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Affordable Tickets

Hello Friends!

As our granddaughters finish up the last of their finals, we have been pondering what fun things to do with them this summer.  Of course, we’d love to take them to as many plays/musicals as we can, however, as we’ve mentioned in previous articles—the ticket prices have skyrocketed!

Just the other day, we were looking at tickets for us, our daughter, and granddaughters and the total price was $680!

For that price, the five of us can go to seven movies—including the outrageously priced popcorn and drinks!  It baffles us to think about how crazy these ticket prices have gotten.

In an effort to keep theatre available to everyone, we have been searching for ways to purchase less expensive tickets and wanted to share with you some websites that we found.

Of course, there is always TKTS, if you’re willing to stand in the line.  But there are more.  Did you know that most shows offer rush and lottery tickets?  New York Show Tickets  updates the daily schedule and pricing of these tickets (just click on their name to see the daily schedule).  This seem to be the least expensive way to see any of the Broadway shows.  However, there is no certainty that you will see the show you want on the night you are wanting—so you need patience and flexibility for this option.

We think the best option for you is to find discount codes for the shows that you want to see.  Although don’t tell everyone you’re seeing Hamilton just yet—not all the shows offer these discount codes.  New York Show Tickets has the most up-to-date list.  Click here.  

If you want to purchase tickets with this discount plan, you will need a membership which is $4 for a 30-day period.  Learn more by clicking here.

We’d love to hear from you about your favorite places to get discounted tickets!

Happy Summer!
Philip & Marilyn Langner

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New Additions To Our Home Office!

Dear Friends,

We recently rescued three of the cutest kittens and they are just fantastic!  They are so full of energy and curiosity that it is sometimes hard to focus on work.  And they absolutely love spending time in our work baskets!

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Juliet and Troll “inspecting” the mail

They are such a delight and make everyone so happy that the occasional pause to ohhh and ahhh over any (or all) of the kittens is well worth it.

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Undine fiercely guards the To-Do Box!

Although we would be remiss to mention there is one “person” not happy with our new additions to the family:  our darling cat, Dorothy Parker.  Mostly she just glares at the little whippersnappers with the aloof distain that tends to earn cats their stand-offish demeanor!

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Oi! These kittens wear me out…I need a nap!

Life in a home office!  Isn’t it grand?!?

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn with Dorothy Parker, Juliet, Undine, and Troll

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The Beach is Calling!

Dear Friends,

It’s that fabulous time of year when summer winds down and we have only a short bit of time before the school year and theatre season starts.  So we do what we always do:  pack our bags and our granddaughters and head down to the beach!

It’s a little spot not too far away, however, it feels like it is a world away from the hustle and bustle of New York City.  We use the time to do a lot of reading, listening to waves, and spending time with the family.

Of course not to leave you without, we will be reposting some of our earlier stuff in case you missed it the first time around.

Until we return—we hope you enjoy these last few weeks of summer!

PL and MC

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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Remembrances

Dear Friends,

We’d like to wish you a Happy Memorial Day!

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picture from HomeTownDailyNews.com

Having served during WWII, this day is poignant.  Marilyn and I are very thankful for all the soldiers who have served and fought to protect our freedoms.  While we haven’t always agreed with the politics of war, we have always supported our troops.  Today, we remember them.

Best regards,

Philip (US Navy)

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Dear Friends,

We just wanted to take a quick moment to wish all of our dear Theatre Guild members who are mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

We thank you for being with us!

We also wanted to share with you a darling picture of our beloved Dorothy Parker, who really embodies the spirit of what we like to call “Home Office”!

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Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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A Musical Goodbye

This past Sunday, we attended a memorial service for the world renowned jazz pianist, Ray Kennedy, who died May 28th after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. For us, Ray was more than just a phenomenal jazz pianist—he was our son-in-law.

No one really likes memorial services, however, I must admit this tribute to Ray was quite simply amazing.

I think that it truly embodied who Ray was in life—uplifting and positive—and focused on the two things that Ray loved most in this world: music and family. Everyone who spoke reminded us of the gentle, funny, and caring man who loved our daughter and granddaughters so deeply. The speakers’ narratives were filled with funny stories, sweet memories, and bittersweet tears. We were especially moved by John Pizzarelli’s talk about Ray. Ray had been John’s pianist in the Pizzarelli Trio for 13 years. John read letters he had gathered from people who wrote to John about how much they loved Ray and his music, such as comedian Billy Crystal, author Mitch Albom, Bob Ryan of The Boston Globe, radio host/columnist Doug McIntyre and more.

In additional to the speeches, there was music as well. The John Pizzarelli Trio and The Russ Kassoff Group played and sang songs that were special to Ray. Our granddaughters each got up to play tributes to their father: Lauren on the flute and Brielle on the piano. They played beautifully and I know that Ray would have been exceptionally proud and beaming at their performances.

The most amazing part of the day was the transformation that we felt as the service progressed. We arrived feeling such a profound sense of loss at the tragedy of Ray’s life cut so short by MS, but we left feeling at peace, knowing Ray would have loved the tribute—nearly as much as we all love him.

Good bye, dear Ray. While you may be gone, you will never be forgotten. Your spirit lives not only in the beautiful music you created, but in our lovely granddaughters who have inherited your love of music.

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Bucky Pizzarelli & The Kennedy Brothers

We thought we’d share this wonderful YouTube video of Bucky Pizzarelli with Ray and his brother Tom.

Enjoy!

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Ray Kennedy (1957-2015)

We are writing you today about our beloved son-in-law and great jazz musician, Ray Kennedy, who died on Thursday May 28, 2015.

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Ray was a not just a world renowned jazz pianist—he was a husband, father, and friend to many. The New York Times described Ray as “…an extraordinary pianist… [whose style] suggests a toned down fusion of Oscar Peterson and Erroll Garner, with a dash of George Shearing,” while the London Jazz review Boz described Ray as “a pianist with a rare and electrifying talent.” His work as pianist/arranger with The John Pizzarelli Trio for over a decade led to Ray being internationally recognized as a leading exponent of the “swing jazz” piano style established by such jazz legends as Teddy Wilson and Nat Cole. Ray was introduced to music at an early age by his father, who took him to hear acclaimed jazz musicians on a regular basis. One such outing led to the then 14-year-old pianist meeting and ‘sitting in’ with the great Dizzy Gillespie.

Ray performed and/or recorded with many of the top names in jazz, including Nat Adderley, Ruby Braff, Buddy DeFranco, Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, David Sanborn, Woody Shaw, and Sonny Stitt. He recorded more than one hundred albums, not only in the field of jazz but in various other musical genres. Ray lived in New York City where he was active as a pianist, composer, and arranger, working with performers as diverse as Christina Aguilera and Maureen McGovern, for whom he also served as musical director.

His compositions have been featured on numerous recordings including the soundtracks of two motion pictures. He composed and performed the music for the off Broadway show Bill W. and Dr. Bob, which opened at the New World Stages in March of 2007. Ray was a featured guest artist on Marian McPartland’s NPR program Piano Jazz and contributed commentary on the music of Harry Warren on NPR’s Fresh Air program. He appeared with many major orchestras throughout the country, including The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops, and made numerous television appearances on The Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien, and Late Nite with David Letterman.

Ray has recorded 12 CDs with his trio, with several dedicated to the composers of the great popular standards including The Ray Kennedy Trio Plays The Music Of Cole Porter and The Ray Kennedy Trio Plays The Music Of Arthur Schwartz. Another CD entitled Mozart in Jazz was recorded for and released in Japan and went to #1 on the jazz chart. It also received a Gold Disc award for artistic excellence from the country’s leading jazz magazine, Swing Journal. Ray has performed in concerts and jazz festivals in twenty-one different countries throughout the world. His career tragically cut short by a rare and extremely debilitating form of Multiple Sclerosis.

Ray was a wonderful man and an amazing musician—he brought joy to so many lives and the world feels a lot emptier without him here.

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