The Molly Ringwalds
Saturday 1/5/2019 9:00 PM
Those who have seen them know The Molly Ringwalds take every stage they step on with force. They dazzle and engage their audiences with energy and passion, while taking them on a musical journey filled with all the hits that transcended the 80s and defined a generation. The Molly Ringwalds' show is loaded with the visual enormity and glam that encompassed the essence of the decade’s music scene. Music videos of the iconic songs are the backdrop to a stage that comes to life with a captivating light show and a movable set that draws every single person into the moment.
Several yers ago the Jackson Free Press.com described the band like this, "It's strange to call a cover band "original," but the Molly Ringwalds' creative collision of 1980s music and culture—along with the band members' wild personas and stage presence—make for a rare throwback experience.
The Molly Ringwalds, billed as "the ultimate '80s cover band," takes on a variety of genres and artists, including .38 Special, Bon Jovi, Run DMC and Madonna. Each musician also takes on an idiosyncratic stage character, adding to the music's natural theatricality. Lead singer and guitarist Sir Devon Nooner, who dresses like Adam Ant, leads the Molly Ringwalds' motley crew, featuring Devo-inspired lead guitarist Platinum Randi Wilde, "The Karate Kid"-clad drummer Sir Liam Thunders, Pee Wee Herman (and occasionally Flash Gordon or Freddy Mercury)-inspired keyboardist English and Dee Snider-based bassist Lord Phillip Wang."
"After moving from Sheffield, England, to New Orleans about 15 years ago, the Molly Ringwalds set out to carry '80s music around the world. Taking inspiration from The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Queen, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Journey and Guns 'N Roses, the Molly Ringwalds brings a wide variety of musical backgrounds and experiences to create a show that is rarely the same twice," Jackson Free Press.com, reported in 2015.
Saturday 1/12/2019 7:00 PM
Kevin Hart makes his way to the Bayou City's Toyota Center this weekend coming off last month's clash with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences people. They present the Oscars every year. Hart backed out of hosting their show after the academy requested he minimize his comidic attitude concering gay people.
The great news for Hart is it was recently announced ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ sequel sets an official release date, December 2019, repoprts Variety.com. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” starring Johnson and Kevin Hart, earned $404 million domestically and $557 million internationally. After coming in second during its premiere weekend to “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Jumanji” accomplished the unusual feat of climbing to No. 1 in its fifth weekend, and remaining at the top for the following three frames.
'The sequel will bring back Johnson, Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan to reprise their starring roles, while Jake Kasdan is expected to return to the director’s chair. Matt Tolmach will be back to produce along with the Seven Bucks Productions team of Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia."
It all started for Hart at The Laff House in Philadelphia under the name of Lil Kev, which did not go well. His career suffered a slow start, as he was booed off stage several times, once even having a piece of chicken thrown at him. After those initial unsuccessful shows, Hart began entering comedy competitions throughout Massachusetts, and his fortunes soon turned for the better.
It took time for Hart to develop a unique comedic style. After an early period of attempting to imitate comedians like Chris Tucker, he found his own rhythm by delving into his insecurities and life experiences. "Because of what I do, it has to be an open book," he has said. "But right now this is a book that is being written."
Hart's comedic style can be described as routines based on his racial, physical, familial and gender role experiences. His stand-up frequently invokes self-deprecation, derived from his experiences as a shorter-than-median (5'2"), black, adult male, with an extended black family, trying to navigate his career and personal paths in life. He frequently talks about his fears of being less than ideally physically gifted, the resulting ways in which they intersect with his masculinity, sexuality, traditional male gender role, as well as the experiences and dynamics of his social interactions, and how he fails to live up to the traditional definitions and notions of them.
Kevin Hart has spoken about both his acceptance of his vulnerability with the issues and the painful experiences with his perceived shortcomings as well as the society and family he belongs to as being the primary sources of his comedic material and humour. In particular, this has included acceptance of both his height and the resulting roles in both his personal and professional life he's often given.
Recently a fued between Hart and Katt Williams began when Hart said, “My frustration with Katt Williams comes from, you keep pointing at Hollywood. ‘Hollywood this, the White man this and this,’ when are you going to take responsibility for your actions? You had the shot! You were the guy! You were set up to be the star. YOU didn’t show up to work. YOU f*cked off promo shoots. YOU f*cked off your promo trips that they set up for you. You became a risk to the studios, which is why the studios stopped f*cking with you.”
Katt Williams responded telling ebony.com, "After calling Hart a “f*ck a*s ni**a,” on Instagram Live, Williams claimed the Night School actor pays Los Angeles gang members for protection. Even still, Williams is ready to go toe-to-toe."
The Book Of Mormon
January 15th-20th, 2019
This musical comedy spoof has been around for a while and makes it way back to the Hobby Center here in Houston.
Did you know? According to Scott L. Miley of the The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, IN, the LDS church routinely buys ad space in the Playbill's program distributed at performances of "The Book of Mormon,". We guess even they find this farce with muchhumility---funny.
The Book of Mormon follows two Mormon missionaries as they attempt to preach the Mormon religion to the inhabitants of a remote Ugandan village. The earnest young men are challenged by the lack of interest of the locals, who are preoccupied with more pressing troubles such as AIDS, famine, and oppression from local warlords.
The script, lyrics, and music are by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone were best known for creating the animated comedy South Park; Lopez had co-written the music for the musical Avenue Q. During the development of the project, for research, the trio took a trip to Salt Lake City to meet with current and former Mormon missionaries.
The show opened on Broadway in March 2011, after nearly seven years of development. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints responded indifferently, however they did purchase advertising space in its playbill in later runs. The Book of Mormon garnered overwhelmingly positive critical responses, and set records in ticket sales for the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. The show was awarded nine Tony Awards, one of which was for Best Musical, and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The original Broadway cast recording became the highest-charting Broadway cast album in over four decades, reaching number three on the Billboard charts.
The play is presented in two acts:
At LDS Church Missionary Training Center, devout, supercilious missionary-to-be Elder Kevin Price leads his classmates in a demonstration of the door-to-door method to convert people to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ("Hello!"). Price believes if he prays enough, he will be sent to Orlando, Florida for his two-year mission, but he and Elder Arnold Cunningham, an insecure, compulsive liar, are instead sent to Uganda as a pair ("Two by Two"). Price is sure he is destined to do something incredible, while Cunningham is just happy to follow. ("You and Me (But Mostly Me)").
Upon arrival in northern Uganda, the two are robbed by soldiers of a local warlord, General Butt-Fucking Naked. They are welcomed to the village where a group of villagers share their daily reality of living in appalling conditions while being ruled by the General. To make their lives seem better, the villagers repeat a phrase that translates as "Fuck you, God!" ("Hasa Diga Eebowai").
Price and Cunningham are led to their living quarters by a young woman named Nabulungi, where they meet their fellow missionaries stationed in the area, who have been unable to convert anyone to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Elder McKinley, the district leader, teaches Price and Cunningham a widely accepted method of dealing with the negative and upsetting feelings ("Turn It Off"). Though Price is riddled with anxiety, Cunningham reassures him that he will succeed and that, as his partner, Cunningham will be by his side no matter what ("I Am Here for You").
Price is certain he can succeed where the other elders have failed, teaching the villagers about Joseph Smith through a song that begins as a tribute to Smith but eventually descends into a tribute by Price to himself ("All-American Prophet"). The General arrives and announces his demand for the genital mutilation of all female villagers. After a villager protests, the General executes him. Safely hiding back at home, Nabulungi, moved by Price's promise of an earthly paradise, dreams of a better life in a new land ("Sal Tlay Ka Siti").
The mission president has requested a progress report on their mission. Shocked by the execution and the reality of Africa, Price decides to abandon his mission and requests a transfer to Orlando, while Cunningham, ever loyal, assures Price he will follow him anywhere ("I Am Here for You [Reprise]"). However, Price unceremoniously dumps him as mission companion. Cunningham is crushed and alone, but when Nabulungi comes to him, wanting to learn more about the Book of Mormon and having convinced the villagers to listen to him, Cunningham finds the courage to take control of the situation ("Man Up").
When his audience begins to get frustrated and leave, Cunningham quickly makes up stories by combining what he knows of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint doctrine with pieces of science fiction and fantasy. Cunningham's conscience (personified by his father, Joseph Smith, hobbits, Lt. Uhura, Darth Vader, and Yoda) admonishes him, but he rationalizes that if it helps people, it surely cannot be wrong ("Making Things Up Again").
Price joyfully arrives in Orlando but then realizes that he is dreaming. He is reminded of the nightmares of hell he had as a child and panics when his nightmare begins once again ("Spooky Mormon Hell Dream"). Price awakens and decides to re-commit to his mission.
Cunningham announces several Ugandans are interested in the church. McKinley points out that unless the General is dealt with, no one will convert. Price, seeing the chance to prove his worth, sets off on the "mission he was born to do". After re-affirming his faith, he confronts the General determined to convert him ("I Believe"). The General is unimpressed and drags Price away.
Cunningham concludes his preaching and the villagers are baptized, with Nabulungi and Cunningham sharing a tender moment as they do ("Baptize Me"). The missionaries feel oneness with the people of Uganda and celebrate ("I Am Africa"). Price is seen in the village doctor's office, having the Book of Mormon removed from his rectum. Meanwhile, the General hears of the villagers' conversion and resolves to kill them all.
Having lost his faith, Price drowns his sorrows in coffee. Cunningham finds Price and tells him they need to at least act like mission companions, as the mission president is coming to visit the Ugandan mission. Price reflects on all the broken promises the Church, his parents, his friends and life in general made to him.
Nabulungi and the villagers perform a pageant to "honor [them] with the story of Joseph Smith, the American Moses" ("Joseph Smith American Moses"), which reflects the distortions put forth by Cunningham, such as making love to a frog to cure their AIDS. The mission president is appalled, orders all the missionaries to go home, and tells Nabulungi that she and her fellow villagers are not members. Nabulungi, heartbroken at the thought that she will never reach paradise, curses God for forsaking her ("Hasa Diga Eebowai [Reprise]"). Price has had an epiphany and realizes Cunningham was right all along: though scriptures are important, what is more important is getting the message across ("You and Me (But Mostly Me) [Reprise]").
The General arrives, and Nabulungi is ready to submit to him, telling the villagers that the stories Cunningham told them are untrue. To her shock, they respond that they have always known that the stories were metaphors rather than the literal truth. Price and Cunningham arrive just in time to use Cunningham's lies of the latter being resurrected after being eaten by lions to scare the General and his men away. Price rallies the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the Ugandans to work together to make this their paradise. Later, the newly minted Ugandan elders go door to door to evangelize "The Book of Arnold" ("Tomorrow Is a Latter Day"/"Hello! [Reprise]"/"Encore").
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