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19 February 2007 @ 08:42 am
Our last show day in LA - three shows!! :)  
Yesterday was an extraordinarily busy day of theatre for us - since we rarely have the opportunity to see things back home, Mark & I wanted to cram as much theatre as we could into the days we were here - so that included a Sunday filled with Altar Boyz, Kimberly Akimbo, and Stage Struck. :)

Altar Boyz

I'd been looking forward to this show for a long time, in part because of all the wonderful things I'd heard from others about it - and really, it turned out to be a delightfully fun and amusing show. :) For those who haven't heard about it, it's about a group of young men who go "on tour" to try to save souls through their music. The show itself is filled with great music, slick choreography, hysterical lyrics, and some really cute, funny moments.

The tour cast was great - most notably Ryan Ratliff - who plays the diminutive Mark - he was simply hysterical in the role. :) It was really a lot of fun and Mark & I are so glad that we got the chance to see it! As a side note, I'll be seeing the Regional version of the show at Musical Theatre West on my next trip to LA in April. :)

Kimberly Akimbo

What can I say, David Lindsay-Abaire is a genius! I've loved his work ever since seeing Fuddy Meers at the Colony about 5 years ago and I've ALWAYS wanted to see this show. It's about Kimberly - who is a 16 year old who suffers from Progeria, a disease which causes her to age rapidly and at 16, more resembles a 60 year old.

The play is about Kimberly and her off-beat, sometimes juvenile parents, a convict aunt, and a boy named Jeff from her biology class at school who becomes her "boyfriend." Casting a real 60 year old in the role of Kimberly is the element that gives the play an interesting twist... Judy Jean Burns is a GREAT Kimberly, but I felt that, at times, in her need to appear young, a couple of her mannerisms might have appeared just a little overdone. I loved Patrick Rogers, though who played her 16 year old boyfriend Jeff. He played the meek, somewhat nerdy character beautifully and really brought a lot of humor and sensitivity to the role. Really, the entire cast was wonderful and it was really a great production - I'm really glad that I finally got the chance to see this show staged!!

Stage Struck

This was a murder/suspense show - which was staged in a really unique way. Between scenes, it was part of the show to view the set being dressed, the actors changing costumes, and putting on make up, etc. It was if it was to emphasize the fact that the audience was watching a show - and that the actions of the characters were being "staged" (not only for our benefit, but for the benefit of the other characters as well...)

I'm not one for suspense shows in theatre... so although the show was interesting and the cast was great (most notably Larry Cedar - who I'd seen before and loved in 1776 with Kevin way back in 2001) it really wasn't my kind of show... I do admit that the "show within a show" aspect of it all was an interesting touch and the plot twists were interesting, but all in all it wasn't really a show that I'd really choose to see again.

When all the shows were done, Mark & I were literally starving!! Running from theatre to theatre all day left us no time to grab any food in between!! So I stopped over at In & Out Burger so Mark could fulfill his burger craving and we stopped by Ralphs on the way back to the hotel so I could pick up a veggie pizza - I don't think I've ever eaten anything so fast in all my life... :)

Today we head home... which is rather depressing for me. :( I've come to realize that more than anything, these LA trips have become somewhat of a vice - which allows me to remain sane through all my work stress... Really, just knowing I have another trip on the horizon is enough to get me through some pretty bad days at work. Some people drink, some smoke, I head to LA for great theatre... go figure. :P

I wanted to thank you all for putting up with all of my rambling trip entries. :) Mark & I are heading out to Trader Joe's for some last minute omiyage (travel gift) shopping for our office people and family and then we're heading home to the fuzzy dog (who we miss so much!!) Hope you all have a nice Monday and to those of you who are off, have a nice holiday!! Big *HUGS*
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Ticoteen: [Altar Boyz] - All the Boyzdreamstoearn on February 19th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
So glad you finally saw it!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 20th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
I've been reading your posts about it for so long - I'm glad I finally got the opportunity to see it. :)
(Anonymous) on February 19th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
Altar Boyz
Altar Boyz is definitely a fun and amazing show, glad you enjoyed it, I've seen the tour and NYC cast and they are both fabulous! - micmacd711
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 20th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Altar Boyz
I'm really glad I got to see the show, and the tour cast was great! :)
Sabine: Micki Kaisergartensabine10 on February 19th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
*Hugs*I'm sorry that your time in LA is already over but I'm happy that you had such a nice time. Have a safe trip home, Sheri! Wish I could see when Sydney welcomes you both. :) Big *hugs* to you!
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on February 20th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Sabine!! HUGS!! It's always sort of a downer to head home and go back to work, but thankfully I have another trip coming up in April (none in March -- *SIGH*) that I can look forward to. :) But I've REALLY missed the fuzzy one!! She was SOOO cute when she saw us. :) I always love coming home to her. :)

Hope you're having a nice week! Big *HUGS* to you!!
(Anonymous) on February 20th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
So glad that you enjoyed Altar Boyz! It is such a great show with amazing dancing and singing. It is so hilarious too! And Mark is just too cute :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 20th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed it - it was such a fun show! :) We're really glad we finally got the opportunity to see it. :D
(Anonymous) on February 20th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
Glad you liked "KIMBERLY"
Hi! I stumbled across your blog and I just felt I had to post.

This is Patrick Rogers (Jeff in "Kimberly Akimbo") and I just wanted to say thank you for coming! I am so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you so much for all of your wonderful comments.

We have all been having so much fun -- it is such an amazing group of people and the script is pure genius!

Sounds like you had a wonderful theatre trip, and I am glad our show was a part of it.

All the best,
Patrick Rogers

Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 20th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Glad you liked "KIMBERLY"
Hi there!

Thanks so much for your comment! I'm SO glad that I got the chance to see the show - the entire cast was incredibly talented. It's the first time that I've seen a show at the Victory Theatre, but after seeing the talent in "Kimberly Akimbo" it definitely won't be my last.

Please do keep me up to date on any other projects you may have in the future, I always enjoy seeing great talent onstage. :)

Take care!!
(Anonymous) on February 21st, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
Re: Glad you liked "KIMBERLY"
I will keep you up to date, most definitely!!

Thanks again!!

-Patrick Rogers
I'm so cool too bad I'm a loser: (dreamgirls) all you have to do is dreamaudienceawaits on February 20th, 2007 03:54 am (UTC)
I'm SO glad that you enjoyed Altar Boyz! :D

Really, just knowing I have another trip on the horizon is enough to get me through some pretty bad days at work. Some people drink, some smoke, I head to LA for great theatre... go figure. :P
This is soooo me except substitute LA Theatre for New York or Toronto. I know exactly what you mean!! :D
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 20th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
It was a cute, FUN show and I'm glad that we got the chance to see it. :D And sometimes I think that it's crazy how often I fly to LA to see shows, but then I go back to work and realize I'd go insane if I didn't... And I knew that if anyone understood how I felt, it would be you and Karen. HUGS!
karen: abz tour markwakedistracted on February 20th, 2007 04:08 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you liked Altar Boyz! And I'm glad you loved Ryan...I've seen video of the tour cast and he was definitely one of my favourites. Beautiful, beautiful voice!

I'm glad you're having such a great time...I totally understand what you mean about theatre and your trips. Things just seem so much more bearable when you know that something like that is on the horizon. At least it's a healthy addiction, right? That's what I always say! :) Never apologize for your "rambling," though...I love your trip entries!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 20th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
He was SOOO cute and very endearing in the show - I just loved him! And Mark & I had such a great time at Altar Boyz - it was so much fun. :)

Very true about theatre being a healthy addiction. :) Though at times it gets a little hard on my pocketbook... :P It's all worth it, though and I think if I didn't have these trips to look forward to, the stress of work would really be too much. :P And I know, out of everyone, you and Gill understand exactly how I feel!

Thanks for your sweet comments, Karen!! Big *HUGS* to you!!
(Anonymous) on February 20th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
altar boyz
i am so glad you finally got to see altar boyz, the show is amazing. the tour cast is amazing. so glad you got to experience the show!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 20th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
Re: altar boyz
It was such a fun show and Mark & I had such a great time seeing it! :D
(Anonymous) on February 20th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
i am glad you enjoyed the spirit of hte altar boyz, it is a fantastic show
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 20th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
It really is!! It's such a fun show and Mark & I were so glad that we could see it on this trip! :)
waytoocoolrevwaytoocoolrev on February 20th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
So glad you had a great day! It sounds exhausting, but worth it. I'm going to see Altar Boyz in NYC again next month! Kimberly Akimbo sounds good but sad, which worries me. Like your trips to LA, theater is a great escape for me; there's plenty of sadness in the real world ...

Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 20th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your comment! :) The day was REALLY exhausting, but you're right - it was SO worth it!! The shows were great - each of them in their own way -- Altar Boyz was a lot of fun, Kimberly Akimbo was touching and funny, and Stage Struck was kind of disturbing in a chilling way... It was a great combination of shows. :)

Have fun in NYC next month! :)
waytoocoolrevwaytoocoolrev on February 21st, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
Thanks! I definitely will have fun in NYC, and your thumbnail descriptions help: I suspect that Altar Boyz will remain my favorite, but it sounds like Kimberly Akimbo would be good for me too - not so very sad I hope. But I think I'd skip Stage Struck! Seriously, I wasn't even excited about seeing Doubt - I was worried that it would be too troubling - but I ended up loving it, so it's hard to tell. I'm a chaplain though, and in general I really am ready for laughter whenever I have a chance!

Mary: broadway marqueemirroredimage on February 20th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you ended up enjoying Altar Boyz. It's fun right? Let me know how the Regional version goes!

Kimberly Akimbo sounds like an amazing show. I wish I had the chance to see it. Apparently, there are more shows in the LA area that I would like to see rather than the NYC ones.

I don't know about the suspense/mystery one. Hmm...

You mentioned In & Out Burger and now I have an intense craving for a burger.

Do you care if I friend you? I've been enjoying your posts. :o)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 20th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
Altar Boyz was definitely a lot of fun! :) And I will definitely let you know what I thought of the regional production when I see it in April - after seeing the tour, I want to make it a point to see it again. :)

Kimberly Akimbo was amazing - I've wanted to see this show staged for so long and the cast at the Victory theatre was incredible! It was such a touching and heartwarming story - not to mention incredibly hilarious. :)

Stage Struck wasn't really my kind of show, I guess... I'm not really one for suspense in the theatre. The acting was brilliant, though and the staging was quite interesting.

I'd love to add you to my friends' list! I always love speaking with others who love great theatre. :)
Sheri: Queer as Folk - Michael & Ben 4shutterbug93 on February 20th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
As a side note, I notice you're a fan of "Queer as Folk." :) I love the show and have recently gone through the DVDs of all five seasons (a lot quicker than I would have liked...) ;)
Mary: qaf mirrored lovemirroredimage on February 20th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
I do love my QAF. :o) I watched it at the beginning, then missed out on a bunch of seasons because we didn't get Showtime. Then I went back to school and started watching again in the middle of Season 4, skipped out again, then came back at the end of the last season.

I ended up buying all 5 seasons this past summer and watched them really fast. Of course, I have this bad habit of sometimes fast-forwarding through many parts in order to see my favorite boys. LoL.
(Anonymous) on February 20th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)

i am so glad you enjoyed the show! its very amazing! the NYC cast is great also!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 20th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
Altar Boyz was a lot of fun! I'm so glad that I got the chance to see the touring cast! :D