Hello, Dolly!

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Well Hello, Dolly!

It’s so nice to have you back where you belong.

Recently had the pleasure and opportunity to see Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway in NYC.

And throughtout the show I was grinning ear to ear. (Except when I was crying)

Clearly the story is Bette Midler, and why shouldn’t it be?

She is worth every penny of the expensive ticket. Her incredible career is on full display during the show. By that I mean, she is the consumate professional, actress, musical theatre icon, who deserves the praise, and Tony award, heeped upon her.

It’s like a dream come true. An woman who has had a decades long career, never won a Tony before, getting a chance to celebrate and be celebrated in NYC. Brava I say, Brava.

But that’s not it. The show itself is glorious, beautiful, and like a life long friend. I was surprised by my own joy during the show. There is something so special about Hello, Dolly! It reminds us all about living life fully, finding love, and to keep moving on.

And while Bette Midler is taking her final bow January 14, 2018. (So run, don’t walk to see her). The truth is Dolly will never go away again. She lives on and on.

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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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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

Dear Evan Hansen

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Have you heard of Dear Evan Hansen, the new Broadway Musical? If not, you soon will. This show has quickly become a must-see show of 2017. All this is before any attention it is about to receive from the Tony Awards.

The show is written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the duo who won an Oscar for their work on La La Land. 

It is the story of a guy who is socially awkward and suffering from anxiety. He struggles to be accepted, find friends, love, or just someone to sign the cast of his broken arm.

Social media and social isolation are predominant themes of this wildly popular show. One which seems to speaking to our times of iphones and bullying.

What is accessible to all of us is the music, and it’s amazing. Original Cast Recording is available as well as songs and clips on YouTube.

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http://dearevanhansen.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt4w6RmCEHrb4_AJRpDf2gg

http://time.com/4696451/dear-evan-hansen-musical/

La La Land

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La La Land. It’s rather extraordinary. And have already have seen it twice.

The story is about Mia and Sebastian, both with the desire to pursue their dreams in Hollywood. Mia is an actress and Sebastian is a musician. They meet and struggle to love and follow their dreams.

What makes this film special is the nostalgic and modern sensibilities smashed up together. It feels both familiar and fresh at the same time. And the talents of both Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are on full display.

It’s also a musical, but a touching and affecting one.

My friend Tyler said he took from it that “Some dreams come true, some dreams change.”

This one is for the dreamers.

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Dubsmash

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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.

Check it out. And lip sync for your life!

And Be Anyone You Want To Be.

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https://www.dubsmash.com/

 

Thespians Go Hollywood

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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:

  1. It was clear that the people who are succeeding are because they are being fully themselves.
  2. The arts produces smart, witty, thoughtful people.
  3. Commit and perform full out as if your life depends on it.
  4. Access to arts education as early as possible will yield incredible results.

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