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

14Dec

MOTHERSTRUCK! at NYC Culture Project

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Last week I was on Facebook and happened to see several posts by women I really admire about a new show they'd seen called MotherStruck! As a frequent theater goer, marketer and producer, I was instantly intrigued. It appeared to be a raw, honest show about motherhood starring a single Jamaican poet named Staceyann Chin living in Brooklyn. Motherstruck! The show is also directed by Cynthia Nixon and produced by Rosie O'Donnell, two women I admire immensely, particularly for the contributions to NYC theater they have both made over the years. I Read More

11Dec

Review: “School of Rock” on Broadway

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When my 11 year-old son asked me to take him to see School of Rock on Broadway, I was both surprised and thrilled. I haven't taken him to a show since 2010, when I took my cue at Stomp, when his sensorial issues took over. It was a combination of being over stimulated and noise that were just too much for him. But he loved the movie this show is based on - so much so that he's watched it several times on Netflix. Somehow during the summer he took note of its pending Broadway arrival, as did I with Andrew Lloyd Webber's name attached, and we both Read More

05Aug

Theater Review: Transport Group’s “Three Days to See”

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I grew up quite infatuated with the life and story of Helen Keller. Her intelligence, her accomplishments, and the obstacles she faced. I read and re-read the story of her studies with Anne Sullivan and when her story was captured on film in The Miracle Worker with Patty Duke, I was riveted. So when I received an invitation from Transport Group to see a performance of Three Days To See, conceived and directed by Jack Cummings III, based on the words of Helen Keller, at Theatre 79, 79 East 4 Street, between Bowery and Second Avenue, I immediately Read More

29Jun

Guest Post: The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, the Musical Review

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Guest writer Liat Ginsberg is a mother and former journalist for the Israeli newspaper, Maariv. She taught at the Film and Media Department at Hunter College. How many of us have to deal with our kids constantly nagging us for unhealthy snacks? It’s a non-ending battle, and as a parent you know that there is no perfect solution that fits all. If you want to feel good about your everyday battle, take your young kids to see The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, the Musical. The musical combines three books, Bears Learn about Strangers, The Read More

02Jun

Guest Post: Paper Planet at The New Victory Theater

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Have you ever had this arguement with your husband? A medium size box comes in the mail and he wants to throw it out. You say, "No way! The kids will love playing with it. It’s big enough for three kids to go inside.” He replies, “I do not want junk in my house!” But you refuse to give up, he gives in and the kids play with the cardboard box for hours. Then every time he passes by them playing with it, he says, “I told you not throw it out!”. The New Victory Theater believes in the theory of playing with junk and is trying to change the way we think Read More

25Apr

A Spell-Bounding FUN HOME on Broadway

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Every now and then I have a magical Broadway experience where a play knocks me out of my zone and brings together music, a social issue, talent and good story-telling. Today was such a day when I saw the play FUN HOME. I don't think I've had this kind of experience since seeing Next to Normal about five years ago. FUN HOME, a play based on a book by Alison Bechdel (yes, also of the famous Bechdel Test), and directed by the wonderful Sam Gold, is a play that left me giving the cast a standing ovation. There are so many things to say about this play, I'm Read More

23Apr

Guest Post: A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream at The New Acting Company

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Liat Ginsberg is a mother and a former Journalist for the Israeli newspaper Maariv. She taught at the Film and Media department at Hunter College. When the pamphlet of The New Acting Company advertised that the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream is appropriate for kids age 5 and up, I doubted it. I told myself , “How could a kid understand a language from 1594”? But I decided to take the risk with my 5 year old twins. I already imagined that they are going to embarrass me and I’ll have to leave the theatre in the middle of the play. To my amazement, they Read More

08Apr

Review: The Revival of Gigi on Broadway

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When I invited my mom to attend a press viewing of the revival of Gigi on Broadway, she was ecstatic, claiming it's one of the most memorable shows she ever saw as a teenager in the 1950s. She remembered the songs and story very clearly from the show, as well as the film. I'm also in that celebrated category of remembering the story. While spending time in Paris in my 20s, I went to see the film again at a small repertory cinema and embraced the performances of Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Maurice Chevalier, and Hermione Gingold. This was the first time Read More

31Mar

Guest Post: Review of Harold and the Purple Crayon at Brooklyn Center

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  The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon, which appeared at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts this past Sunday, which was produced by Enchantment Theatre Company’s production, is based on a picture book by Crockett Johnson. It tells the story of Harold, who one evening decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. He wears face masks so that only the actors’ body movements can convey emotion, though the audience will think that the actor is only five. To conquer his fear of darkness, he draws a moon (through video animation) and a Read More