Sunday, February 24, 2013

Apollo Club Harlem

On Monday evening, I opened my closet and looked for clothing that could be considered jazz age attire. I settled on a straight dress, tights, and my beloved Camper Kim shoes. I accessorized with a long thin gold necklace, a black knit cap and red lipstick. Then I strutted to the A train and headed to the opening evening of Apollo Club Harlem. I didn't quite look like the decked out women in old black and white photos I'd seen on the net. But I was excited and anxious to relive a time when jazz music represented popular music in America.   

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Les Misérables Parodies

I haven't seen the film Les Misérables yet. After a theater friend of mine was lukewarm on it, I figured that I would wait for the DVD. Better yet, I might just wait for the new stage version which is expected to come to Broadway in March 2014 according to the NYT. In the meantime, I'll watch the Les Miz parodies on youtube. Here are my new top two favorites.

Forbidden Broadway's Bring Him Home:

Ann Hathaway's For Your Consideration:

Monday, February 11, 2013

Raising Daughters - Advice From The Heiress' Dr. Austin Sloper

1. Expect everything. 
2. ...when you are married, you must have a lot of children. This way you won't put all your hopes on one. Give yourself more than a single chance.
3. ...if she marries a man I don't approve, ... leave [her inheritance) to the Clinic.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Quote from British Playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah

Theater works at its best when it succeeds at being a catalyst for debate - a conversation starter not just within the four walls of the playhouse but in the car on the way home, the next day at work and, if it's really good, in the weeks and months to follow.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Valentine's Day at The McKittrick Hotel

The McKittrick Hotel is having a Valentine's Day Dance featuring Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra. Jazz age attire required.   

Dinner, Sleep No More and Dance are $250. Sleep No More and Dance are $150. Dinner and Dance are $150. And Dance only is $50.  

As usual, sounds like a whole lot of fun and shakin will be going on at The Mckittrick Hotel

See more details here.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Quote from NYP Theater Critic Elisabeth Vincentelli

From Elisabeth Vincentelli's theater review of Bethany:
Theater likes to pat itself on the back for its social relevance and high-minded ideals, but it’s actually paid little attention to the recession and its impact on the poor.

Random Happenings - January 2013

Switzerland, Australia and Norway rank top places to be born in 2013; Fellow Americans, we tie with Germany at #13. Clara Ann Fowler (aka Patti Page) fades on New Years day in California. War Horse closes. Life Hacker says January, February, September and October are best times to buy Broadway tickets. Al Roker admits that he pooped in his pants and Heidi Klum admits that she likes wild sex. Hillary Clinton gets helmet on return to work after suffering concussion and related blood clot and then says adieu as Secretary of State. "Ghost Skipper" comes and goes in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Peter and the Starcatcher follows trend and moves to New World Stages. Jodie Foster sort of comes out and sort of retires from acting at Golden Globe show. NY AG makes Theater Row provide accessible seats to the disabled. Surprise, Lance Armstrong confesses to doping. Inauguration day comes.  NYT says someone making $70,000 a year in other parts of the country would need to make $166,000 in Manhattan to enjoy the same purchasing power. Phantom celebrates unprecedented 25 years on Broadway while Evita closes at a loss. Rebecca email was sent by whistle blowing press agent Marc Thibodeau.