Wednesday, June 24, 2009
help me escape the music of the night
Justin, I just read your article on Theater Anxiety Disorder - brilliant! I, too, notice when something goes wrong in a live theater show, such as the prop being left on-stage accidentally, only to be casually scooped up by a true professional in the next scene and quietly hidden away. When I saw "9 to 5" in Los Angeles, the timing of the sets swooping in was off throughout the show and I cringed every time. Of course, I cringed through that entire mess of a show, but that's another story.
Speaking of messes, last night I saw "Phantom" in Las Vegas. Not "Phantom of the Opera" - no, this is the 95-minute version designed for Vegas audiences and named just "Phantom." If "Opera" was in the title, it might have scared off the tourists. Somehow, at 95 minutes, it still seemed like the longest musical ever. The actor playing the Phantom would have been voted off American Idol in week one for his hilarious overacting, but the crowd gave him a huge standing ovation at the end. No accounting for taste, I guess.
But the sets - the chandelier assembling in mid-air, the boat cruising across the stage - were pretty impressive. With all the movement and potential for disaster, you would have been a nervous wreck, Justin!
What did you think of the Bret Michaels tragedy at this year's Tony Awards? (I say "tragedy" because he survived - kidding!)
P.S. Four days in Las Vegas is WAY too long, even if you're visiting with family.