I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Do Re Mi

We were given free tickets to Do Re Mi for review purposes, Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.
Me - Do Re Mi was a good show. It was about Hubie Cram. He wanted to sell jukeboxes. He started to promote a singer whose name was Tilda Mullins. Some of the show was confusing to me although, I liked it anyway. I liked the music but I don't remember any of the songs except Make Someone Happy. I really like that song. I also liked a song called What's New at the Zoo. In the show, it was sung by Tilda Mullins. I liked it because I liked animals and I liked that it was about the zoo. Over all, it was a good show. I like going to shows at Musicals Tonight. I like that their shows only run for a short amount of time so they can put on a lot of different shows. If we see one, we only have to wait a little bit before they have another one we can see.*

*The above post is by Aurella.

Mom - Here are ten reasons to see a show at Musicals Tonight

1) For the opportunity to see shows that you've never seen before.

2) For the opportunity to see shows that haven't been seen on stage in a long time.

3) For the opportunity to see shows that might not have done as well as they could have when they originally ran.

4) Because where else can you see a musical in New York for $25.00

5) For the opportunity to see talented young performers because you never now who is going to be the next big star and you will be able to say you saw them when.

6) For the opportunity to see seasoned performers that you might not have seen before or you haven't seen in a long time.

7) To hear great songs that you've never heard before or that you haven't heard in a long time.

8) To find out where some of the great songs came from.

9) Because it's in a convenient location not too far from Port Authority Bus terminal in case you are only coming to town to see a show and go.

10)  To see producer, Mel Miller's cute dogs who make an appearance before every show.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Funtivity Friday.

Photo credits: All Do Re Mi production photos supplied by Musicals Tonight

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Where-To-Wednesday - She Loves Me and Do Re Mi

We were given free tickets to She Loves Me for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: She Loves Me

Where: Studio 54
             254 W. 54th St.
             New York, New York

When: Now through June 12, 2016

Who: Recommended for ages 13 and above
Mom's view: She Loves Me is a gentle little musical. There is no huge chorus. There are no over the top production numbers. It is just a quiet little romance. However, this quiet little romance packs a powerful punch with its talented cast led by Laura Benanti, best known for TV shows like Supergirl and Nashville as well as The Sound of Music Live, and Zachary Levi, best known for the TV show, Chuck.  The songs are sweet although not necessarily especially memorable. The story is tender and romantic. The plot revolves around a pair of co-workers who hate each other but don't realize they are actually each other's secret romantic pen pals. Although, this is a story that has been done many times before, that doesn't take away from the enjoyment of this version. In fact, although the most well-known version is probably the 1998 movie You've Got Mail, She Loves Me actually predates that one as it was originally presented in 1963. Both She Loves Me and You've Got Mail were actually based on a play by Miklos Laszlo called Parfumerie. There were also several other earlier movie versions of the story. Although, the show is recommended for ages 13 and up, there is nothing really objectionable about the story except plot points involving a character having an affair with another character who is married (nothing is shown, however, it is only talked about) and the sound of a gunshot and the implication that a character is going to commit suicide (although this turns out not to be the case). However, these references would probably go over the head of some younger viewers except that they would, of course, hear the noise of the gunshot. I  would not recommend the show for very young children anyway as it would probably bore them. Tweens and teens who love romance and especially those that love old musicals would probably enjoy it. For more information go to http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/Shows-Events/She-Loves-Me.aspxto . To order tickets go to http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/tickets/reserve.aspx?pid=20842.
We were given free tickets to Do Re Mi for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: Do Re Mi

Where: The Lion Theatre
             410 W. 42nd St.
             New York, NY

When: Now through April 3, 2016

Who: Recommended for ages 13 and above.
Mom's view: Do Re Mi is an old musical that ran for about a year in 1960. The plot is slight and most likely the only reason the show ran as long as it did was because of the presence of its two stars Phil Silvers and Nancy Walker. The show does have some nice songs, however, including the classic Make Someone Happy. Musicals Tonight's version of the show currently running at The Lion Theatre is lively and energetic.  The cast is led by Patrick John Moran  as Hubie and Laura Daniel as Kay who wisely choose to put their own spin on the roles instead of attempting to be a carbon copy of the original stars. Their versions of the characters gives them a softer sweeter edge which enhances the romantic aspect of the story. The secondary story of the love at first sight romance of singer Tilda Mullen and John Henry Wheeler is even more romantic.  Beth DeMichele as Tilda has a pretty voice and brings a sweet wide-eyed innocence to her role and Tyler Milliron does an admirable job with a role that doesn't seem to be as fully developed as some of the other roles in the show. The show is definitely worth seeing for the sake of nostalgia. As always, we applaud any effort to give people the opportunity to see old long gone musicals presented on the stage once more. There is nothing in the show that is particularly objectionable for children except for some fighting although I am sure most children have seen much worse in any PG movie as there isn't even any bloodshed in this show. However, I don't think kids would have much interest in the story except for tweens and teens who love romance. For more information go to http://www.musicalstonight.org/. To order tickets go to https://www.telecharge.com/Off-Broadway/Do-Re-Mi/Overview.

And that's Mom's view.

Tune in to tomorrow's Talking Topics post for more about Do Re Mi.

Photo credits: All She Loves Me photos by Joan Marcus.
                         All Do Re Mi production photos supplied by Musicals Tonight

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tips for Tuesday - Books: Perfect Chemistry and The Best of Enemies

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Me - Today I am recommending Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, It is one of my favorite books. It is so romantic. It is one of the most romantic books I ever read. It is about Alex and Brittany, a couple from opposite sides of town. At first, they hate each other. Then, they fall in love and are determined to be together despite all obstacles. Even though it sounds like a cliche, it is a very unique take on this type of story. It is a really sweet story that you won't be able to put down.
Mom - Today I am recommending  The Best of Enemies by Jen Lancaster.  Sarabeth Chandler has two best friends, Jacqueline Jordan and Kitty Carricoe. The only problem is Jacqueline and Kitty can't stand each other. When Sarabeth's husband dies in a mysterious plane crash, Jacqueline and Kitty are forced to put aside their differences and join forces to get to the bottom of the mystery for their best friend's sake. This book was a  very entertaining read. The story was interesting and moved along quickly. The characters especially Jacqueline and Kitty were very well drawn.  It was easy to put yourself in each of their shoes and feel sympathy for both. The ending was a shocker, but very satisifying. I would highly recommend this great book.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Monthly Mash-up March, 2016 - Dreams and Home Videos

Me  - My topic for this month is dreams. I had a dream that my family was backstage at the Broadway show School of Rock. We were talking to the people in the show. They all seemed nice and fun to be around except for one. I don't remember who it was but there was one person who was really mean. In the dream, I had decided that I wanted to learn how to play the bass guitar and then try-out for School of Rock. After that, fabulous things kept happening to me. That dream has inspired me to actually learn how to play the bass guitar and try-out for School of Rock. I am so glad I had that dream, and I really hope that I can actually get in to School of Rock.*

*The above post is by younger sister, Aurella.

Mom - My topic for this month is home videos. I am not talking about the old fashioned kind of home videos which families made for themselves and only shared among themselves. I am talking about the modern kind of videos which people share with the world on YouTube in the hopes that they'll go viral. First of all, the fact that they are even called viral tells you that there is something wrong with this whole culture of oversharing. I don't understand these viral videos. I mean I get that if you are at your kids recital or soccer game or something like that you would be taking a video because you would want to preserve that event for prosterity. However, if you are taking videos while you just happen to be riding along in the car or when you are reprimanding your child for stealing a donut or something like that there can be no other reason than that you are just hoping that your child while do or say something cute enough to go viral on YouTube. If so, that is just sad. It is sad for the kids because either they are going to have a lifetime of embarassing videos of themselves out there for all the world to see or they are going to think that their entire lives are something to be out there to share with the world. It is sad for the parents because wouldn't you rather be spending good quality time interacting with your kids in a real way instead of viewing them from behind a video camera? After all, kids are only young for a little while and that time period goes by in the blink of an eye.

And that's our view. What's on your mind? Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Sunday Scoop Week of 3/27/16- What's Happening This Week of Coming Up Soon


The New York Mets and Major League Baseball Advanced Media are kicking off the 2016 season with the Mets Amazin’ Auction available to all at Mets.com/AmazinAuction. The online auction begins today and ends on Friday, April 8 at 8:20 p.m.

The Amazin’ Auction gives fans and supporters the chance to bid on a wide range of unique Mets memorabilia, including a home plate signed by the 2015 National League Champions and once-in-a-lifetime experiences like eating lunch with General Manager Sandy Alderson in his Executive Office or taking batting practice with Mets pitchers.

This online auction also gives participants a chance to win incredible dining opportunities at award winning New York City restaurants, including a dinner for four at Bowery Meat Company with Executive Chef Josh Capon’s special tasting menu and wine pairings, as well as dinner for four at Tribeca Grill with an autographed cookbook signed by Robert De Niro and Drew Nieporent.

The Amazin’ Auction supports the annual Mets Welcome Home Dinner presented by Alliance Business Services, benefiting the Katz Institute for Women’s Health, a member of Northwell Health and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The annual Mets Welcome Home Dinner will take place on the evening of the Mets Home Opener, Friday April 8at the Marriot Marquis. For information about purchasing tickets or table options, please contact Yesenia Covarrubias at (718) 565-4335 or ycovarrubias@nymets.com.

Musicals Tonight! continues its ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates with its next edition of  AT THIS PERFORMANCE…™ to be held on Monday, March 28th  at The Lion Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street at 7 PM.  On this evening, a milestone is reached over 800 different performers will have participated in the series to date.

Hosted by series Producing Artistic Director and Casting Director Stephen DeAngelis, the popular series allows performers to showcase their versatility and share anecdotes about their experiences. Performers scheduled for Monday March 28th are Michael C. Bernardi (Understudy for the role of Tevye in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof), Carrie Compere (Understudy for the role of Sofia in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple), J. Michael Finley (Understudy for the role of Jean Valjean in the Broadway revival of Les Miserables), Alyssa Fox  (Standby for the role of Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked), Tessa Grady (Standby for the roles of Joan and Ruby in the Broadway production of Dames at Sea), Rodney Ingram (Understudy for the role of Aladdin in the Broadway production of Aladdin), Bre Jackson (Understudy for the role of Celie in the Broadway revival of Hamilton), Merritt David Janes (Understudy for the role of Dewey Finn in the Broadway production of School of Rock-The Musical), Andrew Kober (Understudy for the roles of Georg Nowack and Ladislav Sipos in the Broadway revival of She Loves Me), Omar Lopez-Cepero (Understudy for the role of Emilio Estefan in the Broadway production of On Your Feet!), Michael Minarik (Understudy for the roles of Miss Trunchbull and Mr. Wormwood in the Broadway production of Matilda The Musical), Manna Nichols(Understudy for the role of Kei Kimura and  Hannah Campbell in the Broadway production of Allegiance), Presley Ryan (Standby for the role of Small Alison, John and Christian in the Broadway production of Fun Home) and Paul Slade Smith (Understudy for the roles of Charles Frohman and  Captain James Hook  in the Broadway production of Finding Neverland). Musical Director/Accompanist for the evening will be Mason Griffin.

At This Performance… debuted in October 2003 and to date has showcased the talents of 791 Standbys, Understudies and Alternates who have covered 3600 roles in 426 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions 
Tickets are $26.25 each and are available through Telecharge (212) 239-6200 or at the Box Office on the evening of performance.
A Midsummer Nights Dream at the Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ

Friday April 1, 2016 to Sunday April 10, 2016 
Start with four hopelessly entangled young lovers ... Add a royal wedding, some traveling thespians, and some serious parenting problems ... And send everyone off to the enchanted woods, where they get caught in the crossfire between the King and Queen of the Faeries. Lord, what fools these mortals be! 
But those things do best please me that befall preposterously. And this funny, sexy, goofy comedy full of mistaken identity, love potions, mayhem, mystical creatures, ass-headed weavers and nature gone mad is just what I, Puck, love! Melding the world of dance and Shakespeare, reinventing this timeless love story with a blend of jazz and poetry makes for one wonderful, magical midsummer night’s dream.

For more information or to order tickets click here
Upcoming at the State Theatre
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

Sat April 2 8:00 PM Glen Burtnik's British Invasion Concert
                                   featuring the weeklings

Wed Apri 6 8:00 Holy Holy 
                             The Man Who Sold the World

For more information or to order tickets go to click here
Upcoming  at the Museum of the Moving Image
3601  35th Ave.
Astoria, NY

Ed Sullivan Presents the Muppets
Saturday, April 2, 1:00 p.m. 

Some of the Muppets's most memorable early characters and sketches were seen on Ed Sullivan's CBS variety show. Courtesy of Andrew Solt and SOFA Entertainment, the Museum marks the 50th anniversary of the first Muppet appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show with a compilation of Jiim Henson's finest Sullivan moments. Introduced by Craig Shemin, President of the Jim Henson Legacy. 

For more information click here
TADA! Youth Theater  30th Anniversary Gala Tickets On-Sale

Monday, May 23, 2016  |  6 pm to 10 pm at Tribeca 360


►    Iconic dancer, singer, actress, two-time Tony Award-winner Chita Rivera
►    Pulitzer and three-time Tony Award-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick
►    Long-time supporter and Board President Emeritus Stephen T. Rodd

Hosted by

►   Multiple Emmy Award-winning tv star and TADA! alumnus Jordan Peele


►    Broadway stars like Gregg Edelmann, Melissa Errico, Alix Korey and others who may include Ben Vereen, Donna McKechnie, Jane Krakowski, Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti
►    TADA!’s Resident Youth Ensemble 
►    A live and silent auction including trips, Broadway experiences, sports tickets, food and dining, priceless items, wellness packages, and much more.
For more information or to purchase tickets go to click here
Lakewood Blueclaws Kids Club
First Energy Park
2 Stadium Way 
Lakewood, NJ

Now is the time to join the BlueClaws Kids Club! The BlueClaws have two versions in their Kids Club, which is presenteby Jenkinson's Boardwalk.

Rookie: This free version includes Kids Eat Free & Kids Run the Bases every Sunday, plus Kids Club Autograph Day & Kids Club Parade Day.

MVP: Just $20, this program includes four Sunday ticket vouchers, a $25 Sky Zone Gift Card, and much more.

To sign up, call Patrick at 732-900-7000 ext 171 or click here for more information
News from DKC/O & M


Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, the smash hit musical about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, launched a new digital lottery ticket policy on March 22. A limited number of tickets will are available for $39.00 the day of the performance via the digital lottery, powered by Broadway Direct.

Full lottery details are as follows: 

A limited number of tickets will be available for all Tuesday – Friday performances through this new digital lottery, which will open at 8:00AM daily for both matinee and evening performances, and will remain open until 10:30AM and 3:00PM, respectively, when the winners will be drawn. Winners will be notified by email shortly after each drawing, and will have 60 minutes to pay for their tickets with a credit card online. Tickets will be $39 each, including the facility fee.  For the week of March 22 only, entries will also be accepted for both performances on Saturday, March 26 and the matinee on Sunday, March 27.
Tickets can be picked up at the Sondheim Theatre box office (124 West 43rd Street) beginning 30 minutes prior to show time. Photo ID is required for pickup, and seat locations are subject to availability. To enter the lottery and for more information, please click here: https://lottery.

“ A   F U N N Y   T H I N G  … ”

BEGINS MAY 19, 2016


Beth Behrs, the star of CBS’s “2 Broke Girls,” will lead the cast of the world premiere of Halley Feiffer’s comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City.  Behrs will be joined by Obie winner Lisa Emery, most recently seen on the hit Netflix drama “Jessica Jones,” as well as stage veteran Jacqueline Sydney.  Additional casting will be announced at a later date.  Obie winner Trip Cullman directs the production which begins previews on May 19, 2016 ahead of a June 7, 2016 opening night.  Tickets are now on sale at http://www.mcctheater.org/.

In A Funny Thing Happened…, a foul-mouthed twenty-something comedian and a middle-aged man embroiled in a nasty divorce are brought together unexpectedly when their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates in the hospital. Together, this unlikely duo must negotiate some of life’s biggest challenges... while making some of the world’s most inappropriate jokes. Can these two very lost people learn to laugh through their pain and lean on each other when all they really want to do is run away?
And that's the Scoop. Tune in tomorrow for the Monthly Mash-up.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Museum of the City of New York and Mister G Concert

We were given free tickets  to the Museum of the City of New York for review purposes. Any and al opinions expressed here are our own based on our experience.

Me - I had fun at the Museum of the City of New York. They had  an awesome doll house there. It was like a doll mansion. I wish I had a doll house like that. There were a lot of painted pictures of historical people like Alexander Hamilton and George Washington and many others too. We had fun looking at the pictures and making up stories for people we didn't know. It was also fun guessing if they were who we thought they were. Then, we looked at the names to see if we were right. They had a room with lots of jewelry. There was also a gold platter there too. They had a dress that was actually worn by Barbra Streisand in a movie. It was so cool! There was a whole exhibit on the New York City Marathon. I don't think I could ever run in a marathon because it is so long.  We saw a camera that was actually seen on the show Mysteries at the Museum. They had a lot of pictures that were taken with the camera in the museum. Jacob Riis took the pictures of poor people to show how bad their living conditions were. I had a good time at the Museum of the City of New York.

We were given free tickets to the Mister G concert for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own based on our experience.
\Me - The Mister G concert was great for little kids. They were dancing and singing and having a good time. At one point, they even got to run in place. He had  a lot of songs that were fun for little kids. One was about chocolate. One was about bugs. One was about all these things that if they happened you would run. One was counting and animals in Spanish. My sister and I are really too old for Mister G, but I had a good time at the concert. I liked the concert because the School of Rock kids played a few songs with Mister G. The School of Rock kids are great! They are amazing! They are extremely talented. They sang a song with Mister G about Pizza for Breakfast. They sang a few more songs too, but I don't remember what they were called. It was a lot of fun and little kids would love it. It made me really want to see School of Rock.
And that's Aurella's view. Funtivity Friday will be closed this week. Tune in Sunday for this week's scoop.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Where-To-Go-Wednesday - Museum of the City of New York and Mister G Concert

We were given free tickets to the Museum of the City of New York for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.
What: The Museum of the City of New York

Where: 1220 Fifth Ave.
             (at 103 St.)
             New York, NY

Who: 6 and up

Mom's view: If you watch, Mysteries at the Museum on the Travel Channel, you are probably familiar with the Museum of the City of New York as many episodes of the show discuss artifacts that can be found here. The Museum displays exhibits related to the past, present and future of New York City.  On-going exhibits include Gilded New York a display of objects related to elite culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Objects on display here include jewelry, clothing and portraits. Another on-going exhibit is Activist New York with displays on everything from the fight for women's right to vote and the fight to form unions to present day struggles including the fight for gay rights and the fight to save the environment.  This exhibit contains many pictures posters and other artifacts. Exhibits on display for a limited time only include an exhibit on Yiddish theater which includes costumes and posters among other things. Even if you are not familiar with Yiddish theater, you may be familiar with some of the shows and events represented in this collection since it includes such things as one of Barbra Streisand's Funny Girl costumes and a poster from the movie The Jazz Singer staring Al Jolson.  This exhibit will be running through July 31, 2016. Another current exhibit Picturing Prestige: New York is  a gallery of portraits of well to do New Yorkers from 1700 to 1860. The portaits  include those of well-known historical figures, such as, Alexander Hamilton as well as others of people who may not be as well-known. This exhibit will be on display through October 11, 2016.

While merely walking through the museum and viewing the exhibits on display might not be very interesting to most young children, the museum does present many special programs for families and schools. These programs include an educational aspect as well as an interactive aspect. Upcoming programs includes ones where children learn about costumes in Yiddish Theater and then design one of their own, one where children learn about the flowers that bloom in the Central Park Conservancy Garden and then make a Spring mobile, and one where children get to explore books, learn about book binding, and make their own book to take home. All children's programs are geared to children ages 6-12. They are all free with admission to the Museum, and they all  include a snack. For more about children's programs offered by the museum go to http://www.mcny.org/calendar-and-events/family-programs for more about the museum in general go to http://www.mcny.org/.
We were given free tickets to a recent Mister G concert at Symphony Space in New York City for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own based on our experience.
What: Mister G Concert

When and Where: See below for tour schedule

Who: All ages
Our view: Mister G is a family friendly rocker who will especially appeal to children between the ages of 3 and 7. He sings songs about topics children love including animals, chocolate and bugs. He is a multicultural singer who sings songs which include both English and Spanish. He has, in fact, won a Latin Grammy for Best Children's Album. Mister G's concerts are fun interactive experiences for children. Children are encouraged not only to sing along but to get up and move as well. Mister G recently performed a concert at Symphony Space in New York City with special guests the kids rock band from the Broadway musical, School of Rock.  For a clip of the concert, go here. Once you've viewed it, you will be more familiar with Mister G and the School of Rock kids band, and  we are sure you will want to see and hear more of both. For more about Mister G go to http://www.mistergsongs.com/. For his upcoming tour schedule which will include stops in Massachussetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia,  Louisiana, and California go to http://www.mistergsongs.com/shows/ For more about School of Rock read our previous posts: Where-To-Go Wednesday: School of Rock and School of Rock and/or go to http://schoolofrockthemusical.com/.
And that's Mom's view. Tune in to tomorrow's Talking Topics post for more about the Museum of the City of New York and Mister G and the School of Rock kids band.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tips for Tuesday - Misc: Amazon Echo and 1 by one Wireless Sports Earphones With a Giveaway!

Me - Today I am recommending Amazon Echo. Amazon Echos are really useful and fun. They can help you when you don't know the answer to a question although they do not know they answer to all questions. They can amuse you by telling jokes. They can do so many cool things and help you so much as well as keep you entertained for hours.*

*The above post is by younger sister, Aurella. We will be talking more about Amazon Echo in a future post.

We were given 1 by one Wireless Sports Earphones for free for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own based on our experience.

Mom - Today I am recommending 1by one Wireless Sports Earphones. These earphones are easy to pair up with any blue tooth device. They are great for talking on phones but they are great for listening to music too. It is so nice not have wires to get all tangled up. It is also nice that they do not assume that all ears are of equal shape and size and they provide 3 sizes of ear hooks and 3 sizes of ear cushions. For more about these earphones or to order them from Amazon click here. Enter to win a pair below. 

Giveway dates 3/22/16 - 4/5/16
Giveaway open to US residents 18+ only
ARV $38.99

Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Total Vocal

What: Total Vocal: A Contemporary A Capella  Concert

Where: Carnegie Hall

When: March 20, 2016
Me - Total Vocal was really good. I liked the singing. They all had very nice voices. I liked the song Try, and I loved the song Love Shack. I wish that the groups that were in Pitch Slapped got to do more. They only got to sing background in two songs. I had hoped they were going to do more, and that is what I was most excited about before I went to the show. I thought it was strange that in the concert they sang  the Spiderman theme song. I thought it was amazing that they could even make the Spiderman song sound really beautiful and nice. I hated the movie Pitch Perfect 2, and I didn't really like the music in it. However, they sang a couple songs from that  in the concert and made them sound good too. It was cool to be in Carnegie Hall, and the sound was incredible. Even when people were clapping you could hear it really loud. Apparently, they did a show like this last year too, but I didn't  know about it so I didn't go until this year. It was both my mom and my first experience seeing an A Cappella Concert and first experience seeing a concert at Carnegie Hall. It was really good. If they have another show like this next year, I would definitely go again.*

*The above post is by younger sister, Aurella who starting this week will go from doing guest posts to becoming a more regular part of the blog.

Mom - I just love A Capella  music, but I never had a chance to attend an A Capella concert before. I am so glad I got to go to this one. It was a great!. The show was conducted arranged and directed by Deke Sharon familiar to audiences of the TV show Pitch Slapped where he lead the high school A Capella group Stay Tuned in the summer invitationals last year. He has also worked on the TV show, The Sing-Off as well as the movies, Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2. He is great, and he did a wonderful job with this show.  I really loved the song choices including songs from the TV shows The Sing-Off and Pitch Slapped as well as from the movie Pitch Perfect 2. I didn't actually like the songs in the movie Pitch Perfect 2 when I saw them in the movie probably because I didn't really like the movie, but even those songs sounded good here. Other songs included The Carpenters, Close to You; Coldplay's Fix You and a Beatles Medley among others.  The singing voices were all beautiful. However, like like my daughter I was disappointed that the groups from the TV show Pitch Slapped didn't get to do more. I hadn't heard of any of the other groups appearing in the show although they were all good. Actress, Chrissy Fit, who played the character Florence "Flo" Fuentes in the movie Pitch Perfect 2 also appeared in this concert. She sang Try. I didn't really like her character in the movie, but she sounded good here. I like her much better as herself than as her character in the movie.  The audience even got the opportunity to get in on the action by singing along to the song The Lion Sleeps Tonight at the very end of the concert. All in all, Total Vocal was totally fun and totally entertaining and I would totally go to another concert like this if I ever had the chance.

And that's our view. What is the most entertaining concert you've ever been to?

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sunday Scoop Week of 3/20/16 What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Enter for a Chance to Sing "The Secret of Happiness" 
On-Stage After a Performance of Daddy Long Legs

Where: The Davenport Theatre
             354 W. 45th St.
             New York, NY

When: Date to be determined

The Grand Prize Winner will receive:
The opportunity to perform "The Secret of Happiness" at the Davenport Theatre after a performance of Daddy Long Legs
· A Voice Session with Megan McGinnis (Jerusha) and Paul Gordon (Music & Lyrics)
· Round trip transportation to New York City
· One night stay in a hotel in New York City*
*Prize only awarded if winner does not live within 50 miles of New York City
Applicants will submit a video of their performance of "The Secret of Happiness" and the public will then vote on all video entries. The winner will be the video with the most votes!
To enter the Daddy Long Legs Song Contest and view full contest guidelines, visitwww.DaddyLongLegsMusical.com/submit. Entries will be accepted starting Tuesday, March 15th and must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on Thursday, March 24th. Voting will begin athttp://www.DaddyLongLegsMusical.com/vote on Wednesday, March 30th and voting closes on Wednesday, April 6th at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be announced on Thursday, April 7th.
Danny's Book Club at iPlay America
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ

The overall objective of Danny’s Book Club is to encourage elementary school aged children to read with special incentives at iPlay America.
Each participant must read a minimum of five age-appropriate books of his or her choosing by the April 18th 2016 deadline. Once the books have been completed, the child must receive signed verification from a teacher and parent or guardian and e-mail the completed form to ericg@iplayamerica.com
Time period for participants to read
January 2016 - April 18th 2016

Last day to get forms signed off on and returned to ericg@iplayamerica.com
April 18th 2016
Time period for e-blasts to be sent out congratulating participants on completing the program
April 19th 2016 - April 29th 2016

Danny’s Book Club Celebration
May 1st 2016 - May 30th 2016
For more information or to sign your child up go to http://www.iplayamerica.com/special-event/dannys-book-club
Beauty and the Beast Now at Literally Alive Theatre

Where: Player's Theatre
              115 MacDougal
              New York, NY

When: Now through April 26, 2016

Saturday at 3p / Sunday at 11a
(Special Saturday at 7p March 19 and 26)


Beauty & the Beast the musical by Sgouros & Bell
February 14 - April 26 only
Saturdays at 3p / Sundays  at 11a
Saturday March 5, 19 & 26 at 7p
Special Spring Break show on April 26 at 2p

FREE Family Workshop 1 Hour before all matinees
Tickets: $32-$52 (use code: Beauty to save 20%)

For sneak peak click here

For more information go to http://www.literallyalive.com/

Lakewood BlueClaws Single Game Tickets On-Sale Now

Where: 2 Stadium Way
              Lakewood, NJ 

Box Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 Am- 5:00 PM

By Phone732-901-7000 option 3.

First Home Game April 14 !
Dollar Ticket weekend Friday April 15- Sunday April 17!
Do Re Mi at Musicals Tonight

Where: The Lions Theatre
              410 W. 42nd St.
              (between 9th and 10th)
               New York, NY

When: March 22- April 3

Tuesday            Wednesday       Thursday            Friday                 Saturday           Sunday
22 (7:30)        23 (2:00/7:30)     24 (7:30)          25 (2:00)         26 (2:00/7:30)     27 (2:00)
29 (7:30)        30 (2:00/7:30)     31 (7:30)            1 (2:00)           2 (2:00/7:30)       3 (2:00)

Tickets are $26.25 and can be purchased at the Box Office or Telecharge (212) 212-239-5200
Questions?  Contact Mel Miller – musicalstonight@aol.com or 212-362-5620
Visit us the web-site at www.musicalstonight.org
Upcoming at the State Theatre
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ
Diana Ross 
In the Name of Love Tour
March 31 at 8:00 PM

News from Boneau/Bryan-Brown

Two Week Extension of
 Critically Acclaimed World Premiere Production
Hold On to Me Darling
Now Playing Through Sunday, April 17, 2016

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is proud to announce that the world premiere production of Academy Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist Kenneth Lonergan’s play Hold On To Me Darling, directed by Neil Pepe, has been extended an additional two weeks due to high ticket demand following opening to critical acclaim.

Hold On To Me Darling will now play a limited engagement through Sunday, April 17, 2016 Off Broadway at the Linda Gross Theater(336 West 20 Street).

Hold On To Me Darling stars Adelaide Clemens (“Rectify”), Tony Award nominee Jonathan Hogan (As Is), Jenn Lyon (Fish in the Dark),Keith Nobbs (Lombardi), Emmy Award nominee Timothy Olyphant (“Justified”) and C.J. Wilson (Bronx Bombers).

On learning of his mother’s death, world famous country and western star Strings McCrane (Olyphant) begins questioning the meaning of his life and what it all adds up to. Determined to abandon his celebrity and career, he moves back to his hometown in Tennessee. It doesn’t go well.

Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater is located at 336 West 20 Street (between 8 and 9th Avenues).

Regular tickets begin at $65.00. Performance schedule: Tuesday at 7pmWednesday-Saturday at 8pmSaturday and Sunday at 2pm.Sunday evening performance on 3/20 at 7pmWednesday matinees on 3/23, 3/30 at 2pm.

Available online at www.atlantictheater.org, by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111, or in person at The Linda Gross Theater box office (336 West 20 Street between 8 & 9 Avenues).

For information on Atlantic Theater Company membership or other inquiries, contact the Membership Department: 212-645-1242or membership@atlantictheater.org.

Tickets on Sale for Previews through Valentine's Day 2017
Previews Begin April 16, 2016, Opening Set for May 25, 2016
at Lyric Theatre (213 West 42nd Street)

PARAMOUR is Cirque Du Soleil’s first show created specifically for Broadway. Previews for this production will begin on Saturday, April 16 with an official opening set for Wednesday, May 25 at Lyric Theatre (213 West 42nd Street).
PARAMOUR spins the thrilling tale of a beautiful young actress forced to choose between love and art in the glamorous world of Golden Age Hollywood. Featuring eye-popping acrobatics and sumptuous music and dance, PARAMOUR is a groundbreaking new event that will transport you to a sublime world of emotion and awe as it walks the exhilarating tightrope of the heart.

For more information on PARAMOUR, visit www.ParamourOnBroadway.com.

Single Ticket On-Sale Now
for the World Premiere of Broadway Bound

The Spongebob Musical

Performances Begin on Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Limited Engagement through Sunday, July 3, 2016
at Broadway In Chicago's Oriental Theatre

The SpongeBob Musical will begin performances on Tuesday, June 7th at Broadway in Chicago's Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL). This is a limited engagement through Sunday, July 3, 2016.

Tickets for The SpongeBob Musical at the Oriental Theatre range from $33 - $100.  A select number of premium tickets are available for many performances. Group tickets for 10 or more are available by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online atBroadwayInChicago.com.

Tuesday at 7:30 PM
Wednesday at 2 PM and 7:30 PM (no matinee on Wednesday, June 8)     
Thursday at 7:30 PM
Friday at 7:30 PM
Saturday at 2 PM and 8 PM
Sunday at 2 PM (no matinee on June 196 PM performance on June 19)

For more information on The SpongeBob Musical, visit TheSpongeBobMusical.com
News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

announces the
7th Annual Gala & Auction
Villain at 50 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY
Friday, April 1, 2016 from 6-11:30pm
Williamsburg's P.S. 132 announces the7th Annual Gala & Auction on Friday, April 1, 2016 from 6pm to 11:30pm. The entire community is invited to join P.S. 132 at local event space, Villain (50 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249) for its biggest fundraiser of the year. Admission to the gala is $50 for one ticket ($60 at the door) or $100 for two tickets, and includesfood catered by Brooklyn Ice House, drink, delicious hand made desserts generously donated from Lella Alimentari and Francesca Cakes, and dancing. Enjoy the chance to bid on exclusive items in both live and silent auctions.  Tickets can be purchased in advance online at https://ps132pta.ejoinme.org/tickets, or at the door.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn Center


Darlene Love
Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8pm
A Con Edison Music Masters Series Event
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2015-16 season on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8pm with Darlene Love. Darlene Love has been captivating audiences worldwide for decades with her warmth, grace, and electrifying performances. From her No. 1 hit, "He's A Rebel," to her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she continues to blaze a trail of success, proving why Rolling Stone magazine calls her "one of the greatest singers of all time." Tickets for the Darlene Love concert are $40 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the Brooklyn Center box office at 718-951-4500.


April 5-10, 2016
New York Premiere of Flabbergast by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano
Bury Me Standing by Ramón Oller
Club Havana by Pedro Ruiz
Fun and Interactive En Familia Matinee for Families on Saturday, 4/9
New York, NY - Ballet Hispanico, the nation's premier Latino dance organization, celebrates its 45th anniversary New York Season at the Joyce Theater from April 5-10, 2016 with eight performances featuring a New York Premiere and a special matinee for children and families. Tickets start at $10 and are on sale now at www.joyce.org.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents
Rhythm Revue: A Latin Soul Celebration
Featuring Joe Bataan and DJ Felix Hernandez
Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 8pm

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College is pleased to partner with renowned DJ/producer Felix Hernandez, who will host Rhythm Revue: A Latin Soul Celebration, an evening of live music and DJing celebrating the musical genres of Latin Soul and Boogaloo, on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 8pm. Presented in concert format and not as one of Hernandez's traditional dance parties, the show will feature the "King of Latin Soul," Joe Bataan.Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the Brooklyn Center box office at 718-951-4500
News from DKC/O&M




Alan Mingo Jr. will play ‘Lola’ in the Tony Award®-winning musical Kinky Boots at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street), beginning March 29, 2016Mingo, who comes to Broadway straight from the Toronto production of Kinky Boots, succeeds Emmy Award-winner Wayne Brady in the role. Brady, who took over the coveted part of ‘Lola’ from Tony Award-winner (and original star) Billy Porter in November 2015, plays his final performance on March 27, 2016.

Original Broadway cast member Kyle Taylor Parker, who has played ‘Lola’ on Broadway and on tour, will take over the role in Toronto, where the show, originally scheduled to play a 12-week run, opened in June 2015 and has just been extended a fifth time through May 15, 2016.

The performance schedule for Kinky Boots is as follows: Monday at 8pm, Tuesday at 7pm, Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at2pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm (see KinkyBootsTheMusical.com for variations). There is a general ticket lottery each day; lottery entries will be accepted online (lottery.kinkybootsthemusical.com) beginning at the curtain time of the previous performance up to 3.5 hours prior to curtain of the desired performance, and names will be chosen at random, for a limited number of $37 tickets. See KinkyBootsTheMusical.com for details and restrictions.
“ M I S C A S T   2  0  1  6 ”



M A R I S A   T O M E I


As previously announced, this year’s Miscast gala, an annual highlight of the New York theater season, will honor Oscar® winning star of stage & screen and MCC alum Marisa Tomei. Miscast 2016 will be held Monday, April 4, 2016 at The Hammerstein Ballroom (311 West 34th Street). 

Show-only mezzanine level tickets are now on sale and begin at $99 with $149 Show-only Premium Seats at http://www.mcctheater.org/galamiscast.html.

To purchase gala tickets, please contact Nick Vermane at (212) 727-7722, ext. 232 or via email at nvername@mcctheater.org
“ F U N   H O M E ”
APRIL 5 - MAY 22, 2016


Three-time Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker will join the cast of Fun Home, the groundbreaking and Tony Award-winning Best Musical, as Helen Bechdel, for a limited time from April 5 - May 22, 2016. Four-time Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn, who is taking a leave to have hip surgery, is set to return to the role on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home features music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and direction bySam Gold, whose work on this production earned them Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book and Best Direction.  Fun Home is currently playing to sold-out crowds at the Circle in the Square Theatre (235 West 50th Street).

Ticket prices for Fun Home range from $75 – $160 and are available for purchase via Telecharge.com, by calling 212-239-6200, or in person at the Circle in the Square Theatre box office. Fun Home plays the following schedule: Tuesday – Thursday at 7:00 PM, Friday – Saturday at 8:00 PM, Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00 PM, and Sunday at 3:00 PM.

The coast-to-coast North American Tour of Fun Home will begin in the 2016 – 2017 Season, and the Grammy nominated Original Broadway Cast Recording of Fun Home Original Cast Recording is now available on PS Classics, www.psclassics.com.
News from Richard Hillman PR

“O N E   F U N N Y   M O T H E R”

Performances for the Off-Broadway premiere of the hilarious new solo comedy, One Funny Mother written, performed and starring comedian Dena Blizzard.open-ended engagement are set to begin Thursday, March 31, 2016  at 7:00pm. at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues).  Opening Night is Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7:00pm.

One Funny Mother stars comedian, former Miss New Jersey, and married mother of three, Dena Blizzard, in her hilarious solo comedy show about the trials and tribulations of motherhood and marriage. An outrageous and side splitting 80 minutes of sass that follows Dena on her hilarious journey through a day of cleaning as she prepares for her big “Girls Night Out.”  Along the way she laments how her life and marriage have changed since becoming a mother of three, wrestling with the eternal question, “Have I gone crazy since having these kids?” The answer is a hysterical, “laugh ’til your face hurts” comedy that you won’t want to miss!

One Funny Mother will play the following performance schedule: Thursdays 7:00pm and Saturdays at 8:00pm.

Tickets for One Funny Mother are priced at $65 and may be purchased by calling Telecharge (212) 239-6200, or by visiting Telecharge.com.  For additional information please visit the website at www.onefunnymother.com

The Drama League (Executive Director, Gabriel Shanks) has announced its Spring 2016 “Up Close” Series, to be held at The Drama League Theater Center (32 Avenue of the Americas) in Tribeca.

The series of intimate evenings will include discussions with Tony® Award winner Jane Krakowski (She Loves Me, “30 Rock”, “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Emmy® Award winner Hank Azaria (“The Simpsons”, The Birdcage, Dry Powder)Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple), and Leslie Odom, Jr. (“Smash”, Hamilton).
To reserve seats for any of the events in the Spring series, please visit dramaleague.org/events.
2016 Spring Up Close Series
All events held at the Drama League Theater Center, 32 Avenue of the Americas
Up Close: Hank Azaria
Monday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Premium Seating: $45
General Public: $25
League Members: $15

Hank Azaria is an Emmy® Award winning actor best known for his prolific voice-over work in all 27 seasons of The Simpsons.  He has also had memorable roles on the television series Friends, Mad About YouRay Donovan, and will soon be seen in HBO’s The Wizard of Lies. His film roles include The Birdcage, Along Came Polly, Godzilla, The Smurfs and Quiz Show. Mr. Azaria was nominated for a Tony®Award for his role in Monty Python’s Spamalot, and last appeared on Broadway in Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention.  This season, he appears at the Public Theatre in Dry Powder, opposite Claire Danes and John Krasinski. 

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Up Close: Jane Krakowski
Monday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Premium Seating: $45
General Public: $25
League Members: $15
The hilarious Jane Krakowski returns to Broadway this season playing Ilona in Roundabout’s revival of She Loves Me. She is known to millions around the world for her memorable TV roles on Ally McBeal, 30 Rock and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which returns to Netflix in April for its second season. Ms. Krakowski won a Tony® Award for her portrayal of Carla in the 2003 revival of Nine opposite Antonio Banderas, and an Olivier Award while starring in Guys and Dolls in London’s West End.  Other Broadway credits include Grand Hotel (Tony Award nomination), CompanyOnce Upon a MattressTartuffe, and Starlight Express
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 Up Close: Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom, Jr.
Sunday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Premium Seating: $45
General Public: $25
League Members: $15
Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom, Jr. star in two of this season’s biggest Broadway musicals, The Color Purple and Hamilton,respectively Ms. Erivo has made a name for herself as one of Britain’s leading stage actresses.  She appeared as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and was part of the Donmar Warehouse’s all-female production of Henry IV. This season, she made her Broadway debut starring as Celie in the lauded revival of The Color Purple. Mr. Odom rose to fame playing Sam Strickland on NBC’s “Smash”. He originated the role of anti-hero Aaron Burr in Hamilton’s off-Broadway premiere and continues to play him eight shows a week on Broadway. He previously appeared on Broadway in Leap of Faith and in Encores! Off-Center production of Tick, Tick…Boom!

To become a member of The League, please call (212) 244-9494 or visitwww.dramaleague.org/theleague.  
 “D I S T A N T   T H U N D E R”
APRIL 4 & 5, 2016

The Amas Musical Theatre Lab will present staged readings of Distant Thunder, a Native American Musical, with book by Lynne Taylor-Corbettand Shaun Taylor-Corbett, lyrics by Chris Wiseman and Shaun Taylor-Corbett, additional music by Robert Lindsey-Nassif, and music direction and arrangements by Michael Moricz. Directed by Ms. Taylor-Corbett, the readings will be held on Monday, April 4th at 5pm and Tuesday, April 5th at 2pm at Pearl Studios – Room 1204 (500 Eighth Avenue - between 35th & 36th Streets). The readings are free, although reservations are required. Please visit www.amasmusical.org or email boxoffice@amasmusical.org.
News from Waldmania PR




As one of the first artists to combine original and traditional children's music with electronic, pop, and dance genres, Liz DeRoche (a.k.a. The Singing Lizard) moves listeners to the beat of an entirely new style she calls "Electro-Kindie."  The Singing Lizard is thrilled to announce the March 25 release of her third album for families,Club Called Awesome.

Exhibiting a penchant for mixing mediums, Liz DeRoche has created a comic book to accompany Club Called Awesome.  With text by Liz DeRoche and colorful illustrations by Marc Rene, the Club Called Awesome comic book encourages listeners to follow along as three young adventurers band together to start a club called Awesome, meet a robot named Beat Bot, make new friends, play games at the park, take a bite of something new, and celebrate every day.....
Club Called Awesome will be available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Bandcamp, and at The Singing Lizard's live show.

Visit The Singing Lizard's website HERE.

The Singing Lizard on Facebook.

  The Singing Lizard on Twitter.

  The Singing Lizard on YouTube.
And that's the scoop. Tune in Monday for another Talking Topic.