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17 July 2005 @ 10:07 am
Still in Anaheim - a short update from Kinkos...  
On Friday night I met lindasings for the evening show of The Ghost & Mrs. Muir at the NoHo Arts Center. As much as I love the shows that I've seen there, I hate the theatre! It's in the middle of North Hollywood and has a parking lot that could fit maybe 8 cars. :( I spent a good 20 minutes driving up and down Lankershim looking for street parking that wasn't miles away from the theatre. :P When I finally did find street parking, I had to hike almost 5 blocks to get there. :(

The show itself was just gorgeous. James Barbour played Captain Daniel Gregg, a gruff sea captain who passed away years ago in a house that Lucy Muir (Lynne Wintersteller) purchased after her own husband passed away. The story is about Lucy's encounter with the ghost of Captain Gregg and how a relationship forms between the two. James Barbour, who I'd only seen before in Assassins, was wonderful in the role. Not only was he gruff enough to be believable as the sea captain, but he was surprisingly comical & tender in other moments. I've read reviews that have said that his performance seemed a little distant, however, I never got that impression. I could really see the feelings that his character started to develop for Lucy evolve though the course of the show. Lynne Wintersteller had a beautiful voice and really should be commended for her great acting since it was clear for all of us to see (just by her great use of body language) her instant transformation from the young Lucy in flashbacks to the older Lucy of the present.

The show was from the creators of Dorian, which I saw at NoHo last October. The Ghost & Mrs. Muir was a lot less dark in nature and much more uplifting. Linda liked the show so much that she said that she would probably try to go back to see it before the run is over. :) And I was really surprised to see how packed the theatre was - so packed even that folding chairs needed to be added to the wings to allow everyone in. The biggest surprise of the evening was seeing Mary Van Arsdel (who starred as Kevin's love interest in "Sail Away") in the audience. :) She recognized me as "the one who runs Kevin's website." :) She was very sweet and even came up to speak with me for a moment at intermission to ask how I was enjoying the show. I'm very glad that I went to see it - it was one of the best shows I saw all weekend.

I still have a lot more updating to do on my trip - I haven't even gotten to Guys & Dolls, the fabulous Friday night I spent with my wonderful friends, or the rather disappointing performance of Once on This Island that I saw last night. But I should probably end this here for now since I'm at Kinkos and this internet connection (though really inexpensive) is still costing me some money. ;) I'm off to catch up on all of you and then I'm off to try to find a Sonic. :D Hope you're all having a nice Sunday. :)
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kathyselden on July 17th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC)
The concept of TG&MM as a musical is really interesting! And this is random, but I think Lankershim is the street that the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio is on, haha.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on July 17th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
It was pretty interesting to see how they turned it into a musical. The show was so touching and the performances were so captivating! I wish I was in LA longer, I might've tried to see it again. :)

And haha about Lankershim! I wonder if I passed it on my way to the theatre? :)
Mrs Beanshuman_beans on July 17th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
I used to LOVE watching TG&MM on tv. I can't imagine it in the theater tho -- interesting....in a cool way.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on July 18th, 2005 12:28 am (UTC)
It was such a lovely and touching story - and the lead, James Barbour - be still my heart! *SIGH* :)
defygravity73 on July 17th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're having a good time and getting to see some cool people and shows! I admire how you travel and support theater.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on July 18th, 2005 12:29 am (UTC)
Thanks Andrea! I wish I could've seen more shows, but my schedule wouldn't allow any more. :( I'm excited that you'll be seeing Wicked! :D
defygravity73 on July 18th, 2005 05:48 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping that Rue McClanahan won't be sick or on vacation when I see "Wicked." She's the main reason I'm going. I *loved* her on "The Golden Girls."
karmastyx: Queen of Hearts by dishwaterbluekarmastyx on July 18th, 2005 03:38 am (UTC)
I'm glad you having a nice time. It was nice to see you yesterday.
Sheri: Sheri & Kevinshutterbug93 on July 18th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
It was great seeing you on Saturday, Laura! :) Sunday's shows (and speaking with Kevin after the shows) were VERY nice as well. :)
Care: Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo!careleswhisper on July 18th, 2005 06:33 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that you have had a nice time. :) It was nice seeing you on Saturday. :D Have a safe trip home.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on July 18th, 2005 08:08 pm (UTC)
It was great seeing you guys on Saturday, Carrie! I'm glad you guys could come and see the show! :D