Rise

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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.

From Wikipedia: Rise is an American musical drama television series created by Jason Katims, starring Josh Radnor in the lead role as Lou Mazzuchelli. The series is inspired by the book Drama High by Michael Sokolove, which focused on real-life teacher Lou Volpe and the famed theater program at Harry S Truman High School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.[1]

I’m encouraged that the same producers behind Friday Night Lights are behind this production. Recreating seminal moments such as these, ones which happened in real life, can be a tall order.

Let’s hope they have the stuff to pull it off.

Let’s hope they can rise to the occasion.

Pun intended.

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Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool

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Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool is an unexpected great film. Based on the novel of the same name by Peter Turner, it tells the story of real life film star Gloria Graham.

Jamie Bell stars as Peter Turner, and Annette Bening, giving one of the best performances of her career, stars as Gloria Graham.

Gloria Graham played Violet in the film, It’s a Wonderful Life. She also won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the film, The Bad and the Beautiful.

It’s a bittersweet story. But also romantic, fun, and stirring.

Both actors have been nominated for the BAFTA awards. However, they are surprisingly missing from the Oscar nominations. If anyone has insight as to why that happened, please let me know.

It’s a noteworthy film with incredible performances.

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The Greatest Showman Soundtrack

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Ok, so I posted about The Greatest Showman in June before the film came out. And while I enjoyed the film on the second viewing, it is really the music that has stayed with me.

The soundtrack is awesome and one can listen to from beginning to end. It currently sits at #1 on the iTunes Album chart, so clearly I am not the only one obsessed with the music.

Take a listen. Enjoy. It’s really good. In fact, “This is Me” was just nominated for Best Song at the Oscars.

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Today Tix

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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.

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New York Times

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The New York Times.

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.

And worthy of our support.

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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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