Saturday, March 2, 2013


Saturday==>the weekend is underway here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World - it is 37º and windy at 10:30am. It is supposed to reach 44º. We will see.

I am happy to report to you loyal and faithful readers and followers that yesterday’s doubleheader, the first of three consecutive doubleheaders for Billi Pod, was totally enjoyable, so let’s get right to the important stuff ...

First, in the afternoon, was a staged reading. I don’t usually give letter grades to staged readings. The show was ...

DISTANT THUNDER, a musical about the troubles of an Indian tribe in modern times, was interesting and well-performed by a rather large cast, which included several Native Americans.

The score was excellent.

I saw this was my theater-buddies Dian Crystal aka My Lady and Vera Olichney and they also liked it.

It was a bit after 6:00pm when the show was over and we split. They had another show at 7:00pm, thankfully, also down in The West Village. I subwayed up to 53rd Street and had a slice of pizza at one of my favorite pizza places, Ray Bari. I wandered a bit in my old Midtown-East 'hood and then it was time for my second entertainment event ...

HOLLYWOOD PINAFORE @ The York Theatre, the transformation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore to a Hollywood movie studio==>A

This Musical’s In Mufti show is funny, totally enjoyable and very well performed by a stellar cast. 

The score maintains much of the rhythmic patterns of the original Gilbert & Sullivan work. The underlying theme is that Writers are the lowest-of-the-low on the Hollywood importance scale, on about the same level as roaches.

I particularly liked Danny Rutigliano in the role of the studio-head Joe Porter, Sara Jean Ford as the “star/diva” Brenda Blossom and Claybourne Elder as Ralph Rackstraw, The Writer.

Yes, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, this series continues to amaze me with the performance level attained with only 30 hours of rehearsal time.

The show has two performances today and two performances tomorrow and it is definitely worth seeing, if tickets are still available.

So ... once again ... congrats go out to The York's Artistic Director, Jim Morgan, and his staff for yet another job well-done. 

As mentioned above, today will be the second of my three consecutive doubleheaders ... beginning with ...

2:30==>HIT THE WALL - “A group of unlikely revolutionaries are thrust onto the front-line of history during the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, when a routine police raid on The Stonewall Inn, a popular underground gay bar in Greenwich Village, erupts into a full-scale riot.” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)

This is playing at the Barrow Street Theatre in The West Village and the advance buzz is very good.

When the show is over I will have time to come back to PHC for the usual fruit and cheese plate before heading up to the Upper Westside for my second entertainment event, which is ...

8:00==>WELL-STRUNG: THE SINGING STRING QUARTET - “This all-male quartet will performs works by Mozart, Vivaldi, Rihanna, Adele, Lady Gaga, and more.” (concert - discounted TDF ticket)

This group’s debut performance sold-out Joe’s Pub @ The Public Theatre back in May 2012, and they have just signed a recording contract with a major label.

Moving on a bit ...

On the sport’s scene, for you Marty ... 

There is a lot of very negative vibe coming from The Yankee’s spring training performances thus far. They have lost 7 games in a row, are 1-7 and have committed 13 errors in 8 games.

Yes, I know it is early in spring training but, folks, the run-producing at-bats are already obviously missing. 

Several reporters have written about the number of empty seats at Steinbrenner Field, despite the so-called “announced” attendance. Trust me on this my loyal and faithful readers and followers ... empty seats are also going to be a MAJOR problem at Yankee Stadium once the regular season starts. 

Oh well ... 


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>3.15 miles (or, 6,902 steps)

Total mileage since 7/1/12==>1,191.16 miles


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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