Thursday, September 27, 2012

Favorites from the Day- Megan Hilty, Jen MacQueen, etc!

Jen MacQueen
On BroadwayWorld.com, I got to write about some local stuff, which is always great, and I got to write about famous people too! 
This was my very favorite article I worked on today. Jen MacQueen is a ridiculously talented dancer and choreographer! Her work on A CHORUS LINE last year was incredible, and I have been able to watch her tap dance... The only word for her is brilliant.  

Megan Hilty is an incredible performer. I am going to go ahead and be hipster and say that I liked her before she was a network TV star in NBC's Smash (a show about the making of a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe). She was Kristin Chenoweth's replacement as Glinda. She was great in that, and she is wonderful in Smash!  

I love Sleeping Beauty... The Nashville Ballet will open its performance season Oct. 19 – 21 at TPAC's Jackson Hall with one of the most well-known and beloved ballets of all time, The Sleeping Beauty, with live orchestral performance from The Nashville Symphony, an impressive display of classical dance from Nashville Ballet company dancers and a youth cast of 5 to 7 year olds.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Updated- VOICE OVER: The Voice Gets Soulful & Surprising Week 3!

VOICE OVER: Week 3 Kicks off With Soul!
Tonight’s episode of The Voice was packed with ridiculously talented singers of all ages and backgrounds! With so many potential rock stars, the decision was hard for coaches Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton. 

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Bonus: Try to spot the "Little Mermaid" reference in there. I'll give you a hint: it's supposed to be a take-off on some lyrics from "Part of Your World."

The Voice September 24
VOICE OVER: Week 3 Day 2 Turns Out to be a Week of Surprises!
On NBC's The Voice tonight, coaches Christina AguileraAdam Levine, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton were especially competitive as lots of worthy singers ...

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Bonus: Try to spot the not-so-subtle SMASH reference in this one.


The Voice September 25

New Les Miserables Movie Poster!!

Check it out y'all; this poster is awesome! Anyone else notice how like the original it is? So deep. I can't wait for Christmas!

Les Miserables 2012 Movie
Original '80s Les Mis Musical Poster

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Historical Angst Skit, MEMPHIS, and More Today on BroadwayWorld.com!

I wrote about a few pretty cool shows this afternoon. My favorite three were these:

Ok, I only just recently discovered this show, but it's pretty awesome. In a very weird way. The first time I heard one of the songs, I just thought, "Andrew Jackson... the ROCK musical...?" But it appeals to my crazy rebellious side. The juxtaposition of early nineteenth century and hard rock is too much for some people, but if you like American Idiot, you would definitely like this one. Fun fact: I affectionately call this one, "The Historical Angst Skit." So if you live in St. Louis, go see this show!

This is just great! Both of these guys are ridiculously talented. At the Broadway Impact Concert at Joe's,  James Monroe Iglehart sang a classic Brook Brenton song, and Bryan Fenkart beautifully accompanied himself on the piano, singing his original song "Empty-Handed" from his first solo album. I've seen Bryan on Broadway as Huey in MEMPHIS (he was in for Chad Kimball) and after that, I went to see him in the national tour too. He's just brilliant! And his song is beautiful. Also I saw JMI on Bway in MEMPHIS. He is ridiculously talented. Of course.

Again, here is the weekly Broadway radio show that I have been listening to for a decade or so. "Comic Relief" is one of my favorite themes ever! George Harter added some new ones to this version, but basically it has some of the best comic relief songs in Broadway from The Lion King to Les Miserables. You can also access last week's show, about which I wrote last week.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

UPDATED: THE VOICE Week 2!

On Tuesday, September 17, I started my new job as BroadwayWorld.com's official recapper of NBC's "The Voice." So after every episode, I will write a full page about what happened, including a paragraph about each contestant, the coaches' reactions, and all of the drama/suspense of the evening! 

Click on the icons below to see re-caps from both September 17, and Wednesday September 18!

"Season three of NBC’s The Voice hit the ground running last week, and tonight, September 17, marks the start to week two. The talent was top-notch, which meant coaches Blake SheltonAdam LevineChristina Aguilera, and Cee Lo Green had to do their best to convince the singers to join their teams..."
Click on the icon for the full September 17 recap!
Click here for the full September 18 recap!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

SMASH, Tony Awards, and More Broadway Moments Win in the 2012 Emmys!

Though there are lots of awards on this list, I will only focus on the Broadway-related ones because, let's face it, those are the most important, right?
So first of all, how ironic is it that awards shows can win awards? When you think about it, it makes sense, but the idea is just weird. But I'm glad they do, because it definitely gives more incentive to make the Tonys, Oscars, etc. more entertaining, and I feel like they step up their game every year. Although, I have never seen an opening to the Oscars to rival the one Billy Crystal did in 2004 when The Return of the King absolutely swept. It just kept going and going! This video cuts off the montage at the beginning, but it still gives the idea. Be sure to notice Heath Ledger is shown at 00:12, and Angelina Jolie looks like she's actually eaten recently.

Also, I have also never seen a Tony Awards opening as good as the 2009 one. The "Luck Be a Lady/Tonight" medley is simply unbeatable!



So for Broadway fans, here are the highlights from the Creative Arts Emmy Award-winners

Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics: 65th Annual Tony Awards (Song Title: "It's Not Just For Gays Anymore"). If you didn't see it, watch it now! Very clever, and the bit with Brooke Shields is just inherently funny, though a bit painful to watch.
Outstanding Special Class Program: 65th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie or Special:
Memphis (Great Performances on PBS). This was wonderful! I couldn't find a video of it, so let's just watch the Tony performance from 2010.

Outstanding Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Programming: The 54th Annual Grammy Awards, 65th Annual Tony Awards.
Outstanding Choreography: Joshua Bergasse, Choreographer - Smash. Smash is just an awesome new show! It took a few episodes to really get good, but here is what I think is the best performance they have done. This one totally came out of left field and didn't really advance the plot, but it's still brilliant.

Visit BroadwayWorld.com for the full list of winners!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Favorites from the Day: Glee and Broadway

Today on BroadwayWorld.com, my favorite articles were these two:

If you love Broadway, you absolutely have to check out this radio program! Right now. My family used to listen to this every Friday night, and it is one of my first memories of real Broadway music. Each week, the host George Harter plays Broadway music (usually oldschool) centered around a specific them, like comic relief. Between songs, he gives his own input about each show, its history, and other interesting things about that particular song.

It should be obvious why this is one of my favorites... Writing about one of the top mainstream shows is pretty awesome. This video is great, because you get to see Lea Michele rave about Kate Hudson's awesome talent, and meanwhile you also see Kate Hudson talking about how excited but scared she was the whole time.

Regionally on BroadwayWorld.com...

Today on BroadwayWorld.com, I wrote about comedy, TV, music, and more.

Lee Street Theatre claimes that audiences will, "Die laughing at Salisbury's own Improv Comedy Troupe, Now Are The Foxes! Come laugh with us before the 2012 Apocalypse comes!" 

The winner of America's Got Talent... Nevada Public Radio listeners have a unique opportunity to support public radio while enjoying the comedy and talents of entertainer Terry Fator in Terry Fator: Ventriloquism in Concert on September 28 and 29. A limited number of specially priced tickets are available for the September 28 and September 29, 7:30 p.m. performances. 

The UK rockers, Morning Parade, are officially in the Top 20 on the Modern Rock radio charts with their hit single, "Headlights," as they continue their US takeover with debut album Morning Parade, which they released earlier this year via Astralwerks. The single "Headlights" has just received the lyric video treatment, with the video officially out on September 12 in the US. Click on the link to check out their new video!

If there's anything you want me to write about that is arts news-related, message me through Singular Sensation on Facebook.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Welcome to Singular Sensation!

This blog is dedicated to the journalism endeavors of a BroadwayWorld.com intern. I edit articles (and occasionally write my own) for BroadwayWorld.com, so whenever I write something, I will post it here. I have covered many regional theatres, Glee, The Midtown Men, as well as big Broadway names like Idina Menzel, Megan Hilty, Hugh Jackman, and more.

Because of the nature of my internship, I can write about basically whatever I want. My favorite thing to do is write about people or groups whom I know personally, so if you are involved in any kind of entertainment and would like to get publicity on BroadwayWorld.com, message me on Facebook or Tweet me! Follow on Twitter or like Singular Sensation on Facebook to see not only the articles that I have a hand in, but other Broadway/entertainment news.

So if you love Broadway, keep up with this blog to stay in touch with the theatre world, and embrace your inner theatre nerd.