Thursday==>Sorry for the delay in this posting, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, but this morning your favorite blogger had a problem with one of his hearing aid thingys and had to schedule a quick appointment in the early afternoon with his ear doctor, Dr. Rose DuLude, whose office is located in the far Upper Eastside.
I am happy to report that the problem was corrected ... whew ...
When my appointment with Dr. DuLude was over I walked down to East 61st Street to the office of my heart doctor, Dr. Fred Feuerbach, for the routine finger-prick to test my Coumadin levels and to schedule an appointment for my semiannual check up. Both were accomplished without any problems.
Now ... that's not bad ...
So ... let’s move on to Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s Broadway show, in early previews ...
THE LAST SHIP, this musical is set in an English seafaring town that operates around the local shipyard and follows Gideon Fletcher, a man who left home to see the world and returns fifteen years later to find that the future of the shipyard is in danger. The shipyard’s workers decide to take their fate into their own hands and build a towering vessel representing the shared dream that has defined their existence==>C+.
To make this show work you must totally suspend your belief systems to buy into a story line that is ludicrously far-fetched, that is ... workers are able to surreptitiously take over a closed shipyard and build a large ship over the next months without anyone noticing what is going on? WTF??
And, the funding for the project is from an alcoholic priest who has stolen from the coffers of his parish? WTF??
I won’t go into anymore details on the story line because I don’t want to spoil it for those of you who will have the courage to book the show.
So ... IMHO ... the book written by John Logan and Brian Yorkey basically sucks.
The score written by multi-Grammy Award winner Sting, who is making his debut as a Broadway composer, is acceptable but begins to sound a bit redundant toward the end.
The show borders on being an opera since most of the relationships between the characters are developed and explained via songs.
Now ... on a positive note ... the cast is outstanding, headed by Michael Esper, who plays Gideon. I was also very impressed with Collin Kelly-Sordelet who plays the young Gideon and then his son Tom.
The cast, coupled with the mostly interesting choreography by Steven Hoggett, keeps this show from earning a much lower grade.
OK ... in the name of fair and unbiased reporting ... I will acknowledge that I may be in the minority about this show ... so ...
Billi Pod says==>see it and reach your own opinion.
It is playing at the Neil Simon Theatre on West 52nd Street, officially opens on October 26th, has a running time of 2:35, with intermission, and is an open run.
Moving on ...
Billi Pod’s entertainment event(s) for tonight will be in front of his 42” flat screen TV watching some post-season baseball, the best-of-5 Division Series ...
5:30==>Tigers @ Orioles, Game 1 on TBS
9:00==>Royals @ Angels, Game 1 on TBS
Tomorrow I will share with you my predictions for the post-season and also ... some very interesting entertainment stats for the month of September.
Again ... sorry for the delay.
Total mileage for 2014==>1,114.39 miles (average 4.07 miles per day)
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