It was an accident that this trip came together, all because of the musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder. I saw it in May when I was in New York, and I recently told a friend about it. Anna and I worked together at Velma Teague in Arizona. After I told her about the show, she listened to the soundtrack, fell in love with it and the pieces on YouTube. She asked if I'd go to New York with her in January, and was shocked when I said yes. Then, she learned Bryce Pinkham, one of the stars was leaving on January 4 to take a role in The Heidi Chronicles. When she asked, I picked a week in December, and said I could go then. It became my dream trip - ten plays in eight days, plus a radio broadcast, Radio City Music Hall, and much more. But, most of all, the plays. I'm passionate about live theater.
I'll give you a day-by-day recap of this dream trip. If you don't care, that's fine. You can choose not to read the blog for a few days. But, I don't know if/when I'll ever have a trip like this again.
I flew out of Nashville on Friday, Dec. 5. Although Evansville has an airport, I could fly Southwest with a non-stop flight from Nashville. Nashville's airport? I never saw so many musicians going through the airport with guitars.
Anna and I met up at the hotel, Candlewood Suites. She flew in from Phoenix to JFK. I flew into LaGuardia. And, she had done a beautiful job with our itinerary for the trip. Her British friend who said she organizes with military precision is correct. But, we never would have been able to do what we were able to do without that schedule.
And, then we went to see our first play, Love Letters with Alan Alda and Candice Bergen. A.R. Gurney's play was in cycle with various stars playing the two roles. Alda and Bergen played long-time friends who wrote letters to each other from the time they were children in school together. They had turbulent lives. For those who saw Alan Alda in Same Time, Next Year, it was reminiscent of that movie. The staging of this play puts the two actors at a table, reading their letters to each other. Alan Alda was strong. Candice Bergen blew me away. She was wonderful. Unfortunately, they closed out the cycle last night, before the next set of actors took over. I'm happy that I was able to see these two in this play before it closed.
This is just a teaser. Watch for all the pictures and play summaries in the next days.