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Subject:A Charlie Brown Ad Agency
Time:11:58 am

Dear LJ, I saw this and just had to share.

Love,
Mark
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Subject:Save title of show!!
Time:10:30 am
Hey kids,

Just wanted to call everyone's attention to the plight of [title.of.show] - it's closing. Soon. I love this show, and I love these people, and I'd consider it a huge personal favor if you would sign the petition here to get them on Ellen. (That's funny, cause there's a song in the show where they sing about getting to be on Ellen.)

And if you want to save the show because you like it, or because you really like me, or because you're just sad to see any show close and put people out of work, or because you feel bad that it's closing so early and will deprive lots of people of pleasure - read the [tos] blog here, and maybe write a letter or two. I know I will, and I never write letters.

Come on guys! It worked for Star Trek: The Original Series!

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Subject:13 The Musical
Time:02:06 pm
So I saw the first preview of 13 last night. Cut for partial spoilers, although nothing really badCollapse )
This post probably sounds a little more negative than positive, but really I had a very good time. And if they can just fix the first 20 minutes of the show, it'll be a fun, heartwarming musical comedy for the whole family.
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Subject:NYMF shows
Time:12:01 pm
So these are the NYMF shows I'm planning on going to.

Any suggestions? Ideas?Collapse )
Anyone know about other good shows? I was thinking of The Hatpin, or maybe Villa Diodati?

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Time:02:14 pm
Since I've last posted, many things have happened.

- Katie, Jordon, and Allison moved in three blocks away! Yay!
- Bridget moved here and stayed with me for a week and a half! Yay!
- Our apartment got broken into and all of our computers were stolen, along with some jewelry. Boo. I lost all my scores and bootlegs too. I still have my old hard drive but it's dead. I've got to see if I can get my data recovered, cause I do not want to search for all of that stuff again. Arg.
- Jillian sent me The Office: S4 on DVD cause she felt bad that our stuff got stolen! Yay! I love Amy Ryan!
- Speaking of Amy Ryan, I've watched the first three seasons of The Wire! It's a great show!
- I saw Tale of Two Cities with Sharon. Meh. It wasn't terrible, but it certainly was not great. I did like Aaron Lazar and Greg Edelman. And James Barbour has a great voice. But yes, it's very much a Les Miz style show that's not as good as Les Miz.
- I met Charles Strouse at the Drama Bookstore! Yay! And he told me he as extremely flattered to meet me.

Some other stuff happened too. The NYMF festival starts soon! Lots of exclamation points here. I'm going to go take a shower so I can do stuff with Katie.
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Subject:montauk monster
Time:11:51 am
Seriously, how come I can't open a newspaper (figuratively) without reading about this Montauk Monster? It's so funny that this little thing has become a local phenomenon, with lots of people arguing about what it might be, if it's even real at all, or if it's some viral marketing slogan.

Ok, for those of you who aren't initiated, here's the Wikipedia page. Everything's on Wikipedia. Also, the Montauk Monster has its own blog, apparently.


Our own expert weighs in, below.
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Time:10:40 am
I had an odd night last night. My friend Josh whom I work with is leaving Nature to go to law school, so we all went out for drinks with him last night, and it was great. Then I came home, talked to Jillian, and watched like ten minutes of Kathy Griffin on Bravo, and I was tired so I went to sleep.

Well, my phone rings like thirty minutes later, and it's a text message. So I put my phone on vibrate and go back to sleep. I rolled over in my sleep to my bookcase, I guess, where my phone is sitting, cause I wake up like an hour later cause I'm vibrating. I see I got another text message. I read it (cause I have to read it anytime I get a text) and go back to sleep. Ok, like two hours later, the same thing happens. Why am I so popular all of a sudden? Anyway, I had to read that text too, and then I finally went back to sleep.

I don't know why I wrote this.
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Time:11:15 am

Last night, Annie and Randi and I saw the Keenan-Bolger show. They are all so little and funny and the show was really sweet and touching - it was an account of a year (1993) in their life, when Celia was 15, Maggie was 9, and Andrew was 8. It was the last time they were all on stage together, in The Secret Garden. They started off with a cute song about being Keenan-Bolgers, and related stories about growing up with two hippy communist parents, being the only white kids in an urban Detroit public school, and singing a mixture of protest songs and showtunes on road trips. The show ended with them singing a moving trio arrangement of their mother's favorite lullaby - "Goodnight, My Someone." It was a special night.

After that we headed to Marie's, because Miles LOVES Jim Allen. (Well, I love him too.) I convinced him to pull out "The Song Is You" even though I couldn't sing very well last night (I'm fighting a small cold), and then he challenged me with three obscure songs, none of which I knew, although I had heard all of them before. (One was from Ben Franklin in Paris, a show I own the cast recording of but am not familiar with, one was from Starmites...ugh, and one was a Kander and Ebb song that wasn't from a musical.) Miles played some Gershwin on Jim's break, and we tried to cheer up Sharon a little bit. It was a pretty fun night, and it was really hilarious to watch a 55 year old guy hit on Miles so much. (Not Jim...but Jim hit on Miles a lot too. I don't think Jim's 55. Plus he hits on everybody.)
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Time:02:32 pm
I saw A Catered Affair last night, finally. And I actually liked it a lot more than I thought I would, although I didn't think it was really great. It seemed as though Fierstein and John Bucchino made this into the piece they wanted it to be, and it works on its own merits for the most part, as long as you don't compare it to the source material (difficult to do, certainly.)

It's very clear they wanted this to be a story that war and loss is a large part of. That alone makes it very different from the movie. But it works in some ways - it provides more tension that leads to the big blow-up late in the show, and provides an interesting family dynamic for Janey and Aggie that's very different in the movie. The other huge change - the gay Uncle Winston - actually would've worked better if they had just toned it down a bit. Ok, so he's out and open at home, but you'd think he'd be just a little more careful, a little more nervous when out on the town. There was none of that in Fierstein's performance. I think with just a few cuts and changes to that character, the show would've worked a lot better. I actually liked "Immediate Family," the song he sings when he's drunk to the groom's parents, but the reference to his lover's head in his crotch again just went too far. I can't believe that this openly gay man has never been persecuted or doesn't know the risks of his lifestyle at that time.

But I think that a lot of what's there works. The moment when we see Janey in her white dress and veil for the first time, at the end of that duet with her mother, is quite moving. Tom Wopat's big number at the end was very good, living up to the hype. Faith Prince is just as good as everyone says she is, and she really holds the show together. Janey and Ralph's duet "Never Stop Saying I Love You" is gorgeous, and its reprise made me cry a little, and I also really loved "Coney Island."

Overall, this show is not only way better than Cry-Baby, I actually liked it more than I liked In The Heights. This definitely should've been nominated for Best Musical at the Tonys, even with my reservations. It's sweet piece, and I'm glad I saw it.

I haven't written about several shows lately. A lot's been happening! I am busy. I love it though. Going upstate tonight for my Grandfather's birthday - I'll be back in the city on Sunday, just in time to catch the matinee of [title of show], my third time seeing it.
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Time:01:42 pm
It's official - someone up there is mad at me.

So both Passing Strange and Adding Machine are closing July 20th. And Jordon's in town all next week. And Brady wants me to do her musical which would rehearse all next week. When am I going to go back to Adding Machine? When am I going to go back to Passing Strange? When am I going to be able to spend time with my friends? When will I ever see you, Ella?
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