I’m not going to lie. Wednesday was a pretty rotten day for me. It’s funny how quickly things can turn around. Thursday was great! Good calls. Good emails. Good haircut. I was asked to host an awards dinner. I got a call from my agent.
No. It’s not what your thinking. She’s not that kind of agent. Stick with me.
Since I’m currently not gainfully employed I thought I’d see if I could do some commercials and corporate videos. They use a similar skill set to TV broadcasting. It’s ‘day labor’ so I can do this and still look for a ‘real’ job.
Anyway, Debbie the agent has me set for an audition (with a zillion others) Friday in Manhattan. I asked Helaine if she wanted to take the train in with me. She had a better idea.
Wow! She is the gift that keeps on giving.
She made the suggestion at 4:00 PM. By 5:00 PM we were packed, had a half price hotel reservation through
HotWire Expedia¹ and were in the car heading toward the city.
We’re at Morgans a boutique hotel on Madison Avenue. The folks at the front desk couldn’t have been nicer (and business is probably slow) so they moved us to a ‘superior’ room. It’s starkly modern, but large and comfortable. Not a particularly impressive view from the 15th floor. We’re looking directly at the building across the street!
So, there we were in Manhattan. It was about 7:30 PM. It was time for my contribution.
“Let’s see a show.”
We bought tickets to see the Addams Family partially because Nathan Lane is in the cast… or so said the TKTS iPhone app! Nope. He left last week. We didn’t see his replacement either. We got the understudy!
The show wasn’t perfect, but it was very good.
The Lunt Fontanne Theater has a large and deep stage. This show took advantage with oversized sets moving in and out. I haven’t checked to see if it won a Tony for set design. It should have.
Where the show failed for me was its inability to decide whether the Addamses were lovable or terrible. Sometimes the conflict just got in the way. That was especially true of Wednesday Addams, the daughter whose engagement is the focus of the plot.
Most of the music is forgettable, but it’s Broadway music performed by actors who can sing and dance and a large orchestra of top pros. Even forgettable is enjoyable on Broadway. I am a sucker for Broadway!
The show let out and we headed back to the hotel. New York City’s night of windblown rain was peaking as we walked the ten blocks back to our nest.
Helaine said she couldn’t remember ever being this wet, “except in the shower.”
My audition is in the morning.
¹ – Helaine originally priced the hotel through HotWire which is what I wrote. I didn’t realize she continued shopping and then found the same deal for $10 less at Expedia.