Friday, October 9, 2015

**FREE** Ice Breakers Mints - Today Only!

Head on over to the Kroger promotions page website to download your digital coupon good for one (1) **FREE** Ice Breakers Mints!

The coupon can only be downloaded today, but it is redeemable through October 25th.


The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Opens to Standing Ovations

The audience responded by standing.  They responded by singing along.  They responding by cheers and smiles.

That's the kind of fantastic response Jersey Boys:  The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons has been producing in venues all around the country.

In this two-hour Dodger Theatricals musical, all the famous and fabulous music you have loved for decades is here.  From "Sherry" to "My Eyes Adored You," they are (almost) all there.  (One of the most glaring omissions is "Grease."  How does one leave that iconic movie song out?)  You will be nodding, tapping, and singing along the entire time.  Loads of fun for the music fan in all of us.

If you are a fan of music history, you will love Jersey Boys.  The story of these young men, mostly street corner singers, begins in the early 1950s and ends with one of America's most successful and early boy bands.

The musical takes you through the band's tumultuous formation years (which included, among other things, stints in jail, gambling, and money laundering), their chart-topping success story, and finally to their iconic induction into the Hall of Fame.  We also get a sneak peek into what the surviving members are up to now.

The musical is peppered with some "colorful" language, and for this reason, I would not suggest taking younger children to see the show.  (Maybe one day there will be an edited television showing of the movie version.)

The musical is also more vague (in my opinion) and slower in the first half compared to its big-screen counterpart.  I personally thought the movie did a much better job of filling us in on the relationships of the boys and their history.  I found it a bit hard to follow in the musical, and if I had not seen the film several years ago, I probably would have not understood the true chemistry of the band completely.

The second half of the musical, however, blasts out onto the stage with show-stopping performances, and one thing I enjoyed is that the characters interact on occasion with the audience in front of them in real time.  For example, during a few of the concert scenes or big musical numbers, the audience would cheer and holler,  It was a lot of fun to see the performers step "out of character," so to speak, and make eye contact with the audience and even egg us on for more applause.  It was a great way to blend the musical and audience together and transport us back into their era.

The show winds up, as do most musicals, with a large finale consisting of the entire cast singing a classic Frankie Valli and and The Four Seasons hit.  Our opening night audience was on its feet within seconds, clapping and singing along.  (Video below courtesy of Rachel via YouTube.)

This is a great show to see, and I'm afraid if you don't get to The Fox Theatre to see it, you will wish you had.  (A huge surprise [and bonus] to myself and to my Guest opening evening was that Drew Seeley of Disney fame plays one of the Four Seasons!)  Do yourself a favor and get to the Fox before the weekend is over!

*Photo courtesy of Drew Seeley, facebook.

Tickets are still available.  Visit The Fox Theatre's website for more information and to snag tickets to a toe-tapping good time!

I leave you with one more video of Jersey Boys to whet your appetite, this time from the Tony Awards (via YouTube):

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Lawrenceville Ghost Tours Return with Ghoulishly Good Tales this October!

Frightful fun returns this fall to a once forgotten sleepy Southern town with Aurora Theatre’s annual Lawrenceville Ghost Tours, October 1-31!

Sharing spooky stories of historical haunts and paranormal activity, costumed storytellers guide the living (and along with a few undead) through a 90-minute stroll around the picturesque downtown square.  By way of Honest Alley, the haunted jail, and other devilish destinations, metro-Atlanta’s most popular ghost tour unveils the mysterious myths and legends during a witching hour moonlit walk.

“The ghost tour is meant to be a fun family-friendly outing, as it’s free of grotesque and startling effects,” said Anthony Rodriguez, Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director.  “We’re proud to have so much rich history in Lawrenceville that allows us to invite families to explore the town like they’ve never done before; these vibrant stories mixed with the vivacious personalities of the storytellers end up creating a spooky treat for residents and visitors!”

Hailed for its eerie encounters with EVP (electronic voice phenomena) and floating orbs, the Haunted Cemetery Tour is for brave souls seeking an extra frightful delight, October 9-31!  Not for the faint of heart, thrill seekers follow Madame Macabre (Cynthia Rintye) through tombstone paths as she recounts her own chilling tale that inspired this tour!  Guests should wear closed-toe shoes, bring a flashlight, and be at least 13-years-old to participate; a signed release form will be required for every attendee.

A frightful delight for the entire family (well, except the little tykes who scare easily!), Lawrenceville Ghost Tours is presented every day in October with the Haunted Cemetery Tour bringing screams of fun October 9-31.

Ticket reservations can be made by calling the Box Office at 678-226-6222 or online at tickets.auroratheatre.comTickets for Sunday through Thursday ghost tours are $12 (adults) and $9 (children); Friday and Saturday ghost tour tickets are $15 (adults) and $12 (children).  Tickets for the cemetery tours are $20.  For more information, visit or email

Regular ghost tours are as follows:

·         Sunday – Thursday: 7:30 p.m.
·         Friday- Saturday: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
*Tours are also offered year-round, May through September

Haunted cemetery tours are as follows:
·         Friday & Saturday: 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
*Reservations highly recommended, as spots are limited 


Now in its 20th Season, Aurora Theatre produces professional live entertainment to suit everyone’s taste. Aurora Theatre is home to over 600 events each year. Two series of theatrical productions, the Peach State Federal Credit Union Signature Series and the GGC Harvel Lab Series, are comprised of the biggest Broadway plays and musicals alongside exciting contemporary theatre. Additionally, Aurora produces concerts, stand-up comedy, children’s programs, metro Atlanta’s top haunted attraction Lawrenceville Ghost Tours, as well as Atlanta’s only professional Spanish language theatre. Aurora Theatre is a world class theatrical facility with two performance venues. Nestled on the square in historic downtown Lawrenceville, Aurora has FREE attached covered parking and is surrounded by restaurants and shops. Aurora Theatre has garnered numerous accolades highlighted by recent achievements that include winner of Seven 2013 Suzi Bass Awards, Creative Loafing’s “2010 Best Theatre Company,” Georgia Trend Magazine’s “2011 Best Places to Work in Georgia,” Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “2012 Best Places to Work”, Atlanta Magazine’s “Best of Atlanta 2013,” Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 President and CEO Award for Excellence in Arts and the Gwinnett Chamber 2015 IMPACT Regional Business Award for Hospitality.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Lands at Center for Puppetry Arts This Winter!

Embrace your inner misfit and join the most famous reindeer of all in joyful merriment at Center for Puppetry Arts!

Lighting up Atlanta for its sixth consecutive year, Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerTM plays November 12-December 27.  Adapted by Jon Ludwig, directed by Tim Sweeney, and based on the timeless 1964 stop-motion animated television special, this can’t-miss family favorite is filled with holly-jolly adventure and excitement bound to brighten the Christmas season!

Audiences are invited to watch as Sam the Snowman narrates the beloved tale of unlikely friendship formed among Rudolph, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and all the magical misfit toys.  While narrowly escaping the grips of the Abominable Snow Monster of the North and braving perilous blizzards, their journey is sure to warm hearts as the friends learn the importance of being true to one’s self and accepting others along the way. 

“Every person, no matter the age, can relate to this story; its comforting and unchanging message celebrates the misfit in all of us,” said director Jon Ludwig.  “Since I was a young boy, I’ve always looked forward to watching the TV special each Christmas.  For me, and a lot of other people, the holiday season doesn’t feel complete without it; it’s one of the reasons we bring it back to the Center each year.”

A celebration of individuality and acceptance, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has become an Atlanta holiday tradition for all ages to enjoy!  Through the use of rod and body puppets meticulously created by the Center’s head puppet builder Jason Hines, puppeteers Dolph Amick, Nikolas Carleo, Luis R. Hernandez, Jake Krakovsky, Celia Quillian, and Amy Sweeney bring the North Pole to life! 

Patrons will be in for a special treat as the Center’s new Worlds of Puppetry Museum opens the first weekend of Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerStarting November 14, patrons can purchase All-Inclusive tickets to the performance that include timedentry tickets to the new museum, which showcases a Global Collection of puppets from around the world as well as the world’s most comprehensive collection of Jim Henson’s puppets and artifacts, including many pieces from Sesame Street, the Muppets, and more.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is recommended for ages 4 and up and will be performed in the Mainstage Theater, November 12- December 27.  Discounted previews will be offered November 10-11 at 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
The show schedule is as follows: 

  • November 10 - 22

    Tuesday - Friday:  10am; 11:45am
    Saturday:  12pm; 2pm
    Sunday:  1pm; 3pm

  • November 24 - 29

    Tuesday:  10am; 11:45am
    Wednesday:  10am; 12pm; 2pm
    Friday-Saturday:  11am; 1pm; 3pm
    Sunday:  1pm; 3pm

  • December 1 - 6

    Tuesday - Friday:  10am; 11:45am
    Saturday:  11am, 1pm; 3pm
    Sunday:  1pm; 3pm

  • December 8 - 13:

    Tuesday - Friday:  10am; 11:45am
    Saturday:  11am, 1pm; 3pm
    Sunday:  1pm; 3pm; 5pm

  • December 15 - 20:
    Tuesday - Wednesday:  10am; 12pm
    Thursday - Friday:  10am; 12pm; 2pm
    Saturday:  11am, 1pm; 3pm

    Sunday:  1pm; 3pm

  • December 22 - 27:

    Tuesday - Thursday:  10am; 12pm; 2pm
    Saturday:  11am; 1pm; 3pm
    Sunday:  1pm; 3pm


All-Inclusive Tickets include admission to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, timed-entry to the new Worlds of Puppetry Museum, and entrance to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop, where children can create their own Hermey the Elf™ shadow puppet to take home with them.

Atlanta Botanical Garden Welcomes Larger-than-Life LEGO Creations

What has more than 375,000 LEGO bricks and features fanciful creatures such as a 6-foot-tall praying mantis and a swallowtail butterfly with a 5-foot wingspan?

It’s the fall sculpture exhibition at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville: Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks.
The traveling exhibition, presented through January 3, features larger-than-life sculptures – made entirely of LEGO bricks – that were designed and built by Sean Kenney. The New York artist has created LEGO artwork for major corporations such as Google and Mazda and has been featured in The New York Times and on ABC’s “Good Morning America."

Gainesville’s new woodland garden will provide the perfect backdrop for Nature Connects, which features 14 installations comprised of 27 individual sculptures – all with a nature theme involving plants, animals, or people. The largest sculptures are designed with an internal structure of steel rods and plates to provide support for the pieces.

Visitors will delight in seeing a Duck and Ducklings next to the pond, the Praying Mantis (built with more than 42,000 LEGOs) peeking out from a drift of grasses in the Overlook Garden, and the larger- than-life Hummingbird with a Trumpet Flower (more than 31,500 bricks) off the Promenade.

Throughout the fall, special LEGO crafts and activities will be offered, including a LEGO construction contest.

Visit the Atlanta Botanical Gardens - Gainesville's facebook page for more information and fun!