It’s Tuesday. Time for some random silliness. I’ve been a fan of the folks behind the Punchy Players YouTube channel for about a year now. While the frequency of their output is small, the quality and creativity of their work, which is mostly spot-on parody, is staggering. Check it: To make this Chicago theatre related,… Read More And now for something completely different: “Julie & Julia,” Punchy Players edition
Ever wonder what it’d be like to have a boozy Lucille Ball navigate your road trips? Punchy Players brings that fantasy to life: This reminds me of our GPS — a first generation TomTom. Because it gives about 20 basic commands (turn left, turn right, take the exit ramp, etc.), it’s ideal for the random… Read More Celebrity GPS
I bet you do! Thankfully, we have Dancin’ Kim to show us how! [Youtube=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYSCQc_OsLg”%5D Amazing, right? (Also: found this. It’s “Dancin’ Kim’s” professional actress bio. However, do NOT try to google image search “Kimberly Wood.” It’s bad news.) (Thanks, suchabooknerd, for directing my attention to this!)
Thing one: Even if you loathe the musical Wicked (I’m not a huge fan, but it grows on me each time I see it), you should try to make a point to see it when the tour stops at the Cadillac Palace for eight weeks starting Dec. 1 just to experience the stellar Barbara Robertson… Read More Three things
Stumbled on this one; had to share. Much like this mind blowing performance of “Rose’s Turn” I found a few months ago, this girl, 16 year old Amira Baigina, demonstrates her impressive set of pipes in this number — one of my favorite tunes from one of my favorite shows. Yes, the riffing at the… Read More Filed under ‘amazing high school musical performances’
If you only know Ms. Lansbury from her days as Jessica Fletcher, than you don’t know the half. Here she is selling it in a Jerry Herman flop musical. “If music is no longer lovely, If laughter is no longer lifting, If lovers are no longer loving, Than I don’t want to know!” Trite, but… Read More Angela Lansbury Works. It. Out.
Make sure your volume is way down (especially at 2:27): The reaction when Miss Philippines was announced as a finalist at this year’s Miss Universe. I love them. Courtesy of my neighbor and friend Steve.
I think it’s time for some show and tell. Show: Tell: I noticed this sign on my way to Frost/Nixon Sunday afternoon. Have you been to Friar Tuck? I have, years ago. For those uninitiated, you walk into a building that resembles a beer barrel, get past a meathead bouncer, and are then greeted by… Read More Show and tell
A typical Saturday morning in the Bullen-Karpo household. Coffee in a homemade mug and HGTV: A step outside on the patio, to be greeted by an uninvited guest (I can’t believe I took this picture): It’s like the Battle of Gettysburg around here: Gator playing around with Google Sites: Alley, unamused:
I rarely have time to pleasure read. I literally have books I’ve been working on for a year on my bed-side stand collecting dust. On top of that, I actually think I have undiagnosed literary narcolepsy, because every time I crack open a book, I’m guaranteed to be drooling on it 10 minutes later, dead… Read More Book worm
Michigan Ave. at dusk, taken after work recently. Maybe it’s this string of lovely weather we’ve had lately combined with the fact that I have no funds to go elsewhere for fourth of July weekend so I’m forced to make due, but I’m feeling strangely sentimental about this town I’ve called home for the past… Read More Why I (currently) ♥ Chicago
Promises, Promises Broadway revival cast recording: It’s like bubble gum for the ears! Ok, not the best metaphor, but gosh, this is one darn enjoyable cast recording. Surprising, as I wasn’t expecting much. Sean Hayes has a delightful singing voice, and Jonathon Tunick’s orchestrations sound crisp and bright. I love that they kept the “vocal… Read More Odds and ends
As I type, mom and dad are journeying nine hours from northern Michigan to the windy city. What’s on deck: 1) The Chicago Blues Festival. The primary reason for the trip — my dad’s a blues hound. 2) Billy Elliot. I’ve seen it, and now my mom wants to — while we leave dad to… Read More Parental visit plans, and a request
(I promise this blog will return to its regularly scheduled Chicago theatre programming in the very near future — starting off with Porchlight Music Theatre’s Into the Woods tomorrow…but today is wedding day, so bear with me.) Who knew the role of Male of Honor (MOH) would be so crafty? Lucky for all of us,… Read More The makings of a MOH
Last night, Gator and I attended a West Edgewater Area Residents meeting where our alderman discussed the fate of the long-abandoned Edgewater Medical Center — a giant, sprawling network of buildings that’s been empty since 2001 for a whole host of unseemly reasons (including two Chicago favorites: fraud and corruption). Of course we all want… Read More A neighbor I could do without