Can I just take this time to say how much I adore Emily Blunt? I think she's absolutely wonderful and she was a scene-stealer in The Devil Wears Prada and, now, she's one of the most beautiful and a most engaging presence in Hollywood and I personally feel that she hasn't gotten her break just…Read more reviews for Into the Woods and Birdman
I've been bingeing on musicals lately. I went home to Bacolod and ripped a lot of my CDs of Broadway musicals and my Dad's collection as well. I got Ragtime, Secret Garden, Follies, A Chorus Line, Once on This Island, and Pacific Overtures. Someone stole my Dad's copy of Assassins, but I found it online…Read more musicals
Coming home, I was excited to show my brother the Candide concert with Paul Groves and Kristin Chenoweth and he was equally excited to show me the 80th Birthday Concert for Stephen Sondheim. Back-to-back, it was an amazing night of gorgeous music and terrific performances. But more importantly, it was that evening that I was…Read more Losing My Mind
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
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
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?
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