OK, so I admit it. I am woefully behind the times. It is downright amazing that I HAVE a blog, let alone know what one is...I mean, look at my poll... 8 Track Tapes and Reel to Reel?? How old am I? (To be fair, when I was litlle, we had the Jesus Christ Superstar concept album on 8-Track, and my high school drama coach had Sweet Charity (with Gwen Verdon) and Pippin on reel to reel...) Hell, I haven't even finished Patti LuPone's book yet.
So what I am blogging about today is probably very old news to you, but I am putting this out there, anyway. First of all, I know there are people like me who haven't discovered (or in my case, continually rediscover it like Ground Hog's Day) YouTube. And I am not talking about the bootleg videos of Billy Elliot. I am talking about two webseries that are Broadway-centric. One, Submissions Only, is a sort of soap opera, put together by two of my favorite young actors, Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kate Wetherhead. It is done on the cheap, but the camera work is decent, the sound excellent, and the writing is fun. Fun, smart and snarky... and full of insidery-stuff that you can still giggle at, even if you don't quite feel "in the know." I've, as of this writing, only watched the first three webisodes (love that term), but there are a lot of Broadway's younger set in it: Ms. Wetherhead, Asmeret Gebremichael, Michael Rupert, Cady Huffman and Patrick Huesinger just to name a few. But I love what I've seen so far, and I hear future shows will have no less than Chita Rivera and Kristin Chenoweth! To get you started, here is Episode 1 of Submissions Only.
The other webseries is more documentary in nature: "Diary of a Chorus Girl" chronicles the trials and tribulations of Alex Ellis, who is making her Broadway debut in Catch Me If You Can. The series follows her from first New York rehearsal through opening night of the new musical. This has the potential of being a really cool behind-the-scenes look at the making of a musical from a truly fresh, unjaded perspective. The first episode touches on a press preview, and Ellis talks about auditioning and the Seattle tryout of the show. She interviews all of the creative team, and her exuberance is delightful. I can't wait to see future installments. Again, for your pleasure here is Episode 1:
So, what do you think?
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