Musical Review: The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall (2011)

Details: More information can be found at https://www.thephantomoftheopera.com/the-phantom-of-the-opera-at-the-royal-albert-hall/ and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2077886/

Score: 8/10

I watched The Phantom of the Opera a while ago and to be honest, I barely remember anything about it. I remember the signature songs. I remember that I liked it. I also remember Sierra Boggess was amazing. I don’t remember much else. That’s why when this version of the show was released for free on Youtube, I decided to give it a watch. I found this show much more memorable than the other version I watched, largely because this was deliberately recorded version and the better camera angles and zoom ins really help. Watching a show in a theater means you can’t zoom in and see the actors expressions as well.

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Movie Review: Aladdin (2019)

Details: More information can be found at https://movies.disney.com/aladdin-2019 and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6139732/

Score: 6.8/10

Aladdin is the latest Disney classic to be remade into a live action film. It’s all right, but I still hate these live action films because of how transparent they are at being cash grabs. I do understand that as long as audiences continue to throw money at these live action remakes, Disney will keep making them.

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Movie Review: Frozen 2

Details: More information can be found at https://movies.disney.com/frozen-2 and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4520988/

Score: 6.4/10

No matter what Frozen 2 was going to be about, it was clear that it was going to be a massive success. Frozen 2 is a good children’s movie. It just doesn’t have any of the complexity or depth of emotion as in movies like Up, Coco, How to Train Your Dragon, and even Zootopia.

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Movie Review: Steven Universe: The Movie

Details: More information can be found at https://www.stevenuniversethemovie.com/ and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10515852/

Score: 7.5/10

The Steven Universe movie aired on Cartoon Network a while back and it was a musical. This is unsurprising given the show runner’s penchant for music and it was welcome given how much enjoyable music was laced throughout the show.

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Musical Review: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Details: More information can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/the-25th-annual-putnam-county-spelling-bee-circle-in-the-square-theatre-vault-0000003219 and https://www.mtishows.com/the-25th-annual-putnam-county-spelling-bee

Score: 8/10

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical and a comedy about a spelling bee. I think the most distinctive and appealing part of this show is not just the humor, but the substantial amount of improvisation and audience participation.

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