#Musical Monday Review #18: I Kissed a Vampire

Overview: Dylan is bitten by a Vampire and started transforming into one. He struggles with his new fangs, weird dreams and not biting the girl he loves. Then Tray shows up to teach him how to be a Vampire and get the girl. His girl Sarah is bitten and starts changing too. She wants to embrace new life, but than also wants to find a cure, while Dylan is in denial and trying to stop it. They go to see Dr. Dan Helsing and find that the Vampire who bit Dylan wasn’t too powerful so he may not change completely. Sarah on the other hand was bitten by a very powerful very Vampire and will change as well as belong to Tray. In order to make the cure, they just need a drop of Tray’s blood. The two are pulled apart in their quest for blood and giving into their true selves. In his love for Sarah, Dylan’s powers start to emerge and we learn Tray is obsessed with Sarah because he has mommy issues. Sarah breaks the the spell and they are able to create a cure. Sarah almost died but is brought back with a kiss. The cure failed, but the couple found happiness together.

Opinion: Though the lyrics leave a bit to be desired, the music is cool. For a girl who wanted to break away from the goody-two shoes personality, she really wanted to find a cure and change back to normal. Its like here is her chance and she chickens out. I thought that was a little unrealistic or uncharacteristic of her. Rocky Horror Picture Show comes to mind with the duality if Sarah’s fighting good vs evil inside of her, compared to Janet’s similar struggle.

Really over all it looks like something Disney would put out during their 13 Days of Halloween. For me that’s good, I love those movies.

Lucas Grabeel shows a darker side than when he was in High School Musical. He embraces the emo look, foregoing his scary pink attire.

“Just a Little Bit of Nibble” is my favorite favorite choreography. We see Tray teasing Phillip about getting his first kiss and Phillip struggling between kissing, biting and keeping Tray away from Sarah.

“Just a Drop” is reminiscent of “Your the One That I Want” from Grease. I’m not sure why, it just popped in my head as I watched Sarah, the good girl next door type, sing about how she wants to break out of her shell and take a bite out of life (pun intended).

Note: Some people may have seen the mini episodes on YouTube or another website, but a lot of people have had issues finding the whole musical. I found it on Hulu if you are wanting to check it out.

#Musical Monday Review #5: Grease 2

Overview: A year or two later, we are back at Rydell High with a new set of Pink Ladies and T-Birds. Sandy’s goody two-shoes cousin, Michael, has transferred from England and is our leading man. He falls for bad girl, Stephanie, who is the leader of the Pink Ladies. As he is not a member of the T-Birds, it is socially unacceptable for the two to date. In order to when her heart and acceptance he buys, fixes and learns to ride a motorcycle. Michael then rides around keeping his identity secret, and woos Stephanie, but the T-Birds leader, Johnny, becomes jealous and runs him off into a ravine the night of the big talent show. Believing him dead, Stephanie breaks down on stage over the loss of her love. In the end, the mysterious rider, rises from the dead and is reunited with Stephanie.

Opinion: A lot of people do not like this musical because they say it doesn’t resemble the first Grease. I think that it resembles the first one and is a great sequel. It shows the drastic changes in the times as we go from post war to cold war. Fashion and morals are changing, so the way people act is going to change as well.

I think this show gives a bigger insight to the culture and fads back then. Where the first one only gave us small glances. Most prominent would be the fashion trends. In Grease one we see poodle skirts and dresses on the girls. In Grease two we are seeing the transition to pants.

The lyrics tend to be more explicit than in the first one. They don’t go hog wild, but again we see the differences in what is popular and not. We also see double entandras in a lot of the music. My favorite song has always been “Score Tonight,” where they are in the bowling alley. When your young and don’t know any better, you think they are talking about bowling, and some might be meaning it, but others are meaning it in a more carnal nature.

The choreography seems to be more sophisticated and extravagant, showing more the age of the actors and again the times. The 50’s were more demure and chaste. The 60’s are moving into a more open and hedonistic era. Evidence of this is in the song “Reproduction” Even the most studious and nerdy students branch out to randy movements.

All in all the music is great, the actors bring the characters to life and it makes for a good movie. Plus high school students now can relate to it easier as they seem to have more in common than with the first one.

#Musical Monday Review #4: Grease

Sorry it was late. Had internet issues all day.

Overview: Good girl Sandy is in the states from Australia for the summer and meets the love of her life, bad boy Danny. At the end of the summer they bid farewell thinking she is going back home. With a change of plans, Sandy ends up at the same school as Danny, but he brushes her off in front of his friends. Sandy tries to make him jealous by seeing a football player. Wanting to win her back, he decides to change and ends up on the track team. She sees how hard he tries and goes back to him. They go to the big dance together, where there is another falling out over a girl this time. Sandy wants to hear Danny out, so they go to a drive in movie together and talk it out. While the problem goes unsolved he tries to make it right by giving her his ring but then tries to do something untowardly and she throws it back at him and leaves him alone at the drive in. Feeling bad about what she did, Sandy goes in search of Danny and finds him in a car race for his best friend. Then and there she decides that if she wants to keep Danny she needs to change. Danny decides he needs to change to keep Sandy and dresses as a jock for the school carnival. Sandy show up head to toe in black leather, teased out hair, high heels smoking a cigarette. Thy realize thy are crazy for each other and ride off into the sunset…literally.

Interesting fact: Olivia Newton John’s career, before the movie was going nowhere. She was weary of playing the part because of the harsh criticism she got for her singing in England. They ran a screen test and convinced her she was perfect. Also for her bad Sandy look, she had to be sewn into the leather pants, because the zipper broke and could not eat or drink all day.

Opinion: I love this musical! I have probably seen it a million times, my dad took me to see it on ice when I was younger and I was in it my senior year in high school. I don’t know why but my favorite character has always been Frenchy, making one of my favorite songs Beauty School Drop Out.

My all time favorite song would have to be Sandra Dee by Rizzo and the Pink Ladies. It is horrible that they were making fun of Sandy, but back when I was a kid I always wanted to have a sleep over like that. Bunch of friends around and just having a great time dancing and singing.

The idea behind the musical is timeless, bad boy meets good girl and they change to stay together…now set to music. One thing I didn’t like about it is the opening where they are on the beach. I am just not fond of the song Love is a Many Splendid Thing, if that was changed I would be happy.

This musical is everything I wanted my high school years to be. I was considered the good girl growing up, so I was going to have friend that were a bit edgy and find a bad boy to fall in love with. We would fight but eventually realize we were good together. I got the bad boy, but he was too much for me and I had to cut him loose.

The choreography wasn’t too over the top, because it was set in high school I guess, but pretty good. I would say my favorite dance number happened during the dance. The Hand Jive is awesome, easy and fun but John Travolta, Olivia Newton John and Chacha (I don’t know her actual name…and I’m lazy) really made it their own.