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‘Newsies’, Interlakes Summer Theatre, Meredith [N.H.] — August 17, 2018.

by Anura Guruge

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The dancing — acrobatic and adroitly choreographed — was very good, as good as what you would see on TV on “World of Dance” or “America’s Got Talent” (AGT). But, for a musical the songs weren’t that great and to make it worse the sound system left a lot to be desired. The lady seated in front of us, told us at the intermission, that she had to take off her hearing aid! That is not good — for a musical. It took me awhile to recognize the signature song — “Seize the Day” — and that was after Teischan gave me a hint!

I was not familiar at all, at all, with “Newsies“. I was confounded that it was billed as a Disney movie cum Broadway musical. I had to look it up. Ah! 1992. None of my kids were old enough. That explains it all.

It was a genuinely full-house. Not a single empty seat. We got the last two seats this morning. It is a small theatre so there are NO bad seats.

I was not familiar with the storyline — the “Children’s Crusade” in New York City. So, that was worthwhile learning. It wasn’t bad. Just wasn’t that great.

Though I have not been in quite a few years, I am no stranger to Interlakes Summer Theatre. When I lived in Meredith, 1996 — 1999, and during my early years in Gilford I used to attend regularly. Sometimes went to all the shows in a Summer season. I am sure I saw “Pirates of Penzance” twice in one week because my son, Matthew, loved it.

I always make a point to appreciate live theatre. And the dancing was GOOD. So, it was worthwhile. Huge thunderstorm during the show. You could hear the rain hammering on the roof. Tomorrow, i.e., Saturday, August 18, 2018, is the last show of the 2018 Season.

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by Anura Guruge

‘Sing’ The Animated Musical Is Very Entertaining, Great Songs & Quite The Yarn.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access IMDb.com listing for “Sing”.

singWe saw “Sing”, at the ‘Regal 10, in Concord (New Hampshire), on Monday.

We had seen the trailers many times on TV and it looked like our type of show. And it was.

It was very good. I would watch it again and I only watch the very BEST of animated movies more than once.

The songs, and the soundtrack, even IF I leave dear Cat Stevens aside, was memorable. The sound was rich, clear and powerful.

Decent animation BUT not up to the recent exalted standards set by Pixar or Dreamworks. The resolution and texture of the furs and skins was what we used to see routinely 5 years ago. But, nonetheless still decent and very watchable.

Good family movie, sans caveats. Highly recommended.

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‘Sing’ The Animated Musical Has A Snippet Of Cat Steven’s “The Wind” — MAGICAL.

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It is by NO means one of the featured, full-length songs.

It is but a snippet, background music snuck in during a ‘Pool House’ scene.

BUT, it was electric. Gave me GOOSE BUMPS as soon as I heard the opening chords.

OH! Cat Stevens!

Cat Stevens. Cat Stevens. Cat Stevens.

What a WASTE. What a SHAME.

I grew up, in London, at the same time as Donovan and The Cat. I got to see Donovan (seated next to his beloved (actual) Aunt), but, alas, never The Cat.

But, I was a DEVOTEE.

Thought he was God. I always so venerated him for his talents and looks. I so wished I had 1 billionth of his looks — so that I might pull one or two chicks.

What a SHAME. Why? Why? Why?

The Wind” is from his 1971 album “Teaser and the Firecat“. I owned it as I did all of his albums up to the 1975 ‘Numbers’.

I wonder how many people watching “Sing” recognize the song. Know the name.

To me, this snippet, which was probably no more than 20-seconds was the HIGHLIGHT of what was a very good (and I plan to watch it again) movie.

Just wanted to share with you and give you a heads up.

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Alexander Hamilton’s Birthday — Today, January 11: Event Not Marked By A Google Doodle.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the Wikipedia entry for “Alexander Hamilton”.


Click to access the official Website for the Musical.

Yes, today, January 11th is his birthday. He was born January 11, 1755.

Yes, it is the musical, a runaway success, that has made him truly famous — though he was a Founding Father & the 1st United States Secretary of the Treasury.

There has NEVER been a Google Doodle for Alexander Hamilton. It appears that Google avoids doing political figures — though there have been Google Doodle’s Nelson Mandela & Martin Luther King. I would think they would make an exception when it came to the Founding Fathers and Winston Churchill.

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The 2014 Musical “Day Of The Dead” Google Doodle Rerun — The Song Is “La Bruja”.

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The Music.


Click for the “YouTube” video. Check out the other versions. All very good.

YouTube video of “Little Jesus“. I am NOT familiar with them.


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John Carmichael: Happy Birthday To The Scottish Musical Marvel.

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Happy Birthday to John Carmichael
on the World’s biggest piano accordion.


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Cute, Animated, Musical Google Doodle For French Composer Claude Debussy’s 151st Birthday.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Dartmouth Hopkins Center For The Arts: American Civil War Musical For Kids 7 And Above. February 10, 2013.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.


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Click to ENLARGE. This is a beautiful image provided by the Hopkins for publicity.

A Theatreworks USA production.
Sunday, February 10, 2013, at 3 pm,
at the Spaulding Auditorim, Hopkins Art Center,
Dartmouth (Hanover, NH).

In my experience, kids can be exposed to the American Civil War at a fairly young age, through a good documentary, a book, artifacts (and muskets tend to be favorites) and exhibitions. Yes, my son, when young, probably 8 or 9 became a Civil War buff and forced me to become one too. This musical, a fictional story told through the eyes of young protagonists, would have been right up his alley. I was delighted to see this in the Hopkins program. I am sure it will do a lot to educate kids (and adults) about the myriad complexities of this War which pitted former friends against each other. The girl masquerading as a drummer boy will enchant the girls. I am sure that my 12 year old would be. I don’t think we will be going to see it, but I am sure it will be brilliant.

Here is the publicity blurb provided by the Hopkings: “Weaving stirring period songs and actual events into a fictional narrative, this gripping new musical shows America’s Civil War through the eyes of young people: a runaway slave who demands the right to fight his own fight; his former best friend and “master”; an Irish immigrant who volunteers to defend his new home; and a girl who masquerades as a drummer boy. A vivid introduction to a momentous historical turning point.”