2016

What to get a Musical Lover for Christmas

As Christmas is fast approaching, I’ve created a list of gifts that I think would be perfect for theatre lovers:

Product Details ‘Straight Outta Rehearsal’ bag https://www.amazon.co.uk/HippoWarehouse-Straight-Rehearsal-Shopping-litres/dp/B01HDGDGAO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478897755&sr=8-1&keywords=theatre+gifts

Product Details ‘Straight Outta The Theatre’ Jumper

https://www.amazon.co.uk/HippoWarehouse-Straight-Theatre-sweatshirt-pullover/dp/B01MXFYKE4/ref=sr_1_35?ie=UTF8&qid=1478898009&sr=8-35&keywords=theatre+gifts

Product DetailsNecklace

https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Novelty-Necklaces-Pendants/Theatre-Pendant-Necklace-Pewter-Supplied/B0041HCZEC/ref=sr_1_57?ie=UTF8&qid=1478898091&sr=8-57&keywords=theatre+gifts

Product Details Mug

https://www.amazon.co.uk/CafePress-Spontaneous-Singer-Unique-Coffee/dp/B00F53DBA8/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1478898444&sr=8-8&keywords=musical+theatre+gifts

 

Product Details‘Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story’ Book

https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Musicals-Definitive-Illustrated-Story-DK/0241214564/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1478898558&sr=8-9&keywords=musical+theatre+gifts

Product Details Hamilton Calendar (2017)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hamilton-Wall-Calendar-Universe-Publishing/dp/0789332183/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1478898558&sr=8-13&keywords=musical+theatre+gifts

Singin’ in the Rain wall sticker

Product Details https://www.amazon.co.uk/Singin-Rain-MEDIUM-STICKERS-Medium/dp/B00MN7NC3K/ref=sr_1_72?ie=UTF8&qid=1478898747&sr=8-72&keywords=musical+theatre+gifts

Product DetailsFramed Wizard of Oz print

https://www.amazon.co.uk/THEATRE-MUSICAL-WIZARD-BROADWAY-F12X6574/dp/B00XC5ZICU/ref=sr_1_234?ie=UTF8&qid=1478899101&sr=8-234&keywords=musical+theatre+gifts

 

 

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Musical ‘Wish list’

As we are now approaching 2017, I’ve seen a few shows catch my eye recently that I would love to see. The last performance I saw in the theatre was The Phantom of the Opera (which was incredible) and so now I’m compiling a list of all the other shows I’d like to see. Some have been running in the West End for a while, and others are newer shows, so if you’re looking for an evenings entertainment I hope this will give you some ideas:

  1. Hamilton. Everyone is talking about this musical, and thankfully it is coming to London in 2017 (it may be impossible to get tickets, but this show about the history of American politics is definitely one to watch).
  2. Rent. There is a touring production of Rent that may be on its way to a theatre near you soon, so keep a look out (their recording of Seasons of Love was released on their social media and the cast sound fantastic).
  3. Dream Girls. Starring one of my favourite actress’ (Amber Riley) I’m so excited to see this show because the music is incredible and with a cast that talented, it’s going to be a great show.
  4. Mamma Mia. I find it strange that I haven’t already seen this smash hit musical, but as I’m in love with the film and the soundtrack, I think this fun filled show will be a must see for me next year.
  5. School of Rock. This musical recently opened, and as a Lloyd-Webber fan who loves the original film, I think I would definitely enjoy this show.
  6. Side show. With a very limited run, you’ll have to get in quick to see this one, but I think it will be worth it (it features some great songs such as I Will Never Leave You and Come Look at the Freaks).
  7. The Book of Mormon. Again, I’m not sure why I still haven’t seen this show. It’s soundtrack is brilliant, and I think it would be hilarious and enjoyable to watch.

Let me know if you’ve seen any of these shows and what you thought of them. Also, if there’s any shows on your theatre wish list that you think other people should know about, you can also let me know in the comments.

 

Paloma ‘Passionately Hates Musicals’

As The Voice UK returned to our screens this evening, I decided to watch the show as usual. I was sad that Tom Jones would no longer be a judge, but I was looking forward to seeing what Paloma Faith and Boy George would bring to the series. So far, I love Boy George, and I’m surprised that more acts haven’t chosen him as their mentor. Paloma was hilarious and seemed lovely, but then she made a statement that really upset me. 

Obviously, as a musical lover myself I am biased. I’m a musical theatre student who has loved performing since I was 2 years old in my ballet classes, so it’s difficult to express my views on her comments in a neutral manner. I am not annoyed that she doesn’t like musicals, because I understand and know that many people in the world share that same opinion. As a judge on a talent show, and a professional musician, I felt that Paloma made a statement that was very unprofessional. Many talented people who work in the same industry as herself have worked in musical theatre, including one of her fellow judges (Boy George, who has written a musical). By saying that she “hates all musicals with a passion” she is insulting the careers of many other professional artists and musicians, which shows a huge lack of respect for a huge genre of music. Of course everyone is entitled to their own opinion; but when hopefuls are auditioning for a TV show, and one of the judges slates the music they have chosen to perform, they are going to feel upset and that they were perhaps not successful in the process because of their taste in music. 

As I previously mentioned, I don’t have a problem with anyone disliking musical theatre, but there is a difference between stating that it’s not your cup of tea and saying that you ‘hate it with a passion’. As it is an opinion, you have to state that personally you have other interests, and not that you hate it and think that it’s terrible. I think the way she so casually insulted a huge worldwide industry, which is very closely related to the industry that she works in, was disgusting and her thoughts should have been voiced differently. Let’s not forget that Paloma herself was in the cast recording of ‘Finding Neverland’, and yes you guessed it, that is a musical. She then proceeded to take to Twitter, where she replied to tweets about her claiming that she ‘loves Grease and Rocky Horror’. I think this was simply an attempt to shield herself from the huge amount of angry viewers that thought she should have been more careful with her words. 

The performers and the vocalists in musicals are incredibly talented people, most of which have spent years and all of their savings training so that they can do what they love. For Paloma to degrade this art form in such a bold way was very shocking, as musical theatre is a huge part of a lot of people’s personal and professional lives. 

Would she have slated other genres and styles of music in this way? Jazz? Country? Blues? No. So I don’t see why she was allowed to tear down a form of artistic expression that is just as valuable as the female pop industry.