Review: ANNIE The Musical in Boston

Disclosure: I received a four pack of tickets to attend Annie. All opinions – as always are my own.

This past Wednesday our family was invited to the opening night of ANNIE The Musical at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in Boston. Along with my sister and niece we waited anxiously for Annie and Oliver Warbucks to arrive for the red carpet. And oh – they arrived in style!

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Little Annie was played by 9 year old Issie Swickle – and as soon as she got out the car she was a ray of sunshine and generously signed playbills for eager kids including my own!

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I mean who doesn’t love Annie? It’s a great show, with incredible music and a great ending. Watching the movie that we love so much come to life on stage was a special experience. The group of orphans were animated and dynamic and a lot of fun. Miss Hannigan played by Lynn Andrews was my favorite character in the musical! She brought her own sass and humor to the musical that I know the adults really enjoyed!

After we left the show my daughter pulled me aside and asked me if there were any singing or dancing camps she could attend next summer. She was taken by the coordination and enthusiasm of the kids in the show and it only fueled her desire to one day (sooner than later) hit the big stage!

Be sure to catch ANNIE while the show is in Boston which is until November 16, 2014! Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE is a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

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You can catch the show Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm; matinees on Thursday, November 6 at 11:00 am, Tuesday, November 11 at 2:00 pm, and Saturdays at 2:00 pm; and Sundays at 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Tickets are priced at $35.00 – $125.00; all prices include a $3.75 facility fee per ticket.  Tickets are now on sale at the Citi Center box office, through www.citicenter.org or by calling 800-982-ARTS (2787), or through Ticketmaster. Groups of 10 or more may reserve tickets now by contacting Citi Performing Arts Center Group Sales at (617) 532-1116 or groups@citicenter.org.

Will you be attending Annie in Boston?



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ANNIE The Musical Comes To Boston & Giveaway!

Disclosure: I received a four pack of tickets to attend Annie. All opinions – as always are my own.

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“The sun’ll come out tomorrow, so you gotta hang on till tomorrow, come what may!

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I love ya, Tomorrow! You’re only a day away.”

What’s been really fun about parenting is exposing my daughter to movies and characters I loved as a child. Annie is a beloved classic and a movie that we love to watch together. The resilience of little 11-year-old Annie Hall, the sisterhood of all the orphans and the grumpy then loveable Oliver Warbucks together  make for a fun, engaging and warm-hearted movie folks young or old will enjoy. Even tipsy and lonely Miss Hannigan has a place in my heart.

All together now: We love you Miss Hannigan!

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The original movie (currently on Netflix) is near and dear to my heart – but I cannot WAIT to see the remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie, Jamie Fox as William Stacks, and Cameron Diaz as Miss Colleen Hannigan which opens in theatres on December 19, 2014!

I’m super excited to share that ANNIE has once again come to Broadway! The original production opened in 1977 at the Alvin Theatre and received wonderful praise including a Grammy for Best Cast Show Album and SEVEN Tony Awards®! The show remained one of the biggest Broadway musical hits ever – and it’s coming to Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre Wednesday, November 5 – Sunday, November 16, 2014 for 16 performances!

You’ll experience all the goodness of the movie with the beloved score including “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

Excited yet? Me too! Be sure to buy your tickets early! Use the code MOMS to save 20% off per ticket. Tickets are now on sale at the Citi Center box office, through www.citicenter.org, by calling 800-982-ARTS (2787), or through Ticketmaster. Groups of 10 or more may reserve tickets now by contacting Citi Performing Arts Center Group Sales at (617) 532-1116 or groups@citicenter.org.

Giveaway!

Ok – for the good part! I’m so excited ANNIE is coming to Boston and that I get to experience it with my daughter, sister and niece that I want to offer a lucky winner a 4-pack of tickets to the debut show on Wednesday, November 5 at 7:00pm!!

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Increases your chances of winning by visiting the my fellow Boston Parent Bloggers ANNIE giveaways below! We’re watching…you can only win once!

Sharon of ViolaCay

Annie of Stowed Stuff

Christy at Quirky Fusion

Emily at Nap Time Is My Time

Family Friendly Boston

Christine & Bonnie at Mom’s Lifesavers

Good LUCK and hope to see you next week!!!



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Experience Rustic Family Luxury at Migis Lodge

Disclosure: I received a complimentary stay at Migis Lodge. All opinions, as always are my own.

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If you follow me on my social networks like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook (I hope you are!) you’ve seen lots of pictures of my daughter and I travelling! It’s been a busy couple of months and we’ve had such a great time! I’m looking forward to more opportunities to travel and show her the world! Good news to share today as well – I’m a new contributor over at my girl Sili’s site MyMamihood! If you aren’t already getting Sili’s post, sign up now! She’s a funny down to earth mama and I love reading all about her and her frog princess and am lucky to now call her a friend!

Last weekend our family traveled up to Migis Lodge in Maine on Sebago Lake for a delightful weekend in a beautiful cottage. Only 2.5 hours from Boston it was a gorgeous drive and the property at Migis is stunning, absolutely stunning…a must visit if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and need to relax! Catch a sneak of my Migis Lodge review below and be sure to read the full post at MyMamihood!

Autumn in New England is simply breathtaking, and if you’re looking to experience the abundant beauty of this ever-changing season, Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake is the perfect family destination, not only in autumn but throughout the summer.Nestled amid 125 acres of wondrous pine forest 45 minutes from Portland, Migis provides it’s guests with a blissful lakefront vacation, a variety of activities and rustic yet luxurious cottage accommodations. This “hidden gem” is perfect for families seeking to escape tense crowded city streets who find enjoyment relaxing fireside, on the sandy shores of the picturesque Sebago Lake with rocky coasts or perhaps reading a book lakeside. Though there are daily activities such as cruises around the lake or hiking, what I enjoyed most about our vacation at Migis (pronounced my-gyss) was standing on our cottage’s deck in the morning, the crisp air cool on my face, though slightly warmed by a low fire in the living room and closing my eyes. I heard sounds of birds in the distance, chipmunks rustling in the leaves and smelled rich pine trees and fresh unfiltered air and I was still. Migis allowed me to be still in the most magnificent location away from congested city streets. It’s no wonder the area was named Migis which means “place to steal away to rest”.

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Pumpkin Carving Craft for Families – Get Yours Free Today! #Spooktacular

Disclosure: I received a pumpkin carving kit and product from Fiora. As always all opinions expressed are my own. 

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I’ve been in denial for awhile, but it’s clear. Fall is here! And I’ll be honest…I’m pretty excited! NOT excited that the next season is Winter, but Fall in Boston is just gorgeous. We’re headed up to Migis Lodge this weekend in Maine and can’t wait to see the beautiful foliage on our drive up! This weather is perfect since I love wearing lots of layers, boots and scarves. And of course Fall means awesome holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving! Our family loves getting ready to Halloween especially and there’s been lots of talk already about our costumes for this year. The kiddo is leaning towards Catwoman and I’m thinking someone from the 80s. I LOVE everything about the 80s! We tend to get pretty crafty around these parts and Fall gives us so many opportunities to get creative and make crafts!

Pumpkins are literally everywhere I look these days, so of course we had to pick out the perfect pumpkin to decorate! I roamed up and down the various pumpkins at Pemberton Farms in Cambridge while my daughter very scientifically inspected pumpkins she was interested until she found the perfect one to bring home.

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I consider myself pretty crafty and can work magic with a glue gun and some scrapbook paper. I’m not so great at drawing, so pumpkin carving is always a very interesting project in our house! Luckily for us this year we received a pumpkin carving kit to assist us in making the perfect jack-o-lantern for our balcony! The pumpkin carving craft for families is sure to be a hit in your house!

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The FREE pumpkin kit comes with a variety of shapes to create the perfect face for your family’s pumpkin! These limited pumpkin carving kits are available as long as supplies last and getting yours is super easy – click here! If the kits sell out (which they probably will!) you’ll be able to download a free printable copy as an alternative.

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I love how creative people get carving their pumpkins and starting today you can upload your pumpkin masterpiece between October 15 – 30 and the best pumpkin face will be chosen on Halloween – there are some great prizes for the top three winners so don’t forget to upload your photo!

Happy Halloween and be sure to get your FREE pumpkin kit today!



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Celebrate National Pasta Month with Boston-Born Prince Pasta!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary Prince Pasta dinner kit. All opinions, as always, are my own.

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Now that Fall is here I’ve been craving comfort foods – potatoes (bakes, fried, mashed), cheese (mac & cheese, nachos) and big ol bowls of warm pasta and delicious sauce. So of course I had to post about National Pasta Month with Boston-Born Prince Pasta! I didn’t know the pasta company had roots in Boston and they’ve most recently partnered with the Pallotta chef owners of a local Italian hotspot NEBO Restaurant to develop recipe videos for four easy, great-tasting pasta recipes which are feature on Prince’s Facebook page.

Prince sent us a dinner kit which we tore open and of course – made a big ol bowl of spaghetti with!

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Only afterwards I realized there were yummy recipes included! I can be so impatient!

Oh and did you know that Wednesdays are Prince Spaghetti Days?! Yep – if you visit the Prince Pasta Facebook page on Wednesday’s you’ll have exclusive access to video recipes by the Pallotta sisters! Last week a Prince Breakfast Pasta recipe was shared. You heard me right…pasta for breakfast! There are crazier combinations, so I’m definitely intrigued:

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And today a yummy Prince Pasta Al Forno recipe was shared. I’m no foodie (though I love to eat) and had to figure out what Al Forno meant! It’s – simple enough – baked pasta! I’m always learning! This delicious pasta dish will be sure to be a hit for everyone in your family!

Prince Pasta Al Forno from MagicBullet Media, Inc. on Vimeo.

Will you and your family Celebrate National Pasta Month? It’s going to be a monthly celebration in our house! Just last night I used Prince Rotini mixed with broccoli and cauliflower and smothered in a butter/basil/garlic/red pepper sauce. It was just heavenly!!

What’s your favorite pasta recipe?



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