Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy Birthday Saylor Falletta - It’s Only a Play - Birdman - Baseball Hall of Fame

Wednesday==>HAPPY BIRTHDAY #3 to my darling great-granddaughter SAYLOR FALLETTA, who lives with her parents Alex and Gina Falletta and her younger sister Finley, in Elgin, SC, which is just outside of Columbia, SC.

Love ya and wish I could be with you for this wonderful occasion. Have fun. Many hugs!!

Man, they grow up sooooooooooo quickly.

Moving on ... 

It is a bright but very cold morning here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World. At 9:00am we have blue skies, puffy clouds and a temperature of 21º, brought down to a freezing by the wind blowing off the Hudson River. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!

And, it is supposed to get even colder as the day progresses but there is no snow in the forecast for the next several days and that’s good. 

Your favorite blogger needs to get today’s posting underway because he has a matinee scheduled ... a return visit to a Broadway show, with a new cast ...

2:00==>IT’S ONLY A PLAY - “It’s opening night of Peter Austin’s (Matthew Broderick) new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big First Night with his “best” friend, a television star (Martin Short), his novice producer (Katie Finneran), his doped-up diva (Stockard Channing), his genius director (Maulik Pancholy), a lethal drama critic (F. Murray Abraham), and a fresh-off-the-bus coat check attendant (Micah Stock) on his first night in Manhattan.” (Broadway - discounted TDF ticket)

This is the first performance with a new cast ... Martin Short replacing Nathan Lane, Maulik Pancholy replacing Rupert Grint and Katie Finneran replacing Megan Mullally.

I saw the show, with a full-price ticket, during early previews and gave it an A back then.

It is currently playing at the Schoenfield Theatre on West 45th Street. On January 18th it will move next door to the Jacobs Theatre where it will run from January 23rd to March 29th. The running time is 2:25, with intermission.

At the moment I haven’t anything planned for the evening ... so ... stay tuned.

Now ... about yesterday ...

Your favorite blogger finally got around to seeing the movie ... 

BIRDMAN, about a washed-up actor, remarkably played by Michael Keaton, who once played an iconic superhero, who must now overcome his ego and family troubles as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory==>B+

The acting and cinematography is outstanding and the storyline is rife with insider theatre and Hollywood references. Some I got, some I didn’t.

Michael Keaton gives an Oscar-worthy performance as does Edward Norton in a supporting role.

My main quibble with the show is that I really didn’t care about any of the characters and the ending becomes pretty predictable.

Having said that ... I am soooooooo glad that I finally got a chance to see it and I recommend it for serious theatre/movie people.

In closing ... on the sports scene ... I totally agree with the selections for The Baseball Hall of Fame: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio.

Mike Piazza was denied again as were Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds. Good!!

OK, my loyal and faithful readers and followers ... time to post this and then get ready to brave the elements ... so ... 

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>3.02  miles (or, 6,599 steps)

Total mileage for 2015==>20.94 miles (average 3.49 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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