Monday, October 13, 2014

Bauer - Big: The Musical - Dian, Marty & Robert - Stalking the Bogeyman

Monday==>Your favorite blogger has a lot on his plate today, details below, so we need to get this posting underway with ...

Billi Pod’s report cards on yesterday’s excellent entertainment doubleheader ... beginning with ...

BAUER, the examination of the near-forgotten feud between famed modernist painter Rudolf Bauer, his benefactor Solomon Guggenheim, and Hilla Rebay, the woman who introduced them==>B+

I found this show to be highly informative and extremely well-performed by the 3-person cast: Sherman Howard as Bauer; Susi Damilano as his wife Louise; and, Stacy Ross as Hilla Rebay.

The only downside was the fact that in 95% of the show at least one of the performers is screaming and yelling at the others on stage and, frankly, it got a bit old by the end of the show’s 1:30, without intermission, running time.

The show closed last night. I am glad that I was finally able to see it.

When the show was over I leisurely walked down to the East 54th Street area for my second show, stopping along the way for an excellent slice and a diet coke. 

Spent about 90 minutes just walking around the Midtown East area, where I had lived for over 10 years before the move to West 42nd Street. Man, I have to admit that I really miss this 'hood, I really do.

Oh well ... moving on ...

The second part of the doubleheader was a show that is a part of The Musical’s In Mufti Series at The York Theatre Company ... 

BIG: THE MUSICAL, about 13-year-old Josh whose wish to become “big” is granted when he wakes up in the body of a 30-year-old man==>A

Folks, this is a totally ... and I mean totally ... enjoyable show that is smile inducing from the opening scene to the very emotional final one.

It is part of the York Theatre’s Musicals in Mufti Series, and, as you now probably know “Mufti” (pronounced MUFF’tee) means “in street clothes, without the usual trappings.” The show is presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging and props.

The book is by John Weidman, the music by David Shire and the lyrics by Richard Maltby, who was also a last minute replacement in the cast in the role of the businessman George MacMillan.

The cast is stellar, headed by John Tartaglia as the adult Josh and Kerry Butler as Susan, his “love” interest. Tartaglia realistically conveys the notion that there is indeed a 13-year old lurking in his body.

Two young performers almost steal the show==>Hayden Wall as the young Josh and Jeremy Shinder as Billy, his best friend.

The house was full and we were very much into this performance. At curtain call we gave the cast a roaring standing ovation.

Billi Pod says==>make EVERY effort to see this show.

The show is playing at The York Theatre @ The Citigroup Center on East 54th Street, has a running time of 2:30, with intermission, and the remaining performance dates are: Wednesday through Saturday @ 8:00pm and Saturday and Sunday @ 2:30pm

Yeah ... I left the theatre with a big smile on my face because Jim Morgan and his talented staff had done it again.

As I subwayed back I reflected on how lucky I am to be living in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World.

When I got back to PHC I have to admit to being a bit tired since I had logged in just over 6 miles on my Pedometer.

Yes ... 2 great shows and 6+ miles==>not bad, not bad at all.

Now, what about today?

Well, as most of you loyal and faithful readers and followers know, Monday is usually Billi Pod’s errands and chores day. Today is going to be a bit different because ...

At 5:00pm my friends Dian Crystal aka My Lady, Marty Kosarik aka Whatever, and Marty’s boyfriend, Robert, will show up at PHC for some face time and pizza to celebrate Robert’s 45th birthday.

When we have finished stuffing our faces we will split. Marty and Robert are seeing the Broadway show, ROCK OF AGES, and My Lady and I will be seeing the Off Broadway show ...

8:00==>STALKING THE BOGEYMAN - “A drama that follows renowned journalist David Holthouse as he plots the murder of the man who raped him as a child 25 years earlier. An exploration of the dangers of vengeance, the power of forgiveness, and the strength of family.” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)

This heavy drama is playing at The New World Stages on West 50th Street, has a running time of 1:20, without intermission, and is an open run.

So, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, we will skip the usual sports report so Billi Pod can do a few errands and chores and then begin prepping PHC for guests ...

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>6.01 miles (or, 13,143 steps)

Total mileage for the week==>33.51 miles (average 4.79 miles per day)

Total mileage for 2014==>1,162.72 miles (average 4.08 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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