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“the king and I” . . .


When the Broadway revival of “The King & I” opened earlier this year, I noticed with some interest that it won four Tony awards: for best musical revival, best leading actress, best supporting actress and best costumes. Since it is one of the very few musicals that I grew up with, I thought it might be worthwhile to try and go see it. Soon after the Tonys, we got tickets for a show in November, six months ahead of time.

FullSizeRenderWell, this weekend, the time had come. It entailed a 4 1/2 hour bus ride to NYC at 8:30 a.m., getting a bite to eat and getting to Lincoln Center for the 2 p.m. matinee. Then, getting out around 5 p.m., looking for a taxi on a Saturday and getting to Port Authority bus station in time to make the long trek to gate 83 and the 6 p.m. bus back to Hartford via New Haven and New Britain, then transferring to a bus to Worcester due in at 10:30 p.m. If you’re reading this, your reaction might have been similar to mine – which was, “I sure hope this show is worth it!”

We arrived at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre where the cabbie dropped us off at the street level elevator that took us right up to the plaza entrance of the theatre. Inside was medium sized theater and our loge seats were located in the front row balcony center so close that we didn’t need the opera binoculars we had brought along. (Many thanks to George for treating us to these great seats too!) In fact, when the show began, the stage FLOOR extended out over the orchestra pit and it was like viewing a theatre in the round.inside the theater

I was relieved to see that Kelli O’Hara was singing the lead because she had won the Tony for leading lady. But as the orchestra played the overture, I realized for the first time that one of my all-time favorite songs from the movie “American President” (when Michael Douglas dances with Annette Bening) was originally part of the libretto for “The King and I” and called “I Have Dreamed.”

The entire cast performed at the same high level as Kelli O’Hara; the sets were incredibly beautiful and the energy of the entire ensemble was one of relaxed joy and pleasure in performing this wonderful show for the audience. Especially impressive was the “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” ballet featuring little Eliza running away from the evil Simon LaGree – hopping gracefully on one foot. It was truly wonderful.

So, was it worth it? You betcha! And we found a taxi back to the bus station by walking two blocks so that we could catch one of the cabs going downtown around 5:10 p.m. We sat in traffic for over 20 minutes but made it just in time to board our 6 p.m. bus.

And this morning, I discovered a recording of “I Have Dreamed” arranged by John Williams which he conducted and recorded with the Boston Pops Orchestra. I made copies of it to play in our cars and gave one to Caitlin for her trip home.

Sigh. Life is (so) good!


take-along-food ideas for a bus trip to NYC! . . .

from "101 cookbooks" blog

from “101 cookbooks” blog

My daughter, C. and I have a bus trip planned to New York City in a couple of weeks. It’s a day trip to see “The King and I” musical production at the Vivien Beaumont Theatre in Lincoln Center. We’ve been looking forward to it for a long time – ever since it opened and won a Tony for the best revival music show on Broadway this year. We learned that Ken Watanabe who was also nominated for a Tony is no longer the leading man, but that Kelli O’Hara (who’s the REAL STAR) and a Tony winner for this show is still playing Anna. Hope to see her soon!

We don’t have a lot of time from when the show ends after 5 p.m. to make it to Port Authority and our return bus scheduled for 6 p.m. departure. So, we had to give up the idea of having a nice meal in a fancy New York restaurant before heading home. C. suggested that the smoked salmon (peppery and also maple-smoked) at Whole Foods might be a good idea to bring along since it would keep during our trip. That got us thinking about other things that might also travel well like rice balls and asian roll-ups.

Here are two ideas that Heidi Swanson posted on her blog – she’s a champion for healthy, light and interesting food recipes.

What seemed like a hardship (no time for a NYC fancy meal) has turned into a delicious-sounding adventure! And that’s a good way to have it, isn’t it?

from "101 Cookbooks" blog

from “101 Cookbooks” blog