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.
Dubsmash is an app which takes sounds clips of music, films, tv, quotes, etc. and let’s you lip sync to them. Basically it allows you to test your lip synching skills and post them online via social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. Mostly hilarious and clever. Can be quite entertaining.
On Sunday, November 13th, 2016 I was invited to attend a Educational Theatre Association Alumni Fundraising Event. It was held at the El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles. And my reaction was initially neutral. Always want to support the arts, but it was a Sunday night of a big work week ahead.
So my friend Jim and I headed to the show.
And then something crazy happened.
Broadway performers, Tony award winners, Tony nominees, and young students performers all showed up to deliver their A-Game. Who knew it would be such a dynamic and special evening.
EdTA has never done an event like this before on the west coast. This was their first one and they wanted to showcase Theatre performers who are working in TV/Film.
While everyone delivered amazing work, there were a few stand outs.
Steve Kazee, Tony Award winner for ONCE: The Musical was extraordinary. He told his story as a young guy in rural america who found his voice and way to becoming a performer. He sang “Gold” from Once while playing the guitar.
Becky Lythgoe stood out with her performance of “Everybody’s Girl” from Steel Pier.
And Barrett Foa performed “One More Day” from Les Miserables as 7 characters.
The night was inspiring for a few reasons:
It was clear that the people who are succeeding are because they are being fully themselves.
The arts produces smart, witty, thoughtful people.
Commit and perform full out as if your life depends on it.
Access to arts education as early as possible will yield incredible results.