Peter Pan’s Flight

My favorite Disneyland attraction. It was there on opening day in 1955 and still inspires today. There is something magical about sitting in a flying pirate ship, sailing out of the Darling’s home and looking down on London. Wonderful, imaginative and soaring.

From Wikipedia: Peter Pan’s Flight is a suspended dark ride at the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Park (Paris) theme parks. Located in Fantasyland, it is one of the few remaining attractions that was operational on Disneyland’s opening day in 1955. The ride’s story, music, staging and artwork are based on Walt Disney’s Peter Pan, the animated film version of the classic Peter Pan story by J. M. Barrie.

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Sleep No More

Combine Macbeth, Film Noir, a 1939 Hotel, 100 rooms, 6 floors, a Dance Concert, Performance Art and stir. An incredible, immersive night out. Filled with actors/dancers moving about in an incredible space. Totally unique and mesmerizing. Not for everyone as there is not a clear narrative and it is provocative. But, if you can go with the flow, you will stumble upon things you have never seen before. Gasp inducing, mind-blowing and incredible.

Sleep No More is an immersive theatre installation created by British theatre companyPunchdrunk based on Punchdrunk’s original 2003 London production and their 2009 collaboration with Boston’s American Repertory Theatre. The company reinvented Sleep No More in a co-production with Emursive, and began performances on March 7, 2011. The production takes place at a block of warehouses in Manhattan, which the company transformed into an abandoned hotel called The McKittrick Hotel. Sleep No More won the 2011 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and won Punchdrunk special citations at the 2011 Obie Awards for design and choreography.

Video Feature: Sleep No More

Website: Sleep No More

NYTimes.com Interactive Feature: Sleep No More

Edgar Degas

Having seen many of Degas’ works at The Met and MOMA in NYC as well as at the Louvre in Paris, I have become a fan of his work. The connections to dance and to parisian life are inspiring, passionate and ambivalent.

Edgar Degas Wikipedia

His birthday is 7/19.

Tony Awards

The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known informally as a Tony Award, recognizes achievement in live Broadway theatre. The awards are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League at an annual ceremony in New York City. The awards are given for Broadway productions and performances, and an award is given for regional theatre. Several discretionary non-competitive awards are also given, including a Special Tony Award, the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre, and theIsabelle Stevenson Award. The awards are named after Antoinette Perry, co-founder of the American Theatre Wing. (Source: Wikipedia)

Below are links to some of the best Tony Awards clips:

Chicago:

Dreamgirls: 

Jersey Boys: 

Kiss of the Spider Woman: 

La Cage Aux Folles: 

Rent: 

Thoroughly Modern Millie: 

The 66th Annual Tony Awards will be held on Sunday June 10, 2012. The live Tony telecast begins at 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 Central on CBS, and is repeated at 8:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) on the West Coast.

Tony Awards Website

Dead Poets Society

Dead Poets Society still lands as one of my top 10 favorite films after all of these years. The messages of expressing one’s own truth and carpe diem still resonate.  Nominated for 4 Academy Awards and winning Best Orginal Screenplay. The director Peter Weir has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director 5 times for Master and Commander, The Truman Show, Green Card, Dead Poets Society and Witness. And Ethan Hawke (Total Recall), Robert Sean Leonard (House), Josh Charles (The Good Wife) and Robin Williams (The Wedding) are still relevant today. Hushed, impactful, and poetic.

 

TO THE VIRGINS, TO MAKE MUCH OF TIME.
by Robert Herrick

GATHER ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old time is still a-flying :
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he’s to setting.

That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer ;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while ye may go marry :
For having lost but once your prime
You may for ever tarry.

Quotes:

John Keating: I SOUND MY BARBARIC YAWP OVER THE ROOFTOPS OF THE WORLD.

John Keating: O Captain, my Captain. Who knows where that comes from? Anybody? Not a clue? It’s from a poem by Walt Whitman about Mr. Abraham Lincoln. Now in this class you can either call me Mr. Keating, or if you’re slightly more daring, O Captain my Captain. 

John Keating: We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be? 

Neil: [quoting Henry David Thoreau] “I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.”
Dalton: I’ll second that.
Neil: “To put to rout all that was not life; and not, when I had come to die, discover that I had not lived.”

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