The new epic fantasy on everybody’s lips is the Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss, not least because of its recent association with musical genius Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda will act as creative producer of Liongate’s new film, TV, and video game franchise based on the books. This fact and the recommendation of a dear friend was all the convincing I needed to start book one, The Name of the Wind. Yet while the writing is beautiful and the plot is enticing, I am disappointed to say this book had a distinctly un-feminist tone. Continue reading Feminist Literary Analysis: The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss
Since Disney is remaking every movie they’ve ever released, rumors circulated as to what films were coming and who is going to star in them. Mary Poppins kept coming up, usually with Emily Blunt’s name attached to it. I’m happy to say those rumors are true! Mary Poppins Returns will hit movie theaters December 25, 2018. Broadway superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda was also cast in this upcoming feature. He will write new songs for the movie, and will also appear as a new character, a lamplighter named Jack. Rob Marshall is set to direct the movie. Mary Poppins Returns will feature a whole new score. Continue reading Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda Cast in 2018 Mary Poppins Sequel
Kidding. Although it might as well, looking at the recently released list of nominations for the 2016 Tony Awards.
I have a Renthead bucket list. I was fourteen the first time I heard Rent, and it (stereotypically) changed my life. Not only did I adopt the “No Day But Today” philosophy of life, but I started being an activist, eventually volunteering for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. I still do when I’m in the area and there’s something going on.
I was always attached to Jonathan Larson specifically. I was heartbroken by his story. He was a struggling playwright, and Rent was his big break. He died the night before it opened. This man had such a huge impact on not just my life, but so many lives, and the entire idea of what a musical could look like.
His show, Tick, Tick… BOOM, was written several years before he had even considered Rent. The show is an autobiographical tale of turning thirty and the fears that go along with it. It shows Jonathan Larson’s fear of never achieving greatness. The soundtrack, from the 2001 Off-Broadway production featuring Raul Esparza, breaks my heart every time I listen to it. One thing I thought I’d never get to cross off my bucket list though, was actually seeing a production. Well, it happened. And it was spectacular.
Here at The Daily Geekette, many of us are theater/Broadway nerds, and thus we like to report on the awesomeness happening currently on The Great White Way. One of those recent announcements included one of my personal favorite people being cast in New York City Center’s Encores! Off-Center‘s newest addition to it’s season line up. The person in question? Lin-Manuel Miranda (and Karen Olivo.) The show? Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick…BOOM!
Lin-Manuel is an incredible talent, who has the ability to mix musical genres with effortless ability, making them seem to fit in perfect harmony. He proved this in his masterpiece, In The Heights, which also showcased his quirky yet wonderful acting chops. He’s meant to be in unique musical theater material, and if you know the late Jonathan Larson’s work (Spoiler Alert: he was the guy that wrote Rent), then you know what you’re in for.