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Review: Pretty Woman The Musical

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Now through January 16, Pretty Woman: The Musical is playing at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music. Last night I attended the show, after having recently watched the movie for the first time ever and loving it! Did the musical also blow me away? Read on for my thoughts.

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Paul Stanley Folgers Coffee Commercial

If you’ve never seen it before, the long lost Folgers coffee commercial starring Paul Stanley of KISS is incredible! I think he does a fantastic job with the song, which makes me wonder why it never aired. But you be the judge. Watch the commercial below.

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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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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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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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Audible Live: Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma, legendary musician and author of the wonderful audiobook Beginner’s Mind, sat down for a discussion on Audible Live. You can watch the full interview below.

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Paul Stanley: The Big Interview with Dan Rather

Like Gene Simmons, a few years ago, KISS’ Paul Stanley was a guest on The Big Interview with Dan Rather. You can watch the full interview below.

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Review: KISS Destroyer 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

On November 19, the 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition of Destroyer, KISS’ quintessential album, is unleashed upon the world. UMe is releasing multiple versions: a Super Deluxe 4-CD + Blu-ray Audio box set, a standard double black vinyl, limited edition yellow and red double colored vinyl, a 2-CD set, and digital. I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of the Super Deluxe Edition of Destroyer. Read on for my thoughts on this album and whether or not it’s worth buying.

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Gene Simmons: The Big Interview with Dan Rather

A few years ago, KISS’ Gene Simmons was a guest on The Big Interview with Dan Rather. You can watch the full interview below.

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Rod Stewart: The Tears Of Hercules

Sir Rod Stewart’s rekindled love of songwriting grows stronger on his 31st album, The Tears of Hercules. It’s Stewart’s fourth new album of original songs since 2013, when he reconnected with his songwriting muse to record Time, the chart-topping album which entered the Top 10 in the US and 10 countries worldwide, including #1 in the U.K., where it’s been certified platinum double-platinum. For his latest, Stewart wrote nine of the album’s 12 songs, including the first single, “One More Time.” Now that the full album is here, is it any good? Read on for my thoughts.

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