Atomic Blonde

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Atmoic Blonde is a film based on a graphic novel, The Coldest City. It stars Charlize Theron and is directed by David Leitch.

While this film may not be for everyone, the violence is brutal and the plot can be tricky to follow, it still is a clever and interesting ride. Mostly due to the work of Charlize Theron.

If you enjoyed her performance in Mad Max:Fury Road, consider this a more lipstic version of her kick-ass persona. It’s like watching Jason Bourne with a mix of Deborah Harry and Madonna.

The 80s setting provides a nostalgic trip down memory lane. The music chosen pulls from some of the best of the era. “Father Figure”, “Voices Carry”, “99 Red Luft Balloons”.

The director is a stunt man, and therefore, the stunts are incredible. Unrelenting and so tightly choreographed. How they do it is a mystery.

If you are looking for a Berlin wall, platinum hair, neon glow, action-spy thriller, this is the movie for you.

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Come From Away

Come From Away is a new musical based on true events from September 11th, 2001.

It tells the story of how 38 planes were diverted to Newfoundland, Canada with a population of around 7K and about that many passengers decended on the town.

This musical is a story about kindness in the face of tragedy, openness in a time of fear, effort in a time of panic.

It’s moving, heartfelt, memorable, and important.

If you get to NYC or have a chance to see it on tour, do it.

It will be worth the trip.

SYTYCD Season 14

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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.

Take a look below at the exciting outdoor dance.

Bravo SYTYCD! You’re back!!!

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Baby Driver

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Baby Driver, a new film by Edgar Wright, is one of the best films of the year. It tells the story of Baby (Ansel Elgort) who is the getaway driver from bank robbers. It’s also a love story.

The twist on this story is the character’s use of music, which he uses to score the soundtrack of his life. I’ve never seen such creative use of music and sound in a film before. It almost crosses the bridge into being a musical. The songs are integrated into the film, filming choregraphed, and even the dialogue has a specifc cadence.

Also starring Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, and John Hamm.

There is so much thought and care that goes into this suprising, action-packed, and moving film.

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Songlist: https://www.amazon.com/Driver-Music-Motion-Picture-Explicit/dp/B071P9SZDT/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499888887&sr=8-1&keywords=baby+driver+soundtrack

http://www.babydriver-movie.com/

The Greatest Showman

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The Greatest Showman is a new film coming out December 25th, 2017 starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, and Zendaya. It is also the next film for the writing team of Pasek & Paul who wrote music and lyrics for La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen.

This film is a new musical telling of the tale of PT Barnum and his creation of the circus, The Greatest Show on Earth! as well as the birth of show business. Sure to be filled with incredible songs and performances.  Take a look at the trailer below.

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Troye Sivan

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Troye Sivan is a 21 year old singer, songwriter, and actor. He was born in South Africa, but now lives in Australia.

He has released one album, Blue Neighbourhood, in 2015Since then he has released several singles. One of note is “There for you” which just came out May 26, 2017 and was produced by Martin Garrix, the major international DJ.

This young performing is an up and coming star amassing youtube followers in the millions.

What is also significant is Troye is openly gay. Becoming more and more mainstream with every song he puts out. This shows the amount of progress which has been made for LGBT performers globally.

From Logo.com “At last month’s GLAAD Media Awards, Sivan, who came out publicly on YouTube at the age of 14, became the youngest recipient of the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is presented to LGBT media professionals who promote equality and acceptance in their work and life. He honored trailblazing LGBT activists like Peter Staley, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Gilbert Baker in his acceptance speech.”

http://www.newnownext.com/troye-sivan-lgbt-heroes-glaad-awards/04/2017/

Teaching us all that music can unite.

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http://www.troyesivan.com/

Broadway Backstory

 

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Musical Theatre Nerds Unite!

Completely obsessed with the podcast Broadway Backstory. This podcast was recommended to me by my friend Laura (thank you Laura!). In season one, tales of 7 Broadway shows are told from idea to creation. With interviews of key players (Directors, Producers, Composers, Actors, etc.) Each podcast is dedicated to one shows story.

Patrick Hinds hosts this addictive series. The shows included in season one are: In the Heights, Fun Home, Deaf West’ Spring Awakening, Legally Blonde, The Secret Garden, Next to Normal, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

The podcast pull back the curtain on what it takes to produce shows on Broadway, the years of dedication, setbacks, and triumphs.

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https://www.todaytix.com/insider/nyc/posts?category=broadway-backstory