Saturday, January 30, 2021

BROADWAY SEASON 2019-2020 – THE MUSICALS

Broadway’s 2019-2020 Season was probably the strangest and shortest of all seaons). When everything seemed to be going just well, a strange virus was introduced to the world and nothing was the same again. Even so, there were shows that opened on Broadway through that season and a few ones that were only able to have a few previews.

Here you’ll find images from all the musicals, new ones and revivals, which opened on Broadway during the 20117-2018; plus the City Center Encores! and Off-Center series. Some became hits, others closed in a few weeks, but I believe all of them are worthy of celebration. 

PS.: To see larger images just click on them.


BROADWAY MUSICALS 2019-2020







BROADWAY MUSICALS 2019-2020
(these ones only had previews)




CITY CENTER ENCORES! 2020


ENCORES! OFF-CENTER 2019



Sunday, December 27, 2020

CAST RECORDINGS OF 2020: A PERSONAL LOOK

In this strange year of 2020, between cast recordings and movie/television musicals soundtracks, I counted 70 releases. Of course, I didn’t listen to all of them, but I only missed a few.

Before crucifying me for my choices, let me confess that I love the traditional Broadway sound and I have strong difficulties to enjoy other music styles. So, everything that sounds like rock country or folk hardly have a chance to catch my narrow-minded ears. In order to get an idea, take a look at my 20 FAVORITE SCORES of all time.

 

Without further delays, here are my choices.


If you like this, take a look at my choices of 2019, 2018, 201720162015, 20142013 and 2012.  







Sunday, December 13, 2020

THE PROM – A Movie Review

Cast: Meryl Streep, James Corden, Jo Ellen Pellman, Keegan-Michael Key, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells, Ariana DeBose, Kerry Washington, Tracey Ullman, Keven Chamberlin, Mary Kay Place, Logan Riley, Sofia Deler, Nico Greetham, Nathaniel J. Ptovin 

Creative Team: Songs by Matthew Sklar & Chad Beguelin • Choreography by Casey Nicholaw • Screenplay by Bob Martin & Chad Beguelin • Directed by Ryan Murphy

My Rate: 7 (from 1 to 10)


The Plot: Two Broadway stars in decline and two other Broadway actors, decide to go to a small town in Indiana to help a young high school girl, Emma, who wants to take her girlfriend to the prom. Their intention is to get good publicity with this act, but once there they realize things won’t be so easy. Meanwhile, Emma is dealing with her personal problems.


The Movie: Unfortunately, I haven’t seen the Broadway show, but I’ve been enjoying the cast recording since its release; so, I was really looking forward to see this movie adaptation and I think director Ryan Murphy did a good job.


This an enjoyable musical comedy with a big heart and plenty of color! Murphy makes the action flow naturally and the musical numbers never seem forced. He cares for the characters and they all have their moment to shine. He also manages to address a few LGBT+ issues without sounding like he is preaching, he does it with humor and sensibility. If you share a few tears, that’s absolutely normal, Emma’s story is universal, emotional and has the power to touch sensitive hearts.


As for the cast, well, it’s a great ensemble! Meryl Streep couldn’t be better as the Broadway Diva with a big ego and, as always, it’s impossible no to look at her when she’s on. As her theatre colleagues, James Corden is a sweetheart, Nicole Kidman is a fragile sexy chorus girl and Andrew Rannells is an irritating but funny ex-Juilliard student. As the young lesbian couple, both Jo Ellen Pellman and Ariana DeBose are good, but sometimes Pellman smiles too much and I wish DeBose sung more. A final word to Keegan-Michael Key, who gives heart to the school musical lover Principal and Kerry Washington as the intolerant mother of Alyssa.


Like I already said, I like the score by Matthew Sklar & Chad Beguelin and it has more than a couple of good songs. Meryl Streep takes full advantage of her big numbers “It’s Not About Me” and “The Lady’s Improving”, Nicole Kidman delivers some “Zazz” with sensual style, James Corden has a full day with “Barry Is Going to Prom”, Andrew Rannells has fun with “Love Thy Neighbor” and Keegan-Michael Key give us the ultimate fan song “We Look to You”. Jo Ellen Pellman is sweet with her ballads “You Happened”, “Dance with You” and “Unruly Heart” (that can become a LGBT hymn). And there are the contagious “Tonight Belongs to You” and “It’s Time to Dance”.


I’m not saying this is a great movie musical, but it’s a highly enjoyable one, the kind that makes us want to dance and puts a smile on our hearts! This is fun and the world needs more musicals like this!






Wednesday, April 1, 2020

BROADWAY SEASON 2018-2019 – THE MUSICALS

Here you’ll find images from all the musicals, new ones and revivals, which opened on Broadway during the 2018-2019; plus the City Center Encores! and Off-Center series. Some became hits, others closed in a few weeks, but I believe all of them are worthy of celebration. 
PS.: To see larger images just click on them.




BROADWAY MUSICALS 2018-2019





CITY CENTER ENCORES! 2019



ENCORES! OFF-CENTER 2018


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

CAST RECORDINGS OF 2019: A PERSONAL LOOK

In 2019, between cast recordings (new ones and reissues) and movie/television musicals soundtracks, I counted 91 releases. Of course, I didn’t listen to all of them, but I only missed a few.

Before crucifying me for my choices, let me confess that I love the traditional Broadway sound and I have strong difficulties to enjoy other music styles. So, everything that sounds like rock,country or folk hardly have a chance to catch my narrow-minded ears. In order to get an idea, take a look at my 20 FAVORITE SCORES of all time.

Without further delays, here are my choices among the new recordings (I didn't consider reissues). First, the “Jorge’s Place Awards” and then my “Top Twelve" recordings of 2019, in preference order and not including reissues.

If you like this, take a look at my choices of 2018, 201720162015, 20142013 and 2012.  

JORGE'S PLACE AWARDS 2019




TOP TWELVE CAST RECORDINGS OF 2019