Rocketman (2019) Vs Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

It always seems to happen that when we get one film in a certain style we get a few in a very short space of time and that is kinda how it feels with Rocketman coming out this year after Bohemian Rhapsody this year. Both about legends in the music world, Sir Elton John and then Queen led by Freddie Mercury.

Both were around at the same time and started not too far off each other in the crazy 60s music world in the UK. Freddie Mercury (1969-1991 his death) and Elton John (1962-present) both gay men who could not fully be themselves, but on stage the personas they could create were a release. That is certainly something that is put into both films.

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Rocketman (2019) Review

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Rocketman is a look into the breakthrough and creation of Elton John from Reggie Dwight. We are taken on an emotional journey about how he became one of the most famous musicians in the world.

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Grammy Awards 2010 – Lady GaGa

The 2010 Grammy Awards took place last night so I have spent some time this morning searching YouTube to see clips of some of the performances. Lady GaGa really blew everyone away with a compilation of some of her songs from the previous year. “Poker Face” “Bad Romance” and my favorite “Speechless” which involved Sir Elton John in a duet and they changed to “Your Song” in the middle then went back to singing Speechless. It really was just incredible she seems to get better each time you see her perform.

Other performances which I loved were my favorites Bon Jovi 🙂 who sung three songs including classic hit “Livin’ On A Prayer” which was voted for by the public for them to sing. Pink was brilliant singing “Glitter in the Air” and Taylor Swift done an incredible performance of Love Story and You Belong With Me.

I could not yet find the Michael Jackson tribute but hopefully will be able to watch that very soon.

Tony Awards 2009

So I am currently sitting watching the Tony Awards, and yes I do realise that this is a movie blog. But so many actors and even shows/plays cross over to the movie genre. I attended the Tony Awards in 2008 and cannot believe that a year has now gone by since I was sitting in the audience myself.

The tribute to the performers who died in the last year has just been on, pictures of the actors who were nominated or won Tony Awards, accompanied by people singing “What I Did For Love” from “A Chorus Line” really broke my heart. I adore that song and some really big named actors have died in the past year. The three that really stick in my head are Paul Newman, Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty. While all of the people were applauded, I could hear a lot of cheers for Bea, she really was loved by the Broadway crowd.

I missed the start of the show which I was so disappointed about! Like the first 10 minutes, so basically the opening number. I turned it on in time to see Liza Minnelli on the stage, which made me smile. I was not too impressed with Shrek in musical form, I don’t no it just did not make me want to go and see it right now. I was however very, very happy when Angela Lansbury won yet another Tony Award. She really is just Mrs. Tony !!! I would not want to be nominated against her, haha.

Frank Langella has just been on presenting and very much amused me, kinda complaning in jest that he was not nominated for the play that he was in, and that award seasons bring out the best in him. He also joked about having an Oscar speech in his pocket still. Yes I am easily amused but he really was fantastic in Frost/Nixon.

Susan Sarandon was also on earlier and looking very good may I add. I cannot believe that this women is in her 60s now and still looking so fantastic, she is in such great shape. She has such a distinctive voice which I also love. Yes I do realise that I have just gone all fangirlish for Susan.

Billy Elliott perfromance was just fantastic, Elton John was on the stage to introduce it too which made it even better in my opinion. It was nice to see a different part of it, and not “Electricity” which was always on UK shows when it first hit the West End. Although my favorite song from this show is “Deep into the Ground”. Very good dancing in this part, it has to win best musical!!!

 I actually loved the Legally Blonde performance, it just looks like it would be a really fun show. Just like the movie is really fun too. Harvey Fierstein then came on to present and OMG his voice is just so incredible. He has won 4 tony awards, but I knew him first in Mrs Doubtfire, love it.

Nice to see Angela Lansbury back on the stage to present the life time achievement award good times. I think she is just fabulous, still going strong at her age is incredible. OMG YAY a clip from La Cage aux Folles . . . “I Am What I Am . . . ”  with George Hearn talking YAY I totally love him. Ok so the La Cage aux Folles now makes sense as it was for the writer or creator of that show. Whos name I cannot remember.

Anne Hathaway is there too, as she is going to be in Twelfth Night. She was introducing the performance from “Hair”. Hmmm I am not really too sure about Hair either, its not something I would rush out to see. Although it was amusing to see the cast jumping around the audience on some A List celebrities, haha.

Kristin Chenowith is a favorite with the Tony’s. She presented the best musical revival which went to Hair. I enjoyed the clip of Stockard Channing. What would a Tony Awards be without David Hyde Pierce ?!?!?! who was introduced by coming out for the second time tonight, hahahahaha.

YAY Billy Elliott won best actor(s) for all three of the Billy’s. Fantastic! Its Tony history as well, for 3 actors to be winning the Tony Award. Awwww they were all so cute as well, so shocked and overwhelmed and one of them was almost crying. They really had no idea what to say.  

Liza is also Mrs.Tony she is presenting the best musical award for the second year in a row . . . possibly even more times than that ?!?! I am guessing anyway. YAY of course Billy Elliott just had to win it, its incredible and from my neck of the woods in the North East England. LOVE IT LOVE IT. Geordie accents all round, haha. The kids just totally loved it.

Billy Elliot Takes 15 Tony Award Nominations

I know its not movies . . . but I love Broadway.

2009 Tony Award Nominations are :

Billy Elliot, The Musical is leading the way at this year’s Tony Awards after scooping 15 nominations – tying with The Producers for the most nominations ever garnered by one show.

The production, based on the 2000 film about a coal miner’s son who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer, will go up against Next To Normal, Shrek The Musical and Rock Of Ages in the coveted Best Musical category at the 63rd annual prizegiving, which honours the best on Broadway.

Sir Elton John, who has been nominated for the show’s original score, says of the nomination: “It’s been an amazing experience. It’s made an incredible impact on my life.”

The drama 33 Variations was nominated for Best Play, competing against God of Carnage, Dividing the Estate and Reasons to be Pretty.

Meanwhile, Hollywood actors James Gandolfini and Jeff Daniels, who both star in God Of Carnage, have been pitted against each other for the Leading Actor In A Play award.

Their co-stars Marcia Gay Harden and Hope Davis will battle it out in the Leading Actress In A Play category, which also includes veteran actress Jane Fonda for her role as a dying musicologist in 33 Variations.

The winners will be announced on 7 June at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The main list of nominees is as follows:

Best Play:

Dividing the Estate – Horton Foote

God of Carnage – Yasmina Reza

Reasons to be Pretty – Neil Labute

33 Variations – Moises Kaufman

Best Musical:

Billy Elliot

Next to Normal

Rock of Ages

Shrek the Musical

Leading Actor in a Play:

Jeff Daniels – God of Carnage

Raul Esparza – Speed-the-Plow

James Gandolfini – God of Carnage

Geoffrey Rush – Exit the King

Thomas Sadoski – Reasons to be Pretty

Leading Actress in a Play:

Hope Davis – God of Carnage

Jane Fonda – 33 Variations

Marsha Gay Harden – God of Carnage

Janet McTeer – Mary Stuart

Harriet Walter – Mary Stuart

Leading Actor in a Musical:

David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, Kiril Kulish – Billy Elliot

Gavin Creel – Hair

Brian d’Arcy James – Shrek the Musical

Constantine Maroulis – Rock of Ages

J. Robert Spencer – Next to Normal

Leading Actress in a Musical:

Stockard Channing – Pal Joey

Sutton Foster – Shrek the Musical

Allison Janney – 9 to 5

Alice Ripley – Next to Normal

Josefina Scaglione – West Side Story

Score:

Billy Elliot

Next to Normal

9 to 5

Shrek the Musical.