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
The new Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, is based on a Young Adult novel of the same title by Jay Asher. It deals with a girl (Hannah) who has committed suicide and left behind 13 tapes explaining the reasons why she took her life.
There is something about that time in High School which always proves to be so ripe for rich storytelling. Perhaps because it is a shared experience for many and we are all thrown into high school with a cross section of people who would not always be who we choose to hang with.
It’s also that time when we discover a whole new world of young adult feelings; love, jealousy, envy, sadness, longing, isolation, joy, revenge, confusion, etc.
Bullying is clearly a topic at hand, but it delves further into the collective responsibility everyone holds. Even if you see something, but don’t say something, are you partially responsible or complicit?
These are questions this series asks. And ones you will find yourself asking too.
Fun Home is a 2015 Tony Award winning musical based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. It is not standard musical fare, the story of an aspiring cartoonist, her coming out, and relationship with her family, and most significantly, her father.
I’m a little late to this family party as I did not get the chance to see it when it ran on Broadway. However, did get a chance to see it in Los Angeles.
It certainly helped to have read the graphic novel twice, and therefore was familiar with the subject matter. However, the translation to the stage is rather remarkable. Due to a strong script, direction, and scoring. The emotional journey is clear in not only the lyrics, but the carefully constructed score.
It is a case of specific storytelling which yields universal themes through it’s details.
Thought provoking, challenging, moving.
Ever have those moments in life when you just want to ask a question and see what the answer may be?
The Magic 8 Ball can help with just those moments. And now there are online sites that make asking the questions so much easier. You don’t even have to have a Magic 8 Ball in your hands. You can just visit one of these sites.
And while it doesn’t necessarily provide real answers, it certainly shows you how you feel when the Magic 8 Ball gives you one. And that can certainly help.