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Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer)
New York, NY
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One last write. By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) I’ve written for Crazytown since 2012. Much of my life and interests that otherwise might have been forgotten have been documented because of a weekly deadline. For someone who doesn’t keep a diary, my weekly post for this blog has become a snapshot of my life. Whether it’s pop culture, politics, or personal developments, much of the last four years of my life has been saved here on these pages. I’ve decided after four years that it’s time to take a break. When I first began writing for Crazytown, I had so much... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Crazytown
In which my work experience is good for something. By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) My first box office job was working at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. I learned a lot over my several summers at Shakespeare in the Park, and one of the first things I did in joining Crazytown was write some of these things down. Shakespeare in the Park starts next week with an all-female production of The Taming of the Shrew! Everyone is as excited about this as I am, right? So how do you get tickets? That's where I can help! Below, you'll find a... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Crazytown
Discovering a new talent. By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) As everyone has heard, Audra McDonald is not only singing gorgeously and tapping her face off in Shuffle Along, but she's doing it all while growing a human inside her! It was announced that she'll be in the show until July 24th, and then the role of Lottie Gee will be played by Rhiannon Giddens. The first thought that came to my mind when I heard this news: who is Rhiannon Giddens? Image via. To answer that question, I ended up in YouTube spiral that needed to be shared. Firstly, here she... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Crazytown
Getting to witness a Broadway tradition. By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) Tonight is opening night at my work. I’ve worked on several openings at this point, but this is my first Broadway opening of a musical. And with that great distinction, it will be my first time witnessing one of my favorite traditions: The Gypsy Robe Ceremony. For those unfamiliar with the ceremony, here’s a little video Playbill made about it. Also, one of my favorite podcasts, The Ensemblist, did an excellent episode about it. When I was in high school, I wrote an essay on how theatre was my religion.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at Crazytown
We kid... kind of. By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) It is not news that Hamilton has gone beyond the theatre world and into the mainstream consciousness of pop culture. In the last few weeks: A behind-the-scenes book was released, and Amazon ran out of books. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that Hamilton would remain on the $10 bill. It won the Pulitzer Prize to surprise of literally no one. It was the one day where my Facebook feed went from Bernie vs. Hillary, to who knew first that Hamilton would win the Pulitzer. (Answer? Me. I saw it in previews at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Crazytown
While I avoid filing my taxes, doing the dishes, and being a general successful adult, let’s check out a funny new show! By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) Shugs & Fats in a web series that chronicles two British Muslim women - Shugufta (“Shugs”) and her aunt, Fatima (“Fats”) - as they make their way through hipster Brooklyn. I first heard about this series as a recommendation from Hannah Witton. I then listened to their interview on Fresh Air, and it was fascinating. The show is hilarious! Have a gander at their speed dating episode below, and check out the rest of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Crazytown
Sharing a new favorite YouTube show. By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) While work is ramping up, and my Snatched journey is coming to an end, my brain has not had time to function at normal levels. Therefore, my post this week is just a share of something I’m digging right now. I’ve written about Hannah Witton before. Currently, she is hosting a new show called Girl on Girl. She and her female guest of the week will discuss a different topic, complete with a siren for when they know something they say is problematic. Check out the latest episode where the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Crazytown
By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) I don’t know how this happened, but somehow I got to the end of Women’s History Month with barely a mention of it. Let’s remedy this. Not by talking about history, but by talking about women, sport, and fun. Leena Norms is new in my YouTube subscription box, but she’s been on the platform for awhile. I really like her because her filming style is eclectic and arty, while her content is more grounded. Also, she works in publishing, and therefore has great recommendations for books I’ve never heard of. Which is how this video came... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Crazytown
By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) While you're sipping your Guinness and avoiding green vomit, enjoy the color of the day, courtesy of Hazel Hayes. Éirinn go Brách! RACHEL JAMES is a native New Yorker and theatre baby. Her plays have been produced by The 52nd Street Project and Starfish Theatreworks. She currently makes a living as a Broadway treasurer. EMAIL HER | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | OTHER POSTS BY THIS AUTHOR Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2016 at Crazytown
And other zingers I'll miss when I see them on tote bags. By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) Last Sunday, during the 120,548,954 Presidential debate, PBS aired the series finale of Downton Abbey. While my love for the series has shifted and changed over the years, I've kept watching. From poor Mr. Pamuk, to "she's a healthy woman going through a normal and natural process", to the unfortunate drive, to Mary gets a bob, and everything in between - I've stuck with it. And the final season really delivered. But what I'll miss most is what everyone will miss: Dame Maggie Smith... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2016 at Crazytown
Or why I need to stop saying such foolish things. By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) While out for drinks the other night with a friend, the topic came around to some new musicals coming around. One or both us thought {insert whatever show YOU feel here} sounded like a terrible idea for a musical. My friend then asked, “Well, let’s think of some musicals that sound like terrible ideas but are actually good.” My first thought was Sunday in the Park with George (“Artists singing about art. And there's pointillism. Kill me now.”). My friend mentioned Sweeney Todd (“This barber kills... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at Crazytown
While our favorite TV shows are finally returning, here are some of the YouTube channels I've been enjoying. By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) Lucy Moon (meowitslucy) Lucy is a filmmaker with a creative eye and genuine voice. She has a variety of content on her channel, including a sporadic series called 168 Hours, where she films a week of her life and pieces it together in a long form vlog. Below is one of my favorites from her - a beautiful film about her sister’s life with ADHD: Emma Blackery Probably the most high profile YouTuber on this list, Emma has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2016 at Crazytown
By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) Well, this has been an interesting week, hasn’t it? Lunar New Year, Mardi Gras, and Donald Trump might actually become the Republican nominee. And it’s all capping off with Valentine’s Day. Doesn’t that sound lovely? Image via I’m dodging the candy and flowers by watching England beat Italy in Six Nations Rugby, training for the half marathon I’m running in September, and seeing who wins at the BAFTAs. Oh, and this will be playing on repeat. Because I still miss him. See you next week! RACHEL JAMES is a native New Yorker and theatre baby. Her... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Crazytown
I may be over the political rhetoric, but that doesn't mean I'm not voting. By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) Election day is nine months away. NINE MONTHS. How can I already be done with it? It might be because there is no clearcut winner in either party, but usually that would intrigue me. Instead, it has made me want to shut down all social media and throw my television out the window. If it wasn't for books, podcasts, and the beautiful advertisement for the NHS known as Call the Midwife, I would've given up all hope that there was a world... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at Crazytown
How to recover from the storm. Unless you had tickets for Hamilton on Saturday. In which case, my condolences. By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) This is the before. Image via. After dealing with the second largest storm in New York history this weekend, a friend reminded me of the Ogden Nash piece, “Winter Morning Poem”. Winter is the king of showmen Turning tree stumps into snow men And houses into birthday cakes And spreading sugar over lakes Smooth and clean and frosty white The world looks good enough to bite That’s the season to be young Catching snowflakes on your tongue... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Crazytown
I didn't want to do this. Sorry... By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) I know it’s only January, but I am already so sick of the presidential election. I feel like there have already been hundreds of debates, and caucuses are still not for a few more weeks. Everyone is already dividing on social media, and I’m sure everyone had delightful discussions around their holiday tables last month. One person I’ve been refusing to talk about is Donald Trump. He’s a dick. He always has been one, and he always will be. He is a fame hungry jackass, and the media is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Crazytown
Or what David Bowie taught me, in hindsight, about sharing your light with the dark. By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) Hello from London! I’m currently here on vacation with some friends, and generally have a grand time of things. But with all the sight seeing and overall merriment, we had an odd start to the trip. Mural in Brixton. Image via. When we landed Monday morning and found out about David Bowie’s passing while waiting in passport control, it came as a shock. Were we really that jetlagged? Is this some kind of gag that British TV is putting on? No,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at Crazytown
You all know about SERIAL. Here are some ones you might not know about. By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) By tradition, the last post of the year on Crazytown is oftentimes a "best of" list. While I love consuming these lists, actually making them is a tad more tedious. What do I write about? How many things should I talk about? Should I rank them? Was the dress black/blue or white/gold? So many questions! Because of the crazy weather we've been having in New York recently (global warming is real, y'all), I've been leaving my house early so that I can... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Crazytown
By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) Scottee is a London based artist I've been a fan of for quite awhile. He tends to do some weird stuff with performance and art. I even have a piece of his hanging above the toilet in my bathroom. Yes, this hangs in my home. You are all welcome. Image via Scottee's website. This video is just the latest installment in the journey that is Scottee. It's hilarious and irreverent, and then it turns to make you perk up and pay attention. It give me hope that we can all be better humans soon. Happy Thursday!... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at Crazytown
I can't believe I had to write "shootings" (plural). And that I had to write "yesterday", so you wouldn't get them confused... By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) Image via. I’m angry. I’m fed up. I feel hopeless, and I want to give in. Once again, there has been another mass shooting in America. Once again, people are saying now is not the time to talk about gun control. Once again, people are offering up their thoughts and prayers, as if those alone might remove bullets from bodies and make hearts beat again. There are practically enough guns in this country to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at Crazytown
I'll let William S. Burroughs take this one. By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) RACHEL JAMES is a native New Yorker and theatre baby. Her plays have been produced by The 52nd Street Project and Starfish Theatreworks. She currently makes a living as a Broadway treasurer. EMAIL HER | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | OTHER POSTS BY THIS AUTHOR Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2015 at Crazytown
Getting through this week. By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) It’s been a crap week. Personally, it’s been fairly ok. But for the rest of the world - Paris, Beirut, Baghdad, Yola and Kano - the world is just a devastating prospect. With so much destruction, it is very easy to give up. Or, like I did, stare at the news, weeping and feeling absolutely helpless. And scared. When I finally ventured out into the world again, I noticed I looked around with a little more urgency. You always keep your guard up in New York, but there seemed to be a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at Crazytown
The next step in developing a new musical. By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) During the summer of 2014, I was the producer on a new musical at FringeNYC called Olympus Records. It had a new score of 90’s sounding tunes, and we were putting it on its feet to see if we had something. We got some decent notices, and learned an awful lot. The creative team was pretty burnt out after the experience, so some time was taken to look at the songs, look at the structure, and to see how we move forward. 04 Coincidental (feat. Emily Afton) The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Crazytown
Well, I'm in this video that's on their YouTube page. Close enough. By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) Today marks six months since I began working at the Circle in the Square Theatre. I was brought on when their current show, Fun Home, was nominated for an insane 12 Tony Awards, and sales required another person to funnel everything. Ever since, I've been having a wonderful time with my stupendous co-workers, getting to sell a show I truly believe in. A few weeks ago, the company manager asked me if I would mind having my face appear in this new video they... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at Crazytown
A few of the highlights from the most popular show on Broadway (that isn't Hamilton). By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer) By now, I'm sure you have heard of #Ham4Ham. It's a hashtag, for goodness sake! The small performances before the lottery at Hamilton have become a phenomenon that has reached far beyond 46th street. Because of modern technology and our growing need for constant documentation and sharing, people who have never been to New York are seeing these performances. Some feature performers from the show, some feature performers from other show, and all are one time only events. Below are a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at Crazytown