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

Monday, July 30, 2018

A More Theater Monday Monthly Mashup for July, 2018 A Bronx Tale and New York Music Festival Concerts

Me -  My topic for this month is A Bronx Tale. I recently had the opportunity to see aA Bronx Tale. It was a good show. I liked the music. It was written by Alan Menken who has done the music for a lot of Disney movies. For a long time, I hadn't wanted to see A Bronx Tale. It didn't seem like the kind of thing I would be into, but I really enjoyed it. It was much better than I expected.  It had a good story and good songs, and I liked the characters. Some parts of it reminded me of Jersey Boys, and I loved Jersey Boys. Previously, a friend of ours who was working backstage at A Bronx Tale took us backstage there between shows one Saturday. When we were there, we saw Chazz Palminteri, the author of the show. The show is a true story based on his life. He said hello to us  when we saw him backstage. That was cool!  It is even cooler that now I got to see him in the show! A  Bronx Tale is closing next weekend on August 5. If you haven't seen it, I would recommend seeing it before than if you can!

Mom - My topic for this month is concerts at the 2018 New York Musical Festival. Aside from shows, another type of event they have at the New York Musical Festival is concerts. It might be a concert of a show that is in the process of being completed but is not quite ready to receive a full scale production or a preview of all or some of show that is completely written but has yet to be given a full production, or it might even  just be a concert that revolves around a particular theme like a concert that celebrates female, queer and trans artists. At this year's musical festival, I attended two concerts which I will discuss more below:

What: Defy Your Expectations

Where The Green Room 42
             570 10th Ave.
             New York, NY

When: This event occured on 
             Thursday July 19, 2018
             Saturday July 21, 2018

The first concert I attended was Defy Your Expectations. Defy Your Expectations was a concert put on by musical theater writer, Riley Thomas and his friends. The concert consisted of excerpts from Riley's shows and shows he is working on along with some cool mashups of some popular songs. Even if you were not familiar with Riley or his shows and/or  if you were not familiar with any of the actor friends who appeared along with him in the concert as I wasn't, the concert was still a blast. The performers were so full of energy and so obviously having a great time that the audience couldn't help but have a great time too. The whole atomsphere of the concert was completely joyous. A touching song from a musical Riley is currently working on about a daughter and her two mothers, her adoptive mother and her birth mother, and the fun mashups were the highlights of the evening, but all in all, it was a really pleasant and entertaining concert.

What: Living History: An Inside Look at Show Time! The First 100 Years of the American Musical

Where: The Green Room 42
             570 10th Ave.
             New York, NY

When: This event occured on
            Wednesday July 18, 2018
             Saturday July 21, 2018

The second concert was a one man show put on by Ben West consisting of excerpts from his upcoming show, Show Time, The First 100 Years of the American Musical. If you want to learn about the history of musical theater in this country in a fun way, this show is a great choice.  Ben doesn't just talk about theater history, he performs it. He sings popular songs from different eras and dances popular dances from different eras and more. He is just full of energy and charm. Before, the concert, he even took time to speak to members of the audience making them feel even more welcome and more excited about and invested in the concert they were about to see. The concert  itself was very enjoyable too which bodes well for the full production. It is surely going to be well worth seeing. Show Time! The First 100 Years of the American Musical Theater is actually part of a trilogy. Parts two and three focus on black musical theater writers and woman musical theater writers respectively. Part One is currently scheduled to be performend at the York Theater at St. Peter's, 619 Lexington Ave., New York, NY for five performances only from September 13 -16.

For more about Show Time! The First 100 Years of the American Musical, visit https://showtimemusical.com.

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

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