Author: bethanyhensel13

Interview | Dan Haring

Dan Haring is an author and illustrator who has worked on such films as The Incredible Hulk and Disney’s Tangled. (Wow! I looooved Tangled!)  His book OLDSOULL was published April 2012. According to his bio, he’s from a tiny town in Utah called Goshen, and currently lives in Connecticut with his wife and children. But more importantly, he’s working on Rio 2 right now. And he’s a Sherlock fan too!  🙂 I’m so glad to have such a great illustrator on the site today! Enjoy! The book publishing world is a wonderful, crazy world, and the book illustrating world is just a new...

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Review | Little Mermaid

Whenever I told anyone I was seeing The Little Mermaid the musical, they would inevitably begin to compare it to The Lion King, that other Disney musical based off of a beloved Disney movie. Now that I’ve seen both shows, I can unequivocally answer the question as to whether the Lion King and Little Mermaid are similar. And the answer to that is no. Let me explain. Besides the storyline itself, the biggest difference between the Lion King and Little Mermaid is the tone of it, the visceral feel of the production. If you’re looking for sweeping epic, majesty...

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Review | Side by Side by Sondheim

Side by Side by Sondheim, playing now through August 18 at the Cabaret in Theater Square, is a celebration of the great composer Stephen Sondheimm he of the Gypsy, West Side Story and myriad other incredible musicals fame.  It features dozens of his best songs and little known gems, all connected by moments where the actors break that fourth wall and engage the audience by telling them factoids on what they’re about to hear or interesting tidbits on Sondheim’s life. Clever and engaging, the musical moves along swiftly, with tons of laughter along the way. The cast of four,...

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Review | Man of La Mancha

No doubt, Man of La Mancha is a war horse. It’s been a Broadway favorite for years and it seems every local theater company takes a stab at it eventually. So it was with a bit of surprise that the newest theater company in town, The Company of Pittsburgh, would choose such a play to start off their 2013 season. I mean, why not do something more contemporary and edgy and funny? Oh wait, they are doing that with their next show, Title of Show, premiering in November. But you get what I mean.  Why start the season with a show that...

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To Be Read

I have a huge To Be Read Pile.  In fact, I have several huge To Be Read Piles. It’s a wonderful problem. I just can’t help buying books!  I don’t smoke or drink but man do I buy books. Consequently, The Stack!!!!!  So I decided that I’d take a week or so and try to make a dent in the thing. Here are the results.   The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James I have a confession. I have about SIX James novels on The Stack and hadn’t cracked open a single one before Ugly Duchess.  Actually, that’s not true,...

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