Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Monday, December 04, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
So last night I got to meet Terrence Mann at Western. It was a very fun experience- my plan was to slip in, say "hi, I enjoy your work" and move on. I waited patiently as others circled him and then told them their life story and everything they had perfromed since first grade. Luckily, I know the head of the theatre department pretty well and she gave me a formal introduction to him rather than me just going up and saying I'm this and that. I had no plans to mention Beauty and the Beast from this summer, mainly because you know everyone that does that show tells him about it, however, he found out. He was very gracious about it and even asked a few questions about our production including if I had played the Beast. Very timidly I told him "yes" and then went on to discuss my students (see I don't have the ego that all of you claim). He might even get to come over sometime and talk with them and us, the players. He spoke briefly at the beginning of the evening and he said two things that stuck with me. The most important was about teaching and how when you are out in the world of performance, you are always going to find people just as talented or even more so, but the difference is they me be a jerk and you don't have to be. Why be the jerk? Good point, I think I'm going to like this Mann. The other was this philosophy about performance, which I won't bore you with, but all in all it was a very simple evening and a very small conversation, but a great time. Next time, we'll compare "Beast" notes- ha!
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
It has just been announced that the first professional stage performance of High School Musical will be produced at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. You may or may not admit it, but the Disney Channel movie is pretty entertaining. If nothing else, it has gotten a whole new group of young people interested in performing and the theatre. To that we can say "bravo"! Read about it here.
Monday, October 09, 2006
I found an interesting video of rehearsals for the upcoming limited engagement of Les Miserables on Broadway this fall. It is very exciting to hear the music and see the revolving floor. Check it out here. As another note, the London production just became the longest running current musical in the world.
Monday, October 02, 2006
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Addapearle, the feel good girl!
The Scarecrow hangs around while waiting for Dorothy.
The Tin Man gets a little excited after having some oil slid to him.
The Lion, Dorothy and the Scarecrow "Ease on Down the Road".
The Wiz or Doc from Back to the Furture?
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
I was doing some research earlier and found another one of our favorite personality tests. In honor of our approaching production of Footloose for the spring, I decided to post it for casting purposes- ha! By answering a few questions, you can see what character from the musical you are most like. Take the test here and be sure to let us know your results. I was best described as being Ren, however, I am far too old to play that part (although I do like to take control of most situations) and realize this test must have some flaws.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
The creators of the mega-hit (and one of my personal favorites) Les Miserables has a new show set to hit Broadway this season. It is called The Pirate Queen and looks to be very interesting. The pre-Broadway tryout begins early next month in San Fransisco. Check out the official web site. There is an interesting section called cast com where the cast and crew talk about the development of the show.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Have you ever been in a situation where you were without something for a brief period of time and during that time you suddenly realize how important that specific thing is to you? You thought you knew, but you had no idea. I cannot express it in words.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
Friday, August 25, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
The second is lots of fun. Joan L. (the bed/bottle lady art teacher from B & B) recently saw the Broadway tour of The 25th Annula Putnim County Spelling Bee in Atlanta at the Alliance theatre. As part of the show, they choose four people to be guest spellers and she was chosen. Of course they give words that are beyond difficult so they can make fun of you, but she said it was a blast. She has a button that says she was a finalist. They also gave her a juice box so as to comfort her loosing. All of us work our rear ends off and the lady who moves the bed and the bottle appears in a Broadyway show? Where's the justice? Ha!
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Monday, August 21, 2006
Sunday, August 20, 2006
PS Saw The Ant Bully this weekend. Kathi G's husband is the exterminator!
Friday, August 18, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
*Angel Food Cake *Brownies *Lemon Meringue *Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Icing
*Strawberry Shortcake *Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing *Ice Cream *Carrot Cake
ANGEL FOOD CAKE ... Sweet, loving, cuddly. You love all warm and fuzzy items. A little nutty at times.
Sometimes you need an ice cream cone at the end of the day. Others perceive you as being childlike and
immature at times.
BROWNIES... You are adventurous, love new ideas, are a champion of under dogs and a slayer of dragons.
When tempers flare up, you whip out your sabre. You are always the oddball with a unique sense of humor
and direction. You tend to be very loyal.
LEMON MERINGUE... Smooth, sexy, & articulate with your hands, you are an excellent after-dinner
speaker and a good teacher. But don't try to walk and chew gum at the same time. A bit of a diva at times,
but you have many friends.
VANILLA CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE ICING... Fun-loving, sassy, humorous. Not very grounded in life;
very indecisive and lack motivation. Everyone enjoys being around you, but you are a practical
joker. Others should be cautious in making you mad. However, you are a friend for life.
STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE... Romantic, warm, loving. You care about other people and can be counted
on in a pinch. You tend to melt. You can be overly emotional and annoying at times.
CHOCOLATE ON CHOCOLATE... Sexy; always ready to give and receive. Very creative, adventurous,
ambitious, and passionate. You can appear to have a cold exterior but are warm on the inside.Not afraid to
take chances. Will not settle for anything average in life. Love to laugh.
ICE CREAM... You like sports, whether it be baseball, football, basketball, or soccer. If you could, you
would like to participate, but you enjoy watching sports. You don't like to give up the remote control. You
tend to be self-centered and high maintenance.
CARROT CAKE... You are a very fun loving person, who likes to laugh. You are fun to be with. People like to
hang out with you. You are a very warm hearted person and a little quirky at times. You have many loyal
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
The new movie World Trade Center, based upon events of Sept. 11 opens today across the country. Almost five years later I am still amazed by the events of that day and can't help but wait with anticipation to see the movie- not because I am what you would call an ambulance chaser or do I thirve on the misery of others. I do, however, take with a huge amount of seriousness what you might call "the human experience". Maybe it comes from being an actor person, but the various emotions people go through are terribly interesting to me. How this person copes with a certain situation while another deals with the same events in a totally different way are the building blocks of character. Ok, maybe I am sounding a bit deep- I just want to see this movie and think everyone else should too because after all, we are all part of one another's moments whether we are in the same town or half way around the world.
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
Hi! Long time, no see. I promise to better. The whole purpose of this blog was to keep things up to date as rehearsals progress, however, rehearsals and production needs demanded more time for B & B and the blog got left behind. Things went great! We could not have asked for better shows and better audiences. No major problems, at least no major problems that a little Febreeze can't take care of... let me say that another way... a dump truck of Febreeze might be able to fix that problem. Here is the first photo- there will be more posted within the next few days. If you want to see some fun rehearsal shots and video go to Camila's blog. Now what to do for the rest of the day...
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Bye Diane, Kimmy, Brian, TJ, Tiffany and Samuel- We are proud to know you, happy to have performed with you and excited to see what the future holds for you... impress us!
"My greatest ambition is to leave the world a little better place by having been there."
Friday, June 02, 2006
Best male/ female ego battle went to Tj & Kimmy. As usual, Tj's performance included fire arms and dominating violence. Best style went to Gretchen for her bedazzled jumpsuit, complete with a rhinestone belt of metallic pleather along with Rachel for her even though I'm not doing ballet, I'm wearing a tutu skirt. Klara and Brian won best runway attitude which personified the generation of 80's teenagers trying to "find themselves" without the influence of Boy George and Cultrue Club. And finally Jennifer represented the boom in population during the 80's. Actually her dress was ten sizes too big and looked like maternity wear. Congratulations to all!
Daniel or Bobert?!?!?
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Been packing up at MMS ready for the move to FHS. I've got lots of stuff, more than I realized- where to put it all? Praise the heavens for plastic storage boxes, I'm a big nerd when it comes to those things. I should get a discount because I buy them in bulk.
I saw two plays this week. One very good and entertaining, but not at all what I had invisioned. That is my problem when it comes to a show I am familiar with the cast album. I get pictures in my head of how the show is supposed to look and feel and when it doesn't I get a bit disappointed. It's not that the show was not good, it's just it didn't happen the way I had planned. That sounds egotistical and I don't mean for it too, I was entertained. The other show... have mercy... it was the first show I have ever left at intermission. I was so bored and not because some claim that I have ADD. The pace was slow and the scenery was a non exhisiting study type room and the accents were terrible. There were two entertaining things about it though, the person sitting to my right had long dangling earrings on and everytime she moved her head, which was always at a quiet moment, I could hear a tinkle. It sounded like on of those rain sticks that you used to find a booth in a flea market run by hippies. It made me laugh and I shouldn't have been laughing when I did. It was like the giggles in church. Then to beat it all, an older gentleman in the row behind me fell asleep and began to snore. I had to squeeze my eyes together and hold my breath. It is a wonder I didn't snort because the giggles were slipping from the corners of my ever so tight lips. I went outside to stretch at intermission and never went back in. Then later that night, I had an absolutely perfect moment, which I did not appreciate or take time to enjoy because I do have ADD. Maybe someday I'll learn.
Rehearsals are coming along, but now is when we start losing so many people due to summer vacations. One month from now we will be running tech. Note to self, refill nexium prescription.
Saturday night I went to Steve and Karen's wedding for the second time (they renewed their vows). It was very nice. It was one of those moments that when you left, your heart was really full and you hope you are so lucky, no a better way to put it is blessed, to have an experience with someone in a manner such as theirs.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Happy 25th anniversary Steve & Karen!!!!! Wow! Do you know how much has happened in the past twenty five years? Let's just think about what was going on 25 years ago:
Ronald Reagan becomes president of the US.
Minutes after Ronald Reagan becomes president, Iran releases 52 American hostages that had been held captive for 444 days.
President Reagan is shot in the chest by would be assassin John Hinkley.
Space shuttle Columbia, the world's first reusable spacecraft, is sent into space.
President Reagan appoints Sandra Day O'Connor to be the first woman on the Supreme Court.
The Pac-Man video game is introduced in the US.
Alicia Keys, Elijah Wood, Kelly Rowland, Anna Kournikova, and Britney Spears are born.
Los Angeles Dodgers win the World SeriesOakland Raiders win Superbowl XVNew York Islanders win the Stanley Cup.
Raiders of the Lost Ark is the top grossing film.
"Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes spends the most time at the top of the US charts.
MTV debuts on cable television, playing music videos 24 hours a day.
Gimme a Break premieres on NBC with Nell Carter.
You may wonder why I don't have picture of the two of them. Well, the reason being is this photo was taken before the wedding, you know when the bride and groom are seperated and not seeing one another. Anyway, Happy-Happy-Day!!!
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Friday, May 19, 2006
Thursday, May 18, 2006
As cheesy as that sounds, I have to admit that I love the old Donny and Marie Show from the 1970's. To my thrill, they are going to be released on dvd this summer. I feel a marathon coming on. Can't we just be the type of friends that hang out and... watch old Donny and Marie re-runs?
The newest Disney Broadway musical Tarzan is being ripped to shreads by critics. Not only that, but the only Tony nomination it received was for the lighting design. I thought with Bob Crowley designing, it would be a visual feast, but from what I've read his directing can't come close to mediocre. It is interesting how some creative people can only function in one form of creativity and find it difficult to branch out into a different medium, but yet the same creative form. I just read an interesting article titled "What Went Wrong with Tarzan?" I posted it below. It suggests that the material is what went sour, but rather the creative team. I remember seeing a production of The Scarlett Pimpernel and thinking how great it was. That production, however, was the third rendition with a third director of the same material. The first two directors never found their vision, but the last had finally created a fun, fast paced interesting show. The bad part is, by the time the third good version arived on Broadway, the public was so disgrunted by the other two bad shows which proceeded it, that they automatically dismissed it before giving it a chance. You can have a million perfect notes in a show, but if you squeak once- the audience will remember that squeak more than those million perfect notes- audiences are very ready to have a good time, but they are not very forgiving. That is why I surround my self with capable people. One of my acting professors told me once I was very shrewd in the sense that I knew who to hang around with and who to get involved. I also like to think I know who is fun- that's the most important. Below is the Tarzan article.
The fact that Disney's Tarzan opened on Broadway to largely terrible reviews last week can't have been a huge surprise to anyone who'd been listening to word of mouth (not to mention word of internet) about the show. But what really made me despair about the production even before I saw it was an article by Robert Feldberg that appeared in the Bergen Record on Sunday, May 7.
According to Feldberg, a major question for director Bob Crowley, composer-lyricist Phil Collins, and librettist David Henry Hwang in putting Tarzan together was "how to present the title character, whose image as a primal macho man is so deeply embedded in our culture. Would he, for example, sing? 'We discussed it for a long time,' said [Crowley], who is staging his first Broadway show -- one of a number of risks Disney is taking. 'A singing Tarzan -- it seemed rather weird. He doesn't sing in the [Disney cartoon] film." But "Crowley and his colleagues realized it would be hard not to have the lead character in a musical express himself in song, and they finally hit on what seemed a good solution. 'He sings about his feelings, what he isn't able to say,' said Crowley. 'I think the character gains real emotional depth.' "
Of course, this brainstorm is no brainstorm at all; the vast majority of all the songs ever written for musicals are about the characters' feelings. Confusion on this matter, not to mention everything else that's wrong with Tarzan, might well have been avoided if Disney had chosen a different creative team. Crowley has made a great name for himself as a set and costume designer but has never before directed a show. Hwang's play M. Butterfly is excellent, but his musical theater work thus far -- the libretto for Aida and that rewrite of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song -- has been, shall we say, less than excellent.
As for Phil Collins, his credentials as a pop singer-songwriter are beyond reproach but his knowledge of musical theater is spotty at best, as proven by a comment he made about his Tarzan score in the Bergen Record interview: "I didn't want to do the heavy vibrato, Ethel Merman kind of song. That's the cliché of Broadway. I saw Idina Menzel in Wicked singing 'The Wizard and I.' That had a kind of pop sensibility, and it showed me that it could be done." Note to Collins: The kind of sound you're talking about has been a part of Broadway at least since Hair in the late 1960s and has become more and more prevalent in the intervening 40 years. Further note to Collins: Denigrate Ethel Merman and the traditional Broadway sound at your own risk! Who do you think you are? Simon Cowell?
That Crowley and Collins have stumbled in their Tarzan assignments is certainly not to say that talented people shouldn't be allowed to grow and challenge themselves; but when artists branch out into different fields, they need strong support. I've often criticized the most recent Broadway production of Cabaret, but at least the Roundabout Theatre Company had the wisdom to tap musical theater veteran Rob Marshall as co-director and choreographer of the show, which would surely have been far less successful if Marshall hadn't lent a helping hand to out-of-his-element director Sam Mendes. There's a lesson to be learned here, and it's really too bad that it wasn't applied to Tarzan.