Broadway

Project Runway: Broadway Style

When you think Broadway, you probably think costumes.  That’s not what the designers had to contend with in last week’s episode!  The designers find themselves on Broadway, in a theatre, face to face to Matthew Morrison.  It’s something fun!  They actually get to sit and watch Finding Neverland on Broadway and design the next day.

They are to draw their inspiration from Fining Neverland, but the garment can be whatever they want.  The designers are all seemingly very affected by the musical and, for the most part, significantly inspired.  Candice and Lindsay are both moved to tears.  It’s Kelly’s first Broadway show and she’s feeling very special; she decides, bolstered by her immunity, to try something completely out of her norm.  Ashley is nervous; she feels she needs parameters to do well.  The next day at Mood, Edmund is choosing crazy colors.  Tim’s a bit nervous, but Edmund says he dreams in color.  Tim adds he dreams in black and white and shades of gray.  Love you, Tim Gunn.

Swapnil knows he procrastinated his look a lot the previous week.  Tim even acknowledges that he’s given 40% and needs to give 100%.  Swapnil ends up disappointed because giving 100% makes him safe.  Merline, who had a bit of trouble getting inspired but ends up with a cool cagey shoulder look, is also safe.  The best and the worst this week:

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  • Candice | This gorgeous floral winged-coat, leather bodice, and tight pant combo blows me away.  I love it and so do the judges.
  • Lindsay | The color is beautiful and so is the movement of the dress.  I don’t like the high cut of the neckline, but I like the flow of the dress.  The judges do not.
  • Edmund | Okay, his coat looks like Lumpy Space Princess, but I also kind of like the texture.  The crop top and pants underneath the (Zac Posen calls it a muppet) coat are pure gold, though.
  • Laurie | I mean, the model isn’t dressed.  I like her coat, but all of the models parts are out.
  • Kelly | Her reimagining of old Broadway attire works for me.  She made the gloves, so points!  Both myself and the judges love the green sequin fabric.
  • Ashley | I like the ombre textile, but I don’t like the dress.  Neither do the judges.

Candice takes the win!

It comes down to Laurie and Lindsay for who’s to be out, and Lindsay goes.  I’ve liked Lindsay, but despite her saying she likes being here, I’m not believing it.  I’m shocked that Laurie’s garment held up against hers, but maybe it was just time for Lindsay to go.  Thoughts?!

Not Getting Married Today

Life has been so crazy lately that I really haven’t had time to write anything personal.  My brother graduated last weekend, which caused me to miss a post, so the Amazing Race finale recap went up late.  I’m hoping this weekend’s festivities don’t cause any other delays!  (This is your warning in case they do.)

One of my best and oldest friends is getting married this weekend.  Because I keep saying that, I’ve had the below song stuck in my head for at least two weeks.  They have absolutely nothing to do with each other, just that it’s wedding-related.

 

 

I’m completely in love with the musical Company.  My relationship with this show started out super rocky.  I was first introduced to it in college.  My then-boyfriend was playing David in his college’s production.  I was not wild about this.  My then-boyfriend had to be married in this play!  I was jealous.  Because being 20 is super hard.  I went to the show in a kind of begrudging manner.  He assured me that the show displays marriage in a negative light, which I thought was even worse, as at the time, I thought we’d marry one day.  What I found in Company is a truly unique social commentary.  I do not think it necessarily casts a shadow on marriage, but I do think it deals with some deeper emotional aspects of the human experience.

Stephen Sondheim, who provided the music and lyrics for the show, said, “Broadway theater has been for many years supported by upper-middle-class people with upper-middle-class problems. These people really want to escape that world when they go to the theatre, and then here we are with Company talking about how we’re going to bring it right back in their faces.”

The 5 married couples in Company present the main character, Robert, with a shiny surface view of marriage, that he is occasionally envious of.  However, scratch that surface and see 10 individuals each struggling with their own issues and coexisting as a couple.  Oh, and spoiler alert: Amy and Paul do indeed get married after all this.  This hilarious exploration of Amy’s pre-wedding mind is just the kind of dichotomy Company loves to highlight.

Even in the relationship-happiness fog of my very early 20’s, I loved the subtle sadness of this show.  Company is profoundly beautiful, and the musical numbers are to die for!  The Broadway revival starring Neil Patrick Harris and Stephen Colbert is available on Hulu.  It also features the beautiful Christina Hendricks as one of the three girlfriends Robert (Harris) has throughout the show.  The version of (Not) Getting Married Today above is from this revival, and I cannot recommend watching it highly enough!

Again, this has absolutely nothing to do with the wedding of the lovely couple I’m about to attend.  Tomorrow is for Stacie!

Have a lovely long weekend, everyone!

 

Bingeworthy: Bunheads

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My friend Chelsea says that Gilmore Girls isn’t a show, it’s a lifestyle, and I have to agree. My vast TV on DVD collection does not include Gilmore Girls, sadly. I vaguely remember it being on Netflix for a while, but it disappeared long ago. Chelsea recommended Bunheads to me, “it’s not Gilmore Girls, but it’ll do.” As a former ballerina, there’s a lot about Bunheads that appeals to me on a level Gilmore Girls did not. Chels was a ballerina too, so I’m not sure where this doesn’t connect with her… but again, she’s living that Gilmore Girls lifestyle and it’s hard to stack up to that!

Bunheads, like Gilmore Girls, was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. You’ll find a lot of the similar fast-paced and witty dialogue and the same small town setting filled with crazy characters. Watching the first episode, you might find yourself thinking it’s too Gilmore-esque. This is worsened by the fact that many of the same actors are used. Kelly Bishop, the fabulous Emily Gilmore, plays Fanny Flowers, owner of the dance studio. An actor who I only know by his Gilmore Girls character’s name, Kirk, plays hipster coffee-shop owner Bash. Lisa Weil, or Paris Geller from the Gilmore world, shows up as Milly later too. Eventually, though, the show finds its own rhythm and for this former ballerina, the dance numbers really set it apart and make it something special.

Broadway sensation Sutton Foster stars as Michelle, a former ballerina-turned-Vegas-showgirl. Michelle had such potential, but followed whims to a life of depressing Vegas numbers. She has a kind of stalker, Hubble, who sees her show in Vegas over and over again, and one night asks her to marry him. Sick of her life, she agrees and follows Hubble to Paradise, the small California town. She finds out he lives with his mother, Fanny, who runs a dance studio. When he suddenly dies, Michelle and Fanny are left to forge a relationship and a business in the studio.

The storylines also revolve around four ballet students: Sasha, Boo, Ginny, and Mel. Their family and relationship experiences cause them to grow throughout the series. Sasha’s storyline in particular gets most air time in the first and only season. This complicated girl is the studio’s star pupil, but a rebel.

If you’re a Gilmore fan, you’ll like this show. If you’re a dance fan, you’ll like this show. I’m super sad that there’s only one season, but I think these 18 episodes are definitely worth a watch!

Bunheads is available on Hulu through certain cable providers.
It is also available on Comcast Xfinity’s app through April 1.

Check out this dance clip that I could watch over and over again, featuring the fabulous Sasha!

Girls Recap: Incidentals

IMG_0316After the big blowout at the beach house, I was anticipating a little bit of fallout.  But wait, did I miss something?  The girls don’t seem to be mad or bitter.  No lingering hurt feelings have come up.  Yet.

Adam wins a role on Broadway in the revival of Major Barbara.  At the time Hannah gets the good news, she happens to be interviewing Patti Lupone (!!) who sends her words of caution.  She warns that Adam will be living and breathing this play and his fellow cast mates.  Considering this is Hannah, I don’t feel that her reactions were too over the top.  What I do feel is over the top, is Hannah’s paycheck!

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She’s still at GQ doing advertorials, but when she gets her first paycheck, she remarks that it is way more than her rent.  She’d better not mean that one paycheck is way more than her monthly New York rent.  I’m insulted by the prospect of Hannah making more money than I do.  Her next advertorial assignment lands her a room at the Gramercy, where she plans a celebratory get-together on Adam’s behalf.

Things are not going well with Marnie.  She runs into a friend who is starting her own art gallery, then off to Ray’s.  I can’t figure out what Marnie wants from this relationship, but Ray wants a real girlfriend.  Marnie is clearly not willing to admit they hang out, let alone get in a relationship with him.  He dumps her.  Marnie pretends she doesn’t care, then cries in the bathroom of the Gramercy.

Things are finally getting interesting with Jessa!  She is bored to tears with her wholesome children’s boutique job.  Jasper from rehab swoops in, having shown up at Jessa’s address first.  (Shosh asked him if he was there to rape her.)  He is a toxic influence on Jessa, who arrives at the Gramercy with him and completely high on coke.  No one makes too much of a fuss about Jessa’s relapse.  Hannah simply states that maybe she wasn’t ready to leave rehab.  Yeah, that’s pretty clear.

Adam has brought his new friend and fellow castmate Desi to his celebrations.  Hannah hates him, but Elijah and Shosh love him, recognizing him from One Tree Hill.  When Hannah comes out of the bathroom with Marnie, post-consoling, Desi is playing Bob Dylan on guitar.  In a moment I’ve wanted to live my whole life, but never could because of my completely lack of ability to sing, Marnie joins in harmonizing.  Hannah hates this too.  Elijah joins in.

There’s an absolutely hilarious moment with Jasper and Shoshanna, buzzing in conversation.  “But you’re clearly on coke,” he says to her.  No, this is just how fast Shosh talks.  Then there’s a noooo moment, when Jessa breaks into her place of employment to steal some money for more coke.

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I’m thinking a few things:

  • last week’s fight will catch up with them eventually
  • Jessa’s headed for big trouble
  • maybe just maybe Hannah and Adam’s relationship will finally hit the rocks

What do you guys think?