Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Musical Theater Therapy: "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)"



Speaking of Stephen Sondheim (and we were, just yesterday, duh, pay closer attention), here's his Oscar winning song from the hit movie (and I do mean hit, it was a really big hit) Dick Tracy. Remember when we were all gaga for primary colors and an original song score partially by Stephen Sondheim? Me neither because we are young Millenials here and have no idea who this schmoe hosting these awards (MTV VMAs?) is...

We remember when Madonna was out hitchhiking in no clothes because that was nudity before the internet existed. We were 2 years old then.

Today's song is "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)" and today's lesson is that Millenials will kill everyone and everything around them. Including us, I mean you, because we certainly are a Mlllenials ourselves.

Song of the Day: "Stand Up For Something"

This is Diane Warren's ninth Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. Randy Newman has two pity wins at this point, so, you know. Do the right thing AMPAS (the right thing, by the way, is to fix your fucked up judging process for Original Song).

And apparently this is NOT Alessia Cara (whose name I spelled right on the first try).



Song: "Stand Up For Something"
Artist: Andra Day/Common

Monday, January 22, 2018

Musical Theater Therapy: "Tonight"



Musical Theater Therapy celebrates one of those musical moments when all the pieces are set up on the game board. Today it's "Tonight" from the iconic (if certainly a bit overwrought) West Side Story, the movie musical about how some Greek and eastern Europeans got into it good with some western Europeans in a part of Manhattan that would soon become super gay.

If we learn one lesson from West Side Story, it's not to let prep school students like Stephen Sondheim write lyrics for gang members.

If we learn two lessons from West Side Story, it's that Marni Nixon is a bad-ass utility player.

Was.

Hash tag rest in piece.

Today's song is "Tonight" and today's lesson is the thing about prep school lyrics. Obvs.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Musical Theater Therapy: "Kiss Her Now"



We here at Musical Theater Therapy are well versed in the forgotten musical Dear World thanks to Broadway Genius John. He's useful like that.

He's also a bit impatient at our unwillingness to sit still and/or stay past intermission which is very likely related to some serious mental health issues we've been working through (or possibly ignoring) which is neither here nor there, it's just a thing, no follow-up questions please.

If you aren't well versed in the story of Dear World, here's the plot summary per Wikipedia: A corporation has discovered oil under the streets of Paris, directly under a bistro. The Countess Aurelia (known as The Madwoman of Chaillot) lives in the bistro's basement, driven mad because of a lost lover and reminiscing about her past. When the corporation decides to blow up the bistro to get the oil, a young executive, Julian, helps to foil the plan because he has fallen in love with Nina, the bistro's waitress. Aurelia lures the corporation executives to the underground in the sewer system.

It's based on Jean Giraudoux's play The Madwoman of Chaillot as adapted by Maurice Valency.

The show ran a brief 132 performances on Broadway and won 50% of its 2 Tony nominations. Today's song is "Kiss Her Now" sung by Angela Lansbury, Tony winner for Best Leading Actress in a Musical 1969 (plus 4 other Tonys). Today's lesson is not to wait to kiss her, dumb ass... kiss her now.

No, now!

Now!!!

And now you've missed your chance.