As a BIG fan of the original Disney animated film, I have been anxiously awaiting my chance to see the Broadway production of Aladdin … and last night was finally my chance. I did my best to stay away from any spoilers about the show but I couldn’t resist watching the live performance of the Friend Like Me number on the Tony Awards this year so I knew that I was in for a good time based on just that performance. The hardest thing for me was to try and not think about the original animated movie while watching the show. I didn’t want to compare the two since it is impossible to recreate the magic of animation on the live action stage. On its own, I really did love Aladdin … even if I wished there was a way for Disney to infuse a bit more magic into the performance. More »
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Last month, when Adriana and I saw the disappointing touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in LA, we decided we needed to see real Broadway shows to cleanse our theatrical pallets. Aide was really excited for us to see Newsies and since the show is closing here on Broadway in August, we knew we had to fly out for the 4th of July weekend and see the show. She managed to score us a pair of SWEET center orchestra seats for the matinee performance and I’m happy to report that we both loved the show. More »
And so … my whirlwind Broadway weekend here in NYC has come to a close and it has been a smashing success. When Adriana and I decided to come to NYC to see shows last weekend, I was hoping we’d find the time to do and see everything that we wanted but I didn’t really know if we we’d be successful. I’m happy to report that we not only did everything we wanted to do but we even had time to do things we didn’t even plan for. My day was bizzy yesterday since I saw two shows back to back but it really was the perfect end to a really fun weekend in the city. More »
At long last, I finally got to see Neil Patrick Harris in his Tony Award-winning production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch last night and I am here to tell you that the show is absolutely THE Broadway show that you have to see. NPH is at his best when he’s performing live and Hedwig is 100 minutes of Neil being Neil … much to the extreme glee of every single person in the audience. It was very plain to see why NPH was awarded the Tony this year because he truly delivers a tour de force performance. I loved. More »
So … my Saturday? Amazing! I got to hang out with a bunch of great people, I got to experience breathtaking artwork and see an amazing Broadway show … but all of that was rendered irrelevant by the fact that I got to hold in my arms the Pink is the new Blog baby Josev!!! OMG. I can’t even express how much I love that baby! Oh yeah, I got to hang out with his mom Shannon, too, but … OMG JOSEV! Adriana and I did get to enjoy a great brunch with our friend Oriana before I met up with Shannon and Josev and then it was all about that baby. The bunch of us made our way out to Brooklyn to see the Kara Walker exhibit … then it was back to Manhattan so I could see Hedwig and the Angry Inch … and then dance into the wee hours of the morning at Baracuda with music by my friend Jon Ali (with an extra special cameo by my homie Bradley from MuuMuse). Saturday = epicness. More »
Yesterday was Independence Day here in the US and, as such, I celebrated my right to go shopping … even if that shopping was all window shopping. You know, in many places in the US, stores and restaurants are closed on the 4th of July but not so here in NYC. Consumerism was very alive and well, let me tell you. It rained for a short while in the early part of the day but honestly, I didn’t mind it at all. We don’t get rain at all in SoCal so it was a nice change of pace. After I was all walked out, I met up with Adriana and her friends Darren and Maggie for an early dinner before we made our way to Brooklyn to watch the 4th of July fireworks from the waterfront. It was a great day here in the city, let me tell you! More »
Adriana and I made our way to NYC, NY very early yesterday morning and managed to arrive early enough in the day that we were able to settle into our hotel and rest up a bit before we each hit the town. Aide met up with some friends for dinner and I made my way to the New World Stages to see the off Broadway show Heathers: The Musical. As you may recall, I blogged back in March about the debut of Heathers on the musical stage but at the time, I wasn’t sure when I would be in NYC to see the show for myself. When Adriana and I decided to come to NY, I knew that Heathers would be one of the shows that I had to see. I am so happy to report that I loved the show and had the best time seeing it last night. More »
Back in May we got to see the trailer for the new film Begin Again, which stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and singer Adam Levine (in his first acting role). Last night, I met up with my friend Eileen for a movie date and we decided to see Begin Again to determine if all of the good buzz about the movie was actually true. But, before my movie date with Eileen, I met up with Tamar for an afternoon hike together so that we could catch up with one another. My hang date with Tam was fun. My movie date with Eileen was fun. And Begin Again is a really, really good movie. More »
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Yesterday was a chiiiiiiiiiiiill day for me here at home. So much so that I only left the house once to run a quick errand. I managed to get some things done around the house but for the most part, I did pretty much nothing at all … except watch movies. Because I don’t have any TV shows to binge-watch right now and there aren’t a lot of summer TV shows that I’m obsessed with, my DVR is sorely empty these days. As such, I tend to watch movies on the various cable networks. The best thing about watching movies on cable all day is that you never know which old school movies will show up, reminding you of how awesome those movies were back in the day. For the first time in over 10 years, I rewatched Swimfan (2002) and Coyote Ugly (2000) and I’m the better for it. More »
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After I got a few things done around the house yesterday morn, I made my way down to Anaheim to meet up with some new friends for a fun day-long hang at Disneyland and California Adventure. As you may recall, I’m joining the Disneyland social club Sons of Anakin and yesterday was another one of our regular hang-out sessions. Because I will be out of town next weekend for 4th of July, I decided to spend as much time in the parks yesterday to make up for missing out next weekend. I had the best time ever. More »