Posted in Animals, Dogs, Entertainment, Food, Holiday, Humor, Internet, Life, Music
Tagged dancing, Dogs, entertainment, food, Holiday, Humor, Internet, life, Music, world emoji day
All the discussion of late around the Confederate flag brought the band Lynyrd Skynyrd to mind, since that flag is part of the band’s logo.
(I didn’t use that version here on The Sticky Egg because, um…no.)
That led us to talking about where we were when we learned about the plane crash that killed half of the band members.
[If you’re too young to a) know who Lynyrd Skynyrd is, or b) remember the plane crash, move along.]
I was in bed asleep. The phone rang — a corded phone, no less — and I walked down to my mother’s bedroom to answer it. A good friend of my oldest brother was on the line, and he was crying. I may have been young, but I knew a call that late at night could only mean one thing…
Someone had died.
We woke up my brother, who came to the phone in a fog of sleep. We heard him say, “Oh no. Oh God. Oh no.” Then he hung up the phone and turned to go back to bed. We stopped him, saying, “Wait — what happened?”
He said simply, “Lynyrd Skynyrd died.”
I’m not sure either my mother or I knew exactly what that meant, so we went on to bed. When we questioned my brother the next morning, he barely remembered the phone call.
But it stuck in my memory, all these years — the day Lynyrd Skynyrd died.
Posted in Family, History, Humor, Music, News
Tagged brother, confederate flag, corded phone, death, family, flag, history, Humor, Lynyrd Skynyrd, memory, mother, Music, news, phone call, plane crash, rock band, the day the music died, The Sticky Egg
American Idol is being canceled?
I feel such strong emotions — or I’m trying to, anyway — so I must breakout into song, like any decent musical would:
(My apologies to “American Pie.”)
You are leaving
I am grieving
in a ugly rage spiral
Sure, I’ve spent my nights
watching your network rival, singing —
I’ll tune back in for the big final.
I’ll tune back in for the big final.
So long, AI. (Harry, you were my fav.)
Posted in Celebrities, Commentary, Humor, Life, Music, Television
Tagged American Idol, American Pie, breakout into song, canceled tv shows, celebrities, commentary, competition, emotions, FOX Network, Harry Connick Jr, Humor, Music, musical, parody, reality shows, singing, Television, the day the music died
Turns out you can’t judge a musical by its poster.
The only thing I knew about the Broadway show Fun Home before I saw it last night was a) the critics loved it and b) the Tony voters did, too.
It scored 12 nominations earlier this week.
I didn’t know the soundtrack or the book upon which it was based. I walked in the theatre about as clueless as a person could get.
So imagine my surprise when the show wasn’t the singing, dancing Partridge Family parody that I had cooked up in my head.
If you too are in the dark (and wish to remain so), stop reading now.
Have they left? Okay. So the rest of you know why my mind is a bit blown right now.
The musical’s narrator is a lesbian cartoonist. (Yeah, this show’s no Cinderella.) With the help of her very young self and college-aged self — two incredible young performers — she tells her life story. With captions.
(‘Cause she’s a cartoonist.)
How her father was a part-time teacher and part-time funeral director — FUN HOME was the family nickname for the funeral home — and a closeted gay man who slept with lots of boys and committed suicide while she was away at college.
But that’s not to say there weren’t moments of humor and laughter. Her first girl-on-girl experience in college inspired “Changing My Major to Joan,” one of my favorite songs in the show. And the kids did do a little Partridge Family at one point, so the graphic designer gets to keep his job.
The cast is all-around amazing. I do wish I had seen the show off-Broadway before they were plopped down into this in-the-round venue. It has led to a lot of ‘singing to the audience’ staging that seems amateurish for a story of such complexity.
It is quite a ride.
Posted in Broadway, Commentary, dancing, Entertainment, Family, Humor, Music, New York City, Relationships, Singing, theater
Tagged Broadway, captions, cartoonist, cast, clueless, college, critics, dancing, family, Fun Home, funeral director, funeral home, gay, graphic designer, Humor, in the round, laughter, lesbian, life story, mind blown, movie theatre, musical, narrator, Off-Broadway, parody, Partridge Family, performers, poster, review, singing, soundtrack, staging, suicide, teacher, Tony Award, Tony nominations
Jimmy Fallon’s epic “Lip Sync Battle” has left its home at The Tonight Show and now occupies prime time Thursdays on Spike TV.
The earlier time slot means the segment gets 30 whole minutes, costumes, backup ‘singers’ and dancers and racier trash talk (since it’s on cable). And the celebs are lovin’ every minute. The only thing that suffers?
The actual lip sync.
The celebs have a lot more bells and whistles to contend with, and limited rehearsal time, I would guess. So everything is messier…but who cares?
They’re making fools of themselves to music — just like on Dancing with the Stars — and it is magical.
Posted in cable, Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Music, review, Television
Tagged backup singers, bells and whistles, cable, celebrities, commentary, costumes, dancers, Dancing with the Stars, entertainment, Humor, Jimmy Fallon, Lip Sync Battle, magic, Music, prime time, rehearsal, review, SpikeTV, Television, The Tonight Show, Thursday, time slot, trash talk
I’ll check with Alanis Morissette.
Posted in Art, Celebrities, Comedy, Design, Humor, Music
Tagged Alainis Morissette, art, celebrities, comedy, design, Humor, irony, Music
I didn’t watch Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2015 with Ryan Seacrest, so I missed Idina Menzels’ performance of the ubiquitous “Let It Go.”
Rumor has it she botched the final high note.
(Haters on Twitter made sure that everyone knew.)
So Idina went on Twitter and defended herself, saying she is ‘more than one note.’
I can understand wanting to stand up to the backlash, but laughing at the sour note might be more effective. Audiences love when people in the public eye can be self-deprecating.
Plus, why give nameless, faceless trolls the satisfaction of seeing you rattled?
Let it go, Idina.
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Tagged audiences, backlash, celebrities, commentary, Dick Clar's Rockin' Eve 2015, entertainment, haters, high note, Holiday, Humor, Idina Menzel, laugh it off, laughing at yourself, Let It Go, more than one note, Music, New Year's Eve, performance, Ryan Seacrest, self-deprecating, singing, sour note, Television, trolls, Twitter