…not really sure how to feel about this
Neil Patrick Harris never fails to wow me when he hosts the Tony Awards. I was a huge fan of last year’s opening number (“What if Life Were More Like Theatre?”) and wondered how he would top it. Well top it, he did. The number relied less heavily on witty setups and overall concept than last year’s number, instead turning to massive dance numbers, sets, and stunts to open the show. The number worked well due its balance of over-the-top spectacle and subtly humorous lyrics. The number also featured an emotional climax when Neil stood alone on stage singing about the kids at home being inspired by the Tonys:
“There’s a kid in the middle of nowhere who’s sitting there living for Tony performances, singing and flipping along with the Pippins and Wickeds and Kinkys Matildas and Mormons’s, so it might reassure that kid, and do something to spur that…
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Yesterday my dear friend Summerisa and I went to Schmackary’s Bakery for the Broadway Bakes fundraiser benefiting the fight of AIDS. Obviously the cookies were fantastic (the carrot cake deserves a standing ovation) but the company was even better! Broadway stars Laura Osnes (currently starring in Cinderella – Tony nom!) and Jeremy Jordan (most recently seen in SMASH & Newsies) served us our cookies and they could not be any sweeter. It was really cool to see them in real life sans stage makeup.
^^^I wasn’t smart enough to have any cash on me so only Summer got a pic with them ($5 donation)
The fundraiser doesn’t end until tomorrow so if you’re in the area, check it out! Delish cookies for a good cause!
On another, more healthy note, this is one of me and Jon’s favorite places to go running (when we do actually go running).
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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is back on Broadway! I got the email months ago that previews were starting in January and it would officially open in March. I seriously thought about going to New York for a weekend to see the show, but obviously I had more on my mind than frivolous travel. I haven’t been in Chicago long enough to be longing to leave it yet. In all actuality, I’m sort of getting restless to move into my own apartment…still. The current tenant is sure taking his sweet time getting out of there…but I suppose his lease is up on March 31…so really, I can’t be all too mad that he’s not out yet.
I first saw Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella when I was a kid. I’m not sure why it was playing 20+ years after it was made on cable – but it was, and it went down…
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CINDERELLA IS A HIT • in just a month, the new musical take on Rodgers and Hammerstien’s Cinderella (showed at the Broadway Theatre in nyc) has had raving, record-breaking success! The show raised the most money in previews of Broadway history! I know this from my own experience when I went to the first preview and couldn’t even get a seat next to the people I came with! It was packed! Next record-breaking event was the cast album (which I absolutely LOVE) has sold more copies then any Original Broadway cast recording ever! Congrats Cinderella! Wish them so much more successbr />