"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" is a film adaptation of the popular children's book of the same name.  The main character, Alexander, has a truly rotten day.  Gum gets stuck in his hair.  A friend takes a picture of Alexander's face, superimposes it on the body of a bikini-clad model, and then group-texts the image to everyone at his school.  By the end of the day, he begins to wonder if his family will ever experience a bad day like his.  Then, as he blows out a candle over his celebratory birthday cupcake, he makes...
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Tonight, I had the great opportunity to attend a PNC Broadway performance of “I Love Lucy” Live on Stage.  According to Showbiz Chicago, this is an “out-of-body experiences for ‘Lucy’ fans” and I can tell you that it certainly was.  I was not sure how they were going to take television and turn it into a Broadway production, but they came up with an ingenious idea to take the studio members back to 1952 as members of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience where they await the filming of the “I Love Lucy” episodes “The Benefit” and “Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined.” ...
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  Some of my fondest childhood memories were from going to ice shows like the Ice Capades and Walt Disney’s World on Ice.  I don’t remember a lot of details from the actual shows, but I remember how exciting it felt to go, how beautiful the ice was, and how fun it was to see the characters skate around. So when I heard that Disney on Ice was going to be at the KFC Yum! Center, I was so excited to take my kids.  I hope that they have the same fond memories of their experiences.   The show we saw was...
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From the moment you glimpse the stage, you can’t decide whether it is a nightclub or a prison.  John Leffert’s versatile and unique design sets the stage for that rare marriage of fun and desperation in CenterStage’s production of Chicago, presented by Hilliard Lyons.  For those of you not familiar with the show (or haven’t seen the movie), Chicago is based on real events that transpired in (you guessed it) prohibition-era Chicago.  The show begins and ends with society’s fascination with crime, and how our media turns criminals into celebrities.  The story and themes are still relevant and modern, think OJ, Casey Anthony, etc.,...
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I had the pleasure of seeing Derby Dinner Playhouse’s newest musical last week and highly recommend it!   Now onstage is the ALL NEW musical comedy A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR BASEMENT, a great follow-up show to the popular Church Basement Ladies that the Playhouse previously presented.  In this newest installment, the church basement ladies are cookin’ again with new songs and more lessons reluctantly learned through the hilarious antics and down-to-earth charm.  Its 1960 and a Reformation is underway. Beverly, played by Katelyn Webb, a young teen is getting her first pair of high heels for confirmation, a very important storyline...
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