july 7, 2007

Theory time

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End was released on July 7, 2007. The latest installment of the series, Dead Men Tell No Tales, was scheduled to release on July 7, 2017, but was released early for some reason.
Because Will Turner is the captain of the Flying Dutchman, he is only allowed to come onto land once every 10 years. They were making us wait 10 years for Will’s return. We waited just like Elizabeth and Henry did.

20 facts you may not know about Rent

1.  Jonathan Larson, who wrote the music and lyrics, died the morning of Rent’s first preview performance Off Broadway.

2. The musical has been performed in twenty-four languages.

3. With 5123 performances Rent is the 11th longest running Broadway show ever!

4. All the original cast members played in the movie version except Daphne Rubin-Vega (Mimi) and Fredi Walker (Joanne).

5. Daphne Rubin-Vega the original Mimi did not participate in the film adaptation of Rent, as she was pregnant at the time of the movie’s casting and filming.

6. Fredi Walker, the original Joanne, stated she was not offered the film role due to her age. At her request the producers cast an actress of African descent.

7.  Tracie Thoms did not only played Joanne in the movie version(2005), she also played in the last Broadway show(2008) and in the Hollywood Bowl version(2010).

8. Taye Diggs (Benny) and Idina Menzel (Maureen) fell in love while performing as part of the original production in 1995. They were married for 10 years, but divorced in 2014.

9. Anthony Rapp (Mark) and Daphne Rubin-Vega (Mimi) are the only two cast members who played in the workshop of 1994 and the Broadway production of 1996.

10. One of Jonathan Larson’s girlfriends dumped him for a girl the way Maureen dumped Mark for Joanne.

11. In the movie Mark’s mother is played by Randy Graff, wife of Rent’s original musical director, Tim Weil.

12.  During the performance of “What You Own” in the movie, when Mark and Roger are on the roof, you can briefly see the side of the building. But if you look closely, “ANGEL” is spray-painted on the side of the building.

13.  In the original draft of Rent, Maureen was HIV positive too.

14. "Without You" was originally a duet between Joanne and Maureen.

15. It’s called Rent, because it represents the financial burden young people feel as they graduate college full of knowledge but absent any marketable job skills, thrown into a real world where high ideals don’t pay the rent.

16. The word rent also means torn, Larson’s favorite meaning of the title, because the characters in the show are torn between a lot of things.

17.  Anthony Rapp (Mark) and Adam Pascal(Roger) returned to Broadway from July 30 to October 7, 2007.

18. Anthony Rapp sang R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” his audition for the musical.

19. In 1998, the West End production of Rent opened with four of the original cast members: Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Angel), Jesse L. Martin (Tom), Adam Pascal(Roger) and  Anthony Rapp (Mark).

20. Pat Briggs, the lead singer of the rock band Psychotica, played Tom Collins in the workshop version.

(Pictured above l-r: Elijah Page, Chester Poage, Briley Piper)

On 12th March 2000, Elijah Page (19), Briley Piper (19) and Darrell Hoadley (20) kidnapped, tortured and murdered 19 year old Chester Poage in a rural area of South Dakota. 

After holding him at gunpoint, the three boys kidnapped Chester and took him to a secluded place deep into the woods. Once there, they forced him to drink hydrochloric acid as part of a two hour torture ordeal. They also confessed to kicking and stoning their victim, at one point stopping to stab him in the head and torso, and eventually forced him into icy waters without any clothes on- all so they could rob him of his possessions. Chester’s body was then left there naked, bloodied and almost frozen until its discovery around one month later. 

After their arrest, Page made no effort to deny the crimes and instead readily admitted his involvement. He subsequently received the death penalty and went on to waive all appeals as he confessed to wanting to die. On 11th July 2007, 7 years after the cruel murder he committed, Elijah Page simply replied “no” when asked if he had any last words and received the lethal injection. Accomplice Briley Piper was also sentenced to die but still remains on death row, while Darrell Hoadley serves life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Now and Forever

 

Snow flaked falling, the sounds of children laughing permeating the windows as you watch your husband and sons run around throwing snowballs, making snow men and angels. Slowly stirring a simmering pot of chocolaty goodness, marshmallows and mugs waiting for when your boys come in from the cold. Sweet memory laden smile slides over your lips remembering when you first met your husband and how things didn’t start off as if this would be the outcome for your lives.

Come stop your crying
It will be alright
Just take my hand
And hold it tight

I will protect you
From all around you
I will be here
Don’t you cry

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