Once

Once is actually a story that I really like.

I saw it first as a film a few years ago. It is a story of this irish song writer/ singer who is about to give it all up until he meets this foreign girl over a vacuum cleaner. Yes, you read it right.

It was a low budget movie produced in Dublin and it is as tacky as it sounds and it is adorable.

And about 2 years ago they made it into a musical – which was interesting because even though the movie is all about music and releasing an album and all that. They even had Ronan Keating playing. Bless him he really can’t act but he is a very good looking singer ahah!

The show is no longer in London (it was at the Phoenix Theatre) as it has gone home to Dublin and is now showing there. So if you are from Ireland, please go see. It’s is a heart warming story with loads of fun pun lines and irish music – they literally turn the stage into a bar before the act and during break!!!!

Claudia

Singin’ in the Rain

Show number two of my life here: Singin’ in the rain.

Everyone has seen the movie – or will in some point in life. Singin’ in the rain is a story about how stars and people adapted to the glorious silent movies to the ‘talkies’ – or movies where you could hear sound.

Suddenly all those stars had to adapt their performances and singing. It is a fun loving musical with brilliant tunes (the famous Singin’ in the rain’ and ,Good morning to you!’)

It was a brilliant night – word of advice though, if you are in the front rows you will end up wet, but the cast is so enthusiastic that you will want to jump of your seat and dance and splash in the rain with them!!!

Unfortunately the show is now closed and it is not possible to see it any more, but if it ever opens back again, I really recommend you to go. It is funny, it is a classic. It will make you smile the whole night. I loved it.

Good luck in seeing it in the future!

Claudia x

Jersey Boys

It is supposed to be a cultural blog. What is the thing you absolutely have to do when you come to London? Yes, yes, see all the tourist attrions, I know. But also, if you do have the time, pop in to the many London theatres and watch a musical. I have seen three during my four years – oh lord – in the capital. Not that many I know, but with all the work and all the excuses and everything, it’s not all pretty pictures and shows. Life happens. However, I know that I will be back for more, because I love them – yup, I am a sucker for those catchy songs and crazy dances and stories.

One of the first ones I have ever seen was Jersey Boys. I will be honest, I barely knew what they were and only had an idea of what the show was about.

True enough when someone asked it was always a familiar thing. Frankie Valli does ring a bell. In my house it was a name that often came up. But to be honest, I am bad with names. Who sings what, who climbed which mountain, who was famous for that… But I did!!! I knew almost every song sang in that show!! Do you know how amazing that feels?

In fairness, most of it I didn’t know it was theirs – slap slap – but I did recognize it. And what a great atmosphere. Everywhere I looked smiles were fixed on peoples faces like it took them to happy places and memories only they know.

That made me happy and if going to a musical does that every time, boy do I want to be there!

A LITTLE ABOUT JERSEY BOYS

For those of you who don’t know, Jersey Boys is about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their path to success and through all kinds of set backs they had to overcome.

The show has won 57 awards including the Olivier Award of Best New Show.

It will be on until February 2016 at the Picadilly Theatre in London and you can find all information on their website – www.jerseyboyslondon.com

Get ready for a fun night out, prepare your shower diva voice and go, go, go!

Claudia x

O Captain, My Captain

2014 has not been an easy year for my fellow celebrities.

No, this year already three people (well, there were many others, but to each their own) that I looked upon have passed away.

The one on everybody’s heart and mind today is, off course Robin Williams. There are two movies that I will always carry in my heart: ‘Good morning Vietnam’ and ‘The Dead Poets Society’.

I know, I know, he was mainly a comedian and a family movies actor, but I have, by far, watched more times Good Morning Vietnam, than all the other comedies together.

Another one was one of my favourite writers: Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I liked his books so much I have a few in Spanish, even though my Spanish is basically Portuguese with an accent.

Lastly: Philip Seymour Hoffman. I was so unbelievably sad when I heard about his passing. His movies, his acting, for me they are precious.

What strikes me the most is, every time an actor or musician or writer dies I think: wow, they will not live forever. I mean, I know that, and I know their work will be around for us to see, but people are actually going to pass away. I got to start paying attention to all these new people!!!

Anyway, I have attached pictures of people that I like and have perished this year.

Stay well, stay loved.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Robin Williams

Tommy Ramone

Harold Ramis

Claudia

Mojo

I am quite excited about a play going on in London – Mojo.

First it’s about rock in the 50´s in London. Also, it stars Ben Whisshaw who caught my attention in Cloud atlas and then again in The Hour.

The cast counts with Ruppert Grint – debuting on stage – and Colin Morgan who I love from Merlin.

Mojo_3219Any of you seen it?

Claudia