In the evening, I met up with cahwyguy and his family to see The Grand Tour at the Colony Theatre. We met for dinner beforehand and I got to finally meet him and his wonderful family. It was so nice to finally meet Daniel and to be able to converse with someone with such an extensive knowledge of musical theatre. Hopefully we'll all be able to meet up again on one of my future theatre trips to LA. :)
The show itself was an enjoyable musical - funny at times, touching at others - with a great cast... Jason Graae was S.L. Jacobowsky, a sensitive and intelligent Jewish man who, during the midst of WWII, is trying to flee from the German army. Together with a gruff and headstrong Polish Colonel, Stjerbinsky (John Ganun) and his beautiful French girlfriend, Marianne (Tami Tappan Damiano) - the three travel on a secret mission to St. Nazaire. Along the way, they encounter and evade the German army, get wrangled into performing an unlikely circus act, meet people they will never forget, and grow to have a newfound admiration for each other in the process.
The cast was all incredibly strong, but Jason Graae, in particular, stole the show. His sensitivity and comedic timing were perfect for the role and everything about him made him perfectly suited to play Jacobowsky. I've always loved Tami in everything I've seen her in since seeing her in My Way with Kevin back in February. She was wonderful in this show (as was John Ganun - who I first saw in Most Happy Fella with Kevin,) but all the characters seemed to take a backseat to Jason Graae - it was really his show. This was the first time I'd ever seen Jason Graae on stage (I'd only previously seen him host the Robby Awards each year) and I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of his characterization.
Edited to add: I forgot to mention one of the most thrilling parts of the evening was actually getting to see Jerry Herman (who wrote the music and lyrics) sitting in the audience!
As I've mentioned in previous posts, The Colony Theatre (a place where I spent most of my 2002 year) is sadly not the same theatre that it used to be. :( Though their productions are still very first rate, somehow the atmosphere there is different, and although pictures of Nick, Julie, Misty, and Kevin all line the walls from previous productions - it seems as though all the warmth of the theatre when they occupied it is gone. I miss Anjali and I miss walking in and feeling that warm, homey feeling. :(
Today I'm going to run a few errands then it's off to the Ahmanson to see The Drowsy Chaperone and then to Cal State Los Angeles to see Kevin in the Harold Arlen concert. I don't think I'll try to stay after the show to see Kevin this time - there's a post concert reception, but it's only limited to those who purchased the premium tickets. I'm just as happy to go just to hear him sing - even if it is just one song. :)
I'm off to Trader Joe's, hope you're all having a nice weekend! :)