Friday, October 12, 2007

Not the Same Old Song and Dance

I'll make this quick.

A couple of nights ago, my wife and I got dressed up and braved the tourist-inundated nightmare of Broadway to finally see Spring Awakening.

The show won several Tonys this past year, including best musical; among its claims to fame are the unusual style of its music (all written by the brilliant Duncan Sheik and his occasional co-writer Steven Sater) and its brash subject matter (all sex, sex and more sex).

Suffice to say, the hype is true: the show is absolutely fantastic. I'm damn picky about musicals (loved Cabaret, Chicago and Wicked -- wanted to claw my eyes out at Mamma Mia) and this is the first one I've been to that was more like a concert than a Broadway show. I knew many of the songs going into it, and basically couldn't wipe the stupid grin off my face when I finally heard them live. How can you not love a show which features musical numbers with titles like "The Bitch of Living" and "Totally Fucked" -- as well as gorgeous pieces like "The Guilty Ones" and "Song of Purple Summer?"

In particular, Lauren Pritchard is a revelation. Hearing her breathy, husky, yet completely vulnerable and feminine voice is like sinking into a warm and luxurious bath -- or having a little girl cup her hands around your ears while leaning in to tell you a secret. It's that life-affirming.

Why am I bringing all of this up?

Just as a reminder that the next time you're in New York City, please do yourself and the rest of us a favor and skip whatever unadulterated crap Disney is pushing on Broadway, or whichever third-rate movie has been turned into a bombastically kitschy musical -- Legally Blonde and fucking Xanadu are now legitimate shows for Christ's sake -- and go see something with original music and real talent.

I'll owe you one.

While dressed up and on the town -- in Times Square and at Sardi's -- Jayne and I snapped a few pictures of each other, just to prove that we clean up good.


Anonymous said...

gawd, that first pic of jayne looks like a painting.

Al said...

If it ain't got Olivia Neutron Bomb, it ain't Xanadu. Period.

heatdamaged said...

Aw, you guys are too cute!

Now I want a martini.

Beckylooo said...

I've been really interested to see this, in spite of loathing the play on which it's based. Thanks for your take, I'll move it to the top to the que of things to do when next in NYC.

Swami Dearest said...

Going out in NYC looks like an awful lot of work. I'm sure I'm too lazy. Glad you had a great time. Miss Jayne is lovely.

winged unicorn said...

you both look beautiful. jayne reminds me of audrey hepburn, very gamine. and you chez, look happy.
will keep fingers crossed. being a few years older than you, i can brag about seeing chicago the FIRST time it was on broadway, back in 1976. AMAZING!!! told my kids if they liked the movie, they should hear the original cast album. they looked at me: mom, its a RECORD.

choenbone said...

I need clarification. Is that Jayne cleans up well, meaning she dresses up well, or she's good at cleaning up?...;)

its all i could come up with, its been a long week.

Chez said...

There's a hell of a double entendre in there man.

Lorenzo said...

That's a beautiful description man. If the actual show does your description any justice, then I'm sure it's amazing.

Harris said...

I'm damn picky about musicals (loved Cabaret, Chicago and Wicked -- wanted to claw my eyes out at Mamma Mia

And how does your boyfriend feel about this? Nancy.

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