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Well, they’ve started. And I’m drinking white wine. From a bottle. Cause I’m classy like that. So, here are the results (tl;dr at the end) and the running commentary as I watch it. Italics are my thoughts.

  • Best Orchestrations I legitimately have no idea since I haven’t actually heard any of these. Book of Mormon cause.
  • Best Orchestrations: Book of Mormon!

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  • Best Original Score I think will go to Book of Mormon. Again, there IS  a lot of buzz, Trey Parker and Matt Stone are known for irreverance, which the theater world loves, and I don’t think anyone could forget the letter Stepehen Sondheim sent to them after the South Park movie, saying how much he liked their songs. I see Alan Menken worked on Sister Act, and is one of those names, but again… based on a movie… Not that that can’t be done well, David Yazbek is also nominated and has worked on two shows based on movies, rather successfully. This I think is a toss up. So, while I think it’ll go to Book of Mormon, I actually hope it goes to Yazbek.
  • Best Score: Book of Mormon!

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  • Best Choreography Stroman again. I like Susam Stroman
  • Best Choreography:  Kathleen Marshall for Anything Goes

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Ok, show’s starting! “Un-lipsynced version of Glee” <– Great line! I feel like this song is a direct response to last year’s backlash about how it was trying to reach an audience that is not theater goers. Great cameo from Stephen Colbert. Brooke Shields… your part made me sad. Oh, Al… you’re not going to win being in the front row like that. You know, I like that NPH is singing right at the start instead of waiting until the last 3 minutes like last week. Is it wrong that the older and scruffier Alec Baldwin gets, the more I attractive I think he is.

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Super excited for the Tony’s! …I usually am… it’s like my own little holiday. I even made a drinking game surrounding it. If you want the rules, let me know. They’re quite simple, and gauranteed to get you trashed.

Anyway, I thought I would talk about Tony Predictions:

For Best Play, I’m going to go with War Horse, for the singular reason that I’ve seen it. That’s how I roll. I was thoroughly impressed with War Horse. While maybe the story wasn’t the deepest thing ever (according to an economics major in one of my classes, so, pfft, what does he know?) it’s certainly captivating. You get caught up in the emotion and the characters, and the puppetry is absolutely amazing, to the point that you forget the War Horse isn’t a real horse.

Best Musical I think will be The Scottsboro Boys, because the theater crowd has been buzzing about it. If it’s not The Scottsboro Boys, then I think it’ll be Book of Mormon, because the theater world loves to hate religion. I know nothing about Catch Me If You Can (is it based on the movie?) or Sister Act… Sister Act is too new, and based on a movie, and there’s a huge backlash about that going on right now, moreso with the dramaturges, and people actually making theater than the people who put up the money to make theater.

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So, recently I watched Paw Duagn do a review of Repo! The Genetic Opera, and I asked the twitters if they though that, although the soundtrack is pretty much heavy metal, and I don’t like heavy metal, should I give it a go. The story seemed interesting, and I have no problem with gore, I just don’t really like heavy metal, and I was afraid that that would be too off-putting for me.

Well, a friend from the only internet forum I actively participate in when I remember, recommended I watch it. We seem to have similar tastes, so I decided I would. And she asked me for a review… well, my opinion… which turned into a review. So I sat and talked about it for the better part of an hour, and here is my review of Repo! The Genetic Opera!

Repo! A Genetic Opera – Review

(Long story short: I liked it)

 

Paw’s review of Repo can be found here

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Every list has one of these, so why should mine be any different?
Well, I suppose in the name of being different, I could let it slide, but NO. NO!
I want to write a goddamned honorable mentions list to my Top 10 Co-Dependency List.

So, here it goes, the guys that could have made it on my list if my list had more than 10 slots.

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Day 16

A Song You Used to Love but Now You Hate

The first time I heard this song, during Final Fantasy VIII, I was like “OMG THIS IS AMAZING ZOOOOOMMMMMMMGGGG”

Then I played the game a second time, and well… despite how really pretty the music is, the lyrics are dull and too literal for my taste, and I don’t like Faye Wong’s voice. And I also don’t like the game.

-Jillers

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Day 15

A Song That Describes You

A few things about this song don’t describe me: I don’t drive (though if I did, my rims wouldn’t spin either). I don’t have braces. I don’t have mow the front lawn. I didn’t go to MIT.I don’t do vector calculus for fun… but I do do long division to kill time. I can’t do Pascal. I’m not fluent in Java or Klingon… but I do know a few phrases… I don’t have a business making websites. Picard is my favorite, not Kirk. I don’t spend every weekend at the Ren Faire… to be fair though, that’s cause there’s not one near enough to me to make that possible. I would though. I also don’t have my name on my underwear… I never understood that, but I think that’s more of a guy thing than a girl thing.I also was never in the A/V club. But that’s because my school didn’t have one.

-Jillers

PS: Does the fact that I made a point to point out the things in a song about being nerdy give me more nerd points?

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Day 14

A Song No One Would Expect You to Like

When asked about my favorite type of music, I usually say everything but country and rap.

Of course, sometimes I happen across something that challenges my preconceptions of what something is. The rap songs I usually heard were misogynistic at least, or were about murder, and hate, or else partying. I’m into none of that noise, but then I heard Stan. And I was like “What? What is this?” but in a good way. It told a story, and it felt important. It had great structure, and used “Thank You” by Dido in a really smart way (another song I love).

I also used to think that it was based on a true story. Not to say something like that hasn’t actually happened. And won’t happen or can’t happen. It’s just a really smart song. And I know no one I know would expect me to like an Eminem song.

 

-Jillers

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Day 13

A Song That Is a Guilty Pleasure

I don’t know why, but seriously, I love this song. I have no reason for you. No story. Just….

KE-DOLLAR-SIGN-HA

-Jillers

PS: NO WAIT! I DO HAVE A STORY!

So, I was on facebook a few months ago, and my friend’s status said something along the lines of him not being able to get enough of “Tik Tok” and I was confused, until I read some comments saying that it was a song. My first rection was “Yeah…Tik Tok was awesome in Return to Oz”

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Day 12

A Song from a Band You Hate

Hate is a strong word, and I’m sure if you started naming bands I could think of some that I really hate, but the only thing that came to mind was Kanye West… but that’s just because I think he’s an ass and I hate him. I don’t know his music, so I can’t very well add him to a list primarily about musical taste… I mean, I did hear him rap on “Forever” by Drake… and it was awful… but I like to hold myself to higher standards.

I also thought of Patty LuPone, who I also personally dispise, and Barbra Streisand who I enjoy when she acts in Meet The Fockers, but nothing else… and I really ahte her singing voice… but neither of them can really be called bands. They are singers, and they rarely write their own songs, but rather sing other people’s songs.

So, who did I pick? Whose name fills me with ire? Well… it was going to be Soulja Boy…cause… they’re fucking ridiculous and SHOULDN’T BE FAMOUS YOU GODDAMN IDIOTS but instead I’m falling back on R. Kelly. Because Trapped in the Closet, and the term “Hip-Hopera” are  RI-GOD-DAMN-DICULOUS. I don’t take kindly to people patting themselves on the back for how brilliant they think they are, when the thing they did… was… ARGH! Itjustmakes me GNASH MY TEETH I’M SO ANGRY RRRRAAARRRRGGGGHHHH

and yes, this was years ago… but, again… ire.

You know why? Because he did this:

And I LOVED “I Believe I Can Fly” it was a big song back in the day. I’m pretty sure it was played at my 8th grade Graduation dance.

And then… well…  I just felt betrayed, R.Kelly. Betrayed. Fuck you.

-Jillers

…now I’m angry again. Goddammit R.Kelly!

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Day 11

A Song From Your Favorite Band

I didn’t look too closely at the list when I skimmed through it early in the month, so I already have a song frommy favorite band up here, “America” by Simon and Garfunkel.

Of course, I’m not about to throw caution to the wind and choose a song from my second favorite band… there are rules for a reason, and if I break the rules of a random internet challenge I may get anonymous at my door, and I really don’t want to deal with them.

But obviously I can’t put in my favorite song from Simon and Garfunkel, since I did that already. And I’mnot about to put up my least favorite one… cause then that would involve qualifying songs and make a list, and I don’t have the wherewithal to do that. I like all of their songs and they basically falls into the categories: America, Poem on the Underground Wall, everything else.

So, in the everything else category, I’d like to share with you a song I love, the is along the lines of “We Didn’t Start the Fire” in its own way, dropping names instead of events, of things that were popular and well known at the time (instead of necessarily of historical import). It’s also, according to wikipedia “…considered to be a mocking parody of Bob Dylan’s work.” So… it has that going for it too… though I do like Bob Dylan of course.

So, interestingly enough, there are 2 versions of this song, 1 recorded in London by Paul Simon in 1965, and one recorded by Simon and Garfunkel in 1966.There are differences in both versions, and I’d hate to deprive you of the awesomeness of this song, so I’ll give you both:

A Simple Desultory Philippic

(or How I Was Lyndon Johnsoned/Robert McNamara’d into Submission)

 

-Jillers

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