Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christmas Time

It's been a while. Sorry bout that. The show's going well, but leaving little time for blogging, since on my days off, I'm trying to make more money and spending it Christmas shopping. I'm paid to do the show, but, well, let's just say my paycheck leaves much to be desired, or much to be NEEDED...you know, for rent and nonessential things like that. But all is well! All is well. 'Tis the season for yuletide and carols, and the city is the best place to be in a season such as this. My Christmas season has truly begun. Yesterday we went to see the Rockettes with my parents, who are in town to see my show. And see my show, they did. Twice, in fact, because on Saturday night I got to go on as "Violet," which was nerve racking and fun all at the same time. So they came again on Sunday to see me in the ensemble. The Rockettes were really great. We saw the 75th anniversary Christmas Spectacular show, and it was quite enjoyable.What is it about girls kicking in a straight line that's so cool, and who figured that out? It was a full day with the parents yesterday. Brunch at Good Enough To Eat, one of our favorite restaurants down the street, a quick cab ride to Radio City Music Hall for a chance at getting into the 2 o'clock show, success, lots of sparkle and lots of leg, a warming cup of hot chocolate, a last minute trip to the Museum of Modern Art, where artists attempt to prove how inanimate objects arranged in puzzling formations is art, a brisk walk to Rockefeller Center to see the tree, dinner at Virgil's Barbecue (Oh yum), dessert at Nonna's, then back home to play two games of Scrabble, the first of which I came in second to my father, and the second of which I whupped major heinie, especially that of my dear husband, which is saying something because he ALWAYS beats me in Scrabble. ALWAYS. But NO LONGER. I am the champion.

And my show was reviewed by the New York Times. The picture below is from the article. The reviewer liked the cast and the new theater, but didn't think the show measured up to the movie. I get that. But come on. Everyone knows that nothing can measure up to the movie. Get real. Listen to the story. It's told well, and it's a life-changing story. And in my opinion, the music is really good. Resembles Sondheim. Great lyrics. But it's a critic's job, so whatever. Here's the article.


I'm the first girl from right to left. You can see my little head directly above the guy kneeling.

11 comments:

kddub said...

Congratulations! It sounds like you are having a wonderful time in New York.

I read a magazine article the other day about how NY city is a great city to be in during this time of year, seems like there is a lot to see and do.

Narci said...

Can I teleport myself there for the day? Sounds like so much fun!

Congrats on the play and getting to play Violet! I'm sure that was quite the rush! Bummer about the critic, but sometimes I think they just can't be content to take something at face value!

BTW, your head looks adorable in the pic! ;)

FancyPants said...

KD, my favorite thing so far is walking by the Christmas tree vendors on the streets. It smells AMAZING. Fresh pine. I am automatically in a better mood every time.

Narci, yes, and when you get here, please show me how one teleports. I gotta get in on that action. =-)

SandinaJ said...

I'm a bad blog reader here lately. Sounds like you are doing great. I'm glad your parents got to see your show. You're like almost famous! I miss ya.

Stephen and Haley said...

I bet New York is just amazing right now! I'm totally jealous! Here its just really cold and foggy and dark!! But I won't complain! Congrats on the show - its sounds like its going great! We miss you guys and yes, you do need to come out for a visit! I unfortunately won't be going anywhere for a while now that I'm huge!

Hales

Super Churchlady said...

Hey Amber - I am so thrilled you got to play Violet. I bet you knocked their socks off.

We're hoping to come up there after the first of the year. Jack said the other day - "You know we haven't seen Amber in like 5 months!" Aww....

FancyPants said...

Hales, I bet you look amazing. When are you due? Miss you, too, and as soon as we can make it, we're there.

SC, woo hoo!! I can't wait to see you guys. Jack's a sweetheart. Tell him I said be nice to his sister. And his mom. =-)

Chaotic Hammer said...

...let's just say my paycheck leaves much to be desired...

I've always wondered about that aspect of the productions in NYC. Since it's probably expensive to run a production like that, plus the operating costs of the facility and other overhead, I can see where there's not much left to pay the talent.

So what is typical for the people in these shows? Do most work other jobs outside the show? Do some live in cheaper places outside the city and ride in for the show? Or maybe live with several roommates in a small place where they split the rent? Probably all of the above and more, would be my guess.

FancyPants said...

C-Ham, it all varies. About transportation: This show is right outside of Manhattan in Northport, NY, which is on Long Island, so we all commute out there every day. Most of us live in Manhattan, so the theater provides transportation, whether by bus or train.

SandinaJ, hello there! It's OK that you're a bad blog reader here lately. I'm a bad blogger lately so it seems that's working out well. =-) Miss you too. Did I tell you my parents moved back to Oklahoma? I think about'cha lots! Hope you're good.

Kristen Sharpley said...

Yay!!! I found your blog!!! I love it....you're such a writer and I love hearing your voice (not only on my itunes and on the van and on-stage) but also in your musings and through your God-tinted eyes.
See you tomorrow!

FancyPants said...

Sharps!! Ha ha! So glad you're here. I left a gushy comment on your blog. But I'm sure you know that by now if you're over here again. Did you see the pics? I'll have to tag more pics on Facebook, even the ones I'm not in. =-) See you tomorrow!