Last week I wrote about our return to listening to the live, in-person, outdoors NC Symphony concerts known as Summerfest, which is perhaps my favorite summer tradition. Yesterday I wrote about my return to movie theaters in order to see In the Heights (which I haven’t done yet, but I’ve got specific plans to do … More This Video Celebrating a Return to a Pre-Pandemic Activity Brought Tears to My Eyes
I’ve been waiting for this day for years––literally years. Since 2016, actually, when it was announced that Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was the toast of Broadway with his blockbuster Hamilton, would co-produce a movie version of his first musical, In the Heights. There were a few detours along the way; it was originally going to be … More It’s Finally Here! THE Movie Event of My Summer
Earlier in the year, I wrote a post about although COVID restrictions had forced the cancellation of our beloved July 4th tradition of gathering with my spiritual center to listen to an outdoor concert by the North Carolina Symphony followed by a firework display, the holiday was still going to be special because they were … More Not Feeling Christmas 2020? Hamilton to the Rescue––Again!
Well, it’s been another one of those weeks, hasn’t it? I’m sure we could all use something to brighten up our weekend. Don’t you think an hour and a half of Latinx Broadway performances would do the trick? A free show on YouTube called Viva Broadway: Hear Our Voices pays tribute to the vibrant contribution … More Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with Free Broadway Performances
I Hear America SingingWalt Whitman I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,The boatman singing what belongs to … More A Happy 4th of July–Really!
“The time has come,” the lock-downed said, “To laugh at many things:Like shows—and books—and fairy tales— kookaburra that sings—And pink rainbow unicorn hugs— And beavers safe in springs.” “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” ― J.K.Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban OK, so … More Of Kookaburras and Unicorns
Of course, Barbra Streisand is more than just a Broadway star. But Broadway was where she got her start (who can forget her Fanny Brice?) and her Broadway songs are many of my favorites of her recordings, so I’m counting her as a Broadway Blessing. On May 5, Barbra released this video in honor of … More Broadway Blessings #6: Barbra!
Last week, we had Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber as a Broadway Blessing. This week, we had Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hamilton. There is only person I can think of who might outrank those two as the ultimate Broadway Blessing and that is Stephen Sondheim, the American composer and lyricist of some of the best musicals in … More Broadway Blessings #5: Sondheim!
Back in 2016, the first year that Hamilton: An American Musical appeared on Broadway but before it had gained widespread fame, I played a few video clips of the show for my high school literature class. They knew nothing about the musical, but they were spell-bound. The very idea of an ethnically-diverse cast telling the … More Broadway Blessings #4: Homeschool with Hamilton
If none of the panoply of stars appearing in the One World Together At Home show I wrote about yesterday appeal to you, here is another option. Tonight and tomorrow until 2:00 PM Eastern time, you can watch an online performance of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most famous and most popular musical for FREE! Yes, … More Broadway Blessings #3: PHANTOM!