Took the train up to NYC frightfully early on Saturday morning and met up with Rebecca. She, of course, beat me to the city, and so promptly went shopping - smart lass. :-) We then charged off to try and win the lottery for Wicked tickets, as she had done the previous weekend in Chicago. Alas, either I messed up her mojo, or the musical gods decided she was pressing her luck, or both. S'all good - we ended up getting tickets to Spelling Bee instead, which was great fun. Honestly can't decide whether the cast members or the audience members recruited to join the Bee were more fun. Either way, a great musical, and now that I know it's going to be playing here in DC, I may try and see it again.
Then it was back to the hotel for a brief crash, and off to pre-theatre dinner and Rent! While I'm not the fan of the show that Rebecca is, it was a great performance, aided by the fact that everyone in the audience was going great ga-ga over original cast members Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal, back for a limited time only, apparently. Anthony walked out on stage and everyone started screaming before he could say a word. That's gotta be a fun feeling! Was a very good show - much better than the movie, and much better than just listening to the soundtrack.
Thus endeth the semi-serious portion of the weekend's festivities. After that, it was off to the movie theatre for the Buffy musical, "Once More, With Feeling." The cast members were great, the audience was having fun, a good time was had by all.
Having gotten up at 5, watched three shows and run around Times Square all day, I got to culminate the evening with a brief call from tricksterquinn. Life is good. Crash like rock.
The next day was somewhat quieter, involving only a trip to the Central Park Zoo (tried to make it to the Cloisters, only to find that the bus ride would have eaten up all of our day), followed by a matinee of "Xanadu." Having actually seen Xanadu in the movie theatre (yes, I am that old), watching it on stage was awesome. Different, but awesome. Terribly silly 80's jokes, actors on roller skates, Tony Robbins playing Zeus. What more can you ask for?
Best line of the weekend? "I didn't recognize you without the handcuffs." - Rent.