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How Hamilton the Musical Changed the American Musical Scene

From glowing reviews to groundbreaking ticket sales, here’s one musical that exceeded its own expectations     Hailed by critics as one of the most innovative musicals, Hamilton the musical drew comparisons with Show Boat, Oklahoma! and West Side Story as a production that set trends and changed the game. It was created by one man—Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer,…

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1940s Entertainment

Entertainment during the 1940s       When you consider your life and the technology available to you today, you may wonder… “What did people do for entertainment in the 1940s?”   One of the main influences on entertainment in the 1940s in America was World War II. The war shaped radio, the film industry,…

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The Lion King: The Musical

Remembering the characters of Lion King through the musical   The Lion King is one of Disney’s most celebrated works. It hit the Broadway stage in 1997, three years after the movie’s debut. Among Broadway shows, Lion King is currently the third longest-running show of all time, ranking behind The Phantom of the Opera and…

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Wicked the Musical and Why It Became a Phenomenon

How did the musical Wicked fascinate millions worldwide?     We often fall in love with heroes and heroines. But every villain has a story to tell too.   One of the most successful Broadway musical productions of all time is Wicked. Based on Gregory Maguire’s Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch…

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Broadway Spotlight Musical: The Book of Mormon

The Hilarious Musical that Shocked Broadway Who is Joseph Smith, why is he the All-American Prophet, and what does Uganda have to do with Mormons? These are just some of the questions that can be answered by watching the Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon. A tongue-in-cheek parody of the Mormon faith and its followers,…

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Inspirational People Who Overcame Adversity

Three people’s journey of triumph against all odds.   Life is never fair. Some have it good from the start, others have to struggle before they bask in their glory. Throughout history, there are people who emerged from the toughest circumstances, overcame adversity, and reached their highest potentials. Take a look at three people who…

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Stop Dreaming, Start Doing

On the importance of following your dreams “I want to become a rock star.” “I want to be able to fly!” “I want to twirl and twirl and become a ballerina.” “I want to explore the universe and become an astronaut.” A lot of us have dreams, especially back when we were kids, when we…

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Pancreas: One of the Body’s Tiny Wonders

A healthy pancreas improves overall wellness.   In the digestive system the stomach does the primary action. This muscular organ receives food from the esophagus and digests it, making sure the nutrients are absorbed. However, there are certain enzymes that aid this vital organ on its task. These digestion catalysts are produced by the pancreas,…

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The Turning Point

How do we deal with a loved one’s deteriorating health?   “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.”  –Franklin D. Roosevelt Life is never smooth sailing. Our journey will mostly be filled with gigantic waves and violent tempests. Sometimes, these succeed in breaking us. Most of the time, they don’t, for we rise up…

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Fontbonne Hall Academy

Teaching Confidence and Compassion My parents chose the best Catholic private high school for me. Through their hard work and sacrifice, I landed in Fontbonne Hall Academy, located in Bay Bridge, Brooklyn, and overlooking the great view of Gravesend Bay and the Verrazano Bridge. Truth be told, I wasn’t really happy at first, considering that…

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by Rosalie H. Contino, PhD