May 15th, 2007

Misty Cotton

"Home again, home again jiggity jig..."

My title above was brought to you by my four hours of watching RayK-isms on due South on the lovely plane ride home... :P I feel as though I'm living some sort of hybrid life. When I'm at home and working - all I think about is wanting to go to LA (not only for the theatre, but I really like LA and the places in the area as a whole) and when I'm in LA, all I think about is wanting to be at home... :P

Last night, walking through the Honolulu International Airport, I was struck with just how much I miss home when I'm away. I constantly miss Mark & Sydney (that's a given) but I didn't realize how much the colorful gaudy flowery "Aloha" signs in the airport give me a warm and fuzzy feeling. Oddly, the most corny tourist things - the colorful fake flower leis in the airport, the tikis for sale in the gift shop, even the insane Hawaiian elevator music playing over the loud speakers... somehow gave me the comforting feeling of home last night - and I was glad to be back. :)

Seeing Misty in Annie Get Your Gun

I love seeing Misty in anything she does, but she was just INCREDIBLE in this show! I've never seen her in a comedy and I was so surprised at how hysterical she is. I admit that my first thought was that Annie was a rather dated and cliche musical and the only reason I was so excited to see it was to see Misty's (no doubt) fabulous performance. But I have to say, the entire show was just so entertaining - I couldn't help but love it.

From the moment the curtain went up (and even before that - the curtain speech by James Blackman was the first that I'd seen that was completely and utterly entertaining in and of itself) I was entranced. The performances were first rate, the scene changes were wonderfully mastered, and the dialogue was SO witty and hysterical I was in alternating stages of giggles and hearty laughter the whole night. Peter Stone (who I've loved - since my addiction to 1776) re-wrote the book - and, in my opinion, completely makes the show. Gone is most of the distastful racial humor from the original book and in its place is a hysterical show within a show that cleverly combines the plot with a rousing stage show.

And the performances were just wonderful!! I've always loved Misty in everything that she's done... she has a way of pulling you into her scenes. Besides being an amazing singer, she's SUCH an incredible actress. I usually see her in dramatic roles, and I think this is the first time that I've really gotten the opportunity to see her in a comedy. SHE WAS HYSTERICAL!! Her body language was wonderful (and not overdone in the least) and her comedic timing and delivery of the witty dialogue was perfect! It may have well been THE BEST performance I've ever seen of hers.

Why I adore Misty...

And it was SO NICE to see Misty after the show! It's been such a long since I've seen her on stage. In fact the last time I'd seen her at all was in October at the Wonderettes and Beehive, and the last time I saw her perform was probably in Last 5 Years... and that seemed like ages ago. :P We had such a nice talk - Misty is one of those people who I could not see for months and still pick up nearly the same place we left off when we last spoke. One of the many reasons I adore her.

And it surprised me, but after nearly six years of knowing her, it was the first time that we'd ever taken a picture together. Seeing the show and seeing Misty was definitely the best end to my weekend that I could've ever imagined! :)

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And now, though it's lovely to be home (I've missed the hubby and fuzzy dog SO much!) I know I have to face the evilness that is my job... *SIGH*

Hope you're all having a lovely week! HUGS!
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