that girl allison

I'm Allison. I see a ton of theatre. I'm a huge fan of Green Day, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Weezer, Oasis, Adam Rapp, Emily Giffin, and Shakespeare. I run sometimes, and do yoga always. My life has changed a lot in the last year, so this is my account of it all.

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Well this sounds… interesting. If I remember, I’ll try to make it to Brooklyn to see this. 

A Time to Kill, a new play, is opening on Broadway this season - October 20th to be exact. It’s based on the best selling John Grisham book of the same title and it has an amazing cast to boot: Tonya Pinkins, Sebastian Arcelus, and Patrick Page, to name a few. 
John Grisham’s book has “captivated readers with it’s raw exploration of race, retribution, and justice,” and now it’s time for one of YOU to also be captivated… but on Broadway.
So, to enter to win a pair of tickets, all you have to do is reply with your favorite John Grisham novel, follow my Tumblr, or reblog this post. 
Winners will be notified next Monday! Until then: don’t forget to follow the show on Twitter here. 

A Time to Kill, a new play, is opening on Broadway this season - October 20th to be exact. It’s based on the best selling John Grisham book of the same title and it has an amazing cast to boot: Tonya Pinkins, Sebastian Arcelus, and Patrick Page, to name a few. 

John Grisham’s book has “captivated readers with it’s raw exploration of race, retribution, and justice,” and now it’s time for one of YOU to also be captivated… but on Broadway.

So, to enter to win a pair of tickets, all you have to do is reply with your favorite John Grisham novel, follow my Tumblr, or reblog this post. 

Winners will be notified next Monday! Until then: don’t forget to follow the show on Twitter here

I just watched this clip for the first time in forever. 

Rent means more to me than any show ever. This clip made me bawl.  I remember watching this after-the-fact on VHS in the years following after I’d paid some who-knows-who for a copy of their VHS. I’m friends with one of the fellows on screen above and it’s mind-blowing, still. To this day. 

The TONYs are this Sunday. I’m rooting for Matilda but I’m not sure how to describe what watching the above clips are like. Even though I didn’t watch them in real time, they’re still incredibly moving to me. Who knew that show would have a 12 year life on Broadway. Most shows don’t. I was at Rent’s 5th year anniversary performance, their 10th year anniversary performance, and their second-to-last and final performance.

Even though I don’t cry much, this show will always make me cry and will always have a special place in my heart. 

Forever and always. 

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I haven’t been watching Smash this season (because… the writing, just.. enough said) but when I saw a former classmate complain how they blatantly ripped off Rent and the backstory on last night’s episode, I was intrigued and went on Hulu to watch it.

I was a little lost, to say the least, but as soon as they announced that one of the writers of their show had died, it immediately resonated with me. I remember reading about Rent's road to New York Theatre Workshop, Jonathan Larson's death, the transfer to Broadway, and everything else when I was 11. I poured over the “bible,” as it was called, for hours, reading all of the passages. Years later when I befriended a person who happened to be an original cast member since it's off-Broadway production, I asked in an interview with him once, “What did it feel like when you heard that Jonathan had died?” And all he could say was, “I felt like I lost a very good friend.”

One of the complaints was that last night’s episode ripped off the backstory of Rent without even acknowledging the show. Well, I think it would’ve been a bit too cheesy, and more meta than necessary, to add in a line something like, “this is exactly like what happened to Rent!”

Duh. We’re theatre people watching this show. And if we’re good theatre people, we know the story. On the wall of Jesse L. Martin’s character’s office was a Rent poster from the run at New York Theatre Workshop. I think that was homage-paying enough. 

I think Smash is horribly written, but I appreciated this episode. It was a flashback to the mid-late nineties and my childhood. 

Blast from the past: a signed set list from a 2004 Daphne Rubin Vega concert. #memories #rent #joespub

Tomorrow night is the night. New Year’s Eve. The last night of the year and the time we use to reflect on the year about to be behind us and the year ahead. I’m looking forward to it as I’m starting a new job and have a lot of other parts of my life seemingly together (knock on wood). 
New Years eve is night when so many people go absolutely batshit crazy in New York City. It’s the night that I used to panic about if I didn’t have plans a month in advance. I used to have palpitations when whatever random dude I’d been seeing for a month didn’t ask me what I was doing and make plans with me. Now I could care less. Three years ago I went to three parties. I got incredibly wasted and wasn’t fun overall. Two years I stayed at one party. A year ago I went to two parties. This year I have plans to go to the party that I went to two years ago - the party that my friend and his fiancée throw at their Hell’s Kitchen apartment every year. It’s the most “adult” party I’ve been in attendance at because no one ends up belligerently drunk and vomiting.To be honest New Year’s Eve is as overrated as any other excuse to party and drink (ie. the Fourth, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, etc). So, if I can it through without a hangover or making out with a stranger, as well as surrounded by people who I genuinely like, I’ll consider myself lucky. 
I hope you have a happy new year too, with whatever you end up doing.

Tomorrow night is the night. New Year’s Eve. The last night of the year and the time we use to reflect on the year about to be behind us and the year ahead. I’m looking forward to it as I’m starting a new job and have a lot of other parts of my life seemingly together (knock on wood).

New Years eve is night when so many people go absolutely batshit crazy in New York City. It’s the night that I used to panic about if I didn’t have plans a month in advance. I used to have palpitations when whatever random dude I’d been seeing for a month didn’t ask me what I was doing and make plans with me. Now I could care less. Three years ago I went to three parties. I got incredibly wasted and wasn’t fun overall. Two years I stayed at one party. A year ago I went to two parties. This year I have plans to go to the party that I went to two years ago - the party that my friend and his fiancée throw at their Hell’s Kitchen apartment every year. It’s the most “adult” party I’ve been in attendance at because no one ends up belligerently drunk and vomiting.

To be honest New Year’s Eve is as overrated as any other excuse to party and drink (ie. the Fourth, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, etc). So, if I can it through without a hangover or making out with a stranger, as well as surrounded by people who I genuinely like, I’ll consider myself lucky.

I hope you have a happy new year too, with whatever you end up doing.

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In honor of tonight’s episode of SMASH… I’ll just leave this photo from December of 2005 here. I look awful in it, but I love it anyways. It was taken after a performance of Rent when he was covering the role of Roger before returning to the cast of Rent in 2008.

Jonathan Larson: February 4th, 1960 - January 25th, 1996
Thank you.
Photo credit: Sarah Krulwich, New York Times taken on January 24th, 1996 after the final dress rehearsal of Rent at the New York Theatre Workshop. It was the last photo taken of him while he was alive.

Jonathan Larson: February 4th, 1960 - January 25th, 1996

Thank you.

Photo credit: Sarah Krulwich, New York Times taken on January 24th, 1996 after the final dress rehearsal of Rent at the New York Theatre Workshop. It was the last photo taken of him while he was alive.

Emma Hunton Is Maureen in Off-Broadway’s Rent, Starting Jan. 13

So, the off-Broadway revival of Rent welcomed some new (and old) cast members this week. I wonder how Ms. Hunton is in the role of Maureen. Anna Leigh Ashford was pretty much the only cast member to get across-the-board great reviews when the revival first opened, so Hunton has huge shoes to fill. 

In my opinion, the best members of the company were Adam Chanler-Berat, as Mark, and Matt Shingledecker, as Roger, and unfortunately these two will also depart the company in about a week to be replaced by Josh Grisetti and Justin Johnston respectively.

Wait. What? Justin Johnston is playing Roger?  At first I thought, Well, maybe it’s a different Justin Johnston… but it’s not.  Justin Johnston played the role of Angel in multiple casts when the show was on Broadway and touring. Don’t get me wrong, he was a fantastic Angel and an unbelievable dancer. But he is not who I would’ve imagined to succeed Shingledecker (who was a breath of life into the role).  I think he’s a tad too old to be Roger and he doesn’t have the look or grimace that actor’s playing Roger usually have.

Who knows though. I might be totally wrong and he might be amazing. I’m not sure I’m  ready to sit through the show again to take that chance though. If you’ve seen him in the role though, be sure to let me know how he is! I will now leave you all with a picture of Mr. Johnston and I from the summer of 2002 when I was 16.

After three years in my apartment, I just resigned for another 2 years and finally decided to hang things on my walls, and do a few other things as well.  I had a few things hung where I was able to get nails into my walls but since my walls are concrete (like, legit concrete) that’s rather hard.  My parents were able to procure a super powered drill for the day thought and we went to work.  Here are some before and after shots.

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