Posts Tagged “Broadway”

Bullets Over Broadway at The Academy Of Music

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This post is sponsored by the Kimmel Center by providing us with tickets to the upcoming performance. This opinions expressed herein are strictly my own.

Homework isn’t just for the students. Sometimes a parent has to do their own homework Bullets Over Broadwayand that might include reading a magazine article, attending a lecture or in my case… grabbing tickets to an upcoming performance. Nothing wrong with delving deeper into your interests and after-all that’s what life long learning is all about.

Bullets Over Broadway performed Oct 27th – Nov 1st. Promo code: MOBSTER

20151023_080614For me, I love the jazz period. Over the summer I had an incredible experience at Jazz Age on the Delaware at the beautiful Glen Foerd. My family and I were completely immersed in the 1920’s atmosphere from food to attire and music and more. It was a fantastic learning experience being transported back in time. And while the Bullets Over Broadway performance isn’t exactly family-friendly, it does provide me inspiration to revisit the summer’s experience, jazz it up for Halloween and dust off the old records from yesteryear.

Lesson here: don’t be afraid to indulge in your passion and find the takeaways to bring back to the family, perhaps a little something from the gift shoppe or in my situation it will likely be a CD of the Bullets Over Broadway music. Here’s to our homework, Parents. Enjoy.

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Annie on Broadway Philadelphia

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A BARGAIN for Broadway… 50% off coupon code for Annie at the Philadelphia Broadway Show March 17th, 18th and 19th at the Academy of Music, Philadelphia.

Broadway Philadelphia present Annie

There is just nothing like live theater!!  Check out Annie, an American classic at the Academy of Music. 

Save 50% on select tickets to ANNIE with promo code SANDY*.

 https://tickets.kimmelcenter.org/APO/apo.aspx?apo_no=SANDY

 * Discount available on select Family Circle and Amphitheatre seats for the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening performances of ANNIE. Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets and may not be combined with any other offer. ALL SALES FINAL. No exchanges or refunds. Offer may be revoked without notice. Limit 8 tickets per person. Additional fees will apply.

 

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Timeless Classic Wizard of Oz

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Kimmel Center presents Wizard of Oz on Broadway

Tea with Dorothy from Wizard of Oz

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Having grown up with re-enactments of the Munchkins and Dorothy, it was a pleasure to find that my daughter is just as in love with this old time classic as I was, in fact more so. I remember from my childhood, a particular cousin being talented enough to “do the voices” for ALL the characters. I would make her tell the entire story, songs and all each time she spent the night. In fact, I should ask her to record herself reading the story for all of our little munchkins now – what a sweet treat that would be.

Anyway, all these years later – 75 to be exact and the Wizard Of Oz still holds a special place in our hearts and imaginations. It’s such a story that takes you on a journey, allowing our minds to creatively travel from one world to another.

A few weeks back my daughter and I were invited to Tea with Dorothy with friends. DSCN0471We had yummy treats and tasted many tea variations but the best part was taking pictures with Dorothy in front of the yellow brick road. We were extended passes to the Philadelphia Broadway production of Wizard of Oz for this evening. We couldn’t be more thrilled to share an evening out – just us – on my birthday – with Dorothy!! We’ll post an update once we’ve seen the show but for now here are some details on the production:

Wizard of Oz is being held at the Academy of Music Philadelphia Tuesday, June 3 – Sunday, June 8. Expect the classic characters and story, adapted for live theater and some special effects. We are excited to hear (and possible sing along with) all the classic Wizard Of Oz songs too. Friday, June 6th performance is designated as an ASL & AD Performance with more information available on the Kimmel Center’s website.

At Homeroom At Home we love pairing activities with learning fun trivia, so here are some websites with fun puzzles, toys and facts from the movie. Enjoy.

We are so excited to head off and meet the wizard, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Update.

Soooo what can we say?  It.Was.Amazing!! Very clever designs for the Wizard scenes, the “yellow brick road” and special effects made this a truly memorable performance.  The characters were brilliant, including a real Toto.  Dorothy of course stood out but the entrance of the evening was, with out a doubt, Glinda – breath-taking and radiant.  The Wicked Witch of the West was in full evil form and even surprised us with a visit in the balcony.  It was a birthday celebration not to be forgotten.  Below please find Victoria’s short video as she was full of anticipation and excitement.

wizard of oz

Disclosure: Performance tickets were provided for promotional purposes. The thoughts and opinions expressed herein are strictly mine.

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Phantom of the Opera at Academy of Music

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UPDATE:

At The Phantom Of The Opera with Deb McMaster

At The Phantom Of The Opera with Deb McMaster

Finally my long-awaited opportunity to experience the one and only Phantom Of The Opera had arrived. It happened to be rather last minute plans, for which I am grateful because I don’t think I could have contained my excitement had it been on my calendar any long than a couple of days.  I had never seen this performance and purposefully refused to watch it on film until I’ve had such opportunity to see it performed live on Broadway.  And let me say… it was totally worth the wait!

Poetic and aesthetic, this spectacular performance was by far my favorite EVER.  The vocal and orchestra talent was breathtaking and perfectly matched with the story line and one another.  I was simply swept away with the costume design. Of course being a performance about an opera, scene after scene graced us with bold baroque and equally elegant costume creations.  If only they sold replicas of those gorgeous gowns during intermission. And then there’s the stage set – WOW – to describe the magnificent set would give too much away and it is truly something to been for itself.  Scene after scene I was mesmerized by the creativity of the set design and its ability to truly transport you into the production, into the storyline, into character and back in time.  Together these imaginative and artistically talented threads of costume, stage design, lighting & special effects and musical geniuses created a masterpiece of a web, which sung of captivated beauty beyond any written description.

Only a few days remain… book your tickets for Philadelphia’s Broadway show The Phantom Of The Opera.

Now showing through April 12th… The Phantom of the Opera.  Phantom of the Opera E-Card

As described via the Kimmel Center’s website:

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, is now on tour across North America. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before.” This PHANTOM features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony® Award-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony® Award-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and a new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” – is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.

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I Love Lucy Live on Philadelphia Broadway

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I Love LucyWho doesn’t remember, much less love, the “I Love Lucy” show? All of Lucy’s antics – you just never knew what trouble she was going to get herself into. Don’t miss your opportunity to relive Lucy’s silliness with the “I Love Lucy” on Broadway in Philadelphia at the Merriam Theater. It’s only showing for a few short days: Dec 26th through Dec 29th. This live stage production takes you behind the scenes as the studio audience for the taping of two well known episodes.

For seating and ticket information, please visit the Kimmel Center’s website. The Kimmel Center Box Office is open daily from 10am – 6pm. The Call Center is open daily from 9am – 8pm. Call 215-731-3333 for Broadway tickets.

Kimmel Center members receive a 10% discount with Promo Code KCMEM1314!

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Beauty and the Beast Live on Broadway

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Beauty and the Beast cardDisney’s Beauty and the Beast is such a beloved story, and what better way to relive it than live on Broadway.  Join  Belle, Gaston, Maurice, Beast and the whole castle staff in this Tony Award winning musical set a quiet French village.

You and the family can enjoy this tale at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia from November 26 through December 1st.  For show times, tickets, parking info and more, visit the Academy of Music here.

The show runs 2 hours and 30 minutes with one 15 min intermission. Beauty and the Beast is appropriate for all ages.

Nothing takes the place of a live theater audience and full on-stage production of a favorite story.  With every detail in the costumes, props, orchestral music and stage sets, it’s living art unfolding in front of you scene by scene.
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Update: Dec 1st my daughter and I had the pleasure of attending the Beauty and the Beast musical at the Academy of Music… and it completely lived up to our expectations. Character after character sang beautifully well and the set design was a masterpiece in itself. My daughter, being 3 years old, wanted to dance in the aisle and eventually whispered in my ear that she wished to be on stage. I love how Beauty and the Beast held her attention and provided this unforgettable glow of excitement.

Live theater can provide more than an afternoon of entertainment; it can ignite a passion for the arts – whether creative writing or production set design or any number of artistic avenues. Broadway musicals and theater unlocks the door to a child’s imagination. I saw this first hand, when my daughter decided to play Beauty and the Beast with her Barbies and Disney princess dolls – setting them up like the Beauty and the Beast show. My husband and I took advantage of this opportunity and helped her play this story out. Here’s our video below. Two days later, with Barbies in every space of her room, I found that she had set up yet another “production” on her own with a much smaller audience. She designed a run-way stage and said it was Cinderella’s turn. Thanks to Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, my daughter as a fresh idea in playing with her Barbies, accessories and things around her to expand her imaginative play. I love that.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post – we were either compensated or given product for review. The opinions expressed within this article are strictly mine.

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Puppets: Entertaining Story Tellers Capturing Young Hearts

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Ventriloquist and puppeteers have been captivating audiences for centuries. As parents we can take note of this effective story-telling technique and incorporate into our lessons, sharing time or story times.

photo courtosy of playsational.com

Making and Using Puppets At Home:

I found that especially for those with more than one child and therefore a million creative ideas and reminiscent stories spilling out all at once, puppets can help your little ones take turns spinning their tales. It is a creative way to encourage sharing and communication and creativity. During a summer visit with family, I suggested puppet play.  A couple of cousins and neighboring friends were playing and like most kids, after awhile, found themselves talking over one another.  I pulled the loveseat away from the wall just a enough for 2 little persons to fit and handed them each a puppet.  The others children and I sat on the floor to watch. The two “behind the curtain” had our attention to tell their stories. Taking turns, they each got to shared their imaginative characters and play make-believe.  It was so much fun to watch the creativity flow.  Lucky that I had a couple puppets in the trunk of my car.

This is also an excellent way to blend story time with younger and older children by having the older child “act” out the story with the puppet while you read it aloud. If you are feeling creativity, have your children make their own puppets with brown paper bags or old socks. This is a perfect stormy day activity and if the lights go out just have your flashlights handy for additional effects.

Cuddleuppets are a clever twist to traditional puppets, whereby offering a built in blanket with your puppet friend.  We have the crocodile one and often play “Teasing Mr. Crocodile, Can’t Catch Me” while reading the story.  Here are a few of the Spalding puppet family:

Spalding Puppet Friends

Puppets entertaining large audiences:

I grew up watching puppets on shows like Fraggle Rock.  Kermit was our family favorite puppet of all. Elmo became our character of choice once I had my son, and still is with my daughter. Sesame Street, Lamb Chop, Mister Roger’s Neighborhood and Disney’s Muppets are all puppetry masterpieces in finding compelling ways to relate to children, discuss sensitive issues as well as encourage kindness and community. Where would we be without these adorable loved characters?

War Horse Photo by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

Puppetry is more than entertainment, it is an art form. War Horse on Broadway is a perfect example of puppetry at its finest with life size horses on stage to tell a compelling and emotional story.

War Horse Photo by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

War Horse on Broadway at the Kimmel Center

War Horse is now showing at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia November 27th through December 2nd.  Take a behind-the-scene peek with the video clip below and be blown away with the realistic horse puppetry.

In fact, there is an entire Teacher Resource guide that you can download to include more on the making of the puppets but also the story, World War I and so much more.

And of course puppets for the adult crowd:

I still love Kermit and Lamb Chop but here are a couple of my “not for kids” favorites… just for kicks because hey, adults should have fun too!

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