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Media Update 7/9/20

July 9, 2020


Hamilton

Sometimes I felt like I was the only person on Earth who had not seen Hamilton. When it got popular, ticket prices started going up while availability started going down. I contented myself by just listening to the music. After all, the music is the heart and soul of the show. There are very few spoken words in the show. I was overjoyed to hear that Disney+ would be presenting a theatrical recording of the original Broadway production. It was something I went into knowing that I would love it but I was absolutely blown away. There were songs I sometimes skipped on the soundtrack which I absolutely loved. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s performance was, of course, fantastic but I had no idea how good Phillipa Soo, Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff, Leslie Odom Jr., Chris Jackson, and so many more were. The story and music are so good and it is a great story about deeply flawed people who were tasked with creating my country. For me, the show really lived up to all of the hype and then some. I will be writing a more spoilery piece for this coming Monday. I definitely recommend watching this show.


Beetlejuice: The Musical

(Fair notice: I watched a bootlegged copy of this filmed back when the show was in the Winter Garden Theatre). I had watched a short documentary piece on the show and I became absolutely intrigued by it. I love the original Beetlejuice made by Tim Burton. It’s a classic. However, I also really liked the animated television show which came quite a bit later. This show attempts to mix both with a modern rock musical. I think they were absolutely successful. They took the original plot of the movie and then they massaged in more heart and a storyline that is somehow darker but also funnier. The character of Beetlejuice is a dynamic, fourth-wall-breaking lunatic more or less how he is in the movie but way more energy. The big change is that the character of Lydia is given far more to do and gets to be more than just a vague goth girl. I really want to see the show live now. I would pay for it. I recommend this show as well.


Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

I was hesitant to watch a movie based on Eurovision because of their ludicrous decision to step in a mess by holding the event in Israel and trying to get rid of Palestinian protests. However, when I looked into things a bit, I found that it was about Iceland who courageously joined Palestinian protests and was penalized for it. The movie follows a man and a woman who desperately want to compete at Eurovision (played by Will Ferrell and Rachel MacAdams). The movie has all the weird charm associated with Eurovision with all of the over the top special effects, weird cultural references, and odd song choices. I only had a few problems with it. First, I was completely thrown off by the movie being set in 2020. Everything seemed to be time-warped back to the seventies or eighties or even the nineties but I was completely thrown by it being set in 2020 without it affecting the plot that much. The other is I would have liked the movie even better without Will Ferrell but he made the movie so that is impossible. The movie is still good goofy fun and embraces a very European flair and it is a love letter to Eurovision days gone by. I recommend it as well.

Music of the Week:
Dschinghis Khan – Moskau

Demi Lovato – I Love Me

LORDI – Your Tongue’s Got The Cat

Hamilton Mixtape – Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)

Daveed Diggs – Fresh From The Hood

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Musical Stories”
– I watched more Elementary Season 2
– I watched more Flash Season 6
– I watched more Watcher videos
– I watched more Supergirl Season 5
– I watched more Riverdale Season 4
– I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 4
– I watched more Legends of Tomorrow Season 5
– I watched more Supernatural Season 15
– I watched more Doom Patrol Season 1


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