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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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 commjunity 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! Thankyou all for supporting my dreams ❤

Disney’s Frozen Going To Broadway!

couldn’t be more thrilled! i REALLY REALLY REALLY hope they keep the original movie cast!
No one else could compare!

AND I'M DONE.

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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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Elsa and Elphaba – similaries and differences

Idina Menzel owned both of these roles!

Rantings from inside my head

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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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

 

‘Kinky Boots’ Performers Have Amazing Response To Macy’s Day Parade Outrage

The Pink Triangle Cafe

Sometimes people do things that leave me speechless. This is one of them. I am utterly outraged, but thoughts aren’t easily coming together.

I will say this: if you cannot get to New York to see the musical, borrow the movie. It’s on Netflix. It’s fabulous, but without all of the AMAZING music of Cindy Lauper. And it’s based on a true story.

Homophobia reared its ugly head in response to the supposedly cheerful Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, as some Americans took to social media to criticize the performance of “Kinky Boots,” an award-winning Broadway musical about a shoe factory owner and a drag queen who work together to turn the family business around. The way the performers responded to the controversy, however, was priceless.

Despite the show’s wholesome themes of cooperation, tolerance and friendship, Twitter and Facebook quickly lit up with Americans decrying the performance of…

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Review: Twelfth Night

I’m seeing this show next weekend! Couldn’t be more excited! Who has seen it already?

Drama Queen

Twelfth Night Belasco Theatre

Two performances – Samuel Barnett as shipwrecked gentlewoman Viola and Mark Rylance as Lady Olivia – make this Twelfth Night essential viewing. Even people who aren’t particularly into Shakespeare are likely to enjoy Rylance’s multicolored and often hilarious portrayal (although most of his best stuff comes after the intermission, trust me). This Twelfth Night may not be as definitive as the Richard III it alternates with; the fact that it is the more enjoyable evening overall is a measure of how great the play itself is.

Twelfth Night has long been my favorite of Shakespeare’s romantic comedies. In it, Shakespeare takes love between people of the same sex very seriously — all you have to do is look at the character names. The play follows the romantic adventures of Viola and her identical twin Sebastian, both shipwrecked in the enchanted dukedom of Illyria.

Viola is a poetic name for the…

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The 2013 Tony Awards: Spectacle with Heart

The Theatre Eater

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

CBS Denver

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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