Frozen the Musical Denver Opening Night: First Impressions

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Waiting for the snow show to start.

This should be obvious, but just in case, there are spoilers for the Broadway-bound Frozen stage musical ahead.

Just a few quick thoughts tonight, and some photos. Not of the show itself, of course. Disney would take this site down faster than I can type this sentence. Same for audio, only they’d threaten me even more. There should be professional photos available now that the previews have started, so I’ll post those when I find them.

The show was, as advertised, longer than the movie, with new songs and more depth added to some of the characters. Things were changed from the movie, such as the order of some events and details of how some things happen, but the story is still largely the same. The changes had mixed success, in my opinion.

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Frozen the Broadway Musical in Denver: New Youtube Interviews Plus the Official Trailer

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It’s finally here! The Frozen Broadway Musical makes its preBroadway debut in Denver on 8/17 at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. To celebrate, the theatre is releasing a series of interviews with the cast and creatives. I’ve posted the first three, and will add more as they post them.

It’s not the dream cast that I came up with, but it looks like it’ll be amazing! We’ll be there this weekend, and will post more from Denver. Time to go pack!

 

 

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Dear Evan Hansen Rants: Evan and His Mom

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Ooohkay, I have a lot of thoughts on this show, which is funny because I have a lot of issues with it but I also have a lot of meta about it. Who knows how many parts to this there will be. Whichever part comes first will have a hint of some other parts of my analysis, because no piece is complete without the rest, but I’d have to publish a novel to do it all at once. To start, here’s my analysis of one of the most crucial relationships in the show – Evan and his mom, Heidi.

When the world sees Evan’s “Dear Evan Hansen” note*, thinking it was Connor’s suicide note, they’re horrified by how badly it implies Connor’s parents treated him. But those were Evan’s words. What does that say about Heidi? Heidi is the only one, besides the Murphys, who knows it was Evan. And it makes her realize how distant she’s been. She has the same reaction that the rest of the world had towards Connor’s family, but towards herself. As the “you are not alone” line from You Will Be Found plays after Alana shares the note, images of the letter and people’s reactions to it swirl around, and Heidi is briefly in the center of it, looking up at the images. We’re seeing her react to it, really seeing her son for the first time since his father left. She’s being confronted with how far she’s wandered from being the parent she’d intended to be, and how much that’s hurt Evan.

A person’s childhood and parenting shape who they are. Examining Evan’s mother and father, it’s clear how he ended up with the issues he has. Heidi is so exhausted and overextended from working hard just to keep herself and her son afloat and trying to get them a better life by going to school that she doesn’t have anything left for Evan emotionally. Understandably, she needs him to be okay so that she can focus on work and school. In many ways, he is her whole world. Everything she does, from spending so much time at work, to going to school, to looking for ways to get Evan into college, is for him. She is trying. When she hears about Connor’s suicide, she’s concerned about Evan’s reaction to it and tries to reach out to him. She asks him regularly if he still has enough pills and reminds him and encourages him to do the assignments his therapist gives him. She loves him dearly and is doing the best she can, and it’s not her fault that she’s only human and can’t be everything Evan needs.

That said, she also isn’t doing as well as she could. She hasn’t set aside a regular night, perhaps every Saturday or Sunday night, for them to have dinner together. Instead, as Evan points out, she randomly takes nights off without asking him or letting him know about it beforehand and expects him to drop everything and spend time with her.

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Nashville Season 5 Episode 11: Fire and Rain Recap

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The cast continues to mourn Rayna in this episode. Zach channels his emotions into his concerns for Highway 65, and goes overboard. Maddie has another moment of fame. Scarlett drops a bombshell.

Scarlett is still staying with Deacon and the girls, taking care of them in their grief. The girls are still too wiped out to go to school. Bucky finds a tour for The Exes to open on, but they need to start in two weeks. Scarlett’s not sure she’ll be ready to leave Deacon and the girls on their own by then.

At a Highway 65 business meeting, Zach brings up the release of Rayna’s last album. Deacon doesn’t think it should ever be released, since it’s unfinished. Zach feels that the fans and Rayna would want it released.

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Nashville Season 5 Episode 8: Stand Beside Me Recap

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It’s morning at the James-Claybourne residence and Daphne is making breakfast for everyone. “No sign of fire anywhere?” Rayna notes, showing us where Daphne inherited her snark talent from.

The security team is back, because Rayna’s stalker, Hockney, has bailed himself out of jail. Everyone will have a bodyguard from now on. Maddie gets upset because this will interfere with her date at Clay’s bar gig on Saturday. Someone needs to make Maddie a scrapbook of people killed and seriously injured by their stalkers, starting with the ones who were attacked in crowded public places. Maybe John Lennon could be on the first page.

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Nashville Season 5 Music Videos: Episodes 1-8

Nashville has been releasing songs from each episode as music videos, but they usually put the videos up later than I post my recaps, so I haven’t been including them there. Unfortunately, these are just the parts of each song shown in the episode, not the full songs. Maybe if they get enough hits it will encourage CMT to make full videos the way Crazy Ex-Girlfriend does, and to put up all of the songs. (Hallie’s songs and the church choir’s music are missing, for example.) Ad revenue is ad revenue, after all. The network makes money when you watch any of Nashville’s videos on CMT’s YouTube channel.

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CMT’s Sun Records: New Videos

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With less than one week left before Sun Records starts its 10 episode run on CMT, the network has released two more promo videos: a new trailer, and an All About the Style video to add to their behind the scenes collection. The first episode of Sun Records will airs on Thursday, February 23rd, at 10:00 PM ET/9:00 PM ET, right after Nashville. I’ll update this post if any more videos are released before the premiere.

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Amelie Comes to Broadway: New Videos

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Amélie begins previews on Broadway in a few weeks, on March 9, at the Walter Kerr Theater. Opening night is April 3rd. The cast, including Phillipa Soo as Amélie and Adam Chanler-Berat as Nino, has begun doing promo in anticipation of the premiere. On February 10th they presented a concert preview at the Cutting Room in NYC. Members of the cast performed songs from the show and talked to the press. We’ve collected a few videos to share with you.

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Sun Records on CMT: New Extended Preview and Behind the Scenes Videos

Sun Records, CMT’s new 10 episode series on the beginning of Rock and Roll, starts in a little under two weeks, on February 23rd. The series follows music pioneers Sam Phillips, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ike Turner, and more from the Memphis music scene of the 1950s. Episodes will air weekly after Nashville at 10:00 ET/9:00 CT.

Under the cut, we’ve collected CMT’s recently released promo videos: Extended Preview, Meet the Characters, All About the Music, The Story featuring Chad Michael Murray, Roland Joffe: Director Profile, and Filming in Memphis.

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Nashville Season 5 Episode 6: A Little Bit Stronger Recap

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I have not been adequately keeping up with Nashville casting news. Until this episode, I had no idea that Rhiannon Giddens, who plays Hallie, is a Grammy winner, and that the group she played with in the episode, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, is her real life music group. I also totally missed it when CMT announced in September that they’d hired an out transgender actress for the first time. Nashville is becoming much more diverse lately. It makes Scarlett’s extremely triggery storyline a little easier to take.

Deacon and Rayna are spooked by the stalker who approached her at Highway 65 last week. Personally, I find Zach’s attitude about Scarlett and Damien way creepier, but I am not a celebrity. Last week’s guy seemed totally harmless, like he just wants to share the love. Anyway, Rayna and Deacon have hired a professional security firm with former soldiers who mean serious business. Do not take a wrong turn down Rayna’s street if you know what’s good for you.

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