How to Raise Joyful Kids by Alyssa Shaffer, author The Happiness Formula (Book Excerpt)


Excerpted from The Happiness Formula: Simple Habits for a More Joyful Life by Alyssa Shaffer, published March 2020 by Centennial Books.    There Are Steps You Can Take To Make Sure Your Children Always Look On The Sunny Side Did you know that happiness can be learned? “Think of happiness as a set ...

THE MIKADO: Show Review by Hannah Singer


When my daughter was 4, she was glued to the tv where an opera was being shown. I was floored! I have been meaning to take her to an opera since then. Luckily now that she is a tween, I had the opportunity to do just that. And it did ...

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, OY! HANUKKAH, MERRY KWANZAA: Show Review by Hannah Singer


[caption id="attachment_29495" align="alignleft" width="300"] (L-R: Katarina Vizina and Valois Mickens. Photo by Jonathan Slaff)[/caption] This time of year always goes too fast for me, so I have been a bit of a Scrooge, thinking Bah Humbug. Then I was offered these tickets to a show I thought was for kids. So ...

With a Little Help….It’s John Belushi – Show Review by Hanna Singer


“I owe it all to little chocolate donuts.” – John Adam Belushi Born: January 24, 1949, Chicago, Illinois Died: March 5, 1982, Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles, CA, Age 33   We all know John Belushi from his appearances on Saturday Night Live in the 70s (now showing on Netflix) as well as a few ...

Big Apple Circus: Review by Jo Mispel


[caption id="attachment_29312" align="alignleft" width="300"] (photo by Matthew Murphy)[/caption] Last Sunday, my little ones and I raced through the drizzle towards the Big Apple Circus. Their large red tent sits tucked beside Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side. We were excited to see their show again after having the good fortune ...

Meet Cat Miller, Later Mom, Playwright and Director, THE HOPE HYPOTHESIS


Can you share with us your road to parenthood? It was an unexpected one. I always wanted to have kids. When I was 30, my first marriage ended, and I remember being terrified I had missed my chance. Then, just about three years later, my step-kids came into my life, ...

Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour provided by “On Location Tours” Review by Andrea Santo Felcone


Did you know that William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), poet, journalist, and editor-in-chief of the New-York Evening Post--the man Bryant Park is named after--is credited as the first to advocate for Central Park? Bryant put out a letter as a call to action for the public authorities to provide extensive open ...

June is the First Fall: Show Review by Debbie Gray Bloom


[caption id="attachment_28529" align="alignleft" width="300"] (photo by Maria Baranov)[/caption] Overheard in the Ladies’ Room at the New Ohio Theatre,"There are a lot of Asian people here." With almost no hesitation and a quick debate as to whether or not to mind my own business I told them, “Well you know the play ...

Up Close Festival: Show Review by Lainie Gutterman


Marisol Rosa-Shapiro among the audience members in VELVEETA UNDERGROUND: A Pizza Rat's Quest to Save Cheesy Beet Poetry. Photo by Buatti-Ramos Photography. I am extremely picky when it comes to performances. When a last minute opportunity to review Up Close Festival at the New Ohio Theatre in the West Village (154 ...

Mom Theatre Blogger: CATS: Broadway Musical Review by Robin Gorman Newman


[caption id="attachment_24010" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo credit: Matthew Murphy[/caption] It's been many years since I saw CATS on Broadway, but I have very fond childhood memories of Betty Buckley, Terrance Mann and Laurie Beechman in their breakout roles. All tough acts to follow, but the new revival of CATS is simply a ...