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Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Internet Finds

What a strange week for Broadway fans! With two shows announcing their closing, big Hamilton announcements, and other news, it has been a bit of a whirlwind.

Ham 4 App: Hamilton launched their own app this morning, which allows you to enter the lottery for all productions, buy tickets, and use fun photo filters. Lin tweeted the announcement and shared that he'll be back on Twitter next week.

The Heat is On: The heat is certainly on in Saigon with the latest Broadway Style Guide profile which features Alistair Brammer. Not only are the photos stunning, but he proves what a lovely kind person he is. (Sometimes I'm just very proud that the 20-year-old guy I became a fan of turned into such a wonderful man.)

Goodbye My Gypsy Lovers: If you're a Broadway fan, you've likely already heard that Great Comet announced that it will close on September 3, following recent controversies. The cast put together a beautiful video celebrating the diversity the show brought to Broadway and hoping that its journey isn't over yet.

Swinging Out: Sadly this week, Bandstand also announced that it will close in September. I'm so sad to see this beautiful show with Corey Cott and Laura Osnes go, especially as I never got to see it. If you'll be in New York before September 17, go see it while you can!

Meet Anastasia: I became a fan of Christy Altomare through my friend Lucy who adores her, but this video gave me ten more reasons to love her (other than her stunning vocals and the fact that she's like a real life Disney princess).

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Saying Goodbye to Great Comet

Yesterday news came that Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 is closing on Broadway. It comes as little surprise following the casting controversy of the past few weeks, but it's heartbreaking nonetheless.

I don't want to touch on the reasons for its closing, the way that social media may have contributed to it, or what mistakes producers may have made in this post. I simply want to plead that anyone with the ability to do so goes to see this brilliant show.

I shared the following text on Facebook and wanted to share it on here too. I'm gutted that I only got to see the show once and can't manage a trip to New York to see it again before the show's closing on September 3. So please, if you're able to go see it, do.

If you are in New York, do whatever you can to see this show before it closes. Especially if you can see it August 22 to September 3 when Dave Malloy, the show's writer/composer/lyricist/orchestrator, will be stepping into the role of Pierre once again.

I truly can't put into words what Great Comet has meant to me or what it's taught me about innovation, creativity, diversity, or the human condition. It renewed my faith in humanity, my hope for the future, and my love for the arts. It has touched my soul and I feel that I'm a better person for falling in love with this show. This cast is made up of some of the kindest, weirdest, most beautiful humans in New York and maybe the whole world.

The show deserved so much better than it got and I hope that it will have a future one day in London or even maybe in New York years from now. But to my point, if you have any chance to, please see this show because there's nothing like it on Broadway or coming in the next season.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Top 5 West End Performances I'm Looking Forward To

Now that I know that I'm moving to London for the next year, I'm getting quite excited about some upcoming West End performances -- especially ones I already knew about but didn't think I would get a chance to see. I wanted to share with you all my five top ones I can't wait for. Let me know what performances you're excited about in the comments down below! x

Killian Donnelly as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables
After his run as Charlie Price on Broadway, Killian Donnelly returned to the show that he got his start in to play Jean Valjean. Ever since he was a swing and went on for Valjean years ago, I've wanted Killian to return to the show. Honestly, seeing Les Mis again is my first priority when I get to London because it's my favorite show, the Queen's Theater is my favorite theater, and Killian is my favorite actor. You can buy tickets here.

Natalie Dormer as Vanda Jordan in Venus in Fur 
Natalie Dormer has been my favorite film actress for a long time so I'm thrilled at the opportunity to get to see her live. You may know her from her roles in TV shows like Game of Thrones or The Tudors or movies including The Scandalous Lady W or The Riot Club. In Venus in Fur, Dormer will play opposite David Oakes (The Borgias) in a special nine week limited engagement. You can find out more and book tickets here

Rachelle Ann Go as Eliza Schuyler in Hamilton 
I've been lucky enough to see Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi in Miss Saigon three times (twice in London, once in New York) and she never fails to stun me. I had high hopes that she would be cast in the West End production of Hamilton and was thrilled when she scored the role of Eliza, which I know she will excel in. While tickets are sold out from their opening in November through April, I have high hopes of winning the lottery or grabbing a ticket when they release more -- mostly to see Rachelle in a lead role! You can find out more here.

Gina Beck as Miss Honey in Matilda 
I adored Gina Beck as Galinda in Wicked and was so sad to miss seeing her in Showboat. It was announced today that she'll be playing the gentle teacher Miss Honey in Matilda from September. My sister is a fan of the show but I've never seen it before so I'm doubly looking forward to it. I know that she's going to be absolutely stunning, plus Matilda offers seats on the day of for just 5 pounds for those aged 16-25. You can book tickets here.

Tom Hiddleston as Hamlet 
Of course, it's unclear if we really needed another production of Hamlet but I adore Tom Hiddleston and the man seems made for Shakespeare. I saw him in the National Theatre broadcast of Coriolanus a few years ago and still count it as one of the most impressive performances I've ever seen. He will be playing the role for three weeks in September, directed by Kenneth Branagh, to benefit their alma mater the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Tickets are extremely limited and are being done through a ballot system, so pray for me that I get a ticket. You can find out more here.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Internet Finds

Happy Friday everyone! This week, I realized how fun it is when West End news comes out and I realize that I might be able to see the shows themselves. How cool is that?

#SaveGreatComet: Broadway Bot published this article discussing why Great Comet is so important to Broadway right now and why it should be saved from going under despite the recent PR disaster. 

Lady Mary: In light of the news that Michelle Dockery is joining National Theatre's Network, I thought this "Which Downton Abbey Lady Are You?" quiz was quite cute. (I actually got Lady Mary, which kind of surprised me!

The Crown Prince of Denmark: Earlier this week, it was announced that Tom Hiddleston will be playing Hamlet in a limited engagement production in September directed by Kenneth Branagh to benefit their alma mater, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. However, tickets are very limited. (Fingers crossed I get one!)

Totally Gagged: Gagged Chokers recently released a collection called "Broadway Boyfriends," which is full of chokers inspired by the best male characters on Broadway. Most of them are already sold out, but you can still get "Sincerely, Me" inspired by Evan Hansen.

Evan Sees Dear Evan Hansen: One of my favorite (non-theatre) YouTubers, Evan Edinger, recently put up a cute travel vlog from him seeing Dear Evan Hansen in New York.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

July Favorites

In case any of you aren't subscribed to my YouTube channel, I wanted to share my July Favorites video with you. It features makeup (including Intermission Beauty!), skincare, fashion, books, and other media. Enjoy x

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August Goals

Since it's the beginning of a new month, I wanted to share my August goals with all of you!

(1) Upload four videos to my YouTube channel. I haven't been uploading as much as I like to over this summer, partially because I've been traveling so much. I have one last Disney vlog to edit and then I've filmed two more videos already. I'm hoping I can get at least four videos up this month, if not five or six!

(2) Prepare for my move. There's so much to do for my move to London that I want to get a lot of it done this month. I'm working on my visa, have my housing almost set, and have been sent the link to do my registration. I also need to figure out my flights and phone plan for while I'm there. If I can get most of this done in August, I can focus on packing in September.

(3) Clean my room. Because my family has been at the beach for a lot of the summer, I haven't finished sorting through my room or even through the things I brought home from college. I definitely have to finish that this month, especially once my sister starts school on the 15th.

(4) Keep working out. I've been working out, both walking on the treadmill and doing Blogilates videos. I want to keep doing this, as I need to be ready for the amount of walking I'll be doing once I move to London.

Let me know what your goals for this month are down below in the comments. x
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