After Rent | What Live Musical Should Be Next?

Howdy!

Back in late January, I recorded the newest musical production to set live in television. FOX is the network that has been bringing the last four to us, and for this year they brought us the very beloved show “Rent” to life. I had only heard one or two things about it online and actually thought I had already missed it by a couple of weeks, but in reality I only had 10 minutes before it premiered! I like to be surprised when it comes to these types of programs, I don’t like to know too much about the story or cast beforehand so when it came on, I just hit the record button and proceeded to watch the whole thing!

Here’s what is really interesting about the whole thing, despite the fact that I said it was a “beloved,” I had never seen it before, The only thing I knew about it, was the song “Seasons Of Love” because it was a song we performed in choir when I was in middle school. It had been a long time since I had heard the song, but surprisingly I still remembered most of the words! I was pretty impressed myself!

It wasn’t until probably May that I finally got to watch the movie, because Showtime was airing it many, many times in the beginning of summer. I took advantage of the opportunity and even though, I was a bit hesitant about whether or not I would like it as much as the live version, I still wanted to learn more about the characters and of course the lyrics to the songs better!

To be honest, I still really love the live version, mostly for the fact that the audience was incorporated around the stage and cast members too! It was different and fun, it wasn’t like anything they had done before so of course I would prefer going in that direction

.For this post, I wanted to share some of my favorites or musicals that I have never seen but would like to one day, and I don’t care if it’s on Broadway or television! So, here is my list below in no particular order.

Rock Of Ages

Legally Blonde

Newsies

Fame

The Lion King

Footloose

Mamma Mia

Dreamgirls

The Wizard Of Oz

Jersey Boys

High School Musical

Mary Poppins

I feel like this is a good mix – you have some musicals that would be controversial and others that could be interesting to see with undiscovered talent. I mean, I love Vanessa Hudgens and Jordan Fisher a lot, but so far they’ve been in two of these productions,.I want to see some new faces and voices too, and I think that’s reasonable if they’re going to continue doing these shows, at least I hope they do more! .I want to see more African-Americans and disability actors on stage like this, let’s give everybody a chance to show us what they got!

Now I turn it to you, what are your thoughts about updating these musicals? Do you have one that you hope they’ll turn into a live production one day?

Favorite Dance Films!

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Howdy!

I’m back with another list of films. This time, we are going to be discussing my favorite dance movies. I will say this, I have a lot. I actually wrote out a few movies one night on my To Do List pad, and I only had like four movies and then before I went to work on this post, I went on Google and realized “wow, I missed quite a few!” so it grew to like eight movies total!

I was going to open it up a little bit and add the singing aspect of it, but I figured we’d be here forever, so if you’d like to see that list, just let me know!

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Dirty Dancing (1987) – Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes

Okay, first off if you are going to have a “favorite dance movie” list, Dirty Dancing has to be somewhere on that list, whether it’s at the top or somewhere in the middle is up to you, but it has got to be on this list in general!

I actually wasn’t introduced to this movie until later on in my preteen years! I think I saw it the same time frame I watched Grease for the first time. I love both of them just as much, but Dirty Dancing is probably my favorite though. This is such a sexy, but fun movie! I think I had more of a crush on Jennifer than I ever did for Patrick! As you’ll find out in this post, I like both ballet and ballroom dancing and I’m happy to say I enjoyed both before watching the dancing competitions on TV! And yes, I watched and absolutely loved that Jennifer went on Dancing With The Stars a few years ago!

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Center Stage (2000) – Amanda Schull, Zoe Saldana, Peter Gallagher, Ethan Stiefel

I want to say that Center Stage was probably second dancing movie I ever was introduced to, but I cannot figure out who showed it to me, because I think I was still in middle school when I watched it the first time, but I think I might’ve watched it on Oxygen one afternoon and ended up liking it a lot. This has happened once before with Where The Heart Is. 

This one introduced me to the dark sides of ballet, between the concerns of the dancers weight and limited space in different companies, after finishing it I remember thinking to myself “maybe it is a good thing I’m disabled!” I’ve always loved all kinds of dance, but ballet is at the top, even though I’ve never seen a real show or know any of the meanings or stories of the ballets besides The Nutcracker.

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Save The Last Dance (2001) – Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Kerry Washington, Fredro Starr

I remember my mom told me about this movie when I was little, her words were “it has a big car explosion in it” and when I did eventually watch it with her, butt explosion wasn’t as big as she had explained. However, I ended up loving the story so much that I didn’t really care! Everything about it was brilliant for somebody at my age, because I learned about loyalty, standing up for myself, and seeing passed somebody else’s differences. I don’t understand racism and I still hate that I see specks of it everyday and I feel very ashamed of my ancestors who ever owned slaves centuries ago.

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You Got Served (2004) – Omarion, Marques Houston, Steve Harvey, Jennifer Freeman, Meagan Good

You know you’ve seen a movie too many times in your life, when you don’t need to look up anything about that certain film because you know everything about it! I was addicted to this movie when I was like 13 or 15 years old. I watched that DVD so many times that I think by the time I started my sophomore year, it stopped working for me, and the same goes for the soundtrack too!

After getting into STLD, I figured this one would grab me and never let me go too! I loved the atmosphere of it, the dances were so crazy and yes, the last battle is probably the best of the movie. I usually always cry while watching it but it is so sweet!

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Take The Lead (2006) – Antonio Banderas, Alfre Woodard, Rob Brown, Yaya DeCosta, Laura Bernati

This is the second movie that I got into that involved ballroom dancing, but I think it showed you more of the styles than Dirty Dancing. I thought it was an interesting film the first time I watched it, as high schoolers are fairly difficult to “break” as they don’t like to listen and generally hate dancing with a partner. It takes a very patient and clever person to make this happen!

Fun fact: Yaya DeCosta was a contestant on America’s Next Top Model a couple of years before this came out. I really loved her in this movie and she looked beautiful in that purple dress! And yes, Jenna Dewan is in this film too! She plays the character “Sasha” and has that big dance with the boys at the end. It’s probably one of my favorite scenes.

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Step Up (2006) – Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Mario, Drew Sidora,

Oh yes! We have to talk about Step Up! I feel like Dirty Dancing was probably the ultimate dance movie in the late 80’s whereas Step Up became the best of the best of dance movies for the younger generations! Since I’ve seen both probably in the four years between each one, don’t ask me which movie I love the most, because I cannot answer it honestly!

It still shocks me that Channing and Jenna got married and had a kid after meeting on this movie, like holy crap! You got to see the love blossom in this movie and it actually makes me want to believe in love, but then after I finish it, my black heart comes back around and reminds me why I don’t believe in it.

Update: Four days after I officially finished on this post, it was announced that they were separating and I’ve been very sad about ever since.

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Burlesque (2010) – Christina Aguilera, Cher, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell, Eric Dane

I love Burlesque! In 2015, my mom, Aunt Laurie, nana, and I went out to do some Christmas shopping at Dollar Store and my mom found the DVD, she pointed it out and asked if I wanted to get it, but somehow we never got it. I’m still stumped about it honestly, because she knows how much I loved it that why didn’t she just get for me anyways? It also wasn’t even that expensive either!

I know there are some scenes that were very corny, and seemed like they were taken from Coyote Ugly, but I really enjoyed it. I never knew about burlesque before watching the film and afterwards all I wanted to do was learn all about it, so that’s why I have a whole board on Pinterest dedicated to the form of performing! I really loved Cher and Christina Aguilera’s characters, but I really loved Kristen Bell as the bad girl “Nikki” she made me laugh and feel sorry for her. Oh and Stanley Tucci plays a good gay guy too!

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Footloose (2011) – Julianne Hough, Kenny Wormald, Miles Teller, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell

Last one, is Footloose and I must apologize for anyone who thought I would be discussing the original version, but I have never seen it! In 2011, my mom, sister and I went to see it in theaters and we really enjoyed it a lot. I was so glad to see Julianne Hough as the title lead, and I remember Kenny from the second installment of Center Stage that came out in 2005 I think. Oh, and we LOVED Miles as “Willard” he was such a fun character! Even my dad liked him after we rented the movie for a weekend.

If you haven’t seen any of these movies, you definitely look into them, because they’re all very good in their way! And every single film has a great soundtrack too. There are a few movies that I may not watch as much anymore but I still listen to the soundtrack almost every other day.

Are you a fan of dance films too? Did I put any of them on this list? Let me know below!

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Forbidden Groove

Thanks to my friend Kate, I’m going to let loose on something that has been flowing around in my head since yesterday. I’ve been thinking forward to watching Footloose again since we saw it in theaters the weekend before my birthday. I still remember sitting in my seat. My sister grumbling about how she didn’t want to see it but seemed to enjoy it while she sat with friends. My mom left before Kenny’s dance in the warehouse. She came back the second after it was over. She still loved it even though she’s seen the first one.

We both watched Julianne and Kenny on Dancing With The Stars, they came to dance/promote for the movie. They did a slow dance at the beginning to Ella Mae Bowen’s “Holding Out For A Hero” and then switched to Blake Shelton and his band performing his remake “Footloose” and the other dancers and both of them had changed and danced during Blake’s performance.

I’m getting overboard with this again. The real reason why I’m doing this is because one hing bugged me, well I can’t say “bugged” me but they made me think. Like everything else does. What if dancing was against the law? Seriously? What if the Government wrote it in stone that dancing was forbidden? I know it’s a bit unreal. Just think for a second. What would we do? Dancing is a stress reliever. Any type of dancing.

Most importantly what if you were banned from listening to inappropriate music, such as some rap, rock and pop music? This morning my nana and I were watching this movie at her house and we both looked at each other and said, we would never make it. Because it’s the truth. To some of you Justin Bieber haters, you’d be screwed! Dancing and listening to our favorite music makes us who we are. Nobody should have the right to take that from us over one mistake.

Cut Loose, Footloose

So we are celebrating my birthday this weekend since my mom has to work on Tuesday, which is the real day of my birthday. So we went to Noble Romans. It’s our number one favorite place to go. Don’t ask my sister what her favorite place to go, because she was disagree. Anyways, we went there first and it wasn’t too crazy like we usually make it. Besides all the flies and baby right by us it wasn’t bad… Until my sister burped.

Then on our ride to the movie theaters, my sister was trying to figure out what she wanted to see because she really didn’t want to see Footloose. My mom and I watched Julianne come back to Dancing With The Stars to promote it. We loved it, and my mom still watches it since she taped it. Emily ulimately came with us. Before the movie actually started her friends came to see it too, so she shut up after that.

I love dance movies, but they always make me sad. For the fact that every dancing movie has made me cry and for I can’t dance like everybody else and it bothers me to the core. I’ve watched Kenny dance before in Center Stage: Turn It Up. I loved him in it! Julianne is just lovely when she dances! Now there’s one person I just loved to pieces but I wasn’t the only one who liked him. My mom liked him too. Willard, real name is Miles Teller. He was awesomely hilarious! When he danced and talked just cracked me up! Loved him!

This whole was good. My mom even saw the first one and thought this was good. From the time the song “Footloose” actually started I was shaking my hips. My mom and I like to talk during the movies and we were somewhat singing the song too. Don’t worry we weren’t loud. I just wish there more dancing though, that’s my only complaint.

Julianne Hough Comes Back To DWTS!

This is going to seem a bit sad. My mom and I didn’t start watching Dancing With The Stars from season to season until Season 9. She watched Derek Hough and Nicole Scherzinger take the Mirror Ball that year. Afterwards, we both started watching it and taping it and discussing which ones we liked and didn’t like. So we never really saw Julianne dance at all.

When DWTS were celebrating their 100th episode, which took two days. They went over  freestyle dances from past seasons. Julianne was in two of the dances featured in the countdown. My mom and I absoluately love Derek so we kind of love her too. I watched her in Burlesque and loved her in there. She looks really good in red hair by the way!

I am very excited to see Footloose. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to see it in theaters or not. I’d like to, and I think my mom would like to see it in theaters even though the car accident scene will make us cry right off the bat. Nobody else likes dance movies except mom and I. So I’d rather watch it with her than anyone else.

I’m not looking forward tonight. Well I’m looking forward for her dance with Kenny, and if you’re trying to figure out where he’s from. If you’ve seen Center Stage: Turn It Up he plays the male lead. The first time I seen the previews for it my mind kept going back and tried to figure it out who he was. Anyways, and Julianne and Derek are going to dance together, which to me would be awkward. Dancing with your brother? Too weird. They’ve done this for several years I’m sure they’re over that awkward stage by now. I’m not looking forward to the elimination of the night part. Definitely not looking forward to that.