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Friday, July 30, 2010

SYTYCD7 - Cut Up 2D/Step Up 3D

So You Think You Can Dance - Season 7 - Top 6 Redux Results Night - The Cut From 6 to 4 - Ep. 719
Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mia Michaels, Adam Shankman and Toni Redpath

Top 6 Group Dance with the All-Stars
Choreographed by: Mia Michaels
Song: "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - Sting
Grade: B+

It's Allison in Wonderland! Gawd I love Allison!

So did Jose dance this time? He's been out at least 2 weeks... yes I think I saw him. Lauren wasn't there, though she is fine and out of the hopsital.

Wow. That was a Mia Michael's piece? I loved it but it was way more fun than I expect from her. Not perfect and some limp moments in between cool stuff but lots of fun, and kind of unexpected from Mia. It's like she's trying to channel Wade or something.


So I'm late watching the results because I went to a screening of Step Up 3D, produced by Adam Shankman. Um... I'll speak more about it below.

But more important things first. In one fell swoop, we're cutting 2 dancers tonight, leaving 2/3 of the dancers left.

My Predictions from the Top 6 Redux Performances:
Bottom Three: Jose, Robert and Billy.

Should Go Home: Adéchiké and Jose
Going Home: Jose and Billy.


The actual results were:
Jose is in the bottom 3.
Kent is safe. No kidding?
Billy is in the bottom 3. Which I sadly predicted.
Adéchiké is safe.
Robert is in the bottom 3 safe. OMG OMG OMG!!! I'm as pleasantly shocked as he is.
Lauren is saf... in the bottom 3. Whoa. Seriously. Who the f%&k is voting for Adéchiké? The French?

I don't think Adéchiké is a bad dancer, but I don't know anybody who really LOVES him and would vote for him. So how has he never been in the bottom 3? How big is his family/town and how many phones do they have?

According to @dizzyfeet: "The difference between first place and second place was 1.17% there's no guaranteed winner". So Kent and... please please please be Robert. Because it can't be Lauren which means it would be Adéchiké again?














The Experts:
Step Up 3D plug:
Dancers to the Music from the Step Up 3D Motion Picture Soundtrack
Song: "Already Taken" - Trey Songz
Song: "My Own Step (Theme from Step Up 3D" - Roscoe Dash & T-Pain feat. Fabo
Song: "This instant" - Sophia Fresh feat. T-Pain

Maybe I'm just getting picky but I thought some of the guys at the end of the "My Own Step" portion looked messy.

Um, I know that was supposed to blow us all away to want to see Step Up 3D but I way preferred Allison in Wonderland.

Ok, so if I have time, I'll try to post a longer review but while I adored Step Up and even Step Up 2 to a degree, Step Up 3D feels like a totally different entity. If the first movie is like SYTYCD, the 3D version is like America's Best Dance Crew. A show I kinda dug for a while and then got tired of fast, and that I've forgotten about again while I've returned back to SYTYCD.

Still, it was fun to see Twitch on the big screen. Legacy and Ashlee pop in and out. Joshua Allen has a hilarious part as a badass. Yah, um, no. Katee Shean and Ivan are supposedly in it too but I didn't see them.

And for Glee fans, Harry Shum Jr. (Mike Chang) appears (though too late into the movie) and like in Glee, has 1 line. Groan. When will he get a deserved bigger part?

Anyways, the dancing was alright, but to be honest, I found myself bored through some of it. Not a good sign for a dance movie. And seriously, I don't ask for much story and plot in a dance movie but does the dialogue have to be so bad? The main guy Rick Malambri is super hot but I noticed doesn't really dance that much in the movie, or emote much either (he seems like a great nice guy in real life but plays it as the nice guy in the movie which doesn't really make an underwhelming story very interesting).

And the 3D? Totally unnecessary and in fact, makes the dancing look cartoonish and animated and FAKE.


The Filler:
Christian TV performs "When She Turns 18". Don't know who he is but he's kinda cute. Though forgettable.

Allison "The Rocker" Iraheta performs "Don't Waste the Pretty". I love Allison but this song totally sucks.


Dance For Your Life:

Jose "Full Deck" Ruiz
Song: "Hot Music" - Soho
Grade: B+

Billy Bell
Song: "Szerencsetlen" - Venetian Snares
Grade: A
I love that he's putting some quirk into his solos but maintaining his beautiful lines.

Lauren Froderman
Song: "Let's Get It On" - Marvin Gaye
Grade: B+
Man she really likes the motown. After last night's great solo, I thought she went back to stripper territory.


The Cut:

So they must cut 2 dancers and while I thought Billy would have won Season 6 if he didn't have to pull out, he's sadly getting cut cause no way are they letting the last girl go. So, despite putting in 2 of some of the best routines of the entire season, Billy's being let go.

So Billy Bell and Jose "Full Deck" Ruiz are eliminated. (No big surprise for Jose. He should have been cut weeks ago, but 3 injuries in a row have saved him).


So there you go. Final four. And it's Adéchiké, Kent, Lauren and Robert. I'm 75% pleased.


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Thursday, July 29, 2010

SYTYCD7 - Let's Talk About Six Baby

So You Think You Can Dance - Season 7 - Top 6 Redux Performance Night - Ep. 718
Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mia Michaels, Adam Shankman and Toni Redpath

No one is injured tonight!... yet.

So it's Top 6 Part 2. Sure. If it were a great top 6, this would be great, but at this point, it's more like a Top 4 with 1 who might have potential if we had about 10 more weeks left and 1 who has just exhausted his stay.

Meanwhile, they've announced the tour cast which isn't as great as it initially sounded. It's not even the whole Top 10 for Season 7, and not even the Top 4 from Season 6 which got totally shafted. I mean, yay Allison and Courtney get another tour, and at least Kathryn finally deserves to get on the tour, but where's Ellenore? Jakob? Legacy? And can the All-Stars be All-Stars if Neil, Mark and Pasha aren't on?

So the tour cast is: S7's Kent, Lauren, Robert, Billy, Ashley, Adechike, Jose, S6's Russell and All-Star Kathryn, and All Star's Courtney, Ade, Dominic, and Allison

There was also the promo for So You Think You Can Dance Canada Season 3, starring S1 and S2 winners Nico Archambault and Tara Jean Poppowich which looked pretty hot. Starts Aug. 15th, basically right after this thing finishes.

But now back to the Top 5... er 6 again.

Kent Boyd with Anya Garnis
Choreographed by: Jean-Marc Généreux and France Mousseau
Style: Cha Cha
Song: "My First Kiss" - 3OH!3 feat. Ke$ha
Grade - Dance: A-
Grade - Contestant: A-

I know Kent dissenters point out the faces Kent makes, but while a) I don't really mind because it's just his youthful enthusiasm for being on a nationally televised show at 18, b) he keeps it to a low this week doing the Cha Cha and actually reminded me a lot of Pasha (who does pull faces too but we love him for it, so what's the dif?)

The leather looked good on Kent. I wasn't digging Anya's hair though, but it moved nicely for the dance piece even though it made her look a little scary.

Toni thought he did a better job but he shouldn't hunch over so much in an attempt to be butch. Mia thought it was crunchy, which Cat questioned her on.

Here's the video of Kent and Anya's Cha Cha:




Robert Roldan with Kathryn McCormick
Choreographed by: Stacey Tookey
Style: Contemporary
Song: "Heaven Is A Place On Earth" - Katie Thompson
Grade - Dance: B
Grade - Contestant: A-

Robert with Kathryn again? Normally I'd complain with such obvious repeats but how can you complain habout having Robert and Kathryn together again? I feel if Robert was on last season, maybe he and Kathryn could have made a superb connection.

That said, while I liked the storyline, I thought the dance was sort of forgettable. Beautiful moves by the dancers but while I love Stacey Tookey, this was good for her, but she's often been stellar. Still, I thought Robert and Kathryn has done a stellar job with the dance and putting themselves totally into the story.

Robert's partnering is getting better. He still needs to go to the weight room to build up some of his arm muscles, because at this point, that's about the only thing he's lacking. But tonight I couldn't tell since he seems so comfortable with Kathryn.

Last week Nigel mentioned that Robert hadn't grown enough (or that one judge mentions it during the results), but here he repeats that he's grown so much. Mia mentions that Robert pulls back just enough at the start of the dance to allow the story to take hold, and that holding back shows how mature a dancer Robert is.

Here's the video of Robert and Kathryn:




Adéchiké Torbert with Courtney Galiano
Choreographed by: Tyce DiOrio
Style: Jazz
Song: "Manteca" -Dizzy Gillespie
Grade - Dance: B-
Grade - Contestant: B+

I couldn't tell if the dancers did a flub or the choreo was just lame. I'm assuming since Courtney is awesome, it was either a mistake by Adéchiké or Tyce's choreo was just bleh. It was better than his Broadway stuff, though definitely not as good as his choreo from last week.

I think Adéchiké is strong but something feels missing to me still.

Adam swears. Apparently. When did "balls out" become swearing?

Mia thinks he has great strength in fitness and strength but needs more in style and finesse.

Nigel thinks he doesn't let himself go enough. I've got to agree with Mia and Nigel here. Granted both made it sound really nice still. I guess knocking Adéchiké didn't work before so they're not trying again. It only seems to spur his fans even more to vote since he's never been in the bottom 3.

Here's the video of Adéchiké and Courtney's Jazz:




Jose "Full Deck" Ruiz with Comfort Fedoke
Choreographed by: Marty Kudelka and Dana Wilson
Style: Hip-Hop
Song: "Try A Little Tenderness" - Otis Redding
Grade - Dance: A-
Grade - Contestant: B

I can't tell if that dance was deceptively simple or deceptively hard but I thought it was such a well designed dance that Jose could totally hit and work well with. Basically, he could fudge his way through well enough.

I am LOVING Comfort this season. And while I thought Jose did a pretty great job, watching him next to Comfort just made the differences even more glaring.

Nigel did not feel it, Toni did, Mia didn't, Adam felt it all.

It's funny that Nigel actually called out Jose for not being in the results show group dances (for the past 2 weeks? at least) but used some "injury" as an excuse. Yah, sure. Whatever. Not 2 weeks in a row.

Here's the video of Jose and Comfort's Hip-Hop:




Lauren Froderman with Allison Holker
Choreographed by: Tyce DiOrio
Style: Broadway
Song: "Who's Got The Pain" - Damn Yankees (1994 Original Broadway Revival Cast Recording)
Grade - Dance: C+
Grade - Contestant: A-

So are we only allowed to do same-sex Broadway when it is baseball related?

LOVE Allison! She's so fabulous! And while I think she has a sparkle that is special to Allison, I'll give it that Lauren managed to not only keep up, but seem to match Allison in almost everything except for a few moments at the beginning.

Did Mia just criticize the dance? ("Is it the most memorable piece of the season? No, but you killed it").

You know what sucks about Tyce routines? They are a series of cliched moves with emptiness in between. They are attached in a row, but not mended together as a whole dance.

Here's the video of Lauren and Allison's Broadway:




Billy Bell with Ade Obayomi
Choreographed by: Stacey Tookey
Style: Contemporary
Song: "Mad World (Alternate)" - Michael Andrea feat. Gary Jules
Grade - Dance: A
Grade - Contestant: A+

Ade is a businessman. Billy is a homeless man. Different but really the same. OOOH. Deep. Sometimes Stacey Tookey's big concepts don't work, but sometimes, like here, they do, though with a big thanks to the wonderful pairing of the hulking Ade and the petite Billy. I know the haters are going to go, eh, it wasn't that great, and for a moment, I was wondering where it was all going. But the combo of the right song, the right VERSION of the song, and the power of seeing Ade in a suit against Billy's poor boy eyes was just pure perfection.

You could see the story and sadness and fear in Billy's eyes. We know he can do the dance. Now we know he can dance with a soul.

Mia thanks Stacey for keeping on her toes with her routine. A nice way of saying "back off bitch! I'm the queen of the concept contemporary".

Adam thinks Billy was finally born on the show.

Here's the video of Billy and Ade's Contemporary:





Jose "Full Deck" Ruiz and Kent Boyd
Choreographed by: Spencer Liff
Style: Broadway
Song: "From This Moment On" - Kiss Me Kate soundtrack
Grade - Dance: A
Grade - Jose: B-
Grade - Kent: A+

Spencer Liff! I know, I always have to do that when I see that boy! Adam praises his choreo. As he should. Claims it's the best Gene Kelly, old style Broadway we've seen on the show. Uh yah. When it's Tyce usually doing it, the cat could do a better job choreographing it. Cat Deeley can do a better job choreographing it.

For those that had defended Tyce before (well, the two of you), can you SEE the difference between GREAT Broadway and Tyce Broadway?

I know Kent is supposed to play the boy and Jose was supposed to play the refined guy, both chasing after an imaginary girl (I won't even make a comment here), but I thought Kent just looked so refined compared to Jose's dancing. Toni thought Jose got away with a character built around Jose, but Kent is simply a contender.

Kent was just magnificent here in a wonderfully understated style that had a breathe far beyond what we've seen on this show (I don't even have to name names anymore in my digs do I?). Watching Kent here, which is just perfect for his wide grinned smile, makes me smile with a wide silly grin. Even Mia says Kent's allowed to do his silly faces here!

Here's the video of Jose and Kent's :




Lauren Froderman and Adéchiké Torbert
Choreographed by: Jean-Marc Généreux and France Mousseau
Style: Foxtrot
Song: "Fever" - Beyoncé
Grade - Dance: B+
Grade - Lauren: B+
Grade - Adéchiké: B+

I actually thought Lauren and Adéchiké did a pretty great job with the Foxtrot, another one of the ballroom dances that are often quite difficult for non-Ballroom dancers. Toni thinks that they didn't quite get the style perfected, which admittedly is difficult to learn so fast, but managed to get the feel of it right.

Mia thought Lauren did better than Adéchiké but I thought they both sort of were equal here.

Here's the video of Lauren and Adéchiké:




Billy Bell and Robert Roldan
Choreographed by: Nakul Dev Mahajan
Style: Bollywood
Song: "Ganesh" - Bombay Dreams (soundtrack)
Grade - Dance: A-
Grade - Billy: A
Grade - Robert: A+

Just as I was going to be over Bollywood, a dance that always seems fun but kind of the same everytime, here comes a great Bollywood where having two amazing dancers gives it the oomph needed.

It was also deceptively difficult, with so much movement and bouncing and intricate moves that only two great dancers like Billy and Robert made it look so easy, while hitting every mark.

Toni thought they were both great but Robert probably just hit it a little better and I partly agree mainly because Robert brings a more mature swagger (even though he's slightly younger than Billy)

Here's the video of Billy and Robert's Bollywood:



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The Solos

Jose "Full Deck" Ruiz
Style: Breakdancing
Song: "Giant Squid" - RJd2
Grade: B+
Look, at this point, what else is there to say? He's an amazing breaker, though I feel his solos are a series of tricks as opposed to a SOLO PIECE, which Legacy excelled in, so I feel there's something left wanting in his few seconds up there by himself.

Here's the video of Jose's Solo:




Lauren Froderman
Style: Contemporary
Song: "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" - Aretha Franklin
Grade: A-
MUCH better than her previous stripper routine. MUCH better. Between her little pink and black teddy, she looked like a little girl trying to dance ballet, but with beauty and style and learning to grow into a woman. Plus that last single footed lift with the toe sticking out was pretty cool.

Here's the video of Lauren's Solo:




Billy Bell
Style: Contemporary
Song: "Lights Go Down" - Telepathe
Grade: A
After being told he was relying too much on his flowy contemp dance skills too much in his solos, it was nice to see him try to quirk it up and give a darker moodier style to his flow. Oh, he still has some of the smoothest transitions and is just so damn bendy, but while it sometimes defied the brute strength he was trying to convey, I admired him for giving it all to butch it up, with a mostly successful intriguing solo.

Here's the video of Billy's Solo:




Kent Boyd
Style: Contemporary
Song: "A Song For You" - Elliot Yamin
Grade: A-
SO much better than last week. Wicked cool flip too. Nice song pick. Nice attempt at emotion in his solo. I could totally buy it. My only beef? It wasn't long enough. AGH. Can't believe they ended the song right there.

Here's the video of Kent's Solo:




Robert Roldan
Style: Contemporary
Song: "A Beautiful Mess (From a Raining Jane Session)" - Jason Mraz
Grade: A-
At first I thought it was one of Robert's weaker solos that seemed to flit and float around but then I realized he was sort of literally playing with the lyrics from the song, trying to make a bit of a story out of it. Cheesy maybe but it gave his movements some depth that solos usually lack.

Here's the video of Robert's Solo:




Adéchiké Torbert
Style: Contemporary
Song: "Pretty Wings" - Maxwell
Grade: B+
Maybe all the Maxwell fans are voting for him? I know they are some powerful fans (hello Ginette!) so they're keeping him here in hopes of hearing Maxwell songs used on the show?

Here's the video of Adéchiké's Solo:



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The Final Roundup:

Lauren is apparently with the medics at the end of the show.

The Dancers - Pairs Routine:
1st - Best of the Night: Billy (with Ade)
2nd: Billy and Robert
3rd: Kent (with Anya)
4th: Robert (with Kathryn)
5th: Kent and Jose
6th: Lauren (with Allison)
7th: Lauren and Adéchiké
8th: Adéchiké (with Courtney)
9th - Worst of the Night: Jose (with Comfort)

The Routines:
Best Routine of the Night: Stacey Tookey's Contemporary (Billy with Ade)
2nd Best Routine of the Night: Spencer Liff's Broadway (Jose and Kent)
3rd Best Routine of the Night: Marty Kudelka and Dana Wilson's Hip-Hop (Jose with Comfort)

The Dancers - Solos:
Best of the Night: Billy
2nd: Lauren
3rd: Kent
4th: Robert
5th: Adéchiké
6th - Worst of the Night: Jose

The All-Stars:
All-Star MVP: Allison
All-Star MVP 2: Comfort
All-Star MVP 3: Ade
All-Star MVP 4: Kathryn
All-Star MVP 5: Anya


The Predictions:
Bottom Three: Jose, Robert and Billy.

Should Go Home: Adéchiké and Jose
Going Home: Jose and Billy.

I mean, Jose looked sad everytime he stood there in front of the judges tonight. He knew, despite the softened blows at him, and the thin praises, that he's the weak link here. Meanwhile, I have no idea how Adéchiké keeps staying out of the bottom 3. He's a great dancer, but every week he improves, so does everyone else (and by else I obviously mean Billy, Robert, Kent and Lauren).

This is how I rank all the dancers overall (#position from last week in parenthesis):
Overall Ranking:

1. Kent (2)
2. Robert (1)
3. Billy (3)
4. Lauren (4)
5. Adéchiké (5)
6. Jose (6)

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Love, Loss and I - Love, Loss, and What I Wore - A Totally Biased Review

Love, Loss, and What I Wore - Westside Theatre - Off-Broadway, New York, NY - **** (out of 5 stars)
Love, Loss, and What I Wore - Panasonic Theatre - Toronto, ON - ****1/2 (out of 5 stars)
Written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, Directed by Karen Carpenter


Ok, so here's the full disclosure first. I was in NYC this past winter and was invited to go see Love, Loss, and What I Wore. I went, I loved, I laughed, I surprisingly enjoyed myself at a show that seemed highly geared towards women. A few months later, my friend, the same one who invited me to see it, had the rights to the show for its Toronto premiere, and since I was no longer at my former TV gig, and loved and knew a lot about theatre, ended up joining onto the Canadian production of the show. So yes, I work for the Toronto production of the show, so I'm completely biased here, but as a theatre fan, I thought I'd still share my review with you anyways and you can take it for whatever you want. (But either way, PLEASE COME SEE THE SHOW! HA. Okay, there's my shilling... let's move on...)

So in case you don't know yet, the new play based on Ilene Beckerman's book, is by sisters Nora Ephron (Julie & Julia, You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle) and Delia Ephron (You've Got Mail, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) and directed by Karen Carpenter, are a series of vignettes and stories about women and clothes told in a series of monologues by 5 actresses who read them from stands while seated. I know. Doesn't sound all that exciting but the Ephron's know how to balance off the drama and the laughter between the stories, sometimes whipping back and forth from one emotion to another, sometimes in the same story, sometimes by the order they're placed in.

The stories range from charming, to hysterical, to tragic, and while there are some slower moments that I just couldn't connect with, it wouldn't be too long before we got another zinger. Some of the laughs come from cliched stereotypes, but the Ephron's mold them well enough as starting points into deeper issues that get to the core of how clothes and self-image truly affects women and their sense of self.

The original production in New York, and thus subsequently copied in Los Angeles and now Toronto, uses a rotating cast of 5 "celebrity" actresses that change every month. When I saw it in New York, I had a wonderful cast of Michelle Lee, Debra Monk (Curtains, Grey's Anatomy), Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends), Katie Finneran (Tony winner for Promises, Promises, Wonderfalls), and Casey Wilson (Saturday Night Live).

In Toronto, the current first cast consists of (above, from l-r) Mary Walsh ("Marg Delahunty" from This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Louise Pitre (Tony nominee for Broadway's Mamma Mia, Dora winner for The Toxic Avengers the Musical), Andrea Martin (SCTV, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Exit the King, Young Frankenstein the Musical, Hedwig the Angry Inch etc.), Paula Brancati (Degrassi: TNG, Being Erica) and Sharron Matthews (Cabaret Star, Les Mis),

Both casts are fabulous but it's fun to see what the different actresses bring to each story.

While all the actresses in NYC were wonderful, I particularly remember Tracee Ellis Ross bringing her effervescent laugh and distinctive and eloquent cadence to the rhythm of her monologues, and Katie Finneran just has a natural comedic timing that she hides under her big fashionable blonde mane that she snappily uses to sharpen every comic button (which she later used to win her a Tony Award for Promises, Promises). Casey Wilson had some nice moments of her own while Debra Monk has such a commanding presence that you certainly feel a motherly grip with her performance.

The first Canadian cast is full of known funny ladies that it's hard to tell who outdoes one another when you have the talents of Andrea Martin, Mary Walsh, Louise Pitre and Sharron Matthews all-together on one stage. Each manage to pull out enormous laughs (just a look from Andrea Martin can send the theatre into roaring laughter) but they all also excel at flipping the switch to more tender or dramatic moments. I mean, each one has been used to commanding the stage on their own, but it's even more special watching them share the stage in a sisterly bond.

Still, my favorites might be Walsh doing Marveline, fixing a bra in a utility closet dressing room, Andrea Martin ranting about purses, Sharron Matthews (whose cabaret I have finally discovered just recently and now bow down to her world dominating show) looking in jealousy at the thin Martin, while Pitre keeps the flow of it all as Gingey, whose is the only storyline that continues throughout the show, holding it all together. While her Eileen Fisher wardrobe might disguise her real life fit arms, Pitre is at her best when we get to giggle along with her tales of her numerous beaux's, all while feeling the sadness that underlays the trials and tribulations of her life.

Paula Brancati, the youngest cast member, holds her own against the more known fabulous cast, but Brancati truly excels in adding layers to the sweetness of her stories, and giving dramatic heft to stories about prom dresses, boots, and being a bride.

On an additional note, just wanted to point out Jeff Croiter's (Next Fall) simple but beautiful lighting design that is essentially the entire set, and along with the animated casts movements, manages to convey all the setting needed to bring the read stories to life. Andrea Martin practically jumps out of her chair several times, but with both the New York and the Toronto casts, it's surprisingly how much imagery the actors, under Karen Carpenter's direction, can create while simply sitting on their chairs.

Vance at http://tapeworthy.blogspot.com


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