Spring To Do List


Happy first day of SPRING! I am so excited for longer days and warmer weather. In anticipation of everything in bloom I started to compile a list of things that I want to do this spring. Here are 15 things on my list – what’s on yours?

Watch the sunrise
Enjoy sunsets
Donate clothes I haven’t worn in the past year
Try a new workout class
Spring clean
Buy fresh flowers
Have a picnic in the park
Try a new bright lip color
Decorate with potted plants and spring décor
Splurge on a new sundress
Host a Sunday brunch
Go for a random road trip
Plan a day to somewhere new
Get fresh produce at a farmer’s market
Try new salads with fresh ingredients

Lucky Charm

 
St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a day I care about – I don’t drink so I am not involved in any of the shenanigans that take place. However, I was recently at Walmart with my mum and came across this box of limited edition Lucky Charms with green clovers I just couldn’t pass it up. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you know that I am a huge fan of marshmallow treats, and while in college my friends and I experimented with almost every cereal (Captain Crunch is my fav!). I recently took some Cheerio treats to a friends house for an Oscar party, so I knew exactly what I would do with the Lucky Charms…. make marshmallow treats.


Charming Treats
Ingredients
3 tablespoons butter
4 cups mini marshmallows
6 cups Lucky Charms

Directions
1. In a large saucepan melt butter over low heat.
2. Add marshmallows.
3. Stir until melted.
4. Remove from heat.
5. Add Lucky Charms.
6. Stir until well coated.
7. Place treats into a 13x9 pan coated with coating spray or butter.

Broadway in Detroit - What's Coming in the '17-'18 Season

Broadway in Detroit will present six “S’Wonderful!” musicals from the 2017-2018 Broadway in Detroit Subscription Season, and I am beyond excited! Big news Hamilton is FINALLY coming to the D!!!!


 The Broadway in Detroit Subscription Season is sponsored by Chrysler, along with four extra blockbuster shows!  As an extra bonus, 2017-18 Broadway In Detroit season ticket holders will have first access to Hamilton tickets when they renew their subscription for the 2018-19 series that will include HamiltonCurrent Broadway In Detroit subscribers can renew their subscription for the 2017-18 series by visiting www.BroadwayInDetroit.com or by calling the Fisher Theatre at (313) 872-1000. New Subscription sales will begin April 1, 2017. 



The 2017-18 Broadway In Detroit Subscription Season opens with
Love Never Dies, the spellbinding sequel to Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera, at The Fisher Theatre, October 2017, followed by: An American in Paris, a new Tony Award ®-winning musical, at the Detroit Opera House, December 2017; The Bodyguard, starring Grammy ® Award-nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox, at The Fisher Theatre, January 2018; breath-taking smash hit Finding Neverland at The Fisher Theatre, February 2018; School of Rock, a hilarious high-octane new musical based on the hit film, at The Fisher Theatre, April 2018; and, On Your Feet!, the inspirational story of groundbreaking couple Emilio and Gloria Estefan, at The Fisher Theatre, May 2018. Please note that all show dates may be subject to change.
 


“We’re really excited about the 2017-18 Subscription Season of six brand new musicals that will be making their Detroit debut, plus some extra shows that are perennial blockbusters,” said Broadway In Detroit Executive Director Alan Lichtenstein. “And we’ll have Hamilton on the 2018-19 subscription so anyone who becomes a 2017-18 subscriber and renews for 2018-19 will have first access to tickets to Hamilton.” 

Broadway In Detroit 2017-2018 Subscription Shows




Love Never Dies, a story of boundless love, full of passion and drama, follows Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, one of the most successful musicals of all time, which has now been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide and is the winner of over 50 international awards. The ultimate love story continues in Love Never Dies. The year is 1907. It is 10 years after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House and the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. In this new, electrically charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar, but he has never stopped yearning for his one true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé.



An American in Paris is the new Tony Award ®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award ®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season! The New York Times raves “An American in Paris is a triumph!  Pure joy!” and the Wall Street Journal declares, “Once you’ve seen it, you’ll find it hard to settle for less ever again.”  Don’t miss this stunning Broadway hit when it appears in Detroit on its first national tour!


The Bodyguard, the award-winning musical based on the smash hit film, will star Grammy® Award-nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox.  Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker.  Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love.  A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Body Guard features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time — “I Will Always Love You.”

 







The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, Finding Neverland “captures the kid-at-heart,” says Time Magazine. Directed by visionary Tony ®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award ®-winning film, Finding Neverland tells the story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. Finding Neverland is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR)

School of Rock is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “an inspiring jolt of energy, joy and mad skillz!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, “Fists of all ages will be pumping!”

From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, On Your Feet! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. Directed by two-time Tony Award ® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award ® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), On Your Feet! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century—and one of the most inspiring stories in music history

Extra Blockbuster Shows

As always, Broadway In Detroit offers extra shows off-subscription and the 2017-18 Season features Gobsmacked! at The Fisher Theatre, November 2017; The Color Purple at The Fisher Theatre, November  2017; the return of Les Misérables at The Fisher Theatre, February-March 2018; Cinderella at The Fisher Theatre, March 2018; and, Wicked at the Detroit Opera House, August 2018. Season ticket subscribers will have the first opportunity to purchase these extra shows prior to public sale.

Purchasing Subscription Tickets

2017-18 Broadway In Detroit Subscription Season tickets are priced starting at $299 for all six shows.  Current Broadway In Detroit subscribers can renew their subscription for the 2017-18 series by visiting www.BroadwayInDetroit.com or by calling the Fisher Theatre at (313) 872-1000. New Subscription sales will begin April 1, 2017.

Benefits for Subscribers

Broadway In Detroit subscribers get the best seats in the house, the same seats for each show, priority access to buy additional tickets for season shows and extra attractions, and full exchange privileges at no charge.  Another added benefit for subscribers is the ability to post tickets for sale or forward to friends or clients up to two hours before show time via My Broadway In Detroit Ticket Exchange Program.  Subscribers also never wait in line and lost tickets are replaced for free. Subscription prices include parking costs in The Fisher Theatre surface parking lot and deck.

Group Sales

Reservation requests are being accepted now for groups of 12+ to 20+ (minimum varies depending on show) by emailing groups@broadwayindetroit.com and using the name of the show as your subject line, or by phone (313) 871-1132, Monday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Individual tickets for all shows will go on sale at a later date.
 

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is coming to the D


MOTOWN The Musical is bringing soul back to the Fisher Theatre April 18 – 30. Ticket prices start at $39 and are now on a sale at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800.982.2787, and online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com as well as at The Fisher Theatre Box Office.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.


Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” MOTOWN THE MUSICAL tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. Motown shattered barriers; shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat.


MOTOWN THE MUSICAL features choreography by Patricia Wilcox (A Night with Janis Joplin) and Warren Adams (Toy Story), scenic design by David Korins (Bring It On: The Musical, Annie), costume design by Tony Award® nominee ESosa (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, “Project Runway”), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Natasha Katz (Once, Sister Act), sound design by Tony Award® nominee Peter Hylenski (Rock of Ages, The Scottsboro Boys), projection design by Daniel Brodie (Alladin), hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe (Memphis) and casting by Wojcik | Seay Casting.


MOTOWN THE MUSICAL’s arrangements and orchestrations are by Grammy and Tony Award® nominee Ethan Popp (Rock of Ages), who also serves as music supervisor in reproducing the classic “Sound of Young America,” with co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Tony Award® nominee Bryan Crook (“Smash”) and dance arrangements by Zane Mark (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).


MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is produced by Tony Award® winning producer Kevin McCollum (Rent, In the Heights, Avenue Q), Chairman and CEO of SONY Music Entertainment Doug Morris and Motown founder Berry Gordy, in association with Work Light Productions.

For more information, visit www.MotownTheMusical.com.
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Performance times for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL appearing April 18-30, 2017 at The Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 West Grand Blvd., in Detroit are:

·       Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 8:00 p.m.
·       Sunday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
·       Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
·       Open captioned performance on Sunday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL start at $39 (includes facility and parking fees) and are on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, and online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available for purchase at The Fisher Theatre box office.  A limited number of premium seats will be available through Ticketmaster and at The Fisher Theatre box office. For group sales (10 or more) please call 313-871-1132 or email groups@broadwayindetroit.com. Tickets for the open captioned performance may be purchased in person at The Fisher Theatre box office or by phone at 313-872-1000, ext. 0. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.
Broadway In Detroit uses Ticketmaster as its sole, authorized ticketing agent. Individual tickets purchased from a ticket broker or “third party” ticket reseller involves risk and may not be authentic, sold at box office prices, or with correct performance and venue information. Broadway In Detroit box offices cannot reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets sold through a third party or ticket reseller. Broadway In Detroit is also unable to contact third party purchasers with pertinent updates or changes regarding performances.
The Broadway In Detroit Series at The Fisher Theatre is sponsored by the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.  As part of this sponsorship, the Chrysler Pacifica will be on display this season at The Fisher Theatre.

I Quit My Gym Membership

When you’re thinking about how to start a workout routine, or change things up getting a gym membership is probably one of the first things that come to mind. However let’s get real for a minute…. you pay a whole lot of money, you’re determined and you either walk in ready to faithfully hit the weights everyday or you feel absolutely overwhelmed and out of place as you watch the “gym bro” grunt, growl and flex in front of the mirror that is where you need to get your weights from (SERIOUSLY MOVE!). You have a busy week, you get discouraged, you don’t feel well and suddenly you find yourself going once or twice a week, which is better than nothing – but not ideal. That’s exactly why I canceled my gym membership, I was wasting so much money and I just wasn’t happy. 

I now workout at home and my BFF (who lives nearly four hours away), and I make it a priority to workout for a morning booty call (any TIU ladies out there?) or in the evening. Plenty of plans are available online and the one we are currently doing is a booty kicker – literally my glutes BURN. I also attend yoga, cycling, kickboxing and barre classes so I am constantly switching up my routine. Oh! I also take my workouts to the park which changes up the environment, and gives endless possibilities. 


While I may not be at my ideal weight, and my body may not look like I want it to I’m working towards a happier and healthier lifestyle, and here is how I’m doing it:
1. I put my goals on the refrigerator. I make this simple and things that I can actually accomplish. Like not eating ice cream at night while watching the Bachelor.
2. Workout buddy! Mine lives 4 hours away but we have FaceTime and speaker phone, and actually motivate each other.
3. Dedicate at least 30 minutes five days a week to working out. I’ll be real it’s more like 1.5 + hours a day.
4. HYDRATE! I drink 64+ ounces of water everyday. I get really dehydrated while working out and rely on ESSENCE PH10 to keep me hydrated and going strong.
5. Preppin’ ain’t easy but it’s 100% worth it – I grocery shop and prep my meals for the week every Sunday.  I sort everything out in my refrigerator, which includes putting sparkling water and bottles of ESSENCE PH10 next to my meals for the day.
6. Vitamins!
7. SLEEP! I need at least eight hours or you will NOT want to deal with m

Step Right Up: CIRCUS 1903 is Coming to Town!



Step Right Up! CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus will be in Detroit at The Fisher Theatre March 14-19. In a world premiere event, the producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionist, have teamed up with the award-winning puppeteers from War Horse, to present a thrilling turn-of-the-century circus spectacular. This show features all the thrill and daredevil entertainment one would expect from the circus, but with an exciting new twist.
Tickets for CIRCUS 1903- The Golden Age of Circus start at $35 and are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1.800.982.2787 or online at www.broadwayindetroit.com as well as www.ticketmaster.com. You can also purchase tickets at The Fisher Theatre Box Office.

Sensational puppetry puts elephants back in the ring as never seen before by introducing the largest ever performing African elephant and her baby, along with a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throws, hire wire and much more!

The award-winning team of puppeteers and model makers who created the National Theatre’s War Horse will design, build and bring to life two stunningly beautiful elephants for CIRCUS 1902- The Golden Age of Circus. Featuring groundbreaking advances in design and expression, the puppets appear throughout the show as the mother teaches her calf the tricks of the trade.

Discover the golden age of circus this March 14-19 as CIRCUS 1903 sets to captivate audiences of all ages.

Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 7:30pm
Sunday evening performance at 6:30pm
Saturday matinee at 2:00pm
Sunday matinee at 1:00pm

Cheerio Treats

Sunday night I attended an Oscar’s party, and I wanted to make a fun but simple dessert. Rice Krispie treats are always a great option, because there are so many different things you can do with them. For this little get-together I decided to use Cheerios instead of Rice Krispie’s. To jazz up the treats I dipped them into chocolate added a little gold dust. The treats were popular, and a few people even said they preferred them over traditional Rice Krispie treats.

Cheerio Treats
Ingredients
3 tablespoons butter
4 cups mini marshmallows
6 cups Cheerios

Directions
1. In a large saucepan melt butter over low heat.
2. Add marshmallows.
3. Stir until melted.
4. Remove from heat.
5. Add Cheerios
6. Stir until well coated.
7. Place treats into a 13x9 pan coated with coating spray or butter.