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Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday Internet Finds

Happy Friday! What a week I've had: getting into a Master's program, finding out I'll be moving to London in two months, trying to figure out my visa and housing...remember last week when I said I wasn't going back to school? Oops.

With this move to London, the content on my blog will likely shift towards more West End coverage than Broadway. Of course, I'll still be covering major Broadway news and am in no way cutting myself off from that community -- I'm still planning on moving to New York after I graduate. But for now, get ready for lots of West End reviews and other London-themed content. (And if anyone has tips on cheap tickets, do let me know.)

Food Glorious Food: I figured this Buzzfeed quiz was a good pick for this week...it'll serve as my check list for British restaurants to try. I got 11/36, so 25 to go!

The Dark Lord: It's newly announced that Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo will play the titular roles of National Theatre production of Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra. I'm definitely planning on trying to snag a ticket to this production, but as it's National Theatre, it's also likely that fans across the UK and US will be able to see it in cinemas.

Stage to Stage: Josh Groban's forthcoming coffee table book, Stage to Stage, is now available for pre-order. It will be released in September and I know what the number 1 item on my Christmas list is.

Oh Pierre: Unfortunately this week, Great Comet announced that Oak (Okriette Onaodowan) is leaving the show for Mandy Patinkin to step into the role of Pierre. No offense to Mandy, but I really feel bad for Oak, especially as I've heard amazing things about his portrayal. This article from the New York Times describes why some people (including me!) are upset about this blatant show of capitalism in the arts.

So Broadway, Much Ingrid: The Great Comet's Ingrid Michaelson describes five things that make her "so Broadway" in this adorable video.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

I Am Sailing Off to London

Remember how I said that I would update you once I knew what I was doing? I'm elated to announce that in September, I'll be moving to London to pursue my Master's in Culture, Policy, and Management at City University of London!

Surprised? Yeah, me too. Some of you may remember that back in the fall I was busy researching grad schools in the United Kingdom and getting ready to apply. Then, my sister got sick and I dropped it all. Lately, I've been having a lot of trouble in the job search and was thinking about going back to get an arts administration degree because it would make me a much stronger candidate for the jobs I really want.

Last week, I checked to see if any of the universities I had been looking at before accepted students to start in the spring and discovered one of my top choices (City) still had some spots left on the perfect course for the fall! I put together an application quickly and sent it off, not expecting to be accepted. (In truth, after doing so many job applications and hearing nothing, I was kind of surprised to hear anything at all.)

Before I knew it I was filling out immigration paperwork "just in case" and then received my offer. I was pleased to accept and put down my deposit. Since then have been attempting to figure out my visa and housing for next year as I leave at the end of September.


I absolutely can't wait to live in London. Every so often I get a little bit terrified (cue the "What have I done, sweet Jesus, what have I done?" thoughts), but I'm excited to live in a land of Primark, Tesco, and tea kettles everywhere. The more I learn about the university, the more I adore it and I've strangely gotten an addiction to watching Tesco and Sainsbury's food hauls on YouTube?

Of course, I'm having a bit of a headache trying to figure out my Student Visa. In fact, me going is all pending that we're able to get the visa and it arrives in time, which is making my anxiety levels (which previously had been doing pretty well at summer) shoot through the roof. And I've got to figure out somewhere to live!

But for now, I'm so pleased and shocked that I know what I'm doing this year and it's moving to my favorite city on earth. Get excited for all kind of London content! Because, as Angelica Schuyler says, "I am sailing off to London..."

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Line Where the Sky Meets the Sea

I've been at the beach all week, so naturally I can't singing Moana music and I couldn't resist the title of this post. My parents recently bought a beach condo so I've been spending my days at the North Carolina coast doing job applications on the balcony for the most part.


The other day my mom took my little sister and I down to the beach to do some photos. I couldn't resist putting on my favorite shirt of the summer, along with my trusty Madewell jeans. This white eyelet shirt is gorgeously structured and the eyelet design is beautiful but somehow doesn't show your bra. I love it because it can be paired with jeans for a casual look or with dress pants for a more business occasion.


Unfortunately the shirt is now sold out, but the jeans are still available.


Photos: Sherry Ackman

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Internet Finds

Happy Friday, everyone! I've been at the coast all week but working on job applications. It feels like summer is slipping by far too quickly...but doesn't it always feel like that? I almost had a breakdown in the back to school section in Target the other day when I realized that I'm never going 'back to school' again. Strange.

Winner, Winner: Dear Evan Hansen is the latest Broadway musical to recoup their investments. It's no surprise that DEH is a hit, but it's always good to see any show thriving.

The Will Power: The Globe Theater in London has announced its first live cinema broadcast. In late September, it will air King Lear hopefully in theatres across the United Kingdom. (Tickets are on sale now!) I'm hoping that they add some US dates as well. And no, I couldn't resist that Something Rotten reference.

Luck Be a Lady: This Buzzfeed quiz will tell you which musical theatre leading lady you are. I was a little surprised to get Eliza Schuyler from Hamilton, but I can't argue with it.

Ooh-De-Lally: Apparently Robin Hood is Broadway bound. The production now at the Dallas Theatre Center has its eye on Broadway; I'm curious to see what kind of adaption this musical is.

The Iron Throne: One of my favorite theatre YouTubers recently did a dream cast of Broadway and West End stars who would be perfect in a Game of Thrones musical adaption. My personal favorite casting might be Christian Borle as Littlefinger.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Review: Intermission Beauty

When I saw a Broadway themed line of beauty products on Laura Osnes's Insta-story one night, I was immediately intrigued. Imagine my delight when I logged onto their website and saw that they had one named after my very favorite show, Miss Saigon! 


They have lines of both lipsticks and matte liquid lipsticks (the 'Breaking Down' lipstick is especially popular, probably due to Stephanie J. Block's love for it). If there's anything I adore, it's a matte liquid lipstick and everything about this one is magnificent.

The packaging is wonderful as well, as it comes in a cute little box wrapped in red tissue paper in the parcel. I'm quite impressed with the branding.


As for the Miss Saigon lipstick, I'm absolutely in love. I've worn it twice since it arrived in the mail and both times it stayed on for many hours despite eating. The color is really a beautiful pink, more vibrant than it would typically wear but quite lovely. The texture wasn't sticky and it dried quickly after application. The heat is on, indeed!



I can't recommend these lipsticks enough. While they're a little pricey at $20, they're no worse than your typical liquid lipstick of this quality; they're comparable in price and quality to Smashbox ($24 each) and Kat Von D ($20). They're a great little indulgence for yourself or would be an amazing gift for a friend.

I imagine you'll be seeing more of these on my YouTube channel and Instagram...I've already got my eye on the Kinky Boots liquid lipstick and the Head Shot lipstick! Let me know if you order one and what you think of it.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Friday Internet Finds

I hope all my American readers had a great Fourth of July holiday. I spent the long weekend at my family's new beach condo -- mostly, we were fixing it up to use for the rest of the summer. However, tomorrow I fly out to Florida to spend a few days with friends down there.

I wanted to squeeze some content in for the day and a half that I'm actually home, so without further ado, here's a new edition of Friday Internet Finds where I round up some of the best theatre links I've found this week.

Popular: Buzzfeed shared this quiz to determine how mainstream your opinions about musicals are. (But what I'd really like to know if who everyone's favorite Schuyler Sister is.)

Shakespeare in Space: The first photos were released of Star Wars's Oscar Issac as the tortured prince in the Public Theater's production of Hamlet and they are well worth a look. I really hope I get a chance to see this production before it closes in September as it's the intersection of everything I love (theatre, literature, and Star Wars).

Stage to Stage: Josh Groban announced that he will release a coffee table book detailing his experiences making his Broadway debut in Great Comet. More details to come soon about preordering it, but I'm positive it will be proudly displayed in my living room soon next to my Great Comet book.

The [Blog] in My Mind: If you're not already reading it, make sure to bookmark Eva Noblezada's blog which contains her insightful and often touching musings about her life and her Broadway debut in Miss Saigon. 

Sonya Together: This week, Brittain Ashford released a YouTube video of her and her Sonya replacement, singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, singing "Sonya Alone" together and we have truly been blessed by angels. 

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