Tag Archives: musicals

Hamilton Polka!

In case you missed it, Weird Al has done it again – an amazing pop culture polka. This one is just Hamilton  music. Enjoy.

But wait! There’s more. How about Lin Manuel Miranda listening to it?

Wait, is that Jimmy Fallon? Like, maybe they were on the show together?

Yep.

Which would of course not be complete without a lip sync.

 

To Dub or Not to Dub in Musicals

So today I read an article from Vulture about the need to go back to dubbing in musicals. It used to be a standard practice for studios to dub over an actress if they did not feel their singing voice was up to snuff. At the same time the person actually doing the singing often did not get on screen credit for their effort. Now a days we are seeing times where an actor was cast in a part even though their singing voice might not have been the best. There are plenty of times that I have been disappointed in the casting choice due to the singing voice. At the same time a few bad choices does not mean that we need to go back to dubbing over voices. The article in particular seems a little bit overly critical of people who are mainly actors and actresses who do their own singing. Continue reading

Camp

Today I am going to take just a little bit of your time to extol the virtues of a little indie flick from 2003 called Camp. I do not remember who first introduced this movie to me, but I loved it. I love going to the theatre and seeing musicals. Now I am not someone who follows theatre where I know certain actors, but whenever I get the opportunity I love seeing shows performed. This movie is all about a bunch of teenagers going to theatre camp. Anyone who has done theatre or grown up with theatre will enjoy the nostalgia of this movie. It is not the greatest movie ever, but it holds a special place in my heart. Part of what is great is that it definitely deals with people who are normally outsiders finding hope in each other. Here are some of the best parts of the movie.

[Editor’s note: Language]

Various Theatre Shows

Part of the fun part of the whole movie is watching these kids put on some pretty grown up theatre shows. They go through a variety of different theatre acts and musical numbers, which is just so much fun to watch. It is also great to see some of the rivalry between the students. There is the star who stands alone and is followed around by Fritzie. The diva girl is the one who always gets the best parts. It is so great when we see her get her comeuppance, but that is a littler later down.

Summer Camp of Misfits

I mean who doesn’t love a good summer camp story especially with a bunch of misfits? I mean you have the guy who wore a dress to his prom and then was not allowed in and subsequently beat up. The girl who doesn’t have anyone to go with her to prom. A girl who so badly wanted to go to theatre camp that her compromise with her parents was to get her jaw wired shut when they wanted her to go to fat camp. The biggest misfit of them all is actually a former theatre director who has fallen on hard times. Together they put on a great final show that brings everyone together.

Anna Kendrick as Fritzi

So something I learned recently is that Camp is actually Anna Kendrick’s first experience on a movie. She plays the formidable Fritzi and she is a force. In the beginning Fritzi is a bit of an outsider among outsiders. She follows around the diva of the camp and does everything that she asks. Fritzi finally gets pushed too far and ends up poisoning the lead during a performance. She just happens to show up when the big number is happening as the lead gets sick and is ready to go on stage.

Director: What in the hell are you doing here?

Fritzi: I knew you’d be discussing stopping the show, and I just thought how disappointed all the kids would be.

Director: You scheming little bitch!

Fritzi: Please! I’m a child.

Director: If you think for one….

Fritzi: Save it rummy, she’s fucked, I’m ready, and the goddamn show must go on. So let’s get cracking, shall we?

Anna Kendrick then proceeds to kill it as Fritzi and belt out a song like she belongs on stage. It is my favorite part of the whole movie. It really is a moment where you can see how Anna Kendrick has gone on to become the star she is. 

We May Have to Watch More of This… Sesame Street

So we have started occasionally showing the Geek Baby some videos and such online – like Winnie the Pooh per our poll – and then we remembered that HBO bought Sesame Street, and that means we have access to it there.

We’ve watched a bit of classic Sesame Street, and the Geek Baby can’t really sit through a whole episode, so she wanders off a bit into it but it’s fun. Holly and I both certainly get some nostalgia from it.

And then today we put on the most recent episode, last weekend’s Music Magic. And who cares what the Geek Baby thought… we were awestruck.

This fairy, in fact.

This fairy, in fact.

First, the long opening segment was about Elmo being left the new fairy character’s magic wand. He casts a spell, and suddenly everyone around him is singing whatever they say. And they can’t stop singing whatever they say. Holly and I could not stop thinking – and it seemed rightly so – of the Buffy episode “Once More with Feeling,” the musical episode.

Good times. And then the episode went on, you know, songs and letters and numbers. These things. Anyway, it continues on to a segment about listening carefully. With Cookie Monster.

At Hogwarts.

“Furry Potter and the Goblet of Cookies,” to be precise, and there’s a muppet of Dumbledore there too with a funny name and it was amazing. There were cute house banners in the background, Cookie Monster doing magic, it was just…

When did Sesame Street become so geeky? I don’t know, but I like it. I think this watching kids’ shows thing might work out for us…

We May Have to Watch More of This… Sesame Street

So we have started occasionally showing the Geek Baby some videos and such online – like Winnie the Pooh per our poll – and then we remembered that HBO bought Sesame Street, and that means we have access to it there.

This fairy, in fact.

This fairy, in fact.

We’ve watched a bit of classic Sesame Street, and the Geek Baby can’t really sit through a whole episode, so she wanders off a bit into it but it’s fun. Holly and I both certainly get some nostalgia from it.

And then today we put on the most recent episode, last weekend’s Music Magic. And who cares what the Geek Baby thought… we were awestruck.

First, the long opening segment was about Elmo being left the new fairy character’s magic wand. He casts a spell, and suddenly everyone around him is singing whatever they say. And they can’t stop singing whatever they say. Holly and I could not stop thinking – and it seemed rightly so – of the Buffy episode “Once More with Feeling,” the musical episode.

Good times. And then the episode went on, you know, songs and letters and numbers. These things. Anyway, it continues on to a segment about listening carefully. With Cookie Monster.

At Hogwarts.

“Furry Potter and the Goblet of Cookies,” to be precise, and there’s a muppet of Dumbledore there too with a funny name and it was amazing. There were cute house banners in the background, Cookie Monster doing magic, it was just…

When did Sesame Street become so geeky? I don’t know, but I like it. I think this watching kids’ shows thing might work out for us…