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19 January 2004 @ 07:47 pm
My Wonderful Weekend in NYC. :)  
Wow! What a spectacular trip it was! :) I just got home not too long ago and I'm still trying to catch up on all your entries while I was gone, but I wanted to quickly recap the best parts of my trip while it's still fresh in my mind. :)

Seeing friends and meeting new ones

It was great to see gigglets - we haven't traveled together since September two years ago and I've missed seeing shows with her and hanging out at the stage door with her. :) I also got to see an internet friend that I hadn't seen in about 3 years! I thought I'd never see her again, but as luck would have it, she was in the city on Saturday morning standing in the "Wicked" lottery line and it was SO nice to see her!! :) I also got the chance (totally by accident) to meet starstruck113 at "Aida" on Sunday night (which I won't mention - only to say that Cheyenne Jackson was the best part of the darn show.) It was so nice to finally meet you, Lauren! :)

"Millie", "Millie", and overdose on "Millie" :)

Saw "Thoroughly Modern Millie" four times this weekend and it was spectacular! Sutton was in the entire weekend, which I was very thankful for. :) The entire cast was wonderful and it was so nice to see Kevin in such a great show!

I have no performance reviews yet (my brain is still fried from the 14 hour plane rides) :P But I did want to mention some of the wonderful things that happened (and some not so wonderful things)... :P

Pat & I almost didn't make it in time for Friday night's performance of "Millie" - my flight from Atlanta was delayed and I ended up arriving in La Guardia at 7pm! :O The show started at 8pm and with Friday afternoon traffic into the city we were worried we'd only be able to make it for Act 2. :P Yay for Pat and her D.C. *ahem* driving skills (I was closing my eyes most of the way!!) we made it to the Marquis theatre with 5 minutes to spare! Pat is amazing! :)

Kevin was already walking toward us when we went down to the stage door after the show that night - we had orchestra seats and got stuck in a crowd of people who felt the need to stand in the aisles and block the way without moving after the show was done. :( It was freezing cold (for me anyway) so Kevin took us around the corner to talk where there was no wind. We talked for a bit, I told him to wish Julie a Happy Birthday for me (it was her birthday that night), and found out that he did receive the lucky bamboo Mark & I sent him for opening night and that it was one of the few things (besides his new ipod and speakers) that he has in his dressing room. :) When we were leaving he asked us if we could meet him at the Starbucks in the hotel after the show the next day so we could talk out of the cold.

The next day it took him a while to show up at Starbucks after the show (he later said it was because he was talking with Adrian Zmed who happened to be at the show that afternoon). The Starbucks was packed so we must've spent a good 15 minutes looking for somewhere to sit and talk inside the hotel. I swear, the Marriott Marquis has zero seats on the first 7 floors of their darn hotel! :P We ended up going to a bar on the 8th floor that was playing REALLY loud, really tacky disco music and where Kevin ended up buying an $8 Sprite just so we could sit and talk. :( It was ridiculous and I felt a little bad about it. :(

We sat up there for an hour and talked about everything from Julie's show, to his thoughts on Trevor Graydon, to whether he ever thinks he'll be back on the LA stage... It was nice to just talk with him since I hadn't really had much time to speak with him and catch up since September of last year. Found out he wasn't a coffee drinker (yay, Kevin!) and he told us about a wonderful popcorn place across the street from the Hershey's store that we had to try. :) The funniest thing was that I was mentioning how much I liked the little thing he did in "Speed Test" where he'd examine his shoe a little as he sang (which he only did that morning). He laughed and said he didn't even know where that came from - it just happened. But then, Pat & I noticed that he made a concerted effort to do it each time afterward. He almost forgot to do it on Sunday, but then remembered and did it, rather belatedly. :) It was funny.

He wanted us to meet him at the Starbucks again after the evening show (I don't think he wanted us to wait for him in the cold - which was very sweet), but it wasn't too cold and one of the things I enjoy most is seeing other fans and people go up to him after the show and wish him well. So we didn't listen and showed up at the stage door that night instead of waiting for him at Starbucks. :P The greatest thing that evening was hearing a girl yell to her friend, "That's the guy who played Trevor Graydon! I'm sure of it!" I couldn't be happier at all the attention he was getting that night. :)

Standing out there that weekend I did get to speak with some of the other cast members who were all so nice. Delta Burke was a riot and spoke-yelled like her character in the show. :) Angela Christian was a doll! She said she saw me in the audience on Sunday after the matinee. She's hilarious in person and apologized to Pat (thinking the little girl standing next to her was her daughter) for saying "ass" while she was talking to me. (I guess she does speak NY) :) David Rhee (who's the new Ching Ho) was SO darn cute and very sweet. He actually sort of blushed when I told him that he was so much better than the original Ching Ho. :) Sutton was there and sweet to everyone as always, but she was always surrounded by so many people that I didn't want to bother her. I did get to speak with her briefly on Friday, though. :)

It was such a wonderful trip, but I'm so glad to be home. I missed Mark and Sydney a lot! Not to mention this 70 degree weather! One thing that annoyed me about the cold was that it seemed to take forever to get ready to go anywhere because of all the layers that need to be worn... kinda tedious, actually. :P I don't know how you all do it, I give you all in cold weather a lot of credit!

Hope everyone had a nice weekend, I'm off to eat (they didn't feed us at all on the 11 1/2 hour flight over there, but fed us twice on the 9 hour flight home... weird) and play with my fuzzy dog. :) Hope you all have a nice evening! :)
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Care: hugscareleswhisper on January 19th, 2004 10:15 pm (UTC)
Welcome back. *hugs* Glad you had a nice time. :)
Sherishutterbug93 on January 19th, 2004 10:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks Carrie, it was a really nice weekend! :)
WE ALL NEED A SENSE OF HUMOR: flying hello kittybeam861 on January 20th, 2004 06:01 am (UTC)
Welcome back!!! Sounds like a great trip. Kevin sounds like a very warm, down-to-earth type of person. I was wondering how you were handling those cold arctic-like temps. When you live in the tundra, you tend to get used to the bulky clothing. The advantage to it is, it hides those extra pounds you tend to put on during the holidays! lol Was the fuzzy dog happy to see you, or irritated because you went and left him???
Sherishutterbug93 on January 20th, 2004 11:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Barb! :) I'm so happy to be home and away from the cold for a bit. And you're right, Kevin is an absolute sweetheart! He's a little shy when people first meet him, but he's very thoughtful and very generous with the little free time that he has! And true enough about bulky clothing! Haha! I didn't have to go on my pre-trip diet this trip because no one could tell under all my clothes! And Sydney was really happy to see me when I got home. She yelped and made frantic barky noises when I greeted her at the door, it was really cute. :)
Mrs Beanshuman_beans on January 20th, 2004 06:51 am (UTC)
YAYYYYY you're back and not frozen! I glad you had an awesome time! Just making the show on your arrival date would've given me hives! I hate cutting things close. Weird that they didn't feed you at all on the way home!

YAYAYAYA you're back!
Sherishutterbug93 on January 20th, 2004 11:41 pm (UTC)
It was a wonderful time, but I'm so glad to be home (it'll give me a chance to thaw before I try this again next month with Mark). :P And believe me, I was panicking on Friday night. Lucky for me that Pat was driving or we never would've made it. Woo hoo for her DC driving! :)
irisheyes77 on January 20th, 2004 07:38 am (UTC)
Wow, it sounds like you had a truly awesome time!

Kevin seems like such a nice, down to earth guy.
Sherishutterbug93 on January 20th, 2004 11:44 pm (UTC)
I did, but it's so nice to be home. I missed everyone! :( This is the first time I've had to leave Sydney since she got sick and it was pretty hard on me...

And Kevin's a doll - I can't think of a nicer, more down to earth guy. I just feel very fortunate to have gotten the opportunity to know him these past three years.
With a spark: Nature: Oceanconchispa on January 20th, 2004 07:41 am (UTC)
Welcome back! Glad to hear you had a good time and survived the cold ;0) Damn, I remember having to layer and what a pain in the ass it was. (hehe, I said "ass").
Sherishutterbug93 on January 20th, 2004 11:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) Haha! You said "ass" ;). It was funny because I'm sure a six year old in NYC has heard much worse, but she was SO concerned. It was also funny since Angela's character in the show says, "I'm sorry I don't speak New York yet." :) I had a fabulous time in the city!! When are you going back?
Sabine: Lausersabine10 on January 20th, 2004 12:52 pm (UTC)
Welcome back, Sheri. :) *Hugs* I'm very glad that you had wonderful weekend. Hope you had a nice day today. :)
Sherishutterbug93 on January 20th, 2004 11:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Sabine! :) It was such a nice weekend, but I was really ready to come home to Mark and Sydney! Hope you're having a nice week! *HUGS* :)