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Musing #34: Yo, Broadway! Stop with the Hollywood. (Part I of II)

Musing #34: Yo, Broadway! Stop with the Hollywood. (Part I of II)

Jun 27, 2014

It’s my column, and I’ll bitch if I want to. My parents, singing a SWEENEY TODD parody about my birth: “The Gerber Baby of State Street” This one is really going to piss off some of you. FUN!  I have myriad emphatic opinions about the symbiotic/parasitic relationship between Broadway (meaning theater) and Hollywood (meaning film). What follows is the first half of my tirade on the aspect of that relationship that makes my blood boil hottest: the adaptation of cinematic works into stage musicals. (Shudder, shudder, cringe, grimace.) In the interest of mixing things up, this month’s half of the tirade shall be presented to you in chart form. Why a chart? Well…uh…because it was fun to make! The chart is self-explanatory, and I will not elucidate anything beyond what you see below until next month. Part II will detail all my thoughts in prose form, referencing and expounding upon points made in the chart. NOTE: I do not comment on the quality (or lack thereof) of the actual musical; only on the justification (or lack thereof) for staging it to music at all. None of this has to do with box office. It’s about art. So, without further ado…below is an alphabetical smattering of Broadway musicals that were first Hollywood films, including whether I approve of the stage adaptation and why:  *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   * WORK OF ART YEAR OF FILM/SHOW APPROVAL? WHY OR WHY NOT 42nd Street 1933 1980 YES A great film about putting on a Broadway musical. Fine.                                                                               Aladdin 1992 2014 NO BELONGS ON ICE, NOT ON STAGE! And there is only one Genie.                                                                  ...

We Are All Horrible People: A Note on Obsession and Emotional Eating

We Are All Horrible People: A Note on Obsession and Emotional Eating

Jun 25, 2014

In a recent session, I discovered I kept saying, “I’m worried I will feel jealous.”  My coach asked, “Are you sure you aren’t already jealous?” Well…yes. This past year, I have been using coaching to free myself from my emotional addiction to food. I am aware that people with addictions are running from feelings, so it is important for me to discover just how I do that, and which feelings I run from.  As it turns out, I run from all of them! In my misguided attempts to be a perfect person–always kind, always generous, always a leader–I run from any feeling I deem to be unflattering or dark. And by running, I mean swallowing it down with anything I can get my hands on… I’m sharing this because I really, truly, had myself convinced that I didn’t harbor many of these feelings (like jealousy and the desire to strike-down people who hurt me with an arsenal of insults ).  I convinced myself that I was enlightened, beyond it, “the bigger person.”  Relax a little, because here’s the great news–IT”S IMPOSSIBLE TO NEVER FEEL BAD FEELINGS. We’ve talked before about not labeling feelings as “good” or “bad” and just as “feelings.”  I shared exercises and questions to help you “notice” these feelings in order to work through them. Noticing is not easy.  Some of us are experts in self-subterfuge. I had completely tricked myself into thinking that “worrying I would” feel a certain way was different from actually feeling it.  The “worry” (and anxiety that comes with it) was easier for me to accept than the reality—I am angry, jealous, and want revenge. Typing this makes my throat hurt.  Honestly, I’ve been swallowing many things I have chosen not to say, in favor of keeping a friend or letting a person learn their own lesson, that my throat gets hot and itchy when I think about things unsaid.  My nature is to communicate my feelings, and when I can’t, I bury them in a pint of Ben and Jerry’s. Once, a very close friend off-offhandedly said “You’ve always been obsessed with how you look.”  Whoa!  I still allow this comment to smash around in my head, and...

“Maleficent” Deliciously Wicked, Delightfully Fun!

“Maleficent” Deliciously Wicked, Delightfully Fun!

Jun 24, 2014

maleficent (muh–lef–uh–suh nt) adjective doing evil or harm; harmfully malicious; causing or capable of producing evil or mischief; harmful or baleful. We all grew up with Disney’s classic animated film “Sleeping Beauty” and since then we have shared it with our kids, nieces and nephews and grandchildren. It is a beautiful story of love and good vs. evil. Now Disney is back with a new vision of this classic tale. You only thought you knew the story. You are about to see the world of  “Sleeping Beauty” through the eyes of Maleficent and it tells a different story, one in which you will realize you don’t know Maleficent at all. Once Upon a Time there were two kingdoms that were the worst of neighbors. In one land lived the people who were ruled by a greedy king and the people were often envious of one another. In the other kingdom in the moors lived all types of mystical creatures like fairies and elves. This land was lived in with love and trust with one another. It is here that we are introduced to a young fairy named Maleficent and a whole new telling of the classic fable. Early in the film Maleficent (Isobelle Molloy) meets a boy (Michael Higgins) who has crossed the border between the lands. His name is Stefan (he will  grow up to be Princess Aurora’s father). The two instantly like one another and through conversation it turns out both children are orphans. The two grow very close over the years and on Maleficent’s 16th birthday it becomes something more. Stefan give Maleficent a gift. He calls it true love’s kiss. Sadly the romance will be short lived. Stefan’s greed and want of material things will drive the two further apart. They will see less and less of one another. Maleficent grows into beautiful womanhood played elegantly by Angelina Jolie.  Maleficent becomes the guardian of her land. Her life of harmony is interrupted when the ruthless King Henry decides to invade the moors because he has gotten word of a growing power. He dares to venture into the moors to destroy the mystical creatures that live there. He comes face to face with Maleficent and demands that...

How do I measure riches and wealth?

How do I measure riches and wealth?

Jun 23, 2014

First and foremost let me say that the title of this column has very little to do with money. We all dream of getting the winning Power Ball ticket although it is highly unlikely. Don’t get me wrong, I do buy my weekly tickets with this dream firmly in mind. I am talking about my life in general. I am also talking about your life as well. Being rich isn’t always about the amount we have in the bank. Come along and let’s tally up how rich all of our lives are. It may not be in money, you will however, realize, that you are wealthy by the end of this column. Wealth comes in many forms: Books: I love having a new book to read. I also love re-reading books that I really enjoyed the first time around. I do not part with them when I am done and I have an impressive library.  Books allow us to leave our own lives for a little while and get lost in different locations with characters that we want to know about. We can get involved in the drama of their lives which are a contrast to our own. A book nowadays can be a little expensive and you may not be able to indulge in purchasing a new one. No problem. At flea markets and in specialized book stores you can purchase a used copy of a book for a fraction of the original price. You can also go to your local library and check a book out for a couple of weeks at no charge. If you have a close friend or family member that loves to read also, go ahead and borrow books from one another…just make sure to return them when you are done. This allows our mind a little time to escape and relax in a fantasy world that is not our own. It stimulates the mind. I love book clubs where you can gather with like minded folks and discuss certain books as a group and get opinions different than your own.  You also have the option to read non-fiction books to increase your knowledge on a plethora of subjects. You may...

10 “Off the Beaten Path” Family Adventures in Tampa Bay

10 “Off the Beaten Path” Family Adventures in Tampa Bay

Jun 23, 2014

School is out! This is a transition time for anyone that has children. Children are less structured, at home longer, and staying up later!!  How can we make the summer enjoyable for everyone? Let the WLBPA lend a hand. We want to help you balance your time with family and your continuing responsibilities at home and work. This week, the WLBPA wanted to cover some unique day-trip ideas (that are really cheap)! When you run out of ideas at home, or want to get out of the heat, give one of these places a visit.  Share this with your friends and carpool!   Henry B. Plant Museum I loved this museum as a little girl.  Exploring the Victorian/Edwardian period, this museum will transport you back in time.  Exploring the past of Tampa’s railroad heyday, the museum, originally the Tampa Hotel, was one of the most splendid destinations in its era. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $7 for students and $5 for children 4 – 12 years.  Spend the day in another time and then explore Curtis Hixon Waterfront park and downtown Tampa.   Explorations V Located in Lakeland, this museum is a 5-senses journey through three floors of kid-powered exhibits! Members & Children Under 2 are FREE, children and adults are $7.00, Seniors (65+), Military Families & Teacher Families (ID required) are $3.50.  There is also  10% off for AAA members.   American Victory Mariners Memorial & Museum Ship The world-class SS American Victory was built in only 55 days. Having served in WWII, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the ship went through a $2.5 million restoration in June 1985. The ship now resides in the Channelside District in downtown Tampa. Currently, the SS American Victory is only one of 3 fully-functioning ships in the country. Explore this real Victory Ship which is free for members, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65+, $5 for veterans, $5 for children 4-12, and free for children 3 and under.  Check out their site for special events.   Cracker Country Cracker Country is Tampa’s only living history museum, located on the Florida State Fairgrounds. The historically furnished buildings recreate the lifestyles of the past, and costumed interpreters portray daily living...

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