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28 May 2006 @ 10:16 am
Wonderful Grease!!!  
Just a quick, but not-so-short update from LA to mention probably THE NICEST theatre experience that I have ever had! It, of course, was all thanks to Bets who has got to be the sweetest, warmest person ever! Yesterday I was fortunate enough to see two showings of Grease at Fullerton Civic Light Opera. And while the story is one that we're all familiar with, the music and the staging of this particular show was VERY different than I expected it to be.


Starting at the high school reunion of the class of 1959, the stage version contained songs I'd never heard before ("Mooning," "Alone at the Drive In Movie," and "Choked Up") and was missing songs we'd all become familiar with in the movie version ("Hopelessly Devoted to You," "Sandy," and "You're the One That I Want.") I'd never seen the stage production before so it was very interesting to see the differences between it and the movie. :)

The cast was OUTSTANDING!! Of course, I may be biased, but Bets as Rizzo was probably the strongest member of the cast. She was funny and outspoken, very tough, but what I loved was that she gave Rizzo a real vulnerable side, in fact, her "There Are Worst Things I Could Do" was truly one of the best and most heartbreaking numbers in the show. And talk about perfect casting... when she walked out onstage, everything about her from her stature to her demeanor looked like a little Stockard Channing (but better.) :) Lowe Taylor was also wonderful as Jan and had such a lovely voice! :) Brian Brigham was a great Danny Zuko, but OH.MY.GOSH... everything about him (looks, voice, acting style, mannerisms, etc.) reminded me SO MUCH of Chad Brannon... I had to keep reminding myself that it was Brian on that stage and not actually Chad! ;) The entire cast was very strong, but I really think that Bets, Lowe, and Brian really stood out.


After the show, I went to say HI to Bets and the stage door was PACKED!! I'd never been to a show where there were SO many people waiting to see the actors come out (it may have even rivaled a Broadway show!!) I got to meet Lowe, who I'd met briefly online at MySpace this past week. She was VERY sweet and very lovely to speak with! :)

Bets was so busy that evening - there were so many people there to see her that I didn't know if I should wait around or just go back to the hotel (I'd seen her briefly after the matinee that day and I was very self-conscious about over-staying my welcome there - since that's a fear I always have whenever I stand at the stage door...) But I really have to say, Bets is just the warmest, sweetest person that I know!! She invited me to go out with them for drinks - and I SO would've gone had I not been completely dead from the stupid red-eye flight from the night before! :( Then she took me backstage to see her dressing room. It may seem odd, but in all the years that I've been seeing people in shows, this was the very first time that someone actually invited me backstage. I got to meet her dresser who was nice enough to take some photos of us on the set and I got to meet the stage manager and her husband. :) It was SUCH a lovely evening and it was all thanks to Bets, who is - BY FAR - one of the sweetest people that I've been fortunate enough to get to know!! I just adore her!!

Here are a couple of the pictures that we took last night (I sure hope the ones from Bets' camera turned out better - she looks lovely as always, but I look completely exhausted in these!) :P

Here we are sitting in front of the mirror Sandy uses in "Raining on Prom Night."
Bets looks wonderful here - I, however, look half dead - darn those red-eye flights! :(

Here we are sitting on the stairs - which was on the main set for the show.
I had SO much fun, Bets is just SO wonderful!!

Today I'm driving to Hollywood to see Misty in "Little Egypt" and then I'm meeting Linda for dinner and a showing of "Me Too" at the Stella Adler theatre. It should be a lovely day!! :) Hope you're all having a nice weekend!! Big *HUGS*

Edited to add: I just got an email from Kevin - he's been cast as Billy in "Anything Goes!!" Woo Hoo!! Now to see if I can swing a trip out here to see that!! :D WHAT A GREAT WEEKEND it's been!! :D :D
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Michael Corleyclivec on May 28th, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
You're rubbin' elbows with starts.

It must be fun to live and breathe so much theater.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on May 29th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
*SIGH* ... I love theatre!! When I'm away from it for any prolonged period of time, I start to go through serious withdrawals. :P
I'm so cool too bad I'm a loser: (snf) night fever! bwayaudienceawaits on May 28th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
Aww, that sounds FANTastic! Those pictures are great, too! She absolutely looks like Stockard Channing, now that you say that. :) Oh, I love weekends like this that are just filled with so much happiness - keep having fun! :)
Sheri: Bets - in Honky Tonk Laundryshutterbug93 on May 29th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks Gill! :) I couldn't believe how much Bets looked like Stockard Channing when she stepped out on stage! :) It was SUCH a great weekend - I'm SO exhausted, but it was so worth it! :)
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on May 28th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that it sounds like that you had a great time. :) Hope it will continue this way! I always love to hear about your experiences and to get to know your thoughts about the shows. The photos are great, I especially like the second one - you two truly look wonderful.

Big *hugs* to you, Sheri! :)
Sheri: Bets - as Hildy in On The Townshutterbug93 on May 29th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
The weekend was absolutely wonderful!! :) The shows and seeing people I adore... I'm so tired, but it's all really been worth it! :D Thanks for your kind comment on the pictures - I looked pretty exhausted in them, but Bets always looks so nice!!
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Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on May 29th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
Big *HUGS* to you, Angela!! You're too sweet and much too kind!! *MUAH!*
karen: gavin creelwakedistracted on May 28th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
Those are such cute pictures! How lovely to have the chance to go backstage! I'm so glad you're having such a wonderful time...and I hope everything continues to go well! :)
Sheri: Bets - as Hildy in On The Townshutterbug93 on May 29th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks so much, Karen!! :) The weekend was so wonderful... I'm SO glad that I made the trip out here!!! :) It was SO wonderful to see everyone - and Bets is just a real sweetheart!!
the36thchamber on May 29th, 2006 01:56 am (UTC)
OK, damn, how often are you out here in LA... seriously now, next time, we need to do sushi or something, seriously.... I mean, seriously.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on May 29th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
Haha!! I'm here quite a bit, but only for a very short time each visit. :P We do need to get together one day!! I'll be in LA for a couple of days for the next few months... :)