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16 July 2006 @ 09:19 am
Cute puppies, INCREDIBLE performances, and seeing lovely people!! :) (Another GREAT day in LA!)  
I did it again... I got sucked into the cuteness of the puppies at the pet store. Being a little early for the matinee of "tick, tick...BOOM!" I took some time to walk around Beverly Center (which is right across the street) and fell in love with a little pomeranian puppy who kept coming over to me and yawning. :) She was the cutest thing... If I had stayed there for a minute longer I might've had to try to explain to Mark why Sydney suddenly became an older sister... ;)

This puppy kept yawning for me!! :D

tick, tick...BOOM!

Started my fabulous theatre day with tick, tick...BOOM! at the Coronet Theatre... It was one of the best things that I've seen in a LONG time! The story, of course, is the story of Jonathan Larson (creator of RENT) and how he was beginning to panic because his 30th birthday was closely approaching and he hadn't achieved what he wanted to... Wilson Cruz (as Michael), Andrew Samonsky (as Jonathan), and Tami Tappan Damiano (as Susan) were INCREDIBLE!! Tami's voice... can I just say it now? She can sing ANYTHING to shreds - she was amazing!! All the performances were really SO strong that I was so sad that the house was so empty... :( I was sitting in the front row - which was a little too close... I spent most of the show staring up people's nostrils (which Tami & I spoke about when I saw her after the show.)

Which brings me to what a warm person Tami is... I had debated whether I should stay to say HI to her because of the short period of time I had between shows, but I decided to stay and it was VERY worth it! I really think that Tami is the only person who I make a point to see after shows (who I DON'T do a website for...) She's always so warm and friendly and always teases me about my front row seats. :D I wish I could've stayed a little longer to talk with her, but sadly I had to run to head to Pasadena. :(

My stressful ride to Pasadena...

By the time I got out of the Coronet, it was already VERY close to 4pm - and I had less than an hour to make it through the Hollywood traffic (on a Friday during rush hour) and to Pasadena in time for the curtain of Julie's show (which started at 5pm.) It was INCREDIBLY stressful!! Especially because I don't know my way around the Beverly Hills/Hollywood area very well and spent a lot of time getting lost and confused! :( I've never sworn SO much in my entire life (I was beginning to give Kevin competition!) ;) When it was 4:45pm and I was STILL not out of the darn Hollywood area, I almost gave up hope that I'd make it there... Thankfully by some miracle, I was actually able to make it to the theatre 2 MINUTES before curtain!! I'm NEVER doing that again... It was just too stressful!!

I Do, I Do

Loved the show and Julie's performance!! It's been a while since I've seen Julie act in a dramatic role. True, the show was mostly a comedy, but it really did have its share of tender and heartbreaking moments as well. As always, Julie's physical comedy can't be beat... when she tried to pick up something that had fallen on the ground during her "8 months pregnant" scene - it was hysterical!! Especially loved how she played Agnes strong enough to be believable, yet vulnerable enough for us to really sympathize with her... she was just SO wonderful!!

Got to see cahwyguy and his lovely family for the show that evening and even though we weren't sitting together, they said they knew that I must've arrived in time because they heard me scream for Julie. ;) As always Julie was such a pleasure to speak with after the show!! She showed me a picture of her new puppy on her phone and we spoke a lot about re-designing her site... I created it SO LONG ago and I'm really looking forward to changing the design. :) I love Julie, she's always SUCH a pleasure to see!!

The Last 5 Years

Oh my gosh, what a brilliant production that was!! I'd seen the show earlier this year with Jason Robert Brown and Julia Murney at Reprise which was amazing in itself, but this production really added SO MUCH more! Credit Nick for his wonderful vision of the show... the staging and use of personal photographs in the backdrop and well as a re-curring theme of the show - was really brilliant. I can't say enough how much I admire that man! He has talent beyond belief! It's a shame that I didn't get the chace to see him after the show this time on my trip. :( I just adore him!

Misty was phenomenal as Cathy and really, I think that her role was the hardest to play... She has to start off with SO much emotion in the beginning of the show with NOWHERE for it to build up from (since her character is re-telling their story in reverse.) Daniel Tatar, on the other hand, who was incredible in his own right as Jaime, has the time for his emotion to build throughout the show so that by the end, his emotion seems a natural progression. Misty is just SO talented... I can't even put it into words... her comedy, her emotion, her beautiful singing... Everything was absolutely perfect! I LOVED her "Summer in Ohio" (especially her little insect repellent bit...SO funny!) and whatever I've seen her in - she ALWAYS makes me cry!

Got to see Misty after the show and she was SUCH a dear, as always!! She was shocked that I'd seen SO many shows that day and was really touched that Tami had told me to tell her HI. :) Misty is SUCH a warm person and though I got to know her several years ago, it's been ages since I've been able to speak with her!! Really, she's one of my favorite people - but I still feel a little shy around her because I haven't seen her that much in a long time.

So ends one of the most lovely LA theatre days so far! Got to see all my favorite female performers (minus Bets!) :( I'm heading back to Long Beach today to see "Anything Goes." I'm debating whether to try to get rush tickets for the matinee today or if I should spend my time around town buying omiyage. :) We'll see how I feel. :) Hope you all have a lovely Sunday!! :D *HUGS*
Current Mood: tiredtired, but happy :)
karen: ryan david kevinwakedistracted on July 16th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
That puppy is so cute!

I'm glad you had such a great theatre-filled day, and that you were able to make it to all of your shows! I absolutely adore both ttB and The Last 5 Years! Such wonderful, wonderful shows. I'm so glad you saw fantastic productions of them. It is always really sad, though, when you see a fantastic show and the house is sparsely populated. It's so upsetting! :(

Have a great Sunday! :D
Sheri: Sheri & Nickshutterbug93 on July 16th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
Isn't she the cutest thing? She kept yawning at me, though... maybe I bored her? ;)

Oh, those two shows (and I Do, I Do) were WONDERFUL!!! Really, the cast and creative team makes ALL the difference. The casts of all those shows were so spectacular AND to see L5Y which was directed SO beautifully by Nick was SUCH a treat!!

lindasings on July 16th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
1. Puppy. Yeah, cute, sure... but don't ever, EVER buy a pup from a pet store. (Not that you were going to bring one back from CA, but still...) I did that once. The dog was psychotic. They pick them up cheap from puppy mills, which are horrible beyond belief. Don't support this.

2. TTB. Matinee attendance has been very disappointing. The evening shows are selling out, though. We're putting flyers in the programs for RENT, which plays next week at the Pantages. Hopefully that will bring in more audience. We've got a nifty promo with them next Saturday at The Grove (a mall in the Hollywood area). Both casts will be together, performing from the shows from noon to 12:30.

I agree about the front row. The fun thing about sitting there was when the cast took their curtain call. Tami did such a double take when she saw me!

3. The Marriage Musicals. They really sound special. I can't figure out why the producers didn't want to submit them for Ovation consideration.
Daniel the California Highway Guy: pasadena-playhousecahwyguy on July 16th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
Well, there was a good audience for ttB when when we saw it.

Interesting that the Marriage Musicals weren't submitted. (I Do, I Do was great). One problem with the Playhouse is they just don't know how to publicize their good thing.
lindasings on July 16th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
It's getting to be time we met!
(no, nothing to get your wife nervous... I have children close to your age, for God's sake!)

I've lurked around your blog for a while now (thanks to our mutual friend, Sheri), and we've got tons in common. Not only are we both theatre nuts, but you're a NoHo guy -- I'm a proud graduate of North Hollywood High. You go to TBH -- I was a member when Rabbi Jim was first hired.

I see you'll be at Last 5 Years on the 29th. Me too!! Any chance of a F2F?
Daniel the California Highway Guy: two-gentlemancahwyguy on July 17th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
Re: It's getting to be time we met!
(no, nothing to get your wife nervous... I have children close to your age, for God's sake!)

Well, why don't you give me an idea about your self, as your profile doesn't have much.

I've lurked around your blog for a while now (thanks to our mutual friend, Sheri), and we've got tons in common.

Then I'll friend you, and I encourage you to do the same (it makes it easier to comment)

Not only are we both theatre nuts, but you're a NoHo guy -- I'm a proud graduate of North Hollywood High. You go to TBH -- I was a member when Rabbi Jim was first hired.

Actually, I'm originally from the westside; my wife is the valley girl (Chatsworth, '75). We joined TBH two years ago, after Rabbi Sheryl Nosan left Temple Beth Torah. As for theatre nuts: guilty as charged, since I saw The Rothschilds in 1972.

I see you'll be at Last 5 Years on the 29th. Me too!! Any chance of a F2F?

Sure. Send me a way to contact you, and we'll talk. Email c/o livejournal.
Daniel the California Highway Guy: musicalscahwyguy on July 17th, 2006 12:32 am (UTC)
Re: It's getting to be time we met!
Also, I see you're out in Ventura... and you're Jewish. I'm curious if (by chance) you know our good friend Rabbi John Sherwood, or my cousins Jerry and Robin Faigin.
Daniel the California Highway Guycahwyguy on July 17th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)
Re: It's getting to be time we met!
I should also note: We'll be at the 9pm show on the 29th; that's our subscription time.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on July 16th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC)
1. I know what you mean about pet stores... though we got Sydney from Pet Central and well, you know that turned out. ;)

2. The actors announced the appearance at the Grove, which I'll be sorry to miss. Steven went Saturday night and said it was packed.

When they all came up to the end of the stage to sing "Louder Than Words" that's when Tami saw me and smiled... That's one of the reasons I really wanted to wait to see her after the show. How rude would that have been if she saw me there and I left?

3. Spoke with Steven on Friday night and he said they are available for Ovation Voters - in fact he got his two tickets reserved already.
lindasings on July 16th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
Pet stores: you were lucky. A friend of mine paid $200 for a cocker spaniel. When the vet said the pup had serious heart problems, he returned the dog and received a full refund. The next week he checked and saw the same pup back on sale.

Marriage plays: THANK YOU!!! I just made my reservation. (oboyoboyoboy!!!)
Mme Bahorel: assuredlynotmmebahorel on July 16th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
Daniel Tatar? OMG. I saw him ages ago (six years or so by now) in The Ballad of Little Jo at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. He came in for the last two weeks because one of the ensemble guys couldn't do the extension. He was better than the guy who left the show, and was very pleased to hear that a) there was a fan of the show (I saw it three times) and b) that he'd done such a good job. He had some nice solo bits, but it wasn't a real featured role. Good to hear he's still working.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on July 17th, 2006 10:35 pm (UTC)
Daniel was incredible as Jaime. He was also VERY sweet when I met him after the show (and had so many female admirers waiting to speak with him.) :D Prior to this, I think he was in "Over the River & Through the Woods" at La Mirada. This was the first time I've ever seen him onstage, but I'm looking forward to seeing him in other productions!
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on July 16th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
She really is a cute puppy. Here it's pet stores no longer allowed to sell dogs and cats but I remember well how I felt when I saw such a little black dog at the time when they still could sell puppies. I was very close to buy him. :)

I'm glad that reached the theater in time. Such a stressful ride is bad, isn't it? And I'm happy that you had such a great day. :)

And thanks for sharing this all with us, Sheri. I really loved to read about your day!

Big *hugs* to you!
Sheri: Side Showshutterbug93 on July 17th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
Awwww! That picture you linked is adorable!! :D I always get so taken with puppies that I see at pet stores (and dogs I see at the Humane Society) - if I could, I'd take all of them home with me! :( I'm sure Sydney and Mark wouldn't be too happy about that, though... ;)

Driving to the theatre was incredibly stressful!! This is the last time I try to cram three shows into one day - that was a bit ridiculous! :) All three were SO worth it, though!!

Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings about the day, Sabine! Big *HUGS* to you!!!
I'm so cool too bad I'm a loser: (bdj) brian: the iconaudienceawaits on July 16th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
First of all, that puppy is so absolutely adorable!

Secondly, the shows all sound fantastic. I love tick tick boom, but I've never actually gotten to see it live. I would just love to. You were also very brave to get through that traffic in under an hour - I'm impressed. I would have also been SO stressed!!
Sheri: Sydney *SIGH*shutterbug93 on July 17th, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC)
She was SO cute - like a little cotton ball with a pink tongue!! :D

All the shows were SO wonderful that day it was fully worth all the stress! (Though I've decided never to do that again!) ;) The traffic on Melrose during Friday rush hour was AWFUL!! And people drive SO slow there like they have to read each street sign and store front... GRRR! I fear I may have come close to a slight case of road rage with all my *ahem* in car swearing... (Ooops!) ;P
singnycsingnyc on July 17th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
Hey, are you going to GH FCW? If so give me acall and maybe we can meetup... 201 841 2288
Sheri: Sheri & Chad 2001shutterbug93 on July 17th, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC)
No,... :( unfortunately not. :( I came home today and missed it by a few days. I look forward to reading your report about it, though. :) Hope you have a wonderful time!! :D
Blanche: rooblanche on July 18th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
Omg! So cute!
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on July 19th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
Isn't she?? She was like a little cotton ball with a long tongue!! I just wanted to take her home with me!!
(Anonymous) on July 21st, 2006 06:54 am (UTC)
Very cute little puppy. Do you know how old it was?
(Anonymous) on July 21st, 2006 06:55 am (UTC)
Oops, I seem to be anonymous! Must try to dig out my password for LJ. It's Carrie