Currently Watching: The Last Five Years

If you know me, then you know I’m slightly obsessed with the theatre, and I love going to musicals. There’s something about musicals that just make me happy – even if it’s a relatively sad musical like “Into the Woods” or “Les Misérables.” Sure, I’ll sob nonstop while watching it, but I’ll love watching every minute.

One of my favorite musicals of all time is actually a bittersweet musical that was just recently released as a movie – “The Last Five Years.” I’ve been ridiculously excited about this since I heard about the movie back in 2013, especially since the film stars both Jeremy Jordan (who I’ve had a major crush on since Newsies) and Anna Kendrick (who everybody has a crush on). Plus, the movie managed to fit in a bunch of “Last Five Years” alumni cameos. (Betsy Wolfe, who played Cathy in the 2013 revival, was the stripper roommate. Sherie Rene Scott was one of the judges at Cathy’s good audition. Jason Robert Brown was the pianist that hated Cathy at that one audition. And fun fact – Ashley Spencer, who’s actually Jordan’s wife, was the secretary in the bra.)

Anyway, if you’ve never heard of this musical or even of the movie version, here’s the trailer:

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Playlist: February 2015 Favorites… and one not so favorite

How is it the end of the month already? February flew by seriously quickly. The fact that it’s already a short month doesn’t help. The fact that I had an awful stomach bug that kept me in bed last week really doesn’t help. But I guess this just means that we’re one week closer to Spring and WARM WEATHER. Seriously – I cannot handle wearing my snow boots any longer.

Anyway, February was a crazy busy month. There was Valentine’s day (which I spent with my family because there’s nobody I love more), then NYFW, then my stomach bug and Chinese New Year. So this month was filled with a lot of love songs, old and new Chinese songs… and a few regular pop/rock/what I normally listen to type songs as well. So without further ado, here’s my February 2015 playlist – aka the songs I had on repeat this month.

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Love Songs #13 & 14: You’re The Top (from Anything Goes) and Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody!

Since I got home and essentially went straight to sleep, I didn’t post anything last night…. thus why I’m also a day behind on my Instagram yoga challenge. But I hope everybody’s been having a fantastic Valentine’s Day.

I had planned on posting one of my favorite fun and cute musical love songs last night, but I didn’t manage to, so I’m sharing it now. Everybody that knows me knows that I’m a pretty big Sutton Foster fan girl – I was seriously starstruck when I met her in 2013 (I had gone to see Violet and she was AMAZING), but I had also seen her in Anything Goes in 2011. (Side note: Anything Goes was seriously one of the best shows I’d seen because it was fun AND it had one of the best star-studded casts ever, including Sutton Foster, Joel Grey, Laura Osnes and Colin Donnell. I mean, really?!)

ANYWAY, one of my favorite musical duets from the show was “You’re the Top.” Not quite an actual love song in the show, but it can totally be seen as one out of context. However, since this year was kind of the year of the “Galentine,” (or at least the first time I had heard about it), I’m including it. Plus, it’s just such a cute song – too cute not to include in this series.

And my final song for this “Valentine’s Day love songs” series is one of my favorites – and probably the most romantic song of 2014. I’ve been obsessed with “Thinking Out Loud” since I got Ed Sheeran’s album – since before it was a single. It’s probably going to be everybody’s wedding song for the next year or so, but that’s totally okay because I honestly don’t think this song could ever be overplayed.

Bonus – the music video is just gorgeous. And Ed Sheeran wanted to dance in it – so he learned how to do the dance just for this video. Amazing.

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Now Playing: Love Song #12: Spice Girls – 2 Become 1

I’ve designated Thursdays in the office to be Throwback Thursdays – meaning that I’ll blast a 90s/00s music playlist all day in the closet. So today I was blasting a bit of Backstreet Boys, NSync, “vintage” Britney & Christina, and even a few Ja Rule & Ashanti duets. But, as everybody knows, you can’t have a complete throwback playlist without the ultimate girl group – the Spice Girls!

So today’s love song is “2 Become 1,” from their debut album, “Spice.” This isn’t really my favorite Spice Girls song – that honor belongs to this little ditty. While it’s not my favorite, it’s still in my top 10 Spice Girls songs. And honestly, can you even name a girl growing up in the 90s/00s who didn’t love the Spice Girls? Their reunion at the 2012 London Olympics was the highlight of my summer that year. (Also, Victoria standing there and posing while the rest of the girls danced and jumped around – priceless.) Now please excuse me – I need to go watch Spice World now.

Now Playing: Love Song #11: It Couldn’t Please Me More (from Cabaret)

Cabaret is one of my favorite musicals – even if it’s a somewhat morbid musical. I’ve seen the current Broadway production twice already, and one of my favorite storylines in the musical is the love story between Herr Schultz and Fraulein Schneider. They’re just so cute – and Danny Burstein and Linda Emond are just superb. One of my favorite numbers and scene in the musical is “It Couldn’t Please Me More,” – not a typical love song, but it’s just absolutely adorable. I also like to refer to this song as “the pineapple song,” and you’ll see why in the videos. The 2014/15 production currently on Broadway makes this scene kind of hilarious – but that’s totally okay because it’s just an amazing scene.

This clip is from the 1998 revival – when Mary Louise Wilson & Ron Rifkin went to the Rosie O’Donnell show.

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