And Then This Happened – Idina Menzel Sings Dirty Dancing

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When you don’t think you have had enough, or you know you’ve had more than enough Idina, she comes right back and hits another one out of the park. Yup, on a talk show she surprises everyone with her version of “I Had The Time of My Life” from the movie and musical “Dirty Dancing”.

Regardless how you feel about the “Rent”, If/Then, Frozen, etc… star, she always comes back and always impresses with her belting, her acting an her ability to make your skin tingle/crawl,,,depending on which side of the Idina fence you’re on.  Speaking of that… (more…)

Barbara Cook Performs Bloomer Girl Live!

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I was trying to think of a showtune to share and was thinking about spring, fun ball gowns and wedding season.  Then I found a musical called Bloomer Girl which also happened to have Barbara Cook as a singer (so I was immediately intrigued) and then it got a little better.

The opening images were of huge gorgeous ballgowns and the story starts with a dress maker that focuses on hooped skirts.  I know, could it get any more fabulous and perfect for the theme I was looking for?  Barbra cook, huge gowns and bloomers!  Unfortunately it took a depressing but very current turn.

Bloomer girl isn’t about gorgeous gowns and panties, instead it’s about human rights, equal rights and the same things we’re dealing with today.  Here’s a video of Barbara Cook singing a piece from the show, and then click read more to find out the rest.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day – Muppets Take On Danny Boy!

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Soooo it’s St. Patrick’s Day and even though there is Once and other awesome musicals for Ireland, about being Irish, Irish singers, etc… I ended up seeing this video on Facebook and unfortunately it wins out.  It’s the muppets taking on Danny Boy the only way they could.  It’s the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day showtune, even though it’s a TV one.

Sooo apparently I forgot to hit post yesterday with this post for St. Patrick’s Day showtunes, but the song is still funny so I’m going to post anyways.  Sorry ahead of time about that and I’ll try to do better for the next holiday lol.

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Gwen Verdon & Chita Rivera Perform Nowadays Video

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There are some pairings on broadway you wouldn’t think could work, then there are some that blow you away.  Think about Carol Burnett singing and competing with Julie Andrews, Nathan Lane performing with Matthew Broderick, or Idina and Kristin which went great on stage but may have ended not so well.  One pair that took over the stage and “killed it” was Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon.

When I opened a copy of a book I got, which is listed under my favorite broadway gifts posts, one of the first things you see is Chita.

In the brief section she talks about one of her favorite memories is dancing along side Gwen.  I know this is going to sound horrible, but I had no idea the two had ever performed together, especially in a huge show like Chicago.  I went to YouTube to see if there is a video of the performance and not only can you find the one below, but there are a ton of others from their PR tour.

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Which is Your Favorite Wednesday? Addams That is!

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Wednesday Addams is one of the most loved characters in The Addams Family, but there have actually been several different versions of Wednesday over the years. If you’re a fan of The Addams Family, you probably have a favorite version of Wednesday.  But which one and why?

Which Version of Wednesday Do You Prefer: TV, Movie or Broadway?

Wednesday Addams – The Original TV Show Version

The original Wednesday was a cute little girl who loved to dance and was a bit happier. If you’re a fan of the original The Addams Family tv series, you’re definitely familiar with the classic Wednesday Addams dance. Just in case you need a reminder, here’s a clip of Wednesday teaching Lurch how to get down:

Of course, this clip is from the original black-and-white television show that aired for two seasons in the mid-1960s. But Wednesday also appeared in The Addams Family movie, played by Christina Ricci, as well as the The Addams Family Musical.  These versions of her character took a completely different life…pun intended…of their own.

Wednesday Addams – The Movie Version

Unlike the original Wednesday Addams, who taught Lurch Lurch how to shake what he’s got in a lighthearted, purely humorous way, Christina Ricci plays a darker character.

Not unlike many real life teenagers, Ricci’s version of Wednesday is almost brooding. She’s quiet, reserved, soft-spoken but serious. She rarely smiles, and when she does, it’s pretty creepy!

Contrast this version with the original Wednesday Addams, who is very much a little girl – perky, upbeat and, well, girly.

The Addams Family musical, however, portrayed a blended Wednesday – the best of both worlds.

Wednesday Addams – The Broadway Version

The Broadway version of Wednesday Addams is a mix between the cute little girl who taught Lurch how to dance and Ricci’s serious teenage version.

This Wednesday is kind of a normal teen, but she still maintains that unmistakable Addams Family outlook. She still enjoys dark things like her parents and siblings. But she’s not too dark and brooding to belt out a show tune or participate in a dance number.

This Wednesday is a mixed bag of emotions (something any parents of teenagers can probably relate to), but definitely not as dark as her Hollywood counterpart.

Everyone can relate to Wednesday Addams in some way. But do you like the small, cute, miniature dance instructor from the original TV series? Maybe you prefer the serious, dark teenager that Christina Ricci played in The Addams Family movie. Or maybe you like Wednesday from the Broadway musical version of The Addams Family.

Either way, we can all agree on one thing: Wednesday Addams is one of the most memorable fictional characters ever, no matter which version you prefer.