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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Theatre Lover Gift Guide

There are so many gift guides floating around right now (one of the best parts of Vlogmas/Blogmas), so I decided to compile a little one of seven great gifts for the theatre nerd in your life...or for you to put on your holiday wish list! 

None of these are that expensive, so they make perfect presents for friends or siblings. Thursday, I'll upload a video on the same topic in case you want to know more!

Red Bubble Musical Theatre Stickers 
There's nothing I love more than a cute personalized sticker that put on my laptop or a notebook and RedBubble has the best selection. You can find stickers for everything from Hamilton to Les Mis to Bonnie and Clyde. These make a great addition to a present and can also be slipped inside a holiday card. 

Gagged Chokers
Courtney Reed, who plays Jasmine in Aladdin, and a few of her friends have an online store for homemade chokers. I own one myself and ordered three for friends as Christmas presents. They're incredibly well made made and not expensive for a handmade item. They currently have a holiday collection that is absolutely beautiful. 

A Dozen Schmackary's Cookies
If you've been to New York City and you haven't been to Schmackary's, you are missing out. Schmackary's is a cookie store with specialized flavors just a few blocks away from Times Square. The best news is that the ship nationwide and $25 for a dozen of these cookies is well worth it.

When I introduced Kendal to Schmackary's
our first weekend in New York City

Broadway Coloring Book 
Coloring books are very on trend right now so what could be better than a Broadway coloring book? I personally would absolutely love to color in one of these. 

Hamilton Mixtape
The Hamilton Mixtape would make an amazing gift for anyone who is a theatre fan...or even someone who isn't. It features so many different artists from John Legend to Sia to Wiz Khalifa with new songs and covers from Hamilton

Andrew Chappelle Mug 
Hamilton fans might like one of cast member (and super swing) Andrew Chappelle's mugs or T-shirts. Andrew is definitely a fan favorite and his merchandise is utterly adorable...just like him! 

Leslie Odom Jr.'s Christmas Album
Leslie Odom Jr. released an absolutely beautiful Christmas album called "Simply Christmas" last month. (I even broke my no Christmas music before Thanksgiving rule for it!) It features jazzy renditions of songs like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas." It's a lovely album that I think any theatre fan would love to listen to during the holiday season.

Make sure to leave your suggestions for gifts for theatre fans in the comments below! x

Friday, December 2, 2016

Review: She Loves Me Screening

On December 1, Fathom Events and Broadway HD paired up to screen the filmed version of Roundabout's production She Loves Me to movie theaters across the United States. I could write an entire post (and probably will at some point in the next few months) about how important screenings and livestreamings are for making theatre more accessible and less elitist. I actually saw the production four times this summer (review) and watched the livestream as it occurred, but I still immediately jumped on tickets to see it in the cinema.

Simply put, watching She Loves Me last night felt like greeting a dear friend. I'll never be over how amazingly detailed and beautiful the costumes and set were for this show. Amalia's pajamas during the "Vanilla Ice Cream" sequence might just be one of my favorite costumes of all time. The filming of the show was also incredibly well done; it managed to capture every little moment that I wanted to see, even when that actor wasn't the center of attention. It was the best filming of a live show I've ever seen.

It's so secret that Laura Benanti is my favorite Broadway actress and I have become more enamored of her Amalia Bolish every time I've seen the show. My little sister leaned over to me and said "hashtag goals" during "Will He Like Me" and I couldn't agree more. Laura does a fabulous job of combining humor with vulnerability, especially in the café scenes. One thing that I noticed last night that I didn't notice when I saw the show live: how flawless her hair was the entire show.

I've loved Zachary Levi ever since he voiced Flynn Rider and getting to meet him four times at stage door this summer only made me love him more. His George Nowack is incredibly endearing. Zac truly shines in the hilarious (and relatable) "Tonight at Eight" and shows a lovely softer side in the finale scene.

Jane Krakowski is stunning as the unlucky-in-love Ilona Ritter and her "I Resolve" may honestly hold the best acting of the entire show. Gavin Creel is the perfect villain that you love to hate as Steven Kodaly and his "Ilona" and "Grand Knowing You" are showstoppers. (My friends can tell you about how I have a strange habit of doing lunges while singing Ilona. I have no idea where it came from, but I did them all over New York City this summer.)

I truly think that Nicholas Barasch, who plays Arpad, is a future Broadway star. His "Try Me" is frankly one of the best performances of the show and it's astounding to consider how he holds his own in this star-studded cast.

I'm actually considering buying a subscription to Broadway HD so that I can have constant access to this show and to support them in their efforts to make Broadway more accessible for everyone. If you didn't get a chance to see this glorious production of She Loves Me at the cinema, then you can watch it now on Broadway HD.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Back to Blogging

It's official: I'm back to blogging. I know that I've been gone from this blog and my YouTube channel for over a month. Between school and my sister being in the hospital, life has been absolutely insane. But now that Hannah is out of the hospital, I can resume my normal blogging schedule!

I'm not participating in Vlogmas exactly, but I will be returning to weekly vlogging and putting up some Christmas-y content every Wednesday or Thursday for the month of December. I'll also (hopefully!) be posting two blog posts a week. But of course, finals are coming so if I miss one, please be understanding!

I can't wait to get out some new content for you all. Let me know if there's anything that you would like to see. x

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Disney Princess Costume Ideas!

Hey friends! I made a video about four simple and easy Disney Princess costumes you could wear for Halloween. Hope you enjoy. x

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Where Have I Been?

Hi there, readers. (If you're still there.)

I know that I've been a bit missing in action lately. I definitely am trying to get back to creating regular content, but my senior year has been a bit crazy thus far. I'm:

  • taking four classes (including a communications capstone course with a large research project)
  • finishing up my thesis
  • Head of PR for our school's comedy sketch show
  • the History Department student worker
  • a writer for (album critic and recapper of Supergirl)
  • secretary of two different honors societies 
  • was recently put in charge of social media and publicity for our theatre club
  • am somehow managing to upload two YouTube videos a week 
Plus, I'm trying to make plenty of time for friends since it's our last year together! 

If you would like to keep up with what I do aside from this blog, I thought I would link you to a couple of things that I work on. 

I upload to my YouTube channel on Wednesdays/Thursdays and Sundays.

I run Elon Tonight's Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (elon.tonight). 

My writer's page for BroadwayWorld has all the articles that I write.

And of course, you can follow me on Twitter or Instagram

Let me know what you're up to in the comments below! 
Nicole xxx

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Review: Kinky Boots Tour! (Durham, NC)

For my birthday present, I asked my parents for tickets to the Kinky Boots tour because I absolutely love the show and the guy playing Charlie Price currently is an alum from my university. I was lucky enough to see Kinky Boots this summer on Broadway (read my review here), but I think that the tour is every bit as good!

The tour is an impressive recreation of the Broadway show, if not even better. I was particularly impressed by Aaron Walpole as Don and Tiffany Engen as Lauren. Tiffany's "The History of Wrong Guys" had the audience laughing the entire time, but she managed to infuse her performance with humanity too. I definitely could relate to her Lauren.

J. Harrison Ghee was incredible as Lola in his singing, acting, and dancing. His "Land of Lola" was absolutely stunning (if only I could dance like he can!), but his "Hold Me In Your Heart" made me and much of the audience cry. Lola's humor isn't something that just any actor can pull off, but he certainly did. As he's from Fayetteville (not far from the DPAC theater), the audience went a bit crazy at the line "I'm from just down the road."

One of the main reasons that I wanted to see the tour was to see Adam Kaplan as Charlie Price. Adam graduated from Elon University a few years before I started there and I was able to see him in the ensemble of Newsies a few years back.

Adam was lovely as Charlie Price, a character that's a bit difficult at times to make likable. Adam seemed much younger than most Charlie Prices I've seen, which I think added to the character's vulnerability. Not only were Adam's vocals amazing, but his acting showed Charlie's struggles with himself and his father so well.

My sister, Hannah, with Adam 
Me with Adam!
I was lucky enough to get to chat with Adam at stage door and he was very sweet. We had a lovely chat about Elon...and how happy he was to get to go to Cookout while here in North Carolina!

If the Kinky Boots tour is coming anywhere near you, definitely go see it! It has an important message that everyone should hear and it is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Room Tour

I finally got my room tour put together to show all of you! Hope you enjoy and feel free to ask me where anything is from. x

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Summer Favorites!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Let the Weekly Vlogs Begin!

I've decided to do some weekly vlogging during my senior year, so here's some footage from my first week of senior year! Let me know if you like these and want to see more. Another video is coming your way on Wednesday! x

Friday, September 2, 2016

My Goals for Senior Year

It's hard to believe that I've started the final year of my undergraduate degree and that my time at Elon University is dwindling to a close. Of course, I have some goals for some things that I would like to accomplish during my last year here. 

Apply to graduate schools.
I've decided to apply to some graduate programs in London for next year. Thus, I will be completing applications in the fall. I didn't think that I would be doing college applications over again, so the idea of writing a personal statement is quite daunting but I'm excited.  

Finish my thesis (!). 
Is there anything scarier than finishing a project you've been working on for years? I've been working on my history thesis project since my first year and this is the year that I have to finish it and present it at conferences. 

Make the most of what Elon has to offer. 
One thing that living in New York City this summer made me realize is that I will never have access to so much free entertainment as I do this year. I want to see as many speakers, events, and shows as I can because Elon has so much to offer...for free! 

Take care of myself better. 
There's no better time than my last year in college to learn to eat better and work out...especially while I have a beautiful kitchen and a gym in my neighborhood. I also want to make sure that I take care of my mental health this year and find time to relax in my busy schedule. 

Make beautiful memories with friends (or with myself!). 
This is my last year living with so many friends and I need to make sure that I don't let my work get in the way of making memories with these people that I will miss so much after graduation. I also love going to cute coffee shops or going on bookstore runs by myself because you don't have to be with friends to make memories! 
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