Carlos and I are off for a weekend in Atlanta, so, except for a few preplanned funny, gossipy, catty, cartoony posts, I won’t be around this weekend. But I will say Hello to Patti LuPone for ya’ll, though.
See ya next week, and play nice!
>Aaaah, relaxing. Such a nice weekend, and, of course, we made an early start of it on Friday morning.
After lunch we strolled around, peering in shops and people watching, until it was time to head back and change for the show. I knew the hotel was close to Symphony Hall, but when we asked at the desk about driving, or taking a cab, she said it was just around the corner, so we walked it.
It was a gorgeous night, cool, not cold, and we took our time walking. Symphony Hall, and the surrounding museum complex, is a gleaming white building with all sorts of venues for plays and concerts, and art. We went in and ordered a drink and milled around, doing more people watching and checking out a photographic exhibition in the lobby. It was interesting, the kinds of people waiting to see Idina Menzel. Young and old, all colors, gay and straight; quite the diverse crowd.
Finally, it was time to go in, and we made our way down to our orchestra seats. Very nice seats, though I could have sat closer, or as Carlos says, “Close enough so she can sweat on you.” And, yes, that would have been okay.
While we waited, and listened to the symphony tune up, I noticed two screens on either side of the stage showing upcoming performances. There was Christmas Messiah’s and some Danish opera singer and a few plays and Patti LuPone and……
Cut to me, at home, Sunday night, online, ordering tickets to see La LuPone!
Anyway, the show begins, the orchestra starts, and Idina Menzel comes skipping, yes, skipping, onstage in her bare feet. The concert was just fabulous. The voice is gorgeous, and her stage presence was phenomenal. She was so funny, telling stories between songs, and working the crowd, especially the latecomers. No divaliciousness, just good fun.
At one point, Carlos leans over to me, and, because he’s such a classical music queen and loves a good symphony, says that the orchestra is fabulous. At the same time, Idina Menzel turns to the orchestra and once again says how much she enjoys them, before adding, “But enough about you, back to me!”
There was one spot in the show, where she’s singing “For Good”, from Wicked, without the orchestra and without the microphone. Just her voice and the hall. Suddenly, we heard a booming voice from somewhere up there–not god, but someone in the balcony–shouting, “Mic!” People snickered nervously, but Idina kept singing. A few seconds later, he shouted something again, and then Idina started giggling mid-song; she laughed and asked that he not be thrown out, that he was all right, and then she finished the song.
Later, during the encore, she dedicated to both her mother, and the man in the balcony. It was “Tomorrow”from Annie.
Such a beautiful show. So much fun. So many great tunes.
This one, from Rent, “No Day But Today”, was probably my favorite because it was so sweet and melancholy, and sung for Jonathan Larson, the composer and writer of Rent, who died of an aortic dissection before the show officially opened.
After the show, we walked back to the hotel for a late diner and drinks. We sat in the Studio Bar and just relaxed and chatted. It was such a nice end to a wonderful day.
And we did. The Cafe Rio Blanco is still there, and still serving one of the meanest Frita Burgers you’ll ever taste–ground beef, ground pork, ground chorizo–on a homemade bun with shoestring potatoes, followed by a Cortadito–sweetened espresso–after.
The whole weekend.
Posting will be light the next few days–or perhaps non-existent, since Blogger seems to like turning some of my Scheduled Posts into Drafts and leaving them lying around where no one can read them until I happen upon them and then post them but I digress–because Carlos and I are off to Atlanta for a little belated anniversary weekend fun and frolic.
Best of all, though not better than spending all my free time with Carlos, will be the fact that we are seeing Idina Menzel at Symphony Hall.
Updates upon our return.