Thursday, September 27, 2007
There is an interesting documentary called Show Business, the Movie being released on DVD October 16. It chronicles four musicals- Wicked, Avenue Q, Taboo and Caroline or Change- from the very beginnings of writing to workshoping to Broadway success or failure. I read quite a bit about it when its limited theatrical release happened in New York and Los Angeles back in the spring. It should be a great example of the creative process. Sounds like a movie night for nerds- I'll let you know when. Here is the web site with information about it.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Great news! Whistle Down the Wind- a musical written by Andrew Llyod Webber in the mid 1990's- will finally have a North American tour. This show was produced in London with quite a bit of success and a Broadway-bound production was directed by Harold Prince at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., but never made it to the great white way. It is my favorite Andrew Llyod Webber score and the story is wonderful and different. Based on a 1960's movie starring Haley Mills (and written by her mother in book form), WDTW follows a group of Louisana children struggling with the recent loss of their mother as the discover a mysterious man (a murderer that just escaped from prison) hiding in their barn. Upon questioning the man, they come to believe he is Jesus and he has returned to earth to take care of them all. The man, manipulating the innocence of the children, convinces them to take care of his needs and in return he will raise their mother from the dead. This is a powerful show about trust, desire, conviction, innocence and redemption. I have waited so long to see it and would love to do it someday. If you haven't heard the score, it is available from the London production- a must have for your collection. The song "Try Not to be Afraid" is short, but it is by far one of Llyod Webber's best. The tour begins on the west coast but is to be east bound by the summer. Check it our here.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I condition at least twice a week, never blow dry and only use organic sponge rollers- other than that, my lovely locks are pretty much matinence free. Which is good since I have my own wild west show.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
The producers of Legally Blond, the Broadway musical have announced that a performance of the show will be aired on MTV on Saturday, September 29 at 1:00pm. So few Broadway musicals ever get taped, much less shown on public television while still running in New York and being a hit show. Maybe this will begin a trend-
Friday, September 07, 2007
Finally it is Friday! Amanda and I have been working on AGYG costumes and we have cleaned out the storage, put up new hanging racks and pulled a lot of things we can hopefully use. Effie has started working at the restaurant as well, soon we will have the entire cast! Lots of work, but lots of fun. Just one short month till showtime!
Monday, September 03, 2007
I just saw Hairspray (the movie version of the musical based on the movie.. whew, another one of those!) for the third time. It has been so long since I've seen a movie that I completely forget and tune out everything else that is going on around me and just have a good time- and I've seen a lot of movies. This movie has a great score, a great message about being the oddball- but it's not preachy, and wonderful singing and dancing. I leave there so happy and ready to see it again! If you haven't seen it, go see it. Don't wait for it on DVD, you need to see it big (pardon the pun). If you have seen it, go see it again- I'm up for number four if anybody needs a friend.
This is a picture from Camila's sight of a rehearsal the other night. I'm really not sure what to think of it other than, oh my! You can really see what happens when we don't have a summer show, but we still EAT like we had a summer show. For anyone that might be interested, you have to be in the "clique" in order to eat too. Long story- ya'll will get a kick out of it.