Category Archives: theater

…Be Inspired

Happy Olivier Sunday! That’s Olivier as in the Olivier Awards. Which are the Tony Awards of the UK. And the Tony’s are, of course, the Oscars for Broadway.

Now that we’re all caught up, today is all about celebrating the theatre. It may seem like it’s all about “Hamilton,” they are nominated for 13 awards (#Hamiliviers / #Oliviltons), but I promise it’s about all the theatre. There are other shows out there that are just as good, just as inspiring, and some that you might even enjoy more.

I know, that’s borderline musical theatre blasphemy, but it’s true.

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Patrick Randak/NBCLast night a new kind of live television musical swept audiences away. “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” may not have had the most accurate title (it was fully staged), but that didn’t stop it from rocking Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s classic rock opera.

From the first electric note through all the buzz to the last shot, they nailed it (too soon?). Read the rest of this entry

…Set the Stage

Today is World Theatre Day, which provides the perfect excuse to gush about one of my favorite things.

To paraphrase the Bard, all the world’s a stage, but the world on the stage is a lot more fun…and quite often, makes more sense.

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…try again

Happy Groundhog Day!

Today the world’s eyes turn to a small town in Pennsylvania as America’s most famous marmot steps out of his burrow for the only day of work he’ll have all year (a pretty sweet gig).

Of course the little guy’s job has gotten decidedly more difficult as climate change has reared its ugly head, but today is not about the difficulty of the job (or the reality that is climate change). Today is about tradition and, of course, the “famed prognostication” of the world’s favorite furry meteorologist. Read the rest of this entry

…try to explain

This Monday, music fans are, no doubt, recovering from last night’s top honors and incredible performances. And who am I to get in the way of continuing that celebration?

Last night’s festivities included a truly iconic moment featuring a truly iconic performer. As a tribute to Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber, Patti LuPone performed the song that made her famous, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” from “Evita.”

Following this earth-shattering performance from one of the greatest divas of our time, it became (painfully) clear that some music fans did not fully understand the magnitude of what they had just witnessed. I’m not here to judge, we all have our own personal knowledge gaps, but you better believe I am going to fix this.

So, today’s Monday Motivation comes courtesy of the one, the only, the great Patti LuPone. Read the rest of this entry