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

29Oct

Revisiting Finding Neverland on Broadway

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A few months ago, guest writer Lisa Gerstel-Zach reviewed Finding Neverland here on this blog. It was a passionate review and her final words have always stayed with me: Finding Neverland is the story of how sometimes it takes a band of “wild children” to allow yourself to dig deep and reconnect with the person you truly are…It is an inspirational departure from the bleakness of societal boundaries and expectations, overdone dinner parties and the insistence that we behave like adults just because… My only reservation was that no fairy dust made it Read More

08Jun

Top 5 Broadway Shows to see on Your Next NYC Visit

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As a culture vulture, I always have my finger on the pulse of Broadway. I recently wrote about seeing Hamilton on Expedia. It was one of the best plays I've seen on Broadway in a long, long time. Here are 5 other Broadway shows to see on your next NYC visit: FUN HOME, a Broadway play based on a book by Alison Bechdel (yes, of the famous Bechdel Test), and directed by the wonderful Sam Gold, is pure magic. Based on the best-selling graphic memoir, “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic,” by lesbian writer/cartoonist Alison Bechdel about her dysfunctional Read More

25May

Review: Finding Neverland

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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. We seem to be in the midst of, or maybe just emerging, from an overload of reconstructed/deconstructed children’s Read More

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 show. 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