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A Spot of Tea w/ Aunt Mary Pat

If you reside in the tri-state area and haven’t heard of the name, Aunt Mary Pat DiSabatino, well, then, you might not actually live in the tri-state area because just like f@#king Cheers…everybody knows her name. 

The Delco flavored comedic brainchild of uber-talented local gentleman, Troy David Hendrickson (who also slays it as Philly drag goddess, Miss Troy), Aunt Mary Pat has only been on the scene for a short time now–and it’s now a proven fact that we just can’t get rid of her–so we might as well roll with her fierce comedic punches…and that we certainly have.

Whether it’s been on one of her many, many sold out stops on her Downashore & More Tour (she’ll be at Delaware Pride in Dover this weekend, kids and kweens!) or on the dance floors as her delectable ditty, “Doin’ Good,” werks the system (she does it all…keep reading), Aunt Mary Pat has proven herself to be a staple on the local talent scene that by this point, we just can’t liiiiive without. 

She’s also proven to be quite the tea spiller as well as she recently flipped the Philly Mixtape entertainment tea table, where AMP broke all sorts of mugs about what it’s like to be her, what words of inspiration she would say to the kiddies, and of course, just which summer music is complimenting her Fireball shots this summer. 

And just what would she knock ol’ bitties out of the way for if she won a shopping spree to ACME?? 

All you have to do to find out is take a seat at the table because the one, the only….Aunt Mary Pat DiSabatino is about to spill it all just for you.

Okay….let’s break some Lennox mugs from that cabinet Mom told you not to touch as a kid, shall we? First on the table….spill for everyone about the sacred origins of the now seemingly legendary…..Aunt Mary Pat.   [She]  was born as me making fun of my own mother. So, as the asshole son I am, I uploaded the video and it took off. I know refer to AMP as the love letter to my mom, Susan.

Did you ever in a million god damn years think the character of Aunt Mary Pat would blow up 
up like she did? It must be wild for you…. I never thought my joke would turn into this at all! I am floored by the amount of love and support that I’ve been receiving. It truly gets bigger every single day and I am so grateful.

I also took a gander at the dance music charts and I see you also have a fun single, “Doin’ Good,” slaying it! Now, how in the hell did this all come about? I got approached from a wonderful artist and producer named Kendoll King. He wanted to work on a song together. We put together an awesome beat and have been working hard on it ever since March. We finished the track and it was officially released on[July 6th]. The first weekend the song kept climbing and climbing until it peaked at number 12 on the iTunes dance charts. We were both BLOWN away! 

What other music is rockin’ Aunt Mary Pat’s jukebox this summer? AMP is obviously listening to “Doin’ Good.” Also, new music from Ariana Grande, Kacey Musgraves (“High Horse” anyone?) and without a doubt BON JOVI!

What fonts of wisdom would you personally give to any performer out there who right this very god damn second decided to enter this f@#king crazy entertainment business?? You can’t be scared. You’re going to fail sometimes and that’s okay. You gotta shake it off. Try everything, because you never know which idea will take off or resonate with people. Stay humble. If you’re successful, help others! Don’t take things too seriously. And don’t try too hard. Just be you 🙂

Fuck….marry…..kill …..Ariana……Nicki….Liza. Fuck Nicki, Marry Ariana, and Kill LIZZZZZZAAA with a Z.

One last sip….and it’s an important one here……you’ve won a thousand dollar shopping spree to Acme……what are the first three things that you’re throwin’ elbows for right as you burst through those coveted doors? TOUGH ONE. First, I’m grabbing some Keebler’s Rainbow Chips Deluxe, then a bag of their homemade Tortilla Chips and finally a great big jug of the some pulp Simply Orange Juice!

And there you have it, folks!

For much, much more with Aunt Mary Pat, you should get to werk right here, right now. 

Cover photo courtesy of Troy David Hendrickson. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Ways to Prepare for Britney’s Atlantic City Takeover

Get ready, Atlantic City, because for what’s sure-to-be three spectacular nights…..it’s Britney, bitch.

Yes, that’s right, beginning tonight, July 19th, through this Saturday, July 21st, the legendary Ms. Britney Spears is bringing her Las Vegas owning Piece of Me Vegas spectacle under the spotlights at the Event Center in Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

And while indeed, there are many, many ways to prepare for our beloved Princess of Pop and all that her box office destroying show has to offer (and it’s a whole lot, folks, so grab those last few tickets while you still can), here are 5 sure fire ways to get the entire Jersey Shore and beyond more than ready for all things Brit Brit

Let’s go. 

1.Dance to the fact that “…Baby One More Time” is turning 20 this fall…..     You might want to mark October 23rd down on your calendar because it’s sure to be a national holiday as Ms. Spears legendary debut ditty (that opening keyboard riff, tho…priceless) will be celebrating twenty years of still owning our pom-pom wearin’ lives. While it’s easy to feel old at this coveted news (two decades…seriously??), you should waste no time in squeezing into those Catholic School Gurl digs and practicing that choreo because we need to party ’90s Britney-style, um, one more time and celebrate a track that legitimately changed the face of the pop music landscape forever. Like, seriously. Oh, baby, baby indeed. 

2.Watch this “Toxic” performance on repeat….    While we could spill Godney tea all day and burn our corneas out watching each and every one of her earth shattering live performances, for the sake of our general well beings, let’s just say they’re all legendary….yes, even that one. But if there’s one performance that’s sure to get you all sorts of right prior to her AC takeover, it’s this smokin’ hot take of “Toxic” that will certainly do the trick and will always get us thinking of these seven magical little words…in the zone and up all night. Anyone remember? Of course you do. Now, dance. 

3.Show ‘Glory’ a little love……     Let’s face it, you barely listened to Britney’s ninth studio offering when it was released two years ago, and you most likely haven’t listened to it recently..and no, no that certainly isn’t a question. Although it was well received by critics, Britney’s most recent-and quite excellent-set didn’t fare so well on the charts…and it’s a damn shame. Lead single, “Make Me,” still makes for a credible bedroom banger (despite the video drama), and the oh, so underrated “Slumber Party” and its Tinashe co-starring hot-as-f@#k video simply demand repeat viewings. Then you’ve got the bumpin’ “Clumsy,” then there’s, ah, well, just relive it all below and find your Glory-us moment. But by the way, when is that next album dropping, B?? 

4.Watch these slaying clips from Britney’s Vegas show…..   If there’s one thing that Ms. Britney proved to the world while her Piece of Me show was dominating the Vegas trip (besides, well, everything), it’s that she still knows how to throw down her classic choreography. From “Slave” to “Crazy” to “Oops” to “Me Against the Music,” the yaas-worthy compilation video below shows our Queen B displaying that she still knows how to get it, get it….what. Just watch and you better practice those moves before this weekend, bitch. 

5.Listen to “Work Bitch” every day of your Britney lovin’ life……    Now, you betta werk, bitch, and get those tickets to see Godney own Atlantic City this weekend. 

Cover photo courtesy of Britney Spears 

 

 

 

 

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Aladdin Tea w/Clinton Greenspan

If there’s one thing that we can all most certainly agree on, it’s that the magic of Disney’s Aladdin will remain as timeless as the summer sun.

From its thrilling storyline to its underlying messages of love, hope and family to the many, many classic tunes that will always bring the Genie out of our musical bottles….it’s always here and so much more

Just ask yourself…..how many times have you belted out “Friend Like Me” in the shower? And we just have to show our music love to the Kleenex grabbing, Oscar-winning ballad, “A Whole New World.” A gleaming piece of ’90s music which not only holds its place in the film and musical versions, but on the Billboard charts as well, where it became a number-one hit in 1992 thanks to the magical pairing of Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson, with lyrics by the one-and-only, Tim Rice. 

And of course, we just can’t wait to see what Guy Ritchie does with his take on Aladdin when it hits theaters next summer with Philly’s own Will Smith taking on the big, big role of Genie…yes. 

With all that being said, the city should feel so incredibly lucky that we get to have a chance to see the critically acclaimed traveling tour of Aladdin while its gracing its presence at the Academy of Music until July 1st. Of course, that also means that you should waste no time in grabbing those tickets to experience what all of the red-hot buzz is about. Really, why would you not want to when it comes to this show?

But before you set forth on a wild entertainment magic carpet ride (and that you will), get to know Aladdin himself–the most fabulous Mr. Clinton Greenspan. Not only is this Texas born actor a true first class (and highly talented) gentleman, but he straight up took over Philly Mixtape for a ridiculously fun chat about Moms, the Ab Roller, walking into doors after auditions (don’t we all?) and of course, all that it takes to slip into the role of Aladdin every night. 

Get to know Mr. Greenspan below…you’ll be glad you did….and then go see this show!! 

Kicking off our little chat, what inspires you to get into the role of Aladdin every night? I’ve already done the show with this cast for a year as a [Aladdin’s] understudy, so I’ve had moments here and there where I’ve got to go on and experience a little bit of what it’s like to get into the role. I started to use my mother as a huge inspiration for the show [of course] one of the main points in the show is that Aladdin is trying to prove himself and show his family that he can do more. So, I’ll use that before every show and either text my Mom or write a little note out on the dressing room mirror.

Not going to lie, I love that. Although they challenge us on the daily, Mom always knows best…..  .Yes, they certainly do! But you just have to appreciate it. 

Moving on to your background, what made you jump into the world of acting? I was actually more engaged in gymnastics–I did them for about six years. But [I remember] I would go over to my grandparents house and they would always have classic music playing on vinyl or have some musical playing-something featuring Gene Kelly, or Julie Andrews, or opera even. I was always interested in that form of art. But it actually took me a bit longer than other stories may tell. My first actual show was in 8th grade..I did Peter Pan outside the school at a community theater and I just fell in love with it all. I asked if I could do improv classes and basic dance classes and it just grew on me. Each year I learned a lot of new things and kept improving and kept it growing in my heart and I just fell in love with it more and more.

Okay, so….this show. Besides being absolutely mind-blowing, it looks–or it certainly is–very demanding physically. How did you adjust to..it all? I think the biggest challenge was building the stamina for it both vocally and physically at the same time. A lot of the numbers that are going on with me and most of the cast, actually, you’re doing some intense dance or movements while you’re singing, so building the stamina was probably one of the crazier challenges of the show.

Any warm up secrets you do verify each show that you can spill for everybody? I do some basic conditioning, tons of vocal warm ups and I actually try to get at least fifteen minutes of cardio in, as well as simple core workouts before I head on over to the show. I also have one of those things–I don’t know what it’s called but it’s just like a wheel.

I think it’s called the Ab Roller…I think they sold those on T.V. You know what….as self explanatory as it is…that makes perfect sense. Yes! 

Let’s break some music mugs…..who’s rockin’ your world these days? I’m always weak for Red Hot Chili Peppers…they’re my go to band. I love those guys. Actually, I try to stick to some older Motown vibes or some funk, some grooves. I like to listen to a lot of Earth, Wind and Fire…they just kind of get me in the mood, whether I’m just trying to wake up or get into a positive attitude before the show. And I also love me some Fleetwood Mac.

All of the above, my man. So, one question I like to ask all of my tea patrons is what words of wisdom would you give to any performer who decided right this second to slide into this crazy entertainment business? Have patience and understanding and not have any self-doubt. This business can get hectic and scary and you can get a little lost but you need to remember why you’re doing what you’re doing and why you want to go further in what you’re doing. I like talking to the youth about this if I go visit a school or talk to people outside the stage door because even if it doesn’t seem like there’s an impact from our side, they might remember just like a ten second moment of us telling them just keep fighting, just keep working on it and don’t give up. Because as basic as it may sound, it’s so true. It’s a rough business, but if you have the passion for it and you love it you just gotta keep fighting through and never lose sight of why you’re doing what you’re doing. 

Before we part ways….any totally embarrassing audition stories you’re up for sharing? Actually….one of the auditions I had for Aladdin is. I had a little boo-boo on the lyrics and then afterwards when they had me read and said thank you, I headed towards the door and I for the life of me could not open the dang door..literally could not get out of the room. Any performer knows that after you hit that final note, you want to get out of there. So, the fact that I struggled so hard to pull the handle down was the most embarrassing thing for me…and they were all just laughing. And to this day, I still struggle with doors a little bit. 

Don’t we all. Okay, one last sip……describe Aladdin on one word…… Unbelievable. 

Get those tickets. 

Cover photo courtesy of Playbill