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

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

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

21Feb

A NYC Tween Weekend at The Muse, A Kimpton Hotel

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Every now and then, my tween and I take time out and head to NYC, a mere 15 miles away from where we live, for a bit of city life. A former urbanite and a Broadway junkie, I often crave the city and there is nothing more fun than experiencing a night in a hotel with my 12 year-old daughter. It gives us a chance to absorb a bit of culture, eat good food and literally take time out, away from our daily routines. Our recent jaunt to the city included a stay at The Muse, A Kimpton Hotel, and it was pretty much perfection. The hotel is centrally located, 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

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