Friday, December 8, 2017

Cirque du Soleil's CRYSTAL Absolutely Mesmerizing

I have been to many Cirque du Soleil shows but I am happy to report that their new Ice Production CRYSTAL is in my top two.  This show is at the DCU Center until December 10th so get your tickets right away.  If I could describe this show in one word it would be "mesmerizing".
Crystal is the main character of the show and the show allows you to enter a dreamlike world powered by her imagination where creativity transforms the everyday into something extraordinary.  
It is so amazing entering Crystal's world.
For example here it is a pinball machine.

This was one of my favorite parts of the show with lots of performers skating around and jumping up on ramps.  It looked very similar to what people do on skateboards but they were on ice skates going up and down the ramps.  It was so amazing to watch.
The projections on the ice and their backdrop were amazing throughout the show.
The feats that these performers can perform is amazing.  I couldn't believe that this table is on ice!
I love these two performers, the strength they showed was amazing and no mat beneath them!
The music was gorgeous.
Crystal truly had so many performances I have never seen before and it is a truly unique show.
I can guarantee you will not have seen anything like it and never will in the future!
Make sure to get your tickets now!!!! 
Tickets are available for all performances at www.cirquedusoleil.com/crystal 
Show Schedule:
Friday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 9 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 10 at 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Disclosure:  I was provided with four tickets for my family to attend CRYSTAL and four tickets to giveaway for promotional purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Elf The Musical Family Fun

We were extremely lucky to attend opening night of Elf the Broadway Musical at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston. This show is awesome and lives up to the hilarious movie. 
The show is in Boston from November 28th to December 10th so you still have time to get tickets!
Photo Credit for all show photos:  Jeremy Daniel
Here is the link to buy tickets:  http://www.bochcenter.org/buy/show-listing/elf-2017
Erik Gratton is hilarious as Buddy the Elf. He does such a fabulous job with this role with his quirky expressions and perfect delivery. We were laughing out loud at so many moments in the show.
George Wendt will play the role of Santa. You may remember him as Norm in Cheers! During one of his parts he had a drink in his hand and said Cheers and the audience broke in to applause. He was so funny as Santa. He had so many great lines, we loved him!
A few other standouts in the show were Veronica J. Kuehn as Jovie. She had a beautiful voice and wonderful stage presence.
Trey Middleton played Michael and also had a wonderful voice for such a young child.
The sets were also amazing and made you feel engulfed in the story. Santa's sleigh even flies!
Of course the Boch Center Wang Theatre is a lovely venue!
 
It is so beautiful inside!
This is a wonderful show to see this holiday season! Make sure to get your tickets now!

Disclosure:  I was provided with four tickets for my family and I to attend the show for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Win 4 Tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL at the DCU Center

CONTEST CLOSED: CONGRATULATIONS JULIE O!
I have another awesome opportunity for my readers!  This time I am offering a chance to win 4 tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s First Ever On Ice Production CRYSTAL which will be at the DCU Center from December 7th to 10th.  Since I saw that this show was coming to Massachusetts I have wanted to go.  It looks amazing!
Photo credit : Matt Beard / Costumes: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt / 2017 Cirque du Soleil
More about the show:
Feel the thrill of poetry in motion as Crystal’s journey towards empowerment is brought to life on ice. Enter a dreamlike world powered by her imagination where creativity transforms the everyday into something extraordinary. 
Crystal invites you to suspend reality and glide into a world that spring to a colorful life with astounding visual projections and an original score that seamlessly blends popular music with the signature sound of Cirque du Soleil.
This show explores the artistic limits of ice for the first time in the company’s 33-year history. This unique production pushes boundaries of performance by combining stunning skating and acrobatic feats that defy the imagination. 
CRYSTAL will perform at the DCU Center for six performances only, Thursday, December 7 to Sunday, December 10, 2017. In CRYSTAL, gymnasts and skaters perform acrobatics on the ice and in the air, seamlessly combining multiple disciplines for a world-class audience experience.
 Synchronized skating, freestyle figures, and extreme skating are featured alongside circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial traps and hand to hand. The result is an adrenaline-packed show for the whole family that pushes the boundaries and surpasses all expectations! 
Tickets are available for all performances at www.cirquedusoleil.com/crystal 
Show Schedule - December 7 - 10, 2017:
Thursday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 9 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 10 at 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.
Enter below to win tickets to the show on December 7th at 7:30 pm
Disclosure:  I was provided with four tickets for my family to attend CRYSTAL and four tickets to giveaway for promotional purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
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Friday, November 24, 2017

Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker A Family Tradition

We love to kick off the holiday season every year by heading to dress rehearsal for the Boston Ballet's presentation of Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker at the Boston Opera House. Lauren is dancing in a different Nutcracker performance this year and was very excited to see the show. The show runs until December 31st so make sure to get your tickets now.
Lauren brought a good friend of hers that also dances.
They were both very excited.
The show is amazing with gorgeous sets and music.  I could not take pictures during the show however The Boston Ballet did share some press images with me.
Show Photos Taken by Liza Voll and Provided by the Boston Ballet
We even got to meet some of the lovely dancers at intermission.  The grace and beauty that these dancers show on stage is breathtaking.  
This is the 6th year of Mikko Nissinen’s re-envisioned The Nutcracker.  It is based on the libretto by Alexandre Dumas père titled The Tale of the Nutcracker, which is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.”  Some of our favorites are the Snow Scene.
This is such a fun scene with the mice and Nutcracker.
 The costumes some of the characters need to dance in must be such a challenge.  The bear leaps so high which is so impressive!
These guys are unbelievable!  The jumps they did and turns were so awesome.  The whole audience was awe struck and erupted in applause after they danced. 
 The show has a full company of 56 dancers, 10 Boston Ballet II dancers along with more than 250 Boston Ballet School students.  This is always one of my favorites as I danced many times to "Waltz of the Flowers" and my daughter danced to it last year in her recital.
The show is about 2 hours long and does have an intermission.  The time flies though as you are so engrossed in the show.
There are 44 performances of The Nutcracker at the Boston Opera House (539 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111)!
Tickets start at $35.
Visit http://www.bostonballet.org/nutcracker/
I highly suggest taking the family to see it and starting a family tradition or continuing one if you already have been.
Follow Boston Ballet on Twitter:  @BostonBallet  #BBNutcracker
Like them on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/bostonballet
Disclosure:  I was provided with tickets for dress rehearsal for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Win 4 Tickets to Elf the Musical

CONTEST CLOSED: CONGRATULATIONS SUE H!
I love holiday shows for the whole family! One of my favorites is coming back to the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston and I can't wait to go! Elf the Broadway Musical is coming November 28th to December 10th.  As one of my readers I am giving you an awesome chance to win 4 tickets to the show on November 28th!  Read on to enter!
Photo Credit for all show photos:  Jeremy Daniel
Here is the link to buy tickets:  http://www.bochcenter.org/buy/show-listing/elf-2017
We have seen the show before and it is wonderful!
Some more information about the show:
ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember their inner ELF.
George Wendt will play the role of Santa. You may remember him as Norm in Cheers!
The musical will feature Erik Gratton (Buddy), Bernard Dotson (Store Manager), Cynthia Ferrer (Emily), Veronica J. Kuehn (Jovie), Trey Middleton (Michael), Ruth Pferdehirt (Deb), Christopher M. Russo (Walter), Danny Rutigliano (Mr. Greenway) and Ken Clement (Santa Standby). The cast also includes Darren Biggart, Allyson Carr, Allyson Kaye Daniel, Paul Ianniello, Eric Anthony Johnson, Chandon Jones, Drew King, Andrew Kruep, Emily Larger, Eric Jon Mahlum, Frankie Paparone, Emily Jeanne Phillips, Shaun Repetto, Wyatt Rogers, Morgan Rose and Emily Grace Tucker. Performances of ELF THE MUSICAL are Tuesday, November 28 through Sunday, December 10: Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm, Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm, with matinees on Saturdays at 2:00 pm and Sundays at 1:00 pm. 
Enter below to win 4 tickets to the 7:00 pm performance on Wednesday, November 29th!
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Disclosure:  I was provided with four tickets to giveaway and four tickets for my family and I to attend the show for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.