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‘The Sound of Music’ Tea w/Jill-Christine Wiley

If there’s one thing that remains true in today’s rapidly changing (and a tad bit crazy) world, it’s that The Sound of Music will remain as timeless as they come. 

A huge Broadway smash thanks to the talents of the incredible Mary Martin and the legendary production prowess of playwrights Rodgers & Hammerstein, the show would also go on to find phenomenal success on the big screen as well (hey there, Ms. Julie Andrews), raking in $158 million in 1965, which adjusts to a whopping $1.3 billion in today’s dollars.

Let that pop culture fact just blow your mind for a moment….

Based on matriarch Maria von Trapp‘s autobiography, The Sound of Music, tells the tale of a rather sugary sweet story involving nuns, Nazis, seven ridiculously cute children, and of course, lots and lots of fabulous hills. However, there’s just something about that dear sweet music when it comes to this ever lasting show, and with such classic tunes as “Climb Every Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi” and “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” you know you’re going to be more than ready when all of these numbers come alive inside the Merriam Theater beginning tomorrow night through this Sunday, April 29th. 

But perhaps even more grand than all of the Music magic that will be taking over the City of Brotherly Love this week, are the many, many talents of leading actress Jill-Christine Wiley–dancing! singing! acting!–and she was gracious enough to stop by the Philly Mixtape entertainment tea table to spill about it all before she dazzles the city with her take on the iconic role of Maria. 

Of course, it may come pretty easy for Jill being that she’s already has a portrayal of another cherished character on her impressive resume–that of Belle in the national tour of Beauty of the Beast. So, now that you’re completely convinced to take the whole entire family to go see The Sound of Music while it’s in Philly this week, get those tickets right here……

…………but first get to know the lovely Jill Christine-Wiley below as she breaks mugs about, well, it all

Hey, Jill, thanks so much for taking the time to chat with Philly Mixtape! Kicking off our little spill, how does it feel to be playing the iconic role of Maria in ‘The Sound of Music?” It’s truly been the most wonderful experience! Getting to step into Maria’s shoes each night is such a privilege. Of course there have been so many talented women who have portrayed this role, such as Mary Martin, having originated the role on Broadway, to Julie Andrews in the film, not to mention the two other incredibly talented women who have led this tour before me. I think it’s also important to remember that Maria was a real person – the first thing I did was go right to her autobiography. I wanted to “get to know her” as best I could. I’m not only storytelling on stage each night, I’m “truth-telling.”

How many times have you seen the original? I think, having grown up watching the film it’s safe to say that I’ve lost count. It’s been a few months (dare I say even more) since I last saw the film….when you’re “living” it each night, it isn’t the first film you go to watch while out on the road…maybe this summer I’ll watch it again for fun!

Moving onto the stage for a moment, what are some personal rituals you do to relax and dive into each show before every curtain call?  I have a pack of Daily Affirmation cards – each card as one word to serve as an “intention card.” Before each show, I will draw a card and use that word as my intention for that performance. Last night, I drew the word, “truth” so I use that performance to really focus in on being truthful. Having that word intention set each night really helps keep me grounded and focused in my show.

There’s simply no denying that we’re in some really truly tough times right now, so we need those future entertainers more than ever!! What words of wisdom would you give to any aspiring actor or actress who decided right this very second to step onto that stage for the very first time? Embrace the mistakes. As performers/artists, we are always evolving, and no work is ever a finished product. Try not to self-edit or judge your work too harshly. We are in an industry where we are always looking to better ourselves – keep working, keep learning, keep growing.

Okay, let’s spill about the show! What can Philly fans expect from this production of ‘The Sound of Music?’ This is a classic and, at the end of the night, you’re going to leave the theatre humming the tunes you all know and love. This story has so much depth, it’s a story for all ages. It’s about the love of family, love of music, finding new love, the political aspects and fighting for what’s right and what you believe in.

How would you sum up it all up in one word? CAPTIVATING!

One last sip…..who are some of your favorite music artists that you simply can’t live without?  I can’t seem to get enough of The Civil Wars, Sara Bareilles or Damien Rice. Pre-show tunes, I can always go for some Barbra Streisand, Nat “King” Cole, Whitney and of course my personal favorite, Celine Dion!

For much more tea with the fabulous Jill-Christine Wiley, check this out…..

……and to get your tickets to relive and revel in ‘The Sound of Music‘ while it’s here in town until this Sunday, follow those hills to the box office right here.

Cover photo courtesy of the Kimmel Center






 

 

 

 

 

CAPTIVATING!

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5 Ways to Prepare Yourself for P!nk’s Wells Fargo Center Domination

So, who’s ready for Ms. P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma tour stop at the Wells Fargo Center tomorrow night? 

That’s like saying she isn’t the baddest bish in the music game. 

Yes, this time tomorrow night, thousands of fans will be tailgating and getting those parties started in anticipation to see just what the fuck P!nk’s going to bring to that beloved WFC stage. And if you throw in this glorious weather that’s headed our way, it’ll make for the perfect Philly music celebration…and we all need to be ready. 

While there are seriously 8,675 ways to prepare for the one-and-only Ms. Alecia Moore, Philly Mixtape has five that’ll no doubt help you get your trapezes spinning in preparation for it all

See you in the parking lot! 

1.Listen to ‘Beautiful Trauma’ on repeat……   Since the acrobatic diva is embarking on the road in support of her fabulous seventh studio album, it’s time to be well versed and ready to sing along with our beloved Bucks County rock pop goddess. Whether on the politically charged lead single, “What About Us” to the acoustic thunder of “Barbies” to the Eminem co-starring “Revenge,” P!nk’s about to bring all of these traumatic tracks (and no doubt…lots of tricks!) front-and-center at the Wells Fargo Center tomorrow night. Ready? 

However, if there’s one track that might hit us all in a soft place, it’s the album’s powerful title anthem. Not only does it come with a red-hot choreo equipped accompanying music video, but…sigh…it can’t help us be like……Channing and Jenna Dewan 4 lyfe

2.Relive everything that “There You Go” has to offer…..   The hair! That sass! The ‘tude! Those moves! It’s always here and so much more in Mizz Moore‘s debut ditty. Sigh, those certainly were the TRL days, weren’t they? Yes..and we’ll forever be grateful for all of it. 

Plus, there’s this classic remix. Now, “There You Go” indeed. 

3.Watch this performance of “Glitter in the Air” over and over again……   There’s Grammy performances and there’s P!nk’s Grammy performances, which should somehow be captured and put in the god damn Smithsonian because they’re fucking legendary. Case in point, this daring and ultimately spectacular, spinning take on Funhouse piano ballad, “Glitter in the Air.” Now, while we don’t know if she’ll transform into a human sprinkler once again a top the Wells Fargo Center tomorrow night (please?), but what we can do is try not to clutch our pearls during what will always be one of the greatest awards show performances of all fucking time. And that certainly isn’t a question…just watch and revel in it all over again. And then…get ready….because she closes out with this one. 

4.Watch this performance of “Lady Marmalade” over and over again….    If we’re really, really good boys and girls, maybe P!nk we’ll give us a heavenly slice of “Marmalade” tomorrow night. But if we’re really, really, really good boys and gurls, maybe Mya, Xtina, Lil’ Kim and Ms. Patti (!!) will join our girl on stage and give it to us like they did on the Grammy stage in 2002 with this performance. Hey, this is P!nk’s hometown territory so anything is possible! But in the meantime….watch. 

5.Figure the last one all on your own…..   Since there’s just too many ways to throw down a proper P!nk party, use your imagination and get it started. Perhaps the choreo from “Most Girls?” Repeat viewings of the LiLo/Paris/Mary Kate/Jessica inspired video for “Stupid Girls?” Anything and everything she put out over her now nearly two-decade career? In a word, yes. Because she’s about to bring it all to us tomorrow night, and all of her Philly phans should no doubt do the same for her. 

Now, who’s ready for P!nk? The entire god damn tri-state area. 

Cover photo courtesy of NJ.com 

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5 Reasons Why We Could All Use (A Little) More Kylie Minogue in Our Lives

If you’ve noticed that the fabulous people in your life are feelin’ a bit more fierce and yaaaas this weekend, it’s because Aussie pop disco diva Kylie Minogue just released her country-kissed fourteenth studio album, Golden, yesterday (tap here) to the delight of headphones all across the globe. 

Well, almost all of them.

Because you see when it comes to the exceptional four-decade career of Ms. Kylie, it’s a tricky one.

As much as she’s regarded across the shimmering as a true disco queen, a legend, an unstoppable force that’s owned every music chart she’s danced and pranced on…..

………here?

Well, not so much.

With the exception of a pair of breakthrough Billboard Hot 100 singles (we’ll get to them…calm down, kween) and straight ownership of the Billboard dance charts, the mainstream music market hasn’t been so kind to the iconic groove-filled goddess.

And dare we say…she’s a tad bit underrated over here? Yes, it’s very pearl clutching.

But not to worry, because we now get to revel in all things Mizz Minogue and convince not just those who aren’t on board her caboose, but to those who’ve stepped into her world in the late ’80s and have remained there ever since.

Because at the end of the day, we could all use a little more Kylie Minogue in our everyday lives…and here’s 5 reasons why. 

So, let’s do it and then…let’s dance. 

1.That angelic voice…..Whether on a synth-fully delicious banger (“Get Outta My Way,” “Into the Blue”), punch-y disco romp (“Million Miles,” “Sexy Love), bedroom ready beat (“Fever,” “Sexercize”), classic club anthem (“Your Disco Needs You,” “On A Night Like This”)  or reinvented dance craze (“The Locomotion”), Kylie has a voice that’ll just simply give it to ya and make you lose-it-in-the-music in the most delightful way possible.

On or off the dance floor, of course. 

Although her vocals may not be as brass as Madonna’s or a powerhouse like Adele’s, it’s one that will forever remain purr-fect for those days when you’re feeling happy, sad, feisty, a lil’ kinky, or for when you’re just plain…spinning around. 

2.Because you still do “The Loco-motion” and you still can’t get “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” out of your head…..    Speaking of Kylie’s timeless ’80s floor filler…..admit it…you still do it, Mom and everyone else.

And when it comes to the oh, so ooo-ey, goo-ey goodness of Kylie’s early ’00s breakthrough beat? Well, the title speaks for itself because we still fucking can’t get it out of our heads. But then again, why would we want to? Even almost two decades later, the Cathy Dennis (!!) penned tune still plays out as tempting and delish as the day it was rightfully served into our Minogue music hearts. Respect a little more, please. 

3.All of those delicious videos…..  From the delightful free-flowing love on display in “All the Lovers” to the simply stunning choreo (and those red boots!) in “Get Outta My Way,” from the girl-on-girl-on-girl realness  in “Sexercize” to that white outfit in “Can’t Get You Out of My Head.” It’s all here and so, so, so much more in Kylie’s klassic music video vault.  And of course, we just cant’t leave out……any and every look from her late ’80s/early ’90s contributions. Priceless...and they all deserve your attention right….now. 

4.She’s a survivor……    Perhaps the Fever diva’s (go here) biggest feat came in 2007 when she kicked breast cancer’s ass after being diagnosed two years earlier. Although the iconic disco ball destroyer was on a world tour while she received her diagnosis, like a true tour-de-force, she kept on and underwent treatment while on the road.

Although her touring schedule was scaled back a bit, there was no stopping her recovery–and making sure her fans knew she was going to fight this fucking disease. And then it happened….in early 2007, the world rejoiced when it was announced that she was in remission, and soon came her tenth studio album, the dark and daring, X.

Although critics were a bit shady as to why there weren’t more tracks about her cancer battle, but hey, it’s Kylie’s fucking business, right? X not only proved that she didn’t miss a beat while fighting her fight, but that she won the battle and her grooves will go on forever and ever.

Werk, Ms. Minogue, werk. 

5.She’s a fucking legend……  Listen, whether you’re completely obsessed with everything she does, somewhere in the middle, or have no idea who the fuck she even is(let us pray for your music soul..), there’s simply no denying that this pop disco diva is a true legend.

Throw in that undeniable fighting spirit and the fact that she continues the slay for all of us (and will most likely do so long after we’re gone) there’s no better time to bow down and rightfully insert a little more Kylie Minogue into your everyday life. 

So, do it…like now.