Located on a small expansion shelf about midway between the Third and Fourth Circles, Musical Hell is presided over by Diva, a minor demon charged with passing judgement on the worst musicals ever committed to film. (She still hasn't figured out if this is their punishment or hers.) Take a seat on the bench and have your earplugs ready, because court is now in session.

New videos posted on the first Monday of the month. Other viewpoints, news, and general ramblings posted when they crop up.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Musical Hell Review: Beauty and the Beast The Enchanted Christmas

No, for realsies this time.  The wait is finally over--Diva's diving horns-first into Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas!



Special thanks to T and M Comics for their generous Patreon contribution!  And Miriam Gronli for her continued work on my title cards (she was ill and a bit behind, but it'll be up there soon)!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

New Musical Hell Epsiode!

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....Or at least, what a new episode could look like without net neutrality.

Look, I know my snark has skewed more and more political over the past year (it's a catharsis thing), and if that irritates you....well, I won't apologize, but I do understand why it might not be your cup of tea.  And if you're rolling your eyes about me getting up on my soapbox right now, stay with me for a second because THIS IS FUCKING IMPORTANT.  I don't care what your political views are, if the thought of ISPs being able to control what content you have access to isn't Orwellian dystopia levels of terrifying then you haven't been paying attention.  With so much communication, information transfer, commerce, and, well, life happening online, we cannot afford to have an Internet that is not a level playing field.

"Sure, Diva, but what can I do about it?"  Glad you asked, random reader of this article!  To begin with, make your voice heard by your representatives, the FCC, and anybody else you can think of.  ResistBot and Stance are two great apps I've discovered that make it easy to express yourself (even if you're like me and have crippling phone anxiety).  Go to gofccyourself.com to add your thoughts on the FCC ruling, or visit BattleForTheNet.com for information on protests and other activism activities.

Finally, sorry for the fakeout.  Patreons, you will get your early release tonight or tomorrow, depending on a last minute-addition that needs to be made.  Everybody else, see you Monday!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Musical Hell Review: De-Lovely

It's time for this month's Musical Hell review.  Thanks to Patreon Rachel Isakowitz for suggesting this month's subject, the surprisingly dull Cole Porter bio-musical De-Lovely!





Due to personal conflicts, Know the Score will not be featured this month.  Look for it in December when we'll be doing a rundown of some holiday musical events!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Know the Score: Music Theatre Tropes-I Am and I Want Songs

Today in Know the Score, we're discussing the ways characters in musicals sing about themselves.  It's something that happens quite a lot.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Musical Hell Review: Sci-Fi High: The Movie Musical

There's not much to say about this month's Musical Hell review subject.  It's bad.  Really bad.  Proceed with caution--I wish I had.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Know the Score: Come from Away (Musicals 101)

Hey everybody, wouldn't you like to see a toe-tapping, feel-good musical about the aftermath of 9/11?  No, this isn't some kind of Springtime for Hitler deal.  It's Come From Away, and it's really much, much better than it sounds.





And while on the subject of lending a helping hand, I'm dedicating this month's Patreon proceeds to Hurricane Irma relief in St. Martin and Barbuda.  If you'd like to contribute a dollar or two to that cause (and future videos), click here.  If you'd just like to cut out the middleman and donate directly to a worthy NPO, click here.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Musical Hell Review: The Fantasticks

Happy Labor Day, peeps!  And since it's September, we're going to "try to remember" The Fantasticks and what made it so wonderful.  Because honestly, the film version doesn't give you much of a clue.


 Thanks to Colin Mooney for the Patreon request!  Find out how to donate here!