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08 October 2006 @ 02:14 am
Man of La Mancha at the Rubicon (woo hoo for Randal Keith!!), the after party, and Hal Sparks  
So, yep, I made it to LA in one piece and although I got close to NO sleep the entire flight over and ended up spending most of my in air time watching W&G on my new portable DVD player that Mark got me as an early anniversary gift :)... I would've watched QaF, but didn't think the person next to me would've been too thrilled if I had that playing on my screen... :P

Man of La Mancha

Tonight I drove up to the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura to see the opening night of "Man of La Mancha." Linda was the sweetheart who made it all possible. :) The show was FABULOUS and really one of the stronger shows I've seen all year! The cast was INCREDIBLE!! George Ball (who I'd previously seen in "The Most Happy Fella" with Kevin) was incredible as Don Quixote - his acting really tugged at my heart making me bawl like a baby in several scenes. Jennifer Shelton was just AMAZING and when she sang "Aldonza" in the second act, it was so painful, that I was in tears before she was done... And Randal Keith (who I'd seen previously in Les Mis) was wonderful as the innkeeper, I just wished he had more solos... Finally, I think found a new favorite theatre performer... Joseph Fuqua... My gosh, not only was he an INCREDIBLY talented actor, but his stage presence was SO unbelievable!! And, dare I say that he was INCREDIBLY attractive... so much so that I couldn't help but look at him whenever he was onstage... *SIGH, SIGH and triple SIGH*

After Party

After the show, Linda was sweet enough to drive me to the opening night party (which, after we'd gotten there I was quite sure I would NEVER have found if I drove on my own!!) It was really a lovely evening and I got to meet Sam Zeller who told me to say HI to Bets when I see her tomorrow :), got to talk with Randal about the days he worked in Chicago with Kevin's Mom and he told me that he'll probably be working more with him now that he's moved to LA, and I got to see and meet the hottness that is Joseph Fuqua live and in person... *SIGH* :) In addition to all the wonderful people I got to speak with, I also had the world's most fabulous brownie... all chocolately and gooey... I know I wasn't supposed to eat it, but what's vacation for if I can't splurge a little? All in all it was a fabulous evening and I owe it all to Linda!! :)

Tomorrow I'm seeing "The Marvelous Wonderettes" with Daniel and his family and Linda and her family will also be there too so it should be a lot of fun! And then, I'm staying at the El Portal and catching the evening performance of "Beehive" - there's really nothing quite like great theatre to take away all my work stress!!! :) :)

I figured out my Hal Sparks attraction...

BTW, last thing before I end this... I FINALLY figured out where my HUGE attraction to Hal Sparks stems from... I love that he's so fearless in his portrayal of Michael, that he's SUCH a talented actor, but more importantly, I love that he's extremely literate and very intelligent - not to mention I love his political beliefs AND he's like me and never drank alcohol before in his life (and never wants to). I admit, he's not the type of actor that I normally get attached to, but I have to say, intelligence and wonderful political beliefs are INCREDIBLY sexy qualities... Am I the only one who thinks so? (BTW my icon of him is from the fabulous site www.benmichaelforever.com) :)

Anyway, I'm SOOOOO exhausted and I feel like it's been one whole LOOOONG day since I got up for work on Friday... So I'm going to try to get some sleep.... I will catch up with your entries and comments when I wake up tomorrow, I promise!! :) Hope you're all having a nice weekend!! *HUGS*
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Was I in it?: valjeanalligatorandme on October 8th, 2006 09:26 am (UTC)
Yay! This is the first I've gotten to read about Randal as the governor/innkeeper, so I'm glad you liked him! :-D

Have a great rest of your weekend. :-)
Sheri: Kevin facial hair :)shutterbug93 on October 8th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
I did, he was wonderful in the role!! And what a lovely person to speak with... I was under the impression that he was a bit shy - from all that read, but he was very charming and chatty. :) He was joking around about Kevin a lot - and anyone who jokes about Kevin is tops in my book. ;) Now that he's moved to LA, hopefully I'll be able to see him in other things.
Was I in it?: valjeanalligatorandme on October 8th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
LOL, Randal loves to talk shop. And I'd forgotten he worked with Kevin. Randal always has stories about co-workers, and you often don't even have to prompt him... ;-)
ilenebook on October 8th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
I was reading...hmmm..I think on the BBC news online, that 51 million people have seen Le Mis...wow.
Sleep well cross-Pacific traveler.
ilenebook on October 8th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
Les Mis..I saw it in SLC years ago.
Sheri: Kevin - 2006 Headshotshutterbug93 on October 8th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Ilene!!! And that's an amazing LM fact!! 51 million people -- WOW! Though I can't say I'm too surprised with its long run on Broadway and the countless international and touring productions through the years.

And Kevin and I always joke and say that every stage actor we know has been in LM - "Who hasn't?" he always asks me. ;)
karmastyx: Hugs by mekarmastyx on October 8th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
Glad you made it here safe. I'm also glad you had a wonderful first night. :) I can see why you think Joseph Fuqua is hot! ;) I can also see why you think Hal Sparks is hot too. ;) Have fun tonight! I wish I could see Bets and Julie with you, but I'll be there in spirit! HUGS!
Sheri: Hal Sparks - Talk Soupshutterbug93 on October 8th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks SO much, Laura!! I had a wonderful time last night!! Probably the nicest thing about Joseph (aside from his complete hottness!) was that he was such a charming and lovely person to speak with. *SIGH*

And intelligence and a great sense of values is SOOOO sexy and Hal Sparks just really proves that. :)

I wish I could have seen you on this trip too!! I miss you!! I told Carrie too that it's been so long and I really miss seeing you guys! :( Big *HUGS*
ajayne on October 8th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
I adore Hal Sparks too. :) (But you already know that.)

The guy who played Emmett was on ER (or was it Grey's Anatomy) last week... but he didn't have that "emmett" quality that I adored... but I love Hal Sparks whenever I catch him in something.

I guess I hadn't realized that you were in Southern Cali again. :D Have a wonderful time!
Sheri: Queer as Folk - Michael & Ben 4shutterbug93 on October 8th, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
Love, love, love Hal Sparks -- he's just SOOOO attractive and the fact that he's so literate and has wonderful political views make him all the more attractive... Plus I can't discount his wonderful talent as well - he's an amazing actor!! And *SIGH* how hott is he in the icon I'm using? *SIGH*

I didn't know that Peter Paige was on either ER or Grey's Anatomy... I like Peter Paige,... I think he's adorable. :)

Thanks for the nice trip wishes!! I'm having a wonderful time here!!
ajayne on October 9th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
Yeah, Peter Paige was a patient who had some brain issues that had altered his personality some and he had no tact. ;)

Glad you're having a great time.
karen: evocwakedistracted on October 9th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
I'm glad it sounds like you're having a great time, Sheri!!

(P.S. I love Randal Keith! We saw him as Valjean a couple of times - once when he was an understudy, and then when he'd taken over the role - and he has such a great voice!)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 9th, 2006 07:15 am (UTC)
I am, this weekend has been SOOOO wonderful!!! :) Randal was incredible and SOOO nice to speak with. :) And his voice is just amazing... I just wish he had more solos in the show!
Kawaii Momiji-chanskittlex on October 9th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)
you forgot to mention that he's so fucking adroable, i think its his personality that makes him like that, but really.. yeah.. mmm hal
Sheri: Queer as Folk - Michael & Ben 4shutterbug93 on October 9th, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, adorable -- VERY, very adorable!! He's such a nice guy - so intelligent, so... everything... *SIGH* Have you seen him on QaF?? Oh my goodness - I swoon whenever he's on my screen...