Here’s our updated guide for the Fall/Winter season of 2015 for “must-see” shows on and off Broadway in the Big Apple. T
hey’re all pretty different, but we’re certain there’s one here that will speak to you.
I’ve seen a few of these books-turned-to-Broadway performances over the years (i.e. A Time To Kill, Gypsy), and have to give it to the folks behind Misery, this was the most entertaining yet!
You’ll love this if
: You’re a Stephen King, Bruce Willis, or Laurie Metcalf fan! Truly one of those “the stars take over Broadway” pieces, it’s a powerful performance that brings to life one of Stephen King’s most acclaimed novels.
: Successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon (Bruce Willis) is rescued from a car crash by his “Number One Fan,” Annie Wilkes (Laurie Metcalf), and wakes up captive in her secluded home. While Paul is convalescing, Annie reads the manuscript to his newest novel and becomes enraged when she discovers the author has killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain. Annie forces Paul to write a new “Misery” novel, and he quickly realizes Annie has no intention of letting him go anywhere. The irate Annie has Paul
Last weekend was a splendid, exploratory day for us in New Orleans. We decided to walk the distance to try brunch (which was actually more like lunch, by the time we got there) at Elizabeth’s, followed by a stroll along Crescent Park (the photo above) and a wander through the French Market, where we bought some really amazing art work and I got a new pair of sunglasses and a fun face mask (hey, when in New Orleans, right?!).
On our way back to our hotel, we were trying to find St. Louis Cemetery (which we did, although unfortunately it was closed for the day) and we stumbled across Basin St. Station (definitely worth a look on your way to the cemetery for information on the evolution of transportation in New Orleans) and the New Orleans Jazz and History Festival, which was really fun.
Here’s a visual journey through our day …
We don’t have a dog, but I need this sign!
Walking through the Marigny section of…
For the second night in a row, I hadn’t bolted the door. When I woke up, I had that dizzying feeling you get when you’ve passed through too many airports in a short period of time, wondering where you were and what day it was.
There wasn’t a sound to be heard except for a distant bird’s call that didn’t remotely sound familiar. I tried to put my attention on it so my mind didn’t race off into the land of thought, the ever land of thought that never seems to shut down. What hadn’t I done the day before that still needed my attention and all the things that so often steals precious time away from the serenity that this precious island had to offer.
I was on the very same Caribbean
island that I read about for the first time when I was ten, and while I hadn’t heard of Reggae or the Blues yet, the novel painted such a rich picture that I knew the rhythm and beat by heart, so much so that I imagined drums on the ceiling of my bedroom and if anyone ever asked me, I would swear they…
If you’re over the age of 30, chances are you’ve not only heard of The Sound of Music
, but likely grown up watching it with your family. While the birthplace of all it was in and around Salzburg Austria
, oddly enough Austrians and Germans didn’t grow up watching it nor did it create such a groundswell effect locally like it did in other countries.
In October, I was invited to Austria
to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music,
which was originally released in 1965, a pivotal year for so many cultural and historical events. Truth be told, I figured the movie (and musical) was more of a phenomena in the U.S. given its picture perfect Hollywood movie style with Julie Andrews at the helm, however on the ground in Salzburg, I learned that it was a huge hit in places you’d least expect it to be, like Australia and China.
We watched The Sound of Music
every year as a family for as long as I remember and no doubt, as a child, I watched it more than once some years. As a little girl, who can’t relate to the “You
At any given moment, there’s a plethora of shows to see in New York City, fitting any personality. These three are shows I’ve seen recently, which I think would make for a great dinner-and-a-show date night.
It Shoulda Been You
The tag line to the show goes: “You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll be home by 10.”, so you bet this was a winner in getting the hubby to the theater! Seriously–I’d say this has to legit be the funniest show on Broadway right now. With a stage full of blushing brides, nervous grooms, overbearing moms, unexpected guests, and more twists than a bar full of martinis, It Shoulda Been You will make you fall in love with Broadway (and the bloke sitting next to you!) all over again.
You’ll love this if: Modern day romantic comedies are your jam! The songs are catchy, characters lovable and relatable (with their many flaws and all!), and it’s really a perfect show for your better half that may not be QUITE as in love with everything musical theater as yourself…it’s just so funny they’ll forget they’re on Broadway!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
One of Shakespeare’s more whimsical plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes…
Impressive sound meets outstanding vintage design in Crosley’s tabletop radios. While they have an impressive collection of vintage radios, I was inspired by one of their simpler models, largely because red was such a retro color for kitchens way back when (and well I still have one)
and because it is the closest design to the radio I grew up with in the 1970′s except for the vibrant red color of course.
What I love about Crosley
is the fact that they embrace color and y’all know if you’re regular readers, that we love fun colors and designers and manufacturers who think outside-the-box. Crosley is definitely an outside-the-box kinda company and is based in of all places, Kentucky, which I “heart”
because of my involvement in Louisville’s Idea Festival
Just like the radios of yesteryear, the on and off switch is a right/left turn dial, not a switch and the right dial controls the stations. If you care about speed to get to where you want to go, this probably isn’t for you, but if you love great design and are nostalgia in any way shape or form for old fashioned products that…
I had the chance to learn about the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion when I drove from Virginia to Tennessee in January. It isn’t an ordinary music festival, but they tout themselves as an infectious, three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul.
Every third weekend in September, State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia, is amped to the beat of Appalachia’s past, present, and future. It digs down deep into the roots of traditional Appalachian sound and lifts its branches to new heights. It all happens in the heart of The Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol, the site of the Bristol Sessions.
This year’s date is September 18-20, 2015, which marks its 15th anniversary and they expect more than 60,000 festivarians, artists, volunteers, and vendors, and well over 20 outdoor and indoor stages boasting more acts of live music that is sure to keep you dancing for three days.
Known for booking “musician’s musicians,” the festival takes great care in selecting just the right combination of powerhouse headliners, emerging stars-on-the-rise, and the area’s elite regional and local talent. It isn’t uncommon to see artists among the crowds watching other bands alongside fans. The…
Travel the back roads between American Highways 49 and 61 in search of Lost Superstitions and the spirits of Sam Cooke, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Son House and Elmore James. Head into Clarksdale Mississippi
, the birthplace and heart of the Delta Blues and tour the Delta Blues Museum, Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art, The Ranchero, Rock “n Roll Blues Heritage Museum
and Hambone Art Gallery
. Below is a mural painted on the side of one of the older buildings in Clarksdale, a shot I took on our cross country journey earlier this year.
We hadn’t planned on going to Mississippi so it ended up being a detour after I learned that it was the birthplace of the blues and we were bound to hear some great authentic music in town. Unfortunately although we his great weather most of the way, we crossed the state border in gray skies with lots of clouds – the air was damp and the trees were bare as we were smack in the middle of winter.
Cooler than we anticipated, we headed straight for Clarksdale, which was less than a two hour drive from Memphis Tennessee,…
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