25Apr

A Spell-Bounding FUN HOME on Broadway

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Every now and then I have a magical Broadway experience where a play knocks me out of my zone and brings together music, a social issue, talent and good story-telling. Today was such a day when I saw the play FUN HOME. I don't think I've had this kind of experience since seeing Next to Normal about five years ago. FUN HOME, a play based on a book by Alison Bechdel (yes, also of the famous Bechdel Test), and directed by the wonderful Sam Gold, is a play that left me giving the cast a standing ovation. There are so many things to say about this play, I'm Read More

08Apr

Review: The Revival of Gigi on Broadway

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When I invited my mom to attend a press viewing of the revival of Gigi on Broadway, she was ecstatic, claiming it's one of the most memorable shows she ever saw as a teenager in the 1950s. She remembered the songs and story very clearly from the show, as well as the film. I'm also in that celebrated category of remembering the story. While spending time in Paris in my 20s, I went to see the film again at a small repertory cinema and embraced the performances of Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Maurice Chevalier, and Hermione Gingold. This was the first time Read More

03Apr

Giveaway: It Shoulda Been You on Broadway

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I can't say much about It Shoulda Been You right now as it's in previews, but I can tell you a few things: It's a wedding inspired shows. It's about a Jewish family. It's pretty hilarious as the wedding doesn't go quite according to plans. It's directed by David Hyde Pierce and stars Tyne Daly,Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess, David Burtka, Lisa Howard, Montego Glover, and Chip Zien. And I also have a pair of tickets I'm giving away - they're valid for 8 PM on Saturday, April 25 only! To win, just comment below and tell me your favorite wedding gone Read More

31Mar

WICKED at The Westin New York at Times Square

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This past weekend was a special one for my tween and I as we stayed over night in NYC in Times Square for the first time. Sure, we've stayed over night in the city before but not right in the heart of Broadway. And for two culture vultures, that meant everything. We were invited by The Westin at Times Square to check out the WICKED Night Out, an exclusive WICKED-themed hotel package.  My daughter first saw the show at age 6 and again at age 10. As a tween, the show holds special memories for her and I knew the hotel would have an appreciative visitor. Read More

26Mar

Review and Giveaway: The Heidi Chronicles on Broadway

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Let me preface this review by saying I'm a huge Wendy Wasserstein fan. I was introduced to her plays as a high-school student studying drama in a performing arts school. Her plays resonated with me instantly - as a theater lover, as a feminist, as someone looking through her choices in life as a young woman. I heard her speak several times before she passed away – once in college and once at a conference right before when I had my first child. I’ve read all her plays, read her biography and wish more than anything that she was still here on this earth Read More

19Mar

Review & Giveaway: Honeymoon in Vegas on Broadway

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I'll never forget the film Honeymoon in Vegas starring Nicholas Cage, Sarah Jessica Parker and James Caan. It was about a yuppie who promised his mother on her deathbed he'd never marry. This presented major problems in his relationship with his girlfriend, but after dating for five years, they take off to Vegas to get hitched but encounter a stumbling block. After an expensive, impromptu game of Poker with a wealthy gambler, he is forced to sacrifice his fiancee to the man for the weekend and what follows is pure madness. About the film, I remembered Read More

04Feb

Giveaway: On the Town on Broadway

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When I think of certain films I was introduced to as a young girl, I can’t help but smile. One of those films was ON THE TOWN, a musical with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and amazing talent such as Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. My parents took me and my sisters to see it at a repertory film house in downtown Atlanta. For two hours, we were transported to the city of NYC with a group of sailors (Gabey, Chip and Ozzie) galavanting for 24 hours on their leave through music and dance. I saw the play later in Read More

05Nov

Ticket Watch: Kids’ Night on Broadway

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  This morning I attended a very special press event honoring the upcoming KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY. Tickets are on sale for the public tomorrow, starting at 11:00am E.S.T. The program, which will take place Friday, January 9th to Thursday, January 15th, 2015, is an annual event when kids ages 6 to 18 can see participating Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. A ticket includes pre-theatre activities, restaurant discounts, parking discounts, educational programs, and more. The program is in its 19th Read More

12Aug

Review and Giveaway: Avenue Q in NYC

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I can't believe I never saw Avenue Q until last week. It's celebrating its 11th anniversary! How can that be? I'm such a huge fan of one of its composers, Robert Lopez, that I have been clamoring to see it. It was on July 31, 2003 that Avenue Q opened on Broadway, going on to win 3 Tony Awards - for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score - and ran over 6 years at the John Golden Theatre. In October of 2009, it moved to its current home at New World Stages. It's played over 4,500 performances in New York, in addition to countless performances across the Read More

10Apr

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