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.
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.
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.
The other week we went to see Strange Magic, the new animated movie by George Lucas. What we didn’t know what that it is actually a movie musical. An even bigger surprise was that the guest star is Kristin Chenoweth who as always is amazing. Overall the movie musical gets 3 out of 5 stars.
You may be wondering why combining George Lucas with Kristin Chenoweth could only get 3 stars? Simple, they tried too hard. Don’t let that stop you from seeing the movie though…here’s why. (more…)
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Of all the show tunes out there, “Freedom Isn’t Free” from the animated musical Team America is my favorite. It shows me just how powerful humor can be when dealing with sensitive topics, and this is a lesson I’ve carried with me for all my life.
The Team America soundtrack is one of a kind, and “Freedom Isn’t Free” is definitely my favorite track. Like many other show tunes I’ve heard, it’s filled with inappropriate themes, and it’s hilarious.
In case you haven’t seen Team America, you should know that it’s a animated musical created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, then guys who created the hit TV show South Park and the Tony Award winning Broadway show The Book of Mormon. (more…)