Simba: The King Lion

Terrible fake disney picture for the Lion King, cleverly renamed 'Simba the King Lion'. Seagull (?) lion and deer.

This has very little to do with anything else, other than me discovering this and posting about it on Twitter:

So I decided to watch some of the episode, to find out how they’d worked the seagull in. Buckle up for a ride through off-brand Disney.

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Saturday Sondheim: Time falls apart (1)

Picture of Loveland sequence from 2011 Broadway production - front row girls in follies costume with chorus line at back. Fluffy pink and purple clouds behind

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So in last week’s Saturday Sondheim: I looked at the idea of knowing things, and what the cost of that is for the characters who learn things but pretty much always have to deal with the ambivalence that leads to.  This week – I want to go slightly further into the nerdy academic looking glass of how Sondheim sometimes messes with time. If you thought you were not going to get a Doctor Who reference here then I’m sorry, I’m so so sorry.

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: ‘Why else do you think I’m singing this reprise?’ 

If I’m going to invent blog post series for myself to write about, then getting to talk about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a serious perk. I’ve been wanting to do a nerdy take on dramaturgy in this show for a while, so let’s go. I’m going to start with a song and it’s reprise – ‘The New Guy’, as it’s a) ridiculous and b) delightful.

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Academic papers: graphic novel style?

 

0001Many moons ago – so long ago I can’t actually remember what the software was that I did it on – I got so stuck trying to write an academic paper that I tried a new way of writing the thing. Eventually (twins, and some years later) it became this: ‘Next you’re Franklin Shepard Inc.?’: Composing the Broadway musical, a study of Kurt Weill’s working practices published in Studies in Musical Theatre in 2017. I am still quite taken with it – because it forced me to distill my ideas into a very clear format.

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