August 27, 2017

"Seize the Day" from Disney's Newsies on Broadway (2017)

I think I've said before that my kid is a true theater geek. Pretty much the only thing I get to listen to when she's around is show tunes: Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Rent, Wicked, etc. etc. What can I tell you? She's at a very dramatic age.

Earlier this month, I took her to a simulcast of the Broadway musical "Newsies" at our local movie theater. She was, predictably, taken with the music, the staging, the choreography. Her mom, however, was taken with the story, of the Newsboys strike of 1899. It's easy to feel hopeless and helpless when you have relatively little power against big moneyed interests. But we're more powerful than we give ourselves credit for.

We can seize the day again. The tide is turning. Embracing neo-Nazis and obstructing the judicial process by issuing pardons is giving us the platform by which we can draw a bright line. Anyone normalizing this (looking at you, Fox News) have clearly identified themselves as those we fight against.

Stare down the odds and seize the day
Minute by minute that's how you win it
We will find a way
But let us seize the day
Courage cannot erase our fear
Courage is when we face our fear
Tell those with power safe in their tower
We will not obey!

ABC's "This Week" -Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas; Tom Bossert, White House homeland security adviser; Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan; Douglas Lute, former U.S. ambassador to NATO. Panel: Matthew Dowd; Roland Martin; Julie Pace; Jen Psaki, former Obama State Department spokesperson; and Christopher Ruddy.

NBC's "Meet the Press" -Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator William "Brock" Long; Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio. Panel: Yamiche Alcindor; Michael Gerson; Danielle Pletka; and Katy Tur.

CBS' "Face the Nation" -Bossert; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Tom Donilon, former national security adviser; retired Adm. James Winnefeld. Panel: Susan Page; Ben Domenech; Amy Walter; and Clarence Page.

CNN's "State of the Union" - Long; Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Va. Panel: Mary Katharine Ham; former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich.; Michael Caputo; and Karine Jean-Pierre.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - A repeat of “Why Trump Won.”

CNN's "Reliable Sources" - Joanne Lipman of USA Today; Lydia Polgreen of HuffPost; political analyst Jeff Greenfield; David Zurawik of The Baltimore Sun; Kurt Bardella, former spokesman for Breitbart News; Clarissa Ward of CNN and host of “Diana: Chasing a Fairytale.”

"Fox News Sunday" - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; Abbott. Panel: Karl Rove; Catherine Lucey; Josh Holmes, former chief of staff to Sen. Mitch McConnell; and Juan Williams.

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