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16 April 2009 @ 08:24 am
Is there one absolutely perfect moment in your life that you remember?  
A moment that you would like to keep re-living forever? That was the premise of Happiness an amazing musical that I saw yesterday at Lincoln Center. The show was much smaller in scale than most shows in NYC, but it had SO much heart, which I adored. I spent most of the show crying my eyes out - not because it was sad, but because it was so touching to see all these characters re-live their happiest moments.

I thought about it too,... for me, what would it be? My wedding day? Some day in my childhood that included my Mom & Dad? I'm actually not too sure... The show does make you appreciate little moments in your life that you may not initally remember but, looking back, meant so much... a first glance with your boyfriend in which you knew he was the one for you, spending the afternoon at the first major league baseball game with your Dad, things we forget about in our busy day to day lives, but really made your life worth living...

The show itself was so heartfelt and touching, and as each character revealed the perfect moment in their lives, I became more and more invested in the characters and the show and at the end I was a complete teary mess... It was a lovely show with beautiful performances - (Hunter Foster, Sebastian Arcelus, Ken Page, Joanna Gleason... SO lovely!!) - and I'm so glad that I got to see it. Sadly the scale of the show probably doesn't allow it to have a hugely long run, so I'm glad that I was able to fit it into my schedule on this trip - it would've been a shame to miss. It was just one of those really special shows that really affects me so much after having left the theatre.

In the evening, I saw reasons to be pretty at the Lyceum and it was AMAZING! I spent the entire show alternating between hearty laughter and tears... It's SUCH a truthful story with realistic, flawed characters who the audience really gets to know and ends up really caring for by the end of the show. It deals with the insecurity that we all have about physical beauty and the headaches and heartaches of love. The cast was all extremely brilliant, but in particular, Thomas Sadoski, who I really believe is transcendent in this performance and was the reason for all of my tears at the end of the second act. If you are anywhere near NYC while this is playing - please go and see it - it's AMAZING!

Shows aside, it was pretty amazing that I made it to NYC at all... Those who know me on Facebook will know this from my status updates, but I spent most of the morning wondering if I'd make it to NY in time for the curtain of Happiness! Our plane to La Guardia had to turn around mid-flight because of a malfunction and return to Atlanta... which caused an almost 3 hour delay. It was 12:30pm and I was STILL waiting for my luggage... I was almost sure that I wouldn't be able to get to mid-town, check into my hotel and walk all the way to Lincoln Center in time for the 2pm show, but miracle of miracles... I got an awesome cab driver who, when I told him I was late, weaved through streets to avoid the afternoon traffic and got me to my hotel by 1:15pm. :) I literally had to run all the way to Lincoln Center... Thankfully, I made it all the way there with about 5 minutes to spare!! What a stressful morning it was!!

Today I'm heading out to NJ to meet Robin (YAY!) for lunch and to catch the matinee of 1776 at Papermill Playhouse!! :) Then, I'm meeting my friend Lizzy to see the evening performance of Shrek. :) So it should be another wonderful day in the city!!

Thank you all for putting up with my theatre babble!! Hope you're all having a nice week!! :)
 
 
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Chelsea Frewchelseafrew on April 16th, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC)
I am glad that you made the show and are safely enjoying NYC. I haven't been to the Papermill in an eon (I don't even remember the last play I saw there). I will be interested to hear how their production of 1776 is.

Keep having a great time!
Sheri: Kevin as Edward Rutledge in shutterbug93 on April 17th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
Ah, 1776 was just wonderful!! It is my favorite musical ever, so I may be a bit biased. ;) I've written my very long impressions in a very long-winded post above. :)

Thanks so much for your comment! :)

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Sabine: Micki Kaisergartensabine10 on April 16th, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that you safely reached NY and that you got to see the show. Hope you will have a wonderful time with your friends and that you will enjoy the other shows!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on April 17th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Sabine!! I'm having an amazing time! HUGS!
UnderWorldFayunderworldfairy on April 16th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
yeah one of my sisters friends was headed back to new york and was delayed forever in houston... Im glad you enjoyed your show and the premise of happiness really does sound interesting.
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on April 17th, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)
Oh that's horrible for your sister's friend! :( Thankfully I did make it to the show,... just barely! And the premise of the show as so cute! The show itself was so heartfelt... I loved it! :)