Tuesdays are a mixed bag for me because I've got three classes on Tuesday BUT I don't have class on Wednesday . . . so Tuesday day is studious and stressful, and Tuesday night is like a vacation. Anyway, check out this crazy Tuesday night I had.
Back in 1995 there was a man. The man was named Scotty Duncan. He was the sharpest mod in all of Provo. Ten years later, Scotty, wife Angela, and children Perry and Ellis were vacationing on the east coast and I met up with them at the Times Square Toys R Us. If you're ever wondering how much the world can change but stay the same over 10 years, meet up with Scotty Duncan (who you used to find either dancing at Mama's Cafe or sitting on a couch in the Miller Apartments) and his family at the Times Square Toys R Us and have a talk.
Back when we were Jerks he was The Face and I was Bruiser. (I don't expect anyone else to understand this beyond Matt and Shane)
And then I ran (by subway) up to the creepy old Upper West Side (which was founded by Count Dracula in 1307, if you didn't know) because . . .
How do I best explain this? I suppose I have no choice but to be upfront about it: Once again I had been invited to the theatre by Stephen Mulcock, and this time, I had been invited to see "Almost Heaven", the NEW John Denver Musical!! And much like when Stephen invited me to see Steel Magnolias, I really couldn't think of any good reason (besides the obvious one: Uh, the John Denver Musical?) not to go . . . so I went.
As no one knew what to expect from the show, I decided to take Before and After photos of Steve, Natalie, and Liesel. This is Before . . .
And here's After! Looks like the show was a hit!
(I need to point out something here for those of you keeping a "Why Liesel is Awesome" list: Notice the change in Liesel's hair . . . in order to drive home how amazing Almost Heaven was, Liesel undid her ponytail to express the total "letting it all hang out" which occurred during the show.)
But, seriously. "Almost Heaven" is a John Denver musical best enjoyed by serious John Denver fans (they were there, dancing in the aisles as the show let out). Myself? The fifth song in the first Act was "Rocky Mountain High", and by then I had certainly gotten my super-bargain ticket's money's worth and could have left happy . . . and sane. I mean, it wasn't the worst show, but every actor on stage (even the women) reminded me of this goony outdoorsy guy that used to obsess over my sister in college and wait for her to come home from school sitting in the tree outside of her apartment . . . I don't mean to embarrass anyone or cause any family discussions, but that's what the people on the stage were like, except for the guy that was acting like he was the frontman from Creed. Still, lovers of John Denver . . . this is the plotless musical for you!
I will admit that the show made me feel closer to Mr. Denver than ever before (and my Dad once checked into a hotel at the same time as him.)
Due to high demand, a big version of the picture of John and I is now available here
And yes. One person's request = "high demand" around here