Mr. Saturday Night
We watched the musical Mr. Saturday Night starring Billy Crystal on Broadway HD last week. Can’t say anyone who stayed until the end (we lost two viewers before the end of act one) dug the show.
Mr. Saturday Night based on the 1992 movie of the same name, which also starred Crystal, was a critical and commercial dud. I don’t know why anyone thought a musical needed to be made from the material. David Paymer scored an Oscar nomination for the film, but he’s wasted in the stage version with barely anything to do. Heaven forbid anyone should outshine Buddy.
Oh, Buddy…. He’s the show’s biggest problem.
The musical centers on Buddy Young Jr, an unfunny comic who cracks jokes that are supposedly shocking but really aren’t. Buddy is a horrible person…a spoiled brat who treats his family like dirt and only cares about earning laughs from strangers. I don’t know why anyone thought audiences would want to spend 2.5 hours with this character…much less cheer for him. I’m not sure if he’s a worse comic or a worse person. Whatever the case, he’s constantly throwing temper tantrums then being rewarded for his shitty behavior, and we’re supposed to be happy for him.
The movie didn’t need to be musicalized. The songs are unnecessary and barely move the plot forward. There’s never tension introduced in the show because you know that Buddy will act like an asshole and get everything he wants.
The terrific Randy Graff got stuck in the thankless role of Buddy’s patient wife. Shoshana Bean had the show’s most interesting character as Buddy’s long neglected daughter, Susan, but like Graff, she deserved better.
Celebrity Jeopardy! Pop Music
“Sincerely, Me” is a song from this Broadway show that won the 2017 Tony for Best Musical.
ANSWER: Dear Evan Hansen
A Man Called Otto
Took my father to see the new Tom Hanks movie, A Man Called Otto today. I’ve adored Tom Hanks since before it was cool to adore Tom Hanks so of course I liked his performance. Mariana Trevino as Marisol was terrific too, and I hope to see her in more mainstream movies in the future. It wasn’t a perfect movie by any stretch of the imagination but it was the perfect movie to see with my dad.
Let’s Stop Overusing “Iconic” in 2023
On last night’s Jeopardy, I learned about Lake Superior State University’s Banished Words List, “imprecise, trite, and meaningless words” that take the lazy way out and only confusing matters by over-relying on.
GOAT topped their list this year. Other words or phrases making the list: Amazing, Absolutely, and Gaslighting. The complete list can be found on their website.
Had I been asked for my opinion, I would’ve suggested “Iconic.” Ugh. I’m so over that word being thrown into every article and obituary. I started to make a graphic of all the times “iconic” popped up in obituaries this year and got tired and stopped. There were many more instances than the examples below. Some of the people we lost in 2022 were iconic; many were not. My main beef is just how lazy people are by throwing that word on everyone and everything lately.
My favorite kitchen magnet. Thanks, Five Below.
Fleishman is in Trouble
I started watching Hulu’s Fleishman is in Trouble. Can’t say I like any of the characters. They’re all so annoying but I’m intrigued by the story . I’ve heard a lot of good things about the show, and I’ve always liked Jesse Eisenberg’s performances so I’ll be sticking with the show despite my mixed response to it thus far.
Puss in Boots
Took the kiddos to see Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. Can’t say I’ve ever liked the Shrek movies (my kids love them) but I like the Puss in Boots character. It was a cute movie. Two big thumbs up from Timmy and Ashley.
Happy New Year!
Jeopardy! Stage Musicals by Song Lyrics
Answer: :Peter Pan
Answer: Fiddler on the Roof
Answer: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown