Why am I doing this? Why do I voluntarily vocally, physically, mentally, and intellectually exhaust myself day after day for something so unobtainable? As an actress, you will ask this to yourself once after approximately every six auditions you get … Continue reading
I remember the theater, the old-fashioned opulence and the stage in front of the screen. Besides the latest films, they would have plays, bands and special appearances by famous authors and sports stars. I was still a child when it … Continue reading
solid review although I may have had some differing opions.
“Once upon a time in a far-off kingdom, there lay a small village at the edge of the woods…”
So begins the film adaptation of Into The Woods, written by Stephen Sondheim [music and lyrics] and James Lapine [book], directed by Rob Marshall with a star-studded cast. Into the Woods is among my favorite Sondheim musicals, having seen the 2002 revival production and the 2012 production in Central Park.
[Minor disclaimer: Per usual, a good percentage of this blog will be quasi-rambling musings of my personal opinion of the film adaptation and inevitable comparisons of the stage production.]
When it was first announced that there would be a film adaptation of the show, I was anxious about the transition from stage to screen, as 98% of the more recent film adaptations of musicals were tolerable at best or horribly cast at worst. It’s no big surprise that I prefer…
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As any theatre kid would, I have been looking at any and any new information of the highly anticipated “INTO THE WOODS” film! Recently, Disney realesed a teaser screenplay for INTO THE WOODS. I’ll try not to give too much away but there are a few noticible, yet understandable differences. I’ll do my best and give away just one spoiler that the Narrater is not a character in this movie, but it is the Baker doing the narration, which I found to be an interesting choice. It makes sense with at the Finale, we all know the Baker retells his story to his son with a heart breaking moment. “Sometime’s people leave you halfway through the wood. Do not let it greif you, No one leaves for good. You are not alone. No one is alone. Hold him to the light no. Let him see the glow. Things will be alright now. Tell him what you know..” I’m so excited for this movie! Are you?
One of my favorite shows I was ever in was this one! It seems cliche, but the story line is just so appealing and really puts you in the Christmas Spirit!
It’s snowing (again) in Minneapolis, but today I don’t actually mind. It may be because tomorrow is Thanksgiving and today’s dusting heightens the festivity that’s already buzzing throughout the city; it could also be a lingering glow from last night’s opening of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical at the Orpheum Theatre.
Somehow I made it to adulthood without ever watching the classic movie, so I went in without preconceived notions of what I was in for. Strangely, I thought perhaps the storyline was based in the depression-era and was a little sad but with a happy ending. I’ve since been informed I was thinking of The Miracle on 34th St. I guess I really need to brush up on my classic Christmas movies.
It was then to my surprise and delight that I found out the show was in fact about a couple of ex-military turned showbiz performers…
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I have heard lots of good things from Side Show! Definetly going to check it out soon!
Last Saturday morning I woke up in NYC with Joanne and Jana, ready for a day of food and Broadway. After lounging all morning with our cups of tea and coffee, talking about sleeping on the floor, snoring, Taylor Swift and a number of other random topics that popped into our heads we hustled to get ready and out of the apartment in time to meet Colin at Joe Allen’s.
We’ve been there before, it’s convenient to Broadway and serves up good food. I had curried tofu vegetable stew but will be going back for an order of french bread stuffed with mascarpone, candied walnuts and cinnamon; Colin was nice enough to let the three of us eat some of his off his plate.
After lunch, Colin went off to meet his friends and we walked over to the St. James Theater on 44th to see the musical Side Show…
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I am so grateful for the success of my blogging so far- it’s been a great year! I hope I can always improve my blogging skills and remain a part of the Broadway community in some way! My dream, like many a theatre kid, is to be on Broadway myself one day (but, until that happens) I can keep myself and everyone updated on everything theatre! Thank you all for supporting my dreams!
I’ve heard a lot about this an if it does happen NO DOUBT I would be psyched out of my mind! I love love LOVE Lea and Funny Girl. She’s just the greatest star…and well everyone knows it! Very intrested to see what might happen!
The Oscars have always had a soft spot for Broadway and their stars because of how Broadway has shaped the movie industry and acting as an art form. As many of you know, the legendary Babra Striesshand performed last year and I couldn’t be happier (simply couldn’t be happier…) that today it was announced that Idina Menzel will perform, representing the nominated animated film we all have probably seen atleast once in theatres, FROZEN! Which means an expected breath taking performance of “Let it Go”! I couldn’t be happier for Idina Menzel, who has worked all her life to recieve the success she has today! I cannot wait!
Mark your calenders for March 2nd!
Amy Adams, the American Hustle star who got a surprise Best Actress win at the Golden Globes, has our attention for another reason: Wicked. With the Emerald City hitting the big screens sometime soon, surely Directors are searching for their Elphaba and this may get the beloved actress into the iconic green makeup of the Wicked Witch of the West. Shown below singing Defying Gravity, she isn’t too bad. And she has some singing chops, appearing in the movie musical Enchanted (which coincidently starred original Elphaba, Indina Menzel) and the latest stage adaptation of Into The Woods as…the Witch! And next thing we know this video pops up on YouTube of her belting Defying Gravity. Coincidence…or fate? As much as we love the star, seeing her in green would be a little disappointing. Maybe a Hollywood celeb could tackle the role but we think a Broadway vet should play the…
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I miss Smash! By far the best performance! Never gets old!
I know it has been a while since my last post, but December was far too busy for me to write: I had to combine two jobs during the day and correct exams at night. This doesn’t mean that I didn’t do anything ‘write’-worthy. A week after Passenger I saw Bastille perform for the second time and a couple of days after that I saw The Lumineers. I really wanted to write about The Lumineers’ performances, because they are awesome! It was one of the best shows I have ever seen, but unfortunately I did not have the time and writing about it 2 months later isn’t an option either. It would not do them justice any more. So, moving on…
For New Year I got the entire collection of the NBC-series Smash. It’s a show about how a musical comes to life on Broadway. It has been called the…
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couldn’t be more thrilled! i REALLY REALLY REALLY hope they keep the original movie cast!
No one else could compare!
After winning a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature film, Disney’s hit movie Frozen is going to Broadway. The news comes straight from the mouth of Disney CEO and Chairman Bob Iger, who said in an interview with Fortune that he has plans to turn the franchise into a musical.
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Idina Menzel owned both of these roles!
For the past four months I’ve been getting more and more into the joys of Broadway music. Well, reintroducing myself to the genre. And of course, this with my interest in the true stories of the antagonist of classic stories, I’d have to cross Elphaba’s path at least once. And I have.
It’s only been fed by the fact that I’ve gotten the third book in Maguire’s Wicked Years series, and getting a closer look into the “Witch”‘s true story.
And then there was Frozen.
By this time I’d fallen in love with Idina’s voice. I mean who hasn’t? For that matter, who can’t? She puts so much emotion and personality into her character that you can’t help but focus on her. Though which her – the character or the actress?
While I was watching Frozen there were so many references to Elphaba that I saw around Elsa…
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Not sure how to feel about this…what are your thoughts?
When Kellie Pickler won Dancing with the Stars last year, fans found out that the North Carolina singer was not only a top-notch vocalist but a skilled dancer as well. So to hear that she’s now interested in possibly taking her talent to Broadway actually makes sense.
Pickler told Country Weekly that ever since her appearance on Dancing with the Stars, she’s “been wanting to do Broadway so bad,” which would allow her to “throw together two of my passions — dance and music.” And not just any Broadway production, she has a clear idea in mind for what she thinks would make for an epic production: the life and music of the late Tammy Wynette.
“I want them to do like a Tammy Wynette Broadway musical! I know Dolly Parton has her Broadway shows and I think if anybody lived a country song, it’s Tammy.”
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an oldie but a goodie 🙂
hey everyone! I finally made a tumblr which in like this blog in the sense I post mostly Broadway current events and funny stuff and glee and I really hope you check it out! Again, I just made this account the other day and would really like some followers to start it up! I promise you won’t be disappointed! gobroadway.tumblr.com