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Hairspray Live! Review

Hairspray Live. Where to start? This may have been NBC’s best live show yet, but that isn’t saying very much. Taking a hint from Fox’s Grease, they transitioned this live production into a multi-set, live audience production. While I very much enjoyed this production there were some obvious setbacks.2016-1024-hairspraylive-aboutimage-1920x1080-ko

The first thing that has to be noted is the cultural relevance. If there was ever a time that Hairspray needed to be done it was now. The positive messages about peaceful protesting in the face of hatred, bullying and racism, are exactly what we need. Art mimics life and that is exactly what happened tonight. Jennifer Hudson’s rendition of “I Know Where I’ve Been” was incredibly powerful and moving.

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To the Tune of Harry Potter: Top Potter Inspired Songs

Loving Harry Potter as a child and loving music used to be two separate entities in my life. As I grew older, I learned there was a whole world of Harry Potter-related music waiting to be explored. For this Harry Potter Week, I’ve decided to focus on some of my favorite Harry Potter inspired music (mostly of the parody variety).

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Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Ingredients for a Great Musical

Waitress has been a collective favorite movie in my family for a while. When we heard it was coming to Broadway we knew we had to get tickets. We were lucky enough to see it while in previews and were not disappointed.


The story of Waitress can be described as simplistic but in a beautiful way. Jenna, the titular waitress, is miserable with her small-town life and abusive husband. Her journey of learning to love again and breaking free is tethered to the many outrageous and seemingly delicious pies she bakes. The storyline is consistent with the movie and the libretto’s loyalty to the original story was much appreciated. Jessie Nelson translated the story perfectly for the stage, if not better than the original. Continue reading Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Ingredients for a Great Musical

Night 3 of Hanukkah: Daniel Handler Trivia Edition!

One of my favorite authors growing up– and to this day– is Daniel Handler. You may know him better by his pen name: Lemony Snicket, behind A Series of Unfortunate Events and All the Wrong Questions. Handler is Jewish, so on this night of Hanukkah I would like to celebrate him.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Review

So the fourth and final Hunger Games film was released and I’m pretty satisfied. They stayed true to the scenes in the book and overall it was an amazing movie. If you haven’t seen it and don’t want spoilers, stop reading here.   Continue reading The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Review

Stephenie Meyer’s Big Announcement for Twilight’s 10th Anniversary

Raise your hand if you were a Twi-Hard who felt personally victimized by Midnight Sun’s lack of release due to a leak of the first hundred pages.

Now that we’ve finally gotten that out of our system, we can talk about a bit of good news. Stephenie Meyer has announced more Twilight, now with switched genders! Life and Death is bonus content for the 10th Anniversary Edition of Twilight, with Beau instead of Bella and Edythe instead of Edward. Continue reading Stephenie Meyer’s Big Announcement for Twilight’s 10th Anniversary

Scream Queens Series Premier Reaction

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To some people a new television series premiere is like a first impression. The viewer tends to pick out what they do and don’t like about what’s in the episode. If it’s pretty good, the viewer comes back for more, but if it isn’t then they usually just move on to their other beloved shows. Scream Queens was pleasantly entertaining from start to finish. It was one of the first series premieres that actually gave viewers two whole hours worth of show time. Continue reading Scream Queens Series Premier Reaction

She Knew She Could Make it Through

So the time has come to write this post which I have been putting off because once I write it, it really is an end. Today will be the last episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation to air. After 14 amazing seasons the show will finish and say goodbye. While the show was picked up by Netflix to continue on, it will no longer be “The Next Generation” series. Degrassi has been on the forefront of many issues and a lot of them have been inspiring to me not only as a teenager but as a teenage girl. That is why I wanted to highlight some of my favorite moments of female empowerment on Degrassi. Continue reading She Knew She Could Make it Through

“My Immortal”: Harry Potter Fan Fiction Keeping the Love Alive

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Happy Harry Potter week! For this celebratory week, Brianna and I will be talking about a Fan Fiction very close to my heart. This Fan Fiction is “My Immortal.” This Fan Fiction is infamous. Infamous for being hilariously bad. So bad that it’s amazing.

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