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, April 12, 2018

Theater Thursday - The Sting and Spring Awakening

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

What: The Sting

Where: Papermill Playhouse
             22 Brookside Dr.
             Milburn, NJ

Who: Recommended for Ages 10 and Up

When: Through April 29, 2018

Mom - The Sting is a new musical based on the 1973 movie of the same name. This version stars Harry Connick Jr.  He is a man of all trades in this show, and he does everything including acting, singing, dancing, playing the piano and he even wrote some of the songs in the score. He is very charasmatic and certainly worth seeing in his role as Henry Gondorff. J. Harrison Ghee does a terrific job in the role of Johnny Hooker and really holds his own opposite Connick. If you like the movie The Sting or old timey crime capers, you will probably enjoy the show.  If you don't, this show isn't going to convert you into fan of them. The story can be confusing at times, and the songs are nice, but not especially memorable. It is great, however, the way they were able to work, Scott Joplin's ragtime music, familar from the movie, especially The Entertainer, into the show mostly as background and scene change music. The acting and singing in the show  are all good and the dancing is terrific especially the tap dancing although at time there does seem to be an excessive amount of dancing. Over all, the show is upbeat lively and fairly enjoyable. Besides, it's worth it to go just to just to get to see all of Harry Connick Jr.'s  many talents on display including some that you wouldn't get to see just by going to see him in concert.

For more information or to order tickets, visit https://papermill.org/show/the-sting/
We were given free tickets to Spring Awakening for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: Spring Awakening

Where: Kelsey Theatre
             1200 Old Trenton Rd.
             West Windsor, NJ

Who: Recommended for older teens and up

When: Weekends through Sunday April 15, 2018

Mom -  Spring Awakening is a mature musical about teens and their burgeoning sexuality. It is definitely not for young children not only because of its subject matter, but also because of language. Even some of the song titles contain expletives. There is also some brief nudity. The plot is mostly kind of depressing. If you are looking for an upbeat musical, this is definitely not it although there are some lively upbeat songs in the score. In Kelsey Theatre's production of the show, the acting is mostly decent. The singing voices are mostly beautiful. The dancing is energetic. All in all they do a good job with a difficult show. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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

Photo credits: All The Sting photos by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade

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