Saturday, 29 April 2017

Hamilton | My Top 5 Favourite Songs

How could I possibly select 5 songs from Hamilton, these are the songs I am pulled to whenever I need a hit from this score, which I have been constantly being playing since the end of 2015.

1. Satisfied
It took me a while to grasp onto this song in all honesty, I really fell for this number in the Hamilton Mixtape, and then went back to listen to it on the original sound track.

2. Hurricane
I just think this is one of the most beautiful songs in the entire score. Throughout the score until you get to this point, you haven't really heard how Hamilton got this point in his life from his point of view.

3. You'll Be Back
This must be one of the cleverest and funniest songs in the show, it has some great lines such as 'I will send a fully armed battalion to remind you of my love'. The premise of this song styled as a pop break up song, then mixed with the pomp and circumstance of royalty is just perfection.

4. Burn
The content of this song is so sad, on first listening of the song it brought tears to my eyes, I have no idea how I will feel when I see this song performed live. I love the orchestration on this song starting out so simply with just piano, and building with the song, then to be cut back to just piano and strings at the end.

5. Alexander Hamilton
As with everyone I am sure, this is the song that pulled me into this soundtrack and was the beginning of my obsession with the musical. It is always how I introduce people to the show and soundtrack. Works like a charm. Whilst telling the audience what they are about to watch, predominantly in the hip style, there are lots of variations in style throughout. It shows what the intensity of the whole show will be and draws you in.

Let's face it, I cannot wait to be 'in the room where it happens' when Hamilton finally arrives in London... only got to wait until next year to actually see it.

Thanks for popping by!

Saturday, 22 April 2017

What I'm Excited for in the new Norwich Theatre Royal Brochure!

Now that was a wordy title, but this post is just what it says on the tin.

The show I am most excited for is.. 
Crazy For You
This is a classic Gershwin musical, songs including I Got Rhythm and Someone to Watch Over Me
There is tap dancing, nothing excites me more than watching rhythmical slick tap routines. My heart rate is rising just thinking about it.
Oh and Tom Chambers, former strictly champion and was in the original West End cast of Top Hat.

Play.... Hedda Gabler
One thing I am trying to do is see more plays, which I have been doing. This was sold out at the National, and I am super excited to hopefully get a chance to watch it on tour.

Dance...The Little Mermaid - Northern Ballet
I am really intrigued as how this will work on stage in dance form, I can't quite imagine it. At the moment the Northern Ballet seem to be on a role, just few weeks they brought their new ballet Casanova and it went down really well.

Other really exciting productions include: Blood Brothers, Funny Girl, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Slava Ice Show, How the Other Half Lives, Beautiful the Carol King Musical and The Band.

Thanks for popping by!

Monday, 17 April 2017

Current Style inspiration

In today's post I really just wanted to share some style/fashion I am currently inspired by!

From Pinterest

Fearne Cotton


Lily Pebbles

I think what this series of images shows, is that I am really loving blue denim, and that I want to be inserting more colour into my wardrobe. I find this especially difficult at work, because I try to look smart ish, but I think I often look like i'm on my way to a funeral.


Saturday, 8 April 2017

Last Week in Theatre...

Last week was a pretty stagey week... a side from the fact I work in Theatre, so that is a given.  I wanted to give my thoughts on the two plays I saw last week.

Abigail's Party
I really wasn't sure what I'd make of this play to be honest, I just didn't think I would get it, you know being a millennial. Due to the nature of the play, it was never going to a hard impacting piece of drama. If you are unaware on the premise of Abigail's Party... Beverly is hosting a drinks party for her new neighbours, to introduce them to the neighbourhood. However they consume copious amounts of gin and tonic and cracks in the appearance of living the perfect life start to show and comedy ensues.
This was such a nice piece of drama to watch, there were laughs then the end escalated very quickly. Normally I am the first to find the flaws in productions, but I really couldn't flaw it. This didn't have any jaw dropping moments, but certainly very enjoyable watch.
I'm just going to just throw it in here I met Amanda Abbington who played Beverly better know for being Mary Morstan in Sherlock, she was so lovely and I think I will be still fangirling for the longest time.

Burying Your Brother in the Pavement
In contrast Burying Your Brother in the Pavement is somewhat more intense piece of theatre. Tom's brother is has suddenly died in a run down council estate, Tom his brother close was close in age and he doesn't know how he feels following the death, so heads to the council estate to find out more about his brother and the place he died.  The acting in this was outstanding, if I wasn't stewarding I would have been a flood of tears.

I don't think I could have seen two more contrasting plays. I had a conversation with an audience member who had seen both productions. In his opinion that 'Burying Your Brother in the Pavement' was better... this got me thinking - nowadays for something to be considered good by the masses do we need to be shocked? Is it that we are living in a world where the news and global affairs are so shocking (take the attacks in London last month) that we are becoming numbed? And this transpires into entertainment, for something to emote us, to entertain us it must be shocking?