Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy fun safe Halloween!

Whether you dress as the sexy or slutty version of a costume, keep it safe and fun for Halloween.  

Naked tigers anyone?

                                           How about the naked Phantom of the Opera?

                                                                        Sexy angel?

Friday, October 23, 2015

Annie at the Pantages

My mom and I along with my cousins recently saw Annie at the Pantages Theatre.  I was looking forward to it since I have seen the movie versions so many times with my sisters with I was small.  So I am very familiar with it.

The stage version followed the basic plot of the movie (or vice versa) with some changes.  Again I am very cognizant of the fact that certain scenes in the movie are just too impractical to be shown on stage.  So I am not complaining.  I like the kids who portrayed the orphans.  The girl who played Annie was Issie Swickle and she was a sweet thing who sang beautifully.  The other orphans were also very good singer and dancers.  Mom especially enjoyed how talented these youngins were.  The actress who played Miss Hannigan (Emily Moreland) was a scene stealer.  She was comedic and almost over acting but it suits the role.  Gilgamesh Taggett who played Oliver Warbuck was an affable actor who sang with solid authoritative voice befitting the character.  In fact they added several songs for him in the stage version.  Other major characters like Grace Farrell, Rooster Hannigan  and FDR were appropriately portrayed by their respective actors.  I did miss Punjab in the stage version.  He was not forgettable in the film version.  The stage version also added new songs for the ensemble.  They were riveting and convincing with their portrayals.  One song I missed from the movie version was the "Let's go see a movie" song.  Shame since I did like that song.

It is hard not to compared when I enjoyed both versions.   I will give this show a B+.  Something to check on my list of shows I have always wanted to see.

Friday, October 16, 2015

2011 Tony Opening number by NPH

Love this number and I thought I would share it.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

My replies to profiles of egotistical people.

 If I have to reply to these profiles who think too highly of themselves, these will be my replies.

You really think an asian guy will like you based on your profile?  "I hosting now".  Can't even speak proper english.  Puhhleezz.

 So you conveniently omit your weight.  You must be hiding something. No photo to top it off.  Red flag.   Even a 40 something person would not want you.

 You yourself is an ethnic guy who has to hide his age and weight.  Take a look at yourself before you discriminate another.  

 No photo airline whore who does not know the difference between discreet and discrete.  Your 9.5 dick does not make you desirable instantaneously.   Get a life.

 Based on your headless photo, I know what you are even if you omit some info in your profile.  Trust me, you won't get any action with your "requirements".

 Blah blah blah.  I'm 46 and only want to get head.  No this and no that.   You must be this and that.  blah blah blah.

Who wants to chat to a headless 45 yo who thinks they are entitled to hide their face pic while they get to see the faces of others?

 Studies have shown that people who post this kind of profile tend to score as somebody who is actually is a racist when tested by psychologist.

 Extremely good looking?  Says your mama.  Prove it with a picture, not words.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

The Sound of Music musical

My cousin R gave me two tickets for The Sound of Music musical at the Ahmanson Theatre because he was unable to use the tickets.  I have been curious and somewhat interested with this so I was very pleased to have the tickets.  I must admit that I was interested in watching The Sound of Music at the same time I was mildly not that interested because I have seen the movie version so many times.  So I totally expected to see a stage version of the movie.

Many of what I expected to see were shattered by the musical.  It was refreshingly new to me.  Yes they sang almost all of the songs from the movie but several were not from the scenes I expected it to be.  I suppose the limitations of the stage played a role in that.  One song in the movie notably missing was the "I have confidence" song Maria sang on her way to the Von Trapp family house.  And the "Something Good" song Maria and the Captain sang to each other was rewritten with about 80% different lyrics.  I know because I know these songs by heart.  Then there were 2 new songs they added that give the Baroness Schraeder and Max Detweiler songs to sing.  I personally did not care for the 2 new songs.

I want to mention that the production did a good job in the stage props and set.  Everything flowed from scene to scene effortlessly.  The background scenery painting brought me to that place they intended to bring their audience.

All the actors sang beautifully.  Even the children were flawless.  Kerstin Anderson as Maria was delightful.  And that is a tough shoe to fill after Julie Andrews.  Ben Davis as Captain Von Trapp was good but I must say he did not seem as handsome as how I pictured the captain would be.  The children were all very size and age appropriate unlike in the movie where Liesl and Friedrich seems too old for their suppose age.  Teri Hansen as Baroness Schraeder appears too old for me too. 

Despite the changes, I still had a very good time with it.  In fact I think the changes gave this musical that I am so familiar with a new feel for me.  Very entertaining indeed.  Thank you cousin R!