#Randomosities: The So-Good-Summer-Must-Be-Coming Edition!
THE LAST FIVE YEARS. If it's not already obvious how obsessed I've become with this show since seeing it just a few days ago, let me post some Behind-the-Scenes videos of the new production, just in case I haven't made myself clear. While its run at Second Stage Theatre came to a close this past Saturday night, its feature film (starring Pitch Perfect's Anna Kendrick and Smash's Jeremy Jordan) will soon into production. Until then, I'll be listening to the OBCR OCR and watching these videos (more of which you can check out here) on heavy rotation until the new cast recording comes out.
Summer can't come soon enough, if you ask me!
KERRIGAN-LOWDERMILK NEWS! My favorite New Musical Theatre composers, Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk have come out with a LIVE ALBUM! The aptly-titled Kerrigan-Lowdermilk Live contains exciting new arrangements of old favorites such as "How to Return Home" and "Run Away with Me," as well as never-before-recorded ones like "The Fathers Ran Away" and "My Party Dress." With incredible performances from the likes of Andy Mientus (Smash), Rebecca Naomi Jones & Alysha Umphress (American Idiot), Lindsey Mendez (Godspell) and indie band The Spring Standards, Live -- like the previous Our First Mistake -- once again offers that unique musical theatre/singer-songwriter experience that can only come from Kerrigan-Lowdermilk.
BROADWAY STARS ON (AND OFF?) MY TV. If I haven't mentioned this already, I was out of the country for about 5 weeks, so forgive me if I seem out of the loop, 'cause...I'm really out of the loop, guys. That said, you can then imagine my surprise when I see Hair's Sasha Allen belting out on an episode of NBC singing competition The Voice! It always makes me happy to see my favorite theatre people rock it out on my TV, just as American Idiot alum Tony Vincentdid on the same show last year.
As for that other show featuring Broadway stars, its unfortunate cancellation has been announced; and while I can't say I'm surprised, I'm definitely sad to see it go. Smash had a lot of things going for it, including the willing participation of many acclaimed New Musical Theatre composers such as Benj Pasek and Justin Paul --known to many simply as Pasek & Paul (Dogfight, Edges: A Song Cycle). The series is scheduled to close the curtain (yes, pun fully intended) on Sunday, May 26, with an episode dedicated to Broadway's Biggest Night, the Tonys. Definitely can't wait to see the "Big Finish" they've got planned!
Interesting to note are the reactions the cancellations have caused, from both critical and fan points-of-view. New York Times critic and Arts Beat blogger Christopher Isherwood recently made a lot of noise with his "farewell" to the NBC show, which apparently garnered some strong reactions from fans in the comments. It's worth a read if you've got the time.
Meanwhile, we're still waiting word on that other other show featuring a member of Broadway's elite, the Amy Sherman-Palladino-helmed Bunheads. The show, on which two-time Tony-winner Sutton Foster (Anything Goes!, Thoroughly Modern Millie) stars as dancer Michelle Simms, is still up-for-grabs for a Season 2 renewal, despite mixed reports from various sources. I for one hope the show continues, as -- from the looks of it -- it seems like the only show that seems to be representing the performing arts right these days (I'm lookin' at you, Glee).