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Dr. Sue Sings Funny Witch Song Positive Educational Entertainment

Dr Sue Sings Funny Witch Song Positive Educational Entertainment

Dr. Sue Sings her Funny, Original Song “Accessory to Crime” from her Fun, Family Musical “SssWitch!”

Enjoy Funny Song-Video “Accessory to Crime” by Dr. Sue
from her Original Musical”SssWitch” – www.SssWitch.net .

Dr. Sue, Writer-Performer-Professor, presents a multi-media, entertaining, educational experience! Her original song “Accessory to Crime” from her musical “SssWitch” combines witty, rhyming lyrics and a catchy, sing-along tune.

Dr. Sue speaks to the audience as a funny, flirtatious Witch sharing delightful, magical secrets. Then she sings the witch’s song “Accessory to Crime” in which the witch confesses that she resents the special privileges of Disney-type princesses and turns to a life of naughty crime. This comic confessional-complaint is classic musical theater. The jealous villain is a twist on Shakespearean villains like jealous Iago in “Othello.”

Dr. Sue speaks and sings with humor and clear diction – so important, especially for those for whom English is a second language.

The Witch appears in her fantasy world – a virtual background with a green sky, twisted black branches and a hint of spiders and pumpkins! The virtual background and costume elements (like Dr. Sue’s little witch-like hat) add visual interest and are perfect for online entertainment and learning.

Dr. Sue’s introduction and ending remarks establish Dr. Sue as an Entertaining, Host-Educator for a series of progams or stand alone short videos. The videos may be used as prompts for discusssion and writing, and programs may include other guest speakers, artists, and educators.

Enjoy Dr. Sue’s Song-Video “Accessory to Crime”!

Here’s the “Accessory to Crime” lyric from Dr. Sue”s original musical: “SssWitch”

"Accessory To Crime"
Oh princesses have fame, like that girly - what's her name?
The one with the big pumpkins and the shoes
Without slippers made of glass, it's hard to show my class
So I'm...an Accessory to Crime! 

Oh Beauty had a Beast, a castle and a feast
They call her Belle, but me - they just abuse
They say that I've got zits and very smelly pits
I'm...an Accessory to Crime!

Why do I act like I'm a rat and talk of gloom and doom? 
Why am I cruel to my own cat and ride a big vacuum? 
The devil makes me wear this hat, my outfit makes me itch
I can't impress you with my dress 
So I confess that my success is acting like a witch!

Oh princesses have feet that are tiny and smell sweet
But sister all my blisters tend to ooze
My feet they are humungous, and covered with green fungus!
If I had just one glass slipper, I just might unzip my zipper
For a prince - or a big tipper!
Till that day revenge feels so sublime
I'm...an accessory an accessory...Here's to Crime!

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Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.
Entertaining Motivational Speaker-Author-Educator-Singer/Songwriter.

Book: “Queens of Comedy”
(Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!)
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Musical: “SssWitch” www.ssswitch.net

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Dr. Sue Reel Romance Positive Entertainment

Dr. Sue Reel Romance Positive Entertainment

 

Dr. Sue Reel Romance Positive Entertainment

Dr. Sue Reel Romance Positive Entertainment

Reel Romance™: we’re a show, and we’re a brand! Just like waistlines, we expand!…   “Reel Romance™ with a Twist!”  Romantic Comedy by Susan Horowitz “Dr. Sue” (Writer/Performer/Producer/Co-Director) Co-Star/Co-Director: Gorman Ruggiero; Production Assistant: Kellyrose Marry

 

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Duke Theatre 229 W. 42nd Street (Broadway) NYC    “Susan’s an inspiring, natural force on stage!  Reel Romance is a fun, interesting depiction of love.” Andrew Monohan, Theatre Writer/Composer “Wonderful performance! Our family loved it!” President Sherry Su -Xu, Anwil Scholar Inc. Tutoring Center, International “Your joy and spirit were infectious! How neat to satirize both Titanic and Gone With the Wind. I enjoyed how you worked in Bette Midler’s “The Rose”. – Howard Gross, HOLLYWOOD MENSA “Your Act was AMAZING!!! I really enjoyed it!” – Alicia Nebblett-Roberts BMCC Alum, Registered Nurse “Reel Romance is funny!” Beth Newbery, Artistic Director InfusionArts “Your acting was great – body language was excellent!” – Professor Elliot Fink “Reel Romance was a “reel” fun experience with a definite twist! You and your co-actor seemed so natural together.  And you on your own are quite charming.” Delores Morales, Actor-Singer “Reel Romance is very, very entertaining!” Jane Berman,  Manager, New York State Government   The Reel Romance™  brand stands for fun, friendship, and love – at any age and stage!  Like a pitcher needs a catcha, like a batter needs a ball Reel Romance is comin’ atcha, here’s a list – and that ain’t all!   Reel Romance™ & Real Talk with Dr. Sue (Radio/TV) Reel Romance™ Fashion, Mixology (Cocktails & Mock-Tails), Songs, and Licensing  Reel Romance™ Events with Entertainment!  Reel Romance™ is a production of Empowering Entertainment™  by Dr. Sue

 

Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!) www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367

Musical: “SssWitch”: www.ssswitch.net

 www.YouTube.com/drsuecomedian https://www.youtube.com/feed/my_videos  

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Dr. Sue Romantic Comedy “Titanic-Panic” Positive Entertainment

  titanic-gorman-sueManhattan Repertory Theatre presents “TITANIC-PANIC: Move Over Baby!” A Romantic Comedy by Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz Co-Starring: Susan Horowitz and Gorman John Ruggiero Audience Comments:  “Your show was very impressive! You are terrific! I see it as a television series” (Pat McGuinn, Agent/Producer) “Absolutely engrossing! It felt like a real relationship – so natural I forgot they were acting.” (Andreas Quioga, Filmmaker) “Wonderful! This has such promise! I can see them really falling in love and the audience going nuts! You were adorable!”  (Bobbie Horowitz, Producer/Writer NYC/London) “It was so touching…I cried.” (Carolina Parker, Student BMCC/CUNY) “My main influences are Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, and Goldie Hawn.  I interviewed Ball and Burnett for my book Queens of Comedy. Lucy told me the secret of the success of I Love Lucy is the audience loved the comedy and the Lucy-Ricky romance; Carol played comedy spoofs of romantic movies; and I’ve often been told I remind people of Goldie Hawn.” – Susan Horowitz (Award-Winning Writer/Performer) short-play-project-series-1-posterManhattan Repertory Theatre Presents: “TITANIC-PANIC: Move Over Baby!” 17-19 West 45th Street Suite 301 NYC 10036  (left of Turkish restaurant, Push Code #109, then lower button with bell icon) Reserve: http://manhattanrep.com/short-play-project-dec-2016/ Price: $20 – for a full evening of entertainment in the center of Manhattan!

Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!) www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367 Musical: “SssWitch”: www.ssswitch.net  www.YouTube.com/drsuecomedian https://www.youtube.com/feed/my_videos  
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Dr. Sue New York New Works Theatre Festival Positive Entertainment

NYNW Director Gene Frisch & Dr. Sue

NYNW Director
Gene Frisch & Dr. Sue

What’s so special about New York New Works Theatre Festival? First: there’s the fun, party-like atmosphere in the theatre lobby/bar.  You can single/mingle, find friends, or even meet real industry heavy weights, like Tony-Award winning Broadway producers, directors, writers, designers, etc.  (Here’s a tip – if the show starts at 7pm, show up at 6:30 and check out the crowd. Order a drink, which you can bring into the theatre – you’ll support the venue – which keeps your ticket price low.) Second: there’s diversity. Each night offers a buffet of entertainment possibilities – five/six twenty minute excerpts from different shows. Festival selections include hilarious comedy, political cabaret (with parody songs), heart-wrenching drama, musical theatre (including a Broadway revival), sexy dance theatre, a puppet show for kids, etc. If you don’t like one show – stick around for the next. (Here’s a tip – there’s a short intermission between each show, so stand and stretch or chat with your neighbor – you may learn something or make a connection – and your legs will thank you. Wait? Do legs talk – well, maybe – in experimental theatre.) Third: there’s the location and time – Times Square Arts Center -300 West 43rd Street/8th Ave. (2nd Floor) NYC – one block from Port Authority; 7pm – How easy is that? (If you absolutely have to leave early – you can do it during a short intermission.) Fourth: there’s the price – only $20/ticket for a full evening of theatre. If you’re an audience member you can have fun and support your friends,  make new ones, and make your opinion count – (you can vote for your two favorite shows to make it to the finals and win prizes). Fifth: if you’re a theatre artist, you get to showcase your show to industry pros and get feedback – for a reasonable cost.  Why? Because New York New Works Theatre Festival picks up most of your production cost and invites a panel of experts to give feedback and select (along with audience votes) the shows that make it to the finals. “We wanted to make a difference.” says  Gene Fisch, Jr., founder and Festival Director. (The “We” includes Abby Judd, Festival Manager, and Melissa Gordon, Marketing, of Bear In Mind Creative.) “I noticed that many theatre festivals put a real financial strain on emerging artists – with little to show for it.  I thought – we can do better. New York New Works Theatre Festival aims to  include emerging artists in the Broadway community and offer guidance and real opportunities. – and several of our shows are on their way!” Video by Saat-Sue Multi-Media So – why is New York New Works Theatre Festival special? Because it offers audiences and artists entertainment and opportunities – for fun, creativity, and professional success! The New York New Works Theatre Festival runs August/September – Semi-Finals September19-22, 26  with the finals gala on October 5 2016.  Tickets are available online at www.nynwtheatrefestival.com . Find The New York New Works Theatre Festival on Facebook @nynwtheatrefestival, Twitter: @nynwtheatrefest  |  #nynwtheatrefest and online at www.nynwtheatrefestival.com

Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!) www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367 Musical: “SssWitch”: www.ssswitch.net  www.YouTube.com/drsuecomedian https://www.youtube.com/feed/my_videos  
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Dr. Sue TRU Producing/Investing/Marketing Panel Positive Entertainment

  TRU (Theater Resources Unlimited – www.truonline.org hosts panels and workshops for theater professionals at all stages of their careers. Audiences and Speakers include Producers, Investors, Artists, and Self-Producing Artists (SPA’s – because it’s so relaxing to produce your own show 🙂 ) Panelists include Commercial Broadway Producers: Eric S. Goldman (Entertainment Attorney), Patrick Blake, Van Dean, Jeremy Handelman, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, and James L. Simon. Here are my notes from the panel – with questions: Why People Invest – How to Pitch and Choose Projects 1. People invest and produce for different reasons, including: profit– everyone hopes to make money, but people may invest for other reasons – relationship to creative team and/or producer, experience – the thrill of being part of a glamour industry, with opening nights, parties, and the chance to mingle with stars, passion for the project – the artistry, message, etc.! Basic RGB 2. Is this show well-crafted? (I had the opportunity to successfully present my musical SSS…WITCH! ssswitch.net  as part of the TRU series “How To Write a Musical” – the experience was quite helpful!) 3. Does this show have a selling point? Is it based on a popular property? If so, does the producer and/or writer own the rights? Does it have a celebrity star? Will that star sell tickets? 4. Who is on the production team? Is there a capable general manager? Does it have a realistic budget? (cast size? sets? etc.) S.A.F.E. – An Acronym for Smart Choices 1. S – What will Sell this Show?  A name-brand property? the concept? the celebrity star? the writing team? 2. A – Audience Who is your Target Audience (not “everyone” be specific – and spill over). Do these people go to the theatre? 3. F –  Funds How are your investors going to recoup their money – and how long will it take?  How many tickets do you have to sell – and how much will it cost to keep that show afloat? (You can make money beyond Broadway in stock and amateur rights. Musicals are more likely to tour than straight plays – and don’t forget licensing – shared by authors and sometimes producers!) 4. E – Environment What is happening in the world and current theater environment? Aim for relevance and avoid repetition. Producers and Projects need to Match! Producers choose shows for a several reasons – passion for the subject, love of the artistry, money-making potential, entertainment and fun, etc.  Nobody does everything well – or wants to – talent and funding need to match! The Journey Most shows don’t open on Broadway. They start in regional theatres, off (and off-off Broadway), festivals (for example, fringe and New York Musical Festival) London’s West End, International Venues, and today’s trend – the movie-cal a slick move from Screen to Stage!
Dr. Sue Sings "You Can Be a Hero"

Dr. Sue Sings “You Can Be a Hero”

Hope you enjoy hearing me sing my original song “You Can Be a Hero” from my musical show “Cupid’s Dart”   (performed at Theater for the New City) “You Can Be a Hero” copyright 2015 Susan Horowitz Creative Living by Dr. Sue: Do What You Love! These tips are intended to help you make smart choices. But even if you never make a dime, if you do what you love, you’ll have the time of your life! Support the Arts!: Without the arts, many children have no chance for a better, more fulfilling life! Without the arts, there is no real beauty, joy,  or civilization!

Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!) www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367 Musical: “SssWitch”: www.ssswitch.net  www.YouTube.com/drsuecomedian https://www.youtube.com/feed/my_videos  
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Dr. Sue “It Shoulda Been You” (Broadway Review by Dr. Sue) Positive Entertainment

Turn a wedding cake upside down, twirl it like a dreidel, and what have you got?  A modern, musical spin on a free-wheeling wedding farce! This vastly entertaining show has plot twists galore, plenty of doors, discoveries, lover-ies and a superb cast (headed by Tyne Daly), director (David Hyde Pierce), and creative team Barbara Anselmi (Music/Concept), Brian Hargrove (Book/Lyrics). Show Folk: Harriet Harris, Lisa Howard, Sierra Boggess, David Burtka, Montego Glover, Chip Zien, Josh Grisetti, Edward Hibbert, Adam Heller, Michael X. Martin, Anne L. Nathan, Nick Spangler. Hope you enjoy hearing me sing my original song: “You Can Be a Hero” copyright 2015 Susan Horowitz Creative Living by Dr. Sue: Ride’em Cowboy (and Girl) & Support the Arts! Ride’em Cowboy (and Girl)!: Comedy and couple-dom are full of unexpected twists.  We get a choice – resist and stick with the “shoulda” or go with the ride. Which do you think leads to more happiness? Support the Arts!: Without the arts, many children have no chance for a better, more fulfilling life! Without the arts, there is no real beauty, joy,  or civilization!

Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!) www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367 Musical: “SssWitch”: www.ssswitch.net  www.YouTube.com/drsuecomedian https://www.youtube.com/feed/my_videos    
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Dr. Sue Drama Desk Panel 2013 Positive Entertainment

Drama Desk Panel 2013 at Sardis (L to R) Bertie Carvel, Jane Houdyshell, Ronald Rand, Isa Goldberg, Kristine Nielsen and David Hyde Pierce

Drama Desk Panel 2013 at Sardis (L to R) Bertie Carvel, Jane Houdyshell, Ronald Rand, Isa Goldberg, Kristine Nielsen and David Hyde Pierce
Photo: Barry Gordin.

The 2013 Drama Desk Luncheon at Sardi’s served up convivial buffet of seasoned Broadway actors. Moderated by Ronald Rand Founder/Publisher of The Soul of the American Actor, the panel included David Hyde Pierce (Frasier’s brother psychiatrist) and Kristine Nielsen (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), Olivier Award Winner Bertie Carvel (Matilda), and Jane Houdyshell (Dead Accounts Wicked, Follies).  Topics included: Acting vs. Life: Carvel asserted, “Acting is artifice –not life. Your job is to make it as lifelike as possible.”  Nielsen quoted Stella Adler, the famed acting teacher, “Your imagination is more interesting than your life.” Comedic Acting: Pierce advises, “Tell story and be funny, humor is in writing. Comedy is musical and rhythmic. Really good actors have some kind of music in them.” Acting in Farce, Fantasy and Musicals: Houdyshell, who performed in the fantasy musical Wicked, said,  “Wicked is a fantastical story, broader than life.  For and actor pretending comes from believing. When you wear a 35 pound costume and enormous wig, you know you must become something else!” Directing:  Houdyshell stated, “I respond most creatively to directors who create a safe environment in rehearsal and don’t judge. I prefer collaborative directors who are interested in what actors bring to the table.”  Pierce added, “I recently started directing, which is natural for me. I’m always conscious of the arc of the whole story, not my character’s story.” Audiences: Houdyshell commented, “Audiences sometimes don’t realize that the actors on-stage can hear them. I was once on stage pretending to be asleep, and these two ladies in the front row started arguing about whether I was a dummy.  The first one said, “I just saw her breathe.” The second one answered, “She’s a dummy – just look at her legs!” Reviews: Pierce recalled the opening night of a play in which he played a lead role. After the show, he was sitting with his parents in a restaurant, and the reviews came out. The New York Times critic Frank Rich was very negative. The after-show party was cancelled and soon after that the production closed. Pierce said, “I just sat on that stage and cried – but I love this fantastic business!” Houdyshell nooded in rueful understanding.  “One reviewer said my accent was a thick as my ankles.  See, it always goes back to the legs.” Nielsen commented, “Reviews are a necessary evil. I don’t read them, but my friend does and gives me general tenor.” In contrast, Carvel, who reads all reviews said, “There are as many opinions as there are reviewers, and now with blogs, it’s infinite.  I forget the bad reviews.” Happiness/Success Habits: Take Reviews and Opinions with a Grain of Salt – take what’s helpful and ignore what’s useless or mean-spirited.  Most spiteful remarks come from ignorance, envy, or constipation (of the body or spirit.) This is easier said than done. As the great actress Ethel Barrymore quipped, “For an actress to be a success she must have the face of Venus, the brains of Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of Macaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a rhinoceros.”   (Photography: Harry Kierman, Barry Gordin, Editor: Jay Berman)

 

Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!) www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367

Musical: “SssWitch”: www.ssswitch.net

 www.YouTube.com/drsuecomedian https://www.youtube.com/feed/my_videos  

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Dr. Sue Theatre Museum Positive Entertainment

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Theatre Musem Panel on Broadway Theatre: Dr. Sue Horowitz with Tony-Award Winners Stewart F. Lane: Broadway & Film Producer (4-Time Tony Award Winner) Joe Franklin: TV/Radio Personality (Author of 23 Books) Charles Strouse:Composer (Annie, Bye Bye Birdie, 3-Time Tony Award-Winner) The Theatre Museum Annual Awards Event at the historic, elegant Players Club in Manhattan is a gala, festive event that honors live theatre! Attendees include Stewart F. Lane, Executive Director and multiple Tony-Award winning Producer, Helen Marie Guditis, President of the Board of Trustees, and a brilliant bevy of Broadway stars, composers, producers, play publishers etc. The Theatre Museum (dedicated to preserving and celebrating our American Theatre heritage) sponsors museum exhibitions like “Showboat Round the Bend” and “Brooklyn Sees Stars” and arts education at the Village Academy in Harlem’s after school enrichment program. My personal connection began when I was invited to appear on a panel about ethnic contributions to Broadway Theatre with luminaries like Stewart F. Lane, Joe Franklin, and Charles Strause – and I’ve been a fan ever since. The Annual Awards Ceremony combines awards, live performances, and a cocktail party. Chief awards recipients include the Sherman Brothers (Robert and Richard) – a songwriting team with five decade career, two Academy Awards (for Mary Poppins -score and “Chim Chim Cher-ee” -song), the worlds’ most translated and performed song (“It’s a Small World After All”), a ten year tenure as staff writers with Walt Disney, two current hit shows (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Mary Poppins) plus the National Medal of Arts.  Whew! When Richard, a dapper, erect, self-proclaimed octogenarian sits down at the piano to play and sing, he clearly knows knows a thing or two (or rather, eighty ) about both songwriting and staying young and vibrant.   Thomas Schumacher,  producer, Disney Theatrical Productions  (The Lion King, Aida, Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid)  presented the award to the Sherman brothers and commented that their song “Feed the Birds” (exquisitely sung by Sarah Rice -Broadway/Opera/Grammy singer) was Walt Disney’s favorite song. Other award recipients include Samuel French Publishers (founded in 1830) – whose books and stores feature plays, musicals, translations, songs, etc.  (award presented by Tappan Wilder, nephew of  Thornton Wilder); and the Mint Theatre (Obie and Drama Desk Award winner),who  present neglected but worthwhile plays  from the past ( award presented by Actor George Morfogen). Interspersed with the award presentations (mc’d by Master of Ceremonies Tony Bolton) – like spotlit cameos- were performances from the Sherman songbook by Broadway stars. Tony-Award winner Jim Dale sang a duet from Busker Alley with sequined singing sensation Jessica Grove.  There was a trio of trios: harmonizing children, an updated Andrews Sisters-esqe group called “United We Sing” and a glee-some threesome from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The songs were tuneful, hopeful, and innocent – family entertainment at its best – and a major part of what has revitalized Broadway. As I was nibbling on my post-ceremony strawberry dipped in chocolate, sipping champagne, and gazing at those Players Club portraits of theatrical greats, I think about how lucky I am to be even a tiny part of a this “small world” of live theatre!

Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!) www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367 Musical: “SssWitch”: www.ssswitch.net  www.YouTube.com/drsuecomedian https://www.youtube.com/feed/my_videos