Hamilton in Michigan

The hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” is finally coming to Michigan after being on Broadway since 2016.  The show will be playing in three different theaters across the state throughout the 2019-2020 season.

The Broadway show “Hamilton” seemed to become a new classic from the moment it started in April 2016.  The writer, star, and producer Lin Manuel Miranda shot to stardom because of this show. He played Hamilton during its first run on Broadway and will occasionally come back and play him again for special performances.  An example of this is during Hamilton’s Puerto Rican show to raise money for people in Puerto Rico who are still affected by the hurricane.

The show seemed to be so popular that was even hard for celebrities to get tickets.  There seemed to be constant stream of pictures of different celebrities watching Hamilton each night.  It may not be surprising then to find out that tickets were about $500 a person to go see the show. Luckily the tickets for the three shows in Michigan are a little more manageable.

Hamilton’s first stop after Broadway was Chicago, where tickets were still expensive and hard to get your hands on.  I was lucky enough to go to a performance and see Hamilton in Chicago. They stayed in Chicago for several months before getting ready to tour elsewhere.  Hamilton’s show in Puerto Rico was the start of their tour that will be all over the United States for the 2019-2020 season.

One cast member on this touring company is University of Michigan alumni, Simon Longnight.  He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2018, and is playing Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson on the tour.

The Broadway hit musical “Hamilton” is coming to Detroit, Grand Rapids, and the Wharton Center within the next year.  Tickets for the Detroit showings have already gone on sale!

Andrew Lloyd Webber

With the rise of popularity of the Broadway Musical Hamilton for the past several years, the entire Broadway community has gained more popularity.  While Hamilton was one of Lin Manuel Miranda’s first musicals, there are several other composers and playwrights that have created hit after Broadway hit for decades.  The most popular of these composers is Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Webber was born in London in 1948, and has been composing since 1965.  His two most famous musicals are the Phantom Of The Opera, and Cats. He has also composed Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard, and Starlight Express.  Most of his most popular work, like Phantom of the Opera, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat were filmed and made into DVD’s. They were filmed as a Broadway musical using the stage and sets from when they performed on Broadway, they just did not have an audience during the filming.  Another musical of Webber’s musicals that got made into a movie was School of Rock. The School of Rock movie was different from the other two movies that were made because School of Rock was not filmed on a stage. It was filmed on a movie set, the movie was a film adaptation of the musical, whereas the other movies were just recorded versions of the Broadway shows.

All of his movies have some famous actors in them.  Johnny Osmond played Joseph in the movie of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Jack Black was the main character in the movie adaptation of School of Rock.  Webber has a new movie adaptation that is in the works. The movie rendition of his famous musical Cats is casting right now. Cats is set to star several famous actors and singers such as Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, and Taylor Swift.  Webber has been a big face in creating and composing musicals since the 1970s and he is not going anywhere soon.

Bringin’ Disney Back: Aladdin in Toronto!

OMG. Like my nineties kid-self (inside my about to graduate, 21 year-old body) is so excited for the new Aladdin stage musical, I could jump onto a magic carpet and go to the moon.

Yes, Aladdin I will always accept

Aladdin is being revamped for Broadway, but is pre-showing in Toronto.  Finally, my proximity to the moose and maple leaf country pays off!  The show runs at the Ed Mirvish theater in Toronto for nine weeks (Nov. 1 – Jan. 5) before heading to Broadway in 2014.

At the bottom of this post is a teaser featuring Alan Mencken (the artistic genie-us behind ‘A Whole New World’) and the rest of the cast and crew.  It will please everyone to know that Jonathan Freeman who originally voiced Jafar, will be reprising his infamous villain role for the stage.  There are few sounds in the world that I would love to hear live, but the real voice of Jafar saying, “Prince Ali Abu-bu” is one of them.

Some other sounds that I am looking forward to hearing are the deleted songs from the film that have been reworked into the story line.

Aladdin, Jasmine, and the genie have new cast members, but judging by their enthusiasm and energy in the teaser, I’d say this show is going to be a win for all of us.  I don’t know when I’m going (I am hoping to convince my sister and brother-in-law to road-trip it through the wild Canadian landscape) but this will happen.

The original movie came out the year I was born.  Hard to imagine that prior to 1992, we lived in a world without ‘One Jump’ and ‘Friend Like Me’.

The next Aladdin stage show that I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to see, would be Robin Williams performing the 16 hours of extra material for the genie.  Okay, maybe not all 16.  But I would definitely attend a ‘Aladdin Genie: Live!’ performance put on by Robin Williams.

Would LOVE to see this
Would LOVE to see this

And now, without further ado…the Aladdin Teaser!