After having written about national and international theatre for the past seven years (in various capacities, as a music journalist), I delved into writing about local theatre for another site not too long ago. In that short time I discovered so many smaller theatres in the Houston area, more than I expected, really. I realize that Houston has so much to offer, outside of the touring Broadway productions. We’ve got a lot of local talent, too! After growing disillusioned with the writing outlet, I decided to create a new blog where I could share all the great musical theatre opportunities I find.
I’ll be covering both the larger theatres, such as TUTS and The Hobby Center, as well as smaller, local theatres and troupes. You’ll be amazed at the talent that’s out there!
I’m also the editor of Musical Reviewer, which I’d like to think of as a “sister” site, which deals with national and international news in musical theatre.
About the editor
A native of New York and Central Florida, Julia currently resides outside SW Houston, Texas, with her amazing tech-geek husband, their long-awaited miracle baby boy, and their two goofy cats. In addition to spending time with her incredible family, she loves going to the theatre to see the latest musicals in town; she also enjoys singing, geocaching, a good cup of tea, and watching a good movie.
Julia is the owner of Temlyn Writing, where she works diligently to rescue excess apostrophes, save spliced commas, and repair injured & abused words, as well as bring healing through writing. She also specializes in social media management and online community managing, moderating services.
I have enjoyed musicals ever since I can remember; my love for musical theatre was nurtured by my mom. I cut my teeth on musical theatre film classics including West Side Story, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Oklahoma, and The Music Man, to name just a few. I was barely 5 years old when I could be heard prancing about, singing Molly Brown’s song:
“Belly up, belly up to the bar, boys,
better loosen your belts.
Only drink when you’re all alone,
or with somebody else!”
(I didn’t have a clue what those lyrics meant until much later!)
A few years later, my mom and I would drive my dad crazy with our repertoire. We’d sing through entire shows like West Side Story and Les Miserables!
Whenever we had the opportunity, we’d see stage musicals. I loved the feeling that I came over me when the lights went down and the stage came alive with performers! I’ve been fortunate enough to see quite a few musicals; not long ago I saw Les Miserables on stage for the 4th or 5th time, this time with my husband. There are others that I’ve not yet seen, but I already know the songs by heart; I love buying cast recordings!
I took piano and voice lessons throughout my middle and high school years, performed in several stage shows, and planned to major in music with a vocal emphasis in college, but life took some turns. I now live the musical theatre life vicariously. This website truly is a tremendous help in vicarious living!