Personally, I feel that you never really grow out of the Muppets, except for that weird twilight when you're a teenager and you hate everything. But then you quickly go back to realizing how awesome the Muppets are, and it's hard not to love Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal, Gonzo, and Fozzie all over again.
Their popularity is evident in their films that are released every so often — often a spoof on already-beloved tales, but sometimes, as with the 2011 movie "The Muppets," a completely original story. So is it really that strange there's a rumor the Muppets may head to Broadway?
Recently, Variety reported that Disney Theatrical Productions held a stage show of the Muppets at Disney’s New Amsterdam Theater to explore the possibility a full Broadway production. The show included a few sets and 85 Muppets, performing pre-existing Muppet material.
Should the show head to Broadway? Well... how about a pros and cons list?
In case you were unable to catch last night's Tony Awards, it's not like you missed anything big... only Neil Patrick Harris doing a duet with Mike Tyson. (Yeah, that Mike Tyson.) And NPH jumping through a hoop (literally). And doing some kind of cheerleader gymnastics. And a magic trick. You know, typical Tony-opening-number stuff, and further proof that Neil Patrick Harris is wonderful.
"Kinky Boots," (which featured songs by Cyndi Lauper) won the most awards with six, while "Matilda the Musical" and "Pippin" won four, and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "The Nance" nabbed three.
A full list of winners, as well as some clips from the show, can be found after the cut. (And, for a peek at the acceptance speeches, The Tonys YouTube channel has already uploaded most of them!)
My dad doesn't wear ties. His garage is already overflowing with tools. He's not big into golf, or basketball, and he has enough New England Patriots paraphernalia that he never asked for to decorate an entire house. (Hey, it's the one thing everyone knows he likes, so he gets it all the time.) Figuring out what to get him each Father's Day is, to put it lightly, a bit challenging.
If your dad is anything like mine, you probably feel like there's no way to get a decent gift — not even if you start thinking about it for months in advance (and I have!). And now it's just one week before Father's Day and if you don't already have something picked out, it's panic time. Lucky for you, TicketNetwork.com has put up a Father's Day Gift Guide so you can stop struggling to come up with something to buy dad.
The guide lists a bunch of events in sports, concerts, theater, and comedy, including The Eagles, MLB, Catch Me If You Can, and Daniel Tosh. I could tell you more, but then you'd have no reason to check it out for yourself! (Don't worry about tickets not arriving in time — we offer some pretty fun gift notes that you can stick in the card to Dad. He'll freak out and think you didn't get him a gift and then SURPRISE! HE'S ACTUALLY GOING TO SEE JIMMY BUFFETT. Or something like that. I don't know, you figure out the logistics, we just have the tickets.)
Any ideas what you're getting Dad this year?
Here in Connecticut, we can tell it's almost June because we're practically melting. After all, the general rule of thumb for New England weather is that if you're not shoveling your way out of several feet of snow, then you're probably baking in the sun.
That said, summer is totally the best time for events! Summer tours, sporting events, musical festivals, touring theater shows... it's a mecca, really. Here are a few things to look forward to in June.
American Idol Live: Season 12 "American Idol" finalists hit the road June 29, with their first show in Saint Louis, MO.
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One Direction: 1D buzz in the U.S. calmed as the boys toured Europe and elsewhere. But they're back, kicking off their U.S. summer tour June 13 in Sunrise, FL.
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Bonnaroo: This year, Bonnaroo has more than 100 bands performing during the four-day event from June 13-16. The line-up includes Sir Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers! (For tips on surviving summer music fests, click here.)
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Over the weekend, Penn and Teller stopped by the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. I bought tickets to this event for my boyfriend as part of his Christmas gift, after he went through a phase where he was marathoning the duo's Showtime program with a name that's somewhat inappropriate for this blog. (It sounds like "bull pit" though!)
Personally, I've never had strong feelings about Penn and Teller one way or another. Prior to Saturday, I knew only what I'd gathered from half-watching their show. I knew I liked their logo, a red ampersand. I also knew one of them was super tall and loud, while the other was short and silent. I did not know who was who and my understanding of their schtick was that they sort of did magic (maybe?) but they really liked trying to dispel myths about things.
Here's what I, a semi-indifferent viewer, thought of the show (and if you want to see a review of their Vegas show, check out Mike's piece!):