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10 June 2003 @ 07:37 pm
Overslept an hour this morning...  
...and ended up rushing around like a crazy person trying to get everything I needed to get done before work. Had some serious wardrobe problems - couldn't find the skirt that I wanted to wear and then realized I needed to iron the top that matched the only other clean skirt I had... :( Got to work late (missed a meeting - Ooops!) and found that my co-worker was still there (she decided not to quit until she had another solid job lined up, all she was actually supposed to do today was come in to turn in her letter of resignation...) and then came home to a gloating hubby who doesn't have to work tomorrow. :P Unfortunately, I do :( and I have a feeling I'm going to go through the same thing tomorrow - all over again. :P

Special thanks to everyone who sent me well wishes for my swollen toe yesterday. :) It's much better now and I was able to walk around the office and function like a normal person today :).

Lately, I've been feeling the urge to be in LA... It feels like it's been so long since I've been there (actually it's only been a month or so), but I'll admit that I'm addicted and I need my LA fix... :P Oddly enough, I just miss the whole Burbank area - the malls, the restaurants, the theatres... I won't be back until early August and that seems like such a long time away... And even then, my first August trip will be really short - I'll basically only be in town to see Kevin in "My Fair Lady" at the Hollywood Bowl and then I head back home. I've been thinking about extending that trip another day, but I don't know if I'll have enough vacation days for the rest of the year. :( Hopefully I'll be able to see some good shows and do some good shopping on my second August trip when I'm in town to see Kevin's Concert with the Philharmonic. But right now it all seems like such a long time away.

Some good news :) - my site for Julie Ann finally hit a few celebrity listings so her stats have been a bit better today. :) I can't wait for her show ("Line of Fire") to come out. :) Unfortunately I have to wait all the way until January or so to see it since it's become a mid-season replacement for "NYPD Blue". I'm really hoping it does well, but with all the focus on reality shows recently, it's become so hard for scripted dramas to survive... and that's just horrible, IMO.

And lastly, no "Parade" CD yet from Amazon, but my car has been filled with "other" great "Parade" music courtesy of my darling hubby. :) I have to say that the more I hear the music from the show, the more I wish I could see it on stage and the bigger Jason Robert Brown enthusiast I become... yes, I'm pathetic. :P
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terramera on June 11th, 2003 12:55 am (UTC)
Just curious.. how do you feel about the plays in Hawaii? How does it fare in comparison to the mainland? And what do you think about the theater environment here?
Sherishutterbug93 on June 11th, 2003 01:38 am (UTC)
Wow - great question...
I grew up watching the shows here at HCT - "A Chorus Line", "Mr. Roberts", etc. and they were fabulous! To me - at the time, that was my Broadway - of course I was only 12 or 13 then and I had never been to a show on Broadway before... ;)

The shows in LA, IMHO are bolder - they take more chances and they produce shows that they'd NEVER think to produce here. By and large, usually only the conventional (main stream) shows seem to be done here - like "Oklahoma!", "Sound of Music", "Guys & Dolls", etc. It doesn't seem that they think people will come to an obscure musical like "Parade" or "The Last 5 Years". I think this is one of the key differences.

I think Hawaii has A LOT of very talented performers, musicians, etc. but I think that the fact that LA has professional Equity (the stage actor's union) performers who do shows for a living makes a bit of a difference when it comes to the shows as well. Not to say that all Equity productions are great - or that all non-Equity productions are bad... But that's another difference I've noticed between the shows here and on the mainland.

By no means do I think that the shows here are bad (and I haven't really seen too many shows here recently). I know I should really support local theatre in Hawaii because I know there are some really talented people here. Mark and I are thinking of catching the closing weekend of "Follies" at Diamond Head Theatre this weekend. :) We'll see... :) LA is just a personal choice for me since I have a desire to see the things they'd never produce here AND see certain performers that I have grown quite fond of. :)

Whoa - really long winded - sorry! :( That's what happens when you get me started talking about my favorite subject,...theatre! :)
terramera on June 11th, 2003 11:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow - great question...
heheh, no problem. I like reading your comments about theatre since I don't know much about it. I like to learn new things.

Well, I know what you mean. I haven't heard about most of the shows like Parade, etc.. But only what they bring here like Miss Saigon, Les Mis., Oklahoma, and of course Cats. Do they even do things like Little Shop of Horrors here?

These shows that are on Broadway, do they ever tour around the country? And if so, why don't they ever come here? Also, do you think that the theatre environment is getting a little more up to date here? I've been noticing a few shows that I don't recognize occassionally playing at Manoa Valley Theater.

Oh another question, have you ever seen the local stuff like Lisa Matsumoto's "Once Upon One Time"? It plays at Diamond Head occasionally.
Sherishutterbug93 on June 12th, 2003 12:56 am (UTC)
Re: Wow - great question...
I think if we're lucky places like Manoa Valley Theatre will do things like "Little Shop", but more than likely - not. I was very surprised to see that they did a production of "Side Show" recently since it tends to be one of the more obscure (but really great) musicals. So in that way, maybe theatres here are branching out a bit and are taking more chances.

There are a lot of National Tours for the shows that are or have appeared on Broadway but unfortunately I never see Hawaii listed as a stop in their schedules. It's sad but it's probably because the cost to bring the show down here is way too high. A lot of times I hear the performers drive from stop to stop - a Hawaii stop would involve flying the entire cast and crew, plus sets, etc down here and depending on the popularity of the show, it may not seem worth it to the producers... It's sad though because we hardly ever get the really great tours here.

Unfortunately, I haven't seen Lisa Matsumoto's shows - but I've been meaning to. Have you seen them? I've only heard great reviews, though - so I'm a little sad that I missed the opportunity to see them.
terramera on June 13th, 2003 02:40 am (UTC)
Re: Wow - great question...
I've only seen the first two, since my cousin was in them. They were great and so funny!

I do believe she recently had a new one out, hopefully it'll be replaying during the summer.
Carecareleswhisper on June 11th, 2003 01:29 am (UTC)
I wish I could get into theatre more. You think I would since I live in LA. I just don't have anyone to go with though. :( That's why I love reading the theatre related stuff in your journal. :)
Sherishutterbug93 on June 11th, 2003 01:53 am (UTC)
You're very lucky to live in LA. :) There are wonderful shows in practically every neighborhood up there. But I think if I lived up there - that's all I'd be doing (seeing shows) and I'd be too broke to do anything else. So it may be a good thing that I have to travel in to see them... makes them more special that way. ;)

And you're always free to join me and my friends on any one of our Kevin show excursions. :) We're a really tame group and we're all pretty shy, but we all love great theatre. :)

Take care and thanks so much for your sweet comments. :)
I'm just a girl in the world...: Boxing Glovesi_am_angieface on June 11th, 2003 06:50 am (UTC)
Ohhhh I hate oversleeping. It always makes my whole day crappy. Its the worst feeling waking up - realizing you've overslept!!! YUCK!!!!!!
Sherishutterbug93 on June 11th, 2003 09:36 am (UTC)
I know, it was horrible! And the funny thing was that the first thing that ran through my mind wasn't, "I'm going to be late for work..." it was - "I'm not going to have any internet time!" :) Yup, I've got my priorities in order.... ;)
I'm just a girl in the world...: Boxing Glovesi_am_angieface on June 11th, 2003 07:35 pm (UTC)
LOL!!! I am the SAME way!!! I love my internet time! Thats the first thing I do when I wake up in the morning. HA HA!