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04 July 2008 @ 11:27 pm
Car rental problems & A Chorus Line  
So, I'm in LA again and just encountered some pretty frustrating car rental issues (which I will admit, I should have been more observant and discovered earlier). I discovered after I left the lot (and was already on the 405N) that the car that I was assigned only had like a 1/4 tank worth of gas left - How could I NOT notice that before I left? That's what absolutely no sleep the night before and renting cars almost weekly will do to you - I don't even bother to check anymore...

So I called Alamo because I had to pay $45 or so fill the tank, just to begin my trip, which I thought was unfair... But because it was the 4th, and so busy at the LAX rental center, they were unable to connect me to anyone there - live. I'm calling back tomorrow to see if anything can be done... :P I'm more angry with myself for not noticing, but still - they shouldn't give out a car that isn't properly prepped.

But onto the happier parts of my trip...

A Chorus Line

So... after 25 years I finally went back to see the show that first got me into musicals... A Chorus Line. I was only 13 years old when I first saw it, but I already knew back then, after seeing it that I was addicted to musical theatre! :) It was almost surreal to see it, nearly 25 years later and funny that I remembered much more than I thought I would of the show.

Saw the tour cast which featured, among others - Michael Gruber as Zach and Nikki Snelson as Cassie... I would've LOVED to have seen the Broadway revival... This cast was good, but there were a few people in the Broadway revival that I would've loved to have seen (among them Ali Porter, Brad Anderson, Chryssie Whitehead, and Tyler Hanes.)

The show is much the same as I remembered it, though I think they took out Connie's line "Connie Wong - always Wong, never white." Maybe it was deemed a bit too offensive to keep in (?) Who knows, I liked it. I remember being a bit more shocked by "Dance 10; Looks 3" back then - but then again, I was only 13 and a song about "tits and ass" wasn't something I heard a lot of before.

There were some outstanding performances in this tour cast - among them Kevin Santos (who played Paul - but its no surprise since the strength of the Paul really makes or breaks the show, for me anyway...) I think the same is true for the Diana (who was played by Gabrielle Ruiz - who was very good). Another performer who stood out to me was Jay Armstrong Johnson - who played Mark (not a character who stands out too much - but who needs to be an exceptionally strong dancer - and that he was! The "Larry" is supposed to be the strongest dancer in the show, but I couldn't help looking at Jay throughout the dance numbers - he was absolutely breathtaking...)

Seeing ACL tonight reminded me exactly what it was about the show that left me a fan of musical theatre for life... I'll admit not having that "Jersey Boys" excitement and awe that I did after seeing the JB tour cast for the first time at the Ahmanson, but this was special, and sentimental and I'm so glad that I got to see it.

Tomorrow I am hitting the malls (woo!) and then catching the matinee of "The Who's Tommy" (yes, again - I found a free ticket so why not?) and then I'm seeing "Songs from an Unmade Bed" at Celebration Theatre. So it should be another fabulous theatre day. :) I'm off to catch up on all of your entries. :) Big HUGS and hope everyone had a lovely 4th!!
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bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on July 6th, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)
Interesting, I saw A Chorus Line tonight (7/5) too, but in Roseville (LOL). It's a local theatre production, which was still good though.

And actually ACL was my first musical too (in Japan) but I was a bit older than 13 yrs old, he he. So when I saw the revival cast in SF for pre-Broadway run last year, from the first words "and 5, 6, 7, 8!" tears streamling down my cheeks. I just tripped a memory lane that quick.

BTW, in the local production, there was no "never white" line either. And are you ready for this? Connie was not an Asian. She has black hair but definitely more latino? I was a bit dissapointed about it (although she was pretty good).
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on July 6th, 2008 07:38 am (UTC)
It was your first musical too?? :) :)

"and 5, 6, 7, 8!"

And holy cow - the amazing music that follows that...!! OMG... It just totally brought me back when I heard it last night!! Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it!!

And WTH? Connie wasn't Asian?? :[ Doesn't seem right at all! And I think they dumped the "never white" line too after a while... change of the times, I guess.

So funny that we saw it almost at the same time - but two different productions AND that it was both our first musicals. :)