Mid-Day Brain Break: Colin O’Leary Is Back!

Colin O’Leary and his mom, Carol (screen capture)

They’re baaaaaaaaack!

Colin O’Leary and his mother became viral sensations pairing Colin’s over-the-top musical theatre lip-sync performances with mother Carol’s seemingly unflappable, stoic non-reactions.

Take a few minutes and enjoy Colin’s wild & wacky sense of theatrical humor.

You can find his 2018 edition here and 2019 here.

Thursday Theatre Throwback: Julia Murney & Sutton Foster “I Know Him So Well” From CHESS

Pretty close to perfect here.

The late 80s musical CHESS, about the game itself and geo-political gamesmanship, had an excellent Actors Fund concert redux back in 2003 starring Julia Murney, Josh Groban, Tony Award winner Sutton Foster, Norm Lewis and Adam Pascal.

This duet of “I Know Him So Well” with Murney and Foster requires hitting “repeat” several times, it’s so good.

Love the score, and I’m a big fan of the ladies here.

Viral Video: Burning Man: The Musical

TIME raves about the latest and greatest off-off-Broadway musical – Burning Man: The Musical.

The comedy musical opened very off-off Broadway — on the internet, specifically — and is only five minutes long, but it packs a lot of action and surprisingly deep character development into its grand opening number.

There’s the eager techie boarding a school bus bound for Black Rock City with visions of hanging out with Elon Musk and Google execs in his eyes. There’s the grizzled, wizened hippy and the starry-eyed girl bemoaning the loss of the Burning Man festival that was before “the techies came to plug n’ play” and singing about “when the playa was clean / and techies stayed in SOMA.” All that in just the opening number!

The creators of the video call Burning Man: The Musical, “the collision of Silicon Valley and Burning Man.” The clip is actually a fundraiser to help develop a full scale musical. Check their crowdsourcing page here.

Broadway savvy fans will recognize many of the insider references to contemporary Broadway shows, including RENT and Spring Awakening.

Musical Theatre: Grindr The Musical

Winner of 6 Awards at the West Village Musical Theater Festival!

From the official website for the show:

When Jesse decides to find his true self, he logs onto Grindr – the gay geosocial networking, and notoriously known, hook-up app. Delving into an underworld he never knew existed, he finds himself transported to the ‘scene’ with new-found freedoms of anonymous sex, promiscuity, and general male horniness. Jesse discovers fresh feelings deep inside himself with the help of his heavenly chorus of Grindr boys, as well as realizing the dangers of an unending dispensary of men.

Will Jesse find what he’s looking for or become dependent on the app that uncovered his new self?

With music and lyrics by JACOB TISCHLER (Inexperienced Love @ Fringe NYC 2012, Secondhand Shakespeare Best Book & Lyrics @ WVMTF 2012) and a book by JACOB TISCHLER & BRYCE CUTLER (The Physical Impossibility) with direction by BENJAMIN VIERTEL (Best Director @ WVMTF 2012).

Bye Bye Birdie Rehearsals: “The Shriners Ballet”

Rehearsing “The Shriners Ballet” from Bye Bye Birdie at Sacramento Music Circus yesterday with the fab Janine Divita (“Rose”) and the men of the ensemble. )That’s me in the lower left hand corner).

Today we get the drummer in for couple of hours, which always jazzes the dancers 🙂

The skit opens Tuesday!

Jeremy Jordan Sings “Moving Too Fast” On Good Morning America

Jeremy Jordan sings “Moving Too Fast” from The Last Five Years on GMA

Randy Report fave Jeremy Jordan knocked it outta the park on Good Morning America today with a red-hot live performance of “Moving Too Fast” from his new film The Last Five Years, accompanied by Tony Award winning composer Jason Robert Brown.

Listen to that voice! And then there’s the “easy on the eyes” factor 🙂

I’ve posted previously about Jeremy here and here.


West Side Story Rumble In San Diego

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As I’ve shared earlier, I’m currently in San Diego rehearsing a new production of the classic Broadway musical West Side Story for San Diego Musical Theatre.

We move into the theatre today for tech rehearsals, but as we left the rehearsal hall last night things turned into a fun little photoshoot as the gangs faced off one last time on our “rehearsal turf.”

Director James Vasquez and I were pulled into the center of the action as the “Jets” and “Sharks” posed for one more “rumble” pic.

Loving the uber-talented cast and team on this production. Every day they blow me away with their commitment and talent.

Performances begin a week from today at the Spreckels Theatre in San Diego.