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13 November 2005 @ 08:01 am
I miss my hubby and fuzzy dog! :(  
I know I've only been in LA for three days, but already the trip is feeling rather long... :( When I spoke with Mark last night on the phone, he told me that the night I left, Sydney went wandering around the house looking for me. :( I miss them! I always love traveling, but the worst part is always being away from my wonderful family. :(

The Harold Arlen Concert

On a much happier note, the Harold Arlen concert last night was terrific! :) They had a silent auction in the lobby of the theatre and auctioned everything from signed posters of Avenue Q, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Spamalot to gift baskets filled with broadway dvds. :) I debated bidding on a couple of items, but all the posters were framed, and I realized it would be very hard to transport home. :P

As I was sitting in my seat, before the show started, I happened to notice two young women walk down the aisle, looking for their seats. It was Julie Ann! She was sitting about three rows down from me and off to the side. I immediately went up to say HI to her and she was her usual warm & wonderful self. :) She introduced me to her friend who she was with for the evening and we talked about the shows in the area. She told me that I should see The Wild Party (which I told her I was seeing on the 19th) and we talked for a bit about The Drowsy Chaperone and Sutton. :) I was REALLY happy to see her - she's just the sweetest person!

When I went back to my seat, I got into a conversation with the man behind me. He was very nice and he chatted about the concert and how he comes every year. Then, to my shock, he said, "You know who you should really look out for? Kevin Earley - I was here last time and he was phenomenal!" :O No prompting from me whatsoever, I swear!! :) We got to talking and I found out that he's been to my site before and he's a big Kevin fan! :) He was so nice to talk to! :)

THEN, at intermission, I happened to run into Sharon, from the Talkin' Broadway message board. She was sitting right across from me and we spent some time at intermission talking about the show and the performers. :) For a concert that I wasn't sure I wanted to go to, I sure did see / meet a lot of people.

Kevin was fantastic, as always. His number "Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home," was deep in the second act and I could tell he was giving the song his all. He got a rousing ovation and I just knew Julie and her friend were laughing because they could hear me cheering. ;) His song alone was worth the price of admission.

There were other numbers that I adored in the show as well. Alice Ripley had a cute rendition of "Push De Button" complete with a wonderful set of dancers (Brandon Alameda and Ray Garcia were two that I recognized!) :), Billy Porter was pretty amazing in his rendition of "The Dissertation on the State of Bliss", David Engel did a wonderful duet with Judy Garland (on a video screen above him) to "Get Happy," and finally Kevin Odekirk sang a beautiful rendition of "Right as the Rain" (so beautiful, in fact, that it had people checking their playbills when he was done to see who he was.) :)

Oops! Edited to add: I think that alligatorandme and bigrivermusical might appreciate this, but the entire show was being signed onstage by Jon Maher. He also did the last number "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" completely in ASL... It was beautiful!

After the Show...

When the show was done, I walked out with Sharon and spoke with her for a bit more. I wanted to wait around a bit to say BYE to Julie and to tell her to tell Kevin that he was wonderful, but sadly, she never came out. :( All the performers were in the back, starting a private reception for the VIP ticketholders (which I couldn't attend - I'm not rich enough to pay $250 a ticket!)

I assumed Kevin was backstage with everyone, so Sharon and I made our way to the parking lot... When all of a sudden, who should come bounding around the corner? It was Kevin! He came from around the building and he exclaimed, "HEY!" and gave me a huge hug when he saw me. I was still in shock as I introduced him to Sharon. I was SO not expecting to see him at all! We spoke about his CD (it's on iTunes now!) :) and his upcoming plans (which I can't mention yet, I just know I need to plan another theatre trip when I go home!) ;)

It was just SUCH a lovely evening!! From the wonderful concert, to seeing everyone there (especially Kevin!) :)I'm SO glad that I decided to go!! :D Today I'm taking it easy for a bit until my Ovation Award orientation this afternoon, then I'm off to the Colony to see The Grand Tour again. :) Hope you're all having a nice Sunday! *HUGS*
 
 
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Daniel the California Highway Guy: musicalscahwyguy on November 13th, 2005 04:07 pm (UTC)
THEN, at intermission, I happened to run into Sharon, from the Talkin' Broadway message board. She was sitting right across from me and we spent some time at intermission talking about the show and the performers. :) For a concert that I wasn't sure I wanted to go to, I sure did see / meet a lot of people.

So, did you ask Sharon why they can't get the list of theatre in LA updated for 2005-2006?

They should also consider using us for insider reviewers or short reviews... you and I write enough of them :-)

I'm glad you got to see Kevin and Julie, and that the show was great.
Sheri: Julie / Kevin - photo by Sherishutterbug93 on November 13th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC)
So, did you ask Sharon why they can't get the list of theatre in LA updated for 2005-2006?

Heehee... no, I didn't. I know Sharon is so busy with work and seeing shows. I'm just really thankful for her weekly "This Week's LA THEATRE" posts. :) And her reviews, I love reading her reviews about shows I can't get out to see. :)

I'm so glad I got to see them too, they are truly among the sweetest people I know. :)
I'm so cool too bad I'm a loser: (les mis) one more day!audienceawaits on November 13th, 2005 06:46 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! That sounds wonderful. I'm so glad you got to see Kevin - that is fantastic!! :)
Sheri: Sheri & Kevinshutterbug93 on November 14th, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC)
I was so happy to see him - but so prepared not to! I looked a mess! :P
karen: carrie and bigwakedistracted on November 13th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had an amazing night! I hope you continue to have a great time; I love reading about your trips. :D
Sheri: Julie / Kevin - photo by Sherishutterbug93 on November 14th, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC)
It was SUCH a great concert and seeing Julie and Kevin just added to the wonderful-ness of the whole evening! :D
Carriecarrieh on November 13th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
Not had chance to catch up with journals very much, so didn't know you were in LA. Certainly sounds like you're having fun.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 14th, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Carrie. I'll be here for a while... :( Luckily I brought along my trusty laptop (and if the hotel's wireless access would only work, I'd be fine). And I'm having a great time, thanks so much! :)
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on November 13th, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences with us - I really love to read about your trip. Sounds like that you have a nice time and I hope it will go on this way. :)

Big *hugs* to you, Sheri.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 14th, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks so much, Sabine! I'm sorry I haven't been around too much recently (been running all around for days!) :( Hope you're doing well!

Thanks for your sweet comments and I hope you have a nice week. *HUGS*
Was I in it?: asl: ALLIGATOR AND MEalligatorandme on November 14th, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)
*appreciates*

Thanks for that! :-)

Sounds like you're having a blast!
Sheri: Kevin 2001 headshotshutterbug93 on November 14th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I am! Even better that I actually got to see Kevin on this trip.. Woo hoo for that! :)
lindasings on November 14th, 2005 09:07 am (UTC)
It sounds so far your trip has been great (transportation issues aside). I'm delighted to hear both Kevins got such a good reception. You'll get to see Kevin Odekirk at the Ovations. He's part of the group nominated for "Best Ensemble" for "Songs For a New World."

I hope we get a chance to talk a bit there. Either way, we'll get some "quality time" together on Friday.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 14th, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)
Kevin Odekirk has a gorgeous voice!! He's VERY easy on the eyes, too! :D

I hope I'll get the chance to say HI to you tonight! (I'm really not too sure, though since we'll be running around all evening!) But I do look forward to seeing you on Friday. Where shall we meet for dinner? :D
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on November 15th, 2005 05:35 pm (UTC)
Glad to know you had a great time and met Kevin too! And yes, interpretation via ASL is great too :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 15th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC)
It was beautiful, I spent most of my time watching the translator than I did some of the singers. ;)