Passover showtune – The Deli Song by Elaine Brier

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Every spring we get ready for the Easter Bonnet contests at our favorite gay bars, sing Streisand’s version of Put on your Sunday blah blah blah, hearing Easter Parade or other Easter and hat related showtunes, and are tortured with Easter Bunny clips and showtunes like Here Comes Peter Cottontail.  What nobody does is share some amazing Passover showtunes!  Broadway wasn’t built by gays and Jews for nothing hunny and one of our favorite Cabaret Performers Elaine Brier doesn’t disappoint with her performance of “The Deli Song”.

As a quick heads up, there is some profanity in the song, but it isn’t real profanity once the joke is over.  Ok, to be honest, there are some good songs we could play for Passover Showtunes, but we haven’t shared a cabaret performance for a while, we love Elaine when we see her in NYC and she shared this video on her Facebook page so we decided to share it as well.

If you’re tired of bunnies and bonnets, try telling her favorite Jewish joke on behalf of the high holidays (I’m a Jew too so don’t tell me I’m being rude) and then make sure to like her fan page.  Elaine is an awesome performer and because this video is worth watching, it is our official Passover Showtune of the year.  Our people were free’d from slavery so we could create Broadway, make funny movies and perform cabaret numbers like this one.

If you like the Deli Song by Elaine Brier or have another favorite, please feel free to leave a comment below and make sure to like her page on Facebook.  Have an awesome Passover, a great Easter and we’ll do another post shortly with another showtune for Easter like we do every year.  However, now it’s time for our first and our favorite Passover showtune which is The Deli Song by Elaine Brier and performed at our favorite cabaret bar in NYC Don’t Tell Mama.  Have a great holiday no matter what you are celebrating and thank you again Elaine for the funny song and performance.  Happy Passover!

 

American Idol Meets Broadway – Big Wins & Then Some

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Some of the American Idols go on to Broadway, but not all of them light up the stars.  They may have a great voice when it comes to their own genre of music, but when you need to be able to sing out and belt a note, sometimes pop music or R&B doesn’t cut it.  Here are 7 wins and fails from American Idols gone Broadway.  This is a first contribution by a new writer here.

American Idol Fantasia Barrino in After Midnight: Stormy Weather
How did she do? WIN

I love this number by Fantasia. Forget the fact that she has great energy and playfulness with the quartet of cute guys, she encapsulates the 1920s-1930s style and her voice brought me back to the jazz age. She plays up a great range in her voice, my favorite being her effortless mix of sultry and innocent. A definite Win.

American Idol Star Diana Degarmo in Hair: Easy to be Hard
How did she do? Not bad, keep going and they will love you!
While I’m not a big fan of smooth jazz, Diana does a great job on “Easy to be Hard.” Her sweet crooning and powerful voice made me feel the melody, and she did a great job making a not-so-great song into a tolerable sing-a-long.

American Idol Runner Up Clay Aiken sings Home at Broadway Backwards.
How did he do? WIN
Clay Aiken had fantastic energy in the number “Brave Sir Robin.” He had me tapping my feet and laughing out loud. But there is a better performance than his awesome job in Spamalot. The American Idol star kicked a broadway songs ass with his version of Home in this video. We all remember Kristin Chenoweth destroying it in Glee and making it famous again, but when Clay took on Home, he gives you Goosebumps making it a definite win for American Idol stars on Broadway. This is an awesome performance.

American Idol’s Justin Guarini in American Idiot: Jesus of Suburbia
How did he do?  MEH,,,go back to pop music.
I loved Justin Guarini as Will in the Rock Opera American Idiot. Jesus of Suburbia, not so much. He almost seemed drowned out, and it was hard for me to really get into this particular number. While he looked the part and sung the part, I didn’t feel like this was as emotionally-driven as the original Green Day song is. Meh.

American Idol Constantine Maroulis in Jekyll and Hyde: This is the Moment
How did he do? FAIL,,,get off our stage!
Didn’t love it. He looks too soft for the part, too young for what I imagine Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde to be. This song sounded more like an 80’s love song , and did nothing for the inner turmoil inside the mail character. Fail. You can click the link above to find our full review of the show when we saw it with this ex American Idol star turned broadway.

American Idol Diva Frenchie Davis in Rent: Seasons of Love
How did she do? WIN,,,nice job, great vocals and performance!
I loved Frenchie in this role. Not only is this one of my favorite show tunes of all times, I really loved Frenchie’s addition to this rendition. I think she looks fabulous and really gave some Diva soul to the piece. Her range was fabulous, her pitch was fabulous, absolute WIN.

American Idol Jordan Sparks in In the Heights: Breathe
How did she do? WIN,,,this was basically the Kelly Clarkson performance that won the show and made Jordan one of our favorite American Idol stars gone Broadway.
I loved Jordan in this show. This song was amazing, she really captured the mood and hopeful starlight in the character. She hit those high notes perfectly, and it gave me shivers. Her energy was up and she engaged the crowd, and ultimately this song was a WIN.

7 Linda Eder Songs You Can’t Live Without – Share Yours Here

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You either love Linda Eder or you fall in Love with Linda Eder.  When I first her her sing I thought that’s a gorgeous voice, but it sounds like someone trying to be Barbra.  The I heard Jekyll and Hyde and realized how wrong I was.  Linda Eder doesn’t just sing amazing versions of Broadway Songs, she conquers them.  I already shared two of my favorite Linda Eder covers “The Impossible Dream” from Man of Lamancha and “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl so after watching Idina Menzel destroy anyone else’s chance at ever covering “Let it Go” from Frozen, here are 7 Linda Eder songs and covers you cannot live without.  Feel free to leave a comment with your own favorite Linda Eder Song below.  You can also buy the MP3 and CD versions through the widgets and links.

Someone Like You – Jekyll and Hyde.

This is the song that made me fall in love with her. Not only is she the original in the role, she set a standard that nobody has been able to beat, match or take on. Here is Linda Eder singing “Someone Like You” from Jekkyl and Hyde.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

We know she takes on iconic songs and then takes them over, so how do you think she’ll do against Judy Garland with Somewhere Over the Rainbow?

I Don’t Know How to Love Him

I love Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music and this is one of my favorite showtunes. If you haven’t fallen in love with Linda Eder’s voice yet, this song will help you to start to!

Bring on the Men

Back to Jekkyl and Hyde. It’s almost beach season and that means it’s time to Bring on the Men or to get your butt back in the gym. This song is perfect for working out and motivation.

Out Here On My Own

Here is Linda Eder on Star Search proving that she has always been an amazing singer and was ready for Broadway.

A New Life

Another one of my favorite showtunes and Linda Eder songs. She kills this one and if you don’t like it, you probably should ignore all posts about Linda Eder from this blog. This one is amazing!

Vienna

I wasn’t sure if I should do I Dreamed a Dream or Vienna by Linda Eder. She does both of them extremely well, but when you take a song that isn’t as well known and can bring a crowd to their feet, that is definitely the winner.

If you still don’t love Linda Eder songs or if you don’t see your favorite Linda Eder songs on this list, feel free to leave a comment with your favorite song, or go to the Idina Menzel section for another amazing belter. Linda is an amazing singer and once you’ve heard a few of her songs like the two I mentioned at the beginning of the post, you’ll instantly fall in love. She is amazing at taking songs that are hard to sing and making them almost impossible to match which is why we are a huge fan of Linda Eder and the songs she covers.

For Our Mommy Readers – Let It Go from Frozen – Your Style!

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So we have quite a few Mommy bloggers and Mommy readers that come every once in a while to visit.  They want a new showtune to listen to, see what we’ve been writing about and they love to comment which is something we love since our regulars only send private messages on Facebook and email.  Anyways, this one is for all of our Mommies who come and read our blog and who are as equally obsessed with Let it Go from Frozen.

I’m a gay guy and not a woman.  I am a god father and love my nieces and watching friend’s kids if they go out for a night, but I am very thankful that it isn’t my full time job.  I don’t know how Mommies can do it.  That’s why you are going to love the Frozen Let it Go video for Mommies.

Not only can most of you relate to the Mom in the Mommy version of Let it Go from Frozen, but you will end up wanting to share it…that is what you ladies do best and that’s also how I keep up with what’s going on in the world of deals, sales and most importantly, celebrity gossip!  Without you, we wouldn’t be here so this is my way of saying thanks to all of the Mommies who come to this blog, comment, share it and support it.  We love you!

Take a quick minute to “Let it Go” and have fun watching this funny parody of the Mommies version of Let it Go from Disney’s movie Frozen.  Thank you all again for reading, watching, sharing and commenting and we love you.  I also need to call my mom and say hi since it’s been a few weeks.  I know, bad son,,,but at least I’m remembering to do it and always send flowers for her birthday, Mother’s Day and also the holidays.  Enjoy the Mommy version of Let it Go from Frozen and feel free to comment, share this post and don’t forget to call your Mother and thank her for doing a good job if you aren’t a Mommy and you do find this post.

I Wasn’t Going to See Stomp, Until I Saw This Video – OMG

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It’s very rare that I post a non broadway, showtune or movie musical video on this blog, but I love when you can find someone that has amazing rhythm and that can turn every day things into something that sounds like something else.  This guy not only turned buckets and pavement into something that sounds like a very expensive drum set, but he rocked them like there was nothing else in the world that mattered.  That made me think of the show Stomp which is coming or was just at the National Theatre and is currently touring across the US.  (You can find discount tickets to Stomp on tour here.  You’ll need to find the show and then log in to find when it is coming to your city).

I never really get excited for shows like stomp and usually don’t go out of my way to buy tickets to them.  I always forget how much I really enjoy percussion shows and the cool sounds and effects they can make.  Then I see videos of really talented musicians like the guy above and it makes me remember how much I love percussion shows like Stomp, Blue Man Group and others.

It’s absolutely amazing what they can do with regular things like pvc pipes, buckets and even saws and metal.  The scenes with the brushes going across the floor or even when they are just banging on everything are amazing.  I kind of wish I did buy tickets to stomp but unfortunately I think it has left DC already because I went to look for tickets to Stomp and found Rock of Ages and American Idiot instead.  Anyways, watch the video above and if that doesn’t get you excited to buy tickets to stomp, I don’t think anything will, unless you watch the trailer.  Stomp isn’t normally a show you get excited about because there aren’t any big songs or always famous celebrities, but there are a ton of talented musicians that can put on an amazing show with normal things that you can find in almost any hardware store or even your house.  If you didn’t buy tickets to stomp when it was in or didn’t want to buy tickets to stomp when it is coming to your city, the video above will probably help to convince you why you should.  Click here to buy broadway tickets as well as touring casts and local shows.