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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Saturday Special - Cirque Dreams Holidaze

We were given free tickets to Cirque Dreams Holidaze for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.


What: Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Where: State Theatre New Jersey
            15 Livingston Ave.
            New Brunswick, NJ

Who: All ages

When: This event occurred on Sunday December 9, 2018



Me - Cirque Dreams Holidaze is a combination of a show like Cirque Du Soleil and a regular circus. The group also does other shows but this particular show revolves around the holiday of Christmas. A lot of the acts had the holiday theme somehow incorporated into them. There were characters that were gingerbread men, candy canes and more. Also, there were singers who sang Christmas songs.   I really liked the show. It was really cool. It was a lot better than the Cirque Du Soleil related show I saw last year which was boring. That one was put on by a different group.This one was much more enjoyable. There were a lot of a spectacular acts in this show that  were very exciting. One of my favorites was a magic act where they kept changing costumes. Even though I have seen a similiar act in other circuses here it was different because the man changed costumes a few times too and not just the woman. Also, one time she changed costumes just when sparkles were thrown in front of her. That was cool! I love sparkles! I would definitely love to see another Cirque Dreams show.



Mom - Cirque Dreams Holidaze is a fun holiday themed show for all ages. Cirque Dreams is a group similar to Cirque Du Soliel but they are not part of Cirque Du Soleil nor  are they related to Cirque Du Soleil in any way. While, there is a lot of high flying acrobatics like in a Cirque Du Soleil show in a Cirque Dreams show, this group also incorporates elements that are usually found in more  traditional type circuses like jugglers, contortionists, and more. In this particular show, even the most traditional of acts is presented in a whole new way by giving it a holiday spin. There are jump roping reindeer, flipping gingerbread men, flying angels and so on. Each act is more incredible than the next. Even acts that from the title and/or description you would think would be kind of boring are not at all that way, for instance, the jump ropers. The tricks they can do with a rope are just amazing. Another way, this show is different from other similar shows is that instead of being accompanied merely by unimportant background music, the acts are all accompanied by one or more of a trio of live singers performing various Christmas songs. All in all, the show is a nonstop blast from start to finish.


For more information about Cirque Dreams Holidaze or other Cirque Dreams show or to find out when one of their shows will be coming to a town near you, visit http://cirqueproductions.com/. For more about upcoming shows and events at State Theatre New Jersey. visit https://www.stnj.org/events.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for this week's Sunday Scoop.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Win a Copy of Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg in the Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop!


Welcome to the Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop hosted by BookHounds


Night of the Miracles is not a book full of bells and whistles. It's just a nice quiet book about a small town of full of good people.  If you want a book to read to relax and escape from all the bad news that seems to bombard us from every side these days, this book is a great choice. It will definitely warm your heart and put a smile on your face. For more about Night of Miracles, see our previous post Tips for Tuesday - Books: Night of the Miracles. To enter to win a copy of this delightful book, see below.

Giveaway Dates 12/15 - 12/31

Giveaway Open to Ages 18+ US 

ARV: $26.00


Once you have entered our giveaway, hop around to the other blogs listed below to see what other great books and book related prizes, you can enter to win.

Disclaimer: Host and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors and self-sponsoring bloggers who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Giveaway: Win a copy of The Field by Ian Dawson in the Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Giveaway Hop!


Welcome to the Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Giveaway Hop 
hosted by Chatty Patty's Place & Review Wire Media 


In this holiday season, we all have a lot to be grateful for.  Ian Dawson is grateful just to be alive. When he was a youth, he was kidnapped by an older boy in his neighborhood. Now, he has written about that experience in his first novel, The Field. The Field shows the best of mankind  as portrayed in the deep bond between best friends, Daniel and Kyle. When Daniel disappears, Kyle will stop at nothing to make sure his best friend returns home safely. It also portrays the worst of mankind in the depraved Austin who has no regard for human life. This is a particularly good book for teenage boys or anyone else who likes fast paced books with nonstop action. For more about this book, see our previous post Tips for Tuesday - Books: The Field. Enter to win a copy of this thrilling book below:

Giveaway Dates 12/14 - 12/28

Giveaway Open to Age 18+ 
US & Canada Only


ARV: $10.00


Once you have entered our giveaway, hop around to the other blogs listed below to see what other great prizes you can enter to win.



Disclaimer: Hosts and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors and self sponsoring bloggers who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Theater Thursday - The Net Will Appear

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


What: The Net Will Appear

Where: 59E59 Theatres
              59 E. 59 St.
              New York, NY

Who: Recommended for ages 13 and up due to some language and subject matter

When: Through December 30, 2018



Me- The Net Will Appear was a really good show. It was about a young girl who befriends the older man who lives next door. They talk to each other from across their roofs. It was a really enjoyable show. I really liked it.There was a lot of character development throughout the show, and the characters were very interesting. The story was engaging. It was really funny. It moved along nicely and kept you interested the whole time. The acting was good. The actors related to each other well. Their characters relationship was very heartwarming. I thought I would like the show because when I heard the description it sounded good, but I liked it even more than I expected to. It was just a really nice show.


Mom - The Net Will Appear is a show about bridging the generation gap. Rory is an amiable motor mouthed 9 year old girl. Her elderly neighbor Bernard has been hardened by life and is at first unreceptive to her friendly overtures. However, over time they develop a sweet and tender relationship talking across their neighboring rooftops. Eve Johnson is a spunky and adorable delight in the role of young Rory. Richard Masur does some of the finest act of his distinguished career in the role of  Bernard, the cranky curmudgeon with the heart of a teddy bear. The story is engrossing and full of both humor and sadness. The way the relationship develops between these two unlikely friends over time is particularly touching. The show runs about an hour and twenty minutes but moves along quickly and seems much shorter. In fact, the show may even feel too short as you will most likely wish you could spend even more time with these two captivating characters.


For more information about The Net Will Appear or to purchase tickets, visit
www.59e59.org/shows/show-detail/the-net-will-appear.

And that's our view. Tune in Saturday for a Saturday Special.

Photo credits: All The Net Will Appear production photos by Jody Christopherson

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Holiday Windows Walking Tour 2018

Here is a rundown of New York City's major department store decorations. Over all, this year's decorations were underwhelming and not as good as last year's. Some of the smaller stores had much better decorations. We will talk about those in a separate post next week.

  
 

Bloomingdales is located at Lexington Avenue between 59th and 60th Street. This year Bloomingdales is actually one of the nicer decorated stores. At least they have a recognizable theme which many people might enjoy. We just prefer their theme from last year. This year their theme is the Grinch and their windows do have some cool interactives including karaoke. However, if you go just be advised that the interactive features are turned off at 7:00 PM. We just don't understand why it was necessary to have a feature film of The Grinch when the original is such a classic.

   
 

Barneys is located at Madison Avenue between 60th and 61st . Barney's has the worst decorations of all. We walked past the store several times before we realized we were there because it doesn't even look decorated. The whole thing consists of words with pennies behind them. Apparently, they were going for some minimalist theme, but we don't get it.

 
 

Bergdorf Goodman is located at Fifth Avenue between 57th and 58th. Bergdorf Goodman is the best of the lot this year. Their them is goodies. On one side of the street, they have windows decorated around different tasty themes including ice cream, peppermint, and cotton candy. On the other side, they have gingerbread men and mannequins with candy heads including peeps. jelly beans and more. Their windows are fun and colorful and will make you hungry.

 
 

Saks Fifth Avenue is located at Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th. Saks Fifth Avenue's theme this year has something to do with movies and dreaming. We don't quite get it. Although some of the windows are nice. They also have a colorful music and light show as they have in previous years. However, just be advised that due to the popularity of the light show and the stores proximity to the popular Rockefeller Center area, it gets extremely crowded so if you don't like large crowds go very early in the morning or very late at night.

   
   

Lord & Taylor  is located at Fifth Avenue between 38th and 39th. After being around since 1826, this is Lord & Taylor's last year. Accordingly, their decorations are a celebration of their decorations through the years. They consist of video screens that play a continuous loop of scenes from their decorations from previous years. While we appreciate the sentiment, and it is fun to see all the old decorations most of which we never saw before, it is not as fun to look at decorations on a screen as to see decorations right in front of you.

 
 

Macy's located at 34 Street between 34th and 35th: Macy's theme this year is a snowman who travels into space and helps Santa Claus. It was cute and kids would probably enjoy it. However, over all, it just wasn't that interesting to us.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tips for Tuesday - Book: Real Fake News, Movie: Buttons: A New Musical, Misc: Peace Frogs

We may have been given one or more of the below mentioned products for free for review purposes. We were not compensated for attending Buttons: A New Musical. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Book: Absolutely Positively Genuine Real Fake News 



Me - Today I am recommending Absolutely Positively Genuine Real Fakes News by Sir Telsunn Margraves. This book is a satire that capitalizes on the fake news trend. In many cases it takes real quotes from well known people and/or real incidents that have happened and spins them off into entirely new directions. No one and nothing is sacred in this book. They all provide equal opportunities for satire. No matter what political persuasion you are, you will both love and hate this book. You will not know whether to laugh or cry so you might as well laugh.

For more about Absolutely Positiviely Genuine Real Fake News, visit
www.RealFakeNewsTheBook.com.


Movie: Buttons



Me - Buttons was a good movie. It was about a little girl named Emily who was an orphan. A woman was telling her a story about a young girl named Annabelle who also had a difficult life. It was interesting to see how Annabelle's story tied into Emily's at the end. One thing that bothers me however is that I didn't feel like some parts of the story really wrapped up in the end.  The story was enjoyable. The songs were nice, Although none of them were particularly memorable. Although this movie was not my favorite thing it was definitely a fun movie and I am glad I got the opportunity to see it.

For more about Buttons, visit https://www.fathomevents.com/events/buttons-a-new-musical-film


Misc.: Peace Frogs


Me & Mom - Today we are recommending Peace Frogs. Peace Frogs is a clothing company.  They offer cute clothes with colorful designs in both youth and adult sizes. Their clothes are soft, cosy, comfortable and fun. They also offer hats, accessories and even stickers among other things. The company also does more than sell clothing. They also support charitable causes. A percentage of all sales is donated to enviromental and other causes. With Peace Frogs, you can look good and do good at the same time.

For more about Peace Frogs, visit http://www.peacefrogs.com.

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

Monday, December 10, 2018

Due to circumstances beyond our control there will be no Talking Topics or More Theater Monday post today.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Due to circumstances beyond our control the Sunday Scoop will be closed this week.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Still More Theater Saturday - Summer the Donna Summer Musical


What: Summer the Donna Summer Musical

Where: Lunt Fontanne Theater
             205 W. 46th St.
             New York, NY

Who: Recommended for Ages 13 and up due to subject matter

When: Through December 30 only!


Me - Summer the Donna Summer Musical was  a good show. Although I was not really familiar with Donna Summer or her music before I saw the show, I liked the music a lot. I would love to hear some of her songs again. It was interesting learning about Donna Summer and her music.The story was a little bit hard to follow at times because of all the jumping back and forth in time. However. it was still enjoyable. The three actresses who played Donna were all very good. Their voices were really nice. The costumes were really pretty, and there were quite a lot of them. The staging of the show was interesting. It was cool the way the three Donna's kept being raised up from below the stage floor. Even if you are unfamiliar with Donna Summer like I was, you can definitely still enjoy this show.


Mom - If you love, Donna Summer, you will definitely enjoy Summer the Donna Summer Musical. However, even if you are not familiar with Donna Summer, the show is still enjoyable. Donna Summer is often known as the Disco Queen. However, there is more to her music than that. Her song catalogue includes some beautiful ballads, a duet with none other than Barbra Streisand, and even a song from the movie version of the musical, Hair among other things. Donna is personified here  at three different points in her life and career by three different actresses. The angelic voiced, Storm Lever plays a young Donna. Ariana DeBose,  portrays her in her disco heydey. Tony winner, La Chanze, who was also nominated for a Tony for her role in this show as was Ariana DeBose, plays Donna in her later years.There is quite a bit of jumping back and forth in time which can be confusing at times but does not take away from the enjoyment of the show. The performances are all terrific and definitely the reason to see this show. The cutting edge ensemble is made up mostly of women who play even the men's parts. This is a unique spin on the old techinque of having the men play women's parts which was so popular in Shakespeare's day when women were not encouraged to act. One of the few men in the show is Jared Zirilli who plays Donna's second husband, Bruce Sudano.Their meeting is cute and their relationship is sweet. Once you have seen this show, you will never be able to hear their duet, Heaven Knows, again without it putting a smile on your face. Seeing this show that is mostly full of happy upbeat music will put a smile on your face as well so if you haven't seen it, you should go see it now while you still have time.


For more information about Summer the Donna Summer Musical or to order tickets, visit http://thedonnasummermusical.com/.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for this week's Sunday Scoop.

Photo credits: All Donna Summer the Musical production photos by Joan Marcus

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Theater Thursday - The Hello Girls

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


What: The Hello Girls

Where: 59E59 Theatres
             59 E. 59th St.
             New York, NY

Who: Recommended for Ages 13 and Up -  Due to Subject Matter

When:Through December 22, 2018




Me - The Hello Girl was a really good show. It was about the girls who were telephone operators in World War I. I liked the music. It was really nice. The people in the show also played the music. I have seen quite a few shows like that now including two out of three of my favorite shows. I generally like  shows like that. Cast members are usually especially talented to be able to play an instrument and act in the same show. The acting, singing, and music in this show were all very good. The story was interesting. I learned a lot from the show. Not only did I not know anything about the Hello Girls before I didn't even know anything about World War I. This show was different than any other show I have seen before not only because of when it took place but because of the way it was staged. The stage had different levels. It was fascinating the way they did that, and it worked well for the small theater where the show was presented. Even though I generally don't like entertainment that has to do with war, I really enjoyed this show, and other people who feel the same way probably would too.




Mom - The Hello Girls is a very interesting and enlightening musical. It shines a lot on a group of historical women that most people know little or nothing about - the  American women who were telephone operators in France during World War I. Their story is very fascinating and charmingly told through song and dance. The cast members, all of whom act, sing, dance and play instruments in the show, are all very talented and the songs are beautiful and fun. This is not to say that every moment in the show is joyful and happy because, after all, this is a show dealing with a war. However, it is not a heavy drama either so even if you do not usually like shows that deal with related subject matter that does not necessarily mean you won't enjoy this show. It is very different than most shows that deal with similiar subject matter and for the most part does not real dwell on the darker aspect although there are some moments in the show that do. For the most part the story is very uplifting and inspiring. It is a good show for girls to see to show them that even back than women could make a difference. In fact, it is a good show for anyone to see so they can learn the story of  these brave women who deserve to be remembered and recognized for their achievements.



For more information or to purchase tickets to The Hello Girls, visit www.59e59.org/shows/show-detail/the-hello-girls/#overview

And that's our view. Tune in Saturday for Still More Theater Saturday.

Photo credits: All The Hello Girls production photos by Richard Termine