Saturday, March 31, 2012


Good morning everyone. Hope the weather out there in the hinterlands, wastelands and boondocks is better than it is in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In the World - a gray, ugly, nasty, rainy morning==>37º @ 8:00am<==yuck!!

Anyway ... let’s start with Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s Broadway show, in previews, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, about how a miserable orphan boy becomes Peter Pan, The Boy Who Never Grew Up==>A.

Totally enjoyed everything about this show. Funny. Well performed. Awesome ensemble cast. Incredible staging.

The three leads are terrific: Christian Borle, who plays Black Stache, the pirate who will become Captain Hook; Adam Chanler-Berat, the unnamed orphan who later becomes known as Peter Pan; and, Celia Keenan-Bolger, who plays Molly, a Starcatcher in training.

I can certainly understand why this was such an Off Broadway sensation. Will the often snarky Broadway critics like it? Yes, I think they will.

Billi Pod says==>put this show on your “Must See” list.

Have an awesome entertainment schedule for today ...

At 5:30 I will meet up with My Lady, Dian Crystal, and our mutual friend, Marty Kosarik, at Joe Allen, the world-renowned restaurant on 46th Street on Restaurant Row.

This will be in celebration of Dian’s birthday, which was actually back in January. Billi Pod gave her a voucher that could be redeemed for her, a guest of her choosing, and Billi Pod, at Joe Allen, anytime in 2012. My Lady chose Marty and this date ... so ... we will have an early dinner and then ...

For the evening we will see a Broadway show ...

8:00==>DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER - “This sequel to the 2008 award-winning revival of ‘Boeing-Boeing’ is a comedic romp about a romantic rendezvous gone awry, with door-slamming and hidden identities, in the French countryside.” (Broadway).

I believe this is the first preview performance so there has been very little advance buzz.

So, My Lady and Marty==>really looking forward to being with you guys.

Damn ... it is noon and it is only 39º but at least the rain has stopped. Luckily, I have no reason to leave the warm and cozy confines of PHC, on the 41st floor of 420 W. 42nd Street.

Moving on to other stuff ...

As you loyal and faithful readers will remember, in yesterday’s posting I commented on my lack of reporting on The Yankees during Spring Training. Well, wouldn’t you know it, this morning the papers are full of reports about a major event, the perceived injury to new pitcher Michael Pineda, who was acquired in a trade involving our then top prospect Jesus Montero.

These are the headlines from the back page of the NY Post and The Daily News, and the inside coverage in The New York Times ...

“PAIN-EDA - Yankee phenom to get MRI on sore shoulder following dismal spring start.” - Daily News

“PAIN-EDA - New Yankees righty dejected after exiting with shoulder woes.” - NY Post

(Interesting that both papers came up with the same phrase ... PAIN-EDA).

“Pineda, Sore and Struggling, Could Be Odd Man Out.” - New York Times.

As one of the beat-writers put it ...

“Pineda put himself in a bad situation by coming into camp way overweight (280lbs.). He was never mentally or physically ready for the challenge of being a Yankee ... he is damaged goods.

If George Steinbrenner were still around, this would not be pretty.”

When the trade was made Billi Pod expressed and posted deep concern over its wisdom.

Ah yes ... now the real drama has begun ... bring it on ...


Billi Pod

“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”


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