Happy Memorial Weekend everybody. I'm back in Texas, poolside, and applying buckets of sunscreen. I'm also going to continue my swoon over New York City and Broadway shows. Gosh, I love corny musicals and we kicked it off right with Nice Work If You Can Get It. Yes, Matthew Broderick still looks about twelve years old. His pleasant demeanor and voice are perfect in the role of a rich playboy who ultimately falls hard for the girl (a fabulous Kelli O'Hara) from the wrong side of the tracks. Throw in some moonshine, Gershwin tunes, and Estelle Parsons as the imperious mother and you've got amusement.
Our final show was a Monday night treat - Ghost the Musical had decent buzz from a man at Sardi's to folks in line at TKTS. Based on the Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore movie, this show rocked. It was a very modern musical - spare stage, very cool light effects, and a fast pace. It followed the movie storyline with Sam and Molly having it all (love, cool apartment), and Carl the best friend (secretly the jealous jerk) embezzling money, arranging a theft that ends in murder, and the cleanup. Sam's dead and trapped on this earth, speaking through Oda Mae. Powerful songs enhanced Ghost. The duets between our lovers were gorgeous, and yes, you'll have to dab your eyes at the end.
Joanne Faries, originally from the Philadelphia area, lives in Texas with her husband Ray. She considers herself fortunate to be able to pursue a writing career after eons in the business world. Joanne enjoys reading and movies, and is the film critic for the Little Paper of San Saba.