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20 November 2005 @ 01:45 am
Bark! and The Wild Party  
What a wonderful, fabulous day in theatre! I saw two COMPLETELY different shows today - both great in their own ways and I was fortunate enough to get the chance to see two of my favorites give outstanding performances. :)

Bark! at The Coast Playhouse

This afternoon I went to see Kristi Holden in Bark! the Musical. I'd really been looking forward to seeing her in the show (especially because I was so sad that I couldn't make it to see her in No, No Nanette because of the Ovation Awards.) :( The show itself was just so cute! :) Although a lot of the humor was adult, the show was very child friendly (even down to the length - it was 90 minutes WITH the 15 minute intermission). And there were a lot of children in the audience today who were younger than ten. The ensemble was extremely talented, especially Kristi, who played a poodle named Chanel. :) I'd seen Kristi before as Julie Jordan in "Carousel" at Thousand Oaks and I remember her having one of the most glorious sopranos that I've ever heard. This performance was no exception - and I know I may be biased, but she was the best part of the whole show. :)

After the show I hung around to say "Hi" to her. I have to admit that I was a little nervous, especially since I hardly ever go to the stage door for people other than Kevin and I am a bit shy (hey, no laughing!!) ;) with people I've never met before. And after all this time of seeing Kristi in shows, this was the first time I was actually meeting her. But I soon realized there was no reason to be nervous - she was SUCH a sweetheart!!! She gave me a HUGE hug and thanked me for coming to the show. :) We spent some time talking and she even introduced me to Brandon Alameda (who I swear I've seen in some other shows - outside of the Harold Arlen concert, but I can't place it right now.) I'm so glad that I got the chance to finally meet her and see her show... I really hope I'll be able to see her in something else on my next trip. :)

The Wild Party at The Blank Theatre

On the completely OTHER end of the spectrum was The Wild Party. It was a dark and disturbing musical - a complete 360 from what I saw this afternoon. I enjoyed it - in a much different way... Eric Anderson was dark and comic as Burrs (and as many people have said, a bit over the top at times) and Valarie Pettiford was truly amazing as Queenie. But the real reason I was even at the show was to see Julie Dixon Jackson and she was a GREAT Mae and she looked WONDERFUL. :)

The show was a little over two hours long (with NO intermission). It seems like the trend nowadays is to forego the intermission (The Drowsy Chaperone and Open Window didn't have intermissions either). It's a difficult thing, though especially if there are people in the audience who need to use the restroom... This evening someone in the audience got up and walked out to the restroom in the middle of one of Eric's scenes - he chased her up the stairs yelling, "Don't leave!" It was hysterical because it was so in character. :)

I stayed around after the show to talk with Julie. She was so surprised to see me there! (I forgot to email to tell her I wasn't coming on the 13th and I'd be there tonight instead. Oooops!) She and I spent some time talking about everything from her family (she showed me the MOST adorable picture of Lily and Beckett!) to the show, to just how hot and stuffy it was in the theatre tonight (I thought I was going to pass out). She introduced me to Kirsten Benton-Chandler and Valarie Pettiford and we spent some time talking with them. :) Then we jay-walked across the street (Julie and Linda are such bad influences on me! ;) - Julie tonight and Linda last night) ;) to our cars and spent more time talking out there. :) It was SO nice to catch up with Julie because I really haven't seen her in over a year, I've really missed her! Hopefully I'll be able to see her in something else in January too! :)

As a sidenote, the one thing I noticed about theatres in Hollywood - which both the Coast Playhouse and The Blank Theatre, as well as NoHo Arts Center, etc. have in common is their audience is VERY trendy and VERY knowledgable about theatre. In fact, in tonight's audience, I saw Sam Behrens of "General Hospital" and his wife Shari Belafonte sitting right behind me. They were both so cute with each other and so nice too. :)

I'm EXTREMELY exhausted! And for some reason, writing this post took me much longer than I thought it would. I'd better get to sleep. Tomorrow I have a long drive down to Long Beach for a matinee of "King and I." Hope you all have a nice evening. :)
 
 
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carush_girl on November 20th, 2005 02:17 pm (UTC)
What a day it must of been! And now you get to run off and see "The King and I".

Sounds like such 'Good Times'!
Sheri: Kevin as Billy Bigelow in shutterbug93 on November 20th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
It was SO nice to see both Kristi and Julie! They were both so wonderful!! The only thing is that I'm exhausted today and I'm contemplating skipping "King & I" altogether... I have to wake up at 4:30a tomorrow morning to catch my flight so I may just spend the day hibernating! ;)
carush_girl on November 20th, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC)
hmmmmm - well I guess ya must be need abit of that hybernating after all your running around.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 21st, 2005 02:32 am (UTC)
I think the hibernating will have to wait until the plane ride home... I ended up going to the show. :)
Care: Carecareleswhisper on November 20th, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
You jay-walked, bad Sheri lol. I think everyone does that once in a while. Does it make it right? No, but we all have lol. :D

If you decide to go to "King and I," have fun! :)
Sheri: Julie Jacksonshutterbug93 on November 21st, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
Haha! :) My friends are just a bad influence on me. ;) The whole time last night I was telling Julie, "Please don't get us killed, that would suck!" ;)

I did end up going to the "King and I" - what a great show it was. :)
lindasings on November 20th, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC)
1. Bark
I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Too many hydrant jokes for me :)

2. "Brandon Alameda (who I swear I've seen in some other shows - outside of the Harold Arlen concert, but I can't place it right now." Don't you hate that? The actors are only allowed a short bio in the program, so they list the big productions they've been in and none of the little theatre stuff. And there's no equivalent of imdb to check.

3. Audiences. Yes and no. I think it's true with the small theatres (that audiences are very savvy), not necessarily true at the large houses, like the Geffen or the Ahmanson. They have a lot of subscribers who go to their shows only and who would never "risk" spending their time at a show with no famous star or that hadn't already proven it's worth by being a hit on Broadway.

4. Jaywalking. Well, yeah, you wouldn't dare in Hawaii. The drivers are crazy there!

5. P.S. I saw Bets Malone yesterday. She said "Hi" and that she looked for you at the Ovations and was sorry to miss you.
Sheri: Bets - as Hildy in On The Townshutterbug93 on November 21st, 2005 02:26 am (UTC)
1. Haha! The cast that I saw was really good - and you're right about the guy playing the chihuahua - it was very funny.... and so true. :) The best part of the show was really Kristi. :)

2. It's still bugging me!! I have to go home and look through all my playbills now... :P

3. I think what I meant to say was that places like the Coast Playhouse, NoHo Arts Center, and The Blank Theatre have people who seek out great theatre and are very knowledgeable (VERY different crowd from the crowd I saw tonight at MTW, for example). Might just be the difference between theatres with and without subscription bases. The houses that have subscription bases (not that there's anything wrong with that) have people who go to see the shows because it's on their schedule and are sometimes not the most enthusiastic to be there.

4. Haha! If we didn't jaywalk, there was NO WAY we would've made it to the show in time - so I bow down to you and your jaywalking because I was even amazed that we made it there in time. :) And you didn't get us killed, so that's always a plus. ;)

5. Awwww! How nice that you saw Bets! :) She's the only one that I didn't get to see on this trip! :(
lindasings on November 20th, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
1. Bark
I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Too many hydrant jokes for me :)

2. "Brandon Alameda (who I swear I've seen in some other shows - outside of the Harold Arlen concert, but I can't place it right now."
Don't you hate that? The actors are only allowed a short bio in the program, so they list the big productions they've been in and none of the little theatre stuff. And there's no equivalent of imdb to check.

3. Audiences.
Yes and no. I think it's true with the small theatres (that audiences are very savvy), not necessarily true at the large houses, like the Geffen or the Ahmanson. They have a lot of subscribers who go to their shows only and who would never "risk" spending their time at a show with no famous star or that hadn't already proven it's worth by being a hit on Broadway.

4. Jaywalking.
Well, sure, you wouldn't dare in Hawaii. The drivers are crazy there!

5. P.S. I saw Bets Malone yesterday. She said "Hi" and that she looked for you at the Ovations and was sorry to miss you.

6. P.P.S. I had a great time visiting with YOU, too. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 21st, 2005 02:50 am (UTC)
6. P.P.S. I had a great time visiting with YOU, too. :)

Awww! I almost missed this in the comment! How sweet! :) Looking forward to doing it again real soon! :)
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on November 20th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
I really love to read your thoughts about the shows and what happened there. I'm sure, you would be able to change me into a theatre fan especially if I would live close to you but even now I feel some effects. :) Thanks for sharing that all, Sheri. Should you decided to watch "King and I", I hope you will enjoy it.

Big *hugs* to you
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 21st, 2005 02:30 am (UTC)
Awww, this comment made me smile. Thanks so much for always being such a great friend, Sabine. :) I wish you did live closer - for no reason other than I would love to one day get the chance to meet you!

Your comments just make me smile, thanks so much Sabine. :) Big *HUGS* to you! :D
karmastyxkarmastyx on November 20th, 2005 10:55 pm (UTC)
I hope you can get some rest!
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on November 21st, 2005 02:30 am (UTC)
Thanks! I hope you're able to get some rest too, Laura! *HUGS*
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on November 21st, 2005 10:46 pm (UTC)
Yes intermission-less show is a trend! But Open Window is only 75 min, so it's just like the "first act." Going for two hours is pushing a little bit but The Wild Party didn't feel that long. Was the theatre packed? I saw it on Thursday night so it was about 60-70%??
Sheri: Julie Jacksonshutterbug93 on November 23rd, 2005 09:18 am (UTC)
Wow! Was "Open Window" that short? It felt a little longer than that, actually. "The Drowsy Chaperone" didn't feel long at all,... in fact I was sad to see it end. "The Wild Party" seemed a little long to me at the end, but that's only because it was so hot and stuffy in the theatre that I thought I'd pass out...

It was pretty packed on Saturday night. I'd say it was alomst sold out. :)