September 30th, 2008

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Last theatre post for NYC... "39 Steps," "In The Heights", and "13" (again!)

So I finally made it home. After 18 hours of traveling, I'm back home to Mark, my own comfy bed, and our humid, humid weather. Before I head off to work this morning, I wanted to quickly recap the last of the 17 shows I saw during this NYC trip! :)

The 39 Steps

On Saturday night I met up with the gang and we headed down to the Cort Theatre to see "The 39 Steps" - I'd heard so much about it and was very anxious to see the show! The girls were big fans of Jennifer Ferrin from back in her ATWT days, so it seemed there was something to make everyone happy. :)

The show was hysterical and very cleverly staged... with only 4 actors playing all the roles it was amazing to see them transform into another character simply by putting on another hat or taking off a coat. The four actors had INCREDIBLE physical comedy skills - there was a scene where they were staging a chase scene on a train and their body movements and sound effects were incredible! I felt like there was actual motion!

After the show, the girls wanted to wait for Jennifer Ferrin and get a group photo. As I've said, if I don't know anyone in the cast, it's VERY hard for me to wait at the stage door. She was very nice, though and found out that everyone was ATWT fans and gladly took a group photo with all of us.

In The Heights

On Sunday, I decided to give up my bowling tickets to see "In The Heights" again - because it was such an amazing show, that I couldn't leave NYC and NOT see it one last time. I was lucky enough to be able to get Center ORCH, ROW G seats! The show was INCREDIBLE from close up - I could see the expressions on everyone's faces SO much more and it was ten times better than the first time I'd seen it.

I was literally sobbing toward the end of the second act and could hear people sobbing around me... It was something about being able to see Lin-Manuel Miranda's face close up and his expression at the end the finale that really got to me. It's SUCH an amazing show and I'm SOOOO glad that I got to see it a second time.


My final show of my NYC trip was "13" again at the Jacobs Theatre. There were SO many changes since I'd seen it just a week ago and it was very interesting to see how the show was evolving!

When I'd seen it last week, the show was 2 hrs and 15 minutes with a 15 min intermission. But on Sunday night, the show was only 90 minutes with no intermission. There were about 3 songs that were cut from the show... which I think worked better. I liked some of the songs that were cut but I agree that they really didn't help to move the storyline along too much.

Allie Trimm is growing on me as Patrice - she has a beautiful voice... but I still think she's portraying Patrice a little too sweet for my taste. I still prefer Sara's no-nonsense portrayal... But perhaps that's just the way I see Patrice...

I saw Delaney Moro as Kendra on Sunday (I saw her understudy last week) and she seemed to "fit" the role a bit better than her understudy... though Liana Ortiz was adorable in the role last week.

I'm so glad that I got to see the show in LA (with the cast that I did) and then again in the first week of previews and right before opening night. It's always so interesting to see how a new musical evolves over time. :)

So that concludes my theatre portion of my NYC trip - it was a wonderful week and a half in the city and I'm finally home. Part of me knows that with the new fuzzy baby in our lives, I won't have the funds or the time to do as much theatre traveling as I would like for a while... but I do plan to try to get out to either LA or NYC in mid-January and mid-February. :) We'll see what's going on at that time! :)

Big thanks to everyone who's put up with my theatre babbles! I'm off to get ready for a LOOOOONG day of work and having to face the BIG boss... :P
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