Sunday, February 7, 2010

Side by Side by Side


"New York, New York, a helluva town -
The Bronx is up, but the Battery's down.
The people ride in a hole in the ground.
New York, New York, it's a helluva town!"
Betty Comden and Adolph Green

DAY 121:  My annual Spring show-trip to New York City with my friend, Carole, has become one of the most exciting and anticipated highlights each year for me.  Tonight, Carole and I bought our airline and show tickets for our long weekend in THE City!  This year's itinerary includes FIVE shows, three of which feature a score by my favorite composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim.  In addition, we'll be meeting up with about twenty online friends who also post on the Sondheim.com bulletin board.  We met up with a number of them a couple of years ago before a production of Sunday in the Park with George and had a terrific time meeting people from all over the country (and from across the Atlantic!).

The line up for this year ... Julie Taymor's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute at the Met (if you're not familiar with her work, she created the acclaimed Broadway production of The Lion King), the revival of A Little Night Music (with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury), Next Fall (starring our dear friend, Paddy Heusinger), Anyone Can Whistle (as part of the City Center's Encores! series and starring Sutton Foster), and Sondheim on Sondheim (a new Sondheim revue starring one of my favorite performers of all time, Barbara Cook, along with another favorite, Norm Lewis, plus Vanessa Williams and Taboo's lead, Euan Morton)!  WOW!

Our trip typically lasts from Thursday until Monday.  We usually buy tickets for SIX shows - one Thursday night, one Friday night, matinee and evening Saturday, and matinee and evening Sunday - but couldn't find a show we wanted to see with a performance on Sunday night this year.  So ... we're going to do something we haven't done before and that's WING IT for Sunday night and see what comes up.

It's going to be a WONDERFUL weekend!!

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