Saturday, July 19, 2014

Happy Birthday Donna Parker -Oprahfication - Newsies

Saturday==>We will start today’s posting with a major HAPPY BIRTHDAY shout-out to my wonderful niece, Donna Parker.

Donna lives in Englewood, CO, with her darling daughter Josie.

Love and hugs from Uncle Bill.

Now ... we will move on to Billi Pod’s report card on yesterday’s entertainment event ... a New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF) show ...

OPRAHFICATION, Oprah is now back with a single TV retrospective episode to celebrate and present to us with the ultimate interview, and a celebration of all things ‘O’==>So-So.

I really wanted to like this show a lot more because the writer/performer, Rachel Dunham, is extremely talented and gives her all during the show ... but ... and a huge butt ... the story line is not the least bit involving and the identity of who will ultimately be Oprah’s so-called “mega-guest” is apparent from the beginning.

The songs and lyrics are OK but, IMHO, each song could use some serious trimming because each one felt about a minute too long and that adds up when you have a play list of 14 songs in a one-act format.

This NYMF musical is playing at the Signature Theatre Complex on West 42nd Street, has a running time of 1:15, without intermission, and the remaining dates are: Saturday, July 19 @ 9:00pm, Monday, July 21@ 5:30m; and, Thursday, July 24 @ 9:00pm.

Before and after the show I had a nice conversation with the lady seated to my left, Linda L. D’Onofrio, who is an attorney and a member of the NYMF 2014 Broad of Directors.

When the show was over I did a quick walk and wander session in my immediate Hell’s Kitchen ‘hood and then came back to the apartment to settle in to watch the YANKEES/CINCINNATI game, details below.

Tonight’s entertainment event will be a Broadway musical ...

8:00==>NEWSIES - “Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teen aged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right. (Broadway - discounted TDF ticket).

This musical opened on March 29, 2012, received basically rave reviews (the New York Times being the exception), won two Tony’s, and is closing on August 24th. It is playing at the Nederlander Theatre on West 41st Street and has a running time of 2:30, with an intermission. The national tour begins in October.

I saw this terrific show on my 78th birthday on April 23, 2012 and gave it an A+. I saw it again on July 16, 2013 and gave it another A+. When the closing was announced I knew I just had to see it one more time so when it showed up on TDF I snapped up a discounted ticket.

So, my loyal and faithful readers and followers ... your favorite blogger is really looking forward to tonight.

Moving on ...

Last night out at Yankee Stadium, The House That Greed and Ego Built, The Yankees (48-47) beat The Reds (51-45) 4-3 behind a stellar outing from David Phelps and clutch hitting from Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran.

This afternoon at 1:05pm will be the 2nd game of the 3-game series. On the mound for The Bronx Bombers will be Brandon McCarthy (0-0) vs. Alfredo Simon (12-3) for The Reds.

Yesterday it was reported that our former ace, CC Sabathia, will undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery to repair his right knee. Damn!!

Anyway ... on this happy note will end this posting and get ready to watch the ball game.

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>4.01 miles (or, 8,772 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>768.19 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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