Photos by Tracy Martin
Photos by Tracy Martin
Review by Tony Bohn:
Dear Evan Hansen is the much-talked-about contemporary musical currently running at The Paramount until February 2nd. With six 2017 Tony award wins including Best Musical, a 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, the soundtrack coming in at number 8 on the Billboard 200 (as well as a remix of one of the songs coming in at number 1 on the Billboard Dance Club chart), not to mention a slew of award-winning collaborators – book by Steven Levenson, music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land and The Greatest Showman) and direction by Michael Greif (Rent and Next to Normal) – I was very excited to check out the hype surrounding this production, and it did not disappoint.
A modern coming of age story set with a backdrop of social media projections, the story follows the life of a high school teenager named Evan Hansen as he struggles to fit in and find his place in a world that is not so easy to navigate. A strong ensemble cast, brilliant book, and powerful score highlight Evan’s journey as he grapples with the ever-increasing dilemma he finds himself in as one horrible lie leads to another until it climaxes in a very public and personal way. Dear Evan Hansen does an outstanding job of balancing comedy with drama to move the story along, and all actors give magnificent performances. The show deals with many themes and a variety of issues including mental health, suicide, family dynamics, self-esteem, social anxiety, social media and communication in the digital age, and the universal truth of finding your own voice. This is a multi-generational production in which everyone can relate to some aspects presented. At some point we all deal with the battle within ourselves to belong and fit in, finding the self confidence to manifest what we want in our lives, feeling like we are alone, invisible or unloved, and ultimately learning to love ourselves regardless of what others think, say or feel about us or what we have done in life.
This is a show that you will want to take a child, parent, friend or other family members (and probably some tissues) to, and it definitely provides an opening for a dialog about some of the issues mentioned. It is also a show that will probably have you doing some self-examination into your own life (I know it did for me!). For more information on dates, showtimes, and tickets, please go here.
PS If you are on a budget, the show is hosting day-of lotteries for $25 tickets. Details here.
There are few events that will get me out of bed earlier than my regular routine requires. Toast of Seattle is one of those special events! This Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce networking event returns January 25 (this time at Residence Inn Seattle Downtown). Read on for your chance to get a FREE ticket to join me for this wonderfully formatted networking event.
Why is Toast of Seattle so special? It’s format. You start by finding a table to sit at while you enjoy breakfast. Then, after some opening remarks, you network in a “speed-dating” inspired way: each person has 2 minutes to talk about their business. At the end of the round, everyone changes tables (you open up an envelope that shows you what table to go to next, no decision making required) and starts again. They guarantee you meet over 20 people in 2 hours. The structure makes networking efficient, productive, fun, and easy.
I’ve made some wonderful connections at past Toast of Seattle events. The style of the networking event takes a lot of the pressure off that can come with more open-format mixing and mingling. It’s a really delightful way to start your day!
Are you looking to network more in 2019? Enter to win a ticket to January 25th’s Toast of Seattle!
Giveaway ends 1/16/19 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Winner will be contacted 1/17/19. Prize is 1 ticket to Toast of Seattle in January, cannot be exchanged or refunded.
It’s no secret that Lady Rizo is one of my all-time favorite performers. Yup, I’ve gushed about her on this blog in the past in true fan-girl-fashion. Maybe you saw her at Teatro Zinzanni or at a previous show at The Triple Door. If you did, you are probably already clicking through to get those tickets now. Because she is ALWAYS worth pulling yourself out of your routine and into the audience to see what magic she’ll be bringing to the stage. Haven’t seen her live yet? Be sure to come back to this my blog to gush about how much you love her after you see this show!
Her new show “Lady, Lady, Lady” plays Seattle for only one night at The Triple Door on September 25, 2018. She’ll be “raising the feminine divine” with a “new raucous night of songs written by women. From Grace Slick to Sia, from Peggy Lee to Biork– in an industry dominated by men we celebrate the tunes penned by chicks.”
Tickets here. It’s worth it.
Already snagged your tickets? Invite your friends to the Facebook event page here.
Calling all fellow cider lovers! South Lake Union is the place to be this Friday & Saturday, September 7 & 8, 2018, for a special Cider Summit Seattle event.
This year, ticket buyers will have twice the amount of tasting tickets than they had last year, which gives you a chance to try even more delicious ciders (50+ producers will be pouring 150+ ciders, cider cocktails, and apple spirits). 75% of the producers are from the Northwest and the event will also feature some international ciders to sip. This is the event if you love cider – you’re sure to leave with some new favorites and knowledge about this wonderful drink.
You’ll also be able to enjoy bites from sponsor Capitol Cider (locally owned gluten-free restaurant on Capitol Hill).
This event is both Friday and Saturday and you can attend both days with one ticket! General admission tickets include 16 tasting tickets and VIP tickets include 24 tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets are available for purchase. Details and tickets here.
Already going? RSVP on the Facebook event page here and invite friends!