Monthly Archives: March 2010

Glee Casting Call Video Auditions Via MySpace

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Ok, If you have been a broadway fan and love your showtunes, you also love 80’s music, broadway and pop stars and remixes, then you have probably fallen in love with the TV show on Fox Glee.  Not only has Glee taken this country by storm, but they partnered with sites like MySpace.com and mention a ton of really cool and modern things which is something we wouldn’t expect from FOX.

When I came across this video from a Tweet on Twitter I had to share it with all of you.  Matthew Morrison (Mr. Shoester on the Show) has a video live on MySpace.com asking people to submit their own audition video to be part of the Season 2 cast on Glee.  This is perfect and completely ties into Rachel’s character who posts her own version of a Vlog (Video Blog) on the show.

I am hooked on Glee and cannot wait for all of the leaked shows like Neil Patrick Harris vs. Mr. Shoe (This is a rumored show where Neil Patrick Harris was Mr. Shoes Glee Rival and it shows how they competed and now Neil Patrick Harris is back.  Like I said this is just a rumor for now.), the Madonna Episode and more.

If you’re a fan of the show and want to try to audition, I’m not sure how much longer you have to submit your video, but I highly recommend you do it because who knows if you have a chance or not to actually make it onto the show.  If you do make it onto the show, come back here and share with us how it went.  Also, please feel free to leave comments here if you are excited as well and feel free to post a link to your audition video.  Showtunes are highly encouraged by BroadwayReviewed.com but may not be by the Glee producers.


Glee Open Casting Call Video with Matthew Morrison

Glee Auditions | MySpace Video

Evita Audience Participation – Madonna Version

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Ok, one thing everyone loves is a good classic Broadway Show.  Well not everyone but when you mix a Pop Diva like Madonna, her acting is on and you also throw in a heart throb Hollywood Actor and Broadway Star like Antonio Banderas, you definitely have a winning mix.

Not only did this show become a reality and hit the main stream in the 90’s to bring Broadway back to main life, but it also sparked a career for Madonna, since in my opinion it was the only movie she starred in (besides A League of Their Own (Directed by Penny Marshall) with the fabulous, Tom Hanks, Rosie O’Donnell, Gena Davis and Lori Petty) where she did a phenomenal job.  I love Madonna and was even more in love with her when I saw this movie production.  I even went out and bought her remixes on vinyl to spin at a couple of raves and clubs when I was in college because when you mix a Pop Diva and Broadway together you are bound to get a few flawless songs and remixes from it.  Sure enough her Don’t Cry for Me Argentina hit the top of the dance charts as well.  But did you expect anything less from the fabulous miss Madge in her Broadway Screen debut?

Anyways, onto the purpose of this post which is the call backs from the song Don’t Cry for Me Argentina for Showtunes nights when they play Madonna’s Evita and everyone goes crazy.

She starts on her balcony with:

Madonna (M):  It won’t be easy

Audience (A):  Like you

M:  You’ll think its strange

A:  Like you

M:  When I try to explain how I feel

A:  Like a slut

……………….

M:  It won’t be eeeeaaasy

A:  Like you

Then this goes on for a while.

Now, when she finishes her next couple versus, the camera scans the audience and as it is scanning it eventually catches on to Antonio Banderas in the crowd and everyone yells “There’s Waldo”.

Another fun call back is when the crowd starts cheering Peron, Peron, Peron and the camera is scanning from the back to the front whee Madonna is on her balcony and since it is looking from behind the supports signs say noreP instead of Peron so everyone in the crowd will start chanting No Rep, No Rep, No Rep.  I just realized how ironic that is especially since Eva was for the representation of the Argentine People and we are chanting No Rep and that is her husband’s last name backwards.  Gotta love Irony!

Anyways, at the end of the song in some bars they all pass out drink napkins and when she finishes her speech and everyone cheers people toss drink napkins in the air like confetti to celebrate either the end of the song if you are not an Evita or Madonna fan or to cheer them both on.  Some bars do this and some don’t do it for this song but they do do it on the song “Buenos Aires” when she is leaving for the train.  BTW there are a ton of fun call backs for this song too.

Anyways, Evita was a hit at the movies and is still going strong strong at showtunes nights across the country in both straight and gay bars.  Everyone loves a classic show you can sing a long to and when you tie in stars like Madonna and Antonio Banderas it gets even better.

Broadway’s Titanic – Audience Participation

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Although the show Titanic on Broadway pretty much sunk like its main focus, it did become a huge hit at showtunes nights everywhere across the country.  Not only do people sing along “All aboard the Shiiipppp Titaniiicc” and make fun of the faster versus by singing blah, blah, blah, blah, blah but they also created an entirely fun audience participation routine to match the main song.

When the camera is scrolling along all of the people lined up from the back right to the front, you see an angry woman staring and also a woman put her fingers in front of her lips like she is saying, shh…. When you see the angry woman staring you’ll hear people yell Hey! She’s wearing my hat and all of the sudden you see the woman saying Shh….

Then when they break away from the line because the crew is yelling all aboard and people scatter, you’ll hear people at showtunes nights start yelling run for your lives, run for your lives.  Oddly enough if only Showtunes Audiences would have been there when the original ship launched.  If you’re a Mame fan, when you see the boy running across the stage, you can yell Run Patrick Run!   But the most fun part of the audience participation for the show Tiatnic is the end when they get everyone on board and finish the song.

Just before the song ends and they are casting off, everyone starts waving the cast away with napkins in their hands and then on cue everyone tosses them in the air and creates a fun and napkin filled room.  Kind of like confetti and waving off a ship leaving for a cruise or trip in real life.  Oddly enough it is also like waving this show off onto Broadway History for ever as well.

Although the Broadway Show Titanic sunk, it definitely made its way into broadway fame by reappearing at Showtunes nights across the USA and becoming a fun audience participation show and song.  Unfortunately it is only one song that people know and sing, but hey, that is better than most.  Titanic flopped and I would probably never go see it, but I do love how it made an appearance at Showtunes Nights and if you are ever in Chicago you have to go to Sidetracks for this song to really see everyone go crazy over it.  Titanic flopped but definitely became a hit with showtunes nights in most major cities.

Jersey Boys Poster

Jersey Boys Reviewed – Is it worth it?

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Jersey Boys Poster

Jersey Boys Poster

About 8 months ago my Mom came to visit me in Chicago.  I held off from buying her a birthday present because when she was going to be in Chicago the touring cast of Jersey Boys was performing at The Oriental Theatre which is an amazing and fabulous old styled theatre right in the heart of the Old Chicago Theatre District.

Anyways, to surprise her for her birthday, I planned an entire fun day out and evening with her all broadway and showtunes related.  We started the day shopping on Michigan Avenue and then got in a cab but she had no idea where the cab was taking us.  I told her we were heading the next shopping area and since she isn’t from Chicago she didn’t know any different.

On the way from Michigan Avenue to Ford’s Center for Performing arts or The Oriental Theatre in Chicago, we passed by some famous landmarks like the Old Chicago Theatre and some very famous buildings and underpasses from the Chicago Metro Lines.  When we turned the corner by Loehman’s (Those of you from NYC know about that store) and then a couple seconds later she saw the billboard and the signs for Jersey Boys.

Not only did my Mom grow up listening to songs by Frankie Valie and The Four Seasons, but she also still listens to Frankie Vallie and The Four Seasons on a regular basis.  She absolutely loves him and his music so this was the perfect treat for her for her birthday.

Anyways, not onto the actual review of Jersey Boys on Broadway.

Overall, Jersey Boys is exactly what you should expect from it. Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Vallie (Valley actually but in one scene you’ll see where an old Mafia Styled influence on Franky Valley teaches him that if you are a real Italian your lastname has to end in a vowel so he changes the spelling of Valley to Vallie to be more “Italian”) and the Four Seasons.

It starts with them growing up in the New Jersey area, how they started their group, how they got their first contract and all of the trouble they got into as kids trying to make a living singing and performing.

As the show Jersey Boys progresses, you start to see the characters develop and how they all grow up, and some never grow up.  You see how they change as they get older, get involved in relationships, make money, lose money, meet new people and overall become the group known as Frankie Valley and the Four Seasons.  You watch as they find their new sound and new song and launch their debut with a brand new song and a brand new sound (being Frankie Vallies voice).

You get to see how the Beatles influenced a change in music, you get to relive the experience of seeing Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons perform live on TV for the first time when you watch them re create the show and the taping.  You even get to hear people that sound almost exactly like Frankie Vallie and The Four Seasons sing their songs pretty much perfectly and from the performance we saw always on key and in tune.

The show overall doesn’t have a serious plot, an emotional ending.  It doesn’t make you think or want to start a revolution.  Instead, the Musical Jersey Boys is there to entertain you and make you smile.  Make you sing some songs you heard on the radio when you were a kid or on your Moms radio when you were a kid if you are my age because she still loved them and listens to them.  You get to hear uplifiting songs and get a good feeling all around.

It isn’t serious theatre but it is a great time if you need something to do or just want cheered up.  My review of Jersey Boys is a three out of five stars because although it wasn’t supposed to be deep and emotional like I like and prefer, it was fun and entertaining.  If it got me to think, sing along after or want to go, “lets see it again” I would have given it 4 stars.

If you want to have something to do and are bored one day, Jersey Boys is a perfect time killer that is fun and entertaining and friendly for a family that doesn’t mind a few swear words and more mature situations.  Overall a 3 out of 5 stars show.

Tavern On Camac – Classic Showtunes Piano Bar

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I was stranded in Philadelphia for a few nights a couple years ago so I decided to go out and do something.  It was a business trip even though I got there on a Sunday so I went wandering around the city for a while and came across a small bar down a historic cobblestone alley called the Tavern on Camac.

243 South Camac Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5609
(215) 545-0900

So Tavern on Camac is technically a gay bar, just like Don’t Tell Mama in NYC or Sidetracks in Chicago Illinois.  However, if you are a Broadway and Theatre fan, if you love going to see a play, a musical or even an Opera, you are supporting the gay commuinty because lets face it, Theatre is made up of and by gays but instead of being for gays, it is made for everyone.  Now, I am not saying everyone in theatre is gay, just many people that help to make it work are.  The same goes for people who wear high fashion clothing, go to a salon or spa for their hair, nails and makeup or even eat at nice restaraunts.  Regardless where you go you are in the gay community so what is the difference from going to a spa and going to a showtunes night, the only difference is one is called a gay bar but in reality you’ll find a lot of heterosexuals there as well.  Think about it, you all have something in common, you love theatre so why not share it, the gays will welcome you and happily share their club and showtunes so enjoy it.

Anyways, back to Tavern on Camac.

Tavern on Camac is an older bar on the bottom (the upstairs was redone to become a nightclub and a more modern bar) that has a piano and a few old classic styled bars.  When I got there the piano was dead but about 20 minutes later the piano player came in and got a drink.  He was a very nice and very funny older guy and when he sat down you could tell he absolutely loves what he does.  He started the night off by announcing he does show tunes every Sunday and Monday I believe and that he’ll be there until they kick him out.  (He’s actually still there today singing and playing the piano for a mixed crowd of show tune loving people in Philadelphia).  He then laid out his tip jar and got started.

He is not only talented and fun to listen to sing and play, but he also encourages the entire room to sing a long.  This one time when I was there with a co-worker of mine (who had never been to a gay bar in his life but loved it) when we were on a trip to visit some clients, the piano player decided to start getting people to request songs and go up and sing.  He even did a rock song for my coworker since he really didn’t actually know any showtunes and didn’t want to look stupid.

Tavern on Camac is an amazing time for Sunday and Monday evenings and the piano player is perfect for cheering you up and having a great time with.  He may even invite you up to sing a song so be prepared if you have the guts.  I definitely had a couple of drinks before I got the guts to do it but when I started he helped me out and just like Bette Midler in Gypsy, he got me to sing out like Louise and let me tell you something, it really did become Let Me Entertain You.

Overall I love Tavern on Camac and highly recommend it.  Upstairs is a small dance club but downstairs is a really fun piano bar with showtunes on Sunday and Monday nights in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.  Just be careful, the piano player likes classic shows and hates anything modern.  He’ll play them if you tip enough but be ready for a gay grunt and gay groan.  Gotta love the gays.

If you’re in Philadelphia Pennsylvania and want to have fun at a showtunes night, you have to check out Tavern on Camac, but call first to make sure they have their piano player in that night and he is doing showtunes.

Here is the address for Tavern on Camac in Philadelphia Pennsylvania:

243 South Camac Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5609
(215) 545-0900