Something Rotten! is coming to Detroit

I received complementary tickets to see the show in exchange for this post.


Something Rotten is coming to Detroit, and I am so excited to see this new and original musical. This completely original new musical Something Rotten!, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell, will play Detroit’s Fisher Theatre, September 25 – October 7, 2018.
 
Tickets for Something Rotten! start at $35 and go on sale Sunday, July 15. Purchase tickets online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-982-2787. Starting Monday, July 16, tickets may be purchased at the Fisher Theatre box office.
 
Nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Something Rotten! is a deliriously entertaining new musical comedy that brings down the house!” (New York Post).

The award-winning design team of Broadway veterans includes Scott Pask (scenic design), Gregg Barnes (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design), Josh Marquette (hair design), Phil Reno (music direction / conductor), Glen Kelly (arrangements),
Larry Hochman (orchestrations), Steve Bebout (associate director), and casting by Telsey + Company/Bethany Knox, CSA. 

From the director of Aladdin and co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights, this hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world's very first MUSICAL! With the most singing, the most dancing and the most gut-busting laughs on Broadway, it's something wonderful... something for everyone... It's Something Rotten!, "the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years" (Time Out New York)!
 
With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals — those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us, and remind us that everything’s better with an exclamation point!
 
For more information…
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Performance times for Something Rotten!, appearing September 25 – October 7, 2018 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.
•           Special open captioned performance on Sunday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m.
 
Tickets for Something Rotten! start at $35 (includes facility and parking fees) and go on sale Sunday, July 15. Tickets can be purchased online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-982-2787  Starting Monday, July 16, tickets can also  be purchased 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 (12 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.

Welcome back to Detroit - Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera and The Book of Mormon

Detroiters have you heard the news three MAJOR Broadway Blockbusters are returning to Detroit and I can't wait. Detroit will be welcoming Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera and The Book of Mormon. If you've been following Fashion meets Food for the past year you know that Andrew and I absolutely love attending Broadway shows, so you can imagine our excitement when we found out that these three blockbusters were being added to an already amazing lineup of Broadway coming to Detroit.

Broadway In Detroit announced today that three blockbuster Broadway shows – CHICAGO, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and winner of 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical, THE BOOK OF MORMON – will each make return engagements to Detroit in the upcoming season. 
 
Back by popular demand, CHICAGO will return to the Fisher Theatre, October 16-21, 2018 and Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will make a triumphant return to the Detroit Opera House, January 24 – February 3, 2019THE BOOK OF MORMON returns to Detroit for a fourth time after sold out and record-breaking engagements, playing at the Fisher Theatre from December 4-9, 2018. Please note that show dates may be subject to change.
 
Tickets for CHICAGO will start at $39 when they go on sale later this summer. Tickets for THE BOOK OF MORMON will start at $39 and will be available for purchase in the Fall. Tickets for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will also go on sale this Fall and will start at $35.
 
The performance schedules, ticket prices and casting for all three shows will be announced at a later date.
 
There’s never been a better time to experience CHICAGO, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, thousands of standing ovations and now the #1 longest-running American Musical in Broadway history. CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen.  It’s no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa. Whether you're looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you've seen the Academy Award®-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you've seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers!
 
THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “ South Park .” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q.  The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and ParkerTHE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.
 
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA features newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design. This new version of PHANTOM is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.  Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it.  He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
 
Patrons who sign up for Broadway In Detroit email alerts will be notified about exclusive opportunities to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the public. Sign up at www.BroadwayInDetroit.com.
 
Advance group sales reservations, starting for groups of 12 or more, are available now for all three shows by contacting the Broadway In Detroit group sales office at (313) 871-1132 or emailing groups@broadwayindetroit.com with the show as your subject line.
 
Ticket buyers are reminded that the Fisher Theatre and Ticketmaster are the only official retail ticket outlets. Ticket buyers who purchase tickets from a ticket broker or any third party should be aware that the theatres are unable to reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets and are unable to contact patrons with information regarding time changes or other pertinent updates regarding the performance.

Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-Door

I received this car to drive for a week in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hello pretty little thing, Mazda you sure do not disappoint. This past week I had the opportunity to hit the town in the Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-door. I usually hate red vehicles, but the metallic red shade of this vehicle was really eye catching and took sporty meets stylish to the next level. Also, I don’t think I have ever received so many positive compliments about a car before. This is a hatchback, is not like the one your grandparents drove back in the day, it’s stylish and will turn heads while you’re cruising down the road. I really loved how roomy the hatchback area was – it fit three beach bags and a large cooler with room to spare!  My personal vehicle gets 11 MPG, which is absolutely TERRIBLE, especially with rapidly increasing gas prices. The Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-door averages 30 MPG (20 MPG city and 35 MPG highway), which is AMAZING! After driving the car for a week I had a quarter tank of gas left!

Features:
Navigation system – love this because I have ZERO sense of direction

AM/FM radio

Sirius XM

Adaptive Cruise Control – seriously love this feature when I’m on the expressway.

6-way power drivers seat – it adjusts height-wise for my short self, which was nice because I could actually see over the dashboard.

Moonroof – which I am obsessed with and even use when it’s blazing hot outside.

Lane assist – annoying beep when you cross a line (thankfully this feature could be turned off because it drives me insane).

Blind Spot Monitoring on side mirrors and popup dashboard – LOVE

Heated Seats – despite it being ridiculously hot outside, there were two days that this feature was actually used – both instances were to make backs feel better.

Heated Steering Wheel – obsessed with this feature during the chilly months.

This car is fabulous, I am really starting to fall in love with Mazda’s and with a starting price point of $24,945 this car is definitely one you won’t want to pass up.


















June Mitten Crate

I received the June Mitten Crate in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The June Mitten Crate arrived and was jam packed with Michigan brands I have never heard of, which of course is always fun. Here's what's inside the box....







The Wonderful World of What If


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I am not the, what if girl…at all. I never ask what if I get on a boat and something happens to the driver, how will I be prepared in this situation. I am the free spirit, live in the moment type and when a problem comes to light I work through it. I mean really, why create a problem that doesn’t exist? I’ve recently been through into a dumpster packed nice and tight with a ton of “what if” situations. While yes some situations make sense, others just become overwhelming. The “what if” situation takes the fun, mystery and adventure out of life – at least in my mind it does. However, I guess it’s good to be faced with those scenarios, especially personal injury ones. What if I am walking Jackers and another animal attacks one of us? Then what? How about I am driving along and someone smashes into my car and says they didn’t see me there. However like the tree across the sidewalk next to me we have both been firmly planted in the same location for longer than either of us wants to admit. Even worse, nursing home abuse – when I think about this it really freaks me out. One of my friend’s grandpa was in a nursing home, whenever he would go visit his grandpa would be sitting or laying in soiled drawers. Not just for a small amount of time, long enough that the urine had actually burned his skin. Remember as we get older our skin cells become weaker and are more susceptible to things that wouldn’t be while we were in our 20’s. When all this goes down who will you turn to, who will be on your side?  Will you have lawyers ready to fight with you to get you what you deserve? Will you turn to KF&B to fight for your rights? What will you do? Eeeks this girl who is so against being a what if just completely what if-ed sceneries, but seriously it could happen and then what? If a problem arises will you have found someone that makes your problem their problem? I never thought it would be important to have someone in my back pocket, but I am learning that it is critical to be prepared for the worse. Isn’t the saying when you’re prepared nothing will happen? Do you remember when everyone was evacuating Florida last year because of the insane hurricane that was going to touch down and create all sorts of insane havoc? One of my friends had made fun of her hubby for being prepared for a zombie apocalypse. I’m talking he had clothing, food, flairs, safety gear…etc etc packed and ready to go. When they found out that their city needed to be evacuated they were the first ones out of town. They didn’t have to wait and pack, because they were already packed. Extra gas, no issues as he got new stuff every couple of months. That’s the kind of prepared we all need to be, and what I need to work towards.

Love and Hate Loans


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We all have a love/hate relationship with loans. We love them, because they help us go to college, get a car and afford a house. We hate them because we’re now in debt trying to pay a loan back that we think we’ll never be able to pay. There is also the worry of will I even get this loan, is my credit good enough, what will I do if I don’t get this loan. When it comes down to it loans are incredibly stressful, especially home loans. You fill out all the paperwork, put your life in the hands of someone else and hope and pray and wish that you get pre-approved. Once you get pre-approved you find the house of your dreams and now you’re once again back to hoping, praying and wishing that you’ll get approved and get the money you need to have your perfect little home. Even when you know that your credit score is on point you still have that pit in your stomach. I used to work at a real estate office, and did you know there is such thing as bad credit loan? Sadly, it’s a thing! Here in Michigan there is a very large and popular loan company that pre-approves everyone. You might think, well that’s all fine and dandy – however what happens when you have the pre-approval, find your dream home and go to get that money and they say “I’m sorry you’re not approved”. Hold on a minute, I was pre-approved and now I am not approved at all… what gives? It’s heart breaking for someone who has bad credit, especially when they find something they really want. If you have bad credit you really need to do your research and find a brokerage that is on your side, working for you, looking out for your best interest and trying to help make your dreams a reality. When it comes to qualifying for a home loan, bad credit shouldn’t be what holds you back – you shouldn’t have to wait for it to approve for your life to start. That’s why it is critical for you to do your research and find someone that cares, not just the big company that makes you a number instead of a person here in Michigan that I spoke of earlier. If I can give you any tip about your credit it is to NOT close charge cards that you do not use. I previously did this, I had 27…ugh yes 27 credit cards. I decided that I needed to go for the minimalism approach to things and canceled all but one. Well, this was the worst idea in the history of ideas. My credit score plummeted, quickly. I went from having a perfect score to looking like I had no idea how to use money… at all. It was pathetic, and heart breaking. But it’s a lesson learned and a reason that your credit might be holding you back. Just remember, even if your credit blows, there is a someone somewhere ready to work with you – they may not be able to make your dreams happen at that moment, but they can make something happen.