Jersey Boys Hit the High Notes!

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I wasn’t even born yet when Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were popular, but this week I got to see Jersey Boys at the Centennial Concert Hall, and it took me right back to the days when it was cool for boy bands to wear matching suits and sway in synch to the sweet melodies they made.

The show was the perfect mix of story and song, and Hayden Milanes, the lead performer playing Frankie Valli was amazing – almost amazing as the original.

The story provided fascinating insight into the genius behind the music and the super group – Bob Guadio – who was the talent responsible for writing and producing the group’s hits we all still know and love today.

Overall, the show was absolutely, thoroughly, 100%, delightfully entertaining, and I would see it again and again!

You can #FindItDowntown at the Centennial Concert Hall till May 31!

Oh What a Night Downtown!

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The year is 1962. Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans are really popular. West Side Story just won the Academy Award for Best Picture. You just heard “Big Girls Don’t Cry” on American Bandstand for the first time and now you have a huge crush on Frankie Valli (and The Four Seasons).

Flash forward to May 26-31, 2015. The story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons – the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Jersey Boys takes centre stage in Downtown Winnipeg for six nights only!

Songs include “Oh, What a Night”, “Stay”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, and “Big Girls Don’t Cry” – among others. So trust me when I say you’ll be movin’ and groovin’ in your seat the Centennial Concert Hall.

Sound like a show that’s up your alley? Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster.

Or you could win a pair here!

It’s easy – you tell me what your “Oh What a Night” downtown would be (a drink in the whiskey lounge at Prairie 360, over looking the city followed by a walk along The Forks riverwalk? An evening at the WAG? Trying a hidden gem of a restaurant followed by a concert, maybe followed by patio drinks with friends?) and you could win the ultimate “Oh What a Night Downtown for two, including:

Two tickets to the opening night of Jersey Boys at the Centennial Concert Hall and dinner for two at Blaze Restaurant & Lounge inside the Delta Hotel – uncomplicated, handcrafted food inspired by the prairies in which we live.

Contest closes May 20 at 2PM.

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More vulgar, more hilarious, more dancing, Mor…mon!

 

The Book of Mormon

Apparently it’s quite the feat to snag tickets to the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Book of Mormon in actual New York. It’s been sold-out for ages.

It’s here to dazzle, entertain, and potentially offend Winnipeg audiences at the Centennial Concert Hall until March 22, and I got to see it last night!

The show is two hours (plus intermission) of “Did they actually say that?!” mixed with “Ohhh did I just LOL at that…?!” and a bit of “Yep. Yep, they went there,” along with the impeccable dance numbers, animated characters, and through-the-roof talent expected of a travelling Broadway show.

Written and created by the writers of the raunchy/comedy cartoon South Park (hint: if that show’s not your cup of tea, this probably isn’t either…), the plot involves – you guessed it – a crew of young Mormon missionary boys (stereotypes abound) as they try to meet the baptism quota in a small Ugandan village where troubles such as AIDS, starvation, war lords, maggot-infested private parts, female circumcision, and rape are discussed quite light-heartedly.

Elder Price and Elder Cunningham are meant to spread the good word to the Ugandan people together, but all-star word-spreader Elder Price has a mini-breakdown over his prayers to be placed in his absolute dream location (Orlando) being ignored, so Elder Cunningham (super dorky underdog with a wild imagination) takes charge, leading the Ugandan tribe to (slightly – ok super – twisted) truth. It’s not ideal, but it all works out in the end, although the Ugandans do not find paradise or salvation in Salt Lake City, Utah as they’d hoped.

It’s hilarious, the tunes are catchy, there are poop jokes, lots of swearing and rude gestures, and it’s chock-full of Mormon mockery and a true tale of friendship. I’d recommend it.

 

And there’s more where that came from.

Jersey Boys will be at the Centennial Concert Hall May 26 – 31. Tickets go on sale March 23, but I have the presale password!

Visit http://www.ticketmaster.ca/venueartist/139402/1551009?brand=bac March 20 – 22 and enter the password SEASONS. Let me know if you’re looking for a date! 😉

 

 

St. Paddy’s Day all the way!

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St. Patrick’s Day is as good an excuse as any for me to don my shamrock-shaped (no, I didn’t say shamrock shake, but I bet you want one now, don’t you!) glasses, my best green dress, hit the (down)town and indulge in some Irish cream- and Guinness-flavoured things and sip on some cool, refreshing green beer and just spread friendly, jolly cheer! This day only comes once a year – here’s a few spots you might like to #finditdowntown for St. Paddy’s day.

Pony Corral – 444 St. Mary Ave.

Guinness and Jameson are on special, Thistle-Thyme show band is on stage, you could win a Guinness beer fridge, and the McConnell Irish Dancers will have you a-tappin’ your toes.

Times Changed High and Lonesome Club – 234 Main St.

St. Paddy’s Day Liquidation Sale – All beer must go. No reasonable offer refused. Richard Inman & the Mad Trappers play at 9:00, Andrew Neville & the Poor Choices play at 10:30. Always delicious Mexican cuisine.

Shannon’s Irish Pub – 175 Carlton St.

All-day entertainment including Nathan Rogers, Dale Brown and the Brady Irish Dancers.

Carbone Coal Fired Pizza – 260 St. Mary Ave.

Green beer. Prizes. Free Pizza. Free Lucky Charms cereal.

Tavern United MTS Centre – 260 Hargrave St.

Indulge in beef stew served in a bread bowl, green beer, St. Paddy’s Day-themed shooters, and be entertained by the Winnipeg Police Pipe Band.

And perhaps if a friendly, neighborhood watering hole isn’t your scene this St. Patrick’s day, perhaps the luck of the Irish at the Tony Award-winning Book of Mormon ticket lottery will be on your side. Arrive at the Centennial Concert Hall 2.5 hours before curtain, and enter to win the chance to purchase tickets for a very reasonable $25. Stay tuned for my review of the show on Thursday!

 

Life-size horse puppets for everyone!

Also known as a giveaway of War Horse tickets 🙂

Broadway Across Canada presents War Horse is coming this summer at the Centennial Concert Hall June 18 – 22nd – you might remember the name from the massive Spielberg movie in 2011 by the same name, but it’s now a Broadway show as well! (a Tony-award winning show, actually!)

 A heart-warming tale of loyalty and friendship, and winner of FIVE 2011 Tony Awards®, WAR HORSE tells the story of young Albert and his beloved horse, Joey. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness that is currently playing to packed houses in London and around the world.

So…one of the leads is a horse. And, HOW, exactly, do they plan to do a play starring a horse?

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At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, that bring to life breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride.

Oh.

Giant, rideable, horse puppets with two people inside of them.  I’m going to need to see that.

If you want to see these for yourselves, I’ve got tickets to give away! If you want in, find the horse’s name and put it in the comments to win! Draw on Friday

 

Disclaimer: It’s called WAR horse, so they recommend for ages 10+.

 

War Horse – A special presale for you!

I feel a little weird posting a discount on April Fool’s, but pinky swear it’s real.

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Broadway Across Canada presents War Horse is coming this summer at the Centennial Concert Hall June 18 – 22nd – you might remember the name from the massive Spielberg movie in 2011 by the same name. It’s been made into a Broadway show that’s now racked up a grand total of 5 Tony Awards – if you didn’t see the movie, here’s the story in a nutshell:

 A heart-warming tale of loyalty and friendship, and winner of FIVE 2011 Tony Awards®, WAR HORSE tells the story of young Albert and his beloved horse, Joey. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness that is currently playing to packed houses in London and around the world.

I know what my first question was – it’s a play that stars, among other leading characters, a horse. So…how exactly is that going to work on stage? The answer’s actually kind of awesome:

At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, that bring to life breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride.

Yep. Epic, rideable, horse puppets. I’m going to need to see that. One disclaimer though – it’s supposed to be very heartwarming and it DOES star puppets, but the storyline also involves, well, war. So they recommend it for age 10+ only.

If you’re 10+ and want to get a special presale discount, use this link on April 4th and the passcode FRIENDS (tickets go on sale to the general public April 5th.)