#MirthMusicMon – A Change in Me – #mondayblogs

So today I had this moment when I discovered that there was an extra song written for the Beauty and the Beast musical in 1998, when Toni Braxton joined the cast. Somehow, despite loving this musical for somewhere between fifteen and twenty years, I have missed this until now. And it’s a really pretty song, too! Here is Susan Egan, the original Broadway Belle, singing it (only audio, unfortunately):

I’m auditioning for a production of Beauty and the Beast later this year, and now I know this song, I want to play Belle even more!

In keeping with the BatB theme, this is a SNL sketch that I found. It… does kind of devolve into ass jokes, but it starts off pretty funny, and sometimes you need to just be immature, right?

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#MirthMusicMon – NANOWRIMO IS DONE!

I think most people in the blogging sphere are at least aware of NaNoWriMo, whether or not they participate. In case you’re not, it’s an online writing challenge in which participants aim to write 50000 words of a novel in the 30 days of November. This year, I had a fair few other commitments during November as well as NaNo, so it was pretty stressful. And while I haven’t been able to persuade myself to take a break from writing (see my previous post), it is a relief not having that target to reach each day. Here’s a song about the experience for your viewing pleasure. It’s a scarily accurate description.

Another thing that’s been driving me crazy the last week or so was preparation for an audition I had yesterday for chorus in a local production of My Fair Lady. It was my first audition for a musical in two years, so I wanted to get it right. I went for chorus, which meant I had to learn the Ascot Gavotte (for the ‘posh’ accent) and Wouldn’t It Be Loverly? for the Cockney one. I think the whole thing went pretty well, and we will find out by the end of this week whether or not we got in. Keep your fingers crossed for me. In the meantime, here’s a performance of the Ascot Gavotte.

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#MirthMusicMon – With One Look

I’ve been rather terrible at showing up to Mirth and Music Monday the last few weeks, but look, I am actually back this week! In fact, I’m so keen, I’m writing this on Sunday night. I went to see a local production of Sunset Boulevard and it reminded me how much I adore Andrew Lloyd Webber’s schmaltzy musicals. So of course, I’m going to foist it on you lovely people today. This song, With One Look, is performed by Norma Desmond, a silent movie star who by the 1950s is mostly forgotten. She’s never stopped believing that she will one day return to the silver screen. Glenn Close played Norma and Broadway and won a Tony Award for it. There is a bit of scene work before the actual song, which starts at 2:40 if you want to skip ahead.

Since Sunset Boulevard is a story about Hollywood, it only made sense to find something quintessentially Hollywood for the mirth part of my post today. For some reason, despite being 10 years old, this clip has always stuck in my head. We were trying to find a particular Steve Martin opening monologue, but none of the YouTube clips had the specific bit, so this one will do instead. This is Jack Black and Will Ferrell informing the 2004 Oscars audience of the lyrics to the music the orchestra plays when a person’s speech goes on too long. My favourite part is the shot of Sean Connery.

To join in Mirth and Music Monday, post some things and link up with us here. I’m going to head off now because I am yet to watch the new episode of Doctor Who, so I’ll catch you on Wednesday! 🙂

#MirthMusicMon – Watch What Happens!

I don’t watch reality TV shows, but every now and then I hear about a particular act and I go and look it up on YouTube. This was one such act. They are Collabro and apparently they won the latest season of Britain’s Got Talent with this performance, though this clip is from their first performance. Listen to those harmonies! (Also, I love how the judges’ expressions go from “Oh, great, boy band, together a month, this is going to be dismal” to “Oh… I am suitably impressed.”)

For some mirth, here is a song from my new favourite musical, Newsies, in which the gentlemen of the cast lip-sync to “Watch What Happens”, their leading lady’s solo. I have in the past week managed to nearly master the lyrics to this myself, and I’m determined to add it to my repertoire. (Incidentally, that bit about “An hour before curtain” is pure lies. Audiences are around by an hour before curtain, and casts are in costume and sequestered in their dressing rooms warming up, not sitting on the merch stand! That said, this is pretty much musical theatre people in a nutshell 😉

I’m going to go now because I have apple and rhubarb pie that needs to come out of the oven soon, and I should probably also go do some more of the online component of my first aid training (woo, work is paying for me to learn how to save people!). If you would like to join in on MMM, just post some fun videos on your blog and link up with us here. Thanks to Regi for hosting. 🙂

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#MirthMusicMon – Tony Awards Edition

So I was freaking out because it’s been a long weekend here, so I’ve been home all day, but it’s now 6:20 and I hadn’t figured out what I was going to post today. But then I started seeing headlines about how everyone was a bit weirded out by Hugh Jackman’s opening number at the Tony Awards (which happened Monday morning, Aussie time) and then I knew what I would post. (Hugh’s opening was weird, but these ones make up for it).

From the 2011 Tonys.


Related to this video: when I did Chicago, we all said that given the number of scantily-clad women often to be found in musical theatre, why aren’t there more straight guys? (Having said that, I do know quite a number of straight guys who do theatre. The song is right.)

Who knew Daniel Radcliffe could sing and dance, right?

And this is the video where Neil Patrick Harris proves to those of us who can’t actually go see this show on Broadway, why he is totally deserving of this year’s Best Lead Actor in a Musical award for his performance in Hedwig and the Angry Itch.

I could go on, but that will do for one post. To join in on Mirth and Music Monday, simply post some music and some mirth, and then join us on the linky. I’ll have more music next Monday! 😀

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P.S. Okay, I said I’d stop, but then Edy told me about Neil Patrick Harris’ opening number for the 2010 Oscars. So you should watch that, too.