A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet, Come From Away, The Guilty
A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet (c) Matthew Murphy
Theater: A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet
Two budding songwriters are approached to write a jingle for an almost past-her-prime diva named Regina Comet (Bryonha Marie Parham) and her new line of fragrance. The jingle writers are played by Ben Fankhauser and Alex Wyse, who are the songwriters for this show, the first musical to open off-Broadway since the pandemic started. For that, the show’s energy and the easygoing songs are welcome, but the story has too many reality leaps that not even a frothy musical can overcome. If you liked “title of show,” this one might be for you. But for a show about a search for a hooky jingle, this show is just not that memorable.
Come From Away (c) Apple TV+
Film: Come From Away
Sometime during the Broadway pandemic intermission, the cast and crew of the hit musical “Come From Away” got back together to capture the production of the stage show for Apple TV+. “Come From Away” takes place on September 11, 2001 in a small town of Gander in Newfoundland where many flights were diverted to land after the attacks. How the small-town citizens and the many planes full of international travelers (all played by a hard-working cast of 12) bonded during their time together is touching but also rather hit-or-miss as the story tries to tell way too many stories, thus reducing each to one or two salient features. Still, on this, the 20th anniversary of 9/11, it’s nice to have this inspiring footnote told to a wider audience.
The Guilty (c) Netflix