January 15th, 2006

Mark & Sheri 1999

A Norbert-less "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and interesting "dinner theatre" ;)

Our day was mostly filled with seeing shows today. We both got up much too late eat breakfast (or lunch, for that matter) and ended up going straight to the Imperial to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. When I picked up our tickets the guy at the box office said, "You know Norbert Leo Butz is out..." Mark and I contemplated trying to switch our tickets for the Sunday evening performance so we could see Norbert in the role... honestly we just didn't think it would be the same without him... and maybe try to get SRO tickets for the matinee of Jersey Boys instead... But we ended up going to see the show - with no Norbert.

The show was hysterical! Everyone in the cast was hilarious - from John Lithgow to Gregory Jbara to Sherie Rene Scott. Even the understudy for Norbert (Joe Cassidy) was very good... true, he wasn't Norbert and after seeing and loving the show, Mark and I were extremely sad that we missed the opportunity to see him in the role. :( After the show we hung around for a bit. John Lithgow came out briefly to sign autographs, but went back in very quickly since it was raining pretty hard. The only other person who came out was Gregory Jbara - who was incredibly sweet and gracious. He found out that we were from Hawaii and he told us how he had just met some people from Diamond Head Theatre who came down to see the show. I took a picture with him and he thanked us for coming to see him in "such lovely" weather (it was raining quite hard while we stood there waiting for him to come out.) :) He was VERY sweet and I'm so glad I got the opportunity to meet him. :)

After Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Mark & I went to a great Chinese restaurant on 9th Avenue to meet bigrivermusical for dinner. The food was great and it was a nice chance to meet bigrivermusical! :) It was so nice to speak with someone else who has a deep love for theatre. :)

While we were eating, we had a bit of "dinner theatre" in the restaurant. A client was arguing with one of the workers, claiming she was rude to his friend when he called in the order. At first we all tried to ignore all the yelling, but when he started saying things like, "I hope all your hair falls out" and gave her a "raspberry" we couldn't help but look at each other incredulously. It all became rather amusing...

After dinner we all walked over to the Eugene O'Neill to see Sweeney Todd. :) It was the first "new" musical of the this season that we're seeing. It was creepy and eerie and everything that Sondheim probably envisioned when it was written... Patti LuPone was terrific as Mrs. Lovett and Michael Cerveris... *SIGH*... I'm not sure when I came upon this, but not only is he an immensely talented performer, but he's also EXTREMELY attractive... at least I think so. :)

The actors themselves were the orchestra, playing individual instruments throughout the show. And while that was a unique approach to the staging of this show, at times I felt as though it took away from the emotion of the piece. I did enjoy the show a lot though and I thought the performances were outstanding!

Tomorrow we have the matinee of Spamalot and then Rent at night... then we get ready to fly home. :( The trip seemed to go all too quickly. :( Where did the five days go?

Hope you're all having a nice weekend. I have only a couple of trip pictures to end with today (it was far too rainy to take pictures outdoors!)

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Doug & Sheri

Oh my gosh - it's freezing!!! Brrr!

I know that when I left Hawaii, I was a little disappointed that the weather was so mild and that the temperatures would probably only dip into the 40's at its coldest... I wanted it to be a little colder than my office in air conditioning at work. So I secretly wished for colder weather. Well, it must've worked because today it was freezing! The temperature was about 21 degrees, but I couldn't even begin to guess what it was with the windchill... BRRR! Be careful what you wish for, they say... ;)

We did some last minute gift shopping for friends and relatives today and ended up drinking smoothies and eating sandwiches at Say Cheese! again. :) I had an apple / strawberry smoothie and though it was REALLY cold outside, I couldn't help but drink it all, it was so delicious! :) Mark had a protein smoothie - which he thoroughly enjoyed. :)

We saw two shows today, Spamalot at the Shubert and Rent at the Nederlander. :) As we were waiting to be let in to Spamalot, it was freezing!! We were standing in line next to Shubert Alley and it was like a wind tunnel!! The wind was so strong that I literally thought I might blow away! :P The cold was so biting and bitter that it went right through all my layers of clothing and my thick wool overcoat. I really thought I was going to get frostbite if they didn't let us in when they did. :P

Spamalot was okay... I enjoyed it, but the only person I really wanted to see wasn't in! :( No Christopher Sieber! :( It seems that all weekend we were having bad understudy luck! His understudy wasn't nearly as funny as Chris was in even the cast recording, it was a complete and total let down. :( And I LOVE Lauren Kennedy and I think her voice is gorgeous, but sadly I didn't feel that she was able to project enough to be really effective in some of the songs (i.e. "Find Your Grail"). The new King Arthur was fine, and I didn't really mind that I was missing Tim Curry. Christian was great and funny and I was so glad he was in, as was David Hyde Pierce and Hank Azaria. My only sadness was no Chris Sieber! :(

I enjoyed Rent SO much more than I had the first time I saw it in 2001. :) A lot of my enjoyment had to do with Will Chase... He was wonderful as Roger. He gave him the right amount of anger and bitterness he needed without over-doing it. And his voice... I'd never had the pleasure of hearing Will Chase sing live, but... oh my gosh... when he opened his mouth and let out that first note, I was actually in awe... from there I knew that I'd be enjoying this performance. :) I REALLY liked Matt Caplan as Mark and though he doesn't have the typical "Mark" looks (he was a little too athletically built) his voice was glorious and his acting was terrific. :) All in all I really enjoyed it. :)

So ends my theatre trip here in NYC... :( It seemed to have gone so fast. :( Mark & I are already making plans to come back sometime in May... We have to see Jersey Boys, Barefoot in the Park (which has always been my favorite Neil Simon play!!!), and Pajama Game. :) We leave for our 12 hour flight home at around noon tomorrow. Hope you all have a nice evening. :) Big *HUGS* and thanks to all of you for putting up with my travel entries all week long! :) Big *HUGS* to all of you!

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