Sheri (shutterbug93) wrote,

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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! ;)
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