Let’s see here…
Alright. In no particular order…
- Rey…I still haven’t seen it officially stated, but we all believe she’s descended from that Natalie Portman – Carrie Fisher bloodline right?
- Almost a disturbing lack of Luke so far…fair to think they’re going literal with the ‘Obi-Wan’ parallels (loner on his own, who may only be making a ‘last cameo’?)
- Oscar Isaac is getting pretty close to getting that ‘envy/admiration’ lifetime pass from me. This flick might finally push it over the top.
- Speaking of lifetime passes, I’m always going to have a little bias toward the director who I know from personal experience has a clear vision for doing these Hollywood blockbusters. (Being a Starfleet Captain was gravy, but I’m all in if you need me for a day in this Universe, JJ!)
- He looks outmatched and that clip, but still, seeing Finn Aziz holding that blue lightsaber. Man, man, man…
(So let’s see, I’ve got an opening weekend screening, the Christmas screening with my hometown homies, probably a screening with the Office, and I need to just go by myself once to judge it as a film geek. That’s four. Might as well round it up and plan to see this five times before the year is out.)
Oh. You’re still here? Did I say that last part out loud?
I warned you things would start quickly this year…
From the team that brought you Natalie Portman: the Musical, this year begins with Christian Bale: the Musical! If you saw the last show, you’ll know the tone and style that we do, if you missed the last one…well, you’re in for a nice surprise, aren’t you?
We open Friday night and run to the 19th, at the Chromolume Theatre, 5429 W. Washington Boulevard, City of Angels.
You can get tickets/make reservations by emailing email@example.com
Come down, and be ready to laugh!
So what’s coming up next?
Well, we’re in rehearsal for another play. From the group who brought you ‘Natalie Portman’…, we start next year bringing you ‘Christian Bale – the Musical’. Bad news, this time I’m not Samuel L. Jackson. Good news, I’m another narrator. Perhaps, the best known narrator. His voice, known by millions around the world. For his slow, southern timber. Like the voice of God. He’s actually played God once or twice.
After that tease, I don’t have to tell you who I’m impersonating, now do I?
Get your tickets here:
Christian Bale: the Musical!
The end of this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival which means the end for this run of ‘Natalie Portman: the Musical!’ If you haven’t got your tickets yet:
The sitcoms that tend to stick with us personally are usually the ones where it feels like the actors really like each other beyond the characters they’re playing. Fun and chemistry are a contagious thing. I won’t use this space to rave more about the talented group of actors I’ve shared the stage with on this production. Not tonight anyway. Even if this is the ‘goodbye’ for this production, when the opportunities present themselves, we’ll continue to work together on various projects. It’s one of the things you don’t ‘learn’ as much as you ‘see’ it happen in this town: you find people you like, you keep working with them. It’s a hard enough business/life without trying to start from scratch every go round. (See Apatow, Judd and everybody he started as the current ‘model’.)
So here’s to a couple more fun shows…and whatever comes next.
Now the fun really begins…
Three shows of ‘Natalie Portman: the Musical!’ this weekend, the first one…Midnight Tonight!
This ensemble of ours is a well oiled machine; if you’ve seen the show in our previous incarnation, you should come back to see the newest modifications. The beauty of sketch comedy and improv is every show is different. Don’t miss out!
Some of you know better than others that last weekend’s show was behind the scenes a comedy of errors. I honestly only remember two things from last week’s show: the crowd was hot as hell (I think they were cheering before I even said a line), and the girls cracked in the last sketch. It was a great show, but my mind was a fog.
But not this weekend Jack! I’m rested, I’m in better spirits, I’m prepared. Let’s do this! Come on down Saturday or Sunday night and be ready to laugh!
Self Promotion Time!
‘Natalie Portman: the Musical!’ is back starting this Friday as part of the prestigious Hollywood Fringe Festival!
I have heard that ‘Samuel L. Jackson’ and ‘Chris Rock’ will be there among others, will you?
So what’s next?
‘Natalie Portman: the Musical’ is coming back this summer, that’s what! I’m sure I’ll have plenty of time over the next couple of months to say nice things about Brittany, Tara, Gwen, Garrett, and Adarius, but for today, let’s open up with this backstory of the show (which includes a link at the bottom to with dates and times for the shows.)
I already hate my IPod for going into a John Mayer mix as I write this. Anyway…
Among the many good to great things that I’ll take away from this calendar year, near the top has to be being a part of Natalie Portman: the Musical. It’s a funny script written by a talented writer, that really comes alive with a great cast of talented comedians who each brings something to the table. The reviews have always backed this point up, but it’s true: the best comedians in the world can have off nights, or can write a joke that’s funny on paper, but doesn’t work in a live setting. Beyond one infamous night where the majority of the crowd probably didn’t understand what we were saying (long story), the show always works. And the great part of live performance is it feels like a new show every night because different people find different things hilarious. It’s a fun, relatively low pressure hour and a half.
For the revival I spent a lot less time researching my characters and more time learning about the people (not as actors) who I’ve been working with. I want to say it was Robert Downey’s character in Tropic Thunder who brought up how every play and movie you do becomes its own little family unit for a little while just by nature. You spend a lot of time with the same people and you become more comfortable around each other and see everyone’s quirks and appreciate what makes each of these people unique. If you’re really lucky, you might even like them! (No, really, that is NOT a given. Think about your family or where you work.) So long story short, I have some type of attachment to everyone you’ve seen me share the stage with at some point this winter, I genuinely like all of them, and hey, if we work together again down the line too, well, that’s just icing on the cake.
Man, I’m rambling tonight, what was the point I was trying to get to? Oh yeah! Last shows of the year Friday and Saturday night! Come get your laugh on, and maybe even shed a few sentimental tears. Not me of course, because I don’t cry, but you get the gist of it…
Three weekends left to catch me and my babies (that’s what I call the rest of the cast) in Natalie Portman: the Musical! Here’s one more nice review courtesy of L.A. Splash:
Fridays and Saturdays nights for a few more weeks folks. Be there or be square (or whatever the young people are saying these days):