I keep having trouble finding things to write about because I am a bit lacking of funds. However, my uncle was nice enough to treat me to a musical showing at the Paper Mill Playhouse. It was very enjoyable and though some people around us would beg to differ, quite funny.
Honeymoon in Las Vegas is a brand new musical following a couple who are on their way to getting married until the groom to be flashbacks to a scene with his dying mother. His loving mother puts a curse on him saying he can never marry because no one will ever love him like she will. Fearing he will never be able to go through with it and end up losing his girlfriend they rush to Vegas. A slight case of cold feet causes him to lose big and craziness ensues. Is this Phantom of the Opera? No. However, it is a whole lot of fun. You have to go in not taking this seriously. There are great, clever jokes which if you do not pay attention will miss quite a bit. Overall I was pleased with the singing. Tony Danza is pass-able. He is getting up there in age and his voice is a bit squeaky and breathy. The female lead is quite good though. Her name is Brynn O’Malley. I would definitely like to see another musical with her in it. Her character has such a huge range of emotions, I am sure it was quite difficult to keep proper pacing and she really kept up well. There were some complaints about the male lead played by Rob McClure. A few people thought he was a bit too nerdy however to me he felt like Stewart from Big Bang Theory which I liked. I also do not feel like every male lead has to be some over the top macho guy. It ended up working really well because the payoff at the end was fantastic. Also the supporting cast is very entertaining, even doing things a bit off the stage just for a laugh. You really need to see this because as I said, it was a lot of fun. And really isn’t that why we go to musicals and movies? To have fun. I give Honeymoon in Las Vegas a B.
A really quick movie review. I was able to watch Hawking on YouTube. I originally wanted to buy it but the DVD is impossible to find, and good luck finding a Blu-Ray. I heard that it is being re-released in the UK, but no word about an American release. The movie follows Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Hawking in his college years. I have read a couple of Hawking’s books so I was familiar with a lot of his theories however I did not fully understand a lot of what he went through during this time. Of course without question succumbing to ALS was the biggest challenge of all, but also dealing with the science community and their belief in solid state was a lot more of a challenge then I realized. The acting is perfect. Period. Cumberbatch is quickly becoming my second favorite actor and at this rate Ewan McGregor might very well be knocked off his top spot with me. Bottom line is see this if you are a science fan, if you are an acting fan or if you are a fan of good stories. When the eureka moment happens, even though I knew it was coming, I actually got chills. If you fully understand the importance of it, that he made his most important finding at such a young age, one of the most important physics realizations within the past 50 years, you will feel it too. Hawking gets an A.
Please check these both out, especially because you can see Hawking right on YouTube. Have a great weekend, go Giants! Please, seriously just win one game. I am begging at this point…