I had a ticket for a first time event at the Parker Playhouse in Ft. Lauderdale. Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess were to perform there, with conversation and piano by Seth Rudetsky.
I saw Ramin Karimloo four times as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. I saw him twice in Anastasia, where he originated the role of Gleb. My sister and I saw him in concert with his band in Columbus, Indiana. And, she and I went to Washington, D.C. to see him in the short run of Chess.
Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess played the Phantom and Christine in the 25th anniversary Phantom of the Opera filmed at the Royal Albert Hall. My family all saw Sierra Boggess in It Should Have Been You on Broadway. She originated the role of Ariel in The Little Mermaid on Broadway. And, she and Ramin starred in Love Never Dies.
Both Ramin and Sierra have appeared on Seth Rudetsky's Broadway cruises. For this show, he had conversations with them, and played the piano while they sang. Those were fun conversations, stories of their careers, tryouts, their childhoods, successes and failures. And, of course, songs, some just beautiiful and others funny, including "Summer Days" from Grease.
I had a perfect seat, second row, center, and no one sat in front of me. And, I felt bad during the meet-and-greet after the show when I told them I had seen both of them on Broadway, and hoped to again. Ramin said, "Me, too", and made a crying face. I didn't mean to make Ramin Karimloo cry.
It was a magical evening. I'd do it again.
And, of course, Ramin Karimloo received a standing ovation when he sang "Music of the Night" to his Christine, Sierra Boggess. Magic.