Correct. Glee is a TV show. A TV show about kids into musical theatre, which is exactly our audience on Tumblr. TheaterMania has never stated we exclusively only have news items about happenings on stage. Hope this helps. PS, love your blogs!
Yabbut the first two words of your post were “Theater News.” Hence the snarkiness. (Although, let’s be honest. This is the internet, hence the snarkiness.)
When I was in the sixth grade, I couldn’t get enough of Doonesbury the Musical. I played the cast album (on cassette) non-stop, read the script over and over again, even adapted one of the songs for a talent show at summer camp. (I was a strange little gay boy.)
This is a recording of Dean Jones singing “Happily Ever After” during the out of town tryouts for Company in Boston in 1970. I’ve always liked this song, despite its grim outlook, and have been frustrated that there’s never been a full-length recording of it with an orchestra. (The only full-length recording of it I know of is Craig Lucas’s rendition, backed by a piano, on the original cast album of “Marry Me A Little.”)
Jones’s performance is impeccable, which isn’t surprising, given that his own marriage was falling apart at the time and this song probably matched his mindset more accurately than any of the other closing numbers that cycled through Company during its development.
Perhaps even more exciting is hearing, for the first time, Jonathan Tunick’s orchestrations for the song. Those Bacharach-influenced horns! The Vocal Minority! It’s all pretty much brilliant. I wish we had a high-fidelity recording of these charts. Maybe someday we’ll get one.
First excerpt from my friend Chris Stedman’s upcoming book, (F)a(i)theiest: How One Atheist Learned to Overcome the Religious-Secular Divide, and Why Atheists and the Religious Must Work Together - go read! And follow!
In that moment it felt worse to know that it was possible to be loved; thinking it was out of the question allowed for a kind of resignation, an acceptance of the condition of things. But this, this knowing, was so much worse. I had tasted something delicious and wanted to eat nothing else, only to abruptly develop a life-threatening allergy; a condition of inexorable swelling that, without intervention, would suffocate me.
“You get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn’t black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing. You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, fuck it, I don’t care what you think. I’m trying to do the right thing. I’m tired of Republican-Democrat politics. They can take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background. I’m trying to do the right thing, and that’s where I’m going with this.”—
“I think part of the reason we flopped episodes two and three is because I got anxious about that one. I think that was kind of a misfire, frankly. The whole B-story was literally about Annie and Britta changing sweaters and doing impressions of each other. The buck stops here. I remember running with that ball, just sort of falling into that, “Yeah, this feels good because this feels like something on television.” And once we were on the set and I was watching this thing unfold and then editing it, I was like, “What have I done? This is like Small Wonder or something.” You could hear the spaces where there’s supposed to be a multi-camera audience applauding because someone’s dressing like the other person and doing an impression of them. This is your second episode of a season that no one watched the first season of. This is both pretentious, presumptuous, and, at the end of it all, tacky, twee, and underwhelming. And you’re using it to anchor a story about a lava lamp that may or may not contain the soul of Chevy Chase’s mother?”—
The A.V. Club has published an amazing episode-by-episode commentary on Community’s second season by its creator, Dan Harmon. If you’re a fan of the show, you’re going to want to read this… and then rewatch the whole season. If you’re not a fan, what are you waiting for? This is brilliant television that’s actually breaking out of the sitcom cookie-cutter.
In case you weren’t clued in by the previous 49 days of counting, tonight begins the holiday of Shavuot! Not sure what this holiday is about? Let Jackie Hoffman explain it to you, from her live album Live At Joe’s Pub.
Archive.org is one of my favorite sites on the internet. In addition to the incredible Wayback Machine (ensuring that embarrassing blog posts from my youth never really die), they have tremendous archives of both public domain audio and live concert audio for which the artists have given permission.
My personal favorite corner of Archive.org is the archive of The Railroad Hour, a radio show from the 40s - 50s, hosted by Gordon Macrae, that did tab versions of Broadway musicals. Today, while I’m working, I’m listening to this recording of the Gershwins’ Lady Be Good, starring Groucho Marx!