Tuesday night we went to see the touring Broadway musical, “If/Then.” I was excited to see it, because Anthony Rapp (of Adventures in Babysitting fame – ha!), who starred in it on Broadway, was also with the touring company. I listened to the Broadway Cast Recording a few times and I knew that there was a dual story line of “what could have been,” but the ending was a surprise to me – very sweet.
The story shows the life lived when chances are taken, when the heart wins over the mind, and when a life is lived fully. Tonight at Cosmo Girls we watched “About Time,” the little British drama about time travel that is also sweet and thought provoking. The movie and the play both have the message that each day we get to start over and make a choice about what kind of life we’re going to live. Each day is filled with choices and what we do with the road we travel is what can make life meaningful and full.
The musical numbers do not translate well into a singalong, but the songs tell quite a story. Songs encouraging taking leaps, songs wondering “what if?”, songs of love to a baby, songs questioning whether you would change your path if you knew your story ends with hurt, and a song with an expletive in it questioning what just happened. Idina Menzel was the original lead on Broadway, but the touring actress was a look-alike and sound-alike – quite a powerhouse.
So glad we saw it. Enjoy a few clips of the music. And ponder your own “What if…”
I think the moral to this story for me is that I need to read books of my choosing rather than for book tours and blogging for a while. I have enjoyed the books I’ve read for book tours, but find that I read them even slower than normal and the blogging aspect adds even more time.
Hopefully I can crank out (and enjoy!) a few more before the end of 2013!
Next on my reading list are “Pope Joan” for the ED book club,
and “Mo’Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove” by Questlove and Ben Greenman.
On DVD or streaming on Netflix: “The Oranges,” – a slightly disturbing story about a college aged girl who starts dating her dad’s best friend and neighbor; “Springbreakers,” – a very disturbing story about spring break gone awry, jumpy and weird; “Bachelorrette” – a story about a bride who asks high school friends to be in her wedding, even though they were mean to her in high school, interestinglly famous cast; “Mike Birbiglia‘s: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” – stand up routine by this guy… love his stuff;
and in the theatre on a mid-week date night, “Enough Said.” Elaine Bennis (Julie Louis-Dreyfuss) and Tony Soprano (James Gandolfino) meet and begin dating. It’s James Gandolfino’s last film and it was a very sweet story. Lots of good discussions – in the movie and after.
On the social front:
Lots of great dates with Chris – whether it’s cooking a meal, eating out, going to football games, exploring the SPAM Museum, watching DVDs or going to movies, we have a good time.
Met some girls at 4 Daughters’ Winery for a delicious afternoon lunch and conversation! Was a great time and hope to do it again soon!
Had 1:1 time with great friends, as well – Beth came to Rochester and we hit consignment shops and had a great lunch and some coffee, had a birthday lunch with Ellen last week, and Vicki and I shared a bottle of wine in Mom and Dad’s basement, discussing life!
The SPAM Museum with Chris and Marissa was a ton o’ fun… I don’t know what it is about that place! Maybe the SPAMples we ate throughout our time there, the gift store with everything SPAM you can imagine, or the knowledge that was absorbed, as evidenced by the SPAM game show. Fun fun times.
I went to the ED Book Club for the first time last night to discuss a book I recommended to them and read in 1998! I didn’t re-read it but read the SparksNotes for Angela’s Ashes, and there was great discussion with people I don’t know very well. Was a fun night and I’ll go again!
Feel like I’ve been working a lot, but I guess no more than normal. Just recovering from overnights, so a little brain dead yet today.
George and Gracie are spokespeople!
Steel Mesh Gloves for protection
On the SPAM assembly line!
Gotta love SPAM Hotdish!
And so I’ll close… I feel a little bad that I’m not participating in the month of Gratitude leading up to Thanksgiving… the days fly by and there is always something to be thankful for. I’m working this Thanksgiving, so I am trying to figure out what I can do to celebrate in some way. I’m thankful for TimeHop App which tells me what I posted on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare for the last 5 years, so that I can remember all the good things that have gone on before… Life is good!