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Thursday
Mar132014

Once is Not Enough

Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Opinions are my own.

I’ve never seen anything quite like Once.

No orchestra. No elaborate sets. Want to jump on stage, visit the pub where the musical is set, buy a drink, and mingle with the cast? Go ahead, just make sure you do it before the show starts or during intermission.

The show weaves the tale of Guy and Girl (we never learn their real names) as they crash into each others lives and change them forever. Guy is a Hoover fixer and musician who begins the show heartbroken and in pieces as his girlfriend has moved to far away from his home and the setting of the show, Dublin. Girl is a Czech who has immigrated to Dublin and is instantly drawn to Guy’s haunting last song. She insists that it not be his last song.

She gets her way.

The Celtic folk rock music is a highlight of the entire show. While there is no orchestra, there are musicians on stage, integrated into the show itself. They play instruments like the banjo, guitar, violin, and other less traditional instruments in a way that breathes life into the background of the show. But then that background becomes the foreground as those same musicians are the supporting cast. The choreography that drives the transitions from background to foreground is masterful.

The chemistry between Guy and Girl is something even better. Guy is often awkward while Girl is often overly straightforward. It’s a combination that leaves the audience in stitches. The hilarity that is woven through the entire show is a perfect complement to the complexity that is Guy and Girl’s story. They could end up living a perfect romantic dream, but things aren’t quite that simple.

Will they live happily ever after? Maybe, but not in a way that you would imagine as you sit engrossed in the show.

Once is the rare musical that I could watch again and again and again. And again. Everything about it was unexpected yet fantastic. The music has already made its way onto my play list, the characters seem like friends who I’ve known for years, and the entire show has catapulted to the top of my list of favorite Broadway shows.

Once is in Pittsburgh through March 16th. Tickets are $29-$80 and available here.

GO.

While you’re there, say hi to Guy and Girl for me.

Sunday
Mar092014

The I-X Indoor Amusement Park Ticket Giveaway!

The post is sponsored by the I-X Indoor Amusement Park. All opinions are my own.

It has been two years since Alexis and some friends piled into the car and ventured 100 miles to Cleveland for the I-X Indoor Amusement Park. That means it has been two years since the kid laughed herself silly on all sorts of spinny rides while enjoying the comfort of the balmy indoors. March isn't exactly hang-out-at-the-amusement-park material, so that indoor thing really is magical.

So is that whole spinny ride thing.

Obviously, I'm out when it comes to rides at the moment, but that's not going to stop me from taking Alexis back sometime between March 21 and April 20. It's a limited time event, but it's so fun getting to squeeze in some ride time before it's really time for summer carnivals and rides and did I mention the funnel cakes?

Funnel cakes, y'all.

That's where I'm going to be when we go. Hanging out by the funnel cake stand.

If you are interested in checking out the I-X Indoor Amusement Park, you're in luck. I have 4 general admissions tickets available to give away. Here's an explanation of what you can expect if you go:

A day of fun. . . a lifetime of memories! The I-X INDOOR AMUSEMENT PARK brings you 20 acres of fun - all indoors - at Cleveland's I-X Center March 21st through April 20th, 2014!  Celebrating 25 Years, a grand opening weekend is planned March 21 – 23 which will be packed with games, prizes, a cheerleading competition PLUS Radio Disney Cleveland’s On The Road to the RDMAs Concert Event Featuring Before You Exit and Megan Nicole! Plus, throughout the show, enjoy over 100 rides and attractions.  Soar through the air on the zipline, get your splash on with the water ride and watch live family entertainment including Roberto the Magnificent, Mutts Gone Nut, the ZuZu acrobats, and much more.

 

If you want to win the 4 general admission tickets, just leave a comment telling me which of those things you'd most like to see or enjoy.  Just try not to rub it in TOO much that you get to ride the rides!

I'll draw a winner at random on March 14th. Winner will be notified by email, so be sure to leave an email address with your comment.

Good luck!

(If you don't win, you can always purchase tickets here.)