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I love Katherine Plumber. This woman is kick-ass awesome and inspiring. In Bonnie and Clyde the musical, Bonnie sings about wanting to grow up to be like Clara…If I were Bonnie, I’d sing about wanting to be like Katherine Plumber. She holds her own among all the guys, gets a couple of poor guys on the front page of a NY paper, and strikes against one of the most powerful men in all of NY.
Unfortunately, Katherine’s style is so two centuries ago, so I’ve taken to modernizing some of her looks…Check out two of them below!
Which do you like best? My favorite is the top one!
Last Friday was a really exciting day! It was officially 6 months from the first time I saw Newsies on Broadway, which led to an amazing six months of seeing the show 17 times. I averaged seeing the show about three times a month. Granted, most of those views came during the summer (specifically during June), but it has been an amazing journey.
This show inspires me, and touches my heart every time. Each of the 17 times that I have seen Newsies has been a new and special experience. I fall in love with the show over and over again. The actors put so much effort into their performance night after night, day after day, and they truly put it all out there for the audience and the Fansies (sometimes, a little more literally…like when Ryan Steele & Andy Richardson ripped their pants).
The actors are also all ridiculously sweet outside of the theatre. They never act annoyed at fans coming up to them, and they are sweet and often reply and retweet them on twitter. They are truly an example of what people in the limelight can be like. These actors are role models for people across the country, and, despite a few slip ups every now and then, they are people to be admired.
Newsies is the story of a rag-tag group of ragamuffins aiming to take on the behemoth Pulitzer. It’s a David and Goliath story that reminds the youth that despite their young age, they too can impact the world.
The music is catchy and makes you want to get up and move. It encourages you to keep going, to make changes, and to fight for what you believe in and what you deserve.
Six months and seventeen shows later, I still get the same excited butterflies in my stomach before the show. I’m eagerly awaiting the start of the show each time, and I can’t wait to feel the emotions of the actors every step of the way.
My six month Newsieversary show was absolutely amazing. The audience laughed, cried, and applauded every step of the way. The cast brought their A+++ game, and nailed every moment of the show.
Highlights from the night:
- Discovering that Bree and I had already seen the same show at least once. July 2, 2012. An important one…Brendon Stimson’s Broadway debut, and the first time that Jeremy Jordan did not go on as Jack Kelly.
- Seeing another show with Bree, on purpose this time
- Having a true Newsies celebration–Schnippers and Schmackary’s!
- During his bow, Corey Cott hesitated because he saw me. He pointed at me and smiled. Continued his bow and waved at me as he left the stage.
- Kara Lindsay waved at me as she left the stage.
- Jess LeProtto commented on how awesome my seat was.
- At the stage door, I got pictures with Corey Cott and Ben Fankhauser.
- After the stage door, Corey walked past Bree and I, and said thanks for coming, see you guys next time. (He knows there will be a next time).
- Dance Moms were there…which meant nothing to me, but made the night awesome for the cast!
Look for a couple of posts featuring all my memorabilia leading up to my six month Newsieversary!!!
Originally, when I started posting Flashback posts, I wanted to rehash all 16 Newsies performances that I have seen. I quickly realized that it would be overkill for my blog, for me, and for anyone crazy enough to try to read all of my posts. So I decided I would just get through what I could, and I’d share more the week before my one year anniversary (which better happen, Disney. Why are you only selling tickets through March 17th? March 28th is not all that far off, AND then you’d have a year run under your belt. Whatever, though. I’m not complaining).
At any rate, I only got to my 8th performance. Which means I’ve only shown you half of the performances that I’ve seen since my first time. Which is convenient for a couple of reasons.
- I’m pretty sure I’ve officially shared all of my stage door pictures with you guys. Which is good, right?
- These were the performances that I didn’t always write a blog post for, so that means that you have now gotten a little taste of every Newsies show I’ve seen.
- My eighth time seeing Newsies was July 2, 2012.
To those of you who aren’t a “Newsies Stalker” (thanks, Mommy) or, as the cast calls me, an “Ultimate Fansie” (I knew I liked you guys for a reason), July 2nd is a very important date in Newsies the Musical history. It’s the first time that Jeremy Jordan DID NOT GO ON AS JACK KELLY.
WHAT!?!?! I know. You’re probably still confused. It also marks Brendon Stimson’s Jack Kelly debut. Since today is his birthday, that’s a pretty interesting coincidence, right? The last show I share with you in honor of my 6 month Newsieversary is the one where today’s birthday boy made his Jack Kelly debut.
It gets better. My first time seeing the show, 6 months ago, was also a special day in Newsies the Musical history. Why? Because Kara Lindsay (who plays Katherine Plumber) did not, in fact, perform on March 28th. Her understudy, Laurie Veldheer, went on without a put-in-rehearsal for the Broadway show under her belt.
That’s enough of the fun facts, I think.
Time for some picture flashbacks!!!
I’m going to keep sharing my Newsies flashbacks with you guys this week. I’m so excited about Friday! My six month Newsies-Versary is coming up so quickly! I can hardly believe it!!!
My third time seeing the show was April 20, 2012. It was the night before I was headed to California for a visit, and I was pretty stressed about the trip. This was the same trip where I would be giving a speech in front of a bunch of important people at my alma mater, and I would be one of the least experienced speakers at this event. Suffice to say, I struggled writing my speech. If any one remembers my post about that, I think I spent a good couple of days listening to Watch What Happens on repeat. So of course, it got quoted in my speech, and it turned out to be a bit of a hit (much to my surprise). You can read my speech here if you’re interested in the awesomeness that comes from quoting Kara Lindsay’s Newsies song (My topic was Inclusive Community. I could have gone another way with Newsies references, and maybe one day I will. I mean think about it…”For the sake of all the children…” Yeah, that could be really good.)
Anyway, for my third time seeing the show, Alyssa won the lottery! I don’t think there were any swings or understudies on that night (My apologies if there were. I don’t have any understudy slips tucked into my Playbill from that night, and I usually save those).
Pictures from my 11th time seeing the show! It was (as always) amazing! Also, this was my first time seeing the show with JP Ferreri, and he did a really great job!
It’s summer time, and styles in New York have been a-changin’. People are losing jackets and sleeves like it’s nobody’s business. I’ve heard it said that this summer will be the come-back for designer tank tops for men. Based on what I’ve seen, I have no doubt that this is true. It helps that the first six months of this year have been the warmest on record. No one wants to be wearing a jacket in these temperatures.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve really noticed the adorable fashion sense of some of my favorite Broadway actors. Many of these ladies were so bundled up earlier in the year, that I hardly noticed their outfits, but they did all have adorable jackets and scarves. Now that they’ve cast these hindrances off and are really showing off their wardrobes, I’m super inspired.
New York is know for being one of the most fashionable cities in the world, and seeing these wonderful actors looking all adorable in their summer-wear despite the fact that they spend a couple of hours a day draped in layers of clothing underneath the heat of stage lights is absolutely inspiring. Kara Lindsay, Maddy Trumble, and Laurie Veldheer are always dressed adorably.
Let’s take a quick look at Kara and Maddy (I don’t have any pictures of Laurie’s outfits):
They’ve all got this really awesome sense of style that is perfect for the humid summer days here in New York. So to appreciate that, my Wednesday Wishes this week center around tops that I want, that I think they might like too (or at the very least that I want because they remind me of their styles).
Pair this with some cuffed shorts and espadrilles, and you can channel all three of these lovely ladies by switching up your accessories. I personally thing Maddy would look phenomenal in this color.
This top also reminded me of Maddy’s red one above (yes they are very different, but…). It’s got a similar feel to it, but the different color makes it so much fun.
I saw one of these ladies rocking a top with a similar silhouette once, and fell in love. It’s such a classic look, and these stripes give it a nice pop of color.
For some reason, this one screams Kara at me. I think she’d rock this with khaki shorts and some cute sandals.
I love the simplicity of this top. The cut is something I think would look adorable on all three ladies!
I couldn’t pass this top up when I saw it. It’s a color I’ve seen Kara wear a couple of times, and it looks amazing on her. I like the details, and I think she might too!
This top would look amazing on Maddy and Kara for sure. I know that they’d each bring their own unique style to it.
I really love these tops. I was trying to cut down the numbers because I usually just post five wishes, but I was having so much fun checking out Ruche’s tops, that I kept discovering more. Believe it or not, I actually narrowed down my wishes a lot.
What are you wishing for this week?
- Wednesday Wishes (July 4, 2012) (stephanieisms.wordpress.com)
- Wednesday Wishes! Rainy Day Edition (May 23, 2012) (stephanieisms.wordpress.com)
- Wednesday Wishes (June 13, 2012) (stephanieisms.wordpress.com)
- Wednesday Wishes! (June 27, 2012) (stephanieisms.wordpress.com)
- Wednesday Wishes! May 30, 2012 (stephanieisms.wordpress.com)
- Wednesday Wishes! (May 16, 2012) (stephanieisms.wordpress.com)
- Wednesday Wishes! June 20, 2012 (stephanieisms.wordpress.com)
- Wednesday Wishes (May 9, 2012) (stephanieisms.wordpress.com)
- Wednesday Wishes! (June 6, 2012) (stephanieisms.wordpress.com)
I wasn’t going to include Newsies in this post, but someone asked to see the pictures, so I’ll include those below. There will be Newsies pictures from last Friday when I went to the show with Megan, and from April 20th, because I just got those pictures from Alyssa, and want to share them with you. Basically the show was amazing as always.
Now, on to more important matters. On Sunday night, I went to Joe’s Pub to see “The TRL Generation: Broadway Sings the 90′s, a benefit for Broadway Impact” which was pretty awesome. There was a boy-band group, a Spice Girls remix, and lots of awesome single acts. I love 90s music. I love Broadway singers. It was perfect. It was everything I wanted it to be, and it was fabulous. I had a caesar salad, which was really good, but the performances were epic. Everyone did such an amazing job.
The highlight, though, was definitely Britney Poppins. Steffanie Leigh is fantastic, and she pulled off Britney beautifully. It definitely helped that she had Garett Hawe dancing back-up and he was rocking a bright blue TMNT t-shirt. They incorporated all sorts of Britney’s dance moves, and even brought out a snake! It was awesome. I can’t even begin to say.
Basically, I’ll be back at Joe’s Pub soon.
Many of my friends know that after last Saturday (which you read about yesterday), the next time I was going to see Newsies wasn’t until Sunday, July 8 with Gigi (Twitter friends and fellow Fansie). Many of you also know that one little tweet from Jeremy Jordan yesterday changed all of that:
The second I heard Brendon Stimson was going on as Jack, I was ready to run to the theatre, and it was barely 1pm when I found out. I couldn’t believe it. I’ve wanted to see him as Jack Kelly since I found out he was the understudy (not that I don’t love Jeremy Jordan, because I do, but I love Brendon’s acting. When he’s Oscar, I’m scared of him and don’t like his character, but when he’s out there as a Newsie, I’m in love with the adorable Ike. He’s that good). The desire was only heightened a few weeks later when I met Brendon’s mom in Times Square (What are the odds, right?), and got to talk to her about her son and how he would hopefully get to go on as Jack Kelly at some point.
So of course, when I saw Jeremy’s tweet, I knew I was going to need to see the show. And then my twitter feed was just getting filled with more and more comments about Brendon being in the show, and I just kept getting more excited. I got to the theatre around 4:45 and went straight to the lotto guys and asked if I could start the standing room only line. They laughed and said yes, and followed me out to let everyone in the extremely long lotto line know I wasn’t cutting them.
I was anxious waiting there. I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to win, but I was also pretty sure that I was going to get a SRO ticket because the show was sold out on Ticketmaster. I just wanted to get a ticket in my hand. While waiting, I think I told everyone about how Brendon was going on as Jack Kelly, and how excited I was about it. Basically, some random 30-odd people who were waiting to get lotto and standing-room only tickets found out that I wanted to see Brendon as Jack Kelly. Some of them even asked if I was worried about hyping it up too much for myself (I suppose they had a point, but I ignored them).
After the excruciatingly long lotto drawing where I did indeed lose, the standing room only crowd got to move forward to buy tickets. As I was at the front of the line, the ticketing guy saw me first, and recognized me. He asked if I’d managed to find Nelson (I had), and gave me my ticket and change, and said to enjoy the show.
I then went outside to catch up with the lotto guys to get a picture with them, since I see them so often, it only seemed right to capture the moment (FINALLY):
As the realization of having a ticket to see Brendon as Jack Kelly hit me, I saw Jack Scott and Kara Lindsay approach the theatre. I asked them if they could stop for a minute because I had managed to track down a copy of his trading card and wanted him to sign it. While that was happening, I told them I heard Brendon was playing Jack tonight, and that I rushed to the theatre to get a ticket to see him.
After they entered the theatre, I let myself react to having a ticket in my hand. I was definitely crying tears of joy, and I could feel all these wonderful emotions welling up inside of me. I had so much energy, I wanted to do some of the Newsies’ dances, but as I can’t dance (quite literally), I settled for walking laps around the theatre’s block for the next hour.
When I noticed Nelson, I went up and gave him a hug and said thank you for Saturday again. He asked if I was seeing the show, and I told him that I heard Brendon was going to be Jack Kelly tonight, so I had to see the show, and then Brady walked by and said that I couldn’t possibly be seeing the show. Once again, I told him I was there to see Brendon.
At this point, you can see that I was in fact truly excited about this. It’s quite possible that I was more excited to see Brendon play the role of Jack Kelly that I was before first seeing the show.
At any rate, my excitement was justified. The show was amazing. Sure there were a couple of mistakes, but I forgot that that wasn’t how the show was supposed to go because Brendon was such a professional on the stage. For example, his first time meeting Katherine, he’s supposed to be fully dressed already. There were some, uh, difficulties getting the shirt on in time, but if you didn’t already know that (and even if you did), you didn’t notice that it was off until you relived the show on the subway ride home. He really did a great job during every single part of his performance.
Brendon’s performance was so beautiful, I literally cried during the entire show. My eyes were sparkling and I could not stop smiling. He truly commanded the audience’s attention when he was on stage. And his singing was so wonderful! I was surprised to find that I loved him singing “I Never Planned On You.” Normally, I like the song, but I don’t swoon during it. I did some hardcore swooning with Brendon singing that song. Also, his facial expressions were perfect during every single song. “Santa Fe” caused my heart to break. He did such a good job tapping into the emotions there. He matched Jeremy’s skill in that song every step of the way. I loved “Watch What Happens (Reprise),” which I always do, and Brendon definitely brought something a little different to the table with that one. And of course, “Something to Believe In” caused my heart to melt. It was so beautiful and gorgeous. I couldn’t believe it. I was stunned and ridiculously happy and overjoyed.
I’ll definitely be on a high from this show at least until the next time I see it (Sunday July 8!!!). I was so happy and joyful during the stage door experience, and so many people came out (even the elusive Kyle Coffman, who immediately tried to say that he was 2 for 2…it’s 2 for 8, buddy, but since you asked about Jasmine’s video, I’ll let it slide), that it only added to the magic. I got pictures with most of them, which I’ll include below.
The highlight of my night was definitely much simpler than seeing the whole show. It was Brendon’s stage door. He came out, and when he got to me he said “Hey Steph, how’s it going?” He remembered me! Of course, I think I mentioned him in like 20 tweets that night (not really that many), but still. he stopped to talk to me for a minute, and I got a picture with the night’s big star and everything was right in the world. I was officially on Cloud 9, and I don’t plan on getting off anytime soon. Based on Brendon’s tweet, I think he’s feeling the same way:
Basically, the moral of this post is “Brendon Stimson makes a fantastic Jack Kelly, so if you get the opportunity to see him in this role, JUMP ON IT! It’s totally worth it!!!” Oh, and “If you get front seats to see Brendon Stimson as Jack Kelly, I’m ridiculously jealous of you.”
The last day of June, Chris and Sophia had tickets to go see Newsies. My favorite Broadway show. When I finally found out, the night before, I decided that come hell or high water I was going to get into that show.
First off, I’d given Laurie a couple of trading cards to get signed by some of the boys for me, and I wanted to get them back.
Secondly, Lewis Grosso was going on as Les. Lewis is my favorite little broadway actor. Seriously. He’s the best and most adorable little kid ever.
Third, I just love the show and I happened to have had $30 in cash handy.
So after a quick little jaunt through the American Museum of Natural History, I went down to my favorite place in all of New York: 208 West 41st Street. As soon as I got there, I went to the box office. I’m glad they don’t recognize me yet. I asked if there was going to be standing room only tickets available for purchase after the lottery (there were) and if Laurie had dropped off my trading cards (she’d given them to a security guy).
Then I went to talk to the guys running the lotto. I needed to see the show tonight, which I told them, and I asked where the standing room only line was (even though I already knew), and got into that line, and entered the lottery.
While I waited for the lotto to happen, I saw Ryan Breslin (Bres) walk by looking all cool with his iPad and his sunglasses, then Tommy Bracco walked by with Alex Wong, and then the lotto started.
I lost. Chris lost. Sophia lost. The guy I partnered up with lost. It was quite tragic, but I was first in line for standing room, so I wasn’t too upset. When they moved us to go get our tickets, my skin was jumping. I was so excited to be seeing Lewis perform again. I hadn’t seen him since March 31, and I missed his cute sad face and the way he sings “and we’ve got Jack.”
I bought my ticket and asked about the cards. They told me neither Laurie nor Nelson had come by yet, to which I replied that I knew who Nelson was and that I would just ask him when I saw him.
After grabbing food with Chris and Sophia, we headed back to the theatre. I saw Nelson, and asked him if Laurie had given him any trading cards. He said he hadn’t seen her yet, and that he’d go check backstage for her and bring the cards to me.
I jumped in line and waited patiently, scouting out Newsies walking by. Nelson came by and told me Laurie hadn’t shown up yet, but that she might be walking by, and a few minutes later she did!
She looked happy to see me, and said that she’d get the cards to Nelson and to enjoy the show. Then Garett Hawe walked by and said hi, and I just about died right there.
Then the line started moving, and when I got to the front, Nelson asked me where I was sitting so he could bring me the tickets and I told him I was doing standing room only, and he said he’d bring me the trading cards when Laurie gave them to him.
Before the show started, I bought a new Newsies tshirt, and got Jack Scott’s trading card! Hello completed collection! Now I just need to get Lewis and Jack to sign their trading cards. I also got to talk to other people who were SRO, and give them advice on when to duck to see what was blocked by the mezzanine, which sort of bothered the guy sitting in front of me, even though I didn’t say anything about the actual plot that isn’t in the playbill (Dude, it lists all the songs in order in the playbill, and I only referenced songs).
Then the show started and was just a beautiful as always. Newsies is filled to the brim with some ridiculously talented actors and actresses. They are all stunning and amazing every second of the show. Just after Watch What Happens, Nelson brought me the trading cards! I was so close to completing my set…just two more signatures on cards to go!
At intermission, I met more people who let me gush about how amazing the show is and how much I love the movie. Then I opened my envelope from Laurie to check out my four trading cards, only to discover a fifth! A fansie had made Laurie her own trading cards and she gave one to me! SIGNED! I was so excited!
When the second act started, I had calmed down a little bit. I was enjoying the show, watching my favorite people nail it on stage, when Nelson came up to me. “Come with me” as I started to follow he pointed to my stuff, “bring that with you.” Then he proceeded to walk me down to the fifth row in the center orchestra. “You can sit here for the rest of the show.” I just about died. I was in shock and awe, I’m not sure how I was functioning.
So I sat and cried and watched the most magical parts of Newsies (Something to Believe In and Once and For All) up close and center. My eyes are red in all of my stage door pictures as a result of this…but that’s okay because it was TOTALLY WORTH IT!
NELSON IS THE MAN! I adore him. I think he is the best thing since sliced bread. He’s ridiculously awesome. I can’t even explain how amazing I felt because of his actions that night.
I still got to the front of the stage door line, which was awesome, and I got to take pictures with just about everyone who came out.
And guess who came out? That’s right. The elusive Kyle Coffman. So we made a video of him saying hi to his biggest fan:
All in all, it was an amazing night, and I can’t wait to see the show again July 8!!!!
Friday, June 22, 2012 was amazing. June 22 was the Barnes & Noble Live event at Barnes & Noble on Lexington and 86th Street featuring some of my favorite people in the world.
So of course I got there super early and milled around until the line got a little longer. I bought 3 CDs (buy 2 get one free? Yes please.) to get one signed for my mommy (she thinks its pretty cool, and I know its awesome), and one for me, and one extra (maybe for a sister?).
When I wasn’t going to be the first person in line, I wandered over and got in line and hung out with other fansies and waited for the boys to show up.
Time passed, blah, blah, blah…and then the boys started to arrive. The Newsies are all absolutely amazing. I love every last one of them. They are so sweet and so kind and so adorable.
Anyway, they finally let us in to get seats and we got all settled. The staff told us we were getting three things. Three!
- a performance by the cast of the Tony Award Winning Music
- a picture with the cast
- a chance to get our CDs signed.
Yeah. That’s right. A picture with the Newsies. Anyone remember my wish list from last Wednesday? (See here) Wish granted! Thanks Disney and Barnes & Noble!
The boys started performing, and Kara sang Watch What Happens and Jeremy joined her for Something to Believe In and I about died. It was amazing, flawless, beautiful.
Then we took pictures with the cast as we slipped into line to get our CDs signed. They were all amazing and it was nice to talk to them and say thank you for being amazing!