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Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer-Lyricist)
New York, NY
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Goodbye. But see you soon-ish. By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (composer-lyricist) That is solemn we have ended Be it but a Play Or a Glee among the Garret Or a Holiday Or a leaving Home, or later Parting with a World We have understood for better Still to be explained –Emily Dickinson Less-than-flattering shot I took from my laptop while writing this. #nofilter Hello, dear citizens of Crazytown, and Merry Christmas. I hope you are having the best possible holiday, however you are celebrating. Be it in a warm house filled with family, or at your apartment with Netflix and Chinese delivery,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2015 at Crazytown
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Snapshots from my European vacation -- so far. By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (composer lyricist) Hello all! I'm in Europe! Technically I'm in Amsterdam, but I've been across the pond since December 3rd. Before Amsterdam I was in Paris and before that I was in London. After tomorrow I'm headed to Berlin. I have limited internet and the time difference is throwing me a bit, so this week I'm sharing some of my Instagram's thus far with captions. Enjoy. More details about the trip next week. Obligatory "here-I-am-in-front-of-the-Eiffel-Tower" shot. Underneath. #EiffelArt The staircase in the lobby of our Paris hotel. I want... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at Crazytown
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Remembering Those We’ve Lost. By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (composer-lyricist) Today, November 20th, is Transgender Day of Remembrance. It is a solemn day during which we remember all the trans men and women who have been murdered in transphobic hate crimes, as well as shine a spotlight on the ongoing violence against the trans community and all the work that still needs to be done in order to ensure safety and equality for all transgender people. I don’t want to overload this post with a bunch of statistics, but the facts regarding violence and sexual assault against transgender people, especially transgender women... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2015 at Crazytown
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It’s Not Just An Idiotic Quote By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (composer-lyricist) I haven’t written a politics-related post since the 2014 midterm election results came in, which is odd for me as I’m a political junkie and we are currently in the middle of a presidential election cycle. Frankly, this is due to the fact that I hadn’t seen any news that I could lend a voice to that would be unique or appropriate for Crazytown. Until this week. Dr. Ben Carson This week we were treated to a 1998 video of Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson in which he made... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Crazytown
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Stonewall, Groupthink, and A Call For Nuance. By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer/Lyricist) So I got called racist last week, which was a first for me. Well, to be fair, I got called “petty” and “privileged,” which is essentially a euphemism for “racist.” The incident in question took place on Facebook. You know, that paragon of a platform for levelheaded discussions about such issues like race in popular media. I was attempting to defend the new Roland Emmerich film Stonewall and the implicit right of artists and creators to make whatever art they want regardless if it might be offensive. This was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2015 at Crazytown
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Finding my version of spiritual identity. By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer-Lyricist) It’s fall (well technically it’s fall this coming Wednesday, but who’s counting?), which just so happens to be my favorite season. Something about the days getting shorter and cooler, the dog days of summer finally over, and the holidays just around the corner, I just love it all. Every year September brings something else with it, though: the Jewish High Holy Days. Rosh Hashana apples and honey for a sweet new year. As many of you probably know last week was Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and this coming... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Crazytown
By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer-Lyricist) As I’ve written on Crazytown before, I absolutely love the phenomenon that is Bad Lip Reading, especially their politically related videos. They were a highlight of the 2012 election, and I’m so happy to report that they’re back for the 2016 cycle. This week they released their first new video lampooning the first Republican debate and it’s too good to not watch over and over again. Enjoy. GREGORY JACOBS-ROSEMAN is a composer/lyricist and theatrical sound designer. His musical Save The Date: A Wedding Road-Trip Musical won the Overall Excellence Award for a Musical in the 2013... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at Crazytown
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A Lapse in Judgement and a Lesson in Status Updates By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer-Lyricist) So I did something incredibly stupid and shortsighted recently. As I usually do, I woke up one morning (read: afternoon) and immediately reached for my phone and checked my Facebook feed. Checking all my social media networks right after opening my eyes has sort of become a reflex at this point. Some days during this state of being technically awake but not quite up (and still feeling the effects of the prescribed sleep-aid I took the night before) I’ll post a status that is the first... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Crazytown
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Visibility of Honest Gay Storytelling Is A Good Thing. By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (composer-lyricist) The performance of "Changing My Major" on Late Night with Seth Meyers Wednesday night. On Wednesday night something happened on American Television that I think was pretty important. Late Night with Seth Meyers hosted an appearance by Alison Bechdel, famed lesbian cartoonist and author of the graphic novel Fun Home (which my lovely boyfriend purchased for me for my 32nd birthday), a memoir about her self-discovery as a lesbian and her life with her closeted gay father who committed suicide, and the source material for the Tony... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2015 at Crazytown
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It's Science Nerd Time! By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer-Lyricist) Left: Charon. Right: Pluto. So, this probably comes as a surprise to no one, but being the nerd that I am, I love all things outer space. The final frontier, as it were, is the very stuff of the human imagination: larger than our puny brains can comprehend and filled with beautiful structures and anomalies that seem to defy the very laws of physics. Yet, as fascinated as we are by the vast expanse of universe outside our home planet, due to lack of funding, proper technology, etc. we have done very... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Crazytown
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What's with all the smartphones on Broadway lately? By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer-Lyricist) Above: Steven Boyer in Hand to God. Below: the notice telling you to not take pictures or use electronics that is printed in every fucking Playbill. My! This has been a, shall we say: “interfering” week of news concerning the lost signals between cellular telephones and the local service area that is the Broadway network. (Okay, have I used up all my minutes of cell phone puns yet?) No doubt you’ve been there before: you’re sitting in a Broadway show, enjoying the play you’ve been anticipating seeing for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Crazytown
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So Excited To See One Of My Favorite Shows By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer-Lyricist) In October of 2001 I was a freshman at Emerson College and was already learning many new things about the major I had taken: musical theatre. During my New Student Revue I learned of all these exciting musicals and composers I had never heard of back home in Delaware. Before I was only introduced to the likes of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Already I was hearing works by exciting new composers like Jason Robert Brown and Andrew Lippa. Cover label of a "picture CD"... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Crazytown
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Welcome to the new Crazytown term! By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (composer-lyricist) Sunset on Fire Island last Summer. Welcome to the first Friday of the summer Crazytown term! I think I speak for all of us here on Crazytown that we’re delighted to will your sunny summer days with our ranting’s and ravings. I thought a while about what my first post of the summer term should be. I could go off about the Tony Awards this past Sunday, but my colleagues have already done that. I could talk about the recent theatre I’ve seen but that’s not very summer-y. So instead... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Crazytown
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Remembering my pilgrimage here. By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer-Lyricst) Ten years ago this past Saturday I moved to New York City. According to Sex and the City that means I’m allowed to officially call myself a New Yorker. It’s been a thrilling decade. Two of those ten years were spent in graduate school, way too much of those ten years were spent in piano bars, and I must admit that I spent less of those ten years focusing on my career goals than I should have. I could write hundreds of posts looking back on my many experiences since moving here,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Crazytown
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Pretty Please?? By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer-Lyricist) Harry Shearer and his many characters. If you’re a Simpsons fan you’ve likely heard by now that original voiceover cast member Harry Shearer has reportedly decided to part ways with the show after 26 years. Since 1989 Shearer has voiced such iconic characters as Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Rev. Lovejoy and many, many more. Although Al Jean, The Simpsons’s showrunner has stated they won’t kill off any characters, I’d be saddened to see any of Mr. Shearer’s characters voiced by a mimic. It has been reported that they’re still trying to keep... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Crazytown
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I'm Out On A Bachelor Party Weekend This Week. By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman This week's post is going to be a short one because I am currently in Ridgefield, CT for a bachelor party weekend for my dear friend Alex. It's the middle of the night and we drive to Montreal in the morning. Grand Central concourse as we were leaving tonight. I am sitting in a dark hallway at the house of one of my fellow groomsmen next to a nightlight with my laptop and a glass of whiskey. Their cat Shoshi is keeping me company. And if you read... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Crazytown
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One Internet User's Plea To Stop Using An Overplayed Meme. By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer-Lyricist) Okay, listen. Today is May 1st, 2015, and I’m calling it. It’s time. It’s time to retire this meme: It was super hilarious when the meme was introduced a few years back, playing homage to Justin Timberlake’s pronunciation of the word “me” in the track of the same name as the meme on the 2000 NSYNC album “No Strings Attached,” but now at the end of April every subsequent year, it’s like: “ugh, I’ve already seen that.” Stop using this meme. Stop it. You are not... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Crazytown
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My Cat Apollo Died This Week. He Was My Last Remaining Childhood Pet, And A Very Special One At That. By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer-Lyricist) Apollo as a kitten. On this past Monday my cat Apollo died. He was 21 years old (in human years) and the last of my childhood pets to go. The cause was kidney failure due to complications during surgery. He lived a wonderful, long life, but he didn’t have to go just yet – I thought I’d get to see him when I go back home in June. Luckily, I’m grateful that I saw him just... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Crazytown
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Or: Sometimes I Stalk My Friends on YouTube. By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (composer-lyricist) Molly Pope Tonight I am seeing the April installment of Molly Pope Likes Your Status at the Duplex, so naturally I got caught in a YouTube video hole of some of her past performances, and I can think of nothing better to post about today or to do now than to drag you into that hole with me. Don’t know who cabaret diva Molly Pope is? Well I feel sorry for you, because you have been missing out. But there is no time like the present to get... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Crazytown
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It's the first night of Passover. Where's the wine? By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (composer-lyricst) It’s erev Pesach, everyone. That means many of you will be sitting down to Seder dinners tonight, as will I. I’m an extremely secular Jew – a self-described agnostic. But there’s something about the Passover Seder – something that runs deep within me – something that connects me to my now deceased grandfather that I find comforting to perform annually. It’s less about religion and more about identity for me. I consider myself a humanistic Jew – one who values the culture, food, music, etc., but doesn’t... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Crazytown
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A Farewell to my Uncle By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer-Lyricist) David Freschman Hello dear readers of Crazytown. So, you may or may not have noticed my total absence from the blog a week ago. That was due to the unfortunate circumstance of my family having to bury my now-deceased uncle. Jews by tradition bury their dead as quickly as possible. I’m sure there’s some scriptural reason for this, but I’m no expert. All I could do was feel and live through the loss. My uncle David, a man who stood taller than any concrete building or ancient tree was taken by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at Crazytown
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Criticism doesn't equal hate. By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman Left: Stephen Sondheim. Right: Lady Gaga. It’s the ides of March today, and while you’re not totally just stabbing Caesar a different kind of widely perceived assassination – albeit a character assassination and not a literal one – occurred this past Friday when Playbill dropped an article highlighting quotes from a new interview with Stephen Sondheim (blessed be he) where he called Lady Gaga’s performance of a Sound of Music medley at this year’s Oscars a “travesty.” Fridays being my day to post to Crazytown, I had already filed my week’s article before... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Crazytown
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[Originally published Sept. 13th, 2013.] One show got it right once. By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer-Lyricist) It’s Friday the 13th! That’s right, that unlucky day that has morphed over the years in popular culture into a second Halloween. I’m not sure what the origin of this superstition is exactly, and a quick Google search reveals there are several theories as to how it came about. Generally speaking, it seems that the number 13 is regarded as unlucky, as is Friday. Put them together, and: boom. Double unlucky. There are plenty of stories/myths/films/shows associated with Friday the 13th. But my all time... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Crazytown
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Anticipating the season on my iPod. By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer-Lyricist) I don’t know about you, my fellow citizens of Crazytown, but after yesterday’s totally unnecessary snowfall in New York I’ve officially HAD IT with this winter. I thought last year was bad, but oh how wrong I was. Things are looking up, however. This weekend we spring the clocks forward, the first day of Spring is in two weeks, and according to the weather forecast we can look forward to temperatures in the 40’s all next week. All this thought of bounding out of the winter doldrums and banishing my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Crazytown
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Dare I Say “Let It Go”? By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer-Lyricist) Welcome to the last weekend of February! Are you ready for this God-forsaken month to be over yet? I sure am! People are getting punchy towards the end of this shortest month of the year. I don’t know if it’s the record low temperatures or the fact that we had to say goodbye to Parks And Recreation that has everyone mad at the world, but we all seem to be suffering from some degree of cabin fever, seasonal affective disorder, or whatever other psychological malady attacks during the doldrums that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Crazytown