Monday, March 23, 2015

Breaking News==>It is Official!! - John Scott Reed - At This Performance - Hand To God.

Monday - BREAKING NEWS==>I have just delivered the paperwork to the apartment management agent informing them that I will not be renewing my lease on PHC. 

This, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, is the finalization of my decision to leave NYC by the end of May and return to The Sunshine State.  

Yes==>It is done!! Winter Park, here I come!!

So ... rather appropriately ... 

On this Fourth Day of Spring your favorite Big Apple blogger asks this very simple question==>when is it gonna warm up?

Yeah ... that’s right. When? At 9:00am it is 24º and the wind whipping off The Hudson River brings the wind chill down to a frigid 14º. It is the wind that makes everything so fucking unpleasant as it cuts like a knife and makes even brief walks outdoors totally miserable.

Today’s errands and chores will probably be delayed until tomorrow because I just don’t want to leave the warm and cozy confines of PHC.

Oh well ... WTF ... let’s move on to Billi Pod's report on yesterday’s activities ... beginning with ...

A very pleasant and informative time with John Scott Reed at his new pad at the recently opened trendy and posh Avalon West Chelsea on 11th Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets.

Scott is the first occupant of his alcove studio apartment so he is still in the process of getting settled in. The apartment is really nice and the Western views are spectacular.

We had time for some much needed/wanted catching up. Scott is very supportive of my difficult decision to leave NYC the end of May to return to The Sunshine State, specifically, Winter Park.

When we finished I walked back to my Hell’s Kitchen ‘hood for my evening’s entertainment event ... 

AT THIS PERFORMANCE, in this Musicals Tonight production Broadway and Off Broadway understudies and standbys from HEATHERS THE MUSICAL, HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, INTO THE WOODS, THE LAST SHIP, LES MISERABLES, PIPPIN and SIDE SHOW sang a song from their show and then a song from their own repertoire==>A.

The Host and Producing Artistic Director is Stephen DeAngelis, a well-known casting agent. He conceived this show back in 2003 and since that time it has showcased the talents of 745 standbys, understudies and alternates who have covered 3,332 roles in 397 Broadway and Off Broadway productions.

The performers for this show were each excellent. The standout for me was Brittney Johnson, who understudies Eponine and Fantine in the revival of Les Miserables. She sang “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miz and later another song, whose name I have forgotten ... oh well.

The 1:30 running time flew by and the almost full-house audience was really into the show.

Yeah, I left the theater with a big smile on my face.

It was performed at The Theatre Row Complex on my 42nd Street block and last night was the only performance with this cast.

The next production will not be until April 13, 2015, and I will be there for sure.

Moving on ...

Tonight’s entertainment event will be a Broadway show, in previews ...

8:00==>HAND TO GOD - “Jason is a shy, inquisitive student who finds an outlet for his burgeoning creativity at the Christian Puppet Ministry in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door and - most especially - his mother are thrown into further upheaval when Jason’s hand puppet Tyrone, once soft-spoken, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own.” (Broadway - discounted TDF ticket)

I saw this amazingly funny show twice when it was Off Broadway and totally loved it, especially Steven Boyer in the dual roles of Jason and Tyrone. It will be interesting to see how it transfers to a much larger Broadway venue.

It is still in previews and the advance buzz is mainly positive.

It is playing at the Booth Theatre on West 45th Street, opens on April 7th, has a running time of 1:50, including intermission, and tickets are currently on sale through July 26th.

Time to post this then bundle up and layer for a quick trip across the street to Food Emporium for some stuff.

Will spend the afternoon watching Spring Training baseball on MLB.


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>4.28 miles (or, 9,364 steps)

Total mileage for the week==>23.13 miles (average 3.30 miles per day)

Total mileage for 2015==>331.46 miles (average 4.09 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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