Saw Off-Broadway show tonight - Toxic Avenger
Here is a secret picture taken before the show started of the stage
It was AWESOME! Super hilarious, super fun, amazing singing, and winner of best new musical! Plus tickets are only $45 and we sat in the second row in the center. HIGHLY RECCOMENDED.
So funny!!!! Loved it! 5 out of 5 stars!
Before the curtain went up at A STEADY RAIN
Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig were so incredibly amazing. I know this has received dicey reviews, but personally I thought it was amazing. They are incredible actors. I was completely sucked into the story and forgot for a little bit that I was at a play and it wasn’t real.
The best part - they both were wearing wife beaters under their shirts and at the end of the show, offered to autograph them and give them to the highest bidder for the charity Broadway Cares to fight AIDS. The highest bid - $3000!!! For James Bond and Wolverine’s undershirts.
Last night B and I went to
see experience Sleep No More. This Off-Broadway production that is getting so much press and is now sold out through Halloween, is loosely based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Alfred Hitchcok’s Vertigo. However the whole time you feel like you are living in a Stanley Kubrick film.
According to the New York Times: “Sleep No More” is, in short, a voyeur’s delight, with all the creepy, shameful pleasures that entails.
Sleep No More is an “immersion” play that is happening all around you. You are physically walking though the McKittrick Hotel looking at what is going on around you. The “hotel” is a warehouse on the West Side of Manhattan that is 5 stories tall and roughly 100,000 square feet, so it does take quite some time to explore all the rooms and details it has to offer. You can touch every prop, go to the penny candy room and house as much candy as you want, sign guest books, read old health records in the mental health ward, even help an actor clean up and retie their costume when needed.
While experiencing the show, you have the option of running around after an actor (we followed the Bad Witch for over an hour) to see what they will do next from scene to scene, or staying in the room (set) in the hotel and exploring all the details. You can chose your own path of your experience.
It wasn’t a show where you go, sit down, an are entertained for a few hours. This you are up, walking and running, pushing people out of the way to get a better view, you are part of it and not part of it at the same time. It’s nearly impossible to describe. I will say it was one of the coolest experiences I have ever had with theater.
Think about it last night, makes me shudder and smile all at the same time.
Last night I was lucky enough to go see Hugh Jackman Back On Broadway. B got us THIRD ROW tickets for my birthday!
This was one of the best shows I have ever seen. I didn’t know what to expect from a one man show. But I can tell you this blew every expectation I had out of the water. Hugh talked about everything and anything in his life - personal anecdotes from his life about his kids, his wife, his father, stories about filming movies, hosting the Oscars, stories about Australia and the Aborigine people, his favorite songs, his favorite musicals, everything.
He is so beyond talented, he is an amazing singer, and entertainer and kept us engaged and laughing the entire time.
He even brought up some random guy from the audience to dance with him - it was hilarious!
At the end of the show somehow an older man with a cane crept on the stage - security was right behind him, but Hugh said no let him stay, and had a conversation with this guy about serving in the Australian army in front of us all. Instead of freaking out that this guy got past security, he just went with it.
It was two hours long and was so entertaining and fun, and the best part was that Hugh looked like he was having the time of his life, ad libbing, laughing, and smiling.
It was so great, I want to see it again and again.
6 out of 5 stars.
(Third row!!!!! Still so excited about it!!!!)
Tonight I went to see Seminar on Broadway - starring
Professor Snape Alan Rickman, and the fat kid from Stand By Me Jerry O’Connor, Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, and Hettienne Park.
It was EXCELLENT!
I didn’t have a lot of expectations as opening night was last night, and the times gave it such a long review I didn’t read it completely. (Hey I was at work and it was busy) Alan Rickman was grumpy, dark, brooding, and so so so perfect in his role as the English Teacher to these four aspiring writers/students.
O’Connell was (who used to work out at my gym btw) also perfect in his uppity, over achiever, spoiled, eager to please-ness. The rest of the cast was hilarious and their timing was perfect. They were totally believable, and it was actually super funny. You could relate a little bit to each character, and it left me wondering what would happen next.
I thoroughly enjoyed the show and I am so glad I saw it!
4 out of 5 stars
Last night I was able to go to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular! This is something I have always wanted to do for all the years that I have lived in New York.
The show was almost exactly how I expected - really fun and super cheesy! However, a little cheesiness is totally okay at the holidays in my book. Plus, I sure loved seeing the Rockette’s doing their famous kicks!
What a fun night!
I saw Venus in Fur Saturday night. It’s staring Hugh Dancy (Claire Dane’s husband) and Nina Arainda.
I didn’t know a lot about what this show was about, but it was forward for Broadway - lots of lingerie, and cussing and swearing - however it’s an age old idea about Venus/Aphrodite and her effect on men or in this case - a man.
It was okay - it wasn’t fantastic but it was entertaning.
3 out of 5.
Last night B and I saw the Book Of Mormon on Broadway. It was written by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone who created South Park. This is actually the 2nd time I had seen it, but B hadn’t seen it before. It was even better than the first time! We spent the entire time cracking up! When intermission came both of us sort of looked at each other like - already?! We woke up this morning still talking about it.
So so so funny!
5 out of 5 stars!
Today I saw Other Desert Cities on Broadway and it was awesome! Stacy Keach, Stockard Channing (hello Rizzo from Grease), Justin Kirk (hello Andy from Weeds), and Judith Light (Whose the boss!!) were all in it so the acting was amazing.
It was an amazing story, about a family shattering, coming together, and the relationships in between. Not knowing a ton about it when I went into it, I was surprised by the ending, and I think it made it that much better.
I truly enjoyed it, and was so glad I got to see it.
4 out of 5 stars
Saw Newsies on Broadway last night - it was great! It’s getting a ton of Tony noms - 8 including the one for Best Musical. Plus Jack Kelly was being played by the guy that played Tony in West Side Story - Jeremy Jordan, so it was pretty awesome to see him live.
They changed the story a bit from the movie, which my buddy LAEL was upset about, but it was still great, and they played King of New York perfectly so I was happy!
Overall it was great an entertaining and the dancing was amazing. So many gymnastics from these guys, leaps and twists, and aerial cartwheels, handsprings, flying toe touches, it was incredible!
Apparently President Obama was a block away so they totally shut down the theater district and Time Square, which was weird to see everything empty except police cars. We got stuck in the theater as they wouldn’t let us leave until he was out of the area, so the cast came out and did some question and answer after the show which was pretty funny. Most of the questions were from eager young women asking if the cast was single, or if they could get a kiss which was hilarious. These woman have a lot of chutzpah! Anyway, it was cool to see the cast as regular people and talk about what inspires them to sing and dance!