It’s So Good to be Wicked

I was so lucky enough to be invited to catch Wicked at the CCP when a friend of mine found herself with an extra ticket. It was supposed to be a family affair but her brother got sick (they suspect he willed it to being as he wasn't much of a musical theatre fan) and…Read more It’s So Good to be Wicked

The Flower Duet and Song to the Moon

My Dad is a huge fan of opera. He listens to it while he plays Civilization V on the PC or he's painting, when he gets to paint. My Dad has influenced my musical tastes for the longest time. I got into folk music because of him; growing up with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Judy…Read more The Flower Duet and Song to the Moon

Movie Musicals in the 21st Century: In Tune or Off Key?

I grew up listening to musicals. I wasn't even ten yet when I saw (on betamax!) the American Playhouse production of Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, and Pacific Overtures, all by Stephen Sondheim. I had no idea what I was watching but the people were singing and it was lovely. My parents…Read more Movie Musicals in the 21st Century: In Tune or Off Key?

Pour Some Sugar on Me: a review of Rock of Ages

I came into this film prepared to hate it beyond end. I went to watch it because I think Catherine Zeta-Jones playing a conservative zealot and singing and dancing like she did in Chicago. At the same time, I grew up listening to musicals written by Kander and Ebb, Maury Yeston, Oscar and Hammerstein, Stephen…Read more Pour Some Sugar on Me: a review of Rock of Ages