dance those magical musicals; a review

I think by now, most people know just how much Strictly Come Dancing – as well as the friendships that I’ve made through that show – mean to me. But even more than that, I’ve been able to find inspiration in the forms of the professional dancers on the show, as well as discovering new interests because of these friendships. Since I began watching the show (that’s an entirely different story in this blog post), I’ve always had my few favourites and I consider myself lucky that the professional dancers who I love on the show are ones who also do their own tours as well. 

This time around, as I’d already promised myself that I was going to attend Anton & Erin’s tour the minute I walked out of seeing their tour last year. (I wrote a blog post on that one too.) Anyone who knows me knows that I love musicals and will jokingly – okay, not always jokingly – fight with someone over their favourite musicals, as well as their opinions on them. By the time Anton & Erin’s 2019 tour – Dance Those Magical Musicals – commenced, I had already bought three tickets – both of their shows at London’s Barbican Hall as well as their show at the Brighton Dome. A part of me found even more excitement at the notion that, after attending their 2018 dates alone, I had managed to invite one of my friends to Anton & Erin’s first Barbican date, as well as the fact I’d be meeting another friend there as well. It should also be mentioned here that I’ve struggled severely with my mental health over the past year and these two friends have been constant support systems throughout it all, so the fact that I was going to see the tour with them meant even more to me. 

Instead of summarising all three shows, I’ll simply talk about some of my favourite bits from the tour as a whole, since I could go on four hours. As I loved the year before, I loved that importance of the guest singers – Lance Ellington and Laura Emmitt – as well as the backing dancers – Kelly Chow, Bethany Dows, Luke Field-Wright, Adam Lyons, Joshua Moore & Ellie O’Gorman. All of these people, as well as the London Concert Orchestra are stars of the show in their own right – as Dance Those Magical Musicals doesn’t just feature Anton and Erin’s talents – but instead the talents of everyone on stage. 

Throughout the entire show, I found myself even more struck with how much I was moved by each of the musical numbers – whether choreographed, vocal or instrumental, or a mix of all of the above. While neither favourite musicals aren’t currently on either Broadway or West End (Once on this Island and Seussical – in case you’re wondering), the show consisted of numerous songs that I have loved over the years. Like most people familiar with musicals, my favourite songs going into the show were all ones that I was familiar with beforehand – most notably “As Long As He Needs Me” from Oliver! – as my mother played Nancy in her high school’s production of the musical years ago. For each song that I knew, I found myself mouthing along the words, and it brought back so many memories of having grown up on these songs. 

I could go on for ages about what each number meant to me – as I can think of at least ten right now, but I’ll leave it as the fact that I’ve had the songs that mean the most to me playing on repeat in the back of my mind ever since their Brighton show. (And in a little list below.) I feel so grateful that I could see this incredibly talented bunch of people preform, and I sincerely wish the best for the last few weeks of their tour. And, of course, I can’t wait to see what they come up with next year.

★ ★

Top Favourite Numbers from Anton and Erin’s show:

✩Lullaby of Broadway
✩One Fine Day
✩Jersey Boys Medley
✩As Long As He Needs Me
✩Me and My Girl / If The Rain’s Got to Fall
✩Don’t Rain On My Parade
✩The Lady is a Tramp
✩The Impossible Dream
✩I Dreamed a Dream
✩Hairspray Medley 

(See what I mean about too many favourites?!) 

The End of a Year

By now, the majority of you should know that I’ve finished my first year of university in England. I really finished at the start of June, but my birthday month has been so busy that I haven’t gotten the motivation or time to properly write down a blog post on how much first year in Brighton has gone. I’ve written about a few specific events and experiences but nothing in depth since I got here because, for the most part, I’ve been exploring the area. So,  ten months on – here’s my thoughts on my move…  Continue reading “The End of a Year”

from broadway to hollywood; a review

As I’m sure, many of you know about how much Strictly has meant to me over the past two years or so, as well as the people who I’ve met through the show. Toward the end of 2016, I had the chance to begin starting to meet some of the people who I’d gotten to know of because of the show. Having lived in New York for the first (almost two) years of discovering my deep love for Strictly, and the happiness that it brought me, I decided that when I moved to England, I would save to attend the live tours of my favourite professional dancers. And a month before my move to England, I started making that dream come true.

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Week One… 

Well, I’ve done it – week one in England is coming to a close. I’ve officially been in England just over a week now, and I figure that this blog would be another way to keep everyone updated on how its going. The past few weeks have been crazy, but I’ve finally gotten myself settled down enough to write this.

Also before I go on, I want to take note to the fact that yesterday was World Suicide Prevention Day, and I want to dedicate this blog post to a few people – people who have helped me – and the people who have encouraged me to take this step. A lot of them already know their significance in my life, but it’s worth mentioning once again, so to Izzy, Becca, Niki, Liz & Katie – thank you, this one is for you all. Continue reading “Week One… “

The London Effect…

Hey everyone!

I think that most of you know by now that I travelled to London last winter for almost two weeks, but I’ve never really talked a lot about my tip. But here, I’m going to do that. I’ll talk about my favorite things that I did, people I met, places I saw – you get the picture. The positive side is that I really never had a “bad” moment on this trip, that is until I had to start packing to come home, so a wonderful happy post about everything that I did in the ten days when I explored the city on my own.

First off, you should all know that this was my first big solo trip that I had taken. In the past, I have traveled alone to visit friends and family, but I’ve always known the people who I was staying with. There is the small exception of when I went down to Connecticut for a night to attend a dear friend’s book signing and poetry reading, but other than that, I’ve always stayed with people I know. And visiting London has always been a dream of mine, but I never planned on exactly how incredible this experience would be.

So, without further ado … London 2016.

(The following post will contain a lot of links to various places that I visited throughout my trip, in case you’re curious about my favorite things.)

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