Theatre and Food and a Special Offer!

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What a week of wonderful theatrical and food events I just experienced!

Theatre and Food and a Special Offer!

Beginning with this past Monday, when I attended (and was the announcer for) the constantly growing Jimmy Awards (The National High School Musical Theatre Awards), celebrating extraordinary high school talent annually, culminating with performances and awards at the Minskoff Theatre. Now in its eleventh year, the Jimmy’s have provided scholarships, exposure to casting directors and producers, and a once-in-a lifetime experience in New York to hundreds of students across the country.

This year, Best Actor went to Ethan Kelso of Utah and best actress to Ekele Ukegbu of Long Island, New York. Both young performers received standing ovations from the sold-out crowd, as their solo performances were truly outstanding. The Jimmy Awards brings the theatre community together and mentors young performers in a very profound way.

You can hear my interview with Jimmy Awards producer Rachel Reiner on this Saturday morning’s “Bagels and Broadway” radio show on WNYM-AM from 9-10. (Following the broadcast, the show is available on podcast.)
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Then I was off to the Summer Fancy Food Show at the Javits Center. If you are interested in food and culture, walking around the enormous center is quite a fantastical journey…not to mention great exercise due to the sheer amount of space you cover! There are items to sample every few feet, people to speak to, and companies to learn about.

Theatre and Food and a Special Offer!

Since I am the host of a food and theatre radio show, this event was obviously right up my alley.  I speak about this marvelous event also on my radio show this Saturday.

Now, a special offer for you, from the  producers of the delicious Broadway show, Waitress.

Theatre and Food and a Special Offer!

In celebration of the 4th of July, Waitress is providing a complimentary red, white,and blue WAITRESS INDEPENDENCE DAY PIE for every full or premium priced ticket purchased for four performances next week when the code “WTPIE1” is used at the point of purchase. Cute as Cake, the show’s official pie maker, will create the yummy-looking Strawberry, Whipped Cream, and Blueberry confections, available in Waitress mason jars, at the following performances:
MONDAY EVE 7/1 @ 7pm
FRIDAY EVE 7/5 @ 8pm
SATURDAY EVE 7/6 @ 8pm
(This offer does not apply to previously purchased tickets).

A sweet deal for sure!

Wishing you a happy, fun, food and theatre-filled Independence Day and weekend to you and yours!


  • Valerie Smaldone

    Valerie Smaldone is a 5-time Billboard Magazine Award winner and is well known for her unprecedented success holding the #1 on-air position in the New York radio market on 106.7 Life-FM, an iHeart station. She has hosted, produced, and created several award-winning nationally syndicated programs featuring in-depth interviews with stars like Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Elton John and Mariah Carey among others. Her radio talk show "Bagels and Broadway" highlighted theatre and food personalities. She is an accomplished interviewer and voice artist heard on commercials, narrations, promos and audiobooks, as well as a sought after live announcer. Most recently, Valerie produced and directed a film, The Thursday Night Club, featuring pop diva Gloria Gaynor in her movie acting debut. She is one of the creators and producers of a docu-series, Divine Renovation, starring Erik Estrada, on streaming networks soon.

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