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Jay Leno And Jimmy Fallon Rock “Tonight” From West Side Story


20130402-103842.jpgThis video, featured below, made me laugh and get misty-eyed at the same time. Can the end of the Jay Leno era be this near?

No matter the answer, at least his successor, Jimmy Fallon, is playing nice, allowing Jay to leave with the dignity he so deserves.

The idea behind this video originated with Jimmy, who then flew to LA to record the segment.

In case you are wondering, those are professional voices singing to the tune of West Side Story’s, “Tonight”. But, Jay and Jimmy do an excellent job of lip synching. – they could teach a few performers a thing or two about how to lip synch with believability and precision. Ha!

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

If Jay moves to the Fox Network as rumoured, this could be a very sticky situation for NBC and Jimmy Fallon’s duties as The Tonight Show’s new host.

Presently, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno is sitting at Number One in the late night ratings war. Does it make sense to replace him now? Strange timing. Although, Jay could leave on a high note, which is not necessarily a bad thing at all. Better that than risk lower ratings in the future.

I would hate to see Jay slug away and fruitlessly compete for viewership with Jimmy Fallon or Jimmy Kimmel a couple of years from now.

Anyway, enjoy the video. It is very cute and extremely well done! Oh, and by the way, check out Jay’s circular mouth position in the picture. Perfect. Now, if he would just not raise his head for those high notes… Ditto for Jimmy!

What do you think Jay should do? Your opinions matter! Voice them in the comments section below.

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

One Response to “Jay Leno And Jimmy Fallon Rock “Tonight” From West Side Story”

  1. very well done. i can see where you would be misty eyed.

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