Sister Act The Musical Review Broadway NYC

Sister Act The Musical 
Broadway NYC
Recently, my family and I were guests of Sister Act The Musical on Broadway, NYC.
I had seen the movie on television a while ago and thought it was pretty funny, but I had heard the musical was a little different, so I was not quite sure what to expect.
Sister Act on Broadway really was an entertaining musical from beginning to end. 
Set in the early 1970’s, this show really came through. As a catholic school girl for not only 8 years of elementary school, but also four years of high school, I really had quite a few chuckles throughout the show!
Watching the sisters go from quiet and subdued to rockin’ with St. Mary was really quite entertaining!
Yet, Sister Act held up in the way of not offending anyone. It was very lighthearted.
Sister Act catches us from the very beginning where Deloris Van Cartier(Patina Miller)  is a witness(by mistake) to her married boyfriend’s crime of shooting someone. Deloris, a disco singer, is whisked away and put into hiding. A what better place to hide a cigarette smoking, risque woman? How about with a convent full of white as dove pure sisters. 
The new Sister Mary Clarence(Deloris)  and Mother Superior butt heads at the beginning. How can they not? But, as time goes on Sr. Mary Clarence friends the other sisters one by one and teaching them a whole other way to praise the Lord through song. Meanwhile the church they are associated with is up for grabs and ready to be sold unless the parish can come up with to outbid the buyers. Thanks to Sister Mary Clarence and her new spirit she brings to the church, things start looking up.
I honestly have to say , I loved this musical! The scenery was vibrant, the actors delightful and the music, songs and live orchestra carried the precision of fine tuned clock! The upbeat songs Fabulous Baby and Take Me To Heaven made it pretty difficult to stay still in your seat! 
 Bravo, Sister Act! Bravo!
As an extra treat, I was asked to stay afterwards for a great talk back session with eight of the cast members. My son Adam ( asked if there was ever a complaint about offending any religious orders. He was told that to date they have not gotten one complaint! They also let us know that many many priests and sisters have attended the show and thought it was lighthearted and funny. 
I directed a question to Sweaty Eddy(Chester Gregory) asking him what happens when things go wrong during the show. Everyone on stage agreed with him when he told me that you have to just keep going, no matter what happens. He also told me that if you were the cause, you would hear about it later, mostly in a joking fashion. I can only imagine! The cast members were so in sync, even during our chat! You could tell that they just gelled as a group. It was wonderful to see. Sarah Bolt was very sparkly and let us know how difficult it was to work to far from her home state. She also brought up something that I really never thought about before. The fact that she had to work on all the holidays because those were the busiest days. After speaking with the cast, I have a better understanding of what goes on before,
 during and after the curtain goes up. 
If you have a chance to see Sister Act The Musical, don’t let it slip by, 
you won’t regret it. It’s also fun for kids! 
See you on Broadway at Sister Act The Musical!
For Tickets click here! For Kids Night On Broadway(Kids 6-18  go FREE with a paying adult) click here!
Kimberly Marable and Adam

Disclosure: Review tickets were provided by Sister Act The Musical.
All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan.

Disney The Muppets Screening Review

Review: The Muppets 
Screening NYC
Muppets Hit The 
Big Screen 
November 23rd!
It’s really hard to remember my life without Kermit in it! For as long as I can remember the muppets have been in our house as magnets, pillows, little characters and stuffed animals. I can remember going to Disney Studios (then MGM Studios) in Florida and the excitement the entire family felt watching the life size muppet characters come to life as only the muppets can do. 
So, as you can imagine, I was pretty thrilled when I first heard that a new movie, The Muppets was in the making. I could not wait to see it! A few days ago, I had the pleasure of attending a private screening of The Muppets, thanks to Moms And The City, NYC. 
3decades3kids enjoying the screening!
Adam(Gonzo), Emily(Kermit),Louie(Fozzie Bear)

Muppet Mania!

To add to the excitement, Moms And The City along with Disney outfitted the entire audience of children and adults with Muppets costumes of their choice including Kermit, Fozzie Bear, Animal, and Gonzo!
The smiles were flowing as everyone sat back in anticipation of The Muppets.
Immediately at the movie’s opening we were introduced to Walter, the newest muppet, and biggest muppet fan ever. He’s lived his entire life along side his brother Gary(Jason Segal) who loves muppets, too (but is not one). Gary’s promise to his girlfriend Mary(Amy Adams)to spend their tenth anniversary dating together goes haywire when they decide to take Walter along for the ride. Of course they could never think of leaving him behind, since their destination is Muppets Studio in Hollywood. When Walter sneaks into Kermits old and unused for years office, he overhears Tex Richman’s(Chris Cooper) evil plan to take over Muppets Studio and drill for oil under the theater. This sets the scene as Walter, Gary, and Mary set out on a quest to find Kermit, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, many other muppets and of course, Miss Piggy in order to raise ten million dollars to save Muppets Studio! 

The movie was delightful! It was wonderful to see the old gang up on the big screen and the excitement spread through the theater, as clapping did happen not once, but twice! There also was a bit of a tissue alert for me as Kermit sang Rainbow Connection. That brought back a lot of special memories.
The Muppets  is a perfect holiday family movie. Thank you Disney for keeping the magic alive and the memories right at our fingertips! Wocka! Wocka!
See you at The Muppets movie! For tickets please click here!

Disclosure: Special thanks to Moms And The City and Disney Pictures for event invitation.
All opinions are that of 3decades3kids and Diane Sullivan.

Curious George Holiday Spectacular on PBS Nov. 23rd!

Curious George
Holiday Spectacular
Nov. 23rd on PBS
Monkey Movie Marathon
Recently, my family and I  had the pleasure of attending a wonderful PBS Kids event in honor of the upcoming special Curious George Holiday Spectacular which airs on PBS November 23rd.
This holiday special will include the broadcast debut of  the original Curious George movie, followed by Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey, and then Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas.

What better place than the Monkey Bar NYC to host to the event, which along with monkey decor, yellow runts filled centerpieces, and monkey wallpaper adorning the walls, you could also find the famous yellow hat!  We were  welcomed with a yellow carpet to walk!
Once inside, we were of course greeted by Curious George himself. He was not only available for photos, but also to entertain the children as the adults dined in luxury and buzzed about the new Curious George special and all the great things PBS has in the works.

 Also on hand was one of the co-owners of the Monkey Bar, Graydon Carter and his family. It was wonderful to be in the company of  some of the heart of PBS. I enjoyed hearing from Dorothea Gillim-Executive Producer Curious George, Linda Simensky-Vice President Children’s Programming PBS and Lesli Rothenberg, Senior Vice President Children’s Media PBS.
I also had the pleasure of chatting with Lesli Rothenberg over lunch and it really was delightful. As a 20 year teacher veteran, it was a teacher’s dream come true to be able to chat with Lesli about all things PBS, especially since PBS has played such an important role in my life as a teacher and also as a mom of three. Since my children are 20, 12 and 5, we have been a PBS family forever! We discussed how important learning at home was to children and what a vital role parents have in their child’s preschool life. We also discussed the value of media in the classroom and Lesli tipped me off to a wonderful site called where parents can go to track their child’s development and also find some great hands on activities to do with children of all ages. Of course I had to get home and check out the site right away, and as a teacher and mom, I have to say it is wonderful! I already found some great activities for Emily and I to do together and some for her to try on her own!
Now, as for Curious George, he has always been a family favorite, so I was not surprised to hear that he was the number one and most viewed show on PBS! Go George! I know our family and friends will be tuned in on Wednesday, November 23rd to see Curious George: Holiday Spectacular! There will also be encore presentations all weekend long (Thanksgiving weekend). So gather up your little monkeys and let’s get curious…with Curious George (okay, I know you are singing along). For other fun activities please check out PBSkids.

Disclosure: Special thanks to PBS for event invitation.
All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan.

Wordless Wednesday: PBS Kids Curious George Holiday Spectacular Event

Wordless Wednesday:
 PBS Kids Curious George 
Holiday Spectacular Event
Airs November 23rd on PBS
(After being a teacher for 20 years there was no way I could miss this PBS Kids event!)
Em loves to walk the red carpet and the blue carpet and the yellow carpet, too!
Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.

Looks like the man in the yellow hat left a little something behind.

We were treated to a monkey delicious dessert featuring Curious George’s picture.

The Monkey Bar NYC

PBS Vice President

Of course, Curious George was on hand to greet and play with the children!
Disclosure: Event was provided by PBS Kids.