I'm finding myself pre-occupied with musicals nowadays, started a few weeks ago when I went to see a production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" that a friend of mine was in.
I subsequently found myself constantly being told in my head that by Patti Lupone that she'd be surprising good for me, so that prompted me to put in my CD of "Evita". What I wouldn't have given to have been able to see that when it was in Los Angeles - Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin on stage together.
Then I find that I haven't listened to "Phantom of the Opera" in quite some time, so that's what I've got in the computer right now. Steve Barton is awesome, and I'm so glad I saw him in Los Angeles when he subbed for a while. Truly sad that I'll never be able to listen to him live again. Though I never saw Michael Crawford on stage, I'd listened to the CD innumerable times so he'd been my favorite phantom. That is, until I saw a production of Phantom in Washington, D.C. with Ron Bohmer. He was simply amazing and his character of the phantom was so textured. Since that same company was immediately moving to Los Angeles, Ron Bohmer included, I then saw it again at home. Amazing. There's a production of Phantom coming to Orange County, so we may be going to that as I'm going through Phantom withdrawal.
Last year, we also saw "Mamma Mia" and absolutely loved it. So clever, so fun, and ABBA too. What more could one ask for? And having heard that they're coming back in a few months, we're definitely going again.
Alas, I'm afraid that the one musical I'm absolutely dying to see will never happen. A friend of mine gave me the CD for "Once On This Island" and I absolutely loved it and figured the staging must be awesome, but it's not one of those shows I hear about. I've already lamented to him that he's hooked me to a show I'll never be able to see. He knew I liked the music to the film "Anastasia" and given that it was done by the same people who did this musical, he thought I'd like it. Unfortunately, I did.
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