09Feb

“In Transit” – an Homage to NYC, and a Great Broadway Show

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I've lived in New York for over 20 years and for 20 years, I've been in love. In love with a city that offers people like me opportunities out the door - professional, culinary, musical, theatrical and actually, love. I even met my husband on the streets of Manhattan in 1997. From the moment I arrived, I knew I was home. From living in a small apartment to riding the subway system daily, I relished my life here. As soon as the Broadway show "In Transit" started, I knew I was in good company. The show took me back in time, to my own days living in NYC, Read More

16May

Guest Post: Review of The Pied Piper at NYC’s New Victory Theater

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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. There are very few plays that kids and adults will enjoy at the same time. The Pied Piper, which recently ended its run at the New Victory Theater, is one of them. Even if the you and the kids know the story by heart, it was still fascinating to witness the display of 410 handcrafted marionettes, including 300 ravenous rats, who were brought to life by 11 puppeteers. All the marionettes are Read More

15Feb

Guest Post: Review of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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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. Before you bring your kids to new play The Very Hungry Caterpillar, created by Jonathan Rockefeller and based on the books written by Eric Carle, you have to prepare them that the show is about four different books which The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the last of those books. If not, your kids are going to drive you crazy asking tirelessly, “Where is the hungry caterpillar?” The four Read More

02Dec

Guest Post: Review of Flight School, The Musical

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How many of us have asked ourselves if we should try to do something although everyone tells us that it’s virtually impossible? Is our will more important than our capabilities? As adults, we know what our limitations are. We can make the best decision based on our knowledge. Now think about little kids. They are still learning their limitations and capabilities and it's impossible to make a difficult decision. What is the process to achieve a means Flight School, The Musical Flight School, The Musical, now playing at the Vital Theatre in NYC, will Read More

08Apr

Announcing Finding Neverland and a Giveaway

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If you're a Peter Pan, Glee and Frasier fan like me, you're surely excited about the upcoming FINDING NEVERLAND on Broadway. Starring Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer, FINDING NEVERLAND (produced by the folks at the Weinstein Company) follows the story of author J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, who eventually became Barrie's inspiration to write Peter Pan. The musical explores the power of imagination to open up new worlds, and the pressures put upon those worlds by the inevitability of growing up. Read More

07Aug

Reliving the Phantom of the Opera

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Seeing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway over 20 years ago was a highlight of my young adulthood. When I saw it on Broadway, I loved the music, the costumes, the set, the magic. The CD traveled with me across several continents as a young woman, and I never got the show out of my mind. When I was offered a pair of tickets to see the show, which is now celebrating its 25th anniversary, I was admittedly excited to take my 11 year-old daughter.  To relive this musical with my first born was incredibly important to me as it was an Read More

17Mar

Giveaway: A (Tooth) Fairy Tale at the Vital Theatre Company in NYC

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The Vital Theatre Company is pleased to announce the return of past Vital favorite A (Tooth) Fairy Tale, opening March 16, 2013 at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre at 2162 Broadway at W 76th St. With a book by author Ben Winters (Uncle Pirate[musical]; The Last Policeman; Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters [novels]), music and lyrics by Rick Hip-Flores (My New York), and direction by Linda Ames Key, A (Tooth) Fairy Tale was hailed in its original Vital Theatre Company production in 2008 as "Written to amuse anyone from 4 to 12, the show is even a treat for Read More

16Jan

Tween Laughter and Inspiration from Parallel Exit

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My daughter is getting older and she doesn't get as excited about our adventures as she used to. Last weekend when I informed her we were going to a show, her reaction wasn't stellar and I needed the show to be a home run.  The show we were going to needed to be first-rate or perhaps my tween wouldn't come to another show with me. And that would be the end of The Culture Mom as you know it. Did I score?  Oh, yes.  Fortunately, I happen to live in a town next door to the home of the wonderful Emelin Theatre.  We've seen many of their family Read More

26Mar

Don’t Miss Ahhh HA! at the New Victory Theater and GIVEAWAY for FOUR Tickets

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The New Victory Theater continues to bring first-rate theater for kids to New York City.  I make every effort possible to get my kids into the city to see their shows.  They have the most beautiful, visual, innovative productions this side of the Atlantic Ocean.  I'm a huge fan.  And so are my own children. Ahhh HA! is a provocative blend of dance, acrobatics, aerial work, evocative visual imagery, humor and original music. Returning to The New Victory after 12 years, the multi-talented Do Jump! ensemble fuses physical skill, comedy and moments of Read More

08Mar

Win Tickets to see The Big Meal at Playwrights Horizons

Come to the Next MamaDrama Twitter Party on Monday, March 12th! Join @MamaDramaNY, @phnyc, @playtime_nyc and friends 9pm ET, to chat about THE BIG MEAL, the newest play at Playwrights Horizons by Dan LeFranc at hashtag #TheBigMeal. In THE BIG MEAL, we glimpse five generations of a modern family through the various meals that make up a lifetime — from milestone first dates and celebratory dinners to everyday outings with the kids. At the twitter party, we’ll talk about this stunning new play and how the meals we eat with our families fit into our Read More