Thursday, 30 March 2017

A debut like no other: Sara Bareilles shines in her own Broadway musical

Sara Bareilles has added another creative hyphen to her artistic resume. From being a singer-songwriter and six-time Grammy nominee, Sara is now a theater actress. Last year, she had her Broadway debut (as a composer) with “Waitress.” “Waitress” has opened a lot of doors for her, including a stint in acting. She plays the lead role of Jenna Hunterson, which was previously brought to life by Jessie Mueller, a Tony Award-winner. 

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While Sara is a Broadway newcomer, she has auditioned for some plays. She has always dreamt of being in the acting spotlight, and now she is living her dream with “Waitress.” 

Sara has consulted a lot of singer-turned-actors for her Broadway debut. She asked for advice from Jennifer Nettles, a singer who played the role of Roxie Hart in “Chicago,” and Josh Groban, who is currently starring in “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.” 

“Waitress” is adapted from an Adrienne Shelly film released in 2007. It's about a waitress who does wonders with baking but is unhappy with her marriage. Sara’s score for the musical has earned her a Tony nomination in 2016. 

Sara became a household name with the release of her 2007 song, “Love Song,” and has had three full-length studio albums and sold out shows worldwide. She also made her writing debut with “Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far).” 

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

All Rise For The Queen: Beyoncé Leads Coachella 2017 Lineup

The rumors are true. Beyoncé will be headlining Coachella 2017. It will only be the second time in the desert festival’s 17-year history that a female act will headline (Björk was the first to do so in 2002 and again in 2007). Thus, even if it this year’s Coachella also marks Kendrick Lamar’s first time to lead the festival or Radiohead’s third, Queen Bey’s appearance is a big deal. As this article perfectly puts in, “Coachella is lucky to have her.” Beyoncé can pretty much fill any stadium she desires. Heck, she even performed in one of the biggest stages – the Super Bowl, so Queen Bey “doesn’t need festivals.” But she is music royalty, and she can pretty much do anything she wants – like headlining Coachella.

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But she is no stranger to the fest. She did a brief cameo when husband Jay-Z headlined in 2010. She again graced Coachella with her presence when little sister Solange performed in 2014.

Although I’m sure the majority of these year’s festival goers would be scrambling for tickets because the Queen will be arriving, music fans have more reasons to look forward to the two weekends of April. Many believe this year’s lineup is probably the best set that Coachella has ever crafted. Kendrick Lamar’s set is expected to be mesmerizing, something that will truly set him apart from today’s rap artists. And Radiohead and new wave legends New Order will supply the nostalgia that Coachella is also known for.

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Other acts that I am looking forward to hearing at Coachella this year? Lorde (and hopefully a new album?), Bon Iver, the xx, Father John Misty, the Avalanches, and Hans Zimmer – yup the Hans Zimmer, film music maestro.

2017 Coachella Music and Arts Festival will take place on April 14 to 16 and April 21 to 23 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

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