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.
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…)
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.
Ever since he hosted his first Tony Awards, Neil Patrick Harris has been putting together fun performances with a ton of guests, comedy and jokes for numerous events, festivals and now holiday parades. When you combine him with a ton of amazing cast members, characters from Disney, Star Wars and both Orlando and Hollywood, you get something that is completely ridiculous and amazing. That’s why I wanted to share Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Disney Christmas parade this year for our annual Christmas showtunes post.
(This is a duo post since I’m on Team Bette, but the author is on Team Annie…it’s a death match over which is better.)
Halloween is right around the corner and we are all watching and listening to traditional Halloween classics.
If you are anything like me, the soundtracks of Edward Scissorhands, Bettlejuice and Hocus Pocus are probably on repeat at your house. Hocus Pocus is a fantastic Halloween movie and the mega hit song , “I Put A Spell On You” from the movie Hocus Pocus has been remastered by 80’s legend Annie Lennox.
The original is by the incomparable Bette Midler and now the fierce Annie Lennox has offered her twist on the hit. (more…)