Friday, December 1, 2017

Musical Theater Therapy: "Finishing the Hat"



When Broadway Genius John told us that Jake Gyllenhaal would be playing George in A Sunday in the Park with George, our first thought was, naturally, "will he be naked?" He sympathetically told us that no, he would not be. He was equally dejected.

At least Broadway Genius John understands where we're coming from with respect to casting decisions.

He, BGJ, enthused about Jake's singing voice (not slang for his penis, apparently), having seen him perform as Seymour in a concert production of Little Shop of Horrors ("feed me Seymour" I heard him mutter to himself). I didn't think much about it until I ran across this video (which, to be honest, I ran across months ago and never actually listened to).

Note: it's weird that the writing switches between "us"/"we" and "me"/"I" isn't it? Sorry. There's this "royal 'we'" editorial thinking that when one speaks on behalf of Musical Theater Therapy, the most esteemed resource for mental health via show tunes--that doesn't (currently) charge--one is speaking on behalf of an institution. Take that in whatever sense you'd like. I'm gonna keep switching, there's nothing meaningful to it. We apologize for any confusion.

Jake Gyllenhaal can sing! Even with his clothes on .

A Sunday in the Park with George is Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine's musical based on painter George Seurat's "A Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jette" (the giant painting made up of dots of paint featured in Ferris Bueller's Day Off) which is, surprisingly, based on the novel Push by Sapphire. The characters within the painting and Seurat the painter provide a bit of a "show within a show" feel to the story of contemporary art enthusiasts and a descendant of Seraut's struggling to create his own work.

Today's song is "Finishing the Hat." It's about how art imposes isolation on its creators. Or something like that, his clothes were on and I didn't pay attention.

Fun fact: Lin-Manuel Miranda once finished a hat. His clothes were on as well.

Today's lesson: Jake Gyllenhaal isn't just a pretty face and a sexy body and acting talent. He can also sing.

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