Monthly Archives: February 2013

Brain Foggles Valentine’s – A Whole New World from Aladdin

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Favorite Disney Valentine’s Day Song from Aladdin

Since my daughter and I are big Disney fans, our favorite Valentine’s Day song is from the movie Aladdin – A Whole New World. We both have watched the movie many times on DVD and have been to Mickey’s Philharmagic at Magic Kingdom in Disney World which features this song. We look at each other when it plays, smile and sing along.

Yes, this song is romantic, but it has elements of adventure which most children enjoy. My daughter, Sammi loves traveling, especially to new places like I do. A Whole New World mentions “new horizons to pursue” which makes us dream about seeing the world. Traveling is a big topic of conversation for us. We share cities and countries we want to visit and make plans for one day.

A Whole New World is a catchy tune with easy lyrics to remember. Although there are covers of the song, including a couple of K-Pop versions and the ballad by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle, we like the movie version the best. Watching the movie or just the scene itself with the song playing is such a treat for us. It brings back memories of when my daughter was just a little girl and would cuddle with me.

Sometimes, I’d play A Whole New World before Sammi’s bedtime when she was a baby and a toddler to soothe her and calm her down for sleep. That was such a special time for us. Those alone times that a mother and daughter share are the ones that create memories to last a lifetime.

Now as my daughter is getting older (she’s 14 now), she is into K-Pop. When she shared the cover by Ivy and Brian Joo, it brought tears to my eyes. She remembered! Such small things mean so much. Whenever we hear that song, it creates a bond between us. For Valentine’s Day, I look for Aladdin themed cards, or those cards that play music hoping I can find one with our song. Either way, I play A Whole New World for the both of us. And we smile and sing along.

Bio – Connie Roberts began writing online in 2007 with her Lifestyle blog Brain Foggles. Her goals are to share information about family, travel and social issues. She is an advocate for women and children in need and people with medical issues. She has formed long term relationships with brands and focuses on those that maintain corporate social responsibility.


Meyer Family at Marry Poppins the Musical

Feed the Birds from Mary Poppins – A Mommy Bloggers Showtune Valentine

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This next Mommy Blogger is a close friend and someone who I go to for advice and to vent with.  She is one of the smartest people I know and I am excited to have her guest blogging about her favorite showtune for Valentine’s Day.

A First Broadway Experience We Will Never Forget

Meyer Family at Marry Poppins the Musical

Meyer Family at Marry Poppins the Musical

My daughters have been raised on Broadway music. In fact, my husband and I actually first met when I was doing high school theatre. We started dating while working on “The Music Man” together. Before we had kids, we always had tickets to Broadway Across America in Indianapolis. Our girls have seen a few musicals locally but none of us had ever seen one in New York.

Last year when I was attending a conference in NYC we decided to make it a quick family trip. We only had 3 days and had purchased tour tickets, so we didn’t have a lot of time to spare. We initially decided that we would put off seeing a show until our next visit when we could really plan for it. However, we found ourselves at the TKS ticket booth one day around 5:00 and decided to take a chance.

We ran up to the counter and asked what was available, when did it start, and how much would it be. Their first suggestion was Evita and although it was a favorite of mine, I didn’t think it would be a good first musical for the kids. Options were really limited to get 4 seats together, but she had one set left for Mary Poppins. We didn’t have enough cash on us, so luckily they took our credit card. We had about 30 minutes to run back through Times Square to make it to the show on time.

Grabbing pretzels and hot dogs on a corner, we made it into the line just in time not to be late. We didn’t get to look around too much, but the New Amsterdam theatre was amazing. I spent a little time researching it on the phone and reading to the family while we waited for the show to start. Our seats were terrible and almost the whole way at the back, but we didn’t care!

Although we have seen the movie many times, I was most taken with the song “Feed the Birds.” I never cared about that song before, but I think being in that moment and seeing it performed with my kids on Broadway the first time any of us ever went left a real mark on me. I know I should have understood before that the theme of the song was about charity, but I guess I just always overlooked it because the song didn’t appeal to me. Now I find myself frequently humming it and hoping that my children understand it, too.

A little trivia about the song. It is known to have been one of Walt Disney’s favorites. As a major Disney fan, I love this!

Mary Poppins is closing on Broadway on March 3, 2013, to make way for the new Aladdin. But hopefully many of you will still be able to see it on tours across the country. It was a terrific family experience that mine will never forget. And I will never think of “Feed the Birds” the same way.

Tricia Meyer is a mom, a blogger, and a Disney fanatic. You can read her random musings about parenting and life in general at Helping Moms Connect.

wendy delmonte in gypsy

You’ll Never Get Away From Me – Gypsy – By Wendy DelMonte

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This week I asked a bunch of Mommy Bloggers to guest post for me and share a showtune that means something to them for valentine’s day. Each one surprised me with their posts and I was excited reading about what they chose. Some wrote about their kids, others about their husbands and some just wrote about why they love the song. The first post is from one of my favorite mommy bloggers, Wendy Delmonte from Weight’s Over. Wendy’s blog is about weight loss and has a million great ideas for exercise, recipes and healthy living.

wendy delmonte in gypsy

wendy delmonte in gypsy

I love Theater and  I love theatrical music.  Living in Westchester County, New York, while in high school it was a 25 minute train ride to New York City and Broadway Matinees.   But my very favorite theater  song of all time isn’t from a show I saw- it was from a show I was in.

I was a theater geek.  We had a very active theater program at our school of which I was a part.   Like most drama clubs, we were a tight group who hung out together all the time. We were all friends.   We performed a lot of plays- Our Town, Grease; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Voices From the High School, Camelot, Prisoner of Second Avenue, Bye, Bye Birdie, and my favorite, Gypsy.   Yes, it helps that I had the lead , Rose, but  in hindsight, it’s even more  special because my husband , Dave, played Herbie, my love.

In fact, all throughout High School, he played my other half.  Pretty much in every show we were in together, we were partnered up.  We never dated, though. We were friends , but never more.

We had this duet in Gypy:

You’ll never get away from me.
You can climb the tallest tree.
I’ll be there somehow.

True, you could say, “Hey, here’s your hat.”
But a little thing like that
couldn’t stop me now.

I couldn’t get away from you,
even if you told me to,
so go on and try.
Just try and you’re gonna see
how you’re gonna not at all
get away from me.

We sang that in High School.  In fact, we had a stage kiss after this duet and I refused to kiss him.  We were just friends. We hugged instead. Little did I know HE wanted that stage kiss. He meant that song.  As soon as he got home from college, he looked me up.  We did a lot together as friends- lots of karaoke and Community Theater.  He sang to me, we sang together. We fell in love.  I hadn’t gotten away from him, after all.  I am so glad!

When we got married, our priest made fun of the fact that I refused to kiss him on stage. We sang this song, together, at our reception.

wendy delmonte

wendy delmonte

Because Wendy lives in Connecticut, here is another fabulous lady who lives in Connecticut performing You’ll Never Get Away From Me.

Wendy writes about losing weight  and healthy living all while raising a family at  You can follow her on Twitter at @weightsover and her Facebook page


Scooby Doo the Musical on Tour – Find Cheap Tickets Here

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I just saw a commercial for a brand new show called Scooby Doo the Musical which is now on tour. This looks like one of the cutest musicals for kids. It features the entire cast, a ton of special effects like smoke machines, awesome music and all of your favorite characters, including a spooky a ghost. I’m completely tempted to go, but I want to find a couple of friends who would also want to see it because it is kind of embarrassing to go to a show for kids by yourself. If you are looking for cheap tickets to Scooby Doo to Musical on sale, click here to visit my post on how to buy broadway tickets on sale and you will more than likely be able to find Scooby Doo the Musical tickets on sale for whatever city you are in.

Everyone loves Scooby Doo. I think we all remember watching him and his friends Freddy, Velma, Dafne and Shaggy solve mysteries and were all excited when they would take the mask of the monster or bad guy in the show. The show has been on for decades and brought in a ton of celebrities and changed over the years. You have Scooby as a puppy, as an adult, you get to meet his family members and now in the new version, you find out that the gang isn’t actually even the first group of teenage mystery solvers and they are just picking up where the others had left off. Not only is Scooby Doo an American Icon that everyone knows around the world, but Scooby Doo the Musical looks like they are keeping the original cast, costumes from the original show and it keeps with the original theme. I hate when shows that are based on a tv show or movie take away everything you loved about the show and create something brand new. Because Scooby Doo the Musical looks like they are keeping everything, including the story lines, I am completely excited to go see it.

If you’ve already had a chance to see Scooby Doo the Musical on tour, please feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think. It would be great to have some feedback on what age group it’s good for and even if it is also fun for adults who grew up watching the tv show. You can also find tickets to Scooby Doo the Musical by clicking on the banners in the post I linked to above about finding broadway tickets on sale. Thank you again for reading and if you go to see the touring cast, come back and let me know what you thought of it.

Free Book of Mormon CD Giveaway – Free Cast Recording Giveaway.

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With Broadway Reviewed getting it’s 1,000th like on Facebook, I decided we should do another giveaway. It seemed like a lot of you liked when I did a Free Book of Mormon CD giveaway on the Original Cast Recording. Instead of doing a CD this time, I’m going to give you an option where you can get a Free Book of Mormon CD or Free Book of Mormon cast recording in mp3 form. You let me know which form you would like the cast recording in and I’ll find it on amazon and send it to you. The contest is beginning today and ending on the 15th of February and there are ways that you can enter to win each day, so make sure you come back each day for more chances to win.

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