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There’s a Fine Fine Line from Avenue Q

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So I started dating a guy and keep getting mixed signals from him. It is mostly me being seriously dramatic and over-thinking everything, but he did give me the lets take it slow thing. For us it meant that we actually did jump into our relationship way to fast and we are missing out on all of the fun things about dating, but at the same time I really like him which is why I want to jump right in. The funny part is I took him to see Avenue Q in NYC at the Stages Theatre and he instantly called me Kate Monster.

Anyways, here is why I am writing this post about There’s a Fine Fine Line from Avenue Q. No one cheated and I didn’t see him with anyone else, but at the same time I don’t know where we stand. Before NYC we were in a monogamous relationship, but when I asked him when we got back he didn’t comment on it and say yes or no when I asked him what take it slow meant. It left me curious as to where we stand. Are we boyfriends still (this sounds more like Mix Tape than There’s a Fine Fine Line from Avenue Q) and monogamous or is he out seeing other people. I already know, well at least am pretty sure he is not seeing anyone else and to be honest, I have no desire to see anyone but him. I don’t even have the desire to sleep with other guys, kiss anyone or even check other guys out. That is how I know that I really like him. The problem is that I don’t know what he is feeling as he wants to hang out, but he is a bit more distant when we do.

It isn’t that he pushes me away, but he isn’t as close as he was before. Instead of a long kiss or going at it when we have a sleep over, he gives me a small peck on the lips or we cuddle for a couple minutes then he pulls away. I know that that is technically taking it slow, but at the same time I want to be a little further along since I already got to try it once or twice. That is pretty much the reason that I keep thinking about the song There’s a Fine Fine Line from Avenue Q. If we weren’t already dating I’d be using Mix Tape for this post, but since we have already slept together and I like him but not sure where we stand as in monogamous (and I’m hoping he is monogamous with me as well) There’s a Fine Fine Line from Avenue Q is the perfect song for my mood. Most of us have been in a relationship like this where we didn’t know what was going on so if that was you or if you feel the same way and want to share your store, leave a comment below. Here is There’s a Fine Fine Line from Avenue Q.

1 Shubert Alley – The Best Broadway Store in NYC

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I just got back from NYC and was extremely disappointed to see that Catch Me if You Can the Musical has been canceled. The show was actually pretty amazing and they did an excellent job with the choreography and the music. Unfortunately though they decided to close the show. Because the show was closed they quit printing window cards (broadway posters) which also means that everyone and every store was sold out, except for one, 1 Shubert Alley in NYC.

1 Shubert Alley is the original broadway merchandise store in NYC. Not only was it one of the first to start selling official broadway merchandise, but the location makes you want to spin around and belt out a few tunes. That is because 1 Shubert Alley is located in between about 5 theatres and just off of times square in the heart of broadway. Unlike the other stores which are owned by the company that owns 1 Shubert Alley, 1 Shubert Alley is a tiny room packed full of broadway everything.

You can find everything from window cards (broadway posters) to magnets, cd’s, tshirts and everything else from a majority of the shows that are currently running to shows that have recently closed (including hard to find merchandise like my Catch Me if You Can Broadway Poster because not many people know of this store because it is down an alley next to a theatre) and even merchandise from some of the more classic shows that are either touring or closed a long time ago. The only thing you cannot find at 1 Shubert Alley are window card frames (broadway poster frames) which is probably only because there isn’t that much space inside the store to store them. You can however buy window card frames at their other locations which are all within a 2 or 3 block walk.

The thing that I loved about 1 Shubert Alley was that it not only looked and felt historic, but they had everything that the theatres were sold out of. The staff was friendly, the prices were competitive and the soundtracks playing were a lot of fun. If you want a real broadway experience and want the perfect place to buy broadway merchandise after seeing a show, check out 1 Shubert Alley which is also the address of the broadway shop in NYC.

Avenue Q at the Stages Theatre NYC Reviewed

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So I just got back from another trip to NYC and this time decided to see the off broadway version of Avenue Q at the stages theatre. So before we get into the review, I wanted to go over what off-broadway is vs. on broadway and what you can expect. If you don’t want to read the post, then my review is a good one and you should definitely check out Avenue Q at the Stages Theatre off broadway. You can buy tickets by clicking on the goldstar or ticket liquidator banners in the right hand side of this blog.

Off broadway shows are pretty much the exact same thing as broadway shows except the theatres are smaller and you are extremely close to the actors. The talent is amazing, the sets are scaled down for some shows, but the quality is still very high. Off broadway show openings are usually more unknown or are up and coming shows where broadway usually has box office and big budget shows opening. That’s pretty much the only difference between off broadway shows and on broadway shows. So now that you know the difference, lets go over the now off broadway version of Avenue Q at the stages theatre in NYC.

I absolutely love this show. Everything from my favorite characters Kate and the Bad News Bears to Princeton and Christmas Eve makes me laugh my ass off and want to sing a long. If you have never seen the show but only listened to the soundtrack, you’ll notice a few changes. 1. The bad news bears are in the show and play the bad influence on the characters and 2. Time sensitive things like George Bush during the ending song is replaced with Fox News.

The show was a Sunday Matinee show so it was kind of early. The cast seemed to be a little off when it started and no one was really working the songs like I thought they would have, however by the middle of the first half, Kate, Christmas Eve, Trekky and everyone else was belting out tunes and brought the show to life. The only character that was really not well done was Brian. The guy was probably just having an off day, but it seemed like he wasn’t in the mood to do the show and was just at a rehearsal. He was talented and all but it just didn’t feel like he was giving it his all. Overall the entire performance was fantastic and I would definitely go to see it again.

The cast was great, the show is awesome and because the theatre is small you get to really see everything which is amazing. Avenue Q at the stages theatre in NYC is 100% worth seeing even though it is off broadway. The show is still great and because it is off broadway it seemed like the tickets are even cheaper. If you are heading to NYC and want to see Avenue Q at the stages theatre, click the Goldstar and Ticket Liquidator banners in the right hand side of this blog and you’ll find great deals on Avenue Q in New York City tickets as well as a ton of other shows.

Guys and Dolls on Tour

Guy and Dolls on Tour with Erin Davie Reviewed

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Guys and Dolls on Tour

Guys and Dolls on Tour

So last night I went to see the opening of Guys and Dolls starring Erin Davie. It was also a first date with someone so I was trying to really behave myself and not only pay attention to the show, but to him as well. It turns out he is just as bitchy as me and changes his mind as much as me, so it was more like the critics from the muppets than two people on a date. Then again we did get to hold hands during the show so it was fun and a bit more than the critics. Anyways, here is my review of Erin Davies in the touring cast of Guys and Dolls.

The show got off to a very bad start, even before it began.  I don’t know if the cast had jitters or what was going on but with the curtain going up at 8pm, they were actually still rehearsing some of the largest numbers in front of audience members and out of costume.  (They weren’t rehearsing or sound checking at 8, but it was up to about half an hour or so before.) Not only did it ruin some of the anticipation, but it was horrible to have their interpretation of Guys and Dolls exposed before we got to see it.  It sort of ruined the new choreography and it set the show up to appear extremely unprofessional.  Not only should they not have been rehearsing songs like Take Back Your Mink in front of the audience, but if they didn’t know it by opening night (This is just me being bitchy about seeing the numbers practiced before the show starts), they weren’t going to know it.  So we finally sat down in our seats after seeing the biggest numbers performed with a horrible attitude and being pissed and waited for the show to begin.

Even with a horrible first impression of a very talented cast (It technically isn’t necessarily the casts fault that they were sound checking before the show.) that rehearsed in front of the audience, we actually fell right into the show.  The show took place at Wolf Trap park which is North America’s, and the only national park that was built and dedicated to the performing arts.  Liz Taylor was even on the board of directors for the park, and each year they give an honorary mention to the first lady.  Wolf Trap park is an open air amphitheater so it was sort of neat to get to see real acting without the lights and effects that can be hidden with complete darkness in a theatre.  It really helped to show who had talent and who just had a great voice and can follow a dance routine.  The tour of Guys and Dolls starring Erin Davie definitely did just that.

Everyone has a bad night or a night where they are not on all the way.  Unfortunately this was one of those nights for Erin.  Her voice is amazing and she is incredibly talented, but she was not hitting her notes all of the way and it seemed like her acting faded out to where you couldn’t even see her.  She disappeared into the cast and you lost track of her.  Adelaide, although an extremely flamboyant character to begin with, bursted out in every scene and people could not wait to see her again.  Normally people always love Adelaide because she is a flashy and funny character, but Megan Sikora completely stole the show and took the role of Adelaide to an entirely new level.

Erin had a ton of times to shine like in the bar fight in Havanah while being drunk on Bacardi, but she didn’t use it or take the chance to really stand out.  Instead you were focused on the ensemble, instead of the star, which was extremely unfortunate.  Luckily though the entire cast was super talented which meant that even the ensemble was fun to watch. Ben Crawford who played Sky Masterson was a lot of fun to watch, not to mention really cute, but he sort of Patti Luponed every syllable.

Every breath was inhaled way to deep, but you need a deep breath with a great voice like his, and he hit every syllable like a T and P with a ton of force.  Unfortunately he also hit a few syllables that didn’t actually even need to be hit, but those inflections made him stand out even more. Focusing on those notes and syllables actually worked for him and I really enjoyed his performance.  Probably the best male performer on stage though was Glenn Rainey who played Nicely Nicely Johnson.  It was almost insane, but for someone who plays a back up character or supporting character, the singers around him had to keep up and match his notes.  They were all very good, but it was like the rest of the cast singing with him had to match his voice to keep up.  It was completely unexpected.

The set stayed true to a classic show set however the dancing and the costumes were definitely modernized a bit.  The routines were improved and I loved how they changed little pieces of the songs.  The only thing I didn’t like was that Erin disappeared into the background.  She has a huge voice that is incredible and it didn’t even come out after the first solo she did.  Even with that song, it felt like she held back and it sounded like she went flat on a few notes.  It was definitely an off night for her because she is extremely talented and if I would go again I know she would be back to belting out some amazing notes. She is someone that I hope everyone gets to hear as her voice is absolutely amazing and I always look forward to hearing her sing.

The touring cast of Guys and Dolls staring Erin Davie is definitely one worth seeing.  There is a ton of talent in the show and their updated version is fun to watch.  I was pissed that they were practicing right up until the curtains came up (again that is a slight exaggeration), but the show was definitely worth watching after when it started.  Unfortunately I was not on my best either that night and was having issues with allergies.  Because of that I will probably not get to see my date again who was absolutely cute and a really nice guy.  Because of that I figured the perfect song to play in this post is Adelaide’s Lament or A Person, Can Develop a Cold.  This video isn’t from the Guys and Dolls Touring cast, but since they just had opening night there isn’t any video available.  The touring cast is a lot better and their version of the Hotbox Theatre is also a million times better than the one in the video.  Anyways, if you get a chance to see the Touring Cast of Guys and Dolls starring Erin Davie then go. 

How Do You Know If She Loves You from Enchanted Video

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If there is one thing that Disney can do better than anyone it is to take a cheesy kids musical and turn it into a real life musical and also make it so that adults want to listen to it and sing a long to it as well. The first time I saw a preview for the Disney Musical Movie Enchanted I thought that it was kind of cool but had no desire to see it since it was a kids movie. Then every night at showtunes night at Sidetracks, JRs, EFN Lounge and everywhere else in the world, even at showtunes night at the Hippo in Baltimore, they began playing How Does She Know from Enchanted.

Not only did the song build up a fan base of people singing along, but it also built up entire lines of call backs, audience participation moments and lots of noise. Not only was Disney able to to create a show and song that would bring showtunes fans across the country up onto their feet and sing a long, but they did it without even trying to. I still haven’t seen the movie, but I definitely eventually fell in love with How Do You Know If She Loves You from Enchanted at showtunes night which makes me tempted to actually go and watch the movie musical.

It is technically a Disney movie so it will probably have a great production value. I know I like at least one of the songs from the movie musical and even though it is for kids, Disney usually creates a few jokes for the adults to get as well. The only problem is that I don’t really see a need to go and rent it which is why I am waiting for it to come onto on demand and then I’ll watch it there. I guess netflix could work as well, but that would involve effort. Anyways, here is the song How Do You Know If She Loves You from Disney’s movie musical Enchanted. (I probably have the song’s name wrong so please feel free to correct me by leaving a comment below.)