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15 January 2006 @ 01:02 am
A Norbert-less "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and interesting "dinner theatre" ;)  
Our day was mostly filled with seeing shows today. We both got up much too late eat breakfast (or lunch, for that matter) and ended up going straight to the Imperial to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. When I picked up our tickets the guy at the box office said, "You know Norbert Leo Butz is out..." Mark and I contemplated trying to switch our tickets for the Sunday evening performance so we could see Norbert in the role... honestly we just didn't think it would be the same without him... and maybe try to get SRO tickets for the matinee of Jersey Boys instead... But we ended up going to see the show - with no Norbert.

The show was hysterical! Everyone in the cast was hilarious - from John Lithgow to Gregory Jbara to Sherie Rene Scott. Even the understudy for Norbert (Joe Cassidy) was very good... true, he wasn't Norbert and after seeing and loving the show, Mark and I were extremely sad that we missed the opportunity to see him in the role. :( After the show we hung around for a bit. John Lithgow came out briefly to sign autographs, but went back in very quickly since it was raining pretty hard. The only other person who came out was Gregory Jbara - who was incredibly sweet and gracious. He found out that we were from Hawaii and he told us how he had just met some people from Diamond Head Theatre who came down to see the show. I took a picture with him and he thanked us for coming to see him in "such lovely" weather (it was raining quite hard while we stood there waiting for him to come out.) :) He was VERY sweet and I'm so glad I got the opportunity to meet him. :)

After Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Mark & I went to a great Chinese restaurant on 9th Avenue to meet bigrivermusical for dinner. The food was great and it was a nice chance to meet bigrivermusical! :) It was so nice to speak with someone else who has a deep love for theatre. :)

While we were eating, we had a bit of "dinner theatre" in the restaurant. A client was arguing with one of the workers, claiming she was rude to his friend when he called in the order. At first we all tried to ignore all the yelling, but when he started saying things like, "I hope all your hair falls out" and gave her a "raspberry" we couldn't help but look at each other incredulously. It all became rather amusing...

After dinner we all walked over to the Eugene O'Neill to see Sweeney Todd. :) It was the first "new" musical of the this season that we're seeing. It was creepy and eerie and everything that Sondheim probably envisioned when it was written... Patti LuPone was terrific as Mrs. Lovett and Michael Cerveris... *SIGH*... I'm not sure when I came upon this, but not only is he an immensely talented performer, but he's also EXTREMELY attractive... at least I think so. :)

The actors themselves were the orchestra, playing individual instruments throughout the show. And while that was a unique approach to the staging of this show, at times I felt as though it took away from the emotion of the piece. I did enjoy the show a lot though and I thought the performances were outstanding!

Tomorrow we have the matinee of Spamalot and then Rent at night... then we get ready to fly home. :( The trip seemed to go all too quickly. :( Where did the five days go?

Hope you're all having a nice weekend. I have only a couple of trip pictures to end with today (it was far too rainy to take pictures outdoors!)

Gregory Jbara was SUCH a sweetheart! :) He was the nicest person I met at the stage door this trip! :)

Yay for finally getting to meet bigrivermusical! :)
Current Mood: satisfiedsatisfied
Current Music: "Great Big Stuff" - DRS
ilenebook on January 15th, 2006 06:10 am (UTC)
Looks like you are having a blast! Wonderful!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 15th, 2006 06:23 am (UTC)
Thanks, we're having so much fun, we don't want to go home on Monday! :P This vacation went all too fast! :(
ilenebook on January 15th, 2006 06:30 am (UTC)
It strikes me as funny that most people want to go on vacation where you live and you want to go to NY. I really believe the cliche' that time flies when you are having fun. Will your flight home be non-stop or do you fly to CA first. Long flight either way.
Jet lag..gahhhh!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 15th, 2006 06:33 am (UTC)
Haha! It reminds me of when I tell people I'm from Hawaii and they ask me, "Where do YOU go on vacation?" and I tell them, "There!" ;)

It's going to be a long flight home! :P We fly to Chicago, then to San Francisco, then to Honolulu (a total of 12 hours or so of flying time!) Blech! And phooey on the jet lag! :(
I'm so cool too bad I'm a loser: (drs) come on - let's dince.audienceawaits on January 15th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
We saw Joe Cassidy too and I thought he was excellent! Although, we went in knowing (a long time ahead) that Norbert was out, so maybe we were so fully prepared that I wasn't let down at all.

I <3 Gregory Jbara so much! He is the sweetest man alive!

Hooray for another positive day in the city. I can't believe you only have the one day left - that's crazy! But enjoy it! :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 15th, 2006 06:27 am (UTC)
I have to say, Joe Cassidy was very good in the role! And I knew about Norbert's vocal nodes so chances were pretty good that he wouldn't be there. I still can't help but wonder how great his performance would have been, though.

John Lithgow came out of the stage door briefly to sign autographs and then went back in immediately (it was raining so hard outside.) Gregory Jbara was the only other one who came out and he was incredibly gracious with everyone! Now I see what everyone loves so much about him - he's just SO nice!!

Only one day left! :( Mark & I are already planning our next trip back there! We just HAVE to see Jersey Boys! :)
I'm so cool too bad I'm a loser: (nyc) times squareaudienceawaits on January 15th, 2006 06:40 am (UTC)
I think he's a pretty awesome guy and I did really like him... Oh that's good, so you were pretty prepared as well. Who else did you see? Is Rachel York in it yet? or is it still Sherie? I would love to go back and see Jonathan Pryce and Rachel York!

That was nice of him to at least come out for a bit. That sucks a lot that it was raining though. :( But Greg really is just so amazing. He's just so lovely and kind and warm. I just adore him.

Oh no! One day... at least you have two shows! That's always a bonus. I hate when you're there on the last day and you grow through all the things that you would have loved to have seen. Our list of things to see in May is already too long for the amount of spots we have, so I already sense the pain. haha! :)
Sheri: Mark & Sheri 1999shutterbug93 on January 15th, 2006 06:49 am (UTC)
Rachel York isn't in the cast yet, it was still Sherie and she was great! :) I'd be interested in seeing Jonathan Pryce in the role too - but I'm glad that I got to see John Lithgow just once. :)

I hate when you're there on the last day and you grow through all the things that you would have loved to have seen.

Oh my gosh, we always do that! :P
karen: dirty rotten scoundrelswakedistracted on January 15th, 2006 07:04 am (UTC)
That's really too bad that you didn't get to see Norbert, but Joe Cassidy is great. We saw him the second time we went, and I thought he did a very good job of attempting to fill Norbert's shoes. :) And I'm so glad you had the opportunity to meet Gregory Jbara. He's one of the nicest people I've ever met at the stage door. What a wonderful, classy guy. And he's so cute in the show!

I'm really intrigued by Sweeney Todd. I think we're going to try to see it when we go! I also think Michael Cerveris is attractive, btw. :) (And so talented!)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 16th, 2006 04:56 am (UTC)
I have to agree that Joe was great in the role, after our initial disappointment that Norbert was out, we really enjoyed the show with Joe Cassidy. :) And Gregory Jbara was so great in the show and at the stage door. He was just so warm and friendly to everyone!

Sweeney was great for all the wonderful performances (and the interesting concept of having the actors play their own instruments.) It wasn't as gorey a I had anticipated it to be... but it was still pretty eerie.
Όμορφη καρδιάqueenstacey_25 on January 15th, 2006 09:17 am (UTC)
I could only dream of going to see theater there!

I adore musicals, and really any play in general! I miss being in them as well! Sigh!

I'm so glad you are having fun!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 16th, 2006 04:58 am (UTC)
Oh I hope you're able to come out here one day to see theatre, Stacey! It's so invigorating to see such talent on stage! :)
Όμορφη καρδιάqueenstacey_25 on January 16th, 2006 06:08 am (UTC)
I can only imagine... I get that when when I see dinner theater here! HA!
Care: smile by mecareleswhisper on January 15th, 2006 12:18 pm (UTC)
Each day seems to be as good as the first! I hope your last day is just as grand! YAY for being able to meet a friend. I think that would make a trip even more fun! It's so cool to be able to put a real person to someone you know off of LJ. :D

It rained here too. The rain didn't seem to ruin your evening though and that's all that matters. :D
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 16th, 2006 05:04 am (UTC)
I really enjoy meeting LJ friends! And Kaoru was just so sweet! :)

Has it been raining there a lot? I've been wondering how the weather was going to be when we get there in a couple of weeks. :)
the36thchamber on January 15th, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC)
How sweet that you were able to meet an LJ friend, Love it... and *sigh* NYC, gotta love it :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 16th, 2006 05:05 am (UTC)
I love NYC, Mark & I have decided we can't wait a whole year to go back, we have to go again this year (as soon as we can save the money again!) :P
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on January 15th, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
Sheri it was so nice to meet you in person at last! This version of Sweeney was really different wasn't it? And the theatre was PACKED!

I hope you will have another great day in NYC and we'll see each other on 30th! :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 16th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
The theatre was SO crowded!! Mark & I tried looking for you after the show, but it was so cold and everyone was pushing us out of the door, we finally gave up and ran back to the hotel. Glad you made it back safely!

Have a safe trip home and I'll see you in a few weeks! :)
Sabine: Mickisabine10 on January 15th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
Often when it's a nice time the end of it comes too quickly. I'm glad that you had a nice time and I hope you enjoyed the Sunday, too. To meet a LJ friend sounds very nice to me and I think it would be a highlight for me. It's a great photo of you two. :)

We still have nice weather but it's cold as soon as the sun is gone. Like Lukas said - we had snow if it would rain now. :)

Big *hugs* to you, Sheri! :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 16th, 2006 05:10 am (UTC)
This trip went by all too fast! :( It was so nice to meet Kaoru! :) I love meeting my LJ friends, they're really all such great people. :)

Today was 21 degrees! All the water from the rain froze into ice and the streets were VERY slippery! It was pretty dangerous to walk all around town today! It snowed last night, but we didn't seem to catch any snow falling today. :(

Big *HUGS* to you, Sabine!
defygravity73 on January 16th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
Norbert is still out? Wow! He's been out for a while. I heard he was going to try and make it back for John Lithgow's last show - I have no clue when that is though.

DRS is hysterical, right? I laughed so hard during that show.

And the cast is very friendly.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 18th, 2006 08:06 am (UTC)
Unfortunately Norbert was out the day I saw DRS... :( Poor guy. Thankfully Joe Cassidy was great in the role, but I would've really loved to have seen Norbert. :(

I LOVED DRS!!! The show has made a new fan (albeit, pretty late...)

I only got to meet Gregory Jbara, but he was just the sweetest person! :D