Sunday, July 20, 2014

Newsies - Wikimusical - Yankees

Sunday==>I hope all of my loyal and faithful readers and followers are having an excellent weekend because your favorite blogger here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World, certainly is ... so ... let’s get started with ...

Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s entertainment event, the Broadway musical ... 

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==>A+

This is the same grade I gave this totally enjoyable musical when I first saw it on April 23, 2012 and then again on July 16, 2013.

Yes, I love everything about this show, the book, the music, the actors, the individual performances, the staging, the sets, the spectacular dancing and especially the energetic young ensemble cast. You could feel the electricity between the characters and that energy flows into the audience.

The house was sold-out and the audience was very much into the show, giving the performers a roaring standing ovation at curtain call.

My discounted TDF seat was in the upper nosebleed section of the rear balcony but that wasn’t really a problem because the theater is kinda small by Broadway standards.

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.

Folks, if you are in the Tri-State area and haven’t seen this show yet ... you just gotta do it before it closes. If the national tour is coming to your area, then you gotta see it ... and it is the perfect family show.

Yeah, I left the theater with a big smile on my face, happy that I had been able to see the show before its run ended.

Moving on to today ...

During the afternoon I will remain in the comfortable confines of PHC to watch the YANKEES/CINCINNATI game, details below ... then ...

My entertainment event for the evening is yet another production of the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) ...

8:00=>WIKIMUSICAL - Your Search Starts Here. - “The epic story of two estranged brothers who find themselves, quite literally, trapped in cyberspace. To get back home, they will need help from allies like the Cuddly Kittens (who may or may not have created the Internet) and an omniscient Narrator (who may or may not be Morgan Freeman). With an Alice in Wonderland-like logic and wit, this satirical new musical explores how our preoccupation with the virtual world has affected our ability to live in the real one.” (NYMF - full price ticket)

This production is playing at the Pearl Theatre on West 42nd Street, has a running time of 2:00, with intermission, and the remaining performance dates are: Tuesday, July 22nd @ 1:00 pm and 5:00pm; and, Saturday, July 26th @ 9:00 pm.

Now ... on the sports scene ...

Yesterday afternoon out at Yankee Stadium, The House That Greed and Ego Built, The Yankees (49-47) beat Cincinnati (51-46) 7-1 behind a excellent outing from the recently acquired Brandon McCarthy and clutch hitting from Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran.

This afternoon @ 1:05pm will be the final game of the 3-game series as The Yankees go for the sweep. On the mound for The Bronx Bombers will be Hiroki Kuroda (6-6) vs. Johnny Cueto (10-6) for The Reds.

OK, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, time to post this because I am going to the 11:00am Eucharist Service at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church on West 46th Street in my Hell’s Kitchen ‘hood. 

Yeah ... it has been a very long time since I was in a church for anything other than a wedding, a funeral or an AA meeting ... so ...


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>4.19 miles (or, 9,170 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>772.38 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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