Friday, June 6, 2014

IF/THEN==>A-/DONOGOO/The Yankees

Friday==>Your favorite blogger here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World, is happy to report to his loyal and faithful readers and followers that last night’s Broadway show was totally excellent ... so ... let’s just get started with ...

Billi Pod’s report card on ...

IF/THEN, a contemporary musical that follows two distinct story lines in the life of Elizabeth, a city planner, and recent divorcee, who moves back to New York to restart her life in this city of infinite possibilities==>A-

Idina Menzel’s character follows two paths on stage: in one, she's Beth who scores a dream job as a city planner but has unfulfilling flings with her married boss and her bisexual pal, played by Anthony Rapp. In the other, she's Liz who settles for a blah teaching job but lands and weds a hunky doctor, played by James Snyder, who makes an ill-fated decision to return to active military service.

The show addresses the central dilemma of career vs. family in a very direct way.

Yes, the convoluted story line is sometimes difficult to follow but no matter because everyone is totally focused on Menzel, who has the audience in her grip from her first lines to her show ending final ballad, “Always Starting Over.”

Honestly, I found myself thinking ... “to Hell with the story line, I just want to hear Idina belt her songs.” I have a feeling a large part of the audience felt the same way.

The rest of the cast is stellar and the staging and ever-changing sets are totally amazing.

My discounted TDF seat was excellent, in the orchestra, row R, house left. 

I really enjoyed the evening and have no problem what-so-ever in recommending this show to my loyal and faithful readers and followers.

As I posted yesterday ... it opened to generally favorable reviews, is playing at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on West 46th Street, has a running time of 2:35, with intermission and is an open run.

Yeah, I had a big smile on my face as I walked back to the apartment.

Now ... about tonight’s entertainment event, which is an Off Broadway show ...

8:00==>DONOGOO - “Lamendin is a desperate man suffering from an existential crisis. Le Trouhadec is a professor of geography who longs for election to the Academy of Sciences. Together they unwittingly set in motion a stock market swindle of global proportions. Investors, pioneers and prospectors alike are driven to seek their fortune in Donogoo, a place that doesn't exist - or does it?” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)

This drama is in early previews, opens on June 23rd, is playing at The Mint Theatre on West 43rd Street, has a running time of 2:15, with intermission, and runs through July 27th.

Moving on to the sport’s scene for Marty ...

Yesterday afternoon out at Yankee Stadium, The House That Greed and Ego Built, our ace Masahiro Tanaka pitched well enough to stop the bleeding as The Yankees (30-29) beat The Oakland Athletics (37-23) by a score of 2-1, avoiding the sweep and ending a 4-game losing streak. 

Of course, I stayed in and watched the game.

Tonight @ 8:10pm, out in Kansas City, The Yankees begin a 4-game series against The Royals (29-31). On the mound for The Yankees will be Chase Whitley (0-0) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (2-5).

Folks, there has been a lot of talk about “parity” in The American League, which might have some basis in fact when you consider the following records for the league as of this morning ...

Oakland* 37-23 .617
Toronto* 37-24 .607
Detroit* 31-25 .554
LA 31-28 .525
Seattle 31-28 .525
Balt. 30-28 .517
Chicago 31-30 .508
Yankees 30-29 .508
Indians 30-30 .500
Texas 30-30 .500
KC 29-31 .483
Twins 28-30 .483
Boston 27-32 .458
Houston 26-35 .426
Tampa 23-38 .377
*Division leaders

The only team whose season is “over” is the woeful Tampa Bay Rays. Honestly, IMHO it will also take a miracle for The Yankees to make one of the two wildcard spots.

Yes, Marty, I will accept your thank-you for these stats.

In closing ... for us theater-nuts the big upcoming event is the Tony Award Ceremony on Sunday night from Radio City Music Hall. Of course your favorite blogger will be glued to his new (to him) 42” TV.

Tomorrow Billi Pod will share his predictions of who will win versus who should win ... so ... stay tuned.

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>4.51 miles (or, 9,856 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>586.53 miles (average 3.76 miles per day)


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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