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10 July 2007 @ 02:10 pm
A lovely day trip to Vegas!  
Mark & I woke up at the crack of dawn on Monday to drive to out to Vegas. It was about a four hour drive from La Mirada and though I had very little sleep the night before, I wasn't too tired driving there. :) With a Jersey Boys cast recording in the car, and Mark's jokes to keep me entertained, in no time we were checking into our room at Treasure Island and walking around in the hot Vegas sun. :)

The very first thing we did was hit the Buffet at the Wynn hotel. :) There were surpringly a lot of things that I could eat there - but at $21.95 a person, it almost wasn't worth it. :P The desserts in the dessert bar looked really good, but by then I was much too full to take full advantage of it.

That night we headed to the Venetian Hotel to see Kristi in Phantom. She was just INCREDIBLE! When she opened her mouth to sing her first note, I almost broke into tears... it was just that beautiful! She looked absolutely gorgeous in her Christine costumes and I was just SOOOO happy and SOOOO proud of her - she was just stunning on stage!

The production itself was very impressive - the sets, the costumes, everything was just SO lavish! I'd never seen Phantom before (I'm ashamed to admit!) and though I knew mostly all of the songs, I didn't expect the story to be so heartfelt. Brent Barrett was the Phantom that night and I loved his characterization of the role... In particular, the final scene with Christine was just so heartbreaking.

After the show, we got the opportunity to see Kristi - she was nice enough to offer to take us on a little backstage tour and we were able to see the props and the trap door, and see her view from the stage... She was SOOOO sweet to do that for us!! We spoke quite a bit, took some pictures - it was so wonderful to see her!! I am SOOO happy that she's doing so well - as I've said before, sometimes really great things DO happen to the people who really deserve it!

Kristi was SOOOO stunning in the show!! It was SOOOO great to see her!!

I look totally silly here, but I think it's a cute photo. :)

With Mark at the Venetian before seeing Kristi in Phantom. :)

We've just gotten back to the Burbank area - but I think I'm headed for a little nap before my evening show tonight (we're seeing Zanna, Don't! at the Hyperion Theatre). Hope you're all having a nice week. :) Big HUGS to you all!!
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Daniel the California Highway Guycahwyguy on July 10th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
I'm glad Vegas went well for you. Let us know how Zanna is... we see it on Friday 7/20 (we see Jersey Boys on Sunday).
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on July 11th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
Zanna was just delightful - I will write a little something about it in a minute! :D Mark & I really enjoyed it. :) And driving to Vegas wasn't half as bad as I'd imagined. Thankfully,it was very uneventful. :)
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on July 10th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
I really love to see all the ":)" in your post. :) You two deserve to have a wonderful time and I hope it goes on this way! And thanks for sharing the pictures; I especially like the last one. Are there gondolas in the background? I send back a smile :) and big *hugs* to you!
Sheri: Mark & Sheri 013007shutterbug93 on July 11th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your sweet comment, Sabine!! And there are gondolas in the picture! :D If there was time, Mark & I would've probably paid to ride on one of them! :) Mark & I are having such a great time!! :) Big HUGS to you, Sabine!!
Όμορφη καρδιάqueenstacey_25 on July 10th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
Oh how I wish I could have gone to Vegas to see Phantom. I saw it in San Fransisco and it was so amazing. I also LOVE VEGAS.... you stayed at Treasure Island... did you see the Pirate Ship Sink?

Next time you go to Vegas, go to the buffet at Mandalay Bay. Their buffet is the best.

Is that a Coach bag I spy under your arm there? If it is, I must say I am so proud.
Sheri: Mark & Sheri 013007shutterbug93 on July 11th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, you should go and see Phantom in Vegas - it's SUCH a wonderful production AND Kristi is SO incredible as Christine! :) Unfortunately, Mark & I were in Vegas too short a time and didn't get to see anything but Kristi's show.

And I will definitely keep the buffet at Mandalay Bay in mind the next time we're there! :) Thanks for the great suggestion!!

AHAHA!! It is a Coach bag - you're hysterical, Stacey!!
Όμορφη καρδιάqueenstacey_25 on July 11th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
Oh Sheri, I am so proud a coach bag. :)

waytoocoolrevwaytoocoolrev on July 10th, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC)
sometimes really great things DO happen to the people who really deserve it!

I agree! It sounds like you had a wonderful time (wish I'd been there!) and you really deserve it! Enjoy the rest of your trip. And by the way, I don't believe you've ever had a bad photo of you in your life!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on July 11th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
Awwwww! What a sweet comment!! I really meant Kristi, though - but thank you for that! :) And you're much too kind about the photos. Big HUGS!!
Kananigirlkananigirl on July 11th, 2007 07:19 am (UTC)
I think PotO is one of my favorite musicals! I saw it twice here. I would love to go to LV to see Kristi!
Sheri: Kristi - headshotshutterbug93 on July 11th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
Kristi is absolutely AMAZING in the role!! I'm just so happy and proud of her!! You should really see it, she told me that she'll be in the cast until next May - so that's LOTS of time to see her brilliant performance!! :)