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Let’s Go to the Videotape

April 22nd, 2011

The Importance of Being Earnest. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Filming theater is like going to get your picture taken with a mall Santa; while it might make a lovely memory, you’re just as likely to discover that the beard is fake. Stage videos just don’t capture the magic and, in our click and watch world, that can make sharing a show difficult. However, here are some recent clips from the internet that showcase Broadway in creative, informative or just plain ear-popping ways:

  • Everything is better with an English accent. Need proof? See what happens when Oscar Wilde meets transcripts from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” in this hysterical (and raunchy) series of videos produced for by Santino Fontana and David Furr of Roundabout’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Make sure you have your mind condom.
  • Arcadia's Billy Crudup. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

    Thank God for Charlie Rose. He manages to have in depth conversations with stage creatives that get beyond the same sound bites and treat theater like a vibrant part of the artistic world. He also seems like he might dish on his big wig guests (and BFF’s) if you got him liquored up on Scotch. Perhaps that’s just me. In any case, he recently recorded two great interviews about current Broadway hits: Arcadia with Raul Esparza & Billy Crudup and The Book of Mormon with Trey Parker & Matt Stone. Crudup’s horrified response to watching video of a recent performance is worth the click alone (and is better than any joke some hack blogger can come up with about taping theater.)

  • I’m so glad that youtube did not exist when I was a child singing alone in my bedroom; I would never live down my version of The Carpenters’ “Rainy Days and Mondays.” (Though Karen did sing in a good key for a 10 year old boy.) One expressive young man has become a bit of a web sensation with his rendition of a song from Legally Blonde. Phlegm can’t keep this burgeoning belter down. Well, he’s back with a, shall we say, even more non-traditionally cast follow-up; can “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” be far behind? Watch the video after the jump…

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