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Brendon Urie is a Kinky Man

Good after evening.

Do you like musicals?
I do.

Do you like Panic! At The Disco?

I DO!

So, that’s all you need to know about how I feel, on the topic of Brendon Urie being cast in the musical Kinky Boots. The only tiny, little setback about the whole thing is that it is, of course, on Broadway in New York. So my dreams of seeing one of my favourite artists, perform in a new setting, have been dashed away, before they could even fully form.
As it happens, I had the option of going to see it in Theatre, in London, but due to my friends and I being terrible at communication, I ended up not getting a ticket. Which was all forgiven, but it would have been fantastic to have any idea of the part Brendon will be playing first hand. However, I know enough about Brendon Urie to know why they would approach him. I mean have you seen this man in heels?

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It’s been a while, since I’ve indulged in any kind of stage musical. I’m actually fonder, than I thought, of musicals, and I think I realised this in my third year of university, when our Live Performance Workshops (LPWs) became Directed Instrument Studies (DIS). The first project we were given was Jesus Christ Superstar, and I’ve never been more excited for life, than when I heard Heaven On Their Minds, for the first time. What a good song. No one else seems to agree with me on this point, and I’m not really sure why, because musically it’s actually really interesting.

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There’s a section in the middle that almost out of nowhere changes from 4/4 to 7/8, and the dancing in the video that goes with it is fantastically amusing. It’s just some villagers clapping in time with it, but because of the time signature and my simplicity, I find it really funny to watch and perform. I also think it has a really catchy main theme, and maybe I’m just biased, due to my penchant for dark rock themes. Also, Tim Minchin was cast for the part of Judas at one time, and I love Tim Minchin, not to mention my mother LOVES Jesus Christ Superstar, and I guess everything in my life points towards me liking it as well.

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Other musicals I like are Les Miserables, although I’ll be honest my favourite song is the very first song of the show (Look Down… I think that’s what it’s called), and aside from that I’m not so interested in much else; I also really like Evita even though I’ve only ever watched it once, when I was probably 5 or 6 years old, and I cried my eyes out at the end because (spoiler alert from probably 30 years ago), she dies and my aunt had to coax me to sleep, because it was just a movie and she didn’t really die (she did though). For anyone who doesn’t know, Evita is the one that has “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” in it.

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If you still have no idea, there’s nothing more I can do for you. Google it. As I go through these musicals, I’ve started to realise that they’re all through-composed. I don’t know about Kinky Boots, as I said, I’ve yet to see it, but certainly the ones just mentioned. Through-composed simply means there’s no talking in between the songs. It’s entirely song. Which, I find, a lot of people don’t like, but that’s probably why I do like them, because I’m not overly fond of the very…twee conversation that tends to go on, in stage productions. To be honest, I think if I had to listen to script, I’d be better off watching something Shakespearean.

But how I’ve digressed.

As I can’t really give much opinion towards Brendon’s new venture, all that there is for me to say is break a leg!

I guess we all need something a little new in our lives to refresh our love for what we do and here’s to good old Bden finding more ways to express himself musically on stage. The amount of sass in the man tells me he’ll be right at home. Maybe I should try it one day?

Maybe.

Signed
Fenwick
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