Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dian, Robert and Marty - American Festival Choir - The Underclassman - This Is Our Youth

Tuesday==>We need to get today’s posting under way because your favorite blogger has a doubleheader scheduled for today. Yeah, a doubleheader on Tuesday is somewhat unusual but this often happens during Thanksgiving week.

So ... we will start with Billi Pod’s report card and comments on yesterday’s activities.

The evening got off to a great start when I met up with my friends Dian Crystal aka My Lady, Robert Danforth and Marty Kosarik aka Whatever at our favorite Ethiopian restaurant, MESKE, located on West 47th Street.

It had been awhile since the 4 of us had been together under one roof ... so we had a lot of catching-up to do.

The food, The Vegetarian Platter, was awesome, as usual.

When we finished we split. My Lady had a show at Theatre Row while Robert, Marty and I had a concert at Carnegie Hall.

We rather leisurely walked over and up to Carnegie Hall, located at West 57th Street and 7th Avenue, stopping along the way for some coffee. Then we picked up our comp. tickets.

My seat was excellent, in the center orchestra, row F, while Robert and Marty were in the upper nosebleed section called The Dress Circle. Sound-wise, they had the better seats.

The concert was ...

AMERICAN FESTIVAL CHOIR - 4th Annual Christmas in New York Concert. The program was:

The World Premiere of “The Heart of Christmas” by Phil Barfoot and Rebecca Peck, featuring soloists Travis Cottrell and Marcia Ware, pianist Jeff Bennett and a choir of 350 singers from 17 church choirs from throughout the US.

“The Heart of Christmas” was 26 numbers, some re-works of classic Christmas songs and others newly written material.

It was well performed but ... by the time intermission arrived I began to feel that I was attending a church service rather than a concert.

I didn’t split at intermission. I found a seat in the rear of the auditorium, on the aisle, and that was much better sound-wise.

However, about 1/2 way into the second half of the program I had had enough. It was 10:00pm. I discreetly left. 

I guess I have to say that the concert was==>So-So.

Now ... let’s move on to today’s doubleheader ...

I had scheduled my first event about a month ago, the Off Broadway show ...

2:00=>UNDERCLASSMAN - “In 1915 brilliantly talented young F. Scott Fitzgerald is swept into the hierarchy of Ivy League society and the antics of the Princeton Triangle Club, in pursuit of the beautiful and elusive debutante Ginevra King. Their romance inspired one of the greatest novels of the 20th century.” (Off Broadway - discounted TDF ticket)

This musical has received mixed reviews, is playing at The Duke on West 42nd Street, has a running time of 2:20, with intermission, and runs through November 30th.

I had nothing scheduled for the evening ... then ... at 9:00am this morning the following Broadway show came up on one of my ticket services ...

7:00=>THIS IS OUR YOUTH - “Set in the Upper Westside of New York in 1982, this show follows forty-eight hours in the lives of three very lost young souls: Warren (Michael Cera), a dejected nineteen year old who has just stolen $15,000 from his abusive, tycoon father; Dennis (Kieran Culkin), his charismatic drug-dealing friend who helps Warren put the stolen money to good use; and Jessica (Tavi Gevinson), the anxiously insightful young woman who Warren yearns for. Funny, painful and compassionate, it is a living snapshot of the moment when many young people go out into the world on their own, armed only with the ideas and techniques they developed as teenagers – far more sophisticated than their parents realize, and far less effectual than they themselves can possibly imagine.” (Broadway - complimentary ticket)

I had seen this show, in early previews, back on August 25th and gave it an A. It subsequently received very good reviews. Had wanted to see it again ... so when it showed up I had to book it.

It is playing at the Cort Theatre on West 48th Street, has a running time of 2:15, with intermission, and tickets are on sale through January 4, 2015.

OK, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, gotta post this and then get ready to start my entertainment doubleheader.

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>3.25 miles (or, 7,114 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>1,323.76 miles (average 4.04 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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