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A bunch of us went to the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center to watch Grease, a musical and movie that I wasn’t familiar with.  All I remembered was that Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta was in the movie and there were tight leather pants and dancing in it.  And it was during the 60’s.  The movie never interested me, so I never went to watch the musical.  E had tickets fro $21 and I thought, why not?  It’s something to do and it was her birthday.

After watching it, I still don’t get the fascination.  Why is Sandra more interesting after she wears the leather pants?  I mean Danny seemed to like her just fine in the summer.  I don’t see why he’s so much more interested after she’s become a little slutty.  I think Danny should be the one that changes.  He should realize that it doesn’t matter what his friends think.  He should like her for who she is.  But what do I know?  The people in the packed theatre LOVED it.  Just absolutely screamed every time the song was over.

The only song that I liked was “Hopelessly Devoted To You”, but I think it’s because I recognized it from Pushing Daisies and Kristin Chenoweth was singing it.  Love Kristin Chenoweth.

Also, Taylor Hicks is touring with the Grease cast.  I didn’t know who he was.  I didn’t even know if Taylor was a girl or a guy.  I mean, Taylor Swift is a girl, after all.  But I soon found out who he was after we arrived at Bob Carr.  His photo was everywhere and it was somewhat hard to miss.

He played the Teen Angel that popped out of a giant ice cream cone.  He hammed it up for a good five minutes before he popped back in to the ice cream.  He sang “Beauty School Dropout”.  At the end of the show, he came out and sang another song from his album and then he trotted himself out to whore himself, I mean to sell albums and sign them.

I won’t be going to Grease if I had the chance again.  We have tickets to Cats, which I haven’t seen either.  Only song I know from that is Memories.  Chris has seen it, though, but he wont’ be going.  Hell, the tickets are $21.  Why not?  We’ve also got Phantom of the Opera in the lineup.  Unfortunately, Wicked isn’t playing in Orlando this year.  They’ll be in Tampa.  I have to decide if I want to go all the way out there to watch it.  I mean, it’s Tampa.  There’s nothing to do there.  Anyway, that’s it for today.


Crossposted to Samantha Ling, Dreamwidth and Livejournal


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Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
I love "Grease," but it's part of my childhood. I watched the movie over and over at my friend's house, and we knew all the words. The sexual politics are more than a little outdated, but that was kind of the point at the time, as well. And Danny *did* change for Sandy. They kind of changed for each other. Ish. But my fave is Stockard Channing in the movie, playing Rizzo. She was 28 or 30, and the rest of the cast were really teenagers, or 20 at most, and she played the part perfect. Although I find myself watching the movie now, and saying "Riz, you're 30. Let it go." But it is a silly show, and I think you have to have loved it at the time to really appreciate it now. If you can't let go and enjoy the silly, then it's meaningless.

"Cats" is another silly show, but in a different way. And again, it's a bit of a product of its time. It's ecclectic and weird, and you just have to enjoy T.S. Eliot's poems set to fun music and a weird non-story storyline, and the skills of the dancers. If there are good singers and dancers it totally worth it. I saw it in London when I was a kid, and really enjoyed it.

Phantom, another Lloyd Weber fave, is an 80s Pop romp full of teh silly, and I loved it. But I didn't for a second believe the Phantom's love was really love, so the tear-jerker-ness of the whole thing didn't really happen for me. Which is weird, since I'm totally a big crier at these things. But I just enjoyed the whole spectacle of the thing, and the fun flow and uber-angst of Weber's musical themes.

Totally going to see Wicked when I can. I just wish I could have seen Kristin Chenoweth in it. I lurve her, too.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
I would give a lot to see Kristin Chenoweth in Wicked. Maybe she'll do it again someday. Heck, Topol is doing another Fiddler tour....
Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
Topol's Fiddler is coming to Orlando too, but I chose to skip it. The only song I know is If I Was a Rich Man, and well, that didn't really appeal to me. Chris sings it all funny, which is probably more fun than the real thing.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
"Fiddler" is a great show! And it's filled with fabulous songs and a very heart-string-pulling story. The movie is pretty well done, so you could always rent that. I think you'll find you recognize more songs from it than you realized. Although none more appealing than Chris singing it all funny for you, which sounds pretty cute.

Er, I grew up in a musician-filled and musical-watching family. I know more about most shows, especially those done in the 70s and previous, than is probably good for me.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
Chris grew up the same way. We once played a game in which I told him to sing a song from all the musicals I could think up and he knew a song from all of them. I got most of my education from being in high school choir. Go Alto-Sopranos!
Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
I love Phantom because the music is good. But I agree, the Phantom love wasn't really love, more like obsession. Seriously, if someone was like that in real life, I'd ask for a restraining order.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
I completely agree with you. Grease was at best a very mediocre Broadway show. I liked the movie when I was 12 (or whatever age I was) because I was 12 (or whatever age I was). Years later I saw it on Broadway. Yawn.....
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