I want to give a shout-out and thank you to my best friend, Tom Slatin. He is covering the baseball hall of fame weekend up in Cooperstown, NY for both his blog and the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce.
Recently, I bought the 2 CD set of “Chess in Concert”. For those of who you who are not familiar with the musical Chess, “The story involves a romantic triangle between two players in a world chess championship, and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. Although the protagonists were not intended to represent any specific individuals, the characters’ personalities resemble those of chess grandmasters Viktor Korchnoi and Bobby Fischer.” In this incarnation, the roles of the chess players are played by singer Josh Groban and Broadway actor Adam Pascal, better known for originating the role of Roger in Rent. The role of the woman in Chess is played by Idina Menzel, better known for her role as Maureen in both the original Broadway cast of Rent and the movie version of Rent as well. I have been a fan of the music of Chess for over 8 years now and when I found out that a concert version was being made in London last year, I was so excited because the music is legendary. Two pop music hits spawned for the original concept album that came out in 1984. Those songs were “One Night in Bangkok” by Murray Head and “I Know Him So Well” by Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson and then later recorded by Whitney Houston and her mother. The Concert album, which came out June 16, showcases some of Josh Groban’s vocal work with emotionally charged songs like “Where I Want to Be” and “Anthem”. Before listening to this album, I was indifferent about Josh Groban but after hearing him on this, I am now a fan of him. The person that really shines in this production of Chess is Idina Menzel. Being a part of Chess, Idina demonstrates a vocal range far beyond what she displayed in Rent. Her best songs on this album are “Nobody’s Side” and “I Know Him So Well”.
Melrose Place Returns
I am always look forward to the fall television both for the shows returning from summer hiatus and the new shows. Aside from 90210, there have not many new shows I have been excited to watch since day one, but this fall a new Melrose Place premieres. Back when the original Melrose Place was on Fox, I was glued to the TV every time that it came on. The original Melrose Place was the ultimate guilty pleasure. Every week bed hoppings, back stabbings, and betrayals were the standard for Melrose Place. There were a lot of memorable moments from MP 1.0: Sydney and Jane fighting in the pool, Kimberly returning from the dead and more crazier than ever (she blew up the apartment complex), and Amanda’s friend, Eve showing up at Amanda and Peter’s “funeral” dressed in a cheerleader outfit. From the looks of this trailer, MP 2.0 will follow in those memorable moments right out of the gate. The best thing about MP 2.0 premiering this fall is that will be paired with 90210. Stay tuned for my review of MP 2.0 this fall.
Update: I forgot to mention Ashlee Simpson-Wentz in my post. After the whole SNL lip-sync snafu, I really didn’t care for her, but MP 2.0 looks like it will boost the future ex-Mrs. Pete Wentz’ acting career.
Alright I thought I would put my two cents in on the goings on in pop culture this week:
- Adam Lambert- This week’s Rolling Stone cover story was about American Idol runner-up, Adam Lambert and his confirmation what we all knew, he is gay. The best part of the interview was that Adam revealed that he had a crush on Kris Allen. When told about Adam’s crush, Kris Allen told this to People Magazine, “I’m flattered. And think it’s hilarious.” Continue reading “This Week in Pop Culture”
Okay, I have to say this year so far has been one of the best years for a movie buff like myself. Here’s the movies that I have seen in theatres so far this year:
Watchmen: Being a fan of the grapic graphic novel, I was pleased that finally this movie was made. It was everything that I hoped it would be. My only complaint was that the movie was a tad bit too long, but that is only a minor quibble. I was impressed with the cast, the special effects, and the cinematograpy. Just a few short weeks until this movie comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray, and hopefully I will have many repeat viewings of this film. Continue reading “2009 Movies that I Have Seen”
In honor of the release of the new Broadway cast recording of “West Side Story” being released today on CD and MP3, I thought would share my experience with “West Side Story.” In high school, I was passionately involved in the drama program our high school had. The first play I was in was “West Side Story” and it was also the first Broadway musical that our high school did. I have to say from someone who’s been in “West Side Story” I have respect for anyone who has been involved with that play ever. Not only is there elaborate choreography for all the musical numbers, the fights have elaborate choreography as well. If you are wondering what role I played in “West Side Story”, I was one of the Jets. It was one of the hardest yet most fun roles I played. Anytime I hear music from “West Side Story” my mind flashes back to being in our high school production of this. The movie “West Side Story” is easily one of my favorite movie musicals. A big part of me would like to see them make a new movie version of it. I know who would be the stars in my dream cast of the new “West Side Story” movie:
Tony- Adam Lambert
Maria- Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical)
Riff- Ewan McGregor
Bernardo- Enrique Iglesias
Anita- Jennifer Lopez ( I got this idea from Vanity Fair’s “West Side Story Revisited” photo shoot, I think she would be a perfect Anita)
I am totally pissed!!! No disrespect to Kris Allen when I say this because he is a good singer, but he should not have won. Adam Lambert was light years ahead of Kris when it came to singing. The thing that really pisses me off was that I bet you the reason Adam didn’t win was because he’s allegedly gay. The reason I say allegedly is because Adam has neither confirmed nor denied he’s gay. The “Christians” that watch American Idol cannot stand the fact that a gay guy would have been the best singer, but the truth of the matter is it should not matter about Adam’s sexuality. He is by far the better singer. The joke is going to be on those “Christians” because Adam is going to be more famous than Kris.