Such an interesting and fascinating masterclass I had tonight with Broadway voice teacher Robert Edwin. I took some awesome information home and learned something new about myself tonight. One of my top favorite masterclasses.
I just won three eBay auctions and got the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Little Women, Original Broadway Cast Recording of Legally Blonde, and the 2005 Revival Cast Recording of Sweeney Todd. All brand new, and all for $14 with shipping.
I saw the National Tour of Kinky Boots a few nights ago and I just don’t understand the hype and love for the show. I rushed tickets so I didn’t get the greatest seats, but I could see and hear everything great. The show felt really flat to me. There were a few moments where I thought “I am so tired. I could totally take a nap…” The set, the lights, the acting, singing, basically everything except Kyle Taylor Parker as Lola. He was honestly great. He kept the show up, moving, and connected. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance. The Angels where also good. I will also say Harvey’s book is really well written and I was surprised by how well. My biggest question I have is the music. How? Why? No. Cyndi Lauper please no more musicals. I was so disappointed with the score. It felt so boring and too simple for musical theatre. A lot of it was synthesizers and heavy bass sounds. Not a fan. I felt when the score or a song got more intense the only way she knew how to express the feelings of the characters were by key changes. Sure, that works, but if that’s the only tactic in the music it doesn’t work. There weren’t many intricate, complex, harmonies or anything really. Basically just people singing “pop” straight-tone with little to no vibrato. Oh, and girls screeching and yelling their heads off. I’m all for high belts and intense belting but the score is so high and with their accents their belts came off as shrill, thin, and not good. The show is geared towards the tourists, teenagers and the business. Not so much to people who understand and love musical theatre which is what I was expecting. My friends didn’t like the show either. However, the older people and others surrounding us absolutely loved it. For myself I just didn’t like it or understand the love for it. In simpler words I called it “eehhh”. If you get a chance to see the National Tour go.
Life is finally feeling somewhat normal. I’m living at home, my dad is back from the hospital once again hopefully for the last time, I’m drinking really great coffee while Tumbling, and I’m bidding on cast recordings on eBay. Things are feeling better.
My dad is back in the hospital. He went in last night and they’re keeping him again tonight. His sodium levels are too low and not coming up. He’s doing well though. In other news Selena comes home today. Of course in Selena fashion she slept through her alarm and is coming later, which means I’m picking her up. And tonight I’m hopefully seeing Kinky Boots. Let’s do this.
One of my favorite Evita’s Christina DeCicco showing how great she really is as the Alt. Eva in the 2012 Broadway Revival of Evita from a soundboard recording. I love the rawness of this recording, and of course the Broadway pit sounding amazing. But I also love the phlegm or whatever in her voice as she belts “quality” so real. I love it all. Brava.
Tuesday my dad was diagnosed with a golf ball sized tumor in his pineal gland. Currently they aren’t sure if it’s cancer or not, but there’s a large chance it isn’t. He’s having emergency surgery sometime next week. We still don’t know much. Currently life just went on hold with everything and turned shitty. Good thoughts, prayers, energy, or whatever are welcomed.