Saturday, September 15, 2012

Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove – A Review

Once again Disney on Ice did not disappoint even the very discriminating TC, who spent his last evening of being 2 mesmerized by the performance unfolding in front of him.  He bopped clapped and cheered on the action along with his little buddy A and A's sister Princess Poops A Lot.

The show started out with an appearance from the Incredibles and Disney skaters encouraging everyone to get up and groove.  I honestly don't think we can stress the importance of exercise often enough and I'm glad Disney thought enough of it to add it to the show.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that Disney on Ice added Alice in Wonderland to the show.  I don't think I've ever seen Alice in their productions before.  I especially enjoyed the life sized, two sided playing cards-which I could not figure out were skating forward or backwards.

The skating is always so graceful and beautiful to watch.  My favorite routine was definitely Aladdin.  From all the deep royal colors of the costumes and veils, to the huge skating elephant and the magic flying carpet.  It made me feel as if I was transported, through the magic of Disney of course, directly to Agrabah.

There was plenty more in the nearly 2 hour long show, but you'll just have to go see it for yourself.

Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove is at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont through September 16. Evening shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday there is also an 11:30 a.m. and a 3:30 p.m. performance. The Sunday 7 p.m. show will be performed in Spanish. Ticket prices are $13, $20 and $25, with some $50 VIP and $70 Front Row seats. Visit to see what tickets are still available and be sure to use code MOM to save 20% off of your ticket purchase.

Disclaimer:  I was provided complimentary tickets for myself and my family, however all opinions are my own.
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Friday, September 7, 2012

CINDERELLA - Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place

Experience happily ever after as Broadway In Chicago announces Emerald City Theatre's production of the beloved classic tale CINDERELLA is coming to the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut St) Nov. 23, 2012 – Jan. 6, 2013.

The holidays have arrived, and with them the anticipated Royal Ball! Cinderella's cruel Stepmother and Stepsisters are plotting to win the heart of The Prince, but a spunky and barefoot servant girl may just become the belle of the ball. This swashbuckling Cinderella just needs a little help from her Fairy Godmother and one ratty Footman to find her happy ending.  Emerald City’s adaption of this favorite fairy tale is a musical holiday wish come true.  CINDERELLA is best suited for children ages 3-10 and their grownups.          

CINDERELLA is directed and choreographed by Emerald City Producing Artistic Director Ernie Nolan, with adaption and lyrics by Alyn Cardarelli, and music by Steve Goers.  All performances will include an age appropriate pre-show activity in the lobby and an autograph session with the cast after the performance.
“We are delighted to extend the Emerald City experience at the Broadway Playhouse’s downtown location,” says Emerald City Theatre’s Executive Director Karen Cardarelli. “ Michigan Avenue is a perfect location for a holiday family outing – the lights, shopping and a holiday musical. We couldn’t find a more perfect location for families.”

Named the 2009 and 2010 Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick Award for Best Theater Group for Kids, Emerald City creates theatre experiences that inspire early learners through play. 

Tickets for CINDERELLA at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place range from $16-$22.  A select number of premium seats are also available for many performances. Tickets are available now for groups of 15 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710.  Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Kiosk at Water Tower Place (845 N. Michigan Ave.), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations (including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and fye stores), and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.comCINDERELLA is part of the fall 2012 Season Subscription Series, currently on-sale to the public. 
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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Frankenweenie Monstrous Sweepstakes

Enter the Frankenweenie Monstrous Sweepstakes for a chance to win a spooktacular vacation for four to experience all the fun of Halloween Time at the Disneyland® Resort. Plus, don’t miss The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibit only at the newly expanded Disney California Adventure Park, where you can get an up-close look at the amazing world of Frankenweenie through sets, puppets, props and more. And for a limited time Guests will be treated to a special 4D extended preview of the film at the Muppets Vision 3D Theater before Frankenweenie comes to theaters in 3D October 5th!

Visit to enter the Monstrous sweepstakes and you could win Halloween Time at the Disneyland® Resort for some frightfully family-friendly fun!


Text EDGAR to DISNEY (347639*) to enter for a chance to win. *Msg and data rates may apply. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.

One (1) Grand Prize – A 4 day/3 night vacation for four to Disneyland® Resort and Disney California Adventure Park to experience the world of Tim Burton and Frankenweenie during Halloween Time.

Five (5) First Prizes – An Autographed Frankenweenie movie poster

FRANKENWEENIE arrives in theatres everywhere on October 5th!

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Emerald City Theatre Presents - Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

Emerald City Theatre continues its 17th season with the opening of Mo Willems' Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical adapted from the celebrated picture book by the author himself. Knuffle Bunny was adapted by The Kennedy Center and will make its Chicago premiere at Emerald City. It will play at the Apollo Theatre, located at 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., from October 6-January 6, 2013. Tickets: Starting at $13 for kids and $16 for adults

In a world where a trip to the Laundromat threatens to separate Trixie from her beloved bunny, a girl needs a hero to help - Dad. Can Trixie's parents break the code in time to rescue Knuffle Bunny? This nationally acclaimed musical written by Mo Willems brings a small heroine with big problems to the Emerald City stage.

After the great success of Emerald City's adaption of Mo Willems' Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, the company is excited to return to the author's canon. Mo Willems is a three-time Caldecott Honor-winning Dinosaur (for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny, and Knuffle Bunny Too). He also won two Geisel Medals for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?, and a Geisel Honor for We Are in a Book! His books are perennial New York Times bestsellers, including Knuffle Bunny Free and Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! Before he turned to making picture books, Mo was a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he won six Emmys.

While a family errand goes unexpectedly wrong, Trixie will share a story about trusting family and friends. This theme serves as the main educational focus for the production accessing a life skill that is relevant to early learners and their grownups. A preshow activity in the lobby and the unique Parent Guide in every production's Playbill let families connect with the show and the story's Theme throughout their experience. Knuffle Bunny will explore what it means to be trustworthy and reliable for the people who matter most.

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