Iranian-born Canadian singer and actor Ramin Karimloo has become one of the best-known talents in the world of Musical Theatre, building a CV of impressive productions worldwide. He made his West End debut at 26, making history as the youngest Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, and then reprised that role for both the 25th Anniversary concert, and the sequel musical Love Never Dies. Broadway credits include Les Mis (Tony Award nomination), Anastasia and Chess at the Kennedy Centre.The theme of this record is reflection, and each track fits the brief perfectly. Karimloo turned 40 last year, and it is clear that this milestone prompted him to look at his journey thus far. A broad spectrum of work is covered here, with songs from The Bridges of Madison County, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Dear Evan Hansen, Chess and The Bodyguard.From Now On is the second full-length album from Karimloo, and covers a series of Musical Theatre and film favourites with his “Broadgrass” band, adding an unusual folk twist to these classics, with instruments like banjo, and fiddle. Perhaps the most different from the original is Frozen’s Let It Go, which would not feel out of place on a folk album, rather than an all-singing, all-dancing Disney cast recording.The album title track, from The Greatest Showman is a blinder of an opening, and I would not be surprised if Karimloo played circus ringleader Barnum onstage when the musical adaptation becomes a reality. He absolutely holds his own, putting his own spin on the powerhouse anthem made famous by stage and screen legend Hugh Jackman.Artists that cover I Will Always Love You often take inspiration from Whitney Houston’s iconic recording, so it’s very refreshing to hear one that remembers Dolly Patron’s original.I particularly enjoyed that this album never feels overproduced, especially the vocal. It has an almost live quality to it, which works well on tracks like Rent’s What You Own. Musical Theatre fans crave something more real than the overproduced, manufactured sound of commercial artists, and they will not be disappointed with this album. That said, a quick iTunes search taught me that Karimloo has never recorded Bring Him Home or Music of the Night, his two most career-defining anthems, and on this album, there is definitely room for a new version of the former, especially with this band.Ramin Karimloo’s tenor sound is unique and instantly recognisable both here, and on the many cast recordings he has lent his talents to. Any fan of his work will enjoy this album, and it wouldn’t surprise me if there another is already in the works.Review by Ian MarshallRating: ★★★★
September 03, 2019
I have to give 100% credit to my friend Kevin Winebold for giving me this idea. A couple years ago at a holiday party, he told me that more people should audition with reprises. Given that the man is brilliant, I agreed and have been meaning to write about this for some time. Auditioning with a reprise is a fantastic choice of material. Typically they are already short cuts, contain some great performance moments and can even show off your acting range. Also, in timed auditions the chances of being cut off are slim. I’m honestly shocked I don’t hear more of them in auditions. But if you’re considering them, here are 10 that would be good choices. “I’m the Bravest Individual” - Sweet Charity “How I Know You” - Aida “Dead Girl Walking” - Heathers “Small World” - Gypsy “Foolish to Think” - Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder “Promise Me Violet” - Violet “Falsettoland” - Falsettos ”Belle” - Beauty & the Beast “Just Beyond the Stars” - Peter Pan “Look Over There” - La Cage aux Folles
September 03, 2019
The 10 best FX shows Have you ever noticed how many good shows have come from FX? Comingsoon.net has. Check out our favorites in the gallery below! A cable network that came into the spotlight at the turn of the , FX has managed to churn out some of the most critically-acclaimed television shows of the past twenty years or so. FX (and their separate network for comedies, FXX) has actually been responsible for as many great programs as premium cable networks like or Showtime, honestly—they just can’t seem to help themselves. They simply know how to make good TV. FX has been praised by showrunners for allowing them to have almost complete and total freedom in their couple of decades as a network—they let comedies be vulgar, they let dramas be violent, they let writers put out work they can be proud of. Here are ten examples, with plenty more that deserve honorable mentions. The post appeared first on .
September 03, 2019
Malik Yoba has received much praise and support since admitting his love for all women, , to combat the stigma, shame, and bullying attached to straight men—specifically black men—dating transwomen in an Instagram post. But one transwoman took major issue with the former Empire star’s statement and the support he was receiving and accused him of for sex 20 years ago in New York City. “NYs Child Sex Abuse law means Malik will have to face the music. Sorry to burst a lot of folks bubbles,” Mariah Lopez Ebony wrote in a now-viral Facebook post on Sunday (Sep. 1). Ebony alleged that Yoba paid her for sex when she was just 13 years old, and again when she was 16. She said Yoba specifically sought out black transgender minors. “[Yoba’s] admission to being sexually attracted to Trans women, is bound to open a Pandora’s box for him; not because the women are Trans, But because many of the Trans women he engaged in sexual exploration and exploitation with on 14th Street, Times Square and elsewhere, were minors. Including myself.” “What Malik paid me to do, as a 13 and 16-year-old, wasn’t love,” she continued, adding that “he knew what he was doing, was wrong.” She also said Yoba would beg for unprotected sex. Ebony also questioned Yoba’s true reasoning for publicly professing he love for transwomen. Yoba made his post in defense of transgender relationships, but Ebony believes someone was threatening to reveal his past with transgender prostitutes, forcing him to “come out.” “Where was his LOOOOOOOOVVVVEEE for Trans women over the last 20 years? Where are his Trans girlfriends? Something tells me I’m not the only one who got some dirt on this individual and, something also tells me that he didn’t just up-and-decide to ‘come out’, he was pushed. “Careful not to make a fool of yourself supporting him and his message. I am sure I am not the only trans person who was a minor when Malik Yoba first ‘loved’ them.” Yoba admitted his sexual attraction to transwomen last week in response to the suicide of , a 20-year-old black man who was seen being bullied for dating a transwoman in a viral video. “ATTENTION BLACK AND ALL MEN!!! THIS IS NOT OK!!!!! This video is another heartbreaking example of the homophobia, transphobia hatred and hypocrisy,” Yoba wrote. “WE as black folks, BLACK MEN in particular have to NAME , FACE and CALL OUT and do the work to heal!!!” Yoba continued: “I love ALL women AND count MYSELF among those that find themselves trans attracted and I too have felt the self imposed shame that comes with that truth but it’s time to speak up. It is NOT about GENITALIA OR SEX but about attraction to the soul and humanity of an individual and often the beauty that is in the courage and conviction to live ones truth!” Malik Yoba has yet to address the claims made by Mariah Lopez Ebony. is a post from:
September 03, 2019
Jail has to be like one of the worst places in the world a person can go. Nothing about it is good and I wouldn’t wish it on a soul. So it comes as no surprise when you hear stories about inmates trying to escape from jail and their successful and unsuccessful attempts at it. However, a recent report about a Brazil gang leader who dressed up as his own daughter when she came to visit him and planned on leaving his daughter behind in the jail is one of the craziest things I’ve heard thus far. According to , Clauvino da Silva (who is also known as “Shorty”) was caught by authorities trying to break out of the Gericinó prison in Rio de Janeiro dressed like a woman. “The reputed crime boss was allegedly wearing a pink t-shirt with a cartoon image of donuts, a black wig, silicon mask and tight jeans to conceal his identity. A video released by authorities appears to show him removing the mask and some of the clothes and saying his full name.” Authorities said Silva’s daughter came to visit him at the prison and Silva dressed himself to look identical to his daughter. Silva’s plan was to trick guards to think he was his daughter and to leave his daughter at the prison. His escape attempt was almost successful until authorities noticed him acting extremely nervous, which immediately gave away his disguise. The convicted drug dealer’s amazing get-up was so convincing prison staff only stopped him at the end of visiting time because he started acting too nervously, authorities told the Now authorities are investigating if Silva’s daughter was an accomplice in his escape attempt. Silva is said to be a part of the leadership of the Red Command, one of the most powerful criminal groups in Brazil that controlled drug trafficking in a large part of Rio. Since the incident, Silva was transferred to a special unit of a maximum-security prison and will face disciplinary action. Brazil Gang Leader Caught Trying to Break Out of Prison Dressed Up Like His Daughter is a post from:
August 05, 2019
Jail has to be like one of the worst places in the world a person can go. Nothing about it is good and I wouldn’t wish it on a soul. So it comes as no surprise when you hear stories about inmates trying to escape from jail and their successful and unsuccessful attempts at it. However, a recent report about a Brazil gang leader who dressed up as his own daughter when she came to visit him and planned on leaving his daughter behind in the jail is one of the craziest things I’ve heard thus far. According to , Clauvino da Silva (who is also known as “Shorty”) was caught by authorities trying to break out of the Gericinó prison in Rio de Janeiro dressed like a woman. “The reputed crime boss was allegedly wearing a pink t-shirt with a cartoon image of donuts, a black wig, silicon mask and tight jeans to conceal his identity. A video released by authorities appears to show him removing the mask and some of the clothes and saying his full name.” Authorities said Silva’s daughter came to visit him at the prison and Silva dressed himself to look identical to his daughter. Silva’s plan was to trick guards to think he was his daughter and to leave his daughter at the prison. His escape attempt was almost successful until authorities noticed him acting extremely nervous, which immediately gave away his disguise. The convicted drug dealer’s amazing get-up was so convincing prison staff only stopped him at the end of visiting time because he started acting too nervously, authorities told the Now authorities are investigating if Silva’s daughter was an accomplice in his escape attempt. Silva is said to be a part of the leadership of the Red Command, one of the most powerful criminal groups in Brazil that controlled drug trafficking in a large part of Rio. Since the incident, Silva was transferred to a special unit of a maximum-security prison and will face disciplinary action. Brazil Gang Leader Caught Trying to Break Out of Prison Dressed Up Like His Daughter is a post from:
August 04, 2019
An off-duty soldier is being hailed as a hero after he saved the lives of several children during Saturday’s mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Army PFC Glendon Oakley Jr., a 22-year-old automated logistical specialist assigned stationed at Fort Bliss, was among the hundreds of customers shopping at the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso when a gunman opened fire at a nearby Walmart. SEE NEXT: At least 20 people were killed and dozens more were wounded in the shooting. The suspected shooter has been identified as a 21-year-old Dallas man named , an apparent Trump supporter who allegedly wrote in an anti-immigrant manifesto that he was against “race mixing.” Crusius was taken into custody at the scene without incident, police said. Glendon Oakley—who just came home from a tour in Kuwait about four months ago—says he was shopping at a sporting goods store inside the mall when a young child ran into the store shouting about an active shooter at Walmart. He said he didn’t believe the kid at first, but when he exited that store and started walking towards the neighboring Foot Locker, that’s when he heard the gunfire with his own ears. “I got my license to carry so I pulled my gun out,” Oakley told . “I just started to hide.” The Foot Locker closed the gates in front of the store’s entrance as a precaution, Oakley said, but terrified shoppers forced their way inside. Eventually, everyone decided to make a run for the mall exits, and Oakley followed behind as an impromptu rear guard for the group. As Oakley and the others were running to safety, they came across a group of about a dozen or so children in one of the mall’s open play areas screaming for their parents. Oakley said he tried to get other fleeing bystanders to help, but none of them would stop. “I didn’t even think. I just grabbed as many kids as I could and ran five stores down to the exit,” he . “We got there and ran into a whole batch of police pointing their guns at us. I wasn’t focused on myself, and I wasn’t focused on my surroundings … I was just focused on those kids.” Oakley said the police stopped him because he had a weapon, but they let him go after he proved he had the proper permit to carry it. Despite his military training, Oakley said he was “scared for [his] life,” but he couldn’t help but think about the children first. “I was worried about those kids, man,” he told KTSM. “I wasn’t even worried about myself.” Oakley said he wished more people would have helped him save more children. “I heard four kids died,” he said. “I wish I could have gotten more kids out of there. I wish those guys who ran would have stayed … I just think, what if that was my child? How would I want some other man to react?” After a pause, he said: “I wish they had some sense of service.” is a post from:
August 04, 2019
Timothy FitzgeraldHow many times have you thought, “I should have gotten that role!” after the casting has been announced and your name is not on the list? How do you handle that news? For many people, it can be crushing news. It can make you think that you are not good enough and deflate your confidence. Or conversely, it can send you into a situation where you start bad mouthing people or the organization producing the show. Well, let’s take a step back and talk this out, my friends.First, let me say that this has happened to me in the past, and not getting a role you had your heart set on can really hurt emotionally. One thing I have found that you should do is to take a step back from the disappointment and focus on the good things in life. If you focus all your energies on theatre and it becomes the end-all in your life, you are traveling on a dangerous slope.Think about the good experiences in theatre you have had. Think of the joy theatre brings you. And most importantly, remember, you are still in control. You can decide whether to let this bring you down or give you the incentive to focus more on the next audition that comes up - there will always be another audition.A definite don’t is to say disparaging remarks about the group. It is not going to change things and, if anything, could wind up hurting you even more if you get labeled as ‘sour grapes’ as the theatre world is small and word does get around. That would also make other theatres think twice about casting you in future shows. And it could defeat your chances of getting cast…it’s just not worth it.One thing I have done in the past is to speak to the director for advice on ways to improve my audition skills for next time and what, if anything, I could have done better. It could have been that you were in the running but with all things considered, the director made a choice which could have been based on visual in matching people up with each other or vocally or the style of acting that he/she was looking for in the character. Don’t immediately think you did something wrong that does nobody any good. Step back and breathe….it’s going to be OK.Here’s a life experience example. Years ago, I worked with a theatre where I kept getting cast in the ensemble. Every time I auditioned for a leading role, I got ensemble. It felt like I was getting pigeon-holed as ensemble for life. So, I finally decided that I would audition for another theatre to test the water. Two auditions later, I got cast in a supporting role by another theatre. That began a journey of over 40 years, where I have had some great opportunities given to me. But I did not get every role, and it was not the end-all if I didn’t. I was grateful for every opportunity.Another important thing that will help is to make sure you have a social life outside of the theatre. I love the theatre but found I was going from show to show to show. I finally realized after once when I wasn’t cast that I had nothing to fall back on. I was sitting at home with nothing to do and nowhere to go. Not so good, I tell you. I finally developed new friends and reached out to old friends and lo and behold, a social life. It was reinvigorating and made me realize that I had to stop and smell the roses along the way. No regrets and my life is no longer just theatre…it is a part of my life, happily!Don’t give up on yourself. Keep auditioning. Try other groups. Turn the negative into a positive. Theatre can be a passion don’t let it become an obsession. You will be a happier person and all the better for it, I guarantee.
August 03, 2019
All photos by ABC. Agents of SHIELD Season 6 Finale Recap The two-part Season 6 Finale brings this season’s storylines to a head. Believing that Sarge is the only one strong enough to stop Izel, Daisy and May head with him into the jungle, where Izel has taken control of Flint and used him to rebuild the monoliths. Daisy and May hope to be able to separate whatever demon from the other side of the gateway lives in Sarge’s body from him, leaving the Coulson side behind. Sarge isn’t so sure that will work; if the demon is gone, what’ll be left of him? The Shaw Drive With the team maintaining radio silence, the rest of the SHIELD team at the Lighthouse is helpless to assist. Deke has an idea. He takes Fitz-Simmons to a previously empty floor of the Lighthouse where he has moved his tech startup. The group has built the slap bracelets that keep Izel from possessing people. Now they are working on a jump drive that could, theoretically, allow agents to teleport into the temple to free Mack and YoYo. Fitz yells at Deke about stealing tech, patenting it, and selling it for profit. Deke tells him that he built this company because he doesn’t fit in anywhere else. He’s a man out of time and even his own family thinks he’s a joke. Deke straps the jump drive to his back and teleports into the temple, freeing Mack, YoYo, and Flint. Meanwhile, Izel has released her shrike onto a nearby resort. The infected begin to move toward the temple, forcing Sarge, May, and Daisy to fight, blowing the element of surprise. Daisy leads the infected away from the temple and back to the Quinjet, where she finds Mack and YoYo aboard. Mack and Daisy argue about the mission, with Mack still not trusting Sarge. The three barricade themselves in the disabled Quinjet, fighting off the horde of infected trying to get to them. During the fight, one of the shrike infects YoYo. Deke, meanwhile, tries to teleport back to the Lighthouse, but the jump drive needs time to recharge. Instead, he is flushed out of the temple and through the jungle to another jet. Mack overhears Deke trying to hail the Lighthouse on the radio and talks Deke through the repairing the jet and piloting it over to rescue them. Enoch’s Bluff The Lighthouse isn’t answering Deke because it has been infiltrated and locked down by Chronicom hunters. All of the Chronicoms have been reassigned as hunters — including Isaiah, who is sent to Kitson to take out Enoch. The hunters know everything that Fitz-Simmons know about SHIELD protocols, including the emergency escape protocols. The hunters make their way through the Lighthouse, flushing out and killing SHIELD agents as the Chronicoms search for the Framework. Fitz-Simmons tell the surviving agents to head to the tech startup to hide; because Fitz-Simmons didn’t know about it when they were Chronicom captives, then the hunters won’t know about it either. Fitz-Simmons head to where the Framework is stored and rig it with explosives. Hunters corner the couple. With no escape, the two prepare to sacrifice themselves to blow up the Framework, saving lives. Pinned down, the two are saved by Enoch, who defeated Isaiah and used his skin to infiltrate the hunters and save Fitz-Simmons. Enoch believes there is a way to escape, but it will mean forever altering the course of Fitz-Simmons’s lives. The Temple At the temple, May and Sarge confront Izel. Izel and May each try to get Sarge to join them. Sarge knows anger, fear, and pain. May tells him that’s love. Sarge now knows the only way to be rid of pain is to cut it out of himself. He stabs May with the sword and pushes her through the gateway to the other realm. In the other realm, life and death are meaningless. May removes the sword from her abdomen and uses it to take out the three guardians of the temple. Izel goes through the gateway and battles May on the other side, holding May off long enough to replace the stones that open the temple door, letting the rest of her people into the temple in order to access the gateway. Daisy, Mack, and YoYo confront Sarge, who has wholly given himself to the demon. The demon is stronger than Daisy’s quake ability. He is stronger than Mack. While Sarge fights them off, YoYo is possessed by the shrike. Neither Daisy nor Mack has the will to kill YoYo. Sarge turns Daisy so that her back is to the gateway, threatening to torture her for eternity once his people come through. Izel comes through the gateway and is about to stab Daisy from behind when May follows Izel through and kills her. That cause the shrike to die, releasing YoYo. May throws the sword to Mack, who kills Sarge, closing the gateway. “We Had Time” May dies in Daisy’s arms, asking if there was anything of Coulson left. Simmons enter the temple with a team in hazmat suits. She tells the rest that May will be fine. May is put into a pod and her tissue will be revived once her body reaches the correct core temperature. Once the hazmat team has collected samples from the monoliths, the SHIELD agents board Zephyr-1, equipped with the jump drive. From the air, they blow up the temple and are remote piloted by Fitz –who is not aboard– to New York City. The landscape has changes, with the Empire State Building the tallest building by far, possibly the tallest building left in the world according to Simmons. Simmons explains that the hunters are trying to turn the earth into Chronyca-3. They have Fury’s black box and access to centuries of SHIELD information. SHIELD is the only organization strong enough to stop the Chronicoms, but they need someone with vast and intimate knowledge of SHEILD and its history to stop them. To that end, Enoch has helped create SHIELD’s most advanced Life Model Decoy. It has Chronicom tech and all of its host’s memories. Simmons introduces the Coulson LMD to serve as Mack’s right hand man and help them defeat the Cronicoms. What did you think of Agents of SHIELD Season 6 Finale? Share your thoughts in the comments below! The post appeared first on .
August 03, 2019
The sad fate of Jason Mitchell’s character on The Chi has been revealed. We reported back in May that from the Showtime series following multiple allegations of sexual harassment. Now, it has been revealed that the actor’s character on the show, Brandon Johnson, will be killed off sometime in Season 3. Gary Levine, Showtime’s co-president of entertainment, spilled the tea Friday (Aug. 2) during the Television Critics Association Press Tour. “There is a lot of great life in ‘The Chi’ and there’s also death in ‘The Chi’ and that’s how we’ll be dealing with it,” Levine said (). Actress Tiffany Boone—who starred alongside Mitchell as his character Brandon’s girlfriend Jerrika—was the to producers that Mitchell was sexually harassing her. She said she felt unsafe filming scenes with him, and things reportedly got so bad that she had to bring in her fiancé, Dear White People actor Marque Richardson, to be on set with her whenever she had to work directly with Mitchell. Other women on the set also with Mitchell, including other actresses and new showrunner Ayanna Floyd, who joined the show for Season 2. Floyd said in a statement that “everyone was well aware of [Mitchell’s] behavior,” including creator/executive producer Lena Waithe. In an with “The Breakfast Club” following Mitchell’s firing, Waithe said she was first alerted to the allegations against Mitchell after The Chi‘s first season concluded. She said sexual harassment training classes were held on set, and she went out of her way to call Mitchell personally to confront him directly over the allegations. Waithe said that everyone involved handled the situation through HR, and everyone agreed to return for Season 2, however, Mitchell’s questionable behavior continued. “There was definitely a conversation where I called him and got really real,” she said, adding that the actor never acted inappropriately towards her. “‘You need to be respectful of any woman on set. You need to be respectful of everybody,’ she said she told Mitchell. “‘Don’t treat any woman differently the way you would treat me.'” Waithe said she wishes she “would’ve handled the situation differently.” Mitchell also faced allegations back in 2016, following his breakout role as Eazy-E in the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton. An 18-year-old woman during a party at a hotel. As a result of the latest allegations, not only was Mitchell fired from The Chi, but he was also dropped by his talent agency and management team. He also lost his starring role alongside Anna Camp in the Netflix movie “Desperado” and was replaced by New Girl actor Lamorne Morris. On top of that, MTV rescinded his 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards nomination for the “Best Performance in a Show” category for his work on The Chi. He was the only male nominee in the category. is a post from:
August 03, 2019
The sad fate of Jason Mitchell’s character on The Chi has been revealed. We reported back in May that from the Showtime series following multiple allegations of sexual harassment. Now, it has been revealed that the actor’s character on the show, Brandon Johnson, will be killed off sometime in Season 3. Gary Levine, Showtime’s co-president of entertainment, spilled the tea Friday (Aug. 2) during the Television Critics Association Press Tour. “There is a lot of great life in ‘The Chi’ and there’s also death in ‘The Chi’ and that’s how we’ll be dealing with it,” Levine said (). Actress Tiffany Boone—who starred alongside Mitchell as his character Brandon’s girlfriend Jerrika—was the to producers that Mitchell was sexually harassing her. She said she felt unsafe filming scenes with him, and things reportedly got so bad that she had to bring in her fiancé, Dear White People actor Marque Richardson, to be on set with her whenever she had to work directly with Mitchell. Other women on the set also with Mitchell, including other actresses and new showrunner Ayanna Floyd, who joined the show for Season 2. Floyd said in a statement that “everyone was well aware of [Mitchell’s] behavior,” including creator/executive producer Lena Waithe. In an with “The Breakfast Club” following Mitchell’s firing, Waithe said she was first alerted to the allegations against Mitchell after The Chi‘s first season concluded. She said sexual harassment training classes were held on set, and she went out of her way to call Mitchell personally to confront him directly over the allegations. Waithe said that everyone involved handled the situation through HR, and everyone agreed to return for Season 2, however, Mitchell’s questionable behavior continued. “There was definitely a conversation where I called him and got really real,” she said, adding that the actor never acted inappropriately towards her. “‘You need to be respectful of any woman on set. You need to be respectful of everybody,’ she said she told Mitchell. “‘Don’t treat any woman differently the way you would treat me.'” Waithe said she wishes she “would’ve handled the situation differently.” Mitchell also faced allegations back in 2016, following his breakout role as Eazy-E in the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton. An 18-year-old woman during a party at a hotel. As a result of the latest allegations, not only was Mitchell fired from The Chi, but he was also dropped by his talent agency and management team. He also lost his starring role alongside Anna Camp in the Netflix movie “Desperado” and was replaced by New Girl actor Lamorne Morris. On top of that, MTV rescinded his 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards nomination for the “Best Performance in a Show” category for his work on The Chi. He was the only male nominee in the category. is a post from:
August 03, 2019