By the numbers:
13,374 steps Thursday.
2 meetings with songwriters.
And 1 most extraordinary dessert.
Amy’s Bread had a butterscotch cashew bar calling my name. I succumbed.
And speaking of succumbing, Hello, Dolly! was a paroxysm of delight. Bette Miller is out this week; I saw Donna Murphy in the title role.
While Miss Murphy’s voice may be ever-so-gently frayed, her energy, spunk, spirit, and timing — and her legs — are intact. And I loved her.
This revival had me in tears of joy a couple of times. Kate Baldwin is glorious as Miss Milloy; Gavin Creel, a most engaging Cornelius. I could not erase the memory of Josh Borgmeyer (may he rest in peace) as I watched Taylor Trensch as Cornelius, though.
One of the stunners of this current revival is the chorus — rich, glamorous, able to move as a unity, and full-throated. “Sunday Clothes” will never be bettered, visually or aurally.
I am in NYC for a few days of research, alumni work, and shows of course.
For lodging, I rented a flat for five nights.
Yesterday was a long day that included rising at 3.30 a.m. in order to make a 6 a.m. flight to LaGuardia. I dropped my bags at the flat, then went to meet Kurt Hellerich for lunch and the play Oslo at Lincoln Center.
The play = wow. Just wow.
Today would have been my mother’s 79th birthday. Not a day has gone by in these last 19 years that I have not missed her.
I still have this quilted textile thingy.
I am not blogging today.
But an update anyhow.
Six voice lessons today. Six hours of joy and life and loving music.
And then dinner with one of my kids, and a trip to see the Muny Teens work their magic.
And catch up with all sorts of people I know at the Muny.
And a walk home from the Muny.
Life is good.
In about 12 hours, I land in NYC.
I am on holiday, and have nothing to post today.
This piece on Marketplace caught my ear last week.
Seems our great national divide may have more to do with whether or not we’ve left home?
Seven of my private voice students were on stage at the Muny this week.
I’m one proud teacher.
I caught six of them after the second performance of The Little Mermaid.
That’s two waves, two guppies, a Flounder, and 1/4 of an octopus. Not a bad catch . . . at the Muny.