liaku: (máté LJ calls)
The weather was disgusting outside.  My umbrella (and it was not a crappy drugstore umbrella, it was actually really nice but it already had a hinge broken before today) is demolished.  It's usable if the wind's not strong (it's wicked) and if I hold down one of the sides whenever there's a light breeze or, say, a sneeze, but it was enough of a pain that I decided I'd rather take the rain.  This is significantly better than my dormmate's umbrellas.  Most now open upside-down or are simply in pieces.

I had a class scheduling disaster that may yet work out in my favor.  Basically, I got into the intro international politics class, a class I really didn't think I could get into (why the fuck do they put enrollment limits on intro classes when there's only one section?  It's a goddamn prerequisite for nearly every politics class I'm interested in!), but I somehow magically got a spot... but not before it was too late to change my biology lab section, which happens during the same time.  There are no other lab sections that I can switch into that'd fix the schedule conflict.  I went to the politics class, and it was awesome, I loved it, and I really don't want to drop it.

The solution I'm looking at is to switch into a different level of biology, the intro biology-for-majors rather than the biology-for-retards/non-majors.  It shouldn't present much of an increase in difficulty since my current bio professor is probably the single worst professor I've ever had (including the one that forgot to show up for his own review session) and I have no clue what I'm supposed to be learning, which makes learning anything quite the challenge.  Anyway, this is assuming that the bio-for-majors class has lab sections open for times when I'm available.  I'm waiting on an email back from the lab professor, but since she suggested it in the first place, I'd be annoyed if it turned out to be a dead end.  On the upside, the bio department has agreed to not bitch-slap me for being a pain in the ass with last minute changes.

I saw Corbin Bleu's debut as Usnavi tonight.  He was good.  Not better than Lin Manuel-Miranda (who was there hanging out with the audience before the show, btw), though his voice is very rich and gorgeous.  A lot of the time, he sung more than he rapped, even when he was supposed to rap, which I don't mind.  Most interestingly, in Hundreds of Stories," during a bit where Usnavi talks about his parents and them dying, he totally broke my heart.  That song's never raised anything but laughs for me, and Usnavi's bit in it was touching in a generic way, but Corbin Bleu was intense.  I never even realized how serious that string of lyrics are.  The biggest shame is how much he's out-charisma'd by the original cast, what few that remain, but that's understandable and forgivable at this point.  I swear, Robin de Jesus owns the stage in ways that few actors can ever aspire to.  I'd have a huge actor crush on him if he weren't so short.
liaku: (owen bang bang)
Okay, so the first episode was genius, especially in the directing and editing departments.  Second and third episodes were slightly less than genius, but lots of fun to watch.  Episode 4 was kinda shit (writer was apparently John Fay; I wonder if this episode was a fluke of bad writing or if he normally sucks), but the denouement and ending were handled with grace.

I have a conflicted opinion on 3x05.  I watched it, somehow, still thinking that there was going to be a happy, victorious ending.  Probably because it was RTD writing it.  I need to re-watch it with a different mindset someday since I think I was focusing too much on kicking alien ass--which was clearly not the ass that really needed kicking.  Anyway, I liked it, just not sure how much.

On the Tanz der Vampire press conference: Marjan seems to have slightly more ability to act and sing than I gave her credit for, though a press conference doesn't mean much in that regard.  But just judging from the little twirls with her dress she does, she's going to be playing a Sarah that's not much more intelligent than her Julia.  Also, Lukas seriously is the wrong guy for Alfred.  Unlike Marjan, I'm still holding out hope that he'll salvage something out of the part and not drag the show down (Marjan I've given up on), but he's always out of character out of the show, so I can't tell anything from this.

The new Herbert is startlingly pretty.
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Check this out.  Yesterday's Britain's Got Talent episode, I believe.  Or very recently.  I don't keep track.  It's a woman singing I Dreamed a Dream from Les Mis.

The video won't let me embed.  But click the link.  It's a seven minute video, and the song starts a couple minutes in if you want to skip to that.  I suggest you don't.  Watch the whole thing.  I teared up.


liaku: (zoli sing like)
Oberon - Szabó P. Szilveszter
Titania - Füredi Nikolett
Lysander - Dolhai Attila
Hermia - Vágó Zsuzsi
Demetrius - Bálint Ádám
Helena - Peller Anna
Puck - Kerényi Miklós Máté
Theseus - Németh Attila
Hippolyta - Nádasi Veronika
Bottom - Bereczki Zoltán
Flute - Sánta Lázsló
and other people.

Review and rambling thoughts. I don't actually have that many, for a relative value of many. )

And dumb shit at the stage door. )

In short, it was a fun show, and I liked it. I want to see it again, and then again and again too if I can, but for the love of god, I do not want to ever see it twice in one day.  I'd die of boredom.  The music is just flawed, and the storytelling is solid but not really anything I want to spend 3 hours twice a day on.  That being said, it's truly magnificent to watch, and the Pyramus and Thisbe play at the end is just awesomenosity defined.


Apr. 4th, 2009 12:39 pm
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The food here is cheap and delicious.  Also: the fanta abroad is light and sweet.  I actually just thought that I grew over liking soda when I moved back to the states, but no.  It really tastes different abroad.

Midsummer Night's Deam was a glory to behold. I did not get any videos, though we do have an audio.Furedi Nikolett was absolutely stunning as Titania, and I don't see how Kata Janza could possible match her in the role. Kerenyi Miklos Mate (I have no clue where the accents are on [ profile] valancystar's laptop) is the best Puck I've ever seen in any incarnation of the Shakespeare play on stage.  At the stage door, we only saw Dolhai Attila (who was clearly in a rush, but he stopped for this little boy that ran up to him, so we let him go) and Nemeth Attila.  [ profile] cricep did not, in fact, die laughing as soon as she saw him. Instead, she turned to me and said, "I'm not laughing."  Well done, [ profile] cricep, well done.  Anyhow, got his signature and I took a photo (in which both he and [ profile] cricep don't look so great, though Attila much worse; as soon as I turned the camera so he could see the preview, he did the aughthat'sreallyme?? face).

Now I'm going to try to do my homework before we head out for lunch.
liaku: (elisabeth felix/annemieke)
I was just listening to Felix Martin, and while I'm generally fond of his der Tod (in short, the only part I specifically don't like is his Wenn Ich Tanzen Will which is just godawful) and his Krolock just strikes me as... not right (I like him better than Mathias and Jan though), I really love his Colloredo.  And his voice in general.  His voice is just awesome.  Now, after listening to Martin Pasching's Taafe (and don't get me wrong, I like Martin Pasching a lot), I can't help but wonder what Felix Martin would sound like as Taafe. 

Plus, he's taller.
liaku: (shit d20)
I am now officially on the list for potential roommates to switch into.

Now that I'd mind having a roommate again, but even so. :(  It was nice to have a lot of space to be messy in.

ETA: Currently listening to the untracked Rudolf preview audio.  The orchestra is just fucking gorgeous.  I always love VBW's orchestra, but damn.  They've outdone themselves.  Just the short prelude is hauntingly beautiful.  I wish my German were good enough to understand more than, like, one word per sentence.
liaku: (owen bang bang)
He sucks.

He sucks so bad.
liaku: (ctrl alt del)
I feel like every time I blog, the only thing I've got to say is how much work I have. Well, I have a lot of work, and there's a big test (exam, he calls it, but I don't think it's weighed enough to really be an exam) tomorrow in politics. This is actually a bit frustrating. Last semester, politics was the class where I breezed through with pretty much a 100%. (Okay, I lost one point, but shit, 100% sounds a lot better than 99.9%.) Now, I'm struggling for a B+. Depending on the grade I got on my most recent paper, I might be in A- range, not that I'd be there for long since this exam will surely drag me back down. Either way, I really hope I did well on that paper. I don't want to fall below a B+, and a sold A would put me comfortably into the B+ range.

Columbia app is due 3/15. Northwestern on 5/1. I need to write Barnard a cover letter with my class descriptions included over the weekend. Tomorrow, I plan on chilling at Starbucks with a good book. A real book, mind you. Reading for leisure is something I miss. I have both my favorite Discworld books with me (Night Watch and Going Postal), but I might want to re-read Watchmen in preparation for the movie. I don't have any other books with me at school, so that's pretty much it for my options.

I've been listening to the Tutanchamun OCR quite a bit lately, and I've got to admit that I really like it. I'm not sure the music's quite appropriate for the setting, but it's certainly lovely music with a good blend of different moods and composition. That's probably my biggest issue with Marie Antoinette. I know it's meant to be accurate to the era, but half the songs have the same rhythmic structure, and all the songs have the same mood, which drives me mad. Well, it drives me bored, and the boredom drives me mad. But anyway, my point is that I really want to get my hands on those two Tutanchamun DVDs circulating around.

Also, one of these days, I really need to start a friending meme over at [ profile] foreignmusicals.
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What pisses me off most about the Bremen Marie Antoinette recording is that Weil Ich Besser Bin is such an awful song to listen to, but composition-wise, I think it's the best song on the recording.  Thomas Christ singlehandedly makes it boring as hell.  I'm actually impressed by how badly he sings it.  I almost think I could do a better rendition with the right equalizer settings, and if I think I can do better, it's a pretty damn bad performance since I can't sing for shit.  That being said, I don't really like Blind vom Licht, but it's so catchy!  I've found myself humming it lately.  In general though, I'm not too excited about this musical.  I don't think it's an Elisabeth rip-off at all; I mean, you can tell it's the same composer since the instrumentation is often similar, but certainly no one was criticizing Beethoven or Mozart for not varying their composition styles too much over their career.  I just think it's boring and the themes rather scattered--but good sets, costuming, choreography, etc can all salvage my opinion of it easily.  Also, my German is possibly worse than my Japanese, so I really have a hard time figuring out what's going on, so that might be part of why I don't like it very much.

My German is so not worse than my Japanese.  I hope.

State of the Blogger: Barnard application complete, NYU app almost complete minus one particularly stupid short answer question--but common essay needs an extra round of editing.  Part I of Columbia application sent, application fee paid.  All other essays untouched as of now.  List and Space Cowboys untouched because I suck like that.
liaku: (dr who converse)
So, uh, given my progress on this essay thus far (and the common essay I need to finish--not necessarily perfect, but finish), I'm going to be up until 4AM or so.  Maybe I'll push to 5AM.  Given that I don't have to wake up until 11AM, that'd still get me six hours of sleep.  I can operate for a good amount of time (long enough for one class + a couple of hours anyway) with less sleep than that, so maybe 6AM or so would work too.

Actually, I'm going to admit that this essay is a lot easier than I thought it'd be.  I just can't focus on it.

And it seems like everyone loves Rebecca except me.  It's gotten to the point where I'm beginning to think I should read the book again, especially since the first time I read it was, what, when I was thirteen?  Fourteen?  Mind you, I still hate suspense in my novels, and while I could likely appreciate at least the writing more now, I don't think I'll find the characters any more interesting than I did before.  I guess once I watch the DVDs of the musical, I'll see if I feel like giving the book another shot.
liaku: (ogrimmar home)
Happy Holidays.  And etc.  Now back to my usual rambling.

So I've had the official Elisabeth Essen recording for forever, and I've never really listened to it until the plane ride back home from school just a week ago.  It's pretty badass.  Carsten Lepper usually annoys me half to death, and Uwe almost never gets any reaction out of me at all (and nothing in this case is a very bad thing), but I actually like both of them in this recording.  There's just this lovely presence Uwe has, an aura of command and a subtler longing for Elisabeth.  I love it.  He still doesn't come near the expression of my favorite Deaths, but it's still a lovely recording in its own right.  That, and Jesper owns every other Rudolf except possibly Szabó Dávid.  (Yes, I had a brief obsession with Oliver Arno.  It is over now.  ...Mostly over, anyway.)

In other news, I finally went through some of the music I've been downloading over the semester, and I listened to Felix Martin singing Die Unstillbare Gier in English for the first time.  On one hand, it's really nice to hear the lyrics in English sung by anyone that's not Michael Crawford.  On the other hand, that was English????  I kid, I kid.  After a few seconds of adjusting to his accent, it's a great recording of the song--provided you can adjust to his accent at all, that is.

And to repeat some old news: Rob Fowler is my favorite Simon Zealotes for Jesus Christ Superstar.  Bar none.


Oct. 25th, 2008 12:39 am
liaku: (dolhai attila canonslash)
So the other day, there was this sort of social gala at BC.  Dunno what it was, but a lot of old guys in suits and ties.  I was in the fancy-schmancy athletics building using one of the study rooms there for the football guys working on a project with a few classmates.  I went down the elevator to get out.

Let me just say that in the morning, I hadn't felt like getting dressed.  It was one of those freezing cold days, and Tuesday had my early class, so whatever.  In hindsight, I wish I'd gotten dressed.  Luckily, all I'd be remembered as is that Asian girl that was totally underdressed.

This guy in a suit talked to me while we waited for the elevator.  I told him I was a freshman in political science.  He brightens up at that statement, and when the other guy in a suit (with his wife, I assume) gets onto the elevator, he introduces him to me as the president of the city council.  And he was a former senator or somesuch.

And I was wearing these oversized, baggy sweatpants with PINK UNIV written on my ass.  Oh, yeah.  I rock.

In other news, here's an interesting version of Die Schatten Werden Langer that I rather like.  Der Tod does a nice poppy thing that works for a concert.  Not sure I'd like it as much in an actual staged performance (it'd be a little anachronistic), but it's still interesting.  The Rudolf, whoever the hell it is, is very good.  The ensemble is shit.
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Got the soundtrack.  Holy shit this sucks.

Well, if you don't listen to the lyrics, it sounds... fine.  Great voices actually.  I'm curious what their Romeo looks like because his voice sounds pretty much the same as Lukas' but better.  I'm not about to compare it to the awesomeness that was Rómeó és Júlia, .  They changed how a lot of the songs work, but I'm not a French purist, so I don't really care.  But what idiot translated this?  They had every single work of Shakespeare to legitimately steal rhyming lines from, and they didn't.  They could've ripped the lines straight from the play itself, but they didn't.

I mean, seriously.  You're making a musical of a play that was pretty much written in sonnet form.  Take your freaking rhyming lines from the play.  Les Rois Du Monde revolved around the world "dumb" and whatever would rhyme with it--which is not much, so dumb was rhymed with dumb a great deal.  Yeah.  Ouch.  To be fair, half the songs are fine.  The other half are godawful.
liaku: (all your bass)
Yeah, so the name Bereczki Zoltán doesn't mean anything to you all, but for those of you that I've forced to watch the Hungarian RetJ, this guy should look pretty damn familiar.

Seriously, I might've been the only person in the world that liked most of the music 90s boy bands churned out. Naturally, I am in love with this guy. There's also a vid of him singing Billie Jean (which is one of my favorite songs of, like, all time, so). Then again, this vid was apparently from 2002 or something, so it was nearly the 90s anyway. For those of you that aren't so fond of that particular era of music, I have no clue what this song is or where it's from, but it's great.

eta: Here's Zoltan again with Billie Jean, because I think it's agreed between me and Laura that it is made of pure win.

liaku: (all your bass)
So as most of you know, I have a low opinion of the Austrian Romeo und Julia production.  It was decent, fun, worth watching once, good actors, whatever.  Solid.  As some of you (that I've been rambling at lately) know, I think the French and original version of Romeo et Juliette is absolute shit, though it at least pulled off the love songs better than the Austrian version.  That says more about the Wien production than the French one, honestly.  This isn't to say that the show lacked good actors, choreography, sets, etc, just that the music was really damn boring and the storytelling was worse than really damn boring.

I've been watching the Hungarian production on youtube.

Bought the DVD of the Hungarian production.

Yeah, uh.  It's really good.  Their Mercutio is pretty (and, hell, better than Rasmus at playing the part, though I get the feeling that he's basically playing himself).  Their Benvolio is awesome.  Their Juliet is a mezzo-soprano, which makes every song she's in a thousand times better.  Their Tybalt is amongst the most stunningly beautiful men alive, and Dolhai Attila royally rocks at Romeo even if he will never look like a Romeo in my eyes.  They also changed the order of the songs, and it was such a minor change but it worked wonders in cutting out the crap and fixing the flow.  And dude, fire dancers.  Fire dancers.  On stilts!  Does it get any more awesome than that?
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Yeah.  I liked Ozymandias when he first showed up.  Turns out he's my favorite character.  And he doesn't die.  What were the chances?  Rather grim ending for him anyway though.  Grim ending all around in general.

Really curious who they cast for Ozy in the movie now.  Should go check.

Romeo und Julia ramblings from 4AM. )
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Just got back.  Not much to say, really.

I don't want to be too harsh, but kid!Simba really sucked.  To his credit, he did the last few notes of "I Just Can't Wait To Be King" quite well.  On the other hand, I really liked grown!Simba.  I remembered commenting that he was a total goofball when I saw the show a few years ago in NY, but this one was perfect.  "Endless Nights" gave me goosebumps  "He Lives In You" was somehow even better than I remembered it.

"Shadowlands" was excellent.  My opinion of kid!Nala can be summed up as she was better than kid!Simba.  Adult!Nala was great.  Hit a few different notes from what I was used to, but still lovely.

Rafiki rocks my world.  Well, Serkan Kaya rocks my world, but Rafiki rocked it tonight.

I had the thought that it was really strange that they didn't put Simba challenging Scar to song.  I mean, the dialogue is pretty well-suited for lyrics.

The Lion King is a pretty flawed musical.  They start with "The Circle of Life" which is pretty much worth about half the cost of the admission ticket, and then the entirety of Act I dramatically fails to match up to the bang the show started with.  Act II's lovely, of course, but really short even for an Act II.  The show itself calls for an extremely strong and talented ensemble and, in this performance, the ensemble made a habit of overpowering the rest of the cast.

Mind you, I had great seats for (relatively) cheap, so I loved it.
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Visually, it was fantastic.  Stunning.  Gorgeous.  Pick any adjective or synonym, it doesn't matter, it was beautiful.  The set, choreography, blocking, costumes, everything was a feast for the eyes.

Casting was solid.  Ariel was alright, definitely had her high points.  Whatever Prince Charming's name is was alright.  Ursula was damn good though she didn't portray the character quite as evil as I would like.  Triton was also spot on.  The ensemble cast was particularly impressive.

The boy that acts Flounder, he must be around ten or twelve, has the single most beautiful voice I've ever heard.  He's outdone Drew Sarich as my favorite Broadway actor.  I thought he was about eight or so at first, but his voice is already pretty deep.  Oh, he's miscast, I'd have thought Flounder was supposed to be a cocky little brat if I hadn't seen the movie (the "guppy" comments threw me every time)--but he can sing.  He's only got one song, and its a new one I think, and it is the single best song in the show--but that's also helped by the fact that he's supported by the female ensemble, and all of them have stronger voices than Ariel.  That's not the point though.

I am in love with him.  Yeah, he's around half my age, but I am in love with him nonetheless.  It's the first time I've bothered keeping the Playbill--well, I didn't even bother keeping the whole thing.  Just ripped out the page with the cast list on it.

I also set a new record--I used the bathroom five times in that theatre.  Once about half an hour before the show, before the seats were open.  Another time about five minutes before the show began.  A third about ten minutes into the show (between songs, mind you, I nearly missed Ursula's intro!).  A fourth during intermission.  A fifth after the show.  I have a bladder the size of a peanut, I tell you.

Seeing Young Frankenstein this coming Sunday.  Hoping it'll be good.


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