The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature

The kids and I were SO excited to be invited to preview The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature. It was on our list of must sees AND it was at our favorite theater. What's not to love?!
I can't tell you about the movie, but I can tell you it stars greats like Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Bobby Moynihan...
If you loved the first one, you'll love the second for sure.
It opens Friday, August 11th. Super fun for the whole family!

Hamilton An American Musical

I can't pinpoint the moment when my daughter became obsessed with Hamilton the musical. I know it happened before Christmas. Somewhere along the line, she carried her iPad everywhere, listening to the soundtrack on Spotify. She knew EVERY WORD. These songs are not easy. She can go toe to toe with Daveed Diggs, Guns and Ships!

I have noticed that all my friends who have teen or preteen girls, have the same thing going on in their house. The music is good PLUS, they know more about American history than I will ever know in my lifetime. We are talking about a rap musical about the founder of the American Banking system. Read that again. RAP MUSICAL ABOUT THE FOUNDER OF THE AMERICAN BANKING SYSTEM. That is a thing!

Hamilton has been a tough ticket to get in Chicago. Back when it opened, I remember people sleeping in front of the box office for tickets. I knew I had to get tickets for Maggie for Christmas. I've been on an experiences not stuff campaign for over a year now. I knew these tickets would be steep, but SO worth it.

I had to dig, and dig, and dig ... but I got good seats for Aug 2.

She was SO excited. I was so excited to have this moment with her. Our night was FINALLY here!
While I had heard the music many, many, MANY times, I had never actually seen it. What a ride it is. I adored every minute. Maggie must have asked me a thousand times what my favorite part was and truly, my favorite part was the look on her face through the entire show. It's something I will never forget.
After the show, we went to the stage door in the hopes of meeting some of the cast.
The cast was so kind and signed every autograph and posed for every picture with everyone who was waiting. This is the actor who plays Charles Lee.
This is Aaron Burr. #Wonderful
We also got to meet the actor who plays Alexander Hamilton! SO fun.

Currently Hamilton is running in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. If you get the chance, run to see this show!

Ozark Is Dark And Fantastic #StreamTeam

Let's just all agree that Jason Bateman has come a long way since Silver Spoons. A LONG way.
My friends and I grew up watching him. (Between you and I ... I even remember him on Little House on the Prairie.) SO, when we saw the Ozark trailer, my gang, spread all over the nation now, was all ready to start the binge on July 21.

I can't help but wonder if everyone does this. We all binge and text each other, making sure not to give anything away until everyone is caught up. "What episode are you on?" "OK, I'll wait. LMK when you finish episode 6 🙊🙊🙊"

Yowza this show is dark, but GOOD! It kind of reminded me of a Midwestern Bloodline. (And you know I loved my Bloodline.) The decisions these characters make send them in a downward spiral that you don't want to watch...but have to. I loved the middle of the run flashback. It told a story I didn't expect on how Jason Bateman's Marty Byrd finds himself uprooting his family from Chicago in the span of a weekend and laundering 8 million dollars for the drug cartel. That just doesn't happen to a golfing, suburb living, financial planner dad.
Laura Linney (Marty Byrd's wife) reminds me of Robin Wright from House of Cards in how complicated she is. There are many layers to her. I was at times floored by her decisions. You can't not watch her. At times you wonder if there is any emotion at all in her.

This is only a 10 episode first season. And the supporting is SPOT on. From Marty's daughter and son, to the thieving assistant he hires to the Southern drug dealer, and the FBI agent hot on his trail. The characters are complicated, and well played.

I finished season one looked down at my phone to the text, "I'm ready for season 2 stat!"

I agree!
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