Sunday, January 31, 2010

When you're at the end of the road

I AM A BORN AGAIN GREEN DAY FAN! I loved this performance of 21 Guns performed by Green Day and the Broadway bound cast of American Idiot. It was so popular that the show and Green Day made hot topics list on Twitter.

"When you're at the end of the road"-lyrics from 21 Guns from American Idiot

Welcome to the 60s

DVD of the Month: Hairspray!!!The movie/musical is based on a 1988 film that turned into a 2002 Tony award winning Broadway musical. The story takes place in 1962 with change is in the air in Baltimore. Tracy Turnblad a girl with big hair, big dreams, a big heart, and a deep passion to dance. She finds herself winning a spot on a local TV dance program called "The Corny Collins Show". The once outsider transformed overnight a local teen celebrity. Tracy does care about the new fame but rather like any teen wishes that she can win Link Larkin a teen heartthrob also on the show. She does all this while standing up for what she believes in, and staying true to who she is. The program's scheming stage manager Velma tries to stop Tracy at all costs.

Overall this film is a fun feel good movie that will make you want to jump up and dance. It always brings me a smile and leaves me with all the songs stuck in my head for days. It is a much watch for any musical lover. The soundtrack is a must buy as well. (shoutout to my friend Jose who worked on this lovely movie poster for the flim)

The cast includes:
  • Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad the optimistic, overweight teenage girl who loves to dance.
  • John Travolta as Edna Turnblad, Tracy's mother and agent, she also is ashamed of her obesity.
  • Michelle Pfeiffer as Velma Von Tussle, the manager of station WYZT, who's goal is to keep her daughter Amber in the spotlight on The Corny Collins Show.
  • Christopher Walken as Wilbur Turnblad, Tracy's father, who also runs his own store the"Hardy-Har Hut" joke shop.
  • Amanda Bynes as Penny Pingleton, Tracy's best friend. She is a sheltered girl; who falls in love with Seaweed.
  • James Marsden as Corny Collins, host of the Corny Collins show.
  • Queen Latifah as "Motormouth" Maybelle, a Baltimore Rhythm and Blues radio disc jockey who hosts "Negro Day" on The Corny Collins Show.
  • Brittany Snow as Amber Von Tussle, Velma's bratty daughter.
  • Zac Efron as Link Larkin, is a singer and dancer who gradually becomes more attracted to Tracy.
  • Elijah Kelley as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Maybelle's son, an expert dancer who teaches Tracy some dance moves and falls in love with her friend, Penny.
  • Allison Janney as Prudy Pingleton, Penny's mother, a strict Catholic who keeps Penny from experiencing a social life.
  • "Welcome to the 60s"-song from Hairpray.

    Saturday, January 30, 2010

    You're in ruins

    The cast of American Idiot is currently in LA getting ready for their Grammy performance with Green Day this SUNDAY. I can not wait to see them perform 21 Guns together for the whole world to see!
    " You're in ruins"-lyric from 21 Guns from American Idiot

    Friday, January 29, 2010

    Alone

    Kristin Chenoweth on the TODAY SHOW! I LOVE HER!

    "Alone"-performed on GLEE

    Thursday, January 28, 2010

    WHEN IT'S TIME

    ITS OFFICIAL THE CAST OF AMERICAN IDIOT HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED!!! THE NEW CAST IS SET TO PERFORM ON THE GRAMMYS THIS WEEKEND WITH GREENDAY!!!

    Christine Sajous as the Extoritnary Girl: As a native New Yorker, her credits include King Lear with André De Shields at the Classical Theatre of Harlem and Wild Party at The Culture Project. Regionally, she has appeared in Aida at Artpark, the national/Japan tour of Rent and The Who's Tommy at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Christina's television credits include ABC's "One Life to Live". She has also performed as a featured artist in concert with Patti La-Belle, Chrisette Michele and Musiq Soulchild. Christina trained at the International Theatre Workshop in Amsterdam and has a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

    Mary Faber as Heather :Broadway: Avenue Q (Kate Monster/Lucy). Other: American Idiot (Berkeley Repertory), The Corn is Green (Huntington Theatre Co. – Nicholas Martin/dir.), Saved (Gary Griffin/dir.) and Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky (Playwrights Horizons), Princesses (Fifth Avenue/Goodspeed Opera), Christmas Carol (Virginia Stage Company) and The Tutor (York Theater). Television: "All My Children," "Ghost Stories." Improvisation and sketch comedy: Upright Citizens Brigade, Ars Nova, The Second City. BA: Brandeis University.

    Tony Vincent as St. Jimmy :Singer/songwriter Tony Vincent moved to New York City in 1998, his sights set on landing a rock-focused record deal. Instead he booked a role in the hit Broadway musical RENT which sent him on a string of rock-opera theatrical leads ("Judas"-Jesus Christ Superstar— Broadway, "Galileo Figaro"-We Will Rock You— London's West End, Las Vegas). Tony has fronted the rock band Queen on a handful of occasions including Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee & Party In The Park. In 2002 Mr. Vincent was chosen to be one of the first artists to bring the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber to Asia in ALW's Masterpiece. Mr. Vincent has released three solo albums; Tony Vincent, One Deed (EMI), and A Better Way (Adobe Flats). For more information log onto: www.tonyvincent.com.

    Ensemble:

    Declan Bennett : Declan joins the cast of American Idiot direct from London. He is an independent singer-songwriter with a dedicated following on the London and New York City music scene. Declan released his second solo album, An Innocent Evening of Drinking, in spring 2008, and opened for Boy George on his 31-date UK tour last fall. He is currently working on his third solo project and a film adaptation of his last record. Declan made his Broadway debut in 2007 as Roger in Rent. His other US theatre credits include the 2006–07 national tour of Rent as Roger. In the UK, Declan appeared in Taboo in the West End and on tour, The Kissing Dance at the Edinburgh Festival and Willy Russell's Our Day Out as Reilly. Check out declanbennett.co.uk.

    Andrew Call: Andrew appeared on Broadway in Cry-Baby, Glory Days and High Fidelity. His off-Broadway credits include Altar Boyz, and regionally he appeared as Marius in Les Misérables, for which he received a Helen Hayes Award nomination.

    Gerard Canonico: At eight years old he started his career on Broadway as Gavroche in Les Miserables. He most recently appeared as Moritz in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Spring Awakening. His other credits include A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden in 2000 with Frank Langella and in 2001 with Tim Curry. Gerard's Off-Broadway shows were The Prince and the Pauper where he starred as Tom Canty (The Pauper), and Children's Letters To God in the role of Brett. He toured with Chita Rivera in Casper the Musical and performed at Paper Mill Playhouse in The King and I as Louis. Gerard's music can be heard on myspace.com/takingchancesnj.

    Miguel Cervantes: has been a part American Idiot for a little over a year including the run at Berkeley Rep this past fall. Some of his favorite roles have been Miguel Hernandez in Happiness (Lincoln Center), Chip Toletino in 25th Annual ... Spelling Bee (Broadway/1st National Tour), Batboy in Batboy the Musical (Speakeasy Stage Boston). Also any "All My Children" fans might have seen him holding Susan Lucci hostage as Armando, the thug boyfriend.

    Joshua Henry: is a member of Jaradoa Theater Company and Actors' Equity Association. He was most recently seen in the New York City Center 2009 Encores production of The Wiz. Broadway credits include In the Heights, and his off-Broadway credits include Serenade and In the Heights (Drama Desk Award). Regional theater: Being Alive at Westport Country Playhouse, Godspell at Papermill Playhouse, and American Idiot at Berkeley Repertory Theater. Joshua's film and TV credits include Sex and the City and Kings. He is excited to be returning to Broadway in this groundbreaking new musical and is thankful for the support of his friends and family, William Morris, and Station 3.

    Van Hughes: Broadway: 9 to 5, Hairspray. Off-Broadway: Saved (Playwrights Horizons). TV: "Law & Order: SVU & CI", "As The World Turns," "Six Degrees." Film: Sex and the City 1 & 2, Rachel Getting Married, Tenure, Inside Man. Van's voice can be heard on many Nick Jr. TV promos and numerous radio commercials nationwide. He also writes and records original music.

    Brian Charles Johnson: Brian began his career at New York's renowned Atlantic Theater Company. He began training at the Atlantic's acting school and was soon cast in the off-Broadway production of Spring Awakening directed by Michael Mayer. Spring Awakening quickly graduated to the Broadway stage, and so did Brian. The Broadway production garnered eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Brian has participated in a number of workshops in New York City, including Manhattan Theatre Club's Dreams of Violence, Roundabout Theatre Company's Six Degrees of Separation and Shrek the Musical. He also was involved in world premiere production of American Idiot at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

    Joshua Kobak: most recently toured with the Broadway tour of RENT. Broadway credits include RENT (Roger, Mark, Gordon, Steve, Swing), Tarzan Original cast (Tarzan, Clayton, Swing) and Off broadway Fuerza Bruta (original cast). Joshua has toured and gigged solo and with his band across the US and Canada and appeared in Tokyo, Sun City - SA and Amsterdam - Holland. He has written, directed and performed in The NYC Fringe with Subway Train and The Colors Of Love. He has 2 albums SWIM - Above and Beneath and KOBAK - Sound and Light both available through his website www.joshuakobak.com

    Lorin Latarro: recently choreographed Fanny for Encore's Series at City Center (dir. Marc Bruni), Cy Coleman's The Best Is Yet To Come at The Rubicon (two Ovation nominations, dir. David Zippel), Hansel and Gretel (PBS's Live From Lincoln Center), Lysistrata (Avery Fischer Hall), Broadway By The Year (Townhall), Jerusalem Syndrome (NYMF), How To Succeed ... (White Plains Performing Arts Center), Love of Three Oranges and The Magic Flute (Juilliard Opera Company), Kickin' It (Ailey Theatre), Erotic Broadway (The Triad), works for Momix, Williamstown Theater Festival, and NBC's "Grease, You're The One That I Want" (Associate Choreographer). Lorin co-wrote The Cosmopolitan (NAMT selection). As a performer, Lorin has been in 12 Broadway shows including performances as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Sheila in A Chorus Line, Brenda in Movin' Out, Bianca in Kiss Me Kate, Spamalot, Curtains, Apple Tree, Man of La Mancha, Wonderful Town, Fosse, and Swing!. Lorin was a recent recipient of Dancebreak and holds a BFA from The Juilliard School.

    Omar Lopez-Cepero: an Atlanta native whose family originates from the island of Puerto Rico, is a proud graduate of the University of Miami School of Music and will make his Broadway debut with American Idiot after being a part of the World Premiere cast at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Other recent credits include Che in the North American tour of Evita; Regionally he has been seen as Marius in Les Miserables (Fulton Theatre), Larry in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Denver Center New Play Summit), and as Zeke in High School Musical 2 (North Shore Music Theatre).

    Leslie McDonel: Broadway: Hairspray (LouAnn, u/s Amber, FAF); 1st National tours: Legally Blonde (Kate/Chutney, u/s Vivenne, Serena, Enid), Hairspray (LouAnn); Regional: Grease (Marty), Two Gentlemen of Verona: the musical (Julia), Chicago (Velma), Great Gilly Hopkins (Gilly, Leon Rabin Nom. Best Actress).

    Chase Peacock: Theatre credits: Disney's High School Musical (First National Tour and Paper Mill Playhouse), and High School Musical 2 (North Carolina Theatre). Chase also wrote the music to You're in High School Charlie Brown, a musical that opened in Newnan G.A. in 2006. www.myspace.com/chasepeacock

    Theo Stockman: is elated to rejoin the American Idiot cast after the sold-out run at Berkeley Rep. He just finished his run with the smash Broadway revival of Hair, after the Off-Broadway Shakespeare in the Park run with the Public Theatre. Hair also marked his Broadway debut. Theo played Dionysos in The Bacchae both in New York and Poland, for which he received the "Best Leading Actor" award at the International Theatre Festival in Warsaw, 2007. Theo has also performed in NYC at LaMama, P.S. 122, and Joe's Pub in The Last Goodbye, a new fusion of Jeff Buckley's music with Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Regional: 3 Pinter Shorts (Williamstown Theatre Festival). TV: "Cupid," "30 Rock." Training: The International Theatre Workshop in Amsterdam, the British American Drama Academy, and a B.F.A. in Drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts

    Ben Thompson: was a member of the Original World Premier Cast of American Idiot. This marks Ben's Broadway Debut! National tours: Deaf West's Big River, Disney's High School Musical(1st National), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Regional Theaters include: Berkeley Rep, Atlanta Theater of the Stars, Ford's Theater, Casa Manana, Oklahoma Lyric Theater and more. BFA in Theater from Texas Christian University

    Alysha Umphress: participated in the Berkeley Rep production and the NYC Workshop of American Idiot. Off Broadway; Make Me a Song, The Music of William Finn. New York; Funked Up Fairy Tales (MTC). Bare: A Pop Opera (New World Stages) Student Songs (LCT). Goodtime Charley (The York). Regional: Barrington Stage, Goodspeed Opera. Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for FAB! (American premiere) Alcazar Theatre San Francisco. Alysha has opened for Diana Krall at the Fujitzu Jazz Festival and is a three time MAC award nominee for Best Female Jazz Vocalist. Alysha just released her first live jazz album available at www.AlyshaUmphress.com

    Aspen Vicent: As a child she became a veteran of the recording studio, singing jingles for companies like Petco, Disneyland, American Airlines, and Burger King, and recording background vocals for Ringling Bro's Circus and Disney on Ice productions. At 18, Aspen was chosen by Andrew Lloyd Webber to perform at his annual Sydmonton Festival held at his estate outside of London. Soon after, she created and voiced the role of gossip queen Dodie Bishop on Nickelodeon's hit animated program As Told by Ginger, helping the show earn Emmy nominations for Best 1/2 Hour Animated Program three years in a row. In 2004 Aspen was cast as the female lead, Scaramouche, in Queen's hit stage musical We Will Rock You at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. She spent 2006 and 2007 traveling the globe as the lead female vocalist and duet partner of the legendary Meat Loaf on his world tour celebrating the release of Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose. In 2008 and 2009 Aspen was featured as the lead female vocalist in the 1st National Tour of Dirty Dancing: Live on Stage, and understudied the role of Baby Houseman.

    Libby Winters: Regional: Ensemble, u/s Heather and Extraordinary Girl in American Idiot, Berkeley Rep.; Sophie in Mamma Mia Las Vegas; New York: Neely in R-E-S-P-E-C-T at New York Stage and Film; Eva in White Noise as part of the NYMF; Percy in The Spitfire Grill (Gallery Players); Television: Phoebe McManus in "Champs" (ABC sitcom, Dreamworks Productions). Libby also sings and plays guitar with the band The Fabulous Entourage (www.fabulousentourage.com) which has played The Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Joe's Pub, Ars Nova, The Knitting Factory, and The Viper Room (LA). She graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA with a BA in English.

    "WHEN ITS TIME"-song from American Idiot

    Wednesday, January 27, 2010

    In honor of the death of Bohemia an impromtu salon will commence immediately following dinner...

    RENT @ THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL!According to an article in Culture Monster (LA TIMES BLOG) RENT will have a three day run at the Bowl this summer from Aug. 6-8. The cast will be announced at a later date.
    Also at the bowl singer and Broadway star Harry Connick Jr. will perform along side the Los Angeles Philharmonic on Aug. 13-14. A Beatles Celebration will play July 9-11. The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and special guests will perform songs in honor of the Fab Four.

    Subscriptions to the Hollywood bowl summer season to be announced and go on sale tomorrow. Single tickets to follow. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE

    "In honor of the death of Bohemia an impromtu salon will commence immediately following dinner..."-lyrics from La Vie Boheme

    Where everything isn’t meant to be okay

    AMERICAN IDIOT TICKETS
    ON SALE NOW!!!
    (for American Express card holders only, General Public on February 14th!)

    So the new website is up and running, a twitter page is up and running, and a facebook page is up and running! WHAT A DAY! Sadly no confirmation on cast yet (crossing fingers John Gallagher JR.)
    Click on the logos to go to each page for the show.

    WEBSITE

    "Where everything isn’t meant to be okay"-lyrics from American Idiot song by same title

    Sunday, January 24, 2010

    The Light in the Piazza

    Tonight I went to see Kelli O'Hara at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
    She was amazing!!! When this woman comes out on stage she can blow out the windows the room with her voice. The night's theme was songs with lyrics that told the story of her journey up till now. She would sing a classic Rogers and Hammerstein piece and then knock it out of the park with a Stephen Sondheim number. I have always wished I got the opportunity to see her on Broadway in one of her most famous roles so I was so happy that she sang at least one from each of her roles. Also for having a baby just six months ago she looked wonderful!

    On Broadway she stared as Clara Johnson in The Light in the Piazza with Matthew Morrison, as Babe Williams in the Roundabout Theatre Company"s revival of The Pajama Game, alongside Harry Connick, Jr. and recently as Nellie Forbush in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of South Pacific (she left the show on the 3rd of this month). All three of theses performance earned her nomination for Tony Awards.


    "The Light in the Piazza"-song from song by the same title

    Cause we belong together now

    THEY WON AGAIN! The cast of GLEE with their SAG awards! WANT TO SEE THE CAST/CREATIVE TEAM OF GLEE IN PERSON? CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS TO SEE THEM AT THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA ON MARCH 13TH.
    "Cause we belong together now"-lyrics from My Life Would Suck With You performed on GLEE

    Friday, January 22, 2010

    You'll Never Walk Alone

    WANT TO SAVE $10 on ANY SEAT?
    Use Code NETTIE For Tickets Call 310-825-2101 or Visit Reprise.org
    Do not miss Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. There are only 16 Performances. January 26 - February 7 @ Freud Playhouse at UCLA

    Cast Includes: ALEXANDRA SILBER, ROBERT PATTERI and M. EMMET WALSH
    "YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE." -song from Carousel

    Thursday, January 21, 2010

    I'm a little lamb who's lost in a wood

    Did you watch guest judge Kristin Chenoweth on American Idol this week?


    "I'm a little lamb who's lost in a wood"-lyrics from Someone to Watch Over Me from Oh Kay!

    Monday, January 18, 2010

    I Could Have Dance All Night

    GLEE GOLDEN GLOBE SPEECH


    "I Could Have Danced All Night"-song from My Fair Lady

    Deep in the heart of Texas

    The Pee-wee Herman Show now playing at Club Nokia
    Jan 12 - Feb 7 2010
    Want to see this LIVE Stage show at Club Nokia? Then here is your chance to do so and get 25% Off Tickets.

    CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS AND ENTER CODE/ PASSWORD : REDBOWTIE Discount tickets are available while supplies last for the following shows:
    Thur. 1/21 at 8pm
    Sunday night 1/24 at 7:30 PM
    Tues 1/26 at 8pm
    Wed. 1/27 at 8pm
    Friday 1/29 at 10:15 PM

    "Deep In The Heart Of Texas"-song sung by Pee-Wee in Pee-Wee Herman's Big Adventure

    Singing In The Rain



    "Singing in the Rain"-song from Singing In The Rain

    People--people who need people

    Oh SUSAN!

    "People--people who need people"-lyrics from People from Funny Girl

    Fine

    Ordinary Days at SCR


    "Fine"-song from Ordinary Days

    Sunday, January 17, 2010

    One shot, one gun shot and bam!

    GLEE VIDEO FROM GOLDEN GLOBES!

    "One shot, one gun shot and bam!" lyrics from Rain On My Parade

    Life's candy and the sun's a ball of butter

    GOLDEN GLOBES! Stay Tune for Updates throughout the night.
    1) The photo on top is from Cory Moteith thanks to his twitter page!

    2) Lea Mitchele did not win sadness.
    3) Matthew Morrison looks great, so does Lea!

    4) Ricky Gervais is a great host so far. Love that he has a beer instead of water on stage.
    4) How cute is NPH and Jane Krakowsi!
    5) I love that in the top picture Chris is the only one looking. :) oh Kurt!
    6)EWWWW Christina Aguilera's dress. What was she thinking! Cher looks normal form once. :)
    7) Congrats to Broadway Alumni John Lithgow for winning Best Supporting Actor for his role on Dexter. (he was in Rotten Dirty Scoundrels the musical and much more)
    8) Grey Garden WINS!!!
    9) YAY! Meryl Streep wins for Julie & Julia. She is amazing, what a great speech.
    10) Drew Barrymore WINS for Grey Gardens and looks so beautiful! She is so nervous :)
    11) AWWW Matthew Morrison did not win.
    12) I do like Alec Baldwin but he wins all the time.
    13) I have just realized that I have not seen most of the movies. I need to get my butt to the movie theatre.
    14) Sophia Loren looks amazing, what a classy lady!
    15) Sad that True Blood did not win. It is a great show.
    16) Jane Lynch looks HOT in her green gown!!! I am sooooo sad she didn't win, WTF!
    17) Maybe I'll do a movie marathon and go see a couple of these movies tomorrow.
    18) Martin Scorsese gets Cecil B Demille award from Leonardo Dicaprio and Robert De Niro. What a legend.
    19) Ok so Best TV Comedy or Musical is coming up. I AM SOOO NERVOUS!
    20) WOW Ricky Gervais has balls. Mel Gibson joke was priceless! What a good sport.
    21) James Cameron wins best Director!
    22) GLEE!!!!! WINS BEST TV COMEDY MUSICAL!!!!
    23) Ryan Murphy GREAT SPEECH! GO ARTS EDUCATION. I AM SOOO HAPPY RIGHT NOW!!!
    24) Motion Picture Comedy or Musical goes to THE HANGOVER! which sadly I still have yet to see.
    25) WAY TO GO SANDRA BULLOCK! won best actress.
    26) Best Actor Comedy/Musical goes to Robert Downey Jr. !!! I love him :) Too funny:)
    27) Best Actor Drama goes to Jeff Bridges.
    28) Best Motion Picture Drama goes to AVATAR! (Haven't seen it, yet)
    29) What a great Night!
    30) I can not wait for the Screen Actors Guild Awards!
    "Life's candy and the sun's a ball of butter"-lyrics from Don't Rain on My Parade from Funny Girl

    If I Where A Rich Man

    Broadway.com just came out with a new interview series called : SIDE BY SIDE BY SUSAN BLACKWELL Written, conceived and hosted by Susan Blackwell, Directed and produced by Paul Wontorek, Co, Producer: Jason Dickerman, Shot by Jason Dickerman and Tim Kepler, Edited by Jason Dickerman. IT LOVE IT, SUSAN IS MY HERO! I strive to do interviews as good as her.

    "If I Where A Rich Man"-Fiddler on the Roof

    Going Down

    So this week I have been listening to the new cast Hair's soundtrack at work and I fell in love with it all over again. Here is a behind the scenes look at the recording.

    DO YOU WANT TO BE A CAST MEMBER OF HAIR? You’re in luck! The Tony-winning revival of Hair is having an non-Equity open casting call on January 21 at the Public Theater. Doors are set to open at 9am for the audition, which will run from 10am to 6pm.
    Also the producers of Hair have organized a food drive for City Harvest to take place at the auditions. And are asking for donations of canned food.

    "Going Down"-Hair

    Someday

    Oh NO! The cast of Memphis has kiddnaped Lin Manuel Miranda!

    "Somday"-Memphis

    Saturday, January 16, 2010

    R Family Vacations

    I just found these videos from "Broadway Belters" from the R Family Vactions a7 night cruise from Seattle to Alaska, on the Norwegian Cruise Lines' Norwegian Star.
    The cast of the Tony nominated Broadway phenomenon [title of show] performed a newly created song for the event.
    Now I see where DIsney got the IDEA.

    Also There was Stage and TV star Cheyenne Jackson who Sang "Change Is Gonna Come"

    "R Family Vacations"- cast of [Title of Show]

    Clandango

    Preview of the Addams Family the Musical

    "Clandango"-song from Addams Family the Musical

    Holiday

    LOOK WHAT I FOUND!!!

    I LOVE THIS SHOW

    "Holiday"-American Idiot

    Yes We Can

    Obama the Musical, say it's not so! Set to open in Germany this weekend is a new musical about the 2008 U.S. presidential election. The show will feature Barack Obama, John McCain and Sarah Palin. The musical is titled "Hope -- the Obama Musical Story," and has a cast of 30 in the production. The show was writen by American writer Randall Hitchins, and produced by Roberto Emmanuele, a German-Italian producer. Much of the cast is American such as Jimmie Wilson is from Detroit, Michigan, USA as Barack Obama. Della Miles as Michelle Obama was born in Houston, Texas .


    "Yes We Can"-song from Hope- The Obama Musical Story

    Friday, January 15, 2010

    Play Your Part

    The 1st photos from the World Premiere of Duncan Sheik and Kyle Jarrow's Whisper House just came out. Whisper House is currently playing at the Old Globe Theatre until Feburary 21st. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.
    Click Here to Read more about the show Show.
    "Play Your Part"-song from Whisper House

    Wednesday, January 13, 2010

    Come Down Now

    COULD YOU NOT WATCH PASSING STRANGE ON PBS GREAT PERFORMANCES SERIES? ME TOO!
    That's IT, I am writing a complaint letter to the people over at PBS. They never have the same programming across the coasts. I hate hearing that some really cool theatre performance/documentary, etc is going to be on TV, only to find out at none of my local PSB stations are showing it! What's the DEAL?

    Well if you missed Passing Strange do not fear, it is now on DVD. Click Here to buy a copy or yourself.

    "Come Down Now"-song from Passing Strange

    Heal Their Hearts-Freedom

    RIVERDANCE: Liked & Hated all at the same time?
    So last night I went to the opening night performance of Riverdance at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. It was interesting to say the least. The dancers are amazingly talented and kept the crowd asking for more. I however was quite alright with the over two hour long show. One thing I did like about the show was how it brielfy touched on the blending of cultues through dance here in American and the simualrities between tap and Irish step dancing. The stand out performance was given by the Riverdance Baritone Soloist, Michael Samuels, that man can sing! The BAD: I could do with out all the instrumental solos, Irish singing, horrible LIGHTING that blinds you and the 90's plain/ bare SET DESIGN (eww) and flashy costumes but then it wouldn't be Riverdance. So in short Dancers AWESOME! Show itself sucked!
    If you like Irish dance then go see the show. It runs till the 24th of this month. Click Here for more details.

    "Heal Their Hearts-Freedom"-song from Riverdance

    Monday, January 11, 2010

    Keep Holding On

    BIG NEWS GLEEKS!
    GLEE has been picked up for a second season!
    In today's press release from Fox they confirmed that indeed GLEE will be back for a second season. In the press release Fox President Kevin Reilly said, "We've loved GLEE ever since it was a pilot script, so it's been an incredible thrill to watch the show take root and see audiences embrace these characters in such a huge way this season. The show is a true and rare gem in television. We couldn't be more proud of what Ryan Murphy and the Glee team have created so far, and can't wait to see what they come up with for Season Two." GLEE is currently on a hiatus and filming it's second half of the first season, which will air in April. Here are some photo's from filming that the cast has posted on their Twitter pages.
    ALSO THERE IS A CHANCE FOR YOU TO JOIN THE CAST OF GLEE!
    The creators of GLEE also announced that a nationwide search will begin this February for three new cast members for season two. They are on the search of both amateur and professional actors between 16-26 years old. Applicants will be able to upload their own audition videos online for the casting search. For the official audition details go to Fox.com/Glee.The new cast members will join the team for the new fall season. They are also planning to document their search for a special to pre-launch the second season in fall 2010.
    Watch the video below for behind the scene of the GLEEK Tour.

    "Keep Holding On"-performed on GLEE

    Saturday, January 9, 2010

    Big Picture

    Ordinary Days: LOVED the music and lyrics by Adam Gwon, LIKED the performance.So I attended tonight's performance of Ordinary Days at the South Repertory Theatre. I fell in love with the story of a couple of ordinary days in the life four young New Yorkers trying to find the own life story. The story is fun, heart warming, upbeat, and yet encapsulates all the emotions of what it is to be a 20/30 some year old person in today's society.

    I fell in love with the character of a graduate student named Deb played by Deborah S. Craig (best known for originating the role of Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on Broadway.) Deb is a girl from the sub's and moved to New York to do something her life. She find herself unhappy and lost trying to find out what her Big Picture is. She is emotional, spastic, bold, unsure of herself, and seeking tranquility. Basically she reminds me of me (we even had the same hat on). The number in the show that I felt so connected was Big Picture; where Deb talks about how she knows what she wants but does not know how to get it. I completely understand that.
    Deb develops an unlikely friendship with Warren played by Nick Gabriel. Warren is 20 something year old artist who works as a house/cat sitter to a not so famous artist. He knows he wants to make a differance and seeks to be noticed in a city on the go. He is very idealistic, and longs to have a fairytale adventure like in the movies. Gabriel and Craig did an amazing job at setting the tone of the show in the first two numbers.

    The other storyline of the show is between Clarie and Jason. Clarie played by Nancy Anderson (known for her role of Lois/Bianca in Kiss me Kate on the West End) is a women lost in the past and unsure about her future with her boyfriend Jason played by David Burnham (known for his work in WIcked and in the Light in the Piazza). Jason is a man ready to settle down with Clarie and give her the world only if she would feel the same for him in return. Through Anderson and Burnham gave great performances of all the songs in the piece they did not work for me as a couple. It was hard for me to believe that Clarie was in love with Jason. They seemed like an unlikely match, even though they have some touching moments. On a side note was it just me or does Burnham look like he could be Cheyenne Jackson's brother? (its the smile)

    One song did not work for me in the show Favorite Places. First of all why did Jason need to play the piano during the song? It was a distraction and smashed the 3rd wall making it more like a concert performance instead of a musical. Playing the piano had nothing to do with the song, the character or the show. Also the song was just a repeat of the same message that was in Jason's other big number Hundred-Story City. We get it he loves Claire and she is the only reason he stayed in New York.
    Overall the show was a great little play that will leave you wanting to know what will happen next in these characters lives?
    Ordinary Days runs through January 24th at the South Coast Repertory in Coast Mesa CA go see it before it's gone! More Info Click Here.

    "Big Picture"-song from Ordinary Days

    The Ghost In You

    The World Premiere of Whisper House opens this Wednesday January 13th and runs will February 21 at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA.With Music & Lyrics by Duncan Sheik, Book & Lyrics by Kyle Jarrow, and Directed by Peter Askin. MORE INFO CLICK HERE

    "The Ghost In You"-song from Whisper House

    The Word of Your Body

    I just saw this picture and had to post it. I am not sure if it is new but I looks like Jonathan Groff and Lea Michelle on set of GLEE TOGETHER! I can not wait for GLEE to return and these two to shine! Until then at least we have the Spring Awakening soundtrack to enjoy these two.
    "The Word of Your Body"-song from Spring Awakening

    Friday, January 8, 2010

    Every Friday on Ovation TV you can watch:Slings & Arrows
    "After the town of New Burbage loses its Shakespearean Festival's artistic director to a horrible accident, his former protegee Geoffrey Tennant is asked to step into his shoes. Geoffrey unwittingly agrees, but what the cast doesn't know is that 7 years prior, Geoffrey suffered a nervous breakdown and was committed to a mental institution when his production of Hamlet turned into a disaster of epic proportions. Now, Geoffrey promises New Burbage a triumphant new version of Hamlet, but will the backstage jealousies, eccentric personalities and pressures of the stage threaten his sanity once again? This expertly crafted comedy works on levels both subtle and bombastic and has been lauded by critics. Stars Rachel McAdams." -show summary thanks to Ovation TV

    Next episode on Friday, January 22, 2010 at 8:00PM (east coast) and again on Saturday, January 23, 2010. FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE.
    “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” – line from Hamlet scene iv

    Thursday, January 7, 2010

    Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit

    THIS MONDAY MAKE SURE YOU WATCH THE 100th MUSICAL EPISODE OF HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER ON CBS. That's right the January 11 at 8:00pm episode, will feature Neil Patrick Harris doing what he does best being a hot song and dance man. The song featured in the clip below was written by producers/creators Carter Bays & Craig Thomas "Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit,"

    Wednesday, January 6, 2010

    Let Me Entertain You

    January is Los Angeles Arts Month: "(The) Los Angeles Arts Month’s mission is to raise awareness, appreciation, and participation in the arts in Los Angeles in all forms. Los Angeles Arts Month is an open invitation for Angelenos and guests to our city to discover our arts and cultural offerings."

    For a list of events and more information click here to go to the website.

    The month long event is put together by the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Cultural Affairs Commission, LA Inc with help from the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau. In addition dozens of local arts organizations, arts and civic leaders, artists, philanthropists, and committed public and private partners:
    Los Angeles Arts Month Committee:
    AGK Media Group, Angeleno Magazine, Art Ltd., Art Scene, Arts for LA, Artillery, Burson-Marsteller, California Science Center, York Chang – LA Cultural Affairs Commissioner , City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, Cooper Design Space, Councilman Tom LaBonge/ Council District 4, CRA/LA, Dept of Neighborhood Empowerment, Creative Artists Agency, ExperienceLA, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, ForYourArt, Gayle Garner Roski – LA Cultural Affairs Commissioner, J. Paul Getty Trust, LA Art Association, LA Art Show, LA Cultural Affairs Commission, LA INC., LA Nomadic Division, LA Opera, LA Stage Alliance, LACMA, Office of the Mayor – City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Ballet, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), MONDIALE, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Town Hall Los Angeles, UCLA Arts, Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative, and William Turner Gallery.

    "Let Me Entertain You"-song from Gypsy