You never know where inspiration will hit you. This week it was brought to me in the form of the new Apple Red iphone ad. The song used in the ad caught my attention enough that I had to seek it out, find out who created it, and play it over and over again.
It’s called, “That’s It (Im Crazy) by Sofi Tukker.
From wikipedia: Sofi Tukker is a New York-based musical duo consisting of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern. The band is perhaps best known for its song “Best Friend,” which was featured in a commercial during Apple’s unveiling of the iPhone X on September 12, 2017.
Funny how I was reluctant to watch this show. Perhaps after Smash and Glee, I had felt somewhat letdown. Now Rise promises a more naturalistic approach to theatre, the heart behind teaching, and putting together a show in high school.
Today Tix is a website and application based theatre ticket company. Basically you can get last minute tickets for shows at discount prices in a variety of cities including: New York, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, and more.
They have made it streamlined and user friendly. The options are usually listed for shows up to a 30 days in advance.
It elimiates the need to run to the box office, or TKTS. Especially convenient if you are out of town and traveling into town.
Another example of technology moving things forward, this time for us theatre nerds.
Had the fortunate opportunity in my life to live in NYC. While there the New York Times is arguably the only way true new yorkers get their news.
What I’m excited about is The New York Times really is a global leader in news. As much as we have been hearing attacks towards the news media, they really are the pillar of freedom and the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Case in point – Mark Kanemura (Former SYTYCD contestant, All-Star, and Lady Gaga Dancer) choreographed a routine to RuPaul’s Call Me Mother. It’s everything: masculine/feminine, soft/hard, fast/slow, varied/dynamic. Awesome.
So happy to report that one of my favorite shows, So You Think You Can Dance, has returned for Season 14 better than ever.
Last year they changed formats by allowing very young dancers to compete. While I support the arts and endeavors of younger dancers, this was a successful approach. Honestly, I stopped watching the show entirely.
This year, I reluctantly started watching again. Much to my surprise, they seemed to have breathed new life into the series. The talent is incredible and they have given the All-Stars a more prominent role.
Now, when the aspiring dancers audition, they do so in front of their peers. The energy is different, and it seems the performers are bringing their very best to impress the professionals.
An exampe of this fresh take can be seen in this opener for the “Academy”, replacing the Las Vegas concept, with an academy location.