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My next 2.5 weeks were not busy enough, so I have purchased a ticket to go see Aladdin at the 5th Avenue two weeks from tonight. :)

(ZOMG. This is the WORLD PREMIER run of the official Aladdin stage musical. *even more excited now*)
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Mmm, happyface.

Good: The 5th Avenue Theatre does three-month payment plans on their season tickets at no extra charge.

Better: The 5th Avenue Theatre does a special season ticket price for people 30 or under, and season ticket benefits include free parking, discounts on extra tickets, and food discounts.

Best: The 5th Avenue Theatre's 2011-2012 season lineup includes both Les Miserables and Rent - two of my three favorite musicals - along with Damn Yankees, Oklahoma, and Cinderella, plus two other shows I've never heard of.

Conclusion: OH HAY I am now a season ticket holder to the 5th Avenue Theatre.
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We went and saw Phantom of the Opera last night - I saw it twice at the Pantages in Toronto while I was in high school, but Dan never had. We both enjoyed it muchly, though I was slightly less than impressed with some of the pyrotechnics. (The previous shows I'd seen had the Phantom flinging big huge fireballs with explosions during the cemetery scene; this was much lower-key and just had him flicking little sparks.) I posted via text during the intermission, but it seems to have gotten lost in the ether. Any rate, excellent show.

Sigh, now if only Jekyll and Hyde would come to town.
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eeeeeeeeeeee :)

Dan and I have tickets to see Phantom of the Opera at the Paramount on Tuesday the 23rd :D

I haven't seen it live since I was in high school, and he never has :D

*giddy*
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zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Rent tonight!
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Rawr :)

So on Wednesday, May 9th, Grant and Anjela and Ari and Dan and I go to see Rent at the Paramount. Woo!!!

(I'm getting to a point where I'm making plans for things post-wedding! o.O )
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Ooh! The former Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde is apparently picked up to be made into a film musical. IMDB says 2007, but has no details aside from that it's announced. I can almost guarantee they won't replicate my favorite scene, though I've seen a similar idea handled in a totally acceptable fashion in another movie not too long ago.

PSA

16 July 2006 11:02 am
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Holly, please to be reminding me that I had things I needed to mention to you about Edward Scissorhands and Thom Yorke.

I got the 2006-2007 season booklet for the 5th Avenue Theatre this weekend, and now I have "Tonight" from West Side Story stuck in my head. They have 3 shows out of 7 this year that I want to see!
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Our waiter last night. I tell you what, whoa.

We went to Red Robin, and as usual, Ari ordered a plain cheeseburger.

A short while later, the waiter brings our food, except he's brought Ari a BACON cheeseburger, with all the trimmings.

Ari: This is actually supposed to be a plain cheeseburger, with cheddar and jack cheese - no bacon and no vegetables.
Waiter: It is?
Ari: Yup.
Waiter: Oh. Well, that guy right there *points* is eating YOUR cheeseburger, and the kitchen is already working on making you a new one, so I'll bring it out in a minute.
Ari: ....
Dan: ....
Me: ....
Waiter: Anything else?
Me: Can I get the dressing for my salad?
Dan: *points at his empty glass* and a refill, please.
Waiter: Sure. *scampers away with the I-knew-it-was-wrong burger*
Ari: .....Why did he bring me the wrong burger if he knew it was the wrong burger and he was already having the kitchen remake the right burger?
Me: I... don't know...
Dan: *eats*
Time: *passes*
Tip: *shrinks*
Waiter: *brings the right burger so Ari can start eating* Anything else?
Me: ....my salad dressing?
Dan: ....my refill?
Waiter: *leaves*
Us: .....
Time: *passes*
Tip: *shrinks*
Waiter: *finally brings my salad dressing so I can start eating*
Dan: Refill?
Waiter: Oh! *takes Dan's soda glass*
Time: *passes*
Tip: *shrinks*

I HATE the way the convention of tipping has changed. HATE. Ugh.

On the plus side, the show was excellent, though I could've done without the bad magician, the lounge singer, the guy in the grass skirt and the chick in the purple marabou-trimmed negligee. I wanted the soundtrack, but they only had it in the Super Fancy Twelve Extra Remixed Tracks edition, which I wasn't really interested in.
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Friday: Theatre Thoughts
The show: The show was spectacular. I almost swooned. The fellow singing our Valjean was chosen by Cameron Mackintosh (the producer) to perform the role in the Broadway finale, and the emotion between him and Javert was stunning. (Valjean vs Javert has always been one of my favorite adversarial relations in anything I've read, heard or seen.) The woman singing Fantine had an awfully harsh voice on her more forceful songs, and Eponine had a tendency to bite off her words on a couple of songs to get a bit choppy, but aside from those two fairly minor things, it was excellent.

The fellow behind me spent the first half hour or so giving a play-by-play to his girlfriend - I got the impression she didn't speak English well enough to follow the songs - finally though, I turned around and told him to please keep it down and he did. The guy in front of me, as far as I can tell, went into the restroom during the intermission and gelled his hair to stand straight up or something, because I swear he was 4 inches taller during the second act. :P

Theatre Ettiquette: When I was in high school, and we were going to theatre performances (anything from the drama club's school plays to a French Club trip to Toronto to see Phantom of the Opera), we were always told that you Do Not applaud until the act is over - Absolutely Positively No Interrupting The Show, even for applause. Is this antiquated, or what? The ENTIRE THEATRE (except me) burst out in applause after almost every single song, and the actors were left having to stand in their places on the stage waiting for the applause to die down before they could start again. I did not, however, hear anyone singing along with the performers. Phew.

Saturday: Amtrak and Channeling the Inner Blacksmith
Amtrak: Each car has mostly seats that face the front, except for some reason I don't get, one end row in each car faces the back, so the people in that row are facing other passengers rather than the back of a seat. I got stuck in this row on the way down. The fellow in front of me ate cold fried chicken and drank Capri Sun for literally the first TWO HOURS of the train ride. I swear, he had bottomless stashes of both - every time I looked up from my knitting or book, he was getting out a new piece of chicken or opening a new Capri Sun. And then when he was throwing away his wrappers, he spilled Capri Sun remnants all over me. :P And then the lady across the aisle to my left did not change her younger child, who seriously seemed to need it, for the last two hours of the train ride. Bleh. Plus her older child wouldn't stop screaming sporadically.

Blacksmithing: AWESOME. I was nervous at first, because every time I've seen blacksmithing demonstrations, there have been hyooge flurries of sparks. Apparently, they do that on purpose; you have to TRY to get sparks. :) We turned a piece of 1/2" square mild steel bar into a marshmallow-toasting fork, complete with two separate tines, a decorative twist in the neck, and a hanging loop on the handle. Jill and I did most of it, taking turns. Then we roasted the marshmallows over the forge. :) Mine were fully cooked in under 3 seconds over the heat bricks (I like my marshmallows gooey and not discolored), Jill's spontaneously combusted after less than 3 seconds in the forge itself.

Sunday: Scenery, Chess, more Amtrak
Scenery: We went for a drive through part of the Columbia River Gorge and spotted a half-dozen waterfalls - very pretty!

Chess: We took a very roundabout walk to a game-house of Chas' acquaintance, where he thoroughly trounced me at chess twice - though I did manage to last for more than 5 turns in both games. :)

More Amtrak: Pretty uneventful. They did not forbid me to take the marshmallow toasting fork on the train. I felt very secure waving it around while I waited for Dan to pick me up at the train station (he apparently got lost).

Monday: Meals and Movies
Meal: Breakfast with Ari at IHOP
Movie (in): Casanova with yarn, The Poseidon Adventure (the original) with yarn
Movie (out): X3 (And whoa, I tell you what, whoa.)
Meal: Dinner with the Usual Suspects at JJ Rafferty's Irish Pub, which was relatively tasty and had traditionally Irish service (namely, nonexistent).
Movie (in): Kinsey with yarn
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Bad news: No tacos and game tonight.

Good news: It's because we're going out to dinner, then to a performance of Les Miserables, which I've wanted to see performed on stage since I was thirteen or so! *leaps and cavorts*
ginger: (christmas)
I spent Saturday morning baking. The oatmeal cookies went over really well, and Dan has requested more of the peanut butter cookies.

Dan unexpectedly got Saturday afternoon and Sunday off.

Saturday night, we had macaroni and cheese and rolls and kielbasa and steamed greenbeans with Grant and Anjela, then played some Chrononauts and Aquarius. Anjela and I got very silly toward the end of the night.

Sunday, Dan and I slept in and opened presents.

Loot! )

Sunday evening, I went to pick up Ari at the airport, Dan led an Alterac Valley raid group to victory, and I fixed a super-yummy dinner: herb-roasted cornish game hens, stuffing, roasted red potatoes, fresh-baked bread, and salad. Augh. Wonderful. I only ate half my chicken, and cursed loud and long the next morning when I discovered that I had forgotten to put the leftover stuffing away.

Monday, Dan had to work again. (He works arse-early in the morning - 6:30am-3:30pm.) I, however, did not. So I was looking forward to sleeping in. Except that someone kept CALLING at 6:30. Finally, I got up and muttered something into the phone.

Mmphm.
Do me a favor, don't lock the house when you leave.
Mmph?
I can't find my keys. I have my extra car keys, so I got to work, but I need to come home on lunch and look for my keyring, and I don't have an extra house key. I'll be home at 11, so it won't be for very long.
Mmph. Won't be leaving before then anyway.
I thought you had to leave for work at 7?
No work. Day off.
Oh! Go back to bed!
Yeah.

Figures - I got him a new wallet for X-Moose (he's lost his twice in the last year, if lost is the right word - both times, he's gone to the drive-thru at the Burger King on NE 8th in downtown Bellevue, paid for his food, and somewhere between the BK and our house, the wallet has disappeared. Both times, we've emptied out the cars he was in and searched every pair of pants or clothes with pockets he owns, and NOTHING. He's not allowed to go to that BK anymore) so he loses his keys instead. :)

However, I found his keys before he got home - somehow, he'd dropped them in the rec room and they'd gotten buried under a pile of wrapping paper.

I spent Monday watching Jurassic Park and Twister and knitting on a second sock - I ended up starting a pair of socks on Saturday night for Ari for X-Moose and finishing them mid-Monday afternoon.

Monday night, we had a post-X-Moose lasagne and asparagus and garlic-herb-bread and DESSERT dinner with Grant and Anjela and Ari, along with a gift exchange, and determining a last name for the elven family on WoW (Ari, Anjela and I play a family of four - Ari's hunter is the oldest, mine is the second oldest, and Anjela and I have a pair of druid twins, plus she also has a priest who's a cousin). It turns out that "moosesheep" and "forestfire" both translate to the same thing in Darnassian (Ash'therod), and we decided that was just too perfect. :)
ginger: (sleepy)
Grah! I had a really neat post all written up, and Firefox ate it. Foo.

Short version:

-Liam Neeson voicing Aslan. Not sure about this. I don't think his voice is quite.....resonant enough. We'll see.
-Saw a teen production of the stage musical Beauty and the Beast yesterday. Surprisingly well done, for a teen production. Remembered how much I like going to the theatre.
-Also saw Stealth this weekend. Not a bad flick - not great cinema, but amusing. Dunno why it got such foul reviews.
-Hit L42 in WoW.
-Fragging tired.

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