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I'm currently in transit. Good-bye to my beloved Austin, hello next adventure. Come along for the ride!

01 May 2016

In Transit

My U-haul with all my stuff is sitting in Indiana, waiting to be unloaded into a storage unit.

I'm sitting in a hotel in Austin, surrounded by bags full of the stuff I'll need for the next few weeks.

My flight leaves tomorrow, and I'll no longer be an Austinite. I'll be in transit to the next thing.

Job? Not yet. Place to live? Ditto. All I have right now is a grandma who's excited to have me stay with her for a while (she sleeps better when someone is in the house with her, so this falls under "taking care of Grandma" and not just "early midlife crisis").

I've loved this city so much. Six years is just not long enough to properly appreciate all the wonders of Austin. And yet--I can probably learn to love another place, too. Most importantly, it's a step forward in healing for me to live in a place Chadwick never did. To daily go to places that aren't covered in his footsteps. To continue to build my new normal.

Let's do this, y'all.

30 April 2016

Z is for Zorro


This photo reminds me of Martin Guerre, but with a Z.
Source: Zorro official site
Originally opened in the West End July 15, 2008, after a very short run in Eastbourne.

Currently: Looks like folks have been talking Broadway and a U.S. tour for a while, but neither have materialized yet.

Music: Gipsy Kings and John Cameron

Lyrics: Stephen Clark

Book: Stephen Clark and Helen Edmundson

Basis: 2005 mock biography Zorro: A Novel, by Isabel Allende

Everybody knows about: He has a thing for the letter "Z."

I have thoughts: This was a harder-than-expected choice for the letter Z. There aren't that many plays or musicals that start with "Z", but having to choose between essentially three pretty cool shows was difficult. I finally went with one that seems to have had lots of success everywhere but the U.S.

Here we are at the end of the A to Z challenge! I'm leaving Austin in two days for my next great adventure, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I hope this little trip through the theatrical alphabet has been fun for you.

29 April 2016

Y is for You're

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Source: Wikipedia.
Originally opened Off-Broadway March 7, 1967. Transferred to Broadway for a limited run in 1971.

Currently: Check your local community, high school, or college theatre. (An Off-Broadway revival is coming this summer.)

Music & Lyrics: Clark Gesner

Book: John Gordon

Basis: Charles M. Schulz's comic strip Peanuts

Everybody knows about: It's a musical about a beloved comic strip. What more do you need to know?

I have thoughts: I've never seen it, although I do hold the Peanuts characters near and dear to my heart, as so many people do. And hey, another musical that Kristin Chenoweth was in! It's hard to argue with that.

Have you seen You're a Good Man

28 April 2016

X is for Xanadu


Source: Pinterest.
Originally opened on Broadway July 10, 2007.

Currently: Touring the U.S., I think. I'm not really sure about this particular site's reliability.

Music & Lyrics: Jeff Lynne and John Farrar

Book: Douglas Carter Beane

Basis: 1980 film Xanadu

Everybody knows about: Roller skates! 80s! Greek gods!

I have thoughts: Okay, so I obviously chose this one because there aren't that many musicals that begin with X. However, now that I've read the synopsis and see how much the stage version pulls from mythology, I'm really intrigued. Think I'll give the soundtrack a listen.

27 April 2016

W is for Wicked

Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz

I haven't seen it yet because I'm
holding out for time travel so
I can see these two in it.
Source: Pinterest.
Originally opened on Broadway October 30, 2003, after an out-of-town tryout in San Francisco.

Currently: Still running on Broadway. Still running in the West End (since September 27, 2006). First Portuguese production currently running in São Paulo until July 31. Touring the U.S. And, if that's not enough, four more shows are scheduled to launch this year.

Music & Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz

Book: Winnie Holzman

BasisWicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, by Gregory Maguire

Everybody knows about: Friends will change you for good.

I have thoughts: Is this the place where I tell you I still haven't seen it? I know, that's shocking. I'm not sure how I've managed to miss it so many times. Much like Hamilton, I know about as much as you can know about this show without having actually seen it. (Unlike Hamilton, I don't quite have the soundtrack memorized.) When I asked my friendly not-so-neighborhood (he lives in El Paso; I don't) go-to-with-all-my-theatre-questions guy what his favourite show that he's worked on is, this is the one he said. And I still haven't seen it. Believe me, I mourn this fact regularly.

You know what's great to sing on a bike? "Defying Gravity." I mean, why wouldn't you? I've started reading the book, but haven't finished it because I had to return all my books to the library since I'm changing states in a week.

Have you seen Wicked? Go ahead, tell me what I'm missing. Twist the knife-- I totally deserve it!

26 April 2016

V is for Victor and Victoria


Source: Wikipedia.
Originally opened in tryouts in Minneapolis in June 1995, then opened on Broadway October 25, 1995.

Currently: Can't find a thing. Presumably, it's playing in a regional theatre somewhere.

Music: Henry Mancini & Frank Wildhorn

Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse & Frank Wildhorn

Book: Blake Edwards

Basis1982 film Victor Victoria

Everybody knows about: Julie Andrews plays a woman playing a man playing a woman.

I have thoughts: I've fairly certain I've seen the movie, but maybe I should see it again just to be sure. I first heard of this show when it went to Houston on tour in 1998; Julie Andrews coming to Texas was a source of excitement for me, although she was inaccessibly far away since I was stuck in Lubbock at the time.

Should I just go all-in and do a Julie Andrews themed A to Z Challenge next year? That seems to be where I'm headed with this one.

25 April 2016

U is for Urinetown

Another musical about a revolution.
How many of those am I up to now for
this A to Z challenge?
Source: Theatre Arlington.
Urinetown: The Musical

Originally opened Off-Broadway on May 6, 2001, transferring to Broadway later that year

Currently: I ran across a couple shows while Googling. If you're in Arlington, Texas, or Salem, Oregon, you can go see some actors not pee in your neighborhood.

Music: Mark Hollmann

Lyrics: Mark Hollmann & Greg Kotis

Book: Greg Kotis

Everybody knows about: They have to pay to pee.

I have thoughts: I've never seen this one, but it's hard not to appreciate a musical that's one long parody of so many things, including my beloved Les Mis. If it were on near me, I'd probably go see it.



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