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21 January 2010 @ 12:47 am
My last NYC theatre post (and then on to the food!) :)  
I figured I should get the NYC posts out of the way as I have an INCREDIBLY insane trip coming up this weekend to LA (to see the marvelous David Burnham in "Ordinary Days" at SCR!) INSANE, not only because I just got back from NYC, but because I haven't even had the time to UN-pack, and I have to pack again! Truly, if it weren't for David, I would not even THINK about making this trip at all!

Finian's Rainbow

Only a couple of things I wanted to mention about Finian's... first, I was saddened that Cheyenne was not in - I was really looking forward to seeing (and hearing) him as Woody. His understudy was okay, but really not the same! Loved Kate Baldwin and Christopher Fitzgerald! And primarily due to their performances, I enjoyed the show.

Billy Elliot

I knew I wouldn't be seeing Trent go on as Billy when I received the notification that Trent went on during the matinee on Sunday. I knew Alex was still not in the show's rotation yet, so I was unsure who we'd see. We ended up seeing Liam - and I have to say, he was quite a surprise! Not only did he have A LOT of onstage charisma, but for someone so young, he really seemed to master the character of Billy... His acting was FABULOUS!!!

Seeing a much younger Billy was very interesting since the last time I saw the show, I saw Trent and he seemed a little tall for the role... Liam is younger and his friendship with Michael (Trevor) worked a little bit better because of their ages & heights. I remember seeing Trent in September and he was SO tall that Trevor had to grab his hair and pull him down to kiss him. Liam also has a charming smile and really gave Billy a likability. And I have to say that he is one of the most "natural" of the Billys I've seen... His accent never seemed forced, his acting was always spot on... His singing voice may not have been as strong as some of the other boys, and NO ONE could beat Trent's tapping, but I thoroughly enjoyed Liam and was so glad that I got to see his Billy!! My Mom LOVED the show and said it was her second favorite (after MEMPHIS, of course!) :)

MEMPHIS (for the 2nd time this trip - 6th time overall!)

The first thing I noticed walking into the Shubert was the understudy board - which listed Sydney Morton - which I was thrilled about. Sydney's in the ensemble and I'd seen her perform in the early, early days of previews, but hadn't seen her since. (You know you've seen a show too many times when you get REALLY excited about seeing different ensemble members!) :)

The show was wonderful the second time... but the moment Chad walked on the stage and began speaking, I knew something was wrong. His speaking voice really didn't sound like him at all! The poor guy was hoarse and his voice (even his speaking voice) seemed at least an octave lower. He sang everything BEAUTIFULLY, though and really gave one of the strongest acting performances I think I'd ever seen from him that day.

And the house was absolutely PACKED that day and the audience was FANTASTIC! They laughed at everything, and really got into it... I LOVE being a part of an audience like that! The cast really seemed to feed off of the energy of the crowd and all the performances were extra fantastic - it was amazing!! But Chad... he was BEYOND words that day... his comedic timing was PERFECT, his acting, heartbreaking... SOOO WONDERFUL.

After the show...

Knowing that they had an evening Actor's Fund performance later that night, I didn't want to keep any of the actors from grabbing a bite to eat between shows. But Montego was a dear and spoke with us briefly as was Brad Bass (who told me that I should come back when he goes on for Chad) :) Got to speak with Sydney briefly to let her know how thrilled I was to catch her performance, and spent a lovely few minutes with Charlie (who, is the sweetest, sweetest guy ever!!)

It was freezing cold and raining pretty hard and I knew my Mom didn't really want to wait for a long time. And I overheard someone tell a fan that Chad was sick and probably wouldn't be coming out. So we were about to leave, when James Monroe Iglehart came back from picking up food (I must've missed him on his way OUT of the theatre!) First of all,... LOVE him! He couldn't be sweeter or more gracious!! He saw me and gave me a huge hug and I told him that I'd missed him after the show on Wednesday. He apologized and explained to me that he had to rush home because of some problems with his cats. He's SOOOO sweet! Then, he told me that he'd check on Chad for me. I told him he didn't need to, especially if he wasn't feeling well, but he was SUCH a dear and checked for me anyway.

He came out moments later looking SOOOO sad and apologetic. He told me that he told Chad I was there and that Chad really wanted to come out, but wasn't feeling well and didn't want to spread his germs. I completely understood - after all, he had another show to do that night and shouldn't be out in the cold and the rain - and judging by his speaking voice in the matinee, he probably should be trying to save his voice for the evening show. James spent some time with us, though and met and spoke with my Mom and was just the sweetest person ever. I swear, the entire cast of MEMPHIS is just SO nice and SO special! I absolutely adore them all.

Heard from lucenellapiazza that Chad did the evening show that night and I know he was in Tuesday's show, but he called out of both the matinee and the evening show today - Bryan Fenkart went on for him for both performances. I really hope he feels better soon!!

All in all this was an INCREDIBLE theatre trip! The shows we saw were wonderful,... sadly there were a few performances that I would've loved to have seen (Santino Fontana & Cheyenne Jackson) but all in all... it was WONDERFUL!!

Thank you all so much for putting up with my theatre posts. I'll be back after my friend's baby shower tomorrow night to recap the food portion of our trip!! HUGS!!!
 
 
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Sarah: [Bway] // equality nowmisswritten on January 21st, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
Sounds like an awesome trip. I'm seeing Billy in a few weeks and know nothing about the kids playing Billy, so I'm starting to get excited about seeing it.

Your post (and the fact that the CD is currently playing in my car) makes me want to see Memphis again haha. I would love to see Bryan as Huey. I've never heard him sing, but he was one of the sweetest guys at the stagedoor the last I saw it. He was like "I wasn't even on!" when everyone asked him to sign and he talked to me and my friend for like 5 minutes about age. Not even the show. He was so nice. And aww Charlie. He's adorable haha

Yaaay food! Hahah when I see shows with my roommate, we seem to get more excited about the food. I'll come back from class on a day when we're seeing a show and be like "I've been craving a grilled cheese all day" and she'll be like "Yes! I wanted to go to Juniors too!" I'm seriously debating whether I should facebook message her or wait until we're back to school on Sunday to see if she wants to get Chinese food before Billy... and that trip is like 2 weeks away hahah
Sheri: Trent 01shutterbug93 on January 21st, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
Billy is such a wonderful show - I hope you enjoy it! :) I've seen it 3 times and was fortunate to have seen two of the three original Billys: Kiril & Trent. I was sad that David left before I could see him, but really pleasantly surprised by Liam's performance!

From all the reports, it sounds like Bryan did a fantastic job as Huey! Poor Chad has a sinus infection, I guess. I'd be interested in seeing Brad Bass go on for Chad... though, I have to admit that seeing Chad's performance is one of the primary things that keeps bringing me back to the show.

And how funny! I had the grilled cheese at Juniors after seeing MEMPHIS on Sunday! I love it... sad that Juniors is always so crowded, though. It took us nearly 20 minutes to be seated. But the service is always great and fast and we made it to Billy Elliot in time for curtain! :)

Looking forward to hearing what you thought of Billy AND which Billy you got to see. :)
Sarahmisswritten on January 22nd, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
I'm getting excited about it. I saw the movie a few years ago and didn't like it, but I was probably about 13 at the time (I'm not sure when it came out, but I'm pretty sure my parents rented it when it was new on DVD) Hopefully my opinion changes. I'm trying to be open minded about it. Also, Will Chase. Love him lol.

Aw, I also heard that Bryan did great. My friend's aunt saw the show last night and thought he was awesome. I'd love to go see him sometime down the line, but I hope Chad gets better. He's awesome too.

Lovelovelove their grilled cheese. I haven't gotten one from there in awhile (in attempt to be healthy, I've been getting the chicken fingers since they don't come with fries, but it's only so I feel less guilty about getting a dessert! lol) but next time I go, I definitely have to get one! haha.

I've only had to wait there a few times. When we usually go, it's pretty dead and we're seated right away. But we usually eat around 5-5:30, so we just sort of beat the dinner rush. But you're right, the service is usually pretty fast. I did have to wait a few weeks ago when I went, but we had a great waiter. It was my sister's first time there (and her first show) and the two of them were going back and forth. It was a lot of fun.

I will definitely be posting about Billy in my journal!
Sheri: Chad - Milky Whiteshutterbug93 on January 22nd, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
Ahhhh! Will Chase! I love him! Sadly, he doesn't get to do much in this show in terms of singing (except with large full cast numbers...)

I have yet to try the desserts at Juniors! They look so great, but every time I've been there, I've been way too full (or in a rush to get to a show) and I've never ordered anything. Next time, though!!
ellixianellixian on January 21st, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
SO glad you had another great trip - and my goodness, you're packing to go on another one already?! I'm JEALOUS. There are a couple of things I want to see SO BADLY. But 24 hours there and 24 hours back... oof. :(

The Memphis people sound SO amazing - I wish I'd stagedoored now, that night I saw it, but it was SO bitterly cold and I was meeting a friend after the show. I sure hope Chad's feeling better now and managed to recover somewhat!
Sheri: Chad - Sh*tty Boothshutterbug93 on January 21st, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
Oh man. 24 hrs of traveling is awful! I thought my 14 hours was bad! :P

The entire cast of MEMPHIS is just SO special!! I think one of the things I love about them the most is that they really do appreciate what it took to get the show there - the ones who have been with it for the 6 years just look SO happy to be there - TOGETHER. :)

James is possibly the sweetest person ever. He immediately offered to check on Chad for me and spent some of his dinner break meeting and talking with my Mom. They are all INCREDIBLY sweet and couldn't be nicer!

I hope Chad feels better soon, too! I guess he's got a sinus infection... poor guy! He was INCREDIBLE, though in the show even though I could tell he wasn't feeling well. :(
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on January 21st, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
As always, I loved to read your theater posts! I'm glad, it sounds like you had a great time. :) I'm looking forward to hear about the food. But I should not forget to eat something before I read it. ;) Big hugs to you, Sheri!
Sheri: Chad - Fantasticalshutterbug93 on January 21st, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading, Sabine!! The food on the trip was almost as good as the theatre so I really want to talk about it (and post a few photos!) :) All around, this was just a very lovely trip! Big HUGS!!!
ielkie: pic#94200442ielkie on January 21st, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
Love reading all your reports. But aww, poor Chad! It's amazing that he still put on such a great show actingwise. He's such a pro. So when's your next trip? ;-)
Sheri: Chad - Memphis Lives In Meshutterbug93 on January 22nd, 2010 06:47 am (UTC)
Poor Chad!! But yes, he was AMAZING in the show - ever the professional that he is!! My next trip is actually in April... I just got back from NYC and already I'm dying to go back! :) Can't wait to hear how your trip is next month! :D