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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Into the Woods- Movie Script Released!

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?

http://waltdisneystudiosawards.com/downloads/into-the-woods-screenplay.pdf

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MY 1 YEAR WORDPRESS ANIVERSARY!

MY 1 YEAR WORDPRESS ANIVERSARY!

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!

Lea Michele plans Broadway Return in ‘Funny Girl’

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!

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IDINA MENZEL-OSCARS 2014

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!

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Top Tweets about the Sound Music Live

Bless me, Audra McDonald, for I have cringed. It’s been four days since I watched NBC’s The Sound of Music Live, and I’m not exactly sure whether to repent or not. On the one hand, I wasted three hours of my life MESMERIZED by the EXTRAORDINARY AWFULNESS of this eye-roll-a-minute disaster master. We here at LMezz had high hopes for this show and were able to give Carrie Underwood the benefit of the doubt. Then these hopes were dashed upon the jagged rocks, located at the bottom of WTF Mountain and next to Bad Choices Valley.

On the other hand, if I hadn’t watched this hot mess, I wouldn’t have been able to understand these awesome tweets below!

Regarding Carrie Underwood:

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Those sets though:

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That ‘awful’ dress:

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Praise be to Audra:

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And them kids:

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And them Broadway stars who got…

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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!

See It More Than Once- Once Musical Review

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Today I ventured back into the world of musical theater to see Once, The Musical.

It is based on the 2006 movie of the same name.

In one eventful week, a musician who believes that his dream is dead meets a woman who by the end of the week, sees the beauty and the potential of his music. Their love is mutual, but life may tear them apart.

I did not have the opportunity to see the original cast, but the more recent cast with Arthur Darvill and Joanna Christie.

It’s not the typical musical, which makes it stand out among the cornicopia of musicals currently on Broadway. It is also un-typical is the audience is allowed to walk up to the stage and order from the bar. Most shows have a fourth wall, which is only broken after the show. Before the show starts, while the actors are…

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The 2013 Tony Awards: Spectacle with Heart

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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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‘The Book Of Mormon’ Brings Biggest Sales Day In Denver Center History

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DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Center for the Performing Arts box office started Monday with 56,000 “The Book of Mormon” tickets to sell. By the close of business on Monday, after the biggest sales day in Denver Center history, they only had 18,000 tickets left — and they keep going down,

The hottest ticket in Denver last year remains the hottest ticket in Denver this year. While there was a hiccup or two along the way — a system slowdown – and a mistaken sold-out notice that no other news station in town, besides CBS4, bothered to check, it is going very well.

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Monday morning in the lobby of the theater, it was full, all in hopes of staying cool and getting tickets for the biggest show on Broadway.

“The Book of Mormon” has set sales records wherever and whenever it has played, and Denver…

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Being Theatrical.

well usually the first thing that comes to mind when someone says “theatrical” is like some old quote from Hamlet or Shakespeare “to be or not to be” “all the word’s a stage and the men and women in it are just merely players” but what people don’t always remember is how much theatre has EVOLVED into modern fun theatre. An older lady in a show I was in told me she really didn’t like modern theatre and I was a little bit shocked because I thought how do you LOVE theatre but not modern theatre? But then it hit back at me- do I love older theatre? So here’s my conclusion. I think to be a well- rounded “theatrical” person you have to love everything about there not just the upbeat show tunes from Millie- but also Phantom of the Opera and Shakespeare and all. I’ve been in both Shakespeare shows and modern and I’m not saying we all have to be in shows to show we care. I think just reading a Hamlet script for a few minutes would do. Then I thought. What has never changed about theatre- LIVE THEATRE- is that it’s always live. and nothing gives you quite that rush of sharing your work with an audience. The actors that were merely players in Shakespeare’s stage did it. And so do we. So I guess that’s just my meaningless spiel of the day. But the point is love and everything about it. Be….theatrical.

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