Monday, June 21, 2010
Another Last Performance, i.e Angie Day, Summer Edition
It's no secret that I complained about the casting, the lack of orchestra, the sets, the costumes and production in general of this much anticipated revival of A Little Night Music on Broadway.
But the stars aligned early yesterday afternoon. The entire cast was perfection and for the first time, I was oblivious to all which had bothered me before. All of the supporting cast members played their characters much more delicately and with lovely nuance than I had seen them last, which was way back in January.
Angela's "Liaisons" was nothing short of miraculous. She was not able to hold back the personal emotions and played it with heartfelt emotion, this time with tenderness and sadness rather than sarcasm and disgust. It was absolutely beautiful to see this rendition. I am still savoring every second in my mind. I could hear my fellow audience members sighing and sniffling when she was finished. She seemed to be holding back from weeping.
Lest we forget it was her last day too, Catherine Zeta-Jones was spectacular. She unabashedly wore her emotions on her sleeve and never held back. At the end of "Send in the Clowns", her tears were falling freely from her eyes - as she bent her head, I could see them falling to her lap - and at the end she could only whisper the last words. It was breathtaking. Again, there were possibly no dry eyes in the house, including my own. The applause was loud and long.
During the curtain call, Catherine had us all sit from our long standing ovation. She stated that the best part of her experience of being on Broadway was getting to be in this show with Angela and that she hopes she has the career that she has. She basically turned this into a love letter to Angela and went as far as getting down on the floor of stage and bowing down to her over and over. It was a classy and beautiful thing to see.
I'm definitely glad I went one more time, and on this day in particular - and I'm grateful to my friend Alan for assisting in getting me the great seats. Before the show, Byrne, Kevin and I were waiting for our other friend Donald to arrive when a lady approached me and introduced herself as a follower of my adventures. It's always fun to meet new friends! That was so fun and later she joined us for great conversation at Angus McIndoe's (over 6 hours of conversation!) (and oh my goodness - revelation, Donald is a Prettybelle lover too!). At Angus', we saw some Broadway types and stars and best of all Brian Murray who played Lord Shrewsbury in our favorite of last summer Mary Stuart - we had just been discussing Mary Stuart when he popped in and I shouted, "Lord Shrewsbury!". He greeted each of us and was astounded that we were still talking about that play even after a year. It was a great topper to a great day to meet him.