Ticket Giveaway to Clinton, The Musical

Clinton, The Musical
Clinton, The Musical

As you know I saw Clinton, The Musical last week

This week I’m giving away a pair of tickets to the show!  They’re valid for a performance now through to June 3rd.

To win, just comment below and tell me the name of one actor who has played President Clinton – on stage or in film –  whose performance stands out in your memory.

For an additional entry, tweet this:

I entered to win a pair of tickets to see @ClintonMusical via @nycurbanlife  #ClintontheMusical 

Winner will be selected randomly. The winner will receive two tickets, which will be held at the box office day of show in your name.  This giveaway will end on Wednesday, May 27th at 9am EST.

Winner will be posted here, on NYCUrbanLife Twitter feed and via email and will have 24 hours to accept their prize.

Disclosure: I was compensated to write this post.  

 

Clinton, The Musical

Clinton, The Musical

As I was sitting in theatre 4 of the New World Stages waiting for the show to begin, I noticed that Oval Office set for Clinton, The Musical included portraits of Presidents but more intriguingly, nestled inside those portraits, in heart-shaped frames, where pictures of their mistresses.

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An Uncommon Bag

An Uncommon Bag

uncommongoods.comGot kids in New York City? That may mean that soccer, baseball, hockey and lacrosse are part of your routine.  Urban mothers have the same experiences as our suburban counterparts, but we usually travel by foot, subway, bus or cab; no car to throw in any amount of gear that may be needed.  The trick to making these treks about town, and beyond, is to pack light but pack what you’ll need for 4-5 hours out.  And, because we live in Manhattan, there is the unspoken rule to use a bag that looks hip/stylish/unique. That’s a lot to ask for in a bag but my friends at UncommonGoods had the answer to my needs.

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Porgy and Bess on Broadway


Tonight I saw The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.  (I posted on it earlier. See this link http://nycurbanlife.blogspot.com/2012/01/porgy-and-bess.html)

Its going to be hard to give this show justice in words….I’m not sure what the reviewers watched, but I LOVED it. And I don’t LOVE shows very often; I am discerning after many years working on Broadway.

Audra McDonald was the talent you expect – a huge range of emotion and a powerful voice to back that up. And Norm Lewis….was…amazing, and that’s a weak word, but I just can’t think of anything more superlative right now. I would imagine that he’d need a massage after every performance, probably aching from how he contorts his body to portray crippled Porgy. I’d volunteer for that task.

After the show we (Spence-Chapin Adoption Services) were treated to a cast talk-back and were honored with Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, Trevon Davis, JD Webster and Roosevelt Credit.

I would gladly buy another ticket to see it again, and probably will.

Norm Lewis, Audra McDonald
Trevon Davis, J.D.Webster
Norm Lewis

The Flying Latke @TheFleaTheater

Yesterday morning Alison and I visited The Flea theater to see Arthur Yorink‘s  The Flying Latke, a tale of Chanukah celebrations, holiday dysfunction and the miracle of a soaring potato pancake.

The Flying Latke. Photo Crystal Arnette

Adapted by Yorinks from his children’s book, The Flying Latke tells the story of young Danny Silverstein and his family as they celebrate the first night of Chanukah. Danny, like most teens, is mortified by his crazy family- their quirks and their quarrels embarrass him so much that he’s painfully reticent to retell the tale that leads to their enlightenment. Thank goodness he works up the courage because the story is a scream and can’t help remind you of how important your family is, warts and all.

In this story a dispute over something as innocuous as the model of a car starts a food fight that sends a latke sailing out the window and over the city, causing a UFO frenzy that alerts the Air Force and the media. With the press camped out on their from lawn, the Silversteins hunker down in their home, with their extended family visiting, ’till the attention dies down. Here’s the catch- there is nothing left in the house to eat but latkes, and, in keeping with history of Chanukah, the latkes, of which there was enough for the one evening’s celebration, miraculously replenish to last for the eight days of self-imposed sequestration. The miracle latke-on-the-loose comes back on the eight day when the family has finally stopped bickering, and learns to respect each others thoughts and feelings.

The lesson wasn’t lost on my 6 year old and certainly the adults in the audience appreciated the amusing reminder of the tolerance required in any and all things family. Four thumbs up from Alison and I.

Alison and her new dreidel.

Don’t be afraid of off-Broadway mums and dads – at $12/ticket its a bargain and the most affordable family entertainment in the city. Note that this is a limited engagement- performances are on December 10,11 and 17th @ 11:00am.
When you order tickets, use code BLOG5 and get $2 off your ticket – that makes them only $10 each. Deal!

For more blog posts on The Flying Latke, visit MamaDrama.

Disclosure: I attended this performance, with complimentary ticketsprovided, as a reviewer and contributor on behalf of MamaDrama. The opinionsexpressed here are strictly my own.

Bonnie and Clyde on Broadway

Bullet-riddled, blood-oozing bodies slumped over in a Model-T – that was the opening scene at Thursday’s opening night performance of Bonnie & Clyde, now playing at the Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street).

Since we all know the ending to this crazy story, it was appropriate that we start there, then we could move past the expected and focus on the story of how these two came to be. Growing up in poverty during the Great Depression, both dreamed of fame and glory – Bonnie’s on the movie screen, one day taking Clara Bow’s place as the next “it girl.” Clyde’s dreams started and stayed violent, idolizing Billy The Kid as a boy, and as he grew older, dreaming of replacing Al Capone as the nation’s most notorious gangster. With no hope to achieve the promise of the American Dream through hard work during this time of a downward spiraling economy, their path led to robbery and murder.

I learned that Bonnie had a penchant for prose, and wrote about the couple’s life on the “lamb’ foreshadowing their ultimate end in The Trails End

They don't think they're too smart or desperate
they know that the law always wins.
They've been shot at before;
but they do not ignore,
that death is the wages of sin.

Some day they'll go down together
they'll bury them side by side.
To few it'll be grief,
to the law a relief
but it's death for Bonnie and Clyde.

The show used projections of real photos of the couple and clippings of the papers of the day to help back the story line and illustrate just how notorious the two became. That, coupled with a solid score by Frank Wildhorn, enhanced my enjoyment of the musical, and, in my eyes, the low key ending of the two driving off towards their inevitable demise seemed the right way to go. It was refreshing to have a musical restrain from the formulaic big closing musical number, and offer something realistic to support the story line.

Clyde and Bonnie met when he was 20 and she was 19. What is amazing and disturbing, given the trail of bloodshed they left behind them, is how madly in love these two kids were and how connected they were to their families.

Definitely worth a night at the theatre. Go – you’ll be happy you did.