Yesterday, Dear Esther at Gratuitous Violins orchestrated a gathering of mostly like-minded theatre bloggers at Angus McIndoe's that would give any shriner's convention a run for its money. Present and accounted for were
Gratuitous Violins, Steve on Broadway, Third Row Mezzanine, Casual Heap, Everything I know I Learned from Musicals, Broadway and Me, Just Shows To Go You, Life on Thirteen, Things You'll Learn To Love About Me, Lunar Gemini, and That Sounds Cool. Did I get everybody? I think so. There was at least one significant other, the delightful heir apparent (and king of the irreverent) of Steve on Broadway (ask him about Cats!) and Broadway and Me's Theatre Going Partner Bill who is just full of the best stories (he saw Merman in her Gypsy tour!!). Well, it stopped just short of being a full blown shriner's convention - damn it, nobody wore a funny hat and unfortunately, Chita Rivera didn't show up for ballet, even though we practically willed her there as she came up in conversation quite a bit. There was much story telling, mostly irreverent, some of it nostalgic, a little bit of teaching, sharing of theories, and all kinds of acting out. Two and a half hours later, appetites sated, stories shared and promises made to meet again soon, some of us ran off to see Gypsy (shocking but not me!). A few of us went to Juno at City Center later in the evening, where lo and behold, one of my crew and quite a blogger himself, Kevin at Theatre Aficionado at Large just happened to sit next to Mondschein from Third Row Mezzanine. Providence! Kevin, Roxy, Mondschein and I deconstructed Juno and just about everything else as we continued the evening at Seppi's.
So, brava, Esther, for orchestrating and directing. I'm looking forward to many encores!