Heels of Horror Gets SPOOFY

It’s always so much fun to work on these shows and try new things. One of my very favorite things to do are these big, ridiculous spoofs.

The Story Behind “Hello”

For a few years, we have so desperately wanted to spoof the Book of Mormon song “Hello” as a homage to trick-or-treating as a kid. It never seemed to come together. I mean, we had this idea in 2011 when the musical cast album was released. But I just could not get it together. I mean, we have done song spoofs in the shows for years. I think the first was to David Powter’s “Bad Day” as “Bad Gay”, shaming celebrities who stay in the closet. And that was probably in 2006. But we had never done a big choral spoof. And it proved to be very challenging.

And then, a few years ago, something kind of serendipitous happened and two people came into my life – Que Jones AKA Gretta Goodbottom and Terrence Brown. Terrence is this force of incredible energy who dabbled in community theater and performance before he found his way to West Family productions. He mentioned wanting to sing in a show. I hadn’t really thought about that or how it would work, but it pushed me to want to do it. So, Patricia Taylor and I wrote Heels of Horror 8: Dead Air, where we tried live singing onstage in our “radio show” telling of the headless horseman. It went off well, with some minor tech difficulties. We used multiple voices on stage. IT COULD BE DONE! Now, how could this be done with a huge sound? Enter Que, a musical savant who is so incredibly talented. He wrote sheet music, gave us rehearsal times, and opened the door to recording studios. He worked his magic. And he allwoed us to do this big chorus Broadway songs. Our first was a spoof of “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” and then we did a spoof of Hamilton’s “The Schuyler Sisters”. That immediately put “Hello” back on the table and we began to work. Below is the final show product. I know we are in a different holiday season, but I hope you enjoy this.

The Story of “SCIENTOLOGY”

What can I say? I love Leah Remini. And I am terrified of Scientology. So, why not write a spoof about it? Set to Paula Abdul’s “Vibeology” (my favorite lyric in any song of all time may just be “horny horns!”), this spoof almost wrote itself. Enjoy.

 

Howard Ashman

Howard Ashman

A few months ago, my friend Heather Llewellyn approached me about taking part in a new series of events and fundraisers for Equitas Health called Art for Life: On the Town. We sat with our friend Chris Hamel of Gateway Film Center and began to think about what kind of unique programming we could provide that would engage people all while helping to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS.
 
Pretty immediately, I knew I wanted to do something to celebrate the life of Howard Ashman, one of the brilliant minds that helped create Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. Howard died in 1991 at the age of 40 due to complications of AIDS.
 
A Celebration of the Life of Howard Ashman will take place at the Gateway Film Center this Saturday at 1:30 pm. Every penny from every ticket goes to further the mission of Equitas Health in fighting HIV/AIDS, through education, awareness, testing, and advocacy.
 
From some classic clips to some intimate performances from my friends Que Jones, Ricky Locci, and Jordan Shafer, I hope you will consider joining me for this special afternoon.
 
Honestly, my ‘lil Disney heart is so excited to celebrate a man who has had such profound impact on my life. <3
 
Tickets are available now and are limited:
http://onthetown.equitashealth.com/speakers/howard-ashman-nina-west/
The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Nina West

The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Nina West

I am so excited to share that the Nina West Presents film series is making a triumphant return to the Gateway Film Center and it is bigger, louder, and sing songier than ever before! The Nina West Presents film series will now be a sing-along series featuring some of my very favorite musical films ever.

April 1st – The Sound of Music

July 1st – Grease

October 7 – Little Shop of Horrors

December 23 – Nina’s Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever with some special surprises!

Tickets are on sale now for the April 1st showing of The Sound of Music. And if you come in costume, you could win prizes!!

Get your tickets here:

http://gatewayfilmcenter.org/featured_film_series/nina-west-presents/