1) March: Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp in RENT at the Pantages Theatre. There was such excitement in the room and when Adam sang One Song Glory I just wanted to cry my eyes out.
2) September: Meeting John Gallagher Jr. in Berekey before seeing the Amazing cast of American Idiot perform. Then meeting Michael Mayer and not being able to talk.
3) May: GLEE Screening at Santa Monica HS before it debut to Fox. I knew it was gonna be a hit even before I saw the show at the screening but was even more sure once I saw it. Also got to ask Lea Michelle a question in Q & A.
4) October: Parade opening night. It was a star studded night with Michael Sheen next to me and the production was sooooooo moving that I went back to see it again.
5)February: Minsky's at the CTG. Though I did not like the show, it was the place where the blog came to be. Read first entry for full story.
7) September: August Ostage County at CTG amazing night from start to finish (Great talk with CTG rep. and the seeing the show).
8) June: Patti and Mandy at CTG. I am a huge fan of the two of them and I was so excited to see them perform live. They are so good at their craft that I would watch them in whatever show they are in.
9) January: Taking Over at CTG because it was the 1st one man show that blew my mind about what I though theatre was, is, could be etc.
10) November: Mary Poppins at CTG because form start to finish the show was full of the Disney magic I grew u with. Also meeting Ashley Brown at stage door was great.
Broadway:This year has been a wonderful year full of great performances, the theatre community has been reborn in pop culture, and has seen many shows come and go due to economic times. My favorite musical of the year was NEXT TO NORMAL. I can listen to that soundtrack over and over and be moved and take something away with me. I hope they extend their run which is set to send in February of 2010 or at least go on tour. Very sad to see Bye Bye Birdie, Finian's Rainbow, and Ragtime go come early 2010. All three were shows I really wanted to see but never will. But with the Spring I look forward to seeing what new shows open before Tony Award time.
As far as Southern California Productions goes I can not wait for the following shows to open in 2010:
At the Center Theatre Group's theatres:Dream Girls, 39 Steps, The Glass Menagerie, Randy Newman's Harps and Angels and South Pacific.
At the OCPAC and Pantages theatres: In the Height's and Young Frankenstein
At Reprise Theatre Company: Carousel, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Form, and How To Success In Business Without Really Trying.
And much more!
So thank you for reading and all the support over this year. Look out for exciting news coming about blog's one year anniversary in February!
"How Do You Meaure A Year In The Life?"-lyrics from Season's of Love from RENT (It all started with a quote from RENT)