SPAMALOT! Friday, Apr 21 2006 

I had the most fortunate pleasure of seeing Spamalot last night! WHAT a show….it was so funny, and so awesome. A lot of shows bore me, so I was really pleased that the last two I’ve seen (this and Avenue Q) have been so hilarious.

This is the second FUSA Broadway series I’ve done — I saw RENT freshman year, but we didn’t have a bus because there was a blizzard. We took the train in and were reimbursed by the school, which was really nice. And I also got a ticket for The Producers, but I ended up having mono, so I gave my ticket to Kelly.

We gathered around 4:30, and our buses didn’t arrive — only two other random buses — so we didn’t end up going until much later. There were a bunch of tickets left, so I gave Mike Davis a call and he decided to come, too. There was a good group going, albeit generally underclassmen — Liz Cooper and Chris Miller, Mike Barrett, Katie McLaughlin, Beth Mullen….and my roommate Kelly, of course!

Okay, so the show. It’s based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, so you’ve got a lot of the same lines and an ever-present skipping along with coconuts clop-clopping. And things that seem difficult to accomplish on stage are actually done, like the knight who gets his limbs chopped off and the rabbit that attacks everyone. (It’s done with a thrown puppet — they sold vicious bunny slippers!)

But the show totally veers away from the movie when it comes to the musical numbers. I think my personal fave was “His Name is Lancelot,” a disco number that sounds like Copacabana, when Lancelot’s knight clothes are ripped off to a gay disco outfit with sequined armbands and a sparkling codpiece. The Lady of the Lake has “Laker Girls” who dance around like cheerleaders, and Camelot turns into Las Vegas, complete with showgirls. And it was great to see “The Song That Goes Like This,” which Kelly and Sean are singing in Pops this year — it’s going to be awesome!

The original cast included David Hyde Pierce, Hank Azaria and STEVE THE PIRATE FROM DODGEBALL, but this cast was really good — and I was mostly thrilled that the guy who played Not Dead Fred was the singing salesclerk from the “That’s on eBay” commercial! And the Lady of the Lake was played by Lauren Kennedy, who is a big name on Broadway, and Kelly even has one of her CDs. (Beth, if anyone knows who she is, it’s you!)

Overall, see it. It’s such a great show, SO hilarious, and you’ll love it.

To finish:

“I’m alone.”


Avenue Q Date Tuesday, Feb 21 2006 

For my Valentine’s Day gift, Mike took me to see Avenue Q yesterday. And WHAT a SHOW! I’m a bit “eh” on musicals for the most part, especially the cheesy ones (NOTHING can make me sit through Mamma Mia!), but this was one that I wanted to see.

Basically, it’s Sesame Street for adults. A bunch of muppets and real people live on a street in a bad but cheap area of New York, and they go through the beginnings of their post-college lives. The show starts with a recent college grad (named Princeton) singing, “What can you do with a B.A. in English?” It gets crazier from there — the songs at the beginning are the funniest part of the show, with titles like “It Sucks to Be Me” “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist.” Me and Mike’s favorite lyrics: “The internet is great….” “FOR PORN!”

After that, we got dinner at The View at the Marriott, which is the only revolving restaurant in New York. It was a dizzying sensation to see the outside of the room spinning independently from the inside, but you just have to focus on what’s outside. The food was great — I FINALLY got to go to a restaurant that served an amuse-bouche! (It was a tiny cup of split pea and chorizo soup.) Then I had lobster bisque and filet mignon, and a key lime tart for dessert, with a glass of champagne. SO good. I love going out to really nice restaurants, and I’d definitely recommend this place.

As we were eating dessert, the restaurant was revolving around the W hotel — and on the top floor, Mike and I saw the beginnings of group sex! I saw it first and yelled, “Naked lady, naked lady,” pointing to the window….and then we realized that it was THREE women, all various degrees of being clothed, and a man! They went into what appeared to be a shower, or maybe it was just a partition. But they really had no qualms about keeping the blinds open!

Overall, it was a very nice day….a romantic time in the city….GO SEE AVENUE Q. It is absolutely HILARIOUS (I have never laughed so hard at a musical) and it’s so weird and deranged that you have to see it to believe it. Don’t listen to the music or read the lyrics beforehand, though. Except for this little snippet.

Ethnic jokes may be uncouth,
But you laugh because they’re based on truth!
Don’t take them as personal attacks —
Everyone enjoys them, so just relax!