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KIMBERLY & KIDS HIT THE CITY: Ready to Get Out? Check Out the New Victory Theater and Louis Armstrong Family Musical

If you’ve got cabin fever like we have had cabin fever, then you’re probably dying to get out and start exploring our city once again. If so, we have some amazing ideas for you.

Number 1: The New Victory Theater

Check out the line up at The New Victory Theater where the 2012-2013 season offers everything from daredevils and break dancers to over 15 great family workshops so you can sing, act, dance and create together. Plus, The New Victory Theater is located at 209 West 42nd Street, just a few steps from the Time-Square subway stops, so spending valued quality time with the kids won’t have you worrying about gas or parking.

This year’s season includes the exciting, topsy-turvy puppetry of MOJO and acrobatic circus acts of the Circus Oz Holiday Show.

But as a former violin player, I just can’t wait for BLACK VIOLIN at New Victory, which features Miami virtuoso violinists Kev Marcus and Wil B. Superstars like Alicia Keys, Kanye West and Linkin Park have sung their praises!

With their “funky fusion of classical, jazz, hip hop, blues and R&B”, the dynamic duo along with DJ TK on the turntables and others, have composed a special concert for the theatre that will surely have the crowd ‘rockin’ with a variety of musical influences from all genres. (Giving up violin after playing from first grade to fifth grade has been one of my childhood regrets, and one of my “second life” goals, so I’m always eager to see the violin in new and exciting ways and expose my children to different forms of “classical” music). The show runs Friday, November 9th- 25th, 2012.

For more information on the 2013 season and upcoming shows check out www.newvictory.org

Number 2: LOUIS: A Family Musical

Opening this upcoming weekend on Sunday, Nov. 3rd through Nov. 18, 2012 at Theatre 3 (311 W. 43rd Street), Making Books Sing presents a family musical on the professional and personal accomplishments and advertises of the late jazz genius LOUIS ARMSTRONG: Jazz Ambassador. Click here for the schedule and ticket prices which run from Nov. 4th to Nov. 18th

The one hour, one-man show will be presented in conjunction with The Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. It will feature music made famous by jazz legend Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong performed live by a six-piece jazz band and is best for children ages 8 and up.

And did you know that Louis Armstrong was a resident of St. Albans, Queens, N.Y—the same town I grew up in. So I feel a sense of obligation to represent!

The musical will also tackle race, social issues and of course celebrate the music of the late Ambassador Armstrong but importantly introduce his amazing music as well as his beliefs to a younger generation that really needs to see their history on stage.

In addition to its run at Theater 3, Louis Armstrong: Jazz Ambassador will be presented at the Kupferberg Center for the Performing Arts at Queens College in January 2013, and Stanford Lively Arts in Stanford, CA in March 2013, after which it will tour to schools throughout the Tri-state area.

Don’t worry tickets are a steal with prices ranging from $20 for adults and $15 for children!

Also, for just $70 the Making Books Sing special Benefit Concert will be held on Nov. 9th. Here’s the chance to enjoy original jazz selections presented by the Queens College Hot Six and light refreshments and drinks will be served.



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