Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Check local listing for broadcast times. For more information about the webcast, visit www.TimesSquareNYC.org or www.livestream.com/2010.
According to PBS "Passing Strange is the semi-autobiographical story of a young black man who leaves behind his middle-class, church-ruled upbringing in mid-1970s Los Angeles to travel to Europe in search of his artistic and personal identity, or what he calls “the real.” There he finds he can exploit a “South Central” persona, playing the cool, black expatriate-musician who speaks for his people. Picaresque misadventures with sex, drugs, politics and art find him in a far-out Amsterdam and a hyper-militant Berlin. But in the end, he discovers that cultural complexity—and hypocrisy—are not limited to middle-class African American life, and that while to him art may be more real than life, only love is truly more than real. Co-starring with Stew as ‘Narrator’ is an extraordinarily talented ensemble cast, featuring DeAdre Aziza, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge, Rebecca Naomi Jones, and Daniel Breaker as the story’s central character, ‘Youth.’The Broadway show won a 2008 Tony Award for “Best Book of a Musical,” and in total, it received seven Tony nominations, including “Best Musical.” The show also won a Drama Desk Award, a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award and two Obie Awards. The highly-acclaimed score does not stand apart from the action as in some rock musicals, but advances the narrative through a sophisticated libretto. "
"Surface"-song from Passing Strange
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Emchaviel Productions presents: The Last 5 Years
(A one-night-only event benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS)
Starring Michael K. Lee Jennifer Paz
Jason Robert Brown at the piano
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera
Saturday, January 9 at 8pm
East West Players @ David Henry Hwang Theater
120 Judge John Aiso Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tickets $45, $55, $65
For information and tickets call 818-358-2730 or click here.
"Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade, 13, Songs for a New World) joins 2009 Ovation nominees Michael K. Lee and Jennifer Paz in this one-night-only performance of his critically acclaimed, Off-Broadway gem The Last 5 Years. This poignant and profound musical follows Jamie and Cathy through the last five years of their relationship, from beginning to end, and from end to beginning. 2009 Ovation nominee Jon Lawrence Rivera returns to direct this unconventional telling of boy meets girl.
Proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised over $175 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. BC/EFA is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actor's Fund - including The AIDS Initiative, The Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative. The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, The Dancer's Resource and three supportive housing residences. BC/EFA also awards annual grants to over 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide."
"Pretty Music"song from Parade
Sunday, December 27, 2009
"Kings of the New York"-song from Newsies
I CAN NOT WAIT
Here is a video for you to get your GLEE FIX to last you until then.
Below are promo video's from Italy:
"Got no feel, I got no rhythm"-lyrics from Somebody to Love featured on GLEE
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
MY TOP TEN FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONGS OF ALL TIME!
1) White Christmas: My Favorite rendition is Judy Garland from Meet Me In St. Louis.
2)Wonderful Day: By the Chipmunks
3) Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow: My favorite rendition is Michael Buble's Live recording
4) Christmastime is Here: By Vince Guaraldi Trio made famous by the "A Charlie Brown Christams"
5) Baby Its Cold Outside: My favoirte rendition is from the ELF soundtrack with Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel.
6) The Christmas Waltz: The Harry Connick Jr rendition
7) Last Christmas: The GLEE cast recording
8)Rockin Around The Christmas Tree: By Brenda Lee
9) Mele Kalikimaka: The Bett Midler rendition.
10)Believe: By Josh Groban from the Polar Express Soundtrack.
"Rockin Around the Christmas Tree"- tons of stuff/ christmas movies
Saturday, December 19, 2009
OCPAC is offering a speical ticket prices to see XANADU on Christmas Eve, December 24 at 2 p.m., and on Christmas Day, December 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $20 and $30. Use the promo code MERRY. OCPAC also ask that all patrons to bring non-perishable food items to each perforance where Second Harvest Food Bank will be accepting donations.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Best Actor in a comedy: Matthew Morrison
Best Actress in a comedy: Lea Michelle
Best supporting Actress in a comedy: Jane Lynch
Best TV series comedy
"Don't Rain on My Parade"-song performed on GLEE
Monday, December 14, 2009
Here is promo just released for GLEE the road to Sectional on DVD:
DID YOU HEAR WHO MIGHT BE JOINING THE CAST? Accoring to the Hollywood Reporter Idina Menzel of Rent and Wicked fame is in offical talks to join the cast! She will play the coach of the rival GLEE club Vocal Adrenaline and appear. PLEASE LET THIS BE TRUE!!!
That's all for now more to come!!!
"Young Girl"-song performed on GLEE
The musical stars Academy Award-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones, five-time Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury and Olivier Award-nominee Alexander Hanson. Here are some photos of the Production thanks to Broadwayworld.com and some video from the production.
"Now / Later / Soon"-song from A Little Night Music
"Hundreds of Stories"-song from In The Heights
Sunday, December 13, 2009
The main two things I would have changed was 1st the costumes and 2nd the guy who played Roger. The costumes tried to match the original production but I felt that if they could not get costumes spot on then they should have changed them all. The characters of RENT are very connected to their costumed and are iconic. Mark needs his sweater, scarf and camera. Mimi needs here blue pants, Cheetah jacket, and glitter. Angel needs her wigs, Santa jacket, and flower dress. Secondly P.J. Griffith who played ROGER SUCKED! Roger is my favorite character in the show and maybe I am too much attached to Adam Pascal who originated the role Off-Broadway, starred on Broadway, starred in the movie, and is currently rapping up the tour. This guy tried to make Roger an emo asshole. Sorry if that is harsh but this guy could not sit still, he looked like he had to go to the restroom during most songs. AND his pants were way too tight.
On the plus side the rest of the cast was great! BEAU HIRSHFIELD played Mark Cohen and brought new dept to the character and added a lot to him. SABRINA SLOAN played Mimi Marquez who was so good. She has an amazing voice and needs to get herself on Broadway ASAP. The best couple/pair was NICOLE TILLMAN as Joanne Jefferson and CALLIE CARSON as Maureen Johnson. They just worked together and were better then the two actress on the Broadway Tour right now.
So get out to see this show they only got onew week left. Click Here for more INFO."Well -- this is quite an operation"-lyrics from Life Support from RENT
The CCPA host performances in music, dance and theater and unique facilities for special events. It has hosted performances by Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Clint Black, The Chieftains, Kathleen Battle, Dance Theater of Harlem, Royal Shakespeare Company, and many others.The really cool thing about the CCPA is that it is a flexible theater capable of six different seating and stage configurations, ranging from a 1,800-seat arena theater to a 900-seat recital hall setting.
Below is a video that talks about this amazing center:
Here are the Broadway shows headed to the center this winter:
"There's a Fine, Fine Line"-song from Avenue Q
Friday, December 11, 2009
If you missed the RENT tour no worries another production just opened in the Los Angeles Area and TICKETS START AT JUST $10! RENT is a must see for any theatre lover!!!
Here is the Performance Dates/Times:
Saturday, December 12 - 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 12- 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 13- 2:00 PM
Sunday, December 13- 7:00 PM
Thursday, December 17- 8:00 PM
Friday, December 18- 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 19- 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 19- 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 20- 2:00 PM
Featuring Emmy Award Winner
JAI RODRIGUEZ as Angel
("Queer Eye for the Straight Guy")
I have seen Jai perform before and he is sooo good!"RENT"-from show by same title
Corbin Bleu of High School Musical fame will will be the first star of the franchise to hit Broadway as Usnavi in IN THE HEIGHTS. Bleu's run will be from January 25 - April 25, 2010. Many fans hit the facebook, forums and blogs to give their opion of the casting news. In response Lin-Manuel Miranda who orginated the role, was a Tony award winner of the show wrote this note to fans via Broadway World.com:
Miranda writes: "First of all, thank you for taking the time
to write a message in full sentences, much less make it rhyme.
You'd be amazed at all the horrid punctuation I see
e.g. "I-L-Y, ROTFL, OK G2G."
Now as for Corbin Bleu, chalk it up to ambition.
The dude came in and straight SMASHED his audition.
But can he "hold the flow?" Well, I know the part, I did it.
We'd NEVER cast someone unless they proved that they could spit it.
When he came in the room, I ain't think that he would get it.
He won us over, pa. You can tell the haters I said it. Now THIS is sensitive, and I'm hesitant to begin again
But I'm a Puerto Rican-Mexican; I PLAYED Dominican.
And everyone's from everywhere, we are reppin' so many things
Andrea's Venezuelan and Jewish, Karen's like twenty things
So yes, I see your point, but ethnicity's just a factor They've gotta play the part: in the end, dude is an ACTOR. Javi is amazing. Jon Rua is too.
Michael Balderrama makes the drama ring true.
They're big footsteps; I wrote a really big shoe.
This one is Lin-approved: Mr. Corbin Bleu. "
I personally think Corbin will make a great Usnavi. I actually met Corbin about a year ago at a work function and he was sooo nice, very grounded, and very close to his father. He can sing and has a great following which will do great for ticket sales. I support the casting!
"Breaking Free"-song from High School Musical
Fans will pick the top five entries to be submitted to the cast of Xanadu to select the grand prize winner. The top five entries will get a pair of tickets to the December 23rd performance of Xanadu, so get your friends to become our fans on Facebook and vote for your video. Entries must be submitted by 3pm December 18, 2009. Voting period for top five entries will end 11:59pm Dec. 20, 2009. One grand prize winner will be selected and notified shortly thereafter. Grand prize winner must be able to rehearse with the cast on Dec. 23, 2009. "Click Here to go to the site!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wow what a GREAT fall finale!
Episode: 13 Sectionals
1st of all I just have to say I am so happy that there is a TV show out there that gives me everything I've waiting for as far as a storyline goes but yet still leaves me sooo excited for it to return. The writers of GLEE do such a great job of giving the fans the story they want to happen (Will and Emma romance, Finn finding out who is the father) but yet twist the story to keep you wanting more (Sue getting fired, not really winning Sectionals but being the least annoying).
Lets recap: Mercedes killed it with her rendition of And I am Telling You from Dreamgirls. Finn knows he is not the father of Quinn's baby. Quinn knows she messed up and is dealing with it. Rachel told Finn that he was not the father in hopes that he would run to her (didn't work YET...). Puck and Quinn are over because Quinn wants nothing to do with him right now. Emma pushed back her wedding in order to become faculty advisor for GLEE after Will have to leave the team last week. Emma's decision ends her relationship with Ken because he could not take that she chose Will over him. Finn decides he can not go to Sectionals because he can not stop crying when he sees Quinn and wanting to Puck in the face every time he saw him. Meanwhile Sue leaked the Set list to the other teams and they do all the teams numbers. Will tells Finn that the team needs him and he goes to save the day. Finn and Rachel come up a plan for new numbers and the team kills it! The judges pick the team as winners because they were the least annoying team. Will leaves Teri finally because he does not feel the same way towards her anymore. He runs to Emma's wedding which is not taking place because Ken called it off. Emma tells Will that even though he left Teri she can not be near him because she will get hurt. Sue gets fired from the school for leaking the set list and she declares WAR against Will. Will is invited back to the GLEE club and everyone celebrates. During the team singing My Life Would Suck With Out You Will realizes he loves Emma no matter what crazyness is going on and goes to find her. The show ends with Will and Emma sharing their 1st KISS!
So I have deiced to not do weekly updates on Wednesdays/ Thursdays anymore but rather do them once a week, whenever I have the most stuff to post. So check back often!!
I will fill you in with all the rumors and sneak peaks into the rest of the season!
"And I'm Telling You"-song from DreamGirls
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
"Two Nobody's In New York"-song from Title of Show
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
6) Broadway Musicals Show by Show: Sixth Edition (Paperback) $: the volume includes basic facts about more than 300 important shows, a brief synopsis of each, credits, and gossipy facts. This book looks great I have stopped to check it out at the book store and I was great a must buy.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
-Ain't Misbehavin'Robert Sher, producer (Various, composer; Various, lyricist) (30th Anniversary Cast Recording With Ruben Studdard, Frenchie Davis & Others)[Rhino]
-Shrek The MusicalPeter Hylenski & Jeanine Tesori, producers; Jeanine Tesori, composer; David Lindsay-Abaire, lyricist (Original Broadway Cast With Brian d'Arcy James, Sutton Foster & Others)[Decca Broadway]
-West Side StoryDavid Caddick & David Lai, producers (Leonard Bernstein, composer; Stephen Sondheim, lyricist) (New Broadway Cast with Matt Cavenaugh, Josefina Scaglione & Others)[Masterworks Broadway]
On the second day of Glee: Take a Bow
On the third day of Glee: Single Ladies
On the fourth day of Glee: Somebody to Love
On the fifth day of Glee: It's My Life
On the sixth day of Glee: Walking on Sunshine
On the seventh day of Glee: Hate on Me
On the eighth day of Glee: Keep Holding On
On the ninth day of Glee: Busta Move
On the tenth day of Glee: Sweet Caroline
On the eleventh day of Glee: Defying Gravity
On the twelfth day of Glee: Lean on Me
Do not forget next week is the fall finale of GLEE. The show will not be back until APRIL. Until then I will still have weekly updates, so stay tuned!