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Give My Regards To Broadway

Happy Tonys! Gosh, I just love Broadway. I’ve been lucky enough to see many a show on and off Broadway, and I vividly remember each experience. Musical theater just gets into your head and heart, and you can’t easily let it go. And why would you want to?

Turn on CBS at 8/7C to see Neil Patrick Harris sing and dance his way through his third Tony-hosting gig. Here’s his opening song from last year’s show:

What shows are you hoping to see win? Is anyone else as excited as I am about the live performance from the cast of “Newsies?”

Take a listen to this recording from Billy Murray, one of the first recording artists to exist. I know it’s old, so if you want something more modern Broadway, watch the clip below.

Filed under: Entertainment, Music, Musical, Television, Theater, , , , , , , ,

Classic film series and OBU blogabout

Ouachita Baptist University Blogabout

On this day in history, Ouachita Baptist College (now University) became a reality. And how glad I am!

I could write about the colorful campus, the friendly folks, the A+ academics. I could write about how Ouachita changed and grew me. But I’m not going to. I’m just going to give these bits of advice to prospective students of this University:

  • If you step on campus for the first time and God nudges you, I can bet He’s telling you OBU is right for you.
  • If you leave campus and God nudges you, call up your admissions counselor. Maybe you just need to talk some more to someone who knows and loves Ouachita.
  • If your sibling goes to OBU, it might be the right place for you. Pray on it, explore your options and when God nudges you toward OBU, listen to Him.
  • If you are a high school student looking to attend a small Christian college, check out OBU!

Both of my sisters attend Ouachita, but going there was not an easy decision for either of them. Their experiences have been completely different than mine. That’s what makes this school so wonderful.

Leading into my design below, I shall use a cliché and say, “Jump on the band wagon!” Join the Ouachita family. And if you students get a call from my sister Madison who is working as a telecounselor, don’t hang up on her!

Happy Founders Day. On this lovely Labor Day, I recommend checking out “The Band Wagon,” a 1953 musical starring Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. The storyline is uncontrived and solid for a musical, and the dancing between Astaire and Charisse is impeccable. There are laughs aplenty and songs galore, including the famous “That’s Entertainment.”

For this classic film series piece, I captured a moment from “Dancing in the Dark,” a gorgeous Astaire/Charisse dance sequence in Central Park.

The Band Wagon, 1953

Filed under: 1950s, Classic Film Series, Design, Entertainment, News, , , , , , , , , , ,

Classic film series: Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

Years after MGM’s heyday of musical productions, the studio released this gem: Fiddler on the Roof (1971). I remember the many New Year’s Eves where my sister Madison insisted on watching this three-hour film to pass the time before we stomped on bubble wrap at midnight. We would dance around the television with our hands in the air à la Topol (as Tevye) performing his “If I Were a Rich Man” musical number.

The opening shot of the film pans along the skyline of a Russian town. It leads to a shot of the famous fiddler as the sun rises, all before the film breaks into the first production number “Tradition.” That moment of the fiddler standing atop a home with the orange sky behind him inspired this design. In fact, the shadow of the fiddler on the roof set itself up as the iconic image used on many covers for videos and DVDs.

Thanks to my mom for suggesting this film as a design for this series!

Fiddler On The Roof (1971)

Filed under: 1970s, Classic Film Series, Design, Movies, , , , ,

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