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Music Monday … The Negative

Over the last week or so the Waitress recording and I really hit it off. Thanks to my lovely friend A. I own the Sara Bareilles concept-kinda album in addition to the Broadway album and I love them both.

One song I particularly like isn’t featured on the Sara Bareilles album, but it is still important as well as funny and interesting music-wise.

Not only has is the main lyric really funny (“Focus on the negative…!”), but it features one of my favourites lines from the show:

Jenna: Funny how one night can ruin my whole life!
Girls: Don’t go there yet, we don’t know what the test says….

(it happens around the 1:30min mark)

Please, take a listen and tell me how funny these lyrics are with what the music tells us at the same time. I burst into laughter EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Have a great week and I hope your August is off to a good start.

Music Monday … Blackout

On Saturday I realized I hadn’t listened to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first big Broadway hit In the Heights in quite a while. I don’t know exactly why, but In the Heights really is a summer-listen to me and although temperatures dropped over the last couple of days (don’t even get me started on how cold I was when I rode my bike home at 3:30 in the morning on Sunday) I decided it’s that time of the year already.

There’s a lot of fabulous songs in that show, that make me cry on a regular basis, but one of my all-time favourites definitely is the Act I finale “Blackout”. And I really have nothing else to say about that.

Just listen and feel a little bit summery already!

 

Music Monday … She Used to Be Mine

When I recently (like on Saturday) went back in my Youtube history I re-stumbled across Jessie Mueller singing Sara Bareilles’ “She used to be mine” from the musical Waitress. And while I was listening to it and watching Ms. Mueller – whom I love in Beautiful two years ago as you could read here – sing I remembered the day I showed it to my Mom for the first time. Somehow and I really can’t say why the both of us ended up crying on the couch and my Mom said: “Oh…maybe we should go to NYC again this summer and see shows!”

And although it took us another month until we put that into action and now we’re going. In July.

HAPPY MONDAY, FOLKS.

 

Music Monday … Song of Purple Summer

I can’t say I’m not excited about the revival of Spring Awakening that just opened on Broadway yesterday, especially since it’s a bi-lingual production in English and ASL and the way ASL is sung (or appears to be…since I won’t have the chance to catch it live…) has a very dance-y, choreographic level to it. It’s amazing and interesting and SO catches me as a theatre scholar primarily focussing on body and the ways bodies can be presented on stage and of course because of my history with the dance studies and my short intermezzo in this Master programme.

In short: I LOVE the ASL translation of Spring Awakening and for the first propper week of fall I wanted to post a Music Monday with “Summer” in the title….just because I’m a weirdo like that. Hence….meet the English/ ASL-version of “The Song of Purple Summer” (which is an amazing song, even in one language…)

Happy start to your new week!

Theaterkind verrät … 

Broadway ohne haufenweise Geld

So einen Post wollte ich schon länger einmal schreiben, eine kleine, handliche Zusammenfassung und Link-Sammlung. Gleichzeitig bin ich ein Mensch, der auch (bei bestimmten Produktionen und Stücken) gern einmal viel Geld ausgibt – fragt mich bitte nicht, wie viel Geld ich in meinem Leben schon in Theaterkarten investiert habe. Sogar wenn ich selbst daran denke, möchte ich mir nur die Augen zuhalten, weinen und langsam, ganz langsam, rückwärts gehend den Raum verlassen.

Aber was tut man nicht alles….

Egal.

Ich hab das Gefühl, gerade am Broadway denken alle, es MÜSSTE zwangsläufig unglaublich teuer sein. Das kann es auch sehr schnell werden, aber lasst euch in paar Tipps geben.

Recherche, Recherche, Recherche!

Das ist das “Location! Location! Location!” des Broadway-Touristen. Was ich damit meine ist, guckt euch die Auslastungszahlen eurer Wunschstücke an. Am Broadway ist das relativ transparent gestaltet, jeden Montagabend (deutscher Zeit) veröffentlichen die großen Infoseiten playbill.com und broadway.com die Auslastungszahlen der vergangenen Woche und setzen sie ins Verhältnis zu der vorangegangen Woche. Anhand dieser Zahlen, kann man relativ gut einschätzen, ob es a) überhaupt möglich ist, noch Karten zu buchen (hust….Hamilton und Fun Home….) oder b) nötig ist, Karten vorher zu kaufen, wenn man es UNBEDINGT sehen will. Als ich das erste Mal in New York war, wusste ich, dass Once schon relativ lange gelaufen ist und man recht gute Chancen auf günstige Tickets hat, weshalb ich dafür nichts vorher gebucht hatte.

DISCOUNTS!

Auch wenn man vielleicht manche Tickets doch vorher kaufen möchte: Wir alle lieben Discounts, Rabattcodes und Angebote, oder? Dazu kann man sich zum Beispiel beim kostenlosen playbillclub anmelden, wo es immer einiges an Discounts gibt, die man entweder online auf Telecharge oder einem vergleichbaren Ticketportal anweden kann, oder auch persönlich im Theatre Box Office (so hab ich das zum Beispiel gemacht, als ich letztes Jahr Beautiful gesehen hab.) Es gibt auch zahlreise Newsletter, zum Beispiel einen von Broadwayworld.com, der einen regelmäßig auf Angebote (auch off-Broadway!) informiert. Fragt mich nicht, warum ich den momentan abonniert habe und warum er auch meine große Newsletter-Kündigungswelle überlebt hat….).

TKTS

Es gab Zeiten, da war die TKTS-App auf meinem Telefon fast die meist-genutzte, natürlich nach den üblichen Telefonfunktionen. TKTS ist (zumindest in New York) wunderbar und Gold wert. Wer kennt sie nicht, die roten Stufen auf dem Times Square? Dadrunter (oder viel mehr “drin”) versteckt sich der riesige TKTS Kiosk, vor dem sich jeden Nachmittag lange Schlangen bilden. An jedem Spieltag geben Shows nämlich einen Teil ihrer Rest-Kontingente an den TDF, der die TKTS-Kioske betreibt, und können wählen mit welchem Discount sie sie in den Verkauf geben wollen. So bekommt man einiges für die Hälfte, oder wenigstens für 30% oder 40% weniger. Auch da kann es sich lohnen, die App vor dem Besuch ein paar Tage lang zu beobachten, gerade wenn man länger als nur ein paar Tage in New York ist, denn das Angebot der Shows wechselt – so hab ich zum Beispiel beobachtet, dass Familienshows wie The King and I manchmal unter der Woche plötzlich bei TKTS auftauchen, während sie am Wochenende nicht zu finden sind. Ich persönlich mag den Kiosk im Süden Manhattans sehr gerne, weil der einerseits schon morgens öffnet und andererseits nicht so furchtbar überlaufen ist wie der am Times Square – auch wenn man dafür vielleicht einen etwas längeren Weg in Kauf nehmen muss. Übrigens ein Nachteil, den ich nicht verschweigen will: Man kann sich die Plätze oder das Preissegment nicht aussuchen, sie verkaufen einfach von vorne nach hinten, das heißt, man muss damit rechnen auch bei 50% Rabatt noch immer 70$ pro Ticket zu bezahlen (aber: lieber 70 als 140, oder?) 😀

Rush und Lottery

Die allermeisten Shows bieten entweder einen (Students oder general) Rush oder eine Lottery an. Meine liebste Broadway-Website playbill.com hat dazu eine relativ übersichtliche Zusammenstellung, die immer aktuell ist. Das ist sicherlich die Lösung, die am meisten Zeitmanagement erfordert. Broadway Spotted (im übrigen auch eine ganz nette Website…) hat dazu vor einiger Zeit den Rush Report als Kategorie eingeführt. Dort wird jede Woche veröffentlicht, wie besucht die einzelnen Rushes / Lotteries waren und wie die Chancen sind. Für alle, die jetzt nur Bahnhof verstehen: “Rushtickets” werden meistens am Tag der Vorstellung morgens, wenn die Kasse öffnet, rausgegeben. Manche Rushes sind spezielle Students’ Rush-Angebot, das heißt, man muss einen Studentenausweis vorzeigen (deutsche Studierende: in New York und auch sonst überall ist ein internationaler Studentenausweis von isic.org Gold wert! Ehrlich – gerade diese einsprachigen Papierlappen, die viele Unis haben, auch beide, an denen ich studiere/studiert habe, werden manchmal nicht anerkannt). Während man beim Rush allein mit Timing weit kommt, braucht man bei Lotteries sowohl Glück als auch Timing – wobei manchmal aus Timing ja auch Glück entsteht oder andersrum. Lotteries funktionieren wie eine Tombola: Meist zwei Stunden vorher geht man am Theater vorbei, schreibt seinen Namen und die Anzahl der gewünschten Tickets auf einen Zettel (meistens ist nur 1 oder 2 möglich) und wirft ihn in einen Hut, eine Box oder so. Einige Zeit später (das wird einem dann gesagt) wird gezogen. Dann muss man UNBEDINGT am Theater sein. Manchmal ist die Anzahl der Tickets vorher festgelegt (und dann jeden Tag die gleiche), manchmal verändert sich die aber auch, wobei meistens ein Minimum beibehalten wird. Die Gewinner der Lottery bekommen dann einen kleinen Zettel und dürfen an der Kasse meistens ziemlich günstige Karten kaufen. – Und an alle, die jetzt denken “Ich habe NIE Glück! Ich gewinne NIE etwas!”: So geht es mir auch und ich habe vor anderthalb Jahren an einem Mittwoch-Mittag die Rocky-Lotterie gespielt und alle (!) haben gewonnen und so saß ich für 25 $ front row center im Golden Circle. Nicht alle Lotteries sind so mental wie Hamilton, Book of Mormon und Wicked. Seit neuestem gibt es auch immer mehr digitale Lotteries über die App TodayTix, zu denen ich aber noch nichts sagen kann, weil es sie bei meinem letzten Besuch noch nicht gab….Hat jemand damit schon Erfahrungen?

Standing Room Only

Stehplätze sind etwas, was vor allem in Deutschland kaum noch vorhanden ist. Manche Opernhäuser bieten das noch an, aber es hat auf keinen Fall den Stellenwert, den es z.B. in Wien hat. Einige Shows geben Stehplatzkarten raus (manchmal mit der Auflage, dass die Show ausverkauft sein muss, bevor sie das tun). Also, wenn einen das Lottery-Glück nicht ereilt hat, vielleicht klappt dann Standing Room Only.

Für Junge Leute

Ich hab den Studentenausweis schon erwähnt und einige Produzenten bieten noch bessere oder viel mehr speziellere Konditionen für Studierende und/oder junge Leute an. Das können Grenzen sein wie “unter 30” oder “unter 35” und muss nicht unbedingt an den Studentenstatus gekoppelt sein. Beispiele hierfür sind die HipTix der Roundabout Theatre Company und die LincTix vom Lincoln Center (aktuell z.B. “The King and I”) – beides ist auch vom Rahmenprogramm her ungefähr vergleichbar mit solchen “Junge Freundeskreis”-Innitiativen mancher Theater in Deutschland.

Broadway-Week

Das ist ein bisschen Schummeln, was das sehr punktuell immer nur ist, aber: zweimal im Jahr (September und Januar/Februar) gibt es die so genannte Broadway-Week, in denen viele Shows bestimmte Kontingente zum 2 für 1 Preis verkaufen. Ja, richtig. Zwei für eins. Im Vorverkauf. Ich glaube, mein nächster (oder übernächster) Trip in meine Herzensstadt muss in so einen Zeitraum gelegt werden….

Zuletzt noch ein paar Sachen, die Leute immer wieder vergessen bzw . fatalerweise machen:

a) Kauft Tickets, wenn ihr sie vorher kauft, nur über Ticketmaster oder Telecharge (wohin ihr zum Beispiel weitergeleitet werdet, wenn ihr auf die offizielle Homepage der Shows geht). Alles andere hat noch höhere Gebühren oder ist eventuell gefälscht.

b) Auch: NIE über Conciergerien in Hotels. Nein. Nein. Nein.

c) Ich wäre auch vorsichtig, wenn euch Leute entweder vor den TKTS Kiosken oder vor den Theaterkassen ansprechen. Lieber einmal zu viel misstrauisch sein, als ein gefälschstes Ticket haben.

d) Egal ob beim Rush oder bei TKTS: Stellt euch ordentlich an! Dort wird brav in der Schlange stehen groß geschrieben und das ist so entspannend. Wenn ich mir hier manchmal die ClassicCard-Schlangen angucke, wo der erste in der Reihe beim Betreten des Kassenfoyers einfach überholt wird….Deutsche können häufig nicht besonders gut anstehen, hab ich das Gefühl

These are a few of my favourite things … August 2015

After a long time first with weekly recaps and then a long time with no recaps at all I introduced a new series of favourite-posts last month – the monthly ones. (yay!) Because when all these beauty-fashion-lifestyle bloggers can do these favourite-things, then why can’t a theatre-girl, right?

August was travel-heavy as I was on a proper vacation for the last two weeks of the month, I just came back on Aug 31st and now I am excited for September as it has some more travelling in the wings for me. But first: Let’s look back!

Favourite Night out with the Shows
In this past month there wasn’t that many nights out at the theatre – for outher people the 5 things I saw might count as many, but here….anyways….I had fun most nights of those 5. But I might have to say my favourite one was our first night in London when we went to see Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre. Gypsy (as in the musical, not exclusively this particular production) will be part of my Master thesis as I have it in mind these days. I had seen a very small very re-imaginatory production 1.5 years ago (read what I thought about that one back then…by klicking here) but frankly I was not all too familiar with the show in depth. So when I sat there seeing it – after I’ve had a dinner of an almond banane smoothie and coffee at Whole Foods in Picadilly Circus – and it fit into my theory and into my MA thesis so well I grew happier my the minute. I know this is a kinda selfish thing to say, but do you know these moments when you’ve had a glas of wine before going to the theatre and everything appears to be so bright and nice and kind of cozy then? That was how I felt – only without the wine.

You could say I was rather happy.

In case you want to see what I thought about the other nights out this (and all the past months) head over to the Theaterkind facebook-page where I post a pic of most tickets / ticket stubs / programmes for every night out and write a couple of sentences about it. Here’s the album with my Tickets of 2015.

Favourite Night in with the Show-tunes
As we were on a roadtrip we listened to a lot of show tunes while driving (actually here’s a fun thing to do – think of ALL the songs from shows that include driving or mentioning travel. Comment below with your ideas, will you? Please? 😉 ). Our favourites were deifinitely Something Rotten, Finding Neverland (also VERY good for a rainy afternoon of knitting in the tent) and funnily enough Ich war noch niemals in New York which I saw right before we left for the trip and you can’t do too much wrong with a more camp-y version of good ol’ German schlager, right? No? No? 🙂

Favourite Thing on Twitter
As wifi is a rare thing on camping site I’m pretty sure I’ve missed a lot on twitter. But what I didn’t miss was the sad new about the sudden death of Kyle Jean-Baptiste who made his Broadway debut in Les Miserables (and history as the youngest and frist afro-american to step onto stay in the role of Jean Valjean which he understudied). Related to this I have to say my favourite thing was by AnnoyingActorFriend who decided to try and take one another challenge after his successful #dim4joan last year. His attempt was to get the Broadway League to dim all the marquees of all the Broadway theatre in honour of the young actor the New York theatre community had just lost and he wrote a short, but very touching post about why it is important: Why #dim4kyle is important.

And thank you that you’re so meta you blow your own mind and that I love you for your parody but I decided not to make a Smash reference here.

Favourite Youtube-Video
Again this wifi on the camp-site-thing….but what I watched TONS before we left was a probably illegally filmed video of a song from Ich war noch niemals in New York. I got addicted to it because DAMN, Sarah Schütz has got some pipes!

And I’m even a little bit more addicted to “Aber bitte mit Sahne” –

Favourite Moment
After the moment I woke up with a stomach-bug after a super fun night out with friends and some show tunes in Berlin (no, it wasn’t the alcohol, it was the vietnamese food I had before….) won’t make the cut in this category, I have a very big favourite moment that was about two weeks long. I’m thinking of the trip we just got back from. In two weeks we travelled the route Berlin – Antwerpen – Brighton (via Dunkerque and Dover….the ferry….) – St. Ives – Bath – London – Bruges (again, the ferry) and back to Berlin with Jochen, our car, packed with a tent, sleeping bags and all the bits and bops you need. We had a fabulous time and conquered driving on what is the wrong side of the road for us.

Who would like to read one or two little off-topic posts about that trip? Because I would certainly enjoy writing them!

Special Favourite: The Ugly-Cry (once again!)
I planned on featuring a changing special favourite of the month but after last month’s ugly-cry-favourite it’s already time for another one! The second show we saw in London was Billy Elliot (FINALLY!) and all I say is: Billy Elliot and THE LETTER! And Electricity (I even cry when I’m watching a video of a TV appearance of that song). And the reprise of The Letter. I cried so hard my chin got all wobbly and it probably looked like the pit of a nectarine.

Like this:

I hope you had a great summer (is summer already over?) – I have a little more ‘free’ time (haha, good joke) since I won’t go back to school before the end of the month.

What did you do?

Have you had any great theatre-related moments?

And don’t forget to comment the driving-travelling-songs from ALL the shows! 😀

#YAYHAMLET

Why the Hamilton PR Team Makes Me Want to Look Into Social Media Marking

I think not many people know that, but my very first ever internship right after 18 year-old me graduated from high school was in the PR department of Komische Oper Berlin. Before I continue here, give me a moment to wrap my mind around the 6 (SIX!) years having passed since then.

Anyways….back then I was more of an idealistic theatre girl all the way in for the arts and low-budget and I kind of percieved marketing as something commercial people would SO NEED, but ‘real art’ wouldn’t, because few people attending it would make it extra special and something. (Cut me some slack, I was 18!)
So these three months taught me another side of making theatre happen – the more “It didn’t happen as long as not enough people attend”-kind of side.

More recent, in the last season I looked more into social media as a marketing tool, a little bit of a trending topic in German (theatre) marketing, talked about e.g. at the 3rd annual Theater und Netz conference. There’s still SO MUCH talk about, especially since German theatres doesn’t seem to be very proficient in social media marketing, more often than not it’s nothing more than the occational tweet/post “Another performance of [opera/play/performance-title] tonight! Still tickets left!” – well, at least there’s some consciousness about the need to change.

So – as with so many things – we have to look over, across the pond to what seems my Mekka of musical theatre once again.

One tweet I’ve cited so many times in real life was saying something like “Welcome to America – where it’s easier to get a gun than a ticket to see Hamilton” (although I’m in love with this tweet I cannot for the life of me find it right now to link it properly! Sorry) and I think this is a good point to start talking social media marketing for Hamilton, which finally opened last week.

Even though I’d never think of saying the show wasn’t as good as everyone says it is (sadly, I cannot say myself…because I’m living FAR FAR FAR away), I’m sure it wouldn’t be buzzed about so much with that very intellegent (social media) marketing.

With Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show’s composer, writer and leading actor (!), being very active on twitter, they soon took social media by storm. You could say it all started with the celebrity selfies Miranda took backstage after the performances back at the Public Theatre and published on twitter; so night after night (or for me: morning after morning) we could look at all the celebs who had attended the show – with exception of Madonna, who earned the show some more publicity when she got called out for bad audience etiquette – and wonder if we would ever get the opportunity (to buy a ticket) to see this show.

What really caught my attention was the 21st century appropriate marking when it came to the Broadway transfer. One quality of the show – at least according to what people say – is it is a game changer when it comes to musical language, (“interracial”) casting and the way history can be handled on stages. To that, please add time appropriate online marketing. I’ve never seen so many hashtags evolve around just one show – with #HamiltonPublic from “back when” and #HamiltonBroadway being the most conventional ones.

I mean, the 10$ lottery and the pre-show show before the drawing of the winners has its own hashtag! #ham4ham (referring to Alexander Hamilton being on the 10$ note, so you pay an “Alexander Hamilton” to see Hamilton….) keeps you up to date with the masses of people attending the lottery every show plus the rap/sing/dance-acts the cast puts on to entertain the waiting masses (I’m not exaggerate here, people, there are literal masses!).

But the best – and classic! – hashtag by far is #YayHamlet, which I already expressed my obsession with in my July favourites. It originates from a story/tweet Miranda posted back when Hamilton was still #HamiltonPublic and everyone hoped for #HamiltonBroadway.

That lady’s (what I suppose was a) enthusiastic linguistic mishap/mix-up soon became the signature hashtag when talking about Hamilton and when we are honest on that one: What could have been more appropriate for a show everyone was so enthusiastic about???? – Playbill.com just recently published an article about the #YayHamlet phenomenon, read it here: What’s the story behind the hashtag?

And while so many hashtags make it to t-shits these days (#yolo and #swag for some, #kale and #selfie for others…), Hamilton took advantage of its own hashtag with a cult status. Yes, they REALLY made a shirt with #YAYHAMLET printed on it – which, by the way I need in my life.

In a way Hamilton’s marketing team (and Lin-Manuel Miranda as one of Broadway’s twitter-gods!) accomplished something every theatre enthusiast from the 21st century was secretly hoping for. Theatre entered what could be considered a more pop-cultural sphere by using popular communication-tools. And by that also combine more conventional things like apparel as souvenir with the 21st century pop-cultural ‘tool’, the hashtag.

Aside from that they rock the more conventional marketing tools as well. Full page ads in the NYtimes and they have pretty much all of this newspaper all over them, I mean – how beautiful is this article: Why ‘Hamilton’ Has Heat.

What I mean to say with this somewhat rambly post is: Hamilton isn’t only a theatrical game changer, but we should also acknowledge its game changer-potential when it comes of theatre marketing online.

Yes, the production was lucky to be buzzed about and that it “just” had to jump onto the already moving train, but the marketing people did – and by doing so they gave me (and I’m sure so many other people as well) a ton of fun on twitter.

And if we are honest – the random “Still tickets left”-tweet just wouldn’t be very….well….suitable for Hamilton on Broadway. Because there aren’t.

These are a few of my favourite things …. July 2015

People who have been around this blog for quite some time now might be familiar with a series of posts I was sticking to for quite a while. Weekly recaps noting my favourite things or just the things I did in general this particular week. When I changed schools last fall and transferred to my school in Leipzig while still living in Berlin this grew rather boring pretty soon. Because typing in “I was on the train for a HUGE amount of time” just wasn’t very…..interesting…..although the last one of these posts hasn’t been published all too long ago….(check it out here: My Week #50) So let me introduce you to a new series of favourite-posts – the monthly ones. (yay!) Because when all these beauty-fashion-lifestyle bloggers can do these favourite-things, then why can’t a theatre-girl, right?

Favourite Night out with the Shows

Actually this is quite hard….I had so many good and challenging and pleasurable nights out this month…Starting with not really July, but almost and nonetheless a special night, the opening night of our Freischütz from HMT Leipzig shown at Uni Jena where they host a Hofoper open air every year. It was cold and it started to rain rather heavily with about 7 more minutes to go and everyone had to be relocated into the university’s big auditorium, but still it was great to see all our singers weeks after our final performance in Leipzig. My classmate and I, we are definitely #overlyattacheddramaturgs! Other favourites of the month were seeing the graduation piece of my dear friend who is graduating from his MA dramaturgy program in Ludwigsburg this summer, having my mind shifted and queered while seeing Cabaret in Bad Hersfeld and – of course – the night I had with Lotte in Wetzlar.

Favourite Night in with the Show-tunes

Recently I returned to power-listening to Jesus Christ Superstar. I don’t know what this is saying about me….And I am OBSESSED with especially “Stronger” and the ensemble version of “Play” from Finding Neverland (found on spotify, until my copy of the CD arrives) – my love for “Believe” wore out a little after watching this video for about a hundred million times… What also kept me entertained was the Broadway Summer 2015 Playlist on Spotify promoted and hosted by Playbill.com. Good thing especially since I kind of suck with putting together playlists. Bad thing for a dramaturg, I know.

Favourite Read

Sadly I haven’t made much room for reading real books this month, but I love going trough all the answers young women in theatre gave to the question “What did it mean to you to see so many women win Tony Awards this year?” over on The-Interval.com – I am also featured with my personal answer. The Interval is a very favourite read of mine in general….let me especially recommend to you the interviews with Jeanine Tesori and Kelli O’Hara who both won Tonys this year with Jeanine Tesori making history in the #genderparity department.

Favourite Thing on Twitter

I can’t name one single favourite tweet of the month although @Actor_Friend’s tweet I’ve posted a picture of over on my facebook page is pretty damn hilarious. But my favourite hashtags however must be #drunkopera (where you put alcohol and opera titles together and have LOADS of fun!) and, of course, #YayHamlet because this is just so so so incredibly good marketing in the 21st century! (expect a post about that soon….) And on the same not, Lin-Manuel Miranda has been killing it on twitter lately, once again.

Favourite Youtube-Video

I’m not a big watcher of fun videos on there, but I watch ALL the show videos, usually. Lately I’ve returned to watching Emmy Raver-Lampman’s version of “All of Me” at 54below:

And Margo Seibert asking the single most important question of every single’s life:

And speaking of Youtube….if you want good music (sometimes new musical theatre songs from showcases) delivered by good performers in good quality from New York – go and subscribe to FamousInNY.

Favourite Netflix Watch

Mid-August my Mom and I go on a two week long road trip to South England (Berlin – Antwerp – Brighton – St. Ives – Bath – London – Bruges – Berlin) and I anticipation of this trip I’ve just binge watched the first season of Broadchurch on Netflix. Boy! Beautiful and so addictive!

Favourite Moment

It was a very dear friend of mine’s birthday (actually it was a number of my favourite people’s birthdays…) late this month and after he was giving me one of my most hysterical ugly cries in the last year with the small present he hid for me birthday back in February I wantd to give him something “special”, like a more ideally special thing. And I think, because seeing him open it and being excited about it, was very, very joyful! (and: has it brought you any bad luck because I gave it to you early?) Also seeing my amazing friend K. in Frankfurt mid-July when I was there for a dramaturgy students meet-up and meeting up with an aquaintance I’ve know for AGES (we’re talking me being 16 when we met!) what also very nice. In general July somehow was about meeting new people and I loved it. Plus: I got my own business cards. Only 50 of them for a start because I’m sure somethings will chance once I’ve graduated next summer, but….YAY! They are beautiful and I’m very proud.

Special-Favourite: The Ugly Cry of July 2015

This one is quite easy. People might know that – opposit to what I appear like – I can be quite a teary person. But I like to keep the tears either inside my room while listenting to something or inside a theatre. So when a friend of mine first shared “When your feet don’t touch the ground” from Finding Neverland with me on facebook there it was: my ugly cry of the month!

What were some of your favourites in July? I LOVE to get to know new things!

Music Monday … This World Will Remember Us

I admit, the intro is a bit cut, but this amazing jazzy version of Bonnie and Clyde’s ‘partnering up in crime’-song (literally!) from Frank Wildhorn’s Bonnie & Clyde (which is, as I will keep expressing later on this week probably my favourite score written by Wildhorn) is well worth it. I mean: Really.

This world will remember us is the finale of act I and I always see it as a song, that really structures the story of the musical, as well as the story of Bonnie and Clyde (outside of the musical as well?): it sums up what we’ve learned so far and foreshadows what we will be learning about them later on in the show (or: what we already know about them, because their case is kinda known….). In addition to that both Bonnie and Clyde get to reprise their motivation from the first song of the show when their younger selfs sing about their (childhood)dreams and get to stress their points as strong narrators of the show.  And all this in one song.

My thoughts on this song could be so utterly wrong, because I’ve never seen the show – but I will, in September – the European premiere of it in…Bielefeld.

And for those of you who are unfamiliar with the original version and want more of a cast recording vibe, then check out this version:

 

What are you listening to today?

A ‘small’ CD Haul

Okay – I bought a lot of CDs. There’s no point in trying to make it sound any better, but this was just such an amazing spring when it comes to new recordings of (new) musicals! Wasn’t it?

I have waited for quite some time because the newest CDs among them just became avaliable from the retailer I’m buying my more ‘special’ recordings from (it’s Sound of Music and no, sadly, I’m not affialiated with them…). Two of the recordings I own digitally already and to two more I have listened on Spotify, but to own them physically is just a must for me if I like the music. I just like CDs as objects. Although I mostly listen to music digitally.

But now to the CDs included in my order.

IMG_2366As you can see there are the following recordings in the pictures:

Ahrens & Flaherty: Nice Fighting You. A 30th Anniversary Celebration live at 54below – I saw one of these concerts on our first night out during our first trip to New York last September (read my post about it here). And there’s Brian Stokes Mitchell und LaChanze singing Sarah Brown Eyes and Wheels of a Dream on it. Can it get much better?

Bullets over Broadway – I think Betsy Wolfe’s “I’ve Found a New Baby” alone would be justify this purchase, right? And: The 20ies!

If/Then – I’ve already listened to it and I’ve seen the last preview before their opening on Broadway. The majority of the songs I really like (again: LaChanze!), but there also is a number of songs which I find rather boring. Sorry, contemporary score.

Rocky – I own the German recording, but this one is SO MUCH BETTER. So much. It’s not only the singers – by the way Rocky and Arian sound a lot lower than their German counterparts do and I think that this suits the tone of the score much more….But the sound, the producing of the recording. So. Much. Better.

Next to Normal (German recording) – listening to this reminds me of the two performance I saw of this production during its original run. The first listen I took made me listen closer to the (German) lyrics which sometimes are hideous and sometimes they are so right on the spot and very direct. The tone of the German language sometimes really goes well with the flow and the tone of some musical moments. The producing is very weird, to really be able to put my finger on that I need to give it another try – with headphones.

The Bridges of Madison County – who am I kidding? I love this score and I’ve already written about it over here. And so did the Tony voters. Fortunately. I also love the recording. Very fine art of studio recording technique can be witnessed here.

Beautiful – I always wanted Kelli O’Hara to win this year’s Tony in the leading actress in a musical category, but if she didn’t win I have always wanted Jessie Mueller to take it instead. Well…and sadly she did. Anyway, the recording not only displays Mueller’s strong vocal performance (so does Bridges, by the way only with O’Hara’s performance. And Steven Pasquale’s.) but also some nice new, modern sounding arrangements/orchestrations of Carole King- and Mann/Weill-songs.

Violet (Broadway recording) – this is like a slightly altered remake of the original recording from 1998. Plus this all star cast from this years Broadway ‘revival’. It sounds nice as far as I can tell from a first quick listen.