Admittedly, this was my very first time seeing "Pippin" in any incarnation, so my views may be a bit biased by that. I have to say that I wasn't especially fond of the show itself - as it was written, but the staging, choreography, signing,... everything made it an incredibly beautiful visual experience.
Unlike Sleeping Beauty Wakes - which I loved for the music and the story, this show was a bit different... It was ALL about the signing and the staging and the performances. First off, I ADORE Michael Arden, I always have, but sadly because he's voicing Pippin, even if he is present on stage all the time, he is always somewhat secondary to all the action going on around him,... which is a waste and a shame. His voice is absolutely gorgeous, though... and he voiced Pippin with the sincerity that I would expect to hear coming out of Ty's mouth.
Ty was amazing as Pippin, his expressions, his emotion... it was all perfect. LOVED the way he embodied Michael's voice - even if they were standing side by side, they were really seen (at least for me) as one. His signing was beautiful - and it's really the first time I got to see him live on stage (I've seen him in other things and AT other things, but this is the first time I really got to see him act) and he was INcredible!
Troy was hysterical as Charles. Dan Callaway (Heather's hubby!) did an EXCELLENT job voicing him. I'd previously seen Troy in Sleeping Beauty Wakes and he played a very similar character (the prince) in that show as well. One thing about Troy - he's the nicest, NICEST man but he always tends to play sleazy bad guys,... not sure why.
A few random things that went through my mind as I was watching the show:
After the show I stuck around a bit - Linda who had seen the show that night as well had to run and couldn't stay after to chat. :( I was surprised to see Brian there who said that he watched the show from the third floor that night. It was lovely to see him, but because his site is still up in the air, I was a little apprehensive about the whole thing. But he was VERY sweet to me and even offered to take a picture of me with Ty before I left.
I did get to see and speak with Anthony - who immediately saw me, signed "Sheri!" and gave me a big hug. :) He's SO sweet. He and I talked for a bit about the show, the site, etc. Halfway through our conversation, he asked if I could sign (I thought it was cute since I'd been trying to sign to him throughout our conversation) ;) I told him I took night school classes long ago, but that I forgot everything I learned. He said I signed well - which, I couldn't tell you how happy that made me - even if he was just being polite. :D
Finally, I did get to speak with Ty after Brian took our photo. :) I always feel like a third grader when I speak with him because he's SO damn intelligent and his signing just blows me away... I always realize AFTER our conversation what he was saying - which, of course, makes me feel like an idiot later. The first thing he asked me was if I flew from Hawaii just to see the show - which I said that I did. He asked me if I enjoyed it - which I told him, "very much!" He said that my flight must've been really long - I told him that I was SO tired. Then he said something about it being earlier there. Which I said it was - he asked me how many hours and I said I think 3 (but my mind must've been mush because with DST it's only two...) In any case, he was great to speak with.
I said good bye to Brian (who told me he would be there on Sunday afternoon when I see the show for the final time) and he told me to stay for the talk back - which I WISH I could do,... but I have to drive down to SCR to see Nick's show that night so I can't afford to stay. :(
I'm SO glad that I came out to see this show! It was visually one of the most stunning things I've seen in a while - and though my heart will always be attached to Sleeping Beauty Wakes - this show, the performances, and the cast are simply incredible.
I'm off to finish my wonderful mabo tofu from PF Chang's and then get ready to see The Full Monty tonight at Redondo Beach. Hope you all are having a lovely Friday. HUGS!!!