It Is Easy As Pie To Fall For The New Musical "Waitress"

It Is Easy As Pie To Fall For The New Musical "Waitress"

Whisk away troubles, add singing and a sprinkle of humor.

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For all of you musical buffs (and even possible musical newbies), I am here to tell you that "Waitress" is the next show you should add to your must-see list. While it hasn't received the hype that "Hamilton" has in the news, it has many distinct and unique features of its own.

I was a skeptic at first. After seeing "Hamilton," I felt that no other show would ever live up to the highly-acclaimed theater experience. I took my seat and was pleasantly surprised at both the story being portrayed through the actors, but the amazing music which was written by one of my favorite singers, Sara Bareilles. The plot was both equally hilarious and heartfelt at the same time. Each song had a catchy melody and was played by an onstage-band. This was one aspect I preferred to the "Hamilton" hype. While I could sing "Hamilton" songs for hours on end, the one thing that was a little disappointing was the fact that the only difference between listening to the soundtrack and going to the show, is the dancers. The live music in "Waitress" was exceptional, while I did feel that the show lacked the aspect of dancers.

The whole musical is based upon a waitress who finds out early on in the show that she will be expecting a child with her borderline-abusive, high-school-sweetheart-turned-husband. She is devastated at the news, though is surrounded by her supportive co-workers who are also on the hunt for love. Through the trials of pregnancy, she finds strength and courage to take the situation head-on and stand up for herself… for the sake of her baby on the way.

An important factor in musicals for me is the balance of comedy and drama. While I did love the show, and it had many funny moments, there were a few parts of the show that dragged on a bit and were a bit emotional for me. I like to go to a show to be entertained by the dancers and the upbeat, musical-theatre music; with a few moments of sadness. When I start to feel on the verge of tears more than two times, I tend to feel a bit overwhelmed. This being said, some people love shows that make them emotional, and for you, this is a winner!

I am no theater critic, but from my point of view as an infrequent theater-goer, this show gets my vote! Sure, "Hamilton" has been stealing the spotlight in the world of theatrics, but this is not to say the other handful of shows are not amazing as well! Not only was it visually appealing, but the music is impeccable too! The mastermind of Sara Bareilles, and her lyrics that will make you both laugh and cry, did a remarkable job narrating the voice of each character.

Next time you want to stick your nose up at the lesser-known shows, try to come down from your high horse of extreme theatrical knowledge and take a chance on this show! I promise you won't be disappointed, and you might find yourself to be a sweet-tooth for this heartwarming sho

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If Taylor Swift Songs Were Types Of Alcohol

Because what's better than a drink and some T-Swift?
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With Taylor Swift's quick return to the music scene... and in a big way, might I add, I decided to associate some of the best Taylor Swift songs with alcohol.

I mean, who wouldn't want to drink to Taylor Swift's catchy melodies and perfect choruses to get over an ex or tell someone exactly how you feel about them?

Taylor Swift has been around for a decade at this point, and let's face it, pretty much all of her songs could go along with at least one type of alcohol.

1. "Welcome To New York" - Moscow Mule

It only makes sense. Visit the Big Apple and you have to indulge in the state's signature cocktail. Moscow mules are a New York classic, and if it's your first night in the city and you haven't bought yourself one, are you even in New York?

2. "Blank Space" - Everclear

Think about it... A night of drinking Everclear will leave you with a giant blank space the next day. You might also look like Taylor did in the music video.

3. "Tim McGraw" - Beer

Tim McGraw is a throwback to Taylor's high school love. What better way to reminisce than with a couple friends and a keg of your favorite cheap beer?

4. "Style" - Cristal Champagne

What's more stylish than with a glass of the most expensive bubbly you can find? Just like Taylor Swift, Cristal will never go out of style.

5. "Shake It Off" - Martini

Get it? Cause you shake a martini? I might be the only one who thinks that's funny but you might end up dancing a little bit with a martini in hand when "Shake It Off" come on the radio.

6. "Red" - Merlot


Red has to go along with a red wine. What else could go along with yet *another* T-Swift breakup song?

7. "22" - Margaritas

Let's face it, when you're 22, you really only drink margaritas. They're fun- and all the hipsters are probably drinking them too.

8. "Teardrops On My Guitar" - Southern Comfort

When your heart is broken, who are you going to turn to besides the only alcohol that gives you comfort...Southern Comfort that is.

9. "I Knew You Were Trouble" - Fireball

I can't say I've ever met anyone who spent a night with Fireball and didn't regret it the next morning.

10. "Look What You Mad Me Do" - Tequila

T-Swift's latest single is an angry one. What better to make you angry than tequila? Taylor basically just called out everyone who had ever talked about her behind her back and she did it in true Taylor fashion-by writing a song. She was probably drunk on tequila when she wrote it too.

11. ...Ready For It? - Bottomless Mimosas

Because it's just that good.

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Board Games Are More Important Than You Think They Are

They've become a defining part of my family.

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Remember when you were a kid and you'd have a family game night? Or your friends would come over and you'd open the game cabinet and play at least three different games together?

Maybe it's just me, but those are some of my best memories from my childhood. My family loves games, board games, and electronic games.

Of course, as I got older, gaming consoles like PlayStation and Wii became more and more popular. That meant that the game cabinet was opened less and less, collecting dust.

Thankfully, I live in New Jersey near the shore and Hurricane Sandy left my family with no power for five days. Sure, it was scary not having power and walking around my neighborhood seeing fallen trees or roof shingles, but we were inland enough to not have had any flood water damage.

No power also meant no PlayStation or Wii games. The gaming cabinet was opened again, this time with vigor. Now, four years later, and I still think about sitting in the dark with a flashlight playing Scrabble with my family.

That was also the week I learned how to play Yahtzee and dominated my dad in every game. My sister constantly was looking for someone to play her to Battleship. We exhausted Rummikub.

The game was already a family favorite, and that's including extended family. Family barbeques had been ending with late night games of Rummikub for at least a year by the time Sandy hit.

We were ready to strategize and crunch numbers, but after day three, we never wanted to a number ever again.

This semester, there's been a surge of board game love again in my family. My sister bought Jenga, which we are currently trying to exhaust ourselves with. My favorite board game also had a comeback: Life.

I loved this game so much that I had the SpongeBob version as a kid. I would play it with my best friend, just the two of us, playing game after game of Bikini Bottom themed Life. Now, I have a car full of "kids" that I've started to make pets in my head. I can handle having five pretend dogs, but not five pretend kids.

I don't know what it is about board games, but my family has always had an affinity for them. We've gone through our cycles of playing video games and card games, but we always come back to the classics. Maybe it's more a defining part of my family than I originally thought.

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