Michael Cavacini

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Review: Disney’s The Little Mermaid At The Walnut Street Theatre

The Walnut Street Theatre continues its 213th season with the breathtaking Broadway hit for all ages, Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Directed by Glenn Casale and choreographed by John MacInnis, the production began previews on November 16, 2021, opened November 24, and continues through January 2, 2022 on the Walnut’s Mainstage. I was fortunate enough to attend opening night. Read on for more information about The Little Mermaid and my thoughts on the show.

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TNA/IMPACT Wrestling Book Interview: SteelChair Wrestling Magazine

I recently had a fantastic interview with Stephanie Franchomme of SteelChair Wrestling Magazine about the TNA/IMPACT Wrestling book I’m writing. Read on for more details and the full video interview.

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Melissa Manchester Releases “Come In From The Rain” On Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving, the always wonderful Melissa Manchester released her latest single, a newly minted take on a timeless song she wrote with Carol Bayer Sager, “Come In From The Rain.” As expected, this rendition is gorgeous, with a minimalist yet poignant arrangement and that beautiful voice that millions adore, myself included. Read on for more details, Melissa’s thoughts, and the official music video.

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Book Review — Wrestling With Joeylicious: The Saga Continues…

So far, this year, I’ve read more than 50 books. One of those books was Wrestling With Joeylicious: The Saga Continues… As you may recall, last year I reviewed the first book in this series, and I interviewed the author, Joey Cassata. I loved that book, and Joey has had one hell of a journey, literally enjoying both rock ‘n’ wrestling! If you loved the first Wrestling With Joeylicious book and found it as enthralling as I did, you’ll want to pick up a copy of the new book, which continues the storyline of the first. Read on for my thoughts on this new book.

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Matt Hardy: AEW Unrestricted Podcast

On the newest episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, which just came out today, on Thanksgiving, Matt Hardy reveals what Brodie Lee said to him after they both made their AEW DYNAMITE debuts during the first-ever empty arena show of the pandemic era. He explains why the AEW DYNAMITE Street Fight against the Inner Circle is one of his favorite matches, and what made the Stadium Stampede so special for him. He talks Broken Matt, Big Money Matt, the Hardy Family Office, his chemistry with Private Party, Sammy Guevara, and Hurricane Helms and Gangrel’s cameo appearances at Elite Deletion. Plus, Matt shares how Tony Khan and The Young Bucks convinced him to sign with AEW, and the role his children played in that decision. Listen to the full episode below.

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Review: Anastasia

Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

Last night, I attended my first musical since seeing Hello, Dolly! in February 2020. I saw Anastasia at the Merriam Theater, here in Philadelphia. Running from November 23 through November 28, this Broadway hit musical is based on the 1997 film of the same name, which is based on a 1956 movie, also of the same name. So, you could say that this is a story that’s been told for 65 years and still going strong. Read on for my thoughts on Anastasia and whether or not you should buy a ticket.

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AEW Unrestricted Podcast: Taz

In this episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Taz talks about his wrestling start in Puerto Rico, learning kayfabe the hard way, and the inspiration behind the Human Suplex Machine. He also shares stories from his days traveling with Paul Heyman, ECW, his feud with Bam Bam Bigelow, and making the jump to WWE. Plus, discover how Taz was able to leave WWE on his own terms, and what he loves most about AEW. Listen to the full interview below.

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Audible Live: John Lithgow

John Lithgow is a legendary actor whose body of work is immense. TV, movies, Broadway, books, and more — he’s done it all! Just this week, he was on Audible Live for a sit-down interview about taking part in the Audible production of James Patterson’s The Guilty. You can watch the full interview below.

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December: What’s Streaming On Shudder

Shudder just released information about what’s streaming in December. Check out all the details below.

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