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Sitting in a parking lot

And I have come to realize that my sister and I could put on some pretty spectacular Broadway musicals, however we would need some more family-friendly tunes. Currently in our go-to musical vault:

1. “Take Me or Leave Me” from Rent

Yeah, let’s just call this one what it is: The Lesbian Song. It’s great and all, but I would just feel wrong asking my own sister if she “wants her girl hot.” I mean, in front of an audience. We sing this I’m the car allll the time.

2. “Light My Candle” from Rent

This one is slightly better but again, wickedly inappropriate–especially if my grandma comes to the show. I don’t do drugs literally or figuratively, and my sister complimenting my ass while I search the floor for my stash would only lead to awkward family moments later down the road.

3. “What Could be Better” from BABY

Yeah, so if you haven’t heard this song WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU WHY DO YOU HATE THEATER? Go listen to it now; this blog will be here when you return.

Now that your back you can understand my dilemma with this wonderful tune. Sure it is catchy, but singing about the detailed process of a sperm traveling towards an egg is not something I would like to sing in detail to all of those fathers out there in le audience. (Hi dad!!! Hope you’ve stopped reading this by now!)

4. Anything from Avenue Q

It’s Avenue Q. They have a song titled “The Internet is for Porn.” Enough said.

 

 

 

Despite of these songs (which we would rock, by the way), I’m fairly sure no matter what we sang we would bring the house down. In tears. And tears because we are good.

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Two Thousand And Eleven

Let’s begin this post with the exact paragraph I used LAST New Year’s Eve:

So hello to you all! Yes, yes, yes I KNOW, I haven’t been on this thing in quite some time. Whatever! It is the new year! Let us forget the fact that I haven’t properly blogged in months, and let us remember that I am blogging RIGHT NOW.

Yeah, so things haven’t changed; I’m still here, still not blogging, but hopefully going to change that. And how to we bring in the new year on improbablefiction?!? With pictures, of course!

My New Year’s picture two years ago (2010):

Cheers! I was in a dark hotel; waiting to go to New Zealand

My New Year’s picture one year ago (2011):

Last year I was alone (well, there was my cat) and I made this horrible face.

My New Year’s picture this year (2012):

This was supposed to be another picture of me and le cat....but then she decided to lick my face right when the picture snapped. I can't be bothered to get her to pose for a real one.

So there was that. A lot of things happened this year that are quite memorable. Shall we discuss? Let’s begin with my resolutions from last year. If you look here you will see that I created ELEVEN resolutions. I don’t know if I did this because it was 2011 or I was going CRAZY. But I did, and let’s just say I didn’t keep them. A few, yes, but yeah. no. Things did not go so well in the resolution department. So before I introduce my new resolutions, let’s rewind and look over a few important events from my life this year:

1. Why not begin with a historical moment in my life….MY APPENDECTOMY.

In January of this year, I experienced a pain like no other; I thought I was dying…it was like WWII going on in my stomach. Disgusting, no? YOU HAVE NO IDEA. Quick! An excerpt:

So remember that time I made  resolutions, and like, actually wanted to keep them? Let’s look at the ones that have already kicked the bucket:

5. In 2011 I will go on a hike. Somewhere. Somewhere that involves real nature.

8. In 2011 I will do more things outside, and fewer things on internet.

10. In 2011 I will not wallow in self pity, but do something adventurous and new.

See, I had big plans. I was going to go on a hike on Saturday, I was going to start on my new novels I purchased (all 500 of them), I was going to finish my lesson plans, I WAS GOING TO EAT FISH FINGERS AND CUSTARD!

I had DREAMS!

I had ASPIRATIONS!

I HAD AN EMERGENCY APPENDECTOMY!

Yes, yes, all my dreams and aspirations were shot to h-e-double-hockey-sticks because I had to go and lose an internal organ. Well, not lose as in I can’t find it, lose as in get ready for a long and tragic story involving the removal of an organ whose purpose I am sure does not exist. (Seriously, what does an appendix DO besides hurt a WHOLE FREAKING LOT?)

Yes, it is true. You can read all about it here and here. What a way to begin my semester of student teaching! Seriously– I do not recommend having one of these procedures preformed upon your person.

2. And then….I graduated college!

So things have happened since January. Um, I student taught which was great, and oh yeah I FREAKING GRADUATED. WHAT WHAT WHAAAAAT. I’m a little more than excited. But before that I finished student teaching, and my darling students sent me out with a lovely party. And the main course at said party was….EGG ROLLS. I was all, “Could this get any more amazing?” And then it did because I was able to watch that one kid, the health nut who only eats lean turkey and protein, chow down on seven homemade snicker-doodle cookies in a row. He was so ashamed of himself he said he was going to have to spend hours at the gym. I told him that, seeing as he was in 9th grade, I think he could let it go, just this time. He laughed in my face. KIDS!

It was definitely a high point in my life. Graduating college was so extremely important to me, personally, and saying that I’ve achieved that goal is remarkable. I can’t even believe it!! I graduated college! It was so painfully long and difficult and fun and exciting and amazing and UNBELIEVABLE and I can’t! stop! using! exclamation! points!

3. I met Arron Tveit and Norbert Leo Butz (again)

I’m just now realizing I never blogged about going to NYC this summer and seeing Catch Me If You Can. (I saw the show TWICE; one of which was the closing performance, and I saw the cast perform in Barnes and Nobel in NYC.) And that makes me incredibly sad because those were two of the most amazing experiences of my life. I really, really, really thought I blogged about them. But what is done is done and I promise to do a better job blogging next year. Anyway, I met Norbert (for the millionth time) and Arron smells just as good as you think he would and it was amazing and perfect and I really miss that show.

No, seriously, he smelled amazing. And his face, was like, very nice.

4. I got a proper job.

This is pretty self-explanatory. I was hired by the same school at which I student taught. I’m currently teaching 9th and 10th grade. And!! AND AND AND I get to keep the BLUE in my hair and the administration doesn’t have a problem with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

5. I GOT LASER EYE SURGERY

Yuuuup! No more glasses! No more contacts! No more problems! Yay for modern technological advances! I can haz sight!

 

6. I went on a Disney Christmas Cruise

Yes, yes it was amazing! I’m hoping to get a blog up fairly soon about this cruise, but it was remarkable! I really enjoyed being with my family for Christmas. (Have you noticed these descriptions are getting shorter? Oh well….I must get back into the groove of blogging.)

S0 there you have it. Six important things that happened to me this year. MANY MANY more things happened, but I can’t seem to recall them right now so they don’t make the cut. I’m quite excited for 2012 and I’m really hoping that it will be a million times better than 2011. So here are my 2012 resolutions:

1. Get in shape!

2. Get serious about God.

3. Become a better teacher– try new things, experiment more, etc.

4. Get accepted into a graduate school program and work towards my masters.

And there you go! Four short, sweet, and to the point resolutions. I think I’ll be able to keep four better than eleven! 🙂 Happy new years to everyone reading this! Stay safe xoxo

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the great white way

This past weekend I went to see Catch Me if You Can, and it was seriously one of the best musicals I’ve seen. Definitely in my top three. That got me thinking about all of the musicals and plays I’ve seen– both on and off Broadway. Not nearly as many as I would like, but I’ve put together a list of everything I have ever seen (that I can remember). I think sometime soon I will go through and state my favorite song and whatnot, but for now…a simple list.

Let’s start with the musicals:

On Broadway

Catch Me if You Can

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Chicago

Beauty and the Beast

The Lion King

Mary Poppins

The Producers

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West End

Hairspray

Spamalot (x2)

The Sound of Music

Wicked

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Toronto

The Phantom of the Opera

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National Tours

Wicked (x2)

The Phantom of the Opera (x4)

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (x2)

Rent

Fiddler on the Roof

Evita

Cats

Oliver

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High school/University Performances

The Last Five Years

Urinetown

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

And then we have the plays:

NYC—Broadway/Off Broadway

Is He Dead (Broadway)

Through a Glass Darkly (Off Broadway)

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West End

Hamlet

Rain Man

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The Globe Theater

Midsummer’s Night Dream

Timon of Athens

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National Tours/Festivals/Etc.

Peter Pan

Romeo and Juliet (x2)

A Christmas Carol

Hamlet

Two Gentlemen of Verona OR Merchant of Venice  [I can’t remember which one]

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High school/University Performances

The Importance of Being Earnest

Arsenic and Old Lace

Much Ado about Nothing

Little Women

And lastly, miscellaneous performances:

Broadway

The Rockettes

Blue Man Group

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National Tours

Blue Man Group

The Nutcracker

Hercules

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University Performances

Cosi fan Tutte (Opera)

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I have many on my wish list so hopefully I can update this quite soon!

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Luck Be a Lady Tonight

Internet, I totally and completely PROMISE YOU a real post in the very, very, very near future. But I don’t have time now because I am busy helping PLAN a WEDDING for my BEST FRIEND. So for tonight, enjoy my favorite moments from the Tony Awards (in no particular order).

1. Neil Patrick Harris’ closing song

NPH was the host for the ceremony and his closing number was a fantastic one!

2. Rock of Ages

This was the performance from the musical Rock of Ages. I thought this was one of those limited engagements, more like a concert than an actual show. But then I saw their performance and now I want to see the show!

3. Hair

This performance was extremely fun. I LOVE when they interact with audience members and they certainly did that in this song.

4. David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulishwin win best performance by a leading actor in a musical

This is the first time in Broadway history that three boys have won the same award in the same category at once. They all portray the title character in Billy Elliot, The Musical. I have to say, this is the most ADORABLE acceptance speech I have ever seen.

5. Billy Elliot, The Musical

It is no wonder why these kids won. This is simply amazing.

6. Guys and Dolls

Okay, not only can this guy BELT IT OUT like nobody’s business, but even with the initial sound problems he did not even miss a beat. I was speechless at the end of this performance.


Well those are just a few fun and quirky moments I really enjoyed from the show. Everyone should be watching! They are so amazing!
Real post soon. I PROMISE.

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BEDA 19: And the Beat Goes On…

This post is mainly for my BEDA buddies to learn some random things about me! So here we go.

  • I have moved NINE times in my life. I was born in Florida, moved to Colorado, moved to Illinois, moved to Georgia, moved to North Carolina (in NC moved three times), moved to Florida for school, transferred schools and moved to Delaware with my family.
  • I am technically a junior in college, but I still have two years left. This is because I am an English Education major, and usually Education majors these days don’t get out in under five years.
  • I have a personal library full of over 300 books. I am constantly adding to it. Check it out here! (I should add that I have quite a few books that I have not entered in on that thing…whoops.)
  • I am also completing a book club challenge where I am attempting to read 50 books in one year. I usually blog about each book I have read, but lately school has been getting in the way of everything so while I have been reading, I haven’t been blogging. I am on book 14 right now (although I should be on or around 16). Anyone is welcome to do this with me, and you don’t have to make it 50 books- it can really be whatever you want!
  • I named my recently purchased fish Hamlet after my the title character in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. That is my favorite Shakespeare play. I should also put my daily Hamlet update in here… He is doing well. I just remembered I need to feed him, though I don’t know why I bother. He doesn’t usually eat his food. We are working on it one day at a time Internet.
  • I am obsessed with Shakespeare, which most people find odd… I even have a bobble head of him that I purchased in his hometown! It is pretty AWESOME.
  • I love traveling and studying abroad. So far I have studied in France and England, and I am currently waiting to hear back if I got approved for New Zealand. 79 applicants, 30 open spots so as you can see, it is really competitive.
  • I love movies a lot. I have a very large collection which you can check out here, but I should also add that I need to update it as there are quite a few movies I haven’t added.
  • I am OBSESSED with Broadway. I have seen these shows: The Producers, Beauty and the Beast, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Chicago, The Lion King, Is He Dead? [all on Broadway]. Hairspray, Spamalot, Wicked [all on West End]. Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cats, Evita, Rent [all from the touring companies]. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Last Five Years, Urine Town [all student produced shows]. And some of those I have seen more than once. Wicked– 3 times. Phantom– 5 times. Joseph– 3 or 4 times, etc. I love them all.
  • I love Elvis. A lot.
  • I am taking French and while it is fun and interesting it comes with hours of homework that I should be working on now.

I hope everyone enjoyed those random facts! I’ll leave more another day when I can think of some… leave any questions for me in the comments!

Have a happy April everyone! See you tomorrow.

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BEDA 17: I Wanna Be a Producer with a Hit Show on Broadway

Internet, if there is one thing I hate almost mostly in this world, it would have to be the dentist. If there is one thing I hate slightly less than the dentist, it would have to be the doctor. Today…. today I had to wake up early to go to the doctor. What was supposed to be a mere physical ended with me getting a shot. As you can probably imagine, I did not like this.

Last night I didn’t sleep very well. I attempted to go to bed early because I had to wake up early and go to that horrid doctor’s office. Going to bed early last night meant around 11:45. I was ALMOST asleep when my roommate decides she wants to print something out. Her desk is very, very close to my bed and I was very, very startled when she pressed “print” and the machine made the LOUDEST noise possible waking me up and scaring me half to death. So then I couldn’t fall back asleep. I tried and tried and tried and it just wasn’t happening. FINALLY I was able to slowly drift off when suddenly BEEEEP BEEEEP BEEEEP BEEEEEP I wake up to the sound of my roommate’s alarm clock… AT ONE IN THE MORNING. I look to my right but alas, my roommate is not there. She is not in the room at all! I see her computer is still on and remember her saying something about taking a shower, so once I couldn’t take the noise anymore I got up and slammed the snooze button.

Now, here is the thing you need to understand about my roommate. The girl takes EXTREMELY long showers. Like, really, really long showers. 45 minutes to an hour easily. So I had the unfortunate chore of slamming that darn snooze button THREE times because I couldn’t take the sound. FINALLY she came in from the shower and I told her the alarm was going off and here is the tricky thing… the alarm was set for 7 a.m. Weird stuff.

So having got into bed around 11:45 I didn’t go to sleep until after 2 a.m. and had to get up rather early to go to that horrible doctor and now I am really, really tired because I can’t take naps. I try but like I said before, I just think there are other things I could be doing. Good news is I finished my linguistics homework! One less thing for this weekend.

And speaking of this weekend… I am going to see John Green tomorrow! I am so excited!!

Also tonight I went to a student led production of a musical called URINETOWN. No, seriously, that was the name. And it was hysterical!!

UT

You can find out all about the plot here, because we all know how credible of a source Wikipedia is. All you need to know is that the music is hilarious, the dialogue is hilarious and I loved every minute of it.

OH I almost forgot to give a Hamlet update! He is doing just fine, enjoying life and being very social. But wouldn’t you be if you lived in a martini glass? Now if you will excuse me, I am going to get some much needed sleep.

And I must give a shout out to my new BEDA BUDDIES!!! Oboefae, Zivlok, and Ayan!! I am so excited for BEDA buddies.. It feels like summer camp or something. Can’t wait to catch up with you guys!

Have a happy April everyone! See you tomorrow.

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And I…will always love you

Things I accomplished today:

1. Got out of bed and dressed before 11 in the morning! That is a rare thing for me these days.

2. Did the dishes. I didn’t even have to be asked! Internet- look at me go! Daughter of the year!

3. Watched The Bodyguard for the first time in my life. I plan on watching it again tomorrow; that is an utterly amazing movie. (…thank you mother…)

4. Got the course descriptions for every college class I have taken so far (around 80 credit hours…30ish classes), put them all into a word document, grouped them according to the department they were in, found the matching department on the University of Delaware’s website, emailed each particular professor the matching course descriptions to be evaluated so I can receive transfer credit. A ton of work, but maybe I will be able to graduate on time…fingers crossed.

5. Ate a lot of Popsicles. But not as many as my sister.

6. Listened to a recording of Patty LuPone stop in the middle of a (Broadway) song performance of Gypsy to yell at people in the audience taking pictures…with the flash on. I mean, yes, they should obey the rules like everyone else, but if I am going to pay 90+ dollars to see you sing, then darn it all, YOU BETTER SING WITHOUT STOPPING. I mean, seriously. Can someone say DIVA??

7. Watched How I Met Your Mother!!! So freaking funny.

8. Watch John and Kate Plus Eight!!! I like shows with particularly long titles.

9. Got mad at my cat Clementine because she scratched my arm and caused me to bleed. Grrr.

10. Typed this blog.

So as you can tell, it was a pretty productive day. Oh and no worries, the book club is coming along nicely. I am making my way through the next one. I am planning on having it up by Wednesday Thursday! Friday at the latest! Go literacy!

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“Buy me something pretty…”

I love this movie.

Not a day goes by where I don’t find a way to quote it at least ten or fifteen or fifty times.

Tonight my sister and I saw the Sound of Music on Broadway… or rather in the “West End.” During the underground ride over to the theater my sister was eating a sandwich and there were two guys sitting across from us, talking rather loudly about how every time they are on the last train home and they haven’t had any supper they find that someone is always eating across from them. Then one of them proceeded to explain how he thought it was ok to kill that person and take their food because he was hungry. Survival of the fittest I always say. Then we got off the tube and tried looking for the theater but were a bit turned around. So I went up to the nearest news paper stand and asked the man where the theater was, and as I tried to pronounce the name correctly the man couldn’t tell me because he was too busy laughing at my pronunciation. Then I was all “Or whatever its called…” and he smiled at me and I was laughing too so it wasn’t all that bad. He gave us our directions and found the theater. When they announced for the audience to turn off their cell phones the man speaking welcomed us. Turns out I pronounced the name correctly and Mr. news paper man was mistaken. So point for me.

The play its self was not bad at all; In fact I quite enjoyed it. I don’t think my sister did as much as me though. Oh well. The music was great and the children were AMAZING. Seriously. Little Gretl had everyone in the audience wrapped around her finger. So adorable. And while the woman who played Maria was a good actress, her singing voice was surprisingly so-so at certain points. As for the Captain… well he left a lot to be desired. He overacted, making dramatic facial expressions and hand movements. I was laughing at him more than I was convinced of anything he said. And then there was his singing. My sister is convinced he is getting over a cold. I think she is being nice. He just can’t sing. He is no Christopher Plummer that’s for sure. But like I said, I really enjoyed the play and would def. go see it again (…if someone else paid.)

Also last night we got half priced tickets on a whim and saw Spamalot again. I’m telling you internet, I think it is my new favorite musical. Our seats were actually better last night than our first performance but sadly the original King Arthur and Lady of the Lake were on instead of the understudies. And may I just say it sucked. Just their parts really, the rest was fine as usual.

**Warning: Lauren is about to go on a rant** May I just say that I do not think it is a good idea, ever, for a reality show to be held where the winner is given a spot in a Broadway/ West End play. Lets examine the evidence shall we? My friend Jessica went to NYC for Christmas/ New Years and saw Grease. In it was the girl and guy who won that reality show “Your the One that I Want” where they found the new Danny and Sandy. I watched one episode of it and said “ew gross.” Jessica said they (mostly Sandy) were not good at all. And why is that? Because they have the contestants sing modern rock/ pop/ whatever songs. That may work for American Idol, but don’t you think if you are going to be winning a spot in the THEATER showbiz you may want to sing some SHOW TUNES???? Seriously. Yes, you may be able to belt out any Mariah Carey song, Beatles song, any song really, but can you belt out Without Love from Hairspray (the musical version not the stupid butchered one they used in the movie)? What about Here I Am from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels? Or Out Tonight from RENT? Can you put the passion in Mama Who Bore Me and Whispering from Spring Awakening without turning it into some rock ballad? Then there is Defying Gravity from Wicked, which only a select few can master like Idina could. What? You don’t know if you can? Because you are too busy cranking out pop songs that don’t have vocal ranges like the majority of the show tunes you are going to be singing??? And don’t even get me started on the fact that they totally neglect the acting aspect of the process.**Abrupt end of rant.**

I said all of that to say the Lady of the Lake became the Lady of the Lake by winning a reality show called “The Search for the next Lady of the Lake” or something like that. And could she sing? Yeah, when it called for her to do impressions of rock stars like Cher or Elvis or whatever. Don’t get me wrong, she had a great voice. But she sounded like she was constantly giving a rock concert. When it came time for her to just flat belt it out and give it that classic Broadway whatever, we found her screeching and just kind of talking her lines out rather than singing them. The previous Lady of the Lake that we saw rocked my socks off. And she was theatrically trained. Not that I am saying you need to be a theater major/minor to be able to get up there, give it your all, and walk away with a Tony. No, no, no, that is not what I am saying. What I am saying is don’t have a contest where you belt out modern songs, win, then can’t hit the range required in the show you are now starring in.

But enough about that. The King Arthur also sucked. Major. At one point Arthur kind of makes a face at the conductor as part of one of the joke in the play. But no. Mr. I-improvise-waaaaaay-too-much broke character and started speaking Indian…because he was Indian… but it just wasn’t funny. Then he improvised a lot more and you could tell the other actors weren’t really playing off of it, because they were smart and didn’t think it was all that funny and the jokes sort of fell flat and were just plain awkward. It didn’t help much that he looked and sounded like and Indian version of Michael Scott with a British accent. That just made me laugh.

A lot.

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I had a dream last night that I met Matt Damon. Twas a good dream. Such a gooood dream.

Last night my sister and I went to see SPAMALOT! and it was unbelievably amazing. Very possible that it may be my new favorite show right now. Here is the basic plot, taken from the main website:


(BTW… if you found nothing funny in that little thing then stop reading right now. Because you wont find this musical funny. At all.) So basically it is about King Arthur looking for knights to sit with him at his “very very very round table” in Camelot. He finds these knights: Sir Galahad, Sir Lancelot, Sir Bedevere, and Sir Robin. They travel on “horses” (consisting of banging coconuts together to create the effect of horses hooves). They soon embark to Camelot. Then God (who is not really “God” but rather a HUGE pair of feet that descend onto the stage) comes to them from a cloud and orders them to find the Holy Grail. And then a bunch of silly/randomness happens while they are searching for the Grail. It was extremely funny and never a dull moment. Add in a good audience and fantastic acting and it was one of the best theater performances.

***WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS.***

Characters/Actors:

King Arthur: King of the Britons. Not the brightest crayon in the box but he is very eager to fulfill his quest from God. He also has trouble counting to three. Oliver Tydman, the understudy, played King Arthur and besides being quite good-looking, he was extremely talented. He turned what could have been a dumb, pious character into something spectacular. The more I remember little scenes where he danced or made certain faces or expressions, the more I think he is one of my favorite Broadway characters.

Sir Lancelot the Homicidally Brave: A knight with a slight anger problem in the beginning. Also many many many questions about his sexuality throughout the entire performance, which only adds humor to the tough “brute” personality he has going. Played by Jake Nightingale, Sir Lancelot was easily one of my favorite knights. And once his characters sexuality was confirmed, he played it up to the best of his ability. And, man, it was some funnnny stuff.

Sir Robin, the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir-Lancelot: An extremely funny coward. He also knows quite a bit about musical theater. Which comes in handy. Played by Ross Dawes, Sir Robin was hilarious. Such a freaking coward, and his song “You Wont Succeed On Broadway” was so funny he had people in the audience crying (from laughter that is).

Sir Dennis Galahad, The Dashingly Handsome: Can be referred to as ‘the knight formerly known as Dennis Galahad, a politically active peasant’. Until the Lady of the Lake gets her hands on him. Played by Michael Xavier, Dennis was my favorite knight from the beginning. When he sings with the Lady of the Lake… it was amazing. He has a beautiful voice and really mastered the whole “pretty boy/ manly diva” thing. Genius.

Sir Bedevere, The Strangely Flatulent: Kind of self explanatory, no? Played by Adam Stafford. Umm, I don’t think he had a real line apart from singing. At least I don’t remember any….

Patsy: King Arthur’s faithful servant/steed and constant companion. He is part Jewish which comes in handy. Played by Andrew Spillet. Patsy was so cute and nice and fun. I liked him lots and lots.

The Lady of the Lake: An aquatic diva. “Part fairy, part diva and all woman.” The Lady of the Lake is probably the one role on Broadway I would actually have the guts to audition for I want to play her so badly. The understudy was actually on at our performance and she was unbelievably talented. I used to wish I could sing like Sherie Renee Scott (if you aren’t big into theater, you probably don’t know who she is. But, yeah, she rocks). Now she is second to Amy Field. I can’t even begin to describe what her voice was like. All I can use are really repetitive adjectives like “awesome” and “brilliant” and “fantastic” and “superb” and other words that don’t do it justice.  I could go on about how funny and talented she is… but I think this is already boring enough.

Not-Dead Fred: His name is Fred. He’s not dead (yet). He’s getting better. Then poor Fred dies. Aww Not-Dead Fred. He was really funny. Until he died. Then he was even funnier.

Prince Herbert: Loves to sing and “is about as butch as Minnie Mouse.” Played by Gerard Carey. Completely awkward and totally awesome.

French Taunters: French soldiers who enjoy taunting. They also liked to fart in our general direction. Definitely added humor to the play. Oh those crazy Frenchies.

The acting was unbelievable, as mentioned many times above. As were the costumes and the sets were really groovy.  As for the songs:

ACT I:

Overture: It’s the overture. Not much to say. Instruments do their thaang.

Historian’s Introduction to Act I: A fun way to introduce the show. Also a very clever use of the huge gate on screen.

Finland/Fisch Schlapping Dance: The most random/pointless song that has nothing to do with the actual musical but is still fun to see and sing along with.

Monk’s Chant: It’s called a fun scene transition people.

Not Dead Yet: A fun introduction to Sir Lancelot and Sir Robin.

Come With Me: When we first meet the Lady of the Lake. And it is great.

Laker Girls Cheer: The Lady of the Lake has her “Laker Girls” and they sing a fun song while plain old Dennis Galahad transforms into Sir Dennis Galahad backstage. Basically we call this a time-filler.

The Song That Goes Like This: The most amazing song in a Broadway show. Seriously, I had never heard the music to this show before (shocking, I know) and when this song was performed I could not stop laughing. Not only do Michael Xavier’s and Amy Field’s voices sound completely beautiful together, they both have that “diva thing” going on which only adds to the sheer brilliance of the song.

He Is Not Dead Yet – Play Off: Yet another fun scene transition.

All For One: A fun song introducing the other knights. Then they all sing, because they formed a boy band. Because, why not? Did I mention this musical is awesome?

Knights of the Round Table/The Song That Goes Like This (Reprise): What happens in Camelot stays in Camelot. The boys go to Camelot and have fun. Then the Lady of the Lake returns and was obviously imitating Cher. And then she and King A do a little scat. Utterly amazing.

Find Your Grail: I have been singing this song all day. It makes me laugh every time, because it is a somewhat serious song… I mean, they just got their mission from God and all… but even when they are being semi-serious it is hilarious.

Run Away!: A nice scene change/ transition into the intermission. Quite clever.

>Intermission<

ACT II:

Historian’s Introduction to Act II: Just a fun little reminder of what happened and an easy way to tell where all the characters are. And that is “a dark and very expensive forest.”

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: May I just say I have never had so much fun with a Broadway song ever before. Let me paint a picture for you. My sister and I are sitting in the Grand Circle section, and to my right there are about four or so rows filled with men in business suits. And they are rather entertaining because this one guy is crying he is laughing so hard, which is causing everyone to laugh a little louder. Enter this song, that happens to involve whistling (which, sadly, I can not do). Once the chorus comes on, all these men- as well as everyone else pretty much- start singing the chorus and whistling along. It was so funny watching them bob their heads to the left and right.

Brave Sir Robin: A song about how not brave Robin is. But boy do they try and make him sound it.

You Won’t Succeed On Broadway (“You Won’t Succeed in Show Business” in the West End production): This is a song about how you wont succeed on Broadway/ Showbiz if you do not have any Jews. Probably one of the funniest moments of the night. Why? Remember those guys from earlier? One of them happens to be EXTREMELY Jewish. He was laughing so loud I heard him over the entire section we were sitting in. Boy he had a good time.

The Diva’s Lament (Whatever Happened To My Part?): I was sitting there wondering what happened to the Lady of the Lake when this song came on. Like I have said far too many times for one single post, it was extremely funny.

Where Are You?: Prince Herbert, trapped in his room, about to marry the not-love-of-his-life sings out of the window to his love. Which just happens to be Lancelot.

His Name Is Lancelot: Lancelot finally confronts his true sexual identity. Basically he bats for the other team. This song is simply amazing. And fun.

I’m All Alone: King Arthur sings about how lonely he is (even though he has Patsy…who lets his true feelings known as well). This song is actually quite sad when you listen to it on your ipod. When it is performed on stage you just giggle throughout the entire thing, until you actually listen to the words. Quite a sad song all around.

Twice In Every Show: The Lady of the Lake returns and cheers up King Arthur. Then they realize, hey! They are in love! Who would have thought…

Act II Finale: A nice way to tell what happens to each character in about 3 minutes and 29 seconds of dancing and singing.

Always Look On the Bright Side Of Life (Company Bow): They put the words up to the song on a giant screen projected off the main gate of the set and the audience sings along with the cast. Then they do a company bow at the end.

And in case you didn’t catch it the thousand times I said it before, I loved, loved, loved, looooooved this musical.

I think someone should buy me a thesaurus. Seriously.

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Yes Corny Collins, I will marry you.

Tonight I went and saw Hairspray. And it. was. AWESOME. One of the best shows and the girl who played Tracy is in the top three of all the actresses I have ever seen. She was brilliant. (Quick note: tomorrow I should have this edited with all those technical details only around five of you actually care about…actress/actors name, links, etc… as well as more details about the show, but its too late for me to keep my eyes open to check it all out. Just a rough draft tonight so I don’t forget anything.)

The night started out a little shaky. I have been in an absolutely dreadful mood the past two days so needless to say I was not in, umm, happy spirits tonight. We ordered the tickets through my school, and everyone was supposed to meet up and go to the theater. Well it was about 2pm and I hadn’t heard anything about where or when to meet to get the tickets, so I went to ask someone. Turns out my ticket was left at the Richmond campus 40 min. away so they had to bring it over and drop it off for me to collect. And then they were an hour late getting it to me. And I had to go to the theater alone. A theater in which I had no idea of its location. And it was night time. And my biggest fear, second only to spiders, is getting lost.

Once I found the theater I got to my seat, which were decent considering I only paid 15 pounds. And then the amazingness started and never let up. I should probably point out that I get about as giddy as a girl in middle school (which, coincidentally, made up about 85% of the audience) whenever I go to the theater. Plus the costumes and sets were amaaazing, and everything was so perfect it cheered me right up. I wish it could have lasted forever. The best part of the evening was one I was def. not expecting. Something happened tonight that I have always wanted to happen when I see a show.

My least favorite song started (Timeless to Me… the love song between Tracy’s parents…its just so blah…) and the actors began to sing the song, and I said to myself “Lauren, the rest of the show has been amazing so give it a chance.” Well the audience was responding very well throughout the entire performance so far, so the two men (because Tracy’s mother is played by a man, fyi) started to ad lib, because the audience was having so much fun with the song. Then they went entirely off the script and the audience was eating it right up. By the end of the song the two men were the only ones on stage and were unable to finish the song and dance number because they were laughing so hard. Needless to say the audience was going wild. It will forever be one of the funniest experiences I have had in a theater.

The play eventually ended, sad to say, and I made my way back to the underground and back home. And my night ended with some stranger passing me on the street and yelling (rather loudly) “HEY YOU GOT A NICE PAIR OF THIGHS.” So thats always fun.

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