Friday, December 12, 2014

ANNIE is Coming to The Wharton Center!!

Disclosure: I did not receive compensation for the post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Have you heard? Annie, the Tony Award-Winning Production is coming to Lansing, MI next week! This is a show I always wanted to see on TV as a child and never did (though I do know one of the popular songs from it, and have belted it out many a'time. The sun will come out your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there'll be sun. Count your blessings you can't hear me singing because while I like to do it, those around me never seem to feel the same. ;)

Have you seen Annie? Would you love to see it live? If you're in the Lansing area, I urge you to pick up your tickets now. It could be a great way to relax with the family, which is always nice, but is especially so during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

Part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center Series
Date/Time: Tuesday, December 16 – Sunday, December 21, 2014
Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Friday at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cobb Great Hall
Tickets: $34.00 - $69.00 plus applicable fees
Ticket Office:
 517.432.2000 or 1.800.WHARTON

EAST LANSING, Mich. ― Wharton Center is proud to announce that the new U.S. National Tour of ANNIE will play December 16 – 21, 2014, in the Cobb Great Hall. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award®-winning original. Tickets to see ANNIE, part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center Series, are available at the official source to purchase Wharton Center tickets online,, at the AutoOwners Insurance Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.

ANNIE has a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. All three authors received 1977 Tony Awards® for their work. Choreography is by Liza Gennaro, who will incorporate selections from her father Peter Gennaro’s 1977 Tony Award®-winning choreography.

The original production of ANNIE opened April 21, 1977, at the Alvin Theatre and went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy Award for Best Cast Show Album and seven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan) and Best Score (Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin). The show remains one of the biggest Broadway musical hits ever.

It ran for 2,377 performances after it first opened, has been performed in 28 languages and has been running somewhere around the world for 37 years.

The beloved score for ANNIE includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

The celebrated design team includes scenic design by Tony Award® winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One, The Scottsboro Boys, Rock of Ages), costume design by Costume Designers Guild Award winner Suzy Benzinger (Blue Jasmine, Movin’ Out, Miss Saigon), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Ken Billington (Chicago, Annie, White Christmas) and sound design by Tony Award® nominee Peter Hylenksi (Rocky, Bullets Over Broadway, Motown). The lovable mutt “Sandy” will once again be trained by Tony Award® honoree William Berloni (Annie, A Christmas Story, Legally Blonde). Musical supervision and additional orchestrations are by Keith Levenson (Annie, She Loves Me, Dreamgirls). Casting is by Joy Dewing CSA and Holly Buczek CSA, Joy Dewing Casting (Soul Doctor, Wonderland, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). The tour is produced by Troika Entertainment, LLC.

This brand-new production features a 25-member company: in the title role of Annie is Issie Swickle, a 9-year-old actress from Davie, FL, making her tour debut. Gilgamesh Taggett will star as Oliver Warbucks. In the role of Miss Hannigan is Lynn Andrews. Also starring in the tour are Ashley Edler as Grace, Garrett Deagon as Rooster, Lucy Werner as Lily and Allan Ray Baker as FDR. Sunny, a 4-year-old rescue terrier mix, stars as Sandy. The Orphans are Angelina Carballo, Adia Dant, LillyBea Ireland, Sydney Shuck, Lilly Mae Stewart and Isabel Wallach.

ANNIE is generously sponsored by Capital Region Community Foundation, The Centennial Group, Farm Bureau Insurance, Jackson National Life Insurance Company and Physicians Health Plan.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bringing in December with FabKids

Disclosure: I received a product to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Are you still looking for the perfect holiday gift to give someone? How about a subscription to FabKids? This is a great monthly subscription service for children's clothing.

How does it work?  It's really quite simple. Each month you are charged the same amount on your credit card, for an outfit credit .That credit goes into your FabKids account, and you can use it for an entire outfit, any time you feel like picking one out.

What month you decide you don't want to be charged for an outfit credit? Simply log into your account and say (by the due date to say it!!) that you don't want to be charged. It's as simple as that... really. If you want to buy above and beyond the one outfit, you are able to do that at will. FabKids runs some really great sales, quite getting high quality clothing, that looks great too, really can be done for a reasonable price through their website.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

It's #HintingSeason and @BestBuy is a Super Savvy Shopping Destination!

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Best Buy is a super savvy, one-stop shopping destination for everyone in the family!

It's definitely #HintingSeason, and everyone in the family has something to add to Mama's shopping list.  In looking around Best Buy (in person and online), I've quickly discovered a place where the majority of their wished-for items can be purchased and checked off of the list.