Phantom of the Opera: A speculative fiction about what would happen if Benedict Cumberbatch were a woman and his fans had access to a basement.
Hamilton: The best friend of an ambitious political dissident warns him repeatedly that his actions will end in tragedy. When that doesn’t actually happen, the best friend takes it upon himself to teach a valuable life lesson.
Jesus Christ Superstar: The best friend of an ambitious political dissident warns him repeatedly that his actions will end in tragedy. When that doesn’t actually happen, the best friend takes it upon himself to teach a valuable life lesson.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Tim Gunn was sick today on Project Runway. Let’s see what happens!
Miss Saigon: White savior done fucked up. No one is surprised.
The Scarlet Pimpernel: Proto-superhero pretends to be gay. Wife is understandably miffed when she discovers she won’t be getting the D. Hilarity ensues.
The Lion King: A Shakespearean look at a pride of liMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSAAAAAWENYAAAAAAMAAKALAKIIIIIIIIIIIISSHUENOOONOOOOOOO
Chicago: He really did have it coming.
Cabaret: A Conservative Republican’s worst nightmare is set to music.
Cats: Furries provide a fun-filled look into an average night out.
Rent: All these people are going to die the minute you leave the theater.
Avenue Q: Today on Sesame Street, we learn an important lesson about the purpose of the internet. The word of the day is ANAL.
Les Miserables: A man steals a loaf of bread and is chased across France by the most dedicated police officer on the force. Consequently, everyone dies.
My Fair Lady: A valuable life lesson is taught: if you want to make it in life, all you need to do is sacrifice everything, suffer torment from an obsessive linguistics major, and fake an upper-class English accent. Unless you’re a man, and then you just need to explain that you really need money for alcohol. In that case, someone will promptly die and will you their fortune.
How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying: A young man attempts to push the boundaries of white male privilege. He soon finds there are none.
Sweeney Todd: A barber and his girlfriend take Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” a little too far.
What I don’t get about musicals is why there is such a focus on songs sounding pretty. What I mean is when a character is smack in the middle of an emotional extreme, the actor often pulls back, calms down, and squares up to sing pretty. It ends up being only a fraction of the emotion they just had. Please stop doing that. Raw me with emotion.
Give me an absolutely broken Cabaret. An Empty Chairs filled with such frustration and sadness they can barely find the words.
Each layer of Will I (Rent) can be a different emotion. Defeat, just done, no hope. Anger, will anybody care if die? Cry, you’re dying, you don’t know when but you know you will. Mark wanting to be a impassive documentary maker but he can’t not feel for these people.
A hopeful, in love, slowly unhinging Meant to Be Yours where he absolutely fucking shatters at the end.
Those You’ve Known? Destroy me, keep it haunting and alluring but give me more. You’re absolutely alone. Be sad or vow to prove people wrong or carry on because the only thing you have is desperation and the phrase ‘one of us needs to make it’ left.
Hit the notes, sing your songs beautifully but please, please make them overflowing with emotion. Make it ugly with emotion because everything you have is in that song.
Parker Playhouse- Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Saturday, April 29, 2017
1. Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ (Oklahoma)
2. Daybreak (Floyd Collins)
3. The Streets of Dublin (Man of No Importance)
4. Fighting Dragons (Big Fish)
5. Love I Hear (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum)
6. Proud Lady (The Baker’s Wife)
7. Disney Medley (1) - When You Wish Upon A Star (Pinocchio) // Belle (Beginning) (Beauty and the Beast)// I’ve Got No Strings (Pinocchio) // Cruella De'Ville (101 Dalmatians) // Gaston/Belle (Ending) (Beauty and the Beast)
8. Disney Medley (2)- Proud of Your Boy (Aladdin) // Go The Distance (Hercules) // Out There (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
9. Les Mis Medley- Bring Him Home // **STARS** (Aaron didn’t really sing, Bryan Perri sang and it was AMAZING. Aaron was adorably impressed.) // I Dreamed a Dream // Drink With Me // Do You Hear the People Sing (Sing-A-Long)
10. Sondheim Medley- Good Thing Going // Finishing The Hat
11. Sandy (Grease)
12. Marry Me a Little (Company)
13. GOODBYE (Catch Me If You Can)
14. It All Fades Away (Bridges of Madison County)
The Schuyler Sisters - Hamilton // Everything Else - Next to Normal // A Little Fall of Rain - Les Miserables // Cornet Man - Funny Girl // Oom Pah Pah - Oliver // Cabaret - Cabaret // Nowadays - Chicago // Bend and Snap - Legally Blonde // Thoroughly Modern Millie - Thoroughly Modern Millie // I Can Hear the Bells - Hairspray // The Dark I Know Well - Spring Awakening // I’d Give My Life For you - Miss Saigon // Will You Love Me Tomorrow? - Beautiful, A Carol King Musical // Candy Store - Heathers // See I’m Smiling - The Last 5 Years