I also strongly recommend Kat's "Kat's Korner: Absorb the Graffiti."
So on Tuesdays, expect me to write about NBC's Smash. I really am enjoying that show. If you've read this site for any length of time, you know I'm not a big TV watcher and that's partly due to lacking the time and more importantly making a regular time. Yes, you can DVR but that just gets filled up if you're not taking the time to watch.
So I will watch Smash this season, every episode. That's my commitment to you. Aren't you glad I can make at least one?
Ivy. She's the character who got picked to play Marilyn Monroe in the Marilyn musical that Debra Messing and her partner are writing. Ivy is so wrong for the part. There was a lyric she sang that sounded kind of like Marilyn, I'll grant you; however there was no way of telling what she was saying at that moment. That sort of sums up her Marilyn. When she's convincingly imitating Marilyn that's all she's capable of doing.
They were casting the role of Joe Dimaggio. And went with this guy who was currently performing Bruno Mars -- wowing NYC with Bruno Mars. No I didn't find that believable either and that's before you got to the 'costumes.' The less said the better. But Michael?
Is the thinking that he can sing so he's a perfect Joe?
I'm not impressed with his singing. It's got that sort of southern twang to it (his speaking voice does as well). Joltin Joe? How are they going to pull that off? He's also Italian. I assume they could dye his light brown or blond hair but he looks nothing like Joe and doesn't call to mind Joe.
I also wouldn't pay money -- and I do go to the New York theatre -- to see him. Joe would be the deciding factor for me in a Marilyn musical. An unknown for Marilyn wouldn't bother me. An unknown for Joe wouldn't if he conjured up Joe. No play bill's going to make Michael into Joe.
I know they won't be so loose with Arthur Miller and my question therefore is whether the thinking is "Musical fans won't really know anything about Joe"? I think Marilyn fans will.
On top of everything else Michael slept with Julia (Debra Messing) five years ago. She tells her song-writing partner Tom and his assistant (who hates her) is listening in and filing it way to use against her later on.
Anjelica Huston is wasted right now. That's because, surely, her big moment comes when they're ready to move to Broadway and she's struggling to raise the money for that. So she gets little scenes right now to set that up and she handles them beautifully. I just wish Eileen (her character) was able to do more. I could also do with a lot less Jack Davenport as the director of the musical and Ivy's bed partner.
Ivy feared he didn't take her to his place (they always screw at her apartment) because he didn't see her as a partner, just a booty call. He tells her this story that melts her heart but that sounded completely made up.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):