Tag: broadway

Liebster Award Answers

A while back I got nominated by a fellow blogger for something called the ‘liebster award’ which is basically similar to a tag.

https://chowkimwan.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/78-liebster-award/

He answered 10 questions and then gave me 10 questions to answer.  Then I am supposed to create 10 questions for other bloggers and tag them.  Will do my best to come up with good questions and tag a few people I haven’t bothered in a while.

Who is your favorite Disney character of all time?

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An extremely tough question.  The first character that popped in my mind is Woody from Toy Story.  He’s nostalgic and old fashioned while expressing very human emotions of jealousy, regret, fear, joy, etc. Others I love Lilo, Cinderella, Genie, Maleficent, Baloo, Cruella, Simba, Wall-e, Remy, Elsa etc.

Which composer in the modern era do you look up to the most?

Tough call but Ennio Morricone is an amazing composer that creates music which doesn’t even need words to bring me to tears.  His score for The Mission (a fantastic film with Jeremy Irons and Robert Deniro about monks who try to convert a wild tribe in the Amazon in 15th century).  This song called Gabriel’s Oboe is stunning.  I love it so much there have been days I’ve put it on continuous loops and just listened to it again and again.

But he also has a lot of variety.  He has done songs for Joan Baez and Paul Anka.  He is a favorite of Quentin Tarantino and did the Kill Bill orchestrations.

He is so unanimously loved that he won an honorary Oscar for his contributions to movies even though he has not one a traditional statuette.  The year he did the Mission he lost to Herbie Hancock for Round Midnight which is a jazz masterpiece so it is kind of apples and oranges. Both great.

Which musical that you have seen is the most spectacular?

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I don’t know if they are talking about stage or movie.  For stage it would be Les Miserables.  I love the story and its themes of mercy vs justice and forgiveness and hope. But more importantly I love the music.  Aside  maybe the Little Mermaid, Les Miserables was the first time I really connected with music and the story in a personal way.  I just saw it live at a local live theater and was still as in love with it as I was at 14.

As far as movies just watch one of my recent videos.

What is your favorite show tune?

I don’t know if it counts because it was in a movie first but it would be Somewhere Over the Rainbow. To me it is this fascinating layer of hope, optimism, despair, longing and a feeling of hopelessness all in one. I think back when my ipod was working I had 12 different versions of the song.

I also love Someone to Watch Over Me by the Gershwins.

Finally I’d say On My Own from Les Miserables.  It was like no other music I’d ever heard before.  It was raw but still beautiful. I still love it.

Which is the most horrendous song you have heard in your life?

I don’t know. I don’t like heavy metal or any songs about abuse, hate, and other criminal activities.

Which song represents you the most?

It depends on the era of my life but to be perfectly honest it would be a religious song like Amazing Grace or I Stand All Amazed.

Who do you model yourself after? (It can be someone in real life or a fictional character)

Jesus and my Grandpa.

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Where in the world do you want to visit the most?

I wish everyday of my life I was in Hawaii. As far as some place I’d like to go to that I’ve never been too I’d say Australia.

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If you drop by Florida to visit one theme park only, will you visit Walt Disney World or Universal Studios?

Disney World because it’s got all stuff I like where Universal Studios is just basically Harry Potter and I like HP but not a die hard.

What sort of career do you aspire to have?

Exactly the one I’ve got.  I want to keep working in digital marketing and continue to learn and grow.  Honestly as long as I am working from home I’m a happy gal. Environment is way important to me than the actual task at hand.

I guess I would love to be a writer and finish editing my novel.

My10 questions will be

1. Would you rather choose only reading, only movies, or only music for the rest of your life?

2. What’s the biggest thing you wish you could tell yourself 10 years ago?

3. If someone was going to play you in a movie who would it be?

4. Which is better? Lord of the Rings vs Harry Potter?

5.Name your favorite animated movie?

6. What qualities are essential to you in any kind of friend?

7.  What is your favorite poem?

8. What makes you laugh the hardest?  Could be stand up, TV, movie, book whatever?

9. If you could go back and live in any other era but our own which would you pick?

10. Have you ever walked out of a movie? If so, which one? If not what is one you really hated?

I tag

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Burning Blogger of Bedlam   http://theburningbloggerofbedlam.wordpress.com 

Kristin All Eyes on Screen http://alleyesonscreen.me

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All  Our Lemonny Things http://lemmonythings.com/

The Persistent Platypus https://thepersistentplatypus.wordpress.com/

Silver Screen Serenade https://caragaleblog.wordpress.com/

Where the Wild Things Are https://wherethewildthingsare14.wordpress.com/

The Simple Things https://jessicarlin.wordpress.com/

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That’s all I can think of at the moment.

NYC Trip Day 3: An American in Paris

Day 3 of my New York trip was pretty simple. I had a rough time getting to sleep the night before because my cold was coming on strong and I normally have a hard time sleeping. Well, I slept in ridiculously late which Megan was kind enough to let me do.

Then we enjoyed a leisurely walk down the Manhattan streets.  It wasn’t too cold during our trip but it could be quite windy which made it feel colder. Given the winter they’ve had we certainly brought some good luck with us because at least it wasn’t snowy and freezing. P1050863 My favorite thing in New York is all the flower stores.  They are so beautiful and I love how they have different than just the ordinary boring flowers I can get in the suburbs and at low cost.

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We then had delicious New York bagels! Nothing quite like them and we talked about books and movies and had a lovely time.

2015-03-13 13.00.05 Megan had an appointment with her editor that afternoon and I rested at the hotel.  My only regret on the hotel is that it didn’t have a hottub or pool.  That would have been very nice especially on my poor feet which got the beginnings of an ingrown toenail I had to work on.  Ouch!

toeLater that we went to an Italian restaurant that was reasonably priced and yummy.  I got chicken Parmesan and Megan got gnochi.

italianThe big event of the day was going to Times Square

2015-03-13 19.30.40 2015-03-13 19.32.54 2015-03-13 19.33.00And seeing the opening night premiere of the new Broadway musical An American in Paris!

an-american-in-paris-large-643x441It was an amazing show full of incredible Gershwin music. The story is minimal and sometimes it was a little hard to tell the actors from each other but I really enjoyed it.

an american in paris3 An American In Paris an american in paris2It’s probably the most dance heavy Broadway show I’ve ever seen.  Just like in the old Gene Kelly/Leslie Caron movie there are long stretches without any dialogue and just dance.  I don’t pretend to be an expert on dance but I really enjoyed watching it.  To me it seemed exceptional with choreography that really popped.

The sets were minimal but effective and the costuming was simple but it all worked.  There is also a very small cast with only 6 leads and a few ensemble performers but it had a big feel.  I think the music is so grand that it can hardly help but feel big.

At first I was worried because our balcony seats were so steep looking onto the stage below but it actually worked out great and we could see everything just fine.

2015-03-13 20.01.38 2015-03-13 19.57.19 So that was our Day 3.  It was a lot of fun and featured a show I won’t soon forget. Sometimes the simple days are the most fun!

Best and Worst

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So I can’t sleep and lately blogging has helped me feel tired so I figured why not?

As I have mentioned in previous posts I’ve been thinking a lot lately about entertainment, movies and art.  What makes something memorable, beautiful, enriching and of course what inspires the opposite emotions.  I realize these feelings are inherently subjective, but my thoughts have not been on what moves society as a whole, but what inspires ME.

So tonight I am going to write up a best and worst on different categories.  It’s actually really hard thing to do.  It’s hard enough to come up with a top 10 list but to narrow it down to one worst and best is tough.  Try it along with me!

Best Book- I could pick Book Thief but North and South I could read multiple times a year.  I’ve talked about it a lot on this blog so I won’t repeat everything. I’ll just say it has my 2 favorite characters in literature.  I love their journey.  I love seeing them grow and change.  It’s so deep and takes time to develop side characters that are pivotal and fascinating.  I love it.  I think it is perfect.

Worst Book- Catch 22.  I hated all the characters.  I mean truly hated. I thought everyone was disgraceful, immoral, and unlikable.  The women in the story are either nurses or prostitutes and everything that is supposed to be ‘funny’ felt distasteful and kind of sick. I hated this book so much that it is the reason why I have a ‘someone must have read the book rule’ in my book club. Never again.

Best Movie- This is really hard but I have to go with Up.  I could watch it 4 times in a day and still love it.  I cry every time I watch the opening montage. It’s beautiful, sweet, funny and surprising.  I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen it and I love it more every time.  I love the music.  The voice casting is perfect.  The artwork is stunning. The message of finding adventure in life is wonderful.  I love it!

Worst Movie- Drop Dead Gorgeous.  There are only 2 movies I have walked out of in the theater, Drop Dead Gorgeous and Superstar.  Both are atrocious but this movie is so cold and hateful towards its characters and it is supposed to be funny that it actually made me cry.  I left the theater and my friends and sat in the lobby in tears until they had finished the ending.  I couldn’t take it any more.

It’s a mockumentary about beauty pageants that has one girl after another blown up, shot, murdered, burned and attacked.  A character mimics the crucifixion, a girl becomes deaf for laughs, a near dead anorexic girl is wheeled out in a wheelchair with an IV, the mentally ill are mocked, all the girls get food poisoning with its accompanying effects.  It’s gross, dark, cold and hateful so much so that 15 years after I saw it I still remember it far too vividly.

Best Sports Moment- This one is really hard and I wouldn’t say I’m the hugest sports fan in the world but I love the Olympics and there are so many good one’s to pick from.  Michael Phelps 8 in Beijing, Jason Lesak final lap in 4 by 100 relay, Sarah Hughes figure skating win, Dan Jansen finally getting his gold medal after 3 falls.  All would be great picks but I have to pick a moment that I actually was a part of.  This was 2002 Salt Lake and I was outside the stadium watching on a big screen when Apollo Ohno got the gold.  Everyone was cheering it was so exciting!

Worst Sports Moment- I have to go with the Lance Armstrong doping admission.  It was so disappointing. I know many suspected him for years and there was a lot of evidence but to be lied to for over a decade and the way he treated people while lying is pretty despicable.

I actually think the lies are worse than the actual enhanced training.  It was an era where he could not win and not do that and certainly not 7 times.  Even his peers have admitted that.  It’s the smug denials and the cocky attitude for years that makes it reprehensible.  Plus, he masquerades as an goodwill advocate which makes the lies even worse.

Best Meal- It’s really hard but I think for sentimental reasons alone I have to go with spaghetti and meatballs because I’ve been to Italy, I love Italian food and I had a moment of truth over the meal years ago that changed my life.  It is the ultimate comfort food.  (Thanksgiving food would be really high too)

Worst Meal- I have to go with menudo.  Whoever thought eating tripe was a good idea must have been nuts.  It looks like bubble wrap.  The soup is greasy with chunks of stomach floating to the top.  It’s gross!

Best TV Show- I have to go with the Simpsons because it has been consistently funny and engaging almost my entire life. It debuted when I was 8 and it is still on and I still watch it every Sunday.  Recently they’ve been doing amazing things with the opening couch montage which is incredible when you think about it- after 25 years they are still coming up with new ways to present a sofa with 4 people.

Worst TV Show- There have been some really bad one’s but I have to go with Fear Factor because it is just so gross. It existed only to make people want to throw up. Also, I would say The Tudors because I got it on neftlix thinking it was a Masterpiece Classic type show and about 10 minutes in I realized it was basically midevil porn and turned it off.  For shame!

Best Reality Show- Got to go with Survivor, although I love The Amazing Race.  TAR involves more luck and less strategy.  Just people surviving on little each day in the jungle would be compelling but the fact that a person get’s voted off every day is very exciting and makes people behave in intriguing ways. I also loved Extreme Makeover Home Edition.  What can I say?  I’m a sucker for a needy family getting a house.

Worst Reality Show- Keeping up with the Kardashians.  Why is this still on?  What’s wrong with America?  I resent the Kardashians because I actively try to not know about their lives and yet I know so much.  It’s like a disease that spreads whether you like it or not.  Go away!  I’ve watched one episode and I thought ‘these people are terrible, shallow people’ and nothing over the next whatever years have convinced me otherwise.

Best Dessert- Lemon meringue pie but it has to be very strong lemon flavor.  I’ve had it every year on my birthday since I can remember.  I love it!

Worst Dessert- I mean there aren’t many bad desserts but got to go with rhubarb pie.  I know some people say it is very good but I have never had it made where I like it.

Best Band- This is really hard.  The Beatles are the obvious choice and I love them. However, when I am looking at what was influential on me and not society at large,  I have to with REM.  Automatic for the People was one of the first albums I bought and I’ve listened to hundreds of time with pleasure.

Worst Band- Kiss. I am sure they have some catchy tunes but I heard Gene Simmons on local radio here once and he was such a jerk it turned me off the whole band.  Plus, they look stupid.  Anyone who is trying that hard to get attention isn’t all that talented in the first place.

Best Singer- Got to go with Josh Groban.  I love his voice.  His concert in 2008 was one of the coolest experiences in my life.  (He looked me straight in the eyes and sang to me. No joke).  I love Michael Buble too and he’s great live but if I had to pick one person to sing to me I’d pick Josh.

Worst Singer- So many to chose from…I have to go with Shakira.  She seems like a really nice person but when she sings it sounds like a goat throwing up.  I don’t get it.

Best Song- Over the Rainbow.  I love The Wizard of Oz.  I love Judy Garland.  I love the message of the song. I think I have 13 versions of it.  I love it Hawaii style, Ingrid Michaelson cover, classic.  I love the haunting words (if happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow why oh why can’t It).  Ugh.  So pretty.

Worst Song-  Lovely Ladies- Les Miserables.  I have to pick it because it sullies what is otherwise my favorite thing ever.  I love Les Mis and I love the story of Fantine but this song is so gross and it along with Master of the House are total earworm songs.  They will get stuck in your head forever and given some of the lyrics that is not a good thing.

Best Broadway Musical- Is there any doubt?  It has to be Les Miserables.  Despite 2 songs I dislike, 2 songs that are so corny, I love it.  I love the message, story, most of the songs and it was the first thing I remember really inspiring me as art and music.  It taught me what those mediums could do and how powerful they could be.  I’ve seen it live 4 times, twice in New York and I always have a purse full of tissues at the end.

Worst Broadway Musical- Book of Mormon musical.  Ok I haven’t seen it but I’ve listened to the score, watched scenes.  It is vulgar, distasteful and it paints my faith as naive, stupid and my leaders whom I love as zealous sexpots.  No thank you but seriously read the book…

Best Candy- Reese’s peanut butter cups.  I especially like the Easter eggs. I’m not sure why but they are even better than the cups.  The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is just delicious.

Worst Candy- Good and Plenty.  I think you are either born with the taste for black licorice or you aren’t.  I wasn’t.  Yuck!

So that’s a pretty good list.  What about you?  What’s your best and worst.  You should try it.  It’s harder than you might expect.

Hale Center Theater

Last night I had the great opportunity to go to one of our amazing local theater companies Hale Center Theater Orem to see their production of In the Heights.  This is a show I had never seen before and was fairly unfamiliar with the songs and storyline (I had 4 of the songs on my ipod but had never listened to the complete soundtrack).   I love seeing shows that are classics that I know I will love but it is also fun to see something totally new and unexpected.

Anna and me at Hale Theater Orem In the Heights.
Anna and me at Hale Theater Orem In the Heights.

In the Heights is also different because it mixes hip hop with broadway in a way I’ve never seen before.  Here is a clip from the Tony performance when it won best new musical

It was a little bit more adult than what I’ve seen at Hale before but still at a PG-13 level for sure . I have mentioned Hale Theaters several times on this blog but I don’t think I’ve ever profiled them on an exclusive post.

There are 2 Hale theaters in Utah, one in West Valley (soon to be Sandy) and in Orem.  The theater in West Valley is larger and has a million dollar stage that can move around and provide some pretty amazing special effects.

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Hale Orem is smaller (i couldn’t find a good photo of that stage) without the fancy special effects but it is equally compelling and intimate.  In fact, on some productions I think smaller is better (I tend to feel that way about The Christmas Carol where the special effects and excessive fog machine at Hale West Valley can be a little much).  It can also force Hale Orem to be very creative in the small space as in I think the Secret Garden where they moved door frames around to show a chase in a large manor.

Both of Hale theaters are theater in the round.  where the seats are pointed down at the stage instead of staring up in an auditorium like a traditional play.  This has an immersive feel that allows the audience member to be surrounded by the performance and to have a good seat from anywhere in the theater.

So they are good with the theaters but then the Hale’s make things extra special with wonderful talent and show choices.  I’m amazed with how great the talent is especially considering that most of the performers are volunteers doing it for the joy of it not as a full time job.  I really think that either Hale theater should be considered for the Tony Regional Theater Award.  The Utah Shakespeare festival won that award and Hale Theaters are equally worthy.

Here’s some idea of what you see at both theaters:

I hope that gives you a feel for the quality of the shows.  I’ve seen so many shows at both that it is hard to remember everything but here are some that come to mind

Hale West Valley:

Scarlet Pimpernell

My Fair Lady

Annie Get Your Gun

Zorro: The Musical (world premiere)

Once on this Island

Aida

The Wedding Singer

Secret Garden

Hale Center Theater Orem:  (I take voice lessons from them so I am a bit partial)

Hairspray

Secret Garden (a favorite of mine)

Beauty and the Beast

West Side Story

All Shook Up

Spitfire Grill

South Pacific

Crazy for You

39 Steps

Drowsy Chaperone

Singing in the Rain

Anyway, that gives you an idea of the range and quality.  It is often as good if not better than anything I’ve seen on broadway and to make it even better most of the shows are under $20 and family friendly.  It is a true blessing of living in Utah, so if you don’t go to see their shows you are really missing out.

My only comment to them would be it would be nice if they had more variety in their selection of plays.  Between the two theaters they have done Arsenic and Old Lace, Lend me a Tenor, The Foreigner, Curious Savage, Hasty Heart and No Time for Sergeants multiple times and as frequent attendees of both theaters I don’t want to get season tickets to shows I’ve just seen.  Particularly glaring is when it is done just a year after the other theater did it.  For example, Hale Orem did the 39 steps one year and Hale West Valley did it the year after that.  Or last year Arsenic and Old Lace (a particular favorite for this area I’m not sure why?) was done by Orem and now it is on the docket for next year in West Valley.

I understand the 2 companies are different businesses but as a business you should look at your competition and try to pick new and exciting material and not just for your musicals.  I am sure it is tough to find clean and appropriate plays for a budget but I’m sure there are more out there than the repeats.

I can only think of a few misses with Hale.  Last years Game’s Afoot was a huge disappointment.  The ads made you think it was a play about Sherlock Holmes.  In truth it was a lame farce about actors who played Sherlock Holmes.  It also didn’t have the professional acting I expect with Hale.  Lines were dropped and performances were clownish. Still, it was a rare miss.

I also look forward every year to seeing The Christmas Carol (one I don’t mind repeating!) every year at one or sometimes both of the Hale theaters.  The man who plays Scrooge at Hale Theater Orem is amazing and has been doing it for decades.  Its really an act of generosity to give so much of your time to the community during the holidays.  It makes Christmas for me and I wouldn’t miss it!

So, if you haven’t seen a show at Hale Theater, go!  And if you need someone to go with, call me!

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If I Were a Bell

Any reader of mine knows I take voice lessons.  I do it for my own enjoyment and creative enrichment.  I am not the greatest singer in the world but I get a lot from it and that’s all that matters to me.  To me it is the most satisfying thing to start a song and have it be pretty awful and after working on it for a few weeks it is listenable.

I’ve seen great improvement over the years and if you look at some of my past videos and compare it with today’s I think you can see that.

https://smilingldsgirl.wordpress.com/?s=voice+lessons

So today was the summer recital (we have 3 a year, spring, summer and Christmas) and I decided to sing If I Were a Bell from Guys and Dolls.  It is a relatively easy song but the lyrics are very similar from verse to verse and it kept tripping me up.   Thankfully with lots of practice I got through it at the recital without any lyrical problems.  Phew!

The video doesn’t do it quite justice but the crowd seemed to really enjoy it.  I hope you do too!  🙂

At Last

So as I’ve mentioned several times on this blog I take voice lessons.  I have for 6 years.  Recently I have run the gambit of Broadway songs I am interested in singing (in fact, most of them I’ve done 2 or more times).  I have 7 anthologies from Hal Leonard and have gone through most of them thoroughly.

With the death of Etta James I decided to shake things up and sing a jazzy song- At Last.  While I am no Etta, Ella or Beyonce…I did my best and have learned a lot from the song.  Its fun to do something different every now and then.

Here I am in my mediocre version.  I know its not great so I really don’t need constructive criticism (My one soft spot is my voice. I don’t take criticism of it very well). Also the recording isn’t great and the backtrack I found is cheesy and electronic.  Oh well! Just tell me if you like parts:

What are some other songs from this era that might be fun? I was thinking like a Billie Holiday, or maybe Ella Fitzgerald.  Like I said, I’ve drained the Broadway cannon and am looking for other genres and styles that might be a challenge, that would be fun.

I usually don’t think of myself having a pop or rock vibe in my voice but it might be fun to try a few things.

I’ve done some country- Dixie Chicks are a particular favorite as Natalie sings right in my range. (I’ve done Wide Open Spaces and Travelin Soldier).

I also love Sara Barielles and did Gravity for a recital.  Soulful girl music is my favorite from any era.  I’ve done Carol King, Linda Ronstadt. The only ‘opera’ I’ve ever done is Think of Me but if there is a song in English I might be willing to give it a go.

I’m up for anything.  I’m so grateful for my lessons.  The other day my teacher said ‘I’m really glad I know you’ and I feel the same way.   Its a blessing in my life to have a creative outlet and a chance to bond with a dear friend.

She’s going to China for 2 weeks so I will miss my lessons but hopefully I will have a bunch  of new songs picked out when she returns.  Suggestions please.

Longing for Wholesome Broadway Musicals

Any loyal blog reader knows I am huge fan of musical theater and Broadway.  I have been to New York on 6 different trips throughout my life and one of the highlights is always the Broadway musical.  I love live performance in any fashion and the electricity of the stage- the lyrics, voices, story and scores fill me with excitement.  In my life I have been lucky enough to have seen Les Miserables twice (still my favorite show), Phantom of the Opera, King and I, Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee (a show that I found shocking at the time but now it seems like nothing…), Drowsy Chaperone, and Wicked all on Broadway.

So it is with sadness that I state publicly of my choice to not support tonight’s airing of the Tony Awards.  With the almost guaranteed winner, the Book of Mormon musical, the Broadway community has chosen to commend a show that is not only personally offensive but disgustingly profane and vulgar.

Now I have not seen the show but have listened to the soundtrack and I was repulsed.  People can disagree with me all they want- claim I should be more open minded- but what I heard was a tirade of the F word (among other profanities), an entire song about Joseph Smith being a sex maniac and pedophile, and songs about how unaware and closed-minded Mormons are to the problems of the world such as AIDS in Africa.   Never mind the millions of dollars in aid and the countless good our missionaries do in disaster regions and in Africa, we are all naive bigots who hate anyone who is different.

It would be one thing if they were just making fun of our idiosyncrasies or making us look silly but to make the entire religion appear unaware, crazy, manipulative and even perverse, is unkind, offensive and unfair.  It honestly makes me very upset- especially because I’ve had such a love for Broadway since I was a little girl.

I like what a Jewish commenter on the New York times review said:

“What this show displays as ridiculous is the Mormon faith and those who practice it. If this show were attacking Jews or Muslims, there would be international outcry. People would be fired, there would be lawsuits, boycotts, etc. It would be all over the news (in a bad way). This sort of thing happens to those of my faith in countries elsewhere in the world. But I cannot believe that New York, MY New York, where I was born and raised, would ever do such a thing. Shame on you, New York Times, shame on Broadway, and shame on all of us who stand idly by and do nothing while the faith of others is mocked. Religious and cultural Jews need not support such bigotry”

Amen to that.  So, this year I will not be watching the Tony’s and will not be visiting New York anytime soon.  I encourage others to do the same, or at least not support this particular show.  (although, it is sold out anyway but I have to speak out regardless)

To close I would like to point out a few shows that are worth seeing.  Unfortunately it is tough to come up with many modern shows that I can confidently recommend without first viewing them.  Even Les Mis has a few scenes that I wish were toned down a bit.  I have heard good things of the revival versions of Anything Goes by Cole Porter and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying  by Frank Loesser .

There are also the long running productions of Mary Poppins, Lion King and Wicked.  All are enjoyable and inoffensive.

I would also like to send a shout-out to Stephen Schwartz who consistently puts out material that is either faith promoting (Godspell, Children of Eden, Prince of Egypt) or whimsically entertaining (Wicked, Enchanted).  Some claim Schwartz is too pop-infused or not edgy enough.  If the recent offerings from Broadway are considered edgy give me the Schwartz-style of show any day!  He has two others (the Baker’s Wife and Pippen) which I have never seen but heard are good.  If you get a chance to see any of his shows, I highly recommend it.  Especially Children of Eden, which is special in so many ways.

Here are 2 of my favorite songs:

Of course, there are always the old school musicals that made Broadway what it is today.  You can’t go wrong with Rogers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Irving Berlin, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Leonard Bernstein and some Stephen Sondheim.  Even Andrew Lloyd Webber has an over-the-top fun to his shows.  (while usually weak musically at least they were not very  offensive and are entertaining.)

I’ve often wondered why in the deluge of musical film adaptations why nobody has attempted to recreate one of these old fashioned shows?  Is it because they were so iconically made into films in their era? Perhaps.  I think it is because filmmakers don’t want to admit that there is a huge section of us that wants such traditionally moral movies and music.  They want edgy and different.  Well, not me!

That’s my view and the purpose of a blog is to speak one’s viewpoint.  Feel free to disagree.

For a good article on this topic please read Why I won’t be seeing the Book of Mormon musical – On Faith – The Washington Post