Apr 8, 2015

The Wiz Is On Baby!



Looks like my wish was granted. The Wiz is going to be NBC's next live musical production! It is set to air in December. But wait it gets better. Along with the TV version, a revised live stage production, set for Broadway, is also in the works. And, the production team is partnering with Cirque Du Soliel. Joy and rapture! Click here for more details.

I still standby my recommendations for casting I shared in a previous post. Click here for the list. However, I must add Stephanie Mills to the cast. I can see Ms. Mills doing an awesome job as Aunt Em.

Apr 1, 2015

Yet Another State Setting Themselves Up

Representative Bob Ballinger of Arkansas, right, was among the bill’s sponsors who dismissed amendments to the measure. CreditDanny Johnston/Associated Press

















The following comment made by a NYT's reader summed it all up for me. Basically, the mediocre and bigoted are flexing their muscle in certain states. 

K Henderson
 is a trusted commenter NYC 4 minutes ago

State government in action is rarely a pretty sight.

In my home state, the (cough) lawmakers there are mostly composed of the C students from my highschool. The A students often left to NYC, Boston and CA and never. came. back.

BTW, doesn't Ballinger look suspect? If this bill is signed into law, I wonder if he is going to be smiling when civil rights law suits are filed by the folks that were mistreated, due to the business owners that use this law to discriminate.

What a colossal waste of time!





Mar 30, 2015

Nice Place To Visit, But....



I am in awe of this image above. It is the Popocatepetl Volcano in Mexico. The volcano's activity has increased moderately. Umm, if I lived near it, I would get to packin'.

Mar 18, 2015

Joan River's Penthouse

Ballroom

I needed to take a mental diversion. It has been one of those days. So, I am looking at luxury listings and came across the penthouse that was home to Joan Rivers for many moons.

Check out the listing by clicking here.

Ms. Rivers lived the good life!

Annoyed Monkey



Why me? So, today I find out that when my accountant went to e-file my tax returns, someone else had beat me to the punch!

Yes, good people, some slime-ball of a human has stolen my SS # and filed a tax return.

Now, I have to wait 180 days for the IRS to sort this mess out. Well, I hope it will be only 180 days. Lord give me strength!


Mar 9, 2015

I'm 47 and I Can Kick and Stretch



Yesterday, I celebrated my 47th year on this planet. As I do every year, let me share a few more things I learning on this journey:
  • young people will usually do what they want to do, despite an elder's excellent advice
  • unfortunately folks in position of power are rarely the best, brightest, or most qualified
  • a healthy baby is a blessing to a family because he or she renews hope and reminds adults of their journey
  • it is important to have a friend or confidant that is at least 10-15 years older than you
  • somethings are destined to be, and most things happen for a reason
  • I don't trust people that don't fess up to functioning on some level of  cray-cray
  • everything old, is new again
  • showing up for life is everything

Feb 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy's Turn At Metamorphosis



Leonard Nimoy has passed on. I have to say he lived longed and prospered.

My earliest memory of seeing Leonard Nimoy as Spock was of me being shocked that an actual alien from another planet was on TV. He fooled me. I respect him for realizing he had created such an iconic character, in his role as Spock, that he would forever be remembered for that role.

With dignity and respect for the character, he played Spock several times over in a few of the Star Trek film reboots. He was such a good sport about his Spock and Star Trek legacy. Travel on Mr. Nimoy.


Feb 19, 2015

NBC Needs To Ease The Wiz On Down to the Studio



I know it's old news, but supposedly NBC is considering doing a live version of the legendary musical The Wiz. Let me tell you all kinds of good feelings washed over me, I remember this show when it was on Broadway. I never got to see it live on stage, but knew the soundtrack.

Well, I am hoping the stars align and all will be set to bring this show back to the masses. I loved the movie version, although as I got older I wished the original Dorothy on Broadway, Stephanie Mills, would have been cast as Dorothy in the movie.

While in that train of thought about casting. Here is is my 2015 dreams cast for The Wiz:

Glenda - Audra McDonald (She never has a bad turn in any role. Plus, she can bring that angelic voice.)

Evilene - Jill Scott (Ya know Jill has woke up and said more than once in her life time, "don't nobody bring me no bad news." Her voice is powerful and she can act.

Scarecrow - Usher Raymond ( I think Usher will have fun with the physicality of the role.)

Tin Man - Don Cheadle (He rocked it as Sammy Davis Jr. and I am sure can do a mean tap routine)

Cowardly Lion - Jamie Foxx (Now, who else can sing and bring the comedy better than Jamie?)

Now, I am stuck with a choice for The Wiz and Dorothy! Anyone has suggestions for these two roles?


Noisy Baby Monkeys




So, lately I have been utilizing the computer labs at the university. I tend to get more work done, by being in a space dedicated to learning. When I am at home I procrastinate and have a hard time staying focused on my work.

Well, it seemed like a good idea to use the space and resources at school. However, now that the semester is up and running I am noticing that all the twenty-something students that surround me tend to chat, giggle and gossip. I find it amazing they can get any work done.

I haven't said anything, because I am pretty sure I would have done the same at their age. I am going to bring my cushy headphones to the labs just to diminish the ambient sound a bit. Yes, I have become that older and bit grumpier monkey that wants the baby monkeys to pipe down.