Musical Moodboards / Waitress

Hello!Musical MoodboardsLong time, no see, friends! What’s new? Summer is certainly winding down – with only two weeks left in my vacation, I’m doing my best to soak up the remaining time with my friends and family. In previous years, I would be anxious to return to the routine that school brings, but this time around, I’m grateful for the string of days where I have little planned. I think we could all use the slower pace every now and then, particularly as I look ahead to my busy September calendar.

Day trips, on a similar note, have long been my cup of tea: they’re a chance to explore and try something new, but they’re still short enough that I can be back at home and reading before bed. A recent example? My mom, sister, and I spent a day in New York City, walking through the Museum of Natural History, grabbing cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery, and, naturally, seeing a Broadway show. I haven’t posted a Musical Moodboard since last September – far too long of a wait, I know – but after seeing Waitress, I knew a production of that talent deserved a post of its own. If you want to revisit previous moodboards before we chat all things Waitress, a reminder that the archives are HERE for your perusal!

WaitressSources: Diner Photograph / Cookie Sharing / Waitress Illustrated Quote / Blue Gingham Pattern source unknown / Waitress Photograph / Pie Print / {FYI: I tried my best to provide you with the most accurate and updated sources, but please let me know of any problems or mistakes!}

Before it was a smash hit on Broadway, Waitress was a movie, written and directed by the talented filmmaker Adrienne Shelly; the indie favorite follows a young waitress Jenna throughout her pregnancy and the tumultuous marriage that accompanies it. The musical adaptation takes the same story and puts it to the music of Sara Bareilles and direction of Diane Paulus – in other words, an artistic collaboration destined to reach success. And that it has: The show first opened at the American Repertory Theater in Boston, moved to the New York stage in the spring, and captured the hearts of audience members and critics alike.

While both the film and musical tackle heavy themes of abusive relationships and grief, the story itself ends on a hopeful note, a feeling I wanted to carry into the moodboard. I was thus led on a search for pictures and photographs that brought to the mind the heart-warming and heart-healing properties of baking: a charming illustration of sharing baked goods with friends, a still of Keri Russell in costume, and the lyrics to one of my favorite songs in the show. Additionally, the diner is a nod to Jenna’s workplace and the stunning set {the stage manager in me was awed by the design and technical elements of the show}, while the gingham pattern speaks to the simple, yet impactful, costumes. And, finally, what would a Waitress image be without some mention of pie?

Let’s discuss! Have you seen the Waitress film or musical? What’s your favorite flavor of pie? {I’m partial to apple myself}. Finally, do you love Sara Bareilles’ music, or do you love Sara Bareilles’ music?!

Have a terrific start to your week! :)

Musical Moodboards / Beautiful

Hello!Musical MoodboardsI love receiving a new book or a Boden package as much as the next person, but the present of an experience – a weekend trip to the city, tickets to a popular concert, or the chance to see a new musical – holds a different and, perhaps, a more special appeal. My family is no stranger to the gift of the theater; we take advantage of various birthdays and the holiday season to give one another tickets to professional productions, a tradition that has served this theater lover well.

Though we are quickly approaching December, this particular present actually hails from last Christmas: the opportunity to see Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on its national tour. The production kicked off in Rhode Island just last weekend, but only moments into the performance, I knew the wait was entirely worth it. To celebrate its first run around the country, I wanted to create a moodboard around the show and the iconic songwriter that inspired it. Before we begin, a quick reminder that the archives are always HERE to browse, especially if you’re in a musical mood.

BeautifulSources: Carole Writing / Carole King and Gerry Goffin / Beautiful Musical Poster source unknown / Carole Portrait / Album Cover / Record Photograph / {FYI: I tried my best to provide you with the most accurate and updated sources, but please let me know of any problems or mistakes!}

Carole King is most often recognized for her successful 1971 album, Tapestry, but she had a career in music long before then. Beautiful aims to share that story, opening in the late 1950’s when Carole sold her first song, setting her on a long, but rewarding, path of singing and songwriting. The show itself, a classic “biomusical,” debuted on Broadway in early 2014 and was an instant hit with all audiences.

As the musical honors King’s career, I hoped to do the same with the moodboard. Images of Carole at work, whether by herself or with her longtime partner and once-husband Gerry Goffin, seemed a natural fit, as I believe it was her persistence that led to her ultimate success. The show highlights a number of mid-century hits, a fact acknowledged by the picture of records, as well as the advancement of Carole’s popularity {I couldn’t resist the illustrated album cover and the sun-drenched portrait of Carole and her cats}. Finally, style and detail is as important to any production as the book and songs, so I finished this month’s moodboard with a poster advertisement that mimics the retro design found in the show’s set and costumes. What can I say? I like graphic design :)

Let’s discuss! Have you seen Beautiful: The Carole King Musical? Do you have a favorite Carole King song? Finally, did you know Carole made guest appearances on Gilmore Girls?! Fun stuff.

Have a lovely Thursday!

Musical Moodboards / Newsies

Hello!Musical MoodboardsLover of theater that I am, one of the ten items on my summer list this year is seeing a show. Although I haven’t even reached the halfway mark of my much-loved vacation, I have already checked off this item not once, but twice! Last week, I spent my nights assisting backstage in a local production of Carrie {that musical, based on Stephen King’s horror novel, is a story for another day}, and just weeks earlier, I attended a performance of Newsies on its national tour.

The talent of the enthusiastic Newsies cast and the first-rate choreography of each musical number made it easy to create a new musical moodboard for the show, a task that is usually easier said than done. The feature took a short break last month, but previous editions can be found HERE if you’re in the mood to browse!

Newsies Musical MoodboardSources: Newsies Cast Illustration / Newsboys Smoking Photo / Newsies Photo / Santa Fe Train Postcard / Newspaper Print / Newsboy Illustration / {FYI: I tried my best to provide you with the most accurate and updated sources, but please let me know of any problems or mistakes!}

Newsies, a story about the Newsboy Strike of 1899, originated as a box-office flop in the spring of 1992. Over the years, however, the film has grown into a cult classic, and it’s one I’m eager to see; Christian Bale is quoted as saying, “You say something bad about Newsies and you have an awful lot of people to answer to.” The story transitioned to the stage in late 2011, and it’s been a Broadway success story ever since.

True to the show’s style, I looked for images that reflected the life of a young city newsboy when working on the moodboard, whether it be a photograph of them smoking on the street, a wood print of the traditional newsie, or simply a print of newspaper advertisements. I also looked to different numbers for inspiration; the popularity of the musical’s song “Santa Fe,” for example, called for a vintage postcard picture of the city and the train that Jack Kelly sings of. Finally, I only needed to acknowledge the growing fandom behind the show with an illustration from a “fansie” and include a photo that captures the essence of the show before I wrapped this moodboard up.

Let’s discuss! Have you seen Newsies on stage or on film? Do you know or have you read anything on the Newsboy Strike of 1899? {I’m want to find a good book on it!} Finally, if you have seen a performance, did you love “Seize the Day,” or did you love “Seize the Day”?! :)

Have a terrific rest of your day!