Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Oh Broadway Musicals! How I Do Love Thee!

Last week my hubs and I had a night out on the town to see the 2003 Tony award-winning musical Avenue Q.Hilarity ensued at the "Sesame Street for adults" extravaganza that was singing puppets on stage. But not JUST singing folks, oh no. Those puppets were risque! I found it so fun to giggle at things I would never say and do while under the cover of dark theater lights. Aaron just about fell off his chair and into the aisle he thought it was so funny.

While Avenue Q made for a highly entertaining evening, Wicked wins my award for favoritest musical out there. We saw Wicked at the Oriental Theater in Chicago last year. Here are the details friends, and you must read to the end, because there's a special note for Austin-ites.

The gist - Long before Dorothy landed her ruby-clad feet in Oz, the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch were friends, even college roommates. Yes, sparkly blue Glinda the Good gets paired with the emerald green-toned Wicked Witch in the potluck roommate selection of the century.The boy - Of course! What could drive apart two girls better than a boy? Fiyero, all-around rebel and troublemaker who can't choose between the two witches.

The scandal - Animals vs. animals. The Ozian government passes new legislation that won't allow Animals to speak, teach, or work. The Wicked Witch (an early PETA member) rebels against the government by saving a lion cub from isolation in a cage. (This same lion appears later as a cowardly friend to Dorothy.) The Wicked Witch then sets off to visit the Emerald City and talk to the Wizard of Oz about this new legislation. The Emerald City reveals the Wicked Witch's magical prowess when she causes monkeys to sprout wings and fly, scaring the citizens and causing them to officially brand her "Wicked."

The music - From "Popular" to "Defying Gravity," every song is singable and adds a great element to the story. You will definitely be buying the soundtrack the moment you leave the theater.

So here's the scoop Austin-ites. Tickets for Wicked at the Bass Concert Hall go on sale in less than 17 days! Get your tickets beginning May 16th for the shows on August 12 through August 30.

Hands-down, this'll be the most entertaining night on the town.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Shared Birthdays

My niece, Madison, and I recently shared a birthday cake. My birthday was March 16 and her birthday was April 14. I'm pretty sure she's the only one who is aging in this picture. ;-)

The cake was strawberry cake with strawberry icing and fresh strawberries on top. And shaped like a princess.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Something I've Been Meaning to Do

I consider myself an avid reader and am usually reading at least one book for pleasure most of the time. I've been meaning to review several of these for you but just couldn't commit to the daunting task of a full-fledged book review. Consider these the "lite" version of Lacy's Book Reviews. I hope you try at least one of them.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart -- This story is for all those of you who ever sent away for brochures to East coast boarding schools in high school because you were bored and college just couldn't come fast enough. (Was I the only one who did that?)

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn -- This is a fantastically silly story about a girl who lives on an island and writes letters back and forth to her friends on the mainland. Her letter-writing takes a challenging turn when the island government begins banning the use of certain letters in the alphabet!

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling -- Old school style fables from the world of Harry Potter. My personal favorites are "Babbity Rabbity and her Cackling Stump" and "The Tale of the Three Brothers." Super quick read I highly recommend for your next weekend holiday.

Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy -- If you loved the movie with Chris O'Donnell like I did, you'll love the book more. My good friend Maeve (I've read LOTS of her stuff) is a fabulous storyteller and weaves what seems like dozens of storylines into one cohesive narrative. The book looks gigantic but it's a page turner.

Atonement by Ian McEwan -- I enjoyed the movie a lot and wish I had read the book first. Good story with several great snippets of language. The book will be more suspenseful if you don't watch the movie first. (If you don't want to read the book at all, I recommend the movie simply for the eye candy that is James McAvoy.)

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