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Monday’s Watch, Listen, Read


Let’s talk for a moment about Seth Rudetsky. Seth is like that musical theater guy you knew in high school. and college. and post-college. But there’s more to Seth than just his (INSANE amount of) musical theater knowledge. There’s his (INSANE amount of) music knowledge, too. If there’s one thing I miss about all the vocal coaching and music classes I was entrenched in growing up, it’s the people like Seth who made me excited to understand technique and sing correctly. Because, when you get it for the first time — when your mind and body finally connects and creates that beautiful sound the way it was meant to be heard — it’s an exciting moment. Seth’s fancy deconstruction videos allow me to relive everything I learned and look at it from a fresh (and pressure-free) perspective. Even though I don’t sing apart from Karaoke nights anymore, watching his videos remind me of those connections. The elation, the enthusiasm, and the sheer joy. Simply A-MAH-zing.

I chose this particular video for Monday’s Watch/Listen pick because it features one of my favorite performers/people, Christine Ebersole, and it’s a deconstruction of one of my favorite musicals (and documentary!), Grey Gardens.

P.S. Christine has a new CD out, Christine Ebersole sings Noel Coward. It’s a gorgeous pairing of two extraordinarily talented human beings.



Maira Kalman’s work is my hot cocoa. It’s sweet, strong, rich, reminds me of childhood, warms my body & soul, and keeps my imagination stimulated, like the perfect combination of caffeine and sugar.

Maira’s latest work, And the Pursuit of Happiness, is based on her blog for the New York Times, where she spent a year traveling the United States chronicling (through paintings, sketches, photography, writing, and some embroidery) what democracy means to people in government, in history, and with ordinary citizens, in their in daily lives. It’s a beautiful and inspiring look  at humanity and how we individuals choose to pursue our own happiness in the land of liberty.


This is all kinds of wedding/musical theatre awesomeness.

Keep On Rocking in the Free World: The Joe Iconis Rock and Roll Jamboree

The Joe Iconis Rock and Roll Jamboree at the Laurie Beechman Theatre is proof that Joe Iconis and his merry band of musical misfits are the future of Broadway. Iconis’ songs have a unique draw that feels very specific to Generation Y, initially the music sounds a little quirky, humorous, and light, but as the song unfurls itself, there’s an underbelly of melancholia and beauty. Iconis takes you on an emotional roller coaster. In four minutes, an entire life unfolds. This feeling is a bit like hearing a Sondheim song for the first time.

The Jamboree cast is made up of Iconis’ crazy-talented musical theatre family, which includes: Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Ian Kagey, Jeremy Morse, Lance Rubin, Jason “SweetTooth” Williams, MK Lawson, Liz Lark Brown, Jared Weiss, Brent Stranathan, and Krysta Rodriguez. The special guest at show I attended was Heidi Blickenstaff, who premiered a new song called “Ammonia.” There really aren’t words to accurate describe how hard Heidi rocked that song, so here’s a little visual slice of Blickenstaff/Iconis awesomeness:

This group of performers has a vibrancy and raw passion that permeates every note of a song. They are the voices and talents of a generation. Go see them now.

You have one more change to catch The Joe Iconis Rock and Roll Jamboree tomorrow night (Monday, 8/30 @ 9:30p; $10 cover) at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Reservations can be made by calling: 212 695 6909

P.S. There’s even a drinking song!