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03 December 2007 @ 08:30 pm
Couple of notes about my Saturday in LA...  
ASL Storytime at Deaf West Theatre

Now a regular stop on my theatre travels - I went to Deaf West Theatre to see their ASL Storytime. Koda West (an organization for Kids of Deaf Adults - usually known as CODAs - Children of Deaf Adults) was there sponsoring the day and signed stories written by hearing children of deaf adults. Brian Campbell was interpreting again - and I have to say, he's one of the best! It was also such a pleasant surprise to see Deanne Bray and her daughter Kyra in the audience that day. :)

Winter Wonderettes!

Such a cute and delightful show!! It's so wonderful to see this version of the show because after seeing and loving the Marvelous Wonderettes, to find out what happened to all the characters 6 months after MW ends is just a lot of fun! :) Bets, Julie, and Misty were fabulous in their roles and the show was just as heartfelt, funny, and sweet as the original. :) I really enjoyed it - especially Missy's little tribute to Hawaii in their Christmas Around the World! :)

Later I got to spend some quality time with everyone and we spoke about Spam recipes ;), traffic to Costa Mesa, how everything closes in Kauai at 6pm... it was wonderful! I absolutely love Bets, Julie, and Misty and seeing them all together in the same show was really a dream come true!! And Jill was a pleasure to meet - and so hysterical as well - "Because you know, Hawaii is another country..." :)

Jersey Boys in Costa Mesa

Made it to Costa Mesa just in time to make the 7:30pm showing of "Jersey Boys" (thanks to Misty's traffic advice!)

Several things I noticed in this production vs. the Ahmanson run...
  • There were no trap doors in the floor - the mics for "Stay" etc. came onstage from the side.
  • This is the first time I'd seen Steve Gouveia as Nick - his Nick seemed a little more affable and (for lack of a better word) teddy-bearish than Michael's. Michael's Nick seemed maybe a bit more -- I don't know... refined and sophisticated (not the right choice of words, I know - I'm not too sure what I'm getting at here...)
  • Chris Jones has really improved SO MUCH in the role, not that he wasn't great before, but he has certainly grown as an actor and a singer since I'd seen him 5 months ago.
  • All the Jersey girls have been replaced.
  • Costa Mesa audiences DRESS UP for shows - I saw women in shiny evening gowns there - so unlike the Ahmanson where most people wore jeans! (It was closing night, but still...)
  • Sorry, but the sound system in the OCPAC really sucks! The guy next to me kept turning to his wife saying, "What did he say? I missed it!" Normally that would annoy me throughout the show, but at points I really couldn't blame him. The sound in the first act was so terrible! (It got a little better - or I got used to it - in the second act.)
  • Brandon Matthieus was out - so it was interesting to see Taylor Sternberg in all of his roles. :)

One last thing - maybe two...

Did anyone see Julie Ann in "A Picture of Hollis Woods" last night? I was flying back home when it aired so I dvd-ed it and plan to watch it this week. :)

I am IN LOVE with "October Road" - I watched all of Season 1 on the flight over to LA and cried like a baby - it's one of the best shows I've seen in a long time! It's the first time I've actually gotten addicted to a series that was still on the air - not to mention that it's been a long time since I've gotten addicted to a series on network tv! :D Has anyone seen it?

I'm off to catch up with all of your entries! Hope you've all had a nice weekend!! Big HUGS to you!!
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Was I in it?: Jersey Boysalligatorandme on December 4th, 2007 06:33 am (UTC)
The floating mics are REALLY WEIRD. Especially the floating Seasons during Rag Doll. ;-)

TAYLOR STERNBERG WAS THE RAPPER! AHAHAHAHA!!!!! Sadly, I never got to see that for myself, although shawk did.

Is Kyra deaf?
Sheri: Jersey Boysshutterbug93 on December 4th, 2007 06:40 am (UTC)
Haha!! He was the rapper!! I was shocked when I saw him when the show started, because I rushed into the theatre and didn't see the understudy board before I went in. :D

I think Kyra is hearing - though I'm not entirely sure.

Communistic-Socialist MMM...Toasty!: Jersey Boys Barry Belson!!1!shawk on December 4th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
I like Taylor Sternberg, I really do, but a French rapper he is not. ;)
Sheri: Jersey Boysshutterbug93 on December 5th, 2007 06:13 am (UTC)
Hahaha!! I have to agree! :D
waytoocoolrevwaytoocoolrev on December 4th, 2007 12:37 pm (UTC)
I didn't fall for October Road, but I'm glad you've found a new love!

Glad you had so much fun, especially with your favorite Wonderettes!

Sorry about the sound at Jersey Boys - hope it will be better in NYC in January. And btw, I hope you don't mind but I thought it would be fun to meet you in NYC, so I got a ticket to JB the same night you're going - I think - and I'll be staying in town to see Come Back Little Sheba the following night with Kevin Anderson, for whom I have a soft spot. I'm expecting a buddy of mine from Nashville to be coming up for that.

I've not been writing much myself lately - too busy with two jobs and the holiday season upon me! Will resurface more fully come January though, when things slow down.

Tonight though, off to finally see Cyrano with Kevin Kline!

Sheri: October Roadshutterbug93 on December 4th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
"October Road" doesn't really get really good until the ending of the first season. :) I'm such a sucker for touching and the last episode of the first season was touching beyond belief! :)

YAY for possibly meeting you in January!!! I have tickets for Friday night, the 18th of January - is that when you're going?? I'd LOVE to meet you!! :) :) And I didn't know about Kevin Anderson's show - I must look into possible tickets for a little later in our trip. :) Since my Mom and I enjoy his performances as well. :)

I've missed you!! But I understand everyone is so busy with the holidays and work! Glad to hear that you're okay, just really busy. :)

Have fun at Cyrano!!

bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on December 4th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear you had a good time in L.A. again. The theatre in Costa Mesa is like a barn (LOL). Can you believe I saw Spelling Bee there?! Where did you stay in that theatre?
Sheri: Light in the Piazzashutterbug93 on December 4th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
It is, I totally agree with you!! And you saw "Spelling Bee" there? It seems way too huge for an intimate show like SB! I was in the ORCH, but all the way to the side in Row N - we had speakers next to us - which did nothing but amplify the bass in "Ces Soirées-La" and made the weird echo in "Sunday Kind of Love". :P It was awful!

I almost saw "Light in the Piazza" there in May, but gave up my ticket to see SBW one last time.