Shari on the Aisle Reviews Matilda the Musical for LHC

Matilda the Musical

Shubert Theatre, 225 West 44th Street (Broadway/8th Avenue)

Current Lead Cast:  Christopher Sieber, Matt Harrington, Lesli Margherita (original cast member), Jill Paice, and a rotating cast of 4 young actresses playing “Matilda.

Background:  Based on Roald Dahl’s beloved 1988 children’s book, the original Royal Shakespeare Company version of this musical won a record-breaking 7 Olivier awards (the British version of the Tony) in 2012. The Broadway production was nominated for 12 Tony awards in 2013, in a neck-and-neck race with “Kinky Boots” (13 noms). While the show did not capture the big one (Best Musical), it won four Tonys: Gabriel Ebert, who originated the role of Mr. Wormwood, won Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical; Dennis Kelly won for Best Book of a Musical; Rob Howell took Best Scenic Design of a Musical and Hugh Vanstone Best Lighting Design of a Musical. (Personally, I thought Matilda should have won Best Musical instead of Kinky Boots, but both shows are terrific).

In addition, the four young actresses who originated the title role, Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon, and Milly Shapiro, shared a special award: Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre.

Quick Take: This is one show that actually lives up to the hype.

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Five Spots You Must See in Central Park Before You Leave NYC

No trip to New York City can be complete without spending some time with the locals in New York City’s “Shared Backyard”, Central Park, now celebrating its 161st birthday. There is much more to Central Park than meets the eye! Spanning 843 acres, there are fun activities hiding behind every nook & cranny. The famous park has been featured in over 300 films, which makes it the most filmed location in the world.

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Top 5 Mexican Restaurants in New York City

Being a native Texan, specifically a Houstonian, I consider myself an expert in Mexican cuisine. It is my soul food, that which most reminds me of home. Mexican restaurants are a wonderful place to bring friends and family together…to relax and have fun! I have made it my mission to find the most authentic and finest Mexican cuisine in New York City. I have personally ventured to all of these wonderful spots, and had a new and exciting experience each time. Disfruta!

La Esquina
Located in trendy Nolita neighborhood, La Esquina offers wonderful and fresh Mexican cuisine.  La Esquina translates to “The Corner”, which occupies the coveted sla esquinatreets of Kenmare and Lafayette. It may look just like a small, casual taco stand from the exterior, however do not be fooled. On trend with many upcoming NYC speakeasies, as
you enter, you are met with a host to take your reservation and head straight downstairs and through the kitchen to the gorgeous dim-lit dining space. The vibe is cool and trendy, and the food lives up to the reputation! Tip: Reservations highly recommended
My favorite: try their skinny margaritas made with tequila, agave nectar and limes for a fresh and light taste on a classic margarita!
Good For: a trendy NYC scene
Price: $$$

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Pippin Broadway Show Review for LHC by Shari on the Aisle


The cast of Pippin has a message for you:

“Leave your fields to flower; Leave your cheese to sour.
Come and waste an hour or two.

Journey to a spot exciting, mystic and exotic; Journey through our anecdotic revue

We’ve got magic to do: Just for you!”

Theatre: The Music Box, 239 West 45th

Lead Cast: Patina Miller, Charlotte d’Amboise, Terrence Mann, Andrea Martin, Matthew James Thomas, Rachel Bay Jones. (Note: Some cast members have changed since the show opened).

Background: The original Broadway production premiered at the Imperial Theater on October 23, 1972, and ran for 1,944 performances before closing on June 12, 1977. Directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, that cast included Ben Vereen, who won a Tony Award for his portrayal of the Leading Player, John Rubenstein as Pippin, and Jill Clayburgh as Catherine, Pippin’s love interest.

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Discover New York City’s Most Decadent Desserts

New York City has something for just about everyone and that applies to desserts too!  Walk down any street and you’ll be overwhelmed by an infinite amount of delicious choices when it comes to sweet treats.  Whenever you feel the need to indulge your sweet tooth, check out our extensive list of recommendations . Whether you’re a chocoholic or a cupcake connoisseur, this list has something for everyone…

  • If you want dessert in a magical setting, visit the iconic and whimsical Serendipity 3 on the Upper East Side.  Although they serve a full menu, most go for the “Frrrozen Hot Chocolate.” Be prepared to wait as this place is incredibly popular particularly with kids of all ages. 225 E. 60th between 2nd and 3rd avenue
  • If rice pudding is your thing, don’t miss Rice to Riches in SoHo. We recommend the “Sex Drugs and Rocky Road” pudding personally! 37 Spring Street between Mott and Mulberry
  • If you’re counting calories, try some goat’s milk soft serve at Victory Garden in the West Village. It’s just a few blocks away from Washington Square Park if you fancy a stroll after dessert.  31 Carmine Street  between Bleecker and BedfordContinue Reading