27Jul

Review & Giveaway: Cirque du Soleil Paramour on Broadway

Director: Philippe DecoufleArtistic Guide: Jean-Francois BouchardAssociate Creative Director: Pascale HenrotAssociate Creative Director and Scene Director: West HylerComposer: Bob & BillSet Designer: Jean RabasseChoreographer: Daphne MaugerCostume

When I was invited to experience Cirque du Soleil Paramour, the organization’s first created specifically for Broadway at the Lyric Theatre (213 West 42nd Street), I was intrigued. As a big fan of the franchise, I've seen multiple performances, some I've loved more than others. After a visit to Las Vegas last year, I experienced the first Cirque that did not appeal to me at all (Criss Angel Believe), and it dawned on me that not all of the Cirque experiences would actually appeal to me. So I wondered what a Broadway version would be like. I was Read More

03Jul

A Night Out at Feinstein’s/54 Below

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Last week my mother and I experienced a very special night out in New York City, the city I have come to call home since moving up here in the 1990s. A Broadway fanatic since the minute I arrived here, I think I have been seeking a night club that celebrates its music and vibe for a very long time. Feinstein's/54 Below is the answer to my prayers. Located in the heart of midtown, it's a cabaret and restaurant in New York City owned by Broadway producers Steve Baruch, Richard Frankel, Marc Routh and Tom Viertel and has hosted shows by such notable Read More

15Jun

Camp Broadway: On Raising a Theater Goer

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When I was growing up in Atlanta, I must have acquired a love for theater very young. I'm not sure how it happened, living in a culturally void waste land (for the most part), but I found community theater and embraced it. I went to a summer camp where we put on a play one summer (Fiddler on the Roof), I starred in a production I Never Saw Another Butterfly), I went to a performing arts high school much like the one in the movie/TV show Fame (except no one danced on the table) and my mom took me to countless national touring productions from The Sound of Read More

10Jun

Guest Post: Review of That Physics Show

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Guest writer Liat Ginsberg is a mother and former journalist for the Israeli newspaper, Maariv. She has taught at the Film and Media Department at Hunter College. If you hated physics in your childhood and were struggling to stay awake in class, and you think your kids are showing the same genetic traces, here is an opportunity to fix that and learn about it. Or if you already love physics, then That Physics Show is definitely a show for you and your family. That Physics Show is based on the hundreds of physics experiments in classrooms across the Read More

08Jun

Review: ON YOUR FEET! on Broadway

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When I was invited to see ON YOUR FEET!, a a new Broadway musical based on the life of  Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio, I wasn't quite sure what to think. While I respect the artist and have known her music most of my life, I wasn't sure how her tale would translate to the Broadway stage. So, intrigued but apathetic, I took my seats one evening, alongside my mother, at the Marquis Theatre, to see what the show was about. What interested me most was the fact that the musical features a Latin cast, furthering this season's increased diversity in Read More

16May

Guest Post: Review of The Pied Piper at NYC’s New Victory Theater

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Guest writer Liat Ginsberg is a mother and former journalist for the Israeli newspaper, Maariv. She has taught at the Film and Media Department at Hunter College. There are very few plays that kids and adults will enjoy at the same time. The Pied Piper, which recently ended its run at the New Victory Theater, is one of them. Even if the you and the kids know the story by heart, it was still fascinating to witness the display of 410 handcrafted marionettes, including 300 ravenous rats, who were brought to life by 11 puppeteers. All the marionettes are Read More

07May

Review: Something Rotten, a Musical “Tribute” to Shakespeare

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I have one question about Something Rotten, a Broadway show that just celebrated its one year anniversary. What took me so long????? The play celebrates everything I love more than life - Shakespeare, musicals, dancing, comedy and a superb cast that includes two of my favorite Broadway/screen actors, Brian d'Arcy James and Christian Borle. James is leaving in a few weeks, and I feel grateful to have seen him play Nick Bottom, Shakespeare's nemesis who vows to keep up with this arch rival. He's one of my favorite actors and he plays the role with Read More

02May

Guest Post & Updated Review: Gazillion Bubble Show

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Side note: I wrote about the Gazillion Bubble Show when I started this blog in 2010. It's funny looking back at this post - it was one of the first shows I ever covered. When I was asked to update my review, I realized that my own kids are now too old to appreciate bubbles, so I respectfully sent one of our contributors, Lisa Gerstel Zach. It sounds like it had the same impact on her daughter as it did on mine so many years ago... When I asked my 3-1/2 year old daughter what she thought of Gazillion Bubble Show, she called it the"BEST SHOW EVER!" and Read More

27Apr

Review and Ticket Giveaway: Tuck Everlasting

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Last week I was invited to see the new Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting and I jumped at the opportunity. I'm a huge fan of Claudia Shear and Tim Federle, co-writers of the new play, and the story's tag line and premise intrigued me. After all, wouldn't it appeal to you: If you could live forever, would you? The play explores this theory in a the form of a musical fairytale. A beautiful set, expert choreography and memorable score aid and brilliant acting aid the storytelling, and it all adds to the play's fantasy theme. The story revolves around the Read More

15Apr

Guest Post: Beautiful, The Carole King Musical

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This a guest post written by writer Lisa Gerstel-Zach: A diverse and seasoned executive who has spent her career in Children’s and Family Entertainment via Publishing, Live Events and Broadcast before stepping back to take a much earned reprieve from the Corporate world in order to reinvent herself and remember why she moved to New York. She lives in the latest hip neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. Did you ever think perhaps you were born to the wrong musical era...the music of my generation just doesn’t speak to me Read More