Monday, January 12, 2009

"I Will Help You to be Popular"

"Wicked" Megan Hilty singing "Popular"

Last night my mom and I went to the Pantages Theater to see the play "Wicked." All I can say is I am so sorry I did not see this earlier and that my daughter did not get to see it with us. I had no idea how funny it was and how incredible the music is. Galinda was so damn funny. There was a little girl several rows behind us laughing so infectiously I think she had our whole section laughing just with her. Megan Hilty played Glinda and Eden Espinosa played Elphaba and Carol Kane played Mrs. Morrible. Our Book Babes read "Wicked" by Gregory Maguire and now I am going to have read it again. The theater itself is so cool inside, very art deco with wonderful chandeliers and reliefs on the wall. I took pictures of the dumbest things but it was fun.

It was so fun to be in Hollywood right near Hollywood and Vine. It was closing night for the play in Los Angeles; they are headed to San Francisco. My mom and I went to dinner at the CityWalk at Universal Studios which is just a few offramps up from Hollywood Blvd. We saw people in one of those wind tunnel thingies where the air blows you up like you are skydiving. We had a lot of fun watching the people try to stay in one position without the force of the wind causing them to fly all over the tube. The instructor did some showing off.

"Ahhhh, pink goes good with green."

Thank you to Karen's niece, Chloe, for the wonderful gift I was able to give to my mom. It was nice just to spend time with my mom. What an opportunity to see Wicked on its closing night in Los Angeles.

I keep thinking it is better to have experiences rather than things. I would rather spend time with friends down at Starbucks than shopping. Of course, I would rather do almost anything than go shopping, so perhaps that is not fair. I only wish some experiences were not so expensive~! I would gladly go to more plays and concerts or travel but tickets don't grow on trees.

So the Phantom will be at the Pantages next, then Rent and Grease. Anybody game for one of those?


Karen Carter said...

So much fun! What a blast and how it brings back memories of our big night there. LOVED it! Thanks for the shout out too, I will tell Clo to check your blog. She will be thrilled! What a terrific play..............

Casey said...

So glad you got to see it! I loved it too! I'm game if I can afford it to be your "Play" buddy!

Happy Hour...Somewhere said...

Now that I know where the Pantages is, I am totally up for that. I am going to look to see if the Kodak Theater does anything and isn't there a theater on Wilshire somewhere? Even small venues down in San Diego would be fun. I am HOOKED on plays now.

Jeanne said...

Kat - I too, hate shopping. Almost with a passion. Too bad I'm too far away to get Starbucks now!

I saw Phantom a loooooong time ago when Michael Crawford was in it. It was amazing. You should go if you get the chance. I wanted to go see Wicked but we left CA so fast there wasn't time. Not sure if it will come to AZ. I did see Lion King about 5 years ago and that was amazing as well. I love theater!

Happy Hour...Somewhere said...

If Wicked ever gets near Phoenix, run, don't walk there~! My mom saw the Phantom, too, with Michael Crawford you lucky dogs. I hear Lion King was fabulous, so if I get the chance to see that, I am going.

The "Hot Tamale" loved to drag me shopping and I almost learned to like it because of that, but now I cannot even stand to be in a mall! Which with the economy the way it is, I am glad I never became a shopaholic.

I love your posts by the way~! Keep it up.