I finally saw Bring It On the Musical tonight.
I’ve been waiting for over three years to see it…perhaps that’s why I was a little disappointed.
No, it was more than that.
The musical is merely inspired by the cult-classic film. It borrows characters and story lines from the sequel, eliminates favorites and creates still more.
The school uniforms help if you get confused.
The musical also has a completely different tone. It is very light on comedy. Gone is the snark that made the original film so much fun to watch. And somebody in the writers room loves earnest ballads. I found myself groaning when yet another heartfelt musical number interrupted the dialogue.
But once they got into the heart of the competition, Bring It On really entertains. If you like watching cheerleading competitions on ESPN, these are just as intense and high-flying…
Plus everyone is singing their lungs out!
Posted in Broadway, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Sports
Tagged ballad, Bring It On movie, Bring It On: The Musical, Broadway, cheerleading uniforms, cult film, dance, dialogue, entertainment, ESPN, musical comedy, New York City, singing, snark, Sports, story line, writers room
Cause or effect?
Do I tend to get chatty cab drivers…or make cab drivers more chatty?
Regardless, my conversation with George — who drove me to the train station today in Paoli, Pennsylvania — now puts me at two degrees of separation from Beyonce herself.
Put a ring on that.
George’s nephew is one of Beyonce’s dancers..and is currently featured on Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition. Abby is the Abby Lee of Dance Moms fame. I’ve seen one episode of Ultimate, but of course didn’t realize I was gazing upon George’s nephew.
George himself is a DJ: he says the entire family is musical. And everyone is mighty proud of their boy for his work with Beyonce…as they should be.
Regardless of the reason, I’m glad George got chatty with me. What a fun story!
Posted in Celebrities, dancing, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Relationships, Television, transportation, Travel
Tagged Abby Lee, Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, Beyonce, celebrities, dance, Dance Moms, dancing, DJ, entertainment, family, Humor, life, Pennsylvania, Relationships, taxi, Television, train station, transportation, Travel
If you were looking for me today, you just had to follow the line.
It stretched all the way from Stoopher & Boots at 79th and Amsterdam, around the corner, and back to Columbus.
I was at the end of that line, but all the kids and moms and dads weren’t waiting to see me.
Dance Moms was in the house.
Mom Melissa and dancer daughters Maddie and Mackenzie made an appearance to help raise money for the Starlight Foundation. For over eight hours, they signed autographs, took pictures and chatted with adoring — sometimes crying, they were so excited – fans.
I was helping out in the store, but — full disclosure — I watch Dance Moms, too. And I thoroughly enjoyed having a front row seat for all the excitement.
Wonder if they are as tired as I am?
Posted in Celebrities, Children, dancing, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Shopping, Television, TV
Tagged autographs, celebrities, dance, Dance Moms, entertainment, follow the crowd, front row seat, Humor, life, Mackenzie Ziegler, Maddie Ziegler, Melissa Ziegler, New York City, shopping, Starlight Foundation, Stoopher & Boots, Television, TV, Upper West Side
I love a good documentary on a Saturday morning.
And First Position, which is currently in theatres and available OnDemand, is great.
The feature film documents the journey of six young ballet dancers as they attempt to qualify and compete in the Youth America Grand Prix in New York City, the most prestigious youth ballet competition in the world.
This contest isn’t just about trophies or medals; it’s serious business. The winning dancers receive full scholarships to top ballet schools and contracts to the most prestigious ballet companies in the world — jobs that are few and far between.
The filmmakers have amazing access to the dancers at home, in the rehearsal studio, and in the wings before, during and after their competition performances. It’s pretty incredible…and no small wonder the documentary was named the audience choice’s first runner up for Best Documentary at the Toronto Film Festival where it premiered.
See? Told you it was great.
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Tagged audience award, ballet, ballet company, ballet dancers, ballet school, commentary, dance, dance competition, dance contract, dance dance baby, dance scholarship, dancing, documentary, entertainment, filmmakers, First Position movie, illustrator, in the wings, life, Manhattan, medals, movie theatres, Movies, New York City, OnDemand, rehearsal studio, Saturday morning, Television, trophies, TV, Youth America Grand Prix
Tonight, “Dancing with the Stars” crowns its Season 10 champion.
Having loaded the field with an Olympic figure skater and a professional dancer, the ending seemed almost a foregone conclusion. But after a season of high ratings and critical acclaim, the producers and judges suddenly got an enormous attack of conscience…and at last night’s finals, attempted to balance the scales.
Erin Andrews, the ESPN reporter, is the only true non-dancer left in the competition. She has steadily improved over the season and deserves to be in the final three. But in the two dances she performed last night with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, the judges were overly effusive in their praise and votes. The pair ended up tied for first place for the first time this season.
Nicole and Derek and Evan and Anna, in contrast, were more harshly judged for both of their dances. Evan and Anna were especially criticized for their free dance (following a package that showed the two fighting and crying — nice setup).
But as we’ve seen on the lesser “American Idol,” audiences don’t like it when they see their favorites treated unfairly by cranky judges. My guess is Evan and Anna may actually benefit from their last-place finish with a ground swell of viewer support.
Who knows? Nicole’s predestined win may have just experienced a slight hiccup.
Can you say backfire?
Posted in Humor, Music, Television
Tagged American Idol, audience votes, dance, Dancing with the Stars, Erin Andrews, ESPN reporter, Evan Lysacek, Humor, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Music, professional dancer, Television
Drop the house on her already, Dorothy.
Why the heck isn’t the Wicked Witch of the Dance Floor dead?
Kate Gosselin, easily one of the most obnoxious of the reality show ilk, is still alive on “Dancing with the Stars.”
It’s not like we’ve seen a completely new Kate over the past few weeks. Been charmed unexpectedly by her true self. God no. All the rehearsal footage of her and poor Tony Dovolani reveal the Kate we already know…and kinda abhor.
Sulking. Whining. Crying. Giving up. Making Tony — Tony, the dance pro who has already endured so much in the show’s history — lose his cool and threaten to quit.
And yet, there she stands. The bottom vote getter….again. Somehow surviving…again.
It paso’s my doble.
Who is voting for her? The moms of the America? Do you really think she represents you?
Better you stand behind Pamela Anderson, who has been a revelation. Sure, she’s as sexy as you thought she would be. But she’s working hard. She’s got a great attitude. She’s interesting. She’s fun!
Save the siren…
Kill the beast!
Posted in Humor, Music, Television
Tagged dance, dance rehearsal, Dancing with the Stars, Humor, Kate Gosselin, Pamela Anderson, reality shows, reality television, Television, Tony Dovolani, Wicked Witch, Wizard of Oz
Pick me, pick me, pick me.
Have you considered…me?
I refer to the recent announcement that Samantha Harris is leaving her job as co-host on “Dancing with the Stars.” After eight years with the show, she plans to focus on her ‘reporting duties’ on The Insider and Entertainment Tonight Weekend.
I imagine her new baby has something to do with her decision. Or perhaps “Dancing with the Stars” is ready for new blood?
Sure, they could hire a more seasoned personality of the reality show ilk for the job, but let’s face it — the celebrity dancers don’t want to share star power with the person holding the microphone when they already have to contend with a dozen other divas.
I would simply be that nobody that ABC plucked out of nowhere who has average looks and an above average sense of humor. I would give the job a nice balance between throwing props to the pros and their progeny and finding the funny in the feathers and frills.
Plus, I am a Tom Bergeron fanatic. If he has grown weary of a co-host like Samantha who spends most of her time sculpting her arms, I would be a breath of fresh air. I don’t have a sculpted anything — unless Tom wants me to — anything to learn at the right hand of the guru of TV show hosts.
Pick me, Tom. Pick me.
Did I mention I’m interested in the job?
Posted in Humor, Television
Tagged dance, Dancing with the Stars, Entertainment Tonight, Humor, reality television, reality tv, Samantha Harris, Television, The Insider, Tom Bergeron