——–Gobble for Gaga——–

Posted on: November 25th, 2011 by Patrick Fromuth No Comments

If anyone is gonna hold your attention for an hour-and-a-half post turkey Tryptophan tripping…  it would be Gaga in her “A Very Gaga Thanksgiving” special. The show opened with the charming, playful, and incredible jazz number, “The Lady Is A Tramp” with Tony Bennett. Below is the original video(I’ll update when last night’s hits YouTube)

After the song ended the show lost momentum, and I contemplated a nap sometime around her cooking lesson with chef Art Smith. They made fried turkey and waffles… maybe it was my over-stuffed belly, but couture cooking with the Valentino Monster was the last thing I wanted to see. 

I’m glad I didn’t doze off cause after the comercial break Gaga got it together. “So I thought that we would be just as annoying as New York City on the night of Thanksgiving, and sing a Christmas tune,” jokes Gaga as she describes our mutual sentiment that Christmas over-shadows Thanksgiving, which never gets its proper due. Her rendition of White Christmas was jazz-tastic, which is the genre where Gaga’s vocals truly shine;  I loved her playfully simple and original second verse.

Another highlight from her show was her performance of “Hair.” What I love about Gaga is that she truly is rockin Maslow’s Hierarchy Of  Self-Actualization as an artist. I know that sounds pretty lofty, but she truly strives to change people’s hearts and to make a difference through her art.

I may not always get what she does, and I don’t love ALL of her songs – the ones she performed on the TV Special were the only ones I enjoyed from her newest album – but I always agree with her passion and motivation to inspire. Her story of lunchroom politics and bullying set in her primary school alma mater, Sacred Heart Catholic School in Manhattan, was very timely, sincere, and effective.

“On Friday Rock City High School Dance / I got my Bangs to hide

That I dont stand a chance, a chance / I just wanna be myself

 And I want you to love me for who I am / I just wanna be myself

 And I want you to know I am my hair

 …I’m the spirit of my hair / It’s all the glory that I bare”

Gaga is at her best when she is relating and fighting for the underdog.

During her interview with Katie Couric, Gaga explained the roots of her Summer hit “Edge of Glory.” The song was inspired and dedicated to her Grandfather and Grandmother – a very touching tale: the song is based on Gaga witnessing her grandmother saying goodbye to her passing grandfather. Gaga recalls it was like witnessing them win at life because the won at love. This sentiment was very powerful and humanized the high art Monster. She went on to tell Couric that her grandfather would sometimes sleep in his car just to be near her grandmother when they were younger in strict italian homes; this may be one of the most romantic things I have ever heard. After hearing this, “Edge of Glory” now takes on a whole new meaning and life. Below is the Fromuth Production’s Mashup called EDGE, featuring Gaga’s “Edge of Glory.”

Gotta say, I was Gaga for Gaga…(Oh get over it… I had to). I really enjoyed spending Turkey Day with the Monster; I found her interesting, unpretentious, and real. Her vocals were stunning and the stripped arrangements let her instrument shine. Check out her A Very Gaga Thanksgiving rendition of her new single “Marry the Night” below:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on: November 24th, 2011 by Patrick Fromuth No Comments

                   Alive.

                            Healthy.

                                         Stuffed.

                                                       …THANKFUL .

For SO many things. I am blessed to have my family, my friends, my health, and the opportunity to share my passion and ideas with you. I will refrain from getting all mushy, but know that if you are reading this, you ROX my SOX!!! I am truly grateful for all of your support. Keep coming back and let all of us know what you think. Your input is the one that REALLY matters.

Love you all to the moon and back and Happy Thanksgiving!

P.s. Gaga is on ABC…at 9:30 Get into it!

Gobble till you Wobble!!!!

Posted on: November 23rd, 2011 by Patrick Fromuth No Comments

Happy Turkey Day Eve, Nation!

It is not only the eve of one of my favorite American Holidays, but also the biggest party night of the year in the U.S.of.A. So for this occasion I thought I’d throw out some tunes for your pregame shots and after party poor choices…

Enjoy the Shambles and don’t be a TURKEY and drink responsibly!

The Throwback

THE VOICE

The Queen

The Newcomer

The Anthem

The Lover Boy

Get out there and two step damn it… 

                     and DON’T BE TARDY FOR THE PARTY

The other night at……………… Godspell & Book of Mormon

Posted on: November 18th, 2011 by Marken Greenwood No Comments

Who says God is dead?  

With Book of Mormon and Godspell on the Great White Way and Jesus Christ Superstar looming on the horizon, Broadway’s Big Wigs certainly seem to have heaven on their minds.  Pretty soon we’re gonna have a Holy Trinity on our hands.  Oh, I could keep going…

Godspell

A couple weeks ago, I sat in some free seats at a preview of Godspell.  I thoroughly enjoyed the production, but a nice review is always so boring.  I had to think of a hook.  So, I mulled.  And then I came up with a brilliant plan.  I’ll compare Godspell and Book of Mormon with each other just for the hell…er…heck of it.

My friend who assisted on Godspell affectionately nicknamed the show “Theater Games The Musical”.  It really does come across as a college production with the addition of some extraordinary voices and some well-developed comedic bits. Don’t pay full price for a ticket, or you’re bound to feel jipped – it’s really low in the budget category adding to that hokey college feel.  However, I wasn’t disappointed.  On the contrary, I had a blast.

The troupe had the youthful exuberance of a freshman improv team with the skill and slickness of young Broadway. Add to that the director’s obvious leanings toward the Leqoc school of clowning with cleverly thought out physical comedy and offbeat characterizations and you’ve got something extremely watchable.  I couldn’t believe that they managed to wring so much quirk, character, and comedy from such dry source material as the Psalms.  (If you didn’t know – all of the lyrics from the show are taken almost verbatim from this section of the Bible.)

Book of Mormon

             

And then there’s Mormon, literally on the next block.  Beyond the religious subject matter, it couldn’t be farther from Godspell.  From the splashy Broadway set and costumes that practically scream money (or mix it, if you want to be healthy about it) to the discernible plot, it’s definitely got a few advantages over Godspell. Check out Elder Price the song “I Believe” below:

I saw the show when it was brand new.  At the time, I was grateful to have SRO seats so I could stagger backwards and pitch to and fro with laughter – my appreciation of humor can get very dangerous.   The lead, Andrew Rannels, carries the show if you can believe that.  You’d think no one would need to carry a show penned by such comedic greats as the South Park creators, but Rannels is so strong and his part so pivotal that he stands out in my mind above all others.  In Godspell, the ensemble carries the show while the leading man, Hunter Parrish, looks really pretty and sings like the lead singer of a Christian band (could this be a choice as it is slightly appropriate?).

In the end, you need to see Book of Mormon because it’s so damn good.  If you’re looking for show #2, check out Godspell – it’s a lot of fun.

GODSPELL vs. BOOK OF MORMON

Round vs. Proscenium

Small cast vs. Large cast

Poly-ethnic vs. Bi-ethnic

Respectful vs. Blasphemous

Clowning ala Jacques Leqoc vs. Clownish ala Eric Cartman

Chuckle chuckle vs. Guffaw Guffaw

Student Rush vs. Sell Your Soul

I Told Ya So…

Posted on: November 17th, 2011 by Patrick Fromuth No Comments

Newsies will have its chance to “Seize the Day”

on the great white way!  

After its critically acclaimed world premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse, NEWSIES will get a limited Broadway engagement March 15-June 10, 2012, at the Nederlander Theatre, across the street from Disney’s Mary Poppins.

In a previous blog post of mine ”Disnification that Matters?!” I predicted:

I see this show – due to its large size and, therefore, high costs – to have a limited engagement on Broadway, but I hope that I am wrong.”

Not that I’m keeping score or anything…. but I was right. ;-)

Tickets go on sale 10 AM Jan. 30.Opening night will be March 29; 101 performances are planned.

To find out more check out my NEWSIES Review: Disnification that Matters?!”