In the wake of executive orders trying to protect the country from interior and exterior threats, this story feels all too familiar. There are those Americans rallying against the “Muslim Ban” and those who either don’t see a problem with it or don’t feel it’s their place to speak up. Allegiance is technically a look at the past, but it’s also a frightening possibility for our future. Continue reading What Makes a (Hu)man: Allegiance Back in Theaters Feb. 19→
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.
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.
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→
Ever thought about a Star Wars-esque cosplay of Queen Amidala in one of her ornate, over-the-top, regal outfits? Perhaps a The Emperor’s New Groove’s Kuzco costume is more your speed. Or, maybe you have an OC that has some awesome millinery, but you’re just not sure how or where to get started on such a project. Well, hopefully this tutorial will be of some assistance!
This summer’s productions have taken me a little out of my comfort zone as a costume designer, which is great in the long run, as it helps me to build and develop new skills. Plus, with the amount of trial-and-error that occurred, my projects also taught me a lot about what doesn’t work, which, while frustrating at the time (for myself and the people assisting me), is beneficial going forward.
The two big Tony winners this year, Fun Home and A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, are based on bestselling books. In fact, many popular, award-winning musicals are based on books. Les Miserables, Cabaret, Wicked, and The Phantom of the Opera were all outstanding books before they graced the stage.
What’s next for Broadway shows based on books? Here are my suggestions:
Can you hear that sound? Can you feel that nerdy tingle in your musical theater brain? If you can, then you know it’s Tony Awards time! So pop that confetti, along with the champagne, grab your favorite theater t-shirt, plus a box of tissues, because this weekend is the Tony telecast, and your Theater Thursday crew (Kayla and Dalin) have got you covered. Below are our predictions, hopes and dreams for who will take home the prize. So sit back, relax, and queue the orchestra – it’s Tony time!
Everything I ever needed to know about sex, I learned from a Broadway show. No seriously. 8-year-old Kayla would watch the 10th anniversary of Les Miserables on VHS and see Madame Thenardier sing “thinks he’s quite a lover but there’s not much hair.” Alun Armstrong was a balding Thenardier, so those were the words that I thought made sense, and my parents never corrected me. Then as I got older, I realized I had misheard those lyrics, and Les Mis would never be the same again.
With Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought I’d share the highly educational songs that Broadway has provided, so everyone can be well informed for their romantic endeavors.
While I was on vacation, I had the chance to see a little winter release that no one really knew about. It was created by (real life Jabba The Hutt) George Lucas, and animated by his team at ILM. It was a jukebox musical, featuring songs from the past 50 years of pop and rock, and it’s (loosely) based off of a Midsummer Nights Dream. Classic January disaster? Absolutely. But, I have a very awkward thing to admit…. this movie has sort of formed into a guilty pleasure for me, due to a nerdy passion of mine.
– WARNING – This goes into a bit of spoiler territory. And even though this is mostly about a movie, this is a musical, incase you were curious.
If you couldn’t tell from my raving review of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, I’m a big fan of being honest about the fact that not everything I enjoy is feminist. And I don’t think it needs to be. While I have certainly had moments where sitting through certain movies or TV shows became painful and all I wanted to do was curl up with some bell hooks to make myself feel better, I also don’t hold popular media up to an idealistic code. I know that a lot of pop culture is not going to be feminist, and while that is something that I would love to change, I know that in the meantime I am probably going to be watching TV shows that both make me laugh (or cry) and make me cringe. All of this is to preface the fact that as much as I enjoyed the premiere of ABC’s new musical comedy Galavant…it definitely made me cringe. A lot.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. It was my favorite movie as a child, and remains in my top 5 today. I think that Beauty and the Beast is pretty close to being flawless. However, when compared to the musical, I feel the musical always wins out. The movie feels like going exploring in a lake, and the musical is like exploring in the ocean: both are fun, but one will give you a lot more to look at than the other. Here’s why: