Yesterday Lady Gaga released her new extremely catchy single ‘Stupid Love’, a high energy, extremely danceable pop song produced by the likes of BloodPop and pop genius Max Martin. This single seems to signify Gaga’s return to an electro pop sound, after her previous two studio albums ‘Cheek To Cheek’ a Jazz collaboration with Tony Bennett and ‘Joanne’ which opted for a more analog/acoustic sound. Don’t get me wrong I love pretty much anything Gaga comes out with – She really can sink her teeth into any genre! But I am happy to see her exploring electro pop again, it seems like the kind of music we need for the highly stressful place the world is in right now. Its great to have a song like “Stupid Love” which cheers you up and takes your mind off some of the daily worries!
Also the iPhone shot video does not disappoint featuring Gaga as a member of the ‘Kindness Punks’ wearing a trio of fabulously camp bright pink outfits! Gaga’s ‘Stupid Love” look has been compared online to Power Rangers and Sailor Moon. All of the make up looks in the video were created using products from Gaga’s new beauty venture ‘Haus Labs’. This video is great fun and captures the energy of the song perfectly. The video is also very on brand, with Gaga’s message of spreading kindness. Gaga signs “All I ever wanted was love” as she tries to reunite the people of Chromatica in Harmony.
Hello! Been trying to get a few more blog posts out this month to document some of the shows I’ve booked for this month. I’ve so far been to see Sinderella which I covered in my last post, Carly Rae Jepsen and the subject of this post Be More Chill! I’ve also got Boy In The Dress booked which I also hope to write post about after!
…Anyway back to Chill!
On Saturday 15th February I went to see the UK production of Be More Chill at The Other Palace, London. I had been dying to see this show ever since my friend Frances and I discovered the opening number “More Than Survive” through Spotify and we were hooked ever since!
The cast of the London production consists of Scott Folan (Jeremy), Blake Patrick Anderson (Michael), Miracle Chance (Christine), Stewart Clarke (The Squip), Eloise Davies (Brooke), Christopher Fry (Jeremy’s Dad and Mr Reyes), James Hameed (Rich), Renée Lamb (Jenna), Millie O’ Connell (Chloe) and Miles Paloma (Jake).
Be More Chill is based on the novel of the same title by Ned Vizzini, the show tells the story of unpopular high school kid Jeremy who desperately wants to fit in. When we first meet Jeremy he is just trying to muddle through high school life, but he longs for more, he wants to “More than Survive”. It seems Jeremy’s prayers are answered when school bully Rich introduces Jeremy to a special pill called a SQUIP (Super Quantum Unit Intel Processor). The pill contains a super computer which when taken implants itself into the users brain and teaches them how to be “Cool”. The rest of the show is about how Jeremy reacts to the effects of being SQUIPped and attempts to win the heart of his crush (Christine) along with navigating the trials and turmoil of teen/high school life.
We were sat in the 3rd row so had a very good view of the show. I think the show works well with the smaller venue, making the audience feel they are part of the action.
One of the great things about Be More Chill is that many of the songs are group numbers so everyone gets their chance to shine. More Than Survive and The Smartphone Hour being two of my favourite group numbers, the latter is a great commentary on the social media age, while also providing us with one of the most entertaining numbers of the show. Renée Lamb nails the role of school gossip Jenna who kicks off “The Smartphone Hour” with a very engaging and funny performance. Out of all the songs I still think that Michael In The Bathroom has got to be favourite from the whole show, its a very relatable song (which you would probably not expect from the title!) and Blake Patrick Anderson does a very good job portraying Michael. I also enjoyed Scott Folan’ Jeremy and Stewart Clarke’s SQUIP (ALL THE COSTUME CHANGES!!!) the actors/characters play very well off each other.
The show is only at The Other Place until t14th June, so I highly recommend you go see it if you haven’t already, C-c-c c’mon go go!
Last week (Monday 4th Feb) had the pleasure of seeing the Adult Panto Sinderella at The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks. The Panto stars Divina De Campo (Drag Race UK), Rob King (BGT), Stacy Layne Matthews (Drag Race), David Potts (Ibizia Weekender) and Jamie Campbell (the inspiration for the hit musical Everybody’s talking about Jamie). We opted for the VIP tickets which included a photo op, signed poster and second row seats!
The Panto was a hilariously funny, highly entertaining piece from start to finish. David Hopper does a fantastic job as a far ruder version of your typical pantomime Buttons. Buttons arrives on stage various times throughout the panto with a cheery “HIYA GUYS!” met by a chorus of “F**k off!” from the audience, who get a witty retort thrown back at them each time.
There were a few technical issues throughout the performance and I bring this up only because of how well the cast responded to these issues. Divina and Stacy had some issues with their microphones at certain points but they powered through it and still delivered an entertaining and professional performance.
Divina De Campo does a terrific job in her role as the Wicked Stepmother, she’s got those classic panto villian expressions down! She also delivered a great vocal performance, but you wouldn’t expect any less for someone who can sing in 4 and a half octaves, in 5 different languages while doing the splits???
Jamie Campbell and Troy Harris play the ugly stepsisters in this production, who both got a lot of laughs from the audience. Julie Hutchison-Alberts plays Cinderella, who is much more innocent than the other characters in show! I enjoyed her scenes with Prince Charming (Rob King) they both have some fun and impressive musical numbers. David Potts also does a good job as Prince Charming’s right hand man Dandini, forming an amusing double act with Prince Charming.
I do urge anyone who has the chance to see this production to do so. This talented cast pull of a fab show, full of laughs, solid musical performances and lots of naughty jokes!
P.S I also enjoyed the many callbacks and references to drag race, also the reference to my favourite Youtube video the timeless and iconic “Cher Lloyd by Chery Lloyd”.
The UK’s LGBTQ History month came about after the overturning of Section 28 a law banning the “promotion” and teaching of homosexuality by schools and local authorities, This law was thankfully abolished in 2003. Glad things have moved on since then!
Since 2005 onwards the UK has celebrated LGBTQ History month, a month to celebrate all the achievements of the LGBTQ Community and to also raise awareness for the community. I hope you have a good month, whether you are part of the LGBTQ community or an Ally.
I do hope to get out a longer blog post at some point during the month!