A Little Midday Music

SO, last night my co-worker/friend/fellow broadway stalker, Flips, sent me a zip file of a concert performed by Idina Menzel and Marvin Hamlisch, accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra, in DC last weekend.

After squealing with delight upon opening the email, I made the difficult decision to wait to listen until this morning’s train ride into work. As hard as it was to ignore the fact that I had 22 new live Idina songs sitting on my iPod with the play count at “0,” I knew that if I could just hold out until 8:35am, my ears would thank me–they are, after all, used to hearing the bells and whistles of metro north/the snores of fellow drowsy passengers.

And, alas, when I put my earphones in, as the train departed the Pleasantville station, I was overcome with an incredible sense of joy!
Not only does Idina perform some of the most well-known songs from her Broadway past, but also she dives into some stage/screen classics that seem to have been written for her.

Of course, my expert Youtube surfing skills were put to good use today as I scanned the interweb (thanks Sarah) to find a video of my favorite performance of the lot.

Even though this is not from her Nov. 30 DC performance, it is from an earlier date in the same concert series. Her rendition of “No Day But Today” from RENT is gorgeous, as well as the cause of my emotional outburst on the train this morning.

Beautiful from head to toe to throat, here’s Idina:



November 3, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Live Performances. Leave a comment.

Show Some SKINS

MTV just released two teaser trailers for its new scripted show set to premiere in January 2011.

The show is ‘Skins,’ and it’s based on a Brit drama of the same name.

MTV’s description:

“Skins is a wild ride through the lives of a group of high school friends stumbling through the mine field of adolescence… and stepping on most of the mines as they go.

We’ll meet TONY; good looking, witty, manipulative – he wants everything, and usually gets it. Then there’s his girlfriend MICHELLE; gorgeous and clever, just not clever enough to realize Tony may not be the right one for her. And maybe the right one is actually Tony’s best friend, STANLEY. He’s everything Tony isn’t, and that might end up being a good thing. Of course, Stanley is stuck in a pretend relationship with CADIE, possibly the most dysfunctional girl ever to attend a high school… or maybe that’s all just another thing she’s faking. You’ll love CHRIS because, well, everyone does. No drug is too obscure for him to try, and no sexual mountain too high for him to climb. Complicating everyone’s life is the infamous TEA. She likes girls. And girls like her. What more is there to figure out… right? And let’s not forget ABBUD, the not so devout Moslem and DAISY, the responsible one of the group who is just itching to break some rules of her own.

Be it sex, drugs, the breadth of friendships or the depth of heartbreaks, Skins is an emotional mosh-pit that slams through the insanity of teenage years. They’ll crush hearts and burn brain cells, while fearlessly confronting every obstacle head on…or slightly off.”

Visit the site, and check out the trailers here!

Think you’ll watch?

October 22, 2010. Tags: , , , . TV. Leave a comment.

So You Think You Can Dance, Eh?

SO, we might have to wait until next summer for the deliciousness that is SYTYCD, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still get our fill of insane choreography, brilliant dancers and awe-inspiring performances from its international brothers and sisters.

Over the past couple of seasons, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ here in the states has “borrowed” choreographer Stacey Tookey many times from our sibling up north, SYTYCD: Canada.

Apparently, this exchange program is dual-sided, and it was time for 2-time Emmy Award-winning choreo–and the Simon Cowell of So You Think You Can–Mia Michaels to grab her winter coat and moose and head to Canadia.

Check out her absolutely ba-nanas interpretation of the RENT classic “Will I.”

This vid is almost perfection, save Canada’s version of a poor-man’s Cat Deeley telling Mia that she is proud of her. Um, step back, blondie, Mia don’t need yo praise.


October 22, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Live Performances, TV. Leave a comment.

It Doesn’t Get Much Better Than This Video

SO, this video is over a week old, but I just Gawked across it today.

Over the past couple of weeks celebrities across the country have been uploading their “It Gets Better” videos to Youtube. While most of them are heartfelt and inspiring, none of them even touch the the shoelaces of the one made by Fort Worth, Texas councilman, Joel Burns.

During a city council meeting, Councilman Burns took the time to show pictures/tell stories of the recent teenagers who took their own lives on account of bullying.

Mr. Burns then went on to tell a VERY personal story from his childhood, during which he unearthed details of which he had never before spoken.

Not only is this video incredibly touching and seeping with emotion, but also it is the first one where strength is not just encouraged, but exemplified.

Get the Kleenex ready.

October 21, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Live Performances. Leave a comment.

Beat-in’ Down The White House

SO, this is really cool!

The Obama Administration has made Arts education a priority in their platform, and here’s a prime example of talking the talk AND walking the walk–an in-house musical theatre revue as part of the White House Concert Series.

Check out a performance of the ‘Hairspray’ finale “You Can’t Stop The Beat” by Danielle Arci and Constantine Rousouli (from the Nat’l Touring Co.), and accompanied by students from The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and the Joy of Motion dance center in DC.

So fun!



October 21, 2010. Tags: , , , . Live Performances, Music. Leave a comment.

How I Met Your European Man

SO, there are few words to describe the awkwardness that is Katherine Chloe Cahoon.

Her entire video is as over-the-top as her annunciation.

But, I think we can all agree that her subject matter is incredibly important to the human race.

Jeez, if this biddy can write a book, I’m 98% sure anyone can.


October 19, 2010. Tags: , , , . Stupid/Funny. Leave a comment.


I know it’s been awhile, and I apologize.

It’s a lame excuse, but starting real-people work has been an adjustment, and I’ve let COL suffer along the way.

But I’m BACK with one of my favorite videos EVER, and I promise I won’t leave you all hanging ever again.

In honor of last night’s “Glee,” let’s all take a moment to pay homage to the inspiration for last night’s final number feat. Rachel and Kurt.

Check out the divine Audra McDonald, and the even diviner Patti Lupone belting out Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy (originally done by Babs and Judy G).

You probably want to sit down for this.

October 13, 2010. Tags: , , , . Live Performances, Music, TV. Leave a comment.

Superbad? How about supercute!

OK, I’ve been a fan of Emma Stone (and her raspy alto/tenor voice) since she appeared alongside–and helped take some of the focus away from–Jonah Hill in “Superbad.”

Obviously, Hollywood has realized that there’s something special about the 21-year-old ginger since she’s starting to round up them movie gigs.

Check out the adorbs Ms. Stone in an interview with Jay Leno, where they talk about quintessential NY moments, VH1 reality shows and her new movie Easy A starring Amanda Bynes and Cam Gigandet, which comes out next week.


September 12, 2010. Tags: , , , . Live Performances, TV. Leave a comment.

You get a car, You get a car. I get some tears.

The final season of The Oprah Winfrey Show premieres on September 13, and ABC has not shied away from promoting the shizzle out of it.

As expected, the promos themselves have been over the top and dramatic–with lots of hollering and hands-to-the-mouth moments–often causing me to experience sudden fits of unexpected goosebumps.

This particular commercial even brought a tear or two (or a full-on weep sesh) to my eye.

Say what you will about the big O, the lady knows what it means (and how it feels) to be charitable.

Will you watch the farewell season?


September 6, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Live Performances, TV. Leave a comment.

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