wood detective (cromulent) wrote,
wood detective

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I was raised to be charming, not sincere

Here's a math problem to solve: I've watched the following performance of Being Alive from the musical Company how many times? Hint: It's greater than 5 and less than 'JESUS CHRIST IT'S 5 IN THE MORNING AND I'VE WATCHED THIS ALL NIGHT!'

Lets just split the difference and say that the answer is so many times. Granted, I thought Company was basically about a bunch of narcissistic people who need to shut the hell up, but despite that, it has great songs and great performances (and is streaming on Netflix). This performance could stand to be slightly less overwrought and melodramatic. Just kidding forever! Way overwrought and melodramatic is kind of my thing. I AM SO COMPLETELY INTO IT. If Broadway songs aren't being performed while one appears on the verge of a nervous breakdown, then what is the point of Broadway again?

Also streaming on Netflix is the 1991 American Playhouse broadcast of Into the Woods! So exciting! I practically wore out a VHS copy of that as a kid and it's basically my favorite musical ever. I even have a story about how I saw Josh Radnor in a local children's theatre version of Into the Woods way before he was famous (that's it, that's the story). I'm kind of dreading the Disney version that just went into production - I really want it to be amazing, but I think it could be hard to pull off. Also, contrary to popular opinion, I do not think that Meryl Streep could play Batman and be the right choice (she'd make a good Mr. Freeze I bet) and I'm slightly iffy on her as the Witch. Maybe it's just that Bernadette Peters is perfect or that it's my favorite play and I have super high expectations (like I was perfectly happy with Russell Crowe as Javert in Les Miserables, but I have no nostalgic or sentimental feelings regarding that play).

I discovered that both of these were on Netflix because I watched that Trayvon Martin/Paula Deen mash-up episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and while they failed to solve racism in an hour, I very much enjoyed Raúl Esparza as the new snazzily-dressed Assistant District Attorney and now I've stayed up till 5 in the morning watching Being Alive (and also his very drama-filled versions of The Man That Got Away and Hallelujah). THANKS LAW & ORDER, I'LL SEND YOU MY BILLS FOR INSOMNIA!
Tags: into the woods, raúl esparza: professional dreamboat, the legitimate theater
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