Faust works in Fashion

“I thought you would be different.  I said to myself, go ahead.  Take a chance.  Hire the smart, fat girl.”

A searing look at the fashion industry, anyone who has ever worked for anyone else will cringe at the way poor Andy Sachs is treated, feel relief that they’re not the target of such vitriol, and relish every second of it.  If you haven’t yet indulged, savor this diabolically entertaining flick starring the incomparable Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway as a girl who practically sells her soul to give her career a boost.

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⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆! A hoot!

“This fuckery stops now!”

Actually the fuckery is nonstop from the moment this film begins all the way through the end credits and fortunately, it’s hilarious.  Brilliant in every way possible, this comedy is one of the best to come out in the last decade.

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A must see = The Big C

“Listen, I’m a little pressed for time, so do you mind if I just pay for my stuff real quick and be on my way?  Thanks…  Hey, what the hell are you doing?”

“Sorry, I’m a little pressed for time too.  I have cancer.  So do you mind getting your shit off the counter so I can buy my Irises and plant them before I die?  Thanks.”

A comedy about cancer?  Okay, so it’s more of a dramedy, but don’t let that dissuade you from watching this expertly written series about a suburban housewife diagnosed with terminal melanoma.  This is not a sad show about a depressing illness.  It is a fun show about being happy even when everything sucks.  See how Cathy tackles her new circumstances with humor, passion, and an eagerness to experience all that life has to offer.

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Your showtune for June 23 is

“When Love Goes Wrong” – Lucky In the Rain

Music: Jimmy McHugh   Lyrics: Harold Adamson & Dorothy Fields

When love goes wrong, it can go really wrong, as demonstrated on this day in 1993 when Lorena Bobbitt infamously removed her husband’s penis with a knife.  Luckily, things don’t go quite as wrong in this show about American journalists working for a newspaper in 1920’s Paris.  The two ladies who sing this bluesy lament may note that nothing goes right, but since it is a musical comedy, in the end everything does.

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Your showtune for May 8 is

“Surprise” – Young Frankenstein

Music and Lyrics: Mel Brooks

Julie Andrews surprised everyone when she publicly declined a Tony Award nomination on this day in 1996 due to the rest of her show* being overlooked.  The show was not this musical based on Mel Brooks’ hit comedy flick, but this giddy number about such unexpected moments proves how lovely a surprise can be… or not.  (*The show was Victor/Victoria, featured on the 5th of this month)

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Your showtune for May 6 is

“Paris Original” – How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Music and Lyrics: Frank Loesser

A secretary arrives at a work reception wearing a Paris original in this number, but because it’s a musical comedy, her excitement turns to dismay when she realizes every girl in the room is wearing the exact same dress.  A true Paris original, the Eiffel Tower, was unveiled at the opening of the 1889 World’s Fair on this day, and much like the aforementioned dress, it has been replicated all over the world.

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Your showtune for May 5 is

“Le Jazz Hot!” – Victor/Victoria

Music: Henry Mancini   Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse

On day five of month five, this sparkling number is in praise of famous Parisian jazz club Le Caveau de la Huchette located at 5 Rue de la Huchette.  The song is a big production number showcasing female impersonator Victor, who is actually a woman disguising herself as a man in this gender-bending musical comedy.

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