Getting Through the Journey – Thoughts on the Into the Woods film – December 31, 2014

solid review although I may have had some differing opions.

Close Encounters of the Theatrical Kind

“Once upon a time in a far-off kingdom, there lay a small village at the edge of the woods…”

Into The Woods film

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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CATS

Will “Cats” be the next big musical on the big screen?

As many of us theatre kids know- Cats is already a very popular musical, and even people who don’t know the musical can easily belt “Memory” off the top of their heads. When I saw this post on Broadway.com I knew I HAD to comment on it. This is very intresting to me because I’m currently in a production of Cats. But I just don’t know if the average audience member would appreciate Cats as much as the next theatre kid would. If you are familiar with Cats– you know that its is very different from anything you’ve ever seen because there is no plot at all- just random stories about random cats…do you think audiences are ready for that on the big screen? On the other hand- the most recent movie- musical phenomenon was Les Miserables which was very popular with theatre kids- and non theatre kids as well- and maybe that’s just because Les Mis is flawless and Aaron Teviet and Eddie Redmayne are just adorable…

 

Well, what do you think? Will Cats sell in movie theatres”? Are you excited for it?

 

SIDE NOTE: The next movie musical is Into the Woods which Disney is producing and I’m absolutely so excited…I think theatres making a popular comeback tbh and I couldn’t be happier (“simply couldn’t be happier….”) haha!

Idina Menzel 5.30.13 Thought of the Day

Indina’s birthday was yesterday 🙂

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“I’ve been singing since I was born. It’s something I do everywhere I go. In the shower, walking down the street. I don’t need any impetus to do it. I just sing” — Idina Menzel

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English: Singer/actress Idina Menzel outside the Today Show studios following an appearance and performance promoting the release of her debut Warner Bros album “I Stand.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Idina Kim Menzel  was born in Queens, New York City, New York, in  1971. She is 42 years old.

She is one of two girls born to Helene and Stuart Mentzel. She grew up in New Jersey and Syosset, New York. She attended the Tisch School of the Arts and earned her Bachelors of fine Arts from New York University.  A singer since childhood Menzel began to perform professionally at weddings and bar mitzvahs as a teenager.

She had her first Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes of…

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I’M AUDITIONING FOR COSETTE!

I'M AUDITIONING FOR COSETTE!

I’m so extremely “excited and scared” to audition for the role of Cosette in Les Miserables this weekend! I will be singing “A Change in Me” from Beauty in The Beast, because it shows that same beautiful bubbly sense of growing up that both the characters Cosette and Belle have! Also, this song shows off my soprano range that Cosette’s music requires! Do YOU have any huge auditions coming up?

It’s A Bird..It’s A Plane…It’s Superman! at New York City Center Encores!

Yup. Superman The Musical. Otherwise known as “Superman: Turn On the Clark”

We’ve gushed before about NYCC’s Encores! program. Last month’s Fiorello! was fan-frakkin-tastic. I’ll eat up anything Encores! puts in front of me. So when we heard that the next musical in the lineup would be a 1960’s flop about Superman, we made sure to book us a trip to Metropolitan bliss.

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For sunlight is like gold…Once review

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As the spring semester took off I found it hard to take time to blog. Even though I haven’t been blogging frequently I have been writing weekly for my school newspaper, often about theatre. I will post my theatre related articles on my blog for those who do not have access to The Leader. But first is a review of Broadway’s Once.

I have been dying to see the Broadway production of Once ever since I first heard about its opening on Broadway. This only increased when I saw their show-stopping Tony Award performance and Steve Kazee’s heartfelt acceptance speech. Kazee’s speech has stuck with me and made me want to see his performance so naturally I was disappointed when I read that he, along with Cristin Milioti and a portion of the ensemble, was leaving the show. Needless to say, I couldn’t be more excited when my mom…

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Kristin Chenoweth – Live from Lincoln Center

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Attention Blogland:  I am a huge musical theatre nerd.  If you are too then you must watch my favorite KChen in this pbs special.  (The entire show is online!)  Here is a brief clip of the awesomeness.

Watch Kristin Chenoweth performs “Edelweiss.” on PBS. See more from pbs.

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I wanna Rock!

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Rock of AgesRock of Ages was one part unpredictable and all parts spectacular. You don’t have to be a fan of the eighties to love it, but it wouldn’t hurt.

The story follows two young, fame-seeking kids trying to live out their dream on the strip. Drew the singer and Sherrie the actress meet at The Bourbon Room, a place where they both work while trying to realize their dream. There is the usual falling in love and miscommunication that leads to the ultimate breaking apart, followed closely by the realization that they were both wrong. However, the way Rock of Ages presented it is so fresh and fun that it’s easy to overlook this formulaic love story and enjoy the show.

Lonny – the narrator and part owner of The Bourbon Room – is quite hilarious. Regina, a protestor who is trying to save the strip from being torn down by a pair of German…

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New “Broadway” OnDemand

COMCAST HAS A BROADWAY TAB ON ONDEMAND Sorry for those of you who don’t have comcast, therefore wouldn’t be dying of excitement like I am, but comcast has made a “Broadway” tab OnDemand where you can watch movie musicals, previous tony awards, performances, etc. which I am beyond excited to check out! So people with comcast, check it out! I know I will!

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