Disclosure: I received tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Is watching White Christmas part of your holiday tradition each year?
IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS on Broadway is a great way to kick off the holiday season whether it’s your favorite holiday movie or your first time discovering the story.
The classic holiday movie White Christmas comes to the stage at last! This brand new musical shines with classic Berlin hits like “Blue Skies,” “How Deep is the Ocean?” and, of course, the unforgettable title song. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas tells the story of two buddies putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and finding their perfect mates in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas promises a merry and bright theatrical experience for the whole family!
I was vaguely familiar with the plot my husband had never seen the movie before but we both loved the Broadway play! The music reminded us of our grandparents and the dance numbers were AMAZING! I seriously want to take up tap dancing after observing those incredible tap skills.
The New York Times exclaims “this cozy trip down memory lane should be put on your wish list.” And, the New York Daily News hailed IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS as “a holiday card come to life.”
I have to agree with the New York Times. This play brings back Christmas nostalgia from years past and puts a smile to your face.
IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS will play the Aronoff Center from
November 24 – December 6, 2015
Thanksgiving Week 11/24 – 29 Schedule
Thursday Thanksgiving Day, no performance
Friday 1:00PM and 8:00PM
Week of 11/30 – 12/6
Saturday 2:00PM and 8:00PM Saturday 2:00PM and 8:00PM
Sunday 1:00PM and 6:30 PM Sunday 1:00PM and 6:30PM
Tickets for IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS start at $29.
They are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at CincinnatiArts.org or by phone at 513.621.ARTS.
For groups of 10 or more, contact the group sales department at 513.369.4363. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.
For more information, please visit www.BroadwayInCincinnati.com.
For more information on IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS, visit www.whitechristmathemusical.com.
Have you heard of the Broadway play “PIPPIN” before?
I haven’t seen the play before but I’m looking forward to it. Here is a little more about the play.
PIPPIN is a high-flying, death-defying hit musical full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of WICKED.
This unforgettable new production will lift you up and leave you smiling! Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed by audiences and critics alike this “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza” PIPPIN is coming to a city near you! Experience PIPPIN, one young man’s journey to be extraordinary.
I had the opportunity to interview one of the youngest cast members of the play. Ben Krieger is one of the actors that plays the role of Theo.
How long have you been an actor?
How did you get started?
I wanted to be in a play with my big sister. It looked fun.
How long have you been touring with the Broadway play Pippin?
Since July 21
What’s your acting history?
I was in a couple student shows at a place called StarStruck in Stuart, Florida. One of the shows was called “The Composer Series” and featured songs by Stephen Schwartz. My first big thing I ever did was sing a solo in that show. I sang “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin! After that I did two professional shows at The Maltz Jupiter Theater in my hometown. I was in Fiddler on the Roof and then I played Gavroche in Les Miz. That’s when I knew I wanted to do this forever.
What’s been your favorite experience so far?
All of it
What’s been the most challenging experience?
Trying not to be fidgety
What’s it like to be a younger actor in the cast?
It’s awesome. The grown ups treat me like a friend. I love it.
What have been some of the most memorable cities that you’ve visited?
Seattle, Chicago, Tokyo, Portland
Do you get much free time on tour?
We did in the summer but now we are in school during the day. But we get to sleep late and I love that.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Playing minecraft, watching Friends on Netflix and Modern Family. I also love puzzles and Soduko and stuff like that.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue their dream to become a Broadway?
Make sure you love it and you have fun otherwise it’s a waste of time.
Thanks again to Ben Kreiger for sharing with us today. You can find out more about PIPPIN from their website.
PIPPIN will be in Cincinnati at the Aronoff from October 13-18. You can get your tickets here.
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.
Are you an I LOVE LUCY® fan?
Whether you are a die hard fan of the show or just vaguely familiar with it, you will find this play to be a joy to watch!
I Love Lucy ® also happens to be responsible for my desire to cross stomping the grapes off my list. One day I will cross that off! The show is such a classic that is loved by generations.
I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE is the brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history! America’s favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel – is live on stage and in color for the very first time!
Thea Brooks and Euriamis Losada lead the company as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, with Kevin Remington and Lori Hammel playing Fred and Ethel Mertz, the Ricardo’s loveable landlords and sidekicks.
The cast also includes Sara Jayne Blackmore, Sarah Elizabeth Combs, Gregory Franklin, Jody Madaras, Carlos Martin, Denise Moses, Cindy Sciacca, Kami Seymour, Richard Strimer and Mark Christopher Tracy.
An “out-of-body experience for ‘Lucy’ fans” according to Showbiz Chicago. I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE takes audience members back to 1952 as members of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience where they await the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I LOVE LUCY® episodes, “The Benefit” and “Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined.” A charming host entertains and enlightens the crowd to the behind-the-scenes filming process of a brand new thing called “television,” the Crystaltone Singers perform advertising jingles in perfect 50s style harmony and the sidesplitting antics of America’s favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel. It’s a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience TV Guide’s William Keck calls “the most entertaining stage production I’ve seen in years – including Broadway!”
The iconic hit sitcom I LOVE LUCY® originally aired on CBS from 1951 – 1957 for a total of six seasons and 179 episodes and is widely considered to be one of the most popular programs in the history of television. Due in no small part to its relatable characters, sharp comedic writing and Lucille Ball’s signature zany charm, the show continues to endear new audiences with every passing generation. The program was a technical trailblazer, pioneering the multi-camera shooting technique (still employed by the majority of traditional sitcoms to this day) and the use of 35mm film for the capture of a weekly, 30-minute scripted television program (which made possible the re-airing of episodes at a later date, what we now know as “reruns”). In September 2012, I LOVE LUCY® was named the “Best TV Show Of All Time” and the “Greatest TV Comedy” by People Magazine and ABC’s “20/20” special “Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time.”
The cast did a great job of resembling the characters that everyone loves along with adding commercials from that time period that older generations will recognize. I enjoyed listening to the older audience members sitting nearby as they sung along to the commercial jingles that they recognized.
This play is lighthearted and does a great job of interacting with the audience in a way that really makes you feel like you are part of a live studio audience.
Don’t miss your chance to see it!
I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE will play the Aronoff Center from June 2 – 14
Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30PM,
Friday at 8:00PM
Saturday at 2:00PM and 8:00PM
Sunday at 1:00PM and 6:30PM.
Tickets for I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE start at $29. They are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at CincinnatiArts.org or by phone at 513.621.ARTS.
For tickets and more information, please visit ILoveLucyLive.com.
Makes its CINCINNATI Premiere
at THE ARONOFF CENTER
JUNE 2 – 14, 2015
Tickets on sale NOW!
Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
My husband and I have always enjoyed music from the swing era which meant that we were both looking forward to watching ANYTHING GOES on Broadway for the first time.
ANYTHING GOES, the 1934 musical comedy about the lovers, liars and clowns on a transatlanticcruise is “a daffy, shipshape romp!” – Variety. When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etquete and conventon head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love…proving that sometmes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.
The music was fun and the colorful characters brought lots of smiles throughout the show.
My favorite parts of the play included the dancing. The tap dancing numbers were AMAZING!!!
ANYTHING GOES start at $29.
re available at the Aronoff Center Box Officedowntown at 650 Walnut Street, online at CincinnatiArts.org or by phone at 513.621.ARTS.For
groups of 10 or more, contact the group sales department at 513.369.4363.
* All photo credit Jeremy Daniel
Disclosure: I was given tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
I was most familiar with the Disney version of the story of Cinderella before watching the play. I knew that Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella would be different from the Disney storyline but the play exceeded my expectations for many reasons!
Here is a little more about the play.
With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA combines the story’s classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn’t let her rags or her gowns trip her up in herquest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too.
1. It was funny!
I wasn’t expecting to laugh as much as I did. One of the stepsisters named Charlotte brought me the most laughs but there was a good amount of humor throughout the show.
2. The dress transformations are amazing!
You will find yourself wishing that you could have an instant replay to wrap your mind around how they make the dress transformations possible. It happens fast so make sure that you pay close attention.
3. The creative set and lavish costumes really helped create a grand setting.
4. The combination of incredible music by RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN and singing and dancing by the talented cast was so entertaining to watch.
5. CINDERELLA is kid friendly and appeals to all ages.
On opening night there were a lot of kids in the audience who seemed to also be enjoying themselves. There was something for everyone.
Sunday at 1:00PM and 6:30PM
*Tickets for CINDERELLA start at $29.
They are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at CincinnatiArts.org or by phone at 513.621.ARTS. For groups of 10 or more, contact the group sales department at 513.369.4363.
Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit www.BroadwayInCincinnati.com.
*Photo credit for all images – © Carol Rosegg.
Disclosure: I was given complimentary tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Do you remember how you meet that special someone in your life?
My husband and I recently attended “Once” on Broadway at the Aronoff. It was unlike any Broadway play I’ve ever seen before… in a good way. We were not that familiar with the plot of ONCE prior to the play but now I see why audiences LOVE it so much.
The set and costumes were minimal, which kept our focus on the characters. The music was absolutely incredible with songs that spoke from places of heartbreak and hope. I was excited to learn that the song “Falling Slowly” was from this play. I remember hearing it for the first time as a duet by two American Idol contestants several years ago. It’s such a beautiful song. You will definitely want the soundtrack after watching the play!
The Oscar winning independent Irish film, ONCE was made for $150,000. Shot in 17 days, it went on to gross$20M worldwide becoming a critically acclaimed international smash. It stars Glen Hansard, from the popularIrish Rock band The Frames, and Markéta Irglová. Glen and Markéta won the 2007 Academy Award for BestOriginal song for “Falling Slowly,” the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Music, and the soundtrack was nominated for two Grammy Awards.
ONCE was originally developed at the American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, Massachusetts) in April 2011;Diane Paulus, Artistic Director; Diane Borger, Producer.
Dirty Dancing is movie that I’ve seen A LOT. I was curious to see how the Broadway version would interpret the movie that is loved by so many. I’m happy to report that for the most part the Broadway play stayed true to the movie. I think most of the audience could probably recite the movie line by line and they also recognized most of those same lines and scenes in the Broadway production as well.
15 years ago, my husband and I almost saw The Phantom of the Opera in London. At the very last second, I thought my husband might like another play better and we’ve regretted that decision ever since.
We recently had the opportunity to finally cross The Phantom of the Opera off our list.
So now I’ll make a confession. I had a very limited knowledge of the plot so I really had no idea what to expect.
Here is a little more about the production.
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
We were blown away by the vocals and the transforming set that added incredible dimension and suspense. The songs are something that stick with you days after you see the performance. It was so incredible!
Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera, has been hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before.” This production boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier, new scenic and lighting designs, new staging and choreography. The beloved story and thrilling score will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour.
Photo credit: Alastair Muir
Cameron Mackintosh said, ”After a glorious celebration of 25 phenomenal years on Broadway with no end in sight, I’m delighted to be able to bring this dazzling new production of PHANTOM — which has been phenomenally well-received by both audiences and critics in the U.K this past year — to North America. With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria Björnson’s amazing costumes, I am confident North American audiences will fall in love with the PHANTOM in his new guise — for the first time or all over again.”
Don’t miss your chance to see Phantom of the Opera at the Aronoff!
There is a reason this productions has lasted 27 years and counting!
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will play the Aronoff Center from April 30 – May 11, 2014
Tuesday- Thursday at 7:30PM*,
Thursday, May 1 at 1:00PM,
Friday at 8:00PM,
Saturday at 2:00PM and 8:00PM,
and Sunday at 1:00PM and 6:30PM.
Tickets for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA start at $33. They are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at CincinnatiArts.org or by phone at 513.621.ARTS. For more information, please visit www.BroadwayInCincinnati.com.
Official Website www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour
Disclosure: I was given tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.