Lightning Thief The Percy Jackson Musical On Broadway

She’s seen Frozen on Broadway, Aladdin, and Lion King already.  So it wasn’t her first musical but I was just as excited to take her as if it were the very first time.  Because every musical on Broadway is such a special night out, isn’t it?  It felt naughty to be out on a school night, but with complimentary tickets to The Lightning Thief who could resist?

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We didn’t know this at the time but the Lightning Thief – the Percy Jackson Musical is based on Rick Riordan’s best-selling, young-adult novel of the same name. It seems lightning does strike twice because the book and the musical were both major hits!

lightning thief the musical, lightning thief, lightning thief musical, lightning thief on broadwayJuliet likened it to Harry Potter and Disney Descendants.  What a smart summary!  Like Harry Potter, these kids have magical powers that they have to go to a special school for (or in this case, camp half-blood).  And like Descendants, these kids are descendants of powerful characters (in this case Greek Gods).

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I liked the message behind the musical. “Normal is a myth..everyone has issues they’re dealing with,” ( lyric from Percy’s mom’s song).  Percy, the main character of the show suffers from dyslexia and ADHD.  Even as a demi-God he has issues.  It’s an interesting take on the coming of age story where we all have to find our place in this world.  And he eventually realizes that what makes him different is what makes him powerful.  It’s a relatable message that we can all get behind.

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Full disclosure: Tickets were gifted in exchange for this review.  All opinions expressed are our own.

Read my review on Pretty Woman the Musical and King Kong (the musical) here!

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Revolution Motherhood – NYC Fitness Program Review

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Ideally, I wouldn’t have to do a thing and miraculously, I’d have my pre-baby body back.  But alas, that method has not worked out so well for me despite the past 6 years of praying, hoping and wishing it would.  And because my handy excuse of ..”well I just had a baby” has expired YEARS ago, I knew I had to work out.. cuz Lord knows, I’m hopeless when it comes to controlling what I eat.  So when my friend, Randi Zinn invited me to try Rachel Welch’s Revolution Motherhood program I was intrigued!
Who is Rachel?

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Officially, she’s a certified yoga instructor, health and wellness coach and an advocate for positive psychology, principles of conscious living, and healing post – pregnancy.  As a teacher, she’s extremely caring and available.  Always checking in, encouraging and letting you know that she can help with personal questions, you’ll wonder whether you hired a teacher or a friend.

What is Revolution Motherhood?

 

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Revolution Motherhood is a doctor-recommended, fitness method that teaches you how to fully recover from pregnancy and childbirth. And it’s for mothers at all stages of motherhood from new moms to moms who like me just want to have some self-care and re-focus on fitness.  In the form of at-home, on-demand training or group classes found in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Rachel helps to rebuild deep core strength.  She supports post-baby recovery and healing while helping students progress at their own pace all the while reclaiming their body.

What is Revolution Motherhood’s method?

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Part rebuilding, support and education this method is unlike other workouts.   I never expected to learn so much about the postnatal healing process that every mother goes through. It’s truly something every new mom needs to know, understand and appreciate.  I wish I had discovered the program earlier as it would have helped me be more in tune with my body’s changes while dealing with issues of postnatal injuries and strengthening of the core.

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Don’t worry, you won’t need to be at any certain fitness level to try this course.  And there is no complicated choreography involved here.  Rachel finely integrates movements from yoga, pilates, barre, and pelvic physical therapy.  I found it so unique and helpful that she was so adept at merging PT into fitness.  If you’re a mom, I’m sure you’ll love this offering too!  Currently, she is the only method offering this path to women (and thus the revolution!)  I love how she informs in an empowering, hopeful, positive manner all the while preaching maternal activism.

Classes are baby-friendly too!  That’s right, you can bring your baby in to lie down/sit/workout besides you and not worry about childcare.  They are held in Park Slope (Brooklyn) or in the FlatIron District of Manhattan.

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Click here to learn more about Foundations, a 12-week, complete body restructuring program for new and not-so-new moms.

Click here to learn more about her Signature classes which include more cardio while toning your butt, abs and thighs.  Join me starting next week in Manhattan or sign up for the Brooklyn class!
Promo code Stells25 offers you $25 off Fall Foundations (the program I just finished taking)
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I learned that it’s never, ever too late to reclaim your physical vitality and strength!
Click here to read about how I survived my 1st booty workout.
DISCLAIMER I received a complimentary Foundations and Signature program enrollment in order to write this review.  All opinions expressed though are 100% my own.  I hope to see you in class this fall!
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  1. Randi Zinn says:

    Everything you said in this post is SPOT ON. Rachel is brilliant and full of info that can make a major difference for women and mothers as they navigate their body and mindset post baby (which for us is forever after having babies!). LOVED sharing this experience with you Stella and I’l see you at her Signature class- can’t stop, won’t stop!

    1. Haha yes can’t stop won’t stop. I will so look forward to seeing you regularly again!! xoxo

  2. Penny Goffman says:

    I live for fitness! It is a huge part of my life. It’s my therapy, my release and the saying look good feel good rings so true here. Looks like such a great way to workout. Will have to join you next time!

    1. You can do drop-in classes every Wednesday from 930-1030 in the FlatIron area with me anytime. Your first class is just $20. I’d love to meet you!

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