Sunday, March 22, 2015

Hazel Flagg - John Scott Reed’s New Pad - At This Performance

Sunday==>Good morning to all of my loyal and faithful readers and followers out there in the morass known as cyberspace. I hope your weekend is going well.

I am happy to report that your favorite Big Apple blogger is having a great time and today will be even better (details below).

It is, however, still cold. At 10:30am it is 35º, wind chill down to 26º, with azure blue skies and a few puffy clouds.

So ... let’s begin with Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s staged reading of the Off Broadway musical ...  

HAZEL FLAGG, in Jule Styne’s Hazel Flagg (1953), a reporter invites a girl dying from exposure to radium to New York City for an interview. After accepting, she discovers she was mis-diagnosed but decides not to reveal the truth because she has become a media darling==>A.

This was another totally enjoyable evening’s entertainment produced by Musicals Tonight.

It features an extremely talented cast headed by: Savannah Frazier as Hazel; Jody Cook as Doc Downer, who made the mis-diagnosis; and, Jason Mills as Wallace, the reporter.

For me the highlighted songs were: “Every Street's a Boulevard in Old New York” and “How Do You Speak to an Angel.”

Even though the show is dated the underlying theme of the intoxication of celebrity and the quest for media exposure still rings true today.

Billi Pod says==>definitely worth seeing.

It is playing at The Theatre Row Complex on my West 42nd Street block, has a running time of 2:30, with intermission, and runs through March 29th.

As usual, Musicals Tonight’s Producer, Mel Miller, was at the entrance to the theater, welcoming everyone. And, he had his two dogs, Izzy and Moe, with him. I took this picture as I walked inside. 

Before the show Mel took the stage, dogs in tow, to give a brief history of the show and what was happening back in 1953. Very informative.

Yes, when the show was over I left the theater with a big smile on my face.

Moving on ...

This afternoon around 4:00pm I will walk down to the High Line area to see John Scott Reed’s new pad.

Yeah ... he has just moved into the new and trendy Avalon West Chelsea, located on 11th Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets.

Then, for the evening will be another show at my Theatre Row Complex ...

7:00==>AT THIS PERFORMANCE - “In this Musicals Tonight production Broadway understudies and standbys will sing a song from their show and then later a song from their own repertoire.” (Off Broadway - full price ticket)

This is the 13th season for this showcase that has already featured over 700 Broadway understudies and standbys from over 300 shows. I have seen several productions and have totally enjoyed each one because they are each different.

It is playing at The Theatre Row Complex on my West 42nd Street block, has a running time of 90 minutes (I think), without intermission, and tonight is its only performance date.

OK, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, you are now up-to-date ... so ...


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>2.52 miles (or, 5,517 steps)

Total mileage for 2015==>327.18 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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