My Five Favorite Show Tunes I Use as Lullabies

My Five Favorite Show Tunes I Use as Lullabies

Since I last posted my life has turned upside down. In the best way- my daughter arrived 8 weeks ago. Now that I'm starting to understand this new normal I can finally write again. One of my previous articles discussed the songs and musical soundtracks I made baby girl listen to in utero. This first article back highlights my Broadway baby's lullabies! 

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My Mother, the Theater, and Me

My Mother, the Theater, and Me

My mother was strong, smart, independent and funny. She could also be infuriating. Widowed at a young age, she was solely responsible for bringing up my brother and me. I liked that she was strong, but sometimes she was a little too strong. It could make our relationship difficult at times, but there was one place we always got along - the theater.

My mother took me to my very first show. It was the out of town tryout for Annie at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. I was just a little girl, but I was dazzled. I begged my mother for the cast recording, and when she got it for me, I practically wore it out. I was hooked. At nine years old, I even organized the neighborhood kids, and we attempted to put together a production of the show. The production never really came together, but I didn’t care because I had fallen in love. Just the effort alone gave me joy, and I knew from that time on that the theater was my happy place.

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Please Appreciate Classic Theatre

Please Appreciate Classic Theatre

Classical theatre, whether a musical or straight play, comedy or drama, is one of the most vital parts to today’s more contemporary theatre. Right now, many people gravitate more towards new things that are playing on and off Broadway because it’s new and exciting and something people probably haven’t seen yet, and I think that’s great. In fact, I think many of the productions on Broadway right now are completely brilliant and fun. Personally, I even have a list of the ones I want to see. I think it’s important to appreciate newer theatre and try to find something you can relate to within it because this is the direction theatre is now going in and there is nothing wrong with it.

However, it’s important not to let the new stuff overpower everything that came before it because without it, we wouldn’t have what we have now.

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Should Theatre Boards Be Eliminated?

Should Theatre Boards Be Eliminated?

Recently I involved myself in an online controversy by making derogatory comments on the boards usually fastened to theatres.  Some board members responded in a fury.  One said that boards do the best they can with what they’re given.  Theatre, he reasoned, “(I)s a dying art form.”

Now regardless of whether board members work hard, a problem exists when someone attached to a theatre thinks that the art is dying.  And this indicates a widespread problems with U.S. theatres.

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$carcity in the Arts

$carcity in the Arts

For a medium built on community, collaboration, and connection, I fear I am experiencing and witnessing a lot of scarcity minded behavior in the theatre. As I travel and direct around the country I am seeing more and more artists, myself included, being asked to work for less and less compensation. Worse so than that what often people report to me or I hear from potential employers is that as much as they would like to hire someone, they just don’t have the resources. “We accept volunteers!” 

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BroadwayCon is "Our Time"

BroadwayCon is "Our Time"

I love getting dressed up. I love spending time with people who share my interest. I love walking around convention centers talking to vendors. I love workshops and panels and more! In college I would attend a theatre convention but now as I’m not in college, community or professional theatre, it makes little sense for me to go. Then a few years ago I read a tweet. Something was coming. The answer to all of my nerd desire dreams.

BroadwayCon!

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Original Cast Recordings: Thank You for the Music

Original Cast Recordings: Thank You for the Music

Say what you will, but CATS was one of my first and favourite memories. It’s the musical that started it all for me – the one that lead me down this garden path to theatre. I always wanted to be Jennyanydots or Demeter, dancing around the stage in a fun little cat suit, but that opportunity has yet to emerge.

When they announced that this Andrew Lloyd Webber classic was coming back to Broadway after 16 years away, I was over the moon. Out of sheer nostalgia I pulled out my scratched up 2-disc cast album and listened to those songs all day. And all night. And the next day.

That was it.

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Dear Tony Voters, Please Don't Forget Bonnie Milligan

Dear Tony Voters, Please Don't Forget Bonnie Milligan

As with most shows that close early on, months before the award season starts, they are typically forgotten by award voters. I certainly hope that isn’t the case for Head Over Heels.

While I don’t expect it to break into the Top 4 for a Best Musical nod, I do think it will get some love in the design categories. But most of all, I’m hoping Tony voters don’t forget about Bonnie Milligan’s incredible performance as Princess Pamela. Because it was one of the best performances I’ve seen in recent years.

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Is Frozen's "Monster" Too Dark for Kids?

Is Frozen's "Monster" Too Dark for Kids?

The title of the song, ​Monster​, is the word that Elsa uses to describe herself over and over again. In the first chorus, she sings, “​Is the thing they see, the thing I have to be? A monster, were they right? Has the dark in me finally come to light? Am I a monster, full of rage? Nowhere to go but on a rampage. Or am I just a monster in a cage?​” It is a song that resonates with a lot of people. Everyone, at some point in their life, can relate to Elsa’s questions of “am I a burden to people?” or “How badly am I hurting this person?” Everyone has moments where they don’t know who they are. But is this song a good song for a musical whose main demographic is young children?  

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Emotional Catharsis – “Let them come, let them go.”

Emotional Catharsis – “Let them come, let them go.”

I saw a sticker on Facebook today. “Feelings are healthy. You need to feel them all. Don’t suppress them. Sadness, anger, fear, happiness, love. Let them come, let them go.” I love this quote, and I even agree with it; however, we can all agree that there are simply times where we can’t just feel. We may find out something that makes us want to cry, or scream in anger, but we can’t just leave the office. I work at a law firm. My bosses wouldn’t really appreciate me blasting the clients with emotions that translate to “I will cut you!” or if they walk in and I’ve obviously been crying, or even if I’m enjoying some moment and laughing. 

Propriety is king when you’re a paralegal. 

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