Blog Hopping: Why I Write

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I have always loved to write. I thrived in Honors English Classes in high school, writing short stories and poetry and was on the editorial team of the school newspaper. I went on to major in Journalism in college and spent some time in the CNN newsroom before moving to NYC to work in television programming and production. Eventually, I ended up working in publishing where my writing skills really came into play. But it wasn't until I started blogging that I truly captured my journalistic spirit, returning to my roots in writing. From travel to culture … [Read more...]

Review: Bullets Over Broadway

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Based on the screenplay by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, Bullets Over Broadway finally hit the NYC stages this past week.  The production introduced a new collaborating team to Broadway: Woody and Susan Stroman. With a pair like that, my hopes were high. Zach Braff, Marin Mazzie, Betsy Wolfe, Heléne Yorke, Vincent Pastore, Brooks Ashmanskas, Nick Cordero, Lenny Wolpe and Karen Ziemba head the  ensemble cast of 29 - that's a lot of talent on one stage. The story revolves around emerging playwright David Shayne, who is about to have his play produced … [Read more...]

Review: The Realistic Joneses

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"So much potential." That's what I thought leaving the Lyceum Theater after seeing the The Realistic Jonses the other night. Check out these credits: Written by Will Eno. Directed by Sam Gold. Starring Toni Collette, Michael Hall, Tracy Letts, Marisa Tomei (seriously, what a kind of amazing cast?!). The show originally premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT, in April 2012, starring Letts, Parker Posey, Glenn Fitzgerald and Johanna Day.  Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Eno and directed by Sam Gold (Fun Home), The Realistic … [Read more...]

Review and Giveaway: Peace, Love and Cupcakes The Musical

Peace, Love, and Cupcakes

  Last night we had one of those ONLY IN NEW YORK MOMENTS, taking in a high quality, really fun show for kids on a Saturday night with a stellar cast and top notch music at the Vital Theatre Company. The show was Peace, Love, and Cupcakes The Musical, carefully chosen with my soon to be 11 year-old in mind. She's a bookworm, and this play happens to be based on a popular book with the same name. She also loves peace signs, the word 'love' and cupcakes, so seeing it made perfect sense. Based on a book written by Sheryl Berk and her 11 year-old … [Read more...]

Cirque Du Soleil Amaluna: A Show with Girl Power

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I didn't know what to expect from the latest Cirque Du Soleil Amaluna, but when I found out it was written and directed by Diane Paulus of Pippin fame, I was psyched. In addition to Pippin, she also directed Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and 2009's revival of Hair. It's her first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil. A show with her energy had to be pretty brilliant, particularly if mixed with the electricity of 30 years of Cirque shows (it's the anniversary). As my son and I entered the tent at CitiField, where Cirque is currently living during its NYC … [Read more...]

Review: Mothers and Sons on Broadway

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of seeing "Mothers and Sons" on Broadway. Written by Terrence McNally and starring Tyne Daly, it was truly one of the most memorable nights out at the theatre I've had in a while.  The story it has to tell is so important and makes you take a hard look at a part of our history that must never be repeated...or forgotten. It was a time of upheaval when AIDS came in and took so many lives, one of which is talked about in this play. It also features the first gay couple to legally wed on a Broadway stage. McNally, a gay … [Read more...]

The Bridges of Madison County on Broadway

The Bridges of Madison County

I've read The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller. I've also seen the film with Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. I remember the sense of longing between the two major characters and how I felt reading and watching their story and I wondered how their story would translate to the stage. I can honestly say that I was riveted from the moment the curtain rose. Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale make an extraordinary pair playing the couple whose chance encounter becomes a potential second chance in life. Knowing the outcome did slightly dampen my … [Read more...]

Giveaway: The Cripple of Inishmaan on Broadway

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  I am so excited to offer tickets to a wonderful show by one of my favorite playwrights with an actor everyone is curious about. Daniel Radcliffe, star of the eight Harry Potter films, makes a triumphant return to Broadway following his 10-month sold out run in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in the Broadway premiere of Martin McDonagh's comedy directed by Tony® award winner Michael Grandage. Set on the remote island of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland, word arrives that a Hollywood film is being made on the … [Read more...]

The Perfect Sunday Matinee: Once the Musical

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When I first heard that Once was coming to Broadway, I was intrigued and excited.  But I was also fearful that it wouldn't live up to the original film that I so adored. The combination of the music by the wonderful musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova and the love story has never left my mind. It's one of my all time favorites and I didn't want my bubble to burst. So I held off on seeing the show, knowing that as an avid theater goer, I would one day see it. That day came yesterday when I attended a matinee of the show and I can honestly sigh … [Read more...]

Giveaway: The Realistic Joneses on Broadway

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Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Will Eno and directed by Sam Gold (Fun Home), the upcoming Broadway show The Realistic Joneses is inside look at the people who live next door, the truths we think we know and the secrets we never imagined we all might share. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities. The show originally premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT, in April 2012, starring Letts, Parker Posey, Glenn Fitzgerald and Johanna … [Read more...]