If you can’t tell by my previous posts that I think that no one can do a Parody like a Broadway Star or a Drag Queen then you haven’t been reading this blog close enough. I was watching showtunes at EFN Lounge in Washington DC and they played a new parody of the Lady Gaga song Alejandro except instead of being a drag queen or a star or a regular person playing Lady Gaga it was none other than the talented and fabulous Ms. Jackie Hoffman from the cast of The Addams Family on broadway with Nathan Lane.
Not only does Jackie Hoffman make probably one of the very best Granny’s that we will ever see but she is able to take the Granny character and turn it into a great spoof on a hit Lady Gaga song called Alejandro. I absolutely loved this video and although it is disturbing to watch Jackie Hoffman play this character because of the Granny Panties no one else could pull off such a fabulous parody and make it work the way that she can. The parody is absolutely fabulous and amazing and I love it. It is almost enough to get me to go see The Addams Family on Broadway when I go to New York in a few weeks. Jackie Hoffman did an amazing job with the parody of Lady Gaga’s Alejandro and it is perfectly called Old Lady Gaga.
It is kind of a disturbing video but if you are a Jackie Hoffman or a Lady Gaga fan you’ll love the video. Thank you EFN Lounge as well for playing it at showtunes or I might have never found this fabulous parody of Lady Gaga’s Alejandro. Jackie did an amazing job with the parody and let me know how you liked it by leaving a comment below or by clicking on the green tweet or retweet button at the top of this post to share it with all of your friends on Twitter.
Last night I had some friends over because one of them just broke up from a long term relationship and marriage. After everyone went out I stayed behind with my friend and tried to keep us both happy and everything fun. When we were alone it got kind of sad and depressing again until I was flipping though the tv and we found Shrek 2 playing on TBS. Not only do I love the Shrek Movies but Shrek 2 is even more fabulous since it not only helps to teach about being yourself and loving everyone but it also features one of the most recognizable showtunes from the show Footloose Holding out for a hero.
Bonnie Tyler not only made this song famous but when you combine a really bad 80’s story line with Kevin Bacon and a cast of dancing 80’s actors you get a movie that you cannot forget and a soundtrack that ends up being a best seller. The songs from Footloose have been remixed for years now and I forgot that Shrek 2 had a version of Holding Out for a Hero which was perfomed by the fabulous Jennifer Saunders from one of the most popular British Comedy shows Absolutely Fabulous.
Not only was the Shrek 2 Holding Out for a Hero perfect for Jennifer Saunders but the character whose voice she played was an absolutely perfect casting job to combine her character Eddie from Ab Fab into a cartoon and the only company and movie that could make it all work together was Shrek 2. Not only did Shrek 2 make us both laugh but it was a great movie with a fabulous soundtrack and we both ended up not being able to stop watching. The Shrek movies are awesome and I love Shrek 2 and wanted to share one of the songs from it since it is technically a showtune as well as a song from a movie.
Here is Shrek 2 Holding Out for a Hero by Jennifer Saunders.
Pippin is one of those shows that no one really usually ever thinks of when they hear broadway or showtunes but everyone remembers and loves, especially when they hear one of the most popular and famous songs “Corner of the Sky”. Pippin for me has a ton of meaning to it right now because I almost feel like I can relate to the story in a way.
I was talking to my mom about broadway and shows that originated in DC because we have Mary Poppins playing right now and Dream Girls is coming to the National Theatre where Harvey Fierstein gave us a fabulous revival of Fiddler on the Roof. When talking about shows that debuted in Washington DC before they hit broadway three of the most famous shows come to mind. Annie, West Side Story and of course Pippin which Ben Vereen won a Tony award for his performance. So why is Pippin so special and why is it famous and why do I relate to it.
Pippin is sort of a coming of ages and discovering yourself story. It is the story of a young man who grows up to become educated, to want to start a revolution, who gets caught in plots to murder or overthrow a government, to end tyranny and only find out that he also has to become a tyrant to lead his people after he murders his way to the top. It is a story about betrayal, reinventing yourself, discovering how hard and how difficult life could be but also the rewards for your hard work and how you can always learn new things. Pippin learns about how to start a revolution, lead a country, arts and music and also about love, himself and independence. He learns a lot from many people but most importantly learns to try and find who he really is.
The reason why I feel like I relate to characters like Pippin and so many other people do or fall in love with his character is not because we murder people or overthrow governments (which I do not do either), but because I own a small company. I worked my way up in companies to get to be able to start my own. I constantly have to compete and watch others in order to get, keep and find new Clients for my business and have to struggle and fight off competitors to stay alive and be able to support myself. I often want to find something else to do or want to give up but instead I find other ways to differentiate myself and make myself stronger than others and then can bring my clients that were stolen back and and really start to show why I can survive and why I am not that easy to push around or get rid of. I think that people can relate to this whether it is in a social situation, a work situation, if they own their own company or work for someone else. If you are in school and have to work to fit in and become the popular kids or popular in your own small group of friends. If you want to play a sport and become the best or the head of the team or even just to fit in to your own family and group of friends. We all have things we need to work at achieving and things we want to accomplish and when we watch Pippin go through his life we all sort of relate, especially as he grows up. We may not have to murder and overthrow a government but we all definitely have had to struggle and fight for the things we want most in our lives whether it is wealth, love, friends, family that cares for us, money, vacations, promotions, apartments and houses or anything else we have ever wanted or believed in.
Pippin is a show you will walk out of and remember. You may not always think of it but you will always smile and sing along when you hear the main songs and showtunes from the show at karaoke or showtunes nights. My personal favorite is the one that everyone on earth knows and loves “Corner of the Sky”. Because I think everyone can relate to Pippin and it is an overall amazing show, I give Pippin a 4 out of 5 stars as a must see show. I love the music, the story and the acting and know that you will to.