Saturday, October 31, 2009

You remove every bit of the blue from your mind

I just found this documentary on Spring Awakening. The 3 part doc. has great footage from the Broadway and Tour casts.



"You remove every bit of the blue from your mind"-lyrics from Mirror-Blue Night from Spring Awakening

Monster Mash

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"Monster Mash" from many movies

What's This?

DVD of the Month: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas!!!
My favorite Halloween movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas because not only is it about Halloween but it is also about Christmas. I can watch this movie over and over again. Made in 1993 this stop motion feature was directed by Henry Selick and produced/co-written by Tim Burton. It tells the story of Jack Skellington, who lives in "Halloween Town" but stumbles upon portals to other holidays besides his own. He follows one of the portals which leads him to"Christmas Town". Danny Elfman wrote the score and was the singing voice of Jack. The casts voice are done by Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Ken Page and Glen Shadix.

Here are the Lyrics to my favorite song for the movie:"The What's this? What's this? There's color everywhere What's this? There's white things in the air What's this?I can't believe my eyes I must be dreaming Wake up, Jack, this isn't fair What's this?What's this? What's this? There's something very wrong What's this? There's people singing songs What's this? The streets are lined with Little creatures laughing Everybody seems so happy Have I possibly gone daffy? What is this? What's this? There are children throwing snowballs here Instead of throwing heads They're busy building toys And absolutely no one's dead There's frost on every window Oh, I can't believe my eyes And in my bones I feel the warmthThat's coming from inside Oh, look What's this? They're hanging mistletoe, they kiss Why that looks so unique, inspired They're gathering around to hear a story Roasting chestnuts on a fire What's this? What's this? In here they've got a little tree, how queer And who would ever think And why?They're covering it with tiny little things They've got electric lights on strings And there's a smile on , now, correct me if I'm wrong This looks like fun This looks like fun Oh, could it be I got my wish? What's this? Oh my, what now? The children are asleep But look, there's nothing underneath No ghouls, no witches here to scream and scare them Or ensnare them, only little cozy things Secure inside their dreamland What's this? The monsters are all missing And the nightmares can't be found And in their place there seems to be Good feeling all aroundI nstead of screams, I swear I can hear music in the air The smell of cakes and piesIs absolutely everywhere The sights, the sounds They're everywhere and all around I've never felt so good beforeThis empty place inside of me is filling up I simply cannot get enough I want it, oh, I want it Oh, I want it for my own I've got to know I've got to know What is this place that I have found? What is this?Christmas Town, hmm... "
"What's This"-song from Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I have often walked down this street before; But the pavement always stayed beneath my feet before.

So I got The Music Center really early yesterday so I decided to take pictures of the place to share with those of you who have never been there. The Music Center includes the Ahmanson Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
"I have often walked down this street before; But the pavement always stayed beneath my feet before."-lyrics from On the Street Where You Live from My Fair Lady

Where Will You Stand When the Flood Comes?

So last night I went to see Parade at the Mark taper Forum for the second time. It was just as good as it was the 1st time! T.R. Knight was amazing as Leo Frank. After watching a few interviews I think I am a fan of his now. He is so adorable, down to earth, and a wonderful actor. Lara Pulver, who played Lucille Frank, gave another astonishing performance. Her voice is soo clear and so moving. I did get to meet David St. Louis who plays Newt Lee, Jim Conley, and Riley. Strangely he was just hanging out in the lobby before the show.

A couple of notes: 1) Do not sit all the way stage left or right because the big picture on the way is made of cloth and moves making you a bit dizzy. 2) The ending boom in the Finale song at the end reminds me of the Lion King (if you seen the show you know what I mean). 3) My friend Allyson and I were talking about how the show has good well written songs but that they are not memorable. But I think I have changed my mind on this matter because all day long today many of the songs have been stuck in my head. 4) The dance numbers are sooo hauntingly good that they give you chills.

GO SEE PARADE TIME IS RUNNING OUT CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!
"Where Will You Stand When the Flood Comes? "-song from Parade

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

You Keep Me Hangin' On

GLEE WEEKLY UPDATE!
No new episode of GLEE this week = sadness!
I do not have any news for you this week so instead here are a few of my favorite GLEE photos for your enjoyment!
"You Keep Me Hangin' On "-song performed on GLEE

This Is It

So last night I went to the star studded world premier of This Is It at the Nokia LA Live. The film did a great job of putting it's little footage together to document MJ's preparation for the This Is It Tour. Overall I thought it was good, and you could see that even though MJ had been off the stage for a while that he was at home on stage again preparing for what would have been his comeback tour. I think I would have liked it more if I was a bigger MJ fan. Go see it if you are a big MJ fan, If your not then do not waste your money. It was funny, heart warming and the graphic work from the show is amazing. The best number of the piece was Billy Jean where MJ rocked it still. Reportedly tons of stars turned out for the LA screening but hardly saw anyone :(. Here are a couple of photos I took from yesterday below. (above photo from people)


"This Is It"-from movie This Is It

Monday, October 26, 2009

If I Die It Won't Be From Sitting, It'll Be From Fighting To Get Up and Get Out

MUSIC MONDAYS: Songs to Sing Whilst
This week's Music Monday brought to you by guest blogger Allyson!!!

Driving I drive a lot. I drive at least 80 miles a day and when I'm about to fall asleep at the wheel, singing these songs keeps me awake.

1. Ballad of Czolgosz- Neil Patrick Harris (Assassins)
2. I'm Alive- Aaron Tveit (Next to Normal)
3. Gimme Gimme- Sutton Foster (Thoroughly Modern Millie)
4. Some People- Patti Lupone (Gypsy)
5. I Speak Six Languages- 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee
Honorable Mention:
The Bitch of Living- Spring Awakening
Part of It All- [Title of Show]
The Little Things You Do Together- Elanie Stritch (Company)

If you have an idea for Music Monday just let me know.
"If I Die It Won't Be From Sitting, It'll Be From Fighting To Get Up and Get Out"-lyrics from Some People from Gypsy

Something I Can't See

NEXT TO NORMAL HAS A NEW SONG?Broadway Next to Normal's launched a very successful Twitter campaign to its followers back in May asking for suggestions for a new song to be written by the show's Tony-winning songwriters, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. Twitter followers gave their opinions on all aspects of the new song, from who they wanted to sing it, what the song should be about, where it should take place within the show, lyric suggestions, etc. A reported 4,000 suggestions were given and the new song will be1st heard at 92Y Tribeca on Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00pm. The song is entitled Something I Can't See, is sung by Dr. Madden and Gabe. Cast members Louis Hobson (Dr. Madden) and Aaron Tveit (Gabe) will perform the song at the event but the song will not be incorporated into the musical.
Want to watch part of the event? Then log on to www.Twitter.com/n2nbroadway for more info.
"Something I Can't See"-extra song from Next to Normal

I believe that now is the time, For all good men, To believe in love

So the Internet is buzzing with the question is"Jonathan Groff and Gavin Creel Broadway's New Gay Power Couple?" I do not believe they have even gone on record saying that they are dating but they have been seen at many events together including most recently the National Equality Rights March in Washing D.C. a couple weeks ago. I hope they are dating because could you get a hotter singing couple then theses two? What are your thoughts?

"I believe that now is the time, For all good men, To believe in love"-lyrics from I Believe In Love from Hair

You'll Think of Someone

Guess who is head to the Great White Way?
Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes!!!
The two will star in a new revival of Promises, Promises. Chenoweth will portray Fran Kubelik and Hayes will play Chuck Baxter in an upcoming Broadway revival. Promises, Promises is a musical adaptation of Billy Wilder's popular film, "The Apartment".
For more on the musical click here.

The new production of the Burt Bacharach-Hal David-Neil Simon musical is set to arrive in spring 2010. Rob Ashfor will direct and choreograph the piece. More casting and creative team members will be announced soon.
"You'll Think of Someone"-song from Promises Promises

With or WIthout you

So last night I attended the U2 concert at the Rose Bowl alongside 96,000 people! Band members Bono and the Edge are set to make their Broadway debut as authors behind the Music & Lyrics to the upcoming Spider-Man musical. The book is by Glen Berger and Julie Taymor of Lion King (stage) fame. I am still on the fence about the idea of Spiderman the musical. On the one hand I love U2 and their music is amazing. But Spiderman as a musical, really? Are we all out of ideas that we had to turn to comic books? Anyone have any thoughts?

Here is video from last night's concert.


"With or without you"-song by U2 who are writing new Spiderman Musical

Friday, October 23, 2009

Small World

Out of Town for the weekend so tons of updates come Monday!
-Sorry about the wait. But trust me BIG NEWS coming!
Thanks :)
"Small World"song from Gypsy

Thursday, October 22, 2009

I Could Have Danced All Night

GLEE WEEKLY UPDATE!!!Episode 8: Mash-Up
So I am going to keep it short today, but how amazing was GLEE tonight? For the first time I felt bad for Sue. She was really putting herself out there and was being human for once. The Will and Sue dance was amazing. Who knew they both could swing dance like that? I loved Emma and Will tonight! Can they just kiss already and say out loud that they love each other? And the Thong Song was too funny. I got to say that Will was a bit dirty this week (The Thong song, Bust a Move and dancing with the ladies in one night?). Though I saw the Puck/Rachel hook up coming it was over way to fast. I thought they would draw it out a bit longer. Puck's dream was pretty funny though. Kurt took one for the team during the slushie war, what a true friend! By far the best moment of the show was the GLEE team throwing their slushies in Will's face in the end.

GLEE NEWS:
1) As previously reported Jonathan Groff will be joining the cast for 5 to 6 episodes! Anyone have any requests for songs he should sing? Please post your thoughts below.
2) Madonna's people have signed off on allowing the show to use her all of her songs! It is rumored that Quinn will sing Papa Don't Preach and Rachel Material Girl.
3) Matthew, Lea, and Cory will be featured on the next issue of Entertainment Weekly. So make sure you pick up a copy at your newsstand!
4) Rumors have also been flying as to who else will guest star in the show. One name that has been all over the place is Adam Lambert. Lea was on Rachel Ray on Wednesday and said how much she would love to see him on the show.

Well thats all for this week. More next Wednesday!
"I Could Have Danced All Night "-song from My Fair Lady

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I don't own emotion -- I rent

EVERYTHING IS RENT!!!
So I just got back from seeing RENT at the OCPAC! The show was amazing like always. Every time I hear Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp sing it gave me chills, and there are no words to even describe how wonderful it is to get to hear them live. I could listen to both of them sing over and over and still love it. Justin Johnson played Angel was so heartwarming and funny. Johnson's performance was better then his performance on RENT LIVE (on the taped performance he was awesome as well), he really brought it tonight! Nicolette Hart was sooo much better tonight then the last time I saw her perform. She really rocked it as Maureen! Andy Senor as Steve/others was soo moving when he sang Will I? I could not hold back the tears. And Lexi Lawson as Mimi just killed it when she sang Goodbye Love (another tear maker). Gwen Stewart's solo always makes me cry, what a powerful voice. I was happy to see Shaun Earl as Paul again, he was in my cast when I saw it on Broadway. Overall this cast rocked it! I am so glad I went to see them again!

For this week's weekly playlist I listed my favorite lyrics from the show. But as I was watching the show I remember so many more of my favs such as: 1) "I think they meant it, When they said you can't buy love, Now I know you can rent it, A new lease you are, my love, On life -- be my life"-from I'll Cover You 2)"You're what you own, So I own not a notion, I escape and ape content, I don't own emotion -- I rent"- from What You Own 3) "It's time now to sing out, the story never ends let's celebrate remember a year in the life of friends. How about love!" from Seasons of Love.

We did stage door and got to meet Anthony Rapp again, Lexi Lawson and Nicolette Hart! They were are super nice! We were very sad that Adam Pascal did not come out! But Asia (my niece) and I made him a card for his birthday. I know were are total dorks but it was good that we did because we where able to leave it at stage door for him. Also I left fellow blogger Andy Senor a card giving him suggestions on places to eat while in the OC for his blog La Vie Boh..MMM! (amazing blog click here to check it out!) Cross our fingers that they make it to them.

If you want to go see RENT still but do not have a ticket DO NOT WORRY. The OCPAC was not sold out tonight, that place is huge! I would suggest to go on Thursday because you would have a better chance on getting good seats. Click Here get tickets!

Here are some Stage Door photos:
" I don't own emotion -- I rent"-lyrics from What You Own

Bust a Move

I can not wait for this dance.

"Bust a Move "preformed on GLEE

Moo with me

WEEKLY PLAYLIST: Favorite lyrics from RENT!
I am getting ready to attend tonight's performance of RENT at the OCPAC and it got me thinking what are my favorite lyrics from the show. Some are very meaningful for me while others just make me laugh. Here they are:

1) "From here on in, I shoot without a script, See if anything comes of it, Instead of my old shit"-from Tune up 1. These lyrics where my title to my very 1st blog entry and it is part of the 1st lines of the show. These lyrics will now mean so much to me.
2) "The one song, Before the virus takes hold, Glory, Like a sunset, One song, To redeem this empty life, Time flies, And then - no need to endure anymore, Time dies"-from One Song Glory. I just love this song, sung by Adam Pascal. There is something about the longing in his voice that gives me chills. Knowing the story of Jonathan Larson, I can not help but think of him every time I hear this song and think of all his struggles to make it as a starving artist. How sad it is that he never got to see how much his show has impacted the world.
3) "No day but today"- from so many of the songs in RENT (Life Support, Another Day, Finale B, etc) As I have said in past entries I have gone on recording staying that this is my life motto. I truly think of these words and there meaning on a daily bases.
4) COLLINS: "I like boys" ANGEL: "Boys like me" from You'll See. I can not help but laugh every time I hear these lyrics. It says so much about Angel's character and about the relationship between Collins and Angel. :)
5) "I'd be happy to die for a taste of what Angel had Someone to live for -- unafraid to say I love you" from Goodbye love. I would truly want to have a taste of the love that Angel had from the love of his life (Collins) but from the support of his friends.
Honorable mention: "Moo with me." from Over the Moon. I just have to Moooo every time I hear Maureen ask me too.

*** WEEKLY PLAYLIST will be moving to Monday's starting on 10/26th for MUSIC MONDAYS. :)
"Moo with me."from Over the Moon from RENT

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Clap Yo' Hands

Here is a sneak peek of the upcoming DVD and PBS special LIZA'S AT THE PALACE!

Liza's At The Palace - For more of the funniest videos, click here

"Clap Yo' Hands" song from Funny Face and Oh, Kay!.

Monday, October 19, 2009

And nothing is the same until you know that they have found you

SPECIAL GLEE UPDATE:JONATHAN GROFF IS JOINING THE CAST OF GLEE!!!
Yet another Spring Awakening reunion for the group, Lea Michele & Jenna Ushkowitz both stared with Jonathan in the Broadway cast. Jonathan has signed up to be in at least five or six episodes portraying a male singer in Vocal Adrenaline, the GLEE team's rivals (I CAN NOT WAIT!).
"He is a male diva ... a miva," Murphy said. Naturally, he'll be a potential love interest for Michele's Rachel." I think a better idea would be if Jonathan's character was Kurt's love interest!
NOW if only they got John Gallagher Jr. too then we could have them sing Those You've Known!

Also Joss Whedon, of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fame is set to film an upcoming episode of GLEE. Check out the video below to see Will bust a move.

"And nothing is the same until you know that they have found you"-lyric from Those You've Known from Spring Awakening

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Spam, Spam, Spam

In case you missed it Monty Python was all over the place this past week promoting their new 6-part documentary "Almost the Truth: The Lawyer's Cut" on their 40th anniversary. Here are a couple of videos from some of their stops.



"Spam, Spam, Spam"-song for Monty Python

Beauty and the Beast

Gerard Butler who stared as the Phantom in the 2004 film The Phantom of the Opera took on another famous musical leading man role on last night's SNL. Check it out below:

"Beauty and the Beast"-song from Disney film by same name.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

So that's five miso soup, Four seaweed salad, Three soy burger dinner,Two tofu dog platter

The Cast of RENT in Tokyo! The following videos are brought to you by:

"So that's five miso soup, Four seaweed salad, Three soy burger dinner,Two tofu dog platter"-lyrics from La Vie Boheme

How Lovely To Be a Woman

So the New Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie at the Roundabout's new Henry Miller's Theatre must be doing well because they just released a new set of tickets for the show through April 2010. They show just had its officially opening night last week. The cast is headed by Nolan Gerard Funk, Gina Gershon, Jayne Houdyshell, Bill Irwin, John Stamos and Allie Trimm. Here are some photo's from the show.
"How Lovely To Be a Woman"-song from Bye Bye Birdie

Friday, October 16, 2009

No Day But Today!

"There's only now, There's only here, Give in to love, Or live in fear, No other path, No other way, No day but today"-RENT!!! It is RENT time all over again in So Cal. When I first started the blog back in February I could not stop taking about how excited I was to see Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp in RENT. Seeing them recreating their roles on stage was life changing. I have always loved RENT for it's heart and for it's messages of love, friendship, and courage. But now more then ever the motto NO DAY BUT TODAY means the world to me. I myself have being going through a lot of life issues just like everyone does in life and that motto given to all RENT fans by the late Jonathan Larson reminds me that life is so precious and we must live every moment of it as if it were our last. I have programed the lyrics into my phone and it pops up every time I turn my phone on or off . Also I am planning to get a tattoo of the lyrics once I save up enough money. RENT more than any other show truly changed my life for the better. If you have not had the opportunity to see it yet please make sure you do so next week.

I am happy to report that the Orange County Performing Art's Center will be doing a $20 rush. So the line starts at 6am each morning of the show and the tickets can be bought 2 hours before the performance. They will selling the 1st two rows for $20 for all performance10/20-10/25, cash only, 2 per person max.

I will be attending Wednesday Night's performance and will give you a full report later that night. I can not wait to laugh my ass off and cry my eyes out.
"No Day But Today"-song from RENT (also know as Finale B)

Small, small

On Thursday Night I attended a performance of Eclipsed at the Kirk Douglas Theatre all thanks to Free Night of Theatre 2009. The performances given by it's all female cast was amazing. Each actress stood out in their own right. Eclipsed tells the story of five women trying to survive and understand their place in war-torn Liberia in the early 2000.
The story starts with the “wives” of a rebel commanding officer and their struggles to stick together in order to protect each other. These women were all taken from their families and have no way of knowing if they are even still alive. One of the former wives returns to the camp as a rebel fighter trying to convince the other women to join her. The last female cast member is a peace women sent to camp to try to get the women to leave and return to the city for an education. She is also on a quest to find her daughter who had gone missing. The play through deals with heavy issues it does have a humanizing tone to the piece. There is a lot of unexpected humor which keep the piece real. Overall I really really really Liked the piece. I didn't LOVE it but I honestly really really Like it and would recommend it to anyone who can make it down to the Kirk Douglas Theatre before it closes this weekend. For ticket info click here.
"small small"-line from Eclipsed