Lego announces new set themed around the women of NASA

  • Toy manufacturer Lego Group has announced it will be creating a set of Legos based around the women of NASA, Community Specialist Hasan Jensen wrote in a blog post for the company on Tuesday.
  • The idea for the project was originally pitched by Maia Weinstock, who submitted it to Lego through the company’s Lego Ideas program.
  • The set will include five women who contributed to NASA’s mission, including computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, mathematician Katherine Johnson, astronaut Sally Ride, astronomer Nancy Grace Roman and astronaut Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to enter space in 1992. Read more (2/28/17 5:53 PM)

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Toy company Lego to produce Women of Nasa set - BBC News
They include scientist Katherine Johnson, who was portrayed in the film Hidden Figures.

From left to right, we have:

  • Computer scientist Margaret Hamilton
  • Scientist Katherine Johnson (of Hidden Figures fame)
  • Astronaut, physicist and educator Sally Ride
  • Astronaut and physician Mae Jemison
  • Astronomer Nancy Grace Roman

And because I love it so much, here is a picture of Margaret Hamilton with the code she wrote for Apollo 11. :)
We Have Liftoff: Lego Set Honoring Women Of NASA Will Land On A Shelf Near You
The set depicts, from left, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, mathematician Katherine Johnson, astronaut Sally Ride, astronomer and executive Nancy Grace Roman and astronaut Mae Jemison.

“It’s been a busy week for Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician whose story was the center of the critically acclaimed film “Hidden Figures.”

The pioneer presented an award at the Oscars on Sunday alongside the film’s stars. A day later, Lego announced she would be enshrined forever in glossy plastic.

The toy company announced the winner of its semiannual Lego Ideas competition this week: a set honoring five women of NASA. The women are computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, mathematician Katherine Johnson, astronaut Sally Ride, astronomer and executive Nancy Grace Roman and astronaut Mae Jemison.”

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Musical Theatre Roles from Lowest to Highest (female range)

(Many of these are up for interpretation to an extent, but I’ve included the vocal range to the side for reference!  The ranges are based not only on the high notes, but the low notes, timbre, and what part the actress sings in group numbers.  If you feel a character is way out of place, or think I’ve put the incorrect range, send me a message!  (I may have been going a little bonkers by the end of putting this post together, so just let me know!) 

Don’t know your vocal range?  Check out this video for help figuring it out!

You can find the male counterpart to this post here!

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Classic 1950s Elegance

I’m apparently on a Catherine Zuber kick this week, and when I came across these beautiful shots from an equally beautiful musical, The Light in the Piazza, I knew I needed to do a mini-review. Time and again, I’ve talked about how much I love the way Ms Zuber uses the look and feel of the time period when she costumes a period musical; that may seem like a given, but few designers steep themselves in the classic designs as much as Catherine Zuber does.

The Light in the Piazza may one day form a full review, but for now, I wanted to offer some comments on these beautiful numbers. The musical is the story of a wealthy woman, Margaret Johnson (Victoria Clark in a Tony-winning outing), bringing her developmentally delayed daughter, Clara (Kelli O’Hara in a Toni-nominated outing), on a trip to Florence, and the relationship between mother and daughter that develops as Clara finds love and seeks to marry. Almost operatic in terms of music, it’s a personal favorite.

The costumes, however, are why I really enjoy this musical. Take a look at the puce suit worn by Ms Clark in this scene. Puce is not a color that is easily made to look pretty, but Ms Zuber has managed it elegantly here. The cuts of the fabric are sharp without being overly geometric, the lapels of the jacket are wide without being distracting, and where the fabric bunches and folds, everything looks utterly natural. The accessories come in the form of crisp cream gloves, a triple strand of pearls, and a simple but elegant hat that matches the suit in color and style. This is an outing that could easily have been found in the closet of an upper-class Southern woman, but has Ms Zuber’s characteristic crispness to make sure it looks enticing no matter how many times it appears.

Ms O’Hara’s dress is simple but no less eye-catching. The shade of blue is girlish, a mix between a turquoise and a teal, with beautiful lines that allow the figure of the wearer to be shown off while still remaining within the bounds of 1950s fashion sensibility. The bodice of the dress has a light fabric pattern, simple lines in the fabric designed to draw the eye upwards, and the fabric itself flows nicely. It also offers a nice contrast to the more elegant and business-like attire of the character’s mother.

The 1950s are one of the great eras of American fashion and costume design, and it’s always nice to see productions set there because it means we get costume designers taking their cues from those great designers. Ms Zuber has once again brought her original style and flair to the production with these two outfits, and I really enjoy seeing them.

Famous People Who Share Your Solar and Lunar Houses: Part One, 1st House Suns
  • 1st House Moon: Mindy Kaling, Kate Winslet, Rosa Parks, Lucy Lawless, Georgia O'Keefe, Bill Kaulitz, Zooey Deschanel
  • 2nd House Moon: Aaron Burr, Julie Andrews, Brad Pitt, Blake Lively, Paul Newman, Ozzy Osbourne, Sarah Silverman, Francis Bacon
  • 3rd House Moon: 14th Dalai Lama, Heath Ledger, John Mayer, Caitlyn Jenner, Louis Garrell, Andrew Carnegie, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, Daisy Fuentes, Alfred Nobel
  • 4th House Moon: Evanna Lynch, Penelope Cruz, Matthew Perry, Wassily Kandinsky, Eva Peron, Steve Martin, Gianni Versace, North West, Joe Dimaggio
  • 5th House Moon: Freddie Mercury, Arthur Miller, Grace Kelly, Barbara Streisand, Lisa Kudrow, Mark Twain, Augustus, George Lopez, Thomas Hobbes
  • 6th House Moon: Alyssa Milano, Michael Phelps, Catherine de' Medici, Clark Gable, Vladimir Nabokov, Clemence Poesy, Cesare Borgia, Anne of Brittany, Barbara Schulz, Edward the III of England
  • 7th House Moon: Gillan Anderson, Tom Selleck, Kathy Griffin, James Joyce, Margaret Cho, Lady Bird Johnson
  • 8th House Moon: Nero, Rachel McAdams, Rob Kardashian, Azelma Banks, Joe Frazier, Robert Duvall, World War II, Petrarch
  • 9th House Moon: Andy Warhol, Elijah Wood, Matt LeBlanc, Lauren Conrad, Frank Zappa, Gene Wilder, Johannes Brahms, Hozier, Sophia Brahe, Joanna of Castille
  • 10th House Moon: Lafayette, Nicolas Cage, Jude Law, Bradley Cooper, David Cameron, George Lucas, Olivia Newton John, Alan Cumming, Casey Kasem
  • 11th House Moon: Bruce Lee, Keanu Reeves, Pamela Anderson, Lindsay Lohan, Claude Debussy, Machine Gun Kelly, Robert Burns
  • 12th House Moon: Abraham Lincoln, Bjork, Scarlett Johansson, Bach, Cate Blanchett, Alexander Skarsgard, Nina Simone, Amanda Bynes, Jerry Seinfeld, Stephen Fry, Arietty, Henry the III of England

Margaret Rutherford and Celia Johnson in the stage version of Rebecca, Queens Theatre, London, 1940. Photo by Angus McBean. 

Hitchcock’s film had already been released in the US but the UK release date was delayed. It would have been amazing to compare and contrast the two very different pairs of actresses in the roles. 

i’d love her all to pieces

“everyone is strong and vulnerable and complicated in the most amazing way.” - jessie mueller, about the characters played by the nominees for best actress in a musical in 2014

a collection of my favorite women characters in musical theatre

01. moments in the woods (into the woods); the baker’s wife // 02. to build a home (the bridges of madison county); francesca johnson // 03. all to pieces (violet); violet karl // 04. i’ll know (guys and dolls); sarah brown // 05. getting married today (company); amy // 06. be on your own (nine); louisa // 07. little lamb (gypsy); louise // 08. a cockeyed optimist (south pacific); ensign nellie forbush // 09. fable (the light in the piazza); margaret johnson // 10. always starting over (if/then); elizabeth vaughn // 11. do it alone (parade); lucille frank // 12. beautiful (beautiful: the carole king musical); carole king // 13. back to before (ragtime); mother // 14. i miss the mountains (next to normal); diana goodman // 15. who will love me as i am? (side show); daisy and violet hilton // 16. till there was you (the music man); marian paroo // 17. is it really me? (110 in the shade); lizzy curry // 18. everything’s coming up roses (gypsy); mama rose

listen // part II


The Light in the Piazza