REO Speedwagon and AC/DC, Soap Opera-style
Call me naive, but Friday's musical episode was a hell of a lot of fun. Was I drunk? I had a giant smile on my face the whole time, because that is the kind of cheese I can get into. Would I want to see it every day? Certainly not. Am I psyched for two more days? Oh hell yes. I mentioned before that I never saw their first musical, and that is fine with me. It sounds like that was jumping on the High School Musical bandwagon, while this one is more a jukebox musical ala Rock of Ages (and if you haven't seen it and you like your cheese this way, I highly recommend it) or Glee. And sure enough, the number from the actual musical-within-the-show was easily the least interesting of the episode. It also had some.... interesting choreography.
The performers were terrific, to be fair. They looked like they were having a great time, despite it being the only number I watched just once. It's the former drama teacher in me that makes my heart swell watching kids sing and dance, what can I say.
And what don't I understand? Are we ever going to see this musical in its entirety, or are they just doing a handful of numbers from it as part of the three musical episodes? I'm willing to suspend disbelief for whatever it is they're putting out there, I'm just a little confused about what that is.
They did a nice job using songs that would appeal to a pretty broad age range, showcasing singles that have had either a popular cover version or a second life in hipster-kitsch-land in more recent years, but originate from decades ago. And -- y'all are going to learn way more about me than you ever wanted to know, but context is context -- you can't go wrong with the Go-Go's. I have been obsessed with them much of my life; I'm not kidding when I say my most prized possession is a recording of their early works (back when they were still a punk band) on colored vinyl. But what I loved most was getting to see characters who would never have scenes together get to sing and dance at each other... Roxy and Destiny! Jess and Langston! Layla and Roxy! And my favorite, of course, was the little water ballet moment that happened during the bridge:
You can never go wrong with water ballet emulation. Can you?
Then they decided to kill us.
Most of this storyline I've wanted Brody to just forget about Jess and move on, but sucker that I am, they drew me right back in. I think I've had a recurring dream in which a beautiful man in his military dress whites sings REO Speedwagon to me with total earnestness. This is my favorite dream. This is every girl's dream, right? And was that really Mark Lawson's voice? I could definitely detect the auto-tune on some of these actors, but I wasn't quite noticing it here and he sounded great. Is this for real? How much more adorable can this man get? And how can Bree Williamson continue to play disinterest? For that alone, Emmy!
I don't know what the song was that Blair sang, but my love for Blair is well-documented, so obviously it was a good time. I got all misty-eyed that Kassie DePaiva was singing this song to Kristen Alderson, who has played Blair's daughter for almost her entire life. It was a little funny that Jessica was part of this "aw, my munchkin's growing up!" montage of the prom rite of passage (and lord was her dress awful), but the rest of the treacle was rewarding. Also, who knew all these actors still had jobs with the show? The Evans family! The Rivera family! Carlotta -- played by the actress who was hired after the last one wasn't willing to play Catholic-and-accepting-of-the-gays-but-the-gays-got-canned... is this irony?
So apparently someone covered "We Belong" a few years ago, which is basically the greatest thing to ever happen. "We Belong" should get covered by someone every time it starts to fade from the national consciousness. We also got a little bit of Meghann Fahy (Hannah) singing, and her voice is dynamite (I mentioned before that I'd seen her on Broadway and she is sensational), so I hope they'll utilize her more during the musical episode trifecta.
So what was missing from the musical? KYLE AND FISH. One day I'll get over it. Maybe.
In "other works" news, last night I went to see Done Dirt Cheap, the AC/DC cover band in part populated by Mike Lowry (ex-Ross).
They were stellar, as always, and it was a great show (actually, they'd started another show when we left around 2am... rock stars!). What's it going to take to get Ross back on our screens? I can tell you one thing, his band-mates are all for it. I'm not sure how aware any of them are that he has such an online contingency of folks longing for his return. But seriously, if you're in or near NYC, go check out the band if you are part of our special demographic of soap opera and AC/DC fans, because they are pretty damn bad-ass.
This afternoon I saw White's Lies, a new play starring Tuc Watkins (David Vickers). I wish I could say it was a great show, but I can at least say that he himself did a great job in it. And for those of you who love it when I mention these things (!), he was shirtless. A lot.
So what did you think of the musical episode? A waste of time? Fun? Looking forward to the rest of it?
Well, ladies and gentlemen, I can't wait till tomorrow to find out what musical morsels are in store for us. Until then, of course...