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. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

I'm Going to the Other Signature to See "Jelly's Last Jam"

Over 20 years ago, I saw Jelly's Last Jam on Broadway and I recall loving the production. I loved the book, music, choreography, and oh yeah Gregory Hines and sweet sweet Anita, Tanya Pinkins. It is one of my fondest theater memories. 

Over the years I've wondered if Jelly's Last Jam would ever revive on the New York City Stage. Regrettably, it has not. However, as I type this, a production is taking place at the other Signature, and in a few weeks, I will be traveling to Arlington VA to see it. 

Now, it has been over 20 years. I am a little older. I've seen a heck of a lot of theater since then. And Gregory Hines' Jelly Roll Morton is unprecedented and etched in my memory. 

Will the trip to the other Signature be worth it? 

Will the Signature production reinforce or hurt from my love of this musical? 

I am counting the days and until then, I will enjoy the backstage tour of the Broadway production...thanks youtube!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Concert Production of "Ragtime" on Ellis Island

On Monday morning, I anxiously checked my email to see if I was the lucky winner of a ticket to the invitation only, one night only concert production of Ragtime on Ellis Island.
Unfortunately, I didn't win but welcome feedback from anyone who had an opportunity to see the show.  

Here is a segment from WNYC and clip from Playbill.

Monday, August 8, 2016

I Experienced "Cats" for the First Time

Last week, as I walked to the Neil Simon to see the Broadway revival of Cats, I overheard a woman telling her companion that she has seen Cats 18 times. Considering that the original Broadway production is one of the longest running musicals in Broadway history, this is not a surprise. What may be a surprise though is that I have never seen CatsThanks to the digital lottery though, this is no longer the case. 

So how did I enjoy the revival of Cats starring recording star Leona Lewis as Grizabella?

I confess. I will never be the woman I passed on West 52nd St. Once is enough. 

While there are special moments, I am not entirely sure why Cats is adored by so many. 

What I am sure about though is that Memory is a very special song. 

So, who sang it best? 

You decide. 

Elaine Page

Betty Buckley

Leona Lewis

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

2016 Newport Jazz Festival

Still reminiscing about the good music and weather last Saturday at the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival.

Chick Corea Trilogy

Norah Jones

Gregory Porter

Sunday, July 24, 2016

I Detoured for "Bursting with Song"

I recently visited Bucks Country for a weekend getaway. Being a theater lover, one would naturally assume that experiencing a production at the famous Bucks County Playhouse was at the top of my list. 

Bucks County Playhouse

However, the current production at the time did not interest me. What interested me however was a small concert production around 30 minutes south in the PA town of Bristol at the Bristol Riverside Theatre - Bursting with Song - a celebration of Broadway tunes performed by African-American performers. 

I loved the performers and was glad that they treated the audience to classics as well as modern tunes such as medley from Broadway's hottest show at the moment - Hamilton

Well worth the detour to a theater that I knew nothing about before my Bucks County trip. 

Bristol Riverside Theatre

"Bursting with Song" Song List:

Act I
Get Happy by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler
The Birth of the Blues by Ray Henderson, B.G. DeSylva, and Lew Brown
Night and Day by Cole Porter
Come Rain or Come Shine by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer
Hit Me With a Hot Note by Duke Ellington and Don George
Sophisticated Lady by Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish, and Duke Ellington 
Ain't Misbehavin by Thomas "Fats" Waller, Harry Brooks, and Andy Razaf
Loungin' at the Waldorf by Thomas "Fats" Waller and Richard Maltby, Jr.
I'm Just Wild About Harry by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake
The Color Purple by Allee Willis, Brenda Russell, and Stephen Bray

Act II
It Don't Mean a Thing by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills
Selections from Hamilton (History Has Its Eyes On You, My Shot, What'd I Miss) by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Stormy Weather by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler
Is You Is or Is You Ain't (My Baby) by Billy Austin and Louis Jordan
A Sleepin' Bee by Harold Arlen and Truman Capote
I've Gotta Be Me by Walter Marks
Any Little Thing by Allee Willis, Brenda Russell, and Stephen Bray
What's Goin' On by Marvin Gaye, Al Cleveland, and Renaldo Benson
Black and Blue by Thomas "Fats" Waller, Harry Brooks, and Andy Razaf
A Brand New Day by Luther Vandross

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Artist I Love: Sharon Jones

Miss Sharon Jones!, a documentary about one of my favorite soul artists, is coming out this week. Her story is truly inspirational. Recalling her comeback Beacon concert brings a smile to my face.