Harry Connick, Jr. : On a Clear Day you can see Forever

On Friday Night, Sean and I went to see “On a Clear Day, You can see Forever” on Broadway with Harry Connick, Jr. It was a wonderful presentation, and we got Harry Connick, Jr.’s autograph on his Christmas CD. If you like Harry’s music and/or acting, you will not be disappointed, and I do recommend seeing the show. (By the way, that’s my huge, shiny, bald forehead to the right! ;o)

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New York City: December 2011

Guy, we hope all is well in Chattanooga. You’re the best house sitter in the universe!

This year we arrived early enough to go see a Broadway show the same evening we landed. Sean and I went to see Spiderman: Turn off the Dark. The staging for the flying is, indeed, awesome.

On Thursday, we did some great shopping at Macy’s, and all 5 of us went to see the Nutcracker at the Lincoln Center, Koch Theater.  It was fabulous! This was Carter and Ammon’s 1st ballet, and they did a great job of sitting quietly. I am by no means a ballet expert, but the Sugar Plum Fairy, Teresa Reichlen , is absolutely amazing and talented. Her strength and control in the pas de deux was spectacular! She is so tall and elegant. I hope to see her again one day in another New York Ballet presentation.

Food! Pon Sri Thai restaurant on 48th Street near 8th Avenue! Go there if you like Thai food! I HIGHLY recommend the pineapple fried rice!!

Birthday/New York Broadway

The first part of this post is not a self-absorbed, I want attention, “hooray for Haven”, but I am grateful to our Heavenly Father that it is my birthday today (Saturday May 7). I am so blessed, and that is my point: Ammon, Carter, Sean, My mother, my pets, my friends, my brothers and sisters in Christ, my pets, my health, etc. I am honored that God is giving me another year to serve Him and grow closer to Him. Thank you, God, through Jesus ;o)

Okay, Ammon and Carter have been having a great time especially in Central Park. I will post actual pics of Ammon and Carter on the Central Park Carousel when we get home, but accept this one for the moment. We were also disappointed to find Niko’s Mediterranean Grill (Greek food) closed. It was located at 76th and Broadway. They had the BEST Moussaka ..yum, yum, yum…oh, well, not any more. We, however, found our way to one of our favorite sandwich diners: Deluxe. It’s up on Broadway at Columbia University, and it is located between 113 and 114 Streets. I had a delicious New York Burger!!

We also saw an awesome reprisal show last night: The Normal Heart. It is about the AIDS epidemic here in New York City between the years of 1981-1984. The actors were SUPERB. Joe Mantello is a such a realistic actor. His raw emotions come across as so believable. I am also for the first time a fan of Ellen Barkin. I was lost in her portrayal of the doctor who was researching and treating the AIDS patients. I could have REALLY believed she was a doctor! I highly recommend seeing this play if you are in New York.

“How to Succeed…”: Broadway

How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette

What a comical treat to see Daniel Radcliffe in a happy, teasing role instead of his brooding, troubled Harry Potter, and what a contrast to Daniel’s role as Alan Strang in Equus where his character creates a mythological theology where the horse “gods” watch what he does and he later stabs innocent horse victims in the eyes! I saw Equus here on Broadway just a few weeks before the babies were born in 2008. Daniel was awesome. However…. 2011…

Daniel Radicliffe is a superb comedian and his singing and dancing is great as well. He was entertaining and full of energy for almost 3 hours (could have been a half hour to an hour shorter without character Rosemary’s multiple reprisals). I would suggest that anyone with the time and money see “How to Succeed…” if at all possible. You will not be disappointed.  John Laroquette is great as well, but he is known for being a comedian. A hilarious addition to the cast is Tammy Blanchard.  She plays a Hedy La Rue a ditzy “secretary” with whom John Laroquette has been having a fling. She is nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for a 2011 Tony award. She helps make the show a “success”, and I predict she will win her Tony.

The babies and I also got to see Wonderland. It was appropriate for children and similar to “Alice in Wonderland”, but it wasn’t as animated (no bunny costumes, or Walruses, or mice, etc.) as we had hoped so as to keep Ammon and Carter engaged. They got a little bored, but they behaved very well. As we left the show MANY people around us congratulated them and us for having such well-behaved 2 YEAR OLDS. While they whine at home, pull each other’s hair, smack, and cry we lose sight of the big picture, and forget that, yes, indeed, they are wonderfully well-behaved children and travelers. Back to the show…if you are a fan of “Alice in Wonderland” you might want to see it; however, I would suggest renting the Walt Disney cartoon or the latest Johnny Depp version for a more fulfilling experience. ;o)

Broadway

Our first Broadway show was “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”. It has an excellent score, and the actors are superb. The score has excellent music from Madonna, Donna Summer, and Dionne Warwick. I think the best lesson is how to look at people from the perspective of a child: love and acceptance of everyone for who they are  “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God”  Luke 18:16. Ammon and Carter are doing great!