Goodbye, Bunheads!

Continuing with my farewell kick, here’s the cast of Bunheads, in their “Farewell Dance”. Bunheads is the ABC TV series about a group of teen ballet dancers in a small California town, whose teachers are the awesome Sutton Foster (the original Millie in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” to theater geeks) and the even awesomer Kelly Bishop (Lorelei Gilmore’s mom to Gilmore Girls fans, the original Sheila in “A Chorus Line” to theater geeks).

Barebones synopsis of the series: Sutton plays Michelle, a Vegas showgirl, who dreams of making it big in Broadway. She marries a man on a whim (Alan Ruck — Cameron to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off fans), moves to a small town in California with him. He dies in an accident, leaving her and her mother-in-law, Fanny (Bishop), who runs a ballet school to get to know each other. Drama and (dance) hijinks ensue.

It’s a fun show and not just because of the dancing. It’s from Amy Sherman-Palladino, creator of the Gilmore Girls, so it has that same aesthetic and sensibility. I had thought that it would actually take off, given the likeable cast and the network-friendly premise and storyline. Alas, it didn’t.

So, here’s the farewell dance. This would have been perfect if Sutton Foster and Kelly Bishop also performed. But as it is, it’s great. Goodbye, Bunheads, I’ll miss you! It was fun playing in your sandbox!

Choreographer: Marguerite Derricks
Music: “Blues for Baby and Me” by Elton John
Performers: The cast of Bunheads sans Kaitlyn Jenkins (who plays the sweet Boo).

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Date a girl who reads

Date a girl who reads

Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book.” — Rosemary Urquico

Rory Gilmore (of The Gilmore Girls), one of the few TV heroines in recent memory who is a reader

I’ve read the essay above before. It’s been circulating the internets for a couple of years already but a friend posted it today on Facebook and so I was reminded of it again. As a reader, I love the piece, of course, and wish more guys would heed it, haha… So thought I should do my part in making sure more people get to read it. It should be required reading for little boys! 😉

Oh, and also, date a girl who reads, yes. But maybe find out what she reads first. A diet of pure on high-brow literary tomes, makes for an uptight and prissy type of girl. While one who reads mainly dreck won’t have an original thought in her head. Just like food, a diet of different books — from the nutritious (high-minded literary works) to the occasional junky treats (trashy beach reads) — is essential.