Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios Comes to Atlanta #Giveaway

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Cirque du Soleil has become an annual fixture in Atlanta. It’s by far our favorite circus, and with a new and creative show each year, I always look forward to seeing what new ways they have found to awe the audience. Just this past weekend, Mike and I went to opening night of Cirque du Soleil’s newest show – Kurios. It was fantasic and by far one of the most unique and family friendly Cirque du Soleil shows to date.

About Kurios:

Kurios takes you into the curio cabinet of a time traveling inventor. The audience is taken on a journey that defies time, space, and dimension as everything around you is transformed and your perspective is altered. Where your world is literally turned upside down and the impossible, becomes possible.

Kurios feels like it’s set in the 1800’s but in another world – if that makes any sense. It was most definitely…”Kurios”…in the best way possible. From the music to the set design to the costumes, everything about Kurios is whimsical, beautiful, and mesmerizing.

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Quite literally…every Kurios act was more awe-inspiring than the last. One of the first acts – the Russian Cradle Duo – featured a strongman turns into a human trapeze and flings a woman resembling a porcelain-faced doll in the air where she performs more and more intricate gravity-defying acrobatic tricks.

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Our favorite act of the night was the Acro Net act, which featured five performers on a jumping net. By assisting a main bouncer with their jumping force, they would get the main performer into the air – easily going 75+ feet or more into the air. Some bounces were as high as the rafter above. What is truly amazing is that the performers literally perform every second while in the air. It’s not just a jump – every moment is part of the performance. It was just breathtaking. I honestly felt like my heart was going to pound out of my chest.

Which begs the question Mike and I repeated to each other over and over throughout the night…how do the performers even practice these acts? Sometimes it’s easy to forget not only how immensely talented there circus performers are, but also the risks they take.

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Every circus has to have a clown and the Cirque du Soleil “clowns” or comedic performances never disappoint! Our favorite comedic performance of the night included a woman picked from the audience. She was invited on a date into the “home” of the performer. He then proceeded to play the part of his pet bird and pet cat. His mannerisms as a cat were spot on and had the audience laughing out loud!

As you can tell, Mike and I loved the show. I was only sorry my son Lucas didn’t get to go (he’s 8), because he would have loved it. If you have the chance to check out the show in any of the cities Kurios will visit, I highly recommend that you see the show. To learn more about Kurios, find out tour dates, and purchase tickets please visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

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Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring the Rockettes to Benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

The Rockettes are coming to Atlanta for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and for one night only (November 12 at 7:30pm) – the proceeds will go to help Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta! This will be a must-see holiday event for the whole family!

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About the Radio City Christmas Spectacular:

This timeless holiday tradition offers something for everyone: the Rockettes will perform five new numbers as well as cherished favorites like the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and the Living Nativity, all while showcasing their signature eye-high kicks and new costumes and sets. Bring the whole family!

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Tickets to this special performance are available exclusively on the Children’s website. Also being offered are priceless behind-the-scenes experiences, such as a dance class taught by the Rockettes. This event is made possible by CHOA’s generous sponsor, Delta Air Lines. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.choa.org/rockettes.

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Show Date and Time:
Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center

Million Dollar Quartet – A Must See!

One of my favorite singers is Johnny Cash, and I just love the stories of some of the original rock-n-rollers. So when Mike and I had the chance to check out the musical Million Dollar Quartet, we were ecstatic.

 

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Million Dollar Quartet is the true story of one of the greatest jam sessions in history. Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash all had an impromptu meeting as Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee back on Dec 4, 1956. The story goes that all four singers got their start at Sun Records under producer Sam Phillips. Elvis was now with another recording company but was missing working with Sam, Carl Perkins was working with Sam to get his career back on track, Jerry Lee was a new up and comer trying to get hooked on with Sun Records, and Johnny Cash was on his way out to a bigger company. The four ended up at Sun Records at the same time and proceeded to talk, laugh, and rock-n-roll.

 

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This musical was really well done. It included a lot of great singing, an equal amount of fantastic acting, and a lot of laughing. The actors played their own instruments and did

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their own signing, and they sounded I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E! The actor playing Jerry Lee Lewis was amazing to watch as he went crazy on the piano again and again. The actor who played Sam Phillips acted as the narrator and took us backward in time so we could see how these great icons of music got their start at Sun. At the very end of the show the four actors put on a show and sang four encore songs. Everyone was clapping and on their feet. It was almost like being at one of the concerts that happened so long ago. What a time in history and music!

Million Dollar Quartet is a you do not want to miss!

 

*Complimentary tickets were provided to me for the purpose of this review. However, all opinions are my own. Please see this sites Terms of Use for additional information.

Atlanta Holiday Activities 2012: Cirque Du Soleil Totem

Cirque Du Soleil’s Totem is quite possibly the best show Mike and I have ever seen. It was amazing. AMAZING.

Cirque Du Soleil is truly one of the greatest circuses in the world. It’s much more of an artistic style circus than the typical “circus” that many think of with animals and goofy clowns with big shoes and such. Cirque Du Soleil combines a theme with great music and the most entertaining and beautiful acts and physical feats that you will see live. Cirque Du Soleil currently has twenty different shows that can be seen all over the world including one in Downtown Disney in Orlando, FL and several in Las Vegas, to name a few.

In Atlanta, you’ll find Cirque Du Soleil Totem located in the big yellow and blue tents (or Le Chapiteau) that have been set up by Atlantic Station. The stage is round so the seats wrap around the front of it. The whole environment is small so it gives a very intimate feel and there doesn’t seem to be a bad seat in the house.

Totem is Cirque Du Soleil’s new show that traces the journey of mankind from amphibian all the way to our desire to fly like the bird on top of a totem pole. Totem draws its inspiration from many myths, science, and theories on evolution. The show starts with a large turtle shell in the middle that is uncovered to reveal a skeleton shell over a small trampoline that amphibian dressed performers move and swing around on. You’re immediately transfixed.

There are many acts throughout the whole show ranging from trapeze work to bouncing beam work, and yes even a few “clowns” (though there are no big red noses and goofy shoes). These are the funniest clowns EVER.

My favorite act was a group of women that came out on tall unicycles. They gracefully juggled silver bowls with their hands and feet, tossing them back and forth (even behind them), and catching them on top of their head; all while continuing to ride around the stage. Yeah. It was incredible. Mike and I kept looking at eachother in disbelief.

Each act was special and unique in its own way. Some were funny, some were exciting, some were passionate, and some were truly breathtaking. And what made each act work even better was how it was paired with its own music that truly made each performance its own experience. Perfect example of this was the final performance when all the acts came to the stage to dance. It truly left me with a permanent smile, chill bumps, and this overwhelming sense of joy.

Mike and I (we used the evening to go on a long deserved date night) still haven’t stopped talking about how truly awesome this show was. We have both always wanted to go see a Cirque Du Soleil show and our expectations were exceeded by far. You do not want to miss out on seeing Totem. You will never forget it.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

*Complimentary tickets were provided. However, all opinions are my own. 

Atlanta Holiday Activities 2012: A Christmas Carol at the Alliance Theater

One of my favorite Christmas stories (actually one of my favorite stories period) is A Christmas Carol. My family and I were thrilled to have the opportunity to see this great story put on as a play at the Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta last week. This is, hands down, the greatest holiday play I have ever seen.

 

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The Alliance Theater does such an amazing job. The acting, the singing, the stage, and the costumes are all top notch. If you haven’t been, the Alliance Theatre, which is located in the Woodruff Arts Center, is a perfect little theater. It is large enough to fit plenty of people, but small enough for everyone to feel a part of the show. There really doesn’t seem to be a bad seat in the house.

 

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As I said, the play itself is outstanding. The acting is rich and humorous. And the singing is beautiful. All of the characters are portrayed brilliantly, especially Ebenezer Scrooge himself. Now for those of you that just landed on this planet, A Christmas Carol is a story that is, at its very heart, a story of redemption and second chances. Ebenezer Scrooge is grouchy old money lender that despises Christmas in every way. He is mean to everyone he meets. On Christmas Eve he is haunted by 3 ghosts; the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. Each one takes him on a journey through those times to help him see what shaped him into the man he had become, and where that would lead him if he didn’t make amends.

 

 

Now of course I will leave it there so as to leave some intrigue for those of you that are not familiar with the tale. But regardless of if you are familiar or not, you do not want to miss this play at the Alliance Theatre. Make your plans to go see it this holiday season. This year was our second year seeing A Christmas Carol at the Alliance Theater and will most definitely not be our last. In fact, we’ve decided that it will be an annual holiday tradition!

Special Offers:

Woodruff Arts Center is excited to announce Sunday Family Series Days offering discounted access to the best in family centric performances and events. The first Family Series Day will take place on Sunday, December 9th. A free child ticket will be offered with the purchase a discounted adult ticket for the Alliance Theatre’s A Christmas Carol; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Kid’s Christmas – Second Chance Christmas; or the High Museum of Art’s Second Sunday Funday with Young Audiences performances. Each offer is priced separately and includes a $10.00 food voucher for family-friendly specials at Table 1280 and the High Café. Discounted parking of $5.00 (regularly $15.00) is also available for purchase.

Carter’s, the leading brand in children’s clothing, will sponsor six Family Nights during A Christmas Carol. Family packages include parking, family photos, pre-show choir performances, and four tickets to A Christmas Carol for $125. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas to the show and to bring a new pair of pajamas to donate to the Carter’s sponsored Pajama Program, providing PJs to children in need, most of whom are in foster care. Family Nights are – 12/6, 7:00pm; 12/13, 7:00pm; 12/14, 8:00pm; 12/20, 7:00pm; 12/21, 2:30pm; and 12/21, 8:00pm. Additional details below. (Pajamas may be donated on any day Nov. 23 – Dec. 23)

 

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Ticket and Show Information:

Performances are Thursdays at 7 pm, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2:30 pm and 8 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm, Nov. 23 – Dec. 23, 2012. An additional 2:30p performance will be added on Friday, December 21. There will be no evening performance on Sunday, November 25, and no performance will be held on Friday, December 7. Opening Night for A Christmas Carol is Thursday, November 29, 7:00pm.

Tickets start at $17.50 for children and $25 for adults are available at The Woodruff Arts Center Box Office or by calling 404.733.5000 or visiting www.alliancetheatre.org/carol. Discount rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 404.733.4690. Discount rates are also available for members of the military, seniors and students. The Alliance Theatre is located at The Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 – at the corner of Peachtree and 15th Street, in Midtown Atlanta.

 

*Complimentary tickets were provided. However, all opinions are my own.

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove Review

My family and I are going to Disney World at the end of April. Mike and I haven’t been to Disney World since we were kids and this will be Lucas’ first trip. We are all really, really excited, but Lucas is beyond excited. It’s Disney & Mickey Mouse, all day, all the time. He literally lives in his Mickey ears LOL. We were fortunate to get an early Disney treat by going to see the new Disney on Ice show, Treasure Trove, which is based on the greatest animated Disney movies.

 

 

About Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove
Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove sets the gold standard with a live celebration of Disney animation. Get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses – Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Ahoy, Mateys! Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook & his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Neverland! Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’ Tick-Tock! Tick-Tock! Don’t be late to a very important date with Alice & the Madhatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army Of Cards in this extraordinary lineup from the Disney animated film vault.

 

 

The show starts off with a bang with the Incredibles, which Lucas loves! He kept pointing at them and saying that he couldn’t believe it was the REAL Incredibles! Then, the real stars of Disney come out — of course, I’m talking about Mickey, Minnie, Donald, & Goofy.  You should have seen the applause and squeals they got from kids and adults alike. Everyone went wild when they came out — especially my Disney crazed kiddo! Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy let the audience know that they are on the hunt to discover the timeless movie classics, both old and new.

There are tons of acts in the show like, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, the Lion King, Snow White, and so many more. Each act is like a condensed version of each story played out on ice.

 

 

The skating was really beautiful too. I especially loved the performance of The Lion King. The grown up Simba and Nala did an amazing skating number with a lot of tricks. Another thing that I loved about the show is that both boys and girls will like it. One minute The Incredibles are on the stage and the next Tinkerbell is spreading pixie dust on the ice — there’s something for everyone — loved it!

 

 

 

Hear Lucas’ Thoughts on the Show:

 

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove was a fantastic show — you should definitely check it out if you get a chance! For additional information, please visit DisneyOnIce.com.

 

Complimentary tickets to the show were provided by the pr company representing the company for the purpose of this review.  All opinions expressed are mine. Please refer to this site’s Terms of Use for more information. 

Memphis The Musical is “Fantastical”!

Last night, Mike and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary with dinner and we went to see Memphis The Musical. Here’s what I have to say about Memphis…Wow! WOW! WoW! 

 

 

 

About Memphis the Musical:

Turn up that dial…From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves — filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll.

 

 

Memphis was such an electrifying performance raw with emotion and hope. The dancing was amazing. The music and singing was beautiful. It had you laughing out loud one moment and in tears the next. Honestly, words do not do any justice to just how amazing this performance was. It is by far, my favorite musical to date! To borrow a word from Huey the DJ…Memphis is “fantastical”!

 

 

You can catch Memphis The Musical from Jan. 31st – Feb. 5th, 2012 at the fabulous Fox Theater in Atlanta. For more information on the show and tickets please click here.

 

I was provided with a pair of complimentary media tickets to the show. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone. Please refer to this site’s Terms of Use for more information.

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas! The Musical in Atlanta NOW

Last night we got the opportunity to see Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas! The Musical at The Fox Theater and it was such an amazing show. If you live in Atlanta and are looking for a special and very memorable way to ring in the holidays, this is it! Not only is the Fox Theater all dressed up for the holidays with twinkling lights and Christmas trees, but the show is truly spectacular! The set is beautiful. The music is amazing. The actors are perfection. 

 

 

The Grinch who is obviously the star of the show deserves every bit of praise and attention given to him because he is fabulous. He literally stole the show. He is everything you imagine The Grinch would be from the beloved Dr. Seuss book. Love, LOVE him! We even got to meet The Grinch and hang out a bit before the show, which was really cool.

 

 

ABOUT THE SHOW:
Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas then he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small”, decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly cheerful bunch bursting with holiday spirit. Celebrate the holidays with this heart-warming holiday classic.

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is playing at the Fox Theatre from November 29-December 4 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2011-12 season. For more information, please click HERE.

 

**We were provided with complimentary press passes to see the show for the purpose of this review. However, all opinions in this post are mine and not influenced by anyone. Please see this site’s Terms of Use for more information.