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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tips for Tuesday: Book - Dear Congress, Movie - Funny Girl - The Musical; and Misc. Tonya and Nancy Highlights from the Rock Opera;

We have been given the products lists below and and access to an advance screener of Funny Girl - The Musical for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.



Book:


Mom - Today I am recommending the book, Dear Congress, Voices of American Children Currently Being Abused by Conversion Therapy by Vellah Jones & The Children's Committee. This book is a plea for an end to the kind of state sanctioned child abuse in which cruel practices are used to try to change children's sexual preferences. It is full of hearfelt poems and personal accounts told through letters to persons of authority. It includes information as to what you can do if your state is not currently one of the 13 states that already has a laws preventing this abohorrent practice.

For more about this book or to purchase a copy, visit https://dearcongress.love/

Movie:


Mom - Today I am recommending Funny Girl - The Musical. Funny Girl, the 1963 Tony award winning musical based on the life of  comedian and Zigfield Follies star, Fanny Brice is well known for being the show that made Barbra Streisand a star both on stage and on screen. However, there is much more to the show than that. It has a great story full of comedy, romance and a little heartbreak. It is has a tremendous soundtrack full of familiar songs like Don't Rain On My Parade  and People. Even many of the lesser know songs are worth a listen like the catchy Who Taught Her Everything She Knows and the amusing You Are Woman. Unfortunately, the show has never been revived on Broadway although there have been several productions throughout the world over the years. Now, the most recent record-breaking London production of the show is coming to movie theaters worldwide on October 24 with the delightful, Sheridan Smith in the title role. Smith may have not have the singing voice of a Barbra Streisand, but she is terrific in the role and really makes it her own. Her performance is alternatively charming and full of spunk and heartbreaking. You won't want to miss it.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the screening, visit www.funnygirlincinemas.com/

Misc:


Mom - Today I am recommending Tonya and Nancy Highlights from the Rock Opera. Most people are familiar with I, Tonya, the movie which was nominated for numerous Academy Awards and won one for Alison Janney as Best Supporting Actress in her role as Tonya's mother. However, before there was an I, Tonya, there was Tonya and Nancy the Rock Opera. The show has had several productions around the country over the years including one at the New York Musical Festival. Most recently, highlights from the show were presented in a concert at Feinsteins/54 Below in New York City. That concert was captured on CD, and is now available for purchase. The CD is full of fun and catchy songs like Three and Half Minutes and When You Wake Up Sleeping in Your Car in Estacada with just enough voice over between songs to keep the listener up with what is going on in the story. In this version, Tonya voiced with the perfect combination of toughness and heart by Ashley Spencer is the not just the bad guy and Nancy played by the angelic voiced Lauren Worsham is not the just the victim. Both characters have their flaws which have a lot to do with their disparate upbringings. This is particularly evidenced in a song in which Nancy Opel, as both girls' mothers, alternates between the sardonic sweetness of Brenda Kerrigan and the outward disdain of Lavonna Fay Golden toward their respective daughters. All in all, the album is great fun and until a full production of the show can be seen and heard, this is the next best thing.

For more about Tonya and Nancy Highlights from the Rock Opera or to find out how to purchase a copy, visit www.tonyaandnancytherockopera.com/

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