Sunday, May 18, 2014

See it, woman!


Me: Did you see the original 'Carrie; The Musical'?
Theatre Queen #1 : No, I wasn't in New York that weekend.

That was my first exposure to 'Carrie: The Musical'; and that exchange took place in the spring of 1990 or so.  At that time, it was the floppiest of all Broadway flops, and I knew very little about it.
I'd read the book and seen the movie, but the musical was completely foreign to me.
Fast forward about 7 years to 'Showtune Night' at Luxor in Boston's Back Bay when there on the screen (on a good night) we were all treated to a few numbers from the original Broadway production.  The quality was pretty horrible, but it was a treat, nonetheless.  The opening number was certainly something to see (YIKES) but one of the more popular clips was of Betty Buckley (in the role of Margaret White) and Linzi Hateley (in the role of Carrie) performing 'And Eve Was Weak', which was an incredibly cool moment to witness (it's out on YouTube, if you're so inclined).
Fast forward once again, this time about 17 years to the present day, where 'Carrie: The Musical' has once again been brought back into my life.

Last Monday night I was fortunate enough to see the opening night performance of 'Carrie: The Musical' at SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston.  When SpeakEasy announced the show as part of their 2013-2014 season last year, I was VERY excited. I wasn't able to make it to New York to see the 2012 revival , since I wasn't in the city that weekend... Kidding!  The 2012 off-Broadway production had a fairly decent run, but still closed two weeks earlier than originally planned. 
The fact that SpeakEasy was planning on producing the Boston premiere was perfect.  The show was right up their alley as far as I was concerned.  A little bit edgy, off the beaten path, and it was something that I thought their usual audience would enjoy.
After seeing the show on Monday, I am quite confident that it will be yet another success that they can add to their list.
As I've said previously, I'm not a theatre reviewer, so you'll have to bear with me. 

In the two most well known roles of Carrie and Margaret White, Elizabeth Erardi (Carrie) and Kerry A. Dowling (Margaret) were a great match.  Their number 'And Eve Was Weak' not only sounded fantastic, but the staging and physicality of the number made it one of my favorite numbers of the night. I loved watching Kerry, particularly when she was giving you full-on, crazy Margaret.  If you want to see what I'm talking about, the next time you see her, tell her that you're going to the Prom.  :-)
Elizabeth has a fantastic voice that is able to convey lots of power but also some quiet, more reserved, moments as well and I really enjoyed her portrayal of the bullied and sheltered Carrie White.

 Elizabeth Erardi and Kerry A. Dowling in the SpeakEasy Stage production of CARRIE THE MUSICAL. Photo by Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.



As the 'mean girl' Chris Hargenson (or should I say the leader of all the 'mean girls'), Paige Berkovitz might just be my favorite new discovery of the year.  Not only was she PERFECT as the ringleader of the 'bad kids' who make Carrie's day to day life a nightmare, but holy mackerel, can this girl SING! Seriously, she sounded amazing, and I wanted more.  Like, "Hi, here's a phone book, now sing it back to me." more. Phil Tayler made a great bad boy in the role of Billy Nolan, Chris' boyfriend.  During the number 'Do Me A Favor' we were given a little taste of what it's like for Billy to live under the thumb of his ruthless, demanding, and spoiled girlfriend.

Paige Berkovitz and Phil Tayler in the SpeakEasy Stage production of CARRIE THE MUSICAL. Photo by Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.

 Speaking of wanting more....Sarah Drake, in her third SpeakEasy appearance, plays Sue Snell, the mean girl with a conscience.  Her voice is suited perfectly for this role, and her number 'Once You See' is fantastic.  She does a great job conveying Sue's frustration when she attempts to make things right with Carrie but it doesn't go as planned.  Sue's boyfriend, Tommy Ross is played by Joe Longthorne. Their duet 'You Shine' was a delightful glimpse into their relationship, and their voices were a really great pairing. 

Joe Longthorne and Sarah Drake in the SpeakEasy Stage production of CARRIE THE MUSICAL. Photo by Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.

Shonna Cirone, makes her SpeakEasy debut in the role of Miss Gardner and I really hope she's back on the SpeakEasy stage soon!  She's saddled with being not only the taskmaster who has to deal with a gaggle of troublesome teens, but she also serves as the caring, normal, not-insane, mother figure in Carrie's life. The scene leading up to Miss Gardner's duet with Carrie ('Unsuspecting Hearts') was one of my favorite moments of the show and the song was outstanding.  Shonna's got a great voice, and this number really showed it off.

Shonna Cirone and Elizabeth Erardi in the SpeakEasy Stage production of CARRIE THE MUSICAL. Photo by Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.
 
John Costa did a nice job in dual roles of Reverend Bliss/Mr. Stephens, and the 6 person ensemble rounded out the rest of the cast quite well.  Special mention goes out to to Amanda Lopez as Norma for her commitment to the character and her delivery of a particular line (in reference to Carrie's sweater) that had me in hysterics.  Also, kudos to Daniel Scott Walton as George for bringing lots of humor to what could have been a throw away ensemble role.

Paige Berkovitz (left front) and Sarah Drake (right front) in the SpeakEasy Stage production of CARRIE THE MUSICAL. Photo by Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.
 
Of course, this production wouldn't have been what it was without Paul Melone on hand, not only as Carrie's director, but as SpeakEasy's General Manager and Production Manager. He wasn't only the brains behind all the technical aspects of the production, which were quite impressive, but he was also one of the people who was responsible for assembling this incredibly talented cast. 
Carrie's musical director is Nicholas James Connell, who I have to thank for making the cast (as well as the 6 person orchestra) sound as great as they did. When I think back to the many musical moments that I consider highlights of the evening, I really have to give Nicholas a virtual standing ovation for creating the sound that he did. 
Larry Sousa, who returns to SpeakEasy for a second time after choreographing last season's 'In The Heights' once again does an excellent job keeping things interesting and brings an entirely different style of choreography to the SpeakEasy stage. I look forward to seeing him back at SpeakEasy again!!
OK, I've been writing forever at this point, so if you're still reading this, thank you!  Seriously, if you're even remotely on the fence about whether or not to see this production, GO!!!  The cast is fantastic, the vocals alone are worth the price of the ticket, and it tells a very relevant and important story.
Besides...don't you want to be able to say that you saw 'Carrie: The Musical'?!?!?!?

Elizabeth Erardi in the SpeakEasy Stage production of CARRIE THE MUSICAL. Photo by Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.


Friday, May 9, 2014

Another Post....

OK - this isn't the post that I was referring to the other day when I said that there would be a post 'coming soon' - but since I feel like writing, I'm going to. What I WAS referring to is the fact that I'm going to see 'Carrie the Musical' on Monday at SpeakEasy Stage Company and I'll be posting 'review' a of sorts after seeing it.
Now, let's get something clear, I don't claim to be a theatre reviewer of any sort, but what I am, is a person who really enjoyes theatre. When I like something, I want to get the word out there so others can enjoy what I've enjoyed. It's no secret that I'm a fan of SpeakEasy Stage, but they really do bring fantastic theatre to Boston. Not only with the shows that they produce, but with the talent that they put on their stage.
I'm so excited to see this show, not only because I'm a fan of the source material, but I'm fascinated by the history of the show itself. Be sure and come back on Tuesday to see what I think of the production, and keep have your calendars with you so you can buy some tickets!!!





Elizabeth Erardi as Carrie White in CARRIE THE MUSICAL at SpeakEasy Stage. Photo by Glenn Perry Photography.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Teaser.

Consider yourself teased. 
There's a new 'real' blog entry coming soon. 
In the meantime, here are some pics. 





Thursday, August 1, 2013

I Need A Drink!!!!

I'm simply a tingle over the thought of my readers taking a look at the blog and seeing that I've posted twice (or more) since they last looked!

Work is so very busy these days that I'm counting down the time until I can leave here, go home and have a drink! Yeesh. 

Other than that, nothing new has happened since yesterday, just trying to keep my promise of posting more frequently. Oh - and I'm TOTALLY addicted to Vine these days. For those of you who don't know what it is, it's an app that let's you create 6 second videos. It's set up similar to Twitter, etc. where you follow people or get followed, and there are some FUNNY people out there. If you feel like you need one more distraction in your life, check it out. :-)

Have a great day!!!
xoxo

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

I'm Commited

Hey. 
I've been having an internal battle about whether or not to get rid of my blog all together or try to get back on track and start posting again. 
I've decided to keep the old gal around for a while longer, with a new plan in place. 
Instead of checking the same (of many) social media 'apps' 50 times a day, I will commit to visiting this app and make a blog entry. 
I'm still pretty fascinating, and I know you're all intrigued by every move that I make, so it's only fair. ;-)

In other news, all is well with me. Work is good, Jim, Zachary, and the beloved Scooter are great and we're having a delightful summer. 
I hope the same goes for all of you. :-)
xoxox


Here's a recent picture of Zachary and I, after a swim in the pool, which he LOVES. 


Scooter loves the pool as well, and has been in it FAR more than I have this summer. Typical. 


Here's a picture of Z and one of the mascots of the Paw Sox (the farm team for the Red Sox). You get an idea of how big he's gotten recently. He's still small for his age (especially his weight), but he's pretty tall. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Waiting and waiting.....

As I sit here at work waiting for an export to complete, I figured I'd drop by to say hello. Of course, Thats assuming that people are still reading and remember that I exist. Although, truth be told, I can't blame them if they forgot about me, it's been a while since I blogged with any kind of consistency.

So, since I last wrote, some CRAZY shit has gone down in the city of Boston.
I'm happy to report that all my friends who were in and around the affected part of the city on Monday are safe and sound.
As it is with any other tragic event, you can't help but feel a little (or a lot) uneasy about what happened and what it means for your future. That's an area where I used to walk just about every day back when I was working in the city, so to have something so horrible occur someplace so familiar to me is quite frightening.

Let's just hope that they find whoever did this, and fast!!!

xoxox


Thursday, April 11, 2013

There's an app for that!

So, it looks like the Blogger app just
might be the thing that saves my blog.
It's really quite easy to knock out a quick blog post on my phone, especially if I'm at work and can manage it.
It's MUCH more discreet than bringing it up on my computer.

That being said, here's a quick update for y'all. Jim just finished redoing our dining room!!! It was a matter of taking down the wallpaper, priming and reprinting. None if which I have any talent/patience for.
He managed to do it in about a week and a half, all while still being a stay-at-home dad! No idea how he managed, but he did!!
Here are some before and after pics: