Raising Broadway Babies – and A Totally TONYs Partnership (pinch me!)

I grew up going to the theater, performing in musicals, doing ballet.  Living in Brooklyn meant going to a Broadway theater was an event.  We planned ahead, tickets were bought in advance, reservations made, more often than not a special occasion was involved.  I didn’t really care what I saw – I just loved going. […]

Behind the Scenes at Mary Poppins – Disney Magic In Times Square

A few weeks ago we were invited to take a backstage tour of the New Amsterdam Theater on 42nd Street, current home of the Disney Broadway musical, Mary Poppins.  The New Amsterdam is a particularly rich historical theater – it housed the Ziegfeld Follies and the fabulous Fanny Brice and is haunted by the ghost […]

Transport Group’s Queen of the Mist Review (and Get Discount Tickets!)

I don’t often do reviews here on Beccarama.  I have plenty of opinions, but I’m not a technical reviewer who parses the ins and out of products – unless it’s something I really, really want to talk about.  I have been a theater and movie geek since I was old enough to waddle into a […]

The No Schlepping, No Shipping Gift Guide (With a Giveaway of Course)

We’ll be lighting the menorah on Wednesday night while leftover cranberry sauce still jiggles in the back of the fridge.  Even the procrastinators have an excuse this year (not like Christmas which is always the 25th, I mean come on it’s not like you didn’t see it coming!)  So for all of you who have […]

NYC iPhone Apps Every BlogHer Attendee Should Have

You’re coming to New York City For BlogHer‘10. You know that most of your time is already taken up by all of the crazy BlogHer events but still you’re going to have some free time right?  These are the iphone apps I can’t live without as a native New Yorker.  They will help you make […]

We The People: America Rocks! TheatreWorks USA Free Summer Children’s Theater in NYC

On Sunday I took my girls to see We the People: America Rocks! TheatreWorks USA latest free summer production for kids.  The story: The Four Founding Fathers, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Ben Franklin use rock ‘n roll to explain the American Democracy and how the government works.  In the vein of Schoolhouse […]

The Bittersweet Inevitability of Growing Up – A Weekend Spent with Peter Pan and Toy Story 3

My daughters finished 2nd grade and now at 8 years old they have declared themselves to be “tweens.”  I personally thought the whole tween thing was for ages 10-12, the real prepubescent years with middle school and all those horrors.  But no, Time Out Kids had an entire tween issue and right there on the […]

Going Behind the Gold Curtain at the Metropolitan Opera House (and a chance to win tickets to Hansel and Gretel!)

This past Tuesday my two daughters and I went to the Metropolitan Opera House Tree Lighting and then on a special backstage tour of the theater.  Growing up in New York City some of my most vivid and cherished memories of New York theater are linked to that incredibly beautiful theater.  I still remember the […]

Not Really Rosie

This past weekend I took my daughters to the Atlantic Theater Company’s production of Really Rosie.  It was one of those moments you look forward to as a mother, when you get to take your kids to something that you loved as a kid and watch them fall in love with it too.  They’d listened […]