I didn’t know much about Something Rotten prior to the watching the Broadway play and I actually preferred it that way because every moment was such a treat. The laughs are non-stop from beginning to end with subtle pop culture references throughout. You don’t need a lot of Shakespeare knowledge prior to the show to enjoy all of the references about him. The play has something for everyone with great dance numbers, fun songs, romance, jealousy, and lovable characters. Trust me when I say that you will love it!
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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is a Broadway play that keeps getting better over time. I think that I enjoyed it even more the second time I watched it. The powerful music is both beautiful and haunting, which will leave an impression on you long after the performance ends.
Motown the Musical is a show that connects to you on so many levels. I’m still replaying the songs in my head the day after ….and that’s a good thing! The music features top hits from some of the most beloved Motown artists of all time that will keep a smile on your face from beginning to end.
Here is a little more about the show.
You will absolutely fall in love with actor Leon Outlaw Jr., who plays a younger version of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. His singing and dancing will put a big smile on your face.
The sweet dance moves and the flair in the group numbers will also bring you so much joy.
The storyline of Motown the Musical really helps you appreciate the history, the adversity and dedication that Berry Gordy and the artists he helped develop, sacrificed to bring Motown to life.
Disclosure: I received tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
I’m so excited about the upcoming Cirque Mechanics event with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. It combines incredible acrobatics and amazing music. I’ve always been intrigued by circus performers. They’ve inspired me to try the trapeze, take an aerial silks class and our family has even taken a family circus class together.
I feel very fortunate that we have so many opportunities to watch performing arts in Cincinnati. Our city is amazing when it comes to art in all forms. My boys and I attended Peter Pan and the Nutcracker earlier this season and I’m really looking forward to watching the creativity in motion for Alice (in wonderland.)
Here is a sneak peak.
Cincinnati Ballet presents the return of the wildly popular ALICE (in wonderland) this Valentine’s Day weekend, February 13-15 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Audiences have five opportunities to see this bold, spectacular take on Lewis Carroll’s classic stories with live instrumentation by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
From the revolutionary vision of The Washington Ballet’s Septime Webre, ALICE (in wonderland) is refreshingly original, having premiered regionally in 2012, and showcases modern production elements such as elaborate, eye-popping scenery and characters who take flight. The production features gorgeous costumes by Liz Vandal and a commissioned score by Matthew Pierce. Cincinnati audiences may be familiar with Webre as the choreographer of Cincinnati Ballet’s praised production of Peter Pan, performed earlier this season. Liz Vandal is a celebrated costume designer whose unique, elaborate designs have graced the stage of Cirque du Soleil.
The original score was created for an ensemble orchestra, but Cincinnati audiences will experience a version that is expanded to utilize the breadth of the magnificent Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Webre worked closely with composer, Pierce, throughout the creative process to give each character its own unique musical sound effects, bringing each of the favorite characters to life on stage. The vibrant cast is comprised of a combination of Cincinnati Ballet dancers, children from the Otto M. Budig Academy and even some larger than life puppets. When paired with Pierce’s unique score, they are sure to pull the audience right down the rabbit hole with Alice.
Webre, with his typical flair for storytelling, draws inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s classic tales Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. A polite and well-mannered child, Alice finds herself in a fantastical but irreverent world where the rules of social etiquette don’t matter and time is irrelevant. She learns how to adapt to this new world and eventually becomes the heroine that brings down the Queen of Hearts and her house of cards.
Webre’s unique take results in an unusual twist. As Alice chases the White Rabbit into Wonderland, the wacky characters she discovers are oddly familiar. Although she can’t quite make the connection, the audience discovers that Alice’s overbearing mother has become the Queen of Hearts, her sisters have become Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and Lewis Carroll has become the Mad Hatter.
Visually stunning and filled with wonder, Webre’s vibrant new take on Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece is an experience not to be missed!
MEET THE ARTISTS
Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to offer Meet the Artists, a pre-performance discussion series where audiences will have the opportunity to meet choreographers, dancers and members of the creative team. This event is free to anyone with an ALICE (in wonderland) ticket, and will take place February 13 at 7 pm in Procter & Gamble Hall at the Aronoff Center. Attendees must present ALICE (in wonderland) ticket for admission.
Cincinnati Ballet presents the return of the wildly popular ALICE (in wonderland) this Valentine’s Day weekend, February 13-15 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.
PERFORMANCE DATES AND INFORMATION
ALICE (in wonderland)
Friday, February 13 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 14 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, February 14 – 8:00 pm
Sunday, February 15 – 1:00 pm
Sunday, February 15 – 5:30 pm
The Aronoff Center for the Arts is located at 650 Walnut Street,Cincinnati, Ohio.
Call 513.621.5282, visit cballet.org or visit the Cincinnati Ballet Box Office at 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45214
Tickets start at $32
*All photography credit: Peter Mueller
I’ve been given a voucher for a pair of tickets to Alice (in wonderland)
Disclosure: I was given tickets for review and giveaway purposes. All opinions are my own.
I’m really excited about the American Originals concert presented by the Cincinnati Pops at Music Hall. The line up of incredible artists includes one of my personal favorite bands “Over the Rhine” who are a local favorite. This is truly going to be a historic night with so many talented artists creating a truly unique musical experience.
America’s legendary song-writer Stephen Foster created the first pages of the American Songbook in Cincinnati while working as a book keeper at his brother’s steam-boat shipping company in the mid-1800s. American Originals celebrates the remarkable legacy of Stephen Foster as well as the music of 18th century America that created the foundation of our nation’s musical ethos. These concerts bring together some of the most significant singers in the wave of roots/traditional music that is sweeping across the country, giving their own spin on these classics.
Hometown heroes Over the Rhine, the duo comprised of Karin Berquist and Linford Detweiler and named for the Cincinnati neighborhood that houses Music Hall, add wistful vocals and haunting guitar to Foster’s beloved tunes. “Sometimes when sitting at the piano, we try to imagine Stephen Foster having a musical conversation with another more modern musician. We’ve certainly felt echoes of his writing in several of our songs over the years,” the duo said in an interview.
Molly Wellmann Bourbon Tasting and Pre-Concert Entertainment
Cincinnati’s renowned craft cocktail creator and entrepreneur Molly Wellmann has curated a small-batch Kentucky bourbon tasting, exclusively for fans of the Cincinnati Pops.
You do not want to miss out on this once in a lifetime concert event!
Disclosure: I was given media tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
I recently took my boys to their first full ballet performance to see Peter Pan by the Cincinnati Ballet. I didn’t give them a lot of notice of our upcoming adventure in case they decided to give a lot of resistance to the idea. My kids are pretty used to trying different experiences all the time so they were not too shocked when I told them our evening plans.
Peter Pan was probably the perfect 1st performance for them because there was flying, lots of actions scenes and humor. My younger son was a little confused in beginning and asked why no one was speaking. It helped that they already had a general idea of the storyline too.
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I’m really excited about bringing my boys to see Peter Pan by the Cincinnati Ballet for their first full ballet production. This production will offer something for kids and adults alike.