Oh my GAGA!! The best Oscar 2015 performance of the night!


       Who knew Mother Monster does musicals? Lady Gaga sang at the 2015 Academy Awards last Sunday in a dress made not of raw meat and plastic bubbles but actual fabric, and belted a mash-up of  songs from “The Sound of Music?!!” What planet are we on right now?! Where are her monster fans, and how have they reacted to her performance? — With overwhelming acclaim and a standing ovation from the crowd at the 2015 Oscars!

       Lady Gaga wowed all those watching the award ceremony as she sang some of the most classic musical songs, and those made famous by the incomparable Julie Andrews from “The Sound of Music.” From social media’s reaction to the celebrities in attendance, Gaga wowed with her soaring vocals and angelic tone. It was a pleasant surprise from her usually obscure but pop-centric sound. She added another accomplishment  to her repertoire and in my eyes, opened  herself up to a completely different facet of the music and entertainment industry. She is a musical genius both in business and in talent. She even out-staged the host of the evening Neil Patrick Harris, who went as far as baring almost everything as he presented an award in some freshly bleached tidy-whities.

But BRAVA to the GAGA. She continues to impress fans and music lovers alike with her ever-transforming celebrity, Mother Monster.

Update: This just announced today, Lady Gaga will star in American Horror Story’s 5th Season, “Hotel.” Watch the clip below!

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Annie Lenox killed it at the 2015 Grammy Awards

Just bow down now because Annie Lennox is a rock goddess. She brought the house DOWN at the 2015 Grammy Awards two nights ago, showing how real rock and roll should be performed. She entranced all watching with her gripping vocals and compelling performance of the classic song, “I Put a Spell on You.” Feel free to skip past Hozier, and blast your speakers at 2:06 in which she finishes a medley with the artist of the most recently popular, “Take Me to Church.”

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat delights Sacramento audiences

Ace Young and Dianna DeGarmo in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Ace Young and Dianna DeGarmo in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

The opening night performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat brought audiences to their feet in resounding cheers as the show closed on January 27th   at the Community Center Theater. Running from January 27th – February 1st, this musical was packed with non-stop singing and dancing, making many audience members wonder how each performer was still standing by curtain close! With music ranging from reggae to pop, funk, rock and country and dance styles such as Bob Fosse-esque jazz, tap, lyrical, acrobatic tricks and even a western hoe-down, Joseph offered a little touch of everything for all those in favor of a night filled with pure fun.

Dianna DeGarmo played the spunky yet charming Narrator of the classic biblical tale that followed Joseph, Ace Young, as the 11th son of Jacob who was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. The musical was a caricature of the original story. It used modern references to vamp up a mellow bible story into a Vegas- styled glitz show with strobe and bright neon lights, fog machines and complex dance numbers. The audience was included in the show and asked on occasion for call-and-response with some choice characters. Those who left Josephs’s performance could liken it to a rock discotheque of biblical proportions.

L to R: Ace Young (Joseph) and Dianna DeGarmo (Narrator).

L to R: Ace Young (Joseph) and Dianna DeGarmo (Narrator).

We followed Joseph on his journey of hope and perseverance which lead him out of slavery and into Egyptian royalty. The over-arching theme of the show taught that anyone could reach for their dreams if they were courageous enough to pursue them even in the face of tragedy. Though the plot line was fast-paced, and some research ahead of time to study the story could help, the soaring vocals and clever dialogue was sure to have entertained anyone in attendance.

Married in reality and both American Idol alumni, DeGarmo and Young led an impressive cast through a truly successful opening night performance. Director and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler strategically used graphics to portray scene changes, which allowed there to be minimal set pieces to manipulate on stage. This provided ample space for impressive dance sequences filled with high energy routines in songs such as “One More Angel in Heaven,” and Act 1’s closing number “Go, Go, Go Joseph.” With such an upbeat and quick moving show, Act 1 seemed to be finished in a flash.

L to R: Ryan Williams (Pharaoh) and Ace Young (Joseph).

L to R: Ryan Williams (Pharaoh) and Ace Young (Joseph).

Two standouts in the cast were no doubt, Paul Castree who played Simeon, the 2nd oldest brother to Joseph, and the Pharaoh played by Ryan Williams. Castree’s comedic skills partnered with his stellar vocals made for an outstanding performance in the number “Those Canaan Days.” The Pharaoh was set to mock Elvis Presley in dress and demeanor, and Williams was hilarious in his execution of the late King of Rock n’ Roll. With his swinging hips and coquettish attitude Williams had the crowd shouting for more thrusts in their direction by the end of his Act II number “Poor, Poor Pharaoh.”

If Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is touring in a town near you, take the kids, grandparents, cousins, 2nd cousins; take anyone you can to see this fantastic production. It’s simple, this story touches everyone with meaningful lessons along with spectacular visuals, songs and dialogue. Just GO, GO, GO see it!

For more shows at the Community Center Theater visit calmt.com for ticket and event information. Check them out on Facebook as well!

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2014 was a great start but let’s kick it up a notch in 2015!

Take a look at my progress so far. Comment on my post if you have suggestions on how I can improve! I’d love some constructive criticism by some crazy good bloggers out there, I know you exist!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 910 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 15 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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