Thursday, January 26, 2017

Tonya Pinkins Rap Roast (Diss) Challenge

I love to laugh at myself; I think it’s the best healer. ~ Tonya Pinkins

Last year after Tonya Pinkins publicly left CSC's production of Mother Courage and Her Children, I wondered what would become of her stage career and if her fans would ever see her grace the New York City Stage. Well, fans are still waiting and may have to wait a while since according to the New York Time article - Insult Tonya Pinkins? She Got There First - she is in Asia in search of teaching opportunities. 

Before she left though, she participated in a Roast Yourself challenge. She created a video and included all the terrible things people have said about her, her voice, her career, and her family and placed it all on youtube for all to witness. 

Here it is. 

The lyrics are sometimes cringe worthy. 

You've been warned...

tonya pinkins, all my life I been thinkin
you’re like the titanic,
cuz you’re big and you’re sinkin
you really stink
and you bring me to the brink
and so I’mma do to you
what booth did to lincoln
I’m not throwing away my shot
To letcha know your whole business of show has gone to pot
You’ve grown cold, the polar opposite of hot, 
You know your has-been fat black ass has gone to rot,
there’s no producer left who will use you. you’re deranged
from csc and tv and george c…you’re estranged
they say you are crazy and hateful and very strange
you outta your mind caroline. it’s time to change 
you quit mother courage? were you smoking crack?
you finally booked a good show
and left cuz brecht wasn’t black?
well now your traction is slack and your actin’s so whack
the american theater wing is gonna have to take your tony back
it’s clear your whole career is a sham
you’re an overgrown ham on a spit singin flimflam…
how could any fan stand you, god damn? 
go home! show’s over, bitch. It’s jelly’s last jam

tonya pinkins, all my life I been thinkin
you’re like the titanic,
cuz you’re big and you’re sinkin
you really stink
and you bring me to the brink
and so I’mma do to you
what booth did to lincoln
i’mma put you on blast. Teach you a thing or two. 
sit your ass in my class.
you casting stones at plays and the ways I was cast?
well look out bitch, you livin in a house made of glass
no wonder you are lookin so tired and out of sorts
ya spent your whole life fightin in the family courts
you can afford makeup to cover your warts
but where’s the money for your child supports?
i’m getting a sense of your style of childcare
it’s no wonder all your husbands got the fuck outta there
you once were plush. now you’re just thread bare
you’re the only Tony winner best known for being on welfare
you shitty ass, deadbeat excuse for a mom
you shoulda had their daddy pull out and splooge in his palm
that’d be better than your kids knowin that they come from the narcissist star of

you’re just made at me cuz your career has slid
screamin “Holla if ya hear me,”  but whoops, no one did!
well, you’ve been married three times. 
my god, Tonya, Are there any men left who have not gotten up on ya?
your singin voice is gravelly, grainy and coarse
i’d rather listen to your waterboard torture a horse
well you’re the one we know was always destined to fail
dumb enough to turn down a full ride to yale

at least I’m not a dopey old phony bologna
left sittin alone on her sofa who mopes
goin’ “No one remembers me. How could it be
that I really was only well known for the soaps?”
at least I’m not desperately seeking attention
pathetic old wretch on a bender who’s clearly
only intent on expressing aggression
to get in the press with a conspiracy theories
half the time I hear you sing, you’re in the wrong key
you say you’re pro black, but you married a honky
you’re a has been, a hack, a floozy, a slut
your initials are tp so wipe my butt…

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Hamilton Mixtape

The Hamilton Mixtape has dropped. I haven't picked up a copy yet (egad!), but that is not stopping this Hamilfan from enjoying a few tracks this Sunday morning. 

Track List
No John Trumbull (Intro) by The Roots
My Shot [Rise Up Remix] by The Roots (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess)
Wrote My Way Out by Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
Wait For It by Usher
An Open Letter [Interlude] by Watsky (feat. Shockwave)
Satisfied by Sia (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah)
Dear Theodosia by Regina Spektor (feat. Ben Folds)
Valley Forge (Demo) by Lin-Manuel Miranda
It's Quiet Uptown by Kelly Clarkson
That Would Be Enough by Alicia Keys
Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) by K'naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
You'll Be Back by Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
Helpless by Ashanti  (feat. Ja Rule)
Take A Break (Interlude) by !llmind
Say Yes To This by Jill Scott
Congratulations by Dessa
Burn by Andra Day
Stay Alive (Interlude) by J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
Cabinet Battle 3 (Demo) by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Washingtons By Your Side by Wiz Khalifa
History Has Its Eyes On You by John Legend
Who Tells Your Story by The Roots (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson)
Dear Theodosia (Reprise) by Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

Monday, November 21, 2016

Monologue ~ James Earl Jones "Othello"

Most potent, grave, and reverend signiors,
My very noble and approved good masters,
That I have ta'en away this old man's daughter,
It is most true; true, I have married her:
The very head and front of my offending
Hath this extent, no more. Rude am I in my speech,
And little bless'd with the soft phrase of peace:
For since these arms of mine had seven years' pith,
Till now some nine moons wasted, they have used
Their dearest action in the tented field,
And little of this great world can I speak,
More than pertains to feats of broil and battle,
And therefore little shall I grace my cause
In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,
I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver
Of my whole course of love; what drugs, what charms,
What conjuration and what mighty magic,
For such proceeding I am charged withal.

Her father loved me; oft invited me;
Still question'd me the story of my life,
From year to year, the battles, sieges, fortunes,
That I have passed.
I ran it through, even from my boyish days,
To the very moment that he bade me tell it;
Wherein I spoke of most disastrous chances,
Of moving accidents by flood and field
Of hair-breadth scapes i' the imminent deadly breach,
Of being taken by the insolent foe
And sold to slavery, of my redemption thence
And portance in my travels' history:
Wherein of antres vast and deserts idle,
Rough quarries, rocks and hills whose heads touch heaven
It was my hint to speak,--such was the process;
And of the Cannibals that each other eat,
The Anthropophagi and men whose heads
Do grow beneath their shoulders. This to hear
Would Desdemona seriously incline:
But still the house-affairs would draw her thence:
Which ever as she could with haste dispatch,
She'ld come again, and with a greedy ear
Devour up my discourse: which I observing,
Took once a pliant hour, and found good means
To draw from her a prayer of earnest heart
That I would all my pilgrimage dilate,
Whereof by parcels she had something heard,
But not intentively: I did consent,
And often did beguile her of her tears,
When I did speak of some distressful stroke
That my youth suffer'd. My story being done,
She gave me for my pains a world of sighs:
She swore, in faith, twas strange, 'twas passing strange,
'Twas pitiful, 'twas wondrous pitiful:
She wish'd she had not heard it, yet she wish'd
That heaven had made her such a man: she thank'd me,
And bade me, if I had a friend that loved her,
I should but teach him how to tell my story.
And that would woo her. Upon this hint I spoke:
She loved me for the dangers I had pass'd,
And I loved her that she did pity them.
This only is the witchcraft I have used.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Barbra Streisand's "Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway"

After a harrowing week, I am going to brew a cup of tea and finally listen to Barbra Streisand's Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway. 

Song List

At The Ballet - Barbra with Anne Hathaway and Daisy Ridley

Loving You - Barbra with Patrick Wilson

Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) -  Barbra with Anthony Newley

The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened - Barbra with Alec Baldwin

Any Moment Now - Barbra with Hugh Jackman

Anything You Can Do - Barbra with Melissa McCarthy

Pure Imagination - Barbra with Seth MacFarlane

Take Me To The World - Barbra with Antonio Banderas

I'll Be Seeing You / I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face - Barbra with Chris Pine

Climb Ev'ry Mountain - Barbra with Jamie Foxx

Saturday, October 8, 2016

I Didn't Do as Well as I Thought I Would on the "Hamilton" Quiz...

I am surprised that I did not do a better job on the Hamilton quiz on The Christian Science Monitor website. Check it out and see how you do! 


Friday, October 7, 2016

An Event for Broadway Loving Foodies Who Hold a Mastercard and Like to Brunch...

I have never been to the New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF). Frankly, the festival just looks like the Food Network on steroids. However, even I had to pause when I saw the following Broadway inspired brunch. At $175, it does not come cheap, but it sure looks like it could be fun....

Variety presents Broadway Tastes hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, a Mastercard® Exclusive Event Exclusive Event

Mastercard cardholders will take a culinary tour of the Great White Way at NYCWFF’s brand new event, Broadway Tastes, where renowned chefs will serve up delicious brunch dishes inspired by over a dozen of today’s most popular Broadway musicals. Celebrities and foodies Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka will be your hosts for this magical morning at Metropolitan West, where you’ll have the chance to interact with cast members of your favorite Broadway shows and sample tasty brunch fare prepared by all-star chefs!

Participating Shows:
ALADDIN on Broadway
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Jersey Boys
ON YOUR FEET! The Story of Gloria & Emilio Estefan
The Book of Mormon
THE LION KING on Broadway
The Phantom of the Opera

Sunday, October 16, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM @ Metropolitan West - 635 West 46th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sister Rosetta Tharpe!!

Even though one of her songs is buried deep within my iTunes library, I was not familiar with the music of Sister Rosetta Tharpe prior to seeing Atlantic Theater's premiere production of George Brant's Marie and Rosetta, which chronicles Sister Rosetta's first rehearsal with protégée, Marie Knight, as they prepare to embark on a tour that would establish them as one of the great duet teams in musical history. 

After extending, Marie and Rosetta unfortunately closes next weekend. If anyone has any interest in the blues, gospel or even rock 'n' roll as a music genre, then Marie and Rosette, a play with song, is definitely worth seeing in the next few days. If the imminent Mathew prevents you from seeing it, Youtube has a wonderful collection of videos and clips to take in. 


Friday, September 30, 2016

"Fences" Trailer

Oooh, I can't wait...