Disney on Ice Presents: Frozen – Live in your Home Town!

Frozen

Get “Frozen” to Glory

If you want to treat your kids to the entertainment of a lifetime, then Disney On Ice’s Frozen should definitely be on your list. In fact, it is a perfect time to take a trip down memory lane, back to your childhood when you couldn’t wait for Disney cartoons to play on TV or be on your best behavior in order to get the next Disney book as a birthday present!

What can you expect from a live production of ‘Frozen’?

The film has managed to gain tremendous popularity over the world with dedicated fans of all age groups. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s recommended you do so, because the play is a shortened version of the Academy Award award-winning movie. It promises a winter wonderland that you have never seen before. You get to experience the magical world of Arendelle, with a good dose of jaw-dropping special effects and smooth skating skills thrown in.

The “freeze” behind Frozen

This is a great chance to see this movie transitioning from reel to real, which is fascinating to say the least. The story outlines the relationship between royal sisters, Anna and Elsa. Anna with her heart of gold and sets out on a journey to find her sister, the magical Elsa who is unable to control her powers and fears that she will be discovered. That is why she wishes to live in seclusion, so she can test her powers without restrictions. Anna is aided in her quest by rugged mountain man Kristoff, his every-loyal reindeer Sven, the adorable and hilarious snowman Olaf and the mystical trolls.

Enjoy the experience

The underlying theme of love conquering fear had been portrayed brilliantly on-screen, which boosts the anticipation in this case. As the audience, you also get to participate in the iconic songs such as “Let it Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Fixer Upper.” The show will captivate your attention with sophisticated lighting, props, projections and pyrotechnics to create some dazzling special effects as mentioned before. Whether it is the ice monster, or the fountain frozen by Elsa, it will be exciting to see how they pull it off!

Frozen is hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse who guide the audience through the plot as the story unfolds, with special appearances by numerous Disney favorites like Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story and Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King. It is a sweet and emotional journey to discover true love!

The Improvised Shakespeare Company | Chicago ( iO Theater )

Improvised Shakespeare Company

Improvised Shakespeare Company
Improvised Shakespeare Company

Improvisation Paves the Way

Have you heard of the renowned Improvised Shakespeare Company (ISC)? If you are yet to learn about them or haven’t had the chance to witness a performance, you’ll want to snatch up the opportunity to see them at the iO Theater in Chicago! The ISC completes over a decade in 2017, and each show has received loads of accolades and praise from both audiences and critics.

About ISC

The quality of entertainment at The iO Theater is just like wine, which keeps getting better with every show. As is evident from the name, their main focus is on improvisation – no wonder they’ve been touted as Chicago’s best and funniest improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner! The group is also the proud recipient of the New York Nightlife Award for “Best Comedic Performance by a Group” and was honored by the Chicago Improv Foundation as its “Ensemble of the Year.” They have entertained audiences at prestigious events and functions such as the Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival, Off Broadway in New York City, Bonnaroo, the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands, San Francisco Sketchfest, UCB’s Del Close Marathon, and Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and Chicago.

What can you expect from an ISC production?

If you enjoy humor and a good belly laugh, along with amusing comebacks and sharp innuendos, then attending the next show of ISC should be on top of your list. Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written), ISC devises a play by emulating Elizabethan styles and themes. The entire play is improvised – there is no planning, rehearsal or script involved here. With a hilarious take on “thee’s” and “thou’s”, each player contributes beautifully to the show, which consists of off-the-cuff comedy by using language and ideas of William Shakespeare. Your funny bone will be on overdrive due to an oddball mix of power struggles, star-crossed lovers, sprites, kings, queens, princesses, sword-play, rhyming couplets, asides, insults, persons in disguise, and anything that draws inspiration from the works of the great playwright. Since the play is conceptualized along the lines of improvisation, every performance is unique – one night you might see a tragedy, while the next show might switch gears with rib-tickling comedy!

All their shows have been sold out for the past few years, so please reserve your seats right now – it is a fantastic way to spend a night!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis Black

Lewis Black

When Black is White

It is said that a great comedian doesn’t say lines that are funny, but turns lines into funny. At times it’s blatantly obvious that the jokes, innuendos, or one-liners aren’t that laughable or you have heard of them before, and yet the audience is roaring with laughter. It’s all about delivery! How the comedian spits out his material is what introduces the element of comedy – his body language, expressions, hand gestures, style of delivery, etc. is what really counts.

Black’s trademarks, 

Lewis Niles Black, famously known as Lewis Black, is a legend among comedians. In addition to that, he is an author, playwright, social critic and actor, and extremely popular due to his signature angry face and aggressive style of delivering comedy to the audience, which often manifests in the form of a fake mental breakdown. It is just like watching someone rant in an exceedingly hilarious manner, about topics like history, politics, religion, or other cultural trends. His “Back in Black” commentary segment on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and TV show on Comedy Central, Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil, which he hosted, garnered fantastic TRP ratings.

Catch Lewis Black live in action at his Rant, White and Blue Tour and experience his natural twisted wit at a theater near you. Book tickets in advance – Lewis Black Rant, White and Blue Tickets!

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A Day Out With Thomas Is coming to your Town!

Day Out With Thomas

Thomas the Tank Engine Welcomes You Aboard

Are your children huge fans of Thomas the Tank Engine? Here’s the chance for you to arrange a face-to-face meeting for them! “Day Out With Thomas”, brought to you by HIT Entertainment, allows kids and their families to spend an entire day with their favorite character and his friends to know exciting stuff about railways, engines, railroading, and much more.

Ready for an exhilarating journey with Thomas?

Day Out With Thomas is an ideal family event, as it is equally enjoyable for both kids and adults to ride with classic storybook friend Thomas the Tank Engine. You will come across people from all age groups having the time of their lives while railroading! The character is based on The Railway Series, which is a collection of stories penned by a loving father who wanted to share his passion for trains with his son. Thomas & Friends not only boost knowledge, but impart useful life lessons too.

What can you expect from A Day Out with Thomas?

Touted as America’s favorite little blue engine, Thomas is here to welcome you with his faithful pal Percy. The event not only includes a thrilling train ride with Thomas spanning 20 minutes, but a plethora of fun activities such as Pufferbelly Rides, Video Viewing, Thomas iPod and Imagination Station, Temporary Tattooing, Photo ops with Sir Topham Hatt (Chairman of the Railway on the Island of Sodor), Percy and Thomas, Wooden Play Tables, Storytelling, and much more. You can take your pick from the lovely Thomas merchandise from our gift shop to take back as souvenirs from this memorable event. Riding a real steam engine and meeting the Fat Controller are a couple of highlights you will definitely not want to miss!

Points to remember

To make the most of this day, please arrive at an hour before the scheduled departure. In case you have opted for afternoon trains, make sure you have time to accommodate additional activities. There are ample food options for your family, so that is one more item off your list. A large portion of the activities are held under large tents, which is why A Day Out With Thomas will not be cancelled due to rain or snow.

 

The ticket price is inclusive of the train ride and subsequent entertainment. Since this event is extremely popular, it is advisable to purchase in advance to avoid disappointment, especially if you plan to attend in large groups.  Find out if Thomas and Percy are making a stop near you!

 

 

Hamilton The Musical

Hamilton the Musical

Ever since Hamilton the Musical hit New York’s Public Theater, it has become a huge hit. A sold-out off-Broadway run certainly indicates good times for this hip-hop influenced musical about Alexander Hamilton.

Already popular…
Lin-Manuel Miranda who plays Hamilton has also written and composed this show, and he has based his work on the biography of the founding father by Ron Chernow. For a musical to have generated this amount of buzz within the industry and public is no mean feat. The workshops put on by this show had attendees from the whole industry and everyone couldn’t stop gushing as they walked out.

Oh Hamilton!!!
Hamilton depicts the lead writer of the Federalist Papers as the archetypal New Yorker, who is a brainy, yet brash immigrant who came to the city as an orphan from West Indies, yet became the first Secretary of the Treasury. He had his fair share of scandals, possibly one of the first of its kind associated with politics – he was blackmailed by his mistress’s husband. At 49, He fought a duel with U.S. vice president and former New York gubernatorial contender Aaron Burr and was mortally wounded.

The “score” scores…
The score includes several musical theater traditions along with rap – Notorious B.I.G., Rodgers, Hammerstein, Gilbert, and Sullivan. The rhymes are purposely lightning-quick, so Miranda can cover the major events of Hamilton’s life in two and a half hours. His longtime collaborator Tommy Kail, takes up the reigns of director, while choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler sets the chaotic founding of the country to dance.

Must-watch
Historical biographies are perceived to be a tad dull and drab, but Hamilton completely destroys the thought as it is thrilling to watch the drama unfold on stage. Broadway actor and composer Jeff Blumenkrantz is extremely impressed with the way the musical is presented to the audience. Miranda is also responsible for “In the Heights,” a show about the Dominican-American community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. Like Hamilton, its score shows strong influences of hip-hop. It was off-Broadway and transferred in a year. In its run, it won four Tony awards and was nominated for a Pulitzer.

Not booked the tickets yet? Don’t waste time and do it right away!

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Wicked | Wizard of Oz Musical

Wicked the Musical

A Deliciously Wicked Tale

Growing up, most of us have read, the “Wizard of Oz”. We have all been entranced by Dorothy and her adventures, and I bet some of you wore out the book! Although many of us wanted to be friend and confidant to Dorothy, a few weren’t as sympathetic, especially after the 1939 movie was released. The film was a success, but the Munchkins were said to be OTT ghastly, while the Good Witch could give diabetes with her sweetness.

 

Setting the backdrop
These elements slightly tarnished the reputation of the book, Wicked, by Gregory Maguire, but not enough to wreak severe damage. But the stage prequel, which sheds light on the back-story of the good witch Glinda, and of her malicious green-faced rival, Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, had generated considerable interest from the time of curtain call. Even though the reviews are not overly optimistic, it has become a huge hit in the Big Apple.

 

What is the story?
The audience of Wicked generally comprises adolescent girls listening fully captivated to the tale of two typical young women meeting at Shiza University and move on to Oz, where life is taking a dark turn. Glinda is the “it girl”, who is pretty, spoilt, wants to get her own way and popular even though she is an airhead. Elphaba’s green skin has always made her an object of ridicule and mockery from everyone apart from her crippled sister. It doesn’t take long for rivalry to embed its roots deeply into the pair, before they find out about being bosom buddies. Glinda tries to be “good” and finds love with Adam Garcia’s prince, while Elphaba turns into a broom-flying freedom crusader on behalf of Oz’s dispossessed. Soon the roles are reversed!

 

Why watch it?
Winnie Holzman’s script is the power behind this spectacle; preventing it from being preachy and imparting some humor the gags. The design by Eugene Lee and lighting by Kenneth Posner are definitely praiseworthy. The songs from Stephen Schwartz have a subtle wit, but his specialty is clear when the female leads stand in the center and move into the stratosphere with the big gloopy power ballads. Idina Menzel, a Tony award winner, gives a magical performance as the deformed Elphaba by blending in seamless with the character. Helen Dallimore also does justice to her role as the bubbly and self-obsessed Glinda. The friendship between these characters has been treated delicately that worked in their favor.

Overall, it is a good effort, and you must definitely attend a show. Now on tour. Wicked the Musical tickets.

 

STOMP | Orpheum Theatre (New York)

Stomp

STOMP out a Tune!

The best part of STOMP is that it can be watched by all – kids, teens, adults, elderly people – there is some element that appeals to each age group. It doesn’t have words and the musical is ironically not structured on melody, but chooses to focus on rhythm instead. Irrespective of your taste in music, STOMP at the Orpheum Theatre, New York, shouldn’t be missed out!

 

How did STOMP originate?
The spectacle consists of an extraordinary amalgamation of percussion, movement and visual comedy, which dates back to Brighton, U.K. more than two decades ago in 1991. It was the brainchild of Steve McNicholas and Luke Creswell, who had begun to collaborate from 1981 as members of the street band Pookiesnackenburger and the theatre group, Cliff Hanger. When the band produced the famous “Bins” commercial for Heineken lager, which was a part of the band’s stage performance, it paved the way for STOMP’s dustbin dance in the climax.

 

Potpourri with personalities
STOMP features a group of individuals, each bringing something to the group with their unique, yet strong personality traits. They work as a team by utilizing simple building blocks to create a complex entity, which can be associated with everyone, and is identifiable by others at the same time. The crowd has their own quirks, eccentricities, competitiveness and differences like normal human beings, which in turn define the peculiar, yet intriguing dynamic between them.

What makes STOMP a must-watch?
It is an extremely enjoyable show, full of underlying wit and humor, which is why it has garnered glowing reviews and tremendous praise. The ensemble cast with 8 members use unusual objects they have found, to create captivating music and tongue-in-cheek humor. The items are diverse such as Zippo lighters, push brooms, wooden poles, hammer handles, garbage cans, inner tubes, matchboxes, kitchen sink, and so on. The blend of household and commercial objects to breathe character into music is an exceedingly brave attempt at a fresh idea that took off perfectly.

It is tough to pinpoint a single factor and say it its awesome or brilliant! In fact, the whole concept is a glaring example of genius – in some ways, STOMP was ahead of its time, even though it was and continues to be well-accepted and liked. The wordless factor also adds to its appeal, while the full houses are proof enough that STOMP has many years left to wow audiences and solidy their mark in the world of theatre.

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Terry Fator | The Terry Fator Theatre @Mirage Hotel Casino (Las Vegas)

Talent Comes in Many Forms…

“America’s Got Talent” has never been the same since Terry Fator won the competition in 2007 with his feat involving puppets. His win opened up new doors and opportunities for budding performers and gave a fresh lease to the industry of puppetry, which was slowly sinking into oblivion. Many have labeled his performance to be a “marriage made in Sesame Street heaven” as he has succeeded in putting the “fun” back in puppetry!

How does he do it?
Who would have thought about a popular puppet show in Vegas? Terry Fator did, and needless to say, he has done it brilliantly. He performs at The Mirage Hotel and Casino here, and has created a world-class act, which is extremely popular – people travel from far and wide to watch his shows. Although his claim to fame was by drawing inspiration from Sesame Street, his show isn’t an ordinary “puppet show”. He infuses a healthy mix of comedy in it, and combined with his impeccable comic timing and excellent impressionist skills, he gets everyone hooked to his 90-minute performance!

What does the show entail?
Due to the intensity of his shows, there is no warm-up routine involved.  The show takes off with Fator and Winston, the Impersonating Turtle, who demonstrates his musical prowess while sharing his fondness for the exclusive Turtle Ranch, which is a running gag during the show. Next is the cowboy-themed puppet – Walter T. Airedale, who cracks jokes and even takes a dig at Fator asking him why he can’t talk when the latter is laughing! Other puppets during the act includes Maynard Thompkins, Wrex the Crash Test Dummy and Vickie the Cougar.

The truly incredible aspect is that Fator is never seen opening his mouth more than half an inch during songs unless he is breathing or singing a something himself. That is why, he is often deemed as the most talented singer on the Strip due to his unique ability of communicating through puppets and comedic situations that have the audience in stitches throughout the performance! The booking is usually choc-a-block, which is why you should get tickets well in advance.  See Dates & Get Tickets Here: Terry Fator

 

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Jeff Civillico | Comedy in Action @ Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas

Jeff Civillico
Jeff Civillico Comedy in Action

Comedy, Action & Wit – a Brilliant Combination Indeed!

Las Vegas has always been depicted to be a hub for adult entertainment starting from strip shows and lap dances to comedy performances with risqué humor. But the scenario has undergone a drastic change these days with numerous performers developing acts suitable for both kids and adults. Jeff Civillico, performing at Bugsy’s Cabaret at The Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas falls under that category.

Jeff Civillico at his best!
His show contains all-round entertainment involving physical comedy, power-packed stunts, and mind-blowing juggling acts. For instance, you will get to see the juggling of an unusual collection of objects at once, such as a heavy bowling ball, knife, and apple, or riding a unicycle while balancing a 12-foot ladder! There is plenty of audience interaction and participation, which will appeal to kids big time! It is a treat to be up on-stage with him, as you get to be a part of his incredible, one-of-a-kind tricks. Jeff’s witty banter and friendly personality provides the perfect foil to the mind-boggling on-stage movements – it makes the experience even more fun and exciting. There is a nightclub-themed segment as well, which is ideal for those who want to hit the clubs, pubs, and bars at night. Regardless of whatever mood you are in, he promises that you will leave with a happier and more pleasant temperament.

A true visionary…
His comedy is inspired by stars like Steve Martin and Jim Carrey and he incorporates a blend of improvisation, physical stunts and wit. Jeff is a versatile performer, having put on shows at several places including Disney resorts and the White House. He takes his craft seriously by maintaining discipline and strong work ethics – he constantly pushes boundaries to come up with new techniques of recreation for his beloved audience.

His charitable side…
Amidst the entire hullabaloo, Jeff has started a non-profit in Las Vegas known as Win-Win Entertainment, through which, professional entertainers perform for charities, orphanages, hospitals, schools etc. without charging any fee. With his lucrative network, he recommends and refers performers every time there is a request for a show. He plans to expand his reach nationally and is working hard to collect funds for the same purpose.

Why not attend his show, get a good dose of entertainment, and contribute to a noble cause in your own way? Moreover, it is held in the afternoon, making it extremely convenient for children. There is a never-ending demand for tickets, especially during peak seasons, so make sure you get the tickets booked in advance to avoid disappoint.

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