Produced by Amazon Studios Director and writer Kay Cannon Musical score by Mychael Danna and Jessica Rose Weiss Cinematography by Henry Braham Film Editing by Stacey Schroeder Songs arranged by Keith Harrison Score performed by Synchron Stage Orchestra Conducted by Johannes Vogel Choreography by Ashley Wallen
Review by Kitty Drexel
Amazon — The new Cinderella by Amazon Studios and Kay Cannon is receiving many bad reviews. Cinderella isn’t bad. It’s mediocre. It’s Glee.
This Cinderella is written for and appeals to a new generation of consumers. It’s not for us; it’s for a population of The Voice fans who skim Instagram as they tweet their deepest thoughts.
It’s sexist and racist. Women are still degrading themselves for men. The leads and most secondary characters are majority white. England is so busy attempting to correct its inherent classism that it can’t cast BIPOC as leads in the stories it appropriates. (It’s not enough to put non-white people in mainstream movies and TV. You’ve got to let them tell their own stories.) Continue reading →
Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created “Sunday in the Park with George” By James Lapine Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374200091 Hardcover/e-Book $40.00 Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN: 9780374200091 416 Pages
Review by Kitty Drexel
BOSTON, Mass. — The world is on fire right now: Texas has nearly outlawed abortion access. The women and girls of Afghanistan are being systematically stripped of their human rights as the world watches. There is still a pandemic and not nearly enough people are getting vaccinated. People in Louisiana don’t have electric power. The West Coast is experiencing a severe drought. The people of Haiti are still recovering from a devastating earthquake on August 14. But, we’re still expected to behave like everything is okay. Things aren’t okay.
I made a promise to post a book review in exchange for a copy of Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created “Sunday in the Park with George.” It was difficult to read this book. It isn’t the book’s fault that extenuating circumstances made focus of any kind difficult. August was a difficult month. The book itself is great.