Monday, December 31, 2012

News & History: Les Mis Tries for a Successful Revival in 2014

2006 Revival
Undoubtedly, everyone is now tired of all of the Les Miserables headlines, not to mention Facebook statues, Tweets, and numerous mentions about Les Mis in whatever other new-fangled social media through which the masses are communicating these days. In any case, since its release, Les Mis has been dominating all of those. Not with movie news, just reviews, quotes, comments, etc. Now producer Cameron Mackintosh has finally brought some totally new news to the table.

According to the BroadwayWorld.com newsdesk, the Les Mis producer has said that this 1987 Broadway musical will be revived on Broadway for the second time in 2014. It may stem from the currently touring production, which is slated to run through June of next year, but no official word on casting or exact dates have been announced. Read the full news item here.

But yes, this will be the second Broadway revival for Les Miserables. I'd forgotten it was revived, but indeed it was. It ran for two years, which is respectable for a show, but seems short considering that the first installment lasted from the '80s to 2003. But the problem may lie there: the original show closed on May 18, 2003 after almost 700 performances, and previews started for the revival in October 2006, just three years later. In this journalist's humble opinion, that is way too early to revive anything. Good gravy.

The cast included Alexander Gemingnani as Jean Valjean (must be a Sondheim favorite, because he's been in 3 different of Steve's revivals), Norm Lewis of the 2012 The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess as Javert, Daphne Rubin-Vega- yes, Mimi in Rent OBC- as Fantine (ok... Why?), Beauty and the Beast's original Lumiere, Gary Beach as Thenardier, Peter and the Starcatcher's Celia Keenan-Bolger as Eponine, and of course little Carly Rose Sonenclar (on X-Factor this season) as Young Cosette. It was nominated for no Tony Awards, one Drama League Award, and a measly three Drama Desk Awards, compared to the original which won eight of the twelve Tonys for which it was nominated, all five Outer Critics Circle Awards, and eight of the eleven Drama Desks for which it was nominated. No wonder, though. This revival was up against the successful revival of A Chorus Line; but really, this was a bit of a lame season for Broadway (yes, Spring Awakening won all the awards that year but then again, it closed only a year after this Les Mis dud).

Ben Brantley of the New York Times concurred with the notion that this one was revived too soon in his review from opening night. He also suggested that the revival tried to be the original, but fell short in almost every way, lacking the original passion, and miscasting lots of talented and experienced actors. Overall it was lackluster, with the minor characters stealing the show. Read the whole review here! It's great!

Here's a highlights reel of the revival. Beware: when you hear "I Dreamed a Dream" you might scream and throw things at the screen. It's awful. Get past that, and the rest of it is pretty good. Do you concur with Brantley that it's just not quite there?


So there's your tidbit on Broadway News and History for the day. Learn more about both Broadway installments of Les Mis on PlaybillVault.com.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

"Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn" Trailer Featuring Katherine McNamara is Finally Released!

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It's finally out! Just recently, the trailer for the new film Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn was released. This one stars Joel Courtney of Super 8 with Jake T. Austin ("Wizards of Waverly Place") as Huck, and most importantly, one of my favorite actresses, Disney's Katherine McNamara (Girl vs. Monster, New Year's Eve, "Kickin' It") will be playing the sweet Becky Thatcher. (Check back for a Singular Sensation Spotlight about her in the near future!) Katherine is one of my favorites because I saw her as Fredrika Armfeldt in 2010 in the revival of Sondheim's A Little Night Music with Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch. That was a magical performance.

I'm really confused... From the looks of it, the plot will include the high points of Tom Sawyer (of course, because it's very conducive to a children's action/adventure flick), and some small aspects of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I'm cautious, because the latter is my favorite book of all time. And like all my favorites, it is of course a musical. Have you seen Big River? That is a brilliant show. At any rate, come 2013, all these questions will be answered.

Anyway, check out the new trailer below!


Be on the lookout for a new Singular Sensation column: News & History, which looks at Broadway news and takes a look back at similar news from the past.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Celebrate Christmas with Memphis and the Midtown Men!

Merry Christmas, everyone! Though I've been looking forward to Les Mis coming out on Christmas all year, that's of course not the main focus of the day.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

"Praise be to God for his indescribable gift!" 2 Corinthians 9:15

So here are some of my favorite Christmas tunes, of course sung by Broadway people.

I've mentioned this before, but my favorite singing group, the Midtown Men, worked with writer Stevie Van Zandt on his song (originally featured in the film Home Alone 2), "All Alone on Christmas." It's a special song for several reasons, first of all that it was re-arranged just for the Men. What's great about TMM version is that it sounds very "them." What I mean by that is it doesn't sound like they pulled out a Christmas song at random and said, "Let's do this... because it's Christmas." The style of this song fits right in with the oldies on their "60s Hits" album and their touring show. It was a perfect choice and a brilliant arrangement. It's a very natural sound. Though there is a key change in the original '90s recording, it's not very prevalent. However, listen to The Midtown Men and you'll notice the modulation is the highlight of the song. That's what distinguishes it and really makes it one of my favorites. Give it a listen!


Last Christmas, The Memphis Facebook page had this contest where they wanted fans to submit Memphis-appropriate parody lyrics to the tune of "Jingle Bells." Since I've done some parodies for fun in the past, I wrote up a verse and submitted it. The one with the most "likes" on Facebook won. (Hint: here's how you win those things: stay up late Facebook-chatting all of your friends and ask them to vote for you. It might take 2 hours or so, but it's doable) The prize was that a Memphis cast member would sing the winner's song. That was probably the best moment of my life, seeing this post on the Memphis wall:
Congrats to Sally Henry: You've written the winning Memphis Jingle Bells lyrics! Stay tuned to hear your song performed by a Memphis cast member.

It's times like these that make me just want to yell in Gladys Herdman fashion, "HEY! Unto you a child is born!"

Monday, December 24, 2012

One Day More!!!

The day before big events, I always find myself singing "One Day More" from Les Mis (check out the performance from the movie here!). And since it's one day before the biggest event of the year, I've been humming that tune all day. No, I'm not talking about Christmas, but the opening of the Les Miserables movie! So what better time to that song than today?

Since most theatre fans have seen the Tony performance, here's one you might not have seen. It's a flash-mob in a mall done by the Polish cast of Les Mis performing "One Day More." Though I don't speak the language, it's still awesome. And the best part is that the Les Mis walk seems to be a worldwide thing. Thank goodness.

Click on the picture below to watch this performance and gear up for the opening of the most anticipated movie of the year!

Ok, here's the Tony Awards performance from the '80s. Merry Christmas!


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Broadway Vets Shine in "One Day More"

I'm sure many of you have already seen this, but here is the newly-released performance of "One Day More" from the Les Miserables movie, which comes out in less than a week.

Having seen this performance, I'm pretty concerned about the leads. The way Russell Crowe struggle-busses the notes in this song makes the Javert part sound tenor, and Amanda Seyfried (Cosette) does the same thing. The other two- Eddie Redmayne (Marius) and Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean)- sound fine, but they're not by any means owning the notes. These flaws may go unnoticed were actual Broadway actors not in the movie, however. Samantha Barks (Eponine) was an excellent choice because she has played Eponine before, in fact she did so in the 25th anniversary concert production. While Aaron Tveit (Enjorlas, pictured below) has never done Les Mis, he has been in multiple Broadway shows, so he definitely has the pipes (and of course the looks) for this role. From this video alone, it looks like Samantha Barks and Aaron Tveit are going to shine and really stand out.

Click on the picture below to watch the performance!


Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Birthday, Bryan Fenkart!

Today seems to be a big day for stars' birthdays. We've got Kiefer Sutherland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jane Fonda, and one of my favorites, Bryan Fenkart. I've written about him a couple times, but never fully expounded on him, so here's his chance in the spotlight.

I saw Bryan Fenkart as Huey Calhoun in Memphis on Broadway in 2010. He was in for Chad Kimball that performance, but after I saw it, I can't imagine that Chad could have been better. For one thing, Bryan looked perfect for the part. This picture is basically in a nutshell.

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In addition to his Broadway stint, he went on to star in the National Tour as well, and you best believe I was right there in the audience when he came to my city. I actually wasn't going to see it because I thought it was silly to spend a fortune see the same show twice within two years, but truthfully, knowing that Bryan was in it really tipped the scale and convinced me to see it again.

Meanwhile, he's also a solo singer. He released his debut album, "Imperfect Man" a couple years ago, and released "Simple and Grey," his latest full-length LP, earlier this year. He did the latter album while he was understudying for Chad Kimball in Memphis. What's great about his music is that not only can everyone relate to the very real lyrics, but it seems like he is completely revealing the real Bryan Fenkart through his songs.

Check him out for yourself!


And besides being talented in so many ways, he is also an incredibly nice guy. At the stage door, he took special time to talk to all of the fans and sign their memorabilia. So at this point, I hope it's clear why Bryan Fenkart is one of my favorite actors. Celebrate his birthday by watching this video and check out "Simple and Grey" on Spotify!

Keep up with Bryan Fenkart at: www.bryanfenkart.comwww.facebook.com/bryanfenkart, or www.twiter.com/Steinway7.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

It's About to Get Real

Here's the latest Smash Season 2 promo! I think this picture speaks for itself. Let's just say, it's just about to get real. I think I haven't harped on the new casting yet, so here goes: Jennifer Hudson is a good singer, however, I am disappointed that they chose her to join. What I love about Smash is the Broadway angle. I realize they're bringing her in to play the American Idol angle, but it doesn't make sense to cast people who are primarily singers into this drama. There are so many talented Broadway people out there, so why not cast them?

I loved the news about Jeremy Jordan (Bonnie & Clyde, Newsies, etc.) getting on the Smash train and Krysta Rodriguez (Addams Family, Spring Awakening, etc.) was a great addition as well (I saw her as Wednesday in Addams Family, and she was brilliant). Perfect. So why do they have to cast singers as the new stars? Granted, I'm probably still bitter that they're kicking Brian d'Arcy James off. (missed that analysis? Click here!) 

Anyway, the cool kids at the Smash Twitter page posted this picture with this caption earlier today:

"After seeing this brand new  art, all we can say is season 2 can’t come fast enough! "

VOICE OVER: America Crowns The Voice Champion 2012

VOICE OVER: America Crowns The Voice Champion 2012 
Last night, the Voice ended, and America finally crowned the one who can now be called "The Voice." It was a very fun night filled with ridiculous wigs (of course), crying, and even a cheesy group performance by CeeLo Green, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton. No spoilers here, but I will say that I correctly predicted at least the final two and maybe even the winner... Read this full article to find out!

The Voice Finale! December 18

It's crazy that this whole fun experience is over! It's been real, Voice peeps. Who knows what I might be recapping next... Seriously, if you know, give me a call. I have no idea. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

THE VOICE Finale Tonight!!!

So, tonight is the season finale of The Voice! Yes, yet another season is drawing to a close. Who do you think'sgoing to win season 3? It's such a hard prediction to make, because these are some talented singers. Of course they are. They wouldn't be in the finals if they weren't. Nevertheless, I feel an obligation to predict more than just the finalists, but the actual winner. But there are lots of factors that go into who might win and different reasons for each person.

Let's start with the last from Team CeeLo, Nicholas David:
He has a different sound than most pop singers; he's certainly different from the other two who are competing against him. Because of this and his lack of general popularity, I don't think he's likely to win. With all three of the singers, it really just comes down to style preference, but I think he won't win over America.

It seems like this competition is really between the two Team Blake members, Cassadee and Terry.
Terry has an awesome voice, not to mention his fun personality which has shown lots in the last few episodes. And he has one advantage in that he has a Scottish accent which Americans really can't resist. But seriously, I think the time I realized he was really brilliant was when he brought down the house with "Don't Stop Believing." It was at that point that it was clear he'd be in the finals. I would love to see him win, because while he tried to make it when he was younger, but never really got off his feet.

At this point, I really feel like Cassadee Pope will win though. There has to be more than just her voice going on for her to win, because all three of these people are worthy. Cassadee has this sound like Avril Lavigne that's just refreshing, because though she sings the same kind of music as lots of other artists these days, I think her voice distinguishes her. Besides just that, she's a cute and fun girl. Seeing her and her coach interact is really sweet, and there's just something about her that makes her special. I can't really describe it, but out of the finalists, she seems to be the most popular. It helps that she is close to the age of the voters, so they can relate to her.

Basically, I'd love to see Terry win, but I think Cassadee has more of the popularity and marketability needed tow in.

That is the official Ginge's Picks for the last time! Do you concur?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

VOICE OVER: Team CeeLo Faces Off Against Team Blake as the Fab Four Become Three

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Due to these pesky things we like to call "finals," there's only one The Voice recap this week. I know, it's sad, right? Anyway, tonight's show was the results from the top four elimination! Seriously, after the last two weeks when Dez Duron and Amanda Brown were eliminated, I was ready to give up this whole thing. I sat down mumbling things about if so-and-so stays, I'll slap someone side of the head. So, check it out... Did someone have to get slapped tonight? 

Click on the picture to get the full article and Ginge's Picks for the finals!


Before She Was on Broadway... WAY Before

It's a hobby of mine to look for familiar actors in movies. Even if I don't know their names, I love sitting with my family and being able to say, "Oh! That's that guy from that other movie!" (I'm more specific than that, but you get the idea) Here's a confession: I pride myself on being able to recognize any actor I've seen. And for the most part I can. Last night, I was on a roll. I was positive that this one actor who I really had never seen before, was another actor's brother. And he was. 

Then I was watching Jumanji, and I realized that the little girl in that is a young Kirsten Dunst. However, in my pride, I missed a Broadway actress. I know, I'm a total failure. In my defense, she was young. and pre-nose job. But when I saw her name in the credits, it suddenly made sense. 

So you may know her as the original Amber in Hairspray on Broadway and the original Elle in Legally Blonde the musical. I'm talking about Laura Bell Bundy. Bless her heart, she looked very different in Jumanji. That was a total shock, but now that I know, I feel like I can see it in her eyes. Visit her website to learn about her Broadway and country singing career (the latter of which actually came first) and of course see what she looks like now.

from the 1995 film Jumanji
So that's your Broadway spotting for the day! 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Favorites From the Day: Carrie Underwood, The Midtown Men, and More!

Today was a great day to be a Broadway journalist. It's days like these that remind me why I love my job. Check out my favorite articles from today!

STAGE TUBE: Future 'Maria von Trapp' Carrie Underwood Sings 'The Sound of Music'

I found a gem today, which impressed my boss (always a good day when that happens!). Not sure if you realized it, but country icon Carrie Underwood is slated to portray the role of Maria von Trapp in NBC's upcoming holiday broadcast of The Sound of Music in 2013. So I found this video from 2008 of her singing the title song on CBS. I'll go ahead and admit that I'm totally skeptical of her being chosen for this role. Not that she's not awesome, but literally no one can replace Julie Andrews, or even touch her performance. That's called sacrilege. Nonetheless, she's been chosen, so you might as well check out this video of her singing Broadway. Has she got the pipes for it?

STAGE TUBE: MEMPHIS Tour's Morrison & Gurr Record 'Santa Baby' on the Road

While on the road, Memphis cast members Jill Morrison and Christopher Gurr recorded the classic favorite Christmas song, "Santa Baby," with Jill singing lead vocals and Christopher playing ukelele and adding backup vocals. This video includes footage from Memphis, Christmas pictures, and more set to this new song. Read the full article and be sure to check out Jill's bio! She is an incredibly talented girl, and I hope her career goes far.



STAGE TUBE: The Midtown Men Record Van Zandt's New Arrangement of 'All Alone on Christmas'



I got to write about my guys again today! Is it weird that I refer to them as "mine"? Oh well. At any rate, the Midtown Men, original cast members from Broadway's Jersey Boys, recently collaborated with writer and musician Stevie Van Zandt to record a new version of Van Zandt's "All Alone on Christmas." The song was originally recorded by Darlene Love with E Stree Band and The Miami Horns and was featured on the 1992 Home Alone 2 soundtrack. Now 20 years later, Van Zandt has re-arranged the song for The Midtown Men, which marks their first Christmas single. 

Go inside the recording studio and hear part of this new song through this making of video!


This just sounds fun. Very cool idea! Fans, friends and supporters of Thodos Dance Chicago, the contemporary dance company founded by Melissa Thodos, will kick up their heels at Thodos Dance Chicago's 21st Anniversary Gala 21 Club, Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 6pm at the Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Street and Michigan Avenue, Chicago.



~Favorites From the Day are articles that I have edited or written on the day I post~

Monday, December 3, 2012

"The Glee Project" Meets "Smash" and Parody in The Smash Project

Smash is one of my favorite shows on TV. I'm so bummed that it isn't coming back until next spring! But you best believe I will be there the moment it starts again!
It's basically about the making of a Broadway musical (about Marilyn Monroe, called Bombshell) following the journey of the music/lyrics team as well as actors, producers, directors, etc. The plot took a little while to get into, but I just had to embrace the drama and go with it. My favorite part was seeing all the random Broadway guest stars interspersed, whether it was Norbert Leo Butz (2-time Tony Award-Winner: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Catch Me if You Can) playing the lead in the musical in Smash called Heaven on Earth, or Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot) randomly playing one of the Katharine MacPhee character's friends.
All that to say... Here is a video done by John Walton West of Newsical that is basically a big inside joke for theatre-lovers. It's supposed to be like "The Glee Project," except for Broadway... with famous Broadway actors trying to get on Smash. This guy's impressions are simply hilarious!


Fun fact: at the time this video was made, this wasn't widely-known, but actually Terrence Mann was also in Smash for an episode, and actually he was a bigger part than Norbert Leo Butz was. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

VOICE OVER: The Elite Eight Perform and Become Six

VOICE OVER: Coaches Pile the Praise on the Elite Eight
Last night on The Voice, the Top 8 performed, as did Adam Lavine and 50 Cent! These contestants were at the top of their game, knowing that any false move could land them a trip home. Click on the picture below to read the full article and see who Ginge's Picks were for this week!

November 26

VOICE OVER: Elite Eight Become Six with a Shocking Elimination
Tonight, America found out who they had voted into the Top 6, and which two performers would have to go home. As usual, there were some great additional performances, with special guests including the Muppets! Click on the link to read this recap and find out which of Ginge's Picks were saved!

November 27

Monday, November 26, 2012

Singular Sensation Spotlight: Paige Faure

I should just officially add Singular Sensation Spotlights to my regular Monday schedule, because I always seem to do them. Today's is about a wonderful Broadway performer who has actually only been in one Broadway show, but made a tremendous impact on it. I saw Paige Faure as ensemble in the original revival cast of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (yes, the one with Harry Potter) last summer. This girl is an incredible dancer, but more than that, she has amazing stage presence. It was one of those things where literally I'd be watching a group of dancers, and my eye would naturally just go to her, because she was so animated the entire time with not only her face but it seemed like her whole body. She understudied Smitty as well as Hedy La Rue and actually got to play Hedy for a couple weeks while Tammy Blanchard took a short hiatus from the show. Dance Spirit Magazine actually did a feature on her last year which you can read here.

Most notably, Paige wowed audiences as Sally Bowles in Merry-Go-Round Playhouse's production of Cabaret this fall. Some of her other credits include national tours of Little Women (Jo March), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (u/s Truly), and A Chorus Line (u/s Sheila, Maggie, Diana), Aida (u/s Amneris), and the recent workshop production of Cinderella with Laura Osnes.

Here's a video of Paige Faure singing "Astonishing" from Little Women.


To read her full credits, check out her profile on PlaybillVault.com, or BroadwayWorld.com (there are lots of pictures and articles with her in them on BWW.com).

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Updated- VOICE OVER: Risks and Awkwardness are the Name of the Game This Week on "The Voice"

VOICE OVER: The Top 10 Take Risks & Instigate Change
Click on the picture below to see who sang what tonight on "The Voice," and check out "Ginge's Picks," i.e., my top five. There's a surprise one in there!


November 19
VOICE OVER: Awkwardness Prevails as the Elite 8 are Revealed
Y'all, tonight was really awkward. As if Christina Aguilera's comments weren't awkward enough last night, she said more! And as usual, Carson Daly just seemed awkward. This time, he accidentally made one of the contestants think she was safe when she wasn't. Click on the picture below to read all about it!

November 20

Monday, November 19, 2012

Singular Sensation Spotlight: Brian Stokes Mitchell

I had an impromptu Brian Stokes Mitchell appreciation day on Thursday. I have to write about this incredible man who's been on my mind this week. He is one of the best singers in the world right now. But really. I first heard him on the original Broadway cast recording of Ragtime, the '98 show in which he played Coalhouse Walker, a character who ranges from a love-sick man, piano player life of the party, to a revolutionary trying to establish change and stand up for what he knows is right. I've loved his voice for not even a year, but I really hadn't listened to much of his except Ragtime music until a couple days ago.

I found a great BSM playlist on YouTube, which features him singing "Stars" (Les Miserables), "Some Enchanted Evening" (South Pacific), "Bui Doi" (Miss Saigon), and my favorite "Through Heaven's Eyes" (Prince of Egypt movie), among others. Every single one seems like the best one, though. I listened to "Through Heaven's Eyes" at least three times that first day I found it. It's just amazing. But listen for yourself! Try to listen to "Bui Doi" without crying.

Click on the picture below to watch the playlist, starting with "Through Heaven's Eyes."


Visit www.BrianStokes.com to look at his whole resume and read more about this fantastic Broadway legend!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Midtown Men Return to Bass Hall!

I just posted about The Midtown Men yesterday, but you can never talk about them too much, can you? My favorite group of guys, The Midtown Men just released a promo for their return to Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth on December 1. This promo video features songs from their album Sixties Hits, including "Breaking up is Hard to Do," "Happy Together," among others.

Click below to watch this video!


The Midtown Men are just some awesome singers- four members from the original cast of Jersey Boys- who tour the country singing oldies hits. And they're brilliant. It's Tony Award-Winner Christian Hoff (Jersey Boys), Daniel Reichard, Michael Longoria, and Tony Nominee J. Robert Spencer (Next to Normal). They tour everywhere, so please go see them! And get hyped for their performance by buying their cd, "Sixties Hits," which features some of the best oldies, including some Four Seasons, Turtles, and more.

Learn more about The Midtown Men by following this blog, because I talk about them all the time. No really. Alternatively, you could visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/themidtownmen

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

VOICE OVER: And Then There Were Ten

I'll tell you right now: I'm not about to reveal the identity of the Top Ten without making you read the whole article. That just wouldn't be fair. However, I will give you this assurance: All five of Ginge's Picks stayed on. There you go. I just told you five of the people who stayed... I guess you'd only know who those five were if you read last night's article. DO IT!!

VOICE OVER: And Then There Were Ten (November 13)
Last night on NBC's The Voice, the top three contestants from each team performed, and after the show, America voted on who to keep and who to boot off. So tonight, Carson Daly revealed The Voice Season 3's Top Ten! But of course he didn't do it at the beginning, because that would ruin the point. So all twelve of the contestants from Teams CeeLo GreenAdam LevineBlake Shelton, and Christina Aguilera came out tonight to find out their fate.

Click on the picture below to read the full article!


November 13
Side note: yes, in fact I did use the term "bad-awesome" in this article. It is a tribute to my friends who came up with it as a clean version of the usual B.A. phrase.

THE MIDTOWN MEN Release Their First Christmas Single

Earlier today, Michael Longoria of The Midtown Men, one of my favorite groups, posted this to his Facebook page: 

My very first xmas single with THE MIDTOWN MEN now on ITUNES!!!  
"All Alone on Christmas"-Produced by STEVIE VAN ZANDT himself.  
In light of the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, 100% of all digital download proceeds from “All Alone On Christmas” will go to the American Red Cross by THE MIDTOWN MEN to help aid in all relief efforts throughout the end of the year.  
Check it out and let me know what you think. So proud of these guys! 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-alone-on-christmas-single/id575799965.
Well hats off to you, Midtown Men! Another reason to love them!

The Midtown Men are original cast members from the Broadway hit Jersey Boys, who tour the country now singing the best oldies, some of which they sang together on Broadway, but most of them are other favorites by everyone from the Beach Boys to the Jackson Five.

Michael Longoria is the member of The Midtown Men who had a birthday recently, and he was featured right on Singular Sensation. Missed it? Click here to look at his birthday dedication and watch a video of him showing off his talent on tour!

VOICE OVER: This is the Moment

Yes, I guess Jekyll and Hyde is on the brain because of this new production, hence the title for this article.
Anyway, there was more awesomeness on The Voice tonight! Click on the link below to read the full re-cap from tonight, and see Ginge's Picks for this week.

VOICE OVER: This is the Moment
The Top Twelve Live Rounds began tonight after last week, which was the first week of voting. On Monday and Wednesday, America voted for their favorite singers on NBC's The Voice, which allowed the top two from each of the four teams to automatically advance. However, after all eight were chosen, each coach got to save one more. So at the end of last Thursday night there were only three contestants on each team. The top twelve contestants from Teams CeeLo GreenAdam LevineChristina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton sang tonight, allowing fans to yet again vote for their favorites after the show ended. But this time, the coaches don't get to save anyone. It's completely up to the people now...
November 12

Monday, November 12, 2012

NEXT TO NORMAL's J Robert Spencer Releases Short Films

Photo from "Mistaken Identity"
J. Robert Spencer is one of my favorites. He has an incredible voice, and if you've seen the Tony Awards performance from Next to Normal, you'll know he's just amazing. He also happens to be hilarious. So here's what I wrote up for the Singular Sensation Facebook page a little while ago: 


Broadway actor and Tony Award-nominee J. Robert Spencer (JERSEY BOYS, NEXT TO NORMAL) now has his own film production company called "7 Spencer Productions" in which he produces short comedic films. In the videos below, Spencer shows mock annoyance, oblivion, and total craziness.

Go to the links below to watch his videos!




Park 

Mistaken Identity (This one's my favorite)



He comes out with new ones periodically, so stay tuned for more!!

J. Robert Spencer made his Broadway debut as the swing in SIDE SHOW in 1997 with Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner. After taking a short hiatus from Broadway, acting in some regional and Off-Broadway productions, he took the stage at the August Wilson Theatre as Four Seasons member Nick Massi in the 2005 Tony-winning hit JERSEY BOYS. In 2009, he surprised audiences with his heart-wrenching portrayal of Dan Goodman, the ever-loyal husband to a mentally unstable wife (played by Alice Ripley) in NEXT TO NORMAL for which he received a Tony nomination. Currently, Spencer is on tour singing '60s hits with three other members from the original cast of JERSEY BOYS in group called The Midtown Men (another one of my favorites!). Keep up with him at: www.facebook.com/jrobertspencerwww.jrobertspencer.comor www.facebook.com/themidtownmen. 

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sshhhh!! It's a Secret!

So, I'm working on a hypothetical project for school, which I will share as soon as it's done! I don't want to give anything away, but it involves a TV show about Waffle House, and I've cast some Atlanta, Broadway, and television actors of all ages. Is this enough of a teaser? It's going to be awesome. I wish it were a real show!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

VOICE OVER: Singers Enter the Live Playoffs, AKA: 'Serious Olympics'

Tonight, I just had to throw in the V for Vendetta reference. Anyway...

NBC's The Voice November 5:
Remember, remember the fifth of November… The Live Playoffs on NBC’s The Voice are off and running as of tonight! Singers from Teams Adam Levine and Blake Shelton braved the stage and the wild crowd to pursue their dreams. Adam said, “It’s like a more serious Olympics.” With his diverse team, Adam loves the fact that his mentees are all what can only be described as unique. A confident Blake said, “I see another victory in my future.” In the Live Playoffs, all five of the contestants from each team perform, and this time, it’s up to America to decide who gets to stay and who goes home. Two from each team advance, and the coaches also get to save one of their team members.

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November 5

Thursday, November 1, 2012

BDJ to Appear in Smash Season 2 Premiere!

Ok, I'm just gonna go ahead and say it. I'm a huge Brian d'Arcy James fan (or BDJ as the cool kids, or maybe just the creepy fans, call him). I think he's extremely talented, and he just so happens to constantly land the role of the ridiculously sweet and loyal husband/boyfriend, which just tears me to pieces. So I've got some good news and some bad news. I'll go with the bad news first:

I was pretty sad to hear that he is very quickly getting phased out of Smash. Why would they boot off the best character?? :) I was a little cheered up today when I read on BroadwayWorld.com that BDJ will be in the Smash Season 2 premiere. He cryptically told Newsday"Let's just say Frank has a chance to respond to some of the things that occurred last season." Knowing that he's not going to be in much of this season, I'm going to assume that he's going to get re-upset at his wife for being an IDIOT and cheating on him. And then he'll leave for good. That's my insightful prediction! But really, who would cheat on BDJ? Oh, and then make out with that same guy after BDJ has already forgiven you? She's just a fool.

But here's better news! He's going to be in a new musical called Giant, a limited-run Off-Broadway musical at The Public Theater with music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa. Starring opposite him are Kate Baldwin, Bobby Steggert, and Michele Pawk. Read more about this show on BroadwayWorld.com.

To those not familiar with the genius that is Brian d'Arcy James, I'll not waste words, but just let you listen to his awesome voice. (oh, and there's a bonus in there: Kyle Dean Massey, whom I also love!) This is a great performance, and his one from Titanic is awesome too, but I'll post that another day.


VOICE OVER: Let the Knock-Outs Begin! [and end]

October 29: The Knock-Outs Hold Lots of Surprises
On NBC’s The Voice, the singers have been through quite a journey thus far.So now, they have come to the Knock-Out Rounds, which are the only obstacle between these contestants and the even more important live show. Tonight, singers from Team Adam Levine and Team CeeLo Green sang, but Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera were still there to give input.

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October 29
October 30: Performers Take Risks for The Voice
The Knock-Out Rounds on NBC’s The Voice continued tonight as the last performers from Teams Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera took the stage, hoping to be passed on to next week’s Live Playoff Rounds. Tonight, it seemed like every single contestant had thought before choosing their songs, “What do you say to taking chances?”

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October 30

Monday, October 22, 2012

VOICE OVER: Week 7 of The Voice Reveals Powerhouse Talent!

Y'all, there's only one word for this week on The Voice: POWER!!! Seriously, they definitely saved the best for last. Click on the pictures below to read these recaps and make sure to follow the links to watch videos from tonight and last night!

VOICE OVER: October 22
Night five of the Battle Rounds on NBC's The Voice tonight showed that dreams do come true.  Every single one of the contestants tonight had something to prove, and whether for themselves personally, or for family, they gave these performances all they had. Performers from Teams Christina Aguilera (and adviser Billy Joe Armstrong), CeeLo Green (and Rob Thomas), and Adam Levine (along with Mary J. Blige) performed tonight, while no full battles from Team Blake were shown. Nonetheless, there were some great tear-jerking moments tonight, naturally. 

October 22
VOICE OVER: October 23
Tonight was the final night of Battle Rounds on NBC’s The Voice! For the Battles, each contestant pairs up with another contestant from the same team to sing a duet in front of their coach and the other three coaches. After the performance, their coach has to decide which one gets to move on to the Knock Out Rounds, and who gets the boot. This season, a special twist was added in which one of the other coaches can actually “steal” whoever gets eliminated. Each coach only has two steals though, so they have to be pretty stingy. So as it stands coming into the last night of Battles, Adam LevineBlake Shelton, and CeeLo Green have all used up their steals, so Christina Aguilera is the only one with a steal still to use.

October 23

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Favorites from the Day: Dolly Parton, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, and More!

Douglas Sills, who plays Gomez in The Addams Family tour, sat down with NBC Fort Worth to talk about various different elements of the show. He said many superlatives, including, but not limited to, "You haven't lived til you've seen Morticia in this dress," and "Director Jerry Zaks has the Nobel Prize in comedy!" As you know from last week's post, I love Douglas Sills! I'll post about him whenever I can!

The tour of the 2011 Broadway musical Catch Me if You Can started October 7 at the Providence Performing Arts Center. The videos below show clips of songs from the show, including "Live in Living Color," "Jet Set," "Fly, Fly Away," "Don't Break the Rules," and more! 

Though there was a Broadway musical, 9 to 5, using her music in 2009, and she performed on the Tony Awards in the same year, country star Dolly Parton expressly said that she can never be on Broadway. Why? Click on the article link above to find out!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Updated- VOICE OVER: Battle Rounds or Team Bonding Rounds?

While Mondays get a really bad rep for being the start of a work week, those who have been watching The Voice for a while know with that show, there is now something redeemable about such a universally un-motivating day. So on Monday, October 15, the Battle Rounds week two continued in full force. However, with the compatibility of all of these singers, the audience was left wondering if these should be called the “Battle Rounds” at all, because nothing about tonight resembled a battlefield. Indeed, the friendly atmosphere made it seem like tonight’s episode should have been dubbed simply the, “Team Bonding Rounds.” If you need a quick refresher on the contestants, click here to read the other summaries from this season.

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October 15!
Week two of the Battle Rounds commenced tonight with some surprising stealing and very strong emotions across the board. With the end of this week’s episodes of NBC’s The Voice, half of the judges had used up all of their steals, some of which happened tonight. Singers from Team Blake Shelton, with the help of adviser Michale BublĂ©, Team Adam Levine and Mary J. Blige, and Team CeeLo Green with Rob Thomas battled it out hard-core for an hour of The Voice.

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October 16 Battles

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Midtown Men Spotlight: Michael Longoria!

J. Robert Spencer, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, Christian Hoff
(photo from The Midtown Men Facebook page)
Earlier today, I wrote about one of my favorite singing groups, The Midtown Men. As it happens, today is Midtown Man Michael Longiria's birthday!

On his website, it says, "Michael Longoria is best known for his star turn on Broadway as Frankie Valli in the Tony Award-Winning Musical Jersey Boys. Hollywood born and Broadway bound, Longoria trained at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, then traveled to the east coast to attend NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, earning a BFA in drama." Besides his awesome portrayal of Frankie Valli, Michael Longoria also originated the role of Joey in Jersey Boys, playing Frankie a couple times a week.

So in honor of his special day, watch this video of The Midtown Men in concert, with Michael taking the lead on "Sherry," the Four Seasons hit. Visit www.MichaelLongoria.com to learn more about this great performer!