The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

This morning my 3 and I went off to St. Luke’s Theatre to watch an 11:00 a.m. performance of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
Its always a tricky thing seeing seeing the play of a great book after you’ve seen a great movie of a great book. Expectations run high. 1 of my 3 had read the book, 2 of my 3 remembered the movies fondly, and the 3rd had a mild memory of it all but she just turned 6 and there are so many more important things to remember when you’re 6.
The films The Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Prince Caspian (2008)), directed by Andrew Adamson, were very well done – a lovely series of films. My anxiety was that my children would expect great production values from this 100 (?) seat house. So, that was a great start of the conversation to prepare their minds; what can we expect if the house is so small that there was no rake (the seats did not slope) and there were only 2 performers in the entire cast. It was a good conversation to have. Lots of great ideas were shared and expectations were adjusted appropriately.
In the 50 minutes it took to tell the tale, my 3 were riveted the entire time. Andrew Fortman (Peter) and Erin Layton (Lucy) did a great job – with no set, nominal props but great story telling skills – at taking us back and forth through the wardrobe, conveying the emotional ups and downs this adventure.

This creative theatrical experience garnered an eight thumbs up from this clan!

Hugh Jackman – Back on Broadway

“The impossibly talented, impossibly energetic Mr. Jackman is a glorious dinosaur among live entertainers of the 21st century: an honest-to-gosh old-fashioned matinee idol who connects to his audiences without a hint of contempt for them or for himself.”
I am sometimes conflicted with Mr. Brantley’s theatrical reviews but he got it right in this one.  Hugh Jackman’s one-man show on Broadway is a joyous celebration of musical theatre. Mr. Jackman admits that he is happier on stage singing and dancing than he is making movies, and you can see that its true. Impossibly good-natured and always positive, you can’t help but love every moment of the show – at least I couldn’t. I had the pleasure of seeing this show in Toronto during the summer and not much has changed. A few more show girls but the feel of the show was consistent, thank goodness, because I loved it then too!
So now I have a confession.
My husband worked with Mr. Jackman on A Boy From Oz and A Steady Rain. They have developed a great friendship and they stay connected. We attended opening night, last night, and were seated in the house left box. My husband was immediately concerned, and it turned out with good reason.
Mr. Jackman starts the second act from the house left/stage right box as the persona of pan-sexual Peter Allen (A Boy Form Oz ), dressed in gold lamé from head to toe. When he entered the box he immediately sat on my husband’s – Rodney – lap, flirting and pulling him into the act. Poor Rodney was mortified but played along, silently grinning.  I, however, thoroughly enjoyed the good-natured spectacle being created!  If my husband thought the experience was over when Mr. Jackman left the box, he learned quickly how wrong he was. Throughout the second act he folded Rodney into his monologue and even his end of show “thank you’s.”

 

As it turns out, all of Rodney’s colleagues knew Mr. Jackman and his team were plotting this encounter days in advance.

What are friends for, if not to get good mileage out of embarrassing you from a Broadway stage…!!?!

 

@TheMFWithTheHat

The cast of The Mother F****er With The Hat was at Sardi’s today for the unveiling of their caricatures. These images will allow these five to live in fame for as long as this renowned theatre haunt stands.

Picture left to right are Elizabeth Rodriguez, Yul Vazquez, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Rock and Annabella Sciorra.

The show, playing at the Schoenfeld Theatre, closes this Sunday.