2017 Tony Awards Nominations

I’m so grateful to be making a living by doing what I love – theater. Not only do I see shows in my free time, but I also get paid for promoting them?! Love it! (Ok, so I do more than just promoting them, but you get the picture).

Last spring, I began working at Lincoln Center Theater in the marketing department. I came on while The King and I was still running on Broadway, which was an amazing experience (a big, splashy Rodgers and Hammerstein musical? Talk about something wonderful!). One year later, I have since worked on the cult musical Falsettos, the reimagined revival of The Glass Menagerie, and the new political thriller Oslo. Which brings me to…

…today’s Tony Awards nominations! Falsettos, The Glass Menagerie, and Oslo were nominated for a total of 13 Tony Awards. What a day! Needless to say, I’m looking forward to the weeks ahead as we travel the road to Tonys.

Here are some of my favorite videos from the season:

[currently] Reading

I’ve been reading a lot since the start of the new year. It could be because I didn’t really meet my reading goals for 2016… or it could be because it’s a way I’m coping with the reality of 2017… or maybe I just darn well feel like reading more. Either which way, I’m glad to finally be catching up a bit with my to-read pile. Below is some of what I’ve read recently and what I’m currently reading.

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Scrappy Little Nobody // Reading actress Anna Kendrick’s collection of essays felt like I was chatting with her over coffee. I always had this image of her in my mind (based on interviews and roles she’s played), but this book gives a fun, light inner look into her life and her upbringing (I had no idea she was so involved in theater!). Recommended if you like Anna and are looking for a quick read.

Wishful Drinking // This was the first book I read in 2017, and it made me mourn the loss of Carrie Fisher even more (#RIP). Must-read for anyone with a sense of humor. Bonus points if you’re a Star Wars fan. I’m looking forward to watching the HBO special that’s based on the book.

Missoula // Want to feel enraged? Look no further and read the page-turner Missoula. Journalist Jon Krakauer focuses on five victims of campus rapes and sexual assaults in Missoula, MT (aka the “rape capital of America”). What’s standing in the way of justice? Rape culture, improper handling of the cases by authorities, skepticism from the police, and popularity of the local college football team. Missoula is a call to action. This book was brilliantly written, and I can’t recommend it enough.

The Harry Potter series // I started rereading the Harry Potter series back in 2015, and I’m hoping to finish by the end of this year. It feels too appropriate to currently be rereading Order of the Phoenix, also my favorite in the series, in the current state of our nation (The Resistance and Dumbledore’s Army, anyone?!). And it seems it’s pretty common for the Potter series to reemerge in times to find hope and healing (find out why adults reread the Potter series). As if you need another reason to reread (or maybe read for the first time?!) Harry Potter, it’s the series’ 20th anniversary (yes, you read that correctly – 20th!). Lumos.

Edit: If you have a Kindle and are an Amazon Prime member, you can read the Harry Potter series for free.

Need some more reading suggestions?

31 Must-Read New York City Books

Every Book Barack Obama Recommended During His Presidency

Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Books of 2016

One Book, One New York (#OneBookNY)

Our Shared Shelf (Emma Watson’s book club!)

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One Year

It’s been nearly one year since I last wrote anything on this blog. It doesn’t feel like a year has gone by since I last wrote, but my life has seen several changes to remind me that, yes, a year has gone by.

I’m hoping to write more. If not for my sense of guilt for not updating this blog as regularly as I’d once promised myself, then for my sanity. I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks 2016 was a wild year. For a year that never seemed to end, it sometimes feels like I blinked and it was suddenly 2017. In a period of two weeks last year, I started a new job, moved into a new apartment, and started cohabitating again. In a matter of hours on November 8, we watched as the glass ceiling remained intact and the unthinkable became reality. At the end of December, we said goodbye to one of the most (if not the most) dynamic mother-daughter duos in Hollywood.

I don’t mean for this post to sound so somber, but I’ve been feeling a sense of existential stress lately. Not too seriously that friends and family should be concerned, but I definitely feel more aware than ever of how quickly life can go by. I’m trying to appreciate my time more – time with family, time at work, alone time. It’s not easy, and I often find myself staring at my phone for several hours at night before bedtime (and let’s be real – when I’m in bed, too).

As a part of my newfound appreciation of time (and the worry that I’m not properly allocating it), I’m determined to reflect and write more – and not just rants and nonsense on Twitter. Everyone says that writing is the best way to hash things out with yourself and sort out your thoughts. Well, let’s hope they’re right!

If you’re planning on writing more this year, leave a link to your blog/website – I’d love to follow along!

xoxo

2016 Oscars Countdown

Watching movies is one of my absolute favorite things to do, so it’s always a fun time of the year when the Academy Awards rolls around. While the talk of the town is Leonardo DiCaprio’s potential first Oscars win, I’m loving all the build-up to the actual event itself.

Kids Explain the Best Picture Nominees

Oh my word, this is too cute… and funny! I think it’s always interesting to hear a person’s summary of any film (everyone interprets so differently), but it’s particularly amusing when kids do it.

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Kids Reenact Oscar-Nominated Films

In keeping with my cute-kids-do-the-Oscars theme, I can’t help but share these photos of kids reenacting  the Oscar-nominated films. Room and Mad Max: Fury Road are both so spot-on, and The Revenant is hilarious.

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Where Does the Red Carpet Come From?

True or False: The red carpet dates back to almost 2,500 years ago… True!

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Predicting What the Stars Will Wear

I know we’re not supposed to like the red carpet for the fashion anymore, but it’s possibly the prettiest and most glamorous part of the night. Can’t help but gush over some of these predictions (and wince at others – yikes).

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Black Artists Matter

This is a bit of a longer read, but it’s worth the time – it’s very good and very important. In another year when artists of color were shut out of the major Oscars categories, it’s time to stop asking what’s wrong with the Academy and start asking what’s wrong with the industry.

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#SmartGirlsAsk and #AskHerMore

I love red carpet fashion, but I also love the broader dialogue that #SmartGirlsAsk and #AskHerMore are creating about asking more meaningful questions on the red carpet (though, IMHO, some of the questions could be better focused on the topic at hand: film and entertainment). To help prep you for Oscars Sunday, you can watch answers to past #SmartGirlsAsk questions for the 2016 Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and Emmys.

Will you be watching? What’s your favorite part of the Oscars?

xoxo

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