Broadway, Baby! #sol14

20140308-222522.jpgToday was awesome.  It’s been way too long since I saw a Broadway show and today that was remedied.  Two friends and I headed into the city to see Bridges of Madison County.  We hit a few snags when the show was almost sold out (seriously?!), but three tickets were eventually procured, though not all together.

We spent a little while walking around the city and grabbed lunch at Cosi, a personal favorite for a quick, healthy lunch.  We passed by a few other shows and let me tell you, you could not get near If/Then.  I’ve been an Idina Menzel fan since her Rent days, but I’ve never seen lines like I saw today.  I think she owes John Travolta a bit!

I’ve never read the book or seen the movie, so I went into the show without any expectations.  I actually expected it to be hokey and melodramatic (not “rapturous”, as the ads say), but there aren’t many musicals I pass on seeing so I expected a fun day out.  When we walked into the theater I was a bit worried, seeing as we were the youngest people there.  No lie, everyone else was retired.  I’m pretty sure a good number of them retired before the movie was released….

There were some uncomfortable conversations with the audience members around us, especially the women who told us we needed to read the “juicy” book, which was “the 50 Shades of thirty years ago!”.  Oh boy…

The musical, though?  Absolutely stunning.  It’s intimate, passionate, lush, and beautiful.  I loved Steven Pasquale on Rescue Me but had no idea he has such a great voice! And as expected, Kelli O’Hara was just perfection.  This is her show, through and through, and she is on-stage almost the entire length of the musical.

It’s not a traditional musical; there’s no dancing, very little action, and the cast is small.  But it’s character-driven and the music is some of the best I’ve heard in years.  I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house when it ended and I know I will be buying the cast recording when it comes out.  At one point I leaned over and said to my friend, “I’m way more invested in this than I ever expected to be!”  Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale make sure that you fall in love with their characters and they break your heart in the process.

When the show ended, we were wiped out.  Emotionally, it’s completely draining.  Needless to say, we needed milkshakes from Shake Shack to recover!  But now I can’t stop listening to the demos (here) on repeat.  So gorgeous!

Ready for the show!

Ready for the show!

Slice of Life March 22nd, 2013 #slice2013

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I’m sitting here, trying to fall asleep, and I’m watching Friends.

Friends is my go-to comfort show.  I watch it when I’m sick, when I want to fall asleep, when I need to wind down from a long day. I’ve seen every episode a hundred times and Chris would tell you that I can recite the episode title with less than 30 seconds of any episode.  He’s right.

 I started watching Friends when I was in about 5th grade.  Then, I wasn’t allowed to stay up an watch the episodes, so I would sneak and watch them whenever I got the chance.  I remember that my friend Colleen loved the show too, so for her birthday I got her a Central Perk t-shirt and coffee mug, and I was convinced it was the best present ever! We would sing “Smelly Cat” together at school and we all wanted to be like the characters when we grew up.  Living in NY, hanging out at a coffee shop, spending every day with your best friends — it sounded like the best life ever!

I watched Friends all through middle school, high school, and into college.  The episodes would be on the background as I studied or napped.  They played as I got ready to go out on Thursday nights and while my friends and I did each other’s hair and make-up. Then, they announced that the series was ending.  My college friends and I piled into one room, crammed onto beds and the floor, and watched the last episode together.  I remember crying as the characters walked out of the apartment for the last time, because my friends and I were only a few months away from graduating college and walking away from our lives, too.

Friends is my show.  I can recite almost every line.  I still laugh at all the jokes.

“My god, this parachute is a knapsack!”

“The cushions are the essence of the chair!”

“Could I be wearing anymore clothes?!”

 And tonight it will help put me to sleep.

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