Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Quote From Adrienne Kennedy's "Funnyhouse of a Negro"

Sarah (Negro) in Adrienne Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a Negro:
I know no places. That is, I cannot believe in places. To believe in places is to know hope and to know the emotion of hope is to know beauty. It links us across a horizon and connects us to the world. I find there are no places only my funnyhouse. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Streisand Trump "Clown" Parody at Clinton Fundraiser

 This one is worth sharing...

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Quote from Nicky Silver's "The Lyons"

Nurse in Nicky Silver's The Lyons:
All right. Here goes. The way I see it, there are no answers. Some people are happy. And some people are just lonely, mean and sad. And that's the world. 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Quote From Tarell Alvin McCraney's "Choir Boy"

Pharus in Tarell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy:

What you fight for? What you fight for, sir? 
For, sir? You fight when you believe what
You doing, what you are, is right. Huh. 
Everybody round you always telling you, showing
You that you ain't nothing, that they don't 
Want you to be nothing, what you fight 
For then? What you defending? 
You believe like, like they believe so 
What you fight for?

Saturday, September 3, 2016

I'm Glad I Went to to Arlington to See "Jelly's Last Jam"


After 20+ years, I've finally seen another production of one of my favorite musicals - Jelly's Last Jam. There has not been a revival on Broadway, but lucky for me and all who get to see it, there is a wonderful production going on right now at Signature in Arlington. 

I wasn't too sure that seeing the musical would still resonate with me even though I've listened to the OBC recording countless times over the year. After my trip to Signature though, I am happy to say that I continue to love this Jelly Roll Morton musical wholeheartedly. 

The Signature production gave me jazz. 
The Signature production gave me the blues.
The Signature production gave me tap.

I was blown away by Iyona Blake as Gran Mimi and her interpretation of The Banishment (one of my favorite tunes in the musical). Now Mark Meadows, a John Legend type of cutie, did not quite pull off arrogant, self loathing racist Jelly. However, seeing the jazz artist at the piano up close at the Jungle Inn made me an instant fan and makes me want to run and see him play at Dizzy's in November.  

The Signature production has enlivened my interest in this musical, and I would really love to see it resurrected on the NYC stage. 

So, here's to hoping. 

And here's to Armstrong, Ellington, Basie, Bolden, Bechet and MORTON. 

And here's to adding the Tony Award winning Signature to my theater radar list. 

Musical Numbers

Act One
Jelly's Jam 
In My Day
The Creole Way
The Whole World's Waitin' to Sign Your Song
Street Scene
Michigan Water
The Banishment
Somethin' More
That's How You Jazz
The Chicago Stomp
Play the Music for Me
Lovin's in a Lowdown Blues
Dr. Jazz

Act Two
Good Ole New York
Too Late, Daddy
That's the Way We Do Things in New Yawk
The Last Chance Blues
The Last Rites

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Quote from Julia Cho's "Aubergine"

Lucien in Julia Cho's Aubergine:
We hold the hands of the dying. But we are not the one holding their hands. They are the ones holding ours.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Live! From the Rainbow Room

What an expensive evening - $250 per ticket + $100 per person food minimum. 

But oh what a treat it will be. 

The iconic Rainbow Room!

The 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Actor in a Musical!

Congrats in advance to those who get to slip on shiny cocktail wear and experience this intimate, musical evening.

I know that it will be wonderful. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Quote from Edward Albee's "The Sandbox"

Mommy in Edward Albee's The Sandbox:
So it is! Well! Our long night is over. We must put away our tears, take off our mourning...and face the future. It's our duty.