Beyoncé and Jay Z opened the show and it was terrible and very raunchy. I don’t like the song either.
John Legend sang and played piano and it was AMAZING.
I am NOT a Taylor Swift fan and I am shocked to say that her performance was actually not too painful to hear. She did a piano song instead of her usual guitar. It was bearable.
I really like Katy Perry. Her set was so cool but the song didn’t really showcase her voice. I’m just glad she wasn’t singing “Unconditionally”.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis did their song “Same Love” (love them) and Queen Latifiah actually married a bunch a couples officially… but then Madonna started singing and ruined the song for me.
Imagine Dragons played Radioactive and collaborated with the rapper Kendrick Lamar. It was actually a very cool collaboration even though i’m sure would not like the rapper by himself.
Robin Thicke performed with Chicago and it was really good and well suited for him.
The country music stuff bores me and it’s not a style I like.
That is all.
James Blunt- You’re Beautiful
So I was looking at all of my playbills and the numerous Phantom of the Opera programs that I have. I just realized (officially) that I ONCE HAD BREAKFAST WITH KYLE BARISICH, WHO PLAYED RAOUL IN THE NYC PRODUCTION!!!
In 2006, my mom made friends with the concierge gay guy Jonathan when we stayed at the LOWES Hotel in Philly. He hooked us up with sold out tickets to see Phantom on their national tour! During this particular production, there was actually a chandelier malfunction (no lie lol) and something was wrong with the cable and some of the crystals were falling onto the stage. They had to stop the show to fix it and it could have come down on the audience (how ironic). Luckily they got things running again and the show continued.
Jonathan arranged for us to meet and have breakfast with a cast member, Kyle Barisich, who was just a member of the ensemble at the time. I remember telling him that I wanted to play Meg Giry one day in a Phantom production. (But that dream won’t happen and my sister would be a better candidate anyway with the ballet). He told us how he auditioned and that even being in the ensemble is very demanding work.
It is so inspiring to see how he has worked his way up the pyramid and that hard work can indeed pay off.
For about the last 4 years I think, I have gone each November to see Phantom in NYC with my sister. I had a hunch that Kyle’s name was familiar when I saw he was playing Raoul in the program!
Want to think outside the box? Do some blue sky thinking? Want to…[insert your own least favourite cliché here].
Well, according to psychological research, brainstorming doesn’t work. It turns out that in groups people are lazy, likely to forget their ideas while others talk and worried about what others will think (despite the rule that ‘there are no bad ideas’).
It turns out it’s much better to send people off to think up new ideas on their own. Groups then do better at evaluating those ideas.