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Started by Chris L, Jun 21, 2017, 05:18 pm

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scenicdesign71


Quote from: JimW on Jul 26, 2017, 04:17 pmEdit to Add: I'm a terrible self-editor so expect to see the word Edit beside practically all of my posts! 
Quote from: Vera Charles on Jul 26, 2017, 04:51 pmHah hah! I'm very happy to come out of the closet as one of those, too!
Quote from: AmyG on Jul 26, 2017, 05:20 pmI am too @JimW. That's why I made the courtesy edit wait time, that is, the amount of time you have to edit your post before it's marked as edited, a whopping 10 minutes. I love power!   ;)
Me too three four!  I had a hunch the wait time was new -- thanks, Amy!  So far it hasn't actually stopped me from compulsively tweaking long after ten minutes, but it's encouragement in the right direction, so who knows -- eventually it might actually "take"!   ;D

Chris L

Quote from: AmyG on Jul 26, 2017, 05:20 pmOh, and this post officially makes me a Full Member! 🍾🎉🥂
Congratulations! It's nice to have two of us in the household! (Actually, I'm up to Sr. Member now and approaching a previously unrevealed milestone I recently added to the database. I love power too!  ;D
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fjlumia

Hello, My name is Frank.  I am a retired nuclear cardiologist.  I went to my first Broadway play in 1953.  It was Teahouse of the August Moon with David Wayne.  My brother who was 10 years older took me. (My brother was an only child for almost 10 yrs.)  My first musical was Roberta at the St. John Terrell Music Circus.  Smoke gets in Your Eyes is still a favorite of mine. 
When I was in Jr High I went to NYC 3-4 times a year with friends and in high school we went often during the school year.  As part of our 9th grade trip we went to NYC to see the Diary of Ann Frank.  Our Drama teacher took us to see the Abby Players, too.
I went to school in Chicago and frequented the Schubert and Goodman Theaters.  My friends also dragged me to my first opera and ballet and I have been hooked on the dramatic arts ever since.
My wife and I lived in DC for a few years and then on LI before settling in NJ.  Theater has always been a big part of our lives Took each child to an opera before age 7 and my youngest saw Annie and Barnum before he was 5.  In NJ we attend McCarter and the George St theaters.  Both are professional companies.  McCarter won a regional Tony and produced Tony winning plays.  
Going to NYC can be expensive but we go as often as we can.  We saw Hamilton before the rage took off.  Just saw War Paint.
The first Sondheim was West Side story.  We saw Company and were unsure until we listened to the music a few times.  From then on we knew about Sondheim.  We saw the original A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Passion, Pacific Overtures.  We finally saw Follies with Ann Miller as Carlotta and then the recent revival with Bernadette Peters.  Of course I have the concert version CD!
Got to meet the great man twice.  The first time i complimented him which upset him and he walked away.  The next time I knew better and he signed a book for me although they said that he would not.
One other comment.  Saw Night Music at NY with Jeremy Irons as Frederic.  He dominated the stage and the story was suddenly about Frederic.  Its the only time I do not know who played Desiree!  Think this musical is a jewel and love it.  The Peters/Stritch version was beautiful but was done on cheap.  One did not dine with a Duchess is daytime clothes.  The men should have been in white tie and tails and the women in evening dress.

Chris L

Hi, Frank! Glad you finally came over here and introduced yourself. I spent most of my life in the DC area, but it's not quite as easy to get to New York theater there as it is from New Jersey, especially if you want to drive home afterwards. My first actual experience in a theater was at the age of six or seven when I saw Cyril Ritchard in Gore Vidal's Visit to a Small Planet at the old Schubert Theater in DC. I still remember the set quite vividly, but nothing else about it.

You've racked up an impressive list of Sondheim shows in your theater life. I had the opportunity to see the original productions of both Company and Pacific Overtures, but turned them down, something I've regretted for the rest of my life. (Pacific Overtures tried out in DC and they were papering the theater to get a full house on opening night. I still can't remember why I didn't go.)
But us, old friend,
What's to discuss, old friend?

Vera Charles

Quote from: fjlumia on Jul 30, 2017, 01:00 pmHello, My name is Frank.


..... Took each child to an opera before age 7 ....
Hello, Frank. Welcome! 
We should really start an opera going thread, shouldn't we? 

Chris L

Quote from: Vera Charles on Jul 30, 2017, 01:35 pmWe should really start an opera going thread, shouldn't we?
If by "we" you mean "you" -- yes. ;)

(@AmyG will happily join in.)
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fjlumia

Yes, I think an opera page would be a good idea. 

Vera Charles

Quote from: Chris L on Jul 30, 2017, 03:22 pm
Quote from: Vera Charles on Jul 30, 2017, 01:35 pmWe should really start an opera going thread, shouldn't we?
If by "we" you mean "you" -- yes. ;)

(@AmyG will happily join in.)
Hee hee! I promise that I will as soon as I've been to see anything. We also used to have a theatre going thread, didn't we? Again, if I see anything (don't have much planned at the moment) I promise I'll start one, or maybe @Diane or @Hester Jean might get there before me!

Hester Jean

Quote from: Vera Charles on Jul 31, 2017, 01:08 am
Quote from: Chris L on Jul 30, 2017, 03:22 pm
Quote from: Vera Charles on Jul 30, 2017, 01:35 pmWe should really start an opera going thread, shouldn't we?
If by "we" you mean "you" -- yes. ;)

(@AmyG will happily join in.)
Hee hee! I promise that I will as soon as I've been to see anything. We also used to have a theatre going thread, didn't we? Again, if I see anything (don't have much planned at the moment) I promise I'll start one, or maybe @Diane or @Hester Jean might get there before me!
I was thinking about starting an Opera thread, since Opera Theatre season was just winding up when the Board was born, because we had a great year!  But then I realized only @Bookman George and I would be interested!

Chris L

Quote from: Hester Jean on Jul 31, 2017, 01:08 pmI was thinking about starting an Opera thread, since Opera Theatre season was just winding up when the Board was born, because we had a great year!  But then I realized only @Bookman George and I would be interested!

I think quite a few people would be interested.
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scenicdesign71

I might not contribute much, but I'd be very interested in reading what others have to say.

Amy

Hi. I'm another Amy. I happened to catch the movie version of, "A Little Night Music" on TV when I was in my 20s and I fell in love with it. I've since learned from critics that movie was pretty bad, but I didn't know it at the time.  :)

Chris L

In keeping with our old tradition, welcome to the cookie jar, @Amy!
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DiveMilw

Hi "another Amy"  ;)   Welcome to the board!!

ps - My name is Tom. 
I no longer long for the old view!

Leighton

Self indulgence is better than no indulgence!