Five Guys Named Moe: a funny music filled show that will have you smiling

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The Westchester Broadway Theatre is currently producing the musical “Five Guys Named Moe” a musical revue inspired by the jazz blues pioneer Louis Jordan.  The show is lively, upbeat and had the audience on their feet on opening night.   The show was produced originally in the UK and later on Broadway where it was nominated for two Tony awards.

The production features 25 songs many of which were written by Louis Jordan.  His blues and jazz style would influence other blues artists and early rock and roll artists such as Chuck Berry.   The story is about a man No Max who is down on his luck, has lost his girlfriend and has turned to hitting the bottle pretty hard.   He is listening to music on his radio when seemingly spring from the airwaves themselves are five performers.  The five men, Eat Moe, No Moe, Four Eyed Moe, Big Moe and Little Moe spring out on stage to sing the first of the evenings songs, “Early in the Morning”.  Though the story is a bit thin, its purpose is to tie together the musical numbers.  Along the way the Five Guys help  No Max out of his situation and make him a better man.

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The fast moving Act One features some excellent numbers such as “I Like ‘Em Fat Like That”,  “Safe, Sane and Single” and the fun calypso inspired song “Push Ka Pi Shi Pie” which encourages the audience to actively participate in the singing.  A lyric sheet is given to each audience member so they can sing along.

Act Two wastes no time getting the audience back into the groove with one great song after the other.  Memorable songs such as “Let the Good Times Roll”,  “Caledonia” and “Don’t Let The Sun Catch you Crying” really moved the audience.  The cast was excellent with Quentin Avery Brown as Eat Moe, Tyler Johnson-Campion as No Moe, Napoleon M. Douglas as No Max, Douglas Lyons as Four Eyed Moe, Tony Perry as Big Moe and Isaiah Reynolds as Little Moe.    The cast is backed by an on stage live band of John Daniels (music director/piano), Steve Bleifuss (trombone), Jim Briggs (clarinet, sax), Dave Dunaway (upright bass), Jay Mack (drums) and Brian Uhl (Trumpet).  Having a live band on stage really brought out the authenticity of this great music and complemented the casts vocals.

Directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford, the show runs through March 1, 2020.

for tickets and information:  https://www.broadwaytheatre.com/

Westchester Broadway Theatre

One Broadway Plaza Elmsford New York

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Captain Crab: welcome aboard for a Cajun crabboil and fun tropical drinks

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An eatery with tropical drinks, cool nautical decor and Cajun style seafood is right up my culinary alley.   Captain Crab has recently opened on Central Avenue in Hartsdale and is a fun place to gather with friends and enjoy an old fashioned Cajun crawfish boil.

The decor of Captain Crab is pure fun and escape with fish nets hanging everywhere, a mural of tropical fish in one room (dubbed the fish tank), sharks hanging from the ceiling and so much more.  The interior design transports you to some fun dockside restaurant.

 

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The “crawfish boil” is a fun event where Cajuns boil crawfish, potatoes, onions and corn in large pots. Lemons and small muslin bags containing a mixture of bay leaves, mustard seeds, cayenne pepper, and other spices, commonly known as “crab boil” are added to the water for seasoning.   At Captain Crab you then poor the bag of your boil and sauce into a round flat metal bowl.  Patrons are given a plastic bib, plastic gloves and plenty of napkins so they can dive into the tasty concoction.

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Cajun Shrimp Boil in a mild sauce and served with corn and potato

At Captain Crab you can choose the ingredients of your boil from crab, crawfish, mussles, crab legs, lobster shrimp or clams.  Then pick your sauce (or no sauce at all) pick a level of spiciness, and then add your sides.   The ingredients are all cooked, placed in bag with the sauce,  shaken table side by the server and you then can pour it into your flat metal bowl.  Then you dig in!  It is quite the dining experience.

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Cajun boil with crab legs and mussles

If do not choose the boil, you can opt for appetizers from crab cakes to fried calamari to fried cheese sticks.  There are several salads, and two gumbos.   Po Boy sandwiches are popular at Captain Crab with shrimp, catfish, oyster, crab, and chicken offered.  Lobster rolls are also  on the menu.   There are oysters on the menu both raw and chargrilled and we enjoyed half a dozen of the raw Blue Point oysters that were fresh with just the right  hint of brine.

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Blue Point oysters

Captain Crab also delivers with a full bar and a slate of fun and colorful tropical drinks.  We enjoyed in a few glasses of these sweet colorful cocktails served in a hurricane glass and were instantly transported to a fun seaside location.

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Captain Crab is a unique dining experience, so grab your friends and your appetite and come aboard!

Captain Crab

145 South Central Avenue Hartsdale New York

tel.  914.368.8818 

web   https://captaincrabny.com/

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Smorgasbord: a hilarious ode to food now at the Ridgefield Theater Barn

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A hysterical new musical Smorgasbord is now on stage at the Ridgefield Theater Barn.   The play billed as “A Musical Menu” is the creation of Bradford Blake, a very talented and funny lyricist.  His holiday themed “Wreck The Halls” was a big hit at the Theater Barn in the past.  This musical revue has  food as its subject matter and Blake (who also directs the play), takes the audience on a wild comical ride through the world of food.

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Anya Caravella, Robert Geils, Tracey Marble and Zachary Theis serving up comedy and music

 

The stage of the theater features three talented musicians under the direction of Charles Smith.  They are dressed as chefs and set the tone for the evening.  The very talented and humorous cast of Anya Caravella, Tracey Marble, Robert Geils and Zachary Theis are tasked with leading the audience through a menu of 19 intricate original songs.   The vocals are quite good, and the comical acting of the cast had the opening night audience laughing the entire evening.  The cast is very talented and the vocals of Anya Caravella were quite impressive.  The direction by Mr. Blake was excellent as the timing of the comedy is spot on.

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Act One which was called “First Course” is composed of 10 different songs taking the audience on a tour of different foods.  Some of the standout numbers were “Chez McDonald’s”,  “De Fruit Song” and “Pigoletto” a hilarious look at Italian cuisine.   Eating alone is never fun and “The Frozen Turkey TV Dinner Blues” is a witty look at the subject.

The “Second Course” is just as creative and comical.  The audience responded to “Taco”, “Tomorrow’s the First Day” (an amusing look at dieting), “Sukiyaki Sue” and one  of our favorites “At Lebebschmittel’s Deli”, a  very funny tune about a Jewish deli. The evening concludes with an ode to ice cream in “One Scoop”.  The song draws inspiration and from the classic 1970s musical, “A Chorus Line”.

Opening night for Smorgasbord was filled with laughter at the Theater Barn.  This is a unique venue which you must experience.  Doors open one hour prior to the performance and guests sit at tables and are encouraged to bring their own food to enjoy prior to the show.   The lobby also features a snack bar that also features wine and beer.  Support local theater and enjoy a great evening of laughter.

This very witty and amusing show runs through February 29th.    This is a show is just the recipe to shake off the winter blues with non stop comedy.

Ridgefield Theater Barn

37 Halpin Lane
Ridgefield CT 06877

tel .203.431.9850

web  https://ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org/

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Madonia: a fresh take on classic Mediterranean dishes

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We recently dined at a local restaurant for the first time.  Madonia is located just over the  Westchester border on Long Ridge Road in Stamford.  Three staff members  are the new owners and are carrying on the tradition of good food and service.  The menu is Mediterranean with dishes from Italy, France and Spain.

The space is divided into distinct areas with the cozy bar with tavern tables, the main dining room with a soft color palette and hardwood floors, a small private wine cellar room with a wall of glass and yet another room that is perfect for parties.

As part of a media event we were able to sample some dishes from the new menu.   Appetizers are numerous with many seafood selections available.  We enjoyed the excellent Gnocchi with  shaved asparagus, peas, mint-zucchini pesto. A hardy dish which infuses new flavors in the classic Italian dish.

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The Golden Baked Mushroom was a unique item and delicious as well. It is filled with broccoli, potato and pecorino.   The classic Eggplant Rolantini has been updated and featured two cheeses, both ricotta and prosciutto, and served in a rosé sauce.  Appetizers run $12-$21.

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Golden Baked Mushrooms

There are four salads on the menu for the healthy minded or the vegetarian in your dining party. We sampled the Field Green salad which featured sweet tones as it was prepared with cranberries, candied pecans, thinly slicedpears, and tossed in an apple balsamic vinaigrette.  Salads are $12-$14.

Main dishes include a wide variety of pasta dishes with something for everyone. Also included in the Mains are  beef, seafood and chicken selections.  We sampled the New York Strip drizzled with jalapeño oil.  Our favorite  was the delicious Alaskan Salmon, sliced in pieces and served in a honey-herb verjus,  and a medley of butternut squash mashed potatoes and mixed veggies.  A delicious and healthy dish.   Mains run $25-$28 and pasta dishes start at $21.

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Alaskan Salmon

What impressed us most at Madonia is the wide selection of dishes on the menu and an emphasis of infusing classic dishes from the Mediterranean with flavors.

Madonia

1297 Long Ridge Road Stamford Ct

tel. 203.322.8870

web  https://www.madoniarestaurant.com/

 

 

Taste of Fairfield Winter Fest: great way to chase away the Winter blues

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Looking for something to do this coming weekend?  There will be no football on Sunday and if you are looking for something different then The Taste Of Fairfield-Winter Fest may be the perfect way to take care of the winter blues. The event is on Sunday January 26th from 1 pm to 4p.m.

Taste of Fairfield-Winter Fest  is a great event that brings together in one place restaurants, wineries, distillers, craft brewers and markets.  Samples of their products will be available to taste for all attendees.   I attended the fall Taste of Fairfield event a few months back and had a great time.

The focus of this event will be on comfort food, party food and other great food and beverages you might serve at your own party.   The Fest is indoors at the beautiful Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield Ct.  This is a great party space and in addition to the food there will be live music bowling, stand-up comedy and even roving entertainment. A special VIP ticket can be purchased to have early access to the event and to the Lenox Jewelers VIP lounge from noon to 1 PM. VIP ticket holders may enter the $500 Lenox Jewelers prize giveaway.

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In addition to fine and comfort cuisine, craft cocktails, wine, craft beer, and sweets, there will be fun for the whole family in the four-lane bowling alley and with the comedians from Fairfield Comedy Club who will perform at 1:30 PM. AR Workshop sponsors an interactive kids’ craft area with a terrific take-home craft.  Sounds like a great afternoon!

Tickets:  $50 in advance.  $100 for VIP tickets which includes open bar and access to the private lounge. Parking is free!  Two dozen restaurants and business will be serving tastes and sips of there wares.  The event benefits the local efforts of charity partner Operation Hope of Fairfield.

Taste of Fairfield -Winter Fest is a production of Town Vibe, the publisher of great local magazines in Fairfield, Westchester, and Litchfield Counties.

for tickets and info

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-of-fairfield-winterfest-2020-tickets-77923847325

 

Taste Of Fairfield-Winter Fest

Brooklawn Country Club

500 Algonquin Road Fairfield Ct.

 

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Dylan Lauren sweetens the Bedford Playhouse with her book and sweets!

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On January 20th, 2020 the Bedford Playhouse hosted Dylan Lauren, entrepreneur and CEO of Dylan’s Candy Bar.    Dylan  is a Westchester resident and is the daughter of famed designer, Ralph Lauren.  When she was 6 years of age, Dylan dreamed of opening her own candy store as she was inspired by the film “Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory”.  In 2001 Dylan’s dream was realized when she opened “Dylan’s Candy Bar” in New York City.   Dylan’s Candy Bar offers the largest selection of candies and candy related gift items from around the world and has become a destination for both residents and tourists.

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Dylan also has written a book about her experiences in “Unwrap Your Sweet Life”.  In her appearance at the playhouse attendees filled the main theater to greet Dylan.  She was interviewed by moderator and filmmaker Dyllan McGee and discussed her life, her business and book.   Audience members were able to participate in a Q & A session after the discussion.

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The event continued with  a meet and greet with the Dylan Lauren and attendees were given an autographed copy of her book.   The fun continued in the cafe where a mini version of Dylan’s Candy Bar was set up and attendees were able to sample some sweet treats.  What a great event!

This event is just one of the many fun events at the Playhouse.   The Bedford Playhouse is more than just a cinema, it provides a vibrant cultural and social space for members of the community.  Stayed tuned to I On The Valley for more events coming to the Bedford Playhouse.  You can also check out their website (link below), or better yet become a playhouse member.  See you at the movies!

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So wonderful to meet Dylan Lauren at such a great venue

 

The Bedford Playhouse

633 Old Post Rd, Bedford, NY 10506

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Lend Me A Tenor: the Tony award winning comedy will have you laughing all night

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A hilarious mad cap comedy is now on stage at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. Lend Me A Tenor is a departure from the main stage musicals that have made the WBT famous.   Lend me a Tenor was first produced on the  West End (London) in 1986  and on Broadway  in 1989.  The play was nominated for nine Tony awards, and won two.    It also was nominated for six Drama Desk awards and won four.  Now this comedy is on stage until January 24th.  It is truly in the style of modern British comedy with exaggerated acting, physical comedy, over the top characters and a clever set that is a vital part of the story.

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Buckle your seat belts as you may just fall out of your seat from laughing too hard!   The play is set in a hotel suite in Cleveland Ohio in 1934.  An internationally famous opera tenor, Tito Merelli is coming to Cleveland to perform the famous role of Pagliacci the clown.   His anticipated arrival is a huge event for the local theater which is betting their season on this perfomance.  Merelli is quite the ladies man and when he arrives we discover that the women in the play are all trying to seduce him.   Act One soon gets turned on his head as Merelli mixes too many sleeping pills and wine.  The theater manager  fearing that his star is dead asks his assistant Max to don the make up and costume of Pagliacci and assume his role that very evening on stage.

The stage is an integral part of the comedy.  The stage is one large hotel suite with a partial wall that divides the bedroom from the sitting area.  The audience can see all the action in both rooms but the characters cannot.   There are also 5 doors that exit the room, two to closets, one to the bathroom and two to the corridor.  These doors are part of this very over the top physical comedy as the actors race in and out of the doors.   Act Two turns the whole story on its head.  Is Merelli the tenor really dead?  Or just in a deep sleep.  Is there room for two operatic  clowns in this comedy?  You will have to see to find out.

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Starring: Joey Sorge as Tito, J.D. Daw as Max, Molly McCaskill as Maggie, Hannah Jane McMurray as Diana, Sam Seferian as the Bellhop, Tregoney Shepherd as Julia and Kathy Voytko as Maria

Excellent direction by Harry Bouvy, Set Design by Steve Loftus, Lighting by Andrew Gmoser, Sound by Mark Zuckerman, Costumes by Keith Nielsen, Wigs by Gerard Kelly, Victor Lukas is the PSM, Duane McDevitt is the ASM/male standby. Lisa Tiso is the Producer.

The play runs through January 26th 2020 and is a must see.    WBT is running a special for this production that you can access by calling the theater.  Buy a ticket and WBT  will  treat you to their delicious 3-course served dinner with a selection of entrees for FREE!

Enjoy the show, with dinner, for the regular show-only price of $57
Valid for performances on Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings and Sunday Matinees.

Call the Box Office at 914-592-2222  and ask for the DINNER DEAL!

WESTCHESTER BROADWAY THEATER

One Broadway Plaza Elmsford NY

https://www.broadwaytheatre.com

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OKO: Japanese inspired cuisine from award winning Chef Brian Lewis opening in Rye

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Celebrated chef and Westchester native, Brian Lewis is opening a new restaurant in Rye.  OKO , featuring Japanese inspired cuisine and Nigiri sushi , is set to open in  at 29 Purchase Street in Rye on  Wednesday December 18, 2019.  The opening of OKO is a welcome addition to the vibrant Rye dining scene.

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Chef Lewis has two other restaurants, The Cottage and OKO, both located in Westport. His restaurants in Westport have received the coveted “Excellent” rating from the New York Times. Lewis was also honored in 2018 as a semi-finalist for the James Beard Awards’ Best Chef: Northeast in 2018.  He first received national recognition as the opening Executive Chef of actor Richard Gere’s The Bedford Post Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property that featured two destination restaurants, The Barn and The Farmhouse.

 

Named in honor of okonomiyaki, or “OKO,” is  a savory pancake filled with seasonally-inspired ingredients.  Lewis first introduced this Japanese inspired dish to the menu at The Cottage several years back.

 

We were excited to attend a media only event to experience the new venue and its exciting menu.  The food  at OKO includes several styles of Japanese-influenced cuisine, including Sushi Nigiri, Sashimi and Temaki (hand rolls), as well as vegetable tempura, seasonally inspired salads and vegetable dishes, okonomiyaki, homemade tofu, hand-cut soba, Bento Boxes and meat dishes from the tepinyaki grill.  A traditional Omakase menu will also be available at the Chef’s Table, offering a spontaneous, multi-course menu of the chef’s choosing, as well as a “Chef’s Selection” offering of Nigiri Sushi, Sashimi or Chirashi Sashimi.   We can report the food presentation at the event was delightful and tasted delicious.

OKO has a full bar with Sake available by bottle and tap, American, Euro and Japanese beer, as well as matcha and wine.  Interesting and innovative cocktails are available and we sampled the flavorful Ginger Ninja.

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The restaurant accepts reservations via OpenTable.com, or by contacting the restaurant at 914-481-8660.

For more information

www.okokitchen.com.

OKO
29 Purchase Street Rye New York

 

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The Marvelous Wonderettes: the off Broadway hit now at the Ridgefield Theater Barn

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The fun musical comedy “The Marvelous  Wonderettes” is now on stage at the Ridgefield Theater Barn.  The musical which was written and created by Roger Bean first opened off Broadway in 2008 and was revived in 2016 and has been produced in cities all over the U.S. and in Canada.   The  show uses  well known pop songs from the 1950s and 1960s as a way to tell its story.  The songs are recognizable pop hits from that era to which the audience can easily relate.

Act One takes place in 1958 where we meet our cast, Cindy Lou, Missy,Betty Jean and Suzy.  At the last moment they are called upon to perform at their senior prom as a replacement. The girls save the day and entertain their classmates in four-part harmony.  The songs are fun, light and instantly recognizable as the girls deliver their own versions of “Mr. Sandman”, “Lollipop”, “Sugartime”, “Dream Lover” “Stupid Cupid” and many more.   The play becomes interactive as the audience themselves is asked to pick the prom queen and ballots are collected from audience members.  Costume design by Brenda D. Renfroe really capture clothing style of the period.

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Act Two is 10 years later in 1968 and the world of the Marvelous Wonderettes has changed.  They are back at their high school for their reunion.  Though the girls are back on stage we find their relationship to each other has changed over the years.  Again the cast entertains the reunion with a list of 1960s classic hits including “Heatwave”, “It’s In His Kiss”, “Son of a Preacher Man”, “Leader of the Pack” and more.  The songs are woven into the story and help tell the tale.

The show is fun and light hearted and entertained the audience without a slow moment. The talented cast includes  Rena Gavigan (Missy), Sarah Giggar (Cindy Lou), Lauren Nicole Sherwood (Suzy), and Tarah Margaret Vega (Betty Jean).  Music is live and provided by a band on stage including Benjamin McCormack (musical director), Nathan Huvard, Sabrina Mason, Jordan Tulley, and Kyle Camerato.    The production is directed by Foster Evans Reese who starred in “Fences” at the Barn back in 2018.

The production runs through January 4, 2020.  The Barn is an intimate small setting and the audience sits at tables.  Doors open at  6 and attendees can bring their own food and drink to enjoy prior to showtime.  A small bar is also open in the theater lobby.

for tickets and information:

https://ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org/

Ridgefield Theater Barn

37 Halpin Lane
Ridgefield CT 06877

For information, call 203.431.9850

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SopranosCon: a convention for fans of the hit HBO show The Sopranos, November 23-24th

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Though the ground breaking HBO series “The Sopranos” aired its final season years ago, the show still has thousands of loyal fans.   On Saturday November 23rd and November 24th the Meadowlands Convention Center will be host to  Sopranos Con, a convention for all things Sopranos.  The two day convention is billed as an event “By the fans, for the fans”.

The two day event is filled will give loyal fans of the series a full taste of their favorite show.   Over 40 members of the cast will be in attendance at the event including Dominic Chianese (Uncle Junior), Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts),  Vincent Pastore (Sal “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero),  Tony Darrow (Larry Boy Barese) and so many more.

There will be autograph sessions with cast members, trivia contest,  screenings, vendor tables, stand up comedians, cannoli eating contest, tours of sites used in the filming and so much more.   There will also be an additional VIP experience– Red Carpet  in the Meadowlands Expo Lobby, a special VIP Cocktail Hour Meet and Greet, Large Cast Q & A hosted by Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz (Authors of Sopranos Sessions) as well as performances by Dominic Chianese (Uncle Junior) with Danny Bacher, and Alabama 3.  As well there is a special  VIP After Party at  Satin Dolls aka The Original Bada Bing! (requires additional ticket  or packages)

This is looking to be the ultimate Sopranos fan event.  Do not miss it.

For Tickets and information https://www.sopranoscon.com/