Wednesday, November 24, 2010



I finally saw it, and... It was fantastic.

I think one of the things that's inherently wrong with the genre of musicals is the fact that the music part doesn't often flow well with the plot. Oftentimes the plot stops and then the characters sing about how they feel about stuff, or the song is just unrelated filler.

Sometimes musicals perfectly use the music to enhance the story, and then there's times when they find completely inventive and unique ways to use the music in the context of the story.

And that's what Chicago did, and why I think it is so brilliant. Basically the central theme in Chicago is that the world is fucked up and corrupt and murders can be freed as long as they lie a ton and are pretty and razzle dazzle the audience. To take this even farther, these serious events (murder, criminal trials, etc.) literally become vaudevillian musical showcases. The press conference becomes a brilliantly inspired ventriloquist and puppet show run by the lawyer, in his final defense he does an intense tap solo, and the courtroom is a circus. The musical numbers surpass the reality of the events and expose the over the top often hilarious truth of the events, while simultaneously making complete sense as visions of the lead character (who is obsessed with show-business).

Chicago is brass, breathtaking, exciting, intense, gorgeous to watch, hilarious, sexeh, and brilliant. I don't care if you don't like musicals, WATCH IT

Monday, November 22, 2010

BOOKS TO READ LIST 3 (I think this is the third)


To help motivate me, here is a list of books/plays I want to read:

Death of a Salesman
The Shining
Brave New Worlds 1984 (I was supposed to read those freshman year but only sparknotes'd them)
Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, The Tempest, Taming of the Shrew, Comedy of Errors (I doubt I'll get to all of these but I'm interested in reading more Shakespeare)
Oliver Twist (I adored Great Expectations), maybe more Dickens
More Poe (?)
Crime and Punishment
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
Spring Awakening (the play)
Atlas Shrugged
Everything Is Illuminated (SHUT UP I'M NOT A HIPSTER)
A Clockwork Orange
Cat's Cradle
On the Road
Catcher in the Rye
The Invisible Man
Animal Farm
His Dark Materials

So yeah. A lot of those books are a bit old and I'll probably have trouble getting myself to read, but I think I want to read all of those at some point. If any of you have any suggestions for books you think I should read, leave them in the comments.