february five

On Oak’s Forced Leave

Hi friends. I know we’re all super pissed about Oak being asked to leave Great Comet to make room for Mandy Patinkin (I am too. Like I was looking forward to seeing him for months, and now I can’t) but I’m seeing a lot of posts on here that include some info that is just wrong, and wanted to clarify them. So here.

1.) Oak being dismissed had nothing to do with race. Let me explain, because I know that it 100% looks like it does, but it really doesn’t. Oak, while having a lot of fans in the Broadway community, is a total unknown outside of it. Mandy Patinkin is famous in film, television, and theatre (I mean, he was Inigo Montoya). While they are replacing a black actor with a white actor, that’s immaterial. What they’re really doing is replacing someone who won’t sell tickets (at least, extra tickets) with a celebrity who will (at premium prices). Is that better? Not really. But it’s an important distinction that a lot of people haven’t been making. 

2.) He did not have “a week and a half” to sell tickets. I keep seeing this point, and it’s confused me greatly. Oak has been announced to take over Pierre since February. That was about five months ago. Any pre-sale that was going to happen would’ve already happened by now, and obviously same day sales weren’t good. They were expecting Oak to be a draw, but he wasn’t. Not Oak’s fault, but it’s just a fact. 

3.) They’re not blaming Oak for not selling tickets. A continuation of the second point, no one is putting the success of the show on Oak’s shoulders (if anything, they’re putting it on Ingrid’s). However, they found someone who could make the show more successful, and he happens to be taking over Oak’s role. This does not mean that Oak was unsatisfactory in any way, shape, or form, and no one is trying to imply that. 

4.) This is not the first time Great Comet has done this. Brittain Ashford was asked to go on vacation to make room for Ingrid Michaelson, for the exact same reason that Oak is ending his run early, and no one batted an eyelash. The only difference is that Brittain is coming back when Ingrid leaves, while most people in the business are pretty sure they have another celebrity lined up for Pierre, hence Mandy only performing for three weeks. 

5.) He’s still getting paid. Just like Brittain, Oak is going to be fully compensated for the time he’s off. That doesn’t make things better, but please don’t think they’re just throwing him out on the street or something.  

6.) What About Denée, Amber, Nick, Blaine, Azudi, Shoba, Paul, Summaya, Lulu, Andrew, Brandt, and Heath? If you’re wondering who those people are, they’re the other PoC in the cast of Great Comet, which has won multiple awards for its commitment to diversity this season. To further break those numbers down: four of them (Denée, Amber, Nick, and Paul) are in lead/supporting roles (out of a total of ten), one of which, Natasha, is the absolute archetype of “white Russian princess.” Not to mention that one of Natasha’s understudies, Shoba Narayan, is literally the only actress of Indian descent (that I know of) on Broadway right now. The Comet team has gone to great lengths to make their show as diverse as possible (they literally have their swings learn both “male” and “female” roles, and you can see same-sex couples at multiple points during the show, and it has a largely female creative team), and frankly it’s a little bit insulting to see people acting like Great Comet only casts PoC “when it’s convenient for them.” 

7.) It was not Dave Malloy, Mandy Patinkin, or Rachel Chavkin’s fault this happened. I’ve seen people attacking Dave and Rachel for allowing Oak to be replaced, and Mandy himself for replacing him. Not okay. If you want to blame anyone, blame the producers. Dave and Rachel have literally no say beyond: “Yeah. We’d love Mandy to be in it. Not sure when, though.” and Mandy just gave them the times he was free between shooting the next season of Homeland, and it happened to be the last three weeks of Oak’s run. 

8.) This is all about making money. Broadway shows aren’t cheap to run in general, but a show like Comet is an absolute beast. 30+ cast members, a huge band, a giant crew, etc. Their weekly running costs are probably somewhere in the range of 700k-800k a week. Since Josh left, they’ve been making ~900k a week, which is fine, if they want to be in debt for the next ten years. Comet had a huge amount of money put into it, and the people running it are definitely feeling pressure from investors to pay it back. This means they have to stick a celeb in every once in a while. 

9.) I still don’t think it’s okay. This all being said, I think it was an absolutely shitty move on the producers’ part (they could’ve handled it a lot better) and am livid. (Though, I do have to admit I love Mandy Patinkin. I just wish he came at a different time.)  But while I’m angry, I think it’s important not to make this into something it’s not. 

Okay. That’s all. 

anonymous asked:

do you have any good videos or audios of betsy singing, i really want to listen to her more since you talk so much about her but idk where to start

KDJSHDSK MY TIME HAS COME I HAVE SO MANY BEEPS VIDEOS/AUDIOS 

this is probably going to be long i’m sorry i just really love beeps and her voice is gorgeous lmao 

i’ll try and put them in chronological order but not all of them have dates so i am Doing My Best

Audios (credit for these to @callmeadreamer8 and her betsy post which Saved My Life)

The Crime of the Century (from Ragtime) - July 10th, 2005

The I Love You Song (from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) - December 31st, 2006

Who Will Love Me As I Am? (idk what this is from oops) - June 13th, 2008

I’ll Be Here (from Ordinary Days) - April, 2010

Long Distance (idk what this is from either) - November 8th, 2010 

Paper Faces (from Tales of the City) - June 4th, 2011

Military Life (He Was A Jerk…) (from Stage Door Canteen) - November, 2011

I Want It All (idk what its from also someone else is singing this with her idk who though) - June 8th, 2012

The Next Ten Minutes (from The Last Five Years) - February 11, 2013

My Heart Will Go On (from Titanic) - February 19th, 2013

A Summer In Ohio (from The Last Five Years) - March 7th, 2013

I Found A New Baby (from Bullets Over Broadway) - May 21, 2014

pretty much everything after these have videos to go with them so 

Videos

Let It Sing (from Violet) - March 30th, 2015

Falling Slowly (from Once, w/ Darren Criss) - February 26th, 2016

Suddenly Seymour (from Little Shop of Horrors, w/ Darren Criss) - February 26th, 2016

Take Me or Leave Me (from Rent, w/ Darren Criss) - February 26th, 2016 

Maybe This Time (from Cabaret) - February 26th, 2016

Let It Go (from Frozen) -  March 11th, 2016

Something Bad Is Happening (from Falsettos, w/ Tracie Thoms) - January 27th, 2017

What Baking Can Do (from Waitress) - July, 2017

She Used To Be Mine (from Waitress) - August 14th, 2017

wow okay this was even longer than i thought it would be and this isn’t even all of them i’m sorry this is probably more than you wanted,,,, but i would 1000/10 recommend listening to these because her voice is incredible and beautiful and wow i love her a lot in conclusion i’m gay 

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On this day in music history: June 4, 1984 - “The Glamorous Life”, the debut album by Sheila E. is released. Produced by Sheila and The Starr Company (aka Prince), it is recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA from December 27, 1983 - April 4, 1984. The first album by the Oakland, CA born and raised singer/percussionist comes about after Prince (who has known Escovedo since 1978) asks if she’s interested in making an album. She agrees, first collaborating on the song “Erotic City” with the artist (released as the B-side of “Let’s Go Crazy”) the same week that work on her album begins. The first tracks recorded are the title track and “Next Time Wipe The Lipstick Off Your Collar” in late 1983. The basic tracks for “The Belle Of St. Mark”, “Oliver’s House” and “Shortberry Strawcake are recorded in January of 1984. "Noon Rendevous” is the last track recorded in mid-February of 1984. Five of the six aforementioned tracks are originally intended for the album Prince is producing for Apollonia 6, but reassigns them to Sheila instead. Prince takes Escovedo into the studio in April of 1984, recording her vocal and percussion tracks in just four days. Now complete, Prince plays the finished album for his management, who in turn secure Sheila E. a contract with Warner Bros. Records. An immediate success, the album spins off three singles including the title track (#7 Pop, #9 R&B) and “The Belle Of St. Mark” (#34 Pop, #68 R&B). “The Glamorous Life” peaks at number seven on the Billboard R&B album chart, number twenty eight on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Sawbones: The Four Humors
  • Sydnee: It looks like you have too much blood, you need some more melancholy.
  • Justin: Excellent, well I will definitely look into that. Seeing as it's been February for five months now and it's been winter for seven years I'm actually full up on melancholy right now, thank you very much. I've been living in a frozen tundra wasteland and I've never left this house.

congratulations to shinee for ranking third on the oricon weekly chart (for the week of february 20th - february 26th) with five! the album sold a grand total of 68k copies, making it their second highest ranking full album in terms of first week sales (only surpassed by their first album, the first, which sold 71k in it’s first week). (source)