Best Monologue Performance EVER! – Which Show?

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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!

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Bernadette Peters Sings with The Muppets – Just One Person

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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.

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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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