Ladies and gents,
I’ve heard a lot of grumbling over the years about superstars snatching up too many good Broadway roles from theater actors, and I don’t disagree that the trend has produced somewhat spotty results over the years. But I was recently reminded that one of the great thrills you can have in the theater is getting to see an icon or a living legend perform live. I suggest that anyone who cares to disagree waltz – or better yet, high step – right into the Lyric Theatre and buy him or herself a ticket to see LORD OF THE DANCE—Dangerous Games, featuring the great Michael Flatley. I thought I had seen it all, but seeing Flatley and his troupe perform live is one of the true jaw dropping experiences you can have in a theater. It has all the trappings you’ve come to expect from the Lord himself, including scantily clad ladies and buff men moving their feet very, very, very quickly, set against epic backdrops, a hint of a plotline, and even some pyrotechnics. But it’s the privilege of seeing Flatley perform live – and I should mention that this engagement on Broadway will be the last chance you’ll ever have to see him perform live as he has recently announced his retirement – that is the real thrill here. The man has charisma and talent oozing out of every pore, and he lives up to his hype.
Still unconvinced? Then head to Clever Little Lies starring the one-and-only Marlo Thomas giving one of the most hilarious and seductive performances of the season. Whether you know her as “That Girl” or from her work with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, until you’ve seen her onstage you don’t really know her.
Tidbits from around town…
Spotted Paul Simon at the Kennedy Center rooting on wife Edie Brickell at the first preview of her new musical, Bright Star, which she wrote with Steve Martin.
Saw LuAnn de Lesseps dancing to the sounds of The Heathens at her daughter Victoria’s 21st birthday at The Heath at the McKittrick Hotel.
Witnessed Emma Watson leading the standing ovation at Allegiance.
Caught Anna Wintour at King Charles III.
As always, a toast of something sparkling to you and yours!