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

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Bonnie and Clyde The Musical and Coney Island Museum

We were given free tickets to Bonnie and Clyde for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: Bonnie and Clyde The Musical

Where: Kelsey Theatre
            1200 Old Trenton Road
            West Windsor, NJ

When : Friday June 24 at 8:00 pm
            Saturday June 25 at 8:00 pm
            Sunday 26 at 2:00 pm

Who: Teens and older

Mom's view: Bonnie and Clyde did not play very long on Broadway. Despite that it is a decent show, and Pierrot Productions at Kelsey Theatre does an admirable job with it. Bonnie Parker  as portrayed by Jordan Virgil is a wide eyed eager girl who just wants to be famous no matter how she achieves that goal. Clyde Barrow portrayed by Michael Lovett is a desperate man whose cynical view is that there is no other way for him but a life of crime, The music overall is not very memorable, but the show does contain some nice duets. There is a sweet ballad sung by Bonnie and Clyde's sister-in-law, Blanche called  You Love Who You Love. There is another more upbeat duet sung by Bonnie and Clyde called Too Late Too Turn Back Now. Of course, at its heart this is a show about vicious thieves and murderers so of course, the plot does involve violence which makes the show a poor choice for young children. However, in light of the state of the world today and recent circumstances particularly, the violence is downplayed as much as possible. There are no lingering dramatic stage deaths here nor are there any signs of fake blood or anything like it. The violence is presented as quickly and matter-of-factly as possible. The show is more about the love story between Bonnie and Clyde than about the criminals they were.  For more about Bonnie and Clyde or to order tickets go to http://www.kelseyatmccc.org/Bonnie%20and%20Clyde.htm.
We were given free tickets to the Coney Island Museum for review purposes, Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: Coney Island Museum

Where: 1208 Surf Avenue
            Coney Island, NY

Who: All ages

Mom's view: The Coney Island Museum is not very big, but it is full of history.  There are old amusement park rides. There are pictures and postcards including postcards that light up. There are fun house mirrors. There is a 3D model of Luna Park from 100 years ago. The original Luna Park amusement park opened around 1903 in Coney Island. The famous Cyclone wooden rollercoaster opened there in the 1920s and still remains open today at the current Luna Park after a complete refurbishment of the ride in the 1970s.There are also plenty of other artifacts in the museum. In the museum,  you can see historic films including short films by Thomas Edison and films about about the history of Coney Island and the amusements there. If you are interested in the history of amusement parks, resort areas, and or specifically the history of Coney Island, you will love this museum. If you are lucky enough to be there when Jay is working, he can tell you even more about the history of Coney Island. If you start talking to Jay, give yourself a long time at the museum. Otherwise, you will not need a lot of time to go through the museum unless you are particularly into history or want to watch all of the films that are running. The museum is located not far from other well known Coney Island sites like the New York Aquarium, Luna Park, and the original Nathan's. I would not recommend bringing very young children to the museum who would probably be bored and want to touch things. However, slightly older children might enjoy seeing the old amusement park rides and seeing themselves in the fun house mirrors. The fun house mirrors are the only part of the museum that is interactive. Most of the items are unable to be touched or photographed because they are so rare and old. For more information go to http://www.coneyisland.com/programs/coney-island-museum.
And that's Mom's view. For more about the Coney Island Museum. Tune in to tomorrow's Talking Topics post.

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