Thursday, May 21, 2009

Take THAT Randy, Kara, Paula and Simon!!!!

I think the best part about Kris winning American Idol is that it makes the 4 judges look like complete assholes.
At least in my eyes anyway.

Every time I've turned the damn show on, I've been forced to listen to them constantly praise Adam as if he was the second coming and it was really getting annoying.
Especially on Tuesday night's show. When they made their final comments to Kris, it sounded like they had completely written him off, and I'm very happy they were wrong.

I didn't get to watch last night, as I was attending 'Pirates!' at the Huntington Theatre (more on that in a minute) but from what I've heard both of them performed quite well last night.
As I said several times before, I'm sure that they'll both have successful recording careers post-Idol, but for the time being, I'm happy with the way things turned out. :-)

In Joanna Weiss' column this morning, she says a few things that I completely agree with:

"Lambert may have been the most polarizing finalist the show has ever seen, and Allen was almost-absurdly wholesome by comparison - and far more similar to third runner-up Danny Gokey. Still, this "Idol" contest wasn't just a skirmish in the culture wars. It was a choice between glam rockers and mellow guys with acoustic guitars, a test of how fast people could dial or text, and - perhaps most significantly - a referendum on what an "American Idol" winner should be.
Lambert arrived on the "Idol" stage fully formed, with the skill and confidence of an already-minted rock star.
Allen, meanwhile, represented the traditional "Idol" conceit: that the show should find a diamond in the rough from some distant corner of the country. He won over voters by choosing bold arrangements and improving over time."

Enough of American Idol....onto 'Pirates!'

I'll keep this brief, because I could probably go on for two hours talking about this show.
It's basically a re-vamped version of Gilbert & Sullivan's 'The Pirates of Penzance' but I unfortunately don't know the original well enough to give specific examples of the changes that were made. Sorry.

That being said, I really, really had a great time at this show. It was extremely well cast, well sung, well directed and I loved the choreography.
It felt more like musical theatre and a not so much like an operetta to me. That's one of the reasons I tend to avoid Gilbert and Sullivan a lot of the's just 'too much' for me.

I'm not a great review writer, so if I come across a review that says what I'm trying to say, I'll post it. :-)

I will say that I really thought they did a great job casting the show. The leads were all great singers and actors and the supporting cast (especially the pirates) were very entertaining.
Kudos to Steve Kazee (Pirate King), Cady Huffman (Ruth), Anderson Davis (Frederic), Farah Alvin (Mabel, and Ed Dixon (Major General). All of them were so strong in their acting and singing. This is going to sound so weird but I don't know how to say it really....I was THRILLED that they were able to find people who could sing 'legit' so that the music wasn't compromised, but at the same time, I didn't ever feel like I was listening to a group of stuffy opera singers.

If you have any interest at all in seeing the show, I HIGHLY suggest it. I had a great time and thought it made for a great night of theatre.

Check out their blog from some pictures and a little bit more info.

Have a great day....


Julie said...

One more "AI" comment...I heard that when the finalists were whittled down to 24, that Kris' odds to win were 50-1...he certainly did "grow" with the competition.

ChrisG said...

Ummm, Adam Lambert IS the second coming. I can't believe you'd so quickly turn on a theater family member. Gasp! :)

Just kidding. If I was inclined to vote, Kris would have received mine.