Why Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a Fantastic TV Show

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is arguably one of the best shows on TV right now (And I’m upset that it was cancelled after only five seasons and Big Bang Theory got renewed for seasons 11 and 12, when B99 is CLEARLY the better show). Unlike other crime and cop shows on TV, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a sitcom and it still works really well. Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows a team of detectives who work for the NYPD at the 99th Precinct. They solve crimes, get up to crazy shenanigans (see the Halloween episodes), and they always have each others backs. Continue reading “Why Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a Fantastic TV Show”

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Mamma Mia in Sydney Review

I love Mamma Mia! I think it’s just such a happy, feel good musical with absolutely fantastic music that just makes you want to dance. I’ve seen the movie with Amanda Seyfried and Meryl Streep multiple times but I was finally able to see it on stage here in Sydney and it was a really good time. Mamma Mia! is about a girl named Sophie (Sarah Morrison) who is getting ready to marry Sky (Stephen Mahy) and she wants her dad at the wedding. But she has no idea who her dad is. Continue reading “Mamma Mia in Sydney Review”

Movie of the Month: Billy Elliot

In April, I was able to watch a lot of movies and I took advantage of some of the movies on Australian Netflix that aren’t available in Canada. One of the movies that is on Australian Netflix is Billy Elliot. Now, I’ve seen this movie before, years ago but I loved it so I decided to rewatch it. Billy Elliot is about an eleven year old boy named Billy (Jamie Bell), who decides that he’d rather take ballet classes than boxing classes much to the chagrin of his father, Jackie (Gary Lewis) and brother, Tony (Jamie Draven). Continue reading “Movie of the Month: Billy Elliot”

What the World Can Learn from Newsies

The world’s kind of a mess right now wouldn’t you agree? There are terrorist attacks in every corner of the globe on a regular basis, there’s a horrible man running the most powerful country in the world, countries are in the midst of civil wars, there’s a mass shooting every other month, Hollywood’s a mess, etc.

But in the midst of all the terrible things happening in the world, I continue to find comfort in going to the theatre.  The shows I’ve seen and listened to recently offer messages of hope and coming together and strength and resilience, which is exactly what the world needs right now. Continue reading “What the World Can Learn from Newsies”

Aladdin in Brisbane Review

If you want an absolute spectacle of a musical, Aladdin can only be defined as a spectacle. I know Aladdin got left out my my Disney on Broadway post last week but I saw Aladdin, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (who did an absolutely fantastic job), while I was in Brisbane last week at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. I think Australia gets even less theatre than Toronto so I was delighted to be able to see the production on my Easter Break trip. Continue reading “Aladdin in Brisbane Review”

From Screen to Stage: Disney on Broadway

When was the last time you watched a Disney movie that didn’t have any singing in it? No, Pixar movies don’t count. Yeah, I had a hard time coming up with one too. I think Big Hero 6 was the last one I saw. But because of all the spontaneous singing and dancing that occurs in these movies, it’s relatively easy to transfer them to the stage. Over the years, Disney has had so many stage adaptations of their movies on Broadway and on stages around the world. Let’s take a look at some of Disney’s most popular stage productions. Continue reading “From Screen to Stage: Disney on Broadway”

Movie of the Month: Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name was one of the last Best Picture noms I watched before the Oscars and it was one of my favourites. Call Me By Your Name is based on the book of the same name by Andre Aciman. In 1980s Italy, Elio (Timothee Chalamet) is spending the summer at his family’s summer house in the Northern Italy countryside and his father, an archaeology professor, invites one of his grad students, Oliver (Armie Hammer) to work with him as an intern over the summer. Continue reading “Movie of the Month: Call Me By Your Name”

The Power of Theatre

“When theatre gets in your blood, you’ll likely find that you don’t want to be doing anything else” – Angelo Parra, Playwriting for Dummies

Much like Spiderman, once you’ve been bitten by the theatre bug, there is no going back. Theatre becomes more than a one time experience. Theatre becomes an addiction or obsession. Theatre becomes part of you forever. This is not a bad thing. This is the power of theatre.

Everyone has that one show that reminds them why they fell in love with theatre in the first place. The first professional show I saw was Wicked on the West End. I loved Wicked before I saw it because it started with hearing Defying Gravity at one of my dance recitals when I was about 6 or 7 years old. I also may have told some girls my new middle school that I loved Wicked because they liked Wicked and I wanted to be friends with them, which then enticed me to download the cast album. Continue reading “The Power of Theatre”