Have you ever wondered what Disney touring casts look like when traveling? How about if they get a long, how they go from city to city or even what happens when two touring casts collide? What happens if they’re both from the same producer or parent company?
That’s exactly what happened during a 6 hour layover at the Orlando airport when the cast of Disney’s The Lion King got stuck with the cast of Disney’s Aladdin. The two ended up in a epic battle of opening songs sung acapella in the terminal which also resulted in a ton of YouTube uploads, tons of talent and two of your favorite opening Disney broadway numbers.
We’ve heard rap on broadway before. In The Heights, Rent and even If/Then (I think) had different styles of it. But what happens when you take incredible Hip-Hop artists like Jay-z, Lil Wayne, Rhianna and others, give the lyrics to broadway singers and then have them put the lyrics to popular showtunes or showtune styled piano?
Yesterday I got a can of diet coke with the weird labels about sharing with someone else. This one however had share with a “showstopper”. Now that is something I can do!
Not all broadway songs can make it to become showstoppers. Showstoppers have one thing in common. Huge reactions. It could be dead silence in a theatre, standing applause, screaming, laughing and causing an emotion.
Some showstoppers come right before a closing act or a finale, others happen in mid performance during a suicide and others are full of special effects that capture your attention. With all of the ridiculously amazing showstopping broadway songs available, it was really hard to choose which would be the best showstoppers for our list. However, when I went through all of my favorites, here are the top ten showstopping broadway songs you’ll hopefully love as well.
There are a million amazing monologues. Some make you think, some make you cry, others make you sympathize with a character. There’s witches, business men, raptors in Enron, superheroes, mental disorders and a million others. With all of the different types, styles and ways that Actors perform monologues, how can you choose only one?
Simple, leave the stage, leave the screen and head to TV. (I can’t believe I said that either!)
You have amazing monologues from numerous broadway stars, but nothing compares to the ultimate monologue. If you like trashy TV, then you know exactly which one I’m talking about. Everyone from country music fans to people who love showtunes night can even quote it. Yup, it’s the “Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia” monologue from Designing Women! Watch it and then feel free to share and comment below!
I was reading a post about the AMA on Reddit where the person who played Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch told this very heartfelt story that is making almost everyone cry. It is an incredible one where he called a boy who has cancer and was the last person the boy spoke too. After they hung up, the boy smiled and told his Dad Big Bird was his friend, closed his eyes and died.
The Dad said the boy hadn’t smiled in months and to watch his son finally be happy and at peace was the biggest blessing. There aren’t many people that can bring that much love and happiness into the world. That’s why people like Jim Henson will always be icons.
Not only did he create characters like Big Bird that everyone knows and loves, but he also created The Muppets. The Muppets have had tons of incredible talents on their show over the years and one that I hadn’t seen before was the tribute song to Jim Henson when he died. They sang a song called Just One Person.
When I went to YouTube to get the video for the tribute to Jim Henson, I found a different version. Apparently one of their guest stars had also performed Just One Person with Robin and Kermit the Frog on the program. Oddly enough, that person is famous for playing make believe characters as well. It’s Bernadette Peters.