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

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  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...]

10 Memorable Quotes from Women in the World 2014

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I was lucky to attend the the 5th annual Women in the World summit once again. Words can't quite capture the experience of having an entire event wrapped around the narrative on issues affecting women from Washington to Rwanda, celebrating the success of the women's movement which has come so far even in the past year alone. The event took place at Lincoln Center in NYC over the period of 2-1/2 days and was hosted by Tina Brown who kicked everything off with the mantra "Don't cry, strategize." Her boundless energy to get stories told from women around … [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...]

How to Have a Sublime Midlife Crisis Trip in Hong Kong

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Last year I went on a trip to Asia with a really good girlfriend of mine. I wrote about my travels primarily on gogirlfriend.com and you can go back and read my stories there. The trip was everything that I'd hoped it would be...and then some. For two weeks, we ventured into the unknown - truly, as neither of us had been to this unique part of the world - and it was sublime. Before we went, we created this amazing document on Google Docs, which we titled "Holly & Alaina's Midlife Crisis Trip 2013" which we referred to constantly during our … [Read more...]

Exploring Jerusalem with Kids

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I have spent a lot of time in Israel in my lifetime, and I have traveled to a lot of places.  Yet no matter where I go or how exotic the destination is, Jerusalem holds a special place in my heart.  When I started booking a trip to Israel that we took a few years ago, I knew we had to start in Jerusalem and spend a few days there.  The city also holds many special memories for me as I attended part of high school and college in the city. I know Jerusalem as intimately as I know my own hometown, perhaps even more so. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel … [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...]