This might sound stupid to some people, but I’m grateful for Sutton Foster. Not just because I’m a diehard fan or anything (even though I am), but she literally is the reason I’m still doing theatre today. When I was in middle school, I had only been doing theatre for about 3 years, and while my…
Everyone should watch this amazing video (just recorded live this past Sunday!) of Sutton Foster coaching young artists and answering the questions we’ve all wanted to ask her - about her acting and singing techniques, working on a song, and more!
I give you my first ever Tumblr post, published exactly 2 years ago today, which was aptly titled “How Katie Won Over Our Hearts With Two Simple Words.” Read on:
Katie Rose Clarke: KRC, the infamous initials, and her signature Glinda tresses trademark that won over our Wicked hearts: Toss, toss. These two mere words, more of a revolution than theatre dialogue, win over Wicked die-hard fans and theatre veterans alike as KRC, as G(a)linda Upland in the hit musical Wicked, recites “Toss, toss,” as tossing her golden locks during the “Popular” scene as well as other parts of the show. Galinda, and all of her Shiz schoolgirl charm, teaches “Elphie” to toss her hair once they become friends and she also uses it as a flirting technique with Fiyero, the Winkie prince “who’s reputation is so scandalicious” and it briefly summarizes what the young and foolish Galinda wants in life in the first act. She’s young, she’s pretty, she gets the hot guy (well not for long!), but in act two the newly-christened “Glinda” matures and grows (as does the hem of her skirts) into a political woman, but then into a truly good woman who realizes they importance of life after her boyfriend and best friend are taken away from her. But to us theatre-goers, it’s simply a hair toss. Or is it?
I realized that exactly 2 years ago today, I created Toss Toss! It originally expressed my fetish with Wicked and Katie Rose Clarke, then expanded to Broadway, and now looks like Sutton Foster belted all over it. Nonetheless, I thank you all for making me laugh and giving me “something to believe in.” And I have made countless friends who love Broadway as much as I do, so let me just say it has been a pleasure messaging with all of you, and I hope to be tumblr true and blue for many years to come. I hope this wasn’t cheesy.
I had a dream last night that I was Laura Osnes’s understudy and that she wanted me to get a chance to perform so she let me go on one night. And when I started freaking out about how nervous I was, she started singing “It’s Possible” to me and it was beautiful.
Then it turned out that the version of Cinderella I was in was a strange crossover of Cinderella and Matilda and Lesli Margherita was there and it got really weird. But it was the best dream ever.
Forget Hugh Jackman - Sutton Foster: Back on Broadway!
So it has been announced (by Seth Rudetsky, nonetheless) that Sutton Foster IS indeed returning to Broadway… in the title role in Violet, which she performed this summer with City Center Encores!. I am SO excited, because Sutton Foster is just so amazing and her amazingness should be shared more with the world! When I first got into Broadway 2 years ago, I was a little late on the boat and so missed the decade of SuFo (which I have made up for by watching and reading literally every SF article, bootleg, interview, and video on the internet AND meeting her last year). So besides seeing her in concert and multiple bootlegs, I’ve never seen her perform in a “show-show” live. She is so talented and she can sing, act, and dance like nobody’s business (AND she is a truly kind, classy, gracious lady, which is even more awesome) and I am so SO glad she is going to be back. Hopefully she’ll win her third Tony… but that’s thinking a little ahead! The bottom line: Broadway’s missed her.
Past and present stars of the Broadway hit Wicked came together on October 30 to celebrate the Oz-themed musical’s 10th birthday. Catch up with your favorite big-belting witches in this fun video feature!
10th Birthday fun at Wicked! It’s so amazing seeing all the Wicked alumni and writers and witches and it’s so cool to think how many lives the show has affected. I love how to all the questions, they each give such totally different, unique, witty answers. Theatre people are the best.
Well, in just two days Wicked will turn the big 1-0… I can’t believe it’s been around for a decade already! It’s so weird to think of how different the world was in 2003, when Wicked opened, and how even though 2013 is so different from 2003, Wicked’s timeless themes still resonate today. It’s amazing to think how many people’s lives have been altered by Wicked, how many lives saved, how many lives improved, how many lives enhanced by this musical. I know I haven’t posted much lately (and frankly I don’t like the new Tumblr layout much), but I feel like posting a series of essays on Wicked because all the stories and themes and parallels and oh my gosh, philosophy majors should seriously study this musical. I’ve just been reflecting on everything lately. Wicked is my heart and soul and the core of my love of theatre and Broadway, and I feel like I’ve been veering off of it a little. Wicked opened me up to musical theatre and Sutton Foster and Jeremy Jordan and Newsies and N2N and everything else! It’s the kind of admiration and reflection you can’t really put into words.