Two weeks ago, we went to our first comic convention, ACE Comic Con Midwest in Rosemont (right outside of Chicago). We only went for one of the three days, but we still had an unforgettable, wonderful time. Since it was our first time at any sort of convention, there was a lot to take in―literally.
First, it took a little while to find parking. We got there about two hours after the convention started at 10 AM on Sunday, October 13, so we pretty much had to drive all the way to the top of the parking garage to find a spot. Then the walk to the convention center via a walkway was much longer than we anticipated, so it honestly kind of felt like a maze. When we finally got to the first floor of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and went inside the exhibit halls, it was overwhelming. Continue reading →
In our Man Crush Monday series, we will feature a man whom we are fans of and admire. In our second installment, we’re featuring Broadway, film, and TV actor Aaron Tveit, who celebrates his birthday today!
Who is our MCM?
Aaron Tveit is an American actor and singer who is best known for portraying Tripp van der Bilt on Gossip Girl and Danny Zuko in FOX’s Grease Live. He made his Broadway debut as Link Larkin in Hairspray, replacing Matthew Morrison in the male lead role in 2006. Aaron remained on Broadway for the next few years as Fiyero in Wicked and originated the roles of Gabe in Next to Normal and Frank Abagnale, Jr. in Catch Me If You Can before focusing on TV and film in the 2010s.
In our Woman Crush Wednesday series, we will feature a woman whom we are fans of and admire. In our second installment, we’re featuring Broadway actress Stephanie Styles, who recently celebrated her birthday!
Who is our WCW?
Stephanie Styles is an American actress, singer, and dancer best known for portraying the role of Katherine Plumber in the first North American tour of Disney’s Newsies. She made her Broadway debut earlier this year as Lois Lane/Bianca in Roundabout’s revival of Kiss, Me Kate and had roles in Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart and in Netflix’s Bonding. Continue reading →
One of our all-time favorite musicals is Newsies. While we unfortunately never had the pleasure of seeing the show during its Broadway run (we weren’t as into theater at the time) and sadly missed the national tour when it came to Chicago (not once but twice!), we have come to love the show so much―thanks to the filmed live production. In fact, we love the show so much that we watch any production of it that we can.
We first saw a live production of Newsies was in December 2017 at the Marriott Theater in Lincolnshire, Illinois, but we were still excited when we discovered the Paramount Theater in Aurora, Illinois, was going to do Newsies this fall. Our excitement for the production grew when we found out a fellow Filipino, Jordan DeLeon, was going to be in it. Continue reading →
As the 16th season of So You Think You Can Dance comes to an end, we’re taking a look back at our favorite routines from this latest season. Our favoritism (concerning contestants, choreographers, and dance styles) is definitely evident in this blog post. Sorry. Also not sorry. Continue reading →
Last week, Good Morning America host Lara Spencer became the news story instead of being the news reporter after she laughed at Prince George for taking and loving ballet. This immediately sparked outrage, especially among the dance and Broadway community and fandoms. As dance and musical theatre fans ourselves, we also found her comments to be offensive, insincere, and straight up rude. We are firm believers that dance is for everyone, so teasing boys for dancing―especially coming from a grown adult―is unacceptable.
Most of our favorite dancers are guys, so we are aware of the sheer talent and strength boys and men bring to dance. But this isn’t even about dance. This is about teasing someone for doing what they love, and that’s simply wrong, especially when you’re targeting an innocent child. Thankfully, Spencer has since apologized for her actions, and the dance community has used this as an educational moment to teach and show the world that dance is for everyone.
In light of these recent events, we want to show extra love, support, and appreciation for some of our favorite male dancers. Continue reading →
Two years ago today, we watched Bandstand on Broadway. It is one of our favorite musicals and has played a key role in furthering our interest in musical theatre. However, Bandstand is Ashley’s all-time favorite musical, so her knowledge of the show is more extensive. She was curious about how well Amanda knew the show. So, in honor of our Bandstand-iversary, Ashley quizzed Amanda on how well she knows Bandstand.
One of our shared interests is Broadway musicals. Despite that, we’re still two unique individuals with our own opinions. To see how well our Broadway preferences matched up, we did a “This or That” video about Broadway-related topics.
After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in spring 2012, he joined Newsies as the Jack Kelly alternate and, in September, replaced Jeremy Jordan, Broadway’s original Jack Kelly. Corey remained in the role until Newsies closed on Broadway in August 2014.
Corey is also known for originating the role of Donny Novitski, a pianist/songwriter and World War II veteran, in Bandstand on Broadway, which opened in April 2017 and closed in September 2017. To portray Donny more authentically, he even learned to play piano for the show’s Broadway run.