Today was nice and relaxing. I slept in til forever. Did some work and hung around home for a few hours. Then I headed out to the South Street Seaport TKTS booth. Here's a New York secret. That TKTS booth usually has little to no line and they have the same tickets. Jump on it, folks! I ended up getting fairly reasonable fourth row center tickets to Jesus Christ Superstar. It was so damn good. (Am I going to hell for saying "damn" about this show?)
I love this new fad of a show-themed drink menu.
Gorgeous lights at the Neil Simon Theatre.
I had such blast at this show. Speaking of blast, my poor eardrums! The only thing louder than the rocking band were the soaring voices. This music is insane and rather wacky and it only works with KILLER singers and thank god, this cast wayyy delivered.
We had the understudy of Judas and I am so glad we did, because Jeremy Kushnier blew my mind. He was such an incredible actor and his voice... Well, let's just say I've died and this must be heaven. I met him at the stage door and he was so sweet.
Paul Nolan truly embodied Jesus. His voice was insane. Out of nowhere he would start belting the highest notes without even pausing. It must be such a weird ego trip to be Paul Nolan in the day and JESUS H CHRIST every single night. The hair, the costume, the extreme religious lighting, the love onstage, the fans after the show. I don't know how you come down from that. And yet--he was so humble and sweet and present at the stage door. All strong personality traits of the son of God himself.
Chilina Kennedy (such an interesting/weird name) was beautiful as Mary Magdalene. At first, I didn't quite like her. She was a little hostile and intense but then she got softer and I thoroughly enjoyed her performance. I am also obsessed with her costume. I couldn't find a picture online that did it justice, but I hope you can all come see it just for that. Hehe.
I am so glad I got to see this show live and in this decade. I'd only ever seen the movie before tonight. The music was amazing in that but all in all, a rather strange piece of art. This show kept what I loved and made the other parts so much more appealing. Happy I made the choice to see this show. Great day two.
On the way home, I stepped into this music store called Colony Music Center. It was a DREAM. A perfect mixture of Amoeba and Drama Book Shop, two of my absolute favorite places. It was truly and sincerely Heaven on Earth.
I can't believe I have written two days in a row. I hope I can keep this streak going. Yay!