Wednesday, September 30, 2009
DO NOT FORGET SPRING AWAKENING AT THE OCPAC 11/17/2009 - 11/29/2009! Click Here for more details!
"How about love?"-lyrics from Seasons of Love from RENT
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
"Remember, whatever, It seems like forever ago"-lyrics from Whatsername from American Idiot
Monday, September 28, 2009
If you have not seen this movie you must be living under at rock! This beloved film tells the story of a Kansas girl named Dorothy who is trying to find a way home after a tornado which took up her house and lands in the wonderful world of Oz. The movie was adapted from L. Frank Baum’s book by the same name. Directed by Victor Fleming (also directed Gone With the Wind), and scored by Herbert Stothart, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg.
The cast includes: Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman, Frank Morgan in six different roles, and Dorothy by the incomparable Judy Garland.
The Wizard of Oz won two Oscars® -- Best Song (“Over the Rainbow”) and Best Original Score -- plus a special award for Outstanding Juvenile Performance by Judy Garland.
Tomorrow 9/29/2009 Warner Home Video will release the film with a new 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition on DVD and Blu-ray. The new edition has hours of Enhanced Content, new documentaries, featurettes, a Sing-Along track, and much more.
Click Here For More Info!
"We're Off to See the Wizard" -song from The Wizard of Oz
Sunday, September 27, 2009
"It's got to happen, happen sometime, Maybe this time I'll win"-lyrics from Maybe This Time from Cabaret
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Jun. 22 - Jul. 11, 2010
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Jul. 27 - Aug. 1, 2010
San Diego, CASan Diego Civic Theatre
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Aug. 3 - 15, 2010
Costa Mesa, CA Orange County Performing Arts Center
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Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Here is a video clip of the show, since some people wanted to see more, rather than just read about it:
Also by request, here is the full set list from the show:
Is it bad that I want to road trip it again to see this show? I listened to the Full American Idiot CD in my car today on the way to work; stuck in LA Traffic. I just felt sooo good rock'n out to it and made me long to see it again! Why does Berkeley have to be sooo far away???
PS: YES, the American Idiot cocktails were yummy! I had the Whatsername and my brother had the Letterbomb!
"Before the Lobotomy"-song from American Idiot
"We've all got our junk, and my junk is you."-song from Spring Awakening
- Andy Blankenbuehler (Tony Award-winning choreographer of In the Heights) will direct and choreograph the new musical.
- Book by Avenue Q Tony winner Jeff Whitty.
- Music by In the Heights Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda and Next to Normal Tony winner Tom Kitt.
- Lyrics by High Fidelity's Amanda Green.
- Tony Award winner Alex Lacamoire (In the Heights, Wicked) will serve as orchestrator, arranger and music supervisor.
Now what do you think? I love the creative team but really, Bring It On? We can see the first production as early 2011, with a national tour to follow. No cast has been announced yet, I can not even think of who they might ask? The musical is being co-produced by Universal Pictures Stage Productions. (Universal distributed the original film in the U.S.) Also producing are Charlie Lyons and Armyan Bernstein of Beacon Communications. I guess we just have to wait and see.
"Run And Tell That!"-song from Hairspray
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
6:00pm Preshow 7:30pm Film
"The Hollywood Hills are alive with The Sound of Music! Everyone’s favorite sing-a-long returns to the giant screen at the Bowl – the world’s largest outdoor movie theater. Bring your costume (for the pre-show parade) and warm up your vocal cords for this beloved and always sold-out event." CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!
If you are a fan of the film like I am you need to go to this event. I attended this last year and it is well worth it. They hand out fun prop bag for you to play along to the movie. Bring some friends, food, wine and have a great time!
Monday, September 21, 2009
I LOVE IT: American Idiot is just another example of where American Theatre is heading, building a new generation of theatre goers who will see the performing arts for more than just big flashy dance numbers, Tops Hats, and Cats on stage. American Idiot follows the lead of many other rock musicals which have made big splash on the great white way, such as Passing Strange, Spring Awakening, Hair, In the Heights, RENT, etc. These musical do more then just entertain they speak to us on a human level.
The story of American Idiot the musical is based on the Green Day album by the same title as well as their newest release 21st Century breakdown. It follows three working class characters (Johnny, Will, and Tunny) from the suburbs to the city, on their journey to find redemption in a troubled/crazy world. The lead character is Johnny (aka the Jesus of Suburbia) played by the ever-so-talented Tony Award winner John Gallagher Jr. No one else could make sense in that role, no one. Gallagher is a ball of energy on stage and made all the Green Day songs which he sings his own, which is a huge task especially for diehard fans of Green Day who are ingrained with Billy Joe’s voice in their head. Now when listen to the album, I cannot help but think Gallagher’s renditions and rocker dance moves. When he started to sing Jesus of Suburbia my breath was taken away by his voice, his presence on stage, and his passion. My favorite song he sings is When It’s Time; please make a cast album so I can listen to Gallagher sing that song over and over again. Michcel Esper played Will a young man forced to grow up too soon with news of his girlfriend being pregnant. It broke my heart to watch Esper’s transformation from a man full of life to a man wondering where his life went. Matt Caplan played Tunny who abandons Johnny in the city to join the army. Caplan brought so much to the character and his rendition of Extraordinary Girl left wanting to hear more from him. Tony Vincent as St. Jimmy Johnny’s alter ego, brought it on stage! I could not help but think to myself throughout the performance that Vincent would make an excellent Hidwig (hint hint casting directors)! Last but not least Rebecca Naomi Jones as Whatsername, she blew my mind! When she sings 21 guns/ Letterbomb I wanted to run on stage and rock out with her and her chorus of girls in rage.
The play just opened just this past Wednesday September 16th and is scheduled to run until November 1st with record breaking ticket sales for the theatre. Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre is a perfect place for this stage production which allows the audience to get up close and personal with the in your face rock show taking place on stage. It is a small theatre and it must have been sold out because that place was packed with people young and old. I must say that Michael Mayer of Spring Awakening fame did an excellent job turning Green day’s hit record American Idiot to life on stage (No wonder why this man is aTony winner)! It has the feel of Spring Awakening but stand on its own as piece of history in American Theatre and Rock Music. The Orchestration, Arrangements, and Musical Supervision by Tony Award winner Tom Kitt (of Next to Normal fame) was amazing. Overall this creative team rocked it.
BUT…. Here is one problem I see with the show. Because the show relays so heavily in the lyrics in the songs to tell the story, older crowds and people who are not familiar with the album many have a hard time understanding it. Also this is story about this generation and the problems/issues we have in today’s society, because of the generation gaps between older crowds they may have a hard time understanding why there is so much frustration and anger in this coming of age storyline. I overheard one older couple having this conversation. Wife said “I understood the story but I do not understand why they were so in rage against the world?” Husband to the wife “Well you got to remember these kids are not from our generation. They grew up with so many other things to worry about besides themselves, in a different world, with more issues with the mass media, politics, and society as a whole. Those are things our time did not have to deal with.” Wife “That’s true, I guess I would not know what it is like to be young in today’s world”. I overheard another conversation between two women. Women 1 “I wish I could knew the lyrics before seeing the show, I would have understood what they were yelling about”. Women 2 “Yeah, I think if I knew the songs I would understand the story”.
Overall, if you can figure out away to get up to the Bay Area before November 1st comes around DO IT! I hope that the powers at be will let this show make it to Broadway, and if not a film at least. But please whatever happens please try to keep as much of this cast as possible because they truly are sooo talented and make this show what it is!
I had heard a rumor about Green Day’s American Idiot being turned into a musical for the last year or so. I was excited to hear that a band that I grew up on was working in theatre. I currently work in the radio industry, so besides my passion for theatre, a lot on my time is spend on my other passion music. Green Day has always held a special spot in my heart. They are a band that at a young age I connected with, understood and felt as if they were my band singing about how I felt. I remember in 8th grade begging my teachers at my catholic school to allow Green Day’s song "Good Riddance" be our graduation song. And the boys in my middle school being shocked when I told them I was a Green Day fan and knew all the words to "Hitchin' a Ride" (it was my punk/ alternative rock phase. I even had a chain necklace which made me feel like a rock star!). American Idiot came out in 2004, during my first year of college, my first time voting in a presidential election. I felt Green Day wrote the lyrics to how I felt about my country, myself, the world, etc, so I instantly connected with the piece. Hanging out with the radio kids who LOVED music, many of which had mixed feelings about, I felt a bit torn that they did not see the beauty of story in the album aside from the political statements it was making. As time went on I grew as a person and away from that album and some of those feelings. When I listen to it now it reminds me of that time in my life where I felt like a displaced young person facing the real world on my own for the first time.
So the story in American Idiot made sense to me for a musical adapted for the stage but I had no idea who the cast or crew was working on the piece. Then I heard the announcement that the World Premiere of American Idiot was coming to the Berkeley Rep and I was shocked that it came together so fast and with the band on board too. Then I heard the creative team: with the Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer, Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong, Music by Green Day, Choreographed by Steven Hoggett, Orchestration, Arrangements, and Musical Supervision by Tom Kitt, Scenic Design by Christine Jones, and last but on least Directed by Michael Mayer! I could not believe it! I knew that with this team behind the project that it would be amazing. But I knew it was too far away to go, so that was that and I moved on.
I told my fellow theatre buddies about the show but no real takers on wanting to road trip it up to the bay area from So. Cal. Then randomly my brother says to me one day I want to go to San Francisco and instantly said I will go with you if we can see a play at the Berkeley Rep. while we are there. He said what is it… I said its GREEN DAY you’ll love it! He said ok, and then reality set in, no $$$. After about a week of thinking about it I remembered my motto (thanks to RENT) “NO DAY BUT TODAY”. I strive to live my life in the now, not having regrets, taking chances when it seems right, etc. I knew that I just had go for it. And for a chance to met John Gallagher Jr., Michael Mayer, and the rest of the cast and creative team…. How could I pass that up? So that is what I did, I bought a ticket forced myself to figure out a plan to pay for it all.
- First off NPH was great! His opening number was funny, so true, and so classy!
- I loved the set of the stage and that they gave each genre its own spotlight.
- Kristin Chenoweth sooo cute when see won. She deserves it! BRING PUSHING DAISIES BACK!
- Flight of the Conchords should have won for something :(
- Justin Timberlake should be on SNL more
- Dr. Horrible!!! Yes, the sing-along-blog made it to the telecast! They got the whole cast together too.
- Jessica Lange wins for Grey Gardens! YAY! And the Grey Gardens wins for Best Made for TV Movie
- Jimmy Falon's musical number or attempt at one was soo good!
- Academy Awards opening musical number won an Emmy!
"Hurt Feelings"-song from Flight of the Conchords
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
So episode 3 season 1: Acafellas.
It was a good episode but not as good as it's predecessors. The guest stars are what made this weeks episode shine. John Lloyd Young was soo funny as tumbless woodshop teacher Henri St. Pierre (who knew, I always took him to be so serious?). Victor Garber is perfectly casted as Will's father and Debra Monk as Will's drunk mother was amazing. Lastly Josh Groban was too funny and added a fun twist to things and the end to the Acafellas :(.
BUT...The storyline for this weeks show was weird? Will who has soooo much passion for GLEE leaves it behind so fast to start up a boy band, really? I would believe the storyline more if we were maybe 8 or 9 episodes in to the season. They needed to establish Will's commitment to the club more before he can just leave again (didn't he leave GLEE in the plot already???). I give this week's episode a B-. .
Here are some photo's from last nights show
"that girl is poison"- lyrics from song Posion which was performed on GLEE
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
"Don't want to be an American Idiot"-from American Idiot
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
"One Last Kiss"-song from Bye Bye Birdie
Monday, September 14, 2009
ALSO while exploring the Berkeley Rep. website I found out that at the Concessions they sell yummy American Idiot Cocktails:
- Letterbomb:A classic cocktail gets a rock-and-roll makeover. Jack Daniels and Coca-Cola are bombed with a liquor-soaked cherry and a splash of cherry juice! ($8)
- Jesus of Suburbia: Find salvation in this surprising mix of Skyy vodka, Midori melon liqueur, a splash of pineapple juice, topped off with bubbly club soda. ($8)
- St. Jimmy:Taste the sweet and sour of life with this edgy mix of Jim Beam bourbon, sour apple schnapps and cranberry juice. ($8)
- Whatsername:Enjoy an urban romance with this delicious blend of Absolut Ruby Red Vodka, Torani pomegranate syrup and orange juice, served on the rocks. ($8)
"St. Jimmy"-song from American Idiot
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
- Monday September 14 at 7:30 pm at USC Hillel: A Discussion with Alfred Uhry, Jason Robert Brown, Rob Ashford, & CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie on Parade & Turning Jewish History into American Theater. FREE event; please email email@example.com to attend.
- Monday September 21 at 7 pm at the Paley Center for Media: Inside Parade: The True Story that Inspired the Tony-winning Musical. A panel featuring Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown, moderated by Variety theatre critic Robert Hofler. Also featuring clips about the Leo Frank trial from the PBS mini-series The Jewish Americans and the TV movie The Murder of Mary Phagan. Tickets $10; for more information, visit www.paleycenter.org.
- Wednesday September 30 at 7:30 pm at UCLA Hillel: A Discussion with Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown on Parade, Leo Frank, and Jewish Life in the South. Presented by CTG in association with the Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts at UCLA Hillel. FREE event; please email firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I LOVED the play from start to finish especially because it is a story has so many twists and turns. The play is about the Weston family from Oklahoma reuniting to find their missing father. The play deals so many issues such as drug abuse, alcoholism, suicide, death, aging, generation gaps, racism, incest, etc. I know that is some heavy stuff to deal with but do not think this show is depressing because that is not true! This show is a ball of emotions from funny to electrifying to sad to unsettling etc. I left the show not knowing how to feel.
The play has three acts and is very long (drink coffee!). But each act ends leaving the audience even more moved then the last; at the edge of theirs seats wondering whats next? The audience members seated next to me where every vocal about their feeling towards the play after each act and even during the play itself. The lady next to me turned to me several times during the show to tell me how well the cast was, how great the dialogue was and even to tell me "that's a line I am gonna use". A guy sitting on the other side told me after act two to hold on because we were just getting started on the craziness in this story (he was right).
The national touring cast is prefect. They are so believable in their roles that you want to go up on stage to give them a hug at times or throw a plate along side them. The cast is lead by Estelle Margaret Parsons as Violet Weston the matriarch of the Weston family, who is addicted prescription drugs. Shannon Cochran plays Barbara Fordham the oldest daughter of Estelle who is separated from her husband. Both women were the standout performances of the whole piece. The rest of the cast includes Jon DeVries, Libby George, Stephen Riley Key, Emily Kinney, Laurence Lau, Marcus Nelson, Paul Vincent O'Connor, Jeff Still, DeLanna Studi, Angelica Torn, and Amy Warren.
Also I just want to say that the set, designed by Todd Rosenthal, works so well for this piece and was just beautiful to look at. The set is complemented so well by lighting designed by Ann G. Wrightson.
DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW WHILE ITS IN LA!
The show runs at the Ahmanson Theatre from September 8th to October 18th. So go get your tickets for the show. NOTE: due to the fact that they play is three-acts long they do have special performance times that vary depending on the day so check the site for start times.
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE Center Theatre Groups Website!
"I'M IN CHARGE NOW"-line from August Osage county (best line of the whole play)
- "Showmance" episode two, season 1
- OMG I am sooo late with this GLEE LIVE BLOG. I am so sorry
- I love it so far. THEY NEED 12 members who will join?
- I love Will's back story with his dad
- Thoses kids are crazy! Poor Will :(
- Terri is crazy and yet Will is soo good to her.
- LOL Cory is learning to walk and sing at the sametime
- GoldDigger! GO MATT
- All By Myself (classic)
- What did they do? (Rachel and Cory)
- LOL 17 copies (Ohhh Sue)
- Everyone Loves Disco
- Anyone else want to slap Terri right now? Poor Will
- celibacy club amazing
- Balloon dancing
- Go Rachel! You tell them!
- Will and Emma too cute
- Rachels great idea Glee will give them sex
- PUSH IT number soo good!
- Emma's dancing during Push It number priceless
- Oh Sue, really?
- Songs about the Circus??? I hope not.
- TOTAL SIDE NOTE (Jersey Boys on America's Got Talent, yes i turned the channel but I'm back to GLEE)
- Emma cleans everything.
- Awww Cory and Rachel too cute "Your heart on the other side of your chest"
- Cory and Rachel Kiss and Cory's reaction is Priceless
- Terri not pregnant (big surprise)
- Is it just my TV or is anyone else having volume issues?
- Quinn and her friends can sing "Say a Little Prayer"
- Quinn and Sue sounds like trouble
- Emma do not give up
- Terri is not gonna be able to pull this off
- Quinn get's the solo for Don't Stop Believing WHAT!!!!!!!
- Rachel's singing can get out of hand at home I guess
- Go Rachel (Lea is amazing and sings her heart out)
- DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN BUY THE SHEET MUSIC TO THE SONGS FEATURED ON GLEE: click here to do so.
- Sneak Peak looks sooo good
- That's all 4 tonight thanks for reading! Looking back this entry does not make sense unless you are watching the episode at the same time. lol
- Behinds the scenes video of this weeks episode CLICK HERE
"Oooh Baby Baby"-lyrics from Push It peformed on GLEE