Grease Live!

Grease is my all time favorite musical and leading up to this event, I swore I was not going to give FOX the time of day. But I couldn’t resist turning it on tonight so FOX do not ruin this for me.

I had so many thoughts in my head as soon as it started that I decided to “live tweet” it. Here’s what I got so far:

  • I think Jessie J did a good job on the Grease song but I don’t have a great feeling in my stomach about the breaking the 4th wall thing, exposing the set like that.
  • Also, I know it’s not really important but from a historical aspect, schools were not integrated in 1959. I respect the diversity and have no problem with it, but as a history buff, I did notice.
  • I’m still not sure about Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko
  • Ana Gasteyer is the PERFECT person for that part.
  • BUT…
  • I hate Vannessa Hudgens as rizzo. It’s just insulting. She has no swagger. Just because the wig makes you look the part does not mean you are Rizzo.
  • AND Carly Rae Jepson as Frenchy is just a joke.
  • SALT LAKE CITY? What? why would changing where she comes from be useful?
  • Summer Nights I give 8/10 They just can’t hit the notes like John and Olivia.
  • WTH is with Mario Lopez? When did Broadway shows start having hosts?
  • There is some clever lines thrown in there. I give the writers props for that.
  • Okay. Sandy is not supposed to be good at cheer leading. And I don’t like the studio audience. Hearing them and seeing them interrupts getting into the show.
  • I really tried. But I can’t. Call me a theater or Grease snob but it’s too different. I made it about a half an hour in but I’d rather watch the Law & Order: SVU marathon.

*Update: Ok, after a day to consider how I feel and finding out about Vannessa Hudgen’s father,  I feel bad for bashing her last night. So I will say this, I cannot imagine having to perform hours after such a loss. Watch the video of here performance here.

I did not keep the show on long enough to hear this song but she did an exceptional job. She may not have “won me over” but it was very emotional (which the song already is for me) and the closest she reached to the original Rizzo.

But if you watch the original, Stockard Channing’s voice may not be perfect but she nails the inflection and body language, and the added panning to Kenickie at times only makes it more meaningful. I’m sorry this is such an “analysis” but I think Grease is so important to me because I see so much of the innocent “Sandra Dee” in me even though I wish I could have a little more of Rizzo’s confidence. So that song in particular resonates with me because I see the vulnerability of Rizzo. This was also the first “broadway movie” I had on VHS (It even came with a mini original script) 🙂 so I’m a bit protective of it.

x emily.

Reading Challenge Wrap Up: 2015

I attempted a year long reading challenge and although I only accomplished about a little more than half of the “goals” I did finish off the year with 19 books completed! (The perfectionist in me is bummed that I didn’t make it up to 20 books but I did technically reach 20 of the “goals”) Below I will list the books I read and rate them out of 10, just for fun! Maybe one will catch your eye and you’ll find your next favorite book!

  • Girl Online: Zoe Sugg (8/10)
  • I Kill the Mockingbird: Paul Acampora (7/10)
  • We are the Goldens: Dana Reinhardt (7/10)
  • The Cat Ate My Gym Shorts: Paula Danzinger (7/10)
  • Every Last Word: Tamara Ireland Stone (10/10)
  • The Here and Now: Ann Brashares (9/10)
  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox: Mary E. Pearson (8/10)
  • Searching for Sky: Jillian Cantor (6/10)
  • Yes, Please: Amy Poehler (8/10)
  • The Beginning of Everything: Robyn Shneider (7/10)
  • Legend Trilogy: Marie Lu (9/10) Technically, I know this is 3 books but I only count it as one since it only fulfills one “goal” as a trilogy.
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard: JK Rowling (9/10)
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: Jesse Andrews (8/10)
  • Fangirl: Rainbow Rowell (9/10)
  • Fish in a Tree: Lynda Mullaly Hunt (8/10)
  • Freak the Mighty: Rodman Philbrick (7/10)
  • Dumplin’: Julie Murphy (8.5/10)
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender: Leslye Walton (10/10)
  • Why Not Me: Mindy Kaling (10/10)
  • Soundless: Rachel Mead (I won’t rate this bc this book reached the “book I started but never finished” goal soooo…. 🙂

I don’t think I’ll do such a structured book challenge in 2016 but I do want to make a resolution to read more because I have so many unfinished books in my bookshelf and I would love to spend more time in the library.

I hope this post didn’t totally bore everyone and that it inspires you to check out some new books!

x emily.