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Anastasia Musical: A Dazzling Fairy Tale

Embark on a Journey to the Past in Anastasia the Musical     When the animated film Anastasia premiered almost two decades ago, critics called it “charming” and “entertaining,” albeit with many historical inaccuracies. In 2016, a musical stage play by the same name took Broadway by storm. Anastasia the musical brings a fantastic retelling…

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Aladdin: A Magical Carpet Ride to Broadway

A Musical Review on Aladdin   Aladdin is based on Disney’s 1992 Aladdin animated film. The Broadway show premiered at the 5th Avenue Theatre, last July 7, 2011, in Seattle, Washington. It won several awards, such as the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor…

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The Italian Superstition Malocchio

Origins and Amulets: A Remarkable Look on the evil eye   Superstitions are deeply embedded in every culture in the world. Italians have their fair share of folkloric stories and traditions. On the matter of luck, perhaps the most well-known is the malocchio or the evil eye. Mal means “bad” and occhio means “eye.” It…

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How to Conquer Difficult Life Changes

  The secret to enduring pain through sudden life changes   Dealing with a loved one’s deteriorating health is one of the most painful life changes. A person’s major adversary during these times is helplessness. Still, no matter how difficult, there are different ways to show support. One way is to let them know you’ll…

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Artistic Ability: Right-Brained or Left-Brained

Are artistic ability and intelligence linked?     There is a common belief that you are either right-brained or left-brained. It is said that a right-brained person is more likely to be more creative while a left-brained person is more likely to be analytical. So, you may now wonder what part of the brain controls…

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The Benefits of Art Appreciation

Why do we need to study art appreciation?     When you look around, no matter where you are, you will see art. It comes in many forms—paintings, photographs, sculptures, body art, architecture, and more! The list is endless! You can find it in your home and workplace, in books and games, in nature and…

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The Difficulties Teaching in Ghetto Schools

Are the difficulties of being a ghetto school teacher causing a shortage of teachers?     There is a major shortage of teachers in ghetto schools. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, schools in American cities have the most teaching vacancies compared to schools in the suburbs and rural areas. What is it…

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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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by Rosalie H. Contino, PhD