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6 Rea$on$ Why Everyone $hould Be Watching $chitt’s Creek

So, there’s this show….Schitt’s Creek

If just by reading that above statement your heart and soul start to feel all giddy and stuff after reveling in last night’s season five premiere, than you get it…you really, really get it.

If you’ve never heard of this true pop culture phenomenon (there’s a reason why those ratings keep going up every season), or you’re someone who has a cousin/aunt/sister/gay bestie in your life that tells you just how seriously funny and, well, what an all around great show Schitt’s Creek is and that you need to start watching, that’s because well maybe, you f@#king should. 

Because when it comes to what is becoming one of the funniest shows in television of all time (not kidding…right, all of you Moira Roise kweens out there?), we all need to be watching and paying attention. 

Plus, how can you resist the Rose family love?

The hilarious story of what happens when the wealthy Rose family – video store magnate and the oh, so lovable Johnny (Eugene Levy), his boujie wife and former soap opera actress Moira (Catherine “Kevin!” O’Hara), and their adult children David and Alexis (Daniel “werk-that-fashion”Levy and Annie “slay-our-lives” Murphy)–lose their fortune after they get screwed over by their business manager, which leads them to rewire and rebuild their lives with their sole remaining asset…..a small town named Schitt’s Creek, which they had seemingly bought their son as a joke birthday gift years earlier. 

And basically when it comes to season five (seasons one-through-four on Netflix…go) well, we’re already ridiculously thirsty for more and ready to march out onto the streets to persuade everyone and their Moira Rose mother to watch Schitt’s Creek…because you really, really, really, really should…and here’s 6 reasons why that is so true. 

1.The Rose family….   Oh, the Rose family…how much do we love, well, all of you? Actually, at first, we might have not been sure that we could, but as they checked into their new surroundings, it turns out that they’re just like any one of us trying to make it through this thing called life. We love our dad Harry when he tries to attempt….anything, and let’s face it, David and Alexis represent our past, present and future. And then there’s matriarch Moira…Moira, Moira, Moira, Moira and your incredible collection. Just watch and fall in love. 

2.The supporting players…… While the Rose’s are the billed centerfold of the delightfully Schitt-y shenanigans, the show’s supporting players work just as hard in trying–and succeeding–to win our affections week-after-week. Let’s see, you’ve got Emily Hampshire as grungy-but-soft motel attendant, Stevie (anyone remember the make up episode? Of course we do). There’s also the one, the only, Chris Elliot as the Mayor of Schitt’s Creek, Roland Schitt, in which we don’t know how he does it, but we fall more in love with his adorably cray mannerisms more and more every season.

And let’s not leave out Roland’s wife, Jocelyn (Jennifer Robertson), who can drive a Grand Marquis while screaming in labor pains like nobody’s f@#king business. Then of course, there’s…sigh….David’s man, Patrick (Noah) and Alexis’ more complicated-than-Avril’s relationship with the lovely, Mr. Ted (Dustin Milligan), you know. And if you don’t know, you should get to it right now because all of these team players work hard in giving it to us right every week…ya watchin? 

3.It just hits you in all of the right sweet spots….  While there are truly many, many surprisingly sweet tender moments have derived from the show through its four season reign (like anytime Moira plays “Mom” and anytime David & Patrick do, like, anything….”Simply the Best” 4 lyfe), but there was one moment…..from the last episode of season four called “Singles Week” when…..

….you might remember when Alexis had the nerve to destroy our worlds with her words of love for Ted during the lock and key event….and we haven’t stopped god damn crying ever since. Yeah, it’s like that…all of the time…and we love and live for all of it. Ready to watch? Please do. Then of course, there’s this….

4.It’s a family affair…even when the cameras are off….    This next slice of courtroom worthy Schitt’s Creek truth is more of a thank to you Eugene and Daniel Levy. If it wasn’t for their whacky father-and-son shenanigans (wouldn’t there be a couple if your dad was the dad from American Pie?), none of this gorgeousness would ever be possible as they proven themselves more than just the stars and creators of it all…but true creative geniuses. Oh, and everyone’s favorite adorably clueless diner waitress, Ms. Twyla Sands? Daniel’s younger sister, Sarah. You see, it just goes to show you that a true, strong family affair always gets the job done..and that’s just what this show does every god damn week..case dismissed. 

5.There’s no tolerance for hate on the show….ever.   If you’ve ever wondered why there’s never any stupid homophobic shade towards David and Patrick‘s relationship, it’s because that’s the way it should be at all times, dammit! Actually a bit realer than that, when asked that same question by Vulture magazine, Daniel spilled,“I have no patience for homophobia. As a result, it’s been amazing to take that into the show. We show love and tolerance. If you put something like that out of the equation, you’re saying that doesn’t exist and shouldn’t exist.” Levy also went on to spill that the outpouring of love has been tremendous-“The letters we’ve been receiving are from people who realized their beliefs were biased or homophobic or bigoted, and we created a space where love and acceptance is paramount.” And that they certainly have…are you paying attention now? 

6.They just might be coming to a town near you…and it’s time to get ready.  No, you’re not hallucinating–Johnny, Moira, David and Alexis (and possibly more?) are taking the Schitt’s Creek show on the road this winter with stops anticipated in Boston, San Francisco and New York. And for all of the Philly fans out there, they’ll be taking over The Met on Feb 20h! So, now that you’re more persuaded to watch this show, binge on the first four seasons on Netflix, jump on the season five bandwagon and get those tickets! Because at the end of the day, that Schitt’s Creek kind of life is indeed the best kind of life to live…and this show proves more than that every god damn week. 

And we thank you. 

 

For much more Schitt’s Creek fabulousness, you betta stay tuned to the POP Network and check your local listings. 

For much more pop culture shenanigans all year-long and beyond, hit the floor with Philly Mixtape right here and here

Cover photo courtesy of Variety 

 

 

 

 

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Table Talk w/Doreen Taylor

Are you ready for a little (or in this shimmering case…lots!) of Off Broadway magic this year? 

If you answered “yes” to that question, then fabulous local chanteuse Doreen Taylor has just what we’re all looking for in her soon-to-shine new artistic adventure, Sincerely, Oscar:The Musical, which will play out as grand salute to the legacy of legendary playwright, Oscar Hammerstein II. 

“Carousel,” “Oklahoma” “State Fair,” (the esteemed list goes on and on) you know them, you love them. 

Kicking off on Broadway’s esteemed Theatre Row with performances on March 27th ahead of an official April 4th opening (tickets right here, folks!), Taylor’s creative blueprint is not only planned to show us her undying love for the art of performance and fight for the Hammerstein legacy (check this out), but it will also show us that she just really, really likes to put on a great show in grand proportions……no matter what it takes…..

……..and that’s just what she is gearing up for and going to do when it comes to Sincerely, Oscar.

Okay, so now, we’re really ready for that Off Broadway magic.

Ms. Taylor was kind enough to take a little time from her insane recording schedule and take a seat at the Philly Mixtape tea table, where her and I broke fine Lennox tea mugs about, life, love for Hammerstein, and just how she keeps it all moving while truly living out her creative dreams. 

Take a seat, take a sip, and get to know this truly extraordinary local superstar. 

First up on our little 2019 spill, how was your holiday season? Were you able to, like, sit down and relax eventually away your busy schedule?  Kind of. I was able to visit my family for some time in Buffalo, NY but I ended up working on my show the majority of the time so I guess I failed at the whole R&R thing! Despite all that, I really enjoyed seeing my family and being able to spend Christmas with them.

So, most important matter of tea…..you’re about-to-stun new show, Sincerely, Oscar, is getting closer and closer to its March 27th opening date….spill for everyone about how…it all..came to be….It has been a really great and very exciting journey! The show organically grew from a concert version called “An Enchanted Evening: A Night With Oscar Hammerstein” that debuted at the Bristol Riverside Theatre in Philadelphia, PA in summer of 2017. It did so well that we literally turned people away and felt we needed to do something bigger. We tweaked the show into a more cabaret style show and ran Off Broadway for a limited engagement in December 2017 at the 777 Theatre and we added Broadway legend Davis Gaines (“Phantom of the Opera”) to the cast as a guest artist. Towards the end of the run we were again selling out night after night and turning people away. We decided to tweak the show yet again and turn the show into a full production musical called “Sincerely, Oscar”. We have added spectacular special effects, an amazing score, fabulous musicians, wonderfully talented cast of performers and are returning to Off Broadway at the Acorn Theatre in Theatre Row on 42nd Street for an incredible 14 week run. We start performances on March 27th and run until June 30th! The response to the show since its inception has been remarkable and I am so thankful that it has had the organic growth it has had!

How are rehearsals going so far? Any sneak peaks you can serve up for us right now? Music rehearsals began a few weeks ago and are going better than expected! The score and arrangements are so beautiful (if I do say so myself! LOL). Staging rehearsals are not planned to start until February. Unfortunately, there is nothing that I am allowed to share as of yet.

Why should everyone and their Broadway mother come to this show? Bottom line, it is a really good show. It is a show that many generations can come together and enjoy. We have merged the timeless music and lyrics of shows like Sound of Music, Carousel, Oklahoma!, King and I, and more and have added a truly heartfelt look into the life and imagination of one of the most important writers/lyricists of all time, Oscar Hammerstein. If that weren’t enough, we have also added some incredible special effects, beautiful costumes and sets and a great story. We are the first show ever in Broadway or Off Broadway history that has implemented the technology of “Ice Magic” which is more commonly referred to as a hologram. For that fact alone, people NEED to see this show!  I like to call “Sincerely, Oscar” a hybrid show- meaning that we are utilizing many different unique elements from many different styles of entertainment and creating a one-of-a-kind musical experience.

So, just to take a serious sip for a moment. As fab as this creative life is and always will be, it can all no doubt kick our own ass sometimes. So, what does a true professional like you do on those days where it’s just a little….ugh?  I feel “ugh” more days than not. Very few people really understand how hard it is to launch a full production musical Off Broadway (or anywhere for that matter). But feeling creative or not, it is still a business and a job and I need to do my job just like anyone else in any other field out there. I can’t afford to take a day off—there are no “sick days”. I just do what I can and keep on track. I find little moments to rest here and there, but right now I eat, sleep and breathe this “Sincerely, Oscar”!

Any words of wisdom for all of the creative kiddos out there? Find what you like to do and just do it. You don’t need to be famous or rich (or even make it your profession), but if you really love the arts, then do all you can to just keep doing it. It is one of the best things you can ever do for your soul.  

If you had to list three albums that make you…you, what would they be? Although it may sound weird, but my own solo albums are “who I am” since I am the one who wrote all the music/lyrics. So definitely my albums “Magic” and “Happily Ever After” are the ultimate personification of who I am and a very in depth look of what I think, feel and believe.

Sum of your 2019 state-of-mind in one word….Focused

For much more with Ms. Doreen Taylor (including on how you can grab those tickets to Sincerely, Oscar), belt it out alongside of her right here and here. 

Cover photo courtesy of Doreen Taylor 

For much more local entertainment love, be sure to follow Philly Mixtape right here and here all year long and beyond! 

 

 

 

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Table Talk w/Eric Jaffe

When it comes to finding the perfect words to describe everything that Philadelphia Gayborhood entertainment superstar, Eric Jaffe, serves out at any given second in our Gay Philly lives, it all comes down to three words.…..

…..so…many…balloons.

That’s because when it’s comes down to rockin’ and ownin’ balloon haute couture like nobody’s business, Lady Gaga’s Golden Globes gown ain’t got nothin’ on the purple-owned lewks that  Jaffe has been known to serve out around the ‘Hood at any one of his events. 

Anyone that’s witnessed, well, any one of them will certainly agree that…..yes, bitch, yes.

Of course, it’s all from the delightfully cray mind of the other half of Eric’s delightfully cray mind, Mr. Greg, but before we serve up that sweet part of the tea (and you might want to grab a Kleenex..because ’tis), we must find the proper words to describe Sir Jaffe…

How about….ridiculously talented….. fabulous actor……..world ukulele champion…..hostess with the mostest….a big-hearted Jewish gentleman, and shall we mention, rightful recipient of the Drag Queen of the Year Award at last year’s Philly Drag Awards!

Can we get another yes, bitch, yes…yaaaaaas

But perhaps to best describe Eric is to say that when it comes to the creative art of just being your fucking self, he’s doing a heaping of werkin’ and slayin’ to inspire others, and twerkin’ and twirlin‘ on all of the haters.

Which is why there’s truly no better tea spiller to break in Philly Mixtape‘s new Table Talk column as Mr. Eric Jaffe is going to be at the head of the Philly entertainment table all year-long and beyond….now, take a seat and get ready for it all, kids and kweens, because Mr. Jaffe is speaking, and we must listen right…now, 

Okay….so……we have this here whole entire box of Celestial Seasonings to mug through, but we must break ’em first on one of your debut accomplishments of the year, Thweeney Todd, I believe it’s called? Thpill, thpill, thpill….For years I have been honing in on my skills as a parody music writer. I had the idea to bring this passion of mine to a fuller scale and create an entire parody musical, and just jumped right in. Now that the show is up on its feet I can proudly say that this is the best piece of queer theatre that I have every created. The cast is SO insanely talented. Andrew Boyask is the perfect Thweeney Todd, capturing every essence of classic Sweeney mixed with my weird sense of humor, it’s simply perfect. I knew that this show would be funny, but i didn’t know that it would SOUND as incredible as it does. The show runs January 26th at 7pm and January 27th at 7pm and 10pm at Franky Bradley‘s. Tickets are available right here!

What was the audition process like, well, for all of it?? We asked people to prepare a 16 bar cut from any musical, and then we had them read short scenes from the show. It was wonderful to watch people to dive in to the ridiculous world that I’ve created with this show. Having such talented artists on board is such an honor.

Why do you think a show like Thweeney Todd is just so damn important for the Gayborhood and beyond? Drag is SO much more than what we see on TV. There is a queer underbelly of talent that is waiting to be overturned, and I hope to be a part of that. Bringing drag and queer art into a theatrical setting is so important, and I’m beyond ecstatic to be doing it.

So, gurrrrrrl….you snatched the Philly Drag Award for Drag Queen of the Year not too long ago! In a word…..that feeling that took over when you heard your name called was like….. It was overwhelming, unbelievable, and validating. I love this community so much, and it’s really great to feel the love in return.

But, you know, the slight shade of it as well…any sips of tea for those pesky haters out there? All of us independent divas have ’em…. Nothing to say, just an invitation to my next show!
Most importantly, what would you personally say to anyone young dude, diva, king or kween who magically stumbles into their creative light this year? Create your own path. Don’t wait for people to hand it to you.

And of course, how about a little love man for your man Greg who so carefully crafts those balloon costumes that no doubt slay the creative runway each and every pop…..My heart. Greg is just one of the most brilliant artists I have ever met, along with being the most kind, compassionate, and caring partner. I love him with my whole heart, and I thank him for inspiring me to elevate my artistry to match his.

Sum up your energy heading into 2019 in one sassy word….MAC N CHEESE…is that one word?

Yes…and I just have to know….where the fuck do all of those balloon costumes go when you’re done owning us with them? Please tell me that they’re preserved in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York or something…. We bring them home and let them shrivel up in something we call the “balloon graveyard.”

And there you have it.

For much more with Mr. Jaffe, catch him as your host of the Everything show every Wednesday night at 10 pm at L’Etage …..and as the host of The Eric Jaffe Show this Saturslay night, January 19th, at 730 upstairs at Tavern on Camac…and as always, ding, no cover, bish! See you there!

Cover photo courtesy of Mr. Jaffe. She’s busy.

And for much more local and legendary entertainment shenanigans (and are you a local entertainer…let’s gab!) this year and beyond, get down with Philly Mixtape right here and here

 

 

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