last curtain call

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Shuu and Sayaka’s Amour Eternal senshuraku curtain call (✿◠‿◠)

anonymous asked:

Hi! Thanks for blessing my dash each day with Engeki Haikyuu!! goodness! "Winners and Losers" was definitely a lot more emotional, not only onstage with Karasuno's loss, but also that we're watching the last performances of Tatsunari and Shouhei. As a person who attended the last curtain call, can you tell us what went through your mind? Did you have any inkling that we may be saying goodbye to someone? Watching the DVD again knowing of the recast, how differently did you view the curtain call?

Honest to god, my inkling back in May was that we would be saying goodbye to all of them and that any continuing Haikyuu plays would feature an entirely new cast for Karasuno.  That final curtain call and everything about that last show and what the actors put into it just SCREAMED graduation performance.  It felt like the graduation shows I’d seen for other 2.5D plays, and with other sports shows like Tenimyu having a sort of formal graduation system in place, it wouldn’t have been strange, and that was what I expected.  All things considered, it would have been a good time to do something like that.  

But especially with so many of them just tearing up and losing it for the curtain call when they hadn’t previously done that.  I mean, Kouhei’s voice broke a few times, Ken-chan seemed like he was going to burst into tears, Ryoutarou broke into tears completely, and when you have that going across the board, I had thought we were gearing up for a full-cast change.  And with KENTA SAYING SUCH CRYPTIC THINGS!!!  The others might not have been hinting at any changes with their words, but Kenta sure as hell was.  

Watching it again, I paid particular attention to Shouhei and Tatsunari since they are in fact the only ones to leave, and I have noticed some subtle differences.  It now seems like Shouhei almost… rushed through his curtain call message?  He’s never been very lengthy with it in the past, and he still did his traditional call-out to Tanaka beside him, and it’s still very energetic and half in-character, but now I wonder if maybe he was short on words.  He’s quite the veteran stage actor among them, and he’s always been very professional so it can be hard to tell.  But he did later write a blog post with a farewell to Engeki Haikyuu, so we eventually got a little more of his thoughts.  
In contrast, I feel like Tatsunari took more time with this curtain call than he had ever done previously, like he just wanted to stand there and take in the feel of that stage, that sight… just pause and bask in it.  He allllmost broke there right at the end, but he kept it together, and given how he broke down backstage later, I’m honestly impressed.  I believe Tatsunari also wrote things after their graduation was formally announced, but I am not a paying member of his fanclub so I haven’t read what he wrote on his blog.  I’m sure it was very emotional and heartfelt.  

I sometimes wonder what it must be like for them to revisit such feelings after the DVD gets released.  People so rarely have such emotional moments in their lives recorded step-by-step and played back to them (in Blu-Ray quality, even!).  Right now the current cast are so busy touring Summer of Evolution, I don’t think they’d want to revisit that just yet by watching their W&L DVDs.  I wouldn’t, personally, but maybe some have.  I don’t know.  But if and when each of them takes the time to view the DVD like we have, I have to wonder how differently they might feel with the time that’s passed.  More nostalgic?  More sad?  
What I feel is infinitely more gratitude for the work those two have put in and contributed to this series of shows.  

One Last Time

In the theater, the audience  — which included Secretary of State John Kerry, Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda and Spike Lee — seemed to savor every moment. Immediately upon Miranda’s entrance for the show’s opening number, “Alexander Hamilton,” the audience stood for an ovation that lasted a full minute.

As the evening went on, the performance packed an unusual wallop. The emotions in “It’s Quiet Uptown,” the musical’s second-act song of devastation and reconciliation, seemed particularly profound for Miranda and Soo, and the rapt crowd hung on every word, only rustling to get out the tissues for a house-wide case of sniffles.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s final bows for his farewell performance in “Hamilton” on Saturday night seemed routine, if overly humble for the departure of the show’s star and mastermind. He even shared his bows with the other cast members also exiting the show, including Phillipa Soo and the Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr.

But then the theme song to “The West Wing” kicked in from the orchestra pit.

Mr. Miranda giggled and took a couple of shy bows, only to turn around and be embraced then pushed back to the front of the stage by Christopher Jackson, who plays George Washington, for a proper bow.

Still, the curtain call lasted no more than two and a half minutes, despite fervent applause, which had been consistent throughout the night. The opening number received multiple standing ovations, as did many others. But Mr. Miranda and other performers would pause for only a minute each time before moving the show forward.

Afterward, in the pouring rain, hundreds and hundreds of fans filled West 46th Street, waiting for Mr. Miranda to emerge from the stage door at the Richard Rodgers Theater.

Instead, Mr. Miranda appeared, “Evita”-like, on a balcony atop the theater’s marquee. Holding an umbrella and waving to fans, he paced from one side of the marquee to the other, occasionally stopping to hold his left hand over his heart to show gratitude.

Then he was gone.

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Today’s #SIP goes out to Luke Gasparre (93, Battle of the Bulge, Bronze Star & Purple Heart) and Elinor Otto (97, an original “Rosie The Riveter” & first woman to receive Lifetime Acheivement Award from the Airforce Association). Both attended @bandstandbway and were honored onstage during curtain call last night. Thanks to @jennyandersonphoto, who was on hand to capture the moment!

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Final Bows in ‘Hamilton’ on Broadway (NYT):

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s final bows for his farewell performance in “Hamilton” on Saturday night seemed routine, if overly humble for the departure of the show’s star and mastermind. He even shared his bows with the other cast members also exiting the show, including Phillipa Soo and the Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr.

But then the theme song to “The West Wing” kicked in from the orchestra pit.

Mr. Miranda giggled and took a couple of shy bows, only to turn around and be embraced then pushed back to the front of the stage by Christopher Jackson, who plays George Washington, for a proper bow.

Still, the curtain call lasted no more than two and a half minutes, despite fervent applause, which had been consistent throughout the night. The opening number received multiple standing ovations, as did many others. But Mr. Miranda and other performers would pause for only a minute each time before moving the show forward.

Afterward, in the pouring rain, hundreds and hundreds of fans filled West 46th Street, waiting for Mr. Miranda to emerge from the stage door at the Richard Rodgers Theater.

Instead, Mr. Miranda appeared, “Evita”-like, on a balcony atop the theater’s marquee. Holding an umbrella and waving to fans, he paced from one side of the marquee to the other, occasionally stopping to hold his left hand over his heart to show gratitude.

Then he was gone.

“It’s over, folks,” a police officer yelled as he tried to keep the crowd out of the street. “There’s no more.”

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The most emotional curtain call in Wicked history- Kristin Chenoweth, Norbert Leo Butz, and Joel Grey’s last show. (x)

“It’s an extremely special and extremely sad evening for me; I’m losing my father, my lover and my best friend…

…there will never be another Kristin Chenoweth.”

-Idina 

anonymous asked:

I hope you won't take this as trolling but why are you so against the idea of Emma wanting to stay home and take care of her infant child? Don't you think that is what she always wanted?

Don’t worry, I don’t think this is trolling. Sorry it took a while to answer this but I had to think long and hard about if I even wanted to …

It’s a legit question because when it comes to this issue I feel like the entirety of the CS fandom is on one side and then there’s me, lonely and sad on the other side.

The theory by itself does not work for me on several levels …

Let’s say Emma is pregnant or has a new baby when Henry calls for help. Colin’s answer at SDCC certainly indicated that this is the direction they are going … In the past we’ve seen Snow do all sorts of adventurous things when she was pregnant, we also saw her take a baby to Camelot and we saw her leave the baby in good hands when she saw that her daughter needed help to go to the Underworld. Emma has been shown to be just as or even more heroic than her mother at many points so any scenario that she would choose to stay home with a baby when her son needs her is so wildly out of character to me.

The thought of her sending Killian away from his child to help Henry also seems to crazy and out of character to me. Emma would never send someone else.

I don’t want my favorite character to go out like that … playing favorites with her new child over her grown son. Sending her husband away as though his presence in their kid’s life isn’t as important as hers. No, Emma would be there every step of the way and wouldn’t let Killian miss everything the way she did.

I know that Jen isn’t coming back and the writers had to figure out a way to sideline her that would make sense … but … this just doesn’t make any sense to me. And if they aren’t creative enough to come up with a way to close out Emma’s story and keep her in character then what hope can that possibly give me for a decent Season to enjoy?

Also, there is the problem of this theory not actually closing out her story …

Assuming that Emma does get a personality transplant and abandons her son so she can be there for a new baby … or even assuming that it wasn’t her choice and there is some reason she can’t go or she was tricked to go back to Storybrooke … where does that leave Killian’s character?

So, he’s cursed for much of the season … fine … but then the curse breaks and he … goes home? Without a reunion with his family that sounds completely unsatisfying … and sad that he is missing time with his family …

The marketing of Jen’s return has across the board been that this is it. It’s one last day, it’s a curtain call, it’s closure, nope .. no future plans for Emma … BUT, Emma and Hook are happy … no need to worry about that.

How can they be happy if Emma is basically left as a single mom and Killian is thousands of miles away and doesn’t remember her? That sounds like the worst possible ending to an epic love story. If we had an indication that Jen would be back then a happy ending would be a far off possibility but I feel like they would have played a little bit more coy about talking about that. 

Of course, GoT did insist that one of their lead characters was dead and not coming back and they were just keeping that a secret… but they directly marketed the new season with him … this is the opposite. I would be shocked if A&E changed their tune after 7x02 and suddenly started teasing that Emma might not be done after all … but I suppose it’s possible

But anyway, my whole worry about this is about the integrity of a character that I hold very close to my heart. I just hope that the creators love the character as much as I do and want to do her character justice even if they can’t continue her story the way they wanted to. I can think of several ways to maintain characterization of Emma and conclude her story at the same time so I hope they can produce something that will not have me horrified..