For Black History Month: black principals in “Phantom of the Opera”
Phantom: Robert Guillaume, Los Angeles (1990-91)
Phantom: Norm Lewis, Broadway (2014-15)
Carlotta: Patricia Phillips, Toronto & Broadway (1993, 2003-04, 2006, 2008-09)
Carlotta: Angela M. Caesar, Restaged UK Tour (2012-13)
Carlotta: Danielle White, Las Vegas (principal 2008, 2006-12)
Christine: Lana English, Johannesburg and Pretoria (2004)
Raoul: Jordan Donica, Broadway (2016-17)
Piangi: Thabiso Masemene, World Tour (2011-16)
Piangi: John Whitney, US Tour (2001, 2004-10)
Piangi: Marcus Desando, World Tour (2004-05)
Phantom: Derrick Davis, Restaged US Tour (2016-17)
Phantom: Nicholas Nkuna, Johannesburg and Cape Town (2011-12)
(some comments: for many South Africans the term “coloured” is preferred if there’s different heritage involved, and Lana English would be considered coloured. But in the US and UK that is considered slur and usually avoided online. Just be aware of the distinction. Read more about that here.
Also, there’s been so many wonderful understudies that I did not get to list here, especially for the role of Carlotta, but also for Piangi, Meg Giry and Madame Giry. Only understudy on the list is Nicholas Nkuna, as he played the Phantom. The others are not forgotten, only left out because of Tumblr’s photo limit)
THOUGHTS ON WANDER OVER YONDER’S STATUS ON THE ANNIES
What a night! I was honestly a bit nervous and excited (well seeing that I was rooting for Wander’s nominations). So here are my overall thoughts.
Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children: ADVENTURE TIME
Best Directing for a TV/Broadcast Production: PEARL by Patrick Osborne
Best Character Design for a TV/Broadcast Production: TROLLHUNTERS - Victor Maldonado, Alfredo Torres and Jules Rigolle
3 NOMINATIONS; 0 WINS
Ouch! Well, so much for trying to sway more on Wander since it’s still cancelled. Well, I guess Disney doesn’t want to bring it back just because it lost all of the Annies.
I don’t think it’s that over, Wander fans. Remember, just because we lost doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. It’s alright that it lost to these three other noteworthy shows that do have much hard work like ours.
Trollhunters getting a few wins seemed a first for a Netflix series (well okay it’s made by DreamWorks Animation, and Anton Yelchin’s death did build its own support system), plus Pearl’s Directing win was pretty obvious since they thought he had much bigger creative juices in exploring different formats including Google Spotlight Stories. And as for Adventure Time, I guess animators and artists liked the more experimental episodes nowadays since it had a stop-motion bit that felt funny and well-crafted (correct me if I’m wrong). So congrats to them, and be sure to thank them and support their works too!
And the MOST important thing to also remember: Disney doesn’t care whether their shows or films win an award or not (but at least a win does boast extra recognition, hence why they focus more on their films like Zootopia and Moana than their animated shows). And Wander Over Yonder NOT winning any of them DOESN’T affect their thoughts on whether it’s still noteworthy to revive based on the wins. They can only decide by the influence of its MONEY, REVENUES, RATINGS, SOCIAL MEDIA BUZZ, and CHANGE OF MANAGMENT if any exec is interested in Wander and the creator as well.
The Annie Awards (as well as many Award Shows) are just a popularity contest, not a big factor in the studios and execs’ thoughts on what to do with these works that get many wins or have none at all. They do however use the wins to boast publicity and morale to the studio and company, but not necessarily on whether to bring it back or not. The money is what the companies expect the most above everyone else. Whether the show makes lots of revenue, they would pay attention to secondary support (the fans, the buzz, etc.). But if not, they know they got other shows to fill in unless something of a financial/big support buzz shows up through mails and petitions plus purchases that they may reconsider a bit.
So Wanderers, don’t let these loses turn you down from continuing to #SaveWOY. And please DON’T send inappropriate comments/messages to the winning artists/animators and shows just because they beat Wander. They’re in the same boat in making animated shows just like the Wander crew as they are into other shows in the meantime. Instead, give them a kudos to their hard work and also support them if you want to.
So let’s move on from the Annies, enjoy the other parts that you may have had a blast seeing one of your favorite shows or films win at least an Annie. Or that their nominations are actually much more than just a waiting list.
And let’s continue our efforts to #SaveWOY for the many days, months, and years to come!
But hey, at least Wander still won 3 Annies throughout its original run, including The Breakfast!
A compilation of all the skater cameos in Yuri!!! on Ice:
These little shoutouts to the real figure skating world amused me greatly while watching the anime, so I’ve decided to mash them all into one post:
Yuzuru Hanyu - Sochi 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist, 2014 World Champion, four time Grand Prix Final Champion (2013-16), two-time Four Continents silver medalist (2011, 2013), four time Japanese National Champion (2013-2016), current world record holder for highest short program, free skate, and combined score.
Stephane Lambiel - two-time World Champion (2005–2006), the 2006 Olympic Silver Medalist, a two-time Grand Prix Champion (2005, 2007), and a nine-time Swiss national champion (2001–08, 2010).
Nobunari Oda - 2006 Four Continents Champion, a four-time Grand Prix Final medalist (silver in 2009 and 2010; bronze in 2006 and 2013), 2008 Japanese National Champion. Now works as a professional skater and TV commentator, and also specifically requested to appear on Yuri!!! on Ice (I’m still laughing, what a dork)
Evgeni Plushenko - four-time Olympic Medalist (2006 gold, 2014 team gold, 2002 & 2010 silver), three time World Champion (2001, 2003, 2004), a seven-time European Champion (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012), a four-time Grand Prix Final Champion (1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05), and a ten-time Russian National Champion (1999–2002, 2004–2006, 2010, 2012–2013)
Florent Amodio - 2011 European Champion, a four-time French National champion (2010, 2013-2015), and the 2008 Junior Grand Prix Final champion
Christina Bothwell (American, b. 1960, New York, NY, USA) - 1: Force Of Nature, 2014 2:
Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Hair, 2011 3:
Octopus, 2010-2011 4:
Octopus Girl, 2003-2006 5:
I Fell Into A Dream, 2005 6:
True Love, 2010
Octopus Girl, 2015 8: Flightless Woman, 2007-2009 9: Together Forever, 2012 10:
Evolution Is A State Of Mind, 2008
Pixar 1995: What if toys had feelings?
Pixar 1998: What if bugs had feelings?
Pixar 2001: What if monsters had feelings?
Pixar 2003: What if fish had feelings?
Pixar 2006: What if cars had feelings?
Pixar 2007: What if rats had feelings?
Pixar 2008: What if robots had feelings?
Pixar 2015: What if feelings had feelings?
Underworld movie franchise (starring Kate Beckinsale, born 1973)
Underworld: Evolution (2006)
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)
Underworld: Awakening (2012)
Underworld: Blood Wars (2017)
Resident Evil movie franchise (starring Milla Jovovich, born 1975)
Resident Evil (2002)
Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017)
I cannot understate how important these franchises were and are to me as a female. I hope Beckinsale and Jovovich will be headlining their respective franchises well into their 60s like Stallone and Schwarzenegger.