Pride

Jun. 9th, 2017 07:57 pm
En route to D.C. For my first ever March on Washington 🌈🏳️‍🌈
This photo has nothing to do with Pride, but I loved it.

Sabotage

May. 28th, 2017 08:45 am
wonderboynj: (I Heart NY)
Binging my way through Sex and The City.

I had forgotten how difficult it is to watch Carrie sabotage her relationship with Aidan, who is clearly the better choice for her.
wonderboynj: (I Heart NY)
So tonight, I had a great time hanging out with an old friend Kim who I worked with at IKON and hadn't seen in person in almost 2 years. We had a great dinner and went to see Kathy Griffin at Carnegie Hall. Still as funny as ever.

Coming home turned out to be a nightmare.

We walked from Carnegie Hall (57th Street) to Penn Station (34th Street). No big deal, it was a nice night we had an hour before Kim's train and we could both use the extra exercise.

I left her at Penn Station and walked over to the PATH station at 33rd Street. Lots of people milling about but I didn't think anything of it. I get downstairs, and all of the sliding doors are closed, completely blocking access to the station. Note: I didn't even know those sliding doors existed, in the 5+ years I've been taking the PATH I've never seen them closed.

Hunky man in uniform tells me the entire system is down and is likely to be for awhile. He said my best bet was to go to the Bus Terminal and figure out a bus.

I walked up the stairs and figured I would try my hand at finding two or three others heading to Jersey City to split a cab with. I find two people and the first cab we find (at this point, the cabs were lined up with dollar signs in the cabbie's eyes) explains rather abruptly he can't split fares. The other people reluctantly get out to look for another cab.

Instead of departing the cabbie says "Are you paying with a credit card or cash?" I explained it would be via credit card."

He responds with "You'll have to pay now then, because our satellite system doesn't work in NJ." Yeah I know, don't get me started.

I told him I had no problem doing that but how could he know the fare? He said it would be $45 plus tolls which are $7.

He pulls it up on the screen, the amount is $62.

I kindly pointed out that $45 plus $7 was $52 not $62. He explains that I also had to pay a minimum of 20% tip, hence $62. I stupidly agreed and off we go.

Halfway through the Holland Tunnel, we come across two drunk guys walking through the tunnel. The cabbie asks me if I want him to get them, explaining they can help pay my fare and at least get them out of the tunnel, which is illegal. I didn't have an issue with it.

They were very thankful, explaining that they would each give me $20 and we would drop them off at the first gas station out of the tunnel since they actually were headed to Hoboken.

We get to the gas station and they throw open the doors and take off running. Well, whatever, at this point I just wanted to get home. However, one of the guys dropped a bunch of bills as he was running away, and though the cabbie and I both called out to them they didn't come back for it.

I jumped out of the cab (leaving the door open, knowing if I didn't the cabbie would leave me there in a heartbeat) and picked up the money. I got back in the cab and was counting it to which the cabbie yelled for me to hold it up so he could see if it was $20s. I said no twenties, all singles.

So off we go. I explain to the cab driver how to get to my area of Jersey City.

Finally about 3 blocks from my place he stops and says "I can't go any farther, it's not allowed. And give me my money that was dropped." Oh, and my apartment is less than 2 miles from the gas station where the losers ran off.

I said, "Your money? If you'll credit it off the $62 fare you charged me you can have it."

Then he proceeded to start screaming at how I was a thief, etc. I should have been smart enough to snap a picture of the cab number.

I'm hoping that the cab number will be on the credit card pending charge. Even if it's not, I'm still going to file a complaint I think.

And for the record, the drunk guys dropped $19.

Was I wrong to refuse to give him the money?

Also, I love the fact that even though I subscribe to the PATH alert messaging system, which loves to send me text messages every time there's a 5 or 10 minute train service delay, there's still nothing been sent out about the whole system being down for the past 4 hours or so.
wonderboynj: (I Heart NY)
My friend Scott, summed it up far more eloquently than I could...but I did have to say a few things.

If at all possible, see A Normal Heart while you can. This may not happen again in our lifetime.

I came home full of things to say and thoughts I wanted to express. Instead, all I could do was cry.

It's a wonderful work, well written, beautifully directed and acted. The all white stage with it's difficult to read messages of despair, very touching.

I don't think there was one person on that stage who wasn't perfect for the role they were playing.

One of my current favorite actors on Broadway was there, Tony Sheldon who is currently starring as Bernadette in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The two readers of this journal and my Facebook will note that I ran into Nick Adams on a Wednesday night not too long ago as well.

I wanted to approach Mr. Sheldon after the show and just say Hi and tell him I loved his performance and wish him the best at the Tonys. However, everyone was crying when the show was over, it just seemed so wrong to say something to him at the moment. Really, it seemed wrong to say anything.

I also saw Cynthia Nixon and her partner, both with tears streaming down their faces as they headed West on 45th street. [livejournal.com profile] anarchy_lime spotted Kathleen Chalfant, I did not. Nor did I realize who she was until I googled her.

So, if I was a real critic I would write. "Go see A Normal Heart. Take some tissues, and someone you love. When the show is over, tell everyone you love again and again that you love them. Don't stop."




And if you're reading this. I love you.
I updated this for my own purposes...Updates to the list are in italics...

88 Shows, and counting...

I was trying to figure out which Broadway theatre I've been in the most times, so I went about it the long way.

I've been blessed to see a lot of shows! You'll have to read through the list to see the winner though.

Al Hirschfield/Martin Beck
Hair
How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Sweet Charity
A Tale of Two Cities

American Airlines Theatre
Hedda Gabler
A Man For All Seasons

Belasco Theatre
Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Booth Theatre
Next to Normal

Broadhurst Theatre
Baby, It's You
Equus

Broadway Theatre
The Color Purple
Promises, Promises
Shrek
Sister Act (2 times)

Brooks Atkinson Theatre
The Odd Couple

Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Company (2 times)
Speed The Plow

Cort Theatre
Barefoot In The Park
A View From The Bridge

Eugene O'Neill
The Book of Mormon
Sweeney Todd (2005 Revival)

George Gershwin Theatre
Wicked

Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
A Steady Rain
All My Sons
A Chorus Line
Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life
The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim

Helen Hayes Theatre
Xanadu

Foxwoods (The Hilton)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Spider-Man (2 times)
Young Frankenstein

Imperial Theatre
Billy Elliot (2 times)

John Golden Theatre
Avenue Q
The Normal Heart

Longacre Theatre
La Cage Aux Folles (3 times) (2010 Revival)

Lunt-Fontaine Theatre
The Addams Family
The Little Mermaid
Titanic

Lyceum Theatre
Scottsboro Boys
Steel Magnolias

Marquis Theatre
9 to 5
Annie Get Your Gun
La Cage Aux Folles (2004 Revival)
Wonderland

Minskoff Theatre
Fiddler On The Roof

Music Box Theatre
Dame Edna: Back With A Vengance
Deuce

Nederlander Theatre
Guys and Dolls
Rent

Neil Simon Theatre
Catch Me If You Can
Hairspray
Ragtime
The Music Man

New Amsterdam Theatre
The Lion King
Mary Poppins

Palace Theatre
Legally Blonde
Liza's At The Palace
Minnelli On Minnelli
Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Samuel J. Friedman (Biltmore)
LoveMusik

Shubert
Blithe Spirit
Spamalot

St. James Theatre
Gypsy (2008 Revival)

Stephen Sondheim (Henry Miller)
All About Me
Anything Goes
Bye Bye Birdie

Studio 54
110 In The Shade
Cabaret (1998 Revival)
Pal Joey
The People In The Picture
The Ritz
Sondheim on Sondheim
Sunday In The Park with George (2 times)
The Threepenny Opera
Wishful Drinking

Vivian Beaumont
South Pacific
War Horse

Walter Kerr
A Catered Affair
Grey Gardens (2 times)
A Little Night Music (2 times)
The Normal Heart (Benefit Reading)

The winner, with 10 productions attended, is Studio 54.

Theatres I've Not Been In

Ambassador
August Wilson
Bernard B. Jacobs
Circle In The Square
Majestic
Richard Rodgers
Winter Garden

War Horse

May. 25th, 2011 12:21 am
wonderboynj: (Woofy Smile)
Fading away like the stars in the morning
Losing their light in their glorious sun
Thus would we pass from this earth and it's toiling
Only remembered for what we have done


Only Remembered, one of the moving songs in War Horse, a play with music currently on an open-ended run at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater.

You must see it. Get a ticket, and it's a hot ticket right now so it will take some doing, but it will be well worth the effort. Tip: Try to get a seat on one of the aisles.

I've been looking forward to this show since it was announced the London production would open in the United States, and I was not disappointed.

War Horse is based on a children's book, but it is far from a children's production. It's the story of a boy named Albert, and his horse, Joey. Joey is sold by Albert's alcoholic father to the British Calvary. Eventually Albert runs away to travel through Europe to find him.

Joey, and the other horses in the story, are puppets. Saying that they are puppets doesn't begin to describe them really. These puppets quickly become real. They breathe, they whinny, they stamp their feet, their hooves clomp when they walk around the stage, they do everything but poop on the stage. I'd say within 5 minutes of young Joey's appearance onstage no one in the audience thought of him as a puppet. There is also an adorable goose who I just wanted to take home with me. In addition to the two main horses, Joey and Topthorne, there are about 8 other horses in the show. Most of the other horses are not nearly as intricate as Joey and Topthorne.

As you can imagine the show packs quite the emotional punch but I wouldn't call it a tear jerker. There's a scene right near the very end where I think everyone in the theater gasped at the same time. The couple next to me from Spain burst out crying. That part in and of itself was worth the price of admission.

The staging of the show is a work of brilliance on it's own. I hesitate to use the word magic, but the entire back of the stage is dark and they use that to make the whole cast appear and disappear in seconds, and it is quite something to witness.

In World War I, it's estimated that 8 million horses died, that's almost as many horses as people. The ones that didn't die, were most often just left on the battlefields, in the trenches, or in France, sold to the local butcher. They weren't brought back as heroes.

As a side note, there was a fight behind me in the middle of the first act. This couple kept talking and talking and the people around me kept shushing them, it was like being at the opera the way people were shushing anyone who made the slightest noise. Anyway, finally this young man sitting next to the talking couple screamed "Shut the fuck up!" and hit the guy with his Playbill. Several of the actors on the stage turned and looked and I actually thought they were going to stop the show, they continued on though and those two seats were empty for the second act.

One thing about this show is it doesn't appear that Lincoln Center does a cancellation line. And outside of the theater, there are people literally begging for tickets. You would think these people were trying to get into The Book of Mormon. With the demand for tickets though, I was saddened to see a few empty seats and one entire empty row, for the whole show. Obviously people who had purchased tickets and just didn't show up for whatever reason.

So again, go see the show if at all possible. In addition to this production, it is going to begin a National Tour next year. I put some links to some neat video footage below.





This one I couldn't embed...

http://youtu.be/gPEmBBVtN08
I had the pretty good fortune of seeing The Addams Family musical tonight, I mostly enjoyed it.

The things I did like.

Nathan Lane & Bebe Neuwirth as Gomez & Morticia Addams. Kevin Chamberlin as Uncle Fester may have the best part of the show, [livejournal.com profile] sohipithurts you should definitely see him, but try to get discount tickets if they are available :)

Some of the songs are really good, I think the cast recording if it sticks to just the songs, might be a very enjoyable experience.

The set is really well done, as are the puppets. Even though the creators have stated that the show is based on the cartoons, not the TV show or the 2 movies, we get the familiar "snap snap" theme music, plus appearances by Cousin It and Thing. I believe all 3 things were from the television show.

Several of the reviews have said the show's plot of Wednesday asking her family to be normal when they meet Lucas Lucas Lucas' family is stupid, because the Addams believe they are normal. I didn't have a problem with that aspect at all, I think every child, no matter what their family is like, just wants their family to be normal in that situation.

I thought Gomez and Morticia's quandry about getting old, etc, was very touching.

Some of the jokes are very funny, even if they were predictable. "Stop the damn texting and pick up a book!" and "Ohio is a swing state!" Oh, and lest we forget "What's the one thing we all want but not everyone has? Health care?"

We had great seats.

What I didn't care for.

The first & second act felt totally disjointed and Uncle Fester is missing for most of the second, though he does get two big parts. A cute dance with the moon and one other thing I won't give away. [livejournal.com profile] sirpupnyc pointed out that mostly the second act was all couples.

Morticia doesn't get to dance very much, but when she did lift up her skirt (literally), it was very enjoyable. In fact, I'd say Morticia doesn't get much of a part at all, the whole show is clearly Gomez'.

The writers, who clearly didn't spend any time on the second act at all, should have had the time to research that in 1969 John Lennon wouldn't have discovered that "All You Need Is Love".

The show will probably run forever. Five years ago even Wicked got bad reviews and look what happened to them!

If you can get a discount of some sort (doubtful) it's worth your time to see it. I'm not so sure it's worth the $136.50! to see, unless you have money to throw away. In which case you are probably not reading this.

I saw the concert last night with the NY Philharmonic, I thought it was very enjoyable. David Hyde Pierce did a good job as the host and even got lots of foreign language bits in even they he said they turned down his request to do the whole show in languages other than English, like West Side Story recently did.

It was a little slow to get started but after the first few pieces it got really good.

The first section was songs that Sondheim wrote the lyrics for.

The show began with the company from West Side Story doing "America", and since they have a performance tonight I don't know if they will do something different in that piece or skip it altogether.

Marin Mazzie & her husband sang "We're Gonna Be Alright" from Do I Hear A Waltz? with alternate lyrics.

Victoria Clark sang the song Sondheim wrote lyrics for Judy Holiday to sing in Hot Spot.

The next sequence was shows Stephen wrote in the 70s.

Nathan Gunn sang "Johanna" from Sweeney Todd

"You're Gonna Love Tomorrow" was performed by four people, only one of whom I recall - Matt Cavenaugh.
"Too Many Mornings" performed by Nathan Gunn and Audra McDonald (this was one of the highlights of the whole show)

The next sequence was songs performed by the original performers.

"The Road You Didn't Take" performed by John McMartin
"It Takes Two" performed by Chip Zien and Joanna Gleason. Joanna got a big laugh when she started "You've changed"
"Finishing The Hat" performed by Mandy Patinkin
"Move On" performed by Mandy with Bernadette Peters
"Pretty Women" performed by Michael Cerveris and George Hearn
"A Little Priest" - Patti LuPone with two Sweeneys Michael Cerveris and George Hearn

The Second Act

Began with "Goodbye for Now" from Reds, featuring two dancers from the American Ballet Theater. Very moving.

Laura Benanti sang "So Many People In The World" from Saturday Night

David Hyde Pierce sang "Beautiful Girls" while the evenings Beautiful Girls walked out. Audra McDonald, Donna Murphy, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Marin Mazzie and Elaine Stritch

They all wore red gowns, except Elaine who wore a red suit with a hat. They sat in a semi circle to perform the next section.

Patti LuPone started with "The Ladies Who Lunch". There was a collective gasp from the audience when we realized she was singing Elaine's song, with Elaine sitting there. Patti did a good job and Elaine stood up and walked over and hugged her when she was done. Big laugh on the line "Does anyone still wear a hat" since Elaine was indeed wearing a hat.

Marin Mazzie did a great job of "Losing My Mind"

Audra McDonald sang "The Glamorous Life" from the movie of A Little Night Music

Donna Murphy sang "Could I Leave You?"

Bernadette Peters sang "Not A Day Goes By"

Elaine Stritch sang "I'm Still Here". In my opinion, and I love her generally, she didn't do a very good job. You couldn't hear her very well at all and she seemed to flub and or forget several lines.

For the finale, they brought out actors and actresses from shows currently running on Broadway, there was many, at least 100 of them. All dressed completely in black they filled the stage, the aisles of the main floor and the aisles on the first and second tier. They sang "Sunday" and I don't think there was a dry eye in my section for this part.

The actors/actresses quickly left and were replaced by the "stars" of the evening who sang "Happy Birthday"

At this point Sondheim walked up from the audience and clapped and cried and bowed, it was very moving. He said something I couldn't understand because everyone was clapping so loudly and he was clearly very emotional.

That was the end. Just slightly over two hours.

I was kind of surprised by what they seemed to skip over. They do only one song from A Little Night Music and not Send In The Clowns even, nothing from Passion, Assassins, Anyone Can Whistle (being done by Encores! in a few weeks) or Pacific Overtures.
wonderboynj: (Woofy Smile)
Coming soon to a Manhattan theater near you!



I did start a group on Facebook, but haven't done much else to promote it, even with our great logo designed by [livejournal.com profile] vernnyc

It looks like our first official movie will be Alice in Wonderland, but we will have to do a screening the weekend after it opens.

You can find our Facebook group here.

I'll come up with another way for the Non Facebookers (notice that I'm looking at [livejournal.com profile] sirpupnyc when I say that) amongst us.
Oh how I will miss you...



IMG_0323.JPG, originally uploaded by WonderBoyNY.

My little Tina went up to Heaven about 6:00. I miss her terribly but I know she's in a better place.

Thank you for your kind words


Brian, originally uploaded by vernnyc.

In the absence of The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, I went for the gayest Ice Cream they had, although I guess I could have had him rainbow sprinkled.

Thanks Vern for the pic



I didn't take many pics, I was with my best friend Vern and he is an amazing photographer so I figured his photos would be a good memory of the ones I took. I did particularly like this one of the balloons.

Thank you for being my family, I love each of you that read this.

I'm sorry I didn't see more of you today, but I was honored to finally meet [livejournal.com profile] anarchy_lime, what a handsome man you are!

The LJ roll call for the day was [livejournal.com profile] vernnyc, [livejournal.com profile] telemann, [livejournal.com profile] sirpupnyc and [livejournal.com profile] anarchy_lime. I would have loved to have run into my buddy [livejournal.com profile] thornyc but it was not to be.

**Edit - My bad. I left out [livejournal.com profile] faghatesgods and [livejournal.com profile] angeltatts

On the way home I had a PATH train full of rowdy lesbians and it was great fun getting to meet some of my sisters I wouldn't otherwise maybe interact with.

Now I am sunburnt but my heart is full of joy.

Another Mama I visited today, originally uploaded by WonderBoyNY.

The real reason for my visit to Ferncliff today.

Actually, several of my favorite singers are buried in the NYC area so I hope to pay a visit to them all in the next few months. Cemeteries are one of my favorite places to visit.

This afternoon I paid a Mother's Day Visit to the most famous Mother of them all

Things

Apr. 19th, 2009 10:34 pm
Yes, I'm really listening to that song right now :)

I'm halfway between living in the new apartment and living in the old apartment. Looking forward to being in the new one completely next weekend. Lots of new opportunities.

My cousin Steve's husband is a designer, so he's giving me some tips on how to effectively use the space and it's only weakness, it's a little dark. I look forward to what he has to say.

I look forward to doing some entertaining, maybe some people will actually want to come over. Besides the ever loyal [livejournal.com profile] vernnyc :)

I've been able to get a few bills paid off, or nearly paid off and I am loving that. Back in February I got a new HDTV and finally got it hooked up to HDTV Cable. LOVING that.

Something is wrong with the box though, every time it powers off it seems to crash and has to be manually rebooted which is a pain in the ass.

Saw Monsters vs Aliens a few weeks ago with Vern, had a great time! I also so Hair, though not with Vern, and had a great time there also. Tomorrow is Vern's birthday.

Coming up I'm going to see Next to Normal on Thursday, and then praying that my move happens over the weekend. May 1st I'm seeing Nine to Five which I'm really looking forward to.
This might be a long shot, but I wonder if any one of my NJ area friends would be willing to cat sit for me every so often.

Let me know if you think it might be possible :)

Don't need someone to stay here, just check up on the furry tribe :)
wonderboynj: (Wood Street)
The moonlight sparkled and danced on the river, the last night we could be together.

"What will I do without you?" I asked.

He laughed and said "The moon will shine again, and so will your heart. Tomorrow you won't remember what happened here."

Then he bid me farewell and walked away.

I ran down the stairs to the approaching train as fast as I could.
[Updated this on April 21st to show the ceramic piece]

Thursday April 2nd, I had the chance to see Yoko Ono at the Guggenheim.

The evening began with a short speech by Alexandra Munroe talking about Yoko's accomplishments. At the end of her speech she said, with any luck hopefully Yoko will be here soon and returned to her seat in the auditorium (it was tiny, smaller than even most high school auditorium).

A few minutes later, Yoko walked onstage and sat down in one of two chairs off to the side of the stage.

Yoko spoke for a few moments and then showed two interesting videos. The first showed footage of her parents and herself as a youngster in Japan, and footage from when they lived in San Francisco. There was a very cute clip of Yoko dancing in Golden Gate Park, and she pointed out in the background that the Golden Gate Bridge was not yet completed.

The second video was about the Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland. It talked about how in the 60s John had asked her to build a lighthouse at his home, Ascot. However, she didn't know how to do it. She eventually came up with the idea of the tower of light, so it gets lit every year from October 9th until December 8th. October 9th being John's birthday and December 8th being the day he died.

After the second video, Yoko walked to a chair sitting in the middle of the stage and announced. "This is a chair, but I don't know it's a chair." She spent the next several minutes trying to figure out exactly what it was. She created various shapes with the chair, and set it in different angles to her body. She laid down on the floor and at one point lifted her legs up over her head and touched them onto the floor behind her head. It made her look, well, rather like the chair. When she was done, she said that she and the chair were now friends. It was an interesting thing to watch.

I wish I could have taken a few pictures, but the staff of the Guggenheim were on the lookout for anyone taking any type of pictures.

At this point, Alexandra Munroe returned to the stage for a brief discussion with Yoko. At some point during their disussion, two people in black bags crawled up onto the stage and remained there for the rest of the evening. They were in constant motion, crawling and moving and rolling around the stage. I assume this was a reference to bagism (one of Yoko's early performance art pieces, and mentioned by John in the song Give Peace A Chance).

At different times Yoko would pick up binoculars or opera glasses to look at them through, and she would turn them onto the audience as well. She also had a few of the ONOCHORD lights, and was flashing I love you to the audience at various times.

They then took questions from the audience. At this point, two men walked up onto the stage with yardsticks and balls of yarn. While the audience member asked a question, the first man would measure out the yarn on the yardstick until the question was complete, at which point he would cut the yarn and place it in a fishbowl. The second man did the same thing with his yarn, only he did it while Yoko was answering the question. At the end they carried the fishbowls off the stage, but I was wondering what they would do with them. Maybe someday I'll find out :)

I don't really remember most of the questions, but one did stick out in my mind. A young man said that he was a visual artist, but it was discouraging to him that he felt everything had been done already. He said when he had an idea for something he would do research on it only to find it had been done by someone else.

Yoko's answer was she believed that once a piece of art was done, it was over and could be created again. Therefore, nothing really had ever been created. I'm not sure why, I just found that to be something I've been thinking about since.

After Yoko took the last question, an easel was carried on the stage and a picture of a large urn placed on it. Two stagehands carried a folded sheet onstage and opened it to reveal pieces of the urn. Yoko said that she had broken the urn, and she wanted us each to take a piece of it home and in ten years we would reunite and put the pieces back together.

As an aside, at some point Alexandra mentioned that she had recently been at Yoko's apartment and been privileged to hear Yoko's new album, which is called Lovesong or Lovesongs. She said it would be out in the next few months.

Yoko is always influencing new art and artists and musicians. The Pet Shop Boys' new album is called "Yes". It's an homage to Yoko's art piece that led to her meeting of John Lennon. The piece was a ladder that you climbed and then picked up a magnifying glass to read a tiny word on the ceiling of the gallery, the word was "Yes".

[livejournal.com profile] scream4noreason mentioned how influential Yoko's song "Walking On Thin Ice" was, including the music video which she directed. It was also responsible for my becoming interested in John Lennon. His guitar playing on the song was the final thing he ever recorded, and it's said when he was shot, he was holding the final mix of it in his hands.

Here's a link to the video, I couldn't get the embed from MySpace to work.

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=18339410

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