Sheri (shutterbug93) wrote,

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Never Gonna Dance bliss...

When I woke up this morning and looked in the mirror, I discovered that my eyes were completely bloodshot... I know that I haven't been getting much sleep lately, but I think all this "travel adrenaline" is masking all my exhaustion. The thought of a long drive to Long Beach (possibly in rain and heavy traffic) didn't sit too well with me and I debated skipping Never Gonna Dance altogether.

Luckily I didn't. It was one of the best choreographed shows that I had ever seen! Lee Martino (who won the Ovation Award last year for choreographing Guys & Dolls) is a genius! Her choreography is always dazzling and upbeat and I can spot it anywhere... I don't even have to look in the program to recognize her work. The show itself was the stage version of the old Fred Astaire movie Swing Time - and I ALMOST got the chance to see it on Broadway (sadly the tickets I purchased were for the day AFTER they closed - I kid you not, my timing sucks!) The show starred David *SIGH* Engel - as Lucky, Tami Tappan Damiano - as Penny, and Harriet Harris - as Mabel.

It was the first time I'd seen David in anything (except for the Harold Arlen benefit concert) - he was spectacular!! His comedic timing was perfect, his dancing was absolutely flawless... he was SO incredibly appealing in the role - he just ooozed charisma. Part of me is very sad though, because I know that no matter what starring role Kevin gets this year, no one will be able to compete with David for the Best Lead Actor in a Musical Ovation this year... He has it sewn up. His dance sequence in "I Won't Dance" should be all he really needs to get him that Ovation this year. And mark my words, Lee Martino will get her second Ovation this year for choreographing this show! :)

Tami was wonderful, as always, and it surprised me because I never knew she could dance like that. :) Unfortunately, it wasn't really a show that allowed her to showcase her beautiful voice too much (except for "Remind Me" in the second act) or her incredible acting talent. She showed much more versatility in City of Angels and I think, though she was wonderful in this show, she really didn't get the chance to show her true strengths.

I actually made it back to Glendale pretty quickly after the show (it only took me about 45 minutes to get back) and really, I could've made a 7pm curtain at the Colony... But I'm kind of glad that I have the evening free. I can catch up on emails, work on my websites, and maybe actually get some decent sleep. :) The "Fractured Broadway" concert is tomorrow - I am SO excited!!! Have a nice evening everyone!! :D
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