dprh

Members
  • Posts

    512
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    3

Reputation Activity

  1. Like
    dprh reacted to The Folk Prophet in Musicals   
    My Fair Lady is a top tier movie musical. It's only real flaw is the boring On The Street Wear You Live song. Which is a fine song, I suppose...but a great example of bringing the story to a dead halt for a song. Otherwise I very much like My Fair Lady.
    And Marni Nixon is incredible in everything she does.
  2. Like
    dprh reacted to NeuroTypical in How will you follow the Prophet’s Counsel?   
    I called my phase III trial people, and asked if I should get a booster shot, since it's been almost a year since my original pair of shots.  They said no, they'd give it to me in September.
  3. Okay
    dprh got a reaction from NeuroTypical in How will you follow the Prophet’s Counsel?   
    Just wait until you get the booster.  You'll suddenly find a Subaru in your driveway  
  4. Haha
    dprh reacted to Just_A_Guy in How will you follow the Prophet’s Counsel?   
    My parents have bought two Subarus in the last year. It’s really quite humiliating…
  5. Haha
    dprh got a reaction from Just_A_Guy in How will you follow the Prophet’s Counsel?   
    Just wait until you get the booster.  You'll suddenly find a Subaru in your driveway  
  6. Haha
    dprh reacted to The Folk Prophet in How will you follow the Prophet’s Counsel?   
    Crap. I am NOT looking forward to voting for Biden!
    Oh...wait...I meant Harris.
  7. Haha
    dprh reacted to Just_A_Guy in How will you follow the Prophet’s Counsel?   
    The second Pfizer laid me flat for a couple of days.  I’m mostly good now (this was some months ago), except for some reason I have this  insatiable urge to vote for Joe Biden.  It’s probably nothing . .   
  8. Like
    dprh reacted to The Folk Prophet in How will you follow the Prophet’s Counsel?   
    Got my first shot on Monday.
    Dang it made my arm sore!
  9. Like
    dprh reacted to person0 in How will you follow the Prophet’s Counsel?   
    I have decided to continue to follow the First Presidency's request despite my opinions on the medical efficacy of so doing.  It may well turn out that the only reason for the request is the practice of obedience.  I will be obedient in this small thing, and hope it will strengthen me in the event I am asked to do more difficult things in the future.
  10. Like
    dprh reacted to clbent04 in Musicals   
    This episode I thought was funny where all the good, faithful followers of other religions are confused why they went to Hell. Hell's spokesperson taps the mic and explains "Umm, yes, the Mormons were the correct answer."

  11. Like
    dprh reacted to The Folk Prophet in Musicals   
    I'm learning some of your real names here as you subscribe to me on youtube! Haha!
    Well...maybe. I guess people don't have to use their real names on youtube. Plus I have no idea who's actually who.
    I'm Charles, btw, for any of you who don't know. You all would know now since I shared my channel. But...I've often wondered if I shouldn't have just used my real name when I joined the forum. I've always tried to be representative of myself and don't particularly like some of the things anonymity brings with it in the interweb world.
  12. Haha
    dprh reacted to The Folk Prophet in Musicals   
    @mordorbund have you seen the Big Bang Theory where Amy "ruins" Indiana Jones for them? And then Sheldon spends all his effort and time trying to pic apart stuff she loves to ruin. That's you and me and our relationship moving forward!
  13. Like
    dprh reacted to The Folk Prophet in Musicals   
    Side note that's not musical related...I was a huge Pierce Brosnan fan from Remington Steele in high-school. To the point where I started wearing suits to school. Yep...I was that guy.
    As a suave James Bond-y type detective-y ladies' man, Pierce rocked. As a singer.....
    Here's my favorite thing he ever did:
     
     
  14. Like
    dprh reacted to mordorbund in Musicals   
    I enjoyed Evita when it came out (I was a teenager at the time and I think this may have been my first modern musical). You might get a kick out of Siskel and Ebert's review (and Ebert trying to draw Siskel into a critique of ALW's style ).
     
    As for musicals done in the last 20 years.....
    The Bad
    Les Miserables has already been commented on and I agree (I have to emphasize that casting Hugh Jackman is every bit as disappointing to me as Russell Crowe).
    The Producers fell flat for me because it felt like they were just filming a stage production. When I see a movie I want it to be a movie. If you want to see Springtime for Hitler, look up the Chicago version on youtube.
    Mamma Mia probably could have worked for me if I was more of an ABBA fan (generally I'm not a fan of jukebox musicals because of the plot challenge) and Remington Steele was fixed.
    Mary Poppins Returns (and most of the Disney live-action remakes) didn't work for me because it felt like it was banking too much on nostalgia.
    Tangled fails for me on a major plot point that happens in the finale (I think there was a few other issues I had with it but I'd have to watch it to remember). I'd be willing to give it another go on @The Folk Prophet's recommendation.
    Moana still has a residue of Frozen's "subvert expectations - but don't really" problem. You can't pretend like you're breaking new ground by having a character point out that you're still following the classic formula ("You're a princess, and that's a cute animal sidekick." Also, what happened to the cute animal sidekick she already had? Chekhov's pig?). I also don't like it because Lin Manuel Miranda should not sing. You cast yourself in you own plays when you're too poor to afford actors. You're past that stage. Hire actors. Hire singers.
    Rock of Ages is another jukebox musical, so that's already a big strike against it. I don't know that there's a universe where I'd enjoy the story either. My biggest annoyance was the characters being too self-aware that they're playing goofy characters.
    Into the Woods suffered from the axe. It should have focused on two or three themes and really stuck with those. Instead it tried to be a highlights reel and lost its teeth.
    Middle of the Road
    Dreamgirls and Hairspray are probably good adaptations of their plays, but the story for Dreamgirls doesn't really move me and Hairspray is too over-the-top for me.
    I think La La Land may have gotten close. The overall plot is ho-hum, but it had visual and musical themes that worked for me. I think it should have engaged more in the philosophic theme that it introduced in the band conflict (I get bored with relationship conflicts).
    The Good
    The big exception to jukebox musicals is Across the Universe. The storylines are loosely connected (my friend said he went in with the expectation that the plot is "how many Beatles songs can we pack into one movie") but the visuals are great. Julie Taymor directed it (she created the visual look for The Lion King on Broadway) so it's really the visuals for me.
    I seem to remember enjoying Enchanted, and would probably find it more memorable if I had kids when I first watched it.
    The Phantom of the Opera. I know the objections to it about Butler's voice. He get yell-y at parts and I could live without that. As for TFP's objections about him being a pretty-boy -- I think he has to be to some extent. The story doesn't take the time to show Christine first falling in love with a voice and then confronted with a monster figure. So instead he's shown to have a public monster persona (which she excuses because he's so dreamy) which he blames on his hidden monster face (rather than a total public deformity). I also think it works visually.
  15. Like
    dprh reacted to The Folk Prophet in Musicals   
    Of course I did post this before and it seemed to be okay:
    So here's my youtube channel link. Mods...if this is inappropriate let me know and I'll remove it...or you can remove it, or whatever's best.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrAik2zq2hrmBY0M6jrGMrQ/videos
  16. Like
    dprh reacted to clbent04 in Musicals   
    Drop that YouTube channel on here when you get it going.  I imagine you'll at least get 10-20 of us following you. I'd be interested to see it.
  17. Like
    dprh reacted to The Folk Prophet in Musicals   
    I'm not sure it did. Why I see it as the hit is because I've seen so many people singing it in various situations. It just seems to be the song that resonates with most people.
    The first. I could explain in detail, but the short end of it is this...I got tired of being a starving artist. So it's hobby now with the outside sort-of hope that some day I'll still catch my "big break". But getting a musical on Broadway (my real goal in that regard) is hard enough even if you live in New York go the right schools, hang with the right crowds, etc., etc. I do none of that. So my plan now is Youtube, and if eventually I can build a big enough following who knows. Maybe an opportunity will arrive. Probably not. But maybe.
    I say orchestration is what I do because that's what I keep having to do. I keep orchestrating other people's shows out of the goodness of my heart.  Mostly stake musicals and the like. But my true love is composing and writing musicals of my own (orchestrating them as well, of course).
    I think there's money to be made as a composer or orchestrator. But consistent good money? That's super hard. And, more importantly, I found that when I did professional work I had to constantly compromise my vision of things, which I did not care for. I want to do what I want to do more than I want to be successful at it. If it catches and becomes successful, awesome. But I'd rather never have renown than write things I don't actually like because some executive decision is made by some know-nothing. In summary, I didn't enjoy work-for-hire music composition and I couldn't make good money easily enough doing it.
  18. Like
    dprh got a reaction from NeuroTypical in Musicals   
    I listened to the Hamilton soundtrack quite a few times after it came out.  (I really liked hip-hop in the 90's which definitely influenced me on my taste for Hamilton.)  I like the music and the lyrics a lot.  To me, it is a different form of poetry. 
    I've seen the show live, and I really enjoyed it.  I haven't watched it on Disney +, mostly because when I do have time to myself to watch a show, I'm trying to catch up on MCU shows (wow, WandaVision, F&WS, and Loki....wow)
  19. Like
    dprh got a reaction from The Folk Prophet in Musicals   
    So, interesting story.  A few years ago, Kristen Chenowith had a tour and performed New Year's Eve show in Vegas.  My wife was working (one holiday shift in Q4) so I went with some of my in-laws.  I guess she had a team that would pick someone out of the audience to perform Defying Gravity with her on stage.  They brought a guy out and said it's the first time they'd ever chosen a male for this.  He did a fantastic job. He did seem to fit the stereotypical profile of a gay man.  
  20. Like
    dprh got a reaction from mordorbund in Musicals   
    I enjoy the music and the play.  It was the first live musical I went to.  (I'm kind of a noob when it comes to musicals  )  
    But there will always be a little bad taste in my mouth because I read the book before ever hearing the music or seeing the play.  The book had some graphic scenes that I don't care to elaborate on other than to say I'll never read anything by that author again.  It took some serious convincing from friends to see the play.  
  21. Like
    dprh reacted to The Folk Prophet in Musicals   
    I started the book. Never finished it. Terrible. So dark and nasty.
  22. Like
    dprh got a reaction from LDSGator in Musicals   
    I enjoy the music and the play.  It was the first live musical I went to.  (I'm kind of a noob when it comes to musicals  )  
    But there will always be a little bad taste in my mouth because I read the book before ever hearing the music or seeing the play.  The book had some graphic scenes that I don't care to elaborate on other than to say I'll never read anything by that author again.  It took some serious convincing from friends to see the play.  
  23. Like
    dprh got a reaction from LDSGator in Musicals   
    I enjoy the music and the play.  It was the first live musical I went to.  (I'm kind of a noob when it comes to musicals  )  
    But there will always be a little bad taste in my mouth because I read the book before ever hearing the music or seeing the play.  The book had some graphic scenes that I don't care to elaborate on other than to say I'll never read anything by that author again.  It took some serious convincing from friends to see the play.  
  24. Haha
    dprh reacted to The Folk Prophet in Musicals   
    It's not prejudice to dislike something that actually sucks.
  25. Like
    dprh got a reaction from Godless in Musicals   
    I listened to the Hamilton soundtrack quite a few times after it came out.  (I really liked hip-hop in the 90's which definitely influenced me on my taste for Hamilton.)  I like the music and the lyrics a lot.  To me, it is a different form of poetry. 
    I've seen the show live, and I really enjoyed it.  I haven't watched it on Disney +, mostly because when I do have time to myself to watch a show, I'm trying to catch up on MCU shows (wow, WandaVision, F&WS, and Loki....wow)