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The time is here. The Wiggles are back in North America for their Wiggle Town Tour. If you have kids, and even if you don’t, make sure you secure your tickets for a show near you. They are excellent performers and kind, super-talented people. You won’t be disappointed.

My son is an avid fan of The Wiggles. Many of his first words came from listening to and watching them. From traditional toddler tunes like Open, Shut Them; Twinkle Twinkle Little Star; and The Wheels on the Bus to Wiggle originals (and fan favorites) like Hot Potato and Rock-a-Bye Your Bear, he loves to sing along and imitate their actions.

So, it was a no-brainer for us to attend a show at our first opportunity, which was the Rock and Roll Preschool Tour in September 2015. We had a great time. Everyone in the room was smiling from ear to ear the whole show. When Lachy came into the audience to shake hands and collect bones for Wags the Dog, he became the first non-family member to get a high-five from my son, which was the highlight of our day and explains why his favorite colors are purple and black.

Now, we’re excited to see them again for this year’s tour and we can’t wait for show day to arrive in October.

Don’t miss out! Get your tickets now and enjoy the show.

G’day, mate!

Do you like celebrities? Are you into collectibles? Now’s your chance to own an authentic celebrity autograph.

My friend Viv has opened an eBay store to sell her vast collection of autographed, celebrity memorabilia. She obtained each autograph personally by attending many meet-and-greets and stage door meetings.

Items are books and CDs. They include photos taken at the signings and event flyers, where available.

Celebrity list includes: Rod Stewart, Carole King, Barry Manilow, Jim Carrey and many more. Check out her store veliz0804 for a complete selection. Inventory changes often so make sure to visit frequently.

If you like dark fantasy and vampires, you’ll love the novel The Eyes of Mictlan by Michael Rappa. It’ll take you on a journey you won’t soon forget.

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Written by Virginia Emrick for The Muse’s Muse

Those who can, do…and if we’re very lucky, they also teach.

In a throw-away world, finding something that’s built to last takes effort. Learning to build such a thing takes skill, perseverance, and a bit of guidance.

Since 1994, master lyricist Marty Panzer has provided songwriting guidance to all levels of writers, encouraging them to write lyrics that succeed and endure. Something Marty knows a lot about.

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Sports lover? Theatre goer? Comedy fan? If you like to get out and enjoy live entertainment (and who doesn’t?), there’s a great service for buying tickets without breaking the bank. Check out Goldstar. Their site offers half-price tickets to events in the California, Las Vegas, Chicago, Washington DC, New York and Boston areas, with more areas on the way. Events include theatre, comedy, sports, live music and spas. Sign up is free.

What are you waiting for? Go to the Goldstar website now.

If you’re planning to be in the LA area this winter and are ready to take your lyric-writing to the next level, hurry over to the UCLA Extension website and register for Marty Panzer’s Master Class: Writing Lyrics that Succeed and Endure. The upcoming winter 2008 class features the Sixth Annual Concord Records Scholarship, where six students will receive additional classes and a private, one-on-one mentor session with Marty. Read the rest of this entry »

Do you want to hone your musical theatre writing skills while getting feedback from professionals and your colleagues? Do you want to learn the ins and outs of writing for musical theatre? Then, you owe it to yourself to check out the Academy for New Musical Theatre (ANMT). Read the rest of this entry »

Peter Michael von der Nahmer
At some point, everyone chooses a career but there are a handful of people whose careers choose them. These folks work at something they love in a field as intrinsically tied to them as breathing is to all living creatures. Such is the case with composer Peter Michael (Mike) von der Nahmer. Read the rest of this entry »

On March 22, 2007, “Curtains: The Musical,” starring David Hyde Pierce and Debra Monk, opened on Broadway. It was written by Rupert Holmes (concept by Peter Stone) with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb and additional lyrics by Kander and Holmes. I had the great fortune of seeing this incredible show in Los Angeles during its world-premiere run and even had an opportunity to hear Rupert Holmes talk about it in person during intermission. It’s a must-see show. I highly recommend it. For more information, visit Curtains: The Website.

If you’re interested in becoming a great songwriter, Harriet Schock is your go-to gal. Not only is she an amazing songwriter herself but she’s also an amazing songwriting coach and mentor. Harriet created one of the best step-by-step writing programs you’re likely to find. Using her techniques, you’ll break through the stumbling blocks that hold you back from creating unique and powerful songs that say exactly what you want. She offers her classes either privately or in a group setting. Plus, you can also learn online or by correspondence…whatever suits your needs and location. Visit Harriet’s website and begin your journey. You won’t regret it.