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Whether You Like it or Not…

Today was a normal Wednesday. I woke up before the Georgia sun had risen to get to my 8 AM Computer Arts class, and then returned at 11 AM, ready for my nappy time. But before I drifted off to dream land, I went onto the World Wide Web to see what was going on. And there I found something potentially life-changing. Or at least really fucking exciting.

Ladies and gentleman,

whether you like it or not,

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is headed to Broadway this fall, starring John Cameron Mitchell.

Just let that sentence sink in. I’m not sure how to punctuate it correctly, because no amount of exclamation marks or use of bolding or italics can really get across how truly incredible this is.

I must have read the New York Post article three times before I gripped the reality of it. I swear that I nearly cried.

It’s been 12 years since Hedwig did it’s off-Broadway run, and 9 years since the film came out. JCM says that he literally quit acting for that amount of time because the role was just so demanding…so I’m not completely sure why he’s choosing to go back to it now, but I’m certainly thankful that he is.

The original director, David Binder, and producer are also returning, and the play itself is changing. Binder says:

One thought is to fashion a story line that has Hedwig playing a one-night-only gig at a Broadway house. The previous show hasn’t moved out yet, so Hedwig is scrambling around an old set.

Stephen Trask is even going to write some new songs for this production that are inspired by Hedwigs around the world, which is really interesting. No word yet if Miriam Shor will be returning to play Hedwig’s much abused husband, Yitzhak.

There is no doubt at all that I will be there. Be it from San Diego, or Savannah, I would travel across the world to see John Cameron Mitchell play Hedwig. I’m almost worried, because after this, what more reason will I have to live?

I feel like this whole post is coming off as kind of cold and not very enthusiastic, but I don’t know how to express my joy for this short of using the caps lock key. And that’s just obnoxious.

Since my birthday is next week, I’m going to take this as a personal gift from the Universe to me. Thank you, Universe. Thank you very much.

(But if anyone else wants to get me a more immediate gift, I’d really appreciate the complete series of OZ.)

Now it’s only a matter of waiting. Until fall. When I get to see

John

Cameron

Mitchell

on

stage.

Blissfully,

Elaine

End of the Quarter Notes

Well, my first quarter here at SCAD is officially ending tomorrow.

I think that it went pretty well. My classes, to be honest, were pretty easy. But I think that this is mostly due to the teachers I got. Pretty much all the freshman had the same classes, and some people had fifteen hour drawing assignments on the weekend, or last minute 2D Design projects to work on…but I never really had any of that. Everything was pretty much in class and pretty easy. Not that I’m complaining. But even though there wasn’t a lot of work outside of class and stuff, I did learn a lot. Like comparing my first drawing project to my last one, you can actually see some legit improvement.

Outside of class, I’ve totally fallen in love with Savannah. I’m surprised by how much I like this kinda sleepy little town, but there’s something really charming about it. I like living in the historic district and that it’s a fifteen minute walk to “downtown”. (Hey, there is a Marc Jacobs here. That actually is kind of legit and exclusive.)

Socially, it’s okay. I mean, let’s be honest. I didn’t really have that many friends back in the Ranch, so I don’t know what I expected here. I’ve met a few people that I like and a few that I see sorta regularly, but I haven’t had any of the all-night adventures that Josh has had. But that’s okay. It takes time, right? Right?!?! And I know that I’ll find more people once I get into some film classes. Plus I’m lucky to have met some other Britney fans (including one pretty hardcore one).

All in all, I am happy here. Sometimes I wish that I had applied to SVA in New York, or that the College of Santa Fe hadn’t shut down before I applied…but I think I like it. I really took the fact that that production of Hedwig opened right after I got here as a sign that I’m supposed to be here. Sorry that that sounds so lame, but it’s true. You know how spiritual I am.

And now that the quarter is over, it’s time to go back home for seven weeks. Yup, seven. Thanksgiving and Hanukkah break are just rolled in to one, which is kind of nice because we don’t have to go back between them.

I’d like to conclude with two lists:

Five things I am most looking forward to about going home:

  1. Having gallons of milk at my disposal! I miss drinking milk at every meal.
  2. Not having to walk up four flights of stairs to get to my room.
  3. Having my kitties and doggies.
  4. Driving around in Josh’s 4Runner blasting Beyoncé, Blackout and “Chase the Morning”.
  5. Mexican food!

Five things I will miss about SCAD/Savannah:

  1. Being able to walk everywhere
  2. The homeless man who sits by the empty store on Broughton Street playing the recorder, as well as the old man who walks around in a suit carrying a sign about following God and fighting Satan.
  3. My posters, since they have to stay behind.
  4. The Bay Street Theatre’s December show.
  5. The millions of apples I steal from the cafeteria.

 

Savannah Isn’t So Bad…

So first, Hedwig and the Angry Inch came to the Bay Street Theatre at Savannah’s Club One.

Then tonight was The Rocky Horror Show. Starring, of course, the former Ms. Hedwig as the current Dr. Frank-N-Furter. And bitch turned it out! It was so much fun and sexy and sparkly.

Clearly, this is becoming my favorite place in the great city of Savannah.

I was mildly disappointed when I saw the next announced play. I had never heard of it. I was hoping for REPO! The Genetic Opera, because that would complete my unholy trinity of favorite musicals. Instead it was a play called Mr. Marmalade. I looked it up and I’m ashamed of my initial skepticism because it looks so fucking good!

Lucy is a four-year-old girl with a very active imagination. Unfortunately, her imaginary friend Mr. Marmalade doesn’t have much time for her. Not to mention he beats up his personal assistant, has a cocaine addic-tion, and a penchant for pornography and very long dildos. Larry, her only real friend, is the youngest suicide attempt in the history of New Jersey. MR. MARMALADE is a savage black comedy about what it takes to grow up in these difficult times.

Britney bless queer Savannah theatre!

J+E<3 Presents…The 2009 "S" Word Summer Season!

J+E<3 Corporations is excited about the launch of their new Production company, and to celebrate, they will be producing three musicals  over the 2009 Summer Season right here in Scripps Ranch!

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH July 25, 26

Scintillating

She’s back…and she’s still angry! This “sublimely trashy” yet unexpectedly inspiring rock odyssey returns from J+E<3’s production in May. We’ve got a new band, new costumes, and a new attitude, so even if you saw the last show, you’ll want to come again.

The show takes place at one of glam-rocker Hedwig’s concerts, and between songs backed by her band The Angry Inch, she tells the story of her life through stand-up comedy and monologue. Born Hansel in East Germany the year the Berlin wall was erected, he eventually meets an American G.I. who promises to take him over the wall and into the U.S. But that will require a marriage certificate, and therefore, a  full, physical examination. Hansel (now Hedwig) agrees to the sex-change operation, which is tragically botched, leaving her with just and “angry inch”. The G.I. soon abandons Hedwig alone in a trailer park in Kansas, where she soon meets and falls in love with a seventeen year old, pock-marked, four-eyed, Dungeons and Dragons obsessed, Jesus freak with a fish on his truck. He becomes her rock-n-roll protégé, who steals her songs and becomes successful on his own. Hedwig deals with the themes of isolation, love, identity and acceptance with humor and loud rock n’ roll. (Contains naughty words, blowjob jokes and “mature themes”.)

BYE BYE BRITNEY July 31, August 1,2

Scandalous

A (sort of) original musical written by Josh and Elaine. Based on the musical Bye Bye Birdie, and inspired by the life of the legendary Miss Britney Spears and featuring her music.

Internationally loved pop-icon Lucky is finally being forced to go to rehab. Her manager and boyfriend, K-Fed, is distressed, seeing how he is only using Lucky to get enough money for him and his other girlfriend, Shar, to move to the Bahanas. But Shar comes up with one last money-making scheme before Lucky goes: to promote her new single, “If U Seek Amy”, Lucky will debut her song and “If U Seek A-” one fortunate fan on live television! Papi Malone of conservative Scripps Ranch is selected, but all the phones are tied up as the whole town is engaged in “Phonography”! Once Papi learns of the good news, and Lucky arrives in town, Scripps Ranch is set abuzz…but her new boyfriend, Danja, is jealous. What’s a girl to do?? Bye Bye Britney is a satire of modern values, Scripps Ranch, and fame. All set to some of the greatest pop songs of all time! (Contains naughty words, sexual innuendo, and “mature themes”.)

LAST NIGHT WITH ELAINE AND JOSH August 28

Sassy

Josh and Elaine’s second “original” musical in which they look back on their time together and say goodbye to each other, and to their friends.

The eve before they depart to their separate colleges, best friends Josh and Elaine sit down together at their favorite restaurant, Santana’s Mexican Grill, to reminisce about high school and ponder what the future will bring. Re-written songs come from Josh and Elaine’s favorite musicals and artists including: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, REPO! The Genetic Opera, CATS, Elton John, Britney Spears and more. A must see for anyone who’s ever been friends with Josh and Elaine, and to everyone who is facing the unknown adventure of going to college next year all malone. (Contains naughty words).

More information, such as cast lists, location, times and promo photos and more about each production will now be appearing in the “Summer Musical” tab at the top of this blog. Keep checking there for more info!!

Progressions

This has definiteley been a year of growth. Especially for Josh.

Last August we had a luau/pool party for our friend Jackie, so I made us special J+E<3 tank tops to wear. However, Josh was mortified by the creation I made, and refused to be seen in it. Getting this picture was a struggle:

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By the time we reached April, he was able to don our homemade “Single Ladies” shirt for the entire school to see.

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And by the time we got to May, he was ready:

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Clearly it has been a year of change for Josh. There is really no telling what the future has in store for him.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch: A Reflection

As all you many, many frequent readers of Bosh With Elaine and Josh know, Josh and I have been hard at working putting on our very own production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  And since it has now come and passed, I think it mertis one long-ass post to wrap it up.

The first time I heard of Hedwig was in ninth grade when I was still coming down from my Rocky Horror high. So many people compare the two, that I added Hedwig to a long list of movies that I’d see eventually. The opportunity arose as I was sick and found the movie in the Comedy section of Blockbuster. I watched it when I went home, and I didn’t like it. Maybe it was the cold medicine or something, but it just didn’t mean anything to me. For whatever reason, I watched it again and fell in love. Suddenly everything clicked. I recognized myself in little Hansel – trapped in an oven of endless possibilties but limited means, and wanted to cry during “Origin of Love” because it so clearly expained the purpose for living. By the time it got to “Midnight Radio” when Hedwig was singing to the misfits, losers and rock and rollers, I knew that this was forever going to be my favorite movie.

I introduced it to Josh the night before he left to spend six weeks in Taiwan, and I ‘m not really sure how he felt about it. But as he left and I had the summer to myself, the research began. As I learned about John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask I became appreciative of Hedwig on another level because they had done exactly what it is truly my dream to do: musical to movie to cult phenomenom.

I can’t remember if producing the musical was my idea, or Josh’s, or a combination, but I know we agreed upon it the summer before sophomore year sitting in the little park by my house. Then some drunk twenty-somethings ran through the park and scared the shit out of us.

But I digress.

Through 10th and 11th grade we periodically spoke of it, but didn’t really focus on it. Then at the beginning of senior year we got serious. In September we got the rights and arranged to use the San Diego LGBT Center for three evenings in March . Then we set up auditions with people we met on Craigslist and through community college bulletin boards. We met some weird people and thankfully didn’t get murdered (which I hear is a possiblity when you invite people you meet on the Internet to your house or go to theirs), and unfortunatley…it just didn’t work out. We cancelled at the Center and had a serious talk at SMG about the prospects of Hedwig over California burritos.

It was looking grim and we were discouraged. It was already February and it was clear that we could never pull everything together by May. Josh suggested giving up (several times), but I knew that this was too important not to complete. Perhaps it had something to do with the passing of Prop 8, but I think it was mainly for the selfish reasons of wanting to finish something that I’d been dreaming about for going on three years. (Also I’d written about it in my college applications…)

So then we decided so scale way down and make it Josh, me, and a karaoke track for a very ghetto production sometime in May and the beautiful Scripps Ranch library.

Thankfully, Forrest and Rebecca agreed to help us out. Now there was a cast of three with Josh as Hedwig (this took some coaxing, but he eventually warmed to the idea), Forrest as the entire band (but specifically Skszp, the musical director), and Rebecca as Yitzhak. But as things got busy at school (and as we procrastinated) we arrived at the week before our scheduled performance fully unprepared.

We had costumes and the very limited required set pieces (including the ninety-three illustraions I drew which were to be projected during the entire show), but as for the acting and music…there was none of that.

So we worked hard for the next week to get our show ready for Monday May 4th.

And it sort of bombed. The projector was missing the correct cable, Hedwig’s wig fell off, an entire portion was forgotten, daylight poured through the glass doors, the lighting was nonexistent…

But everyone still clapped and was very nice to us about it. Luckily, Rebecca’s brother is besties with a lady in Scripps Ranch who owns a Performing Arts studio and she let us use it for our second show. We kept rehearsing and found Huy and Kevin to round out the necessary drum and piano sections of the music. And on May 16th, with an audience of about twenty, we put on a really good production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The projections added another dimension to the story, the music sounded really good, we had a real lighting board, Josh did such a good job, everyone looked great…it just went so well.

I know that this whole thing was supposed to be for our Senior Exhibitions, but I feel like this was really our first great life accomplishtment. I don’t mean to  gush, but really I couldn’t be more proud of what we were able to do. Or more thankful to all the people who helped us. We’ve said it a thousand times, but they deserve repeating: Forrest, Rebecca, Thomas, Kevin, Huy, Angela, my Mom and Carl…it would have been impossible without you.

But there was one person that I forgot to thank when we took the microphone after the show and that would be Josh. I’m really glad that he didn’t give up, even though it would have been easier, and that he played Hedwig (which he really did so well). So thanks, Josh. Cause I couldn’t have done it on my own.

We’ll have pictures and video coming soon, but in the meantime enjoy this clip of “Sugar Daddy”:

And if you missed the show or you want to see it again…well, you never know when Hedwig will stop by Scripps Ranch again.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Well, after talking about it since the summer before sophomore year, we’re finally putting together our production of the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. If you’ve come to our blog from Craigslist, welcome! We look forward to auditioning and casting actors and musicians.

And we’ll also be looking for other help, so if you happen to go to SRHS and are good with lighting, sound, music or general behind-the-scenes theatre work, please join our team!

All the information about the production can be found under the “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” page, so keep checking there for updates.


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