My Broadway Show Review: Living On Love

After the not-so-important post last weekend, I decided to return to my normal writing habit. πŸ™‚

Yeah, as if I am always writing in a normal writing habit. πŸ˜›

So last month on 5/2/2015 boo and I spent our Saturdate by watching a Broadway show called “Living on Love“. I heard about this show like 2 months before from Renee Fleming’s page announcement and was so excited that I made a promise I would save a lot and take boo with me to see the show. Funny thing was, boo actually was aware of my love to Renee Fleming and when he asked whether I wanted to see the show, well without a doubt I said “YES” in excitement. πŸ˜‰

Off we went to Longacre Theatre at 220 West 48TH Street.

As soon as we arrived, the show was already started about 5 minutes and we were rushed to our seats which were located on the Mezzanine level. The view of the stage was not obstructed at all and if there is a word to describe the set then it would be this Italian word that I really loved: BELLISSIMO πŸ˜‰ the attention of detail for the apartment set was so amazing — the sofas, the glass cabinet display, the chair, the mini chandelier, the foyer. Oh my, I wish I study theater production right now LOL.

Oh in case you are wondering what the show is about, then here is a synopsis I took from Broadway.com site: Living on LoveΒ tells the story of celebrated diva Raquel DeAngelis. When her husband, the fiery and egomaniacal Maestro Vito DeAngelis, becomes enamored with the lovely young lady hired to ghostwrite his long-delayed autobiography, Rachel retaliates by hiring her very ownβ€”and very handsomeβ€”ghostwriter to chronicle her life as an opera star. Sparks fly, silverware is thrown, and romance blossoms.

So how’s the overall show?

OMG, this must be the funniest Broadway show I have ever seen in my life. Okay, I probably exaggerate a lil bit on this but seriously, who would ever thought that the opera diva Renee Fleming can be so charming yet funny at the same time?! I loved her performance and her flirtatious personality. Douglas Sills who played her husband was also another funny yet charming character. The other actors were Jerry O’Connell and Anna Chlumsky. They did a very good job as well.

Unfortunately, as they said, show business is tough. That night the seats were not full house and the show closed on May 3rd 2015 after like just about two or three weeks. I felt so unfair because I think all of the casts did a wonderful job but yeah, maybe their marketing strategy is not strong enough to attract Broadway fans who are accustomed with lots of songs and musics.

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The end of the show. Renee was hilarious!

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The Diva herself. and the gang. LOL

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Douglas and Jerry were trying to be goofy LOL

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Boo and I after the show.

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And of course, selfie is a must πŸ˜€

Funny thing was after we took the selfie in front of the banner, boo heard a noise coming from the other side of the entrance. When we looked to see what was happening, Jerry O’Connell came outside and started taking pictures and signing autographs for some of the fans. We definitely did not want to miss it so we waited for about 10 minutes until we finally got his autograph and a selfie with him πŸ™‚

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Jerry with boo and I. Jerry was such a charming person he literally grabbed my phone and took like 6 selfies with us. πŸ™‚

And then, moment of truth! Renee came outside and I could not help myself not to jump or cry in joy. I was literally excited because I have been a fan of her since I was in high school. Of course I still have my love for Sarah Brightman πŸ˜‰ but yeah we should not have limitation on singers. Ms. Fleming was surprisingly very patient and she took time to chat with the fans and did not feel pressure when one of the guy beside us gave her like 8 DVDs to sign. When she approached me and signed the playbill, I told her I missed her during the Met Opera season and she said she will definitely be back performing maybe next year. Funny thing, she accidentally signed my iPhone screen and I realized that later when I had dinner with boo πŸ˜€

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Such a sweet person! Thank you Renee πŸ™‚

Now Douglas Sills is one hell funny guy! No kidding, he came back to me twice because I asked him for a picture when he signed the playbill. He said: “ah we should take a proper picture, i will come back to you later” — which he did. I asked him several questions regarding the character and some of the props used on stage especially the maple syrup that he poured on top of his hair. He said: “nah, it was actually a conditioner.” LOL

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Boo. me . and Douglas Sills.

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The playbill. We were definitely fortunate and blessed that night!

I wish that the show is still playing right now because I will not hesitate to watch it again but oh well — maybe next time I will see them again in a different play. Thank you Kathleen Marshall for directing a marvelous and funny play that boo and I really enjoyed! And thank you to all the casts who did excellent job in this play!

P.S.: if you are wondering whatever happen to Anna Chlumsky after the show, well, turns out she did not come outside. Security said she left early but that’s alright. Maybe some other time πŸ˜‰

Yours Truly πŸ™‚

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My Show Review: New York Spring Spectacular 2015

P.S: I know this post will sound a little bit old but better late than never, right?

Anyway, last April I had a chance to actually watch The Rockettes plus Laura Benanti and Derek Hough in the show called “New York Spring Spectacular” which I heard was so well demanded that they actually added more dates to extend the show. Unfortunately for that night, no Derek Hough present so he was replaced with another performer who did a very good job.

To be honest with you, the story was rather cheesy and predictable with the main casts were the protagonist and antagonist. Derek was the protagonist one while Laura was the antagonist. Laura Benanti plays as Janet who runs this multi billion dollars company and was contemplating whether she had to fire the old guy or give him a chance. of course in the end we knew what happen with the old guy. (still in the company and Janet turned into a better person).

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Me with one of the Rockettes girl. Noticed how tall she was?! lol I looked like a midget!

 

Yes the story might be a bit cheesy and boring but the Rockettes and the other casts performance was jaw dropping awesome! I mean, I have no idea how many hours those girls needed to rehearse the movements in the show but I gotta say: KUDOS! Now i know why a lot of female dancers wanted to be in the Rockettes. It was more than just a dance or a show — they are the show! And if you have seen the Christmas Spectacular featuring The Rockettes during Christmas time then by any means this one was totally different! different because they suited the theme with spring season and added more special effects (real rain drops onto the stage, bright LED, even interactive session with the audience). I was also given a 3D paper glass which I used during certain sequence but i felt that it was not really worth the experience.

I am not sure whether they will continue on doing this show next Spring 2016 but if they do and you happen to visit NYC sometime from March 20th till May 7th 2016, then reserve your ticket and see this show! This is definitely a show that will please all ages!

My rating meter: 8/10

P.S: normally tickets range from $40 until $190 but they have what is called in advance purchase if you subscribe to either Ticketmaster or the Radio City Music Hall newsletter. I personally got my orchestra level ticket for around $50ish after tax and stuff so it was a real deal bargain consider orchestra level ticket costs around $90-190.

Yours Truly πŸ™‚

My Opera at Met Opera review: Manon

Aside from musical theater performances like Broadway, I am also a fan of Opera. I do not have any particular favorites but if you ask me any favorite arias, then it would be Mozart’s Der Holle Rache followed by Puccini’s Un Bel Di Vedremo. I also like Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro but the latter seems so sad i feel like stop hearing it after just one session.

Don’t get me wrong, i still love Maria Callas.

anyway, on 3/28/15 i took boo to his first ever opera performance. Previously i have watched two operas but my first ever opera at the Met Opera (or Metropolitan opera) was this one with boo. So it was definitely an exciting moment yet i felt so happy because i finally crossed one of my bucket lists. Lol.

(yes after living for more than 4 years ; well opera show is not cheap)

The opera is Manon by Jules Massenet. For those who are not familiar, you can learn more here

I am not going to spill you the acts and the ending but one thing for sure: Ich liebe Diana! Manon is not your ordinary lovey dovey opera as it has great story and interesting characters. All i could say is: thank God i made the right decision to actually purchased the tickets for the last performance of the season.

And even boo enjoyed it as well!

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Definitely a great experience!

Prior to the show a week earlier, Diana Damrau herself had a CD signing event at the Met Opera shop and i was aware of that. However, due to an errand i needed to fulfill at my workplace i arrived there so late but she was still there taking picture and talking. I realized i only had like a mere one minute to simply talked to her so i just told her i loved her work and she replied back with a warm smile and thank you. Later on when i headed to the back of the shop, i accidentally bumped her and said sorry but she just casually said “no it’s ok”. I felt so funny afterwards. Nevertheless, she is a very down to earth person. I would love to work with her someday (heck, i even already had a dream she was lecturing me in one of the acts from an opera performance) even if it’s a non related to opera thingy.

Back to Manon, i gave my biggest thumbs up to whoever did the costumes and production design. Boo and i could not stop gazed in awes whenever the acts began. Like literally, the sets were just amazing. Of course there are couple of sequences that did not need any great touch up but my oh my — surely opera production is getting advanced each year! Oh, i do not think i need to criticize the performance. Everybody did splendid, not to mention Damrau as the flirty Manon and Vittorio Grigolo as the charming Des Grieux.

Oh Manon, i feel like i need more than one glass of Chardonnay that night! Je T’aime!

PS: opera production at The Metropolitan Opera varies each season calendar. I saw Manon this past March but that does not mean you could be seeing another production of Manon next summer with the same casts. Your best bet is to actually subscribe to Met Opera’s calendar catalog shows for latest performances.

PPS: our seats during the show were at the Grand Tier section which for us was definitely the best one as we could see the whole stage without any obstruction. It’s not the cheapest however it is still way better than the family circle section on the upper part of the seats. Orchestra level seats are also good but be careful because some seats in the back do not give the best view. If you can afford, the first ten rows of the orchestra seats are definitely awesome.

PPPS: dress your best! Not too formal like Oscar night but not too sloppy either. During intermission, you could walk outside the theater and see a lot of interesting audiences. I saw a handful of ladies dressed in ball gowns but mostly all the women (including me) dressed in cocktail dresses or business casual suits. Even tho the Met does not have any dress code but for an opera show, why wouldn’t you dress up ?! And FYI, the show is very on time meaning arrive early at least maximum 15 minutes before showtime otherwise they won’t let you in until another 3 minutes break or pause.

So what else are you waiting for? Get tickets for your favorite opera show and enjoy the rest of the evening humming the aria while sipping your favorite wine πŸ˜‰

Yours Truly πŸ™‚