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ENTERTAINMENT1

Bye Bye Boredom. Hello Entertainment.

Get your entertainment fix with these recommendations for music venues, live theater, and the big screen.

One of my favorite topics is entertainment. I enjoy listening to great music at home, at the gym or, ideally, in person, and frequent movies as well as live theater when the opportunities arise.  We at Throomers thought that it would make sense to share some ideas of how you might spend some of your spare time! I’ve recently had the opportunity to attend a number of events that I believe are worth sharing, read on.

Sensational Live Music

If you have a passion for music there’s nothing quite like listening to your favorite artists live, on stage. As far as the world of live music goes, I had the pleasure of seeing Pavlo, a master of Mediterranean music, who continues to grow in popularity thanks to his concerts being featured on PBS.  Wow, Pavlo and the other three members of his band were terrific from the moment they stepped on stage until the finale when a very lucky person in the audience won a raffle for his guitar.

As a matter of fact, I enjoyed this show so immensely that I sent Pavlo an email letting him know that in spite of my wife “dragging me to the show,” I had a fantastic time!  And, before I knew it, Pavlo agreed to be featured in our March edition. You can listen to the enchanting sounds of Pavlo in the video below.

On the other end of the spectrum, I went to see one of my favorite electric guitar players who hails from the bayous of Louisiana, Tab Benoit.  Having seen Tab on many occasions, I can say he was better than ever, and brought the house down with his amazing three-piece band as well as a number of other musicians who happened to be in the audience that night.

Bengt Nyman, viaWikimedia, CC BY 2.0
Tab Benoit

And, coming up on the agenda next month, is an evening with the classic rock of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, which I will be glad to share with you.

For Theater Buffs

In terms of live theater, I FINALLY had the opportunity to see the touring cast of the groundbreaking Broadway show, Hamilton.  Ohmigosh, I sat there in awe for close to three hours, and I am not exaggerating one iota.  If you ever have the opportunity to see this unique show, it is absolutely breathtaking, just fascinating.  Each actor and actress literally transforms into the character they play in the show. The words, the music, the acting, every facet of this show is amazing.  Seriously, my mouth remained open throughout its entirety.  Hats off to Lin-Manuel Miranda for his utter brilliance — I urge you to see this show either on Broadway or one of the two touring casts hand-selected by Manuel.

I knew Hamilton was big, but I didn’t know how big. Opening on Broadway in 2015, it has been called “the greatest musical yet written.” The book, music and lyrics were created by Miranda, who originated the title role. Hamilton won many prestigious awards including the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and earned a record-breaking 16 Tony Nominations winning 11 Tony Awards.

Poster for Hamilton

Hamilton cast members perform musical selections at the White House, 2016. L-R: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo, Leslie Odom, Jr., and Christopher Jackson

Must-See Movies

Finally, I have had the opportunity to see a few movies recently.  I would like to share my experience seeing A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, and The Green Book, each of which I truly enjoyed. In regard to A Star is Born, it is unfair that anyone should be as talented as Bradley Cooper, who displayed his talents behind as well as in front of the camera for the audience  and Lady Gaga.  I am at a loss to find the proper words to describe these two, whose immense talent oozes out of every pore of their bodies.

And, speaking of immense talent, who the heck is Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury?  I enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody almost as much as A Star is Born, and Rami deserves every accolade that has been written about him. In fact, if you want a taste, just a taste of his talent, check out the video below of the real Freddie Mercury at Live Aid and Rami Malek from the movie singing the title song.

Finally, The Green Book… I have no words, the best movie I have seen in years and years … Seriously, I didn’t think any movie could live up to A Star is Born, but the story of Don Shirley, an African-American pianist traveling on a concert tour through the deep South with his driver, Frank “The Lip” Vallelonga, in 1962, was fabulous.  Hats off to the director, Peter Farrelly, and actors Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen for their performances.  Run, don’t walk, to your nearest movie theater to see this one!

I am thrilled that all three films, The Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody, and A Star is Born won big on Oscar night! Watch these films and you’ll see why their awards were so well deserved.