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.
It’s a little unusual for me to post about something I haven’t seen yet, but making an exception for COCO, the new Disney Pixar film.
Based on Dia De Los Muertas, Coco folows the story of Miguel, an aspiring musician and his journey to the Land of the Dead. The real family history is revealed through this musical journey.
Additionally, the Mexican tradition of Dia De Los Muertas is celebrated in the film. Family who have passed on are only able to return to the Land of the Living if someone there remembers them. This is why efforts are made to remember and honor the dead so that they can return during the holiday. It is also supposed to help with their spiritual journey.
It’s supposed to be wonderful. What an incredible concept Dia De Los Muertas is in celebrating and honoring loved ones who have past. And now there is a film which celebrates this same idea.
Below is the entertainment offering at Disney California Adventure called, A Musical Celebration of Coco.
From Wikipedia: Stitch Fix is an online subscription and personal shopping service in the USA. It was founded by Katrina Lake in 2011.
From my Mother’s suggestion I just recently gave Stitch Fix a try. I’d always dreamed of having a personal stylist, but that was always going to be too much money. Stuff of dreams…
As it turns out, Stitch Fix cleverly makes this dream a possibility. While you’ve got to consider you are still going to pay for nice clothes, it takes some of the drudgery out of in store shopping.
You sign up and complete a profile with all your color, size, and style choices. You also pick the frequency of shipments based on your need.
Then, their stylist puts together looks for you based on all the factorsl, and any other information you share about your clothing needs.
The items arrive at your house, you try them on, keep what you want, return the rest in a pre-addressed shipping bag.
My first experience was fun. While I am only keeping 2 items out of 5, it was interesting to have someone else bring their perspective to my wardrobe.
If anyone is suffering withdrawl from Broadway Backstory, there is another podcast option to consider until Season 2 begins in September 2017. It’s called Theater People.
Each podcast is dedicated to a notable theater person. It is hosted by Patrick Hinds (who also hosts Broadway Backstory). And the good news is there are over 100 podcasts alreay created. This will give most people plenty of options to listen to over the next several months.
The podcast includes interviews and career stories of such people as: Betty Buckley, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alice Ripley, La Chanze, Jerry Mitchell, and many more.
Essential listening for those fellow theatre nerds out there. Everyone has a story, theater people are just more dramatic about it. 😉
Boomerang is an app which takes shorst video clips which loop back and forth. It’s really such a simple concept, and yet can be really visually interesting and funny.
Platforms such as Instagram and Facebook allow for this feature when posting video stories.
Who would have thought it would be so entertaining and addictive.
Big Little Lies is a new limited series on HBO. It’s stacked with incredible actresses including Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shalene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, and Laura Dern. Based on a novel by the same name by Liane Moriarity. It takes place in the tony Monterey California, home of the well-heeled and afluent.
The conflict begins amongst a group of mother’s because of an incident with their children in their elementary school. It all starts there.
Or does it.
A murder has taken place you find in the first episode. However, you do not know who is murdered or who is the killer until the end.
The performances are strong, story intruiging, direction, and film-making stellar.
But be warned, their is darkness underneath this shiny tale. Violence, betrayal, sexual assault, and murder.
The popularity of this series was so strong they are considering a second series even though it was not intended.
S-Town is a new postcast by the producers of Serial and This American Life. And it is a blockbuster (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/05/arts/s-town-podcast-blockbuster-status.html?_r=0) having been downloaded 16 million times in it’s first week.
Let’s put that in perspective with film grosses and the average movie ticket price for 2017 at $8.65 (according to BoxOfficeMojo.com). That means if each download costs the movie ticket average it would amount to $138, 400, 000.
The story starts when John B McLemore contacts the show about a murder in his small town of Woodstock, Alabama. And what proceeds from there, according to the s-town podcast website: “HE ASKS a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.”
This Southern Gothic mystery unfolds in a most unexpected way. Investigative Journalist, Brian Reed, helps to reveal bits and pieces over the 7 episodes. Changing perspectives, motivations, pain, suffering, and even brilliance are all part of this engrossing story.
What does a life fully lived mean to each of us? In this short amount of time we actually have on earth.
John B McLemore