As promised I am here to preview Broadway opening nights in April as they vie to be eligible for this year's Tony Awards. If you are in or can travel to New York a good time is April as at least some of these shows will close after nominations are made. Yesterday I listed five … Continue reading Broadway Preview April 2019 – Part 2
April 25 is an important date on Broadway this year. It is the last possible opening day to be included in the 2019 Tony Awards. Thus many shows crowd into next month to be eligible. There will be 10 opening nights and I will give you a quick rundown in two parts. If you are … Continue reading Broadway Preview April 2019 – Part 1
Get used to seeing the above in my social media. It is the hashtag of Marty Brenneman's signature sign off after Cincinnati wins a game "And This One Belongs To The Reds." We won't hear it again after this season as Marty is retiring and replacement announcers are careful not to co-opt it while he … Continue reading #ATOBTTR
Today at 4:10 PM the first pitch is scheduled for for the Cincinnati Reds. Only one major league team still holds an opening day parade - The Cincinnati Reds. This is the 150th year anniversary of the first professional baseball team - The Cincinnati Reds. This is the last season that the best announcer in … Continue reading Today is Opening Day of the Reds World Series 2019 Season. Really. I Mean It!
Today is World Theatre Day and you should do all you can to see a live theatrical performance. I see about one theatrical performance per week and living in New York City, often at steep discounts, sometimes free. I highly recommend spending a communal experience with a group of strangers in the dark watching talented … Continue reading World Theatre Day
Theater For The New City is a home for experimental and ambitious theater. It is fitting that Arnold Schulman's "Sign in the Six O'Clock Sky; A Fable With Songs" is currently playing there. The new play is aspirational, captivating but ultimately flawed. It is as if the author stood before a restaurant chef's cooktop with … Continue reading Review – Sign in the Six O’Clock Sky – A Fable With Songs
Finally, the 2019 Cincinnati Reds season begins this week. This is our year. The acquisition of Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and others; First year for coach David Bell; a new aggressive attitude all point to a positive outcome. But tonight I will clinch the deal to bring us luck for the season. I'll be stopping … Continue reading The 2019 Baseball Season gets underway this week – Celebrate at Edwards in NYC
Wait a minute, wait just a dad-gum minute. It turns off that National Goof-Off Day was first celebrated in 1976 and I'm just now hearing about it. Apparently at some point it went International and no one told me? All these years I've been working on March 22 while the rest of the world goofed-off? … Continue reading International Goof-Off Day
Today is National French Bread Day and I am salivating. Nothing better than a crusty baguette and a bit of camembert. A bunch of grapes and some fresh walnuts. I'll be right back, amuse yourselves. Maybe you can bake your own, try the link below. Fresh sourdough baguettes are delicious. https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/walterthinnes.blog/3354 As always you can … Continue reading Happy National French Bread Day – and watch me make some!
Happy First Day of Spring! I hereby decree there will be no more snow, ice and freezing temperatures until next winter. Done with that. Bring on the flowers and birds and butterflies and hay fever and pollen and sneezing. Sweet Sour Neon Gummy Worms with a Sugar Coating And to celebrate I will follow the … Continue reading Happy First Day of Spring!
I recently had the great pleasure of seeing a reading of a play by Eva MeiLing Pollitt - Éléphant. Because it was a developmental and promotional reading I won't go into any depth but have several observations. The play is set in 1890's France in and around a bordello. It artfully blends French and English … Continue reading Review – Éléphant
Sorry if the the above title offends you. I considered using asterisks (as a current NYC play "HateF**k" does) but knew I would be using a Playwrights Horizon program cover and it would show up unedited. A scattering of play titles have included the "F" word recently and I don't mean "Fork." Like the late … Continue reading Review – If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka
The team that brought you "Spring Awakening" has a new musical at the brand new MCC Theater complex on the west side. "Alice by Heart" is yet another retelling of the Alice in Wonderland tale with a different twist. The framing device occurs in the London Underground during the German bombing raids early in WWII. … Continue reading Review – Alice by Heart
Today is 3.14 and of course math nerds everywhere proclaim it as National Pi Day as it starts the same way! The perfect day to make a pie to celebrate the day. You can check back to my recent February 20 post to link to an absolutely delicious Cherry Pie recipe that I made recently. … Continue reading National Pi Day
I've seen a few productions of Fiddler on the Roof, but none quite like this. I saw the recent Danny Burstein Broadway production with the controversial emigrant framing method and provocative version of Matchmaker and enjoyed it. But the version currently at Stage 42 here in New York is something very special. It is performed … Continue reading Review – Fiddler on the Roof (in Yiddish)
Are you tired? Run down? Listless? Try Vitameatavegamin. Oops, sorry, wrong script. Actually afternoon naps are valuable and really can give you more energy for the remainder of the day. Siestas are good for you. Now try to convince your boss of that. National Napping Day is always scheduled for the Monday after you spring … Continue reading National Napping Day
Today is National Peanut Cluster Day and when peanuts cluster, they like to do it with chocolate. I am here to help. Want a simple homemade candy recipe that includes a fun game? These are called Mystery Flavor Peanut Clusters. Take 2 bags of chocolate chips and 1 bag of butterscotch chips (OK, you know … Continue reading National Peanut Cluster Day – and a simple recipe
I think it always feels this way at the end of the winter season. It seems it will never end but spring is certainly around the corner. Right? Please confirm. But hopefully the recent Sunday/Monday snowstorm was the last substantial downfall before meltdown. Our mayor Bill de Blasio was criticized for closing schools when less … Continue reading Winter hangs on stubbornly
I write today about Oreo's who have their own national day, today. Not really about the cookie but about where they were founded, right here in New York City. Yep, I'm talking about Chelsea Market. Back in 1912 in a Nabisco bakery Oreos were first baked here. Eventually a number of buildings took up an … Continue reading National Oreo Cookie Day
Today is National Cheese Doodle Day and the little goodies are delicious. These extruded puffs are mostly air so they can't be fattening, can they? Pardon me, I'm snacking on some right now and I seem to have gotten a smudge on the screen. If you want to mention this on your social media account … Continue reading National Cheese Doodle Day
Stephen Sondheim is one of American Musical Theatre's most treasured composer and lyricist and one of my favorites. I am a huge fan of many of his works including Company, A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd. His famously "troubled" work, Merrily We Roll Along opened in 1981 and closed after only 16 performances. It … Continue reading Review – Merrily We Roll Along
Today is National Old Stuff Day and I couldn't be more excited. I am Old Stuff. I am the very definition of Old Stuff! I would like to thank the Academy for this award on behalf of all the years that have made me old - What? My editorial staff is telling me that National … Continue reading National Old Stuff Day
When I heard that director Bartlett Sher was bringing his musical hit-making formula to Lincoln Center Theater for a production of My Fair Lady, I knew I wanted to be there. My Fair Lady was one of my favorite musical from my youth when I was first learning about the musical theater oeuvre. I also … Continue reading Review – My Fair Lady