Wednesday==>Good morning to all of my loyal and faithful readers and followers out there in the morass known as cyberspace.
It is a kinda gray and overcast morning here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World, which matches your favorite blogger's mood following yesterday’s rather disappointing night.
Yes, I know you are all asking your inner selves ... disappointing??? ... WTF does he mean by that? Well ... calm your inner selves down and just continue reading.
It all started with Billi Pod’s entertainment event for the evening ...
THE ZOMBIES: A MUSICAL - “The Zombie Apocalypse has arrived and everybody's hungry. This world premiere comedy is set in a small town in middle-America, where the cast of characters face issues like the apocalypse, racism, gun control, religion and conspiracy theories.”==>C+<==giving it the benefit of the doubt.
I really really wanted to like this show because the press blurb predicted just the type of humor that I am into. Well, it was a major disappointment because the story line plodded along too slowly as it tried to deal with some major social issues such as racism, religion and drug and alcohol abuse, among other things. It switched back and forth from zombie-induced belly-laughs to WTF are they talking about now and why.
By plays end I was more on the side of the zombies than I was for the uninfected so-called “normal” humans.
The songs were decent, including: "I’ll Be Chillin/Killin," "This Place Is Filled With Zombies (And It’s So Fucked Up)," "I Will Be Next," and, "The Zombie Shuffle." However, IMHO, each song was at least 2-minutes too long, which adds up when you have 16 songs.
Now, on the positive side ... the cast is absolutely terrific, especially Alex Parrish as Little Pete and Philip Akogu as George, the One Armed Zombie. The singing, and especially the dancing, is totally excellent.
The house was about 3/4s full but at intermission about 50% of the audience fled and that really felt awkward for those of us who stayed, hoping the show would improve in Act II. It didn’t. I felt bad for the cast who were working their collective asses off.
Billi Pod says==>you are warned.
This show is playing at Playwrights Horizons on West 42nd Street, right next door to my apartment building, has a running time of 2:00, with intermission, and runs through July 13th.
I was in a downer mood when I got back to the apartment, which is just next door to the theatre, and it wasn’t helped by the results of the puke-inducing YANKEE/TORONTO game, details below.
Oh, well ... let’s move on to something much more positive ... like ... Billi Pod’s entertainment event for tonight ...
7:30==>PIECE OF MY HEART: The Bert Berns Story - “A new musical based on the life and songs of legendary songwriter Bert Berns, who died tragically at the age of 38, leaving behind his children, his legend, and music that would live on forever, including “Twist and Shout,” “I Want Candy,” “Hang on Sloopy,” and the immortal title song, “Piece of My Heart.” (Off Broadway - discounted ticket)
Tonight is the first preview performance of this show playing at The Signature Theatre Complex on West 42nd Street. It has a running time of 2:20, with intermission and runs through August 31st.
The Executive Producer of this show is my friend Jack Thomas who has been involved in the production of numerous shows, including: Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally; Ann by Holland Taylor; Freud’s Last Session by Mark St. Germain; Almost, Maine by John Cariani; and Our Lady of 121st Street by Stephen Adly Guirgis, dir. Philip Seymour Hoffman.
So ... Jack and your cast and crew==>BREAK A LEG!!
We will close this out with the usual sports report ... for you Marty ... and ... Marty ... ahem==>what’s the use of having a blog site if you don’t post in a timely fashion? Jus’ askin.
Now ... the sports scene ...
Last night up in Toronto The Yankees (39-37) lost to the AL East leading Blue Jays (44-35) 7-6 in the bottom of the 9th inning on a throwing error by our rookie third baseman Yangervis Solarte. It was a sloppy game for both teams.
Tonight at 7:07pm The Blue Jays go for a sweep of the 3-game series (and getting revenge for being swept at Yankee Stadium last week). On the mound for The Yankees will be Hiroki Kuroda (4-5) vs. Drew Hutchinson (5-5).
OK ... your favorite blogger feels the need for a major walk and wander session ... so will post this and then head out somewhere ... maybe down to The Lower Eastside, for a change.
Total mileage for 2014==>676.02 miles (average 3.86 miles per day)
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”