Thursday, November 28, 2013


It is time for the bestest of holidays. A celebration of friends and family and togetherness and ... pies!!! The Pie Mistress, Nico, has been hard at work preparing for tomorrow.
She has made so many pies each person will probably have their very own!
We also get up early to watch the parade. It's a tradition! Mostly because we LOVE Broadway!
And, of course, the main event. The turkey. And with that in mind, don't forget to gather around the computer, tablet, or what have you and enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday classic: The Turkey Prince! Here is a link:
 And in further are a few Thanksgiving cartoons from past Thanksgivings:

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"Skull Beneath My Skin" Video by Mike Marlin

I don't remember how I first came across Mike Marlin on Youtube...but he has a very haunting and compelling voice. This song also makes me think of Erik and Christine from Phantom. Anyway, I love his voice and the video is quite dark and creepy. See for yourself:

Check out his website for more videos and music.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

"Whistle Down the Wind" The Book, the Movie and the Musical!

When I was a kid I was a fan of Hayley Mills. She was brilliant especially in her two early British movies Tiger Bay and Whistle Down the Wind. I especially loved and still love Whistle Down the Wind filmed in the early 1960s in which three farm children in the English countryside discover a man hiding in their barn whom they think is Jesus returned. Alan Bates played the man, an escaped convict, and he was also quite remarkable in this, his first lead role (and pretty gorgeous, too!) as he tries to comprehend the actions of the three children and their friends as they try to help him.

The book this exceptional film is based on is charming in its own right. It was written by Hayley's mother, Mary Hayley Bell, and the edition I have, which I came across years ago in a used book shop, has lovely pen and ink drawings by Oven Edwards (line over the O in Oven which I couldn't figure out how to do!).

When I read that Andrew Lloyd Webber, who is one of my most favorite composers (thank you, thank you Sir Andrew for Phantom! Also Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita (NOT Cats, though, except for "Memories", sorry!) I was excited but then I saw he was setting the musical in the USA in the 1950's south. So, I was disappointed he didn't adapt it to the original setting of Lancashire, England. I never heard the soundtrack until only recently, when I was thinking about the book and movie and was curious to finally hear it. It was actually wonderful with lyrics by Jim Steinman. Now, I'll have to break down and buy the CD!

So it made me want to post scenes from the original film, and from the musical all through the miracle of Youtube and thanks to those who posted everything there!

(Trailer for the original film)
(scene from the musical)
Lots of info on Wikipedia
And this, on the Mills family
And, if the musical still hasn't made it to Broadway (or NH!) why not release it to DVD? How about it Sir Andrew?