Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cloned & Drop Dead Perfect==>EXCELLENT!!

Wednesday==>Your favorite blogger here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World, is happy to report that yesterday’s entertainment doubleheader was exceptionally funny ... so ... let’s just get underway with Billi Pod’s report cards ...

The first was the 4:30pm show that is part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) ...

CLONED - A Two of a Kind Musical, when nerdy but brilliant physicist Wally Waterman accidentally clones himself in 1993 all Hell breaks loose. Can the World be saved? Sharon Stone comes to the rescue==>Totally Enjoyable.

Folks, this is a whole lot of fun with a very talented cast lead by Alex Goley as Wally and Eric Mann as Clone Wally. These two young actors actually look like twin brothers. In the second act Crystal Kellogg as Sharon Stone steals every scene she’s in.

The singing and dancing is excellent as is the book, score and lyrics. And ... the important thing ... it is gut-busting funny.

The house was sold out and really into the performance. The cast received a roaring standing ovation at curtain call. It received a rave review in today’s New York Times.

As I posted yesterday, the show sold-out all of its initial performance dates then scheduled a couple of encore dates. The only remaining date is Saturday, July 19th @ 2:15pm. It is playing at the Signature Theatre Complex on West 42nd Street and has a running time of 2:00, with intermission.

I have a feeling this show will find a life when NYMF is over. I certainly hope so.

When the show was over I walked up to 46th Street, in the rain, to pick up my ticket for the second event of my Tuesday doubleheader, the Off Broadway show ...

DROP DEAD PERFECT, this new comedy follows Idris Seabright, played by the legendary Everett Quinton, a wealthy, eccentric mistress of a Key West cottage who runs her estate with a zany flair. When her beloved ward Vivien decides to abandon the Florida Keys to pursue art in Greenwich Village, and Idris’ lawyer becomes alarmingly interested in her investments, Idris’ life begins its outrageous downward spiral==>A

This show is just plain funny, from its opening scene to the final one. The all-male cast is excellent, headed, of course, by the truly legendary Everett Quinton as Idris.

The play is laced with double-entendres and allusions to 1950s television and Hollywood melodramas and is, at times, in-your-face profane. The physical humor is amazing ... for example ... Jason Cruz as Ricardo, Idris’s “visitor” is ... shall we say ... "extremely well-endowed" for the part, and "it" shows.

This was the first preview performance and the almost full-house was really into the show.

Billi Pod says==>if you need a good belly-laugh then this is the show for you.

It is playing at The Theatre at St. Clement’s on West 46th Street, has a running time of 90 minutes, without intermission, and runs through August 10th.

Yeah, I left the theater with a big smile on my face. As I was walking back to the apartment I reflected on what a great entertainment doubleheader it had been and how lucky I am to be living in The Big Apple.

Now ... when I got back to the apartment I was starving. I warmed up some of the “hot-food” I had gotten earlier in the week and then watched the remaining innings of the 2014 ALL STAR GAME.

As you know, the AL team won 5-3, meaning the AL will have home-field advantage during the 2014 World Series.

Derek Jeter had an excellent time in his final All-Star appearance, starting the game with a double. He later got a second hit.

Moving on ...

Tonight’s entertainment event is a one-person Off Broadway show ...

8:00==>THE BULLPEN - “This 18-character play is written and performed by Joe Assadourian, who actually served 12-years for attempted murder. In this show a man is arrested, arraigned and put on trial for a crime he claims he did not commit. Consequently he is judged by two systems of jurisprudence – one a jury of his peers in an actual courtroom and the other the fascinating and hilarious denizens of the bullpen in which he is being held.” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)

This show received very favorable reviews, including The New York Times, is playing at The Playroom Theatre on West 46th Street, has a running time of 90 minutes, without intermission, and runs through August 30th.

My friends who have seen this show have all liked it a lot ... so ... we will see ... yeah ... I gotta admit to misgivings about a play written and performed by person convicted of attempted murder ... but ... we will see.

I need some walk and wander time to get back on my usual daily walking mileage ... so will post this and then head out to The Upper Westside.

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>2.67 miles (or, 5,855 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>755.95 miles (average 3.86 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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