Review & Giveaway: Cirque du Soleil Paramour on Broadway

Director: Philippe DecoufleArtistic Guide: Jean-Francois BouchardAssociate Creative Director: Pascale HenrotAssociate Creative Director and Scene Director: West HylerComposer: Bob & BillSet Designer: Jean RabasseChoreographer: Daphne MaugerCostume

When I was invited to experience Cirque du Soleil Paramour, the organization’s first created specifically for Broadway at the Lyric Theatre (213 West 42nd Street), I was intrigued. As a big fan of the franchise, I've seen multiple performances, some I've loved more than others. After a visit to Las Vegas last year, I experienced the first Cirque that did not appeal to me at all (Criss Angel Believe), and it dawned on me that not all of the Cirque experiences would actually appeal to me. So I wondered what a Broadway version would be like. I was Read More


Giveaway: Woman in Gold Blu-ray & $50 Visa Gift Card


Update: This giveaway is closed. Available on July 7th, Academy Award winner Helen Mirren stars in Woman in Gold, the incredible story of a Jewish refugee who was forced to flee Vienna during World War II, and the paintings that were left behind. When I saw Woman in Gold early this year, I was spellbound. The film had a poignant intensity about a particular time in history and it's a story that demanded to be told. In the film, Mirren plays Maria Altmann, a Viennese-born resident of Los Angeles, who in 1998 battled the Austrian authorities for Read More


Week 6: Middle-Aged Personal Training at Encore Fitness NY and a Giveaway


If you've been following my mid-life crisis fitness blog posts, you may have noticed a lull. I wasn't avoiding my routine, but trips do seem to knock me off my momentum a bit. However, since my weight gain from week 4, I've been more determined than ever to keep everything I'm learning at Encore Fitness NY up, particularly while traveling. I've also managed to challenge myself to a few new forms of exercise to keep my body moving and my keen interest up. So, when I walked into Encore the other day for my sixth session with Robert, I felt confident and Read More


Giveaway: It Shoulda Been You on Broadway


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


A Chat with the Cast of HOME and a Giveaway


When I was invited to view the film HOME and attend a press junket with the creatives involved that included Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin & Director Tim Johnson, I was thrilled. Such talent - such creativity - such legends. First I had to see the film to see for myself. So, on a late Monday afternoon, I ventured into the city for a screening of the film. The film is about Oh, a misfit from another planet who lands on earth and finds himself on the run from his own people. He forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who Read More


Giveaway: #LoveBlooms at The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


If you saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, I know you're as excited as I am to see the sequel. In addition to the fact that it's set in India (the part of the world that ranks highest on my bucketlist) and that it's a romance (my favorite kind of film), it stars a dreamy cast that includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel and Richard Gere. Does the word "swoon" sum it up for you? Here's the plot: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, Read More


Giveaway: On the Town on Broadway


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


Giveaway: A Customized iPhone Case by Casetify


If you want to give a really creative holiday gift to someone you love this year, I have a great idea. A personalized Casetify phone or iPad case is a personal, different and the recipient will deem it a very thoughtful gift. They'll be likely to think of you every time they use it and it's something that nearly everyone will want. I'm talking about a personalized smart phone or tablet case made by Casetify, a digital tool that enables you to customize a case using Facebook or Instagram photos. Use your favorite selfie photos! The cases are compatible Read More


My Hanukkah Hooplah Story: Celebrating the Holiday with a Special Needs Child (with a Giveaway!)


When my kids were small, I initiated a tradition in our house of giving eight gifts over the course of the eight days of Hanukkah. I didn't have this tradition when I was younger, but I liked the idea of lighting a candle every night and giving my children a gift to unwrap to celebrate. It was easy to go into a toy store and pick up tchotchkes for less than $10 each, or even $1 each (at the Dollar Store). My children didn't ask for anything much in particular and they liked whatever they got. As the years progressed, I kept up the tradition of eight Read More


Giveaway: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2014-15 NYCC Season


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world’s most popular dance companies, returns to the New York City Center stage from December 3rd, 2014 to January 4th, 2015, 25 years after the passing of legendary founder Alvin Ailey. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies and New York City Center’s Principal Dance Company, returns to the New York City Center stage for the 43rd consecutive year from December 3, 2014 – January 4, 2015 with exciting performances that have become a Read More