Monday, December 8, 2014

It’s Cold - Gypsy of the Year - The Buttcracker - Pocatello - Sports

Monday==>It is cold and gray this morning here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World.

Yes, @ 8:30am on this Back to Work Monday the temperature is 25º, which is cold ... but ... the wind chill brings it further down to a freezing 13º. Now, my loyal and faithful readers and followers ... that is cold.

Man, so glad I will be able to remain in the warm and cozy confines of my apartment, PHC, and avoid the elements ... and ... what? Are you sure? Well, then ...

Thanks for reminding me ... 

It seems that your favorite blogger has something unusual scheduled for this usual errands and chores Monday ... an entertainment doubleheader ... yep ... that’s right ... an entertainment doubleheader for a Monday ... who would have thunk it?

First is ... 

4:45==>GYPSY OF THE YEAR - “The best singers and dancers in the ensembles of shows, known as ‘gypsies,’ perform original skits, songs and dances in this annual fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.” (Broadway - discounted TDF ticket)

200 Broadway and Off-Broadway performers will perform original numbers from Aladdin, Avenue Q, Chicago, Kinky Boots, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Motown: The Musical, Once, Pippin, Rock of Ages, Cinderella and Wicked.

Also on the program are special appearances by Matthew Broderick,  Nathan Lane, Michael C. Hall and Judith Light

I have seen this show several times before and it is always well-performed and highly entertaining.

I am rather certain my discounted TDF ticket will be in the rear mezzanine ... but ... no matter ... 

This is the 26th year for this fundraising event and it is playing at the New Amsterdam Theatre on West 42nd Street. It has a running time of 2:45, with intermission, and a second performance is scheduled for Tuesday @ 2:00pm.

When the show is over I will then brave the elements and race, and I mean race, up to 54th Street for the second half of my entertainment doubleheader ...

The Off Broadway show ...

8:00==>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.” (Off Broadway - $9.00 TDF ticket)

Tonight is the opening performance of this show playing at The American Theatre for Actors on West 54th Street, with a running time of 2:00, with intermission, and running through December 14th.

Yeah ... hope you loyal and faithful readers and followers will agree that it looks well worth braving the frigid weather.

Now ... moving on to Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s entertainment event ...

The Off Broadway show, still in previews ...  

POCATELLO - “Eddie manages an Italian chain restaurant in Pocatello - a small, unexceptional American city that is slowly being paved over with strip malls and franchises. But he can’t serve enough Soup, Salad and Breadstick Specials to make his hometown feel like home.”

Billi Pod’s report card==>B+

There is a lot to like about this show that focuses on the importance of family and the difficulty in achieving one’s innermost desires/dreams, in this case, remaining in one’s hometown.

The cast is stellar, headed by a terrific performance from T.R. Knight (known for “Grey’s Anatomy”) in the role of Eddie, the general manager of the chain restaurant. In the picture he is the one standing.

While there are a lot of laughs at the beginning of the show they fade away as the story line develops and Eddie slowly unravels before our eyes.

Yes, be advised, there is a lot of screaming and cussing and yelling which becomes a bit tiring, however, the outstanding performances make this tolerable.

Billi Pod says==>see this show.

It opens on December 15th, is playing at Playwrights Horizons on my West 42nd Street block, has a running time of 1:40, without intermission, and runs through January 4th.

Moving on ...

On the sports scene ... as most of you know, yesterday the final four college football teams were chosen to participate in the first ever Playoff Series. Your favorite blogger has no problem(s) with the selections and/or rankings.

For those of you out there in the hinterlands, wastelands and boondocks without TV and/or newspapers, the schedule is ...

January 1 @ 5:00pm==>#2 Oregon vs. #3 FSU - from the Rose Bowl

January 1 @ 8:30pm==>#1 Alabama vs. #4 Ohio State - from the Sugar Bowl.

The winners will play for the National Championship on January 12 @ 8:30pm from Arlington, TX.

But ... the most important thing is ... 

My Florida Gators will play East Carolina in The Toilet Bowl @ 8:30pm on January 3rd, from Birmingham, AL. 

Yeah, who wouldn’t want to be in Birmingham-Fucking-Alabama on January 3rd? We will need to make our reservations ASAP.

In closing==>yesterday also turned out to be a very good walking day with a combination of walking in The Port Authority Bus Terminal (to avoid the elements) and in the apartment during the boring Giants and Jets games and the exciting Patriots/Chargers game. Yeah ... when midnight arrived I had recorded 4.51 miles. Not bad.

So ... 


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>4.51 miles (or, 9,853 steps)

Total mileage for the week==>26.80 miles (average 3.83 miles per day)

Total mileage for 2014==>1,373.89 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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