Category Archives: broadway

If Only It Were That Easy

Clear signage, please.

I’ve had the following conversation several times:

Non-performer:  What do you do?

Me:  I’m a singer/actor

NP:  No, I mean for money?

Me:  That’s what I do.  I get paid for it.

NP:  Are you gonna be on Broadway?

Me:  I sure hope so.

NP:  When?  What are you gonna be in?  You should be in Once on This Island! (Or Footloose or The Wiz or some other thing that isn’t on Broadway anymore. . .)

Me:  *Facepalm*  Not sure, but thanks for the vote of confidence.  That show’s not on Broadway anymore, but maybe one day. . .

Groan.  Am I alone here?  For some reason, when I tell people that I’m a performer, they think I’m lying.  Then they immediately ask me how I make money- like the two things are mutually exclusive.  News flash! Those folks performing in bars and in theme parks and in hotels aren’t there for the free food.  We get paid!  Sometimes pretty well!

More importantly, we get to have fun.  Everyday.  With other performers who are having fun.  So, while we may not be on a straight path to financial freedom, we still win at life.  Because we’re living it.  Doing what we love.  OK.  While I try to figure out how to get off this soapbox without hurting myself, watch this super-accurate cartoon:

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Les (Not So) Miserables

This week the 25th Anniversary concert performance of Les Mis finally made its way to a theater near me.  I was pretty excited to see this spectacle, featuring former Broadway, Tour, and West End stars.  Probably the most talked-about aspects were Nick Jonas‘ turn as Marius (spoiler alert:  he was kinda outdone by everybody else), and this drama between Cameron McIntosh and original director Trevor Nunn (they’re still miffed at each other).

Long story short:  I loved it.  I was definitely taken back to my childhood, when everyone was obsessed with Les Mis and played the Cast Recordings on the regular!  The story is still so powerful, and the conflicts resonate more and more as I get older.  I really thought the staging was great, too.  I didn’t really miss not having all the elements of the full show.

My absolute fave moment was the Sing-A-Thon at the end featuring 4 former Valjeans.  The arrangement was so dreamy, and it was such a powerful moment for everyone looking on, I think.  *Snaps*.

I can’t wait for this to come out on DVD (if it ever does!).  It was a really fun night out with friends, and a fantastic salute to this iconic show!

Aaaargh!  I didn’t include any video ’cause Piracy is wrong, mateys!  But, if you do wanna catch some clips, they are all over YT.  You didn’t hear that from me.


The Goonies As a Musical?!?

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Hey You GUUUYS!   The 1985 movie is still a beloved classic and launched the careers of its stars, including Josh Brolin and Sean Astin.

With the 25th anniversary upon us, director Richard Donner has evidently given up on plans for a Goonies sequel, and started planning the musical.  Producer/Scribe Tim Long of The Simpsons fame is on board, so you know there’ll be some hilarious and classic musical numbers.

It’s unclear how far off this project really is (there’s no director or stars yet), but I’m willing to bet that other ’80s babies like me will line up to see the it onstage.  One request though:  Can they leave the “Truffle Shuffle” out?  Kthanksbye!

Are you an ’80s baby who can’t wait to see The Goonies on stage?  Who would you like to see bring your favorite characters to life?  Let me know in the comments below!  And don’t forget to “LIKE” this post!


South Park Does Broadway!

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According to Broadway World, the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone are penning a new musical comedy that pokes fun at Mormonsim.  The music will be written by Avenue Q composer Robert Lopez, and Casey Nicholaw is set to choreograph.  Previews of The Book of Mormon start February 24, 2011, but a cast has yet to be announced.

You might be wondering what Trey and Matt know about writing a musical.  Actually, quite a bit.  Do you remember their movie, South Park:  Bigger, Longer, and Uncut?  Well the song from that movie, “Blame Canada.” was actually nominated for an Oscar for Best Song.  Since it first aired, South Park has won four Emmys and a Peabody award.

And they’ve got a great team behind them on this.  Robert Lopez is not only the composer of Avenue Q, but also a co-creator and lyricist.  The musical won the 2004 Tony for Best Musical, Best Score, and even scored a Grammy for the cast album.  Casey Nicholaw has been nominated for a Tony twice for her work on Monty Python’s Spamalot and The Drowsy Chaperone.

So, while I’m sure everyone will be offended, you’ve gotta admit that this show has a good shot of being pretty good.  If it’s half as funny as the South Park episode, “All About the Mormons, ” we’ve got a winner on our hands.  I’ll keep you posted on how the show’s coming along.  In the meantime, remember this bad boy from the Mormon episode?

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Will you watch The Book of Mormon?  Or do you think this sounds “dumb?” Leave your thoughts below!


Smited/ Injured: Jordin Sparks

Caution tape!

"It hurts riiiiight here."

Jordan Jordin Sparks reportedly injured her hip during a performance of “In the Heights” on Aug. 28th. According toBroadway.com, the singer finished the remainder of the show, but didn’t perform in either of the shows on Aug. 29th. As of now, there’s no date set for her return.

So, my good friend “hipped” me to this story (oh that pun was most def intended), and she had this to say:

“Possibly. . . a sign from the Broadway gods saying ‘Get the celebrities OUT.'”

She got me thinking with this: Can celebrities really keep up with Broadway? It seems like shows will put in a famous face to help boost ticket sales, but often the star has a hard time with the grueling demands of a Broadway show schedule. Most actors don’t just pop up on the broad-way out of nowhere. It takes years to get there, after studying and auditioning and paying dues. It’s during this time that people can build up the stamina to do a show night after night.

I’m not saying that Jordin Sparks deserved what happened to her. I’m not saying that she doesn’t deserve to be in a Broadway show. Injuries happen to the best of us. I’m just sayin’.


I’m Not Mad at Her!

I’ve been spending the last couple of days watching some scary video of Vanessa Hudgens as Mimi in “RENT” at the Hollywood Bowl.  I’ve also been rewatching R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” saga (because I’m a glutton for punishment), so I missed this video of Nicole Shirtshanger Scherzinger performing “Over the Moon.”  Also from “RENT” at the Hollywood Bowl, but waaaay better than V.

She looks great.  She sounds great.  She’s really funny.  I need her to be on Broadway, like, yesterday.

What do you think?  Did Shirtshanger rock your world?


Broadway’s Laura Bell Bundy to Join HIMYM Cast

According to The Ausiello Files, LBB is set to star as Robin’s coworker on CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother.”  Word is, she won’t end up being the ‘mother’ but she will have a recurring role.  Sounds good to me!  I hope that she and NPH will do a musical number of some sort.  Even if it comes out of nowhere, people love a musical number.  Esp. when the ones performing it are two Broadway stars.  Duh.

Legally Blooooooond!

Will you watch HIMYM now that LBB is on? Did you watch before?  Do you want to see a pointless musical number?


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