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19 February 2006 @ 09:08 pm
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
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: "Are You One of Them?" - It Came From Beyond
kathyselden on February 20th, 2006 05:29 am (UTC)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 20th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC)
She was SO great - she's absolutely hysterical!! I love seeing her in shows in LA!! :)
ajayne on February 20th, 2006 05:34 am (UTC)

Just popping over to say Hi! :) I hope you're able to get your much needed rest soon.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 20th, 2006 05:42 am (UTC)
Hi *waves back* :)

Thanks so much, Andrea! Hopefully I'll be able to get some decent rest tonight! :)

BTW, have I told you that your icon is hilarious? I know you've been using it for a while, but I just read it completely the other night... :)
ajayne on February 22nd, 2006 06:24 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you, Sheri! :) I saw that icon and had to have it because I loved the little cartoon of it.

Did you get any decent rest?
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on February 20th, 2006 05:54 am (UTC)
Yay, I'm going to see Never Gonna Dance next week and I'm more looking forward to it after reading your comment :) Did you meet David/Tami after the show? Do you know where the stagedoor is? I really want to see David and say hi as we have a mutual friend :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 20th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
It was a wonderful show. :) I think you'll really enjoy it - aside from everything that I mentioned, the costumes were absolutely gorgeous (as were the great sets!) First rate production all the way! I did get to see and speak with Tami briefly after the show - she's the sweetest person! The stagedoor at the Carpenter's Center is the lefthanded entrance to the theatre - you can wait inside the theatre and off to the side (right by the stairs which lead to the seats) - the actors exit through the theatre... Saw David, but didn't speak with him - I'm actually too shy to approach actors I don't know. :}
the girl who's a goddessvsprtn on February 20th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
David Engel is le hott.
Way back when, I almost had the opportunity to be his dresser. Unfortunately, he couldn't do the project. :-(
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 20th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
*SIGH* He IS! Oh my... You should see Never Gonna Dance - he's so AMAZING in the role! It's a shame that the project didn't pan out for him (and you.) He seems like the sweetest man too.