Wednesday, August 04, 2010


Mary Poppins on Broadway was highly entertaining. We had some quibbles about plot changes (Mrs. Banks' character was much weaker than in the movie), and insufficient costume changes, but the stage set was astounding. It must be nice to have the financial might of Disney to fund the enormous moving pieces of the Banks family house. Plus the final flight of Mary Poppins was terrific.

Strawberry Fields in Central Park.

Yep, we saw two shows today. The evening performance was Lend Me a Tenor, featuring Anthony LaPaglia (Jack from Without a Trace!), Tony Shalhoub (Monk!) and some young guy we'd never heard of (Justin Bartha from The Hangover) who was making his Broadway debut and more than held his own with the rest of the cast. Silly, sillier, and even more silly.

It's been many years since I've had an opportunity to enjoy a theater week, but like previous trips, an inadvertent pattern is developing between the shows. This week, it's been silly plots and simpering women, which is at least more lighthearted than the trip where it seemed like the entire cast of shows was dying of AIDs somewhere during the second act (Rent, The Boy from Oz, etc).

And finally, this is a photo of our hotel door with the peephole carefully covered with tissue paper. My dad has done this for years (thanks, dad!), and it seems prudent in these days of Erin Andrews.

We can tell that the bloggers are starting to arrive in the hotel. BlogHer '0 festivities begin tomorrow night - hope to see many of you soon!


Bob said...

Two great shows, nice picks, really envious. We definitely want to catch those on tour. Mary Poppins should be a regular show in Las Vegas

Anonymous said...

It sounds like such a fantastic time. I do adore Mary Poppins, I can only imagine it would be amazing onstage.