Previously on Bomb Girls: Lorna’s still carrying little Baby Mario, Gladys had a spat with her parents (again) and Betty and Kate committed some involuntary manslaughter. You know, like you do. Continue reading
Betty McRae and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Previously on Bomb Girls: calamitous events left out heroines berefit, struggling to cope with the changes in the world around them, the loss of life as they knew it, and the redefinition of their identities. Also, Pearl Harbour happened.
EIGHT TONYS, HELL YEAH!
Extra extra! (I know “extra” jokes are so played out by this point, but they’re also funny.) Newsies is one of the best things going on Broadway right now. Of course you don’t need me to tell you this, since it just got nominated for eight Tonys, including Best Musical. I reviewed the cast recording a few months ago, and promised to do a proper show review once I’d seen it. Well I’ve seen it now, and let me tell you: the music is only half of what makes this show so amazing. I don’t trust myself to write in paragraphs without turning this review into a giant run-on sentence of gushing, so let’s do it bullet point style!
(Fun sidenote: the book was written by Harvey Fierstein. Did you know Jeff Goldblum’s boss from Independence Day was a brilliant writer? Neither did I.)
Everyone got your pop and chips? Finished the crinkly stuff before the lights go down? Okay, good. For those coming in late, we just covered Act One, which ended with Jack breaking down in an agony of guilt and grief over leading the newsies into a fight he doesn’t think they can win. Wow, how uplifting right? Don’t worry, things are looking up.
The Newsies Broadway Cast Recording is available on iTunes.
In 1992, Disney released what they hoped would be the first in a new line of live-action musicals they could add to their repetoire. Their hopes were quickly dashed when Newsies bombed like hell in theatres, and hopes for an expanded brand name were quietly shelved. But much like the vaunted newsboys of the title, word spread as the movie landed on VHS and later DVD, and for twenty years, fans agitated for the story to be taken to the stage. Two years ago, Alan Menken (who wrote the original music) and Harvey Fierstein teamed up to rewrite the book and songs, and after a brief but wildly successful run at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, Newsies is finally taking its place on Broadway.
I was one of those agitating fans back in the day—still am, although these days I’m more invested in it getting buried in an avalanche of Tonys—so seeing the show reach Broadway is essentially a dream come true for me. Not only that, but I come from a long and proud line of unionizers (my great-grandfather somewhat infamously turned down an OBE because he knew the government was trying to make nice with his union) so the musical’s themes of standing up for your rights and working together ring especially loud and clear for me. I saw the show at Paper Mill and thought I’d never get the chance to repeat the experience, so this really is my dream come true. So let’s see what Menken and Fierstein have in store, shall we?
Warning: This recap contains discussions of religiously motivated child abuse and homophobia.
Previously on Bomb Girls: ALL INFIDELITY, ALL THE TIME, rampant drinking, Kate wished on the moon for Betty, and Gladys is kinda sorta lying to her parents about her job. Also I think there’s a war going on, but don’t quote me on that.
Previously on Bomb Girls: infidelity, infidelity, MORE infidelity (it’s becoming a bit of a theme) HAZEL MACDOUGALL GAVE YOU THE CLAP, queer representation, and Betty and Kate. In bed. Together. Remember that? I sure do.
Previously on Bomb Girls: spaghetti, thievery, infidelity, more infidelity, and jazz.
I’ve got to gush for a sec before I start the recap—this is one of my favourite episodes. Not just of the show (although that is also true) but of TV in general. This is some good shit, you guys. It’s not just that the acting is spectacular (although it is) or the writing is amazing (although it also is) but the plot and theme is one that almost never gets explored on TV, and it damn well should. I got teary at more than one point in this ep, not going to lie.
Tissues ready? Okay, let’s go.
Previously on Bomb Girls: Kate checked out photography, Gladys checked out workplace activism, and Marco checked out Lorna’s mouth.
As the girls get ready for work, Gladys reads out loud from a newspaper—the Germans have taken Leningrad. There’s some chatter about whether or not the Russians will be able to hold out, but when Gladys asks Marco how he feels about the Russians, Lorna cuts in to say that they were Hitler’s allies anyway JUST LIKE THE ITALIANS, ISN’T THAT RIGHT MARCO? Marco just rolls his eyes, but as he goes inside, Lorna grabs the Italian-language newspaper he was reading out of the trash. Ohhhh dear.
Previously on Bomb Girls: runaways! Secret jobs! Dancing! Infidelity! Spies! And most importantly: lesbians.
A new day has dawned on Victory Munitions, and the male workers are…setting off bombs? Huh? I mean, the dialogue tells us that they’re “testing” the bombs, but I don’t get how this is supposed to work. If one bad bomb = every bomb in the batch being tainted/malfunctioning, then I guess I could see it, but the way they’ve got it set up here, they’re just firing off bombs at random and hoping that they find whichever one isn’t working. I think Lorna just sent them out there to play with machinery to get them out of her hair. Continue reading