Monday, February 9, 2015

Nasty Back to Work Monday - Big Love - The Sleeping Beauty - Brian Williams

Monday==>It is another gray, overcast and nasty morning here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World.

At 8:30am it is lightly raining with temperature of 25º, wind chill down to 13º. Rain, sleet and light snow is in the forecast for the remainder of the day and into the evening. Not a very good way to begin the work week, that is for certain.

As you loyal and faithful readers and followers know ... Monday is Billi Pod’s errands and chores day but ... trust me on this ... ain’t no way he is going to brave the nasty elements just for errands and chores ... no way ...

So ... let’s move on to Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s Off Broadway show ...

BIG LOVE, fifty brides flee their fifty grooms and seek refuge in an Italian villa in this modern re-making of one of the world's oldest plays, The Danaids by Aeschylus. Mayhem ensues, complete with grooms in flight suits, women throwing themselves to the ground, occasional pop songs and romantic dances - even a bride falling in love==>B+

The performance by the ensemble cast is totally amazing and the physicality displayed as the actors throw themselves onto the floor, into walls and into each other is like nothing I have ever seen on stage.

It is a play with music that includes recognizable pop songs such as Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

The staging and special effects are incredible.

The mood swings back and forth from outrageously funny to somber, violent and disturbing.

The full-house audience seemed to be totally involved in the production and gave the cast a roaring standing ovation at curtain call.

My only quibble is that some of the monologues are too long, which impacts the frenetic flow of the story line.

Billi Pod says==>if you want something different, then this is the show for you.

It is playing at The Signature Theatre Complex on West 42nd Street, has a running time of 1:40, without intermission, and runs through March 15th.

Moving on ...

Tonight’s entertainment event is a staged reading ...

6:00==>THE SLEEPING BEAUTY - “A staged reading of a new opera about a beautiful Princess who is trying to find a Prince. An evil Wise Woman casts a magic spell. The Princess falls into a deep sleep for 100 years along with everyone in the castle. Will a Prince come in time to save the Kingdom and will he be the Princess’ true love?” (staged reading - free ticket)

This is part of the Developmental Reading Series at The York Theatre Company. 

What caught my interest was a head’s up from a member of the York Theatre staff and the following comment in The New York Post:

“Most 15-year-olds’ are concerned with homework and overbearing parents - but for Benjamin P. Wenzelberg, it’s performing an opera he wrote himself.” 

Wenzelberg is the Composer/Librettist/Accompanist.

Yep ... looking forward to seeing this.

In closing .... the Brian Williams fiasco gets even more interesting as he canceled Thursday night’s scheduled appearance on David Letterman’s show. Letterman and Williams are very close friends.

 It is unclear whether the decision to cancel was made by Williams or by NBC brass. Oh the drama ...


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>4.66 miles (or, 10,193 steps)

Total mileage for the week==>29.12 miles (average 4.16 miles per day)

Total mileage for 2015==>162.79 miles (average 4.17 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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