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Broadway’s Night

This Broadway season, I accidentally saw every show on W. 44th Street.

From Frozen to the The Play That Goes Wrong to Phantom‘s 30th anniversary performance to Farinelli and the King and Hello Dolly! (with last season’s Tony award winner, the Divine Miss M herself, from the second row center Orchestra) I took in many brilliant theatrical productions this year, and happily, even saw some of them twice.

I also attended Broadway’s Got Talent, a fun, feisty competition at Feinstein’s 54 Below through the generosity of the lovely Francesca Capetta via GIAA where hub and I were thoroughly entertained by the hilarious Mistress of Ceremonies, Klea Blackhurst, as she slickly hosted the evening.

But, my personal fave current Broadway show was/is…



Perhaps it was the visceral recall of my glory days in the disco era, or that I shared such Proust-ian memories with a bosom buddy when we attended the show together in previews, or that I got seats in the last row Orchestra on the far aisle through a special offer so that we could dance ourselves silly (and we did!), or that David Geffen himself watched from the aisle RIGHT NEXT TO US, or that afterward we chatted with the Director and made the case for the show to include an after party, or maybe it’s the blush-colored Bad Girl t-shirt I just HAD to purchase, or, or, or, I could go on and on.

Whatever the reason, my bosom buddy and I hope that Summer is recognized at the awards tonight.

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Bad Girls!

Carolyn Alongi McDonough and Brian McDonough at Feinstein's 54Below Broadway's Got Talent Competition May 22, 2018

Cheers from CultureArtMedia to all!

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Int’l Women’s Day + Gilded is Hot

Like many of my formative experiences, my first International Women’s Day took place in Italy through the celebration day of the Festa della Donna.

I was in the thick of my Fellowship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, doing a shift in the gift shop that day, when fellow intern (later to become hub as he’s known to readers of this blog) surprised me with a nosegay of mimosa blossoms, as I was busily transacting de Chirico and Magritte poster sales. Awww…

Many moons later metaphorically speaking, as it’s in keeping with the universal yin energy of today, we named our daughter Acacia. WHO knew the derived-from-Latin species name for mimosa blossoms is Acacia Dealbata?!


We had taken our time in naming her and considered many names while consulting different naming oracles (as new parents of a first-born often do) but I never came across this reference until researching for this entry. Awww…

In light of this day, and Women’s History Month, I recently had the pleasure of hearing author Karin Tanabe speak on her book The Gilded Years soon to be a major motion picture starring and produced by Zendaya in collaboration with Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine. Anything Neo-Victorian and gilded is HOT at the moment. So if this film is as engaging as The Greatest Showman (for which Zendaya–who’s career is on fire right now–received a lot of buzz as a stunningly beautiful, racially blended trapeze artist) and I have a feeling it may very well be, albeit in a different way, it has the potential to be a winner. The film’s working title alone is a winner:  A White Lie. Quite a compelling concept in our current cultural climate, n’est-ce pas?

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photo of Carolyn and Karin Tanabe by Acacia V. McDonough

I won’t give away the story, Karin’s a great storyteller and historical fiction genre writer, so please read the book:


I’m also blogging today’s Int’l Women’s Day post as a new member of the National Organization of Italian American Women and I appear on the #NewMemberMonday March 2018 Edition. Mille Grazie NOIAW!


(you GOTTA love NOIAW’s yellow blossoms new members Welcome + Lady Liberty logo!)

AND finally I will be dining with one of the most empowered women I know, Rev. Dr. Tami Coyne whose recent 1-Woman Show Singing For My Life: One Woman’s Journey, with hilarious opening act by her stand-up sister, Teri Coyne, was fantastic! Here’s a clip:


To all the women of the world today, be the WONDER WOMAN you already are, turn something upside down, don’t forget to brush your teeth and…


…support #METOO today/every day!


photo credits: Acacia V. McDonough, C. McDonough