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BW’s 2022 ‘Funny Girl’ Revival & the “Star is Born” Glow of Julie Benko

On May 4th (~ 2 months ago), FF2 posted my review of standby Julie Benko’s opening night performance as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.

Although I have seen many Broadway performances, Julie’s performance was a rare chance to actually see a star being born, and watching her debut is a memory I will always treasure. Since then, Julie has earned many more fans.read more.

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‘The Janes’: Inspiring Documentary about Pre-Roe/ProRoe Activism

Directors Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes mix archival footage from the 1960’s with modern-day interviews in The Janes, thereby creating an illuminating and extremely topical documentary. The Jane Collective was a group of Chicago women who provided care to thousands of women in the years immediately prior to the Roe versus Wade decision of 1972.… read more.

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POTUS on Broadway: Chaos. Comedy. Seven Women Doing It All!

You clean up his messes, you make excuses, you do his job, and then you wake up and do it all over again.

Guest Post by Taylor Beckman

Women with brilliant comedic timing take center stage in the current Broadway hit POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive. This raucously relevant play reminds us of the work required behind-the-scenes to ensure that America’s POTUS – aka the President of the United States – appears in total self-control at all times (especially on camera).… read more.

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Growing Up is a Beast in Domee Shi’s ‘Turning Red’

When 13-year-old Meilin Lee gets too emotional, she suddenly finds herself inhabiting the body of a giant red panda. EEK! This first feature-length film by Pixar director Domee Shi – winner of the Oscar for Best Animated Short of 2019 for the beloved film Bao – earns a solid rating of 4.5 for its universal message coupled with the beauty of its animation.… read more.

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Martha Anne Toll: Watching Dancers Rehearse Left a Huge Imprint

FF2 Guest Post by Reanne Rodrigues

Before finding her voice on paper, Martha Anne Toll sought it through movement and music. Now, after having written dozens of fiction pieces, essays, and book reviews, Toll’s debut novel, Three Muses, is set for release this September. I caught up with Martha to discuss how she masterfully puts her own experiences with music and movement into words.… read more.

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Quarantales: How I Masked-Up & Frenchified Harlem!

I didn’t set out to make an independent feature film during a global pandemic. I didn’t wake up one morning during Quarantimes and say: “Hey kids, let’s make an Indie!” Yet, intentionally or not, that is exactly what I did.

Guest Post by Nicola Rose

Newly displaced from COVID-riddled NYC, I made a call to Tierney Boorboor, a film producer I had recently met.… read more.

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