12Aug

Review and Giveaway: Avenue Q in NYC

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I can't believe I never saw Avenue Q until last week. It's celebrating its 11th anniversary! How can that be? I'm such a huge fan of one of its composers, Robert Lopez, that I have been clamoring to see it. It was on July 31, 2003 that Avenue Q opened on Broadway, going on to win 3 Tony Awards - for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score - and ran over 6 years at the John Golden Theatre. In October of 2009, it moved to its current home at New World Stages. It's played over 4,500 performances in New York, in addition to countless performances across the 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

18Jun

Our New Girl at the @AtlanticTheater

our girl atlantic theater

The moment Our New Girl started, I knew I was in for a roller coaster of an evening. There is only one character on stage and it's dark, clearly night time. We immediately find out that he's slightly off kilter, and he's only eight years-old. The scene ends with quite a disturbing surprise and as it transitions to morning, every audience member knew this play had a serious plot unraveling. This new play by Irish playwright Nancy Harris is not a play for the weak minded. It's a strong, feministic play about the stark realities of being a mother, having Read More

03Jun

Giveaway: Tickets to Our New Girl at Atlantic Theater

Our New Girl

Hazel Robinson appears to have everything, but when her plastic surgeon husband departs for a charitable mission in Haiti, she's left holding the bag of a failing new business and a problem child. When a professional nanny arrives unannounced on her doorstep, Hazel finds her home under the shadow of a seemingly perfect stranger and one who has an agenda of her own. The cast features Mary McCann (The Old Neighborhood, Our Town), Lisa Joyce (La Bete; Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson), Henry Kelemen ("Mr. Popper’s Penguins," "What Maisie Knew") and CJ Read More

25May

Review: Act One at Lincoln Center

Act One Lincoln Center

Last week I sat in a dark theater, watching a show that caused me to have a smile on my face the entire time. As soon as the curtain rose at "Act One", and Tony Shalboub came on stage, portraying Moss Hart, the famous real-life playwright who penned several Broadway classics, including "Merrily We Roll Along" in 1934 and "You Can't Take It With You" in 1936, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize, a smile graced my face and never left. This is truly a show for theater lovers, and I, of course, am one. Act One Written and directed by James Lapine, "Act Read More

13Apr

Blog Hopping: Why I Write

Write what you love

I have always loved to write. I thrived in Honors English Classes in high school, writing short stories and poetry and was on the editorial team of the school newspaper. I went on to major in Journalism in college and spent some time in the CNN newsroom before moving to NYC to work in television programming and production. Eventually, I ended up working in publishing where my writing skills really came into play. But it wasn't until I started blogging that I truly captured my journalistic spirit, returning to my roots in writing. From travel to culture Read More

10Apr

Review: Bullets Over Broadway

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Based on the screenplay by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, Bullets Over Broadway finally hit the NYC stages this past week.  The production introduced a new collaborating team to Broadway: Woody and Susan Stroman. With a pair like that, my hopes were high. Zach Braff, Marin Mazzie, Betsy Wolfe, Heléne Yorke, Vincent Pastore, Brooks Ashmanskas, Nick Cordero, Lenny Wolpe and Karen Ziemba head the  ensemble cast of 29 - that's a lot of talent on one stage. The story revolves around emerging playwright David Shayne, who is about to have his play produced Read More

08Apr

Review: The Realistic Joneses

the realistic joneses

"So much potential." That's what I thought leaving the Lyceum Theater after seeing the The Realistic Jonses the other night. Check out these credits: Written by Will Eno. Directed by Sam Gold. Starring Toni Collette, Michael Hall, Tracy Letts, Marisa Tomei (seriously, what a kind of amazing cast?!). The show originally premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT, in April 2012, starring Letts, Parker Posey, Glenn Fitzgerald and Johanna Day.  Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Eno and directed by Sam Gold (Fun Home), The Realistic Read More

07Apr

Peace, Love and Cupcakes The Musical

Peace, Love, and Cupcakes

Last night we had one of those ONLY IN NEW YORK MOMENTS, taking in a high quality, really fun show for kids on a Saturday night with a stellar cast and top notch music at the Vital Theatre Company. The show was Peace, Love, and Cupcakes The Musical, carefully chosen with my soon to be 11 year-old in mind. She's a bookworm, and this play happens to be based on a popular book with the same name. She also loves peace signs, the word 'love' and cupcakes, so seeing it made perfect sense. Based on a book written by Sheryl Berk and her 11 year-old daughter, Read More

28Mar

Review: Mothers and Sons on Broadway

mothers and sons on broadway

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of seeing "Mothers and Sons" on Broadway. Written by Terrence McNally and starring Tyne Daly, it was truly one of the most memorable nights out at the theatre I've had in a while.  The story it has to tell is so important and makes you take a hard look at a part of our history that must never be repeated...or forgotten. It was a time of upheaval when AIDS came in and took so many lives, one of which is talked about in this play. It also features the first gay couple to legally wed on a Broadway stage. McNally, a gay Read More