Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Gypsy of the Year - The Buttcracker - New York Philharmonic - The Wankies

Tuesday==>It is raining! Yes ... it is rainy and nasty for the entire East Coast ... ‘nuff said ... so ... let’s move on to ...

Billi Pod’s report cards on Monday’s entertainment doubleheader ... starting with ...

26th ANNUAL GYPSY OF THE YEAR, the best singers and dancers in the ensembles of shows, known as ‘gypsies,’ performing original skits, songs and dances in this annual fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS==>TOTALLY ENJOYABLE.

Folks, this was indeed a totally enjoyable afternoon in an almost full-house Broadway theater loaded with a highly enthusiastic theater-industry related audience. This very successful program has raised more than $57.3 million over the past 25 years.

The show started with a celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Wiz. It was excellent. Then the highly talented casts from Broadway and Off Broadway shows presented original musical/dancing skits as part of the competition.

Each group was excellent.

The show was emceed by Seth Rudetsky who was very funny but sometimes he spoke so fast that it was impossible for me to understand what he was saying. That is typical Rudetsky.

The show ran for almost 2-hours, without intermission, and the time flew by.

There was no appearance from either Matthew Broderick or Nathan Lane so I assume they will be in this afternoon’s performance.

My discounted TDF seat was in the first row of the balcony and that was no problem.

It was performed at the New Amsterdam Theatre on West 42nd Street and a second performance is scheduled for Tuesday at 2:00pm.

Yeah ... I left the theatre with a big smile on my face and was so happy that I had been able to score a ticket to this event.

It was, of course, still cold and windy out. I walked up 8th Avenue to 54th Street for my second show, stopping along the way for some coffee and something sweet.

I made it in plenty of time to that run down embarrassment known as The Sargent Theatre at the American Theatre for Actors on West 54th Street, for the second half of my entertainment doubleheader ...

The Off Broadway show ... 

THE BUTTCRACKER, a comical, parody, pseudo musical "danc-ical" play set in modern day New York City, loosely spoofing not only the story of the Nutcracker ballet but also all of the popular dance/movies/television shows spanning the last few decades, in an uproarious journey including men in tights and Tutu's, dueling ballerinas, and disco fever gone awry==>C<==giving it the benefit of the doubt. 

This was a major disappointment because your favorite blogger had kinda high expectations about the show since the press blurbs were full of just the kind of “off-kilter” humor that Billi Pod loves.

The cast is excellent, especially Lindsay Wolff as Cocoa Swayze, whose dream develops the story line.

Unfortunately, while the talented cast did their best, the story line never got further than the “yeah, I kinda remember that” audience reaction and it slowly and painfully sank into mediocrity.

The small theater was full when the show started. At intermission at least 1/3 fled. Your favorite blogger didn’t in hopes that Act II would be better. Well, unfortunately, it wasn’t.

Billi Pod says==>you are hereby warned.

This show is playing at The American Theatre for Actors on West 54th Street, has a running time of 2:00, with intermission, and runs through December 14th.

Oh well ... the day was a major plus and a half-ass minor ... so ... it was still an "interesting" Monday doubleheader for your favorite blogger here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World.

Moving on ...

Tonight’s entertainment event is a classical music concert up at Lincoln Center ...

7:30==>NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA @ Avery Fisher Hall - The program is:

Dvorak - Cello Concerto (performed by Alisa Weilerstein); and,

Dvorak - Symphony No. 7
(concert - season subscription series)

At this concert I will be seated next to my friends Lenny Gordon and his wife Marie Taylor. I erroneously thought they had tickets for the November 26th concert but they didn’t. So ... I am really looking forward to seeing them and doing some major catching up.

Happily ... when I subway up to Lincoln Center I am only exposed to the elements during the 1 1/2 block walk from my apartment building to and from the subway station in The Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Moving on ... 

In closing ==>it looks as if The Wankies have lost their closer David Robertson. Yeah, they played hard ball with him and then lost the guy who replaced Mariano Rivera last year to the White Sox. Man, WTF were they thinking??? Seriously, WTF???

This just bolsters my decision not to renew my partial season ticket package.

Oh well ...

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>4.33 miles (or, 9,464 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>1,378.22 miles (average 4.03 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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