Dining With Al Capone

The Kissimmee area has much to choose from when it comes to dining, but our favorite is dinner and a show. It’s a fun way to experience some local flavor, and who cares if it’s raining?

We ate at Capones Dinner and Show, an interactive experience that is cute for all ages. It was a whole lot of “kitch” and meant to be fun and silly. It reminded me of another restaurant chain’s slogan- “Delightfully tacky, yet unrefined”. It for sure fell under that category. One of the running gags of the evening was “Fork You!” while brandishing- you guessed it- a fork.
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Phineas and Ferb: The Best Live Show Ever

Disney’s new Phineas and Ferb, The Best Live Show Ever was a fun, lively experience for the entire audience. The ages in the audience ranged from the very small to tweens (and of course their parents), and focused on the brothers’ adventures with friends trying to experience every drop of summer. On the last day of summer vacation, Phineas and Ferb find themselves in front of a live audience, and slide down from the TV screen (where you can watch them daily) onto the stage.
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Damn Yankees at the Paper Mill Playhouse

Damn Yankees, playing at the Paper Mill Playhouse at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, is a home run hit. Playing through April 1, this award winning musical will thrill audiances eight times a week with it’s upbeat numbers like “Those Were the Good Old Days”, “Heart” and the saucy “Whatever Lola Wants”. Paper Mill Playhouse, winner of two 2011 People’s Choice Awards, makes great theater accessable to everyone. Bringing some of Broadway’s biggest blockbusters to New Jersey’s residents and casting brilliant actors, spending a night out at the theater doen’t have to break the bank.

You can see the lights of Broadway stars right here in NJ- such as the devilish Howard McGillin, who plays Mr. Applegate (and appeared on Broadway on The Phantom of the Opera’s title character for ten years) Joseph Kalinski, (who just appeared on Broadway in “Follies” and plays Joe Boyd in this production) and Patti Cohenour (“Meg”, whose career has spanned Broadway, opera, and the ballet). The Devil may care what goes on across the tunnel- Damn Yankees has an amazing and award winning team right here. Even if lots of us do love the Yankees.

Joe Boyd, the Washington Senators baseball team’s biggest fan, loves his team a little too much. Add to that a little nostalgia to his baseball playing days of yore, and this spells trouble. When a scoundrel with his eyes on Joe’s soul sets in, it’s too much for him, and he signs on the dotted line (so to speak). The devil offers Joe the chance to return to his youth, be 22 years old, and the best ballplayer the world has ever seen- and finally beat those “damn Yankees”. While Joe makes the team and leads them into victories, he misses his wife, Meg, whom he left with only a note more then he ever thought he would.
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WIN TICKETS to “1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo & Friends” Live Show

What kid doesn’t love Elmo? I know I grew on on Sesame Street, and though the 80’s toys and games have made a comeback- Sesame Street never really went away, did it? And thankfully so- it’s a great, educational, and wholesome show that you don’t have to be afraid to let your children watch. Another thing I love about Sesame Street? They kept it as it was. Sure, it is updated- but no one got super skinny, got giant heads or eyes, went “anime” in style, Maria and Gordon aged like normal people, and the characters all look as they should.

AND You and your child can see all your favorite friends Live in the latest stage performance- 1-2-3 Imagine 🙂
Where can your imagination take you? Anywhere you want to
be! Audiences in New Brunswick are invited to make a world of adventure come to life with
Elmo, Abby Cadabby and friends as the stage lights come up on Sesame Street Live “1-
2-3 Imagine! with Elmo & Friends”. This imagination-inspired musical will make a stop at
the State Theatre from Thursday, April 12, through Sunday, April 15. Tickets for all eight
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Freckleface Strawberry The Musical

The adorable, best selling children’s book Freckleface Strawberry by actress Julianne Moore has been adapted into a 70-minute musical. The high-energy, family friendly hit can be seen at the off Broadway theater MMAC (Manhattan Movement and Arts Center), located at 248 West 60th Street.
Freckleface Strawberry the Musical has music and lyrics by Gary Kupper, book by Gary
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Come to the Twitter Party to Celebrate #TheBigMeal at Playwrights Horizons

@HaveSippy is Co-Hosting, so I hope to see you all there! RSVP HERE
Come to the Next MamaDrama Twitter Party
Monday, March 12th, 2012
Join @MamaDramaNY and friends 9pm ET, as we chat about THE BIG MEAL, the newest play at Playwrights Horizons by Dan LeFranc.
Hashtag: #TheBigMeal
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Annie will soon be Returning to Broadway!

Maybe you live far away, or maybe real near by- but either way, you are definitely going to want to mark your calendars for the return of America’s sweetheart- Annie!

If you can believe it, as a lover of musicals and the theater in general- I have never seen Annie on Broadway. Well, maybe you can believe it. Annie opened in 1977, and closed it’s doors in 1983, which would have made me a tiny baby 🙂
Inspired by the famous comic strip Little Orphan Annie, this show will celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the show’s opening with a full revival.

In just about 270 days, Annie will be back on Broadway. You know I will be there- and so will my Little Man! He’s my Broadway Baby- and I hope that you bring your kids, too. It’s never too early to start exposing your children to the magic of the theater. (Start with the movie if they have never seen it- it’s a classic, they need to watch it anyway!) This feel-good show will be the one everyone is sure to be talking about.
In less then one year, ANNIE arrives on Broadway!? Check out the website, Facebook, and Twitter and keep yourself in the loop.

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Fiddler on the Roof– an amazing show

Fiddler on the Roof was all that it promised to be. This classic piece of theater was a pleasure to watch and was thoroughly enjoyed. The music of Jerry Bock’s and Sheldon Harnick’s lyrics, along with Joseph Stein’s book (based on “Tevye and his Daughters” by Sholem Aleichem) are joined together to create one of the most enduring and well known works of theater to date.

The leading character, milkman Tevye, struggles with himself, talks to God, and tries to deal with the changes in the world around him. A kind-hearted man, he wants to do well by those around him and be an honest person. Living in the Russian village of Anatevka with his wife and five daughters, Tevye (please read the rest of my article below)
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