Monday Smiles – 9/9/2013
Jack London has said that You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. Smiles have been scarce around Older Eyes – Bud’s Blog for a while, and to steal Mr. London’s theme … You can’t wait for smiles. You have to go after them with a Date. And with the help of my favorite half-price ticket broker, Goldstar, I was able to find tickets to a production of Funny Girl at our local Plummer Auditorium. Now, if you’ve been coming around for a while, you know that I can be a bit of a theater snob when in comes to local productions, especially local productions of musicals, and most particularly local productions of musicals that starred icons like Barbra Streisand. But the 3D Theatricals presentation was very professional and well cast … and while Nicole Parker, who played Fanny Brice, wasn’t exactly Barbra, she was excellent.
If you remember, Funny Girl is the story of Fanny Brice, a singer-comedian who became a star in the Ziegfeld Follies, in spite of the her less than star-like appearance. In perhaps the funniest production of the show, a tribute to brides featuring dozens of beautiful women, Fanny Brice appears as a pregnant bride, horrifying Zigfeld but delighting the audience. This is the number from the film starring Barbra Streisand.
Hilarious. It was a perfect smile-filled evening for Muri and I. It’s Monday. Muri’s still singing Don’t Rain on My Parade … and I’m still smiling. Have a good week.