Posts Tagged ‘Broadway

25
Jun
09

celebrity sightings/encounters/experiences

One of the aspects of New York City I was most looking forward to was the inevitable celebrity sightings! So far, New York has not disappointed me. My celebrity sightings/encounters/experiences are due to both my internship and chance. Here’s a rundown of who I have seen recently.

 

Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black

We were eating at a Mexican restaurant in Chelsea. My half of the table was situated just outside. I saw Christine goofily waving at someone. When I turned to see who it was, I exclaimed, “Oh hey!” as if Michael Ian Black and I were best friends (which we are). He gave a cheery “hello” and kept on walking.

 

John Krasinski

John Krasinski in his adorable GAP ad

John Krasinski in his adorable GAP ad

So I didn’t actually see John Krasinski, but I did talk to him on the phone. Christine’s friend saw him at the Met, shoved a phone in his face and made him talk to us. We were on speakerphone and very confused. After a few awkward hello’s, he told us: “Okay, I’m going to go back to the museum now.” 

 

Amber Tamblyn

 

Amber Tamblyn

Amber Tamblyn

 

 We went to the Mermaid Parade at Coney Island and I saw her walking around! I was happy to see a celebrity out and about and not being bugged by anyone. I was tempted to chase after her, though, because she originated the role of Emily on General Hospital, and I love soap opera stars.


Harvey Keitel

Harvey Keitel as King Neptune

Harvey Keitel as King Neptune

Speaking of the Mermaid Parade, Harvey Keitel was King Neptune, so we got to wave out him and shout his name. Analisa wanted to yell, “I loved you in Little Nicky!” I wanted to yell “I loved you in Mean Streets and Sister Act! Both are amazing movies!”

 

Brooke Hogan

Brooke Hogan

Brooke Hogan

So technically I only saw the back of her head when I was at work, but I’m counting it. 

 

Constantine Maroulis

Constantine Maroulis

Constantine Maroulis

He stopped by our offices to film a segment for the web site, and he said hello to the interns. He was very nice and very tall and told us all to go see his Broadway show, Rock of Ages. I probably won’t see it.

 

Speaking of Broadway, I was bound to walk by the Red Carpet of the Tony Awards, wasn’t I? I hung around for about 20 minutes before heading to Analisa’s to actually watch the Tony’s. But here’s the people I was able to get pictures of. Sadly, there’s no Liza:

 

John Stamos

John Stamos

 

Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe Neuwirth

 

Stockard Channing a.k.a. First Lady Abbey Bartlet

Stockard Channing a.k.a. First Lady Abbey Bartlet

 

Bret Michaels (or at least that's his hat)

Bret Michaels (or at least that's his hat)

 

Just a teaser: I’ve also met Cloris Leachman and Kellan Lutz (Emmett, Twilight), but both of those warrant longer posts. So there’s more to come!

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20
May
09

Preparation #3: Narrowing down my must-see Broadway musicals

My mother instilled in me a passion for musicals at a very young age. While other little girls could count the number of musicals they had seen on one hand, I could name musical after musical after musical that I had watched and loved with my mother. After seeing so many musicals on film, I naturally developed a love for live musical theatre as well. I grew up watching the Tony Awards and dreaming of going to Broadway shows. So far I have seen three shows on Broadway: Hairspray and The Producers in 2005 and Gypsy over Thanksgiving. This summer, I hope to add at least the following five to my list. No tight budget can stop me from taking advantage of the Great White Way.

 

9 to 5

I want to see this musical for one reason: Allison Janney. I haven’t seen the film the musical is based on, but I have seen every episode of The West Wing, and C.J. Cregg still holds the title of “Cassie’s All-Time Favorite Television Character.” Not even Lucille Bluth of Arrested Development could take away that title.

Allison Janney

Avenue Q

Avenue Q is a musical that I should have seen by now. There’s really no excuse. I’m in love with the music and have all the songs memorized. And after all these listens, I still laugh at the parts in the songs you’re supposed to laugh. I gave myself a break from listening to it when I graduated from college because all of the sudden, I was 22 and trying to find my life’s purpose. It was just too real. That, and I couldn’t listen to “I Wish I Could Go Back to College” without crying.

Avenue Q

Billy Elliot

Confession: I don’t have a huge desire to see Billy Elliot, but I feel like it’s one of those shows you’re just sort of obligated to see while you’re in New York because everyone is raving over it so much. That’s what happened with The Producers when I was in NYC in 2005. I guess I should see the musical that got nominated for 15 Tonys. And who doesn’t love music by Elton John?

Billy Elliot

In the Heights

In the Heights is another one of those musicals where I hear the music first and see the actual show second. I love the story, and I love the music. I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds on stage. Unfortunately, Lin-Manuel Miranda is no longer portraying Usnavi, but Broadway is grueling and people can’t stay in roles forever.

In the Heights

West Side Story

I’ve never seen a stage production of West Side Story, but of course I’ve seen the movie. I think I saw it for the first time in music class in grade school, and I remember being very bored. I’ve changed my opinion since then. As I got older, I was able to understand the deeper and darker themes of the musical. And I began to appreciate how magnificent the music is. I mean, seriously. Between “Tonight” and “Somewhere,” I’m just in musical heaven. I would see this Broadway revival regardless, but the production decided to do something different this time — it added Spanish. Not only is there Spanish dialogue, but some of the songs are even in Spanish too. Fittingly, Lin-Manuel Miranda did the translations. In the Heights opened the door for West Side Story to attempt more authenticity with its portrayal of the Sharks. It makes sense to have certain songs in Spanish. In musicals, characters burst into song because ordinary words can no longer express what they are feeling. Of course Maria would sing “I Feel Pretty” in Spanish because it’s what comes most natural to her. I already love this change to the production, and I really can’t wait to see how it turns out.

West Side Story




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