reinterpretation III (Defying Gravity)

I wrote an entry quite a while back called reinterpretation¬†(The Climb), in which I discussed about how I re-appropriated the message of the Miley Cyrus song The Climb to be a song about HIV. I then followed it up again with another entry called reinterpretation II (You Haven't Seen the Last of Me), which I…Read more reinterpretation III (Defying Gravity)

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

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