Cover Battle – “You’re the One That I Want” October 24, 2014
“You’re the One That I Want” is the big finale in the movie Grease. The sweet, good-girl bobby soxer Sandy (Olivia Newton-John), dons tight leather clothes and teases the hell out of her hair (basically changing her whole persona) to win the heart of Danny (John Travolta), the cool bad boy of Rydell High. He’s so amazed by her transformation, and his “teenaged” (Travolta was 24 at the time) hormones, he becomes discombobulated and admits his feelings in an energetic burst of song. With a full rousing dance number, of course. It’s all in nostalgic fun, though, right? Okay, he does don a letterman’s sweater to kind of become what she wants, too. But I still think her change is way more drastic. And sexist. And yet, I sing along, believing true love triumphs. Yada yada.
This next video is what sparked me to choose this for a Cover Battle. It’s a full length form of a Chanel No. 5 commercial featuring model Gisele Bundchen. As I was listening absentmindedly, a phrase caught my attention, then I realized what the song was. The tempo fits the lush, dreamy romantic feel of the commercial, but it’s such a departure from the usual way you hear this song. The commercial, sorry – the film – was beautifully directed by Baz Luhrmann with a full-fledged storyline and real acting, by Gisele and Michiel Huisman. The song itself is sung by artist Lo-Fang.
Australian brother and sister duo Angus & Julia Stone also does this in a tempo radically different from the original. Angus plays guitar, while Julia, alone, handles the vocal. Her voice is kind of girly and a little precious. On first listen it was a little grating to my sensibility, but the more I replay it the more ingratiating it becomes. I’m coming around to liking it; it’s very sweet. And precious. But not in a bad way. The ending is very sudden and just kind of cuts off abruptly. I don’t know if that’s how they actually decided to end the recording or if it was something with the person who uploaded the video.
I’m gonna need a minute here … February 2, 2014
I’m watching part 1 of a performance of Waiting for Godot, written by Samuel Beckett, on YouTube. It’s directed by Beckett himself. I’ve never seen it performed nor have I ever read the play. I consider myself a fairly intelligent, literate individual, capable of comprehending literal and figurative meaning, subtext, explicit and implicit connotations. But good grief, my head is spinning right now.
After 45 minutes I’d already taken two breaks. I don’t know if it’s age or the internet that’s ruined my attention span. Or the play itself. (Probably some combo of all three). Not sure I could sit still for the actual theatre production, with Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellan, that’s currently on Broadway, or even a recreation of a much earlier staging with Steve Martin and Robin Williams in the principal roles.
Why did I suddenly decide to explore the play? Well – I saw a clip of Bill Murray on Letterman. He was dressed as Peter Pan and he was flying on wires over the stage and I just got the thought ‘I’d love to see Bill Murray and James Spader in Waiting for Godot‘ ????? Where the heck did that come from?
As I said I’ve never seen this on stage or even read it, but hey – a crazy idea from a fractured mind is a terrible thing to waste. Or something like that, so I went with it. I was going to find the text online and read that but then the idea of YouTube came to me and I found a few hits.
I’m writing this in the (self-imposed) intermission of parts one and two. I need a definite break before diving into the remaining hour.
This is definitely a play you need to see and read and ruminate on. There’s no real plot – just two guys waiting for some dude name “Godot”. A couple of things happen, but mostly nothing happens. Yet there’s a bunch of stuff going on. Kind of mind blowing and really thought-provoking. And – head spinning. I can just tell this is going to be in my head for a good while.
It’s probably better that I’m seeing this, for the first time, at home, at my own pace, with actors I don’t know. I’d probably be too enthralled by the lovely British of SirPatStew and Sir Ian. *swoon*
LIKE A BOSS June 10, 2013
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NPH does it again!!!
In his fourth outing as Tony Awards host and first as show producer, Neil Patrick Harris killed it. Here is his ah-maz-ing, unbelievable, and (literally) breathtaking opening number.
And – if the opening wasn’t enough, if the witty and well-done hosting wasn’t enough – then you have the stellar closing number (with the fabulous, incomparable Audra McDonald ) written on the fly, during the course of the ceremony and performed just seconds after the last award is given.
And in case you missed it – the ultimate mic drop:
Excuse my language, but Neil Patrick Harris – you are fucking awesome!
All About Audra June 10, 2012
Tonight The American Theatre Wing will present the 66th annual Tony Awards®. I know there are scads of nominees but I’m really looking forward to seeing Audra McDonald. Win; I want to see her win. The woman is an artistically gifted badass. Every featured role she’s had on Broadway has been nominated for a Tony. And she’s won. Every. Single. Time. She has 4 statues so far. Tony’s anyway. I’m not even gonna go into the Drama Desk Awards, and, um, oh yeah a freakin’ Grammy! (Yeah, yeah, yeah Milli Vanilli got a Grammy too. Just shut your trap, ok? Audra won for Opera. Ha!!)
So anyway back to the award collecting badass that is Ms. McDonald. Acting, Singing, Opera, Cabaret, Broadway, Television, Film, highly regarded by her peers (does she really have any?) and fans alike. Not only is she gifted, but she’s also on the verge of making Broadway history. When she wins (not if, but when) she’ll be tied with Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris for the most wins by an actress. She would also be the first African-American actress to win five Tony’s.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
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