April 30th, 2007

Sleeping Beauty Wakes

My last day in LA...

...again, not wanting to jinx myself, I will not say the traditional "I wish I could stay" since the last time I did this, I actually missed my flight home and DID stay... :P I'll simply say that I'm glad that I made the trip and it was certainly a great weekend of theatre!

Sleeping Beauty Wakes - for the last time!

It was sort of sad for me to say good bye to this show. Of all the shows that I've seen Kevin in, this was the most visually special... Meaning I can't buy a cast recording of the show or anything because the beauty lies not only in the beautiful score, but also in the beautiful interpretation of the signing in the show. Something I won't be able to re-live through a cast recording... :(

Saw the show again from a different side of the theatre and it was just as wonderful. The midnight "swim in the moat" scene has got to be THE MOST beautiful scene in the entire show! I think out of all the scenes, it's the one I'm going to miss the most... It's so incredibly beautiful and expressive that it doesn't need words at all! I certainly hope that this show has a life beyond Culver City because it would be a shame if I had to rely on my feeble memory to keep that scene with me...

Russell was captivating as always yesterday... I swear, the man simply lights up the stage whenever he's on it - whether he's the center of attention or not. That's the mark of true stage presence, I think. I certainly hope this is not the last time I'll be able to see him on stage - he's got SOOO much talent that if he doesn't pursue a stage career - or at least a career in the entertainment industry, it would be a real shame!

After the show I had a nice long talk with Kevin. We spoke about his family, Baxter (who sadly is getting very old and can no longer hear) :(, and his nephews - who I was surprised were so grown up now. Speaking of them, I told him I remembered when Jodi was pregnant with his first nephew - it was during "Spitfire Grill" - and I told him that I'd been seeing his shows for over 6 years now. OVER SIX YEARS? That's almost unbelievable!! It tickled me that his response to that was to laugh and applaud me with a little "Woo hoo!" :)

The entire conversation made me realize why I do the things that I do for Kevin and why, after all these years I still travel so far to see his shows. At times it feels like we're incredibly far out of touch, but the nice thing is that we can always sit down and talk, no matter how long its been and things between us will not have changed... I've missed knowing that.


Went to see "Beehive" later that evening and it was wonderful! The part of the show that always has me in tears is a beautiful moment before the end of the first act... "The Beat Goes On..." It's incredibly moving the way they integrate the song with narration of the most heartbreaking moments of the 60's - President Kennedy's assassination, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, the vietnam war... SOOO incredibly moving that by the time the lights go down on the first act, everyone is basically in tears, it's that powerful!

Today I'm spending my day packing and getting ready to fly out. It's been a wonderful, wonderful trip - filled with SUCH moving and beautiful theatre moments. :) When I left, I said that this is what I really needed - especially after what's been happening the past couple of months... and I was right - though, at the time, I could never have known just how much it could've helped. Thank you to everyone who put up with and actually read through all my long entries this weekend!! I'll leave you all with some last photos I took at "Sleeping Beauty Wakes". :) HUGS!

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