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Not an ordinary Sunday...3/18

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Not an ordinary Sunday...3/18#1
Posted: 3/19/08 at 12:30am
Good evening everyone!

I just got back from seeing Sunday in the Park with George tonight, and I had a very emotional reaction to the whole thing.

Visually the show was stunning.
*slight spoiler* My favortie part of the projections was during "Putting It Together" when all the Georges appeared. I loved how the one George was getting drunk and the downstage left George would not talk to his assigned couple! I have to also agree with Brantley and second the delightfulness of the dogs:)

I can't say enough good things about the leads. Daniel and Jenna were so wonderful, and Jenna even said at the stagedoor that she was worried about her singing tonight as she had strained her neck in the middle of performance. I never would have known...she was simply heartbreaking.

During "Move On" I started to tear up, but I didn't really lose it until I looked over at the couple next to me. They were an eldery couple and she had started crying. She clutched her husband's hand and he looked at her and then kissed her hand. It was very adorable.

I have to give a special shout out to Jessica Grove, who is an absolute sweetheart.

My main quibble with the show was that I wanted a fuller orchestra. This was most evident during "Sunday," but I guess it did allow for the smaller moments to be more intimate ("We do not belong together" was especially strong).

I was familiar with the score, and had seen the dvd of the original production, but this was my first time to see a live staging. I wasn't ready for the impact it was going to have. I truly was moved.

Ok, that's all I feel like writing for now. Passing Strange and Gypsy tomorrow!!


Edit: Oh I forgot to mention, both Daniel and Jenna went to see Gypsy last night!
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Updated On: 3/19/08 at 12:30 AM
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re: Not an ordinary Sunday...3/18#2
Posted: 3/19/08 at 12:40am
I was pretty impressed with the show as well, though for some reason I felt it had a few weak directional moments and the orchestra was just disappointing.
I know exactly what you mean about the emotional impact of "Move On." Actually, Act II seems to be the emotional pay-off, from Jenna's incredibly heart-breaking rendition of "Children and Art" (I'm probably in the minority who thought her Marie was stronger than her Dot) to Evan's George standing on the same island where his great-grandfather lived his life to the beautiful "Move On" and then to top it all of, the perfect ending with "Sunday." I couldn't keep the tears from falling down my eyes watching all the characters bow to their creator...it was too perfect a moment to describe.
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re: Not an ordinary Sunday...3/18#2
Posted: 3/19/08 at 12:46am
I agree Ray about the bowing. It was a beautiful final touch that started the waterworks up again. Jenna was getting a lot of laughs as Marie...in fact the audience seemed to respond to the second much more than the first.
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re: Not an ordinary Sunday...3/18#3
Posted: 3/19/08 at 6:56am
I saw the show Saturday afternoon and "heart-breaking" was the way I described Jenna's performance as well (especially when she sang Move On).
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re: Not an ordinary Sunday...3/18#4
Posted: 3/19/08 at 7:53am
i started crying during WE DO NOT BELONG TOGETHER & i didnt stop for five days!
i want to make thngs that count
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re: Not an ordinary Sunday...3/18#5
Posted: 3/19/08 at 10:33am
Act 2 was far superior than Act 1, no doubt about it.

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re: Not an ordinary Sunday...3/18#6
Posted: 3/19/08 at 10:37am
I can't wait to see this show now!
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re: Not an ordinary Sunday...3/18#7
Posted: 3/19/08 at 10:53am
Now I am so torn. I want to see this show so badly but I only can see one other show when we go (money is tight)

Mark and I are seeing The Little Mermaid on Saturday Night
Friday is reserved for one of the following:
Gypsy
Sunday in the Park with George
Mamma Mia
Mary Poppins
or
Young Frankenstein
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re: Not an ordinary Sunday...3/18#8
Posted: 3/19/08 at 10:58am
From that list, I would pick either Gypsy or Sunday (especially since it's a limited engagement).
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re: Not an ordinary Sunday...3/18#9
Posted: 3/19/08 at 10:59am
Sunday for sure.
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re: Not an ordinary Sunday...3/18#10
Posted: 3/19/08 at 8:42pm
Glad you enjoyed the show...I'm dying to see it! This may be a dumb question, but I was wondering if anyone could tell me what the rush policy is like? Is there a seating difference between the "normal" rush and the student rush? When would you suggest getting there to get good rush seats for a night performance?

...thanks in advance :)
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