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Spontaneous Musical Number!

1st February 2008
by Scot

Spontaneous Musical Number!

One of the most annoying arguments I hear people use to discount musical theatre or musical films is that, “People just don’t break into song and dance in real life. It’s not realistic.” Well here’s a great big raspberry in your face if you think that. Check out these folks on the London Tube.

posted in Music, Theatre, Whacky People | at 9:26 am | 0 Comments
20th December 2007
by Scot

Carol Channing Reincarnated Early

My dear friend Hilary sent me this post from the Go Fug Yourself blog comparing Janine Turner, previously of Northern Exposure looking uncannily like my role model Carol Channing. First, check out the pic.

Janine as Carol

Jessica of GFY ponders whether Ms. Turner is playing Channing in a biopic, a theory I cannot substantiate, thank goodness. It may, in fact, be time for the Channing biopic and Turner is about the right age (45), since Carol originally played Hello, Dolly! at about the same age. But I’m not too sure about the casting if it turns out to be true. More likely, Turner is suffering a mid-life crisis and decided she “needed a little softness around her face” (ala The Merm) in light of her recent birthday on December 6.

Besides, don’t we need a Bea Lillie biopic (starring Kathy Najimy or Molly Shannon) first?

But if you really want to compare that hairdo with the real thing … well, you can do that yourself. It’s more fun to compare it with my Channing ventriloquist doll!

Carol Doll

posted in Movies, Scary Stuff, Theatre, Whacky People | at 8:51 am | 1 Comment
7th December 2007
by Scot

Part of Your World

I’m speechless.

Update 30 minutes later:

Good God, there’s more.

posted in Theatre, Whacky People | at 10:09 am | 2 Comments
7th December 2007
by Scot

My new favorite punchline

Let me catch you up. Amazing little off-Broadway musical (about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical), [Title of Show] (featuring Susan Blackwell of Susan Blackwell fame) ran at the Vineyard Theatre July to September of 2006. Limited run. Awesome cast album. But too bad, so sad, all good things must come to an end.

Or do they? The cast have kept the little show alive via their blog and obsessive fans like moi read it … well, obsessively. But about three months ago, the cast started posting short You Tube videos that they collectively call The [Title of Show] Show. The show chronicles the cast’s efforts to transfer the musical to Broadway (or play an out of town gig) and is a serial masterpiece in it’s own right.

But they’ve really outdone themselves with episode 6. If you know and/or care nothing about the show or fancy-schmancy musical theatre stars, then at least skip to the post-end-credit coda at timecode 9:30 to see the most awesome cameo punchline ever.

Even my mom would get and appreciate the joke, I think. Michael’s mom, no. But my mom, yes.

posted in Blogging, Theatre, Web, Whacky People | at 9:24 am | 0 Comments
24th August 2007
by Scot

Cloud Nine

Javier Bardem - 9 is not a rating, it’s his next filmMichael told me about this the other day, but it never really sank in until I read on Everything I Know I Learned From Musicals that Javier Bardem has been cast as Guido Contini in the film version of Nine. (For non-theatre people, Nine is a musical based on a film by some unknown director named Fellini. But it’s a half-number better.)

In his blog post, Chris rightly points out that it’s hardly an issue if Javier can’t sing beautifully — dude’s hot. Who cares? (Wait, did you say there were some women in the movie too?)

But my real question is this: Why do Spanish-speaking actors keep getting cast in this Italian role? Raul Julia, Antonio Banderas, Javier Bardem. WTF? Not saying they can’t do it, of course. I just have this feeling that it seems “close enough” for America. (Zhang Ziyi in Memoirs of a Geisha, anyone?) Eh, could be worse. Could be Mickey Rooney as a Chinese landlord.

posted in Movies, Theatre | at 1:25 pm | 0 Comments
11th June 2007
by Scot

I’d Rather Have 60% Of Him… Or Any Percent Of Him…

Tonys PosterI got all excited last night after the Tony Awards because I calculated that I predicted 80% of the winners correctly! I normally come in at about 70%. Except this morning, I realize that 15 out of 25 is 60%, not 80%. Oh well, I didn’t expect Spring Awakening to sweep as much as it did. I really thought there was more love for Grey Gardens.

I did manage to figure out that The Coast of Utopia would sweep the legit categories though. But no award for Martha Plimpton, dang it. Well, I didn’t see it. I just like her and wanted to hear her accept.

How about that weird censored medley from Spring Awakening? I am surprised that they did “Totally F***ed” at all, but why did they censor the words “ass”, “breasts”, and stuff from “The Bitch of Living” when they still sang “bitch?” Weird.

posted in Theatre | at 12:01 pm | 1 Comment
28th May 2007
by Scot

A truly sad day

Broadway actor Nelson Reilly dies

posted in Theatre, TV, Whacky People | at 10:14 pm | 0 Comments
24th April 2007
by Scot

Mike Daisey Follow-Up

Well, I’m thrilled to report that the group that walked out of Mike Daisey’s show at the ART was from out-of-town. Haha, I know that really makes no difference at all, but I do find it somehow comforting.

Turns out they were a high school group — a choir from a public high school performing in Boston. It’s interesting that members of the group identify themselves as a Christian group when they were from a public school. And the walkout was not planned in advance, really.

Well, heck, just read the excellent summary by Playbill or read the long version on Daisey’s blog in which he details the follow-up phone call he had with the water-pouring vandal.

Make sure to read the part about it being a “security issue”. Sends chills down my spine.

posted in Mean People, Scary Stuff, Theatre | at 11:23 pm | 0 Comments
21st April 2007
by Scot

In *Cambridge*?

Who wants to see some theatre?

Daniel MacIvor posted tonight about a bizarre happening at a performance of Mike Daisey’s critically-acclaimed monologue Invincible Summer. But it wasn’t till I read the story that I remembered they guy was performing in town at the American Repertory Theatre!

According to the performer himself:

Last night’s performance of INVINCIBLE SUMMER was disrupted when eighty seven members of a Christian group walked out of the show en masse, and chose to physically attack my work by pouring water on and destroying the original of the show outline.

Daisey had just finished a joke about hypothetically having sex with Paris Hilton when the exodus occurred. Apparently, the collective objection was to the language Daisey used. Note that Daisey performs his extemporaneous monologues from hand written notes, so this was not merely a non-violent (if disruptive) gesture. It was an aggressive, destructive act.

I am just flummoxed. What kind of an impact is this meant to make in Cambridge, of all places? And is it just me, or is all the strange Patriot Act, media-is-destroying-our-children, Janet-Jackson-has-breasts stuff turning the more judgmental of our society into self-righteous vigilantes?

Read more about this crazy event on the ART blog and Mike Daisey’s own blog. (Same text in both places.) Or just watch the insanity unfold before your eyes here…

I intend to secure tickets to, if not this show which runs through next weekend, Mike Daisey’s Monopoly, which runs the following week. Let me know if you want to go too.

posted in Mean People, Scary Stuff, Theatre | at 11:56 pm | 0 Comments
24th April 2006
by Scot

Kathy Lee Gifford’s Under the Bridge!!!

Oh my God! Kathy Lee Gifford's Under the Bridge! Like a freaking troll!
I just found out (not that I asked) that Kathy Lee Gifford wrote the book and lyrics to a rather insipid-sounding Off-Broadway musical, Under the Bridge. Whoda thunk it?

I’m not about to buy the cast album and I hope no one ever subjects me to its contents. But I do like saying “Kathy Lee Gifford’s Under the Bridge!!!” and I hope to slip it into conversation for a while. Frequently.

posted in Scary Stuff, Theatre | at 1:14 pm | 0 Comments
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