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    Ragtime announces lottery ticket program

    Wed Oct 21

    We couldn't be more excited for the Broadway revival of Ragtime to arrive this Friday. Why? Well, first off, we haven't been able to get the musical's gorgeous songs out of our heads since it opened on Broadway 12 years. Secondly, as we mentioned in our blowout feature on tweens , the epic show is perfectly suited for kids ages 9 to 12—especially those with an interest in history. And finally, we learned today, tickets to the show can potentially be quite cheap! Beginning on Friday, the theater will institute a lottery ticket program for day-of performances. Two hours prior to each performance, patrons will be invited to enter a lottery drawing at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 W 52nd St) for a limited number of $26.50 tickets. Names will be drawn at random 90 minutes prior to curtain, and there will be a limit of two tickets per person. Payment is cash only and winners must be present with valid ID to claim/pay for their prize. We hope you're feeling lucky!

    Bethenny Frankel of Real Housewives announces pregnancy

    Wed Oct 21

    It's been a while since we've seen the ladies from The Real Housewives of New York City grace the gossip rags. The last we heard, the Countess was on her way to divorce court and the McCord/Van Kempen clan was prepping to release a parenting tome . Leave it to Bethenny Frankel, 38—the show's token single gal—to get back in the tabloids with news of her pregnancy . The tot's papa is Frankel's longtime boyfriend (now fiance as of about a month ago ), Jason Hoppy. The couple plans to wed before the baby is born next summer. Think she'll stick around for the next season of Housewives —or will she bail with baby?

    Shrek the Musical to close in January

    Wed Oct 21

    Prepare to say goodbye to Princess Fiona and your favorite donkey. We hoped it might have the staying power of Disney's Mary Poppins or The Lion King , but alas, DreamWorks' first foray into Broadway, Shrek the Musical , announced today that it will close on January 3rd, after playing a little over a year. The decision doesn't come as a huge surprise; as New York magazine reported today, the show has lost more than 1 million dollars since Labor Day . We were big fans of the big budget production ; though its songs weren't super memorable, its over-the-top set and hilarious, raucous characters sure were. Our suggestion: Treat your kids to the spectacle before it's too late! You'll find a great deal here .

    Enter your kid in the Lands' End Holiday Art Contest

    Wed Oct 21

    If you can spare one of the masterpieces hanging on your refrigerator (um, yeah), send your kid's best holiday-themed work to Lands' End for a chance to win a gift card of up to $500. If your little Picasso's piece is picked, it will also be showcased on the company's website. So whip out those crayons and have Junior get to it; anything from snowmen to menorahs will do. Last year's winners included a picture of a girl catching snowflakes on her tongue and a cute-as-pie penguin holding a gift. Photo courtesy of Landsend.com.

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