Posts tagged ‘Broadway’

March 19, 2013

Glass Slippers Are So Back

Growing up, my sister and I were all about Disney. Like most little girls, we spun around the house in princess gowns (a Jasmine two-piece pajama set, in my case) dreaming of one day being swept off our feet by a handsome prince to live happily and royally ever after. It’s no wonder everyone drools over William and Kate! We have long been imprinted to believe in the whole fairytale baloney…ugh, the communication sciences major in me digresses. Anywho, on Saturday, Kru and my mom came into the city to relive those previously described childhood fantasies with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Sorry, Disney but this version of the most infamous rags-to-riches story took things up a notch. No longer is the soon-to-be princess painted as a pushover, unaware of her self-worth needing a prince to save her. This gal, Ella, is confident and empowering, ultimately teaching the prince a thing or two about standing up for his beliefs in order to be a powerful, successful leader. He needs her to introduce democracy to the kingdom and spread kindness among the people. You go, girl! Now that’s a message I hope all the cutie patooties in the audience takeaway. 

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With that being said, my only criticism would be that the whole musical harped a bit too much on this notion. Like, I get that they were targeting the tiara-wearing audience members so they had to be overly obvious about things but after a while, it was excessive and borderline obnoxious–especially in the song lyrics, which were, dare I say it, amateur and lame. So yes, I just contradicted myself a bit. I liked the empowerment message but I wish they toned it down a bit, particularly in the music. Get it? Don’t get me wrong, the show as a whole was whimsical, surprisingly funny and spectacularly entertaining. The set design? Spot on with regal architecture and an enchanting wooded forest. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the costumes. Woah. I’m STILL trying to figure out how Cinderella’s dress magically upgraded from tatters to gown mid-spin…twice! Mind. Boggled. I may no longer prance around in “gowns” and faux diamond-encrusted accessories from the mall’s Disney Store, but sitting beside my mom and sister during our matinee the other day brought me back. Watching the wide-eyed kidlings around me made me realize how grateful I am to have been raised to believe in myself, in my future so that I can “be whatever I want to be,” as the cast belted out–with or without some handsome prince. Lucky for me, I’ve got one of those, too.
Who was your favorite princess growing up?

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

March 10, 2011

Mother/Daughter Time

My Spring Break has been pretty fantastic, if I do say so myself. No, I’m not in Punta Cana or cruisin’ along the Bahamas but I have been relaxing and hanging out with my family, which in my opinion trumps all. Being home grounds you and clears your head like nothing else…just what I needed. On Tuesday, I had to go in to Manhattan for an early appointment (4:50 a.m. alarm, yikes) so my mom came with and we had a wonderful time galavanting around. We shopped, laughed, ate, drank and saw a broadway show. Now, that’s what I call fun.

Time Square

We knew we wanted to see an evening show so stuck around the hustle and bustle of touristy Time Square. Before getting in the TKTS line, which opened at one, we stopped for an excellent lunch at L’Ybane Wine Bar where we shared salads and a delicious hummus appetizer. Next, my mom and I had to decide which show we wanted to see. I was pulling for Memphis, my mom Phantom of the Opera (bleh…) but we both came to a decision in my favor.

We were so cold we stopped in the M&M store to warm up

The next few hours we did what girls do best, shop. It was cold (and as you can see I wasn’t wearing nearly enough layers) so my mom and I popped in and out of stores in Times Square. The massive, 4-floor Forever 21 was where we spent most of our time. I was in heaven. The pretty florals and bright spring colors were a breath of fresh air after the rainy, miserable weather we’ve been experiencing. I am so over winter! Anyway, I bought a few things (including the scarf above), got a grande Red Eye from Starbucks so I didn’t pass out and before we knew it, it was dinner time. My blisters throbbed and the wind was howling so my mom and I settled for a Hard Rock Cafe nearby. I’ve never been to one, plus it stuck with our touristy trip so it just felt right.


Quick slideshow of the skyline at sunset, by yours truly

Before the show, we decided cocktails were a must so went to The View Lounge in at the New York Marriott Marquis hotel, which is a 360° revolving lounge on the 48th floor, to watch the sunset. It was beautiful, the drinks were great and we both of us sighed in satisfaction too many times to count. 7:00 rolled around before we knew it and we shuffled (literally, I have the blisters to prove it) across the street to the Shubert Theatre for Memphis, the 2010 Tony Award’s Best Musical!

UGHHhh It. Was. Incredible. I would see it again…and again. The music, costumes, set design, choreography and story line were all fantastic. Based in the 1950s in Memphis, Tennessee, the show follows a forbidden love story between a white DJ and a black club singer alongside the growing popularity of rock ‘n’ roll music. If you’re looking for an all American broadway musical, rich with history and culture, this is your show! I can’t stop listening to the soundtrack. Below are my two favorite songs.


Ah…it gives me chills!


Love, love, love!

So yeah, our impromptu mother/daughter day trip was fabulous, to say the least. Hopefully by the time I’m in there this summer I’ll know my way around. (Let’s hope I’m there to begin with…) Just a few more days before I head back to school. Back to reality. Ahh I’m enjoying my time off too much, I don’t want to go back just yet!

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

February 14, 2011

Wicked Weekend Wrap-Up

This Valentine’s Day weekend was absolutely fabulous, minus the fact I’m battling a bad head cold. I went home Friday afternoon, hung out with my family and went to my sister’s hockey game after making a delicious vegetable/tofu stir-fry over pasta for dinner. It was an exciting game against our biggest rival, tied 0-0 going into the last period! I can definitely see myself being a crazy hockey mom someday…I was cheering loudly as my dad hit the boards with his fist in outrage at every unfavorable call. It was fun, even though the nail-biter ended with a loss. The Lady Skating Tigers outplayed the darn Indians the entire game, which made the L a lot worse. Anyway, it was great to be home and see my family.

Picture courtesy of my Blackberry

Saturday morning I woke up bright and early for the Big Apple. For my birthday/Christmas, Mike got me Wicked tickets and planned a day in the city for us. It was a wonderful day, excluding my sneezing, scratchy throat and throbbing headache. We grabbed a quick lunch at 30 Rock, Mike’s old and future stomping grounds, before briskly making our way over to Broadway. The show was absolutely incredible. The music, costumes, set, etc., were out of this world! I’d see it again. And again. I’m pretty sure Mike liked it a lot, too, as much as a guy likes musicals…

Loving my new boots!

After the show, we walked a bit, eventually catching a cab when we got too cold down to Chelsea Market. We had some time before our dinner reservation so shopped a bit. How cool is the Anthropologie store front!?

Picture courtesy of my Blackberry

For dinner we went to Pastis, a cute French bistro in the meatpacking district that offers moderately priced, upscale cuisine. We sat at a romantic table for two in the corner and split a bottle of San Pelligrino (Mike snorted when I wanted sparkling water over a bottle of wine and then ordered a beer for masculinity purposes). I ordered the Seared Organic Salmon with Lentils, Frisée & Mushrooms in Mustard Sauce, Mike got the Cheeseburger, surprise, surprise. He is such an adventurous eater…The food was incredible, the dining area was upbeat and lively. All in all, fabulous meal. We concluded our night by stopping in the Brass Monkey for a drink. I ordered a cosmo for Sex & The City’s sake. It was strong but delish. We headed back home shortly after, exhausted from our fantastic day. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sprinkled with Lots of Love,
Lauren