Monday, August 31, 2009

I Got Life

Video from Broadway Impact's Equality Rally at the Delecorte Theatre in Central Park. Get involved! Check out the website: Follow Broadway Impact on Twitter!!

Click Here to read my Blog Entry "Easy to be proud" about Broadway Impact.
"I Got Life"-song from Hair

You Keep Me Hangin' On

Here is the music set to be released on the GLEE soundtrack voulume 1 set for this November 3rd!
"Don't Stop Believin'"
"Can't Fight This Feeling"
"Gold Digger"
"Take a Bow"
"Bust Your Windows"
"Taking Chances"
"Maybe This Time"
"Somebody to Love"
"Hate On Me"
"No Air"
"You Keep Me Hangin' On"
"Keep Holding On"
"Bust a Move"
"Sweet Caroline"
"Dancing with Myself"
"Defying Gravity"
NOW ON ITUNES is "On My Own" from Les Miserables' sung by Lea Michele. The record is being released by Columbia Records and Twentieth Century Fox Television.
"You Keep Me Hangin' On"-song performed on GLEE

Sing Sing A Song

Last night the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy awards gave out the lifetime achievement award to Sesame Street for there 40 years of children's education on television. Thank You Sesame Street for all that you have done and continue to do.
"Sing Sing A Song"-song from Sesame Street

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Lady peaceful, Lady happy

So, I saw Liza at the Hollywood this weekend and she was amazing. One of the best concert experiences I have ever had. She started off slow, but then brought down the house. She was witty, charming, crazy, and even made me cry a little. When she sang Maybe This Time, which is one of my all time favorite Broadway songs I almost lost it. She sounded just like the soundtrack that I have sang along to over and over again in my car. Here are a couple of pictures from the show.

Here is also a video I tried to take from the show. But becuase we where far away it is of the screen so you can not see very well. :(

"Lady peaceful, Lady happy"-Lyrics from Maybe This Time from Cabaret

Thursday, August 27, 2009

And one pasta with meatless balls

Check out Andy SeƱor Jr. Blog called La Vie Boh ...MMM. Andy is currently on tour with the Broadway musical RENT and says this about his blog "I had two dreams I wanted to fulfill in my life since i was a kid: to be on Broadway, and to open my own Cuban cafe......1 down...1 to go. This is a blog about my culinary journey through life as an artist and food lover....".
Its an great BLOG but beware if you are Hunrgy do not go to his blog because it will make you hunrgy! Besides the yummy food, his posts are filled with great behind the scenes pictures on the cast as they break bread together at all the different stops of the RENT tour.
Here are some youtube videos he has posted.

"And one pasta with meatless balls"lyrics from La Vie Boheme


JUST IN! Tony Award Winner Kristin Chenoweth and recent Emmy Nominee for her work on Pushing Daisies, has joined the American Idol judges in sunny Orlando for auditions. I might start watching American Idol again!
Here is a list of others who will join American Idol as guest judges: Neil Patrick Harris (YAY!), Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Shania Twain, Katy Perry and Joe Jonas.
"Popular"-song from Wicked

All the Single Ladies

Your GLEE Weekly Update!
Tomorrow is the LA GLEEK TOUR stop! If anyone attends please let me know how it was for next week's update!
Here are two behind the scenes video's from the GLEEK Tour.

That's right the site has been redone so let me highlight some of the great new features.
EXTRA'S: You can now get GLEE Wallpaper, AIM icons, and Screensavers.
MUSIC: They now have a whole page on the music featured on the show. You can see who originally sang it, who sang it on the show, and even buy it off of itunes.
EPISODE RECAP: Here you can get a recap video of the episode, the music highlights, and a summary of the episode.
COMMUNITY: This is where you can converse with fellow GLEEKS on hot topics in forms.
VIDEO'S: Here you can watch behind the scenes stuff, episodes, and previews of upcoming musical numbers.
BIGGEST GLEEK PROMOTION: Are you the Biggest GLEEk? Prove it! Win points from activity across Twitter, Facebook and MySpace to claim the title of Biggest GLEEk. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!

To hold you over till next week's GLEE Update here is A Show About Loser video aka "the push it".

"All the Single Ladies"-song featured on GLEE

Yeah it's alright

Great Piece on Broadway meets ROCK! Done by MTV in May of 2008 (Passing Strange, In The Heights, and Spring Awakening)
"Yeah it's alright"-Passing Strange

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Get Back

So, I have not been writing many entries for the past few days because I have rediscovered my Netflix account and have been on a ROCK/MUSICAL thing. Since Sunday I have watched Tommy, Hair, Magical Mystery Tour, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Headwig and the Angry Inch (I had Monday off from work so a lot of free time). Anyways I recommend them all except for Magical Mystery Tour, watch only if you are a big Beatles fan. If you want a fun Beatles movie then watch A Hard Days Night instead.

Here are video clips of my favorite performances from each movie list above.

"Get back"-Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sunday, August 23, 2009


DVD of the month: Cabaret
The 1972 film was adapted from the Broadway stage production (1966). The stage production was based on John Van Druten's play I Am a Camera, and the novel Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood. The story focus on the nightlife of 1931 Berlin as the Nazis rise to power. Liza Minnelli stars as young Sally Bowles who works at the Kit Kat Klub as an cabaret performer. Sally falls for a young American writer named Brian Roberts, played by Michael York .

My favorite character is the Emcee, who oversees all the action and is played by Joel Grey. He presides as master of ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub and throughout the show he serves as a constant metaphor for the state of society in Weimar Germany during that time.

Cabaret was nominated for 10 Academy Awards in 1973 and won 8: including Best Director Bob Fosse, Best Actress Liza Minnelli, Best Actor in a Supporting Role Joel Grey, Cinematography, Editing, Music, Art Direction, and Sound. It lost Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay to The Godfather.

Hey Los Angeles!!! Tony and Academy Award-winning legend Liza Minnelli will play two concerts at the Hollywood Bowl THIS WEEK Aug. 28-29 at 8:30 PM both evenings. TICKETS STILL ON SALE!!!
If you can not make it to the Bowl no worries, according to Minnelli's official website her Liza's at the Palace at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas set for Sept. 25-30 will be filmed. No plans on how it will be released just yet. But trust me I will keep you informed!

"Willkommen"-song from Cabaret

Saturday, August 22, 2009

FEED ME!!! (part 1)

I want to expand my BLOG but I can only do it with your help! So I am starting the FEED ME CAMPAIGN to help grow the blog. It is a three part campaign. I will give out one simple task to you, the readers each week to help me with.

FEED ME CAMPAIGN TASK 1: I have now written over TWO HUNDRED entries since the BLOG started in February this YEAR and I would LOVE your FEEDBACK on them! (get it) I only get one comment every seven entries or so it has been hard to see what is working and what is not. OR if anyone is even OUT THERE? Please comment on this entry: Let me know one thing you LOVE, one thing you LIKE, one thing you do not LOVE or LIKE. That's it! (Now I am crossing my fingers and hoping for something)
"Feed Me" -song from Little Shop of Horrors

Money makes the world go round (part4)

TICKETS! Here are some upcoming shows in the LA area. Also some ways in which you can buy tickets early and maybe even save some money!

"Money makes the world go round"- song from Cabaret

Friday, August 21, 2009

Can't Fight This Feeling


We are ONE week way from the GLEEK stop in LA!
FRIDAY: Aug. 28 Hollywood & Highland3:00-6:00 PM 6801 Hollywood Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90028. Screening: Mann’s Chinese 6 @ 9:30am for the first 750 guests! CLICK HERE FORE MORE INFO (sadly I have work and can not attend but if anyone goes please let me know how it was, send me a recap and I will post your feedback!). Above is picture from one the stops on the GLEEK Tour so far.

HERE is a video of Matthew Morrison talking about his role on GLEE.

Another Sneak Peak from Episode TWO of GLEE:Behind the Scenes of "Gold Digger"!

GLEE Cast Member spotlight: Cory Monteith! Here are five things you need to know about Cory.

  1. Monteith was born in Calagry Canada! And was raised in Victoria British Columbia (home of Butchart Gardens which are amazing you must go see them!)
  2. Before GLEE he held many odd jobs such as Wal-Mart greeter, Taxi Driver, telemarketer, and construction worker.
  3. He was on Kyle XY for seven episodes from 2006-2007.
  4. Here is video of Cory from Hollywire.
  5. 5. HE Tweets! CLICK HERE FOR CORY's Twitter Page!
        "Can't Fight This Feeling"-song performed on GLEE

      I am not dead yet!

      Go see SPAMALOT at Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles! There are only a couple of weeks left and you can not miss this show!!!

      "I am not dead yet!"-song from Spamalot

      Thursday, August 20, 2009

      Blue Wind

      Steven Sater interview's Josh Skinner. He talks about his career, working w/ Duncan Sheik, the creation of the music of SA, SA movie in the works and whats next. I just want to say Steven Sater could not be a cool dude!

      "Blue Wind"-song from Spring Awakening

      Wednesday, August 19, 2009

      Dearly beloved are you listening?

      I just bought my tickets for Green Day's American Idiot at the Berkeley Rep. I am dragging my brother with me. I am soo excited to see John Gallagher Jr. in person; he will play Johnny (the Jesus of Suburbia). Gallagher is the greatest theatre actor of our time! The guy is only 25 and has won a TONY, has been four hit shows (Rabbit Hole, Spring Awakening, Port Authority, and Farragut North), has played in a number of bands and now will star in world premier of Green Day's American Idiot. A friend just told me that Gallagher has his own twitter page. He has been updating regularly about the show and his adventures in San Fran. Click Here to see.
      Watch the Video below to see why I love this actor's work sooo much. The 1st video is from the 2007 Local One Strike on Broadway. Gallagher and his Spring Awakening castmates were out in font of the theatre every night to sing for the audience who would have gone to see their show if the strike was not taking place. It is also my favorite performance of the song "The Bitch of Living". The 2nd video is from one of his concerts. The 3rd is a performace of Still Sixteen with his old band Old Springs Pike who later changed their name to The Spring Standards when he left the band.

      John will be joined on stage by his old Spring Awakening cast members Gerard Canonico & Brian Charles Johnson who are amazing! You still have time buy tickets to see American Idiot will play at the Berkeley Rep. from September 4th to October 11th 2009!
      "Dearly beloved are you listening?"-lyrics from Jesus of Suburbia song from American Idiot


      The MTV VMA's promo's have taken on West Side Story.

      "Tonight"-song from West Side Story

      Tuesday, August 18, 2009

      Who's Crazy/My Psychopharmacologist and I

      Next to Normal Tony award winner Alice Ripley is either a really good actress or she has lost her mind!
      Please subcribe to the RIPLEYTHEBAND's Youtube Channel. Below are only a few of the bizzar clips that she has been post over the last two weeks.
      I will post more of my fav's as she continues to deliver them.

      "Who's Crazy/My Psychopharmacologist and I"-song from Next to Normal

      Easy to be proud

      Gavin Creel (from Hair) started Broadway Impact to gather people together & stand up for equality.
      Made up of mainly Broadway theatre people, they describe themselves as: "We are a community of actors, directors, stage managers, fans, producers — pretty much anyone who has ever seen, been in or worked on a Broadway show — united by the simple belief that anyone who wants to should be able to get married...We are a community of talented, generous and amazing people and what we are able to accomplish together is incredible. Every year we raise millions of dollars for charity. When someone needs our help, we are there organizing and rallying together to raise money and show our support. Now, there is a fight that has come to our stage and it is one that we cannot ignore. This fight needs more than just our money... it needs our action."

      I love this organization and I hope that you check out their website:

      Follow Broadway Impact on Twitter!!

      Also check out Gavin's BLOG
      (click here). Here is a video from his blog. (great ending by the way)

      "Easy to be proud"-lyrics from Easy to Be from Hair

      Monday, August 17, 2009

      Touch Me

      Look what I found! Oh how I wish I could see this production in Japan.

      "Touch Me"-song from Spring Awakening

      Have you heard about Hugo and Kim?

      22 year-old Matt Doyle was just interviewed by the New Yorker. You might know Matt from Gossip Girl or the Broadway & the National tour cast of Spring Awakening. He is currently getting ready to play Hugo in Bye Bye Birdie this fall. Check it out by clicking here.
      "Have you heard about Hugo and Kim?"-lyrics from The Telephone song from Bye Bye Birdie

      Yeah, they're real.

      I must share with you Avenue Q's Lucy the Slut on the cover of the current issue of TimeOut NY. Only on Broadway...
      "Yeah, they're real."-lyrics from Special song from Avenue Q

      Saturday, August 15, 2009

      Thursday, August 13, 2009

      The Joy You Feel


      Follow GLEE on Twitter! CLICK HERE

      GLEE FEATURED CAST MEMBER: Matthew Morrrison!
      Here are 5 things your need to know about Matthew:
      1) He made his theater debut on Broadway in the musical version of Footloose, followed by a revival of the Rocky Horror Show. He originated the role of Link Larkin in the Broadway production Hairspray. He played the role of Fabrizio Nacarelli in The Light in the Piazza. His last role on Broadway was in the Lincoln Center production of South Pacific as Lt. Cable.
      2) He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in The Light in the Piazza. He earned a Drama Desk Nomination for his role in the off Broadway show 10 Million Miles.
      3) He has appeared the films: Dan in Real Life and Music and Lyrics.
      4) He is from California (but calls NYC home)!

      5) Here is an interview he gave right before he left South Pacific to do GLEE.

      ONE LAST THING: The first GLEE soundtrack will drop in November. Second one could be out in December
      "The Joy You Feel "-song from Light in the Piazza

      Wednesday, August 12, 2009

      All That's Known

      Check out the videos below of Jonathan Groff (of Spring Awakening fame) interviews for his movie debut in Taking Woodstock.
      Video one is with "chuckthemovieguy". (who I find creepy).

      Video two is with "mannythemovieguy". (I love manny's shirt)

      Video three is of Skylar Astin (also of Spring Awakening fame) Interview Taking Woodstock

      Taking Woodstock comes to a theatre near you on August 28th! Click Here to go to the movie's webisite!
      "All That's Known "-song from Spring Awakening

      I'll always be right here.

      Did you know that there was a ET the Play? Watch the clip below to find out more about it. Let's just hope it wasn't a musical too because Charlyne can not sing.

      "I'll always be right here" lines from ET the Play

      Tuesday, August 11, 2009



      The film is part rock concert, part memoir, and part Broadway musical. Spike Lee directed the film which breaks conventions to tell its story of a young L.A. songwriter’s international journey to self-discovery.
      Tickets for the Screening are still available. CLICK HERE FOR TIX. But, tickets to the special Gala Party following the screening are SOLD OUT. Additional Gala Party tickets may become available on the day of the show.
      "Amsterdam"-song from Passing Strange

      We love you, Conrad, oh, yes we do!

      Yesterday the Box Office for Bye Bye Birdie opened for business. To celebrate the RoundAbout Theatre Company held a special event at the Henry Miller's Theatre in NYC with $10 tickets for the 1st preview of the show, thanks to Bank of America. Also ticket buyers got the chance to meet Nolan Gerard Funk who will play Conrad Birdie as well as the award winning Composer Charles Strouse & Lyricist Lee Adams. ALSO, the first 50 fans received a Bye Bye Birdie lunchbox, where one lucky lunchbox contained tickets to the opening night show and the after party, also thanks to Bank of America.

      The show also launched it's website full of fun stuff to explore about the show such as Conrad Birdie facts.
      * photo thanks to & Walter McBride/Retna Ltd (click here to read their article on the event)
      "We love you, Conrad, oh, yes we do!"-song fromBye Bye Birdie

      Monday, August 10, 2009

      Are We the Waiting

      Check out the LINK below for the WAMC: Powerhouse interview of Michael Mayer as he talks about his new project American Idiot (the Green Day project) (aired 7/21/09) (2009-07-21)WAMC: Powerhouse - Michael Mayer (aired 7/21/09) (2009-07-21)

      Shared via
      "Are We the Waiting"-song from American Idiot

      A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck

      So I went to see Julie & Julia at movies last night and LOVED IT! OK, I know what you are thinking, "What does that movie have to do with this blog?" My answer "a lot!" Yes, it is not a musical and is not based off a play (yet), but it is blog turn book turn movie.

      First of all this movie is charming, laugh out loud funny, and made me long for NYC. Though I love Julia Child (played by the ever so talented Meryl Streep ) I found myself connecting with Julie Powell (played by Amy Adams). Julie is young woman in NYC about to turn thirty who is lost in life, yet finds it in a BLOG she writes about Julia Child's cookbook. The main thing through out the movie that Julie like I, struggled with was trying to find a balance between work, relationships, friendships, and one's passions in life. Another similarity Julie and I share is that someone close to us gave us the idea for the blog. Julie gets the idea for her blog from her husband (played by the wonderful Chris Messina) who thinks she would have fun doing so and my friend Allyson told me I should write because she thought I would have fun doing so. Julie thinks no one reads her blogs, I also think no one reads my blog.

      The turning point of the movie is that Julie's blog becomes more than a thing to do but rather a career opportunity. I aspire to one day work in the theatre industry and I have come to view this blog as a tool in creating opportunities in order to achieve that goal. Julie's dedication to her blog was inspiring and I too vow to try to make this the best blog that I can! Anyways, enough about me...go see this movie, I promise I did not spoil it for you. Here is the Trailer just in case i did not convince you to go see this movie!!!

      In case that was not enough here are three ways the Movie is connected to Theatre/Musicals:
      1) Amy Adams and Meryl Streep both started in both DOUBT based off the play by the same name. Stanley Tucci (who plays Mr. Child) made his Broadway debut in The Queen and the Rebels
      2) Adams and Streep were also in movie musicals: Adams in Enchanted and Streep in Mamma Mia
      3) A certain song from Guys and Dolls was featured in the movie ( title of entry hint hint)
      *Photo above from MSNBC article featuring the real Julie Powell (truly an inspiration)
      "A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck"-lyrics from A Bushel and a Peck a song from Guys and Dolls.

      Saturday, August 8, 2009

      Day By Day

      Upright Cabaret's Wicked Summer Nights: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road Stephen Schwartz: Making Good Sun. August 23 at 7:30 p.m.
      Purchase by August 16, pay only $75 (VIP), $55, $45, $35 *VIP includes preferred seating and Artist Meet-and-Greet (DISCOUNT CODE: MAKINGGOOD)
      Presented by Chris Isaacson and Shane Scheel

      "Day By Day " song form Godspell

      Friday, August 7, 2009

      Baby, Talk To Me

      I love this video of John Stamos as he chats about Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming Broadway revival of BYE BYE BIRDIE. CHECK IT OUT BELOW!

      "Baby, Talk To Me "-song from Bye Bye Birdie

      Merrily We Roll Along

      Monday August 17th check out Sondheim Summer: A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim, presented at Ryan Black's 88's Cabaret at the Cafe La Boheme Restaurant at 8400 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA @8pm.
      Talent for the event inculdes; Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young, Sally Kellerman, Daisy Eagan, Susan Egan, Georgia Stitt, Lesli Margherita and Ty Taylor with Ashley Cuellar, Michelle Duffy, Jeffrey Landman, Ethan LePhong, Jen Malenke, Bets Malone, Katrina Parker, Hila Plitmann, Cindy Robinson, Jerry Sharell, Anne Fraser Thomas, Kritsin Towers and Brooke Wilkes.
      FOR FULL TICKET INFO CLICK HERE: There is a $20 cash cover charge with $30 food-drink minimum; $15 standing-room tickets have a two-drink minimum.
      "Merrily We Roll Along "-song from show by the same title

      Superboy and the Invisible Girl

      I am posting this video for my Friend Allyson who in NYC right now. She went to see Next to Normal tonight!!! She text messaged me and told me that it was amazing. I should get the full report from her when she returns. Until then please watch the video below!

      "Superboy and the Invisible Girl"-song from Next to Normal

      Gold Digger

      So... I love Fox's new show GLEE and since I talk about it a lot I have given in and have made it my first weekly feature. Today's update is full of fun LINKS!
      1) New Info on GLEEK Tour stop in LA: It takes place Friday, Aug. 28 Hollywood & Highland3:00-6:00 PM 6801 Hollywood Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90028. There will be a Show Screening!!! @Mann’s Chinese 6 @ 9:30am for the first 750 guests! CLICK HERE FORE MORE INFO
      "Gold Digger"-song performed on GLEE

      Wednesday, August 5, 2009

      Fit As A Fiddle

      Singing In The Rain at the Hollywood Forever cemetery on August 22nd 2009: 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard at gower. Gates 7:00 pm movie 8:30 pm no reservation necessary. To attend you can buy your $10 donation tickets at gate. As a courtesy to other moviegoers: NO TALL CHAIRS!! Bring blankets, a tarp, food, drinks, and have a blast! I have been to one of their screening before and it is an experience you must do at least once or even twice in your life, just so you can say "Oh Yeah I saw that movie in a cemetery".
      For Full Details and more on what Cinespia is click here!
      "Fit As A Fiddle "-song from Singing in the Rain

      Monday, August 3, 2009

      Jesus of Suburbia

      My personal fav. and Tony Award winner John Gallagher, Jr. will star in Berkeley Repertory Theatre's world premiere of American Idiot, a musical based on the Grammy Award-winning album by Green Day.
      American Idiot will reunite Gallagher with his Tony-winning director from Spring Awakening, Michael Mayer. The show will start previews Sept. 4 for a run to Oct. 11. Gallagher will star as Johnny, the rest of the cast includes: Matt Caplan as Tunny, Michael Esper as Will, Tony Vincent as St. Jimmy with Mary Faber as Heather, Rebecca Naomi Jones as Whatsername, and Christina Sajous as Extraordinary Girl.

      "Jesus of Suburbia"- song from American Idiot the Musical

      Find Your Grail

      Join CTG's Young Professionals Group!
      An exciting new membership program for 22-35 year-old professionals who love theatre.

      Membership Benefits Includes:
      -Tickets to four shows and mixers at all three CTG theatres
      -Up-Close Dialogues with cast and creative teams
      -Networking opportunities with other young professionals
      -Discount ticket offers for other shows

      -Shows included Spamalot, Palestine, New Mexico, A New Play by Lisa Kron and a TBA show.

      Membership costs $300! (Total amount may be paid in two installments –$150 now and $150 in six months. Tickets for individual events are also available. Call CTG for more information.)
      Click here to learn more about the Young Professionals Group or call Ana Rose O'Halloran at 213.972.3192
      "Find Your Grail"-song from Spamalot

      If I were a Bell

      I loved Guys and Dolls in concert at the Hollywood Bowl! It captured the spirit of the beloved movie which stared Frank Sinatra as Nathan Detroit and Marlon Brando as Sky Masterson. The Bowl's cast played off each other and captivated the audience with every note they sang. I just want to give shout out to some of the the amazing cast members: Brian Stokes Mitchell (Sky Masterson), Jessica Biel (Sarah Brown) Scott Bakula (Nathan Detroit), Ellen Greene (Miss Adelaide) Ken Page (Nicely-Nicely), Ruth Williamson (Gen. Mathilde Cartwright), Herschel Sparber (Big Jule), Jason Graae (Benny Southstreet), Danny Stiles (Rusty Charlie), and Bill Lewis (Harry the Horse). I also must say that Brian Stokes Mitchell won over my heart with his performance of Sky Masterson. His delivery of sky's famous one liners was spot on.
      I can not wait to see what the Bowl puts on next year. I vote Company or a salute to Stephen Sondheim since it is his 80th birthday year. Below are a few photos I took from Friday Night's Show! FOR MORE PHOTO'S CLICK HERE TO SEE PLAYBILL.COM'S PHOTO ALBUM.
      "If I were a Bell"-song from Guys and Dolls