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04 September 2009 @ 07:54 pm
First Wives Club and stunning Balboa Park!!  
First of all, I have never been to Balboa Park or the Old Globe Theatre before and was just shocked by the enormity of the grounds… There's a Natural History Museum, an Art Museum, several theatres,… just a stunning place to spend the day… too bad it was like 103 degrees out and just walking from my car to the Old Globe had me nearly fainting from heat stroke… ;) Just kidding… well,... almost.

First of all I have to mention, I saw the movie that the musical is based on a LONG time ago… I don’t even remember most of it, but I did know the basic premise of the story…. A bunch of college friends get married and drift apart – and only after the death of one of their friends do they reconnect and realize that their husband situations are not that different. Ironic also, is the fact that the three “other women” in each of the cheating husbands’ lives were played by just one actress, Sarah Chase (of "Toxic Avenger") Ironic, but very symbolic as well…

Victoria Matlock (from the Marvelous Wonderettes in NYC) played Cynthia, the cohesive force in the group when they were college students and ironically the one who ends up bringing them all back together many years later. She's only in the first few numbers as Cynthia, but she’s wonderful… and it was wonderful seeing her as someone other than Cindy Lou.

Sheryl Lee Ralph (who I loved as Kevin’s love interest in “Applause” - the link goes to a 2005 entry of my weirdest theatre NON-experience ever at a show... years ago) plays Elyse (the Goldie Hawn role.) Loved that she can play such an “out there” character who really has a heart of gold underneath it all. Loved her in "Thoroughly Modern Millie," "Applause," and this. :)

Karen Ziemba played Annie (the timid one who is sorry for everything) Poor Annie’s husband left her for their therapist. She was wonderful in the role and played the awkward and shy Annie really well – even changing her body language throughout the show to portray the growth in her character.

Barbara Walsh played the wonderful character Brenda (the Bette Midler role.) Out of all the characters, I probably loved her the most - the role was hysterical, she spoke her mind constantly, and she truly had a love for her husband (played by Brad Oscar.)

I do have to mention Sam Harris, too because his Duane Ferguson was just hysterical! Sadly, I have to admit to never having seen Mr. Harris on stage before and I was pleasantly surprised by his comedic timing (and his voice – though I have heard him sing in concerts so that wasn’t a total shock to me….) He played the interior designing best friend of Brenda who disguises himself as an alter ego (Duarto Ferginni) in the scheme that the women devise to get back at their cheating husbands.

I enjoyed the show… but sadly, I didn’t love it. Please don’t get me wrong, the performances were all absolutely phenomenal, but the story and the music weren’t something that completely stood out to me. I’m glad that I did get the chance to see it, though because to miss performances like the ones in the show would’ve been a real shame.


Really, Balboa Park was just gorgeous! I could've stayed there all day! (If it wasn't, like 300 degrees out!) ;)


I would LOVE to shoot portraits in the park!! These arches were a perfect background!


Look who I saw at the Globe gift shop! David Engel, Larry Raben, and Stan Chandler! :D




Here is a photo I took with Sam Harris after the show… He’s incredibly nice and sweet, I found out…

One more LA theatre entry (about Kevin M in Wicked) and then I'm done... sorry to have dragged it out so much. Each show was such an amazing experience that a single entry couldn't do them all justice. :D
 
 
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Sabine: Mohnsabine10 on September 6th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
The Balboa Park looks wonderful! Wish I could see it in reality. :)

Wicked will be shown here in my town in March 2010. Some time ago I've seen a short preview of it on TV and I think I'll try to watch Wicked next year.

Hope you are having a nice weekend! Big hugs to you, Sheri. :)
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on September 7th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
Balboa Park really was quite beautiful! :) I wish I had much more time to look around - and I wish the weather wasn't so hot... :)

I just posted about my experiences at Wicked above. :) I hope you'll get to see the show! :)

Big HUGS to you, Sabine!! Thank you for taking the time to read my theatre babble!! :D