the next big thing...

look at how excited my brother is about the next big thing. though i know that you are all wondering what you are going to do without your musical moments every day from me... aren’t you? why do i hear crickets chirping? and my brother snoring?


well, you are going to watch the teaser for the les miserables movie, for one. 

love this talking point from “the week” magazine (b.t.w. a magazine that we subscribe to and i LOVE reading the news the way that they present it. just enough news and views for my taste)...

When the trailers for The Avengers or Christopher Nolan's Batman reboot first went online, they "sent chills down  spines" of comic book fans who had waited years for that footage, says Matt Patches at Hollywood. "That's how I imagine musical theater buffs must feel" now. 

yes, that is how i feel. exactly.

the teaser looks amazing. first of all, how does anne hathaway get to sing also? isn’t it enough that she is so super pretty? really God, singing talent too? we will chat about this more in heaven when i am a bit more sanctified than i am now and can talk with You about it without being bitter.

upon first glance it looks gritty, raw, and and yet there appear to be some great costuming and setting choices. and i like that her voice seems so raw and real. not faked or too perfect. she isn’t a leading lady voice but i think i will be okay with it once it is in the midst of the whole experience. who is in for the midnight movie with me in december?

so what else do i have for you today? i am late blogging today because i have a fever and a summer cold. ugh.

today i have for you THE NEXT BIG BROADWAY HIT of 2013...

now keep in mind that this is coming from someone who saw the bloody awful musical carrie and thought, “hey, cats is a long running musical. i bet this will work too.”  (b.t.w. the use of “bloody awful” to describe the musical i saw in london is so profoundly brilliant on many levels that it has to be the fever talking.)

remember this is coming also from someone with a summer cold. so don’t hold me to this prediction. but if it is a HUGE HIT then by all means say that you read it on my blog a year before the musical even began on broadway...

and the next big thing is....

MATILDA the musical. based on roald dahl’s children’s novel. it is a big hit in london. swept the 2012 olivier awards (the british tony awards). it garnered an award nomination in EVERY category it was eligible for. it features a lot of children. which is tough for a broadway musical. four adorable little girls take turns playing the lead. and it looks like a stage spectacular feast for the eyes and ears. which is how the RSC does things. i should know. i studied there. i am 110% more spectacular than i would have been had i never studied there. and you all wondered where all the spectacularness came from. now you know my secret. 

so now you have a musical movie to look forward to AND a hot new broadway show that none of your friends have even heard of yet. and all this from a feverish lea. the things i do for you all...

movie moments...

it should come as NO surprise that i LOVE movies. because i love stories. i love seeing a good story up on the big screen while eating popcorn (or at our amc theater, cheese sticks. they have AMAZING cheese sticks there.)

and i love it when a good story makes me think of bigger stories. or a particular scene makes me bawl like a baby because it holds a Truth so raw and beautiful that tears stream down my cheeks even when i watch it over and over again in poor quality on youtube (and you really should see this scene in 3d. amazing. worthy of cheese sticks.)

did you see tangled? the disney movie. about rapunzel? the lost princess. only she didn’t know she was lost. but she always wanted to see the lights that went up every year. on her birthday. she felt like they meant something. only she had no idea they were for her. the part where her parents uncover that first light. and then all those other ones go off. breathtaking. it is a good story. thank you disney. i love it when you do good stories. and 3d. and i can watch them with cheese sticks. good stories go better with cheese sticks. 

good stories give you hope. one of my favorite lines ever is from one of my favorite books, the tale of despereaux... "stories are light. light is precious in a world so dark.” and this one “and hope is like love... a ridiculous, wonderful, powerful thing.”

i love the words of the song also...
All those days watching from the windows
All those years outside looking in
All that time never even knowing
Just how blind I've been
Now I'm here, blinking in the starlight
Now I'm here, suddenly I see
Standing here, it's all so clear
I'm where I am meant to be...
And at last I see the light
And it's like the fog has lifted
And at last I see the light
And it's like the sky is new
And it's warm and real and bright
And the world has somehow shifted
All at once everything looks different
Now that I see you...
All those days chasing down a daydream
All those years living in a blur
All that time never truly seeing
Things, the way they were
Now she's here shining in the starlight
Now she's here, suddenly I know
If she's here it's crystal clear
I'm where I'm meant to go...
And at last I see the light
And it's like the fog has lifted
And at last I see the light
And it's like the sky is new
And it's warm and real and bright
And the world has somehow shifted
All at once, everything is different
Now that I see you, now that I see you...

a monologue, a poem, & a tshirt walk into my day...

there was so much GOOD news this morning in the Scripture that i read... but it wasn’t the only good news that i received today. because last night, when i was so wasted and worn out and woeful and weary, maxx had come to me and told me that he figured out what monologue he was going to read to audition for the drama club at school. i didn’t even ask him what it was. but he told me that he had left a copy of the monologue on my desk...

and the next morning i saw these words....

from “lord of the rings”. samwise gamgee’s monologue.

I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo; the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end... because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was, when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

when we watched LOTR this summer together i had mentioned that my favorite character was samwise gamgee. that i thought he was truly the hero of the movie. in his own quiet way he was the ultimate in strength and loyalty. the monologue reminded me that i am holding on to Someone. to Promises that He has made to me. and that those Promises are all answered YES through Christ.

and then rosie hands me this poem that she has to memorize for her english class (and her english teacher was one of our college students. did you know that? and isn’t that GREAT?) so we worked on memorizing the first two lines... 

Don’t Quit (author unknown)
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won if he'd stuck it out.
Don't give up, though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are -
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.

and the woot shirt of the day really topped it off with the theme of THERE IS NO ESCAPE. ha. i think i might be hearing some kind of message throughout this day... don’t quit. don’t give up. escape is not an option. press on. press into Him. 

God was still sending love letters to me. through His Word mainly, but i guess in times of dealing with the village idiot He might also work through monologues and poetry and woot t-shirts. He is so versatile... He is so God.