Monday, July 28, 2014
I’m really fucking tired of people assessing a show’s value based on how long it runs. The Scottsboro Boys had a beautiful production with a stellar cast in a Broadway theater, and some people loved it and some people didn’t. Same as Wicked, same as The Pirate Queen. I don’t know why every musical should have to compete with Hairspray or The Producers. Some shows are designed to do nothing more than entertain and amuse, and some shows challenge the audience in very different ways. The incredible and unexpected success of Next To Normal might well encourage musical theater writers to explore much more difficult and emotionally challenging subjects, but it does not augur an era where those shows will be financially successful. A show like Next To Normal, or The Scottsboro Boys or Parade, is always going to be a tough sell in a commercial environment, just like Schindler’s List is harder to sell than Pirates of the Caribbean. If you loved The Scottsboro Boys, then celebrate it, revel in it, and share your love for it, but most of all, be grateful for it. I hate this insane nonsense where people who say they love theater salivate over the grosses in Variety or debate the precise number of a show’s weekly nut – all that shit seems to trivialize the theater and turn it into one more stupid commodity. I got into it because theater moves me and inspires me in ways that no other art form can. Having now written several shows that were total flops in New York, I think that whether a show runs for a long time or makes any money seems like a ridiculous way to judge its success. Jason Robert Brown, December 22, 2010 (via jen tepper’s facebook)

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"I never knew before what such a love as you have made me feel was."

Bright Star (2009)

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Cross out everything you’ve ever done:


  • Had a beer
  • Smoked an entire cigarette
  • Done drugs.
  • Written on a bathroom wall.
  • Read a George Orwell book.
  • Used Twitter.
  • Listened to Lady Gaga
  • Been in a car accident. 
  • Gotten suspended. 
  • Gotten expelled.
  • Been allergic to something.
  • Got a computer virus.
  • Touched a real gun.
  • Had a dog.
  • Had a cat
  • Been pregnant.
  • Camped out
  • Swam in the ocean.
  • Wore a bikini
  • Driven a car
  • Been sent to the principal.
  • Ever liked someone.
  • Failed a class.
  • Failed a test.
  • Went to summer school.
  • Got worse than a D
  • Got A’s and B’s.
  • Read an entire book.
  • Recorded my own music.
  • Had an xbox.
  • Worn heels more than 3 days in a row. 
  • Wore fishnets.
  • Wore skinny jeans.
  • Hated someone.
  • Been cheated on.
  • Cheated on someone.
  • Practiced Christianity.
  • Worn makeup.
  • Lied to my parents about where I was going.
  • Had surgery.
  • Had my license.
  • Worn coloured contacts.
  • Painted my nails black.
  • Broken someone’s heart. 
  • Had my heart broken.
  • Cried for an hour straight 
  • Lost something very valuable.
  • Got separated from one of my parents as a kid
  • Broken a bone.
  • Gotten stung by a bee.
  • Eaten something bad/expired.
  • Saw someone throw up from being so drunk.
  • Danced with someone of the same sex.
  • Owned an ipod
  • Owned an iphone.
  • Fell for a best friend
  • Stole a friend’s significant other.
  • Went far away from home for more than a week.
  • Moved out.
  • Ran away.
  • Had a job.
  • Been fired.
  • Lied to a friend.
  • Lied to a family member.
  • Had a Facebook.
  • Posted a video on Youtube.
  • Started a rumour about someone.
  • Talked bad about someone
  • Deliberately failed a test.
  • Been skinny dipping.
  • Counted to a million.
  • Counted to a thousand.
  • Ate rabbit meat.
  • Ate duck meat.
  • Had fast food.
  • Been to church
  • Been to Canada.
  • Been married.
  • Had a divorce.
  • Broke a glass
  • Hugged someone today.
  • Texted someone today.
  • Received a phone call today.
  • Threw something out of the window.
  • Ignored a text from someone on purpose.
  • Wished you were somebody else.
  • Had my feelings hurt by a friend and never told them.
  • Been to a concert
  • Seen your favourite band live 
  • Met a celebrity 
  • Met your favourite band
  • Own more than 10 CD’s

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Favorite clone on clone (on clone on clone) scenes in Orphan Black Season 2

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"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….

First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”

But here is what I think you should know.

You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.

You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.

You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).

You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.

In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.

In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”

Libby Anne (via thoughtsforbees)

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Anonymous said: So why exactly do you like Sondheim?


wut i H8 sondheim?????????????

Interesting question. I mean, there’s a lot of reasons. From a music standpoint, I don’t think there’s any musical theatre composer ever with a more varied output, sound-wise. He’s a musical chameleon, blending his own theatrical sensibilities with the air of authenticity to whatever setting he’s writing for—he effortlessly goes from Bacharachian 70s New York to the old Ziegfeld follies to the waltzing Swedish countrysides to the style of Kabuki theatre to the blood-soaked streets of Victorian England. And that’s all in one decade. But the varied music wouldn’t mean anything unless it was actually good—which it is. Very, very good. Effortless is the word that comes to mind, because you can’t see any strain in any of his tonal changes, and that practically all of his shows have produced at least one song that could be included in a “very best of musical theatre” list is testament to that. 

Lyrically, he’s a goddamn acrobat, but I don’t think anyone would argue with that. “Withers wither with her” and all that.

Dramat(urg?)ically, there’s his constant boundary-stretching. It’s ballsy and almost always pays off. Company became a mirror on 1970s New Yorkers in the theatre, which had never been done before. Sweeney Todd made a tragic, soaring operetta out of a horrifying and grisly urban legend. Merrily We Roll Along goes backwards. Pacific Overtures is, of course, unlike literally anything else to ever play on Broadway. It doesn’t always pay off—Anyone Can Whistle is far too clever for its own good, and I don’t think Broadway audiences will ever truly be ready for something like Pacific Overtures—but he’s actually trying and that’s what matters. If you’re not challenging yourself, why do it? Steve-o is almost always challenging himself. 

And then humanistically, he just has this knack of tapping into something deep inside people that few other artists have. You’ll likely have an emotional reaction to Into the Woods no matter how young you are, but it’ll be drastically different from when you’re 16 to when you’re 40. “Being Alive”, “Losing My Mind”, “Moments in the Woods”, “Our Time”, “No More”, “Finishing the Hat”, even “Send in the Clowns”—these aren’t just songs designed to sell sheet music. These are musical representations of the human experience, and that’s something you just don’t get with every composer.

Like I get that some people may not totally gel with his writing style, but if any “serious” theatre student says they don’t like Sondheim, then I think they’re just not looking hard enough.