Tag: broadway

Steven Appreciates... Funny Girl! (or "Barbra, Bancroft, and Betty Boop...Oh My!")

Steven Appreciates... Funny Girl! (or "Barbra, Bancroft, and Betty Boop...Oh My!")
*This post is dedicated to my friends in The Barbra Streisand Group and I Like Barbra Streisand on Facebook! Their passion and zeal for Barbra inspired this week’s appreciation!* After a devastating election cycle and months of anxiety, I have decided to steer this blog back to what it was created for – a celebration of... Read more »

A little Ethel Merman Broadway "Cocktail" for the weekend!

A little Ethel Merman Broadway "Cocktail" for the weekend!
Since I’m reading a biography of Ethel Merman at the moment, I decided to give you a nice “mixed cocktail” of Ms. Merman and showcase the talent that made Broadway what it is today! “Anything Goes” by Cole Porter! Elaine Stritch on Merman’s Wisdom! Judy Garland and Merman sing a charming medley! THE TITANS: Barbra... Read more »

A Mary Wickes Week Celebration! (#4): Letters from Mary's Famous Friends

A Mary Wickes Week Celebration! (#4): Letters from Mary's Famous Friends
My week-long celebration of character actress Mary Wickes continues today with a look at the letters of incredibly famous individuals who contacted Mary throughout the years. According to biographer Steve Taravella: “So great was Mary’s need to feel connected to others – to feel herself a part of the Hollywood extended family – that much like... Read more »
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A Mary Wickes Week Celebration! (#3): "My dear, dear Mary" - Letters from Broadway Royalty

A Mary Wickes Week Celebration! (#3): "My dear, dear Mary" - Letters from Broadway Royalty
My week-long celebration of character actress Mary Wickes continues today with a look at the letters of “Broadway royalty” sent to Mary. Included are letters from Angela Lansbury discussing problems with Sweeney Todd, Ethel Merman lamenting the death of her daughter to suicide, Richard Rodgers continually (and politely) turning Mary down for role after role... Read more »

"There's a touch of the homosexual in all of us": Bea Arthur's estate to fund LGBTQ homeless center

"There's a touch of the homosexual in all of us": Bea Arthur's estate to fund LGBTQ homeless center
“Lady Godiva was a freedom rider, She didn’t care if the whole world looked, Joan of Arc with the Lord to guide her, She was a sister who really cooked, Isadora was the first bra-burner,  Ain’t ya glad she showed up? (Oh yeah!) And when the country was fallin’ apart, Betsy Ross got it all... Read more »

The Hype Over Hamilton: The Musical and the fickleness of public opinion

The Hype Over Hamilton: The Musical and the fickleness of public opinion
Unless you’ve been living under a particularly resilient rock over the past months, you know that the hottest ticket in New York, as well as every city on the future tour, is Hamilton: The Musical. Like Cats and Wicked before it, the 2015 Tony-guzzling musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights) about Politician Alexander Hamilton has... Read more »
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The Roller Coaster of Life: Keep Your Hands and Legs Inside!

The Roller Coaster of Life: Keep Your Hands and Legs Inside!
From time to time, I’m struck by the ups and downs of the average life. Ecstatic happiness is followed by crippling defeat and sadness. People mix together, some positive some negative, and every one of the has an effect on the people around them. Their tunes mix like music around me, and I hear the... Read more »

"Open a New Window Every Day!": A Musical Theater Musing

"Open a New Window Every Day!": A Musical Theater Musing
“Open a new window, Open a new door, Travel a new highway, That’s never been tried before…” Those are the opening lines of “Open a New Window,” a song from Jerry Herman’s iconic musical Mame, starring Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur. The musical chronicles the adventures of Mame Dennis, a socialite and trend-follower, and her... Read more »

The Washington Square Dance, a political song for the present

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I quickly wanted to share this humorous song that I found very poignant, as the political pundits roar. What we really need in politics is cohesiveness and unity, not separation and pointless rhetoric. We spend so much time drawing lines in the sand and dividing our lives up into neat little boxes. When it comes... Read more »
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The Façade Over The Substance: An Educated Rant

The Façade Over The Substance: An Educated Rant
An issue has been gestating in my mind for quite some time: When did we become a culture where the facade mattered more than the substance? Now, I almost hear you shout in protest, “That statement is too vague!” To that I urge patience, my dear readers. An example: Have you ever been to a... Read more »