I’m in High Fidelity the Musical

and now I’m gonna blog about it.

Top 5 People who have changed my life through dance June 21, 2008

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…in no particular order.

1. Paula Abdul

2. Robin Berger

3. Britney Spears

4. Fatima Robinson (choreographer of Dreamgirls)

5. Frankie Manning (old school lindy hopper from the 30’s I met when I was 16)


Paul Friswold, I salute you

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What a great essay/review posted on the old RFT blog (which is a really amazing news source, too – plug!) – this guy was PAYING attention! You can really tell Mr. F knows a thing or two about vinyls. Speaking of the vinyl era, word on the street is that my grandma’s coming by tonight. I’m sure she’ll really appreciate the nod to Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller in a few of the numbers.

So last night was performance number 5. I was really havin’ myself some fun. I also felt some happy vibes from the audience. I always like it when the audience is a little rowdy and occasionally yells things at semi-awkward moments. Come on guys! Have that extra pomegranate mojito at Bar Louie before you come and dare to take a chance at relevant heckling! (note: that’s just me, I have a feeling our director miiight not like it…but maybe!) I think I’m just being nostalgic – back when I was a young co-ed, heckling was definitely commonplace, espesh among the comedian friends always trying to show how comedic they are. I relish!

So yeah, I’m sortof at a loss when it comes to blogging now b/c I have nothing really to complain about (other than no free time – but I had some of that today! I always gravitate towards the porch with a cup of coffee for like 3+ hours when I have time to spare)! I guess there’s more to this than complaining.

It’s been really great seeing the reviews come out. I know I am always dying for feedback – it’s nice to have someone help you tighten up this dance move there, that harmony there, but mostly its just fun to dish out a million opinions with someone else who has them. I’m lucky because I have family in St. Louis, namely The Judester (my mom!), and she is quite the opinionated expert, and she is blunt, so there’s no fishing for the truth. The fish of truth jumps right into your boat with mom. Costumes, sets, whatever, this woman is a real people-ologist with quite a resume of theatre work from her past. (note: I really need to get her back to costume design b/c she is really good, & not just through a daughter’s rose-colored-glasses either, y’all)

So I got some good presentation feedback from The Mom, as I have for my whole life. I owe my good posture to her! …And a myriad of dance teachers, one important one being Miss Robin Berger, choreographer of High Fidelity, changer-of-lives-through-dance, and model female small-business owner…Robin has absolutely gotten adjective status in my household especially between my sister and I:

“…was it Robin-good, or just like, kinda ok?”

Both of us were lucky enough to have Robin as our coach when we were on the Kirkwoodettes, my hometown youth Pom pon squad. Yes. And, due to a dance gig that I did with/for Robin, I found my jukebox. See what I mean about changing lives through dance?! Whenever my sister and I discuss the situation for small business owners in St. Louis, who comes up? Robin! We love her, she is so awesome! She has adult dance classes (at Leaping Lizards, right by ted drewes), and excuse me while I cannot reccomend them highly enough. Especially if she includes the Famous (in my house) Robin Berger Jazz Warm Up! OMG I am so taking those classes. Robin, are you listening?

Yeah, so this post has turned into a bit of a paean – so I’m just gonna run with it.

In the spirit of saluting other local folk that I think are cool, what are you doing Monday night?

I’m going to the Comedy On Parade with Bill Chott (Mr. St. Louis Comedy – was also on The Dana Carvey show, nascent comedian primordial soup– hellow steve carell and colbert were on it, too) at the Atomic Cowboy. Saluting this whole bars-outside-the-box movement I’ve seen in town lately with bars offering more entertainment than karaoke (which is, don’t get me wrong, AMAZING…but variety is the spice of life).

I don’t mean to gush, and my favorite poet Aaron Belz will be there, too. (I love that I am his facebook friend! It’s awesomely silly to me. Aaron if you’re reading this, when are you coming to High Fidelity? Hm?)

See ya there.


ahh, its time to leave and I don’t know what I’m wearing tonight. Saturday priorities!


Opening Night : before June 12, 2008

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In an attempt to make this interesting, I’m going to try to write on all show nights before and after. We’ll see how that goes.

So yeah, its opening night, i’m not that nervous, though I think my hair is in danger of having looked better last night than tonight. I’m really looking forward to saturday, when I might have some free time to catch up on some stuff that I have just not even bothered to think about at all. Working from 8am-11pm is a lil’ bit rough! Is it weird to say that I’m looking forward to being able to stay late at work these coming monday-wednesdays?

I’m sortof getting to the point where I have no idea what is interesting to talk about anymore. I lost my debit card last night, which was annoying (and debatably, it was stolen from the dressing room…maybe. I’m not sure, but no charges, so whatever). Did I mention that was annoying?  But it’s all taken care of now.

Soooooo, I don’t really get nervous. I feel good about the music, lines, choreography, and all that. The music+band are all at tempos that make me happy, so I’m not dancing in slo-mo, so that’s that. I mean, hey. I hope people like the show, but there are hooks for us all to enjoy – Aretha, bruce, helllooo! Even I who, at first, was like, “omg why aren’t they just singing let’s get it on, what a lame-o song booo” – totally got it once I saw it live. I figure – as long as folks get that its like, Rob’s life took over all his favorite music and its now singing to him about what is literally his life (and not someone’s imagined life…pop music getting crazy personal) — they’ll like, totally love it and think it is clever, right?

That above description is pretty much exactly how I have explained the show to friends. Who will hopefully be coming to see the show in the next few weeks!

yeah, that means you.


“what street is that?” June 10, 2008

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In case you, like many others, were wondering where the lovely mural in this photo is…

It’s on Cherokee and California, right next to the taco stand. The tacos are frickin’ delicious, so you should go get one!

Also down the street is the firecracker press and apop records, and anarchist bakery and a pasta-making store. And a tortilla factory. And a grocery store. And a ballroom. AND MORE! wooo.

Be a tourist in your own town, people!



OMG its Marie LaSalle

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I don’t think this video is working, but check it out here: http://www.jibjab.com/player/main.swf?jid=171142

Gilda Radner rules! woo.

Found it all here.


The Bluebird May 29, 2008

So there’s live music a’plenty in St. Louis, and I took advantage of it last night.

I went straight from work, so I have my friend Rebecca to thank for letting my borrow some concert wear – clothes which may or may not (depending on your worldview) have contributed to how silly and fun the night was! We went to see Tally Hall (amazzzzzzinnnng. When I was an english teacher for a few weeks a couple summers ago, I ran a sortof rap/songwriting workshop for the older creative writing kids…like 14-15 year olds…and I made’em listen to Tally Hall and they were like OMG THIS IS AWESOME. Needless to say, I was a cool teacher.) Heard’em described as “Astonishing musicality, but also fun and infectious.” Gotta agree.

We bopped around plenty during Tally Hall’s set, and since The Bluebird was so small (and perhaps b/c it was a Wednesday night concert) it was totally and completely feasible to talk to the band afterwards…gotta love that. They’re a bunch of pre-med dudes from the University of Michigan, and they’re v. charming and funny. How ’bout that?

Speaking of which, the keys player, Moose, from the band that played afterwards, De Novo Dahl (based in Nashville! feel the regional pride) was an adorable vision in powder blue. I feel like I should also mention that his dad played with Dolly Parton. Did I mention he was adorable?


Also exciting is that De Novo Dahl will be playing this June in DC, and my sister‘s going to see them! They’re like a music postcard traveling from me to my sister. How cool is that?

I particularly like these bands’ blend of kooky goofiness and excellent musicianship. I would reccomend them to anyone who likes to dance and be happy about things.

(also, I’d just like to note that one of the opening bands was like, 87% swedish, which means I got to use my swedish skills and tell them all that, “I want to live in a mushroom” — the only swedish phrase I know. Though don’t be mistaken – I may know precious little swedish, but I totally love the swedish folk…everyone I meet reinforces my belief that swedes are an awesomely kooky people. )


The Music Man Connection

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I can remember my college bff Billy talking about how The Music Man was The Perfect Musical. Scott mentioned his love of The Music Man on his radio show (woo kdhx, I am loving your station plenty this week) yesterday.

So get this:

I know (of) someone (a St. Louisan) whose Great Uncle was reportedly The Music Man. Yeah, like, THE Music Man Music Man. How cool is that!?

“My great uncle, Paul Franzenburg, former treasurer for the State of Iowa, spent part of his career as a traveling salesman and was friends with Meredith Willson. There’s a credible rumor that he was the Music Man.”

deconstruct that!


The midwest is the coolest.