a spotlight when Mary Setrakian Lets the Sun Shine!

Mary Setrakian: Let The Sun Shine will be at The TRIAD THEATER, 158 W. 72nd St (between Broadway & Columbus; theater upstairs) for ONE-NIGHT-ONLY; Friday, October 25. Doors open 6:30PM / Show 7:00PM. Tickets: TriadNYC.com

After a joyous engagement at THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE in her one-woman show, musical luminary, Mary Setrakian, returns to the opulent Triad Theatre on the Upper West Side with her rousing musical event, LET THE SUN SHINE! Mary effortlessly jumps from Puccini to Punk, musically, while sharing her adventures her international career has given her. Broadway might be the main course but we are also treated to Italy Australia and everything in between. She also relates fun tales of her Armenian heritage.

Mary is a familiar face thanks to her appearance in Hello, Dolly! (starring Carol Channing) as well as national and international appearances in Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Hello, Dolly and Evita, to name a few. She was also featured at Carnegie Hall in Jubilee directed by Herbert Ross. Mary was recognized with Best Actress in a Musical awards for her roles as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Trina in Falsettos, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and her critically acclaimed one-woman show, A New York Romance at which the LA Times exclaimed "Chanteuse Setrakian is dazzling!"

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Tuning In with Classic TV’s High Priest: HERBIE J. PILATO

October 18th, 2019


Herbie J Pilato is a TV host, writer, producer, performer, and entertainment executive who has worked on several television shows including Bravo’s hit five-part series, The 100 Greatest TV Characters, Bewitched: The E! True Hollywood Story (the seventh-highest rated True Hollywood Story in E!’s history), A&E’s Biography of Lee Majors, TLC’s Behind the Fame specials on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Hill Street Blues, and L.A. Law, among others.  Herbie J has also served as a consulting producer and on-screen cultural commentator on various classic TV DVD documentaries for Sony, NBCUniversal, and Warner Bros., including The Six Million Dollar Man boxed set, Kung Fu, and CHiPs.

Herbie J’s long list of top-selling, critically-acclaimed pop-culture/media tie-in books include Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Story, Dashing, Daring and Debonair: TV’s Top Male Icons from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, Glamour Gidgets and the Girl Next Door, The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery: A Guide To Her Magical Performances, Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery, Bewitched Forever, The Bewitched Book, The Bionic Book, Life Story: The Book of Life Goes On, The Kung Fu Book of Wisdom, The Kung Fu Book of Caine, and NBC & ME: My Life as a Page in a Book, personally-signed copies of each book may be ordered by visiting Herbie J's Shop

Herbie J began his career as an NBC Page in 1984 (where he worked The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson), after which he became an actor and appeared on TV shows like Highway to Heaven, The Golden Girls, General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful, in addition to various film and live stage productions (some of which he has also directed, such as Leonard Malfi’s Birdbath).

In 2010, Herbie J founded the Classic TV Preservation Society (CTVPS), a formal 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the positive social influence of classic television programming; a core function of which is the Classic TV & Self-Esteem Seminars that are brought to schools, colleges, business, community, and senior centers.  Seniors, in particular, respond enthusiastically to the seminars, which many times include six-week programs that allow participants to explore their true life experiences in theatrical productions. 

Herbie J, born in Rochester, New York, and today living in Los Angeles, was inspired to ignite the CTVPS due to the positive family values presented on classic TV shows, the inspiration he received from Bewitched star Elizabeth Montgomery (who he befriended, and who was active in charitable organizations), and because of his dedication as primary caregiver to his parents in their later years (which see Herbie J's Family Blog).  


Herbie J is also Creative Director for Television, Ink. (a family oriented TV and film production company), serves as an Editor Emeritus for Larry Brody's heralded www.TVWriter.com, writes about classic television for the Television Academy's distinguished www.Emmys.com, and is a classic TV consultant for Closer Weekly Magazine., among other media outlets.


Most excitably, Herbie J is the Host and Executive Producer (with Joel Eisenberg and Steve Hillard, co-creators of The Chronicles of Ara), and producer Lorie Girsh Eisenberg of Then Again with Herbie J Pilato, a new classic TV talk show now streaming on Amazon Prime and Shout Factory TV.   Please feel free to watch and review the show by visiting the following link provided here: Then Again with Herbie J Pilato

For more news and information, please log on to Herbie J's Main Blog.

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