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

19Mar

Review: Bright Star on Broadway

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Every now and then comes along a Broadway show that takes me by surprise. I go in to the theater wondering how I will feel when I leave and whether I will recommend it to anyone. Will it sweep me up and transport me into another world where I can escape my daily routine and take me to that faraway dreamy place I hope to land whenever I take in a show? My most recent Broadway experience, Bright Star, did all this but I must admit that it took time to get me there. Written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, the show is a bit of a sureal piece of fiction Read More

02Mar

Review: Eclipsed on Broadway

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Today I witnessed a very special Broadway play. I use the word "witness" because I feel like I was privy to a story that demanded being told. It's about a group of women in Africa undergoing a very private experience that we otherwise would perhaps never know about...or understand. Danai Gurira’s original drama is about women’s suffering during the Liberian civil wars and it's a one of a kind. It stars Lupita Nyong’o in her Broadway debut, but it's truly an ensemble play in which every actress has a stand out performance playing a woman with her own Read More

15Feb

Guest Post: Review of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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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. Before you bring your kids to new play The Very Hungry Caterpillar, created by Jonathan Rockefeller and based on the books written by Eric Carle, you have to prepare them that the show is about four different books which The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the last of those books. If not, your kids are going to drive you crazy asking tirelessly, “Where is the hungry caterpillar?” The four Read More

13Jan

Review: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

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In preparation for another story, I saw Beautiful: The Carole King Musical last night, and I have only one question: what took me so long? Beautiful: The Carole King Musical In 2-1/2 hours, I learned so much about not only Carole King but also the history of rock and roll. Did you know that "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", penned with Gerry Goffin, was Carole's first Number One hit, when she was just 17? I had no idea that she entered the music industry as a teenager after meeting the legendary songwriter Gerry Goffin and went on to produce hits like Read More

08Jan

My 2016 Pop Culture Resolutions

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2015 was such a good year for pop culture. From books to TV shows to movies, it was just very satisfying. Streaming video and binging kind of took over my life, as I fell in love with shows like Grace & Frankie on Netflix, Casual on Hulu and Transparent on Amazon. Over on the networks, shows that I became addicted to were Jane the Virgin and Crazy-Ex Girlfriend, which I of course binged on Hulu and rarely watched live. Books like The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, Paper Love by Sarah Wildman and Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox by Joanne Read More