16Dec

Guest Post: Hanna and the Moonlit Dress at the Theater at the 14th Street Y

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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. Last weekend, I took my twin seven year-olds to see Hanna and the Moonlit Dress at Theater at the 14th Street Y. When the play ended, I asked them both what they thought. My son initially thought it was too "babyish". I didn't understand why since he had listened so attentively, participating by raising his hand throughout the show (the show has an interactive element) when he knew the Read More

14Dec

Review: The Illusionists on Broadway

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The last month has been hard for me. With the election turning out the way it did (sorry, Trump supporters), I've been in a bit of a fog. During a time like this, magic helps, believing in the impossible. So, a night out at the Palace Theater to see The Illusionists: Turn of the Century was probably just what the doctor ordered. It's good entertainment, mixed with a bit of magic and a lot of wonder asking myself over and over again "how did they do that?" The show has a Vegas edge, but it's really a throwback to magic shows from the turn of the Read More

30Nov

Guest Post: An Interactive and Engaging Pip’s Island at NYC’s Skylight Modern

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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 Williamsburg, Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. Pip’s Island is a wonderful introduction as to what immersive theater can be.  My four year old and her best friend, each daughters of avid Read More

30Nov

Broadway’s Kinky Boots Teaches the Value of Acceptance and Diversity

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It's a new day. With the recent election, there is more of a need for acceptance and diversity than ever. Acceptance of differences of religion, ethnicity, race, sexuality. It hasn't been an easy few weeks for so many of us as we grapple with a new administration that defies everything we believe in. Much of our inherent beliefs and the basis of what our Constitution stands for are on the line. And this is where Broadway's Kinky Boots comes into play. It's a show that pushes the very idea of acceptance and diversity, and that is what our entire nation Read More

10Nov

Guest Post: Review of Odd Squad: LIVE!

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How do you make your child, who detests math, tolerate the subject and even participate enthusiastically in solving math problems? You can record Odd Squad on PBS and encourage them be part of the team combatting the villain or if you want them to surprise you and solve math problems enthusiastically, take them to watch the play Odd Squad: LIVE!  If your child loves solving math problems, they will be in heaven. Odd Squad: LIVE! , Is a high-tech agency run by kids equipped with the world’s most advanced and unpredictable gadgetry (some of the kids can Read More

07Oct

Giveaway: Lin-Manuel Miranda Hosts Original Mary Poppins at Iconic United Palace Theatre

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I've been wanting to go to the United Palace Theatre in Washington Heights for a long, long time. I've literally had it marked in my diary several times, particularly when Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda used to host a Sunday film series of classic films, but I never made it. Fortune has it that before Miranda relocates to London to shoot "Mary Poppins Returns," he is hosting a screening of the original film that starred the legendary Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. He continues his longstanding support of movies at the United Palace in Washington Read More

26Sep

Wrapping up NYC’s 2016 Dumpling Festival

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This past weekend I went to the annual NYC Dumpling Festival in NYC's Sara D. Roosevelt Park for the first time. It was paradise for a dumpling lover and thousands came to show their support. The festival was really, really crowded and had a lot of hungry people standing in long lines, but I guarantee you that for those who decided to stick it out, it was worth the wait. After all, the theme of the year was "There's a Chef in Everyone." In addition to the classic dumpling consumption, there were a few new things to see as well: a dumpling making Read More

21Sep

I’m Headed to the 2016 Chef One NYC Dumpling Festival!

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We love dumplings in my house. There's a small Korean place on West 32nd Street in NYC called Mandoo Bar which my kids and I flock to a few times a year.  We also get them regularly at our local Chinese restaurant and I even buy them at Trader Joe's every so often and make them at home. Steamed, lightly fried. Filled with chicken, vegetables, meat, fish, potatoes, sweets or plain. Sweet, savory. Dipped in soy sauce. We can't get enough of dumplings. After all, we live in a metropolis of foodies, so even at age 11 and 13, we kind of are dumpling Read More

02Sep

Guest Post: Review of Off-Broadway’s Stomp

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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. When your kids take pots and pans out of the kitchen cabinets and you think, “No, not again. I had enough of this horrible banging noise.” The show Stomp will give them even more legitimacy to drive you crazy and tell you, “Why can’t we do it? You are killing our creativity!” Also throw into the mix: Zippo lighters, push brooms, wooden poles, hammer handles, garbage cans, inner Read More

27Jul

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