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broadway houdini musical is coming together nicely

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Aaron Sorkin is writing the book for a Broadway musical based on Harry Houdini.

Hugh Jackman is set to play the iconic magician.

Danny Elfman is composing the score.

Wow …I can just imagine how beautifully designed the sets and costumes will be on top of all these other great factors.  I really want to go see this when it happens!

zachary quinto’s response to “are you gay?”

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

The New York Times asked Angels in America/Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto whether or not he’s gay, to which he replied:

“I’m grateful that celebrity or notoriety wasn’t thrust upon me when I was in my 20s, because I think I would have buckled under the weight of it, as so many people do, but I’ve come to realize through experience that ultimately I really do have a lot of power in terms of the way I relate to the public or to people outside of my intimate circle of friends and family. Boundaries are very important to me.”

More from Quinto:

“The fact that these things are such hot-button issues right now, socially and politically, I would much rather talk about that than talk about who I sleep with. I would love to be a voice in this maelstrom of chaos and obsessive celebrity infatuation that says, ‘Let’s talk about something that matters’.”

I can certainly appreciate what he’s saying, it’s not really important for people to know about his personal life and it’s certainly his call.  I think it’s wonderful that he’s been such a positive, supportive voice who has been vocal about important issues such as anti-gay bullying, gay marriage, and “don’t ask, don’t tell.”  Admittedly, if he does consider himself to be gay, it could be really fantastic for him to announce it to the world.  It shouldn’t be of any importance, but given the state of things right now on that topic …every open voice is a contribution until it isn’t a whole ordeal anymore.

Given the fact that he plays Spock in one of the coolest, most popular, active film franchises at the moment, it could definitely be comforting for teens to see a gay role model in such an awesome, high-profile movie as Star Trek.  Not to mention his role as Sylar on Heroes was pretty much the best most bad ass thing on that show.

Just a thought.

If for some wacky far fetched circumstance he’s not, I’d like to know that too, because I’m sorta enamored with him.  It’s cool either way Zach.  You wouldn’t lose my crush whatever your preference.  Like I’ve said before, I’d gladly offer my beard services if you wish to keep ‘em guessing.

‘the goonies’ may be heading to broadway

Friday, October 29th, 2010

With the upcoming 25th anniversary of The Goonies, wouldn’t it be AWESOME if they made an announcement about the long-awaited sequel?  Unfortunately, that’s unlikely to happen …but how would you like to see The Goonies on BROADWAY?!  I can totally see it working.  I’d much rather see a delightful stage production delivered than a sequel or a re-make (GOD NO, ANYTHING BUT A GOONIES RE-MAKE)!

Here’s what director Richard Donner had to say about the future of Goonies:

“We were thinking that (the sequel) for years back, couldn’t do it. Felt like everything we were doing would hurt what we had with the original, hence the musical. But Steven (Spielberg) said something the other day to me that he and Chris (Columbus) were talking about and maybe something — but I don’t think there’d be a sequel. I wouldn’t remake it. If anything it’d be something new and fresh. Hopefully we’re doing this as a musical on Broadway. It took forever to get on Broadway. It was a long, long process but it just got a lot shorter because there’s a great writer/producer (Tim Long) who does musicals on The Simpsons which are classic. He just delivered a treatment on ‘Goonies’ as a musical and it’s friggin’ great.”

Corey Feldman must be having a party in his head with the possibility of somehow getting involved with this project.

rocky horror glee show …the morning after

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Alright.  Well, I saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show themed episode of Glee (obviously) last night.  First of all, it goes without saying that the ratings were good.  Not Britney episode good, but it was a 4% increase from the last original episode (last week AND next week are re-runs, LAME).  To break it down, the “Rocky” episode got about 11.5 million viewers and “Britney” got 13.3.  I’d rather show my support for a quality show over a pop singer, but I must say …the Britney episode was overall better executed.

To be fair, a Britney episode (pop music with short flashy music video references) would be a lot easier to create than a huge cult classic film/stage production with *slightly* more edgy material to re-shape for prime time network television.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED the show …I smiled non-stop through the first 5 minutes, it just didn’t leave me jumping up and down yelling “THEY NAILED IT!”  They did the best they could, it wasn’t perfect, but they did great given the circumstances.

The biggest problem with the episode was that most of these younger actors didn’t grasp the theatricality of Rocky Horror.  They  might have been auto-tuned to be pitch perfect, but there was no gusto …most of the performance numbers were missing the dirty heat that the originals brought on.  I can’t blame age in this case because Chris Colfer was perfection in what little they gave him as Riff Raff and he wasn’t even born until 1990.  The big surprise of the night for me was Cory Monteith as Brad.  He usually just reminds me of a replica of Chris Klein in American Pie or Election …or anything else Klein ever did …they’re basically the same actor.  This is why it was so fun to see him have a chance to shine.  I was shocked that I wasn’t at all blown away by Amber Riley‘s off-the-beaten-path portrayal of Dr. Frankenfurter.  When they revealed she’d be playing the most infamous part in the entire show …I was a little surprised and pretty psyched to see what she’d do.  The woman can belt and has the sass to match.  This is where the let down came in.  It was when watching her that I figured out what was lacking in the episode …..gritty attitude to sell the numbers.  Grit is one thing Glee ain’t got and Rocky Horror particularly requires it to work just right.  It didn’t come as any surprise to me that Dianna Agron looked gorgeous as a Magenta, but was one of the worst of the performances (she was lackluster in Time Warp …HOW does someone do a lackluster job dressed that hot as Magenta singing the Time Warp of all things???)  Aside from that rather important detail of performance grit …I was a happy camper!

I couldn’t decide if I should write Ryan Murphy a thank you letter for making Matthew Morrison take his shirt off or if I should feel incredibly uncomfortable with the grossly inappropriate (in context to the scene) “Hi, I’m a teacher and I took my shirt off and did a hot and heavy number IN SCHOOL to win back my lady friend.”  Eh, screw it, it’s fiction and he looks GOOD with his shirt off.  Lastly, I was very happy with the cameo use of Barry Bostwick and Meat Loaf.  It was short & sweet and an even better wink with them playing “straight men.”  It was fun for the big fans (everyone else was online this morning asking where they were …ha! hard to recognize 30+ years and out of wacky context).

Good job once again guys, now stopping cushioning the good stuff with re-run good stuff.  Thanks.

the rocky horror episode of ‘glee’ is finally on TONIGHT!

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

I’ve only been excited about this since the minute I first heard about it …and then was further psyched out of my mind when I saw pictures.  I have been a very good girl and have refused to watch any clips of footage.  I never watch snippets from the show before it airs because part of the fun is the entire context.  I CANNOT wait for tonight’s episode.  Glee + The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Yes, I do believe it’ll be nothing short of perfection (don’t let me down guys, no pressure).