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12 November 2005 @ 05:54 pm
My mis-adventures at the Ahmanson Theatre :P & my quick impressions of "The Drowsy Chaperone"  
The title should probably more accurately be - "My Mis-adventures Trying to Find the Ahmanson!" :P I've only been there once before - to see Into The Woods before it went to Broadway in 2002 and I couldn't find the theatre then either! Today, as I was on my way to see The Drowsy Chaperone I got completely and utterly LOST. :( :( I was getting off exits and re-entering the freeway so much that I must've merged a dozen times... And I STILL couldn't find Temple St. :( Finally, when I was about to give up all hope and go home (my tickets were only $20 after all...) I looked up and what did I see in front of me? Temple Street!! Hallelujah! :) I was a little late for the show (and had to be seated with all the latecomers), but I made it! :)

The show was possibly one of the cutest that I've seen! It was funny, well staged, and SO creative! It was a musical within a musical and the best parts were the comments and quips by the narrator of the show - Bob Martin (who also wrote the book for the show). The story is his and he invites the audience to join him in his apartment as he plays the recording of his favorite musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone." We never find out too much about his character, because, perhaps it's a little bit of Bob himself. He's billed as "The Man In The Chair" and he controls all the action that's on stage. The humor is, at first, a little slapstick - however, it's the nature of the 1920's musical in the musical, but as the show progresses the humor becomes clever and witty and pretty irresistible. By the end of the show, I was laughing so hard I was in tears.

Sutton was great in the show as "The Bride." Being the trouper that she is, she performed with a cast on her wrist (which she broke during a rehearsal last week.) It was almost unnoticeable in the show - the choreography was even changed a little to accommodate her injury (she ended up doing one armed cartwheels - much to everyone's delight.) :) Georgia Engel (who was Georgette in Mary Tyler Moore) was in the show as well and provided a few comical moments. All in all it was a wonderful show and so far, the best that Ive seen on this trip. :)

Of course, I have yet to see The Wild Party, so I'm withholding judgment on exactly which was my favorite until then. :) I'm off to see Kevin sing in the Harold Arlen concert, please think good thoughts for me that I won't get lost going there! ;)
Current Mood: thankfulthankful to have found my way
Was I in it?alligatorandme on November 13th, 2005 02:00 am (UTC)
I really don't like that theatre, and I've only gotten there before in cabs. ;-)

Glad the show was so fun!
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on November 13th, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
I don't like that theatre too! :P It's just too close to some pretty bad neighborhoods for my taste. :[
I'm so cool too bad I'm a loser: (music) EVOC newaudienceawaits on November 13th, 2005 02:18 am (UTC)
That's sad about not finding the theatre, but at least you had a good time! :) I love Sutton... what a trooper! :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 13th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
I'm just SO happy I finally made it there! :) Imagine my surprise, just as I was about to give up, to see the street I needed right in front of me. :) And Sutton was wonderful in the show! :)
kathyselden on November 13th, 2005 04:54 am (UTC)
So thankful for the amazing review, especially in regards to Sutton and Georgia!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 13th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
They were both wonderful and the show was SO great! You definitely need to see it when it gets to Broadway! It's hysterical! :D
Daniel the California Highway Guy: musicalscahwyguy on November 13th, 2005 07:55 am (UTC)
I'm glad it was a good production. I have no trouble getting to the Ahmanson (always get off at the first exit after the 101 passes the 110), but parking is always a real pain... especially when all four theatres are having productions that start about the same time!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 13th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC)
It was wonderful, and it's still playing a bit longer here. I'd highly suggest seeing it (I think NSS&F would really get a kick out of it, too!) I think hottix are still available for just $20 for orchestra seats. :) And you're right, getting out of the Ahmanson parking lot is a HUGE pain! :(
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on November 15th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
OMG I can tell you the scariest experience trying to getting to Ahmanson for Big River! I ended up at a wrong part of the town! Luckily I made it but I just don't like to drive around there either.

I'm going to see Drowsey Chaperones too, thanks to you ;-) How was the Wild Party? I just got a half price tix for this week, yay!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 15th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)
Me too! Oh my gosh when I saw that I was driving around Normandie Street, I knew I was in the wrong side of town. :( I'm so glad I'm not the only one who has problems getting there! :(

I think you'll really enjoy "The Drowsy Chaperone!" It's hysterical and the performers are all so talented. :D

BTW, I see "Open Window" on Friday! :)
karmastyxkarmastyx on November 16th, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you found the theatre. :)

I just want to thank you so much Sheri for my package. When I opened it and read the letter it brought tears to my eyes. Not too many people would do something like that for me. I really enjoyed the book and dvd. The song is very touching. Thank you so much again. You are a great friend. Love ya!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 17th, 2005 01:43 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad that it got to you! :) I hope that you were able to have a nice time on your trip. I'm glad you're back, though. Big *HUGS* to you! Love you!