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I may be the youngest curmudgeon ever, but there are some things about the holiday season that I'm thankful only come once a year. The Grinch and Scrooge exist for the following reasons: 1.) Christmas photo cards – When people without kids dress up their pets and pose with them. 2.) Wrapping presents – Paper cuts and tape EVERYWHERE. 3.) Eggnog – Nope, sorry, it’s disgusting. 4.) “Let it Go”-induced insanity – Parents, you know what I mean. 5.) Inflatable yard decorations – They're ta... [Read more]

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Halloween is over and though Thanksgiving is still weeks away, in the retail world it’s already Christmas. That’s right, that means it’s time to start planning your holiday event schedule. Here are some seasonal show recommendations for when you need to get yourself (or your family) out of the house: 1.) Radio City Christmas Spectacular – an American classic. This wondrous show of over 140 performers is perfect for all ages. As a montage of timeless holiday stories, the fabulous Radio City Ro... [Read more]

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5 Stories That Could Be the Next Holiday Musical

December 10, 2013
1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer As long as we're capitalizing on valuable properties like How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Christmas Story, we might as well at least think about Rudolph. I don't know anyone who hasn't seen the classic Rankin/Bass stop-motion movie, and if there's an American kid over the age of 3 who doesn't know all the words to the song, I would like to know how. The score of the Rudolph musical would include the Gene Autry song, the catchy tunes from the film, and hopef... [Read more]
There is no question that Thanksgiving is all about the feast. What could be better than a roast turkey accompanied by stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce and followed by an irresponsible amount of pie? But between loaded forkfuls of green bean casserole or pumpkin cheesecake, you might notice that there are other things going on. At TL, we always have our eyes on the best in live entertainment, and Thanksgiving has a lot to offer in the way of music, sports, and theatre. Music Now, ... [Read more]
(1) Real men love Broadway. When Randy gets the inside scoop on why men everywhere are taking their wives to see musicals (it's called subtext), he becomes a superfan, and Sharon is so pleased with his newfound appreciation for theatre that she repays him. Handsomely. | Episode #220: Broadway Bro Down (Season 15, Episode 11) (2) Before Glee, show choirs saved the world, not just FOX's ratings. The South Park kids are on their way to Costa Rica to help save the environment. While Kyle struggles ... [Read more]
There's only one more weekend before Christmas. If you're a procrastinator (like me), your holiday shopping isn’t done yet. Which means that this is your last weekend to brave the crowds for wrapping paper and stocking stuffers. But if you hate the mall (like me), you can use the Internet, a little imagination, and the pressure and panic of the last minute crunch to inspire brilliant and unique gift ideas such as . . . 5. Peace and Quiet When Wicked came to Hartford this summer, I decided ... [Read more]

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  It's that time of year again, and theatres all around the country are getting into the holiday spirit by presenting Christmas-themed shows. Live theatre has become a cherished holiday tradition for many people, and families, even those who aren't regular theatregoers, often use it to celebrate the season together. This year, countless parents will bring their children to witness the splendor of the classic ballet The Nutcracker, and their little eyes will light up at the sight of graceful... [Read more]

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