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Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party – Bigger, Bolder and Back! 



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After an almost two-year Covid-19 pandemic hiatus, Feld Entertainment is back, bigger, brighter and bolder than ever before, lighting up the Allstate Arena with an aspiring cornucopia of athleticism and artistry. Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party combined family-friendly entertainment, an ever-familiar soundtrack and over three dozen loveable animated characters brought to life, on ice. Blending talented figure skaters, gymnasts & tumblers, hoverboarders, astounding aerial acrobatics, breathtakingly detailed costumes, exploding fireworks and more, the visual adrenaline pumped into the Rosemont arena’s opening night surpassed the hype. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know the difference between and Axel jump, a Camel spin or a Sit Spin (they were all there, by the way) just surrender to the fun. Dozens of little ones in attendance were adorned in their favorite princess’s regalia, most with required masks in place. Just a reminder, proof of vaccination and masks are required for entry and the security team was not there to play. No vaccination card, no entry. Simple as that.

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The story itself began with Smee and a team of pirates from Peter Pan on the hunt for Tinkerbell and her magic wand. Thinking the nefarious Captain Hook would rule all seven seas with the popular pixie’s pointer, they quickly entrapped her, encasing her in a lantern prison. It was then up to Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald, with some real-world counterparts, to collect clues to rescue Tink. The first clue was a single rose, which took us to the enchanted rose of Belle and the team from Beauty and the Beast. Cogsworth, Lumiere and a kick line of skating forks and spoons joined a high-flying Belle and a team of gravity-defying aerialists set to the Oscar-nominated classic, “Be Our Guest.” Not to be outdone, the team from Toy Story showed up next. Buzz, Woody, Jessie and Bo Peep joined a slew of acrobatic green soldiers from Andy’s collection for a slapstick, two-story vignette which inspired smiles, gasps and giggles from the children in close proximity.

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For skating purists, Moana’s segment truly marveled. “How Far I’ll Go” is a song of independence and the skater’s lines were simply stunning. The movie might have been from 2016, but her story remains relevant. The demigod, Maui, brought both bravado and laughs as he postured and preened center stage. Also inspiring, the lightshow during this section. Powerful projections turned the ice rink into both ocean waves and a sandy beach bridge. The visuals here truly impressive. Borrowing some video clips from the film’s climatic battle between Moana vs. Te Ka, this segment concluded with Moana triumphantly sailing off into the sunset. “You’re Welcome” indeed. Wrapping up the first act, Miguel and his ancestors from Coco in an explosion of color and costuming, celebrating the Catrina of Dia de los Muertos to the tune of “Un Poco Loco” and more. 

Photo Feld Entertainment Disney on Ice
Photo Feld Entertainment Disney on Ice
Photo Feld Entertainment Disney on Ice

The second half began with modern day classics, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid. Both featured stunning figure skating spirals and couples skating tricks, flips, lifts and dangerously dramatic dismounts. “A Whole New World”, “Under The Sea” and “Kiss The Girl” were the perfect soundtrack to an array of Agrabah showgirls and a sea-skating, high-flying Conga line. The final feature film was the royal sisters of Disney’s billion-dollar franchise, Frozen. No character received more applause than when the silly snowman, Olaf, took to the ice. Dressed in an array of white, turquoise and royal blue sequins, Queen Elsa’s solo skate “Let It Go’ inspired an impromptu, mass sing-along. The combined powers of Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and Olaf ended up being just enough to rescue Tinkerbell. Flying above the rink, it was time for the finale, introducing Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder from Tangled, Snow and Dopey from Snow White and over thirty other carefully choreographed costumed characters from the lexicon of the Disney Vault. Exploding fireworks, danceable, toe-tapping music and enough sweetness to fuel 100 Cotton candy machines, a satisfying ending for all involved. Speaking of sweet treats, the venders were in the lobby selling Olaf snow cones, Coco popcorn, Disney Princess coloring books and oh so much more, so do bring your credit card. 

Photo Feld Entertainment Disney on Ice
Photo Feld Entertainment Disney on Ice

Just a few additional FYIs for planning your trip to Allstate Arena. The shuttle buses from Allstate Arena are all cancelled due to Covid-19. The cab line from a post Allstate show was also nonexistent because of Covid-19. I was stranded for about 40 minutes before I could actually summon an Uber willing to come pick me up. Drivers are not so prevalent on a cold suburban weeknight. If you cannot personally drive to Allstate to attend, skip this show. Standing outside in 7* temperatures waiting for a shuttle that never came wasn’t a fun end to an otherwise charming evening. The cold may not bother Queen Elsa, but it bothered me very, very much. 

Photo Feld Entertainment Disney on Ice

Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party is now playing at Allstate Arena Rosement through February 6, 2022

Stephen S. Best is currently a freelance writer for the Times Square Chronicles, covering the performing arts scene in the greater Chicagoland area. He has been a theater aficionado for years, attending his first live production, Annie, at the tender age of six. After graduating from Purdue University, Stephen honed his skills attending live theater, concerts and art installations in New York and Chicago. Stephen's keen eye and thorough appreciation for both theater patrons' time and entertainment dollar makes him a valuable asset and his recommendations key. Stephen currently lives in downtown Chicago.


Happy Chanukah Day 2: Light One Candle With The Carney’s



“Light One Candle” is a song by the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary. This popular Chanukah song was performed in concerts starting in 1982 at Carnegie Hall, before recording it for their 1986 studio album No Easy Walk to Freedom.

At The Carney’s concert in 2019 I was introduced to this song. Reeve as a young child was part of the children’s choir to sing back up at Carnegie Hall.

I feel in love with the lyric and sentiment so from T2C to you we wish you a happy Hanukkah

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Head To The The Algonquin Hotel For Some Holiday Cheer



As we head into the holiday season, The Algonquin Hotel’s December event lineup is open to both hotel guests and New York City locals. The hotel will spread holiday cheer with a variety of festive performances, cocktails, and experiences including:

  • Cocoa and Carols Happy Hour: Daily, 5-8PM, Every evening this December, all are invited to enjoy Specialty Cocoa while Christmas carols chime at the Blue Bar. Drinks will include Mexican Hot Chocolate spiked with mezcal
  • KT Sullivan Cabaret:  December 5th, 12th and 19th, Sullivan will perform her iconic Christmas Cabaret. As noted by The New York Times, Sullivan is a thrilling Off-Broadway performer with over eight published albums
  • Rocco Dellaneve’s Rat Pack Christmas: December 7th, 14th and 21st, Rocco Dellaneve will perform iconic songs from the Rat Pack Christmas album with special inclusions of Santa with Sinatra, Rocco of the Snow, Rudolph and the Rat pack
  • The Serafina’s and Broadway Vocalists: December 8th, 15th and 22nd, enjoy the high kicking – precision line dancing Christmas tradition around The Algonquin tree. The Serafina’s will be available for pictures and autographs from 6pm to 7pm, followed by special Broadway vocalists

A portion of proceeds from all events will be donated to Toys for Tots.

Beyond the December events, The Algonquin Hotel is located in a prime position nestled in the heart of Times Square and Fifth Avenue, making it the perfect launchpad for a New York City holiday experience. The hotel is a historical jewel that emphasizes the importance of making unique, storied experiences. Since its opening in 1902, The Algonquin Hotel is famous for its timeless style and desire to honor the literary and cultural elite. The distinguished Round Table Restaurant and Blue Bar offer tasteful dining inclusions and curated cocktails that are sure to excite everyone.

Photo credit: The Algonquin Hotel, Autograph Collection


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The Glorious Corner



Taylor Swift

G.H. Harding

TREE LIKE ME — Monday morning, gossip-sites were ablaze with this missive from one Tree Paine – Taylor Swift’s publicist – about swirling rumors about the singer’s love life:  Travis Kelce’s sister-in-law, Kylie Kelce, subtly supported Taylor Swift after the “Anti-Hero” singer’s publicist clapped back at rumors about her love life. Eagled-eyed fans noticed that Kylie “liked” a post from the Today Show  about Tree Paine slamming celebrity gossip blog DeuxMoi for spreading “fabricated lies” about Swift’s relationship with ex-boyfriend Joe Alwyn.

Ms. Paine’s PR-firm is called Premium PR and by all accounts, the Nashville-based mistress has had a great ride with Swift. As we go to press, Time Magazine just named her their person of the year.

Back in the day, ZZ Top and Michael Jackson had Howard Bloom; Debbie Gibson and Run DMC had David Salidor; Elton and the Rolling Stones have Fran Curtis; and Billy and Alexa Joel and Christie Brinkley have Claire Mecuri … all stars in our book, but Ms. Paine has Swift.

Brenda Lee

BRENDA LEE — (from People) Brenda Lee has a reason to celebrate the holidays early this year.

On Monday, the singer’s 1958 classic “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time, 65 years following its debut.

In claiming the top spot, Lee broke many records — including those held by Mariah Carey and her mega hit “All I Want for Christmas is You” — as her hit became the third holiday No. 1 ever to be featured on the Hot 100, per a press release.

This marks Lee’s third No. 1 hit in her career. She earned her first No. 1 with her 1960 single “I’m Sorry.”

Lee was just 13 years old when she recorded the Johnny Marks-penned hit debut, and at 78, she’s now the oldest woman to top the Hot 100, surpassing previous record-holders Cher for “Believe” when she was 52 and Carey for “All I Want for Christmas Is You” at 53.

In a press release statement, Lee called the song’s latest achievement “amazing. “I cannot believe that ‘Rockin’’ has hit No. 1 65 years after it was released, this is just so special!” she said. “Thank you to the team at UMG/UMe who worked so hard to celebrate the song’s anniversary this year. But most importantly, thank you to the fans who keep listening.”

Lee continued: “The song came out when I was a young teenager and now to know that it has resonated with multiple generations and continues to resonate — it is one of the best gifts I have ever received. Keep on Rockin’ and Merry Christmas!”

Last month, Lee released the first-ever music video for her Christmas classic, which features cameos from Tanya Tucker and Trisha Yearwood. Here’s the link: 

In addition to the music video, she shared the EP, A Rockin’ Christmas with Brenda Lee, in November featuring “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and other holiday favorites including “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock” “A Marshmallow World” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” reimagined by Filous.

For record aficionados: The song was originally released on Decca Records in 1958. Dub Allbritten became Lee’s personal manager in 1956 and remained in that position throughout her formative years. In May 1956, Lee signed with Decca and two months later had her first recording session, supervised by Paul Cohen with the assistance of Owen Bradley

SHORT TAKES — RIP Denny Laine – best remembered from The Moody Blues (“Go Now”) and Paul McCartney’s Wings – and their best album Band On The Run. I loved “Go Now” btw. Here’s Roger Friedman’s take via SHOWBIZ 411:

Denny Laine; Linda and Paul McCartney

I didn’t see any reviews from Debbie Gibson’s 2 shows last week at NYC’s Gramercy Theater but Yahoo did run a headline that she had 5 costume changes! They were in support of her 2022 holiday Winterlicious album …The Kennedy Center Honors had their event this past weekend. Congrats all. Can’t wait to see the show next week. Here’s Deadline’s take:

Debbie Gibson (by Troy Smith)

Here’s celebrity-biographer Mark Bego’s interview with NEWHD’s Zach Martin: … RIP Norman Lear; Happy Bday Anthony Noto … On the mend: Jerry Lembo!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Kimberly Cornell; Joe Lynch; Victor Kastel; Peter Shendell; Eppy; Kent Kotal; Roy Trakin; Melinda Newman; Tyson Terror; Vincent D’Onofrio; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Sasha Peres; Jacqueline Boyd; Cairo; Tanya Tenor; Jonathan Wolfson; Brad LeBeau; Wayne Rosso; Thomas Silverman; and ZIGGY!

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Celebrate Hanukkah With Manhattan’s Favorites



The Festival of Lights, starts today Thursday, December 7th and goes through Friday, December 15th. From classic Jewish foods to fan-favorite chocolates, there are many options to celebrate Hanukkah in New York City.

New York’s iconic Li-Lac Chocolates, celebrating its 100th Anniversary has been enjoyed by generations of locals and tourists alike. Manhattan’s oldest chocolate house, Li-Lac, has remained true to its tradition maintaining the same single-minded focus on product quality. Its confections are handmade daily in its Brooklyn Factory using many of the original techniques and equipment from 1923.

Li-Lac Chocolates makes for the perfect Hanukkah gift for friends and family. They have a broad selection of specialty molds and gifts, now offering more than 120 items making it one of the largest selections of gourmet chocolates in the world.

All of its chocolates are certified Kosher and gluten-free.

A few gift options for Hanukkah include:

  • Dreidel Filled with Gelt
  • 20 pc. Chanukah Chocolate Gift Box
  • Chest of Gelt
  • Menorah Pop

The full list of Hannukah chocolates may be viewed here.

To learn more about Li-Lac Chocolates rich history, you may view a comprehensive press release here.

Store locations: Industry City/Brooklyn, Greenwich Village, Bleeker Street, Chelsea Market, Hudson Yards and Grand Central Market.

Ships: via FedEx in the United States and Canada.


The popular Upper East Side Jewish Delicatessen PJ Bernstein will be rolling out a special Hanukkah menu, available for catering, delivery, takeout as well as dining in.

One of the last remaining of its kind, PJ Bernstein has been a staple in its neighborhood since opening its doors on the northeast corner of 70th St. and 3rd Ave. Serving the classics since 1965, it continues to be a hotspot for locals and celebrities, attracting the likes of Mayor Ed Koch, Liza Minelli, 2 James Bonds in Sean Connery and Daniel Craig, and Cuba Gooding Jr., to name a few.

Highlights of their Hanukkah menu include the following, but are not limited to:

  • A Special Prix Fixe Menu with a Mixed Green Salad, Matzoh Ball Soup, Brisket with Mini Latkes, Kasha Varnishka, Gravy, Apple Sauce, and a Mini Danish.


  • Famous Potato Latkes, a holiday favorite
  • Baked Knishes


  • Smoked Sturgeon
  • White Fish Salad
  • Roasted Chicken


  • Baked Sweet Potato
  • Egg Barley


  • Chocolate Rugelach
  • Challah Bread

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PUBLIC Hotel’s Holiday Bash Warms Up the Season in Style




This past week at PUBLIC Hotel’s holiday celebration warmed up the chilly season in style. The launch of the popular rooftop igloos was the toast of the town.

Guests enjoyed music by Chelsea Leyland and a special performance by Frex, who performed four songs including her upcoming single “used to” featuring Jordan Ward.

Discover your own luxury and style at Ian Schrager’s hotel in the heart of New York City. With a chic and sophisticated vibe, there is nothing as unique and superb as this fabulous location.

Private, heated Igloos are now open. To make a reservation, click here. 

Be sure to indicate igloo seating or indoor seating within your request. Each igloo has a capacity of 8-10 people with a 2 person minimum and 2.5 hour time limit when making a reservation.



Photos by @shutherspeed

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