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One Night Only!
Legally Blonde‘s Bailey HanksSGP

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In the tight-knit community of Speargrove, Texas where the high school musical is the event of the season, an impending production of Rent shakes the town to its core.Must the show go on?  The musical takes inspiration from a Texas high school production of Rent: School Edition, which was cancelled prior to its opening night after parents and members of the community took issue with the musical’s subject matter that includes poverty, drug abuse, the HIV/AIDS crisis, homosexuality, as well as, community, love and self-expression.

Featuring: Briana Carlson-Goodman (Hair), Kai Chapman, Sarah Cooney, Bailey Hanks (Legally Blonde), Kendal Hartse, Kristin Huffman (Company), Michael Mahany (High School Musical), Kilty Reidy (The Drowsy Chaperone), Tina Stafford, Hernando Umana, Timothy J. Alex (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Pal Joey), Steven Strafford

Directed by Joe Barros & Laura Brandel
Musical Direction by Lilli Wosk
Music Supervisor Sam Willmott
Orchestrations by Sam Willmott & Oran Eldor
Production Stage Manager Julianne Hass
Casting Robin Carus

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from Playbill.com:

Kenny Ortega

Kenny Ortega, who directed the hit “High School Musical” films and choreographed “Newsies” and “Dirty Dancing,” will direct Universal’s film version of the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights,Variety reported. (more…)

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from http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118012432.html?categoryid=15&cs=1&ref=bd_legit:

Corbin BleuCorbin Bleu will be the first “High School Musical” alum to hit Broadway, with the thesp stepping into the lead role of Tony-winning tuner “In the Heights” early next year. (more…)

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In a nutshell here are my reviews…

First I just turned on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and they do a spoof on “The Real Housewives” series! I love it!  Not only is he and his crew in drag but it’s actually shot exactly like Bravo would do it! Check it out on youtube or Hulu, NBC because it’s great.  I swear it’s more addicting the any “Real Housewives” show and you forget they are in drag!  A+

When American Idol ended last season and  Fox gave us a peak at Glee
, centered around a high-school and their love for singing.  But of course the all come with their differences and the stereotypical and non-stereotypical high-school characters.
PROS:  Heloooo! Broadway performers and talented ones,  undiscovered talent and huge ratings bring Broadway mainstream!  Great songs and inspired (especially the pilot episode).  It’s great to see a something that’s not tired!  Melding of current music and Broadway standards- LOVE IT!
CONS:  Fox has to learn this isn’t the Golden-Age of musical theatre, therefore we need BELIEVABLE-looking singing!  The lip synching is horrible and it takes away from the “reality” of the program.   The pilot was inspired, but now is Glee tired?  As an educator, I loved looking at the passion that the teachers and students shows, along with the politics that do  go on in schools.  Some of the plot lines just seem like they are trying too hard to create drama, instead of letting these characters realistically blossom.  Some of the song choices are way too unrealistic that kids that age could sing or would want to sing.  It feels like it doesn’t know wether is should be the next “High School Musical” or the next “90210”.  This COULD be an excellent show and right now it’s just good.  Some of the premises seem silly and I think if written it could really show more of what it’s like to be a teenager.  It could tackle more social issues and identity while being humorous and staying true to the characters.  I think the show just needs to find it’s heart.   B-

Britney’s new single “3”
is good. It’s always catchy, but I some of the lines I had NO CLUE what she was saying. Maybe it’s just my old age :).  She always has stayed campy and had great songs to dance to and sing.  While I think her ballads have so much heart, “3” is ok.  I love her but I do with she instead of just singing a “mainstream typical vanilla Britney song” (she sings it well!), try something else.  Artistic to survive have to reinvent themselves in one way or another.  I just wish instead she would put her heart out there a little more and let us in.  Catchy -yes.  But if I wanted to hear a snappy song sung by the mother of two, I would have invited the PTA over for cocktails!  I would love a  catchy song with more heart!  Circus was great!  Dig deeper and give us “sensational”, not a “standard”.   * Though I’m sure I’ll wind up LOVING this one the more I listen to it!.   C

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