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DESCRIPTIONThe April issue of BLEEP Magazine featuring our 'People to Watch' list, reviews of Newsies and Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway and much more.
DEREK ALLEN WATSONKRISTINA NICOLE MILLERANDRE CATRINIJUSTEN KILMERLANNETTE ALVAREZSULIMAN NAWID
BLEEP is all about up-and-coming talent but these six individuals are making names for themselves on their own terms.
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We know you love a good cocktail and our very own Cocktail Connoisseur has some recipes that are sure to put a spring in your step.
THE CONNOISSEUR IS IN14
What do you do when youre an actor chasing your dreams but you havent made that six-figure paycheck yet? You get a day job.
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In a BLEEP first, we take a look at a very different type of art. One you might not think about. The art of glass-making.
BLEEP Magazine began as a way to tell the stories of people who might not otherwise get a chance to have their stories told and its with great honor that I present this issue, our People to Watch Issue to you. While we feel that in every issue, we present creative people to you that you should have on your radar, this issue feels different. Weve spotlighted six individuals from different industries that have two things in common: they have big dreams and theyre going after them with everything theyve got.
I love the spring. This is perhaps the first time in my life when Ive said that actually so perhaps it deserves another mention. I love the spring. Growing up in Texas, spring doesnt really exist. Spring is more-or-less a slightly warmer version of winter, which is just a slightly cooler version of fall, which is just a continuation of summer. But after living in New York for long enough to appreciate the transition from frigid to fresh, I now understand spring and the concept of rebirth.
Theres something invigorating about the thought of something that was dormant coming back to life. As creative individuals, we go through that same process dont we? We go through those ebbs and flows of inspiration. For me, this spring has been more than just the rebirth of flowers in the parks and outside Macys. Its been a rebirth of my creative drive. More than that, its been a time when my life has been enriched by new friends, new collaborators and the deepening of existing relationships. Much like so many of the artists we are featuring in this issue, my inspiration comes from the people around me and in that, Ive been quite lucky.
So, for the first time, Im excited for spring and the rebirth its bringing to me and to the artists we are lucky enough to get to feature in BLEEP. I feel that way especially about these People to Watch in our issue, each of which is on the cusp of something great. I love the spring.
Letter from the Editor
-Ryan Brinson Editor-in-Chief
Everyone loves lists and in BLEEP, we do too. Each issue we give you a list of things that are on our minds.
THE BLEEP LIST12 Pasadena is known for the Rose Bowl but we take a look at one of the hot spots you should know. Pop Champagne Bar.
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Editor-in-Chief Ryan Brinson Editor at Large Julie Freeman
Design/Decor Editor Lisa Sorenson Culture Editor Rachael Mariboho
Online Media Editor Nick DeanBusiness & Audience Development Manager Sarah Rotker
Cartoonist Ben Humeniuk
Cover Photography by Ryan Brinson
Contributors: Danielle Milam Nathan Robins Alex Wright Amy Stone Holly Renner Colton Scally
Featured Photographers: Matt Tolbert
All articles and photos are the property of the writers and artists. All rights reserved.
KNOW ABOUT IT AS IT HAPPENS
bliPsBLEEPOn March 22nd, Jesus Christ Superstar made
its triumphant return to New York City. The production that began at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada and made its way to San Diegos La Jolla Playhouse before landing on Broadway is a bold telling for the post-RENT/Glee era of musical popularity. This isnt the hippie-fied version that opened in 1971. This feels like more a rock concert than a revival of one of the best known musicals of all-time and thats perfectly alright.
Broadway has been on a religious hot streak recently. Starting with Sister Act and The Book of Mormon last season and continuing with Godspell and Leap of Faith (opening in April), Broadway seems to be feeling the Spirit up and down the Great White Way. This addition to the fold didnt disappoint.
The cast is on point and Andrew Lloyd Webbers score sounds spectacular. Its everything you could want from a rock-musical. As a matter of fact, I dare you to sit through Lee Siegels solo in Simon Zealotes and not want to jump up and dance with the cast.
THE BUZZ OF BROADWAY
Cast member you wont be able to take your eyes off of: Matt Alfano
Why: In a show known for its infectious melodies and in a production known for the power-house lead vocalists, Alfano proved to be more than Jesus back-up dancer. The intensity and power he dances with may just rival anything sung from Judas mouth.
P DONTMISS IT
BY RYAN BRINSON
Urban Odyssey, the new mixed media performance thats opened at La Mama in New York, attempts to tell the story of the experience of immigration to America through movement and visual theatre.
La Mama is known for facilitating new experimental works of art and being a space ripe with creativity and Urban Odyssey certainly keeps that tradition alive. The show, a culimation of over ten years of performance works,
Under the direction and vision of Federico Restrepo, Loco7, the company producing the work, has been creating works since 1985. By utilizing puppetry as an extension of the dancer, Loco7 is able to incorporate both dance and design. Urban Odyssey is a fusion of rhythmic music, dancers, body puppets and larger then life marionettes.
While this isnt the type of dance performance with mass-audience appeal, it merges the type of puppetry made accessible by The Lion King with a larger-than-life proportions as seen in Cirque du Soliel to tell its story. While the story is hard to follow for anyone thats not familiar with overly abstract and seemingly non-linear works, the production paints a visual picture thats
interesting to look at. I will say that the narrator that serves as a thin string to tie the production together was a mix of the dead lady from Desperate Housewives and the French-Canadian clown emcee from any Cirque show, except she road a three-wheel pedal bike and hid behind a large mask like she was the great and powerful (and mobile) Oz. It was distracting and slowed the show down.
If youre looking for something new and interesting that will make you think long after youve left the theater, Urban Odyssey is for you.
AN URBAN ODYSSEY
BY RYAN BRINSON
The much buzzed about production of Newsies has opened on Broadway and judging by all the rave reviews all over Twitter and Facebook during previews, it looked to be a smash.
After its wildly successful run at the Papermill Playhouse, Disney decided to give this production its Broadway legs and its looking like its going to runaway with more than box office receipts - its running away with peoples hearts.
The sound of applause was unlike anything Ive heard in a Broadway theater and the mere sight of star Jeremy Jordan walking down the aisle of the theater created such a stir within his fans that I momentarily forgot I was in a Broadway show and thought Id been transported to a Justin Timberlake concert. Not that the attention isnt warranted. Jordan is a capable star, both believable and incredibly talented.
But Im not afraid to say this - he isnt the star of the show. The ensemble is. The troupe of dancing paper boys take the stage with such zest and such vigor, its hard not to sit with your jaw agape as they dance, leap, tap, stomp and flip all over the stage. As a matter of fact, the applause at the end of the big numbers such as Seize the Day was deafening with cheering and went on for longer than even Elphaba or Simba can marshall a few blocks over.
The moral of this story is, after months of speculation and then months of buzz, Newsies has taken over Broadway and while other shows may be sweet and other shows may be profound, there isnt a finer traditional musical on Broadway than Newsies. Its bursting with fun, bursting with excitement and has the ability to run for a very long time. If only Disney would quit pretending its a limited run and allow these Newsies to really become the Kings of New York they deserve to be. Until then, get your tickets and get to the theater. Youre guaranteed to have the time of your life. As an added bonus to you music lovers, the vocal opening of Seize the Day made me gasp because it was so immaculate. This show is terrific.
THE RIGHTFUL HEIRS TO THE DISNEY THRONE: THE NEW KINGS OF NEW YORK
Cast member you wont be able to take your eyes off of: Ryan Steele
Why: The shows strongest virtue is its dancing, and its hard to take your eyes off Steele, even in the midst of some of the most talented dancers in the business. Hes a true star.
Special Recognition: So You Think You Can Dance has been taking dancers dreams and making them a reality for years now, the