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”

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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”

What Glee Gave Me

*This post pretty much came to be after I watched NBC’s new series Rise and realized how similar (in content and quality) it is to Glee and I just got nostalgic because even though by the end it was a garbage show, Glee still holds a special place in my heart*

Pretty much anyone and everyone who watched Glee can pretty much agree that by the middle of season 4 the show was pretty much a wreck (and yet we all still watched it anyways). I would argue that season 3 should’ve been the last one but it did have a little bit of redemption once they moved the show to New York. Continue reading “What Glee Gave Me”

Award Show Season 2018 Part 2: The Oscars

*This year, I correctly predicted 19/24 Oscar categories, including Best Picture (which was a very tight race this year – I didn’t have my prediction finalized until an hour before show time) for the 4th year in a row and if that doesn’t mean I’m pretentious film trash I don’t know what does.

As pretentious film trash, the Oscars is one of my favourite nights of the year. As you know, I love all things movies and I actively try to make a point of watching as many movies as I can. This year, we were super lucky that many of the movies that were nominated for Oscars were released in major cinemas around the world and they weren’t just the small, limited release, indie movies so I got to see a lot of them. Continue reading “Award Show Season 2018 Part 2: The Oscars”

Art and Truth

Truth is a hard thing to define. And lately with everything that’s been going on in Hollywood, there’s a lot of people urging everyone to come forward and speak their truth. That what makes the word ‘truth’ so hard; it’s that everyone’s truth is slightly different. The dictionary definition of ‘truth’ is: the quality or state of being true/in accordance with fact or reality. But again, everyone lives a slightly different reality. I’ve been reading Dear Evan Hansen: Through the Window and watching Supergirl and as different as those may seem, there were parts of both of them that talk about truth and specifically ‘your truth.’ So today, I thought I’d talk about how art is a form of truth and expression. Continue reading “Art and Truth”