Everything today is thoroughly modern . . .

This weekend, I was bopping around YouTube (as I often do) in search of clips from my favorite musicals. I came across a user who had the entire movie version of a show that I haven’t seen in years – Thoroughly Modern Millie. The movie version stars Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, and Carol Channing (just to name a few) and it is just so adorable! I challenge anyone to watch it and not grin the whole time.

The story follows Millie, a young woman in the 1920’s. She has come to New York to become a modern woman. Her ultimate goal? To find a job working for a good looking, single boss and marry him. I guess that was modern thinking for women back then. Along the way, she meets Jimmy, a young man who she almost immediately falls for, Miss Dorothy, a young lady fresh off the train who is even more naive than Millie is, and Muzzy, a wealthy woman who lives her life to the fullest.

These characters are wrapped around a slight mystery about girls from the hotel where Millie lives disappearing suddenly with no word. The show is very politically INcorrect (sorry to any Chinese-Americans who watch it – they’re the very stereotypical bad guys in this), but the goofiness of the rest of the show is worth it. It’s a whole lot of fun.

A few years ago, there was a revival of the show on Broadway. Here’s a video of their performance on the Tony Awards, featuring Sutton Foster (who I adore) in the title role. Enjoy!

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I’m a travelling girl . . .

I absolutely love airports. There’s just something about the idea of being able to hop on a plane and go . . . anywhere! And you always see interesting people there, visiting from all over the world. I always thought it would be an interesting place to work, although probably stressful at times.

This weekend I went back up to New York. I got to see Seminar again, which was wonderful. I even did the stage door thing and got my Playbill signed by the entire cast. I’m such a sucker for this sort of thing.

Signatures - top: Alan Rickman, Lily Rabe and Jerry O'Connell; bottom: Hettienne Park and Hamish Linklater

 

Heading back home today. I tried to get some writing done this weekend, but there wasn’t that much time. Plus, my packing space was limited, so most of my typing was done on my Kindle. Effective, but not very efficient. Although I’m getting faster. I did, however, manage to finish another book, Domes of Fire by David Eddings. It’s the first book in the Tamuli trilogy, which is a continuation of the Elenium trilogy, which I finished earlier in the year. A very good book. I’ll get around to re-reading the other two books at some point.

I still have about 20 minutes before my flight boards, so I guess I’ll kick back and relax for a bit.

New York, New York!

My favorite city in the world!

My husband and I took a long weekend to visit the city. We do this at least once a year, sometimes several. I think last year I went three times: once with him, once with my daughter and my mom, and once alone. One day, I tell myself, I will live there – just not any time soon. My husband and I could easily consolidate everything and move into a studio apartment if it was just the two of us, but that’s just not feasible for a family of four. Once those kids are off to college, though, moving to New York is fair game.

I’ll just have to plan more trips in the meantime. Oh darn.

Here are some of the highlights of the trip. We visited the 9/11 memorial and I have to say that it is beautiful. No matter how many times I’ve seen coverage of the falling of the World Trade Center, nothing can replace actually standing there and seeing just how massive these buildings were.  I am so glad that they decided to not build anything over the site. The waterfall monuments are stunning – simple and beautiful.  As I walked around them, running my hands over the names immortalized in stone, it was hard not to get emotional. I can’t wait to see it again when the trees are all in bloom and the museum is open.

You could see rainbows in the falling water at times, but none would show up through the camera.

We saw two shows while we were there. My husband’s choice was Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. He loved the movie and wanted to see how they decided to interpret it onstage. It was a lot of fun – lots of singing and dancing and, oh heavens, the costumes! They won the Tony Award for Costume Design, and it’s easy to see why. It was a party from the get-go. My choice of show was the play Seminar by Theresa Rebeck. I wanted to see it for two reasons. Reason #1 – the play is about four young writers attending a writer’s workshop under a very . . . let’s say interesting mentor. Seriously, how many plays are there about writers writing??? That alone made me very curious. Reason #2 – the mentor in question was played by Alan Rickman, who is one of my all-time favorite actors. I’ve seen him in several movies, but never saw any of his stage work before. He was hilarious! The entire cast was great and the play was absolutely brilliant.

The Palace Theater in Times Square

Getting back to reality this week has been a bit of a struggle, but in many ways it has been good. The trip to New York almost extended the holiday season for me, since last week I only worked three days, so now everything will be officially back to normal. Until I plan my next trip that is . . .