Monthly Archives: May 2011

Poll – Would You Pay More To Hear a Couple of Instruments?

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Today on XM Radio, Seth Rudetsky said that the Music union is now suing the show Priscilla Queen of the Desert because they are using pre-recorded violins (or something like that) instead of a real orchestra. With your opinions of union workers and remembering that I am not taking sides on this, I want to ask what you think? Would you pay more money for already expensive broadway tickets in order to have a real full orchestra playing or would you want to keep the already high prices where they are and have them use state of the art sound equipment that sounds exactly like the real instruments for some of the instruments. Let’s go into this a little bit more.

Here is one argument that I could see for the music union that I would agree with. There is no comparison to hearing a real musical instrument, if you have a trained ear for music and are a musician on your own. If you are sitting right in the front and watch the bows on the violins or see the musicians playing, it really means something. I personally love to hear the musicians playing, but when I am at a show and sitting balcony, a few rows or more away from the stage, etc… I’ll be honest I cannot tell the difference. For most of america, I don’t think anyone knows that they are listening to a recording vs. a real instrument. Also to that point, there are still some musicians playing in the orchestra pit, just not a full orchestra anymore. This leads me to a point about the public going to see a show.

If the music union would win the lawsuit against Priscilla Queen of the Desert, which they have a right to fight for their jobs, broadway audiences would get to hear the difference between a recording and a gorgeous and beautiful full orchestra. Many people won’t be able to tell the difference, but there is something amazing about hearing a real orchestra, especially when they can add little twists to each song to make it unique. On the other hand, tickets are already extremely expensive and if they have to pay for musicians for 8 shows a week, that is going to increase the prices again. Is the sound that most of us cannot tell the difference with worth paying even more for already inflated tickets? I have one last point to make for those of you who think you can tell the difference between a recording with state of the art sound and a real instrument. Did you know that the performers don’t perform every song? take Phantom of the Opera.

Very few people could hit all of those notes every show, 8 shows a week. It would do a lot of damage to your voice or at least make you have to rest your voice and take a lot of time off. Also, when the Phantom and I think Christine are running around the background and climbing ladders, do you think they are actually singing? Nope, those are the Actors voices pre-recorded. I bet that not many broadway audience members actually knew either of those things. The fact is that the sound quality is so good now that the majority of people would never know the difference if they didn’t find out on blogs or shows like Seth Rudetsky’s Big Fat Broadway on Sirius XM.

Here is my opinion. For some shows with modern music I don’t care if some of the instruments are pre-recorded. I cannot tell the difference unless I am sitting right there or there are no speakers in the theatre at all for the actors or for the orchestra. Then you really hear what they sound like, as long as you are close enough to hear. If it is an older show with clear solos and where the voice has to match the instrument, it is amazing to hear the two together. Sort of like the person who sings in Candide for the song Glitter and Be Gay with the flute. The person’s voice and the instrument sound amazing together. So back to my question, this is just for you to think about because I cannot get my poll to work, or you can leave a comment below. Would you honestly be happy or willing to pay more for already expensive tickets to see a broadway show that has a couple of more instruments and when you cannot tell the difference between pre-recorded or live or are you happy to see it for a bit less money and have a few less instruments and you cannot tell the difference between the two?

Catch Me If You Can The Musical Soundtrack on Sale Here!

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Finally! The Catch Me If You Can Soundtrack is finally for sale and you can buy it without having to go to NYC for it. I personally bought a few of the MP3s because I am seriously obsessed with it after seeing the show and know that you are going to love it as well. The Catch Me If You Can Soundtrack or Original Cast Recording if you’re a theatre person is amazing.

Not only is the show high energy, but there are some amazing ballads in the show like Goodbye or Fly, Fly, Away which is sung by Kerry Butler. Not only do you end up loving to sing along with these two songs, but when songs from Catch Me If You Can the Musical come onto your headphones like Live in Living Color you end up wanting to dance. I doubt many of you will jump up and down and off of large blocks like they do in the show, but you’ll definitely be tapping your feet and possibly standing up to dance around if you need a break from work. The Catch Me If You Can Soundtrack or Original Cast Recording is the perfect work and driving CD. It has high energy songs, ballads and some songs that are really old fashioned and would make you think you were listening to the rat pack or an old big band singer. The soundtrack is awesome and now that the Catch Me If You Can Soundtrack is on Sale, you can buy it and listen to it even if you haven’t gotten to see the show yet. This is one that I highly recommend buying because even if you haven’t seen the show, you will love the music and get yourself even more excited to see it.

Anyways, if you want to read my Catch Me If You Can the Musical Reviews, click the link before this. If you want to buy the music, click any of the links above and you’ll be taken to the page where you can buy the CD or MP3 for some of my favorite songs from the show. I highly recommend this show and highly recommend buying some of the MP3s. My personal favorites are Goodbye, Fly, Fly, Away and Live in Living Color. To be honest I love them all but those are three good ones to start with. Feel free to leave a comment below if you’d like to share your favorite song from Catch Me If You Can the Musical.

I Am the Very Model of a Modern Homosexual Parody

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If you love the Pirates of Penzance, you’ll love this parody of the song I am the very model of a modern major general, I am the very model of a modern homosexual. Not only do I love parodies and when producers cross shows for promotions like when Avenue Q and Fiddler combined to create Avenue Jew or when Spring Awakening combined with Grease to create a ridiculous cast, in this parody a bunch of gay guys combined, probably on a poop deck to redo one of the most famous showtunes and create I am the very model of a modern homosexual.

The original song has been heard in cartoons, on tv, on the radio and just about everyone knows the tune. They turned the show into a movie and back into a show and everyone tries to sing along with it but eventually ends up giving up. The fun thing about the parody I am the very model of a modern homosexual is that you don’t want to give up, you want to actually learn the lyrics since it is freaking hilarious.

Ok I am holding back from a million but pirate jokes with this song and the show the Pirates of Penzance, with the exception of the poop deck comment above, so I’ll leave it up to you to make as many of the gay pirate jokes as you’d like, just keep them to yourself so we don’t offend any of the readers….or leave it in the comments and if its in taste then I’ll approve it. =0). Anyways, I am the very model of a modern homosexual is a fun parody that I am probably going to end up trying to download to my iPhone so that I can add it to my work playlist. Not only is it a fun one to sing a long to, but it is also great for typing. I absolutely love this song and think that you will to. I wish they would have crossed the show La Cage with it for a promo. That would have been perfect. Anyways, here’s I am the very model of a modern homosexual. Let me know what you think.

Mix Tape from Avenue Q – Because I have a date tonight

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So I have a date with this amazingly hot guy tomorrow night to watch Glee together. He’s actually going to sit through an episode, even though he hates it, so I am completely excited. He’s definitely not a theatre person, but hey, we all have our flaws, and since he is willing to watch Glee with me on a first date, he might be a winner. Not only is he cute, but he also has a German accent that is seriously hot. The date, the attraction, etc… got me thinking of the song Mix Tape from Avenue Q.

The reason I thought of Mix Tape from Avenue Q is because this guy is seriously hot and never flirted before until last night. All of the sudden he showed interest and I was completely taken off guard. It’s sort of like I was sitting there looking at him and hoping he liked me but I wasn’t really sure. All of the sudden I invite him for Glee and he lets me know he might be interested in me. It’s sort of like the Kate Monster and Princeton romance when Princeton gives Kate Monster a Mix Tape and she begins to sing about it.

Kate Monster was curious if Princeton liked her or Liked her Liked her, like she likes him. Kate has a crush on him but Princeton is giving her mixed signals. All of the sudden when she finished through singing about the track list on the Mix Tape, Princeton finally asks her if she would like to go on a date. All of the sudden Kate Monster finds out that Princeton actually does like her and she gets excited because she now gets to go on a date with the guy that she likes. Mix Tape from Avenue Q is a fun ballad that I love to sing at karaoke with my friend and one that almost everyone loves. Anyways, wish me luck on my date tomorrow night and here is the song Mix Tape from Avenue Q. I’ll let you all know how the date ends up going as well.

What If from The Addams Family Musical

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What if from The Addams Family Musical has to be one of the cutest and funniest songs on broadway. It’s almost sad listening to Pugsley sing about missing his sister Wednesday, but when you’re listening to what he’s singing you can’t help to laugh. What if from the Addams Family Musical is one of those songs that helps to build the plot and keep it going.

Pugsley is upset that Wednesday is falling in love and worried that she is going to leave him, which she is planning on doing. The reason he is upset is that if Wednesday leaves there will be no one left to torture him or for him to play with. The song is a bit in your face with lyrics about nailing your tongue to the bathroom floor and hiding all the power tools, but it is also really sweet. It is sort of like Castle on a Cloud from Les Miserables, but darker and more disturbing. What if from The Addams Family Musical is actually a beautiful song if you take the music and the singing and sort of ignore the words. Then again, if you ignore the words you miss the song. The kid who plays Pugsley also does an absolutely amazing job with this song. He is seriously talented.

Even though Addams Family the musical isn’t for kids, the songs are still fun and kids would probably love to sing a long to them. What If from The Addams Family is one that if it goes out onto Karaoke CDs it will probably become one of the most popular ones to sing. Not only is it pretty and easy to sing, but it is hilarious and really out there. Sort of like Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist or Schadenfreuda (I think I spelled that wrong) or The Internet if for Porn from Avenue Q. Anyways, I love the song What If from The Addams Family Musical and think that it will definitely be a hit when or if the broadway version of the cast recording comes out. Here is the original cast when they were doing the tour.