Sooooo much has happened since I last blogged. I suppose I’ll start by discussing the two extremely important viewing experiences this weekend that I experienced.
The FIRST: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part two.
The SECOND: a new musical entitled Jennifer the Unspecial.
Now, I’m one of the biggest Harry Potter fans I know, having literally “grown up” with Harry (I read the first book when I was 11 and the last book when 17) so, of course, I was quite thrilled for the final film installment. And how disappointed I was when it did happen for me. I’ve accepted long ago that the movies will never remotely live up to the spirit of the books, but I’ve appreciated what they are and the work put into them. BUT, this finale sunk far below any justification for a positive reaction. In my opinion.
There are many, many reasons for this, among which being the totally unnecessary revamp of the final duel between Harry and Voldemort (Harry deserved his Voldie-lecture, with the entire wizarding population watching. Not a drawn out scene of Harry and Voldie flying around the castle alone shooting sparks at each other. Just sayin’). Uhnuhthuh thing that was bothersome would be that it seems that most of the character moments were perfunctory, rather than fleshed out (Fred. FRED. Molly Weasley? Neville deserved better too..). That’s all I’ll say for now, as this is not a Harry Potter blog. I just had to get that off my chest..
However, very happily for me, I saw my wonderful roommate Jacob Samuels, perform in a new musical at NYU’s Grad Musical Theater writing program. I had a couple other friends in it as well, so of COURSE I was going to check it out. It was written for childrens theater, so it took place in a middle school and dealt with themes of acceptance, friendship, being yourself, but it was seriously hilARious, the music was kickass, and the cast was wonderful. The story was really cute (time travel took up most of show, so we met history guys, like Shakespeare, Lincoln, Beethoven, dinosaurs..) and funny. The cast had amazing voices as well. I love sitting in the front row in a little black box and being belted at. It’s just completely nice to be reminded that theater is pretty awesome and I’m pretty lucky to have the support and training to spend my life doing it.
I gotta go catch up on my thank ya’s cards. Next update coming vehry shoooooon.