Saturday, November 22, 2014

Gators vs. Whoever - Carousel - Ureuk Symphony Orchestra

Saturday==>Your favorite blogger needs to get today’s posting started because the FLORIDA vs. LAKE HOWELL HIGH SCHOOL football game is at noon from The Swamp in Gainesville, FL, carried locally on SECN.

This will be Coach Muskrat’s last, thankfully, game in The Swamp. Good riddance and all that stuff ... Wonder if they will have the balls to show the tons of empty seats I know will be in The Swamp? Bet they won't.

Anyway, we will begin with ... what? Are you sure? ... well, if you say so, I guess ... whatever ...

Sorry folks, but I have just been advised by Billi Pod’s inner self that the game is FLORIDA vs. EASTERN KENTUCKY, apparently a game so unimportant that it is not even mentioned in any the weekly betting lists and point-spreads.

Oh well ... sorry ‘bout the mistake, just calm down inner self ... OK ... just calm down. 

We are now started ... so ... we will move on to Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s Off Broadway show ...

CAROUSEL, in a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker Billy Bigelow captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan. Fifteen years later, Billy instills in both his lonely teenage daughter and her widowed mother a sense of hope and dignity==>A

This was a totally enjoyable production with a talented cast, headed by Marcello Padilla as Billy Bigelow and Maggie Salley as Julie Jordan.

You know, the show is ultimately uplifting so it is easy to overlook what an unlikeable person Billy Bigelow is and how he callously physically mistreats Julie. 

The ensemble cast and dancers are stellar. The famed ballet scene in Act 2 was wonderfully performed by Allison Beth Swenson.

This Rodgers & Hammerstein classic features songs that have become Broadway standards, such as: "If I Loved You," "June is Bustin' Out All Over," and "You'll Never Walk Alone."

My favorite number is the "Soliloquy" performed by Billy in Act 1.

As I posted yesterday, Carousel is on Billi Pod’s top 5 favorite musicals of all time list and he left the theater with a big smile on his face.

It is being performed at The St. Jean’s Auditorium on East 75th Street, has a running time of 2:50, with intermission, and the final performance is tonight @ 8:00pm.

It was 11:00pm when I made it to the 6 train station on East 77th Street. Dammit ... I learned that there was a substantial delay due to a broken water main at another station. Damn ... I won’t bore you with the details of how I finally made it back to the apartment, except to say it took some major walking in the frigid weather and it was midnight when I finally opened the door to my apartment. Oh well ... 

Moving on to today ...

Your favorite blogger will spend the afternoon in front of his 42” flat screen TV watching college football ... then ...

For the evening he will head up to the Upper Westside for a classical music concert ...

8:00==>UREUK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA @ Merkin Hall - The program is:

Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 20;
Koussevitzky - Contrabass Concerto;
Reinecke - Flute Concerto; and,
Beethoven - Symphony No. 8
(concert - complimentary ticket)

Yeah ... I am really in the mood for some classical music and this looks like a very interesting program. I also like Merkin Hall a lot. It is a very intimate venue, perfect for a concert.

OK, my loyal and faithful readers and followers ... time to post this and then get settled in for some college football ...


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>3.39 miles (or, 7,419 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>1,313.98 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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