Saturday Night Serenade–I <3 The Eighties!

 

rock of agesThursday night, Mr. R. and I took Date Night to the Lake Worth Playhouse in glamorous Lake Worth, Florida, to see their production of the hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages.  It’s a romance set on the Sunset Strip of the decadent eighties, with a rocking soundtrack to back it up.

While they did not have the best quality vocals we’ve ever heard, the band kicked ass and the whole thing was great fun.

One of the many awesome 80s songs they did was Pat Benetar’s Shadows of the Night.  In choosing tonight’s video, I found several live versions but not the original video we watched back in the day.  Which was a bit disappointing, because one of the best things about the song was the harmony at the very beginning.  Those are missing in this version, but this is Pat in her heyday.

Rock of Ages was made into a movie a few years back, and it remains one of my guilty pleasures.  It’s hopelessly cheesy and features über douchebag Tom Cruise as rock god Stacy Jaxx, but I forgave them for that because the music is awesome.

I’m including the Shadows of the Night clip from the movie, and it’s a tiny bit risqué.  Oh well, it IS, after all, Saturday night.

So get out your parachute pants, your leg warmers, and your Aqua-net, baby, we’re going to rock the 80s one more time.  Happy Saturday night!

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Saturday Night Serenade–Rock of Ages

I may or may not have mentioned my enjoyment of musical theatre.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I just posted about it a week or so ago.

The musical Rock of Ages is a cheesy treasure trove of the best of 80s music, and by best, I mean the hair metal rock and power ballads, not that dippy new wave stuff Mr. R. enjoys.  The Broadway show was made into a movie and it’s completely possible that I’ve seen it once or twice, and maybe, potentially I might have sung along.  Loudly.

A couple of years ago, the touring company came to town for one night only.  My girl Mo and I grabbed ourselves a pair of tickets.  Looking back on it, it’s possible that they were still in their rehearsal/soft launch phase, because to tell the truth, it had a bit of a high school production feel to it.  Which was slightly disappointing, seeing as how we paid more than we ever would have paid for a high school show.  But, the music’s the thing, and we had a blast singing along.

So…the Lake Worth Playhouse (where Mr. R. and I saw a stellar production of Spamalot) is doing Rock of Ages starting this weekend.  My love and I have tickets for Thursday night and I’m so excited.  As good as Spamalot was, I have high expectations for the caliber of the performance and I know we’ll have fun, regardless.

This video is from the 2009 Tony performance.  It’s energetic, fun, nostalgic, and features a freaky cameo by Liza Minnelli.  I hope you love it like I do.  So rock out with your…

Ahem, well, anyway…  Happy Saturday night!

Making History

I had the coolest experience last night.  I’ve been wanting to write it up for a few weeks, but I was a little afraid that the planets would fail to align and it wouldn’t work out.  But, after a considerable effort from my love, everything went (almost) like clockwork.

A Chorus Line...one singular sensation....every little step we take....I danced to this....so remember the finale we performed:):

I’m a HUGE fan of musical theatre.  As a kid, I’d lock myself in my room with my mom’s Sound of Music soundtrack and not come out for days.  To this day, I know every word to every song.

In the spring of my senior year of high school, we took a class trip to New York, where we saw Annie at the Schubert Theatre.  Professional live theatre.  It was unlike anything any of us had ever experienced.  At the end of the performance, all of us hayseeds from Chattanooga gave a standing ovation.  Okay, we were the only ones in the theatre who did, but who cares?

During my college years, my mom took me to see the touring company production of A Chorus Line, and we went again when the local theatre company did it.  It was slightly less polished, but I loved it nontheless.

Many years after that Senior Trip, I returned to the Schubert to see Spamalot, the musical version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  After about three hours, I left the theatre with my cheeks in pain from smiling so much. My love took me to American Idiot when the touring company came to Ft. Lauderdale and it was brilliant.

I saw Spamalot again when the touring company came to town, and my love took me to the local production a couple of years ago.  It was fabulous, and I’d defy anyone to tell the difference between the three performances.  I also saw a local production of Les Mis, and, after having rather low expectations, I was completely blown away by the caliber of the performance.

Of course I’ve enjoyed the movie versions of Rent, Mama Mia, The Sound of Music (the movie, not that lame live tv version), Hairspray, and countless others.  All of that to reiterate, I LOVE MUSICAL THEATRE.  Yes, I’m the dork who has to sit through the entire Tony Awards broadcast, daydreaming of when I can get back to NYC to see a show.

Then…

I saw a little news report.  Broadway HD is an online streaming service founded by a couple of Broadway producers whose mission is to make Broadway theatre available to anyone, anywhere.  And they decided to make history on June 30, 2016, by offering She Loves Me as the first ever Broadway show to be livestreamed.  For the price of $9.99, a live Broadway show being performed at Studio 54 could come to my living room.

When I saw this, I was determined to make it happen.  And it was more complicated than you’d think.  For this technological feat, we needed to use the Chromecast goomer my son sent us for Christmas.  We hadn’t actually opened it because we have a Firestick.  But of course, it wouldn’t work with Amazon.

No problem, our phones are Android.  So we hooked up the Chromecast and set about trying to connect it.  The problem was, our phones are too old.  We talked about getting new phones–we need them anyway.  But we never got around to it.  And I had sort of let go of the idea.  Mr. R. will tell you, I’m really not a nagger.

She Loves Me

Yesterday, however, the day of the performance, my sweet came to me with an idea.  How about we go buy a cheap Android tablet and see if we can make it work?  And that’s what we did.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there were still technological kinks to work out, but eventually, we were able to hook up the tablet to the Chromecast, buy the performance, and sling that badboy from the tablet to our television screen, just in time to watch Tony-nominated She Loves Me performed live in real time.  My face hurt by the end of the night.  It was awesome!

 

 

 

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Shakespeare By The Sea 2015

It’s that time of year again, kids.  Thursdays through Sundays, July 9-13 and July 16-19, The Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival in cooperation with Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation presents the 25th season of Shakespeare by the Sea at the Seabreeze Amphitheater at Jupiter’s Carlin Park.

Last year’s performance of Much Ado About Nothing was the best I’ve seen so far.  We took my folks and my six year-old niece and everyone had a good time.  This this year promises to be just as good.  For their 25th anniversary season they’re presenting Hamlet.

If you’re in this neck of the woods, I’d highly recommend making a point of catching at least one of the performances.  The gates open at 6:30 and the show starts at 8:00 (there is no curtain, it’s an amphitheater).  Bring chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, and coolers.  We usually bring wine.  Unless it’s not allowed.  In which case we never bring wine.  Ahem.  Oh, and you might bring some mosquito repellent.  Live and learn.

As always, admission is free, but they do request a suggested $5 donation per adult to help defray costs.

Don’t you just love July?