Wednesday, February 25, 2009
COMPANY: music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The original production was done in 1970 on Broadway. The story is about Bobby and his five married friends (couples) and his three girlfriends. The story is told in short scenes were bobby interacts with each of them in no particular chronological order but they are all linked to one event, Bobby's 35th birthday.
The revival was done by director John Doyle (who did the revival of Sweeney Todd on Broadway in 2005). Doyle's signature touch was added to the piece, the actors are also the orchestra (amazing!!!). The cast includes Raul Esparza as Bobby, and Barbara Walsh as Joanne. By the end of watching Company you can not help but fall in love with Esparza.The best song from the musical (in my opinion) is Being Alive sung by Bobby.
The revival of Company was taped by PBS in 2007 during its run on Broadway and is out on DVD. FYI: If you have netflix you can rent it there. Just this past November I had a Company viewing party. I invited company over, had food, wine, and enjoyed this wonderful piece of art with friends! And let me just say that all of my friends were not disappointed with this modern musical. CLICK HERE TO WATCH A YOUTUBE CLIP OF THE FIRST TEN MINTUES
"To Bobby with love" - lyrics from title song in Company
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Patti LuPone (Evita, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd) will be guest staring on 30 Rock on March 5th. She will be playing the mother of Frank. Hopefully she will be asked back and be on more episodes.
Bernadette Peters (Gypsy, Sunday In The Park With George, Annie Get Your Gun) has be guest staring on Ugly Betty through out this season. She will be on next weeks episode (February 26th). She plays a magazine mogul who is Betty's teacher at YETI.
Idina Menzel (RENT, Wicked) will be guest staring on ABC's Private Practice. Her hubby Taye Diggs (RENT, Chicago) is one of the stars of the show. There is no word on when it will air but reports say that her character will be on more than one episode.
Raul Esparza (Company, Taboo, Speed-the-Plow) will be guest staring Law and Order: Criminal Intent. The dates have not yet been announced.
"Side By Side By Side"- song title from "Company"
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
There was a great letter in the Los Angeles Time written in the Culture Monster (Jan. 16. 2009) which talks about how three theater artistic directors are defending the need for critics. Gilbert Cates (Geffen Playhouse), Sheldon Epps (Pasadena Playhouse), and Michael Ritchie (Center Theatre Group), all have step forth to tell how much the jobs loss will effect the community and how important it is for theatre to have a voice as part of the L.A. culture. They fear that not only are the voices of the arts are gone but it could lead to many theaters closing (cycle effect). They do point out that the theatre community can and will pull through this (after all theatre is one of oldest professions dating back to the Greeks). Click Here to read the whole article.
Also Broadwayworld.com came out with a great article about this same issue taking place in Los Angeles, written by James Sims. James was a theatre critic out in L.A. but now works in New York for Broadwayworld.com as the West Coast Senior Editor-Video Reporter. Sims was sadden to hear of the jobs cut and the great loss it is for the community. But he also points out that art is meant us to make is talk about issues, move us, celebrate life, and have fun. So it that, what we should continue to do within the theatre community and celebrate these great critics for all they have done for us. Click Here to read the whole article.
"In honor of the death of Bohemia "-lyrics from song La Vie Boheme from RENT
Monday, February 16, 2009
The official blog http://www.rentthebroadwaytour.blogspot.com/ . Gwen Stewart, Adam Halpin, and Lexi Lawson as well as many other cast member have been writing entries and posting videos. You can also get the RENT Widget. They also have all the links to each cast members own personal website/myspace. Check it out!
Telly Leung who plays Steve(and others) has been the one in charge of filming the tour videos for the Everything is RENT YouTube account. They have videos on were the eat, the theatre they are currently in, the stage door, backstage madness, and much more. (click here to see the latest)
Don't forget to join the RENT facebook page. They send you RENT updates every Friday!
"How do you document real life"- Lyrics from song RENT
Sunday, February 15, 2009
The new CD is her first solo project. The CD is being released on Ghostlight Records label and is has a mix of songs, from Jazz, to Pop, to even Cabaret. I can not wait for it to come out! If you want to see her talk about her new album with Broadway.com click here!
"Aww Gee, I don't wanna show off."- from song "Show Off" in The Drowsy Chaperone.
- Raul Esparza performing Defying Gravity from Wicked:
- Broadway cast of Spring Awakening trying out for Grease:
- Cast members from Avenue Q perform Wicked’s” Popular”:
- Cubby Bernstein video (too gay), starring Nathan Lane and Xanadu star Cheyenne Jackson backstage:
- Sutton Foster sings Gimme Gimme madlibs style:
- John Gallagher Jr.’s and Jonathan Groff’s (from Spring Awakening's Original cast) most embarrassing moment:
- Rent in Five minutes by Diego and Derek (a 2 minute version was submitted for Broadway.com’s RENT finale contest ad got an honorable mention for their work by original cast member s and judges Daphne, Adam and Anthony):
"Make 'Em Laugh"- from Singing in the Rain
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Whats up next for Miranda? REST no way, he has just finished helping Stephen Sondheim translate some lyrics into Spanish for the upcoming revival of "West Side Story" which is almost ready to hit Broadway after its test run in Washington D.C. He also is working on the revival of "The Electric Company" for PBS (click the title to see a sample of the show its so cool for kids).
I will leave you with a video. Nicholas Dayton is a young boy who is the "In the Height's" number 1 fan. The cast saw Dayton's YouTube videos of himself performing the songs in his bedroom and they invited him to come and perform the closing number with the cast as Usnavi (Miranda's character). This kid is amazing!
Friday, February 13, 2009
- As I said before An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin will be kicking the season off. This limited engagement will take place from June 23 through 28, 2009.
- Now for something completely different: "Monty Python's Spamalot," will play July 7 through September 6, 2009. The cast will be lead by John O'Hurley as King Arthur.
- Disney takes over with " Mary Poppins". It will run from November 13, 2009, through January 10, 2010. The best part is that Ashley Brown and Gavin Lee who originated the roles for Broadway and London productions will lead the cast to bring this classic to life.
- Dream Girls will follow with a run from February 24 through April 4, 2010. This will be a brand-new production of the rags-to-riches story of a R&B girl group in the sixties made famous by the 2006 movie.
- Then the "South Pacific" will roll in from June 29 through August 22, 2010. This classic Rodgers & Hammerstein's story will truly enchant us all.
"All shall know the wonder of purple summer"- lyrics from Spring Awakening's song "Purple Summer "
Thursday, February 12, 2009
"Putting it Together"- Song from Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George (PHOTO by Brigitte Lacombe)
Also do not forget that RENT is currently on a U.S. national tour with original cast members Adam Pascal and Anothony Rapp. I will have much more on the tour after I see their stop at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles which starts on February 26th and runs until March 8th.
"Goodbye Love"- song title from RENT
First there is tour's BLOG: Totally Trucked! This bog has been documenting the cast since rehearsals in NYC back in the Summer of 2008. The blog has allowed the cast to interact with their fans and even spotlight some of them. The blog features photo's of each stop of the tour as well as a map of where they have been so far and where they are off to next. It also has information of casting calls and upcoming events. The website also hosts a youtube channel by the same name. Here is one of their video's:
Second is Extended Run! This is a youtube channel created by cast member Perry Sherman. He wrote and directed a series of videos featuring the casts "fictional adventures" while on the road.
Here is the intro to the series:
Thirdly there is Steffi D's Video Blog's. Tour Cast member Steffi D, who was a finalist on Canadian Idol, has her very own youtube channel. I love her because she is crazy (in a good way). Here is an example of one of her video's.
On a sad note the Broadway stage production has closed but the tour is currently in St. Louis MO, for tour info go to the SpringAwakening website. The show is also currently opening productions around the world.
"My Junk"- song title from Spring Awakening
My name is Krystal and I made this blog to share upcoming news and fun trivia about the theatre world. This is a West Coast perspective on theatre since that is where I reside. My goal is to see as many shows as I can on my limited budget and share my experience with you all here.
I must give credit you my theatre Buddie Allyson! This blog was her idea and I am just the one bringing it to life. It all started last night. The two of us (along side our friends Rose, Courtney, and Pam), attended a 8pm showing of Minsky's at the Ahmanson theatre in LA. At the end of the show Allyson asked me if I liked the show. I said "I liked it" with which she responded "You didn't like it". I corrected her and said that did enjoy it but it was hard to say that I did because I wanted to Love it. A couple of minutes later when we meet up with Courtney and Pam, Allyson proceed to tell them that I did not like the show. I then said " I liked it but I didn't LOVE it". Allyson then told me that I should start a theatre blog with that as my title (If I was going to be so critical). I thought it was a funny idea at first but then I started thinking... I really would enjoy writing my own blog about the very thing that I am soooo passionate about. So I couldn't shake the idea and on a whim here I am.
So this blog is here as a way for me to speak to my fellow theatre friends and with that said there are some things I would like to make clear:
1) I am not an expert on theatre what so ever. I am just a BIG FAN.
2) This a BLOG; it is not a news outlet. So please do not take things as Fact. (though my posts will be fact driven and I will make sure to correct myself if I am wrong)
3) I am not a writer so I will Misspell, have grammar mistakes etc. (get over it)
4) Also I invite feedback and guest bloggers!
5) I plan to start each BLOG with a musical song lyric or a line from a play (this entry's title is from RENT; Tune Up 1, by Jonathan Larson)
So wish me luck and keep coming back for more!