Starting November 17, come see this special winter exhibition featuring Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, with more than 20 charming and often hilarious mechanical automata. More info to come! www. (at Exploratorium)
in the eye of the hurricane- the last song in a musical before everything goes to shit
hurricane - hamilton // telephone wire - fun home // some things are meant to be - little women: the musical // promise - bare: a pop opera // i don’t care much - cabaret // that face - dogfight // prom climax - carrie // something isn’t right here - bring it on // yo girl - heathers: the musical // waltz for eva and che - evita // not while i’m around - sweeney todd // any moment / moments in the wood - into the woods // talk show - jon & jen // contact - rent // don’t do sadness / blue wind - spring awakening // on the willows - godspell // the long grift - hedwig and the angry inch // bare - bare: a pop opera //
Send me a number and I’ll sing (part of) a song that fits the ask!
1. An Underrated Musical - I’ll sing a song from a musical I think is underrated. 2. An Overrated Musical - I’ll pick a song from a musical I think is overrated. 3. A Happy Musical - I’ll sing a song from a musical that makes me happy. 4. A Sad Musical - I’ll pick a song from a musical that is hella sad. 5. A Musical Flop - I’ll pick a song from a musical that flopped. 6. A Long-Running Musical - I’ll pick a song from a musical on this list. 7. Favorite Composer or Lyricist - I’ll pick a song by my favorite composer/lyricist! 8. Off-Broadway Show - I’ll pick a song from a show that started off-broadway. 9. Love > Hate - I’ll pick a song from a musical I USED to love, but now hate. 10. Hate > Hate - I’ll pick a song from a musical I have always hated. Go ahead, torture me. 11. Guilty Pleasure - I’ll pick a musical theater song that is my guilty pleasure. 12. Leading Player - I’ll pick a song sung by the Lead in a musical. 13. Featured Player - I’ll pick a song sung by a Featured role in a musical. 14. Ensemble - I’ll pick a group song from a musical. 15. Disappointment - I’ll pick a song from a musical I thought would be awesome, but disappointed me. 16. From a Movie - I’ll pick a song from a musical movie. 17. Adaptation - I’ll pick a song from a musical that was adapted from a book, movie, or anything else. 18. Robbed! - I’ll pick a song from a musical I think was robbed of a Tony. 19. It Changed Me - I’ll pick a song from a musical that had a profound impact on my life. 20. Last I Listened To - I’ll sing whichever musical song I last listened to. 21. Starring… Me! - I’ll sing a song from a musical I’ve been IN. 22. Dream Role - I’ll sing a song from a dream role of mine. 23. Genderbend - I’ll sing a song originally done by the opposite sex. 24. Best… Book - I’ll sing a song from the musical I think has the best book. 25. Best… Choreography - I’ll sing a song from the musical I think has the best choreography. 26. Best… Set - I’ll sing a song from the musical I think has the best set design. 27. Best… Costumes - I’ll sing a song from the musical I think has the best costumes. 28. Best… Revival - I’ll sing a song from the musical I think has had the best revival. 29. Best… Musical - I’ll sing a song from MY favorite musical of all time. 30. Asker’s Choice - I’ll sing a song from a musical you choose.
Eartha Kitt was an American actress, singer, cabaret star, dancer, stand-up comedian, activist and voice artist. She had a distinctive singing style and is best known for her Christmas song “Santa Baby” and for playing Catwoman in the television series Batman.
Kitt was born in 1927 near the town of North in South Carolina. Her mother was of Cherokee and African descent and her father was white. She was ostracised at a young age because of her mixed-race heritage and at the age of eight, Kitt was sent to live with another family when her mother’s new boyfriend refused to accept her due to her relatively pale complexion. When her mother died, she was sent to live with her aunt, Mamie Kitt in Harlem, New York City. Kitt attended the New York School of Performing Arts, and at the age of 16 won a scholarship to study with Katherine Dunham. She began her career as a member of the Katherine Dunham Company and was a part of the troupe from 1943 to 1948. Kitt was a featured dancer and vocalist and toured worldwide with the company. During a performance in Paris, Kitt was spotted by a nightclub owner who booked her as a singer at his club. She gained fame and fans quickly, including Orson Welles who called her “the most exciting woman in the world”.
In 1950, Kitt performed her first starring role as Helen of Troy in Orson Welles’ staging of Dr. Faustus. Two years later, she appeared in the Broadway review New Faces of 1952, in which she sang a sultry rendition of “Monotonous” every night. The show ran for a year, and Kitt’s performance led to a national tour, a 20th Century Fox version of the show entitled “New Faces” in which she performed “Monotonous,” “Uska Dara,” and “C'est Si Bon” and a musical career. In 1954 she released her first album and had a succession of hits including “Love for Sale”, “I Want to Be Evil”, “Santa Baby” and “Folk Tales of the Tribes of Africa”. Kitt earned a Grammy nomination for the latter. Around the same time, Kitt published her first autobiography “Thursday’s Child.”.
Kitt continued to record and work in film, television and nightclubs throughout the 1950’s and early 1960’s, performing in Mrs. Patterson, Shinbone Alley and Jolly’s Progress on Broadway. In 1958 she starred opposite Nat “King” Cole in the W.C. Handy biopic St. Louis Blues and the following year she earned an Academy Award nomination for her role as Anna Lucas in a film of the same name. In the late 1960’s, Kitt took on one of her most famous roles when she replaced Julie Newmar as Catwoman in the TV show Batman. Kitt made the role her own and her distinctive voice and trademark growl made her portrayal of Catwoman iconic.
Kitt was active in a number of social causes in the 1950’s and 1960’s, leading to her being put under surveillance by the C.I.A from 1956. In 1966, Kitt established the Kittsville Youth Foundation, a a chartered and non-profit organization for underprivileged youth in the Watts area of Los Angeles. She was also involved with a young group in Anacostia in Washington D.C. called “Rebels with a Cause” who were fighting to clean up the streets and establish areas for the youths to go to keep them out of trouble. She testified with them before the House General Subcommittee on Education of the Committee on Education and Labor. She stated that their model could be used for urban areas throughout the U.S. with similar problems and stated as much, the group were awarded the funded needed. Kitt was also a member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and in 1968, she spoke out at a White House luncheon about the Vietnam War. Kitt stated that “You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot.“ and "The children of America are not rebelling for no reason. They are not hippies for no reason at all. We don’t have what we have on Sunset Blvd. for no reason. They are rebelling against something. There are so many things burning the people of this country, particularly mothers. They feel they are going to raise sons—and I know what it’s like, and you have children of your own, Mrs. Johnson—we raise children and send them to war.” Following her comments, Kitt was blacklisted in the U.S. and focused her attention on performing in Europe and Asia.
In 1974, Kitt returned to the U.S. with a triumphant Carnegie Hall concert, followed in 1978, by a starring role in the successful Broadway musical Timbuktu!. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance. In 1984, she earned her first certified gold record of her career with the disco song “Where Is My Man”. Kitt built a large fanbase of gay male fans, and gave frequent performances at benefits in support of HIV/AIDS organisations. She was a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and publicly supported same-sex marriage.
Kitt was a prolific performer. She continued to work on various projects including film, tv, performing on Broadway and giving live musical performances. Live theatre was her passion, and in 2001, she was nominated for a Tony and Drama Desk nomination for her role as Dolores in George Wolfe’s “The Wild Party. She also starred in “The Wizard of Oz”, Rogers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”, “Nine, The Musical” and The New York City Opera production (Lincoln Center) of “Cinderella.” Off-broadway, she starred in “Mimi Le Duck” (2006) and The Westport County Playhouse production of “The Skin Of Our Teeth” (2007). She also made annual appearances in the New York Manhattan cabaret scene at venues such as the Ballroom and the Café Carlyle in her later years. Kitt died in 2008. She won many awards, including three Emmy’s, one of which was posthumous. She is celebrated with a star bearing her name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
AMANDA PALMER - Machete PIano Rock / Singer Songwriter Associated With: The Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra RIYL: Regina Spektor, Tori Amos, Joanna Newsom, PJ Harvey, Fiona Apple
Sometimes I feel like I no longer relate to Amanda Palmer and put her songs behind me and then she throws herself in my face by releasing a song like Machete. I remember what an incredible songwriter she is and why I fell in love with The Dresden Dolls in the first place over 10 years ago. This song was written for her best friend Anthony who passed away from cancer last year. Bring the tissues. I prefer the musician Amanda over the social media queen Amanda or the book writing Amanda (although it was a good book). I just wanna hear more and more songs and see her go out on tour again.
“i have never liked the box of knives you said was a paradox because you’re kind but withstood a childhood that robbed you blind of love that was safe and so you learned to fight x3 what do i do with this stuff? it seems like yesterday i called you up i had a terrible case of the past i didn’t know how to get it off i didn’t know how to get it off and you took your machete and you sliced through the vines that wrapped around me and you said i don’t know what i’m doing so i’ll just keep on cutting it’s worth a little blood to get your arms free i have never liked the box of knives you said was a paradox because you’re kind but withstood a childhood that robbed you blind of love that was safe and so you learned to fight x2 what do i do with this stuff? it seems like yesterday i was in love i kept of covering the soft parts up i didn’t know how to get them off i didn’t know how to get them off and you took your machete and you hacked through the woods in the surrounding and you said i don’t know where i’m going i just know that i’m heading from the dead things piling up behind me and you took your machete and you carved out a path to my chest and you said see there’s nothing not worth keeping you’ve felt so many beatings but nothing’s going to work if you believe me nothing’s going to work if you believe me i have never liked the box of knives you said was a paradox because you’re kind but withstood a childhood that robbed you blind of love that was safe and so you learned to fight x2 i have never liked the box of knives i took it to the oceanside the day you died i stood out on the dock no matter how hard i tried i couldn’t drop them in and i collapsed and cried: what do i do with this stuff? it seems like yesterday you were alive and it’s as if you never really died and it’s as if you never really died. and you took your machete and you said boo guess who but seriously, beauty you said see ? you get the drill now don’t you it’s not a will or won’t you can’t keep making symbols out of nothing so i took your machete and i sliced off your head and you laughed and you said see it’s just like anti matter it’s dumbo’s magic feather you don’t need me here to cut you you don’t need me here to cut you you don’t need me here to cut you you don’t need me here to cut you.”
Another fun one for Tor and AD Irene Gallo! This cover art for Lara Elena Donnelly’s debut novel Amberlough, publishing February 2017 from Tor Books. A fantasy/espionage thriller, Amberlough has been described as Le Carré meets Cabaret as a double-agent schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup.
Tor Books Editor Diana Pho said, “ Reading Amberlough is like getting drunk from too much champagne, but knowing the hangover would be worth it.” I have had so much fun capturing the sassy attitude of the main characters: Aristide and Cordelia. You can check out the cover reveal blog post by Tor here, and/or pre-order the book on amazon. The book is due out February 17, 2017 from Tor Books.