War of the Remake: Jesus Christ Superstar(s) (1973, 2000, 2012)

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“It happens that we don’t see Christ as God, but simply the right man at the right time at the right place.” – Tim Rice

Jesus Christ Superstar, the rock-opera penned by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber seems an odd choice to be a lingering success in an increasingly secular world; not that the stories don’t have lasting appeal, but that in the light of other Broadway spectaculars, this relatively un-spectacular show still draws in the crowds.

It’s campy and it’s dated, but the show still holds punters in their seats and keeps on being (ironically) revived for different productions the world over, and has become one of the Broadway shows that slips into even the most lay of laymen’s knowledge of musical theatre.

This is probably testament in equal parts to the show’s writing, and the freedom any production has to use its flexibility to their advantage…

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS

I am so happy this wonderful and historic building is finally getting the love it deserves.

The G.A.R. Building Detroit

unnamedAnd when it does – the two soon to open restaurants in Detroit’s G.A.R. building will have the front doors in place to hear it.

If you look closely at old photos of “the castle”, you’ll see there were a number of shops on the first floors over the years and a number of entrances. When we took over the building in 2011, the few that remained were either solid steel or heavy wood for security reasons… not the original white oak and plate glass.

The 3 pictured below are recreations of what the G.A.R. veterans would have seen as they arrived to meet at the building at the turn of the last century.

Our construction teams put the final touches on the stain / finish inside what will soon be the Parks and Rec Diner.

One step closer.

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Review: The Long Haul

The Long Haul
The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you are a fan of the Wimpy Kids book you will like this. More of the same, and it had be laughing start to finsih. His family reminds me of my own in many ways. Read it cover to cover in one night.

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Review: Michigan and the Civil War: A Great and Bloody Sacrifice

Michigan and the Civil War: A Great and Bloody Sacrifice
Michigan and the Civil War: A Great and Bloody Sacrifice by Jack Dempsey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun collection of vignettes and stories from the Civil War from a Michigan-centric point of view. As a person with a great interest in the Civil War, and one who has read dozens of memoirs and diaries of troops from that war, this collection of all Michigan related things was very interesting. I’ve left my state more than once, but I always come back, and hearing of the sacrifices and trials of my fellow citizens in that great war upped the interest level for me. I am going to look for more books like this.

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Review: Children Of The A Bomb: Testament Of The Boys And Girls Of Hiroshima

Children Of The A Bomb: Testament Of The Boys And Girls Of Hiroshima
Children Of The A Bomb: Testament Of The Boys And Girls Of Hiroshima by Arata Osada
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I recently found another copy of this. I had it back in the 1970’s but lent it to a teacher in high school who promptly stole it. Rereading it was as powerful as when I first read it back then,. A collection of essays written several years after the war by children who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Horrific, unforgettable, and a taste of hell you can understand as it was written by kids.

Should be required reading for all war-hawks.

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Review: Long May She Reign

Long May She Reign
Long May She Reign by Ellen Emerson White
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The best book in the series. so hard to talk about without giving away important plot points from the entire series. I hated when this book ended because I am in no way, shape, or form done with Meg Powers. As compelling, sympathetic, and powerful a character as I have read in any young adult series. Completely believable, yet inspiring and unforgettable.

This book does end well, and the series most certainly is complete thematically, but I do not want it to be done.

I certainly hope Ms White writes more in this series, even though it has been a number of years since the last one.

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Review: Long Live the Queen

Long Live the Queen
Long Live the Queen by Ellen Emerson White
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series gets better and better. This book is very powerful, sad, triumphant and hard to put down. The character of Meg Powers has become one of my all time favorite fictional people. The hardships she faces, the way she faces them, and the aftermath all are spot on, believable, and will make your heart do back-flips. I immediately picked up the last book in the series after reading this.

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