• A Mommy Night out on Broadway at Pretty Woman: The Musical

    This post is made possible by support from Pretty Woman: The Musical. All opinions are my own. This post will have gif’s from the play and movie, cause they’re fun.

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    Pretty Woman is hands down one of my favorite movies of all time. My mom bought the VHS on a whim and when I saw it I knew it would become apart of my soul. Almost 30 years later I watch it like it’s my first time, only I know all of the words and the facial expressions.

    So when I got the opportunity to see the Broadway version Pretty Woman: The Musical I jumped at the chance to go. I only had one extra ticket and so I hit up my Broadway loving bestie Allaya for a pre-Mother’s Day mommy night on the town.

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    If you don’t already know, Pretty Woman is about a lady of the night (Vivian Ward) who on a chance encounter meets a lost out of town billionaire (Edward Lewis) who can’t find his way back to Beverly Hills. And because he can’t drive his borrowed Lotus Espirit our girl Vivian has to drive him back to his hotel. Once there they make a deal that she would work for him for the rest of the week by being his date for his business events. Sparks fly and hilarity ensues as Vivian learns to navigate his stuffy all business world, and through her, he discovers there’s more to life than making money.

    Why should mom friends link up for Mother’s Day?

    Allaya and I were so happy to be getting out of the house together. It had been almost two months since we’ve last seen each other. Yeah, we talk every day in our group chat, but nothing beats that face to face connection especially with Mother’s Day approaching. It gives us the opportunity to celebrate each other as mothers.

    Is the musical exactly like the movie?

    For the most part, but there are some changes to it. I mean, it’s Broadway, of course, they’re going to jazz it up and put their spin on it. Without spoiling too much, I will say I thought the entire cast did an amazing job of taking these iconic characters and making them their own.

    Do you need to see the movie to enjoy the musical?

    The long and the short answer is, no. You will enjoy it just as much as a person who’s seen the movie a million times. But because I’m such a huge fan of the movie, yes you should watch it. It’s a classic and everyone needs to see it at least once. You can rent it on Amazon for $2.99.

    How do you get tickets and how much are they?

    Pretty Woman: The Musical takes place at The Blue Banana Club also known as the Nederlander Theatre in Times Square, located at 208 West 41st Street. 

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    For Mother’s Day leave the kids with dad or granny and gift your mom friends (and yourself) tickets to see this really great show. And because I encourage mom friend bonding use code MOM1 for discount tickets for as low as $59.

    Quick tips on how to prepare for your pre-Mother’s Day night out to Pretty Woman: The Musical

    Take a bath or shower while listening to Prince

    Make sure the kids don’t hear you leaving so they can’t ask a thousand questions

    Enjoy stepping out of the house kid free

    Grab an Uber to the theater

    Have fun

    After you’ve seen Pretty Woman: The Musical (or if you’ve already seen it) let me know in the comments your thoughts about it.
  • Kinky Boots the Musical Is a Holiday Season Must See!

    Ladies and gentlemen, and those who have yet to make up their minds…

    I have been transformed!  It’s no secret that for years I judged Broadway. I claimed I didn’t like something when I really had no clue what it was about. I judged its surface without bothering to learn more about its core. But now, I am officially in love with everything about Broadway. It has awakened my soul to the point where I can no longer live my life without Broadway.

    So what happened that sparked this long overdue change in my perceptions towards Broadway? Kinky Boots The Musical.


    What is kinky boots about?

    Charlie Price (Aaron Finley) the owner of a shoe factory who is about to lose it all when help comes from an unlikely person – a famous drag queen named Lola (Todrick Hall).  Together they embark on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance of not only themselves but most importantly others around them. Seeing this show when I did couldn’t have come at a better time considering the current climate.

    And just because the has a heavy topic that doesn’t the show isn’t filled with laughter, tears and all the shade one can handle – after all it did win six Tony Awards! The performances are captivating and the costumes are stunning. Todrick Hall, who is my new bestie in my head, plays the lead character and honey, once he’s on stage there is nothing you can do watch in awe. As a matter of fact, the entire cast did a stupendous job! With music by Grammy-Award winner Cyndi Lauper you are in for an amazing musical ride that will have you singing long after the show ended.

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    Todrick Hall as Lola
    Regardless of what your plans are this holiday season seeing Kinky Boots should be on your list! Get down to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in your finest red shoes cause remember, Sex Is in the Heel!


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    FYI: I was provided 2 complementary tickets to the show for the purpose of this review. Thoughts and opinions are always my own. 
  • Waitress Serves Pie and Hilarity on Broadway

    For as long as I can remember I have never been a fan of Broadway. I mean ever. There was just something about the idea of actors talking then randomly busting out in song and jazz hands. That always freaked me out. I wanted no parts of their jazzy spirit fingers.

    Although I will admit I was utterly enthralled with the CATS and Milford Plaza commercials in the 80’s. But that was as far as my excitement would take me. And when my 7th grade teacher made us listen to the CATS soundtrack in an effort to get us cultured. It confirmed how unmoved I truly was by it. I used that time to nap.

    The next time in my life where I would feel a twinge of curiosity toward Broadway was when Lion King debuted. That twinge still hasn’t been enough to get me to the box office. Years later Hamilton exploded on the scene, and because I need both of my arms and legs I could not fork them over for tickets.

    By this time, I had to pretty much be honest with myself and admit that deep down I knew while there was excitement I knew I would never make it to see either one of those shows. Why? Because if I really wanted to see them I’d put in the effort to plan a day, save the money, grab a friend and go. I decided right then there would never be a Broadway show to get me hyper than Beyonce coming to town.

    That is, until a friend post a picture from Waitress the Musical on Facebook. I replied, “oh, there’s a movie with that name. It’s my favorite!” She said, “Yeah, Val, same thing.

    That was really my gut first reaction.

    You don’t understand how much I love Waitress. I mean LOVE it! If you’ve never seen the movie (written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelly) then you’re missing out. It’s a sweet but sad rom-com about a woman named Jenna at her wits trying to get out of her terrible marriage and leave her small town to make a better life for herself. She planned to do this by entering and winning a nearby pie baking  competition. The prize money would be her escape. Only she finds out she’s pregnant and events that surround her pregnancy threaten to keep her from making that dream a reality, and the outta this world original pies she creates are a way of expressing her happiness and frustrations. The movie stars Kerri Russell, who I’ve loved since the 90’s – I mean, helloooo Felicity. (Oh, you can relive your youth and watch it on ABC. And don’t get me started on The Americans), Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto and Adrienne Shelly.

    My sudden hatred for musicals and avoidance of Broadway vanished quicker than an the last Entenmann’s Apple Pie I bought.  I went on a mission to snag tickets, and when I got them I was hype! Who would have thought, me, excited to get to Broadway.

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    When I arrived at the Brooks Atkinson Theater on a Wednesday night it was packed. I didn’t know what to expect when I got inside. In my mind I thought it would be very uptight, or maybe I’m thinking of the opera. But I’ll tell you I was shocked and excited to see they sold snacks and drinks to enjoy during the performance. This night was going to be better than I expected.

    And I was right!

    From the time the curtain went up from the time it went down Waitress the Musical was everything and then some. I am seriously having a hard time trying to decide which I enjoyed more, the movie or the musical. It was that GREAT!

    The cast of Waitress the Musical was fantastic, and their voices were out of this world. They sang in a way that I could only dream of, and not a single person was out of breath. It was effortless. Tony Award Winner Jessie Mueller plays the lead made the role of Jenna Hunterson and absolutely made it her own. I completely forgot about Kerri Russell. Jessie had me captivated. Co-Stars Keala Settle as Becky, Kimiko Glenn as Dawn, Drew Gehling as Dr. Pomatter and Nick Cordero and Earl were all stellar! Their one-liners, sarcasm and antics captivated the entire audience, especially Dr. Pomatter’s quirky personality and seductive bedside manner.

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    Keala Settle, Jessie Mueller and Kimiko Glenn (Photo: Joan Marcus)
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    Charity Angél Dawson, Drew Gheling and Jessie Mueller (Photo: Joan Marcus)
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    Jeremy Morse, Molly Hager, Jessie Mueller, Aisha Jackson and Stephanie Torns (Photo: Joan Marcus)

    Now I can’t talk about Broadway without talking about the music. Sara Bareilles, with her original music and lyrics earned her a Tony nomination for Best Original Score for “Waitress.” Her songs combined with the script is what really brings everything about Waitress the Musical together.

    The show runs over two hours with a 15 minutes intermission. It seemed long but I honestly didn’t want it to end. For someone who really didn’t care for anything about Broadway prior to going I found myself loving every moment of it.  I’m glad that my first introduction to Broadway was Waitress the Muscial and that it was so great that it left me looking into other shows.

    Get your tickets today for Waitress the Musical, who knows you might even see me there cause I know I’m going back!

    Watch the preview for Waitress the Musical below.

    FYI: I was provided 2 complementary tickets to the show for the purpose of this review. Thoughts and opinions are always my own.