My wonderful friends, I can’t thank you enough for your generous gift. I’ve been having such a wonderful time thinking about all manner of things I can do with the bounty. A new camera (a FLIP, of course!), toys for Nik, a dinner or two out with my guys, some new small appliances for my kitchen (a griddle!)…the list goes on and on. The dreaming is half the fun.
No matter what I choose to do, nothing can possibly top the first gift I gave myself —an afternoon at the theater! Just me —and the two people I saw in my very first ever Broadway show, Evita, Mandy Patinkin and Patti Lupone.
It was a reunion of sorts but, Mandy and Patti, they didn’t know it.
I sat in the mezzanine this afternoon and was transported to a world I’d long lost touch with. The sight of the weathered floorboards, the little tape x’s to mark positions for certain numbers, the sound of the applause. It all took me back to the time I was young and single —dreaming of my own life on the stage. *sigh*
The show was incredible. While I wouldn’t say that either of their voices was the most beautiful (I could listen to the likes of Boyd Gaines, Judy Kuhn, and Sally Mayes all night!), they have to be two of the most incredible performers I’ve ever seen. Mandy Patinkin is so brilliantly funny and physical it’s astounding. His talent was wasted on TV; I’m so glad he’s back doing theatrical performing.
The things they can do with their voices and the characterizations they create with a look, a gesture, a lilt in the voice…rapturous. I spent nearly two hours being vastly entertained —laughing uproariously, sniffling back tears, aching with longing. The chemistry between the two performers was rich and lustrous. No small wonder, that. They’ve been friends for roughly thirty years.
About as long as I’ve been a fan.
I’ve said it before: I’ve made significant sacrifices to be Nik’s mother and I would make them again —there’s no question about it. But the opportunity to get away and recharge a core part of myself? Priceless.