Driving Miss Daisy, Needed Long Term Care

Driving Miss Daisy was a blockbuster runaway movie hit from the 1980s about a widowed senior lady who had a man who was her driver and confidant. They develop a deep friendship over the course of the movie as they both age. Eventually, after several years pass Hoke, the former driver arrives at Daisy’s house early one morning in 1971 to find Miss Daisy angry and showing signs of Alzheimer’s. Hoke was able to calm Daisy because of their history of a loving friendship. It’s clear that Daisy needs long term care so her family arranges for Daisy to enter a memory care assisted living facility.
Fast forward a couple of years, Hoke is now retired from chauffeuring so one day Hoke drives to the long term care assisted living facility to visit Miss Daisy who at this time is now ninety years old. Although now Miss Daisy is severely affected by her long term care Alzheimer’s condition, the two are still able to reminisce about all the adventures they had together.
This movie brings up a good point for our patrons who are majority seniors. Miss Daisy was very wealthy so she was able to pay for her long term care in the assisted living facility with no problem. However, most people simply don’t have the money to pay for Long Term Care so what are they to do if they end up like Miss Daisy?
We have groups of seniors from assisted living facilities around the city visit our Ritz Theater weekly that has special day trips for their residents from around the state. We show classic movies that they can relate to and have fond memories of. I was talking to the owner of one of those assisted living facilities and asked how his residents pay for this type of service and care. He said there is one company in particular called Genworth long term care insurance that about every other resident has a policy with. I asked him what the heck is Genworth long term care insurance? I’d never heard of it. He said Genworth Long Term Care insurance pays his company the monthly fee as in room and board for the residents who have a policy with them. He said that his assisted living facility charges about $4000 per month per person.
I then asked how long to his residents stay at his place… he said on average about five years! I did some quick math in my head and saw the value of getting a Genworth long term care insurance policy because it pays for his care but also allows the freedom to come do fun visits to theaters like ours. Both my wife and I are in our mid 50’s so I asked him where he heard about Genworth Long Care Insurance because we need to look into that. He gave me this .org company he used: https://www.comparelongtermcare.org/genworth/

Top 5 Best Theater Plays of All Time

In Ritz Theater, we truly acknowledge art and literature. They make our lives. They create our happiness. So, to express our innermost appreciation of stage arts, we offer you the Top 5 Best Theater Plays of All Time that you will surely love!

  1. DEATH OF A SALESMAN
    Death of a Salesman is a tragedy play written by the American playwright Arthur Miller in 1949. It was the recipient of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. Its first performance was premiered on February 10, 1949 at Morosco Theatre, New York City.
    The story tells about the fading days of a failing salesman named Willy Loman who dreamed to be successful in life. He’s hope lies in making money and working hard as an employee in a company he worked for many years. However, when he was terminated and soon discovers that he is unable to find other similar employment, he started killing himself by inhaling gas fumes from a hose in the garage, an act that relieves his mental anguish and gives him a brief high. He died as he lived, with eyes of despair and failure in society.


2. HAMLET
Hamlet is a tragedy play written by William Shakespeare at an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602. It is one of Shakespeare’s longest play and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature.
The story tells about the revenge of Prince Hamlet to his uncle Claudius. Claudius had murdered his own brother, his father King Hamlet, then seized the throne, marrying his deceased brother’s widow, Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude.


3. WAITING FOR GODOT
Waiting for God is an absurdist play by Samuel Beckett. The story revolves around the two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, who wait endlessly in vain for the arrival of someone named Godot. Its first performance was premiered on January 5, 1953 at Théâtre de Babylone, Paris.


4. A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT DREAM
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy play written by William Shakespeare. It was believed to have been written between 1590 and 1597. Its first performance was premiered on January 1, 1605.
The story portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta. It also includes the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who live in the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.


5. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
The Importance of Being Earnest, a trivial comedy for serious people is a play written by Oscar Wilde. It was first performed on February 14, 1895 at St James’s Theatre in London. It is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious persona to escape burdensome social obligations.
The story tells about the life of two young gentlemen living in 1890’s England who have taken to bend the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Jack Worthing invented a brother named Earnest, whom he uses as an excuse to leave his dull country life behind to visit the ravishing Gwendolyn. Algernon Moncrieff decided to take the name ‘Earnest’ when visiting Worthing’s young and beautiful ward, Cecily at the country manor. Things start to go awry when they end up together in country and their deceptions are discovered – threatening to spoil their romantic pursuit.

Most Favorite Broadway Musicals Ever

In Ritz Theater, we really adore Broadway entertainment. To show this admiration and respect, we have decided to present how great they are in their works and arts which showcases our history and literature.
Broadway Musicals are one of a kind entertainment and extraordinary theater shows everyone dreams to witness. From fantasies to comedic musicals, Broadway never stopped to render good and amazing shows which no one will ever forget. Below are the most favorite Broadway musicals ever. Check it out and be amazed!

1. The Phantom of the Opera


The Phantom of the Opera is a musical based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, its central plot revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, defaced musical genius. The music was created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart with additions from Richard Stilgoe. They also wrote the musical’s book together


2. Les Misérables


Les Misérables is a musical based on the novel Les Misérables by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. The story was set in early 19th-century France which tells about Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child.
Les Misérables has the music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, with an English-language libretto by Herbert Kretzmer.


3. The Lion King


The Lion King is a musical based on the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name. It has the music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. Along with this is the musical score created by Hans Zimmer with choral arrangements by Lebo M. Directed by Julie Taymor. The musical features actors in animal costumes as well as giant, hollow puppets. The show is produced by Disney Theatrical.
The musical debuted July 8, 1997, in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Orpheum Theatre, and was an instant success before premiering on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theater on October 15, 1997 in previews with the official opening on November 13, 1997.


4. Cats


Cats is a musical that tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as “the Jellicle choice” and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.
Cats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, and produced by Cameron Mackintosh. It introduced the song standard “Memory”. Cats first opened in the West End in 1981 and then with the same creative team on Broadway in 1982.


5. Chicago


Chicago is a musical based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the “celebrity criminal.”
It has the music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. The original Broadway production opened in 1975 at the 46th Street Theatre and ran for 936 performances until 1977.


6. Beauty and the Beast


Beauty and the Beast is a musical based on the 1991 film of the same name, which was in turn adapted from the French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a prince who is transformed into a hideous beast as punishment for his cruel and selfish ways and an adventurous young woman named Belle whom he imprisons in his castle. In order to become human again, the Beast must earn Belle’s love before it’s too late.
Beauty and the Beast has the music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton. It ran on Broadway for 5,461 performances between 1994 and 2007, becoming Broadway’s ninth longest-running production in history.

Matilda Kicks Off Tour

A ROARING SUCCESS HEADS OUT ON TOUR

From London’s West End, via a record-breaking run on Broadway comes the blazing new family musical; Matilda!
Launching their first national tour, the talented boys and girls of Matilda bring audiences a scrumptious visual treat, based on the beloved, twisted genius of Roald Dahl’s 1988 classic underdog story of precocious Matilda and the sometimes wonderful, sometimes revolting cast of characters, including the formidable Miss Trunchbull!
First created by the acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company with a book by Dennis Kelly, and music from the hilarious Tim Minchin, Matilda burst onto the stage with captivating energy, winning a staggering 7 Olivier’s and 5 Tony’s in its first year, and topping must see lists across the world. A universal, uplifting story about the anarchy of childhood, the limits of imagination and the power of love, with a brand new range of songs from the epic ‘When I grow up’, to ‘Naughty,’ and many more! Get your tickets now for Matilda when it arrives at Boston Opera House in Boston, MA, showing from 14 Jun 2016 to 26 Jun 2016.


WHAT IS MATILDA ABOUT?

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence beyond her years. Unloved by her ghastly parents and bullied by her evil headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, she resorts to using her special gifts to get by, in the process impressing her kind schoolteacher, Miss Honey, with her curiosity and charm.
Over the course of her first term at school, Miss Honey and Matilda begin to have a profound effect on each other’s lives, learning that destiny is in your hands!


DID YOU KNOW?

The role of Matilda is played by 4 different actresses, each with their own supporting cast of kids who appear on rotation.