Today in random shit: Mein Herr

May 19, 2013 at 11:20 pm (Random Shit) (, , , )

A little Cabaret takes you a long way. You start off with the Judi Dench in 1968, introducing the world to Sally Bowles with ‘Don’t Tell Mama’.

The number is scrapped in the 1972 film, and replaced with ‘Mein Herr’, which is immortalized by Liza Minelli,

revisited by Jane Horrocks in the 1993 revival,

paid tribute to by Rachelle Rak in the 2001 Fosse revue,

and sauced up by Alan Cummings, for shits, in 2010.

Mile by mile by mile.

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Today in awesome: Michael Crawford will always be the Phantom

September 6, 2012 at 10:14 pm (Awesome, Random Shit) (, , , , )

I know that Michael Crawford has had a long and illustrious career as an entertainer, but in my heart of hearts, he’ll always be the Phantom.

So when I hear this, I figure it’s Phantom being Jesus Christ:

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The Love Never Dies experience for a Phantom of the Opera fan (Part 2 of 2: Story and characters)

August 20, 2012 at 12:59 am (Articles / Interviews) (, , , )

Warning: Here there be spoilers, strong language, and assumption of familiarity with the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Phantom of the Opera. CONTINUED FROM PART 1.

And now that I am well into the territory of comparing Phantom and Love, I’d like to talk about the characters and story.

Critics previously panned the Love Never Dies libretto, so much that a lot of the story was re-worked between its premiere in London and its staging in Melbourne (which went on to become the DVD). The Australian version features significant changes including new direction, staging, costumes, a new prologue, and a few additional bits of dialogue. Even then, it’s difficult to shake the feeling that the whole body of the story rings hollow.

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The Love Never Dies experience for a Phantom of the Opera fan (Part 1 of 2: Lyrics and stuff)

August 18, 2012 at 12:47 am (Articles / Interviews) (, , , , )

Warning: Here there be spoilers, strong language, and assumption of familiarity with the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Phantom of the Opera.

Anyone with even the slightest interest in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera must have heard of its sequel, Love Never Dies, and the fandom clusterfuck that came upon its premiere back in 2010.

Certain fans questioned why the musical, which has been running since 1986, and has since spawned generations of people unhealthily obsessed with the titular character, even needed a sequel – especially when that sequel involves said character moving to Coney Island and finding he’s fathered a child with the woman the previous musical established he’d never end up with (not because he’s ugly, mind, but because he’s crazy).

I give that description with a goodly amount of affection, as I happen to be one of those people unhealthily obsessed with the titular character. It would have been easy to jump on the sequel hate bandwagon – more so when I found out Love Never Dies would be taking cues from the 1999 novel Phantom of Manhattan, which I really didn’t like. But I decided to withhold judgement until I actually saw it. Besides, it had this awesome poster:

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Today in random shit: Batman and Joker singing

March 8, 2012 at 9:38 am (Random Shit) (, , , , )

Joker singing ‘Only You’ from the ending of Arkham City. If you’ve played the game (or been heavily spoilered) this makes perfect sense.

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Today in random shit: One day more

July 21, 2011 at 4:54 am (Random Shit) (, , )

Everyone’s leitmotifs building up like a storm n__n.

The Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert version was the version of Les Mis I grew up with. Therefore, Colm Wilkinson will always be Jean Valjean, Philip Quast will always be Javert, and the Thenardiers will always have that inexplicable British accent.

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Today in random shit: Broadway blender

May 26, 2011 at 6:10 am (Random Shit) (, , , )

Because Broadway songs are fun when you hear them in a way you may not have expected n__n (click on the links for the more popular versions).

CATS. Andrew Lloyd Webber singing ‘Pollicle Dogs and Jellicle Cats’, of the T.S. Eliot book of cat poems from which the musical sprung.

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